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“What is a formal portrait,” “If we only had one opportunity to put our image out there in the world, what would we want this image to say about ourselves?” These were the questions NSCD upper school French 3 students explored in a recent assignment. They began by studying portraits of famous historical people such as the one of La Marquise de Pompadour, which resides in the Louvre museum.

The process enabled students to discover how she wanted to be portrayed—not as the commoner she was at birth, and not as a queen that she was not (she was however King Louis XV’s favorite mistress) but as a learned and influential woman. 

The students used similar techniques and modern-day photography to create their own portraits. Then classmates wrote about each other's portraits in French—what they meant and how they controlled their image.

French Teacher Beatrice McKenna came up with the idea when she was awarded an NSCD professional development grant to study at Le Louvre as part of a program to help teachers use art to teach languages. Creating a new project was one of the culminating elements of the program.
 

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Pen Pals in Taiwan

Middle school Chinese language students have new pen pals in Taiwan. The connection came from a friend of NSCD Chinese Teacher Yun-Chu Chen, who is a high school English teacher in Taiwan. Students in Taiwan sent letters written in English and pictures of themselves to North Shore Country Day students, who wrote back in Chinese. 

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Students Correspond with Vice President Harris

Last November, fourth graders in Linda Kiracibasi’s lower school music class studied Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on the eve of his 250th birthday. As part of the project, they looked at new lyrics, written in 2008 by the late Pete Seeger, an American folk singer and social activist. Then they took a stab at writing their own verse—using words that would be easy to understand and appropriate for younger children in lower school.

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Monuments Project

This fall, upper school social studies classes incorporated a monuments project as a response to protests around certain statues and monuments. Teachers challenged NSCD students to first recognize how monuments reflect historical agendas, not just the past itself. Then they asked them to create a monument that reflected a just and complex view of the past.

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PJs Collected for Pajama Program 

The NSCD junior kindergarten (JK) class collected 29 pairs of pj’s for the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for children to help them thrive. For every pair of pajamas collected, Scholastic Book Clubs contributes a brand new book to accompany the donation. 

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Fall Day Of Service

NSCD held a Fall Day of Service on Saturday, November 13, benefiting The Bloc in Chicago and Connections for the Homeless. More than 200 food items were donated on Saturday for The Bloc, supplementing what had already been collected by an upper school student-led food drive.

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Winter Play Premieres

The NSCD upper school troupe, The Duff Players, will perform “You want some lunch? You betcha!” on November 18, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. The Duff Players is a cast of upper school students tasked with bringing to life a collection of third and fourth grade stories through movement, music, costumes, props and much more.

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