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The Magic of Field Day

One of the highlights each year for our Middle and Upper Schoolers is Field Day. A popular Derby tradition that started over sixty years ago, this event brings together Grades 4-8 for about four hours of outdoor games every May … Continue reading

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The Growth Mindset, Effective Effort and Resiliency

(Helping students “fill their toolbox” at a critical time.) Can students become smarter if they work harder? Do all students fully understand what hard work is? If a student puts in a strong effort on an assignment does it still … Continue reading

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The Teacher’s Role in Developing Students of Excellent Character

One of the most important tasks we have as faculty members at Derby is to develop and nurture caring, respectful and empathetic students. Our school’s mission statement is very clear about this: We are charged with guiding students “…toward an … Continue reading

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High Ropes

By Avery O’Connor ’16 — When we first started talking about the Sargent Center, all I could think about was the ropes course. I am so scared of heights, and I kept telling my parents I didn’t want to do it. … Continue reading

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Into the Woods: Making Connections and Building Confidence Early in the School Year

Taking advantage of perfect fall weather, the five grades in our Middle and Upper Schools, along with their advisors, went off campus this week and last to their outdoor education or leadership trips. Our eighth graders, as the emerging school … Continue reading

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