Thankful for Kodiak Pride: Announcing a New Spring Sport
Earlier this fall, I outlined some of the fine and performing arts programs and events that make CSS different from other schools and a truly special place for students. Brava to Ms. Sandy Bray and company for a fine Revue and Middle School Musical Theatre Showcase this fall. A most immediate applause should also be extended to the cast and crew of Don’t Drink the Water in Upper School on the winter play performed just before Thanksgiving Break. What a show! Next up,
- Middle School Showcase Scenes and Monologues will be performed December 4 and 5,
- Middle and Upper School Band and Choir concert on December 9
- Holiday Tea (Kindergarten - 5th Grade) Holiday and 4th & 5th Grade Band Concert on December 11.
Get your Bearwear and blue and white pom-poms because sports are actually my primary topic today! In November, CSS hosted and won both the regional and district H 2A Volleyball Championships and competed in the State Tournament. On Friday, November 7, US and MS students and teachers had a great time traveling to the Denver Coliseum to support the varsity girls Volleyball team. The team played well and my congratulations to the coaches and athletes for a great season and for tying for 5th place in the 2A state tournament. I am thankful for the resources generated by the Annual Fund for creating the opportunity to bus the MS and US student bodies to Denver and purchase their tickets to this exciting and community building event. Our 50-person pep band and excellent fan support made for a great atmosphere as we supported our team!
I know I am not alone in believing that sports can be an essential way for a student to grow in physical strength, technical skills, and self-confidence. The ancillary benefits for the student athlete are numerous and include a sense of physical well-being and stress relief that comes from exercise, heightened decision-making skills, and opportunities to learn and display sportsmanship. The benefits of a robust sports program at CSS are numerous, the foremost being the creation of many positive community events.
My congratulations to all the athletes who competed this fall in
- US Boys’ Soccer
- US Boys Tennis
- US Cross Country, including state qualifiers Claire S. and Guoya L.
- MS Boys’ Soccer
- MS Cross Country
- MS Girls’ Volleyball
- And 5 and 6th grade volleyball are still competing!
As we look ahead to the future, MS boys and girls basketball games began last week, and the US teams will take the court in away games starting tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all the Kodiaks in action this winter.
This coming spring, as was true last year, the school will offer Girls’ Soccer and Girls’ Tennis, and Boys’ Lacrosse will continue to be offered as a cooperative venture with Fountain Valley School. New this year, CSS will offer a Boys’ Volleyball Team. As many of you know, we have been looking for a new athletic endeavor for boys in the spring – one that fits our school culture, makes use of our excellent facilities, and appeals to our Upper School students. After some research and surveys, we settled on Boys’ Volleyball, a rapidly growing sport in Colorado and one with high levels of interest internationally. Certainly, the addition of a Boys’ Volleyball team capitalizes on our fine gym and will enjoy convenient competition in Colorado Springs, which already has many boys’ volleyball teams. Please join me in celebrating the fall season and in welcoming the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams to the court this winter. I look forward to supporting our newest Kodiak team when the spring season rolls around. Mr. Risk will soon have specific information on open gym practices for Boys’ Volleyball this winter.
The robust arts and athletic programs are real advantages afforded to CSS students and augment and enhance the core of our academic program. Please follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds as we celebrate the many programs of CSS in the #100ReasonsToGive to the #CSSAnnualFund campaign.
All the best,