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  • A Lead Mentor's Journey

    Karen Whitmore
    As I walked through the Milne Library at Derryfield the other day, a former student remarked, "Mrs. Whitmore, I thought you retired." Within a few minutes, I had explained to him that I had, in fact, retired as a middle school English teacher at Derryfield three years ago but had returned after only one day of retirement to mentor new teachers. The student seemed to understand when I said, "I couldn't stay away. This way I am able to support new teachers, connect with former colleagues, and see how students like you have grown...."
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  • Upper School Players Present "Pippin"

    The Derryfield Upper School Players are excited for the upcoming production of Pippin the second weekend of March. Tickets are on sale now. In the classic Broadway show, a traveling play troupe tells the story of Prince Pippin (Jakov Schwartzberg '18) and the young man's journey to be extraordinary....
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  • Derryfield faculty work with students to refine their messages for college essays.

    College Apps: How to Stand Out in Eight Minutes

    A recent Wall Street Journal article on the lightning fast pace at which college admission decisions are made at competetive schools today featured Derryfield senior Caleb Richmond and advice from Director of College Counseling Brennan Barnard. Derryfield students put a lot of time and effort into a college essay that reflects who they are as candidates, and they receive a lot of guidance from Barnard and faculty advisors on how to make their essays stand out from the crowd. Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal or below....
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  • Moskov Named to Union Leader's 40 Under Forty

    Congratulations to Derryfield's Director of Advancement Anna Moskov, who was chosen for the Union Leader's 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty. The Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty program recognizes some of the state’s brightest young achievers who have a record of professional and volunteer accomplishments in New Hampshire. Those selected will be honored at a reception at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on March 14. Anna was interviewed by the Union Leader about her experiences and had a photo shoot with Moose the Cougar....
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  • Are We Rome?

    Duffy Smiley
    If you keep track of the mainstream media these days, you may feel like the sky is falling. Some are even making alarmist comparisons between modern American society and the fall of Rome. As a classics scholar, Derryfield Latin teacher Mike Leary took an interest in this comparison, most popularly introduced in Cullen Murphy’s 2007 book, Are We Rome? Rather than accepting media sensationalism, Mr. Leary was inspired by his 2016 summer reading selection to create a history class that takes a deeper look at the comparisons between the two cultures....
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  • A Global Experience in Your Home

    Derryfield is a community that fosters and believes in the power of positive risk taking. International students are our biggest risk takers - traveling alone from across the globe, bringing a wealth of gifts and talents to our community. They add to the diversity of our student body and its viewpoints and offer daily lessons in the power of taking a big risk....
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  • Campus Becomes a Home Venue for Nordic

    Annie Branch
    With the right snow conditions and a lot of hard work from Nordic ski coach Peter Breu, Derryfield hosted its first ever nordic race on campus this January. Our challenging course delighted 140 skiers from five teams from all over the state, despite having to shorten the course due to icy conditions. In fact, after the race several teams stayed for another hour skiing all of our great trails....
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  • Sam Anderson

    2017 Alumni Updates

    The Derryfield alumni office caught up with three of our newest alumni over winter break to hear about what they have been up to in their first few months after graduation. We would love to hear from you about your experiences. Email Director of Alumni Development Alice Handwerk at ahandwerk@derryfield.org....
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  • Art Honors Abound

    Duffy Smiley
    The creative arts are thriving at Derryfield! The extraordinary depth of student talent in the department was most recently reflected in the results of this year’s New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards, in which 15 Derryfield students had a total of 35 winning pieces receive recognition....
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  • Taylor Carrobis

    Seniors Named Scholar Athletes

    Annie Branch
    Director of Athletics Lenny McCaigue is pleased to announce that 13 Derryfield seniors have met the criteria for the New Hampshire Athletic Director Association/NHIAA Annual Scholar-Athlete Award. They will be recognized in a ceremony on February 5 at the Concord Center for the Arts....
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  • Derryfield Creates

    Becky Barsi
    Do you have a creative talent?
    Are you a knitter, painter, singer, or quilter?
    Play an instrument or even have a knack for baking?
    Be a part of this year's Derryfield Creates Exhibition!
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  • Derryfield Welcomes New CFO

    Duffy Smiley
    Derryfield’s business office has a new face; Scott McPherson has joined the School as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. McPherson comes to us after 25 years at New Hampshire Public Radio, where he served a variety of roles. With a BS from Keene State and an MBA from SNHU, Scott started out as a newspaper reporter for Rochester and Keene before heading to NHPR as the producer of the daily talk show, The Exchange....
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  • New Year, Fresh Goals

    Mark Blaisdell
    Happy new year, everyone! Earlier this month I talked to students during a middle school assembly about the new year traditionally being a time to take stock of where you are and to set some goals aimed at where you would like to be. I led the presentation with a quick video about growth mindsets that included lots of sayings about our never-ending possibility to change. My personal favorite was a meme that used the word “fail” as an acronym that stands for First Attempt In Learning. We followed up the presentation with two activities...
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  • Positive Psychology Expert to Speak

    Dr. Christine Carter, sought-after keynote speaker and author of The Sweet Spot, will be presenting at Derryfield on Thursday, February 1 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Auditorium as part of the E. Charles Sanborn Visiting Fellow Program. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have shown both about success and fulfillment—and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world experiences as the mother of four teens to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action—Christine Carter, Ph.D., gives parents practical tips for nurturing both achievement and happiness in teenagers today....
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  • A Look at Schedule

    Lindley Shutz
    Every August, my family of six creates our schedule for the year. With an ER doctor who works nights, weekends and holidays; two grown children in the working world; a senior looking at colleges; and a freshman who is passionate about travel soccer, this past year was especially challenging, as each person communicated, via text, facetime and conversation, a wish list and demands of work and school life. Over the years we have clarified what we value most: to compromise so that each person be supported in their personal path; to have dinner together as often as possible; and--the most challenging-- we find time for reunion. We aim to give time to what we value....
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  • PFA Update

    January may mean a new start for many; for the PFA, this is when the creative juices start flowing! Hundreds of volunteer hours and many, many pairs of hands work behind the scenes to help pull together the annual PFA Spring Benefit every year....
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  • Keeping Resolutions on Track

    The new year means resolutions for many people, often focused on improving health and fitness. Derryfield's cross country and track coach James Porter sat down with WMUR's Cherise Leclerc to go over how to stick with your resolutions as we get further into the year. Watch the story on WMUR.
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  • A New Year

    Ben Dougherty
    Last week in our first community meeting back after returning from our winter break, the whole community took a moment of silence to reflect on the year behind us and the year ahead. Everyone in the auditorium was asked to think of a hope they have for themselves for the coming year and what they can do to achieve that goal....
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  • Getting (with)in: College, Acceptance and the New Year

    Brennan Barnard
    The new year is here, and with it, resolution season: our chance to kick a habit, be kinder, pursue a new interest, dedicate ourselves to a cause, hit the gym, the list goes on and on. As the calendar resets, it is an opportunity to start anew and to imagine what might be different. Over the years, my resolutions have run the gamut from concrete commitments like learning to play guitar or getting more sleep, to less tangible aspirations such as finding more joy each day....
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  • College Admission “Festivus”

    Brennan Barnard
    College counselors who work in secondary schools, and college admission officers who represent universities, are by and large affable people. We are in this field not because we revel in being “gatekeepers,” but because we love students and deeply value education and the opportunities it brings. Conversations at professional conferences are typically wide-ranging, entertaining and passionate; from football to politics; from travels to cooking; from The Simpsons to Stranger Things....
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  • Students Address Social & Environmental Challenges

    A group of Derryfield students recently participated in The Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) High School Track. The program started in 2013 in partnership with Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Yunus was recognized “for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance, loans that are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.” SVIC was established with similar ideals and seeks to guide students to “address some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges by using their creativity in designing novel, sustainable, business-orientated solutions....”
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  • College Admission Disappointment: A Parents’ Guide to the Holidays

    I can viscerally remember the excitement leading up to Christmas day as a child. My wish list to Santa would be drawn up and refined well before the first snowflake fell. Inevitably there were big-ticket items that I dreamed of, and even though I was aware of my slim odds of receiving these gifts on Christmas morning, the anticipation and hope always lingered just the same. I lacked the ability to manage my expectations to the extent that by Christmas dinner, I would often slip into a deep funk, despite the many wonderful gifts I had received. Somewhere in the excitement and yearning, I had lost perspective and overlooked the meaning of the tradition....
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  • Derryfield Goes "Winter Wild"

    Love the snow? Love to play around in it? Winter Wild, now in its ninth season, is a great event series for those who love to exert themselves outdoors during the winter months. The activity is called ‘uphilling,’ and it’s adding a whole new dimension of fun and purpose to winter recreation. “Uphilling is a hearty winter workout in which participants ascend a ski slope using either snowshoes, skis with climbing skins, or running shoes with microspikes. You might say it’s an activity that’s people-powered rather than machined-powered....
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  • Students Develop Real-World Business Solutions

    One great thing about teaching in an independent school is having the independence and flexibility to take an inspiring conversation or chance meeting and turn it into a powerful learning opportunity for your students. Dean of Academic Program and Environmental Studies teacher Brent Powell took advantage of just such an encounter for his class this fall. Derryfield parent Erik Drake struck up a conversation with Brent when their sons were visiting Derryfield for a buddy day. The conversation turned to Brent’s Environmental Studies class and the issue of food sustainability when Mr. Drake mentioned that he works for Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs....
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  • Belonging Earns CASE Honors

    Derryfield received international recognition from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for our bi-annual publication, Belonging. Panelists chose Belonging as a Gold Circle of Excellence award recipient lauding its “vibrant graphic representation of the School” and aligning content with the institution’s strategic vision....
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