Our fall athletes showed Browning "grytte" and determination in a season that saw the debut of the 5-6 competitive soccer team, strong performances from the 7-8 team, and a first place finish by Cross Country co-captain Ryan Eagan '20 at the NYCAL Championships. Congratulations to all the Browning sports teams on a great season!
The fifth grade class spent time learning more about how colonial America’s seafaring past shaped life today when they took a recent overnight trip to Mystic, Conn. This annual event started with a visit to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum that has been painstakingly preserved from its days as a whaling port in the 1800s. The boys also visited the Mystic Aquarium and The Mashantucket Pequot Museum, taking in details of tools, practices and social structures that will inform their social studies curriculum at Browning. Read more.
Each fall for the last 25 years, Forms V and VI students visit six to eight campuses in order to experience and learn about different types of colleges and universities. This year our boys visited Vassar College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Amherst College and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Click here to view photos.
The September 14 Lower School assembly was an exciting one for the boys. Three guests representing the “first responders” who serve the city – police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) – were on hand to discuss their careers and present a wealth of information on exactly what each does. With “character” an essential component of a Browning education, these speakers exemplified the ways in which this trait emerges through the work they do in the community. Occurring just days after the anniversary of 9-11, the assembly emphasized the importance of our first responders and the daily risks they take to save the lives of others. Read more.
As is tradition, the entire school community, including faculty, staff and Browning boys in Grade One through Form VI, assembled in Christ Church for Opening Assembly on September 5. This year a new tradition began with each Form VI boy and each first grader entering the church together in groups of two to take their seats. Read more.
The Class of 2018 received their diplomas during graduation exercises on June 13 at Christ Church with families and the entire school community present to celebrate their success. Head of School John M. Botti, President of the Board of Trustees Valda M. Witt, and Head of Upper School James E. Reynolds presided over the awarding of the diplomas. Click here to read details as well as view video and photos.
Lower School boys celebrated the closing of their school year at Christ Church on June 8, beginning with a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” by the Strings of Spring Orchestra comprised of Lower School musicians on violin, cello and guitar. Assistant Head of School and Head of Lower School Laurie Gruhn welcomed attendees, congratulated the boys on their accomplishments, and wished them a great summer, while Head of School John Botti offered his thanks to community members and all those involved in the closing for a job well done. Read more.
The month of May featured a host of fine and performing arts events here at Browning. Musical performances, the Kindergarten, Grade Two and Encore plays, as well as the Grade Four embroidery exhibit made for a very merry month! Click here to view photos and recaps of musical events, three plays and the embroidery exhibit.
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.
Form VI class members received the results of their college acceptances, and we're pleased to report positive news once again this year! Please click here to see the list of acceptances to date. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 on their achievements!
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.
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.