09 Nov

The Comments are Coming!

We have reached the end of the first quarter of the year, believe it or not. At the end of the first and third quarters, the teachers write comments to their students about their progress in their courses. Yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 8, students saw those comments, and reviewing them with their advisors. Today, Friday Nov. 9, we will release those comments to you. Instructions on how to access the comments are noted below. Before seeing them yourself, you might want to ask your student about them tonight, and hear their perspective after reading them and speaking with their advisors.

These comments do not include a grade on them, which we do so that students and families can focus on the comment itself and process the feedback without the distraction of the grade, which we have found does dominate if the two are released together. By separating them, we have had much greater success with student focusing and taking to heart the feedback from the teacher. The grades themselves will be available in the middle of next week for grades 9-11. Seniors (Class of 2019) will see their grades today, Friday, Nov. 9, because of the timing with early college applications.


Instructions to Access Comment Reports

By following the directions below you will find your way to both the grades and comments for all classes. These steps detail how to access your child’s report:

  • Go to the MyD-E area of the Dwight-Englewood School website by visiting www.d-e.org and clicking on MyD-E at the top-right of the page.
  • LogIn to MyD-E using your assigned password or the password you established for yourself. If you need help with your password, please call D-E Tech Support at 201-227-3177.
  • Click on your child’s name near the top of the page.
  • Click on Progress (if not already selected), then click on the current grade for your child immediately below that.
  • After selecting the grade, click on the Report Cards link in the Performance area.
  • You will see two links for the Fall Interim: Academic Report Card and Physical Education Report Card. When you click on either of those links, a pdf file that contains your child’s progress information will open in a new window.  This file can be saved to your computer or printed directly from the screen.  These reports will remain viewable while your child is enrolled in the School.


09 Nov

Message from Joseph Algrant, US Principal

Dear Upper School (US) Parents / Guardians,

So it seems that the fall is finally upon us, with its vivid foliage, shorter days, (generally) cooler weather, and… some reminders and updates of upcoming school programs about which you should be aware.

Conferences

Coming up on December 6 and 7 are family/teacher conferences, an opportunity for you to meet with each teacher of your student (except for those in the arts and health and wellness).  These conferences are held in the Modell’s Athletic Complex, and families are invited to sign up to come to school during one of four, 2.5-hour time blocks. You are able to spend up to 10 minutes with each teacher during that time, and you are can arrive at any point during that time block, but know that it will take at least one hour to see all teachers. You will not have a specific schedule for each teacher, but instead will find each teacher in the Sherman Gymnasium. We will guide you once you arrive so that you make the most of your time.

While it may sound confusing, I promise that when you arrive and see the system, it will all become clear and work efficiently. Most importantly, these are valuable opportunities to talk about how your student is doing. The faculty find these meetings productive as well, and they look forward to seeing you.

The sign-up process will begin next Wednesday, November 14, and I will send a more detailed letter at that time with the directions to our online registration. I urge you to register right away, especially if you have time restraints during those days. We can accommodate about 125 families during each time block, and the sign-up is first-come, first-served. If you end up having difficulty with the time assigned, we’ll tell you what to do.

Peer Tutoring

I also wanted to bring to your attention a program that we have made known to students earlier in the term, which has been helpful to some families. Having grown out of a club, we now have a peer tutoring program, in which students in need of some help in a particular course can be paired with an upperclassman who can help a student in that course. The tutors are trained by our faculty, and the sessions are held during the school day. Tutors are in constant contact with the program leaders, and the program has been beneficial to both the student and the student tutor. If you’d like to know more about this program, please contact the faculty leaders: Jessica Leiken (leikej@d-e.org) or Karina Hernandez (hernak@d-e.org). For situations where you and/or your student think a student tutor might be more effective than a teacher, and you are looking for perhaps an ongoing situation, then peer tutoring might be a good option.

My Latest JoeCast

Finally I’d like to share my latest JoeCast with you. To listen you can click here.  You’ll likely gather that I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing our faculty and students who are involved in David & Lisa, this year’s Fall Play. David & Lisa opens at 7:00 PM tonight, Friday, Nov. 9 and will also be performed at 7:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 PM in Hajjar Auditorium. And to our cast & crew: Break a leg!

Sincerely,

Joe Algrant

US Principal

19 Oct

Hispanic-Latino Assembly Highlights

A week ago, we were treated to a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by our Hispanic and LatinX Affinity Group, working in collaboration with our INSPIRE club. The groups came together early in the year to talk with each other and formulate a plan for what they wanted to present to the Upper School. Once they put the plan together (a feat in itself) they set off to pull together an hour long presentation that included defining some terminology about being Hispanic or LatinX, playing some wonderful videos to highlight aspects of the culture, commentaries by our students, and a panel discussion about being Hispanic or LatinX in our School. As always, we heard powerful comments that both uplift and offer suggestions about how we can all better live and work together in the Upper School. It’s a tribute to our students that they are willing to participate in an event like this because it takes courage and poise, but in the end we all learn from each other in positive and powerful ways.

19 Oct

Save the Date: D-E PA Fête&Fare: Diwali Extravaganza, Nov. 15

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Fête&Fare is the new annual cultural gathering hosted by the D-E Parents’ Association (PA). Each year a different PA Affinity Group will host Fête&Fare in celebration of a unique holiday around the world to raise cultural awareness and to cherish the diversity in our D-E community.  This year, Fête&Fare: Diwali Extravaganza is being hosted by the South Asian Affinity Group (SAAG).  

To learn more and to RSVP online visit pa.d-e.org or click here.
19 Oct

From Joe Algrant, US Principal

Dear Families,

I’m writing as we come to the end of Spirit Week, our annual festival of fun events in a  energetic competition between grades for title of Most Spirited Class. This afternoon we crowned the senior class as winners of the 2018 trophy.

The events of the week range widely, in order to include many interests and abilities, from soccer to solving problems in chess and mathematics, and lots in-between. These events and the spirit of competition have magically lifted the mood on campus. From first thing Monday when the grade deans competed in charades and the dance club orchestrated a flash mob on stage, to yesterday’s door decorating, to today’s closing ceremony with musical chairs and limbo as the final events, it’s been five days of great fun. It’s hard not to be swept up in the emotion and good-natured excitement.

By happy coincidence, this has also been the week of several senior celebration days for our fall sports teams. With duplicate 1-0 wins on Wednesday, both the girls soccer and field hockey teams honored their powerful seniors and parents, while on Tuesday the volleyball team did the same, as did girls tennis yesterday. These are proud moments in the lives of seniors, to be celebrated for their years of participation and leadership. In celebrating the seniors, our younger students can look to the future as they cheer for their older teammates, and imagine what might be to come for them.

Lest you think this is only about fun, the week also invites other moments of education, development, and growth. It provides leadership opportunities for many students across the Upper School, both within grades and across them. It offers moments to highlight different talents, and presents challenges in grade-wide problem solving. I also hope that in some way it teaches a little about the importance and enjoyment of balance in life between work and play. In fact, it’s also been a week where students have been faced with work as usual, and we have watched them figure out how to get their stuff done and have time and energy for the fun. The week culminates tonight with a dance, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, in Hajjar Auditorium.

The spirit and energy of the week is also of vital importance because of the way it unites us. Because our students and faculty lead busy lives that take us all in varied directions, many of them away from campus, we cannot always demonstrate spirit in ways more usual in other schools, such as being fans and spectators. I know that it frustrates our student athletes sometimes when the fan attendance is not what they would like. The same thing happens sometimes with other after-school, evening and weekend events such as theater or robotics events. I don’t believe this is really about lack of spirit, but more about the lives of our members and the geography of our School. So during a week like this, where we go out of our way to focus and encourage spirit, seeks to make up for the lack of more traditional demonstrations. Our intent is for students to walk away from the week feeling that there is a lot of positive energy around what is happening on campus.

Almost as an aside, one of my most favorite aspects of Spirit Week is watching the same students who can be typically adolescent: cynical, satirical, moody, brooding and just too cool for school; somehow turn into young children who love the prospect of dressing up in weird clothing and eating donuts off of a string. It’s what high school should be, so please look at the attached photos, which provide but a glimpse of what the week has been like.

I hope that your children enjoy the break on Monday while the faculty of all three divisions takes the day to meet as a whole and in groups to work on projects we have undertaken for the year. That will also be important work, but of a very different kind.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Sincerely,

-Joe Algrant, US Principal

16 Jun

Reminder from MS/US Nurse: 2017-2018 Health Forms

Dear MS/US Parents & Guardians,

Though this school year is just about to close, it is never too early to plan for the coming year!

The deadline for physical examination forms for the 2017-2018 school year is August 1, 2017. 

Any physical examination completed after January 1, 2017 will be accepted for the coming academic year.  Please print, sign and get your child’s physician’s signature(s) as noted, and then forward these required forms (find them at www.d-e.org/enroll or www.d-e.org/nursescorner) as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush and have questions resolved before the beginning of school.

If, due to insurance constraints, your child’s examination can only be done after August 1, please know that current exams will be kept on file until the updated one has been completed and returned to Health Services

If your child will be going to camp or you are planning a family vacation, please consider scheduling your child’s physical exam before leaving.   Planning in advance helps avoid the chaos of the pediatrician’s office before the start of school.

Also, please be advised that the only health form accepted for school attendance for all students is the NJ Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form.  Pediatrician’s office forms can be accepted only for the immunization record.

For student-athletes:

Please remember the deadline of August 1st, especially if your child is planning to begin practice in August.  ALL physicals and signed consents must be in before the beginning practice so there can be a thorough review of health history.  Any student who presents forms on the day of practice will not be allowed to participate that day.

The Health Services office will undergo construction this summer and I will not have access to my room or my phone.  Should you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email (schuls@d-e.org), beginning July 5th.

Have a great summer,

Sara Schulman
MS/US Nurse
schuls@d-e.org

16 Jun

GRADES ARE RELEASED

Spring semester report cards are now available on the website (see below for instructions to access these documents). These reports summarize a long year of hard work and productivity, and I hope that your child feels accomplished as the year ends. As always, I urge you to talk about this report card and do some reflection with your child while the memories are still fresh. There is a lot to be gained in this process, and it helps for students to have some ideas about next year as they put this one into the past.


 Instructions to Access Report Cards

 By following the directions below you will find your way to both the grades and comments for all classes. These steps detail how to access your child’s grades:

  • Go to the My DE area of the Dwight-Englewood School website by visiting www.d-e.org and clicking on My DE at the top-right of the page.
  • Log-in to My DE using your assigned password or the password you established for yourself. If you need help with your password, please call Computer Services at 201-227-3177.
  • Click on your child’s name near the top of the page.
  • Click on Progress (if not already selected), then click on the current grade for your child immediately below that.
  • After selecting the grade, click on the Report Cards link in the Performance area.
  • You will see two links for the Spring term: Year End Academic Report Card and Semester Two Physical Education Report Card.  When you click on either of those links, a pdf file that contains your child’s progress information will open in a new window.  This file can be saved to your computer or printed directly from the screen.  These reports will remain viewable while your child is enrolled in the School.
16 Jun

ATHLETICS FOR FALL 2017, BEGINNING MONDAY AUGUST 21

As you continue to plan your summer, we wanted to be sure you were aware of the fall athletics dates for those interested in participating on fall teams. The Fall 2017 Preseason Flyer is available by clicking here, or by going to the D-E Athletics website.  This flyer contains both the practice dates and the contact information for all fall coaches. We expect all athletes to be on campus for the entire preseason because scrimmages will begin before Labor Day and the fall season begins promptly after that so the practice time is vital during those two weeks before school starts. Please be sure to contact coaches if necessary, certainly if you have questions or want to talk about practices.

16 Jun

SUMMER READING

Our summer reading lists are now available for all children entering Grades 9-12 in September. In alternate years, the Upper School chooses one book for everyone to read over the summer, and we start the year in conversation about the book, in classes, in advisory, perhaps in assemblies. It’s a chance for the whole school to consider, at the same time, the issues raised in the book. This “community of readers” experience is valuable for us individually and as a whole. In fact, we also encourage you to read the book as well, and talk with your children about it. We may have an opportunity, if there is sufficient interest, for family conversation in the fall.

We try to choose a book that is timely in some way, and this year we have chosen the novel 1984, written in 1948 by George Orwell. An original dystopian novel, it introduced several notions that seem to be ringing true in new ways in 2017. One of the reasons we chose this book is that we will as a division be working on having more civilized discourse next year, to talk in less polarized ways after a year where it has been difficult to set emotion aside while disagreeing in healthy ways about important issues, be they politics or not.

There are also required summer readings in specific courses at specific grade levels, all of which you can see on this full list, available by clicking here or by going to the Upper School website.