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. Sadly, the state tournament in April was canceled due to COVID-19. There will still be a virtual global tournament later this year.
DI is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative problem-solvers. The program is open to students in kindergarten through college, and anyone can start a team. Students complete project-based challenges following the No. 1 rule: Grown-ups cannot intervene.
NSCD students were divided into five teams: three 5th grade teams, two 2nd grade teams and one kindergarten-2nd grade team. Older students had their choice of a challenge in one of six categories and chose engineering, technical and improv teams. The youngest students were part of a global challenge.
The improv team qualified for the State competition. "This program has just solidified that kids can do amazing things if we let them," said Science Department Head and Lower School Science Teacher Annie Collins. "There's a lot of pressure—and I know this as a mom—to do things for our kids, but they can do it themselves if given the space and the freedom, and this was proof of that."
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.