Dr. Clifford V. Smith, a former college chancellor and president of the General Electric Foundation, wrote the following about the importance of the arts in schools: “We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.”

Next Thursday evening, please join us in the Roy Campus Center, 6:30-9:00 pm, as we celebrate the creativity and talents of our Middle and Upper Schoolers in the visual, applied and performing arts. Our program begins in Lewis Dining Hall, where you can stroll among displays of works done by our students in visual arts classes (painting, drawing, etc.) as well as applied arts courses (shop, sewing, digital photography, glass mosaics and 3-D sculpture).

We will then move into Larson Hall to enjoy performances by our dance and music ensembles. These include the Grade 6 Dance Workshop, Upper School Tap Dance elective, Middle and Upper School Bands, Middle School String Ensemble, and Grade 6 World Percussion Group.

All 4th through 8th grade families are invited (and please bring younger and older siblings)!


Summer Tutoring Recommendations  Should you be interested in the names of Derby teachers who tutor in specific subject areas (e.g. math or writing) over the summer, please email Karen Malloy, our Director of Support Services, at kmalloy@derbyacademy.org.

The Derby Day Clothing Swap    This clothes exchange has been an enormously successful, helpful sharing of community resources over the past few years. Please consider bringing in white pants, dresses and shirts, along with blue blazers and dress shoes – to swap for a different size or simply donate for another family. See the DEN for more information about collection and swap times and dates.


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 26: Grade 3 Invention Convention, Lewis Dining Hall
Wednesday, May 27: Bake sale to benefit Outreach
Thursday, May 28: Arts Night for Grades 4-8, 6:30 – 9 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: Beginning of “Exam Review Week” for Upper Schoolers
Spring Athletic Assembly, 2:30-4:00 pm, Larson Hall
Wednesday, June 3: Grade 8 Athletic Appreciation Night, 6:45 pm, Roy Campus Center
Thursday, June 4: Admission Open House (“Curriculum Showcase”) for prospective Grade 6 and 7 students and families, 4:00-6:00 pm, Healey Innovation 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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