2018

  • May

    Children's book author Peter Reynolds visits DCD

    Leslie Bowen
    Children’s book author and illustrator Peter Reynolds visited DCD on Wednesday, May 23, to introduce his latest book, The Word Collector, and to talk to students about the creative process. He met with two groups of students in two separate sessions, kindergarten through second grade followed by third through fifth grades.
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  • Two-Day Celebration of the Arts Showcases Work by Middle School Students

    Dedham Country Day School celebrated the arts over two days May 21-22, with a showcase of the performing arts on Monday evening and the annual Visual and Performing Arts Assembly on Tuesday morning. Middle school students gave parents and the whole school a glimpse of all the projects they’ve been working on throughout the year in both the visual and performing arts. 

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  • Expanding the Classroom with "Skype A Scientist"

    Whales used to walk on land! How could that be? DCD 5th grade students have been studying whales and this was a fact that recently garnered deep discussion in class. As a follow-up, the children Skyped with Audrey Kelly, a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently doing research on "how interactions between populations and species can affect evolution, and how those interactions are themselves influenced by the environment."  To illustrate this, Audrey showed the children two species of spadefoot toads that she is observing in her study. 
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  • Ramble Recap

    Leslie Bowen
    A record number of DCD jerseys were spotted at the Endicott Estate and on the streets of Dedham during the James Joyce Ramble on Sunday, April 29. 

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  • April

    Fueling Meaning with Awe-Filled Moments

    Allison D. Webster
    Even though I’ve been a New Englander my whole life, I’ve never developed a true love of winter. I’m filled with delight as soon as the signs of winter’s end come into sight, and no harbinger of seasonal change makes me happier than the rise of the daffodils. Just the other day I was walking around Stoney Lea and saw a full hillside of daffodils. It filled me with a moment of delight and awe.
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  • Cotuit, by Lizzie Cochran

    SISAL Awards Announced

    Leslie Bowen
    DCD received 12 awards from the Small Independent School Art League annual juried show. All 39 pieces submitted by DCD are on display at Brimmer and May School, the host of this year's exhibit. A complete list of the award winners by category is given below:

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  • DCD Second Grader Ivy Glenn Honored by Massachusetts 4-H

    Leslie Bowen
    Dedham Country Day School second grader Ivy Glenn, a member of the Stoughton Barn Bums 4-H Club, was one of the winners of this year’s Visual Presentation Day held on April 14. She received a Second Place rosette in the Junior Rabbit/Cavy category for her presentation, “Pig Problems: Common Health Care Issues of Guinea Pigs.” It is her first year in 4-H, as well as her first Visual Presentation.

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  • Seventh Grader Creates "Rescue Bones" to Help Animals at ARL

    Leslie Bowen
    A huge animal lover, seventh grader Ethan Rosensweig has been baking and selling dog treats in support of the Animal Rescue League of Boston for his "Mitzvah Project" with DCD Community Outreach. 

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  • Students Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence

    Leslie Bowen
    Eighth graders left their Facing History and Ourselves class on Friday, April 20, to walk out of school in protest of gun violence and to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Their action was part of the National School Walkout scheduled for 10:00 a.m. in schools across the country. 
     
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  • Back to school for nearly 400 grandparents and special friends!

    Last Friday, DCD welcomed over 375 grandparents and special friends to our campus. From Pre-K to grade 8, classrooms were bursting at the seams as grandparents and special friends had an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a student at Dedham Country Day.

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  • Arts Gallery Week Showcases Work by Middle School Students

    Leslie Bowen
    Whether working in watercolor, wood, metal, or any of the many other media available through our more than 40 arts electives, our young middle school artists find myriad ways to express themselves through the visual arts.

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  • March

    Competitors and Role Models!

    The snow-covered fields are no hindrance to the spring athletic season at DCD! On the first day back from spring break, middle school students hopped out of their cars armed with lacrosse sticks, baseball gloves, and tennis racquets. Taking advantage of our gym spaces and area indoor tennis courts, teams began prepping for interscholastic competition set to begin in just a few weeks.
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  • Visual and Performing Arts Celebrated at Lower School Assembly

    Leslie Bowen
    The Lowell Center came alive last Friday, March 9th, as Lower School students treated a packed audience to an array of sights and sounds with their visual arts projects and musical performances.

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  • Winter Sports Awards Announced

    Leslie Bowen
    Sixteen Dedham Country Day Middle School students received awards for their performance in sports during the winter term. Coaches recognized student participation during the season and presented coach’s and most improved player awards for hockey, squash, and basketball at two all-school assemblies, February 26 and March 5.

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  • DCD Partners with Cradles to Crayons in a Community-wide Sort and Collect Event

    On Saturday, March 3, Dedham Country Day School hosted a special day of service to benefit children in the greater Boston area served by the Cradles to Crayons organization (C2C). C2C’s mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.

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  • The Caring School #CommonGood Launch

    Dedham Country Day School, is partnering with the Making Caring Common (MCC) Initiative, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. MCC’s mission is to help educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. This involves ensuring that a climate of respect, kindness, and caring exists at partner schools like Dedham Country Day that share these values.
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  • Content, Control, and the Cloud

    Rob Thacher, Middle School History and English Teacher
    By Rob Thacher, Middle School Teacher

    I teach grade 7 history, according to our school’s staffing documentation, but I prefer to consider myself a teacher of social studies to your middle school “tweeners” – caught in the difficult interstitial moment of growth between 6
    th grade freshness and 8th grade responsibilities. To me, “social studies” aptly conveys the multiple threads that the subject demands in its teaching. It is my job not only to provide historical data – events, outcomes, causes, dates – but also to add layers to students’ geographic understanding of the world; to cultivate their familiarity with our civic institutions and fundamental economic principles; and to empower thoughtful reflection on the nature and reliability of information itself.
     
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  • Minecraft and the Middle Ages?

    “Of course, there’s a relationship,” a DCD 4th grader would say!" The curriculum in 4th grade involves the study of Medieval times, a theme that enriches assignments in math, writing, and research. In one project, students are charged with securing land from the king and queen by writing a letter explaining their plans and strategy for their fiefs and castles. Once they are granted their land, students must then design castles creating blueprints with realistic measurements.
     
     
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  • BeeWare! A Tense Time at the DCD Spelling Bee

    The animal kingdom dominated the landscape of DCD’s annual spelling bee on Thursday, March 1, with words ranging from the canine world to the zoo, desert, and jungle. Twelve students representing grades 3 through 8, finalists from spelling tests conducted in each classroom earlier in the week, went many rounds in this years challenging competition.  
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  • February

    Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.

    Allison D. Webster
    This piece of wisdom is one that resilience experts and psychologists offer as guidance for parents and educators. On Friday, February 16, during our Professional Day, DCD faculty and staff spent the morning with anxiety expert Lynn Lyons. Her three-hour workshop deepened our understanding about why it is so critical for children to engage in the messy, non-linear, and sometimes challenging process of learning how to navigate “the path” rather than having it cleared for them.

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  • 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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Dedham Country Day School
90 Sandy Valley Rd 
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Phone (781) 329-0850
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