Madison Country Day School has been chosen as a top school for NBC 15′s Share Your Holidays Food Drive for 2013, an annual event focused on driving donations of meals from schools and businesses across the Madison area. The school donated a total of 2,478 meals, or 6.81 meals per student, placing it second among area schools in per capita donations, an achievement that every member of the MCDS community worked hard to accomplish: one student even accepted extra donations in lieu of gifts at his recent birthday party.
The city-wide food drive raised a grand total of over two million meals , all of which will be handled and distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank, southern Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organization, which serves over 140,000 hungry people each year.
The Madison Country Day School Boys Basketball team claimed the first victory of the program’s short history on Wednesday night with a 35-23 home win over Johnson Creek.
The program is in its second year, and while every player on the team is enrolled at MCDS, they play as a part of an athletic co-op with Abundant Life Christian School. The team was winless in their inaugural season, but that didn’t dull the dedication of any of the players: every member of the 2012-2013 team that is still enrolled at MCDS came back for this year’s campaign, and worked harder than ever; it’s that work ethic that’s made an impression on Athletics Director Jeremy Clements. “I know how much work these guys put in…during the summers coming in, every Saturday morning,” he said, speaking the day after the victory. “We have a good amount of dedicated student athletes here. As a collective team, I think this team is more dedicated as a whole group.
That dedication became more and more apparent as the season went on, even as the pressure to record their first win built, something Head Coach Bob Camosy compared to a “500 lb. gorilla” that was “lifted off the team’s back” as soon as the final buzzer sounded Wednesday night.
But even as the pressure dissipates, the program certainly isn’t resting on its laurels. Clements noted that “It’s one win, now we have to move forward,” adding that his goals for MCDS Basketball in the coming years include teams, both boys and girls, that are completely independent, and compete only under their own name with no need for a co-op.
It’s a young program with a promising future, and if its players and coaches continue to work as hard as they have over the past few months, they’ll be celebrating countless more wins to come.
It’s time once again for the Madison Country Day School Winter Concerts. On the evenings of Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 Lower and Middle and High School students will bring a celebration of festive music to the MCDS stage. Ten ensembles will perform a repertoire of holiday music over two nights in the MCDS Gym, and all are welcome. So join us for the Lower School concert on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. and for the Middle/High School concert on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. and start your holiday season in song!
MCDS is proud to announce that MCDS Athletics will include two new sports next school year: Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball. Boys Soccer will be part of our cooperative with two area high schools while Girls Basketball will be an MCDS independent team. Head over to our athletics page or contact Athletics Director Jeremy Clements for more information on MCDS Athletics.
The 2013 Middle/High School Musical was a great success. This year, MCDS produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the recipient of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. The sparkling performances of so many students, along with the dedicated work of MCDS faculty and volunteers, helped MCDS Theater take another huge step forward.
A dedicated group of parent and student volunteers joined members of our faculty and staff during the MCDS Open House on November 16. We’d like to thank a moment to thank all of those MCDS community members who took time out of their weekend to help us connect with new families. Seeing so many enthusiastic volunteers giving their time to our school makes the difference for so many potential families. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
For three weeks in early November, the students of MCDS showed how generous they can be as gifts of pocket change and volunteer time poured in. The Fundraiser took on something of a new face this year, with three different events planned, one for each devision. The Big Hairy Social was a chance for our Middle School students to spend an evening playing games, dancing, and eating pizza after a week of pledging donations. The Big Hairy Caper was a week-long game played by High School students for the right to choose Head of School Luke Felker’s wig for a week, and our youngest students spent the last week of the Fundraiser guessing at Mr. Felker’s Big Hairy costume. The Big Hairy Fundraiser was a great success, and helped demonstrate the incredible attitude that exists throughout the MCDS community. So, many thanks to those who pledged to give of their time or of their treasure to MCDS, we couldn’t ask for more supportive students.
While participating in this year’s WIAA State Cross Country championship, one MCDS athletes finished in 16th Place; the highest-ever finish for the school in that competition. The race in Wisconsin Rapids marked the second time this athlete competed at the State Finals. Click here for more information on MCDS Athletics.
MCDS is proud to announce the launch of our brand new website, a wonderful way for our community members to interact with the school and a beautiful new window for those we’re connecting with for the first time. There are several changes to both the website’s design and it’s structure, and as a way to make this transition easier for our users we’ve put together this Introduction to the New Website for your reference and planned a seminar and question and answer session open to all of our community members (stay tuned for details). So, please, take a look through the new digital face of MCDS, and enjoy!