On December 19, families, faculty, staff and friends gathered in the Field House at the Lower School for the Pre-Nursery–Grade 3 holiday concert. The students sang beautiful renditions of songs, old and new, and provided added enjoyment by delivering a few verses in sign language, Mandarin and Spanish. The program concluded with everyone joining in for a happy sing-along to Frosty, the Snowman.
Back in November, the Ross community took to their feet with a standing ovation for the Ross students’ presentation of the Fall One-Act Plays. The audience is still talking about jaw-dropping moments.
On December 17, the Great Hall at the Upper School echoed with sounds of holiday spirit. Students in grades 4–8 delighted families, faculty, and staff with songs old and new, providing a special start to the season for all. Various bands, choruses, and orchestras took turns performing songs of different traditions, with all groups coming together at the end of the night.
On December 17, the second grade presented a theatrical interpretation of their studies of the Solar System to parents, faculty, staff, and schoolmates. They named their play The Sun and His Friends, and students played the parts of the planets, the Sun and Moon, and an asteroid. With help from teacher Shannon Timoney, the class wrote their lines to tell the story of the planets and designed their costumes to communicate something about the god or goddess for whom their planet was named; for example, Neptune carried a trident, a familiar weapon associated with the Roman god of the sea.
Computer Science Education Week took place this year from December 8 to 12. In recognition of the event, Ross students in grades 1–6 participated in the Hour of Code, an annual, global, grassroots movement to introduce young children to the basics of computer programming. The idea is to let them work with coding directly to take the mystery out of computer science and to help them build critical-thinking skills. Over 70 million students in more than 180 countries joined the effort this past week.
Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) players dominated the courts at the USTA Eastern Tennis Section on December 6 and 7, capturing a title in all but one of the divisions in which they competed. The matches were held across Eastern Long Island.
Students looking to extend their time at Ross School beyond the academic year can sign up for Summer Term @Ross to take a course in Mathematics, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Mandarin, Design and Invention, Marine Science, College and Test Prep, or Tennis. Summer is an exciting time at Ross, and students can not only engage in intensive, personalized classes but also take advantage of many opportunities to enjoy the arts, beaches, music, and sports.
On November 18, families, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered in the Ross Upper School Court Theater for the grades 9–12 fall concert. The program was a delightful mix of classical music, current top 40 songs, jazz hits, and a graceful performance by the modern dance elective students.
It’s an exciting time at Ross as many members of the senior class complete their Senior Projects and are busy making final tweaks in preparation for the exhibition on January 22.