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As I See It - November 2017
The co-ed experiment that is the sixth grade Nightingale-Bamford–Allen-Stevenson fall musical means we boys, and I count myself among them, are surrounded by more girls than we are used to, which is not to say Allen-Stevenson doesn’t have its female faculty. When I started in 1969, women taught only in the Lower School, but over the years they have taken up teaching at all grade levels and in all subject areas, and for some time women have been among the leaders of the School. Certainly the school is better for having more women; this has been my experience. And it was all brought home to me last week at Nightingale as I watched choreographer Emily Esposito’s boy dancers and girl dancers in Beauty and the Beast, especially when they broke into a Rockettes-style kick line—the girls leading the way but the boys too showing that they could keep pace. And all with such delight!
Pete Haarmann’s Sixth Grade English classes were fortunate to hear alumnus Jack Salomon ’62, a poet by avocation, recite an array of poems that he calls some of his favorites, along with many he’s written himself.
Founders Day on Friday, October 6, was a celebration of the School’s 135th birthday. Beginning with an assembly opened by Headmaster David Trower, the boys were shown Mr. Allen’s original desk from the School’s first year, when the enrollment was only three. "With 421 boys here today," Mr. Trower said, "Founders Day gives us the chance to think about what the School has been and how it has grown and changed."
Having an alumnus speak at Founders Day is a School tradition, and this year Allen-Stevenson was fortunate to have Alex Gellert ’79 share his Allen-Stevenson stories with faculty, staff and the boys. He pointed out that "Mr. Kersey is the only remaining teacher at A-S who was here when I attended the School." Mr. Gellert asked everyone to give Mr. Kersey a round of applause for nearly 50 years of teaching!