This graph from the New York Times shows the differences in SAT critical reading scores based on income. Notice how the higher incomes correlate with higher scores.
Academics / Community

Testing, Privilege, and Keeping College Pressure in Perspective

Let’s focus on the original purpose of standardized testing. Whether you are taking your high school exams or the infamous SAT test, the goal of the test was to allow students to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of skills. But how effective is the SAT in showing how successful and intelligent […]

You’ll no longer feel crushed with responsibility with these easy packing hacks!
Community / Uncategorized

So Much Stuff, So Little Space: A boarder’s guide to how to pack it all up

As the school year comes to an end, boarders have started to pack up their rooms for their belongings to be shipped back home until next year. To boarding student Karina Atiegha ‘20, “the process of shipping and packing up everything is difficult.” Many other boarders agree that packing up […]

Seniors from the class of 2018 pose outside of the classroom building on their last day of school before Senior Projects begin.
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Sending the Seniors on Projects

The end of the year is rolling around quickly, and it is a very bittersweet time for the Dana Hall community as we begin to say goodbye to many of our beloved seniors who are leaving and soon graduating. The Senior Project Program is used as a stepping stone between […]

A very excited Ms Donohue poses with the boxes and boxes filled with books for the 2018 Dana Book fair.
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Have No Fear, the Book Fair is Here!

As the end of the year nears, the stresses of exams and grades are high and motivation has hit a low, but one event that always gets student’s minds off everything is the book fair! This year the fair will kick off on Tuesday the 22nd with more than 1600 […]

Present-day Student Activism: a group of Dana students participate in the recent student-organized walkout in support of ending gun violence on April 20, 2018 — photo credit: CC Dent

Student Activism in Dana Hall’s History

So far in the 2017-2018 school year, there has been an upswing of student activism at Dana Hall as well as in the bigger community in the US. From #blacklivesmatter to the recent national walkout for gun control, students, especially high school students, have been actively involved in political and […]

Sometimes the announcements in All School meetings are everyday routine announcements like sports news. Other times, there are more serious issues that get raised on the stage.
Community / Uncategorized

Assemblies: Tracing the Controversies

Every week at Dana Hall, the Upper School and Middle School gather together in Waldo to talk about current events, important updates, and sports. Every week, this meeting feels like routine, with students getting up to speak about an issue that is concerning them or a topic they want to […]

Dana Hall students joined together to protest gun violence.

Dana Students Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence

On Friday April 20th, 2018, at 11:00 AM, the students of Dana Hall took charge for a moment and walked out of class to protest gun violence in America. It may have seemed like a one day event to must of us, but several students had worked to plan this […]

Commonly worn shorts at these lengths are now accepted with the newest version of the dress code.  The dress code is no longer a long list of prohibited items, but instead a comprehensive understanding appropriate for all.
Community / Featured

Another Chapter in the Ongoing Dress Code Story

Throughout the past few decades, dressing down in the workplace and in school environments has become increasingly acceptable. Dana Hall’s dress code has also a changed throughout time, and it has experienced notable modification within the past 10 years. Just on Monday, April 30th in morning meeting, student council announced […]

Leave the Phone at Home

Leave the Phone at Home

I personally am a huge fan of having days where I leave my phone at home. I find it easy to get caught up in social media, especially when notifications constantly fill my feed. While platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO and Facebook are called “social media,” the more one […]

Oscars Poll: Results Are In!
Arts / Community

Oscars Poll: Results Are In!

The Oscars brought out the movie-lover in us!  Here are the results of the Hallmanac’s Oscar Poll.   Spring Break starts today, a perfect time to go see those movies.  Get your popcorn!