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Friend of Country Day

Mitrovich Gets Special Country Day Honor

ALL SCHOOL -- For five years, George Mitrovich and his City Club of San Diego has been enriching the Country Day campus with guest speakers of local, national and international renown.
Mitrovich and the City Club helped bring a mayoral debate to the campus and has linked Country Day's history classes to live political events as they unfold around the country. It was the City Club that has made former Presidential candidate Gov. Michael Dukakis a regular visitor to the school for years now.
On Tuesday evening, Country Day said thanks.
On the event of his 79th birthday, Country Day was among those honoring Mitrovich at a surprise picnic and party staged outside Qualcomm Stadium.
The event was attended by many of the leading political and media figures Mitrovich has collaborated with over the years, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Faulconer read a formal proclamation designating Tuesday George Mitrovich Day in San Diego.
Country Day also got into the act. Jessica Wilson (in photo above), a 2010 Country Day graduate who got to know Mitrovich during her years as a Torrey, joined Director of Communications and Marketing Chris Lavin in presenting Mitrovich with an official Friend of Country Day Award.
Wilson thanked Mitrovich for helping inspire her interest in government and politics. She recently graduated from Tufts.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 29, 2014 at 8:00pm

City Club At Country Day

Atkins At Country Day: California Is Back

Full video of Atkins' appearance CLICK HERE.

ALL SCHOOL -- State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins spoke Saturday morning at La Jolla Country Day and painted a cautiously optimistic view of life in California today.

Atkins, speaking to an audience that included San Diego City Club members as well as La Jolla Country Day parents, students and alumni, said the sacrifices the state made with difficult cuts during the economic downturn have returned the state to a solid fiscal footing.

Atkins, the first San Diegan to rise to the speaker's job, credited the healthy "push and pull'' between the legislature and the governor with making smart investments in education and job creation efforts without undermining the prudent fiscal gains made in recent years. As real estate taxes and other revenue continue to improve, she said she expects the same approach to supporting education and smart business policy to keep the state on a good path.

However, Atkins said the "worst drought in 100 years" is posing imminent challenges across the state.

In more than an hour of speaking and answering questions, Atkins shared with the audience the constant balancing she has to do as speaker amid a state of the size and complexity of California.

"We all want a better business climate,'' she said. "But…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Summer University At Country Day

 

Apple mobile device users can see these photos by clicking here.

STE{+a}MERS Hit The Ground Running

MIDDLE SCHOOL -- Computer programmers were programming. Fledgling electrical engineers were engineering. 3-D fabricators were fabricating.

Summer STE{+a}M, a collaboration between La Jolla Country Day School and the University of California San Diego is off to a good start this…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 16, 2014 at 9:00am

Summer University At Country Day

STE{+a}M-ing Into Summer Again

MIDDLE SCHOOL -- The last big program of Country Day's Summer University started Monday with arrival of Middle School students from throughout San Diego County for the Summer STE{+a}M classes.
The program, which is conducted in partnership with the University of California San Diego, features hands-on projects touching on science, technology, electronics, mathematics and the creativity needed for original work in these key areas.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 14, 2014 at 11:07am

Upper School Construction

Work Moving Quickly Ahead

UPPER SCHOOL -- Framing and drywall for the newly expanded Upper School classrooms are moving along quickly as crews are literally stripping the old classrooms down to the studs this summer.

Check in for more photos as work progresses.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 14, 2014 at 11:00am

Summer University At Country Day

Summer Fun At Camp Torreys

ALL SCHOOL --This summer Camp Torrey's has been filled with fun activities check out what the campers have done so far:

 Rock Climbing at Vertical Hold!

Stretching before flip force and trampoline practice!

These campers are ready for the 3-D Movie at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Getting into building at the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center

Learning about Organic Gardening at the New Children's Museum…

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Posted by Jana Stokes on July 11, 2014 at 1:30pm

West Side Stories

Class of 2014 Lifers

Reflections on 2013-14

By Greg Martin

Upper School Director

UPPER SCHOOL -- I gave the following talk at the final Parents’ Association meeting of the year. I think it a fitting way to close the books on an incredible year on the West Side of Campus. As I write this brief introduction, Colleen O’Boyle is across the hall still diligently working on Upper School tasks while preparing to take on the mantle of Middle School Director. Todd Ballaban, who will be one of two Deans of Academics and Student Life (9/10 program) is also plugging away making sure that we have smooth transitions in place for next year’s rising ninth graders. We’ll also be welcoming Mr. Dave Jenkins (Dean of Academics and Student Life 11/12), Dr. Julie Strong (Dean of Faculty), and Mr. Javy Martinez (Dean of Academic Technology) to the admin team next year; please see my recent letter to the community for the details of these changes.

Other than the shift of Ms. O’Boyle to the Middle School and these three additions, we have no other major faculty changes to announce. Furthermore, we have excellent retention numbers that reflect our families’ belief in our mission and vision. My hope is that these data points represent changes that have inspired our entire community, but I also know that these do not stem from my leadership alone. Stability…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 9, 2014 at 10:30am

Comments by Chris

Interview with Chris Schuck

ALL SCHOOL - In his final days as your Head of School, Senior Sonya Jacobs sat down with Mr. Chris Schuck to look back at his last 28 years at Country Day. As Chris leaves us he has some departing words, "Though I am heading north for the next adventure in my life, I will always be a Torrey and I will look back fondly on every phase of my career at Country Day."

CLICK HERE for the video.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on July 1, 2014 at 1:30pm

Community Service

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Community Service Report from Ghana

by Susan Nordenger

UPPER SCHOOL - On June 13, 19 Upper School students and three adults headed off to Ghana with the intent to build a computer lab in OKURASE, a rural community outside of the capital city.  Partnering with Computers2SanDiegoKids, we took 15 laptops complete with a mouse and mouse pad for each.  The first day we were shown our brand new, empty cement building.  The students first set to work sanding all the inside and outside walls.  We then worked to paint all the walls with three coats of paint.  From there we worked with BoBo, a local artist, to create murals reflecting the West African culture.  As the murals became more intricate, several students worked to begin sawing boards that would become the 15 computer desks we built.  After each desk was constructed, another group had to work to sand each one to prepare it for another group to varnish.  The students prepared the room for flooring and then worked to set up their 15 newly constructed desks.

We also had a visit from three representatives of Burro, a company working to bring the best in solar projects to the poorest regions in Ghana.  It was amazing for our students to hear about the work they are doing.  They delivered solar power packs to us to use in our computer lab. Each of the solar packs can power a laptop for six hours after just three hours in the sun.  Hearing about Burro really got our students thinking about solutions and opportunities to make a difference.  One of the Burro visitors was a summer intern from UNC Chapel Hill.  He really inspired our kids to think about what all they have to look…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on June 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Summer School

CAMP TORREYS - WEEK 1

SUMMER SCHOOL- Camp Torreys started this week with fun field trips; a behind the scenes tour at Petco Park as well as a trip to the San Diego Zoo. 

Each day before swimming the campers gather for Camp Songs in the Lower School.  Here they are singing "From Banana, Go Go Bananas!"



Find more videos like this on Torrey…

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Posted by Jana Stokes on June 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

Calendar Highlights

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





 
 
 

Comments by Chris

An Interview with Chris Schuck

Head of School Chris Schuck is in his final days at Country Day after 28 years. Click below for his last interview.

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West Side Stories

Reflections on 2013-14
by Upper School Director Dr. Greg Martin

UPPER SCHOOL - I gave the following talk at the final Parents’ Association meeting of the year. I think it a fitting way to close the books on an incredible year on the West Side of Campus. As I write this brief introduction...

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