Each year, NSCD hosts the Harold H. Hines Jr. Visiting Fellowship that brings to campus a distinguished individual who exemplifies the school motto, “Live and Serve.” This year’s visiting fellow was Rajiv Vinnakota. Raj has dedicated his career to supporting students from underserved communities and to building a stronger democracy.
Ours is an intentional school community founded out of the progressive education movement, guided by a strongly held belief in our mission and core values, and supported by the careful stewardship of generations of alumni, families, faculty and staff.
We take tremendous pride in the community ethos and vibrant school culture we have cultivated over a century. Our aspirations for our students and our school demand that we always view our school as a work in progress.
Our goal is an inclusive community where all people are treated with respect and dignity, where multiple perspectives and experiences are welcome, and where students from all cultures and backgrounds can succeed.
The upper school has a new student club this year with a goal to bring therapy dogs to campus once a month to reduce stress and depression. Mac Devereux ’23 decided to start the Paws for Patrick club because his dog Gigi, a Bouvier des Flandres, is a certified therapy dog involved with the local organization.
Congrats to former Raider Paige Forester '19 on her 100th collegiate point in field hockey at MIT.
Sylvia Kelly '25, wrote a reflection for the Diller Street Journal, the student newspaper, on what it's like to be a "New Kid" at North Shore Country Day.
The NSCD Raiders nearly pulled off a miraculous day-2 comeback, trimming a six-stroke deficit to one, to finish in second place in IHSA Class 1A at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Illinois, on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
North Shore Country Day graduate Kali Pfannerstill, Class of 2020, was recently featured in the Lawrence University athletics news. Kali played volleyball at NSCD where her mother, Jen Pfannerstill, was a science teacher and volleyball coach. Jen was a Lawrence graduate and also played on the volleyball team.
North Shore Country Day upper school students take to the stage October 8 and 9 to present the fall play, “Drop Dead!” by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
North Shore Country Day’s annual Homecoming festivities cautiously returned to campus October 1-2, 2021, after a pandemic hiatus last year. Students celebrated all week long with spirit days, decorating the campus and an outdoor pep rally for the entire school on Friday. Later that afternoon, the entire school community—from junior kindergartners to parents— participated in a series of one-mile fun runs that zigzagged through campus.
One of the distinguishing characteristics that sets North Shore Country Day apart from other local schools is our JK-12 program. Our academic curriculum offers continuity as students progress from one grade to the next, building a solid foundation.
Three students at North Shore Country Day were named semifinalists for 2022 National Merit scholarships among more than two dozen high school seniors at schools in New Trier Township. The NSCD students are Peyton Hudson, Andrew Xing and Emily Yoo.
North Shore Country Day welcomed 20 new faculty and staff members for the 2021-22 school year, introducing them at the first Morning Ex gathering of all students and faculty/staff.
North Shore Country Day’s first community gathering of the school year—known as the opening Morning Exercise or Morning Ex—took place on Sept. 10 and began with a reading of two poems, “Our Own Path” by Nikki Giovanni and “Dawn Revisited” by Rita Dove.
Students, faculty, staff and even a few parents spread out on the playing fields in front of the auditorium for the first in-person all-school gathering in more than 18 months. Head of School Tom Flemma welcomed and introduced new members of the school community—including 114 new students. Of those, 19 hail from outside the Chicago metropolitan area and seven are from outside the United States.
North Shore Country Day has unveiled a new Raider mascot logo. The new design was created by alum Nico Gibson, class of 2006. Gibson is founder and design director of the creative collaborative CRCL, senior brand designer at IDEO and design director at Beyond Athlete Management.
The New York Times published an Opinion video titled "How Life Look Like Through My 'Whale Eyes,'" created by James Robinson, a filmmaker from Maine and a Class of 2015 North Shore Country Day graduate.
North Shore Country Day named Best private school in Chicago suburbs.
The Chicago Sun-Times announced the Grammy-winning musician Richard Marx, North Shore Country Day Class of 1981, release of his debut memoir “Stories to Tell” (Simon & Schuster), which shares its name with a 2010 album.
The North Shore Country Day Camp is back for its 71st season! On June 21, campers arrived on the school's 16-acre campus, ready with sunblock, swim gear and a strong desire to make new friends, learn new skills and push themselves to grow.
At just 23 years old, Ava Suppelsa ’15 has a songwriting career not unlike those writers twice her age. Ava grew up on Chicago's North Shore in a home where she was exposed to music ranging from old-school country to jazz and modern pop.
For the first time in more than a year, NSCD students performed live on the auditorium stage March 11-13 for the spring musical production, “Hindsight 2020: Looking Back to Our Past Selves and Looking Forward to Who We Strive to Be.”
North Shore Country Day held its first-ever virtual benefit on February 25, bringing in more than $350,000 for student scholarships and supplemental support—an ever-increasing need for current and future NSCD students.
Be sure to check out this article about #NSCD alum Blair Bobier '09 from the Chicago Tribune (subscription required).
"A dying man grabbing a nurse’s wrist, asking if God could save him. A patient celebrating a birthday, delighted to find out her nurse also had a birthday that week. A man with his mask on his chin at a Walgreens.
North Shore Country Day alumnus Stephen Smith, who graduated in 2012, was recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for healthcare, released Dec. 1. Steve is the CEO and founder of NOCD, a digital health startup focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder. He wants to make one of the most effective therapies—known as exposure and response prevention—more accessible. NOCD has a smartphone app that facilitates virtual visits with therapists combined with exercises for patients to reinforce what they're learning in therapy.
Building a relationship-based community requires that we see each other as members of the same group, bound by threads connecting our hearts and minds.
Student Maeve Devereux '21 reflects on how grateful she is for NSCD teachers during the pandemic and their support in helping students adapt to remote and on-campus learning.
For the first time in more than five months, North Shore Country Day welcomed students back into the classroom. The school is beginning the year with a hybrid model, which incorporates on-campus, in-person learning for half the day, and a robust remote learning component for the other half.
North Shore Country Day welcomed a number of new faculty and staff members for the 2020-21 school year.
North Shore Country Day senior Isabella Cho of Wilmette, a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) award winner in writing, was recently named a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
The evening of Friday, June 5, seniors and their immediate families drove their cars onto the field and formed neat rows in pre-marked spaces. While the ceremony was slightly pared down from a typical year, omitting a traditional processional, chorus performances and the ringing of the School bell to close out the evening, many of the important elements remained.
The spring 2020 annual benefit took on a different look and feel in honor of its 100th birthday and it was a rousing success, bringing in more than $440,000 for student experiences.
“Participation is a part of the way we do school and it reflects our roots in the progressive education tradition of 100 years ago,” says Tom Flemma, NSCD head of school. “What it looks like is nudging kids into places they wouldn’t necessarily go, gently but consistently.”
One by one, our individual poets went up on stage and wowed everyone in the room. Their words resonated and their performances were impassioned and thoughtful. Our group poets also impressed the audience with their honest portrayal of high school in their piece.”
Anita Rao ’21 and Niabelle Comeau ’23 joined more than 100 high school students from across the country in Iowa where they spent three days in January campaigning for presidential candidates in the lead-up to the Iowa Caucuses.
Twenty-five Lower School students competed in a regional Destination Imagination (DI) tournament in February and one of the teams qualified to move on to the state competition.
"There is an important partnership that is essential for each student's success. That is the connection between faculty, students and parents. Together, students have the support systems and are empowered in the education." Founding Headmaster, Perry Dunlap Smith
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