2018

  • February

    Making Connections with Poetry

    Hilary Rochelle
    Fourth graders had an opportunity to experience the power of poetry in a whole new way in class on Thursday morning, February 15, the beginning of the Vietnamese New Year known as “Tet.” Poet Kevin Bowen, a veteran of the Vietnam War who writes poetry based on his life experiences both as a soldier and later as a friend to the Vietnamese, shared some of his works with this class of fledgling poets. “Poems are there to capture moments,” he explained to the children.

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  • Exercising Thoughtful Citizenship

    Dedham Country Day 5th grader Edna Etienne-Dupie experienced first-hand what it means to sit at the top of the Massachusetts judicial system. On Thursday, February 8, Edna spent the day with the Chief Justices of Massachusetts.
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  • January

    Grade 3 Engineers

    Third graders are learning about what it means to create designs for solving specific problems and addressing real-world needs. In a recent science unit, lower school science teacher Sue Shirley challenged the students with design problems that required them to brainstorm, collaborate, plan, and test.
     
     
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  • The Consensus Project

    During Advisory period, sixth graders  have been grappling with what it means to come to consensus.  For them, it’s called the Consensus Project. Students are given a hypothetical situation and need to form and build consensus on how to best handle and proceed as a group in a particular situation given the facts and conditions set in front of them. This year’s class dealt with the aftermath of surviving a plane crash in an uninhabited, rural area, trying to determine the best course of action to get rescued. Should they stay put or try to make it to the nearest town, which happened to be 45 minutes away, in the dead of winter?

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  • Bee winner Matthew Volfson, left, and runner-up Jay Caponigro

    DCD Geography Bee

    Leslie Bowen
    Ten students competed in DCD’s annual Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, on Thursday, January 25. Middle school head Nate Buffum presided over the contest in which two representatives each from grades 4 through 8 vied for the coveted spot of school-wide geography whiz kid. 

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  • Setting Compass Points for Children

    Allison D. Webster
    I wrote in my last blog post about peak moments and all they do for a child’s memories and well-being; last week we had a peak moment for both children and adults at DCD. Mr. Clifford, wearing a top hat and tails, led a parade of students and penguins through the Lowell Center, which was packed with students and families.
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  • Woodworking teacher Gerry Clifford interviews a primary school student during

    Penguin Parade

    Leslie Bowen
    Primary school students paraded on stage the toy penguins they made in the woodshop at a special assembly on Thursday, January 18. Dressed in a tuxedo to mimic the iconic black and white birds, woodworking teacher Gerry Clifford led his gaggle through the school and onto the stage in the Lowell Center, waddling all the way together with their new penguin friends. 

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  • The Benefits of Audiobooks

    Dr. Beth Nolan Conners
    When audiobooks are suggested to students, the first thing that is often asked is: But isn’t that cheating? Audiobooks are not cheating. They are a wonderful, multi-sensory avenue for children to access reading material, particularly when the audio is paired with the written word.
     
     
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  • Lift Every Voice and Sing

    Leslie Bowen
    On Friday, January 12, the entire DCD community—parents, teachers, and students—lifted their voices in song and their hands in service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
     
    This Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a somber reminder that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.


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