Week in Review: French Music & Speakeasies

This week started off with Ms. Burns’ 7th graders back in the library on Monday as they learned how to make websites for their Biome projects. Soon they’ll be using WebQuest with each other’s websites. On Wednesday we were treated to a lunchtime performance by Cafe Panache, a band that plays French cafe songs from the 1930s and 1940s. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ English classes were in for a Sophomore Project work day and back again on Friday for a work day in Mr. Crabb’s History class. The Glass Knife held their Fall Speakeasy and Open Mic Poetry & Music event on Friday, where students shared poems (including originals) and noshed on snacks.

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Bonus:

Our kids are really into puzzling! Check out their completed work on Instagram.

Week in Review: Halloween and Biomes

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This week was filled with costumes and 7th graders as we headed into November and finally, it seems, Fall. On Monday the Glass Knife had their Halloween bake sale at lunch to benefit their upcoming retreat. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Ms. Burns’ 7th graders were in to work on their Biome projects and find books related to their topic. On Halloween they got to watch a creepy video of the Cordyceps fungus in action–you can see the horror in some of their faces as they watch. Also on Halloween, students and teachers really brought their “A” game. Check out our Halloween slideshow for the great costumes!

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On Thursday Doctora Portillo, Mrs. Vayner, and their students set up an ofrenda, an altar for Dia De Los Muertos. Also on Thursday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in to for their weekly Sophomore Project work day. Friday was Rockvemberfest where students met with their advisors about their grades, played boards games in the library (and other games around campus), and had a rockin’ talent show. Before the festivities, Ms. Melinson’s advisory had a yummy breakfast of pancakes and Peruvian fried rice.

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Week in Review: Book Talks & Work Days

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This week was all about Fall Book Talks with the middle schoolers and work days with the high schoolers. Book Talks are where Ms. Melinson talks about 60+ books and then students pick out books that sound most interesting to them. Monday’s Book Talks began with Mrs. Eustace’s 6th and 8th graders, with the 8th graders having a mystery slant. Tuesday was a work day for Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders as they continue to work on their Ancient Egypt research project. Wednesday was a Sophomore Project work day for Mr. Wells’ 10th graders. Thursday was a Book Talk extravaganza with 7th and 8th classes in all day long. Friday was a day off for students, but an in-service day for teachers. Ms. Melinson and I went on a field trip to the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento. Check out our pictures on Instagram!

Week in Review: World Food Day

We had a Middle Schooler-free week this week as the 6th-8th graders were away on their trips. And while the Middle Schoolers are away…the High Schoolers will continue to take over the library! Just kidding 😀 😉

On Monday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in for a Sophomore Project work day. On Tuesday we honored World Food Day by hosting Amber Stott, CEO and Chief Food Genius at The Food Literacy Center. Amber spoke to students about what food literacy is, how our food choices have an impact on things like the economy and the environment, and the work the Food Literacy Center does with local schools.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in to work on notecards and find books for their Sophomore Project and Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders were in for their Ancient Egypt research project. In between classes, Ms. Melinson was interviewed by Pre-K students about her job and role in the Country Day community. On Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were back to learn about databases, keywords, and how to use Wikipedia in a research project.

 

 

Week in Review: Projects

The week started out with Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders presenting their Ignite speeches on Tuesday, having spent the previous week researching topics relating to the Salem Witch Trials. At lunch time, the library hosted Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation.

Wednesday was the Senior Moratorium where the Seniors spent most of their day working on their college applications and essays with college counselors Mrs. Bauman and Mr. Kuipers and listening to presentations by visiting colleges. On Thursday Mr. Wells’ 10th graders were in the library looking for local sources for their Sophomore Project topics. Mr. Crabb’s 10th graders were in on Friday to learn how to correctly quote sources and work on notecards for their Sophomore Project.

 

Week in Review: MS takeover!

While the High School is away…the Middle Schoolers will play! This week the High Schoolers were away on their trips, which gave the 6th graders a chance to really get to the know the Matthews Library.

All this week, the 6th graders had their library orientation where they learned how to read a shelf, find some of our more unusually labeled books, arrange books according to the Dewey Decimal System, navigate databases, and evaluate websites for content, authority, bias, and design. Student then got to show off their website evaluation knowledge with a game of Friendly Feud.

Also in the library all week were Mrs. Eustace’s 8th graders. They were in to research for their Salem Witch projects, which will culminate in an Ignite Speech next week.

Week in Review: Spirit Week

It’s spirit week at Country Day and our students dressed to impress!

Tuesday was Twins day and Mrs. Eustace and Mrs. Strong joined in on the fun. Wednesday was Disney-themed and Brandy dressed up as Snow White while Shelly played as the Evil Queen with the poisonous apple. Don’t eat the apple, Brandy! On Thursday advisories dressed up as TV characters. Ms. Melinson’s advisory dressed up as The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

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On Friday two local librarians visited the Sophomores. Kim, from the Arden-Dimick branch, gave the kids their library cards and talked about what research resources the library has. James, from the Sacramento Room, also visited and spoke on the historical resources the Sacramento Room has to offer. He also brought a signed copy of the Ladybird script. How cool!

Bonus:

Ms. Melinson visited the arts event, Tearing Walls Apart, featuring the work of some of our students – Bella, Jason, and Sophie. Check out their work below!

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Week in Review: Walkies

Monday started off with Ms. Eustace’s 6th graders in for some Independent Reading. Ms. Melinson showed students how to search for books using the catalog and then gave a them a tour of the fiction collection.

Our Summer Reading raffle winners were picked this week. Congratulations to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Rebecca, come by the library for your prize! On Wednesday we had our first Book Club of the school year, which you can read about here.

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On Friday the Sophomores took a walk around the track while discussing their potential Sophomore Project topics and big questions they’re hoping to answer. This helped determine how much information they knew about their topics and served as a good listening exercise as they had to explain their partners topics rather than their own.

Week in Review: Dystopian edition

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Ms. Eustace’s Dystopian Studies elective was in the library on Wednesday for mini book talks on lesser known dystopian works before checking out books. After getting their books, they spent the rest of the period reading.

Also on Wednesday, Julie Checkoway (author and SCDS parent) spoke to the Sophomores about her thoughts on how to begin researching for their Sophomore Projects. Julie emphasized organizing their notes, backing up work regularly and in different places, and not being afraid to fail at first and put yourself out there.

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On Friday Mr. Crabb’s History classes were in to learn how to focus their Sophomore Project topics and posing a research question. Friday was also the first Glass Knife meeting where students determined what jobs they would have for this year’s book.

Week in Review: School’s out for summer!

Here we are at the end of another school year. Students wrapped up their finals on Monday then had Tuesday off. They were back for a minimum day on Wednesday to sell back their textbooks and clean out their lockers. Our favorite library dog-in-training, Quaffle, stopped by to wish us a happy summer vacation. Later on Wednesday, after the AP Art presentations, copies of this year’s The Glass Knife were handed out. We think it came out great!

We hope you have a wonderful summer and read some good books!