The theme of “Revolutionary Joy” was the backdrop for the fifth annual Saturday Summit on Social Justice (SSSJ), which welcomed more than 100 attendees from eight local independent schools on a beautiful fall day.
The 21 members of the Masters Dance Company (MDC) were grateful to take the stage in November with the premiere of their first in-person performance in nearly two years. So grateful, in fact, that they chose “gratitude” as the theme for their concert.
The pumpkins are back and more creative than ever. A sarcophagus, a snail and a nighttime forest were part of the ghoulish lineup during the second annual Life Science pumpkin decorating contest, held the week of October 25.
Pumpkins, pastels and poses headline the new exhibit on display outside the Claudia Boettcher Theatre. The pieces are the culmination of recent work by upper school students taking Studio Art, a major course designed for those who want to continue their study of art at a more advanced level.
On Founder’s Day, October 1, friendly competition was in the air. But there was one thing that Deltas and Phis could agree on: honoring the six faculty members who earned accolades for their dedication to their subject and their service to the School.
Ready to sink your teeth into the first upper school theatrical performance of the year? Rehearsals for “Dracula,'' the play adapted from the classic tale by Bram Stoker, are in full swing and everyone involved is having a bloody good time.
Sophomores shared their writing and a bit of themselves during an English 10 poetry slam last week. The assignment, a collaborative effort by upper school English teachers Stacey Browne and Pilar Méndez-Cruz '12 and their students, was inspired by “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Seining nets in hand, sixth grade students waded into the water with determination and focus. Their excursion to the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park on Monday, September 27, and Tuesday, September 28 was all a part of their experiential curriculum about the Hudson River led by middle school science teacher Dan Russo.
The varsity boys soccer team looks primed for a return to glory. The Panthers — off to a 3-1 start following Wednesday's 6-0 victory over visiting Long Island Lutheran (LuHi) — appear to have all the ingredients to make a deep postseason run.
From ballet and lyrical to the hora and the latest Tik Tok moves, dance students brought their A-game during preseason activities that started the week of August 30 and is continuing into the first weeks of school.
It was an afternoon of firsts for newly appointed Interim Associate Head for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roland Davis and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Selas Douglas who introduced a new DEI-focused orientation to the upper school community on Friday, September 10.
For the first time in 600-plus days, The Masters School's varsity girls soccer team was back on the pitch for a match. The Panthers hosted Greenwich Academy in a Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) clash in front of a spirited crowd on Tuesday, September 14 at Reunion Field.
On Saturday, June 12, during a memorable and joyful in-person commencement ceremony, the Masters community celebrated the 128 members of the Class of 2021 as they became alumnae/i. Click here for coverage of the event.
Tower journalists are making headlines again. Students recently took home trophies from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and School Newspapers Online.
Colorful, majestic gods and goddesses took center stage as the fifth graders debuted their impressive and entertaining on-screen puppet opera, “How The Sphinx Lost Its Nose,” before a virtual audience of their families on Tuesday, June 8.
As they put pen to paper, their smiles sealed the deal. Three of Masters’ top senior athletes — Brooke Tatarian (Fairfield University/basketball), Allie Koziarz (Wellesley College/basketball) and Eliza Abady (Goucher College/tennis) — celebrated their commitment to play at the collegiate level during a signing ceremony at the Fonseca Center on Monday, June 7.
For the members of the Middle School’s MISH (Masters Interested in Sharing and Helping) Club, the idea was simple: raise awareness and funds for an important cause by getting students together for a fun and friendly basketball competition. Their plan worked.
As the good news began to spread that the four members of the Biomimicry Club had advanced to the semi-final round of the BCIL Impact Challenge, the students received more exciting news: They were named finalists.
Feeling like Hollywood royalty, fifth graders walked the red carpet at the Claudia Boettcher Theatre for a special viewing of Julie Taymor’s Metropolitan Opera production of “The Magic Flute” on Wednesday, May 26.
Sunny, breezy weather made for perfect plankton racing conditions on Wednesday, May 12. As part of the seventh grade’s oceanography unit, middle school science teacher Dana McNamee held outdoor plankton races modeled after a college basketball Sweet 16 bracket-style contest.
In preparation for their final production of the season, Masters Mainstage students have spent much time and energy rehearsing for the spring play, an adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” which premieres tonight, Friday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m.
The new middle school Model UN (MUN) team is off to a might-y start! During the weekend of May 15 and 16, Masters’ junior delegates had an impressive showing at their first event as a team: Fieldston School’s Virtual EthicalMUN IV Conference. Three newcomers received recognition.
The Panthers were back in action in May, competing on the lacrosse field, golf course, tennis court and track — and setting new school records. Congratulations to Adam Bello ’24 for his record-setting high jump and to Camille Smith ’22 for a new record in the girl’s 100-meter dash.
The Parent Association (PA) treated faculty, staff and administrators to gourmet sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and handwritten thank you notes during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 4.
Global issues were local for students in Brendon Barrios’ International Relations classes. The upper school students have been studying the United States’ intervention in Latin America from the 1950s onward.
Artistic expression is on full display in the Middle School. Students in Vicente Saavedra’s seventh grade art classes are sprucing up the walls of temporary classrooms on campus by creating big and bold wall murals.
The Middle School’s EFFECT student leadership group really digs Earth Day. The students in the environmental sustainability group gathered this week to help start a vegetable garden for Children’s Village, a local nonprofit organization, by planting seeds for lettuce, cucumbers and bell peppers.
The annual Model United Nations project is a rite of passage for tenth graders. And on Tuesday, April 13, sophomores took on the role of diplomats from various countries to examine two articles in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR): article 19, the right to freedom of expression, and article 21, the right to take part in government.
One day it just clicked for Charlie Cooper ’23: He should use his art for good. “Having photography as my passion and a love for community service, I thought it would be a great idea to start a club where I could connect with younger kids and give them this opportunity,” the sophomore explained.
An omnipresent force on campus, Director of Facilities Craig Dunne is responsible for everything from managing heating and plumbing repairs to overseeing renovations in the School’s numerous buildings.
Sixth graders didn’t have to travel far for artistic inspiration this week. On Friday, April 9, young artists scouted out possible locations for imagined outdoor sculptures in the Eldridge Family Woods near the Greene Family Field track.
To the mathematically inclined, March 14 — or 3/14 — is a day worth celebrating that has nothing to do with a delicious dessert. Not one to ignore a good reason to toast this day is middle school math teacher Eliot Bloomberg.
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s eponymous machines are a delight to watch in action, with the goal of performing a simple task in an indirect or overly complicated way. And eighth graders recently discovered that the creative machines aren’t just entertaining – they are a fantastic lesson in physics.
Move over, Christie’s. With a chance to bid on lots such as Dr. Dieck’s homemade butter cookies, an Hermes tie, and the chance to be upper school co-chair for the day, this week’s MISH online auction proved to be a winning fundraiser.
Lights, camera, action! It was a fitting way to wrap up a life science unit on the coronavirus as seventh graders wrote, created and produced public service announcements using music, skits and animation.
From the worlds of sports, science and the arts, students in Paul Friedman’s and John-Alec Raubeson’s seventh grade advisory group celebrated a variety of notable figures in honor of Black History Month.
Recognized for being the cream of the creative crop in the New York region, 13 Masters students recently took home prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Inspired by a desire “to make Masters a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community,” upper school science teacher Jayanti Nerurkar joined the School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force last fall.
Everyone’s a winner with this year’s winter Physical Education (PE) offerings. Middle school students have enjoyed the current lineup of basketball, squash, fencing, swimming, fitness, yoga and health.
Call it a lesson in being “a power for good.” Aside from his own busy academic schedule as a junior, Chad Zhao ’22 has returned to teach at YingJiaMei, his former English school in China that he attended when he was younger.
The Masters Cybersecurity Team finished in the top 10 percent and third overall in New York state during round three of CyberPatriot's National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the world's largest of its kind, on Saturday, January 23.
The sun was shining and there was excitement in the air as the first group of boarding students returned to The Masters School on Saturday, February 6. This was the first time boarders have been in the dorms since last March.
After one of the biggest snowstorms in years blanketed the region, middle school students took advantage of the winter wonderland on campus as Head of Middle School Tasha Elsbach and Associate Head of Middle School Lynn Salehi declared a different sort of snow day on Thursday, February 4.
Keeping in line with its title, the production of “Kafka’s Metamorphosis” by the School’s Theatre Production Ensemble has undergone many changes. In spite of it all, the group’s digital staging premieres today, Friday, February 5.
In Judaism, there is a saying that "he who saves one life, saves the whole world." Holocaust survivors Bernard Schanzer, M.D. and Henry Schanzer, J.D. are living proof of those powerful words. The twin brothers were invited by the Jewish Culture Club (JCC) to speak to the upper school community in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, January 27.
On the steps of the Capitol where mayhem and destruction ensued two weeks earlier, history was made as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the 46th President and Vice President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20.
As a campus nurse extraordinaire for the past four years, Tara Eng has served the Masters community with compassion and kindness. So it’s no surprise that when the campus closes for the weekend or remote learning, she has risen to the call of a global pandemic by volunteering on the frontlines.
Raising awareness about the impact of gun violence in Brooklyn communities of color was the focus of a recent Morning Meeting held by MISH (Masters Interested in Sharing and Helping) on Friday, January 22.
Sharing her message through art has paid off for photography student Haoqing (Sunny) Shi ’22. A towering construction site near her home inspired Shi to snap a prizewinning image emblazoned with the word “Awaken.”
Upper school students in the upcoming musical production of “Now.Here.This.” did a double take when the original stars and creators of the 2012 Off-Broadway hit joined their Zoom rehearsal on Friday, January 8.
The theme may have been “Unheard Voices” but the message came through loud and clear during the upper school community’s annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, January 14.
When Advanced Studio Art student Christopher Shim ’22 noticed people around him going through difficult times this year, he decided expressing himself through art was a way to be “a small power for good.”
Put yourself in other people’s shoes. That is what more than 125 Masters faculty and staff members had the opportunity to do during a virtual professional development day on Monday, January 4. They participated in FACTUALITY, an interactive group activity about identity and its impact on ourselves and others.
From more than 2000 submissions by more than 770 high school students across the country, four Masters students - Rachel Schwartz ’21, Charlie Cooper ’23, Niamh Fortuna’ 23, and Ava Bashew ’23 - had their photographs selected to be included in the annual Drexel University High School Photography Exhibition.