For several weeks, students in Grade 4 engaged in a cross-curricular unit culminating in a "Wax Museum" performance. Over the course of the project, each student researched and presented an inspirational person. Students conducted research by reading non-fiction books, and then developed persuasive paragraphs in which they were able to employ recently learned writing skills such as appositives, coordinating conjunctions, and transition words. In preparation for the Wax Museum performance, the students wrote scripts, created costumes, and practiced public speaking skills with Mr. Gerlach, Head of the Drama Department. Here is a video of a few of the students' performances:
The first graders recently practiced table manners and being polite at Morgan's Restaurant in Rye. After they returned, each first-grade classroom created its own restaurant and served snack to the other first-grade class. For more information and photographs, visit Wildcat World.
Congratulations to fifteen RCDS seniors, whose art work is being exhibited in the Young Artists 2015 exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art. The annual exhibit of work by local artists in their senior year of high school features the work of RCDS students Isabelle Brown, Allen (Salim) Green, Kris Scarfone, Edward (Teddy) Tananbaum, Jeremiah Washington, Emma Santucci, Jonathan Arroyo, Sergio Sabogal, Ariana Saperstein, Jonathan Singer, Paige Codrington, Karri Hay, Justin Chun, Zoe Verni, and Nereida Mendez. The location of the museum is 134 Jay Street, and museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
Inspired by French street theater and the Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park in London, Upper School faculty member Jenn Chen created "Word on the Street," a forum through which students, faculty, and staff participate in free-form self-expression in the main hall of the Pinkham Building. The most recent Word on the Street happened last week, coinciding with Discover Languages Month at Rye Country Day. Please enjoy videos and excerpts on Wildcat World.
RCDS senior Lexi Curnin and Science Research teacher Dr. Krasovec have been busy setting up a seismometer in an Upper School physics classroom. Designed by geophysicist Kasper van Wijk at Boise State University, with software developed at New England Research in Vermont, the TC1 "Slinky" seismometer is a simple but clever device that makes use of a slinky and magnets to measure seismic waves. See more information and photos on Wildcat World.