May / June 2009
SPECIAL VISITORS TO CAMPUS INSPIRE OUR COMMUNITY
Julian Bond in Garver Gym
T and inspi-
the Civil Rights
palpable for CH
and parents when
Julian Bond spoke
to our commun-
ity in March.
Julian Bond, a
founding member of the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee and co-founder of the
Southern Poverty Law Center, engaged students
and faculty in a journey through key moments in
his development as a leader in the struggle for
equal rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including his
evolution from a young student watching events
unfold in Little Rock to an activist at the forefront
of voting drives and sit-ins. Luther King at Morehouse College and the the University of Virginia, where he currently
natural, easy quality of Dr. King’s interaction with teaches as a history professor, as an example of
Mr. Bond especially helped students experience the students. Campbell Hall students responded schools that can effectively educate and nurture
flavor of 1950’s America for a teenager, and the enthusiastically to Julian Bond’s own natural way students from all backgrounds, a critical need if we
way in which he moved from an avid viewer of with them, as well as his encouragement to meet are to continue to prosper as a nation.
“American Bandstand” to a supporter of the “Little the needs of their own time.
Rock Nine,” as they bravely stepped forward to Julian Bond bridged a generation gap as he
integrate the Arkansas high school. Mr. Bond’s When Mr. Bond spoke with parents, he reflected brought the experiences and advances of yesterday
talk helped students experience the gradual nature on our current condition as a country – from into our own dynamic present. And most impor-
of his development, as well as the various elements “Alabama to Obama,” and the ways in which we tantly of all, he inspired students, faculty and
that influenced his later decisions as a young still need to move forward as a culture committed parents to continue the fight for justice in this
college student confronting racism in the South. to equal rights for all its citizens, regardless of race, current moment – to become active, not passive, in
He also talked about his class with Dr. Martin ethnicity, or sexual orientation. He spoke about the challenges of our own time.
n April 20th the high school experienced an emotional Holocaust Remembrance Day program which
O included screening the award-winning documentary Swimming in Auschwitz. The film follows the
lives of six Jewish women and their experiences before, during and after World War II and, partic-
ularly, their imprisonment at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The screening was followed by a question
and answer period with Erika Jacoby, one of the Holocaust survivors depicted in the film, and Jon Kean, the
film’s writer and director.
Erika was liberated with her mother on May 8th, 1945. Together, they returned to their home in Hungary.
She came to New York where she married her husband Emil, a resistance fighter, in 1950. She worked as a
teacher before earning a graduate degree in social work. To this day, Erika, now 81, counsels Holocaust
Erika Jacoby (right) with her husband, Emil Jacoby survivors and is committed to telling her story personally as often as she can. She urged us all to honor and
and Jon Kean, writer/director, Swimming in Auschwitz. keep the stories alive for those who have no voice. It was truly an emotional and inspiring experience to have
her share her story with our community. (Erika is the author of I Held The Sun in My Hands.)
THE COTTAGE INDUSTRIES AROUND expertise as a result of working in the admission TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Full of Surprises!
office of an Ivy League college. While technically
COLLEGE PLANNING correct, what the author does not reveal is that she
by John Corona, Director of College Counseling was not a full time member of the admission office.
n any industry that involves financial oppor- She was the wife of a visiting professor who was
I tunity, there are always entrepreneurial spirits
who will find ways to get in on the action.
hired by the admission office to be a part-time
application reader (a very common practice among
Unfortunately, college planning is one of the many many colleges). There’s no question she learned a
examples. These days, parents can feel lot about the application review process, probably
overwhelmed by all of the services that are out more than is generally known by everyday people.
there and the frenzy and anxiety associated with But if you wanted to invest $150,000, how much
college planning: testing tutors, independent would you value the experience of someone who
counselors, summer programs, college guide worked in financial services on a part time basis for
books, essay writing guide books, etc. It can seem one year?
that there are those who would take advantage of At this time of year, we also hear from a number of
Sarah Lee, Pam Shriver, Sabrina Santamaria, Julian Bull
the stress that students and parents feel around this
parents who receive mailings about various
academic organizations, ready to acknowledge
their student’s significant achievements…for a fee.
T he 5th Annual Tennis Tournament raised over
$25,000 with proceeds benefiting the New
Building Fund. In addition to the competition, the
At our national professional association’s Recently, a student brought me the letter she tournament participants and spectators were
conference in Seattle this year, many of us were received at home from one organization. They treated to an entertaining exhibition doubles
amazed at what a circus the exhibitors’ area had would send her a certificate of achievement for match between CH sophomores Sarah Lee and
turned in to. College matching web sites had $60. This was a “one-time only fee” (sounds Sabrina Santamaria, the 2008 CIF Individual
mock dorm rooms set up to show how in touch strangely like a time share sales expression, right?) Doubles Tennis Champions, versus Headmaster
they were with today’s college student. Test prep and membership in this organization entitled the Julian Bull and CH tennis coach Steve Kuechel.
companies were giving away iPods. There was student to recognition by prestigious colleges and Tennis star Pam Shriver was in attendance, and drew
even a company there that had Guitar Hero demos members-only events. One such event was an the winners of the fabulous raffle prizes including
available for conference attendees. I’m not sure admission panel on which Stanford was repre- tickets to the US Open in New York. This year’s
what it had to do with their product but their sented. I e-mailed our friend, Shawn Abbott, winners were Jackie and Curt de Crinis in the 4.0
display was eye catching. Director of Admission at Stanford and asked for division, and Alex Palermo and Claire Willenson in
his take on the organization. He confirmed that an the 3.5 division.
I wish I could say that the tide will turn and some alumnus of the school was on the panel but Thank you to
day people will realize the truth—that you really regarding the organization itself, “I’ve ‘heard’ of event co-chairs
can be admitted into a great university without (it).” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Roni Hodgkins, Lynn
having to pay for all this preparation. But, many Kouf and Helen
of these ancillary cottage industries wouldn’t be So if you check in to one of the many services that Pollak, the Toluca
successful if they did not feed parents’ fears that are out there and they give you the impression that Lake Tennis Club,
their child will not be admitted to college without all is lost without their guidance, take a step back Marie and Randy
the service the company can provide. I frequently and really consider if you’re being scared into Landsberger, the
have parents tell me that they called one test prep paying for something you don’t really need. And, players, sponsors,
company or another during their student’s junior as always, feel free to come ask the college supporters and
year and are left with an impression of, “Well, counseling staff. volunteers for
thank goodness you called us. Hopefully it’s not dedicating their
too late to salvage this. You really should have time, talent and
called us when your daughter was a freshman.” Of Ace Energy and The Green 4.0 Winners: Jackie and Curt de Crinis
efforts to make
course, the parents instantly feel as if they’ve been Schools Alliance recognized Event Co-Chairs with 3.5 Winners: Roni Hodgkins, this event such as
negligent and immediately sign their daughter up and honored Campbell Hall’s Claire Willenson, Lynn Kouf, Helen Pollak, Alex success.
for the most expensive package the company campus sustainability efforts in Palermo
offers. the Green Cup Challenge. They noted
that our campus’s sustainable efforts have
So, acknowledging that these services are here to
stay, the advice I can offer is to continue to be criti-
successfully contributed to reduction of
cally thoughtful consumers. It just takes a little over 1,215 tons of CO2 from the atmos-
digging and asking the right questions. Our phere. The Arbor Day Foundation is
friend, Peter Johnson, Director of Admission at planting 1,100 native pine, fir and cedar
Columbia University, spoke to Campbell Hall trees in California’s Plumas National
juniors and their parents in January and told a Forest in honor of Campbell Hall and the
wonderful story about a college admission 2009 Green Cup participants.
guidebook. The author of the book highlights her
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - Student celebrations
Celebration of a Life
With love and prayers to the
T his year’s Black History Month
Assembly (7th-12th) focused on
highlighting the accomplishments of African
family and friends of American musicians. The era of the jazz clubs
and most notably the Cotton Club is an
~ Sandy Behlmer ~ integral part of the African American
heritage, coming out of the Harlem Renais-
Sandy was a beloved teacher, mentor sance which commenced a cultural, literary
and friend to our school. She taught at and artistic revolution. The music born from
Argyll Episcopal Academy and that era and created by the talented greats, i.e.
Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald,
Campbell Hall for 37 years. She died Lena Horne and scores of others, was like
on March 22nd after a courageous none other and provided the foundation for
battle against cancer. ose who spoke
jazz music today. The CH assembly featured the HS
at Sandy’s memorial service at the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, singers from across the
school in April reﬂected on the grades and musicians to create a magical experience for
tremendous impact she had on their the audience. Additionally, a multimedia presentation
prepared by Brian Woods and custom-made
lives. Her spirit lives in the hearts of bandstands, designed by Lowell Nickel and assembled
many alumni, families and current by the Student Diversity Group, enhanced the
and former faculty and staﬀ. experience for all. The success of this assembly was truly
a collaborative effort!
Tommie Kappler featured in the March/April edition, can
be reached at : email@example.com
Congratulations to 9th grade student Julia McQuade on
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day raising $325 for Homes For Our Troops. As a 2008 winner
Kindergartners delighted the audience with “It’s a of the Alumni Association Community Service Award, Julia
Small World.” If you are interested in receiving a planned a Family Movie Event for the CH Community.
copy of the DVD of the program, please contact Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit non-partisan
Melissa Cagle: firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos organization that builds or adapts handicapped-
below: (middle) John Wilder, grandparent of Sam accessible homes for servicemen and women returning
Stewart ’17 and Jackson Stewart ‘20. (Right) Florence from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe disabilities.
Great work, Julia!
Browne, grandparent of Claire and Tommy Vossler
uthor Janet Wong made a recent visit to CH where she was enthusiastically received by students throughout
A the campus. Author of Before it Wriggles Away, TWIST: Yoga Poems, and The Dumpster Diver among others,
Janet Wong’s books reflect the rich diversity of contemporary American culture, and appeal to a wide range of
readers: preschoolers who love to make buzzing sounds, teenagers fixated on driving, and grandparents who like
to tell their own stories about growing up. She made a presentation to elementary students and teachers in the
elementary gym, conducted a writing workshop with 2nd and 4th graders working specifically on poems, met
with a group of 8th grade English students, gave a chapel presentation to all 7th graders, and shared time with
students during lunch and after school. She encouraged students and teachers to write and offered ideas about
how to become published and writing contests to enter.
High School students Audrey Wayne ’09, Nick Pillot
’10, Henry Bernsen’10, Angus Bernsen’10, Max Whipple
’10 and Kevin Marciano ’10 held a garage sale and
raised $230 for “Operation Gratitude” which sends
care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The boys in the group also spent a day working at
the Armory in Van Nuys labeling boxes. Operation
Gratitude’s mission is to “Put a smile on a service
member’s face and to express to all troops our appre-
ciation and support.”
CH 13-Year Students Matthew Trebek ’09 and
Catherine LaGaly ’09 toured kindergartners around Performances were grand for the Third Grade Spanish Plays: Blanca Nieves, La Caperucita Roja, Los
the upper school campus – including the highly Tres Osos, and Los Tres Cochinitos. Congratulations to all!
prized Senior Patio.
In honor of the 90th anniversary of the Assistance
League of Southern California, Sloane Fowkes ’09 was
awarded a Founders Day Leadership Award in recog-
nition of her community service. She has been a
member of the Assisteens, the league’s teen
community service group since 9th grade and has
served in many leadership roles including chairing
the group during her junior year, and chairing
many events throughout the years.
7th grade American History & Government students participated in the annual Mock Trial “People of New York vs. Isaac Harris and Max Blanck.” Using primary
sources from the 1911 trial about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, students prepared opening and closing statements and played the roles of direct and
cross examiners. Highlights for the students included questioning parents and grandparents who played the part of witnesses and hearing the final verdict,
which was handed down by volunteer judges. In the trial pictured below (left), CH Grandparent Byron Hayes plays the part of courtroom judge.
Cast & Crew: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The cast and crew of The Mystery of Edwin Drood gave an astonishing performance of the play based on Charles Dickens’last – and unfinished – novel. Wholly interactive, student actors mingled
with the audience from the beginning to lay the groundwork for a charged experience. Since the novel was uncompleted – and there are several potential villains, one of whom is the perpetrator of
a dastardly crime – audience members were invited to vote for their choice of ending which the cast then enacted. The enthusiasm and skill of our talented actors was truly remarkable!
Second grader PaigeinSchwartz, shadowed Ms. The CH Advanced at the world
Mary Ellen Tracy, her role as Elementary Ensemble performed
Assistant Principal-for-the-Day. This is one of the famous Knitting Factory for the
many popular auction items available through Grammy’s “MusiCares” fundraiser
the Bagpiper’s Ball cMarket auction. See details in collaboration with Bridges
on page 7. Academy, Harvard Westlake,
Oakwood School, and New
Jewish Community HS. It was a
great experience for our students
to mingle with like-minded
musicians from other schools in
our area and for them to play on a
stage with industry standard
lighting and sound support. The
event was attended by over 250 people and raised$3,500 with proceeds benefiting MusiCares, the philan-
thropic arm of the Grammys. Members of the band: (l-r) Michael Toomin ’10, Sam Doniger ’10, Nicoletta
Heidegger ’09, Aaron Labowe ’09, James Schetter ’09 — Rock the House!
Sat May 16: 11am-3pm Secondary Visual Arts Openings and Multi-Media Art Installation
—CarseyGallery, 3rd Floor, Rooms 202 & 36, ACAL Bldg, Garver Gym
12-1pm Film Festival —Garver Gym
1-3pm Telephone Project: A multimedia collaboration of CH performers and fine artists from JH & HS —Garver Gym
3-5pm Elementary Arts Festival: chorus, instrumental music, and dance concerts —Garver Gym
2-6pm Elementary Arts Exhibition —Room 50
5-7pm World Music Concert: HS Brazilian Percussion, JH World Music,
HS Steel Drum Orchestra —Theater
7-9pm An Evening of Jazz: HS Jazz Band, JH Jazz Workshop, JH Jazz Band —Theater
Mon May 18: 7-9pm HS Rock Concert —Theater
Tues May 19: 7-9pm JH & HS Choral Concert with Jazz Combo —Theater
Thur May 21: 7-9pm Secondary Dance concert —Garver Gym
Tues May 26: 7-8pm JH & HS Orchestra Concert —Theater
ClassNotes Double Kudos to Nick Hornstein ‘07 on his recent university
SPOTLIGHT: DAVID COBB (’87) accomplishments.While only in his sophomore year at Brandeis
Congratulations to Joshua University, Nick was recently awarded the prestigious Barry M.
Smith ’94 and Heather
D avid Cobb has
one of those
Magidsohn on their upcoming
June 6th marriage taking place at
Goldwater Scholarship Award. Goldwater Scholars are selected
on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,097 mathe-
matics, science, and engineering students who were nominated
jobs that most people Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos, by their university faculties nationwide and is the premier under-
don’t even know exist. California. graduate award of its type in these fields. We also want to
If you’ve been on the congratulate Nick, who along with fellow collaborators at the
Men In Black ride at Brandeis school’s Griffith Lab, were published in the Journal of
Universal Studios Visualized Experiments. Brandeis is proud of its tradition of
Orlando, then you’ve undergraduates working in science labs, alongside grad
experienced some of his work. David is a students, staff and post-docturates.The journal focuses on using
Creative Director for “Special Venue and Desig- Congratulations to Jenny streaming video to provide access to high quality demonstra-
nation-Based Entertainment,” such as theme Wilson LaFever ‘93 and her tions of lab procedures (in this case, demonstrating dissection
parks, museums, attractions, live shows, and husband Robert on the birth of their son Benjamin Byron LaFever technique for doing neurophysiology in Drosophila larvae). All
touring exhibits. As David says, “I liken my born on January 21st. of us at Campbell Hall are extremely proud of Nick.
work to a television or feature film writer/director
- except the things I create, you get to walk Congratulations to Kathy and
through, touch and feel; they’re dimensional and Brian Kriegler ’97 on the
birth of their daughter Jenna
experiential. It’s creatively challenging and I’m
constantly collaborating with people who work Rose Kriegler. Tickets are going fast for the 2nd Annual Campbell
in all kinds of disciplines. The projects I work Hall/Argyll Alumni Dodger Night. Bring your family and
on are mostly prototypical so you might say I’m friends to Dodger Stadium on June 26th for a 7:10pm game
a jack-of-all trades.” vs. the Seattle Mariners – there will even be Fireworks!! We once
Congratulations to Jacob again have terrific field level seats for $40 per person. To
David has many fond memories of his years at Pillot ’08 who has been purchase tickets, contact Marcia Berman in the Alumni Office at
touring London with the band
CH and was very involved with the drama 818-505-5307 or at email@example.com. Hurry before
"Billy Boy on Poison" as the
program. As a matter of fact, David won the they’re sold out!!
band’s new bass player.
Bank of America Achievement Award in Fine
Arts the year he graduated. Even then his talent
for the arts was obvious!! REUNION ‘09: June 6, 2009
David remembers working in what was then the
Congratulations to Vivek Srinivasan ’04 on the one-year Toluca Lake Tennis Club
anniversary of DANCEiSM a unique dance party for the USC If you are in the class of 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984,
brand new theatre. “The theatre was not your
community. Vivek and his partners start with a deserted 1979, 1969, 1964 and 1959, you should have received your
typical stage space. As a result, the staging of
warehouse which they transform into a colorfully elaborate, reunion invitation either by email or snail mail. If you haven’t,
productions became very experimental. I
interactive, and acoustically-inspired space. It all comes together please contact Marcia in the Alumni Office or register on-line at
remember doing The Crucible staged in the semi-
to provide an amazing dance party. www.campbellhall/alumni.
round. We also performed a production of USA
by John Dos Passos in the Fine Arts Building.
Our teacher was Mrs. Coombs and she really
presented us with challenging work. Without Argyll Alumnae First Annual Luncheon
realizing it, we were doing university-level On February 22nd, Argyll Alumnae and faculty gathered in the Carsey Gallery to view the amazing
productions. I also remember Mr. Bourdon’s Founder’s Day Exhibit on display and share a wonderful lunch together. The day was filled with
video production class. Much of the work I do warm memories and reconnecting with old friends. Thank you to everyone who participated.We
now is based very much in combining live theatre look forward to seeing you at the Second Annual Luncheon next year. Special thanks to the
and technology. I can honestly say that Argyll Alumnae Committee for their work in putting this day together. 3.
Campbell Hall really helped me in getting my
creative juices flowing.”
David (along with his classmates) have the
distinction of the being the first Campbell Hall
9-12 grade graduating co-ed class. If you want to
check out some of David’s work visit his website
1. 2. 4.
1. Class of '68 (l-r) - Rosalie Bates '67, Amanda Anderson '67, Candy Perenchio '68, Melinda Morgan '68, Candace McGranahan '68, Suzie Rockett-
Bencivengo '68. 2. Amanda Anderson '67, Julia Stesney, Stephanie Heng. 3. Classmates of ‘71: Missy Stalcup and Robin Nassif.
4. Toni Phillips Boim '80, Allison Carlton Camhi '80, Karen Robertson Romney.
Campbell Hall Bagpiper’s Ball — Grandparents’ Committee’s Cookie Day —
N w Y a ’s Eve in times square Cookie Day is an opportunity for grandparents to interact with upper school
students, faculty and staff – who really appreciate the love and generosity of our
CH Grandparent Committee.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Beverly Hills Hotel
Dinner ~ Dancing ~ Live Auction
Online Auction goes LIVE on MAY 7th at 6 a.m. PST
4 tickets to the season finale of American Idol on Wednesday, May 21st
Brunch for Two in the Polo Lounge
at the Beverly Hills Hotel
One Night Stay in Deluxe Room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel including
Dinner at the Palm in West Hollywood
2 tickets to see a results show of
Nearly 50 CH parents participated in the
“Dancing With The Stars” (Season 9) CH Outreach Committee’s first CPR
Hosted Fine Wine and Cigar Tasting Party at the Training Night, which included a special
Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills presentation from Dr. Rob Feinfield, a local
ophthalmologist, who shared his recent
Hosted Martini Party at a Private Home first-hand life-saving experience with the
in Beverly Hills audience.Training Solutions instructed our
Tickets to see the Jonas Brothers in concert in August at the Staples Center parents on both CPR and defibrillator
usage for both adults and infants.
Set visit, taping of the show and a meet & greet
for 4, to Disney’s “The Wizards of Waverly Place”
One Private Event Suite at the Staples Center for a Kings Game UMMER PROGRAMS 2009
of your choice (up to 24 people) at C AMPBELL HALL
Elementary Chaplain For a Day CAPS-Creative Arts Program in the Summer
CHESS • DANCE • BASEBALL • BASKETBALL • CHEERLEADING
2 Front Row Seats with VIP Parking to CH’s Nutcracker Performance SOCCER • FLAG FOOTBALL • VOLLEYBALL • TACKLE FOOTBALL
Trip to Napa WORLD DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Bring a Glove and Catch a Foul Ball! – 4 Tickets to the Dodgers vs. Braves Easy online registration
Plus Preferred Parking www.campbellhall.org/summer
Waterslide Party for 25 Children and 10 Adults Summer programs oﬃce: (818) 505-2415
(including food!) at Camp Keystone
4 Tickets to see Jeff Dunham in Concert at Caesars Las Vegas, Academic and Enrichment Classes for Junior High and High School
students are open for registration. For more information about these
including 4 Autographed Dolls! and other classes, visit: www.campbellhall.org/summer
4 VIP tickets to a Liza Minnelli concert in
a Terrace Box at the Hollywood Bowl
In Loving Memory of
VIP Tickets to a taping of the Price Is Right
Elementary Principal For a Day Sami Bradley
Ball Tickets can be purchased online: Lauren (‘04), family and friends,
www.campbellhall.org/ball you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Campbell Hall CLIPS
Elementary through High School students create a magnificent GOSPEL CHOIR!
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Campbell Hall (818) 980-7280
Activities Line (818) 505-5345
Black History Month events culminated in an amazing and powerful Gospel Choir Concert. Also, for the first time ever, the Campbell Hall Gospel
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