FUSION is Dawson's annual collection of literary, visual, and audio work from students K-12. This year, every grade is represented, across over 100 works. FUSION is published online: Find a link on the Portal and the Dawson homepage. So much wonderful work: Congratulations to all!
Dawson is in the self-study phase of re-accreditation. As part of this effort, after a year-long process with faculty, staff, and trustees, Dawson has approved a new Mission Statement.
"Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world."
We are proud to implement this statement as a full reflection of Dawson's program and goals.
Dawson School challenges its students to achieve excellence not only in mind and body, but in character. The school adopted four virtues years ago as points of emphasis and focus for us all: respect, compassion, courage, and integrity. Every day, our campus strives to live these values, through gestures big and small. Which virtue did you exemplify today?
Dawson Athletics has been ranked No. 12 statewide - all sports, all classifications - by Mile High Sports Magazine! Earning this recognition from 350+ schools is a testament to the breadth and depth of Dawson's program. Congratulations to our committed students, excellent coaches, and supportive teachers, families, and fans. We couldn’t have done this without everyone involved! #dawsonpride
We are delighted to announce that Dawson was recognized as the best private school in the region in Boulder Weekly's "Best of Boulder" poll for the 13th year. We are honored to have so many people recognize the value Dawson brings to the community, and the importance of excellence in education.
Dawson College Counseling is pleased to welcome over 150 colleges and universities to campus to meet with students and staff this fall. We are proud of our relationships with these fine institutions, and of the remarkable students they come to meet. Welcome - we're glad you're here!
Dawson actively promotes and embraces the exchange of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds through curricular design, community involvement, and the integration of our four virtues – respect, compassion, courage, and integrity – into every aspect of our community life. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, or religion, as well as to cultivate in each student the ability to make empathetic, socially responsible decisions.
Dawson recognizes the interest and demand for skills around the creative use of technology: Interested Upper School students can now earn special recognition on their transcript if they meet the requirements of a new Disctinction in Coding and Innovation. Students will finish the program with a mastery of several programming languages, will have integrated creative technology projects into classwork, and will creatve five major programming projects. Contact Mr. Nickerson for more details.
Recognize these? We have lunch underneath these flags every day, but do you know what they represent? Over its 47-year history, Dawson has enrolled students from many countries - and those countries are each represented here. If you are attending Dawson from a country that is not included here, please let us know, so that we can add your flag!
Maziar, Susy, David (’01), Alexandra (’08), Christiana (’10), Nina (’15), and Jack (’18) Shams are a Dawson family through and through! Maziar and Susy have supported Dawson since their first child started at the school in 1999.
“The Shams give back to Dawson at every opportunity. We give to the annual fund to help close the gap between what we pay in tuition and what it actually costs the school to educate our children each year. We give to the Endowment because Dawson has a legacy of excellence that needs to be preserved for our grandchildren. We give our time to so many different projects and programs because the entire faculty and staff give all their time and talent to our kids!” – Susy Shams
In addition to financial support, Susy and Mazi have also given their time. Between the two of them, they have attended every auction except one, played in 10 golf tournaments, sat on and chaired numerous Parent Association and Board committees, hosted numerous back to school picnics and auctions, were instrumental in bringing the Parent Engagement Network (PEN) and the Holiday Mart to Dawson, and even found time to be a classroom representative many times over.