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Upper School News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Elaina Sassine '18 Competes in MIT Research Competition

    Congratulations to Elaina Sassine ’18 who earned honorable mention in the women and gender studies category in the final round of the MIT INSPIRE national research competition. MIT INSPIRE is the only national high school research competition in the humanities, arts and social sciences. With nearly 600 total entries, Elaina was one of 105 finalists who was invited to MIT to present her research findings.

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  • Recipe for Happiness and Success

    Dean of Academics and Student Life Dave Jenkins
    My wife, daughter and I have been going to Cabo San Lucas during spring break for years. This year was no exception. The weather in Cabo this time of year is not much different than in San Diego. In Cabo, however, there is no lawn for me to mow or other things on my “honey-do” list. Much of our time during spring break is spent relaxing and reading. While on break this year, I read Shawn Achor’s The Happiness AdvantageAchor suggests most people follow the formula “you work hard, you become successful and then you become happy.” For students, this often means “if I work hard, I will get that good grade and then I’ll be happy.” Achor suggests that the formula is broken and argues that happiness breeds success. I don’t disagree with him.

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  • Student Art Exhibition: Message to Society

    Upper School Visual Arts and Filmmaking teacher Cindy Santos Bravo, Senior Computer Science Lead Darren Cameron
    La Jolla Country Day School has a long history of displaying amazing student art for the whole community to observe and enjoy. But imagine having your art displayed at the downtown Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). That’s what 11 Upper School art and technology students experienced during a student art exhibition on Thursday, March 16. Every year, the Upper School art studio partners with the MCASD in the Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, which offers teachers and students an opportunity to develop more flexibility and curiosity as a team of creators.

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  • Join Us at Blue Bash!

    Tracy Brymer P’15 '18 and Belinda Donner P’19 ’22, volunteer co-chairs of this year’s Blue Bash, sat down with Jennifer Fogarty, assistant director of marketing and communications, to share with us what to look forward to on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Belly Up. Blue Bash is LJCDS’ annual fundraiser that supports financial assistance, professional development, Parents Association activities and upcoming school projects. 

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  • Leading and Modeling with Dignity

    Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Outreach Inez Odom
    As I sit down to write, I have just come from embracing a colleague who was visibly shaken after an interaction with an upset parent. Several of us paused during the busy work day to debrief on what had just occurred and to process this event with our colleague who felt he/she had a very positive rapport with this parent. We reflected on the fact that Donna Hicks, Ph.D., the author of Dignity, is writing her next book and is including La Jolla Country Day School in it. How do we encourage all members of our community—faculty, staff, administrators and parents—to model dignity for our students? It starts with treating one another with kindness and concern. 

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  • The Verbs in the Arts

    Director of Visual and Performing Arts Barbara Weinstein
    Thanks to a friend and colleague, I was pointed to a brilliant article about the importance of the arts in education with a focus I never considered as key until now. What is it that we do in the arts profession that empowers students outside of the classroom? The article from actor, author and teacher Eric Booth was an edited version of his presentation from the Educational Theatre Conference in 2007. Essentially, he focused on how we are comfortable using nouns to describe the arts, but it’s the verbs that get lost in translation.

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  • Upper School Winter Athletics Awards

    Upper School student-athletes were recognized for the winter athletic season on Friday, March 10, during assembly in the amphitheater. See below for a list of all the players that received awards.

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  • Alet Taylor ’88 in Freaky Friday

    Alumna Alet Taylor ’88, an actress and writer living in New York and Los Angeles, returns to La Jolla to play the role of Torrey and understudy Katherine in Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse. Based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures, the story is about a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours.

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  • How to Walk on Water: A Day with Student Council President Remy Reya

    Dean of Academics and Student Life Todd Ballaban
    A cursory glance at literature on character education will illuminate growing research that cites empathy as a vital trait in building leaders of the future. A Google search instantly reveals hundreds of empathy coaches working with top companies to build morale in the workplace. Despite these trends, a strange adversarial relationship still exists between students and administrators. Students often view administrators as “sheriffs” plotting devious ways to fill the student experience with endless hurdles and red tape. Throughout my tenure at the school, I have worked to defy such misconceptions. How can an administrator expect to mentor and guide students without, as Atticus Finch opines, “walking around in their skin”? To prove my point and to grow as an administrator, I spent a day shadowing my advisee and Student Council President Remy Reya ’17.    

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  • Congratulations, Cum Laude Society Inductees!

    Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on February 24. We’d also like to extend congratulations to our two new faculty Cum Laude Society members: Upper School world language teacher Eva Power, B.S. and Upper School English teacher Ary Tohidi, B.A.

    Click here to read about the selection process.

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