- Posted 06/15/2013 08:38AM
How does a school send off a class of students who contributed so greatly to its community? On June 12, 2013, graduation day at Horace Mann School, the HM community did so with special recognition for "a remarkable class," with thanks, wishes for the future, warm hugs, and some tears of nostalgia. Graced with bright sunshine, light breezes, and a cloudless blue sky, HM's graduation fell on a day that seemed made for celebration, and a celebration it was—of learning, of friendship, and of service to the world outside. Widely acknowledged was that the 190 members of the Class of 2013 pursued all of these with passion.
- Posted 06/11/2013 10:27PM
At Horace Mann School the transition between a student's Middle and Upper Division experience is marked by a unique tradition: Middle Memories. Held on the bright morning of June 6, 2013 HM's Middle Memories was a joyful occasion as students and teachers recalled treasured moments in the classroom, homerooms, and on class trips, as well as friendships formed along the way. It was also bittersweet as the Division acknowledged the inevitability of moving on.
- Posted 06/01/2013 03:55PM
Horace Mann School's Upper Division students, along with their teachers, administrators, parents and family members came together at the end of May as the final trimester came to a close to celebrate a year of engagement with academics, athletics, the arts, and with the community both within and outside of their school. At HM's annual concluding Student Body President's (SBP) assembly, and at its traditional Class Day for graduating seniors, on May 28 and May 29, 2013, Horace Mann School recognized members of the Class of 2013 for their achievements at and contributions to the school, and acknowledged many of the Upper Division students who will replace this year's graduates in leadership positions on student publications, co-curricular activities, arts and service organizations.
- Posted 05/31/2013 02:05PM
Horace Mann School has again been named one of the top Model UN teams in the United States for the 2012-13 academic year by Best Delegate. The team was led this year by Secretaries-General Max Bernstein '13, Colin Mark '13, and Elizabeth Rosenblatt '13. "The team keeps amazing me. It's the second year in a row that we have been undefeated in the major conferences that we attend. The kids have done a remarkable job," commented faculty advisor Mitch Francis.
- Posted 05/30/2013 09:45PM
The high school experience, for most students at Horace Mann School and around the country, is often tempered by the question of what comes next—what future career a student imagines pursuing, and which college or university will offer the best preparation for that future. Things were a little different for Horace Mann School senior Matthew Meltzer '13. He decided his career goal back in eighth grade: to serve his country as a member of the U.S. military. The only thing left for him to consider during high school was which branch of the military to serve in, determining which service academy he would apply to, and hopefully, be accepted. The aspiring serviceman eventually focused on the United States Navy, and on May 29, 2013, at Horace Mann's Class Day assembly, Matthew Meltzer received his appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
- Posted 05/15/2013 09:52AM
Horace Mann School senior Rachel Ha '13 is known at HM as a dancer, a fencer, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and more. Now she can add United States Presidential Scholar to that list. On May 6, 2013 Ha was named one of 141 Presidential Scholars from across the country. She will travel to Washington D.C. in June to receive her award—one of the nation's highest honors for high school students—at a reception hosted by President Barak Obama.
- Posted 05/14/2013 05:55PM
Horace Mann School Lower Division art teacher Sheila Ferri was recognized this spring for her efforts in teaching ceramics and promoting her students' work with The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation. Ferri was selected as the winner of the CeramicArtsDaily.org Teacher DVD Award at the K-12 National Ceramic Art Exhibition in Houston, Texas in March 2013.
- Posted 05/13/2013 09:43AM
On Friday evening, May 3rd, the Cohen Dining Commons was transformed in to a fashion wonderland complete with photo ops, runway, gorgeous designs, talented designers, and plenty of applause. HM's f.a.d. fashion-art-design Magazine Fundraiser Fashion show featured the work of ten student designers and twenty student models, showcasing the design theme of "Handle With Care." Half of the proceeds from the event ticket sales and raffle ticket sales went to the Children's Aid Society (CAS).
- Posted 05/08/2013 12:33PM
Horace Mann School senior Eugenia Frances Kronenberg '13 was named a bronze medalist in the U.S. Physics Olympiad, a national competition sponsored annually by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The HM senior was one of the top 260 scorers on a physics exam given to 406 students from high schools throughout the U.S. in March 2013. Kronenberg and the other students qualified for that test as semifinalists in the Physics Olympiad competition following an exam taken in January 2013 by 4,435 students from across the country. Kronenberg's high score enabled her to go on to a second round of testing to qualify to become a member of the U.S. Physics Olympiad Team that will enter into international competition in Copenhagen, Denmark in July 2013.
- Posted 05/06/2013 09:41AM
Ever since it first began in April 2007 Horace Mann School's Service-Learning Day has logged increasingly-impressive statistics, from the number of people participating in the day's activities, to the tally of neighborhood centers and organizations involved, to the volume of items donated, sorted, packaged or hand-crafted for distribution to communities in need. This year was no different, with close to 1,000 Horace Mann School alumni, students, teachers and administrators, representatives from New York City social action agencies, as well as HM's service-learning partners in the surrounding neighborhood taking part in the April 27, 2013 event.
- Posted 04/30/2013 02:12PM
Each year the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese sponsors a Student Haiku Contest. According to the organization website, the purpose of the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) is to broaden Japanese language education in the northeastern area of the country and assist educators in their professional work as teachers of Japanese language and culture. For the 2013 contest, more than 1000 poems were received from schools in the United States and abroad. Judges selected the top haiku in eight different entry categories as contest finalists. On June 8th, the poets and their teachers will be recognized at an Awards Assembly. For 2013, nine Horace Mann School students were named as finalists.
- Posted 04/28/2013 11:22PM
"The Horace Mann Revue" a musical about the first 125 years of Horace Mann School's history, was performed in Gross Theater this weekend. Almost entirely student-written, the play presents portraits of personalities and accounts of activities from HM's founding in 1887 to today, stories from throughout its history, and about how life outside impacted the school. The legacy left by graduates of the past for students of subsequent generations are portrayed in scenes of alumni from different eras crossing paths on stage, in the way that historical legacy is able to do. The script is simultaneously serious and sardonic, humble and hilarious, celebratory and skeptical, slyly tart and impossibly sweet. In a tone of respect for the past, tempered the reality check of today so accurately in a young person's voice "The Horace Mann Revue" is, above all, astonishingly honest, for it leaves no emotional stone unturned. Over the three days, from April 25 through April 27, 2013 when "The Horace Mann Revue" was performed it was clear that those emotions hit home with the audiences of HM alumni, students, teachers, parents, families and friends. Each performance stirred laughter, awe, stunned silence, and more than a few tears. Finally, after all of the quips, the soliloquies, the inspired singing and dancing, came resounding cheers.
- Posted 04/28/2013 01:40PM
On Saturday, April 20th, Horace Mann School hosted the fourth annual Acappellooza competition, a competition showcasing performances by a cappella groups from area schools. This year's contest featured performances by For Good Measure from Scarsdale High School, The Sons of Pitches from Trinity, Alabanza from Dalton, Bassless Accusations from Nightingale-Bamford, Nothing but Treble from Trinity, and Triple Trio from Spence. The evening also included exhibition performances by HM's own a cappella groups, HarMannics and HarManny.
- Posted 04/26/2013 04:04PM
Horace Mann School students who participated in the annual TEAMS science and technology competition were named "Best in State" for New York State, it was announced Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Thirty-two HM Upper Division students competed in four teams in the 2013 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition sponsored by the Technology Student Association. The competition was hosted in March by the Tagliatella College of Engineering at the University of New Haven. Two of Horace Mann's teams were named Best in State. For the first part of the competition students are given a packet containing eight problem sets with ten questions focusing on one topic. In the second part of the competition the students are asked to given extended answers to essay questions. The students work in teams of eight for both parts of the competition. There were two levels of competition—for teams made up of 9th and 10th graders, and 11th and 12th graders.
- Posted 04/19/2013 04:58PM
Earth Day 2013 at Horace Mann School Lower Division's was a day for students to become one with the earth by engaging all of their senses to celebrate the natural world around them: their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell, touch and even taste. But most of all, they engaged their minds. Activities for the day involved all of the students, kindergarten through grade five, in learning experiences designed for each grade. Composting, making planters from recycled materials, and learning the journey of a plastic bottle were among the activities the kindergarteners enjoyed.