The recent presidential election brought about an unprecedented level of vitriol, hate and anger in our country. As a history teacher I had to go back to the election of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to find such a divisive campaign. As an educator I am deeply disturbed by the number of stories coming from college and high school campuses that talk about students being threatened based on their race, gender identity, religion, sexuality and beliefs. Now more than ever schools like Dublin must engage in intense conversation and encourage active listening.
Dublin, Holderness School and Northfield Mount Hermon vied for supremacy in the first Nordic Race of 2017 at Holderness School. A total of six and seven points separated the top three teams in each of the boys and girls categories.
On the boys side, Dublin School won for the first time in Lakes region competition against a field of 12 schools. The boys, led by GH Werowinski's (Acton, MA) #1 finish, defeated home team Holderness by 4 points. The boys won despite the absence of top skier Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH). Quinn Wilson 7th (Dublin, NH); Ryan Hyde 12th (Hollis, NH); and Yates Desel 28th (Fairfield, CT) closed out the scoring for Dublin.
On the girls side, Dublin School finished six points behind winner Holderness. Dublin dominated the podium capturing the #1 ( Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH)) and #3 ( Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH)) positions. Robyn McIntosh #10 (Chelsea, Quebec) and Olivia O'Rourke #25 (Peterborough, NH) closed out the scoring for Dublin. In a great sign for the future, three out of the four Dublin scoring racers were either Freshmen or Sophomores.
Noelia Calcano ’17 (Hamilton, NJ) was awarded a QuestBridge Scholarship by Bowdoin College. QuestBridge was founded in 2004 to connect the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge works to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities. Only 5% of applicants to the QuestBridge program become College Match Scholarship Recipients.
“My first Geometry class this year revolved around mental math,” says freshman Aggie Macy. “I found it a little odd at first that we were spending so much time learning how to square numbers such as 12,642, but, over time, I learned that it was [more] the process Mr. Weis focuses on and less the answer.”
Those who have braved a mathematics class with Math Chair Mr. Jonathan Weis will know the early frustration and eventual exhilaration of mental math. They will know that, like Macy realized, the answers were not as crucial as the process of learning mental math.
With snow slicking the sidewalks, dusting the trees, and coating the nordic trails and bucolic campus hills, a special kind of energized quiet settles in. Cam Harrington, a senior beginning to reflect on his high school career as he is doubly immersed in the Play and festive arrangements with Dublin’s a cappella group, has been thinking about the sounds of Dublin.
“I think there’s a general hum to this campus that you can hear,” he says. “There’s an energy and an audible presence that changes across the seasons and trimesters. It changes, and you have to listen to it. Finals week, there is this huge shift. It is quiet. Focused. The hum changes. You realize then: you’ve been listening to this campus without realizing it for all of these days. And you notice when it quiets or changes.”
For many years, Dublin School has celebrated the various traditions of the holiday season and the winter solstice and its promise of longer and brighter days with the Celebration of Light. In a break with tradition (and possibly the establishment of a new tradition?), the Celebration of LIghts was partially celebrated outside this year. After a traditional family style meal, students and advisors walked up a candle lit path to the outdoor stage of the Fountain Arts Building where a roaring bonfire warmed toes and hearts.
Five Dublin School endurance athletes have committed to college programs over the last two weeks. They are Calvin Bates - Nordic Skiing - Middlebury College; Joey Hynes - Crew and Soccer - Washington College; William Stanhope - Crew - Florida Institute of Technology; Michelle Zhong - Crew - Cornell University; and, GH Werowinski - Crew and Nordic - Saint Lawrence University.
Bette Imhoff admits that, because Dublin does not have a field hockey program, she was hesitant about enrolling. She was used to Field Hockey being her fall sport; and, more, it was her favorite. Now, Bette is a junior who is interested in the sciences and pursuing a career in medicine and is what she says she never expected before arriving, before giving up one of her sports for the sake of others: a leader on the courts and fields. She is a dedicated, intense, and talented athlete who has found new passions while bolstering her leadership qualities along the way.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson came to Dublin sometime in the 1880’s, later building a summer estate “Glimpsewood” in 1890. Although largely forgotten today, Higginson was considered one of the great intellects of his time. Among forty candidates in a public poll conducted by the Literary Life magazine, Higginson ranked fourth in importance by then living Americans behind only Thomas Edison, Mark Twain (who he shared a summer in Dublin with), and Andrew Carnegie. He was one of the leading advocates for change on a range of social issues. As a Unitarian minister, editor, and writer, he spoke or wrote about slavery, war, women's suffrage and rights, temperance, civil service reform, reconstruction, and countless other issues of the day. His advocacy did not end in intellectual endeavors however.
On December 9th, yon Tande (né Whitney V. Hunter) visited Dublin School as part of the Humanity Series. yon Tande is a twenty year friend, co-performer and collaborator of Dublin Art Chair Jenny Foreman. yon Tande and Foreman met as members of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
yon Tande works in the areas of performance, exhibition, curation, and education. He creates for the stage, gallery and alternative spaces. He talked about his life and work which combines a focus on the politics of personal and cultural identity with dance, video and art installations. He discussed his personal journey as a black gay artist and the expectations of others and our culture toward him.
When Dean of Students, Simon McFall was a child his grandmother taught him the lesson of doing random acts of kindness through an old wooden chocolate box. The chocolate box was initially a gift from Simon’s grandfather to his grandmother. With the chocolates enjoyed, the box assumed a new life. Simon’s grandmother would put little gifts in the box for Simon to give to others. They might be as simple as a note to give to his mother. The box formed an important bond between grandmother and grandson and helped to impart important life lessons between the two.
Acclaimed young writer, Allegra Hyde, visited Dublin School on Friday morning. She read two short stories from her recently published book “Of This New World” and then visited a number of English classes throughout the morning.
Caroline Robbins knows that, while she may be introverted, there are many new students at Dublin this year, and she would love to get to know them. “I like learning people’s stories and finding out what’s important to them,” she says.
“In those [getting-to-know-you] conversations, whether it’s a hello or people coming into my room during study hall or during sports, there are a lot of places I can get to know people and their stories.”
Caroline brought many stories to Dublin, herself, just last year.
On Sunday November 20th the first ever girls' NEPSAC all-star game was held at the Brooks School. It was a marvelous event as 50 girls from schools all across New England gathered for the festivities. I had the privilege of coaching one of the teams in the Class C/D game. Which, had the first two Dublin School girls ever named to a girls soccer NEPSAC all-star game : Imhoff '18 and Stella Davis '18. Both girls put in a great effort and demonstrated good form in the match.
Virginia Woolf writes that “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of [their] life, every quality of [their] mind, is written large in [their] works.” Our syntax, diction, the placement of a comma, the structural elevation of one idea over another: all of this shows the experience we carry, the qualities of our mind that are nourished or unconsidered. Our passions and dreams, the arguments that we have in our minds and with our loved ones—and the argumentative strategies that prove effective in those encounters: all of this shines through in the way that we write, not simply in what we write.
Writing is a process, then, that takes extreme vulnerability, courage, truthfulness, and intention.
One of the things that parents often ask teenagers is, “What did you do this weekend?” A common reply (if your teenager is like ours) might be, “I hung out with my friends….”
While that is a perfectly acceptable way of decompressing and blowing off steam after a busy week, it isn’t the end of the story. At Dublin, weekends are pretty busy. A range of activities and trips are offered so that “hanging out with my friends….” is far from the only activity that students engage in.
Six Dublin student athletes were selected by the River Valley Athletic League (RVAL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) as all-stars this week. This is the highest number of Dublin School student athletes to achieve these honors in a single season. The NEPSAC selections will be playing in All-Star games as a part of the NEPSAC Championship Weekend.
Receiving these honors:
Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) - NEPSAC All-Star
Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) - RVAL All-Star
Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) - RVAL All-Star
Joey Hynes (Dover, MA) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) - NEPSAC and RVAL All-Star
Diamond Miller studied Italian in grammar school and Spanish at Dublin during her freshman year utilizing traditional methods. Focused on conjugation and online and text based learning, “Learning a language that way is really hard. I had no idea what to say. It just didn’t work with my brain.”
The new World Language Program at Dublin has been a sea change for Diamond. Using the Organic World Language methodology, the focus is squarely centered on conversation. Combining total language immersion with movement and an ever changing range of group activities,” It’s just so much fun! There are games in the class that help us learn everything in Spanish. It is kind of like living in a foreign country… we just speak Spanish from the time we enter the classroom. Instead of simply learning a bunch of grammar, we are having a conversation.“