At KCD, we believe that meeting students’ social and emotional needs is just as important as meeting their intellectual needs. Every day, our teachers are called on not only to deliver classroom content, but also to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions. KCD’s social and emotional learning (SEL) program supports them in those efforts. Over the last few years, our in-service workshops have focused on training teachers in the SEL tools and techniques from the RULER program developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
In order to keep on top of the latest trends in college admissions, KCD college counselors Danny Easley and Dary Picken traveled to Boston recently to attend the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The conference allowed our counselors to keep informed about current issues in standardized testing, recommendation letters, counseling student athletes, and helping students build appropriate college lists.
We’re proud that our upper school curriculum features a rich and diverse set of elective courses focused on a wide range of topics and interests. For the second year in a row, we are offering an elective on Kentucky history.
Teachers run on coffee the way that cars run on gasoline, so it was exciting to pull into school this morning and see the Blackbeard Espresso truck in the parking lot. Hot breakfast sandwiches and other treats from Cake Flour were also waiting for teachers and staff to enjoy with their coffee. We are so grateful to Amy Cahill, Libby Gray, and the Parent Association for making us all feel appreciated!
On Thursday, we were proud to welcome KCD grads Seema Sheth ’04 and Charlie Farnsley ’00 back to campus to speak to students. Seema and Charlie both work as financial managers, and they spoke to students during X-period about important topics such as avoiding credit card debt, the importance of saving for emergencies, and living within a budget. We’d like to thank these two grads for sharing their time and expertise with our students!
This week, the students in Trudy Wheeler’s puppetry elective enjoyed a workshop presented by puppetry designers from the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Students created their own puppets, which will be used in scenes that students will also write and produce.
The Louisville Orchestra performed at the KCD Theater last night as part of their Music Without Borders concert series. Many of our students attended the rehearsal performance during the day yesterday, and conductor Bob Bernhardt spent some time answering student questions afterward.
Last week, seventh graders traveled to Elkhorn Creek for their biodiversity study. Students started at the Salato Wildlife Education Center, where they observed displays of live Kentucky fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. They then traveled to the creek site, where they used tools such as the aquavue and the seine to give them a firsthand look at many types of fish, insects, amphibians, and reptiles in the creek.
On September 16, the Bearcat volleyball team completed a historic run in the All A Classic state tournament, finishing runner up to St. Henry in the championship match. KCD topped Paintsville 25-16 and 25-21 to advance to the finals.
This year, lower school students and teachers have been using a communication platform called Seesaw for Schools, which allows students to create digital portfolios consisting of pictures, video, and audio recordings.
On September 1 and 2, the varsity field hockey team traveled to St. Louis for the 20th annual Gateway Field Hockey Tournament. The Bearcats represented well, going undefeated in their pool. KCD defeated John Burroughs (MO) 1-0, Arrowhead High School (WI) 3-0, and Holland Hall (OK) 4-0. Way to go, Bearcats!
With wins over Washington County on August 31 and Atherton in the opening game of the season, the Bearcat football team has secured the PAC North championship. This marks the fifth time in the last six years that the team has won the conference.
To help students learn about career opportunities in science and engineering, the science department is hosting a Science and Engineering Speaker Series this year. The series will kick off on September 13 with a talk from KCD dad Jim Rawson, who’s a mechanical engineer with GE. Other speakers lined up for the series include Dr. Lisa Keehner (veterinary science and medical/biotechnology), Dr. Bronwyn Hartung (molecular genetics and entrepreneur), Jennifer Vincent (food science), Sarah Behnke (actuary), and Michelle Parsley (civil engineer).
We’re proud to announce that Thursday’s schoolwide dress down raised over $3,000 to support disaster relief efforts in Texas! These funds will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which was created by the mayor of Houston and operates through the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Thanks to all the parents and students who donated!
We believe that student participation in community service reflects the importance of stewardship in our motto. This year’s community service program will work a little differently for upper school students. Each student is required to complete 10 hours of community service during the school year. Students can work for an organization of their choice and will log their hours on a mobile app. Students will now perform community service hours outside the regular school day, although upper schoolers will still team up with lower school students for some service projects this year.
Following her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Erin Wilhelmi ’04 landed her second Broadway role this summer when she joined the new cast of the Tony-nominated A Doll’s House, Part 2. The New York Times published its very positive review of the new cast on August 28, stating that “the new cast in place since July 25 pretty much seals the deal on the play’s extraordinary merits.” Congratulations, Erin!
Over the course of four albums, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley has become known for writing intimate songs that walk the line between country and folk. Her most recent self-titled album was released in the spring of 2017. Writing for NPR Music, Stephen Thompson says,
On August 18, the girls golf team captured the All A 7th Region title at Quail Chase East Golf Course. Ananya Jain, Harper Smith, Sara Ensor, Lauren Rawson, and Amy Suo represented the Bearcats in the victory and will advance to the state tournament in September. The top scores were Ananya’s season-low 45 and Amy’s 48.
Congratulations to the boys golf team on winning the All A 7th Region Tournament on August 24 at Quail Chase Golf Course. Michael McAdams led the Bearcats with a low score of 40. Ryan Johnson followed up with a 42. The team will compete in the state tournament on September 9 at Eagles Nest Golf Course in Somerset, Kentucky. Congrats to Coach Kevin Sullivan and the Bearcats!
For a few hours on Monday, Americans across the country came together to witness the celestial phenomenon of a solar eclipse. Here at KCD, the Bearcat community shared this amazing experience by pausing our daily routine to watch together as the moon eclipsed nearly 96% of the sun’s surface.
Over the coming weeks, the aging metal playground behind the wooden Bearcat Backyard will be replaced by a brand-new, 4,800 square-foot playground. The colorful playground design features a series of interconnected elements, offering kids many different ways to play and encouraging them to keep moving.
Ninth graders got their first taste of high school with a two-day retreat at Camp Pyoca in Indiana. Students participated in activities that brought the class together, played games, hiked, and even wrote a letter to their future selves. This retreat is a great way to set a positive tone for freshman year. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who served as chaperones.
This year’s teacher in-service continued our focus on social and emotional learning through the RULER program developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is based on research showing that emotional intelligence—recognizing, expressing, and regulating emotions—is a crucial part of effective teaching and learning.
The KCD Fine Arts Guild is proud to report that a record number of students were awarded Arts Guild scholarships last year to pursue local and national programs in the visual and performing arts. These students will be sharing their experiences with their peers at Middle School Meeting and X-period in the coming weeks. Thanks to the Fine Arts Guild for supporting these amazing opportunities for these students last year:
This summer, KCD’s Matt Evans, Clark Pollitt, Megan Pollitt, and Ray Hibbert led a group of 29 middle school students on a memorable trip through Costa Rica. Students enjoyed amazing experiences such as zip-lining through a cloud forest, swimming beneath an active volcano, and surfing the waves of the Gulf of Nicoyo, but the trip also focused on opportunities to connect with the Ticos, the people of Costa Rica. Mr. Pollitt said that he believes that these are the experiences students will remember most.
Senior football player Josh Lifson has been named to the Preseason All-Metro Louisville football team by the Courier-Journal.According to Athletic Director Dr. Tim Green, Josh is the first KCD football player to earn that honor. The article cites Josh’s 40 receptions for 594 yards and 4 touchdowns during KCD’s 10-3 season last year. Earlier this summer, Josh announced his commitment to play Division I football at the US Air Force Academy. Congratulations, Josh!
KCD’s Tech Teach Learn Conference (TTL), which is hosted at KCD each summer, is the region’s premier conference on technology in education. This year, more than 200 teachers representing approximately 75 schools attended Tech Teach Learn. We’re proud that TTL was born at KCD and continues to be organized by KCD teachers and administrators. In addition, many of our teachers lead sessions every year.
For the fourth year in a row, the Frazier Upper School has been rated the best private high school in Kentucky by the rating site Niche.com. In addition, last year Niche rated KCD as Kentucky's best private school.
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 annual Upper School Class Day awards assembly honors students for achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts. This year’s assembly was held on May 31. In keeping with tradition, seniors participated in the annual Rose Walk, where they were presented with a rose by kindergarten students. The Class Day awards are listed below.
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.
In a remarkable comeback effort, the Bearcats defeated Eastern 7-6 last week to capture their third consecutive Kentucky state championship, the team’s sixth overall. The Bearcats had lost to Eastern three times previously this season, including the district championship just one week earlier, so it took every ounce of determination and poise for the team to reach their goal.
With a thrilling 10-8 victory over Sacred Heart, the JV girls lacrosse team won their postseason tournament to end the season with the perfect record of 15-0. Despite finding themselves down by margins of 4-1 and 6-3, the Bearcats dug deep and got the game-winning goal with about 30 seconds left on the clock. This was the fourth time the squad has defeated Sacred Heart this season, which is quite remarkable in its own right.
Last week, young Padawans spent a day at KCD’s own Jedi Academy as Exploremore celebrated Star Wars. Students spent the day participating in dozens of hands-on mini-classes, all organized and run by parents.
Each year, the KCD Athletic Booster Club inducts athletes into the Letterman Society, which honors student-athletes who play three or more sports in a single year. The list of this year's inductees is below.
On April 23, lower school boys and their chaperones gathered at Slugger Field for the second annual Bearcats & Bats event. It was a terrific afternoon of baseball and bonding—KCD spirit was in the air, and it was a great day for everyone who attended
On April 25th, KCD hosted the year-end banquet of the Greater Louisville Math League (GLML) for the second year in a row. This year, students from 21 schools participated in four competitions, which tallied scores for both individuals and teams.
Each year, we are thrilled to be able to present teachers with professional development awards that fund travel or ongoing education. Over the years, these awards have provided teachers with many fantastic opportunities that have enriched the classroom experience at KCD. These awards are funded by generous donors in our community—thank you for providing these opportunities for our teachers! Descriptions of the awards, along with this year’s recipients, are below.
This year’s Grandparents and Special Friends program was a wonderful celebration of the sights and sounds of nature. This year’s show was called “What We Need is Here”—a line taken from Wendell Berry’s poem “The Wild Geese.”
Last week, 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—kudos to the performers on a great show!
Kudos to this group of upper school students, who put stewardship into action on Earth Day by coming to campus to pick up trash. The event was organized by junior Nathan Zou. He was joined by Ananya Jain, Elizabeth Scinta, Grant Carstanjen, Caden Schuessler, Liam Gallagher, Salik Chowhan, Wilder Brice, Jackson Diaz, Zachary Ramirez-Icaza, Lilly Papalia, Nathan Zou, Grace Lau, and Conner Kissel. Thank you!
Thanks to a grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, seventh graders in the Young Biologists Club started a native plant garden this week. Students planted black-eyed Susans, asters, bee balm, and orange coneflower. These plants are intended to encourage the rebound of honeybees as as well as to support other pollinating insects, especially monarch butterflies.
This fall, KCD started its chapter of Mu Alpha Theta chapter, joining 2000 schools across the country in this national math honor society. We are proud to induct 19 students into the honor society this year.
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 depression and anxiety in young adults, using cumin seeds to fight cancer, and the conflict between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. Honors students will formally present their research to a panel at the end of the year.
Earth Day is Sunday, but this was Earth Week at KCD as science students in all three divisions participated in a variety of activities promoting environmental awareness. Many of these activities crossed divisions and encouraged students across grade levels to work together and learn from each other. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of some of the activities that took place this week.
Seventh graders had a great time and beautiful weather during their Pine Mountain trip last week. The weeklong trip to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in eastern Kentucky explores the history, geography, and culture of Appalachia. In addition to studying the history and environmental impact of coal mining, students take time to record thoughts and observations in their journals.
The seniors in Mr. Martin’s Ornithology elective are learning about the life cycles, anatomy, and physiology of various bird species. This week, students placed nest boxes in different locations around campus. Students built the boxes and personalized them using tools in the KCD Fab Lab. As the spring goes on, students will monitor the boxes and make notes about the nesting habits of different species.
It was a terrific weekend for the 25 KCD students who participated in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA). For the second year in a row, KCD received the Delegation of Excellence Award, which recognizes the best delegation of the more than 20 schools attending.
Congratulations to the Middle School on a fun and funny production of The Snow White Variety Show last weekend. This show turned fairy tale conventions upside-down with an irreverent take on the story of Snow White. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and director Trudy Wheeler on a great show!
On Monday, the Cedar Lake 5K Race/Fun Run brought the KCD and Cedar Lake communities together in the biggest way yet. Cedar Lake residents, along with KCD students in all grade levels, enjoyed walking and running on a beautiful spring morning.
This week, Becky Gallion’s art classes welcomed guest artist Michelle Kamos from the Little Loomhouse, an arts organization that teaches students about weaving and the textile arts. Ms. Kamos showed students different materials that are used in weaving and also demonstrated a spinning wheel and loom.
Senior Catherine Bache’s interest in the Underground Railroad began with the sixth grade’s cross-disciplinary Underground Railroad unit and the Camp Joy field trip. That initial interest would eventually grow into an interactive program called Faces of Freedom, in which audience members participate in an Underground Railroad story along with a cast of costumed actors.
This trimester, a pair of new middle school fine arts electives are allowing students to explore the world of fashion. The Fashion Design elective includes a 5/6 and 7/8 section, both taught by Danielle Brown.
At last week’s regional tournament, the middle school Governor’s Cup team earned championships in four of the eight component events. Championships in Quick Recall, Future Problem Solving, Science, and Arts & Humanities earned the team a second place regional finish overall.
On February 4, lower school girls and their guests were treated to a magical evening at the annual Sweetheart Dance. Raffle and door prizes, dancing, sweet treats, and keepsake crafts made this an evening to remember! Elegant décor and beautiful dresses transformed the Commons into a fabulous event space.
Last week, we were fortunate to welcome ceramics artist Sharif Bey to the Upper School. Mr. Bey is an associate professor of art and art education at Syracuse University as well as a prolific artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally.
This week, lower schoolers in Ms. Ribblett’s science classes visited Mr. Moreland and Mr. Martin’s chemistry classes to learn more about chemical reactions. Lower schoolers visited stations set up by the older students, who demonstrated a chemical reaction and provided an age-appropriate explanation.
Two dozen children in Syria and Jordan will receive portraits created by a group of 15 KCD students and faculty. The portraits will be distributed by The Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, or extreme poverty.
For the first time ever, KCD has recognized a faculty member with the Exceptional Service Award. During the Chair’s Reception on Friday night, Head of School Brad Lyman presented the award to retired chemistry teacher Lee Meriwether.
On January 12, senior basketball player Anthony Mathis was recognized at X-period for his nomination for the McDonald’s All-American basketball game, high school basketball’s most prestigious all-star game.
This week, a new installation of work by visual arts faculty were added to the study area of the Robertson Library. The five pieces—one by each of our visual arts teachers—show our teachers’ passion for their disciplines and their commitment to creating spaces for the arts in our community.
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