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Summer Greetings from the Head of School

Summer Greetings!   I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather! We do need rain, as evidenced by our 1784 Field’s resemblance to the Sahara, but I must admit I could get used to this weather pattern. Karen and I … Continue reading

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Helping Our Children Through the New Digital World

I was reminded the other day what a different world our children know than the world we knew as children and even than the world we know today. Karen relayed a conversation that she and our 4-year old daughter Lilia … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I began the week welcoming back the Middle and Upper School students at morning meeting and asking them to look back upon their lives during 2015.  I encouraged our students to remember all the things they were … Continue reading

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The Derby Metamorphosis

Over the past two weeks I have become completely immersed in our Derby community. I have been interviewed by our second grade students who asked me all about the ways I learn best, I have greeted our primary school students … Continue reading

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First Chapel 2015

I am so happy and excited to have the students back on campus. The past two days have run extremely smoothly and I give all of that credit to John Houghton, Polly Rizzotto and the entire faculty and staff. Your … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

It seems as though the change in the weather today (from 90-degree to 70-degree temperatures) is Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that summer vacation is soon coming to a close. To paraphrase an old sentiment, “when one thing closes … Continue reading

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Greetings from the Head of School

Dear Parents, As we all enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer, I wanted to let you know that our campus is becoming busier every day. We are seeing facility projects wrap up nicely, faculty working through webinars and … Continue reading

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The Beginning of a New Adventure

“The school should, with a keen sense of responsibility, choose nothing either because it is old or because it is new, but everything because it is good…We must lead children to become active explorers in the field of knowledge. We … Continue reading

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Thinking Up a Solution

“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” This quote comes from science writer Robert Lewin. For me, it is an interesting statement of two different ways to approach teaching. Rote memorization was often … Continue reading

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The Return of a Derby Day Tradition

A school of many traditions, Derby Academy has been the focus of two different books, one by Ted Roscoe published in 1984 and one by Jay Sadlon published in 2010. Each book brings to life some of the traditions that … Continue reading

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