Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our 8th grade graduates!

We are very proud of each of you – and we wish you the best as you continue your education in high school.

In addition, congratulations to our kindergarten and prekindergarten graduates and our fifth grade students who were promoted to middle school!

Students Enjoy Cinco de Mayo Activities Led by Our Spanish Teachers

Senora McDonald and Senora Elsa organized a wonderful Mexican celebration to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Middle school students helped with the activities while prekindergarten through fifth grade students participated in them.

Our Spanish teachers talked about the Cinco de Mayo battle and why and how the day is celebrated around the world. The students played traditional Mexican games like “Loteria” and “Cola al Burro”, and they also got creative by making mustaches and paper flowers, took funny pictures and danced “la Macarena”.

Senora Elsa says, “It was really fun!” 

By the looks of these pictures, we definitely agree!

Former TCDS Student to Hold Special Dress Down Day Friday for “Kena’s Kits”

This Friday, May 4, we will have a special Dress Down Day!

Liam Johnson, a TCDS alumni, is currently a freshman at Sahuaro High School. His brother Aiden is in eighth grade at TCDS, and his mother Mrs. Johnson is a guest teacher at our school.

As an Eagle Scout, Liam came up with a wonderful project for children who have cancer and are in the hospital – and he approached TCDS administration to see if our school could help with funding this project.

Liam writes…

“My name is Liam Johnson, and I am working on my Eagle Scout Project.   I am making comfort kits for children who are in the hospital fighting cancer. I decided on the name Kena’s Kits, because I followed a little girl’s journey from the day she was diagnosed to the day she passed away.  I have gotten permission from Kena’s family to use her name and images for my project.  My cousin was also diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on the same day as Kena and is currently in remission. 

While following Kena’s and my cousin’s story, I learned a lot about what families go through, and I wanted to do something that makes their life a little easier or their stay feel more like home.

The bags are from ThirtyOne and are extremely durable.  With the funds raised from the Dress Down Day, I will be filling the bags with age appropriate items such as:

Chap stick      Stuff Animals      Lipstick Gum        Window Clings      Soft blankets String to make bracelets       Cozy Socks     Soaps               Hard Candies        Journals         Nail polish       Any age appropriate toys/items –baby to 16 Coloring books          Crossword puzzles       Games – that can be played from bed             Comics          Action figures           Rubik’s cubes           Stress balls                   Model magic            Joke books/Mad Libs             Silly Putty

I have contacted Diamond Children’s Hospital here in Tucson, Arizona, where the bags will be donated.  They are so excited for this project and are looking forward to see how many Kits I can assemble. If you are wanting to help sponsor a bag or fillers, you can make an additional donation at or feel free to share with family and friends.”

Below, from left to right, (top) 1) Liam holds a Kena’s Kits bag, 2) The Kena’s Kits were named after Kena.                                                                                                    (middle) 3) Some of the items which will go into a Kena’s Kits bag, 4) Kena’s Kits bag,                                                                                                                                        (bottom)5) Liam has already been able to purchase several items to put in some Kena’s Kits bags.




Our 50th Celebration of TCDS & Camp Adventure – in Pictures!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 50th Anniversary Celebration – we had a great turnout during this Open House, Reunion and STEAM Fair!

It was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside on our school’s 10-acre campus playing with giant volleyballs and slingshots; watching our Band, Choir and Drama Club perform; checking out the fabulous artwork; taking part in multiple arts, science, technology and 50th-related activities; and so much more!

It was amazing to mingle with our current Champions, alumni Champions and guest Champions! Alumni from the FIRST graduating class at TCDS all the way to future young students turned out for the 50th Celebration. Thank you! It was an incredible day for all!

Thank you Ms. Wendy for capturing these great moments on camera.

A Welcome, Scavenger Hunt Opportunity and a Picture Walk Timeline 



Memories with TCDS Founder, CEO and President Mr. Richard Cooper



Capturing pictures and discussing memories with some TCDS Alumni Champions, Current Champions and Guest Champions




Try out the giant slingshot with squishy balls soaked in water!




Onto the boats – Students made them, and now let’s see if they float!



Time Capsule with Mr. Kievit



Let’s Make Oobleck with Ms. Heaton and Mrs. Culbertson!




Photo Booth Fun



Playing a game of Giant Volleyball



It’s time to paint rocks – to take home and for our school’s Legacy Garden!Check out the wide variety of colored rocks!  Mr. Krause headed up this activity.



STEM Demonstrations and great make-and-take activities



We had wonderful Science Fair projects!



Second through eighth grade students have been putting their creative skills on paper and creating amazing art work! Mrs. Phelps and Ms. Paradis worked with volunteers to display artwork in the MPR for an incredible Art Show! 



Several middle school students spent part of their summer and a lot of time this school years constructing this amazing 3-D model of our school! WOW – very impressive!



“Art in the Dark”

Preschool and Prekindergarten teacher Ms. S hosted “Art in the Dark” – a glow in the dark, shadowy and fun STEAM event. Ms. S had a black light and students painted and drew pictures with fluorescent colors. The fluorescent light picks up the UV rays, therefore allowing artwork to glow in the dark!

On the other side of the classroom, kids and adults got to do some hands-on work with the light blox set. The light blox are colored flashlights that show red, green and blue, and they mix to make new colors. 

Next up, attendees had fun at another center playing with shadows and distance. Families got to use lenses that they could bend the light with and change the direction of where to shine the light. 



Orchestra, Band, Choirs and Drama Club took turns performing captivating performances.


Once again, thank you to all of our TCDS students, families, teachers, staff, alumni Champions and guest Champions for making Tucson Country Day School’s 50th Celebration incredible for everyone!