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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.
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.
For students in Horace Mann School's Nursery Division art is integral to education. The school's youngest students had the opportunity to "see" the learning they'd accomplished over the past school year take visible shape at the Division's annual spring art show in April 2019. The Nursery Division pursues an "emergent curriculum" philosophy of education, with the interests that students show as a group becoming the focus of their intellectual exploration together, in math, science, social studies, language art, literature, and art, itself. Thus, when the students in the Nursery Division's Class Pre-KB, for one example, strongly expressed a collective interest in weather early in the 2018-2019 school year the topic inspired their teachers, Drew Dubno, Michelle Graziosa, and Sue Rosenthal, to relate their lessons in reading, science, writing, math and, of course, art, to the subject that had seized their Class' imagination. A highpoint of the school year for the students was reviewing how they'd explored and expressed their learning in the range of related projects displayed in the Art Show.
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.
Eight Horace Mann School students were recognized this spring with the highest honor given by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Each HM student was named a "Gold Key" winner in the art and writing categories in which they entered works. Click to read more.
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.
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.
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