Country Day's quarterly electronic newsletter centralizes major communications from the Head of School and chief administrators.
September 24, 2014 from 2pm to 3pm – Library Classroom Two, Second Floor, Jacobs Family Library
Report from Country Day Athletic Director Jeff Hutzler.
ALL SCHOOL -- Vinnie Paolucci '14 has made the football team at Wake Forest! Vinnie played with a ton of passion and a huge motor in leading the Torreys in tackles last year (#7 in tackles in SD county) and was highly recruited by a number of outstanding small school football programs. Instead, he chose to walk on at Wake Forest with a chance to win a spot on the roster at fall camp. To no one's surprise on Genesee Ave, Vinnie made the team! Good to have a Torrey playing in the ACC.
Go Torreys! Go Demon Deacons!
Director of Athletics and Physical Education La Jolla Country Day School
Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 16, 2014 at 9:10am
A Journey Into The Arts
UPPER SCHOOL -- Our Idyllwild Arts departure from Country Day started a little late, but we ended with a great finish listening to a faculty viola and piano recital by Zach Dillinger (viola) and Parvati Mani (piano).
When we arrived on campus the group jumped into the process of making their own sketchbooks, which will be a place to archive thoughts, perceptions and observations over the course of the week. Faculty onboard includes: Jonathan Sammartino and Alexis Grinbold, two great colleagues who have helped make the opening day fun and thoughtful for our students. We are working with three great Idyllwild summer art teachers who are challenging our students to take personal risks and share their passion for the arts in the form of creative writing, life drawing and dance. Our instructors invited us to the evening recital, mentioned earlier, and a new door was opened with the realization that we are in a special and unique place for the arts. On the drive back to our camp grounds it was moving to hear Gabriela Casagrande share, "that it is so inspiring to see people who have such a passion for what they do in the arts." This is going to be another great year for our students connecting themselves to something so ephemeral and realizing that they, too, have an artistic voice that can influence new…Continue
Posted by Cindy Bravo on September 15, 2014 at 10:30pm
Report from the Juniors' Mid-Atlantic College & U.S. History Trip
Day 1: Charlottesville, Virginia
UPPER SCHOOL -- After a long flight via Orlando, we arrived into Richmond, the heart of the old Confederacy, on Sunday night. We were met by our can-do-anything bus driver who then whisked us off to Charlottesville for a memorable midnight dinner (or was it breakfast?) at the local IHOP before we crashed into our beds utterly exhausted.
Nonetheless, the whole crew was up and out of the hotel bright and early on Monday morning to travel to Thomas Jefferson's very own pride and joy: the University of Virginia. Our visit was made all the more special by the presence of Country Day alums and current Wahoos Alex Morgan ('13) and Nora Zahn ('12), who did more than their part filling us in on the ins and outs of UVA. We were also lucky to catch up with UVA graduate Carrie Martin Shuler, sister of Upper School Director Greg Martin and wife of the UVA rowing coach, as well as a few pieces of the Berlin Wall on display on campus.
After lunch, we were off to Monticello, home and haven of the third President of the United States. After an introductory movie, the shuttle bus took us to the top of Jefferson's "Little Mountain" for a tour of his mansion featuring his beloved books, his scientific collections and innovations, and the bed upon which he breathed his last on July 4, 1826 -- fifty years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Our reflection on Jefferson's place in history included a sobering tour of the conditions of the enslaved African-Americans at Monticello.…Continue
Posted by Jonathan Shulman on September 16, 2014 at 4:30am
Cool Off With Torrey Hockey
UPPER SCHOOL -- Last year was the first season for the Country Day Ice Hockey team competing in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League in the JV division. In just their second year, the Torreys are playing in the Varsity division and will host their first ever home game this Saturday at 5:20 p.m. at UTC Ice Arena. The Torreys lost their season opener to the defending champions from Capistrano United 6-4 last week and hope to bounce back this week against Upland Christian. You can also follow your Torreys and watch and listen to some live games through the league website at www.adhshl.com. Come support your Torreys on the ice and cool down from this heat wave we are experiencing.
Posted by Dan Wagner on September 12, 2014 at 3:30pm
Country Day Downs Escondido
More photos below.
UPPER SCHOOL -- The Torreys enjoyed a 21-point second quarter to sprint away from Escondido Charter Friday night, posting its first win with a 41-6 final. The win came on Teacher and Staff Appreciation Night in which players honored their mentors at halftime of the game. CLICK HERE for game stats.…Continue
Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 14, 2014 at 8:00am
Senior Julius Diehr (9:46) and junior Tomás Miralles (9:57) sped to the top times of the day at Saturday's Bronco Invitational. Racing for the first time in the meet's large schools division, the boys left no doubt that they are among the fastest in San Diego.
The meet, held at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, features a two-mile course that is mostly flat with the exception of one series of hills. Running with the larger schools afforded the varsity boys some relief from the heat that would build through the morning, and all of the boys took advantage and ran much faster than they did here a year ago. George Little (11:16) improved by 45 seconds and Jackson Daugherty (11:09) by 33. Ryan Watkins (12:23), who has been battling illness and minor injury most of the season, still shaved a couple seconds off of last year's time. Also notable was Grayson Lyman, who finished 3rd for the team in a time of 11:08 in his first XC meet only hours after kicking extra points for the football team the night before.
The girls were without captains Natalia LaSpada and Natalie Hammond, who were busy taking the ACT, and also Caitlin Keane, still nursing an injury. In fact, only one of the girls was on the varsity in this race last year, junior Gabi Smotrich. Gabi improved by 42 seconds to finish in 14:48 in the girls small schools race. Senior JuJu Dessert, like Grayson, ran exceptionally well in her first cross country race, finishing in 16th place and 13:31. Freshman Lexi Watkins was our 3rd finisher in 14:49, Sophomore Nicole Parry finished in 15:14, and sophomore Zoe Peritz finished in…Continue
Posted by Scott Sanders on September 13, 2014 at 11:51pm
UPPER SCHOOL -- The Torrey football teams return home this week with a game against Escondido Charter High School.
It is Faculty And Staff Appreciation Night and the Torrey players will be honoring their mentors (see photo below) at halftime.
CLICK HERE to visit the team's virtual game program featuring full team rosters, game photos and pre-game comments from the coach.
Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 11, 2014 at 2:30pm
UPPER SCHOOL -- Through a connection with the family of Country Day senior Bryce Pearlman ‘14, Miss Bakhiet’s American Government class hosted Israeli artist and teacher Yaron Bob on Friday. The students enjoyed an interdisciplinary hour with Mr. Bob, the founder of the organization "Rockets Into Roses."
Mr. Bob shared his experiences living near Gaza and his decision to begin making items of beauty out of the missiles that are routinely launched into Israeli territory. He said almost every world leader has one of his sculptures now. After the question and answer session, the artist taught students how to make small animal figurines by manipulating and reforming metal forks. Mr. Bob told the students that the solution to the conflicts in the Middle East was to have more education all around. “Learning about each other is the key,” he said.
You can see his Tedx Talk by CLICKING HERE.…Continue
Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 12, 2014 at 1:00pm