Country Day Enquirer
Country Day Enquirer students took to the task of reporting on CCDX Week activities! From shooting and editing their own videos to interviewing teachers and students to drafting copy to taking photos, the students worked solo and in groups to create stories. Each student took on the task of covering one CCDX course in each division. Below is a sampling of their work...and some of what took place around Country Day's campus during CCDX Week 4.0. Enjoy!
In the ECC, the kids are having fun in the mud! The kids got excited in the morning because they got to make and eat “mud” pudding. By having teamwork and patience, they got to eat the "worms and dirt" – yum!
Throughout CCDX Week, the third grade students learned how to play many games, such as chess, solitaire, and monopoly. Through learning these games, students discovered more ways to have fun without using electronic devices.
The Kindergarten – aka TinkerGarden – classes tinkered with and built different objects throughout CCDX Week. Many of the kids brought in their own things to take apart and teachers also objects for the kids to take apart. Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Bertsch said, “We are doing TinkerGarden because the kids really are curious and this gives them a way to take things apart, have fun, and make their own rules along the way.”
During CCDX Week, some sixth and seventh grade students built two canoes. The canoes measured 14 feet long and 31 inches wide, weighing in at 45 pounds. The students, along with Mr. Gill and Mr. Schoeny, crafted the canoes and oars with genuine mahogany wood, and did everything from scratch, even down to making the glue themselves.
The Middle School’s Virtue in Action group met throughout the week with students from Oyler Elementary – they visited our campus and we visited theirs. Zoe Doerger `28 said, “In Virtue in Action we are helping some second graders from Oyler, giving them opportunities to see what our school is like, having fun together.” During their visit to our campus, Country Day students came up with a game that everyone could play together and created a scavenger hunt for the students from Oyler.
In Printing and Coding with Mr. Froehlich and Mrs. Daughtery, Middle School students used the 3D printer to create all sorts of fun things, like a new tic-tac-toe board for the Commons and a mini soccer field. The students also got to create cookie cutters in fun shapes, which they then used in their baking!
Students in the CCDX group, Cupcake Wars, are getting ready to go into business. Seen here as they begin to make their masterpieces by reading instructions carefully, teamwork, and patience. They hope to sell out to win the charity prize!
The students of CCDS were recently given the opportunity to venture beyond the world of usual academic classes and pick a course that suits their personal interests during CCDX Week! This group, Musical Theatre Bootcamp, is composed of students in grades 6-12 who are currently improving their skills in all things musical theatre. Here they are seen participating in icebreaker activities and bonding as a team. Nicole McNeal, a sophomore, said “[Musical theatre] is a space where you can connect with people from many different backgrounds, and you all have a common goal that you’re trying to achieve.” At the end of the week, they will show off what they have learned in CCDXFest along with the other groups. This performance will include songs such as “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman and “Freak Flag” from the movie Shrek. At the piano is Gregory Miller, the middle and high school vocal teacher, who is leading his very first CCDX Week! He told me his “favorite part about this week so far is seeing students from across divisions work together, make friends, and make really cool art together.”
Sophie Corwin `28 & Eloise Young `28 - East Asian Fusion
The CCDX course East Asian Fusion explored the countries of East Asia and their cultures. A presentation about Korea kicked off the course, and the week continued with presentations about China, India, Japan, and Thailand. The class learned about celebrations, geography and physical features, and food of the different countries.
The students participated in interactive, hands-on activities to more deeply understand the culture of the countries presented. They also tasted traditional food, which helped the students fully immerse themselves in the culture of that country, leading to a greater understanding of East Asian countries and culture.
The East Asian Fusion students had a great start to their CCDX Week with a presentation on Korean culture by guest Lynn Chabris and a chance to sample some delicious Korean food! Chabris explained many aspects of modern and traditional Korean culture, including geography, history, language, food, entertainment, and festivals. Her visit was concluded with some homemade gimbap, known also as kimbap, which is sticky rice and other ingredients wrapped in seaweed. Before she departed, we asked her how food can affect our understanding of culture and how she has been influenced by food over the years. “I think food can tell a lot about culture of a country,” she responded. “Food, especially in Asia, is a very important part of celebrations and family time. It’s a time to gather and be with each other. I know for me, even growing up here in the United States, I would say that we had predominantly more Korean food at our house than American food. When I think about my comfort food, I always eat Korean food.” We thank Chabris for teaching us more about Korea and loved the food she brought in!
After the group learned about Korea, Frida Shen talked to the students about her hometown in China. She explained that since her hometown is set on the bank of a river, a lot of their meals consisted of seafood. She also illustrated the typical structure of a small house and told the students about various livestock that might be kept. The students learned about the provinces of China and about major urban areas such as Shanghai and Beijing.
The presenter for India, Shani Subramaniam, is also a CCDS parent. She talked about the geography of India and how different the people are in each region. There are many languages spoken in India but the official languages are Hindi and English. She talked about the discovery of India through the Silk Road, how it was colonized by the British, and how it was freed with the help of peaceful activist, Mahatma Gandhi. After the presentation, students made a rangoli – a picture or design made with colorful sand. The students then printed the design on a paper plate to make a permanent copy. Subramaniam ended the presentation with delicious traditional fig-flavored soft serve ice cream for everyone to enjoy.
Thailand’s presenter talked to students about the culture of Thailand. Students learned about the geography of Thailand and how small it is compared to the US. The main religion is Buddhism, put people also practice Christianity. Students learned about the language of Thailand and how to say common phrases such as ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you?’. Students also learned customs, such as bowing your head when you greet someone and crouching lower when passing by an adult. They learned common hand gestures such as ‘Come here’ and ‘hello’. She concluded the presentation with a delicious meal of warm spring rolls, Thai tea, and shrimp chips.
On the second-to-last day of their week, the East Asian Fusion group had a hands-on experience making Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese paper theatre, out of thin cardboard templates and choose what story they wanted to display inside the box. The students had a blast making them and are grateful to Jamie Back, the MakerSpace coordinator, for letting them use the space!
“We appreciate all the presenters that came to talk to us and the students. Thank you to Mrs. Weston and all the students for letting us film and take pictures. We enjoyed our time covering this course and learning about countries in East Asia.”
The Upper School CCDX course Mars Colonization learned how to (theoretically) live and colonize Mars. Students learn how to launch a rocket using Newton’s Laws of Motion. They also learned about momentum and velocity and how to implement these properties to launch their rockets. The class concluded with a documentary viewing party and rocket launch.
Throughout the week, a group of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen discussed how AI and algorithms are used in day-to-day life in the CCDX course “Technology and Ethics: How AI, Algorithms, and Biotech Shape Our Understanding of Humanity.” They had guest speakers who explained various aspects of how these systems are ran, created, and used.
The Exploration of Latin Food and Culture CCDX group is learning about Latin culture and how to cook Latin food. They were listening and watching Señora Castro demonstrate how to make the perfect corn tortillas. After they flattened their tortilla batter, they watched the cooking process and did it on their own. They had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Simon Smyth `25 said, “I chose Latin Food and Culture because I like food and I was hungry.”