Week in Pictures, February 13-26

Fifth graders took to the theater to see the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” after reading the young readers' edition in class. The boys learned about the lives of the black female "computers" employed by NASA, tying their studies to February’s Black History Month and March’s Women's History Month.

Browning's Squirt Select hockey team took first place in the Lasker Cup, defeating Buckley, St. Bernard's and Saint David's! Other successes included our Mini Mite team coming in third and our Mite team coming in second in their respective tournaments. 

On February 15, fifth grade teacher Mr. Ragsdale, head librarian Ms. Murphy, technology integrator Mr. Harp, Pre-primary associate Mr. Berry and science teacher Ms. Kingsdale attended a NYSAIS Workshop on "Developing a Holistic Approach to Gender and Sexuality for Grades K-8" at the Berkeley Carroll School. The workshop addressed diversity in gender expression, gender identity, sexuality and family structure, as well as a biological understanding of the body as it relates to sex, gender, puberty and reproduction.

The Laura P. Muhlfeld Middle School Spelling Bee Finals were held on February 16. The winning word, taken from the list of unrehearsed words, was "polytheism.” 

The fifth and sixth grade Guys Read night was held on February 22; boys and their adult buddies discussed "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker.

Olympian Day X was held on February 24, with boys in Ms. Bosworth's sixth grade history class and Mr. Dearinger’s Form I English classes dressed as Greek gods and heroes as they presented reports on their characters.

The Upper School Math Team represented Browning in the Interschool Math Bowl at Brearley, demonstrating hard work and focus.

Week in Pictures, February 6-10

The Gender Studies & Feminism Club, led by its president Alex Lopez-Velasco '17, participated in a Girl Up meeting at Dominican Academy, where they had an open discussion about issues of equity with respect to the rights of women and the LGBT community. This was the second joint meeting of the clubs. Participants from both schools have found great value in their new connection, and they look forward to finding more opportunities to work together in the future. The Gender Studies & Feminism Club meets every Wednesday in the Upper Library at 7:45 a.m. and is open to all faculty and students.

The Kurani Gym was transformed into a courtroom as the Mock Trial Club presented an assembly for the Upper School in which they acted out a civil case related to a wrongful arrest. The trial was presided over by a class parent, Judge Ed Hartzog, who was extremely impressed by the hard work and talents demonstrated by the team. He offered invaluable advice following the trial. The assembly was an opportunity for the boys to learn and grow in preparation for their competitions in March.

The varsity basketball team defeated Loyola 57-55 to earn a playoff bid on February 7. Down 29-38 at the break, the Panthers played incredible second half defense and made timely baskets on their way to a 57-55 win. Coach Ragsdale reported, "What a game!"

On February 8 the fourth graders visited the New York Historical Society to inform their study of the American Revolution. They viewed works of art depicting important scenes from the time period, held and discussed artifacts that soldiers and colonists might have used, and worked in small groups to come up with questions for their group leader. 

The second week of the February Lower School Read-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit Room To Read saw classmate "buddies" read to each other as well as receive faculty guest readers in the classroom!

Week in Pictures, January 20-February 5

As part of the annual Interschool 10th grade trip, Browning sophomores spent three rewarding days at Frost Valley YMCA Camp in the Catskills, where they engaged in workshops concerning gender, equity and inclusivity with members of five other single-sex schools (Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Nightingale and Spence).

The Varsity Basketball Panthers earned their second win of the season on January 20, 54-50, against league opponent LFNY. The varsity squad spent the morning with the first and second graders, who attended the afternoon game to show their support!

On February 1 the second grade boys traveled to the Museum of the City of New York where they participated in a program that covered NYC's history from 1609-1898. The boys were able to examine artifacts and draw conclusions about how people have transformed the city from a trading post to the five-borough metropolis it is today.

ABC News political reporter Shushannah Walshe met with the fourth graders on February 2 and answered their questions about recent events in the news.

As part of their social studies unit on the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World, a museum teacher from Plymouth Plantation visited the third graders. Dressed in character dating to the time period of the Mayflower’s arrival, she showed them artifacts from that era, which they examined in order to better appreciate life during those early days in America.

Lower School boys participated in the first-ever Read-A-Thon fundraiser on February 3, with proceeds to benefit Room to Read. The boys will each read for approximately 180-300 minutes in total. Room to Read operates in collaboration with Asian and African governments to develop literacy skills and provide supplies for libraries in these areas.

It was another great weekend for Browning Hockey, as the first grade Mites beat Riverbank on Saturday and St. David's on Sunday. The Mini Mites (first graders, Pre-primary and preschool siblings) won their two tournament games on Sunday against the Ice Cats and Ice Hawks. 

Week in Photos, January 23-28

The Browning Middle School Science Bowl team excelled in the Regional Science Bowl Competition at Hunter College High School on January 28. Browning was represented by two teams. Team One made it all the way to the finals, finishing second overall in schools three to four times its size. Advisor Melodie Ting noted, "This was the best showing Browning has ever had in a regional competition against large public schools in New York City."

The Lower School boys displayed great listening and music appreciation skills as they experienced the annual Lower School Assembly Concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians! "Special guest" classical guitarist Michael Smith performed two solo guitar works, followed by the spirited, charming sounds of a four-movement Boccherini quintet for two violins, viola, cello and guitar. A special treat for the boys was the fact that both conductor/violist Vincent Lionti and guitarist Michael Smith are Browning dads! 

On January 25, over 100 parents, special friends and students participated in Browning’s “Family Hour of Code.” Attendees enjoyed this special opportunity to practice computer programming (also referred to as computing or coding) together, joining what has become a national and international movement to teach all kids to code. Click here to view additional photos.

Browning parent and alum Ali Theodore '88 spent time with Mr. Symons' fifth and sixth grade music classes on January 27 discussing his career as a producer and songwriter for music and film productions.

The Browning Gender Studies Club welcomed the Dominican Academy's Women's Empowerment Club for a morning meeting in which students and faculty from both schools engaged in a discussion of equality and how men can be allies of women.

As a supplement to the second grade boys' unit on persuasive writing, Ms. Pellenberg invited a class parent to speak to students about his job as a lawyer and how he uses persuasive writing. Ms. Pellenberg remarked, "It was a wonderful way for the boys to see that their work in the classroom has a real life application."

The Winter Running Club, started by Coach Bernard eight years ago, allows our Middle and Upper School boys to stay fit during the cold months, without the stress of competition, in preparation for the upcoming baseball, tennis and track seasons.

Week in Pictures, January 17-21

Mr. Reynolds hosted the Form VI boys at a luncheon at the Century Association, an event that marked the end of the semester-long Advanced Expository Writing class. Each senior wrote and revised a variety of college essays, ranging from the Common Application essay to the various supplements required by colleges and universities. Operating as a writing workshop, each student shared his essay with the class, received constructive criticism from his peers and Mr. Reynolds, and revised his essays as he saw fit. The high point of the lunch was each student's reflection on which one of his peers' essays most moved him. The reflections were thoughtful and revealed the depth of attention and seriousness each student brought to the table to make the workshop a valuable experience. The boys were fortunate to have Mr. Botti and Mr. Pelz join in the class-ending celebration. 

The Varsity Basketball Panthers earned their first win of the season against UNIS, while the JV Panthers bounced back with victories against LREI and Trevor Day.

Lower School boys warmed the winter morning of January 19 with an informal music recital.

On January 20, Middle School boys honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a town hall discussion organized by the Multicultural Club on the theme of "Equity as Fairness.”

Upper School boys attended a presentation by members of the Model UN delegation who will attend the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) in Philadelphia on January 26. The representatives spoke about what comprises a desirable Model UN delegate, as well as the current political situation in the Republic of Yemen, which they will represent this year at ILMUNC. After their presentation, the group answered questions by Upper School boys in the audience.

It was a great weekend for Browning Hockey as the Mites defeated Buckley on February 21. The Mini Mites also played in a tournament against Buckley, St. Bernard's, St. David's and the Hawks (a club team), winning three games and tying for one.

Week in Pictures, January 3-13

The Grytte newspaper staff was given a Gold Medalist rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the four issues they published in 2015-16. The Medalist Critiques are the written evaluation of the publication compared against a set of printed criteria as completed by CSPA judges. Click here to learn more about the Grytte’s trip to the CPSA fall conference.

The Form II boys enjoyed this year's Engineers Teaching Algebra workshop on many levels. Mark Love, who directed the January 4 session, said, "I think these were the two most engaged groups in all the years I have been here." Math Department Chair Michael Klein added, "Finding relevance for what they are learning in the classroom is a powerful component for the boys, and this workshop provides that opportunity.”

The third and fourth grade boys helped make the return of Panther Game Days a success in contests against Loyola on January 5. The boys, along with parents and faculty, were happy to show off their pride and had a great time! 

The JV basketball players kicked off the second half of their season with back-to-back victories against UNIS, 48-34, and Loyola, 63-33. The 7/8 Red team came away with wins against Calhoun in a nail-biter, 37-36, and in another over-time contest with Columbia Prep, 68-64. The fifth grade team won its season opener against the School at Columbia, 26-17; all 19 members of the team played for one full quarter in this true "team victory!”

In preparation for their upcoming unit on Japan, the third grade boys visited the UN as part of their social studies curriculum on world culture.

The two sections of the Intro to Engineering class competed in a robotics competition as a culminating activity for their engineering design project. Each student designed a robot then selected the best design to build, program, test and improve their robots in order to compete against the other section of the class. The winner of that match then went on to compete against the Advanced Robotics team. Watch a livestream of the event here. The Advanced Robotics team will compete at Dalton next month in a NYC regional competition for the First Tech Challenge. 

The fourth graders presented their social studies projects on January 12 based on American colonial resistance, including protesting the Stamp Act, Sugar Act and the Townshend Act.

Week in Pictures, December 4-11

Members of the Multicultural Club are attending the People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Atlanta this week. The PoCC strives to develop, nurture and sustain the leadership and professional journeys of people of color in independent schools. Our boys join more than 1,600 students across the country in exploring the theme of "Advancing Human and Civil Rights: Fulfilling the Dream Together" during general sessions, affinity groups and workshops led by independent school peers. For more information visit pocc.nais.org.

The Browning Green Team participated in the Central Park Pitch In & Pick Up program on December 4, cleaning up a mile-and-a-half loop north of Belvedere Castle. The boys invited the The Hewitt School and Chapin School environmental groups to join them in their service day to exchange ideas and promote more collaborations between the schools.

In keeping with Mr. Bernard's tradition, the sixth graders presented their French monument projects on December 5, demonstrating their creativity in building their models and giving an oral presentation of the history of the monument chosen.

The JV basketball squad continues to heat up with three consecutive wins against Trinity, UNIS and Trevor Day thanks to good defense and excellent shooting! The Middle School Red team is now 3-0 after defeating UNIS by a score of 53-30, while the Black team earned their second victory of the season against Calhoun, 35-29. Go, Panthers!

In the spirit of Guys Read and other book clubs at Browning, the fourth graders and their parents were invited to an evening discussion of the book “Wonder” by RJ Palacio, which they've been reading in their classes with Ms. Gerber and Ms. Epstein.

On December 8, a Lower School recital assembly featured boys playing instrumental pieces on piano and violin.

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The Browning Robotics team reached the semifinal round in the First Tech Challenge on December 10 at John Dewey High School in Coney Island. The boys named their team “Ultro," which roughly translates to "of it's own mind" in Latin. Their goal is to be one of the best teams during the autonomous period, so the robotics team name is subtle yet clear in purpose. 

Our Middle School boys attended the Riverdale AYC Hackathon, finishing the day as a runner-up for coding a game that trains young learners on how to identify fake news online!

Week in Pictures, November 21-30

The senior a cappella chorus performed a rendition of "Lean On Me" at the November Parents Association meeting. Play video to watch the full performance.

Head of School Mr. Botti joined the Pre-primary boys for a Thanksgiving lunch on November 22, where they discussed what they were thankful for.

The varsity basketball Panthers showcased their skills on November 22 at Barclays Center against Churchill, playing their hearts out. 

Guys Read was packed to the gills on November 30 as Grade Three boys discussed "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, while Grade Four boys discussed "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate.

The JV basketball team won back-to-back-to-back victories against Churchill, LFNY and Calhoun, 38-2, 63-38, 46-40, respectively, while both Middle School basketball teams won their season openers against LFNY and BWL, 54-23 and 50-19, respectively. Go, Panthers!

Week in Pictures, November 14-19

The Middle School Council held a Thanksgiving food drive to aid the New York Common Pantry, an organization serving more than 1,000 local families in need. The Council collected 860 pounds of food, which will go a long way in assisting these men, women and children. 

Two Browning teams competed in the Interschool Science Bowl competition, placing second and third out of 12 teams! Browning B was undefeated (6-0) heading to the championship round and competing against Trinity for the fourth straight year. Browning A tied with Brearley A, Chapin A and Trinity B with a (4-2) record, then secured third place by outscoring all other teams by over 100 points! Congratulations to the boys and their dedicated coach, science teacher Melodie Ting!

The junior varsity basketball team won their season opener at the LREI Tip Off Tournament November 17, defeating Léman Prep, 49-24.

The fourth graders are performing acts of kindness for one another and marking those acts with post-it notes and by filling a jar with marbles. This activity is part of a nationwide #choosekind classroom challenge put forth by author R.J. Palacio, author of the book, “Wonder.” 

The Pre-primary boys have been writing and hand delivering Thanksgiving thank you notes to those members of the Browning community, including our teachers, who help us every day.

Week in Pictures, November 7-13

The Feminism and Gender Studies Club represented Browning at The Brearley School’s "Queering Schools on Intersectionality” LGBT educators panel.

Twenty-three of our Lower School and Middle School boys participated in a Fun Run in Central Park to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York! Community Service Coordinator Ms. Gerber reports that the boys and their families raised a remarkable amount of money, with some of our boys among the top five fundraisers! The House provides temporary housing for the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer while these young patients receive treatment at New York’s renowned medical centers. 

The Browning Hockey Mites won their first game against St. Bernard’s.

The Browning Green team organized a sustainability conference of young minds from Spence, Hewitt, Nightingale-Bamford, Calhoun and Brearley to get involved and change the world.

Upper School students participated in two conferences at Horace Mann on November 12 geared toward learning the skills of self-advocacy and academic achievement. Members of Browning's Feminism and Gender Studies Club facilitated a discussion at the 2016 Young Men of Color Symposium on male vulnerability, while English teacher Mr. Williams took several students to the (Re)Defining Power Conference, which focused on identity exploration and learning best practices as allies for young self-identified white men in grades six to 12 in New York City and beyond.

On November 13 the chess Panthers participated in the PS 6 chess tournament where our fourth grade team placed first in the K-8 under 1000 rating division.

Week in Pictures, October 31-November 4

The fourth graders took a field trip to Van Cortland House Museum as part of their study of the American Revolution. They met with a "soldier" in Washington's army who showed them necessary behaviors for being a successful fighter for the cause.

The Pre-primary boys performed “Hooray for Halloween!" for the entire assemblage of Lower School boys and teachers, putting their hearts and body motions into a ‘spirited' performance! Click here to watch.

On November 1, boys in Mr. Symon's Form IV Music Survey class were treated to a matinee performance of “Aida" and guided tour of the Metropolitan Opera by Browning parent Vincent Lionti, violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The first graders in Ms. Kingsdale's class got down and gooey with a hands-on science activity simulating the digestive system. 

On November 2, Dr. William Anderson, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, deliverd a lecture to Mr. Keany's Advanced Physics class.

Week in Pictures, October 17-23

The sixth grade boys took their annual overnight trip to Greenkill, a YMCA camp in Huguenot, New York. They spent two days learning team building, survival skills and the low ropes course. They also went on a night walk in the woods and attended a presentation on birds of prey. As with any camp, the boys stayed in bunks, served as KPs in the dining hall and unplugged from technology for 26 hours. The weather held, despite forecasts for two days of rain. Ms. Bosworth, Ms. Wolf and Mr. Williams shared in the fun. A really good time was had by all!

Liz Repking, founder of Cyber Safety Consulting, spoke to the Parents Association on October 19 on the subject of “cyber safety” and what parents can do to ensure their sons stay safe. Ms. Repking addressed topics such as teens and “sexting,” popular apps and how to use them safely; easy settings to increase child safety online, and how to set restrictions on cell phones and digital devices.

Science teacher Julia Kingsdale took the Pre-primary boys to Central Park on October 20 to collect information "in the field" for their study of trees. The boys gathered leaf and bark rubbings and estimated the age of a tree by measuring its circumference.

The Browning technology department hosted a creative coding event for K-12 teachers and students at ITP - NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Director of Academic Technology Mr. Khan reports that it was organized with Stephen Lewis of the Heschel School, Daniel Fenjves of Upperline Code and Dan Shiffman, a professor at NYU Tisch. More than 50 students and teachers from public and independent schools came together to learn how to use code for expression, as well as to make art, animations and sounds. There will be a follow-up event in the spring. Learn more at: http://ccfest.rocks.

Browning’s Upper School Chess Team won in the Magnus League’s kick-off of its fourth season on October 23. One of our fresmen and seniors won their individual games against host Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. With wins on Boards 2 and 3, coupled with a draw on Board 1, the Panthers overcame their one-player deficit (Board 4) to defeat Columbia and win, 2½-1½. Complete results are posted online at magnusleague.org.

Sixteen Lower School Browning boys recently participated in the Hunter chess tournament where a first grader scored 4-0, winning clear first in the K-1 division; a fourth grader scored 3-1, placing sixth on tiebreak in the booster section; a third grader scored 3-1, also placing sixth in the grades two and three group; and another first grader won 11th place in K-1. Congratulations on a job well done!

Week in Pictures, October 10-16

The Pre-primary boys enjoyed apple-picking and a hay wagon ride at Dr. Davies Farm in the Hudson Valley on October 13. 

The first grade boys visited Queens County Farm on October 14, where they took a hayride, learned about and fed various farm animals, including chickens, cows, alpacas and goats, as well as picked out their own pumpkin from the farm’s patch.

Twenty-two of our youngest Chess Panthers engaged in a Saturday "Learning Tournament" on October 15, where growth and sportsmanship were emphasized. Above are the first graders proudly displaying their trophies.

The Browning Green Team participated in the Pitch In & Pick Up program for the third year in a row on October 16, cleaning up a mile-and-a-half loop south of Belvedere Castle. The boys invited the Spence School environmental group SEED to join them in their service day to exchange ideas and promote more collaborations between the two schools.

One of our fourth grade pianists, who performs at the Brooklyn Music School, was featured in a segment on Fox 5’s "Good Day Street Talk” focusing on the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here to watch.

Month in Pictures, September 2016

On September 7 the Form VI Peer Leaders took the newest members of the Upper School, the Form III boys, to Central Park for orientation and ice breakers. Click here to watch a video about the freshman class' first day of high school.

On September 13, Head of School Mr. Botti hosted Form VI for breakfast in the Cook Room where class rings were distributed to the seniors. The boys also had the opportunity to learn more about the Alumni Association from Director of Alumni Affairs Ms. Lanigan and Alumni Council President Andy Sandberg '01. 

On September 22 the fifth graders enjoyed an overnight trip to Mystic, Conn., where they are learning about 19th-century seafaring life at Mystic Seaport. The boys also visited the Mystic Aquarium and The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

Parents were invited to attend the first Parents Association meeting of the school year on September 28 in the Kurani Gym. The agenda included a demonstration by art teachers Nik Vlahos and Zack Davis of the W.A.S.P. 3-D printer, funded by the PA Spring Benefit, that allows teachers and boys to take ceramic projects to new heights.

On September 28, Browning parent and president and co-founder of KiloWatt Labs Larry Seibert P'22 spoke with the Form V and VI sustainable design class about renewable energy.

On September 29, the Form V video production class met with Senior Vice President and Director of Production of Juice Pharma Michael Kaminski. Mr. Kaminski gave the boys tips and advice on how to produce their own film projects.

Under the guidance of Coach Young (not pictured), the Middle School cross country team members had a great race on September 29. The runners were delighted to each receive a medal for their fine participation in the event. Every boy beat his previous time, with two finishing in the top ten! 

On September 30, as part of Concussion Awareness Week, Nurse Linehan invited Warren Young, M.D., and Mara Sproul, R.N., M.P.A., from NYU Langone Concussion Center to present an information session to the Upper School boys concerning the ever-evolving diagnosis and treatment of concussive syndrome.

Week in Pictures, May 31-June 3

Sixth graders had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Facebook downtown to learn more about Oculus Rift; they are currently designing a video game that will allow them to experience their world in virtual reality!

The Grytte newspaper staff hosted a breakfast with former Grytte editors Chris Russo '15 (Boston College) and Ben Weiner '15 (Franklin & Marshall) on May 31. Both young alums have just completed their freshman year of college. Chris spoke about his experience as an assistant news editor for BC's independent paper, The Heights, and Ben offered advice on making the transition from high school to college.

On June 1 the fourth graders took in a Mets game where they got a shout-out on the Citi Field scoreboard. One of their classmates, who just beat cancer, also received a special congratulatory message! The boys' parents and faculty recently participated in a charity SoulCycle ride to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The hockey Panthers were recognized at an assembly on June 3. This season was the best recruiting year the program ever had, with 21 Pre-primary boys joining the team! Thanks to all our coaches and parent volunteers for the success of this program. The future looks bright for hockey at Browning!

Ms. Suarez’s Spanish conversation class celebrated their last class with a picnic in Central Park where they tasted "mate" tea, a Uruguayan traditional infusion. As always, the boys conversed solely in Spanish. 

Week in Pictures, May 23-27

On May 23, the Grytte newspaper staff had the opportunity to hear from Michael Wilner '07, who is the Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, leading their coverage on Iran, Syria and the US-Israel relationship. Mr. Wilner spoke to the boys about the field of journalism and answered questions.

We gathered all 136 Browning brothers (64 sets) for our annual brothers portrait, just in time for International Brothers Day on May 24.

While “The King Who Couldn’t Laugh” was the title of the fourth grade production in May, the audience could not help but laugh as the boys delivered a constant barrage of witticisms in “Monty Python” style. The play’s plot called for the talented cast of Browning boys, a.k.a. royal subjects, to put a smile on the face of their kingdom’s leader.

Through jokes and a lively rendition of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” the boys took on the task. As Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn noted, it was a great start to the day!

Dr. Lisa Miller, director of clinical psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving,” spoke on May 24 as part of the Parents Association speaker series. For more information, watch her on TEDx and NPR. Read two OP-eds in the New York Times and New York Magazine

Browning’s traditional Senior Class Dinner took place on May 25 at the School, with the graduating class members, their families, faculty and administrators invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the Form VI boys who will receive their diplomas on June 15.

Week in Pictures, May 16-21

The Pre-primary boys minded their Ps and Qs (and all the other letters before and after!) in May when they presented their play, “Browning A-Z: An Alphabetical Journey Through Our Year in Pre-primary.” Audience members were impressed with the boys’ projection and preparation, finding it hard to believe that the 2015-16 school year has nearly ended and these boys will soon move on to Grade One! Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn expressed her thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped make the production such a success.

The Upper School Chorus performed at a May 17 reception to welcome incoming Pre-primary parents. The boys sang "Wake Freshmen Wake!" (from The Yale Songbook), "Bonse Aba" (Zambian Song) and "Rollin' on the Ohio."

One of our talented Form IV musicians (center) played the flute in the InterSchool Orchestra (ISO) Symphony Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 18. The ISO Symphony is one of the leading youth orchestras in the New York City area.

 

The fifth graders spent two days at the Brooklyn Navy Yard workshop of Construction Kids where they built Portuguese Caravel models as part of the class’s study of the Age of Exploration. Click here to watch the trip as explained by Mr. Ragsdale and fifth grade boys.

On May 20 the fifth grade boys play a spirited game of dodgeball against their fathers in the Upper Gym. According to Coach West, the boys won the "warm-up game" and dads won when it counted!

Week in Pictures, May 9-13

Seventeen Lower and Middle School boys recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to compete among 2,200-plus chess players making up over 600 teams from 45 states. Next year they will compete in the super nationals, where they will face teams in grades K through 12.

On May 10, the varsity tennis team placed second in the NYCAL Tennis Tournament. Team captain Del Schunk ’16 won the #1 singles award and was undefeated with four wins. He ends his tennis career at Browning as the winningest player in the last 25 years. 

Del has won all but one of his 34 NYCAL League matches, retiring from one match due to leg cramps. He was undefeated in his six straight NYCAL Tournaments. Del was awarded the NYCAL All League Team Award and the NYCAL All League MVP Award the last two years. These awards are voted on by the coaches in the league, and coaches may not vote for their own school or player. Since Del joined the Browning tennis team, the boys have hoisted five banners: three for undefeated League and League Tournament champions, and two for League Tournament champions.

Coach Klein offered, “In the perfect culmination of his experiences, Del took the initiative as captain to lead by example through his love and commitment to the sport as soon as the season began, even coming to tryouts, and the team responded. His sense of humility while being the top player instilled a respect for the game and sportsmanship in his teammates. It has been a wonderful experience watching Del grow both as a Browning gentleman and as a tennis player over the past six years.”

Liam Kerwin '16 and Julian Orillac '16 were awarded top honors for their original poetry by the Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Society on May 11, performing their work at the Society's annual luncheon at the National Arts Center. Their work was judged by a committee of professional poets in a competition that included 120 schools from across the NYC area. Click here to watch Kerwin and Orillac recite their works.

Four finalists from each grade in the Middle School competed in the Lyman B. Tobin Public Speaking Program on May 11. Boys recited well known works from such literary greats as Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare and Kurt Vonnegut, as well as speeches by world leaders, including John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt.

On May 12, Science Chair and Dean of Students Sam Keany spoke at the annual Black Rock Forest Consortium luncheon alongside presenters from Vassar College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Keany is vice president of the Black Rock Forest Consortium where he taught middle and high school students last summer in the Black Rock Forest Summer Camp "Engineering from Nature." In this biomimetics class students studied insects and other vertebrates, then designed and built vehicles for hostile environments based upon inspiration from the organisms. The luncheon was attended by Headmaster Clement and Browning science teachers Chris Dunham, Julia Kingsdale, Betty Noel, Melodie Ting and Emilie Wolf. 

Week in Pictures, April 30-May 6

Ms. Gerber thanks all the Browning boys, siblings, parents and teachers who came out to support the Memorial Sloane Kettering Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer event on April 30.

The boys in Dr. Wisniewski's Ancient Greek class took a trip to Astoria, Queens on May 4 to celebrate the area's Greek-American heritage. After stopping in Athens Square Park and reviewing statues of famous Greek philosophers and artists, they read passages from great works and headed to a local restaurant for a meal of authentic Greek food. Click on image to view full photo.

On May 4, Jason Brucker, M.D., and Mara Sproul, R.N., M.P.A., from NYU Langone Concussion Center gave an informative and well received presentation at a recent Parents Association meeting concerning the ever-evolving diagnosis and treatment of concussive syndrome.

Form VI boy Awen Abaatu ’16 received a Certificate of Accomplishment for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations at a private ceremony on May 4. The Prize promotes "harmony, understanding and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.”

Sixteen third and fourth grade boys participated in the Lower School Lyman B. Tobin Public Speaking Program on May 5. The four finalists recited works from Roald Dahl and Niki Alling, as well as Lou Gehrig’s "Farewell Address.”

The Middle School Chorus participated in the Trills and Thrills music festival at Six Flags Great Adventure on May 6. The boys sang a French Canadian folksong called "J'entends le moulin" and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from "Les Miserables" under the direction of Ms. Fetrow. Afterward they enjoyed the afternoon by riding on roller coasters at the amusement park

Week in Pictures, April 25-29

A quartet of Browning Upper School boys performed in The Nightingale-Bamford School's production of "The Music Man” this week, alongside students from  Allen-Stevenson, Collegiate, Grace Church, Horace Mann, and Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts.

In a joint modern language/art project, the fifth grade boys visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view portraits. Spanish students saw at and sketched works by Spanish-speaking artists, including El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso and Miró, while French students spent time in the special exhibit on Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, viewed decorative arts dating from the late 18th century France, and viewed and sketched works by Louis David, Géricault, Millet, Cézanne and Léger. The boys will be using their sketches in art class as a basis for a portrait in acrylic paint on canvas. Once their portraits are completed, the boys will complete a project in Spanish or in French in which they describe the image they created and give a brief biography of the original painter.

On April 27 and 28, Form III boys traveled to Black Rock Forest to collect data for their biology projects. Accompanied by science teachers Dr. Noel, Ms. Ting and Mr. Keany, the class enjoyed great weather conditions as they tapped maple trees for sap, collected newts and millipedes to study toxins, and sampled water in the Upper Reservoir for purity assays, among many other tests. The natural resources and professional staff at Black Rock Forest are incomparable assets supporting these foundational experiences in basic scientific research.

On April 28, the sixth grade boys took in the Gods and Mortals exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, which features artifacts never before seen in the USA from Ancient Dion, city of Zeus.

The Form II class took their annual trip to Washington, D.C., for three days, visiting the Holocaust Museum, Newseum, Air and Space Museum and Spy Museum, as well as memorials to Lincoln, Washington, Vietnam War and World War II. The boys also toured the Capitol and enjoyed a Nationals baseball game.