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On Thursday, January 15th, all five Kindergarten classes visited the Middle and Upper Division Recital Hall to explore astronomy with the Dorr Nature Lab faculty members. The Nursery Division classes rode the bus to the Bronx, and the Lower Division classes crossed the street, but all of the children traveled thousands of miles into the Milky Way to see stars in the portable planetarium set up on the Recital Hall stage. Constellations was the theme for the visit. Dorr staff shared some stories with the children and had them draw their own constellations, and then they visited the planetarium to see some up close.
The January 8, 2015, episode features Grace Ackerman '16 and Allegra Kawles '16, co-presidents of the HM Dance Company, discussing their recent performance at the Orange Bowl. Also included in Episode 14 is an interview with Spencer Slagowitz '16 discussing the 24-hour Plays, and a performance of "A Thousand Miles" by Chase Kauder '17 and Joanna Kuang '17. Click the title link above to watch Episode 14, and Happy New Year from HMTV.
While most Horace Mann School students were enjoying a well-deserved rest with their families during the Winter Recess over the past two weeks, one HM student was working hard bringing the holiday dreams of others to life on stage at Lincoln Center. Avery Lin, a fifth grader in the Class of 2022, spent much of her break dancing the role of Marie in the New York City Ballet's 60th Anniversary production of the Nutcracker. According to an interview with Avery in elle.com, this was her third year in the show where she'd previously danced the roles of the Bunny and a member of the party scene. A NYC Ballet Press Release reported that Avery is one of more than 125 children from the School of American Ballet who danced in the 47 performances of the show this year. Avery performed in 24 of those 47 shows from November 28th through January 2nd. The November 30th New York Times review of the performance highlighted "the young Marie, performed by an expressive, candid Avery Lin." Click the title link above to read more.
Each year, for the past 23 years Horace Mann School has worked with Sanctuary for Families—one of New York City's most prominent organizations assisting victims of domestic violence and their children—to provide a special holiday party for those children. HM has hosted this holiday dinner for 22 of those 23 years, with the exception of only one year—in the fierce winter of 2013 when snow threatened unsafe driving conditions for the children and their mothers to travel to Horace Mann. This year, however, the Sanctuary for Families Dinner held at HM on December 9, 2013, went off without a hitch, and seemed particularly joyful. One reason may have been the participants' excitement about resuming this annual holiday ritual. Another reason, for many of the HM volunteers, at least, was their knowledge that the children and their moms would not only be leaving the party with gift bags of warm gloves and scarves, stuffed animals and games, but that, in the days before Christmas, the children served by Sanctuary would also receive a larger toy or game donated to Horace Mann School by the Hasbro toy company. Click the title link to read more.
The December 17th edition of HMTV features an interview with Middle & Upper Division Music Department Chair Tim Ho and preview of the Upper Division Holiday Concert scheduled for this Friday, December 19th. Episode 13 continues with an interview with students participating in the December 18th 10-Minute Plays, and an interview with English teacher Dr. Deborah Kassel '84 about January 6th guest speaker Mr. Werner Reich. The episode finishes with a performance of Riptide by Molly Minter '15 and Karen Shim '15. Click the title link to watch Episode 13.
Students from the Class of 2018 sang holiday carols and told stories with community members of all ages during the school's first mandatory grade-wide Service Learning Day. The day gave freshmen students an introduction to what service learning is about, event coordinator and Director of the Center of Community Values and Action Dr. Jeremy Leeds said. After arriving at school on Thursday, each ninth grader gathered with his or her Horace Mann Orientation (HMO) group to travel to its assigned community service site. Designated sites were the New York Common Pantry (NYCP), the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC), the KHCC Early Childhood Center, Riverdale Senior Services (RSS), the Riverdale Neighborhood House (RNH), and Van Cortlandt Park (VCP). Each of these locations has a long standing partnership with the school's Service Learning Team (SLT). To read the rest of Yeewen New's article from the December 12th issue of The Record, click the title link.
As reported by Sarah Zheng '16 in the December 12th issue of The Record, on Wednesday, December 10th, students in the Upper Division Topics in Physics class travelled to the John Dorr Nature Laboratory for an overnight trip "to learn about sustainable building practice" according to teacher Dr. Jeffrey Weitz. As outlined in the Program of Studies, the second trimester theme for Selected Topics in Physics is Energy and Climate, "built on the discussion of thermodynamics and understandings of energy sources such as oil, coal, gas, wind, solar, hydropower and nuclear, as well as evolving environmental, economic and political developments."
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