A Spring Full of STEM, Basketball, and 50th Celebrations (May2019 Hill Rag)

A Spring Full of STEM, Basketball, and 50th Celebrations (May2019 Hill Rag)
Emily Prigg

Over spring break, middle school math teacher, Dr. Denise Smith, traveled to Detroit for the 4th Annual Convention of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Smith presented a workshop on "The PhD Rollercoaster," and led over 250 4th through 12th Graders on a "Black Gems in STEM" Treasure Hunt, an activity based on her workbook of the same name.

Dr. Smith also participated in the conference as a MATHCOUNTS coach and Future City mentor for the NSBE Jr. DMV Chapter, of which two CHDS 6th Graders are members. One CHDS 6th Grader traveled to Detroit and competed on both the MATHCOUNTS and Future City teams. Both teams came in 2nd place, and CHDS 6th Grader Jadyn earned a 4th place spot overall!

On May 4, the entire CHDS adult community, past and present, was invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary at a gala auction. Head of School Jason Gray and former Head of School Cemmy Peterson presented a short program honoring the many parents, students, teachers, staff, Board members, and community friends who contributed to the past and future success of Capitol Hill Day School.

In a bit of May Madness, on May 10, CHDS 8th Graders will go up against members of the Board, faculty, and staff in their annual basketball matchup. The Board/Faculty team had better be practicing because, in the 32 years of this tradition, the 8th Grade team has chalked up 23 wins!

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