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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Take 10 Play Festival

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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