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A Day in Celebration of the Bard

February 1, 2016
By Mrs. Favreau

The 8th grade was dazzled by an incredible performance of Shakespearience at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Room parents later treated students to delicious and witty Shakespeare-themed treats!  Eighth graders have lots of experience with Shakespeare, as they read A Midsummer Night's Dream in 7th grade, and Romeo and Juliet in 8th grade. They also study "Seven Ages of Man" and "Sonnet 18."

RHCDS Places 9th in Nation in WordMasters Challenge

January 27, 2016
By Mrs. Johns-Campbell

Rolling Hills Country Day School is proud to share this press release from WordMasters Challenge. Congratulations to our Grade 8 students whose hard work and dedication earned them ninth place in the nation! Special congratulations to Macie C. in Grade 7 and Cailyn L. in Grade 8, who competed in the very difficult Gold Division!


Below is a press release from WordMasters Challenge:

A team representing Rolling Hills Country Day School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The eighth grade team scored an impressive 163 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing ninth in the nation.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students from Rolling Hills Country Day School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include seventh grader Macie C. and eighth grader Cailyn L. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Mrs. Johns-Campbell and Mrs. Favreau.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website:

Practicing Proper Typing Habits

January 15, 2016
By Mr. Hardy

Students of all ages are busy typing in the Computer Lab. We practice using proper typing techniques and good typing habits. Memorize those keyboards! The more you can look at the screen and not at the keyboard, the better! But we don’t spend all day typing… There are too many fun projects to work on!

Grade 2 Visits the Getty

January 13, 2016
By Mr. Z

Mrs. Primero, Mrs. Hardy, and Mr. Z's Grade 2 classes went on an exciting field trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum recently.

Upon arrival, students formed into smaller groups and were taken on a docent-lead tour to view some of the wonderful paintings and sculptures on exhibit.

Students had a chance to sketch inside one of the galleries, and after the tour, students explored the galleries with a few of the parent chaperones.

At Country Day, Grade 2 students are studying two of the masters, Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrant Van Rynn, and they are replicating one of their masterpieces.

Students' masterpiece replicas will be on display at the Open House Art Show on Sunday, January 31, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Character Grams in Mandarin

December 17, 2015
By Ms. Chen

Do you think Chinese characters are difficult? Our 5th graders don't think so! Students in Grade 5 just finished their character grams, which help them easily identify the words by the pictorial shapes. For example, “山” means "mountain," "木“ means "tree," and "日”means "sun." Can you find the characters of goat (羊), grass (草), fish (鱼), water(水), rock(石), or cloud(云) in Jillian's work?



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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.