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Hispanic Heritage Month Display

Please take a moment to stop by our MS/US library and view our book display for Hispanic Heritage Month, now through October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15th, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

Our colorful display includes bilingual books, plus books in the original language, both English and Spanish, and English translations. Displayed books include the classic poetry of Nobel Laureate Chilean author Pablo Neruda, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Dominican-American author Junot Diaz, and Cuban-American Richard Blanco's For All of Us, One Day. Blanco was the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant and the first openly gay person to be chosen as an inaugural poet. He read his poem, One Today, during President Obama's second inauguration ceremony. The choice of books has been a collaborative effort among Cindy Bravo, Upper School Art teacher, Jaquelin Dutson and Eva Power, Upper School Spanish teachers, and Lorrie Culver, Technical Services librarian. Enjoy!

Posted by Lorrie Culver on September 30, 2014 at 11:00am

Country Day Fund

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Country Day Fund Month Kicks Off

ALL SCHOOL - This morning kicked off Country Day Fund Month with Madrigal singers, Drumline, coffee and CDF Ambassadors in every parking lot. The energy was high as volunteers and staff seek to inspire donors to surpass the $1 million milestone again this year. Admission Director Inez Odem was in the Middle School parking lot providing coffee and muffins to parents to ensure they are well fueled for the day.

Thank you to all who helped out. The parent participation competition is officially kicked off. You will receive your Country Day Fund Month by the end of the day. To make a gift to the Country Day Fund, please visit​…


Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 1, 2014 at 12:00pm

Country Day Athletics

Torrey Athletics Now on Twitter

ALL SCHOOL - Torrey Athletics is excited to announce the launching of a Twitter feed. FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY DAY TEAMS, COACHES AND ATHLETES!


Also, don't forget to come out and support Torrey Football at these upcoming games:


THURSDAY, OCT. 2 at 6:00 PM

FRIDAY, OCT. 3 at 7:00 PM

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 1, 2014 at 11:22am

Parents Association

Nutrition, Healthy Food Are PA Focus Thursday

ALL SCHOOL -- There will be a Parents Association Meeting, Thursday, October 2, 8:00-9:00 a.m., in the Community Hall. The subject will be “Nutrition Know-How: Helping Our Children Make Good Food Choices, from Tiny Torreys to Teens.”

The PA's Parent Education Committee invites you to come hear Dr. Julie Strong discuss why a calorie ISN'T a calorie and share important information from current research into nutrition. Dr. Strong will help demystify the low-fat vs. low-carb battle and discuss how factors like sleep deprivation can make it harder to eat well. In addition, a representative from Sage Dining will discuss their approach to nutrition and explain how their foods are "coded" with nutritional information to assist our children with making healthy choices. Join us to sort through the conflicting messages from the media about food and our health!

Julie Strong has been at LJCDS for eight years as a member of the Science Department, as Junior Class Dean, and now as Dean of Faculty. She has served on numerous committees including the Upper School Curriculum Committee, the Admissions Committee, and the Ethics Council. She has created two senior science electives, Marine Biology and Biotechnology, and was instrumental in conceiving and carrying out the first annual Upper School Science Night last year. Prior to coming to Country Day, she was at Menlo School in Atherton, CA, as a science teacher and Advocacy Coordinator, among other roles. Dr. Strong holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Immunology…


Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 30, 2014 at 10:00am

Varsity Volleyball Update

UPPER SCHOOL -- Country Day Varsity Volleyball started off the week with a home match against Scripps Ranch.  Despite their efforts, the girls were unable to stop the strong Scripps Ranch offense, losing three  games in a best of five match. Scores were 18-25, 18-25, 22-25.  Elise Edman had a strong match with 13 digs to keep the rallies alive.  Shaney Lipscomb (Soph. Middle) had 12 kills. Setter Annie Hasselmann (Sr.) had six kills and 25 assists.  Outside Hitter, Darian McMillan had seven kills. 

The team took to practice the next day with their eye on the Beach Cities Tournament hosted by La Jolla High School. The CD Varsity coaching staff was very please with how the girls performed over the weekend.  Each player and manager contributed so much energy and effort.  The girls faced tough competition every single match throughout the tournament.  

Senior setter, Annie Hasselmann was awarded "All Tournament Team" for her performance.  Head Coach Peter Ogle states "We made a big jump in our offense. I am looking forward to being more difficult to defend in the next couple weeks."  The Torreys have an away match this Tuesday against Del Norte and will be at home on Friday competing against Francis Parker.  


Pool Play- Friday Sept 26

vs La Jolla High (16-25, 18-25 L)   Lipscomb 10 kills, Edman 9 digs

vs Eastlake (25-12, 25-16 W)

vs Salpointe (25-14, 22-25, 17-15 W)  Peterkin 10 kills, Lipscomb 15 kills, Hasselmann 11 kills 25 Assists 

Gold Division Playoffs- Saturday Sept 27

vs Westview (25-22, 14-25, 7-15 L)  

vs Tesaro (25-21, 25-19 W) 

vs Huntington Beach (24-26, 21-25 L)  Peterkin 15 kills, Hasselmann 6 kills 2 aces, Edman 7…


Posted by LJCDS Volleyball on September 29, 2014 at 1:30pm

Cross Country in Orange County


UPPER SCHOOL -- In the wee hours of Saturday morning Julius Diehr, Tomás Miralles, Natalia LaSpada, and Coaches Sanders and Heredia made their way to Dana Hills High School so that the three runners could compete in the championship races of the Dana Hills Invitational. The rest of the team would follow later in the morning and run in the D-3 (smaller schools) grade level races. While it's a challenge getting up at 5:00 on a Saturday in order to drive an hour and then run 3 miles, the opportunity to race against some of the best in the state and take advantage of near-perfect morning race conditions makes it worth it.

Over 3600 racers from nearly 100 schools made their way through and around the high school on the almost entirely flat and downhill 3-mile course. The Torreys, 20 of these racers, left the meet with 11 medals (awarded to the top 50 in each race) and several personal bests. 

Julius and Tomás were the first to race, and they showed once again just why they are "playing up" and racing against the top competition from the biggest schools. Julius finished 2nd in 14:39, setting a new course record for a senior runner from a small school. The old record was set in 1982. His time would stand as the 2nd fastest of the day, out of 2141 total racers. Tomás' time of 15:19 was fast enough for 20th place in the championship race and 23rd fastest of the day. Natalia was next and finished in 17:44 and 15th place. This time would hold up as the 17th fastest of the day, out of 1485 total racers. 

The grade level races also brought fast times for the Torreys. In the junior boys race Jackson Daugherty finished 7th in 16:47, an improvement  of 18 seconds over last year. George Little (14th, 17:11) improved 36 sec., and Ryan Watkins finished 39th in 18:29. In the senior race Keaton Mertz suffered the effects of a cramp and finished in 20:48, while In the sophomore race Garan Comfort improved 11 sec. to finish in 21:43.…


Posted by Scott Sanders on September 28, 2014 at 12:00am

City Club of San Diego

Host of KPBS's "Crossing South" to Speak at Country Day

ALL SCHOOL -- La Jolla Country Day School and the City Club of San Diego will welcome Jorge Meraz, the host of KPBS-TV's Crossing South, to the Community Hall on Friday, October 3, at 12 noon. 

Crossing South is a travel show which explores Tijuana and Northern Baja for a San Diego audience. Jorge Meraz, bilingual travel companion and host, takes the audience on a journey to demystify Baja California. Through Jorge’s travels, the viewer gets to know the people, vernacular, foods, customs and places frequented by the locals. And to find these travel treasures, Jorge goes further than the tourist traps.

To watch free episodes of Crossing South online, click here.

Posted by Jonathan Shulman on September 25, 2014 at 8:00pm

Country Day Academics

Learning About Voting By Registering

UPPER SCHOOL -- Seniors at Country Day got a hands-on lesson in voting Tuesday as they prepared to be part of the first election in which they are old enough to vote.

A representative of Common Cause of California gave the students background on the voting process and then members of Country Day's AP Government class handed out registration forms. Some students were able to register directly on-line.

This was just one of several unique ways Country Day students are participating in the 2014 elections. On October 7, students will be meeting with Michael Vu, the City of San Diego Registrar of Voters, to talk about how elections are carried out and how the votes are processed. Two days later, several representatives from the AP Government class will be joining the San Diego Chamber of Commerce for the second of three Carl DeMaio-Scott Peters 52nd Congressional District debates.

On the afternoon of October 20, La Jolla Country Day School will be hosting a candidate forum with DeMaio and Peters, which Country Day parents are invited to attend. And then on Election Day on November 2, numerous Torreys will be working the polls for the City of San Diego.…


Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on September 23, 2014 at 11:30am

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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