Craftsbury Camp Day #2

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We started the day with a two mile warm up run before our breakfast feast. After breakfast we were fortunate to have an opportunity to see our women's Olympic biathlon team doing intervals on our course. We worked on our classic skiing for an hour before changing to skate skis for our biathlon clinic. Sam Dougherty from the Center once again did an awesome job of teaching our students how to shoot safely and accurately. After some practice we had a three team, three skier relay. The Dublin skiers found shooting after skiing a lap of the course quite difficult. Shout out to Aggie for shooting "clean" and hitting all of her targets 50 meters away and leading her relay team to victory.

Sam teaching us about biathlon.

Sam teaching us about biathlon.

This afternoon the team worked more on their classic skiing. We want to take advantage of good classic skiing whenever we can for it is always easier to skate when the conditions get rough. Many teams neglect their classic skills, but not Dublin! Tonight we are going to teach the students how to wax before they crash and rest for our final day.

Aggie power brushing her new Rossignol Skis.

Aggie power brushing her new Rossignol Skis.

Craftsbury Camp Day #1

We found snow at our Thanksgiving Camp for the first time ever! After two years of dryland training at our annual camp we were pleasantly surprised to travel north to Craftsbury, Vermont and find a one kilometer bulletproof loop of skiable snow thanks to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's excellent snowmaking.

Theresa showing off her improved technique after an offseason of rollerskiing.

Theresa showing off her improved technique after an offseason of rollerskiing.

We arrived at the Outdoor Center on Friday afternoon and we were skiing by 2 pm. We started out on our brand new Rossignol skate ski equipment and started tearing around the empty track. Eathan and Alexander were skiing for the very first time and picked it up quickly! Second year skiers AJ, Ethan and Patrick looked great as they found their balance on the fast and hard packed snow.

Our regional elite skiers Quinn, Aggie and Lilly had a great time skiing with their Dublin XC Club coach Kathy Maddock, who volunteered to come to camp again this year to work with the whole team. It was exciting to see these three young skiers on snow after hundreds of hours of offseason strength and conditioning. Big smiles all around.

The DXC squad on their new Rossignol equipment.

The DXC squad on their new Rossignol equipment.

Thanks to Rossignol and Norm's Ski and Sport in Keene, New Hampshire we were all trying out our new Rossignol ski equipment. We found the skis fast and stable on the squirrelly snow. After a two hour ski we retreated to our dormitory before heading to dinner. The Outdoor Center has some of the best food you can find and it is intentionally designed for the hungry and elite athlete. Brussel sprouts, chicken, beet burgers, polenta and salad.

Kathy and the crew. Exhausted and happy.

Kathy and the crew. Exhausted and happy.

We ended the day with some circuit training in the Center's awesome gym. We worked on balance and agility before talking about skate and classic technique. Kathy wrapped things up with some great yoga and trivia. Can you name the member of the Dublin School staff who beat Kathy (who went on to collegiate and World Cup fame) when they 12 year old skiers in the Bill Koch League. It took awhile, but someone eventually guessed right with Jill Hutchins! Is their a comeback in Ms. Hutchins' future?

Circuit training in the gym.

Circuit training in the gym.

Day #2 will start with a cold 7 am warm up run before a famous Craftsbury breakfast. We will ski classic in the first morning session before trying out some biathlon with the Center's biathlon coordinator Sam Dougherty. The kids are psyched for that. We will also get to watch some national ski champions working out this morning. 

Writing in Quiet Spaces: Jonathan Phinney on Publication, Rejection, and Process

Writing in Quiet Spaces:  Jonathan Phinney on Publication, Rejection, and Process

Jonathan Phinney, Learning Specialist, and English Instructor, was recently published in Saint Ann’s Review. His short story, “A Quiet Story,” begins: “Scott left the house in a rush. Everything was gray and strewn with some kind of debris: the tattered Christmas decorations hanging from unpainted houses, the peeling sign in front of the supermarket, the ripped-up spruce shrubs in front of the bank from the big storm back in November. Even the way the snow banks melted along the sides of the road looked like ruin.”

Self-Awareness and Problem-Solving: Ali Weis on her Psychology Independent Study

Ali Weis, ’19, a self-described “spiritual, open-minded vegan,” is a junior at Dublin School. She has always been interested in psychology, and, this trimester, she had the opportunity to conduct an Independent Study in Psychology with Ms. Alexandra Scalfano, Learning Specialist, and VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy, which provides free online high school classes to anyone living in New Hampshire). Scalfano, who has a M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, met with Weis weekly to discuss what Weis was learning through her online coursework; additionally, Scalfano provided complementary readings and resources.

“I have always been interested in psychology and why people act the way they act,” says Weis. “Because Dublin doesn’t have a psychology course right now, I thought I could pursue it independently.”

Following Curiosity: The Local Landscape at Dublin

A lab period in “The Local Landscape” course means wandering through an old growth forest, studying the trees, stone walls, and topography. A lab period means getting outside and asking questions of everything on the horizon.

This is the first year that “The Local Landscape” has been offered at Dublin School. The course creator and instructor, Ms. Katie Curtis, used to teach a similar Geology and Environmental Science course at Falmouth Academy, which led her and her students to explore the beaches of the Cape at least once a week. Here, nestled near the base of Monadnock, Dublin students explore forests, streams, and mountains.

James Kirk ’08 - Machine Learning Engineer - Spotify

James Kirk ’08 - Machine Learning Engineer - Spotify

Be sure to thank James Kirk, class of ’08, the next time you select a playlist to work out to at the gym. “I help Spotify build systems that learn how people enjoy music” he says, and then “…use that knowledge to automatically create fun, satisfying listener experiences”. After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, James moved to Boston where he started working at Spotify as a machine learning engineer.

The New Outing Club

The New Outing Club

In locating the new Slopeside Dormitory, we had to remove the old Arts Building which served in recent years as our Outing Club. The Outing Club was home to our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding programs.  We originally intended to put the new Outing Club into the basement of the Slopeside Dormitory but thought better due to the impact on the height of the building and the potential for fumes and fire from ski waxing.

Cross Country at NEPSTA (New England) Division 4 Championships  - November 11, 2017 

Cross country finished the season on Saturday at the NEPSTA (New England) Division 4 Championships.  On a cold day, they traveled to South Berwick, Maine to be matched up against runners from 27 schools. Our teams and individuals finished with impressive results.

Dublin boys finished 4th out of 27 teams in the varsity race. Scoring for Dublin were: Quinn Wilson (Dublin, NH) 11th; Ian Baker (Boston, MA) 20th; Kyle Mincey (Newark, NJ) 47th; Rohan Gold (Forest Hills, NY) 51st; and, Max Johnson (Charlotte, NC) 55th. Harrison Atlas (Houston, TX) and Alex Antonellis (Harwich, MA) displaced runners from other teams and finished in the top third of the entire field of 184 runners.