Living History Museum

Today, the Upper El building was turned into a “Living Museum” when all 35 students dressed as famous characters (based on biographies they had read) and posed as wax figures. When the guests arrived (other students, teachers and some parents) and tapped the “wax” figures, they sprang to life and briefly shared their personal histories. Guests had a chance to meet such diverse historical figures as the Wright Brothers, Jane Goodall, Louis Braille, Judy Blume and John F. Kennedy. The benefits of this activity were many and included the acquisition of new knowledge, increased interest in history, additional reading practice, exposure to the biographical genre, improving summarization skills and practice in public speaking. We are so proud of all of our Upper El students!photo 5

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Hola from Spain!

Hola from Madrid! Today, middle school students kicked off an incredible week! Students in Spain landed today in the country’s capital! After driving through the city and seeing multiple famous sights, students and teachers visited friends at the Colegio Decroly School. Over the past month, students have been collaborating on group projects through the use of Skype. Today, students met in person and shared an authentic lunch.

After returning to the hotel, we took to the streets for an evening stroll and dinner. Then, to finish the night, a group headed to the stadium to watch AC Milan play Atletico de Madrid! Watch for more updates this week from our Spain trip!photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo

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Varsity Basketball Fun

Check out these great shots of our super star Mustang Basketball team!  Last week, our Middle School Varsity Team played Cornerstone Christian.  Coaches It was a nail biter in the beginning when we were  down by 8 points, but then we came back and won 34-10!  All are invited this Monday for our Varsity and JV games against Safety Harbor Montessori starting at 4:00pm at the Long Center courts in Clearwater.

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Studies of Civil Rights

Over the last few weeks, Middle School Humanities classes celebrated Black History Month by honoring African Americans that helped pave the way for equal civil and human rights in the United States and around the world. While a comprehensive study of the modern American Civil Rights Movement is covered extensively in the 8th grade curriculum, all three classes participated by creating “art installations” on a Civil Rights event or veteran, or celebrating tolerance and diversity. In addition to their creations, students presented their projects to the class, while discussing racial, religious, and gender equality in our world today, and how we as a community can act as facilitators for equality in the future! Here are a few of the many incredible projects created by our students!

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Montessori Math is Everywhere

In our Montessori classrooms (age 1-grade 3), the prepared environment stimulates mathematical thinking and fosters precision, order, and exactness.  Montessori Math materials at every level in our program are used to maximize learning and make complex, abstract concepts clear and concrete.  It is through the progressive studies of mathematics, beginning algebra, and geometry that students can explore and apply sophisticated levels of mathematical understandings.  Our photos represent 2-3 year olds concentrating on organizing numbers and linear counting.  In Primary, students work on linear counting and skip counting by 8s and also single-digit division.  Here, a 3rd grade student is involved in 2-digit division using the Racks & Tubes!  With math as a guiding principle throughout all areas and levels of the Montessori curricula, math for us is truly everywhere!

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Country Day Community shows Support for local Fun Run & 5K

Many thanks to our families and faculty members for supporting Country Day School in last night’s Belleair Sunset 5K & Fun Run!  With over 140 dozen baked good and over 90 CDS attendees, the evening was a tremendous success!  Following all the fun, many families are already talking about the next local race!  We will definitely keep you posted!IMG_8776 IMG_0751 IMG_3075 2 IMG_7011 IMG_6223

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Country Day School Math-letes Compete Locally

Did you know Country Day School has been participating in MATHCOUNTS competitions since 1993? This year, we were once again asked to participate and invited to send a team to compete with local Math-letes!

As a national middle school competitive program, the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series promotes mathematics achievement. Today, 10 of our SUPER STAR Math-letes represented Country Day School at the day-long competition held at St. Petersburg College.

Many thanks to all the families for supporting the team and to our wonderful MATHCOUNTS coach, Ms. Palomar, for her hard work and dedication! Congrats to all our Math-letes! GO TEAM!

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