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Celebrating Women's Achievements & Teaching Consent

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.

Third Graders Receive 17th Century Pilgrim Visitor

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.

Grytte Newspaper Hosts Conference Thriller

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.

Winter Sports 2018 Wrap-Up

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.

New Upper School Head Announcement

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.

Mythological Adventures at the Met

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.

New Middle School Head Announcement

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.

Fifth Player In School History Nets 1,000th Career Point

Panther Pride alert: During the February 1 varsity basketball game against The Loyola School, Alex Liptak ’20 netted his 1,000th career point in the second half in front of the first and second grade Panther Games Day crowd. He is the fifth player in Browning’s history to reach this impressive milestone. Click here to watch a video and read more details.

Browning Boys Win Coveted Awards at French Theater Fest

Browning's Form II and Form IV French students participated in the annual Lycée Français theater festival, where they won awards for best non-French speaking male actors as well as the “Coup de Coeur” for humor and wit – a superb achievement indeed! Click here to view details, pictures and a video recap.

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