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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."
On Tuesday, December 9th, Horace Mann School welcomed Sanctuary for Families to campus twice. Check back soon for more on the annual Holiday Party hosted by the Upper Division. But on Tuesday Morning, representatives from Sanctuary spoke to Middle Division students about teen dating violence, and the organizations efforts to stop gender violence. Click the title link to learn more.
Whether the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. or Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., and their related legal proceedings, played out a mile or hundreds of miles away from the homes of most U.S. residents it is clear that both cases hit close enough to peoples' emotional homes to evoke reaction throughout this country, as well as around the world. This was no less true at Horace Mann School, where Upper Division students, teachers and administrators gathered on Monday, December 8, 2014 for a wide-ranging discussion of the two deaths and the Grand Jury decisions in both cases not to indict the police officers involved.
On Monday, December 7th, the 9-12 Grade First Trimester Student Art Show opened in the Fisher Hall Art Gallery. The show features work from first trimester in different courses offered by the Department of Visual Arts. According to Department Chair Kim Do, the exhibit "is a representative sampling of, mostly, Two-Dimensional Art created by students in grades 9-12. The work includes explorations in color and painted dreams from Drawing and Painting I, landscapes on wood by Drawing and Painting II, and portraits and individually self-directed work from Advanced, Honors and Advanced Placement Studio level painters and draughts-people. Photography includes thematically grouped works from all levels, sculpture students share drawings, and printmakers feature woodcuts, aquatints, and more." The show, artfully arranged by Barry Mason, will be on display through January 9th.
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