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

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

Outdoor Adventure Team

In today's world of speed, technology, news overload, social media, etc., it is not surprising that national rates of stress and anxiety are on the rise. Sadly, this is just as true for adolescents as it is for adults. How do we intentionally develop curriculum and programs that encourage children to slow down, to think deeply, to connect with nature and the world around them, and to engage in thoughtful conversation? One recent effort has been the GCDS Outdoor Adventure Team! This short video will give you a small window into their winter season—they were clearly UNDEFEATED!  

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

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

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

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

Tiger Pride and our NBA Rookie Superstar

This evening's Headlines shares some highlights from one of our recent alums, Donovan Mitchell. And while we are so proud of all he has accomplished in his rookie year in the NBA, we are even more proud of the fine young man he is. Donovan is the first to recognize the impact of his Country Day experience on the man he has become, and to hear him talk about Tiger Pride as an emerging NBA superstar is really so special.  

A couple weeks ago, 109 GCDS faculty, staff, and their families traveled to Barclays Center to cheer Donovan on as the Jazz played the Nets. It was a fantastic evening and just another example of the close-knit nature of the Country Day extended family. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights!  —and you didn't even need to travel to Texas!

In a first for GCDS (and sure to become an annual tradition), Country Day wheeled in lights and had our first-ever night football game. While the varsity team played a great game defeating Kellenburg from Long Island 28-8, it was even a better night for the hundreds of fans who came to watch. The electricity in the air, the cheering on the sidelines, and the younger siblings and families in attendance made the evening another GCDS memorable moment. If you were not able to join the action, I know you will enjoy this short highlight video — way to go, Tigers!

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

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

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

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

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

Teamwork, resiliency, and a WINNING season!

The leaves are falling off the trees, and each day it gets a bit colder outside. These are the yearly signs that the fall sports season is drawing to a close.

Today's Headlines video is a brief compilation of our interscholastic varsity teams in action. Aside from the incredible success of our Tiger teams (winning seasons across the board!), it was a fall filled with lessons learned about sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work, and resiliency. I am so proud of all of our student athletes and their coaches. I look forward to the winter season in just a few days!

Enjoy this highlight reel!

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

Ninth Grade Remembers

It is so incredibly hard to say goodbye.

The school is quiet, our 9th graders just experienced such a special graduation, and our teachers are already starting to head off for their summer getaways. I find myself left with a bit of an empty feeling. Watching this video did NOT help my feeling of longing. Rather, it once again made me reach for the tissues.

Our “9th grade remembers” video is longer than our normal Headlines videos, but there was no other way to capture what made this group of 61 special young men and women so unique. We will share their graduation video in the coming days, but whether your child just finished nursery or is a member of this year’s graduating class, we hope you enjoy this reflection on what truly is “the Country Day Experience.”

Best,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Hoops Night

Electric is a term we often throw around. "The stadium was electric last night." "When we met, there was a real spark." Too often this term becomes hyperbole. That said, last Friday night in the Alumni Gym the hair was literally standing up on the back of my neck. As I watched our varsity boys basketball team hit the floor with "fire in their bellies" and our dance team "crush it" at halftime, I was once again reminded of how sports can energize not only the athletes but also a standing room only crowd in the stands. Friday's Hoops Night was a perfect example of teamwork, hustle, resiliency, and, of course, Tiger Pride. I am so proud of all our winter teams, and I can't wait to start cheering again in the spring!

Enjoy this short video, and hopefully you too will feel the energy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Learning to Skate

Country Day is in such a lucky position to have the relationship we do with the Greenwich Skating Club. While we do not own the skating club (something I am often asked), we do work together hand in glove. In return, our hockey teams get ice time during the winter, and our younger students get to enjoy part of their winter physical education outside on the ice.

This short video captures the magic of learning to skate. Most importantly, it once again shows another venue where we work hard with our students to instill in them the values our school holds dear. Teamwork, cooperation, resilience, and, of course, TIGER PRIDE are all evident in this short clip. Enjoy this window into one of the great time-honored GCDS traditions!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Character Kids

March Madness is perhaps my favorite sporting event of the year. I am the guy who stays up until after midnight on the night of the National Championship game to watch the CBS highlight montage set to the song "One Shining Moment." Perhaps it is the basketball coach in me or perhaps it is the pure, raw emotion of college athletics; whatever the reason, I am transfixed.

The week before we went on Spring Break some of our Lower School students had a chance to hear from a young man who next year will be playing in March Madness. Donovan Mitchell, GCDS class of 2012, signed a national letter of intent to play for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals next year.

While it is so exciting to think about watching one of our own next year on TV, for me the most rewarding moment was when I heard Coach Pitino talk about Donovan. His assessment of Donovan as a player was glowing, yet when he talked about Donovan's character he said, “Donovan is in the top three ‘character kids’ I have ever recruited in my 30 years of coaching.”

So what did Donovan talk to our Lower School students about? How to shoot a jump shot? The art of the pick and roll? In true Country Day fashion, he spoke to them about TIGER PRIDE. He talked with them about good sportsmanship and how to overcome adversity while never losing sight of what is most important. A great day and great lesson for our students!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Physical Education at GCDS

At Country Day, P.E. truly is physical education. When I walk through the gymnasiums or out on the fields, I see our teachers teaching young kids how to throw and catch, how to run and kick, but most importantly I see them imparting life lessons that will benefit their students all of their lives.

When the nursery is playing What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, they are learning how to follow multi-step directions and understand how to comport themselves even if they are tagged out. When pre-kindergarteners are playing rollover dodgeball, aside from spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination, they are learning how to be good teammates and the basics of good sportsmanship. On "Fitness Tuesdays,” when first and second graders are doing fun stations—jump ropes, rebounders, noodle squats—their teachers are building in lessons on how muscles work. And when third graders start learning the basics of the team sports they will play in the Middle and Upper Schools, the P.E. teachers take time at the end of class to debrief the game. They will ask the students, “Even though your team lost the game today, what positives can you take away?” 

In a world where obesity rates continue to skyrocket and our children are bombarded with poor health and nutritional choices, I take great pride in knowing that our students will graduate with skills that will allow for a lifelong participation in sports and recreational fitness and, perhaps even more importantly, they will know what it means to compete in a graceful way. 

Enjoy this 60-second video of our youngest learning while having a great time!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School