Students having a lot of fun during the track and field season 🏃 PC: @fercareagaa · · · · #trackandfield #delphiansports #having_fun #enjoy #sportsspirit #keeprunningApril 24, 2017
Although we have many day students, living on campus adds an extra dimension to the Delphian Program. Our boarding students form the core of the Delphian community, gaining independence as they learn cooperation, putting knowledge gained in the classroom to immediate use, and increasing their responsibility for themselves and others. In a boarding environment, there is always someone nearby to help, no matter what problem a student faces. In our close, supportive community, lifelong friendships are made. And despite the distance factor, we repeatedly hear from parents of boarding students and the students themselves that their parent-child relationship actually grew stronger and closer during the student’s time at Delphian.
In 2003, the Art and Science Group conducted a nationwide survey of over 2,700 high school students and adults regarding their experiences in high school and their lives since. The survey found that, compared to day students, boarding students:
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Delphian School began as the dream of a small group of educators in the early 1970s to build a new kind of learning environment. Dr. Alan Larson, the Founding Headmaster of the school and several of his colleagues dedicated themselves to the goal of reversing the downward trending standards in education.
Within a close-knit community and lively campus environment, Delphian students are given highly personal attention from instructors, an individual academic program and a focus on demonstrated competence rather than memorization of facts or time spent in class. Students learn to not only understand what they study, but also to become competent in the use of logic and reason.
Delphian School’s mission is to empower young people with effective study skills, a solid academic foundation, a strong sense of personal integrity and a wide range of abilities.
More broadly, its mission is to send forth responsible, capable individuals who can help build a better world.
A starfish isn’t actually a fish at all. Fish have a backbone. Starfish have exoskeletons (from the Greek exo which means “outside” and from the Latin skeletos meaning “dried out”) like crabs and insects. There are about two thousands kinds of starfish (also called sea stars) living in all the oceans in the World.
Starfish are only live only in saltwater; there are no freshwater sea stars anywhere in the world.
The kind we see most often is the five armed type, however there are some that will have as many as forty arms. Most sea stars are about 8 inches across, but some are as large as a small automobile. Most sea stars also have an incredible way to eat. A starfish has 2 stomachs. A sea star eats by pushing one of its stomachs outside of its body. Using tiny, suction-cupped tube feet, they open clams or oysters, and their stomach emerges from their mouth (in the center of the starfish) and oozes inside the shell of its victim. The stomach then surrounds its dinner and digests it while it is inside the shell of its victim. Then the stomach returns back into the body of the sea star and this stomach dumps its contents into the sea star’s second stomach.
Starfish breathe through their feet and have little tiny breathing tubes all over their bodies. They have no eyes, but have instead a small eyespot on the end of their arms, so they can tell if it is light or dark. Sea stars are famous for being able to regrow their arms. In some cases their entire bodies can be regrown from just a bit of an arm. This can happen because sea stars have most of their vital organs only in their arms. Sea stars do not have a brain.
Most starfish live for three to five years. Sea stars have been on Earth for about 40 million years.
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The past weeks have been excruciatingly busy. Never mind, let me exclude “Excruciating”: the word would not do justice to the fun I have had. Busy? Absolutely. Under the rigorous schedule that I have set for myself, I find that I sometimes just want to sleep. In fact, if I had been forced into this amount of work, or was expected to do it in another school, you most likely would find me not doing it. But here, it is a joy to have so many activities available.
I am participating in the Parents Weekend play this year. Every year there are two major drama productions. One is the Thanksgiving Play. The other is during Parents’ Weekend (the last weekend of the year, where Prom, Commencement, and the play take place). I couldn’t do the Thanksgiving Play because I was away (I was in England during that time – you can read my post on it if you’re interested), but now I am happy to be part of the Parents’ Weekend Play. The play for this year is Oklahoma!.
Frankly, I was not too excited at first, given that I did not know what the play is about, and that it is a musical. From the name, I pictured farmland and boredom, and from it being a musical, I thought to myself that it would not be fun, as I have never been in a musical, and I am not an experienced singer. But after finding out how great a production this is, I have to say that I am very excited about it. When I was told my part, I got quite happy, but there was a compromise: I had to join choir.
Choir is a big part of the school. A lot of the students at Delphian are a part of it. I was one of the few that were not. But play came along, and I got a part in it, and my responsibility as an actor dictated that I was to give the best performance possible, and since this year we are doing a musical, it only made sense that my voice should improve so I could sing well when I performed. So it came to be that I joined Choir.
While I love performing, I was a little unsure about my decision to join choir. However, my first day was a revelation: choir is not bad! At all! The short time I have been in it has certainly been fun, and the practice I have received has helped me greatly. It is definitely a decision I do not regret.
So the preparations for the play continue, and every day I am more ready for the awaited performance.
I also have to study hard; being that the end of the year approaches, the overall pressure to work towards graduation increases, and herein lies another part of my busy schedule.
Lastly, I am also part of the Tennis Team. This is another demanding activity that I am a part of, but it has been very rewarding and entertaining. And it is also a good source of recreation, though racquetball remains unbeaten as the sport that is the most fun (in my opinion).
So here my general schedule has been dismantled for you, reader, to see. As I said: it is not excruciating. The truth is, it is unbelievably fun, and I would not change it for a spell of stagnation and lack of production.
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In addition to rounding out academic studies in literature, mathematics, writing, science, history and government, Upper School students get practical understanding and experience in the subjects of leadership, integrity, and logic, as well as in management and organizational structure.
Upper School students receive individual academic programs tailored to their academic needs as well as their goals and interests. The curriculum encourages students to apply the knowledge they’re gaining to real life situations, building critical thinking and problem-solving skills, rather than emphasizing memorization of facts or time spent in class. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in each course of study before moving on to the next course or subject.
By Form 7 (10th-11th grade), students select one of four major areas to study more intensively – Science & Technology, Humanities, Business or Fine Arts – and then focus on academic study and practical experience related to that area in addition to the standard program of required core courses.
All students aged nine and older participate in Student Services, a program of contribution to the operation and maintenance of the school. The Student Service program not only helps the school run smoothly, but it also helps the students gain a greater appreciation and responsibility for the work involved and gives them experience producing and exchanging as part of an organization.
Students spend some time each weekday helping out in a variety of areas. For example, students may be asked to assist in the dining room either preparing or cleaning up after meals, or they may be asked to contribute in the computer center, in the classrooms or in the library. Tasks range from simple jobs such as sweeping or filing to more challenging projects and/or community service.
Upper classmen are asked to hold positions of responsibility as their student service, such as becoming a dorm or bathroom crew captain. Students participating in Student Council often have their Student Council jobs as their student service due to the time involved in fulfilling their Student Council responsibilities.
Middle School students participate for 45 minutes a day, and Upper School students for 50 minutes. Student Service time is planned so as to avoid interference with the students’ academic programs.