Lower School Students “Magnificent” in Beginnings

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Last week, Ross Lower School students in grades K–6 presented to the extended Ross community an original play titled Beginnings, a dramatic narrative of the School’s Cultural History curriculum for the lower grades. Performance Arts teacher Margaret Kestler, who wrote the play with input from the teachers and students about their specific grade’s studies, describes Beginnings as “a manifestation of intellect and imagination—a living work of art, integrating theater, dance, music, visual arts, and cultural history.”
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Grandparents and Special Friends at Lower School

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On May 1, Ross Lower School welcomed grandparents and special friends for a day filled with warmth, laughter, and song. Guests were in for a number of special treats, from a sing-along in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR), to the beautiful artwork on display, to a performance titled Beginnings, in which students presented the spiral of cultural history on which the Ross curriculum is based. Continue reading

Ross Senior Projects Inspire Lower School Students

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On April 24, three Ross seniors visited the Lower School to present their Senior Projects. First up was Daisy Gallaher with “Being Dyslexic.” She showed a video installation, which she designed to provide the viewer with a look into the mind of a dyslexic learner. Next, Teague Costello discussed “Manipulating and Printing the Grain of Wood,” a process he used to create a beautiful series of prints of tree stump surfaces. And finally, Will Greenberg demonstrated his “Melomuse,” a musical instrument that skips the “learning curve” so that anyone can play it and make great music.  Continue reading

Varsity Tennis Team Heading to Playoffs

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The Boys Varsity Tennis team is down to the last few matches in the regular season and is currently in second place in League XII. Assistant Coach Kevin Snyder said he has seen huge improvements this year, and the players’ skill and passion for the sport is evident in their dominant performances on the court. Their win against Longwood on April 30 bumped their record up to 9–3, and Kevin is confident the team will head into the playoffs at the top of their game.  Continue reading

Applause! Applause!

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Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of teachers and staff members Lawrence Alexander, Liss Larsen, Jennifer Morgan, Jon Mulhern, Dan Roe and Ned Smyth; students Phillip Gorodetskiy, Katie Morgan, Frances Sacks, and the eighth grade; and alumni Noah Engel ’11 and Peter Reale ’08 Continue reading

Ross House Parents Discuss Life at Home with Students

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Ask around, and you’ll hear many wonderful things about what sets Ross School apart as a world-class educational institution. From the interdisciplinary curriculum, to the diverse and creative learning opportunities, to the spirit both on and off campus, Ross provides an inspirational experience that helps young people find their passions and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.  Continue reading

Second Grade Creates Weather Station to Study Local Systems

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Ross School second graders recently showed off their technical expertise by installing a weather station outside of their classroom at the Lower School. The station will help them analyze local weather patterns as part of their studies of meteorology and systems. Data captured by the station can be viewed online at Weather Underground. Students are now in the next phase of the project—building their our own weather station and tools, including a barometer, thermometer, anemometer, and rain gauge. The goal is to compare the readings from each station to help determine how weather affects their daily lives.  Continue reading

Grade 8 Draws Artistic Inspiration from Medieval Cathedrals

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One of the highlights of Ross School’s 8th grade curriculum is the Medieval Guild Projects, a few days when students step away from their regular school routine and immerse themselves in the role of guild apprentice to a master craftsperson. Just as some young people in medieval times would apprentice themselves to learn the tools and techniques of various trades, Ross students choose an area to specialize in, and end up producing beautiful results in a variety of artistic media.  Continue reading