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Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day 2014

Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day 2014

The Carolina Day campus was buzzing with excitement on this year’s Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day. The annual event has always been one of our favorite celebrations in the Lower and Key Schools. The day is a great opportunity for our students to perform for their families and share what they’re learning in school. The…
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Scholastic Highlights CDS Cursive First Curriculum

Teaching cursive before print is just one example of how brain research directs our curriculum.  Teachers see how this strategy helps students become stronger, more fluent writers at an early age in our Lower School.  We are proud to have our program highlighted and our teachers quoted in this Scholastic article.
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Debate Team Champions to Compete Nationally

Debate Team Champions to Compete Nationally

Congratulations to CDS students Ethan Baechtold '16 and Nathan Ball '15, who competed at the 2014 National Forensic League, Carolina West, Debate Tournament held at Asheville High School.  Ethan and Nathan, now the Carolina West District Champions, qualified for the national tournament in Kansas City in June.  Ethan and Nathan competed in what can be argued as…
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Career Fair Helps Students Prepare for Life after College

Career Fair Helps Students Prepare for Life after College

Thinking Beyond High School & College: Upper School Career Fair Features Professionals from Healthcare to Entrepreneurship The Alumni Board helped coordinate the fourth annual Career Fair for sophomore, junior, and senior Upper School students in March. A dozen career professionals (including seven CDS alumni) were part of the program to speak about their chosen career…
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Adventure Sports: Poised to Accelerate

The Future of Adventure Sports at CDS: Poised to Accelerate CDS has a rich tradition of athletic success. ‘Cat athletes are committed to success in the classroom, in uniform, and as terrific ambassadors of Carolina Day School. Our strength in traditional play and sport is powerful - our results speak to that strength and we…
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Delaloye is National Geographic Semi-finalist

Carolina Day Middle School sixth-grader Joseph Delaloye has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 North Carolina State Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, in Charlotte on April 4. This is the second level of the competition, now in its 26th…
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Upper School Tour April 8

We are pleased to welcome prospective families to our Upper School Tour & Information Session on April 8 at 9:15 a.m. For reservations please call 828-274-0757. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to accommodate you at another time. Email our admissions team to set up a private tour: admissions@carolinaday.org.
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“ALL WNC” CDS Swimmers!

Congratulations to our swimmers named to the All WNC Swim Team: Thomas Key, Tony Kostov, Craig Morrison, and Emma May. Honorable mentions include Ian McGufficke, Madeleine Bauer, and Anna Newnam. Read more about it here.
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The Crucible Wowed Audiences

The Crucible Wowed Audiences

Last week's performance by Upper School students of The Crucible was an incredible journey for not only the student actors but also the audiences of each show as well.  "I laughed.  I cried.  I was on the edge of my seat," said lower school assistant principal Kim Broshar.  "The ability of our students to transport us…
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The Pinky Promise

  The CDS approach to Middle School, with gender-specific classes and programs, makes us very responsive to faculty observations and parent feedback. While we know that exclusionary behaviors are developmentally "normal" at this age, our faculty saw an opportunity to educate our Middle School girls about motivation and consequences of this type of behavior, and…
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CDS Students Excel in Languages Competition

CDS students excelled in the 2014  foreign language competition  held at Western Carolina University, bringing home trophies and prizes in every category. Congratulations, CDS students!   Spanish & French 1 - "Show & Tell" Spanish: 1st place Sahil Gupta French:  3rd place Rob McCollough   Spanish & French 2 - "How to" Spanish: 1st place Maddie…
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Alumni Profile: Ben Harrison ’03

Alumni Profile: Ben Harrison ’03

Ben Harrison '03 currently lives in New York city and is the President at Deal Cloud. Check out this video to learn what Deal Cloud does and why Ben says Carolina Day was the most important school he attended to prepare him for his path. He also discusses how staying in touch with his classmates is an invaluable benefit of…
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Top Scholars Honored

CDS Top Scholars are those students who had the highest grade point average during the 2012-13 school year. We are pleased to recognize these students for outstanding academic achievement. 9th Grade (current 10th grade): Eliza Van Wye 10th Grade (current 11th grade): Maggie Hilderbran 11th Grade (current 12th grade): Christine Zimmerman The Highlander Society recognizes students…
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CDS Theatre Presents “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller

The Crucible by Arthur Miller March 12-15, 7 p.m. Carolina Day Lower School Gym Join Carolina Day for this stunning performance of Arthur Miller's 1953 classic tale of greed, fear, and oppression. The performance features the talents of an all-school cast including Cathy Kennedy as Betty Parris, Tom McNichols as Reverend Parris, and Natalie Philips as…
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Redford Film Screening March 20

[caption id="attachment_7297" align="alignleft" width="200"] James Redford, Director[/caption]  “The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia” Redford Film Brings Awareness to Dyslexia "52 minutes that can change a child's life!"  Carolina Day School hosts a free community screening of the Sundance-award winning film, “The Big Picture,” directed by James Redford, on March 20 at 6 p.m. in Nash Athletic…
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CDS LS “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Places First

CDS LS “Odyssey of the Mind” Team Places First

  Odyssey of the Mind is all about creative problem-solving, teamwork and competition among schools in western North Carolina. Teams of students choose an "OM" problem and set forth to solve it, with no assistance permitted from parents or teachers. The CDS Lower School's Odyssey of Mind team chose "problem one," which is as follows:…
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Nominations open for Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame

Nominations open for Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame

Nominations are now open for the 2014 induction of new members to the Carolina Day School Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Carolina Day School family who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to athletics at CDS or its predecessor schools; demonstrated good sportsmanship and citizenship character; and…
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Alumni Profile: Stephanie Smith

Alumni Profile: Stephanie Smith

[caption id="attachment_7374" align="alignleft" width="262"] Stephanie Smith SGGH '89 today, photographed in Split, Croatia[/caption] Stephanie Smith SGGH '89 is currently involved in the Carolina Day Alumni Association as a member of the Alumni Board and a leader on the St. Gen’s Website Committee. Her firm, the Brite Agency, is utilizing support from alumni and parents of alumni…
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Senior Charlie Hull ’14, National Merit Scholar Finalist

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Hull '14, son of Jennifer and Ted Hull, is among the elite group of seniors across the nation who has advanced as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. “The entire Carolina Day School community is so proud of Charlie, and we congratulate him on his achievement,”…
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Welcome to Kirk Duncan as Head of School

Welcome to Kirk Duncan as Head of School

We are delighted to announce Kirk Duncan as our new Head of School, effective July 1, 2014. Kirk’s career has included leadership and teaching positions in independent schools for the past 34 years. He is a seasoned head of school with prior experience at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta and most recently, Washington Episcopal School…
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Girls Basketball: 4th Consecutive State Champions!

Girls Basketball: 4th Consecutive State Champions!

Last week, a hopeful Carolina Day School girls basketball team traveled to Winston Salem to defend their state title. As first seed in the tournament, they were the team to beat! After taking care (handily) of their opponents in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, they moved on to a victorious championship game against Davidson Day. We…
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Design-Based Learning

Design-Based Learning

In design-based learning, students understand through exploration: figuring things out, trying and failing, then trying again. Each child experiences the complete cycle of learning. This fourth-grade project is a great example of how this work in our classrooms. The fourth-graders in the Lower School and Key School engaged in a project building their own catapults. They…
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Student Works Exhibited at Asheville Art Museum

Carolina Day Student Art on Exhibit We are pleased to announce that Carolina Day School students received high accolades for artwork submitted in the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards. The awards exhibition is on display in the Asheville Art Museum’s Holden Gallery through March 9. The CDS students honored with a combined twenty awards include the…
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Tom Israel Parent Perspective

Tom Israel Parent Perspective

Parent Perspective: Tom Israel ACDS '85 discusses the variety of experiences that encourage his children's unique interests at Carolina Day School. Tom Israel ACDS '85 is also an alumnus of ACDS and the owner of Storm Rhum Bar in Asheville. In the video below, he discusses how Bob Henson's class influenced his career and what it…
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Catching Up with Travis Akers ’14 and Shawn Austin ’17

Catching Up with Travis Akers ’14 and Shawn Austin ’17

This week CDS Athletics is sitting down with two members of our basketball team, Travis Akers '15 and Shawn Austin '17 (pictured 1st and 3rd to the left with their basketball teammates), and working to understand the importance of mentorship, leadership and the strong bonds created via competing with friends and for school. Travis, recently…
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Carolina Day Community Forums

Carolina Day Community Forums

Insights from Carolina Day Community Forums This winter, the CDS community of families, faculty, and staff experienced a series of insightful presentations from leading experts on mathematics, youth sports, and parenting. Mathematics - Dan Meyer Dan Meyer, internationally renowned mathematics speaker and educator, ran an all-day workshop with CDS math faculty in January and spoke…
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Scott Adams ’14: Commits to play golf at Colgate

Scott Adams ’14: Commits to play golf at Colgate

Scott Adams ‘14 has verbally committed to play golf at Colgate University (NCAA Division I). Adams, a Carolinas Athletic Association All-Conference performer, and a well respected golfer within the AJGA, received multiple offers to continue his play at the collegiate level, but Colgate offered “the best of both worlds. An academically challenging environment with a…
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Inside the Classroom at Carolina Day School

Inside the Classroom at Carolina Day School

Inside the Classroom mornings are a unique opportunity to see Carolina Day School’s outstanding faculty and students in action. In the video below, CDS parent Swati Patel '92 speaks on how Inside the Classroom deepened her understanding of Carolina Day School. We're not just teaching. We're creating critical thinkers. Come see what makes the CDS education…
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Middle School Math

Middle School Math

How CDS is inspiring students to love and apply math 90% of US students are not interested in pursuing careers in applied math. Carolina Day School's curriculum shows students how solving equations can be meaningful in their lives and, as a result, inspires them to learn the material. This gives them a "math lens" with…
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Rachel Newcomb ’11 revisits CDS French exchange home during study abroad

Rachel Newcomb ’11 revisits CDS French exchange home during study abroad

[caption id="attachment_7006" align="alignright" width="350"] Rachel '11 and her French "sister" Mathilde visiting The Patriarche winery in Beaune, France in January 2014[/caption] After studying abroad in Galway, Ireland this past fall semester, Rachel Newcomb '11 traveled to Dijon, France, the site of her 2010 CDS French exchange trip with Ms. McCartney. With Rachel's whole family in…
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Resilience in the Middle School

Resilience in the Middle School

According to statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, more than half of adolescents have been bullied online. Parents, teachers, and administrators can't monitor everything children do. Instead of sheltering students from the negative repercussions of bullying, CDS Director of Counseling, Barb King, developed a resilience program for 7th grade girls. Ms. King believes, "when you teach…
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Catching up with Emma May ’16

Catching up with Emma May ’16

  “Cat”ching Up, a new Q&A series with Carolina Day School Wildcat student-athletes, works to introduce our community to a Wildcat athlete each week. This week we’re sitting down with Wildcat Swimmer Emma May ‘16. Emma excels in the pool and in the classroom - she truly is a student-athlete. Emma is an NCISAA State…
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Two CDS seniors named semi-finalists for Morehead Scholarship

Two CDS seniors named semi-finalists for Morehead Scholarship

[caption id="attachment_6777" align="alignleft" width="600"] Emily Imes '14 and Colleen Lopez '14[/caption] Congratulations to Emily Imes '14 and Colleen Lopez '14, who were recently named semi-finalists for the coveted Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the first merit scholarship program established in the United States. Both seniors will go on to compete for this scholarship, worth more than $100,000 to UNC-Chapel…
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Carolina Day School’s 12th annual National Geographic Bee

Carolina Day School’s 12th annual National Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Bee, an annual contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society, has been held every year since 1989, and is open to students in the fourth through eighth grade in participating American schools. Last week at Carolina Day School, students participated in first round of the Bee. Questions ranged from names of places…
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What are you doing at CDS: Vincent ’18

What are you doing at CDS: Vincent ’18

New CDS 8th Grader Vincent '18 is doing math... and he loves it. "I was surprised at the math we do. It's not like anything I've ever done before... Now I see that there's so much cool math out there to do, I actually want to use math in my life!" -Vincent In previous math…
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CDS participates in global day of giving back

CDS participates in global day of giving back

CDS participated in #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013, a global day of giving at the start of the holiday season. #GivingTuesday started in 2012 and celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations on the Tuesday after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday each year. Thanks to the many CDS friends and…
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Real-world problem-solving in AP English

Real-world problem-solving in AP English

Students experience real-world problem-solving in AP English Rhetoric Project Students in Cat Evans’ 11th grade AP English Class are doing more than learning about rhetoric, they are using the communication devices they have been taught in a real analysis of Carolina Day School’s marketing materials.  In mid-November, the students presented their study of the rhetoric used…
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Maggie Hilderbran ’15 receives perfect score on ACT exam

Maggie Hilderbran ’15 receives perfect score on ACT exam

[caption id="attachment_6668" align="alignleft" width="244"] “Maggie is obviously an incredibly bright student. She is highly motivated, loves learning for the sake of learning, and always gets the most out of every opportunity to deepen her understanding of any topic,” said Lincoln Gray, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Carolina Day School and Maggie's advisor.[/caption] Maggie Hilderbran '15,…
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Thomas Nailen ‘10: Duke Football Student Manager

Thomas Nailen ‘10: Duke Football Student Manager

Thomas Nailen ‘10 claims responsibility for Duke Football success: “It’s because of me, there is no doubt about it!” by Steve Henry ACDS ‘86, CDS Athletic Director Well, that may not exactly be what Thomas Nailen said, but he certainly has had a front row seat as the Duke Football team made a meteoric rise…
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What are you doing at CDS: John Sopcisak ’14

What are you doing at CDS: John Sopcisak ’14

John Sopcisak '14 will be studying the intersection of healthcare and business in his internship at Mission Health. "Now I'm preparing to work with a group of staff at Mission Health System to adapt to the changes in the healthcare structure." - John John is a self-starter who, after hearing Dr. Paulus, CEO of Mission Health,…
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What are you doing at CDS: Christine Zimmerman

What are you doing at CDS: Christine Zimmerman

Christine Zimmerman is writing a novel. "One of the reasons I thought, 'hey, I can really do an independent project,' is because I was looking around and seeing people writing screenplays, people doing glaze chemistry, people learning how to become pilots." - Christine Independent projects are an option for Upper School students at CDS to…
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Parent Perspective: Chad Wood

Parent Perspective: Chad Wood

In this Parent Perspective video, Chad Wood, father of three Carolina Day School children (Caroline '22, Alice '21 and Elizabeth '19) shares his thoughts about how his daughters benefitted from the Lower School experience and what aspects of the Middle School have helped his oldest daughter to grow. He also tells about why he's confident…
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Creative Woodlands discovered behind the Lower School

Creative Woodlands discovered behind the Lower School

How does a long pathway of rocks transform a weary outdoor space into a place where children can now imagine a river to cross or a valley dividing two countries?  A look to the woods behind the Lower School holds the answer. At recess time, Lower School students love to head to the “woods” for…
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CDS basketball teams open seasons with wins

CDS basketball teams open seasons with wins

Congrats, Wildcats, on a successful start to the 13-14 basketball season! The Varsity girls basketball team opened their 2013/14 season on November 15 with a win over Westminster Catawba Christian. They followed up that success with a win over Fayetteville Academy and over Caldwell Academy (66-39) the following day at the Calvary Baptist Invitational, and…
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CDS publishes Fall 2013 magazine

CDS publishes Fall 2013 magazine

We are very excited to publish our Fall 2013 magazine! Click below to read stories including: Alumni's stories about how CDS prepared them for careers in science, including animal rescue, neurosurgery, and public health The innovation behind the CDS curriculum How our athletic philosophy gives us the winning edge Why reflection is essential in the…
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Seasonal and personal bests during 11/11 swim meet

Seasonal and personal bests during 11/11 swim meet

Congrats to the Wildcat swimmers for the big achievements during the November 11 the swim meet at Shannon Forest Invitational (with Christ School and Asheville Christian)! Highlights include: 15 swimmers made their Wildcat debuts 37 swimmers with at least one seasonal best [First meet of the season!] 27 swimmers with at least one personal best…
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Seeing Math in the World

Seeing Math in the World

People are sometimes described as having a poetic heart or the eye of an artist.  These folks have a different perspective than others when they view the world; they look at events, images, relationships, and the daily happenings of life through a particular filter or lens.  These lenses may allow people to feel more deeply…
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Mentorship opportunities span divisions at CDS

Mentorship opportunities span divisions at CDS

Last week at Carolina Day School, students participated a two-day science challenge. Eighth graders taught the fifth graders about velocity, acceleration, and momentum as they designed roller coasters. Using several required elements, they then built their coasters to see just how well their designs played out. “The Science Challenge gives students of different ages a…
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Students embark on 21st annual Canterbury Pilgrimage

Students embark on 21st annual Canterbury Pilgrimage

Carolina Day School seniors recently took their annual "Canterbury Pilgrimage." They dressed in period costumes, shared stories from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales at each stop, and dined on bread, cheese and grapes. Sue Ellen Sims first took Carolina Day School seniors on the Canterbury Pilgrimage in 1993, and the event has since become one of the…
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Key School receives national and international honors

Key School receives national and international honors

[caption id="attachment_6543" align="alignright" width="300"] Karen Vickery, IMSLEC President; Diane Milner, Principal of the Key School; Concha Wyatt, Director of the Key Learning Center (LtoR) at the International Dyslexia Association National Conference in New Orleans, LA, during which Diane received the prestigious IMSLEC Outstanding School Administrator Award.[/caption] Carolina Day's Key School continues to receive national and…
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Award-winning CDS Upper School theatre performance coming to campus Thursday at 7pm

Award-winning CDS Upper School theatre performance coming to campus Thursday at 7pm

This past weekend, the Carolina Day Upper School theatre class traveled to participate in the King's Mountain festival, one of North Carolina Theatre Conference's eight festival sites across the state. The CDS class performed their one-act adaptation of 12 Angry Jurors, and they earned one of two Excellence in Ensemble Acting Awards. Zach Fitzgerald ‘15 was chosen…
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Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

Carolina Day School students really get to show off their creativity on Halloween this year!  Click the below slideshow to see photos of today’s parade and costume contest!
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Fifth grade choir performing at MemoryCare’s benefit concert

Fifth grade choir performing at MemoryCare’s benefit concert

The CDS fifth grade choir will perform at MemoryCare's benefit concert for the MemoryCaregivers Network at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Sunday, November 10th at 3pm. Students will perform “The Music of John Denver” by Tom Donnelly and Friends. Tom Donnelly will be joined onstage by world-renowned Celtic guitarist Robin Bullock, a regular performer with the…
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Sixth grade students perform with Rising Appalachia at LEAF Festival

Sixth grade students perform with Rising Appalachia at LEAF Festival

Last week, sixth graders from Carolina Day School learned from and performed with local band, Rising Appalachia.  This opportunity was available through a program called Leaf in Schools and Streets, an outreach of the Leaf Music and Art Festival at Lake Eden in Black Mountain. The CDS Arts and Creativity Committee brought Rising Appalachia to…
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Varsity Cross Country travels to the NCSIAA 2A state championships

Varsity Cross Country travels to the NCSIAA 2A state championships

[caption id="attachment_6109" align="alignleft" width="750"] Ralene Kwiatkowski ’17 (center right) and Kathleen Norton ‘18 (far right)[/caption] The Carolina Day School Varsity Cross Country team travels to Greensboro this afternoon, where they will be competing in the NCISSA 2A state championships tomorrow. Last Friday the team competed in the CAA conference championship at Christ School where the girls finished…
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“Learning to Learn” in The Key School

“Learning to Learn” in The Key School

Key School fourth and fifth graders recently had a "Learning to Learn" Day that was designed to bring awareness to what types of behaviors and tools help them get the most out of school each day. "Learning to Learn Day was a great opportunity for the students to develop awareness of the types of behaviors…
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Parent Perspective: Dennis and Wendy Thies

Parent Perspective: Dennis and Wendy Thies

In this Parent Perspective video, parents of four Carolina Day School children (Patrick, '21, Walker '22, Mackenzie '24, and Riede, '24) and owners of Asheville's Greenman Brewery, Dennis and Wendy Thies speak about the warmth felt at CDS. They also reflect on having CDS alumni Thomas Nailen '10 work at the brewery over the summer…
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Homecoming 2013 Video: Pictures, Stories, and Fun

Homecoming 2013 Video: Pictures, Stories, and Fun

200 alumni, parents of alumni, and former faculty and staff came back to CDS this year to celebrate the legacy of their schools. Check out pictures from Fall Family Night; the Dedication of the St. Genevieve's Grotto; Biscuits, Beer & Campus Tours; the Golf Tournament; and the Reunion Happy Hour Party in this video!
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Two US students recognized at Grotto dedication during Homecoming

Two US students recognized at Grotto dedication during Homecoming

[caption id="attachment_5818" align="alignleft" width="300"] Maria Perry-Ogg '17, Delanie Lalor '14, Kieta Osteen-Cochrane SGP '60, Joe Lalley Jr. former SG/GH Head of School, and Charles Gershon, Lifetime CDS Trustee cut the ribbon to dedicate the Grotto together.[/caption] One of Homecoming weekend’s highlights was the Dedication of the St. Genevieve’s Grotto as a new addition to the Carolina Day…
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Varsity Field Hockey receives #8 seed

Varsity Field Hockey receives #8 seed

Our varsity field hockey team received the #8 seed in the 2013 NCISAA Field Hockey State Championships! We'll play crosstown rival (and #9 seed) Asheville School in the first round this Friday at 4:00 at our Sweeten Creek Sgro field. Come out and support our Wildcats! Click here for the full bracket.
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AVL and CDS: A Homecoming Destination

AVL and CDS: A Homecoming Destination

[caption id="attachment_5896" align="alignleft" width="279"] Class of 2013 returns to see their coach and watch this year’s Homecoming match[/caption] Each year for the past three years, Carolina Day School’s Homecoming Weekend has been building - in numbers, traditions, events, and excitement to come back and reconnect. In fact, this year, many alumni flew back to the…
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Fall Senior Student-Athletes Recognized

Fall Senior Student-Athletes Recognized

Every season CDS student-athletes utilize time management skills to effectively balance busy academic and sports calendars. The fall season is particularly challenging for senior athletes, as the pressure of college applications and college acceptances is certainly part of their everyday world. Combined with a daily commitment to team and friends, senior student-athletes balance a busy…
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Living Legacy: Honoring CDS’s predecessor schools through the Grotto and current students

Living Legacy: Honoring CDS’s predecessor schools through the Grotto and current students

[caption id="attachment_5818" align="alignleft" width="349"] Maria Perry-Ogg '17, Delanie Lalor '14, Kieta Osteen-Cochrane SGP '60, Joe Lalley Jr. former SG/GH Head of School, and Charles Gershon, Lifetime CDS Trustee cut the ribbon to dedicate the Grotto together.[/caption] One of Homecoming weekend’s highlights was the Dedication of the St. Genevieve’s Grotto as a new addition to the…
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CDS athletes make headlines during Homecoming week, prep for more

CDS athletes make headlines during Homecoming week, prep for more

We entered Homecoming week on the heels of impressive wins over our rival schools, and our student-athletes kept making headlines throughout this week’s games! Our Varsity soccer players overtook Providence Academy (3-0) on Tuesday. Varsity field hockey defeated Webb School (10-0) on Tuesday, and then they took on Asheville School (2-1) on Wednesday, beating them for…
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Countdown to Homecoming 2013 – full schedule

Countdown to Homecoming 2013 – full schedule

The bonfire is built and ready for tomorrow's Homecoming festivities! The full Homecoming schedule is below. Bring your family and school spirit and come celebrate with us! Schedule of events: Friday, October 11 3:30 Varsity Volleyball vs. Veritas (Nash Athletic Center) 3:45 Middle School Soccer vs. Veritas (Hendersonville Road Field) 4:30 Middle School Volleyball vs. Veritas (Nash Athletic Center)…
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The sixth grade visits Riverside Cemetery

The sixth grade visits Riverside Cemetery

Each October, as a way to kick off studies of local history, Carolina Day School sixth grade visit Riverside Cemetery, which houses graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. “Students are given GPS units, and they work together to follow clues…
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First grade students study Appalachian culture as part of grade’s “Origins” theme

First grade students study Appalachian culture as part of grade’s “Origins” theme

The first grade is finishing up their study of the Appalachian culture. Last week, teachers guided students in a Paideia Seminar, a collaborative dialogue about a text, facilitated with open-ended questions. The “text” in this study was an archived photograph of an Appalachian family. “Through questioning they discovered and discussed how the photo showed the…
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Video: Maddie McCollough ‘14 shares about her independent project: Glaze Chemistry

Video: Maddie McCollough ‘14 shares about her independent project: Glaze Chemistry

Independent research projects are an important part of Carolina Day's Upper School experience and are an option for all students. Maddie McCollough ‘14 is working on a project in glaze chemistry this year. The video below highlights her independent project experience, which is guided by nationally acclaimed potter John Britt, and showcases her creations. Carolina Day…
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Video: The CDS Experience

Video: The CDS Experience

One of the hallmarks of Carolina Day School is the intentional environment that faculty and staff create that allow students to take risks, find themselves, and take advantage of academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities. As a result, CDS students will proactively take on real-life challenges with excitement, resourcefulness, and strategic thinking. We recently created a…
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CDS first grade visits Flavor 1st Tomato Farm

CDS first grade visits Flavor 1st Tomato Farm

Asheville photographer and Carolina Day School parent Katie Shaw recently joined her son's first grade class on a field trip to flavor 1st tomato farm in Mills River, NC, for some tomato picking. Thanks to Katie for capturing beautiful images of the day! "Working as a photographer when you have kids is great considering the many opportunities school…
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NC Iditarod Conference held at Carolina Day School

NC Iditarod Conference held at Carolina Day School

On September 19, Pre-K teacher Cathy Walters held the NC Iditarod Conference at Carolina Day School. The event was aimed at teachers who want to know more about incorporating the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™ in their classrooms. At the event, attendees heard from three Iditarod Teachers on the Trail™, Diane Johnson, Cathy Walters, and…
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18th annual Monarch Migration

18th annual Monarch Migration

Today, the Pre-K class embarked on the 18th annual Monarch Migration, simulating monarch butterflies’ migration to Mexico.  Carolina Day School’s “Hallelujah  Seniors” – those who have attended the school from Pre-K through senior year and also participated in their first migration in 1995 – led the march. Throughout the migration across campus – beginning in…
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CDS faculty and graduate participate in endurance ride

CDS faculty and graduate participate in endurance ride

Written by Marbie Kollath, Upper School arts teacher In the pre-dawn, moonlit fog, the horses snorted and pranced in anticipation.  Thirty-seven horse and rider teams milled around, waiting for the official start.  My horse, a bay seven-year-old Arabian named Tanka, bucked and kicked, frustrated by my restraining hand.  He’s still learning the ropes. At seven…
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Ralene Kwiatkowski ’17 wins 5K race at ACA Invitational

Ralene Kwiatkowski ’17 wins 5K race at ACA Invitational

At Wednesday’s Asheville Christian Academy Invitational Carolina Day's Ralene Kwiatkowski '17 was the girls individual winner with a personal record of 19:16.52. Wednesday was the second individual victory of Kwiatkowski’s young career, and like Boone, she broke away from the rest of the field in the meet’s first mile. “My goal is to win state and so…
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Saving the Earth with Asheville GreenWorks!

Saving the Earth with Asheville GreenWorks!

In less than two hours, half of the sixth grade class planted around fifty native trees on the banks of Hominy Creek in West Asheville!  Our new service project with Asheville GreenWorks is focused on working to protect the environment around Asheville and helping students gain an understanding of how they impact the place where…
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Register for the 2013 Golf Tournament

Register for the 2013 Golf Tournament

Register today for the 2013 Carolina Day School Golf Tournament! 2013 Carolina Day School Golf Tournament Saturday, October 12, 9am at the High Vista Country Club $125 per player/$500 per team *All proceeds benefit CDS Athletic Department* Cost includes greens fee, cart, lunch, post-tournament hors d'oeuvres, and awards ceremony. Come join fellow parents, alumni, and…
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Six CDS recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Six CDS recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

[caption id="attachment_5593" align="alignleft" width="288"] (L-R) Christine Zimmerman ‘14, Emily Imes ‘14, John Sopcisak ‘14, Colleen Lopez ‘14, Charlie Hull ‘14[/caption] We are pleased to announce that six students from Carolina Day School have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Charlie Hull ‘14, the son of Jennifer and Ted Hull is among 16,000…
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Parents: How you can help with Homecoming

Parents: How you can help with Homecoming

Parents, we are so appreciative of your offers to assist in making Homecoming 2013 the best one yet. Below are three ways that you can assist with Friday's Fall Family Night: Sign up for a half-hour shift during Fall Family Night (assisting with the bounce house, CDS swag sales, and more) by clicking here. Bring baked…
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College reps provide insight to CDS students

College reps provide insight to CDS students

Eli Stein from Vassar College meets with Elizabeth Cahan '14 and Lauren Umberger '14. An important aspect of CDS’s College Counseling Program is the scheduled visits from college representatives. Within the first month of this school year, CDS Upper School students have already met with or are scheduled to meet with representatives from more than 40 colleges…
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Fifth graders at The Key School take a virtual trip to Barcelona

Fifth graders at The Key School take a virtual trip to Barcelona

Last week, fifth graders at The Key School took a virtual trip to Barcelona. In their classroom, they gathered around a video camera for their annual video conversation with legendary race-car driver Hal Prewitt. Prewitt was in Barcelona for 24H BARCELONA, an endurance race for touring cars. Students and teachers at the Key School connected…
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CDS Wildcats are ready to roar into the fall athletic season

CDS Wildcats are ready to roar into the fall athletic season

The CDS Wildcats are prepped and ready to roar into the fall athletic season! Our already strong athletic program is getting even stronger this year. Over the past three years participation in Wildcat Athletics has grown exponentially with the addition of our Sweeten Creek Athletic Facility and an increase of 200 students athletes across all…
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Annual Fund Leaders Celebrate New School Year

Annual Fund Leaders Celebrate New School Year

The energy level at the Oreck's home was soaring during a first-week-of-school gathering of annual fund leadership donors.  The group was assembled as a thank you for their previous year's support, but the conversation was all about the enthusiasm for what's coming next.  Annual Fund chair Tom Oreck and head of school Tom Trigg both…
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Camp Rockmont Day

Camp Rockmont Day

At the beginning of each school year the Upper School continues the wonderful tradition of team building and fun at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. This event is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and get to know the new members of our Carolina Day School community. Check out this fun…
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Convocation

Convocation

On Friday, August 30, Carolina Day School celebrated Convocation, a special bonding tradition for the Carolina Day School community as we celebrate the new school year. If you missed the event this morning, please click below to view a video of the ceremony.
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Welcome back, Wildcats!

Welcome back, Wildcats!

We were so happy to see all of the students and their families back on campus today! The communications team spent much of the day capturing back-to-school moments for you, and we put together a brief video that includes a glimpse into your child's first day of school. We are looking forward to a great…
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You’re Invited: 2013 Opening Convocation

You’re Invited: 2013 Opening Convocation

You're invited to join us as we celebrate Carolina Day School's rich past, present, and future. The 30-minute all-school gathering is a bonding tradition for the Carolina Day School community. Opening Convocation Friday, August 30, 2013 at 9 a.m. Nash Athletic Center on Carolina Day School's main campus Seating will be limited with the entire student…
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Alumni and parents of alumni coach CDS teams this fall

Alumni and parents of alumni coach CDS teams this fall

[caption id="attachment_5250" align="alignright" width="300"] Holly Kledis Martin '92 playing field hockey for CDS in 1988.[/caption] Holly Kledis Martin '92 is the new Head Coach of the Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team. She got her start playing the sport at ACDS in 1985, went on to become a Division 1 player at Davidson College, and is…
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Saying farewell to Upper School principal Tinnie Salzano

Saying farewell to Upper School principal Tinnie Salzano

Our beloved Upper School principal Tinnie Salzano, who has been a staple in the Upper School at Carolina Day for the past eight years, leaves in August for Raleigh. While we know this is best for Mrs. Salzano, as her family is moving for her husband’s job and this will put them closer to family,…
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The Key School’s Concha Wyatt featured in Asheville’s Sophie Magazine

The Key School’s Concha Wyatt featured in Asheville’s Sophie Magazine

The Key School's Concha Wyatt was recently featured in Asheville's Sophie Magazine! Read below to learn how Wyatt is leading the charge to reframe dyslexia with the multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. [caption id="attachment_5216" align="alignleft" width="400"] Illustration and Written by Elizabeth SchusslerPhoto by Meredith Daniels[/caption] Teaching Success Somewhere between reading and writing, between knowing and testing,…
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Save the Date: Homecoming 2013

Save the Date: Homecoming 2013

Celebrate Homecoming with us! Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 What do Jenny Baker '12, Ryan Guthy '04, Michelle Fidelia '10, and Brenda Lilly SGP '69 have in common? Memories of their shared legacy at CDS and their excitement for Homecoming. Check out what they have to say in the 2-minute Save the Date…
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Reflections on the start of the 2013-14 school year

Reflections on the start of the 2013-14 school year

Dear CDS parents: I spent much of the first week of school visiting every classroom and hallway on campus and lingering to chat with parents. The common refrain in parent and faculty comments was the perception that our kids love this school and began the school year with incredible optimism and curiosity and new levels…
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Author and researcher explains how dyslexia affects the brain

Author and researcher explains how dyslexia affects the brain

Last month, published author and researcher of dyslexia Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley created a TED video aimed to educate people about what dyslexia actually is and how it affects the brain. Urging us to think again about dyslexic brain function, the video celebrates the neurodiversity of the human brain. The video also highlights tools - which…
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Teachers from around the country participate in the The Key Learning Center’s two-week Orton Gillingham course

Teachers from around the country participate in the The Key Learning Center’s two-week Orton Gillingham course

The Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School recently held a two-week Associate Level Orton-Gillingham training course. Teachers from around the country - including those from public schools, independent schools, home-schools, and from the Asheville community nonprofit organization, Open Doors - attended to train with The Key School’s leadership and teachers. Among the participants were…
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Fall 2013 athletic start dates and locations

Fall 2013 athletic start dates and locations

As we begin to move closer to the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year, we are sharing the information that should be helpful as you prepare for the start of what will be another exciting year for Cat athletics. Click here to download the release forms and information about evaluation and treatment from Mission Sports Medicine,…
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Stay connected with CDS

Are you connected with CDS? Parents, click here for information about activating and forwarding your CDS parent email account. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates about and photos of the life-changing events that happen every day on Carolina Day School's campus! Click below for links.  
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From Sandra Pyeatt’s blog: Reading Revolutionary Summer

From Sandra Pyeatt’s blog: Reading Revolutionary Summer

I recently finished reading Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis. I picked it up because I am going to be teaching American history for the first time in several years, and the Revolutionary War will be one of our first units. My teaching partner and I are revising the curriculum,…
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Slideshow: Summer fun at Carolina Day School!

Slideshow: Summer fun at Carolina Day School!

Summer programs are underway at Carolina Day School! Dedicated to nurturing the individual child while discovering the delight of experiential learning and the simple joys of childhood, each program is designed with lots of fun, age-appropriate, active and hands-on learning learning in mind. Below, check out a slideshow from the past few weeks!
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A glimpse into CDS’s Lower School

A glimpse into CDS’s Lower School

Carolina Day's Lower School is the beginning of our educational journey that brings out all kinds of thinking and creativity, as opposed to narrowing it in a way that traditional education often can. We find an important balance between building all of the foundational skills in writing, reading, and math, while at the same time…
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A glimpse into CDS’s Upper School

A glimpse into CDS’s Upper School

Carolina Day's Upper School was engineered backwards, as we first determined the kind of success that we think is important for our graduates to have in life and we then identified what qualities and habits of mind will get them there. Throughout this video, you'll see we are not just willing to break from tradition;…
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ePortfolios: Student growth through reflection

ePortfolios: Student growth through reflection

In the Middle School at Carolina Day, each student designs and maintains an ePortfolio, a platform where students can archive their work for future use or reflection. A powerful documentation of growth, the archive can also be used as a credential for future schools and jobs, as ePortfolios are authentic descriptions of a student’s work.…
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The Dunlops: How Carolina Day impacted my family

The Dunlops: How Carolina Day impacted my family

By Libby Dunlop ’09, Summer Intern June – July 2013 [caption id="attachment_5021" align="aligncenter" width="228"] The whole Dunlop family at my CDS graduation in 2009[/caption] From 1994 until 2009 a Dunlop was enrolled in Carolina Day School: four Dunlop children and my sister-in-law, Melissa. The teachers at CDS, in the classroom and on the field, inspired…
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CDS Fall 2013 athletic start dates and locations

CDS Fall 2013 athletic start dates and locations

Below is a list of start dates and locations for fall athletic teams: Varsity Soccer: August 12 from 4:30p to 6p at Sgro Complex Varsity Field Hockey: August 19 from 4:30p to 6p at Sgro Complex Varsity Tennis:  August 12 from 3:30p to 5p at Asheville Racquet Club Varsity XC:  August 12 from 9a to 10:15a at Nash…
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Carolina Day’s Cenderelli makes an impact

Carolina Day’s Cenderelli makes an impact

Undoubtedly, the landscape of Western North Carolina high school tennis has changed in recent years. An increasing number of the area’s top-tier boys players have left NCHSAA or NCISAA programs due to their obligations in nonscholastic tournaments. Kyle Cenderelli? He chose to go the opposite route. Cenderelli enrolled as a sophomore at Carolina Day after…
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Failure IS the Best Option

Failure IS the Best Option

Paul Tough (great name, right?) wrote the book: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. It’s a deep look at the characteristics beyond intelligence that cause kids to succeed in school and life. I love his line of thinking and love what Mr. Tough has to say about failure. On the first day of school I…
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Modeling: Another MOOC Course

Modeling: Another MOOC Course

I’ve been doing a little modeling on the side the last few weeks.  No photo shoots for Esquire or GQ, but modeling -- as in creating ways to represent the world with using math or graphics to gain understanding and find solutions to problems.  I enrolled in my second MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) through…
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Haley Smith ‘16 attending the NYCDA Summer Dance Intensive

Haley Smith ‘16 attending the NYCDA Summer Dance Intensive

We are excited to share that Upper School student Haley Smith ‘16 will attend the New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) Summer Dance Intensive, New York City’s most comprehensive summer dance program. The Summer Dance Intensive offers aspiring professional dancers the opportunity to experience first hand the unique talents and techniques of NYC dance. “It…
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Alumni and Parents of Alumni Return to Campus

Alumni and Parents of Alumni Return to Campus

Alumni and Parents of Alumni Return to Carolina Day to Participate in Commencement and Upper School Awards Ceremonies Dasha Morgan SGP ‘61, Anne Imes SG/GH ‘82, Laura Gourlay ACDS/CDS ‘88, and Sarah Watkins ‘11 carried CDS predecessor school flags into Commencement on Friday, May 31, 2013. Before carrying the flags into the ceremony, the women…
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Taylor Barr ’04: CDS alumni spirit in action

Taylor Barr ’04: CDS alumni spirit in action

[caption id="attachment_4871" align="alignright" width="300"] Taylor Barr '04 awards the Laurie Barr Memorial Scholarship Award to Travis Akers '14[/caption] Alumni Profile: Taylor Barr ’04 On Friday, May 24, Taylor Barr ’04 attended the US Academic Awards Ceremony to give Travis Akers ’14 the Laurie Barr Memorial Award in her late mother’s honor. She said of the…
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Postive Psychology – A Summer Project

Postive Psychology – A Summer Project

A few weeks ago, Missy Sullivan gave me an article to read about Positive Psychology written by Martin Seligman.  Missy has her headlights set on the completion of an advanced degree in School Psych, and during the summers we sometimes discuss ideas that apply to psychology and school.  I admit that I knew little to…
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The annual Carolina Day School Egg Drop Competition

The annual Carolina Day School Egg Drop Competition

The famous Carolina Day School Egg Drop was started 23 years ago and has remained almost entirely unchanged. It is a fun end-of-year celebratory event in fifth grade. The event prepares students for Middle School, where they will launch much more into the engineering elements of design, test, and revision that come with the science…
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Summer sendoff: Spring 2013 State of the School

Summer sendoff: Spring 2013 State of the School

The CDS community should be proud of another very successful school year! Our students took big risks, made new connections, asked questions, and were exposed to different ideas. We encourage parents of CDS students in all grades to watch this brief video to hear directly from the Class of 2013 and our Head of School…
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Thoughts From The End Of The Road

Thoughts From The End Of The Road

Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that a person was a fan of Boyz II Men. It’s not inconceivable, right? Sweet harmonies, remarkable fashion, and you know what you’re going to get from each track. Motownphilly is a hip hop doo-wop jam about a Motown-style band from Philadelphia. It’s So Hard To Say…
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Students present final projects for Research Topics class

Students present final projects for Research Topics class

On May 22, Joann Bartsch’s Research Topics class presented their projects and findings, a culminating event for the class’s juniors and seniors. Students lined the halls with their projects, ready to field questions from their peers and faculty from across the campus about how their projects were conceived, what steps they took throughout the process,…
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The CDS Upper School explores 3D printing

The CDS Upper School explores 3D printing

3D printing, the process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model, is the wave of the future, and it’s being explored right here at Carolina Day School. Last month, at the Upper School Arts Day, students created their own art to be printed 3D. Using various online and…
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Revisiting Choi to the World

Revisiting Choi to the World

There are some Japanese words that just don't translate well into English, and natsukashi is one of them. To me, natsukashi is a gentle fondness of a memory that you know will never be repeated. One might feel natsukashi when remembering a perfect spring day walking next to the Matsukawa River with cherry blossoms drifting…
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Three Carolina Day School Student-Athletes Celebrate

Three Carolina Day School Student-Athletes Celebrate

The Carolina Day School community celebrated the accomplishments of three senior student-athletes this afternoon as Maya Ulin O’ Keefe, Cy Gourlay, and Jacob Casper all made public their choices for their collegiate athletic careers. Maya Ulin O’ Keefe has chosen to continue her career at Bryn Mawr College, an NCAA Division III school in Pennsylvania.…
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Alumni: Be a part of our Final Fifty

Alumni: Be a part of our Final Fifty

So far this year, more than 150 alumni of Carolina Day School and our predecessor schools Asheville Country Day School, SG/GH, Gibbons Hall, and St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines have given back to support their alma mater. Have you given yet this year? If not, please join our "Final Fifty" by making a gift to the school by June…
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“The Race to Nowhere” and Finding the Right Fit

“The Race to Nowhere” and Finding the Right Fit

The “Nowhere” depicted in the film The Race to Nowhere does not refer to college as some may think; I believe “Nowhere” is the college application process.  The principal theme in the movie is that high school, for many students, is not about learning but about creating a resume full of exceptional grades, honors classes,…
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Middle Schol award ceremony

Middle Schol award ceremony

On May 16, 2013, the CDS Middle School celebrated the close of their 2012-2013 school year with an awards ceremony and celebration. Click here for a list of student awards and recognitions.
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Athlete Profile: Kyle Cenderelli ’15

Athlete Profile: Kyle Cenderelli ’15

Kyle Cenderelli '15, NCISAA All State Tennis Player of the Year 2013 Accomplishments: Carolina Day School’s tennis star Kyle Cenderelli '15 was recently named CAA All Conference Player of the Year and NCISAA All State Player of the Year. Cenderelli has also dominated the Asheville USTA arena this year winning both the Asheville City Junior…
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Celebrating Mr. Howard Yarborough for 29 great years

Celebrating Mr. Howard Yarborough for 29 great years

After 29 years at CDS, Howard Yarborough is retiring. Mr. Y started as a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade science teacher for one of CDS’s predecessor schools, St. Genevieve / Gibbons Hall. Yesterday, CDS families and alumni attended a celebration for Mr. Y to honor his career and contributions to the school. We love you, Mr.…
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Carolina Day competes in the NCISAA 1A/2A State Meet

Carolina Day competes in the NCISAA 1A/2A State Meet

This weekend, Carolina Day School’s track team competed in the NCISAA 1A/2A State Meet, in Cary, North Carolina. The boys finished in 5th place with 51 points. The girls had strong showings in the 800 and 1600. Carolina Day senior Trevor Sleight repeated as the NCISAA 1-A/2-A track champion in the boys 3,200-meter run. Sleight…
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You’re Invited: 2013 Commencement

Some schools view Commencement solely as a rite for graduating Seniors. At CDS, we view the event as a celebration of the community's year and the culmination of the CDS educational arc--be that four years in the Upper School or 14 years that started in the Lower School. Every senior speaks briefly at CDS Commencement…
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Upper School Induction Ceremony

Upper School Induction Ceremony

On Friday, May 17, the CDS Upper School held a ceremony for students inducted into the following organizations: National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, National Forensic League, Mu Alpha Theta, Highlander Society and more. To see a full list of awards and recognitions, please click here.  
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On Relationships and Success

On Relationships and Success

I come from a long line of salesmen, and all salesmen know that the best way to make a sale is to build a relationship.  My paternal grandfather spent the early part of his career buying mineral rights all over Texas, Oklahoma, and the South.  While the job could be viewed as buying something, my…
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Faculty create unique pieces of art guided by one fortune cookie

Faculty create unique pieces of art guided by one fortune cookie

The Synesthesia Projects at Carolina Day School are artistic journeys wherein participants create new works in response to novel inspirations. ("Synesthesia" is a neurological condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.) This year marked the fourth Synesthesia…
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Recap of 2013 Athletic Awards

Recap of 2013 Athletic Awards

What a great night celebrating an award-winning year of CDS athletics on May 15, 2013! Below is a brief video recap of the event, as well a list of 2012-2013 award winners   FALL SEASON - 2012 Middle School Boys Soccer Coaches Award: Brooks Sullivan Coaches Award: David Veach Most Improved: Bennett David JV Boys…
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You’re Invited: May 22 discussion about future of education

You’re Invited: May 22 discussion about future of education

  Families and education professionals are invited to an event that will challenge the current thinking about how America prepares students for success. Join us for a special screening of “The Race to Nowhere– The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” (which was recently named as one of “10 Educational Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss”). Following…
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Key School’s Concha Wyatt discusses systematic approach to research

Key School’s Concha Wyatt discusses systematic approach to research

At Carolina Day's Key School, developing research skills in our students is an aspect of our curriculum that is highly valued. We believe that research, whether teacher guided or independently completed, opens new horizons. Earlier this month, Key School third and fourth grade students presented their research projects, a culmination of weeks of intensive exploration.…
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After 29 years at CDS, Howard Yarborough plans to retire

After 29 years at CDS, Howard Yarborough plans to retire

After 29 years of teaching at Carolina Day School, Howard Yarborough (Mr. Y) plans to retire next month, at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Nearly 30 years ago, he started as a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade science teacher for one of CDS’s predecessor schools, St. Genevieve / Gibbons Hall. Almost immediately after…
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Fifth Graders donate $12,000 to charities

Fifth Graders donate $12,000 to charities

At Carolina Day School, we encourage and support global citizenship among our students. One of the many ways that this fits into our curriculum is through our Fifth Grade Charitable Fund. Every Friday morning, fifth grade students sell pizza to students and staff and then use their profits to donate money to various local and…
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Slideshow: Family Night Auction

Slideshow: Family Night Auction

Thank you to all who attended Friday's Family Night Auction! And thank you to the night's creative committee chairs, Hinton DeJong and Toni Oreck. We're still tallying up all of the bids and look forward to announcing the night's totals very soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the evening!
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US selects 13-14 Student Government president

US selects 13-14 Student Government president

Congrats to Colleen Lopez, who was just selected as Student Government president, along with Mimi Wilde, who was selected to be vice president, after competitive and fun campaigning among the students (click here to view some of the campaign posters). "Colleen is such a fine example of a Carolina Day student, as she not only excels in…
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MS science teacher presents at NSTA 2013

MS science teacher presents at NSTA 2013

Note: This is the first in a series of reflections MS science teacher Andy Lammers is writing based on his experience presenting at the National Science Teachers Association 2013 conference. You can read more from Andy on his blog, Coaching Science, Teaching Basketball.   A Fresh Start The first morning I was a student, I pulled…
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MS students debate each other in Spanish

MS students debate each other in Spanish

Last week, Becca Heskamp’s seventh grade class participated in Spanish debates. Students designed apartments for a “client” and then, in Spanish, debated the pros and cons of their designs. In addition to conversational Spanish language skills, this project expanded on skills such as time-management, organization, and collaboration among peers.
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Kindergarten and fourth grade students share study of Africa

Kindergarten and fourth grade students share study of Africa

Last week, the Carolina Day School kindergarten class culminated its three-week study of Africa by spending an afternoon visiting the fourth grade. For an hour, kindergarteners had the opportunity to learn directly from the fourth graders, who have been researching specific countries in Africa and creating brochures and mobiles on which they displayed their research…
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Third graders dress as historical figures for “biography chat”

Third graders dress as historical figures for “biography chat”

What do Amelia Earhart, Michael Jordan, Juliette Gordon Low, Harry Houdini, and Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder have in common? They were all at the Lower School last week during Rachael Ide’s third grade “biography chat.” Students were dressed in costumes that resembled the figures they have been reading about and researching throughout the unit. “During…
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2013 Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day

2013 Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day

Grandparents' and Grand Friends' Day has always been one of our favorite celebrations in the Lower and Key schools, and this year's may have been the best one yet. Head of School Tom Trigg opened the day with a story about the recent New York Time article about how important it is for families to share…
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Final countdown to the 2013 CDS Auction

Final countdown to the 2013 CDS Auction

As the school prepares for its biennial auction, we spent a few minutes with some CDS students to ask them questions about the auction. Hear what they think of some of the auction items, what they would want to ask Mr. Trigg, and what they think of our 1960s auction theme. Their answers might surprise you!…
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CDS trains faculty for Student Ally program

CDS trains faculty for Student Ally program

Below is Carolina Day School's Inclusivity Statement: It is essential to the mission of Carolina Day School that our community is diverse and that every member of our community has the right to be physically and emotionally safe at school. Because we value the dignity and worth of each individual, we promote inclusiveness and authentic relationships…
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Slideshow: Sleight and Wetter sign with William & Mary and Concord University, respectively

Slideshow: Sleight and Wetter sign with William & Mary and Concord University, respectively

Middle and Upper School students gathered this afternoon to celebrate recent athletic recognitions, including our championship athletic teams (basketball and swimming) and two of our senior athletes who signed with colleges. Congrats Trevor Sleight, who committed to run college cross country and track for William & Mary, and Sarah Wetter, who committed to play basketball for…
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Laughter, Hardin named WNC’s top hoops stars

Laughter, Hardin named WNC’s top hoops stars

ASHEVILLE — Carolina Day senior Haley Laughter could mix it up inside with anyone but also had enough touch to shoot 54 percent from the field. She played guard, forward and center at some point in the past four years. But the role that fit Laughter best was being a winner. Laughter has been named the…
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Get your Rat Pack together!

Get your Rat Pack together!

They were the coolest cats of all time...Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop & Peter Lawford, better known as The Rat Pack! Now’s the time to create your very own Rat Pack in preparation for the Carolina Day School auction, as a few of our auction packages are made specifically for groups.…
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CDS Head of School speaks at April 11 UNC-A event about future of education

CDS Head of School speaks at April 11 UNC-A event about future of education

This Thursday, April 11, Head of School Tom Trigg will speak at UNC Asheville's “The Race to Nowhere– The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” film screening and panel discussion. The film and discussion will challenge the current thinking about how America prepares students for success. As many schools across the nation see cheating becoming commonplace, students becoming…
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Overseas trips help create global citizens for the 21st century

Overseas trips help create global citizens for the 21st century

“The only way to really, truly understand someone else's culture is to live it.” -Ms. McCartney, Carolina Day School Upper School French teacher For spring break, a group of students from Carolina Day School traveled to France with Upper School French teacher Ms. McCartney and Upper School Spanish teacher Mr. Jenkins. Over the course of…
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Anne Winner: ACDS Alumna, Current Parent and CDS Trustee

Anne Winner: ACDS Alumna, Current Parent and CDS Trustee

[caption id="attachment_4350" align="alignleft" width="202"] Anne Winner with her son Isaac, current CDS 3rd grader[/caption] Anne Winner ACDS ’79, is not only an alumna, but also a current parent, Board of Trustee member, and Advancement Committee member at Carolina Day School. Her commitment and level of involvement stem from her experience at Asheville Country Day School…
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CDS swim coach named ALL WNC Swimming Boys Coach of the Year

CDS swim coach named ALL WNC Swimming Boys Coach of the Year

It was very exciting to see our own Graeme McGufficke named as the All WNC Swimming Boys Coach of the Year, as well as Thomas Key, Tony Kostov, Ross Marnock, and Camille Long recognized as our All WNC Swimmers. Craig Morrison and Emma May received Honorable Mentions. It is well-deserved recognition after the CDS varsity…
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Haley Laughter named to AP all-state team

Haley Laughter named to AP all-state team

Statewide media have voted Carolina Day senior forward/guard Haley Laughter to The Associated Press all-state girls basketball team. Laughter was the only Western North Carolina player, boys or girls, to receive the honor. She averaged 21.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game for the three-time NCISAA 2-A champion Wildcats (26-3). In November,…
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Studying the Cherokee through song, dance, and music

Studying the Cherokee through song, dance, and music

Over the course of the past few weeks and as part of the overarching theme of “origins,” Carolina Day School first graders have been studying the seven clans of the Cherokee as well as the tribe’s beliefs and culture. To celebrate the end of the lesson, first graders held a powwow, during which they shared…
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Renaissance Art Gallery Opening

Renaissance Art Gallery Opening

At Carolina Day School, we encourage connection between divisions to create a sense of inclusive community among students, teachers, and faculty. Just last month, the three Grade 5 classes across the campus joined together to study Renaissance art. Students learned about the Renaissance period and then worked to create their own piece of Renaissance art,…
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Bonjour from Dijon

Bonjour from Dijon

Students from Carolina Day School have been traveling France for the past week, living with host families and immersing themselves in the culture. Here is an excerpt from 9th grade student Locke Curtis' experience! Bonjour! Today makes one week we have been in Dijon, soaking up all the French we can. We arrived in the…
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Lower School pep rally to celebrate winter athletic championships

Lower School pep rally to celebrate winter athletic championships

Lower School students had a great time this afternoon at their pep rally celebrating Carolina Day School's winter sports. Students cheered for our latest athletic accomplishments (including a varsity boys swimming state championship repeat, varsity girls basketball state championship three-peat, a 2012-13 Track & Field "All American", and 3rd and 4th grade ABYB girls team) and…
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The importance of student-led experiences in the CDS curriculum

The importance of student-led experiences in the CDS curriculum

Teamwork. It’s the theme of the Key School’s Grade 4, and the motivation behind their most recent project: Independence Day. “We wanted to see what the students could do without any teacher guidance or support, which is why we called it Independence Day,” said Key School teacher Catherine Timmins. “We are currently studying the American Revolution, so it was…
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Upper School students travel to St. Croix!

Upper School students travel to St. Croix!

Yesterday, five Carolina Day School students and two chaperones left the snowy Appalachian mountains behind, bound for their service trip in St. Croix, where they are following in the steps of Christopher Columbus's second voyage. The group is staying at an eco-camp next to a sustainable farm and are already knee-deep in adventure! Today, they…
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US students sweep regional foreign language contest

US students sweep regional foreign language contest

On Tuesday, March 12, 43 Upper School Spanish and French students competed in Western Carolina University's 31st Annual Foreign Language Contest for high school students at Western Carolina's Ramsey Center. Hosted by the Modern Foreign Languages department at WCU, the competition is for regional high school students and is designed to test students' knowledge of…
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MS students tour the world during International Week

MS students tour the world during International Week

The CDS Middle School has been on a globe-trotting adventure the past week, touring the world for International Week with athletic competitions, guest speakers, and cultural events. Each advisory represented a country during the week, including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Greece, Great Britain, Australia, Sweden, Brazil, Peru, North Korea, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Spain, France, South…
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Senior Trevor Sleight named All-American

Senior Trevor Sleight named All-American

Congratulations to senior Trevor Sleight, who placed as an All American in last weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City. Sleight entered the competition with the fastest time in the nation in the 5,000-meter-run, and he secured his All-American status with a fourth place finish at 15:01.74 (the race was won by Idaho’s…
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Second grade participates in Oregon Trail simulation

Second grade participates in Oregon Trail simulation

On Monday, a staff member from the Vance Birthplace came and spoke to second graders as part of the class' Oregon Trail Unit. The speaker brought several trunks full of items that were used in the 1800's at Vance Birthplace, and students had the chance to explore materials and discuss the uses of each item!…
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Fourth graders participate in 18th Annual Iditarod

Fourth graders participate in 18th Annual Iditarod

March 8 marked the 18th Annual Iditarod at Carolina Day School. Fourth graders were turned into huskies and pulled their Pre-K musher buddies on sleds from Willow to Nome, Alaska! The race concluded a four-week study of Alaska’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod dogsled race has become an essential part of the Pre-K curriculum.…
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CDS announces its 2013 Carolina Day Scholars

Carolina Day School is pleased to announce its 2013 Carolina Day Scholars. We received twice as many applications this year as we did last year for the scholarship, which recognizes and encourages exceptional ability and talent in academics as well as in leadership, community service, and extracurricular areas. The program is an annual, competitive, merit-based…
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The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

On March 17 from 4pm - 5:30pm Carolina Day School will show the HBO film The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia in the Upper School Auditorium for all current CDS families. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, uses animation and figurative language to show what it’s like to have dyslexia, providing a…
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How Alumni Athletes of the Year from ’90, ’00, and ’07 continue to benefit from their time playing sports at CDS

How Alumni Athletes of the Year from ’90, ’00, and ’07 continue to benefit from their time playing sports at CDS

[caption id="attachment_3850" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jackie Gouge with Katie Chiott Brennan '90, Jonathan Lowe '00, and Taylor Milner '07[/caption] It’s been an incredible year of Wildcat wins! Check out the 2013 year in review video for stats, pics, and exciting accomplishments. The athletes worked hard, and it paid off. But what’s next for students who play…
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Parent Perspective: Hinton DeJong

Parent Perspective: Hinton DeJong

In this brief video, CDS parent Hinton DeJong explains how her family first selected CDS and her children's transition from another school, and she shares her perspective about how CDS encourages students to ask questions and her outlook for the future of the school.  
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WLOS profiles Middle School’s use of robots

WLOS profiles Middle School’s use of robots

WLOS spent time with CDS Middle School students this week to profile the school's use of robots. The seventh graders shared stories about and learnings from their science class' "Mars Rover"-type activity. This project challenges the students to problem-solve by building robot designs and selecting and altering computer code in order to make the machines…
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MS students discuss literature in the Classic Book Club

MS students discuss literature in the Classic Book Club

Carolina Day School’s Classics Book Club is mid-way through its second year under the direction of Donna Tarleton, the CDS Middle School librarian. Eleven middle school boys and 10 Middle School girls participate in separate clubs during their lunch period every other week. This year, the boys have read a number of classics including The…
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Three US students advance to state Science Olympiad

Three US students advance to state Science Olympiad

Sixteen CDS Upper Class students participated against hundreds of other students in the regional Science Olympiad on February 23. CDS students placed in five of the events, and Maggie Hilderbran '15, Carson Bock '15, and Suhani Gupta '15 advanced to the state level and will compete on April 27. Below is a recap of CDS…
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MS family history project encourages self-discovery and personal expression

MS family history project encourages self-discovery and personal expression

Last week, Carolina Day School sixth graders debuted their family history projects to other CDS students, teachers, and family members. The semester-long projects encourage self-discovery, personal expression, and study skills: all important components of the CDS curriculum. Not only do students discover who they are as individuals and how they are influenced by previous generations,…
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Pre-K spends time each month with Asheville Manor residents

Pre-K spends time each month with Asheville Manor residents

    Each grade at CDS annually adopts a community service project, and for more than 15 years the Pre-K class has selected Asheville Manor Assisted Living as their project. Spending quality time with the Manor's residents has become one of the most beloved Pre-K activities. Students make cards and gifts to bring to the residents, and…
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How CDS’s curriculum puts inquiry at the heart of learning

How CDS’s curriculum puts inquiry at the heart of learning

In the below video, curriculum coordinator Mary Ann Jaben discusses how CDS created its dynamic curriculum that puts inquiry at the heart of every lesson, every day, in every grade from Pre-K to 12. As a result, CDS graduates have the skills and tools to create, engage, compete, and thrive in an increasingly complex and interdependent global…
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Students raise almost $15,000 in memory of US student

Students raise almost $15,000 in memory of US student

The CDS family never fails to come together - in celebration and in support of each other.  One powerful example is the school’s dedication to the memory of Upper School student Blair Dismukes. Following Blair’s tragic death in fall 2005, the Dismukes family named CDS as the receiver of memorials given by their friends and…
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CDS alumnus and children’s songwriter performs for LS students

CDS alumnus and children’s songwriter performs for LS students

Carolina Day’s Lower School students enjoyed a musical treat on Thursday, February 21, when Timmy Abell ‘71, a nationally recognized children's songwriter touring and recording artist, and his wife Susana Abell performed! The duo entertained students with their storytelling, upbeat music, and puppetry. Timmy’s passion for music began and was nurtured at Carolina Day School (then…
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Mid-Year State of School

Mid-Year State of School

In this brief video, Carolina Day School's administrative team provides a mid-year update on the state of the school, including admission inquiries and applications, alumni engagement and giving, and the board's strategic planning process.
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Celebrating 25 years of CDS: Alumni working to leave a legacy

Celebrating 25 years of CDS: Alumni working to leave a legacy

Carolina Day Alumni Katherine Thiel ’90, Brian Turner ’92, Rodney Porter ’92, Chad McKinney ’00, James Baley ’00, and Ryan Guthy ’04 have come together to celebrate Carolina Day’s 25th year by asking all 25 years of CDS alumni to support the transformation of an important room in the Upper School. Here’s the video they’re…
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Honoring Mr. Bob Henson

Honoring Mr. Bob Henson

Robert (Bob) Nelson Henson, 73, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 after nearly half a century sharing his love for the arts with students and inspiring them to follow their own passions. Mr. Henson was the oldest faculty member with the longest tenure when he retired from CDS in June 2011. Following his passing in…
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It’s a three-peat state championship for CDS varsity girls basketball

It’s a three-peat state championship for CDS varsity girls basketball

It's official - lady Wildcats secure a state championship three-peat during the February 22 NCISAA 2-A championship game! Final score: Carolina Day 63, Asheville Christian 37, with seniors Haley Laughter and Allison Beasley scoring a combined 37 points. Laughter (who has committed to play at Florida Gulf Coast) and Beasley (who has committed to play at…
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CDS Varsity boys swim team wins state for the second time

CDS Varsity boys swim team wins state for the second time

It's a repeat - the CDS varsity boys swim team took first place at the state championship on February 19, after setting nine school records at last year's NCISAA 1-A/2-A meet! Click here to read the Asheville Citizen-Times article about the meet. Below is a recap of the CDS highlights: 24 of 25 swimmers had at…
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St. Genevieve’s Legacy in the CDS Alumni Office

St. Genevieve’s Legacy in the CDS Alumni Office

[caption id="attachment_3569" align="aligncenter" width="300"] SG-GH Scholarship recipient Seth and me[/caption] My name is Zanne Garland, and my grandmother, Carolyn Lichtenfels Green SGP '36, was a graduate of and staff member at St. Genevieve of the Pines in the 1930s and 1940s. When she was in high school, my grandmother aspired to be an actress (a…
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All Things Piratical

All Things Piratical

One of the best things about being a faculty member is that I sometimes get to learn from and with our students.  This occurred recently when I was asked to become a member of the pirate chorus in our middle school musical, The Pirates of Penzance, Jr.  As a student, I shunned any opportunities to…
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Senior Braxton Wynn tells journey of becoming a pilot

Senior Braxton Wynn tells journey of becoming a pilot

The sky is the limit for Carolina Day School Senior Braxton Wynn. Wynn has known since he was 15-years-old that he wanted to be a pilot. Carolina Day School is helping to bring that dream to life and follow in the footsteps of alumnus Thomas Rickman '00, commercial airline pilot. This video details his journey…
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US announces college acceptances and academic awards

US announces college acceptances and academic awards

Last week, CDS Director of College Counseling, Jessica Browning, provided a very exciting update about college acceptances at the Upper School parents meeting. Below are a few highlights: CDS's 43 seniors submitted 260 applications to 132 different colleges 40% of submitted applications have received responses, and students will continue to hear back from colleges through…
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CDS Superfans bring support and good luck

CDS Superfans bring support and good luck

You may have heard the phrase “Superfans” around the Carolina Day School campus. Superfans, extremely supportive Lower School students who cheer on CDS sports teams, have boosted morale among athletes for a few years! And it works! Recently, Lower School principal Claudia Sherry was at a Middle School girls basketball game, and first grader Superfans…
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MS students interview Asheville leaders for leadership project

MS students interview Asheville leaders for leadership project

Starting in January, John Douglas, CDS Middle School assistant principal, has been leading students on a fascinating leadership series project. Students have been interviewing select members of the Asheville and North Carolina community who stand out as leaders. “This summer, I was reading Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World…
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Parent Perspective: John Oswald

Parent Perspective: John Oswald

In this brief video, CDS parent and Annual Fund committee member John Oswald shares his perspective about the school. He discusses the experiences his three children have had at the Lower School and Key School, how his family approached the Middle School transition, and why he's confident that CDS appropriately prepares its alumni for the…
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Middle School play Friday, Feb. 15

Middle School play Friday, Feb. 15

We're looking forward to the Middle School's production of "Pirate of Penzance, Jr." this Friday, February 15! The show will be at 7 p.m. in the Lower School gym. Tickets are still for sale ($5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors). We hope to see you there!
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Two soccer players sign NCAA National Letter of Intent

Two soccer players sign NCAA National Letter of Intent

Carolina Day School is proud to announce that two of their senior student-athletes have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer. Grady Bradshaw, a striker, will continue his athletic and academic career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Bradshaw, a two-time North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association All-State Selection, a…
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CDS fourth graders volunteer at Asheville Greenworks

CDS fourth graders volunteer at Asheville Greenworks

On Thursday, January 31 Carolina Day School fourth graders volunteered at Asheville Greenworks, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The class has spent time each month working with Asheville Greenworks to maintain and beautify Asheville greenways. During the past two years, CDS fourth graders have donated more than 440 hours with the program! WLOS (click here…
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Learning… the CDS way: 2/2/13 e-newsletter

Learning… the CDS way: 2/2/13 e-newsletter

On February 2, 2013, we distributed the first issue of Carolina Day School's new e-newsletter, which we will send to parents, alumni, and friends of the school every other week. In each issue, you'll find insights from CDS faculty, stories from classrooms, updates from alumni, and information about upcoming events. We encourage you to share…
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US students send CDS parents a re-enrollment reminder

US students send CDS parents a re-enrollment reminder

Carolina Day School's Upper School students share a little about what you'll be a part of as a member of this unique community of Wildcats! CDS is going to have a wait list for the 2013-14 school year, as we already have more applications than spots available in certain grades. Current families need to be…
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Two senior basketball players hit 1,000 point career mark

Two senior basketball players hit 1,000 point career mark

Carolina Day School is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of two of our senior basketball players as they hit the 1,000 point career mark this season. Braxton Wynn, a 5’10” guard and CAA All-Conference performer, and his teammate, Jacob Casper, a 6’3” wing and CAA All-Conference performer, both recently reached the 1,000 point career mark.…
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Freshmen retell story of Odysseus’ journey

Freshmen retell story of Odysseus’ journey

The Upper School recently hosted Odyssey Day, an event that was conceived by English teacher Ms. Susan White and has since become one of the highlights of the CDS Upper School experience. Ms. White’s freshman Literature & Composition class spends six weeks exploring Odysseus’ journey through the wine-dark sea to sunny Ithaca.  Throughout the class’…
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Tracking how we are working and learning

I recently ran into one of our CDS 8th grade boys talking to a family visiting during our busy admission season. He had initiated the conversation on his own, and by the time I listened in he was talking with the mother and child about his blog and the time we take each day to…
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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Last week, Alicia Cardina's 1st grade class did a 3-day study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. learning about his life, beliefs, accomplishments, and impact in American history. "Many of the students were really surprised to learn about segregation. It's very interesting to discuss such a sensitive topic as racism," said Cardina. "It is still…
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5th Graders Receive Personal Letter from Michelle Obama

5th Graders Receive Personal Letter from Michelle Obama

It’s been a star-studded month for CDS fifth graders Luc and Ellie, who received a personal letter in the mail from first lady Michelle Obama! The students sent Mrs. Obama a pair of shoes and a purse in December that they made out of duct-tape. “Luc and Ellie had a playdate, and I heard them talking about wanting…
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Beach Volleyball Advisory Game Tournament!

Beach Volleyball Advisory Game Tournament!

We finished the beach volleyball advisory tournament with Ms. Breton’s and Mr. Douglas’s advisories winning their respective draws, but the students then had to prove their mettle against the faculty. Ms. Breton’s advisory defeated the women’s faculty team, while Mr. Douglas’s advisory could not overcome the height advantage of the men’s faculty. We look forward…
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CDS alumni talk to current seniors about college transition

CDS alumni talk to current seniors about college transition

On January 8, 2013, CDS hosted its annual alumni panel discussion for seniors. Six alumni visited the school to speak to seniors about what to expect as they make the transition to college this fall. The event was student-led and behind closed doors (no faculty or staff members were in attendance during the conversation), which…
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Senior designs award-winning t-shirt

Senior designs award-winning t-shirt

We are thrilled to announce that senior Becca Harris was the winner of the 2012 International Thespian Society/Broadway Store’s Design A T-Shirt Contest! The contest, which received submissions from across the country, held a competition on Facebook in December, and the printed t-shirts were just delivered to Carolina Day School today. Becca, a member of…
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Alumnus living abroad speaks to Kindergarteners

Alumnus living abroad speaks to Kindergarteners

We loved having Christian Humes '12 speak with the kindergarten class today about what it's like living in Spain as a college student (he's at FSU participating in the year-abroad program in Valencia). His visit was a great tie-in with the class' study of Europe. Can't wait to see Christian - pictured here with Tyree,…
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Attention in Belgravia

Attention in Belgravia

I watch almost no TV.  We cut the cable last year and haven’t looked back.  However, I occasionally watch a show on Netflix.  This weekend, I greatly enjoyed A Scandal in Belgravia from the BBC Sherlock series, and I noticed that Sherlock Holmes and I have something in common. (It is not arriving in Buckingham…
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Math in the Middle School

Math in the Middle School

I would bet that my middle school (junior high) math classes were quite similar to the way you were taught math.  I watched the teacher work problems on the board and then I was given problems to practice.  I frequently rushed through my homework in an attempt to get it done as fast as possible…
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Upper School Cabaret

Upper School Cabaret

Upper School choir students performed their annual Cabaret in front of fellow students this afternoon.  Click below for video and photos of performances.  
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Middle School highlighted by Gurian Institute

Middle School highlighted by Gurian Institute

The Gurian Institute, which works with educators and parents to help them understand the significance and impact of male and female biological nature on how boys and girls learn differently, featured Carolina Day's Middle School in its December newsletter. The article provided an overview of CDS students' use of blogs to showcase their work in an on-line portfolio…
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Fall Leaves 2012

Fall Leaves 2012

In our continuing endeavor to develop "well versed" students, CDS second graders each selected a fall poem to memorize and recite to the class. The memorization improved their vocabulary through a wide range of descriptive words. It also gave them the ability to use and understand new language patterns - they stocked up their "language…
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Two CDS Student-Athletes Commit to NCAA Collegiate Athletics

Two CDS Student-Athletes Commit to NCAA Collegiate Athletics

(November 16, 2012) In front of family, friends, and community members, two senior student-athletes at Carolina Day School celebrated their accomplishments in the classroom and on the court as they committed to participate in NCAA Collegiate Athletics. Allison Beasley has committed to play basketball at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, while her teammate, Haley…
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Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls

CDS first grader Reynolds Etheridge made the news this morning due to his ambitious goal to collect and donate 4,000 shoes to Soles4Souls.  Just one of the many ways that our Wildcats are living this year's 'compassion' theme! Click here to view the full clip.
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Simple Machines Day

Simple Machines Day

(November 7, 2012) Today was Simple Machines Day for Carolina Day School's first graders. The event is a culminating activity following the students' science unit on simple machines. The class has studied the six different simple machines during the past month, exploring in depth how simple machines were used long ago in Appalachian farming and how…
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4th Grade Election Predictions

(November 6, 2012) Election experts come in all shapes and sizes - and ages - as the Key 4th grade proved this week.  Using the You Decide 2012 app, students worked in groups to analyze historical trends, expert opinions, and current news to predict each state's electoral college vote. The nine and ten year olds…
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Making Yodas

Making Yodas

(November 6, 2012) I have a few notes written on the whiteboard in my office.  One contains Dave Perkins’ list of “lifeworthy skills:"  insight, action, ethics, and “comeupance.”  Another is a list of Daniel Pink’s drivers of motivation:  autonomy, mastery, and purpose.  At the upper right hand corner is something that I wrote this summer:…
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Learning IS Messy

An admissions tour visited my classroom last week. The room looked like this: Messy There was a time when I would have been mortified. I might have locked the door, killed the lights, and hidden the mess. Order was my defining principle. I had a plan; my students followed the plan. My classroom and my…
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Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

(October 31, 2012) Carolina Day School students (and staff!) really get to show off their creativity on Halloween!  Click the below slideshow to see photos of today's parade, costume contest, and class parties.
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Canterbury Pilgrimage

Canterbury Pilgrimage

(October 23, 2012) Carolina Day School seniors took their annual "Canterbury Pilgrimage" today.  They dressed in period costumes, shared stories from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales at each stop, and dined on bread, cheese and grapes. Sue Ellen Sims first took Carolina Day School seniors on the Canterbury Pilgrimage in 1993, and the event has since become one of…
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Invisible Speed

This summer after reading a National Geographic article about Tim Samaras I had an idea. I wondered if my students could study the concept of instantaneous speed by capturing images of events that happen too quickly for the eye to see clearly. Guess what? They did it! My 8th graders thoroughly engaged with the challenge I laid out for them…
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Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012

(October 16, 2012) We continue to hear great things about Homecoming, and we're already looking forward to Homecoming 2013!  Thanks to all who helped us to create such a special weekend. We had more than 100 alumni in attendance, spanning six decades and having traveled from Chicago, Wyoming, Brooklyn and more to help celebrate our 25th…
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Momentum Leadership

One of my early blog posts banged on the scientific method as it is used in many science classrooms as a poor model for teaching science. My point was that when we teach kids science is foolproof when you follow some simple steps, we don’t develop the skills needed to actually go do innovative science. Flowchart of the steps…
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Monarch Migration

(September 28, 2012) Today, our Pre-K class embarked on the 17th annual Monarch Migration, simulating monarch butterflies' migration to Mexico.  Carolina Day School's "Hallelujah  Seniors" - those who have attended the school from Pre-K through senior year and also participated in their first migration in 1995 - lead the march. Throughout the migration across campus…
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The First 1,000

10,000 hours. That’s what Malcom Gladwell tells us we need to put in to be really good at what we do. But what about those first 1000 hours when we are not yet good? What about the hours when we are blundering along- grasping, flailing? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A student from my first 1000 hours sometimes comes…
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Jet Like a Champion Today

Jet Cars: Design & Engineering A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Balloon Jet Car Project, a staple of my 8th grade science class. I challenge my students to build a vehicle from basic materials and to do impressive things with it. Students get a balloon, 2 straws, 1 bamboo skewer, 4 lifesaver mints, 1…
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Who Will Win?

Who Will Win?

(September 16, 2012) You may not be a Risk player, but my two sons and I love playing the game.  We’ve had this game up on the dining room table for two weeks now, playing a few moves whenever all three of us have enough time to sit down together.  The boy’s mother, my wife,…
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Hunger Games

One thing I enjoy about the CDS Middle School is our exploratory program. Teachers pitch fun learning ideas to the students then kids sign up for a class of their choice. Classes meet twice a week and run for several months. Today we pitched a new batch of ideas. Options include making silent movies, playing frisbee golf,…
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Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios

(September 9, 2012) Portfolios have long been associated with visual art.  The primary reason is that this type of art is made to be seen and no written description will serve the observer better than a glimpse at the real thing.  All educators face the problem of the visual art teacher in that much of what…
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Dreams, Weaknesses, and Jet Cars

Scream (Photo credit: CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK) My recurring dream during the school year is vivid, chokingly memorable, and full of anxiety. The details and cast members vary, but the plot is constant: I have nothing planned for class and a room full of students is waiting. I rush through the dream in an angry panic until…
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First day of school

First day of school

(August 28, 2012) The excitement and energy around campus was contagious today.  The kids are back in school!  We created this video to show a few of the highlights of the day.
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Hotter than Haiti 10K

Hotter than Haiti 10K

Eight Carolina Day School students woke up early on a Saturday morning (during summer vacation nonetheless) to volunteer at the Hotter than Haiti 10K benefiting Consider Haiti (formerly known as Mission Manna). CDS Students volunteering included: Maggie Hilderbran, Annie Dephouse, Megan Dephouse, Allison Imes, Scott Hilderbran (not pictured) Emily Imes, Olivia Von Praag and Abigail…
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What are students for?

When the world changes, you adjust So, in this joint right here we about to take flight y’all -Black Eyed Peas, “Fly Away” Those are the first words that came to mind as I read: New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry – NYTimes.com, the frontpage article that discusses the possibility that manufacturing, especially…
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Beginnings

Marshmallows (Photo credit: John-Morgan) On Tuesday I get a new batch of 8th graders. Most of them have been around our middle school for a couple of years. I know many of their names and a little bit about them. Several are my advisees who I have worked with a ton and I know well.…
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Trevor Sleight ’13 profiled in front-page ACT article

Trevor Sleight ’13 profiled in front-page ACT article

The Citizen-Times featured CDS senior Trevor Sleight today in a great front-page article about his chance to become one of the fastest boys cross country athletes in WNC history. Trevor Sleight will often pause to think aloud in the midst of answering an interviewer’s question. The Carolina Day senior runs in a much more deliberate…
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CDS featured on WLOS

CDS featured on WLOS

Carolina Day School summer campers have been busy building book bags, jewelry, hats and even a boat using only one product: duct tape. Tammy Watford profiled the class in her "Never Stop Learning" segment on WLOS ABC 13, which can be viewed here.
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Peggy Daniels interviewed on WWNC

Peggy Daniels interviewed on WWNC

Middle School principal Peggy Daniels and Jerri Jameson of News Radio 570 WWNC had an insightful conversation this morning about how CDS incorporates brain-based learning techniques.  Click here to hear and/or download the full 30-minute interview.
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The Knife

The Knife

(August 7, 2012) On our recent trip to Boston, my seven-year-old son, Charlie, was finally allowed to purchase a pocket knife.  One of the requirements of ownership was for him to get training from me once we returned home. We arrived back in Asheville at 6:00 on Saturday evening after a full day in the minivan,…
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New student picnic

New student picnic

The CDS family continues to grow! We hosted our new families for a picnic this morning at the park. Can't wait to see these smiling faces on campus in just a few weeks!
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Charette – Learning Through Process

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT1SCmclBgU] (August 5, 2012) As a part of the Future of Learning (FOL) Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a small number of the 200-plus institute participants volunteered and were selected to participate in a charette.  When asked to volunteer for this experience, we were told little about the process other than the…
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The CDS experience in one word

The CDS experience in one word

We asked our Class of 2012 during last night's Farewell Fiesta how they would sum up their CDS experience in one word. Check out the photos to read their descriptions! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
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CDS rainforest summer camp featured on WLOS

CDS rainforest summer camp featured on WLOS

Did you know that rainforests occupy only 2% of the entire Earth's surface yet are home to 50% of the world's wildlife? CDS summer campers shared facts about the rainforests in tonight's 'Never Stop Learning' segment on WLOS ABC 13.  Click here to view the full piece.
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Teaching the teachers

Teaching the teachers

Today kicks off the second week of our Key Learning Center's signature language training course. Top teachers and tutors from numerous schools are at CDS learn about our unique approach to educating dyslexic students.
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What is Lifeworthy?

(August 10, 2012) Several months ago, when I was exploring graduate programs, I came across the following short interview of David Perkins who recently retired from the teaching faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education after forty years.  He still works with Harvard on research.  It intrigued and shocked me to hear a powerful policy voice…
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College acceptances continue to impress

The Class of 2012 is an artistically and academically gifted group of students as evidenced by their plans for next year. Each student considered an impressive list of college options as he/she decided his/her next step after Carolina Day School. While thirteen of the 54 seniors have attended CDS since Pre-K, the entire class has…
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