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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. While earlier versions of this project focused on Christopher Columbus's landing and the European conquests of the Americas, this year it expanded possible topics to also include the Atlantic slave trade and the lives of enslaved or indigenous people in the New World. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched the Monuments Project in 2020, to “transform the way our country’s histories are told in public spaces by reimagining and rebuilding commemorative spaces that celebrate and affirm the historical contributions of the many diverse communities that make up the United States.”

Upper School Social Studies Teachers Louis Mercer and Peter Strickland encouraged their students to create brand new monuments. Students spent one class using the Live+Serve Lab as a space to explore their ideas and try different ways of making their monuments come to life. The lab also reinforces the ways in which the project reflects the school’s mission to produce "ethical citizens of the world."

Students created sketches, clay sculptures, dioramas, 3D prints, models and paintings. The final designs and accompanying descriptions were displayed next to the Live+Serve Lab.

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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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