Education News

P.S. 81

“P.S. 81 Presents A Bronx Tale” is in the works—more than 100 students are already involved in preparing for the June 9 performance. The revue, produced by parent coordinator Nina Velazquez, will feature music that has some kind of Bronx connection. Songs made famous by Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Dion and the Belmonts, Celia Cruz and others will be represented.

Boy Scout Troop 240 utilized last week’s parents association meeting to pitch for new recruits. The group meets at Riverdale Presbyterian Church and is proud of its history—visit for details.


M.S./H.S. 141—Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy

The community is invited to RKA’s annual Health Fair on Thursday, March 22, from 12:20 to 2:40 p.m. in the school gym. The event, linked with Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps organization, will offer food samples, fitness demonstrations and wellness booths. Participants can take the U.S. Army fitness challenge, run an obstacle course, talk with a Montefiore Medical Center cardiologist and learn about Sahaja Meditation. Austin Cromartie is coordinating this fair.

Last weekend’s Multicultural Show—the school’s 18th—was a big hit. Under the general direction of Velma Allen, talented students entertained a packed house for more than two hours. There were performances of modern interpretive dances, hip-hop, belly dancing and stomp. Vocalists paid tribute to current favorites from Maroon Five to Bruno Mars to Adele. Instrumentalists performed classical and modern pieces on guitar and violin.


Kinneret Day School

Eighth-graders Ben Davar, Michael Dulerain, Michael Goldfeld, Noah Gordon and Yuval Sitton earned third-place status at the 2012 Middle School Math Tournament last Tuesday. Participant spent the day competing against students from twenty-five other schools.


Horace Mann School

The community is invited to the school’s steel drum concert this Thursday, March 15, in Gross Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Ken Zhang, under the guidance of his teacher, Mami Fujisaki, was nominated as a finalist in the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese Speech Contest for high school students. Zhang will present his speech at the United Nations International School on Friday, March 30.


College of Mount Saint Vincent

The next Winning Wednesdays series event is on Wednsday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Diane Machado, director of career development and internships, will address cover letter and resume writing. The community is welcome to attend. To reserve a seat, contact Christine Leake at 718-405-3269 or

The ninth annual “Explore Your Opportunities—The Sky’s the Limit!” Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference for seventh-grade girls will be held at the college this Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference, sponsored by the Westchester branch of the American Association of University Women, aims to provide young women with opportunities to meet and interact with positive female role models in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Members of AAUW invite girls to choose from 17 different hands-on workshops. To download a registration form, visit The cost of the conference is $12.00 per participant, which includes workshops, breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Wilma Gitchel at 914- 332-1064 or or Lorrin Johnson at 718-655-5204 or


Manhattan College

Civility is the subject of a faculty teach-in on Thursday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dante’s Den on the third floor of Thomas Hall. The community is invited. A panel of nine professors will briefly discuss the concept of civility pertaining to their areas of expertise, and a question-and-answer period will follow. After receiving the Good Neighbor Award from the Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in October 2011, the college continues to set an example of civility in the Bronx community. The student handbook recently added a good-neighbor policy that mandates a high standard of respectful conduct for students both on and off campus. The Dean of Students Civility Campaign is sponsoring the event.


Local Scholars

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced that the following students were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Allison Margaret Kahn, a graduate of SAR High School, now enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences; David Aaron Messenger, a graduate of the Horace Mann School, now enrolled in the  College of Arts and Sciences; and Jesse Bryan Blant, a graduate of the Bronx High School Science, now enrolled in the Olin Business School. To qualify for the dean’s list in the in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.5 while carrying at least 14 graded units. The Olin Business School dean’s list requirements are a GPA of at least 3.6 with at least 12 hours of graded course work. Washington University is considered among the world’s leaders in teaching and research. It enrolls more than 13,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in its seven colleges. Of 22 Nobel laureates who attended George Washington, nine did the major portion of their pioneering research there. The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a variety of traditional and interdisciplinary fields.



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