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List of 10 news stories.

  • A Look at the Pace of School

    This fall, faculty have been crafting a new Derryfield schedule as well as the new courses in the Academic Vision. Since the schedule consultant visit in September, the Schedule Committee and the general faculty have been evaluating three models proposed, and have developed a hybrid. The goals of our new schedule include, among others....
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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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  • 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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  • Middle School Takes on MusicX Innovation Challenge

    Innovation took on a new meaning in the Middle School this past spring. As Derryfield places a growing emphasis on teaching students 21st century skills, Middle School head Mr. Blaisdell has been working in collaboration with Dr. Masoni in the STEMX department to incorporate these skills into the curriculum. Particularly, they prioritize “design thinking,” which is defined as “a design methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems....”
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  • Introducing Derryfield's Academic Vision

    Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing the Derryfield Academic Vision through three evening presentations for parents and families. We invite you to join us to share your thoughts and questions as we provide an overview of our faculty’s exciting commitment to redesign the student experience for the 21st century....
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  • Social Entrepreneurship in Action

    Question: What happens to 85% of clothing and shoes in the US?
    Answer: It ends up in landfills and is not recycled.
    Joe Whitten, founder and CEO of Manchester-based Apparel Impact is working to change this. On Tuesday February 13 Mr. Whitten visited Mr. Powell’s tenth grade Environmental Studies class and spoke to the students about how his for-profit company is focused on the triple bottom line of sustainability: People, Planet, and Prosperity....
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  • A Lead Mentor's Journey

    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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  • A Look at Schedule

    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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  • Teaching Critical Thinking

    In a recent article from Inside Higher ED, Gloria Cordes Larson, President of Bentley College, states: “Critical thinking, complex problem solving, empathy, creativity and communication skills are all necessary in today’s work environment.”  This was quite gratifying to read, as these are precisely the “21st century skills” Derryfield teachers and administrators have been working on through our Years of Inquiry and Program Development.  Here are just a few examples of how these concepts are playing out in our students’ experience....
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  • Starting STEM X Early

    After completing a year of inquiry into 21st Century Skills, Derryfield will be offering a new opportunity for sixth graders to explore the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Derryfield’s approach to STEM is highly interdisciplinary and focused on solving for the unknown, or “X”, resulting in STEM X. The new middle school offering is an introductory course that gives students early exposure to the powerful blending of these traditional topics with an innovative approach....
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