Photos from Paul Lehman's history of Dublin School book.
The other day I spoke to our students about the history of Work Gang at Dublin School. Our founder, Paul W. Lehmann once referred to it as, "the most important course in the School!" Mr. Lehmann saw that many of his students came from urban and suburban communities where they were frequently warned to "keep off the grass." I believe that the Lehmann's wanted their students to be builders, to feel ownership in something larger than themselves. Mr. Lehmann never used labor for punishment, never made up work for the kids to do, and hoped that the students learned something along the way. Today, our Mission Statement celebrates the value of "meaningful work" in everything we do.
One aspect of life at Dublin that encourages Dieter’s process is the way that different disciplines nurture and bolster essential passions. Because, here, he is not only an artist. He does Theatre and Robotics, as well. He is a creator.
“I like to create things, yes,” says Dieter. “When it comes down to it, all of these different things that I do come down to creating and manipulating. Robotics gives me that opportunity. It’s engineering, but it’s an artistic form.” And there is crossover. Dieter makes art for the Robotics team. He designed the logo and helped design the website, in fact.
“Really, for me, it’s a desire to express my creativity in a whole bunch of different ways [that draws me to these fields],” he says. “Each of these is an endpoint to my desire.”
On Tuesday, September 21, Sam Jaffe (Founder and Executive Director) and Jesse Varga (Lab Manager) of The Caterpillar Lab visited Dublin with an incredible assortment of native caterpillars. The diversity of local caterpillar species also revealed an amazing wealth of surprising adaptations and behaviors.
Caterpillars are unique in that prior to metamorphosis they don’t have to provide for adult behaviors, such as mating. Instead, caterpillars’ biological goal is solely to eat and avoid being eaten. This leads to incredibly defined adaptations. “You have these incredible caterpillars that mimic snakes, caterpillars with inflatable tails, ones that spray acid from the gland under their head – every imaginable defense and it is not muddied up by the other pressures of the adult life because they go through this complete metamorphosis,” Sam Jaffe says. “The young of other animals have to also consider the pressures of the adult because they continue on basically with the same form.”
This October, two students will get the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the most far-reaching, incisive, and captivating writers of our time. These students will travel with Ms. Rachael Jennings, English Department Chair, to New York City’s The New Yorker Festival.
At the festival, they will attend panels and workshops led by Louise Erdrich, Rachel Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Judith Thurman, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Finder, and more. In between workshops, students will explore literary landmarks, visit The Strand Bookstore to admire the eighteen miles of books, and enjoy autumnal New York City. The group will take the train to and from Hartford to Penn Station, and along the way, they will write in writer’s notebooks. With a workshop series like the one that waits, the notebook pages will surely fill as the writer’s retreat continues.
Dublin School will be sponsoring two trips for students this year. As a part of the Spanish language initiative, they will be focussed on Spanish speaking countries and cultures.
The first trip, to be offered during the March break, will be a twelve day trip to Peru. Students will visit Lima and then travel on to the Andes and the countryside of the Incan Empire: visiting Cusco (the Incan Capital), the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and the world famous Machu Picchu at dawn. The second trip, to be offered during June, will be a fifteen day trip to Spain. Destinations include Madrid, Granada, Corduba, and Sevilla.
“There is no quicker way to take the joy out of a sport than to have kids fixating on a heart rate monitor.” I hear versions of this refrain whenever I bring up the topic of heart rate monitor training with other junior coaches. The standard fear of giving heart rate monitors to junior athletes is that athletes will obsess over their data, lose track of the joy of being in the out of doors, and burn out from the constant pressure and scrutiny they experience from their coaches, parents and peers. With our school’s Endurance Team, a group of high school mountain bikers, runners, cross country skiers and rowers, we have actually found these fears completely unwarranted. Since embracing heart rate training we have found that both our elite and novice endurance athletes are training in higher volumes, having more fun, and are getting faster with each new season.
The Reebok Ragnar Reach The Beach (RTB) Relay is one of the oldest and longest running relay races in the United States. The event begins at the Bretton Woods Ski area with the course taking teams through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, past fields, lakes, mountain top vistas, ultimately finishing along the Atlantic coastline at Hampton Beach State Park – NH. For the last six years, Dublin has sent mixed student/faculty teams to run the race. We believe that we are always the youngest team in the race and the only high school to compete. This year, as in most years, Dublin sent two 12 member, four van teams from the peaks to the sea.
Silas Howe , Amherst NH; Wyatt Switzer , Marlborough NH; Aidan Carter, Mattituck NY; Robby Bostrup , Ridgefield CT; Henry Luettgen , Winchester MA; and, Eric Freeman , Dover MA traveled to SailMaine in Portland to don Dublin's blue race pinnies and sail in a varsity regatta.
This regatta was a qualifying event for the November East Coast high school sailing championship regatta so the fleet was filled with fast, skilled sailors. The Dubliners knew they were headed for a chance to "run with the big dogs."
When Ryan Hyde, Hollis NH was six or seven years old his favorite thing to do was visit the local fire station, where the firemen would allow him to put on their helmets and take him on short rides on the firetrucks. He dreamed of someday becoming a fireman and driving the big truck himself.
As he got older, new dreams emerged that replaced those of his childhood. Fate would reawaken his original passion however.
On Sunday, September 11, 2016, Dublin School celebrated its opening of school with its 81st Convocation ceremony. With 158 students (including one who arrived that day from Quebec, Canada) and over 60 faculty and staff in attendance, Dublin opened the year in grand and eloquent style.
Sandy Eneguess has joined Dublin School as its Head Alpine Ski Coach. Sandy, a native of Peterborough, started skiing at age three. He started skiing on the Peterborough high school ski team as a 7th grader through a special exception. At age 15 he also began competing in canoeing and kayaking placing in the top three in the US Nationals in three different canoeing events.
In 1979, he turned ski professional and raced on the American Pro Ski Tour throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He began coaching while still racing with Lathrop ski camps and the Norwegian Development team.
There is no academic skill more central to success in high school and beyond than reading. Yet it is a very hard skill to teach systematically. Last year, I asked the English Department what they would most want me to tell students about how to become better readers. All three of them, Nicole Sintetos, Alex Scalfano, and Rachael Jennings, answered in unison: “Tell them to annotate!”
Dublin Crew Team member Will Stanhope of Nassau, Bahamas spend two and a half weeks this summer rowing at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. With only five weeks of experience and training in rowing a single skull, Will was competing against the best rowers in the world. He said that while he felt prepared after six hours a day of grueling and focused training, his first draw featured an intimidating lineup including the US, Denmark, Hungary and Italy. Fighting a chest cold, his last thoughts in approaching the line was in “not embarrassing my country.”
Dublin School has entered into an agreement with New Energy Equity, LLC to build and operate a 400 kW (DC) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array on approximately two acres of the lower Dublin School campus. The solar array is comprised of approximately 1,330 solar modules. The system is expected to produce 600,000 kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the total current electrical needs of the school.
As part of our preparation for the upcoming school year, Sean Littlefield of Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) spent two days teaching faculty members in the specialized art of wilderness first aid.
As the game of soccer continues to evolve worldwide, the differences in style of play in both the boys and girls game has narrowed and become more cerebral. Successful programs (whether at the high school or national team level) emphasize players having solid passing technique that allows teams to play a short-passing, possession-oriented game. In the newly evolving style of the game, individual creativity is emphasized.
In 2016, Hari was appointed as Amherst College's inaugural Director of Instructional & Curricular Design Services as well as the Associate Director of the College's new Teaching & Learning Collaborative. In this role, Hari works on course design and curricular planning, student engagement and classroom community, innovative and inclusive pedagogies, assessment and evaluation, and integrating technologies with teaching for the Amherst community.
Recently, Dublin students Warren and Dow Umbach received Eagle Scout awards. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.
The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Through their scouting careers, Warren and Dow camped more than 50 nights; canoed more than 75 miles; and hiked more than 100 miles in all kinds of weather. They also became certified in SCUBA and CPR; hiked in New Mexico and canoed in the Boundary Waters of Canada.
I am sure most of you have heard of the “Maker Movement” What words come to mind when you think of it? Yes, all of these things are part of the making movement and more.
My favorite quote about the maker movement comes from a NJ teacher named Laura Fleming. Laura explains that, “The maker movement is about moving from consumption to creation and from knowledge to action.”
The David E. Howe Administration Building was originally constructed in the early 1960s and served the school faithfully as a classroom space and, more recently, as the administrative center of the school.