Deerfield Magazine

Making Dining Hall Apple Crisp

December 1, 2014

Spring 2014

May 15, 2014

The Spring 2014 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Philip Greer, the amazing reference the Library provides, and the American Frontiers course. Read this edition online.

Magazine Features:

  • THE Greer: Philip Greer, the Board of Trustees President, has had a monumental affect on Deerfield, from both seen and unseen areas. Greer has helped to enable Deerfield to become what it is today. 
  • Reference Point: How the Boyden Library and its librarians guide students through research. 
  • Dovetail’d: The course American Frontiers has been around for a couple of years connecting U.S. History Honors with English III.

Also Inside: Girls Varsity Crew, retiring faculty who have given so much to Deerfield, summer plans, the Physical Plant, and Xiaofeng Kelly’s expansion of the Chinese language and culture at Deerfield.

Winter 2014

January 15, 2014

The Winter 2014 Deerfield Magazine features stories about the art of successful collaboration, a new history science course, and the language department taking leaps in using technology in the classroom. Read this issue online.   

Magazine Features:

  • The Harmony of Contrary Motion: Mr. Nilsson analyzes the most effective forms of collaboration and how when used correctly it can produce amazing music.
  • Big History: Follow Conrad Pitcher and Heidi Valk  into a new course that spans multiple departments, from history to science. Allowing students the opportunity to go places bigger than they could have imagined.
  • Tabula Rasa: “‘Technology is a frightening tool, and the early word on it was that it was distraction, all thesenegative things, that it was taking away from our kids’ attention,’ admits Sam Savage, teacher of Latin and Spanish. ‘But the conversation is shifting: How can we harness it so it becomes a positive for education rather than a competing interest?'”

Also Inside: Dr. Esselstyn ’52 receives the Heritage Award, Sam Khalifa and Varsity Squash, the new dining hall menu, a student goes far and beyond the classroom, and Deerfield’s current finances.  

Fall 2013

September 15, 2013

The Fall 2013 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Mrs. Boyden’s letters, specialization in athletics, and Arts Center fundraising. Read the fall issue online.

Magazine Features:

  • Woman of Letters: A reflection on Mrs. Boyden, as revealed through her letters.
  • Line of Scrimmage: As competition for colleges intensifies, Deerfield must balance its mission to provide a well-rounded education with the growing trend of specialization.
  • An Extraordinary Foundation: The story behind funding the Arts Center, and a thank you to all donors.

Also Inside: Meeting the new Dean of Admission and other new faculty members, 3-D printing projects in “Show Your Work,” long-time groundsperson Jim Antone retires, Helen Childs Boyden Distinguished Chair in Teaching Sheryl Cabral, girls cross country chases its fourth consecutive undefeated regular season, and the extraordinary effort of one student to launch an online global tutoring website.

Spring 2013

May 15, 2013

The Spring 2013 Deerfield Magazine features stories about an important new capstone course, alumna Janie Merkel ’91 and her role as a biology researcher, and the development of our new Arts Center. Read the spring issue online.

Magazine Features:

  • Critical ElementsStudents in Deerfield’s new capstone course, Global H20 American Currents, tackle some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

  • Body of KnowledgeA couple of years ago three Yale undergrads and their classmates abandoned chilly New Haven in favor of a more tropical climate for spring break. Their destination had it all: lots of lush foliage, sandy beaches, warm waters, and at least 40,000 plant species… not your typical hot spot. But then again, these students weren’t typical spring breakers, and neither was their destination.

  • He(Art)Renovations on the Memorial Buildings underscore Deerfield’s commitment to the arts.

Also Inside: The contributions of the Morsmans, College Admissions, Reflections from Admission’s Corner Office, and Robert B. Crow Schoolmaster’s Chair Andrew Harcourt

Winter 2013

January 15, 2013

The Winter 2013 Deerfield Magazine features stories about the value of the Visual Arts, alumni Stephan Drake ’94 and his journey to build the perfect ski, and off-campus science research. Read the winter issue online.

Magazine Features:

  • Skeleton KeyThe role of the Visual Arts curriculum as a vital piece in a well-rounded Deerfield education.

  • The Science of Not KnowingHow do you figure out the answer when you’re not quite sure of the question? Deerfield students engage in off-campus scientific research.

  • Rocker Evangelist: Stephan Drake ’94, and the quest for the perfect ski.

Also Inside: Girls Hockey and J. Clement Schuler Distinguished Chair Robert Moorhead.

Fall 2012

September 15, 2012

The Fall 2012 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Deerfield’s new plan for sustainability, Deerfield’s performing arts directors preparing for a new year, and Charles McSpadden ’06 and his adventures in film production. See the Fall 2012 issue.

Magazine Features:

  • The Truth Behind the Trash: New Sustainability Coordinator Jeff Jewett leads the charge on a new sustainability action plan.
  • On CueWhether on campus or a continent away, Deerfield’s directors of performing arts stand ready for a new year.
  • The Pursued, the Pursuing, the Busy, and the Tired: Film production assistant Charles McSpadden ’06 reflects on his journey into film, including his work on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Spring 2012

May 15, 2012

The Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Jonathan Harris ’98, Deerfield student’s summer programs, and the engineering of a well oiled school.  A PDF version of the Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine is available for download

Magazine Features:

  • An Ode to Code: “When Jonathan Harris stepped in front of an audience of 80 reporters and staffers in aNew York Times conference room one grey, drizzling afternoon in midtown Manhattan, he had an agenda: He planned to tell them what they were doing wrong, and how to fix it.”
  • SPF 12: Summer Program Fundamentals: “‘…my role was to come in and formalize the support and make it more uniform, that addresses the potential gap that exists for whether your parents know someone, or are connected or not. If your parents have a connection, that might be good for you; but now, if any science teachers at Deerfield have a connection, that will be good for all of our students.’ —Ivory Hills”
  • All Together Now“Dean of Faculty John Taylor seats himself in the conference room before anyone else arrives and quietly sips his mate. Many believe that drinking yerba mate is good for the soul, and can actually be a form of meditation or reflection—simultaneously resting and stimulating the mind. If this is true, then it’s a perfect time for mate, as one by one department chairs join him around the table for their weekly symposium, which is sure to include some intriguing conversation.”

Winter 2012

January 15, 2012

The Winter 2012 Deerfield Magazine features stories about robots teaching life lessons, Deerfield’s new Connect4 program, and an in-depth look at Deerfield’s Safety and Security. A PDF version of the Winter 2012 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • The Crooked Line“Who’d have thought that inanimate robots could teach us so much about life?”
  • Roots and Wings“Just as students hone their math and writing skills in the classroom, the Connect4 program helps students hone their core values, ethics, and beliefs in the dorm room.”
  • On Call : “Readiness is their top game, and Deerfield students, faculty, and staff are safe because the department has thought ahead to the disasters that could happen…”

Also “Noble Shade”: Composed by Woodson Miles ’13 as his final project for Fundamentals of Music; it is an original composition, in four parts, melody with accompaniment. Senior Emlyn Van Eps is featured on both viola and violin. “Noble Shade” is available for listening

Fall 2011

September 15, 2011

The Fall 2011 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Deerfield teachers’ trips all over the world, student financial aid, and relive with Mark Ott his memories of Deerfield’s old days. A PDF version of the Fall 2011 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • Far Beyond the Western Mountains“One of the first things I discovered upon arrival in Africa was that no van trip to a Deerfield athletic contest could hold a candle to the pandemonium that seemed to reign on the roads of Kenya.”
  • The Lens of Memory: “Deerfield Academy is not Paris, but it is, “Deerfield.” And if you are an alumnus, it, too, exists through the lens of your memory, where your younger self walks along Albany Road in the bright sunlight of spring…”
  • Private Equity“‘What the community lacks at times is diversity, and by that I don’t necessarily mean racial or gender diversity. I mean economic diversity. Providing that diversity may sound like a social justice initiative, but it’s not . . . It’s really about providing every student who comes here with a better education.’—Rob Hale ’84 P’15″

Spring 2011

May 15, 2011

The Spring 2011 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Dr. Little’s science class and their discoveries about the River, Valley, and Rock, and about one student’s journey in the study of Latin. A PDF version of the Spring 2011 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • River/ Valley/ Rock: “Bedrock was squeezed upward to form theHimalaya-sized Appalachian Mountains. The compression and heat of these orogenic events transformed Deerfield’s deep bedrock into metamorphic rock types such as gneiss, schist, slate, and marble.”
  • Ellie and the Georgics“So far, though,the capstone course is still just an idea— partly for pragmatic reasons… We will have to find creative ways to fund people to oversee these projects. I’m excited, though, because a student like Ellie forces the conversation.”

Winter 2011

January 15, 2011

The Winter 2011 Deerfield Magazine features stories about the discoveries going on in Dennis Cullinane’s science class and Tom Ashley’s letters. A PDF version of the Winter 2011 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features: 

  • Load Distributors“One morning a couple years ago, working quietly in the lab, Mia Hecht ’09 was dissecting a crab. She was hoping to find a clue to how non-vertebrates, such as arthropods, manage to lubricate their joints—a question that had always intrigued their instructor, Dennis Cullinane. Mia carefully popped open the exoskeleton of her crab and saw something she hadn’t seen before. And she couldn’t find it in her research materials, either. What’s this? she asked, turning to her teacher. Cullinane took a look. And thought, Oh, my…!”
  • As Ever, Tom Ashley“It is an unlikely story with an unusual beginning. When first noticed by Mr. Boyden, Tom Ashley was having too much fun to go to school. Swimming as early and often in the season as possible, fishing, hunting, and tending to chores, he was an awkward, reticent Old Deerfield farmboy who had an indifferent attitude toward education. Mr. Boyden detected something more in Tom’s character: honesty, loyalty, enthusiasm, resilience, and reliability.”

Also read more about Tom Ashley: in these articles from past issues “Thomas Williams Ashley” (1962) and “The Value of a Legend” (1990).

Fall 2010

September 15, 2010

The Fall 2010 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Amie Creagh’s study on Faculty kids, the miracles performed by the Physical Plant, and the trees that make up our community. A PDF version of the Fall 2010 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • In Working Order: After students and faculty leave campus each spring, the summer days grow long indeed for Deerfield’s Physical Plant. In the narrow window between spring final examinations and fall’s opening days, they need to work miracles. And they do. 

  • The Faculty Child: An informal study by Amie Creagh.

  • Deep Roots: Celebrating Deerfield’s living treasures. Trees. 

Also Inside: Summer renovations, faculty summer projects, team Slovakia lacrosse, and new students and faculty.

Winter 2010

January 15, 2010

The Winter 2010 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Chris Waddell ’87 and his journey up Mount Kilimanjaro, and the modern version of community service. A PDF version of the Winter 2010 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • One Man, One Mountain, One Revolution: For over twenty years Chris Waddell ’87 has been proving what the poet William Blake wrote: Great things are done when men and mountains meet…

  • Community Service Re-Imagined: A tradition of service and its transformation in the present.

Also Inside: Head of School’s report, Dean of Faculty’s report, MLK day, and Robert Distinguished Chair Jan Flaska.

Fall 2009

September 15, 2009

The Fall 2009 Deerfield Magazine features stories about Deerfield’s 20th Anniversary of Coeducation, women employed by Mr. Boyden reflect, girls crew, and the life of Rev. Dick McKelvey. A PDF version of the Fall 2009 Deerfield Magazine is available for download.

Magazine Features:

  • 50.6%: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Coeducation at Deerfield

  • Boyden’s Girls: Women employed by Mr. Boyden reflect on his legacy and coeducation

  • Ready All… Row: On Pace with Girls Crew, interviews with Deerfield’s rowers

  • A Life Well Lived: Remembering the life of Dick McKelvey

Also Inside: KIPP, International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC), Student-Athletes, and the Koch Center’s new solar panels.