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  • Greyhound Spotlight: Judy Hirsch

    Lucy Fisher
    As we shared last Spring, Judy Hirsch, our beloved Director of Admissions, is retiring after nearly thirty years of service to The John Thomas Dye School. Judy has dedicated so much of her life to our community, and we are incredibly grateful for the time she has shared with us all. I recently had a chance to chat with her and reflect on her time here at JTD. 

    How has admissions changed during your tenure at JTD? 
     
    When I first started, we had a preschool that consisted of twelve students, most of them siblings. That meant about one hundred more applications for approximately one spot for a new student/family in the preschool class. I was sending ninety-nine out of one hundred non-accept decisions. Besides that, what do you know about a two and a half year old? Can they make themselves understood and can they go to the bathroom by themselves? I was interviewing all by myself for years until I was lucky enough five years ago to hire Olivia Mora as my Associate Director. She’s lovely and has been a terrific addition to our JTD Admissions Team. 
     
    Do you have a favorite JTD memory? 
     
    Probably, the year I did the Fair and was Old Dan Tucker in our skit where I got to hit Mr. Michaud over the head with a breakaway bottle! 
     
    What is your favorite JTD tradition? 
     
    This is a tie between the Fair and Candlelighting. I think I have every Fair t-shirt from the past forty years, including the one I did! It’s such fun and so full of happy energy. I’ve cooked hamburgers, made s’mores, and this year I’ll be making shakes in the Alumni Drink Booth, so come and see me!  Candlelighting is remarkable. Each year, I look at the faces of each child at JTD, lit by that little red “birthday” candle in that marshmallow and think of all the children that have experienced JTD over the years, all the good times and difficult ones, and wish each of our students everything good. It’s such a beautiful moment and…then I get to eat the marshmallow!
     
    What will you miss most about JTD? 
     
    Watching our students grow up from four and a half when I meet them, to twelve years and beyond. I’m so grateful to have been part of their lives.
     
    What are you most proud of in your time here at JTD? 

    Over the years I’ve been Director of Admissions we have become a wonderfully diverse community; ethnically, geographically, culturally, and economically. I’m also very proud of the fact that even if a family doesn’t receive an accept decision for their child, they have been treated with respect and compassion. It’s lovely to run into families that ended up at another school that will still say “hi” to me! 
     
    Do you have any advice for future Greyhounds and their families? 
     
    Enjoy the years you have at JTD. They go very, very quickly!
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  • Grade 2 Leads Black History Month Celebration

    Kate Merritt
    This February, as part of Black History Month, our Grade 2 students have delved into the study of Black history and then shared what they have learned with the entire student body.
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  • JTD to join Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair

    Kate Merritt
    Research shows that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment is critical to student success and a marker of educational excellence. One crucial component in creating such an environment is having a diverse faculty and staff that reflects the students we teach.
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  • Greyhound Spotlight: Judy Hirsch

    Lucy Fisher
    As we shared last Spring, Judy Hirsch, our beloved Director of Admissions, is retiring after nearly thirty years of service to The John Thomas Dye School. Judy has dedicated so much of her life to our community, and we are incredibly grateful for the time she has shared with us all. I recently had a chance to chat with her and reflect on her time here at JTD. 

    How has admissions changed during your tenure at JTD? 
     
    When I first started, we had a preschool that consisted of twelve students, most of them siblings. That meant about one hundred more applications for approximately one spot for a new student/family in the preschool class. I was sending ninety-nine out of one hundred non-accept decisions. Besides that, what do you know about a two and a half year old? Can they make themselves understood and can they go to the bathroom by themselves? I was interviewing all by myself for years until I was lucky enough five years ago to hire Olivia Mora as my Associate Director. She’s lovely and has been a terrific addition to our JTD Admissions Team. 
     
    Do you have a favorite JTD memory? 
     
    Probably, the year I did the Fair and was Old Dan Tucker in our skit where I got to hit Mr. Michaud over the head with a breakaway bottle! 
     
    What is your favorite JTD tradition? 
     
    This is a tie between the Fair and Candlelighting. I think I have every Fair t-shirt from the past forty years, including the one I did! It’s such fun and so full of happy energy. I’ve cooked hamburgers, made s’mores, and this year I’ll be making shakes in the Alumni Drink Booth, so come and see me!  Candlelighting is remarkable. Each year, I look at the faces of each child at JTD, lit by that little red “birthday” candle in that marshmallow and think of all the children that have experienced JTD over the years, all the good times and difficult ones, and wish each of our students everything good. It’s such a beautiful moment and…then I get to eat the marshmallow!
     
    What will you miss most about JTD? 
     
    Watching our students grow up from four and a half when I meet them, to twelve years and beyond. I’m so grateful to have been part of their lives.
     
    What are you most proud of in your time here at JTD? 

    Over the years I’ve been Director of Admissions we have become a wonderfully diverse community; ethnically, geographically, culturally, and economically. I’m also very proud of the fact that even if a family doesn’t receive an accept decision for their child, they have been treated with respect and compassion. It’s lovely to run into families that ended up at another school that will still say “hi” to me! 
     
    Do you have any advice for future Greyhounds and their families? 
     
    Enjoy the years you have at JTD. They go very, very quickly!
  • Grade 2 Leads Black History Month Celebration

    Kate Merritt
    This February, as part of Black History Month, our Grade 2 students have delved into the study of Black history and then shared what they have learned with the entire student body.
    Read More
  • JTD to join Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair

    Kate Merritt
    Research shows that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment is critical to student success and a marker of educational excellence. One crucial component in creating such an environment is having a diverse faculty and staff that reflects the students we teach.
    Read More
  • Books 'n Bears

    Kate Merritt
    This year, JTD once again collaborated with past parent, Pat Jackson, to provide books to Los Angeles inner city youth in a program started by Pat's daughter, JTD alumna Tiana Woolridge '05. 
     
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  • Helping our Children Navigate Big Feelings

    Rose Helm
    This week the Health Office reached a crisis situation. The entire community was notified, we all rallied together, and fortunately, all involved were deemed to be healthy and on the road to recovery. What was this crisis that had us all momentarily gripped in uncertainty, fear, and desperation? For once, it wasn’t COVID related; it wasn’t even a broken bone. Nurse Venick informed us that we had run out of ice packs!
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  • Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver visit JTD students

    Jessica Scott
    On Thursday, December 2, authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler (yes--THAT Henry Winkler!) visited Upper School students over Zoom.
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  • Celebrating Día de los Muertos

    Kate Merritt
    If you were to step foot into John Dye Hall on November 1, you would see a festive display of photos, candles, colorful flags, and decorated sugar skulls. Over the past few weeks, JTD students have been preparing an ofrenda for Día de los Muertos!
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  • Looking to the Future

    Rose Helm
    This is an incredibly exciting time to be a member of the JTD community. Now that our children are back on campus and we have resumed some of our normal community activities, we have started to see a return to what makes JTD such a special place for children, employees, and families. 
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  • JTD Launches Family Program

    Sigita Newsom
    For many years, JTD students in Grades 1 and 6 have benefitted from buddy partnerships, but in an effort to build community, starting this year ALL JTD students will have a buddy, and groups of buddies, along with JTD faculty and staff will form a family. 
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  • JTD Unveils New Mission Statement

    Kate Merritt
    Following a recommendation from our recent accreditation, the administration and Board of Trustees underwent a process of evaluating our Mission Statement. We convened a committee who thoroughly analyzed our existing Mission Statement, gathered feedback from our faculty and staff and Board of Trustees, and ultimately authored a new Mission Statement. 
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  • JTD Community Celebrates PRIDE Month!

    Kate Merritt
    At Morning Assembly on June 1, students in Grade 6 shared the importance of PRIDE month and the why we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the month of June. A few days later, we invited JTD students to honor our JTD LGBTQ+ families by adding rainbow accessories and rainbow colors to their school uniforms.
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  • Winner of the Wuersten Award for the Class of 2021

    A.J. Hernandez
    This year we congratulate Hayley Ross-Settineri '21!
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  • JTD alumna receives the 2021 Krevans Award in Pediatrics

    Kate Merritt
    JTD alumna Dr. Tiana Woolridge '05 was recently honored with the 2021 Krevans Award in Pediatrics at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The Krevans Award, named for the fifth chancellor of UCSF, is given annually to one intern in each specialty at ZSFG in recognition of "excellence in patient care, as exemplified by clinical competence, professional conduct, compassion for patients and outstanding interaction with all levels of staff, including peers."
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  • JTD Students' Commitment to Service

    Sigita Newsom
    A core tenet at JTD is our students' commitment to service in our community. Service learning is the invisible thread that links our classroom curriculum and community events to the world around us, whether locally or globally. While all our students participate in service learning projects in the classroom, some students participate in Service Learning Clubs. These clubs present an opportunity to link students' interests in social issues with action.
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  • The power of speaking one’s truth and acknowledging the experience of others

    Rose Helm
    Last night at the State of the School, I reflected on this past year and all of the events that have brought us together, as well as those that have pulled us apart. Of course, there was the literal isolation we experienced when we shut our campus doors in mid-March 2020. Nearly overnight we went from donning animal prints at the Special Event to being shuttered in our homes and glued to the news. We have seen events borne of fear and ignorance -- most recently with a rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes across the U.S. and here in Los Angeles -- that have caused harm to groups of people in our community and our nation, as well as our collective identity.
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  • Grade 4 students share innovative ideas at JTD Shark Tank

    Kate Merritt
    This week, Grade 4 students invited parents, teachers, and administrators to join them virtually for the School's very own version of "Shark Tank."  
     
    JTD students have been busy working in small groups to develop a concept for a new invention or service. They then wrote essays to describe their product, built conceptual websites to sell their ideas, developed logos and branding, and put together a presentation to sell their pitch to potential investors. 
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  • Green Thumbs Abound in Grade 4

    Kate Merritt
    Thirty years ago, Grade 4 teacher Joan Friedman piloted a garden program at JTD, inviting fourth grade students to study the living world by cultivating plants together. "The School built a greenhouse in back of my room, which is where we had our plants for many, many years," shares Mrs. Friedman. "Having it outdoors wouldn’t work because of the deer eating all the plants!" For decades, JTD students have loved these hands-on lessons, discovering which plants thrive (and which plants struggle!), battling pests, and reaping the benefits of their harvests.
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  • Kindergarten Students Release Butterflies

    Kate Merritt
    JTD Kindergarteners recently culminated their Planet Earth unit by releasing their painted lady butterflies into JTD garden. Students have been studying changes in the world around them--weather changes, the change of seasons, and life cycle changes. To accompany this unit of study, three weeks ago, Lower School science teachers Greg Dunbar and Molly Meek introduced the children to the new class pets--baby caterpillars!
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  • JTD launches "New Greyhound in Town"

    Kate Merritt
    Transferring to a new school can be hard. So this year, JTD launched "New Greyhound in Town," a group for new and former transfer students to connect! For most of the school year, this group of students has been meeting in a virtual Zoom Room over lunch once a month to play games, learn more about JTD, and have fun!
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  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 students learn about native plants for Earth Day 2021

    Kate Merritt
    On Earth Day, JTD Grade 1 and Grade 2 students learned about native plants in Science Class. Students used recycled paper and mixed native plant seeds into the paper to form native seed plants to plant at home.
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The John Thomas Dye School


11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.