- Posted 09/07/2018 06:00PM
The 2018-2019 school year began with a drum roll—literally, that is—for Horace Mann School's Upper Division, as HM's Upper, Middle and Lower Division students began their classes on September 4, 2018. Students in HM's Kindergarten and Nursery Division started the school year on September 5, 2018. Click to read more and see photos from our opening days.
- Posted 08/31/2018 09:00AM
As Horace Mann School looks with excitement to September 4th and 5th, 2018 when the School welcomes it 1,785 students, Nursery through Grade 12, the HM community also reflects on the fulfilling summer that just passed. The season saw hundreds of HM students and students from other schools on campus for summer school and a variety of innovative programs, including HM's first-ever Summer Film Institute, and its first summer Service-Learning experience.
- Posted 07/12/2018 01:54PM
Summer is in full swing, but there's still time to add some events and experiences to the season's calendar. From films, to books, to innovative experiences, entertainment, and opportunities to serve, the creativity of Horace Mann School alumni offer ways to enrich the coming weeks. Click the title link to read more.
- Posted 07/03/2018 03:00PM
The sound of Shakespeare's sonnets and soliloquies sang out from Horace Mann School classrooms, stages and stairwells, from June 18-22, 2018, as students and teachers practiced the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) unique method of learning and teaching the works of the Bard. HM's 2018 RSC Teacher Training Conference marked the fourth consecutive year that Horace Mann School has invited teachers and students from area schools to participate in workshops led by RSC actor-educators, together with HM students and teachers. The Teacher Training Conference is part of the ongoing partnership that Horace Mann School launched in 2015 with the RSC – the acclaimed British theater company. To read more, click the title link.
- Posted 06/28/2018 05:12PM
For the past six years Horace Mann School students have been part of the lives of dozens of older people living in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Through the School's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) and its Service-Learning teams, HM has a developed a powerful partnership with Riverdale Senior Services (RSS), as students engage in a vibrant exchange with participants in RSS programs. From their weekly HM student-initiated discussion groups on literature, art and history, to their classes in gardening, music and art, the seniors and teens enjoy an invigorating relationship throughout the school year. Horace Mann School was thus the perfect host for the organization's annual "Solstice Celebration" which, this year, also marked the rebranding of the agency from "Riverdale Senior Services" which is entering its 45th year of service, to "RSS, The Center for Ageless Living." Click the title link to read more.
- Posted 06/18/2018 05:43PM
On June 13, 2018 the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) named Dr. Shana Caro '07 winner of its prestigious Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize for 2018. The award honors a postgraduate research biologist attending university in the UK for original work submitted as a doctoral thesis. Presented to a postgraduate research biologist attending university in the UK for original work submitted as a doctoral thesis, the award is among the most prestigious for scientists internationally. Each university in the UK submits one doctoral thesis for consideration for the award that recognizes a postgraduate research student whose thesis has made a significant contribution to a particular scientific field. Dr. Caro was honored for her thesis "Social and Environmental Factors in the Evolution of Signaling" which the ZSL described as "a demanding and significant piece of scholarship which she approached with intellectual vigor and a positive attitude, and the reward is an extraordinary body of work." To read more, click the title link.
- Posted 06/16/2018 11:14AM
Superlatives are often synchronous with graduation ceremonies. Nevertheless, none of the speakers who addressed the Horace Mann School Class of 2018 felt compelled to spare their praise for its 179 members at their commencement, on June 13, 2018. "Exceptional" was among the words used to describe this class' accomplishments in science, art, robotics and computer engineering, service learning, athletics, music and more. But, of greater significant to the Horace Mann School teachers, administrators and staff who had gotten to know the Class of 2018 was the communal bond its members had developed with one another, the sense of joy they brought to the School, and their mutual support, in times both bright and sad. As Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly told the graduates, "You've made your mark—on this School and in our hearts—and you've left this School better than you found it." Click the title link to read more.
- Posted 06/16/2018 11:09AM
June 8, 2018 marked the end of the elementary school years for the 86 fifth graders in Horace Mann School's Lower Division who commemorated this academic right-of-passage with a graduation ceremony on the stage of the School's Gross Hall Theater. A majority of the students will continue on to HM's Middle Division. The students celebrated with a program of songs sung in French and Spanish, along with a selection of popular hits, rewritten by several of the homerooms, together with their teachers, to include lyrics reflective of their fifth grade year. It was a remarkable year, for this was a remarkable class, according to HM Lower Division Head Deena Neuwirth, Fifth Grade Team Leader Sandy Rubenstein, and the homeroom teachers who announced their students' names before each walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from Neuwirth, and shake hands with Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. Click the title link for more.
- Posted 06/15/2018 04:00PM
Horace Mann School's 2018 "Middle Memories," which annually marks the HM eighth grade's transition from the Middle Division to high school, was indeed an occasion to remember. Held under the large white tent on HM's Alumni Field on June 7, 2018, the morning was filled with reflections both sad and sweet, along with heartfelt wishes for each students' future. As the 151 Middle Division graduates came to the stage one "Advisory" class after another, the roll call of names was punctuated with performances by Middle Division ensembles, including the Theatre Games Class; the Eighth Grade Strings; the Eighth Grade Steel Drums Classes; members of the cast of "13"—a musical presented by the Middle Division earlier in the year; the Eighth Grade Band; the Dance Ensemble; and eighth grade members of the Middle Division Chorus. For more details, click the title link.
- Posted 06/13/2018 09:15AM
Horace Mann School's Kindergarten students from HM's Nursery Division in Manhattan and its Lower Division in Bronx, N.Y. came together on Friday, May 24, 2018 to mark the end of a year of learning and growth, while looking ahead to their next steps as first graders in the coming school year. Click the title link for more.
- Posted 06/01/2018 12:26PM
Horace Mann School athletes recruited to pursue their respective sports in college marked this transitional step in a commemorative moment that symbolized the HM Athletics Department ethos: The athletes all signed ceremonial "commitment" letters together, in team-like spirit. HM athletes compete on the School's 14 Boys, 14 Girls and five mixed Varsity teams wearing Horace Mann School's maroon and white colors, with numbers but no names, on their uniforms. It was thus appropriate for HM to celebrate these students' athletic and academic achievements as one "team." Each of these members of HM's Class of 2018 had already been accepted to their respective colleges and had committed to playing their sport, but HM's first-ever "Recruited Athletes Signing Ceremony" on May 29, 2018 gave the community a chance to recognize these students for their contributions to their School. Click the title link to read more.
- Posted 05/29/2018 06:13PM
The cloudless spring afternoon of May 23, 2018 saw Horace Mann School students, faculty members, parents, administrators, staff and alumni gathered outside a tent in the center of the School's Alumni Field. They had all come together with one purpose: to raise funds for cancer research, and finances that would provide resources and care for people with cancer at HM's third annual "Relay for Life." As the day's clear blue sky turned to twilight, those gathered learned that the results of their shared effort: Horace Mann School had raised a hefty $95,500 on behalf of American Cancer Society activities – or 95.5 percent of their $100,000 goal. "What these students did is amazing," said Lizzette Dorado, Director, Community Development, for the American Cancer Society, Northeast Region. "They raised that amount in only a few weeks. Most communities I work with begin their fundraising about a year in advance of their Relay for Life event, and some don't come that close to their goal." To read more, click the title link.
- Posted 04/17/2018 04:03PM
The week beginning April 16th is 'Shake It Up! Week' across all Divisions of Horace Mann School, Nursery Through Twelfth Grade. With the help and guidance of our partners at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare is alive and well in the classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and screens at the Nursery, Lower, Middle and Upper Divisions. A twelfth grade English class visited Second Grade on Monday to perform a scene from Macbeth. Imagine their surprise and delight when their performance concluded and the second graders turned around and did their own version of Macbeth right back! To read more, click the title link.
- Posted 03/26/2018 04:48PM
Horace Mann School alumnus Alex Bell '05 is always focused on finding answers. A serial innovator, Bell is also a serious bicyclist. Add "New York City" to that descriptor and it's not hard to discern what answer Bell is currently seeking: a solution to the city's congested bike lane problem. Along this route Bell is addressing the hot button issue of NYC traffic and public transportation problems, as well. Click the title link to read more.
- Posted 03/26/2018 12:41PM
Horace Mann School senior Ella Feiner '18 was named one of 40 Finalists in the national 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). Launched in 1942 by the Society for Science and the Public, Regeneron STS is the country's oldest and most prestigious high school science awards program, and was known, from 1942-1997, as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and the Intel Science Talent Search from 1998-2016. The competition is designed to engage and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. To read more, click the title link.