How to Walk on Water: A Day with Student Council President Remy Reya by Dean of Academics and Student Life Todd Ballaban
A cursory glance at literature on character education will illuminate growing research that cites empathy as a vital trait in building leaders of the future. A Google search instantly reveals hundreds of empathy coaches working with top companies to build morale in the workplace. Despite these trends, a strange adversarial relationship still exists between students and administrators. Students often view administrators as “sheriffs” plotting devious ways to fill the student experience with endless hurdles and red tape. Throughout my tenure at the school, I have worked to defy such misconceptions. How can an administrator expect to mentor and guide students without, as Atticus Finch opines, “walking around in their skin”? To prove my point and to grow as an administrator, I spent a day shadowing my advisee and Student Council President Remy Reya ’17.
Demystifying Financial Assistance by Director of Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Brian Murphy
Now in my third year as the director of financial assistance and enrollment management, I have come to realize that, at times, there seems to be a tremendous amount of mystery around the topic of financial assistance at independent schools. As a result, demystifying financial assistance at La Jolla Country Day School has become one of my primary objectives.
Congratulations to the New Cum Laude Society Members!
We proudly announce the 13 seniors (pictured above) and 12 juniors who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society on February 24. Students are chosen based on academic achievement including grade point average and demand of course load but also their attitude and actions in and outside of the classroom and other aspects of character.
As part of the sixth-grade Classroom Without Walls project on February 22–23, students worked with Habitat for Humanity to build and decorate playhouses for local Head Start programs. This was the first time that San Diego Habitat for Humanity facilitated Camp Habitat with students in this age group, and the students showed how well they could collaborate to make eight colorful and lively playhouses.
Alumna Alet Taylor ’88, an actress and writer living in New York and Los Angeles, returns to La Jolla to play the role of Torrey and understudy Katherine in Disney’s new musical Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse. Based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures, the story is about a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours.