Community Life
Activities

Upper School Activities

Academic challenge, personal growth. What happens in the classroom is only the beginning.

List of 37 items.

  • A capella

    We have both a boys and a girls group for those who love to sing. We find or arrange music from many sources, and learn how to sing and perform them using only our voices and no instruments! (advisor: Mr. Hunton)
  • Admissions Ambassador

    Admission Ambassadors operate on the front lines of the admission process by being some of the first contacts for applying families. Responsible for enthusiastically and articulately conveying the Derryfield experience during campus tours, admission ambassadors polish their public speaking and presentation skills and develop incredible confidence in the process.
    (advisor: Ms. Donovan)
  • Advancement Ambassadors

    Students help support the Advancement Office and Annual Fund by assisting with various events and projects. Activities may include writing donor thank-you notes, assisting, recruiting young alumni for phone-a-thons, putting together college care packages for recent graduates, and, for senior members, spearheading the Senior Annual Fund Challenge and planning the annual Senior Luau.  (advisor: Mr. Lange)
  • Amnesty International

    Amnesty International raises awareness about violations of human rights both worldwide and in our own backyard. It aims to take advantage of the influence of social media has on people in order to bring awareness to human rights issues. (advisor: Ms. DiTullio)
  • Art Club

    For students who can't get enough art, Art Club is a twice-weekly opportunity for students to use their activities period to create work outside of the classroom rigors. Students are free to explore various drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture materials. Art Club is also a perfect opportunity for students to work on projects for other classes. (advisor: Mrs. Barsi)
  • Breakthrough Manchester

    Breakthrough involves students teaching students through extensions of the summer program; these include Super Saturdays and after-school tutoring.
    (advisor: Mrs. Berk)
  • CCP (Chinese Culture Practice) Club

    This glorious club is a lighthouse for all who seek knowledge about China, all who seek participation in the Chinese culture, and all who seek real genuine Chinese food. Our comrades are going to cook and eat genuine Chinese food, celebrate Chinese holidays like Chinese people do, and carry on the legacy of the demised Chinese program. 
    (advisor: Mr. McNeil)
  • Chess Club

    This informal club allows those with an interest in chess to continue games throughout the year. Says their advisor "We play chess. Folks show up and we play. Most folks have some basics of the game." (advisor: Mr. Bradley)
  • Class Council

    Class Council is an organization of elected students  to plan social events for their classes and the school.
    (advisor: Mr. McNeil)
  • Discipline Committee

    The Upper School Discipline Committee is composed of students and faculty members and is chaired by designated faculty members. Student members are elected by their classmates, and faculty members are selected by the Head of School. They meet with students who have been found guilty of violating a rule/policy in handbook. They help to determine consequences for that student.
    (advisor: Ms. Stimpson)
  • Engineering Club

    Club members meet periodically to engage in engineering design challenges. Guest speakers may also be invited from time to time to discuss academic and professional pathways in engineering. (advisor: Dr. Masoni)
  • Entrepreneurial Club / DECA

    Club members start a company in teams, learning the entrepreneurial mindset and skills by starting real companies. Course materials follow the rigor and standards of MIT, incorporating “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” with professional skills development to take students through the startup process from idea to implementation. (advisor: Dr. Masoni)
  • Excerpt Literary Magazine

    Excerpt is Derryifield's literary magazine, publising original student work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Students are responsible for creating, editing, and distributing the magazine. Excerpt is both a print and online publication. Members of Excerpt also plan, organize, and run several on-campus coffeehouses throughout the year. (advisor: Ms. Assetta)


  • Fencing

    The goals of Derryfield Fencing Club are to introduce people to the sport, get people active, and have fun. (You get to stab your friends- and enemies- with swords, so you’re pretty much guaranteed fun.) The club is open to all skill levels. Whether you’ve been fencing for years or have never touched a sword in your life, you’ll have fun. (advisor: Mr. Induni)
  • Gender Equity

    We invite conversations about gender issues and identify places to advocate and take action. This year, we will organzie our third annual statewide conference, partnering with other schools.  (advisor: Ms. Shutz)
  • GIVE (Community Service)

    The acronym of GIVE implies its purpose - Get Involved, Value Everyone. A GIVE member does not just get involved in their community through service: they also understand the value behind that service. Through this understanding, a student can not just volunteer, but also engage in a meaningful experience which brings happiness to everyone. GIVE helps to create these service opportunities wherever it can, whether that be through weekly after-school programs, connections to volunteer organizations, or school-based events like Flag Football. A popular opportunity that GIVE helps orchestrate every year is Special Olympics, where Derryfield students either coach or facilitate over the span of several days in (location). In short, GIVE is volunteering done right. (advisor: Mrs. Llewelyn)
  • Green Club / Climate Change

    The green club will seek opportunities to learn about sustainability and implement changes when possible in the Derryfield community. We are also planning a few off campus activities including beach clean up and visiting LEED certified buildings. (advisor: Dr. Moon)
  • Initium (Yearbook)

    Initium, Derryfield's yearbook, is a yearlong commitment. While producing this memorable document we learn about photography, page layout, organizational skills, and we have a little fun too. (advisor: Dr Gauthier)
  • Investment Club

    Investment club focuses on financial markets and understanding the economic principles that drives the stock and bond markets. Working with professionals with many years of experience in economic education and corporate finance, the club uses discussions, games, and field trips as learning tools.
    (advisor: Mr. Watt)
  • Lamplighter News Magazine

    Lamplighter members write for, edit, design, and publicize a student-focused news website. They also produce an annual print magazine which is a compilation of the best articles and photos of the year. (advisors: Mrs. Burdette)
  • Latin Club

    Those who love all things Latin can meet and engage.  This club also attracts those who have moved onto other languages but remember their Latin roots. We compete in Latin competitions called Certamen. We will be getting ready for these in the beginning of the year, then moving on to helping with Roman Holiday in the latter part of the year. (advisor: Mr. Leary)
  • Math Team

    Math Team competes in the NH SMASH League as well as in online and mail-in tournaments. We tackle challenging and fun math topics and problems. Students in any math class or grade level are welcome to join.
    (advisor: Mr. Induni)
  • Mindfulness Club

    The Mindfulness Club seeks to build a Derryfield community that is intentional, balanced and thoughtful while creating opportunities and reminders for students, faculty, staff and parents to be present in the experience of the current moment. (advisor: Mr. Barnard)
  • Mock Trial

    The DS Mock Trial team aims to give any and all interested students of the Derryfield Upper School an educational and professional experience in litigation and public speaking while still having fun.  We compete in two to three trials per school year. For every trial, members are given a case which includes exhibits, stipulations, relevant case law, and witness affidavits. Our job is to create solid case theory and compete against other teams as both the prosecution/plaintiff and the defense. Every member of the team performs at least once as an attorney or a witness.  (advisors: Dr. Karlin and Mr. Tanner-Read)
  • Model United Nations

    In Model UN, students step into the roles of ambassadors from UN member states to prepare and draft resolutions on the organization's vast agenda. Student delegates in Model UN prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and follow the UN's rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world. from www.unausa.org
    (advisors: Dr. Karlin, Ms. DiTullio, Mr. Burnham)
  • One Love

    One Love is a group focused on bringing awareness around healthy dating relationships. It was founded to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player, who was killed in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Our goal is to educate young people about the warning signs of relationship violence and how to take action to prevent violence in their community. In addition, our hope is to build strong, positive self image in young people but particularly in girls and women as a means of stopping the cycle of violence. (advisor: Ms. Boesch)
  • Open Circuit

    Open Circuit is an opportunity for girls of all grades (6-12) to gather around the joint interest in STEM fields. Activities will include design challenges, guest speakers, discussions, and participation in conferences. (advisor: Ms. Watt)
  • Outing Club

    The Outing Club is for people who like to go outside.
    (advisor: Mr. Talpey)
  • PACTeam

    PACTeam is a club dedicated to making our community more inclusive, kind, and caring on an everyday basis. We originated out of the first Student Leadership Summit in August, 2015 and represent a rejuvenated World of Difference club and the embodiment of the 3 C’s of Community from the first SLS: Character, Connection, and Caring. (advisors: Ms. Llewelyn & Ms. Perkins)
  • Pinnacle

    (advisor: Miss Burdette)
  • Pulsar Research Lab

    Working with astronomy professors from West Virginia University, and undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Vermont, DS students learn to analyze radiotelescope data in order to search for undiscovered neutron stars called Pulsars. (advisor: Mrs. Watt)
  • RADS

    The RADS (Racial Awareness at the Derryfield School) club was started to promote a "safe space" mindset for people to talk about social justice issues facing our world today, possible solutions for said issues, and how we can apply what we learn from these issues in our everyday Derryfield lives. We operate in a sort of seminar setting where everyone is free to join in discussion and share their stories and opinions on whatever topic is the prompt for that meeting. The prompts, although we mainly try to focus on racial issues, can span anywhere from LGBTQ+ rights to education to anything that might be controversial in our society. We may watch a video before having a seminar or have a brief article for you all to read and develop ideas and opinions on.
    advisor: Ms. Llewelyn)
  • Robotics Club

    FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
    Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. 
    (advisor: Mr. Masoni & Mr. Young)
  • Rock Climbing

    This club is your opportunity to literally climb the walls during Friday activities period. Climbers will take turns belaying each other, and will set new routes and play climbing games. Possible field trips to Vertical Dreams, Evo, and outdoor destinations. No experience necessary! (advisor: Mrs. Branch)
  • School Council

    This is the student governmental body of the school, guiding some decision making for the school. This group schedules special events for the school, and meets regularly with the Head of School to facilitate change! (advisor: Ms. Stimpson)
  • Spirit Club

    This group is responsible for fostering school spirit and enthusiasm throughout the year in a variety of arenas including games, dances, and other special events.  
    (advisor: Mr. McNeil & Ms. Hawthorne)
  • Super Smash Brothers

    All things D&D! If you love role playing games, this is the club for you.
    (advisor: Mr. McNeil)

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