Sixth Graders Set Sail to Get an Introduction to the Life of Phoenician Mariners

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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.

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Middlebury College “Mamajamas” Entertain at Ross School

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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

Fifth Graders Study Mesopotamian Art and History at Upper School

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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.

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Third Grade Studies Narrative Art at Parrish Museum

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On October 8, Ross third graders visited the Parrish Museum in Water Mill to view ecologically inspired artworks in the main lobby and paintings by William Glackens. A museum guide offered background on the artists and works, and the result was a learning experience for the students that introduced them to historical information about the artists and time periods and the definition of narrative art.

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Ross Community Members Create Unique Rendition of “In C”

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On October 7, Ross students, faculty, and members of the community gathered in Gandhi Hall to create an inspiring rendition of Terry Riley’s In C. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the composer’s seminal minimalist work, and Dr. Dave Morgan, dean of Science, and Adam Judd, dean of Performing Arts, organized the event to celebrate the occasion. Other participants included students Katie Morgan ’16, Dorothy Li ’16, and Caio Garcia ’15; Performing Arts Teachers Mike Guglielmo, Rob Davies, and Maureen Isbister; Carter Burwell, Ross parent and professional composer; Jake Cockrell, associate; and Margaret Bodkin, former music teacher at the Lower School.

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Third and Fourth Graders Extend Studies at Long Pond, LI Aquarium

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As part of their studies of the earliest species of life on Earth, Ross School third graders are currently growing mold (fungi) in their classroom. On October 2, they headed to the Long Pond Greenbelt Preserve in Bridgehampton to observe and record many species of moss, lichen, and fungi, and to learn how these organisms have adapted to their environment. The class collected specimens and will create a moss and lichen garden in a tank for further observation.

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