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Science Olympiad Goes to State

This past weekend, our middle school Science Olympiad team, led by Mrs. Khan, went to the state championship, where they competed against 34 other schools. The team won nine medals overall, placing eleventh in

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The Value of Persistence

My last missive focused on How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, and traits that comprise one’s performance character. Carmit Segal’s research showcasing the link between coding speed (a proxy for trying hard when there

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Pi and Grit

One of my all-time favorite “educational books” is How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. Highlighting years of innovative social science research, Tough stresses the importance of certain performance character traits as predictors of achievement and

Hard History with Dr. Jeffries

This past Tuesday, our staff was graced with the opportunity to hear from Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, a historian and professor who teaches classes centered on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Among the many

Adaptation and Math Week

Several weeks ago, we invited prospective students to campus on a Saturday morning for admissions testing. Since parents were not allowed in the buildings, many took self-guided tours of campus, and I did my best

TDS Virtual Book Fair

The Book Fair at TDS has always been a highly anticipated event. We love watching the students "ooh" and "ahh" over the new selections, helping parents find a good fit book for their child, and

TDS Spelling Bee Finals

Last Friday, we gathered for a time-honored TDS tradition: the Spelling Bee. Class champions from homerooms in grades two through eight “took the stage” and put their skills to the test, spelling words of increasing

MS Students and Core Value Awards

Each Friday afternoon, the middle school has a meeting where we recognize student birthdays and make announcements. One thing that has always been special about these meetings is that they are led by the 8th