Earlier this month, Ross School and Ross Institute were pleased to welcome Founding Mentor William Irwin Thompson and Mentor Dr. Bruce Stewart on two separate visits with the community.
As the new dean of World Languages and Literature at Ross Upper School, the School’s largest domain, Jack Hill is working with a very talented department of faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure the students receive an outstanding education. He recently talked with School News about his immediate plans to streamline communications between departments, as well as new ideas for programs he’s working to bring to Ross to support the students.
On October 16, students participating in the World Travel Academy @Ross course in the Solomon Islands returned to the United States. For three weeks, they conducted marine studies aboard a research vessel, working alongside distinguished Smithsonian Institute scientists Dr. Chris Meyer and Dr. Sea McKeon and National Geographic contributing photographer David Liittschwager, to collect, identify, and document hundreds of marine life species.
On October 22, Ross sixth graders visited the Ross Gallery at the Upper School campus to view the Art @Ross exhibit, which showcases a diverse selection of Ross student artwork, curated with help from the Ross Museum Studies class.
In the second grade Cultural History class, students are learning about the big bang theory in their Solar System unit. The class was asked how they could create the illusion of an immense explosion to visually represent their studies. After many discussions, students decided to use water balloons filled with paint to make a colorful piece of art on canvas.
On October 18, a gorgeous springlike day, the East End community turned out for the third annual Run for Ross 5K race. About 150 people, including the Ross cross country team, students, teachers, staff, and families, completed the course that began and ended at Main Beach in East Hampton, winding through beautiful tree-lined streets and along the ocean. Runners, walkers, cyclists, inline skaters, and furry four-legged companions all joined in the fun.
Sixth grade Teacher Deborah Minutello-Bartlett’s students are looking forward to learning about Phoenician mariners in their next unit of study in Cultural History. To get a firsthand perspective, they took to the seas on October 14 aboard sailboats from Sag Harbor Sailing and under the guidance of grade 8 Teacher Mark Tompkins.
On Tuesday, October 14, the Middlebury College Mamajamas from Middlebury, VT, visited both the Lower and Upper Schools. The performances were amazing and inspiring to students, faculty, and staff. These undergraduate singers are an entirely student-run musical ensemble, creating their own vocal arrangements, rehearsing together, and even arranging their own performance tours. Continue reading
On October 7, Ross fifth graders traveled to the Upper School to extend their current studies of Mesopotamia. The students divided into two groups, with one meeting with Cultural History Teacher Dr. Therese Lichtenstein to discuss Mesopotamian art and sculpture, and the other working with Visual Arts Associate Nicole Berberena to create a replica of the artworks introduced during the lecture. The main subject of the sessions was the Code of Hammurabi, a well-preserved Babylonian law code dating back to about 1754 BCE.
Already known for its Tennis Academy, powerhouse JV and Varsity teams, and the renowned pros, coaches, and staff at the Tennis Center, Ross School has extended this excellence to the Lower School, with Tennis now part of the pre-kindergarten through grade 3 Wellness curriculum.