Community / Letters to the Editor

Repaying sleep debt: Improving a community one night at a time

Abigail (Abby) Bertelson ’13 is a first-year student at Stanford University and writes to The Hallmanac to share what she has learned in her “Sleep and Dreams” course — information important for Dana Hall students facing sleep debt. Walking into school in the morning is often accompanied by overheard groans […]

Community / Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Administrators reply: “We must be more culturally aware, culturally sensitive and culturally competent”

We are writing in response to two recent student editorials, written by Gloria Revanche and Jackie Hayre-Pérez. In addition to validating the concerns raised in these editorials, we want to explain the steps we have taken, and will continue to take, to promote inclusive dialogue with all students in our […]


Dodge for a cause: Dana and Belmont Hill battle it out on court

Dodgeballs were flying in Shipley Gym on Friday night, May 8, as Dana Hall and Belmont Hill engaged in a lively tournament to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In the name of charity, the two schools played five fierce rounds of dodgeball as well as participated in a team costume challenge. Dana Hall’s Raya […]


Dana Hall speaks: Does the gender of the new head of school matter?

Is it important for our next head of school to be a woman? Ms. Erisman will be leaving next year, and many of us are wondering who the next head of school will be. A search committee composed of teachers, administrators, and trustees will begin their search this year. While […]


Changes on the horizon as Ms. Erisman resigns

Caroline Erisman, Head of School, announced on April 16 that she will leave Dana Hall at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. She describes her seven years spent at Dana as “rewarding, challenging and memorable,” and it is “with a heavy heart and mixed emotions” that she has to […]

Academics / Community

Young dragons to fly in Fall 2016: Dana Hall adds 5th grade

The 2016-2017 school year will face many changes with not only a new Head of School, but also a 5th-grade class added to the Dana Hall Middle School. Dana Hall has recently announced the plans to become a 5-12 secondary school. The 5th-grade class will consist of only one section, […]

Community / Opinion

An Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It

As many of you know, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore black man, recently died from spinal injuries while in police custody. Peaceful protests have ensued against police brutality, but major news outlets and social media have chosen to focus on the property damage and looting that unfortunately accompanied the mostly […]


Amid the noise and dust, progress continues on the Student Center

The construction on Dana’s new Student Center is well on its way. Changes began during March vacation and will continue through this summer. The end result is scheduled to be finished before students return to campus for the 2015-2016 school year in September. The green fences around the dining center officially […]


Picture this: Dana Hall members say, “I am …”

“Shy but strong.” “Smooth like a jar of skippy peanut butter.” “Enough.” These are a few of the words written by the Dana Hall community in commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015. Before leaving for Spring Break, the GirlUp Club organized the making of “I am” cards […]

Academics / Community

Dana students depart for Spanish exchange program

Three Dana students will be heading to Zaragoza, Spain, on February 28 to begin a three-week exchange with the Sansueña School. Nora Panahi ‘15, Allison Donahue ‘16, and Maddie Rivers ‘17 will stay with host families, attend classes, and experience the culture of Zaragoza. Five girls from the Sansueña School […]