BC FACULTY MEMBER'S WORK FEATURED IN BRONX MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Congratulations to Arts Faculty member Mauricio Cortes, whose work appears in "Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial" at the Bronx Museum, which focuses on the multiple crises of health, grief, the environment, and identity that define our contemporary moment and features work by early-career artists in the museum's AIM Fellowship program.
Heralded by New York Magazine as one of "10 New York Art Shows to Teach You How to See Again," the exhibit runs until March 20, 2022. Pictured is Mauricio's piece titled "Classroom Balance A-C" 2021. Charcoal and pen on paper. Mr. Cortes earned his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University.
PRINCETON PROFESSOR TALKS TO UPPER SCHOOL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Upper School students met with Princeton University's Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Oppenheimer who discussed progress made at COP26, and the roles governments and NGOs play in slowing climate change, sharing some good news: actions they have already taken are slowing climate change, but more work is needed, and it is vital to stick to the goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Students asked what policies could help slow climate change, and Professor Oppenheimer lauded NY and California, where legislative strides are being made, and pointed out passage the Reconciliation Bill will be a good indicator of how the government will act on climate change going forward.
1ST GRADERS STUDY DESIGN & CIVIL ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES THROUGH SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE
1st graders completed the skyscraper challenge as part of an introduction to the design process and civil engineering! Tasked with building the tallest skyscraper possible using only paper and tape to make the 3D forms, some students made skyscrapers exceeding 36 inches in height! To prepare, students sketched skyscrapers, investigated the forces of compression and tension that act on structures, and learned how to make 3D forms (cylinders, triangular prisms, and rectangular prisms).
BC 1ST GRADER PERFORMS IN MET MUSEUM EXHIBITION FILM
Congratulations to Lower School student Avery '33, who performs in a film featured in the Met Museum's exhibition, "Before Yesterday We Could Fly," honoring the legacy of Seneca Village, a thriving settlement from 1825 -1857 that was predominantly owned by black folk. The land was taken by NYC under eminent domain: a law that allows the government to take private land from a landowner for public use. Watch the film and learn more.
1OTH GRADERS EXPLORE HISTORIC HARLEM
10th grade Harlem Renaissance class explored historic Harlem, starting at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and visiting such sites as James Weldon Johnson's House, Small's Paradise (a jazz club which is now an IHOP), and Striver's Row, where the "Talented Tenth" (in W.E.B. Du Bois's term) of the Black community often lived. They emerged into Harlem at the exact place where Ellison's Invisible Man emerges, appreciated Zora Neale Hurston's daily view, and read a Langston Hughes poem on the hill above Harlem where the poem is set. Students reflected on the history that unfolded right under their feet.
Congratulations to our latest Senior Speakers, Isen R. and Jonas K. '22! Isen spoke about the daily struggles of the pandemic and how hard it was to break negative patterns for tasks as simple as submitting math homework.
Jonas shared about living life as if it's a video game simulation and how looking at the world as opportunities to level up has led to Jonas starting a clothing company.
2ND GRADERS DESIGN, BUILD & LAUNCH ROCKETS & EXPLORE PRINCIPLES OF MOTION
Over the course of several weeks, 2nd Graders designed, built, and launched paper rockets as one of their STEAM projects. Their goal was to reach the moon - a distance scaled from one end of the STEAM lab to the other - and many did! Students collected data from their launches to explore principles of motion. Check out all the student launches.
STUDENTS EXPLORE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DIGITAL & FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
Upper School Photography students visited Gowanus Darkroom for a tour of the community studio space with founder and photographer Rachel Jun. They watched her demo the enlargement process to learn how a negative becomes a print. Afterwards, they got to develop some of their own photos and explored connections between film and digital.
PHOTO ALBUM: 7TH & 8TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade Volleyball Team on an excellent Fall season. Photo gallery.
UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS STUDY LARGELY FORGOTTEN INDIGENOUS HISTORY
The Indigenous Peoples History Class recently heard from author Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) and artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva) about their graphic novel "Ghost River" which depicts the massacre of entire community of Native people that was almost erased from history. The novel re-envisions the acts of brutality through the eyes on indigenous people. The class also visited exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum about environmental change in Indigenous Americas and how visions of land, labor and identity differ in the U.S.
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