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: 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).

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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. 

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. 

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.

Desert Solitaire Presentations

Junior Canyonlands Solo and Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire go hand-in-hand for one of Sun Valley Community School's most treasured traditions.

The Arts Are Alive at SVCS!

More than 30 middle schoolers recently took to the stage for, yes, LIVE THEATER under the direction of the experienced creative team with  Megan Mahoney, Kevin Wade, Elle Lucas, and Julia Ott ‘20.

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