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. 

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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.