The Pulse

List of 20 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Carnegie Hall Awaits Junior Camryn Davis

    In this episode of the Miami Country Day School podcast, we sit down with junior Camryn Davis who was recently selected to participate in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

    Camryn shares insight into his variety of work in the arts, the application process for the Honors Performance Series, and how he balances between the arts, school, and his personal life as a student.

     
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  • A Love Story

    by James W. Connor, Interim Head of School
    As faculty made their way back to Miami Country Day School in August, Interim Head of School, Jim Connor shared a story about his love of teaching and independent schools with them.
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  • Study Buddies

    by Mrs. Nina Lucci, Upper and Middle School Technology Teacher
    Helping children learn and excel is the goal of juniors Sophia G and Maria P. Planning together since last May, they recently initiated MCDS' “Study Buddies”, a tutorial program for the children of Miami Shores Elementary. Meeting every Tuesday, from 4 pm to 5 pm, a team of Study Buddies will assist students, from 2nd to 5th grade, with math, reading, and homework assignments.
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  • With Ms. Aronson

    Chemistry is Cool

    By Ms. Joanne Aronson, Upper School Science Teacher
    In this Pulse blog post, we take a look behind the scenes of the first couple of weeks in Ms. Aronson's 10th grade chemistry class. Students were asked to think about their passions and relate them to chemistry. Following some initial research, students produce a 3-D model that creatively expresses the association they have discovered.
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  • Behind the Scenes of Social and Emotional Learning

    by Paule Ebrahimi, Director of the Learning Resources Program
    The Miami Country Day Learning Resources (LR) program provides nearly 100 students grades 6-12 a curriculum that focuses on the same concepts and skills as other college preparatory courses. The differences in the program occur in the method of instruction and in assessment of students. To begin this school year, LR students, along with faculty and parents, participated in a two day Social and Emotional learning workshop.
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  • Faculty Partake in Diversity and Inclusion Training

    On August 10th, in collaboration with the South Florida People of Color Organization, Miami Country Day faculty participated in an all-day diversity and inclusion training led by Dr. Tameka Hobbs and Dr. Michael Dentato from Loyola University, Chicago. In keeping with our sincere desire to embrace opportunities for discussions surrounding race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity, the reflective and thought-provoking day training asked faculty members to, “Be comfortable being uncomfortable.”
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  • The Perfect Fit: Inside College Counseling

    When Mr. Walter Pineda, the Associate Director of College Counseling, was asked to describe the role of a College Counselor at Miami Country Day School in 30 seconds, he responded, “You are a cheerleader, a guide, a mentor, a sounding board, a mediator. You are whatever is necessary at whatever moment in time for a parent, student, or anyone else participating in the [college admission] process.” Together with Mr. Pineda, the College Counseling team consists of Marnie Allen, Director of College Counseling, and Marisol Sardina, Associate Director of College Counseling, who combined have over 65 years of service and work experience at Miami Country Day.
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  • The Impact of Digital Technology on Children: Part 2

    Dr. John Davies, Head of School
    In Part 2 of this Pulse blog post, Dr. John Davies, Head of School sheds light about the addictive facets of digital and social media, multitasking and cognitive function, distractibility, and shares strategies for you and your children on how to manage screen time and disengage from technology.
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  • The Impact of Digital Technology on Children: Part 1

    Dr. John Davies, Head of School
    In the latest school Pulse Blog post, Dr. John Davies, Head of School, takes a deep dive into the history of communication, the unprecedented recent shift in digital content and accessibility, the ramifications of online actions and habits by children and adults, and the potential physiological effects of constant digital connection.
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  • The Sphinx that Traveled Around the World

    In the latest school Pulse blog, we sit down with rising 6th grader, Matteo Storm to discuss his stop-motion animation film, “The Sphinx that Traveled Around the World.” Matteo shares how he learned about stop-motion animation, the inspiration for his first movie, the meticulous planning in creating a stop-motion film, and how he made learning more engaging and fun for his classmates by bringing a modern twist to the study of Egyptian history and culture. Be sure to watch Matteo’s stop-motion animation movie at the end of the article.
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  • Exploring Online and Blended Learning Options

    In the latest Pulse blog post, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Mrs. Michelle Holcman, shares insight into the benefits of online and blended learning, and valuable online educational resources. Mrs. Holcman currently teaches an online high school course through the Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC). The HLC brings together independent schools from around the world to provide an online platform for innovative learning.
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  • The Times They Are A Changin'

    At Miami Country Day School, we care immensely about the safety and security of our students. This includes creating a learning environment that not only ensures physical safety, but enables children to develop their intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual potentials. These potentials are at the core of our mission statement and are upheld on campus by the Creating Healthy Acceptance ‘n Global Equity Team (CHANGE), a newly formed organization centered on the execution and accountability of Diversity and Inclusion in our community.
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  • Fostering Spirituality in Children

    Dr. John Davies, Head of School
    In the latest Miami Country Day Pulse Blog, our Head of School, Dr. John Davies shares insight into spirituality, one of the six potentials of educating the whole child. He elaborates on the many components of spirituality including service to others, meditation and mindfulness, exploring and spending time in nature, and the scientific health benefits of spirituality. 
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  • For the Children (Por Los Niños)

    In the latest Pulse blog, Isabella Ballesteros, a Miami Country Day Senior, shares her passion in giving back to her community in Colombia, and investing in the education of children in areas with limited education access.
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  • Show What You Know

    In the latest school Pulse blog, we take a look at the MCDS Middle Schoolers' sketchbook projects as an alternative to traditional class assessments. Faculty members Alyson Greenfield, Terri Pasqualin, and Lindsy Seidel presented at the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Philadelphia on their Humanities Sketchbooks in sessions entitled, Show What You Know: A Creative Cross-Curricular Approach to Assessment.
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  • Ask Me Anything

    In the latest Pulse blog, we learn about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria through the perspective of junior, Fernando Mendez at Miami Country Day School. Based on the conditions in Puerto Rico, which made transportation to and from school difficult for Mendez, he decided to come with his family to the states and enroll at Country Day.
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