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 were: 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.
The Browning athletics program had a strong start at this year's preseason camp. Athletic Director Andrew West '92 noted that a record number of 63 boys attended. Luke Barba '17 offers the following recap: "With many questions coming into camp, long-tenured players and new freshmen stepped up and filled the void left by last year's graduating class. Alex Liptak '20 and Zac Brown '20 both proved to be remarkable goalkeepers, while Micah Bowey '17 and George Allen '17 will anchor the midfield for varsity soccer. The cross country team ran well during camp; Alex Lopez-Velasco '17 and Patrick Lopez '17 look to lead this team to cross glory." Click here to view photos.
Form VI boys, parents and the entire Browning community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2016 during graduation exercises on June 15 at Christ Church. Headmaster Clement, President of the Board of Trustees Sam Weinhoff and Upper School Head Jim Reynolds presented diplomas to each member of the graduating class.
In a beloved tradition carried forth during his many years as Headmaster, Mr. Clement remarked upon the major accomplishments of each and every Form VI Browning boy. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and their families! Click here to view photos from the graduation exercises at Christ Church, as well as a video of Honorary Trustee and Former Board President James Chanos imparting a wealth of advice to the graduates.
Lower School Closing took place on June 10 at Christ Church, as is tradition. Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn welcomed the community and congratulated the boys on their accomplishments during the past school year, while Head of Middle School Chris Dunham welcomed those boys headed into fifth grade to Middle School at Browning.
The fourth grade boys, in particular, showed their maturity by standing proudly at the podium, recounting their memories of Lower School and thanking those who contributed to their success, especially their teachers, parents and families.
Musical performances are a wonderful and traditional part of Lower School Closing. Under the direction of Lower School music teacher Lucy Warner, the boys regaled the audience with a number of songs. For their grand finale, Headmaster Clement was asked to stay standing at the podium. The boys then filled the aisles and front of the church, wearing top hats and brandishing canes, as they performed a lively song and dance choreographed by Ms. Warner to honor Mr. Clement for 28 years as Headmaster. In the spirit of the moment, Mr. Clement "borrowed" a top hat from one of the boys and, with a broad smile, tipped it to the audience in a fond farewell.
Congratulations to all! Click here to view photos.
Every year, Form VI boys participate in Senior Projects during the last three weeks of the school year, volunteering with nonprofit organizations across the city. Click here to view photos and read a report from faculty advisor Janet Lien.