Ross School News, May 2

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Ross Upper School
An actor portraying a Civil War soldier visited the sixth grade last week to talk about the life and times of army men during the deadliest war in American history. Patrick Falci, taking on the persona of Confederate General A.P. Hill, described for students about the four-year war that left more than 600,000 soldiers dead, and shared what life was like on the battlefield using costumes and props, including a Civil War-era rifle with a bayonet. The students are currently immersed in their American History unit.

Last week Ross School and Ross Institute were honored to welcome visitors from Ross Tensta Gymnasium. Ten teachers and administrators, six students, and the co-director of Ross Institute Sweden visited for four days, during which they visited classes, met with teachers and administrators, and explored the East End. Ross Tensta Gymnasium has been an accredited Ross School since 2008. Located in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden, the school has a large population of immigrant and refugee students. In the hallways and common spaces of this vibrant school, it is possible to hear more than 34 different languages being spoken. Every year, teachers and students from Ross Tensta Gymnasium visit Ross School for an opportunity to learn about how the Ross model is implemented here and engage with their counterparts.

The boys varsity tennis team won the championship for the fourth year in a row. They defeated Westhampton 4-3 on April 25 in a very exciting match.

Ross sailors competed at Oyster Bay on April 20 against nine other teams from around the area, sailing 18 races over the whole day. Seniors Sam Kramer and James Turits finished 8th in A division. Junior Caitlin Cummings, sailing with senior Chloe Wan, finished 5th in B division. These two young ladies had two second place finishes, and led most of the time for two other races, losing one due to a capsize in very windy conditions.
Ross Lower School
In honor of Earth Day, April 22, Ross Lower School held special activities promoting environmental protection and awareness all week long. The earth-friendly festivities included a special assembly, beach cleanups, and the first campus plantings of the season. Pre-K has been immersed in their “Earth Month” unit for the last few weeks. They studied the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), created art out of “garbage,” and learned the importance of thinking about how to reuse waste in order to reduce the amount of garbage in local landfills. As a culminating piece to this unit, they hosted an assembly on April 19, where they sang “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong, and even signed the lyrics while they were singing. In addition, they drew pictures that were displayed during the performance.

This week, students in kindergarten to grade five took field trips to Long Beach in Sag Harbor and Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, where they discussed water quality and the impact of coastal storms this past year. Students picked up any storm surge debris that could be harmful to marine life or other organisms in the beach area, including tables, an irrigation system and nets. They cleaned a half mile of the bay coastline and a quarter mile of ocean coastline. Back on campus, the students studied animals from the Peconic Estuary in the science lab and planted bulbs, seeds, and plants outdoors.

On April 24, students visited East End artist Mary Jaffe in her studio and worked with a variety of clay types derived from different geographic locations. Mary discussed how critical the elemental forces are in the process of creating, and each student worked independently on the wheel. By inviting students to engage in multi-sensory explorations, they learn to consider the interconnectedness of the four elements, which, in turn, teaches them about themselves.

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