Ross School News, May 23

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Ross Upper School
The Upper School eighth-graders have received their American Heart Association CPR and AED certifications. Karin Schroeder, dean of wellness, taught the course in health class. The students learned about high-quality compressions, airway management and breathing skills to treat adults and children, as well as how to use an automated external defibrillator. They also learned what to do when a victim 12 months or older is choking. The certifications, which last for two years, could help them get summer camp or babysitting jobs.

Conquering rock climbing walls, zip-lining, and traversing obstacle courses were just a few of the team building activities the eighth grade engaged in while away at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania last week. Every year, cultural history teacher Mark Tompkins and English teacher Ria Maxwell take eighth-graders on this retreat designed to teach them about leadership, cooperation, and respect. The trip also unites the students and teachers as they spend a week together getting to know each other outside the confines of the classroom.

The Ross School Tennis Academy is designed to sculpt student-athletes into agile, skillful players, and with new head coach Phil Williamson to guide them, the enthusiasm for bringing home more wins is high. A resident of Sag Harbor, Phil has been coaching nationally ranked juniors at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Bedford, New York, where he serves as Senior Head Pro. Since 2001, he has also held the position of staff coach for the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program.

East End Arts recognized the theatrical talents of four Ross students, nominating them for Teeny Awards. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the Teeny Awards celebrate talented high school theater students on the East End and parts of eastern Brookhaven. Senior Denise Mulenga received a “Teeny” nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her performance in No Dogs Allowed. Sophomore Aubrey Jowers and junior Maria Popova were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama, respectively, for their roles in The Sin Eater. Sophomore Solomon Polshek will be recognized for his work as Stage Manager in the same production. Both of these productions were presented at last year’s Fall One-Act Plays.

The grade 6 to 8 Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in the Center for Well-Being. Nearly 70 students will diplay their innovative science projects.
Ross Lower School
The Lower School community celebrated its love for the written word last week, inviting children’s book authors and an illustrator to inspire students through storytelling and workshops. The week culminated with the annual Book Fair, organized by the Lower School Parents Association, on May 10.

Faculty, staff, and loved ones gathered in the Lower School Field House to watch students in pre-nursery through grade 5 perform their Spring Concert on May 10. A full school year of practicing instruments and vocals has clearly made an impact, as the students were able to perform more complicated arrangements, such as harmonies, rounds, and instrumental compositions with varying parts. The pre-K and kindergarten classes sang and signed Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” And third-grader Charlie Ban-Williams, who has been playing the violin for longer than most of his peers, beautifully performed “A Small Concerto Grosso for Violin” by T. Seivad with music teachers Robert Davies and Margaret Bodkin.

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