Archive for October, 2019

Community / The World

A Holocaust survivor tells his story

Gratitude, love, and optimism — three tenets Dana Hall students got to experience in the rawest form during a special assembly on September 20. Alex Gross, a Holocaust survivor, was interviewed by his grandaughter Marissa Lehv ’21 during a special assembly. Marissa says the interview was “difficult but it was […]


Putting the “student” back in “student activism”

Student activism is called student activism for a reason. It’s student-initiated, student-planned, and student-led. There should be no talking to this administrator or that teacher, no asking for permission. That’s what civil disobedience is. Otherwise, the rebellious aspect of protest, the point of protest, is missing.  This brings us to […]

Academics / Community

The more things change, …

2019-20 has already seen many changes in the schedule. Thursday mornings now have a different rhythm, and traditions such as Harbor Cruise, Cabaret, and Graduation have been moved around. On Thursday mornings, the first-period class is now before Class Meeting to make the Upper School schedule fits better with the […]


Food scraps now diverted at Dana Hall

If you’ve noticed two, side-by-side trash cans during lunch in the Dining Hall, separating garbage from food waste, then you’ve witnessed the new food diversion program that is the latest step in Dana Hall’s commitment to sustainability. The program that composts the dining center’s food waste started out as a […]

The World

The prolonged aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

It’s been two months since Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas on September 1 in the worst natural disaster in the country’s history, according to the Guardian. Even though the Bahamas is 1247 miles away, students in the Dana Hall community have been affected. “The hurricane grew really quickly, and it […]

Academics / Community

Ms. Palmer takes on new challenges

Melissa Palmer joins the Dana Hall community this year as an Upper School math teacher, teaching geometry and pre-calculus. She also shows her capability and willingness to take on challenges through not only teaching a new subject, but also coaching JV Volleyball. Ms. Palmer came from Vermont Academy, where she […]


A summer of hope

Everyone has heard of leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone, and its terrifying power. I had only heard of leukemia patients’ stories and had never encountered them in person until I volunteered at a hospital to take care of children diagnosed with leukemia. The experience […]


The athletic program at Dana Hall gets an upgrade with the new turf field

Ground was broken at the old Shipley field on May 29, beginning a summer-long project that would transform Dana Hall. The turf field has been a long-awaited addition to Dana Hall, and many parents, athletes, and students are excited about the field and the future of Dana Hall’s athletic program. […]

Academics / Community

Ms. Hanover: A new addition to the Science Department

Mary-Frances Hanover has just begun her new role at Dana Hall as the new AP Biology and Conceptual Physics teacher. Ms. Hanover heard about Dana Hall and its open position for a new science teacher through her brother in law, Mr. Brian Cook. She is now living on campus, across […]


Starting off school right with class retreats

The first Friday of school, September 6, students headed off on annual class trips. The freshmen spent an afternoon at a treetop adventure course, the sophomores clocked service hours and learned more about food insecurity while farming, the juniors embarked on a rafting adventure, and the seniors spent a relaxing […]