The start of any new school year brings with it a mix of excitement, uncertainty and hope. As our Dana Hall Dragons prepare to hit the ground running with our first full athletics competition schedule in 18 months, I would say that those emotions are as prevalent as ever. I Continue reading A Season of Hope
Dana Hall’s Head of School, Katherine Bradley, is (at least internally) famous for describing our academic program as vigorous, as opposed to rigorous. A Latin scholar, she has taught the Dana Hall community that rigor connotes stiffness or rigidity, which certainly is not how one describes or experiences our curriculum. Continue reading Measuring Academic Vigor
I don’t remember learning about the concept of “office hours” until I was an undergraduate. The idea that a faculty member would set aside specific blocks of time, several times a week, on a regular basis, for the sole purpose of meeting with students, was so exciting that I couldn’t Continue reading The Learning Oasis
Just last week, I was talking with a student who is about to graduate from Dana Hall. When I asked about her Senior Project, her eyes lit up and she talked to me animatedly about her upcoming work to explore New England’s history and literature. I’ve had plenty of conversations Continue reading Motivation in May
The Current Topics science course is a mixtape of various units. In the past couple of years of this course, we have covered units in climate science, infectious disease, genetic engineering, forensic science, and marine biology. Because a lot of the material we cover is constantly evolving, we do not Continue reading Inviting Fresh Voices into the Classroom
Spring and the month of May are “Jeanne d’Arc” season in my classes. The days correspond to the annual Fêtes Jeanne d’Arc, which have been held in the city of Orléans for almost 600 years to commemorate the liberation of the city from siege during the Hundred Years War. Students Continue reading A Universal Icon of Girl Power
I introduced myself and pitched my crazy idea. “Would you be available to make a cocktail in your restaurant and let us share it with alumnae?” “I have never done that before, but yes, I will figure it out! I will help Dana in any way that I can.” Meredith Continue reading Happy to Help!
People often ask me, “How do you know so many people when you have only lived in New England for 13 years?” My response is always the same. I say a friendly hello to my neighbors and people in my community. One of my friends thinks that the town pays Continue reading A Friendly Hello
I am a lifelong member of the dance community. As we are rounding out a year unlike any year any of us have ever experienced, I have been reflecting deeply on what dance means to me, what it means to our Dana Hall community, and its impact on a more Continue reading Connection and Salvation through Dance
One evening a couple of weeks ago, I joined a group of students and adults to discuss Dear Justyce, Nic Stone’s recently published sequel to Dear Martin. The fantastic librarians at Dana Hall have organized voluntary book groups throughout the pandemic (and probably before, but really, it is hard to Continue reading What’s the Point?