Academics

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
Academics

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
Academics

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
Academics / Arts

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 […]

Academics

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
Academics / Community

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 […]