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Pro: Mastery Learning

The idea of a self-paced class probably sounds like a dream come true for many Deerfield students. Setting your own test dates, not having to do chemistry homework every night, and never having due dates might make the new Chemistry I curriculum look like a walk-in-the-park class where nothing ...

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Young Team Serves Up Winning Season

With six strong wins and two close losses, the girls varsity tennis team has proven itself in the New England prep school league this season. The casual observer might not even notice the fact that the team was rocked by the loss of seven graduating seniors last year. At the beginning of an ...

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Who Searches for Sunken Ships Under the Sea? 

Dr. Robert Ballard, the noted oceanographer, came to Deerfield on April 30 to talk about his work, his findings and his love of the ocean. Known chiefly for locating the Titanic, Dr. Ballard has also discovered numerous other ships, artifacts and biological phenomena. “Where I grew up there was ...

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Goodbye to Dan Roihl and Susan LaScala

Click Here to read about this year’s other departing and retiring faculty. DA Info Dan Roihl Mr. Roihl, who has contributed to the Deerfield community from its traditions to its musical talents, will be leaving Deerfield with his wife after four fabulous years. Click Here to read the whole ...

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A New Rhythm: Maaja Roos

This coming fall, the Deerfield community will welcome a new music director: Ms. Maaja Roos. While interviewing candidates for the position of music director, Dean of Faculty Mr. Taylor said, “We were looking for somebody who is primarily a choral director, and someone who can connect well with ...

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Departing Faculty Members Chart a New Course

All of the faculty members below will be moving on to a new stage in their life, whether that is retirement, a new school or a new career. Click Here to read about Dan Roihl and Susan LaScala. RETIRING Robert Moorhead (Visual Arts) Robert Moorhead began his Deerfield career as a visual arts and ...

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The Amish Project Comes to DA

This week, the Deerfield Academy Theater Program will present The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey, a play widely regarded by reviewers as “shocking,” “sublime,” and “unexpected.” The play, inspired by the killing of five girls at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, ...

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Artist Of The Issue: Thomas Yum

Three-year senior Thomas Yum is enrolling in the demanding Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University this August, but he will continue to pursue his hobby of playing music. Yum began playing both violin and piano in third grade, after witnessing a close friend miss a day of ...

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It’s Raining Men

There was no shortage of boys in this year’s Spring Dance Concert. With two student choreographed pieces and one professionally choreographed piece, there was ample opportunity to showcase this rare number of male dancers. While some of the boys who participated were enrolled in Dance I, others ...

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Con: Mastery Learning

This year, the design of the Chemistry I classes shifted from a traditional classroom setting to one of “self-mastery.” What this essentially means is that each student works at his or her own pace on the material, utilizing “learning opportunities” such as watching YouTube videos and ...

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