Month in Pictures, November 2017

The Advanced Topics in Science class spent a day at Horace Mann's Dorr Nature Laboratory campus in Connecticut where they studied sustainable design, learning about their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) features and enjoying the fall colors. 

The third graders had a hands-on experience at the Museum of the City of New York to complement their social studies unit on woodland natives. The boys studied replicas of artifacts used by the Lenape, the indigenous people of Manhattan, in order to understand how the tribe survived using natural resources more than 400 years ago.

The Form IV Music Survey class enjoyed a final dress rehearsal of The Metropolitan Opera's production of "Thaïs" and even met with a tenor from the Met chorus who offered insight into his craft.  The boys sat four rows back from the orchestra pit, in awe of the sound and grandeur of the stage. 

Nineteen Lower School boys participated in the Ronald McDonald House Fun Run, which raises funds to help house families battling cancer. The boys braved chilly temperatures in Central Park on a Saturday morning to compete in short races with others in their age group.

Lower School boys learned the proper way to fold the American flag during a weekly assembly led by retired US Army Capt. Alex Ameter, who also spoke about his experience serving overseas.
 

Month in Pictures, October 2017

Grade One got into the Halloween spirit at Queens County Farm, where they took a hayride and picked out their own pumpkin from the farm’s patch. They also learned about -- and even fed -- various farm animals, including chickens, cows, alpacas and goats. Back at school, the boys put their pumpkins to good use as they studied units of measurement in math class.

On October 12 Form III boys participated in an overnight camping trip to Pine Forest Camp in Pennsylvania, where they enjoyed canoeing, high rope challenges, and rafting down the Delaware River.

On October 14, 19 Lower School boys played in the School's rookie chess tournament, a training event for these younger boys who are taking their first steps in organized competition. A family chess night was later held on October 19 with over 100 boys and parents in attendance.

On October 18 the Browning and Brearley cast of the Middle School production of "As You Like It" attended a professional version of the same at the Classic Stage Company. Featuring Ellen Burstyn as Jaques, along with an accomplished ensemble of actors, singers and musicians, the production provided 100 minutes of great Shakespearean humor, drama and romance. 

For the third consecutive year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), the varsity soccer team donned pink jerseys to promote awareness of this disease.

Month in Pictures, September 2017

On September 8 the Form VI boys spent a day upstate in North Salem at Camp Morty, a Fresh Air Fund site, where they faced high- and low-rope contests designed to encourage teamwork and personal challenge.

On September 12, Head of School Mr. Botti and Upper School Head Mr. Reynolds hosted a breakfast for Form VI boys in the Cook Room. Class rings were distributed to the seniors who also had the opportunity to learn more about Browning's alumni program, including specifics on ways to stay involved beyond graduation and the importance of giving back. The class was pleased to hear from Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg ’01, Director of Alumni Affairs Ms. Lanigan and Director of Institutional Advancement Mr. Simon. 

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Browning held a school-wide Dress Down Day on Thursday, September 14 (Grade One pictured above) to support Hurricane Harvey and Irma Recovery Funds, sponsored by Donors Choose. Lower School Community Service Coordinator Ms. Coleman reported, “As a community, we believe the idea of schools helping other schools may be a place to start, since many schools lost everything in the storms, including furniture and basic supplies. Donors Choose, a site allowing teachers to request much-needed supplies for their students, will dedicate a portion of their site to Harvey and Irma relief efforts. All donations go directly to affected schools in the Texas, Louisiana and Florida area.”

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On September 15, Kindergarten boys met their fourth grade “Buddies” for the first time. The older boys provide a familiar face, role model, mentor and friend for the newest members of Browning. The boys meet together once a week to share activities, including art projects, reading to one another, outings to the park and play time. Strong bonds are quickly formed between the older and younger boys, who look up to them as leaders.

Thirteen Lower School boys participated in the first chess tournament of the school year at Hunter on September 17, including four first graders. One of our third graders won 4-0 and took home the first place trophy!

Summer Encore

Rising Kindergarten through Form II boys joined over 20 Browning faculty for two weeks of making, playing, reading and coding during Summer Encore. Lower Schools boys engaged in a camp-like learning environment with games and teacher-led academic activities, while Middle School boys were introduced to computer programming. They built websites by using HTML to put content on a web page, CSS to make it engaging and JavaScript to create interactions and animations.

Week in Pictures, Spring Training

Members of the varsity baseball, track and tennis teams beat the cold March weather in style by heading down to Port. St. Lucie, Fla., for spring training. Athletics Director Andrew West reports that it was the best weather the teams have ever experienced in the sunshine state, where the young boys found time for both bonding and practice.

Week in Pictures, March 6-17

Over the weekend of March 11, 20 Browning chess players competed in the NY State Chess Championship in Saratoga Springs. One of our second grade boys is the 2017 NY State Individual Primary Reserve Champion, having led his team to first place ahead of 23 competing schools! A Pre-primary boy took home a trophy for second place in his division. 

Our Middle School reserve team finished in third place, while our JHS Championship team finished sixth. Congratulation to the boys and to John Kennedy, chess director!

Mr. Symons took Grade Five boys to The Practice Worldwide, the studio of music producer and Browning parent and alum Ali Theodore ’88. There they took a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and process that goes into creating music for film and television.

The Mock Trial team has started off their season strong, winning Rounds 1 and 2 against Columbia Prep and Horace Mann, as well as earning a bye that places them in the Top 16 teams in all of New York City! 

Form IV Music Survey class members took in a final dress rehearsal for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's production of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Browning parent Vincent Lionti, violist with the Met Opera, generously gave the boys a backstage tour before the performance.

The Advanced Topics in Science Astronomy class headed out to the American Museum of Natural History to meet with the Astrophysics department and take a tour of the planetarium. 

Week in Pictures, February 27-March 3

Form II boys took a tour of the United Nations Headquarters as part of an interdisciplinary activity correlating to their Spanish and American history classes. They visited the Security Council and General Assembly rooms, among others, and viewed exhibitions on Nazi propaganda. Our students learned about the works of art donated by several nations to the UN, along with the organization's history, goals and ongoing missions around the globe. It was a great afternoon!

The Middle School Science Olympiad team shined in the Regional Finals where Browning placed in the top 10 out of 33 teams that competed! The boys won first place in the best new team, as well as placed in several events. Ting reported: "It is a great testament to the hard work the boys have placed into the competition, especially when competing with big public and private schools. Each member of the team either contributed in the individual awards or on notable mentions.”

Twenty boys performed on piano, guitar, and violin for the entire Lower School student body and faculty. This was the third and final "informal recital" Assembly of the school year. The performers presented a wide range of repertoire, from "Minuet" by Bach to "La Bamba." Bravo to the boys for another successful Lower School "musical morning!"

The entire Lower School celebrated the culmination of the month-long Read-a-thon with a Pajama Day, with the boys reading a combined total of 26,755 minutes and raising over $16K to benefit Room to Read!

As a follow up to their study of penguin families, the Pre-primary class participated in the Penguin Pals program at the Central Park Zoo. The boys learned how penguins have adapted to survive in the wild, compared penguins to a live dove, and had the chance to observe penguin behaviors in the penguin house.

Coach Kennedy hosted a Rookie Chess Tournament where 30 Lower School boys in grades Pre-primary through Three competed against each other to prepare for competition against other schools. 

Week in Pictures, February 13-26

Fifth graders took to the theater to see the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” after reading the young readers' edition in class. The boys learned about the lives of the black female "computers" employed by NASA, tying their studies to February’s Black History Month and March’s Women's History Month.

Browning's Squirt Select hockey team took first place in the Lasker Cup, defeating Buckley, St. Bernard's and Saint David's! Other successes included our Mini Mite team coming in third and our Mite team coming in second in their respective tournaments. 

On February 15, fifth grade teacher Mr. Ragsdale, head librarian Ms. Murphy, technology integrator Mr. Harp, Pre-primary associate Mr. Berry and science teacher Ms. Kingsdale attended a NYSAIS Workshop on "Developing a Holistic Approach to Gender and Sexuality for Grades K-8" at the Berkeley Carroll School. The workshop addressed diversity in gender expression, gender identity, sexuality and family structure, as well as a biological understanding of the body as it relates to sex, gender, puberty and reproduction.

The Laura P. Muhlfeld Middle School Spelling Bee Finals were held on February 16. The winning word, taken from the list of unrehearsed words, was "polytheism.” 

The fifth and sixth grade Guys Read night was held on February 22; boys and their adult buddies discussed "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker.

Olympian Day X was held on February 24, with boys in Ms. Bosworth's sixth grade history class and Mr. Dearinger’s Form I English classes dressed as Greek gods and heroes as they presented reports on their characters.

The Upper School Math Team represented Browning in the Interschool Math Bowl at Brearley, demonstrating hard work and focus.

Week in Pictures, February 6-10

The Gender Studies & Feminism Club, led by its president Alex Lopez-Velasco '17, participated in a Girl Up meeting at Dominican Academy, where they had an open discussion about issues of equity with respect to the rights of women and the LGBT community. This was the second joint meeting of the clubs. Participants from both schools have found great value in their new connection, and they look forward to finding more opportunities to work together in the future. The Gender Studies & Feminism Club meets every Wednesday in the Upper Library at 7:45 a.m. and is open to all faculty and students.

The Kurani Gym was transformed into a courtroom as the Mock Trial Club presented an assembly for the Upper School in which they acted out a civil case related to a wrongful arrest. The trial was presided over by a class parent, Judge Ed Hartzog, who was extremely impressed by the hard work and talents demonstrated by the team. He offered invaluable advice following the trial. The assembly was an opportunity for the boys to learn and grow in preparation for their competitions in March.

The varsity basketball team defeated Loyola 57-55 to earn a playoff bid on February 7. Down 29-38 at the break, the Panthers played incredible second half defense and made timely baskets on their way to a 57-55 win. Coach Ragsdale reported, "What a game!"

On February 8 the fourth graders visited the New York Historical Society to inform their study of the American Revolution. They viewed works of art depicting important scenes from the time period, held and discussed artifacts that soldiers and colonists might have used, and worked in small groups to come up with questions for their group leader. 

The second week of the February Lower School Read-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit Room To Read saw classmate "buddies" read to each other as well as receive faculty guest readers in the classroom!

Week in Pictures, January 20-February 5

As part of the annual Interschool 10th grade trip, Browning sophomores spent three rewarding days at Frost Valley YMCA Camp in the Catskills, where they engaged in workshops concerning gender, equity and inclusivity with members of five other single-sex schools (Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Nightingale and Spence).

The Varsity Basketball Panthers earned their second win of the season on January 20, 54-50, against league opponent LFNY. The varsity squad spent the morning with the first and second graders, who attended the afternoon game to show their support!

On February 1 the second grade boys traveled to the Museum of the City of New York where they participated in a program that covered NYC's history from 1609-1898. The boys were able to examine artifacts and draw conclusions about how people have transformed the city from a trading post to the five-borough metropolis it is today.

ABC News political reporter Shushannah Walshe met with the fourth graders on February 2 and answered their questions about recent events in the news.

As part of their social studies unit on the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World, a museum teacher from Plymouth Plantation visited the third graders. Dressed in character dating to the time period of the Mayflower’s arrival, she showed them artifacts from that era, which they examined in order to better appreciate life during those early days in America.

Lower School boys participated in the first-ever Read-A-Thon fundraiser on February 3, with proceeds to benefit Room to Read. The boys will each read for approximately 180-300 minutes in total. Room to Read operates in collaboration with Asian and African governments to develop literacy skills and provide supplies for libraries in these areas.

It was another great weekend for Browning Hockey, as the first grade Mites beat Riverbank on Saturday and St. David's on Sunday. The Mini Mites (first graders, Pre-primary and preschool siblings) won their two tournament games on Sunday against the Ice Cats and Ice Hawks. 

Week in Photos, January 23-28

The Browning Middle School Science Bowl team excelled in the Regional Science Bowl Competition at Hunter College High School on January 28. Browning was represented by two teams. Team One made it all the way to the finals, finishing second overall in schools three to four times its size. Advisor Melodie Ting noted, "This was the best showing Browning has ever had in a regional competition against large public schools in New York City."

The Lower School boys displayed great listening and music appreciation skills as they experienced the annual Lower School Assembly Concert featuring Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians! "Special guest" classical guitarist Michael Smith performed two solo guitar works, followed by the spirited, charming sounds of a four-movement Boccherini quintet for two violins, viola, cello and guitar. A special treat for the boys was the fact that both conductor/violist Vincent Lionti and guitarist Michael Smith are Browning dads! 

On January 25, over 100 parents, special friends and students participated in Browning’s “Family Hour of Code.” Attendees enjoyed this special opportunity to practice computer programming (also referred to as computing or coding) together, joining what has become a national and international movement to teach all kids to code. Click here to view additional photos.

Browning parent and alum Ali Theodore '88 spent time with Mr. Symons' fifth and sixth grade music classes on January 27 discussing his career as a producer and songwriter for music and film productions.

The Browning Gender Studies Club welcomed the Dominican Academy's Women's Empowerment Club for a morning meeting in which students and faculty from both schools engaged in a discussion of equality and how men can be allies of women.

As a supplement to the second grade boys' unit on persuasive writing, Ms. Pellenberg invited a class parent to speak to students about his job as a lawyer and how he uses persuasive writing. Ms. Pellenberg remarked, "It was a wonderful way for the boys to see that their work in the classroom has a real life application."

The Winter Running Club, started by Coach Bernard eight years ago, allows our Middle and Upper School boys to stay fit during the cold months, without the stress of competition, in preparation for the upcoming baseball, tennis and track seasons.

Week in Pictures, January 17-21

Mr. Reynolds hosted the Form VI boys at a luncheon at the Century Association, an event that marked the end of the semester-long Advanced Expository Writing class. Each senior wrote and revised a variety of college essays, ranging from the Common Application essay to the various supplements required by colleges and universities. Operating as a writing workshop, each student shared his essay with the class, received constructive criticism from his peers and Mr. Reynolds, and revised his essays as he saw fit. The high point of the lunch was each student's reflection on which one of his peers' essays most moved him. The reflections were thoughtful and revealed the depth of attention and seriousness each student brought to the table to make the workshop a valuable experience. The boys were fortunate to have Mr. Botti and Mr. Pelz join in the class-ending celebration. 

The Varsity Basketball Panthers earned their first win of the season against UNIS, while the JV Panthers bounced back with victories against LREI and Trevor Day.

Lower School boys warmed the winter morning of January 19 with an informal music recital.

On January 20, Middle School boys honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a town hall discussion organized by the Multicultural Club on the theme of "Equity as Fairness.”

Upper School boys attended a presentation by members of the Model UN delegation who will attend the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) in Philadelphia on January 26. The representatives spoke about what comprises a desirable Model UN delegate, as well as the current political situation in the Republic of Yemen, which they will represent this year at ILMUNC. After their presentation, the group answered questions by Upper School boys in the audience.

It was a great weekend for Browning Hockey as the Mites defeated Buckley on February 21. The Mini Mites also played in a tournament against Buckley, St. Bernard's, St. David's and the Hawks (a club team), winning three games and tying for one.

Week in Pictures, January 3-13

The Grytte newspaper staff was given a Gold Medalist rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the four issues they published in 2015-16. The Medalist Critiques are the written evaluation of the publication compared against a set of printed criteria as completed by CSPA judges. Click here to learn more about the Grytte’s trip to the CPSA fall conference.

The Form II boys enjoyed this year's Engineers Teaching Algebra workshop on many levels. Mark Love, who directed the January 4 session, said, "I think these were the two most engaged groups in all the years I have been here." Math Department Chair Michael Klein added, "Finding relevance for what they are learning in the classroom is a powerful component for the boys, and this workshop provides that opportunity.”

The third and fourth grade boys helped make the return of Panther Game Days a success in contests against Loyola on January 5. The boys, along with parents and faculty, were happy to show off their pride and had a great time! 

The JV basketball players kicked off the second half of their season with back-to-back victories against UNIS, 48-34, and Loyola, 63-33. The 7/8 Red team came away with wins against Calhoun in a nail-biter, 37-36, and in another over-time contest with Columbia Prep, 68-64. The fifth grade team won its season opener against the School at Columbia, 26-17; all 19 members of the team played for one full quarter in this true "team victory!”

In preparation for their upcoming unit on Japan, the third grade boys visited the UN as part of their social studies curriculum on world culture.

The two sections of the Intro to Engineering class competed in a robotics competition as a culminating activity for their engineering design project. Each student designed a robot then selected the best design to build, program, test and improve their robots in order to compete against the other section of the class. The winner of that match then went on to compete against the Advanced Robotics team. Watch a livestream of the event here. The Advanced Robotics team will compete at Dalton next month in a NYC regional competition for the First Tech Challenge. 

The fourth graders presented their social studies projects on January 12 based on American colonial resistance, including protesting the Stamp Act, Sugar Act and the Townshend Act.

Week in Pictures, December 4-11

Members of the Multicultural Club are attending the People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Atlanta this week. The PoCC strives to develop, nurture and sustain the leadership and professional journeys of people of color in independent schools. Our boys join more than 1,600 students across the country in exploring the theme of "Advancing Human and Civil Rights: Fulfilling the Dream Together" during general sessions, affinity groups and workshops led by independent school peers. For more information visit pocc.nais.org.

The Browning Green Team participated in the Central Park Pitch In & Pick Up program on December 4, cleaning up a mile-and-a-half loop north of Belvedere Castle. The boys invited the The Hewitt School and Chapin School environmental groups to join them in their service day to exchange ideas and promote more collaborations between the schools.

In keeping with Mr. Bernard's tradition, the sixth graders presented their French monument projects on December 5, demonstrating their creativity in building their models and giving an oral presentation of the history of the monument chosen.

The JV basketball squad continues to heat up with three consecutive wins against Trinity, UNIS and Trevor Day thanks to good defense and excellent shooting! The Middle School Red team is now 3-0 after defeating UNIS by a score of 53-30, while the Black team earned their second victory of the season against Calhoun, 35-29. Go, Panthers!

In the spirit of Guys Read and other book clubs at Browning, the fourth graders and their parents were invited to an evening discussion of the book “Wonder” by RJ Palacio, which they've been reading in their classes with Ms. Gerber and Ms. Epstein.

On December 8, a Lower School recital assembly featured boys playing instrumental pieces on piano and violin.

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The Browning Robotics team reached the semifinal round in the First Tech Challenge on December 10 at John Dewey High School in Coney Island. The boys named their team “Ultro," which roughly translates to "of it's own mind" in Latin. Their goal is to be one of the best teams during the autonomous period, so the robotics team name is subtle yet clear in purpose. 

Our Middle School boys attended the Riverdale AYC Hackathon, finishing the day as a runner-up for coding a game that trains young learners on how to identify fake news online!

Week in Pictures, November 21-30

The senior a cappella chorus performed a rendition of "Lean On Me" at the November Parents Association meeting. Play video to watch the full performance.

Head of School Mr. Botti joined the Pre-primary boys for a Thanksgiving lunch on November 22, where they discussed what they were thankful for.

The varsity basketball Panthers showcased their skills on November 22 at Barclays Center against Churchill, playing their hearts out. 

Guys Read was packed to the gills on November 30 as Grade Three boys discussed "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, while Grade Four boys discussed "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate.

The JV basketball team won back-to-back-to-back victories against Churchill, LFNY and Calhoun, 38-2, 63-38, 46-40, respectively, while both Middle School basketball teams won their season openers against LFNY and BWL, 54-23 and 50-19, respectively. Go, Panthers!

Week in Pictures, November 14-19

The Middle School Council held a Thanksgiving food drive to aid the New York Common Pantry, an organization serving more than 1,000 local families in need. The Council collected 860 pounds of food, which will go a long way in assisting these men, women and children. 

Two Browning teams competed in the Interschool Science Bowl competition, placing second and third out of 12 teams! Browning B was undefeated (6-0) heading to the championship round and competing against Trinity for the fourth straight year. Browning A tied with Brearley A, Chapin A and Trinity B with a (4-2) record, then secured third place by outscoring all other teams by over 100 points! Congratulations to the boys and their dedicated coach, science teacher Melodie Ting!

The junior varsity basketball team won their season opener at the LREI Tip Off Tournament November 17, defeating Léman Prep, 49-24.

The fourth graders are performing acts of kindness for one another and marking those acts with post-it notes and by filling a jar with marbles. This activity is part of a nationwide #choosekind classroom challenge put forth by author R.J. Palacio, author of the book, “Wonder.” 

The Pre-primary boys have been writing and hand delivering Thanksgiving thank you notes to those members of the Browning community, including our teachers, who help us every day.

Week in Pictures, November 7-13

The Feminism and Gender Studies Club represented Browning at The Brearley School’s "Queering Schools on Intersectionality” LGBT educators panel.

Twenty-three of our Lower School and Middle School boys participated in a Fun Run in Central Park to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York! Community Service Coordinator Ms. Gerber reports that the boys and their families raised a remarkable amount of money, with some of our boys among the top five fundraisers! The House provides temporary housing for the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer while these young patients receive treatment at New York’s renowned medical centers. 

The Browning Hockey Mites won their first game against St. Bernard’s.

The Browning Green team organized a sustainability conference of young minds from Spence, Hewitt, Nightingale-Bamford, Calhoun and Brearley to get involved and change the world.

Upper School students participated in two conferences at Horace Mann on November 12 geared toward learning the skills of self-advocacy and academic achievement. Members of Browning's Feminism and Gender Studies Club facilitated a discussion at the 2016 Young Men of Color Symposium on male vulnerability, while English teacher Mr. Williams took several students to the (Re)Defining Power Conference, which focused on identity exploration and learning best practices as allies for young self-identified white men in grades six to 12 in New York City and beyond.

On November 13 the chess Panthers participated in the PS 6 chess tournament where our fourth grade team placed first in the K-8 under 1000 rating division.

Week in Pictures, October 31-November 4

The fourth graders took a field trip to Van Cortland House Museum as part of their study of the American Revolution. They met with a "soldier" in Washington's army who showed them necessary behaviors for being a successful fighter for the cause.

The Pre-primary boys performed “Hooray for Halloween!" for the entire assemblage of Lower School boys and teachers, putting their hearts and body motions into a ‘spirited' performance! Click here to watch.

On November 1, boys in Mr. Symon's Form IV Music Survey class were treated to a matinee performance of “Aida" and guided tour of the Metropolitan Opera by Browning parent Vincent Lionti, violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The first graders in Ms. Kingsdale's class got down and gooey with a hands-on science activity simulating the digestive system. 

On November 2, Dr. William Anderson, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, deliverd a lecture to Mr. Keany's Advanced Physics class.

Week in Pictures, October 17-23

The sixth grade boys took their annual overnight trip to Greenkill, a YMCA camp in Huguenot, New York. They spent two days learning team building, survival skills and the low ropes course. They also went on a night walk in the woods and attended a presentation on birds of prey. As with any camp, the boys stayed in bunks, served as KPs in the dining hall and unplugged from technology for 26 hours. The weather held, despite forecasts for two days of rain. Ms. Bosworth, Ms. Wolf and Mr. Williams shared in the fun. A really good time was had by all!

Liz Repking, founder of Cyber Safety Consulting, spoke to the Parents Association on October 19 on the subject of “cyber safety” and what parents can do to ensure their sons stay safe. Ms. Repking addressed topics such as teens and “sexting,” popular apps and how to use them safely; easy settings to increase child safety online, and how to set restrictions on cell phones and digital devices.

Science teacher Julia Kingsdale took the Pre-primary boys to Central Park on October 20 to collect information "in the field" for their study of trees. The boys gathered leaf and bark rubbings and estimated the age of a tree by measuring its circumference.

The Browning technology department hosted a creative coding event for K-12 teachers and students at ITP - NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Director of Academic Technology Mr. Khan reports that it was organized with Stephen Lewis of the Heschel School, Daniel Fenjves of Upperline Code and Dan Shiffman, a professor at NYU Tisch. More than 50 students and teachers from public and independent schools came together to learn how to use code for expression, as well as to make art, animations and sounds. There will be a follow-up event in the spring. Learn more at: http://ccfest.rocks.

Browning’s Upper School Chess Team won in the Magnus League’s kick-off of its fourth season on October 23. One of our fresmen and seniors won their individual games against host Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. With wins on Boards 2 and 3, coupled with a draw on Board 1, the Panthers overcame their one-player deficit (Board 4) to defeat Columbia and win, 2½-1½. Complete results are posted online at magnusleague.org.

Sixteen Lower School Browning boys recently participated in the Hunter chess tournament where a first grader scored 4-0, winning clear first in the K-1 division; a fourth grader scored 3-1, placing sixth on tiebreak in the booster section; a third grader scored 3-1, also placing sixth in the grades two and three group; and another first grader won 11th place in K-1. Congratulations on a job well done!

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.

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.