< 2019


  • May

    ECLC: Insects Fascinate Young Learners

    Songs, 3D art, literature and observation are a few of the ways preschool and prekindergarten students are learning all about insects in the Early Childhood Learning Center.
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  • Grade 1: Read to Feed the Hungry

    First graders’ Read to Feed project netted food for the hungry as they wrapped up their service opportunity this week. After learning about the challenges facing underprivileged Denver residents, they spent hours reading to “earn” cans of fruit (donated by their parents and sponsors) that will stock the soup kitchen pantry at Capitol Hill Community Services.
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  • Grade 7: Reflecting on Sacred Spaces

    Seventh graders fresh from their trip to Washington, DC, spent the week working on Sacred Spaces projects, an opportunity to express how they were impacted by the museums, memorials, and other sites they experienced last week.
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  • April

    Grade 4: Game Designers Use Empathy and Creativity

    The Sam Loewi Unified Neighborhood Games have been hosted by Graland’s fourth graders for almost 20 years as the culminating event in their yearlong service-learning program. This year, using the innovation skills they have been cultivating at Graland, students used the design process to identify activities for their buddies. Basing their project on a model created by the Stanford d. School and the process used by students in the Gates Invention and Innovation Program, fourth graders started with empathy and thinking about the needs of their buddies. 
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  • Grade 7: Prepping for DC

    Seventh grade teachers are implementing new ideas to enhance the Washington DC trip this year as a result of their professional development experience at High Tech High last fall. Their goal is to make the trip a more integrated project, rather than a stand-alone experience, that will impact students more profoundly, according to Kelly Gaudet, English teacher.
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  • Kindergarten: Can We Get a “Yee-Haw?"

    Kindergartners enjoyed some special visitors this week when Graland parent Susan Beatty brought real-life cowboys to campus. Her parents, Jim and Dora Cash, shared fascinating details about the cowboy “uniform,” tools and lifestyle with students as part of the annual rodeo unit.
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  • Spark Change Agents Award Grants

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  • Grade 5: Rock Stars in Science

    Fifth graders finished a unit on geology this week by demonstrating their understanding of the rock cycle through presentations for their peers. Science teacher, Andy Dodge, allowed them to choose from six options or develop their own creative ideas. The rock cycle describes how rocks undergo changes of form — a metamorphic rock can become an igneous rock, or a sedimentary rock can become a metamorphic one. 
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  • Grade 1: Authors Host Publishing Party

    First graders in Heidi Byczko’s class worked hard for the past two months creating animal reports and this week they hosted a publishing party to unveil their works. Each student read one page from their report, teaching animal facts to an audience of their peers, faculty and staff.
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  • Leadership is a Behavior

    Josh Cobb
    At the end of February, I once again joined my classmates from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Program at our yearly gathering at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference. This year, however, the event took on a somber tone. Days before, the icon of Klingenstein, Professor Pearl Rock Kane, had passed away. Though the timing was shocking, leaving us all heartbroken, it seemed appropriate that we could all come together and honor her. Several graduates stood and acknowledged her as a connector, a catalyst, and a mentor. One reiterated the line that Professor Kane is most known for: “Leadership is a behavior, not a position.”
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  • Grade 1: Artists Make Concert Costumes

    In a collaboration between visual and performing art, first graders made their own costumes for their concert next week in the style of American artist and dancer, Nick Cave
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  • Grades 3-6: Guest Author Discusses Inspiration

    Best-selling children’s author Stuart Gibbs visited Graland this week to talk about his career and to inspire future writers. With four popular series to his credit, and new releases coming this year, Gibbs shared how he got his start and where he gets his ideas.
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  • Kristin Ryder

    2019 Master Teacher Inductee, Kristin Ryder

    The Master Teacher program recognizes any employee with 20 or more years of service to the Graland. One staff member, hired in 1999, earned this distinction in 2019 and will be honored at a ceremony in April where the entire school community will thank her for her loyalty. Congratulations, Kristin Ryder!
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  • March

    Di Nestel

    Retirement Year for Three Graland Greats

    At the end of this school year, the Graland community will say goodbye to three Master Teachers who have announced their retirement plans. Let’s learn more from these Graland greats, Bob Elisha, director of facilities (22 years), Di Nestel, director of programs (29 years) and Diane Street, receptionist (26 years).
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  • Task Force Tackles Faculty Compensation Redesign

    By Mimi McMann, Associate Director of Communications
    The 2019-20 faculty will be the first to be compensated based on Graland’s new salary structure, pioneered over the past two years by a dedicated task force of teachers and administrators.
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  • Grade 6: Marketing and Media

    Sixth graders in Betsy Metcalfe’s wellness class are taking a more critical look at everyday marketing messages to identify how gender, race and class perceptions are shaped. During a recent activity, they examined cereal boxes to analyze the target audience and strategies used to sell the products. Students were quick to note that Lucky Charms is aimed toward children, especially girls. 
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  • Winners Announced in Bookmark Design Contest

    In conjunction with the Spring Book Fair, the Graland Parent Association held a bookmark design contest for K-8 students. This week, winners were announced and informed that their art will be printed as bookmarks and also as 8-foot banners to be displayed in the Hunt Family Learning Commons. 
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  • UpWords with Dr. Sarah Burgamy

    Graland alumna Dr. Sarah Burgamy ’93 visited a middle school assembly recently to give an UpWords speech on Honor Individuality. UpWords speeches allow members of the Graland community (students, teachers, alumni) to share how they live Graland’s Guiding Principles in their everyday lives. Sarah’s message to students was, “Be as strange as you can … and do it visibly,” a motto she adopted after struggling with her own identity development. 
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  • Gates 2018-19 is a Wrap!

    One hundred thirty-four inventors in the Gates Invention and Innovation Program took the spotlight at the annual expo where they shared highs and lows from their invention journeys this year. Finally, the moment arrived to give out the top prizes at this afternoon's all-school assembly. Congratulations to all our inventors who had the courage, determination and imagination to complete the Gates Invention and Innovation Program this year. We’re proud of you!
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  • Grade 7: Chamber Musicians Perform

    Since January, band musicians have worked in two small groups on a chamber music unit culminating in final presentations recnetly. “Chamber music is orchestra on a smaller scale, so each musician has to perform more independently,” explains Dan Hazlett, band teacher. Students worked together to select and rehearse a piece of music as well as prepare and present facts about the composer.
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  • Lower School: Math+Art+Science

    Dressed in poodle skirts and “leather” jackets, Lower School students spent the morning before the Sock Hop immersed in a wide variety of activities designed to highlight the connection between math, art and science. At stations throughout the Corkins Center and in the art classrooms, they explored concepts in new and intriguing ways, prompting students to ask, “Can we do this again?” With thanks to the teachers who developed the activities and to the faculty and staff who managed the stations!
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  • Grades 5/6: Service Council Contest Takes on Trash

    Following their adventure in sorting trash on the Graland campus last December, 5/6 Service Council members challenged middle schoolers to create and code a computer game that will help educate other students about the differences between trash, recycling and composting. This week, three entries were reviewed and judged, with a cash prize on the line for best concept and execution. After ideas were presented to the service council and adults on campus this week, Freddy Kneip (5) was awarded for his game, “Garbage Master.”
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  • Grade 5: Actors Stage Third Grader's Original Play

    “Places, everyone!” Fifth grade actors are staging a reading of the original play, School of Pop, written by our resident playwright, Gabriella Glyphis (3)! After seeing School of Rocklast summer, Gabriella was inspired to develop a similar story about a girl named Summer, played by Lauren Warot and Mia Terrazas (5), who convinces her class to enter a talent contest.
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  • Kindergarten: Imagination in Concert

    Kindergartners wrapped up a collaborative lesson last week inspired by the book, Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins. Last week during their concert, they sang, danced and shared their own treehouse creations. Over the summer, music and movement teacher Tara Neeley met with lead librarian, Ashleigh Finn, to select a book that had the right amount of variety and creativity to inspire a music program for kindergartners. After examining as many as 30 pieces of children’s literature, she chose Everything You Need for a Treehouse, which was illustrated by Emily Hughes. “All the pages are about using your imagination to envision different types of treehouses — like a treetop garden, a pirate ship, and a library in a tree,” she explains.
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  • February

    News from the Nest: Winter Eagle Awards

    Congratulations to the student athletes who were recognized for their outstanding athleticism, teamwork and leadership during the winter sports season. 
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  • “Mathletes” Show Number Sense

    Graland students in Grades 6-8 recently went head-to-head against other middle schoolers in Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas counties in a math competition hosted by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. Throughout the four rounds - Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown - these “mathletes” applied number knowledge, problem solving and collaboration to gain valuable experience using their math skills.
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  • Grades 7/8: Film Screening Showcases Student Talent

    At a middle school assembly on Tuesday, student filmmakers demonstrated their skills in using camera angles, lighting, sound, the green screen, film editing, script writing, directing, acting and more when they presented six short films ranging from mysteries to a newscast to crime dramas.
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  • Middle School Explores Identity on Community Day

    Middle schoolers gathered last Friday to participate in a specially-programmed Community Day where they were encouraged to engage in dialogues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in order to appreciate and learn from one another. With a kick-off presentation by Vishavjit Singh, cartoonist, storyteller and costume player, they learned that it’s okay to tell their own authentic stories.
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  • PreK: Parents Share about Colorado Animals

    During the month of January, PreK students have been studying forest animals from Colorado. To wrap up this unit, the Wold families (Court and Cullen, Matt and Katie) visited classrooms to present and share their collection of animal relics indigenous to Colorado. Students viewed white-tailed and mule deer antlers and handled beaver, coyote, raccoon, bison and sheep skins.
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  • January

    Grade 7: Historians Study Constitutional Amendments

    To complement a lesson on how amendments have helped the US Constitution adapt and grow over time, seventh graders used the Graland Library’s many resources to complete in-depth research project on an amendment of their choice. Then, collaborating with their peers to gain insightful feedback, students imagined, drafted and designed artistic tiles to represent their area of study.
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  • Grade 4: Silkscreen Printing

    A traveling artist with Cherry Arts visited Andrean Andrus’ class recently to demonstrate and lead a lesson on silk screening. Fourth graders learned all about this ancient Chinese technique that transfers ink onto paper or cloth.
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  • Grade 3: Create like Van Gogh

    Third grade artists in Cathy Naughton’s class have been studying Vincent Van Gogh, and this week they were at work in the clay room making plates inspired by the famous painter. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist artist who was influenced by Japanese art to use color and expression in his work, according to art teacher Cathy Naughton. “He painted outside quite a bit, where he studied how light affected the colors in nature,” she says.
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Graland Country Day School

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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.