Cutthroat Chronicles

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The Sun Valley Community School Blog featuring stories from our Elementary, Middle and Upper Schools. It's a behind-the-scenes look at life as a Cutthroat. 

In the Classroom: 2nd Grade Brings Biography Project to Life

In early February, Tricia St. George’s 2nd grade class welcomed 21 famous folks from the past AND the present. Think Annie Oakley, superstar Beyonce, actress Marilyn Monroe, former US presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, and yes, current USA Olympic ice hockey phenom Hilary Knight.

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In the Classroom: 2nd Grade Brings Biography Project to Life

In early February, Tricia St. George’s 2nd grade class welcomed 21 famous folks from the past AND the present. Think Annie Oakley, superstar Beyonce, actress Marilyn Monroe, former US presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, and yes, current USA Olympic ice hockey phenom Hilary Knight.

ES Arts: I Wish A Wish

In Brazil, they are called Bahia Bands, which are basically wish bracelets. The bands have a rich history spanning over 200 years and have recently become more popular throughout the world. Thought to bring the wearer good luck, each band’s color conveys a message or a desire. And now, at SVCS, ES and MS art teacher Cara Frost has brought this beautiful international tradition to the Elementary School, where students have been expanding their understanding of weaving with a symbolic weaving of wishes.

Alumni Panel 2022: Meet Our Alumni Panelists!

Our College Counseling Department recently hosted the annual Alumni Panel, a longstanding tradition where SVCS alumni speak to current students about their experience in college. The ups, the downs, the challenges, and of course, the ways in which their experience at Sun Valley Community School helped them as they navigate the college world. This year’s panel included Christine DuFur ‘19 (Sarah Lawrence College), Eden Rose ‘21 (Tulane University), Crosby Boe ‘21(Davidson College), and Jasper Mott ‘20 (USC). Each of these students brought their own experiences to the panel from transferring to doing a semester abroad. They encouraged Cutthroats to keep an open mind, that it’s ok to change your mind, described the process of declaring a major, and that there are different pathways for everyone! We caught up with Eden, Crosby, and Jasper to find out more.

Senior Cutthroats Receive Academic Recognition

Two Sun Valley Community School seniors recently received academic recognition. Sun Valley Community School senior Maria Mendoza was recently named a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Cooke College Scholarship and senior Ben Colbeck was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

US Performing Arts: "Much Ado About Nothing" Takes on the 80s

And that’s a wrap! Sun Valley Community School’s Upper School recently brought one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, to Sun Valley Community School’s stage February 10-12. But this wasn’t your typical Bard performance; director Kevin Wade ‘06 brought new life to this classic Shakespearian comedy by updating the story to take place in the 1980s and audiences could not get enough. 

Chase Josey '13: Beijing Update!

Congratulations to SVCS/SVSA alum Chase Josey '13 who was recently named to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Chase will compete in the snowboard halfpipe. To honor Chase’s achievement, some of his fellow Cutthroats embarked on a letter writing campaign with words of encouragement. These creative words of congratulations were sent to him in Beijing as a part of a care package. 

Residential Program Spotlight: Big Mountain Athletes + Roomies Addison and Eloise

Freshman Cutthroats Addison Featherman and Eloise Hogan have more in common than just being in the same grade. Both are Sun Valley Ski Academy boarding students in their first year at SVCS; they compete for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundations’ Big Mountain team and yes, they are roommates. Addison hails from Crested Butte, Colorado, while Eloise counts the Big Apple as home. We sat down with both to find out why they joined Sun Valley Community School, what life is like in the dorm and on the mountain, and overall, and what they’ve learned from each other.

In The Classroom: Middle School Goes Beyond Tolerance

What does it mean to go beyond tolerance? Students in Joel Vilinsky and Kira Faller’s 7th grade class have recently been diving into the ideas of tolerance and going beyond it during their recent Beyond Tolerance Project, which explores the roots of intolerance in a subject chosen by each student and asks the students to investigate and understand how to move past intolerance and beyond a hard-earned tolerance to acceptance, empathy, and understanding.

In The Classroom: Meet US Math Teacher Jud Ford

Upper School Math Teacher Jud Ford joined the Cutthroat faculty last August. The Connecticut native, math fanatic, outdoor enthusiast, and married father of two grown children most recently taught at the American International School Chennai in India, where he served as the Math Department Chair. Here+There sat down with Jud to learn more about how he got to SVCS, his reflections about living in India, what he’s looking forward to experiencing as a Cutthroat, and his approach to teaching (and how he joined in on the Pineapple tradition).

Service Spotlight: Talking Giving Back with Simone Tumolo '26

Giving back to others on a regular basis is what we like to call inspiration. Eighth-grade Cutthroat Simone Tumolo is just that: she has been volunteering her time since 1st grade, but it wasn’t until 6th-grade summer that she realized she had a passion for it. 

US: Boys' Basketball Seniors Reflect

For many of the players, basketball has been a big part of their time as a Cutthroat. All six co-captains have played since middle school, with five of the six playing for Community School since then. The varsity squad has 8 seniors on the roster this year who enter the season with hopes, dreams and memories.

MS: Drama Festival Returns

Raise the curtains! The 24 Hour Drama Fest was such a success in 2020 that it returned to the Cutthroat stage December 10. This year’s performance did not disappoint, and in the words of the students, was imaginative, fun, and collaborative.

Creative Arts Academy Spotlight: Q+A with Seniors and Freshmen Cutthroat Thespians

November’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical featured nearly 40 Upper School thespians. Performing on stage is never easy, but with each experience comes lessons learned and confidence gained. For seasoned seniors Priya Merchant and Emma Desserault, the musical marked one of their last performances as a Cutthroat. For freshmen Ida Belle Gorby and Elyse Duffield, the production was her first as an Upper Schooler.

In The Classroom: Media Arts

Lights, camera, action! Yes, for those students interested in pursuing the media arts—think video cameras, creative writing, and storytelling—look no further than US Media Arts teacher Michelle DeLateur’s classes.

Parents' Association 2021-22 Calendar Highlights

Heading into the 2021-22 school year, Parents’ Association co-presidents Hollis von Summer and Kristen Dittami have worked diligently to continue building community through innovative ways, while at the same time taking advantage of opportunities to gather safely in person. 

Sun Valley Ski Academy Celebrates 10 Years!

Time flies. It was 10 years ago that Sun Valley Ski Academy launched. The founding was an act of terrific courage and vision and for that we are grateful. Here's to those who made SVSA a world-class program for student-athletes to pursue their passion for snowsports while also having a full high school experience. Our Winter 2022 issue of Here+There includes a feature about the founding of SVSA written by Cutthroat and SVSA alum Annie Pokorny '11.

OLA: Orienteering Event 2021

As part of their Wilderness Navigation Class’ final exam and an Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA) requirement, Sun Valley Community School's OLA students hosted their annual Orienteering Event this year in November drawing close to 75 participants of all ages racing in two categories to the finish line.