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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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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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