2018

  • November

    Fifth Graders Help Out with Thanksgiving Food Drive

    During the week of November 5, Allen-Stevenson hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help support the New York Common Pantry (NYCP), a local organization that is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency, as well as providing all families with a Thanksgiving meal.
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  • Using Community Engagement to Learn Mathematics

    On October 30, Sarah Luposello’s 4th grade class learned how to subtract across 0s by challenging her students to figure out the age of various community members in the year 2000.
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  • Combining Science, Art, and Public Speaking Practice in Fifth Grade

    At Allen-Stevenson, we love to combine disciplines and use unique methods to teach our boys academic topics. Case and point: the study of greenhouse effects using self-created dioramas.
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  • October

    Skype Visit with Author Jennifer Holm Kicks Off Adi’s Reading Challenge

    On October 20, boys 4th grade and up, began Adi’s Reading Challenge: a literacy challenge where students read the best new fiction published in 2018 and try to predict the winners of the next Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other major awards from the American Library Association.
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  • A Stellar Musical Collaboration between Allen-Stevenson and Nightingale-Bamford

    On October 26, 2018, Allen-Stevenson and the Nightingale-Bamford School partnered to put on their second showing of Shrek The Musical Jr.
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  • Poetry and Shakespeare with Jack Salomon ‘62

    On October 23, Jack Salomon ’62 visited our 6th grade boys and recited Shakespeare and poems for them, some of which were of his own creation.
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  • Fifth Graders Learn Importance of Farming

    Last week, our fifth grade boys took a trip to Waldingfield Farm, in Washington, CT, a farm owned by Patrick Horan ’85 and his family.
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  • Happy Birthday, Allen-Stevenson!

    Today we celebrated Allen-Stevenson’s 136th birthday—how the time flies!
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  • September

    2018 All School Picnic: A Success!

    Neither rain nor wet fields can keep The Allen-Stevenson School community down!
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  • June

    Middle School Closing Exercises 2018

    The Middle School held its Closing Exercises on May 30 at The Unitarian Church of All Souls, with which the School has a close relationship.
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  • May

    STEAM Day 2018

    The Middle School was presented with a STEAM challenge – Tower Trouble – which they tackled in teams compiled of boys from each of the different Middle School grades on the afternoon of May 24.
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  • A-S Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Provides Enjoyable Change

    This year’s Allen-Stevenson Book Fair took to a new space, while the schoolhouse is undergoing building work. Barnes & Noble, not far from the School, provided the perfect venue for a chance to gather around an abundance of books for readers of all ages. Tables were set up by division and genre, as is the norm at the Fair, and were piled high with an impressive selection of books curated by the Library team.
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  • Fourth Graders Use Robotics to Solve Problems

    Avoiding spilled milk or juice, removing trash, entertaining and feeding the dog or watering the garden were just some of the problems that fourth graders solved for their robotics projects, which were on display at the RoboFest on May 23.
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  • Fourth Graders' Egypt Museum Designed to Recreate Hatshepsut's Legacy

    The Fourth Grade’s annual Egypt exhibit was on display on Friday, May 18. This year’s exhibit was dedicated to Dr. Mary Terry. Dr. Terry played an instrumental part in helping the fourth grade boys and teachers think about how to incorporate the elements of STEAM into our history curriculum.
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  • Junior Orchestra Spring Concert Highlights Several Soloists

    The Junior Orchestra or Allen-Stevenson Orchestra (ASO) performed on Friday, May 18 to a rapt audience of Middle School and adoring parents and teachers. This year’s ASO was an enhanced Junior Ensemble that comprised boys in Grades 4-5. They belted out Sword Dance, Chester March and Rigadoon with intermittent solos from the following:  Alvaro Domingo '22, Pierce Harris '23, Alex Moeder ‘23, James Peck ‘23, Darrow Golub '23, Soham Sethi '23, Gavin Milien ‘23, Brij Kapadia '23, Nicholas Hutfilz ’22 and Avery Esterson '22.
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  • Creative New Format for Middle School Spelling Bee

    This year’s Middle School Spelling Bee took on a very different format from the traditional structure of previous years, thanks to the innovative thinking of the Middle School teachers. Each homeroom administered a spelling quiz via Kahoot! to determine who would represent their homeroom in the finals on May 14. The boys who scored the highest in each homeroom were then placed on one of two teams. The Blue Team consisted of 4B-Maurya Srivastava, 5A-Duke Martin, and 6G-Ellis Resnick. The Gold Team consisted of 4L-Marcus Lambroza, 5W-Nicholas Hutfilz, and 6N-Jeremy Negrin. These teams then traveled to five different stations where they completed a spelling task before moving on to the next station.
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  • Orchestra Spring Concert Incorporates Broad Range of Music

    The beautiful and mighty sounds of the Orchestra’s Spring Concert on May 14 demonstrated just how much these boys have worked together throughout the year, and in a rehearsal space unfamiliar to them. As Orchestra Director Randy Schrade said, "These boys know each other well in school, but finding their sound {and making it work} in this new space has necessitated a different kind of fusion of their combined forces."
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  • Fifth Graders Get First-Hand Look at Art

    The fifth grade boys extended their study of Greece and Rome with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8.
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  • Fourth Graders Learn How to Make Paper

    In conjunction with their study of Egypt, the Fourth Grade learned how to make paper at the Dieu Donné Papermill, a non-profit organization dedicated to the process of hand papermaking. Allen-Stevenson is able to make this unique learning experience possible thanks to the Fischbein Artist-in-Residence Program, named after the family who generously donated funds in memory of their son, Alexander ’95.
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  • Middle School Speech Contestants Focus on Current World-Wide Events

    The breadth of topics and the wealth of research were clearly evident in the 2018 Middle School Speech Contest. Many of the boys focused on very relevant topics.
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  • April

    Understanding Facial Proportions in Fifth Grade

    At the beginning of the semester, fifth graders in Alex Exposito’s art class studied portraiture, looking at the anatomical structure of the face. Boys discussed the parts of the eye and their placement, size, and scale. Using mirrors, boys examined their eyes, noses, and mouths, paying particular attention to proportion.
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  • An Unforgettable Night at Camp A-S

    The full summer camp experience was on offer at the Allen-Stevenson 2018 Family Spring Benefit for the over 700 campers, counselors and "staff" who attended!
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  • March

    Rave Reviews for New A-S Musical Revue: "Boys, Broadway & Beyond"

    For the first time ever, the annual winter musical was a Broadway Musical Revue, called Boys, Broadway & Beyond. This innovative and exciting theatrical experience featured numbers from shows of many eras including: Into the WoodsHairsprayHamiltonGodspellLes MiserablesOliverSpelling BeeHair, Newsies and others.
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  • 48th Academic Bowl Puts General Knowledge to the Test

    Friday Morning Meeting opened with Jordan Wasserberger ’19 and Kerim Eken ’00 reaching out to the boys in Grades 6 to 8 asking them to submit writing, music, artwork and more, for this year's A-Z Files, its 6th edition. The A-Z Files is a publication that features exemplary original work by A-S students, and was designed to honor Zach Levy ’00. This year a section featuring foreign language submissions has been added. Mr. Eken encouraged the boys to use their upcoming Spring Break to "explore ideas that they’ve conceived and to express them through a medium that makes them happy." He went on to say, "The A-Z Files is a great way to leave your mark at Allen-Stevenson." The deadline for submissions is April 20. These can be sent to English Teacher Pete Haarmann or a-zfiles@gmail.com.
     
    Then it was on to this year’s Academic Bowl…the School’s 48th!
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  • First Place for Odyssey of the Mind Team

    What an impressive win for Allen-Stevenson’s Odyssey of the Mind team consisting of fifth graders Lorenzo Brigode, Ajai Singh, Aditya Pandit, Austin Crown, Jesse Peck, Julian Cohen, and fourth graders Wesley Chi and Marat Rezbaev on Sunday, March 4! The team will be advancing to the state competition on April 7, in Binghamton, New York.
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  • February

    Let the Games Begin!

    With the excitement surrounding the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Middle School decided to host its own mini Olympics on February 23. Each homeroom was assigned two countries – a likely high medal earner and an underdog.
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  • Winter Athletics 2017-18

    We had a fantastic winter season in athletics. The boys and coaches worked very well together and made a challenging schedule a success.
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  • Sparta vs. Athens Debate Results in a Tie

    The fifth grade boys in 5A and 5W have spent the past month preparing for a debate that pits Athens against Sparta over five key areas – Military, Economy, Government, Culture & Values, and Arts & Education – to determine which was the superior society. The teams assessed the value of education at that time, slavery, the role of women, military formations, farming, pottery making, music, currency, and trade.
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  • Historic Sites in Philadelphia Awe Sixth Graders

    A historically packed and fun-filled two-day trip to Philadelphia provided Allen-Stevenson sixth graders a chance to experience key sites around the city and coincided with the boys’ history studies as they transitioned from the Revolutionary War to the Constitution.
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  • BOCAS Boys Pay Tribute to Black Lives in Honor of Black History Month

    A celebration of Black History Month took place at the Friday Morning Meeting for Middle School and Upper School boys on February 9. Emcee George Lucas '18 did a wonderful job introducing and thanking speakers throughout the meeting, which incorporated a mixture of music, poems, research and impactful facts, all moving tributes to the lives of Black people and their history.
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  • Middle School Boys Share Knitting Skills with Parents

    Passing by Kim Kyte’s office on a Wednesday afternoon, Middle School boys can be found chatting in a relaxed manner as they congregate over their knitting projects in the Middle School Knitting Elective. The boys picked up knitting quickly, with several of them already on to their second project. "We also have the community scarf to which many different boys have added rows," said Middle School Head Kim Kyte, one of the teachers of the elective.
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  • Deconstructing Books During Adi’s Reading Challenge Voting Parties

    Lively, thoughtful discussions amongst avid readers took place in the Library this past week as the boys who read a number of the books for this year’s Adi’s Reading Challenge, named to honor the life of Aditya Srinivasan '19, joined in voting parties to select their choice for the ALA’s Newbery Medal. Adi’s Challenge included some of the best children’s books published in 2017.
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  • Fifth Grade Explores Human Rights Through Workshops with The Peace Project

    By Aima Raza P'24
    The Peace Project, an NYC-based organization that provides human rights and global citizenship education programs, launched its human rights workshop series in the fifth-grade classrooms on Friday, February 2. The founder of the program, Aima Raza, an A-S parent, came in with the Peace Project team to work with the students. The Peace Project addresses a critical need for civics education in New York City schools, specifically working to inform, inspire, and ignite students to address human rights issues that directly affect them, their peers, their community, and their generation.
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  • Fifth Graders Learn First-Hand from Visiting Journalists

    Digital Fluency is an important part of the Fifth Grade curriculum. Media literacy is one component of the course. Before the boys can understand the concept of ‘fake’ news, they need to comprehend standards in journalism. To give the boys a real-world perspective, Library Director Sarah Kresberg invited her friends, Randy Smith and Mary Chung, both journalists, to speak to the Fifth Graders at Allen-Stevenson about their profession. Mr. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, has worked for a number of publications over the past 30 years, including The Wall Street Journal. Currently, he is working as a freelance journalist for The New York Times. Ms. Chung is the Founder and Managing Partner of Smash Street Media, having worked previously at the Financial Times and Chicago Tribune.
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  • A-S Community Fun On and Off the Ice at PA Skating Party

    With stunning views overlooking the Hudson River, and the Statue of Liberty in the distance, families, faculty and staff, including Headmaster David Trower, gathered at Chelsea Piers for the Community Ice Skating Party on the evening of January 31.
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  • Fourth Grade Building Empathy for Others in Social Studies

    Fourth graders have been studying American Indians, with an aim to having the boys see what life might have been like as an indigenous person, as well as having them consider the impact that others can have on a person’s life.
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  • Teachers Explain Tech Tools for Home and School at Tech Tuesday

    Tech Tuesday on January 30 involved teachers manning a wide array of stations at which parents could learn about the many different tech tools that are being used by their sons at School, many of which are accessible at home. 

    A number of these resources are available through Allen-Stevenson’s Library database page. Go to aslibrary.net, click on databases and log in with your school website credentials to access these private pages.
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  • January

    Middle School Robotics Teams Call For Out-of-the-Box Thinking and Teamwork

    Middle School boys in robotics, along with their coaches Lisa Anderson, Sarah Luposello and Chap Warren, can be found on weekday afternoons and some weekends carefully contemplating computer code, designing and building through experimentation Lego robots, and researching the impact of unclean water on a community. The boys’ commitment and collaboration paid off this past weekend at the Manhattan Qualifier in the First Lego League 2017/18 Robotics Challenge. The Fourth Grade Team, all new to robotics this year, won an award for Best Robot Design and the Fifth Grade Team was awarded for Outstanding Teamwork in the Core Values category. The fourth graders also made the podium in the All-Around Competition and were awarded a Golden Ticket to the New York City Finals, being held on March 11, at CCNY.
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  • Allen-Stevenson Grows and Educates Allies

    Ally Week kicked off with a Lower School Assembly on Friday, January 19, at which the Third Grade Ally Week ambassadors explained what an ally is, who some famous allies are and how A-S boys can be allies. (See attached video.) The Lower School classrooms spent time during their morning meetings all week discussing scenarios in which an ally is needed and how one can be an ally. (Click here for a sample scenario.) Homerooms read books about gender identity and different family structures as part of the conversation.
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  • Musical Joy at Winter Choral Concert

    All Souls Church was the perfect setting for incredibly beautiful singing on January 23 as the Allen-Stevenson Middle School and Upper School Choruses performed their Winter Choral Concert. While not the usual venue or time of year for the choruses to perform, it was, as Headmaster David Trower said referring to a hymn that suited this instance, "New occasions teach new duties."
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  • Middle School Makerspace Abuzz at Break Time

    Fifth Grade Teacher Lisa Anderson and Digital Media Specialist Chris Caccamise have created a Makerspace for fourth and fifth graders during Break Time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The boys are eagerly learning skills that they might not otherwise have mastered, such as soldering, sewing, knot tying, joining wood and simple circuitry.
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  • Sixth Graders Create Anti-Smoking Videos for Health and Wellness Class

    As part of the Sixth Grade Health and Wellness program, the boys were tasked with creating their own anti-smoking videos. Working in pairs, the boys researched numerous facts about the negative impact smoking has on one’s life, then decided how they would compile their own public service message to communicate why smoking is bad. Their minute and a half videos had to be creative and compelling.
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  • Friday Morning Meeting: A Time to Recognize Dr. Terry and Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Opening for the Friday Morning Meeting on January 12, Aleeza Meir played a variation from the first movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major, KV 331. MCs Valen McCallum '18 and Jonathan Moya '18 welcomed the Middle and Upper School boys and faculty and staff before Head of Music Michelle Demko led everyone in singing "Down by the Riverside."
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  • 4L Boys Have Thoughtful Discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The spirited John Legend song "Glory" (with Common) was the inspiration for the 4L class discussion on Friday, January 12, about Martin Luther King, Jr. Sarah Luposello, 4L Teacher, played the song and shared the lyrics with her class asking the boys to think through the words before researching the life of MLK, Jr. She said she believes that "music is the easiest way to connect with anybody."
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  • Stop Motion Animation in Sixth Grade Art Classes

    In Sixth Grade, students focus on developing their drawing skills working both from observation and imagination, with the goal of creating a stop motion animation. Students watch and analyze several stop motion videos, including those by the group Blu, who created videos in the streets of Buenos Aires. The boys then created storyboards for their own stop motion projects, incorporating visual transformations based upon the concept of creating a narrative through movement and change.
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