On the morning of September 19, Forms V and VI boarded a coach bus to begin the annual Browning School College Trip. Led by Director of College Guidance Sanford Pelz, who was accompanied by Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds, English teacher Kevin Dearinger and history teacher Steve Jasikoff, the juniors and seniors spent the next three days exploring the campuses of Drew University, Lehigh University, Muhlenburg University, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
The Browning School
2012 Forms V and VI Explore College Campuses
2012 Fifth Grade Boys Tour Mystic Seaport
2012 Browning Boys Traverse Brooklyn Bridge
On September 19 (a gloriously sunny and temperate day), second grade boys, accompanied by teachers Rachel Gerber and Alison Hilton, along with parent chaperones, took a bus to the Brooklyn Bridge. As the East River sparkled beneath them, the group walked across the pedestrian promenade of this iconic feature of the New York City skyline. A link between the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge, which serves approximately 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day, was the longest steel suspension bridge of its day when it opened in 1883.
Every year, Browning’s second grade class pays a visit to the bridge, learning about its history beforehand as part of their year-long study of all the city’s boroughs. In fact, their teachers quizzed the boys a bit before they disembarked from the bus on Wednesday, asking them about its creator, John Augustus Roebling, and the fact that his son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer upon his father’s death. (In 1869, just before construction began, Roebling was injured while taking some compass readings across the East River and died of tetanus three weeks later. Washington's wife, Emily, assisted her husband to see the bridge completed.)
The boys each carried a clipboard with them to record what they saw during their crossing, including the Statue of Liberty, Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges, bikers, boats and so on. The boys also sketched what they saw of the New York City skyline from their vantage point on the bridge. With pencils in hand, many of them were still drawing as they ate their lunch in a nearby park. When asked what they found most interesting about the bridge, they noted the length of it as well as the historical markers and dates along the promenade route. Of course, being able to reach out and touch the cables was definitely a bonus! Click here to view photos.
2012 Alumni Soccer Game
2012 New Boys in Forms III-IV Meet School Leaders Over Breakfast
2012 Alumni Council Meeting
2012 Form VI Breakfast
On Monday, September 10, Headmaster Clement hosted Form VI for breakfast in the Cook Room. Class rings were distributed to the seniors by Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Haase, and the boys also had the opportunity to learn more about the Alumni Association from Mr. Haase, Ms. Neller and Mr. Pelz '71. Please click here for the photos!
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