From Kathy Christoph, MS Principal


As all children move through adolescence, particularly in the middle school years, they encounter dramatic physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes. Developmental transitions, such as puberty and increasing independence, have been associated with alcohol use.  Indeed, according to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services, alcohol is the “drug of choice” among young adolescents.  For these reasons and many more, parents and guardians can benefit from learning how to effectively communicate around the subject of drinking, including helping children to become empowered in making wise decisions.

In partnership with the D-E Parents’ Association (PA) D-E School will be hosting Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) Prevention Works, a non-profit substance abuse prevention organization, the week of November 7. While they are here, FCD Prevention Works will be working with our 8th graders and Upper School Students. And on Thursday, November 10 from 7:00-8:30 PM in Hulst House, they will run an evening presentation for our parents of 7th and 8th grade students.  All Middle School parents/guardians are welcome to attend this free event, and it’s one more way we can help keep our children safe and healthy. Hope to see you there! (To learn more about FCD go to:

I hope you enjoy reading through and find helpful the grade-specific and other community updates below, including the Dean’s Message about homework notes.  Also just a note that our students have been enjoying their field trips very much. Above are some of the photos of our recent 8th grade field trip to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. To see more photos, visit our Gallery located above right or click here.

Hug your child and Go Bulldogs,


As a Community…
“We’ve got Spirit, Yes we do. We’ve got spirit. How ‘bout you?” Next week is Spirit Week at D-E and we are ready to have some fun! Our Pep Rally Committee has done an outstanding job of planning the week, complete with daily themes and a rousing Pep Rally on Thursday. Read More.
Health and Wellness
The Middle School Health and Wellness Department has had a smooth start of the 2016-2017 school year.  Our students have enjoyed current class activities such as Tennis, Badminton, Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Frisbee, Fitness and Health. Read More.
Grade Level Updates
In Studio Art 6 the young artists are putting finishing touches on the Texture Animal Project. This year we are asking students to write a short anecdote about their animal to help tell the public why it is a special creature. Read More.
A Message from the Deans
By this point in the year, many parents may have received a short e-mail from their child saying something like, “Dear Mom and Dad, I did not complete my reading assignment because I thought it was due next week…” Read More.