Senior Project: Autonomous Water Chemistry Drone

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Senior Liam Cummings has a keen interest in marine science and chemistry, so it’s no surprise that he chose to build a device that can collect important information about the waters surrounding the East of End of Long Island. For his Senior Project, the capstone experience at Ross School, Liam programmed and “hacked together” a small autonomous watercraft that navigates via GPS and logs data about conditions that impact life underwater. Continue reading

Ross Students Learn About “Lost Boys” of Sudan

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Following on-campus screenings of The Good Lie, a 2014 movie starring Reese Witherspoon that tells the story of a family of Sudanese refugees resettling in the United States, actress Kuoth Wiel and Scott Fifer, director of the GO Campaign, participated in Q&A sessions with Ross students and other members of the community. They discussed their personal experiences working with refugees from Sudan and other war-torn African nations. Continue reading

Lama Tenzin Creates Mandala of Compassion at Lower School

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The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk, once again visited Ross Lower School to share teachings about living a happy life with students, families, and staff. Throughout the week of May 11, members of the community were invited to join him in meditation in the art room at the beginning of each day. Afterward, many would drop in between classes to observe Lama Tenzin as he created a Mandala of Compassion, a beautiful representation of qualities of enlightened beings intended to help heal an individual’s body, mind, heart, and environment. Continue reading

Cosmos Take to the Seas

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Nothing captures the spirit of the East End lifestyle more than the beaches and bays of eastern Long Island. Located in the heart of the Hamptons, Ross School affords its students the unique opportunity to participate in three nautical sports teams: sailing, surfing, and rowing. All three sports are piquing interest from the students, with some international students even indicating that being able to participate in these sports influenced their decision to study at Ross.  Continue reading

Ross Students Explore Marine Science Using Eco Labs


The start of the spring season has been busy for the Innovation Lab @Ross Marine Science class and their teacher, Dr. Jack Szczepanski. In the eco labs, specialized labs for studying biology and ecology located in Building 1 on Ross’s Upper School campus, exciting undertakings abound—from raising cuttlefish and turtles to embarking on the first phase of resurrecting the large saltwater aquarium.  Continue reading

Flute-Making Workshop Celebrates Native American Studies


Sometimes a musical instrument is more than just entertainment. As part of their studies of the ancient Mississippian and Iroquois tribes in Cultural History class, Ross fourth graders are discovering that the tribes not only used flutes in their rituals and celebrations, but also used them for herding animals. To learn more about one of the first instruments to be invented, the class recently completed a flute-making workshop with local musician and flute maker Jay Loomis and then demonstrated their creations for their schoolmates in a Lower School assembly.  Continue reading

Founding Mentor William Irwin Thompson and Tensta Students Visit Ross

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From April 27 to May 1, Ross School Founding Mentor William Irwin Thompson and students and teachers from Ross Tensta Gymnasium in Sweden visited both the Upper and Lower Schools to participate in campus events, lectures, and student activities. It was a special experience for all, with an opportunity to share the significance and implementation of the Ross Spiral Curriculum. Continue reading

Sage Elsesser Named “Best New Artist”

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Ross School senior Sage Elsesser was recently named “Best New Artist” at the 77th Annual Guild Hall Artists Member Exhibition. Out of the hundreds of artists who submitted work to this year’s and previous exhibitions, Sage is the youngest artist ever to receive the award. His work of art, first titled “III” and then later renamed “Hard to Forget,” is a drypoint print of three people lynched in Alabama in the 1900s, and one of 16 pieces he created for his Senior Project. It will be on display at Guild Hall in East Hampton through June 6. Continue reading