Dedham Country Day School recognized its middle school student athletes for their participation in fall sports. Coaches presented awards for field hockey, soccer, flag football, and cross country at two all-school morning assemblies held on November 13 and 20.
On Thursday, November 9, 2017 DCD held its annual Veteran's Day assembly in which we welcomed two veterans who are friends of our Head of Lower School, Carla Haith. We had the opportunity to hear from LTC Annette Budford - Frost (Retired United States Army) and Kevin Fritz Barthelemy who is a Purple Heart recipient and former Infantry Staff Sergeant of the United States Army.
On Monday, November 20,DCD donated 24 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. Filling these baskets is a month-long project organized by the Middle School Student Outreach Committee, and it involves the entire DCD community-students, parents, and teachers. Everyone donates an item, including pies, canned goods, and beverages, along with homemade apple bread baked by our first and second graders.
Innovation is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the introduction of something new, or a new idea, method or device.” By this definition, there is nothing especially innovative about innovation, since people and societies have been adapting and finding new approaches to problems and opportunities throughout time.
A group of friends go to an old castle to celebrate Halloween. When they arrive, they soon discover that pirate treasure is buried somewhere in the house. Plot twists, intrigue, and mystery develop as the characters try to find the secret treasure.
DCD's 8th graders started Halloween this year dressed not in their costumes but as U.S. senators. In a trip to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate in Boston, the students took part in the Institute's Senate Immersion Module, where they were assigned states to represent as senators and then considered a real piece of legislation - reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act.
Ask any DCD student or teacher what day generates the most excitement and anticipation, and they will tell you October 31st! Yes - even the teachers love it. The annual Halloween parade and assembly arrived with it's usual fanfare. There were ghosts, goblins, super heros, fairy tale characters, some wild turkeys, and special appearances from Bruno Mars and Princess Fiona.
Here at DCD and around the country, students and teachers celebrated Digital Citizenship Week on October 16th to 20th! In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, we spent the month of October discussing and considering how we can be better digital citizens and build positive digital footprints.
The drama season launched this week with the fourth grade performances of "The Adventures of Robin Hood." As the fourth grade students study medieval times in their classroom, they enjoyed bringing this historical period to life on stage. Great fun was had by the actors, teachers, and audience.
It was a beautiful fall afternoon for the 10th Annual Larz Anderson Invitational Cross Country Meet hosted by the Park School on Thursday, October 12th. DCD’s cross country team was well represented at this middle school running extravaganza! Girls and boys teams from 15 area schools totaling 270 runners competed in the race.
“How cool is it that kids will choose to give up recess to do math”? Annette Raphel gushed recently after meeting with 3rd graders during her recent Tuesday Math Lunch. Demand for this new lower school lunch activity has been exciting! Each Tuesday, the room fills up as children file in with their lunches in hand to engage in some math calisthenics. The goal of Math Lunch is to show children that they can have fun with math and to see it’s many real-world applications. Mrs. Raphel likens this activity to “recreational reading”. “We encourage students to do recreational reading so why not encourage them to do recreational math”?
As the teammate ran the route and cut right for the sideline, she used a forehand throw of the Frisbee to score the first points of the game. Meanwhile a group of students were inside contemplating an alliance in the game of Atlaza, a teacher-student designed board game. Down the hall a few students were putting the finishing touches on their cookie recipe in hopes of creating a delectable snack for the next day. Welcome to middle school activities!
The stormy weather yesterday didn’t dampen spirits for the first day of school at Dedham Country Day. Morning drop-off had extra energy as children hopped out of their cars carrying poster boards displaying summer projects, overloaded backpacks with new supplies, and sports bags ready to engage in afternoon practices. Parents walking their children into school had an opportunity to catch up with Ms. Webster at her "Carpool Coffee" station.
Last spring, two of our faculty members, Duane Claussen and Gerry Clifford, read the book Grit by Dr. Angela Duckworth, sparking conversations about teaching and learning that led a group of DCD faculty, administrators, and staff to decide to read it together over the summer. During our opening faculty and staff meetings in late August, the group had a conversation about the book with Dr. Duckworth (who joined us by phone).
Dedham Country Day School celebrated the conclusion of the school year and the graduation of the Class of 2017 on Thursday, June 7, during Closing Exercises held in the Michael A. Rand ’86 Gymnasium.
Twenty-seven graduates entered the gymnasium to the musical accompaniment of “Canon” by Pachelbel performed by a combined instrumental ensemble of student and adult musicians. Each graduate received a yellow rose from a kindergarten student as they made their way to the stage in front of a hushed audience of parents, friends, alumni, and students.
DCD 4th Graders had a beautiful day for their annual Fun Run to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Dedham Facility. Having recruited roughly 150 runners from Grades 1 to 8, 4th graders were able to raise $2400 to support the animals in the shelter. Earlier this year, the class ran a blanket and towel drive for the animals and had the opportunity to tour the shelter to understand the importance of their community service project.
DCD’s 5th grade is presently captivated by melodic sirens, menacing cyclopes, and the wrath of Poseidon as they prepare for their story-telling performance of the Odyssey coming up shortly. What better reading for the end of the year than Homer’s Odyssey, an epic story of challenges, relationships, and growth?
Dedham Country Day School was lucky to be one of Brandon Mull’s final stops on his national book tour promoting his new series Dragon Watch. During a recent assembly, students in grades 4 through 8 sat mesmerized listening to Brandon discuss his life as an author of several wildly successful fantasy novel series for children and adults. What started out as a daydream as a child, and then a hobby and passion as an adult, has become his full-time job for the last 12 years.
DCD Middle School students received nine awards at the annual SISAL (Small Independent School Art League) juried show, held at the Carroll School in Lincoln. All the works entered by DCD students, 36 pieces in all, are on display this week. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, April 30, the DCD community was out in full force for the 34th Annual James Joyce Ramble, a scenic 10k run through the town of Dedham. This is the 3rd year that DCD has been a sponsor of this celebrated community event.
For the last two weeks, our primary school students have been exercising their dramatic muscles. The pre-kindergarten class presented a play written by Elisa Sidoli that was set in the jungle. It is a story about a lonely lion who was searching for happiness. He saw the other animals the zebras, the elephants, the cheetahs, the monkeys, and the tigers all having fun and was curious about what made them smile. Each animal grouping then took turns sharing all the things that made them happy.
After March break, the 8th grade classrooms were devoid of students! While this presented some challenges for our middle school teachers for daily lesson planning, you might say it was a good problem to have, since the reason for their absence was a flurry of school revisits.
How do children shape a coherent narrative about the world from the many disparate bits of news and stories they gather? In Paulette Jiles wonderful new book, News of the World, Captain Jefferson Jiles Kidd, a seventy-two-year-old veteran of two wars, travels from town to town reading aloud the news of the world. He reads in assembly halls, churches and feed stores across Texas, and prepares by collecting newspapers from near and far. The Captain circles the stories he thinks people most need to hear, and he makes his selections with great care. He knows people always like gathering practical information, so he starts all his readings with a report about which roads are clear and which are impassable. But he also understands that people need to be transported by stories in order to learn about the wonderful, curious, and mysterious occurrences in our world. These stories of beauty and wonder, over time, become the core of his readings.
On Thursday, March 30, 8th graders took part in the American Heart Association's CPR in Schools training program. Dr. Michael Cocchi (father of Ella Cocchi, class of 2025), and his colleague, Brigid Joseph, volunteered their time to come in and instruct our students in Hands Only CPR, how to use an AED, and how to respond when someone is choking.
Before break, the sixth grade class took a trip to Farm School in Athol, MA. The students had a great time and learned about what it's like to work on a small farm. Scroll through the slideshow to check out the students in action!
The Lowell Center was bursting with creativity on the Friday morning before the start of March break. The walls were adorned with paintings and drawings, the stage was filled with musicians and singers performing, and there were presentations of art work by DCD’s lower school students. The annual Lower School Visual and Performing Arts Assembly always delights the packed audience of fellow students, teachers, and parents!
Math educator Ken Fan visited DCD on Tuesday to share his love of math with eighth graders. Ken received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard and then went on to earn his PhD in mathematics from MIT.
A recent lower school assembly began with two second grade helpers enthusiastically coming to the stage. Their task was straightforward: one child was charged with bouncing a beanbag, and the other one was charged with bouncing a bouncy ball. We then asked the kindergarten to solve a mystery. A bouncy ball and a bean bag bounce differently when thrown to the ground, but what did this fact have to do with the story we were reading at assembly?
Eighteen Dedham Country Day Middle School students received awards for their performance in sports during the winter term. Coaches presented the awards for hockey, squash, and basketball at two all-school assemblies, on February 27 and March 6.
When creativity and curiosity collide, the end result can be something really cool! That’s just one of the many takeaways for students from a special Monday middle school assembly on January 30, when Andrew Innes, creator of the successful card game Anomia, spoke about his journey into the world of game design.
Dedham Country Day School eighth grader Bella Joseph will experience what it’s like to play at Carnegie Hall this February! Competing in the Crescendo International Competition for the state of Massachusetts back on November 20, 2016, Bella received First Place Honors for her performance of the classical piece Etude, Op. 60, No. 7 (Matteo Carcassi), opening up the opportunity to play with other regional winners at the iconic New York City venue.
That was the thought that kept rattling though the heads of the ten contestants that competed in DCD’s annual Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, on Thursday, January 26. Two representatives each from grades 4 through 8 vied for the coveted spot of school-wide geography whiz kid. This year’s Bee featured an even mix of repeat and new competitors.
Students were challenged with questions that required knowledge of domestic and international maps, bodies of water, and important landmarks throughout the world.
The Pre-K class doubled in size, but just for one day! Each student brought a special friend to a recent all school assembly. In prime time on the DCD stage, our Pre-kindergarteners introduced their own hand-made, multi-cultural puppets.
It was only the second day back at school, but it didn’t take DCD students and teachers long to get their groove back on! As part of DCD's Alumni Assembly series, Adam Rochelle’09 and Sam Rochelle’12 returned home to their familiar stage to play some tunes for the DCD community in a recent all school assembly.
The day before students and families dispersed for winter break, DCD middle school students showcased the hands-on projects completed during the three-week science Mini-term unit.
Every year between Thanksgiving and winter break, students in the middle school embark on DCD's Mini-term curriculum, which is designed to allow students to dive more deeply into specific subjects in science and humanities than is possible during the regular term. For this three-week period, the daily schedule changes to allow for longer class periods where more focused discussions, research, and project work can take place.
Dedham Country Day School in Dedham, MA, is a private coeducational school for children in PreKindergarten through Grade 8. We offer a balanced curriculum in which challenging academics, arts, athletics, and community service are connected to ensure children grow whole and strong.