Master storyteller Willy Clafiln captivated the attention of DCD students during his visit on Monday. He had middle schoolers belly laughing as he talked about the serendipity that brought him to his career as a story-teller and that augmented and enhanced his stories along the way.
New for the 2019-20 academic year, DCD’s Hawk Scholarship has been created for highly motivated middle school student applicants who embody the values of DCD’s mission. This very selective, merit-based opportunity recognizes new applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic, or artistic promise and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the community at DCD.
Composition and Collaboration in a Creative Musical Playground
DCD Grade 4 and 5 students in the Alternative Music Ensemble explore free improvisation and instant composition, playing any instrument or sound-generating device that takes their fancy. In a creative playground atmosphere, students develop deep listening skills through an egalitarian, collaborative process.
Connecting the Process of Learning and Self-Creation
Tara Westover’s memoir Educated considers the role formal education plays in our lives, as well as the many ways we learn about the world through our experiences outside of school. Westover was not enrolled in formal schooling during her elementary years. Much of Educated focuses on what Westover learns outside of the classroom, whether exploring the Idaho mountainside where she was raised, or the lessons she is required to learn because of the challenging – sometimes traumatic – circumstances of her upbringing.
Are you thinking of changing careers? Ever thought about what that might entail? That’s what Boston Globe columnist Nina MacLaughlin did nine years ago when she gave up journalism for carpentry. She spoke to DCD students at a special assembly on Thursday, October 11, about her experience, chronicled in her book Hammerhead: The Making of a Carpenter.
No question about it, kids love summer, but they also seem to love Day One at DCD. The energy and smiles throughout the halls and classrooms and on the playgrounds and fields were endless as we welcomed 268 students to campus today.
At the end of the school year, the DCD Olympics is always a favorite community tradition. What was hatched as a student idea in 1928, the DCD Olympics has had a 90-year tradition of athletic competition, camaraderie, and connection. Students in grades 1 through 8 are divided into three teams, becoming life-long members of either the red, white or blue team. The entire day is filled with events where students can test their athletic abilities, support their classmates, leverage their agility, and yes, enjoy some friendly competition. This year, the white team emerged victoriously.
The youngest members of our community in pre-K and kindergarten participate in the Critter Olympics where they cycle through their own pint-sized events!
Members of the Class of 2018 are ready! They’ve completed their final exams, they’ve toured Washington, D.C. to wrap up their studies of U.S. History, they’ve consumed their special lunches and breakfasts, they’ve watched their DCD journeys summarized in the 8th grade slideshow, they’ve competed against their teachers in the 8th grade volleyball match, and they’ve painted their hands to take part in the cherished tradition of leaving their mark on the walls of DCD.
After 115 years, DCD finally has a school mascot: the hawk! The outcome of the voting over the past month was announced at the DCD Olympics on Friday, June 1. Votes came in from alumni and past parents as well as current parents and children.