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2020

  • November

    Mask Up MCDS

    A message from your fellow Spartans about wearing a mask. 
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  • Upper School Thespians

    We are so proud of our Upper School Thespians who competed virtually this season with awesome results in the SE Regional Florida Thespian Conference! You might even say their results were SUPERIOR!
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  • Virtual Information Session

    Miami Country Day is now offering Virtual Information Sessions!
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  • October

    Community Time Event: Gender and Sexuality Alliance

    The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Student Leaders and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are partnering with Safe School Miami to offer two Discussion Forums on Wednesday, October 28th.

    Gender and Sexuality Alliance dialogues not only educate but bring LGBTQ youth and their allies together to build positive self-perception, to empower self-care, leadership, and advocacy skills. Youth speakers and panelists are an integral and compelling part of this Safe Schools dialogue, giving dimension, breadth, and depth to the youth statistics that only hint at the struggle LGBTQ youth endure.
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  • Social Justice X-Term Session

    The Social Justice X-Term Series, launched by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CAUSE students, and Peer Counselors introduces a series of monthly dialogues focused on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.
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  • TONIGHT! Pear and due Elysewood

    The Rock Cancer Virtual Concert series features epic music by student bands from South Florida. This is the second concert of four produced by the Cancer Awareness Committee of the Miami Country Day School. Tonight's concert features alternative rockers Pear and duo Elysewood. #Elysewood @elysewoodmusic #thebandpear @thebandpear
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  • Virtual Interactive Financial Aid Program

    We are partnering with Lynn University’s admission and financial aid offices to conduct a virtual interactive financial aid program for parents on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

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  • MCDS Senior gives back to the community!

    Josh Finvarb '21 has been recognized for giving back to the community by starting up two non-profit organizations. 
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  • Support our Cancer Awareness Program

    Make a gift now to support the Spartan Relief Fund, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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  • The Spartacus reports on mask misuse

    "New norms have been implemented at school to cope with the ongoing pandemic. We are now learning in socially distanced classrooms, running to and from classes due to the lack of passing periods, hand sanitizers are in every classroom and hallway, plastic dividers are present on desks and most importantly, we are obligated to wear a mask every day, except when we are eating. "
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  • September

    The Spartacus reports on Miami Heat Game Day!

    Wake up Miami! It's game day! Middle and Upper School weigh in! 
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  • Playwright Jason Pizzarello joined class

    Playwright Jason Pizzarello joined a Middle School Zoom class!
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  • On Campus During Hybrid: What You Need to Know

    The Spartacus staff is committed to keeping you informed about the procedures, protocols, and administrative decisions that you need to know to make your own decisions about how to stay healthy and safe as we enter new territory in the way we need to manage ourselves in and out of the classroom. We will continue to add your questions and the answers as we get them and will continue to publish them every Monday. Stay tuned!
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  • Spartans United

    Welcome back Spartans! The 2020-2021 school year has started and it is great to be back on campus as one community.
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  • Amaris Rios '20 Receives A Carbonell Award

    An MCDS 2020 alum, Amaris Rios, received a Carbonell Award.  
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  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    The Miami Country Day School dashboard provides up to date results of COVID cases and is updated Monday-Friday at 4:00pm. This dashboard will be updated in a timely manner as information becomes available and is verified. 
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  • Social Innovators Program

    The Social Innovators Program allows students to learn about entrepreneurship and
    experience it first-hand while earning a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship.
    During the twelve-week program, students learn how to launch ventures of their
    own that create value and a positive impact on society.
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  • Hybrid Return to School

    Missed the Middle School Webinar? 
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  • Welcome Open House

    Join us Thursday, September 3 for a Virtual Open House! 
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  • August

    MCDS COVID-19 Playbook for families

    The health and safety of our students, employees, and families is our number one priority.
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  • On-campus protocol

    Watch our on-campus protocol video.
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  • Fall 2020 FAQs

    These times bring immense challenges, and those challenges are unique for each student, family, faculty member, school, community, and region. There is no ‘one size fits all’ strategy that works for every scenario in every location. Learning will be different. Campus will be different. There will be disruption. MCDS may need to close unexpectedly depending on local conditions and ordinances. No one knows with certainty what the fall will bring in terms of this pandemic.
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  • Lower School Fall 2020 Informational Webinar

    As the school year quickly approaches, and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve throughout the state of Florida and right here in Miami, we wanted to share the MCDS plan to approach our return to school this fall. 
      
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  • Middle School Fall 2020 Informational Webinar

    As the school year quickly approaches, and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve throughout the state of Florida and right here in Miami, we wanted to share the MCDS plan to approach our return to school this fall. 
      
     
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  • Upper School Fall 2020 Informational Webinar

    As the school year quickly approaches, and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve throughout the state of Florida and right here in Miami, we wanted to share the MCDS plan to approach our return to school this fall. 
      
     
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  • Celebrating one of our own!

    An update from April 30, 2020 about celebrating one of our own! 
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  • Did You Know?

    An update from April 23, 2020
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  • Field Trips and Special Guest

    An update from May 8, 2020 on Field Trips and Special Guest! 
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  • In Their Own Words

    An update from May 15, 2020 from Upper School students
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  • Lower School New Parent Orientation

    Please join us Friday, August 21 for New Family Virtual Orientation! We look forward to seeing you.
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  • National Essay Contest Winner

    An update from May 15,2020 on the National Essay Contest Winner
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  • National Honor Society

    An update from May 8, 2020 about the National Honor Society! 
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  • New Beginnings! An Exciting Update Before School Starts

    How are you? It has been a long summer and we’ve missed you. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to! While we are not physically together, we are so excited to start the 2020-2021 school year with each and every one of you.  
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  • Recent Awards

    An update from May 29, 2020 on the recent awards
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  • Sculpture

    An update from May 15, 2020 about the Senior Sculpture! 
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  • The Spartacus

    An update from April 30, 2020 about the Spartacus! 
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  • Virtual CME!

    An update from April 30, 2020 about Virtual CME!
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  • 4th Grade Robotics

    Our 4th grade class had the opportunity to work with Miami sculptor, Mike Rivamonte to create mixed-media robot sculptures.
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  • 7th Grader Shares Her Experience With Cancer

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  • Andrew Weaver's Gold Key-Winning Poem, Spring Fleet

    Andrew's poem was written in response to a lesson on Voice and Identity in Poetry that was given by faculty member Ms. Kyra Spence as part of Ms. Kristina Martinez's American Literature class. After reading the opening of Whitman's "Song of Myself," Hughes's "I, too, Sing America," and Rich's "What Kind of Times are These?," students responded to a prompt asking them to "employ Whitman's and Hughes's strategies of 'singing' and asserting identity to write a poem about your relationship to America." As Andrew wrote in his artist's statement about "Spring Fleet," his response reflects his "hope that future generations will also continue to be changemakers and fight for justice" in creating "a better future for his beloved country."

    Spring Fleet
     
    My adolescent yawp
    rumbles deep in the old heart
    of this harbour.
     
    I sail my spring ship,
    formed of the soil
    and blood of this coast,
    this shore of my brothers,
    of their blood my blood.
    This promised vessel,
    guided by the eastern breeze.
     
    I am told to lower my sails
    my course is unknown, idealistic.
    I can not enter the harbour,
    with such a melody.
     
    I am told none can change
    the ancient tides
    that growl like a fatal undertow,
    constrain the ship’s ties,
    that drive us into narrow straits,
    dash our vessels against the rocks,
    and drown our songs into   
    the murky depths.
     
    But I reach head on into
    the stubborn maelstrom,
    blown by the breeze
    of conviction and hope
    of unchained melody
    of the fleet that sailed before.
    Their names, pure and everlasting,
    emblazoned on the bow
    of my spring ship
     
    On this morning, I am not alone.
    I am joined by a newborn fleet
    that overcomes the old storm,
    singing in chorus with its virgin voice.
    I am joined by my brothers
    who give a new shape
    to this harbour, this haven,
    who change the tides
    and mark new course,
    so that maybe once, in all the years
    since the harbour opened her gates,
    all may sail through.
     
    That is the beauty of this place,
    that the tides can change.
    With each passing fleet,
    a new day, a new song.
    Barren landscape,
    cracked, withered, and gnarled
    can be made plain.
    The rough places made soft.
    The air and sea made pure again
    while corruption, like an oar weed
    simmering in hot summer sun,
    can wither and blow away
    with the winds of change.
     
    Spring’s song, like life-giving blood,
    trickles through the ground
    down to the roots
    of our land,
    bringing renewed energy
    to the parched earth.
    There, in the heart of the harbour,
    my youthful yell, my dream for this place,
    rings its melody for all to hear.
     
    The flower of truth
    spreads her petals wide this morning
    and the winds blow
    for a truer course.
     
    -- Andrew Weaver



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  • District Honor Band 2020

    Country Day becomes the annual host for District Honor Band!
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  • Families of Country Day - Fasoli and Veglia

    Tell us about this special hands on art experience with Artist, Daniele Sigalot and Mrs. Leal’s 1st grade class.
     
    During Art Basel, we had the chance to meet one of the exhibiting artists, Daniele Sigalot. Daniele is a young Italian artist whose most famous artworks are installations of aluminum paper planes. One of them is currently hanging from the glass ceiling at the entrance of the Miami Children’s Museum. I liked his art because of its irony, for the concept of the idea behind it, and for the "pop" connotation that makes his art enjoyable also by children. 
     
    When Daniele announced he was coming back to Miami, we decided to create a program that was hands-on for the children. On February 13-14, Daniele came to work with Mrs. Leal’s 1st graders on his aluminum planes and on the Totem of the Bad Ideas. In the artist’s vision, many bad ideas are the foundation of one good idea. For this reason, we should value them and celebrate them in a piece of art. 
     
    During the workshop in the Garner Innovation Center, the 1st graders worked on “bad ideas” and “good ideas”, writing them on aluminum sheets that they previously painted. With the good ideas they built planes, so they could fly high. They crumpled the aluminum sheets with the bad ideas to make a totem of them. With these creations, Daniele created two totems that are now on display in Mrs. Leal’s classroom and an installation of planes in the Center for the Arts. 
     
    What inspired you to bring the artist to work with Lorenzo and his classmates?
     
    Lorenzo had an immediate connection with Daniele so we invited him to our home. Daniele and Lorenzo spent time together working on paper planes and paper worms! Going back to school, Lorenzo wanted his schoolmates to meet Daniele, too. Last year he could not visit, but we put together a little presentation and brought to school one aluminum plane from one of Daniele's artworks. The whole class enjoyed the presentation and loved the metal planes pictures. He promised he was going to meet his schoolmates next time he was in town, and we are so grateful for the recent experience with Daniele in Mrs. Leal’s class.
     
    What surprised you about the project?
     
    The happiness and pride on Mrs. Leal’s 1st graders faces when they saw the completed artwork was the best reward and surprise for us and Daniele! We will cherish the memory for a long time. 
     
    It was an incredible experience for me to get to work with the children and to be involved in the full process of creating an art piece. Our objective when we planned the workshop with Daniele was to offer not only a chance to the children to be exposed to the beauty of art, but also, to be an active part of it.
     
    What has been your favorite part of Lorenzo’s first two years at Country Day?
     
    Lorenzo’s first two years at MCDS have been so enriching. We love the sense of community that pervades every single school event. It makes us very proud to be part of this school and we are happy to help and support our community as much as we can. 
     
     
    Interested in becoming a feature in the SPART Flash “Families of Country Day”? Email publicity@miamicountryday.org
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  • First iBelong Coffeehouse of the Year

     
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  • Middle School Service Day

    Day of Service in the Middle School
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  • Posse Scholars

    Two members from the class of 2020 recognized as Posse Scholars.
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  • Quite A First Year

    Taking control of an unforgettable year
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  • Reflection from our Head of School

    Reflections from our Head of School and President Mariandl Hufford
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  • Saying Goodbye For Summer

    A reflection as we prepare for summer.
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  • Senior Isabella Allen Selected to the 2019 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team

    Senior Isabella Allen has been selected to the 2019 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State team. In its 25th year, the recognition program honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics from around the state of Florida. To be eligible, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and have earned a minimum of two Varsity letters in at least two different sports in their junior and senior year. The selection committee received applications from 116 qualified student-athletes who were evaluated based upon athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service, and essay. Each Academic All-State team member will be recognized at a commemorative banquet on Monday, June 10 in Gainesville, where each will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Two of the All-State team members, one male and one female, will be named the Ron Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a commemorative trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds. Click here to read more about the award from the FHSAA.

    Isabella is a natural community leader and lead organizer for the “Scaring for Caring” Haunted House that benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami, UHealth Jackson Children’s Care, and Holtz Children’s Hospital that has raised over $1 million since 2014. She has played 6 years of Varsity Soccer, 4 years of Softball, and 6 years of Cross Country. Thank you Isabella for representing Miami Country Day School’s core values of honor, respect, wisdom, and compassion both on and off the field.
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  • Senior Isabella Pedraza Pineros Selected as Coca-Cola Scholar

    Congratulations to Senior Isabella Pedraza Pineros who was recently named a Coca-Cola Scholar and was awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Over 95,000 applicants and nearly 1,900 semifinalists participated in the program. Isabella is one of 150 students selected nationally and joins a family of 6,150+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. What a proud moment for the entire Miami Country Day community!
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  • Senior Isabella Pedraza Selected as Coca-Cola Scholarship Program semifinalist

    Congratulations to senior Isabella Pedraza who was recently selected as a Coca-Cola Scholarship Program semifinalist. She was one of 1900 students selected from among 200,000+ applications for their outstanding commitment to both their communities and schools!
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  • Spartan Cup Business Challenge

    2019 Spartan Cup Business Challenge was another year of success and creativity!
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  • Spartan Pride

    Mariandl Hufford, President and Head of School, reflects on online learning.
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  • Student Notes

    Veterans Day 2019

    Community gathered to remember and honor Veterans
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  • Walk the Walk

    On Tuesday, Miami Country Day "Walk the Walk" for Cancer Chairs and Co-Chairs were guests at the Miami Shores Village Council meeting. At the meeting, Mayor Crystal Wagar and the Miami Shores Village Council presented a Proclamation thanking  Miami Country Day School and it students for volunteering their time to help educate their community on cancer awareness while raising money for research. The annual Walk the Walk for Cancer, Miami Country Day School’s school-wide community service event, started in 1999 and has raised over $750,000 toward cancer research.  This year’s event raised $60,000 and those funds will be donated to Alex’s Place for Pediatric Cancer Research and to the Sylvester Center for Cancer Research.
     
    A special thanks to “Walk the Walk” Chairs Hannah A., Anika B., Ellie C., Hanna C., Stevie Port, Francesca S., Co-Chairs;  and Co-Chairs Jack L., Natalia S., and Nate G. for attending Tuesday’s meeting and for their hard work and dedication to this cause.
     
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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

    In Tuesday’s Athletic Events.....The Softball Team (2-4) beat Somerset Homestead 19-4. Maggie Houser led the way with a double, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored, Tatiana Barnes tripled and drove in 2 runs, Logan Sennett tripled, drove in 3 runs, and scored 2 runs, Leyka Rojo added a double, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored, Arielle Germeus and Nina Versluis each singled and drove in a run, Saarah Rassif singled, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2 runs, and Sophia Gostfrand singled, drove in a run, and scored 3 runs.
     
    Today.....The Middle School Baseball Team hosts Doctors Charter at 4pm.
     
    On Thursday....The Girls Middle School Tennis Team travels to Divine Savior at 3pm, the Girls and Boys Varsity Tennis Teams hosts St. Andrew’s School at 3:30pm, the Girls and Boys Water Polo Teams host Miami Beach High School in their annual “Senior Game” at 5/6pm, the Softball Team travels to Colonial Christian at 4pm, and the Varsity Baseball Team hosts Palmer-Trinity at 7pm.
     
    Games of the Week (Thursday, March 12) .......Please come out and support this week’s “Spartan Pride Games of the Week” on Thursday, March 12th, as the Girls Varsity Water Polo Team hosts Miami Beach High School in their “Senior Game” at 5pm and the Boys Varsity Water Polo Team hosts Miami Beach High School in their “Senior Game” at 6pm. Prizes and games will occur during halftime of each contest, with our ‘Senior Ceremony” taking place between games.
     
    Spring Fling........This year’s Spring Fling Spartan Family Fun Day is Friday, April 3! Please join us for an ALL-SCHOOL Spartan Day! Create a team and participate in our Dodgeball Tournament! Win some Spartan Swag at our Carnival Games! Jump around on our Bounce Houses! Grab a bite at one of four FOOD TRUCKS! Then, cheer for the Spartans Middle School Baseball team at 4:00 and the Girls’ Softball Senior Game at 7:00! Events will begin at 1:30pm. Cheer on your favorite boat in the Middle School Buoyancy Cup or watch the Upper School play kickball, trivia, and dodgeball. Get a family team together and join in the fun! Sign up information to follow.
     
    All-Sports Program Spring Issue!   Thank you to all of those who have already submitted your congratulatory ads! If you still want to be a part of this issue please sign up now! Deadline is the end of the day today. Sign-Up Form
     
    MCDS Athletic Facebook page – If you are a “Facebook user” please like us at “MCDS Athletics”.
     
    MCDS Athletic Instagram page – If you are an “Instagram user” please follow us at “mcdsathletics”.
     
    MCDS Sideline Store.......Please take some time to shop at our new Miami Country Day School sideline store.  It has replaced our old “My Spartan Locker” store, and has many new and exciting options for Spartan gear. A special thanks to Caryn Lubetsky and Nolan Sutker for helping to launch our sideline store at https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/florida/miami/miami-country-day-school.  All proceeds go directly to our Parents Association.
                                
    Open i Studio Check-out all of our athletic photos at www.miamicountryday.org – go to athletics, then athletic photos, or go directly to Open i Studio at http://www.openistudio.com
     
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  • Week One

    Week one of online learning!
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  • "One Union will unite us all"

    8th Grade's Annual Southern Supper
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  • 4th Grade Computer Science

    As part of the electricity unit in Mrs. Puro’s 4th grade class, students spent time tinkering in the Garner Innovation Center to take apart computer monitors and printers.

    Questions were generated - “How does a printer work on the inside with all of the circuits?”, and “How can you take apart the printer and then put it back together?” Answers were discovered – “Circuits connect what you see on the outside to all the parts on the inside” and “It works better as a team to take it apart.” Next up -  the students will use pieces from the printer, keyboards, screens and other devices to create something new applying their knowledge of circuits and energy. 
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  • AP Environmental Science Class Field Trip

    A group of AP Environmental Science students toured the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant this week, where they witnessed the physical, biological and chemical processes that are used to treat incoming sewage before it is injected back into the groundwater.  They then visited the South Dade Landfill and saw all three stages of a landfill: a capped landfill, a working landfill and a new landfill in its earliest stages. 
     
    Students gained a better appreciation for the people and the technology that are used to process our waste in order to maintain a clean, safe environment.
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  • Divisional Webinars

    As announced, Miami Country Day School will return to learning using an online schedule on August 24. There were three divisional webinars devoted entirely to the remote online learning program. If you were unable to attend, below you will find a summary from each meeting as well as a link to the webinar recording.
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  • Important Update for Parents of 2nd through 5th Grade Students

    Dear Parents of 2nd through 5th Grade Students, 
     
    Now more than ever, schools are faced with answering the question, “How will we utilize technology to help children achieve and prepare for the world?”  This spring, we were forced to explore the many facets of this very important question. Due to the unusual circumstances we found ourselves in, we witnessed the important role technology played even for our youngest learners. This interactive tool helped us communicate, collaborate, and create. Our students were able to connect with their teachers, access materials to enrich and broaden their learning, and expand their knowledge of the world around them. As we prepare for next year, we have crafted a carefully considered age appropriate plan that will ensure all our children have access to this important tool.
     
    Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, all students from 2nd through 5th Grade will be required to supply their own laptops for engaging with our school community and completing their academic work.
     
    One of the main principles of our “BYOD” (Bring your Own Device) program is that students have flexibility in selecting the laptops that best suit their academic needs and learning styles. You and your child will have the opportunity of selecting any Mac or Windows laptop, as long as it meets our minimum specifications (click here for laptop specifications). 
     
    We continually work with all students to ensure that they have the skills and software necessary to successfully use their laptops in support of their learning. We provide special support at the start of school for students who are logging into school systems with their own laptop for the first time.
     
    PC Laptops may be purchased through our affiliated vendor, MobileMe IT. Laptops purchased in this way are covered by a complete three-year warranty including accidental damage and will be maintained and supported by MobileMe IT. Although our ITS group works closely with them, the school is not financially involved and derives no income from the sale or repair of these laptops. Use this link: http://www.mobilemeit.com to access their website and then click “School Stores” to view the models available. If you decide to purchase a laptop through MobileMe IT, you may do so through the same link above. Laptops purchased in this way will be delivered directly to you.
     
    Should you wish to use another vendor to purchase a laptop, make sure that it meets or exceeds the minimum specifications, which are listed below. The laptop warranty is particularly important. Your warranty should allow for local repair and should cover accidental damage, preferably for at least three years. Please note that due to incompatibilities with testing and other application, iPads and Chromebooks do not meet the necessary requirements for student laptops.
     
    Miami Country Day School continues to honor our commitment to educating the whole child.  We understand the necessity of hands-on, multi-sensory learning and play. The plan shared above, will increase access to one of the many tools that we will use to foster your child’s growth.
     
    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mary Lavin                                        
    Lower School Director  
     
    Jimmy Cudzilo
    Interim Chief Information Officer
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  • Important Update for Parents of PK3, JK4, SK5 & 1st Grade Students

    Dear Parents of PK3, JK4, SK5 & 1st Grade Students, 
     
    Now more than ever, schools are faced with answering the question, “How will we utilize technology to help children achieve and prepare for the world?”  This spring, we were forced to explore the many facets of this very important question. Due to the unusual circumstances we found ourselves in, we witnessed the important role technology played even for our youngest learners. This interactive tool helped us communicate, collaborate, and create. Our students were able to connect with their teachers, access materials to enrich and broaden their learning, and expand their knowledge of the world around them. As we prepare for next year, we have crafted a carefully considered age appropriate plan that will ensure all our children have access to this important tool.
     
    Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, Miami Country Day School will loan all students in PK3, JK4, SK5, and 1st Grade a personalized iPad and protective case to be used throughout each school day. Each student will be assigned a specific iPad in August. iPads will not be permitted to be shared with other students. Each iPad will be configured to unlock for the specific student’s fingerprint to which it was assigned. The purpose of providing assigned iPads to each student is to enable additional learning engagement and instruction extension throughout each day on campus.
     
    Loaned iPads are for use while on campus only. Should Miami Country Day School be required to conduct courses online, students would be permitted to bring the loaned iPad home.
     
    Please note that all iPads must be returned at the conclusion of the academic year or upon the student’s departure from academic studies at Miami Country Day School. Should an iPad not be returned in working condition, the student billing account will be assessed a replacement fee at the actual replacement cost at that time.
     
    Please know, as a school community, we continue to honor our commitment to educating the whole child.  We understand the necessity of hands-on, multi-sensory learning and play. The plan shared above, will increase access to one of the many tools that we will use to foster your child’s growth.
     
    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mary Lavin                                        
    Lower School Director  
     
    Jimmy Cudzilo
    Interim Chief Information Officer
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  • Kindergarten Crosses Divisions

    Recently, Middle School students worked on a project with a Senior Kindergarten (SK) Class.  From the moment Ms. Lucchi's animation students entered Mrs. Wilson’s room, they were enthralled by their younger peers. It was a mutual infatuation! The Kindergartners created stories and drew illustrations while the Middle School mentors worked in animation class to bring their images and drawings to life in cartoons! The students watched the “Grand Premiere” together, enjoying popcorn, giggles and celebrated a cross-divisional Spartan collaboration. Ana, whose Kindergarten partner was also from Brazil, made her animation bilingual.
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  • Middle School in March

    Model UN

    On Saturday, March 1 our Model UN team competed for the second year at the Miami Dade College competition. This year we had three resolutions passed in committee, and two of our delegations (China: Felipe Bautista and Dylan Meyers; Saudi Arabia: Isaac Brown and Miguel Escobar) won Honorable Mention. 

    The delegates in the following committees worked on and had their resolution passed:
    UNDP: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation China delegation: Felipe Bautista and Dylan Meyer
    UN Women: Empowering Rural Women: Saudi Arabia delegation: Zoe Terry and Jessica Levy
    UNICEF: Child Protection from violence, Exploitation and Abuse China delegation: Renan Ramos, Saudi Arabia: Hendrix Lee and Leyka Rojos.
     
    The two Honorable Mentions were Felipe Bautista and Kylan Meyer and Miguel Escobar and Isaac Brown (Saudi Arabia delegation to the General Assembly: Global Compact for Migration)
     
    Holocaust Education Day

    8th graders prepared for their day with Holocaust surviors with the study of Night (in English classes) as well as discussions in Advisory. Students also viewed a few documentaries related specifically to the experience of individuals in the Holocaust as well as one that shared the experience of survivors of the Rwandan genocide (connecting back to Wiesel’s message in Night “Never shall I forget…”). 
     
    Questions were developed in Advisory and Civics classes and were brought with by the students. After opening remarks on Wednesday morning, students broke into groups for more intimate discussions with the Holocaust survivors. 

    A special thank you to the following survivors who joined our 8th graders on Wednesday:

    Katalin Packard
    Irene Zisblatt
    Allen Hall
    Julius Eisenstein
    Sally Dauman
    Magda Bader
    Anita Karl
    Howard Chandler
    Morris Dan
    Peter Trajan
    Judy Rodan
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  • Middle School Model UN

    Miami Country Day's motto; Every Student Every Day was exhibited by Model UN in this week's event.
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  • Monday, April 13, 2020:

    FHSAA Announces 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team……..The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Monday the 26th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships. “The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of these amazing student-athletes,” says Florida Dairy Farmers CEO, Michele Cooper. “We’re excited to support a program that has a great tradition of encouraging excellence on the field and in the classroom and we’re proud to support students that have the special mix of work ethic and determination required to succeed at both.” To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and have earned at least two varsity letters in two or more sports during their junior and senior year. The 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 50 male nominees and 77 female nominees across the state. Each nominee was evaluated by their athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service and essay. Each Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team member will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ronald N. Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a commemorative trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total.
    Taisa Strouse, Miami Country Day – Taisa Strouse owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She lettered in cross country and soccer all four years of high school. Taisa participates in Cancer Walk, Girl Up and Mental Health and Suicide Awareness where she has over 600 community service hours. She is the daughter of Soraya and Charles Strouse and plans on studying industrial and labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York this fall.
     
    Spartan Team “Tik Tok” Challenge.……..Here We Go……It’s Time to start the “Spartan Team Tik Tok Challenge”.  All teams should be ready and prepared to accept the challenge. Our Baseball Coaches first challenged the District Champion and Regional Finalist Boys Varsity Soccer Team, and they have since challenged Cross Country. Please follow our postings on Instagram @mcdsathletics and on Facebook at MCDS Athletics.
     
    Spring Senior Celebration……Please check our “Spring Senior Spotlights” on Instagram @mcdsathletics and on Facebook at MCDS Athletics.  We are working on specifics for more personal “Spring Senior Celebrations” in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned for additional information on this event.
     
    Spring Sports Awards Ceremony………Our Spring Sports Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30pm via Zoom.  Additional information will be sent out next week for all Spring student-athletes and their families.
     
     
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  • Never shall I forget

    Reflections of the Holocaust Remembrance Day
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  • Sophomore Michael Athanassiadis Wins National Essay Contest

    This year’s essay prompt asked students to read the story “An Appointment with His Brother” by noted South Korean writer Yi Yun-Mol, in which the writer imagines meeting his North Korean brother in an autonomous Korean region in China, and analyze its portrayal of North Korea for the ways it differs from media depictions and suggests the challenges posed by reunification of the Koreas. Read his essay here. His win will be announced in AZALEA: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture; and the essay will be published in either the Korea Times Chicago or the Korean Quarterly (TBD).
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  • The World Peace Games

    Fourth grade participated in the annual World Peace Games
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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020:

    Update on Athletics for the fall

     
    Dear Members of the MCDS Community, 
    Athletics are an integral part of many students’ educational experience, and the Miami Country Day School community takes great pride in the accomplishments of our student-athletes, both in and out of the classroom and on and off the field. Over the last few months, our Athletic Department has been working on plans for the return of school sports this fall. We have been following local and national trends, as well as working with other South Florida independent schools and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).  As many of you are aware, the FHSAA Executive Board held an emergency meeting on July 23rd to discuss fall sports. Similar to many other state high school associations, the FHSAA voted to delay the start of the fall season until August 24th. Although the FHSAA has identified a start date for fall sports of August 24th, they have given schools the opportunity to determine a fall athletic season that suits each school’s needs. In addition, teams will still be eligible for FHSAA playoffs no matter their start date. 
     
    In the event we have an on-campus start to the academic year, Miami Country Day School, along with many other schools, has opted for a fall sports start date of no earlier than August 31st. We are exploring the option of beginning voluntary athletic workouts that meet local CDC guidelines prior to that date, but the earliest formal team practices will begin is August 31st. Schedules will be built around our competitors’ athletic policies. Our decision is consistent with what many other private and public schools are doing in South Florida and other areas throughout the state. 
     
    We will continue to monitor this unique landscape and work to provide the safest environment for our student-athletes, coaches, and Spartan community. We will follow up with further information on our return to play protocols and procedures as we get closer to beginning athletic activities on campus. 
     
    Should you have any additional questions relating to Spartan Athletics at this time, please contact me at sennettc@miamicountryday.org, and I will be happy to assist in any way that I can. 
     
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020:

    Good afternoon.  As we “close out” the 2019-20 Athletic season, I would like to send a special “THANKS” to all of our coaches, student-athletes, parents, teachers, and administrators for all of your support.  On behalf of all of you, we are donating $2,000 to our “adopted” athletic community service partner (Feeding South Florida).
     
    Below are our accomplishments for this year.  We are excited about what 2020-2021 school year and athletic calendar has in store for us.  Have a great summer!
     
    FHSAA Academic All-State Finalist
    Taisa Strouse
     
    Major Sports Awards
    Upper School
    Athletes of the Year
    Taisa Strouse
    Noah Markofsky
     
    Sportsmanship Award
    Sofia Benenson
    Jackson Halliwell
     
    Harrison Greenberg Award
    Francesca Malo
    Griffin Steutel
     
    Sandra Lee Kenna Award
    Sabrina Cabarcos
    Alessander Carrillo
     
    Spartan Award
    Ashley Michelin
    Ethan White
     
    Middle School Awards
    Athletes of the Year
    Isabella Brod
    Evan Hurwitz
     
    Sportsmanship Award
    Gianna Corbitt
    Max Manhire
     
    Harrison Greenberg Memorial Award
    Tiana Tolles
    Tanner Sennett     
     
    Miami Herald Awards
    Miami Herald Scholar-Athlete (Winner)
    Sofia Benenson
     
    Coach of the Year
    Ochiel Swaby – Girls Basketball
     
    1st Team All-County Winners
    Griffin Steutel - Golf
    Matthew Yamin - Golf
    Andrea Daley - Basketball
    Sydney Shaw - Basketball 
    Jordan Cooke - Basketball 
    Sofia Benenson - Soccer
    Taisa Strouse - Soccer
    Enzo Lagrassa-Gillet - Soccer
    Erik Pantin - Soccer
     
    2nd Team All-County
    Gianna Corbitt - Basketball
    Jasai Miles - Basketball
    Alyson Rodriguez - Soccer
    Chris Capote - Soccer
    Ethan White - Soccer
     
    3rd Team All-County
    Isabella Smilowitz - Cross Country
    Jaden Russell - Golf
    Dylan Smiley - Swimming
    Emani Theodule - Basketball
    Mia Batista - Soccer
    Becky Bibas - Soccer
    Alejandro Roye Frangie - Soccer
     
    Honorable Mention All-County
    Isabella Galofre - Cross Country
    Rachel Hodes - Cross Country 
    Anastasija Moskvina - Cross Country 
    Ryan Mendelson - Cross Country
    Sabrina Cabarcos - Golf
    Alexandra Pool - Golf
    Samuel Netkin - Golf
    Francesca Malo - Volleyball
    Ashley Michelin - Volleyball
    Sophia Rosenberg - Volleyball
    Ryan Richardson - Basketball
    Lucia Arcila - Soccer
    Sofia Nelcha - Soccer
    Logan Sennett - Soccer
    Victor Destri - Soccer
    Stefano Dumas - Soccer
    Josef Frenkel - Soccer
    Lucas Hansen - Soccer
     
    District Championships (6)
    Girls Cross Country
    Boys Golf
    Girls Soccer
    Boys Soccer
    Girls Basketball
    Boys Basketball
     
    Regional Championships (2)
    Girls Cross Country
    Girls Basketball
     
    Middle School Championships (1)
    Girls Basketball (undefeated season)
     
    Seniors Signing to Play in College
    Chantell Gonzalez - Siena College
    Juliana Martinez - Bradley University 
    Griffin Steutel - Oglethorpe University 
    Rianna Washington - Mount Holyoke College
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  • Week of February 15 - February 21, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle won her singles and doubles match against Pine Crest.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Kristina Godfrey – Basketball
    Kristina had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Spartans’ Regional Semifinal win against St. Andrew’s School.
                                                                                                                                                
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jordan Cooke – Basketball
    Jordan scored 21 points to lead the Spartans to the Regional Quarterfinal win against Florida Christian.
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  • Week of February 24 - February 29, 2020

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Olivia Pelletier – Lacrosse
    Olivia scored 4 goals in games against Westminster Christian and Lourdes Academy.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Edoardo Figari – Water Polo
    Edoardo combined for 11 goals, 5 assists, and 8 steals in matches against Spanish River, Suncoast, Hialeah, Belen, and Krop.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sophia Agurcia – Lacrosse
    Sophia scored 10 goals in games against Westminster Christian, Lourdes Academy, and University School.
                                                                                                                                                
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jack Finvarb – Lacrosse
    Jack had 7 goals and 3 assists in games against Palmett0, Archbishop McCarthy, and Pines Charter.
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  • Week of January 26 - February 1, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Kaliyah Morales – Basketball
    Kaliyah combined for 32 points, 18 rebounds, 24 steals, and 11 assists in leading her team to the South Florida Middle School Conference Championship.  Kaliyah was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Max Manhire – Soccer
    Max scored 2 goals in the District Semifinal win against Booker T. Washington.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Aly Rodriguez – Soccer
    Aly scored two goals and led the Spartans’ to their 8th consecutive District Championship with an 8-0 win against SLAM Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Erik Pantin – Soccer
    Erik scored 2 goals and added an assist in the District Semifinal win against Booker T. Washington.
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  • Week of March 1 - March 6, 2020:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Leyka Rojo – Softball
    Leyka had 2 hits, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI in a win against Everglades Prep.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nico Dunn – Water Polo
    Nico combined for 7 goals and 3 steals in games against Cooper City, ATM, Venice, and Cypress Bay.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Noah Markofsky – Lacrosse
    Noah combined for 13 goals in games against key West, North Broward Prep, St. Brendan, and Belen.
                                                                                                                                               
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Chloe Cartledge – Water Polo
    Chloe combined for 15 goals, 24 assists, and 27 steals in games against Cooper City, Venice, Cypress Bay, ATM, and Pines Charter.
     
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  • Weeks of March 16 - April 13, 2020:

    Monday, Mar 16 - Monday April 13, 2020              

    No Athletic Activities
     
     
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