TAKE NOTE Summer Science Classes at Black Rock
Registration is open for week-long Summer Science Classes at Black Rock Forest for Middle Division students. Almost 20 different classes will be held, from “The World of Insects” to an ornithology class. Space is limited; stop by the
Communications Office on the second floor to pick up a brochure, or call 845-534-4517 to sign up.
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Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had enjoyable and restful spring breaks. We are ready and excited for these last ten weeks of the school year.
Speaking of weeks and calendars, as promised, please find the full version of our preliminary 2013-14 Family Calendar posted on The School’s website. Please know, at this point, dates are subject to change; please keep checking The School’s website for the most current information.
Lunch Service to Grade 2 Begins April 11 We are very pleased to begin lunch service to all Grade 2 students next week Thursday, April 11. As always, you can find menu information online (please know, menus are subject to change).
We continue to encourage your and your children’s feedback on the lunch program—from new Grade 2 families and all TSC families in the program:
Service to students in Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 is going well and will continue as usual. All students in Grades K and 1 should continue to BRING LUNCH. Lunch service to Grade 1 students is set to begin on Wednesday, April 24, and we will notify families when service to K students will start!
PA Book Fair: April 18 and 19 Shop the wonderful selection of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, early readers, young adult books, classics, and more! Used books available too! The Fair will be held in the Art Studio on the fifth floor, from 8 am to 6 pm each day.
The PA needs volunteers:Sign up here if you can help with setup, cleanup, and/or during the Fair. K-2 families can volunteer during the time their child visits the Fair; the schedule of class visits will be sent home next week (and can also be found at the volunteer signup link above).
Donate books: Drop off new or gently used children’s and young adult books at The School during the week of April 15. Please stay tuned for specific drop-off information.
IPW Roundup Integrated Projects Week this year was another fun and exciting success, with projects ranging from the classic “Black Rock Leaders” including two nights at the namesake forest, to a new project "It's Elementary, Watson," involving clues and scavenger hunts around the city. Under the direction of IPW leaders Julia Alexander (Grade 4 teacher), Catherine Georges (Grade 7 social studies teacher), and Nadine Renazile (librarian), TSC came together in 34 new partnerships to create projects that roamed as close as Head of School Amani Reed’s office (“The School: Faces and Places”), and as far as Kingston, New York (“The Science of Sailing”). The week culminated in a set of showcases Friday afternoon that included performances, museums, models and comedy. For information on each of the projects, visit the IPW 2013 online brochure. See also lots of project photos and videos on The Tube and The Gallery.
2013 Young Naturalist Awards The finalists and semifinalists for the American Museum of Natural History’s Annual Young Naturalist Awards have been announced, and TSC is proud to present two national finalists and 16 semifinalists! Wow!
The YNAs are an essential component of The School's Grade 7 science curriculum. Each student comes up with a question, designs a method to gather data, analyzes findings, and presents their research. Months of hard work are behind each of these finalists’ papers. Congratulations to science teacher Laura Dignon and the TSC grade 7 finalists and semifinalists, all listed on the YNA website:
Finalists Minerva Johar, “The Effect of Storms on the Acidity of an Estuary”
Claire Keenan-Kurgan, “Urban Birds in Central Park”
Semifinalists Henry Burnett, “Pigeons and Colored Popcorn”
Oliver Chonoles, “How Exercise Affects Dog Behavior”
Kavin D’Armiento-Chada, “How Long Will Wood Burn?”
Christopher Dominguez, “Weather and Soil Moisture”
Eli Hankin, “Large, Medium or Small?”
Jane Kaiser, “Is Sunlight Really Necessary?”
Catherine Mayer, “Guinea Pig Food Preferences”
Jocelyn Mayer, “Effects of Hurricane Sandy on Water Quality”
Tori McDonald, “pH Levels of Water”
Anna Mehlman, “Rats in the Subway”
Leonardo Morelli, “The Melting Speed of Ice”
Ron Nissim, “Forces of Attraction”
Juliet Rich, “How Filters Affect Water Quality”
Dylan Vaccaro, “Investigating Electromagnetic Radiation in a School Setting”
Lucas Villar-Ojito, "Cats and Weight"
Madeleine Watts, “Effect of CO2 on the Growth Rate of the Kentucky Wonder Plant”
2013 Poetry Slam The Library was filled to capacity Thursday afternoon, April 4, as Middle Division students gathered for the first-ever TSC Poetry Slam. Students, faculty and staff, and invited guests performed original poems, read poetry by the masters, played music, snapped and clapped, read poetry on top of music … the event flowed seamlessly from one performer to another and the audience was truly rapt. The slam was coordinated by librarian Nadine Renazile and Middle Division clubs coordinator Devin Carthan, as part of the kickoff to National Poetry Month. All performers took home a poetry-related prize. Grade 8 student Liam Elkind performs above; see more photos from the slam on The Gallery.
Kindergarten Swimmers Kindergarten students donned goggles and hit the pool at Asphalt Green Aquatic Center on Thursday, April 4 for the first of four swimming readiness classes, part of the Wellness curriculum. Students practiced swim strokes, water safety, floating, and going underwater while blowing bubbles. KB swimmer Emily Wang, above, smiles from the pool; see more photos on The Gallery.