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Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019
Our Preschool Starfish students love to sing, and last Friday they got to perform to a big audience! 826 Valencia, San Francisco’s beloved educational center for young writers and artists, was having a release party for the latest issue of Illustoria, a magazine that celebrates kids’ creativity, and the Starfish were among the featured performers. Lately, the Starfish have been learning about the human body. Greg Gardner (Starfish Head Teacher and a talented songwriter) helped them out with a... Read More
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2019
A new, exciting learning space has opened up for our students! The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry officially opened on November 11, and last week we welcomed a large crowd of CDS families for an open house. The recent remodeling of our 333 Dolores Street campus left us temporarily without a library space, so we drew on our partnership with the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club to find a solution. They agreed to provide us with a large room in their building, and our parents,... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019
The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry is almost open for business (our Open House is scheduled for next Friday), and we’ve already had our first visit from an author! Yangsook Choi, writer and illustrator of children’s books such as The Name Jar, New Cat, and The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy, recently spent a day at CDS, where she spoke with our students from the Early Childhood Program through eighth grade. Yangsook started out with our younger students, reading her book New Cat and... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Two of our eighth graders were interviewed today by KTVU Channel 2 News. The students spoke about SF Proposition C (sponsored by Juul and others) and encouraged people to learn more about the issue. “I asked my students, ‘Do you have any friends who use any of these Juul products, and have you ever seen anybody use it?’” said Eighth Grade Humanities teacher Terry Ashkinos. “It was 42 kids and all 42 hands went up.” When our students heard about Proposition C, which was designed to overturn the... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019
Today, millions of students in 150 countries around the world took to the streets to protest the lack of progress in climate change reform. Thousands of people participated in the San Francisco protests, and CDS eighth graders were among them. Climate change has been an issue close to the heart of our students for several years. In the spring before their graduation, the class of 2017 drew up a petition in support of climate change reform, gathered the signatures of nearly a thousand Bay Area... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Last week, a group of CDS Middle School students performed Dear Harvey, an original play that is an autobiographical account of self-discovery, identity, friendship, and love. Every word, set piece, and costume in the production was created entirely by our recently-formed Drama Club, a team of 20 students between fifth and eighth grades who met after school every week to craft the play. Set in 2014 (one year before gay marriage was legalized in the United States), the story follows an eighth-... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Throughout this school year, our eighth grade students have served as passionate advocates for immigration reform, collecting the signatures of 3,000 Bay Area residents in support of loosened restrictions. The culminating moment of this project took place in early May, when they took their annual week-long trip to Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Jackie Speier in her office on Capitol Hill. While there, the eighth graders gave themselves a voice in our country's... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
What a night it was as our seventh graders hosted Soup for Change just before spring break. The inaugural dinner was an astounding success and a true testament to our school's mission of cultivating passionate citizens who change the world. After months of working in small groups and partnering with local service organizations, students organized a sliding scale micro-granting soup dinner and invited the community to attend. "We were so excited that our event was at capacity and raised $1,700... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Recently, Sunny (the mother of one of our Seventh Grade Green students) was a guest speaker in her daughter's class. Sunny has a rich history in the criminal justice system and is an innovative reformer in the field. She is the founder of the SF Sheriff's Department's Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (working to implement restorative justice programs for incarcerated adults) and Five Keys Charter School. She shared about her work and her vision with the students. In addition to fielding... Read More
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019
Every year, Eighth Grade Humanities teacher Terry Ashkinos leads his students in an interesting and challenging project: the creation of an entire book of short stories! With a help of a few prompts, each student produces rough drafts of three different stories. After some feedback from their peers, they pick one story to focus on and spend several weeks producing a final draft, with more critiques and support from their classmates along the way. This year’s collection of stories—forty-one in... Read More