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Attention is the Beginning of Devotion

From Upstream by Mary Oliver When you read the news online or in the papers or listen to a news broadcast, environmental issues are sure to come up. In September Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly entreating the … Continue reading

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A Sense of Well-Being

By POLLY RIZZOTTO — Since the Derby Motto was penned and accepted by the first Board of Trustees in 1791, our school has endorsed the idea that education is more than the acquisition of skills and knowledge and more than … Continue reading

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How to “Grow” a Mathematician

By POLLY RIZZOTTO — We all have been told to learn the lessons of history, and there is a lot of value in that simple statement. It applies to politics, culture, religion, ethics and even mathematics. That thought occurred to … Continue reading

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Health & Fitness IPC Goes to the Gym

The McKelvey gym was filled by enthusiastic parents, guests, teachers, and students donning their laced up sneakers for a fun-filled morning of health-related physical fitness. The third graders have been diligently working in their Health and Fitness International Primary Curriculum … Continue reading

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Practicing Empathy

The year is 1936. An African American named Victor Green had witnessed and experienced discrimination despite the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment had ended slavery decades earlier. He took very concrete action to address the inequality black … Continue reading

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From A Conversation with Emily Shepard, Derby Art Teacher

It’s a busy time of year. Calendars are full and special events abound! The arts become especially visible around the holidays, because they are an expression of our joy and draw people together in celebration. Culture, tradition and belief are … Continue reading

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Character Matters

Last weekend I saw the documentary “He Named Me Malala” about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by Taliban militants because of her unwavering desire and advocacy for education. After surviving her assault, she became an internationally recognized … Continue reading

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Mighty Words

As we begin the school year, it is important to focus our attention on the Derby Academy motto, Improve Both Mind and Heart. Our statements of Mission and Core Values, which are succinctly summarized in these five simple words, drive … Continue reading

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