2019

  • November

    Student Notes

    Veterans Day 2019

    Community gathered to remember and honor Veterans 
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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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  • Week of November 2 - November 9, 2019:

    Isabella Smilowitz – Cross Country
    Isabella finished 21st overall and helped lead the Spartans to an 8th place 1A finish at the State Championships in Tallahassee.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Carter McGaffic – Cross Country
    Carter finished 2nd for the Spartans as they finished 28th overall in the State Championships in Tallahassee.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Rachel Hodes – Cross Country
    Rachel finished 36th overall and helped lead the Spartans to an 8th place 1A finish at the State Championships in Tallahassee.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Dylan Smiley Swimming
    Dylan finished 10th in the state in the 100 Breaststroke, with a new MCDS record of 59.49, and 14th in the 100 Butterfly at the State Championships in Stuart. 
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  • 21 Hearts, 1 Beat Performs At PAMM

    On November 7th, MCDS’s Contemporary Music Ensemble was invited to perform at the Peréz Art Museum. The event was for law makers across the United States who are responsible for counties with a population over one million to come together and discuss common issues such as affordable housing and school systems.
     
    The Contemporary Music Ensemble, also known as 21 Hearts, 1 Beat, brought 15 students and played a set of 16 songs. The students, with guidance from John Wicker, were able to pick the songs they performed. To say the least, it was a beautiful evening filled with talented musicians. Guest were even dancing.
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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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  • Upper School sculpture

    A Seat at the Table

    This collaborative conceptual art installation was created by Upper School Sculpture class, as well as several teachers, and also has a performance piece done by the Middle School Dance class. Each student in the sculpture class personalized their own wooden chair, expressing his/her identity through various artistic techniques, materials, and methodology, and by using a multi/mixed approach. Students were further encouraged to identify themselves by gender, ethnicity, culture, personality, exceptionality, hobbies, affinities, relative strengths, and or/ sexual orientation. The dance choreography may be loosely interpreted as an abstract variant of the familiar game of ‘musical chairs’, whereby someone is always ‘left out.’ In total, all of these powerful design elements were intentionally chosen to bring the point home: social justice is a lofty ideal, yet we should not desist in our pursuit of it.
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  • Week of October 26 - November 1, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Isabella Smilowitz – Cross Country
    Isabella finished 4th overall as the Spartans captured their 3rd consecutive Regional Championship and qualified for States in Tallahassee.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Carter McGaffic – Cross Country
    Carter finished 23rd overall, as the Spartans finished 8th in Regionals and qualified for States in Tallahassee.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Rachel Hodes – Cross Country
    Rachel finished 3rd overall as the Spartans captured their 3rd consecutive Regional Championship and qualified for States in Tallahassee.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Ryan Mendelson – Cross Country
    Ryan finished 4th overall, as the Spartans finished 8th in Regionals and qualified for States in Tallahassee.
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  • October

    Week October 19 - October 25, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Isabella Smilowitz – Cross Country
    Isabella helped lead the Spartans to their 4th consecutive District Championship by finishing 1st overall and individual District Champion.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Miguel Escobar - Swimming
    Miguel was 1st in the 50 Freestyle and 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke at the South Florida Middle School Conference Championships.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Rachel Hodes – Cross Country
    Rachel helped lead the Spartans to their 4th consecutive District Championship by finishing 2nd overall.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Dylan Smiley – Swimming
    Dylan is the District Champion in the 100 Breaststroke and set the School record with a time of 1:01.23
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  • Week of October 12 - October 18, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Mia Finvarb – Volleyball
    Mia combined for 16 kills, 6 aces, and 11 digs in the South Florida Middle School Championships.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Brady Lubetsky – Cross Country
    Brady finished 3rd for the Spartans (17th overall) in the final “Fast Times” meet of the season at Greynolds Park.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sasha Vaygensberg – Volleyball
    Sasha combined for 20 kills, 5 blocks, and 4 aces in games against Hialeah Educational Academy and SLAM Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Griffin Steutel – Golf
    Griffin, along with Matt Yamin, won the Individual District Championship by shooting a 71.  The Spartans captured their 2nd consecutive District Championship by shooting a team score of 304.
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  • Week of October 5 - October 11, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Bianca Malatesta – Volleyball
    Bianca combined for 9 kills, 17 assists, 11 aces, and 36 digs in matches against Florida Christian, Ransom Everglades, and Carrollton.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Carter McGaffic – Cross Country
    Carter finished 2nd for the Spartans in the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational at Larry Penny Thompson Park.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Simone Hart - Volleyball
    Simone combined for 34 assists and 9 digs in the Spartans’ 5-set win against North Broward Prep.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Joseph Aming - Swimming
    Joseph swam in every boys event in the Spartans’ final meet of the season against Cushman, Hialeah Educational, SLAM Academy, and Doctors Charter and was on the winning 200 Medley, 200 Free, and 400 Free Relay Teams.
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  • 2020-2021 Admission Season in Full Swing

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  • Country Day Family On a Mission to Fight Cancer

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  • Week of September 30 - October 4, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Hannah Webb – Swimming
    Hannah was 1st in the 100 Free, 1st in the 100 Back, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay team in a meat against South Florida Heat and Lourdes.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Brady Lubetsky – Cross Country
    Brady finished 1st for the Spartans (19:56) in the Florida Runners Invitational meet at Lakeland.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Madison Castro – Swimming
    Madison finished 1st in the 100 Fly, 2nd in the 100 Back, and was on the winning 200 Medley Relay team against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Sasha Carrillo – Football
    Sasha led the Spartans with 12 tackles and 1 sack in a game against Northwest Christian.
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  • 7th Grader Shares Her Experience With Cancer

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  • First iBelong Coffeehouse of the Year

     
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  • Week of September 24 - September 30, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sidney Lydecker – Swimming
    Sidney won the 200 Freestyle and the 200 Backstroke in a meet against Riviera Prep.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Evan Hurwitz – Swimming
    Evan was 1st in the 100 IM and 1st in the 100 Freestyle in a meet against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Ashley Michelin – Volleyball
    Ashley led the Spartans with 33 assists and 17 digs in games against St. John Paul Academy, Palmetto, and Gulliver.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Matt Yamin – Golf
    Matt finished 1st overall, shooting a 71, at the Dade County Youth Fair.
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  • September

    Week of September 16 - September 23, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Isabella Smilowitz – Cross Country
    Isabella finished 4th overall and helped the Spartans win the Spanish River Invitational.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Benjamin Kaplan – Cross Country
    Benjamin finished 5th for the Spartans and helped lead the team to a 6th place finish at the Spanish River Invitational.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Frantz Blanc – Football
    Frantz had 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the Spartans’ 45-0 win over Scheck Hillel.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Rachel Hodes – Cross Country
    Rachel finished 3rd overall and helped the Spartans win the Spanish River Invitational.
     
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  • Week of September 7 - September 13, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Tiana Tolles – Volleyball
    Tiana combined for 15 kills and 9 aces in games against Gulliver, Divine Savior Academy, and Carrollton.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Miguel Escobar – Swimming
    Miguel was 1st in the 50 Freestyle, 3rd in the 100 freestyle at the Spartan Invitational (6 teams), and was 1st in the 200 Freestyle and 100 IM, and on the winning 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relay Teams in a meet against Westminster Christian.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Chloe Cartledge – Swimming
    Chloe finished 1st in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, and was on the winning 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relay Teams against Westminster Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Noah Markofsky – Football
    Noah led the way with 15 tackles, had a 22-yard touchdown run, and passed for a 2-point conversion in a game against Pompano Beach High School.
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  • Celebrating Country Day's Seventh Head of School, Mariandl Hufford

    The next chapter in Miami Country Day’s 81 year history officially began this week with the installation of Mariandl Hufford as our Seventh Head of School. The celebration began on Friday, September 6 in the Center of the Arts with more than 300 Country Day community members in attendance.
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  • Week of August 30 - September 6, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sidney Lydecker – Swimming
    Sidney finished 1st in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, and was on the winning 200 Freestyle Relay Team as the Spartans beat Chaminade and Doctors Charter.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Carter McGaffic – Cross Country
    Carter finished 2nd for the Spartans (15th overall) in a meet at Greynolds Park.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Lauren McGaffic – Cross Country
    Lauren finished 1st overall and set a school record with a time of 19:33 in a meet at Greynolds Park.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Dylan Smiley – Swimming
    Dylan won the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke against Gulliver, and won the 200 IM and was on the winning 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays against Chaminade and Doctors Charter.
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  • Breakthrough Miami Site Director, Kierra Smith Leaves Legacy of Service

    Beloved and longtime Breakthrough Miami (BM) Site Director, Kierra Smith's final day on campus was last Friday, August 30. Kierra has worked for BM at Country Day since 2013, shortly after BM came to our campus in 2012. Each summer, alongside Country Day's camps, BM Scholars, grades 5th to 8th, participate in academic enrichment courses in both core subjects and activities such as sports, dance, and music. During her tenure, Kierra oversaw Associate Site Director, Kenneth Garrett and on average, six other adult summer support staff.
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  • August

    Week of August 20 - August 26, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Isabella Brod – Varsity Volleyball
    Isabella had 9 service points, 8 aces, 9 receptions, and 4 digs in a win against North Broward Prep
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Francesca Malo – Volleyball
    Francesca had 10 service points, 2 aces, 10 receptions, and 3 digs in a win against North Broward Prep.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Matthew Yamin – Golf
    Matthew shot a 34 against Westminster Christian and a 73 (finished 2nd overall) at the Westminster Christian Invitational at the Biltmore Country Club.
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  • Country Day Alumnus, David Benjamin '98, Returns to Teach at his Alma Mater

    Last week wasn’t just the first week of school for students, it was also the first week of teaching for Country Day Alumnus, Mr. David Benjamin ‘98 (pictured with Director of Alumni, Christine Chancy ‘08). Now known affectionately to his students as Mr. Benjamin, David was the recipient of the 2019 C.W. “Doc” Abele Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the School and is the former Alumni Board President. David will be teaching Civics (alongside long time friend and now colleague, Mr. Fallik), Honors Comparative Government, and Introduction to Public Speaking to Middle and Upper School students. Best of luck, David! Country Day is lucky to have you back.
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  • Country Day's Culture of Professional Growth

    Every summer, the Miami Country Day faculty engage in a culture of feedback and professional growth. The program, called Pro-Gro, expects and encourages all faculty to enhance themselves by individually attending and presenting at conferences, participating in classes and workshops, and developing relationships with professionals at other schools. Each faculty member is first provided with funds to attend these programs over the summer. The faculty members return with innovative and fresh ideas that they implement into curriculum and pedagogical practices for the new school year. Below are some examples of the many faculty initiatives from the summer of 2019.
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  • July

    Summer Greetings from Mariandl Hufford, Head of School

    Dear Country Day Families,
     
    It is officially “day one” of my tenure as Head of School, and I am reaching out to mark this new beginning for all of us.
     
    I know that the months of summer often allow for a more relaxed pace, marked by sleeping in on weekdays, traveling near or far, even lingering a little longer over a great meal. I hope all of this is true for your family, and I want you to know that on campus, we are already eagerly anticipating the start of a new school year. Please click here to read Mariandl's complete first day message.



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  • Senior Frantz A. Blanc Jr. Teaches Breakthrough Miami Scholars

    Rising senior Frantz A.Blanc Jr. is spending his summer teaching Geography and Social Studies classes to Breakthrough Miami scholars. During this particular class, scholars were assigned a particular state and asked to research the demographics, capital, state flag, population, state flower, specialization, geography, and special attractions of the state. They then made a presentation and a one-page report.

    Frantz is one of 22 teachers and over 60 volunteers working with 210 scholars over the summer. They spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week together over a period of 6 weeks. Breakthrough Miami provides a powerful platform for peer mentorship, and reciprocal student rapport and learning.
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  • June

    Country Day Student Delivers Uniforms to Guatemalan Children

    Community Service at Country Day is encouraged in Lower School, expected in Middle School, and required in the Upper School. Last week, rising 5th grader Anita Bruzzi helped deliver donated Country Day school uniforms to children in the Rio Dulce region of Guatemala alongside in country partner, @casaguatemala. A special thank you to the Parents’ Association who spearheaded this initiative throughout the school year.
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  • Country Day Athletics Named FHSAA Academic Team Champion

    Country Day Athletics was recently recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) as the Academic Team Champion for Class 4A. Please click here to see the final results. Please see below for some of the highlights from the 2018-2019 school year.
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  • May

    Country Day Seniors Win 2 Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards

    Congratulations to Seniors Isabella Allen and Isabella Pedraza Pineros for winning 2019 Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards in Athletics and Mathematics, respectively. Congratulations as well to Senior Jeremy Cross who won an Honorable Mention in Science.
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  • Country Day Athletics Honored by the Miami Herald

    Miami Country Day School players and coaches were honored at the annual Miami Herald All-County sports breakfast on Thursday, May 23. Listed below are our award winners. Congratulations!
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  • Meet the Class of 2019 Commencement Speaker Carolina Quijano

    Carolina Quijano is the founder and creative force behind Miami's only award winning bean to bar chocolate factory. She graduated with a master’s in organizational psychology from Columbia University, but entrepreneurship has been a lifelong passion that started with her first business card at age nine. While working as a management consultant, she discovered artisanal hot chocolate in Paris during a business trip. Upon returning she tried and perfected hundreds of recipes in an effort to replicate that Parisian experience with friends and family. This journey had her trying recipes every day until 3am for a year and studying chocolate theory and techniques while still working her corporate job at Madison Ave. She used that corporate knowledge and accumulated travel miles to open up Exquisito Chocolates, which sources cacao directly from seven different farms in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her business trips now find her on cocoa farms and atop mountains trying to find the best product sources. Her aim is to disrupt the chocolate supply chain, which has been monopolized for decades by big industry. And in doing so, continuously challenges the quality and sustainability of the chocolate we eat. Such dedication and appreciation for chocolate has earned her the nickname "Chocolate Empress" and several awards from London's Academy of Chocolate.
     
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  • The Class of 2019 College Acceptances

    Cornell University, Duke University, Florida University, Florida State University, The George Washington University, Indiana University at Bloomington, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Virginia, and Yale University are just some of the colleges in the Class of 2019's list of college acceptances. 

    Congratulations to all of our seniors as they embark on the next step of their academic career. Pictured from left to right are seniors Evi A., Remy C., Laureen J., David B., and Louis S.!

    Please see below for the complete list:
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  • The By-You Tapestry Representing the Rights of Children Everywhere

    by Mrs. Yvonne Moyer
    This year, Lower School children brainstormed, discussed, drew, stitched and produced a meaningful and thoughtful art piece in the form of a tapestry.
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  • The Inexplicable Music of Daniel Gallup

    Senior Daniel Gallup remembers feeling like he could sing before he could talk. Music was omnipresent in his house whether it was his Dad serenading the family on piano or singing renditions of popular songs in the form of lullabies like “Surfer Boy” into “Daniel Boy” just before bed. Daniel began learning to play formal instruments like the piano in the 4th grade and bass guitar in 7th. 
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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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  • Week of May 1 - May 7, 2019:

    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Louis Siegler – Tennis
    Louis beat Jacob Lowen from St. Andrews to win the overall individual Florida High School Athletic Association State Championship for Class 1A.  Louis won 6 singles matches over 3 days to capture the title. 
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  • Senior Louis Siegler Wins State Tennis Championship

    Congratulations to Senior Tennis player Louis Siegler! He beat Jacob Lowen from St. Andrews School to win the overall individual Florida High School Athletic Association State Boys Tennis Championship for Class 1A on Friday. Louis won 6 singles matches over 3 days to capture the title. In addition, Louis and Morgan Weisberg advanced to the doubles semifinals, where they lost in a tiebreaker. Congratulations to Louis and Morgan on outstanding seasons!
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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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  • Families of Country Day: The Thomas'

    Matthew Thomas ‘19

    For the past 13 years, I have been grateful to call Miami Country Day School my home. As a traveling athlete, there was never a moment where I did not feel supported or cared for. It was made known that my teachers wanted me to succeed in and outside the classroom. From the day I enrolled to the day that I will receive my diploma, MCDS has allowed me to flourish into a better student and person. It has given me the chance to maximize the opportunities offered here and helped me reach and surpass my full potential. We are an inclusive and close-knit community that allows students to express themselves and their ideas. I am fully confident that this school has prepared me well for what lies ahead in all aspects which will allow me to dive-in head first.

    Marilyn Thomas, Parent

    After seeing the growth of our institution these past 20 years, the one aspect that has impressed me the most has been the impact Annual Giving has had on creating a culture that strives to improve every aspect of our school. Your time at MCDS will go by very fast and the growth of your children may not be evident until they have graduated. What I can tell you for sure is that my two kids benefited from the vision leaders had before our family arrived at MCDS, and we as parents supported our school yearly, by donating our time, treasure and talent to Annual Giving. We are responsible for creating and building an institution that will be better than how we received it. This is your task and your challenge as parents and constituents of our wonderful educational institution. Be the legacy, give today!
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  • Kindergarten Trip to the Biscayne Nature Center on Key Biscayne

    Last week, all three Senior Kindergarten classes joined their 4th grade Bay Buddies for an off-campus learning experience at the Biscayne Nature Center on Key Biscayne. The students spent time wading in the seagrass beds with nets hoping to collect a sea animal. The animals that were collected were brought back to shore and placed in clear containers where the students examined and discussed the animals. The field trip concluded with a presentation on sea turtles and some interactive learning as the students picked up and examined different types of coral and sea shells. The students left with an even greater understanding of the importance of keeping our oceans litter free!
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  • National Junior Honor Society Welcomes New Members

    Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this week at the MS assembly:

    Hailey Asseus
    Joseph Bassett
    Max Castanon
    Lucas Crespo
    Nico De La Cadena
    Gianna Murdocco
    Danielle Respler
    Contessa Sharp

    During the Induction Ceremony, Kenneth Barrett was recognized for receiving the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. Kenneth is one of 40 students throughout Florida to receive national recognition for excelling in the areas of all five pillars (scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship) of the National Junior Honor Society. In addition to the Award, Kenneth received a $500 college scholarship. 
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  • The South Florida Learning Support Association

    Director of Learning Resources, Ms. Paule Ebrahimi had a busy month of April presenting at the Palm Beach Day Academy on the topic of “Interpreting Psychoeducational Evaluations and their Application in the Classroom." The Conference took place on Tuesday, April 16th where she co-presented with Ms. Katie Lamiell from Palmer Trinity School. This venue was organized through the South Florida Learning Support Association (SFLSA), which she co-founded alongside Beth Nottman, Director of the Learning Lab at the St. Andrews School. The SFLSA has held three conferences since the beginning of the school year. 
     
    Four additional faculty members joined Ms. Ebrahimi at the conference including Dr. Mari Conea, Mr. Hiram Rosas, Ms. Emilia Veve, and Ms. Hollye Gomez.
     
    The mission of the South Florida Learning Support Association is to bring like-minded professionals together in an effort to meet the needs of all students in our educational communities through collaboration, networking, professional development, and mutual support.
     
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  • Week of April 25 - April 30, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle won her singles and doubles matches against Riviera Prep to help the Spartans advance to the Regional Finals.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Hanley Ramirez – Baseball
    In his first varsity start, Hanley threw a complete game, 2-hit shutout against Everglades Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Allexii Bassette - Tennis
    Allexii won her singles and doubles matches against Riviera Prep to help the Spartans advance to the Regional Finals.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Zac Wyka – Baseball
    Zac went 7 for 8 with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI in wins against Everglades Prep and Somerset Homestead.
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  • April

    Week of April 17 - April 24, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle help the Varsity Tennis Team win their 7th consecutive District Championship by winning the #2 singles and #1 doubles championships.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Lolita Bell – Tennis
    Lolita help the Varsity Tennis Team win their 7th consecutive District Championship by winning the #4 singles and #2 doubles championships.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Morgan Weisberg – Tennis
    Morgan helped the Varsity Tennis Team win their 22nd consecutive District Championship by winning the #2 singles and #1 doubles championships.
     
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  • Core Values Awards

    CORE VALUES WINNERS 2018-2019
     
    6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
    SeptemberRiley RichardsSabrina ValdiviaMarley Borrow
    OctoberMiguel EscobarTanner SennettCarmen Serrano-Bigles
    NovemberMarina LessaOliver KozlovskiMax Ruskowski
    Dec./Jan.Bruce CohenSofia SharamAmina Bilalova
    FebruaryJack MandelDylan MeyerAndrea Bromberg
    March/AprilJada JohnsonElla GildermanAnna Cohen
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  • Education Is Like Parenting

    Education is like parenting: The days can seem long but the years fly by. One day our children were in Lower School, competing in the Buoyancy Cup and the next, they were in Upper School, creating their own service projects for the betterment of the community. Before we knew it, graduation was upon us. How did we savor every moment? By taking the time to watch them proudly play instruments in ensemble groups or take the stage in theatrical productions; by sitting on the bench biting our nails as they competed against longtime rival schools in the big game; and by consistently meeting with their teachers at conferences to hear how they were being inspired every day to become lifelong learners.
     
    Not only have we watched our children grow up at Miami Country Day School since kindergarten, but we have also seen the growth and transformation of the campus itself. But most of all, it’s the teachers and the educational programs that have inspired our son, graduating this year, and our daughter, who graduated three years ago, and set them on a successful path going forward.
     
    Your donation allows Country Day children to be more curious, develop social emotional awareness and acquire skills that set them apart in their life journey.

    We look back and are grateful for the Annual Giving Campaign, which has truly made an impact on our school and supported our children. There is still time to show your appreciation and ensure our school continues to prosper. Join us and savor the moments by becoming part of our Family of Givers.
     
     
    Warm regards,
     
    Jen Karetnick and Jon Cross,
    Parents of Remy Cross ’19, Duke University and Zoe Cross ’16, University of Miami
     
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  • Winter Student-Athletes Selected to Miami Herald All-County Teams

    Congratulations to our winter Student-Athletes who were honored as members of their respective all-county teams by the Miami Herald.
     
    Girls Soccer
    Isabella Allen-1st Team
    Sofia Benenson-1st Team
    Alyson Rodriguez-1st Team
    Taisa Strouse-1st Team
    Becky Bibas-Honorable Mention
    Maya Leoni-Honorable Mention
    Sofia Nelcha-Honorable Mention
     
    Boys Soccer
    Michael Mcpherson-1st Team
    Diego Oropeza-1st Team
    Ethan White-2nd Team
    Erik Pantin-Honorable Mention
    Remy Cross-Honorable Mention
    Pedro Levi-Honorable Mention
     
    Girls Basketball
    Maria Alvarez-1st Team
    Koi Love-1st Team
    Sydney Shaw-2nd Team
    Emani Theodule-2nd Team
    Jayda Theodule-3rd Team
    Chantell Gonzalez-Honorable Mention
    Karina Gordon-Honorable Mention
     
    Boys Basketball
    Nate Outten-3rd Team
    Jordan Cooke-Honorable Mention
    Jasai Miles-Honorable Mention
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  • Families of Country Day - The Winstons

    Jim Winston, parent of Hunter, 4th grade, and Aiden, 2nd grade, sees life through the lens of a parent and as a PhD. Psychologist. Years ago, he began researching the effects of technology on adolescent development. Read more below about why Jim brought acclaimed author, Nicholas Carr to our community to share “The Cognitive Toll of Smartphone Dependency.”
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  • Viz-Art 2019

    The Arts Department proudly invites you to what we hope will become a new tradition in our community: Viz-Art 2019!
     
    What is Viz-Art? It is an exhibition and celebration of our Middle and Upper school visual arts classes and the work our talented students have been doing all year.
     
    The CFA Gallery and the Arts classrooms will be open.

    Please join us for the exhibition on April 25 anytime from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. 
     
    Come help us honor the talents of our visual artists and their teachers!
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  • Week of April 10 - April 16, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Brooke Kovacs – Tennis
    Brooke won the #2 singles championship and was runner-up in #2 doubles, as the Spartans won the South Florida Middle School Conference Tennis Championship.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Max Castanon – Tennis
    Max won the #1 singles championship and was runner-up in #1 doubles, as the Spartans finished 2nd in the South Florida Middle School Conference Tennis Championships.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Patrizia Puppin – Water Polo
    Patrizia scored 3 goals, including the game-winner, in the Spartans’ 9-8 district semi-final win against Mast Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    David Burger – Lacrosse
    David made 35 saves in the Spartans’ district semi-final game against Columbus.
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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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  • Southeast Florida Inter-School Diversity Event

    On Saturday, April 6 Country Day hosted students and faculty from around South Florida for an lnter-School Diversity Event. Inspired by the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference, 36 students participated in self reflecting activities, forming allies, and building community. A student shared, “I learned to be a lot more open minded. Just because you look like me, doesn’t mean we have the same struggle or experience.” A special thank you to Ms. Furth who worked tirelessly with CAUSE, the student-led organization ensuring diversity programming is occurring in the Upper School, to prepare them to be student facilitators and Ms. Wright for facilitating the event. Working groups have already been created to plan for a local SDLC in 2020.

    Below is a list of some of the activities:

    Ice Breaker

    The students were asked to answer the questions who are you and who do you pretend to be with a partner from another school.

    Privilege for Sale Activity

    Students worked in inter-school groups to discuss various privileges. In the end, each group was given a different amount of money to use to purchase privileges of their choice. They then had to discuss how they came to their selections.

    A Brainstorming Session for a Local SDLC, Inter-School Conference, for 2020

    The students discussed key-note speakers, workshop topics, venue and more.
     
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  • Week of April 4 - April 9, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Leyka Rojo – Softball
    Leyka had 2 hits in a game against LaSalle.
                                           
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Stuart Browning – Water Polo
    Stuart combined for 8 goals and 4 steals in matches against Ransom Everglades and Gulliver.
                                                                     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Geico National semi-finals against New Hope, Maryland.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Eric Germeus – Baseball
    Eric had 2 hits, scored 4 runs, and had 9 stolen bases in games against Miami-Jackson High School and Ransom Everglades.
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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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  • Country Day Thespians Honored at Florida Thespian State Conference

    by Ms. Cristina Pla-Guzman
    The Florida State Conference in the largest gathering of high school theatre students in the world. The conference was held in Tampa where over 10,000 students gathered to represent their schools. Our students had the incredible opportunity to attend countless workshops (such as How to Belt, Auditioning Skills for College Auditions, Choreography for Newsies the Musical, Acting Workshops to name a few) with professionals and plenty other amazing experiences. The State conference is an amazing way to continue to grow our theatre program at MCDS by exposing our students to professional casting directors, choreographers, and actors while attending Main Stage productions and learning as a troupe as well as individuals.
     
    To our delight, we did better than last year! We received 1 Top Honors (Best in the STATE!) 5 Superiors (equivalent to first place) and 1 Excellent (equivalent to second place) at State. It is only the second time for our upper school troupe to attend State all together as a troupe and I am so incredibly proud of their accomplishments. Yet, we have even more wonderful news. In addition to our individual events, our 3 Juniors scholarship nominees all were awarded Superiors for their professionalism, preparedness and talent. They received 14 offers as automatic acceptances into school, precollege programs, or as substitutions to their college auditions. They not only auditioned for those programs but were able to conduct interviews and speak to individual schools. The students have done all the preparations to attend State while preparing for 4 other performances throughout the year: RENT, the Yule Log Celebration, Evening of Theatre, and now GREASE.

    We are so incredibly proud of ALL the Thespians! Please join me in celebrating their incredible efforts! The drama kids left State so excited they were already preparing their pieces for next year. They are incredibly motivated for GREASE which is a little more than a month away on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The passion for the arts is burning bright at Miami Country Day School!
     
    Way to Go Miami Country Day Thespians!! 
     
    Our ranking at the Florida Thespian State Conferences:
     
    Top Honors: Nicholas Altman, Pantomime
     
    Superior
    Nicholas Altman, Pantomime
    Samantha Goldsmith and Johanna DeGori, Duet Acting
    Camille Nooney, Michael Port, Mildred Waxman, Charlie Leoni, Ensemble Acting
    Amaris Rios, Nina Lardi, Camryn Davis, Small Group Musical
    Johanna DeGori, Gabriella Abramowitz, Nina Lardi, Samantha Goldsmith, Daniel James Gallup, Nicholas Altman, Amaris Rios, Camryn Davis, Helena Perez, Renee Mandel, Kaylee Parizo, Lulu Yamaguchi, Michael Port, Charlie Leoni- Large Group Musical
    Amaris Rios, Junior Scholarship Nominee
    Renee Mandel, Junior Scholarship Nominee
    Camryn Davis, Junior Scholarship Nominee
     
    Excellent
    Daniel Gallup and Samantha Goldsmith- Duet Musical 
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  • Innovation Celebration Logo Contest Winners

    Please congratulate the Winner of the Logo Contest, Victoria Labzina in Ms. Jordan’s 5th grade class.
     
    Also, please congratulate:
     
    Rocky Meyers in Ms. Lee’s 2nd grade class created the 3D Printer Logo.
     
    Arina Petrushina, Jordana Mutchnik, and Mara Giacca from Ms. Puro’s 4th grade created the Curtains Logo.
     
    Fiona Niemeyer in Ms. Jordan’s 5th grade created the Stem logo.
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  • Week of March 20 - April 3, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette - Tennis
    Gabrielle won her singles match against Coral Gables High School.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Cliff Halliwell – Tennis
    Cliff won his singles match against Westminster Christian.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Autumn Flint-Burns – Softball
    Autumn recorded the win against Horeb Christian and added 2 hits and an RBI.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Romeo Curcio – Water Polo
    Romeo combined for 17 goals, 7 assists, and 16 steals in games against Mast Academy, Westminster Academy, Gulliver, and Krop.
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  • March

    iBelong, You Belong, We Belong: A Middle School Mindset

    Malala Yousafzai once said, “The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.” Dialogue is defined as “a discussion between two or more people or groups, especially one directed toward exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem.” Dialogue is at the core of the Middle School program iBelong, which is also described by Middle School Director, Steve Mathes as a community “mindset.” 
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  • X-Term: A Student's Perspective

    by Rianna Washington '20
    I started off my X-Term week with an exciting day at the downtown courthouse, with the Courts in Action group. They had already started their week on Monday, but they had no problem catching me up to speed.  We started by sitting with Judge Sayfie, the mother of recent MCDS graduates, John and Alex. She answered many of the students’ questions about the things they had witnessed yesterday during jury selection. The Courts in Action group is extremely grateful to her, as she is the reason that they are able to experience so many aspects of the justice system.  Next, we went to watch bond hearings, under Judge Renatha A. Francis, of different cases including grand theft auto, aggravated assault, sexual assault, armed robbery, and even attempted murder.  Later, we were able to hear the dramatic opening statements of a burglary and petty theft trial under Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez. Afterwards, I had the most interesting conversation my fellow X-Term mates and teaches about how different real life trials are from the ones seen on TV.  The most fascinating part of our day was visiting the jail house! Professionalism is a big factor in being able to tour. As a woman, you need to cover up and nobody is allowed to wear open-toed shoes.  While walking through the hallways, there were feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, but I think most of all: gratitude, for all the things little things that we take for granted in life that as a prisoner, you don’t have access to enjoy. It was such a unique experience, and an educational one for sure.  Before we left, we got to ask questions to Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez, and she gave a lot of insight on what it means to uphold the law as a judge.  We got to witness many real life experiences that occur throughout the justice system, and although it isn’t as exciting and brief as it is on “Law and Order,” it's a rewarding experience.  I’m extremely glad to have been able to travel with this group today. Can’t wait for a new adventure tomorrow!
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  • Week of March 13 - March 19, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Brooke Kovacs – Tennis
    Brooke won her singles matches in wins against Cushman and Ransom Everglades.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nico Dunn – Water Polo
    Nico combined for 9 goals, 3 assists, and 7 steals in matches against Riviera Prep and Ransom Everglades.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Chloe Cartledge – Water Polo
    Chloe combined for 6 goals, 2 assists, and 7 steals in matches against Hialeah High, Miami High, and Miami Beach.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Chaz Berkowitz - Lacrosse
    Chaz combined for 13 goals and 2 assists in games against Columbus, Coral Reef, St. Brendan, and Coral Springs Charter.
     
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  • Week of March 6 - March 12, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle won all of her singles and doubles matches in wins against Ransom Everglades, Divine Savior, and Sagemont.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Hanley Ramirez – Baseball
    Hanley went 6 for 8 with a homerun, triple, 2 doubles, 8RBI, and 5 runs scored in games against University School, Cushman, and Doctors Charter.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Andrea Pantin – Lacrosse
    Andrea scored 3 goals in leading the Spartans’ to an 8-3 win against Killian High School.  This was the first win in girls lacrosse history.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jackson Halliwell – Tennis
    Jackson won all of his singles matches against Ransom Everglades, Sagemont, Belen, and Divine Savior.
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  • 4th Graders Navigate the World Peace Games

    During the week of March 11-15, 77 4th graders navigated the world of international diplomacy during the World Peace Games with 5 facilitators including World Peace Game founder, John Hunter. They resolved complex global topics like border disputes, prisoners of war, refugee crises, nuclear disarmament, and more.
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  • (Photo Courtesy of Open i Studio)

    Head Coach Ochiel Swaby Named National High School Girls' Coach of the Year

    Head Coach Ochiel Swaby has been named both the 2019 Jersey Mike's Naismith and USA Today High School Sports National High School Girls' Coach of the Year! Congrats to Coach Swaby, the entire coaching staff and team on their remarkable achievements this year.
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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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  • Winter Sports Scholar Athletes Finish #1 in Academic Rankings

    Congratulations to our winter-sports student athletes who finished ranked #1 in the Class 4A state wide FHSAA team academic rankings:
    • Boys Basketball – 2nd in Class 4A – 3.63 GPA
    • Boys Soccer – 2nd in Class 1A – 3.66 GPA
    • Girls Soccer – 2nd in Class 1A – 3.822 GPA
    • Girls Basketball – 4th in Class 4A – 3.461 GPA
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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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  • National Geographic Geography Bee

    The state champion will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship in Washington, D.C. May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters. This year, the national champion will receive a $25,000 scholarship, $1,000 in cash, and other exciting prizes. Please refer to https://sites.google.com/site/floridastatebee/home for more information including the schedule of the day for the state competition on March 29th. 
     
    The official announcement of Nate's qualification for the state championship can be found at https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/student-experiences/geobee/results/#FL. Congratulations again Nate!


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  • Week of February 27 - March 5, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Lucia Burton - Tennis
    Lucia won her singles match in a win against Doral Academy and her singles and doubles match in a win against Carrollton
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Edoardo Figari – Water Polo
    Edoardo had 5 goals, 2 steals, and 3 assists in a win against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 36 points and 27 rebounds to lead the Spartans’ to their 6th consecutive State Championship and #1 overall ranking in the country.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Lukas Peterson – Baseball
    Lukas has thrown ten consecutive “no-hit” innings, striking out 19 in wins against ATM and Somerset Homestead Academy.
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  • Miami Country Day Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Sixth Straight State Title

    The Miami Country Day Lady Spartans are officially the greatest dynasty in the history of Florida High School Girls Basketball. Earlier today, they won their sixth straight state championship with a 62-30 victory over the Carrollwood Day Patriots. With today's triumph, the Lady Spartans broke the Florida High School Athletic Association record for consecutive state titles. Congratulations to the girls and the entire coaching staff on another successful championship season; this is a proud day for everyone at Miami Country Day. 
     
    Click here to read more about the Lady Spartan dynasty in this Miami Herald article.
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  • Week of February 13 - February 26, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sophia Guarini – Water Polo
    Sophia made 35 saves and added 2 assists in matches against Coral Gables, Cooper City, ATM, and Miami Beach.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Rainen O’Kurley – Lacrosse
    Rainen made 17 saves in games against Westminster Christian and Palmetto Middle School.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Saarah Rassif – Softball
    Saarah threw a shutout in her 1st game as a starting pitcher, and added 2 hits, scored 2 runs, and drove in a run.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Ricardo Di Giuseppe – Water Polo
    Ricardo made 66 saves and added 4 assists in games against Hialeah High, Coral Gables, Cooper City, and Suncoast.
     
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  • February

    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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  • 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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  • Fashion Designer Junior Nicole Chirinos

    Junior Nicole Chirinos has dreamed of becoming a fashion designer since she was three years old. She began by sketching fashion drawings and playing dress up during her childhood. When she started high school, her mother expressed concern that she would go off to college without truly knowing the foundation of fashion and potentially end up not liking the field and the art. After some research, they found The Fashion Institute of South Florida which offered programming to students who are still in high school. Over the next two years, Nicole learned about the business of fashion, how to make clothes, and textiles. She has had the opportunity to help backstage at various fashion shows and last summer, she did an internship with Sharon OSP, a Venezuelan haute couture designer. Sharon taught her about hand sewing, fittings, negotiating with photographers, selling and promoting your product using social media, and took her to various photo shoots.

    In November, Nicole graduated The Fashion Institute of South Florida by exhibiting four outfits that she had originally designed and created. A week later, she was selected to be interviewed on HolaTV because her collection stood out to the director. By that time, she started making a name for herself with her social media handle, Roselivelyco.

    Nicole will continue her learning and discovery of fashion this summer with additional coursework at The Fashion Institute of South Florida and at Parsons School in New York City. Congratulations on all of your successes Nicole!


     
     
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  • National Center for Women and Information Technology Awards

    2019 South Florida Affiliate of the National Center for Women and Information Technology

    Isabella Allen, Winner
    Isabella Pedraza Pineros, Winner 
    Abigail Cherenfant, Honorable Mention
     
    About the award:
    The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered award structure includes winner, honorable mention, and certificate of distinction designations at national and regional levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. 
     
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  • Casseroles for Camillus House

    Freshmen in Ms. Smith and Mrs. Sennett's PE/Health classes cooked 65 trays of food this week to donate to the Camillus House's casserole program which feeds the homeless. Click here for some photos!
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  • College Admissions Workshop and Parent Program

    On Tuesday evening, the College Counseling Office hosted a program for parents of eighth through eleventh grade students. Country Day was privileged to welcome four experienced college admissions representatives from Florida State University, Goucher College (MD), the University of Miami, and The Ohio State University. Our guests spoke on three topics each and then answered questions submitted by the 80-plus parents in attendance.
     
    On Wednesday, these experts conducted case study workshops with our juniors who reviewed four sample applications and, then, acted in mock admissions committees to decide whom to admit, waitlist, or deny. This exercise, often using the same framework, is commonly held at independent schools nationally and internationally. Two of our presenters commended our juniors on the decisions they rendered and the reasons they offered. We look forward to hosting similar programs in the future with admissions experts representing the wide range of colleges and universities that serve our graduates well.
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  • Country Day Competes at the ISSF Geography Bee

    Congratulations to our Middle School Geography Bee team who competed in the ISSF competition on Tuesday. The team placed third in a field of the top fifteen teams from across South Florida! 
     
    Pictured left to right are Coach Greenfield, Dylan M. ‘24, Asher H. ‘23, Captain Nate G. ‘23, Jashan S. ‘24, Miguel E. ‘25, and Coach Seidel. 
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  • Human Rights Watch Miami

    The "By You" tapestry, inspired by the Bayeux tapestry that depicts the Norman conquest in England, has been a year long project in Ms. Moyer's art class. This ever evolving, collaborative piece represents children's rights around the world. Families, faculty, and students have created, stitch by stitch, a large tapestry with words and images depicting respect, shelter, imagination, healthcare, and education. 

    With the shared vision of the Niemeyer family, the "By You" tapestry will be on display at the Human Rights Watch Miami Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 14. This will provide a global platform for children to see their school work on display outside of their school environment. 

    Thursday morning at the Lower School assembly, an associate from the Human Rights Watch shared several rights with students in grades 3-5. She told stories of children's rights to health, education, and play around the world. What surprised some of the students was that the United States was listed as a country where the right to play has been breached. When children have to drop out of school to work, they tend to grow up too quickly and miss out on their childhood, on their time to play. These stories of children's rights told through Human Rights Watch have an effect on corporate policies and make businesses more environmentally conscious. 

    Students left the presentation empowered, realizing that their stories and voices matter.


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  • Middle School Musicians and Singers at Districts

    MS Chorus
    by Ms. Pelletier

    On Friday, February 8, 2018, the members of the Spartan Singers (MS Chorus) participated in the Florida Vocal Associations District Solo & Ensemble Adjudication. With their tremendous effort, dedication and amazing talent, they received a SUPERIOR rating with “Straight As” in Tone Quality, Technical Preparation and Musical Effect. They were highly complimented on their preparation, intonation and sense of ensemble. I am extremely proud of their efforts!!
     
    Please join me in congratulating the members of Spartan Singers:

    Maya Bassan
    Salome Benitah
    Ameya Beohar
    Shaelyn Davis
    Ana Carolina Gallotta
    Siena Junger
    Sofia Rotundo
    Caterina Serrano-Bigles

    MS Concert Band
    by Mr. Mofsky

    Last week our MS Concert Band traveled to Gulliver Academy to participate in the annual District Jazz MPA or Music Performance Assessment, where many schools from our District play for adjudicators who rate and comment on their performance.
     
    This was the first time in more than a few years that MCDS MS Music has participated in District Jazz MPA.
     
    It gives me great pleasure to tell you that our students earned an “EXCELLENT” rating from the judges. They truly rose to the occasion and played fabulously. I am so proud of them as this performance follows on several months of preparation for several intensive District events.
     
    Please congratulate the following students:
     
    Stuart Browning
    Michael Claramonte
    Justin Claramonte
    Miles McCarthy
    Marcus Papunen
    Martina Travieso
    Oscar Bergier
    Lola Mofsky-McLean
    Alex Mandel
    Miguel Escobar
    Lucas Velloso
    Ellie Merrill
    Thomas Robert
    Max Larson
    Stefano Dumas


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  • Week of February 6 - February 12, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maya Leoni – Soccer
    Maya scored two goals in the Spartans’ 3-0 Regional Quarterfinal win against South Florida Heat.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Aly Rodriguez – Soccer
    Aly scored 2 goals and had an assist in the Spartans’ 3-0 Regional Semifinal win against Westminster Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Evan Mendelson – Basketball
    Evan scored 20 points and had 5 steals in the Spartans’ 66-60 District Semifinal win against Scheck Hillel.
     
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  • Monday, February 11, 2019:

    In Friday’s Athletic Action……Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer Team (13-5-3).  They beat Westminster Academy in the Regional Semifinals 3-0. Aly Rodriguez led the way with 2 goals and an assist, Mia Batista added a goal, Isabella Allen and Ebba Larnholt had assists, Maya Leoni and Sofia Nelcha each played well, and Sofia Benenson recorded the shutout. The girls travel to Palmer-Trinity in the Regional Finals on Tuesday at 3:30pm.
     
    Today….The Boys Varsity Soccer Team hosts Hillel in the Regional Semifinals at 8pm, the Girls and Boys Varsity Water Polo Teams hosts a pre-season tournament all day.  The girls play at 10:30am/12:30pm, and the boys play at 2:30pm/4:30pm. 
     
    On Monday….The Boys Varsity Basketball Team travels to Hillel in the District semifinals at 5pm.
     
    Road to the State Championship: 
    Girls Soccer
    1. Tuesday, February 12th- Regional Finals (Away) vs. Palmer-Trinity at 3:30pm
    2. Friday, February 15th- State Semifinals (Home) vs. TBA
    3. Wednesday, February 20th- State Championship (4pm) vs. TBA
    -Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, Deland
     
    Boys Soccer
    1. Saturday, February 9th- Regional Semifinals (Home) 8pm vs. Scheck Hillel
    2. Wednesday, February 13th- Regional Finals (TBA) vs. TBA
    3. Saturday, February 16th- State Semifinals (Home) vs. TBA
    4. Thursday, February 21st- State Championship (4pm) vs. TBA
    -Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, Deland
     
    Girls Basketball
    1. Thursday, February 14th- Regional Semifinals (Home) 7pm vs. TBA
    2. Tuesday, February 19th- Regional Finals (Home) 7pm vs. TBA
    3. February 27th-State Semifinals (10am or 12pm) vs. TBA - RP Funding Center, Lakeland
    4. February 28th-State Championship (2pm) vs. TBA - RP Funding Center, Lakeland
     
    Boys Basketball
    1. Monday, February 11th- District Semis (5pm) vs. Hillel at Hillel
    2. Wednesday, February 13th- District Championship (7pm) at Hillel
    3. Thursday, February 21st- Regional Semifinals (7pm, TBA) vs. TBA
    4. Tuesday, February 26th- Regional Finals (7pm, TBA) vs. TBA
    5. March 4th-March 9th- State Semifinals  and State Championships (TBA)
    -RP Funding Center, Lakeland
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  • The 2019 Miami Country Day Silver Knight Nominees

    Please congratulate our 6 Silver Knight Nominees for the 2019 Miami Herald Silver Knight Award. Interviews are in early April and the evening ceremony which announces the Silver Knight winner and the three honorable mentions will be announced in mid-May at the James L. Knight Center.

    The 2019 Miami Country Day School Silver Knight Nominees

    Isabella Allen - ATHLETICS
    Arushi Beohar - WORLD LANGUAGES
    Harrison Breslow - ART
    Jeremy Cross - SCIENCE
    Connor Goodman - BUSINESS
    Isabella Pedraza - MATHEMATICS

    More About The Silver Knight Awards
     
    The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student award programs. The purpose of this Awards program is to recognize outstanding seniors who have not only maintained good grades but have also unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities.

    The Silver Knight Awards program was instituted at the Miami Herald in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of the Miami Herald, founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner. The program is open to high school seniors in public, private, and parochial school. Over 75 high schools participate in Miami-Dade County.

    Each nominee is evaluated on their use of skills and talents for the betterment of the local, state, and even world community, creativity in problem solving, and the quality, consistency, and measurable impact of service. Nominees are expected to be school leaders and possess strong character. They are evaluated on their use of good judgment and their perseverance in overcoming obstacles. Academic achievements, honors, awards, and advanced study in the nominee’s category is also important.
     
    Miami Country Day Silver Knight Winners
     
    1995 Michael Schein - English
    1996 Risha Kopel - Science
    1998 Adrian Baschuk - Drama
    2007 Taylor Harlan - Athletics
    2009 Jane McDonough - Art
    2011 Columbia Clancy - Mathematics
    2012 Tiffany Kontoyiannis - Drama
    2015 Connor Space - Drama
    2018 Danielle Geathers - Athletics
    2018 Rachel Thomas - Science
     
    Miami Country Day Silver Knight Honorable Mentions
    (the top three seniors after the Silver Knight winner)
     
    1997 Alim Kanji, Amanda Pearl, and Mala Shaykher
    1998 Scarlett Ray
    1999 Monique Moyer
    2000 Anjali Shaykher
    2001 Paul Bonilla, Stephanie Dorvil, Adriana Rios
    2002 Sasha Siassipour, Lucia Kaminsky
    2004 Jacqueline Jove
    2006 Carol Toro
    2007 Paige Rivkind, Bruno Silva
    2008 Maria Zapetis
    2009 Michael Sale
    2011 Bradley Jean-Baptiste, Mallorie Thomas
    2013 David Butter, Alexa Havorssen
    2014 Matthew Cohen, Amanda Gavcovich
    2015 Ryan Amoils
    2017 Mary Elizabeth Allen
    2018 Danielle Amoils
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  • Dr. Davies Returns to Senior Kindergarten

    With the guidance of former Head of School, Dr. John Davies and Lower School Art Teacher, Yvonne Moyer, the students in Senior Kindergarten have been creating colorful Jackson Pollock inspired artwork this week. Our five and six-year-old students are having a wonderful time being outside (with barefeet) in the grass! Who doesn’t love to splatter paint everywhere?

    (photos courtesy of Ms. Karen Davis)


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  • Panel of College Admission Experts

    Join us Tuesday, February 12 @ 7:00pm for a panel with College Admission experts in the Center for the Arts. 

    Admission officers from The Ohio State University, Florida State University, Goucher College, and the University of Miami will be on campus to share inside information on trends in the admissions process from a private, public, research, and specialized institutional perspective. Parents of 8th to 11th graders are encouraged to attend!

    Officers will work with juniors and go through a mock interview process during the day! 


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  • State Thespian Festival in Orlando

    Congratulations to the following Middle School Junior Thespians who received Superior or Excellent awards at the State Thespian Festival in Orlando on February 2. Superior is the equivalent of 1st place while Excellent is for 2nd place.
     
    Ensemble Acting- Superior
    Marley Borrow
    Lucas Buckwell
    Daniella Judge
    Noah Mayer-Perez
    Xavia Orr
    Danielle Respler
    Pedro Silva
     
    Original Pantomime- Superior 
    Felipe Bautista
    Tyra Cooper-Williams
    JJ Hammond
    Renan Mond Ramos
    Erin Rubens
    Carmen Serrano-Bigles
    Anna Zaidze
     
    Solo Song- singing Stars from Les Miserables- Excellent
    Pedro Silva
     
    Monologue- Generation Gap- Excellent
    Felipe Bautista
     
    Monologue- Fire The Boys- Superior
    Erin Rubens
     
    Monologue- Late - Excellent
    Renan Mond Ramos
     
    Monologue- I'm not sorry- Excellent
    Sydney Brown
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  • Week of January 30 - February 5, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Karina Gordon – Basketball
    Karina had 11 points and 2 rebounds in the Spartans’ 81-60 win against IMG Academy.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles – Basketball
    Jasai had 10 points and 4 rebounds in the Spartans’ 74-50 win against Somerset central Miramar Academy.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 71 points and 33 rebounds in wins against American Heritage-Plantation, Oxbridge Academy, and IMG Academy. 
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues - Soccer
    Diego scored 2 goals and added an assist to help the Spartans beat Hillel 3-1 and win the District 14-1A Championship. 
     
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  • January

    2019 Scholastic Writing Awards Regional Competition

    Please congratulate the following students on their writing awards, and their teachers in our English department for encouraging their creativity -- their work will be on display at the Miami Dade Youth Fair throughout its duration. We also hope to showcase several of these works in this year's Amused magazine and other venues at school this spring. 
     
    Andrew Weaver - Spring Fleet, poem - Gold Key and Youth Fair Judge's Award - Andrew has been invited to read his work at the Youth Fair, and his work will also be adjudicated at the national level. 
     
    Andrew Weaver - Empathy and the Exploration of the Indigenous Experience, critical essay - Silver Key
    Sabrina Cabarcos - What is Adolescence?, personal essay - Silver Key, Blue ribbon
    Giulianna Bruce - Indigenous Captives of White Society, critical essay - Silver Key
    Giulianna Bruce - Where Are You Going, Baby?, poem - Silver Key 
    Arian Djahed - excerpt from Rising Sun, novel - Silver Key, Blue ribbon
    Isabella Greenberg - Truth, poem - Silver Key 
    Isabella Greenberg - Adolescence, poem - Silver Key, Blue ribbon
    Klara Meyer - If You Go Chasing Rabbits, personal essay - Silver Key, Blue ribbon
     
    Giulianna Bruce - With a Gleam of Gold, poem - Honorable Mention 
    Evelyn Abramowitz - A Summer in Paris, personal essay - Honorable Mention, Red ribbon
    Michael Athanassiadis -Destruction, Unity, Restoration, poems - Honorable Mention Red  ribbon
    Shaina Bassan - Social Media's Effects on Rape Victims, critical essay - Honorable Mention
    Sofia Cabarcos - For Coruña, poem - Honorable Mention
    Sofia Cabarcos - What On Earth Is Wellness?, personal essay - Honorable Mention Red ribbon
    Helena Cardillo Ramos -"Wild Tamarind" and "The Swing in Solitude," poems - Honorable Mention, Red ribbon
    Arian Djahed - The Tower Over the Hill, poem - Honorable Mention 
    Mary Hanson - "These Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep," short story - Honorable Mention, Red ribbon
     
    Abigail Cherenfant - The Change to an Imperfect Story, personal essay - White ribbon
    Serdar Kartal - To a Puppet; World and Lies, poems - White ribbon
    Maya Kreger - Melting, poem - White ribbon
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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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  • Artists in the Making

    A shout out to our youngest artists! Last week, our JK4 students showcased their artwork to their parents, teachers, and peers in the Alumni Lobby in the Center for the Arts. The showcase, which is now an annual tradition, honors their hard work and creativity, while also introduces them to the Center for the Arts, where they will begin taking art classes in Senior Kindergarten! BRAVO JK4!
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  • Families of Country Day - The Bassetts

    Please share the various ways you are currently involved at Country Day.

    I help oversee Spartan Booster events, maintain an active role in the PA, volunteer as a Parent Ambassador, and provide production assistance to MCDS with various special events throughout the year as needed. I also organize the all-important snack schedule for the Middle School Boys’ soccer team!! While all these activities are gratifying, I’m perhaps most excited to be spearheading a “Spartans’ Dads Club” due to launch next year. The goal: To bring MCDS fathers together in a fun and dad-friendly environment to get more involved not just in fundraising events, but the school and its community as a whole.

    Why do you give back to Country Day?

    In the countless hours I’ve spent on campus over the past three years, I’ve witnessed on more occasions than I can recall, MCDS teachers and faculty going far and above the call of duty for the benefit of their students -- our kids. The resulting environment that kind of dedication promotes a place of positivity, confidence and success, and for our family makes MCDS far more than just a school. We see MCDS as a vibrant community, filled with like-minded individuals who share a genuine desire to see one another prosper; essentially an extension of our family. And in the words of Maya Angelou: “…you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”

    What is a “Red Out”?

    Imagine looking up from the athletic field and seeing nothing but a sea of Spartan red shirts! That’s a Red Out! Families, faculty, friends and fans alike showing up to school games and events in support of our student athletes. Our next “Red Out” days are Friday, February 1 at 4:30 for the Girls Varsity Basketball Game and Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 for the Boys Basketball Game.

    Why do you enjoy working with the Parents’ Association Boosters?

    A lot of people don’t know what a Booster is. It’s basically a BBQ/Snack fundraiser held at key Spartan athletic events. The Boosters are designed to build community, while showing support for our athletes, coaches and athletics department as a whole. And if we just so happen to show visiting parents the indelible community spirit at MCDS in doing so, well, that’s an added bonus! I’m proud to share that since becoming involved, we’ve had more Dads volunteering with me than ever. Truth be told, we have a blast and it’s a fun way to give back.
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  • National Council of Teachers of English Merit Award

    Kaleidoscope, our middle school literary and arts magazine, received a Merit REALM award from the National Council of Teachers of English! This is especially exciting given that we were the only Middle School publication included. 

    Here is a list of the award winning editors:

    Harry Florin (’24), Hendrix Lee (’24), Bella Brod (’24), Leyka Rojo (’24), Shaelyn Davis (’23), Nina Le Troadec (’23)
    Not pictured: Nicholas Korff (’24), Danielle Respler (’23), Jacob Hare (’22), Jake Grossman (’22), Michael Bernstein (’22)
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  • Mary Lavin Appointed as New Lower School Director

    On behalf of the Lower School search committee and our Head of School - Elect Mariandl Hufford, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Lavin as the new Lower School Director, effective July 1, 2019. Mary will join us from the Windemere Early Childhood Education Center in Amherst, NY where she currently serves as Principal.
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  • Week of January 23 -January 29, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Jada Johnson – Basketball
    Jada combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds in games against Palmer-Trinity and Westminster Christian and was named to the South Florida Middle School Conference All-Tournament Team.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles – Basketball
    Jasai scored 14 points in the Spartans’ 72-67 win against Florida Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues – Soccer
    Diego combined for 9 goals and 3 assists in wins against University School and Pinecrest Prep Academy.
     
    Upper School Feale Athletes of the Week
    Emani Theodule – Basketball
    Emani scored 19 points in the Spartans’ 80-62 win against St. Thomas Aquinas.
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  • Lady Spartan Basketball Now #1 in the Nation

    The Girls Varsity Basketball Lady Spartans now sit atop the current Maxpreps and USA Today High School Sports Super 25 Girls Basketball rankings!

    Click here to learn more about their latest triumph against St. Thomas Aquinas and here for the latest Super 25 Girls Basketball Rankings!

    The Lady Spartans will host American Heritage on Friday, February 1 at 4:30pm at the Coach O court in the J. Calvin Rose center. Make sure to wear red for this game honoring our seniors.

    See you there!
     


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  • Week of January 16 - January 22, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Ella Gilderman - Basketball
    Ella combined for 19 points, 19 rebounds, and 18 steals in wins against Riviera Prep and Westminster Christian.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nicolas Margarit – Basketball
    Nicolas combined for 19 points in games against Riviera Prep and Westminster Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Dhillon Murphy – Basketball
    Dhillon scored 26 points in a game against Sagemont.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 50 points, 32 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 blocks in wins against Germantown Academy (Philadelphia) and Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia)
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  • Week of January 9 - January 15, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Jada Johnson - Basketball
    Jada combined for 26 points, 9 rebounds, 15 steals, and 7 assists in wins against University School and Palmer-Trinity.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Agustin Kohen - Soccer
    Agustin scored 2 goals in the Spartans’ 3-0 win against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sofia Nelcha – Soccer
    Sofia scored 4 goals in a win against Florida Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Erik Pantin – Soccer
    Erik score 2 goals and added an assist in the Spartan’s 4-0 win against Coral Springs Charter.
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  • Weeks of December 18 - January 8, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maya Leoni- Soccer
    Maya scored 3 goals in the Spartans’ 6-1 win against Miami Springs.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles - Basketball
    Jasai scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win against Divine Savior Academy
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maria Alvarez– Basketball
    Maria combined for 69 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in leading the #2 ranked Spartans’ to the Phoenix Tournament of Champions championship, and combined for 51 points, 8 rebounds, 15 assists, and 8 steals in leading the Spartans’ to the Naples Holiday Shootout Championship.
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues– Soccer
    Diego scored both goals in the Spartans’ 2-1 win against SLAM Academy.
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  • Alumnus Manny Diaz '91 Named Miami Hurricanes Head Football Coach

    Congratulations to Manny Diaz (pictured with Athletic Director, Chuck Sennett), Miami Country Day School Class of 1991, on being named the Head Football Coach of the Miami Hurricanes. We wish you the best of luck and are so proud of you.

    Please click here to get a closer look at the new Miami Hurricanes head football coach in this Miami Herald article.
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