Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, students, and alumni achieve many accomplishments throughout the year, both on and off campus. This month we’re recognizing students Emma Engel, Eirini Kontaki, Olivia Meihofer, and the second grade; and staff and faculty Jennifer Chidsey, Jennifer Cross, Heather D’Agostino, Gerard Doyle, Suzanne Jeffrey, and Jon Mulhern. Emma_Engel_1

Emma Engel’s M-Term experience culminated in four performances April 5–6 at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in Manhattan. The performances featured dancers from the world-famous Martha Graham Dance Company, including the Graham 2 and All-City Panorama troupes.

Emma was selected as part of an elite group of junior and senior high school students to learn and perform Martha Graham’s Panorama, a classic modern dance from 1935.


Ross School Tennis Academy student Eirini Kontaki was the victor of the Girls 18s L1 B tournament with a 6/2, 6/0 win in the final at Christopher Morley Tennis Center on March 30. Eirini won the tournament without losing more than two games in any set. With this championship and another earned earlier in March, Eirini has proven her dominance over this tournament level, and is now looking forward to competing in more L1 and L1+ events.


Olivia Meihofer’s 2014 Senior Project—the writing and producing of five songs—has led to the first steps toward a professional music career. The executive producer and owner of DeeTown Entertainment loved the twelfth grader’s music, and Olivia is currently collaborating with artists on an EP. The project will include multiple video productions and will be available on YouTube and iTunes.

Ross School second graders recently submitted artwork and acrostic poems to the Hampton Library at Bridgehampton for display in its annual Budding Authors exhibit beginning April 10.


On March 15, Jennifer Chidsey, chief education officer, participated in a session sponsored by National Geographic at the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards annual conference "Teaching and Learning." She presented Ross School’s ninth grade Renaissance City-States game as an example of an interdisciplinary learning experience set in a larger globally oriented curriculum.

Jennifer Cross, dean of Visual Arts, and Visual Arts teacher Jon Mulhern presented at the National Art Education Association Conference in San Diego March 29–31. They presented examples of Ross student artwork in a talk titled “Teaching Advanced Drawing: Fresh Ideas.” The focus of the conference was on innovation and new technologies in art education.

Heather D’Agostino, dean of Mathematics, served as a judge at the Long Island Math Fair on March 28. The Mathematics department is currently helping students in grades 6–12 prepare math research projects for submission in the 2014–2015 school year.

Gerard Doyle

Gerard Doyle, Performing Arts teacher, recently received his 27th Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for the narration of In the Morning I'll Be Gone, the last book in Troubles trilogy by Adrian McKinty. Gerard is an acclaimed narrator, having narrated more than 200 books including adult mysteries and suspense novels and the classic Dubliners by James Joyce. He is also included in AudioFile’s exclusive gallery of 24 "Golden Voices" and was selected as one of the six best voices in the United States for young adult and children’s fiction.

Suzanne Jeffrey, college counselor, spoke at the EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok March 27–29 on ethics and mindfulness training for the classroom. The workshop was based on Suzanne’s book The Pencil and the Path, which will be published this summer.

Congratulations to all!