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 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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.