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Earth Hour at Country Day

March 25, 2015
By Mrs. Hardy

Second graders in Mrs. Hardy's class decided to participate in their own "Earth Hour" during class time. Students took their reading and writing outside for one hour to help conserve energy.  The worldwide "Earth Hour" event takes place this Saturday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30 P.M.  How will you participate?

Scratch: After School Programming

March 17, 2015
By Mr. Hardy

The fun doesn't end at 3:00 P.M. here at Country Day... that's when these programmers are just getting started!  These students, and others, have had the opportunity to spend time in the lab with Mr. Hardy programming interesting games and cartoons using Scratch©.  Together, students have manipulated hundreds of lines of code creating very cool things.  Great job, team!  There will be more after school Scratch classes in the future, so keep a look out for flyers and email notifications.

Gr. 5 Joined MS Electives for a Day

February 24, 2015
By Mr. Hardy

He shoots, he scores!  Fifth grade was invited to join the Middle School electives last week and had a blast at L.A. Galaxy Soccer City.  The energy level was high as fifth graders battled it out on the fantastic indoor fields.  The trip was fun, and I think teachers are just as excited as students to welcome all the fifth graders to Middle School next year so they can join this awesome weekly event!

Mission Reports

February 11, 2015
By Mrs. Jacobson & Ms. King

Last week, students in Grade 4 showcased their Mission Projects in the MPR. The Mission Project began right after Thanksgiving break and was completed at the end of January. Students learned all aspects of writing a research paper, including how to research a topic, gather information from a variety of different sources, write a report using the new knowledge they had gained through their research, and write this all in their own words. Mrs. Jacobson and Ms. King also taught note-taking skills and the basic components of a research paper, such as a title page, table of contents, and bibliography requirements. In addition, the students created a paper replica of the unique mission brand used on livestock.

Students also worked with Mr. Hardy in Computer and Mr. Del Rio in Art to create a multi-disciplinary product, which included fact sheets made in Microsoft Publisher and beautiful hand-painted tiles, which were fired on campus in our kiln.

Many students were able to visit their missions (even though this was not a requirement) and displayed photos, journal entries, and extra materials they gathered during their visit.

Parts of the Mission Project will be referenced in the program, "Oh, California!" This performance ties in all the components of the social studies curriculum that students will have learned throughout the year. The experiential activity, “Walk Through California” was a prequel to their study of the missions.

Congratulations to the fourth graders on their hard work!

MS Engineering: Truss Bridge

January 29, 2015
By Mr. Baran

Students in the Middle School Engineering class created a truss bridge using only glue and popsicle sticks. They tested the integrity of the bridge and found that it was able to hold approximately 50 pounds!


The Middle School Engineering class was a great success this semester. Over the last eight weeks, students studied 3-D printing and CAD, bridges, magnetic motors, architectural scaling, basic hydraulics, and drone construction and mechanics.


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RHCDS is a premier Kindergarten through Grade 8 school on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Our Lower School (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) and Middle School (6th through 8th grades) offer small class-sizes and specialized educators in multiple subjects. We are an independent, WASC accredited school serving families in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, San Pedro, and several other communities in the South Bay. 

Student Quote of the Week

I like to go to the Science Lab during recess. You always learn new things, and there are lots of animals.

~Grade 1 Student