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ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, Dwight will be closed at both our ECD and Main Campuses. All classes, activities, athletic practices and games, and Conservatory classes are cancelled and will be rescheduled as necessary.
 
Students in Grades 6-12 should monitor MyDwight and their email for assignments to complete while school is closed.

ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26, Dwight will be having an early dismissal for all students at our Riverside and Main Campuses. This includes all afternoon classes, after-school activities, athletics, Conservatory classes and the 3rd Grade Performing Arts Program.
 
Early Dismissal Times:
• Our Riverside (ECD) Campus will dismiss at 1 p.m. with no afternoon classes. 
• Our Main Campus will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. 
• Timothy House students can be collected from our Large Gym at 1:15 p.m. at the Main Campus, and we will keep the gym open with teacher chaperones as parents make their way to Dwight. 
• Grades 8-12 students are allowed to depart home from their scheduled lunch period onwards. Students in our Middle and Upper School may wait in the High School library and Quad until they are ready to depart for the day. We encourage our students to leave as soon as the school day is over as the weather is expected to become more hazardous. 
• DWIGHT SHUTTLE - All ECD students who ride the shuttle up to the Main Campus will be riding on the 1:00 pm shuttle to West 88th Street. All Main Campus students who ride to ECD will ride the shuttle at 1:30 pm after the 1:15 Main Campus dismissal to Riverside Boulevard.

Please continue to monitor your email and our Dwight website for further updates from us.
Dwight alum Djelloul Marbrook '51 recently dedicated his third volume of poetry to George B. Donus, former Assistant Headmaster at Dwight, and David L. O’Melia, his classmate. Click here to view the promotional trailer. 
Fifth graders were visited by United Nations Program Officer Alec Wargo this morning, who contributed to their current unit of inquiry into "Sharing the Planet." The central idea surrounding this unit is: "Children worldwide encounter a range of challenges, risks, and opportunities."

Officer Wargo discussed how non-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, help keep the peace in conflict-ridden nations. His work is specifically related to stopping child warfare and conflict in countries around the world. The students also connected through a short film highlighting the United Nation's work.
Dwight teachers are dedicated to personalized learning and to helping students understand and master a wide range of subjects in the vigorous IB curriculum. What’s the secret to doing so and to connecting with students in one of the most rigorous and challenging of courses?

For Upper School chemistry teacher Jennifer Barnett, her own spark of genius provides the winning formula: “As a lifelong dance student, I never forget what it feels like to be confused in a class or to be shy about asking a question,” she explains. “My experiences as a student of dance help me to be more empathetic to my own students’ needs.”

Ms. Barnett has been dancing since preschool, first focusing on tap, and most recently, on vintage swing, like the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, and the Balboa. She competes several times a year and is a past winner of the Canadian Balboa Championships and the New York City Balboa Championships, among other titles.

Ms. Barnett points to lessons learned from dancing as integral to her success as a teacher. “A big lesson of teaching and learning swing dancing is that there is only so much students can learn when they see and hear instruction — they need to ‘do’ to be able to really learn the material,” she says. “Less time talking and more time ‘doing’ brings better results. This applies to science as well as to the more obvious case of dancing.”

A visit to Ms. Barnett’s classroom shows that she takes these lessons to heart by designing innovative, hands-on experiments for students with equipment such as the Vernier pH probe, which tracks the change in acidity in a solution as a reaction progresses, and logs the data automatically in graphical form. Ms. Barnett also sees her interest in dance as a key way to relate to her students, sharing, “It’s a nice bonding experience to hear about my students’ activities, like drama or sports, and for them to hear about mine.” Understanding who her students are inside and outside of the classroom helps Ms. Barnett best tailor each lesson to their unique personalities and learning styles.

“I always have some goal I’m working toward on the dance floor and in the classroom,” she shares. “I love that both dancing and teaching give me infinite room to continuously learn and grow.” We congratulate Ms. Barnett for bringing the “right moves” to Dwight!
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