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

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

DS High School Goes to Space

Thanks to a generous grant from Dover Sherborn Educational Fund, this coming weekend, Saturday, June 10th, a group of Dover Sherborn High School students will be launching a near-space weather balloon… and hopefully successfully retrieving it.  Students in Dr. L’s physics classes have been preparing for the launch, investigating launch locations and equipment.  They will be completing pre-launch calculations and following the launch and retrieval this weekend.  If successful, the flight will be followed by data analysis this year as well as by next year’s physics classes.

3 2 1 Launch!