Every year before the Thanksgiving Break, Buckley Country Day School has its Thanksgiving assembly. It traditionally takes place on the Wednesday half-day before the holiday. At this time, the Upper School comes together to perform a music program from their chosen elective: Percussion, Dance, Band, Strings, or Chorus. Students are required to enroll in one of these programs for the entire year staring in fifth grade (although dance is only for students in grades seven and eight). Each of these programs meets on Mondays and Wednesdays to learn new skills and practice for school assemblies. At the Thanksgiving assembly, each of the programs played what they rehearsed, usually one or two songs. This year, the Percussion group played “Where are Ü Now,” the Band played “Over the Rainbow,” and the other music programs performed different dances and songs according to their grade.
During week twelve in the National Football League (NFL), there was one major match-up most New Yorkers and people from Washington, D.C., were talking about on Sunday and Monday. The Giants played in Washington and were grilled! In the first half, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and his defense allowed 17 points. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning was thirsty for a comeback, and he abused cornerback Bashaud Breeland and his miss-match with Odell Beckham, Jr. late in the game. Even though he made an amazing one-handed catch, Beckham, Jr. was not able to make a comeback. The final score was 20-14.
During the eleventh week of the National Football League (NFL), some major games occurred. The Carolina Panthers kept a perfect season alive by clutching a game against the Redskins 44-16. Quarterback Cam Newton recorded a personal record of five passing touchdowns, and luckily for the Panthers, an early pick six was nullified after a penalty on the play. The New York Giants and New Orleans Saints had a bye week, so there was no loss for either team. Quarterback Tony Romo came back and improved the Dallas Cowboys’ record to 3-7 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins. To continue with the NFC East theme, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17. Quarterback Mark Sanchez started the game off really well but unfortunately could not keep the early lead with a few interceptions.
During the tenth week of the National Football League (NFL), many big plays occurred and many awards were presented. First, I would like to congratulate Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins and Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers for receiving the Offensive Player of the Week in their respective leagues. Next, I would like to congratulate Terence Newman from the Minnesota Vikings and Bacarri Rambo from the Buffalo Bills for winning Defensive Player of The Week in their leagues.
Just like for all fifth graders, the jump from the Lower School to the Upper School is a big change. Of course, the academics are a big jump, but the amount of free and transition time we get is also a big adjustment, especially on Fridays. On Fridays, all Upper Schoolers have no recess, longer classes, more classes in a row, no transition time, and most importantly, no snack. I wanted to learn more about why Fridays were like this, so I went to the person who would know most about this: Mrs. Linda Bernard.
Every year, Buckley Country Day School’s students in grades 5-8 sand and paint wooden toys, donate sets of hats and gloves, and wrap these garments in paper during the weeks before the winter break. They do this to prepare for the annual field trip to two Head Start Programs, where each Upper School student is paired with a toddler to enjoy various activities. Some of these fun activities include coloring, cookie decorating, and many more small art projects.
Throughout the year Buckley students have expressed themselves in various ways, from writing a two-page essay to showing themselves through self-portraits. These are some various examples of what these students have produced in art teacher Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos’ classroom. Some, in fact, are still in development.
The seventh-grade class of Buckley Country Day School is artistic in many ways. Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos, the art and dance teacher, is teaching the seventh-grade about self-portraits. She is, however, teaching the students a different way of interpreting self-portraits. Mrs. Demopoulos specifically instructed the students to include certain things they like or things that have deeper meaning behind them. Many students internalized her idea of creating self-portraits and made it their own.