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COVID-19 Messages From Joseph Algrant, Upper School (US) Principal

List of 7 items.

  • 7.1.2020 US News / End of Year Update

    Dear D-E Upper School (US) Parents/Guardians: 
    I hope you enjoy this latest issue of , with some end-of-school-year and upcoming summer reminders, and an important message from Dr. Mirangela Buggs, D-E Director of Diversity & Equity Engagement. Click to view. 
  • 6.20.2020 US Grades Now Available

    June 20, 2020
    Dear Upper School (US) Parents and Guardians,
    I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the start of the summer season. I start with hopes that you have read Dr. De Jarnett’s (click  to view), and taken to heart the important messages that it contains. I also hope that you will take some time to talk about this with your child.
    I write today to let you know that your child’s grades are now available when you LogIn to MyD-E on the D-E website (you can follow the directions below if you need a reminder about how to access them). 
    Early next week I will be in touch again with some final thoughts about the year just ending, plans as they stand now for the start of athletics, and some other early information about next year.
    Until then, here’s hoping that you can enjoy the beautiful weather for the start of summer.
    Joseph Algrant
    Upper School Principal

    Instructions to Access Report Cards
    By following the directions below you will find your way to both the grades and comments for all classes. These steps detail how to access your child’s grades:
    • Go to the MyD-E area of the Dwight-Englewood School website by visiting jssurfboards.com and clicking on MyD-E at the top-right of the page.
    • Log-in to MyD-E using your assigned password or the password you established for yourself. If you need help with your password, Email help@jssurfboards.com or please call Computer Services at 201-227-3177.
    • Click on your child’s name near the top of the page.
    • Click on Progress (if not already selected), then click on the current grade for your child immediately below that.
    • After selecting the grade, click on the Report Cards link in the Performance area.
    • You will see two links for the Spring: Academic Report Card and Physical Education Report Card. When you click on either of those links, a pdf file that contains your child’s progress information will open in a new window.  This file can be saved to your computer or printed directly from the screen.  These reports will remain viewable while your child is enrolled in the School.
  • 6.5.2020 College Counseling Update for Junior (Class of 2021) Families

    June 6, 2020
    Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2021,
    The Dwight-Englewood College Counseling Office is excited to provide your sons and daughters with an opportunity through our first ever Virtual College Conference. During this coming Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, the Class of 2021 will participate in this event to gain knowledge, hear directly from admissions professionals, and equip themselves to direct their individual journey in the college admissions process.
    They will commence on the first day of the conference with a welcoming session and keynote speaker, followed by an interactive admissions case-studies activity. After lunch, the students will hear from a panel of admissions leaders on the role of the personal statement in the college application review process, and conclude the afternoon with a debrief and an essay workshop with their college counselor.
    During the second day of the conference, students will attend various panels covering a wide range of topics, which they have individually selected. There are many more details available to you in the , which you can view/download: .

    In addition to the sessions designed for your students, we felt it vital to provide a presentation for the parents on standardized testing in the college process, a subject very much in conversation and in flux during the upcoming college admissions cycle. We are excited to welcome back Adam Ingersoll, Co-Founder & Principal of Compass Education Group to lead a presentation on Standardized Testing in the Time of COVID-19 on Monday evening at 7 pm.
    Adam, a highly respected expert on standardized testing in college admissions and previous guest presenter at Dwight-Englewood, has his finger on the pulse of what is unfolding within the College Board and ACT and changing role of testing in light of recent shifts in the college application landscape. We strongly encourage you to attend this event if you have any interest or questions regarding this aspect of college admissions. Please join us via Zoom  on Monday at 7pm. Password: 560770.
    The College Counseling Team
    Eileen Cunningham Feikens, Dean of College Counseling
    and Directors of College Counseling:
    Paola Gentry
    Matthew Tatelman
    Tasha Toran
    Joseph Yung
    Dwight-Englewood School | 315 East Palisade Avenue | Englewood, NJ 07631 | 201.569.9500
  • 6.5.2020 Message for all US Families

    June 5, 2020
    Dear Upper School Families,
    We come to the last week of school, after what has been perhaps the most unusual school year ever experienced. Before outlining how we are ending, and what will be happening over the next days, I wanted to be sure you heard from your children the change in grading policy that we made. When the protests escalated last week, and more and more tragic news of the killings of black men emerged, both George Floyd and the others before, the stress levels of our students escalated alongside. In many conversations and emails and zoom calls, it was clear that having adjusted to the pandemic quarantine and distance learning fairly well, these additional horrific murders placed a heavy burden on the ability of our students to focus and motivate themselves for the final push into summer. They are trying to cope with the events themselves, but also the ways in which their peers are responding, often on social media. It has been a tense week, even on our remote campus, and we have been conducting meetings and inviting students into conversations of many varieties to allow them to process with each other.
    Remembering that in March we vowed to readjust our primary jobs as teachers this spring, and understand that we had to ensure the health of our students, we took the decision on Tuesday to say that grades this spring would not drop from the interim grade received in April; they will stay the same or go up if that was warranted.
    Our hope is that the stress levels will be reduced, and that these final days will offer closure activities in courses and the ability to learn without fear of any grade being impacted. This is something we can control, and in a world where I fear that our children worry about never having control, this decision made sense to the faculty. What is most important right now is not grades.
    Teachers had already planned different sorts of projects or assessments for next week in Grades 9 and 10 in mathematics, science, and language. Those will go ahead although mostly in revised format, designed to bring closure to the year without the stress. We hope that students will approach them as seriously as they can, given what is happening around them, with the safety of knowing that the grades will count only if the student improves. They should not worry about disappointing a teacher or feeling badly for what they can’t accomplish. The teachers are in a similar spot and wanting to make the end of the year happen easily.
    Here is our plan for next week: 
    • Students in Grades 9 and 10 will only have one class each day: mathematics on Monday (June 8), science on Tuesday (June 9), and language on Wednesday (June 10).
    • Students in Grade 11 will have their college conference on Monday and Tuesday (June 8-9), the details of which you will be hearing very soon.
    • Thursday (June 11) will be our last day, when we will end the year with our traditional closing activities as best we can reconstruct them online. That will be hard to do outside of the auditorium, but we will do our best.
    You can access the final week’s schedule by 
    Many of our students still have things in school or need to return books or uniforms. Next week we will start scheduling students to come back to campus for 30 minutes at a time. We hope by then to have yearbooks as well for students to take. You will be able to sign up for times between June 18 and June 26, after which we will start cleaning out the lockers and locker rooms. If you don’t come to school, we will have to take belongings and donate them. If you have particular reasons for not being able to come to campus during this time, please let me know and we can figure out what to do.
    We’ll be back in touch next week with an end-of-year message and thoughts about the summer and next year.
    Many thanks for your support as always.
    Joseph W. Algrant
    Upper School Principal
    Dwight-Englewood Sc
  • 5.28.2020 Introducing "Coping with COVID-19" Website

    May 28, 2020 
    Dear Dwight-Englewood School Families,  
    As we all continue to work through the complex challenges associated with the pandemic, we want to inform you of a new online resource that has been created: our new
    "" Website. 
    This new "" Website is only accessible to D-E students, parents/guardians, and faculty/staff, after Logging-In to MyD-E. 
    To access the new "" Website:
    > LogIn to MyD-E. 
    > You will find a link to the "Coping with COVID-19" Website on your Resource Board and/or click .
    > If you need help to LogIn to MyD-E, please Email help@jssurfboards.com
    Together we have worked to curate and collect the various links that you will find on "Coping with COVID-19" which include resources for sound mental, physical, and emotional health. Also included are links supplied by parents/guardians and faculty/staff, who have shared them with us since the first few weeks of quarantining and physical distancing. 
    We welcome suggestions of new resources to provide to our extended community on our "Coping with COVID-19" Website.  Please send any links or new resources ideas to us via Email at: share@jssurfboards.com.
    Finally we wish to express our collective wish for your health and safety at this difficult time. 
    Kim Lewis, Lower School Principal
    Jonathan Davis, Middle School Principal 
    Joe Algrant, Upper School Principal
    Mirangela Buggs,  Director of Equity & Diversity Engagement
    Michelle Carstens, Chair, D-E Health & Wellness Dept.
    Lynda Soriano, Director, Human Resources
    D-E Student Support Services Team 
  • 5.13.2020 College Counseling Update for Junior (Class of 2021) Families

    May 13, 2020
    Dear Junior Families,
    Since meeting with you over Zoom on April 29, we’ve continued to meet with your children, through College Knowledge during Advisory and Activities periods, through which we’ve introduced the Common Application and a deeper discussion of the Activities section. Thus far, students have been tasked with completing a mock interview, identifying & confirming with teachers who will compose their letters of recommendation, creating a Common Application account, populating their Activities section on the Common App, and crafting a rough draft of their resume. We’ve asked them to upload any work they compete to the My Drive section of their SCOIR account.
    We welcome you to reach out to your child’s counselor directly if you are interested in reviewing their progress thus far and/or are interested in setting up another time to meet as a family. Please don’t forget to log in to your SCOIR account to complete the Parent Survey if you have not already done so. Your responses provide us with valuable insight about your child that strengthens our ability to assist them in the college process! 

    We will host our first ever D-E Virtual College Conference on Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9. The goal of this event is to prepare your sons and daughters to springboard into the summer with a clear plan of how to complete their applications, research colleges, and construct their college lists.  During these two days, we will provide a variety of options, including a Mock Admissions Case Studies event which we are coordinating with the Admissions team from Union College, who will guide your students through the application review process. This will empower them to understand how applications are evaluated and convey useful information about how to make their own applications stronger! During the two days, we’ll also offer a number of panels consisting of our colleagues from a variety of colleges and universities, as well as an essay writing think tank and preliminary review. 

    In light of the limitations caused by the Covid-19 stay at home directives and cancellation of several standardized test dates, the D-E CCO has decided to host an additional SAT test date in August. We want to give you a “head’s up” to ensure you take advantage of this as soon as the registration opens up, which the College Board shared will be later in May. Please make note of this as space will be limited and on a first come first-served basis. 

    The popularity of the Virtual College Visits has prompted us to add additional time slots for colleges throughout the first week of June. Colleges are eager to connect with your children and we encourage them  to sign up to be on the mailing list for any college they are considering.  Please know that we traditionally host over 100 colleges for in-person visits to the D-E campus each fall!
    That’s it for this week’s Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom! We wish you continued good health and look forward to hearing from you!
    Warm regards from your partners in the college application process,
    The CCO Team
    Eileen Cunningham Feikens, Dean of College Counseling
    and Directors of College Counseling:
    Paola Gentry
    Matthew Tatelman
    Tasha Toran
    Joseph Yung
  • 5.6.2020 May Distance Learning Updates

    A Message from US Principal, Mr. Joseph Algrant:

    May Distance Learning Updates:  AP Exams and the End of the Year

    May 6, 2020

    Dear Families,

    So we get to May, when we start to look towards the end of the year and a break for summer with all sorts of plans and opportunities: for rest, for relaxation, for being outdoors and maybe living on a different schedule. This May is of course different, and the end of the school year seems both exciting but also in a way daunting since summer plans remain up in the air and no one is sure how restricted our movements might be in four or six weeks. And now that we know we will not be returning to campus this spring, we can start finalizing distance learning plans for the end of the year.

    Given that surety, I write today with two purposes: let you know the calendar for the last weeks, and to report out the survey results from last week.

    The results of the survey, which was filled out by about 120 families, can be found by  To summarize, most families think that the present schedule is working well, and that students are working with purpose much of the time. There are some questions about our use of Wednesday to provide meeting time for clubs, other activities, and larger grade and school meetings. Students and teachers are finding time for extra help, and students report that the day also provides time to catch up on work that is due later in the week. As we move deeper into the time we are working from home, I think that this day will become increasingly valuable. We continue to believe that it’s important to maintain this time for students to connect with friends and activities that matter to them. We will be asking these questions at the end of next week to see what may have changed and what we might need to change for the last weeks of the year.

    Turning to the schedule for these next weeks, here are some important dates to know and plans around AP exams and the end of classes.

    AP Exams are now slated to begin the week of May 11, a week later than usual, and continue until May 26, with late testing continuing until June 5.

    Senior classes will end on Thursday, May 14, with the exception of AP classes, which will continue through the date of the exam. Seniors will begin their selective program on Monday, May 18, and that will continue through Friday, May 29.

    Regular classes for grades 9-11 will end on Friday, June 5. The last day of School is Thursday, June 11, as has been on the calendar all year.

    There will be no final exams this June. There usually are exams in Mathematics, Science, and Language in grades 9 and 10. Instead, there will be some final project or assessment that will take place during the week of June 8th in those grades. The exact schedule is still being worked out and we will let you know that as soon as it is ready, but there will be no exam or other type of cumulative test. For many reasons this would not be in the best interest of our students.

    Students in grade 11 will work on the college search process and other year-end activities during the week of June 8. These days will provide a great opportunity to help juniors be ready for the summer and to return to school in September ready to submit their final applications. It is something we had been planning to do before the pandemic, and current circumstances make this even more important to do.

    And there are a few rules particular to AP Exams:

    Unlike in past years, students are not allowed to miss classes the day before an AP exam. Our distance situation changes that need, and the tests are also significantly reduced in scope.

    On the day of any AP exam, students are not required to attend class before the exam. They are expected to attend any class after the exam.

    Before signing off, I wanted to mention that we are finding that students are having problems sleeping. They are reporting being unable to fall asleep, or they are playing video games in the middle of the night, or watching some show when they would usually be sleeping. Teachers are reporting students barely making it to 9:00 classes and talking in advisory about not being able to regulate their sleep. There are several reasons for this, and I think it’s important for us parents to be checking on our children about their sleep. We sent this document for discussion in advisory, and thought you might want to see it. You can access it by . If this is a problem you think your student is having,  please feel free to reach out to talk about ways to help. 

    Thanks for reading another long message.  We will be in touch again as plans solidify further. And thanks as always  for your patience, cooperation, and support. 

    Stay safe and be well.
    Joseph W. Algrant
    Upper School Principal


Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome!  Our Upper School thrives on the energy and enthusiasm of our students and faculty, engaged together in the joyful pursuit of learning. Education is largely a social and interactive experience as well as an intellectual one, and through our strong student/teacher relationships we provide a vigorous and rigorous academic program. Preparing our students for their future requires our teachers to be actively looking ahead.

In the ninth and tenth grades, students study a core curriculum that solidifies skills through the analysis and appreciation of classic literature, the understanding of critical trends in world history, and process writing in both fields that enables students to make arguments and express them with coherence and grace.  In mathematics and science we strive to help students better understand the place of data and data analysis in the world. These courses ground students in basic concepts by looking at relevant uses of mathematics and a focus on experimentation and the methods of science. Offerings in foreign language study within the performing and visual arts further establish an appreciation for the rewards of learning.

After completing their two year core, students can choose from a wide array of elective courses. These courses reflect the diverse passions of our faculty and our commitment to relevant and deep learning. Offered in all departments, students are asked to create, with lots of advice, a series of courses that allows them to pursue their interests within the bounds of the best overall college preparation available. 

The academic experience, central to the purpose of the school, must be complemented by a lively, creative, and dynamic co-curricular program in order to provide a complete education. In fact, students can only work to their fullest capacity when they are allowed to pursue activity outside the classroom and stimulate other parts of their minds and souls. A healthy, positive and deep connection to their school is what maximizes their achievement, garnered by the support of the adults around them and the friendship and love of their peers.

Here in the Upper School students will find more than 20 athletic teams and other health/fitness programs; several major publications (including a foreign-language literary magazine); 40 clubs (some that have been in existence for 30 years, some that change with student interest); and myriad artistic, theatre and music opportunities that cater to the multiple talents of our students and teachers.

I hope that you will look for greater explanation of the courses and activities that we offer. I also hope that you will come and see for yourself the excitement that exists in the Upper School.

All the best,
Joseph Algrant
Upper School Principal
Email:  algraj@jssurfboards.com


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  • Photo of Joseph Algrant

    Mr. Joseph Algrant 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    U.S. Principal
    (201) 227-3241
  • Photo of Kimberly Lalli

    Ms. Kimberly Lalli 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean, Class of 2022
    (201) 227-3245
  • Photo of Brendan McGrail

    Dr. Brendan McGrail 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean, Class of 2021
    (201) 227-3248
  • Photo of Jeremy Meserole

    Jeremy Meserole 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean, Class of 2020
    (201) 227-3246
  • Photo of Shai Zacaraev

    Mr. Shai Zacaraev 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    US Class Dean

Reopening Plans & Resources Website

All D-E families and faculty/staff are invited to click to visit the online website for reopening D-E in Fall 2020. Find the most current information on the School's plans for a healthy and safe 2020-2021 school year.

Welcome to D-E Upper School! Podcast Series

Welcome to the Upper School! D-E Families who are currently in Grade 8 and all new Upper School (US) families joining us in 2020-2021 can access our Podcasts Series from US Principal Joe Algrant: click !

Parnassus 2020

NEW! Parnassus is the foreign language literary journal of the D-E Upper School. D-E Community members can view the entire Parnassus 2020 publication online at jssurfboards.com/activities; MyD-E LogIn is required. Need LogIn help? Email help@jssurfboards.com


Calliope is the literary journal of the D-E Upper School. The Calliope 2020 cover design is by Jimena Vivian '20. D-E Community members can view the entire Calliope publication online at jssurfboards.com/activities; MyD-E LogIn is required. Need LogIn help? Email help@jssurfboards.com
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Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.