Sailing at Dublin School - September 24, 2016

Seven boat teams raced on Saturday  in winds which varied back and forth from gentle 5-6 to white cap forming 11-12 mph.  Boat teams had their work cut out for them in 5 races on a 'hot dog' upwind-downwind course. Two TIES in the day's final scores among 7 boats show the boat teams were closely-matched and no one was giving a race away - the competition was real, friendly, and palpable!  Cheers to Mya who took the helm racing for her first time today.

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Four Rivers Charter Public School - Win (2-0) - September 23, 2016

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Four Rivers Charter Public School - Win (2-0) - September 23, 2016

The Dublin School Girls' Soccer team improved to 2-1 in the River Valley Athletic League with a home win against Four Rivers School on Friday.  The Wildcats continue to make progress towards developing flow as a squad as they connected an increasing number of passes and showed great poise with the ball in all areas of the field.  Making her first career start in the goal, Zoe Hewitt '18 turned back several late advances by the visitors to maintain the shutout win

Collecting as He Goes: Dieter Brehm on his Process as a Creator & Artist at Dublin

Collecting as He Goes:  Dieter Brehm on his Process as a Creator & Artist at Dublin

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.”

Caterpillar Invasion

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.”

Meaningful Work

Meaningful Work

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.

Reach the Beach for Writers: Students Compete to Land Spots on Dublin’s First New York Writer’s Retreat Weekend

Reach the Beach for Writers:  Students Compete to Land Spots  on Dublin’s First New York Writer’s Retreat Weekend

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 International Travel -2016/2017

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. 

Making Training Fun: HR Monitors and Junior Endurance Athletes

Making Training Fun: HR Monitors and Junior Endurance Athletes

“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.