One of the most popular middle school Exploration courses is Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), team-taught by Dean of Students and Director of Security & Crisis Management Gillian Roberts and Director of Athletics Chris Hettler. Exploration courses are designed to immerse students and faculty in experiences and pursuits that inspire new interests, broaden skills, and sharpen awareness of the community outside of the classroom. Rooted in academic and real world skills, the courses encourage students and faculty to take risks, be playful, and venture into new territory.
Debra McLoud, Executive Director of Breakthrough Manchester, was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Breakthrough Collaborative. Breakthrough Manchester, which has been hosted by Derryfield for over 30 years, is one of the oldest and largest programs of the 24 regional affiliates that make up the Breakthrough Collaborative.
While it is fairly common for history students to go on a field trip to a museum that covers a time period they are studying in class, Ryan Tanner-Read’s Advanced Topics (AT) class recently visited Manchester’s Millyard Museum with the sole objective of studying how the museum presents its subject.
The Derryfield School announced today that 5 students have been recognized by the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program for their scholastic talents. Seniors Jaisen Soundar, Jack Schroeder, and Zachary Rabold are presently semifinalists and Artem Yurovskiy and Benjamin Roy were named Commended students.
Each year The Derryfield School chooses a member of the senior class to receive the Simeon Kass Award, in honor of Simeon Kass, who survived the Holocaust as a young boy. The 2022 recipient, announced on October 25 during the school’s weekly Community Meeting, is Cea Armstrong.
The freshman class traveled on October 12 to Camp Allen in Bedford, NH for a day of service and learning. Camp Allen is an overnight and day summer camp established in 1931 that provides opportunities for friendship, growth, and fun for children and adults with developmental and/or physical and mental disabilities in an outdoor environment....
On October 3 The Derryfield School put shovels into the ground on a new dining commons. Thanks in part to a generous donation of $2,500,000, the largest single gift in the School’s 58-year history, the entire Derryfield community will now be able to gather as one, in a building that will tie the campus together as originally envisioned during the master facilities planning process....
Caroline Thirkill, Upper School world language instructor, attended the NH New Teachers Retreat held in July at Keene State College. The New Teachers Retreat is an organization dedicated to the development and retention of young talent in the teaching profession.
Over 75 aspiring and returning student leaders, in grades 7-12, came to campus during the traditional “pre-season” week of August 15-19, to gain a deeper understanding of leadership opportunities and challenges at Derryfield.
The Derryfield School celebrated fifty-two graduates in an outdoor ceremony on Saturday, June 4. The joyful occasion marked the fifty-fifth commencement for the independent, co-educational institution, whose mission is to “inspire bright, motivated young people to be their best and provide them with the skills and experiences needed to be valued, dynamic, confident, and purposeful members of any community.”
Fantastic spring weather in New England helped each of our spring sports to unprecedented success highlighted by a state championship for our crew program. Boys' lacrosse and girls' tennis made another championship title run finishing runners-up, while our boys' tennis team made the final four. Our baseball team went 15-1 in the regular season and made a deep playoff run as well. The track and equestrian programs also saw success, with several members of each team qualifying for states in various different disciplines.
In honor of Dr. Mary Halpin Carter’s service to the community during her nine years as Head of the Derryfield School, the Board of Trustees announced on May 26 the dedication of the Carter Center for Science & Innovation.
Dr. Andrew Meyers and Dr. Taylor Moon had a problem they wished to solve: What sort of meaningful project could two of their grade eleven AT biology students, Kennedy Amorim and Ashley Hardner, pursue while the seniors in the class were occupied with their independent study projects? The answer came in the form of a one-month learning program called BioTrek, sponsored by BioFabUSA.
Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter welcomed visitors, students, faculty, and staff to the first in-person Grandfriends Day celebration since the fall of 2019. The assembly, which included the Founders’ Scholar Address, as well as musical performances by the choir and the band, was followed by an open house, where students guided their visitors around the campus, introducing them to their teachers, and showing off class projects and favorite haunts....
Combining their love of the arts with community service, ten members of the junior class welcomed ten 3rd-5th graders from the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester to Derryfield on April 28 for an afternoon packed with creative projects....
The musicians of Derryfield were up before the sun on Saturday morning, April 30, in order to leave school at 6:00 a.m. to attend a competition in Westfield MA. 93 students attended the trip, which included the Middle School Chorus, the Upper School Concert Choir, and a combined middle school and upper school instrumental ensemble. They returned home at the end of the day with three trophies.
This year, the Derryfield Green Club decided one day wasn’t enough–and extended the celebration of Mother Earth to a full week. Working in collaboration with the Spirit Club, the list of events included costumes, competitions, and challenges, all in the name of “greening up” Derryfield....
Derryfield senior Abigail Van Dyke was recognized on April 19 by the BAE Corporation of Merrimack, NH for her participation in their Women in Technology (WiT) program. Each year, up to 24 local female high school juniors and seniors are chosen to participate in the twelve-week course.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.