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  • The June Rollercoaster!

    Though schools have changed in so many ways with the integration of technology and in a landscape where being knowledgeable is less important than being “knowledge-able,” one aspect that remains is that the end of the academic year requires a lot of work and energy for everyone. You have undoubtedly seen the busy schedule for our last days of school which include both academic and social activities ranging from cumulative final exams/projects to advisory, grade-level, and school-wide social events. Then, right as all the activities reach a crescendo, the start of summer vacation typically offers up a totally different pace. Once the novelty of no school wears off, students will go through an adjustment of not having days that are filled with lots of activity and different adventures. I have talked often about how “busy” our schedule is, but I also know that middle schoolers function best when their natural propensity for movement, discovery, and social interaction is fostered. Over the years I have asked our very experienced middle school faculty (many of whom have or have had middle school children) and middle school parents about what advice they would give to families as they seek to create a productive summer for their teens and tweens. I humbly offer up a top ten list...
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  • Day of Giving Raises Over $71K

    Amazing volunteers and donors helped Derryfield achieve another successful Day of Giving! On April 11 over 50 members of the community reached out to parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We exceeded our goal of 200 gifts, and thanks to our generous challengers, the Annual Fund received an additional $14,000 of critical support....
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  • STEM Project Earns National Recognition

    For the second year in a row, a Derryfield STEM student has received recognition in a national innovation and entrepreneurship competition. Kellyn Johnson, a junior in Dr. Masoni’s STEM class has won the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize in the 2017 Inventor’s Challenge.
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  • The Danger of Romanticizing College

    We’ve all been there—love at first sight; eyes locking from across the room, that familiar rush of warmth and dizziness, the skies that suddenly seem that much brighter. It is tricky enough when our infatuation leads to unrealistic ideals of perfection in a partner, but it’s downright dangerous when we fall in love with a college this way. For high school students, this idealism is quite common as they develop romanticized expectations of the perfect school.
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  • The Tradition Continues - Advanced Studio Art in NYC

    On the first weekend of April, students in my Advanced Studio Art class took a weekend trip to New York City! An annual tradition, this highlight to the spring term allows students a rich visual arts experience, hopping from one museum and gallery to the next. Hitting the road early on Friday April 7, we arrived in the city late morning, dropped our bags at our midtown hotel and immediately made our way to the Museum of Modern Art just a few blocks away.
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  • Partnering Together for Good Decision Making

    Spring brings with it a lot of renewed energy and excitement at Derryfield. These past few weeks of beautiful weather have prompted outdoor classes and gatherings of friends for lunch. Large numbers of students, parents and faculty have been attending athletic events. We are quickly making our way toward a lot of exciting events and celebrations as the school year flies by. A large number of seniors begun their Independent Senior Projects. Prom is less than a month away and the series of pre-graduation celebrations continues next week with Senior Celebration. It is about this time of year that students begin getting very anxious for summer, more and more sophomores get their license, giving them greater independence. In homeroom and in advisories, we encourage students to have fun and enjoy these beautiful days, but also to stay focused and to finish the year strong. We encourage them to help each other make good decisions in and out of school and to continue to work hard academically and athletically so that they can all finish the year in a way they are proud of, reflecting the hard work they have put in all year long...
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  • From Inquiry to Action

    Since August, Derryfield teachers have engaged in our “Year of Inquiry.” Reading books, visiting other schools, researching sources on the web, attending virtual classes, participating in department sponsored workshops, and attending conferences, they have explored how we might better teach 21st Century Skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and media literacy. In March, over two Professional Development days, they moved from research to action, developing lessons, units and assessments. Passionate and innovative, many have begun to implement new and great ideas in their classrooms....
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  • Breakthrough Donor Spotlight

    Richard and Kristina Critz are residents of Hollis and parents of a Derryfield student and alumnus. They are generous supporters of Breakthrough Manchester, both personally and through their family foundation. The following are excerpts of a recent conversation with Becky Berk, Breakthrough's Executive Director....
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  • Upper School Spring Travel Recap

    Derryfield students travelled near and far over spring break, having a number of life-changing experiences. The upper school international trips visited China and Nepal, as well as a domestic service trip to work for Habitat....
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  • “More Feedback!!!!”

    No, I’m not flashing back to all those 1980’s rock concerts I attended...well, actually now that I write this - AC/DC...1987...Providence Civic Center. Loudest guitar amps ever!! Anyway, last month I wrote quite a bit about how important feedback is to learning. I mentioned three tenets of effective feedback for students: it needs to be constructive and improvement-based in nature, it needs to be frequent and offer opportunities for multiple attempts, and it needs to come from a trusted and respected source...
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  • Middle School Spring Travel Recap

    Derryfield students did a fair amount of jet setting this past March to numerous far-off places. The trips were as varied as the students that attended them. There were middle school trips to New York City for an arts and culture experience and Moab, Utah for an outdoor adventure....
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  • Field Hockey Athletes Excel

    Athletic Director Lenny McCaigue has built a strong field hockey program over the past decade, and the future is looking bright, with several of his young athletes earning accolades at the regional level....
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  • How to Choose a College: Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

    Despite a decade of parenting, this week I made a rookie mistake. In the days leading up to the Easter holiday, I took my son into our local candy shop. With the sweet aroma of fresh chocolate and sugar taunting his senses, I allowed him to choose one item as a treat. He was paralyzed. “I don’t know how to decide,” he said—his initial excitement quickly besieged by choice. I immediately recognized the puzzled look of wonder on his face, as it resembled the high school seniors with whom I work trying to choose a college....
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  • Winter Athletic Recap

    The Derryfield winter sport season wrapped up in early April with the annual sport assembly, in which coaches give an overview of their team’s season and present the Class of 1970 Awards....
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  • March College Admission Madness

    Director of College Counseling Brennan Barnard relates the college decision process to college basketball's March Madness in his most recent Huffington Post blog.
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  • Varsity Alpine Strong at Meet of Champions

    To round out a successful varsity alpine season, a select group of five Derryfield skiers traveled north yet again to Cannon to test themselves against the 60 best racers from all divisions at the Meet of Champions. From this meet, 12 individuals would be selected to represent New Hampshire at the Eastern High School Championships at Attitash. Even though our athletes were going up against the best in the state, they rose to the occasion and turned in some spectacular results representing Derryfield and Division IV in a way no other group before them has....
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  • Math Team Wins Small and Big

    Derryfield students have once again demonstrated that they attend a small school with big talent - this time showing their skill with numbers. The Derryfield math team “had quite the triumphant end to the season yesterday,” said upper school math teacher and math team coach Chris Induni. “The team won the SMASH small school division for New Hampshire!” This small but determined group finished the day in first place for the second year in a row....
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  • China Trip Recap

    Derryfield students recount a few of their adventures on their trip to China, including the Terracotta Warriors, the Hanyangling Mausoleum, a Tang Dynasty dace show, the Tang Dynasty Art Museum, Muslim Street, the Great Goose Pagoda...
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  • Alumnae Authors: On Love

    Derryfield English teachers once again have reason to be proud, with two young alumnae authors publishing books this year. Through pure coincidence, both are collections of smaller works that share the theme of love. Great minds think alike....
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  • The College Interrogation

    Director of College Counselling Brennan Barnard and members of the Derryfield community were recently interviewed for a Wall Street Journal story about the frustration many high school seniors have with being interrogated about their college plans....
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  • On Feedback and Formative Assessment

    Let’s play word association. What image comes to mind when you read the word “feedback”? A co-worker offering you some advice? An evaluation from a supervisor? A rocker standing in front of his amplifier stack with his guitar cranked up to ten (or maybe eleven…)?...
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  • SQUARE: NHIA Open-Call Exhibition

    How do artists express their style, ideals, and emotions when you restrict the shape of their work? SQUARE is the first open-call exhibition hosted by The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery, specifically for the students, faculty, and community members of the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
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  • Anything But “Routine”

    Even the most free spirited among us have some regular habits, patterns, and routines that we may not even be fully aware of until they get disrupted. Simple things like the time we wake up, what we prefer to eat for breakfast, or the radio station we listen to on our way to school, can all help us to feel as though everything is “normal.” We all have different thresholds for change in these routines....
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  • Student Artists Explore Virtual Reality

    This winter term, students in my Digital Art class had the opportunity to create their own virtual reality experience. Blending vector based drawing tools, video, and photography, the students created a range of creative artwork that was then transformed into a virtual reality experience through apps ThingLink and YouTube. When viewed through a VR headset, like the Google Cardboard, the digital artwork becomes an immersive experience....
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  • Breakthrough Hosts "Back-to-Summer" Breakfast

    You are invited to join Breakthrough Manchester for their "Back to Summer" breakfast on Wednesday, May 17 at Southern NH University from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakthrough Manchester is a remarkable program that provides six continuous years of tuition-free academic enrichment and support for bright students in Manchester who have limited opportunities....
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