Students Get Their Shot in Crunch Time

Students Get Their Shot in Crunch Time

Ross Upper School students took the stage this week for the school’s spring theater production, Crunch Time: A Musical Revue. Featuring excerpts from timeless classics like Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and Godspell, as well as contemporary shows such as Hamilton, School of Rock, and La La Land, the young entertainers kept audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Celebrating Our Campus's Unsung Heroes

Celebrating Our Campus's Unsung Heroes

This week, we have the opportunity to celebrate members of our community who have a tremendous impact on our daily lives: school nurses. Since 1972, National School Nurse Appreciation Day has recognized the contributions of campus medical providers to foster greater awareness of the impact of their work. Through their care, early intervention, and advocacy, more than 95,000 school nurses nationwide make it possible for students to fully access their education.

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Faculty Profile: Linda Hanrahan

Faculty Profile: Linda Hanrahan

In honor of the upcoming National Teacher Week, Ross News sat down with Linda Hanrahan, math instructor and 10th grade team leader. Linda joined Ross School in 1998 and has been present for many of the institution’s most significant evolutionary moments: the development of the campus, the transition to a co-educational student body, and the transition to being an international boarding school.

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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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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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