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It's not often that an orchestra's conductor hears hearty cheers before a performance, but that's what happened when Ken Yanagisawa '11 raised his baton to lead Horace Mann School's Upper Division Orchestra at its annual holiday concert on December 19, 2017. The warm welcome Yanigasawa received was also a "welcome back," for the conductor had performed on this same stage as a Horace Mann School student, only six years before. Yanagisawa was invited to return to HM as a guest conductor by the School's Middle and Upper Division Music Department Chair and Glee Club Director Timothy Ho, when a health issue prevented Orchestra Director and MD and UD Upper Division music teacher Nathan Hetherington, from conducting. To read more, click the title link.
For students worried about missing their STEM classes during the holiday-season school break, or for family members hoping to catch up with their children's tech knowledge – here's some timely cheer. Horace Mann School alum Randi Zuckerberg '99 has created the perfect opportunity for families to engage in a STEM adventure, with her Holiday SpecTECHular, Sue's Tech Kitchen, at NYC's new tech hub on Roosevelt Island, at The Bridge at Cornell Tech. It runs through January 1, 2018. To read more, click the title link.
For the past two decades Denise Pope, Ph.D., a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, has researched the experiences of students, Nursery through college, and the stresses that often prevent them from achieving health, fulfilling and well-balanced educational lives. In a visit to Horace Mann School on October 17, 2017, Dr. Pope shared with HM faculty and administrators insights from her research and strategies she's developed to help alleviate the anxiety a majority of U.S. students feel today. The evening brought over 70 HM parents to the School to hear the acclaimed author. To read more, click the title link.
For some 4,000 members of the Horace Mann School community HM's Homecoming, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, was a day for celebrating the school. From athletic events throughout the day, to the sprawling tent where students showcased co-curricular and service activities, to the family festival featuring rides and games organized by the Horace Mann School Parents Association, to the fall-themed barbecue Homecoming provided an experience enjoyed by participants of every age and interest. And, as the sun went down on this lively day, hundreds of Horace Mann School alumni headed to reunion dinners and parties in Manhattan. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Suzanne Price '96, founder of Sprout San Francisco, now with four other locations including one in Brooklyn, was recently featured on the big city moms website. The September news post, titled, "A Chat with Supermom, Suzanne Price, Founder of Sprout San Francisco," shares some of Price's thoughts on parenting, Sprout, and creating and maintaining a 'green' household. To read more, click the title link.
Over the last several weeks, HM students have found various ways to support victims of the recent natural disasters. Several Lower Division students were featured on ABC World News Tonight on August 30th, and continued their efforts in September. Alex '28, Alessandro '27, Annabelle '28, Kofi '27, Kwame '30, Timmy '27 and Zachary '28 organized and ran bake sales outside the 96th Street subway station to raise funds for the Red Cross' Hurricane Relief efforts. The HM Upper Division co-Student Body Presidents Siddharth Tripathi '18 and Daniel Posner '18 organized a clothing drive to support the efforts of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Middle Division faculty and students are supporting the City of New York donation drive for Puerto Rico. Finally, the HM Lower Division's Fifth Grade Class of 2025 is hosting a bake sale on Friday, October 6th, and selling "Horace Mann Hurricane Helper" bracelets to benefit the American Red Cross' efforts. Head of School Dr. Kelly commented, "We're so proud to see our students taking the initiative to support and care for others."
One sure sign of summer turning to fall is pre-season football, with the NFL's official opening day on September 7, 2017. Just in time comes Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer. In this book, published September 1, 2017, editor and veteran sports writer Peter King collects the memoir and writings of Paul Zimmerman '49. To read more about this, and an upcoming documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick '79, please click the title link.
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