Last night at St. Matthews Baptist Church, graduating seniors received diplomas marking the completion of their academic career at Kentucky Country Day. Congratulations to these seniors, and welcome to the KCD Alumni Association!
The KCD Dads Bourbon and BBQ event proved once again to be another great evening of good times and camaraderie. This year's edition of the sold-out KCDate fundraiser featured a cornhole tournament and drawing for an engraved bourbon barrel head to commemorate the event. The featured event was the opportunity to create a personalized Infinity Bottle; attendees became master blenders for the night as they mixed together their own bottle of bourbon from an assortment of retail bottles—allowing for some real creativity.
In June of 2016, Will Smith ’13 was selected in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft—picked 32nd overall by the LA Dodgers. On May 28, 2019, Will played his first major league game with the Dodgers, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a single and a double. Way to go, Will! We here at KCD are so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished!
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.
On Wednesday, eighth graders celebrated the end of the school year at the Eighth Grade Class Day ceremony. This event marks an important educational milestone: the conclusion of students’ middle school years and their transition to high school. Congratulations to all our eighth graders; we know that you have a lot to look forward to as you continue on to high school.
On May 18, KCD celebrated the 40th anniversary of KCD’s Springdale Road campus. The sixth grade stewardship class held a food drive for Dare to Care in conjunction with the event. Through the event, KCD contributed 125 pounds of food and $34 to Dare to Care. Way to go, Bearcats! Thank you to everyone that participated to help those in need.
The annual Upper School Class Day assembly honors students for achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts. In keeping with tradition, seniors participated in the annual Rose Walk, where they were presented with a rose by kindergarten students.
Third and fourth graders in the Choral Theatre Players presented Pirates in the KCD Theater this week. Students put on a great performance on May 22 for an enthusiastic lower school audience. Congratulations to the performers and director Jeannine Ary!
For the first time since 2006, the Bearcats missed an opportunity to compete in the state championship game after falling in a classic semifinal game to arch-rival Sacred Heart by a score of 13-12. The Bearcats fell behind 3-0 early but then reeled off six in a row to surge ahead. After building a 8-4 lead, SHA scored three quick goals to take back momentum heading into halftime. The Bearcats again built a good lead in the second half and had the ball with a couple minutes left looking to take the last shot, but could not hang on, ultimately falling 13-12.
On May 18, we were thrilled to welcome nearly 300 members of the KCD community to our celebration of the 40th anniversary of KCD’s Springdale Road campus! Our guests were treated to KCD swag, games, hot dogs, cake, and Italian Ice from Sunset Slush of the Bluegrass. Thanks to all the parents, students, alumni, teachers, and staff who came out to help us celebrate. Thanks to the Alumni and Development Offices for organizing this great event.
On May 18, several KCD middle school lacrosse players were selected to participate in the Metro League All Star game. Christian Tacogue, Will Leggett, John Gaines, Ryan Johnson, and Sean Grogan were selected to the team for their outstanding play this season. Congratulations to these athletes!
The theme of this year’s Exploremore was Around the World with Baxter, and our Bearcats enjoyed lots of fun a beautiful spring day. Students spent the day participating in dozens of classes, all organized by parent volunteers.
Fifth graders in Trudy Wheeler’s drama classes brought Greek mythology to life by taking on the persona of a Greek god or goddess. Students wrote and performed a monologue from their chosen character’s point of view while wearing a mask they created to show important attributes of their character. The project was part of a unit about theater and ancient Greek culture.
During Life Skills class, sixth graders worked together to plan a field trip for their class. Planned trips were required to stay within a 60-mile radius and budget of $40 per student. This year’s trip included the Kentucky Science Center & an IMAX movie, then an afternoon of bowling, roller skating, laser tag, and bumper cars at Strike & Spare in Clarksville. The trip ended on a perfect note with ice cream in the courtyard. Congratulations to our sixth graders on planning a fantastic field trip!
All year, our fourth grade carpool ambassadors have helped students arrive safely at school. These students were recognized during the Choral Theatre Players production on May 24. Thanks to these students for being great citizens!
On May 11, Bearcat baseball fans invaded Louisville Slugger Field for KCD’s fourth annual Bearcats & Bats event. This year featured an extra bonus: it was Star Wars Night! The evening was filled with stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, wookies, and—of course—baseball. Even a little rain did not spoil the fun!
Congratulations to the boys and girls track and field teams on outstanding performances at the regional meet on May 14. The boys team brought home the regional runner-up trophy despite being predicted to finish in fourth place. The girls team placed fourth overall, one spot above their fifth place prediction.
On Thursday, first graders welcomed family and friends to their annual Poetry Cafe, featuring the poetry of Dr. Seuss. This musical program is always a lot of fun—congrats to the performers on an outstanding show!
On May 15, kindergarten students in Heather Ribblett’s science class welcomed WLKY meteorologist Matt Milosevich as part of their STEAM unit on weather. This was the second year that this unit included the integration of art and music into the science unit on weather. Students created a cloud in a bottle, observed how precipitation formed from a shaving cream cloud, and discussed tornado safety. This cross-curricular unit was the result of collaboration with music teacher Luann Hayes and art teacher Judy Ambach. The students have enjoyed participating in this exciting unit!
Congratulations to College Counseling Director Danny Easley, who is currently featured in the member spotlight section of the website of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Click through to read the profile and learn a little bit more about Mr. Easley!
Third and fourth graders in Terri Giesel’s science classes have been exceptionally busy this spring cleaning, preparing, and planting the lower school garden. Students have planted sunflowers seeds harvested from last year's garden, a variety of flower seeds to attract butterflies, pie pumpkin seeds, and a few new butterfly bushes. Sunflower seeds and planting directions were sent home with third and fourth grade students. Please find a sunny place to plant them. They also have had fun identifying the Horse Chestnut Tree in the center of the garden and observing the hummingbirds that are attracted to it. If you find yourself on campus this summer, please take time to visit our very beautiful garden!
On May 16, the sixth grade class held a parent-student writing conference at school. Sixth grade parents were invited to attend this conference, where their child described the development of their writing skills during the year. Students have been keeping an electronic portfolio of their written work throughout the year and have evaluated their strengths, weaknesses, and progress as a writer. Congratulations to our sixth grade students for all of their hard work!
Congratulations to the students in Brian Wagner’s Advanced Computer Programming class, who designed a built a handheld game system that was featured on the Hackaday website. The students used a wi-fi enabled microcontroller and the MicroPython programming language to build a handheld game system that incorporates a screen display, joystick, buzzer, and LED strip that’s used in several of the system’s games. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the article, where students explain the various components of the system.
On May 7, the student trustees of The Artemis Fund presented a total of $7,499 in grants to three local youth services organizations. Lifehouse Maternity Home received a grant to start an education fund for young mothers and their children. Smoketown Family Wellness Center will use their grant for a Reach Out and Read program that provides developmentally-appropriate books to children on their well child visits to get them ready for kindergarten. St. Joseph Children’s Home received a grant to support their Therapy and Sensory Aid Project, which provides traumatized children with therapeutic materials.
Congratulations to junior Dorian Heard, whose time of 51.15 in the 400m dash set a new school record for KCD! Dorian’s record time was set at the Small Private School Championship at Walden School on May 6.
Thanks to Jennifer Schoenegge for the great photo!
On Thursday, May 9, the KCD Orchestra and the Young Strings group put on a great performance to a full house. The program featured arrangements by Daniel Bronfman, solos by Lila Hayden and Taylor Parker, and a Young Strings recital. Congratulations to these musicians and to conductor James Racine!
Counselor Julie Smith and art teacher Becky Gallion have led the way on a kindness rock project in the Lower School for the past two weeks. First, students chose words of encouragement and empathy to paint on rocks in art class. These rocks were then placed in the lower school courtyard to share with our students, faculty, and staff. Ms. Gallion and Ms. Smith are encouraging classes to use the rocks to write about kindness in their journals, help a friend feel supported, or inspire students to reach out to others.
On May 7, KCD held a signing ceremony for student-athletes who have committed to participate in college athletics. We’re very proud of all these students and know that they’re prepared to succeed in the classroom as well as on the field.
Congratulations to our 2018–19 college signees:
Hunter Bates, Washington and Lee University (football)
Jacob Fowler, DePauw University (soccer)
Emily Harrison, James Madison University (field hockey)
Bella Kern, Kenyon College (field hockey)
Alex Pollitt, College of Wooster (soccer)
Megan Read, University of Michigan (field hockey)
David Satterly, Rhodes College (football)
Sophia Sparks, Transylvania University (lacrosse)
Judith Topham, College of Wooster (cross country/track)
May 1 is National Decision Day, the deadline for students to commit to the college of their choice. KCD’s college counseling and alumni offices hosted a celebration for our seniors, treating them to a buffet lunch and sundae bar. Afterward, seniors took a group picture while wearing their college gear.
Congratulations to the Bearcat baseball team, who made school history this year with their first-ever appearance at the All A state tournament. The team not only made it to the tournament, but advanced all the way to the finals, beating Owensboro Catholic 5-4 and Raceland 4-3 in the process. The Bearcats eventually fell to defending state champions Beechwood, bringing their season record to an impressive 14-3. Congratulations to Coach Rausch and the Bearcat baseball team for reaching this new milestone in KCD athletic history!
In 2012, the KCD Athletic Booster Club initiated an honorary club designed to recognize participants in multiple sports. On May 2, the 2018–19 inductees were recognized in front of their peers for their outstanding accomplishments. Check out the full list of inductees here. Congratulations to these Bearcats!
Last week, the Middle School welcomed fourth graders for a move-up day that gave them a taste of all the exciting opportunities waiting for them in the fifth grade. Fourth graders, we are excited to welcome you to Middle School!
For the last two weeks, seventh grade Geography students have been studying national parks. On April 25, students presented their own park proposals to their classmates. Seventh graders also heard from Interim Head of School Anne Glosky, who shared her family’s experiences visiting many of our country’s National Parks. Thanks to Ms. Glosky for sharing her experiences with our students
During ERB testing last week, sixth grade math classes got to hone their math skills using Girl Scout cookies! Students used their math skills to measure the diameter of their cookie, find the circumference and area of the cookie, and find the area and volume of their cookie boxes. Students also learned about the history of the Girl Scouts as part of the project. Thanks to sixth grader and Girl Scout Torie Grazette for being a big help to her classmates! Ms. Paschal said that her goal is for sixth graders to think about math every year at Girl Scout Cookie time!
This week, kindergarten and junior kindergarten students got into the Derby spirit with their annual Derby parade and race. Students proudly showed off their Derby floats (kindergartners), jockey silks, and horse sock puppets (junior kindergartners) before heading to the gym for the race. Students took a lap around the track and took their turn in the winners’ circle afterward.
Last week, the Fine Arts Guild sponsored a pair of masterclasses with visiting faculty from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Soprano Katherine Jolly and pianist Kimberly Carballo worked with vocal, piano, saxophone, and violin students. Participants included Henry Enck, Lila Hayden, Natalie Hayden, Daniel Bronfman, Emaan Sayied, Angela Liu, Maria Salcedo, Laura Bache, Madelyn Steinberg, Liv Gudmundsson, Daniel Moriarty, and Parker Jennings.
Five new members have been inducted into KCD’s chapter of the Mu Alpha Theta, a national math honor society. Congratulations to new members Lia Anderson, Sarisha Lohano, Sandhya Lohano, Tala Maya, and Nora Tayara. To be inducted, students must be in Algebra 2 or higher math course, maintain a B+ average in their math courses, and complete 10 hours of math-related service.
This week, the college counseling office introduced a new event: the College Cafe. This event was held in the Wilder Room and provided a forum for students to hear directly from seniors about their college search and the factors that influenced their college decision. Thanks to the seniors who agreed to answer questions and share their experiences with their peers!
On Friday, the Parent Association held a Flower Market Day for our faculty and staff. Teachers and staff members were invited to top by to pick up a geranium and some breakfast treats. Thanks to co-chairs Tammy Rigney and Kathy Kuhn for organizing this event and to Suzanne Holmes Bowman ’89, Marissa Yonover, and Kathryn Honegger for helping out—it was truly appreciated.
The KCD math team claimed eight medals for individual performances and took second place in the city at the year-end banquet of the Greater Louisville Math League on April 22. According to Coach Dr. Michael Goldberg, the performance of this year’s team is among the best in recent memory. Congratulations to the team!
Seventh grader Madelyn Steinberg represented KCD at the KMEA (Kentucky Music Education Association) Solo and Ensemble Assessments on April 20. She was joined by singers from the Youth Performing Arts School, Ballard High School, and many other prominent vocal programs in our area. Madelyn earned the highest grade possible of Distinguished. Congratulations, Madelyn!
Several advanced geometry students attended the 2019 Bullitt Lecture at the University of Louisville on Thursday, April 11. The lecture featured Brown University professor Dr. Thomas Branchoff, who spoke about the fourth dimension and its impact on the novel Flatland as well its impact on the work of Salvador Dali. The students had watched the movie Flatland in class prior to attending the lecture. The math department would like to applaud these students for extending their learning outside of the KCD classroom!
This year’s Grandparents and Special Friends program was a wonderful celebration Bluegrass music. This year’s show was called “Where the Bluegrass Grows.” Students in grades 1–4 shared a musical celebration of Bluegrass music with outstanding choral arrangements to creative dances with instrumental accompaniments.
For the eighth year in a row, the girls JV lacrosse team won the Braveheart tournament hosted by Sacred Heart Academy. The Bearcats earned the victory over Sacred Heart by a score of 6-5 in the championship game. Winning this prestigious tournament is a major accomplishment for the team. Congratulations to all of the coaches and players. Excellent work, Bearcats!
We had so much fun celebrating 40 years on Springdale Road during our 40 Hours of Giving last week! We’d like to thank everyone who supported KCD by sending in a gift, a wish for the future of KCD, or dining out at Blaze, Five Guys, or Potbelly.
The 40 Hours of Giving Campaign raised $88,196! Here are the results by the numbers:
This week, the Middle School Drama Society hosted a breakfast for the winners of the Push 4 Pennie$ fundraising competition. The money raised will be awarded to three local charities at the drama banquet on May 11.
Seventh graders spent last week at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in eastern Kentucky, where they explored the history, geography, and culture of Appalachia. During the trip, students studied the ecology of the area and learned about the history and environmental impact of coal mining. The trip was also a great time for the students to bond through various activities over the course of the week. Throughout the trip, seventh graders take time to record their thoughts and observations in their journals.
On April 15, the math department announced the winners of the CML math competitions during the all school meeting. The CMLs are a series of five problem-solving tests taken by Advanced Math students. The top finisher in each grade received a Graeter’s gift card, and the top three finishers in each grade received candy. The math department would like to congratulate these students!
On February 7, all upper school advanced math students participated in the American Mathematics Competition test. The test is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The math department would like to congratulate our top three finishers:
Eighth graders wrapped up their eight-week Endangered Species Project right before Spring Break. This interdisciplinary capstone project culminates in a presentation to a panel of teachers and parents. The top eight presenters gave their presentations to the entire grade in the theater. This year’s finalists were Megan Delande, Mya Collins, Daniel Bronfman, Monica Mahoney, Lyba Masroor, Jordan Goldberg, Evan Jahn, and Hugh Kuffner, who was recognized as the best overall presenter.
Congratulations to these students and all our eighth graders on reaching this academic milestone!
The Upper School Governor’s Cup team competed in the state tournament during the weekend of March 16–17 at the Galt House Hotel. The Future Problem Solving team of Zahra Khan, Caleh Collins, Catherine Tanner, and Sandhya Lohano competed on Saturday, led by coach Sarah Shartzer. The Quick Recall team of Georgia Coats, Taylor Parker, Eddy Zhong, David Brennan, Solomon Blinchevsky, Jake Latts, and Thomas Fogarty competed on Sunday afternoon, led by coach Robbie Hitzelberg. Individual competitors in written assessment competed Sunday morning: Taylor Parker (math), Lauren Rawson (math), and Sohaib Sajid (social studies), and Eddy Zhong (science). Congratulations to all competitors for a fantastic season!
Each year, the students in the KCD Honors Program host the annual Ideas Café, where they share their research with the KCD community. This year’s café covered topics such as the ethics of therapy dogs, the ways money makes us happy and unhappy, and pyramid conspiracies and theories.
The Lower School readathon, Once Upon a Readathon, was a huge success! During this fairy tale-themed week of reading, students kept track of their reading minutes to move up levels around the library in the hopes of earning the “key to the castle.” Starting with a magical drawbridge, students had to move through a gingerbread house, enchanted forest, and Jack’s beanstalk before finally getting to the castle! Students who read ten hours received a real key. Throughout our readathon, lower school students and faculty enjoyed themed dress days, fairy tale decorations, a visit from author Katie Klise, and hearing many guest readers in their classes.
KCD’s middle school MathCounts team competed in the state championships on March 23, taking eight place overall. This top-ten finish follows and second place regional finish in February. Congratulations to Daniel Bronfman, Emaan Sayied, Armaan Rai, Hugh Kuffner, Evan Davis, and Aryan Agahtehran for making it to state and competing to so well for KCD!
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Ramona Quimby on a great production before Spring Break. Thanks to director Trudy Wheeler and technical director Mo Stucker for their hard work on the show. The actors and tech crew should be proud of putting on a stellar performance!
On March 27, seniors attended the annual O’Brien Senior Lecture, which invites distinguished guests to speak to seniors as they begin a new chapter of life beyond KCD. This year’s lecture was given by author Emily Bingham.
On March 28, Maksim and Veronika Pisaryk, parents of Christopher ’28, spoke to Ms. Kettring’s third graders about life in Belarus, a country in Eastern Europe. Both parents were born in Minsk, which is the capital of Belarus, and immigrated to the United States.
Mr. and Ms. Pisaryk shared many photos of the cityscapes and landmarks and also talked about the symbolism of the country’s flag. This presentation was part of Ms. Kettring’s class study of Europe.
Over March 17–19, 74 KCD students participated in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), an experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. We are very proud that KCD was once again recognized as the Outstanding Delegation, the top overall award among all delegations.
The Baking Club held their first bake sale of the school year on Monday, March 18, and it was a huge success! The club sold out of all of their baked goods! Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Humane Society. This was a fun and delicious way to demonstrate stewardship in our community. Thank you to all the Bearcats that supported the bake sale!
In the spirit of March Madness, the major NCAA basketball tournament, the middle school leadership council, the CLC, organized a “Snack Madness.” The group put together a bracket pitting different snacks against one another to see which snack the student body most preferred. Students voted round by round, and in a close final matchup, Chips Ahoy edged out Doritos for the win! Students will enjoy Chips Ahoy cookies for snack in the coming weeks. Thanks to the CLC for organizing this fun event.
Students in Danielle Brown’s middle school Fashion Design elective recently completed a project inspired by the unconventional materials challenge in the reality TV show Project Runway. Students designed and constructed garments using unusual materials and showed them off at a photoshoot run by US photography teacher David Miller. Students really enjoyed modeling their creations for the camera!
On March 15, KCD held its third inservice day of the school year for faculty and staff. The morning session, called Celebrate and Educate, provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn from their colleagues about new curricula and innovative programs. The goal of this program was to promote schoolwide awareness of diverse topics such as the lower school math curriculum, project-based learning in eighth grade science, and how PE is incorporating occupational therapy into their curriculum. Teachers really enjoyed learning more about their colleagues’ work and how it makes KCD a special place for students.
Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Green is pleased to announce that KCD middle school teacher Kristen Grogan has accepted the position of KCD head varsity girls basketball coach for the 2019–20 season. Coach Grogan also serves as the head coach for KCD varsity girls soccer.
On March 19, lower schoolers enjoyed a performance from KCD Orchestra Director James Racine (aka Maestro J) and his band. Mr. Racine is also KCD’s director of diversity and inclusion, and he said that the goal of the performance, called “Inclusion Through Music,” was to find a way to talk about stereotypes that would be appropriate and enjoyable for a lower school audience.
We were proud to welcome Mr. Lowry Watkins Jr., a 1964 graduate of KCD predecessor Aquinas Preparatory School, to throw out the first pitch at our varsity baseball season opener against Moore. Mr. Watkins is a generous KCD supporter who has made a lasting impact on this school over many years. In addition to establishing a student scholarship fund, Mr. Watkins has established endowments to benefit the tennis, baseball, and soccer programs, as well as the library. He was recognized with KCD’s Exceptional Service Award in 2011. Thanks to Mr. Lowry Watkins Jr. for his generosity and support!
The KCD Upper School Speech Team capped a mighty season by earning a trophy as a School of Excellence in speaking events at the state tournament held at UK over March 15–16. In addition, Caroline Topham took 2nd place in Broadcasting, while Nicole White and Will Tway took 4th in Improvisational Duo. Graesyn Heimer advanced to quarterfinals in Broadcasting, and Will Tway advanced to semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation. All in all, it was a great showing for our Bearcat speakers!
Rube Goldberg machines are designed to perform simple tasks in very complicated ways. Fourth graders created their own Rube Goldberg machines during a recent interdisciplinary STEAM unit led by lower school teachers Terri Giesel, Rosanne Zabloudil, Jeannine Ary, and Becky Gallion. Each team of students was responsible for designing and constructing a machine that would make a marble go into a cup—in a very complicated way, of course! Students enjoyed this collaborative project combining science, art, music, and technology.
Congratulations to the KCD middle school speech team, who placed sixth in the state at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s Junior State Tournament on March 1–2 in Lexington. Eleven KCD students represented KCD at the competition. Six students advanced to semifinals in various events, and all six made it to the final rounds in at least one of their events.
KCD nutritionist Catherine Arnold spoke to the sixth grade about snacks on Thursday, March 14. During her presentation, each adviser group gave her two snacks to evaluate. Ms. Arnold examined the snacks and spoke about the ingredients in each. She then gave each snack a rating of go or a slow. This fun presentation helped the sixth graders know what to look for in making healthy snack choices.
KCD’s Mu Alpha Theta math club had a great year in the Log1 National contest this year. The club, which is composed of 27 students, finished 1st in the state, 5th in the region, and 20th nationally! Congratulations to the following students, who earned awards for the placing in the top 40 in their division: Eddy Zhong, Lauren Rawson, Ayaan Jabbar, Daniel Greenberg, Mahmoud Kutmah, Nicole Wei, and Sarisha Lohano. The club will also get a $271 check for their achievements!
On March 14, seventh grade students took part in the final presentations of their Euro projects. For the last eight weeks, seventh grade students have been hard at work on this interdisciplinary, collaborative project that ties together English, math, geography, and art class curriculums. Each group was assigned a European country and was required to create a bid for that country to host the 2020 Olympics. Along the way, students produced a website, promotional video, Olympic mascot, and several pieces of writing on the history, geography, and culture of their country.
The talent in our community got a chance to shine on March 8 at the first-ever KCD’s Got Talent schoolwide talent show. After an incredible meal and festive beverages from Taco Luchador/Guacamole, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni took to the stage to sing, play, and tell jokes before an appreciative audience in the theater. The business office’s Kara Kelton was recognized as the best act of the night for her soulful rendition of “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”
For the past few years, math teachers Sarah Shartzer and Jenni Williams have been using the popular Breakout games in their classes to emphasize collaboration and creative problem-solving. Ms. Williams has been taking her math classes to Breakout games, while Ms. Shartzer has designed her own version of the game, called Fake-out. On March 4, they presented a session for more than a hundred fellow teachers at the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) conference in Lexington, discussing how they’ve integrated these activities into their math curriculum.
On March 1, eighth graders visited the Louisville Zoo as part of their seven-week Endangered Species Project. Students met with docents, handled and petted a few animals, went on tours to see various endangered species, and discussed and developed Species Survival Plans. Students will draw on their zoo experience in the second half of the project, which culminates with presentation day on March 28.
Congratulations to the fifth grade Governor’s Cup team, who was recognized with the Hume Sportsmanship Award at their regional competition on March 2. In addition, Ashir Ouseph placed 5th in Arts and Humanities, and Gage Fackler placed 3rd. Congratulations to these Bearcats on exemplifying our motto of Citizen, Scholar, Steward.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Les Misérables on spectacular production last weekend. This was a tremendously ambitious show, and both cast and crew delivered a polished and moving set of performances. Congratulations to director Kate Scinta, musical director Karen Welsh, and technical director Rudy Keel on a terrific show. Finally, thanks to the Fine Arts Guild, whose contributions allowed this production to be accompanied by a live orchestra.
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 Jason Geer ’11, who encouraged students to make the most of their KCD experience by opening themselves to new activities and experiences.
On February 16, the KCD Gearcats robotics team had an impressive showing in their season-ending robotics tournament. Through teamwork, hard work, and dedication, the team engineered a very competitive robot, falling short by just one point in the quarterfinals to the eventual tournament champion. Congratulations to team members Ayaan Jabbar, Logan Purkiss, Jerry Wu, Bryce Wunderlich, Tala Saad, Anish Bhalerao, Byrd Saylor, Nico Williams, Anya Sharma, Elly Girdler, and Paxton Kuhn on a fantastic season!
Congratulations to the KCD MathCounts team, who finished as regional runners-up at the MathCounts regional competition on February 16. Sixteen KCD students competed against 200 other students from 30 middle schools in the surrounding area.
Congratulations to Emaan Sayied, Daniel Bronfman, Evan Davis, Hugh Kuffner, and Natalie Hayden for finishing in the top 25 in the region and to the four-person KCD team of Armaan Rai, Aryan Agahtehrani, Daniel Bronfman, and Emaan Sayied for earning trophies for placing second in the competition!
On March 1, JK parents joined 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.
On February 25, the seventh grade music ensemble performed Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” for their peers during the Monday meeting. The performance featured guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit, congas, bongos, hand percussion instruments, harp, keyboards, and solo voice. Congratulations to all on a very successful performance!
Several KCD swim team members competed at the KHSAA state swim meet on February 22-23. Cora Martin finished 9th overall with an impressive performance in the 100 fly. The 200 free relay team of Abby Caudill, Emory Garlove, Emma Coulter, and Cora Martin finished with a time of 1:44.37, placing 15th in the state and setting a new KCD record! Congratulations to coach Kinney and the Bearcats on a strong finish to the swim season!
Earlier this month, KCD’s upper school Governor’s Cup team finished second our ot 17 teams at their regional tournament.
KCD excelled in the two team events. In Future Problem Solving, Zahra Khan, Caleh Collins, Catherine Tanner, and Sandhya Lohano earned first place in the region. Congratulations to Coach Sarah Shartzer and her team, who will compete at the state tournament later this month!
In addition, the Quick Recall team avenged earlier season losses to Trinity and Eastern to come in second place overall. Congratulations to Coach Robbie Hitzelberg and his players, Eddy Zhong, Jake Latts, Georgia Coats, David Brennan, and Taylor Parker, who will also compete at state!
During the Alumni and Chair’s Reception on February 8, we were proud to honor KCD parents Carrie Birkhead Scharf ’82 and David Scharf with the Exceptional Service Award. Interim Head of School Anne Glosky and Board Chair George Wagner presented the Scharfs with the award, which recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the KCD community.
KCD’s fifth grade Quick Recall team will advance to regionals after very competitive play at the district competition. In addition, Akash Sigdel, Gage Fackler, Ashir Ouseph, Ricky Panchal, and Paige Davis will advance to regionals as individual competitors for written assessments. We’re proud of these students and wish them good luck at regionals on March 2!
Throughout the week, fourth grade students in Jeannine Ary’s music class performed Carnival of the Animals as puppet theater for other lower school classes. Carnival of the Animals is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The fourth grade performances contained a variety of animal puppets, fun music, and animal sounds. The production helped lower school students prepare for the Louisville Orchestra‘s family concert in March.
On February 8, Matt Evans’ geography students were able to use an item made in our own design and fabrication lab as a valuable tool in their learning. Using dymaxion globes that they created with Tim Rice in the design and fabrication lab, students were able to view and learn about the geography of our world in a new way. Using a games approach with the globes, students had fun while learning about the Earth!
Mr. Evans said, “Dymaxion globes made in the KCD Design and Fabrication Lab allow my geography students to learn tactilely while developing spatial awareness and recognition. Never too old for game play!”
The Lower School-Upper School Community Outreach event was a success, with students from each division working together to make 250 boxes! The Jared’s Box Project involved filling a plastic shoe box with small items and “well wishes, hope, and love” for ill children to play with. The boxes will be delivered over Winter Break to Norton’s Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Center for Women and Families (among other places). This great example of stewardship in our community will touch many lives!
Congratulations to KCD varsity swim coach John Kinney on being named the KHSAA Region 5 Coach of the Year for boys swimming! This award, voted on by his peers, is a great honor for coach Kinney, who is in his first year leading the Bearcat swim team. “All of this would not be possible without two fantastic assistant coaches, everyone’s help and support, and most importantly, the kids on the team,” Coach Kinney said.
On February 14, Michelle Amos from the Little Loomhouse visited students in Rebecca Gallion’s art class. The students worked together to make bracelets and learned about weaving, spinning, and other fiber arts. This was a great educational experience for our students!
On February 11, the sixth grade music ensemble performed Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as the culmination of their trimester-long research into the evolution of African-American music. Featured instruments included guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit, congas, bongos, hand percussion instruments, harp, keyboards, and solo voice. Congratulations to all on a very successful performance!
In the month of February, kindness has been a theme in the Lower School and the Middle School. On February 8, students from each division teamed up to make cards with encouraging words in the library. The students then placed the cards in books throughout the library for readers to find! This activity of one of many that students are participating in throughout the month of February. Teachers are also discussing kindness and giving students the opportunity to reflect on the projects and activities they are participating in.
Congratulations to the KCD swim and dive team on a great performance at the regional championships this past weekend. The following swimmers placed in finals, scoring points for the Bearcats: Emory Garlove, Liana Renard, Cora Martin, Kyra Anderson, Adam Hetman, Drew Collis, Parker Touma, Adam Melhuish, Emma Coulter, Meena Rao, Cate Coartney, Nick Prohaska, Abby Caudill, Aspen Caudill, Katie Coulter, Clay Bockhorst, Addison Garlove, Andrew Mainka, Kyra Anderson, and Grace Halbleib.
On February 4, Aaron Bibelhauser and Dave Howard from the Kentucky Folk School visited with Jeannine Ary’s fourth grade music students, teaching them about the history of Bluegrass music and the elements of songwriting. Students were introduced to a number of unique instruments and enjoyed singing some familiar Bluegrass music with the musicians. A special thank you to the KCD Fine Arts Guild for sponsoring this event.
On February 6, sixth grade students spent their day visiting the Speed Art Museum at the University of Louisville. The students learned about the many exhibits at the museum on a guided tour by the museum staff and then split into advisee groups to view some of their favorite works of art. The group finished this fun and eventful day with a delicious lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory!
Congratulations to the following field hockey players on being named to the 2018 Keith Waldman—Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad: Caroline Collis, Mary Claire Duncan, Erin Gillis, Emily Harrison, Arabella Maki, Katie Nagaraj, Lucy Poindexter, Megan Read, Sophia Sparks, and Ashley White.
For the next eight weeks, eighth graders will be investigating and learning about endangered species around the world. The interdisciplinary project kicked off this week with a lottery in which students picked the animals they will research. You can learn more about the Endangered Species Project by visiting the project website.
On Friday, February 1, middle school students were surprised with a fun-filled afternoon that included some special treats at lunch and a movie in the KCD Theater in lieu of afternoon classes. The middle school faculty came up with the idea as a way to show appreciation to the students for all of their hard work over the last several weeks. This was a fun and exciting way for the students to end their week.
We’d like to thank the entire KCD community for participating in KCD Football’s very first Super Bowl drive to benefit the West End School. Thanks to our generous community, we collected more than 550 items and received overwhelming support from all three divisions. Our varsity football players and coaches will be delivering those items to the West End School next week.
On February 1, lower school students had an amazing time celebrating the 100th day of school! Many students wore special shirts they made or dressed up like 100-year-olds. Throughout the day, students participated in activities involving the theme of 100, including STEAM activities and counting the 100-item collections they prepared for the day.
Congratulations to the Middle School Governor’s Cup team, who claimed their sixth straight district title at the tournament at Saint Mary Academy on January 19. KCD’s Future Problem Solving team won their fourth consecutive district title, while our Quick Recall team picked up their third straight district win. Eighth grader Riley Jones won her third straight district title in Arts & Humanities.
Seventh grade students and faculty travelled to Paoli Peaks on Monday, January 28, for their annual ski field trip. This trip is always a great time of fun and bonding. In the spring, seventh graders will take their annual week-long trip to Pine Mountain.
When Bluegrass musicians Aaron Biebelhauser and his brother Adam performed for the Lower School on January 24, they had students clapping along. The brothers played a variety of traditional and modern songs and introduced students to a number of instruments, including the guitar, upright bass, banjo, and dobro.
Students in David Miller and Tim Rice’s Design and Fabrication class have begun to experiment with metal jewelry casting, combining a traditional process called cuttlebone casting with 3D printing techniques. According to Mr. Miller, they’re still in the beginning stages of this process and are looking to use 3D prints more directly in the process to improve quality and detail in the finished pieces.
Faculty and staff enjoyed a wonderful Mexican lunch this week catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill thanks to the Parent Association. In addition to lunch, parents provided an amazing assortment of sweet treats to finish off the meal. Thanks to Kelly Wagner and all the parents who provided this special event for the faculty and staff.
We’re proud to introduce KCD’s newest competitive team: the KCD Esports team! Esports, which consists of teams competing in multiplayer video games, has become incredibly popular in the last few years. When the Kentucky High School Athletic Association recently sanctioned an Esports league, both Athletic Director Tim Green and Upper School Director Kent Martin agreed to give the activity a try at KCD. “The team provides students with a unique opportunity to experience commitment, teamwork, winning, and losing,” said Mr. Martin.
Sarah Shartzer’s eighth grade Algebra 1 students recently learned about slopes by completing a scavenger hunt around campus. The scavenger hunt required students to solve problems, then go out to find visual representations of their lines. They worked in teams of three or four to search for slope throughout the building.
When senior Wesley Moss saw the long line of students waiting at Ms. Austin’s desk to sign out, he knew there had to be a way to speed up the process. Inspired to find a better solution, Wesley created a way for seniors to sign in and out using their lanyards and an electronic scanner.
Congratulations to Emily Harrison on making the Max Field Hockey All West/Mid-West Region first team and Megan Read for making the second team. The Max Field Hockey organization selects the best players from over 10 states in the region. Congrats to our Bearcats on such a great honor.
On January 17, we were happy to welcome film producer, writer, and director Stu Pollard ’85 back to campus. Stu visited campus to speak with Film Club members and other students about the new movie Rust Creek, on which he served as producer. The movie, which is an action/thriller shot in Kentucky, is currently in select theaters and available through most digital rental services. The Courier-Journal ran a story about Stu and about Rust Creek’s Kentucky connections last week. We’d like to thank Stu for sharing his time, talent, and expertise with our students!
Congratulations to the boys varsity basketball team on winning the 7th Region All A Classic title on Saturday, January 12. In an exciting game, the Bearcats defeated Louisville Collegiate School 52-47 to win their fifth regional title in the last six seasons.
During halftime of the varsity boys basketball game on January 17, past KCD parent, faculty member, and Booster Club president Chris Brice was honored with the KCD Athletic Booster Club Service Award.
In his remarks, Athletic Director Dr. Tim Green described Mr. Brice as “an individual who has given generously of his time, treasure, and talent in many ways to the Bearcat athletic program. Chris has been a member of the KCD faculty, administration, and coaching staff, and has served in many roles on the KCD Booster Club’s executive committee, including four year as president and four years as treasurer … In today’s busy world, there is no better example of selfless support person for athletics than Chris Brice.”
Former KCD student Evan Blum and his wife Vanessa Richmond were our special musical guests on Friday, January 18. The duo, who record and perform children’s music as Evan and Vanessa, performed a number of charming songs for JK and kindergarten music classes. Thanks to Evan and Vanessa for playing for us—our students loved the performance!
On January 13, the KCD Athletic Booster Club sponsored a college sports symposium for student-athletes and their parents. This event featured KCD coaches, athletes, and parents, as well as former KCD lacrosse and football coach and current Georgetown College women’s lacrosse coach Brandon Davis. Over 80 athletes and parents attended this event, which covered a wide range of topics such as what it means to be a recruit, how to market yourself as an athlete, and questions to ask on a college visit. Check out a slideshow presentation of the symposium here.
The math department would like to congratulate the AMC 8 winners listed below. The test was taken by middle school advanced math students in November and consisted of 25 multiple choice questions. The first, second, and third place winners were recognized at the middle school meeting.
Lower School Director Amy Mendel got a nice surprise at this week’s parent-director meeting: a group of parents presented her with t-shirts and a special song showing their appreciation. This wonderful gesture was the brainchild of first grade parent Roy Martin, who said he wanted to do something to show his appreciation for the great job Ms. Mendel is doing in the Lower School and with her parent-director meetings.
Second graders in Keri Williams’ class had a great time learning math during their metric measurement unit. Students popped rubber toy poppers, then their classmates measured the distance with meter sticks. Everyone got a turn to do both tasks. After each round, the group compared measurements and found the difference by doing mental math subtraction. The students loved it the activity and enjoyed using a familiar toy to do math. “It was fun because we got to push the toy and see how far we could get it to go,” said Isaac Miller. Gabriella Roccisano commented, “It was really fun to use a toy during math!”
Last week, seniors visited eighth grade advisee groups during middle school break to talk with eighth graders about student life in the Upper School. Seniors told eighth graders that they hoped to see them in the Upper School next year and described what they most appreciated about the Upper School’s academics, programs, and community. Some seniors even gave out some Endangered Species Project advice! Seniors, thanks for sharing your experience with the class of 2023.
First grade classes welcomed ethnomusicologist and instrument maker Gregory Acker this week as they continued their interdisciplinary study of sound. Mr. Acker will return to assist these young STEAM learners as they create their own musical instruments from recycled materials. This hands-on, STEAM-focused learning project is directed by science teacher Heather Ribblett, music teacher LuAnn Hayes, and visual art teacher Becky Gallion.
On December 20, the Choral Theatre Players put on a performance of the holiday favorite The Nutcracker for the Lower School. The performance was a wonderfully entertaining display of dancing, singing, and costumes. Congratulations to the third and fourth grade performers and to director Jeannine Ary on a great show.
The new year got off to a great start at the faculty in-service on Monday. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by James Racine, director of diversity and inclusion, exploring how unconscious assumptions about race, ethnicity, and class can perpetuate stereotypes. In the afternoon, faculty participated in a range of wellness sessions led by their colleagues. There were sessions on bullet journaling, smart snacking, yoga, strength training, Tai Chi, meditation, and more! This was a great way to kick off 2019!
Mu Alpha Theta, KCD’s national math honor society, is competing in the National Log1 Contest against more than 200 of the top math schools in the nation. After the first of three tests, KCD ranks 1st in the state, 5th in the south region, and 24th in the nation. Congratulations to Eddy Zhong, Lauren Rawson, David Lai, Grace Halbleib, Ayaan Jabbar, and Daniel Greenberg, who all ranked in our region.
During the in-service day on Monday, January 7, the physical education department participated in a professional development session on physical competency in lower school students. The session was led by pediatric therapist and KCD parent Lindsey Jones. Ms. Jones discussed the concepts of sensory integration and reflex integration and their impact on developing cognitive and motor skills, as well as on behavior and social/emotional development. The PE department is excited to implement these ideas with our youngest students.
Congratulations to Fashion Design students Megan Read, Molly Ensor, and Katie Ensor, whose designs were accepted for the KMAC Couture Fashion Show. Only 50 designers were chosen out of 112 submissions for the show, and applicants ranged from high school students to adults.
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.