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This April, Jim Parks of the Wingmasters organization made his annual visit to the lower school to teach students about North American birds of prey. From handson lessons and visits from feathered friends to grade-appropriate rigor and exploring through play, the lower school curriculum is designed to spark studentsâ€™ curiosity and interests so that they develop a lifelong love of learning. Discover the lower school curriculum, from A to Z, on page 12.
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Crunching the Numbers Middle school students explore number-focused careers that calculate and look to alumni and others who use math every day.
Standing Center Ice Ryan Donato ’15 wore his hockey jerseys well this year, proudly representing the United States and your favorite hometown teams.
The Lower School Curriculum from A to Z Reading, writing, and a Rigamajig: learn more about the expansive program in Pre-K through Class 5.
Dexter Southfield School helps boys and girls develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead with confidence, serve with compassion, and live by the motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”
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Celebrating Our Seniors Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Students reflect on their time at Dexter Southfield, and look ahead to the next adventure.
Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 Vice President
Laura Wilson P ’17 ’19 ’19 ’19 ’21 Head of School
Todd Vincent P ’16 ’20 Elizabeth Baldini P ’15 ’16 Scott Barringer ’83 Brant Binder P ’19 ’22 David Brown P ’85 ’88 Nicole Cribbins P ’24 ’27 Stefanie Cronin P ’19 ’22 David Dormon ’07 Scott Gieselman P ’28 Rylan Hamilton ’94 P ’26 ’27 ’30
Hasan Jafri ’10 Sean Keohane P ’23 Jonathan Kraft P ’20 Ara Lovitt P ’25 Edward Mahoney, Jr. ’81 P ’16 ’19 Warren McFarlan ’49 P ’79 Karen Mueller P ’21 ’23 ’25 ’26 ’26 Peter O’Brien ’83 P ’20 R. Ian O’Keeffe P ’23 ’23 ’24 ’24 Christopher Reynolds ’74 Christopher Roy ’83 Meghan Swenson P ’27 ’29 Susannah Wilson ’00 Trustee Emeriti
Charles Haydock ’65 P ’00 ’02 ’08 W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 Barbara Rockett P ’72 ’75 ’77 ’81 GP ’19 ’20
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For the first time in the School’s history, the entire senior class— both boys and girls—celebrated their graduation together.
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Todd A. Vincent When Students Become the Teachers I make it a point to walk the campus every day; it is the best way for me to see our faculty, staff, and students in action. One day in late May, as I was making
my rounds, I found myself in the Playscape among some of our youngest students. The spring weather had finally arrived, so there were several classes gathered in the space. Students were running, jumping, and exploring as they are meant to do. I stopped to talk with several groups of children. One troupe was acting out an elaborate “protect the castle” scene next to the structure they had built with sticks, twigs, and leaves. (Truth be told, they weren’t that interested in conversation. There was a dirt moat to dig, after all.) Another band of students surrounded the wind chimes. A few of them were charged with making as much noise as possible while the others put their hands on the frame and nearby ground to see if they could “feel the sound.” They invited me to join them, so I did, matching my excited expression to theirs when the vibrations rattled my hand. As I continued through the Playscape, I noticed a Pre-Kindergarten boy who was stretched out in a red hammock, eyes closed as he rocked gently with his arms extended. “It never ceases to amaze “Hello there. You look very relaxed,” I said. “What are you thinkme how much we learn from ing about?” He obliged the question by opening one eye briefly, before saying, “Hi, Mr. Vincent. I’m taking a break from thinking.” After our students. Our students a short pause, he continued, “I’m having a moment. You know, accomplish great things enjoying life.” Who was I to interrupt such a momentous occasion? I smiled, every day, both in and out and left him to it. It never ceases to amaze me how much we learn from our students. of the classroom.” The pace of school life is faster than you’d ever imagine, and it is easy to forget to “take a break” to appreciate it, or simply to “have a moment.” Our students accomplish great things every day, both in and out of the classroom. Depending on the triumphs, teachers, parents, classmates, and sometimes the entire community acknowledge them and celebrate appropriately, but it is often the students themselves who are on to the next thing before any of us can blink. Their eagerness to learn is impressive, but we should be reminded to pause, reflect, and marvel at what happens on this campus every day, week, and year. This school year has been filled with remarkable moments. The historic Athletics and Wellness Initiative reinvigorated the Dexter Southfield community in ways we never could have imagined. The energy, enthusiasm, and pride surrounding the new facilities, school gear and colors, and campus in general is palpable. The transformation of Dalrymple Gym into a space for dance and the performing
5 arts has introduced students to new ways of expression and strengthened the overall program. We experienced one of our most successful admissions seasons yet, with more families visiting, interviewing, and applying than ever before. We launched the School’s first Parents Association and were thrilled to have so many parents on campus for events and special programs throughout the year. The Dexter Southfield Fund continues to grow in order to support all that we do, and participation has increased significantly in recent years. It sends a strong message to all that we are one, united community. There were many, many more moments worth mentioning, and if space allowed, I would congratulate every student who stepped onto a stage for the first time, learned something new, or stepped out of his or her comfort zone. Each one deserves the recognition. As I consider what advice to offer to the Class of 2018, I can’t think of anything wiser than the
words of that Pre-Kindergarten boy and the scenes from that warm spring day in the Playscape. It really wasn’t that long ago that our graduates were those younger students running, jumping, and exploring. It goes by quickly, and, I know the faculty join in me saying, it has been an honor to watch the students’ progression. So, I’ll say this: seniors, have your moment. You’ve earned it, and it’s yours for the taking. Work hard, play fair, and stay curious. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination carry you away, and, above all else, enjoy life.
“The Dexter Southfield Fund continues to grow in order to support all that we do, and participation has increased significantly in recent years. It sends a strong message to all that we are one, united community.”
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Each spring, Class 8 students take a break from writing quadratic functions, linear equations,
and polynomials to tackle an interesting research project. The assignment is to choose a career and explore how that particular line of work uses math in everyday life. Students report on what they discover, creating posters with details like the education and skills required for certain occupations; ways in which those professions use math; and a word problem using particulars of their profiled professionals. They present the posters in class before hanging them in the hallways for all to see. This yearâ€™s list of chosen careers was quite impressive. Students learned about the calculations and computations of anesthesiologists, astronauts, chefs, engineers, meteorologists, and oceanographers, to name a few. Some projects answered questions we didnâ€™t even know that we had (Have you ever thought about the mathematical skills it takes to design a Lego set?), while some opened our eyes to the many ways people use math to help others (Did you know a diagnostic radiologist uses statistics, graphing, probabilities, and proportions?). From a golfer lining up the perfect shot to an oncologist isolating cancer cells to find new treatments, so many people use mathematics in unexpected ways. We asked four alumni using math in their professional lives why numbers matter.
Ephraim Hochberg ’84 Oncologist
r. Ephraim Hochberg says the majority of his work at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center can be broken down into two categories: clinical patient care and research. As the associate clinical director at MGH, he specializes in the study and treatment of both Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With regards to patient care, Hochberg relies on math to assess a diagnosis and subsequent progress by tracking numeric values of the kidney and liver functions, as well as data related to the health of bone marrow. He also uses math to design clinical research trials in order to better understand the disease on a broader scale, with a goal of learning more about lymph node tumors in a way that could lead to improved treatments for individual patients. “How we test new treatments is completely math-driven,” says Hochberg. “For example, in order to determine if a drug is 5 percent more effective than another, we would need a large sample size—maybe thousands of people to use the treatment so we could track the data. If we were trying to prove a drug was 50 percent more effective, we might need 10 people.” Understanding numeric values and ratios is important both in setting up the trials as well as in interpreting the results.
Rachel Griffin In her research for the Class 8 project, Rachel discovered three ways cancer researchers use math, all of which were mentioned by Dr. Hochberg. On her project poster she writes, “1. Cancer researchers use advanced math modeling to kill cancer cells. 2. To see what percent of the people in a study worked best with different types of medicine. 3. To create new drugs to prevent cancer….”
“How we test new treatments is completely math-driven.”
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Elaine Florentino ’10 Accountant
t might seem obvious that an accountant uses math in his or her everyday life, but alumna Elaine Florentino says there’s more to it than what you might think. Having received her accounting degree from Bentley University, Elaine works as an auditor where she reviews the accounting work done by her clients. “Of course I use mathematical formulas in my work as an auditor in the asset management industry, whether it’s calculating interest on income or generating a statistical sample,” she explains. “But, the most important way in which I use math every day is through problem solving. Math helps you think through things, and that is really what my clients are expecting of me.” Florentino explains that there is not one, single mathe- matical equation to use when trying to validate her clients’ financial information; it’s much more complex than that when calculating in “real-life” factors and there may be more than one way to arrive at the outcome. “You need to consider changes in the market, operation overhead, and other factors,” she says. “What is great is that it doesn’t matter anymore how you arrive at an answer, so long as you get there efficiently.”
Jack Keleher For his Class 8 project, Jack chose to profile an accountant at Adidas. He lists the job responsibilities as interpreting the record of financial transactions, and overseeing Adidas’ sales, earned revenue, taxes, payroll, and investments. He also researched that the job would require a four-year college degree in accounting or auditing, as well as additional exams for career advancement.
“The most important way in which I use math every day is through problem solving. Math helps you think through things, and that is really what my clients are expecting of me.”
James Michaud ’10 Interior Designer
nterior design is both an art and a science—and each element requires math. James Michaud, owner of the Rawston-Michaud design firm, uses geometry, volume, ratios, and budget analysis to provide his clients with beautiful, clean, functioning spaces. “Every step of the way, math plays a pretty big role,” says Michaud. Michaud uses math and measurements to determine area and space in a 2D layout. After that, he needs to understand volume to ensure that he’s not leaving the room too bare or too cluttered. “If you don’t know dimensions, the furniture or other fixtures could be dwarfed in a space,” he explains. He even relies on ratios to choose color and texture palates. The classic designer says the rule of thumb is to use 60 percent neutral colors, 30 percent wood, and 10 percent bold or accent colors in any one space. An interior designer’s partnerships with architects and clients rely on math as well. Understanding CAD (computeraided design) software to read engineering and architectural drawings is totally math-based, and budget is a huge component for any design project.
Emme Coughlin Emme took everything she learned from her research to create a word problem centered on the work of an interior designer. Can you solve it? “Sally needs to find the surface area of a rectangular room in order to find out how much money the wallpaper she needs to put up will cost. The height of the room is 10 feet; the length is half of the width, and the width is twice the height. Find the surface area of the walls and then find the cost of the wallpaper. One square foot of the wallpaper costs $5.”
Living room interior design by James Michaud
He even relies on ratios to choose color and texture palates. The rule of thumb is to use 60 percent neutral colors, 30 percent wood, and 10 percent bold or accent colors in any one space.
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James Driscoll ’91 Professional Golfer
rofessional golfer James Driscoll says that while the ways in which math affects his game may be limitless (a mathematical concept in and of itself!), he would caution any player from getting too caught up in the calculations. “So much of the game is instinctual,” says Driscoll. “I try not to overthink on the golf course; instead I let myself feel it. That comes with practice. When you’ve played as much as I have, you don’t have to stop to think about the math involved.” Nonetheless, when Driscoll considers how he uses math during an average round, the numbers quickly add up. From how the ball flies off the club to calculating yardage to the green, math appears at every bend. While players use mostly basic math, some equations can get quite complex. “The dimensions of the hole in relation to the size of the ball seem to change with speed and angle. If you hit a ball too fast, you’re shrinking the hole essentially, and the ball will fly right over it,” he explains. “Of course, you don’t want to hit it too softly either.”
Will Elwood Will identified three different ways golfers use math on the course: keeping score, assessing yardage and choosing a specific club, and lining up a shot on the green. A good golfer should understand geometry, measurement, slope, and should be able to estimate speed, loft, and wind factors.
“The dimensions of the hole in relation to the size of the ball seem to change with speed and angle. If you hit a ball too fast, you’re shrinking the hole essentially, and the ball will fly right over it.”
The Dexter Southfield Varsity Golf Team Several members of the Dexter Southfield varsity golf team tee up the many ways math is important to their game:
Nolan Donato ’18 “Math plays a key factor in whether a round can go either well or terribly. A consistent golfer uses math to determine yardages. In order to calculate yardage, a player must find a marker near the placement of his or her ball. After finding a marker, a player can estimate the distance from ball to the marker and estimate the final yardage. Also, a golfer uses math to calculate final scores, indicating whether an individual is over or under par.”
ALEX MELANSON, golf coach “In addition to the typical distance calculations, golfers are forced to use math (and science) as they prepare for every shot. Players factor in wind speed and direction, the slope of the landscape, and sometimes even the air resistance before selecting their club, and which trajectory to hit their shot. Perhaps, most important is measuring both the speed and slope of a green while putting. Statistics have become extremely important as well; if players keeps good records of their rounds they can create a more focused practice routine.”
Derek Mullahy ’19 “One way I use math in golf is when I have to calculate the distance to the hole to determine what club I am hitting. If the hole is 180 yards away I would hit my 8 iron, which I know will go about 175 yards. Also, if there is water in the way at 100 yards, I know the area in front of the hazard and behind it.”
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The Lower School Curriculum from B y j u l i e p o w e r s a n d t h e l o w e r s c h oo l f a c u lt y
From learning their ABCs to working on computer coding and sequencing, our lower school students cover a lot of ground. Dexter Southfieldâ€™s curriculum is tailored to studentsâ€™ curious minds and growing intellect, and encourages them to ask questions, search for the answers, and discover new interests in the process. This learning model instills self-confidence and directs design thinking, which leads to significant development during these transformative years. Teachers educate the whole child. Developing character, comportment, and independence, and learning the importance of treating others with kindness, are present throughout all aspects of the lower school program. Lessons build in complexity as students learn and grow, creating a progression that continues throughout lower school grades and into the middle and upper schools.
Abstract Shadow Composition
Abstract shadow composition is one of many examples of art projects that bridge creativity and skill building. When Class 3 students use tempera paint and crayon to draw shadows outside, concentrating on placement of overlapping shapes to create abstract compositions, they learn spatial relations, as well as basic principles of design like balance and symmetry of composition. Art classes in general encourage exploration, build fine motor skills, and promote problem solving.
A toZ Bee-Bots
These colorful robots make complex command sequences look easy. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Class 2 use Bee-Bots to explore the basic concepts of programming and sequencing without using a computer. The bumblebee “bots” can be programmed to find locations on a grid, and teach estimation and problem solving with a fun, tech twist.
The lower school program is designed to inspire students’ budding curiosities: one day, dinosaurs, the next, outer space, Greek mythology, and origami. Teachers encourage a “can-do” attitude so students are willing to try everything. As Chad Thompson, coordinator of Classes 3-5, puts it, “Our faculty know that by giving students the space to explore and activities tailored to their strengths, they will take steps to move further out of their comfort zone . . . and discover a world of possibilities.”
Our youngest students first explore engineering concepts through play—whether they’re building forts in the Playscape or using blocks in the classroom—which paves the way for more complex STEM lessons as they get older. As part of the STEM curriculum, for example, Classes 3, 4, and 5 build toothpick structures to help understand Newton’s third law, construct roller coasters to measure speed, and assemble marble racetracks to study friction.
In a world of tablets, texting, and those pesky emojis, we believe it is more important than ever to teach students proper handwriting techniques. Not only does handwriting improve language skills and memory, but cursive in particular promotes critical thinking and quality of content.
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Fundations is a phonics program for students in Kindergarten through Class 2 that strengthens foundational skills and emphasizes phonic awareness, word study, vocabulary, and spelling. Developed by Wilson Language, the curriculum’s multisensory, daily lessons about letter sounds, combination sounds, “trick words” or sight words, phonetic patterns, and others, lay the groundwork for lifelong literacy.
Globes, Grids, and Graphs
Social studies helps students develop an awareness of the world around them, both figuratively and literally. In Class 4, for example, students learn about the globe and geography by studying directions and legends, grids, distance and scale, route maps, latitude and longitude, and graphs.
Ask your first grader about his ride to school each day, and you’ll either be impressed with his ability to recall every detail or his very vibrant imagination. Class 1 students create maps of their journey in art class, exploring different ways they come to school each day and the things they see along the way. At this age, students learn manual dexterity, like how to hold a brush, as well as explore color choices and decision making.
It all starts with “sounding it out.” Pre-K to Class 2 children are encouraged to spell by listening to words aloud and then writing the letters they think correspond to the sounds. It is an important step on the path to conventional spelling and is part of the whole learning-to-read process.
Musicians in the Class 5 Ensemble learn to play an orchestral instrument in a group setting. Instruments include trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, alto saxophone, French horn, and xylophone. Among the skills developed are playing techniques, reading music, and following a conductor.
Did you know that Kodiaks are a subspecies of the grizzly? Or that polar bears can swim up to six miles per hour? If you’d like to learn more, ask a fourth grader. With introductory research projects like the Class 4 Bear Reports, students learn basic research skills including taking notes, organizing content, writing, and citing reputable resources.
With basic instruction in letter formation, young students learn how to form letters and numbers correctly, rather than making up their own ways to write them. Children in Pre-K to Class 2 learn correct pencil holds, posture, and spacing within and between words.
Pre-K–Class 5 students learn the fundamentals of traditional academic disciplines and different perspectives so that they can draw on those skills to master material of increasing complexity and to engage in broader topics of the world.
Manners matter in the lower school, and we believe that teaching children to value and practice good manners establishes healthy habits for life. In the lunchroom, it is serving others, keeping your napkin on your lap, and always remembering to say “please” and “thank you.” On (and off) campus, it is understanding the importance of holding a door, making eye contact, and offering a firm handshake.
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Number Lines and Sentences
In mathematics, students use number lines for various concepts: counting forward and backward, skip counting, adding, subtracting, numeral formation, etc. Number sentences are equations that use numbers or symbols (Imagine three pictures side-by-side: a tree with two apples; a tree with one apple on its branches and one apple falling off; and a tree with one apple still ripe for the picking. The number sentence would be 2 – 1 = 1).
The Public Speaking program is one of the hallmarks of a Dexter Southfield education—in all grades throughout the three divisions—and it officially starts with Kindergarten Puppet Shows. For these presentations, Kindergarteners learn lines and recite them from behind a curtain while acting out the story with stick puppets. They work on speaking slowly and clearly, but do not actually see their audience. In May, they have their formal Public Speaking program, during which they recite several lines while holding a poster they made relating to the topic.
Along with their parents, students in Classes 2 and 4 enjoy exclusive use of the Clay Center Observatory during the annual Night Under the Stars events. There are activities stationed throughout the Clay Center, and, weather permitting, the telescope is positioned towards the moon, star clusters, planets, or other astronomical wonders. Lower school students also visit the Observatory throughout the year. Class 5, for example, takes a trip to the fifth floor to learn about reflector and refractor telescopes after covering Galileo and Newton in science classes.
Physical education classes for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Class 2 promote health and overall development through fun, physical activities and social interaction. In quadrant tag, a fan-favorite among students, the gym is divided into four quadrants (like a giant four-square court). A “tagger” is chosen for each quadrant and has one minute to tag his classmates. When a player is tagged, he moves clockwise into the next quadrant and joins that game. The game helps students improve agility, anaerobic conditioning, and peripheral vision.
Students in Classes 3 to 5 use the Rigamajig for hands-on, small-group projects to design, build, and modify structures. Teachers give students an engineering challenge to complete and watch them work together to solve whatever is in front of them in new and creative ways.
From “I once took a magic carpet ride . . .” to “On the kangaroo’s first day in Kindergarten . . . ,” story starters are phrases or sentences that help students (you guessed it) start a story. Students add to the phrase to finish the sentence or write a few sentences to make a story. It’s a way to get them started writing, especially when they feel stuck—like we all sometimes do!
In all lower school grades, students learn the importance of helping others and, throughout the year, participate in several community service projects like the book drive for ReadBoston or canned good drives sponsored by the middle or upper schools. One community service project—Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF—is organized by Class 5, giving the lower school’s oldest students an amazing leadership opportunity on top of serving others.
Losing your first tooth is one of childhood’s important rites of passage. In woodshop, students commemorate this milestone by building their very own tooth boxes. The tooth fairy (and parents, of course) loves seeing the finished product, and it often becomes a cherished keepsake for the student and his or her family. Woodworking promotes dexterity, creativity, and self-improvement for boys and girls in the lower school.
The Dexter Southfield vegetable garden is a wonderful hands-on learning tool for students (and summer campers). Students work together to plant, water, and harvest vegetables, and some of the fruits of their labor even make it into the dining room salad bar. Teachers also talk to students about the importance of healthy diets and balanced meals. They discuss healthy options in the classroom, which leads to good decision making at the lunch table.
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“X” Marks the Spot
If you ask our lower school students to name their favorite spots on campus, you will see X’s drawn across the map. While the Hewitt and Caswell Buildings serve as home base to the lower school, Pre-K through Class 5 take advantage of all the School’s buildings and facilities, including the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena, the Art Center, Dalrymple dance studio, the Playscape, Lincoln Pool, the Clay Center, and other amazing resources.
There is something univer-sally satisfying about playing in and learning from water. Campus is home to several water features, including those in the Playscape and, of course, Lincoln pool. In Class 5 STEM class, students build their own Archimedes screws, an ancient tool used to transfer water from one source to another through screw-shaped tubing wrapped around a pipe.
In weekly music classes, students as young as Kindergarten learn basic skills like matching pitches and scales, posturing their bodies, and following a conductor. From the Great American Songbook (where you’ll find classics like “Yankee Doodle”) to Broadway show tunes and today’s radio hits, children discover that music can express emotion, communicate thoughts, and inspire actions. As they get older, students learn how to read and write musical notes, as well as study composers and music history.
Although sometimes it is much faster for an adult to pull up a zipper, button a coat, or tie shoe laces tight, lower school teachers encourage students to do things for themselves whenever possible. Learning to self-dress builds independence, confidence, and a sense of achievement. It also helps develop both fine and gross motor skills, as well as cognitive skills and patience.
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Center Ice No matter the colors—Harvard’s crimson, the United States’ red, white, and blue, or the Boston Bruins’ black and gold—Ryan Donato ’15 wears them well. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to know there is something special about Ryan Donato ’15.
While his talent on the ice has always caught people’s attention—in youth hockey leagues, at Dexter Southfield, Harvard College, and well beyond—it is his graciousness and humility that holds it. Donato has earned a reputation with teammates, coaches, friends, and fans as someone who is willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to meet his goals. This year in particular his persistence has paid off; some of Donato’s biggest dreams have come true. And he’s just getting started.
Pictured at the ceremonial puck drop during his Olympic banner unveiling, Ryan Donato with Dexter Southfield player Jack Rathbone ’18 (left) and team captain for Milton Academy.
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Throughout his exciting journey on the ice, Donato has taken time to return to Dexter Southfield, where he says it all started, to inspire others to go after their dreams, too. Hockey runs in Donato’s blood. His father, Ted Donato, is a U.S. Olympian who had a successful career both at Harvard College and in the NHL before becoming head coach of the Harvard men’s hockey team. His uncle, Dan Donato, associate director of admissions and varsity boys’ hockey coach at Dexter Southfield, played for Boston University long before starting his own coaching career in independent schools. Ryan and his brothers, Jack ’16 and Nolan ’18, always had hockey sticks in their hands growing up, practicing their slap shots in and around their Scituate, Mass. home. But hockey wasn’t the sole focus in the Donato household. Ted and his wife, Jeannine, emphasized the value of education, the arts, and other areas of interest for Ryan, Jack, Nolan, and their sister, Maddie. “School always came first,” says Donato. “Our parents made sure that we knew how important it was to work as hard in the classroom as we did on the ice, or any other area. It’s why Dexter Southfield was a great fit for me—the School’s strong academics
pushed me to become a better student and value education the same way.” During his time at Dexter Southfield, Donato improved in many areas. He developed poise in public speaking (a skill, he says, serves him well every day), and discovered a love for creative writing and literature. On the ice, under the watchful eye and training of his uncle, Donato grew stronger and smarter as a player. “Ryan was easy to coach,” says Dan Donato. “He was always one of the best players on the ice, but he was also the hardest working. He set a great example for younger players.” During his junior year at Dexter Southfield, having already committed to play at Harvard College after high school, Donato was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the NHL entry draft. It was something he had dreamed of since he was young. He graduated from Dexter Southfield in 2015, and started his career at Harvard, enjoying his classes and immediately finding success on the ice. In the fall of his junior year at Harvard, Donato learned that he had been named to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, yet another of his life’s ambitions attained at such a young age.
21 21 Through all his achievements, Donato remained humble. When Dexter Southfield opened the new Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena in December 2017, Donato was eager to return to campus to celebrate with the community, despite his busy schedule. He accepted the School’s invitation to speak at a student Assembly the week the facility opened— just days before heading to the Olympic Games in South Korea. He shared with middle and upper school students a story about how the School had changed his life, and urged students to take advantage of every opportunity they had in front of them. Here is an excerpt from his speech: “It wasn’t until I graduated that I really understood how lucky I was to be able to go here, and that the lessons and the values that I learned from my teachers, coaches, classmates, and peers would be carried on for the rest of my life. When I was a freshman at Harvard, I was offered a tryout for a team that would represent the United States at the World Junior Challenge in Helsinki, Finland. There were 18 forwards attending and only 14 would make the cut. I did everything I could to make the team: I was the first person to all of our team meetings, the first on the ice, and the first to respond to team emails. I didn’t want to give them any reason to cut me. The following day, we traveled to Helsinki with 16 forwards, and the coaches told us they would decide who the final cuts were after tryouts. I did everything in my power to make a positive impact on the coaching staff and the players. I was kind and polite, yet determined and driven. The night before the final cuts, they told us to be at breakfast at 7 a.m. for the announcement. I went to bed that night more nervous than I ever had been. I woke up the next morning at 5 a.m., and sat awake until 6:15, when I finally decided I’d rather wait down at breakfast than sit in my bed and have my mind race. In the dining hall, I noticed head general manager Jim Johannson, the man responsible for deciding who would make the team, sitting at a table with a cup of coffee and his phone. We made eye contact, and it was clear that he noticed I was up at 6:15 for a 7 a.m. breakfast. There was no turning back. I walked by his table and said, ‘Good morning, sir. How are you?’ He chuckled and said, ‘I’m good, Ryan, how are you?’ I replied, ‘I’m fine, thank you,’ and kept walking. As I walked by, he let out another chuckle. I didn’t stop. I kept walking, picked up my breakfast, and sat down at a table and ate by myself. I was horrified. I thought, what was he laughing about? Eventually the rest of the team came, except for two of the remaining forwards. Johannson
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so minor when I was a student here, ended up completely changing the path of my life, and opened a new opportunity for me that I might not have had otherwise. The moral of the story? Don’t take any lesson you learn here lightly. Jim Johannson, the general manager from my story, is actually the general manager for the Olympic team I was selected to recently. You might not understand it yet, but there are lessons you learn here that will eventually affect your life in a major way.”
had stopped them before they entered the dining hall to let them know they were cut. After the team sat down at breakfast, Johannson announced that he had made the final cuts and that this group was our final team. We no longer had to worry. After he broke the news, in front of everyone, he asked, ‘Ryan, can I talk to you for a second?’ Once we were alone, he said, ‘I just wanted to say, I have never seen anyone do what you just did. I’m going to be honest—you were one of the guys we considered cutting. But when you came down to breakfast this morning, looked me in the eye, and said, “Good morning, sir,” I thought to myself, how could we cut a kid who has the confidence to go up to the guy making the cut as if you had no worry in the world. I thought that took a tremendous amount of courage, and that’s when I knew I couldn’t cut you from this team. Ryan, you deserve to be here.’ I’m sure you are all used to walking into school every day and saying to the same teachers and staff every morning, ‘Good morning, sir,’ or ‘Good morning, ma’am’. It’s one of the very first things I learned when I came to Dexter Southfield. A value in character, which honestly seemed
Sadly, coach Johannson died shortly before the 2018 Olympic games were underway. Donato was proud to honor him there by working as hard as he could both on and off the ice. Local and national news covered Donato’s appearance in the Olympics, where the left-handed forward scored five goals for the U.S. men’s ice hockey team. At home, Dexter Southfield students, faculty, and staff gathered to watch Donato represent his school and his country. When the games ended, Donato returned to a hero’s welcome on campus. Joined by his family, he stood at center ice in the new Arena while the Olympic banner with his name was unfurled. Shortly after returning home from PyeongChang, Donato announced his decision to leave Harvard as a fulltime student to join the NHL. He couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing professionally, especially since it was the hometown team’s jersey he’d be wearing. On Monday, March 19, 2018, Donato made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. To celebrate the occasion, he scored a goal and had two assists. As the team headed into the Stanley Cup playoffs, Donato found ways to finish the semester’s classes at Harvard while focusing on the task at hand on the ice. He’ll continue taking classes during summer and off-season breaks, eventually graduating with his degree. It will take a lot of hard work to finish his degree while his professional career takes off. If there is anyone willing to put in the effort, it’s Ryan Donato. Each step of the way, his Dexter Southfield family will be here cheering him on.
fter a long-awaited spring, the sun shone brightly for Dexter Southfield’s inaugural co-ed graduation on Tuesday, June 5. Unlike previous years, this closing ceremony marked the first graduation in which the School celebrated the accomplishments of all graduates and honored the entire senior class—both the young men and women—in one unified commencement. In front of their proud families, friends, and teachers, the soon-to-be graduates gathered on stage in the Kraft Fieldhouse for a final goodbye before marching toward their promising futures.
18 Things to Do Before Graduation
1 Perform on stage at Arts Night or in a school play
2 Look at the moon through the Clay Center telescope
3 Draw with Mr. Vincent
4 Attend a Dexter Southfield curling match
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C on g r atu l at ion s to t h e C l a s s of 2 0 1 8 Johanna Brait
Guest speaker and trustee David Dormon ’07 shared reflections and words of wisdom, reminding the graduates of the School’s motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.” He encouraged our newest alumni to dissect the meaning of those words as they prepare for their various paths and journeys going forward. “Never forget who you are, or the hard work you’ve put in to get to where you’re going. You will all go on to do wonderful things in your own right.”
In his keynote, boys’ valedictorian Kevork Atinizian ’18 provided nostalgia with anecdotes of his classmates and recalled the exact moment he found his calling for politics in his early upper school years. Girls’ valedictorian Emmie Chase ’18 mentioned the many characteristics that make this year’s seniors so varied and extraordinary, and issued an “overdue thank you” to all who helped make her 13 years on campus as wonderful as they were. For a list of prize winners and more photos, visit dextersouthfield.org/ Graduation2018.
Girls’ valedictorian Emmie Chase. Kevork Atinizian delivers his speech as boys’ valedictorian.
5 Have coffee with the Sage dining staff
6 Take a ride down the Slip ‘n’ Slide
7 “Pack the Wheelhouse” of the new Arena
8 Explore the second floor of the historic Sears Building
9 Go sledding on the campus’ best hills
Todd Vincent addresses the graduating class.
10 See Boston like you’ve never before during the Senior Race
11 Claim your favorite seat in the Senior Lounge
12 Smile because it’s “grilled cheese and tomato soup” day
13 Make something cool with the 3D printer
14 Take a Dexter Southfield bus to school
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Maya Lane and Madi Spence read letters they wrote to themselves their freshman year.
Suzie Fuller, Deidre Kelly, Heidi Freking, Jordann Landa, Angela Cromp, and Emmie Chase
Below; The upper school choir concluded the ceremony with a beautiful graduation hymn.
15 Imagine your sports bio hanging in the Kraft Fieldhouse
16 Wait for the turkeys to cross the road
17 Visit a Pre-K class and try to remember when you were that small
18 Play (and cheer) your heart out at Dexter Southfield Day
Good luck seniors!
We are so proud of you!
Class of 2018
By +he Numb3rs
We commend our seniors and their accomplishments. Some highlights include:
Number of colleges that visited Dexter Southfield this fall
Number of colleges and universities this graduating class will attend next fall
Number of college applications submitted
Total number of students in the Dexter Southfield Class of 2018—37 boys and 32 girls
198 1,981 17
Seniors who will play collegiate athletics next year, representing nine sports including: men’s crew, women’s crew, baseball, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, football, and women’s soccer
Number of early applications submitted to colleges and universities
Miles to the furthest school from Dexter Southfield where a graduate matriculated (University of Colorado Boulder)
Number of colleges and universities to which our seniors were accepted
Hours of community service completed by the Class of 2018 Jake Mello to play baseball at Trinity
FunFacts 6 31 have attended Dexter Southfield for 13+ years, making them eligible for the elite Club 13
have starred in a theatre production
have been featured in musical performances
have a family member who attends Dexter Southfield
played three seasons on varsity teams for three or more years
were team captains
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The United States Military Academy at West Point Anthony LoRicco has learned that the most effective leaders are ones who recognize the value in others. As captain of the varsity baseball team, where he shines as pitcher and shortstop, he makes sure that underclassman have a voice and know they are important to the team. “I remember being scared to talk to seniors as a freshman,” he recalls. “As captain, I want a comfortable environment for all teammates and to make sure everyone is involved.” When he is not throwing heat on the pitcher’s mound, Anthony enjoys participating in Quiz Bowl and varsity soccer. He also serves as an admissions ambassador, helping new students and families get to know the School during tours and Revisit Days. Anthony has learned a lot about leadership from his baseball coach, Mr. Donato, and his advisor, Mr. Pine. He hopes to take the lessons he’s learned from them wherever he goes —especially to West Point next year—and inspire others as he has been during his four years at Deter Southfield.
“I remember being scared to talk to seniors as a freshman. As captain, I want a comfortable environment for all teammates and to make sure everyone is involved.”
Alex Hernandez St. Lawrence University
When Alex Hernandez stood center stage at this year’s Arts Night, it was a familiar feeling—at least at first. The violist had played countless concerts before—at Dexter Southfield, as well as with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra—but there was something special about this performance. Looking into the audience, he saw two men he most admires—his father, Andres, and Head of School Todd Vincent—who met for the first time that night. “They taught me what kind of man I’d like to be,” says Alex. “I respect Mr. Vincent for his sense of purpose and kindness. He represents my Dexter Southfield experience because it’s the people here who have made an impact.” Since arriving in Class 5, Alex has discovered new passions and interests (football and history, to name two) and says behind each of them is a mentor who encouraged him along the way. “The teachers get to know students so they can relate to them,” says Alex. “The relationships I’ve developed in this community inspire me.”
“I respect Mr. Vincent for his sense of purpose and kindness. He represents my Dexter Southfield experience because it’s the people here who have made an impact.”
Henry Stought University of Maryland
When you first meet Henry Stought, you are greeted with a firm handshake, a smile, and the air of quiet confidence. It’s hard to believe he—or anyone, for that matter—once considered himself shy and cautious, but he credits Dexter Southfield’s welcoming community for helping him become more outgoing. Henry learned to push himself academically after realizing that the relationship between teachers and students is a two-way street. “Our teachers put so much effort into teaching, and we need to show them we care by doing the work.” He realizes the individualized attention teachers give students, whether it’s in the dining hall before school or between classes, is unique. “Rather than scheduling office hours, you can easily just sit down with a teacher for a quick check-in. I will miss that next year.” Henry will attend the University of Maryland as a computer science major. He points to his time in Dexter Southfield honors classes like AP calculus and computer science and programming for sparking his interest.
“Our teachers put so much effort into teaching, and we need to show them we care by doing the work.”
Iszy Del Peschio Catholic University
When Iszy Del Peschio first toured Dexter Southfield, she was attracted to the small class sizes. Before coming here, she says she lacked the confidence to speak up in classes, which prevented her from fully engaging as a student. Now, in her third year on campus, she has found her voice and has grown into a confident leader. Iszy appreciated that her sophomore classes were mostly single-sex, which allowed her to become comfortable and gain confidence. She made friends quickly and the sense of comradery grew stronger through athletics. When Iszy is not hustling on the lacrosse field or basketball court, she is participating in the Community Service Club, singing a cappella covers with the Southfield Singers, or touring prospective families around campus as an admissions ambassador. Dexter Southfield helped Iszy realize that surrounding herself with positive people brings out the best in her. She will take these lessons with her to Catholic University, where she says she can’t wait to meet her classmates and teammates.
Now, in her third year on campus, she has found her voice and has grown into a confident leader.
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Jacquie Nagode Quinnipiac University
The saying, “when one door closes, another one opens,” was written for Jacquie Nagode. When she arrived in Class 9, Jacquie assumed her high school years would revolve around athletics. After blowing out her knee (for the second time), she shifted focus and joined the Community Service Club. She quickly became involved with the club, moving up the ranks to serve as president, and she has done tremendous work along the way. With more time on her hands after her injury, she also reignited a love for theatre. This winter, she was the stage manager for the upper school play, The Bald Soprano. “I wanted to take advantage of everything offered before graduation,” she says. “The cast was amazing and learn- ing how to operate the lights and to direct was a great experience.” Jacquie will attend Quinnipiac University next year, pursuing a communications major, and plans to be involved in the university’s theatre and community service initiatives. She’s open to trying new activities as well—something she learned at Dexter Southfield.
“I wanted to take advantage of everything offered before graduation.”
Katie Clarke New York University
During Katie Clarke’s senior public speaking presentation, she spoke about her readiness for the future and how the School has helped her prepare for the next chapter. And, it’s a big one. Next year, she will begin her freshman year at NYU by studying abroad in London. “I know that Dexter Southfield has given me the tools to succeed and that I can always come back to campus to see warm, friendly faces,” she says. After joining the Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) Club last year, Katie developed an interest in STEM. While she remains undecided on a major, she is eager to learn more about science and ways to combine it with writing and business. She was fascinated by the club’s guest speakers, like Dexter Southfield parent Heather Southwick P ’16 ’18 ’21, who talked to GAINS members about the relationship between science and her role as the director of physical therapy for the Boston Ballet. Katie is also interested in exploring different aspects of the medical field after enrolling in the School’s MEDScience program this year.
“I know that Dexter Southfield has given me the tools to succeed and that I can always come back to campus to see warm, friendly faces.”
Northeastern University Peanut butter and jelly. Sun and sand. Physics and music. For Maya Lane, there’s no better pairing than the latter. Since arriving at Dexter Southfield in Class 7, Maya has developed a talent and love for both, with encouragement from teachers and mentors every step of the way. Maya is always eager to learn and pushes herself to do more any chance she can. This year, for example, during her final Arts Night performance, she sang for the first time without playing the piano. “I would have never imagined singing on my own, but Mr. Maletz played for me so I could try,” she said. “It was a great moment and one I will always remember.” She also enjoys the complexities and the conceptual methods in physics, especially new material she’s learned this year in Mr. Fehlauer’s class. She notes that Dexter Southfield is the kind of place that allows students to pursue all areas of interest, which has helped shape her into a more well-rounded student and performer.
“I would have never imagined singing on my own, but Mr. Maletz played for me so I could try. It was a great moment and one I will always remember.”
Simon Dimock Bard College
For Simon Dimock, Dexter Southfield is synonymous with home. Nearly everything—and everyone—he loves has ties to the hilltop campus where he’s spent so much time. Since arriving in Kindergarten, he has collected countless memories connected to the School: Christmas assemblies, Public Speakings, crew races, swim meets, the MFA student docent program, and nearly every summer at camp. Simon has discovered some of his biggest passions here, like writing and performing, and is excited to see where they take him next. An active writer for The View and The Drumlin, he hopes to continue writing in college. He plans to pursue acting as well, and even landed a part in a locally filmed and produced movie earlier this year. He knows new interests are always waiting to be realized, too. In middle school, his parents, faculty members Matt Dimock and Julia Lothrop, urged him to try cross country. He wasn’t thrilled at first, but now loves it. While he credits his parents for the push, Simon knew he could at least try it because Dexter Southfield taught him he could.
Simon has discovered some of his biggest passions at Dexter Southfield, like writing and performing, and is excited to see where they take him next.
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Senior Projects Each spring, seniors spend the two weeks prior to graduation exploring their areas of interest outside the classroom. From skydiving to making ice cream, the Class of 2018 made the most of their two weeks spent off campus for this year’s senior projects.
Will Southwick Washington University in St. Louis Constructing boats with Community Boat Building “I sanded down old oars so that I could re-varnish them and prepare them for use. I also attached seats to two boats that were almost finished. After I attached the seats, I did the lettering for the back of the boats. One of the boats is named Cancer Awareness, which pays homage to the founder of Community Boat Building, who died of cancer last year. This experience has given me the opportunity to learn more about the purpose of the Community Boat Building nonprofit.”
Rebecca Zhang Mount Holyoke College Learning how to master stained glass art at Diablo Glass School “I did not realize the detail or care that went into stained glass pieces before I started, but now I understand. . . . I was shocked at how much time it took to make a small piece and I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to make a larger, or three-dimensional, piece.”
Jack Rathbone Harvard College Volunteering as a teacher’s assistant at the Joyce Kilmer School “I was thrown right into hands-on activities as I constantly worked with the core group of kids that are similar to my brother, Teddy, as many of them are on the autism spectrum. This was extremely eye-opening as the spectrum has a range of disabilities and I had only ever experienced my brother and what his limits are.”
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Pierce Kazilonis Cornell University Interning at Dover Rug & Home “I have learned a lot about the sales process and proper acounting for a retail business from Hasan Jafri ’10, manager of Dover Rug & Home. This is bookkeeping information that I will certainly use in the future to increase the profitability in any business.”
Kevork Atinizian Boston College Building an “Escape the Room”
Kepha Lindor Ryerson University Tending to dogs at The Daily Stroll “It’s been very interesting to see the variance in behaviors between dogs. I have spent a lot of time getting to know the dogs and observing their different traits and personalities. While I definitely have my favorites, it has been fascinating to see how different dogs react to ordinary things they all deal with, from meeting new people, to going on walks, and even being doggy-trained.”
“The main concerns when building the ‘Escape the Room’ were building the prison bars, making a hidden door, and using an electromagnetic lock to open the hidden door. After further discussing these potential problems, my onsite supervisor and I started mapping out the space itself to figure out where everything should go. Then, we went to Home Depot and bought plywood needed to make the room setting appear like a Western-themed prison. After buying the necessary supplies, we later went to ‘the garage’ —a workspace with a wide variety of tools. Hidden within the garage were two cots and metals bars that we intended to take for the room. We cut pieces of wood with a length of 29 inches and made holes every four inches with the diameter of the supplied metal bars.”
2018 College Matriculations and Acceptances
Members of the Class of 2018 have been accepted to more than 110 colleges and universities, and will matriculate to 47 schools. A small sampling of the acceptances include Boston College, Cornell University, Harvard College, Northeastern University, Trinity College, Tufts University, the University of Virginia, and Villanova University. For a complete list of matriculations, please visit http://www.dextersouthfield.org/2018-matriculations.
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by julie guptill
Retiring from the Board Dexter Southfield recognizes the dedicated service of members of the Board of Trustees who have given passionately of their time and talent. This year marks the retirement of service of three members of the board: Bill Cleary, Tony DiNovi, and Sandra Hamlin. The School is forever grateful to each of them.
William Cleary, Jr. GP ’15 ’18 ’20 Trustee 2002–2018
Longtime coach of the Harvard College men’s ice hockey team
(1971–1990), Bill Cleary first got to know Dexter Southfield through his players who attended the School. “Over the years, I coached quite a few Dexter boys—Lev Byrd ’65, Teddy Thorndike ’65, Scotty Barringer ’83, and others,” says Cleary. “I was impressed with how those young men carried themselves on and off the ice. It’s a nod to where they came from.” Cleary continued learning more about Dexter Southfield through his friendship with past parent and trustee emerita Dr. Barbara Rockett, who urged him to join the Board of Trustees given his interest in education and connection to so many alumni.
Cleary, a graduate of Belmont Hill School and Harvard, is an active alumnus of both alma maters and served on Belmont Hill’s board for many years. While his successful career in insurance kept him busy, including cofounding Cleary Insurance with his son in 1991, Cleary always made time to pursue his passion for education. His involvement with Belmont Hill and his work as Harvard’s coach and athletic director (1990–2001) inspired him to work with young people. After retiring as athletic director, Cleary accepted the offer from both Rockett and former headmaster Bill Phinney to join Dexter Southfield’s board. During his 16-year tenure as a trustee, Cleary’s connection to the School evolved from those early associations with his players into admiration for the community and program. He was thrilled when his three grandsons, Liam ’15, Quinn ’18, and Cole ’20, enrolled, extending his affection for Dexter Southfield. As the School—particularly the upper school—grew, Cleary was a proponent of expanding fundrais- ing efforts to ensure resources met increasing needs. He credits former president of the board and trustee emeritus Shaw McDermott ’62 with working to expand the board itself, inducting new members who brought with them a wealth of knowledge and
expertise. “It wasn’t work that could be done overnight, says Cleary. “Shaw was thoughtful in his leadership. It’s a trait shared by another man whom I admire—Todd Vincent. Both Shaw and Todd have worked tremendously hard on behalf of the School.” While he says watching the School grow has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his time on the board, Cleary is happy that Dexter Southfield remains committed to its core values and maintaining high academic standards.
Anthony DiNovi P ’16 ’20 Trustee 2011–2018
When Tony and Deanna DiNovi were considering schools for their daughter, Julia, they
knew their priorities. The DiNovis wanted Julia, then age 5, to develop
37 foundational skills that would serve her throughout her academic career. They also wanted a school that fostered character development. Dexter Southfield had everything on their list. “We loved that the School focused on reading, writing, and public speaking,” says Tony DiNovi. “And, when it comes to instilling good values and teaching ‘right from wrong,’ no one does it better than Dexter Southfield.” Julia ’16, and later, her brother, John ’20, attended Dexter Southfield from Pre-Kindergarten through Class 6. Both children thrived in the classroom, and their experience led to lifelong friendships and meaningful relationships for the entire DiNovi family. Those personal connections led directly to Tony’s successful tenure on the Board of Trustees. Tony and Deanna became close with Todd and Kristin Vincent, whose two children were the same ages as their own. The children attended school together and played on the same sports teams, giving Todd and Tony time on the sidelines to develop a friendship of their own. DiNovi was impressed with Vincent’s passion for education and dedication to Dexter Southfield. When Vincent took over as head of school in 2011, DiNovi knew immediately he was the right person for the job. “Todd Vincent is a remarkable leader,” says DiNovi. “He is a visionary and has already created so much progress for the School.” When Vincent invited DiNovi to join the Board of Trustees, it was an easy move. “My decision to join the board was driven by my support for Todd. The School had a bright future, and I knew he was the person to carry the momentum. I wanted to work alongside him during the transition.” Since becoming a trustee in 2011, DiNovi’s professional expertise in
corporate finance and private equity has benefited the board’s finance and investment committees. He has also relied on his experience as a past parent and deep connections to the School as a member of the education and strategic planning committees. He most recently served as chair of Dexter Southfield’s future planning group, the 2026 committee. “I am honored to have served on the board during these past seven years,” says DiNovi. “Dexter Southfield is out of transition, and into a place of strength and growth. Its future is bright.”
The Honorable Sandra Hamlin P ’02 Trustee 2002–2018
As parents often do, Sandra Hamlin has held on to school projects and papers, artwork, and other prized possessions from her son Robert’s ’02 childhood. Each keepsake has meaning and invokes fond memories. Among her favorites are several from his days at Dexter, including those one-of-a-kind, handcrafted woodshop projects that loving mothers like Hamlin treasure forever. Just like those woodshop creations, Dexter Southfield holds a special place in the hearts of Hamlin and her family. Her husband, Robert Hamlin, Jr. ’55 attended Dexter through seventh grade. Following in his footsteps, Robert III, arrived in PreKindergarten and stayed through sixth grade. “He loved every minute,” says Hamlin. “Since the upper school wasn’t established at the time, when Robert applied out [from Dexter], he was sad to leave his classmates and teachers but knew he was wellprepared for anything. He returned
to campus for the class’ eighth-grade graduation and has enjoyed staying connected to the School since.” Hamlin was always impressed with Dexter Southfield’s high academic standards, superb quality of teaching, and unique curricular features like public speaking, athletics, and advanced opportunities in STEM and the creative arts. She also valued the School’s emphasis on character and teaching kindness towards others. When former headmaster Bill Phinney asked her to join the Board of Trustees in 2002, she immediately accepted. She felt an instant comradery with her fellow trustees. “Each member cared deeply about the School and its mission,” says Hamlin. “As ideas and issues came up, we would discuss as a group, with everyone bringing his or her valuable expertise to the table.” The democratic process of the board, including listening and learning from one another, appealed to Hamlin, a longtime associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Courts. During her distinguished legal career, including 34 years as a judge, she was known for her ability to listen with reason before delivering decisions with fairness and respect. She approached her role on the board in a similar fashion; every opinion she shared was made in the best interest of Dexter Southfield and its students. “The sense of community is one to be celebrated,” says Hamlin. “They teach students to remember that there are others in the world, some of whom need a helping hand. It’s a lesson I used throughout my career.” Hamlin credits Head of School Todd Vincent and the current board with carrying on the traditions of the School, while also advancing it in myriad ways.
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Joining the Board year’s Parent Calling Night. She and her husband, Matt, and their children, live in Boston, Mass.
community-minded, doing pro bono legal work for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where he represents lowincome victims of domestic violence. He and his fiancé, Nicole, live in Chicago, Ill., but travel to Boston frequently to visit friends and family.
Nicole Cribbins P ’24 ’27 Boston, Mass.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a
master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Nicole Cribbins P ’24 ’27 worked for several years as a human resources manager at General Electric (GE) in both local and corporate offices. Prior to leaving GE, she was globally responsible for the tax, legal, business development, and environmental health and safety functions across the company. Before relocating with her family to Boston in 2016, Cribbins served as the cochair of the New Canaan Country School annual fund, helping the school raise more than $1.7 million and achieve 100 percent parent participation in 2015-2016. She currently serves as a global board member for buildOn, a worldwide service and education nonprofit. Since her children, Harrison ’24 and Kennedy ’27, enrolled at Dexter Southfield, Cribbins has been a tireless volunteer at the School, joining the Fundraising Cabinet in 2016, getting involved with the Dexter Southfield Fund, and spearheading this
David Dormon ’07 Chicago, Ill.
A member of Dexter School’s first graduating upper school class, David Dormon ’07 attended
Tufts University, where he developed an interest in transactional law and entrepreneurship. He went on to attend The University of Chicago Law School, and after graduation joined the international law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where his practice focused on corporate matters, in particular on private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counseling across a wide variety of industries. He later joined Vedder Price as an associate where he continued to develop his corporate practice. At Dexter Southfield, Dormon played football and basketball, developing a love for both competition and team camaraderie. He valued relationships with teachers, mentors, and coaches. Dormon has remained
Hasan Jafri ’10 Boston, Mass.
Since graduating from Dexter Southfield in 2010, Hasan Jafri has
been an active and dedicated alumnus of the School. He currently serves as both a Class Agent and also a member of the Alumni Board, and hosts an annual reception for alumni at his family-run business, Dover Rug & Home. Jafri is a familiar face on campus; he frequently attends community and alumni events, and has visited art classes with his father to teach students the history and intricacies of rug-making. After graduating from Bentley University in 2014, Jafri began working full-time at Dover Rug & Home’s Boston location. In addition to running the store, he is actively involved in product procurement and devel-
39 opment, as well as advertising and marketing for all locations. Jafri serves on the Board for Dover Squash and Fitness and as finance chair of the New England chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. He volunteers with SquashBusters, a local sports-based youth development program, and serves on their Young Leadership Committee. Jafri lives in Boston, Mass.
School Association. Keohane, his wife, Eileen, and their three children, Sean ’23, Caroline, and Jack live in Milton, Mass.
Ara Lovitt P ’25
He and his wife, Traci, along with their twin sons, Peter ’25 and Max, live in Boston.
Meghan Swenson P ’27 ’29 Wellesley, Mass.
Meghan Swenson P ’27 ’29
Sean Keohane P ’23 Milton, Mass.
Sean Keohane P ’23 is the president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors at Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company. Prior to joining Cabot in 2002, Keohane worked for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies, in a variety of general management roles in the United States and Asia Pacific regions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) and the American Chemistry Council, a trade association representing the business of chemistry at the global, national, and state levels. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Latin
Ara Lovitt P ’25 is a member
started her career as a
of the investment committee
for Silver Point Capital, an
lawyer at edwards agnell
alternative asset management firm that focuses on credit and special situations investments. He was a senior analyst at Silver Point Capital from 2004 to 2010, and recently rejoined the firm in 2018. Prior to his return, Lovitt worked as a partner and portfolio manager at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC (GMO), an international investment management firm, from 2010 to 2018. Lovitt earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Stanford University, where he was twice published in the Stanford Law Review. He served as a law clerk for both Judge Luttig in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1997 to 1998) and Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court of the United States (1998 to 1999). At Dexter Southfield, Lovitt serves on the School’s 2026 Committee.
Palmer & Dodge LLP. She repre-
sented private and public companies in a variety of matters, including initial public offerings, venture capital financings, securities work and general corporate matters. Swenson transitioned from attorney to entrepreneur and cofounded a successful legal recruiting business and later owned and operated several Boston-area healthy fast casual restaurants. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University and Boston College Law School. Drawing on her Division I collegiate field hockey experience, Swenson cofounded and directs Wellesley Scoops Field Hockey Club. This nonprofit, developmental program has introduced field hockey to hundreds of girls from first through eighth grade. She and her husband, Jeff, along with their children, Ella, Nate ’27, and Lyla ’29, and the family’s yellow lab, Mookie, live in Wellesley, Mass.
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n the fall of 2016, Dexter Southfield launched its Athletics and Wellness Initiative to unlock the full potential of the campus for all students. The scope of the original initiative included renovating the existing ice rink, as well as building a new fieldhouse for basketball, volleyball and tennis, a strength and conditioning center, an athletic training facility, locker rooms, storage spaces, and offices. The project serves as the cornerstone of Dexter Southfieldâ€™s future campus vision by allowing the School to create more division distinctiveness and free up campus scheduling, while positively affecting academics, the arts, and other programming possibilities for all students. After the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arenaâ€™s opening in December 2017, the School began a phase II effort to capitalize on the positive momentum and further address studentsâ€™ needs related to athletics and wellness. Phase II began with renovating the softball and baseball fields for proper size and drainage; the fields were prepped and ready for the start of the spring sports season. Continuing plans include renovating the main field and installing a state-of-the-art turf surface, and installing a natural, outdoor amphitheater in the center of campus for performing arts programming and spectator seating. The impact of phase II plans will bring the community together and physically connect academic, arts, and athletic programs. It will also improve the experience for all students in every athletic and wellness pursuit, and expand our commitment to both the performing arts and the overall health and wellness of the community. Construction is set to be completed by fall 2018.
Aerial drawing of the new amphitheater and field.
Rendering courtesy of Activitas Inc.
Farm Field received renovations during the winter, bringing our baseball and softball diamonds to life with the addition of newly branded fences, revamped dugouts, and tree removal for larger fields.
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Serving our Neighbors
roviding service to others has been a hallmark component of the Dexter Southfield experience since the earliest days of the School. Today, community service opportunities are present for all divisions and reflect the diverse interests of our community of spirited and caring individuals. In addition to supplying students with meaningful experiences, these projects enable our boys and girls to build relationships that broaden their perspectives on issues. Participating in projects establishes a solid foundation for a lifetime of effective action that continues to develop in students long after graduation. Community Service Director Anna McDonald describes the value of community engagement when she says, “At Dexter Southfield, students engage in meaningful outside-the-classroom experiences so they develop empathy, respect for difference, and a sense of responsibility to others. Through various projects, students are involved with people beyond the school community, and they gain awareness of a broad range of local and global issues.” Students regularly volunteer at a variety of organizations, including Community Servings, Birthday Wishes, and Cradles to Crayons. The student-led Community Service Club also organizes donation drives throughout the academic year. As part of the School’s commitment to character education, the Community Service program gives our students the chance to lead with confidence and to benefit others with purpose. Our students have been busy this year: • Community Service Club members sorted, boxed, and shipped more than $6,300 worth of toys, toiletries, clothing, and linens to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida this fall. • Class 5 raised more than $2,000 to support Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF in October. • Dexter Southfield held a drive for Cradles to Crayons over the holiday season to collect new and gently used warm winter essential clothing. • Community Service Club members participated in a day of service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15. Members spent their
John McMahon ’19 and Jacquie Nagode ’18 assembling birthday boxes. day off from school assembling goody bags for birthday parties hosted by the local organization Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party. • Members of the Community Service Club volunteered at Community Servings throughout the winter and spring. The students helped package meals for individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses in the greater Boston area. Community Servings makes, packages, and delivers meals to people with very specific dietary restrictions, and the organization relies on volunteers to help package the meals. • Class 10 students ran a drive for Hope and Comfort in March. Students collected 20 bottles of shampoo, 50 toothbrushes, soap, and a number of smaller sized toiletries. The mission of Hope and Comfort is to provide essential hygiene products to support and improve the health, self-esteem, and hygiene education of school-aged children and young adults in need within greater Boston. • Community Service Club members participated in Birthday Wishes’ Cake Walk on Sunday, May 20. The Dexter Southfield community raised more than $300 for the cause.
Rabbi Philip Lazowski visits with Middle School
n Wednesday, May 2, the middle school hosted Rabbi Philip Lazowski. Rabbi Lazowski is an accomplished author who serves in religious leadership roles in many Jewish and non-Jewish communities, and is a member of several educational councils. While on campus, he shared the extraordinary circumstances surrounding his survival of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe with our middle school boys and girls. His visit coincided seamlessly with Class 7’s history curriculum, which covers World War II, and our Class 8 students recent read, Night, by Elie Wiesel.
Faculty Devote Day to Professional Development
aculty members were hard at work on Tuesday, April 17, as they participated in the School’s annual professional development day. Class 3, 4, and 5 teachers spent the morning listening to guest speaker Andrew Watson. Watson explores the practical application of psychology and neuroscience in the classroom and works to make learning easier and teaching more effective.
Rabbi Lazowski tells his story of survival to middle school students.
The group enjoyed an engaging presentation and ongoing discussion surrounding the ideas of sustaining students’ attention spans in the classroom. Watson introduced theories of attention, which will help each classroom achieve its highest level of success. Teachers worked together to diagnose scenarios and distinguish what sort of issue the student was facing (alertness, orienting, or executive attention) and had to provide a resolution to solve the learning problem. Class 5 and 6 teachers spent the day discussing this year’s fifth graders transition into the middle school next fall while all middle and upper school faculty members used the day to discuss their curriculum and share effective techniques for the classroom.
Poetry Out Loud
ach year, upper school students compete in the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. There are several in-school rounds before one student is selected to compete in the Massachusetts state competition. This year, finalists included Janey Wilson ’19, Rebecca Murray ’20, Will Southwick ’18, c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 4 6
Guest speaker Andrew Watson presents to Class 3–5 faculty.
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M i d d l e a n d U p p e r Sc h o o l s C e l e b r at e D i v e r s i t y On Wednesday, February 14, upper school students and faculty participated in the fifth annual Diversity Day. The day began with a routine performed by the middle school dance team followed by insight from faculty member Jeff Kirkman. Mr. Kirkman shared lessons from this year’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference and introduced the overarching theme of the day—the idea that individuals wear “masks” to hide certain aspects of themselves from peers, friends, and classmates. The day helped students reflect on what their individual masks were concealing, and how they can be removed. Guest speaker Sarah Kaye, American poet and founder of Project VOICE, shared stories of her life as a biracial woman and recited original poetry. Her poems referenced family, ageism, racism, relationships, love, segregation, and her ancestry. Students spent the remainder of the morning in workshops, which consisted of discussions, interactive activities, and, in some cases, learning Japanese calligraphy! Students learned a lot, from how to create origami to the steps of an Armenian dance. All students participated in illustrating their figurative masks to reflect on creating a community in which every member of the School feels comfortable being their true self. At the end of the week, the middle school participated in their fourth annual Diversity Day. Guest speaker Stephen Spaloss, team leadership senior vice president of City Year Boston, brought excitement surrounding Diversity Day to the student body as he shared personal stories and provided ground rules for how students could make the most of the day. From gender stereotypes in the media and advertising to racial, socioeconomic, and diversity presented in contemporary music and the art of salsa dancing, the middle school covered a lot of ground throughout the day.
Middle school students work together during an interactive workshop.
The middle school dance team peforms a routine to kickstart the day.
Middle school guest speaker Stephen Spaloss.
Upper school guest speaker Sarah Kaye recites original poetry.
Students learn how to create origami.
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WEEMA Founder visits Class 5 Students
Sienna Berg ’26 admires her class’ 3D model creation.
Amelia Tucker ’21, and Christina Oates ’21. Oates was ultimately selected to advance to the Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts semi-final rounds on Saturday, March 3. You can listen to our great poets in action here: https://youtu.be/ wmf5VCdzBuE
lab to approve their classes’ 3D model. The class cars were completed and presented to each class in their homerooms. Class 4 boys and girls received a smaller scaled 3D car as a keepsake to remember their first engineering project with the 3D printer. This annual cross-divisional project is a favorite for both the older and younger students.
Upper and Lower School Students Work Together to Create 3D Cars
Boston Marathon Runners
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ver the course of the spring semester, Dr. Wittel’s engineering class worked with Class 4 boys and girls to create miniature car models using the School’s 3D printer. Class 4 students toured the Larz Anderson Auto Museum during a field trip in late January, where they observed antique cars and sketched their own fantasy cars. Small teams of upper school engineers viewed the sketches and visited fourth grade classes to present two alternative designs before they chose which car to bring to life! Upper school students designed 3D computer models of the sketches and each fourth grade class visited the engineering
lass 5 boys and girls enjoyed a visit from Liz McGovern, MD, founder of WEEMA (Water, Education, Economic Empowerment, Medical Care, and Alliance) International, who shared an informative presentation about Ethiopia and an organization she is very passionate about, Ethiopia Reads. Ethiopia Reads is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower and strengthen communities through the art of reading. Rebecca Magill, lower school art teacher, has become involved with the organization and has volunteered our fifth graders to become illustrators for an upcoming children’s book, Meet the Ethiopian Wolf. The book will be published as one of many books Ethiopian schools will receive from the nonprofit. For more information about Rebecca Magill’s connection to WEEMA and Ethiopia Reads please turn to page 64.
ongratulations to Heidi Freking ’18 and upper school science teacher Bill Pine, who completed the Boston Marathon in extremely unfavorable weather conditions. Heidi said she ran the marathon representing The Play Brigade, a nonprofit organization committed to creating inclusive opportunities in play, recreation, and sports, so everyone can participate and belong. Dexter Southfield parent Dawn Oates P ’28 ’28’ 30 is the founder and president of The Play Brigade. She was inspired by her daughter, Harper ’30, who uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury she suffered at birth. The foundation also formed after recognizing the lack of activities they could do together as a family.
Heidi Freking ’18
WEEMA founder Liz McGovern, MD
New England Math League Contest
everal upper school students participated in the New England Math League contest throughout the academic year. This competition is a series of six 30-minute tests, each containing six interesting and challenging problems. In its second year of competing, Dexter Southfield finished third in the region. The School’s top five finishers were Jack Huang ’21, Jack Sullivan ’19, Jordann Landa ’18, Jack Cronin ’19, and Will Southwick ’18.
Annual Lower School Book Fair Is a Success!
e love seeing the joy on our students’ faces when they find their next good read. Pre-K to Class 5 students, faculty, parents, and friends browsed through stacks of books during the annual spring book fair on Thursday, April 26. Many students could not wait to start reading and found quiet spots in Fiske Hall to dive in!
Zachary Stamatos ’21 reads in Spanish to Kindergarten girls.
Savannah Colins ’27 and Emile Hashem ’27
Spanish II Students Read to Kindergarten Girls
rs. Nappi’s Spanish II students paid a special visit to our Kindergarten girls on Wednesday, April 11. The upper school students read their original renditions of En la Granja (or On the Farm) to the girls, who understood quite a bit of the Spanish text.
Upper School Focuses on Wellness
pper school students spent Wednesday, January 24, focused on aspects of health and wellness as it relates to their lives, both now and in the future. The School’s second annual Wellness Day began with a presentation from the One Love Foundation. One Love was founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a senior
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from the University of Virginia who was killed by an abusive ex-boyfriend. The foundation works to educate the public on the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students discussed the importance of healthy relationships and acknowledged the signs and danger that surround domestic violence. Throughout the day, students par- ticipated in interactive workshops, which included the powerful benefits of exercise, sleep, the arts, nutrition, and other important discussions. Upperclassmen also engaged in mental and physical exercises, such as yoga, brain games, chess, flag football, basketball, and CrossFit. Anthony Pistorino ’19 reaches for a nutritious smoothie.
Middle School’s Third Annual Poetry Slam
lass 8 students recited original poetry during the third annual Poetry Slam competition on Friday, March 9. Boys and girls wrote and recited original poems in English classes in the weeks leading up to the slam. Each section selected three winners to compete in the competition. The community heard original poems from 15 students, and Class 6 and 7 students read a selection of famous poems while judges deliberated the results. The event was a great opportunity to bring together all middle school students and faculty, and provided Class 7 students something to look forward to next year.
Left to right: William Silva ’22, Lily Hanifin ’22, and Luke Stanzler ’22
Congratulations to Lily Hanifin ’22 (first place), William Silva ’22 (second place), and Luke Stanzler ’22 (third place).
Kindergarten Puppet Shows
efore spring break, Kindergarten boys and girls performed puppet shows for family and friends. The puppet shows serve as the students’ introduction to the School’s Public Speaking program. Students learned about how authors share emotions, thoughts, and ideas as well as various styles of storytelling. The classes performed Ferdinand, The Snail and the Whale, Frederick, and Dr. Seuss’ I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today!
Class 1 Digs for Dinos
lass 1 boys and girls enjoyed a visit from the Museum of Science to observe and learn from ancient dinosaur fossils on Wednesday. January 3. Students observed fossils from all kinds of dinosaurs and asked great, thoughtful questions. Having recently learned about dinosaurs in the classroom they were able to put their newfound knowledge to the test. Students enjoyed a hands-on activity where they became “paleontologists” in c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 5 1
Class 1 boys dig through their site to uncover fossils.
Kindergarten girls present their puppet show for family and friends.
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Pre-K girls welcoming Class 8 graduates
p r i z e d ay In early June, the community gathered to celebrate the 26th Girls’ Prize Day and the 92nd Boys’ Prize Day. Beginning a new tradition, Pre-Kindergarten students welcomed the soon-to-be graduates as they entered the ceremony and performed a song. We look forward to 2027 when this year’s Pre-K students will be eight graders welcomed by our future Pre-Kindergarteners. Scholarship, public speaking, and citizenship prizes were awarded to students in Classes K-8, and the young women and young men of the Class of 2022 were honored at each ceremony. Speakers applauded the Class 8 students for their development throughout their middle school years, urging them to never lose their sense of self, bravery, and to remain diligent throughout high school and beyond. For the full list of award winners and more photos, visit dextersouthfield.org/ PrizeDay2018.
Grace Kelly ’22
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Michael Roberson ’22
the classroom. The boys and girls learned about teamwork as well as using more observations to determine each fossil they uncovered in their mock dig sites. Great work to all our fellow scientists!
Christopher Colón-Sánchez ’22 is greeted by the Pre-K boys
Dexter Southfield Names New Director of College Counseling
Caleb Weldon ’22
he School is happy to announce Emily Moore as the new director of college counseling. Emily arrived on campus last August and served as the associate director of college counseling where she expanded external relationships with colleges and universities, raised the School’s profile, and increased the number of colleges visiting campus. Prior to her time on campus, she served 10 years as the associate director of college advising at Salisbury School in Connecticut; six years as a college counselor at Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania; three years at the Kinkaid School in Texas; and two years as an 11th-grade assistant academic dean at Harvard-Westlake in California. In her role as director of college counseling, she intends to continue increasing the level of parent programming across all upper school grades beginning in Class 9. Emily has taken steps to begin the college process earlier and is looking to enhance parent communication to promote a better understanding of the application process, timeline, and expectations. Next time you are on campus, stop by the College Counseling office to say hello!
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2018 Field Day This year’s annual Field Day festivities added a cookout between the lower and middle school activities to foster community building. Pre-K through Class 8 parents and students enjoyed the additional time, as they were able to connect with fellow parents and classmates. For more photos, please visit www.dextersouthfield.org/ FieldDay2018.
The Class 2 boys are off!
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Pre-Kindergarten girls Krissia Huston, Margaret Monahan, Kelly Nest, and Lillian Winslow can’t help but have fun during their race.
Faith Do ’22
Matthew Fusco ’22 and Seamus Lappin ’22 lead the charge.
Keira McKeown, Alexis Ewald, Lauren Kirk, Zyna Azim, and Audrey Stahl, all Class 7, race to the finish.
Class 4 boysÂ Alexander Cantwell, Grayson McCarthy, and Nathan Thompson take their mark.
The School introduced a cookout for parents and students between the Field Day events this spring.
Class 1 girls Elsa Cohen, Alix Conlon, and Nicole Biner bring big smiles to the starting line.
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2017–18 Winter Sports Highlights Boys’ Varsity Basketball • Won the School’s first NEPSAC Class C Championship • Noah Kamba ’19: Class C All-NEPSAC Team; MVP of Class C and finals, scored his 1,000th point • Charles Coleman ’19: Class C All-NEPSAC Team • Jordan Howard Mason ’19: Class C All-NEPSAC Team
Girls’ Varsity Basketball • Qualified for the NEPSAC Semi-Finals • Maeve Dardinski ’19: All–New England All-Star Team; New England All Star • Blake O’Grady ’23: All–New England All-Star Team; Honorable Mention All–New England
Carlo Hensch ’20
Boys’ Hockey • Ranked among the top teams in New England Prep School Hockey; Qualified for the NEPSAC Elite 8 and advanced to the NEPSAC Semi-Finals. • Jack Rathbone ’18: All-NEPSAC Team; Dexter Southfield’s Lincoln Award • John Farinacci ’19: All-NEPSAC Team
Noah Kamba ’19 Maeve Dardinski ’19
Swimming • Qualified for the New England Division III Swimming Championships—Girls’ varsity swimming placed fourth and boys’ placed sixth overall. • Several swimmers placed in the top three of their events, including Carlo Hensch ’20, who won the 100-yard backstroke. • The team broke 19 of 22 school records this winter, ending the season with a combined record of 12-2. John Farinacci ’19 and Jack Rathbone ’18
2018 Spring Sports Highlights Varsity Baseball • NEPSAC Small School Champions for the third consecutive year
Colin Mann ’18
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse • • • • •
AJ Caprio ’18: All-Region team Casey Forbes ’18: All-Region team John Fusco ’20: All-Region team Wes Gierkink ’20: All-Region team Mike O’Connell ’18: All-Region team; U.S. Lacrosse All-American select • Will Vincent ’20: All-Region team
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse • Molly McGurty ’19: Set a single-season scoring record with 52 goals.
Varsity Golf • Lily Walsh ’22: Won all her varsity matches.
Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity Rowing • Qualified four crews, first and second boys’ and girls’ boats, for the NEIRA championships; the boys’ first varsity qualified out of their heat for the Grand Final and finished fifth. • Liam Flinn ’18: Set the boys’ ergometers (erg) school record at 6:25.
New This Year
AJ Caprio ’18
Dexter Southfield introduced track teams for both upper and middle school students this spring. • Jameson Liljedahl ’20, Giampaolo Nicosia ‘19, Molly O’Toole ’20, Olisa Obiora ’19, Elizabeth Vater ’19, and Janey Wilson ’19 qualified for and competed in the NEPSTA championships. • Janey Wilson ’19: Came in third in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:26. • Molly O’Toole ’20: Won the high jump at 5 feet.
Elisabeth Weeks ’19
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2018 Spring Sports Highlights Margaret Thompson ’22
Molly McGurty ’19
The upper school’s first-ever track team.
Molly O’Toole ’20
Collegiate Athlete Reception Seventeen members of the Class of 2018 were recognized during the School’s first annual Collegiate Athlete Reception. Congratulations to the following seniors who will continue playing sports in college: • Connor Bowman (Tufts University; baseball) • Emmie Chase (Catholic University; rowing)
Emmie Chase signs with Catholic University rowing as her parents and Dexter Southfield rowing coach Dan Reid look on.
• Iszy Del Peschio (Catholic University; lacrosse) • William Flinn (Trinity College; rowing) • Suzanne Fuller (Merrimack College; rowing) • Thomas Gross (Kenyon College; football) • Casey Kane (Franklin Pierce University; soccer)
Jacob Mello, Colin Mann, and William Flinn will all head to Trinity College next fall.
• Liam Kelly (Bates College; football) • Kelly Lavelle (Boston College; hockey) • Anthony LoRicco (West Point; baseball) • Colin Mann (Trinity College; baseball) • Jacob Mello (Trinity College; baseball) • Jack Nisbet (Babson College; hockey) • Michael O’Connell (St. Lawrence University; lacrosse) • Jack Rathbone (Harvard College; hockey) • Will Southwick (University of Washington in St. Louis; rowing) • Olivia White (Boston University; rowing)
Casey Kane signs with Franklin Pierce soccer as her parents and Dexter Southfield girls’ soccer coaches Sam Taylor (far left) and Lauren Jenkins (far right) look on.
Students Recognized for Outstanding Artwork in Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Fourteen Dexter Southfield students from the middle and upper schools earned a total of 16 honors for their outstanding artwork in this year’s Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition. We are so proud of our students, who competed against more than 6,000 students from across the state.
Upper School Eric Steinberg ’20 gold key, photography Kevork Atinizian ’18 silver key, photography Caitlin Murray ’18 silver key, drawing; honorable mention, senior portfolio
Gold Key–winning piece in photography by Eric Steinberg ’20
Matthew Schuelke ’20 silver key, printmaking Ty Scurry ’20 silver key, photography; honorable mention, photography Sam Batchelder ’20 honorable mention, printmaking
Katie Clarke ’18 honorable mention, drawing
Chase Nethersole ’20 honorable mention, photography
Cameron Demerski ’21 honorable mention, mixed media
Ella Kerner ’18 honorable mention, printmaking and fashion
Emma Kefalis ’23 gold key, printmaking
Tatum Mueller ’23 silver key, ceramics Connor Sutherland ’23 silver key, printmaking Tayla Nargassans ’23 honorable mention, printmaking
Gold Key–winning piece in printmaking by Emma Kefalis ’23
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There was something for everyone at this year’s Upper School
School Art League (SISAL) stages
Arts Night—beautiful artwork in the Gallery, poetry readings,
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and talented singers and musicians on the stage. Some musical
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show, hosted at Brimmer and May School, featured an impressive display of artwork by students from 19 schools. Twelve Dexter Southfield student-artists received awards. Upper School Cameron Demerski ’21 second place, fiber Lily Rizzoli ’20 second place, sculpture Connor Bowman ’18 honorable mention, sculpture Christina Oates ’21 honorable mention, fiber
Middle School Tatum Mueller ’23 best in show, printmaking Darcy del Real ’22 first place, ceramics
Guests admire students’ artwork.
Paul Tosi ’22 first place, painting Michael Kalinichenko ’23 second place, sculpture Tracy He ’24 third place, sculpture Rachel Mark ’23 third place, fiber Ava Rahman ’22 honorable mention, fiber Isobel Salemo ’23 honorable mention, fiber
Seniors Nolan Donato, Max Carpenter, and Casey Forbes are a trio sensation.
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Lower School Music Festivals Lower school students shined brightly onstage during the Music Festivals in early April. The festivals were full of talented singers and musicians who supplied great songs and melodies.
Susie Howard ’21 wows the crowd with her vocals.
Cameron Demerski ’21 sparkles with a solo during a performance with upper school girls.
Upper school boys delight the audience with Nicholas Dareshori ’18 as lead singer.
From left, Rebecca Zhang ’18, Kibum Lee ’18, Johanna Brait ’18, Shoshana Coleman ’18, Madi Spence ’18, Benjamin Mlavsky ’19, and Abigail Connolly ’18.
On the Stage Congratulations to all our student-actors on another fantastic season in the performing arts. The spring lineup of plays had audiences calling, “Encore!” The upper school production of The Bald Soprano, an absurdist play, kept the audience engaged and wondering where the storyline would end. Bravo to the cast for countless hours of rehearsals and hard work, and for a fantastic showing in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) Performance Festival!
Lily Rizzoli ’20, Owen Dimock ’21, Simon Dimock ’18, and Cate Clancy ’20
Simon Dimock ’18
In May, middle school students performed Lion King, Jr. The cast and crew did a fantastic job bringing the Disney classic to life and had the audience singing along throughout the entire show!
Lily Hanifin ’22 delivers a grand solo as Rafiki.
Simon Bernstein ’23 as Scar, surrounded by the hyenas.
Ivy Eastland ’23, Kinsead James ’23, and Allison Vilms ’23
Lily Hanifin ’22, Ryan Peterson ’24, Bezawit O’Neill ’23, Ian Gisiger ’22 and Grace Kelly ’22
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Dance Dexter Southfield’s dance program has taken off this year, with new floors and mirrors outfitting the Dalrymple Gym. Dance classes begin in the lower school where students are introduced to some of the basic vocabulary of ballet and jazz styles. The middle school dance team has had an extraordinary year. From their routines at Diversity Days this winter to their moves during middle school Arts Day this spring, the middle division has made its mark in the dance program. Upper school students have the opportunity to take dance as an after-school club, through which they can study dance as a performing art form. Students focus on the development of strong techniques as they build their confidence and explore their artistic self-expression. Students in all divisions enjoy the opportunity to improve technique and performance skills in a variety of dance styles, including modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, salsa, West African, and contemporary dance.
The Class 5 boys’ first dance class in the renovated space.
Jessica Freeman ’19
Middle school girls’ dance class
In the Gallery The Dexter Southfield Art Gallery displays the talents of our artists throughout the year. This May, parents were on campus for the annual Pre-K Art Show, during which their young artists discussed the inspiration they found from famous artists like Pollock, Monet, Seurat, and Matisse, among others. The following week, our oldest student-artists’ works were featured in the Senior Exhibition, bringing parents, students, faculty, and staff members to the Gallery to view and discuss the artists’ work. The show featured student paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media pieces, and allowed the community to see many of the projects our art students worked on all year. Visitors also enjoyed “The Balance Exhibit” this spring, a cross-divisional installation dedicated to art illustrating different types of balance in everyday life.
Aaliyah duFrend ’31 creates a work of art with her mother.
Shrey Bhatia ’31 proudly shows off his masterpiece.
Mixed-media pieces adorned the walls of the Gallery.
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One Book at a Time b y R e b e cc a M a g i l l , Arts Faculty “What would happen if you were given a book for the first time?” That is the question I asked my Class 5 art classes when I introduced Ethiopia Reads, a nonprofit organization that helps promote children’s literacy throughout Ethiopia by printing and distributing books to schools and libraries. This spring, Dexter Southfield Class 5 art students had an amazing opportunity to illustrate a book, Meet the Ethiopian Wolf, for Ethiopia Reads. To help the fifth graders get a better understanding of Ethiopia and some of the challenges faced there, I invited my friend Liz McGovern, MD, founder and executive director of WEEMA International, to campus to talk about her organization in Ethiopia. The name WEEMA is both a word meaning “hope” and an acronym that represents the projects they do—Water, Education, Economic Empowerment, Medical Care, and Alliance. The presentation was met with eager and engaged fifth graders asking Liz all kinds of questions—everything from water availability to the country’s children and the Ethiopia Reads project. It was evident that the students were inspired by her talk. Later in class, a student said to me, “By doing this project, I feel like I’m doing an important thing in the world!” I couldn’t have agreed more. I met Liz McGovern in 2011, when I heard her speak about her organization and the impact it was having in Ethiopia. I was struck by her passion and enthusiasm and I wanted to get involved, too. In 2016, with professional development funding from Dexter Southfield, I was fortunate to travel to Ethiopia with Liz to see the work she was doing and the impact it is having in the communities.
I was particularly interested to learn how WEEMA was making changes on the education front. I visited schools and libraries and taught in one of WEEMA’s newly-built kindergarten classes. The trip motivated me to take action. One impactful way was to involve my students. Upon my return, Liz connected me with Jane Kurtz, creative director of Ready Set Go Books and cofounder of Ethiopia Reads. Jane writes books for the organization and works with artists and schools in the United States to illustrate them. With a daughter adopted from Ethiopia, I have a special interest in all aspects of Ethiopian culture and its place as a developing nation. As an arts educator, I have always been interested in teaching students different ways they can affect change through the arts. I was so excited to have my art students illustrate a book this spring that will be published and distributed to schools in Ethiopia, and I hope they learn that their efforts will have an impact on young girls’ and boys’ education. Students CAN affect change, one book at a time! Rebecca plans to return to Ethiopia this summer with her family to teach English as Second Language (ESL), art and music at Selemta Family Project, an organization that restores families, dignity, and hope. To learn more about the organization visit www.selamtafamilyproject.org.
John Hill and James Babson, both Class of 1967, cross the finish line during Field Day.
Class notes Volunteer to be a Class Agent! More than 50 alumni have volunteered to represent their classes and keep classmates connected to one another and the School. Class Agents encourage classmates to attend campus and alumni events, to submit Class Notes, and to participate in the Dexter Southfield Fund. If you are interested in volunteering for your class, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lionel Salem, email@example.com
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John Finley Ben Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Buzz Gagnebin, email@example.com
Charles (Buzz) Gagnebin writes, “Out of frustration with seeing so many people walking the streets with their attention focused on their cell phones, or ears plugged with sound sources, making it impossible for them to acknowledge a ‘hello,’ I wrote this poem for this year’s Cambridge poetry contest. Results still unknown.”
HI Why’s our gaze fixed to our phone Walking down the street alone We cannot hear any hello With ears so plugged we’ll never know There’s so much more for us to see Friends of old and yet to be Beauty is there at every nook Love that’s ours if we’d just look. Doran Donovan writes, “Susan and I have moved to Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover, Mass. We wanted to be near our children who live in Essex and Arlington. I am volunteering with the North Andover Council on Aging and TRIAD, helping them with public relations. We moved from Topsfield and before that, we lived on Amelia Island, Fla.”
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A. Diehl Jenkins, djenkins@prattpaper. com
1955 John Callaway writes, “I turned 75 on April 14, 2018. For the first time in many, many years I actually had a birthday party. It was held at my small summer cottage on the edge of Copenhagen and the weather was good, for a change. My daughter, who lives in Utah, and a son, now living in London, made it to Copenhagen for the party, as well a large number of family members (acquired from my Danish wife). I have settled into retirement fairly well after two years. My wife and I travel frequently in Europe and the U.S. In May 2018, we flew to Scotland with my London son to take a two-day hike from Loch Affric to the edge of the Isle of Skye, followed by a trip to Paris to meet my other son, who lives in the Bay Area. We’ll travel to the U.S. West Coast in September for three weeks and probably visit Stockholm and Prague, two of our favorite places, in between. The best news that I have is that, God willing, I will become a grandfather for the first time in August 2018, thanks to my son in London and his
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New York City Alumni Reception Tuesday, April 24, 2018 More than 30 alumni, ranging in class years from 1968 to 2012, joined Head of School Todd Vincent in New York City for a springtime alumni reception. Many alumni in attendance were reconnecting for the first time since leaving Dexter Southfield in the eighth grade!
lovely partner from Somerset. I hope you are all well. If you ever pass through Copenhagen, look me up.”
1959 C l a s s Ag e n t
Fred Makrauer, firstname.lastname@example.org
1960 C l a s s Ag e n t
Mac Dewart, email@example.com
1962 C l a s s Ag e n t
Stephen MacAusland, firstname.lastname@example.org
1963 C l a s s Ag e n t
Mike Sherman, email@example.com
1964 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Jay Baldwin, firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Lawrence, email@example.com Robert Sedgwick, firstname.lastname@example.org
1965 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Lev Byrd, email@example.com Charlie Haydock, firstname.lastname@example.org
1966 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Ernie Adams Harry Blackman, Harry.Blackman@skadden.com John Dewey, email@example.com Nick Mittell, firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Pope, email@example.com
1967 C l a s s Ag e n t
David Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
1969 Bobby Thorndike writes, “WOW. . . . It’s been almost 50 YEARS since we have gotten together as a class. In about a year, we will have our 50th reunion. Our lives are so different now and so is the School we once knew so well. I was only on the
new campus for a few months. I remember vacuuming all the newly carpeted classrooms and ‘graduating’ in an unfinished Fiske Hall. Many of us have not kept in touch but I think it would be fun to do. Many have kids and grandkids now and we share so many memories, both good and not so good! I have kept in touch with quite a few of you but not enough. Keep it in mind that in fall 2019 we will hit the 50-year plateau. Drop me an email (email@example.com) if you can and send me your thoughts. Our best today, better tomorrow!”
1970 C l a s s Ag e n t
Peter Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org
1972 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Ned Pride, email@example.com Andre Stark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andre Stark reports, “I am glad to report that after many years on the left coast, classmate Bill Barnum has moved back to Gloucester! Welcome home!”
1974 C l a s s Ag e n t
Chris Reynolds, email@example.com
1978 C l a s s Ag e n t
Stephen Haskell, firstname.lastname@example.org
1979 C l a s s Ag e n t s
H. Tony DiRico, email@example.com Greg Keating, firstname.lastname@example.org John Stephenson, email@example.com
1980 C l a s s Ag e n t
Craig Oliver, firstname.lastname@example.org
1982 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Read Coughlin, email@example.com Charlie Forbes, firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Stamatos, email@example.com
1983 C l a s s Ag e n t
Chris Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org
1984 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Todd Bourrell, email@example.com John Finley, firstname.lastname@example.org Ephraim Hochberg, email@example.com
1985 C l a s s Ag e n t
Brian Berlandi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Fraser writes, “I’m writing to let you know I published a book on New England education, designed as a guide for parents, students, and educators. Since leaving Dexter, I have taught and studied languages at the grammar, middle, and high school level.” Matthew’s book, Critical Infrastructure for Children: the Astonishing Potential of New England Schools, is available on Amazon.
Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena Opening Saturday, January 6, 2018 Many alumni joined the Dexter Southfield community to celebrate the grand opening of the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena on Saturday, January 6. Fans were treated to a fantastic afternoon of Dexter Southfield athletics, including home games for varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball and ice hockey. Prior to the start of the Arena opening, Dexter Southfield honored the memory of Ted Thorndike ’65, in whose memory the former Thorndike Arena was named. On the ice were Ted’s brother, Bobby Thorndike ’69, and Ted’s friend, teammate and beloved Dexter Southfield faculty member, Lev Byrd ’65.
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1994 C l a s s Ag e n t
Benjamin Caplan, email@example.com
1995 C l a s s Ag e n t
Scott Selby, firstname.lastname@example.org
1996 C l a s s Ag e n t
Chip Gibson, email@example.com
1997 Boston Alumni Reception at Dover Rug & Home Thursday, February 22, 2018 Nearly 40 alumni attended our third annual Boston Alumni Reception at Dover Rug & Home in downtown Boston. They were joined by Head of School Todd Vincent, who offered updates on the School. Many of the evening’s attendees also reconnected as current Dexter Southfield parents. A special thanks to Hasan Jafri ’10 and his family for providing the space for the event.
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Austin Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org
1998 C l a s s Ag e n t
Ann Corbett, email@example.com
1999 C l a s s Ag e n t s
1986 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Harvey Cushing, firstname.lastname@example.org Calvin Place, email@example.com
1987 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Russ Corsini, firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Mello, email@example.com Michael Schnitman, michaelschnitman@ yahoo.com
Matthew Valentinas writes, “I am proud to announce I have joined the Boston law firm of Sennott Williams & Rogers as Of Counsel. I shall be specializing in handling all media, publishing, and entertainment law–related transactions. Additionally, I am an affiliated agent with the New York City/Boston literary agency of Kneerim & Williams. I invite any Dexter Southfield alumni who are artists, authors, screenwriters, filmmakers, or journalists to contact me if I may be of any assistance.”
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Mark Ragosa, firstname.lastname@example.org Hardy Watts, email@example.com
1990 C l a s s Ag e n t
John Serafini, DLS@adagecapital.com
1991 C l a s s Ag e n t
Ford Curran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Reiser writes, “I just moved back to Boston after being based in New York for a year while working with Alcoa/Arconic. The company was engaged in a proxy fight while I was there and the group I was in ran the defense, so I got a front-row view to everything that was happening. I’m looking now to either join, or purchase, a small manufacturing company. I will be getting married in Franconia Notch, N.H. in September and am looking forward to enjoying the summer in New England.”
Alex MacNeil, email@example.com Lucas Rolston Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex MacNeil writes, “My wife, Liz, and I had our first child this past March 2018, a beautiful baby boy, and I recently started working at Redgate Real Estate, a real estate developer in Boston.” Bradley Cooke is entering her 10th year as a member of the Dexter Southfield middle school faculty. She and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their second child, Wallace “Wally” Cooke in November.
2000 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Dylan Hayre, email@example.com Susie Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 C l a s s Ag e n t
Ben MacNeil, email@example.com
2002 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Layla Buisier, firstname.lastname@example.org Phoebe Cabot, email@example.com Catherine Gallagher, firstname.lastname@example.org Margo Layton, email@example.com
Pen Williamson married Sarah Bacon on July 14, 2017 in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The couple lives in Hollywood, Calif., where Pen works as graphic designer.
2003 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Abby Smitka, firstname.lastname@example.org Annie Hanson, email@example.com
Katrina Tamvakologos will be leaving her job at The IDEAL School where she is currently the English department chair and teaches both middle school and high school English to relocate to Boston at
the beginning of the summer. In May, Katrina graduated with her doctorate in educational administration, leadership, and policy from Fordham University. Along with relocating and graduating, Katrina will also be getting married in Boston in June at a ceremony where one of her Southfield classmates, Aura Rizzo, will be a part of the bridal party. After countless years in New York working and furthering her education, Katrina is excited to be moving back to Boston, the place she has always called home.
Class Notes and Photo Submission Policy We invite all Dexter Southfield alumni to send us class notes, news, announcements, and photos to share in the Alumni Magazine. Please be sure to send high-resolution photos (generally with a file size of at least 1 MB) and complete caption information to alumni@ dextersouthfield.org. We reserve the right to edit and decide what is published based on available space and content.
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Sam Gacicia, firstname.lastname@example.org Michael MacNeil, email@example.com Katie McNamara, firstname.lastname@example.org Catherine Rurode, email@example.com
Grace du Pont married Conor Sutherland on September 30 in New York City.
Class of 2002 McCabe Walsh ’07, Caleb Williamson ’99, Sarah Williamson, Pen Williamson ’02, and John Bacon at Pen Williamson’s wedding in Hawaii last July.
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Alumni Usage of Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena With the opening of the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena, we are pleased to announce that alumni will be able to use the facility during set hours this summer, at no charge. Alumni will be asked to check in upon their arrival. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Strength and conditioning room open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Arena, Fieldhouse and campus fields open
2008 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Sam Gacicia, firstname.lastname@example.org Michael MacNeil, email@example.com Katie McNamara, firstname.lastname@example.org Catherine Rurode, email@example.com
2009 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Alexandra Boudreaux, firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Fee, email@example.com Nicole Maleh Moody, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole (Maleh) Moody returned to campus on Tuesday, January 2, to speak at the upper school girls’ Assembly as part of events leading up to the opening of the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena on Saturday, January 6. Nicole Maleh Moody ’09
From left, guests included Dexter Southfield alumni Gregory Ho ’12, Pierre du Pont VI ’12, Bradley Hunnewell ’01, Grace du Pont ’04, Conor Sutherland, Jenny du Pont P’08, ’12, ’14, ’15, Nicholas du Pont ’14, and Phebe du Pont ’11 (not pictured)
Class of 2017 Foreign Affairs More than a dozen upper school students traveled to Paris during the first week of March break where they explored the Seine River, the Louvre, beautiful castles, and of course, the ever-iconic Eiffel Tower. During their trip, they dined with Dexter alumnus Dr. Lionel Salem ’47, his wife Deborah, and Fernando Soto ’17 who is currently studying in Paris via NYU. Current students dine with Dr. Lionel Salem ’47 and Fernando Soto ’17.
2010 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Nicole Haskins, email@example.com Hasan Jafri, firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Magoon, email@example.com Matt Wardrop, Matt.Wardrop@gs.com
2011 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Ellen Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org Malcolm Kelly, email@example.com Mollie McColgan, firstname.lastname@example.org John-Michael Wilkins, email@example.com
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Paul Irwin, firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Metzgar, email@example.com Alex Stanko, firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Terwilliger, Barbara.terwilliger@ gmail.com
2013 C l a s s Ag e n t s
Erin Hall, email@example.com Rutendo Matingo, firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Nelson, email@example.com
Emily McColgan ’13
John Mazza graduated from North- eastern University with a BA degree in communications in December 2017.
Emily McColgan returned to campus on Wednesday, January 3, to speak at the lower and middle school girls’ Assembly as part of events leading up to the opening of the Athletics Fieldhouse and Arena on Saturday, January 6.
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Haley Houston, firstname.lastname@example.org Dana Lucas, email@example.com
Sophie Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org Nick Veo, email@example.com
Tyler Coady writes, “I have one semester left at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I major in energy and environmental policy. This summer, I will be working at a solar power company in Nashville, Tenn., where I plan on sampling the BBQ and music scene.”
2017 Pen Hallowell writes, “All good at Colby. It was the right college for me so I am grateful. I even emailed Mr. Williamson for help with a question.”
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Notable Alumni Athletic Achievements Liam Feeney ’14, a sophomore defensemen for the Trinity College men’s ice hockey team, was named to the New England Hockey Writers Division II/III All-Star Team. Feeney was the most prolific offensive blue liner in the NESCAC with 22 points on four goals and a team-high 18 assists. He anchored the Trinity blue line that tied for the NESCAC lead with 1.68 goals allowed per game (third in the nation). He was also selected as a semifinalist for the 2017–18 Concanon Award as the best American-born Division II/III player in New England. Brendan Pierce ’14, a senior for the Trinity College baseball team, was named “Bantam of the Week” on May 9. Pierce batted .500, slugged 1.000, and had an on-base percentage of .688 in four games and three Bantam wins the prior week. He was 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk, and a run scored in a 2-0 win over Framingham State. He reached base safely in all six plate appearances Shannon McGurty ’16 in a 16-9 victory over Union, hitting two singles, a double, a triple, and walking twice with a run, and four RBIs. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch in a doubleheader split against Wesleyan, scoring the game-tying run in the eighth inning of a 7-6 win over the Cardinals in game 2. Pierce also stole four bases in the four games. Mark Webber ’14 and Matt Cuneo ’14, both seniors on the Babson College baseball team, were both key contributors as Babson upended Wheaton College, 11-5, to win the NEWMAC tournament final and clinch an NCAA tournament berth. Webber had two RBIs, while Cuneo pitched in relief to help record the final five outs. Sam D’Antuono ’15, a junior and captain for the St. Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team, was named to the NE10 second team. At the time of the announcement, he had turned in a career-high and team-high- tying 10 goals, nine of which came in league play alone. At the faceoff dot, D’Antuono had 325 victories and a 59.7 percent success rate, both of which paced the squad. He was tied for ninth in the NE10 in goals, and was among only four players with at least three game-winning tallies. Jack Ouellette ’15, a junior for the St. Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team, landed his first career postseason award as a member of the NE10 first team. At the end of the regular season, Ouellette led the squad at plus-14 while tying for the top spot with 12 assists and placing third with 16 points, after entering the winter with seven career points. Ouellette was tied for ninth in the NE10 for assists and tied for seventh in power-play points (7), as well as standing third in points by a defenseman. Shannon McGurty ’16, a sophomore stroke seat on the Boston University women’s rowing team, and her women’s openweight varsity eight boat were named Patriot League Varsity Eight Boat of the Week for the week of April 30. The boat advanced to the grand finals at the prestigious Eastern Sprints.
In Memoriam George Parsons Fogg ’42 GP ’19 The Dexter Southfield community has lost a loyal friend and patron. George Fogg spent five years at Dexter before attending Nobles and Harvard. After service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, he returned to Boston, where his life focused on his family, various business interests, his beloved automobile collection, and restoration and conservation of Italian furnishings and sculpture. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Fogg, his brother David ’46, two daughters, four grandchildren including current Dexter Southfield student Max Schleifer ’19, and one great-grandchild. • John Drake Ross ’50 March 8, 2018 • William Rothwell Brush ’34 February 17, 2018 • Ferdinand “Moose” Colloredo-Mansfeld ’51 December 26, 2017 • David Laurence Greenacre ’41 December 9, 2017 • Charles Carteret Fenno ’50 November 22, 2017 • David Ralph Thompson ’73 November 1, 2017 • Ernest Flagg Henderson ’68 October 31, 2017 • Frederick Barnard Brewer ’51 October 5, 2017 • Robert S. Ogden ’46 September 24, 2017 • John Wells Wilder ’56 September 19, 2017 • William Harrison Black ’63 September 18, 2017 • John Hacob Glessner ’43 August 8, 2017 • Timothy Hagen White ’77 July 23, 2017 • Richard Crawford Byron ’37 July 18, 2017 • Charles Henry Fargo ’39 July 7, 2017 • Ian Guy Walker ’60 April 28, 2017 • Minor Sadler Harris ’45 April 24, 2017 • George Eustis Stephenson ’32 April 21, 2017 • John Spencer ’42 December 30, 2016 • Richard Harte ’33 October 15, 2016 • William Goodwin Harding ’36 October 5, 2016 • Appleton King ’42 August 25, 2016 • Skiddy Marden Lund ’39 June 12, 2016 • Robert Lentner Sewall ’45 March 3, 2016
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Reunion 2018 Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2018 For more information, visit dextersouthfield.org/alumni
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Parents Association Family Fun Fest 2018 Following Prize Days, Pre-K through Class 5 students spent their last day on campus celebrating the end of the school year with face painting, bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, spin art, great food, and much more!
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