Over the last three years, Derryfield has proven itself to be an innovative school. Our faculty and staff are adept at implementing the now, while preparing for the future. As part of a multi-year Academic Vision planning process, we designed a program focusing on collaboration, innovative problem solving, and communication. Through the recent implementation of that Academic Vision, we have stayed committed to our thinking forward approach. The pandemic has only reinforced the powerful ways we can enhance the Derryfield experience with online experiences. With a nimble faculty and a caring community, Derryfield has quickly transferred to an engaging, synchronous online learning program. Like our students, we are ever better, every week.
Virtual Community Updates
Derryfield's weekly Virtual Fireside Chats have allowed parents to stay connected with the school through evening webinars on a range of topics, including remote learning feedback and mental health advice.
Fireside Chat Topics
September 8: Our Decision-Making Process - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, public health consultant Mike Klingshirn of Fusion Cell, & Board Chair Brad Benson
August 27: 2020-2021 Campus Flow Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, Head of Middle School Mark Blaisdell & Head of Upper School Jed Silverstein
During our delayed openings on March 4 and 11, faculty were training, planning, and sharing ideas to prepare distance learning lessons. Our IT Department has assessed the needs of faculty to support remote learning, and we have created a shared document for exchanging ideas and resources among faculty. Even before schools closed, our teachers were “testing” remote learning scenarios with their students—similar to how we practice fire drills—so we would be prepared for/experienced with what may lie ahead. They included activities and discussions into their classes to prepare students for the remote learning plan.
Dress to learn: because many classes will include videoconferencing (Google Meet) please wear clothes that meet Derryfield dress code.
Find a quiet, neutral space conducive to collaborating and learning, where you can set up your laptop on a table (videoconferencing can heat up a laptop so table tops are preferred versus soft surfaces). Please make sure the area lighting is sufficient for video.
Login to the MSA system during scheduled times.
Work on assignments as posted.
Submit completed work on time as assigned.
Send emails to your teacher or meet with them via Google Meet to share questions and requests for extra help.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.