Life at JTD
Student Voice

Greer Feick '01

John Thomas Dye is a school where I was just as excited to go every morning in sixth grade as I was on those magical mornings in kindergarten. There was never a day when I didn’t want to go to school. I honestly couldn’t wait for each day to begin. You get to know every nook and cranny so well it’s like a second home. The teachers really know and care about each student. I’m still good friends with my kindergarten teacher. Most of all, I have so many memories of good times at John Thomas Dye. I remember the tree I used to sit on and giggle in in second grade, my hideout in the office next to my third grade classroom, the greenhouse in fourth grade where I grew the only carrots I ever liked eating, because I grew them, the tree I planted next to the art room at environmental club in fifth grade, and finally being the graduating class this year and getting to lead the school in The Salutation of the Dawn and The Pledge of Allegiance. Every time you take the two big steps and shout “I” or “Listen” you think about how much this school means to all of us and how sad we’ll be to leave it. Just thinking that John Thomas Dye won’t be my school anymore makes me sad. It’s not just a school, it’s a place for hugging, laughing, joking with friends, helping others, bouncing balls, learning about Headstart and One Voice and thinking about how I want to make a difference in the world. It’s a place for tromping through the canyon in science class, reporting for the Flare, performing without fear in front of a welcoming audience at Music for Lunch Bunch, outdoing yourself for a Halloween costume, and running a campaign for student council elections. Even when I’m not at John Thomas Dye I’ve seen people who go to our school or have gone and think, “Oh, there’s someone in the family.”
Since I first started this school I’ve wanted a piece of myself left at John Thomas Dye, not a plaque or a picture, or even a brick, something more. Now I realize I have all my memories. I’ve heard people say that a long time from now you won’t remember a science lab, a book report, a math project, or a history project, or some other fun event, but I think I will. I’ve also heard the saying “time flies when you’re having fun”. This is certainly true of John Thomas Dye. It seems like only a week ago when I started sixth grade. Although I will be sad to leave John Thomas Dye, it will always be a part of me. I feel lucky to have grown up here. I will not forget when I go off to other schools and other places. I will show by the kind of person I am what the John Thomas Dye School really does mean.

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.