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Browning Team Sweeps Interschool Science Bowl

Department Chair and Dean of Students Sam Keany offers the following news about Browning’s Science Bowl Team: “I am excited to report that on November 21, the team won in convincing fashion in the Interschool Science Bowl. Competing against teams from Brearley, Chapin, Dalton, host school Spence, and Trinity, the ‘science Panthers’ made it to the finals with a 4-1 record in the preliminary rounds. Meeting Trinity in the finals for the third straight year, Browning immediately shot ahead with a series of correct toss-up questions (worth four points each) and follow-up bonus questions (worth 10 points each), amassing a lead that the Trinity team never challenged. The final score of the game was Browning 130, Trinity 58.”

Mr. Keany extended congratulations to the Browning team composed of boys from Form III to Form VI, all of whom played in at least one match, and, of course, to their inspiring coach and science teacher Melodie Ting! He added that in a positive turn, the logistics for the tournament were completely organized by Spence’s student team members, and he hopes future host school teams will follow suit. View photos.

Middle School Boys Present "The Comedy of Errors"

The Middle School boys have been hard at work since the end of September to stage their production of "The Comedy of Errors," directed by Head Librarian Sarah Murphy. With 18 Middle School actors from Browning and four actresses from Brearley, along with a band composed of Middle and Upper School boys, the cast and accompanying musicians entertained a standing room-only crowd on their opening night this past Wednesday! Additional performances on Thursday allowed many members of the Browning and Brearley communities to experience one of Shakespeare's best-known comedies. View photos.

Fourth Grade Boys Gain New Knowledge of Ancient Egypt

The fourth grade boys recently spent the morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with their study of Ancient Egypt. As they explored the Egyptian wing of the museum, they were able to point out many gods, pharaohs and artifacts they recognized from their readings. The Museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art, according to its website, consists of approximately 26,000 objects of artistic, historical and cultural importance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (ca. 300,000 B.C.–A.D. 4th century). Click here to view photos and read a report by Director of Communications Design Jeremy Katz '04, who accompanied the fourth grade class on their trip.

2015 Fall Wrap-up

Athletics Director Andrew West '92 provides an overview of the fall athletics season, followed by reports from individual coaches:

It all started in late August when Browning held it annual fall preseason training at Camp Mah-Kee-Nak in Lenox, Mass. The boys set a new record for numbers with 51 boys in attendance, ranging from Form I through Form VI. The varsity soccer team had a few returning seniors who were able to keep the team determined and focused from the start. The major question mark for all the teams was who was going to be the goalkeeper, but that was quickly answered at camp when Conor Harkins, Luke Barba and William Bousquette stepped up and showed the coaches that they had what it was going to taketo be their team’ last line of defense! The goalies were even treated to some in-depth instruction from a semi-professional European league goalie, who happened to be working at the camp we attended.

The Middle School Panthers had a very strong season with a balanced squad that was strong at almost every position. They truly started to gel late in the season. The junior varsity team, under the leadership of Coach Lisciandrello and newcomer Coach Blake, really established themselves late in the season as well. The continued serious approach they established last year carried over to help this year’s team.

On the varsity front, Coach Watson, assisted by new Assistant Coach Protheroe, were very proud of the efforts put forth by the whole team. Despite being injured throughout the season, the Panthers gave it their best shot. The season got away from the Panthers during a heartbreaking stretch of five game. They lost by one goal each game and tied one, when they easily could have come away with three or four wins, including a crushing, disallowed game-tying goal from LFNY in the final seconds of regulation. They showed some real “grytte” and continued to fight out the rest of the season, but unfortunately, failed to make the postseason.

Another team that should be very proud of its efforts is the varsity cross country team. Under the guidance of Coach Bernard, these boys had a very successful season. And even more good news for the Panthers is s that the Middle School cross country team also did very well, providing Coach Bernard with some talent down the road.

Click Here to view photos and details from our coaches for Varsity Soccer, Varsity Cross Country, JV Soccer, Form I/II Soccer, 5th/6th Grade Soccer and Middle School Cross Country.

Grytte Newspaper Staff Gains Valuable Knowledge at CSPA Conference

For the first time, the staff of the student-run Grytte newspaper attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's (CSPA) Annual Fall Conference. Hosted at Columbia University's historic Morningside Heights campus, the one-day regional conference offers schools from across the U.S. sequences focused on writing, editing, management, design, photography and digital media.

CSPA has been critiquing student publications since 1925 and hosting related conferences for students at Columbia since 1940. The CSPA conference website describes the day as "rich and varied, with experienced advisers and journalists serving as session leaders." 

The Grytte staff, whose members range from Form I-VI, attended sessions on writing and editing, staff organization, design and layout and special areas of coverage. One of the youngest Grytte staffers later remarked, "The conference was truly amazing because the speakers we heard from all work at top professional publications such as The New York Times. It was really exciting and definitely a conference I'd like to attend again!"

In between sessions, the boys enjoyed the unseasonably warm November weather on the steps leading to the Low Memorial Library, where they posed for a group shot with "Alma Mater," the bronze sculpture of the goddess Athena by Daniel Chester French, perhaps best known for designing the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Between tips gained at the conferences and rubbing elbows with the Greek goddess of wisdom, the Grytte boys gained valuable knowledge that they are putting into practice as they prepare their first issue of the 2015-16 school year. Plans call for the Grytte to be distributed to the school community and young alumni at the end of the Thanksgiving assembly at Christ Church on November 24. View photos.

Lower School Boys Lead Successful Community Service Projects

The Lower School enjoyed a very productive month with its community service initiatives, according to Rachel Gerber, who oversees the program. She reports as follows:

The boys collected coins for City Harvest, an organization that provides food for those in need. The total amount collected was an impressive $1,670! The boys in 2G helped separate all of the coins. On Saturday, November 7, approximately 20 Lower School boys participated in the annual McDonald Fun Run in Central Park. It was a beautiful day, and the Browning boys always impress us all with their running skills. Thank you for your support and involvement in both activities! View photos.

Parents Association Invites Community to 'Leaf Through A Good Book'

Each fall, the Parents Association’s Browning Book Fair fills the Lower Gym with reading material for all ages. This festive literary tradition kicks off with visits to classrooms by guest authors and an evening cocktail party featuring a panel of writers. Browning boys, teachers and families are never at a loss for finding just the perfect book.

This year's Book Fair raised a total of $46,857, including book sales, donations to the library (114) and classrooms (87), and general store, raffle and bake sales. Congratulations to the parent volunteers: Co-chairs Kathleen Glaymon and Michelle Post; Finance Chair Aimee Smith, and May Kang, who led the book donations effort.

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