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News Archive

2020

  • July

    Barsi Named Art Educator of the Year

    Anna Welch
    Derryfield Creative Arts Department Co-Chair Becky Barsi has been honored as Independent School Art Educator of the Year by the Independent School Art Education group, a subset of the National Art Education Association. Dean of Academic Programs Lindley Shutz reflected on Becky’s impact on the Derryfield community....
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  • Board Games with a Purpose ISP

    Jordan Cady
    Will Ryan decided to do his Independent Senior Project (ISP) on developing board games called “Fire Bingo” and the “Chatter Wheel.” These board games are meant to help either raise awareness or help others in a particular way. The Fire Bingo game is meant to teach children about fire dangers and what to do when a fire arises, whereas the Chatter Wheel game is meant to combat loneliness for the elderly and to help them start a conversation with others....
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  • EduTech and App Development ISP

    Jordan Cady
    Aaron Agulnick decided to do his Independent Senior Project (ISP) on developing educational apps for teaching Afghan elementary students how to read and write in Pashto. Pashto is a minority language in Afghanistan. His app will show flashcards of all the letters in the Pashto alphabet for students to utilize plus learn from and much more. Aaron partnered with a little Norweigan-based company called Brighter Tomorrow, to help create this groundbreaking app....
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  • Kids Kitchen ISP

    Jordan Cady
    Caroline Hines decided to do her Independent Senior Project (ISP) on creating a digital cookbook for people under the age of 18, called “Kids Kitchen.” She wanted to create a cookbook so she could share her recipes with others but also be able to add to it throughout her life as she experiences different cultures and new places. Her cookbook includes family recipes passed down from generations, new recipes and Caroline’s own recipes she has created herself....
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  • Large-Scale Mural ISP

    Anna Welch
    Jake and Josh Ehret decided to do their Independent Senior Project (ISP) on creating three large-scale murals to be placed throughout the Derryfield campus. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jake and Josh had planned to paint a series of five murals across the city of Manchester, but they pivoted due to safety and business closure. The twins changed plans and decided to paint murals of Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper to hang up on the walls of the Science and Innovation Center. Their third mural was of a cougar, which will be placed outside of the middle school....
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  • Play for Pete ISP

    Jordan Cady
    Zoe Cousineau decided to do her Independent Senior Project (ISP) on creating an online store called “Play for Pete.” This store was made in memory of Peter Miller, a well known Derryfield Soccer coach who passed away suddenly back in 2017. Coach Pete taught Zoe since middle school for her FC Stars team all the way up through her sophomore year season at Derryfield. During his time being her coach, he became an inspiration, role model and someone Zoe knew she could count on. Because of this, she wanted to do something to pay forward Coach Pete’s good deeds that he once bestowed on to her....
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  • The Art of Protest ISP

    Jordan Cady
    Julia Tilton and Rose Spiegel decided to do their Independent Senior Project (ISP) on the Art of Protest. This choice was inspired by all of the monumental protests that have arised throughout the centuries. Tilton and Spiegel focused their efforts in researching how creative expression has become intertwined with the freedom of speech and how people protest for what they believe in while utilizing their own artistic expression....
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  • Independent Senior Projects Pivot for COVID-19

    Jordan Cady
    This year’s Independent Senior Projects (ISP) were nothing short of innovative. Each project was designed and crafted with the most meaningful and creative ideas. Many seniors travelled outside of their comfort zones and embraced all the challenges that arose over the course of their ISPs.... 
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  • Declaring Independence In College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to be independent? These are fundamental questions that our nation is wrestling with. Recently we celebrated Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that marked the end of slavery in the United States, and today we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776....
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  • June

    Equity & Inclusion in the Classroom

    Among the most important areas of development in recent years is that of curriculum. From the humanities to STEM disciplines, teaching and learning includes discussions of race, racism, and inclusion. Professional academic organizations such as the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute encourage teachers to consider the value of students having opportunities to see themselves in what they read and study.* Derryfield’s humanities teachers choose a range of texts that are intellectually challenging and diverse in perspectives....
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  • May

    Stimulate This: How School Counselors Will Help Save Our Post-Pandemic Future

    Brennan Barnard
    The global pandemic has devastated much of the nation’s economy. Unemployment is at unthinkable levels and every sector has felt the impact of this crisis, from large corporations and nonprofits to small businesses and schools....
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  • Student Actors Produce Radio Hour

    Jenna Bee
    Faculty, staff, students and families have re-engineered many parts of their lives this spring and Derryfield performing arts is no exception. The thirteen-student cast of Twelve Angry Jurors met for one rehearsal before Spring Break and they expected to resume when they returned to campus. As we know, the return to campus has yet to occur, but that didn’t stop the Derryfield Players from creating another masterpiece....
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  • A Farewell to Mr. Dougherty

    Ruthie Zolla
    From a young age, Ben Dougherty knew he wanted to be a doctor, maybe one who specialized in sports medicine. Growing up on the North side of Portland, Maine, he played baseball throughout his adolescence and high school years. Unfortunately though, a bad shoulder injury ended his prospects during his senior year....
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  • “We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out—Part 3

    Brennan Barnard
    That every aspect of life has been disrupted this spring is an understatement. Even as our nation slowly starts to reopen, we will continue to feel the impact of the global pandemic in the months and years to come. This three-part series has been highlighting messages from college admission leaders about how they are responding to these challenges and the ways they expect that this disruption will affect applicants to their schools....
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  • “We Get It!”: College Admission Deans Speak Out—Part 2

    Brennan Barnard
    In “An Essay on Man,” poet Alexander Pope wrote:
    “Hope springs eternal in the human breast; 
    Man never Is, but always To be blest. 
    The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, 
    Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
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  • "We Get It:" College Admission Deans Speak Out - Part 1

    Brennan Barnard
    “Embrace uncertainty.” This just might be the official slogan for the spring of 2020, and it has been the unofficial theme for college admission for decades. While the current state of applying to college seems unprecedented—and it is—there has always been one constant, and that is change....
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  • Joy in Cacophony

    Laura Russell
    Middle School Justice teacher Laura Russell reflects on how some of the technology solutions she used in teaching virtually this spring have actually improved her ability to lead thoughtful, small-group discussions in her classes...
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  • Defer or Defy: Should You Start College This Fall?

    Brennan Barnard
    We are living in uncertain times. Much is unknown in the face of this global pandemic—from the most trivial questions like when it will be possible to get a haircut, to the direst concerns about lost jobs or food insecurity. Even what we thought we could control has fallen prey to unpredictability. Many college-bound high school seniors are already wrestling with a significant time of transition as they decide which school to attend, and how they will afford it....
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  • April

    On Living in a Coronavirus Age

    Read excerpts from reflections that seniors in Louisa Burdette's Creative Writing class wrote in response to a piece by C.S. Lewis called "On Living in an Atomic Age." 
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  • Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

    Brennan Barnard
    This is virtually impossible my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, who thought geometry was important anyway? Actually, I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, it is virtually possible. Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was pretty important, instead, I urge her to set up a virtual meeting with her teacher to work through her confusion with the theorem. This is the new normal for students throughout the country as they settle into pandemic-enforced distance learning. Young people are adapting to online classrooms and virtual meetings while also confronting the disappointment of missed opportunities at school and out in their world....
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  • March

    Davis '23 Named State Alternate in Poetry Out Loud

    On Thursday evening March 5, Derryfield freshman Savannah Davis competed in the Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals at the Currier Museum here in Manchester....
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  • Redesigning College Admission: COVID-19, Access And Equity

    Brennan Barnard
    The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world is evidence that the virus does not discriminate. It has infected individuals from all nations, backgrounds, ages, races, genders, and economic status. However, the impact of the virus is—and will be—felt very differently by various populations. The most vulnerable people in our society are likely to disproportionately suffer from the health and economic implications of this crisis....
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  • Sixth Graders

    Russell Coward
    This past February, Derryfield sixth-graders Alex and Philip Moore and their triplet brother Griffin appeared on the “Kidventors” segment of Good Morning America 3:Strahan, Sara and Keke to describe the glow belts that they had invented as second graders at the Clark Wilkins Elementary School in Amherst, NH....
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  • The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic

    BrennanBarnard
    Campus closures at colleges and universities across the country are spreading as fast as the novel coronavirus itself. While higher education has previously endured national emergencies (think 9/11/01) and weathered various crises (fires, floods, and flu), the timing and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented. College admission is certainly not immune to the impact of this disease and it is having very real consequences for enrollment managers and the students whom they hope to attract....
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  • DI Team Qualifies for States

    Derryfield's middle school Destination Imagination team, also known as the Crafty Cougars, headed north to Meredith for a regional qualifying event. It was a wild and exciting day in which the team competed in two challenges, a parade, and a host of fun activities with teams from 21 other area schools.
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  • Leading While Building

    Ben Dougherty
    Head of Upper School and graduate of the gcLi Leadership Lab Ben Dougherty reflects on working with a team of colleagues to build a meaningful leadership program at Derryfield that would become a lasting part of the culture of the School.... 
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  • February

    Celebrating Student Artists

    Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Students from all over the United States submit work in sixteen visual art categories, with the regional recipients forwarded to New York in February for national adjudication....
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  • A Look at Deeper Learning

    Lindley Shutz
    At Derryfield, we transform children’s lives and learning by drawing on the best ideas in education. One idea that is inspiring us is ‘deeper learning.’ According to Harvard School of Education professor Jal Mehta, in his Education Week article, “No One Has a Monopoly on Deeper Learning,” sustained, powerful education combines three critical elements...
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  • Winter Athletic Recap

    Chris Hettler
    Director of Athletics Chris Hettler shares a few highlights as several winter teams finish up their season and others look to the championship tournaments. For updates on specific sports, visit the team pages at www.derryfield.org/athletics/team-pages
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  • Byron '20 Reaches 1000 Points

    Russ Coward
    On Friday, February 14, 2020, on the hardwood at Newmarket High School, Max Byron followed his lowest-scoring half of the season with his second-highest-scoring quarter to hit the 1000-point scoring mark for his four-year varsity basketball career....
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  • by John Hain for Pixabay

    Character Counts In College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    It has been said that character is who one is, or what one does when nobody is watching. When it comes to college admission, everyone seems to be watching and according to a recent survey, character counts. This week, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Character Collaborative released a research brief entitled Character and the Admission Process, which includes results from a survey of trends in college admission....
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  • Representing Zimbabwe at Model UN

    Emma Pyles '20
    On Thursday, January 30, sixteen Derryfield students left for the four-day Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) conference at the Prudential Center in Boston, MA. Students had been preparing for this conference since September as a part of the new Derryfield Exploration Block electives....
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  • Image by John Iglar from Pixabay

    College Admission Fake News

    Brennan Barnard
    It is impossible to get into college. At least this was the impression of the high school junior sitting in my school counseling office talking about admission. He had heard about declining acceptance rates and increased application numbers and was ready to give up before he even began....
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  • A Local Inspiration: Art of Space, Place & Time

    Local Inspiration is an open-call exhibition hosted by the Lyceum Gallery, specifically for students, faculty, alumni, and community members of the New England College Institute of Art and Design....
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  • January

    Teenage Entrepreneurship

    Annie Branch
    When you think of an online clothing retailer speaking at a regional conference for the e-commerce platform Shopify, you might not expect that professional to be a freshman in high school. However, this scenario is the result of Derryfield freshman Steven DeCesare taking a passion for gaming and a bad birthday present, and turning it into a successful business venture....
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  • The Lighter Side of College Admission Predictions

    The start of a new decade offers the chance to guess what our world will be like in ten years. In a recent piece, I shared thoughts from college admission leaders about their predictions for the future of applying to college... [Now] I offer a lighter take, one that is more aligned with how people outside the profession look at college admission and what might be coming....
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  • 2020 Vision in College Admission

    Brennan Barnard
    In January of 1990—the year I turned sixteen—as a new decade began, my brothers, some friends, and I made predictions of what our lives would be like in 30 years. The twist was that we could only predict for each other, not ourselves. When cleaning out our parents’ home recently, we discovered our prophecies written on a faded legal pad, and as this year begins we reviewed them to check on our progress....
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  • Dougherty Named Head of The Island School

    Head of School Mary Halpin Carter delivered the bittersweet news to the community this week that Head of Upper School Ben Dougherty has been appointed the next head of school for the Island School in the Bahamas. In a letter to parents, students, and young alumni, she talked about Ben's leadership skills and shared info about the upcoming nation-wide search....
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