Summer Greetings!

Dear Middle and Upper School Families,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! I trust you have had an enjoyable summer with plenty of unscheduled time as well as success staying cool and hydrated during this extended heat wave. For my own family, we just returned from our annual week in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, where we gathered with our four older children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews (14 in total) and experienced a slight reprieve from the Boston area heat (temperatures in the low 80’s versus the 90’s). Low-key and without a set schedule, our routine centered around swimming, fishing, tubing, hiking in the mountains, exploring by kayak the coastlines and small islands of the local lakes, and catching a few minutes of the Summer Olympics in the evenings.

As I begin my 20th year leading Derby’s Middle and Upper School programs, I continue to take great pride and satisfaction in how we have been extremely successful maintaining an academically challenging, developmentally appropriate daily program for our students in Grades 4-8. We have also constantly strived to infuse new elements and energy into our programs each year while at the same time staying true to both our School’s mission and motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart.”

Please see the link to this letter and important information on the Back to School 2016 Resource Board. We’ve posted information about new faculty members, enhancements to the Middle/Upper School program, as well as updates to the dress code, upcoming important school dates, and information about the opening of school.

I believe a strong start to the new school year is critical for all students in the middle school years – so they can be organized and prepared (and enjoy the self-confidence that this brings) as they establish their daily routines after the long summer break. Please review the information carefully and let us know if you have any questions about our opening events, the first day of school or any other aspect of the Grade 4-8 program or schedule. In short, do not hesitate to contact me (; 781-749-0746, ext. 116) or Eileen McGee (; 781-749-0746, ext. 147) should you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in a few weeks!

Best regards,

John B. Houghton
Associate Head of School
Head of Middle and Upper Schools

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