Assistant Dean of Students Retires After Two Decades of Service

Assistant Dean of Students Retires After Two Decades of Service

The month marks the end of an era for Ross School as beloved Assistant Dean of Students Greg Drossel retires after 21 years of service to our community. Though education was the last field in which Greg expected to find himself, a series of chance encounters ultimately led him to Ross, a place that engaged many of his greatest interests.

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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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Students Get Their Shot in Crunch Time

Students Get Their Shot in Crunch Time

Ross Upper School students took the stage this week for the school’s spring theater production, Crunch Time: A Musical Revue. Featuring excerpts from timeless classics like Into the Woods, Les Misérables, and Godspell, as well as contemporary shows such as Hamilton, School of Rock, and La La Land, the young entertainers kept audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Ross Students Open Exhibition Devoted to Field Academy Coursework

Ross Students Open Exhibition Devoted to Field Academy Coursework

This week, students who participated in Field Academy trips earlier in the year created exhibits about their experiences to be displayed in the Ross Gallery, on the Upper School campus. Field Academy is a mini-term that offers the opportunity for students and teachers to travel and work intensively on group and individual projects during the three weeks between Winter and Spring Terms.

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College Counseling Corner: You’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

College Counseling Corner: You’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

Congratulations on reaching the end of the college admissions road! Accepting a college’s enrollment package may feel like the final step in a process that has consumed your junior and senior years, but your work is not yet done. Before putting up your feet and submitting to senioritis, complete these tasks for a successful end to your senior year.

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Senior Class Celebrates Early College Acceptances

Senior Class Celebrates Early College Acceptances

This year’s senior class is celebrating an impressive assemblage of early college acceptances. One of the advantages of attending Ross School is that each student follows a unique path—defined by his or her Senior Project, Field Academy experiences, and elective courses taken along the way—that leads to a profile that stands out even in competitive admissions processes.

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Senior Project Profile: Feifan (Lucky) Lu ’18  

Senior Project Profile: Feifan (Lucky) Lu ’18  

Ever since he was a child, Feifan (Lucky) Lu ’18 has felt a need to communicate, keeping journals and improvising songs to express his innermost feelings. For his Senior Project, Lucky wrote and composed his first full-length song, “When We Were Young,” a quiet but uplifting track meant to encourage his peers about the uncertainty and excitement of their coming years.

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Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, the Ross School community gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each campus held an assembly where community members shared their experiences related to the lasting effect of Dr. King’s work to promote racial equality followed by thought-provoking classroom activities.

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College Counseling Corner: Making (Dollars and) Sense of Financial Aid

College Counseling Corner: Making (Dollars and) Sense of Financial Aid

Your child has narrowed his or her college list, and the applications are well underway. Still, one question threatens the joy of this experience: how will you pay for his or her choice school? The cost of higher education can vary significantly by institution, and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of all full-time college students require need-based aid to pay for college.

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Changing the World One Bite at a Time

Changing the World One Bite at a Time

What if saving the world was a simple as changing your diet? Small dietary changes can yield global results, and the solution Shiya (Dawn) Zhao ’18 proposes in her Senior Project is simple: eat bugs. To back up that proposal, she will debut her line of homemade baked goods, made with crickets, at Senior Project Exhibition Night.

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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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Senior Project Profile: August Schultz '18

Senior Project Profile: August Schultz '18

An interesting thing happened to Ross School senior August (Augie) Schultz during a recent trip to the dentist. As he sat in the reception area, waiting for his turn to be seen, he looked up from his cell phone to realize that every other guest in the room—regardless of age—was also glued to a mobile device. The sight was jarring to him. “Everyone was on a phone: toddlers, moms, dads, and grandparents. It was strange because using technology as much as we do is regular, but it’s not normal,” Augie said.

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Combating Abuse with Education

Combating Abuse with Education

This week, representatives from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and the East Hampton Police Department addressed Upper School students, parents, and members of the community during two informative discussions about the risks and liabilities of substance use. “Our nation is in the midst of a bona fide public health emergency,” said Lauren Navarra of LICADD, speaking of the national opioid crisis.

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Senior Project: Melissa Ibrahim ’18

Senior Project: Melissa Ibrahim ’18

Ross School senior Melissa Ibrahim is bringing her lifelong love of games to her Senior Project as she creates a way for people of all ages to learn the universal language: music. Inspired by her mother, a curriculum designer in Brazil who has always advocated for innovative teaching methods, Melissa initially planned to design a game-based educational curriculum. Instead, her project has evolved into one that unifies her two greatest passions, games and music. Melissa is designing five levels of a video game to teach the fundamentals of music theory.

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