AP Environmental Science Visit Wood Pellet Factory

By GH Werowinski

At the New England Wood Pellet factory we learned the in's and out's of pellet production. We followed the flow of wood chips and sawdust through the plant till they had been packaged. We watched the chips be dried, sent through the pellet dies, and then cooled and stored for delivery to home and business across New England. Wood pellets offer a fraction of toxic emissions compared to oil or gas. At Dublin, we use pellet burners to heat Gillespie Hall, Lehmann, Monadnock, the Whitney Gymnasium and several other buildings on campus. 

Reach the Beach for Writers: Students Compete to Land Spots on Dublin’s First New York Writer’s Retreat Weekend

Reach the Beach for Writers:  Students Compete to Land Spots  on Dublin’s First New York Writer’s Retreat Weekend

This October, two students will get the opportunity to listen to and learn from some of the most far-reaching, incisive, and captivating writers of our time. These students will travel with Ms. Rachael Jennings, English Department Chair, to New York City’s The New Yorker Festival. 

At the festival, they will attend panels and workshops led by Louise Erdrich, Rachel Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Judith Thurman, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Finder, and more. In between workshops, students will explore literary landmarks, visit The Strand Bookstore to admire the eighteen miles of books, and enjoy autumnal New York City. The group will take the train to and from Hartford to Penn Station, and along the way, they will write in writer’s notebooks. With a workshop series like the one that waits, the notebook pages will surely fill as the writer’s retreat continues.

Figuring It Out: Katie Curtis on Dublin’s Camping Trips and the Value of Outdoor Adventure

The Rapid River off Lake Umbagog swirls clear in places, bright, hissing, misting against a bright blue Maine sky. A group of students and their leader scramble up the shore, life vests buckled, hands empty of the paddles they’ve been towing the last six hours. They watch the Class II+ Rapids rush, their eyes wide. A few are eager to float feet-first down the rapids, and one follows, curious.

Moments before, we would have found faculty leader Katie Curtis and three students talking about how to safely ride the rapids. Two students would have barely been able to wait to jump in, but the last one would have paused.

That third student would have turned to Ms. Curtis, saying,“I don’t know that I’m ready to do that. I don’t know if I’m comfortable.”

Ms. Curtis would have smiled and asked “Can you come up with us to just see? Just check it out?”

Dance Team

Immediately following winter term exams, members of Dublin’s Dance Ensemble boarded a plane to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the National High School Dance Festival, hosted this year by Point Park University. Accompanied by dance instructor Jenny Foreman and three current parents, the eight dancers joined more than 1,300 other high school dancers from around the nation, many of whom attend performing arts high schools, to engage in classes and view performances. The festival opened with a performance by the world renowned Parsons Dance Company and also included four impressive performances featuring the best of the country’s young choreographers and pre-professional dancers. 

Each Dublin dancer customized her own schedule of classes, often three to four per day, based on her particular areas of interest. A wide range of classes were offered (taught by a number of university professors, high school instructors, and well-known choreographers) including: ballet, pointe, floor barre, classical variations, tap, jazz, hip hop, and several styles of modern technique. Class sizes ranged from semi-private to several hundred dancers, and took place in more than ten different studio locations at the University and the nearby Creative and Performing Arts High School. The dancers wholeheartedly embraced the challenges and opportunities this festival had to offer and—despite sore muscles, blisters and bruises—got up each morning and fully invested themselves in their classes. 

The Festival takes place bi-annually at different locations across the country. We eagerly await the announcement of where the 2018 National High School Dance Festival will be held so that we can begin planning our next trip. In the off years, the Ensemble generally takes trips to pre-professional studios in Boston and New York City. These are incredibly rich growing experiences for our students to immerse themselves the art of dance and learn from master teachers and the advanced dancers alongside whom they take classes