Dalton chess players from Kindergarten through 6th Grade took top trophies in championship sections over Mother’s Day weekend at the Elementary National Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirty-four players competed among over 2,300 students from almost all 50 states.
The Baseball, Softball, and Boys Lacrosse Teams all qualified for NYSAIS Postseason tournaments play this year. The Softball Team received a #2 seed among the highest seeds in recent history after a 9-4 season and a second-place finish in the Ivy League. Both Baseball and Boys Lacrosse also were selected as automatic bids for the postseason with the Baseball Team seeded 7th and the Boys Lacrosse Team seeded 6th in their respective tournaments.
The Dalton Conference 2018: Raising Empathy & Taking Action took place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We welcomed 30 New York City independent schools and each sent a group (POD) of 14 people representing each constituent group (administration, alumni, diversity practitioners, faculty, parents, students, and trustees]
Dalton joined forces with Cornell Tech NYC & Cornell-Ithaca to create the first statewide high school programming competition on April 9. For the past five years, Dalton has frequently traveled to Ithaca to participate in their contest. This travel and competition time represented a substantial time commitment for both the students and faculty. Last summer, meetings began with both Cornell campuses on how we could jointly build a concurrent contest where upstate and downstate team could compete against one another in a "north versus south" event.
On a beautiful and sunny Tuesday in May, our Mandarin 3HS class took a field trip to Flushing, Queens. Our first stop was the Hua Lian Tsu Hui Temple where we were lucky to witness the morning rituals and prayers performed by members of the temple’s clergy. The temple was beautifully decorated with intricate gold decor and sculptures of important gods and goddesses. During our tour of the temple, we learned about which god corresponds to the year we were born (like a horoscope). The temple provided us, as a class, with a more realistic understanding of Chinese culture because we were able to witness everyday people in their religious environment.
It was a record-breaking weekend for the Track and Field team at the Loucks Games. Zachary Love '19 broke the school mark in the long jump with a leap of 22-3.5 on Friday, May 11. It was nearly a foot farther than he had jumped before this season and helped him finish in third place. His finish was the best for a Dalton male athlete at the prestigious meet that brings together the best track and field runners from the East Coast.
Dalton community members celebrated Head of School Ellen C. Stein's 24 years of leadership on Thursday evening, May 10 at the American Museum of Natural History. During this lovely, memorable night — the largest gathering in Dalton's history with almost 1,200 people — speakers and attendees toasted the many accomplishments and legacy of Dalton's first Alumna Head of School.
Dalton Softball is having an excellent season with a 6-3 record in their first nine games. They are currently in second place in the Ivy League after an exciting comeback against Riverdale. Trailing in the bottom of the 7th, Dalton scored 5 runs to tie the game. Dalton held Riverdale scoreless in extra innings before finally breaking through when Lulu Saghie ’19 hit a walk-off single RBI for the winning run in 10 innings.
The Spanish Language and Culture class celebrated its annual Frida Day. Students and faculty come together to celebrate Frida Kahlo. Frida represented endurance and determination to many because she lived true to herself rather than conforming to the status quo. Dalton students commemorated an individual who, against all odds, significantly impacted society as an artist, a woman, and a person. Unafraid to express herself through her art, her clothing, and her words, Kahlo portrayed raw, controversial, and authentic sides of herself in ways that were uncommon for a woman of her time.
Dalton Science Research Program (DSRP) participants Kevin Won '19 and Eeshan Tripathii '19 submitted their original research to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair. Kevin's poster was titled "Oxidative Stress-Mediated Anticancer Effect of Mushroom Extract on Renal Cell Carcinoma," and Eeshan's was titled "Managing Indoor Air Quality In Child Breathing Zone: Risk Analysis And Mitigation."
In conjunction with NYSAIS, the Dalton World and Classical Language department sponsored its third annual Global Language and Culture Conference this month. This year’s conference theme was “Meeting the Needs of the K-12 Novice Language Learner.”
Congratulations to everyone on their participation and collaboration!
Story and photos submitted by World and Classical Languages Chair Lori Langer de Ramirez
High School Language and Culture classes engaged in two recent authentic experiences; practicing their Spanish by teleconferencing with their San Juan, Puerto Rican counterparts and cooking together to compete in Taco Wars in the 89th Street Cafeteria.
For the third year students in Yom Fox’s Activism and Global Citizenship class attended the Women in the World Summit (April 12-14). This year, students from African American History joined. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for them (students) to see and hear from a range of voices who are advocating not only for issues that impact women and girls but ultimately everyone,” Fox said. The three-day summit included speakers such as Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, actress Viola Davis, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, Hillary Clinton, and March for Our Lives organizers and other international activists.
Students from Grades 6-12 took the National Latin Exam. The NLE, a multiple choice exam, tests entrants on vocabulary, syntax and translating skills as well as their knowledge of Roman geography, history, mythology, culture, and institutions. Each year, over 130,000 Latin students worldwide sit for this exam. Of Dalton's 109 participants, 90 students received awards in this exam.
Zach Love '19 became the first Dalton student to win an event at the NY Mayor's Cup. He captured the triple jump title Saturday with a jump of 43'8". Love won the event by 3.5 feet over his next closest competitor. He was so dominant that any of his six jumps would have easily won the contest. His winning jump was the fifth highest in the past eight years since 2015. Zach also placed second in the long jump, just narrowly getting beat out for first on the winner's final attempt. The junior's performance capped a record-setting day for the Dalton boys team, which placed second among private schools at the meet. Arjun Prasad '18 came in fifth in the pole vault, clearing 12'6", a foot better than his previous school record. Ari Eaton '20 broke the school record in the steeplechase. This was the first time the sophomore had competed in the event.
Congratulations to all.
Story and photo provided by Doug Feinberg, Sportswriter, Athletics Coach
After a quarter-final upset of top seed player and a semi-final rematch at the Junior National Championships, Daelum Mawji '18 won his first national title defeating a well-matched fellow New Yorker. "He's a great player," Mawji said of his final opponent. "We've been playing each other almost every single tournament over the past two years, so I knew how fit and strong he was. I just had to stick to my game plan and get the job done."
Varsity and JV Baseball, Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Girls Varsity Lacrosse, and Varsity Softball traveled to Orlando, Florida during Spring Break to prepare for their upcoming season games. The teams trained at ESPN World Wide Sports Complex, a 220-acre athletic complex, located in the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to daily practices and competitions against schools from across the country, the teams enjoyed many of the nearby attractions and theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.
Written and Submitted by Sophie Gloeckler and Alicia Reid
Junior and Middle Division Teams, and Junior Division Individual Competitor Advance to Internationals
Congratulations to all participants who attended the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Skit Presentation and Awards Ceremony held at Freeport High School, L.I. on Sunday, March 18. Special thanks to all of the parents who came out to support our teams. Dalton FPS club members have worked hard in this rigorous after-school program, which stimulates critical and creative thinking skills.
Middle and High School Music Teachers Jazz Glenn Makos and David Morgan led Dalton music students to perform in the Honors Jazz Band concert of the Independent School Music Association of NYC. The MS and HS Honors bands were composed of students from multiple independent NYC schools and featured four Dalton students selected from student auditions.
Phil Nussenzweig, a Dalton alum from the Class of 2007, visited Ron Schollenberger’s Bioethics and Advanced Biology classes for a third year to share his research experiences and the bioethical insights acquired while researching one of the most important and potentially far-reaching biotechnologies discovered to date - the CRISPR-cas9 bacterial immunity/gene editing system.
For the first time, Girls Varsity Basketball won both the Ivy Preparatory League and the New York State Association of Independent Schools in the same season. William Bousquette ('21) recaps the Tigers' thrilling victory in the NYSAIS Championship this past Monday.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and Black History Month, Dalton's Office of Progressive and Inclusive Practice and the High School administration sponsored the visit of Dalton Alumna Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely '60. During the most recent High School assembly, Ms. Preacely offered an autobiographical narrative highlighting her recruitment to Dalton as an African American student in the late 1940s and her emergence as a Civil Rights Activist.
The Dalton Wrestling team finished their season with a strong showing at the NYSAIS State Tournament. Four Dalton wrestlers grappled their way into the finals -- Jake Intrater '19, William Swett '18, Jamaal Spence '20, and Elie Farah '19.
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball team for winning the NYSAIS Championship, defeating Masters 49-34 at School of the Holy Child. The Tigers trailed at halftime before coming back and winning the game, holding their opponent to just nine points in the second half. The team finished the season with a 24-2 record. The victory gives the Tigers their second NYSAIS championship in three years. Go Tigers!
The Girls Basketball team celebrated a remarkable accomplishment this season as Elise Bousquette '18 became the third member of the team to record 1,000 points in her career. Fellow seniors Caleigh Ryan and Ema Schumer reached the milestone achievement earlier this season with Ryan breaking 1,000 points against Packer Collegiate on December 2 and Schumer scoring her 1,000th point on Senior Day against Fieldston on February 9. The three captains have played together since their freshman year, guiding the team to three league championships in four years.
The Girls Basketball team defeated Poly Prep 51-40 in the NYSAIS Tournament Semifinals on Saturday, February 24.
The Tigers will take on Masters in the NYSAIS Championship game at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY at 5:00 PM on Monday, February 26. Information will be provided about transportation to the game if needed.
Krithi Ram-Junnarkar '18 co-presented a paper at the International Neuropsychology Society Conference in Washington, DC. She presented as a member of a neuropsych team from Mount Sinai where she has interned. She's listed as first author on the abstract. Krithi has participated in the Dalton Science Research Program (DSRP) for the past three summers doing neuroscience internships.
Kindergarten parents visited classrooms to talk about Lunar New Year celebrations, customs and traditions. Students were shown typical clothing worn by children their same age; they counted in Chinese, made lanterns and learned how everyone is wished good luck, long life and wisdom.
The two classes of Architecture I students went on the annual all-day field trip to the World Trade Center site organized by Architecture and Visual Arts Teacher Emily Wilson. The Architecture I students had a private tour of the Skyscraper Museum and gave presentations on their research projects of early NYC skyscrapers.
Lotus Do's Watercolor class and Emily Wilson's Art History class joined together to take a field trip to Philadelphia to see the Barnes Collection and the Terracotta Soldiers exhibit at the Franklin Institute. The students learned about Barnes' collection and viewed his vast collection of Impressionist and Modern Art in the relatively new museum designed by NYC Architects Williams and Tsien. The students enjoyed a private tour of the Barnes Collection and independent time to view and sketch the impressive collection. After the Barnes, the students enjoyed the exhibit/IMAX theater on the Terracotta soldiers at the Franklin Institute.
Story and photos submitted by Architecture and Visual Arts Teacher Emily Wilson
Congratulations to both the Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball teams for winning Ivy League Championships. The Boys Basketball team is enjoying one of their best seasons, finishing 13-1 in the Ivy League. This is the first league title in 25 years for the team. The Girls Basketball team finished 11-1 in the Ivy League. This is third Ivy League Title in four years for the Tigers.
Please join Dalton's Head of School, our architects, and project manager to receive an update on the upcoming construction schedule and planned building activities expected to begin on March 12 and continue over the summer.
The Dalton Parliamentary Debate (Parli) Team attended the Ivy League Championship Tournament, hosted by Columbia University. All nine debaters from Dalton participated in the Varsity division, which comprised a competitive group of students from across the tri-state area. Team heads Davey Morse '18 and Grant Gordon '18 advanced to the Varsity semifinals, and Gordon was recognized as the 7th best speaker.
The Science Olympiad team finished 6th out of 62 teams at the NYC Regional Science Olympiad competition. This finish earned the team an invitation to the State Tournament. Three Dalton teams competed in 26 different science and engineering events. Fifteen students medaled (top 10) in 12 different events.
Dalton Swimming exceeded expectations in its final meet of the winter season. The performance was highlighted by the girls' second place finish overall in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay and by the boys' fourth place finish in the Ivy Meet.
Every year, Dalton students submit artworks and various forms of writing to the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards achieving outstanding results. 2018 was no exception, with six Gold Keys and eight Silver Keys awarded in Art, and seven Gold Keys and ten Silver Keys in Writing categories. 67 students in all won awards including 35 Honorable Mentions.
10 Dalton Middle School Math Team students were selected to compete in the NYC tournament based on their Mathcounts school competition and AMC8 scores. They competed with a total of 400 students city-wide, from public and independent schools. The team earned the right to advance to the State tournament in March. Eighth-grader Jake Berg came in third individually in the combined Sprint and Target rounds, and in second place individually in the Countdown round.
Joseph Fins, MD -- Professor of Medical Ethics; Chief, Division of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine; Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Co-Director, CASBI-Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University -- treated eleventh and twelfth graders in Ron Schollenberger's Bioethics class to a lively, thought-provoking discussion. Dr. Fins shared the experiences and insights he gained from his many years of research studying the nature of human consciousness and various medical disorders of consciousness such as the Vegetative State, the Minimally Conscious State and Locked-In Syndrome.
After a unit study on foods, Dr. Campos’ 6th grade Spanish class put on a puppet performance of La Tortilla Corredora/The Runaway Tortilla for Sra. D’Ecclesiis Grade 2 Spanish class. This story is a folktale similar to the Gingerbread Man. The Grade 6 students studied the importance of tortillas in Latin American cultures as well as its history. House 25 read "La tortilla de Burro" and discussed the ingredients and the process of making fresh tortillas, to get ready for a puppet show prepared by the Grade 6 Spanish students. As a culminating project, students also presented cooking videos with tortillas as their inspiration for their recipe!
The students from the Advanced Poetry Writing classes shared some of their work from the semester. In the words of Mr. Hood, as he introduced the event, "The poetry...is relentlessly honest about the human condition. It is sometimes poets speaking from their own lives, with a very raw personal honestly, it's sometimes the poet creating a character." He further explained that both methods are ways of trying to access feeling for the reader. The appreciative audience was sizable and included a number of Creative Writing Program alums. Twelve poets shared their work.
Story and photos provided by High School English Teacher and Creative Writing Program Coordinator Chris Hood
The Dalton Robotics teams are having a banner season so far. The high school has five FIRST Tech Challenge teams that compete in a new robot game every year. This year the challenge is Indiana Jones themed and involves stacking large foam cubes in patterns to make pictographs, using color sensors and computer vision to find scoring elements, and carefully reaching out several feet to place a golden idol into a scoring zone.
Senior Carisa Shah was selected as a 2018 National winner of the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing given each year to tech motivated girls with outstanding achievements. The award was based on her bullying curriculum and website designed to help keep motivated girls in tech.
Microscopes are a staple in the world of science. Instead of using them in the traditional capacity, where one student at a time peers into the eyepiece to observe a specimen, Grade 9 Biology teachers in conjunction with New Lab for Teaching and Learning (Dalton's Technology Department) have moved to a collaborative microscopy experience using a microscope coupled with a digital camera and iPad.
In late January or early February, we anticipate a one-day street closure on 89th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue for necessary crane work. Please review the recap of our December Neighborhood Meeting if you were unable to attend.