A Successful Field Day and More About the Year-End

What a perfect weather today for Field Day! Our students greatly enjoyed themselves, worked hard at their events and exhibited the wonderful sportsmanship we place such a high value on at Derby. I would like to extend a special thanks to Heather Heuer and Nathan Chase for their energies and skills organizing such a multi-faceted activity and important school tradition.

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A quick glance at the below Looking Ahead calendar should confirm that the end of the year is near. We have a varied, exciting line-up of events and traditions for all grades, from Arts Night and the Grade 8 Athletic Appreciation Dessert to the Upper School Mystery Bus and the Grade 7-8 Semi Formal Dinner-Dance. These activities, however, do not overshadow the important academic work that must take place prior to Derby Day. The final few weeks of the school year often represent a time when students make important leaps in their academic growth, particularly in the areas of writing, critical thinking and study skills. On behalf of Middle and Upper School teachers, we would like to remind students to stay focused and on task in their courses (even as the weather gets warmer!), with a goal of ending the term on as strong a note as possible.

The Faculty also realizes that occasionally a student’s skills have not developed as well as we had hoped for over the past two semesters. In some instances, teachers will be making recommendations for summer work in order to have a student strengthen a particular skill area before September and the new school year. Please look to the upcoming progress reports (to be released on Monday) for any recommendations for summer tutoring. Should you like the names of tutors for a specific subject area (e.g. math or writing), please email Karen Malloy, our Director of Support Services, at kmalloy@derbyacademy.org.

Bits and Pieces for the Past Week

  • Our sixth graders traveled to Lexington and Concord on Wednesday to study, through a collection of primary source documents, the first “battle” of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Condrick, a reenactor and expert on this period in American history, personally narrated the tour of Lexington Green, Concord Bridge and Battle Road.

Gr. 6 Lexington and Concord Trip - May 13, 2015

  • Jack Buckley of the Cohasset Center for Students Coastal Research gave a presentation to our sixth and seventh graders, sharing a number of exciting summer opportunities in our local wetlands and estuaries – from mapping phragmites to monitoring Eel Grass beds. Click the links below to learn more.

CSCR Summer Institute 2015

Environmental Stewardship Program


Looking Ahead

Saturday, May 16: Upper School Student Council Car Wash Fundraiser, Roy Campus Center parking lot, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday, May 22: Instrumental Program Recital, 2:00 pm in Larson Hall
Monday, May 25: Memorial Day – No School
Tuesday, May 26: Grade 3 Invention Convention, Lewis Dining Hall
Thursday, May 28: Arts Night for Grades 4-8, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Lewis Dining Hall
Friday, May 29: Arts Morning for Grades 1-3, 8:15 -9:30 am, Lewis Dining Hall
Friday, May 29: Instrumental Program Recital, 2:00 pm, Larson Hall
Friday, May 29: Upper School Mystery Bus
Monday, June 1: Spring Athletic Assembly, 2:30-4:00 pm, Larson Hall
Wednesday, June 3: Grade 8 Athletic Appreciation Dessert, 7:00 pm, Roy Campus Center
Friday, June 5: Upper School Final Exams
Monday, June 8: Upper School Final Exams
Tuesday, June 9: Upper School Dinner-Dance, Lewis Dining Hall, 6:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, June 10: Last Chapel, 10:30 am, Larson Hall
Thursday, June 11: Derby Day Concert (9:00 am. McKelvey Gym) and Commencement (11:00 am, New North Church)


End of Year Schedule Overview for Grades 4-8

Dismissal Times (beginning Tuesday, June 2)

During the first week of June we shift to a special schedule with different afternoon dismissal times. Here is a brief overview of this schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 2-Thursday, June 4: 3:15 pm dismissal*
  • Friday, June 5, Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9: 1:10 pm dismissal*
  • Wednesday, June 10: Last Chapel, 10:30 am. Special schedule forthcoming.
  • Thursday, June 11: Derby Day Concert (9:00 am) and Commencement (11:00 am). Special schedule forthcoming.

*Our Primary and Lower Schools will also be dismissed at this time on these days.

Upper School Final Exams: Friday, June 5: Grade 7 exam – Pre-Algebra; Grade 8 exam – Physical Science.   Monday, June 8: Grade 7 exam – Foreign Language; Grade 8 – Algebra, followed by Foreign Language. Note: All exams are 90 minutes long.


Last Chapel and Derby Day Dress Code

  • Dress code for girls and boys for Last Chapel and Upper School Dinner-Dance:
    • Girls wear dresses, or a dress skirt with an appropriate top, and proper footwear (no sneakers or flip-flops).
    • Boys must wear coats and ties, long dress pants, with appropriate footwear with socks (no sneakers or flip-flops)
  • Dress code for girls and boys for Derby Day:
    • Girls wear white dresses, (strapless dresses and spaghetti straps are not permitted), with appropriate shoes (see above).
    • Boys wear white shirts, white pants, dark blue jackets, ties and proper shoes (see above) with socks. Derby Academy neckties are not required but are available at the school store.
  • A special note to girls and their parents: Please be certain that the clothes worn at Last Chapel and Derby Day conform to our dress code. More specifically, skirts and dresses should be no higher than three inches from the middle of the knee, tops and necklines should be appropriate, and strapless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps should not be worn for either event.


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