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.

Other activities included an art gallery opening, featuring the work of faculty and staff; a bonfire for upper school students; a field hockey clinic where NSCD players and coaches taught the basics of the game to lower schoolers, who then practiced shooting and passing; athletic competitions for volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer; and a Homecoming dance.

The school also welcomed some 175 alumni for an outdoor reception on Friday night. Saturday, alumni were invited to a program in the Auditorium, featuring an update from Head of School Tom Flemma and a student panel of four seniors who shared about their NSCD experience. The program also recognized Rocky Wirtz, Class of 1971 and chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, as this year’s recipient of the Francis R. Stanton ’27 Recognition for his life’s work exemplifying the school’s motto “Live and Serve. Nico Gibson, Class of 2006 and senior brand designer at IDEO, gave a presentation on his redesign of the school’s Raider mascot logo.

A special lunch was hosted for the 50th reunion class while other reunion classes held off-campus gatherings.

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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.

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