A Preview of the Year to Come

DpnMARGARITA-2The notion of experimentation–of initiative, of newness–is strong at Deerfield this year. This fall you’ll see lots of new faces on campus, and we launch our Ninth-Grade Village for the first time. And then, just as we settle in for the winter term, we’ll take the wraps off a newly renovated library. With all this change in the air, I thought it best to provide an update… and a little bit of a preview.

You’ll encounter 22 new faculty members this year–plus two teachers who are returning to Deerfield after a short time away. We are always excited about this infusion of new energy, ideas, and methods at Deerfield, and this year’s batch of new recruits is exceptional in many ways. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them as they settle in.

Ninth-graders will experience something entirely new this year: our Ninth-Grade Village. We have high hopes for this program, which locates all ninth-graders in Johnson and Doubleday dormitories, allowing us to deliver programs and experiences designed just for this group. Structured study experiences, dorm based programs around service and citizenship–and good old fashioned bonding moments are all on the menu. Our hope is that the Ninth-Grade Village will provide students with a strong start to their Deerfield careers, but also that the lessons learned in this first year will support them throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Boyden Library has been under renovation since early June, and the work is proceeding well; we expect to reopen the building after winter break. For now, the library is in temporary quarters on the very eastern edge of campus (behind John Louis dormitory). Once renovations are complete, the Library, Archives, College Advising, Academic Dean, and the Center for Service and Global Citizenship will all be housed within the new space–along with a new innovation laboratory.

Speaking of innovation, this past July Deerfield successfully launched the Experimentory–a summer program designed for middle-schoolers who wanted to explore the creative, innovative side of themselves. Students were invited to code, compose and communicate on a daily basis, and enhanced their collaboration skills through a series of compelling group projects. We’re delighted to report that the program went off without a hitch, and will expand in subsequent summers.

Finally, with the tremendously successful conclusion to the Imagine Deerfield Campaign, we would like to take a moment to thank the many Deerfield parents who have been and continue to be so extraordinarily supportive of the School in so many different ways.

As we look forward to the start of school, I hope you are feeling rested from the summer–but excited about what’s to come. I look forward to seeing you on campus in just a few short weeks.


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