Ella and the "bot."
Wow, what a week! While I catch my breath let me attempt to share with you what I witnessed from my Head of School perspective.
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.
Today was a bitter sweet day... after 12 days in Peru where we have been on the beach, in the mountains and a little bit in the jungle, our time here has ended. We have been able to go back in time with the Incas and learn about their history and culture, we have met incredible people, tasted delicious food and listened to the Andenian music.
Our time here helped us not only to improve our Spanish but to helped us immerse ourselves in a new culture full of colors and contrasts.
Today was our first full day in Ollantaytambo. Our morning was spent
working with students of the local school on a service project. It was an
amazing experience being able to give back to the community and create a
bond with the children there.
Today has been another incredible day.
The archeological site was amazing, it is unbelievable that the Inkas were ahead of time in so many ways, specially with architecture. We learned a lot about that in Saqsaywaman. Saqsaywaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Today it has been an incredible day. It was a bit hectic because of our flight to Cusco. But we are safe and sound in our homestays.
We started our day learning about the Pre-Colombian culture at the Larco Museum in the beautiful neighborhood of Pueblo Libre. Here we learned with Cecilia our guide how the indigenous lived in Peru many centuries ago. She explained what they wore, ate, their belief systems etc.
Today we woke up with a lot of energy and very eager to learn about Peru.
We had an Incredible breakfast at the hotel and after that, we did a food tour at a local market and learn about other types of vegetables and fruits that we didn't even know exist, And try them all.
Following our tasting of new fruits, we visited Chef Luciano we prepared some delicious Ceviche. And we all loved it. In the afternoon, we had lunch in Francesco Restaurant where we had the opportunity to cook our own Ceviche and Causa with what we bought at the local market and with the guidance of chef Jair.
“Taking Self, Sexuality, and Society was the best mistake I ever made,” says senior Geoff Erickson.
“The class truly is fun and interesting, and I am learning so much that I had never even thought of before,” he says. “I highly recommend the class, especially to people like myself who think it’s not for them, try it for at least one term.”
The Dublin girls' Varsity team travelled with high hopes to Loomis Chaffe School in Connecticut to compete in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference tournament. With the boys Nordic team having won Dublin's first ever NEPSAC Championship last week, the girls hoped to bring back a second trophy to the school. Unfortunately, with a one point, last second loss in the finals, the weekend didn't end completely as they had hoped.
As the Dublin girls' team stepped on the floor on Sunday, they were making history: the first time in a Dublin basketball team was in the NEPSAC finals. Dublin looked loose and confident as they warmed up but this wasn't to be their day.
Over the last two years, Dublin School’s Amnesty International chapter has worked on the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, hosted school-wide write-a-thons—dubbed Write for Rights, furthered Dublin’s work on micro-lending through KIVA, and written numerous Urgent Action Letters. In short, the club has worked not just to fight for human rights but to educate and inform the school community.
Liam Kelly, student president of Amnesty International, says, “I think it’s important to be conscious that some people are not as fortunate as we are. We need to make a concerted effort to help make everyone’s lives as good as they can possibly be. I know that it’s not an easy thing to do, but every little bit helps.”
The Nordic Junior Nationals brings together the best skiers in the US to compete over eight days in March. Calvin Bates and Lilly Bates will be representing Dublin School and our local ski club Dublin XC. They join a New England team of 21 boys and 21 girls that have been rated as the best skiers in New England.
Issue #1 (Winter 2017) contains work from: Emily Field, Nate Pritts, Wes Strubbe, David Feinstein, Riley Hodson, Andrew McAlpine, Jon Ruseski, Deven Harkidar, Colleen Louise Barry, Katia Dermott, Brooks Johnson, Clare Fowler, Joe Dupont-Roche, Meredith Hoffman
Layman's Way logo by Jason Scalfano
The Dublin School Nordic Team traveled to Vermont Academy on Wednesday, February 22nd for the 2017 New England Prep School Athletic Council’s Championships. After a full day of both individual and relay races, the Dublin boys’ team won its first ever NEPSAC Championship and the young girl’s team finished second to Holderness School by eight points. Dublin senior Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH) won the individual NEPSAC title and both the boys’ and girls’ relay teams won by significant margins.
Can you match the senior with his or her project? Do so and get a special invite to our end of term “Soiree” where you can learn more about each project and the major learning challenges and rewards each senior has experienced thus far this year.
Eleven intrepid Dublin students, two faculty members and two parents participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) on February 11/12, 2017. The CSM is North America’s longest and oldest Nordic ski tour. Unlike most ski events, there are no winners or losers in the Canadian Ski Marathon: it is not a race. Each skier can select his/her own level of challenge and try to achieve it. One can ski as little as 12 km or up to the maximum of 160 km over the weekend.
Lucy Selby is a ninth grade day student from Peterborough, New Hampshire. Lucy describes herself in these terms: “I am friend-and-family oriented and I know what I want to do and I know how to get there, so I can be really confident about what I’m passionate about.”
Our student writers submitted outstanding work that earned 30 of the 127 Honorable Mentions, meaning that Dublin School work took 23% of the award-winning work in that category.
Six of the 77 Silver Keys went to Dublin writing, meaning that 7.8% of that award category went to our very own writers.
The championships included both Slalom and Giant Slalom races. Dublin athletes achieved several top finishes. All athletes finishing in the top ten received medals and three Dublin skiers finished in the top ten.
The Dublin Varsity girls' basketball team hosted Stoneleigh-Burnham in the RVAL championship game Thursday night. This was the sixth championship match-up between these two teams, and every time Stoneleigh has come out on top, until Thursday. Dublin started the year with the motto "Our Team, Our Time," and that is how they played this game.