DSEF Awards More Than $150,000 in Grants to Schools


The Dover Sherborn Educational Fund (DSEF) has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to the Public Schools of Dover and Sherborn for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Each of the four schools in the system, the high school, middle school, Pine Hill and Chickering, received funds to support grants authored by educators.  Funded grants include art and music, science, and technology initiatives; health and wellness and cultural enrichment; as well as core academic curricula. Continue reading

DSEF-funded Challenge Success Makes Strides at Dover Sherborn Schools

This year marks the fourth year that the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF) has funded the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools participation in the Challenge Success Initiative for grades K-12. The highly-lauded, nationwide program, based out of Stanford University’s School of Education, provides families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for children. The initiative was undertaken based on recommendations from the DS Regional School Improvement Plan and the School Council Surveys, both of which identified student stress and anxiety as a priority issue to be addressed. Continue reading

Dover Sherborn Education Fund Receives $50,000 from Middlesex Savings Bank

Gift will be used to fund grants to benefit all four schools.

The Dover Sherborn Education Fund announced that it has received a $50,000 gift from Middlesex Savings Bank. This donation will allow the DSEF to continue to fund improvements and augmentations to curriculum, programs and services beyond that which is supported in the annual school budgets. Continue reading

DSEF Funds New Milling Machine at Dover Sherborn High School

Nick Grout, Head of Technology Engineering at Dover Sherborn High School, works with students operating the school’s new CNC milling machine. Students use computer software to create their own designs, break them down into parts, and program the machine to create virtually any pattern or shape.

The process brings principles of algebra and geometry to life and incorporates design thinking, problem solving, and programming skills. Digital fabrication enables precise cutting, carving, drilling and machining, and allows students to create more intricate designs, including complex shapes and curves.

The machine was purchased with a grant from the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF).

Thank You from the DSEF

What a night! Thank you to all our generous sponsors, donors and attendees who raised their paddles in support of our schools at the Annual DSEF Fall Gala on Friday, November 3rd at the Dedham Country and Polo Club. We appreciate all the tireless volunteers and everyone who turned out for this lively and fun event benefitting Dover-Sherborn’s teachers, staff and students.

DSEF Gala attendees enjoying a delicious dinner before the live auction festivities.


DSEF co-presidents Sarah O’Connell and Kristina Grace.

Katie Greer to Speak on Internet and Technology Safety for Families

Dover-Sherborn Challenge Success is pleased to announce that DSEF is bringing Katie Greer, expert on Internet & Technology Safety, to the DS Community.

Monday, October 16th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mudge Auditorium, Dover-Sherborn High School


On Monday, October 16th, DSEF will sponsor nationally recognized internet and social media expert Katie Greer to speak with students at all four Dover-Sherborn schools, followed by an evening presentation to parents and guardians (18+ only). RSVP HERE to Register for this event.

Ms. Greer will give DS students (during the day) and
parents/guardians (during the evening) an overview of the importance of managing use of technology and online presence, as well as the potential dangers and responsibilities that these new technologies and platforms give them. She will guide our students toward a more mature view of their online lives, and arm parents and educators with the tools, tips, resources, and mindset to be able to communicate with and successfully steer our children through this minefield of choices.

Learn more about Katie and her background at www.klgreer.com.

This event is generously brought to our community by the Dover Sherborn Educational Fund (DSEF).
The mission of the Dover-Sherborn Education Fund is to provide to the public schools of Dover and Sherborn the resources necessary to improve curriculum, programs and services beyond that which is supported in the annual school budgets.

Kinetic Art Project Installed at Chickering

chickering-muralReflections in Time: The Mindfulness Kinetic Art Project, has been installed at the Chickering School. The project, made possible by a grant from the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF), was designed by Joshua Winer, and created with Charles Williams Winer and Todd Cahill.

The artwork, installed on the wall next to the main stairwell in the lobby, was designed to bring the experience of mindfulness into daily life at the Chickering School. The piece consists of three bands of flowing hand glazed ceramic tile mosaics, broken and rebuilt into rivers in a range of blues that float upwards along the white wall. These bands are bordered by mirrors, which create a vibrant sparkling surface. Each river contains two words, evoking different mental states of experiencing the world: seeing/listening; thinking/feeling; dreaming/imagining. Five polished brass mobiles spin slowly in front of the mosaics.

As part of the project, Chickering students had the opportunity to work with Mr. Winer on Studio Day, as part of a curriculum on kinetic art, mosaics, and mobiles created by Sue Pelletier, art teacher at Chickering.

According to Mr. Winer, the design was inspired by walks along the tide pools of the Massachusetts coastline, where he watched the tidal waters flowing in and out of sandy channels, carrying spirals of flotsam and jetsam, mica mixing with tiny silver fish and sparkling sand. He said that he found himself slowing down as he connected with the repetitive cycle of flow and movement, always changing yet always returning to the starting point. The design also references elements from the Reading Garden Mosaic, which Mr. Winer created for Chickering in 2010.

Project Time-Lapse Video