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Words from Secondary

Words from Secondary

Mr. Jose Luis Menendez
Secondary Principal

Dear Secondary Families,  

CDS - Mr. Menendez 2022

We are less than four weeks away from the end of the school year.  When I stop to think about the school year, it is hard to believe that we are almost done with a whirlwind of the school year. 

Through our ups and downs this year, the focus in the secondary has always been on our students and their learning, both academically and socially.  We still have a month left of school and now is not the time to reminisce, we’ll save that for June.  Rather, it is time to make sure students are in high gear to finish out the school year demonstrating everything they have learned this year in their final assessments and projects. 

Our AP exams are over for our HS students and our MS MAP testing begins this coming Monday.  

Next week and the week after are also weeks full of events for our Secondary Community.  Please be sure to read through this newsletter so you won’t miss out on the important information surrounding these events.

As always, I thank you for your support and partnership in the education of your children.

Onward and Upward,




“A” week this week

We will begin with the "A "period this coming week.



MAP Testing to begin


Country Day School - MAP Testing

Starting Monday, May 16th, we will begin our MAP testing for our MS students. The testing will take place over the course of the morning on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with make-up testing taking place the following days.   The schedule of tests is below


May 16 Reading

May 17 Math

May 18 Language

Meet the new College Counselor, Mr. Gerardo de Vega May 16


We are excited to be introducing Mr. de Vega to the CDS community this coming Monday in the LRC at 8:30 am.  Mr. de Vega will be here to meet with parents and students as he begins his transition to his new role come August.

Country Day School - Meet the new College Counselor


COVID Vaccination Drive and Blood Drive May 16

We will be holding a COVID Vaccine drive and a blood drive this coming Monday.  All the information for each drive can be found in the general section of this week’s newsletter.

Country Day School - HS Blood Drive 2022 Country Day School - Ministry of Health Authorization Slip

NHS Induction Ceremony, Tuesday, Tuesday, May 17, 12:10-1:30 pm


Country Day School - NHS

This coming Tuesday we will be inducting our newest members into the CDS Chapter of the National Honor Society.  These students have demonstrated abilities in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  The following students will be inducted this Tuesday:

John S.

Gabriel N.

Dayoung S.

Cristina Z.

Lihi G.

Yarin G.

Carmen G.

José Daniel G.

Carlos G.

Anna L.

Emma G.

Ava H.

Mariano H.

Ebba H.


World Fundraiser Choir Concert for Children Wednesday, May 18th, 6:00 pm in the Theater


Country Day School - Choir concert 2022

Come join us for our first choir performance of the school year as our choir puts on a choir concert to raise funds for humanitarian relief in Ukraine.  This concert was born out of one of our MS student’s desire to help the children who have been displaced from their homes due to the war in Ukraine.  

The concert will be held in the theater at 6:00 pm.

Country Day School - Sports Banquet 2022


Date:  Tuesday, May 24

Time:  6:00 pm

Place: CDS Theater

Free for all varsity athletes


Cost for parents and friends ¢10,000 colones if paid by Friday, May 13.  If payment is done after May 13 or the night of the event, the cost is ¢15,000 colones.

Payment must be done at the business office or via transfer to the CDS account.
Dress code: Semiformal (no sandals, blue jeans, or cargo shorts allowed)

Country Day School Theatre on May 25th & 26th, at 6:00 pm. 


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Come and meet the new Secondary School Principal, Brain Balding, Friday, May 27

Mark your calendars to stop by campus for a meet and greet of our new Secondary School Principal on May 27th.  You will have an opportunity to meet and hear from Brian during a parent town hall.  This will also be an opportunity to meet our new Director of Teaching and Learning, Liz Cotter.  We will send out more information regarding this event as we draw closer to May 27.


Last Day for Seniors and Final HS Assembly, May 27


Last Day of Senior Year Sign Class of 2022 Sign Printable | Etsy

Our final HS assembly will be held Friday, May 27 from 12 pm-1:30 pm in the Theater.  Students will hear the final Senior Speech of the year, followed by celebrating our seniors and they enter into their final week preparing for Graduation.


HS Academic Awards, Wednesday, June 1


Academic Awards Night! | Morse High School

We are back in person for our annual HS Academic Awards.  The awards ceremony will take place from 12:00-2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1.  The school is beginning to contact parents of students who are earning an award that day.


Country Day School - HS Graduation banner 2022

Our seniors will be graduating under the lights Thursday, June 2 in the Gymnasium at 6:00 pm. 

HS Final Exams


Senn High School

Below is the final exam schedule for HS students at the end of the year.  Exams will be 2 hours in length with a review session time after exams are finished each day.  There will be no special transportation for exam days.  Students will be able to be picked up after 1:15 pm each day or ride the bus at 3:00 pm.  

Monday, June 6th

H Period Classes  8:15

F Period Classes 11:15

Tuesday, June 7th


D Period Classes 8:15

A Period Classes 11:15

Wednesday, June 8th 


E Period Classes 8:15

B Period Classes 11:15

Thursday, June 9th


Make-up exams


For more information contact Mr. Menendez

José Luis Menendez