Upper School Archive

May 05, 2014

Class of 2014

May 1 was national college decision day and members of the Class of 2014 at Dawson were no different than their national peers in that some of them came right down to the deadline to make a decision.  As a group, they were incredibly successful in the college admissions process and have chosen... » read more
April 03, 2014

Wolf Scholarship Winners

Each year, the Wolf family solicits applications from Dawson students for two different scholarship opportunities.  The award ($4,000 for each scholarship) is “designed to inspire students to pursue their intellectual passions, engender an eagerness to seek out learning opportunities beyond... » read more
February 24, 2014

Real-world Applications for Learning

Good teachers know that the best learning happens when students can see a practical application for the content they are studying.  At Dawson, teachers work very hard to capitalize on those times when subject specific content and knowledge can be applied to real-world problem solving. ... » read more
January 27, 2014

FCD Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Kari Yuen, a prevention specialist from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), visited with upper school students during the week of January 24.  In the time that she was here, she met daily with groups of sophomores to walk them through FCD’s four-day intensive curriculum.  One focus of... » read more
November 21, 2013

Read with your Children

This semester I have been teaching an African-American Literature course as part of our junior/senior elective program.  The class has been a place where eighteen students and I can grapple with the difficult issues of race, and identity.  As a way to include parents in some of the... » read more
October 31, 2013

A Recycling Center, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Pearl Street

With courses like Forensics, Modern Comedy, Physics & Design, and Sculpture, Dawson students are able to sample from a wide variety of academic offerings in upper school.  Even so, we understand and embrace those lessons that need to be learned outside of the classroom.  This fall,... » read more
October 02, 2013

The New Rules of the Boy World

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee & Wannabes, has written a new book about boys.  Masterminds & Wingmen is subtitled, Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of the Boy World.  On September 30, Mrs. Wiseman hosted a... » read more
September 19, 2013

Back to School Night Thoughts

Thoughts I shared with upper school parents at Back To School Night It has been a difficult beginning for us in the Dawson community this year.  We experienced the tragic loss of loved ones this summer and are just beginning to come back out into the sunshine after historic flooding.... » read more
August 29, 2013

Mindful Beginnings

“This very moment is the perfect teacher.” On the last day of the freshman class trip after all the gear had been packed, Upper School Counselor Holly Smith joined the group for one last activity. Despite not showering for four days, we huddled together as Holly shared some of the practices... » read more
May 06, 2013

Sophomore Service Presentations

Students in the sophomore class begin their year with four days together where they are engaged in a community service experience that focused on the virtue of compassion.  This time devoted to service in the community helped bring the class together and allowed individual students to make a... » read more
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