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List of 25 news stories.

  • A Farewell to Mr. Dougherty

    From a young age, Ben Dougherty knew he wanted to be a doctor, maybe one who specialized in sports medicine. Growing up on the North side of Portland, Maine, he played baseball throughout his adolescence and high school years. Unfortunately though, a bad shoulder injury ended his prospects during his senior year....
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  • "We Get It:" College Admission Deans Speak Out

    “Embrace uncertainty.” This just might be the official slogan for the spring of 2020, and it has been the unofficial theme for college admission for decades. While the current state of applying to college seems unprecedented—and it is—there has always been one constant, and that is change....
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  • Defer or Defy: Should You Start College This Fall?

    We are living in uncertain times. Much is unknown in the face of this global pandemic—from the most trivial questions like when it will be possible to get a haircut, to the direst concerns about lost jobs or food insecurity. Even what we thought we could control has fallen prey to unpredictability. Many college-bound high school seniors are already wrestling with a significant time of transition as they decide which school to attend, and how they will afford it....
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  • Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

    This is virtually impossible my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, who thought geometry was important anyway? Actually, I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, it is virtually possible. Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was pretty important, instead, I urge her to set up a virtual meeting with her teacher to work through her confusion with the theorem. This is the new normal for students throughout the country as they settle into pandemic-enforced distance learning. Young people are adapting to online classrooms and virtual meetings while also confronting the disappointment of missed opportunities at school and out in their world....
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  • Davis '23 Named State Alternate in Poetry Out Loud

    On Thursday evening March 5, Derryfield freshman Savannah Davis competed in the Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals at the Currier Museum here in Manchester....
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  • Sixth Graders

    This past February, Derryfield sixth-graders Alex and Philip Moore and their triplet brother Griffin appeared on the “Kidventors” segment of Good Morning America 3:Strahan, Sara and Keke to describe the glow belts that they had invented as second graders at the Clark Wilkins Elementary School in Amherst, NH....
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  • The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic

    Campus closures at colleges and universities across the country are spreading as fast as the novel coronavirus itself. While higher education has previously endured national emergencies (think 9/11/01) and weathered various crises (fires, floods, and flu), the timing and scope of COVID-19 are unprecedented. College admission is certainly not immune to the impact of this disease and it is having very real consequences for enrollment managers and the students whom they hope to attract....
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  • DI Team Qualifies for States

    Derryfield's middle school Destination Imagination team, also known as the Crafty Cougars, headed north to Meredith for a regional qualifying event. It was a wild and exciting day in which the team competed in two challenges, a parade, and a host of fun activities with teams from 21 other area schools.
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  • Leading While Building

    Head of Upper School and graduate of the gcLi Leadership Lab Ben Dougherty reflects on working with a team of colleagues to build a meaningful leadership program at Derryfield that would become a lasting part of the culture of the School.... 
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  • Celebrating Student Artists

    Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Students from all over the United States submit work in sixteen visual art categories, with the regional recipients forwarded to New York in February for national adjudication....
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  • A Look at Deeper Learning

    At Derryfield, we transform children’s lives and learning by drawing on the best ideas in education. One idea that is inspiring us is ‘deeper learning.’ According to Harvard School of Education professor Jal Mehta, in his Education Week article, “No One Has a Monopoly on Deeper Learning,” sustained, powerful education combines three critical elements...
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  • Winter Athletic Recap

    Director of Athletics Chris Hettler shares a few highlights as several winter teams finish up their season and others look to the championship tournaments. For updates on specific sports, visit the team pages at www.derryfield.org/athletics/team-pages
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  • Byron '20 Reaches 1000 Points

    On Friday, February 14, 2020, on the hardwood at Newmarket High School, Max Byron followed his lowest-scoring half of the season with his second-highest-scoring quarter to hit the 1000-point scoring mark for his four-year varsity basketball career....
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  • by John Hain for Pixabay

    Character Counts In College Admission

    It has been said that character is who one is, or what one does when nobody is watching. When it comes to college admission, everyone seems to be watching and according to a recent survey, character counts. This week, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Character Collaborative released a research brief entitled Character and the Admission Process, which includes results from a survey of trends in college admission....
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  • Representing Zimbabwe at Model UN

    On Thursday, January 30, sixteen Derryfield students left for the four-day Harvard Model United Nations (MUN) conference at the Prudential Center in Boston, MA. Students had been preparing for this conference since September as a part of the new Derryfield Exploration Block electives....
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  • Image by John Iglar from Pixabay

    College Admission Fake News

    It is impossible to get into college. At least this was the impression of the high school junior sitting in my school counseling office talking about admission. He had heard about declining acceptance rates and increased application numbers and was ready to give up before he even began....
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  • A Local Inspiration: Art of Space, Place & Time

    Local Inspiration is an open-call exhibition hosted by the Lyceum Gallery, specifically for students, faculty, alumni, and community members of the New England College Institute of Art and Design....
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  • Teenage Entrepreneurship

    When you think of an online clothing retailer speaking at a regional conference for the e-commerce platform Shopify, you might not expect that professional to be a freshman in high school. However, this scenario is the result of Derryfield freshman Steven DeCesare taking a passion for gaming and a bad birthday present, and turning it into a successful business venture....
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  • The Lighter Side of College Admission Predictions

    The start of a new decade offers the chance to guess what our world will be like in ten years. In a recent piece, I shared thoughts from college admission leaders about their predictions for the future of applying to college... [Now] I offer a lighter take, one that is more aligned with how people outside the profession look at college admission and what might be coming....
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  • 2020 Vision in College Admission

    In January of 1990—the year I turned sixteen—as a new decade began, my brothers, some friends, and I made predictions of what our lives would be like in 30 years. The twist was that we could only predict for each other, not ourselves. When cleaning out our parents’ home recently, we discovered our prophecies written on a faded legal pad, and as this year begins we reviewed them to check on our progress....
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  • Dougherty Named Head of The Island School

    Head of School Mary Halpin Carter delivered the bittersweet news to the community this week that Head of Upper School Ben Dougherty has been appointed the next head of school for the Island School in the Bahamas. In a letter to parents, students, and young alumni, she talked about Ben's leadership skills and shared info about the upcoming nation-wide search....
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  • A Decade of Change in College Admission

    As we welcome in the New Year, we are also closing out a decade—one that has seen many shifts in college admission. While news stories in the past ten years have often focused on rising application numbers and shrinking acceptance rates, the reality is that this is only part of the story. We have seen unsustainable growth in tuition and debt, colleges shuttering their gates, lawsuits, scandals, and investigations, but also increased numbers of test-optional schools, strong professional leadership and a focus on character in admission. It would be difficult to identify all the changes in the process of applying to college, but to be sure, a student applying in 2020 is having a vastly different experience than those from 2010 or even 2015....
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  • 2019 College Admission Influencers

    As the end of December nears, it is that moment when we take stock of the year that was. Time publishes the Person of the Year (you go Greta) and Oxford Dictionary identifies the Word of the Year (in 2019 it is the phrase “climate emergency”...I sense a trend). Meanwhile, there is no shortage of “best of” lists, including top stories, photos, songs, and movies. As we review the year, we ask what changed and who made it happen? There is no debating that 2019 was a rollercoaster of news, scandals, lawsuits, and controversy in college admission, but who were the most influential people in the field?...
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  • The College Admission Year In Review

    Every New Year’s Eve, my father poses a question. It is simply stated, but complex in response: 
    “What was the greatest advancement or change this year?”...
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  • Winter Break Athletic Recap

    While our students may be taking a break from the classroom, our athletes are still competing hard with many of our teams involved in Holiday tournaments and competitions...
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