For this year’s spring musical, Ross Upper School students traveled back in time to the Fabulous Fifties—1959, to be exact—to portray Sandy, Danny, the Pink Ladies, and the Burger Palace Boys as they sang and danced their way through the year at Rydell High.
Led by Katie Morgan ’16 as Sandy Dumbrowski and Jadon Han ’17 as Danny Zuko, the cast showed off their acting and vocal talents, as well as their skill at the hand-jive, over three performances. The school-age version of Grease, which first appeared on Broadway in 1971, differed a bit from the well-loved 1978 film, so the audience was treated to a variety of songs that didn’t make the film cut, including “Those Magic Changes,” “Mooning,” and “Alone at a Drive-In Movie,” as well as favorites “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and “We Go Together.”
Performing Arts teacher Gerard Doyle directed the production, with Dean of Performing Arts Adam Judd serving as musical director and Wellness teacher Sheryl Hastalis providing the choreography. The cast featured both new and experienced actors, and the script allowed for a number of solos and duets among them, so many students got a chance in the spotlight. After the show’s run was completed, Gerard praised their efforts, saying that he “couldn’t have wished for more energy, commitment, and skill on all three performances.” The audiences for each show, filled with classmates, friends, and family, validated that praise with enthusiastic applause.
One of the fundamental features of the Ross School Spiral Curriculum is the way in which content and practices from multiple domains are interwoven in learning experiences from Early Childhood all the way through grade 12. Cultural History, World Languages and Literature, Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Media Studies and Technology, and Wellness all inform students’ learning at every grade level in a holistic and coherent fashion, through project-based learning and interaction with art and artifacts. In this video, students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 share their assessments of the benefits of this type of interdisciplinary education.
In March of 2015, Ross School conducted a comprehensive self-study as part of the process for applying for accreditation (or reaccreditation) from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). As a result of the formal evaluations that followed, Ross School was successfully accredited by both organizations and is also the first ever among 3,000 international schools to be named a MSA-CESS Program of Distinction in Global Literacies. Continue reading →
While some students traveled far afield during this year’s Field Academy term, Tali Friedman ’18 found adventure and fodder for her passion for marine science close to home, using the three-week period to intern at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, New York. She was able to experience caring for animals, from tropical fish to penguins, as well as learning more about the wildlife in our local waters. Continue reading →
One of the great things about Ross School is the way mentoring is woven into the fabric of the culture. When older students share information about their unique experiences with younger students, the latter are often inspired to “dream big” and explore opportunities they never knew existed. Continue reading →
Ross School prides itself on taking a global approach to education, even with young students who are just becoming aware of the diversity of experiences the world has to offer. One aspect of this globally conscious curriculum is a focus on world languages from the very early grades. Continue reading →
Ross School alumnus, David Kaner (2010), is making a difference in the world of human rights. A 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago, David holds a master’s degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Law, Letters and Society, which he describes as “a social sciences degree with an emphasis on law and political history.” Continue reading →
Students in the “Sustainability and Service on Long Island” Field Academy course spent their three weeks between terms giving back to their community, including working with Habitat for Humanity in Bellport, Long Island for six days to help construct a home for a family in need. Continue reading →
Ross 4th graders recently presented their final projects for the Human Settlement Project in front of a panel of “network executives” from their own hiStory Channel, parents, peers, and teachers. The project serves as a summative assessment, integrating Cultural History, English, Science, and Mathematics. Continue reading →
Ross School sixth graders recently capped off their studies of Ancient Greece with two interdisciplinary productions: theatrical performances of ancient Greek plays Prometheus Bound and Antigone, and a Ross-style “Olympics” competition. Continue reading →