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2022

  • May

    A Joyful and Uplifting Spring Dance Concert

    Through expressive, inspiring choreography, the Masters Dance Company set out to soothe souls in their aptly named spring concert, “A Time for Healing,” on May 13 and 14 in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre.
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  • Game Design Class Is Student Tested and Approved

    Creativity and imagination for the win. It was “game on” for students in David Becker’s upper school Game Design course this semester when tasked with creating a board or card game based on their favorite video game.
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  • Hubner Guides Masters Past Wooster

    Sophomore pitcher Henry Hubner stepped to the mound last Saturday at Wooster School and delivered a performance to remember. 
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  • Students’ Interest in Natural World Blooms With Visit to Botanical Garden

    The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) became a 250-acre classroom for Dana McNamee’s seventh grade science classes as students explored plant life, soil, ecosystems and composting. 
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  • Celebrating Ten Years of Great Gig With a Perfect “Ten”

    When performing arts teacher and Great Gig Assistant Director Sam Appiah '12 saw the Claudia Boettcher Theatre stage during Great Gig rehearsals, he was transported to his senior year of high school.
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  • Sound on: Middle Schoolers Explore the Art of Beatboxing

    The power of voice comes in many forms. Last month, students got a taste of beats and scratches through the art of beatboxing when world champion beatboxers Mark Martin and Arabelle Luke from the Academy of Noise gave demonstrations during a middle school assembly.
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  • Photo: Sonali Rao '24

    Student Poets Showcase the Write Stuff

    After putting the proverbial pen to paper, student poets were performance ready for the Outspoken event at Estherwood Mansion last month.

    The annual event is a showcase of poems written and performed by Outspoken, the student-directed spoken word performing arts group led by co-presidents Lilith Leys ’22, Dani Appiah ’22 and Finn Alexander ’22 with guidance from faculty advisor and upper school English teacher Miriam Emery.

    With close to 100 in attendance, it was a true celebration for the 11 students who had not had the opportunity to share their writing in person for the past two years. “They met for over a year on Zoom, and were able to meet in person this year,” Emery explained. “This was an opportunity for students who workshop poetry every Monday night together to present and perform their original works.” 

    Subjects ranged from the political to the personal. As Leys noted, “We took care to place some of the more thematically heavy poems towards the middle of the event, and flanking them with lighter, more joyful ones.”

    Leys opened the showcase with “River Round My Neck,” which she described as being about “the ever-present fixture of time, and using a running river as a metaphor for the sense of loss that comes with moving forward constantly.”

    “If My Eyes Had Seen Thus Far” was one of two poems Appiah performed. “It was about some thoughts I had about the idea of exploration during colonial times: how people held out hope that there were lands with riches beyond the horizon and claimed lands that weren't theirs, as well as the lies and half-truths that explorers told.” 

    A beaming Emery cheered the students every step of the way. “The students do an incredible job supporting each other, workshopping poems and critiquing one another,” she said. “It’s very different to see and hear someone perform and present a poem than it is to hear a poem being read off a piece of paper behind a podium.”

    The excitement and energy from the audience inspired the poets. With Graduation approaching, Leys shared that “Getting one last hurrah before leaving the School was fantastic for me and all of the other seniors.”
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  • Teamwork Makes Their Machines Run

    Dings, clangs, bangs and pops. These were the sounds that emanated from inventive Rube Goldberg machines that eighth graders recently built as a culmination of their physics unit.
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  • April

    Learning to be an Ally on Campus

    Through personal stories, facts and statistics, and discussion of current events, GSA (Gender and Sexual Alliance) highlighted the importance of allyship during a special upper school assembly on Thursday, April 7.
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  • Working Toward a Greener Future

    Green Week at Masters is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and take action to protect the planet. Upper school members of the EFFECT club organized a schedule of events for the week of April 18 that culminated in a special Earth Day tree planting in honor of retired mailroom manager Frank DiCicco.
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  • A Pitch Perfect Setting for the Spring Choral Concert

    Estherwood Mansion was alive with the sounds of live choral music Thursday night.
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  • A Winning Lesson in Marine Biology

    From the Sweet 16 to the Final Four, seventh grade science students competed in outdoor plankton races in a college basketball tournament-style contest.
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  • Smith Smashes Track Records 

    Camille Smith ’22 rewrote the record books during last week’s track meet against host Hackley. The multi-sport standout broke a pair of school records in the 100 meters (13.2 seconds) and 200 meters (27.27 seconds), showcasing the speed that she also flashed on the soccer field this past fall.
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  • Estime Shines in Girls Lacrosse Opener

    Don't call it beginner's luck.

    Alexis Estime ’23, who only picked up a goalie stick as a sophomore, looked like a veteran between the pipes in the varsity girls lacrosse team's season opener against visiting Sacred Heart Greenwich on Tuesday, April 5 at Greene Family Field.
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  • Good Talk: A Community Conversation with Mira Jacob

    This spring, being a power for good as a Masters School community member starts here. And you’re all invited.
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  • Math Students Rise to the Challenge

    When math is your favorite subject, competing in The Hardest Math Problem Contest is a piece of cake. Just ask sixth grader Ryan Hu.
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  • Preparing for an Enchanted Evening of Music at Estherwood

    Embracing the theme of “We Gather,” classical instrumental music students from both divisions will come together for the School’s annual Prism Concert, at the Estherwood Mansion, on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.
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  • Tenth Grade Science Student Wins Research Grant

    A passion for environmental science led first-year Science Research student Leo Horton '24 to land a grant and “go for it.”
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  • March

    It’s Game On in the Middle School

    Every Tuesday after the last bell rings, the focus and concentration on display in Room 208 at the Middle School has nothing to do with homework.
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  • Middle School Girls Basketball Squad Rides Team-First Approach to Undefeated Season

    The formula for a successful basketball season isn't overly complicated. It comes down to a positive attitude, coachable players, and a willingness to sacrifice for the greater good.
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  • Middle Schoolers Charm the House With “Matilda”

    The opening night standing ovation for “Matilda” was music to the ears of the 24 far-from-“revolting children” in the cast and crew who have been working since January on the production.
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  • Ninth Graders Go Behind the Scenes With Screenwriter Selwyn Seyfu Hinds

    Emerson Riter ’25 dreams of having a writing career in Hollywood.
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  • Students Prepare an Evening of Global Gastronomic Delight

    It is a small world after all. Through song, dance and dishes representing more than 20 countries, cultural goodwill was on display at the annual International Head's Dinner on Saturday, March 5.
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  • February

    “In the Heights” Reaches New Heights for Upper School Students

    Upper school performers transformed the Claudia Boettcher Theatre into a Washington Heights neighborhood with vibrant singing and dancing during the musical production of “In the Heights," which ran from February 24 through 26. 
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  • Middle School Flag Project Flies High

    For Frances Navin ’28, the roots of inspiration for her flag design started with a tree. “I really love music, nature and reading so I decided to combine those three things.”
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  • School Community Comes Together to Honor the Legacy of Dr. King

    Joyful music and messages of hope set the perfect tone for the School’s annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, February 18.
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  • Seventh Grade Boys Basketball Team Ends Season on High Note

    It was a fantastic close to the season for Masters' seventh grade boys basketball team on Thursday, February 24, at the Fonseca Center. 
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  • Students Recognized for Creative Excellence

    Seventeen Masters students are the proud recipients of 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The accolades, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, celebrate the students’ depth and range of artistic and literary talents.
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  • Dobbs 16 in Perfect Harmony Ahead of Quarterfinal Tournament

    Having spent months honing their vocals and choreography, Dobbs 16 is ready to take the stage this weekend for its first in-person competition in two years.
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  • Ninth Graders Grapple with Real-World Dilemmas in Seminar

    Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka’s life as an athlete, activist and role model — on and off the court — served as the perfect case study for a recent Ninth Grade Seminar assignment.
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  • Student Club on Mission to Combat Hunger

    As Hanna Schiciano ’23 sees it, the need to start the Feeding Westchester at Masters Club was clear: “There is no vaccine to alleviate hunger.” 
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  • Varsity Swimmers Set New Records

    Corinne Furniss '23 has had her eyes trained on the swimming records board in the Joan Smith Hamill Natatorium since freshman year.
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  • Young Composers Take Note

    Is there a Handel, Verdi or Puccini in our midst? A peek inside the middle school music room revealed fifth grade maestros hard at work on their upcoming puppet opera, a beloved annual Masters tradition that is the culmination of a yearlong interdisciplinary study of ancient Egypt and opera.
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  • January

    “Matilda” Rehearsals Are In Full Swing

    Come March, the Claudia Boettcher Theatre will be alive with the sounds of the middle school musical production of “Matilda.”
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  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Survivor Shares Her Story

    Never forget. These two words, appealing to the world to remember the tragedy and horrors of the Holocaust, were front and center as survivor Trudy Album shared her experiences with upper school students on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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  • Ringing in the Year of the Tiger

    As Lunar New Year approaches, Asian and Asian American students and faculty are preparing to celebrate the Year of the Tiger — and to share this important holiday with the larger community.
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  • Varsity, JV Boys Basketball Teams Score Big With Clutch Shots 

    In the sport of basketball, there's nothing like a game-winning 3-pointer or a long-range buzzer-beating shot.
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  • What's App-ening in a Middle School IEC Class

    A new app design class for sixth and seventh graders, led by innovation and entrepreneurship teacher Rae Johnson ’11, is giving budding programmers their first foray into block coding.
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  • Latin Students Study the Thrill of Victory

    Veni, vidi, vici. Sixth graders in Brittany Farrar’s beginner/exploratory Latin classes learned the history of charioteers and gladiators through a contest of their own.
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  • Seniors Prepare for the Oval Office

    What does it take to become the commander in chief? That’s what students in Colleen Roche’s Political Science course asked when designing campaigns for their recent mock presidential election. 
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  • Varsity Fencing Teams Foil RCDS in Home Opener

    The glorious sounds of steel-on-steel combat rang through the Francisco Martin Fencing Room on Tuesday, January 11.
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