After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Interim Week returned to the upper school the week of March 14. The program that began in 1976, features intensive, weeklong courses that take students outside the normal classroom setting.
This year’s 16 courses included experiences both on and off campus in the Chicagoland area. One Interim leverage the idea of knitting circles—spaces to bring communities of people together and for social activism. Students learned basic knitting techniques and then knit hats, booties and hand mitts for babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of a local Chicago hospital. The course also included watching documentaries, reading articles and hearing speakers talk about issues in maternal health care and disparities in accessing quality care across racial and socio-economic lines, especially in the Chicago area.
Another group examined the history and context of the Chicago versions of the Blues and Gospel music. Students were asked to examine the connections between the urban environment, historical movements of people and music. A key component included touring locations in Chicago to connect these artistic creations to the larger culture that created them. Over the course of the week, each student built a playlist of the key songs from both genres and create their own commentary with a series of short podcasts, to share with the school community.
And yet another offering took students on a Chicago food tour crisscrossing the city, eating and learning about different city neighborhoods. Students also studied the immigration history of Chicago and Chicago's food culture.
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.