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FINAL THOUGHTS AND HAPPY SUMMER

In spite of yesterday’s heat, it was a tremendously successful Derby Day. The Middle and Upper School Faculty are very proud of our Grades 4-8, particularly their excellent participation, demeanor and focus during the concert, processional and commencement exercises at … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings

Last weekend, for me, was one of those times in one’s life when you have an opportunity to participate in back-to back, highly meaningful family events – occasions that are quite emotional and mark important rites of passage for close … Continue reading

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Important Details for Families As We Approach Derby Day Week

The last week of our school year is referred to on our campus as Derby Day Week. Leading up to these special, celebratory few days in June – when the richest of our School’s traditions are on display – there … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING THE ARTS

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Field Day and End-of-Year Details

(Note to Middle and Upper School Families: Below is a reprint from last year’s blog. It is a “primer” on one of Derby’s long-standing traditions, Field Day. If you are a family new to the School this year, I think … Continue reading

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International Acclaim

Our fifth graders were outstanding last night, as they each stood up in front of their families, teachers and other guests and confidently delivered articulate, thoughtful and extremely interesting speeches about their individual countries. As someone who was fortunate enough … Continue reading

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Sage Advice from an Expert

Connection, recognition and a sense of mastery. When Dr. Michael Thompson spoke Tuesday evening to a gathering of current parents, guests and Derby Faculty in Larson Hall, he emphasized these three areas in his talk – as “markers” that provide … Continue reading

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Celebrating Madam Sarah Derby, Welcoming Dr. Thompson and Receiving Quarter 3 Reports

Mrs. Rizzotto and I have made it a point this week to make sure our students and teachers, across the four divisions, have been recognizing and celebrating our founder’s birthday – which is officially tomorrow, April 18. At Middle and … Continue reading

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Enjoying our Grandparents and Grandfriends

Arguably one of my favorite events of the school year, we very much enjoyed having our “grand guests” on campus today, as they spent time in our classrooms for Periods 4-6 and braved less than ideal weather traveling around our … Continue reading

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