The evening was a celebration of creative expression of all kinds, with an all-school art show, music and dance, Shakespeare and improv, and Poetry Out Loud recitations. The night was also a triumph of generosity and altruism, with Empty Bowls raising more than $1,300 for the Crispus Attucks Community Meal Program. Photos by Carly C. ’19 and Mrs. Wilcox.
LCDS 8th Graders Advance to LNP Bee
With strong performances over two days and against a dozen competitors, Hana H. and Gavin W. finished first and second respectively in Lancaster Country Day School’s Middle School Spelling Bee. With their top showings, both Hana and Gavin advance to the semifinals of the 60th LNP Spelling Bee, working toward a spot in the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29 in Washington, D.C.
The semis consist of a 100-word written test. Those sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who prevail move on to the finals, where the best spellers in Lancaster County will spell their hearts out for a spot on the big stage, Feb. 21 at Gerald G. Huesken Middle School in Conestoga Valley. In the final round at Country Day Feb. 2, Gavin put an “a” after the “e” in “celiac,” while Hana sealed the deal by nailing “tuberculosis.”
A Week in the Life
Featuring construction of a giant dragon for the Chinese New Year celebration, highlights from the STEM Showcase and prolific children’s musician Steven Courtney serenading Lower School audiences, this edition of A Week in the Life is guaranteed delightful or double your money back.
Lower School grandparents got a special treat to be thankful for last week, when their grandchildren brought them to school to share a morning of songs, classroom visits and, perhaps most important, lunch.
Megan Charlesworth is in her first year teaching Lower School music, and her students continue to surprise and delight her.
“A perfect example happened the other day,” Charlesworth said. “In my third grade class, we were working on a piece called ‘Ten Little Angles’ that counts up from one to ten and goes from quiet to loud. I wasn’t trying to teach a lesson about crescendos, but the students asked on their own if there was a name for that progression from quiet to loud, and that’s how my third graders and I ended up talking about crescendos.”
“I love working at Country Day,” Charlesworth continued. “I love coming to work every morning because the kids are very smart and inquisitive and constantly leave me wondering, ‘How did you just come up with that?’”
Next week, Charlesworth will lead her first Lower School Winter Concert, featuring third graders dabbling in harmony by singing in round, fourth graders singing two melodies simultaneously and the fifth grade singing true harmonies. In addition, the LS band and orchestra will also stretch out their muscles on a broad range of material and styles.
The number of fifth grade voices and the breadth of their talent has Charlesworth particularly excited. “I’ve got 35 students that as a grade, I’m extremely impressed with,” she said. “I can’t wait to see how they grow what we can do next year in choir.”
Charlesworth comes to Country Day from the Hazelton Area School District and cites the music department, in addition to her eager and apt students, as an energizing part of her brief tenure here.
“The department just works well together and there’s a common vision and goal to grow the program and reach as many different students in as many different ways as we can,” she said.
With wistful, Western tadpole ballads and jaunty frog rock, the kindergarten-third grade musical “Swamped!” featured a marshland menagerie worlds more adorable than their real life counterparts.