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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
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The partnership between CDS and our neighbors at the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club goes back many years. Since the early 2000s, the site on Guerrero Street, just a stone’s throw away from the sunny yard at our main campus, has provided outdoor and gymnasium space for our P.E. classes and athletics teams. CDS students walk to the Boys & Girls Club for P.E. class five days each week, our sports teams play their home games there, and on the occasions when we have a rainy Friday morning ... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Many CDS students hold a passionate commitment to preserving our natural resources. In 2017, our eighth grade students collected signatures for a petition in favor of green energy use and traveled to Washington D.C. to present it to Rep. Nancy Pelosi; a recent graduating class raised $21,000 to install solar panels on the roof of our Middle School campus; and the Green Task Force, our student-led environmentalist club, regularly appears at assemblies to encourage families to “go green.”... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Back in December, our Middle School Student Leadership Team organized a clothing drive for St. Anthony's, a local non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and medical services to people experiencing homelessness. It was a great opportunity for the CDS community to help their fellow citizens of San Francisco, and our families came through with many generous donations. The project's organizer was eighth grader Lily Holland, and we asked her to share more about what inspired her to... Read More