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Posted 06/19/2019 09:47AM
For the 153 members of Horace Mann School's eighth grade class the bright, sunny morning of June 6, 2019 marked a special moment. The day of the HM Middle Division's annual Middle Memories ceremony, it was also a day for the Division's students and teachers, deans, administrative aids, and student mentors from HM's Upper Division to share their appreciation for one another, and to extend their thanks. As they commemorated the completion of their middle school years the students shared with the parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends gathered under a gleaming white tent on HM's Alumni Field reflections on the classes, co-curricular and service learning activities, and more they'd experienced over the past three years. Coming to the stage, one Advisory Group after another, each "homeroom's" designated speaker also described discussions they'd shared, and spoke of the significant friendships they'd made. Interspersed among these thoughtful reminiscences were performances by the eight grade's string, band, dance, steel band, and vocal ensembles, as well as stories crafted and delivered by members of the MD's English elective in Storytelling.
Posted 06/19/2019 09:28AM
Filling the stage of Horace Mann School's Gross Theater the 85 members of HM's Fifth Grade class shared one common characteristic: the smiles they wore throughout the ceremony that marked the end of their Lower Division years. Gathered together as a grade on Friday morning, June 7, 2019, the students shared those smiles with their teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings and family friends who comprised the graduation audience. The students also listened to words of encouragement and advice from those who had taught and guided them during their last year in HM's Lower Division, including their Lower Division Head Deena Neuwirth, their grade's team leader Sandy Rubenstein, and from Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. Click to read more and see photos.
Posted 06/06/2019 02:04PM
Horace Mann School student Benjamin Hu '19 was selected as one of 161 graduating seniors from across the United States to be designated a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The award, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 7, 2019, recognizes these outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects candidates for this award, created in 1964, from among the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school in 2019, based on outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
Posted 06/02/2019 03:28PM
Horace Mann School student Miyu Imai '19 is one of 27 graduating high school seniors across the U.S. selected as a Milken Scholar, it was announced on May 27, 2019. The Milken Scholars program, a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, is open to college-bound high school seniors in New York City, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C. Milken Scholars are selected based on academic performance, community service, leadership and their ability to persevere in the face of personal challenges, and after a rigorous nomination, application and interview process. Imai is one of six New Yorkers chosen for this honor that includes a $10,000 cash prize and a lifetime of mentoring and resources.
Posted 05/20/2019 07:00PM
While the Horace Mann School academic year is drawing to a close, summer offers new learning opportunities for HM students, as well as for the School's young alumni. For current students, there's a hearty roster of Summer School classes, and 2019 marks the second year of HM's Summer Film Institute. But for many students, and for college-age alums and newly-minted college grads, summer is a time to continue learning—not only in classrooms but through experiences that provide them with skills, prepare them for careers, and pave the way to the world of employment. Horace Mann School's Internship program does all this and much more, providing students and alumni "with exposure to careers while affording them opportunities for personal growth" as the Horace Mann Parents Association (HMPA) notes. Further, as HM parent, Mieko Willoughby, Chair of the Horace Mann Internship Committee, reported, a record number of exciting internship opportunities were made available to HM students and young alumni for the upcoming summer of 2019.
Posted 05/03/2019 02:21PM
For high school students everywhere any given school week is filled with classes, assessments, co-curriculars and a range of other activities that define their time. During the second last week of April 2019 Horace Mann School junior Ryan Jonas '20 added another definition: that of "New Yorker of the Week." Jonas was designated holder of that title on April 22, 2019 by NY1, NYC's 24-hour news station. A regular feature of the station "New Yorker of the Week" recognizes residents of NYC's five boroughs who are assisting their communities and fellow citizens in a variety of ways. Jonas got the shout out from NY1 for how he turned a hobby into a source of income and empowerment for residents of the Bronx.
Posted 04/24/2019 11:02AM
For generations Horace Mann School students have committed themselves to serving others, through community service and, over the last decade, through HM's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) and its Service Learning program. However, as HM acknowledges, there are always ways for the School and its students to do more. One way is through HM's partnership with Grab the Torch (GTT), an organization that works to develop a "common sense" approach toward giving, volunteering, and philanthropy in young people with the potential to become leaders today and in the future. This partnership resulted in the Grab the Torch/Horace Mann School Summer Institutes. Held in New York and Colorado the GTT/HM Summer Institutes provide girls from Bronx public, charter and independent schools opportunities to learn about ethics, purpose and philanthropic action, and develop related skills. Many GTT/HM Summer Institute participants are only able to attend through scholarship assistance. For the past two years raising money for these scholarships has been the fundraising focus of HM community members who participate in the Boston Marathon. This effort kicked off on April 3, 2019 with a celebratory event at HM attended by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in whose honor the funds would be raised. Click to read more.
Posted 04/17/2019 01:02PM
Horace Mann School juniors Reha Mathur '20 and Jayer Yang '20 were named finalists for the prestigious FIRST® Dean's List award at two recent robotics competitions, and will travel to the world competition in Detroit, MI from April 24-27, 2019. The HMers make up two of the four-person Dean's List delegation from New York City heading to the world event. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization founded in 1989 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to inspire young people's participation in science and technology. Today hundreds of thousands of K-12 students around the world are involved in local, regional, national and international FIRST® educational events that engage them in the technical and creative aspects of scientific innovation. The Dean's List award is named for Kamen, who will host a luncheon where Mathur, Yang and other finalists from around the country and the world will be honored.
Posted 04/11/2019 12:59PM
Horace Mann School's 2019 William K. and Marion Langfan American Constitutional Oratorical Competition gave HM's tenth graders the opportunity to delve deeply into the U.S. Constitution and its voting rights related amendments as they examined the question of whether the Constitution currently does enough to protect these rights for Americans. Known as the Langfan Competition this program enhances HM's tenth grade U.S. History curriculum with the chance it offers students to look at a specific question related to the Constitution and prepare and present a speech examining a different critical issue each year.Launched at HM nearly two decades ago by alumni Mark '78 and Dayna '79 Langfan the Langfan Competition was inspired by the love their late mother Marion K. Langfan and their father William Langfan had for both the U.S. Constitution and for oratory that the couple promoted throughout their lives. The program is open to all tenth graders who wish to participate by submitting an essay to judges from the HM faculty. Finalists then present their position on the year's given topic at a dinner held each spring. This year's dinner took place on April 2, 2019 in the Rotunda of HM's Fisher Hall, with administrators, faculty members and the students' parents in attendance. Also taking part were finalists from last year's competition, now eleventh graders at HM, who served as judges.
Posted 03/27/2019 07:41PM
Four students from Horace Mann School's Upper Division will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. Three HMers were selected as winners of the 2019 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), it was announced on March 25, 2019 in a ceremony at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in Manhattan. They will be part of the 13-member team representing New York City at ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition.
Posted 03/20/2019 11:33AM
Horace Mann School's Athletics Department wrapped up its winter sports schedule on March 7, 2019 with a dinner honoring all of the student athletes who participated on the season's HM Lions teams. The season just past had been a stellar one for HM Athletics, with the Department, a host of teams, and individual athletes recording historic first, several coaches told the students gathered in HM's Cohen Dining Commons enjoying tailgate type treats together at the annual Winter Athletics Banquet. All of HM's coaches, including HM Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Robert Annunziata, were on hand to show the athletes their support.
Posted 03/13/2019 03:27PM
A month of exciting musical performances at Horace Mann School culminated on the morning of March 12, 2019 with an assembly that brought all of the School's Upper Division students' voices together—both those of the choir members on stage, and of students in the audience. The assembly also highlighted how arts and academics enhance one another at HM, and how the arts are a uniting force within the School. The flurry of musical activity began a month earlier with the launch of HM's annual Music Week on February 11-15, 2019.
Posted 02/23/2019 12:01AM
Horace Mann School alum William Barr '67 was sworn in to the office of U.S. Attorney General on Thursday, February 14, 2019, following his confirmation to the position by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 54-45. Barr is the country's 85th Attorney General, succeeding former A.G. Jeff Sessions. Honored with the Horace Mann Alumni Association's Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011 Barr returns to this position after serving as the country's 77th Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. Click to read more.
Posted 02/14/2019 05:47PM
For two weekends in a row Horace Mann School's Upper Division science and athletics facilities became regional centers for STEM education as HM hosted robotics competitions for hundreds of high school and middle school students from New York and New Jersey. On Sunday, January 27, 2019 students from 29 high schools gathered at HM from early morning into the evening to participate in a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifier competition.
Posted 02/14/2019 05:27PM
Horace Mann School launched its Black History Month observances on Friday evening, February 1, 2019, with a celebration of Black culture that was both exciting and illuminating. Completely student organized the event represented the collaborative efforts of HM's Union, and the Hilltop Diversity Coalition (HDC), which brings HM students together with students from the nearby Fieldston Ethical Culture, and Riverdale Country School. The event drew some 350 students, faculty members, and families from all three schools to a screening of the 2015 documentary "Fresh Dressed" followed by a panel discussion of issues raised by the film. Directed by Sacha Jenkins "Fresh Dressed" chronicles the history of hip-hop's urban fashion from its beginnings to high fashion.
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