Andrew Arias '92, a captain with the New York Police Department, came to the School on January 12, 2018. Mr. Arias spoke to a group of Upper School boys about his life at A-S through the present day. The article, first published in the Blue & Gold Alumni Newsletter, was written by Braden Queen '20, a member of the Upper School Newspaper elective group. Special thanks to Mr. Kersey, Mr. Keats, Ms. Sklow, and Mr. Fennelly and the boys in their elective groups.
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.
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.
On February 8, the boys in the Upper School Orchestra were fortunate to listen to the sounds of the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Comprised of 11 musicians on percussion, rhythm instruments, horns, and vocals, the group performed a range of pieces -- five of which were covers of modern indie rock songs sung in English, such as “Young Folks” by PB&J and “Lonely” by the Black Keys. Other pieces included traditional songs with a Cuban spin, influenced by jazz bands, and a song that was written by the main singer, which she sang in Spanish. All of the songs were arrangements by the timbales player.
On Saturday, February 3, four seventh grade students and six eighth grade students, coached by Math Teacher Will Goss, competed in the MATHCOUNTS Manhattan math competition at Baruch College. Benjamin Forman '19, Raam Melvani '20, Harrison Schneider '19, and Gregory Stone '19 comprised team Allen-Stevenson, while Evan Friday '20, John Henry '20, Jack Hurewitz '20, Alexander MacLennan '19, Tola Olorode '19, and Malcolm Whites '19 competed as individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
The Eighth Grade boys spent a term devoted entirely to the study of Chinese history and culture, and the leader of the Communist Party Mao Zedong. The MAOseum Exhibit, this December, displayed art made by each student in response to the study of Mao Zedong. Included in the displays were written explanations of each student’s art, along with his own poetry. There were two parts to the boys' assignments: a power paragraph that explains what he decided to do to represent his thesis and why he chose what he created, and an artifact that supports or represents his thesis.