This past summer, upper school music teacher Gilles Pugatch and colleagues David Levin and John-Alec Raubeson started to tinker with JamKazam, an app that allows musicians to collaborate remotely in real time.
Who killed Felix Franz, the fictional owner of the fictional Red Bird Jazz Club? Was it June, his ex-girfriend; Elliott, the pianist or Pops, the club manager? Only upper school acting teacher Meg O’Connor and her cast of characters know for sure.
The dynamic duo of Kai Cowin ’21 and Kira Ratan ’22 have put the Masters Debate team on the map by qualifying for the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC), the most competitive high school debate contest in the country.
Being stuck inside during the pandemic in May forced George Chang ’22 to get creative. His ingenuity earned him an honorable mention in the prestigious global contest for the International Photography Awards (IPA) with his bright and eye-catching entry in the student competition category.
“The weeks leading up to the election have served as a purposeful learning opportunity for our students well beyond this moment,” said Head of School Laura Danforth in a post-Election Day message to the community that referenced one of the most hotly contested presidential races in years.
The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) along with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society for New Design have honored Kira Ratan ’22 for “outstanding COVID-19 coverage by high school media.”
The first annual life science pumpkin decorating contest resulted in clever creations of a cell diagram, a metaphorical pumpkin food chain and a candy corn hedgehog, among many others. The event for seventh-grade students was held the week of October 26.
For a self-professed political junkie, nothing is more exciting than teaching during a presidential election. Upper school history teacher Colleen Roche says there has been a lot of challenging ground to cover.
As an Estherwood Mansion resident for almost 30 years, middle school art teacher Bruce Robbins knew exactly why the historic, on-campus hall would be a “boo-tiful” setting for a virtual Ghost Stories gathering on Saturday, October 17.
Sabine Godwin ’23 played a major role in guiding the Connecticut/New York (CONNY) girls lacrosse squad to a championship at this past weekend's prestigious Under Armour All-America Underclass Tournament, which featured the best high school players in the nation.
Toting topical signs about voting, immigration and global warming, students from Mary Chappell’s humanities 7A class took to the streets of Dobbs Ferry on Tuesday, October 20 to make their voices heard.
How to be or not to be was what prompted theater teacher Meg O'Connor to get creative with her upper school students this semester. “Since we were faced with the challenge of working remotely and for no more than two hours per week, I thought it would be the right season to introduce mask work,” said O’Connor.
Many thanks or “muchas gracias” to our intrepid sixth and seventh grade students who put together an informative, entertaining presentation about Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and presented during Morning Meeting on Friday, October 9.
The fields and courts around The Masters School's campus came alive over the past two weeks, as members of our boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis, volleyball, field hockey and cross-country teams made their much-awaited return to action.
Stamford Magazine featured nine “teens to watch” in New York and Connecticut with impressive accomplishments, a range of interests, a commitment to serving others, and top grades. Masters’ own Sophia Viscarello ’21 was one of those selected.
The return to school feels different this year, but the Masters community is resilient and committed to advancing the School’s mission, “to gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do — to be a power for good in the world,” despite the current challenges.
The Masters School’s award-winning student newspaper, Tower, shared its very first edition of Tower Broadcast News (TBN) on Friday, October 2. This latest feature from Tower was an impressive showing of journalism, planning and video production.
In August, Associate Head of Middle School Lynn Salehi challenged a handful of students with a bold project: create a virtual version of the Middle School on Minecraft, a 3D sandbox video game that allows players a large amount of freedom and creativity in choosing how to play the game.
In preparation for the return of day students and faculty back to campus on Monday, October 5, The Masters School is requiring that all students, faculty and staff provide a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result from a test administered within five days of the return to campus for in-person instruction.
Senior students in Colleen Roche’s political science class welcomed guest speaker and alumnus Jesse Wexler ’19 on Tuesday, September 30, and learned about Wexler’s work to fight against voter suppression.
Following her 2017 essay collection “Don’t Mind Me, I Just Died,” upper school English teacher Caroline Dumaine, who publishes under her birth name, Caroline Sutton, continued her exploration of family relationships in “Mainlining: A Memoir.”
A Better Masters, The Masters School’s anti-racism and anti-bias action plan, covers six areas of school life: governance; admission; racial diversity among faculty, staff and administrators; policies and procedures; curriculum and pedagogy; and community and belonging.
Perhaps one of the most beloved start-of-year practices for middle school students is organizing and decorating their lockers, when the somewhat dreary metal encasements are transformed into bold and colorful displays of personality.
Being new to a school is a challenging experience, even for teachers. That’s why, every summer, before the school year begins, incoming Masters faculty participate in the New Faculty Institute (NFI), a five-day intensive that aims to welcome them into and get to know all aspects of the community.
During a summer when plans for traditional warm-weather activities — sleep-away camps, vacations — were upended by COVID-19, a nascent program, Masters Summer Learning Initiative, gave students the chance to explore new interests and passions.
More than 100 students gathered virtually on Friday, June 5, to participate in "Building the Culture at Masters," a student leader training workshop designed by faculty members Lee Dieck and Meghan MacWilliams.
Matthew Pollack ’20 has always been interested in military history and working with veterans, and his senior project allowed him to pursue his passion by interviewing American veterans about their wartime experiences.
Carolyn Hohl ’21 can add a new set of awards to her growing list: The young poet recently received two national recognitions from the nonprofit organization Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for two of her poems.
Students in Studio Art Major recently created Rube Goldberg machines — contraptions that are intentionally designed to perform simple tasks in indirect and overly complicated ways — out of objects found around their homes.
Health care staff at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, New York, have been regularly treated to the music of the Malino Family Band, a Masters family trio made up of John Malino Scheuer P’18, ’20, Buster Scheuer ’20 and Sarah Scheuer ’18.
Students in the Upper School’s Power for Good class, an interdisciplinary offering new this school year, haven’t let remote learning slow their progress in investigating options for more environmentally sustainable learning at Masters.
Adding to its growing list of accolades, Tower, the School’s student-run newspaper, placed in the top 10 for Best of Show broadsheet print newspapers from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).
With regular news updates about the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers across the country, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship John Chiodo has been utilizing the 3D printer in The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to churn out face shields, a type of PPE, for health care professionals.
Exercise, with its innumerable health benefits, is more important than ever these days, and drama and dance teacher Jason Reiff is aiming to keep the Masters community active with weekly adult yoga classes.
The Masters School once again lived its mission — to be a power for good in the world — by donating boxes of goggles, germicidal wipes and gloves to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
“How can I help?” This was the question that fifth grade students answered on Friday, February 21, when each student stood before an audience in Doc Wilson Hall and presented on a well-researched topic.
Julia Levin ’21 first started playing guitar when she was young — just 8 or 9 years old — and since then has become a passionate musician who has even given a TEDxTheMastersSchool Talk on the subject of female guitarists in the music industry.
Challah bread, samosas, jerk chicken and cannoli were just some of the culinary delights on the menu for the Middle School during a potluck lunch hosted by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leadership group on Thursday, February 20.
Stacey Tisdale P’23, a more than 20-year veteran TV broadcast financial journalist and the first African American to report from the New York Stock Exchange, brought inspiration to the Upper School on Friday, February 7.
Along with a passel of other talented young artists, Jonah Ginsburg ’20 traveled to Miami earlier this month to participate in the National YoungArts Week, a weeklong program for National YoungArts Foundation finalists that features master classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields.
Pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. adorned the walls of the Doc Wilson Hall on Tuesday, January 21, as the middle school community gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights activist.
Building on their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year, The Masters School’s Cybersecurity Team, comprised of Zach Battleman ’21, Matt Nappo ’21 and Brandon Zazza ’21, advanced to the platinum tier in the state round of CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
The Masters School Debate Team emerged from the Regis Christmas Classic tournament with bragging rights: Partners Kai Cowin ’21 and Carolyn Hohl ’21 won third overall in the varsity public forum, and Cowin was awarded best speaker in the varsity public forum.
The annual Middle School Winter Concert drew a crowd that filled the Claudia Boettcher Theatre on Friday, December 20, 2019, with hundreds of community members gathering for a set of joyful and enjoyable musical performances by the Middle School Jazz Band, Orchestra, MastersSingers and a variety of soloists.
Friends, faculty and sushi was a recipe for a great night on Wednesday, January 8. More than 80 young alums, current seniors and faculty members filled Estherwood Mansion for the annual Young Alumnae/i Sushi Soiree.