Thursday saw an extravaganza of the Fine Arts at CDS as the music and drama students of CDS Middle and High School performed. Included above is the close of the music concert and the full concert is avaliable by following this link. Great thanks are due to Mr. Tolley and Ms. Nortier for their work preparing the students with the help of Ms. Van Liew and Ms. Menzels.
The Phoenix Girls Varsity Basketball Team hosted KKFS Merlins on December 14, 2016, for a chance to win their first game heading into the winter break. With exams on their plate, Tuesday was an optional practice which saw 8 out of 14 girls show up. In that practice, coaches implemented a few new tactics and strategies on both the defensive and offensive ends with the purpose to out duel the Merlins’ strong fast break winning strategy. However, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! On game day, without the coaches having to coordinate the warm-up for the girls, they took the stage themselves with great confidence and maturity. From the tip-off, the girls set their minds right by enforcing a strong ‘star defence’ formation that limited the Merlins’ opportunities to get an easy buckets. If the girls were to lose, they would only do so by allowing the other team to shoot over them, resulting in many defensive rebounds and fast break opportunities which they converted on. On the offensive end, the girls worked as a single unit and displayed phenomenal passing with great pass fakes and finding the open teammate. The new tactics and strategies the girls learned just a day before the game, was seen against KKFS, showing their willingness and diligence to learn quickly and believe in what they are learning will help them win. This resulted in all players being aggressive with their attacks to the basket and finding ways to score. Especially Hyewon Hong (grade 11), who finally turned on her jets to find her shooting stroke and rhythmically style of play leading to 26 of the 34 points scored, possibly a CDS historic single game scoring record by any girl that has played for the Phoenix Varsity Girls Team. Let’s ride this momentum into the new year. Girls, now that your game is over, you can celebrate all you want! Stay focused, stay in shape, and have a great Christmas break. Go Phoenix!
Coach Pantano and Parmar
This year Middle school Social Studies teacher Mr. Harris hosted the Ceremony and Dalton Hall was packed to near capacity. The capacity is 429 and with 371 students now at CDS we are getting close to leaving no seats for teachers!
On Wednesday the Phoenix Varsity girls team ventured to KKFS for their first of three games before the season’s pause for winter break. The game started rough, ending the first quarter with CSD having landed only one basket- despite a number of shots taken. Our posts stood strong throughout all four quarters with a number solid rebounds coming from juniors Hojung and Julie (Hyeji), but the multiple fast-breaks and steals executed by KKFS senior #14, also known as “Nugget”, had the numbers stacking up against us. With a few switches to our defensive positioning in the end, the Phoenix's were able to raise their numbers with a few baskets- ending the game with a loss of 23-12. Ultimately our fatigued Phoenixes could not hold their own against the attentive Merlin offense. We are hopeful that all the hard work seen during our recent practices can be put into place as we head to Uijeongbu on Friday to face off against ICS-U.
On December 7th, the Phoenix of CDS took on the Merlins of KKFS in their 4th basketball match of the season. The game had been circled on the calendar for quite some time. Kent senior Aaron Bell had been ranked all season in the KAIAC Top 10, topping out at #2 prior to the match. CDS had carefully developed a gameplan to try and limit the player who had dropped 43 points in his previous contest. Sophomore guard Jace Kang drew the defensive assignment and limited him to just 8 points through three quarters. With other KKFS players stepping up to hurt the Phoenix, and down 30-40, Dalton used a full-court press to try and swing momentum in their favor to start the 4th quarter. Despite outscoring the Merlins 19-16 in the 4th, the Phoenix ran out of gas in the end and lost by a final score of 49-56. The Phoenix were lead by sophomore guard Phillip Yoon who had 20 points (a new career high), 7 steals and 5 assists. The #5 ranked player in KAIAC, CDS senior center Caleb Kim, chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The team plays next on Friday, when they hit the road bound for Uijeongbu and a matchup with the Eagles of ICS-U.
On the final day in November, CDS played host to Dwight School of Seoul in a rematch of last years KAIAC White Division championship game. There was plenty of energy in the building, left over from from the pep rally earlier in the day and the two previous games- both of which went to overtime. Even 2016 Mr. Phoenix himself, recently graduated senior and former basketball team captain, Yun Sang “YS” Jeon made an appearance to support the team. Despite the positive vibes hanging in the air the team came out sluggish in the opening half, surrendering 21 first half offensive rebounds to the Lions of Dwight, 14 alone in the first quarter. Determined to fight until the very end, or at least until every last drop of sweat left his body, team co-captain Jace “Big Air” Kang was sidelined due to severe dehydration which required hospitalization after the game. With their co-captain on the sidelines and the game very much still in the balance Phoenix senior center and co-captain Caleb “King Kong” Kim rose to the occasion. He grabbed control of the game with a flurry of defensive stops converted into buckets in the 3rd quarter while showing a combination of brute force and finesse that has never before been seen at CDS. With the score tied in the 4th quarter and Caleb Kim carrying the team on his shoulders sophomore Phillip “The Phenom” Yoon (14 points, 10 steals, 8 assists) pushed the Phoenix ahead with a series of impressive plays in the backcourt. When the dust finally settled- around 9:00pm- the Phoenix players rose victorious from the ashes in a triumph that brought hope to all who have ever been held down or humiliated. The revenge of last years defeat left a sweet taste in the mouth of all the fans and CDS members proud to call themselves Phoenix on this day. In the 54-46 victory, Caleb Kim had set two new school records with 31 points and 27 rebounds- numbers that may never be matched by any player ever again. The undefeated 2-0 Phoenix will see their next action on December 7th when they travel to Kent to take on the undefeated 2-0 Merlin's of KKFS and the #3 ranked player in KAIAC, Aaron Bell, in a game that is sure to be a war. Let’s go Dalton!
Our annual Winter Concert will take place Thursday, December 15th at 6:00pm in Dalton Hall. On behalf of all the student performers and the Fine Arts staff, we would like to personally invite you to attend the performance. The program will feature a variety of ensembles from the Middle and High School, including the Beginning String Quintet, Beginning Band, High School Quartet, Middle and High School Choirs, and the CDS Orchestra. Following the Music concert, we will also see a performance put on by the High School Drama Department at 7:30pm.
We are excited to share these performances with you, which showcase the effort and ability of our students. We hope you will be able to attend the concert! However, if you are unable to attend the concert in person, but would like to watch the performance, we will be live streaming the performance. Please click the following link to watch the performance: Dec.15th CDS Winter Concert. Feel free to share this link with other family and friends who are unable to attend the concert due to distance.
We hope you can join us in Dalton Hall on Thursday, December 15th for the Winter Concert!
On November 30th, the Phoenix varsity girls basketball team hosted their first home game against powerhouse division rival, Dwight. Following an intense and focused warm-up session, the girls were off to a strong start with a press that led to a 6-2 lead. Dwight adjusted and passed the ball around well to sneak by the girls’ ferocious defense that chewed away at their lead. However, Phoenix settled down as they themselves started to pass the ball around on the offensive end converting on many scoring opportunities, including free throws. Two simple adjustments of faking a pass and doing a bounce pass into the post made the game close, which eventually turned into an OT thriller. The girls intensified their ferocious defence creating Dwight turnovers to tie the game, but missing on an opportunity to take the lead. Consequently, Dwight came down with the rebound to score on a few plays later. The girls kept the pressure on trying to steal the ball only to see the clock trickle down and to hear the final buzzer go off signaling yet another close but hard fought loss. Each week they to continue to show signs of improvement. Keep at it...never give up!
Coach Pantano and Parmar
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