After months of rehearsing, D-E's Performing Arts Department has been presenting a series of memorable live concerts featuring musicians from all three divisions. The Upper School Stage Band's annual lazz Brunch featured tuneful bossa nova hits, and tasty bagels and coffee. The Winter Orchestral Concert showcased our Lower, Middle and Upper School strings, winds and African drumming groups, including an incredible solo Paganini Concerto performance by Quincy Eby '23 (on viola) and an all-ensembles finale of "The Phantom Menace" from Star Wars. Choral and handbells ensembles performed a seasonally inspired concert with both traditional and unexpected holiday tunes like "Jingle Bells," "Carol of the Bells." and "I Heard the Bells Play Dreidel." For more about the arts at D-E, click below.
The Bulldogs' Winter 2023 season has sizzled with memorable moments, including Montana Nicks '23 and Karina Pink '23 both scoring their 1000th points while playing for D-E Varsity Girls' Basketball! Both D-E Boys' Varsity and Girls' Varsity are seeded and scheduled to play in the State Tourney. Winter Track has recently made new D-E School records, including most recently at the Bergen County (BC) Relays! Uma Rajan '24 placed 6th in the BC Relays in the 600 M and achieved a new D-E record and personal record, with a time of 1:46.33. Max West '23 also made a new D-E record in the 600m (1:31.45). D-E Ski Racing athletes Percy Bedell ‘24 & Felix O’Halloran ‘24 both qualified for the Race of Champions, and ultimately Peercy earned a 12th place finish! Our entire Varsity Girls’ Ski also made the NJ State Tournament! Go Bulldogs!
In honor of Black History Month (BHM) and this year’s BHM theme of “Black Resistance, this week’s Upper School Assembly was led by students in D-E’s Black Affinity Group. Students spoke meaningfully on the theme of how Black Resistance is about rising above hardships and actively working against racial inequality with talents and intelligence. The students then transitioned to hosting a panel discussion with special guests who answered questions about their own role models, reflections on how the world has changed particularly in regard to racial inequality, and general advice. Guests involved in the Assembly included D-E History Department Chair Dr. Ari Easley-Houser; Ms. Allison Davis, a former D-E parent and Trustee whose father marched with Dr. King and was the first person appointed to the head of EEOC and who herself was a producer for the Today Show on NBC; and Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., (TN).
The annual Lower School Valentine's Day concerts for our Kindergarten and 1st Graders was a huge crowd pleaser. The concert is a time-honored tradition in the Lower School and for good reason! Faculty, staff, and parents were full of smiles as the students sang songs like “Standing like a Tree” and “1-2-3-4” by the Plain White T’s. It was a love-ly day! To learn more about traditions at D-E, click below.