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PARENT VOLUNTEERS: AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE DERRYFIELD COMMUNITY Rhenea Regan, mother of Mitchell ’23, Tess ’15, and Nicholas ’13, discussing her role as a parent volunteer with the school library, remarks “I can’t imagine, as a parent, being a part of Derryfield and not being actively involved.” Rhenea serves as one of about 20 parent volunteers each school year who assist Librarian Betty Jipson in keeping the library, a hub of activity for students, running smoothly.

and has also contributed to Country Fair where she implemented the wildly popular Dog Show. Meanwhile, Rhenea serves both as a Class Parent and as a Connecting Families ambassador. Anne advises, “helping out through the PFA is a good way to start out; finding out what your child is interested in and seeing where you can help with that program is also a great avenue for volunteering at Derryfield.”

If you have ever walked past the display case outside of the Technology Office and wondered who envisions and and creates the wonderful exhibits, look no further than Rhenea Regan. Her work on the case has garnered the attention and admiration of the entire Derryfield community, from faculty and staff to students and parents. Rhenea has said she enjoys working on the display case because it enables her to be out in the hall interacting with students during their day. “It’s great to be in the school with the students because they always have something to say when they pass by.”

belonging

NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANCHESTER NH PERMIT NO. 290

THE DERRYFIELD SCHOOL 2108 RIVER ROAD, MANCHESTER, NH 03104

belonging FALL 2017

THE DERRYFIELD SCHOOL

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

Photo to left: Rhenea Regan’s cheerful display takes the chill out of winter. Bottom photo: Anne Gagnon greets Dr. Marco Masoni and “Mica” at the 2017 2nd Annual Dog Show—a new feature of Country Fair.

Anne Gagnon, mother of Noah ’24, Jeremy ’21, and Elizabeth ’19 is the volunteer coordinator for the library. She recruits and schedules over 20 volunteers who take on tasks small and large, from organizing inventory to last year’s project of installing new shelving. She brags that “volunteering in the library is the best volunteer position to have. Betty is phenomenal; she loves the students and loves her job. [Our work] enables Betty to successfully do her job and not get bogged down in the fine print.” For both Anne and Rhenea, their volunteer commitments at Derryfield do not end with the library. Anne has led the planning of the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon over the last two years

REFLECTIONS OF A GRADUATE

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

You’re a Good Man: Charlie Brown

Derryfield’s varsity athletic teams had another successful fall season that was highlighted by two state championships, but darkened by one particularly difficult loss.

Think back to Sunday mornings of your childhood:

curled up with oatmeal or a cup of hot cocoa and the funnies, featuring the pitiable Charlie Brown. Add

After a successful regular season record of 26-1, the varsity golf team won Derryfield’s first State Championship of the 2017-18 school year, and their first since moving up to Division III. Sophomores Gunnar Senatore and Colin McCaigue qualified to play in the NH State Individual Championship and finished the round tied for first place. The tournament organizers sent them out to play hole #1 again, and Gunnar won the playoff to become the 2017 State Champion for Div-III, with Colin finishing runner-up.

lights, music, and a cast of pre-teens, and you’ve got

this year’s middle school musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The show, which debuted in 1967, is a series of

Boys’ varsity soccer finished their season as the only undefeated team in Div-III and took home the State Championship trophy. It was a year of milestones for Coach Cousineau, who earned his 300th victory in the semi-finals, had his first undefeated season in his 21 years with Derryfield boys’ soccer, and was named the USC Coach of the Year for New Hampshire.

vignettes that illustrate the dynamics of Charlie

Brown and his gang: bossy and sassy Lucy; her sweet and intellectual brother Linus; Sally Brown, Charlie’s jumprope-loving sister; musical Schroeder; and the Browns’ dog, Snoopy. To round out the gang, each

The toughest loss of the season was not reflected on the scoreboard. Girls’ varsity soccer coach Peter Miller passed away suddenly in the middle of the season. Despite losing their coach, the team fought hard and made it to the state tournament prelims.

ensemble member played a character featured in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Woodstock danced

around with Snoopy during the jazzy number about the importance of suppertime. Peppermint Patty led

her team to victory during “The Baseball Game.” And

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

Parents of Alumni: If your child no longer maintains a permanent address at your home, please notify the Advancement Office of the correct mailing address at 603.669.4524 or email advancement@derryfield.org. B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

the whole cast celebrated “Beethoven Day,” much to Schroeder’s delight.

Jude Farley ’22 as Charlie Brown.

Rewind ten years and I am a Derryfield freshman. Looking back to that year, I never would have imagined my life today—sitting in Derryfield’s Gateway building and gleefully interviewing kids as a member of the admission team.

interest. Every time I felt the butterflies come on before an interview, or gathering the gumption to run for a leadership role, or speaking in front of an audience, I remembered my Derryfield family and the confidence they instilled in me.

Derryfield was never “easy” for me. Socially, emotionally, and academically it challenged me, every day. As a Senior, I was the kid who threw in the towel after my college acceptance and dreamt of the day where I could spread my wings and soar off to my dream school. But, once I made it to that dream school, it did not take long for me to recognize the value and impact of the Derryfield community. A community that fosters risk-taking, adventure, and kindness, and quite literally acts as a launchpad and safe-haven for its students and faculty.

This Thanksgiving assembly, Gill and Marcie Roberts described a painting of the Derryfield family, “To us, such a painting would depict much more than a large, happy family. It would highlight the soul of a profoundly connected community. With all of its colors, textures and tones, the Derryfield painting would be original and unique... and without a doubt, to our family, and so many others, it would be priceless.”

At Derryfield, all opportunities I once shied away from, seemed attainable. For the first time in my life I was pushed into new roles and activities like tour guiding, painting, participating in on-stage musical roles (this was monumental for a girl who was terrified by high-pressure situations), and medaling at a fall regatta. My peers had vast interests like graphic design, Broadway show tunes, stand-up comedy, and even building computers. My teachers and advisors were the driving force behind shaping the students, athletes, and community members that I and my classmates transformed into. These opportunities and risks taken early in my educational career, led to greater opportunities and positive risks in college where I studied abroad, traveled throughout 17 countries, and held multiple internships and on-campus leadership positions in my areas of B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

Two and a half years into my professional career at Derryfield, these words have never held more meaning—Derryfield is family. ■ Meredith Leyden ’11

2011 Commencement: Rachel Moss ’11, Erica Raff ’11, and Meredith Leyden ’11.


PARENT VOLUNTEERS: AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE DERRYFIELD COMMUNITY Rhenea Regan, mother of Mitchell ’23, Tess ’15, and Nicholas ’13, discussing her role as a parent volunteer with the school library, remarks “I can’t imagine, as a parent, being a part of Derryfield and not being actively involved.” Rhenea serves as one of about 20 parent volunteers each school year who assist Librarian Betty Jipson in keeping the library, a hub of activity for students, running smoothly.

and has also contributed to Country Fair where she implemented the wildly popular Dog Show. Meanwhile, Rhenea serves both as a Class Parent and as a Connecting Families ambassador. Anne advises, “helping out through the PFA is a good way to start out; finding out what your child is interested in and seeing where you can help with that program is also a great avenue for volunteering at Derryfield.”

If you have ever walked past the display case outside of the Technology Office and wondered who envisions and and creates the wonderful exhibits, look no further than Rhenea Regan. Her work on the case has garnered the attention and admiration of the entire Derryfield community, from faculty and staff to students and parents. Rhenea has said she enjoys working on the display case because it enables her to be out in the hall interacting with students during their day. “It’s great to be in the school with the students because they always have something to say when they pass by.”

belonging

NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID MANCHESTER NH PERMIT NO. 290

THE DERRYFIELD SCHOOL 2108 RIVER ROAD, MANCHESTER, NH 03104

belonging FALL 2017

THE DERRYFIELD SCHOOL

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

Photo to left: Rhenea Regan’s cheerful display takes the chill out of winter. Bottom photo: Anne Gagnon greets Dr. Marco Masoni and “Mica” at the 2017 2nd Annual Dog Show—a new feature of Country Fair.

Anne Gagnon, mother of Noah ’24, Jeremy ’21, and Elizabeth ’19 is the volunteer coordinator for the library. She recruits and schedules over 20 volunteers who take on tasks small and large, from organizing inventory to last year’s project of installing new shelving. She brags that “volunteering in the library is the best volunteer position to have. Betty is phenomenal; she loves the students and loves her job. [Our work] enables Betty to successfully do her job and not get bogged down in the fine print.” For both Anne and Rhenea, their volunteer commitments at Derryfield do not end with the library. Anne has led the planning of the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon over the last two years

REFLECTIONS OF A GRADUATE

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

You’re a Good Man: Charlie Brown

Derryfield’s varsity athletic teams had another successful fall season that was highlighted by two state championships, but darkened by one particularly difficult loss.

Think back to Sunday mornings of your childhood:

curled up with oatmeal or a cup of hot cocoa and the funnies, featuring the pitiable Charlie Brown. Add

After a successful regular season record of 26-1, the varsity golf team won Derryfield’s first State Championship of the 2017-18 school year, and their first since moving up to Division III. Sophomores Gunnar Senatore and Colin McCaigue qualified to play in the NH State Individual Championship and finished the round tied for first place. The tournament organizers sent them out to play hole #1 again, and Gunnar won the playoff to become the 2017 State Champion for Div-III, with Colin finishing runner-up.

lights, music, and a cast of pre-teens, and you’ve got

this year’s middle school musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The show, which debuted in 1967, is a series of

Boys’ varsity soccer finished their season as the only undefeated team in Div-III and took home the State Championship trophy. It was a year of milestones for Coach Cousineau, who earned his 300th victory in the semi-finals, had his first undefeated season in his 21 years with Derryfield boys’ soccer, and was named the USC Coach of the Year for New Hampshire.

vignettes that illustrate the dynamics of Charlie

Brown and his gang: bossy and sassy Lucy; her sweet and intellectual brother Linus; Sally Brown, Charlie’s jumprope-loving sister; musical Schroeder; and the Browns’ dog, Snoopy. To round out the gang, each

The toughest loss of the season was not reflected on the scoreboard. Girls’ varsity soccer coach Peter Miller passed away suddenly in the middle of the season. Despite losing their coach, the team fought hard and made it to the state tournament prelims.

ensemble member played a character featured in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Woodstock danced

around with Snoopy during the jazzy number about the importance of suppertime. Peppermint Patty led

her team to victory during “The Baseball Game.” And

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

Parents of Alumni: If your child no longer maintains a permanent address at your home, please notify the Advancement Office of the correct mailing address at 603.669.4524 or email advancement@derryfield.org. B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

the whole cast celebrated “Beethoven Day,” much to Schroeder’s delight.

Jude Farley ’22 as Charlie Brown.

Rewind ten years and I am a Derryfield freshman. Looking back to that year, I never would have imagined my life today—sitting in Derryfield’s Gateway building and gleefully interviewing kids as a member of the admission team.

interest. Every time I felt the butterflies come on before an interview, or gathering the gumption to run for a leadership role, or speaking in front of an audience, I remembered my Derryfield family and the confidence they instilled in me.

Derryfield was never “easy” for me. Socially, emotionally, and academically it challenged me, every day. As a Senior, I was the kid who threw in the towel after my college acceptance and dreamt of the day where I could spread my wings and soar off to my dream school. But, once I made it to that dream school, it did not take long for me to recognize the value and impact of the Derryfield community. A community that fosters risk-taking, adventure, and kindness, and quite literally acts as a launchpad and safe-haven for its students and faculty.

This Thanksgiving assembly, Gill and Marcie Roberts described a painting of the Derryfield family, “To us, such a painting would depict much more than a large, happy family. It would highlight the soul of a profoundly connected community. With all of its colors, textures and tones, the Derryfield painting would be original and unique... and without a doubt, to our family, and so many others, it would be priceless.”

At Derryfield, all opportunities I once shied away from, seemed attainable. For the first time in my life I was pushed into new roles and activities like tour guiding, painting, participating in on-stage musical roles (this was monumental for a girl who was terrified by high-pressure situations), and medaling at a fall regatta. My peers had vast interests like graphic design, Broadway show tunes, stand-up comedy, and even building computers. My teachers and advisors were the driving force behind shaping the students, athletes, and community members that I and my classmates transformed into. These opportunities and risks taken early in my educational career, led to greater opportunities and positive risks in college where I studied abroad, traveled throughout 17 countries, and held multiple internships and on-campus leadership positions in my areas of B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

Two and a half years into my professional career at Derryfield, these words have never held more meaning—Derryfield is family. ■ Meredith Leyden ’11

2011 Commencement: Rachel Moss ’11, Erica Raff ’11, and Meredith Leyden ’11.


A PROGRESS REPORT ON DERRYFIELD’S STRATEGIC PLAN

Tradition, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the handing down of beliefs or customs from one generation to the other. As a young school, Derryfield has slowly developed traditions over the last 53 years­—from originals like Country Fair to Grandparents’ Day, to more recently ringing the Lockwood Bell on the eve of graduation. From these efforts, it is clear that Derryfield is a place that intentionally cultivates community. At Derryfield, we all belong. One of the lesser known customs is a faculty and staff favorite. The DS Baby Sweater has been passed around since the early 90s, as a way to include faculty and staff children and families.

Ms. Regina Assetta with daughter Penelope ’32.

Ms. Becky Berk with Ariel ’10 and Jason ’13.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Rutty-Fey at krutty@derryfield.org.

BREAKTHROUGH MANCHESTER OFFERS 6-YEAR COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM

The only one of its kind in northern New England, Breakthrough Manchester offers a 6-year tuition-free college access program. Breakthrough is hosted on two campuses, The Derryfield School for middle school students and Southern New Hampshire University for high school students. This year we added a third required summer for rising ninth graders at The Derryfield School site to provide a seamless transition into the high school program, which creates a pipeline of opportunity through high school and college entry. This past year, the organization served 72% more middle school students, our largest growth to date.

goal 2: leading

“ Become a regional and state leader in educational excellence and innovation.”

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

project-based learning global citizens innovation

infrastructure 21 century skills safety networking entrepreneurship thinking forward

students

mobile platforms

st

STEM-X

competitive-edge

adaptability

investment

opportunity

“Expand program and marketing to attract more families and retain current families.”

Teach Your Children to Sail Their Own Ships

Saturday, January 6 • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join educator, parent, and Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter in a conversation about helping adolescents navigate the voyage from childhood to adulthood. We’ll focus on how to build independent, emotionally strong adults. This is a “Bring a Friend Event!” Do you know someone who is exploring education options for their child? Bring them along to this informative and uplifting event.

Parent Education Speaker Series

Breakthrough Manchester continues to develop two remarkable populations of young people at the same time; motivated, diverse students and Teaching Fellows who are inspired to become great educators and leaders. Our organization believes that bright, motivated students should succeed regardless of their income level, race, language, family structure or zip code.

teaching

goal 4: elevating

LEADING THE WAY IN PARENT EDUCATION This fall Derryfield launched a Parent Education Series in tandem with SSAT testing. The intention of the series is two-fold: to attract new families to apply as well as to showcase the wisdom and expertise of our community. Associate Head Susan Grodman kicked off the series with a discussion about the merits of global travels, service, and out-of-your-comfort zone experiences. In December Brennan Barnard “unpacked the college admission experience”, guiding parents in helping their children find and thrive in top choice schools. Head of School Mary Halpin Carter will round out the offerings with “Teach Your Child to Sail Their Own Ships” on Saturday, January 6.

The opportunities are endless—from learning to code to collaborating with instructors synchronously or asynchronously—technology allows our students to be active global citizens.

expectations

MOOC

Dr. Carter closed with a motivational call to action for our alumni, “All of you are the stewards of Derryfield, those who must help ensure that our current and future students have the same opportunities to build lifelong friendships, explore a myriad of academic offerings, and grow into future leaders and visionaries.”

Parker Fey ‘21 and Miles Fey ‘17.

technology

Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter shared news from campus and the ways we are working to move Derryfield forward, including: updating our academic program to best fit students’ needs and interests in the 21st century; and the lead phase of a capital campaign for science and innovation space, as well as athletic and wellness facilities. David Grosso ‘78 jumped in to share his role in these plans as a leader in talking with alumni from his era about the projects to honor beloved faculty, and shared how others can join.

Technology is integral to transforming the student learning experience. Derryfield’s commitment to a strong infrastructure supports project-based learning initiatives, entrepreneurship, and innovation—all tenets of 21st century learning. All members of the community, whether it be students, teachers, visitors, or administrators benefit from the improvements. The additional WiFi points throughout school improve the user experience through fast and reliable access. “By investing in technology we can remain competitive and offer the very best experiences for our students,” shares Head of School Mary Halpin Carter.

“The Derryfield family deserves a first-class campus to match our first-class programs.”

Malone

Young alums gather to re-connect and learn about what lies ahead for Derryfield. (L to R) Samantha Muskat ’17, Spencer Neville ’17, and John Furlong ’17.

The cherished 24 year-old Derryfield heirloom has seen its share of ketchup stains, sippy cups, and baby food—all signs of a well-loved item. Who shall receive it next? Perhaps the Assetta’s will hold onto it for baby #2 or pass it along to Dr. Pook, Ms. Mattuchio-MacDearmid, Ms. Avery, or Mr. Gauthier—so many future Derryfielders from which to choose!

goal 3: building

Technology infrastructure is essential to all successful organizations. The Derryfield Board of Trustees agrees and has committed ongoing resources towards campus-wide technology upgrades. Technology Director Michael Beesley, “Teachers need access to resources to improve and innovate instruction. Our infrastructure has to be fast, reliable, and flexible. The upgrades completed this summer provide and improve increased mobility, security, and scalability.”

security

The evening was an opportunity to update guests about the many exciting things happening on campus. Alice Handwerk, Director of Alumni Development talked about the variety of ways alumni can, and do, engage with the School beyond regional events, including: hosting seniors for Independent Senior Projects; coming back to campus for Alumni Spotlight, reunion, or stopping in for a visit when passing through; and supporting the Annual Fund and other initiatives.

“Build a sense of belonging and identity within the Derryfield family.”

Colin in 1993, the sweater has made the rounds to many faculty children and families.

DERRYFIELD 2.0

WiFi

The Alumni Council creates opportunities to build community among alumni and students including these regional events. It is so rewarding to see relationships deepen, or new ones created. When Georgetown students from Derryfield connected with an alum from the class of 1996 to share stories of their educational and alumni experiences - it reinforced the importance of these events, and the strength the Derryfield community has in making connections for our alumni. The younger alums commented how warm and welcoming the alumni from the 1970s were and how much they enjoyed spending time together. Likewise, Linda Costello ‘70 shared, “I was delighted by the great turnout among the younger Derryfield graduates and enjoyed visiting with them because even though I was the oldest alumna there, I am still young in spirit!”

THE SIBLING-HOOD OF THE TRAVELING SWEATER Originally created by Debbie Purtel, parent of Matt ’97 and Anna ’98, after goal 1: belonging the birth of then Director of Advancement, Dave McCusker’s first son

coding

Blocks away from the National Christmas Tree Lighting, a lively group of alumni gathered at the historical Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. The classes spanned from our youngest alumni attending college in DC to our earliest alumni from the 1970s. It was wonderful to see these groups connect and share their experiences at Derryfield and beyond. We were also joined by beloved former faculty David Haight and Gerry Connolly. This gathering truly defined Derryfield’s core value: community.

instruction

ALUMNI COUNCIL BUILDS COMMUNITY AMONG ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

It’s a Wrap! While driving down the winding back roads of NH or zipping along Routes 3 and 93 you may notice a few friendly Derryfield faces. These colorful and spirited vehicle wraps are part of a larger year-long branding effort to spread the word about Derryfield. We’re proud of our School and want others to know it! While we plan to expand our “wrapped fleet” in coming years, both the seacoast and Andover, MA express vehicles were chosen in hopes of increasing enrollment in these regions. Moose the Cougar can also be seen showing his Derryfield pride on one of our athletic shuttle buses. So if you pull up beside one during your travels, give a friendly toot and wave! #teamderryfield B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17


A PROGRESS REPORT ON DERRYFIELD’S STRATEGIC PLAN

Tradition, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the handing down of beliefs or customs from one generation to the other. As a young school, Derryfield has slowly developed traditions over the last 53 years­—from originals like Country Fair to Grandparents’ Day, to more recently ringing the Lockwood Bell on the eve of graduation. From these efforts, it is clear that Derryfield is a place that intentionally cultivates community. At Derryfield, we all belong. One of the lesser known customs is a faculty and staff favorite. The DS Baby Sweater has been passed around since the early 90s, as a way to include faculty and staff children and families.

Ms. Regina Assetta with daughter Penelope ’32.

Ms. Becky Berk with Ariel ’10 and Jason ’13.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Rutty-Fey at krutty@derryfield.org.

BREAKTHROUGH MANCHESTER OFFERS 6-YEAR COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM

The only one of its kind in northern New England, Breakthrough Manchester offers a 6-year tuition-free college access program. Breakthrough is hosted on two campuses, The Derryfield School for middle school students and Southern New Hampshire University for high school students. This year we added a third required summer for rising ninth graders at The Derryfield School site to provide a seamless transition into the high school program, which creates a pipeline of opportunity through high school and college entry. This past year, the organization served 72% more middle school students, our largest growth to date.

goal 2: leading

“ Become a regional and state leader in educational excellence and innovation.”

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

project-based learning global citizens innovation

infrastructure 21 century skills safety networking entrepreneurship thinking forward

students

mobile platforms

st

STEM-X

competitive-edge

adaptability

investment

opportunity

“Expand program and marketing to attract more families and retain current families.”

Teach Your Children to Sail Their Own Ships

Saturday, January 6 • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join educator, parent, and Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter in a conversation about helping adolescents navigate the voyage from childhood to adulthood. We’ll focus on how to build independent, emotionally strong adults. This is a “Bring a Friend Event!” Do you know someone who is exploring education options for their child? Bring them along to this informative and uplifting event.

Parent Education Speaker Series

Breakthrough Manchester continues to develop two remarkable populations of young people at the same time; motivated, diverse students and Teaching Fellows who are inspired to become great educators and leaders. Our organization believes that bright, motivated students should succeed regardless of their income level, race, language, family structure or zip code.

teaching

goal 4: elevating

LEADING THE WAY IN PARENT EDUCATION This fall Derryfield launched a Parent Education Series in tandem with SSAT testing. The intention of the series is two-fold: to attract new families to apply as well as to showcase the wisdom and expertise of our community. Associate Head Susan Grodman kicked off the series with a discussion about the merits of global travels, service, and out-of-your-comfort zone experiences. In December Brennan Barnard “unpacked the college admission experience”, guiding parents in helping their children find and thrive in top choice schools. Head of School Mary Halpin Carter will round out the offerings with “Teach Your Child to Sail Their Own Ships” on Saturday, January 6.

The opportunities are endless—from learning to code to collaborating with instructors synchronously or asynchronously—technology allows our students to be active global citizens.

expectations

MOOC

Dr. Carter closed with a motivational call to action for our alumni, “All of you are the stewards of Derryfield, those who must help ensure that our current and future students have the same opportunities to build lifelong friendships, explore a myriad of academic offerings, and grow into future leaders and visionaries.”

Parker Fey ‘21 and Miles Fey ‘17.

technology

Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter shared news from campus and the ways we are working to move Derryfield forward, including: updating our academic program to best fit students’ needs and interests in the 21st century; and the lead phase of a capital campaign for science and innovation space, as well as athletic and wellness facilities. David Grosso ‘78 jumped in to share his role in these plans as a leader in talking with alumni from his era about the projects to honor beloved faculty, and shared how others can join.

Technology is integral to transforming the student learning experience. Derryfield’s commitment to a strong infrastructure supports project-based learning initiatives, entrepreneurship, and innovation—all tenets of 21st century learning. All members of the community, whether it be students, teachers, visitors, or administrators benefit from the improvements. The additional WiFi points throughout school improve the user experience through fast and reliable access. “By investing in technology we can remain competitive and offer the very best experiences for our students,” shares Head of School Mary Halpin Carter.

“The Derryfield family deserves a first-class campus to match our first-class programs.”

Malone

Young alums gather to re-connect and learn about what lies ahead for Derryfield. (L to R) Samantha Muskat ’17, Spencer Neville ’17, and John Furlong ’17.

The cherished 24 year-old Derryfield heirloom has seen its share of ketchup stains, sippy cups, and baby food—all signs of a well-loved item. Who shall receive it next? Perhaps the Assetta’s will hold onto it for baby #2 or pass it along to Dr. Pook, Ms. Mattuchio-MacDearmid, Ms. Avery, or Mr. Gauthier—so many future Derryfielders from which to choose!

goal 3: building

Technology infrastructure is essential to all successful organizations. The Derryfield Board of Trustees agrees and has committed ongoing resources towards campus-wide technology upgrades. Technology Director Michael Beesley, “Teachers need access to resources to improve and innovate instruction. Our infrastructure has to be fast, reliable, and flexible. The upgrades completed this summer provide and improve increased mobility, security, and scalability.”

security

The evening was an opportunity to update guests about the many exciting things happening on campus. Alice Handwerk, Director of Alumni Development talked about the variety of ways alumni can, and do, engage with the School beyond regional events, including: hosting seniors for Independent Senior Projects; coming back to campus for Alumni Spotlight, reunion, or stopping in for a visit when passing through; and supporting the Annual Fund and other initiatives.

“Build a sense of belonging and identity within the Derryfield family.”

Colin in 1993, the sweater has made the rounds to many faculty children and families.

DERRYFIELD 2.0

WiFi

The Alumni Council creates opportunities to build community among alumni and students including these regional events. It is so rewarding to see relationships deepen, or new ones created. When Georgetown students from Derryfield connected with an alum from the class of 1996 to share stories of their educational and alumni experiences - it reinforced the importance of these events, and the strength the Derryfield community has in making connections for our alumni. The younger alums commented how warm and welcoming the alumni from the 1970s were and how much they enjoyed spending time together. Likewise, Linda Costello ‘70 shared, “I was delighted by the great turnout among the younger Derryfield graduates and enjoyed visiting with them because even though I was the oldest alumna there, I am still young in spirit!”

THE SIBLING-HOOD OF THE TRAVELING SWEATER Originally created by Debbie Purtel, parent of Matt ’97 and Anna ’98, after goal 1: belonging the birth of then Director of Advancement, Dave McCusker’s first son

coding

Blocks away from the National Christmas Tree Lighting, a lively group of alumni gathered at the historical Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. The classes spanned from our youngest alumni attending college in DC to our earliest alumni from the 1970s. It was wonderful to see these groups connect and share their experiences at Derryfield and beyond. We were also joined by beloved former faculty David Haight and Gerry Connolly. This gathering truly defined Derryfield’s core value: community.

instruction

ALUMNI COUNCIL BUILDS COMMUNITY AMONG ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

It’s a Wrap! While driving down the winding back roads of NH or zipping along Routes 3 and 93 you may notice a few friendly Derryfield faces. These colorful and spirited vehicle wraps are part of a larger year-long branding effort to spread the word about Derryfield. We’re proud of our School and want others to know it! While we plan to expand our “wrapped fleet” in coming years, both the seacoast and Andover, MA express vehicles were chosen in hopes of increasing enrollment in these regions. Moose the Cougar can also be seen showing his Derryfield pride on one of our athletic shuttle buses. So if you pull up beside one during your travels, give a friendly toot and wave! #teamderryfield B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17


A PROGRESS REPORT ON DERRYFIELD’S STRATEGIC PLAN

Tradition, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the handing down of beliefs or customs from one generation to the other. As a young school, Derryfield has slowly developed traditions over the last 53 years­—from originals like Country Fair to Grandparents’ Day, to more recently ringing the Lockwood Bell on the eve of graduation. From these efforts, it is clear that Derryfield is a place that intentionally cultivates community. At Derryfield, we all belong. One of the lesser known customs is a faculty and staff favorite. The DS Baby Sweater has been passed around since the early 90s, as a way to include faculty and staff children and families.

Ms. Regina Assetta with daughter Penelope ’32.

Ms. Becky Berk with Ariel ’10 and Jason ’13.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Rutty-Fey at krutty@derryfield.org.

BREAKTHROUGH MANCHESTER OFFERS 6-YEAR COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM

The only one of its kind in northern New England, Breakthrough Manchester offers a 6-year tuition-free college access program. Breakthrough is hosted on two campuses, The Derryfield School for middle school students and Southern New Hampshire University for high school students. This year we added a third required summer for rising ninth graders at The Derryfield School site to provide a seamless transition into the high school program, which creates a pipeline of opportunity through high school and college entry. This past year, the organization served 72% more middle school students, our largest growth to date.

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“ Become a regional and state leader in educational excellence and innovation.”

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“Expand program and marketing to attract more families and retain current families.”

Teach Your Children to Sail Their Own Ships

Saturday, January 6 • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join educator, parent, and Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter in a conversation about helping adolescents navigate the voyage from childhood to adulthood. We’ll focus on how to build independent, emotionally strong adults. This is a “Bring a Friend Event!” Do you know someone who is exploring education options for their child? Bring them along to this informative and uplifting event.

Parent Education Speaker Series

Breakthrough Manchester continues to develop two remarkable populations of young people at the same time; motivated, diverse students and Teaching Fellows who are inspired to become great educators and leaders. Our organization believes that bright, motivated students should succeed regardless of their income level, race, language, family structure or zip code.

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LEADING THE WAY IN PARENT EDUCATION This fall Derryfield launched a Parent Education Series in tandem with SSAT testing. The intention of the series is two-fold: to attract new families to apply as well as to showcase the wisdom and expertise of our community. Associate Head Susan Grodman kicked off the series with a discussion about the merits of global travels, service, and out-of-your-comfort zone experiences. In December Brennan Barnard “unpacked the college admission experience”, guiding parents in helping their children find and thrive in top choice schools. Head of School Mary Halpin Carter will round out the offerings with “Teach Your Child to Sail Their Own Ships” on Saturday, January 6.

The opportunities are endless—from learning to code to collaborating with instructors synchronously or asynchronously—technology allows our students to be active global citizens.

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Dr. Carter closed with a motivational call to action for our alumni, “All of you are the stewards of Derryfield, those who must help ensure that our current and future students have the same opportunities to build lifelong friendships, explore a myriad of academic offerings, and grow into future leaders and visionaries.”

Parker Fey ‘21 and Miles Fey ‘17.

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Head of School Dr. Mary Halpin Carter shared news from campus and the ways we are working to move Derryfield forward, including: updating our academic program to best fit students’ needs and interests in the 21st century; and the lead phase of a capital campaign for science and innovation space, as well as athletic and wellness facilities. David Grosso ‘78 jumped in to share his role in these plans as a leader in talking with alumni from his era about the projects to honor beloved faculty, and shared how others can join.

Technology is integral to transforming the student learning experience. Derryfield’s commitment to a strong infrastructure supports project-based learning initiatives, entrepreneurship, and innovation—all tenets of 21st century learning. All members of the community, whether it be students, teachers, visitors, or administrators benefit from the improvements. The additional WiFi points throughout school improve the user experience through fast and reliable access. “By investing in technology we can remain competitive and offer the very best experiences for our students,” shares Head of School Mary Halpin Carter.

“The Derryfield family deserves a first-class campus to match our first-class programs.”

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Young alums gather to re-connect and learn about what lies ahead for Derryfield. (L to R) Samantha Muskat ’17, Spencer Neville ’17, and John Furlong ’17.

The cherished 24 year-old Derryfield heirloom has seen its share of ketchup stains, sippy cups, and baby food—all signs of a well-loved item. Who shall receive it next? Perhaps the Assetta’s will hold onto it for baby #2 or pass it along to Dr. Pook, Ms. Mattuchio-MacDearmid, Ms. Avery, or Mr. Gauthier—so many future Derryfielders from which to choose!

goal 3: building

Technology infrastructure is essential to all successful organizations. The Derryfield Board of Trustees agrees and has committed ongoing resources towards campus-wide technology upgrades. Technology Director Michael Beesley, “Teachers need access to resources to improve and innovate instruction. Our infrastructure has to be fast, reliable, and flexible. The upgrades completed this summer provide and improve increased mobility, security, and scalability.”

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The evening was an opportunity to update guests about the many exciting things happening on campus. Alice Handwerk, Director of Alumni Development talked about the variety of ways alumni can, and do, engage with the School beyond regional events, including: hosting seniors for Independent Senior Projects; coming back to campus for Alumni Spotlight, reunion, or stopping in for a visit when passing through; and supporting the Annual Fund and other initiatives.

“Build a sense of belonging and identity within the Derryfield family.”

Colin in 1993, the sweater has made the rounds to many faculty children and families.

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The Alumni Council creates opportunities to build community among alumni and students including these regional events. It is so rewarding to see relationships deepen, or new ones created. When Georgetown students from Derryfield connected with an alum from the class of 1996 to share stories of their educational and alumni experiences - it reinforced the importance of these events, and the strength the Derryfield community has in making connections for our alumni. The younger alums commented how warm and welcoming the alumni from the 1970s were and how much they enjoyed spending time together. Likewise, Linda Costello ‘70 shared, “I was delighted by the great turnout among the younger Derryfield graduates and enjoyed visiting with them because even though I was the oldest alumna there, I am still young in spirit!”

THE SIBLING-HOOD OF THE TRAVELING SWEATER Originally created by Debbie Purtel, parent of Matt ’97 and Anna ’98, after goal 1: belonging the birth of then Director of Advancement, Dave McCusker’s first son

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Blocks away from the National Christmas Tree Lighting, a lively group of alumni gathered at the historical Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. The classes spanned from our youngest alumni attending college in DC to our earliest alumni from the 1970s. It was wonderful to see these groups connect and share their experiences at Derryfield and beyond. We were also joined by beloved former faculty David Haight and Gerry Connolly. This gathering truly defined Derryfield’s core value: community.

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ALUMNI COUNCIL BUILDS COMMUNITY AMONG ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

It’s a Wrap! While driving down the winding back roads of NH or zipping along Routes 3 and 93 you may notice a few friendly Derryfield faces. These colorful and spirited vehicle wraps are part of a larger year-long branding effort to spread the word about Derryfield. We’re proud of our School and want others to know it! While we plan to expand our “wrapped fleet” in coming years, both the seacoast and Andover, MA express vehicles were chosen in hopes of increasing enrollment in these regions. Moose the Cougar can also be seen showing his Derryfield pride on one of our athletic shuttle buses. So if you pull up beside one during your travels, give a friendly toot and wave! #teamderryfield B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17


PARENT VOLUNTEERS: AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE DERRYFIELD COMMUNITY Rhenea Regan, mother of Mitchell ’23, Tess ’15, and Nicholas ’13, discussing her role as a parent volunteer with the school library, remarks “I can’t imagine, as a parent, being a part of Derryfield and not being actively involved.” Rhenea serves as one of about 20 parent volunteers each school year who assist Librarian Betty Jipson in keeping the library, a hub of activity for students, running smoothly.

and has also contributed to Country Fair where she implemented the wildly popular Dog Show. Meanwhile, Rhenea serves both as a Class Parent and as a Connecting Families ambassador. Anne advises, “helping out through the PFA is a good way to start out; finding out what your child is interested in and seeing where you can help with that program is also a great avenue for volunteering at Derryfield.”

If you have ever walked past the display case outside of the Technology Office and wondered who envisions and and creates the wonderful exhibits, look no further than Rhenea Regan. Her work on the case has garnered the attention and admiration of the entire Derryfield community, from faculty and staff to students and parents. Rhenea has said she enjoys working on the display case because it enables her to be out in the hall interacting with students during their day. “It’s great to be in the school with the students because they always have something to say when they pass by.”

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Photo to left: Rhenea Regan’s cheerful display takes the chill out of winter. Bottom photo: Anne Gagnon greets Dr. Marco Masoni and “Mica” at the 2017 2nd Annual Dog Show—a new feature of Country Fair.

Anne Gagnon, mother of Noah ’24, Jeremy ’21, and Elizabeth ’19 is the volunteer coordinator for the library. She recruits and schedules over 20 volunteers who take on tasks small and large, from organizing inventory to last year’s project of installing new shelving. She brags that “volunteering in the library is the best volunteer position to have. Betty is phenomenal; she loves the students and loves her job. [Our work] enables Betty to successfully do her job and not get bogged down in the fine print.” For both Anne and Rhenea, their volunteer commitments at Derryfield do not end with the library. Anne has led the planning of the Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon over the last two years

REFLECTIONS OF A GRADUATE

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

You’re a Good Man: Charlie Brown

Derryfield’s varsity athletic teams had another successful fall season that was highlighted by two state championships, but darkened by one particularly difficult loss.

Think back to Sunday mornings of your childhood:

curled up with oatmeal or a cup of hot cocoa and the funnies, featuring the pitiable Charlie Brown. Add

After a successful regular season record of 26-1, the varsity golf team won Derryfield’s first State Championship of the 2017-18 school year, and their first since moving up to Division III. Sophomores Gunnar Senatore and Colin McCaigue qualified to play in the NH State Individual Championship and finished the round tied for first place. The tournament organizers sent them out to play hole #1 again, and Gunnar won the playoff to become the 2017 State Champion for Div-III, with Colin finishing runner-up.

lights, music, and a cast of pre-teens, and you’ve got

this year’s middle school musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The show, which debuted in 1967, is a series of

Boys’ varsity soccer finished their season as the only undefeated team in Div-III and took home the State Championship trophy. It was a year of milestones for Coach Cousineau, who earned his 300th victory in the semi-finals, had his first undefeated season in his 21 years with Derryfield boys’ soccer, and was named the USC Coach of the Year for New Hampshire.

vignettes that illustrate the dynamics of Charlie

Brown and his gang: bossy and sassy Lucy; her sweet and intellectual brother Linus; Sally Brown, Charlie’s jumprope-loving sister; musical Schroeder; and the Browns’ dog, Snoopy. To round out the gang, each

The toughest loss of the season was not reflected on the scoreboard. Girls’ varsity soccer coach Peter Miller passed away suddenly in the middle of the season. Despite losing their coach, the team fought hard and made it to the state tournament prelims.

ensemble member played a character featured in Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Woodstock danced

around with Snoopy during the jazzy number about the importance of suppertime. Peppermint Patty led

her team to victory during “The Baseball Game.” And

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the whole cast celebrated “Beethoven Day,” much to Schroeder’s delight.

Jude Farley ’22 as Charlie Brown.

Rewind ten years and I am a Derryfield freshman. Looking back to that year, I never would have imagined my life today—sitting in Derryfield’s Gateway building and gleefully interviewing kids as a member of the admission team.

interest. Every time I felt the butterflies come on before an interview, or gathering the gumption to run for a leadership role, or speaking in front of an audience, I remembered my Derryfield family and the confidence they instilled in me.

Derryfield was never “easy” for me. Socially, emotionally, and academically it challenged me, every day. As a Senior, I was the kid who threw in the towel after my college acceptance and dreamt of the day where I could spread my wings and soar off to my dream school. But, once I made it to that dream school, it did not take long for me to recognize the value and impact of the Derryfield community. A community that fosters risk-taking, adventure, and kindness, and quite literally acts as a launchpad and safe-haven for its students and faculty.

This Thanksgiving assembly, Gill and Marcie Roberts described a painting of the Derryfield family, “To us, such a painting would depict much more than a large, happy family. It would highlight the soul of a profoundly connected community. With all of its colors, textures and tones, the Derryfield painting would be original and unique... and without a doubt, to our family, and so many others, it would be priceless.”

At Derryfield, all opportunities I once shied away from, seemed attainable. For the first time in my life I was pushed into new roles and activities like tour guiding, painting, participating in on-stage musical roles (this was monumental for a girl who was terrified by high-pressure situations), and medaling at a fall regatta. My peers had vast interests like graphic design, Broadway show tunes, stand-up comedy, and even building computers. My teachers and advisors were the driving force behind shaping the students, athletes, and community members that I and my classmates transformed into. These opportunities and risks taken early in my educational career, led to greater opportunities and positive risks in college where I studied abroad, traveled throughout 17 countries, and held multiple internships and on-campus leadership positions in my areas of B e l o n g i n g : F a l l 2 0 17

Two and a half years into my professional career at Derryfield, these words have never held more meaning—Derryfield is family. ■ Meredith Leyden ’11

2011 Commencement: Rachel Moss ’11, Erica Raff ’11, and Meredith Leyden ’11.

Belonging, Fall 2017  

Derryfield’s semi-annual newsletter with updates on campus events and strategic plan progress.

Belonging, Fall 2017  

Derryfield’s semi-annual newsletter with updates on campus events and strategic plan progress.