In early February, Dwight-Englewood will be hosting a visiting orchestra and chorus from the St. Dominic’s Sixth Form College in London. This will be the third exchange and joint concert connecting our two schools in what is quickly becoming an annual tradition. Our orchestra visited them last summer, and this year, their group of 50 students will arrive on Wednesday, Feb 8th and begin rehearsing with our orchestra and chorus, all to culminate in a Valentines Day concert at Symphony Space on the upper west side of Manhattan the evening of February 14th at 7:30, to which all are invited, no charge. The group will be staying with D-E families from Feb 8 until Feb. 11 (three nights) and we have arranged hosts within the music program. We are, though, still looking for a few more families to host a student for those evenings. The visiting students will be occupied during the day so this is really for evenings only. If you are interested in helping out or want more information, please contact John Littlefield at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (201) 227-3255. The visiting students are the equivalent ages of our juniors and seniors.
We will be sending a more formal announcement about the concert soon, but please mark it down as a great way to spend Valentines Day and plan to join us in the city. The groups will play individually as well as all together in what promises to be a beautiful event on a great stage in New York.
Through our D-E 360° program, we are pleased to be offering Driver’s Ed again this winter to high school students at least 15 1/2 years old who reside in New Jersey. This course is given through the FNL Driving School, and taught by Nancy Lustenberger, a former faculty member at Dwight-Englewood. The course fulfills the requirement of the New Jersey State written exam.
The course begins this Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (Please note this is MLK Weekend), and will meet on Saturdays and Thursdays until February 2. Note: Students must attend all classes in order to receive course certification. This is a NJ State-mandated requirement.
As you may know, after the departure of Clinton Carbon as the Director of Multicultural Affairs due to his retirement, the school is embarking on a search to replace him. We are changing the name of the position and its scope, and we have retained two Senior Search Consultants from Carney Sandoe & Associates to help support our national search. They will be on campus next Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, to meet with various student, alumni, faculty, staff and parent groups to learn more about our community and our needs as well as our dreams. Clinton moved our community forward in many wonderful ways, and it is vital that we build on his good work and take the next step forward with staffing and programming around issues of school equity, inclusion, and social justice.
We are pleased to invite parents who want to speak with the consultants to an open session on Thursday January 19th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM in Hajjar Auditorium.
Your opinions, perspectives, and ideas are important, especially for a position whose purpose is inclusion and equity, and I hope you will consider lending your voice that evening. Please rsvp to Christine Hazarian in the Upper School Office at email@example.com or at (201) 227-3240.
Here is a first draft of the position description:
First Draft: Director of Institutional Equity and Social Justice
Dwight-Englewood School, a Pre-K-12 School in Englewood, New Jersey located in the greater New York City area, seeks to hire a Director of Institutional Equity and Social Justice to commence July 2017. This is a senior administrative position and will report directly to the Head of School. This exciting position calls for a collaborative and visionary educational leader to oversee equity and social justice initiatives and work with students, faculty, parents, administrators and trustees. The Director will facilitate, promote, and supervise the work school wide. It is essential that the Director have an in-depth knowledge of and deeply held commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice as demonstrated through practice and experience.
This is an exciting next step for the School – an opportunity to continue our growth and understanding as a community.