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Pi Day

April 27, 2016
By Mrs. Harlow

On Pi (π) Day, also known as March 14, Middle School math classes participated in schoolwide Pi-oriented activities. The sixth grade and seventh grade classes practiced teamwork, as they, using twine and yardsticks, measured the circumference and diameter of the center circle on our basketball court. Next, they plugged their measurements into the formula, C / D  = Pi (π), in an effort to “prove” Pi. In eighth grade, students shared their own Pi-based activities, posters and presentations. Afterwards, they all celebrated the day by enjoying some tasty, circular treats and watching a three minute and fourteen second video about the origins of Pi.


MathCounts Competition

March 24, 2016
By Mrs. McAlevey

Recently 10 of our Middle School students competed in a nationwide math competition called Mathcounts. The competition took place on Friday, February 26, at the Northrup Grumman aerospace engineering facility in Redondo Beach. This was the largest regional Mathcounts competition in the country. We competed against 200 other middle school students, from schools all over the South Bay and Santa Monica region. The competition was very challenging, but our students worked very well together as a team. Out of the 21 schools competing, all with rigorous math programs, we ranked 5th overall. Our Country Day team was also honored at the competition for placing first in their division. The day was a fun and rewarding experience for our students, who should be very proud of their hard work and achievement.

Newberry Book Club

March 23, 2016
By Mrs. Hunter

The 5th grade students participated in a Newbery Book Club in the library this fall and winter. They chose three new books published in 2015 that were Newbery award contenders, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. They were all great reads, and one of our choices actually won the 2016 Newbery Honor Award!

Chinese New Year

March 1, 2016
By Mrs. Ma

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. Almost all Chinese celebrate this important event all around the world.  It occurs on the first day of the new lunar year.  Family members (immediate and often times, extended) get together on New Year’s Eve for a holiday feast.  The feast includes a variety of dishes that have underlying meanings of good fortune, luck or prosperity.  An example of such a dish is dumplings.  Their shapes resemble gold nuggets that Chinese like to fashion into. It is said that eating dumplings will help with your financial fortune in the coming year. 

In Middle School Mandarin classes, students learned about the above traditions associated with the holiday. We also made dumplings from scratch! The students had a great time practicing forming dumplings and pinching the dough to create the traditional, scalloped edges.

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."


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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.