In what had already been a successful year for the Browning Panthers, this spring the tennis team added two more championships to their already impressive accomplishments, while the track team won numerous golds, finishing third overall for boys at the NYCAL Championships.
On May 17, Middle School history teacher Mary Bosworth and art teacher Kate Bancroft accompanied 30 sixth grade boys to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they viewed objects in two galleries showcasing artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and North, Central and South America, as well as classical art of the Greeks and Romans. Read more.
We congratulate the Class of 2018 on an amazing year as they enter the final month of their Browning careers. Click here to view a selection of colleges offering admission to our seniors.
Second and third grade parents and teachers spent the first hour of their day on May 9 in the Browning cafeteria, where they recognized the efforts, creativity and imagination of the second and third graders during the Lower School Science Exhibition. The boys and their science teachers, Julia Kingsdale and Emilie Wolf, had set up an impressive array of science projects, which the students were eager to explain in exacting detail. This morning of scientific discovery and sharing of knowledge represents a culmination of experimentation and modification. Read more.
Organized by Browning’s Green Team and still going strong in its fourth year, Biodiversity Day was once again a huge success, thanks to the boys, guest naturalists, teachers and staff who braved unseasonably chilly temperatures to identify the amazing species that dwell in Central Park. Read more.
On April 29, 2018 the Browning Parents Association held its first-ever Fun*Raiser at Chelsea Piers to support the School. The event, which was open to all ages, included parents, students, siblings and extended family. Parkour, basketall, gaga, soccer, rock-climbing, “swinging” in the batting cages and playing bubble soccer with Head of School John Botti were among the many activities enjoyed by the Browning community. The carnival booths, online auction and giant dunk tank with its target, Assistant Head of School/Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn, were also at the top of the “must do” list. Read more.
Thanks to the generous donation from an anonymous parent, six faculty members from the Science and Computer Science and Engineering departments attended SXSW; a conference in Austin Texas that fosters creative and professional growth, and is known as a destination for discovery. Faculty spent five days together attending sessions, workshops and keynote speakers finding and learning about inspirational ideas. At the conclusion of every day, the group met to record and summarize their experience in those sessions and discuss possible classroom projects or lessons. Learn more.
Former Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III, who retired in 2016 after serving The Browning School for 28 years, returned with his wife Sally and family members on April 18 for the formal unveiling of his official portrait by artist Ronald Sherr. Along with faculty members, Browning Trustees and parents from the Class of 2016 (who helped underwrite the portrait) were present for this special occasion. Read more.
On Friday, April 13, more than 160 alumni and guests returned to Browning for the annual Alumni Reunion. Alumni ranging from the Classes of 1950 to 2013 returned to Browning, along with a number of current and former faculty, for the Upper School assembly, True Grytte Society and Donor Recognition Luncheon, and the Reunion reception. Read more.
Dr. Gerald Protheroe was one of 25 participants invited to attend a round table conference, The State of the European Union and the Transatlantic Alliance, at the Center for Global Affairs, the School of Professional Studies, New York University, on April 6. During this in-depth exercise, 25 experts engaged in discussion on several major themes relating to the relationship between the European Union and the United States. Read More.
As part of their study of the American Revolutionary era, the fourth grade class toured George Washington's headquarters at the historic Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan. The early American tavern, which now serves as a museum, is notable as the site of Washington’s farewell to his officers after British troops evacuated New York in 1783. Read More.
Artwork created by Browning boys under the direction of art teachers Nik Vlahos and Kate Bancroft brightened the Kurani Gym and other spaces within the School during the Annual Art Show attended by proud parents and siblings, as well as the boys, faculty, staff and Trustees. From the Upper School self portraits to the ever-popular penguins made by the Kindergarten boys, the hard work and talent at every division level was evident. Read More.
In recognition of both International Women's Day on March 8 -- which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women -- and Women's History Month (March), Browning invited guest speakers to address students in all division levels. Read more.
When the third graders came to social studies class one morning to learn about the Pilgrims, they didn’t expect to meet an actual member of the Mayflower ship that famously transported the first English Puritans to the New World in 1620!
Susanna White, played by an actress from Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of 17th century colonial and native New England, in Plymouth, Mass., paid a trip to Laura Alterman and Susan Kehoe’s third grade classes to enhance their curriculum and reinforce what the boys had already learned about the first English Puritans. Click here to watch a video and learn more about the historian's visit.
The Grytte newspaper staff organized their second annual journalism conference to allow more than 70 student journalists from Brearley, Browning, Columbia Prep, Dalton, Marymount, Nightingale, Riverdale, Regis, Spence and Trinity high school journalists network with each other and discuss common issues that they face as student-news organizations.
The conference also featured a student moderated panel of professional journalists from Fortune Magazine, New York Times and Financial Times, who discussed the importance of reputable and established agencies in a world where journalism is becoming increasingly decentralized through social media. Click here to learn more about the conference.
The 2017-18 winter season at Browning was filled with highlights and rebuilding. The varsity basketball team started the season off with high hopes, and that excitement grew after they won both the LREI Preseason Tournament and their annual game at Barclays. The JV Panthers had an impressive 14-8 record, advancing to the playoffs but coming up short against Loyola. The fifth and sixth grade teams were a combined 10-10; both teams improved throughout the season, making the outlook bright for the future. The varsity squash team had another successful season with a 14-8 record, as more and more boys are interested in the sport. Lastly, our fencers represented Browning with grace and grit, as they were an integral part of the Chapin Interschool team. Click here to read individual reports for each winter team and view photos.
Head of School John Botti joined more than 100 fellow Heads of School in the New York City metropolitan area and across New York State in signing to the U.S. president and legislative leaders in support of gun reform legislation to make schools safer. The letter was published as a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Click here to read the full text of the letter.
The Search Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Gene Campbell as Browning's new Head of Upper School. Mr. Campbell, senior dean of students at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., will begin his term on July 1, 2018.
Mr. Campbell has enjoyed an impressive 12+ year career as a teacher and administrator at St. Albans, one of our nation's premier independent boys schools. In addition to his duties as senior dean of students, he also serves as assistant director of upper school admission at St. Albans, teaches English in the upper school, helped create the school's character education and advisory curriculum and has coached football and basketball. Prior to his arrival at St. Albans, Mr. Campbell taught at the Kent School in Connecticut and earned his B.A. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in English from the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College. Click here to read more details from our Head of School.
Chair of the Classics Department John Young elaborates on a recent trip taken to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Form III Latin students: Owing to the ease with which the stories and their heroes can be allegorized to demonstrate spiritual, moral and political truths, classical mythology has inspired artists of all times and places and continues to do so today, as Form III Latin students discovered at the Met. They have been reading mythological adventures in Latin and visited the museum to see for themselves different artistic expressions of their reading material. Click here to watch a video and learn more details.
The Search Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Passno as Browning’s new Head of Middle School. Ms. Passno, director of outreach and public purpose at The Spence School, will begin her term on July 1, 2018.
The Committee is impressed by Ms. Passno’s many years of teaching at the middle school level, as well as her administrative experience and collaboration with the three division directors at Spence in building a vision for purposeful and ongoing service learning among all grade levels. She also founded and co-directed the Teaching Institute at Spence and serves on the faculty of Teachers College’s Klingenstein Summer Institute. Her 10-year career at Spence and her additional independent school credentials – including positions at Boston University Academy and The Webb School (Tenn.) – have prepared Ms. Passno for her new role at The Browning School. Click here to read more details from our Head of School.