First days are the best days!

First days are always the best days!!!  

Today was truly truly special—and dare I say historic. I could not be prouder to be part of an amazing team that makes our school so unique! Here is a 60-second video that captures the amazing spirit that is Country Day! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

First-ever Grades 9-12 orientation in action!

The countdown is almost over! We can’t wait to get our entire Tiger family together. We had so much fun this past week with our first-ever Upper School (Grades 9 -12) orientation, and in case you don’t believe me—check out this video that highlights all the magic.

Can’t wait to see you soon!
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Welcome back, Tigers!

The excitement is building as we are only days away from the start of the school year. Here’s a little sneak peek at how we spent part of our day yesterday. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Upper School Hard Hat Tours

Last week, we had another "pinch me" moment at Country Day: 175 soon-to-be students of the new GCDS Upper School (Grades 9-12) gathered at the Stanwich Campus to meet their teachers and take a hard hat tour of the new building. To say it was an exciting evening is an understatement. The teachers were so excited to welcome the students, and our students had a chance to experience what their new high school is going to feel like! If that evening is a harbinger of things to come, we are incredibly fortunate! We thought you would enjoy this short video from that evening.

Happy Summer!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Celebrate! Dance Showcase 2019

What do you do at the end of the school year? The answer is easy—celebrate! How do you celebrate? Sing and Dance! As we head into the final day of school, we thought this would be the perfect time to relive the magnificent GCDS Dance Showcase.

We hope you enjoy this video as we celebrate the many accomplishments of all our students. Thank you for another amazing year at Country Day!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Math Festival

A few weeks ago, Marshall Spooner and Trish Kepler presented the five-year math review to the Board of Trustees. During that excellent presentation, they stressed that at the core of the Country Day math program is the idea that we will not only have rigorously prepared math students but they will love math in a way that so many children never experience. This video is a great example of how much our fourth and fifth graders are living their math experience. Add to that the opportunity to bring GCDS and Stanwich students together and you truly have something special. Enjoy this sneak peek of all that fun!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

"Tomorrow, I love ya!"

In 2011, the GCDS Upper School musical was Annie — and it was the last show ever performed in the old Locke Center. Fast forward to this evening, and, in a similar fashion, tonight’s performance of Annie marks the last grades 7-9 musical in the Performing Arts Center. Next year, we will, of course, still have a Middle School (grades 6 - 8) musical, and, as a bonus, we will also have our first High School musical — so exciting!

This show is another testament to the quality of the arts at GCDS. The dancing, the music, the singing — all terrific. Please enjoy this reprise of Annie 2019!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

A Milestone Day for GCDS

Today marked a huge milestone for GCDS.  

As of the release of this Headlines, Country Day has over 100 fully executed contracts for our 9th grade in our new Upper School. The numbers across the board have been amazing, and today we sit as the largest independent school in the State of Connecticut! To say the excitement is palpable is an understatement.

I now think we have a definite answer to the question, "If you build it, will they come?" And speaking of building—enjoy this time-lapse video of the new Upper School coming out of the ground. In less than 180 days, we will send you yet another 2-minute video highlighting the completion of the new building, open and ready to welcome our first class of Upper Schoolers, grades 9 – 12! Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

A Country Day Welcome

Today was Country Day Morning, a time when we invite our newly admitted families in nursery to 8th grade back to campus for a final revisit. It is always one of my favorite days because it helps me to see anew—through their eyes—all the truly special things about our school. We look forward to having our newly admitted high school students join us on campus Monday.

Last week, we sent each admitted family a welcome video, which we thought you would enjoy seeing because it captures the spirit of who we are! Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

GCDS Squash Team Competes at Nationals

When I was in high school, I memorized a Theodore Roosevelt quote that is stamped on a statue at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Roosevelt talks about giving credit to those who are “actually in the arena.”

Sports teach us so much about our world and about ourselves. At GCDS, we have achieved that perfect balance of being highly competitive in everything we do (and achieving great success as we do it) yet not selling out to the temptation of letting an athletic program drive the overall program. While we will always strive to win, we will count sportsmanship over goals, teamwork over three pointers, and resilience over trophies. As you watch this video of our recent trip to the U.S. Squash Nationals in New Haven, you will see exactly what I mean. Congratulations to the boys and girls who competed! Seeing their success, the future is incredibly bright for the launch of our high school athletic program in September!    

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

the most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year...  

While this line from the Andy Williams holiday classic gets stuck in my head every December, I often find myself humming it in September, February, and even in May. That is because a day at Country Day is such a special and unique experience. It is easy to take for granted and to forget to be grateful for how lucky we all are.

In this holiday season, aside from getting rest and time with your family, I hope we all pause to reflect on how wonderful our school is and how fortunate we are to be part of a community that cares so deeply for the children in its care. This holiday version of Headlines is a fantastic encapsulation of a day in the life of the school we all hold so dear!  

From all of us at GCDS, 
Happy New Year!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Share the Music!

With Thanksgiving today, I wanted to take a moment to share how grateful I am. I feel so blessed to work in a school community where everyone deeply cares about one another, where every day we have fun, and where the future is so very bright. It was almost one year ago today that we embarked on our exciting plan to add grades 10, 11, and 12—and we are now closing in on that reality. Our combination with Stanwich truly embodies the phrase “better together.”

This short video captures some great moments over the last few weeks during our many integration activities—students from both schools playing together, learning together, making music together, doing community service together, and, of course, widening their circles of friendship. This video opens with highlights from “Share the Music,” an afternoon of learning and collaboration for GCDS and Stanwich musicians in grades 6-12.

We share Headlines videos almost every week, and starting today we will send these videos out to all Stanwich parents as well as all Country Day families.  We hope you will enjoy these short peeks into school life.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, good cheer, and may we all take a brief moment to recognize how lucky we are.

Sincerely,

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Build a Model of an Atom

The combination of specific science curriculum coupled with design thinking and the expertise of our MakerLab faculty makes for an amazing 6th grade project. This video captures the excitement and the deep learning of the students. I hope you recognize the enthusiastic levels of participation, and I guarantee it is a lesson they will never forget.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School


Check out the new Tiger & get ready for Homecoming/Walkathon!

Today was the start of what will undoubtedly be a great weekend! Tonight at 5:30 p.m., we kick things off with Friday Night Lights, and then Saturday is our Homecoming and Walkathon Weekend. To get fired up, we held a Spirit Day, which culminated in the unveiling of our new Tiger spirit mark.

Enjoy this short pump-up video and watch until the end to see the new GCDS Tiger!

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Construction Time-lapse of New Middle School

Fifteen months ago, the first bulldozer took a bite out of what was our "old" Middle School building. Fast forward to today, and our wonderful new building is filled with 254 smiling children and a faculty who remind me on a daily basis that the building has already allowed them to help children learn in a more interesting and engaging way.

When we set out on this ambitious undertaking, it was with the sole goal of creating a space where we would positively impact student learning. Now seeing that dream realized, we are thrilled—and we hope you will have a chance to enjoy the space as well. We thought you would enjoy this 2-minute time-lapse video showing the construction of this building from start to finish!

Enjoy!
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Ninth Grade Begins Year in Denver

For the 15th time in my GCDS career, Alisa and I welcomed the ninth grade to our house for a Labor Day BBQ. The very next day, this group of Country Day leaders boarded a plane and headed to Denver, Colorado, where they set out to learn, have fun, and bond as a class. This first Headlines video of 2018-2019 highlights this trip, and I think you will easily be able to feel the excitement and see the unique nature of our ninth grade program. I hope your child's start to the school year has been as joyful as the start of our ninth graders!

Best,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Congratulations Class of 2018!

The last few weeks of the ninth grade year are always emotional, and this year was especially so as the Class of 2018 held their graduation ceremony. The laughter and tears were on full display as this group of young people once again distinguished themselves. We hope you enjoy this short video—break out the tissues one more time as we bid a final adieu to a very special group of Country Day Tigers.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Programming in Python

10 months ago, our eighth grade Introduction to Computer Science class did not even exist. 10 months later, our students have learned to program in Python as they built their own version of Siri, a voice agent that can do automated searches for YouTube videos. In a very small, yet distinct way, this class is a microcosm of what we do every day on Old Church Road. We never stand pat resting on our accomplishments. Rather, we continue to innovate, to push forward while never forgetting who we are at our core. As we prepare to open our high school in just 14 months, we will leverage this entrepreneurial spirit and couple it with 91 years of educational leadership. Exciting times ahead!

As you receive this video, we will have just completed our final all-school assembly. It is bittersweet to bid farewell to our friends for the summer, but I take solace in knowing that 900 students will be walking back through our doors in just 84 days from today. I hope you have a terrific summer, read lots of books, get to spend quality time with family, and have warm days in which to do it all.

Sincerely,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Dance Showcase 2018

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance....
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance! 
                      
-Lee Ann Womack

When it comes to the arts at Country Day, we are so spoiled. I am not sure anyone truly understands how good we have it. When Rose Moye takes 140 girls and boys and makes them work harder than they ever believed was possible, when they come together on stage to move as one as they did this past weekend, we forget that so many of these students have not hit their 10th birthday and not one of them has yet turned 16. I speak about magic often, and I return to this word when I see what happens on our Performing Arts Center stage.  

I hope you relive this event with the same smile I had when I watched this video tribute to our GCDS dancers—they truly are Excellent by Design!

 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School