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Horace Mann School's 2015 All-School Service-Learning Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015 drew over 800 volunteers and participants to the HM campus, and to service partner venues in the neighboring Bronx and in New York City, breaking the record for participation in the event that is now in its eighth year. Launched in 2007 by HM's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) the day engages HM students, family members, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni in a variety of activities that incorporated the learning aspect of community service. "Each year, we try to keep some aspects of Service-Learning Day the same as in previous years, but each year we also try to do some things differently," said Jeremy Leeds, Director of the CCVA. "We always try to preserve a sense of collaboration, common purpose, and enjoyment. This year, we added many new activities and brought our community partners to HM. The work of the Service-Learning Team has allowed us to expand and deepen relationships in ways that just were not possible before this year."
Horace Mann School alumni make their homes around the world, but over the years, HM has brought home-away-from-home experiences to the school's graduates, by hosting regional reunions in cities around the country where alumni are concentrated today. The most recent of these events took place during HM's spring break in March 2015, when this recess from classes gave Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly and other HM administrators a chance to visit with alumni in Los Angeles and San Francisco, at receptions organized by the HM Alumni and Development Office, some of whose members also attended the gathering. To read more, click the title link above.
Daniel J. Lee '17 has been named one of the national finalists in the 2014 - 2015 First Freedom Student Competition. The competition offers high-school students the opportunity to compete for monetary awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation. The HM sophomore was recognized with an Honorable Mention for his essay titled "Catholicism and Religious Freedom: An American Story" which examined progress made by Catholics in the United States from 17th to 19th century persecution to "the gradual advancement of religious accommodation" in the U.S. that "involved the participation and contributions of American Catholics in implementing the interpretation of the First Amendment in federal and state law and the individual treatment of Catholics," as Lee wrote.
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.
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