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Dana Hall’s hybrid model is only one of many

Before the 2020-21 school year could begin, Dana Hall and surrounding independent schools were tasked with a complex challenge: creating a learning model that would be successful for all community members. Local students and their families at Dana Hall were given the choice to be fully remote or a hybrid […]

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Students’ learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

This fall, Dana Hall students have had two different learning models, as laid out by Head of School Katherine Bradley in an August 19 email. Local students were given the option to choose between learning 100% remotely or in the hybrid model, which is 50% remote learning and 50% on-campus […]

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Applying to college during a pandemic

The college application process, which is normally known for its unchanging routines, has been turned upside down in the year of a pandemic. Everything from the basics of visiting a college campus to taking standardized tests have been changed, and resources at Dana Hall are changing with it. One of […]

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How the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the college admissions process

As junior and senior year rolls around for many of Dana Hall’s students, the milestone of beginning the college process begins… and even an international pandemic can’t stop it. The summer going into senior year is a vital time in a student’s life to visit college campuses, take the SAT […]

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Mr. Kieran Fitness, math teacher and Renaissance man

Mr. Kieran Fitness, the newest addition to the Dana Hall Upper School Mathematics Department, has a tendency to diminish his accomplishments. This is a quality that was highlighted by his wife, Dr. Emma Towlson: “I think he is modest to the point of massively underselling himself.” In addition to being […]

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Teaching for democratic change: Ms. Lindsey Galvao

Ms. Lindsey Galvao came to Dana Hall this year as Student Affairs Coordinator, US History teacher, and Ninth-Grade Dean. At Dana Hall, Ms. Galvao has been able to pursue her passion of creating democratic change by educating girls. Before coming to Dana Hall, she worked at another all-girls school for […]

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Dana Hall at a distance

Dana Hall School’s return from Spring Break was a virtual “return” that did not include physically coming back to campus. On Thursday, March 26, the Dana Hall community began its distance learning program via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has now required all schools to […]

Mandarin and Cantonese at Dana Hall
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Mandarin and Cantonese at Dana Hall

The Dana Hall Upper School has approximately 40 international students who are ethnically Chinese. Most of these students speak Mandarin, which is the dominant dialect in China. Only about four international students are Cantonese speakers, but they can also speak or at least understand Mandarin, since it is Mandarin is […]

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Laughing through the pain: test memes

Although standardized testing is a dreaded annual event, many students look forward to the entertainment of memes after the fact to cope. For any standardized test, including the SATs, the PSATs, and AP exams, looking up the name of that test followed by “memes” brings up a variety of memes […]

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Change in Commencement venue

This year’s seniors will be graduating on the Wayside field, breaking the longstanding tradition of Commencement’s taking place across from pond. This move is a consequence of the new turf athletic field, which is not compatible with the stakes used to anchor the large tent used at graduation activities. Brianny Vasquez […]