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Fulfilling a creative passion that's fueled by a vision and well-schooled skill is often a solitary pursuit. But, on May 8, 2015 Horace Mann School's advanced art students shared their individual vision with the entire HM community at an opening reception for the art exhibit currently installed in the Fisher Hall Gallery. The gallery features artists who have taken art over their Upper Division years at Horace Mann, and gone on to Advanced Placement studies in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography, explained Visual Arts Department Chair Kim Do. "These are works from the portfolios each of the students submitted to the College Board," Do explained. "This exhibit represents hours and hours of work done by students at Horace Mann who have pursued art in a serious fashion over the past four years."
The Spring 2015 issue of Horace Mann Magazine features updates on new initiatives at Horace Mann School, including HM's work with Habitat for Humanity, developments on anti-bias teacher education and service-learning at HM, as well as feature stories on young alumni, news of alumni from across the generations, and an invitation to participate in a project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the John Dorr Nature Laboratory. Access the magazine online at the link within this news post and look for your issue in the mail.
It's prom season, with all the excitement this end-of-school-year ritual brings. For students across the country the weeks preceding prom are filled with such preparations as purchasing the perfect attire, along with all the appropriate accessories. But, for many prom-goers across the country, buying the "right" suit or dress, or any gown or suit, is not a possibility. However, that doesn't mean these teens have to miss out on the fun—at least not since the launch of Operation PROM. A national organization founded in 2005 Operation PROM (http://www.operationprom.org) was originally established to help low-income students attend their proms by providing free prom dresses and tuxedo rentals. HM alumna Jessica Heller '14 brought an Operation PROM chapter to Horace Mann School in 2010, when she was in the ninth-grade at the Upper Division, and eventually became a member of the New York board of this national organization. Current HM senior Caroline Kivell '15 joined Operation PROM upon entering the Upper Division in 2011 and, together with other members of HM's Operation PROM, has helped her peers throughout the city find dresses to enable them to participate in this annual rite of passage. Today, Kivell serves as president of the HM Operation PROM chapter, and is also Director of Operation PROM of New York City. Other regional directors represent Operation PROM in Brooklyn, the Hudson Valley, and Westchester County, and there are chapters of the organization across the United States.
In order to educate students and raise awareness of the challenges to health and education children face around the world, the Middle Division History Department invited Innovation: Africa, a non-profit organization that provides necessary technologies and support for African villages, to speak to the Middle Division community Monday afternoon, history teacher Caitlin Hickerson said. After being introduced to the organization and its founder and president Sivan Ya'ari over the past summer, seventh grade dean Lynne Hirschhorn worked with Hickerson to plan several events that "seemed most relevant to our students' lives and Innovation: Africa's work," Hickerson said. ... To read the rest of this May 8th Record article by Dayle Chung '17, click the title link.
When MaryJean Hughes' fourth grade class arrived at the John Dorr Nature Laboratory on May 6, 2015 for two days and two nights of science and nature studies they were already prepared for some of the lessons they were there to learn. "Dorr," as Horace Mann School's outdoor nature center in Washington, CT is affectionately known, brings HM students in grades two-through-eight, as well as Upper Division students in a variety of Horace Mann School programs, to the facility's fields, woods, and streams for visits of varying lengths. ... To read more, click the title link above.
On April 28th, the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy hosted their first gala fundraiser at the Van Cortlandt Lakeside Golfhouse. The event honoree was Head of School Thomas M. Kelly, "for his dedication to healthy recreation and education for Bronx children in Van Cortlandt Park," according to the event website and invitation. Dr. Kelly has served as a member of the Conservancy Board since its inception in 2009, and Horace Mann School has been an active supporter of the Park and the Conservancy for many years. Proceeds from Gala 2015 will support the Conservancy's programming for children in the Park, including Green Jobs for Youth, Barefoot Dancing, and Summer Stage Kids.
The New York art world may be abuzz over the May 1, 2015 opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, but the night before, on April 30, 2015, over 300 members of the Horace Mann School community witnessed how the educational adventure can ignite the kind of creativity that inspires great art, at HM's annual Nursery Division Art Show. Parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators from Horace Mann School's Upper, Middle and Lower Divisions thronged to HM's Nursery Division in Manhattan and circulated through each classroom with wide-eyed wonder, exclaiming over how the building had been transformed by its students' drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations, all of which emerged from the children's collective imaginations, fueled by their teachers' enthusiasm. The conglomeration of creative effort even brought several viewers to tears.
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