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Horace Mann School alumna Val Bodurtha '14 is a rising senior at the University of Chicago, but this undergrad is already a published author. Perhaps more astounding is the fact that her young adult novel The History Makers, published in July 2017, grew out of an assignment she had as a 12th grader at Horace Mann School. To read more, click the title link.
Over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries gathered in Israel at the beginning of July 2017 for the 20th Maccabiah Games, an international Olympic-style competition that runs through July 17, 2017. Among these athletes are six members of the Horace Mann School community. HM students Aidan Aisiks '20, Betsey Bennett '19, Charles (Charlie) Wallach '18 and Robert (Robbie) Werdiger '20 are among the 1,126 members of Maccabi Team USA. HM parent Rebecca Stein is competing in Masters Tennis. Roy Salomon '55 was invited by the World Maccabiah Union to be a banner carrier at the opening ceremonies in Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium on July 6, 2017. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Horace Mann School alumnus and acclaimed author and historian Robert Caro '53 and his wife, writer Ina Caro, arrived on campus on June 15, 2017 to a warm welcome from HM Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, Upper Division history teacher Barry Bienstock, and other HM teachers. They had gathered for a recent HM tradition—the awarding of the Robert Caro '53 Prize for Literary Excellence in the Writing of History. The award, established in 2011 by Horace Mann School in Caro's honor, is presented annually at a luncheon at the Head of School's home. The Caros regularly stop off before the luncheon at Bienstock's Tillinghast Hall classroom to meet with the teacher. Encountering others from the HM community, along with members of a film crew, was a bit unusual. But a bigger surprise came when the couple neared the classroom door. To learn more, click the title link.
For the 181 members of the Horace Mann School Class of 2017 graduation day, on June 14, 2017, was a time for reflecting, for sharing appreciation, cherishing friendships, commemorating the past and heralding the future. It was also a day for celebrating the experience of being a member of this graduating class, for, as each commencement speaker observed in addressing the class members' families, teachers, administrators and friends gathered in the graduates' honor, they were an outstanding group of students, in every sense of the word. To read more, click the title link.
Graduation season at Horace Mann School got off to a delightful start on May 26, 2017 with a celebration marking the transition the school's Kindergarten students will soon make as they advance to first grade. HM's traditional Kindergarten End-of-Year Celebration brought together 84 Kindergarteners from the school's Lower Division Bronx campus, and its Nursery Division in Manhattan, for a grade-wide morning of song on the Gross Theater stage. For 88 Horace Mann School fifth grade students June 9, 2017 marked that momentous day when they would move from HM's Lower Division to its Middle Division. For those not returning to HM for the 2017-2018 school year, this was the day they, like their peers, would take the important step to middle school. For those continuing at HM it was a day to anticipate future adventures on the other side of campus. To read more about both celebrations, click the title link.
For many students the middle school years can be daunting, representing adjustments to the throes and woes of adolescence. They can also be exhilarating as students explore new academic subjects, discover new talents and interests, and make new friends. Horace Mann School's Middle Memories ceremony on June 8, 2017 recognized the first of these facets of the sixth-through-eighth grade school years, and celebrated the latter, through reflections and performances by HM's Middle Division students, teachers and administrators as they mark their move from middle to high school. To read more, click the title link.
The decades-long debate about climate change came to a peak in recent weeks as President Donald Trump pondered whether the U.S. should withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. At the same time students at Horace Mann School were completing environment-related lab experiments, and presenting to the HM community research they had done on various aspects of the climate change question. The students, in Horace Mann School's Upper Division, had recently completed a year of Advanced Placement chemistry and the related AP exam. As the school year drew to a close their UD science teachers, Dr. Christine Leo and Dr. Megan Reesbeck, suggested a final AP Chemistry exercise that involved their students with learning for the sake of learning: They asked their students to investigate climate change specifics, and to prepare poster presentations that would inform their peers and teachers and equip them with the most recent data needed to consider the climate change question. Click the title link to learn more.
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