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 as well 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.
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.
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.
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.