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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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