Ross School Students Celebrate with End-of-Year Ceremonies

Ross School celebrated the close of the 2017–2018 school year with multiple moving-up ceremonies this week, which were held to commemorate students’ passage from one grade to another. All of the ceremonies presented opportunities for students, faculty, staff, families, and friends to reflect upon the year’s achievements.

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Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

Lower School Students Put Service Learning in Action

The Ross School motto, “Know Thyself in Order to Serve,” is deeply ingrained into the student experience. Service learning, or the experience of learning through helping others, is one of the ways students cultivate interpersonal skills, a sense of empathy, and an understanding of their ability to make a difference in the world around them.

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Rescued Animals Inspire Service at Lower School

Ross Lower School took a walk on the wild side this week with a visit from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. Home to Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, the nonprofit organization rescues roughly 1,000 injured birds, mammals, and reptiles annually. The visit was orchestrated by longtime organization volunteer Diane Marxe (grandmother to Isabella H. ’22 and Emme H. ’28), who was present to share in the children’s joy at seeing some of the group’s exotic bird rescues.

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Early Childhood Students Become First-Time Authors

Early Childhood Students Become First-Time Authors

Students in pre-nursery, nursery, and pre-kindergarten are building a substantial library as a result of the Early Childhood program’s Author’s Workshop lesson, in which they develop, illustrate, and perform for their peers original stories. The weekly assignment instills in students an appreciation of literature, teaches them the value of storytelling as an art, and inspires them to share their unique ideas and perspectives with the world.

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Lower School Students Help Fight Food Insecurity with Empty Bowls Project

Lower School Students Help Fight Food Insecurity with Empty Bowls Project

Ross School parents and students gathered before winter break to participate in the Empty Bowls Project, an international, grassroots, crafts-based initiative to fight hunger and raise awareness of poverty. Participants create handmade bowls, then supporters are invited to a simple lunch during which they may purchase bowls. The proceeds from the sale of the bowls are donated to local food charities.

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Get in the Spirit with Ross School’s Holiday Concerts

Get in the Spirit with Ross School’s Holiday Concerts

This week, Ross School students spread holiday cheer with two concerts. Tuesday’s Early Childhood–Grade 3 Concert included classics like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “First Flakes,” while Wednesday’s Grades 4–8 Holiday Concert encompassed songs from around the world, including a French folk song, the African Bell Carol, a Ukrainian classic with an international twist, and a medley of Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Ross News has video of the 2017 holiday concerts! 

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Cultivating Empathy with Rice-and-Stocking Babies

Cultivating Empathy with Rice-and-Stocking Babies

At Ross School, kindergarten is a time to learn about origin stories and new beginnings. One of the projects that best exemplifies this focus is the rice-and-stocking baby project, an integrated learning experience that allows students to personally connect to guiding questions about life’s beginnings and changes. The project helps young students to cultivate a sense of empathy by encouraging them to care for others and experience different perspectives.

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Fourth Grade Students Welcome Bats to Campus

Fourth Grade Students Welcome Bats to Campus

This fall, fourth grade students are taking additional steps to ensure that more local wildlife species feel at home at Ross Lower School. Last year the Bridgehampton campus was designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, acknowledging the students’ efforts to improve habitats for birds, frogs, and butterflies by providing them with essential elements for life. This year, the students are ensuring that bats also have the resources to survive by building wooden bat houses for shelter.

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Lower School Students Go Bananas for Primatologist

Lower School Students Go Bananas for Primatologist

Field primatologist William O’Hearn IV, son of Head of High School Bill O’Hearn and Chief of Student Advancement Andi O’Hearn, visited Ross Lower School to share with students his unusual job and the path he took to get there. Six days of the week, William travels by boat with other researchers to Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago Field Station, also known as Monkey Island.

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Q&A with Vinicius Carmo, Tennis Director

Following a successful pre-professional tennis career in his native Brazil, Ross School Tennis Director Vinicius Carmo came to the United States as a student-athlete for the University of Tennessee. After accepting a summer job in the Hamptons, Vinicius made his home here, leading tennis programs throughout the region. He is the founding director of Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) and has coached several championship-winning tennis teams during his nine years at Ross.

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