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  • Mock Trial Competes at NH Invitational

    This past weekend the Derryfield Mock Trial Club traveled to Souhegan High School to compete in the New Hampshire Invitational Tournament....
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  • From the Ground Up

    In a recent issue of New Hampshire Business Review, Derryfield Trustee and Eckman Construction Vice President Preston Hunter '98 talks about the benefits that came from Eckman having a strong background knowledge of the school's culture during the Athletic & Wellness and Science and Innovation Centers building project...
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  • Lyceum Gallery Presents: Interior Journey

    The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Interior Journey, a solo exhibition of paintings and prints by Rhode-Island-based artist, Abba Cudney. She paints the theme of the interior, giving specific attention and time to the moments that occur within those spaces....
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  • Transformative Learning

    Transformation occurs when students are challenged; when the work is meaningful; when students care about the people, the process, and the outcomes; and when students see that what they have learned has impact....
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  • College Admission Gratitude

    This fall I had the great fortune to present workshops about college admission throughout the country. I spoke with parents, students, teachers, administrators, counselors, admission deans, consultants and other educators about applying to college, character, athletic recruiting and writing. I was constantly inspired by the depth of experience and commitment to opportunity that I found in my travels. Though the messages and themes of each workshop differed, there was one common experience in each session: gratitude....
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  • November Construction Update

    There has been a flurry of activity in our new spaces since the last construction update. Each day the changes became more and more dramatic as the finishing touches were completed. As promised, our partners, Ekman Construction, delivered the keys to Moose the Cougar on November 1 and we also received the certificate of occupancy for both spaces - we couldn’t have been more delighted!...
     
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  • What Matters In College Admission

    A look of surprise and encouragement washes over his face and with earnest he exclaims, “You mean that matters?”
    I am sitting in my school counseling office reviewing a high school senior’s college application, and I have asked why there is no mention of the hours he spends at home after school caring for his grandfather....
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  • Meade to Lead Boys' Varsity Basketball

    The Derryfield School Athletic Department is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Ed Meade as the new head varsity boys basketball coach....
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  • Leadership, Ethics, and Development Curriculum

    Derryfield’s “Leading for the Common Good” campaign has certainly delivered results. Created with the goal of involving all Derryfield students in leadership development experiences and fostering influence, character, and awareness, the initiative has seen hundreds of students participate in conferences, retreats, and activities. However, prior to the 2019-2020 school year, Derryfield lacked a program that would expose students to a cohesive curriculum focused on leadership and life skills in 6th-12th grades....
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  • Chodosh Wins 2019 Kass Award

    Each year, the Simeon Kass Award for Writing and Humanistic Inquiry is given to a member of the senior class who demonstrates an interest to learn beyond what surfaces in day-to-day life and demonstrates outstanding writing skills, an appreciation of other cultures, a burning inquisitiveness, and the disposition to take a position and challenge opinions....
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  • Advanced Topics Emphasize Applied Learning

    When Upper School students began the process of selecting their classes for this year last spring, their options for higher level courses were different than in the past. Throughout the school year, there had been buzz amongst the community about moving beyond the College Board’s Advanced Placement curriculum, and the newly-designed Advanced Topics courses arrived as the realization of that goal....
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  • SURFACELAPSE: Exploring Surface & Space

    Lyceum Gallery: October 21 - November 22, 2019
    Reception for the artist: November 1, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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  • From Lamplighter to TIME Magazine

    Members of the Lamplighter staff interviewed former Lamplighter writer and current TIME journalist Jamie Ducharme '11 on her recent cover story on the public health crisis ignited by Juuling....
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  • The Updated Schedule: New and Improved?

    Derryfield's Lamplighter staff asked members of the Derryfield community what they thought of the new schedule so far this year....
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  • Mock Trial Competes at Yale

    Eleven students from the Derryfield Mock Trial team competed in the Yale Mock Trial Association’s Bulldog Tournament at the end of September. Competing in a total of four trials, they faced teams from across the country, ranging from Texas to New York....
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  • Image by Nikolay Georgiev from Pixabay

    The Truth About College Admissions

    Over the past year, college admission has been riddled with mistrust. We have watched as families fixate on commercial college rankings — as if they were reliable indicators of quality — while erroneously tying admission selectivity to success in college and life. Some parents have tried to buy their children’s way into college, and others have even forfeited guardianship of their offspring to cheat the financial aid system....
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  • September Construction Update

    The sights and sounds of construction have been omnipresent on campus for many months. With the opening of school, and the imminent arrival of fall, we have reached a new level of activity. The clock is ticking toward a November completion of both the Science and Innovation (S&I) and the Athletic and Wellness (A&W) projects. Here is a quick update on construction activities....
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  • Barnard Co-Authors Book on College Admissions

    In 2019, the stakes in college admissions have never seemed higher. With ever-plummeting acceptance rates and parents willing to pay massive sums of money to secure spots for their children at “elite” schools, many families approach college applications with unanswered questions. Responding to the current sentiments surrounding college admissions, Derryfield’s Director of College Counseling, Brennan Barnard, has co-authored a new book that aims to mitigate confusion and anxiety....
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  • Inaugural Exploration Block

    Friday marked the first day of the brand new Exploration Block at Derryfield, where students have nineteen choices for classes--ranging from Bee Keeping to Financial Literacy to Rugby. These classes are part of the new Derryfield schedule, offering students a chance to pursue interests and passions outside of the regular academic grind. They will meet two out of every eight days....
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  • Lyceum Gallery Presents: A New Terrain

    The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of A New Terrain, a solo exhibition of multimedia artwork by New Hampshire-based artist, Erin Sweeney. Having lived a nomadic life, Sweeney demonstrates in her work a desire to “stay put.” Her work explores the memories of places, past and present, and a sense of belonging to a particular landscape or community. In this exhibit, Sweeney invites viewers to consider their own idea of home and the architecture or landscape associated with it....
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  • Exploration Courses Expand Opportunities

    Have you ever dreamed of creating your own podcast, wondered what goes into writing a mystery, or been interested in the art of beekeeping? Derryfield students will be able to dabble in all of the above and more through the new Exploration program that is a key feature of the reimagined academic schedule taking effect in the fall of 2019....
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  • Admission Deans Share Tips For College Applications

    The end of summer feels imminent—not just because the airwaves are inundated with back-to-school advertisements, but also due to the growing frequency of calls to my high school counseling office. With the school year approaching, college applications are weighing heavily on rising seniors’ minds. While colleges and universities have a variety of application plans and deadlines, many students can expect to have at least one application due by early November. Yes, this is over three months away, but the fall can be hectic with classes, sports and activities....
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  • Keefe Hancock Hangs Up Her Many Hats

    Over the past 26 years, Katy Keefe-Hancock has worn a variety of hats at Derryfield: science teacher, director of academic scheduling, overseer of substitute teachers, administrator of AP testing--the list goes on. She described her various positions as “roles that are normally under the radar,” but she leaves a tangible impact on the School after retiring from the faculty at the end of the 2018-2019 school year....
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  • Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay

    Finding Common Joy In College Admission

    What are the first three words you think of when you hear college admission application? Go ahead, take a moment and write them down. I had my suspicions for how students would respond, but nonetheless decided to conduct an unscientific poll of the young people with whom I work in a variety of settings. Intimidating, lengthy, boring, hard, nerve-racking, annoying, a grind, stressful, complex, daunting, competitive, perilous, one-dimensional and terrifying—these were just a few (those that were appropriate to print) of the adjectives that emerged. Do these align with the words that you just wrote or were you more optimistic?
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  • Hettler Leads Athletic Program Into New Era

    With a slew of recent championships and the construction of the brand new Athletics and Wellness Center, it’s certainly an exciting time to be involved with athletics at Derryfield. After Lenny McCaigue retired as Athletic Director this past spring, longtime middle school science teacher and lacrosse and alpine skiing coach Chris Hettler assumed the position to lead the School into this new era....
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