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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
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017
As many members of our community have already heard, our middle school campus at 601 Dolores Street is about to receive an exciting addition. During the first week of our summer break, the Albion Power Company is going to install a ten-panel Solar Array and Weather Station on the roof of the building, which will power the campus with green energy while also giving our students the opportunity to study the climate. All of this was made possible by the generosity of the entire CDS community, who... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Today, our Eighth Grade Humanities class was visited by one of the Bay Area's most notorious literary figures: Daniel Handler, better known to fans around the world as A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket. Outside of the Snicket universe, Mr. Handler has also written several novels under his own name. The most recent one is We Are Pirates, a San Francisco-set tale of a modern-day aspiring buccaneer which our eighth graders read last month. During his presentation, he discussed... Read More
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Today, our Sixth Grade Food & Agricultural Science students celebrated “International Fascination of Plants Day” with a trip to the Carnegie Institution for Science on the Stanford campus. The day started with presentations from Carnegie’s Margaret Bezrutczyk, Heike Lindner, and Jacob Moe-Lange about such topics as the history of maize, the study of soil and roots, and the “intelligence” of plants. Next, the students traveled around the campus to get a first-hand look at some of the latest... Read More