Academics

New faculty join the Dana Hall “big family”
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New faculty join the Dana Hall “big family”

This year, Dana Hall’s faculty has expanded greatly. Ms. Nia Hays, Upper School Academic Dean, comments that the new teachers “are exactly who you want in a school community—people who are strong classroom teachers, passionate about the subject area, multi-talented, creative, and engaging.” Ms. Jasmine Xiang joins the World Languages […]

A passion for metaphors: Margot Singer ’80
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A passion for metaphors: Margot Singer ’80

Everyone has their passions. For some it’s food; for others it might be animals. Margot Singer ’80, on the other hand, has a passion for metaphors. I was lucky enough to get to sit down and interview Ms. Singer, who came to Dana to give a Wannamaker lecture in March […]

Saving the planet, one solar panel at a time
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Saving the planet, one solar panel at a time

Over Spring Break 2016, 32 new solar panels were installed on the southern side of the Shipley Center, thanks to previous Dana Hall students. In Dr. John Doll’s Current Topics in Life Science class in the 2013-­14 school year, he asked students to do a year-long project studying how science […]

Academics

Two cultures intersect through poetry

This winter, Ms. Linda Derezinski’s freshman English class traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, through poetry. Her students, by creating blogs on Weebly, developed a platform to share their original poetry, their analyses of acclaimed poems, and their thoughts on the world surrounding them through the eyes of a poet. Students at […]

Academics

Get hands-on with new math and visual arts courses

The Mathematics Department and Visual Arts Department have each introduced a new hands-on course that will be available to students starting in the fall of 2016. They will both use the “MakerSpace,” a new room downstairs in the Classroom Building that will be ready for use in the fall. The new […]

Frank Bruni soothes college nerves with Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be
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Frank Bruni soothes college nerves with Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

Stress over college is at its peak in American culture, giving life to multibillion dollar test prep and essay writing industries, questionable college ranking systems, and devastated parents and children across the country. Frank Bruni, an American journalist, dispels the myth that a student’s life will be determined by which […]

Five planets visible in morning sky through February
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Five planets visible in morning sky through February

For the first time in over 10 years, five planets are visible from Earth together at one time. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter can be seen in the early morning, about 45 minutes before the sun rises. These planets will be visible until February 20, but the best time to […]

New Schoology policy hides cumulative grades
Academics

New Schoology policy hides cumulative grades

It’s the middle of the trimester, and you know what you got on the latest test, but you do not know where your overall grade stands. That was the case for many students last trimester, and could very well be for the rest of the academic year. For the past […]

The Congdon sabbatical program lets teachers grow, learn, explore
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The Congdon sabbatical program lets teachers grow, learn, explore

If you had one year with no commitments, what would you do? Dana Hall allows teachers to answer that question through a sabbatical program. This program allows two classroom teachers a year to take either half of a year or a full year off from Dana Hall and spend the […]

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Technology gets a boost in Dana Hall’s classrooms

All classrooms this year now have Epson short throw projectors, powered speakers, and Apple TVs, which were installed by the Technology Department this summer throughout both the Middle and Upper School. According to Mr. Kyle Crawshaw, Technology Support Specialist, “the decision to install new equipment was based on feedback from faculty and […]