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Middle School Weekly Update

May 19, 2022

Hirsch Note

Bravo to the amazing eighth graders for three rousing performances of “Xanadu Jr.”  If you didn’t catch the show, contact me and I’ll send you a link to the performance.  The eighth-grade musical is the showcase of students’ teamwork, talent, and creativity.  It was amazing to be back the Keeler Theater stage to perform for the Country Day community.

Departing Middle School Faculty

The Middle School is losing a few fabulous teachers who leave us at the end of this school year.  Whether they were with us a year or 14 years, these educators will be missed, and we are excited for them as they take on their next adventures. 

  • Palmira Buten joined the MS faculty this past year to teach Spanish.  Next year, Palmira returns to her full-time job running her business, Budget Challenge, that she owns with her husband David.
  • After teaching five years in US, Catherine Herrick joined the MS faculty. Catherine embraced the life of a middle school teacher—teaching, coaching, and running Mathcounts. Catherine is taking her talents to the business world and will lean into her teaching expertise at Savvas Learning as a curriculum specialist. 
  • Julia Joyce leaves the MS faculty after 14 years as a learning specialist and advisor, not to mention her many years as a Country Day student.  Julia is excited to open her new consulting firm Grey Owl Educational Consulting.  Julia will continue to be a regular on campus as a parent of her two sons: Liam and Gus  
  • For the last three years, Dr. Sujin Kim has helped train the voices of our young middle school singers.  Expecting her third child, Sujin will busy as a full-time mom when her child arrives in the fall.  You may still see Dr. Kim on campus since she will offer private vocal lessons next year.

2022 Summer Packets for 5th/6th/ 7th graders

In May, we not only close out the school year, but we also begin preparations for the 2022-23 academic year. Click here for the summer math and reading packets. I will send my opening-of-school letter to families on June 14 containing book and supply lists.

2021-22 CCDS Yearbook order before May 30 

We are excited to offer the 2021-2022 CCDS Archive to MS families who would like a yearbook. Yearbooks must be ordered online by Monday, May 30.  The ordering link is

Yearbook are $78, produced in the summer, and distributed to students in the fall (Sept. 2022).

IMPORTANT! If you have a student in the Upper School, a yearbook has been ordered automatically and billed to the US student’s account. If you wish to cancel your US student's yearbook, please contact Anne Bonn in the Business Office at  Please feel free to contact US Yearbook Advisor Angela Suarez with questions:

Important Dates for the last two weeks

Fri., May 27

MS Awards Day Ceremony for MS Students

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

John Whitman Keeler Theater

After the assembly, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students are invited to a party at Scene 75. Please click here to RSVP.   Students will be bused to Scene 75 for games, lunch, and fun. Students must be picked up at Scene 75 at 2:30 p.m. Families with children participating in the Fourth Grade Recognition Ceremony should contact Mr. Cote who will assist with transportation.   If a student does not wish to attend, he or she should be picked up at 12:00 p.m. from Country Day. 

Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

John Whitman Keeler Theater


Eighth Grade Dance

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Middle School Thesing Commons


Thu., June 9

Final grades post.

Summer math and reading link  (

Go Country Day! 



Thought of the Week: 

Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible…no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.” — Mike Norton


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