This issue of D-E Today captures a brief but energizing time, from early June to early September. We begin the summer each year with a bittersweet combination of “goodbyes” and “hellos”— when we congratulate and bid farewell to our newest graduates, and we welcome back and honor alumni during our annual Commencement and Reunion weekend in early June. Our Grade 5 and Grade 8 students celebrate their own milestones as they prepare for Middle School and Upper School, respectively. Special events, activities, and programs for all our students wrap up the academic year memorably.
After a few short weeks of faculty and staff “advance” preparation, our D-E 360° Summer Connections program then gets underway. Our campus is bustling with learners of all ages — from preschoolers to adults. Trips facilitated by D-E International depart for exciting global adventures. During this time we typically also begin campus grounds and facilities improvement projects, and this Summer 2017 was no exception: we officially began construction for the D-E Village Project and our new Middle School. As part of this work, which has now closed Library Circle, we moved the Bulldog statue to its new temporary location between Hajjar STEM Center and the Modell’s Sports Complex. If the first day of the 2017-18 school year was any indication it’s safe to say that the Bulldog has settled in well.
And finally we begin the first few weeks of the new academic year in early September with eager anticipation and our traditional All-School Welcome Assembly. I am consistently amazed at the breadth and depth of talent present in our community. This year’s assembly featured our students and teachers in spoken word, music, and dance performances. The theme? The importance of sharing our stories, and listening to those stories in order to understand, not to react. You can enjoy video vignettes of this year’s program here: https://youtu.be/eYY9QhlB9qs
I look forward to sharing future stories of our school, as this 2017-18 year takes shape.
Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett P ʼ13, ʼ16
Head of School