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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 […]

Lit Comp 1 students eschew final exams for POMs
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Lit Comp 1 students eschew final exams for POMs

A new final project is going to replace the traditional Literature and Composition 1 final exam this year. In the “Presentation of Mastery” (POM), each student will create her own digital portfolio on Schoology. The portfolio will include revisions of the student’s best work of the year. By the end […]

Headmaster of OWLAG visits Dana Hall
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Headmaster of OWLAG visits Dana Hall

Dana Hall welcomed to campus Mr. Melvin King, headmaster of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in South Africa, along with his wife, Ms. Liesl King, this past September. Moments after meeting Mr. King, his infectious smile greeted me warmly, and I felt as if I was conversing […]

Ed Techies launch technology “Conference Desk” in Library
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Ed Techies launch technology “Conference Desk” in Library

Is Schoology not working? Is your wifi slow? Did the Explain Everything app forget to save your project again? The Ed Techies, headed by Katharine Elliot ’17 and Autumn Ceppi ’17, are here to help. The club introduced an Ed Techie Conference Desk in the Library on November 8. This […]

Latin learners turn school into a game
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Latin learners turn school into a game

Last year the Latin level one and two classes at Dana Hall moved away from the traditional textbook and tried something new. The Latin level three class followed in their footsteps this year as well. These classes are now being taught using an online, interactive, role-playing type game called Operation […]

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Dana Hall eliminates Honor Roll

This year, Dana Hall eliminated the Honor Roll in an effort to increase intrinsic motivation within students, and at the same time decrease stress. Dana Hall transcripts will no longer bear any indication of the Honor Roll. The concept of an external reward is to recognize achievement through an external […]

New school year, new faculty
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New school year, new faculty

This year, Dana Hall has had many big changes, including a multitude of new teachers in both the Upper and Middle School. Head of the Upper School Ms. Jessica Keimowitz says that she is “so excited to work with the new faculty and staff. They bring expertise and energy to our already accomplished […]

Alexandra Siemon: Embodying passion and wisdom
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Alexandra Siemon: Embodying passion and wisdom

Students of Alexandra Siemon, Social Studies teacher, often describe her as “knowledgeable,” “wise,” “honest and genuine,” and “caring and supportive.” She is also considered “very busy.” Besides being a teacher, Ms. Siemon is also the Global Scholarship Program Advisor and member of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) advisory board. […]

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Young dragons to fly in Fall 2016: Dana Hall adds 5th grade

The 2016-2017 school year will face many changes with not only a new Head of School, but also a 5th-grade class added to the Dana Hall Middle School. Dana Hall has recently announced the plans to become a 5-12 secondary school. The 5th-grade class will consist of only one section, […]

A.P. U.S. History curriculum under attack
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A.P. U.S. History curriculum under attack

Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) is a class that challenges students to read, memorize, and think critically at a fast pace. However, is the course also teaching students to be unpatriotic? The College Board implemented a new framework this fall for APUSH classes across the country. The new curriculum […]