Congratulations to Sarah Shartzer on receiving C-SPAN’s 2020 Teacher Fellowship. Ms. Shartzer currently serves as a middle school math teacher and the school’s technology integrationist. She is also the lead organizer of the annual Tech Teach Learn conference. Ms. Shartzer will work closely with C-SPAN over the next four weeks creating content for C-SPAN Classroom—a free online teaching resource for educators.
Seniors received their diplomas on Saturday night in a ceremony held on KCD’s turf field, marking the culmination of their academic career at Kentucky Country Day. We’re proud of our seniors for persevering through a difficult year, and we were glad to celebrate them with a non-traditional graduation ceremony (with social distancing, of course).
Last week, eighth graders marked an important educational milestone: the conclusion of their middle school years and their transition to high school. The class quilt is an important KCD tradition during eighth grade. Each student designs and creates a square that is assembled into a quilt, symbolizing how a group of individuals come together to form a community. This year’s quilt looks incredible—click here to see the completed quilt.
Congratulations to all our eighth graders; we know that you have a lot to look forward to as you continue on to high school!
The annual Upper School Class Day awards assembly honors students for achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts. We were unable to hold the traditional assembly this year because of the coronavirus, but we still want to recognize the accomplishments and hard work of our students. Click here to see the 2020 Class Day award recipients.
On May 13, fifth graders participated in the first-ever Bearcat Olympics. Students worked in groups to create a Greek god, goddess, or monster; write a brief description with origin mythology; plan an Olympic event to honor their creation; and analyze the Olympic data to create graphs for a nonfiction article and newscast. Click here to watch the newscast videos.
Several of our wonderful faculty members are retiring this year. Since we can’t celebrate them in person, we made this video to honor them instead. We’re so thankful for their service to the school and we’re going to miss them next year. We wish them all the best!
Last week, James Racine and the KCD Orchestra shared their final remote performance of the school year. We’d like to thank Mr. Racine and the KCD Orchestra for sharing their positivity and joy with our community this spring. Click here to watch.
The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 to encourage and recognize scholarship. Our charter was the first granted in the state, and KCD is one of only three Kentucky schools to have a chapter. Election to Cum Laude is the highest academic honor a KCD student can achieve.
Click here to watch a video of our fourth graders singing in honor of our first responders, medical workers, and essential workers who have been on the frontlines during the pandemic. This video was put together by music teacher Jeannine Ary. Ms. Ary would like to thank all of the families for helping their students participate in the video and give a big thank you to KCD IT assistant Daylen Norris for his technical advice!
Throughout the school year, middle school students in advanced math classes participated in five Continental League Math Tests. The department would like to congratulate the top three finishers in each class for all five tests.
You may be wondering about the status of yearbooks for this year. Check out this video to get an update from 2020 yearbook co-editors Lindsey Latts ’21 and Taylor Parker ’20 announcing the yearbook theme and dedication.
This week, the student trustees of The Artemis Fund awarded grants to four local youth services organizations. This year’s recipients are Second Chances Wildlife Center, I Would Rather Be Reading, The Lincoln Foundation, and The Backside Learning Center.
During the pandemic, freshman Megan Delande began looking for a meaningful way to give back to her community. As an aspiring healthcare professional, she decided on a project to support medical workers, and so “Snack Sacks for Good” was born. Megan’s goal with “Snack Sacks for Good” is to provide a simple care package and message of inspiration and thanks to frontline medical professionals, who are balancing their health and well-being against the demands of caring for COVID-19 patients.
An extra credit project in Brian Wagner’s AP Computer Science A class led juniors Daniel Greenberg and Sims Wilson to start their own business: Viral LEDs. “We took [Mr. Wagner’s] recommendation, learned how to make LEDs, and it turned out to be an awesome, practically magical product,” said Daniel. “We knew this product was great and could sell globally.”
We’re so sorry that the spring orchestra concert can’t be held as usual this year, but the KCD Orchestra is back with this awesome performance of the Avengers theme. Thanks to conductor James Racine and all the musicians for sharing their talents with our community!
The Middle School Drama Society did not get to have their annual banquet this spring, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from their tradition of giving back to the community. The Drama Society has made three donations to local charities to help them in their time of need: $450 to United Partners for Women and Children (serving the homeless population), $450 to The American Red Cross, and $500 to Dare To Care. Kudos to the Drama Society for putting our mission into action!
Congratulations to 20 of our middle school Bearcats—19 6th graders and one 7th grader—who were selected to be published in the fall and spring Creative Communication poetry contests. The contests are held each fall, spring, and summer, and students may submit only one poem in each of the contests. Congratulations go to sixth graders Mihir Chawla, Zeynep Yesil, Emily Barnes, Jack Wagner, Jonathan Aycock, Colt Mizuguchi, Austin Alexander, Bryce Jackson, Jackson Easley, Kennedy Doss, Henry Enck, Lara Djurasovic, Piper Kuhn, Leena Khader, Izzie Maki, Grace Shen, Paige Davis, Dushant Lohano, and Rowan Hall as well as seventh grader Ainsley Brangers for becoming published poets! Well done, Bearcats!
Many of KCD’s Muslim students celebrated Ramadan by giving back to their community. Hadey Chaker ’21, Mahmoud Kutmah ’21, Younis Kutmah ’25, Ameer Maya ’21, Seleen Maya ’24, and Youssef Saad ’21 have stepped up as leaders in the community by serving families in need. Many of these families have lost their jobs and are in a serious financial dilemma due to COVID-19. Working alongside the Guiding Lights Center and Alpha Urgent Care, these students helped raise money, buy groceries, and deliver items to over 650 families who have been impacted negatively by the pandemic.
On May 7, Honors students hosted the annual Ideas Café, where they shared their research with the KCD community. Each student hosted a Google Meet room where they presented their research and answered questions from students and faculty. This year’s café covered topics such as the history of salt, the writing system of Egyptian hieroglyphs, the role of makeup in enforcing gender roles, and a cultural analysis of mapmaking.
When the middle school student council learned that students would not be back on campus this year, they decided to put their remaining stock of snack shack items to good use. Half the items that would expire over the summer were donated to the facilities staff at KCD, who have been working tirelessly to clean, pack up, and deliver items to students. The other half was donated to local healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic. Thank you to Rachel Rawlings for taking the lead on this project!
The historical preservation work of sophomore Laura Bache hit a milestone recently when her nomination for a local historical site was approved by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board. Laura's work is part of her progress toward her Girl Scout Gold Award—the most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.
The KCD Athletic Booster Club is proud to support our frontline medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Booster Club donated concessions items from this spring to Norton Healthcare on April 30. The Bearcats stand with our treasured healthcare workers and would like to thank them for their service.
A few 5th grade TLCs (Technology Leaders in the Classroom) presented digital organization tips to their classmates during the week of April 27. Elliot Johnson and Harper Purcell demonstrated ways to have a tidy Google Drive while Sullivan Roberts and Brohm Garlove showed special features in Gmail and Google Calendar that are helping them stay organized during BRE. Ananya Kakarlapudi prepared additional tips for digital organization. Way to go, Bearcats!
First grade students in Ms. Purdie’s class spent a fun week reading Dr. Seuss books, finding pairs of rhyming words and identifying main characters, problems, and solutions in these entertaining classic stories. Each day, students were encouraged to dress up like their favorite character, and Ms. Purdie led her class in making a fun Seuss-themed snack each day to go along with the story.
Our hearts go out to our seniors in spring sports, who lost their last athletic season to the pandemic. This video recognizes those seniors. On April 24, KCD joined many schools across the nation in lighting the turf field in recognition of our senior spring athletes.
We know these are tough times for our students and parents. Remote education isn’t anyone’s preferred method of having school, but we’re making it work because of the support we get from you: our students and parents! This video is our way of saying ‘thank you.’
Congratulations to KCD juniors Raina Mahajan, Hayden Roberts, and Jalen Todd, who were selected for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program for this year. These scholars were selected from a highly competitive field of over 1,800 applicants. Congratulations, Bearcats!
Bryce Jackson ’26 had a great idea: to create a free “book buddy” reading program to help younger students improve their reading skills and develop a love for books. After working one-on-one with students over the phone via FaceTime, she wanted to create a website to help spread the word about Bryce’s Book Buddies program.
Eighth grade entrepreneurs Hailey Hertzman and Katie Vonder Haar are now using their business, Ooh La Lemon, to spread some happiness during the coronavirus crisis. These young women have created COVID-19 Care Packages and “Send a Smile” gifts in an effort to provide an easy and affordable way to spread some joy during these tough times. To show appreciation for the health care workers who are battling the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ooh La Lemon is also giving away multiple care packages and “Send A Smile” gifts to healthcare workers.
For the last year, junior Nichole Roberts has been volunteering at Fed with Faith, a non-profit that serves meals and delivers donations to the homeless. On her route each week, Nichole and the other volunteers in her group deliver hot meals, sack lunches, water, and other necessities such as tents, hand warmers, or toiletries. Nichole’s group typically serves between 35 and 55 people each week.
Freshman Daniel Bronfman is a pianist and composer who has also founded a charity, Strikeachord for Change, which raises money for music education. Once he learned that large gatherings would be canceled due to COVID-19, he wanted to find a way to give back to his community without the aid of public performances. He decided to partner with Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, a restaurant where he has held charity events in the past. Daniel donated his next performance fee of $600 to provide 30 meals at Gustavo's as a way to help out those who are struggling to get enough to eat.
Jayne Beatty’s U.S. History students have been learning about rationing during World War II and how it affected recipe books. Students were then charged with making a one of these recipes for a family meal. There were film requirements for the project, and the recipe had to include ingredients that were already in their homes. The project required students to interact and learn some things about their families, use research skills, and use technology to document their project. This proved to be a great learning experience for the students, but Ms. Beatty learned a great deal about her students as well.
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a special challenge for young people, separating them from friends and their normal school routines. In response, KCD juniors Elia Saltzman and Lindsey Latts created Unify Louisville, a website that provides information and resources for teens during the coronavirus crisis.
Over Spring Break, sophomore Abby Caudill decided to spend some of her free time doing something to support healthcare workers, who are facing a shortage of protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abby had been sewing for a few years but hadn’t done any projects recently. When she started looking for a way to help healthcare workers, using her sewing skills seemed like the perfect solution.
Students in English 5 have been reading the exciting novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. The week before Spring Break, students had the option to complete an extension activity related to the novel. Many students wrote songs about the evil Captain Jaggery while others dressed as characters from the novel during remote lessons or created a diorama of Charlotte’s tiny cabin on the ship. The most popular project choice was to create a floating boat using supplies found at home. Kudos to our students for coming up with some amazing and creative projects!
Congratulations to the KCD Math Team, who came in second in the Greater Louisville Math League for the second year in a row. Manual won the league, but KCD held on to second place by a narrow margin after fending off a strong challenge by Louisville Collegiate.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to multiply across the country, medical workers in many communities have been running out of supplies of personal protective equipment. When freshman Tala Saad contacted Baptist Health and learned about their need for face shields, she decided she could create some quickly and effectively to help provide a safer environment for the workers there.
Adults over 60 face the greatest risks from COVID-19, and shopping safely for groceries can often pose a challenge. In order to help the most vulnerable members of our community, senior Liam Gallagher spent his Spring Break volunteering with March for Meals, a partnership between Louisville Metro Government and Masterson’s Catering that has provided over 50,000 meals for those 60 and over.
Just before Spring Break, eighth grade students wrapped up their capstone project, the Endangered Species Project. This year’s presentations went very well, despite taking place outside of the traditional in-person settings on our campus. Students presented in Google Meet rooms to small groups of their fellow students and two teacher graders. After presenting (speaking on camera and presenting their Google Slides visual aide), students also fielded several minutes of questions. Congratulations to all the eighth graders on completing this ambitious project.
If you ever wondered how you could hold orchestra classes online, this story from WHAS news will show you what it looks like at KCD. We’re proud that our Bearcat Remote Education program goes beyond core academics to provide a rich and varied program for our students.
KCD College Counselors Danny Easley and Dary Picken have started a podcast called “Admit, Deny, Waitlist.” The first episode is available via Apple podcasts and features five recent graduates discussing their first semesters in college. Anyone interested in the transition from high school to college should find it informative. Episodes will be released every two weeks. Thanks for subscribing!
During the Endangered Species Project (ESP), eighth graders conduct in-depth research on an endangered animal. As part of that research, students reach out to animal experts around the world in order to learn more about the most recent research about their animal. Students were required to research and find relevant contacts, write good “cold call” emails, and get back a reply from someone outside of KCD. This process was a great way to introduce the students to authentic communication and research skills.
On March 13, seventh graders wowed the faculty with their Euro Project presentations. For the last eight weeks, seventh graders have been hard at work on this interdisciplinary, collaborative project that ties together English, math, geography, and art.
Congratulations to KCD’s 2020 delegation to the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA). The 64 students making up our delegation were recognized as a Premier Delegation and also won the Conference Life Award—one of KUNA’s top awards—for active participation, respectful and intelligent debate, and commitment to KUNA’s core values. KCD was also one of only eight schools selected by the Kentucky World Affairs Council to perform on the International Stage.
Last week, Associate Head of School for Academics Anne Glosky introduced KCD’s new STEAM Certificate to upper school students. The goal of the STEAM Certificate is to acknowledge and honor the STEAM curriculum that some of our students are already pursuing at KCD and to encourage other students to take classes and pursue a variety of learning opportunities in this area. Ms. Glosky said that there has already been strong student interest in the Certificate.
More than 30 teams of KCD parents, friends, grads, and faculty competed for bragging rights at Trivia Night on February 29. Guests had a great time bidding on a wide variety of live and silent auction items while also enjoying an incredible meal and festive beverages from Taco Luchador/Guacamole. We’re thrilled to announce that the evening raised over $170,000 for KCD!
Congratulations to the student organizers of KCD Dance Blue, a dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer research. On February 28, KCD Dance Blue raised over $11,000—the highest total in the event’s history!
On January 30, 2020, the upper school advanced math students participated in the American Math Competition 12 test. The 75-minute test consisted of 25 multiple choice problem-solving questions. The math department would like to congratulate the top scoring upper school students:
Over February 28–29, the KCD middle school speech team competed at the 2020 Kentucky State Speech Tournament. The team’s strong performance placed them 4th in the state, and the Bearcats received the sustained excellence traveling trophy, which they will get to keep for a year.
Congratulations to Arav Agarwal, Daniel Pinkston, Logan Purkiss, Byrd Saylor, and Jerry Wu, who make up the Gearcat 2 Ves Robotics team, one of only 50 teams to qualify for the Kentucky state championship on March 14. In the Greater Louisville Open on February 22, all three of KCD’s robotics teams advanced to the quarterfinals in the elimination round. Two teams advanced to the semis, and one made it into the final round. Gearcat 2 advanced to state based on its skill challenge score. This is an incredible accomplishment for these young people, who have put nearly 200 hundred hours into building and designing their robots.
Kudos to junior Sam Berman and members of the KCD Y Club, who collected more than 1,000 books from the KCD community to donate to the Bluegrass Center for Autism. Sam and the Y Club would like to thank the KCD community for their high participation and support of this project.
In recent weeks, the fifth graders have been collecting donations for the Bellewood Home for Children in Anchorage. On February 24, a representative from Bellewood came to KCD to pick up the donations, and she expressed her gratitude for the generosity of our school community and our fifth graders. Our students collected many boxes and bags full of high need items such as shampoo, deodorant, and diapers. Thanks to all who donated and helped with this important cause.
We are proud to announce that all four of KCD’s 2019 National Merit Semifinalists have been named National Merit Finalists. Congratulations to David Brennan, Zahra Khan, Taylor Parker, and Caroline Topham on this outstanding accomplishment!
Finalists are selected based on detailed scholarship applications providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
The Junior Breakfast marks juniors’ transition to the role of senior leadership and provides an opportunity for parents to mark the occasion with a class ring or other gift. This year’s speaker was KCD grad Alex Brey ’03. In his speech, Mr. Brey gave 17 tips for life. You can read all of his tips in Mr. Martin’s Bearcat Weekly newsletter.
Students in Julie Riggs-Johnson’s sixth grade Spanish class recently welcomed Jackie Vargas Bello, who was visiting Louisville from Monteverde, Costa Rica. Jackie was visiting KCD junior Lily Pollitt, and she spent two days at KCD with some of our Spanish classes. Students were very excited to ask her questions in Spanish, and everyone loved hearing about her life, interests, and school in Costa Rica. The sixth graders were especially excited to learn that TikTok can bring different cultures and languages together!
Congratulations to the upper school Governor’s Cup team, who placed third in the regional tournament, which was hosted at KCD this year. Several individuals and our FPS team will compete in the state tournament March 14–15 at the Galt House. Those students are recognized below:
Congratulations to KCD soccer players Eyob McFarland, Brendan Schonwetter, Zach Schonwetter, and Nate Traughber, who were selected to participate on the Louisville City FC Academy Team. Over the past several months Louisville City FC has been training the top 2003, 2004 and 2005 players from across the state. During the fall they reduced the number of players and from that pool selected the top 17 players in the state to represent Louisville City FC in the inaugural USL Academy Cup for U17 players. The team will travel to Lakewood Ranch, Florida, this weekend to compete against other USL U17 Academy teams. Here is a link to the full press release. Nice work, Bearcats!
The fifth grade Governor's Cup team made an excellent showing at the district competition on Saturday, February 8. The entire team advances to regionals in Quick Recall, and the following students placed well enough to advance in subject specific written assessment areas:
On February 10, award-winning teacher, musician, and activist Jecorey “1200” Arthur shared his musical talents and knowledge with lower and middle school students during a morning assembly. As part of Black History Month, Mr. Arthur took students on a journey through the history of black music in America, including African drumming, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, hip hop, and more. He invited students on stage to help play several instruments and even taught them a few dances! Mr. Arthur emphasized that American popular music has been profoundly influenced by black artists and that black history is just American history.
We are grateful that support for this visit was provided by the KCD Fine Arts Guild!
To wrap up their study of the Chinese New Year, JK students made their own lanterns to celebrate the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year Festival. On February 11, students invited their families and others in the KCD community to celebrate with them in their own lantern festival! The junior kindergarteners wrote their wishes and hopes on their lanterns and sent them into the sky! This was a fun and exciting way to end this unit.
Over the last few weeks, kindergartners have been learning about a variety of professions in our school and in the local community. Students learned about the facilities management side of KCD through a tour with Steven Meeron, KCD parent and assistant director of maintenance. Students learned the basics of banking on a visit to nearby Stock Yards Bank and were also visited by firefighters from the Middletown, Anchorage unit. KCD parent Dr. Roger Dotsey stopped by to talk to our Bearcats about being a dentist and taking care of their teeth. Students also learned about being a police officer and school security guard with a visit from KCD Director of Security Rob Owen.
This new unit was developed by kindergarten teachers as part of a summer grant, and it was a great time of learning for all!
On February 1, the Middle School Governor’s Cup team (representing grades 6–8) competed against 16 other Louisville schools in their regional meet. At this tournament, many students placed in their events, which means that they are advancing to the state tournament in March! Congratulations to the following students:
The KCD swim and dive team competed in their regional meet on February 8, turning in strong performances across the board. The girls team finished fourth overall, the boys team placed third, and the girls and boys teams combined for a runner-up finish.
The Lower School-Upper School Community Outreach event on February 13 was once again a success. Students worked together to gather items for newborns in the neonatal unit at University of Louisville Hospital as part of the winter service outreach program.
Students donated many items such as baby shampoo, bibs, pajamas, socks, baby bottles, and baby blankets. These items will aid the children and families at the hospital as they may be dealing with tough circumstances. Students also decorated paper bags with kind and encouraging messages for the families. This great example of stewardship in our community and will have a major impact for many local families!
Congratulations to the Upper School Governor’s Cup team for placing second at the District Tournament! Several groups and individuals place in the top 2 (teams) or top 5 (individuals), which means that they are advancing to Regionals! Those students are recognized below.
JK parents recently joined their children and music teacher LuAnn Hayes for a musical program featuring trains. Students used a variety of drums to illustrate the idea of movement, and even turned the music room into a giant train track complete with a bridge, tunnels, and a station! The musical ideas Ms. Hayes’ students are exploring are connected to their classroom study of transportation.
During senior night of the girls basketball game on Friday, January 31, senior Maya Rao broke the long-standing record for 3-point field goals made. Maya made 8 three point field goals, surpassing the previous record of seven set by Emory Goins in 2008. Maya says she appreciates all of the support she received from students and fans. “I did not think I would break the record that night. The feeling when the 8th three went in, though, was priceless. The thing that made it so great was definitely all the fans and supporters. I cannot thank everyone enough for coming out to the game.”
Congratulations to the upper school speech team, who placed 2nd at the Louisville Regional tournament held at LaRue County High School on Saturday, February 1. We were one of the smallest schools in attendance, so our 2nd place finish demonstrates how strong our competitors were overall!
We were proud to honor the memory of longtime KCD supporters David and Betty Jones at the Alumni and Chair’s Reception on January 24. David and Betty, who passed away within a month of each other last fall, were honored with the Exceptional Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the KCD community.
On January 28, eighth graders Madelyn Steinberg and Anya Sharma, along with KCD fine arts department chair Sarah Stone, attended the 2020 Fund for the Arts Campaign kickoff at Paristown Hall. They were there to represent both KCD and the middle school chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and met with leaders in our city's artistic and cultural life, including Mayor Greg Fischer. Madelyn Steinberg was also representing the Miss America Teen organization as a winner of the 2020 Miss Belle of Louisville’s Outstanding Teen award. Madelyn's platform is “changing the community’s hearts through fine arts.”
On January 24, the first grade students learned about the Lunar New Year from some special guests from Panda Express restaurant. The visitors shared some of the traditions and history of the Lunar New Year celebrations, and answered questions from the students. The crew also passed out some prizes and served up some delicious Chinese cuisine.
On January 23, lower school music teacher Jeannine Ary was honored with the prestigious Steinway 2019 Top Music Teacher Award by Mr. Gary Girouard of Steinway and Sons in recognition of excellence in piano teaching during 2019. Ms. Ary has been teaching piano through the KCD Fine Arts Academy for the better part of a decade and was instrumental in the establishment of this program at KCD. Congratulations to Ms. Ary!
KCD football’s second Super Bowl Donation Drive was a tremendous success, collecting well over 1,000 household and food items from families in all three divisions to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. A Super Bowl champ was chosen by a narrow margin: the Kansas City Chiefs won the popular vote.
Congratulations to the middle school Governor’s Cup team, who took first place overall at the district tournament on January 18. Several teams and individuals also received medals and will move on to the regional competition on February 1. Congratulations to the students below!
On January 18, the middle school speech team competed in the Gray/Woodland swing tournament. The team earned 4th place honors at the Gray Tournament and 6th place at Woodland. Congratulations to the team and to the individuals below:
Congratulations to the Bearcat Esports League of Legends team, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the fall state tournament before eventually losing to Boyle County. Senior Thomas Fogarty led the team to a 12th place finish during the regular fall split, the Bearcats' highest season finish to date.
Our young Rocket League team finished 27th during the fall split, led by freshman Jacob Herbstreit. The spring split is about to start, and you can follow our games on Twitch: BearcatEsports or watch live in the Upper School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are a KCD grad who plays League of Legends or Rocket League, we want to scrimmage with you! Please contact Danielle Brown for more information.
Tracy Gritton, Rebecca Gallion, and LuAnn Hayes make up our lower school “STEAM Team,” and they are currently guiding our first graders through the STEAM unit entitled The Science of Sound. Gregory Acker visited our first graders on January 21 to help the students explore sound in a unique way.
All the faculty and staff would like to thank the Parent Association Teacher Appreciation Committee for a fantastic Mexican buffet lunch this week. On Wednesday, teachers and staff enjoyed food catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill along with a delicious assortment of desserts. A special thanks to event chair Dana Robinson as well as all the parents who donated desserts and served as lunch parents in the Lower School.
In December of 2019, a group of upper school students organized a clothing drive to provide coats and blankets for local youth. Students coordinated with two local charities and the Mayor’s office to collect the items, which were delivered to five JCPS schools and the Coalition for the Homeless. The Doctors for Healthy Communities website has more on the story. Kudos to these students on being exemplary citizens and stewards!
In November, middle school students in advanced math classes participated in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8). The multiple choice test consists of 25 problem-solving questions. The top three finishers in each grade were recognized during the all school meeting on Monday, January 13, with the first-place finisher in each grade receiving a Graeter’s gift card. The math department would like to congratulate the school winner, Melis Ozyurekoglu, and the other top finishers:
At the State of the School address on Wednesday, January 15, Head of School Peter Huestis shared some exciting details about upcoming building and renovation plans at KCD. Phase 1 of the Create Together campaign involves the construction of a new STEAM Academic Center and the full renovation of the Lower School. Both projects will break ground in the spring of 2020. Additional phases of the Create Together campaign involve renovation of KCD’s indoor athletic facilities (Phase 2) and the Middle School (Phase 3).
Congratulations to the boys and girls swim teams, who had outstanding performances at the All A Invitational swim meet on Saturday, January 11. The boys team finished third overall, and girls team finished first! The combined team score was second overall—just 10 points away from 1st place.
On December 16, the Bearcat Singers performed Sing Me a Storyfor the Lower School. The performance was a wonderfully entertaining display of dancing, singing, and costumes. Congratulations to the first and second grade performers and director Jeannine Ary on a great show.
On December 5, the KCD middle school and upper school choirs brought some holiday cheer during their holiday choral concert in the KCD Theater. It was an evening of great music by our talented students. Congratulations to the choirs and director Karen Welsh on a fantastic performance!
On January 8, seventh grade students kicked off their capstone Euro Project in the KCD Theater. This project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project that ties together the curriculum in their English, geography, and art classes. Each group was assigned a European country and received the flag of the country they will represent. Each group will be required to create a bid for that country to host the 2020 Olympics.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Diary of Anne Frank on a powerful production in December. The actors did a terrific job of capturing the realities, fears, and hopes of their characters in this dramatic story. Congratulations to director Kate Scinta for her hard work on the show. Click the link below to see some photos from the show.
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