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  • Question the Answers... Including Your Own

    Clickbait, post-truth, silo-ization, confirmation bias, surreal, ladder of inference...
    These are terms and phrases emerging with greater and greater frequency in popular culture today. Derryfield has always taught critical thinking, and students here are, for the most part, adept at finding, evaluating, and using primary and secondary scholarly resources for their academic work. Outside of school, however, social media requires more sophisticated tools of analysis....
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  • Hastings Trades Diamonds for Courts

    Derryfield’s gym teacher Jeff Hastings is probably best known for his work on the baseball field, as both a coach and player. Back in 2007, Jeff traveled to Israel to be a player/coach for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the inaugural season of the Israel Baseball League, and he was once a team member of the Nashua Pride. Jeff has been Derryfield's head baseball coach for many years, keeping him active in the game he loves. However, it is a little-known fact that he is a tennis buff, and a fairly good one, at that....
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  • Expedition Behavior

    As we near the end of the winter term, embrace the full onset of winter, and celebrate Winter Carnival—a week of tradition, competition, and camaraderie building—I have been reflecting on the factors that create and sustain a strong community. The pace of the school year and the persistence of winter can often result in some restlessness this time of year. Winter Carnival brings with it some much needed enthusiasm and reminders of the common bonds that we share in this community....
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  • Autonomy, Competence, and Connection

    On January 30 The E. Charles Sanborn Visiting Fellow Program and the Parent/Faculty Association hosted a presentation by Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure. Lahey spoke with students during assembly and her words resonated with many—some of whom encouraged their parents to attend the evening session....
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  • Kane ’10 Looks at the Stars Through an Artist's Lens

    Kaitlyn Kane ‘10 is taking a different approach in looking at the stars. Last month we profiled Kaitlyn’s classmate, Claire Dickey ‘10, who is studying the science of stars at Yale University. Kaitlyn, on the other hand, is thinking about them from an artist’s perspective....
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  • Online Learning Opportunities Grow

    Not many small independent schools can offer courses like Arabic, Forensic Science, and Multivariable Calculus, but thanks to a partnership with over 20 independent schools from across the country, Derryfield can now list them in the curriculum guide. Now in its fourth year, the Malone Schools Online Network’s course catalog boasts several year-long classes in subjects from Ancient Greek to Advanced Economics, as well as over 20 semester-long electives....
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  • Presenting The Drowsy Chaperone

    The Derryfield Upper School players are pleased to present The Drowsy Chaperone for three shows in March. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another....
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  • Anderson '17 Passes 1000 Point Mark

    The Derryfield boys’ varsity basketball team celebrated a milestone reached by one of its players on February 3—one that has been achieved by only four members of the boys’ team in Derryfield history and was last accomplished by Bethany Kalliel ’12. The feat referred to is scoring 1000 points in a high school basketball career....
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  • Discovering a Personal Pathway

    Leading lives of passion and purpose. We developed that vision statement and the strategic plan in a process that involved many students, faculty, parents, and alumni. A vision statement is aspirational; an aim that a school aspires to but not necessarily attains for every graduate. What a worthy aim it is that each graduate leads a life of passion and purpose....
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  • Take Me to Your Leaders

    “The college invasion.” This is how my high school seniors describe the scene on our campus each fall. Admission visitors—like extraterrestrials—arrive in their rental cars with big smiles and stories of bright new worlds. Their message is always the same—“take me to your leaders....”
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  • Adam and Lori Evans Alderin with their daughter Lydia.

    Evans '00's Business a Labor of Love

    Derryfield alumna Lori Evans Alderin '00 and her husband, Adam, purchased The Beal House Inn and Tavern in Littleton in 2015 and were recently profiled by, an organization that encourages 20 and 30 “somethings” to stay in, come to, or “boomerang” back to New Hampshire....
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  • Failure and Future

    In light of our recent E. Charles Sanborn speaker, Jessica Lahey, I will take this opportunity to offer some thoughts about how critical failure is to growth. Author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Kids Can Achieve, Ms. Lahey rekindled our long-held belief that no true learning comes without some degree of trial and error....
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  • Field Hockey Players Earn National Academic Honors

    Seven members of the Derryfield varsity field hockey team joined the more than 2,500 student-athletes from 328 schools who have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad....
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  • The College Transfer Phenomenon

    Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching—but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those do it more than once....
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  • NHIAA Names 21 Seniors Scholar Athletes

    Director of Athletics Lenny McCaigue is pleased to announce that the following 20 Derryfield seniors have met the criteria for the NH Athletic Director Association/NHIAA annual Scholar-Athlete Award. They will be recognized in a ceremony on March 13 at the Concord Center for the Arts at 11:30 a.m...
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  • Math Team Small But Mighty

    The Derryfield Math Team is still computing! Revitalized during the 2013-14 school year, it is still a fledgling group, but one that managed to win the Division IV State Champions in 2016. With new faculty member Chris Induni at the helm, the group continues to grow and flourish....
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  • Emily and Riya participate in an exercise in Acting Lab.

    South African Exchange Enters Fifth Year

    This winter, Derryfield welcomed three exchange students from South Africa, Riya Gopal and Emily Thomson from Durban and Bradley Buchanan from Cape Town. Now in its fifth year, the South African exchange program involves hosting a student from South Africa for six weeks during the winter, then travelling to live in South Africa for six weeks during the summer....
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  • Breakthrough Advisory Committee Strengthens Ties to Community

    Last spring, a new partnership agreement with Southern New Hampshire University ensured that our Breakthrough students would be supported through high school and into college. In accordance with that agreement, the Breakthrough Manchester Advisory Committee has been reconstituted to include representatives of Southern New Hampshire University, The Derryfield School and the broader Manchester community....
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  • A Welcome Addition

    The Derryfield athletic community is happy to welcome intern Martin Musekiwa. He will be assisting with home event management, contracting officials for games, updating the athletics webpage, and with field set-up this spring....
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  • Failing to College

    “Rejection,” she says bluntly, “that is what I’m afraid of. If I don’t get in, I’ll feel like a failure.” In a nationwide climate of hyper selective college admission, there has been a steady increase in such sentiments—an unwillingness to take risks and an alarming trend of failure-adverse anxiety....
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  • Dickey ’10 Looks to the Stars

    We love hearing stories of Derryfield graduates who are pursuing their dreams and finding success, and Claire Dickey ’10 is one such alumna. Raised on stories of Greek gods and heroes and the constellations that they set in the sky, her fascination with the stars came early, though, she says, “while I certainly enjoyed both math and physics, in middle school and high school I was far more likely to be found writing stories, often about imagined universes and other worlds....”
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  • The Middle School Portrait

    Four years ago, the middle school faculty launched an evaluation of our program. We wanted to know what sets us apart, what we already do so well that is transformational, and what we would like to develop. That endeavor naturally led us the question: What should a Derryfield Middle Schooler know and be able to do after three years with us?...
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  • Small School, Big Creative Talent

    It is with great pride that I announce that 31 works of art by thirteen Derryfield students have received recognition by the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards! The Scholastic Art Awards is a very competitive juried art competition for students grades 7-12....
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  • Education Is Understated

    Often the headlines lead with stories about ways in which the Granite State falls short. 

    “Kindergarten in New Hampshire isn’t Elementary” – USA Today 

    “New Hampshire Tops List for Highest Average Student Loan Debt in Country” – N.H. Journal 

    “N.H. Gives Least to Higher Education of any State in the U.S.” – Telegraph 

    These reports are all true, and we need to address each of these issues, dedicating the resources necessary to provide access and affordability, however, it is not all grim and disheartening.
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  • Marcie Roberts Recognized by Manchester Artist Association

    Recently, art and Spanish instructor, Marcie Roberts was recognized by the Manchester Artist Association for her multi-media illustration “Journey.” While you may know that Señora Roberts teaches three sections of Spanish, as well as a visual arts course each term, what you might not know about Señora is her rich background in the arts....
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