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The Exp Summer Daily

Our summer news consists of daily updates while we're in session -- giving a window into past years.

Abby Shepherd

Day 24: Witnessing the Growth of Our Students

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 4, 2017 1:13:23 PM

The activities proctors and teaching fellows at the Experimentory have a special role of being able to work with the students inside and outside of the dorm. The activities proctors organize and facilitate co-curricular activities and the teaching fellows assist the teachers in each cluster. For Media Proctor Abby Shepherd's final blog post, she talked to proctors and teaching fellows about...

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Day 22: Reflecting at the Final All-X Meeting

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 3, 2017 8:29:18 AM

Today was our final All X meeting. The concert hall filled with emotion as our students reflected on their final days at the Experimentory, and how they will bring creativity and character back home on Saturday. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd talked to the director of All X, as well as three students about the meeting.

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Day 20: Playing and Picnicking in the Park

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 1, 2017 9:40:15 AM

We started off the last week of the Experimentory with a field trip at Look Park in Northampton, MA. The students and staff who went to the park loved all of the activities. Mr. Kelly and Sam even cooked up a great barbecue! Media proctor Abby Shepherd talked to students on the bus back to Deerfield Academy. 

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Day 17: Starting Final Projects with One Week Left

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 28, 2017 10:45:39 PM

Less than a week remains until our students get to share all the knowledge they've gathered this summer at our final showcase! Students are starting their final projects, which means there’s a lot of brainstorming happening in the library and all over campus. Jack and Alexandra told media proctor Abby Shepherd all about the beginnings of their projects in their respective clusters.

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Day 14: Weekend Round Up

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 25, 2017 8:41:55 AM

Weekends at the Experimentory are F-U-N. But the activities also provide students with opportunities to grow, both as individuals and as a community. This weekend, we: went head to head with Yao Ming (okay, so it was only a wax figure at the Basketball Hall of Fame); climbed to the top of the world, otherwise known around here as 'the Rock'; picked up some (toy) hedgehogs; visited the Eric...

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Topics: olympics, talent show

Day 12: Sewing Together New Skills in Puppet Making

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 22, 2017 12:38:35 PM

Co-curriculars are structured activities that take place before dinner almost every day. Most are athletic, like swimming or tennis. One of this week's more creative co-curricular options, puppet making, featured a group of young sewers of different abilities. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd chatted with the group.

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Day 9: (LED) Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 18, 2017 4:30:08 PM

The iLab pulses with energy: coming from both the twelve Theater + Electronics students and the dozens of wires, lights, and batteries. For the second big Theater + Electronics project, students designed an LED light-up superhero or supervillain costume and an accompanying skit. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd tells the story of this project through the eyes of two students: Kevin C. and Elena.

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Day 7: Balancing Silly and Studious

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

We like to keep our students engaged when maximizing their creativity + character here at the Experimentory. While the full schedule keeps them busy all day, they still have a lot of fun. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd gathers student narratives about balancing of "the silly and the studious."

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Topics: creativity, Deerfield, fun

Day 4: Rain or Shine, On or Off the Ground

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 13, 2017 3:28:02 PM

Taking forty middle schoolers to a ropes course is no small feat. Taking forty middle schoolers to a ropes course with a sixty percent chance of thunderstorms is a recipe for unpredictability. Luckily, our students know the recipe for success and fun: you've got it, it's creativity + character. Media proctor Abby Shepherd shares some details of the day below:

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Topics: team building, inspiration

Day 3: Creativity and Character in Action

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 12, 2017 12:10:09 PM

While the morning may have been dark and dreary, the students were in great spirits for our first program meeting with all of the students, faculty, and staff! Our meeting, called "All X," takes place weekly, and includes activities and chats designed to maximize our time as a community. Below, media proctor Abby Shepherd gives us the low-down on the meeting.

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Topics: creativity, character



The Exp Summer Daily provides news and updates while we are in session in July and August. The rest of the year, check out the Experimentory Blog for posts feature our students, teachers, classes, values, goals, and plans for the coming year.