Tibetan Monk Lama Tenzin Spreads a Message of Compassion

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The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen wants us to recognize happiness: “If you do something you are proud of, that’s happiness. It lasts much longer than pleasures.” The Tibetan Buddhist monk and friend of Ross School spent the week of September 28 to October 2 at the Upper School campus teaching students about Tibetan philosophies of mindfulness and mediation. He explained how these same philosophies, implemented as mindful and compassionate practices, epitomize the Ross Core Values. At the center of Lama Tenzin’s meditative teachings lies the sand mandala—a Tibetan tradition of artistic creation and destruction. The mandala chosen by Lama Tenzin for this visit was one of compassion, constructed with colored marble dust, a set of Chakpur drawing tools, and a great quantity of patience. He created the mandala throughout the week in the Ross Gallery, and parents, teachers, and students from both the Upper and Lower Schools seized this exceptional opportunity to witness Buddhist tradition and to participate in active learning about Tibetan philosophies.
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What’s Cooking in the Ross Café


If you ever feel pressured to pull together a satisfying, nutritious meal for your family, imagine yourself in the role of Ross School’s Executive Chef Liz Dobbs, who estimates that she and her staff of 26 prepare and serve 24,000 meals to the Ross community every month. The number includes three meals a day for students and staff at the Upper School campus, breakfast and lunch at the Lower School, and weekend meals for the boarding program. In keeping things fresh, Liz certainly has her creative culinary work cut out for her. Continue reading

Ross School Senior’s “Ties for a Cure” Raises Money for Cancer Patients


Ross School senior Dillon Kab is busy making a positive difference in the lives of children and families battling cancer. For her Senior Project, she started a company, Connecs LLC, that creates programs to raise money for nonprofits. Her first program, “Ties for a Cure,” benefits the Max Cure Foundation, which supports low-income and military families with a child battling cancer at the Stony Brook Pediatric Cancer Center. Continue reading

Lower School Students Study Butterfly Life Cycle


As part of their Science studies, students in Early Childhood through second grade followed the metamorphosis of monarch butterflies. Children first collected caterpillars from around the Lower School campus and brought them back to their classrooms (where they received such distinguished names as Nibbles). They fed them milkweed, which grows in abundance around the school, thanks to plantings by the students last year, and were able to watch their beautiful transformation to adulthood firsthand. Continue reading

Students Get Galileo’s View of Moon, Stars


On September 24, a balmy fall evening, ninth graders and Science teachers Dr. Dave Morgan and John Tracey gathered on the Ross School athletic fields to observe the night sky through powerful telescopes. The session served as an introduction to astronomy for the class, who will be studying the worldview-changing discoveries of scientists including Nicolaus Copernicus
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Students Hard at Work on Senior Projects

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The Senior Building is buzzing with energy, with the class of 2016 hard at work on their Senior Projects. The first step in the formal process, submitting their project proposals, is complete, and the descriptions offer an exciting preview of what’s to come. Subjects this year include 3D-printed prosthetics, replicating a classic guitar, psychology of tennis, music therapy for autistic children, dance choreography and performance, brain injury, social entrepreneurship, a Claymation film, and designing and building sporting equipment. Continue reading

Sharing the Warmth in Nepal


In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal in April 2015, thousands of people are still struggling to rebuild, many in remote villages in the Himalayas. Ross School parent Alexandra McAuliffe and grandparent Leeli Bonney recently spoke with Lower School students at an assembly about the Tara Foundation USA, founded by Leeli, and its Himalayan Children’s Project, an initiative to collect and distribute fleece jackets to school children in the mountains. Continue reading