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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.
Posted 04/19/2017 11:00AM
April 7th saw the Cohen Dining Commons transformed into a Winter Wonderland of song, lights, and even holiday decorations. No, it wasn't a snow day- but it was the 8th annual Acapellooza competition, and the first one to have a theme. The event brought eight teams from area public and independent schools to compete in song, and to raise money for two wonderful organizations, the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation. Acapellooza was created in 2010 by Katherine Dubbs '10 with a grant from the Alexander Capelluto Foundation. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/07/2017 08:06AM
Horace Mann School alumni from across the decades, living in the Boston, Mass area, gathered for a reunion there on March 30, 2017. The event gave alumni from the classes of 1953 through 2015 a chance to meet one another and to catch up on news of their school, through a presentation and conversation with Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, who traveled to Boston for the gathering. He was joined by fellow HM administrators Melissa Parento '90, Director of Development, Dr. Susan Delanty '79, Upper Division science teacher and Dean of Students, and Kristin Lax, Director of Alumni Relations. Dr. Tom Kelly welcomed the 40-some alumni who came to the event at the Boston home of HM alum Nicole (Nikki) Fish Nudelman '87 and Harry Nudelman, and thanked the hosts for their generous hospitality. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/04/2017 10:16AM
Today's vigorous conversation on immigration policies in the U.S. and around the world have many considering the contributions made by immigrants to their adoptive countries, as well as how recent immigrants are enhancing society today. Horace Mann School alumnus Chidiebere (Chidi) Akusobi, 25, is among these "new Americans" who is already contributing to medical research. Akusobi was profiled in an online series on CNN Money called "My American Success Story." As described by CNN Money, the series features articles on "CEOs, entrepreneurs, policy makers, innovators and big thinkers" who are immigrants to the United States. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 04/03/2017 04:38PM
Horace Mann School's recent spring break provided most HM students and families a chance to relax during the busy school year. It also provided 41 HM Upper Division students a chance to consider their futures. The students were all members of HM's Class of 2018—juniors in the school's Upper Division, who participated in a tour of colleges and universities, organized by the HM College Counseling Office. The tours were led by counselors from the Office, which is known at HM, affectionately, as "CoCo." The spring 2017 college visits marked the third year in a row that CoCo has organized college trips for HM students. To read more click the title link.
Posted 03/17/2017 04:52PM
Horace Mann School's Model Congress (HMMC) was honored with the "Outstanding Large Delegation" award at the first annual Columbia Model Congress Conference that took place March 9-12, 2017. The Conference brought together around 200 students from seven high schools in the tri-state area. HM's delegation of 30 Upper Division (UD) students also captured 20 individual awards. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 03/16/2017 01:43PM
March 2017 marked the beginning of a new chapter in Horace Mann School's partnership with England's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as three RSC actor-educators visited classes in every HM Division. Spending the week of March 4-10, 2017 at HM the RSC professionals also held after-school workshops with a group of 18 HM teachers from grades K-12 who began training in the esteemed company's pedagogic techniques. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 02/03/2017 02:08PM
On Saturday January 28, 2017 a federal judge granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups for a nationwide temporary injunction to block the deportation of people stranded in U.S. airports under President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order banning entry to the U.S. by Muslims from seven countries. Arguing the case was Horace Mann School alumnus Lee Gelernt '80 who worked with colleagues around the clock to try to halt the effects of the Executive Order signed by the President the day before. The order bars entry to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, all countries with Muslim-majority populations. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 02/01/2017 11:39AM
"Hidden Figures" a film about three African American women mathematicians who broke race and gender barriers to contribute vitally to U.S. efforts to launch an astronaut into space, has been inspiring audiences worldwide since its December 25, 2016 release. On January 22, 2017 about 275 members of the Horace Mann School community joined the millions of viewers engaged by the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) before and during the height of the space race in the 1960s. Despite the significant contributions they made to this country's space program they were largely unknown until the 2016 publication of Margot Lee Shetterly's book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race upon which the Twentieth Century Fox film is based. Horace Mann School students, faculty members, parents and alumni gathered to see the film at NYC's AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 movie theater at the invitation of HM's Black Parents Union (BPU) and the HM Office of Diversity. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/29/2016 10:51AM
The holiday season stretches out over a month of activities that awaken the call to reach out to others, get together with friends and family, celebrate different traditions, and even enjoy leisure time to catch up on a good book, or engage in individual moments of reflection. The greater Horace Mann School community can find within it numerous opportunities to engage in all of these ways to observe these special days in the efforts of students, faculty members, administrators and families, as well as in the work of alumni from generations past. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/29/2016 09:38AM
Horace Mann School and Sanctuary for Families, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence and their children, marked their 24th year of observing the holiday season together with a dinner at HM on December 6, 2016. The dinner brought about 150 parents and children who are served by Sanctuary for Families to Horace Mann School's Cohen Dining Commons to enjoy a party that featured craft-making, face-painting, a visit with Santa, a delicious meal of turkey and trimmings, and cake for dessert. Each child left with a specially-wrapped present. The dinner was a true HM community affair. But it might not have taken place without many members of the Horace Mann School community working to organize the dinner and help make it the joyful event it was for all. To read more, click the title link.
Posted 12/28/2016 03:48PM
The 2016 holiday season is still in full swing, with observances and celebrations of every kind. The real holiday feast takes place, for football fans, in the days surrounding New Year's, when a full roster of college bowl games is on the viewing menu. For the Horace Mann School community the Orange Bowl game between the University of Michigan and Florida State, on December 30, 2016, will be the most exciting of the games for it will feature 12 HM dance students performing during its halftime show. To read more, click the title link.