Join us in wishing Louise Balmer, the school’s late founder, a happy birthday. On Tuesday, February 27, the entire community—Early Childhood Center, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School—will join together to sing and honor Ms. Balmer. Learn more about a remarkable teacher, leader and education pioneer.
A letter from the administration
An Ocean of Feedback by Julie Strong, Ph.D., Upper School dean of faculty
Each of us receives feedback all day, every day. From “Why didn’t you put that dirty plate in the dishwasher?” at home to “Did you get that report done?” at work, feedback is all around us. Our children are no exception. In their book Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen report that students get as many as 300 pieces of school work graded each year, not to mention auditions, sports team tryouts, standardized tests and other evaluative feedback. Stone and Heen open their book by stating, “We swim in an ocean of feedback.” We don’t have to leave our children adrift, though.
Friday, February 9 saw six alumni return to campus for Career Day, a longtime tradition in which the senior class has the opportunity to learn about various career paths from fellow Torreys. This year’s speakers, John Tessmer ’85, David Jay ’93, Nikki (McIntyre) Blackman ’97, Derek Zemen ’03, Tommy Morris ’08 and Armando Yee ’08 each spoke at assembly in front of the Upper School, including some of their former teachers and mentors.
How to Make a Medicine may be a course offered in college, but it is also a new elective class for LJCDS students in Grades 7–8. The elective teaches students how to make an actual anti-cancer medicine–the very same drug that saved the life of a girl around their age who was diagnosed with brain cancer, stage four pediatric neuroblastoma.