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Posted 07/26/2017 07:38PM
It was the bottom of the ninth. The score was tied 2-2, St. Louis Cardinals vs the Colorado Rockies. Horace Mann School alumnus Harrison Bader '12 stepped to the plate as the inning's lead-off batter, and smashed a double into the left-field corner. Advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Garcia, Bader scored the winning run on Jedd Gyorko's short sac fly—short enough for the 41,514 fans at Busch Stadium to see Bader race down the third-base line and slide home for the winning run. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 07/18/2017 04:00PM
Horace Mann School alumna Val Bodurtha '14 is a rising senior at the University of Chicago, but this undergrad is already a published author. Perhaps more astounding is the fact that her young adult novel The History Makers, published in July 2017, grew out of an assignment she had as a 12th grader at Horace Mann School. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 07/10/2017 10:59AM
Over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries gathered in Israel at the beginning of July 2017 for the 20th Maccabiah Games, an international Olympic-style competition that runs through July 17, 2017. Among these athletes are six members of the Horace Mann School community. HM students Aidan Aisiks '20, Betsey Bennett '19, Charles (Charlie) Wallach '18 and Robert (Robbie) Werdiger '20 are among the 1,126 members of Maccabi Team USA. HM parent Rebecca Stein is competing in Masters Tennis. Roy Salomon '55 was invited by the World Maccabiah Union to be a banner carrier at the opening ceremonies in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium on July 6, 2017. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Posted 06/20/2017 03:17PM
Horace Mann School alumnus and acclaimed author and historian Robert Caro '53 and his wife, writer Ina Caro, arrived on campus on June 15, 2017 to a warm welcome from HM Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, Upper Division history teacher Barry Bienstock, and other HM teachers. They had gathered for a recent HM tradition—the awarding of the Robert Caro '53 Prize for Literary Excellence in the Writing of History. The award, established in 2011 by Horace Mann School in Caro's honor, is presented annually at a luncheon at the Head of School's home. The Caros regularly stop off before the luncheon at Bienstock's Tillinghast Hall classroom to meet with the teacher. Encountering others from the HM community, along with members of a film crew, was a bit unusual. But a bigger surprise came when the couple neared the classroom door. To learn more, click the title link.
Posted 06/19/2017 08:09AM
For the 181 members of the Horace Mann School Class of 2017 graduation day, on June 14, 2017, was a time for reflecting, for sharing appreciation, cherishing friendships, commemorating the past and heralding the future. It was also a day for celebrating the experience of being a member of this graduating class, for, as each commencement speaker observed in addressing the class members' families, teachers, administrators and friends gathered in the graduates' honor, they were an outstanding group of students, in every sense of the word. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 06/13/2017 02:05PM
The decades-long debate about climate change came to a peak in recent weeks as President Donald Trump pondered whether the U.S. should withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. At the same time students at Horace Mann School were completing environment-related lab experiments, and presenting to the HM community research they had done on various aspects of the climate change question. The students, in Horace Mann School's Upper Division, had recently completed a year of Advanced Placement chemistry and the related AP exam. As the school year drew to a close their UD science teachers, Dr. Christine Leo and Dr. Megan Reesbeck, suggested a final AP Chemistry exercise that involved their students with learning for the sake of learning: They asked their students to investigate climate change specifics, and to prepare poster presentations that would inform their peers and teachers and equip them with the most recent data needed to consider the climate change question. Click the title link to learn more.
Posted 05/26/2017 03:06PM
Over 300 members of the Horace Mann School community gathered at HM's Alumni Field on Saturday May 20, 2017 for a day both emotional and inspiring, as the school hosted its second annual "Relay For Life" to raise funds for the fight against cancer. The event began with HM's 2017 Relay For Life coordinators Jack Weber '17 and Emma Kelly '18 telling the gathering why they'd become involved in promoting this initiative. As the day drew to a close, the two students announced to participants that Horace Mann School had raised over $60,000 in contributions to the American Cancer Society. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 05/24/2017 06:29PM
Horace Mann School Upper Division students Karen Jiang '17 and Stephanie Li '18 were part of the 13-member team representing New York City at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Lost Angeles, Calif. from May 14 – 19, 2017. The HM students joined over 1,700 high-school age students from 78 countries selected to compete in this premiere STEM (science, technology, engineering and math.) Both were announced as ISEF Finalists at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) Awards Ceremony on March 31, 2017 at Tribecca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 05/22/2017 06:00PM
For the past decade, Horace Mann School's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) has promoted a service-learning model of community participation by HM students by developing Service-Learning projects that work within neighboring Bronx and other organizations. Now, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary, the CCVA is also sharing Horace Mann School's service-learning experience with other schools, as educators become more and more interested in incorporating the service-learning philosophy into their schools' community involvement. On April 21, 2017 the CCVA hosted about 75 administrators and teachers from over 30 lower, middle and upper schools in the New York tri-state area for a conference on "How to Build a Service-Learning Program." The conference included workshops and presentations by HM faculty members, students, parents on their service-learning experience, along with representatives of partner organizations of the Horace Mann School Service-Learning programs. To learn more, click the title link.
Posted 05/05/2017 03:36PM
For the past 15 years students in Horace Mann School's tenth grade have closely examined some of this country's most pressing issues in light of the U.S. Constitution, as participants in the William K. and Marion Langfan American Constitutional Oratorical Competition. Held at the school since 2002, the 2017 "Langfan Competition" had students respond to the following question: "One of the primary responsibilities of the President of the United States is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. At the beginning of this new presidential administration, what, in your opinion, are the most pressing Constitutional issues facing the country?" Five finalists addressed the question in speeches they delivered at a dinner at HM on May 2, 2017, attended by their family members, HM faculty and administrators, and the finalists from the 2016 competition, who served as judges at the event. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 05/02/2017 05:52PM
Horace Mann School students shared the many ways they are "Making Waves" in their science and technology research and studies, as an exhibit of their work at the school's 2017 Sci Tech event demonstrated. HM's Upper Division students offered poster presentations describing classroom and independent study work and research they've done in the areas of chemistry, biology, psychology, medicine, computer science and more during the 2016-2017 school year. The students explained their work to the 100-plus visitors from throughout the HM community who came to the Sci Tech event on April 21, 2017. To learn more, click the title link.
Posted 04/27/2017 02:15PM
Each April, since 2008, members of the Horace Mann School community and a host of Bronx and New York City organizations have gathered together to participate in HM's Annual All School Service Learning Day. The event, coordinated by Horace Mann School's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) and its student Service-Learning Team members, brings about a thousand people together for a day of activities that highlight the year-around service-learning pursuits with which HM students are engaged. This year's annual All-School Service Learning Day took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Despite a drizzly start to the day the event saw children from neighboring Bronx schools, including PS 37, the AmPark Neighborhood School, and the afterschool programs of the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC), spread out across HM's Middle and Upper Division campus for a full roster of fun and educational activities. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/24/2017 05:32PM
Citizens throughout the U.S. are taking to the streets, reaching out to their elected officials and expressing themselves in both traditional and social media in unprecedented numbers, addressing issues ranging from health care, the environment, race relations, and more. Women's rights are high on the list of enduring concerns, mobilizing generations of HM students to seek ways to address this important subject. On April 5, 2017, at a dinner at Horace Mann School, over 100 members of the HM student, faculty, alumni and parent community listened as four women who are engaged with social activism spoke about their efforts on behalf of the causes they champion and offered advice on how audience members could pursue their own activism in meaningful ways. For more information, click the title link.
Posted 04/24/2017 12:41PM
For 23 years, the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, NY, has celebrated Book Day, a day each spring when the school community — students, faculty, parents, and alumni, along with a host of guest speakers — turns its attention to exploring the issues and themes raised in a single book. Classes in the Upper Division for the school's 740 students and 150 faculty members are cancelled for the day so that students and faculty can give their full attention to the day's proceedings. The day is an exploration of one work through interdisciplinary workshops, discussions, art and theater pieces, and larger assemblies. This year, on April 6th, the school tackled the very raw emotions and personal narrative in Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/20/2017 03:07PM
The Spring 2017 issue of Horace Mann Magazine, which is out now, reports on Horace Mann School's HM in Motion capital campaign—the catalyst for construction now underway on the northern side of HM's Middle and Upper Division campus. This initiative will result in new, state-of-the-art science classrooms and facilities, a new swimming pool and refurbished gymnasium, and a Campus Center that will address the HM in Motion goals of: Inspiring Science; Encouraging Community; Encouraging Wellness; and Enhancing Athletics. To read the magazine, click the title link.
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