Spring Fed

Our Dublin Lake is one of the cleanest spring fed lakes in NH. Water from as deep as 100 feet works its way up through New Hampshire’s granite base to replenish the lake in a reliable, invisible way, often only noticeable when you happen to swim through a “cold spot!” Our 450-acre campus and surrounding town are blessed with natural springs that bubble up freshwater to create our lakes, fill our wells, and nourish our forests. When we were considering the intent of this new Dublin alumni newsletter the concept of being “spring fed” seemed to fit.

Like spring water that exist beneath the surface, your memories and feeling for Dublin no doubt exist beneath the surface of your life. This newsletter is designed to help bring Dublin to the top of your busy life so that when you desire to take a sip, to refresh a memory or make a connection in your life today, it is reliably right there. And as in nature, there are seasonal patterns but no set schedules and no way of knowing exactly where the water will go. So we begin this new communication with an openness that allows it to become whatever feeds us best. We welcome any and all suggestions and hope Dublin School will always be a wellspring of joy and meaning in your life.

Annual Fund Update - $269,000 YTD

We are excited about the alumni participation in giving to the annual fund. Of the $269,000 raised to date, you’ve made 102 gifts totaling more than $46,000 – Thank you! For some of you this was your first gift, and for others, you’ve been giving throughout your lives. In all cases, your annual fund gift ensures that every one of our kids is able to participate fully in their Dublin experience like our community was able to during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day SoCA Unconference.

Dublin’s Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Conference: On Becoming Students and Finding Courage

This year, Dublin School held its first full-day conference to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy. 

Last year, the Students of Color Alliance (SoCA) galvanized efforts around planning, hosting, and executing the school’s first Unconference, which they called “SoCA’s a Seat at the Table Unconference.” This event—which involved topics like stereotypes, representation in the media, and internalized racism—involved an evening of student-led workshops facilitated with questions generated by participants.

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Providence Country Day School - Loss (36-38) - January 19, 2019

Dublin girls basketball made a long trip south to play Providence Country Day on Saturday, losing in a nail-biter, 38-36. Down ten points in the early going and struggling offensively, the visiting Wildcats amped up their defense with a full-court press that caused over 20 turnovers and allowed them to claw their way back into the game. Despite missed chances at the free-throw line to seize the lead, Dublin had a shot to tie the game with 8 seconds remaining, only to see it rattle in and out. 

Mia Fantauzzi '22 led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points, followed by Kusum Aryal '21 with 8, Josie Switzer '21 with 6, Hannah Spindler '19 with 5, and Almesha Duhart '22 and Celeste Hopson '20 with 2 points apiece. 

Last Week Today

TGIF! I am exhausted! But please do not take pity on me, this is not from overwork. I am exhausted from observing everything that takes place in the course of a week at Dublin. Sometimes I like to take stock on a Friday and look backwards at what happened over 7 days at Dublin School.

Kusum and Ms. Grant in the PRiSM Office.

Kusum and Ms. Grant in the PRiSM Office.

Last Friday we scheduled a hypnotist to entertain the students, or to hypnotize the students so that they would entertain us. Mid-January can be a tough time of year in New England and many people start thinking of being just about anywhere but on the side of a mountain in New Hampshire! Laughing is good medicine and I literally could not stop laughing as I watched our kids pretend to drive cars, dance, play hide and seek, and lay on the beach during the show. By design, I do not have any pictures to share with you…

Work Gang!

Work Gang!

Saturday morning, Mr. Johnson and I led a Work Gang group as they cleaned up our trails for some upcoming races in 5 degree weather. I also had the students help me make a little tyke woods trail for our youngest skiers and snow-shoers (faculty children) out at the Nordic Center. Sophomore Nora Rogers is painting the favorite animated winter characters for the youngsters to discover as they explore the woods. We moved the giant character from Smallfoot to its hiding place before heading back to campus for a warm lunch.

Maya on her way to victory on Wednesday.

Maya on her way to victory on Wednesday.

 I spent Sunday like many of our students, resting, doing laundry, reading for fun, and doing some work to get ready for the week ahead. On Monday, senior Arthur Garcia delivered a powerful senior presentation about his family and how his father left Peru as a young man to find opportunity in the United States. Arthur wanted to give a human face to immigration and he succeeded in showing how the American dream is still alive for many immigrant families. Emma Williams followed the next day with a very personal look into what it is like to grow up biracial in America. The audience was fascinated by Emma’s stories of how she has grown into her identity through both struggles and moments of great strength. Today, Olivia White talked about her youth obsession with tv shows about high school and how she has overcome the differences between her Hollywood expectations of school and the realities of navigating her educational career at different schools.

While we always try to focus on process, failure, and growth, it was hard to ignore the concept of success this week! We had singers participating in the all-state chorus, visual artists dominating the NH Scholastic Art Awards, and athletic teams shining in their competitions on Wednesday. Amazing what the students at our small school can do when they invest the time in effort in their work.

The Senior Project Class reading an original play by Gwyneth.

The Senior Project Class reading an original play by Gwyneth.

So much more to write about, but I have to run so I can coach our wonderful cross-country skiers. They love adventure and thrive in the out of doors. We are excited about the coming storm!

3 Feet+!!!

3 Feet+!!!

Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Tilton School 3rds - Win - January 16, 2019

Wednesday January 16th, the Dublin Wildcats hosted Lakes Region foe The Tilton School. The Wildcats would rely heavily on their seniors throughout the night as Wolpe, Mincey and Switzer would combine for 48 of Dublins' 60 total points. Guard Kyle Mincey started off hot and continues to improve as a floor general, and netted 12 points to go along with his game high eight assists, finding classmates Wolpe and Switzer often open around the basket. Despite battling foul trouble, James Wolpe added 12 points of his own to go along with an impressive 8 rebounds. The breakout performance of the evening was Senior Captain Wyatt Switzer who dropped a career high twenty four points, while netting an impressive 10 of 15 shots from the field.