The archery club was founded in 1999 as an after-school, self-funded, extracurricular activity. Students in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to join at a cost of $25 per year. Funds are used to add, maintain, and replace equipment. The goal of the archery club is to safely introduce the students to the sport and to provide the physical and mental training needed to become a skilled archer. Another goal of the archery club is to provide another means of enjoying outdoor recreation. The club uses only “traditional” archery equipment (no sights, mechanical releases, pulley or cams) to emphasize the archer’s skills. The mood of the club is non-competitive, safe, and fun.
The yearbook committee plans and prepares the Kindergarten through Grade 12 yearbook each year and is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.
That Peace Group meets every Tuesday at lunch to discuss various topics that have to do with peace. Connected with these discussions are service activities that take place both in and outside of school. All students are welcome to attend That Peace Group whenever they wish. This group sponsors speakers on a range of peace-related topics for student in-services, as well as for the entire DWS community.
Community service activities are organized by faculty and parents and could include Kindergartners distributing Valentine posies to neighbors or eighth grade students working at homeless shelters. Seniors and students in Grade 8 have community service built into their curriculum. Other activities might include singing and playing recorders in nursing homes, food drives to local shelters, knitting blankets for elderly, reading to children in hospital, gardening at community shelters, and performing puppet shows in the community. High School students are required to complete twenty hours of community service each year.
Early Music Ensemble
There are two extra-curricular groups that focus on the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, a Middle School and a High School group. Each group meets twice a week before main lesson begins. The Middle School group works on polyphonic pieces that call for some combination of sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorder. The emphasis is on ensemble work, developing good listening skills, learning about period composers and the types of pieces they wrote, and tone and rhythmic technique.
In the High School group, students are more often holding their own part. Rhythms are more complicated and often conflicting rather than congruent from part to part. There is more emphasis on fine-tuning the ensemble work and nuances of each work. When possible, additional instruments such as viola da gamba, rebec, and psaltery are brought in, and some pieces include vocal parts or are sung a cappella.