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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.

Lower School Superhero Announcers Pack Powerful Punch!

On the evening of January 25 at the Concerts on the Slope (COTS) performance in downtown Manhattan, 11 third and fourth grade boys exemplified Browning at its best! Our Lower School “superhero announcers,” dressed in colorful capes and masks, opened the concert, each confidently and clearly presenting information about the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla – one of our school’s featured Composer of the Month musicians – as they introduced Falla’s composition “Ritual Fire Dance.” (Falla is also known by the Lower School students as a featured “superhero composer” in the book “Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music,” which correlates with their Composer of the Month studies. Click here to learn more about the event.

“Hello Holidays” Sets Tone for Annual End-of-Year Program

The Browning School’s annual Holiday Program, held on December 22 in Temple Emanu-El, heralded the season with its theme of “Hello, Holidays!” Led by Music Department Chair Lucy Warner, along with Richard Symons, Middle and Upper School music teacher, the program was attended by the entire Browning community, including parents and extended family members. Click here to view photos and read details.

Community Day 2017

On December 21, Browning held its fourth school-wide Community Day during which the entire student body (Kindergarten to Form VI) interacted and focused on a division-specific theme. Director of Equity and Diversity Dr. Betty Noel noted, “This day is a wonderful opportunity for the older students to demonstrate leadership and camaraderie with their younger peers and for the younger boys to make connections with the older ones." Click here to view photos and learn more about the workshops.

Grytte Newspaper Celebrates 120th Anniversary and Gold Medal

The Grytte newspaper staff was awarded a Gold Medalist rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the issues published in 2016-17 by boys in Grade Four through Form VI. The Medalist Critiques are the written evaluation of the publication compared against a set of printed criteria as completed by CSPA judges.

In November, to celebrate the anniversary of its inaugural issue that same month in 1897, the staff visited the offices of The Street on Wall Street as well as attended CSPA's journalism summit at Columbia University. Click here to learn more about about the paper’s 120th anniversary celebrations as well as view video and photos.

“Happiness is a Warm Puppy” Proves True During Lower School Assembly

Perhaps the next best thing to getting a puppy as a present this holiday season is the chance to experience a “meet and greet” right here inside the red doors of Browning! Again this year, a group of therapy dogs and their owners-handlers from New York Therapy Animals were guests at a Lower School assembly on December 7. These gentle, friendly canines of varying ages and breeds play a comforting role in the lives of boys, girls, men and women when they and their owners volunteer at schools, libraries and hospitals in the city on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about the lively program full of puppy love.

Sixth Graders Test Survival Skills

The Grade Six two-day trip to Greenkill YMCA Camp, in Hugenot, N.Y., engaged our boys in a rich environmental education program that supports their work at Browning. Click here to view photos and details.

Panthers Win at Barclays Center!

The varsity basketball team enjoyed a five-point victory (44-39) over the Churchill School at the Barclays Center on November 21. Coach Dan Ragsdale reports: "The boys were pleased to enter the holiday weekend with a win. Without a doubt, what was most gratifying about the experience was the tremendous support of our Browning community. From colleagues, to parents, to students from every division, Browning pride was on display and undeniable. On behalf of the team, the coaches extend our heartfelt thanks for such enthusiastic support!"

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