November 6

What have our students been up to?


In 1st grade, students read the book “Five Little Monsters,” learned vocabulary from the story, and created their own monster puppets. After, students practiced singing the song “Five Little Monsters” and then performed it all together.

View the video here!


In Grade 4, students participated in a Reader’s Theater called Mister Monster to celebrate Halloween. After many rehearsals and costume discussions, the 4th graders performed Mister Monster in front of the entire Timothy House at Community Meeting. We are so proud of them for being risk-takers and performing in front of everyone! They did an amazing job! Congratulations, 4th graders!

Watch the play here and here!


In Grade 5, we began our unit on leadership.  Students chose a leader from their real life to write about.  They also chose a leader from history to “interview” and write about.

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October 16

Welcome Back!

We are so excited to be starting our blog again for the 2017-2018 school year! We are in the swing of things here at Dwight and are excited to share with you what we have been working on so far this year!


We speak 11 different languages! Portuguese, Chinese, Norwegian, Japanese, Dutch, German, Hebrew, French, Russian,  Spanish, and Danish.

We have lived in 9 different countries! China, Brazil, Norway, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia, Portugal, Denmark, and of course the USA.

We dream in 11 different languages!

We have 48 students in the EAL program.  We have 15 students in Timothy House, 16 in Bentley House, 9 in Franklin House, and 8 in Anglo House.

We ave 16 new students this year!

Our hobbies include: playing the piano, playing soccer, listening to music, using technology, PE class, eating sushi, hanging out with family, looking at train schedules and maps, doing acrobatics, horseback riding, ice skating, dancing, playing basketball, playing with marbles, doing puzzles, playing video games, and making art.


In 1st grade, students made “About Me” books to start off their Who We Are unit and get to know each other.

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In 2nd – 5th grade, students took a quiz to find out their spirit animal and then picked out adjectives that they had in common with their spirit animal.

6th graders have been reading spooky short stories including “Tell Tale Heart”, “The Raven” and “Death of Red Mask” by Edgar Allen Poe. They explored Poe’s eerie style and scary vocabulary in time for Halloween.

June 6

Fashion, Non-verbal Communication, China, and A Typical Day

Ms. Singer-Zhou’s 9th-grade class completed a four-part final project for their EAL class. The project included an impromptu speech, an outline of CNN Student News, a summary and glossary based on an article, and an iMovie on non-verbal communication. Cordilia and Helen worked very hard on all parts of the project. They created wonderful iMovies about non-verbal communication in China. Enjoy!



Sixth grader, Maria Paula, held a fashion show of her latest collection on Friday, June 2nd. She showcased her designs, modeled by her classmates. Short sets, skirts, and outfits with a tropical flare were shown as was her signature reversible jacket. All in all, the clothes were a hit! Congratulations, Maria Paula!

Ms. Benfante’s 6th-grade students created videos on a topic of their choice. First, they wrote scripts for the video which included the 4 types of sentences: simple, compound, complex and compound/complex. They added pictures/video and practiced their speaking by narrating the video. Enjoy!

May 30

High school field trip and Congratulations to our photo contest winners!

Our high school students took their final field trip of the year to Mission Escape Rooms. We completed two different games racing against the clock to solve the puzzles. One group solved their puzzle with 3 minutes left on the timer! Everyone had a great time working as a team practicing their English, leadership skills and critical thinking.







Congratulations to our trimester 3 photo contest winners! 

Timothy House Winner: Daniyal Pashaev

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Timothy House Runner-Up: May Zhang

Bentley House Winner: Maria Paula Guerrero

Bentley House Runner-Up: Joshua Cheung

High School Winner: Sylvia Wu


High School Runner-up: Jocleyn Wang

Other Entries:





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May 22

Timothy House Visits The Children’s Museum of Arts

On Thursday, May 19th, 1st – 5th graders visited the Children’s Museum of Arts for a fun day exploring the exhibit Weather or Not, That is the Question. Students learned about the weather and its impact on our environment. The exhibit featured works from artists Kim Abeles, Matthew Albanese, Suzanne Anker, Blane De St. Croix, Sandy Gellis, Nathalie Miebach, Nnenna Okore, and Virginia Wagner. After a tour of the museum and discussions with our exhibit leader, students had a chance to make their own trees using many different types of materials. After a great trip and lunch, we spent some time in Central Park enjoying the nice weather.

May 16

My Hometown

After reading “My Chinatown” and learning more about the author and illustrator of the book, Kam Mak, 4th and 5th graders were inspired to write poems about their hometowns around the world. Students used the app “30 Hands” to add illustrations to their poems and record themselves reading aloud. Check them out!

May 8

Middle School Students Visit the Central Park Zoo

The Bentley House students in the EAL Program went to the Central Park Zoo to participate in a  day of learning and service.
Pupils were given a tour of the zoo, were introduced to a special snake, and later were taught how to interact with visitors. They then spent time working with visitors providing information, and taking part in games with visitors of all ages.
Students were delighted by the show of the sea lions, Charlie and April, who both performed at feeding time. Popular favorites were the snow leopard and the penguins. It was a wonderful day of community building in New York City.
April 24

Happy World Language Day!

We wanted to celebrate World Language Day by sharing our favorite songs with you! Enjoy! 





I love this song because the melody is simple but catchy, and accompanied perfectly by the guitar as background music. The singer’s voice is a little hoarse and very attractive, while the lyrics are positive and poetic. You can feel both calmness and passion from the song, and I guess it’s one of the best songs to listen when you are alone in the midnight.






This song is called 海闊天空 by BEYOND and it was one of the most famous songs in Hong Kong. This song was dedicated to one of the main members that died in an accident. It is also my favorite song.



Castle and the Dragon
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Anouk: I choose this because I think kids can be really talented, and do great music. This is a french song made by kids.
Maria Paula:
I really like this song because of the tempo of it and the lyrics. There is not a really interesting story behind it is just that I use ti listen to it a lot with my cousins so it reminds me of my family.
I like “Yeche” is because rhythm of the song, it’s very nice. There’s also a sad story behind this song.
Gui: This is the link for the song in my native language (Portuguese)
My favorite singer: 鹿晗(Luhan)
My favorite song: 如果(What if I said)<Luhan’s song>