Academics

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Ms. Sly joins Dana Hall as the new Director of the Helen Temple Cooke Library

This August, Ms. Dana Sly, a veteran librarian with an eye for creativity and innovation, joined the history-packed Helen Temple Cooke Library community as the new library director. So far, her favorite part of Dana Hall is definitely the people. “They’re so warm, so welcoming, and it seems like a […]

Academics / Opinion

Dana Hall needs to consider learners who benefit from paper

Headaches, bad posture, fluctuating sleep schedules, and distractions are the result of working on computer or iPad. Paper can actually be beneficial to learning as opposed to working on technology, which can be hurtful towards the academic growth of teens. In my opinion, there is nothing that helps me learn […]

Academics

ChatGPT in the classroom, a role that is still developing

Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, has recently become a more integral part of our everyday lives, revolutionizing the way we approach tasks. However, with the release of the new artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, there has been much discourse about its use in academic spaces. AI can be helpful in […]

Academics / Opinion

Parents are banning books unfairly in public school libraries

As an independent school in Massachusetts, we feel removed from discussions of banned books in public schools. However, most Americans attend public schools, so it is important that Dana Hall students are exposed to public instruction in order to be responsible citizens. Unjust book banning in school libraries has been […]

Academics / Opinion

Dana Hall’s current schedule should be changed

Next school year (2023-2024), Dana Hall should think about revamping the schedule. The schedule was changed two years ago with the best intentions as they wanted the Middle and Upper school schedules to overlap as well as having fewer transitions throughout the day. However, the previous schedule was better. I […]

Academics / Community

Dana Hall student publications have a riveting history

Dana Hall student voices have been published since the late 1800s. The first issue was published on December 15th, 1890, from a newspaper titled the Bonbonnière. This paper was a literary magazine as well as a newspaper. Other student publications include small newspapers that ran for 1-2 years all the […]

Academics / Community

Dana Hall Senior Forum Kicks into Action

Before winter break, the senior forum classes participated in two self defense classes. These classes were held in the gym and led by two instructors from a group called IMPACT Boston. During the two classes the seniors learned the eye strike, the groin kick, and verbal avoidances. The verbal piece […]

Academics / Community

The Influence of Involution on Dana Hall’s College Application

Involution refers to the phenomenon where people work harder or put in extra work, hoping to gain more benefits but instead receive the same or even less returns as before. Involution is a term more well-known in Chinese culture, but this phenomenon is also present in American culture, especially in […]

Academics / Community

Dana Hall Changes AP Exam Policy

This year, Dana Hall has made two changes to its Advanced Placement (AP) Exam policy. First, Seniors are no longer required to take the AP Exams in May. Second, students used to be able to take any AP exams, even if Dana Hall doesn’t offer the AP course. Due to […]

Academics / Community / Featured

The English Department Adopts a New Grading Scale

The English department has been experimenting with a new grading system this trimester, with the goal of prioritizing learning over grades.  The system uses a rubric that defines the standards of success on each essay assignment.  If the student’s writing meets the standard, they receive the grade “Meeting Standards,” which […]