The 2015-16 academic year will bring about several exciting changes, and because we recognize that many of you plan early for the school year, we feel that it is important to inform you of our new daily bellschedule.
Drew 's At Home At Drew evening events bring members of our parent guardian association together to learn more about the impressive opportunities and programs we offer. The evenings are also designed to socialize, make connections, and build community. At Drew, we value relationships and community.
The new school year beckons, and yet we have a few more weeks to go before we begin our exciting work together, I hope that each of you is having a wonderful summer break, a time filled with growth and adventure, reading and thinking. As I
write from Cape Cod (where I spend some time each summer), I find myself spending a chunk of each day preparing for my English class, looking forward to reconnecting with my advisees, and embracing the notion that this is the last “summer vacation” of my career.
In the life of schools, summer is all about opportunity. For many, it is an opportunity to recharge our batteries and reconnect with our lives off campus. For some, like the students of the 2015 Drew Summer Program, it is an opportunity to explore new passions, rediscover old ones, and create new opportunities for growth and advancement for the coming year. As the doors closed on the 2014-2015 school year, the 2015 Drew Summer Program kicked into high gear, hosting nearly 100 students in a wide variety of academic and enrichment courses designed to offer a multitude of opportunities to interested students and families.
The Head Search is progressing very nicely. The committee is actively and thoroughly reviewing applicants this month. We are very pleased with the caliber of the candidates and their sincere interest in Drew and its mission. We will be selecting and interviewing semifinalists over the next several weeks
and anticipate announcing the finalists in late August/early September.
The Yearbook staff is proud to announce that the complete 2014-2015 Yearbook is now available. Use THIS LINK to purchase a hard or soft cover Yearbook and to request the free e-version. Use Option 1 to purchase the standard version, Option 2 if you wish to personalize your yearbook.
The Drew Advanced Salsa performed at the ODC Dance Commons last week and have been invited to perform on the SF Carnaval Stage at Harrison & 17th on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00pm for the second year in a row!
Thursday, April 30th from 5:30 - 7:30pm is our Spring Gallery Walk: A Celebration of Drew Artists. Join us for a night of visual arts and interactive activities fun for all ages including robot building, photo portraits and a graffiti wall!
Maren Anderson, Senior Clare M. and alum Tess Mahoney rapell for Outward Bound
On Friday, Director of Experiential Education and science teacher Maren Anderson, along with Clare M. ’15 and alum Tess Mahoney ’14 participated in the City Skyline Challenge by rappelling down 23 stories down the Hyatt Regency raising money for Outward Bound.
Outward Bound targets low-income, traditionally excluded populations to participate in life-changing experiential education programs in both wilderness and urban settings.
On Friday, students from the Friday Elective Improv class went to see professional improvisers at Bay Area TheaterSports and because of technical problems delaying the show, the Drew students were able to open up the show themselves!
Come out and see the Spring Fling Improv show will take place at Drew this Friday, March 27th from 7:00 – 8:15pm.
Last week, seven of our students and English teacher Ms. Senghor served on a panel about liberating interracial dating at the 30th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference in Berkeley. They shared stories, supported each other and explored how interracial dating could be liberated in our lives and in our communities. The Unity Club assisted in the creation of their presentation.
The Marine Science class took a field trip on Friday to the California Academy of Sciences, where they had the opportunity to hear a special presentation by Elliott Jessup, Director of Scientific Diving for the Academy. He spoke to the class on scientific diving, invasive species, twilight zone coral reefs and fish, and answered many questions on his career path. They were then free to explore the Academy's amazing aquarium!
Mr. Demond Walker Appointed as New Dean of Students
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Demond Walker as our new Dean of Students for the coming school year. Mr. Walker met dozens of students, teachers and parents during his day-long visit with us, and his personal narrative riveted the entire community during a special Community Time assembly. Earlier in his career Mr. Walker was the Director of Community Education at University High School for six years, and he is completing his first year in admissions at Bishop O'Dowd High School. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in International Marketing. He has taught middle school math at Chicago public schools, high school math at University High School, and has taught at the Summerbridge program here in San Francisco. During his career, he has coached golf and basketball. He is thrilled with the opportunity to join our community, and we are all thrilled to have him join us.
On Friday, we will be observing No One Eats Alone Day to raise awareness within our community about the importance of creating a culture of inclusion. Members of the Community Service Club will host a "pass it on" bake fair and ask students to share it with someone that they don't usually sit with or talk to during lunch.
Sabrina M. '15 had a very successful trip to Algeria, as she had her best Sr. World Cup result, making it into the top 16. To do so, she eliminated a couple of Russian fencers who are full time professional fencers and near the top of the world rankings. This was an important step as it places Sabrina on the USA Sr. National Team with one World Cup to go (Havana in mid March).
Molly Antopol, author of the short story collection The UnAmericans and recently recognized National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35, 2013 visited the AP English Literature class on earlier this week. She participated in a lively analytical discussion with the students, and then she offered a reading and answered questions from a larger group of interested students and teachers.
Drew's Advanced Theory Class Collaborates with San Francisco Academy Orchestra
On Tuesday, January 20th members of our resident professional training orchestra, the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, will be joining us in the theater for a reading of string music arranged by Drew’s advanced theory and composition class.
Students have been exploring the rewards and challenges of arranging piano music for varied string ensembles from duets to quintet. Every composer knows what a rare and humbling, but ultimately rewarding and memorable experience it is to to hear her music performed live, and this experience will be all the more special thanks to the high level of training and musicianship our guests bring to the table.
We are lucky to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind experience to our student composers! Any and all interested community members are welcome to join us for this event—if you can’t stick around for the whole thing, you’re welcome to stop by for a few minutes. If you’re interested to know more about this event please contact James Garrison. If you'd like to watch, please come to the theater from 10:30am-12:00pm.
This week’s string reading has been postponed until next Tuesday, January 20th.
Knowing that our students' and faculty / staff members' safety is our primary concern, we will be monitoring the weather reports about the coming rain storm Tuesday night / Wednesday morning. The facts we gather will affect our thinking about school activities Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Will keep our community posted re: any extraordinary steps we may need to take.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we track this (needed) storm as it heads our way.
Please join us for an evening of music, dance and celebration of student work in the performing arts!
Student musicians, vocalists and dancers will perform arrangements of music that encompass a variety of styles and genres from jazz to classical to popular and more.
Admission is free and seating will be limited, so plan to arrive early. Show starts at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:40pm.
Preceding the concert, join us to thank Librarian Marta Fuchs for her 17 years of service at Drew. We will be gathering in the Library from 5:30 – 6:30pm with brief remarks at 6:00pm. All are welcome to join.
Friday afternoon’s BAC championship at foggy Lindley Meadow turned into yet another PR parade for the Drew Dragon cross-country team. The girls’ varsity crew finished ahead of International and San Domenico in their nine-team field while the boys’ JV and Varsity teams once again bested Bay, completing a season sweep of the Breakers.
Senior captain Veronica M. clipped 14 seconds off her previous PR, coming in at a 7:08 mile pace while junior Sophie R. continued her season-long improvement with yet another PR at a 7:17 pace. Freshman Alina O. also set a PR at 8:01, which included a thrilling head-to-head battle to the finish line with Bay’s Clara D.
In the boy’s varsity race, Junior Sam L. regained his place at the front of the Dragon herd while earning a PR at a 5:56 pace, narrowly defeating sophomore Jack H., who nonetheless also established a PR at the same average pace of 5:56. Senior Ethan S. was next at a PR-busting 6:06 pace while senior captain Will T. capped off an impressive career at Drew with a 5K personal best of 6:08.
It has been a record-setting season for the Dragon herd and given the impressive core of returning runners next season, it looks as if things are only going to get better – and faster – moving forward.
Girls' Varsity Volleyball Will Play University in Playoffs on Wednesday
Congratulations to our Girls' Varsity Volleyball team for earning the 14th seed in the North Coast Section Division V playoffs. They will travel to play #3 University on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm. Congratulations to the players and coaches for their hard work this season!
Senior Sydney O.-A. Presentation about Right to be Free
On Sunday, November 9th from 2:00 - 4:00pm senior Sydney O.-A. is leading a presentation at the SF Public Main Library about Right to be Free, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates trafficked children in Ghana. Click here to read more.
In addition, Sydney and founder and Director of of Right To Be Free, Eric Peasah are presenting to the Drew assembly on Tuesday, November 11th.
Dragon Cross Country Runners Setting Personal Bests
The Dragon Herd once again roared to several personal bests on Tuesday, October 28th at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park in a BCL West Intragroup Meet hosted by Urban. The boy’s team also continued their recent success against rival Bay, narrowly edging the Breakers in their head-to-head match-up.
Junior Sam L. and Sophomore Jack H. became the first Dragon runners in the past six years to break the six-minute mile pace mark, as each set a personal best pace of 5:59. Senior captain Will T. also posted a season-best 6:06 pace while fellow seniors Ethan S. and Benjamin O.-A. set personal best times with a 6:09 and a 6:35 mile pace, respectively.
Four Lady Dragons also posted 5 K personal bests, with junior Sophie R. leading the pack at a 7:26 pace. A trio of freshmen set personal bests, with Bria C. putting down a 7:53, Alina O. running an 8:06 and Tessa T. posting a 10:47.
Drew Fall Play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams
Come out and support the 30+ talented actors, actresses and crew members in this year's fall play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a dysfunctional family that gathers one evening at their plantation mansion in the Mississippi Delta to celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy, the patriarch and a wealthy cotton tycoon.The play explores social mores, superficiality, repression, desire, greed and death while, through the course of one evening, the destructive power of deception is revealed.
Show Dates and Times: Friday, November 7th - 7:00PM Saturday, November 8th - 7:00PM
Boys' Varsity Soccer Clinches 3rd seed in the BCL-Central Playoffs
The Dragons are coming together at a crucial time of the season. After back to back wins vs. San Francisco Waldorf School (4-0) and Pescadero (5-0), the Boys' Varsity Soccer team managed to match regular season league champs Gateway in a terrific game last week, losing a close 2-3 match. In the last regular season game yesterday October 23rd, the Dragons tied the Bay School 1-1 in a exciting and even game.
The Dragons will get another shot at Bay School next Wednesday, October 29th in the BCL-Central Semi-Finals at Crocker Amazon 4:00pm kick-off. This contest is sure to be a battle of even forces. The winner of this match will play in the finals on Saturday, November 1st at 2:00pm at Boxer Stadium.
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Christie Weldon and Julie Richards, as well as the rest of the P/GA members, who worked incredibly hard to provide a raffle, fantastic meals and a relaxing enviornment for faculty and staff during Parent Teacher Conferences last week.
The Drew Dragon Cross Country herd put together another personal-best busting performance at the Jim Tracy BAC Challenge at Golden Gate Park on Wednesday, October 14. The boy’s varsity team earned their best-ever finish in the competition, finishing 5th overall in a strong field at a blistering 6:18 average mile pace, defeating Redwood Christian, San Francisco rival Bay School and Making Waves Academy.
Junior Sam L. continued to shave time off of his torrid mile pace, coming in at an impressive 6:03 pace. Sophomore Jack H. was close behind at 6:04 while knocking an impressive 15 seconds off his previous personal best time. Senior Ethan S. obliterated his best time of the year as well, finishing at 6:17 while Freshman Quentin M. joined the sub-6:30 club with a 6:29 average pace.
Glide Memorial Foundation is "a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization." Drew students have been volunteering at Glide for many years. This October 5th, a group of us worked the lunch prep shift and participated in sorting and preparing food to be used in the thousands of lunches that they provide to the community. It was a team building experience, including students, staff and our families. Leyla A. '15, has been volunteering at Glide on a regular basis. She brought her brother along on this Sunday and the two of them chopped what seemed like a literal mountain of carrots and lunch meat.
The largest Drew Cross Country team in school history started off its season with a pair of strong showings, first at the College Prep Invitational at Point Pinole, and then in an intragroup clash at the Polo Fields with Lick and Bay.
Click here to read highlights from the first part of the season.
Dr. Dan Siegel Presents "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain"
On Monday, October 6th at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco the Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools presents Dr. Dan Siegel's "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, An Inside-Out Guide to The Emerging Adolescent Mind." This lecture will showcase a positive take on the much-maligned teenage brain. Adults see teens as rash, impulsive, emotional and hormone-crazed. But Dr. Siegel’s research has shown that teenage brains are designed for social connection, innovation, and the passion for new ideas. This event is from 7:30 - 9:00pm. Click here to register.
PEN Parent Meeting: The Social/Emotional Aspects of Being "Different"
Friday, September 12, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 am
PEN was founded by parents for parents. We would like to invite you to our annual meeting of parents. All parents, whether new members or veterans of our community of LD awareness and support, are invited and strongly urged to join us. This meeting will feature small group discussions facilitated by the Pathways Institute.
Location: Star of the Sea School, 360 9th Ave, San Francisco
Join us this Saturday from 11:00am - 3:00pm at 255 Alabama Street in San Francisco for the Nor Cal Family Dog Rescue Volunteer Event. You will be playing with, cleaning up after and caring for precious dogs. Click here to register.
Sabrina M. (class of '15) to Youth Olympic Games in China
We are proud and excited to see our own Sabrina M. (Class of '15) prepare for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China next month (She will be the only US competitor in women's foil), joining her brother Alex (Class of '12) as a world class competitor. Click here to read all about it!
Our students have returned from Senegal with lots of stories to share. They successfully completed building a playground for the people of the Santhiou Mam Gour. To read blog postings from their travels click here.
A group of our students departed last week for our 10th annual service trip to Senegal where we will be partnering with the people of Santhiou Mam Gour. We are bringing medicine, clothing and soccer gear. They have been planning for months the playground they will build for the children. Keep up with their trip by following their blog! http://lickdrewsenegaltrip.tumblr.com/
Head of School Sam Cuddeback Announces His Retirement
Head of School Sam Cuddeback has decided to retire in June 2016 after 25 years of incredible devotion and leadership. His letter to the Board and that of Board Chair Mona Lessing Harroch can be found here.
Drew has a strong community of parents, alumni, alumni parents and friends supporting the school with their expertise and time. The Board's Executive Committee has assembled its Search Committee, which you can read more about at our website www.drewschool.org/headsearch. Please feel free to contact us with any thoughts or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.