Week in Pictures, April 11-15

On behalf of fellow first grade teacher Hallie Fischberg and associate teacher Katie Smith, first grade teacher Julianne Rowland reports below on the boys’ adaptation of “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. 

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, “The Sneetches” is about two types of creatures who are separated by having or not having stars on their bellies. The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches are depressed, prohibited from associating with the star-bellied sneeches until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along with his Star-on and Star-off machines. He begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches, and soon they are happy! The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not; they are all really the same and can coexist and be friends with one another! We loved this play because of its powerful message: “If every Sneetch were the same you see, you wouldn't be you and I wouldn't be me!” As an introduction to their play, the boys read a poem about being different and how it makes our world special. 

Thanks to the first graders for reminding us all of what makes the world go ‘round!

The Form VI boys recently took part in a Life Skills workshop in which they viewed the documentary, "The Hunting Ground," which focuses on the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The subsequent discussion was moderated by Angela Fernandez from the Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program. Ms. Fernandez had previously worked with the senior peer leaders and Form IV boys at the Interschool Frost Valley trip in January. After lunch, the Form VI boys took a basic CPR certification course.

The Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Fetrow, participated in the Interschool Choral Festival on April 13. The boys performed "J'entends le moulin," a French Canadian folksong, and "Do You Hear The People Sing?" from Les Misérables.

In 13 exciting rounds, 16 boys competed in the Laura P. Muhlfeld Middle School Spelling Bee Finals on April 15. The winner was a Form II boy who correctly spelled the word "neurological," while a Form I boy received Honorable Mention.

Ms. Wolf's Form V/VI Astronomy class took advantage of the sunny weather on April 15, using a telescope with a solar filter to observe sunspots in Central Park.