GCDSNEWS DECEMBER 2021
Almost, Maine Upper School Presents First Fall Drama
Alumnus Designs New Upper School
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON Upper School Students Respond
Laying the Foundation
FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL As many of you know, I am an 8th grade history teacher. While exploring the 1920s with one of my classes, a discussion on the changing nature of labor during that decade raised the level of excitement in the class. As the nature of work changed, our country saw the influence of labor unions grow and the industrialization of the time period led to some of the most significant strikes in our nation. In the year 1919 alone, our country saw the Seattle General Strike, the Great Steel Strike in Ohio, and the Boston Police Strike. It was during this discussion that a student asked the simplest, yet most elegant question, “Mr. Rohdie, are unions good or bad?” That simple question piqued the curiosity of our entire class; however, it was important that I did not answer for them, but rather open the space for the students to take the lead. The experience provided a great opportunity for our learners to dive deeper into history, conduct research, and explore and debate their ideas and opinions. In so many ways, the teachers at GCDS from Nursery through Grade 12 are masterful in their ability to foster
ALL-SCHOOL THANKSGIVING ASSEMBLY
students’ natural curiosity; and when students become curious, they are engaged! This is when deep learning happens, when students are completely immersed in their “work.” This is when students move above and beyond the rote, the didactic, to the magical realm of inquiry, analysis, and evaluation. Ultimately, this level of engagement creates graduates who have internalized the art of inquiry and possess a lifelong love of learning. In this issue of GCDS News, we hope to give you a small window into this fostering of curiosity. In the end, you will undoubtedly see the joy that is created when engaged students are guided by inspirational teachers. Enjoy! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,
Adam C. Rohdie
GCDSNEWS DECEMBER 2021
Laying the Foundation in Preschool
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2021 Walkathon & Homecoming
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Remembering September 11
What Are You Working On?
GCDS Community Raises $73,000 for Housing Insecurity
4 Architect Jeff Riley ’61 Designs the Upper School
10 What Are You Working On? Upper School Students Respond
12 Preschool Laying the Foundation
16 Remembering 9/11 & Honoring Veterans
18 Artist Anne Patterson ’75 Named Distinguished Alumna
22 2021 Walkathon & Homecoming GCDS Supports Housing Insecurity & Ten Homecoming Games
29 Annual Meeting 2021 Address by HOS Adam Rohdie, Distinguished Faculty & Staff, New Trustees
36 Almost, Maine The Upper School’s First Non-Musical Drama
38 The Wizard of Oz Grade 3 Musical
40 GCDS Athletics A Season of Firsts
45 Faculty & Staff News 55 Alumni News 66 Alumni Reunion Weekend
Interconnectivity, Sociability, Independent Thinking GCDS Alumnus and Architect Designs the Upper School
BY JEFFERSON B. RILEY ’61 It is my great honor to be designing the expansion of the school I grew up in and loved. The new Upper School will be a once-in-a-lifetime transformation for GCDS, and it’s a thrill to play a part. I graduated from GCDS in 1961 and began work on this project in 2017. From the start, I wanted to give the school three vital things I believe a building is uniquely capable of providing: a “concourse” of interconnectivity between a variety of interests and disciplines; an ambience of “sociability” to fulfill the need for a sense of community;
and a “stamp of strangeness” to encourage questioning and independent thinking. For the “concourse” we fashioned the main hallway after a “village street” along which we arranged a variety of classrooms, laboratories, music and dance studios, athletic facilities, and a theater. I saw these as “retail shops of learning,” and we put them on full display to passersby. We then added numerous small “sidewalk cafés,” or team study areas, along the way to both stimulate and facilitate the exchange of ideas. And,
“Giving a building a ‘stamp of strangeness’ is not about making things simply look unfamiliar. I wanted there to be a sense of wonder.”
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Architect Jeff Riley ’61
JEFF RILEY ’61, a GCDS Distinguished Alumnus, is principal and founder of Centerbrook Architects. His body of work includes private residences, community centers, hotels, churches, museums, sports arenas, music halls, and numerous educational facilities across the United States. Jeff has received 71 design awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects Firm Award in 1998, the highest national recognition an American architectural firm can receive.
we added landmarks for intrigue and wayfinding. Our “village street,” being on multiple levels, needed alluring ways to connect vertically, both physically and visually. I would say that our sweeping “physics stair,” painted orange and crowned with an electrified plasma-ball, is our most iconic connector and memorable landmark. The Visual Arts Village, yet to be built at the north end of campus, will further extend the “village street” to an outdoor, covered arcade that winds its way around a sunfilled, landscaped courtyard. The sinuous arcade will link four freestanding pavilions housing different visual-art disciplines. The Arts Village’s enchanting ambience will, we believe, draw students from the southern end of the campus, where the sciences, humanities, athletics, and performing arts are housed, into the world of the visual arts at the northern end. Since “sociability” is at the heart of a sense of community, I wanted to give the building many places for students to sit and interact. We built roomy benches for gathering, undulating them in ways that we felt would promote personal interaction.
REFLECTIONS ON THE NEW UPPER SCHOOL BY CHRIS WINTERS HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
he Upper School faculty and staff are thoroughly enjoying the new building designed by GCDS alum and architect Jeff Riley. Created to support our unique programming, Jeff’s vision for the design aligns seamlessly with our academic and co-curricular program. His “concourse” vision not only facilitates the interconnectedness of the community, it parallels the interdisciplinary approach to learning that is critical to the application of knowledge and skills. The vision for “sociability” provides our students and faculty with innumerable opportunities for collaboration, self-study, and inspiration. As students find comfortable spaces to engage with their peers and teachers, they have a literal window into the vibrancy of each class in session. Instilling a “stamp of strangeness” in the structures of the building amplifies the sense of curiosity for all who pass through the halls and reflects our focus on inquiry, wonder, and student agency. We are grateful to be able to learn and work in this energizing environment.
“Since ‘sociability’ is at the heart of a sense of community, I wanted to give the building many places for students to sit and interact.”
We also placed them in “saddle-bag” bay-windows and alcoves right on the edge of our “village street” so students can sit and watch the world go by, or be seen by passersby, or simply find a quiet eddy out of the flow. A drinking fountain at the center of a “U”-shaped seating alcove, flanked by the Dance Studio and Fitness Center, works as a sort of “town well” at a place of gathering where people are likely to be thirsty. The future Visual Arts Village will also have the allure of outdoor seating basked in sunshine and shielded from the north winds. Last, we introduced interior glass walls throughout to reveal the beehive of people at work and play. I wanted students to depart each day having formed a vivid mental image of a vibrant community. Giving a building a “stamp of strangeness” is not about making things simply look unfamiliar. I wanted there to be a sense of wonder. We did this by exposing steel beams, ductwork, electrical conduits, and plumbing pipes throughout. We enclosed the music rehearsal studios with accordion-configured glass walls. We added a plasma ball atop the sweeping “physics stair.” The spiral stair itself hangs mysteriously in mid-air only by glass treads bolted one to the other. We festooned the exterior Stair Tower with steel “branches” bearing bright orange “berries.” We made the “out-of-the-box” room so it could, at times,
seem to disappear. The daringly cantilevered, all-glass, cylindrical main entrance to the Winklevoss Performing Arts Center will have a heavy dose of strangeness. So, too, will its curving steel benches out front at curbside that we designed in-lieu of bollards standardly used to barricade wayward cars. The immediate questions these strange things beg are “What is that thing?” or “How does it work?” However, the ultimate question we hope to elicit is “Why?”—“Why is that thing the way it is?” and “Why not something else?” I believe wonder is an important state of mind. By questioning things and seeing some of them as arbitrary, a student begins to think independently. A building with a stamp of strangeness can nudge students into a habit of asking not just “What?” or “How?” But more importantly, “Why and why not?” All that said, what I remember best about GCDS during the years leading up to my graduation in 1961 trumps architecture altogether. It is the teachers. So, I am proud to give the school an architectural design that will support a great faculty and serve GCDS well into its new adventure. )
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What are you
A great education prepares students for a rapidly changing world. At the Upper School, we combine the most effective traditional lessons and experiences with a curriculum that evolves with new research, best practices, and knowledge, as well as current events. In this new series, we highlight students as they are deeply engaged in the process of learning—extending their knowledge and skills and constructing real-world applications. Rory Ashmeade and Jay D’Ercole share insights on their educational journeys as they describe “what they are working on.”
RORY ASHMEADE, a senior, is beginning to understand the real-
ule in the Upper School and developing content recommendation algo-
world applications of math.
rithms, as YouTube does.
“When I was in seventh grade, I learned math, but I wanted to know how I could actually use it. Now, I’m reaching the point where I’m really
For Rory, her math classes in Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra with Coleman Hall are complementing her CSX class. “The math classes are very theoretical and the physics and
seeing how.” Rory is currently taking Computer Science X, an advanced course that
computer science are application heavy and I like having
is a mix of applied math, physics, and computer science, and is taught
that balance. The subjects just reinforce each other and line
collaboratively by three members of the Upper School faculty: Gordie
up nicely—it’s the optimal way to learn.”
Campbell (Computer Science), Annette Iversen (Math), and Doug Carr
“More than memorizing, this approach to math is a way to think about the world. It trains you to approach situations in
(Physics and Engineering). For a class project, she developed a mathematical modeling analysis of a player’s choice to shoot or pass in a basketball game. She leveraged
a very methodical way, which is just super cool.” Aside from being absorbed in math and modeling this semester, Rory
Boolean algebra, logic, gates, and circuits to model the actual dilemma.
is also taking Economics with Andrew Dutcher and African American
Other students in the class looked into maximizing the student sched-
Literature with Idara Foster. In Economics, students are learning about capitalism and markets. Since the class is project-based, the students were put into teams and acted like a consulting firm representing a country. Rory was part of
team Mexico and had to research the country’s political institutions, the cycles of production, and wealth inequality. “Together, our team came up with a brief and made suggestions about how the country should use its resources, where it should invest, and also pull back. It required a lot of research and collaboration.” Rory is looking forward to learning about supply and demand and labor markets as the year progresses. In African American Literature, Rory just finished reading “Of One Blood” by Pauline Hopkins, a contemporary of Booker T. Washington, who challenges the idea of the 1/16 rule—that if one has any Black blood, one is considered Black. She is preparing for a classroom debate on the topic in the coming week. After high school, Rory is interested in pursuing medical research and computational science in college. For right now, however, she is interested in learning as much as possible and is motivated by the prospect of discovery. “When you’re in the middle of a project, it can be very overwhelming and daunting. But the more we wrestle with ideas, the more my team engages deeply with a topic, the closer we get to some real understanding.”
View a GCDS video to hear from more students in the Upper School
and how to measure in these set conditions. And then in the spring
I actually get to pick my own variable to study further.” Jay is pursuing a Sustainability Diploma, a GCDS signature program that provides opportunities for students to express their passion in fields that are increasingly popular at the college level. The diploma involves both required coursework and extracurricular activities. In Environmental Science, Jay worked with a partner to research the water quality on the ISS. In Marine Science class, students conducted research on the Long Island Sound. Outside of school, and as part of his Sustainability Diploma work, Jay has also applied his learning to start a private recycling business. Another course that has kept Jay very busy this semester is International Relations taught by Paula Russo. Both of his projects this semester have entailed creating briefings in the format used to develop UN Resolution books. Currently, he is working with a partner to prepare a 40-page briefing to represent France’s interests during the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956. “I didn’t really have any idea what the Suez Crisis was. I learned some fantastic history about the Middle East and the Cold War context, and how the Suez Canal is a major part of global economics. Although the class is about politics, I think about the ways sustainability ties in with the crisis.” Jay had to use university databases and draw on research from the actual institutions they were studying. “It took a lot of research for me to even understand the basics. Our teacher pushed us to find
JAY D’ERCOLE, a junior, is spending a lot of time in the classroom of Dr. Nikki Barrat, his Environmental Science and Marine Biology
scholarly sources.” For Jay, GCDS’ project-based learning offers opportunities
teacher, and Junior Thesis advisor. For his thesis project, Jay is working
for him to engage in what he finds interesting. “This is what
in partnership with a NASA program, researching the optimal ways
my education boils down to: the pursuit of understanding
to grow radishes on the International Space Station (ISS) to help feed
things that I am genuinely curious about.” Jay credits his grandfather, who was president of the Downeast Lakes
astronaut teams. Over the past couple of months, he built an environment that simulates the conditions on the ISS. Almost daily, he needs to check on the conditions in his “black box,” water the plants, and measure the stems.
Land Trust, for his passion for sustainability. “I’m interested in land companies and how they operate and keep land sustainable. Who knows, maybe researching them is my next project.”
“There are very specific ways that we need to take care of the plants and collect data. Right now, I’m learning how the equipment works
Upper School Signature Programs Upper School students participate in a carefully designed sequence of signature programs that complement, expand, and strengthen the impact of our academic curriculum. These signature programs support students’ learning and assessment, promote their development of identity and community, and encourage their ambition in research and project design. The article on Jay D’Ercole features two of the nine Upper School signature programs:
World Languages, Classics, and the Visual and Performing Arts. Pursuing one of these diploma designations guides student choice, helps develop students’ interests, and demonstrates dedicated pursuit in a given area. Our faculty have developed these programs in an effort to provide opportunities for students to engage with advanced research and to signal their distinction in fields that are increasingly popular and competitive at the college level.
In addition to their core course of study, students also have the opportunity to pursue a specialized diploma designation in five fields of learning: Engineering, Sustainability,
At GCDS, all students complete a Junior Thesis on a topic of interest to them by the end of their junior year. Building on the foundational skills of the 9th and 10th Grade
Curriculums, this guided, year-long program is intended to be a highly personalized, transformative experience. The Junior Thesis represents a college-level work of original research that demonstrates mastery of a field as well as interdisciplinary methodologies and knowledge. The Junior Thesis is also designed to provide the student with an example of advanced work to support their application to College/University, Arts School, or Engineering Programs during their Senior Year college process. Other signature programs include: Global Academic Programs, Independent Studies, Intersession, Presentations of Learning, Seminar, Senior Internship, and Student-Led Conferences.
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Preschool Laying the Foundation
alk into the Lower Elementary School building and hang a left. Upon entering the well-organized Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) classrooms, you will find our youngest students very, very busy—they are experimenting with materials, drawing, playing with blocks, and engaging in rich conversations with their teachers and classmates. To an untrained eye, the children may look like they are “just playing,” however, they are actually in the process of continuous and exuberant inquiry. They are making connections, asking essential questions, and learning skills, both academic and social, that will prepare them to be readers, writers, mathematicians,
scientists, and artists. In addition, they are developing into collaborative, inclusive, and kind students, which will ensure their social-emotional success through their journey as Country Day students and into adulthood. “Our Preschool program lays the foundation for everything that comes after,” says Trudy Davis, Head of the Lower Elementary Division. Mrs. Davis loves the daily ritual of seeing the children come to school every morning. “You see them running into school and they don’t stop running. They approach their classroom door with excitement, their teachers with love, and every task with eagerness.” It is that excitement that is essential for learning, especially in the early years.
“The enjoyment and safety the children feel fuels their curiosity and problemsolving instincts. It’s what keeps them wanting to learn.” When children work with building materials over several days to create a giant structure, they are building their gross motor control and developing their imagination, while learning mathematical and scientific concepts like counting, sorting, organizing, and balance. They are also learning about teamwork and persistence. “When a building falls down, how does a child learn from that? How do you start again? We want to create an environment where children feel safe to take risks and see their mistakes as a learning opportunity,” says Mrs. Davis.
When a building falls over, our students learn cause and effect, problem-solving, and resiliency. When they add one more block, they are learning to take risks.
While this type of play may be unstructured, it is planned for, guided, and observed by experienced teachers. “Teachers are very skilled and experienced with this age group. They understand the developmental stages the children are in and know how to challenge the children, provoke the right conversations, and ask and answer questions. They facilitate experiences across the different domains of learning,” says Mrs. Davis. For example, you may see children playing with chopsticks by picking up beads and moving them from one container to another. While the activity may look like a game, the children are actually participating in a hands-on learning activity, practicing their fine motor skills and building the muscles in their fingers, which is essential for early writing. They are also making decisions about color and shape, and are counting the beads and getting a numerical sense of objects moving from one group to another. “Our goal is to increase their writing stamina from five minutes in Nursery
to closer to one hour by the end of Kindergarten,” says Mrs. Davis. There is a lot of talk in schools about executive functioning skills, says Mrs. Davis. However, most of that conversation is happening in the later elementary and Middle School years. According to Mrs. Davis, that work starts in the early years at GCDS. “Executive functioning skill-building really starts down here in Preschool. Our teachers are designing lessons and table activities that focus on self-regulation, task initiation, time management, organization, working memory and focus, and flexible thinking, all of those skills that they will need later on.” GCDS Preschool children actively build their knowledge with their teachers by their side. “We know children are naturally curious,” says Mrs. Davis. “They ask a lot of questions, explore their environments, and have their own theories. We want them to know that their ideas are important and that we are listening.” Mrs. Davis describes the power of student-led inquiry through a corn on the
cob lesson. This fall the Nursery students learned about the end of summer and beginning of fall by exploring corn on the cobs. They examined what a cob looks like and wondered whether it is a living or nonliving object. They asked what happens when you peel back the husk and see what is inside. After painting the cob, they observed the pattern it made and asked about the number of kernels each cob has. And of course, they ate them. “This lesson could have been a teacher showing the children the corn and telling them about all the parts inside,” says Mrs. Davis. “However, by leading their own inquiry and investigation, the children will reason and hypothesize. They will discuss their observations with teachers and classmates. The language that will come out of an activity like that will be richer and the children will be so much more invested in the lesson.” “By the time Preschool students get to Kindergarten, they have all the skills in place to jump right in.”
“ We know children are naturally curious. . . . They ask a lot of questions, explore their environments, and have their own theories. We want them to know that their ideas are important and that we are listening.” —Trudy Trudy Davis, Head of the Lower Elementary Division
Nursery students learned about the end of summer and beginning of fall by exploring corn on the cobs . . . they examined, wondered, painted, and asked questions.
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To an untrained eye, the children may look like they are “just playing,” however, they are actually in the process of continuous and exuberant inquiry. They are making connections, asking essential questions, and learning skills, both academic and social, that will prepare them to be readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists. In addition, they are developing into collaborative, inclusive, and kind students, which will ensure their social-emotional success through their journey as Country Day students and into adulthood.
Nursery Goes to the Polls Cookies vs. Popsicles? By Nursery Teachers Chrissy Baird, Sarah Sepot & Katie Whitmore Each year, Election Day provides a rich opportunity for Nursery teachers to share an important aspect of American democracy with our young learners, a lesson which incorporates math, language arts, social-emotional learning, and social studies. Helping the Nursery child forge connections to the world outside their home and their classroom is a critical aspect of our program. By integrating different curricular areas into one broad experience, we capitalize on many teachable moments at once. A “primary” was held in order to generate a list of “candidates” and in our classrooms that meant options for delicious snacks. Through voting and lots of counting, the contenders were eliminated one by one until only two remained . . . this year they were Chocolate Chip Cookies and Rainbow Popsicles! Election Day brought campaigning, with an emphasis on only positive comments, such as “Choose me . . . a wholesome cookie! Made with butter and eggs from a local farm and who can resist chocolate?” or “Please remember that I’m not just a summertime treat!” Each child was handed a ballot and, understanding that our vote is allowed to be private, came up one by one to cast their vote behind a screen. Once the last
ballot was cast, we tallied the votes as a group and watched with amazement as one took the lead. Once the winner was announced, the “losing” candidate had the opportunity to thank their voters and to assure everyone that a delicious snack had indeed prevailed. Gracious in victory, the winning snack “thanked” the others for a good campaign. Perhaps most importantly, the children in Nursery learned that regardless of which snack they voted for, everyone would get the winning snack. Language arts is at the heart of all we do. Giving children experiences with the language of elections helps the young learner be a part of something special. Was it a landslide? Was the race “too close to call”? What is a primary, a candidate, a ballot, and a tally? Social and emotional
learning is targeted as well. Why is negative campaigning not “Tiger Pride”? Why did I not get the snack I really wanted and how will I cope with that disappointment? The math is clear: What would we have done if the exact same number of children voted for each snack? This year, nine votes were cast for cookies and seven were cast for popsicles. How many more people voted for cookies? We also touch on social studies as we tell the children that many Americans vote in our elections and that it is a great privilege and responsibility. When the Nursery children went home on November 2 with an “I Voted!” sticker, they were proud and eager to share their election stories with their families.
Why Is Play So Important in the Early Years? By Pre-Kindergarten Teachers Merritt Merritt, Addie Schoen, Leslea Walker & Sara Whittlesey In Pre-Kindergarten, we believe in the magic of productive play. We love that while it may look like we’re just playing with our students, everything that we do is intentional. In addition to our instructional units, our teaching is embedded in every aspect of play. We do this with guiding questions and modeling. We are honoring the age of a young child, and where they are in their development. Discovery through play provides young children with the opportunity to wonder,
imagine, and make independent choices. We have observed that optimal learning occurs when children have a sense of belonging, feel significant, and have FUN! As our students build in the block corner, they are intrinsically working through all realms of academic learning. They are developing foundational math skills as they compare block shapes and describe sizes and patterns. Our students are also counting their blocks, adding and subtracting, and looking for symmetry. Block building is the first step in getting a hands-on understanding of core concepts in physics: balance, gravity, and suspension. In addition to academic skills, they are developing their hand-eye coordination and depth perception. When a building falls over, our students learn cause and effect, problemsolving, and resiliency. When they add one more block, they are learning to take risks. As children do things over and over,
we observe how they learn from their mistakes. We often hear them say, “Let’s build it again! Can we make it bigger, wider, longer, taller?” Through the Pre-K years, our students learn that it is more fun to build something with their friends. This means they must learn to work cooperatively, negotiate and share. As they build their structures together, they increase their literacy skills with rich and expressive vocabulary when talking to us and their friends. Our students also tap their imagination as they create a city, zoo, or an animal hospital. They need to think creatively and abstractly to make something from their imagination come to life, and they marvel at the concrete results. )
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Discovery through play provides young children with the opportunity to wonder, imagine, and make independent choices. We have observed that optimal learning occurs when children have a sense of belonging, feel significant, and have FUN!
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REMEMBERING 9/11 & HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of September 11 UPPER SCHOOL: On the Friday before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Upper School students, faculty, and staff streamed somberly out of their classrooms and onto the backfield on Stanwich Road. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and comments from the Head of Upper School Chris Winters, the Upper School community shared a moment of silence to remember the victims of the tragedy. Director of Facilities Dave Krumlauf and Assistant Director of Facilities Rob Collins attended the assembly to describe their experience as first responders at Ground Zero. “It was a day just like today, not a cloud in the sky, bright and sunny, when GCDS teacher Jack Jepson told me about the attack at the World Trade Center,” said Mr. Krumlauf. “All I felt was a tremendous desire to help and be there.” With a sense of urgency, Mr. Krumlauf and Mr. Collins, who are both volunteer first responders in Katonah, NY, made their way to the site and spent the next three days searching the pile at Ground Zero. “It was truly the most moving event of my life,” said Mr. Krumlauf. Head of School Adam Rohdie closed the Upper School assembly by saying that he will never forget the kindness and generosity that brought people together in the days following the tragedy. “Within hours of hearing about the disaster, our country pulled together and we saw the goodness of human nature. It is that culture of character and service that we aim to capture at GCDS, through our mission and our everyday interactions.” MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students learned about the significance of September 11. On the Monday after the anniversary, sixthgrade students met in the Performing Arts Center. History teacher J.R. Howe presented a slideshow that gave an overview of what happened that day, and the students watched a video, “The Boatlift,” which tells the story of the heroic maritime
evacuation of Lower Manhattan—500,000 were transported to safety that day, the largest water evacuation in American history. Seventh- and eighth-grade history teachers facilitated discussions in their classrooms. “We talked about the importance of remembrance and honoring this monumental event in history,” said Middle School History Teacher Rob Waller. “Even though the students were not alive during 9/11, they carry the weight of their parents’ memories.”
“ Within hours of hearing about the disaster, our country pulled together and we saw the goodness of human nature. It is that culture of character and service that we aim to capture at GCDS, through our mission and our everyday interactions.” —Adam Rohdie, Head of School
Across All of the Divisions, Students Celebrated Veterans Day LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Students had the opportunity to hear from veteran and GCDS parent Mr. Forti about his experience in the military. They asked great questions about how far he had to travel, whether he had to wear the “soldier outfits,” what the weather was like, and if he missed his family. Mr. Forti shared that it was important to honor those that have served, and it was also important to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices that the families of veterans have made as well.
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Students shared pictures of family members that have served or are serving in the military to create a mural in the Commons. They also viewed videotaped messages from veterans, based on interviews conducted by their classmates with members of their families. MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students had the opportunity to hear from parents of one of our sixth graders, Mr. and Mrs. Monterisi, about their service in the military at an assembly.
Students also wrote heartfelt letters of appreciation to veterans and learned about the meaning of the day. UPPER SCHOOL: Seniors James Fiore and Leo Corsano-Leopizzi invited GCDS alumnus and veteran Billy Wilson ’99, who was a Naval Aviator and Captain in the United States Marine Corps, to speak to their fellow classmates about his experience in the military at the annual Veterans Day Assembly. Mr. Wilson, who joined the assembly via Zoom, served in the Marines from 2006–2015. After rigorous training to be a pilot, he was sta-
tioned at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Mr. Wilson was deployed twice—once to Afghanistan and once with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. Among his proudest achievements, he counts bringing troops home safely. Upon his honorable discharge in 2015, Mr. Wilson received a law degree from Boston University and now works at the House Office of the Legislative Counsel drafting legislation. Mr. Wilson encouraged the students to think of ways to serve their country, their community, and their beliefs. “You are receiving a world-class education. Leverage your education and think of ways to serve. You will find that service gives back to you in spades.” )
Billy Wilson ’99, former Naval Aviator and Captain in the US Marine Corps
Veteran and GCDS parent Mr. Forti answers questions in the Lower Elementary School. HONORING GCDS VETERANS: Sonia Schott, UES Maker Lab Teacher, US ARMY David Krumlauf, Facilities Director, US NAVY Bob Ambrogio, Security Officer, US MARINE CORPS Not pictured: Matt Dandola, MS Science Teacher, US ARMY David Griswold, Faculty Mentor
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Anne Patterson ’75 working on a piano-wire sculpture in her Brooklyn studio
Ribbons, Wires, and a Blending of Senses
ANNE PATTERSON ’75 GCDS Distinguished Alumna
hen Anne Patterson ’75 was in ninth grade, she attended a faculty reception at the Headmaster’s house. Albrecht “Brec” Saalfield, the Headmaster, and his then wife Agnes Gund, a well-known art collector, invited artists Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Christo to their home to meet the faculty and ninth graders. The three artists are legends in the modern art world, however, at the time Ms. Patterson hadn’t heard of them. She recalls the event vividly. “I didn’t even really know who they were, but they struck me then as quirky and so interesting,” says Ms. Patterson. “They seemed like regular people and it demystified what being an artist meant. That meeting had a big impact on my thinking of myself as an artist.” Now a prominent, award-winning artist in her own right, Ms. Patterson returned to GCDS on Oct. 15 to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is voted upon annually by the Alumni Advisory Council. She was awarded the honor in 2020 but had to delay accepting it until this fall due to COVID‑19. While on campus, Ms. Patterson presented photos and videos of her work in the Performing Arts Center to Middle School students who listened intently to the inspiration, meticulous research, and the physical labor behind Ms. Patterson’s large-scale installations and sculptures. Later in the day, she visited the Upper School art classes for a more intimate talk with students. “Thank you for sharing your magnificent work with us today,” said Head of School Adam Rohdie. “We are very proud of all that you have accomplished in your career. You join a list of venerated alumni who are having a deep and meaningful impact on the world.” “Ms. Patterson’s installations are incredibly creative and unique, and throughout her presentation, I felt like I was there in person interacting and viewing every one of them,” said eighth-grader Layla Morris. “Her presentation has pushed me to take my time and stay determined in my own art, along with taking more creative abstract approaches that people wouldn’t necessarily expect.”
Ms. Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist who works out of her studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Her large-scale installations made of miles of fabric, aluminum ribbon, and metal birds have hung from the ceilings of cathedrals, hotels, theaters, symphony halls, and fashion houses. Currently, she is working on a permanent ribbon installation for the lobby of the new Capital One headquarters, which is under construction in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and slated for completion in 2022. Her artwork has also been displayed in galleries around the world. The installations are often accompanied by projections, music, and scents for a full sensory experience. Ms. Patterson also paints abstract watercolors, which draw their inspiration from nature, and does metalwork. She especially loves working with piano wire. After Country Day, Ms. Patterson attended the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, and later Yale University to study architecture. She initially worked in the film industry in New York as a set designer and eventually switched to theater work, finding it more challenging and creative. To further her education in this area, she attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London and received a master’s degree in set and costume design. “That was a great decision. It was then that I became an artist designing for the theater.” Early in her career, she worked at the Brooklyn Academy of Music designing sets for the Brooklyn Philharmonic. “We had little money, and we had to be very inventive, creative, and collaborative,” she said. “Back then, few people were creating sets and installations for symphonies. It felt radical and very exciting.” It was around this time that Ms. Patterson discovered that she had synesthesia, a neurological condition that blends the senses. When she hears music, classical music in particular, she sees shapes and colors. “I was working on the set of the opera, Barber of Seville.
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When Ms. Patterson reflects on her time at Country Day, she is grateful for the focus on excellence that was instilled in her during those formative years.
“ You just couldn’t do anything halfway. Whether you were on the sports field or in English class, the bar was set high by the incredible teachers, and I have carried that value forward in my life.” I heard the music and knew right away that the set should have oranges, pinks, and reds. A conductor friend suggested that I may have synesthesia based on the way I talked about music. Once I identified my condition, I really went for it. I continue to use the way I hear and see music to inspire my paintings and sculptures.” When asked about her favorite project, she talks about “Graced with Light,” a large-scale ribbon installation in the Grace Church Cathedral in San Francisco where she was selected to be artist-in-residence in 2013. It was also the 100th year anniver-
sary of the cathedral’s Men & Boys Choir. While listening to cellist Joshua Roman play in that majestic space, she saw lines shooting from the music in her imagination. “I had utilized ribbon in a theatrical production and realized it was the perfect material to convey the lines that I saw as I listened to Joshua’s cello. The ribbons hanging from the vaulted ceiling caught the light streaming through the stained glass windows and vibrated from the existing air currents. The ribbons became a series of light pathways connecting heaven and earth. By taking an ordinary material like ribbon and multiplying it so many times, I made something magical that resonates and speaks to people.” Along with members of the Grace Church community, she hung 13 miles of ribbon from the catwalk creating an awe-inspiring installation that was exhibited for nearly three years.
“Ms. Patterson’s installations are incredibly creative and unique, and throughout her presentation, I felt like I was there in person interacting and viewing every one of them. Her presentation has pushed me to take my time and stay determined in my own art, along with taking more creative abstract approaches that people wouldn’t necessarily expect.” —Layla Morris, Grade 8
A model of Ms. Patterson’s permanent installation for the new Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner, VA, slated to open in 2022.
“It was one of those projects that I felt was coming through me, but was really something from up above, and it had a profound effect on people. They wrote their dreams, prayers, and wishes and attached them to the ribbons.” Ms. Patterson grew up in a family where art played a big part in their lives and she remembers going to museums, theaters, and the symphony as a young person. Her mother, Anne Mimi Sammis, is also an artist focusing on watercolors and sculpture who became serious about pursuing art professionally during Anne’s childhood. She considers her mother a major inspiration and, in fact, the two had a mother and daughter show at the Jessica Hagen Gallery in Newport, RI, this past summer. When Ms. Patterson reflects on her time at Country Day, she is grateful for the focus on excellence that was instilled in her during those formative years. “You just couldn’t do anything halfway. Whether you were on the sports field or in English class, the bar was set high by the incredible teachers, and I have carried that value forward in my life.” In particular, she remembers her art teacher Mr. Levitt. “He was very serious about art and viewed it as important as any other academic subject. He gave art a sense of gravitas and that had a big influence on me.”
THE ART PROGRAM AT GCDS BY UPPER SCHOOL ART TEACHER LOUISE WALES The philosophy of the visual arts program at GCDS can be summarized with George Bellows’ words: “Try everything that can be done. Be deliberate. Be spontaneous. Be thoughtful and painstaking. Be abandoned and impulsive. Learn your own possibilities.” It is within this spirit that students are encouraged to be innovative risk-takers while, at the same time, developing personal rigor and reflection. Growth in the visual arts comes with unbridled creativity and experimentation coupled with sustained effort. These inclinations are supported in a safe environment wherein students are encouraged to be vulnerable and authentic in their individual art-making. Whether students are exploring a new medium or pursuing their passion in a more advanced class, all students will grow in both their confidence and proficiency thus helping them become keen observers of both themselves and the world around them. As young artists navigate new ideas, our aim is to integrate
studio-based work into the broader interdisciplinary environment of GCDS, underscoring the belief that art is a fundamental aspect of all cultural expression.
Painting by Layla Morris, Grade 8
GCDS VISUAL ARTS COURSES Visual Arts Foundations Studio Art Sculpture Makers Workshop Graphic Design 1 Graphic Design 2 Fashion Illustration Digital Imaging Design & Technology Ceramics 1 Ceramics 2 Art & Fabrication American Film History Portfolio Development Independent Studies (as directed by advanced students’ interests: i.e., special topics in film or photography)
Ms. Patterson is thrilled about receiving the GCDS Distinguished Alumni Award. “As I’m getting older, it’s really special to be able to look back on my school days, remember what that time meant to me, and think about the values instilled in me at Country Day that have lasted a lifetime. Over the years, the fact that the school has paid attention to my career is humbling. I feel very honored.”
View a GCDS video about Anne Patterson
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GCDS Walks with Purpose The Annual Walkathon Supports Housing Insecurity Our beloved Walkathon was back in person and in full force during Homecoming this year! Dressed in spirit wear, more than 1,500 Tigers—and many Tiger dogs—circled the Old Church Road campus for 40 minutes on a glorious fall day while the Upper School jazz band played. Early in the morning, our Nursery and Pre-K students walked before the crowds, while GCDS runners of all ages joined Pete Preston for a 2-mile race through the GCDS woods. A performance by our rocking GCDS
dancers kicked off the Walkathon and Homecoming games followed. The Walkathon, an all-school effort to raise awareness and funds for important charities, focused this year on organizations that support individuals experiencing housing insecurity. “It was an incredible day to finally come together as a community again to address an issue that is so pervasive,” said Jen Donalley, Director of the Center for Public Good.
$73,000 Raised for Housing Insecurity Thank you to the GCDS community for their compassion and generosity!
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What is a Walkathon? Eighth Graders Educate Nursery–Grade 5 Students In preparation for the Walkathon, eighth-graders educated their younger classmates in Nursery–Grade 5 about what exactly a “Walkathon” is and what “housing insecurity” means. In groups of three, the eighth graders worked together to prepare presentations and then headed to all of the Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms to pass along valuable information, while practicing their public speaking skills. “I loved being able to connect with the younger students, and it was a great experience to be a leader in the GCDS community,” said eighth-grader Maisy Johnson. “The students were so engaged when I was presenting to them. It was fun being able to look back on old photos of the Walkathon when creating my presentation, because it was a reminder of how amazing GCDS is as a community.”
Upper School Jazz Band had us swinging!
The GCDS Dancers had knock-out performances at the Walkathon and Upper School games.
Homecoming 2021! Middle and Upper School students competed in TEN soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and football games on both campuses, ending the weekend with EIGHT big wins. Go Tigers!
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Pep Rally Upper School cheered on their teams with water balloon games, a field-goal competition, a pumpup speech, and lots of TIGER PRIDE!
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Spirit Day Tigers decked out in their GCDS gear to kick off Homecoming Weekend
WE’RE BIG AND WE’RE SMALL The following is an excerpt of a speech delivered by Head of School Adam Rohdie at the Annual Meeting, October 7, 2021. Many of you know Anthony Bowes— former head of Middle School and current Upper School teacher and coach. Mr. Bowes has coined one of my favorite terms in describing GCDS. He’s credited with saying . . . We’re big, but we’re small. The oxymoronic sentiment aside, I actually think Anthony has hit on something that is at the core of Country Day. Simply put, that phrase explains the uncanny ability of the Country Day community to include so many and yet still know, love, and value each individual. Let me give you a few examples: Every morning, every single day, every individual student is greeted by a caring adult—whether at their car door or by their first period teacher, whether it is a fist bump, an air hug, a handshake, or a real hug. This honored tradition is more than just being friendly; it allows the adults to take the community temperature, to see how the students are doing. More importantly, it makes every student feel welcome, and it gives every
student a powerful personal reminder that we are so happy they are here. We’re big, but we’re small. In our Middle and Upper Schools, we offer 32 interscholastic sports. Because of our critical mass we can offer a vast array of sports like water polo, volleyball, sailing, dance, crew, squash, and track and field, as well as the traditional soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, and baseball to name a few. Over 85 percent of our Upper School students participate in athletics—that’s well over 300 students. Our intrepid Athletic Director Tim Helstein knows and loves every student athlete. He greets athletes by name on and off the court and, more than that, he can give them a high five for the goal they scored yesterday or the tackle they made in the last game. All our coaches are invested, not just in the goal of winning contests, but also in the process of growing each individual into a scholar athlete of the highest character. We’re big, but we’re small. Next weekend we are all going to gather as a community on Saturday, Oct. 16 for our Homecoming and Walkathon. Close to 2,000 members of our Country Day community will gather to applaud
Head of School Adam Rohdie
“Our community is our strength. The breadth of experiences, backgrounds, ideas, voices, and talents are made more powerful by our number. Our shared mission, our commitment to each other, brings us together.”
our amazing dancers, cheer for our sports teams, revel in just being together, and make a difference for a common philanthropic cause. Our Center for Public Good leaders, Jen Donnalley and Austin Lehn, will remind us all that we are indeed quite fortunate, and as such, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to help others. This is a concept that even our 4-year-olds can grasp, and the Walkathon is a powerful event that ties our large community together and makes us feel as one—all in service of something bigger than ourselves. In this context, we are small, and can have a big impact! During the Walkathon, you will witness a joyful sea of all ages, representing the whole of our school community, and yet, there always seems to be a familiar face nearby—turn right, turn left and you will run into a friend. We’re big, but we’re small. Let’s look at some numbers. We are a school with 140 acres of land and 12 buildings with 411,190 square feet of indoor space across four campuses. We employ 340 adults and educate 1,375 children. We are the largest independent school in Connecticut. And it is because we are big, that we have the significant resources to offer robust academic and co-curricular programming, challenging students at the highest levels. Just peek at our Upper School course catalog—it is impressive by any measure. Ask a current senior about their classes and be prepared to be blown away—and to be more than a little envious. And while providing these
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ANNUAL MEETING myriad opportunities, we maintain average class sizes at a ratio of 8:1. We’re big and we’re small. And perhaps most importantly, for us as a school, we know that when you feel the sense of safety and support that truly belonging provides, you are in the optimal frame of mind to learn at the highest levels. In other words, connection is a really big deal, and it is worth the effort and emphasis to make it a cornerstone for a school. To further illustrate the point— at graduation we hand out very few
awards. The awards we do present reflect our commitment to these ideals. The Sulger Fellowship Award is presented “to that student who is—not the most likely to succeed, but rather the one most likely to help others succeed.” And the Head of School Award goes to that person who embodies the Mission of Country Day—the person that without whom the class would not have been as joyful, or as connected and cohesive—again, the person who embodies Tiger Pride—a person who pulls us all together. That is what we value and that is what we celebrate!
We’re big and we’re small. So, as we head into this most important year in our school’s history, you will see all of us at GCDS working our tails off to highlight, celebrate, and reinforce that which makes this place so special. Our community is our strength. The breadth of experiences, backgrounds, ideas, voices, and talents are made more powerful by our number. Our shared mission, our commitment to each other, brings us together. We’re big and we’re small. We are GCDS!
DISTINGUISHED FACULTY & STAFF CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE Presented at the Annual Meeting “ Twenty-five years does indeed go by in the blink of an eye. The memories I have are of all the small moments and the unforgettable people . . . class after class of my Nursery ‘sweeties,’ who have endlessly reminded me of the pure joy that comes from both teaching and learning. It has been an honor to share in each of their journeys.” —Chrissy Baird
CHRISSY BAIRD “Wisdom begins in wondering,” and there is no better place to begin the journey of wonder than in Chrissy Baird’s nursery classroom. Chrissy began as a co-teacher—or as she describes it, as “an apprentice to a master”—in Martha Sugrue’s classroom. She is now a master herself, with a deep understanding of how to instill the love of learning and the magic of discovery in her very eager young learners. She took a few years off to start her own family, but after visiting GCDS for an assembly during that time, she felt the power of what it means to belong and yearned to be part of the Country Day community again. Returning to the wonderful colleagues, staff, families, and students that are her “GCDS family,” she believes you can’t give your child a bet-
ter start than at Country Day. Her twin daughters are enrolled at GCDS and she is deeply appreciative of their teachers and the education they are receiving at the school. Chrissy’s colleagues marvel at her grace, calm, and humor as a teacher, ensuring that every decision she makes is based on how it will benefit the children and will ensure that they feel safe and loved in her care. She understands the value in the precision of language and is “an exceedingly articulate, intentional, and gifted educator.” Holding herself to the highest standards as an educator, she instills the sense of wonderment in each of her students in the way she conveys her excitement and joy in learning even the simplest things—and in sharing her love of snow days! We are so grateful to you, Chrissy, for your love of and commitment to our community.
SANDRA FUENTES As the Custodial Foreman overseeing both GCDS campuses, Sandra Fuentes feels an immense sense of pride and responsibility in her own and her team’s work. Arriving from Colombia as a teenager, her first experience at Country Day was attending the Spring Fair. She recalls how impressed she was that you could have so much fun at school. After graduating high
“ GCDS, thank you for all the opportunities you have given me and my family. I am very grateful, and I look forward to many more years ahead.” —Sandra Fuentes
school, she began working at GCDS as a custodian. In addition to her cleaning responsibilities, she supported many construction projects, packing, storing, and unpacking furniture and classroom supplies. She now oversees the daily and summer intensive cleaning of the buildings as well as managing the supply orders, furniture moving and assembly, repairs, event set-up and break-down, snow shoveling, and even helps with traffic management. She does not ask her team to do anything she does not do herself. She has facilitated a number of safety and efficiency improvements including the introduction of vacuum “back packs,” machines with the ability to clean floors for an entire division in the time it used to take to clean two classrooms, and the use of healthier and more environmentally friendly cleaning products. Sandra deeply values the GCDS community and the opportunities that are provided. She held her wedding at GCDS, one of her two children attended Country Day, and she traveled to Kenya on a service trip, which provided “an eye-opening experience and a new appreciation for all that we have.” Sandra’s colleagues attest to her strong work ethic—always with a smile—and devotion to the community, “no task is too large or too small to tackle,” “she is helpful and attentive to the needs of others,” and “extremely reliable.” Thank you, Sandra, for your invaluable service to Greenwich Country Day.
noticing moments of struggle, and he acts. Whether it is extra tutoring outside of class, coaching football, baseball, or hockey, or as a champion for the Waterside School summer program at GCDS, Tony shows students that they can succeed and he is there to help them. As a coach, he understands the importance of his role—not in coaching to win—but in coaching to build character, to challenge physically, to gain self-confidence, and to learn the value of working together toward something bigger than yourself. The impact is evident with so many students remaining in contact with Tony for many years after leaving Country Day. He is intensely loyal to and cares deeply for his students, colleagues, friends, and family. They share that Tony’s expressive enthusiasm conveys his passion for history, fishing, Cape Cod, music, coaching, his Greek heritage, and his family. His friends describe him as “hilarious” and “the consummate storyteller,” remembering the sixth-grade camping trip with the traditional teacher skit to entertain the students and Tony’s 1920s gangster act that left students and colleagues alike crying with laughter. He is “insightful,” has the “biggest heart,” and is “remarkably empathetic to kids and adults alike.” Tony, we are forever grateful for the care and compassion with which you approach every person you come in contact with every day.
“ These 25 years have flown by, but I wouldn’t trade even one day. I get to do what I love with people I love. I am so fortunate to be able to say that even as an adult, I am known and loved by the people who share these halls with me every day, and that is a blessing.” —Tony Hasapis
TONY HASAPIS Tony Hasapis shares, “It is so important for students to have that moment at school to know that there is someone that notices them and cares about them. At Country Day, students are surrounded by people that do care, do notice, and do take the time to act and support.” As a sixth-grade history teacher, colleague, coach, friend, husband, and father, Tony takes these sentiments to heart and plays them out daily. He truly understands adolescents; he sees beyond their outward behaviors,
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ANNUAL MEETING “ The grounds are spectacular, and Country Day has amazing resources. But it’s the experiences and people I’ve had the honor to know these years that have made this job magical.” —Elizabeth Lowe
ELIZABETH LOWE When Elizabeth Lowe came to Country Day as a co-teacher in 1994, she quickly realized this was “not an ordinary teaching job.” She was drawn to GCDS from her visit, seeing the beautiful campus and feeling the palpable love of teaching and learning. As a young woman far from home and family, she also valued the deep and genuine sense of community. She felt welcomed from the start and was grateful for the thoughtful invitations to the homes of faculty, staff, and parents alike on holidays. Before becoming a head teacher, Elizabeth spent two years teach-
TRICIA BLACK Tricia Black is the Founder and General Partner at Amplifyher Ventures, a seed stage venture firm focused on investing in and supporting female-led companies and gender-diverse teams. Prior to Venture
ing English to high school students in Japan, an experience she has been able to share with her students. Beginning as a thirdgrade teacher and moving to fifth grade in 2014, she contributed immensely to the elementary math curriculum development as a team leader and she taught art for the GCDS Summer Camp. She is appreciative of the many opportunities Country Day has afforded her, including a sabbatical to Scandinavia and the support she received while pursuing her MBA while working full time—a learning experience she was also able to share with her students. In particular, her realization that working in a collaborative group with different levels of knowledge and areas of expertise is more effective at solving problems than working alone. Elizabeth’s colleagues highlight her sense of adventure, “she’s always up for a last-minute ticket to Broadway.” They appreciate her sincere and thoughtful conversations—“you always know you’re getting honest feedback when she begins with, ‘So, here’s the deal . . .’” Her colleagues compliment her extraordinary planning, thinking through every detail and possibility that could occur while teaching. She always puts the needs of her students first and uses that knowledge to guide their learning and always with a sense of enjoyment in her expression. Congratulations and thank you Elizabeth!
The School’s 2021–2022 slate of Board of Trustees was voted upon at the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to our newest members.
Capital, Tricia held sales and marketing roles at several high-growth businesses, including Collegiate Advantage, Student Advantage, Y2M Youth Media & Marketing, and most notably, Facebook. Tricia was the first VP of Sales of Facebook. As the 7th employee, she built Facebook’s initial sales team and helped brands navigate the changing landscape of advertising during the shift to social media. In addition to her role at Amplifyher Ventures, Tricia is a community volunteer and has served on school, corporate, and nonprofit boards. She is currently a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School. Tricia received a BA from the University of Rhode Island. Tricia has two children enrolled at GCDS, Jack Brogan in Grade 10 and Ben Brogan in Grade 8.
RICHARD DUCKETT Richard Duckett is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is a proud United States Marine, previously stationed abroad in
ANNUAL MEETING Moscow, Santo Domingo, Frankfurt and Japan. He has worked as an engineer at United Parcel Service (UPS) and as a Franchise Owner of a UPS Store. After his career as an entrepreneur, Richard is a full-time stay-at-home Dad and serves on the board of The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, swimming, biking, fly-fishing, and boating. He and his wife, Thasunda, live in Greenwich and have four children, Mackenzie (GCDS Kindergarten), Myles (GCDS Grade 7), Madison (GCDS Grade 10), and Brendin who graduated from The University of Virginia and currently resides in Virginia.
DON TRUESDALE Don Truesdale is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ardea Partners LP. Previously, he was a Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked from 1991–2016. He was Global Head of Financial Technology and Asset Management and was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Institutions Group. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of DREAM in New York City. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Don has two children enrolled at GCDS, Calder in Grade 10, and Capri in Grade 7.
PHIL LAUDERDALE ‘99 Phil Lauderdale currently works in New York City and is an Assistant General Counsel for Ernst & Young, where he is the head attorney of a group that supports EY’s technology and technology services offerings, intellectual property matters, and other complex commercial engagements. Prior to joining EY, Phil was an attorney for IBM, where he negotiated large, complex technology services and products deals. While at IBM, Phil also supported mergers and acquisitions and practiced employment law. Phil grew up on Old Church Road, and is an alumnus of GCDS (Class of 1999), attending from Pre-K through the 8th grade. Phil attended Westminster School after GCDS, before going on to The Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in Economics and was goalie on the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Phil also received his J.D. from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. Phil currently serves as a member of the National Council for The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, and the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association for Westminster School.
JILL WEINER As the GCDS Parents Association Co-Chair, Jill Weiner has been involved as a Country Day volunteer for many years in various roles, most recently as the Upper School Division Coordinator and on the Annual Fund Committee. She is the Executive Director of The Helping Hand Foundation, providing support to city hospitals, health care, and children’s causes. She has also served on the Board for Impact Fairfield County and Greenwich United Way, where she was a member of the executive committee during her tenure. She is currently serving as an Advisory Board member for both organizations. Jill was a 2017 YWCA Spirit of Greenwich Award Honoree for her extensive contributions to our community. A graduate of Tulane University, A.B Freeman School of Business, Jill was previously affiliated with Arthur Andersen, in the Audit Division and Operations
Management. Jill and her husband, Jon, live in Riverside and have two children currently enrolled at GCDS, a son in Grade 11 grade and a daughter in Grade 8. Their eldest son is a GCDS graduate, Class of 2021, and is currently attending Tulane University as a freshman.
Board of Trustees 2021–2022 Vicki Craver, President Dwight W. Anderson Tricia Black* S. Wear Culvahouse, Secretary Kristin Custar, Vice President Richard Duckett* Taylor Glasebrook ’97 Robert L. Harteveldt, Vice President Barbara Harty Sonal Khichadia Phillip Lauderdale* ’99 Frank Loverro William P. Manuel** Magdalena Zavalia Miguens Cheryl Packard, Parents Association Chair Jeff Robertson** Adam C. Rohdie, Head of School, Ex-Officio Katherine Shaio Sandhu ’91 Vernon B. Schwartz** Harry Schwefel Peter F. Schweinfurth Emily Hoffman Stern ’90, Vice President Antonia Soares Thompson Don Truesdale* Frederick R. (Caleb) Watts, Treasurer Jill Weiner,* Parents Association Co-Chair *new trustee **second-term trustee
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Almost, Maine Greenwich Country Day’s First Upper School Non-Musical Dramatic Production BY DIRECTOR BETSY DURNING Upper School English Teacher & Theater Teacher “Almost, Maine is about the magical moments in our lives when something significant gives: in the midst of awkwardness, there is a moment of laughter; in the midst of loneliness, a moment of connection; in the midst of confusion, a moment of clarity; in the midst of loss, a moment of renewal. Like the characters you’ll meet in Almost, Maine, the GCDS High School Theater Program is experiencing some magical moments of change. Almost, Maine marks the school’s first full-length non-musical dramatic production! I am excited to be teaching our first acting class this year, and soon, we’ll have a brand new performing arts center to showcase the talents of our many dedicated student artists. What a wonderful time for us to journey in our imaginations to northern Maine, where our play is set, to take in the splendor of the northern lights—which serve as a symbol of epiphany in the play—and experience their magic together!” CAST & CREW OPPOSITE PAGE Back row: Mika Dunne, Harry Moloney, Rihanna Samson, Harry Manion, Georgia Mann, Evan Barry, Jashiyah Mccoy, Felix Hentsch-Cowles, Ruby Cosgrove, Gemma Larsen, Sol Hochman, Eli Murphy, Naomi Oberweger; Middle row: Juelle Roc, Deja Drackett, MiKayla DuPree, Jordyn Nadine Sesler, Alex Perl, Natalie Simpson, Spencer Hickok, Simon Grogan, Stella Melucci, Celine Silvera; Front row: Riya Punjabi, Savanna Shettler, Annabelle Futch; Not pictured: Chloe Litt, Charlotte Best
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DIRECTED BY Misty Sturm, UE and MS Music Teacher Imagine a Wizard of Oz with fourteen Dorothys, multiple Scarecrows, Lions, and Tin Men, not to mention Munchkins, trees, fairies, and witches, both good and bad. That’s what third-grade parents were treated to Nov. 10 and 11. The play, which included the entire third grade, was performed in two acts so that children and parents were able to follow COVID protocols and physically distance themselves in the Performing Arts Center. There were even two renditions of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” one for each act. “Because each act was performed separately, I thought folks would be disappointed to see a performance and not get to hear their child sing the iconic song. And magically, I reworked the script so it worked within the storyline,” said Misty Sturm, the new Upper Elementary and Middle School Music Teacher.
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A Season of
FIRSTS Country Day had its first-ever full Varsity season this fall. We welcomed many new Tiger athletes and coaches, including Kevin Avery, as our first Varsity Football head coach, Kim Wang, as our first Varsity Water Polo coach, and Irina Metuscu as our new Varsity Rowing Coach. With a full roster of teams and sports, the Tigers played in our first playoff and conference contests across multiple sports teams. We also honored our Senior Tiger athletes and their families by hosting Senior Day celebrations. The excitement of the fall season was felt on both our Stanwich and Old Church Road campuses, with an emphasis on creating a one-of-a-kind athletic experience for students and building a vertical alignment between divisions. Over the course of the fall season, Upper School teams partnered with Middle School teams for practices, mentorship, and game day cheering sections.
UPPER SCHOOL COACHES AWARD This student-athlete demonstrates the highest qualities of sportsmanship, character, leadership, devotion, and skill. This individual shows a constant desire to improve, works hard, and pushes their teammates.
UPPER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY made it to the 2021 NEPSAC Championships. The team also had a stellar performance at the FAA Championships at Sherwood Island. VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY advanced to the FAA Championship Tournament, facing off against Greens Farms Academy in the FAA Tournament Quarterfinals. VARSITY FOOTBALL, in their first season for GCDS, clinched their first win, 50-22 vs Newark Academy. VARSITY ROWING wrapped up their first interscholastic season with the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. The Tigers competed in the Boys 8+, Boys 4+, and Girls 4+ events against over 20 schools from surrounding states. BOYS VARSITY SOCCER advanced to the FAA Championship Tournament, facing off against Rye Country Day School in the FAA Tournament Quarterfinals. JV VOLLEYBALL clinched the team’s first championship title at the 2021 FAA Conference Championships. The team had an impressive 10-0 season record against opposing JV teams. VARSITY WATER POLO made a splash as they competed in their first Beast of the East Tournament in Pennsylvania, and competed against schools from across the Northeast.
UPPER SCHOOL PRIDE AWARD A student-athlete who is the definition of Tiger Pride, giving their heart and soul to the team. This individual was always willing to learn, overcame adversity, and displayed growth throughout the season.
Varsity Cross Country Award Rory Ashmeade Harrison Cole
Varsity Cross Country Carolina Deus Vaughn Shannonhouse
Salomon Field Hockey Award Ainsley Carella Jane Tortorella
Varsity Field Hockey Jose Gil Zalis
John Hosch III Football Award John Lonski Fall Rowing Award Matteo Andrade Varsity Girls Soccer Award Stella Melucci Katherine Sternberg Hector McBean Hart Soccer Award Roman Tirabassi Volleyball Award Willa Ball Varsity Water Polo Award Luke Nelson
JV Field Hockey Georgina Wolfson Varsity Football Ryan Crowley Coop Edwards Bailey Gendason Leo Corsano-Leopizzi Zach Powell Jesse Ripka Murphy Watner Varsity Rowing Olivia Karanikolaidis
Varsity Girls Soccer Skylar Genderson JV Boys Soccer Felix Hentsch-Cowles Demetrius Faris JV Girls Soccer Brianna Baldwin Maddie Buchsbaum Juelle Roc Volleyball (3rds) Celine Silvera JV Volleyball Chloe Craven Varsity Water Polo Michael Capek Walker Laitala
Varsity Boys Soccer Tyler Rosolen Zachary Sternberg
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETICS
First varsity football win 50-22 vs Newark Academy!
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UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETICS
FAA ALL-LEAGUE Cross Country First Team–Al Nickerson; Honorable Mention–Wylie Dell’Olio, Eli Rosen Field Hockey First Team–Jane Tortorella; Second Team–Jose Gil Zalis, Caroline Leicht; Honorable Mention–Ainsley Carella Boys Soccer First Team–Roman Tirabassi; Honorable Mention–Danny Ganeles Girls Soccer First Team–Lyneth Restrepo; Honorable Mention–Saedi Gibbs
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MIDDLE SCHOOL TIGER CUP The Middle School is proud to announce the revival of the decades-old, Orange vs Black GCDS tradition, Tiger Cup! Students are assigned to either the Orange or Black team while in Middle School and remain a part of their team for life. Tiger Cup kicked off in November with a week of friendly, afterschool competitions including sports games, relays, brain games, and more. Throughout the year, Middle Schoolers will have opportunities to score points for their team and earn fun rewards such as dress down days, and most of all—the pride of winning the overall Tiger Cup!
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS
The Middle School gives a big shout out to eighthgrader Riley Hart on his top three finish at the Middle School Cross Country Championships!
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COACH OF THE YEAR GCDS Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Andrew Copelan Named Premier Lacrosse League’s Coach of the Year Andrew “Andy” Copelan, Head Coach of the Greenwich Country Day School Boys Varsity Lacrosse team as well as for the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) Team—the Waterdogs—was named the PLL 2021 Coach of the Year. To be considered for this award, coaches must first be nominated by PLL players, team staff, and fellow coaches. Following the preliminary nominations, the media, PLL front office, and PLL Advisory Board then vote to select the award recipient. Honorees enjoyed a celebration at the awards ceremony held on Friday, September 17 in Washington, D.C. “Individual awards in a team sport really are team awards,” said Copelan. “Great players make coaches look good, and great assistant coaches make the head coach look good. I am fortunate to have both.” Adam Rohdie, GCDS Head of School, expressed his excitement for Copelan as both a PLL and GCDS Tigers Athletics lacrosse coach. “It is truly incredible that the coach of the year in the professional lacrosse league is also our head lacrosse coach! The young men on our team have already received remarkable skills training and insights from Coach Copelan. After a couple of challenging seasons due to the pandemic, I am so looking forward to seeing him coach his first full season; the team is going to have a great year. I know the whole GCDS community joins me in congratulating Coach Copelan on this achievement!”
“To coach with and against the best players in the world has been a lot of fun. I love what the PLL is doing for lacrosse and for the future of our sport.” —Andy Copelan
GCDS Athletic Director Tim Helstein also sent his congratulations to Coach Copelan. “I cannot think of someone more deserving of this award. He devotes his heart and soul into both the game and the boys. Andy brings the best out of his players, and they do everything to give their best to him. I’m not just talking about skill. I’m talking about comradery, unity, determination, and focus. Those who play for him don’t just become better lacrosse players, they become better people,” said Helstein. “To hear the way his players speak about him as a coach and mentor is all the proof you need to see why he was selected as the PLL Coach of the Year.” The honor is the latest addition to Copelan’s list of accolades, which includes a 2018 induction into the US Lacrosse Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame, and four Patriot League titles as an athlete at Bucknell. Prior to joining the Waterdogs, Copelan coached college lacrosse for 16 years, including 11 years as the head coach of the Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse team (2008–2019). In addition, Copelan served as the assistant coach at the University of Maryland for two years (2006–2008), and led Marist College to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2005 as their head coach (2004–2006).
FACULTY & STAFF
1 Claire Bixler, Middle School Dean of Students
5 Maddie Garcia, Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher,
9 Karen Hutton, Physical Education Teacher,
& Math Teacher, and her husband welcomed their second child Faye Donovan Bixler, born on February 12, 2021. Big sister Zoe is thrilled.
was married to Andrew Roberts, a Dartmouth classmate, on July 24, 2021, in Warren, New Jersey. Many of her colleagues were in attendance to support the newly married couple.
Nursery–Grade 5, married Darrell Perkins this summer, July 29, 2021 on Captiva Island, Florida.
2 In August 2021, Matt Dandola, Middle School Science Teacher, completed a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in School Leadership.
3 Kathryn Davis, Upper Elementary & Middle School Graphic Arts Teacher, won a photo contest sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Point. Her photo will be printed onto their 2021 Ornament.
4 Shannon Doyle, Middle School English Teacher and Girls Varsity Hockey Head Coach, and Will Turner, Upper School Strength and Conditioning Coach, were married this summer, July 9, 2021.
6 Randy Hall, Grade 5 Teacher, and Maria Puntereri, Grade 3 Teacher, ran the NYC Marathon on Nov. 7, 2021. They raised money for Type 1 Diabetes.
7 Joe Helpern and wife, Dena, are excited to welcome the newest member of their family, Jane Shah Domenicali-Helpern. Janie was born Sept. 5 at 8:40 a.m. in Greenwich Hospital.
8 J.R. Howe and his wife Mary McGee were married on Sept. 4, 2021 at his childhood summer camp on Lake George.
10 In September, Liz Johnson, Grade 5 Teacher, competed in Ironman Maryland and qualified for the 2022 Ironman World Championship, KailuaKona, Hawai’i.
11 Taylor Jones, Middle School Math Department Chair and Math Teacher, and her husband, Trevor, welcomed their son, Cody Campbell Jones, on June 11, 2021.
12 Evan Kanouse, Assistant Director of Academic Technology, Database Systems Manager, received his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Boston College in June 2021. This is his second graduate degree. In August 2021, he began a 3-year educational doctorate program with Johns Hopkins University.
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13 Luke Laubscher, Grade 4 Teacher, proposed to Glaura Paiva, Grade 3 Teacher, and she said YES! We’re looking forward to lots of excitement in the Lower Elementary School!
14 Cisco Lopez, a member of the Dining Hall staff, and his wife Darci, are excited to announce the birth of their second son, Seth Orion Lopez, Sept. 15, 2021, 7.7 lbs., 20 inches.
15 After 2.5 years of graduate school, Beth McDonough, Lower Elementary Science House Teacher, officially graduated from Manhattanville College in May 2021 with a Master of Professional Studies in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, and Special Education.
16 Mark Milostan, World Language Teacher, announced the birth of his daughter, Charlotte Marie Milostan, born July 29, 2021, at 8:51 p.m., 6 lbs., 10 oz, 19 inches. “Our hearts are full.”
17 Annie Ogden ’14, Upper School History Teacher, ran the New York City Marathon in honor of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to treating spinal cord injuries, and in honor of her father’s fight against paralysis.
18 Andy Ramirez, Director of College Counseling, and his wife, Anne, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Angela Luna Ramirez. Angie was born August 27, 2021, at 8:45 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz.
19 Will Rill, Middle School Creative Technology Teacher, married Lauren Sabini, who worked in the Carriage House, on October 23, 2021, in White Plains. Jason Hamilton, Network Administrator, officiated the wedding.
20 Lauren Rosenberg, Middle School English Teacher, and her husband, Day, are the proud parents of Beau Charles Rosenberg and Dean Stabler Rosenberg, who were born on July 13, 2021. Big brother Jack is in the Class of ’24.
Breath, which was commissioned by the Rochester Symphony to celebrate their Centennial.
22 Meg Sullivan, Nursery–Grade 5 Math Coordinator, and her husband, JP, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Noa Burkly Sullivan, on Oct. 1, 2021.
23 Shannon Turner-Doyle was once again elected captain for her Professional Hockey Team, the Connecticut Whale. It is her third season in a row as Captain and seventh on the team. IN MEMORIAM: Diane Boynton, Lower School teacher at GCDS from 1966 until 1978, died in Baltimore in mid-October 2021. Mrs. Boynton was noted for her sunny personality and professional skill. Her eldest son Jay was a member of the class of ’71, and her husband John Boynton taught Latin in the Upper School and initiated both the wrestling program and the lacrosse program at GCDS.
21 On November 20–21, Misty Sturm, Upper Elementary & Middle School Music Teacher, traveled to Rochester, MN, home of the Mayo Clinic where she was the soloist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. She sang the world premiere of a piece written by her husband, Ike Sturm, entitled For the
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Families of Color
Gathering to Build Community
On October 9, families who self-identify as people of color gathered at the gaga pit playground behind the Performing Arts Center on the Old Church Road campus for “Cider and Donuts,” the fourth annual fall gathering. The event sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serves as an opportunity to meet each other and form relationships.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Welcomes First-Year Families During the month of September, the Development Office, Division Heads, and members of the Board of Trustees welcomed our first-year families (from 2019–2020 and 2020–2021) to receptions on campus. The evening was an opportunity for our new parents to meet the GCDS community.
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Joan Lunden Offering Advice to the Sandwich Generation Parents Association Speaker Series Hosts Trusted News Anchor and Author
Joan Lunden is a mother of seven (including two GCDS Upper Schoolers), a former caregiver to her mother and brother, an author, a reporter, and a trusted news anchor whose presence has been welcomed into homes around the world for decades. She wears many hats, and each has given her a unique perspective on aging, the roles of women, health care, and how all of it has changed dramatically in the past fifty years. This perspective has inspired Lunden’s recent work and was the subject of an honest and engaging conversation with the Country Day community, moderated by GCDS parent Dr. Danielle Robinson, on October 26. The talk was part of the Parents Association Speaker Series.
Photo by Andrew Eccles
BY ANDREW NIBLOCK, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLWIDE INITIATIVES
Lunden shared research she began for her book, Why Did I Come into This Room?, that challenged traditional views on aging. Advances in health care have helped to create a new reality around longevity and life’s natural stages. Lunden shared that through research, conversation, and her own life experience, she came to the realization that not only did this new reality about aging require new thinking, it required some new vocabulary.
living doesn’t make this easy. Women are busier, more highly educated, and more professionally successful than ever before. However, the challenges of caregiving haven’t diminished, and then there is technology . . . Lunden talked of the reality and danger of 24/7 work thanks to tech advances. She shared a powerful exchange overheard after a high school basketball game: “Dad: Great game, son. Son: Oh, were they showing the game on your phone?” Technology has made it harder to honor our non-work time, Lunden observed, and it may be a contributing factor to diminishing levels of happiness over the past four decades, even as women make up a growing number of graduate school alumni and corporate leadership.
“We are the sandwich generation.”
“Don’t wait to start talking.”
“I wanted it to be a conversation starter.”
For the first time in human history, Lunden told the attendees, there are tens of millions of people who are challenged with raising children and caring for aging parents. Lunden spoke from experience of these challenges, as she was a caregiver for her mother, while raising children, and hosting Good Morning America. While the new reality exists for all, Lunden explained that the burden tends to land on women. This is then compounded by the evidence that caregivers are notoriously reluctant to care for themselves. “If I don’t do it, how is it going to get done?” Lunden shared this familiar refrain to sandwich generation members. She talked about a time she ignored her own potential heart attack symptoms when at the hospital with her husband, only to turn right around and go back, but only after she felt her husband was well enough. Lunden reminded attendees that our new reality requires a shift in thinking about oneself. “You can’t look after anyone if you don’t look after yourself.” One of Lunden’s biggest revelations in her own well-being was giving herself permission to take time outs—guilt free moments to recharge and unwind. Lunden encouraged everyone to find the thing that provided relief and take time to do it. Modern
The challenges of the sandwich generation are not going away, but we can be prepared, Lunden told attendees. We can have conversations early about caregiving in later life with aging parents, siblings, and spouses. Lunden emphasized the importance of having difficult conversations around later life before it is a crisis. Important paperwork like living wills, durable powers of attorney, and HIPAA releases are easier to manage when gathered before they are absolutely necessary. Becoming a caregiver for an aging parent is not a “comfortable, natural transition in life,” Lunden shared. However, with preparation, education, and a willingness to take care of oneself, card carrying members of the sandwich generation can thrive. In the final chapter of her book, Lunden challenges readers to write their own eulogy, an invitation she extended to those who joined her talk. “What would people say about you? What would you want them to say about you? You have the rest of your life to make it happen!” The GCDS Parents Association Speaker Series facilitates conversations with exceptional people from around the world. This year the Series Co-Chairs are Julia Halberstam, Antonia Thompson, and Jamie Renwick.
29 Service Projects in 19 Locations During the month of October, GCDS alumni, former parents, and former faculty organized and participated in service projects around the world. In this inaugural year, Tigers Care was in honor of Jen Donnalley’s birthday to recognize her impact on our school, our community, and her ability to instill community service in all of us. By the end of October, Tigers completed 29 projects in 19 locations. We have more lined up for December and encourage our entire alumni community to get involved! 1 GCDS Class of 2004: Christie Klauberg, Josie Hubschman Margulis, Bray Ketchum Peel, Catherine Anne Lowden, Caren Pinto, Chloe Smith, Jenny King 2 Past parents Sharon Platter, Erica Tubridy, Lauren Ghaffari, Patty Brooks Walker 3 Max Hakim ’06, Lily Rogath ’03, David Hakim ’05, Alexa Hakim Moinian ’03, Liz Horowitz ‘03, and friend
The GCDS community collected and packed 569 boxes and 79 bags of food for Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization based in Greenwich, for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
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Alumni Advisory Council
In early October, the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) kicked off the year with a full council meeting. The Council reviewed successes from last year and discussed opportunities for the year ahead. As part of each kick off meeting, we welcome our new AAC members. To learn more about the AAC and ways to become involved with the Alumni Relations team, please contact Liz Duffy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Fisher Doneger ’01
Amanda Donegar was born and raised in Greenwich, attending GCDS from Nursery to Grade 8. After GCDS, Amanda attended Greenwich Academy (’04) and then received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Amanda spent the beginning of her career in finance and now currently works in her family business at Marc Fisher Footwear, where she has been since 2010. Amanda currently lives in Greenwich with her husband Jason and their three children Chloe (6), Isabel (3) and Jack (1), two of whom attend GCDS. Amanda has been working as an Alumni Ambassador and is excited to now further her involvement as a member of the AAC. 2
Briggs Elwell ’02
Briggs Elwell started his career in real estate at The Related Companies in the luxury residential division, eventually managing business development for Related Rentals, a portfolio of over 7,000 luxury units. After leaving Related, Briggs went on to run multiple residential and commercial real estate brokerages in New York. He currently serves as a principal advisor to Elegran Real Estate and is the founder and CEO of LTY Capital, a specialty finance real estate business. Briggs grew up in Greenwich, graduating
from GCDS in 2002. He just moved back to Greenwich from New York with his wife and two kids.
physical activity like hiking or playing tennis. 5
Charles Payton ’06
Charles Payton joined The Riverside Company in 2014. At Riverside, Mr. Payton focuses on institutional distribution across Riverside’s nine fund families, including three core strategies (equity, credit and structured capital) across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Payton holds a BA in History and a Markets and Management Certificate from Duke University. While at Duke University, he was a member of the Duke Men’s Lacrosse Team, winning back-to-back NCAA Division I National Championships in 2013 and 2014. 4
Nathalie Weiss Rhone ’05
Nathalie Rhone is a Registered Dietitian and Functional Medicine Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Nathalie is the founder of Nutrition by Nathalie LLC, a private nutrition counseling practice, and All Good Eats, a social media health and wellness brand. When she isn’t working with her clients or on media projects, you can find Nathalie traveling with her family, or doing some sort of outdoor
Nicole Rogers ’10
Nicole Rogers is a Human Resources Business Partner at Disney Media Entertainment and Distribution owned by The Walt Disney Company. Prior to working at Disney, she worked as a Management Consultant at E. Rogers Associates, Inc. As a consultant, Nicole worked on various projects for organizations focusing on leadership development, optimizing team dynamics, assessment analytics, and consistently tied the clients needs to the goals of the organization. Before starting at E. Rogers Associates, Nicole worked as a Human Resources Intern for Loews Corporation. At this organization, she directly reported to the Human Resources Business Partner and worked on a Flexible Work Initiative. Before working for Loews Corporation, Nicole worked as a Talent Development Summer Intern at Thomson Reuters, where she first discovered her interest in generational research by working on a project aimed to examine the perceived differences between generations. Nicole left GCDS in 2009 and went on to Rye Country Day School. Afterward she went on to graduate in 3 years at the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Psychology. Nicole received
Alumni Advisory Council Members her MA in Social and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she served on the Executive Board of Student Senate and was the President of her program. Recently, Nicole graduated with her Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.
Laura Sanders Wyatt ’97
Laura Wyatt works for DentaQuest, a national dental insurance company, where she serves as Vice President of Customer Experience and Product. She is responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of technology solutions to enhance product delivery and the customer/company relationship. Previously, she worked in marketing at Teladoc Health, the leading global provider of telehealth services, where she oversaw member experience and feedback. She spent several years in the hospitality industry, working for Starwood
Hotels & Resorts in a variety of roles, including leading the Starwood Preferred Guest Ambassador Program and running the portfolio’s global Quality Assurance Program. She began her career in sales and marketing at Mercer HR Consulting in New York City. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She graduated from Greenwich Country Day in 1997 and has been an active member of the alumni community. Her two older children attend Country Day; Finn is in 2nd grade and Sloane is in Pre-K. Her youngest daughter, 2-year-old Drew, looks forward to joining the fun on Old Church Road when she is older.
Karena Bullock Bailey ’92 Jessica Rogers Baker ’05 Matt Berdoff ’05 Katrina Black ’11 Peter Burns ’01 James Cobbs ’69 Colin Daddino ’04 Amanda Fisher Doneger ’01 Remy Sanders Dowd ’03 Briggs Elwell ’02 Nora Gardner ’00 Taylor Glasebrook ’97 David Hakim ’05 Wendy Jeffery Hubbell ’73 Julie Galluzzo Karish ’92 Connor Keeshan ’01 Justin Korsant ’00 Tom Melly ’04 Lexie Hearn Merrill ’03 Debbie Ossorio Mertz ’80 Olivia Mosley ’10 Carin Ohnell ’85 Charles Payton ’06 John-David Pinto ’03 David Platter ’03 Nathalie Weiss Rhone ’05 Nicole Rogers ’10 Charlie Russell ’14 Jordan Sanders ’01 Jake Shulman ’06 Cam Sterling ’91 Michael Tai ’97 Sarah Ortiz-Elejalde Vazquez ’00 Jordan Wolowitz ’99 Laura Sanders Wyatt ’97 AMBASSADORS A newly established volunteer role to support the AAC and our growing alumni programming.
Sara Coffin ’03 Doug Friedman ’03 Charlie Glazer ‘99 Harriet Staub Huston ’71 Liz Levison ’05 Sarah Oster ‘93 Erin Sanders ‘05 Spencer Slocum ’05
CLASS OF 2022
ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE Hosts Parent Reception The Development Office together with the Class of 2022 Endowment Committee hosted a reception on Sept. 9 for the parents of the members of the Class of 2022. The reception celebrated the years the class had spent together at Greenwich Country Day and years ahead. 1 Sally Mann, Class of 2022 Endowment Committee Member 2 Robert and Toland Sherriff, Andy Ramirez (Director of College Counseling) 3 Tony Mann, Class of 2022 Endowment Committee Member
CLASS OF 2013
Parents Gather to Reconnect On Sept. 28, Alysa and Paul Stafford (P ’13, ’14,’16, ‘19) welcomed the parents from the Class of 2013 into their barn. Parents enjoyed visiting with one another, reconnecting, and sharing updates on their alumni children. Head of School Adam Rohdie updated the group on our two campuses: Upper School campus expansion, new fac1
1 Alysa and Paul Stafford 2 Colleen Barnswell, Norris Rabb, Debra Rabb 3 Icy Frantz and Susan Johnson 4 Linda Ogden, Susan Randolph, Anna-Karen Mark 5 Peter Danielsen, Anne Danielsen, Adam Rohdie, and Scott Frantz
ulty and staff hires, dedication of the Rose Moye Dance Studio, and highlights of the French Farm Program.
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1942 Peter Harrison / 23134 Shannondell Dr. / Audubon, PA 19403 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1947 Margaret Hart-Rogers / The Mews / 1/2 Bolling Pl. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / thesheiling5 @gmail.com / (203) 542-5232 Margaret Hart-Rogers reports, “I would like to start my class news with a quote I saw on a T-shirt, “I thought it took longer to get older.” It has been 74 years since we graduated, walking into the auditorium with Mr. Dale Bartholomew playing that stirring march (War March of the Priests). I have so many memories of our years at GCDS, as I’m sure you have yours. Since I live in Greenwich, I get the chance to drive to GCDS now and then, and always marvel at how impressive it looks. Far cry from when “our school” was based all in the main building, which was originally the mansion of the former estate. We have lost a few classmates through the years. Recently, I have been informed that Georgia Rockefeller Rose, James Howe, and Milton Nichols have passed away. I send my condolences to their families. As for me, my life has changed since I am in assisted living at The Mews located in Greenwich, which was founded
by Georgia Rockefeller Rose’s mother Nancy Rockefeller back in the 70s. We are all consumed by the news of the world and new climate change, and hope and pray that all will somehow settle down for our grandchildren and future generations. We all grew up in the “golden years” where life was much simpler—as I can’t keep up with all this technology which keeps changing all the time. So, kudos to all the students and GCDS faculty and staff who are learning to cope with the future. My granddaughter Caitlyn lives in Maine, and is looking forward to going back to a regular school day. Same with my grandson Robert who will be a sophomore at his high school. My son Rob is now retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant and was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. My daughter Lesley is now back to working full time in her new job. I hope you are all keeping safe and well as can be. I send my very best to you all. “A moment tender—a lifetime to remember.” Margaret. Emily Howe Buttaro—Emily has been living in Minnesota for about five years in a lovely apartment overlooking a lake where she can see boats and the wildlife. At dinner time, she had the company of her daughter and her daughter’s husband, grandsons, and their dog. Emily’s brother Jim, who was in our class, passed away in June in Maine where he lived most of this life. Janet Bushman Spencer—Doug and I have been in Kendal, an independent living community, for 121/2 years. Our big news has been a gain of three more great grandchildren in addition to Colly, our 3-year-old first great
The 1946 girls’ field hockey squad, forerunner of many years of undefeated teams. Margaret Hart-Rogers ’47, class rep, third from left.
MILESTONES Marriages Mac Bartels ’01 married Miriam Roure Parera on August 21, 2021 Jenny King ’04 married Artie Mittnacht on September 11, 2021 Caroline Melly ’07 married Chris Crovatto on August 21, 2021
Deaths Milton Griggs Nichols ’47 on March 23, 2021 Craig S. Carragan, Jr. ’59 on September 15, 2021 Joseph David Nelson, III ’63 on November 25, 2020 Hugh F. Bennett ’72 on September 27, 2021
grandchild. Of course, they are, all four, the greatest. We feel very lucky to be here in Kendal—to still be alive and in good health. The community has weathered COVID very well. Thanks to excellent leadership and a well-knit community spirit. We miss our “old life” in Carlisle, PA, and the town’s educational institution—Penn State Dickinson Law—US Army War College—but we know that life involves too much work for us now. Cora Alice St. John Gebhardt— I (Margaret Hart-Rogers) had a wonderful conversation with Cora Alice—catching up on our comings and goings. Cora lives in Sewickley, PA. She has two daughters—Lisa, Joy, and a son Evans—and six grandchildren. She and her husband (deceased) lived in France for three years—and still likes to travel. Tom Reed—Like many of us now in our late eighties, I have little to report other than still being here, creaky, but not disabled, passing my annual dementia test with increasing grades. Some names seem to fade, but those of Mr. Grant, Mr. Luther and the wonderful Mr. Hart are chiseled in cerebral stone. We remain as residents in California’s wine country, in our same home of 34 years, surrounded by family and staff that look after us, including two dogs and house, relentlessly. I wound up my history-writing career a decade ago since ideas introduced in chapter three must ring a bell when the reader gets to chapter eleven. I can no longer tie those concepts together. We no longer travel—except to MD offices. Our most recent tour was around the Baltic Sea by boat two years ago. That was really an interesting peek into the post-Cold War world.
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We found Estonia to have morphed into being the Silicon Valley of Europe.
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Greetings, y’all. Jim here. I pray you and yours have fared well while COVID has, we hope, descended rapidly down its fall glide path and that your plans for holiday gatherings are intact. Holly and I are delighted to see our two grandsons, Harcourt (8) and Porter (6) thriving at the Buckley school here in New York. We plan to have them with us for Christmas together with our daughter Elizabeth ’95 and her husband Adrien Fraise. Then they will all take off to the Fraise family chalet in Switzerland for fun and skiing. My business is beginning to make post-pandemic progress and I’m now raising funds for a young company that is building an online source for superior therapeutic nutraceutical treatments—at half the cost of average products—for families dealing with autism (ASD) and/or other tragic conditions! Jerry Nicholas sent sad news recently: “Just wanted you to know that Craig Carragan passed away a few days ago after a long battle with cancer. I first met him in 3rd grade at GCDS and we have been good friends ever since. That’s almost 70 years. He certainly had a life worth living and I’ll certainly miss him.” Jerry, who was Craig’s business partner for many years, was kind enough to send a link to Craig’s obituary (Please see the In Memoriam section). To send condolences to Clare, her address is 2495 Rue Du Jardin, #201, Naples, FL 34105. Sally Devens writes: “Always good to hear from you, Jim. Was so sorry to hear about Craig—I can see him so clearly in my mind’s eye. He was and is so genuine and real to me and often made me laugh—It is
Constance Comly Ellis / 1 Fifth Ave., #14G / New York, NY 10003 / constance.c.ellis@ gmail.com
1949 Joel Mitchell, Jr. / 1302 Theall Rd. / Rye, NY 10580 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1950 Carolyn (Carly) Rogers / 505 Seminary Row, #63 / New York, NY 10027 / carlyrogers11@ gmail.com
1955 David Corbin / 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Ste. E4-415 / Boulder, CO 80302
1956 Margaret Erickson Ellsworth / 9988 Avondale Rd., NE, #253 / Redmond, WA 98052 / email@example.com
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beyond sad to say goodbye to classmates. We are all living in a strange world. I hope you and your family are all well. Sending love and positive wishes to all in our class, Sally.” Amen, Sally.
1960 Benjamin B. Wellington / 17 Salt Marsh Ln. / North Falmouth, MA 02556 / benbwell@ me.com
1961 Rosalie Hornblower / 222 Brattle St. / Cambridge, MA 02138 / rosaliehornblower10@ gmail.com
1962 Alice Fisher / 1920 Morgan Lane /Redondo Beach, CA 90278 / firstname.lastname@example.org Peter McCabe / 500 Wire Mill Rd. / Stamford, CT 06903 / email@example.com Alice Fisher writes: “I asked classmates to consider the impact of COVID and/or the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on their lives, in addition to personal updates.” Sandy Gerli is grateful for his health, having carried a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes since 1983. He’s singing with a church choir in Raleigh and enjoys driving his classic Saab convertible. Sandy misses us all. As I, Ken Nehr, walked into the lobby of my building on 9/11, there were a number of other employees watching the monitor on the wall. Suddenly we all realized a building was struck in New York City. We thought of those we work with in the city. Then the tragedy became clear and even more horrible. My heart was racing. Short of breath, too. Today I still have those emotional moments especially thinking about those that perished. God bless us all.” Evan Griswold lives in a rural part of Connecticut adjacent to the salt marshes at the mouth of the Connecticut River. When COVID lockdown was announced, we [my wife Emily & I] went about our daily routine of caring for animals and various chores around the property. The pandemic has been traumatic for many and will stay with us for a long time as it did our grandparents’ generation. Climate change may bring us more and more virulent pandemics in years to come and we must be prepared. Finally, news from co-secretary Peter McCabe! He is raising his fourth Bernese Mountain Dog, Roger; some of you may remember that Peter’s dog in his GCDS years was named Roger as McCabe names all his dogs Roger. His wife Wendy continues to enjoy and excel at Floral Design, although her benefit and other work has subsided during the pandemic. Peter manages portfolios and,
separately, is one of a small group at Morgan Stanley who do Commodities Futures business. “We just returned from a fantastic three weeks in Rockport, Maine, where we annually rent a rambling and weather-beaten house built in 1905, on a hill next to Penobscot Bay. The house catches all the breezes, all the time. I just finished a 1000 page novel, Stalingrad, by Vasily Grossman, and now am able to dig into Grossman’s masterpiece, Life and Fate, which I couldn’t get into before reading the first book. For those of you who enjoyed War and Peace, these two books are the 20th century’s answer. And reading them, you will have my responses to Alice’s questions.” Having been a RN for 46 years, and exhausted by COVID, Nancy Hoffman has decided to retire. Although looking forward to quieter days with no evaluations, reports, etc., saying goodbye to the providers, families, and residents of her Adult Family Homes, which remained COVID free, was bittersweet. Being an RN Nurse Delegator here in Seattle, has been just about my most favorite job as a RN. Freedom and independence! Love the elderly and working with families, educating them on Dementia, all types and forms!” Nancy’s dog assistant, Miss Kittie, will, no doubt, also be missed by the residents. Joan Scherman Dorr writes that she and her husband Fred survived COVID well, meeting friends outside and enjoying wonderful walks, but she had to give up her volunteer work with Hospice and Sunrise Senior Living which created quite a void. Fortunately, Joan has recently resumed her hospice work feeling safe thanks to a customized N95 mask and vaccines. She looks forward to when she can visit family in Virginia, especially since her mother celebrated her 98th birthday on October 8. “I watched everything about 9/11, as I do every year, acutely aware of the horror and sadness. Best wishes and good health to our classmates.”
1967 Cathy Shraga / 205 East 69th St., #8C / New York, NY 10021 / firstname.lastname@example.org Cathy Shraga reports, “I heard from Suzie Petersen that Pam Constable had returned safely from Afghanistan in August, so I wrote her a note to see how she was. On August 24, Pam, who founded the Afghan Stay Animals League shelter in Kabul while she was there writing for the Washington Post, wrote: “I am okay but very very worried and depressed. I’ve been trying to get some rescued dogs out, but they have been stuck at the airport with all the chaos. My shelter is closed, and my driver got lost in the evacuation confusion. Everyone I know is trying to leave, and I have no idea when I will get back there. It is a disaster in every way.” Not too long after, she sent me a link to a National Geographic article she wrote, “The End of the Afghanistan I Knew.” The subhead to the article said: “I chronicled jubilant homecoming after the fall of the Taliban. Twenty years later, their return to power brings back painful memories and panic.” It’s a good read. Here’s the link: https://www.nationalgeographic. com/history/article/the-end-of-the-afghanistan-i-knew. Pam made it back to cover the collapse of the country. On October 4, she wrote an article for the Washington Post from Kabul, headlined: “Across Kabul, evidence of Afghanistan’s fast-unraveling economy under the Taliban is everywhere.” For the first time in memory, Debbie Brown wrote in late September. “I did get the vaccine (Moderna). My second shot was not as symptom-free as my first! I do feel it will help. I have managed to avoid Covid
even though my son and son-in-law and many neighbors have all had it.” Debbie joins our list of talented artists who have sent in images of their work. “As of last January, I have been painting, abstracts mostly. I am even part of a show in November.” Debbie, who is now living in Greenville SC, has four grandchildren, three girls and a boy, all 3 years old and under. “There is a reason why we have babies in our youth!” she says. “I love being a grandmother!” Robin Brooks wrote: “As most of you saw [in the last GCDS News], I’m doing something new. I’m leading “Writing Your Way” home workshops, a journey of self-discovery through writing your life story, guiding you towards who you truly are. I filled my first workshop [in late September]! I am so excited. Still need to finish developing the later sessions. COVID itself deeply affected my life and it virtually shut down my book design business (though it’s coming back). I was given the gift of a pause to be able to really look at my life and figure out the next step. I have always wanted to lead healing workshops. When I published my poetic memoir about healing from my child-
Debbie Brown ’67 and two children, Nika and Max. Debbie is painting abstracts —a new hobby as of January 2021.
1963 Sheila Blair / 119 Old Homestead Highway / Richmond, NH 03470 / email@example.com Walter Hinton / 400 Montebello Dr. / Greenville, SC 29609 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1965 Michael Sandifer / 340 Riversville Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / mssandifer @optonline.net
1966 Ginger Bevis Littleton / 675 Big Valley Dr. / Colorado Springs, CO 80919 / gingerlittleton @hotmail.com
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IN MEMORIAM CRAIG SEAMAN CARRAGAN, JR. ’59 passed away September 15, 2021 after a battle with lung cancer. He was born in Minneola, NY, during WWII, son of Craig Carragan Sr. and Hope Kilner Carragan. He is survived by his wife Clare Ventre Carragan, daughter Lisa Kyer and grandson Kolby of Missoula, MT, and son Greg Carragan and his wife Michele of Charlottesville, VA. His brother Ehrick (GCDS Class of 1962) predeceased him. Craig had a zest for life. He turned his passion for radio in college into a career in broadcasting, culminating as head of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. He had a love for all things automotive having spent his summers working at his friend’s family’s Long Island Automotive Museum. He sold exotic sports cars through college and spent time racing and working on the racing team. Antique car restoration (especially British cars) was a passion. In Naples, he was a volunteer at the Revs Automotive Museum. If anything had a motor, he would take it apart and rebuild and enjoy it: cars, motorcycles, boats, and the like. After college he started as an electrical engineer at Electrolux designing motors. Years later, he used his knowledge and love of mathematics and engineering to start a computer software company specializing in lending software for banks, back in the infancy days of computers. His answer to being told “the pioneers are the ones with arrows in their backs” was to laugh and take his company nationwide. Fly fishing was a joy and passion he shared with his wife Clare. In his business life, he looked at a problem as an opportunity. This was his can do, cup half full philosophy that guided his life. One of his proudest accomplishments was the opening of Reflections Boutique at the Harold Leever Cancer Center in Waterbury, CT; a place where cancer patients can get free wigs and head covers. It was a way of giving back to the community after the cancer diagnosis and treatment of his wife. Craig was also actively involved with the CT Community Foundation and was instrumental in starting the Western CT leadership program which was based on Greater Naples Leadership. He was part of the GNL class of XXIV until his cancer diagnosis. He called himself a “3-D marine artist“ (model shipbuilder) and enjoyed the fun times and camaraderie with the Naples Ship Modelers Club. Craig loved his “family” at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks and was actively involved in the Resident Council and community, and of course backgammon. There will be a celebration of life in Naples, FL, at a future date.
hood, I spoke to many audiences and also, at the same time, developed and led a series of healing workshops for survivors. Leading Guided Autobiography workshops now is a segue, although I am already approaching healing centers and ones for survivors of domestic violence. Wish me luck!” Robin’s twin Leslie Brooks, who is also a writer, checked in too: “I’ve been dealing with a mysterious vertigo now for almost 16 months. I’ve decided it’s my soul’s message
HUGH F. BENNETT ’72 passed away in Naples, Florida, on September 27, 2021 from ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hugh was born on March 7, 1957, in Washington, DC, to parents Jack Franklin Bennett and Shirley Goodwin Bennett. He had an active childhood with eye-opening tours of the world on his parents’ many business trips. He lived in DC, CT, TX, and England and visited many other countries, including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, and Singapore. Hugh loved sports, particularly soccer, basketball, tennis, and baseball. He went on to ultimately play collegiate D1 soccer at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and participated in many levels of competitive soccer. He also enjoyed youth and high school soccer coaching and refereeing for many years, particularly in Winchester, MA. Hugh was also lucky to attend a great New Hampshire summer camp (Pemigewassett) for many years. As for schools, he attended the Kinkaid School (Houston), Greenwich Country Day School (Class of ’72), Deerfield Academy (Class of ’75) and UNC (Class of ’79). After college, Hugh had a 25-year career in investment banking and corporate finance with First Boston, Advest, McKinley Allsop, and his own business, Gagan, Bennett & Co. He was active in capital raising, mergers/acquisitions, and served on several corporate boards. Subsequently, he joined MIT in its development and fundraising department, where he worked for 13 years before retiring. Hugh lived in Boston and then Winchester, MA, for over 35 years. At the end of 2018, he retired to Naples, FL. Hugh had many happy experiences and memories with his many friends. He was a class agent for his beloved Deerfield Academy class for many years. He served on the soccer club, business association, and school boards. He was also a member of The Winchester Country Club (MA) and the Quail Creek Country Club (FL). Hugh is survived by two wonderful children, Victoria Bennett Patterson (husband Dustin) and Matt Bennett. Hugh is also survived by his loving wife Michelle Bennett and his three siblings, Jackson G. (Win) Bennett (GCDS Class of 1966), Philip D. Bennett (GCDS Class of 1969), and E. Fraser Bennett Beede (GCDS Class of 1978). He also leaves his wife’s two children named Kyle Richards and Tyler Richards, as well as their children Sophie and Maddy. He is also survived by his first wife and many Bennett nieces and nephews. The burial in Mystic, CT, was private.
for me to slow down, which I am doing big time. I’m also working on my second magical fantasy, The Magic Willow, which I hope to get polished and published by the end of the year if all goes well.”
1969 Mary Alice Fisher Carmichael / 21 Silvermine Woods / Wilton, CT 06897 / maryalicefisher@ mac.com
Bertrande Coleman / 404 E. 66th St., #8G / New York, NY 10065 / email@example.com
David Bull / 25 Shattuck Rd. / Hadley, MA 01035 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Rawson / P.O. Box 1361 / Eastsound, WA 98245 / email@example.com
Amie Knox / 200 Cherry St. / Denver, CO 80220 / firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST TEAM GCDS BASKETBALL
BY JIM RAMSEY ’76
ow that GCDS sports has started at the high school level, nearly 100 years of the ninth grade being the top dogs will dissolve into the archives. I’d like to shine some light on a portion of that legacy, specifically on the “First Team” in the 1970s and 1980s. My father, Wally Ramsey, was a Master Teacher at GCDS with a career spanning from the 1960s to the 1980s. At various times he was also the Admissions Director, the Athletic Director, and a three-sport coach. He and Tom Brody coached boys' basketball “First Team” from 1970–71 to 1984–85. Several years ago, I went through all his scorebooks and took notes. Here are a few of the various records and statistics from that era:
1976–77: 19-1 1982–83: 11-6
1980–81: 15-2 1984–85: 15-1 1981–82: 13-2 1985–86: 13-3
Longest winning streak: 12 games, 1980–81
Most points in a game: 92 vs Daycroft, 1971–72
Julian Byars ’79 is one of the most outstanding players in the school's history. In 1978–79, Julian averaged 35.7 points, playing in 32-minute games. Yes, more than a point-a-minute for 18 games. Putting that into the perspective of the NBA's 48-minute game, that would be averaging 52 points in the NBA. Julian scored 40 or more points five times. His game high of 47 (against Harvey) was thought to be the GCDS record. He scored 29 points in a half—twice—and 19 in a quarter. He was unstoppable inside 18 feet. Sadly, no other stats, such as rebounding or assists, are available. He would rebound like a steel trap, yet shoot with a soft touch. Averaging 35 points for a season in 32-minute games, it was a sight to see. In his two seasons playing on the First Team, he averaged 27.9 points per game, which may also be the most ever. Gus Ramsey ’82 piled up games played and points scored. Gus played one game on the First Team as a sixth-grader, suited up for First and Second Teams in 7th grade, then started on the First Team in 8th and 9th grades. He played in 45 games with the First Team, scoring 748 points in three years (second to Byars at the time). His 902 “Upper School” points eclipsed Byars’ total of 809, and was considered to be the most ever scored. Gus averaged 27.5 points per game (ppg) in 9th grade, on a league championship team. In one game against Brunswick, Gus scored a career high of 40, and teammate Keith Finney ’82 scored 21. Their 61 combined points was the most by teammates in this 15-year window. (Gus evidently made a big impression on Brunswick . . . he went there after GCDS.) Several players scored 30-or-more points in a game, including Peter Henriques ’73, Doug Jordan ’74, John Pastore ’77, and Trevor Fearon '83. Some other outstanding scorers from that era include David “Moochie” Waddell ’73 (19 ppg), John Pastore ’77 (19.8 ppg), and Ethan Ayer ’86 (24.4 ppg). Fifty years ago in 1971, Greens Farms Academy played a game at GCDS. Michael Dawson rained in jump shots from all over the court, some barely a dribble or two across the midcourt line, scoring 46
Basketball coaches Wally Ramsey (right) and Tom Brody on the sidelines. Photos from the 1973 Spire yearbook.
points, the most by an opponent. As a 9-year-old, I was slack-jawed, and that game still rings a bell with my father. I am certainly proud of GCDS basketball in this era, and my father's and brother's contributions. GCDS high school sports will be fantastic and will provide plenty of thrills, but let's not forget our present and past, at the ninth-grade level. Meanwhile, I am also proud of what Donovan Mitchell ’12 is doing to catapult GCDS sports into the next era, as well as assisting faculty members and underprivileged students. I look forward to seeing the new school and attending some games—hopefully before I return for my class’ 50th reunion and GCDS’ 100th anniversary in 2026. Go Tigers!
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Todd Mott ’73 and Gavin Barbour ’86 outside Todd’s Tributary Brewery in Kittery, ME.
Jim Ramsey ’76 retired in September 2020 after a 35-year career in television, primarily in sports and mostly with NBC’s national affiliate feed service. 1971 Harriet Staub Huston / 136 E. 64th St., #11D / New York, NY 10065 / harriet.huston.305 @gmail.com Preston Goddard / 8 Stephen Mather Rd. / West Norwalk, CT 06850 / pgoddard @optonline.net
1972 The Alumni Office is sorry to inform you all that your classmate Hugh Bennett passed away on September 27, 2021. Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your friend and fellow alum. Please reference the In Memoriam section for his obituary.
1973 Thomas Melly / 25 Meadowcroft Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / thomas.melly@morgan stanley.com Tom Melly writes, “After a 30-month engagement Chris Crovatto and Caroline
Melly ’07 were finally married in Greenwich at Christ Church. An incredible number of GCDS graduates attended: Caroline ’07, sister Madeline Melly ’09, brother Tommy Melly ’04, father Tom Melly ’73, uncles Lee Melly ’78 and David Melly ’85, aunts Laura Melly ’75 and Wendy Adams Montgomery ’75, Charlie King ’74, Sherrill Burger Kellam ’74, Gay Larkin Coe ’74, Staff Bucknall ’71, Tom Cholnoky ’71, TJ Cholnoky ’06, Alan Breed ’75, Caroline Breed ’04, Billy Breed ’07, Eliza Breed ’08, Kate Breed ’12, Will Alisberg ’04, Katie Alisberg ’06, Maggie Alisberg ’10, Isabelle Hill ’07, Lilly Nolan ’07, Kara Rivers ’07, Brooke Pinto ’07, Sara Bakrow ’07, Collier Searle ’07, Jeannie Witmer ’07, Merritt Piro ’07, Lilly Fast ’07, Avery Carpenter Foreey ’04, Cameron Carpenter ’11, Ashley Kellam Cordo ’05, Hopie King ’07, Jamie Bakrow ’08, Will Knox ’07 and Parker Hurst ’07, and I may have missed one or two. Thus, a picture of everybody was impossible, but included in this issue is a picture of the newlyweds on their big day.” “Aside from the Mellys’ news, Charlie King’s (GCDS ’74) Big Week should be noted. He kicked off opening for the classic rock band the Eagles at the Greenwich Town Party on Sunday, September 5, of Labor Day weekend and concluded with his daughter Jenny’s (GCDS ’04) wedding to Artie Mittnacht on Saturday, September 11, in Oquossoc, ME, (Rangeley Lakes area). A super time also well attended by GCDSers.”
1974 Geoffrey Bermingham / 388 Brushy Ridge Rd. / New Canaan, CT 06840 / geoffberms@ yahoo.com William Schlosser / 2112 Jarrod Pl. / Smyrna, GA 30080
Katrina. “Yes, I usually worked nights and many holidays, but that came with the territory,” Jim said. “The plus side was I built a livelihood in sports, watching games, editing highlights, and writing scripts, in offices with happy, like-minded people. It was wonderful.” Jim lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, and is already expecting to attend the GCDS’ 100th/1976 50th Reunion in 2026.
1977 Robert Getz / 46 Pecksland Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / email@example.com
1978 Elise Hillman Green / 29 Taconic Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Waddell / 2161 Ashley Crossing Ct. / Lawrenceville, GA 30043 / wcwaddell2@ gmail.com
1979 Nathan Allen / 5105 Roland Ave. / Baltimore, MD 21210 / email@example.com
1980 Traci Reed Fiore / 34 Perryridge Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy “Quinn” Keeler / 38 Cutler Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / email@example.com
1981 Suzanne Jack / 25 Winwood Pl. / Mill Valley, CA 94941 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1982 Christine Corcoran / 2 Washington Sq. Village #16B / New York, NY 10012 / corcoran.ch @gmail.com Thomas Crystal / 82 Kimberly Pl. / New Canaan, CT 06840 / email@example.com
Blaine W. Parker, Jr. / P.O. Box 982080 / Park City, UT 84098 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1976 Ashley King Goddard / 8 Stephen Mather Rd. / West Norwalk, CT 06850 / ashgod@optonline .net Bradley Palmer / 19 West Elm St. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com Jim Ramsey retired in September 2020 after a 35-year career in television, primarily in sports, and mostly with NBC’s national affiliate feed service. His career highlights include traveling to road games with the Dallas Cowboys, covering the Atlanta Olympics and several All-Star Games, and working in National News during 9/11 and Hurricane
Jason Ienner ’94 is engaged to Mariah Strongin. The couple is planning a wedding in Puglia, Italy, for Fall 2022.
Leila Jones Shields / 168 Imperial Ave. / Westport, CT 06880 / firstname.lastname@example.org Emily Hoffman Stern / 169A Stanwich Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
1991 Adrian Gray / 9 Colonel Thomas Ln. / Bedford, NY 10506 / firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Payne / 1221 Canton Ave. / Milton, MA 02186-2429 / email@example.com
1992 Jason Vintiadis / 84 Sawmill Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1993 Clay Floren / 81 Irving Pl., #11F / New York, NY 10003 / email@example.com
Kelley McMillan Manley ’94 and family 1983 Clifford Yonce / 81 Round Hill Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1984 Heather Lane Spehr / 350 West Neck Rd. / Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743 / email@example.com
1985 William Sterling / 9 Roosevelt Ave. / Old Greenwich, CT 06870 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Sanders Prince / 42 Woodside Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / jennifersprince@ gmail.com Nina Johnson Lynch lives in Park City, Utah, with her three boys Cole (11) Toby (9) and Charlie (44). “Fall is the best time of year here in the mountains and we’re out playing on our mountain bikes and running the trails most days. Sailing, football, and soccer carpool take up a lot of our time until ski racing picks up in November. My cup is full with my work, I’m a health and life coach. My business partner and
I help high-achieving women feel as good as their lives look (without rearranging anything on their calendars). We love crossing paths with friends if they come through town, which is often, so reach out if you’re here!” Nina@ kelleandninacoaching.com.
1994 Meaghan Nolan Van Reesema / 2 Fairgreen Ln. / Old Greenwich, CT 06870 / email@example.com Kelley McMillan Manley writes, “My husband and I moved to Denver in 2016 and have been here ever since. We now have two little girls, ages 2.5 and 4.5 yo. They are the light of my life, (forgive the cliche)! I am a freelance journalist, and my work has been published in the NYT, Marie Claire, Vogue and others. When people ask me my beat, I usually say I’ve written about everything, but lately it seems that my work has focused on women’s wellness. About a year ago, I directed my first documentary, called Journey for Justice, which aired on Al Jazeera.” Jason Ienner writes, “I live in New York and I am Head of Music for Music IQ/ Audigent, a data driven marketing and promotion company for the music business. I also still do freelance artist management and film/tv development through my JBird Entertainment company. And I also am a partner at two restaurants, Michelin-starred Oxomoco in Brooklyn, NY, and Bar Tulia Mercato in Naples, FL. I
Elizabeth (Lacey) Terrell / 4621 Los Feliz Blvd., #6 / Los Angeles, CA 90027 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1986 Katherine Anderson Gray / 31 Dartmouth Rd. / Cos Cob, CT 06807 / email@example.com Christopher Lane / 145 Cognewaugh Rd. / Cos Cob, CT 06807 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1987 Jennifer Foulke Meyers / 76 Indian Hill Rd. / Bedford, NY 10506 / email@example.com
1988 Melissa Floren Filippone / 1039 Old Ranch Rd. / Park City, UT 84098 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1989 Elizabeth Shaio Archibald / 111 Sleepy Hollow Ln. / Ridgefield, CT 06877 / email@example.com Tracy Keim Ward / 2060 E. Altadena Dr. / Altadena, CA 91001 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1990 Lee-Clark Norsworthy Robbins / 212 Tokeneke Rd. / Darien, CT 06820 / leerobbins2006@ mac.com
Justin Weinstein (L) and Lee Oxman (R) (Class of 1996), with their respective wives, Katie and Kristine, along with Myles Weinstein (20 months) spent a long weekend together in Utah this past fall.
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1996 Veronica Arzeno Chiavaroli / 10 Maplewood Dr. / Cos Cob, CT 06807 / vlchiavoroli@ gmail.com
Tracy Catlin ’96 with husband Gabriel and two daughters, Mia and Sol. 1
1 Oakley Ogden ’96 and fiancé Casey Ryan. 2 Oakley at Philo Ridge Farm, VT, where Casey is Managing Director. got engaged to Mariah Strongin in December. We are planning a wedding in Puglia, Italy, for Fall 2022. I’m also looking forward to mentoring with GCDS Connect.”
1995 Paul Mello / 333 E Palmetto Park Rd, #822 / Boca Raton, FL 33432 / email@example.com
Oakley Ogden and Casey Ryan got engaged during the quarantine of 2020. They reconnected four years ago, after attending Loomis Chaffee school together in the ’90s. Together, they made their way back to the East Coast in February of 2021. This was a happy return after two decades in Colorado for Oakley! They now call Charlotte, Vermont, their home where Oakley continues her work in private practice as a psychotherapist for young millennials, and Casey is Managing Director of Philo Ridge Farm. Lauren McTaggart writes, “I live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with my husband Mariano and my two daughters Camila (3) and Siena (1), and our dog Evie. My job is Director of Customer Success for an SEO technology company, and I’m in the process of building a site focused on providing recommendations for sustainable personal care products, focused on B Corps. My passion is sustainability, nature, and conservation. In my free time I’m usually doing yoga, running around with my kids, or gardening.” Dr. Tracy Catlin writes, “We are still living in NYC with our two daughters, Mia and Sol, who despite the pandemic have flourished in our local schools and kidfriendly neighborhood. I am still working at Lenox Hill Hospital and was honored as “Essential Worker of the Game” at a Rangers game last Spring for helping treat over four thousand COVID patients in my Emergency Department. I’m sure that number is higher by now, but I am trying to stay positive that this will all eventually come to an end!” Justin Weinstein and Lee Oxman, with their respective wives, Katie and Kristine, along with Myles Weinstein (20 months) spent a long weekend together in Utah this past fall. Ruby Littman writes, “My fiancé and I took advantage of the pandemic to move out of NYC and settle in the Berkshires. We’re getting married October 2 in our backyard (yes, this is husband #2 for anyone keeping track). I’m embracing country living wholeheartedly—I put in a vegetable garden and even bought a horse!” Loic Diels writes, “Despite the unfortunate repercussions of the pandemic in Vietnam, we have kept busy and we have been expanding a bit in our lives in Hoi An (central Vietnam as you might recall from our last conversations a while back). So, I am pleased to share that our son Malo was welcomed into the world in November of last
year and is presently the largest boy in the province. Other than this, our daughter Lilou started her schooling in French last year and is currently a very happy trilingual monster, but a good big sister. And last but not least, this summer we finally finished completion of our newest luxury property, Villa Iliou, that we hope to rent out more regularly once travelers are allowed into Vietnam again.” Amy Catlin Hacklisch writes, “We are living in Tribeca and loving it. Sierra just started K at St. Luke’s School in the West Village. We had a great summer and obviously hung out with Tracy and her two girls all the time!” Sabrina Taylor Getz and her husband Mike live in Greenwich with their three kids. Leela is class of 2031 at GCDS, Samson is class of 2033, and Millie is in preschool. Lauren Broadhurst Cook lives in Boston with her husband, Andrew, and two girls, Austin (5) and Charlie (1). CEO of early education nonprofit, Ellis Early Learning, Lauren remains busy parenting and leading Ellis, which is the second home for 280 little ones. She’s looking forward to looking back on the pandemic and wishes everyone in the Country Day community well.
1997 Jay Helmer / 652 Lake Ave. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Chapin Kelly / 63 Greenwich Hills Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / email@example.com Blair Gallagher Sheehan / 5 Mount Vernon Ave. / Summit, NJ 07901 / blair.sheehan@ gmail.com
1998 Christopher King / 1633 W. Pratt Blvd., Unit IN / Chicago, IL 60626 / christopher.ln.king@ gmail.com
Sabrina Taylor Getz ’96 and husband Mike Getz’s children—two of whom are GCDS Tigers.
2000 Curtis Browning / 125 W. Tremont Ave., #310 / Charlotte, NC 28203 / c.a.browning23@ gmail.com
2001 Thomas A. Rourke / 118 Spruce St., #1 / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Katharine Yeskey Singh / 256 17th Ave. / San Francisco, CA 94121 / email@example.com
2002 Paige Corbin Kyle / 15 Midbrook Ln. / Darien, CT 06820 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginger Northrop Ruff / 150 Brookside Dr. / Rochester, NY 14618 / email@example.com
2003 John Badman / 56 East Lock Ln.,#5 / Richmond, VA 23226 / firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Delikat / 130 Swiss Ave. / San Francisco, CA 94131 / email@example.com
1 Amy Catlin Hacklisch ’96 and family celebrating summer. 2 Tracy Catlin ’96 daughters (L) with Amy Catlin Hacklisch ’96 daughters (R). The cousins spend a lot of time together.
Meagan Fisher / 13 Doverton Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2000 (L to R): Emily Bierman, Nora Gardner, Morgan Glasebrook and Alexandra Brodman Golden celebrating 30+ years of friendship at Nora’s birthday in NYC. Charles Pasciucco / 7 Flagler Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / Charles.email@example.com
2010 Tessa L. Fox / 18 Perryridge Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Charles Januszewski / 18 Edgewood Dr. /
Gregory Weisbrod / 47½ East 1st St., #2R / New York, NY 10003 / email@example.com
Greenwich, CT 06831 / charlie.januszewski@
Catherine Anne Lowden / 8 Deer Park Ct. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Kelsey Vanderlip / 124 Birch Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
2005 David Hakim / 279 East 44th St., #18G/ New York, NY 10017 / firstname.lastname@example.org Spencer Slocum / 2230 N. Orchard St., #304 / Chicago, IL 60614 / email@example.com Robert Swindell / 2740 W. 26th Ave. / Denver, CO 80211 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Berzolla / 28 Brook St. / Brookline, MA 02445 / email@example.com Parker Holbrook / firstname.lastname@example.org Eliot Johnson / 58 Husted Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com Posey Memishian / 450 Round Hill Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Caitlin Brady / 5 Susan Ln. / Riverside, CT 06878 / email@example.com Michael Harteveldt / 754 Lake Ave. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Desrosier / 8 Woodside Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
2007 Austin Cauldwell / 25 Fairfield Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Loic Diels ’96, living in Central Vietnam, shares a photo of his children. 1999 Ashley Flight / 156 Bedford Hill, Flat C / London SW12 9HW / email@example.com Lillian Nigro / 60 West 23rd St., #811 / New York, NY 10010 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Ruiz / 47 Cognewaugh Rd. / Cos Cob, CT 06807 / email@example.com
2008 Nicole Black / 357 Queen St. / Bridgeport, CT 06606 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Olivia E. Marcus / 7 Doubling Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
Congratulations to Caroline Simmons ‘01 elected as Stamford’s first female mayor!
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2016 Julian Martelly / 48 Edgewood Ave. / Yonkers, NY 10704 / firstname.lastname@example.org Grace Mullen / 49 Grossett Rd. / Riverside, CT 06878 / email@example.com
2017 Carolyn Jeffery / 514 North St. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Jamie Jeffery / 514 North St. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com Olivia Marshall / 25 Pin Oak Cir. / Stamford, CT 06903 / firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie Sandler / 1 Oakwood Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
Mac Bartels ’01 and Miriam Roure Parera married in Empordà, Spain, on August 21, 2021. (L to R) Kendrick Luse ’01, Ken Bartels, Miriam Roure Parera (bride), Mac Bartels (groom), Todd Bartels ’98, Jane Condon Daughter of Claire Daddino ’08: Ivy Josephine Gonzalez at 15 weeks
2018 Lulu Forrest / 9 Flower Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Caroline Hart / 187 Orchard St. / White Plains, NY / 10604 / email@example.com Mackenzie Ross / 18B Hamilton Ct. / Stamford, CT 06902 / firstname.lastname@example.org )
Sarah Mathes / 28 Horseshoe Rd. / Cos Cob, CT 06807 / email@example.com Charlie Reimers / 17 Stanwich Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org Charlie Weld / 59 Ridgeview Ave. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com
2014 Chrissy Roca / 21 Robert Court / Stamford, CT 06902 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Melly ’07 married Chris Crovatto on August 21, 2021 at Christ Church, Greenwich.
Bridget Slocum / 10 Bobolink Ln. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / email@example.com Ben Zabin / 1969 SW Park Ave., #509 / Portland, OR 97201 / firstname.lastname@example.org Isabella Tarbell-Arnaboldi / 35 Fairfield Rd. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / isabella.arnaboldi@ gmail.com
Phebe Huth / 71 Gilliam Ln. / Riverside, CT 06878 / email@example.com
Allie Keigher / One MacPherson Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06830 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabbie Coffy / 5 Cannon St. / Norwalk, CT 06851 / email@example.com
Kate Epifanio / 14 Shennamere Rd. / Darien, CT 06820 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabrielle Finkelstein / 21 Carrington Dr. / Greenwich, CT 06831 / gabbyfinkelstein@ gmail.com
Ryan Morris / 37 Cook Rd. / Stamford, CT 06902 / email@example.com
High School Classes of 2020 and 2021 attend Alumni Reunion: Edward Weld, Chris Benincasa, Sam Weiner—all Class of ’21. Other young alumni spotted at the Upper School enjoying athletic games and reconnecting with former classmates: David-Jared Matthews ’21, Sophia Tarbell-Arnaboldi ’21, Will Schenck ’21, Tyler Brown ’20.
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GCDS MASTERCLASS HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUR FOOD Nutrition, Farming, and Sustainability
n September 28, alumni listened to two fellow alums, Vicky Stein Feltman ’92 and Nina Howell Patterson ’92, to learn about making food choices that support a healthy lifestyle and a healthy environment. Vicky and Nina shared their experiences, knowledge, and advice for healthy living. The masterclass was facilitated by Ellie Molyneux, GCDS fifth-grade science teacher, leader in institutional sustainability, and a key member of the school’s sustainability committee. Spending time with our expert alums and faculty was a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour.
Right: Nina Howell Patterson ’92 and Vicky Stein Feltman ’92
Thank you, Vicky, Nina, and Ellie!
ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND | OCTOBER 2021
French Farm Gathering Following a busy reunion weekend, alumni gathered on French Farm for a tour with Farm manager, Aaron Sinay. Alums walked the property, fed the animals, and visited with each other for one last reunion activity. It was a wonderful morning and a great way to introduce alums with Country Day’s newest efforts.
Below: Melanie Peterson ’11, Randy Peterson, Brad Browne ’81, Morgan Glasebrook ’00, Elizabeth Elser ’81, Margaret Flood Vulliez ’86, Stafford Bucknall ’71, Patty Barba ’86, Aaron Sinay, Mariah Ford Brown ’81, Mariah’s mother and mother-in-law.
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ALUMNI WEEKEND | OCTOBER 2021
A Long Awaited Reunion
We were thrilled to welcome more than 100 alumni back to campus on October 15–17. Alums from classes ending in ’0, ’1, ’5, ’6 were celebrating a milestone year (due to COVID the 2020 reunion was postponed and those classes were added to this year’s celebration). The weekend kicked off with an assembly with our Distinguished Alumna, Anne Patterson ’75. Friday night, alums gathered at the Stanwich Campus for tours, a varsity field hockey game and a wonderful farm-to-table tailgate by our very own Mike Geller ’95, owner of Mike’s Organic Delivery. Saturday was bustling with activities for our alums, including a BBQ Lunch, sports games, and campus tours. The weather held on Saturday evening for reunion classes to gather under the tent for cocktails with classmates, fellow alums, and faculty. The weekend capped off with a Sunday tour of French Farm. Alums enjoyed a walking tour of GCDS’s newest property, taking in the art, animals, and beautiful landscape. The weekend was one for the books! A huge thank you to the many volunteers who made the weekend special and each and every alum who came back to campus!
1 Mike Geller ’95, Jen Donnalley, Chris Hanson, Joanne Israel Phillips ’85, Robert Guerrieri 2 Abby Gross ’71, Priscilla Jelliffe McClung ’71, Francie Clarke Rourke ’71 3 Distinguished Alumna Anne Patterson ’75, Adam Rohdie 4 Stafford ’71 and Bridget Bucknall 5 Lisa Ghaffari ’11, Cat Tubridy ’11, Eliot Johnson ’11 6 Grant Mudge ’71, Lucy Elmer ’71 7 Karim Hoppe, Pascal Geils-Lindermann (son of Monica Hoppe ’69), Jody Hotchkiss ’71 8 Bill James ’96, Shari Aser
1 Ellie Ritch Galatioto ’95, Laird Coby ’95 2 Veronica Arzeno Chiavaroli ’96, Oakley Ogden ’96, Berkeley Antisdale ’96, Jen Donnalley 3 Nathalie Weiss Rhone ’05, Matt Rhone 4 Miles Tuttle ’05, Peter Preston, Margaret Flood Vulliez ’86 5 Lara Cohen, Nick Martinez 6 Members of the Class of 1981 look through a yearbook. 7 Georgianna Lissauer, Marc Lissauer ’95, Briar Lissauer Class of 1971 Bottom row: Ned Brokaw, Mark Efinger, Priscilla Jelliffe McClung, Jody Hotchkiss, Harriet Staub Huston, Marita Hoppe, Everett Smith, Grant Mudge; Top row: Lucy Elmer, Peter Hoffman, Mary Fish Arango, Francie Clarke Rourke, Jackie Lee Antoine, Eric Ossorio, Tom Cholnoky 8 Matt Andersen ’96, Jamie Taradash ’96 9 Joanna Holland, Franklin Holland ’61, Rosalie Hornblower ’61, Geoff Clarkson ’61, Sylvia Clarkson
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Class of 1991 Class of 1981
ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND | OCTOBER 2021
OPPOSITE: 1 Connie Smith Plimpton ’75, Boo King Huth ’75, Anne Patterson ’75, Maria Pavlis Glasser ’75 2 Eric Ossorio ’71, Marita Hoppe ’71, Priscilla McClung Jelliffe ’71, Peter Hoffman ’71 3 Brad Neuberth ’95, Cara Kidd ’95, Berkeley Antisdale ’96, Marc Lissauer ’95, Brooke Coby, Laird Coby ’95, Shahryar Oveissi ’95 4 Nicole Rogers ’10, Olivia Nichols ’10 Class of 1991 Ashley Milo Tremblay, Cam Sterling, Beth FitzPatrick 5 Francie Clarke Rourke ’71, Jackie Lee Antoine ’71, Ned Brokaw ’71, Harriet Staub Huston ’71 Class of 1981 Bottom row: Mariah Ford Brown, Laird Morgan Tolan, Bobby Lawrence, Suzy Jack, Liz Elser, Kate Grund Kane, Chris Hanson; Middle row: Whitney Huffard Phillips, Wendy Victor Pantle, Sara Thorson, Heather Parkinson Wright, Hilary Bidwell Mackay, Jed Fearon, Eunice Han, Amey Stone; Top row: Brad Browne, Peter Pochna, Hammie Bullard, Mark Brooks, Peter Mark THIS PAGE: 1 Britt Carnegie ’00, Rachel Stockman Koven ’00, Amanda Fisher Doneger ’01 2 Lexy Tanner ’66, Bill Ames, Cathy Stone ’66 Class of 1986 Margaret Flood Vulliez, Patty Barba, Lisi Miller Vincent, Seth Diamond, Hollace Shantz, Wheaton Bullock Mahoney, Anson Beard, Jennifer Quasha Deinard, Steve Hutchins 3 Mary Fish Arango ’71, Priscilla Jelliffe McClung ’71 4 Chrissie Fuld ’96, Amy Catlin Haklisch ’96 Class of 1995 Bottom row: Aleeza Cooperman Hanke, Brad Neuberth, Emily Harris Dreas, Laird Coby; Top row: Bill Orum, Cara Kidd, Shahryar Oveissi, Marc Lissauer
Class of 1986
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ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND | OCTOBER 2021 1 Christina Lawrence ’05, Caroline Montgelas, Elizabeth Buffone ’06 2 Chrissie Fuld ’96, Jackie Fuld Schussler ’96 3 Peter Walmsley, Oakley Ogden ’96 Class of 1996 Bottom row: Matt Andersen, James Taradash, Amy Catlin Haklisch, Tracy Catlin, Scott Roe, Bill James; Top row: Veronica Arzeno Chiavaroli, Berkeley Antisdale, Oakley Ogden, Molly Plimpton 4 Maggie and Connor Keeshan ’01 and family Class of 2006 Jake Shulman, Elizabeth Buffone, Zac Zimmerman 5 Peter Santry ’74, Art Santry ’71 6 Zach Berzolla ’11, Jeannette Brown OPPOSITE: Class of 2001 Mac Bartels, Kendrick Luse, Amanda Fisher Doneger, Christy Crooks, Jordan Sanders, Connor Keeshan 1 Tyler Pratt ’80 and Traci Reed Fiore ’80 2 Everett Smith ’71, Liz Smith, Hugh Vanderbilt ’71 3 Boo King Huth ’75, Lisi Miller Vincent ’86 4 Adam Rohdie, Francie Clarke Rourke ’71, Shelia Drenckhahn ’74 5 Grant Gregory ’86, Margaret Flood Vulliez ’86 6 Jeff Velleca, Morgan Glasebrook ’00 Class of 2005 Bottom row: Nathalie Weiss Rhone, Ali Gray, Matt Berdoff, Liz Levison, Christina Lawrence, Josie Toso; Top row: Nicky Pinto, David Hakim, Chris Ghaffari, Morgan Beeston
Class of 2001
Class of 2005
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ALUMNI REUNION | New York City
On Thursday, November 18, alumni gathered at The Harvard Club to reconnect with old friends. It was a wonderful night with more than 100 alumni and faculty! 2 1
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1 Hunter Serenbetz ’03, Lexie Hearn Merrill ’03, Lindsey Friedman Goldfaden ’97, Doug Friedman ’03 2 Jim Riley ’59, Caroline Wortman ’14, Chris Wortman ’12 3 Cameron Kinder ’13, Luke Holey ’13, J Alex Gibbons ’13 4 Class of 2021: Caitlin Brady, Phebe Huth, Allie Keigher 5 Charlie Knight ’14, Andrew Ledee, Charlie Hanson ’14 6 Thayer King ’11, Charlie Johnson ’13, Lisa Ghaffari ’11, Eliot Johnson ’11, Connor O’Brien ’11 7 Avery Carpenter Forrey ’04, Caren Pinto ’04 8 Ray Hornblower ’63, Connie Ellis ’48 9 Gabby Meeks ’15, Abby Meeks ’12 10 Elsa Mark ’13, Annie Ogden ’14 11 Jennie King ’04, Emily Kruger ’04, Cameron Ormsby ’04
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TIGER PRIDE was on full display at this fall’s Homecoming Games, the annual Walkathon, and Alumni Reunion Weekend events. Lots of photos inside!