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Ode to the Classroom Building
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Ode to the Classroom Building

The Dana Hall Classroom building has seen about six decades of students, countless eras of fashion, and numerous learning models. Still, it has been a foundation for Dana Hall students to learn, lead, and grow through its sixty years of existence. This classroom renovation will mark a significant transition in […]

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An inside look at the new Classroom Building with exclusive renderings

The building that Dana Hall currently calls “the Upper School classroom building” was built in 1956. As of October 2021, Dana Hall has officially announced that as a part of the strategic plan – Vision 2025 – our current classroom building will be undergoing a major renovation and rebuild.  While […]

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Dana Hall’s area studies classes are “one of a kind”

The Area Studies graduation requirement “ensures that all students have been introduced to the history and perspectives of a non-Western region in support of our mission to prepare students for the challenges they face as citizens of the world,” according to Dana Hall’s curriculum handbook. Alexandra Siemon, who has been […]

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Ms. Funk brings some spunk to the Dana Hall community

Ms. Lauren Funk is new to the Dana Hall community as a 9th-grade Western Civilizations teacher. Ms. Funk began teaching in 2007, after receiving her undergraduate degree in Justice and Law from American University.   Ms. Funk never thought she would be a teacher. After four years of studying law, […]

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New Upper School schedule receives mixed reviews

Dana Hall’s Upper School schedule has undergone a massive change. In the old, pre-pandemic schedule, students had 45-minute classes with one or two 1-hour extended periods per day. In the new schedule, students have 65-minute classes each day, paired with one 90-minute extended block three days a week.  Conference Periods, […]

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Dana Hall adjusts to Canvas

The transition from Schoology to Canvas has been an adjustment, especially for returning teachers and students who used Schoology for years. Linda Derezinski, head of the Upper School English department and an advisor, said, “Canvas has the potential to do so much and caters to the needs of students.” Two […]

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Dana Hall says farewell to Schoology, welcomes Canvas

For over six years, Schoology has been the app most teachers and students at Dana Hall have used to view and submit assignments, but soon we will bid it a farewell. We are switching to Canvas, which is another course management platform that is used around the country. According to […]

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Mr. Chiu focuses on creating a safe space at Dana Hall

Mr. Ryan Chiu, the newest member of Dana Hall’s Math Department, has been teaching math since he was 13 years old. Here at Dana Hall, Mr. Chiu teaches geometry, algebra 2 with applications, and honors precalculus. He also coaches Middle School tennis and is the faculty advisor of the Asian/Asian […]

Academics / Opinion

Lessons and practices to take from our hybrid model

Due to participating in the hybrid model this fall and winter, I have had a lot more time to myself recently to actually think about things other than my school work, all thanks to not being on campus 24/7. The hybrid model for a student in high school is very […]

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Forum responds to a changing world

Forum, Dana Hall School’s health and character education curriculum, has been changed this year to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, racial and social justice movements, and the 2020 presidential election. The courses also were altered in consideration of last spring’s online classes, when students did not take Forum and thus […]