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. Click here to learn more about this field trip.

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 '71. 

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.

Week in Pictures, April 18-22

On April 20, Mr. Prestigiacomo's Form IV Music Survey class walked through Central Park to attend the final dress rehearsal of Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" at the Metropolitan Opera House.

On April 20, the fourth grade class took a trip to the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), where they played with the mathematical interactive exhibits and participated in an instructional lesson on graph theory.

The fifth grade science classes ventured through the Central Park Ramble on April 21 to spot birds they have been studying in class with Roger Pasquier, a famed birder who is the former Director of Foundations for the National Audubon Society, Inc. The two classes managed to spot and record 18 species, including the downy woodpecker, Pale Male (the red tail hawk), a goldfinch and many cardinals. The boys also encountered a police officer on horseback from the Central Park precinct and were excited to talk to him and pet his steed.

The Green Team sustainability club celebrated Earth Day with planting parties in the youngest grades on April 21 and 22 using the "Clement seeds" distributed at the Parents Association's Spring Benefit. Club members also hosted a dress-down day and bake sale to support the upcoming Biodiversity Day on May 13.

On April 22, the second grade boys were visited by Erika Witt, grandmother of three Browning boys, who discussed her experiences immigrating to the United States. Originally from Austria, Ms. Witt's family fled to Germany during World War II and then left for America in 1952. A talented storyteller, Ms. Witt told the boys, who have been studying immigration in their social studies unit, poignant stories about her travels at sea for 10 days and starting a life in America with only $11 to support an entire family. She currently resides near Philadelphia where she volunteers her time helping immigrants to learn English. 

On April 22, the Grytte newspaper staff released their third issue, spotlighting Headmaster Clement’s 28 years of leadership. The issue was distributed to the 900 guests the night before at a celebration in Mr. Clement’s honor at the Met.

Week in Pictures, April 11-15

On behalf of fellow first grade teacher Hallie Fischberg and associate teacher Katie Smith, first grade teacher Julianne Rowland reports below on the boys’ adaptation of “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. 

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, “The Sneetches” is about two types of creatures who are separated by having or not having stars on their bellies. The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches are depressed, prohibited from associating with the star-bellied sneeches until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along with his Star-on and Star-off machines. He begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and soon they are happy! The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not; they are all really the same and can coexist and be friends with one another! We loved this play because of its powerful message: “If every Sneetch were the same you see, you wouldn't be you and I wouldn't be me!” As an introduction to their play, the boys read a poem about being different and how it makes our world special. 

Thanks to the first graders for reminding us all of what makes the world go ‘round!

The Form VI boys recently took part in a Life Skills workshop in which they viewed the documentary, "The Hunting Ground," which focuses on the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The subsequent discussion was moderated by Angela Fernandez from the Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program. Ms. Fernandez had previously worked with the senior peer leaders and Form IV boys at the Interschool Frost Valley trip in January. After lunch, the Form VI boys took a basic CPR certification course.

The Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Fetrow, participated in the Interschool Choral Festival on April 13. The boys performed "J'entends le moulin," a French Canadian folksong, and "Do You Hear The People Sing?" from Les Misérables.

In 13 exciting rounds, 16 boys competed in the Laura P. Muhlfeld Middle School Spelling Bee Finals on April 15. The winner was a Form II boy who correctly spelled the word "neurological," while a Form I boy received Honorable Mention.

Ms. Wolf's Form V/VI Astronomy class took advantage of the sunny weather on April 15, using a telescope with a solar filter to observe sunspots in Central Park.

Week in Pictures, April 4-8

The Upper School chorus performed at the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon, as part of Alumni Reunion.

On April 5 the Form I boys who performed in the fall production of “Comedy of Errors” engaged in a workshop with a teaching artist from BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music). The following day they also took in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry V at BAM.

On April 6 Mr. Prestigiacomo gave a bilingual presentation (now a tradition in Ms. Suárez's Spanish III class) on Cuba and the political changes taking place in this country. Based on his first-hand experience there, he spoke about racial diversity, tolerance, historical evolution, currency, media and more.

On April 7 several faculty represented Browning at the NYSAIS Diversity Conference, including English teacher Mr. Williams, Multicultural Club advisor Mr. Walker, diversity coordinator Dr. Noel, English teacher Mr. Dearinger, history teacher Ms. Bosworth and first grade teacher Ms. Fischberg. Dr. Noel reported: “It was a great day reflecting on self, community and taking action. I loved the intellectual discourse as well as the brainstorming and conversation with my colleagues."

This year’s conference addressed how educators can build the skills and competencies necessary to effectively engage the different members of our school communities (students, colleagues, parents, etc.) in the tough but essential conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion.

On April 7 and 8 the Form I boys explored the great outdoors with an overnight trip to the Hudson Valley where they seined for macro-invertebrates in the local streams and assembled earth sculptures inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy at Black Rock Forest. On the way home they stopped at the open-air museum, Storm King Art Center, to see its monumental, contemporary outdoor sculptures.

To celebrate the 19th edition of Independent Voices, five Upper School boys performed their original poetry at Barnes and Noble on April 8 before an audience of family, friends, teachers and peers. With quick-witted charm, two of the boys who are seniors, doubled as emcees for the event.

March 19-22: Spring Training

The varsity baseball team headed to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for spring training during the School’s Spring Break. Coach Andrew West ’92 reports: The teams played in an intra-squad scrimmage and also competed in games against Pro Teach Baseball Academy and Staley High School. These games provided the coaches with an opportunity to access the boys in game situations. The boys also bonded over a trip to a Mets game against the Red Sox, where Browning got a shout-out on the giant billboard! 

For the second time, the track team also traveled to Port St. Lucie. Coach Bernard reports: The boys worked hard on the four basic types of interval sessions: short (100 meters), middle-distance (600 to 1200), long (1600 meters/one mile) and mixed (3000 meters) distance. Several sessions were also dedicated to the 4x100 and 4x200 baton passing. This hard work should pay off in a few weeks; I am hoping for a great track 2016 season. 

Tennis players of all ability levels enjoyed the warmth of Port St. Lucie as they played over the course of four days. Morning sessions consisted of practicing groundstrokes, net play and overheads, serving and rallying. The afternoon sessions consisted of doubles and singles match play. During rain and downtime, the players watched the BNP Paribas tournament on TV together. 

March 13-18

Fifteen Browning boys competed alongside 900 chess player in the NYS Chess Championship in Saratoga Springs last weekend. One of our third graders in the K-5 Elementary Reserve group achieved 2016 NYS co-champion status, finishing in a four-way tie for first place! Our chess team will compete in the National Elementary Championship May 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Go, Browning Chess!

Middle and Upper School boys excelled in a regional programming hackathon/codeathon on March 13 at Riverdale Country School. Teams vying in this "friendly" competition had to develop a solution to a common problem using any language/technology available. Browning's Middle School team won in the Beginner’s category for an anti-bullying educational app using the Scratch program language.

On March 14, Form IV and VI winners of the American Mathematics Competition celebrated Pi Day with tasty servings of fruit pie in the cafeteria. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Ms. Ryan's French IV class recently visited the United Nations. The father of one of the students is the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations. The boys were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the UN by two young Spanish nationals who work for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations. They toured the floor of the Security Council and viewed the tapestry of Picasso's famous anti-war painting "Guernica”.

On St. Patrick's Day, the Grytte newspaper staff -- along with the likes of a Lower School "leprechaun" -- greeted Art Show attendees with a Top o' the Mornin' and a copy of their latest edition.

On March 17 Browning's baseball, tennis and track teams departed for Port St. Lucie, Fla., for spring training.

March 7-11

Twenty-five second, third and fourth grade boys competed in this month's Lower School Laura P. Muhlfeld Spelling Bee. The winner, a third grade boy who also won last year, triumphed by correctly spelling the word “reminiscence."

The annual legacy photo was taken on March 9 in the Cook Room. Eleven alumni currently have sons attending the School. The fathers and their sons (a total of 15 boys) were all present for this year's photo shoot!

On March 9, our Mock Trial team was victorious against Global Learning Collaborative HS in Round 3 of the Mock Trial tournament. This win places the Browning team in the top 32 schools from the NYC region, out of over 100 when the season began. They compete in Round 4 on March 16 as the defense against the Ramaz School.

Ms. Kingsdale's Pre-primary class received a visit from some reptilian friends on March 10, including a ball python, courtesy of a biologist from The American Museum of Natural History.

On March 10 and March 11, Dr. Linton Wells II ’63 graciously spoke to both sections of Ms. Lien’s Form VI “Global Citizenship” class about his work with STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research--Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support). This effort is derived from a research project called TIDES, coordinated at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. STAR-TIDES promotes sustainable support to stressed populations – post-war, post-disaster or impoverished – in foreign or domestic contexts, for short-term or long-term operations. Prior to establishing this organization, Dr. Wells spent 51 years with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Wells spoke with Form VI about STAR-TIDES and its global effects, as well as the importance of implementing thoughtful, sustainable technologies in developing nations. Using a range of props (including a solar cooker, an easy-to-build stove, and a solar-powered LED lamp), Dr. Wells discussed ways in which seemingly simple and rudimentary tools can mean the difference between life and death for people in the third world. In 1995, he was the recipient of Browning's Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award, the Alumni Association's highest distinction. 

February 29-March 5

The Lower School hockey Squirt select team (nine- and 10-year olds) came in second place on Feb. 29! 

Our Mock Trial team was victorious on March 2 in round two against James Baldwin HS. They will represent the prosecution this Wednesday, March 9, against Global Learning Collaborative HS.

Ms. Resika's AP Calculus class studied the cylindrical shell method via a sliced bundt cake demonstration on March 3. The boys sliced the cake in a special way, then took the integral in order to calculate the volume of a special solid (a solid of revolution).

On March 4, members of the Multicultural Club and Think Tank explored the culture and history of Harlem, visiting notable sites including Hamilton Grange, the National Memorial, Striver’s Row, the Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum of Harlem and Amy Ruth’s Restaurant.

Three teams of 14 third and fourth grade Browning boys competed against St. Bernard's and The Dwight School in Browning's inaugural LS Rube Goldberg Competition on March 5. The students incorporated many creative mechanical actions into their Rube Goldberg machines, which were required to complete the simple task of fixing a standard postage stamp onto an envelope. 

February 22-26

Our Mini-Mites (five- and six-year-olds) hockey team placed second in the Lasker Cup Tournament on Feb. 22!

As part of their fractions unit, the sixth grade boys were asked to make up and solve their own word problems. Each word problem needed to use the fractions 1/2 and 1/3, as well as one of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). You may view their works in the Chanos Gallery on the fourth floor.

On Feb. 24, Modern Languages Chair Ms. Ryan, Spanish teacher Ms. Martinez, art teacher Mr. Davis, and Middle School head Mr. Dunham took all students in Elementary French and Spanish classes on a field trip to the Met. There the boys observed, discussed and sketched works by Picasso to support a shared French/Spanish lesson involving Picasso and his anti-war painting "Guernica." During the trip they also viewed New York City-inspired murals in the area of 125th and Lexington based on "Guernica." Mr. Davis will use the sketches the boys created as a jumping off point for a lesson in Form I art as well.

The third graders performed their class play on Feb. 25 about the pilgrims' story of coming to the New World, a subject matter they are currently studying in social studies.

February 17-21

On Feb. 17 the Mock Trial team held a friendly scrimmage against the Trinity School. In the first competitive round of this year’s tournament, our team will face The Yeshiva University HS for Boys on Feb. 24 at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, 100 Centre Street.

On Feb. 18, the Harvard Crimson published an article about the recent CS50 Hackathon that Browning hosted with Harvard and Microsoft. "CS50 Forays into High School Computer Science with AP Pilot,” features interviews with Director of Academic Technology Mr. Khan and one of our Form V boys.  Harvard also published a video to their YouTube page on "What is CS50 AP?” which was filmed at Browning and features many of our boys and faculty.

At the Upper School assembly on February 19, corporate lawyer and past Browning parent David Keyko (father of Chris '15) discussed a pro bono capital punishment case on which he had worked for 20 years representing Alabama death row prisoner Donnis Musgrove. Mr. Keyko was joined by Valerie Seiling Jacobs, a former corporate lawyer and current Columbia University writing teacher and journalist, who is working on a book regarding Keyko's case, and Browning alumnus Samora Legros ’03, a recent graduate of the Southern University Law Center.

The assembly was a poignant continuation of the conversation regarding capital punishment and social and criminal justice that Bryan Stevenson, public-interest lawyer and author of the 2015 Common Book "Just Mercy," began with the Browning community when he spoke here in October. In fact, the case was brought to the attention of Mr. Keyko by associates at his law firm in New York City who had been contacted by Mr. Stevenson's organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala.

The fifth graders traveled to the Buehler Challenger Space and Science Center on Feb. 19 to participate in a simulated space mission to the Moon.

The Upper School Math Team represented Browning with great spirit and energy in pink team shirts at the Interschool Math Bowl competition on Feb. 20.

The Upper School Science Bowl team competed in the Science Bowl Invitational at Hunter College on Feb. 21. They made it to the final rounds losing by only eight points to one of Stuyvesant’s teams. Our boys beat Dalton, Trinity and Stuyvesant leading up to the final rounds. Congratulations to all the boys who competed in these contests; some were involved in more than one--now that takes "grytte!"

February 8-13

The JV basketball team finished the season on February 8 with an exciting victory over Trinity School, 56-47. The JV Panthers have had nine wins this season. 

The Advanced CS class working on Java on CodeHS on February 9. They will take the AP Java test this May.

Members of Browning's Green Team and Hewitt's Sustainability Club met on February 11 to discuss plans for May 13, when Browning will hold its second Biodiversity Day and Hewitt's Upper School will clean up a beach.

Browning's Middle School Science Bowl team excelled in the Regional Science Bowl competition on February 13. Our first team ended with a total of six wins and two losses, and our second team ended with five wins and two losses. These wins include Bay Academy, MS 224, Explore Charter School and Hunter College High School.

February 1-5

Writer and young alum Alex Vadukul ’07 spoke to the Grytte student newspaper staff on February 1 about the art of the interview and being a storyteller. He is a longtime contributor to the New York Times, as well as the US editor of Port Magazine and a food columnist for Opening Ceremony.

The Spanish IV and Conversation Spanish classes at Repertorio Español theater on February 2, where they watched "La Casa de Bernarda Alba," Federico García Lorca's masterpiece on gender inequality.

A packed house of parents watched a screening of the educational documentary "Most Likely To Succeed” on February 3; afterward a group of faculty led a discussion focused on education in the 21st century and how Browning prepares our boys for college and beyond.

Fourth grade boys singing Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" in Ms. Warner's music class on February 4; the song was often performed by Peter, Paul and Mary.


The Pre-primary boys took a snowy field trip to the Central Park Zoo on February 5 to participate in the Penguin Pals Program! The boys learned how these flightless birds survive in the wild and had a chance to meet some up close.