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Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018
Last week, CDS hosted "Anne Frank: A History for Today," an international traveling exhibit that is presented around the world more than 150 times per year. It tells the story of the Frank family against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War, complete with dozens of reproductions of original photographs, documents, and maps. All of our middle school students got the chance to see it, and our doors were also open to family members, neighbors, and students from other schools.... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Something magical happened recently in first grade: live animals in the classroom! Our First Grade Hawks students enjoyed a visit from the Wildcare organization and got to see up close an American kestrel, a northern spotted owl and, of course, a red-tailed hawk. Their visitors were two naturalists from Wildcare, who talked to the students about the adaptations of these animals. They also described the plight of the northern spotted owl, a threatened species because of habitat loss and... Read More
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018
Joining the chorus of millions of other students around the country, CDS middle schoolers took to the streets on Wednesday, March 14 in support of stricter gun control. Each year, our eighth graders choose an important political issue on which to focus their social justice activism, and this year, the importance of gun control is at the forefront of their work. The students walked the neighborhood gathering signatures for a petition in support of gun control laws, which they will eventually... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Last week, the entire eighth grade class got a chance to work with one of our city’s greatest institutions. The San Francisco Mime Troupe, which has combined performance art with social criticism for nearly 60 years, sent two of its longest-serving members—Ellen Callas and Keiko Carreiro—to our middle school campus to share their working methods with our students. After some introductory games, Ellen and Keiko discussed character archetypes and methods of conveying emotion, and then they... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Earlier this month, our middle schoolers ascended the Founders’ Hall stage for one of CDS’ most entertaining events: the Drama Showcase, which features short plays written, designed, and acted entirely by students. Coordinated by Middle School Drama Teacher Jackie Katz, this showcase helps our students express all of the creative passion that we try to cultivate in our specialty programs. This trimester, Jackie encouraged her students to create stories based on the themes of collective... Read More
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018
Last week, our Middle School Student Leadership Team welcomed Phylicia Hisel from Simply the Basics to our campus. Simply the Basics is a local organization that aims to combat homelessness in San Francisco by facilitating the donation of basic items such as hygiene products, working with shelters to distribute the items they most urgently need, and offering courses designed to help people experiencing homelessness acquire life skills that can help them get back on their feet. One of our most... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
CDS does its best to be on the forefront of environmental justice, and many of our recent projects—including a petition to Nancy Pelosi and the installation of the weather station and solar panels on the middle school roof—reflect our commitment. Last week, Middle School Science teacher Anne Sculley provided her seventh grade students with a particularly exciting opportunity to learn more about environmentalism: a Skype call to Bonn, Germany, where they had the opportunity to look in on the... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Last week, more than 80 CDS faculty, staff, and administrators visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for a professional development conference. The two-day program included an interactive exhibit depicting the horrors of the Holocaust as well as an opportunity to meet and hear from a survivor. Attendees also toured the museum's displays about the atrocities and injustices that continue today. On the second day, we came together for a series of workshops discussing our teaching... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017
Next month, as part of our longtime partnership with SPEAK (Speakers for Parents, Educators, and Knowledge) Susan Cain will present "Empowering Introverted Kids in a Noisy World." We know that this event will lend a valuable perspective on educational philosophy, and we encourage all our parents to attend. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 4 The Hamlin School, 2120 Broadway St., San Francisco, CA 94115 Register here. Event is free for SPEAK members; attendance fee for non-members is $15... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Earlier this month, we learned that the 601 Dolores building has received a 2017 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation, celebrating those who achieve the highest level of craftsmanship in maintaining and redesigning historical buildings. For more than three decades, influential members of the building world (ranging from architects to engineers to historians to critics) have convened to choose the winners of the Preservation Design Awards, which Preservation... Read More