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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
Boys soccer played their last game of the season against Putney School on Saturday. Attempting to avenge an earlier 3-1 loss to Putney, Senior striker Fab Joseph (Easton, PA) and goaltender Josh Hochberg (Teaneck, NJ) put on a show in their last game wearing Dublin blue. Joseph broke through a physical Putney defense and drilled a shot into the net. Will Boot (Larchmont, NY) then converted on a penalty kick before Joseph converted twice more on great individual efforts. A potential fourth goal from Joseph hit the crossbar on the underside but somehow stayed out.
To end the season awards were presented to the team November 10th. Each student's award is named after someone important to the history of small boat sailing, or someone who wrote significantly about sailing, or someone who wrote something which resonates with the experience of being a Dublin school sailor.