For a three-week period between the Winter and Spring Terms each year, Ross students have the opportunity to choose from an array of intensive on- and off-campus courses covering a variety of topics. This year, the focus of Field Academy (formerly Midwinter Term, or M-Term) courses is on issues of sustainability in countries across the map. Continue reading
On February 5, Ross School eighth graders traveled to Manhattan to visit two religious landmarks as part of their studies of medieval culture and civilizations. The annual trip to the Islamic Cultural Center of New York and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine provides a unique opportunity to discuss pivotal events, faiths, and customs with religious leaders and guides and to see firsthand historical works of the time period.
Earlier this month, Ross eleventh graders culminated their Modernity studies with projects designed to capture the pivotal point in history when modernization gained momentum and disrupted perceptions and established “norms” about art, culture, feminism, and politics. The time period also gave rise to new inventions that had significant cultural impacts ranging from societal interaction to international warfare.
On February 6–8, Ross School Tennis Academy player Jonas Erdman ‘16 dominated the courts at the Point Set winter championship, taking first place in the Boys’ 16 Singles category. The event, held at Point Set Indoor Tennis Center in Oceanside, New York, gathered a full 64 player draw. Jonas ultimately triumphed in two final matches 6–1 and 6–2.
On February 13, students, families, and friends gathered in the Field House to celebrate the Lower School’s service learning project in support of Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. Inspired by the Ross motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” all Lower School students created jewelry pieces that reflect their cultural history studies. Proceeds from the sale of the items were donated to help fight hunger.
On February 10, students, families, and members of the community gathered in the Great Hall for an outstanding concert from Ross high school students enrolled in the winter Performing Arts electives. The evening included delightful performances by the Jazz Band, Chamber Ensemble, Chorus, Global Rhythms, and Jazz Dance class.
Gabe Lebow has always had an interest in the working of engines and electrical systems, and he would often take items such as PCs apart to get a look at the components. So, it’s no surprise that for his Senior Project, he chose to restore a motorcycle to showroom condition and then test thermoelectric generation (generating electricity from waste heat) on the exhaust system.
February is Black History Month, or African American History Month, and the Ross community has joined in the annual celebration, acknowledging the many achievements of Black Americans and their central role in American history.
On February 10, Ross sixth graders visited the Upper School in East Hampton to take in the campus and classroom experience in preparation for next school year. For students who are not familiar with the Upper School, the annual trip inspires excitement for the myriad opportunities that will be available to them as they move up to the seventh grade, and calms any anxieties they might have.
On February 7 and 8, the Ross Community Children’s Theater presented To Oz!, an original adaptation by Lower School Performing Arts teacher Margaret Kestler that blends the story, characters, and music from MGM’s 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with characters from Frank L. Baum’s Oz series and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The productions were staged in the Court Theater in the Center for Well-Being at Ross Upper School.