18 Jun

Grade 8 Updates

From Mr. Aitkin: Our 8th graders are wrapping up an exciting year of growth, leadership, fun and of course learning!  I think back to our SEEK trips in September and just how far this group has come.  Whether through their tremendous commitment to committees, events, PBLs, field trips or just their everyday routines, the class […]

18 Jun

Grade 7 Updates

From Ms. Traub: The start of this this year was very exciting with 21 new students joining the D-E 7th grade. From Orientation week to our overnight on Shelter Island, the students made new friends and learned the stories of each other. Participating in the Water PBL, simulating Refugees spread out across campus, acting out […]

18 Jun

Grade 6 Updates

From Ms. Urbanowski: What a tremendous year of growth it has been for the class of 2024. Beginning middle school is a significant event in our children’s lives.  When they enter 6th grade, they step over the threshold of a time and place where they will develop their identities and independence, take on the social […]

18 Jun

Summer Work for Students

At D-E, we believe in keeping children’s minds engaged in intellectual work. In years past, we have had required Summer Reading as a means of keeping reading skills sharp. This year, we are adding math work. In an effort to start the next mathematics year off with a solid foundation for all of our students, […]

25 May

13 Reasons Why

A year ago, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why generated lot of strong responses, to the content of the series, to the dramatic nature of some of the scenes, and to the way it was seen to glamorize teen suicide. It did fuel lots of positive conversations about important issues, but it was also seen by some […]

25 May

HomeBase Activities

HomeBase advisors and advisees have spent the last two weeks engaged in their SAL Conversations.  These reflective, one on one, conversations are a wonderful way for students to discuss with their advisors the different facets about their year as learners in the middle school. As the year winds down, we will take some time to […]

25 May

In the Garden

Chickens have come to D-E!  Middle School problem-based learning (PBL) invites students to tackle a complex, real-world problem and work collaboratively to realize authentic solutions.  In D.I.G., a 7th and 8th grade elective, students proposed adding chickens to the vegetable garden ecosystem as a method of organic pest control and a source of organic fertilizer. […]

25 May

World Languages Highlights

In the World Language classes, our 6th grade Spanish students are learning the parts of the body and how to shop in clothing stores. Our 7th graders are learning about hobbies with possessive adjectives. 8th grade Continuing students are learning the past tense with more emphasis on the irregular verbs. They are also learning the appropriate […]

25 May

Arts Update

The MS Arts Team has been collaborating on various projects that have culminated in exciting new ways throughout the Middle School, including of course most recently The Lion King, Jr.  For the production of Lion King several Discovery classes were involved. The members of Construct cut out the large templates for students to paint a herd of […]

25 May

Message from Kathy Christoph, MS Principal

Folks, It’s hard to believe the last few weeks of the 2017-2018 school year are here, evidenced by annual Middle School (MS) programs and activities such as our Experimental Design Fair (in which our 6th grade scientists test chocolate, basketballs, sponges, glue, and disinfecting wipes, just to name a few); our 8th graders’ SciTube presentations; […]