The library was back in action this week after being closed for most of the last two weeks for AP testing–just in time for Senior Seminars!
The Senior Seminars began this week and the library was host to some of these interesting and informative presentations: Financial Literacy with Mr. Talamantes, What to Take to College with Mrs. Talamantes, Forensic Case Studies with Ms. Dozier and Mr. Himes, College Research with Ms. Melinson, and Famous Supreme Court Cases with Mr. Strumpfer.
On Tuesday we had music in the library with the Middle School Jazz Band, High School Jazz Band, and High School Concert Band as they prepare for the Forum Music Festival competition.
On Thursday Ms. Nellis’ AP US History class was in to get research materials for their end of the year project. Students chose topics they previously learned about in class that interested them and could be expanded into a presentation that Ms. Nellis might use in her AP US History class next year. Topics include the U.S. reconstructing Japan after World War II, eugenics and DNA affecting the Civil Rights Movement, and how television affected US viewership of the Vietnam War.
On Friday we had a special lunch, the First Annual Raffle Lunch with Dr. Bell, where we celebrated Dr. Bell’s impending retirement. A group of former students and colleagues along with current students and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Bell who has been “Bringing Back Smart” to Country Day for many years!
It’s been another quiet week in the library as students finish up their AP exams. On Friday, Mr. Neukom and his students dressed in their finest finery (including Swiss flag pins: in honor of Mr. Neukom wearing them each year, his students decided they’d wear them, too, this year) before embarking on their final AP test, European History. Mr. Neukom also led an inspiring cheer (his final cheer, as he’s retiring at the end of this year) as one last bit of motivation.
Wednesday was the last day of classes for seniors and at lunch time, they announced the colleges they’ll be attending. Afterwards, we all watched and cheered at Alexa’s signing to play volleyball at Wellesley. Later, students and faculty took pictures wearing their college gear.
Alan brought his German Shepherd puppy back for another visit featuring lots of belly rubs!
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a relaxing and book-filled break.
The Glass Knife had another round of board meetings this week as they continue to work hard on this years’ book. They also had their first work night on Friday.
On Thursday Ms. Melinson taught the 10th graders about citations for their Sophomore Projects – with the help of some chocolate.
We’ve been spending this week prepping for the many upcoming events over the next few weeks. Here’s a preview of what’s to come!
March is Music in Our Schools Month and we were delighted with performances by the High School choir, band, and orchestra on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch featuring Atsuo, who talked about his experience playing piano at Carnegie Hall and the rigorous practice it took to get there. Here are two of the pieces Atsuo shared: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (Chopin) and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff)
On Thursday Ms. Bauman put on a panel about summer internships, which featured seniors talking about their experiences at the internships.
It’s been a fun and busy week in the Matthews Library.
All week Ms. Burns’ 7th graders have been coming in to research and draw plants for their booklets for the upcoming Renaissance Faire. Students made use of the library’s ample windows to help with their sketches.
Our big event this week was Read Across America day! The library was transformed into The Lava Lounge with lots of comfy pillows, bean bags, pods, and a super awesome fort.
We also had the Starbooks Cafe with tea and snacks and a selfie station where students could take bookish photos. During the All School Read, teachers were encouraged to take selfies with their classes for treats (expect the Candy Fairy soon!) Check out our post featuring class selfies.
Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium where 10th graders filled the library to work on their Sophomore Projects.
We’ve had fun celebrating world cultures this week at Country Day!
We kicked off the celebration with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat. Students and faculty took turns reading The Cat in the Hat in 30 languages, including ASCII, Yiddish, and Old English, much to the delight of our visiting second graders.
On Thursday we toured the world via the Passport Lunch. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory featured yummy noodles from around the world.
The week ended with an assembly starring Fenix Drum, a West African, Congolese, and Caribbean drum and dance troupe.
We visited the fourth grade Wax Museum on Wednesday where students dressed in pioneer garb and presented information as the famous pioneers they researched.
On Monday we hosted the Breakthrough Cavaliers lunch where they had good news to discuss: Breakthrough is back!
We’ve had a rather historical week with Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History classes visiting to research for their Ancient Civilizations projects.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club where faculty and students talked about what books they were reading over brownies and hot apple cider.
Students were very excited about the puzzle we had out last week for National Puzzle Day so we kept it out and they were able to finish it this week!
And to top off a blustery Friday, Ms. Melinson set up a tea station in the library!
It’s Homecoming which means it’s also Spirit Week! On Monday, students wore their pajamas. Tuesday was Jersey Day with students wearing their favorite sports jerseys and athletic wear. Wednesday was all about wacky attire and boy, were there some wacky outfits! Thursday was TBT (throw back Thursday. And Friday was red and black, just in time for the pep rally.
Becca looking extra sparkly.
Bryce and his awesome suit for Wacky Wednesday.
On Monday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Lindsay and three friends dined on mac and cheese with tomatoes, mozzarella salad with roasted peppers and tomatoes, and lemon bars for dessert. Lindsay read a variety of books for the raffle and said Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor is her favorite.
On Wednesday, Kaeleigh presented for our monthly Leadership Lunch and spoke about Breakthrough, what it is and why it’s so important.
This week is also National Letter Writing Week. A letter writing station was set up in the library so students could come in and write letters to their favorite authors, friends and family.
Welcome to 2017 and welcome back students!
Wednesday we had our first book club of the new year (you can read all about it here!)
On Thursday we welcomed back the class of 2016 for a pizza lunch and to chat with the seniors about their first semester in college. Hopefully they learned some valuable information about what to expect!
Lastly, Friday the Glass Knife met to discuss and plan the upcoming Glass Knife retreat.
It’s been a crazy week here in the Matthews Library as we head towards Winter Break!
Junior and Senior Biology students visited this week to prepare for their Bio Research Debates. Students researched genetically engineered/modified foods and dressed up as the groups they represented (scientists, farmers, environmentalists, law makers, food processors & retailers, and citizens) to present their sides.
Tuesday we were treated to some festive music from the High School choir and orchestra to help get us in the mood for the holidays. Check out their performance of the theme from Downton Abbey!
On Wednesday we had a very special (and adorable) baby shower/goodbye party for Gabriella, who is expecting twins! #twinning
Friday we were host to the Middle School kids, who made holiday cards for their friends, family, and Dyer Kelly Elementary School.
Ms. Bauman’s class also visited us on Friday and sang the New Year’s Eve classic “Auld Lang Syne”.
Ms. LaComb’s seventh graders dressed up as characters from The Outsiders!