No question about it, kids love summer, but they also seem to love Day One at DCD. The energy and smiles throughout the halls and classrooms and on the playgrounds and fields were endless as we welcomed 268 students to campus today.
At the end of the school year, the DCD Olympics is always a favorite community tradition. What was hatched as a student idea in 1928, the DCD Olympics has had a 90-year tradition of athletic competition, camaraderie, and connection. Students in grades 1 through 8 are divided into three teams, becoming life-long members of either the red, white or blue team. The entire day is filled with events where students can test their athletic abilities, support their classmates, leverage their agility, and yes, enjoy some friendly competition. This year, the white team emerged victoriously.
The youngest members of our community in pre-K and kindergarten participate in the Critter Olympics where they cycle through their own pint-sized events!
Members of the Class of 2018 are ready! They’ve completed their final exams, they’ve toured Washington, D.C. to wrap up their studies of U.S. History, they’ve consumed their special lunches and breakfasts, they’ve watched their DCD journeys summarized in the 8th grade slideshow, they’ve competed against their teachers in the 8th grade volleyball match, and they’ve painted their hands to take part in the cherished tradition of leaving their mark on the walls of DCD.
After 115 years, DCD finally has a school mascot: the hawk! The outcome of the voting over the past month was announced at the DCD Olympics on Friday, June 1. Votes came in from alumni and past parents as well as current parents and children.
Children’s book author and illustrator Peter Reynolds visited DCD on Wednesday, May 23, to introduce his latest book, The Word Collector, and to talk to students about the creative process. He met with two groups of students in two separate sessions, kindergarten through second grade followed by third through fifth grades.
Two-Day Celebration of the Arts Showcases Work by Middle School Students
Dedham Country Day School celebrated the arts over two days May 21-22, with a showcase of the performing arts on Monday evening and the annual Visual and Performing Arts Assembly on Tuesday morning. Middle school students gave parents and the whole school a glimpse of all the projects they’ve been working on throughout the year in both the visual and performing arts.
Whales used to walk on land! How could that be? DCD 5th grade students have been studying whales and this was a fact that recently garnered deep discussion in class. As a follow-up, the children Skyped with Audrey Kelly, a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently doing research on "how interactions between populations and species can affect evolution, and how those interactions are themselves influenced by the environment." To illustrate this, Audrey showed the children two species of spadefoot toads that she is observing in her study.