Message from Head of School

Happy Winter and Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year provides a wonderful opportunity to look both back and ahead. Looking back over the fall and early days of winter, there is so much to celebrate; and as we look ahead to the spring, there’s much excitement about all that is planned.

This fall, we celebrated 100 years since the founding of Saint Louis Country Day School. Our CDS Centennial Bash brought both CDS alumni—including Jack Danforth ’54 and Sterling K. Brown ’94 (via video)—to our campus to celebrate this important milestone amid lots of archival memorabilia. With the reopening of the newly-named Polk Family Pond following construction, the first senior accepted into college was tossed into the water by her classmates. MICDS also beat Burroughs during Homecoming Weekend in both football (52-0) and field hockey (1-0).

What an incredible and rich history we have here at MICDS! Many traditions that date back to the days of CDS and Mary I remain alive and well. As you explore this issue, I hope you’ll witness how the School continues to build upon the firm foundation provided by both predecessor schools.

In the pages that follow, you’ll see just a glimpse of the many other activities we participated in as a community this fall—from the Solar Eclipse to a new Upper School initiative called Ram-Fams. In this issue, you will also learn how our students and faculty continue to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom—from a student interning for National Geographic in Tokyo to another conducting research at Harvard, as well as faculty and staff engaging in important equity and inclusion work. Oh, and we have a few student celebrities featured in this issue too!

In another story, you’ll find how seven alumnae from the class of 2008 are carrying our long legacy of excellence in STEM education forward as they pursue professions as medical doctors. In this feature, learn also how Mary Institute alumnae pioneered a path for women in medical professions. And finally, discover how Bold Action: The Campaign for MICDS continues to solidify our place as an extraordinary independent educational institution where students become their best selves and prepare for lives of purpose and service.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Mission to prepare leaders who will meet the challenges of this world with confidence and embrace all its people with compassion. I hope you enjoy this issue of MICDS Magazine and send each of you best wishes for the year to come.


Lisa Lyle