Girls Varsity Soccer vs Four Rivers Charter Public School - tie (2-2) - Sept. 11, 2019

Starting strong

Starting strong

The girls varsity soccer team opened their 2019-2020 season with a tough home game against the Four Rivers Charter Public School from Greenfield, MA. The high heat and humidity added an extra level of challenge to the game.

The team showed hard work and dedication, as well as leadership and communication, and after 90 minutes, the game was tied 2-2. Erika Fantuzzi, making her debut on the team, was the player of the game. Luna Hicks started strong and began her season by scoring both goals. Liza and Kusum provided excellent support on offense. The team as a whole persevered through an anxious second half, as Four Rivers was ahead by 1 goal. Dublin cheered each other on and helped each other battle the heat. The game ended in a tie 2-2.

Overall the game was a success. Captains of the team Rachel, Sam, Kusum and Liza helped guide new members of the team, and set a positive tone for the season.

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Cross Country at Stoneleigh Burnham School, September 11, 2019

The Dublin Cross Country team opened its 2019 competitive season by traveling to Greenfield, Massachusetts to participate in the first RVAL league meet at Stoneleigh Burnham School. Sadly, weather conditions were less than ideal. The temperature was clocking in at 85 degrees with high humidity.

The boys' race began at 3:30 pm, while the girls' race started slightly later at 3:50 pm.

Considering the challenging weather conditions and the fact that the girls' team is struggling with some injuries, the results were very positive!

The girls' team took first place with some great performances by Leana Dickhends (2nd), Lee Smith (6th), Cailin Walsh (8th), Isolina Miller (12th) Anna Kozikowski (16th).

The boys' team also took first place with equally great performances: Quinn Wilson (2nd), Matt Coleman (4th), Clint Macy (7th), Adam Sieswerda (9th), and Alex Antonellis(10th).

Both teams maintained their undefeated streaks after an undefeated season last year. Congratulations to all runners!

Growth in the Woods

The thought of taking 163 students camping for three days in four different states can be a little daunting. A big thank you to Laurie LeClair, Brooks Johnson, the kitchen crew, and the Outing Club for all the work they did organizing the logistics of our fifteen different trips!

Two weeks ago we spent some time talking as a faculty about why we take the whole school on camping trips. I feel it is always important to evaluate traditions and study how they support our school’s mission. For this year’s discussion we used a framework developed by Shanterra McBride, who spoke to our faculty about the needs of young people as they develop into adults, to evaluate the camping trip tradition. Ms. McBride provided seven different adolescent needs and as a faculty we found that our camping trips, when done right, helpful fulfill the seven needs she outlined. Below I have listed the seven needs and some of the ways we believe our trips address them.

1. Need for Belonging and Membership

-Youth need to know they are cared about by others and feel a sense of connection to other in the group.

Maybe the most important goal of the trip is to provide yet another circle of peers and adults in their Dublin lives. Camping creates an uber-community very quickly. During our first lunch we allowed the students to sit together and nobody said a word! At 10:30 that evening they were still laughing and talking around the campfire. I was exhausted, but was so happy that they were bonding and let them stay up a little later! These trips force us all to depend on one another. I love the organic conversations that only start after miles of hking or paddling together.

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2. Need for Safety and Structure

-a perception that one is safe in the world and that daily events are somewhat predictable.

-We try to provide the students with as much information about the trips and what to expect before we travel. We try to match the adventure level of the trip to the readiness level of our students by giving them choice in their trips.

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3. Need for Self Worth and Ability to Contribute

-Youth need to feel their lives have meaning and purpose.

-This need is so important. Sometimes adults can get in the way of student growth by trying to do everything for them. Part of the reason we have work gang and student jobs at Dublin stems from the need of people to feel like they are contributing to the community. Something as simple as washing dishes can make students feel like they have a meaning and purpose.

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4. Need for Self-Awareness and Ability to Reflect and Assess

-insight into our own and other’s strengths and weaknesses and how this affects our abilities to deal with challenges.

-Ahh, self awareness. Such an important need. Camping trips help us slow down and reflect on our daily lives. We try to provide many opportunities for campers to consider their own strengths and weaknesses. We even did daily meditation on our trip.

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5. Need for Independence and Control Over One’s Life

-Youth need to know that they can influence people and events through decision-making and action.

-We try to include students in the decision making and planning process of each trip.

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6. Need for Closeness with at Least One Lasting relationship with an Adult

-neighbors, friends’ parents, teachers, and anyone who takes the time to care.

-We hope every student connected with at least one of the adults on the trip. It’s amazing how many conversations we can have with students in just three days together.

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7. Need for Competence and Mastery

-Youth need to feel and believe they are capable and experience success at solving problems and meeting challenges to develop their self confidence.

-Students learn how to cook, hang tarps, climb up a cliff, support an injured hiker, and work as a team.

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Interview with Baran Doenmez '07, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

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Dublin School alum, Baran Doenmez ’07, has returned to campus to coach the boys varsity soccer team. He brings with him a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Read his bio here. He took some time out of his busy coaching schedule to answer a few questions.

What is your first soccer memory?
I think it must have been going to South Korea vs Bolivia at Foxboro Stadium in the 1994 World Cup with my father when I was almost 4 years old. 

What was it like playing professional soccer in Switzerland?
Pretty difficult at first. It took time for me to adjust to the speed of play but after a month I adapted to the faster paced game and fit in well with the team. I started scoring goals and loved the physical and mental challenge of practices in particular. At that level it is also difficult since you are always fighting for your spot so every single day you have to watch what you eat, how much you sleep, etc. All in all, it was a tough but also very exciting experience for me. 

Which professional soccer player would you most like to play with or sit down to dinner with and why?
I would love to sit down to dinner with Zinedine Zidane and ask him how he had the confidence to casually chip that penalty in the World Cup Final against Italy in 2006 and then the stupidity to headbutt an Italian player in overtime and get sent off in his last ever match as a player. Italy went on to win in penalties mainly because the French were so shocked at what had just happened. Still one of the craziest moments in soccer history. 

What's your greatest achievement or memory as a player?
There are a few moments that stick out in my memory including a few goals I scored in Switzerland and a goal I scored vs Wheaton in the NEWMAC semifinals in college, but one of my fondest memories is scoring the goal that helped us beat Tilton Varsity at home on Parent’s Weekend during Dublin’s only undefeated season back when I was a sophomore. Tilton was always much stronger than us so it was a great moment in Dublin School soccer history.

What do you like most about coaching high school age athletes?
It’s a fun age group to work with. I think one of the reasons is because you are working with a big range of ages all at once and there is so many things that can change from one year to the next so every year is a different challenge. You can have a player who is a tiny freshmen when they arrive with not much of a soccer background and by their sophomore year they’ve grown 5 inches and are starting every game. It’s unbelievable!

What is your coaching philosophy?
For me, one of the most important aspects of coaching is giving ownership of the team to the players. I try to set my teams up so that by the end of the season they are self sustaining and don’t need me. Not to make my job easier but to let the players take responsibility for their own development because there is only so much I can do as a coach to improve the team without them being invested in it. Another big part of my job is helping the players develop as people as well as athletes. There are countless lessons you can learn from sports that translate into the real world so I try to make sure to create an environment where that learning can take place. 

What makes a great team?
A great team is founded on hard work, trust, and leadership. Without the entire team working hard in practices and games you have no chance of becoming a great team. You’ve also got to trust your teammates and your coaches in order to build a team that can work together to overcome challenges. Finally, you need leaders within the team apart from the coaches. That is something that I am lucky to have a large quantity of this fall, which is one of the reasons I am very optimistic about the upcoming season! 

Convocation 2019

Convocation 2019. For more photos,  click here .

Convocation 2019. For more photos, click here.

The school community gathered on Sunday evening in the Dublin Community Church to celebrate the official start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Faculty lined the walkway and clapped and cheered as students entered the church, a longstanding tradition at Dublin.

Students and families heard speeches from two faculty members and two students. Sara Doenmez, academic dean, welcomed everyone and spoke first. She quoted educator Bell Hooks who wrote about the classroom being a paradise of possibility and intellectual work being the labor of freedom which will challenge students to cross boundaries and create new visions for themselves and their communities.

Senior Benny Zhang spoke next about the value of challenging yourself and embracing the year with passion. He closed with, "You can be the best; you just have to give it a try."

Benny was followed by senior Celeste Hopson who talked about the importance of allowing change to happen – change within the community as well as in yourself. She said, "If you find something you like, expand it, and if you find something you don't like, enhance it.”

The Dublin Honors choir performed "As I Am" by Paper Birds from the balcony.

Rachael Jennings, chair of the English Department, talked about community and the opportunity we have as individuals and community members to lift others as we grow and change.

She referenced educator Shanterra McBride's professional development seminar for faculty at the start of the school year. Shanterra spoke about a Toni Morrison interview she had seen. Morrison said that all anyone wants when you walk into a new place is to have someone's face light up when they see you. Because when that person's face lights up, what they are saying is: I am glad you are here. Rachael closed with the thought that community is this: saying, thinking, letting your face light up to say: "I'm glad you are here."

Let the 2019-2020 year commence. We are glad you are here.

One conversation can change everything

Playing the Big Wind Blows

Playing the Big Wind Blows

The school community experienced the first morning meeting of the 2019-2020 year on Monday. After remarks by Mr. Bates, a surprise video appearance by Mae and Zinnia (Mr. Bates’ canine friends), and other announcements, Dr. Adar Cohen took the stage.

Dr. Cohen is an expert in communication and mediation as well as a co-founder of the Civic Leadership Foundation. His work centers around the idea that one conversation can change everything. In his presentation, he laid out a roadmap for students about how to have difficult conversations and how to have them effectively.

After a thought-provoking discussion, the school community moved to the quad to play the icebreaker game the Big Wind Blows. The game is a visual exercise in showing that we are all more alike than we think. Upon completion, the students and faculty broke into smaller groups that were asked to explore a meaningful conversation they would like to have. The groups chose topics ranging from how to communicate with family to climate change.

Coming back together, Dr. Cohen asked the school community to fill in the blank of the following sentence: Dublin School is the kind of place where because of the conversations we have, we can (fill in the blank). The students responded with some powerful answers: be comfortable with each other, be diverse, be accepted, ask deeper questions, be empowered, feel safe, become greater leaders. Wow! One conversation can change everything.