Students who took Mr. Cockrell’s Summer Program online course were treated to a tasty way to customize their own natural yarns! Pictured here is a colorful collection of Kool-Aid dyed yarn, as well as Mr. Cockrell’s pillows that he crafted using the dyed yarn!
This month, Mr. Schwartz’s The Art of Traditional Jewish Cooking class gave York Prep parents and students the opportunity to get closer through a delicious shared experience. The recipes that Mr. Schwartz’s Eastern European grandmother cooked for him throughout his childhood came to life during this Summer Program online course with dishes including dill pickles, noodle pudding, and chicken soup. Mr. Schwartz took parents and students through each recipe as they cooked along. Lemon poppy sour cream cake and latkes are featured in the photos on the right.
Students who participated in Ms. Spencer’s Intro To Diaristic Photography explored narrative photography. They practiced their skills through the lens of lighting, composition, framing, and perspective. We present to you their intriguing photographic stories. Scroll through to see the work of Ameli Okuda, Aliyah Phillips, Mark Tillinghast, Evan Young, Remi Young, Ruthie LaTona, Susanna Gruhn, Jack Gaffigan, and Rowan Maitland.
Parenting requires reservoirs of courage that you may be unaware of possessing until tapping into them. Parents must put on a brave face in doctor’s visits with sick children, ride out turbulent plane rides, and explain societal shifts that occur beneath our feet. We do not know what will be on the other side, or how to explain it to our kids.
Mr Beich's writing class chose events of the 1990's for their final projects. They chose groundbreaking topics that ranged from the end of Apartheid to the L.A. Riots. Click through to see some of the presentations.
For their final projects, Ms. Tabourin’s French students were given the opportunity to research the topics of their choice. They were given carte blanche to submit a presentation on any facet of French or Francophile culture or history.
Last month, we presented some of Ms. Fratta’s eighth-grade history class Primary Source projects. The projects focused on how they have been affected by this pandemic in school, at home, and in everyday life. This past week, her class created a journal of five different writing responses.
Mr. Marzoni’s sophomore English class worked in groups to create dynamic presentations on different short stories by Franz Kafka. The fascinating presentations range from slide shows to short films, and cover a variety of stories including “The Stoker”, “A Report to An Academy”, and “In the Penal Colony”. Click through to see some of the projects!
This coming Wednesday, at 11:00 am, York Prep students will be honored during the online Annual Awards Assembly hosted by Mr. Buckley. Teachers have nominated one winner in each of their classes, which will be announced by subject. The faculty will also be voting on two General Excellence recipients in each grade. Also, in addition to Honor Roll, Headmaster's List, and Perfect Attendance the following memorial awards will also be presented:
Congratulations to all of the extremely talented York Prep student filmmakers who participated in the first ever York Prep Film Festival. Click here to watch the films. You will be blown away by the magnitude of artistic skill that went into each and every one of these films. Thank you to Mr. Viscardi for masterminding this festival, and thank you to the faculty judges! Click through to see the full list of winners.
The Genesis Staff are so excited to showcase all of the student writers and artists for the upcoming 2020 issue of York Prep's award-winning literary and art magazine, Genesis. Click through to see the student contributors and our award winners for 2020.
We are excited to roll out our Summer Program starting on June 8th and invite you to click on the link at the end of this post to find more information as well as course registration. Each online course is free and will be comprised of about six classes (each class will be about 40 minutes long).
Eleventh-grade digital art student Cesar Sassoon created a time-lapse animation that features his brother baking sourdough bread. The sourdough bread making process, which usually takes 18 hours to complete, is sped up via 2,000 images which comprise this film. Thank you to Ms. Spencer for sharing this! Click through to watch!
Tune into YouTube on Thursday, May 28th at 2:00 pm for a One Life to Live livestream reunion featuring our very own Performing Arts Chair and dance teacher, Fiona Hutchison! On June 3rd, you can watch her on the Guiding Light reunion at 5:00 pm on Youtube.
We are so proud of our new graduates and wish them all the best in their bright futures. Graduation Day 2020 was joyful, a little bittersweet, and the essence of our tight-knit community was present through the memorable speeches given by students, faculty, and guest speakers.
Mr. Gordon's eighth-grade history students are currently staging a mock trial, where Miles De La Torre is playing the role of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The students are learning about the elements of the First Amendment, libel, and free speech.
We welcome Dr. Rachel Tennant, who will be joining the counseling team this fall. Dr. Tennant is a school psychologist coming to us from Academics West. She will be working predominantly with the York high school students and is really looking forward to meeting the students, parents and staff of the York Community when school resumes. Welcome, Dr. Tennant!
A new plot of land has opened up and the town is looking for a new theme park! However, before construction can begin, the town board needs to see a design plan of the new park. That’s where you come in… the developers, Brodsky & Co., have asked you to submit your ideas for how this creative, whirling- twirling, mind-blowing, scrumdiddlyumptious theme park should look!
Graduation 2020 at York Prep was filled with surprise speakers who shared their own high school experiences and shed some light on this trying time in history. Click on the video under the images to watch their touching messages, followed by the speeches of guest speakers Tichianaa Armah, MD, BA and Nancy Cartwright.
As summer approaches and we begin planning for fall, I wanted to give you a clearer picture of how we see the opening of York Prep. First, we truly look forward to the return of our students for a full school day. Students will discover an environment transformed to enhance their safety, as well as new expectations for hygiene and interaction. We know they will rise to embrace this experience. We are determined to open school in synchronous mode in the fall. That means a regular program in terms of length of school day, and delivering that program in our facilities on 68th Street (unless prohibited by the State or Local Government). Our successful application, within our distance learning program, of live streaming classes in our normal time schedule, gives us confidence to continue to embrace a full day schedule when we return.
Our first consideration is always the health and safety of students and faculty. We have already begun physical construction in the building to address this. We have consulted experts on hygiene to help rethink key areas. But you will recognize the York Prep we know and love.
Ms. Xu’s senior Mandarin students won the award for Best Content and Storytelling in New York University’s Developing Chinese Language Teachers' Rock That Movie contest! This year’s theme was “10 Minutes that Change the World”.
Mr. Schwartz's beautiful painting titled Downtown Trains, was selected by Blue Mountain Gallery's juror, Martica Sawin, to be included in the Summer 2020 Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be online July 7th to July 25th.
Ms. Spencer’s high school digital art students worked on creating stop-motion animations using found objects this past month. They used the Stop Motion Studio app, and the results are intriguing. Click through to watch them!
The First Annual York Prep Short Film Festival is upon us, and we are super excited! On Thursday morning, May 21st, we will send out an e-blast with a link to where you can go to view our students' films!
In Ms. Perry's 11-2 math class, the culminating project prompted students to use equations to recreate some of their favorite cartoon characters. Scroll through the photos to see these incredible works of art (and math)!
Throughout this past month, Ms. Fratta’s eighth-grade history class has been working on Coronavirus Primary Source Projects. Each week, they have focused on how they have been affected by this pandemic in school, at home, and in everyday life. Last week, they changed it up and had to interview someone else-a family member, a friend, a teacher, etc.-to understand the impact the Coronavirus has had on others. Some students interviewed family members in different states and even different countries.
When the ASL Club met on Zoom recently, they discussed issues that affect the Deaf community during the pandemic. The most pressing issue that came up was the nationwide lack of interpreters and communication barriers within the Deaf community.
This week Ms. Sarasohn’s classes learned about Cinco de Mayo. Before the lesson about the history behind the holiday began, Ms. Sarasohn presented a little true/false quiz to see if what the class thought they knew was correct. Here is a modified quiz for everyone to test their knowledge about the holiday.
Ms. Spencer recently declared that she is finding many positive things that are blooming from the Distance Learning model. In order to help her students with online learning, she has just launched her YouTube channel where she shares tutorials.
One of the programs that has become a weekly staple in family time with my wife and daughter is Bravo’s hit competitive fashion show “Project Runway.” Contestants with a range of experiences and expertise compete to create the best designed clothes under restrictions of theme, time, and materials. One of our favorite segments on the show is the “unconventional materials challenge,” when contestants have to use unconventional materials in order to make high fashion.
Students in Ms. Borden’s 11th grade psychology class spent the whole semester working on a literature review project. They researched websites, academic journal articles, and peer-reviewed experiments to learn about various psychological disorders. After completing their research, they presented their findings in various formats including traditional papers, slide show presentations, comics and drawings.
Ms. Borelli’s ninth-grade English class was assigned to write concrete poems using items that has helped them get through quarantine. They first explored multiple examples (including the cover of the book they are reading called The Crossover), and reviewed the structure before they were off on their own to create their poems.
The Athletics department hosted a Zoom awards ceremony to celebrate the seniors’ athletic achievements and contributions. The ceremony opened up with a moving tribute video created by Coach Valentzas. (Click through to watch the video!)
Back by popular demand, we present more Art Challenge masterpieces from Ms. Spencer’s, Mr. Hartman’s, and Mr. Schwartz’s classes. Scoll through to see reimagined works of arts from the masters, including Van Gogh, DaVinci, and more!
Well, we have “socially distanced” and Zoomed, and these measures seem to have worked. Although tragically, we have lost so many, the number of cases is dropping, and hospitals are no longer reaching the threatened “breaking point”.
So what now? As you no doubt saw, the Governor closed schools for this academic year. We will not have normal classes at the School for the last month of the term. We will continue as we are doing with distance learning in our synchronous mode. In this, I have been so impressed with how our students adapted to a new, temporary model of education, one which they had every right to find strange and unfair. We are watching them all very closely and are anticipating a successful end to the year, where benchmarks have been met and they can have a little more fun online. Grades are being monitored in every class, and we will not allow any circumstances to disadvantage our students. Rather than hold traditional exams, we will teach right through the exam period. Therefore, the last day of classes for this final quarter is Wednesday, June 3rd.
Ms. Hersh’s seventh grade English class did a project relating to the book The Call of the Wild. Focusing on the book’s theme of survival, each student found an item in their home that has helped them “survive” the current health crisis.
We miss our York Prep community! While we are staying connected in other ways, we cannot wait to be back together at the warm and welcoming campus on West 68th Street. Please watch this incredible "Trick Shot Challenge" video with a special message at the end! Thank you to our Jump Start teachers Ms. Brodsky, Ms. Feibusch, Ms. Borden, Ms. Dorfman, Ms. Hastings, and Ms. Morley for creating this fun video.
In Ms. Kennedy’s 12th-grade History class they discussed tragic global, historical events and the purpose of memorials. The students were assigned with the task to design a memorial to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Cockrell hosted a Zoom guest-artist “masterclass” in the performing arts department with Rona Siddiqui earlier this week. Ms. Siddiqui is a musical theater composer, music director, and songwriter, and in the words of Mr. Cockrell, an “all in all wonderful human being”.
You may have seen photos submitted by our students in the last newsletter, or on our Instagram feed. But the submissions keep rolling in, and they are such fun examples of the creatvity and spirit of our students.
The Affinity Social Justice Club has been Zooming weekly to stay in touch with one another and brainstorm ways we can all be of service while socially distancing. Recently, club members discussed how the COVID pandemic has affected us all in some way or another, yet some groups are more vulnerable due to inadequate resources. As we are seeing in the news, the outbreak of the virus has been devastating for marginalized populations who live in poverty and experience health inequities as well as other burdens. This ignited the question, how can we step up to meet their needs?
To celebrate the completion of another unit, Ms. Brodsky's sixth-grade math class had a pajama dance party! Students dressed up in their comfiest and cutest pj’s, picked some of their favorite songs to dance to, and taught each other some dances.
Ms. Buchwald’s last unit with her senior Reading and Writing Jump Start class is a post-high school survival kit. Each student has created a Google slides presentation that outlines various topics that will prepare them for college and beyond.
We love staying connected with our students, and social media has become such an accessible tool to continue to stay in touch during this time apart. If you would like to see how our students are staying active, please follow York Prep Athletics on Instagram.
Inspired by the social media trend of recreating classic paintings at home during this time, students in Ms. Spencer's, Mr. Schwartz's, and Mr. Hartman's art classes were asked to reenact famous artwork using themselves and whatever objects and clothing they have at home.
The York Prep spirit is alive and well, and it lives in this thoughtful tribute to our beloved Middle School Dean and English teacher, Ms. Maggiatto. A group of thoughtful middle-school students produced this video for "Ms. Mag" but it is touching for all to watch.
This letter is for all of our members; parents, students, and faculty, because we really are all in this together. Every day brings stresses and challenges. For parents, there may be a conflict between education and the family relationship. I hope not, but one would have to be naïve to imagine that in a confined family situation, tensions will not appear. I pray that both can be put into perspective. At the end of the day, family is the most important relationship. We hope that we can help all of our families get through this pandemic with mutual appreciation and learning.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your next quarantine project, look no further than Mr. Cockrell's Socially Distant Craft Club. What started as a vehicle to connect a few friends via simple yet productive crafty endeavors has blossomed into a 1,500 member Facebook group, which has also expanded to a feed on Instagram.
While we are all adjusting to living our school and work lives online, the wrong lighting can often (literally) leave us in the dark. Our Performing Arts Department Chair, Ms. Hutchison, has mastered the art of "good lighting" from her experience as an actress and producer. Watch this video for her tips on finding your best light for Zoom meetings and all other video conferences.
We love seeing how our York Prep community has been living their offline lives. While we are all going through this trying time, it is comforting to find beauty in our everyday experiences. Tenth-grade student, William Van Der Rhoer, recently shared some hauntingly beautiful photos that he took around New York City.
Physical activity is a vital component of overall health and wellness. Our physical education teachers have been working hard to motivate students to move their bodies in a safe and socially-distant environment. Many of our students have gotten creative with their daily exercise routines.
Last week we shared Mr. Stewart's scrumptious recipe for Portuguese sweet bread. This week, we present Mr. Schwartz's mouth-watering Roasted Cornish Game Hens L'Orange recipe! What are you cooking? Please share your recipes and photos! Email them to email@example.com.
The first Amazon order I placed in anticipation of New York City’s shelter in place order was not unlike many other New Yorkers, two boxes of plastic gloves. When I started to anticipate instructional needs for our Distance Learning Plan, the Amazon order was a Toque, the white starched hats worn by chefs, including the Swedish Chef, on the Muppets. Next, I ordered a Neon Green fuzzy hat with the three-dimensional face of the Phillie Phanatic, the mascot of my beloved baseball team.
York Prep clubs continue to meet online, and some members of the Affinity Social Justice club met last week to catch up, share their distance learning experiences, and to discuss the upcoming Diversity Awareness Initiative for Students conference. The ASJ plans to register students so that they can participate in the inline forum of events on May 9th. More information on the conference can be found here.
The TV drones on….”the real danger is for the over-70s…”. I change the channel. “The absolute killer of this epidemic is for the over-70s”. I continue to change the channel. “If you are over 70 you are in deep trouble.”
How nice! Can I make a statement on behalf of the over 70s? We are still alive! Some of us may be fitter than you younger striplings. I know that you will survive and you look at us pityingly, but we are still here. I completely understand the old man in the Monty Python skit about the Plague. “Bring out your dead,” the carter shouts, and younger men try and persuade an old man to get in the tumbril carrying the bodies. “But I am alive,” he says, "I feel like dancing”. Finally, telling him that he fools no one, they hit him on the head and throw him in the cart.
Well, I am still here! Aged but alive! Is there one TV channel that will tell me that if I socially distance myself and take sensible precautions, I might actually survive? NO! Listen to them; “Being over 70 is a very dangerous state to be in.”
Mr. Marzoni's 11th-grade English class was assigned to create sentences from a set of vocabulary words. Namkha Toner ran with this assignment and created an amusing narrative about a fictional character, Texas-Red. Read on to see how Namkha put a creative spin on this English assignment.
“Last Friday, I had a really successful ‘meeting’ with a student in my psychology class. He shared his work on an assignment via google docs and we used the chat function within the document to talk through the questions that were challenging as if we were meeting in person. The discussion boards on Canvas have also been a great way for students to share their thoughts with one another (I did one with my class today!) “
“Hi Mr. Gordon!! I just got a census form in the mail and thought of our class since we learned about the census and arguments about it a few weeks ago. I'm excited to see if it asks whether or not your an immigrant or undocumented immigrant!! I hope to be back in class asap but at least I can still be historically thinking? Actually its sort of funny Mikayla, Jocelyn and I were corroborating different articles to try and find the most correct information out there on the coronavirus, it's pretty cool to get to implement what you learned in school in real-world situations, so thank you. Yours, Kaia Seldman” -Kaia Seldman, 10th-grade student
Ms. Perry's ninth-grade Algebra class recently had a lesson on factoring. Following this class, a student was inspired to make macarons, which he documented with these photos to share with the class. His recipe was an example of factoring applied to real-life at its finest (and most delicious).
Ms. Pevzner's 10th-grade Spanish class had the chance to write restaurant reviews in Spanish for a new food app this week. Wesley Grove chose to review his favorite Thai restaurant, which you can read below!