“That’s what jazz is, it’s playing the wrong note to lead you to the right note,” says five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten. During his Bass Masterclass at the Jazz Education Network conference, he invited the audience to be experimental and to join the musical conversation that is jazz music. After his presentation, sophomore Imani Chisholm felt inspired by his message to “play what you know”, and senior Paul Petretta declared that he would “stop overcomplicating (his bass playing), and just play.” Earlier this month, Mr. Cockrell, Ms. Hutchison, and seven students traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the JEN Conference. The trip was nothing short of an epiphany.
Wellness Wednesdays, presented by our Wellness Team, have been an integral part of the York Prep program. As part of this series, our 6th and 7th graders recently gathered for a presentation on anxiety, stress, and coping. After the presentation, the students split into two groups and participated in therapeutic art therapy and yoga sessions.
With the holidays around the corner, students, faculty, and YP families were treated to brilliant student performances during our second annual Winterlude concert. Each student infused their unique style into their performances and drew the audience in with their immense talent. Click through to see the full list of performances, and click here to watch the full show.
Last week the Student Government Organization paired with the Community Service Club to host a bake sale. They collected cans of food to help stock the food pantry in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Students could donate canned goods in exchange for baked good. Monetary donations were also accepted. After the bake sale on Monday the 21st, students in the community service club walked the items next door. About fifteen bags and boxes were collected and donated.
This year's annual International Night, produced by the Parents Association, was a big hit! Not only did guests enjoy great company and delicious cuisine from around the world, but they were also treated to brilliant student performances. Students of all ages performed riveting dances, sang beautiful songs, which were both accompanied by talented musicians. Click here to see a clip reel from the night's performances!
The York Prep Drama Department produced five outstanding performances of Marvin’s Room the weekend before Thanksgiving break. Under Mr. Viscardi’s direction, the cast and crew put forth a tremendous effort. The costumes, by Ms. Hutchison, added to the depth of each character. The well-timed lighting and heartfelt soundtrack enhanced each scene. Each actor excelled in their ability to convey the emotions and mindset of each character throughout each act of the play. Click through to see the full cast and crew credits, as well some highlights of the show. Watch the full play here.
York Prep does Halloween like no other school. Students take pride in elaborate costumes and compete for top prize for costume of the year. Additionally, the dance department puts on a group performance that is truly an extravaganza. Scroll through to see the fun! And click here to see clips of our celebration.
On Friday, October 21st, Ms. Umansky and six students from the Genesis editorial staff attended the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ, for High School Student Day. The group was assigned to see an array of poets, including Sharon Olds and Patricia Smith. The students thought the festival was inspiring and though-provoking. Emily Singh, 11th grade, said, “ The Dodge Poetry Festival was my very first in-person poetry reading and it definitely exceeded all expectations I had by miles.”
This year, we could not have picked a better day to have Field Day in beautiful Central Park! Students, faculty, and administration members gathered on the fields and lush green lawn to picnic, play, and have a blast. Click here to watch a fun clip of some highlights, and scroll through the slideshow for more scenes from our fun Field Day!
Earlier this month, students had the chance to sign up for their choice of clubs at the annual YP Clubs Fair. We are excited to announce this year's club roster, which includes the ASL Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, and Genesis. For the full list of clubs for this school year, please click here.
Last week, York Prep students, faculty, and administration basked in the glorious fall weather in Central Park during Field Day! Spirits were high, and everyone was excited to be back after taking a break from Field Day last year due to the pandemic. Kickball, volleyball, football, Jenga, sketching, singing, and strumming were all on deck. Delicious boxed lunches were provided for all in attendance, and we ended the day with a special treat in the form of an ice cream truck that served yummy frozen desserts!
Our sixth- and seventh-grade students kicked off the school year with an exciting Maker Faire event at The Giant Room the Friday before the first day of school. They asked themselves, “How do you envision the world in 2030?" Instructors prompted them to dream and build a future they would like to see, and their ideas flowed throughout the space.
During the first week of school, the ninth- and 10th-graders had a special outing at Ellington in the Park. Located inside of Riverside Park, the venue provided plenty of open space to enjoy lunch, play sports, and just chill out in the open air. Both students and teachers who were present had a great time! Click through to check out the fun!
The Class of 2021 set sail last month for a magical night of dancing underneath the moonlight. The seniors had a blast during prom, which took place just days before graduation! Scroll through the slideshow, and catch the prom-goers, both students and faculty, dressed to the nines.
At the end of May, we celebrated our eighth-grade students with a Rising Up ceremony on the rooftop. We wish them all the best as they finish this year as middle schoolers and return next school year as high school students!
We kicked off the long Memorial Day weekend with a fun Friday in Central Park, complete with a yummy dessert truck, games, and an obstacle course we will never forget. Dean Maggiotto won the obstacle course, and had the pleasure of facilitating the grand prize of "pie-facing" Mr. Pennnington and Mr. Ward. Scroll through the slideshow to catch a glimpse of Mr. P and Mr. W in their whipped-cream masks! Thank you to Mr. Beich, Ms. Hill, and the faculty and administrators who organized such a well-deserved and enjoyable day for all the students to let out some steam after a most memorable school year!
Mr. Viscardi has done it again this year. He has once again created a showcase for the magnificent student film makers of York Prep with the 2021 YP Film Festival. Please click here to watch all of the films!