Congratulations Class of 2017

I often talk about the Country Day "experience" or sometimes "the journey" that is GCDS. It is so very hard to encapsulate that experience in words. Quite honestly, it is even hard to capture it in images—you truly have to "live it." That is why our Commencement Day is such an emotional moment. It is filled with joy, with sadness, with gratitude and with pride. Whether this year was your first in the GCDS nursery or you were a parent of one of the graduates, please take a look at this amazing video, which comes as close as anything to capturing the magic that is Greenwich Country Day!

Happy summer everyone, and I look forward to seeing everyone in 87 days!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tiger Sports

Despite the rainy spring, the Tiger varsity teams once again shone brightly. Forget the overwhelmingly positive score results (I think we won 85% of games and matches), our students learned what it means to be part of a team, to work hard, to overcome adversity, and to find joy in every day on the field. I am so proud of all our Tigers––and I know you will love this short video that captures the spirit of the spring season.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Dance Showcase

Grace under pressure, confidence, teamwork, perseverance, grit, creativity....the list is almost non-ending. The GCDS dance program is an inspiration, and every child who goes through the program is changed for the better. Last weekend's showcase was a highlight film worthy of SportsCenter's top 10. Yet the real magic happens in the pools of sweat in the dance studio each and every day, on the weekends, and in the evenings. I am so proud to be at a school that doesn’t just allow the arts their space, but rather celebrates the arts and elevates them to their proper role in education. It was Henry David Thoreau who said, "The world is but a canvas to our imagination."

Enjoy this short look back at the imagination and inspiration of Rose Moye and the GCDS dance program.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Our Second Grade Animal Experts

The second grade animal research project is always a highlight of the spring. If you ask any current ninth grader, who today is thinking primarily about the prom, graduation, and final exams (and probably in that order), they can instantly recall their animal from seven years earlier. This academic project combines so many valuable skills that children need to learn. Our second graders learn to select books from the library and how to do research, to take good notes, to organize their thoughts on notecards, to write rough drafts, and then to edit those drafts into a finished paper—one that includes a map, original poem, and watercolor illustrations. Their final step is to create a diorama featuring their animal in its natural habitat; and then, ultimately, they teach others about their animal. I love seeing a second grader as an "expert" on the American bison or the emperor penguin. Powerful learning indeed.

I hope you enjoy this short video that captures the spirit of this annual GCDS special project.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tiger Fun

I spent this morning visiting a boarding school. I try to visit a few every season. When I take a campus tour and meet with students, directors of admissions, and school heads, I am always looking to get a sense of the culture of the place. As has been said before, culture eats strategy for breakfast.

Said another way, a school culture is what separates the good from the great. I hope this short, fun "mad libs" video gives you yet another peek into the culture of Country Day. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Making Math People

While I hate to admit it, I have never been a "math person." I wish I was, but, alas, I felt more repelled than attracted to the subject during my years of school. Then I look at what's happening on Old Church Road, and I can only wish this was where I had grown up. GCDS creates "math people!" When you watch this short video about our Upper School math program, you can't help but see the excitement jump off the screen. I hope you enjoy this video––and I hope it inspires you as much as it does me!
 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tigers Ride Together

We've got “The Big Mo”! This week Tigers are riding together. Families are making new connections to carpool, children are practicing independence on buses, and our campus is a healthier, safer, and more peaceful place during drop-off and pick-up times. 

Thanks for getting on board! Check out the short video as we look ahead to more Tigers Riding Together!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Measuring the Digestive System

There are many ways to get children to be excited about science, but none may be more powerful than helping them understand things that directly impact their lives. If you can spare a couple minutes, check out this short video and watch how Eric Cornell crafts a lesson that engages our fifth grade students as they learn about how their own bodies actually work.

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

GCDS Maker Faire 2017

Tuesday was an exciting day on campus as GCDS hosted its first-ever Maker Faire. This event attracted over 100 educators from around the area, from both public and independent schools, in an effort to gather like-minded educators on the forefront of the "Maker Movement."

After a keynote address from Sylvia Martinez, who is considered a pioneer in the movement, teachers led workshops and hands-on, shared demonstrations of how we continue to inspire our students to become creative problem solvers. The day was fascinating and once again cemented our school's position as a leader in educational thinking.

We hope this short video gives you a taste of the day!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tigers Today

Welcome to our first Headlines edition of TIGERS TODAY. This show highlights some exciting happenings from around campus this week. We hope you enjoy this first installment—and our celebration of spring. We are all so happy to have the students back on campus after a long break! Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Congratulations to Ms. Kerrick, Mrs. Moye, and the entire cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! For four shows you lit up the stage of the Performing Arts Center. You filled us with song and dance, and you made us smile, and you made us cry.

If you did not have the privilege to see the show in person, I hope you will enjoy this short highlight video.

And finally to the entire "GCDS Tiger family," I want to wish you all a great Spring Break filled with family, fun, and relaxation!

-Mr. Rohdie

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

multiplication, factors, polygons...and more!

I don't know about you, but learning math was never "fun" in my elementary or middle school years. The idea that basic concepts could be turned into games is great on its own; the fact that our fourth graders made the games themselves is just over the top. I think you will enjoy watching this video as our 4th graders explain their games to you. If you do not get too caught up in their explanations, take a look at the "fire in their eyes," and you will see students passionately engaged in their own learning. There is not much more a teacher could ask for!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Builders, Doers, Thinkers

I used to refer to February as the “black hole” of education. It is pretty much dark and cold all day long, teachers are tired, and the students are counting the days until spring break. Then I got to Country Day, and that notion was turned on its head. Check out this video, all filmed yesterday, and the energy just jumps off the screen. We are a school of builders, doers, and thinkers––and the best faculty and staff anywhere create an atmosphere that is closer to a supernova than a black hole!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

In Every Season

I have been accused of being the “Snow Grinch,” always reluctant to call a delay or a snow closing. I happen to believe that we live in New England and should be able to deal with a little white stuff every now and then. However, the main reason I am always loath to close school is that, at least on our campus, we are almost always ready to open thanks to the most amazing team of dedicated men and women in the Facilities Department.

Today’s Headlines video caught our facilities team getting the campus ready late at night so that we would be ready to safely welcome the children the next day. Moreover, this video is a tribute to the culture that is GCDS. We love and celebrate all aspects of our school. From the people who serve our lunch every day, to our faculty and staff, to the men and women who mow the lawns, everyone is a true believer in Country Day, and it is this “can do” attitude that permeates all aspects of our school.

Even if you happen to be a huge fan of the snow day, take a moment to thank our facilities team for all they do and for every day in every way making our campus one of the most beautiful places in Greenwich.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Power of Games

So much good comes from playing games. Pick-up basketball, a good game of Hearts, or a marathon Monopoly game—nothing is better at bringing people together and nothing is better for helping healthy children grow and thrive. And then there is chess. We added chess to the Lower School curriculum many years ago, and we continue to support our chess program because we know how significantly this particular game helps stimulate brain development. Strategy, thinking ahead, understanding complexities, and always showing good sportsmanship are involved in every game whether at the Grandmaster level or in the GCDS kindergarten. We hope you enjoy this short video highlighting the GCDS chess program.
 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

still a favorite

There are hundreds of schools across the country that, unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, have had to drop art, music, and woodshop programs. At Country Day, we invest significantly in these programs because we know the value they provide for children. As you watch this short video from our woodshop, you cannot help but see the skills of time management, creativity, physical dexterity, and determination. And, of course, the best part is that at the end you have a treasure that will be a keepsake for a very long time.

Enjoy!
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Boards, Blocks and Buzzer Beaters

Last weekend, Country Day hosted our annual girls and boys basketball tournaments, where 10 teams from around the area met for round-robin tournament action. I was so very proud of our teams—not just because they played so well, but because they worked incredibly hard, displayed unwavering sportsmanship, and supported each other as teammates and friends.

As a coach, I have often been struck by how misquoted Vince Lombardi has been. It is often stated that he said, "Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing." Actually, the real quote by Lombardi is: "Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is."

I think that best encapsulates what GCDS sports do for our children. They are better people thanks to their coaches and the lessons they learn on the courts and the fields and on the ice.

Enjoy this short highlight video from the weekend.

Adam
P.S. The SportsCenter clip aired nationally on Sunday morning! :)

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

"that light-bulb moment"

That “light-bulb moment!” In this case, it is not just the moment that a great idea hits; it is actually a time when you make a light bulb turn on! The 6th grade electricity project is a yearly favorite—and this year was no different. I love this project because not only do the students leave with a deep knowledge of electricity and circuits, but they also are challenged once again to explore those powerhouse skills that are so important to success in education and in life. The ability to work in groups, to manage time, to think creatively, and to show grit are all woven into the fabric of this project. I hope this short video illuminates an aspect of the school that is so special!
 

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Mindfulness in the Classroom

By now I am sure you have heard the term "mindfulness." The practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, environment, and breath has been proven through empirical research to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages. Most recently, researchers at Stanford University showed that after 8 weeks of mindfulness training, the fourth through sixth graders in the study had documented decreases in anxiety and improvements in attention. They were less emotionally reactive and more able to handle daily challenges and choose their behavior—and ultimately showed improvement in GPA.

GCDS was fortunate this week to bring in two mindfulness practitioners, who spent time showing our teachers ways to implement mindfulness in their classrooms. Just a one- or two-minute focusing activity at the start of a class or a mid-class “energizer” has a significant impact on student performance. I hope you enjoy this short video capturing some of yesterday’s training and know that at Country Day we work to educate students in mind, character, and play!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

A Day in K

I think you're going to love this 90-second video of a day in the life of the kindergarten. However, what struck me most was the fact that this video was shot over a very short two-day window (yesterday and today), and, after capturing just a few hours on camera, we had footage of happy children engaged in so many different learning experiences––truly breathtaking. I hope you enjoy this quick peek into the lives of our 5- and 6-year-olds, and I hope you see how dynamic a day in their lives on Old Church Road really is.

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School