For the second consecutive year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), the varsity soccer team donned pink jerseys in a game against LREI (winning 5-1) to support the Susan G. Komen organization. Click here for pictures, a video and more details.
On October 14, the third and fourth graders, along with a group of Browning juniors and seniors, traveled to Black Rock Forest for a day of forest exploration and sustainability activities. The juniors and seniors are members of Browning's Sustainable Design science elective taught by Emilie Wolf and Betty Noel; the younger boys are taught by science teacher Julia Kingsdale. The older boys helped lead the younger students on a nature hike, a survey of local arthropods, and a tour of Black Rock Forest's many sustainable features. The boys learned about solar panels, a geothermal heating system and composting toilets. They also enjoyed a rare opportunity to connect with a natural New York forest, bringing back not only a deeper understanding of sustainable design but also several "creepy crawly arthropods" who now enjoy their new home in the Lower School science lab and daily care-giving by the Grade Three boys! Click here to view photos.
The Form V and VI boys in the sustainable design class, taught by Emilie Wolf and Dr. Betty Noel, propose to turn the School’s Reading Terrace into a greenhouse. This project came about as part of their class discussion of what it means to be sustainable and environmental in the 21st century. The boys have been applying their knowledge to a real-world application by doing a LEED assessment of the terrace in order to produce a floor plan and budget proposal allowing Browning to move forward in developing this greenhouse.
To this end, the class traveled in early October to the Upper West Side to meet with NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization that has facilitated the design of greenhouses in over 40 schools in the city's five boroughs. Click here to view photos and read more.
Lower School Assemblies, held nearly every week at Browning, present an opportunity for Browning boys to shine, whether by demonstrating their expertise on the Composer of the Month or recommending a good book they have read. As of this week, “The Panther Report” has put our fourth grade boys in the spotlight as budding journalists, eager to share their knowledge of world-wide weather, upcoming events at Browning, Mark Zuckerberg’s $3 billion pledge to cure disease, candle making, highlights of Italy, and our new Head of School.
The first edition of “The Panther Report” thoroughly impressed the audience of teachers and fellow students who eagerly look forward to the next installment in two weeks’ time. Fourth grade teachers Rachel Gerber and Meg Epstein explained, “We wanted the fourth graders to learn about current events and also be able to educate the lower grades in a fun way!” They are pleased and proud of the boys who spent many hours researching and producing their segments. Click here to view photos and video.
Every fall, the Forms V and VI boys are whisked away for three days to visit several college campuses, a trip we believe is unique to Browning. This year, schools visited in order included Union College, Skidmore College, Dartmouth College, University of Vermont, Champlain College, Middlebury College, Bennington College and Williams College. Click here to view photos and video.
On September 9 the Form VI boys, along with Head of Upper School James Reynolds and Director of College Guidance Sanford Pelz '71, escaped the sauna of the city for a one-day retreat to Camp Morty, a Fresh Air Fund site in North Salem, N.Y.
Mr. Reynolds offers the following report: "With the assistance of activities facilitators from the Mountain Workshop, the boys met high- and low-rope challenges designed to encourage teamwork and personal challenge. It was wonderful seeing the boys work together, encourage each other and, generally, enjoy the company of their classmates. Even the students were surprised by the value of the day, noting that the retreat allowed them to reconnect and grow as a group. With the challenge of the college admission process looming, Form VI boys started the year off understanding the value of fraternity and ready to support, celebrate and encourage each member of the class as the year moves forward." Click here to view photos.
As The Browning School community gathered in Christ Church for Opening Assembly on September 8, the word “new” was used more than once by school leaders who addressed all those present. Firstly, Head of School John Botti welcomed everyone, expressing to those boys and faculty just joining Browning that he, too, is new, having come on board July 1. Mr. Botti read the words of both the Browning Mission and Diversity Statements, noting that while many in the audience are familiar with them, they still represent what Browning aspires to and ring true each year. Click here to read more details, including greetings from the student government president and division heads, as well as all the Form VI boys coming forward to introduce themselves.