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Horace Mann School student Benjamin Hu '19 was selected as one of 161 graduating seniors from across the United States to be designated a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The award, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 7, 2019, recognizes these outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects candidates for this award, created in 1964, from among the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school in 2019, based on outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The Middle Division Service-Learning Program has been wonderfully successful this year. In the Fall, we kicked off with an assembly, welcoming representatives from three of our partner organizations to be interviewed by our students about the importance of their work and how our participation helps to further their missions. This laid the foundation for thoughtful engagement in the activities to follow. To read more and watch a video. click here.
Horace Mann School student Miyu Imai '19 is one of 27 graduating high school seniors across the U.S. selected as a Milken Scholar, it was announced on May 27, 2019. The Milken Scholars program, a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, is open to college-bound high school seniors in New York City, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C. Milken Scholars are selected based on academic performance, community service, leadership and their ability to persevere in the face of personal challenges, and after a rigorous nomination, application and interview process. Imai is one of six New Yorkers chosen for this honor that includes a $10,000 cash prize and a lifetime of mentoring and resources.
While the Horace Mann School academic year is drawing to a close, summer offers new learning opportunities for HM students, as well as for the School's young alumni. For current students, there's a hearty roster of Summer School classes, and 2019 marks the second year of HM's Summer Film Institute. But for many students, and for college-age alums and newly-minted college grads, summer is a time to continue learning—not only in classrooms but through experiences that provide them with skills, prepare them for careers, and pave the way to the world of employment. Horace Mann School's Internship program does all this and much more, providing students and alumni "with exposure to careers while affording them opportunities for personal growth" as the Horace Mann Parents Association (HMPA) notes. Further, as HM parent, Mieko Willoughby, Chair of the Horace Mann Internship Committee, reported, a record number of exciting internship opportunities were made available to HM students and young alumni for the upcoming summer of 2019.
For high school students everywhere any given school week is filled with classes, assessments, co-curriculars and a range of other activities that define their time. During the second last week of April 2019 Horace Mann School junior Ryan Jonas '20 added another definition: that of "New Yorker of the Week." Jonas was designated holder of that title on April 22, 2019 by NY1, NYC's 24-hour news station. A regular feature of the station "New Yorker of the Week" recognizes residents of NYC's five boroughs who are assisting their communities and fellow citizens in a variety of ways. Jonas got the shout out from NY1 for how he turned a hobby into a source of income and empowerment for residents of the Bronx.
For students in Horace Mann School's Nursery Division art is integral to education. The school's youngest students had the opportunity to "see" the learning they'd accomplished over the past school year take visible shape at the Division's annual spring art show in April 2019. The Nursery Division pursues an "emergent curriculum" philosophy of education, with the interests that students show as a group becoming the focus of their intellectual exploration together, in math, science, social studies, language art, literature, and art, itself. Thus, when the students in the Nursery Division's Class Pre-KB, for one example, strongly expressed a collective interest in weather early in the 2018-2019 school year the topic inspired their teachers, Drew Dubno, Michelle Graziosa, and Sue Rosenthal, to relate their lessons in reading, science, writing, math and, of course, art, to the subject that had seized their Class' imagination. A highpoint of the school year for the students was reviewing how they'd explored and expressed their learning in the range of related projects displayed in the Art Show.
For generations Horace Mann School students have committed themselves to serving others, through community service and, over the last decade, through HM's Center for Community Values and Action (CCVA) and its Service Learning program. However, as HM acknowledges, there are always ways for the School and its students to do more. One way is through HM's partnership with Grab the Torch (GTT), an organization that works to develop a "common sense" approach toward giving, volunteering, and philanthropy in young people with the potential to become leaders today and in the future. This partnership resulted in the Grab the Torch/Horace Mann School Summer Institutes. Held in New York and Colorado the GTT/HM Summer Institutes provide girls from Bronx public, charter and independent schools opportunities to learn about ethics, purpose and philanthropic action, and develop related skills. Many GTT/HM Summer Institute participants are only able to attend through scholarship assistance. For the past two years raising money for these scholarships has been the fundraising focus of HM community members who participate in the Boston Marathon. This effort kicked off on April 3, 2019 with a celebratory event at HM attended by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in whose honor the funds would be raised. Click to read more.
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