On April 23, lower school boys and their chaperones gathered at Slugger Field for the second annual Bearcats & Bats event. It was a terrific afternoon of baseball and bonding—KCD spirit was in the air, and it was a great day for everyone who attended
On April 25th, KCD hosted the year-end banquet of the Greater Louisville Math League (GLML) for the second year in a row. This year, students from 21 schools participated in four competitions, which tallied scores for both individuals and teams.
Each year, we are thrilled to be able to present teachers with professional development awards that fund travel or ongoing education. Over the years, these awards have provided teachers with many fantastic opportunities that have enriched the classroom experience at KCD. These awards are funded by generous donors in our community—thank you for providing these opportunities for our teachers! Descriptions of the awards, along with this year’s recipients, are below.
This year’s Grandparents and Special Friends program was a wonderful celebration of the sights and sounds of nature. This year’s show was called “What We Need is Here”—a line taken from Wendell Berry’s poem “The Wild Geese.”
Last week, KCD hosted a welcome reception for James Foreman and his wife Jennifer. James will take on the role of middle school director in July. This was a great opportunity for parents to meet James and Jennifer and for the Foremans to get to know our community. We’re excited to welcome James and Jennifer to KCD and look forward to James getting started in the Middle School this summer.
Last week, first graders welcomed family and friends to their annual Poetry Cafe, featuring the poetry of Dr. Seuss. This musical program is always a lot of fun—kudos to the performers on a great show!
Kudos to this group of upper school students, who put stewardship into action on Earth Day by coming to campus to pick up trash. The event was organized by junior Nathan Zou. He was joined by Ananya Jain, Elizabeth Scinta, Grant Carstanjen, Caden Schuessler, Liam Gallagher, Salik Chowhan, Wilder Brice, Jackson Diaz, Zachary Ramirez-Icaza, Lilly Papalia, Nathan Zou, Grace Lau, and Conner Kissel. Thank you!
Thanks to a grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, seventh graders in the Young Biologists Club started a native plant garden this week. Students planted black-eyed Susans, asters, bee balm, and orange coneflower. These plants are intended to encourage the rebound of honeybees as as well as to support other pollinating insects, especially monarch butterflies.
This fall, KCD started its chapter of Mu Alpha Theta chapter, joining 2000 schools across the country in this national math honor society. We are proud to induct 19 students into the honor society this year.
Each year, the students in the KCD Honors Program host the annual Ideas Café, where they share their research with the KCD community. This year’s café covered topics such as depression and anxiety in young adults, using cumin seeds to fight cancer, and the conflict between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. Honors students will formally present their research to a panel at the end of the year.
Earth Day is Sunday, but this was Earth Week at KCD as science students in all three divisions participated in a variety of activities promoting environmental awareness. Many of these activities crossed divisions and encouraged students across grade levels to work together and learn from each other. Below you’ll find a quick rundown of some of the activities that took place this week.
Seventh graders had a great time and beautiful weather during their Pine Mountain trip last week. The weeklong trip to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in eastern Kentucky explores the history, geography, and culture of Appalachia. In addition to studying the history and environmental impact of coal mining, students take time to record thoughts and observations in their journals.
The seniors in Mr. Martin’s Ornithology elective are learning about the life cycles, anatomy, and physiology of various bird species. This week, students placed nest boxes in different locations around campus. Students built the boxes and personalized them using tools in the KCD Fab Lab. As the spring goes on, students will monitor the boxes and make notes about the nesting habits of different species.
It was a terrific weekend for the 25 KCD students who participated in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA). For the second year in a row, KCD received the Delegation of Excellence Award, which recognizes the best delegation of the more than 20 schools attending.
Congratulations to the Middle School on a fun and funny production of The Snow White Variety Show last weekend. This show turned fairy tale conventions upside-down with an irreverent take on the story of Snow White. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and director Trudy Wheeler on a great show!
On Monday, the Cedar Lake 5K Race/Fun Run brought the KCD and Cedar Lake communities together in the biggest way yet. Cedar Lake residents, along with KCD students in all grade levels, enjoyed walking and running on a beautiful spring morning.
This week, Becky Gallion’s art classes welcomed guest artist Michelle Kamos from the Little Loomhouse, an arts organization that teaches students about weaving and the textile arts. Ms. Kamos showed students different materials that are used in weaving and also demonstrated a spinning wheel and loom.
Senior Catherine Bache’s interest in the Underground Railroad began with the sixth grade’s cross-disciplinary Underground Railroad unit and the Camp Joy field trip. That initial interest would eventually grow into an interactive program called Faces of Freedom, in which audience members participate in an Underground Railroad story along with a cast of costumed actors.
This trimester, a pair of new middle school fine arts electives are allowing students to explore the world of fashion. The Fashion Design elective includes a 5/6 and 7/8 section, both taught by Danielle Brown.
At last week’s regional tournament, the middle school Governor’s Cup team earned championships in four of the eight component events. Championships in Quick Recall, Future Problem Solving, Science, and Arts & Humanities earned the team a second place regional finish overall.
On February 4, lower school girls and their guests were treated to a magical evening at the annual Sweetheart Dance. Raffle and door prizes, dancing, sweet treats, and keepsake crafts made this an evening to remember! Elegant décor and beautiful dresses transformed the Commons into a fabulous event space.
Last week, we were fortunate to welcome ceramics artist Sharif Bey to the Upper School. Mr. Bey is an associate professor of art and art education at Syracuse University as well as a prolific artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally.
This week, lower schoolers in Ms. Ribblett’s science classes visited Mr. Moreland and Mr. Martin’s chemistry classes to learn more about chemical reactions. Lower schoolers visited stations set up by the older students, who demonstrated a chemical reaction and provided an age-appropriate explanation.
Two dozen children in Syria and Jordan will receive portraits created by a group of 15 KCD students and faculty. The portraits will be distributed by The Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, or extreme poverty.
For the first time ever, KCD has recognized a faculty member with the Exceptional Service Award. During the Chair’s Reception on Friday night, Head of School Brad Lyman presented the award to retired chemistry teacher Lee Meriwether.
On January 12, senior basketball player Anthony Mathis was recognized at X-period for his nomination for the McDonald’s All-American basketball game, high school basketball’s most prestigious all-star game.
This week, a new installation of work by visual arts faculty were added to the study area of the Robertson Library. The five pieces—one by each of our visual arts teachers—show our teachers’ passion for their disciplines and their commitment to creating spaces for the arts in our community.
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.