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Classes had just ended for the year, but for ten Horace Mann School rising fourth and fifth graders the first week of summer vacation meant an exciting opportunity to learn. The students – all girls – were the first-ever participants in a "June School" robotics class, offered exclusively to girls. The class was launched by Lower Division Science Coordinator Katie Diaz, together with Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. Titled "Robots, Rube Goldberg and Wrenches: Four Days of Construction" a great deal of thought went into planning the class, especially since it was one that would not follow HM's usual emphasis on including all students in all activities. However, offering this class to girls only had its roots in the overall approach HM is taking to science studies in the younger grades – an approach designed to engage students with this all-important subject early, and to keep them involved, Diaz explained.
For 60 teachers from 30 New York-area public and private schools Horace Mann School's Bronx campus became a slice of Stratford-on-Avon during the last week of June 2015, when HM held its first-ever Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Teacher Training Conference. For two intensive days the teachers worked with RSC actors and directors from the famous theater company's Education Department, established by the company about a decade ago to make Shakespeare more accessible to students throughout Great Britain. With a mission of extending its educational activities worldwide, in 2015 the RSC entered into a three-year partnership with Horace Mann School. Focusing on student and teacher education, the partnership is the first in the U.S. at a kindergarten through grade-12 school. To read more, click the title link.
Seventy years to the month of the anniversary of their graduation from Horace Mann School members of the Class of 1945 returned to campus on June 24, 2015 for a reunion that enabled them to reconnect with their alma mater and with one another. As the class members arrived at the home of Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, and made their way to the patio to enjoy cold drinks and conversation on this beautiful, sunny day they were given name tags fashioned with pictures from their high school Mannikin yearbook. Greeting one another warmly several exclaimed "you haven't changed a bit" or "I'd recognize you anywhere." To read more, click the title link.
Alumni of the Barnard School for Boys gathered at Horace Mann School on Friday June 19, 2015 for an evening of conversation and connecting over memories at the school that many said had shaped their lives. Graduates of the school from classes of the 1950s through 1972, when Barnard merged with Horace Mann School, came from as far as Bangkok and the Dominican Republic and as near as New York City and Westchester County to participate in this reunion organized by HM Alumni Council member emeritus and Barnard graduate Jeffrey Margolis '63 together with the Horace Mann School Alumni and Development Office. Margolis had been instrumental in organizing a previous reunion for Barnard alumni in 2010.
Horace Mann School alumni raised a record amount of $111,000 on behalf of the HM Alumni Association's Student Lunch Initiative at its Annual Benefit on June 16, 2015. Around 100 alumni from across the decades enjoyed a lively evening of conversation, catching up, great food, and the chance to choose from among a selection of exciting auction and Buy-it-Now gift items and opportunities donated for this fundraiser that took place at the welcoming event room at The Chester in midtown Manhattan. While the guests – HM graduates from the classes of 1952 through 2014 – remarked on the evening's fun and friendly atmosphere, they also noted that they had come to support the very worthwhile cause of assisting current HM students through the Student Lunch Initiative. To read more click the title link.
Rebecca Bahr, an English teacher at Horace Mann, was inducted this year as a Fellow into The Academy for Teachers and selected to participate in a Master Class with Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon. The Academy for Teachers Master Classes bring exceptional teachers together with leading intellectuals, scientists, and creative artists for a day of high-level instruction and inspiration. They are hosted by the city's great institutions, which join The Academy in demonstrating that teachers deserve the time and attention of our culture's best and brightest.
New York City and NY State representatives, elected officials and members of the Bronx and Riverdale Senior Services, Inc. (RSS) communities gathered at Horace Mann School on Thursday evening, June 4, 2015 to honor HM's Dr. Jeremy Leeds '72 and members of the HM Service- Learning Team for their dedicated work with the organization. Dr. Leeds is the founder and Director of Horace Mann School's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA). With the CCVA's mission to "connect education, ethics and action" Dr. Leeds also founded and directs HM's Upper Division Service-Learning Team, a group of high school students who participate in after-school programs at local community centers, and at the Riverdale Senior Services center, and also meets weekly for education and reflection on the meaning of combining service with learning, and more.
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