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Meet the Cast of “The Lion King JR.”
PK-8 | Sara Alt,February 16, 2024
The fine arts department is excited to share that Disney’s "The Lion King JR." will be playing in the Zelle Black Box Theatre the weekend of April 26-28. The cast contains approximately 50 third- through eighth-grade students led by Melissa Smyly, Upper School English department chair, and Sara Alt, Pre-K to 8 music teacher. 
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Pink Shirt Day Posters - Advisory Competition
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 14, 2024
Last week, the Upper School advisories participated in a competition that involved creating a poster design in support of a Senior Ventures project by Seidy Pichardo.
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Design Student Spotlight: Kensie Waller (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Kensie Waller ('26) is a talented dancer and is the current student choreographer of the Darlington winter musical, "Chicago: Teen Edition."
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Design Student Spotlight: Mily James (’25)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Mily James ('25) is a talented artist who is responsible for the poster design of the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors."
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Design Student Spotlight: Reese Bell (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Reese Bell ('26) is a talented musician and involved member of The Darlington Players as the assistant sound and stage manager. She is most known for her work composing music for the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors," and is currently composing new music for The Darlington Podcast.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Ryn Wilson (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Ryn Wilson ('24) is an avid graphic designer and is responsible for multiple well-known projects at Darlington, such as the 2022 and 2023 editions of Jabberwokk, the 2022 and 2023 editions of Inkslinger, and multiple other marketing and artistic projects.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Seidy Pichardo (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Seidy Pichardo ('24) is an accomplished actress and an involved member of The Darlington Players. Her most recent project involved working on the costume design for the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors."
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: SK McQueen (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
SK McQueen ('26) is a skilled writer and is an active editor of the Darlington Inkslinger. She is most known for her poem, "Like a Light," featured in the 2023 edition of Inkslinger.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Tommy Cowan (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Tommy Cowan ('24) is a skilled musician and active member of Darlington's band. His most recent project, an arrangement of "O Holy Night," was performed by the band at the Traditions of Christmas concert this past December.
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10 Soccer Academy players called up for National Team duties
Upper School | Chad Liddle,February 1, 2024
Ten Darlington School Soccer Academy players earned spots to represent their respective countries in international games last year and at upcoming international U20 World Cup Qualifier games in February.
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Save the Date - Darlington Giving Day 2024: What’s Your Word?
Upper School | Julia Thomas,February 1, 2024
We are excited for our fourth annual Giving Day on Feb. 15, a day dedicated to supporting The Darlington Fund, which has a daily impact on the lives of everyone in the Darlington Community. Save the date and plan to participate!
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AI in Education: An English Teacher’s Perspective
Upper School | Mallory Collier,January 29, 2024
In the past year at Darlington, I've been working on finding the best way to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in my lessons. I teach English, and at first, I was worried about using AI because I thought students might use it to cheat or complete their assignments. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make sure AI wouldn't be a way for students to avoid doing their own work, but using it as a resource.
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Darlington Connects Social Media Webinar: “Growing Your Tribe: Building a Strong Social Media Presence in 2024”
Upper School | Becca Wood,January 18, 2024
Watch the Darlington Connects virtual webinar recording titled “Growing Your Tribe: Building a Strong Social Media Presence in 2024.” 
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Darlington Connects: Ian Winder (’14)
Upper School | Cassidy Carter,January 10, 2024
To commemorate 100 years of boarding at Darlington this year, we asked our boarding alumni to share one word that comes to mind when they reflect on their boarding experience. Through this special series of Darlington Connects blogs, we are thrilled to share those words and a glimpse into the unique experiences and memories that our boarding alumni cherish. Today, we hear from Ian Winder (’14).
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Meet the Cast and Crew of “Chicago”
Upper School | Shelley Daniel,January 8, 2024
The fine arts department is excited to announce the cast and crew for the Darlington Players' winter musical production of "Chicago." Mark your calendars to join us at the Rome City Auditorium the weekend of Feb. 23-25!
Read More
Nancy Zhang Makes District VII High School Honors Band
Upper School | Damon Harvey,January 4, 2024
Just before the Christmas Break, a group of Darlington Upper School Band members traveled to East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., to audition for our GMEA District VII Honors Band. This is a significant honors band event; the first step to making All-State. In order to audition, high school students had to memorize many scales that demonstrate the full range of their instruments, play their chromatic scale through a few octaves, prepare an etude, and also sight read an excerpt. I am proud of each band member who auditioned, and I am pleased to announce that Nancy Zhang won a seat in the clarinet section of the District VII Grade 9-10 Honors Band!
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Senior Ventures Spotlight: Isla McLaughlin
Upper School | Isla McLaughlin,December 8, 2023
Learn about Isla's Senior Ventures project focused on providing exercise classes for faculty and students.
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Senior Ventures Spotlight: Taylor Zhang and Elika Lamtar Mohammadi
Upper School | Taylor Zhang,December 8, 2023
Learn about Taylor and Elika's project focused on developing projects centered around environmentalism and sustainability.
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Knox Merritt Makes Middle School District Honors Band
PK-8 | Damon Harvey,December 2, 2023
We would like to congratulate Knox Merritt for successfully completing the auditions and receiving a high score, which won him a seat in the clarinet section of the 2024 District Honors Band!
Read More
Professional Development Spotlight: Georgia Education Technology Conference
Upper School | Jordan West,November 29, 2023
Thanks to a generous grant from the Thatcher Faculty and Staff Development Fund, I was able to attend the Georgia Educational Technology Conference last year. As a first-year Darlington faculty member and first-year librarian, I was eager to gather as much information as I could from school library media veterans. Many of the ideas I incorporated into Darlington’s Upper School Library throughout the year were from seeds planted at GAETC. I knew that I wanted to attend again in 2023 — and this time, I had the opportunity to write the grant myself and explain just how valuable my experience at the conference had been. 
Read More
Meet the Cast of “The Lion King JR.”
PK-8 | Sara Alt,February 16, 2024
The fine arts department is excited to share that Disney’s "The Lion King JR." will be playing in the Zelle Black Box Theatre the weekend of April 26-28. The cast contains approximately 50 third- through eighth-grade students led by Melissa Smyly, Upper School English department chair, and Sara Alt, Pre-K to 8 music teacher. 
Read More
Pink Shirt Day Posters - Advisory Competition
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 14, 2024
Last week, the Upper School advisories participated in a competition that involved creating a poster design in support of a Senior Ventures project by Seidy Pichardo.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Kensie Waller (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Kensie Waller ('26) is a talented dancer and is the current student choreographer of the Darlington winter musical, "Chicago: Teen Edition."
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Mily James (’25)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Mily James ('25) is a talented artist who is responsible for the poster design of the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors."
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Reese Bell (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Reese Bell ('26) is a talented musician and involved member of The Darlington Players as the assistant sound and stage manager. She is most known for her work composing music for the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors," and is currently composing new music for The Darlington Podcast.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Ryn Wilson (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Ryn Wilson ('24) is an avid graphic designer and is responsible for multiple well-known projects at Darlington, such as the 2022 and 2023 editions of Jabberwokk, the 2022 and 2023 editions of Inkslinger, and multiple other marketing and artistic projects.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Seidy Pichardo (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Seidy Pichardo ('24) is an accomplished actress and an involved member of The Darlington Players. Her most recent project involved working on the costume design for the fall play, "12 Angry Jurors."
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: SK McQueen (’26)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
SK McQueen ('26) is a skilled writer and is an active editor of the Darlington Inkslinger. She is most known for her poem, "Like a Light," featured in the 2023 edition of Inkslinger.
Read More
Design Student Spotlight: Tommy Cowan (’24)
Upper School | Alex Johnson,February 6, 2024
Tommy Cowan ('24) is a skilled musician and active member of Darlington's band. His most recent project, an arrangement of "O Holy Night," was performed by the band at the Traditions of Christmas concert this past December.
Read More
10 Soccer Academy players called up for National Team duties
Upper School | Chad Liddle,February 1, 2024
Ten Darlington School Soccer Academy players earned spots to represent their respective countries in international games last year and at upcoming international U20 World Cup Qualifier games in February.
Read More
Save the Date - Darlington Giving Day 2024: What’s Your Word?
Upper School | Julia Thomas,February 1, 2024
We are excited for our fourth annual Giving Day on Feb. 15, a day dedicated to supporting The Darlington Fund, which has a daily impact on the lives of everyone in the Darlington Community. Save the date and plan to participate!
Read More
AI in Education: An English Teacher’s Perspective
Upper School | Mallory Collier,January 29, 2024
In the past year at Darlington, I've been working on finding the best way to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in my lessons. I teach English, and at first, I was worried about using AI because I thought students might use it to cheat or complete their assignments. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make sure AI wouldn't be a way for students to avoid doing their own work, but using it as a resource.
Read More
Darlington Connects Social Media Webinar: “Growing Your Tribe: Building a Strong Social Media Presence in 2024”
Upper School | Becca Wood,January 18, 2024
Watch the Darlington Connects virtual webinar recording titled “Growing Your Tribe: Building a Strong Social Media Presence in 2024.” 
Read More
Darlington Connects: Ian Winder (’14)
Upper School | Cassidy Carter,January 10, 2024
To commemorate 100 years of boarding at Darlington this year, we asked our boarding alumni to share one word that comes to mind when they reflect on their boarding experience. Through this special series of Darlington Connects blogs, we are thrilled to share those words and a glimpse into the unique experiences and memories that our boarding alumni cherish. Today, we hear from Ian Winder (’14).
Read More
Meet the Cast and Crew of “Chicago”
Upper School | Shelley Daniel,January 8, 2024
The fine arts department is excited to announce the cast and crew for the Darlington Players' winter musical production of "Chicago." Mark your calendars to join us at the Rome City Auditorium the weekend of Feb. 23-25!
Read More
Nancy Zhang Makes District VII High School Honors Band
Upper School | Damon Harvey,January 4, 2024
Just before the Christmas Break, a group of Darlington Upper School Band members traveled to East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., to audition for our GMEA District VII Honors Band. This is a significant honors band event; the first step to making All-State. In order to audition, high school students had to memorize many scales that demonstrate the full range of their instruments, play their chromatic scale through a few octaves, prepare an etude, and also sight read an excerpt. I am proud of each band member who auditioned, and I am pleased to announce that Nancy Zhang won a seat in the clarinet section of the District VII Grade 9-10 Honors Band!
Read More
Senior Ventures Spotlight: Isla McLaughlin
Upper School | Isla McLaughlin,December 8, 2023
Learn about Isla's Senior Ventures project focused on providing exercise classes for faculty and students.
Read More
Senior Ventures Spotlight: Taylor Zhang and Elika Lamtar Mohammadi
Upper School | Taylor Zhang,December 8, 2023
Learn about Taylor and Elika's project focused on developing projects centered around environmentalism and sustainability.
Read More
Knox Merritt Makes Middle School District Honors Band
PK-8 | Damon Harvey,December 2, 2023
We would like to congratulate Knox Merritt for successfully completing the auditions and receiving a high score, which won him a seat in the clarinet section of the 2024 District Honors Band!
Read More
Professional Development Spotlight: Georgia Education Technology Conference
Upper School | Jordan West,November 29, 2023
Thanks to a generous grant from the Thatcher Faculty and Staff Development Fund, I was able to attend the Georgia Educational Technology Conference last year. As a first-year Darlington faculty member and first-year librarian, I was eager to gather as much information as I could from school library media veterans. Many of the ideas I incorporated into Darlington’s Upper School Library throughout the year were from seeds planted at GAETC. I knew that I wanted to attend again in 2023 — and this time, I had the opportunity to write the grant myself and explain just how valuable my experience at the conference had been. 
Read More