KCD field hockey earned the #6 ranking in the West/Midwest Region of Max Field Hockey’s Regional Top 20. Fewer than 200 teams out of the 2,200+ teams across the nation made the list. This ranking recognizes the Bearcats’ outstanding 2018 season, which included a regional title and state runner-up finish. Awesome job, Bearcats!
KCD's delegation to KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) was 38 strong this year. Congratulations to our entire team for being recognized as a Delegation of Honor based on their community service work last year.
On December 1, two KCD Science Olympiad teams competed in the Kentuckiana Invitational Tournament held at the J. Graham Brown School. KCD Team 1 earned 7th place out of 19 teams at the tournament. In addition, the following students earned medals in their events:
Fifth grade students participated in Computer Science Education Week by completing various Hour of Code activities. Students coded Minecraft structures, Google logos, and Flappy Bird Games. There are many other coding activities available on code.org.
On November 10, 2018, a group of about 45 Hagenau Adventurers gathered in the Robertson Library to reminisce about their summer travels and to honor former teacher Paul Hagenau. A big thank you goes to Bryce Kurfees, who spearheaded the event and rallied the troops. Bryce also led fundraising efforts to name a bench in honor of Mr. Hagenau. The bench and dedication plaque will be installed in the KCD courtyard.
On Monday, November 26, Congressman and former KCD parent John Yarmuth made a surprise visit to KCD to present three KCD students and computer science teacher Brian Wagner with an award. A smartphone app developed by Sam Adkins, Kate Ensor, and Mitchel Green was the winner of the Congressional App Challenge, a district-level competition for middle and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. Students in Mr. Wagner’s Advanced Computer Science class developed and submitted their apps for consideration after learning about the challenge.
On November 16, the fifth and sixth grade music ensembles performed for the middle school meeting. Fifth grade, conducted by Karen Welsh, performed “Eye of the Tiger (Rocky)” accompanied by boomwhackers, hand percussion instruments, and drum kit. Sixth Grade, conducted by Sarah Stone, performed the jazz standard “What a wonderful world,” by Louis Armstrong. Students were featured on drum kit, electric guitar, keyboards, harp, percussion, guitars, and ukuleles, in addition to violin and cello. Congratulations to all involved!
Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Green is pleased to announce that Dallas Zimmerman has accepted the position of KCD head varsity volleyball coach for the 2019 season. Coach Zimmerman served as assistant coach for the Bearcats this past season and is currently a club coach at Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA). As a player, she was a part of two state championships at Assumption High School and also competed at the collegiate level for the University of Tennessee at Martin and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
On November 14, upper school singer-actors Macy Brangers, Mason Touma, and Danny Moriarty had the opportunity to sing for Dr. Mark Kano, chair of the Voice Department at Bellarmine University. Each singer sang for fifteen minutes and received feedback on their vocal technique. Macy, Mason, and Danny will all be featured in the upper school spring musical Les Misèrables. Dr. Kano will return in the spring to work with the cast of Les Mis.
Seven athletes on the KCD cross country team were named to the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (KTCCCA) Academic All State team. To be nominated, an athlete must qualify for the state meet and be of high academic standing. Congratulations to the following athletes: Thomas Fogarty, Emory Garlove, Adam Melhuish, Lily Pollitt, Rachel Thebert, Judith Topham, and Will Tway. We commend these student athletes for their hard work and commitment on the cross country course and in the classroom!
Congratulations to the Upper School Speech Team, who turned in great performances at the Danville Speech Tournament. Will Tway and Maddie Touma took second in Duo Interpretation, and Caroline Topham took 3rd and Graesyn Heimer took 4th in Broadcasting. Kareem Geneid and Jake Latts also competed.
On November 29, the Upper School and Lower School partnered up for a community outreach day, where students worked together to make dog and cat toys for the Humane Society and other local shelters. In the weeks leading up to the event, each division held drives to collect supplies for the event. Lower school families collected over 1,100 toilet paper rolls, and upper school families contributed dog and cat treats for the project.
On November 15, KCD grad Risa Puno ’99, an interactive sculptor and installation artist based in New York City, visited KCD to share her experiences and recent work with students and faculty. Ms. Puno spoke to upper school students during X-period as well as during visual arts classes, discussing her current work as a sculptor/installation artist and the career trajectory that took her from pre-med student to studio artist. Ms. Puno’s pieces often require significant engineering, so her discussion of her work was especially valuable to KCD’s fine arts community as they partner with teachers in all STEAM disciplines.
Students in Jason Johnson’s AP Biology class recently completed a lab on bacterial transformation. Transformation of cells is a widely used and versatile tool in genetic engineering and is of critical importance in the development of molecular biology. Taking a gene from jellyfish, students attempted to add it into E. Coli bacteria to produce fluorescence.
On November 12, the KCD community gathered in the Gardner Gym for our annual Veterans Day assembly. This year’s guest speaker was Colonel Donald Wolfe. KCD students Addison Garlove ’24, Jake Latts ’19, Heeba Nazeer ’19, Naya Singal ’25, and Christian Tacogue ’23 also participated in the assembly. Lower schoolers Nico Galvis Castro ’31 and Triniti-Ann Steed ’27 led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. The upper school chorale concluded the program with a wonderful performance of “America the Beautiful.”
On November 10, teachers LuAnn Hayes, Becky Gallion, Heather Ribblett, and artist in residence Talleri McRae made a presentation about interdisciplinary STEAM projects at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The teachers had a wonderful time sharing STEAM inspirations with music and movement teachers from around the world.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Mary Poppins, Jr. on a great production last weekend. Thanks to some fancy flying effects, our young actors were able to float and soar through the air in this high-flying production! 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 wonderful production. All three shows were in front of a packed house!
On November 14, KCD held a signing ceremony for seniors Emily Harrison (James Madison) and Megan Read (Michigan) in the KCD Theater. Megan signed with the University of Michigan to play field hockey, and Emily signed with James Madison University to play field hockey. During the ceremony, KCD Athletics Director Dr. Green noted that fewer than 2% of all high school athletes sign athletic scholarships, so this is truly a huge accomplishment. Congrats, Bearcats, and congrats to Coach Amy Elliott and the field hockey coaching staff for helping these athletes reach their potential. We’re so proud of these young women! Go Bearcats!
On Saturday, November 3, eighth graders Liana Renard and Emaan Sayied, seventh grader Anna Iordanoglou, and sixth grader Lila Hayden performed on the piano at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association’s State Honors Recital at Campbellsville University. These students were all selected in a preliminary competition to perform with other accomplished young pianists from across Kentucky.
In addition, eighth grader Daniel Bronfman performed and received second place in the Kentucky Division of the Music Teachers National Association’s Junior Competition.
On November 3, the KCD boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Class A state cross country championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Bearcats represented well against the best competition in Kentucky with the boys finishing 18th overall and the girls team finishing 8th overall.
On November 9, Jackie Glass’s eighth grade science students’ “Save the Oceans” exhibits were on display for their peers to view. The students researched pollution levels in the ocean as well as possible solutions to those problems. The students then created displays showcasing their findings. Fourth and fifth grade science classes stopped by to learn about what their older peers learned through this project.
Thursday November 8, was Thank A Donor Day at KCD. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our students, faculty, and staff wrote thank you notes to everyone who has made a gift to The One Fund. Writing notes of thanks to donors, signing banners, and writing what they are thankful for on the Wall of Thanks, everyone on campus had an opportunity to show their gratitude to the wonderful donors who help made KCD a special place. We hope that Thank a Donor Day will not only express our thanks to our supporters, but also provide our students with a better understanding of how charitable donations contribute to their KCD experience.
On November 2, KCD welcomed 12 students and two teachers from our exchange school in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The group has had a wonderful time in Louisville, touring our wonderful city and visiting with students and teachers on our campus. Over the past week, our guests have visited several local landmarks including Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, and the Evan Williams Distillery. Our guests have also attended classes, toured our campus, and met with students, faculty and staff.
On November 6, KCD upper school students welcomed guest speaker and lion attack survivor Richard Field. Mr. Field discussed the importance of taking personal responsibility in successful leadership. Students and teachers also learned about overcoming obstacles from his talk.
The 2018 varsity field hockey team recently completed an outstanding season, finishing as Region 1 champions and State runners-up. Their success brought much attention to many of the team’s players. A list of postseason awards are below:
On October 25, KCD dietitian Catherine Arnold presented during the monthly parent-director meeting about nutrition at KCD. The information she discussed can be found here. She will also be speaking to seventh grade life skills classes next month. Thanks to Ms. Arnold for the informative presentation!
Each fall, KCD drama students participate in the International Thespian Society’s nationwide community service initiative, Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat. The project collects both food and funds for food banks such as Dare to Care. We are proud to announce that the Middle School Drama Society collected 41 boxes of food for hungry kids!
On October 29, the seventh and eighth grade music ensembles performed for students during the middle school meeting. Music teacher Sarah Stone directed students through performances of P!nk’s “What About Us?” (seventh grade) and Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” (eighth grade). In addition to instruments such as ukulele, guitar, keyboards, percussion, and harp, the performance introduced Launchpads, electronic instruments that can play loops and samples. Ms. Stone stated that the music program is very grateful to the Fine Arts Guild for its support through instrument purchases that have allowed our students such a wide variety of musical experiences.
On Halloween, the fifth grade students participated in a Halloween-themed STEAM challenge. Items such as gumdrops, marshmallows, toothpicks, balloons, paper airplanes, and more were used as students collaborated to create and design the best structures for the challenge. This activity fostered teamwork as well as competition among the students while requiring a variety of skills to complete the challenges. This was a fantastic way to end the school day on Halloween!
On October 29, the fifth grade team had a great time bonding as advisory groups as they competed to win the Fifth Grade Advisory Bowling Challenge. The kids were very encouraging of one another—it was awesome!
After bowling, students worked in their math and science classes to do data analysis on the bowling scores from each advisory group. The mean scores from both games for each advisory group were compared in a bar graph to determine the winner. This year, Mr. Racine’s Group won!
Nearly 100 KCD students in grades K–12 turned out for the fourth annual KCD 3v3 soccer tournament on October 27. This tournament, which is organized by Clark Pollitt and the KCD soccer program, was a fundraiser to benefit our sister soccer program in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Mr. Pollitt, an organizer of KCD’s Costa Rica trip, has led the charge in partnering with this program by bringing them equipment and developing relationships with the kids and coaches on each visit.
This season, our middle school cross country team earned some outstanding achievements. The team competed and gave their best against tough competition all season long. Here are a few individual highlights from the season.
Shepherd Caudill (4th grade): 6th place at GLCC meet; led the girls team at Middle School State
Nashe Charasika (4th grade): 2nd place at GLCC meet
Ryan Shaps (6th Grade): 5th place at GLCC meet; led the 5th/6th grade boys team all season and at middle school state
Ethan Hawes (8th grade): Led the boys team at middle school state & ran on the varsity regional team
Evan Jahn (8th grade): Member of the varsity regional team and varsity state team
The second grade is kicking off their unit on Maps and Globes by reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. The second grade was fortunate this year that Derby Dinner Playhouse was performing the play Flat Stanley. This gave the second graders the opportunity to attend the performance on October 26 and see the book come to life!
Students sent their own Flat Stanley through the mail to a friend or relative that lives outside of Louisville along with a request that the recipient take Flat Stanley on an adventure in their city. The recipient is also asked to write a letter explaining what they did with Flat Stanley. Each class keeps track of Flat Stanley’s travels by mapping them on a giant world map in their classroom. Through this study, students learned about our amazing world and the many places you can travel.
On October 27, the varsity cross country teams competed in the Class A Region 3 cross country meet, and for the fourth consecutive year, have qualified for the state meet based on their performances. This is the longest consecutive run of state qualifications by both teams in KCD history.
Coach Bobby Copley said that seniors Will Tway and Judith Topham provided great leadership all season long, which helped each team have successful seasons. “Our senior leaders gave the KCD cross country team experience combined with dedication and determination,” he explained.
On October 31, lower school students and teachers participated in the great tradition of the annual Halloween Parade! It was perfect weather for the parade as lower school parents gathered in the quad to cheer on their young Bearcats. An amazing variety of costumes were on display, including ninjas, unicorns, superheroes, and princesses. Students and faculty in the Upper and Middle Schools also got into the Halloween spirit and donned some outstanding outfits as well. This is one of the most fun days of the year!
Congratulations to the varsity field hockey team, who finished a terrific season with a regional championship and their first appearance in the state championship finals since 2008.
The Bearcats beat Ballard 1-0 on October 17 to win the Region 1 championship. Rachel Thebert had the winning goal with an assist from Bella Kern. Rachel Thebert, Bella Kern, and Sophia Sparks were named to the All-Region Tournament Team. Mary Claire Duncan was the MVP of the Regional Tournament.
Fifth grade social studies students have been studying the irrigation methods of the ancient Egyptians. They learned about an Egyptian water pump called a shaduf, which is a water-lifting device designed to assist the Egyptians as they watered the plants in their fields. Each fifth grader constructed their own shadufs and discovered the challenges of constructing a water pump. They discussed modern irrigation systems as well.
On October 23 and 24, kindergarten students welcomed parents into the music classroom to share what they have been learning in music class this fall. The students told the story of Pete the Cat and used tempo, rhythm, and creative movement in their presentation. Parents enjoyed coffee and treats after the event.
Last Friday, the lower school cheer squad brought some school spirit to Bearcat fans at the home football game. The squad performed a few routines and lead the crowd in a series of cheers. It was a great day to be a Bearcat!
Congratulations to head football coach and athletic operations coordinator Matthew Jones, who has become a Certified Registered Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Matthew completed the requirements in August, joining Amy Elliott (Certified Athletic Administrator) and Tim Green (Certified Master Athletic Administrator) as KCD’s third certified athletic administrator.
Tim Green, KCD director of Athletics says coach Jones’ certification shows how serious we are about professionalism in athletics at KCD. “I would venture to say that no other school in the state has three certified athletic professionals.”
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. High water levels at the creek postponed the trip for over a month, but this seventh grade tradition was once again a success!
On October 25, the sixth grade traveled to Ohio to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. The trip began with stops at the John Parker and Rev. John Rankin houses in Ripley, Ohio, an important center of activity for the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. Both of these houses were stations on the Underground Railroad and are designated as National Historic Landmarks. Mr. Parker and Rev. Rankin were two of the region's most active “conductors” and were responsible for leading hundreds of escaping slaves safely north to freedom.
On October 11, the varsity boys soccer team achieved a historic win with a 4-3 defeat over Ballard for the district title. Ballard was ranked #3 in the state. The Bearcats saved their best soccer for the district tournament, avenging regular season losses to Eastern and Ballard to claim the title.
Junior kindergarten and kindergarten students enjoyed a fun day on the farm on October 18, visiting Gallrein Farms in Shelby County. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed a hayride, picked out pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, and enjoyed some lunch and play time. It was a beautiful day to visit the farm!
Congratulations to senior Megan Read, who has been named the 2018–19 Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year for Field Hockey. The award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership.
Megan has committed to play Division I Field Hockey at the University of Michigan, who is currently ranked in the top ten in the country. Moreover, Megan is currently taking the academically rigorous Honors Program and was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist.
Fourth grade students recently completed their Lego WeDo projects in Rosanne Zabloudil’s Maker Lab. The students worked in teams to create three separate projects: a kicker, a goalie, and a crowd. These projects included three different types of programming challenges, which students overcame to create a soccer-style simulation event.
In September, KCD grads appeared on the covers of two different editions of TOPS Magazine. Seema Sheth ’04 appeared on the cover of the Louisville edition, and Abbie Purdie ’15 appeared on the cover of the Lexington edition.
Congratulations to senior Lucy Poindexter, who has been named Kentucky’s High School Player of the Month by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The honor recognized Lucy’s outstanding play during September, when her 22 goals and 10 assists resulted in 54 total points.
You may be familiar with the popular Breakout games, where players work together to solve a series of puzzles in order to ‘escape’ from various scenarios. An educational version, called Breakout EDU, is becoming popular in schools and has been used by several teachers at KCD.
Seventh graders in Matt Evans’ geography class had some fun outdoors exploring their unit on latitude and longitude. Learning the basics of orienteering and compass work, Mr. Evans used the turf field as a grid to allow his students to physically find certain coordinates given in their lesson. The students enjoyed working together in small groups and getting to enjoy the great weather while applying what they’ve learned.
On September 28, KCD parents, students, and teachers joined forces with local ceramic artists for an Empty Bowls throw-down. The event, which was organized by KCD ceramics teacher Marko Biddle, aimed to create hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls to be sold at the March 2, 2019, Empty Bowls fundraiser at Play Louisville. Proceeds from this event will benefit nonprofit organizations A Recipe to End Hunger and Carole's Kitchen to help support their fight to end childhood suffering.
According to Mr. Biddle, the event surpassed his expectations and resulted in the creation of over 400 handmade bowls!
On September 27, the Upper School kicked off The CSS Project, a yearlong, student-centered discussion about the values behind our motto Citizen, Scholar, Steward and the role those values play in our upper school community. Class officers and executive council members introduced the topic and showed a few short videos in the theater. Afterward, students gathered for small group discussions on the topic of “Citizen.” Upper School Director Kent Martin described this project as an important way for students to take ownership of our core values and to be intentional about bringing them to life.
The KCD soccer program hosted the West End School for matches and a post-match dinner on Thursday, September 20. KCD helped the WES start their soccer program several years ago with donations of goals, balls, uniforms, cleats, and other equipment. Over the last few years, KCD players and coaches have hosted clinics to teach the basics of the game, and the West End School soccer program is now officially launched, with a full slate of matches this year. Each year, KCD hosts the WES for dinner and fellowship after we play. This year we enjoyed pizza, Gatorade, and cookies together in the Parsley Pavilion after our matches. Coach Samide and former KCD head of school and WES founder Robert Blair even came out to watch and take part in the festivities. It was smiles all around for the KCD and WES soccer families.
On September 26, WLKY meteorologist Matt Milosevich stopped by to talk with eighth grade students about weather and forecasting. The visit complemented an eighth grade science project in which students have been forecasting weather at a Fall Break destination of their choice. Students have been learning about weather patterns and forecasting models and have been studying the October climates of their destinations. As a culmination to the project, students will use what they have learned to produce a weather forecast video for their Fall Break destinations using a green screen. Teacher Jackie Glass said that students learned a lot from Mr. Milosevich’s presentation and that it was great for them to see a real meteorologist talk about the topics they have been studying.
Middle school students new to KCD enjoyed a special pizza lunch on Wednesday, September 26. This was a fun way for the middle school teachers and administrators to check in with new students about their experiences over the first several weeks of school and to let students know that they’re valued in our community and have the support they need to have a successful school year.
On September 28, faculty and staff began their day with a delicious spread of gourmet coffee and breakfast treats from Panera. It was a wonderful way to start a Friday morning! Thanks to Amy Cahill, Libby Gray and the PA Teacher Appreciation Committee for making this a special morning.
The varsity boys golf team completed their undefeated regular season on September 20 with a win over Male to finish the season 12-0. This is the best record ever in KCD golf history! Low scores from the day were Michael McAdams (36) and Sam Siefke (38). The Bearcats had solid and consistent play all season long from senior Michael McAdams, senior Sam Siefke, freshman Carl Williams, and eighth graders William Crockett, Robert Johnson, and Andrew Mainka. Congrats to coach Tim Rice and the golfing Bearcats on a record breaking season!
First graders enjoyed a day on the farm last week when they visited Huber’s Orchard in Indiana. Students took a tour of the Huber’s apple facility, picked some apples in the orchard, and became young pioneers as they learned about the life and times of Johnny Appleseed. They also enjoyed some playtime on the farm’s playground.
This week, Suzanne Hoffacker’s JK students used a variety of tools to investigate the insides of Osage oranges. They chose different tools to open them to see what was inside! The tools the students thought would work best were a hammer, mallet, saw, and scissors. During the “opening” process, students worked together to figure out the most effective tools to open the orange and noted their findings. These young Bearcats enjoyed this active learning activity!
During X-period on September 20, sophomores and juniors had the opportunity to talk with representatives from 17 colleges from 7 different states at our annual Finding Your Fit college fair. This unique twist on the traditional college fair allowed students to blindly learn about the schools without knowing the school name or receiving any official literature from the school. Instead, each representative submits a list of several distinct characteristics or programs at their university, which are then printed on a plain white sheet of paper. The goal of setting up the fair in this way is to allow students to explore college options without preconceived notions or stereotypes.
Our motto of Citizen, Scholar, Steward can be seen posted on bulletin boards and on walls all around campus. Another way our middle school students experience these values are through clubs. Our students support a variety of clubs and activities that meet a wide range of student interests. During a recent Monday meeting, student leaders from over 20 clubs presented their club ideas to their peers, offering a brief overview as well as the club’s goals and anticipated activities. Following the presentations, students had the opportunity to sign up for clubs that interested them.
On September 17, upper school students in U.S. History and Government visited the Lower School for a Constitution Day project. Upper school students taught first and third graders about the purpose of government, the Preamble, and other items relevant to the Constitution. The students creatively used emojis to aid their younger peers in the learning process. All of the students enjoyed this fun and interactive activity. This activity is a great example of our school motto, “Citizen, Scholar, Steward” in action!
KCD’s annual Bearcat Festival is one of the highlights of the school year. We had beautiful weather for this year’s Festival, and the afternoon held plenty of fun for all ages with games, food, and family activities. Bearcat Festival is not only a great community event, but also serves as an important fundraiser for each grade.
A huge thank you goes to Amanda Kuster and Sara Davis, Bearcat Festival co-chairs, who put in many hours of planning and hard work to make this year’s Bearcat Festival a success. Also a special thanks to all of the grade representatives and parent volunteers, for their hard work on this event. Everyone had a great time!
On September 16, several upper school students and staff represented KCD at FirstBuild’s Maker Village, an event connecting makers with the Louisville community. This community event was a great way to highlight our STEAM and computer science curriculum. Upper school students volunteered to set up, clean up, and help visitors create magnets using our vinyl cutter. Thanks to everyone who helped represent KCD to the community!
Three graduates and a former coach were inducted into the KCD Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the Homecoming football game on September 14. The new Athletic Hall of Fame members are former coach Kevin Sullivan (boys golf), Jeff Dreher ’89 (boys soccer), Amy Lunsford Kern ’90 (field hockey), and Katherine Blair ’02 (field hockey). Congratulations to these inductees! Click here to read their bios.
Congratulations to the boys golf team on their excellent performance at the All A Classic at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond, Kentucky, on September 8. The Bearcats finished third out of 16 teams—their best finish since 2011! Due to inclement weather, the tournament only counted 9 scores. KCD’s low scores were Michael McAdams (38) and William Crockett (38). The Bearcats are having a fantastic season 10-0 so far—one of the best starts in KCD golf history. Way to go, Coach Rice and Bearcats!
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized six KCD seniors as National Merit Semifinalists. Congratulations to Grace Bagga, Solomon Blinchevsky, Arika Dwivedi, Lauren Rawson, Megan Read, and Eddy Zhong.
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These young people join approximately 16,000 other high school students across the country—less than one percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Eighth grade students in Jackie Glass’ science class have been learning about the scientific method through a unit on solar power. The unit culminated in a fun and competitive project: a solar car derby! Students worked in groups to set up solar panels in order to charge their car batteries. Each class then raced their toy cars to see which group was able to harness the power of the sun most effectively. Some cars did not start at all, and some ran for nearly a half hour!
On September 12, the students in Trudy Wheeler’s puppetry elective worked with staff from the Lexington Children’s Theatre to create their own puppets. Students gained insight into the materials and techniques that go into making and performing puppets. The Lexington Children’s Theatre has been leading these workshops for a number of years, and we’re grateful to the Fine Arts Guild for making this workshop possible for our students.
Congrats to sophomore Lily Pollitt on winning this week’s Courier-Journal Athlete of the Week for Metro Louisville! This award spans all fall sports as well as both boys and girls teams. Lily was recognized for her incredible performance in a 10-0 win over Moore High School on August 30. She accounted for 9 of the Bearcats’ 10 goals, scoring 5 goals and assisting on 4 others. Here is a link to the full story in the CJ.
Lower school art teacher Becky Gallion and lower school Rosanne Zabloudil teamed up to create a memorable project that integrates technology with art. Ms. Gallion’s fourth graders have been studying lines in class. With Ms. Zabloudil’s help, students used some Sphero robots from the Lower School Makerspace to make a large, collaborative paint project. The result was some very cool art to display!
On September 7, seventh graders visited Actors Theatre of Louisville to see a performance of Dracula. According to the theatre, the production is “based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense.” This was a great way for the seventh grade to build community and experience the arts!
This fall, eighth graders have been invited to spend a day shadowing in the Upper School to get a glimpse of what the KCD upper school experience has to offer.
Middle school director James Forman sees this as a valuable experience for the eighth grade students. “Shadow day provides a unique opportunity for our kiddos to be able to see what comes next and to hear firsthand from ninth graders who were in their shoes last year. I love the fact that our students get to have that experience and I’m so happy that we moved this up to the fall as opposed to being in the spring.”
On September 14, sixth graders spent a day building community through fun and games during Community Day. Students had fun with activities such as reading to lower school students, art activities, FabLab projects, and more! The day concluded with a movie. This was a great way for sixth graders to build connections in their community and to create a sense of citizenship outside of the traditional classroom setting.
On September 7, Bearcats in the Lower and Upper Schools collaborated on some neat science experiments! Upper school science students in Jason Johnson and Diane McCallum’s classes teamed up with students in the classes of Sarah Cohen, Kim Kettring, and Kathie Purdie to learn about the properties of water. The older Bearcats planned a series of fun demonstrations, allowing their younger peers to learn some amazing new facts about water!
It’s been a great fall for KCD teams competing their All A regional tournaments. This season, our volleyball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls golf teams made it to the championship game of their tournament, and both golf teams won their regional titles! This is an exceptional accomplishment for KCD athletics!
Creating a class quilt is one of the big traditions of students’ eighth grade year. Each student makes a square, which is stitched into the larger quilt, symbolizing the way a group of individuals comes together to form a community. These quilts have been proudly displayed in our hallways, but a lack of wall space meant that only a few could be displayed at a time. Quilts were also being damaged from the normal wear and tear of hallway traffic.
This year, students in grades JK, K and 1 have a dedicated salad and sandwich bar that is appropriate for their height and available only to them. Deli meats, as well as fresh fruits and veggies, are included on the bar daily. Our youngest Bearcats are excited to have exclusive access to this bar and have enjoyed the featured items.
Junior kindergarten and kindergarten students had tons of fun in physical education class learning the ins and outs of the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Nick Lepera, who is a lead teacher for the JK/K class, said this activity was a fun way to teach important skills. “We wanted to give the kids an enjoyable way to work on their fine motor skills,” he said. “We will also use the game to settle disagreements in some of our activities in class.” Check out our Facebook page for more photos and videos of the activity.
Broad student participation is a hallmark of student life in the Upper School Our students support a variety of clubs and activities that meet a wide range of student interests. During X-period on Thursday, student leaders from nearly 40 clubs presented their club ideas to their peers, offering a brief overview as well as the club’s goals and anticipated activities. Following the presentations, students had the opportunity to sign up for clubs that interested them.
Congratulations to senior Bearcat lacrosse standouts Emily Harrison and Lucy Poindexter, who were selected by local coaches as two of the five All-American recipients from Kentucky. Last season, the duo helped lead the team to its fourth consecutive state championship. Both finished the season with over 100 points and were also named First Team All-State.
Congratulations to the varsity field hockey team, who went 3-0-1 to capture the Pool D title in the Gateway Field Hockey Classic. The team scored 13 goals in 4 games and shut out all their opponents. The team played aggressively and with passion and made the Bearcats proud.
Annie Jessie’s sixth grade science classes were blowing bubbles this week in their bubble trouble lab experiment. Among other questions, students determined whether hot or cold water makes the biggest, longest lasting bubble solution. Bubbles don’t last long, so this lab required careful observation and good teamwork.
Last week our guests from Woodhouse Grove School in Yorkshire, England, had a fantastic time in Louisville. The group had a full slate of activities and experiences during their stay. On their final days at KCD, our guests, along with KCD music students, participated in two musical performances for the KCD community. Check out @kcdmusic on Instagram for a collection of photos and videos documenting our guests’ visit. Thank you to the KCD community for being excellent hosts and great citizens of our community!
There was a great turnout for last week’s All School Tailgate, with many Bearcat fans showing their school pride by wearing blue and gold. Bearcat families enjoyed food truck fare, music, a spirit parade, prizes, and much more. This was a fantastic way to kick off the school year—thanks to Rachel Farber for organizing this event!
On August 17, fourth grade teachers served their students a pancake breakfast as a fun way to teach inferencing skills to their students. Inferencing is an important skill that describes how readers get meaning from a text. This is a foundational skill that is used across the curriculum, including in language arts, science, and social studies. The big idea: Enjoying pancakes for breakfast and reading Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola! After using their inferencing skills to create the story based on pictures, the students enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by the fourth grade team.
On August 21, the varsity girls soccer team rewrote the record books with a 6-3 win over district rival Ballard. This marks the first win over Ballard in KCD girls soccer history.
The girls soccer program has grown in numbers over the years and has a strong group of talented players out for the team this season. First year head coach Kristen Grogan says her team’s work ethic and coachability have allowed them to experience some early success. “They worked so hard in the preseason to get ready,” she said. Their hard work pulled them through and they adjusted when I asked them to adjust. They are a very coachable team and they will do whatever is asked of them.”
This week, we were thrilled to welcome twelve students and two teachers from the Woodhouse Grove School in Yorkshire, England. After visiting New York City for two days, they arrived in Louisville and will stay with us until their return to England on August 31. KCD middle school students first visited Woodhouse Grove School last year.
On August 19-20, ninth grade students had lots of fun getting to know their classmates and faculty at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, Indiana. This annual retreat for KCD’s freshman class helps students build a sense of community and learn what it means to be citizens at KCD.
The group participated in team-building activities such as canoe relay races, a low ropes course, brain teaser games, and field games. They also enjoyed free time bonding with members of their class. Students also learned strategies to help them succeed in high school, wrote letters to their senior selves, and put a keepsake item into a time capsule to be opened at the senior retreat.
Last week we told you about the many KCD school social media channels. KCD also has several social channels dedicated to athletics to keep you in the know on our sports teams all year round. Be sure to like and follow @KCDathletics on social media and come out to cheer on the Bearcats! If you tweet or post about KCD, let us know by using the hashtag #gokcd.
Over the summer, KCD parent and grade Powell Starks ’79 concluded his tenure as president of the KCD Booster Club, handing the helm to KCD parent and grad Tom Crockett ’84 on July 1. We’d like to thank Mr. Starks for his leadership and to recognize some of the Booster Club’s achievements over the last year.
It wasn’t hard to find a KCD grad at the White Coat Ceremony for U of L’s School of Medicine this summer. KCD was represented by four members of the class of 2013: Khaleel Wilson, Katie Scharf, Grant Schmidt, and Karishma Daftary. We’re so proud of these Bearcats and happy to congratulate them on reaching this milestone.
We reached out to these grads this summer and asked how their Bearcat experience prepared them to succeed in college and beyond. We’d like to thank them for taking the time to offer such great reflections on their KCD experience.
What if you had to weigh your college choices without considering a name or reputation? That’s the idea behind the ‘Finding Your Fit’ college fair that college counselors Danny Easley and Dary Picken have run at KCD for the last few years as well as the subject of this feature article in Forbes.
This summer, a group of KCD teachers and students traveled to Tamale, Ghana, to help complete a project that’s been in the works for years: the construction of a playground for the Dahin Sheli School. Third grade teacher Kim Kettring has led fundraising efforts on this project for several years. Most recently, lower school students took over KCD’s new playground in May, raising $2,474 toward the Ghana Playground Project.
This summer, the Robertson Library underwent a renovation that gave the space a much-needed update. In addition to a fresh coat of paint and a new entrance, we've added more inviting furniture and shelving to create a welcoming environment that promotes 21st century teaching and learning. Seating and workspaces can be easily configured to accommodate both small group work and individual study spaces, depending upon the needs of students and teachers.
KCD’s Tech Teach Learn Conference, which is organized by and hosted at KCD each summer, is the region’s premier conference on technology in education. This year’s TTL conference drew more than 300 educators from public, independent, and parochial schools across the region.
This year, the varsity football team started using the Vicis Zero1, an innovative helmet designed to reduce concussions and head injuries. This story in the Lexington Herald-Leader interviews head coach Matt Jones and a number of our players about their experience with the helmets.
We’re happy to have a great group of new teachers and staff joining us this year. Ms. Glosky introduced our new faculty & staff in her back to school letter. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, it’s posted here. We’ll also be highlighting our new faculty and staff on social media over the next few weeks as we kick off a series of #TeacherTuesday posts.
We’re very proud to announce that the rating site Niche.com has once again ranked KCD as the best private K–12 school in Kentucky. This is the third straight year that we’ve received the #1 ranking. In addition, KCD was also rated
the best private high school for STEM education in Kentucky.
the best private high school in Kentucky (for the 4th straight year).
the #2 most diverse private high school in Louisville.
The site rates schools on a variety of factors, including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, and the quality of colleges that students consider, as well as reviews from students and parents. We believe that we offer the best, most well-rounded academic program in Kentucky, and we’re glad to see that Niche agrees!
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 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.
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!
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.
Middle schoolers took a new approach to their Blue and Gold Field Day this year. Students were able to choose from a variety of activities such as a video game truck, a waterslide, yoga, line dancing, karaoke, an advisee scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, and many more. This was an awesome day in the Middle School as well as a great way to celebrate the end of the year. Thanks to all the parent volunteers that helped pull off this fun-filled day!
Congratulations to the JV girls lacrosse team on winning the Ballard Derby Invitational earlier this month. This tournament is essentially the state tournament for JV teams. The Bearcats entered the tournament as the #1 seed, earning a bye in the first round. KCD took down Atherton and then Assumption to earn a spot in the title game against Manual. In the championship game, the Bearcats fought hard and earned a 9-7 victory for the tournament title! The KCD JV team has now won six of the last seven year-end JV tournaments. Riya Kodali was named MVP of the tournament for her outstanding play.
On April 22, the third annual ‘Bearcats and Bats’ was held at Slugger Field. It was a home-run of a day for our KCD community. Lower school boys and their chaperones shared a fun afternoon of baseball and bonding—it was a great day for all who came.
Third and fourth graders in the Choral Theatre Players presented Roald Dahl’s Cinderella in the KCD Theater this week. Students put on a great performance on May 24 for an enthusiastic lower school audience. Congratulations to the performers and director Jeannine Ary!
The theme of this year’s Exploremore was Surf’s Up, and our Bearcats enjoyed fun in the sun on a beautiful spring day. Students spent the day participating in dozens of classes, all organized by parent volunteers.
Congratulations to KCD Athletics Trainer Ray Hibbert on being named the High School Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society (KATS). The award is given to a certified athletic trainer employed in the high school setting that distinguishes him or herself in the profession of athletic training and to the Kentucky Athletic Trainers’ Society. This award marks an amazing fifth state award received by KCD athletic personnel this school year. Congratulations to trainer Ray on this well deserved award.
This year, sixth grade students used creativity and teamwork to plan field trips for their grade. Students worked in small groups in Learning Lab to plan a proposed field trip and to present their idea to their classmates. Each section then voted on the class favorite. The five finalist groups were voted on by the sixth grade advisors. The final result was a tie, and the winning groups were combined into one fabulous trip! Hailey Hertzman and Dylan Yonover planned a trip to the Louisville Zoo. Adam Chaker and Minhal Nazeer's trip was to Schimpff's Confectionery. A walk across the The Big Four Bridge was also added.
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!
This week’s Business First has a great profile of brothers and KCD grads Jim & Charlie Dahlem ’84. The profile traces their careers from their early days with the family-owned Dahlem Construction through the recently re-branded Dahlem commercial real estate company. The profile is available online but is behind a paywall.
Earlier this year, JK teacher Suzanne Hoffacker observed that many of her students were very interested in sharks. Using this interest as a starting point, her class embarked on a three-month unit on sharks that incorporated elements of math, music, visual art, and Spanish.
Fresh off a state championship win, head girls lacrosse coach Pat McAnulty was recently named the 2018 Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League (KSLL) Coach of the Year. This is the fourth time in Coach McAnulty’s career that he has received this honor. Coach McAnulty led the Bearcats to a 21-5 overall record and a fourth consecutive state title in 2018. Earlier in the season, he set a new school record for career wins.
For the fourth year in a row, KCD's varsity girls lacrosse team has captured the state championships title. The Bearcats defeated Sacred Heart 14-8 last night to win the title. Here's the Courier-Journal's coverage of the game. The Bearcats got off to a great start and built a 10-3 lead going into halftime. Sacred Heart rallied early in the second half and scored five unanswered goals to trim the lead to two. KCD sealed the win late in the game with four unanswered goals of their own.
This spring, KCD grad Suzanne Lenz ’05 made a guest appearance on two episodes of HBO’s tech comedy Silicon Valley. In “Facial Recognition” and “Artificial Emotional Intelligence,” Suzanne appears as Fiona, a robot with artificial intelligence. This role looks like it must have been a lot of fun! Click here to watch the trailer for “Facial Recognition.”
We’re so proud that KCD grad Seema Sheth ’04 was honored on May 17 with a MOSAIC Award, which is presented by Jewish Family & Career Services. This award recognizes new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution in their professions and in the Louisville community. Seema was honored as the founder of Adulting Academy, an educational service that teaches high school students the financial skills to become thriving, independent adults. Read our profile of Seema from the last issue of our alumni magazine, Connections.
Congratulations to this year’s 5/6 girls lacrosse A team, who finished their season with an undefeated final record of 12-0. The Bearcats set this goal for themselves before the season began, and they realized that goal by besting Crosby Middle School 13-5. Behind stellar goalie play from Amie Ladd, the Bearcats’ stout defense recorded several shutout games while the offense, behind Wynn Evans and Kennedy Harcourt, averaged nearly 11 points per contest. Congratulations to these young women!
The fifth grade Language and Literacies class recently completed STEAM-centered projects about their spring Battle of the Books novels. Projects included games, seek and finds, pop-up books, character badges, and character homes. Students used STEAM skills and their 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication to connect their imaginative ideas to their novels.
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—congrats to the performers on an outstanding show!
The KCD Orchestra and the Young Strings group put on a great performance to a full house last week. Congratulations to these musicians and to conductor James Racine! Thanks to David Miller for taking some great photos from the performance.
On May 15, kindergarten students in Heather Ribblett’s science class visited with WLKY meteorologist Matt Milosevich, as part of their STEAM unit on weather. This was the first year this unit included 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 danced to show how a tornado forms. This cross-curricular unit was the result of collaboration with music teacher Luann Hayes and art teacher Judy Ambach.
Three KCD tennis players will compete at the state tournament this year—the highest number since 2013. In order to qualify, players must make it to the semifinals in the regional tournament. This year, 9th grader Sammy Goldentul, 8th grader Anderson Smith, and 8th grader Sarah Fazlagic all qualified.
On May 17, 25 track and field athletes competed in the state competition at the University of Kentucky. These student-athletes competed hard and represented KCD very well. The top eight performances in each event receive medals, and KCD medaled in three events at the meet. Lily Papalia turned in another strong performance in the shot put, finishing third overall with a throw of 35-07. Harper Smith ran a season best 1:01.65 in the 400 meter dash, finishing eighth overall. The 4✕800 relay team of Wilder Brice, Ryan Lentini, Henry Starks, and Robert Thomas finished eighth overall for the boys with a season best time of 8:42.97.
This week, the student trustees of The Artemis Fund presented a total of $6,865 in grants to three local youth services organizations. Green Hill Therapy received a grant to obtain continuing hippotherapy education for their equine therapists who work with children. NERD Louisville, an organization that partners with local schools to provide STEM resources, received a grant to expand the West End School’s Makerspace. The Fund also awarded St. Matthews Area Ministries a grant to provide a food pantry at Waggener High School for underprivileged students.
Last week, sixth graders in Julie Riggs-Johnson’s Spanish classes sampled dishes from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Each student researched a recipe and other food facts from a Spanish-speaking country and created a recipe page for a class cookbook. Each student was responsible for preparing their dish and bringing it in for the class to enjoy. Ms. Riggs-Johnson noted that it was exciting for the students to get to taste food from all over the Spanish-speaking world. “This is the most fun day of the year in Spanish class for my students!” she said.
On May 7, KCD welcomed a special guest to our home baseball game vs. Whitefield. Mr. Lowry Watkins Jr., a 1964 graduate of KCD predecessor Aquinas Preparatory School, threw out the first pitch. Mr. Watkins is a former baseball player as well as 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. Mr. Watkins also received KCD's 2011 Exceptional Service Award. We are proud to honor Mr. Lowry Watkins Jr. ’64 and to thank him for his generosity and support. Congrats to the Bearcats on a 16-1 victory!
Each year, middle school students in advanced math compete in the Continental Math League competition. The competition consists of five tests with six questions each. The students take the tests during math class. At last week’s MS meeting, the top three finishers in each grade were recognized. First place finishers received a gift card to Graeters while the top three received a treat. Congratulations to all of them!
Congratulations to the 14 students, listed below, who are being presented for initiation into Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school honor society. It is an honor to be selected for membership in this organization, which has over 1,800 chapters across the United States and in many foreign countries.
With a win over Collegiate on April 12, varsity girls lacrosse coach Patrick McAnulty won his 237th game, setting a new school record for most career wins. With the victory, Coach McAnulty passed Kevin Sullivan, who accumulated 236 wins as head coach of the boys golf team. With a total record of 246-56-6, Coach McAnulty’s winning percentage of 81% is also the highest in school history.
On May 3, second graders in Keri Williams’ class held their first-ever Market Day as the culminating activity for their unit on economics. The students worked in groups to create goods to sell or services to offer. They created supply lists of needs as well as logos and business plans. Leading up to the event, students were able to earn money throughout the week for things such as acts of kindness and being on task. They could also lose money for not following the rules. This activity was valuable hands-on practice in financial literacy as well as fun for all!
Thursday, May 3, was the last day of yearlong classes for seniors. To celebrate, the College Counseling and Alumni Offices hosted a lunch and sundae bar for seniors to celebrate the end of their college search and to welcome them to the KCD Alumni Association. Seniors wore a shirt or sweatshirt from the college they will be attending in the fall.
In April, Taylor Parker became the third KCD student to earn a perfect ACT score this year, joining Lorenzo Mahoney and Lauren Rawson in this impressive accomplishment. Taylor felt a variety of emotions when she learned she scored a 36 on the college admissions test. “When I learned of my score, I was elated and relieved that I was finished with my standardized testing after only one attempt,” she said.
On May 2, lower school students took over the new playground, raising $2,474 to build a playground at Dahin Sheli School in Tamale, Ghana. Students collected pledges from family and friends for running an obstacle course on the playground. Two KCD faculty members and five students will travel to Tamale in June to help construct the playground. The Middle and Upper Schools have also scheduled dress down days to help raise funds for the cause. We are proud of our Bearcat community for displaying such great stewardship!
Congratulations to directors John Jay and Rachel Bradley and to the cast and crew of the upper school production of Spamalot, who delivered a polished and hilarious series of shows last weekend. This impressive production was conceived, organized, and run entirely by upper school students.
On May 1, three more KCD seniors formally announced their decision to participate in college athletics at a signing ceremony. Eight other KCD student-athletes made the same commitment in February. We are proud of these students and we know they will succeed at the next level. Congratulations to these students:
Athletic Director Dr. Tim Green is pleased to announce that Anthony Mathis will serve as head coach for varsity boys basketball for the 2018–19 season. Coach Mathis has been involved with KCD basketball for many years as a middle school head coach and a varsity assistant coach.
On Friday, the Parent Association held a Flower Market Day for our faculty and staff. Teachers and staff members were able to stop by to pick up a geranium and breakfast. Thanks to Betsy Touma, Kathy Kuhn, and Amy Purkiss for organizing this event—it was truly appreciated. Thank you!
On Friday, the Parent Association held a Flower Market Day for our faculty and staff. Teachers and staff members were able to stop by to pick up a geranium and breakfast. Thanks to Betsy Touma, Kathy Kuhn, and Amy Purkiss for organizing this event—it was truly appreciated. Thank you!
On April 23, fourth grade students got a sneak peek into fifth grade during Fourth Grade Move-Up Day. Students rotated through each fifth grade classroom and met the fifth grade teachers. Teachers provided a short description of each class and answered questions from the students.
The 13th annual girls lacrosse Middle School Jamboree was held at KCD on Saturday, April 21. Twenty-six middle school teams participated this year. With three teams from Ohio, one from Indiana, and one from Tennessee, this event is truly a regional showcase for the school as a whole and the girls lacrosse program in particular. A special thanks to the outstanding committee of parents (Meredith Alexander, Amy Burns, Beth Davis, Jennifer Harcourt, Dana Robinson, and Blair Shelby) who helped ensure this was the biggest and best event yet!
This week, Mike Moreland’s upper school chemistry students worked in small groups with Ms. Jessee’s sixth grade science students to explore a variety of chemical reactions. The upper school student groups demonstrated each reaction and then explained the chemistry to their younger peers. This interactive cross-divisional activity was enjoyable and beneficial for all!
Congratulations to the varsity track & field athletes on their strong performances at the Eastern Relays on April 20–21. Eastern Relays is one of the most competitive meets in the state and includes some of the top runners in the nation. The strong competition pushed the Bearcats to some outstanding performances—including three school records—as well as many season and personal bests.
Congratulations to LS students, Jeannine Ary, and LuAnn Hayes on two wonderful Grandparents and Special Friends performances on Friday, April 20. This year’s show was called “Many Voices, One World.” The opening welcome featured many of the languages represented in KCD’s Lower School, and the songs and music throughout the program featured lyrics and music from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Congratulations to the KCD Math Team, who placed third out of 21 teams in the Greater Louisville Math League (GLML). The team and individual high scoring members were honored at the annual GLML banquet on April 24 in the KCD Commons.The following students won medals for their age groups: Grace Bagga, Tony Chen, Ayeen Jabbar, Lauren Rawson, Ashton Robinson, Jawad Saleem, Shanzeh Sayied, and Eddie Zhong. Congratulations the Math Team Bearcats and team coach Dr. Goldberg!
Congratulations to the KCD Mu Alpha Theta math team, who finished the Log1 National Math Contest as first in the state, sixth in our 15-state region, and 19th nationally out of more than 200 of the top schools in the nation. The group’s success earned them a check for $271. Twenty-seven KCD students competed in the three divisions: Mu (Calculus and above), Alpha (Precalculus), and Theta (Algebra 2 and below). Raina Mahajan, Ayaan Jabbar, Lorenzo Mahoney, and David Lai received national recognition by finishing top 30 in the entire region. Congratulations, Bearcats!
Athletic Director Dr. Tim Green is pleased to announce that Tim Rice will serve as head coach for the boys golf team for the 2018 fall season. Coach Rice has coached for many years at KCD, serving as a baseball coach for 10 years and a middle school football coach for 13 years.
Congratulations to the boys track and field team, who earned top honors in the KCD Invitational last week. Before the meet, Coach Sean Roberts announced that, going forward, the KCD Invitational will be called the London Mathis Memorial Invitational.
Fourth grade math students in Becky Kennedy’s class are learning about the principles of flight. Students designed paper airplanes and are implementing a number of flight tests with them, looking to measure best designs for distance, accuracy, and carrying a load. All of the test flights are used to collect and graph data in order to readjust the designs to create a more efficient plane. Students are using tally charts, stem and leaf plots, and bar graphs, among other tools, to find mean, mode, median, and range. The math students have enjoyed this hands-on activity!
On Thursday, Honors students hosted the annual Ideas Café, where they shared their research (along with some tasty snacks) with the KCD community. This year’s café covered topics such as the psychology of trust, the influence of politics on fashion, the caste system in India, the use of cyberattacks by nations, and Cuban baseball players in America.
As part of our social and emotional learning (SEL) program, lower school students have collaborated to create a community charter outlining how they’d like to be treated at school as well as how they hope to treat others. To create the guidelines of the charter, lower school counselor Julie Smith met with each class and asked them to answer the questions “How do you want to feel when you are at school?” and “What are you willing to do if you have an conflict?"
This year’s O’Brien Senior Luncheon was held at a difficult time for seniors, coming soon after the death of their classmate London Mathis. This year’s speaker, Mr. Dean Otto, told seniors that he understood what they were going through.
During the week of April 9, seventh graders traveled to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in eastern Kentucky. The trip explores the history, geography, and culture of Appalachia. Students spend the week studying the ecology of the area and learning about the history and environmental impact of coal mining. This is an annual trip that fosters student bonding, and also sets aside time for students to journal their thoughts and observations throughout the week.
For the seventh consecutive season, the JV lacrosse Bearcats emerged victorious in Sacred Heart’s home tournament. It was a great showing by a very young team, who have shown remarkable improvement over the course of the season after dropping two of their first three games. With the 6-3 victory in the tournament finale, the team moved to 8-3-1 on the season.
Last year, WUOL podcast The Music Box interviewed some of our first graders about the instruments they designed and created from recycled materials. Students created the instruments as part of their STEAM unit on Science & Sound. Click here for the podcast page. The segment with our students starts at 3:56.
Just before Spring Break, eighth graders reached a major milestone in their last year of Middle School: the conclusion of the Endangered Species Project. The project takes place over eight weeks and connects the curriculum in students’ history, English, and science classes. Students combine their research in these areas into a final project presentation.
At the end of March, the KCD MathCounts team competed against the top 27 math teams in the state at the University of Kentucky. KCD took 5th place overall in the state after placing 2nd in the Louisville region last month. Amy Suo placed a team high 12th place overall. Congratulations to Evan Davis, Daniel Bronfman, Amy Sou, and Logan Purkiss for their great achievement!
College counselor Danny Easley visited Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, recently, along with 18 other counselors from across the country. Mr. Easley serves on Miami’s Admissions Advisory Board, which meets twice a year to discuss the University’s marketing and admissions strategies. During his most recent visit, Mr. Easley learned how Miami uses data and analytics to help with student retention. He also served on a focus group for a proposed redesign of Miami’s majors and career opportunities website.
Congratulations to senior Solomon Mathis on being named to the Courier-Journal’s Metro Louisville All-area Boys Basketball Team. Players from across the city were nominated for spectacular game performances throughout the season, and Solomon was one of an elite group of ten players selected for the team. Each athlete is invited to the 2018 Courier-Journal Sports Awards, where New York Jets quarterback and former University of Louisville star Teddy Bridgewater will be the guest speaker. The event will be held in June at the Louisville Palace. Congratulations, Solomon!
Congratulations to the KCD middle school speech team, who placed ninth in the state at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s Junior State Tournament on March 23–24 in Lexington. Eleven KCD students represented the Louisville region at the competition. Two KCD middle school students advanced all the way to the final rounds of competition: eighth grader Graesyn Heimer placed sixth in the state in broadcasting, and fifth grader Lila Hayden placed fourth in the state in prose.
Congratulations to director Trudy Wheeler and the cast and crew of A Comedy of Errors on two fantastic productions on March 24 and 25. The actors amused the audience with their clever delivery of Shakespearean English, and the tech crew produced stunning costumes and sets. The cast and crew should be proud of putting on a wonderful show!
KCD welcomes John Kinney as the varsity swim coach for the 2018–19 season. Coach Kinney has coached with Hunting Creek in the Country Club Swim Association, leading the club to its highest finish in recent history. Most recently, he coached for a season with the Wolf Creek swim team in the Louisville Swim Association.
On March 15, senior Lilly Papalia threw a whopping 35 feet, 2 inches in the shot put, beating the existing school record by 14 inches! This throw currently ranks her third overall in the state among all classes. Congratulations Lilly!
DanceBlue, a dance marathon started at University of Kentucky, returned to KCD this year thanks to student organizers Grace Bagga ’19 and Elizabeth Scinta ’18. DanceBlue raises money for pediatric cancer research.
Earlier this year, sophomore Lorenzo Mahoney and junior Lauren Rawson learned that they had scored a 36 on the ACT—the highest score possible on the college admissions test. Both students had taken the test before, but found the magic formula this last time around.
On the morning of March 17, a group of 175 lower school students and their parents traveled to the Brown Theatre to enjoy the music of the Louisville Orchestra. Joined by the Squallis Puppeteers, the Orchestra’s performance of Peter and the Wolf was the highpoint of the concert. These young music-lovers were thrilled to hear what they had explored in music class performed live on the stage! Lower school music specialists LuAnn Hayes and Jeannine Ary hope to repeat this family field trip next year!
Last weekend, four individual test-takers, the Quick Recall team, and the Future Problem Solving team competed in the Governor’s Cup state tournament, going up against thousands of students from hundreds of schools around the state.
On March 14, Yvette Gentry of the Rajon Rondo Assisting Youth Foundation visited KCD to speak to the Middle School Community Service Club. She discussed the work of the foundation and how they use incentive-based educational programs and support systems to help at-risk youth. This was a great way for the Community Service Club to prep for the March 23 dress down day at KCD supporting the foundation. This foundation was started by KCD parents Ashley Bachelor and Rajon Rondo. Ashley and Rajon have agreed to match our donation (up to $100,000). Donations for the dress down are $1 or more.
On March 12, former Kentucky Wildcat and NBA player Derek Anderson shared his inspirational message with middle school students during their assembly period. Mr. Anderson shared his own life story while discussing the importance of being your true self and remaining goal-focused and purpose-driven. He encouraged students always to be courteous and polite and to stay positive in every circumstance.
Seventh grade students have been hard at work over the last several weeks preparing for their Euro project presentations. Students worked together as members of a marketing team charged with researching and developing competitive bids for countries seeking to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Each group researched a European country and developed a presentation pitching their country to a committee looking for venues for the 2020 summer games.
Fifty-six KCD students attended Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) over March 11–13. We’re proud to report that KCD was presented with the Delegation of Excellence award and won the International Stage Performance competition!
KUNA sponsor Sarah Moran was proud of the teamwork displayed by our students, both before and during the conference. She also was impressed with their leadership skills. “These students’ skills are proof that KCD develops leaders,” she commented.
March 14 is beloved by math fans because the numerical date of 3/14 matches the first three digits of math’s most famous irrational number: pi or 3.14. Jenni Williams’ Advanced Geometry classes celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by visiting Andrea Goode’s second-graders and Ross Cohen’s first-graders.
Over Winter Break, nine Spanish students visited Spain with Sra. Enseñat and Bobby Copley. Students lived with host families in Dos Hermanas and also visited famous sites such as the Alcázar of Seville and the La Alhambra palace in Granada.
On March 3, about 275 middle and high school students participated in the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair (LRSEF). Those participants included three KCD students: eighth grader Amy Suo, sophomore Jawad Saleem, and junior Eddy Zhong.
On Wednesday, March 14, about 250 upper school students left classes for 20 minutes to hold a memorial service in honor of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas and Marshall County shootings. The service was part of the National School Walkout, in which thousands of high school students across the country left class to honor victims and protest gun violence in schools.
“I am proud of the initiative of the students who asked to organize and plan this event,” said Upper School Director Kent Martin. “It was a great display of empathy and unity.”
Congratulations to director Kate Scinta and the talented cast and crew of The Sound of Music on a trio of fantastic shows last weekend! Cast and crew performed in front of three packed houses and charmed audiences with their renditions of classic songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and “Edelweiss.”
KCD’s first-ever Alumni Day of Giving on March 8 was a resounding success, with 339 donors contributing just over $25,000. The classes of 1986 and 2006 led in number of donors while the class of 1979 led in total contributions. We’re so thankful for all our grads who took the opportunity to give back to KCD and to the many people who offered challenges or matching gift opportunities for their class.
Before break, 7th and 8th graders in Sarah Stone’s music classes performed for their peers during middle school meeting. Each group performed a couple of numbers. These young musicians sounded great, and students enjoyed the show.
Fifth graders on KCD’s elementary Governor’s Cup team competed in their Regional competition on March 3. The Quick Recall team won second place, KCD’s best placement since we began competing at the elementary level in 2016, and Lila Hayden won fifth place in Arts and Humanities. Congratulations to the team members who competed: Aryan Agahtehrani, Aya Alnabhan, Grayson Delgado, Victoria Grazette, Lila Hayden, Brett Hillen, Melis Ozyurekoglu, Daniel Pinkston, Naya Singal, and Derock Xie.
On March 1 and 2, JK parents were invited to visit LuAnn Hayes’ music classroom to a fun lesson demonstrating what their children have been learning. We’re so happy to welcome parents into the classroom to share the joy of movement and music!
Congratulations to KCD’s Mu Alpha Theta math team, who recently competed in the Log1 national math contest. KCD finished 6th in our region, 1st in our state, and 21st nationally, beating both Manual and Collegiate. The club will receive a $271 grant for their achievement.
The middle school student council group, also known as CLC, has worked hard this year to enhance the student experience. They’ve organized two LISC dances, partnered with the Random Acts of Kindness Club on several projects, persuaded administrators to add leggings as acceptable attire on dress down days, and taken charge of updating the hall TV monitor with important news and announcements.
Congratulations to seniors Jackson Diaz, Ananya Jain, Shanzeh Sayied, and Nathan Zou, who have been selected as National Merit Finalists. These four students were named as semifinalists in September.
Finalists are selected based on detailed scholarship applications providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
Congratulations to these four seniors on this outstanding accomplishment!
After a decade serving as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team, James Booker is stepping down. The 2017–18 season will be his last. Coach Booker’s tenure includes four All A regional championships and the program’s first-ever victory in the Louisville Invitational Tournament.
The Junior Breakfast is an important milestone for upper school students. The event 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.
On March 1, KCD grad Russell Smith ’94 visited with Ms. Jessee’s Stewardship class to lead a discussion on the impact of homelessness in our society. Mr. Smith is a board member and volunteer at St. John Center for Homeless Men. Students shared their perceptions about homelessness as well as any experiences they had serving the homeless. This was an insightful discussion on an often overlooked topic in our society. We thank Mr. Smith for taking the time to help make our students better stewards!
It’s been a wonderful week of reading! The Lower School participated in Read Across America week with an Olympic-themed celebration that encouraged students to keep a reading log and earn medals by reading books. Special dress down days made the week even more fun.
Congratulations to the KCD MathCounts team, who finished second out of 20 teams at the Louisville regional competition on February 17. Middle schoolers Amy Suo, Logan Purkiss, Sarisha Lohano, Sandhya Lohano, Daniel Bronfman, Emaan Sayied, Avani Singhal, Evan Davis, and Adam Hetman competed for KCD.
Congratulations to the 200 free relay team of Kyra Anderson, Emma Coulter, Emory Garlove, and Cora Martin, who set a new school record at the state meet at U of L’s Ralph Wright Natatorium. Their new school record time of 1:45.38 broke the previous record set in 2007. Way to go, Bearcat swimmers!
The KCD swim team, led by senior captains Lilly Papalia and John Jay, earned a 5th placed combined finish at the Region 5 meet at U of L’s Ralph Wright Natatorium. Several swimmers will advance to the state meet on February 23–24 at the same venue.
Congratulations to KCD’s robotics team on wrapping up a successful first year of competition. The team competed in a pair of Vex robotics competitions in Elizabethtown and Carrollton this year. These competitions consisted of building robots that would stack cones onto movable and stationary goals, then move those goals into scoring zones. Additional points were awarded for a fifteen second autonomous mode. Congratulations to Wyatt Scott, Ayaan Jabbar, Jerry Wu, Bucky Aboud-Hall, and Coach Tim Rice on a great season.
Congratulations to senior Collin Mathis, who is one of 20 Louisville-area students invited to apply to become Presidential Scholars. Eligibility for the program is based on exceptional test scores on the ACT or SAT or exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts.
Thirty-eight teams of KCD parents, friends, grads, and faculty competed for bragging rights at Trivia Night on February 9. Guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner from Chef Chris and Kathy Foster. Congrats to the winning team, “There’s No Crying in Trivia” (Laura Russo, Stephanie Wetzstein, Kim and Jeff Gorski, Colleen and Stuart White, Anna Kogan, and Steven Gomez), who won the respect of the room and a dinner for eight at Seviche.
On February 15, upper and lower school students teamed up once again for a service outreach project. This time, students worked together to make fleece blankets for Kourageous Kids, an organization that provides hospice care and family support for terminally ill children.
A group of KCD fifth graders competed in the elementary Governor’s Cup district tournament at KCD on February 9. The Quick Recall team captured a district title, and many individual students earned honors in their events. Overall, KCD finished third in the district.
Last week, we were proud to welcome a group of education officials from seven different countries, who were visiting Kentucky and KCD in order to learn more about innovation and technology in the classroom. Our seven guests, representing the countries of Bahrain, Greece, India, Japan, Maldives, Slovenia, and Tunisia, were visiting Kentucky through the International Visitor Leadership Program run by the US Department of State.
On February 1, the Middle/Upper School Chorale held their winter concert in the KCD Theater. Congratulations to the performers and director Karen Welsh on a great show! Thanks to David Miller for the photos.
On February 7, national signing day, eight KCD seniors formally announced their intention to continue their athletic careers in college. According to head football coach Matt Jones, this is the largest signing class in KCD history. The Courier-Journal article highlights the fact that this ceremony includes two commitments to athletics at MIT.
On February 4, KCD Soccer’s Bearcat FC program hosted its first free soccer clinic for our youngest Bearcats. Sixty students in grades JK–4 signed up to learn about world football, and Coach Clark Pollitt brought twenty of his middle school players to help mentor them. Together they practiced dribbling, passing, juggling, and shooting; and at the end, they played a real soccer game. It was a terrific afternoon of world football fellowship!
Congratulations to the KCD Governor’s Cup team for placing second overall in the Regional Tournament that was held on February 3. Four students placed in the top five in their events and will compete at the state tournament in March!
Recently, students in David Apel’s Psychology classes visited JK and second grade classrooms to play games with the younger students. Both older and younger students had a great time with these activities, which also helped Psych students understand the various stages of child cognitive development they have been learning about in class.
Last Saturday’s annual Sweetheart Dance was another sweet success for our lower school young ladies and their ‘sweethearts!’ Raffle and door prizes, dancing, sweet treats, and keepsake crafts made made it a remarkable evening! Elegant décor and beautiful dresses transformed the Commons into a extraordinary event space.
A special thank you to all of the wonderful committee members and volunteers that helped make this event possible.
On February 6, 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. Lower school teachers Susan Christoff, Ross Cohen, Sarah Cohen, and Marsha Herrick dressed up as 100-year-old versions of themselves and brought the students much wisdom and laughter throughout the day.
Congratulations to senior basketball player Solomon Mathis on joining the 1,000 Point Club. On February 2, Solomon surpassed the 1,000 career point mark with a 23-point performance against rival Collegiate. Solomon is a senior captain and has currently accumulated 1,039 career points, placing him 8th on the KCD career scoring list. Congratulations to Solomon on this achievement.
Thirteen student-athletes have been named to the NFHCA High School National Academic Squad, which recognizes high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 through the first quarter of the school year. Congratulations to Emily Alexander, Mary Claire Duncan, Emily Harrison, Hadley Jackson, Frances Lavin, Alexis Ledford, Arabella Maki, Katie Nagaraj, Lucy Poindexter, Megan Read, Amber Ritschel, Sophia Sparks, and Ashley White!
Congratulations to the middle school speech team, who placed second in the Louisville Regional Speech Tournament at LaRue County High School on February 3. In addition, three students earned regional championships in their events!
Congratulations to freshman Emily Rawson on being the first archer to officially compete for KCD! On January 27, Emily competed at the St. Gabriel Winter Tournament at Fern Creek High School and finished with a score of 246, including 4 10s. She ranked 94 out of 174 high school girls, 28 out of 59 freshmen, and had an overall girls rank of 152 out of 461. Great job, Emily—we’re proud of you!
Junior kindergarten teachers Janey Andris and Suzanne Hoffacker both welcomed parents into their classrooms recently to share a variety of classroom activities with their children. According to the teachers, their goal is to let parents spend some time in their child’s learning environment and to help them reinforce the skills their children are learning at school.
Students in Danielle Brown’s 5/6 Fashion Design elective recently showed off their completed designs at a photoshoot run by US photography teacher David Miller. In an assignment inspired by the reality TV show Project Runway, students were asked to create a design using an unconventional material—in this case, plastic trash bags. As you can see from the pictures, students came up with some beautiful, creative designs. They also had a great time modeling their creations for the camera!
The Upper School Governor’s Cup team has won the district tournament for the second year in a row! Eighteen students competed at Eastern High School last week, and many of them advanced to the regional tournament in February. Students who earned medals and advanced to regionals are listed below.
Sixth grade students in Annie Jessee’s science class started their unit on chemistry with a look at how temperature affects the rate of reactions.Students used ice water and cold water as variables and added a drop of food coloring to highlight the reaction. In a second trial, students added a drop of rubbing alcohol after the food coloring, creating a big initial splash of color. Students enjoyed collaborating with their classmates in this fun and colorful experiment.
KCD has honored graduate and former parent William Temple Beam Jr. (KCD 1976) with the Exceptional Service Award. Interim Head of School Anne Glosky and Board Chair Barbie Dickens presented Mr. Beam with the award at the Alumni and Chair’s Reception on January 26.
On January 31, the educational touring company Opera for the Young visited KCD to perform a colorful, kid-friendly version of Dvořák’s opera Rusalka: a Mermaid’s Tale. The story incorporates many elements from “The Little Mermaid,” so the plot was familiar to most of the audience.
First grade students in Kathie Purdie’s class are wrapping up a STEAM project on polar animals. They designed, created, and built some amazing arctic animal habitats using marshmallows and toothpicks. The students enjoyed this hands-on learning approach and used many different skill sets to complete the project.
In November, middle school advanced math students participated in the AMC 8 competition, which consists of 25 problem-solving questions. Evan Davis, Cecilia Fogarty, and Zachary Schonwetter placed in a three-way tie for the overall school winner.
The new playground has officially re-opened! The new play surface has been installed, and students have been having a great time on the new equipment. We would like once again to thank the Parent Association for their contribution to this project, as well as last year’s KCDate Fund a Need donors. The list of contributors is posted on our website. Thank you for making this wonderful project possible and for your patience as we worked out the final details.
All the faculty and staff would like to thank the Parent Association Teacher Appreciation Committee for a fantastic Mexican buffet lunch this week. On Wednesday, teachers and staff enjoyed food catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill along with a mouth-watering assortment of desserts. A special thanks to event chair Kelly Wagner as well as all the parents who donated desserts and served as lunch parents in the Lower School.
On January 18, KCD’s Choral Theatre Players performed Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. This entertaining show performed by third and fourth grade students included singing, drama, and creative movement. The production was directed by Ms. Jeannine Ary and choreographed by Kathy Todd Chaney. The students put on a wonderful show. Congratulations Bearcats!
Senior basketball player Solomon Mathis received a certificate of nomination for the McDonald’s All-American basketball game, high school basketball’s most prestigious all-star game. Solomon was one of only two nominees from Kentucky and only 700 nominees nationwide. Solomon is only the second Bearcat to receive this recognition. Congrats to Solomon on such a distinguished honor!
Congratulations to Josh Lifson and Ashton Robinson on being named to the Courier Journal Metro Louisville All-Area Football Team. Josh was the only tight end to be selected to the squad, and Ashton was one of five running backs chosen. Those selected to the team will be honored at the Courier Journal Sports Awards at the Louisville Palace this summer.
KCD’s Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, is competing in the Log1 National Math Competition. At the first of their three competitions, the team outscored Manual to place 1st in the state, 6th in the region, and 19th nationally out of over 200 top math schools. Congratulations to the following students, who placed in the top 40 in our 15-state region: Raina Mahajan, Ayaan Jabbar, David Lai, Steven Zhang, Jawaad Salaam, Lorenzo Mahoney, and Taylor Parker.
The boys varsity basketball team traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over the Mid-Year Break to compete in the Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic. The Bearcats won three games in three days to earn the championship title in the Red Division Bracket of the tournament. In the championship game, the Bearcats defeated rival Whitefield Academy 61-46. Congratulations Bearcats!
Students in Mary Clay Edinger’s class are currently studying symbolism in their reading of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. To make their study more concrete, Ms. Edinger brought her students onto the theater stage, where all the lights were turned off except for a single spotlight.
The Alumni Association and the College Counseling office hosted a lunch for all the seniors on Thursday in the Wilder Room. KCD grads who are current college freshmen joined them for lunch in order to share some of their first semester college experiences. This was a great event for our seniors to learn about what to expect during the first year of college.
Congratulations to senior Josh Lifson on being selected to play in the Best of the Bluegrass All Star football game that took place December 10. Josh was one of roughly 70 seniors selected for both squads that competed in the game.
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