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News Archive

2022

  • June

    Photo credit: Richard Critz

    Derryfield School Celebrates Its Graduates

    Elaine Loft
    The Derryfield School celebrated fifty-two graduates in an outdoor ceremony on Saturday, June 4. The joyful occasion marked the fifty-fifth commencement for the independent, co-educational institution, whose mission is to “inspire bright, motivated young people to be their best and provide them with the skills and experiences needed to be valued, dynamic, confident, and purposeful members of any community.”
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  • May

    Science & Innovation Center Named for Dr. Carter

    Elaine Loft
    In honor of Dr. Mary Halpin Carter’s service to the community during her nine years as Head of the Derryfield School, the Board of Trustees announced on May 26 the dedication of the Carter Center for Science & Innovation.
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  • Photo Credit: Taylor Moon

    Students Pitch Project Proposal

    Elaine Loft
    Dr. Andrew Meyers and Dr. Taylor Moon had a problem they wished to solve: What sort of meaningful project could two of their grade eleven AT biology students, Kennedy Amorim and Ashley Hardner, pursue while the seniors in the class were occupied with their independent study projects? The answer came in the form of a one-month learning program called BioTrek, sponsored by BioFabUSA.
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  • Derryfield Spring Celebrations

    Elaine Loft
    Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter welcomed visitors, students, faculty, and staff to the first in-person Grandfriends Day celebration since the fall of 2019. The assembly, which included the Founders’ Scholar Address, as well as musical performances by the choir and the band, was followed by an open house, where students guided their visitors around the campus, introducing them to their teachers, and showing off class projects and favorite haunts....
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  • Juniors Share Love of Art

    Combining their love of the arts with community service, ten members of the junior class welcomed ten 3rd-5th graders from the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester to Derryfield on April 28 for an afternoon packed with creative projects....
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  • Musical Ensembles Win Big in Westfield

    Alex Hunton
    The musicians of Derryfield were up before the sun on Saturday morning, April 30, in order to leave school at 6:00 a.m. to attend a competition in Westfield MA. 93 students attended the trip, which included the Middle School Chorus, the Upper School Concert Choir, and a combined middle school and upper school instrumental ensemble. They returned home at the end of the day with three trophies.
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  • April

    Green Club Leads Earth Day Celebration

    Elaine Loft
    This year, the Derryfield Green Club decided one day wasn’t enough–and extended the celebration of Mother Earth to a full week. Working in collaboration with the Spirit Club, the list of events included costumes, competitions, and challenges, all in the name of “greening up” Derryfield....
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  • Derryfield Senior Chosen for Technology Program

    Elaine Loft
    Derryfield senior Abigail Van Dyke was recognized on April 19 by the BAE Corporation of Merrimack, NH for her participation in their Women in Technology (WiT) program. Each year, up to 24 local female high school juniors and seniors are chosen to participate in the twelve-week course.
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  • Multicultural Potluck Celebration

    Elaine Loft
    The tables were laden with foods from nineteen countries, and music from different cultures filled the air at the April 16 potluck dinner sponsored by the Derryfield Multicultural Student Union (MSU).
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  • Annie Branch/The Derryfield School

    Student Leaders Attend Summit

    Elaine Loft
    On Friday, April 15, 50 student leaders, led by Head of Upper School Reina Stimpson, explored the topic of “Ethical Leadership & Decision Making” during a two-hour luncheon meeting. Representatives from the class, student, and discipline councils, along with the student, club, and athletic leaders from both the Upper School and the Middle School counted among the attendees.
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  • Clearing a Navajo family garden

    Service Adds Value to Spring Trips

    Elaine Loft
    During their spring break, Derryfield students, faculty, and staff traveled to Colorado and North Carolina to participate in two community service initiatives. These trips were a reinstatement of an annual Derryfield tradition, a pattern that was broken by Covid in 2020 and 2021, but joyfully resumed this March. True to their motto, Derryfield students aspire to “lead lives of passion and purpose.”
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  • 2022 Scholastic Art Awards

    The Derryfield School Visual Arts Department is thrilled to celebrate the success of our student artists and writers! For the Visual Arts Awards, 19 individual Derryfield students, and a total of 29 winning pieces, have received recognition from the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards. For the Writing Awards, 15 individual Derryfield students, and a total of 24 winning pieces, have received recognition from the New Hampshire Scholastic Writing Awards. Please visit this website that features ALL of Derryfield's 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing submissions and winners.
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  • March

    Derryfield Announces Ninth Head of School

    The Derryfield School announced on March 17 the appointment of its ninth Head of School, Andrew Chappell, effective July 1, 2022. Derryfield began a national search after the long-standing Head of School, Dr. Mary Halpin Carter, announced last fall she would be leaving Derryfield to become the Head of School at St. Luke’s in New Canaan, CT.
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  • Equity Club Hosts Waypoint Presentation

    The Derryfield Equity Club hosted Erin Kelly, Waypoint’s Director of Homeless Youth and Young Adult Services, at a lunchtime meeting on March 10 in the Lyceum. The Equity Club strives to provide DS students with a safe and supportive place to explore and discuss various social issues. The goal of the club is to educate the members, and their peers, on inequities in the community, in order to make Derryfield–and the world–a more tolerant and inclusive place....
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  • Mental Health & Wellness

    In a letter sent to parents on March 1, the Derryfield Health & Wellness team shared information about an upcoming Community Meeting on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention.
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  • International Women's Summit

    Elaine Loft
    Through connections with other academic programs, Derryfield students are able to participate in programs that connect them to students throughout the world who share similar interests. To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), Derryfield junior Madison Viger attended a virtual summit that brought together a diverse group of students to learn about various issues women and girls face on a global level....
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  • Derryfield and Malone School Online Network

    Elaine Loft
    Derryfield is the only school in New Hampshire that is a member of the Malone School Online Network (MSON), which offers advanced, college-style seminar courses in an online, synchronous format....
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  • Women in STEM

    Elaine Loft
    Last spring, Ashley Hardner ‘23 took the first step to forming a new club at Derryfield. She approached science department chair, Mary Ann Watt, about being the faculty advisor for Derryfield students who were interested in connecting with women in STEM careers....
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  • February

    Community Explores Ukraine Crisis

    Elaine Loft
    In an impromptu lunch-time forum assembled and moderated by Director of Global Education, Dr. Brandon Gauthier, nearly thirty students, faculty, and staff gathered to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine....
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  • Winter Ecology Trip

    Elaine Loft
    On February 11, a gloriously sunny and warm day, 40 seventh grade students traveled to Bear Brook State Park for the annual winter ecology trip....
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  • January

    World Holocaust Remembrance Day at Derryfield

    Elaine Loft
    On a special January 24 Community Meeting, Derryfield observed World Holocaust Remembrance Day. The guest speaker was Eva Berger, the grandmother of a seventh-grade student and the daughter of Holocaust survivors.
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  • Working Towards a Beloved Community

    Elaine Loft
    On January 18, Derryfield commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day during Community Meeting in a program that included music, a keynote address, and reflections from members of the Derryfield faculty....
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  • Lyceum Gallery Presents Baggage Claimed

    The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery is pleased to present Baggage Claimed, an exhibition of work by Laura Harper Lake and Matt Wyatt.
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