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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Congratulations to our Middle School Drama teacher, Jackie Katz, who has been in the news (including an article on the first page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook!) for her great work in the theatre. Working in collaboration with ALMAS (Alianza de Mujeres Activas y Solidarias/Women’s Action and Solidarity Alliance), she helped write and direct a play called Santa Almas, which advocates for the rights of immigrant domestic workers. All of the actors are real-life domestic workers who... Read More
Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2022
At our most recent assembly, the Fourth Grade Sandpipers showed off their dramatic skills. They performed a play (written entirely by themselves) about farm workers who stand up for their rights by protesting the conditions they live under. The show was a tribute to legendary changemaker and activist Cesar Chavez, whom we honor with a special assembly every year around the time of his birthday (March 31). Our Spanish teachers, Sonia Pinto-Scherstuhl and Gabriela Martinez del Campo, used the... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2022
Every year, our Eighth Grade Humanities students select a social issue that’s currently in the news, gather information about it, create a petition for how they feel the government should address it, and collect signatures from San Francisco residents—sometimes numbering in the thousands. Then, on their annual trip to Washington D.C., they present the petition to a government official, discuss the topic in depth, and advocate for change. This year, the eighth graders chose Keeping Reproductive... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2022
At CDS, we believe that community matters and in these tricky times we are looking out for our neighbors with access and equity top of mind. Therefore, we are pleased to report that the COVID-19 testing service, facilitated the past two days through our partnership with Kyla, is now available for those in the neighborhood and indeed all residents of San Francisco. The SF Department of Public Health is publicizing this testing site. Please share this with friends and others who are not part of... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2021
At CDS, we believe that active participation in personally and socially meaningful work is one of the most important aspects of learning, and our students cannot do this work without knowing what’s going on in the world around them. Each year, our Eighth Grade Humanities students create a class newspaper which covers stories from the entire nation in addition to the CDS community. For this edition they are working on an article about political controversies in the state of California, and they... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Last week, our sixth grade students turned Founders’ Hall into a historical museum. Their parents, teachers, and fellow students dropped in to see models of items from early Central and South American civilizations, including temples constructed from clay and cardboard, a grass-filled Inca farming terrace, miniature versions of Maya weapons and tools, and a detailed replica of an Aztec calendar. These models originated in the sixth graders’ Humanities class. During their unit on Aztec, Inca,... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2021
Over the last several weeks, our Transitional Kindergarten Alligators have been reading a lot of books by author/illustrator Nina Crews: A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story, Jack and the Beanstalk, Below, and A Girl Like Me are just a few of the titles. And they’ve led to some great lessons: A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story encouraged them to think about opposites, while A Girl Like Me inspired them to create self-reflective activity pages expressing who they are and what they... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 5, 2021
Last week, the Fourth Grade Sandpipers had a special visit from our friends at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue! CDS families may remember the fourth graders’ fundraiser from last spring, where they raised $1,250 for Muttville by selling stickers, magnets, bandanas, and dog treats. We’ve continued our relationship with Muttville since then, and their Community Engagement Director Bunny Rosenberg brought along a “magical mutt” named Logan to meet with this year’s fourth graders. (Logan has since been... Read More
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2021
If you climb up the staircase of St. Joseph’s Hall, you’ll see some unusual pictures framed on the walls. They’re photos of last year’s fourth grade students lying in fields, sitting in trees, playing sports, and much more. All of the pictures are accompanied with text: sometimes about things the students remember from before or during the pandemic, sometimes adjectives or phrases which describe them, and sometimes reflections on what they’ve discovered about themselves and the world around... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2021
We recently had our first in-person Friday assembly in a year and a half, and it included an unusual bit of symmetry. In early 2020, at our very last all-community gathering before COVID-19 forced us to move our assemblies online, we introduced our Scholar Card program in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. Last Friday, All-School Librarian Cristal Fiel gave an update on how the program is going and announced that the students who have joined the CDS community since the lockdown... Read More