I write to you as we await another Nor’easter and, much to the delight of many, another “D-E Snow Day.”
Mother Nature is unpredictable, exciting, occasionally challenging, but often inspiring—and the same can be said of D-E. When you bring together a diverse community of individuals of different ethnic, racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds and a variety of life experiences, you are going to get multiple perspectives, contradictory ideas, unexpected synergies, and unique collaborations, creations, and innovations. And this is good! This is exactly what we are intentionally seeking to create: an environment rich with opportunities to learn from one another, value our diversity, and, in the process, build empathy and understanding.
Our enriching diversity is brought to light through the sharing of stories, which was the theme of both our September All School Kick-Off assembly and our Thanksgiving assembly. Among all of us we have a rich collection of stories that both help us to appreciate each other and give us new knowledge. D-E Student Government President Jalen Watson ’18 urged students to consider how many people there are in the world today and how much there is to learn from them. He noted, “There are nearly 8 billion stories beyond these doors. After you learn others’ stories you can understand so much more.”
Even our youngest students are taking the time to appreciate and listen to each other’s stories. Zoe Berger ’28, as part of the Grade 2 “Community Connections” project visited me in my office in Leggett Hall to interview and then draw a picture of me (see right side). For my part, I was delighted to hear about Zoe’s perspectives as a Lower School student and I was able to appreciate my own background that much more.
Our Bulldog mosaic (see below), currently installed in the Klein Campus Center window facing Leggett Field, symbolizes how all of us as individuals make a community that is impressive and altogether incredible.
This issue of the magazine provides examples of how each division of the School is celebrating the sharing of stories. You will also enjoy reviewing highlights from our arts and athletics programs; examples of our students, faculty and staff working to “make it better”; and photos and features of the many events, programs and activities that have made this 2017-18 academic year unpredictable, often exciting, sometimes challenging, but always true to the nature of Dwight-Englewood School.
Looking forward to the warming months of the spring!
With best wishes,
Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett P ʼ13, ʼ16
Head of School
The D-E Bulldog “mosaic” symbolizes the idea that we all have a unique, individual story to contribute to our community of learners, and yet we are still a community of one.
The mosaic was created from more than 8,000 photos of D-E students, teachers, and staff members, taken during the entire 2016-’17 academic year. The D-E School Communications & Publications Team first created a master image at full size and then cut it into 6 parts. Then the team cropped and created mirror images of these source photos before feeding them into a software program that matches individual photo files’ pixel colors into separate master layout files. These files were then essentially stitched together to create one overall photo image (of the Bulldog Statue). The one overall photo image file was then printed on large format transparent adhesive film and installed on the outside of Klein’s tinted windows as three separate panels, using a scissor lift. After installation, a secondary sealant was applied to protect the adhesive film from the elements.
The entire process involved processing 1 year of photos, 300 gigabytes of individual files, two months of planning, and 1 full week of rendering time to create!