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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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  • 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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  • 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 beautiful mosaic of students we teach. As such, we are participating in the third annual Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair 2021 to recruit faculty, staff, and administrators from underrepresented groups. More than 50 independent schools in Los Angeles are participating.
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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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  • Beloved Director of Admissions, Judy Hirsch, will retire at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

    Rose Helm
    Today we share the news that our beloved Director of Admissions, Judy Hirsch, will be retiring at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

    Judy’s involvement with JTD first began in the early 1980s as a parent to Annie ’88 and Charlie ’91. Having been a teacher before her children were born, Judy has always possessed a deep love of learning and a commitment to serving others.
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  • Students Support COVID-19 Relief

    Kate Merritt
    In this time where many of us were feeling so helpless, JTD alumna, Ava Croxall '16, was moved to do something more--to be a helper. Driven to support families who had been hit hardest by the pandemic, she started COVID Relief Care, a non-profit created to provide food, PPE, and baby supplies to families impacted by the pandemic.
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  • Career Day 2021 is a Huge Success

    Kate Merritt
    On Thursday, March 25, JTD Grade 6 students took a day away from their regular class schedule to participate in Career Day. 

    Students started their day with a talk with Jesse Billauer, who spoke to our sixth graders over Zoom about his journey from top junior surfer to quadriplegic. With the help of his family, friends, and his surfing community, Jesse was able to get back in the water and win the World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Jesse then founded Life Rolls On, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with various disabilities. His resilience, determination, and optimism were truly inspirational. He shared with our students that their power is in their perspective, not in their circumstances.
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  • Author Margo Sorenson Speaks to Students

    Leigh Roberts
    What if magic glasses could allow us to see into each other’s imaginations? What if we watered the seeds of our ideas with curiosity to help them blossom into full-blown stories? Children’s book author and former English teacher, Margo Sorenson shared just how powerful our imaginations can be as she popped in for a virtual author visit this week.
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  • Complete Catharsis

    Rose Helm
    This past weekend, I cried for the first time in a long time. I’m sharing this not because I want sympathy or to say that I’m suffering any more than anyone else. I am blessed with health, a loving family, a supportive community, and a job that I am beyond grateful to have. Rather, I want to normalize the fact that sometimes we all become so overwhelmed that the only response is one of complete catharsis.
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  • Students Make Valentine's for Hospital Patients

    Kate Merritt
    This week our Service Learning Clubs hosted a community event to make valentines for the children and healthcare workers at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Our JTD students created over 170 beautiful cards! The cards were given to a JTD parent who works at the hospital and hand-delivered to patients and their families!
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  • Celebrating Childhood

    Rose Helm
    This week and next, our students will be participating in that favorite of February activities: exchanging valentines. I loved Valentine's Day as a kid—decorating my shoebox to bring to school, hoarding all the Conversation Hearts with the best messages, and delighting in what designs my friends would choose for their cards (Garbage Pail Kids or Strawberry Shortcake?). While we won’t have the shoeboxes this year, we still take time out of our regularly scheduled lessons to let our students participate in these childhood rites of passage.
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  • Notes from the School Counselor

    Erika Forsyth LMFT
    As we successfully welcome our students back to campus, we acknowledge and celebrate the hard work of our administration, faculty, and staff to make it all happen! The campus is filled with excitement and laughter from the students, and it almost feels like things are “back to normal.” For example, your child’s emotional and physical exhaustion at the end of the day/week may resemble his or her response to the first week of a typical school year in August/September. 
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  • Community-The Sixth C

    Rose Helm
    The energy on campus this week has been palpable. As I look out my window, I see students, with arms outstretched like airplanes, marching across the lawn to one of our outdoor specialist classes. Their teacher carries an iPad so our remote learners can “travel” with them to their next class. Balancing the remote and in-person experience simultaneously has been no easy task, but our teachers have worked hard to maintain the sense of community they worked so hard to cultivate all year.
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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.