For several weeks, students in Grade 4 engaged in a cross-curricular unit culminating in a "Wax Museum" performance. Over the course of the project, each student researched and presented an inspirational person. Students conducted research by reading non-fiction books, and then developed persuasive paragraphs in which they were able to employ recently learned writing skills such as appositives, coordinating conjunctions, and transition words. In preparation for the Wax Museum performance, the students wrote scripts, created costumes, and practiced public speaking skills with Mr. Gerlach, Head of the Drama Department. Here is a video of a few of the students' performances:
The first graders recently practiced table manners and being polite at Morgan's Restaurant in Rye. After they returned, each first-grade classroom created its own restaurant and served snack to the other first-grade class. For more information and photographs, visit Wildcat World.
Congratulations to fifteen RCDS seniors, whose art work is being exhibited in the Young Artists 2015 exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art. The annual exhibit of work by local artists in their senior year of high school features the work of RCDS students Isabelle Brown, Allen (Salim) Green, Kris Scarfone, Edward (Teddy) Tananbaum, Jeremiah Washington, Emma Santucci, Jonathan Arroyo, Sergio Sabogal, Ariana Saperstein, Jonathan Singer, Paige Codrington, Karri Hay, Justin Chun, Zoe Verni, and Nereida Mendez. The location of the museum is 134 Jay Street, and museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
Inspired by French street theater and the Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park in London, Upper School faculty member Jenn Chen created "Word on the Street," a forum through which students, faculty, and staff participate in free-form self-expression in the main hall of the Pinkham Building. The most recent Word on the Street happened last week, coinciding with Discover Languages Month at Rye Country Day. Please enjoy videos and excerpts on Wildcat World.
RCDS senior Lexi Curnin and Science Research teacher Dr. Krasovec have been busy setting up a seismometer in an Upper School physics classroom. Designed by geophysicist Kasper van Wijk at Boise State University, with software developed at New England Research in Vermont, the TC1 "Slinky" seismometer is a simple but clever device that makes use of a slinky and magnets to measure seismic waves. See more information and photos on Wildcat World.
On Saturday, members of the Rye Country Day community gathered for a day of arts and international celebration. The gym was bustling with performances, the Bowls for Haiti silent auction, interactive arts activities, and delicious foods from around the world. For a video and photo gallery from the day, visit Wildcat World.
Does this room look crowded to you? There are 100 people in it! Today marks the one hundredth day of school, and the Lower School celebrated by gathering 100 people in Ms. Haff's first grade classroom. Happy 100 Days!
The Rye Country Day School Drama and Dance Department is proud to present Footloose, one of the most iconic movie musicals of all time. Performances are on February 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dunn Performing Arts Center. The show is now sold out. However, we are extending an invitation to the entire RCDS community to attend the Thursday, February 26 Dress Rehearsal. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. No tickets necessary.
Congratulations to the six seniors who have advanced to the finalist round in the National Merit Scholarship competition. They are Sophie Beshar, Emily Duarte, Erik Hanson, Caroline Kimmel, Mariana Lee, and Austin Weber.
Rye Country Day and the American Heart Association teamed up for its nineteenth annual Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event. Students in Lower and Middle School P.E. classes had a great time exercising and raising awareness. To date, the fund-raising efforts have brought in $8,500; click here to join the RCDS fund-raising team. Donations will be collected via collection envelope or online until March 6. More photos are on Wildcat Worldand on the P.E. Haiku pages.