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.
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…
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.
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.
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!