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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
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2018
Last week, a team of CDS educators had the opportunity to attend the 31st annual People of Color Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Our nine-person team was one of the larger contingents at the conference, and it featured members with a multitude of cultural backgrounds and teaching specialties. The group was led by Director of Inclusion Anthony Witte and included Head of School Shelly Luke Wille, Preschool Leaping Lizards teacher Alicia Perdue, First Grade Hawks teacher Reggie Foldes, Second... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
   Last weekend, members of our school community took part in a beloved CDS tradition: the All-Family Diversity Potluck. On a lovely Saturday morning, dozens of families gathered on the 333 Dolores yard to eat lunch, make new friends, and share elements of their culture with each other. The potluck featured many different activities, including Bollywood-inspired dancing, henna tattoo art, face painting, and much more. This year we introduced the CDS Passport, designed by CDS Director of... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
   As we move into the second month of the school year, our students have already had some pretty exciting experiences. Last week was no exception, as the Middle School classes expanded their horizons beyond the school campus. Our seventh graders traveled to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, while the fifth and sixth grades went on a camping trip to the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands. In Ashland, the seventh graders had the opportunity to see plays by... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018
This week, our entire middle school community viewed the third and final Drama Showcase of the year. At the end of each trimester, the students from every grade in the middle school write and act in a short play that engages passionately with social issues. Under the supervision of Middle School Drama teacher Jackie Katz, this project is a great opportunity for our students to embody CDS’ spirit of activism. This trimester, the middle schoolers unanimously agreed on what message they wanted to... Read More
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018
With the school year drawing to a close, our seventh grade students put the finishing touch on a project that has been brewing all year. Last October, the seventh graders visited “Forced from Home,” a traveling exhibition that spreads awareness about refugees and the hardships they face as they travel to safer countries. The exhibit is presented around the country by Doctors Without Borders, and it left a deep impression on our students. As one of their projects for this year, they decided to... Read More
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
Last week, we were honored to have Minnijean Brown-Trickey—one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated the Arkansas public school system in 1957—visit CDS. She and eight other African-American students persevered through racist abuse to become the first black attendees of Little Rock Central High School. After being unjustly expelled from Central High for fighting back against a bully, Minnijean finished her high school education in New York before embarking on a long career dedicated to... Read More
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018
Our eighth grade students hit the ground running after spring break: on the very first day after school resumed, they took an early-morning flight across the country on the annual field trip to Washington DC. After October 2017’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, our eighth graders chose gun control as their service project for this year. They contacted politicians, created a newsletter, and wrote informational pamphlets about the nationwide epidemic of violence. The centerpiece of their project was... Read More