Citizen, Scholar, Steward

2019

  • February

    Chairs reception honors Scharf family

    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.
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  • Fifth grade Quick Recall teams advances to regionals

    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!
     
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  • Fourth graders perform puppet show

    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.

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  • Geography class creates dymaxion globes in FabLab

    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!”

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  • Jared’s Box project helps hundreds of local children

    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!
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  • John Kinney named regional coach of the year for boys swimming

    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.
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  • Little Loomhouse visits art students

    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!
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  • Sixth grade music ensemble performs ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

    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!
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  • Students work together to spread kindness

    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.
     
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  • Swim and dive team excels at regional meet

    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.
     
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  • Fourth grade students learn about Bluegrass music

    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.
     
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  • Sixth graders enjoy exhibits at Speed Art Museum

    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!

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  • Ten field hockey players named to national academic squad

    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.
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  • Endangered Species Project is under way

    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.
     
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  • Faculty surprise students with fun Friday activities

    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.
     
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  • Football team’s first Super bowl drive a success

    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.
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  • Lower School celebrates 100th day of school

    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.
     
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  • Middle School Governor’s Cup team claims sixth straight district title

    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.
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  • Seventh graders enjoy annual ski trip

    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.
     
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  • Upper School Governor’s Cup team captures district title

    Congratulations to our US Governor’s Cup team, who won their district tournament on January 26 at Ballard High School. Tournament results are below.

    Team Events
    • Future Problem Solving: 1st place (Zahra Khan, Caleh Collins, Catherine Tanner, and Sandhya Lohano, coached by Ms. Shartzer)
    • Quick Recall: 2nd place (Eddy Zhong, Solomon Blinchevsky, David Brennan, Taylor Parker, and Georgia Coats, coached by Mr. Hitzelberg)
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  • January

    Bluegrass musicians entertain Lower School

    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.
     
     
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  • Design and Fabrication students learning to cast metal jewelry

    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.
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  • Faculty and staff enjoy Mexican Fiesta

    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.
     
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  • KCD introduces Esports team

    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.
     
     
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  • Math students complete unique scavenger hunt

    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.
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  • Senior creates electronic scanner for signouts

    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.
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  • Two field hockey players earn regional honors

    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.
     
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  • ‘Rust Creek’ producer Stu Pollard ’85 visits KCD

    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!
     
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  • Boys basketball wins All A regional title

    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.
     
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  • Chris Brice receives Booster Club Service Award

    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.”
     
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  • Evan and Vanessa perform for music students

    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!
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  • KCD Athletics introduces NEXT program at college sports symposium

    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.
     
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  • Math students excel at AMC 8 competition

    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.
     
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  • Parents show their appreciation for Ms. Mendel

    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.
     
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  • Second graders learn math with toys

    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!”

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  • Seniors share their upper school experience with eighth graders

    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.
     
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  • Visiting artist enhances first grade STEAM unit

    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.
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  • Choral Theatre Players present ‘The Nutcracker’

    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.

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    (thanks to David Miller for the photos)
     
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  • In-service highlights diversity and inclusion, wellness

    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!
     
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  • Mu Alpha Theta students achieve top rankings

    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.
     
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  • PE department participates in professional development

    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.
     
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  • Students will show work at KMAC fashion show

    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.

    These students have all taken Fashion Design classes with Danielle Brown. In addition, freshman Ala Durham was accepted to present her design at the cocktail hour show before the runway show.
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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.