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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
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