Education News

Kinneret Day School

Kindergarteners marched with raised American flags and sang patriotic songs in their “Salute to America” show, featuring heroes from Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Jonah Sandow) to Babe Ruth (Niv Levy). Parents and grandparents saw Abraham Lincoln declare freedom to all slaves, Rosa Parks (Ellie Feldman) get arrested and freed, and Neil Armstrong (Baer Cheslow) blast off to the moon. The performers worked under the guidance of their teacher, Dorit Niven.

The school participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-Thon and raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. The K-8 supplementary Math-a-Thon program is the nation’s largest education-based fundraiser. St. Jude has developed protocols to bring survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to more than 80 percent. The Memphis, Tennessee, facility was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas.


Horace Mann School

The community is invited to attend the Robert Buzzell Memorial Basketball Games in Manhattan College’s Draddy Gymnasium this Saturday evening, February 25. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the New York March of Dimes. The girls’ competition begins at 6 p.m., and the boys start at 7:45 p.m. The tournament is named for an HM student stricken with polio in 1950.

Librarian Rachael Myers is now a member of the Young Adult Library Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee. The committee recommends books it considers both high-quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

The school’s Spirit Squad won a gold medal in the hip-hop category for their performance of “Fuego” at this month’s Starbound competition in Paramus, New Jersey.

The wrestling team has earned its sixth consecutive win in the New York State Private Schools Wrestling Championship. Senior Juston Gilston and junior Matthew Russo qualified in their weight classes for the national-level competitions under the guidance of wrestling team coach Gregg Quilty.

Seventh-graders this month will engage in a realistic simulation of immigrants’ passage from their native lands to Ellis Island. Each student will assume an immigrant’s identity and undergo examinations for admission to the United States.


Manhattan College

The community is invited to a screening of the documentary “A Century of Black Cinema” followed by a presentation by retired New York City crime photographer and film collector Walter Taylor this Thursday, February 23, at noon in Smith Auditorium. Attendees who participate in a trivia challenge will have a chance to win movie posters.

The college’s diversity committee is hosting the event to commemorate Black History Month.

A reading and book signing by acclaimed author Junot Díaz will launch the English department’s Major Author Reading Series on Wednesday, February 29, at 5 p.m. in Hayden Hall, room 100. Díaz, the first Latino writer in the M.A.R.S. program, is the author of “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and other literary accolades. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize XXII and The O’Henry Prize Stories. He is currently fiction editor at the Boston Review and a professor of writing at MIT. All M.A.R.S. events are open to the public.


College of Mount Saint Vincent

“Network and Volunteer Your Way to the Top” will be the topic at the next School of Professional and Continuing Studies Winning Wednesday session on Wednesday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The presenter will be Christine Leake, assistant director of graduate and SPCS admissions and creator of the series. Winning Wednesday events, all free and open to the public, offer professional advice on such topics as resume writing, hiring trends, interview skills and positioning for the ideal job. To reserve a spot, email Christine Leake at 718-405-3269 or christine.leake@
Local Scholars

SUNY Cortland has announced that Brian Cook, a sophomore majoring in speech and language disabilities, and Edward O’Connor, a junior majoring in business economics, were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester. To achieve this distinction, students must earn a GPA of at least 3.3 while completing at least 12 credit hours of classes. Cortland, a college of the State University of New York founded in 1868, enrolls more than 7,300 students in its 61 undergraduate and 33 graduate academic majors. It houses the largest undergraduate teacher education program in the Northeast and was ranked for five consecutive years by Kiplinger’s as one of the Top 100 Best Value Colleges and Universities in the United States.

Fairleigh Dickenson University’s Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck and Hackensack, New Jersey, has announced that for the fall 2011 semester, Samuel Smith was named to the honors list and that Christine Taylor was named to the dean’s list. To qualify, students must complete four courses while maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5 for the honors list and 3.2 for the dean’s list. FDU, New Jersey’s largest private university, enrolls more than 8,000 undergraduates and more than 3,000 graduate students. It offers an internationally recognized core curriculum and a wide variety of innovative programs in education, nursing, psychology, business, computer science, visual arts and public administration.



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