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FALL 2014 

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Torrey Football Report



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A Tough Start To League Play

Report filed by Head Football Coach Tyler Hales.

UPPER SCHOOL -- Your Torreys fell to Francis Parker in their first Coastal League game of the year on Saturday, 45-16. The boys came out on fire with a great opening drive that resulted in a 27 yard field goal by Grayson Lyman '15; the Big Blue Defense then forced a fumbled on Parker's ensuing possession.

Unfortunately, momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Lancers, as they ended up scoring on their next two possessions to gain a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. After beginning an excellent drive from inside their own 5-yard line, the Torreys fumbled right into the hands of a Parker defender who returned the ball to the end zone to go up 21-3. The Lancers then got a fortuitous bounce on the very next kickoff and recovered the ball and went on to score on that drive. These two quick scores by Parker proved to be too much for the Torreys to overcome. As always, the boys battled until the end of the game, but unfortunately they could not recover from some early mistakes. Country Day moves to 4-3 (0-1 Coastal) on the season and Parker is now 4-4 (1-1 Coastal).

On Friday night, the JV Torreys played a phenomenal all-around game and took down the Lancers 30-12 to improve their record to 2-5.

The Torreys have the opportunity to bounce back this week and gain their first Coastal League victory of the year in our Homecoming game against Horizon. This should be a great game, as Horizon's aerial attack is leading the county in…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 21, 2014 at 9:19am

Country Day Academics

 

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Students Challenge Congressional Candidates

UPPER SCHOOL -- Most schools use current events to educate students. At Country Day Monday, the students drove a current event of their own.

Country Day's AP Government students, joined by fellow government students from The Preuss School, spent two hours grilling the two candidates in the hotly contested 52nd Congressional District race. Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters, the incumbent, fielded questions -- and in some cases pointed follow-up questions -- from students who had been preparing for weeks to try and inject more substance into what had become a very negative race. Internet policy, drug laws, foreign policy,  immigration reform, civil liberties and campaign finance and ethics were just a few of the areas examined in the student questions.

As the candidates left their turn on the hot seat, each congratulated the students.

"I couldn't believe the quality of the questions,'' DeMaio said.

"Very intense,'' Peters said in describing the probing questions.

What the students couldn't know was that even while the event was underway, news involving some of the very questions they were asking was breaking as San Diego's District Attorney announced the results of an investigation of break-in and theft that had occurred at DeMaio's headquarters in June. The subject had come up during the students' questions and reporters from local television stations and newspapers quickly followed up on the student questions as the two-hour forum ended. Students will see how that plays out in the…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 20, 2014 at 4:30pm

Library News

 

Graphic Novelists Visit Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL - The Country Day Library was pleased to host two prolific graphic novelists this morning on our campus.  Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters joined Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series, both talked to the Middle School about how they became graphic novelists.  Raina talked about how she always drew pictures as a kid and was influenced by Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse comic strip, as well as Calvin & Hobbes, cartoons like Care Bears and Scooby Doo and other popular cartoons and comics.  She drew more and more through high school and then went to the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she majored in comic illustration.  After college she illustrated Scholastic's re-issue of the Babysitter's Club, which they turned into a graphic novel series before launching her own original books.

Kazu Kibuishi grew up in Irvine and was fascinated by movies and Mad Magazine and went to UC Santa Barbara, where he majored in "watching movies."  He wanted a career in animation but instead wound up creating graphic designs for an architecture firm.  He later left that job and began working in earnest on his idea for the Amulet series as well as a graphic novel called Daisy Kutter.  He has also created the covers for Scholastic's new Harry Potter graphic novel series.  

Both artists talked a lot about their influences and how they came to create their popular books. They ended the session with drawings of "scary trees;" Raina drew on our whiteboard while Kazu used a digital tablet to create his design.  After the assembly both signed books which were pre-purchased by our students during their milk break.  Both authors were so…

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Posted by Michelle Ohnstad on October 20, 2014 at 3:00pm

Torrey Girls Volleyball

Tailgate Party To Highlight Wednesday Volleyball Night

UPPER SCHOOL -- This Wednesday, students are invited to stay after school and enjoy a FREE pre-game tailgate party in support of the Lady Torreys volleyball team. Volleyball Dads will fire up the grill at 3:15 in the gym parking lot and will serve burgers and hot dogs plus chips and water. Come cheer the Lady Torreys as they take on Calvin Christian: JV at 3:30 followed by the Varsity match at 4:45. Suggested attire: Hawaii luau casual. [Follow Lady Torreys Volleyball on twitter: @ljcdvb]

Posted by Jan Percival Lipscomb on October 20, 2014 at 6:00am

The Cross Country "Pink Meet"

On Thursday, the cross country team held it’s annual Pink Meet over at the UCSD eucalyptus grove, raising awareness for Breast Cancer while running along the trails. This was also the first Coastal League cluster meet of the season, featuring LJCD, Bishop’s, Parker, Sante Fe Christian, and Pacific Ridge. It was a beautiful afternoon for racing, and the races did not disappoint the many Country Day parents, students, and faculty in attendance.

 

The JV boys were the first to race. Francis Parker showed its team depth as Lancers took the first seven finishing spots. Country Day’s Alex Hill earned a top-10 finish as he crossed the line in 20:43 and 10th place. Garan Comfort was the next Torrey, in 22:33, with Daniel Vayser close behind in 22:53. Maxx Song completed the Torrey effort with his 23:47 finish. With only four boys, the Torreys were one shy of being able to score as a team.

 

The Country Day girls team stepped to the start line without their top runner, Natalia LaSpada, who is dealing with a nagging lower-leg injury. A very talented and deep Parker squad, currently ranked 4th in the State in D-5, was expected to win easily. They did, but Country Day’s Lexi Watkins and Juju Dessert made them work for it, hanging with the leaders for the first mile and running aggressively throughout the race. Lexi finished 4th in 21:26. This is a great result racing for the first time on our difficult course. Juju was close behind in 21:44 and 5th place, another strong race. Gabi Smotrich…

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Posted by Scott Sanders on October 17, 2014 at 6:59pm

Country Day Academics



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Report filed by Director of Performing and Visual Arts Barbara Weinstein.

LOWER SCHOOL -- Fourth Graders learn how artists sometimes paint intuitively by “influencing” one color with another. The task was to have one main color and alter it in as many different ways as possible without changing the name of the color! For instance, if the color was green and purple was added to the green, the green would get deeper in tone. If too much green was added, it would change the name of the color to gray! Students were charged with influencing their main color with every other color on the table. Adding white gave way to endless tints of that color tone or shade.

The fourth grade students had already worked with mixing primary colors and with learning a lot about a variety of brush strokes and techniques. Soon they’ll be using all that they've learned when painting the relief maps of California made in the…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 17, 2014 at 11:30am

Country Day Athletics

Small Team, Big Hearts

Report filed by Water Polo Coach Steve Traverso.

UPPER SCHOOL -- The Torrey Water Polo team finished its third league game of the season by defeating their long time league rivals Point Loma (8-6) and Clairemont High School (9-2). The Torreys are playing strong,  remaining undefeated in league play. They have been backed by strong play from their team captains Enzo Zegarra and Matt Sturtevant. Freshman Thomas Winham has been a force to deal with in the cage. Senior Jason Martel and Juniors Mike Lamkin, Trent Sokol and Sebi Soltero have been contributing on both sides of the ball.

It is fun to go out and watch a group of seven guys work as a cohesive unit in the water with little to no selfish play. The strong week by the team should move them up to the top six in the power rankings in Division II. La Jolla Country Day is not only the smallest school in the division, the team also has the smallest number of players with only ten on the squad.

The feisty team will head to Murrieta this weekend to take on teams from the Inland Empire and Orange County to improve skills. The next home match is against Mira Mesa on Wednesday, October 22nd at 3:30 p.m. at the JCC Pool. Come out and enjoy the game!

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 17, 2014 at 11:00am

Community Service

 

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Blood Drive

ALL SCHOOL - Tuesday was the first blood drive of the year and one of the most successful in recent years.  The Blood Bank was able to take 27 draws – which has the potential to save 81 lives!  If you missed out – the next one is February…

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

Torrey Football Report

On The Road Against Parker

UPPER SCHOOL - This week the Torrey football team travels to Francis Parker for a Saturday afternoon game that serves as that school's Homecoming event. Coach Tyler Hales, in his weekly Coach's Corner video, encourages the school community to travel down and catch this key game. CLICK HERE to visit the team's Torrey Ticket home page.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 15, 2014 at 2:00pm

Country Day Community Service

Words Of Thanks For Book Drive

ALL SCHOOL -- The recent book drive brought kind words of praise from the recipients of more than 1,500 books donated by Country Day families. Click on the graphics below for more readable versions of the newsletter.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 15, 2014 at 7:00am

Calendar Highlights

The last weeks of school are full of events. CLICK HERE to view the full calendar.





 
 
 

West Side Stories

Agents of Destiny
by Upper School Director Dr. Greg Martin

Dear Country Day Upper School Parents,

I am writing to welcome you back to another year on the West Side of Campus. Summer brings with it...

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