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

Middle School Construction

This past summer was an exciting one at Country Day with the start of the Middle School project. This construction of a new building and renovation of the original Warner House is on schedule to open next fall in time for the start of school. I know you will enjoy this short video of the work that has taken place so far and, more importantly, I want to thank all of you who have so generously given to this project. Our new Middle School will be a spectacular place for learning, and we hope all our families will join us in the effort to turn this vision into a reality!

Enjoy the peek into what is happening on the construction site!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Welcome Back!

In just a few hours, the seeming quiet of Old Church Road will be filled with the sounds of 900 excited children backed by our opening day jazz band. I CAN’T WAIT! 

As I get ready for my 14th opening day at Country Day, I am so excited for this school year. All the faculty and staff are ready, the classrooms are ready, and now all we need is you! 

Enjoy this opening day Headlines video (we send these out once a week to give you unique views of the magic that is created on Old Church Road), and listen to the voices of GCDS as they share their excitement for tomorrow! 

I CAN’T WAIT!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

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

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