As part of their transportation unit, our eager second graders took a science+social studies field trip to study various transportation systems in San Francisco.
In December 2018, students across grade levels celebrated “Computer Science Week” and “The Hour of Code” here at SF Day. The Hour of Code is a global movement that encourages every child to explore computer science for at least one hour. Coding is one aspect of computer science and helps develop the computational thinking skills of pattern recognition, algorithm design, abstraction, and problem decomposition. It’s collaborative, creative, and fun! At SF Day, we call it “Hour of Code and Beyond” since our students code throughout the year in integrated lessons designed in collaboration with classroom and subject-area teachers.
Students used a variety of tools and devices including: Osmo, Scratch Jr., Scratch, Hopscotch, Swift Playgrounds, Unruly Splats, and Code.org. Our coding and robotics lessons will continue into the new year and beyond.
We are getting ready for an action packed week of sports!
Our X-Country team got in a full week of practice last week as they primed themselves for a meet this week. The championship meet will be held on Monday, October 29. Please come out and support the group. They've been working hard all year long...and it's a crazy spectacle to see 200 runners at the starting line.
Our fifth grade volleyball team got their first chance to show their skills off to the home crowd against Hamlin on Monday. Sixth grade was also able to participate in action with a friendly game vs. Hamlin as well. The sixth grade team was able to celebrate with a win over Brandeis last week. Hopefully they can use this momentum to find themselves in the win column against Convent and Hamlin. If they do...they will be the one team nobody wants to play in the post season. JV can also make it to the playoffs with a sweep this week. Varsity looks to play the role of spoiler against two teams that are trying to make the playoffs.
JV Soccer split last week with a win at Head-Royce and a loss to Town. The team maintained consistent pressure on the HR defense winning 6-1. That win helped set up a battle for the #1 seed against Town. Unfortunately Town got the better of us with a couple tough goals in the first half that derailed the game. This week they face Cathedral with the #2 seed in the playoffs on the line. I sense that there will be another meeting between Town and SF Day...this time with a trophy on the line. Varsity had a frustrating week with losses to Head-Royce and Town. Both games saw the Phins dominate the ball. Crossbars, posts, and stubbed toes were abound as getting into good scoring positions has rarely been a problem...finding the net has. But hope springs eternal as a win against Cathedral can re-ignite the fire for the season with the potential for a big push into the playoffs. Good luck to our players!
In honor of National Arts and Humanities month, our first all-school assembly of the year featured six SF Day alumni artists. An actor, a video producer, an installation artist, a watercolorist, a jewelry designer, and a florist shared their journeys of becoming artists in their own rights, discussing how they worked on their crafts, handled mistakes, and learned to embrace the unexpected, which can make something even more beautiful! Thank you to Sarah Hayon '91, Eric Wong '93, Ariel DeAndrea '96, Emily Proud '00, Lena Yesowitch '03, and Sammy Go '04 for inspiring our students with your stories!
Hey Phins Fans! Our fall sports season keeps moving along...here's the latest:
Varsity and JV boys soccer teams will be in action twice this week. Each match is critical in the march to the playoffs. We have a mid-week tilt in Oakland and then finish the week with a match against the Town Tigers. We are rooting for both teams to remain in the realm of the undefeated.
Volleyball continues our home stand as the girls teams host Brandeis this week. The teams have been a part of so many thrilling three-set matches this year...we are looking to turn the worm to get into the victory column. Please stop by and cheer on our teams at school tomorrow afternoon!
X-Country ran a successful meet against the Schools of the Sacred Heart. We narrowly lost to Convent with our top finishers running a solid race (#3 - Julia, #4 - Pippa, #7 - Ava, #11 - Brenna, #12 - Sophie). The boys were a juggernaut vs. Stuart Hall with a 23-33 victory. The team was led by #1 - Ryan, #2 Mark D., #5 - Travis, #6 - Patrick, #9 - Christopher.
We are so proud of our student athletes - please continue to support them with a word of encouragement or high-five in the halls. Go Phins!