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Fifth Graders Explore “The Best Part of Me”

Posted: March 20, 2018

In an effort to promote self-confidence, self-awareness, and ultimately foster empathy, the teachers in Grade 5 used The Best Part of Me, a book by award-winning photographer and educator Wendy Ewald, to drive a story-sharing project this past fall. Through striking black and white photography of children and compelling related writings, The Best Part of…

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Students Attend National Diversity Conference

Posted: March 20, 2018

The People of Color Conference (PoCC) for faculty and staff and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) for students, sponsored by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS), brought nearly 6,000 attendees to Anaheim, CA, November 30-December 2. Among them were students, faculty, and staff from D-E who were excited to explore this year’s theme,…

Lower Schoolers Explore the Story of the Hudson River and Their Role as Earth’s Stewards

Posted: March 20, 2018

The Lower School’s Hudson River Project for second, third, and fourth graders is an exciting place-based approach to learning developed by science teacher Elizabeth “Beth” Lemire. It is also an interdisciplinary curriculum that uses Native American storytelling and storytelling through music to cultivate students’ sense of identity and relationship with nature. …they will be both…

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Middle School Explores “Humans of D-E”

Posted: March 20, 2018

Humans of New York is the brainchild of photojournalist Brandon Stanton, who set out to photograph New Yorkers on the street and “create an exhaustive catalog of the city’s inhabitants,” a project that has evolved into a blockbuster blog, two bestselling books, and a phenomenon in which mere strangers on the street become real people…

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Grade 9 “Identity” Seminar

Posted: March 20, 2018

The first semester Grade 9 Seminar at D-E is designed to help orient students to life in the Upper School. This year the seminar focused on exploring the concept of identity within a diverse community, and it relied heavily on students feeling comfortable enough to share their own stories—even when the discussion topics were difficult….

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D-E Marks MLK Day 2018

Posted: March 20, 2018

The School honored the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this year through a traditional assembly program for students and service day open to all D-E families. A powerful song sung by Britney Jara ’19 kicked off the January 11 Upper School MLK Assembly, which provided ample opportunities for students to celebrate…

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Upper School Fall Teams Summary

Posted: March 19, 2018

By C. Christian Schmid, Director of Athletics Girls’ Soccer The Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team had a great season this year. We had a talented group of returning seniors, including Captains Isabella Patino ’18 and Julietta Thron ’18. They both were influential in the success of the team, demonstrating their leadership at every practice and game….

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Middle School Fall Teams Summary

Posted: March 19, 2018

Girls’ MS Tennis By Coach Gautham Akula The best thing about the Fall 2017 season was that everyone played in every match, whether official or exhibition. We had a lot of team spirit and good parent involvement. The best match was our first, when we beat Saddle River Day 4-1. Emma Hazelton ’21 won a…

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Early Winter Athletics Team Standouts

Posted: March 19, 2018

Above: Jordan McKoy ’19 with his parents Vernon and Lisa McKoy In initial competitions, including the NJIC Championships, the Bergen County Championships and the State Indoor Track Relays held in mid-January at Toms River, the Bulldogs made major strides. Here are some examples: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 already known on the track for his dominating distance running with…

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D-E Green/Sustainability Programs

Posted: March 19, 2018

Our School Mission inspires community members to “meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.” The D-E gardens, particularly the Netty Coyte Teaching Garden adjacent to the Upper School parking lot on the eastern border of the campus, is a wonderful visible manifestation of that phrase. Through all four seasons, garden initiatives…

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