- Upper School Back-to-School Night, originally scheduled for next Thursday, October 8, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14. More information on the format next week, but it will of course be a virtual event.
- You received a Testing Registration , about our COVID19 testing procedure for US students. You can view that email by clicking . PLEASE be sure to register your student in time for their test next week.
- We spotted an error in the last week, that some of you have written about. Please know that this calendar is now accurate with one exception:
- On Tuesday October 13, we will be having a special half day of programming around the 2020 election as part of our series in understanding the current issues making this election so fraught. The program will take place in the morning and classes will take place in the afternoon. To make this work best, we will do the entire day online, so no Upper School students will be on campus that day. A reminder that the Schedule for your student(s) is viewable once you LogIn to MyD-E. For LogIn help, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- At long last, The Coop will on Monday, Oct. 5. Joan Millien sent an Email about this earlier tonight, including The Coop's schedule, ordering, and charging information; click to view. The Coop will not be open to any students in the middle of the day.
DEANS' GRADE-SPECIFIC UPDATES
Seniors (from Brendan McGrail, Dean, Class of 2021)
The Seniors continue to lead in positive ways both on- and off- campus as we all work to establish new routines that fit with the new realities of school during this time. With the Adding Courses deadline having passed last Friday, the Class of 2021 has now settled into their classes and adjusting to our new hybrid-learning environment.
Many of the “Senior-only” classes (AP Psychology, AP Statistics & Issues in American Law) are having their first assessments this week. In Advisory, we are continuing our Election prep programming.
After our first two US Assemblies (political ideology last week and free speech this week), there is a lot to debrief and our small Advisory groups provide an ideal setting to explore these challenging concepts. For Seniors, they have been together in the same small Advisory groups, with the same peers, and the same adult Advisor, for all four years of high school. The close, trusting relationships forged over this time are now paying off in the quality and depth of these difficult conversations. In the weeks to come, we look forward to having the Seniors on campus more often as our schedule shifts and the campus opens up to a greater number of students each day.
Juniors (from Kim Lalli, Dean, Class of 2022)
It was so nice to see members of the Class of 2022 again this week. It's clear that even on just the second day of being on campus, they are adjusting to our new normal at school. The Juniors are learning to manage new traffic patterns and doing a nice job distancing outside of the classroom. I continue to be impressed by their growth over the past six months.
While it's common to see major leaps in development (and height!) between 10th and 11th grade, I have been nonetheless stunned by the fact that teenagers left last spring and it seems that young adults have returned this fall. They are engaging in challenging dialogue with their peers, advocating for themselves in the classroom, and managing the multiple threads of hybrid learning beautifully. That is not to say that they aren't stressed or tired, but that they seem to be coping with the realities of our current situation with a tremendous amount of grace and maturity. I continue to enjoy connecting with members of the Class who are fully virtual and am looking forward to welcoming the rest of the Class back to campus next week.
Sophomores (from Shai Zacarev, Dean, Class of 2023)
As we close another week of school during this most unique school year it was great to be able to have the 10th graders on campus with us. This week also happened to be our first opportunity to have more than one grade at school at the same time and we have all been very impressed with how well all the students have adjusted to all the changes that have been taking place.
The Hajjar STEM Center was opened up for students to use during their frees and so was the first floor of the library, where 19 study carrels were spaced appropriately for students to be able to do their work safely. There was a lot of laughter and happy faces over the last two days and I am looking forward to next week when the schedule opens up to allow half of each grade to come to school at the same time.
Freshmen (from Jeremy Meserole, Dean, Class of 2024)
The 9th graders this week were virtual-only -- we definitely missed seeing them on campus! I'm looking forward to seeing folks in-person again next week. This week we focused on using Advisory time as a chance to prepare for and debrief the Upper School presentation on free speech by Dr. Marcia Chatelain during our Wednesday Assembly period. We also used Advisory to continue to help students get to know one another in meaningful ways, work which will continue on campus next week.
I've appreciated the online interactions I have had with students this week, and it will be great to meet with the students next week once again in person. My initial impression of the grade is that they are a lively, engaged group of people who will have a lot to contribute to the Upper School, especially as they adjust and familiarize themselves with upper school life. It's been a good start to the school year so far, and I'm excited for the students as they find a rhythm and routine in the weeks to come. And as always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.
COLLEGE COUNSELING OFFICE (CCO) NEWS
The CCO is hosting a number of events in the coming weeks that might be of interest and we warmly welcome you to attend.
Senior Families Financial Aid (FAFSA)Workshop:
Monday, October 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Senior families are invited to join us for a step-by-step virtual workshop that focuses on filling out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and addresses Financial Aid questions. Click for details. .
Intro to Access Applied:
Monday, October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
This event provides a general overview of college financing with an introduction to Access Applied for 9th - 12th grade families. Access Applied is a free, comprehensive website that covers every topic relating to college costs, both need-based and merit-based financial aid, and strategies for paying for college. You can access the website by visiting and using the special Dwight-Englewood access code: access2college$. .
College Roundtable on Testing:
Thursday, October 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
This is an event to support students and families as you navigate the PSAT, ACT, SAT and questions about standardized testing. Adam Ingersoll, Co-founder of Compass Education Group, will address parents, answer questions and provide insights on how parents can stay sane during a time of change in college admissions testing. . Passcode: 438071.
With the first major college application deadline (Nov. 1) coming closer on the horizon, the College Counselors are focusing their time and energy on assisting seniors as they craft their essays and finalize their college lists. We encourage you, the parents/guardians of seniors, to check in with your children to see if they are on track with the different elements of their application.We welcome you to arrange for a family meeting in the next few weeks so that we can answer particular questions you may have and to provide any assistance or feedback that supports your child in crafting the strongest application possible!
Please know that the College Counselors will be visiting their Junior Advisories in a few weeks. We will also initiate virtual office hours in the near future so that students can “drop-in” for quick questions. These hours will be communicated with Juniors through their Advisories.