Ross Students Open Exhibition Devoted to Field Academy Coursework

Ross Students Open Exhibition Devoted to Field Academy Coursework

This week, students who participated in Field Academy trips earlier in the year created exhibits about their experiences to be displayed in the Ross Gallery, on the Upper School campus. Field Academy is a mini-term that offers the opportunity for students and teachers to travel and work intensively on group and individual projects during the three weeks between Winter and Spring Terms.

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College Counseling Corner: You’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

College Counseling Corner: You’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

Congratulations on reaching the end of the college admissions road! Accepting a college’s enrollment package may feel like the final step in a process that has consumed your junior and senior years, but your work is not yet done. Before putting up your feet and submitting to senioritis, complete these tasks for a successful end to your senior year.

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Ross School Announces Single-Campus Model for 2018-2019

Ross School Announces Single-Campus Model for 2018-2019

Ross School’s Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team announced plans to consolidate its student body on one campus for the 2018–2019 academic year, fulfilling the vision of Ross School founder Courtney Sale Ross of a single, unified learning community. Beginning this summer, all Ross students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 will occupy the school’s East Hampton campus.

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Lama Tenzin Spreads Message of Compassion at Ross School

Lama Tenzin Spreads Message of Compassion at Ross School

The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, a Buddhist monk and visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, returned to Ross School this week to share his message of compassion with the Ross community. Lama Tenzin’s visit each year offers students the opportunity to learn more about the principles of Buddhist philosophy, including the importance of mindfulness, meditation, and acting with compassion.

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Alumni Profile: Kinara Flagg '02

Alumni Profile: Kinara Flagg '02

“Meaningful exploration” is the phrase Kinara Flagg ’02 uses to describe the path she has taken to discovering her life’s work in service of others. As a lawyer with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement section, Kinara works to remedy the injustices people have faced at the hand of landlords, predatory lenders, and others. Yet that path Kinara was one rife with twists and turns, all of which she took in stride on the way to a rewarding and personally fulfilling career.

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Ross School Annual Fund Celebrates Record Contributions

Ross School is celebrating record contributions to the 2017–2018 Annual Fund. Donor participation has grown across all divisions, and we’ve raised more than triple the amount contributed this time last year. 

The Annual Fund provides vital support to the entire Ross School experience, and it benefits every student and faculty member on campus. Annual giving funds programming like our unique, integrated curriculum; innovative project-based learning experiences like Field Academy and Senior Project; delicious and seasonal Café offerings; and well-appointed, curriculum-inspired learning spaces. Without the generosity of our donors, none of our work would be possible.  We extend our deepest gratitude to them.

So far donor contributions for 2017–2018 have reached $643,812, and we still need to raise $196,188 in order to meet this year’s goal. Large thermometer signs are present on both campuses and will be updated regularly to keep you apprised of our progress.

Click here to learn more about annual giving or to make a tax-deductible donation.

Pre-Nursery Presents "Goldilocks and the Five Bears"

Pre-Nursery Presents "Goldilocks and the Five Bears"

This week, pre-nursery students staged a musical production of Goldilocks and the Five Bears, marking the conclusion of their study of winter. Since December, the students have been exploring changes to the environment and animal life during the winter months. The play serves as an integrated project—synthesizing material learned from the Cultural History, World Languages, Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Wellness, and Performing Arts domains—and offers the students a chance to showcase what they’ve learned.

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College Counseling Corner: Zen and the Art of Being Waitlisted

College Counseling Corner: Zen and the Art of Being Waitlisted

So you’ve taken standardized tests, secured faculty recommendations, written a stellar personal essay, and submitted your completed college application materials. What if the response you receive from the school of your choice is neither an admission or rejection? What if, like thousands of students each year, you find yourself in collegiate purgatory: on the waitlist? While many resources offer students tips on the best chance at getting off the waitlist (links included at the end of this post), this article focuses specifically on coping with act of waiting.

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Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

The Ross School motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” is deeply ingrained into the student experience. Service learning, or the experience of learning through helping others, is one of the ways students cultivate interpersonal skills, a sense of empathy, and an understanding of their ability to make a difference in the world around them.

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Sixth Graders Perform Greek Tragedies

Sixth Graders Perform Greek Tragedies

Ross sixth grade students culminated their studies of Ancient Greece by staging performances of two popular Greek tragedies, Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis. Antigone recounts the experiences of the title character (the daughter of Oedipus) and her sister, who endeavor to provide a proper burial for their brother in defiance of the decrees of King Creon. Iphigenia in Aulis covers the aftermath of Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice his eldest daughter to please the goddess Artemis in advance of his fleet’s invasion of Troy.

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Stay Up to Date on Field Academy Coursework

Stay Up to Date on Field Academy Coursework

Catch up with Ross School students as they travel the globe and dive into deeper study during Field Academy 2018! This three-week term offers students the opportunity to participate in intensive coursework, both on campus and in locations all over the world. You can follow along with their adventures by visiting their class blogs, which are linked below. Additionally, images from Field Academy are searchable on Instagram with the hashtag #RossFieldAcademy.

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Made By Me Field Academy Inspires Handiwork

Made By Me Field Academy Inspires Handiwork

In a classroom in the High School building, students in the Made by Me Field Academy course are knitting scarves, weaving baskets, beading jewelry, and much more. The course—which is led by teachers Mami Takeda, Kim Borsack, Ria Meng, and Sherry Qiu—inspires students to disconnect from consumer culture and experience the rewards of making things by hand.

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Graduates Return for Alumni Visit Day

Graduates Return for Alumni Visit Day

Last month, Ross School held an Alumni Visit Day, during which past graduates returned to campus to connect with former teachers and classmates. Graduates in attendance spanned from the Class of 2001—Ross’s first graduating class—to those who received their diplomas last year. The event was the Alumni Association’s best attended gathering in recent history.

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Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. In celebration of their efforts, we share these accomplishments through a recurring column, Applause! Applause! Below are some of the endeavors undertaken by members of the Ross School community. Congratulations to everyone!

Students attending the Field Academy trip to Zimbabwe raised more than $8,000 in donations for Hoops4Hope and animal conservation organizations in the country. Additionally, the students collected 1,200 pounds of supplies, which included clothing, sneakers, hygiene supplies, art and school supplies, and almost 100 basketballs.

Students at the Lower School collected more than $1,000 in donations for the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry. They presented the check, which is the largest single donation given to the food bank by children, at a recent assembly.

Two Ross students received Awards of Excellence for their contributions to the Parrish Art Museum 2018 Student Art Exhibition. An oil painting by George C. ’18  was selected, as well as a black-and-white photograph by Milo M. ’18. Their work was chosen from that of more than 150 student artists.

Katrina L. ’18 received a Student Art Festival award for her contribution to Guild Hall’s 2018 Student Art Exhibit. Her work was selected Best Still-Life.

Autumn Rose Williams ’12 was honored by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming in February. At the end of 2017, Autumn—a member of the Shinnecock Nation—was crowned Miss Native American USA.

Performing Arts Instructor Gerard Doyle was recently recognized by AudioFile magazine, winning its prestigious Earphones award of excellence for three of his recent book recordings: Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty, The First Day by Phil Harrison, and The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble. The magazine also chose his recording of The Gold-Son as one of the 12 Best Young Adult Audiobooks of 2017.

The artwork of Visual Arts instructor Charles Hollinger is now on display at The Hen’s Nest Gallery in Connecticut.

Cultural History teacher Therese Lichtenstein curated a show at the Parrish Art Museum titled Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture. The exhibition will run from Sunday, March 18, through Sunday, June 17. A book, which accompanies the show, will be released in April by publisher Prestel Press.

Ross staff members Zara Pintado and Ben Sigua are celebrating their son, Alexander (Nick) Sigua Pintado, who will graduate East Hampton High School this spring as class valedictorian. He intends to begin undergraduate studies in political science this fall.

Upper School Mandarin Teacher Ou Wang welcomed a baby girl on January 27. Jasmin Kai Hartline was born in Stony Brook Hospital, weighing in at 9 pounds and 7 ounces. She is pictured with big sister, Jia.

Field Academy: Seeking Truth in Greece

Field Academy: Seeking Truth in Greece

The goal of journalism is not to make a moral judgment. It’s to hold up a mirror reflecting what is happening in society. Sometimes you can do that so well that it’s impossible for the audience not to draw a moral conclusion, said award-winning international journalist Micah Danney to a group of students preparing for a three-week field study in journalistic storytelling.

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