During this past school year, our students went on over 40 field trips, engaging with our City and the surrounding area. In recent weeks, students across grade levels have embarked on an impressive number of excursions to a wide variety of educational locations.
Our first graders spent the second half of the academic year learning about the many different types of bridges that exist, both within and outside of New York. In conjunction with their learning, the boys went on field trips to visit bridges around Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.
During their field trip to Central Park, the students, parent volunteers and faculty journeyed to the north woods of Central Park, where there are a variety of small bridges made from different materials and serving different functions. Each boy was given a map and taught how to use it as a navigational tool. Map skills make our students less reliant on technology for directions, build independence, and develop an excitement for discovery in our learners.
Our second graders also honed navigational skills – and became young historians – during their walking tour of our historical Yorkville neighborhood. In preparation, students learned about immigration to New York at the turn of the 20th century. What motivated people to move to New York City and what countries did they come from? What did New York City look like when they first arrived? The boys engaged in activities geared to put them in the shoes of an immigrant in the year 1900, including making lists of items necessary to bring on the journey from their home country.
Both our Sixth and Fourth Grades are touring exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week. Our fourth graders are traveling back in time to ancient Egypt as they walk through the Temple of Dendur and explore the 26,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts on display throughout the exhibit.
Our sixth graders are visiting the landmark exhibition, Photography and the American Civil War, to begin their Civil War research project. The boys will be using a work of art from the exhibit as the basis for a historical fiction story they will be writing in class.
Eight graders were recently surprised with a fun recreational day in Central Park, while enjoying authentic Spanish food – tying in nicely with their study of Spanish, which began in Kindergarten. New York City provides limitless opportunities for academic learning – but equally important are the countless opportunities the City provides for personal growth and exploration.
As part of their curriculum unit called Facing History & Ourselves, our Ninth Grade visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, where they learned sobering truths regarding antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. The boys brought their learning back to the classroom to examine different ways in which individuals face ethical dilemmas - as bystanders, upstanders, victims, and perpetrators.
We are already eagerly looking forward to what adventures await our students next year in the City That Never Sleeps.