The countdown is on as we head into the last week of school!
On Monday, Sean, who is a cook at Hawk’s Restaurant, visited with 6th graders who are doing cooking for their passion projects. He showed them how to ice cupcakes and answered cooking questions.
On Tuesday and Thursday, Ms. Melinson began summer reading book talks for the incoming 7th and 8th graders. Students are given a list of books to choose from and a corresponding activity sheet. Summer Reading will be available online soon.
On Wednesday we had our last book club of the year, which you can read about here.
On Friday the library was host to the Career Day Panel, which concluded the Senior Seminars. The panel consisted of parents and alum who offered insight into their careers.
Friday also featured a Glass Knife informational meeting for 8th graders who are interested in joining next year.
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!
It’s been unusually quiet this week as AP testing has taken over the library.
However, the quiet was more than made up for on Thursday when we had a full day of classes in for research. Starting in the morning were Ms. Nellis’ 9th graders researching European Colonialism in America.
For the rest of the day, we had Ms. Little’s 6th graders in working on their Passion Projects.
The library will have limited hours next week as well as students continue taking AP tests, but we’ll be back in full force the following week with Senior Seminars!
We’ve been moving right along this week as we head into the last month or so of school!
On Monday Brandy presented during our Leadership Lunch series. She talked about why she loves her church and the many roles she plays in it.
The 6th graders returned at the beginning of the week to continue their research for their passion projects. Check out some of the topics they’re researching!
On Tuesday we had a Speakeasy en Espanol, with students from Doctora Portillo’s class reading poems in Spanish.
Also visiting this week were Ms. Lyon’s and Mr. Kuipers’ 7th graders, who began looking at sources for their China and Japan cultural projects.
And to cap off National Poetry Month, Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or their head or their phone) were rewarded with a piece of candy.
What a week it’s been! The library has been jam-packed with events this week from Harry Potter to presentations to passion projects.
On Monday and Tuesday, the library was host to the Sophomore Project Presentations where the Top 10 finalists presented their year-long research on languages or religions.
Wednesday was our special Harry Potter themed Book Club (read about it here) followed by Poem in Your Pocket Day for the kindergarteners. High school students visited the Lower School library and helped the youngsters act out poems or draw related pictures.
Continuing with the Harry Potter library takeover, the Harry Potter Club had their last meeting of the year on Thursday. The meeting featured a special guest, Quaffle, library dog-in-training.
Thursday was also the first day Ms. Little’s 6th graders were in the library to learn how to research for their upcoming passion projects.
And finally, on Friday the hardcore members of the Political Puzzles club met to discuss current political issues.
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 non-stop this week at the Matthews Library! All this week Ms. LaComb’s 7th graders have been coming in to research Feudal Japan for their projects.
On Monday we began March Madness with Mr. Kuiper’s and Ms. Lyon’s history classes. Students chose books based on their covers and first lines. Check back in April to see how the books fare!
On Tuesday the Candy Fairy gave candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read on Read Across America day.
Tuesday was also the second meeting of the Harry Potter Club where students discussed taking over next month’s Book Club and making it Harry Potter themed.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here!
Friday was the Renaissance Faire where students proceeded through the campus, then to the lower school for the Maypole Dance, and feasted with Lords and Ladies in the middle school quad. From there, life in the Renaissance is represented through various guilds. Check out the botanical books from the Apothecary that students worked on in the library!
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.