Club & Activities News Highlights
|2014 INSPIRE Showcase: Song, Dance, Fashion and More|
The 2014 INSPIRE Multicultural Showcase, emceed by juniors Kai Marcel '15 and David Victor '15, took place March 14 and was organized by the officers and members of INSPIRE, the Upper School diversity club, with the help of Mr. Algrant, Upper School Principal; Mr. Carbon, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Ms. Gunaseharan, Director of Student Activities.
|MS Welcomes Spring with Holi|
The Middle School Holi celebration took place on March 12 as the Hindu festival actually fell on March 17th, the first Monday of Spring Break. This festival welcomes the spring season on the day after the full moon in February or March, while also honoring important events in Hindu mythology.
|INSPIRE Multicultural Showcase This Friday!|
To unofficially kickoff Spring Break, INSPIRE will hold its 4th annual Multicultural Showcase this Friday, featuring members of the Upper School community who are sharing "a cultural experience that would not normally be represented on [D-E's] stage—something outside the mainstream" - the first criteria for those who auditioned last week for this opportunity.
|Debate Team Wins Again|
Members of our D-E Debate Team made us proud once again. At a recent match at Bergen Academies, students Noah Golub and Josh Davis took home first place team, first place speaker and second place speaker recogniition. Click on the headline above to see a photo of the team with their Faculty Advisor, Ms. Weinstein, after their win.
|D-EBaters Do Us Proud|
Congratulations to our D-E Debate Team! The team attended a debate at North Bergen High School earlier this week. Josh Davis '14 provided the following recap: "[We] did really well at North Bergen this week, with both Krish Pamani '14 and Spencer Papay '15 taking home first place team. D-E School [also] earned the top three speaker awards at the meet."
|Student Government Coffeehouse Tomorrow!|
The Student Government is once again hosting a Coffeehouse for Upper School students to showcase their talents on the stage of Hajjar Auditorium at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Performances will include dance, song, and poetry.
|D-E Debate Team Wins 1st |
Congratulations to our D-E Debate Team, for their recent 1st Place finish at the Bergen County Debate League tournament, held last week at Tenafly Middle School.
Josh Davis '14, gave us this recap following the team's victory: "D-E did very well at our meet; we had three teams go undefeated (4-0) -- Krish Pamani/Spencer Papay, Joshua Popkin/Mike Chen, Noah Golub/me. Additionally, Noah Golub took second-place speaker, Joshua Popkin earned third-place speaker, and Noah Golub and I won first-place team. Teams Matthew Wang/Amy Wang and Julia Bront/Michelle Boukhover also had strong performances, beating some of the best teams in the league. This was an enormous accomplishment for us considering we went against some of our fiercest rivals in the county."
|"Calliope" 2013 wins Gold Medalist Certificate|
The 2013 edition of D-E's literary and arts magazine Calliope has won a Gold Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in the "critique" phase of judging.
|Model Congress Club Welcomes Congressman Zimmer|
Congressman Dick Zimmer served as the 2013 Dwight-Englewood Model Congress Club Distinguished Lecturer on November 22, 2013. It was standing room-only as Congressman Zimmer engaged in discussion with students, faculty and staff in Hulst House. The lecture was planned by Model Congress Club President Edmund J. Janniger '14, who gave the introductory remarks, with the assistance of the Club's Host Committee. Congressman Zimmer was also welcomed to campus by Upper School Principal Joseph W. Algrant.
|Corey Johnson speaks about sexuality, HIV|
At an Upper School assembly in October, the AIDS Awareness club and the Gay Straight Alliance teamed up to bring in NYC Councilman-elect Corey Johnson, who talked about being a gay man living with HIV.
|"All Hands" on Staten Island with the Class of 2014|
Last spring, the Class of 2014 organized a service trip to Staten Island with a group called All Hands to clean up/demolish/build/assist in relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Twenty rising seniors participated, arriving at D-E at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, to travel together to Staten Island for the day.
|Spring Theatre 2013 Presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on May 24-25|
D-E Spring Theatre, an entirely student-run production, proudly presents the comedic musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium. This year marks the 11th anniversary year of Spring Theatre, an annual D-E tradition!
Together with their chosen cast and crew, the Spring Theatre Producer/Director handles literally all aspects of managing a theatrical production, including staging, costuming, marketing/promotions, ticket sales, financial budgeting and legal rights. Catherine Macleod Daigle '13, a D-E senior and this year’s Spring Theatre Producer/Director, selected “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for this year’s production, a satirical musical surrounding the lively, challenging, and awkward competition at a county spelling bee. Click on the news headline link above for more show details and to order tickets online!
|HOPE Fashion Show on Sat., May 11 to Benefit "Shelter Our Sisters" |
Join us this Saturday, May 11, when the D-E Upper School Club HOPE ("Helping Out People Everywhere") holds their 4th Annual Fashion Show! The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium, located on the 2nd floor of the Klein Campus Center on the D-E campus. Click on the link above for more event details and ticket information.
|"Plaza Suite" Student-Run Dinner Theater is May 25-26|
An annual performing arts event, D-E Dinner Theater will take place this weekend, Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 in Hajjar Auditorium. An entirely student-directed production, Dinner Theater this year features the popular Neil Simon play, Plaza Suite.
|slamD-E is a Poetry Slam Dunk|
slamD-E, Dwight-Englewood School's 1st Annual Poetry Slam Invitational, was held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center's Drapkin Cabaret Room on May 14th. The open mic for students ages 14 through 18 featured seven Upper School students, as well as one student from the Bergen County Academies (BCA): Rachna Agarwal '12, Victoria Azcuy '12, Daniel Garcia '13, Austin James '13, Avery Landau '13, Eric Miller '13, Kira Tsougarakis '14, and Daneile Scott of BCA.
"The slam was an amazing night full of poetry where students and teachers were encouraged to share pieces that were meaningful to them," explains Garcia, who also served as the event emcee. "It was an intimate experience where the Bergen PAC acted as a safe space for every voice. Furthermore, the real message of the evening stemmed from the word's ability to make a difference. Despite a small crowd and small space, each piece served as a medium for the poet to convey a part of his/her soul... [which] was appreciated by everyone in the audience."
|Kudos to CODES |
Here's to CODES (Community Outreach by Dwight-Englewood School)! Their recent Car Wash raised money to Shelter Our Sisters, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence in Bergen County.
|AIDS Awareness Club Walks, Raises $1500|
D-E's AIDS Awareness Club sponsored a ten-member team to walk in today's AIDS Walk NY. Our D-E walkers were among the 45,000 people walking to raise money this year. The D-E Team raised more than $1,500. Online donations will continue to be accepted through June by going to http://aidswalknewyork2012; the D-E team number is 1011. Questions may be directed to Club's faculty advisor Jane Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|H.O.P.E. Fashion Show a Hit; Haitian Hospital Benefits|
Article contributed by Francesca Huttle '13
On April 28th, a Dwight-Englewood club, H.O.P.E (Helping Out People Everywhere), hosted its third annual fashion show benefit. This year, all proceeds went to the Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti. Hospital Sacre Coeur is the sister hospital to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. The club unanimously voted to help this specific charity and has been working hard since February to raise awareness of the effects of the 2011 Haitian earthquake.
To raise awareness around the school, the club posted facts about the effects of the Haitian Earthquake and also served Haitian food in the cafeteria to help spread the word about the annual fashion show. Presidents Laurie Temiz and Gillian Garcia, along with faculty advisor Eileen Feikans, led the club in creating a very successful fashion show.
The fashion show itself contained many elements to make the night worthwhile, from great clothing, dancing, and guest speaker Dr. David Butler; a liaison with Hospital Sacre Coeur, the club raised over $1,300. Clothes were modeled by our very own Dwight-Englewood students, and these clothes were donated from Bloomingdales, Society of Men, and Medici. As for the dance element, a group of dancers from Beyond Dance at Bergen PAC performed a Caribbean style dance in spirit of the Haitian theme.
Overall, the fashion show’s success this year has amazingly exceeded others in the past! The club hopes to hosts another fashion show next spring and raise money and awareness for yet another worthy cause.
|Project Ourway Entertains, and Inspires|
This article contributed by Jamie Dalgleish '13.
Dwight-Englewood’s Upper School club Promotional Arts Society (P.A.S.) recently hosted its annual event, Project Ourway, to an appreciative crowd of friends and family in Hajjar Auditorium. Project Ourway is a showcase of student artwork ranging from videos to spoken word poetry and musical performances. This year’s event held up to tradition, presenting a series of intriguing segments, including:
> A rendering of Crazy sung by Simona Greenberg accompanied by fellow Sophomore Heather Braverman on guitar
> “Explosive Hands of Fearful Joy” & “Head” -- videos by Senior Sam Leung
> Senior Rachna Agarwal reciting an untitled spoken word poem
> Junior Eric Miller performing an original song on piano and voice called The One That Got Away
> An Inception-esque “Coop Fantasy” video showing by student group M.A.N. Productions
> Junior Avery Landau reciting “A Poem”, an original love poem
> Phoebe Mattana’15 singing Breakeven, accompanied by Peter Jyk ‘12 on guitar
> Julia Brice ’14 reciting an original poem “Let it Burn”
> "Valerie”, a video by JAG Productions featuring Upper School student Gina Marie Enriquez singing the song Valerie
> Jesus Take the Wheel, sung in harmony by Seniors Carolyn Wright and Kelly Goodfellow
> Sophomore Zander Androulidakis reciting an original piece of writing, “The Concert”
> Bridge Over Troubled Waters, sung by Julia Feikens ’14
> Julia Bront performing an original monologue, “The Mind of a Girl”
> Senior and Student Body President Artoun Festekjian performing an original spoken word essay, “Who are you?”, citing that your decisions define you
> Dan Shlien ’14 performing the song I Need a Dollar
> Sam Leung ’12 sharing her original piece, “It Would be like my Heart”
> Hallelujah, performed by Heather Braverman ’14 and Senior Alex Koren on voice and guitar, respectively
> An outstanding video, “Photo Music”
from student group BAD Productions: Avery Landau ’13 Denver Cohen ’13 and Bryan Rubin ’14, incorporating sounds made by everyday objects into a catchy beat which was then formed into a song of sorts.
> An untitled video by D-E visual artist and senior Anna Karpman
Lastly, Dan Garcia ’13, Austin James ’13, and Carolyn Wright ’12 performed an original spoken word with interjections of Adele’s Someone Like You, sung by Wright; the title of their piece is “Someone Like You”.
In addition to the above performances, students' visual art pieces were posted, and refreshments were provided by P.A.S. The free admissions event did have a suggested donation, for which in exchange appreciative "donors" were given free bubbles to blow.
|Silver Crown Award Presented to Calliope|
Students who served on the editorial staff of the 2010-'11 issue of Calliope, the D-E student literary magazine, were given the distinctive honor recently of receiving a prestigious Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
A total of 1,351 newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks published during the 2010-'11 academic year were eligible in the 2012 Crown Awards program. The grand total of 204 Crowns consists of (only) 56 magazines, 56 newspapers, and 92 yearbooks. The 2011 editorial staff of Calliope, which included Michelle Aboodi '12, Nicole Brosnan '12, Victoria Ngo '12, and Serena Solin '12, were recognized along with their faculty advisor and D-E Librarian Steve Petkus, at the 88th annual CSPA's Spring Convention at Columbia University in New York.
Aboodi noted, "Having the opportunity to receive the (Silver Crown) and attend the ceremony was a rewarding and beneficial experience. At the award ceremony, we were able to see parts of other newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines. Coming together to see these other works, gave us new ideas to improve our magazine. The evaluation from the judges helps us throughout the process of creating the magazine this year. We look to their comments to better the layout and the content of Calliope. We hope to continue to progress as a notable and unique magazine!"
Steve Petkus shared this enthusiastic comment: "I'm totally thrilled for Michelle, Nicole, Victoria, and Serena, for all staff members on last year's magazine, and for all the students whose original writing and art appeared in the 2011 issue. In its 54-year history, Calliope has received a handful of national Crown awards, the most recent dating to the mid-1990s. This Silver Crown honors the truly vibrant tradition of innovative art and writing we have at D-E."
For a link to the online CSPA magazine "In Their Voices" -- which includes two excerpts of work in the Silver Crown Award-winning 2011 Calliope -- click here.
|"Critical Mass" Robotics Team Wins Judges Award at NY State Championships|
Dwight-Englewood’s Robotics team, 207 Critical Mass, ended its current season on a high note, competing at the New York State Championship in late March on the eve of D-E's Spring Break. The 2011-'12 season was Critical Mass’s best yet, with a record-high number of 25 members, and having attended several scrimmages and championships. D-E Robotics was just one of four teams from New Jersey at the New York Championships, at which 72 teams competed.
Calling the New York Championships "intense", Robotics Team Co-President Spencer Papay shared the following summary:
"Throughout the day, Critical Mass attracted judges, other teams, as well as guests to its “pit area,” displaying the team’s accomplishments on an interactive touch screen. When Critical Mass’s robot went head-to-head with other teams’ robots, it performed consistently well. Critical Mass was the only team in New York and New Jersey to utilize a telescopic pole to complete tasks and this caught the eyes of many, including judges and other teams. Critical Mass walked away from the event in 18th in the division and with the Judges Award – one of five prestigious awards handed out. The Judges Award was given to Critical Mass for “being a consistent leader and mentor, having an extremely organized and well documented Engineering Notebook, as well as using creative, innovative, and effective designs.”
The team was also a runner up for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award which required the team to have a robot that is “elegant and unique in its design, that performs reliably” and the submission of a strong Engineering Notebook.
Dr. Marco Pagnotta, the team's advisor and Science Department faculty member, said that Critical Mass demonstrated "innovation, dedication and a desire to learn", adding that he could not have been more proud of all the students participating.
For students in all three divisions at D-E, opportunites abound in terms of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Click on the links below to learn more.
In the Lower School, students engage in intramural sports, beginning in third grade, as well as in a third-through-fifth grade chorus and string program. Lower School children at all grade levels may also engage in enrichment classes through D-E Explorers, our after-school program.
|Middle School |
In Middle School, cocurricular activities include Continental Math League, Cultural Diversity Club, Debate Club, Drawing Club, Environmental Action Club, Makers of Tomorrow (a community-service organization), Open Roads (Middle School literary magazine), The Dwightee (Middle School newspaper), Middle School Play/Musical, Science Club, Stage Crew, and Student Government. In the Upper School, the cocurricular opportunities expand exponentially (see below).
Within the Upper School, we are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes learning in diverse ways about a complex, dynamic world. We view cocurricular involvement as opportunities for students to grow personally and develop critical leadership skills. In the structure of our Upper School schedule, we allow students to choose to be engaged in many areas of interest ranging from intramural sports to fine arts-related clubs.
Most clubs and activities meet during our hour-long lunch period, during which no academic classes are scheduled. For the daily schedule of activities, click here
. Upper School clubs and activities are listed below.
Students in the Upper School may also elect to take advantage of learning experiences in Europe and Asia. Through the D-E International Program in Summer Connections
, Many D-E students have spent a month studying at the University of Salamanca in Spain
, and a new "When in Rome: Italy And Its Historical Architecture" program was introduced in Summer 2010 .
Featured Activity: Plastic Bulldogs (Ultimate Frisbee)
Our Ultimate Frisbee team, the Plastic Bulldogs, currently has roughly 20 members on the roster and is made up of both boys and girls across all grade levels in the Upper School.
NJHS Ultimate is the New Jersey division of USA Ultimate
, the United States national governing body for the sport of Ultimate (aka Ultimate Frisbee). USA Ultimate sanctions team events at the middle, high school, college and club level. NJHS Ultimate helps to organize and oversee high school teams in New Jersey, in which there are four leagues comprising 27 teams. D-E is a member of the North 1 League, which includes Cresskill, Ridgewood, Paramus Catholic, West Orange and Livingston. However, we play games with members of all leagues.
On April 7th, the Plastic Bulldogs played their first two games as an official team with NJHS against Westfield (2-15) and Delbarton (8-11). According to faculty advisor Mike Bell, "We lost both games, but we played really well!"
Featured Activity: AIDS Awareness 2013 - "Voice and Choice"
|[Portions of this article contributed by Jamie Dalgleish ’13.]|
"Voice and Choice" was the theme for this year's AIDS Awareness Week, which kicked off on Feb. 11th and featured daily programming on the club's "concern about those who are now affected by HIV/AIDS as well as preventing ongoing discrimination." In keeping with their commitment to "help our peers not only understand the larger medical epidemic in our country and around the world, but also the importance of how various communities are affected," AIDS Awareness, led by co-presidents Avery Singer '13 and Andrew Ward '13, organized a series of presentations on a variety of intriguing perspectives.
Hackensack University Medical Center's Director of Clinical Virology Dr. Gary Munk and Dr. Julia Piwoz, infectious disease specialist and pediatrician, spoke on Feb. 11th, while New Jersey AIDS Services (NJAS) came by on Feb. 12th. NJAS's mission is to visit schools to educate youth about HIV/AIDS, so an NJAS staff member gave a presentation on "the modes of transmission, risky behaviors, and general HIV/AIDS facts", followed by an NJAS client, who spoke about living with HIV. Next, on Feb. 13th, Ryan Mion, Outreach Coordinator for the Ryan White Program at Bergen Family Center, spoke about the center's support groups and other services for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Awareness Week concluded with the Upper School Assembly on February 14th with a visit from actor Ron Goldberg of the 2012 documentary, "How to Survive a Plague," which explores the work of two coalitions—ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Also on hand was a speaker from ACT UP, which is described on its website as “a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. We advise and inform. We demonstrate. WE ARE NOT SILENT.” The speaker played clips from the movie about the beginning of the AIDS crisis - how it was first thought of as a “gay problem,” and how there was no action taken by the government for a very long time as thousands of people died. It also detailed the historic march in Washington, D.C., and the inception of ACT UP to gather and disseminate information about the virus to its members to protect themselves and others. Some parts of the movie were emotionally rough to sit through, but overall the assembly had quite a strong impact on the student body and faculty. "How to Survive a Plague" won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary, and gave inspiration and motivation to those previously unaware of the AIDS situation to get up and take action.
To help finesse the messages of AIDS Awareness, a Dinner and Live Concert event took place on March 7th at the school's Hajjar Auditorium. (This event was originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, but postponed due to winter weather.) Catered by La Promenade, the dinner was followed by a Live Concert from Upper School students including Jack Brosnan '15, Michael Friedrich '13, Olivia Garcia '16, Rachel Hechler '16, Nigel Lassiter '14, Melissa Rosner '15, Olivia Yi '15 and Jonathan Wang '15. All net proceeds benefited causes in support of AIDS awareness.
- AIDS Awareness
- Amnesty International
- Bergen County Math League
- Calliope (literary magazine)
- Chemistry Olympics
- Chamber Music
- C.O.D.E.S. (Community Outreach at D-E School)
- Dance Club
- D-ESPN (D-E athletics promotion)
- D.E.F.A.C. (D-E Fight Against Cancer)
- Drama Club
- Dumbledore's Army
- Dwight Mix – A Capella Group
- Environmental Club
- Fencing Club
- Festival of Student-Written One-Act Plays
- Film Festival
- The Flea (satirical newspaper)
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere)
- I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Introducing New Solutions to Promote Integrity & Respect Everywhere)
- Jazz Rock
- Jewish Awareness
- Juggling Club
- Korean Culture Club
- M.A.G.I.C. (Michael Andrew Glowski Intramural Competition)
- Mock Trial
- Model United Nations
- Parnassus (language magazine)
- Plastic Bulldogs (Ultimate Frisbee)
- Promotional Arts Society
- Robotics Club
- S.A.G.E. (7th grade mentoring)
- Senior Mentors (9th grade mentoring)
- Spectrum (Upper School newspaper)
- Stage Crew
- Student Government
- Tour Guides – Admissions Ambassadors
- Treblemakers (a capella group)
- Fall Play
- Winter Musical