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 […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

The conversation continues: The need to talk about race at Dana Hall

Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez ’17 continues the conversation about discussions of race at Dana Hall. To the editors of The Hallmanac: Recently, I read Gloria Revanche’s “Editorial on Freddie Gray and How Dana Has Handled It.” As a student of color myself, I find myself surrounded by peers and teachers who come from […]


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 […]


Furious, but also glorious

When you look up the movie Furious Seven on Google, one of the most searched phases is “Did the ending make you cry?” I will confess: yes, it did. Distributed by Universal Pictures, The Fast and the Furious is a series of action movies that centers on street racing. With […]

Letters to the Editor / Opinion

Administrators reply: Why study hall is back in Waldo

Dear Hallmanac Editors, We are writing in response to Meghan Kelley’s Opinion article that appeared in the Hallmanac on March 26, 2015. The article, entitled “Move Study Hall Back to the Library,” argued that required study halls for ninth and tenth graders should be relocated back to the Library, out […]