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Form VI Retreat Allows Boys to Reconnect and Celebrate the Coming Year

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.

A New School Year Begins at Browning!

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.

Freshmen and Veterans Step Up Their Game at Preseason Sports Camp

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.

Graduation 2016

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.

"Hats Off" to Headmaster Clement at Lower School Closing

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.

Seniors Volunteer Time & Energy During Final Weeks of School Year

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.

Dutch Day Concludes Third Graders’ Study of New Amsterdam

In explaining Dutch Day, held in the Cafeteria on June 7 and hosted by the third grade boys, teacher Susan Kehoe said, “The boys have learned about New Amsterdam and Colonial America in class. On Dutch Day, dressed as individuals who lived in New Amsterdam, they talked about their characters, including a ferry man, lawyer and farmer, to name but a few. The letters that they wrote, along with their writing samples from a recent unit, were available for parents and faculty to read. They were great! The boys have been working hard on their own picture books using Chris Van Allsburg as a mentor author.” Mr. Van Allsburg, a Caldecott Medal winner, is a writer and illustrator of such children’s books as “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.”

Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn, who spoke to attendees as Dutch Day concluded, said, “This particular event is one of the most important in the school year. We thank the teachers and parents for their encouragement and support as the boys completed their impressive projects.” Click here to view photos.

Technology Department Members Sponsor Tech Expo

On June 1 Browning's technology department held a Tech Expo in the Kurani Gym to highlight the School's comprehensive and engaging tech program. Projects from all tech classes (Pre-primary through advanced computer science), were presented to the boys, parents and faculty. Director of Academic Technology Saber Khan provides the following report:

Projects included the first graders' Lego soccer game controlled by computer program; 3D virtual reality by Form II boys; and independently developed websites from Form V boys. In the middle of the gym, the robotics class set up a game arena where two "bots" built and programmed by Form IV boys competed in the afternoon. Click here to watch a video about the Form IV robots and photos from the Expo. 

Grytte Newspaper Staff Tour Reuters Times Square

On May 26, the Grytte newspaper staff toured Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. After a brisk walk to Times Square in 90-degree heat, the boys were anxious to enter the building. The boys were then led a tour through the newsroom where the staff were able to see reporters at work and a television room, in which Reuter’s video segments were filmed. Click here to read a report by young alum and former editor of the Grytte, Chris Russo '15, who is now attending Boston College where he is an assistant news editor for the college's independent publication, The Heights.

The Month of May is Filled with Music at Browning!

Ninety-one Browning performers ranging from Pre-primary to Form II musicians were presented in May during this year’s annual Browning School Spring Recital series. Lucy Warner, Lower School music specialist, explained that the boys’ parents and other family members attended and enjoyed hearing a broad range of instruments, including piano, violin, cello, guitar and saxophone.

During a Lower School Assembly in May, Ms. Warner asked questions of the boys in the audience about George Gershwin as they concluded their study of him as part of the Composer of the Month series. Their knowledge was impressive! A surprise musical performance on piano of Gershwin’s “Prelude No. 1” by a Form I boy followed, resounding throughout the Lower Gym and resulting in a standing ovation.

During the final Parents Association meeting of the school year, both the Upper School Chorus under the direction of David Prestigiacomo and the Ovation Orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Ragonese performed, much to the delight of all those parents in attendance. Music in all its many forms is alive and well among the youngest to the oldest boys in Browning’s student body. Bravo! View photos.

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