Whether in DCD’s Private Music Program or in the classroom, students from pre-k to grade 8 have been exercising their musical muscle. December often brings several opportunities for students to share their hard work with whole community.
Recently DCD 8th graders experienced what it’s like to be a U.S. senator during their visit to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute where they participated in the Senate Immersion module. The Institute simulates the legislative process where a bill gets turned into a law and where a President’s nominees for cabinet offices are confirmed. During their visit in the full-sized replica of the senate chamber, DCD students (senators) were tasked with addressing the Affordable Care Act. Advanced preparation for the day involved reviewing a brief of the Act and understanding the role and requirements of a senator.
Appreciating Our Shared Humanity on this National Day of Mourning
Wednesday was designated a National Day of Mourning to reflect upon the life and contributions of former President George H. W. Bush. Democrats and Republicans joined together in praising President Bush’s commitment to both public service and family, providing us with a less partisan moment than what we’ve experienced over the past months.
Curiosity Spurs Day of Learning and Teaching for DCD Faculty and Staff
What are you curious about? That was a question asked of faculty and staff earlier this fall, which prompted visits to nearly 30 schools and organizations, both public and private, on their professional development day, Monday, November 26, a day that was dedicated to teaching and learning.
Dedham Country Day School recognized its middle school student athletes for their performance during the fall 2018 sports season. Coaches presented awards for field hockey, soccer, flag football, and cross country at two all-school morning assemblies held on November 13 and 19.
On Monday, November 19,DCD Dedham Country Day School donated 25 Thanksgiving baskets complete with all the fixings for a wonderful holiday meal for families in need of some extra help at this time of year.
Middle Schoolers Explore Diversity, Identity, and Voice
On Saturday, November 10, Dedham Country Day hosted the 2018 AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference drawing 300 students from grades 5 to 8 from 35 independent schools throughout New England. It was a day of connection, camaraderie, and discovery as students moved between 17 different workshops and came together as a larger group for two special keynote sessions and shared meals. The theme of this year’s conference, “Use Your Voice,” enabled students from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, and orientations to explore the many different strands that define diversity, culture, and identity and to reflect back on their own stories and how they might activate their own voice.
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.