D-E TODAY 2021-2022 Volume III

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2021-2022 Volume III

Year-End Events Including

Milestone Ceremonies Class of 2022 Commencement EPIC 3x Alumni Reunion 2022

Arts & Athletics Highlights

D-E 360º Summer 2022, & more!

We welcome all members of our community to join in the SPIRIT of our MISSION, and ask you to participate in our CULTURE of GIVING! Your meaningful contributions to the D-E Annual Fund is a vote of confidence in the School, and proves that you choose to invest in our future. Strong community involvement, financial support, and a clear mission and vision spell success for our students. Like any well-loved home, there are costs to maintain it. Gifts to the Annual Fund help bridge the gap between tuition fees and the actual costs of










a D-E education. IO IT

Thank you for your commitment to our mission and for making a donation to the D-E Annual Fund 2022-2023 today! To give online please visit d-e.org/giving or scan the QR code! Questions or comments? Please contact Dawn Lozada at lozadd@d-e.org

In This Issue To The Members Of The D-E Community ���������������������������������������2 Commencement & Year-End Events ���������������������������������������������������3 D-E Alumni Celebrate Epic 3x Reunion 2022! ������������������������������14 Arts Highlights �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15 Athletic Highlights ������������������������������������������������������������������������������17

Bulldog Bash 2022: Freestyle Love Supreme �����������������������������������21 Student Voices ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������25 Faculty Staff Luncheon 2022 ��������������������������������������������������������������28 D-E 360º Summer 2022 ��������������������������������������������������������������������� 31

Welcome Jeremy Gregersen! Earlier this spring the Dwight-Englewood School Board of Trustees announced that Jeremy Gregersen has accepted the position as the next Head of School for Dwight-Englewood School. Please see next page for an excerpt from this message and additional details about the transition, on behalf of the Head of School Search Committee; the Board and a Head of School Transition Team will continue to keep the D-E community apprised of transition plans, including events to celebrate Jeremy Gregersen’s start as our next Head of School, in the coming months.

Below are excerpts from messages sent earlier this spring and summer to the D-E community, by the D-E Board of Trustees President Robert E. Miller on behalf of the D-E Head of School Search Committee. To the members of the D-E Community, On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is with great pleasure that we announce Jeremy Gregersen as Dwight-Englewood’s sixth Head of School. From the outset of the search process, we sought a dynamic leader who would build on and further strengthen Dwight-Englewood’s tradition of excellence. Jeremy is an experienced and highly regarded educator who brings decades of skilled leadership, a compelling strategic vision, and strong interpersonal and relational skills to his work with students and adults. We could not be more excited as we contemplate the impact he will have on our beloved community.

The Head of School Search Committee Daniel Carragher Faculty Member (Parent ‘26)

Caralyn Fuld Trustee, Search Committee Co-Chair (Parent ’17, ’21, ’26)

Peter Keum Trustee, Board Treasurer (Parent ’26, ’29)

Robert Miller

Jeremy Gregersen will begin as Dwight-Englewood’s new Head of School on January 1, 2023. Additionally, we are happy to report that Pat Boig has accepted the role of Interim Head of School through December 31, 2022. Since stepping in as Acting Head of School and now Interim Head of School, Pat has led D-E with a steady hand, resolve and, of course, a sense of humor and we are appreciative of her tireless work ethic, leadership and commitment to our school. Jeremy has been working closely with Pat, the Board of Trustees, members of the senior administration and the facilities team to ensure a smooth transition to his role as Head of School. As part of the transition, Jeremy’s wife, Liz, and their sons Jack and Billy, will be moving into Collins House before the 2022-2023 school year begins, and Jack will begin 6th grade at D-E in September. While Jeremy will continue to have responsibilities related to his current job at The Meadows School through the end of 2022, we look forward to welcoming Liz and their children to our community this fall. In addition, we anticipate that Jeremy will be able to attend D-E community events throughout the fall semester as both a new parent and our incoming Head of School.

Trustee, Board President (Parent ‘19, ’21, ’23)

Saba Nwankpah Trustee (Parent ’30, ’34)

Joshua Peirez Trustee, Board Vice President, Search Committee Co-Chair (Parent ’21, ’25, ’26)

Jennifer Rich Trustee, Chair of Development Committee (Parent ’20, ‘22)

Karen Silvera Former Trustee and Board President (Parent ’10, ’12, ’15, ’19)

Ami Vaidya Trustee, Board Secretary, Alumna (Class of ’91); (Parent ’24, ’26)

Editor’s Note: To learn about the Head of School Search Process, please scan the QR code.







A s H e a d of o n e of t h e p r ee m i n e n t independent schools in the western United States, Jeremy developed a 3-year strategic planning cycle with the Board of Trustees along with the School’s first 5-year financial plan. He oversaw a planned Upper School enrollment increase of 20% over a fouryear period, instituted an expansion of the Middle School, and led The Meadows’ first DEI initiative, which included setting major goals and progress indicators and building a system to address them. An experienced fundraiser, Jeremy raised millions of dollars to support financial aid and other key initiatives and spearheaded the School’s first Social and Emotional Learning approaches for PreK through 12. Jeremy holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in English from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah. He is a graduate of the prestigious Klingenstein Center’s Head of School Program at Columbia Teachers College, the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, and sits on the board of governors of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. He is a published poet and has been a presenter at CASE/NAIS, and the Colorado and Northwest Associations of Independent Schools conferences, among others.


Robert E. Miller, President, Board of Trustees Caralyn Fuld, Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair Joshua Peirez, Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair


Jeremy is currently completing his eighth year as Head of School at The Meadows School, a Pre-K to 12 independent school serving 900 students in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was initially hired to teach middle school English after his first teaching job at a small boarding school in the Midwest. During his tenure at The Meadows, Jeremy was quickly promoted to be the Dean of Studies, where he oversaw the 6th through 12th grade academic program and advanced the School’s efforts to promote writing across the curriculum, all while still teaching AP English. From there he became Middle School Director and then Assistant Head of School before assuming the Head of School role in 2014. He has retained a teaching role throughout much of his tenure.




We are fortunate to have strong leaders like Jeremy and Pat both stepping up for our school next year. Their leadership and the thoughtful transition they are working through together will provide a great level of stability for D-E as we begin the next chapter of our journey as a top Independent School in the Tri-State area.

About Our Next Head Of School

We look forward to welcoming Jeremy and his family, including his wife, Liz, and his children Jack (age 11) and Billy (age 2) to our community. Jeremy is excited to become part of Dwight-Englewood’s future and honored to be selected as its next Head of School.


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During the weeks prior to Commencement, the Class of 2022 enjoyed the end-of-year festivities that comes with the spring season.

In May, the Upper School gathered for a perfect-weather day for M.A.G.I.C, D-E’s annual intramural sports competition.


Seniors also enjoyed a day out at Luna Park, Coney Island for this year’s Senior Trip.

As well as enjoying their senior selectives, closing out the year with the final farewell assembly.

Then The-soon-to-be graduates gathered together one last time during the Senior Dinner to celebrate each other, days before they would walk across the Commencement stage.


This year’s Commencement marked the Class of

Interim Head of School, Pat Boig,

2022’s unforgettable time at D-E.

set the congratulatory tone.

with Board of Trustees President, Robert E. Miller, following suit.




Spitzley ’22, spoke candidly about their time at D-E, at times making the audience roar with laughter.

Class Dean, Kim Lalli, followed with words of wisdom from children’s s to r i e s bookshelf.




We also had the pleasure of having Alison Mariella Désir ’03 as our Commencement Speaker.

Alison spoke on today’s times and her journey in becoming an avid runner and founder of Harlem Run, an NYC-Based running movement. She encouraged the graduates to carve their own path amidst uncertainty.

Alison’s new book entitled, ‘Running While Black’ will be available in October 2022. Please see Class Notes Spring-Summer 2022 for more details.

Finally, Joe Algrant spoke for the last time as Upper School Principal, reminiscing on his time with the Class of 2022. This year’s Commencement was both a beginning and end in more ways than one.


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The Class of 2022 were not the only ones who achieved great milestones this year.

This year’s class of 2026, whose entire middle school experience took place during the height of the pandemic, celebrated during their own Moving Up Ceremony.

Middle School Principal, Jonathan Davis, led the charge in congratulating this year’s class as the move-up to the Upper School

As a division celebration, all Middle

and beyond.

School students participated in Field Day...

enjoying bounce houses,


a wonderful way to finish the year!

& trivia.

Cheers to our students moving up!

meanwhile... 11

@ The l o o h c S Lower The Lower School celebrates the end of the year with the annual Butterfly Assembly.

Each spring, the Lower School raises monarch butterflies.

to release on the day of the assembly.

The day recognizes all Lower School students finishing their year...

...as well as celebrating with faculty and staff

Finally, the year ended with the Promotion Ceremony for the Class of 2029.

Lower School Principal, Ms. Preeti Fibiger, was joined by faculty and staff to celebrate their “promotion” to Middle School.

The future looks bright, and the students are ready for the next chapter in their lives. Go, Bulldogs!

D-E Alumni Celebrate Epic 3X Reunion 2022!

The Dwight and ESB classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 enjoyed a delicious 50th reunion dinner in Umpleby Hall on Friday night while over 130 alumni met at the Welcome Back Alumni Party at Giovanni’s Bicycle Club in Englewood Cliffs.

On Saturday morning, alumni returned to play field hockey, After several years of not being able to gather together due to lacrosse, and soccer on Solomon Field followed by a retirement pandemic-related restrictions, alumni from the Dwight School, celebration for Athletic Director, Chris Schmid, and the Englewood School for Boys (ESB) and Dwight-Englewood, groundbreaking ceremony for the C. Christian Schmid Athletics joyfully came together earlier this summer. They celebrated their Pavilion / Sports Complex. milestone graduation years and friendships both old and new in There was a special Lower School Music Room dedication ‘epic’ fashion! honoring Mary Heveran who has retired from D-E after serving More than 200 graduates, particularly those alumni whose class with both the Bede School and D-E’s Music Department faculty years ended with 0,1,2,5,6, and 7, enjoyed a series of special for an incredible 42 years.











occasions and parties that took place from June 10-12. Gatherings were held not only on the D-E campus under the ‘big tent’ on Leggett Field, but also in private homes, and favorite gathering places.

The BIPOC Alumni annual luncheon was held in Hulst House; Assistant Head of School for Engagement, Dr. Gene Batiste, moderated the discussion together with D-E 360º Director, Dr. Sherronda Brown and the group was visited by Pat Boig, Acting Head of School, and then-Upper School Principal and Assistant Head of School for Program Joe Algrant.

Editor’s Note: For more highlights from Epic 3X Reunion 2022, including photos and video links, scan the The annual ceremonies recognizing the School’s 2022 Q R co d e o r v i s i t d - e . o r g / a l u m n i . Distinguished Alumni Award winners and new inductees into the D-E Athletic Hall of Fame were held on Saturday afternoon followed by the annual Alumni-Faculty Reunion celebration dinner. Alumni Jeremiah “Jerry” Shafir ESB ’70, Mark Shafir ’74, Robert Shafir ’76, Daniel Fish ’85, Karen Orozolek ’96, and Alicia Menendez ’01 were all honored as the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Additionally, alumni Dr. Paul Vessa ’76, Dr. Luke Rigolosi ’91, and Dr. Rose Byron McSween ’80, as well as the 1984 and 1985 Boys’ Lacrosse teams were all inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Save the Date for Reunion 2023! Mark your calendar now: in Fall 2023 we plan to celebrate milestone reunions for all Dwight, ESB and D-E alumni with class years ending in ‘3’ and ‘8’! The D-E Alumni Relations Department looks forward to sharing more information about future Reunion events for 2023. 14

Arts Highlights











The Arts at D-E were thriving this past spring! Each division held a series of events, showcasing the visual and performing arts at every age level. D-E also hosted several cross-divisional events, bringing the whole community together. Check out some of the highlights below!

AP Art Gallery Wall Exhibit








Within the Visual Arts & Design department, the opening of the AP Art Gallery Wall is a culmination of students’ breadth of work over the past school year. Led by Arts & Design chair, Marisol Diaz, students prepare over fifteen works to submit to the College Board. The course provides an opportunity to show their range in artistic skill as well as concentrate in a particular theme or 5th Grade Opera 2022 media. This year’s cohort offered works on consumerism and its relationship to self-perception, waste in environmentalism, and This year’s 5th Grade Opera was one for the books— a set of three the politics of COVID-19. Art holds a mirror to our times, and our operettas, marked Mary Heveran’s last production in her career students succeeded in expressing their insightful perspectives. as Lower School Music Teacher. Since 1980, Mary has guided generations of classes of students to make joyful Annie JR. N A L CO N T E N TO noise and embrace the creative process of TIO DI D-E’s Performing Arts presented Annie JR. for this year’s Middle opera-making. As the Class of 2034 took School spring musical. It was a joy to hear the iconic tune, “It’s their final bow, they offered cheers and the Hard-Knock Life!” live from Schenck Auditorium. Directed by flowers to show their appreciation. Here’s theater teacher, Stephanie Anderson, with musical direction by to Mary, our outstanding faculty, and young Lower School music teacher, Lisa Dove, students spent months creatives! rehearsing, blocking, and set-building for the special show. The result was a spectacular Friday night opening and show weekend!


Stage Band & Jazz Rock D-E was honored to host legendary musician, Don Byron, to perform with Stage Band. A Guggenheim Fellow, two-time Grammy nominee, and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Don Byron has been changing the soundscape of jazz for decades. D-E’s Stage Band and Jazz Workshop’s performance, “Mingus, Mancini, and a little bit of Miles” consisted of a selection of dazzling jazz pieces. Having Don Byron guest-teach and perform alongside students was an incredible opportunity. Congratulations, D-E Musicians! Meanwhile, it would not be a D-E spring season without mention of Jazz Rock! A bi-annual tradition in the winter and spring, the Jazz Rock program provides an opportunity for students to collaborate to perform classic and contemporary hits in front of the Middle and Upper Schools. Led by music teacher Robert DeBellis, students performed songs like “Take Me to Church,” “Baby Don’t Lie to Me,” and more. Jazz Rock is a beloved tradition for the whole community to enjoy the talents and dedication of students and faculty.


Athletic Highlights Bulldog Nation Alert! The Spring 2022 sports season provided • D-E Golf won the NJIC Div. 2 Championship with a 3-way both student athletes and fans with many memorable moments, sweep! Dylan Gallagher ’22 placed 1st, Will Rich ’22 placed all demonstrating our Bulldogs at their best! 2nd, & Zach Wolpov ’23 placed 3rd! From double overtime victories and tough but still-valuable • In the Bulldogs’ Bergen County Tournament, D-E Boys’ Varsity Tennis finished in 3rd place overall. Doubles team Ryan Lee losses— to new records made and special recognition of Senior ’22 and Jason Boyd ’23 also clinched the Doubles County (Class of 2022) athletes as well as individual athlete and team Championship after a grueling but come-from-behind, achievements (see below) we are very grateful for the Spring victorious match vs. #1- ranked Bergen Tech! 2022 season, and very proud of all our Bulldogs! • Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse clinched an 8-7 “away” win over tough Team highlights from the Spring 2022 season rival Indian Hills, in double overtime!












• Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse won over Butler in their Senior • D-E Varsity Baseball shocked #11-ranked Paramus High School Recognition game, “home” on Graham Field! by winning 2-1 in Round 1 of the Bergen County Tournament! • Varsity Track & Field placed in the Top 5 in various events in The Bulldogs THEN next defeated #6 Westwood 1-0 in Round the NJIC Championship with over 27 Personal Records (PRs) 2! The Bulldogs ultimately fell in their Round 3 Quarterfinals achieved! against Nor thern Valley Old Tappan, but showed great • D-E Ultimate tied for 5th place out of 16 teams at May Madness D-Etermination! Weekend, a high level regional Ultimate tournament with • D-E Crew’s duo of Nick Rubinstein ’23 and Rohan Kannan ’23 schools from three different states (NY, NJ, PA)! Spring Athletes successfully competed in the Varsity Doubles race at the Mercer Shout-Outs: All-Conference, League & County Honorees Sprints! Their time in the 2 kilometer time trial was 10:11!

Editor’s Note: For D-E Athletics team news, schedules of upcoming games, and 24/7 access to our special D-E DogPound Updates, visit d-e.org/ athletics or scan the QR Code!


Baseball • Rhys Bowie ’24 - NJIC All-League 1st Team (Outfielder) and 3rd Team All-County • Daniel Russell ’24 - NJIC All-League 1st Team (Pitcher) • Everett Garber ’24 - NJIC All-League 1st Team (Pitcher) • Drew Alfano ’22 - NJIC All-League 1st Team (Infielder) • Jackson Burke ’24 - NJIC All-League 2nd Team (Pitcher) • George Perez ’22 - NJIC All-League 2nd Team (Outfielder) • J.D. Collins ’24 – NJIC All-League 2nd Team (Designated Hitter) • Ben Friedland ’23 – NJIC All-League

Boys Lacrosse • Max Chow ’23– All-League NJILL 1st Team (Midfield) • Max Schiffman ’23 – All-League NJILL 1st Team and All-County Honorable Mention (Midfield)

Spring Athletes Shout-Outs: All-Conference, League & County Honorees

• Jackson Clift ’23 – All-league NJILL 2nd Team (Goalkeeper) • Gabriel Feldman ’25 – All-league NJILL Honorable Mention

“Cheers” to the following Spring 2022 individual student athletes recognized for All-Conference, All-League, and/or All-County honors. Go Bulldogs!

Golf • Coach Dan Farinola – NJIC Division 2 - Coach of Year • Dylan Gallagher ’22– NJIC All-Division 1st Team and 1st Team All-County • William Rich ’22– NJIC All-Division 1st Team and 2nd Team All-County • Zachary Wolpov ’24– NJIC All-Division 1st Team and All-County Honorable Mention • Danny Lax ’24 – NJIC All-Division 1st Team and All-County Honorable Mention • Alexandra Trokhan ’23 – NJIC All-Division 2nd Team and AllConference Team • Miles Krieger ’24– NJIC All-Division 2nd Team • Dawson Lin ’24 – NJIC All-Division 2nd Team












• Carson Reinhardt ’23 – NJIC All-Division Honorable Mention

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Girls Lacrosse • Natalie Chow ’24– 2nd Team NJIGLL All-League and AllAcademic Team • Alexa Kobre ’24 – All-League NJIGLL – Honorable Mention

Track and Field (Girls) • Livia Ilasz ’22 – NJIC All-League 1st Team (Discus) • Charlotte Stroff ’24 – NJIC All-League 1st Team (At Large)

• Joseph Chung ’22 – NJIC All-League 2nd Team (Javelin) and Honorable Mention (Shot Put) • Benjamin Gmyrek ’25 – NJIC All-League Honorable Mention (Pole Vault) • Amari Boyd ’22 – NJIC All-League Honorable Mention (110 Hurdles)

Boys’ Tennis

• Sydney Mallow ’25 – NJIC All-League 2nd Team (Long Jump)

• Ryan Lee ’22 – NJIC 1st Team – All League (Doubles) and 1st Team All-County (Doubles)

• Uma Rajan ’24– NJIC All-League Honorable Mention (800 Meter)

• Jason Boyd ’22– NJIC 1st Team – All-League (Doubles) and 1st Team All-County (Doubles)

Track and Field (Boys)

• Joshua Greene ’24 – NJIC 1st Team All-League (Singles) and 2nd Team All-County (Singles)

• Oliver Fontaine ’22 – NJIC All-League 1st Team (110 and 400 Hurdles) and NJIC Honorable Mention (Long &Triple Jumps) • All-County 3rd Team

• Graham Gordon ’23 – NJIC 2nd Team All-League (Singles) • Rajvir Solanky ’23 – NJIC 2nd Team – All-League (Doubles) • Davide Orlov ’24– NJIC 2nd Team – All-League (Doubles) • Asher Cohen ’25 – NJIC All-League Honorable Mention

• Ethan Scher ’22– NJIC All-League 1st Team (At Large) • James West ’23– NJIC AllLeague 2nd Team (400 Meter)



Bulldog Bash 2022: Freestyle Love Supreme Thanks to the incredible generosity of our D-E community members, the D-E Bulldog Bash at the Edison Ballroom on Saturday, April 30th was a huge success! This was our first inperson event since 2019 and we were all grateful to spend the night celebrating and supporting a critical D-E initiative: Financial Aid. Of our 407 guests, we were thrilled to have 10 newly accepted families and 12 alumni join us that night. We raised $520,000 for need-based Financial Aid which is a new record in the history of this event.

A special “Thank You” to our amazing volunteer Co-Chairs, Jennifer Goodman P’20, ’22, ’25 and Tammy Mager P’22, ’24, for their leadership and guidance throughout the entire event planning process. Their inspiration, dedication, attention to detail and great company made working on this important financial fund for our community even that much more fun! To our entire Bulldog Bash Committee who worked continuously on sponsorships, auction items, décor and displays, you made the evening shine! Lastly, to our sponsors and donors, who firmly believe in our cause to support Financial Aid, our mission to “make it better” is only made possible thanks to your generosity! All of our guests were well-entertained throughout the night thanks to the celebrated improvisational performance of Freestyle Love Supreme which kept the audience tapping, rapping and laughing. Upon check-in, each guest was asked to think of one word and write it down on a notecard. Our performers then randomly selected words submitted that evening by guests, and created a rap promptly right there on the spot! And of course, throughout the evening, DJ Shant kept the tunes spinning and the dance floor rockin’ as our MC Trevor Shaw kept the show on track!


The highlight of the evening was a heartfelt and inspiring speech by graduating parent, Jeffrey Seller P ’21,’22 who talked about the role of luck in our success and the meaningful benefits of passing luck along via financial aid contributions. He led the way to the Reverse Auction with the assistance of our funny and talented Auctioneer, Roseann Todd P’19, ’23. A record $232,000 was raised via Reverse Auction that night thanks to their outstanding work.

Our night ended sweetly with take home treats provided to every guest from The Treat House (Christopher and Jennifer Russell P’22, ’24). All around it was a very successful evening and we are thrilled with the contribution to Financial Aid! Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, bid, bought a raffle ticket and supported our cause! We welcome the D-E Community and Alumni to participate in the Bulldog Bash. Various ways to get involved include: joining the planning committee, donating goods or services to the silent auction, providing a sponsorship, purchasing event tickets, or bidding on auction items. Contact Linda Binder at bindel@d-e.org to get involved. Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2023. We were sold out this year, so please save the date for next year – Saturday, April 29, 2023 in NYC at 583 Park Ave!


Jeffrey Seller P’21, ’22, gave a heartfelt and inspiring speech about the role of luck in our success and the meaningful benefits of passing luck along via financial aid contributions.



Student Voices The summer comes with new opportunities to explore one’s interests, engage with communities, and learn new things.

Through a Q&A, D-E Today caught up with four students and one recent alum, who are transitioning into big milestone years, about what they were doing this summer. Whether it was being on campus for D-E 360º or traveling to Italy, D-E students went near and far to prepare for the school year and enjoy the season.

Q: What are you looking forward to in Middle School? What do you think will be different?

A: “In Middle School, there are advisories, and you get to choose whatever club you like. I actually want to do Robotics because I’ve heard it’s very fun. I look forward to having new teachers. I’m a little nervous that I’ll get lost and that I’ll miss a class. A bunch of kids will have the same worries. Once this year passes, I will know the whole campus.”

Alexander Kim ’26 & Ananya Kannan ’26 Q: What have you been up to this summer? A: Alex: I’ve been taking PreCalc (at D-E 360º) with Ananya. I’ve also

been enjoying playing hockey. Samir Parikh ’29, Rising 6th Grader: A: Ananya: On top of taking PreCalc this summer, I’ve been working

Q: What have you been up to this summer? A: “I’ve been doing this program called Enrichment at Tenafly, taking a

at an education center. I mostly grade and sometimes tutor. It’s been pretty [fulfilling], although sometimes confusing. I guess the hard part is teaching something that seems super obvious to you but isn’t

public speaking class, an energy-class, and a Model UN class. I’m acting

obvious to someone you’re trying to teach. It makes me gain a better

as four countries: the US, the UK, France, and India. I also just finished

appreciation for the ability to teach something in an effective and

baseball, and I think our record is the best it’s been. We’re 8-2!”

concise way.


Aidan Hunter ’23, Rising Senior; D-E Student Body President 2022-2023: Q: What have you been up to this summer?–––how is this summer different from your previous ones?

A: In June, I interned for my Congressman and worked in the district office in New Jersey. I am currently spending the month of July living in Florence studying Art History. In August, I will be resuming my

Q: What are things you are looking forward to in the Upper School? A: Alex: I [look forward to] free periods. I also think you get a lot more freedom in choosing your schedule and electives. There is also a lot of homework. I’ve heard honors history is hard. I’m afraid to procrastinate, but I’m excited for the classes and new freedom.

A: Ananya: I’m taking BC Calculus next year. I’m a little scared but also

internship, but I will be working on Capitol Hill. After the isolation of the past few summers, I feel so grateful to be able to get out and see the world.

Q: What are you looking forward to this fall? A: I am most excited for all of the fun that comes along with being a Senior! Given that it is our last year before we leave home for college,

really excited for it. I really enjoyed doing (the Middle School news-

I know that my classmates and I want to make it a year to remember.

paper) MS Papercut this year, so I may want to do something literary

As Student Government President, I intend to do everything that

or journalism-related. I might want to start a math-related club.

I can to ensure that we all have the best year of our High School careers!

Q: What would you like to do before the summer ends? A: Before the summer ends and I will inevitably become swamped with college applications, I want to spend a lot of time hanging out with my brothers, especially before my brother Ezra goes back to college.

Catalina Mahe ’22, Alumna, Former D-E Student Body President; Yale University ’26: Q: What have you been up to this summer? A: So this summer I’ve been working at D-E 360º as a Communications Intern. I go around the campus, taking pictures of the kids doing different activities. I also work on making flyers, posters, and advertisements for all the events that go on for the campers.


The D-E Annual Fund is a shining example of how we come together to meet the challenge of our mission:

“As a community... make it better.” Donations to the Annual Fund can also be made in honor of a school community member. Whether your honoree is a current or former faculty member, relative, or an alumnus/a, it is the perfect opportunity to recognize someone

Q: What is it like being an alumna? A: I expected after I graduated that I would feel like I had “moved on” from high school. But working at the school over the summer, I feel like I’ve just continued to grow into a new position at D-E. The campus feels like a second home. It’s been a good way to transition into college before I head off to New Haven.

Q: What are you looking forward to at Yale? A: I checked the course catalog, and there are so many interdisciplinary classes that I’m excited to take. I’m also nervous about moving in because this will be my first time being away from home this way.

who has made a significant impact. Additional details about the Annual Fund 20222023 will be shared in early Fall 2022 by the D-E Annual Fund Committee. If you have already contributed to the Annual Fund 2022-2023, thank you! Questions about ways to give? Email: giving@d-e.org

My biggest concern is balancing everything, but I want to use all the RA







Q: What’s something that you enjoyed this summer? A: On July 4, I went with my friends and went on a boat, played some




resources I can to transition smoothly.

card games, and just had a good time. It’s those moments that I love, and it’s the perfect way before I transition into a new chapter of life.


Faculty Staff Luncheon 2022

2021-2022 | 10 Years of Service

2021-2022 | 35 Years of Service

Each year, the D-E Faculty and Staff community gather for the End-of-Year Celebration Luncheon, celebrating their hard work and the new milestones made.

• • • • • • • • • • • •

• John McCabe

Rachel Brusky Danielle Devlin Diego Garcia Kristin Geller Helen Jerome Maria Kaufman Kimberly Lalli Sarah Macone Jordan Massei Robert Murphy Michael Rodenbush Linda Segar

2021-2022 | 20 Years of Service • Eileen Feikens • Tasha Toran

We honor those individuals who have dedicated 10, 20, 25, 35, and 45 years of service to D-E and its students. It is tradition for colleagues to offer a few 2021-2022 | 25 words of appreciation to the honorees and to those who are retiring. The Years of Service atmosphere was heartwarming as tears were shed. To conclude the event, • Susan Abramson four awards are presented to those faculty members who reflect the values of • Teresa Cali D-E and the respective award. See below for the list of honorees, retirees, and • Christine Hazarian award winners! Congratulations to all D-E faculty and staff!


2021-2022 | 45 Years of Service • Chris Schmid

2021-2022 Retirees • • • • • • •

Sam Allen Jaime Cardenas Karen Geschwer Cecily Gottling Mary Heveran Aubrey James Chris Schmid

Rebecca Blackwell Award

Geralyn Kossmann Award

• 2021-2022 Recipient: Jessica Roth

• 2021-2022 Recipient: Lisa Wittner

The Rebecca Blackwell Award is established in recognition of Rebecca Blackwell, beloved and respected assistant Head of School, Middle School Principal, Language Department Chair, language teacher and colleague, who served Dwight-Englewood School for forty-five years. During this time, Rebecca mentored many young members of the School’s faculty, supporting their endeavors to seek excellence. This award recognizes a member of the Dwight-Englewood School faculty in the early stages of his or her teaching career whose pursuit of excellence in teaching, commitment to life-long learning, and great promise reflect the passion for education that exemplifies the career of Rebecca Blackwell.

The Geralyn Kossmann Award, established in memory of Geralyn Kossmann, beloved nurse and assistant athletic director at D-E, is awarded to a member of the school faculty or staff in recognition of his or her special contributions to all aspects of the life of the school community over a period of years – a person whose contributions to the school most closely reflect Geralyn’s good will and spirit of giving that goes far beyond what is required.

Williams Award for Creative Excellence • 2021-2022 Recipient: Cecil Jones

The Williams Award for Creative Excellence is an award, established by Charles and Pam Williams, parents of Geoffrey, Carskadon Award 2022 class of 1999, in memory of Charles’ parents who greatly valued education during their lifetimes. The purpose of the award is • 2021-2022 Recipient: Karina DeMarco to recognize a member of the faculty who demonstrates The Carskadon Award was established by Thomas, a graduate creative excellence in his or her discipline. This award will fund of the Englewood School for Boys and Kathleen, a graduate the pursuit of creativity and innovation at Dwight-Englewood of the Dwight School, in memory of Thomas Carskadon, their “knowing that there is no power greater than the power of a father, who had served for many years as trustee of these schools. good idea.” The award honors full time members of the faculty who have taught here for at least three years and who have enriched the lives of their students and colleagues through their devotion to the art and skill of teaching. This award is for excellence of classroom teaching not only as evidenced in the skills taught and materials mastered, but in the lifelong influences of the teacher on students.



Summer at D-E has been nothing short of exciting! Campers in our D-E 360º Program engaged in enrichment programs to develop their academic, artistic, and athletic abilites. Entering with curiosity, they are leaving as new physicists, musicians, coders, and more. Discoveries and Adventures

String Society

Our youngest campers were immersed in exploring their “Hero’s

Our instrumentalists enjoyed a week-long intensive of chamber

Journey” through activities ranging from creating hero books for

orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and private lessons. The week

Story Week to designing their very own kindness capes. Surprise

culminated in the Grand Finale Concert that was open to family

visits from the fire department, mentalist Robert Channing, and a

and friends, which featured the students and faculty performing

cartoonist rounded out an enriching summer. `

various pieces they had worked on throughout the program.

Junior Scholars and Scholars

Young Visionaries

Students wrapped up advancement programs in subjects such

Students expanded their proficiency in photography, painting,

as Creative Writing, Literary Skills, and Advancement Physics. In

drawing, digital design, and more under the instruction of D-E

Hollywood Writers, campers collaborated on their own original

teachers and alumni artists. They exhibited their unique artwork

crime novel, As the Raven Flies. Our scholars studied all summer

during a showcase that welcomed family and friends.

and participated in frequent labs to explore concepts hands-on.













Scan the QR Code to learn more about D-E 360º Summer 2022!

The new 2022-2023 academic year is just around the corner!

2022-2023 Scheduled School Closures & Key Dates Calendar + COVID Health & Safety Guidelines +

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Summer Reading Lists + Welcome Letters from Division Principals = RA







Visit us online at d-e.org/start or scan the QR Code (Right)!




D-E Families, soon you’ll be receiving informational packets in your USPS mailbox. You can also refer to our Start of School 2022 Website with all the online information you need to start your year off with D-E smoothly and safely!


Dwight-Englewood School 315 East Palisade Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631

Commencement for the Dwight-Englewood School’s Class of 2022 took place in early June, on Leggett Field under the big tent. Together with family and friends, D-E faculty/staff and members of the Board of Trustees, more than 1200 were in attendance to share in these new graduates’ celebration. See inside for details and congratulations to the Class of 2022!