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The Experimentory Blog

Our year-round blog describes our program, values, and plans for next year.

The Exp Summer Daily

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

Tim Schaffer

Mr. Schaffer is a hat rack: he dons so many different rolls here at Deerfield Academy–Experimentory Program Coordinator, Medical Chaperone, Store Clerk, Test Proctor, and Greeter–that you never know where you might bump into him on campus. Before Deerfield, he could be found working for an insurance company, destroying things people don’t want any more, or helping college students ponder the mysteries of life. On the creative side he writes: he contributes to his family’s storybook, keeps a personal blog, and works on a speculative fiction novel. He also reads, doodles, daydreams, teases, tells stories, and cuddles with his cat.

The Final Days

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 9, 2017 1:33:23 PM

Our final days at the Experimentory were a whirlwind: the students prepped for the Showcase, shared s'mores together, signed each other's Experimentory calendars, welcomed parents and families and friends to campus to share what they had been working on all summer, and, perhaps most difficult of all, tearfully said goodbye when it was time to leave. Media Manager Kayla Corcoran reflects on...

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Day 15: Inspiration and Wonder on Deerfield Day

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 26, 2017 3:24:48 PM

Deerfield Day is an Experimentory tradition. It is an opportunity to take advantage of the rich history, culture, and beauty of our corner of Massachusetts. This year students were free to choose between the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, a tour of Historic Deerfield, a shopping trip to Yankee Candle & Richardson's Candy Kitchen, or a visit to two museums. Mr. Schaffer, the...

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Interlude: The MC Squared

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 19, 2017 5:11:11 PM

Last week we sent out the inaugural issue of the MC Squared -- a weekly summer newsletter summarizing the events of our program with links to interesting blog entries and social media posts. 

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Get Ready, Get Set...: Why We're Here

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 7, 2017 11:05:47 PM

“Where dreams come true” – Disney World “Just do it.” - Nike “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” (“Never tickle a sleeping dragon”) – Hogwarts “Don’t Be Evil” – Google “Be Prepared” – Boy Scouts “Be worthy of your heritage.” – Deerfield Academy


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Get Ready, Get Set...: Where We Are

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jun 30, 2017 4:07:47 PM

When the Experimentory is in session, Deerfield Academy campus is a home-away-from-home for our students. This is a very nice place, but filling in for someone's home... those are some hard shoes to fill! This post will be a little tour of the important spaces and places where you will work, play, and rest this summer.

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Get Ready, Get Set: Who We Are

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jun 28, 2017 10:58:00 AM

It's time to introduce you to the heart and soul of all that we do each summer: our students. Of course, we ourselves here in the Experimentory Office have only met them from a distance. But after months of applications, phone calls, emails, surveys, and more, we are starting to get a strong sense of who they are - and we are excited by what we see. Here is some interesting information about...

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Day 28 and Beyond – Taking Home Memories and Lessons

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 6, 2016 10:15:00 PM

The Experimentory’s final night included a bonfire, a marshmallow roast, and tag in the dark with glow sticks; but it also included heavy hearts, long hugs, and some tears. But tearful goodbyes are a small price to pay for the abundant goodness of close friends and fun times. Proctors Sam Morse and Valentina Connell team up in our last Experimentory 2016 post to share some favorite memories...

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Day 27 – Ending Very Well – The Showcase

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 5, 2016 11:17:00 PM

Our last full day on campus is, as many of our students say, legendary. It’s an achievement, a culmination, and a celebration all wrapped into one – something for students to share and cherish with their newly formed friends, our team of teachers and staff, and family members visiting campus or cheering from afar. In today’s post, Proctor Sam Morse gives us an overview to accompany some work...

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Day 26 – Ending Well (Architecture and Culture)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 4, 2016 10:15:00 PM

The day before our final showcase, Proctor Ryan Collins visited our Architecture and Culture classes for a foretaste of the students’ final projects. Here’s what he found.

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Day 25 – Ending Well (Music and Film)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 3, 2016 11:09:00 PM

Our young composers and movie makers are hard at work. Actual filming is done – completed at the beginning of the week. Now our kids are editing, splicing, dubbing in music and putting on the final touches. Proctor Marisa Ferrari visited yesterday and talked to the students about their process.

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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.