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San Domenico School News & Events

A Message from our Head of School

Dear San Domenico Community Members, 

I just finished looking back on photos from the many year-end celebrations and it is with immense gratitude that I thank each and every student, parent, guardian, teacher, specialist, coach, Dominican Sister, Trustee, and staff member who contributed to maintaining the strength of our School during this most unusual time. 

In reflection, I think of the Charles Dickens quote from A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” There were wildfires and PG&E public safety power shut offs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tragic reminders that our nation must do more to address the ongoing racial injustice that has plagued our country since before we were a nation. Concurrently, there were also daily examples of care, compassion, and resilience within our exceptional SD community. 

The creative teaching and learning, generosity, and collaboration that I witnessed during this shelter in place time gave me great pride in our School: our teachers' unwavering commitment to their students as well as our parents' and guardians' unwavering commitment to their children and our program. I invite you to read the below news stories, just a few year-end examples of our teachers’ and students’ tremendous accomplishments in a time of unforeseen challenge.

We have all been tested in various ways these last few months and I hope the summer break brings you a chance to find some time for rejuvenation and regeneration. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available from the Marin County Office of Education and as state and national health directives impact details of our fall planning. We will also continue to open doors of inquiry and conversation about what we can do to stand in solidarity with our most vulnerable community members. The times remind us that challenges old and new present themselves unexpectedly, demanding our attention and care, and it is only through joint effort and collaboration that we come through such times stronger together. 

Thank you, once again, to our SD families, for choosing San Domenico as your partner in education. As we make plans to return to campus in August, we are doing everything with your children's well-being - physically, emotionally, and educationally - at the forefront. Until then, be well and know how excited we are to see you back on campus soon! 

All my best,

Cecily Stock '77, M.A., J.D.
Head of School


Hola! A Virtual Visit with First Grade Spanish Class

LS Spanish teacher Senora Ximena Bervejillo engages students learning about which animals live where - en Espanol!

Senior Alexa D. Launches Classof2020 Instagram Feed

To celebrate her classmates, this inspired scholar athlete continues to inspire others even in SIP mode.

Two SD Seniors Honored by The Marin Athletic Foundation

Max Ray and Isabella Engler were both recipients of the 2020 Eva and Mario Ghilotti Outstanding Student Athlete Awards, with Isabella also receiving the scholarship award.

SD Students and Teachers Sharing the Caring

We highlight three stories of our SD community hard at work on behalf of others.

US Art 2 Students Take on the Getty Art Challenge

Carina Ybarra’s art students find inspiration from famous art to create their own interpretations using materials found at home. 

US Science Students Create Cartesian Divers

Mr. Berry's science students bring Archimedes' Principle to life.

Middle School Sends A Message of Belonging

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students created a message of love and belonging for the SD community during this time of Distance Learning. 

ROSE Project Spotlight: Senior Hannah Kaye on the Importance of Nutrition

An inspiring reflection from one of our seniors, who turned a personal challenge into purposeful work with the Ceres Community Project. 

Google Hangout with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

SD Students, in collaboration with Menlo School, had an opportunity to (virtually) meet Justice Breyer and discuss civil rights.

Virtuoso Students Play Tchaikovsky

Under the direction of Ann Krinitsky, Virtuoso program students collaborated across the air waves for a magical performance of Tchaikovsky’s "Serenade for Strings".

Second Graders Head Outdoors for Poetry Class

Enjoy this sweet video of our creative Second Graders as they read their poems, about nature, in nature.

Freshman Portfolios Illustrate Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Social Studies project examines student’s creative reactions to living in the time of a worldwide pandemic.

A Simple Exercise to Practice Positivity and Gratitude for a Healthy Mind

Baseball Coach, Austin Byler, practices gratitude on a daily basis, and shares his advice with us.

Middle School's Weekly Zoomptopia Meetings

Enjoy this peek into a recent Zoom meeting, where anything can happen from a collage of teachers’ baby photos to Crazy Hat Day!