The longest-running American musical in Broadway history comes to Country Day! This November, live performances return to Weinmann Auditorium after a two-year absence with our production of CHICAGO: High School Edition. Set in the Jazz Age 1920s, CHICAGO takes the format of a vaudeville show to tell a musical story of murder, corruption, celebrity, and "All That Jazz." In our contemporary world of twisted justice and internet fame, this satire of villainy repackaged as entertainment may be more relevant than ever. The original Broadway production premiered in 1975, ran for 936 performances, and earned nominations for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1996, CHICAGO returned to Broadway in a new production that is now in its 25th year of performances, making it the longest-running American musical in history.
Ninth-grade students and advisors traveled to Loranger, LA for the Freshmen Retreat. Students participated in activities that fostered class unity, promoted problem-solving and positive communication techniques, and taught them more about student life in the Upper School. According to Upper School Principal Augustine Whyte, “Two fun-filled days of games, activities, and self-reflection provided our 9th-grade class with another important opportunity to grow together.”
Congratulations to Gabrielle White for being named a College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholar and Claire Fernandez for being named a College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar! In August, the College Board awarded 32,000 students from across the country with academic honors from the College Board for excelling in their classrooms and on College Board assessments. More than 80,000 students from all 50 states were eligible to join the College Board National Recognition Programs, which grant students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Way to go, Gabrielle and Claire!
What a great way to learn value and shading! Mrs. Haysley's students made paper airplanes and drew them as they landed (yes, after throwing them in class). After a discussion of value application and charcoal, students used white charcoal on black paper to make their paper airplanes appear 3-dimensional. Then, in Mrs. Haysley's Honors Art class, students studied the intense use of contrast in portraiture. Students used dark shadows next to brighter highlights to emphasize the intense emotions portrayed by the subject.
From my classroom perch on Founder’s Terrace, I have the pleasure to see our lower school cohorts at play. What I have surmised about these operations is that there are definitive rules, rituals, and practices at work with room for a bit of whimsy. As the late Dutch historian Johan Huizinga commented “All play means something,” and what I am witnessing is a repose from the banality of modern existence, an alternative reality going back to the primordial self that we deeply need.
First through fifth-grade students participated in their second field trip in our series of Ogden Museum virtual field trips. The students learned about Clementine Hunter and participated in an art activity. Then, thanks to generosity of the Weinmann family, they were able to view six unique works by Ms. Hunter that the Weinmann family arranged to display in the Lower School Atrium. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten students also participated in an Ogden virtual field trip focused on the book Matthew’s Dream.
Mrs. Barrilleaux will serve on the #SACAC2021 Board as National College Fairs Co-Chair. SACAC or The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling is a non-profit membership association promoting high professional standards in the college admission process. We are proud to see one of our own leading the way in College Counseling on and off campus!
In 1963, thirteen-year-old Lynda Blackmon heard Dr. Martin Luther King speak in Selma, Alabama. She was inspired by his message to become actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and “to fight discrimination non-violently, with steady, loving, confrontation.” Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, a musical and documentary viewed by our Middle and Upper School students, tells her true story.
“I was surrounded by education on one side of my family, and by civil rights (leaders) on the other... With me, that positive support had a huge impact. I think I overachieved, not that I’m a superhero.” Thank you, Malik Collins Spady, 1988, for carrying forward that support to positively impact our community! Check out the full story here!
The Krewe of Pre-K takes to Chandler Circle to give a Parade like no other! Check out photos from today's Pre-K Drive-Through Parade for our families and see their Lower School friends as they join in the festivities! #cajun4Life#cajunkrewe
Ms. Skehan's Art I students have been learning watercolor techniques and applying them to beloved scenes of New Orleans. They chose an image that represents why they love NOLA and used it as inspiration for two paintings, one realistic and one abstract. In the realistic painting, they practiced color mixing and glazing to achieve accurate color and value. In the abstract painting, they used watercolor techniques to build texture and pattern. The result is a visual celebration of our city, just in time for Carnival!
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognized seniors Ryan J. Cooper, Caroline A. Koppel, and Grayson Myers as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Jean-Paul Doucet was recognized as a Commended Student. Congratulations to our students for this honor based on their outstanding academic achievements, standardized test scores, and recommendations! Ryan, Caroline, and Grayson are also candidates for Presidential Scholars. Of the nearly 3.6 million high school seniors graduating this year, these students are one of approximately 4,500 students to receive this invitation.
The Room One Wondrous Writers are ending their narrative writing unit. They have studied examples of writers of good literature and have become better writers by emulating them. They have learned to plan a story, follow story structure (characters, setting, events, problem/wish, and solution), to use vivid words for description, to develop interesting characters, and to revise and edit. They follow the Writing Workshop method where short mini-lessons are taught by the teacher and a demonstration is given; the students then apply the skill. Room One is just full of storytellers.
Congratulations to Nia and Ellie! Both were named to the LVCA All-State Division V Team. Nia was also named the MVP. A big congrats go to their Coach Julie Ibieta, named Coach of the Year for Division V! #cajunstrong
Congratulations to Miles, Ethan, and Phillip for being selected to the 2021 Louisiana All-State Orchestra! This is Miles's 3rd year in a row in All-State and Ethan's and Phillip's first year to make the group.
Ms. Haysley caught an art student in a great moment of creativity this morning! You'll see Tobias's original sketch is next to him as he completes his digital artwork. What did she appreciate about this moment? "I love that you can visually note and appreciate the artistic process. He is using his original idea and sketch to build upon and revise his digital work. A perfect encapsulation of the artistic process!"
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.