Community Life

Upper School Activities

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

List of 29 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.
    (advisors: Miss Leyden, Mrs. Rutty-Fey)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • the CCP (Chinese Culture Practice)

    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)
  • Class Council

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

    All things D&D! If you love role playing games, this is the club or you.
    (advisor: Mrs. Smiley)
  • 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)

  • 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: Mr. 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. Talpey)
  • Key Club

    Key Club is the Upper School's community service group. Participants have the opportunity to be involved in varied community service projects throughout the year. Key Club members are committed to making a difference at school and in the Greater Manchester community.
    (advisor: Mrs. Llewelyn)
  • Lamplighter (Newspaper)

    The student newspaper of The Derryfield School, Lamplighter is published up to eight times annually by the staff. Writers, photographers, graphic artists - indeed, everyone with a talent to share - are encouraged to contact one of the editors and contribute to the newspaper!
    (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)
  • MIT Launch

    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: Mr. Masoni)
  • 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: Mrs. Karlin and Miss DiTullio)
  • 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
    (advisors: Mrs. Karlin and Miss. DiTullio)
  • Outing Club

    The Outing Club is for people who like to go outside.
    (advisor: Mrs. Llewelyn)
  • 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: Mrs Llewelyn & Mrs. 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: Mrs. 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. "
     the budding engineer. Enthusiasts meet to create a robot based on the specifications outlined by the F.I.R.S.T. competition  - the varsity Sport for the MindTM
    (advisor: Mr. Masoni)
  • 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: Mr. Morgan)
  • 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)
  • Volleyball

    The Derryfield Coed Volleyball club is a place where you can express yourself and be yourself. It's a place where you can meet new people, work together, and strive for a common goal. Students can choose to learn basics and them put them into practice by actually playing. It is a fun work out environment where you can learn and have fun! (advisor: Mr. Myers)

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