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Krissy `26 and Katy Koch `26 took over Mr. Jaffee’s role as Co-Heads of School for a day. The girls won this experience at the 2017 Gala.
Dear Friends, This fall, Day School welcomed a visiting team of independent school educators as part of our septennial ISACS re-accreditation process. Their visit affirmed much of what we do well and challenged us to think about how to move Day School forward in program innovations, communications, and
strategic planning. Above all else, the theme of excellent teachers emerged consistently and was ultimately the accreditation team’s major commendation: “The faculty of Evansville Day School are dedicated, passionate, and tireless in their work on behalf of their students and their school...They demonstrate clearly that the students are known and loved.”
technology upgrades, facilities improvements, professional development opportunities, and more have combined to grow and strengthen our community. Enrollment is up 8% from a year ago, several grades are experiencing waitlists, inquiries and applications continue to surpass previous year’s benchmarks, and the Board of Trustees is at capacity.
Indeed, it has been an honor to work alongside a dynamic, hardworking, and student-centered team of teachers for the last four years. In our recent annual parent survey we received, as we do every year, scores of positive comments about the Day School faculty and staff. When asked “What is the first thing you tell others about Evansville Day School?” one parent responded: “The focus on learning and development is led by a tremendously dedicated group of educators who have a passion and dedication to education that other schools should be envious of.”
With so many exciting student experiences, accomplishments, and programs, we packed a lot into this Annual Report edition of the Eagle Pride magazine. We are thrilled to showcase it for you and hope it highlights everything that makes Day School wonderful.
An outstanding faculty, combined with curriculum enhancements,
Thank you for the opportunity to lead such an amazing community! Warmest Regards,
Our Mission Evansville Day School, in partnership with parents, offers a student-centered, college-preparatory program supported by a challenging and comprehensive curriculum that encourages each student from Junior Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 to strive for excellence in mind, body, and human spirit.
Portrait of a Graduate The Portrait of a Graduate is a vision of who our students are becoming. To prepare for a life of success after graduation, students need to be: • Balanced • Resilient • Globally Minded • Entrepreneurial Learners
Table of Contents Current Happenings
Board of Trustees Executive Committee Dr. Lori Sieboldt - President Rob Foster - Vice President Alan Hoskins - Treasurer Patrick Griffin - Assistant Treasurer Amy Barron - Secretary Chris Traylor 1990 - Past President
In the Spotlight
Meagan Brien - Trustee Teri Hollander-Albin - Trustee Jeff Kelsey - Trustee Thomas Kissel 1978 - Trustee David Koch - Trustee Laurel Q. Mills 1982 - President of Alumni Assoc. Amani Rimawi - Trustee Paul Saunders 1997 - Trustee Jenn Schultheis - Trustee
Robert Guenther Diane Foster Igleheart James Long Stephan Weitzel John B. Buchman
• Jarin Jaffee - Head of School • Dr. Mary Jane Gibson – Head of Middle & Upper School • Robin Renschler – Head of Primary School • Karen Chatmon – Director of Admission • Leah Whitaker – Director of Advancement • Tom Dragon – Director of Athletics • Ashley Beuligmann – Director of Finance • Amanda Bultemeier - Interim Director of Marketing & Communications
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Cover photo: Lyra Sagez `25 and Berkeley Sagez `26 were grand prize winners of the Flying Eagle Contest. Their photo was taken at the Space Needle in Seattle, WA.
Accreditation Report from Visiting Team In early October, Day School welcomed ten educators from Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) schools as the culmination of our septennial accreditation process. Led by Sycamore School’s Head of School, Diane Borgmann, the visiting team reviewed the 96-page self-study, collaboratively written by Day School’s teachers and staff, and spent time in campus meeting with students, teachers, staff, parents, and trustees. Throughout the four-day visit, the team consistently lauded Day School’s “passionate educators, engaged students, and interesting programs” coupled with “a beautiful campus” and impressive outcomes and diversity. They concluded the visit with a list of commendations, including: • Mission statement and Portrait of a Graduate that are embraced and widely endorsed • Mutually supportive faculty • Student-centered program A focus of the accreditation process is school improvement, and the visiting team outlined several purposeful recommendations, including: • Focusing on preserving the best of the school while remaining open to change • Developing an updated strategic financial plan • Prioritizing effective and clear communications across all constituent groups While we await a final draft of the visiting team’s report and official confirmation of re-accreditation, we were thankful for the feedback and are using it as 4 Eagle Pride
a springboard for growth and strategic planning. We are also grateful to Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Corrie Sarol and Kelly Phillips, and to everyone who participated in the self-study, team visit, and related activities. This process was an example of the value in being part of the dynamic ISACS community and affirmed our standing as a premier independent school.
ontinuous Enrollment More than 90% of Day School families choose to re-enroll each year. We are thrilled to have so many happy families! To make the process easier, we have introduced Continuous Enrollment (CE) for the 2018-19 school year. CE keeps students enrolled through graduation, unless families notify the school otherwise. CE streamlines re-enrollment, saving time and resources. We know families will enjoy the convenience of CE which has become a trend among many colleges, universities, and other independent schools around the globe. More information, including frequently asked questions, is available at evansvilledayschool.org/ continuous-enrollment.
Top to bottom: Fourth graders Gabbi Saunders, Mahika Malkani, Katy Koch, Coltrane Domizio, Gabe Snyder, and Isaac Holder watch the eclipse.
THE 14 TH HEAD OF SCHOOL After an extensive, nationwide search, Evansville Day School’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Kunst as its new Head of School effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Kunst is currently the Headmaster of Harrells Christian Academy in Harrells, North Carolina. Mr. Kunst has over two decades of independent school experience, serving in a variety of positions including director of admissions, director of athletics, and assistant headmaster. He possesses a strong background in fundraising and enrollment management. In his current position at Harrells, Mr. Kunst led efforts to substantially increase annual fund giving and grew enrollment for the first year following seven years of declining numbers. He also led the school through a successful re-accreditation process from the Southern Association of Independent Schools. At the national level, Mr. Kunst presented at the Independent School Conference on Law and Policy and at The Association of Boarding Schools Annual Conference. He served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Secondary School Christian Scholarship and received the Award of Excellence from the Savannah Morning News. Mr. Kunst has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College and a master’s in English from Rice University. Outgoing Head of School Jarin Jaffee says, “Upon learning about and meeting Kevin Kunst, I was impressed with his experience, personal qualities, and
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educational philosophy. His experience as a Head of School will serve him well leading EDS and I look forward to working with him during the transition. Our family is happy to welcome the Kunsts to EDS and the Evansville community.” Mr. Kunst says: “From the first, I’ve been attracted to EDS’s ethos, style, and history. As my wife Judith and our three boys now prepare to move to Evansville, I’m humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to join your community. It will be exciting to partner with you, trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and especially students in continuing the work of this special school.” The Board of Trustees of Evansville Day School is confident Mr. Kunst brings with him a breadth of experience in all realms of education. Please join us as we welcome Kevin and his family to Evansville and the Day School community.
New Faces Around Campus Denise Hanes - Upper School Science Dr. Denise Hanes teaches Upper School science, including all Chemistry classes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Food Chemistry from Purdue University. Her teaching experience includes community outreach, home-schooling, and college instruction. Most recently, she was an adjunct instructor at University of Southern Indiana. For the past three years, she taught freshman lectures and labs for chemistry and health profession majors, as well as chemistry with an environmental emphasis for non-majors. Her husband, Luther, is an agricultural engineer, and they have two children.
Kelly Kanetkar - Upper School English Kelly Kanetkar brings years of independent school teaching experience and an international background to the US English department. She and her husband, Uday, lived in Bombay, India, for six years, where they adopted their two boys, Evan `20, and Dylan `21. While in India, Kelly taught English, drama, and college test prep, served as an ESL coordinator, and coordinated week-long study trips for grades 6-12. After moving back to the United States, Kelly taught American literature at The John Cooper School in the Houston, Texas, area before moving to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she taught English at St. Croix Country Day School. Kelly has also taught at Bosse High School and Signature School.
Jeremy Bennett - Upper School Social Studies Dr. Jeremy Bennett moved to Day School from Indiana State University where he worked as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems. He is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in history with a minor in political science. After graduation, Jeremy taught English to undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students at Liaoning University in Shenyang, China. Jeremy earned a masterâ€™s degree from Seton Hall University specializing in international relations and business, and recently completed a Ph.D. in geography from Indiana State University.
Sadie Weisheit - Upper School Math Sadie Weisheit joined the Day School team as an Upper School math teacher after working for four years as a Civil Engineer. As an engineer, she was involved with various projects involving water resources. Sadie earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in math from the University of Evansville. While at U.E. she was a diver on the Acesâ€™ swimming & diving team. Sadie is currently completing the Transition to Teaching program at U.E. She is married to husband, Chris, and has two dogs named Salami and Coco. Eagle Pride
Anna Vance - School Nurse Evansville Day School is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Vance as our permanent school nurse. After graduating from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Anna worked for over 15 years as a Registered Nurse for Tri-State Orthopedic Surgeons and St. Mary’s Medical Center. She has also served as a substitute school nurse for the EVSC and as a lead teacher for God’s Kids Preschool. Anna worked as a temporary substitute nurse for Day School during Livia Houser’s maternity leave and is a welcome addition to our community. She is available from 9 am – 2 pm each school day.
Collins Nominated for Leadership Award Megan was nominated for her Fourth Grade Giving Project. The Giving Project teaches students about philanthropy and business development. This year, through a partnership with Legence Bank, each student took out a $10 business loan they will pay back with interest. Legence Bank will also teach students financial literacy and donate an additional 10% of all money raised to a charity of the class’s choice.
L-R: Anna Newton (Global Language Chair), and Megan Collins (Fourth Grade teacher) at a faculty in-service.
Fourth grade teacher Megan Collins (Polz) 2008 was recently nominated for the 23rd Annual Celebration of Leadership Award. Through the award program, Leadership Evansville seeks out and honors individuals, projects, or organizations who make significant, collaborative contributions that improve and transform our community. This annual event is remarkably diverse and inclusive, recognizing examples of outstanding community and public service in the following categories: Arts, Community & Neighborhood, Education, Environment, Government & Public Service, and Health & Social Service. 8 Eagle Pride
Over the years, EDS fourth graders have raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as S.M.I.L.E. on Down’s Syndrome, Riley Children’s Hospital, Vanderburgh Humane Society, The Islamic Center of Evansville, the Challenger League, and Easter Seals, just to mention a few. “This project impacts my students in so many ways. Not only do they gain a stronger understanding of what it takes to start a business, but they also gain a deeper love of giving. The passion they demonstrate for their chosen organizations is inspiring and, in many cases, lasts a lifetime.” Faculty, staff, and families recognize the long-term impact of this project in the lives of fourth graders and we are thrilled to celebrate Megan’s nomination for her extraordinary work in the classroom. This year’s Leadership Evansville award program will be held on March 15th.
New Science Faculty Earns Honor Upper School science teacher Dr. Denise Hanes was accepted into the Science Coaches program, which is a joint venture of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), providing an educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program pairs chemist coaches with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Coaches accepted into the program have the opportunity to form a valuable relationship with a teacher by volunteering face-toface or through a digital forum. Dr. Hanes has been paired with Liping Zhu, a Polymer Materials Scientist/Engineer at the University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Zhu will bring her expertise in polymers to the Chemistry 10 classroom with hands-on labs in polymer chemistry. She will also lead polymer labs in which students will make nylon, investigate polyvinyl alcohol gels and cross linking, and perform an experiment related to plastics and recycling.
Dr. Hanes and Dr. Zhu met twice this fall and will begin classroom activities in spring. In addition to the expertise Dr. Zhu will bring to the classroom, Dr. Hanes’s acceptance into the Science Coaches program earns Day School a $500 donation from ACS to use for purchase of lab equipment and classroom materials. Join us in congratulating Dr. Hanes on this exciting partnership!
Fundraising in the SGO World Director of Advancement Leah Whitaker joined a large gathering of private school leaders and fundraising and marketing professionals at a statewide conference on October 20, 2017. Leah was invited to present on the topic of “Fundraising in the SGO World” as part of the Institute For Quality Education’s annual conference and networking event. Leah shared strategies for promoting Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) tax credits to
donors and ways to successfully integrate the SGO giving program within a school’s larger fundraising operation. Evansville Day School became a SGO partner in 2014. Since then, Day School has raised nearly $500,000 in SGO donations for the school. Thanks to the incredible response of our generous donors, Day School is the secondhighest grossing SGO fundraiser in the state of Indiana.
Current Happenings Faculty News
Faculty Impress at National Conference both Sarah and Katie. Their findings demonstrate how loose parts can aid in the development of skills such as recall, comprehension, oral fluency, dramatic structure of a story, and more. Loose parts exploration provides a foundation for these skills and expands as children grow older. Their session finished with an organizational aspect to fully encompass what loose parts could look like in a classroom.
Primary School Library and Innovation teacher Sarah Brooks and Junior PreK teacher Katie Bockting presented at the 2017 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the largest conference for early childhood professionals in the world and is attended by tens of thousands of teachers, program administrators, students and researchers.
Loose parts learning embodies Day School’s Portrait of a Graduate, as it comes without instructions and has few limitations. Loose parts challenge children to think critically, work collaboratively, and stretch their imaginations.
Their session, “Lego and Literacy and Loose Parts - Oh My!” focused on using loose parts to enhance the classroom learning experience. The presentation explained how early childhood professionals can provide meaningful and developmentally appropriate hands-on activities, centers, and lesson extensions by provoking exploration, using non-traditional items such as sticks, jewels, pipe cleaners, scarves, and Lego. While there is available research suggesting loose parts are valuable tools in early childhood education, there is not much published with regard to implementation. Sharing their journey, knowledge, and passion is important to 10 Eagle Pride
Top L-R: PS faculty Carla Englebright, Katie Bockting, and Sarah Brooks attended the NAEYC conference together. Below: Sarah Brooks meets author and personal hero Mimi Chenfield.
Gnome is Where the Heart Is
On a cool autumn evening, families gathered on the Primary School playground for “Gnome Is Where The Heart Is.” Along the wooded trails behind the school, Primary School students displayed works of art and Upper School students performed “The Wizard’s Daughter” in a series of scenes. In addition to pumpkin decorating and delicious food, attendees built their own cardboard gnomes at the “Take a Gnome Home” creativity table. As part of the evening’s festivities, the Middle School students displayed their cardboard arcade games and gnome homes, which were created as part of the annual Global Cardboard Challenge. Gnome Night is a unique Day School tradition treasured by our entire community. Top left: Reese Lamping `18 plays a wizard at Gnome Night; Top right L-R: Emma Troost `22, Andrea Reyes `19, Danielle Scavella `20, and Elizabeth Zhang `22 perform at Gnome Night; Right middle: Soi Powell and Steve Galbreath grill for guests; Right bottom: Olivia Wells `30 with her little brother and father, Keith, at Gnome Night.
Primary School News
Teaching Mindfulness Students have been learning mindfulness techniques to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. These techniques are supported by current theories in brain research and are found to increase positive emotions and feelings of happiness. To support the Primary School’s mindfulness initiative, Day School parent Bianca Snyder and yoga instructor Rebecca Douglas from Tri-State Yoga Studio led Primary students in a morning yoga exercise this fall. The practice helped students become more aware of their breathing and their bodies through holding poses. The mindfulness initiative is building toward this year’s “Peace Week.” During Peace Week, Primary School students will participate in an interdisciplinary, experiential education program. Teachers will focus on the theme of peace to inspire empathy, kindness, compassion, and leadership through collaborative, crossgrade level learning, reinforcing the division’s year-long mindfulness initiative. We encourage you to follow the activities throughout the year on social media.
Yoga instructor Rebecca Douglas led Primary students in a morning yoga exercise.
Below: Rosie Alcock, `24, Colleen Meacham `24, Lillian Zausch `24, and (right) Evan Schwake `28 view the Solar Eclipse.
Solar Eclipse 2017 The school community enthusiastically participated in the celestial celebrations of the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21st. Kindergarten through eighth grade students travelled to University of Southern Indiana to learn all about the eclipse and how to safely view it by making their own viewers out of cereal boxes. The Upper School and Preschool students also participated in special activities on Day School’s campus, including making eclipse viewers and enjoying special treats! A total solar eclipse will not be viewable in North America again until April 2024.
Sponseller Rock Collection Alumni parents Dr. Helen Sponseller and Professor Davis Sponseller spent years building a collection of rocks and minerals from around the world. In September, the couple shared a small part of their collection with Mrs. Powell’s third grade science class. The Sponsellers showed students rare specimens of all sizes, shapes, and colors. One of the favorites was fossilized dinosaur feces! Students also observed how the surfaces of the rocks change when they are wet and how some rocks are so clear, they could shine a light through them. In a thank you note to the family, one student shared: “Getting to see the minerals was cool, but your stories were even better.” Third graders study rocks and minerals each year with the FOSS (Full Option Science System) Earth Materials Unit during science class. The generosity of the Sponseller family helped deepen their understanding of these natural wonders.
Prof. Davis Sponseller shares his rock and mineral collection with third graders.
Halloween Parade & Concert Each year on Halloween, the campus comes alive with princesses, superheroes, and literary characters when Primary School students dress in costumes and parade through hallways lined with students, faculty, staff, and family members. After the parade, the students perform songs in English and Spanish in the gymnasium. Orhan Sarol `30 dressed as Dr. Acula for the Primary School Halloween program.
The highlight of the program was the performance of the “Ghostbusters” theme song, starring the fourth graders as ghosts and Ghostbusters. Even Slimer made an appearance! The Halloween parade and concert is an annual event for the Primary School, building empathy and global mindedness through creative expression and music.
Big Sisters Big Brothers
Community Gatherings Evansville Day School is like a second home to our students, families, and faculty, and we love every opportunity to gather as one big family to learn, celebrate, and sometimes sing and dance!
Lincoln Houser `32, Liam Stevens `32, and Elise Roschen `32 learn how to be big brothers and sisters.
This fall, Primary faculty Alice Galbreath (JPK) and Kelly Phillips (Kindergarten) hosted a Big Sister Big Brother program for growing families in preschool and Kindergarten. New and soon-to-be big brothers and sisters met with Mrs. Galbreath to discuss their feelings, share experiences, and build skills related to having a new baby in the family. Students practiced how to help at home by caring for dolls. They also read a story, had a blanket folding contest, and each child received handmade yarn dolls to take home.
In recognition of the selfless service veterans provide our country, Day School families brought in photos of loved ones who are currently serving or have served in the military. Administrative Assistant Shannon Dierlam created an amazing display of the photos along the back wall of the Traylor Atrium and assembled a very touching “Missing Man” tribute table. Thanks to all the brave men and women who stand to defend our freedom.
Thanksgiving The All-School Thanksgiving feast is a much-anticipated tradition, and this year was no exception. Students, teachers, and staff gathered in the gym to share a meal served by parent volunteers. Before mealtime, a student from each division shared something for which they were thankful, and the Upper School choir performed “Simple Gifts,” a Shaker melody.
Parents met with Mrs. Phillips to discuss changes they experienced in their family or with their older child’s behavior, and shared parenting stories over coffee and tea. Through the conversations, they formed an informal support group. Mrs. Phillips shared: “Having other parents to talk with helps us see what issues with our own child are normal. Now that my boys are older, it is fun to share how their relationship has evolved over the years.” Teacher-driven initiatives, such as the Big Sister Big Brother Program, exemplify our faculty’s commitment to the students, their families, and the entire community. The teachers’ passion to instill Portrait of a Graduate attributes, creating resilient, balanced, globally minded, entrepreneurial learners, better prepares students to become future leaders - even if right now that simply means adjusting to an expanding family.
Preschool classes at the Holiday Program - top L-R: Annamaria bottom L-R: Ryan Madras `32, Wyatt Tomlinson `31, Bane DeVoy
Hurricane & Disaster Education An explosive September brought an end to an unusual streak of good fortune that had kept major hurricanes away from U.S. shores for more than a decade. Two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, battered the U.S. coastline with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour, and Hurricane Maria rocked Puerto Rico with winds exceeding 155 mph. On September 8th, Beth Baker from the local Red Cross chapter spoke to Day School students about relief efforts in Texas and Florida and how they could get involved. On December 4th, Manolo Concepcion from the University of Evansville spoke to students about the relief efforts in his native Puerto Rico. During the presentation Manolo skyped with his family and friends still living in Puerto Rico to discuss the devastating effects plaguing the area.
Students wrote thank you cards to veterans on Veterans Day.
E is for Everyone Evansville Day School is proud to be a brand champion of the local “E is for Everyone” branding campaign for the city of Evansville. To show support for this initiative, students and faculty gathered on the front lawn of the school in the shape of a giant “E” and used a drone camera to take a group photo. Special thanks to Duke Moosbrugger `19 for his excellent drone flying skills!
Max Lowery `18, Maddie McDaniel `18 and Alex Chambers `18 at the Thanksgiving Lunch.
The entire school formed a giant E for the “E is for Everyone” campaign. Photo credit: Duke Moosbrugger `19. Teoh-Malfatti `31, Ramona Scott `31, Helen Danks `31, Elliott Becker `31, `32 and Payton Bernhardt `32.
Middle School News
Speech Encore Night
The Middle School Speech team’s very successful season culminated with a celebration of the hard work of the student competitors. Guests were treated to dinner while the speech team performed their greatest hits in the categories of impromptu, humorous prose, humorous duo, dramatic prose, dramatic duo, poetry, and original oratory. This year, the speech team grew to 22 members. They also improved their ranking, once again, by placing third overall in the city Speech League, where they competed against 16 local schools. Additionally, seven of the ten tournament competitors placed in the top ten within their category. One of those competitors was Alayna Rodgers `22, who was awarded “Speaker of the Year” for her leadership, work ethic, and her 1st place finish at every single meet this season!
Brandon Foster `22 and Greg Hippely `22 present at Speech Encore Night.
Speech coach Angela Craft shares: “I am incredibly proud of the amazing talent of the Middle School students. After every speech meet, without fail, a judge would seek me out to compliment one of our speakers. I am thrilled to see how much our team is growing and excited for the future of Middle School Speech!”
Mini Museum Exhibits
Eagle Pride Alaina Meckler`23 at the Mini Museum Exhibition.
The sixth through eighth grade Social Studies classes presented their mini-museum projects this fall. Students chose topics relating to history, government, and culture, then collected or made artifacts to exhibit. Some topics included Arabic calligraphy, World War II, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, 90’s television, a tsunami simulation, and climate change. Families, faculty, and staff attended the Mini-Museum Exhibition in the Traylor Atrium on November 9th. According to Middle School Social Studies Teacher Erin Deppe, “The Mini-Museum project provides students with the opportunity to delve deeply into the subject of their choice, allowing them to take ownership and pride in their learning experience.”
Taking Class Outside Sixth through eighth grade students spent a few days in September at YMCA’s Camp Carson in Princeton, Indiana. This annual experience fosters team building among classes, and reinforces the Portrait of a Graduate attributes of becoming balanced, resilient, globallyminded, and entrepreneurial learners. Students practice team building skills by doing activities that challenge them to step out of their comfort zone and create confidence in themselves and their peers. Students took to the outdoors for a variety of resiliencebuilding challenges. The sixth graders divided into two teams. One team lined up alphabetically on a log, then worked together rearranging themselves from shortest to tallest - without stepping off of the log. After a few minutes of communication, and lots of trial and error, a twist was added: the students could no longer speak to accomplish their task. Meanwhile, another group was figuring out how to get 12 people through a giant elastic spider web without knocking off a rubber chicken hanging from the top. Teammates had to communicate who would go through which opening so no one was left on the other side. After many failed attempts, they finally achieved success!
• Visionaries see the big picture • Communicators share the vision with others • Influencers inspire others to take action • Cheerleaders support and celebrate efforts • Data-driven leaders manage critical details • Relaters empathize with people and their motivations • Reflectors step back and analyze the process Allowing students to explore and understand individual strengths and what they offer in leadership roles gives them the confidence to create change in their communities. The Camp Carson experience in Middle School is one of many examples of the Portrait of a Graduate at work, providing opportunities to switch the focus from what students “know” to what students “become.”
In another activity, seventh grade teams solved clues using math and ciphers, leading them on a scavenger hunt for ropes and rubber inner tubes. After lunch they put entrepreneurial learning to work and used the supplies to create rafts. Then, teams donned lifejackets and boarded their rafts in the lake for a race to see which rafts performed best. Eighth graders also spent time at Camp Carson. Their Leadership Retreat was geared specifically toward exploring strengths, passions, and talents to better understand what each student has to offer and how to use those skills to make a difference in our community. One of the main retreat objectives was for each student to return with greater confidence in their natural traits and learning styles. They understood success is best accomplished by teams with various, but complementing, strengths:
Upper School News
Global Language & National Honor Society Global Language NHS: • Alaina Clements `19 • Sophie Fox `18 • Aya Hall `18 • Ashley Jorgensen `19 • Conor Meacham `18 • Presley Mohler `19 • Duke Moosbrugger `19 • Andrea Reyes `20 • Lillianne Shockley `19 • Amanda Wiley `19
Back L-R: Conor Meacham, Amanda Wiley, Ashley Jorgensen, Sophie Fox, Alaina Clements Bottom L-R: Aya Hall, Lillianne Shockley, Presley Mohler, Andrea Reyes, Duke Moosbrugger
Each year, select Upper School students are inducted into the Day School chapters of the National Honor Society (NHS) and Global Language National Honor Society (GLNHS). Students selected for NHS exemplify the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The GLNHS is an honor society for students enrolled in a global language and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and Spanish. The mission of the GLNHS is to recognize high school achievement in global language and to promote interest in international studies. Any Upper School student who has maintained an honor average in the study of a Global Language for a minimum of three semesters, is in Level IV or higher, and has plans to continue studying the language in college is eligible to be a member of the GLNHS. Inductees must also exhibit character, leadership, cooperation, honesty, service, and commitment to others. 18 Eagle Pride
National Honor Society: • Alaina Clements `19 • Ashley Jorgensen `19 • Gianna Meckler `19 • Presley Mohler `19 • Lillianne Shockley `19
Faculty Lena Naef (US French), Linda Huber (US Spanish), and Heather Heck (College Counselor) hand out honors.
The Crucible Kelly Kanetkar’s tenth grade English class completed a project this fall on The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953, about historical events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1692-93. Prior to reading the play, students worked with partners to research modern-day “witch hunts.” They determined if modern situations constituted witch hunts and analyzed why or why not. Some modern situations included Marilyn Manson, Columbine, The Memphis Three, and the 9/11 attacks. Students also worked in groups to create presentations about McCarthyism and “The Red Scare,” and The Crucible’s connection to the McCarthy witch hunts in the 1950s. As the class read the play, students worked on context clues for vocabulary and answering analytical questions using in text citations. They even acted out a few scenes. Students wrote ABC poems that included information about the characters, literary devices, and thematic ideas. As a culminating activity, the class was invited to watch a performance of The Crucible, presented by the Evansville Civic Theater.
Progressive Dinner Beginning in the late 1970s, Progressive Dinner is Day School’s longest running tradition. For Upper School students and their guests, this night is full of fun, food, and fellowship. Attendees visit the home of three host families who provide appetizers, dinner, and dessert. This year’s Progressive hosts pulled out all the stops! Special thanks to Upper School parents Jason and Gina Meckler, David and Teri Albin, and Tom and Lori Moosbrugger, who generously hosted this year’s masquerade-themed evening.
From L-R: Danielle Goebel `20, Cassidy Goebel `20, Caroline Risewick `21 and Lexi Albin `19 at Progressive Dinner.
Athlete Spotlight Braedon Christie
Raising Female Athletes Of All Ages US Girls Soccer
Freshman Braedon Christie `21 played number one singles for Evansville Day School’s varsity tennis team this fall. His 12-5 record took him to the Sectional finals, where he competed against a junior from Castle High School. The boys tennis team supported Braedon’s success by cheering him on. Outside of Day School, Braedon trains daily at Tri-State Athletic Club and plays in many large tennis tournaments. He is ranked in the top 15 in Indiana in his age group and plans to play college tennis. We are also excited to have him as the goalie of the varsity soccer team and as a member of the varsity swimming team.
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Upper School girls varsity soccer had an outstanding year, finishing with a 14-3 record. Sierra Goebel `20 was awarded “Most Valuable Player” for her defensive work on the field. Goalie Rebekah Luedke `19 was named “Most Improved Player,” with 26 saves. At the Fall Sports Banquet two seniors were recognized with a Lifetime Award. Sydney Yune `18 played soccer from 2014-17 and became the school’s tenth “All Time Scoring Leader” with 14 goals and 15 assists. Sophie Fox `18 played from 2015-17, becoming the school’s third “All Time Scoring Leader” with 53 goals and 10 assists. She was also awarded the “Golden Boot” for scoring the most goals during the season. Congratulations to these outstanding senior athletes.Their leadership both on and off the field will be missed next fall.
PS Girls Soccer Parent coaches Derek Ungethiem and Chris Traylor 1990 organized and coached a team of 12 second through fourth graders in soccer this fall. The team competed in a fourth grade league, despite having only two fourth graders on the roster! Many of the girls continued on to a light travel team at the end of the season. Coach Ungethiem says: “The girls came a long way from the start of the season, and they all had a great time. The object at this age is to have fun and get them to come back next year.”
Pom Poms This winter, 36 Primary School girls are participating on the Pom Pom squad. Pom Poms is a wonderful way for Primary students to have fun, develop friendships, and learn cross-lateral body movement. “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor has been the team anthem for the year. The Pom Pom team also performs at the Ford Center at a University of Evansville Men’s Basketball game on February 18, 2018.
Coaching Excellence At EDS When Austin Brooks 2001 took the reigns as Head Coach of the Eagles Varsity Basketball team, it marked the first time in program history all Upper School coaches were also former players. Justin Hawkins 2005 led the Junior Varsity team as Head Coach and Jeremy Willis 1999, Evansville’s all-time leading scorer, was a volunteer assistant for both teams. This year, Justin moved on to be an Assistant Coach with the Indiana University East basketball program and Day School added two more alumni coaches: Jordan LaGrone 2012 as Junior Varsity Head Coach and Josh Neidig 2000 as Assistant Coach. According to Coach Brooks, it is important to have Day School graduates and former players leading the program forward, “Alumni are invested more in the school and in the program. They have the institutional knowledge, appreciate the history and tradition, and have the family connection to Day School. We understand the balance of academics and performing as an athlete, and that helps us enable our student-athletes to be strong players and young men.”
Longtime coach Kelly Ballard, who coached Austin Brooks and continues to serve as a mentor for his successor, echoed the benefits of an all-alumni staff, “Being the only school in the area whose entire coaching staff is made up of former players says a lot about the special bonds that are developed while students are at EDS. While the members of this coaching staff helped create a legacy of competitive basketball at EDS, they are now focused on leading the current generation of players into the future and establishing their mark on the program.” This year’s Eagles squad features a combination of experience and youth. The team starts three tenth graders, including 6’-11” Noah Hupmann, son of University of Evansville star Sascha Hupmann, and are built to improve as the season moves on. Looking to the future, Coach Brooks is excited about the group of younger players in the Upper School, and the nucleus of talent in the Middle School. Austin is coaching the 5th & 6th grade team to help teach the skills to the younger players, and Jordan’s father, Sean LaGrone, is leading a 7th & 8th grade team that is performing toward the top of their league. The future appears bright for Day School basketball in no small part due to the tradition, passion, and commitment of a coaching staff that is proud to call Day School their alma mater.
Coach Austin Brooks 2001 was named head coach of the Eagles’ varsity basketball team in 2016.
The Friends of EDS The Friends of Evansville Day School Parent-Teacher Organization is committed to supporting the school’s educational priorities through volunteerism and enrichment funding. Friends of EDS could not exist without the generosity of its members. If you aren’t a member of Friends, please consider joining now. The 2017-18 year has been a busy one, and we look forward to even more great events in the future.
All School Picnic - EDS families of all ages had a
great time this September at the All School Picnic. Some of the highlights included a petting zoo, bounce houses, and Upper School activity booths. A big thank you to Theresa Hamby for organizing the picnic for the fifth year in a row.
Audrey Palmer `29, Layla Dillon `29, and Asya Mathies `29 at the All School Picnic
Fall Festival - The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
is Friends’ largest fundraiser, raising over $16,000 for enrichment and hospitality at EDS. Booth 110 had a very successful year in 2017. The Friends booth sold walking tacos, gourmet baked potatoes, Penn Station chocolate chip cookies, puppy chow, and cotton candy. Fall Festival Chair Jeff Kelsey made it possible with his fifth year of leadership.
EDS at the Thunderbolts - Eighty-five members
of the Day School community helped pack the Ford Center for Military Appreciation Night. Highlights included meeting the Thunderbolts mascot and going out on the ice to create a “High Five Tunnel” for the players.
Parents Misty Eastep, Leah Oeth, Hannah Williams, and Amani Rimawi make Puppy Chow for the Fall Festival.
Family Fun Night - Family Fun Night is one of
Friends’ biggest events. It’s easy to see why: bounce houses, cupcake decorating, robotics, hot chocolate, Hadi Funsters, Wesselman Woods, Pizza Revolution, a photo booth, and a video game truck. There is something for everyone! Families of all ages always have a blast at Family Fun Night.
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Parents Puneesh Malkani, Amanda Payne, and Luke Snyder serve students and faculty at the Thanksgiving Lunch.
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Think Globally Learn Locally In our rapidly evolving world, American education is at a pivotal point. Economists warn that the shift away from English as the predominant global language to a multi-lingual landscape will have a significant impact on American security and competitiveness. With this pressure to regain an edge on the global economy, educators are sparking a renaissance in global language and cultural instruction. To have citizens who are knowledgeable of world regions, global issues and cultures, as well as conversant in other languages, schools like Evansville Day School are held up as a model in education. Because so many families from around the world make their home at EDS, our dynamic mix of international cultures and perspectives adds depth to academic discussion and social development. With an emphasis on international diversity in student admissions and faculty hiring, rigorous foreign language courses offered to students as young as three years old, international 24 Eagle Pride
celebrations on campus, and language immersion trips abroad, our community teaches students how to be responsible citizens of the world.
Hispanic Heritage Month This October, the Global Languages Department planned an entire monthâ€™s worth of activities designed to celebrate Hispanic heritage. All divisions of the school were involved in projects throughout the four weeks, culminating with a community-wide Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. The fiesta celebrated the wonders of the Spanish-speaking world and showcased student accomplishments. Visitors toured the different stations to learn, explore, dance, eat, and mingle. Some of the stations showcased Primary School students displaying calabazas (pumpkins) with Spanishthemed decorations. Fifth graders made world maps, highlighting Spanish-speaking countries. They also displayed a number of musical instruments created from recycled materials during their Landfill Harmonic Paraguay Tribute project. The sixth graders re-enacted a QuinceaĂąera (15th birthday celebration). Seventh
graders dressed as famous Hispanic people and shared how they impacted the world through art, music, history, and literature. The eighth graders displayed handmade Carnaval de Ponce masks, a part of Puerto Rican culture. Upper School students played Hispanic music and fed visitors chips and salsa. There were also four separate booths displaying the major Spanish speaking countries of South America, North/Central America, Spain, and the Caribbean region. “We expand our students’ minds by engaging them in hands on cultural activities while encouraging them to be open minded and embrace the differences between cultures. We learn music from around the world, make art and instruments from Hispanic countries, and foster discussions that encourage empathy and international understanding,” says Global Languages Department Chair Anna Newton. The Hispanic Heritage month of learning and community fiesta allowed students a glimpse into other global cultures, while providing a rich learning experience to support their language studies. This is a powerful example of the cross-divisional, collaborative, experiential education present everyday at Evansville Day School.
at Sea, when he and other students circumnavigated the globe in four months. Guest speaker Dr. Diana Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Evansville, visited students in the iLab to discuss the culture and history of her home country, Colombia. Dr. Rodriguez has taught elementary and advanced Spanish, Latin American culture and civilization, Spanish conversation, business Spanish, and Latin American literature. Her doctoral research is non-canonical texts of Latin America, such as testimonio narratives and songs. Students also heard from Mr. Joel Beardmore, University of Evansville’s Ridgway Scholar from East Bridgford, England. The Ridgway Scholarship was established by Dr. William Ridgway with the specific purpose of enhancing and promoting cultural and academic interaction between young scholars in Evansville and their counterparts in England. Evansville Day School finished the International Education Week with an interactive, instructional performance by international Latin American group, Calle Sur. The group presented an interactive workshop called “Musical Journey Through Latin America,” illustrating how some of the Native American, European,
International Education Week The United States Department of State and Department of Education promote and encourage schools, universities, embassies, and international organizations and institutions across the nation to celebrate International Education Week. This November, Day School joined the initiative by hosting a number of guest speakers and special entertainers from around the world. Dr. Wes Milner, Executive Director of International Programs at the University of Evansville, spoke to students about his experiences serving as a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in England and Tokoha University in Japan, and conducting research in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern and South Africa. Additionally, Dr. Milner shared stories from his time with Semester Eagle Pride
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and African cultural currents have converged in the music of Latin America.
Hybrid Learning Consortium For the last two years, Day School’s partnership with the Hybrid Learning Consortium (HLC) has deeply enriched educational experiences in global learning for our Middle and Upper School students. Through a broad catalog of blended and online courses, our students now have access to course options such as Chinese Language and Culture Exploration, Latin, Latin American Food and Culture, and American Sign Language. Upper School students can augment their global language classes with courses in Globalization, Modern Human Migration, Global Perspective through World Music, Ancient Greek, AP French, AP Spanish, Chinese Culture, Latin Literature, and Holocaust Studies. No other school in the region can compete with Day School’s range of Middle and Upper School course options thanks to our successful partnership with the HLC. Founded at Barstow School in Kansas City, HLC is a growing “collective of independent schools around the world developing online courses.” Students benefit from small classes, independent school rigor, global connections, and preparation for distance learning, which is increasingly utilized in college and beyond. Evansville Day School prepares students for college and a successful life beyond. Every big issue our students will face in their lives after Day School - economics, public health, security, climate change, immigration - all have international dimensions. To navigate their futures successfully, our students need an awareness of other cultures and languages. It is difficult to sumate in a few short pages how transformational these experiences will be for our students. Not only are Day School students more understanding of international cultures, religions, and ethnic expressions than their peers, but this exposure to global diversity will spark a curiosity and passion that will drive them throughout their lives.
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Above: Calle Sur performed for International Education Week. Page 24 - Elliott Keating `28, Lauren Sogard `28, and Evan Schwake `28 at the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. Page 25 - EDS students and teachers born outside the U.S. (back L-R): Lena Naef, Anna Newton, Silmary Echevarria, Pablo Herrero `27, Andrea Reyes `20, Danielle Scavella `20, Daniel Herrero `25, Jonathan Trulsson `22, Josefine Trulsson `19, Leah Gehret `19, Nick Dolzhykov `18, Aya Hall `18, Troy Bersch `25, Lucas Weinzapfel `18, Evan Kanetkar `20, Dylan Kanetkar `21, Carla Englebrght, Soi Powell. Front L-R: Estela Krempel `31, Catarina Krempel `28, Yara Amoudi `28, Rayan Amoudi `31, Livia Kuipers `30, Mio Ano `32, and Betsy Gladding.
ANNUAL REPORT Artwork by Jude Allaw `24
Dear Friends, I am so pleased to report on the philanthropic highlights of our brilliant school. Thanks to the unfailing generosity of our parents, trustees, donors, teachers, staff, and alumni, Evansville Day School is in the strongest financial position it has been for many years. This letter celebrates those committed supporters who gave to Evansville Day School during the 2016-17 fiscal year. Many of you contributed to the Annual Fund, Day School’s most critical campaign to raise funds for annual operations. The school received much-needed support for renovations in the Preschool and a generous group of parents and trustees collected more than $115,000 for the work. Donations received this year supported special initiatives such as Merit Scholarships, the Future Problem Solvers team, the Middle and Upper School Hybrid Learning Consortium, and Experiential Education trips throughout the year. We are grateful for everyone’s passion for forward-thinking education. We also earned a record-breaking $110,000 from the 2017 South Beach Gala, which helped fund faculty salaries, academic programs, and facility enhancements in every division. It was an incredible year for philanthropy at EDS. I officially started my presidency on July 1, 2017, and I would like to thank immediate pastpresident Chris Traylor 1990 for his dedication and leadership guiding Evansville Day School over the last two years. I would also like to call special attention to our faculty and staff who have maintained 100% participation in philanthropic giving to the school. Your generosity in both your craft and kindness is truly humbling and an inspiration to all. As a parent reported in this year’s Net Promoter Survey, “The teachers care about each child’s success, no matter their circumstance. They are truly amazing…. In my opinion, the instructors and learning environment is not matched by any educational offering in this region!” On behalf of my son, Max Lowery `18, and the entire Board of Trustees, thank you to all the donors who contributed to the philanthropic success of 2016-17. Sincerely, Dr. Lori Sieboldt President, Board of Trustees
88% NET TUITION 4% STATE VOUCHERS 4% ANNUAL FUND 1% RESTRICTED GIFTS 1% INVESTMENT RETURN 2% GALA REVENUE
79% FACULTY SALARIES 7% RELATED ACADEMICS 3% UTILITIES 2% MAINTENANCE 1% INTEREST 8% NON ACADEMICS
PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL 40% CURRENT PARENTS GIVING BY GROUP 19% CORPORATE DONORS 18% ALUMNI PARENTS 10% ALUMNI 8% GRANDPARENTS 4% FACULTY & STAFF 1% OTHER Artwork by Brittain Saunders `28
The Annual Fund Legacy Society $10,000 & Above
Head of School Society $1,000 - $2,499
Mr. John and Mrs. Karen Cinelli Mr. Joab and Mrs. Jenn Schultheis Mr. Chris Traylor 1990 and Mrs. Niki Traylor Mr. Ben and Mrs. Lea Unfried
Mrs. Barb Alcock Mr. Rob Bernardin 1976 and Mrs. Cindy Bernardin Mr. Elmer and Mrs. Judy Buchta Mr. Josh and Mrs. Amanda Bultemeier Mr. Ivan Carvajal and Ms. Janet Rodriguez Mr. Derek Dunigan 1987 and Mrs. Leah Dunigan Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Jo Ann Fink Mr. Fred Folz, Sr., and Mrs. Cathy Folz Dr. Kimberly Foster and Mr. Rob Foster Dr. Deepa Ghanta and Mr. Surendra Muvva Mr. Brad and Mrs. Christy Gillenwater Dr. Daniel Griffin and Mrs. Carol Griffin Dr. Darla Grossman and Mr. Harold Grossman Mrs. Jingle Hagey (Igleheart) 1965 and Mr. Chandler Hagey Mr. Brandy and Mrs. Lana Hall Mr. Elmer Halwes Jr. Mr. John Harrington 1986 and Mrs. Mary Harrington Mr. F. William and Mrs. Ann Heil Mr. Gray Hodge, Jr., 1976 and Mrs. Nancy Hodge Mr. Alan and Mrs. Deb Hoskins Mrs. Margy Hungate (Schnakenburg) 1994 and Mr. Michael Hungate Mr. John and Mrs. Elizabeth Jordan Mr. Jason Jorgensen Mr. Tom Kissel 1978 and Ms. Lara Ceresko-Kissel Mr. Donald Korb Dr. Jim McDaniel and Mrs. Debbie McDaniel Dr. Jason Meckler and Mrs. Gina Meckler Mrs. Laurel Mills (Quirey) 1982 and Mr. Chris Mills
First Street Society $5,000 - $9,999 Mr. David Albin and Ms. Teri Hollander-Albin Ms. Helen Christian Mr. John and Mrs. Gail Dunn Mr. Kevin Goebel 1985 and Mrs. Carol Goebel Dr. Jill G. Griffin and Mr. Patrick Griffin Mr. Jarin and Mrs. Jenni Jaffee Dr. Lori Sieboldt Traylor Brothers Inc.
Baumgart Society $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. Josh Barron and Mrs. Amy Romain Barron Dr. Mark and Mrs. Laura Bernhard Mr. Scott and Mrs. Denise Carmack Mr. Ron Christian Mr. Tom and Mrs. Jennifer Doyle Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Kendra Kelsey Dr. Constantine Scordalakes and Mrs. Julia Karris Scordalakes Dr. Neil Troost and Mrs. Melissa Troost Mr. Robert and Mrs. Elizabeth Woosley
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Independent - We have
programs and experiences focused importantly, who they become. Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Vanessa Oâ€™Bryan Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Holly Pendleton Dr. Asem Rimawi and Mrs. Amani Rimawi Mr. Ron and Mrs. Connie Romain Mr. Paul Saunders 1997 and Mrs. Emily Saunders Mr. Barry and Mrs. Darby Schnakenburg Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Lora Smith Ms. Stacy Stevens (Epperson) 1981 Mr. Meade Thayer Mrs. Nancy Traylor Drs. Robert Vraney and Laura Diaz del Castillo Ms. Wendy Igleheart-Walker 1974 and Mr. Ron Walker Mr. Stephan and Mrs. Jeanne Weitzel Ms. Rachael Williams 2000
Mr. Alan and Mrs. Carol Gehret Mr. Marshall and Mrs. Jenny Godwin Mr. Jeff Halwes 1980 Ms. Kelly Hevron Mr. Neil Jaffee Mrs. Lori Mohler (Weinzapfel) 1994 and Mr. Stephen Mohler Mrs. Linda Staubitz Mr. Akiro and Mrs. Megumi Takeda Mr. Donald and Mrs. Shirley Weinzapfel Ms. Leah Whitaker Mr. David Woessner 1997 Mrs. Marianna Wright (Soaper) 1971 and Mr. Robert Wright 1972
Honor Roll Gifts up to $249 Julian Tas `28; artwork by James Boger `29
the freedom to design unique on what students learn and, more
Eagles Society $500-$999 Dr. Shivon Abdullah and Mrs. Zereen Abdullah Dr. Mohammed Allaw and Ms. Nada Alturjmon Dr. Gladys Lopez and Mr. Martin Hippely Mr. Steve and Mrs. Danielle Lowe Drs. Srinivasan Rao and Leela Saripalli Dr. Heun Yune
Founders Society $250-$499 Mr. Bill and Mrs. Karen Chatmon Mrs. Megan Collins (Polz) 2008 and Mr. Robbie Collins Mr. Philip Eykamp 1986 and Mrs. Michelle Eykamp (Pulcini) 1986
Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Laura Alcock Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Laura Ballard Mr. Ed and Mrs. Jane Bavaria Ms. Marilyn Bernhard Ms. Michele Beudert 1967 Mr. Chad and Mrs. Ashley Beuligmann Mr. David and Mrs. Parri Black Ms. Ann Bloxdorf Ms. Hilary Blunt (Thomas) 1982 Mr. Carey and Mrs. Katie Bockting Ms. Emily Boyd (Campbell) 1999 Mr. Chris and Mrs. Sarah Brooks Ms. Vicki Brothers Mr. Luke Bucshon 2011 Mr. J.D. Campbell 1998 and Mrs. Jenny Campbell (Vandiver) 1998 Dr. Amy Chan-Hilton and Mr. Edgar Hilton Mr. Schile and Mrs. Adria Cosby Mr. Stanley Cotton 1970 Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Angela Craft Mr. Tony and Mrs. Jennifer Cross Mr. Norman and Mrs. Anita Cubbage Mr. Peter and Mrs. Isabella Van Dael Mr. John and Mrs. Betsy Dailey Ms. LaTanya Darnell Mr. Nicholas Davlantis Mrs. Patty Daywalt (Stallings) 2005 and Mr. Ryan Daywalt
Mr. Brian and Mrs. Leilani Deem Mr. Shaun and Mrs. Erin Deppe Mr. Randy and Mrs. Shannon Dierlam Mr. Jeffrey Dorsa 1980 and Mrs. Nancy Dorsa Ms. Lauren Doss 2004 Mr. Tom Dragon Mr. Allan and Mrs. Alice Eidson Mr. Vincent and Mrs. Janey Elbert Ms. Corinda Elliott (Hankins) 1990 Dr. Stacey Embry and Mrs. Amy Embry Ms. Mary Ethington (Morehouse) 1970 Dr. Harry Faulkner and Mrs. Shelly Faulkner Dr. Ronald Faust and Mrs. Norma Jean Faust Mr. Otis and Mrs. Amber Ferguson Dr. William C. Fisher II 1965 Ms. Susan Flinn Col. William Foster, Jr., and Mrs. Susan Foster Mr. Eric and Mrs. Emily Friend Mr. Steven and Mrs. Alice Galbreath Dr. Mary Jane Gibson and Mr. Scott Gibson Mr. Steve and Mrs. Betsy Gladding Ms. Cynthia Grabill 1971 Mr. Ben and Mrs. Leslie Hall Ms. Glenda Hampton Mrs. Keach Harris (Hagey) 1995 and Mr. Wesley Harris Ms. Heather Heck Ms. Linda Huber Mr. Marion and Mrs. June Hutcheson Mrs. Diane Igleheart Mr. David Johnson Mr. Herman and Mrs. Pam Jorgensen Ms. Lowry Igleheart-Keach 1969 and Mr. Houston Keach 1970 Mr. Nathan Kent 1990 and Mrs. Lori Kent Dr. Qamar Khan and Ms. Erun Syed-Khan Ms. Debra Kiesel Mr. Wesley and Mrs. Erica Kissinger Ms. Karen Krahling Mr. Doyle Krempel Neto and Ms. Ana Marta Bertoni Krempel Mr. Sergey and Mrs. Irina Kulikov
Ms. Elizabeth Kunetz (Moody) 1982 Ms. Marjan LaGrange Ms. Abigail Lewis 1997 Mr. Jon Luttrull and Ms. Jennifer Stevens-Luttrull Mr. Alvin and Mrs. Mary Lyon Mr. Michael Magan 1989 Mr. Brian McAtee Ms. Mary McCarthy 1978 Mr. Rick and Mrs. Heather McNabb Ms. Heather McPherson 1967 Mr. Charles and Mrs. Marybeth Meacham Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Karen Meacham Mrs. Diana Meddles (Schnakenburg) 1992 and Mr. Marty Meddles Mr. Rod and Mrs. Krista Meyer Ms. Heather Migdon Hon. Amy Steinkamp-Miskimen and Mr. Jerrel Miskimen Mr. Gordon and Mrs. Jackie Myers Mr. Jason and Mrs. Lena Naef Ms. Anna Newton Ms. Michele Nixon Mr. Steve Nixon Mr. Blake and Mrs. Phyllis Oeth Mr. Ryan and Mrs. Leah Oeth Dr. Ryan and Mrs. Anna Palmer Dr. Derin and Mrs. Durga Patel Ms. Amanda Payne Mr. Josh and Mrs. Kelly Phillips Mr. Steve and Mrs. Mary Playton Mr. Steve Polz Ms. Allison Rashid Mr. Eric and Mrs. Robin Renschler Mrs. VeraMae Renschler** Mr. Hector Reyes and Ms. Silmary Echevarria Mr. Larry and Mrs. Kathleen Richardson Dr. Diane Brewer and Mr. Mark Rigney Mr. Brent and Mrs. Tia Rogers Mr. William and Mrs. Catherine Russell Ms. Corrie Sarol Mr. Neil and Mrs. Brenda Saunders Ms. Marilyn Schlake Mr. Greg Sharp
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Ms. Darcy Sheldon Ms. Sara Simpson Ms. Mary Slaton 1978 and Mr. Mike Slaton Dr. Joanne Smith (Bacon) 1990 Mr. Norman and Mrs. Susan Snyder Mr. Eric and Mrs. Terri Sogard Mr. Mike and Mrs. Hope Staubitz Dr. Todd Stoller 1990 and Mrs. Stacey Stoller Mr. Bill and Mrs. Kathy Stroube Mr. Jose Mota and Mrs. Sarah Mota Mr. Clayton and Mrs. Rose Swallow Mr. Lucas and Mrs. Ashely Swinford Mr. John and Mrs. Rebecca Tackett Mr. James Neidig and Ms. Jodi Talbott Ms. Tiki Thompson Mrs. Ella Torrey
Mr. Jack and Mrs. Barbara Turpin Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Linda Vandiver Mr. Troy and Mrs. Tricia Vaupel Mr. Bobbie and Mrs. Barbara Waller Dr. Daniel Brown and Ms. Virginia Weiler Ms. Veronica Wetherill 1990 Ms. Amy Whetstone Ms. Jackie Williams Mr. Justin Williams 2001 Mrs. Elise Young (Upton) 1973 and Mr. David Young Mr. Parvez Yusufji 1989 Mr. Larry and Mrs. Bonnie Ziegler
Bold - We have the flexibility to establish our own curriculum
and standards. We can be innovative and bold to teach to the skills and content our students will need as future global leaders. Sacha Schuman `27 and Mackenzie Brooks `27 Artwork by Brittain Saunders `28
Honors & Memorials
Restricted & In-Kind
In Honor of Jacob Alcock 2015, Luke Alcock 2017, Lillian Alcock `18, Cecilia Alcock `20, Sabina Alcock `22, and Rosemary Alcock `24 Ms. Barb Alcock
America Jackson Haygans Scholarship Fund Mrs. Diane Igleheart
In Honor of Amy Bernhard `18 and Jake Bernhard `24 Ms. Marilyn Bernhard
Dunigan Tennis Center Sidewalk Mr. Derek Dunigan 1987 and Mrs. Leah Dunigan
In Honor of Alex Chambers `18 Ms. Glenda Hampton In Honor of Jacob Darr `18 Mr. Marion and Mrs. June Hutcheson
Future Problem Solvers Dr. Daniel Griffin and Mrs. Carol Griffin
In Honor of Thomas Gillenwater Ms. Marilyn Schlake In Honor of Martha Korb Goldman 1969 and Elisabeth Goldman 2002 Mr. Donald Korb In Honor of the Jaffee Family Ms. Darcy Sheldon In Honor of Reid Staubitz `22 Ms. Linda Staubitz In Honor of Gwyn Traylor `23, Marshall Traylor `25, Sydney Traylor `27, and Courtney Traylor `30 Mr. Marshall and Mrs. Jenny Goodwin In Honor of Chris Traylor 1990 Ms. Corinda Elliott (Hankins) 1990 Dr. Todd Stoller 1990 and Mrs. Stacey Stoller Ms. Veronica Wetherill 1990 In Honor of Laci Weinzapfel and Lucas Weinzapfel `18 Mr. Donald and Mrs. Shirley Weinzapfel In Honor of Karen White, Cheryl Chappell, and Brandon Johnson Mr. David Johnson In Memory of Ed Schultheis Mr. Brian McAtee In Memory of Vera Mae Renschler Mr. Eric and Mrs. Robin Renschler
Campus Lighting Project Mr. Larry and Mrs. Tonia Stofleth Completely Wired
Hybrid Learning Consortium Vectren Foundation Capital Campaign Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Laura Alcock Mr. Shane and Mrs. Amy Clements Dr. Kimberly Foster and Mr. Rob Foster Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Nona Justice Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Kendra Kelsey Drs. Chandrashekar Kumbar and Deepa Kumbar Mr. Oz and Mrs. Angela Onder Dr. Mark Shockley and Mrs. Lori Shockley Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Lora Smith Middle School Science Exploration at Wesselman Woods Dr. Gladys Lopez and Mr. Martin Hippely Preschool Mural Ms. Dakri Sinclair 1986 Primary School Knitting Project Dr. Neil and Mrs. Melissa Troost Restricted Scholarships West Side Nut Club J L & N Frank Scholarship
Matching Companies ConocoPhilips General Electric Medtronic ** deceased
Preschool Renovation Evansville Day School’s Preschool facility was renovated in 2016-17 to better reflect our premier early learning experience. Day School’s Preschool program celebrates the limitless potential of every child. Children develop respectful relationships, allowing them to discover themselves and creatively solve problems through independent play and guided learning. Our Preschool experience is full of meaningful opportunities to “Discover, Learn, and Play.” Thank you to the following donors for your gifts and pledges toward this project:
$10,000 and Up The Koch Foundation Mr. Joab and Mrs. Jenn Schultheis Mr. Chris Traylor 1990 and Mrs. Niki Traylor Mr. John and Mrs. Rebecca Tackett
$5,000-$9,999 Mr. John and Mrs. Karen Cinelli Mr. Josh Barron and Mrs. Amy Romain Barron Mrs. Nancy Traylor
$2,500-$4,999 Mr. David Childs Mr. Jarin and Mrs. Jenni Jaffee
$1,000-$2,499 Dr. Kimberly and Mr. Rob Foster Mrs. Margy Hungate (Schnakenburg) 1994 and Mr. Michael Hungate Mr. Christopher and Mrs. Lacey Madras Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Holly Pendleton Mr. Ron and Mrs. Connie Romain Mr. Paul Saunders 1997 and Mrs. Emily Saunders Mrs. Kate Tomlinson (Richard) 2000 and Dr. Ryan Tomlinson Mr. Troy and Mrs. Tricia Vaupel
$500-$999 Mr. David Albin and Ms.Teri Hollander-Albin Mr. Josh and Mrs. Amanda Bultemeier Dr. Jill G. Griffin and Mr. Patrick Griffin Mr. Eric and Mrs. Robin Renschler Drs. Patrick and Mary Stuckemeyer
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$250-$499 Dr. Ashraf and Mrs. Jenny Ahmed Mr. Bill and Mrs. Karen Chatmon Ms. Helen Christian Dr. Daniel Griffin and Mrs. Carol Griffin Mr. Doyle Krempel Neto and Ms. Ana Marta Bertoni Krempel Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Lora Smith Mr. Vernon and Mrs. Jennifer Stevens
Up to $250 Mr. Steven and Mrs. Alice Galbreath Mrs. Diana Meddles (Schnakenburg) 1992 and Mr. Marty Meddles Mrs. Laurel Mills (Quirey) 1982 and Mr. Chris Mills Dr. Istavan Gergely and Ms. Anna Newton Dr. Ryan and Mrs. Anna Palmer Mr. Jason and Mrs. Melissa Rhoderick Ms. Tiki Thompson Ms. Leah Whitaker
South Beach Gala iLab Technology Mr. Josh Barron and Mrs. Amy Romain Barron Mr. Brian and Mrs. Marjorie Blalock
Indoor Athletics Mr. David Albin and Ms.Teri Hollander-Albin Ms. Jan Childs Mr. David Childs Mr. Matthew Childs 2006 Ms. Helen Christian Mr. John and Mrs. Karen Cinelli Dr. Kimberly and Mr. Rob Foster Mr. Jay and Mrs. Christie Hargis Mrs. Margy Hungate (Schnakenburg) 1994 and Mr. Michael Hungate Dr. Ryan and Mrs. Anna Palmer Dr. Lori Sieboldt Mr. Luke and Mrs. Bianca Snyder Mr. Chris Traylor 1990 and Mrs. Niki Traylor
US Commons Mr. David Albin and Ms.Teri Hollander-Albin
Dr. Vijay and Mrs. Poonam Bhasin Drs. Michael and Michelle Boger Mr. Josh and Mrs. Amanda Bultemeier Ms. Helen Christian Mr. Tom and Mrs. Jennifer Doyle Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Carla Englebright Dr. Harry Faulkner and Mrs. Shelly Faulkner Mr. Fred Folz, Sr., and Mrs. Cathy Folz Mr. Steve and Mrs. Betsy Gladding Mr. Jarin and Mrs. Jenni Jaffee Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Kendra Kelsey Mr. Warren Mathies and Ms. Ayse Schablik-Mathies Mr. John and Mrs. Sarah McCullough Dr. Jim and Mrs. Debbie McDaniel Mr. Rick and Mrs. Heather McNabb Mr. Tom and Mrs. Lori Moosbrugger Mr. Blake and Mrs. Phyllis Oeth PhoneTodd LLC Mr. Joab and Mrs. Jenn Schultheis Mr. Ken Sparks Mr. Chris Traylor 1990 and Mrs. Niki Traylor
Sponsors Benefits 7 BKD & Associates Mr. Shane and Mrs. Amy Clements Mr. Greg and Mrs. Judy Collins Deaconess Hospital dPatrick Kenny Kent Mr. David and Mrs. Sharlet Koch Legence Bank Mrs. Laurel Mills (Quirey) 1982 and Mr. Chris Mills Mr. Tom and Mrs. Lori Moosbrugger Dr. Richard and Mrs. Kathy Murrell Old National Bank Penn Station East Coast Subs Pet Supplies Plus Mr. Ken and Mrs. Janet Schultheis Schultheis Insurance The Hollander Group at Hilliard Lyons The Koch Foundation The Stanley Group at Morgan Stanley
Eagle Pride JPK Gnomes! Greyson Daywalt, Luna Westbrook, Bane DeVoy, Olivia Cossey, and Grant Feller
It All Adds Up
$211,050 Annual Fund Giving
+ $109,400 Net Gala Revenue
Preschool Project Gifts & Pledges
Capital Campaign Pledge Payments
= $516,425 Total Giving in 2016-17
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Rewarding - In addition to 100%
college placement, each graduating senior earns an average $240,000 in college scholarships. Day School students also benefit from a ground-breaking, challenging curriculum and an alumni network made up of local and global leaders. Jennah Atia `24 at Camp Carson. Artwork by Thomas Newton `29
ALUMNI William Snyder 1977 is Day Schoolâ€™s inaugural Founders Achievement Award recipient.
A Golden Day
by Sally Robinson Bruner Most of us knew William Snyder was blessed with a strong package of brains and that he used his mind to develop a mighty talent. After all, a cluster of Pulitzer Prizes had revealed that to the world. However, an excitement was born when we also understood his deep humanity and his great caring for the people he encountered over the years - the people more than the landscape, more than the action, the people he could and can serve with his pictures of them. As for Williamâ€™s caring and love for Evansville Day School, what it gave him and what he had taken from it, this telling was his gift to the school, amazing and abiding. In many ways, this first November weekend was the most beautiful in our 2017 autumn, both visually and emotionally. Planned and spontaneous events blended
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seamlessly and joyfully with glorious golden days, a natural golden palate which seemed to have eluded us until this surprise November showing! Emotions also came rushing into us; reconnections and recollections of friendships rippled and rose and became live things. William Snyder was honored as the first recipient of the Evansville Day School Founders Achievement Award. Founder and forever sustainer Diane Igleheart was present for the whole wonderful celebration on this November day. We had not planned to cry. William Snyder, photographer-journalist and creator of intellectually impeccable yet hauntingly emotional works, led his old friends through his own journey of a lifetime. From his early affair with the lens, he evolved into an artistic giant capable of vast creativity who catches the deep humanity in a panorama of the human condition.
Silence and utter stillness of a photograph of motions caught mid-air with sound stopped by a magical touch. William’s gift to all of us who shared this event was a collection of his informal shots of those who shared their years at EDS with him. On and on and perfectly on… We reappeared in our own human and humorous exposures by William, funny and touching, those who are and those who were. I am grateful for these past days. My years with bright and beloved students and colleagues at Evansville Day School ended almost forty years ago. Yet, those days and those faces are etched in my mind and heart. Those faces and their owners seem to have an enormous ability to show love and affection, to act and offer these feelings in gracious and sincere ways – the invitations for celebrations, the warmth of happy hugs and smiles. Time has run past my window once again, marking the hours and minutes of calendar time and leaving its soundless passing upon my soul. I send this with love and quiet joy.
On November 4, 2017, William Snyder became the inaugural inductee into Evansville Day School’s Founders Society. The Founders Society was established to recognize the distinguished professional achievement, leadership, and service to local, national, and international communities, or to Day School. Those who attended the luncheon came from far and wide to celebrate with William and honor his exemplary professional accomplishments. Page 38 L-R: Jack Weber (former MS social studies faculty), William Snyder 1977, Sally Robinson Bruner (former US English faculty), and Bob Brownell (former US biology faculty). Page 39 top photo: Gray Hodge 1975 introduced William Snyder 1977 at the Founders Luncheon. Page 39 middle photo, bottom L-R: Stacy Stevens (Epperson) 1981, Marjie Roberts (Traylor) 1977, William Snyder 1977, Mary McCarthy 1978, Susan Watson-Spiller 1975; top L-R: Gray Hodge 1975, Bish Mumford 1977, and Stephan Hodge 1978. Page 39 bottom photo: Judy Hamilton (former faculty) and Marjie Roberts (Traylor) 1977 reunite at Founders Luncheon. Eagle Pride
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Andy Storms created a new line of Technical Soft Goods for foster kids in the Seattle area. His Go Bags are filled with pajamas, coloring books, blankets, toiletries and other comfort items to make foster children feel a little better about moving into foster care. Technical Soft Goods is a team of designers, pattern makers, and production liaisons with the know-how, creativity, and resources to transform practically any idea into a finished product.
Aleesia Johnson (Tolliver), a former charter school principal and the current Innovation Officer for Indianapolis Public Schools, was a featured contributor in a piece published by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CPRE). Aleesia makes a strong case for collaboration between school districts. “The work of educating children, particularly children who often come from really challenging life circumstances, is hard. It is hard for anyone doing it, no matter what kind of school they are in.... If I am able to see you—really see you—as the teacher, the principal, the counselor you are—and not see the ‘system’ you represent, then I can be open to learning from you and sharing with you, and you can feel likewise. And, at the end of the day, that is what will ultimately help us get all our kids to the outcomes that we know and believe they deserve.”
Michael Pieper and his family live in the suburbs of Chicago. He and his wife Melanie celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary this October. They have two children, Lucie and Maximus. They also have a French Bulldog named Chloe. Michael is a ten year sales veteran and is currently working at CareerBuilder.
Carmella House works in I.T. for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the Project Manager and Agile Scrum Master, working on the play by Total Reward mobile app and mobile products. Carmella is also earning a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Las Vegas where she
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has been a candidate for the MARS One program. She is actively pursuing an application to NASA’s astronaut program. Between her studies and professional pursuits, Carmella runs ultramarathons and coaches track and field with the USATF (USA Track & Field) chapter in Las Vegas.
Matthew Villmer recently became a partner at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., North Carolina office. The announcement came days after Matt was named a 2017 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. For almost ten years, Matt has practiced in the areas of civil litigation and business contract drafting. He joined the firm of Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. in 2015, and since then has worked with their litigation practice group on complex matters including largescale consumer fraud claims, medical malpractice and wrongful death actions, construction defect litigation, and will contests and estate litigation.
Emily Williams (Wilhite) graduated from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2017 in the top 25% of her class. Emily interned for the California Attorney General’s Office, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Trade Commission. Emily lives in Los Feliz, a cute neighborhood in L.A., with her husband Mark, whom she met right after high school at Showplace Cinemas in Evansville. They have three beautiful cats. Emily is also a proud vegan and animal rights activist.
Will Hodge is on deployment to Afghanistan, where he is serving as the Fire Direction Officer for his field artillery unit with the United States Army. Understandably, Will was quite anxious before he left for his nine month deployment. However, he is becoming accustomed to life at a forward operating base and the life of an army infantry officer on active combat duty. When not on deployment, Will is assigned to Fort Richardson in Anchorage, AK. Will is scheduled to return to the United States in June 2018.
School, he will receive his first command assignment as a platoon leader. Prior to Ranger School, Luke served as an officer in the Army infantry at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Luke also had a short training mission in South Africa last summer. In other exciting news, Lucas and Claire Fox are also engaged to be married! Claire is the older sister of EDS alumna, Helen Fox 2015 and current EDS senior, Sophie Fox. Claire is in her second year of law studies at Vanderbilt University. Claire and Lucas are the proud parents of three adorable rescue hounds.
Nathan Smith graduated in May 2017 from Indiana University with a bachelor’s in History. He received a substantial meritbased scholarship to attend the University of Akron’s School of Law this fall, where he plans to specialize in Intellectual Property Law. Nathan is pictured with sister and EDS parent Karie McKean, and current Day School fourth grader Domino Goforth `26 at his graduation.
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Kate Hodge is in her junior year at University of Chicago where she is triple majoring in anthropology, near eastern languages, and astrophysics. Kate spent the fall semester aboard the Robert C. Seamans, a research and educational sailing vessel from the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. Kate’s journey began in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, and continued through the Kingdom of Tonga and Fiji. The Robert C. Seamans’s crew of student-sailors and faculty collected environmental and anthropological data along their exploration route. Throughout the journey, the students maintained a rigorous academic schedule while taking on the added responsibility of crewing a ship. They hoisted sails, plotted courses, swabbed decks, and kept watch.
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In Memoriam One of Day School’s long-time supporters and former Board presidents passed away this fall. Mr. Benjamin Cook Cubbage, Jr. died on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. He was 89 years old. Mr. Cubbage served as President of Day School’s Board of Trustees from 1966-69 during a critical period of transition. Under Mr. Cubbage’s leadership, Day School moved from the Igleheart home on Sunset Avenue to its current location on North Green River Road. Former Head of School Ken Heekin remembers: “That was brave, moving to Green River. There was nothing out there at the time, only cornfields. But there was a great optimism around the move. It was a huge step forward for such a young institution. Our recognition and status around Evansville grew considerably, simply because the facility had the look of a real independent school.” Mr. Heekin, who served as Head of School from 1966 to 1977, was new when Mr. Cubbage served as Board President. “I feel very fortunate that Ben was leading the school when I was a young Head. Ben was a rock. He was confident, sure-footed, and solid, but also had a sense of humor and could tell a good story! He was a great asset to me and to Day School.” Mr. Cubbage practiced law in Henderson, KY, for nearly 60 years and primarily devoted his career to the oil and gas industry. He was active in many trade associations, including the Independent Oil Producers and Land Owners Association Tri-State, of which he had served as director, secretary, and president. He was a former Henderson Rotary Club president, a senior member of the Vestry of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Henderson, and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation. He was born in Sewanee, TN, on June 10, 1928. He attended Albany Academy in Albany, NY, and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and returned to Vanderbilt where he earned his law degree in 1955. Mr. Cubbage is predeceased by his best four-legged friend of 19 years, “Cat.” He is survived by his wife, Dolores Cubbage, two daughters, EDS alumna Dabney Cubbage 1978 and Frances Langley, two granddaughters, Ali Langley and EDS alumna Beth Gafford 2000, and three great-grandchildren, Gabe, Emmylou, and Benjamin. The family has asked for donations in Benjamin’s memory to be made to Evansville Day School.
Tribute to the Op Shop The Opportunity Shop, one of the oldest retailers in Evansville, will close on March 17th after 59 years in business. The original Opportunity Shop opened January 17, 1959, in the Harp Fish Market building at 504 SE 8th Street.
Volunteer in 1959 shows off the window dummy for the newspaper.
Denise Sessions, wife of a Mead Johnson executive, brought the idea of a consignment shop run by volunteers to raise money for financial aid and scholarships at Evansville Day School, and used her own energy to inaugurate the enterprise. Ever mindful of the need to keep tuition affordable to as many students as possible, the Board of Trustees voted in favor of the venture. From an Evansville Courier write-up in 1961: “Planners and organizers of Evansville Opportunity Shop are still just a little incredulous over the success of their fledgling nook where some of the Tri-State’s best dressed women bring their dresses for re-sale. They began with one room, some borrowed furniture and a discarded show window dummy that has undergone numerous face lift operations, and just recently lost an arm.”
Current parent Theresa Hamby is one of many who volunteered at the Op Shop.
The Op Shop moved to Canal Street, then to a location on North Main Street, before settling in the old Kmart Plaza East Shopping Center on Morgan Avenue from 1981-2001. It moved to South Green River Road in August 2001 where it has been ever since. Throughout the years, volunteers have been the nucleus of the Opportunity Shop, and auxiliary revenue it provided has made Day School’s education accessible to thousands of TriState students and their families. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to close the Opportunity Shop in 2017. As with other resale stores, the Op Shop had not performed as well as hoped in recent years due to a variety of factors, including online shopping, a crowded resale market, and shifting demographics. The difficult decision to close was not made lightly or hastily, and we are confident growing student enrollment and other auxiliary revenue programs will ensure Day School’s vibrancy now and into the future. Thank you to the volunteers, staff, and loyal customers who committed their resources to making the Opportunity Shop successful for so many years.
Dear Alumni, We need your support more than ever. In 2017, we launched the Founders Society annual program. Each year the Alumni Association will honor a Day School alumnus/a with the Founders Achievement Award. We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 award. Nominees should demonstrate a positive impact on a local, state, or national/international level and be of high integrity and character. The Founders Achievement Award is intended to recognize both longevity and consistency of accomplishment over one’s professional lifetime. Send your nomination(s) along with biographical information to Leah Whitaker in the Advancement Office. You can also help the Founders Society Program by donating to the Alumni Association of Evansville Day School. Your donation will help pay for travel and costs associated with hosting the annual Founders Society Luncheon. Send donations to: Advancement Office - EDS 3400 North Green River Rd. Evansville, IN 47715 Sincerely,
Laurel Mills (Quirey) 1982 Alumni Association President
3400 North Green River Road Evansville, IN 47715
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