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!