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  • December Construction Update

    The steel has arrived! You may have noticed the yellow crane visible from River Road which arrived on campus to place the steel. As the steel is placed, each joint is then bolted and welded. The building has really started to take shape, and the retaining wall facing the turf field is complete....
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  • Addressing the Hazards of Vaping

    In October, we addressed the topic of Juuling and vaping with upper school students during homeroom. At Derryfield, we attempt to proactively address issues that impact the health and wellness of our students. Ms. Llewelyn recently brought six upper school students to a full day workshop on the dangers of vaping and as peer leaders they are now sharing that information with other students....
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  • Lyceum Gallery Presents "Revitalize with Nature"

    The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Revitalize with Nature, a solo exhibition of landscape photography by Vermont-based artist, Brenda Petrella. The exhibition will feature photographs primarily taken in and around Vermont as well as some photos taken during Petrella’s travels to the Yukon. Petrella’s work reminds us that we are a part of nature and not separate from it....
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  • College Admission and Gratitude

    November is undeniably the crazy season in college admission. Early application deadlines, nervous high school seniors, often-frantic parents, and other demands of college admission all seem to come to roost. It was in the midst of this frenzy that I returned to my office, and on top of the clutter of paperwork, I discovered the following note....
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  • College Admission, Helplessness, and Choice

    If you shock a rat or dog enough times (please do not do this) without the animal having control over its circumstances, it is likely to give up hope, believing it has no other choice but to receive a shock. This is what psychologist Martin Seligman, and his colleagues at The University of Pennsylvania, discovered in the 1960’s and 70’s with their experiments on learned helplessness. While I do not support any kind of cruelty to animals—or humans—it is a phenomenon not dissimilar to what we often observe in college admission....
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  • Leadership Profile: Emanne Khan

    For the large group of new Derryfield students who join the community each year, it can be hard to imagine oneself in a future leadership role when you are preoccupied with learning a new schedule, making friends, and juggling sports, clubs, and academics. However, these students should not count themselves out as leaders on the basis of not being at Derryfield for their entire school careers. When she entered Derryfield as a freshman, senior Emanne Khan ’19 admits that “I’ve always been pretty quiet and reserved in large groups, and before I came to Derryfield, I often saw this as something that was obstructing my ability to be a leader. Coming from a large middle school, leaders were often the ones who spoke up the most simply because they were the only ones who could be heard....”
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  • Field Hockey Ends Season as State Champions

    On a damp Sunday morning at Bedford HS, Derryfield varsity completed their season with a 1-0 victory vs Hanover, earning the school's 5th State title and first in Division II.
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  • Cross Country Community Steps Up

    An interesting issue arose leading up to the October 10 Derryfield Cougar Classic, cross country's annual home meet. Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA) coach Mike Shevenell contacted the coaches to ask for help with a challenge they were facing for running the Derryfield course; his top female runner, Liza Corzo, is legally blind. While it was exciting for her and for the PCA team that she was already expected to win the race, running out front gives her no one to follow and her condition leaves her unable to follow the course on her own. She needed some kind of guide....
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  • Unpacking College Financial Aid

    A week after our second child was born, I heard an economist on the radio talking about saving for college. My heart sank and my pockets lightened as the guest broke down the numbers. Considering the rising costs of higher education, he explained that to save for a private college, starting at their children’s birth, parents would need to set aside $500 per child each month in an account with an interest rate that matched inflation. As two educators in our early 30’s with a household income of around $60,000 a year, $1,000 a month represented about a third of our post-tax earnings. My mind raced....
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  • Advancement Office Update

    The Advancement Office is happy to welcome Carrie Brown who joined the team in August as Director of The Derryfield Fund. Carrie comes to us from Ithaca College where she was Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Carrie has 20 years experience leading alumni engagement and advancement efforts at Smith College, Rice University, and Ithaca College.
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  • Fall Sports Recap & Post-Season Preview

    With the golf team already complete and many teams heading into postseason playoffs, here is a review of varsity seasons thus far, and information on upcoming games where you can come show your Cougar pride!
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  • "A Global Tongue" Earns 2018 Kass Award

    Each year, the Simeon Kass Award for Writing and Humanistic Inquiry is given to a member of the senior class who demonstrates an interest to learn beyond what surfaces in day-to-day life and demonstrates outstanding writing skills, an appreciation of other cultures, a burning inquisitiveness, and the disposition to take a position and challenge opinions. The Kass Award was established by the Boelig family in memory of a beloved family member to recognize those who have a passion for the written word and the human experience....
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  • Derryfield Builds Connections at Students of Color Conference

    Over the course of the past few years, Derryfield has seen a reinvigoration of interest in issues relating to identity and social justice, with RADS, GLOW, and Gender Equality Club enjoying prominent positions on campus. In addition to programs at school, students are venturing outside of the community to learn more and connect with others over these issues. On Saturday, September 29, a small but mighty group of six Derryfield students, accompanied by Ms. Llewelyn and Ms. Teeters, made the journey to the Holderness School for the Northern New England Students of Color Conference....
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  • October Construction Update

    Construction is underway and in each issue of Cougar Tracks we’ll update you on our progress, share what is coming up next, and provide a Q&A. These will be high level updates; anything that is urgent or will impact students will be shared in Nuts & Bolts (like parking arrangements).
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  • Patrick Dunfey: Visiting Artist

    The Lyceum Gallery’s first exhibition of the 2018-2019 season, Hover: Works by Patrick Dunfey showcased a selection of Dunfey's paintings from the early 1990s to present day. Within this selection, one can notice reoccurring themes in Dunfey's work (single object focus, interest in landscape and nature, use of a limited color palette), as well as ways he has changed his art-making practice in terms of scale and his flow between precision and abstraction....
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  • Academic Vision Update

    We are excited to share our first post of the year in our ongoing series to keep the community informed of our progress towards Derryfield’s new Academic Vision and schedule, which will be implemented in the fall of 2019....
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  • Stagg '20 Commits to Michigan

    Derryfield junior and field hockey standout Lindsey Stagg was highlighted in The Eagle Tribune this fall after her commitment to Michigan...
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  • Group and Community Development

    October is an amazing time at Derryfield. Energy and enthusiasm are high, classes are picking up momentum, the weather is often beautiful, teams are fighting for titles, and the junior talent show and other community events exemplify our strong culture. Six weeks into the new school year, we are collectively beginning to “hit our stride.” The shock of returning to school is long gone and the rhythm of the school year has taken over.  Each school year brings with it a host of opportunities and challenges for every member of the school community to navigate....
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  • Building a Community of Leaders: Student Leadership Program Expands

    Leadership is often seen as a role reserved for elected officials and experts on TV. At Derryfield, the Leading for the Common Good program ensures that 100% of students have access to opportunities that build their capacity to be leaders. A community of 400 leaders? Yes, exactly! “The school’s view and definition of leadership is not one that isolates the people who we often in society think of as leaders” says Mr. Dougherty. Rather, “about four years ago we really began to define the leadership program . . . we wanted to create a program that impacted all students in grades 6-12.”
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  • Regina Salmons '14 Captures Gold at Under-23 World Rowing Championships

    Salmons '14, who began her rowing career at Derryfield can competed for the University of Pennsylvania, now has multiple U23 gold medals to her name and is joining an US Olympic training group this fall.
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  • Breakthrough Manchester Welcomes New Executive Director

    Breakthrough Manchester is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Debra McLoud. Deb has recently moved from Rhode Island to join Breakthrough Manchester as Executive Director....
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  • End College Rankings: An Open Letter

    An open letter to the owners and editors of U.S. News and World Report: I am writing to respectfully request that you cease and desist the publication of your destructive college and university rankings. These simplistic and misleading classifications of our educational institutions are jeopardizing the health and wellness of our young people, the unity of our families and the sanctity of educating for the common good....
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  • Leadership Profile: Matt Michaud

    Senior class president Matt Michaud ’19 may have earned one of the most visible leadership positions at Derryfield, but that does not mean that he has maintained a rigid and unchanging perspective on what leadership looks like. In fact, the annual student leadership summit, which he attended in 2017, played an important role in shifting his views. “I thought leadership was a lot easier before I went to the summit because I hadn’t really thought about all of the complex things that went behind it,” he says....
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  • Lyceum Gallery Presents "Hover"

    The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Hover, a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by New Hampshire-based artist Patrick Dunfey. This exhibition will feature both small and large scale paintings ranging from Dunfey’s work in early ‘90s to his most recent work from 2018. Inspired by early American journals and music, automatic drawings, and his own writing of lyric songs, Dunfey’s work hovers between precision and flow, between ideas and expressions, moments and feelings....
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  • Derryfield Welcomes New Faculty

    Derryfield is thrilled to welcome seven new members of the teaching faculty for the 2018-2019 school year. These teachers have already made a strong impression on their students, and are making their marks on Derryfield classrooms.
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