September Book Club

We had our first Book Club of the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday. The library Book Club meets once a month at lunchtime and it features students and faculty talking about what books they’re read (we don’t all read the same book).

Ms. Melinson started us off with some new additions to the library: Midnight – a new Skulduggery Pleasant book, Fugitive Six – a new Pittacus Lore book, Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – both really hot right now, Factfulness – recommended by President Obama, and the absolute edition of the Sandman Overture graphic novel. Ms. Melinson also talked about a few of the books she read over the summer, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nations and All Other Nights, which she found beautifully written.

Heloise finished Americans Gods and liked it overall, but found parts of it unenjoyable. She also talked about Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, which she described as interesting and possibly useful for Octagon articles. Heloise also read What We Cannot Know and My Beloved World, Sonja Sotomayor’s autobiography. Luca said he bought more books than he read, but he did get some reading done over the summer. He read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects and enjoyed the unique writing style and unexpected endings. He also reread Good Omens in preparation for the TV adaptation that’s coming out.

Josh also read Good Omens, but for the first time. He also talked about some really interesting art books, Things from the Floods and Tales from the Loop. Sarina read The Sun is Also a Star, which she picked because of the pretty cover and enjoyed the alternating viewpoints. Ms. Batarseh read Raven Black (the first in the Shetland Island series), on recommendation from Ms. Fels, but didn’t enjoy it. However, she also read Moon Palace, recommended by Luca, and loved it. Ms. Nellis read Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and found it so inspiring and interesting. Chloe read A Master Calls, which she liked despite how sad it was. Erin just started reading The Hate U Give and is already hooked on it. Evan read The da Vinci Code as part of his summer reading and really liked it because of the fascinating information about art and religion.

For more information about all of the books we talked about, check out our Goodreads page!

Summer Reading Raffle Winner

Thanks, Anu, for picking our Grand Prize winner!

Congratulations to Jojo for winning the Grand Prize for our Summer Reading Raffle! Come by the library to claim your $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Congratulations are also in order to Mattias M., Annabel L., Rebecca T., Ryan X., Manny B., Chase C., and Kaityln D.! Come to the library and pick your prize!

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: Welcome back edition

Welcome back, students! Can you believe summer break is over already?

We hit the ground running on Monday with orientations for both students and parents. Ninth graders learned some of the rules of Country Day from Student Council in a funny and informative video. While new Middle School parents were learning about what to expect, Ms. Melinson was helping 6th graders set up their email accounts.

On Tuesday the Student Council met in the Quiet Room. On Wednesday the 9th graders received their laptops at lunchtime. Afterward Mr. Billing’s 7th grade Latin class was in the library researching the Roman names they’ve chosen to call themselves in class. On Friday Mr. Crabb’s 10th grade History class was in the library to brainstorm Sophomore Project topics and fill out library card applications. Both Mr. Crabb and Ms. Melinson emphasized the importance of picking a topic students found personally interesting as it makes researching and writing easier.

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!

May Book Club

We held our final Book Club of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday. Ms. Melinson started us off with some her summer reading choices, The Stranger by Albert Camus and Warlight, from the same author as The English Patient, one of her favorite books. She then went on to talk about some of our new additions to the library, The Burning Maze (the latest in the Trials of Apollo series), A Court of Frost and Starlight (a novella to tide you over until next year when the newest Sarah J. Maas book comes out), The Belles (for fans of The Selection), Leah on the Offbeat (follow-up to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), Vincent & TheoObsidioI’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and Munmun, and The Remains of the Day (as recommended by Ms. Fels).

Jackson shared that he plans to read Game of Thrones over the summer. Heloise read Stardust (and watched the movie, but the book was better) and loved it and then started reading American Gods. Ms. Nellis started reading Barracoon, a fascinating book about the last man smuggled illegally into the United States as part of the slave trade. Ms. Fels read No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien and talked about her growing retirement reading list. Ms. Fels said No Man’s Land was an interesting World War I novel and described the author’s writing as pretty good, but not quite as good as the author’s grandfather’s, J.R.R. Tolkien. Doctora Portillo was reading Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories, and was enjoying it. She plans on reading biographies and autobiographies this summer.

Be sure to check out our Goodreads page for summer reading inspiration. Happy reading!

Week in Review: Book Clubs edition

While the school year is winding down, the library is still hoping with activity. On Tuesday we wrapped up our Summer Reading book talks with the incoming 6th graders. You can find out Summer Reading information here. On Wednesday we had back-to-back Book Clubs. First up was Ms. Nellis’ AP U.S. History class. Students read a historical fiction novel and then related what they learned in class to the historical aspects of the novel. And much like our usual Book Club, snacks were involved! At lunchtime we had our regular monthly Book Club where students and faculty discussed what they planned to read over the summer, which you can read about here.

Thursday and Friday saw final exams for the high schoolers. When they weren’t testing in the gym, they were in the library debriefing with their classmates or outside of the library munching on snacks provided by the Parent’s Association. To wrap up the week, the seniors returned on Friday to take care of some senior business and attend seminars.

Week in Review: Summer Book Talk edition

As if to make up for the quiet of AP exams that last two weeks, this week was jam packed with activities. Monday was a whirlwind day with back to back to back book talks for rising 7th and 9th graders. Monday was also the first annual Donut Day!

On Tuesday, the Glass Knife submitted this year’s book for printing. Look for distribution in the coming weeks! Back by popular request, students were working on a library-themed puzzle last week and by Thursday, it was completed.

Thursday was the 10th annual Play-A-Thon for Rulindo, with music all day long and all over campus. Behind the library in the High School quad, the Middle and High school choir performed with the 3rd and 4th graders. On the Lower School plaza, the High School Jazz Band played followed by the Mega Band (students from Lower, Middle, and High School Band, any adults who wanted to play, and even an alum or two) came together to play some toe-tapping jazz. Also happening on Thursday, the 6th graders shared their Passion Projects, where they presented their work to their peers and received feedback.

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Friday saw more book talks, this time for rising 8th and 9th graders. Also on Friday, the library played host to a retirement party for retiring staff and faculty members Barbara Fackenthall, Patricia Fels, Aggie Germinder, Jane Gillette, Sandy Lyon, Donna Manning, and Julie Nelson.

Week in Review: AP edition pt.2

It’s round two of AP testing this week as students took exams in Biology, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, English Literature, Microeconomics, European History, and Latin. Whew, that’s a lot of tests!

There were no exams on Thursday so Mrs. Eustace and her 6th graders were in the library working on their Works Cited pages for the Passion Projects.

Before heading into their AP Latin exam on Friday, Mrs. Batarseh motivated her students with an invocation to the gods of AP tests and the Eugepae! chant.