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What a busy week in the Upper School!    
The Boarding School Admissions Directors Breakfast was a great success!
 
 
 
Welcome back to our wonderful students!    

The beginning of the school year is off to a fantastic start! The K-8 Student and Parent orientations on September 3 were a great success. In addition to meeting their teachers, students met new classmates and reconnected with old friends. As part of their orientation, the Upper School students broke into teams and took part in the Mandell Amazing Race in Central Park.

Eighth Grade Reflects on their Dominican Republic Service Trip    
  
Compiled by Nadya H. '14
 
When returning from the Dominican Republic, the students and teachers were asked to reflect on their most memorable moment while at Orfanato Niños de Cristo and what they gained from it. Here is what they had to say...
    

Head of School, Rick Brown    

When I arrived at the Mandell School, it was in the role of Interim Head of the Prep Division, for what was to be a one year appointment. Three years later, I am honored to accept the appointment as Head of School, and I do so with genuine humility and excitement.

Tech Fest Sneak Preview    
Mark your calendars for the JK-8 Tech Fest on May 8!
 
The Tech Fest will include exciting presentations by Technology professionals and Mandell students.  Patti Summers, author of Toddlers on Technology and former Head of Mandell's Parenting program, will be talking about young children and their relationship to technology. We will have an expert panel joining via video call for parents to learn about blended environments. This panel includes the following experts:
  •  Eric Sheninger, High School Principal and author of Digital Leadership. Click here to learn more about Eric Sheninger.
  •  Karen Blumberg, Technology Integrator and Leader at The School at Columbia University.
  •  Greg Klein, Director of Blended Learning at Rogers Foundation. Mr. Klein works with Oakland, CA district schools to personalize learning through blended models.

Lower School students will be presenting a variety of technology projects. Upper School students will be leading workshops on their learning platforms (Google Drive, Schoology and other learning apps) In addition to student presentations, there will be workshops for parents and students including working with special effects and creating movies with the software program iMovie.

You do not want to miss the fantastic series of documentaries created by the Lower School teachers and specialists. Each teacher has documented a curriculum unit with students learning and engaged in lessons and activities in the classroom. Narrative shorts created by Upper School students will be on display as well. The Prep Point student news group will be live-casting the entire event via Google Hangout.

Watch "Perimeter with 3D" below for a sneak preview!
 
Mandell Faculty Mentoring in the Educational Community by Ben Chant, Head of the Lower School    
By Ben Chant, Head of the Lower School

The fact that our teachers are asked to mentor new teachers is an indicator of the respect our faculty enjoy in the NYC Independent School world.

Exploring Real World Mathematics    
by Lyman Casey, Upper School Math Teacher
I have long been concerned with America’s propensity to spend more money than it earns. More and more, articles are published with titles such as “Only 41% of Americans spend less than their income” and “The Overspent American.” Furthermore, we see many different advertisements for all of the benefits available to those who spend money on different credit cards. This concern inspired me to design a classroom project about credit cards and the potential danger they represent.
Learning to Give Back    
By Michelle Cristella, History teacher, Director of Secondary School Placement, advisor

An essential element of our mission statement is “to create responsible active citizens of the world”.  One way in which our dedicated team of preparatory teachers strives to do this is through Mandell’s comprehensive service learning program. The integration of service learning into our curriculum allows for students to apply and use the skills learned in class to real world situations, further enhancing their learning and making it more meaningful. Teachers and students collaborate weekly to plan service learning projects, develop action plans for implementation, and ensure that within each project, curricular skills are being learned, used, and reinforced. Each grade of the preparatory division has a specific focus, driven by student interest, for their service learning experience.

Athletic Director, Gus Ornstein, selected as Head Coach of the USA National Team for the 2013 Euro-American Challenge International Scout Bowl.    

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