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Dr. John Lustgarten '00 was in New York City for all of 24 hours when he arrived at his first social gathering since moving back to the area after 14 years. Before leaving his home in Miami Beach for a three-week trip north Ted Weinreich '60 made sure to block out time from his busy itinerary to attend the same gathering. The event these two Horace Mann School alumni, and 115 other HM alumni and their guests were eager to attend? It was the 11th Annual Horace Mann Alumni Association Benefit that took place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the stylish and popular Butter restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Called "A Toast to HM" the annual HMAA benefit supports Horace Mann School's Student Lunch Initiative, a project designed to raise the approximately $85,000 needed to fund the lunch subsidy program that helps cover the cost of lunch for qualified financial aid students in Horace Mann's sixth-through-twelfth grades. Following months of hard work by the Benefit co-chairs Jodi Rosensaft '96 and Erica Zeichner Siena '98, and by 54 alumni members of the Benefit Committee, as well as by HM Director of Development Melissa Parento and members of the HM Alumni and Development Office, "A Toast to HM" raised $98,358.41—a record-breaking amount.
On June 21st, Horace Mann School was honored to host the sixth annual graduation ceremony of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, a public high school located on Fulton Avenue in the Bronx, and currently ranked in the top 4% of public schools in the United States and one of the top public high schools in New York City. The one hundred graduates of the BCSM Class of 2014 received their diplomas in HM's Gross Theatre, as had the previous five classes before them. BCSM does not have a theatre space, and when the school was preparing for their first graduation ceremony in 2009, HM Head of School Tom Kelly, who had gotten to know principal Ed Tom through HM parent '04 and '06 and BCSM teacher Mitchell Kurz, volunteered to host the ceremony at Horace Mann School. Six years later, Horace Mann School continues proudly to host the ceremony for BCSM, and Mr. Kurz now serves as BCSM Academic Dean and College Advisor. The 2014 graduation marked a very special addition to the celebration. Click the link above to read more.
On Thursday, June 5th, Horace Mann School celebrated 'life in the Middle' with Middle Memories, the promotion ceremony for Eighth Graders finishing their time in the Middle Division. Highlights from the event included Shakespeare performances, an original skit about life in Middle School by members of the Theatre 8 class, several songs performed by the Eighth Grade Chorus, and a dance performance by Dance 8. Faculty members introduced their advisory members individually, and each advisory selected an item to place in the Time Capsule which will be opened when the students are in 12th grade. Those items included advisory mascots, photographs, a game one advisory played often, and even a Pink Panther figurine from Sixth Grade Dean Camille Miller who remembered back to her first days with the class three years earlier and playing that theme song at grade level meetings.
The 8th annual Horace Mann Theatre Company alumni performance of All My Sons by Arthur Miller and the first ever Alumni Dance Show brought together alumni from the Classes of 2000 through 2013 to perform for record numbers of audience members June 6th, 7th, and 8th in the Black Box Theatre at Horace Mann School.
The run-up to graduation for high school seniors across the country is typically marked by a whirlwind of activities, from honor and award ceremonies, to special assemblies, picnics, parties, and, of course, the senior prom. Members of Horace Mann School's Class of 2014 enjoyed a similar season of celebrations that began with the school's annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony in April, and continued throughout May with a Senior Sports Banquet, a "Letting Go" evening for graduates and their parents, Senior Independent Project presentations and performances, a final Student Body Presidents' assembly, yearbook distribution, Class Day, prom and a senior class weekend at HM's John Dorr Nature Laboratory. The excitement culminated with commencement on June 11, 2014. But this year's senior class enjoyed one additional event during this busy season. It was one that connected the still-then students with the Horace Mann School alumni community they would enter upon graduation. On May 27, 2014 about 125 members of the HM senior class, along with about 80 HM teachers and staff members, joined about 280 HM alumni from across the generations and their guests at the New York Mets' Citi Field stadium to enjoy watching a baseball game together on a beautiful spring night. The occasion gave these most recent graduates of Horace Mann School a preview of the alumni body they would join, and the kinds of connections and lifelong friendships established during their HM days they could imagine maintaining.
The spring 2014 edition of Horace Mann Magazine contained a regrettable error in an announcement of Horace Mann School's upcoming Homecoming and Reunion event to take place on September 20, 2014. The announcement inadvertently noted that the day would include a Barbecue Luncheon on Clark Field. We extend this note to assure all alumni and everyone hurt by this grievous error that this was by no means intentional. The name referred to was removed from the field in June, 2012, and all references in all of the school's literature and announcements, including athletic scheduling announcements, describe this area of campus as Main Field. This inexcusable mistake occurred because a template used for previous Homecoming and Reunion announcements on the opening inside cover of each magazine was reproduced in the layout of the current issue, as it had appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Horace Mann Magazine. In fact, the current issue is the first published since that time, in part, to give our school and the entire Horace Mann School community the opportunity to absorb and respond to the revelations of abuse at this school in decades past that emerged shortly after the publication of that last 2012 issue of Horace Mann Magazine. (Click the title link above to read more.)
For the 182 members of the Horace Mann School class of 2014 graduation day was a day like many others they had experienced at the school. Sitting together as they'd done at dozens of assemblies and activities over the years, the classmates listened as their peers in HM's Glee Club and senior soloists sang stirringly. They absorbed the message of a last-day's history lesson they would carry into their futures. They recognized the qualities of each individual student, and acknowledged how these had contributed to the character of the class as a whole, and they reflected upon the unique ability their class shared to use laughter as a unifying force. Above all, these graduates celebrated the community their class had become. The difference between this day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and any other, was the presence of the parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, extended family, HM faculty members and Horace Mann School alumni who joined the graduates in celebration. Gathered together under a large white tent that covered the Upper Division campus' Main Field, the morning's damp air and darkened sky was no match for the feeling of warmth and happiness that marked the moment.
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