A GCDS Welcome

Today was Country Day Morning, the time when we invite all our newly admitted families 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.

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

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Imagine / Create

As we continue to work on the basic design principles for the new GCDS High School, one idea is clear. The students of the last century were consumers of information. They were asked to memorize and regurgitate. The students of today have shifted that paradigm and have become creators of information. They build, tinker, innovate, collaborate, solve, and create—and the result is incredibly deep and "sticky" learning. We know this to be the case because we have seen it at work on Old Church Road. Take a look at this short 1-minute video, and you will see what I mean!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

We Love Our Teachers

I hope this video lands in your inbox while you are enjoying a happy Valentine's Day. At GCDS, there is so much to love—and at the top of the list has to be the amazing and caring Country Day faculty. I know you will enjoy this special valentine to the teachers of GCDS!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Robotics Tournament

This past Saturday was a great day of learning for our Robotics Team. GCDS joined Greenwich Academy and Long Ridge School at a Robotics Tournament hosted by Hackley School.

Using robots they had designed, built, and coded, our students competed with the other teams in both an autonomous round where the robots are pre-programmed and a driver-controlled round. The experience combined intellectual challenge with the wonderful enthusiasm of a good sporting event. Sportsmanship, collaboration, learning from one another and students from other schools—all these were highlights. One of our students won first place in the driver-controlled round, and everyone came away excited to keep improving their robots for future competitions. Enjoy this short video!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

News Year's Resolutions

On our first day back from break, I spoke to the Upper School students about making New Year's Resolutions. I shared with them my belief that there are two common mistakes people make when they attempt New Year's Resolutions. First, people bite off way more than they can chew: "I will cure world hunger tomorrow; I will be fit enough to run a marathon by next week." These resolutions, while admirable, are probably unachievable. I asked our students to think about small, achievable goals: make a new friend, get my effort grade up from 2 to 1; ask one question in every class every day."  

Second, I told them that New Year’s is not the only time to make resolutions. The first Monday of the month, the day after my game, tomorrow—these are all fine times to make a resolution. 

This short video highlights some of our Tigers and their resolutions—enjoy! 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Tiger Show

If you are a parent in the Lower School, you are certainly aware of our Pocket Tigers, Stripes and Whiskers. These two lovable characters have been visiting classes and connecting with our Lower School children. We have Mr. Niblock to thank for bringing them to GCDS, and one year ago yesterday, the Lower School students officially voted to give them the names Stripes and Whiskers.    

Now, just when you thought we couldn't take it up another notch, the Pocket Tigers have come to life with their own prime time TV show. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the season premiere, the pilot episode of... THE TIGER SHOW!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

So Many Sheep!

Harvesting carrots, milking a cow, making popsicle-stick chickens and, of course, cotton-ball sheep—the Pre-K Farm Switch is one of my favorite yearly events. Our young ones get the chance to better understand life on the farm and maybe even try a few vegetables that they haven't had before. We hope you enjoy this short video—yee-haw!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tigers Today with 8th Grade Reps

A few times throughout the year, the Headlines team is excited to bring you Tigers Today—a brief look around the campus from our students' perspectives.

We hope you enjoy this first installment!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Adventure Begins for Class of 2029!

If you are ever feeling blue, or you just need a quick smile, I have an instant remedy. There is truly nothing like a day in the GCDS Nursery. Our Nursery is filled with wonder—and filled with happiness. This short video of the Class of 2029 (crazy!) is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Join our youngest friends as they start on the first steps of their Country Day journey!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Week of Inspirational Math

Imagine their surprise when our third through fifth graders returned from their summer vacations to be greeted by an opening week of inspirational math! I know what some of you are thinking...inspirational math, that's an oxymoron—not so at GCDS!  

You will love this short video, and if you take the time to listen to Trish Kepler, our nursery - grade 5 math coordinator, you will understand the philosophy behind this opening week. Moreover, just take a look at the students involved in the projects—truly inspirational!

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

World Languages

I am sure that most parents, when they look back at their own education, have some regrets about what they wish they had learned. One of my greatest is not learning to speak a second language. I am so jealous when I see our students emerge from the FLES program ready to tackle one of the world languages offered in grades six through nine. This short video deepens my regret as I watch our Upper Schoolers not only learning to become fluent in their target language but also having so much fun at the same time.

I hope you feel the passion of our Upper School teachers of Latin, Greek, Mandarin, Spanish, and French––and I know you will see the excitement in the eyes of the students!

Enjoy.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Where Everything is Awesome

It may be the fact that they no longer have to walk in lines. It might be the freedom of early morning recess. Could it be that they get door codes? Or maybe, just maybe, it is the salad bar. While no longitudinal studies have yet been completed, what we do know for sure is that the fourth grade is a transformative experience for our 9- and 10-year-olds and a year they will never forget. We hope you will enjoy this short peek into their world—the world of the newest members of our Middle School—where everything is awesome!!!!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School