- 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.
- Posted 04/19/2013 12:51PM
Members of the Horace Mann School community have numerous opportunities to learn about the academic, artistic and athletic experiences HM students have through the school year's cycle of music, dance, theater performances and sports events. They can also view displays of student artwork and read the variety of publications students produce. But, more often than not, student explorations in the areas of science and technology take place in classrooms, laboratories or research settings seen by fewer members of the HM community. SciTech, a new tradition at Horace Mann has changed all that by bringing student work in science and technology into the HM public's view. On Friday evening, April 12, 2013, Upper Division students presented some of the fruits of their explorations along with works in progress that demonstrated the breadth and depth of their scientific and technological studies. Displaying their work in the Cohen Dining Commons, the students spoke with visitors about research presented on posters, or demonstrated how their various constructions operated.
- Posted 04/17/2013 01:25PM
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on others," the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson once said. As the first African American in Major League Baseball, Robinson led a life of impact not only on the sport he played with stellar skill, but on history itself, as his decade in the game also ushered in some of the most significant strides in this country's struggle toward Civil Rights. But, how the impact he made on others impacted Robinson's own life was another part of his story. That story is the subject of "42" a newly-released film on Jackie Robinson's first steps into baseball that brings to cinematic life the fortitude and courage it took for him to make his transformative impact on the society of his day, and that continues to inspire today. On Sunday, April 14, 2013, 225 members of the Horace Mann School community shared the experience of learning about Jackie Robinson's life, struggles and triumphs when they gathered at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem to watch the film together. The event was organized by HM parents Domingo Neris and Sharon Joseph of The Black Parent's Union at Horace Mann, which the group co-sponsored with the HM Office of Diversity. HM families, students, faculty members, and administrators were invited to the theater for an afternoon screening of the film, followed by a conversation with a former Negro League ballplayer and a League historian, Gilbert Hernandez Black.
- Posted 04/12/2013 01:18PM
Book Day 2013 featured two short novels: A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Among the "amazing" speakers at Horace Mann that day were Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic and author Michael Dirda, and acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and producer Nicholas Meyer. Both are experts on Conan Doyle and his compelling main character, detective Sherlock Holmes. Other guests to HM who presented workshops throughout the day included a physician, a private investigator, a film director, a novelist, and an internationally-acclaimed magician. Each helped students explore various aspects of the complex character and legend of Conan Doyle-slash-Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, there were the home-grown Horace Mann workshops and seminars organized and presented by HM students and teachers on topics ranging from computer science-based puzzle-solving, to literary and historical analysis, to robotics challenges, to legal debate, to science lab tests of blood stains and fingerprints, to acting out a Holmesian drama, to actually painting "a study in scarlet" in the art studio. Most of the seminars played to standing-room-only audiences. All transformed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing from its literary legacy into an experience within the life of the mind.
- Posted 04/10/2013 04:21PM
Way back in the early 2000s, before the media adopted today's "Dork is the New Cool" adage, Desiree Akhavan '03 appropriated the idea for herself. Addressing a group of current Horace Mann School students and teachers at the school's recent TEDxChange conference Akhavan recounted the sometimes bumpy ride that took her from awkward adolescent to acclaimed web series star and emerging film innovator. Desiree Akhavan's advice resonated with the Upper Division students who participated in TEDxHoraceMannChange on April 3, 2013, for the theme of the day was "Positive Disruption." It was also the theme for TEDxChange conferences taking place simultaneously at over 200 sites around the globe.
- Posted 04/08/2013 11:17AM
Passionate about their work, and eager to encourage students in their audience to pursue their own passions, four speakers at Horace Mann School's 20th annual Women's Issues Club (WIC) dinner described how they had transformed language and cultural barriers into meaningful connections in their work in the international arena. Three of the speakers were HM alumnae: Deborah Friedman '96; Allison Kraus '96; and Lara Setrakian 2000. The fourth, internationally-honored attorney Dorchen Leidholdt, has a strong connection with Horace Mann School through her work with Sanctuary for Families, an organization for victims of domestic violence that HM students and alumni have supported for about 25 years.