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Bandito, a Short Narrative film co-written, edited and produced by alumna Clara Parker Hill '11 will be featured at the April 15-26 Tribeca Film Festival. Bandito is the coming of age drama of Jamie, a young boy who stows away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist. The film took Hill and her team more than a year to write, shoot, and complete. Hill shared of the experience, "Getting into Tribeca has been an amazing experience, and it's the perfect culmination of my time at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Bandito is quite ambitious for a student film and my team and I were humbled by the support we received from fellow students and faculty." To read more, and view a trailer, click the title link.
Horace Mann School junior Kenneth Shinozuka '16 has been recognized worldwide for developing a sensor that assists people with Alzheimer's who wander, presenting his research to audiences at the international science fair, at a TEDxYouth conference, and to HM students and teachers at HM assemblies. On March 23, 2015 he presented his innovation at The White House, where his was one of 35 projects selected from around the U.S. to be exhibited at the White House Science Fair.
In a year of national public discussion on the subject of race, there's little question that the historical roots of this issue in the U.S. stem from this country's experience with slavery, the Civil War, and its immediate aftermath. It was almost prescient, then, that back in spring 2014 the Horace Mann School Upper Division Book Day Committee chose E.L. Doctorow's The March as the selection for Book Day 2015. Book Day is that day during HM's spring trimester when regular classes are suspended to enable students, faculty and administrators to focus together on one book they have all read, and unfold its illuminating possibilities by examining the book in depth through a variety of lenses. The March lends itself well to the kind of multi-faceted investigation that is traditionally featured at Book Day. Set in 1864, this historical novel follows General William Tecumseh Sherman as he marched his 60,000 troops through Georgia and into the Carolinas, fighting off Confederate forces, demolishing cities, and accumulating a population of freed blacks and white refugees along the way. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pen Faulkner Award, Doctorow's masterpiece is profoundly relevant today, and The March promises to provide learning opportunities equally profound. With Doctorow, himself, coming to Horace Mann as Book Day's keynote speaker – as he did in 2009 when his novel Ragtime was featured – Book Day 2015 will be a day to remember.
For most New Yorkers the bright sunshine and rapidly-melting snow of March 9, 2015 was the first sign that spring may finally be on its way, after a long, cold winter. But, at Horace Mann School, the "prelude to spring" arrived in the form of opening night for the Lower Division's annual Arts Festival. Arts Fest, held each year since 1983, usually during the week before HM's spring recess, brought about 300 parents, teachers and students to the Lower Division gymnasium that had been turned into a gallery displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings and ceramics by students in Horace Mann School's Kindergarten through fifth grades. Guests then went downstairs to the LD cafeteria that had been turned into a concert hall for a performance by the Division's band students—those learning to play brass and wind instruments. The Arts Festival continues on Tuesday, March 10, when the art exhibit will be open for viewing from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and with an orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 marks the Arts Festival's finale, when musical performances and visual arts switch places. Artwork will be displayed in the cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a closing night chorus performance will begin at 7 p.m.
The Horace Mann School Middle Division survived the Zombie Apocalypse last week, as zombies invaded the Division with the performances of 'All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie' by playwright Jason Pizzarello. Twenty-six sixth, seventh and eighth graders, directed by Alexis McGuinness, explored 'life' as a zombie. Josh Tom '19 opened the play from a seat in the theater where he challenged the audience to question their assumptions about zombies, who "straddle the two worlds between life and death, and draw our knowledge from both. In fact, all I really need to know I learned from being a zombie."
Pre-KA has had enough of the frigid winter! Teacher Nina Rich shared, "In circle time we talked about how great it would be if we could all go to the beach, to feel the warmth of the sun, to frolic in the sand and surf. We realized we couldn't all go to a real beach together, so we decided to create one in our classroom!" To read more about the beach party, click the title link above.
Irwin Block '49 and his brother Joel Block '52 "layered up" in tweed jackets over warm sweaters to beat the below-freezing temperatures of February 25, 2015, the night of the Horace Mann School Alumni Council's Annual Winter Celebration. The evening, organized by the Horace Mann Alumni Council (HMAC) and the HM Alumni and Development Office, provides alumni a chance to get together over drinks and warming hors d'oeuvres of sliders and more for no other reason than to catch up with friends, meet other alums, and have a good time. To read more, click the title link above.
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