THE CLAREMONT CHRONICLE Prep For Life
Dr. Wrye Column
The Art in Schwartz The Jazz Foundation
Biking to School Chess Champ City Harvest
King of Tibet The Sleepover
Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Middle School & High School
Inside this issue: Ribbon Cutting
A Slice of Our Life
Neither the threat of rain nor the brisk reminder of the pending fall season could keep the Claremont community from gathering on a greenballoon-bedecked Morris Street on Monday, October 4th to kick off the opening of Claremont’s Middle and High School. After moving speeches by MetSchools Executive Director Michael Koffler, Headmaster Dr. Ken Wrye, Assemblyman (and Claremont parent) Keith L.T. Wright who read our proclamation and Jackie Faldetta, a 10th grader (and one of the original 54 students to attend Claremont), students and teachers sang the
A Teacher’s Poem
Claremont song (led by Meena Jahi and Pete Robbins). And then the big moment arrived: a jubilant Nyree Addison (10th Grade) and Quinlan MulcahyIverson (5th Grade) were invited to cut the giant red ribbon that was held by Mr. Koffler and Assemblyman Wright, marking the start of an exciting new chapter for our school. On hand to celebrate: John C. Whitehead, the esteemed chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, parents from all three divisions and a sampling of media. It was, indeed, a momentous occasion for all who attended. Watch Video: www.claremontprep.org
A Letter to Claremont Families / By Head of School Dr. Ken Wrye MS & HS Photos Remembering LS
Cooking & Bobby Flay
New LS/MS Staff
New HS Staff
We are off to a good, fast start this semester, one that is proving to be quite significant, as Claremont Prep unveiled our new middle and high school earlier this month. This landmark property, the Cunard building, at 1 Morris Street opened its doors to 162 students in grades five through ten on September 13 and we recently marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting event and sunset celebration. The leadership team and I are developing the curriculum through 12th grade for the high school with our first graduating class in 2013. We are a proud addition to downtown Manhattan and thrilled with our new space which houses state-of-the-art classrooms, an art studio with dramatic sweeping views of the harbor and Statue of Liberty, a two-story library and 400seat theater – to mention just a few highlights! We would be delighted to show you around. If you have not visited, please contact me. The move of the middle and high schools into a new building means that the lower school has its own dedicated space which continues to provide a means for creative and
sustained learning. As part of our ongoing development, we are considering adopting a transnational academic program and are exploring a number of internationally-recognized options including the prestigious International Baccalaureate curriculum. We feel that students ought to have a global perspective and with approximately one quarter of our current students being foreign nationals or immigrants, it is important to provide a quality education that provides mobility and is recognized world-wide. I am pleased to report that the search for the new Head of School is well under way. The deadline for applications closed on September 20 by which time we had received thirty-two submissions. All are high quality education professionals with strong and representative experience, excellent leadership qualities and high academic qualifications. From that group of thirty-two, six have been selected as semifinalists and will interview with the Search and Advisory Committees. Two of the finalists are interna-
tional candidates who will be interviewed via video conference, and the four US-based candidates will be interviewed at Claremont Prep this Saturday, October 16th. Following the October interviews of the semi-finalists, the Search and Advisory Committees will collaborate to arrive at a smaller group of finalists. These candidates will visit Claremont Prep for a day and a half in early November and will interview with the Search and Advisory Committees and members of the greater Claremont Prep community: faculty, staff, students, and parents in a series of meetings and forums. We will provide the schedule for the finalist meetings in advance. We are pleased with this progress and that we are on track to have a decision on the new Head of School in November. I’d like to thank you for your continuing support. I feel that the Claremont Prep community is very special and I am proud to be a part of it during this important time. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or comments.
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Does Gary Know the Word ART is in Schwartz? Oh, Yes... It's not surprising that Gary Schwartz is such a well-regarded teacher at Claremont Prep. Chair of the Visual Arts Department, Schwartz relates to his students--whether third graders or tenth graders--like they're friends. Schwartz, who started teaching at Claremont Prep in 2006, dedicates himself to urging his students to think about a career in art. “I have encouraged several high school students to apply to art school and it's exciting to see how much major up-and-coming talent we have in the middle school," he says. "I'm in touch with the parents of these students and have expressed interest in being their mentor.” In the meantime, he recommends the 92nd St Y Young Artists program, an intensive curriculum he began while teaching there for seven years. This sort of commitment to nurturing students is what makes Schwartz such a standout. As is the case with so many Claremont teachers, Schwartz has etched relationships with students that continue through the summer and even when students have moved away from New York City. For students who love art, it's teachers like Schwartz who take learning to another level. In fact, Claremont’s art curriculum makes huge strides year after year and, with the new, soaring views at 1 Morris Street, it's difficult to think that a young artist wouldn't find inspiration. Schwartz says working in his 22nd floor art studio brings back visions of immigration boats approaching Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th Century or the battles of the British Revolution. Claremont's curriculum is, indeed, vast. “We study cave paintings through Renaissance and French Impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet. But we also cover the more obscure artists and then look at Modern, Contemporary and Abstract Expressionism, such as [Andy] Warhol and [Roy] Lichtenstein.” In Middle School, each grade does an artist study. For example, 5th graders are currently learning all about Picasso. “We are finishing a mural based on Picasso’s Three Musicians. We will probably put that on the 20th floor (at 1 Morris St) when students walk in," Schwartz says. "It’s great to have this tremendous space that we
can transform with more artwork and photography. To me, a school isn’t complete until the art work goes up.” Sixth grade students are learning to draw in the contour style, which is how Schwartz learned to draw, so students study Calder and other linear artists. Seventh grade begins with a look at Abstract Expressionism with the students examining 3D paint boxes, an entirely new curriculum for Claremont. “I've never taught this in a school,” says Schwartz. “It’s three separate paintings in one box and is actually built. Depending on how the artist sees the box is how it’s painted – from two sides and the middle. The students do three complete paintings and build it into an optical illusion box." During eighth grade, students venture from pop art into realism like Warhol. In 9th and 10th Grade, students take visual arts I and II, an independent study that includes printmaking, drawing, painting, photography and clay work.” Visual Arts II is geared more toward students who want to develop their own point of view. Right now, tenth graders are working on a 16-foot mural of the Cunard Line (the original home of 1 Morris Street) for the 22nd floor. After that, the students will pick an artist to emulate and Schwartz offers that the school is looking to expand electives to include ceramics, architecture, film-making and art history as separate components. He has also spoken about doing a portfolio class. A Working Artist One side that separates Schwartz is that he's still a working artist. Schwartz’s paintings can be seen all around Claremont Prep and, a few times a year, Schwartz sells his paintings (or is commissioned to do a work) to families at Claremont. For example, last year, one Claremont family left New York to return to Texas and asked Schwartz to paint their favorite views from their Tribeca neighborhood. Schwartz paints in a unique style. His
works are computer-aided drawings as well as hand drawings, done like a blueprint. "I project it to a large watercolor and then do a really tight tracing," he says. It is then scanned to a computer where he uses Photoshop and various software programs such as Corel [painting]. Once there is an actual blueprint, he does a watercolor and uses his memory to create the actual scene. For 30 years, Schwartz has been painting in the style of one of his mentors, Edward Hopper, one of the great Social Realist painters of the 20th Century. He was part of a genre called the Ashcan School in 1930s and 40s. They painted a gritty urban environment. An unimaginable 25year dream is about to be realized: Since the mid-80s, Schwartz has been applying to the Hopper House to display his artwork. When Schwartz heard about an open call for a show called Small Matters of Great Importance, he submitted four pieces that were his own photos done in a style that felt similar to a Hopper painting in oil. They accepted three out of his four paintings. Starting on October 16, Schwartz will be one of 35 artists accepted into the show. Schwartz loves when his professional life collides with Claremont life. "When my students come to my openings with their parents that’s when it feels very real. The parents are thrilled that there is a real world component in the classroom.” "We are very fortunate that Claremont directors have such vision for the arts,” he says boldly. "I'm a practicing artist with the best students possible and lots of light flooding my studio. Can’t ask for more!” For details on Gary’s show, visit: www.hopperhouse.org.
Claremont Prepares for Year Two of JFA Program Last year’s Blues and Jazz program with the Jazz Foundation of America was such a success for Claremont students that the school did not hesitate to retain the same musicians that taught the students so effectively. With Claremont students jamming to a variety of blues-based music ranging from Herbie Hancock to Coldplay during their final MS and HS concert with the JFA musicians in May, the writing was
on the wall that Claremont students had learned a lot from this program and would further their musical knowledge and appreciation with its return. “Our students received extensive guidance from seasoned working musicians like Henry Butler, Joey Morant and Fay Victor,” says music teacher and program director Pete Robbins. “It will be amazing to watch
how much more our students pick up in the second year.” The Jazz Foundation program at Claremont Prep begins next Monday, October 18th. Details on the kickoff concert at the acoustically-superb new 1 Morris Street auditorium, tentatively scheduled for mid-November, will be announced shortly.
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The Joy of Biking to School / by Isaac Dwass (4th Grade) Every single day that I have been in 3rd grade I’ve biked to school. Well…actually I don’t exactly bike. I just sit on the back of my mom’s or my dad’s cargo bike usually reading a book. Probably all the bumps along the way make reading quite a challenge. Their bikes are made to transport boxes and that kind of stuff, but my mom and dad decided on a different cargo — my sister and I). When it is really windy I feel like I am almost flying off the bike, but fortunately that has never been the case. Biking is the fastest way to get me to school because we can squeeze past traffic. It takes us an average time of 22 minutes, but it would take at least double the time using public transportation. We either bike along the East River or we travel through the Lower East Side and Chinatown. One sunny day at the beginning of the school year, along the East River, I saw a fisherman almost falling into the water.
He called to his friend and together they pulled up a giant fish two feet long! When it was pouring rain, my mom would ask for the 700th time, “Are you sure you want to go biking today? It is so rainy!” But I was so enthusiastic to go on the bike every single day to school, that I would always say, “Yes!” almost as fast as someone can blink. I have to wear rain pants and a rain jacket with a poncho over everything. When it was snowing last year, it was a different story. Biking to school after a snowstorm was sort of boring because the bike would go too slow for the usual thrill of going with the wind against my face. We looked like penguins vacationing in the North Pole with some new skiing contraption. My family tried especially hard last year to try to make the goal of going to school on a bike every day, and so far it worked out. I was lucky because I did not miss a single day of school (and thanks to the bike I was never late either).
Searching For the Next Bobby Fischer / by Lucas Sosnick (1st Grade) Second grader Lucas Sosnick is channeling his inner Bobby Fisher, his favorite chess player. “He was my favorite chess player. I liked his movie a lot.” Since the early age of five, Lucas has been spending a good deal of time studying and practicing this craft. “I have been playing chess for a few months,” Lucas quietly proclaims. “and my teacher Vladimir from the Village Chess Shop has taught me how to checkmate somebody in four moves (Bishop, Queen, capture the pawn, checkmate).” At the tri-state chess tournament, Lucas came in 4th place out of 30 students. He was playing for Clare-
mont Prep so he brought the school a trophy. “I beat three first graders in a tournament, but lost to a kindergartener. I scored enough points that I won a trophy for Claremont.” Lucas’ parents are thrilled that he is having fun and approaching this new interest with a healthy appreciation. “In the last round, I was nervous, but I'm sure with a few more tournaments, my confidence will build and not interfere with my playing.” For information on the Village Chess Shop, their website is www.chessnyc.com.
Contributing to City Harvest Community Service is an integral part of the Claremont Prep education. We encourage our students to learn, understand and engage on several levels. Throughout the year, each division will have a say in determining the organizations we affiliate with and support. The school’s first Dress Down Day partnership of the year was with our friends at City Harvest, a 25-year old organization that aims to end hunger in communities throughout New York City with food rescue and distribution, education and other practical, innovative solutions. Claremont Preparatory School raised $332 and 770 cans of food for City Harvest. Keep Donating: www.cityharvest.org
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My Meeting with the King of Tibet / by Andrew Miller (4th Grade) NOTE: Thanks to an introduction by a family friend who is the founder of BYKids.org, a non-profit organization that pairs master filmmakers with youth worldwide to create short documentaries, Andrew recently had the honor of spending the day with the 17-year-old King of Tibet, the subject of the film “My Country is Tibet.” Andrew received an inside view about the King’s life, his struggles of being exiled and the film on his life. Who is the King of Tibet: Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari was coronated as a Tibetan King by the 14th Dalai Lama when he was only 12 years old.
Now 17 and living in exile, he tells his remarkable story in the film “My Country Is Tibet.” Trichen has never set foot in his homeland. His forefathers, the three great Dharma Kings, formed the Tibetan nation, its language and one of the most popular religions of modern times, Tibetan Buddhism. This was centuries before Tibetans had found their first Dalai Lama. The king of Tibet was crowned in exile four years ago by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He was born in exile many years after China attacked Tibet. How did “My Country Is Tibet” get made: The 17-year-old king
met a German filmmaker who fled Germany before the Berlin wall came down. With the help of BYkids.org, the filmmaker helped develop a film about the story of the King’s life. Thoughts on reading about him and seeing the film: It makes me sad to imagine a king is stranded like a beggar off the streets, parted from his homeland, wandering. I felt sorry for him that he lost his dad but happy that he was crowned king. The film will teach people what is happening in Tibet. I feel excited that I got to meet him, visit Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with him followed by lunch and a quick game of catch.
The Sleepover / by Piper Brown (2nd Grade) After the fifth birthday, sleepovers are a significant coming-ofage for many lower school children who are seeking independence. Sometimes, sleepovers take place at a relatives’ house, other times at their best friends.
friends from Pre-school, Luxa and Emily. The plans were set – but Saya did not know all the details. Part of the sleepover initiation is really the element of surprise. Piper was quite excited for the festivities, which would continue the next day at the beach.
For 2nd grader Piper Brown, her first sleepover was a birthday surprise for one of her best friends, Saya. Joining the festivities would be their two best
After a pasta dinner, we had dessert. “I didn’t like the cupcakes and ice cream.” Why? “Because I don’t like sweets!” A pretty good quality for the seven year old who has lost seven
teeth. Then we brushed our teeth and stayed up until 9pm. They did not watch television; just read books (and probably giggled a bit). “After the lights went out, none of the grown-ups knew we were talking,” Piper said with a glimmer in her eye. “We stopped talking when the grownups came in.” The day after the sleepover, Piper and her friends drove to breakfast and then the beach club. “We didn’t talk about it being our first sleepover, but I would definitely do it over again.”
A Poem to Claremont Teachers / by Danico & Nya Angel (Kindergarten & 3rd Grade ) My brother’s plant has grown a lot My brother’s plant grows in a pot My brother’s plant has sprouted a pod
I am so happy, so happy indeed Growth is amazing and fun to feed This poem is to all of our teachers.
We gave it water And made sure it had sun light Some conversation and songs with delight
Just like my brother’s plant, Claremont Prep has great leaders.
I am so happy the plant has grown Maybe you can make a thrown?
Our teachers are so great and they make us feel really happy.
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Photos From Our New Middle School & High School
Remembering Lower School / By Ethan Borer-Newton (5th Grade) When I first came to Claremont Prep, I was so excited but never expected it to be so wonderful. My classmates are fun, the teachers are wonderful and the staff is so helpful. I love how every teacher helps students. Our music teacher, Mr. Robbins, brought out my inner music talent. I now recognize that I have a gift in music. I have my own company called Turtle. It’s an origami company. I wouldn’t have it if I didn’t get inspired when Mr. Schwartz did origami with us in art class. Claremont’s head librarian, Ms. Elswit, can pick out your perfect book. What makes Claremont so unique is that we can adapt to the school, but the school also adapts to students, and we end up having many good memories. I enjoy the assemblies with my friends. I don’t know what to expect from middle school, but if it’s anything like lower school, I bet it will be great. That is what I LOVE about Claremont Prep!
Cooking with Bobby Flay / By Luc Cea-Sanson (5th Grade) Summer is a great time for grilling. I got to meet the Grill Master himself, Chef Bobby Flay, on the set of a video series of cooking demonstrations.
While on set, I had the chance to speak with BF: Not to be intimidated. A lot the grillmeister. of times, people over-think it and all it takes is some comLuc CeaCea-Sanson: If you could eat any food mon sense. Also, when you’re everyday, what would it be? grilling or sautéing something, the best advice I could give is Hanging out on set and ap- Bobby Flay: A cheeseburger and vanilla ice leave it alone, let the grill or the pearing in a video with Bobby cream. pan do its job. Flay was so cool! I can’t believe how much crew, lighting, LCS: When did you start cooking? props and cameras there are on set. So much goes into the BF: My first memories of cooking were when making of a two minute video! I was six and made deviled eggs
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Each Edition, The Chronicle Will Feature New Faces at Claremont
NEELY NORRIS 1ST GRADE HEAD TEACHER
KERMIT BURNS 1ST GRADE ASSISTANT TEACHER
Neely Norris is one of Claremont’s bright new teachers. Originally from Walnut Creek in northern California, Neely grew up in LA., but returned to the Walnut Creek area for school. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from UC Davis and her Teaching Credential from St. Mary’s College of Moraga. After teaching Kindergarten for five years at Seven Hills School, an independent K-8, in Walnut Creek, she moved to the east coast where she earned a Masters in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Neely is interested in many areas of education, including administration and structures and procedures. She is a great new addition to the Lower School and is thrilled to be working with Rob Cousins and Rachel Griffin.
While Kermit Burns is officially a Claremont teacher, it almost seems as though he has been here for more than one month. The reason: Because he has been here for more than one month! Last year, Kermit was an after-school karate teacher in our CAP program and over the summer, he was one of the kids most popular counselor. Hailing from Charlotte, NC (the Queen City), Kermit received his Bachelors in Theater at University of North Carolina and a Masters in Fine Arts Theater Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. When Mr. Burns is not too busy working with Mrs. Madonna, he plays music and is enjoying the slightly faster pace of New York City. He loves working with young students and finds that his experience in theater is extremely helpful in working with 1st Grade students.
KATY MOLNAR MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE
AMANDA GIAMBRUNO MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL MATH
Katy Molnar has been teaching middle school science for four years, but insists that none of her previous schools compare to Claremont Prep. “I enjoy teaching 6th and 8th graders so much. The kids are fun, inquisitive and intrigued with so many aspects of science,” she says. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Mrs. Molnar attended University of Central Florida for undergraduate and earned her Masters in Teaching from Hunter College. Katy has taught at Future Leaders Institute in Harlem and at Timber Creek High School in Orlando. What is the one thing that parents might want to know about Katy Molnar? In 2002, Katy was a Miss America runner-up for the great state of Florida. “It was actually very challenging and prepped me for many experiences,” she says. Fortunately, Mrs. Molnar went into education and Claremont students will benefit the most from her teaching acumen.
Amanda Giambruno is an 8th & 9th Grade Math Teacher. Ms. Giambruno is originally from Massapequa Park in Long Island. She attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie where she received a degree in International Business and Math. Ms. Giambruno received a Masters at Teachers College at Columbia University and previously taught Geometry and Algebra at Holy Trinity, a private school in Hicksville, NY, in addition to New Design High School on the Lower East Side and at NYC Lab School in Chelsea. She’s thrilled to be part of the Claremont community.
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New Faces at Claremont Prep High School
DAVID SCHEPARD 9TH & 10TH GRADE HISTORY David Schepard is a fantastic new addition to the Claremont Prep High School. Mr. Schepard is one of those teachers who simply makes learning fun. A bundle of knowledge, Mr. Schepard has a funny way of keeping his students on their feet. For the past two years, Mr. Schepard taught World History and American Government at Stuyvesant High School. At Claremont, Mr. Schepard is presently teaching his 9th graders about Mesopotamia/Babylonia while 10th graders are studying the Renaissance and are about to begin the Reformation. “Most students are excited to discuss how something like the Renaissance effects our lives today,” he says. “Take a look at our class blog to see the discussion: http://web.me.com/dschepard.” Talk about a Renaissance man! Stuyvesant’s loss was clearly Claremont’s gain, but then Mr. Schepard suggested to Judith Sheridan that she contact Emily Khan, another former Stuyvesant teacher who taught English. Guess where Emily teaches now? Prior to teaching, Mr. Schepard attended Duke University and Columbia Law School. He practiced as an anti-trust attorney for four years before choosing to earn his Masters in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
HILLARY HEWINS COLLEGE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Hillary Hewins is a tremendous asset to our high school students. A seasoned college counselor who assisted students at Hunter College High School for six years, Ms. Hewins feels that the timing for her expertise is ideal. “I came to Claremont Prep to develop the program from the ground up — with a creative and thoughtful approach, in a very individual way,” she says. Ms. Hewins understands the pressure that Claremont High School students are feeling and she immediately began reassuring students and parents so they understood early on that this process is an exciting step and one that she will guide—without great stress and pressure. For example, this week, 10th grade students took a practice PSAT test so families and administrators could get a better sense of the standardized test process. Ms. Hewins began the year by getting to know each student in the 9th and 10th Grades so she could focus on helping the students develop their lives outside of the classroom – their interests, academics, sports, pursuing and developing extracurricular activities while identifying practical tasks and choices. This year, Hillary will focus on working with Claremont students in areas that they enjoy. “I want our families to look into internships, community service programs and the best methods of advising student government and international initiatives,” she says. In addition to academic issues, Ms. Hewins is also planning to advise Claremont students on steps that help once they get to college, such as adjusting to college life. Ms. Hewins has already started building up resources – both online and in her office—with materials that will help students and their families. Originally from Long Beach, California, Ms. Hewins earned her Masters in K-12 Applied Psychology from NYU.
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Sports Claremont Prep athletic teams are off to a fast start this school year. Beginning with several soccer and volleyball teams, our students have demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork. Below are some of the specific details to Claremont sports:
SOCCER In sports, much like in life, athletes gain a significant amount in defeat. It is in the pursuit of victory while still losing the game that our true character is revealed. This was evident when our Fifth and Sixth Grade soccer team lost to St. Thomas Choir 3-1. We were elated when Alex Gordon scored the first goal of the season. The pure determination of the entire team is extremely impressive. For many students, this was their first time playing on a team. There were a few, while experienced, who took the loss extremely hard and wanted to blame their teammates. While those are difficult moments, it is those moments, that are cherished and where life lessons begin. The JV soccer team competed against a seasoned team from Columbia Prep. Some of the highlights included Nnamdi Render scoring his first career goal for Claremont. Lily Delaney has been playing exceptionally well in goal frequently making double-digit saves. Great effort by the entire team. Claremont Prep’s 7th and 8th grade Co-ed soccer team started its season off in fashion with a 2-1 victory over St. Thomas Choir School. After having their backs against the wall, and facing a 1-0 deficit late in the second half, the Wolverines showed their toughness by rallying to score the next two goals. Tyler Garber started the comeback with Claremont’s first goal of the season while Leo Gitelman provided the dramatic game winner. Goalie Aden Kahr helped prevent the Choir school from tying the game with several outstanding saves. Claremont’s defense, lead by Blake Lackmann, Phillipp Lerman and Kayla Stanke, did the rest to secure the win and fend off a late comeback. The Wolverines were less fortunate in their second game of the year losing to Browning despite a great effort from players such as forward Steven Ratigan and midfielder Kevin Kim. With nine games remaining, Claremont is prepped to get back on track with three games in a row against Town School, Staten Island Academy and Friends Seminary.
VOLLEYBALL In Claremont’s first year competing on the Junior Varsity level in the ACIS league, our team has shown great potential. Throughout the season, we have seen the girls gel together and make tremendous progress. We are also excited for our Middle School team which has been following in the Junior Varsity’s footsteps. Looking ahead, we believe the sky is the limit for Claremont Prep’s Volleyball program. We are proud of the hard work and effort they have put in this season. The Girls JV Volleyball team continues to fight real hard against good teams like Rudolph Steiner. Playing three sets of action packed bump and set, highlights of the game were the number of fans who attended the game (53 people). Ali King served her first ace of the season and Gabby Walsh rattled off six consecutive serves. Great job by all. Please continue supporting our teams by coming to their games.
THE CLAREMONT CHRONICLE Claremont Preparatory Association (CPA) The Claremont Prep Association is off to a positive start. There have been two open CPA meetings. Dr. Wrye attended both meetings to talk with parents and discuss collective efforts. At our September 8th meeting, he spoke of the harmony he seeks. These include the governance of the school, management, academic excellence and parent involvement. While MetSchools focuses on establishing strategy and direction, he and the division heads can focus on managing the school so our teachers will provide our children with an excellent education, and the CPA can work with parents to bring positive support to our community. At our October 4th meeting, Dr. Wrye provided an overview on the school’s progress in its search for our permanent headmaster. Last month, we hosted a Mom’s Night Out at The Capital Grille Wall Street. Kids aren’t the only ones who deserve a good time. More than 50 Claremont Prep moms mingled and socialized while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Events like this are a great opportunity for parents to come together and make friends, gain support and learn from other parents. Dads aren’t being left out: On Wednesday October 13th there will be a Dad’s Scotch Tasting at The Capital Grille. Please stop by for a little while. The CPA is spearheading many undertakings to unite our community and bring positive developments to our school. Please share your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org BOOK FAIR • November 17th & 18th • Special Parent & Faculty Preview & Shopping Cocktail Party Tuesday, November 16th from 6-8 pm • Get a head start on your holiday shopping lists • Enjoy cocktails & conversation and maybe win the Grand Raffle Prize • Sign up to Volunteer LOST & FOUND Each floor has a bin for lost & found (the 3rd floor closet on Broad Street will no longer be used for storing lost items). The bins will be emptied at the end of the month. All lost items will be kept on the 7th floor for ONE WEEK. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity. If items are labeled, every effort will be made to return the item to the owner. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING. CUPCAKE CAFE Unfortunately, Cupcake Cafe is suspended for a few months. Claremont recommends this dietary approved bakery: MAGIC SPRINKLES CUPCAKES / email@example.com; Nancy 212 874 0045 UNIFORM EXCHANGE Good job Reusing, Reducing & Recycling! Items are still available. If you need any clothing, please e-mail the CPA to arrange for a time to visit and select from the supplies.
Fall Community Planting Day / by The Alliance for Downtown New York The Alliance for Downtown New York will brighten the Canyon of Heroes with its annual Adopt a Geranium Initiative kickoff Wednesday, October 13 between 10am-12pm. Downtown residents, visitors and workers are asked to visit Bowling Green Park for a small selection of the 4,000 uprooted flowers as a part of the Alliance's Going Green program. Ten days later on Saturday, October 23 from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Downtown Alliance will host the Fall Community Planting Day in Bowling Green Park by plating thousands of tulips. The event is family-friendly and there is no need to bring tools or gloves - all supplies will be provided by NYC Parks and Recreation, as well as a booth showing youngsters how to decorate pumpkins. Crumbs will be providing pumpkin cupcakes and Whole Foods is donating pumpkins and juice boxes. The Going Green Downtown initiative, which is dedicated to building an environmentally sustainable Lower Manhattan, is co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 and Crumbs. The Alliance for Downtown New York provides Lower Manhattan's historic financial district with a premier physical and economic environment, advocates for businesses and property owners and promotes the area as a world-class destination for companies, workers, residents and visitors. To learn more about the Alliance and this going green initiative, visit their website at www.downtownNY.com.
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Fantastic to be issuing the first Chronicle of the year! For those who may not be aware, The Claremont Chronicle is the school newspaper and features school stories, as well as certain “coming-of-age” pieces from Claremont students. We encourage submissions as a way to expand our community. We would like The Chronicle to be even more student-driven. We want our students to be journalists and editors while we act as publisher and mentor. A few stories in this issue were supposed to appear in a June edition. We regret and apologize for the delay. Please share this newspaper with relatives (grandparents love it!) and friends in your non-Claremont community. Make suggestions and encourage your children to get involved. Don’t over-think it. These stories can be just 250 to 300 words (or four or five paragraphs). Sign up sheets will be posted in the middle school and high school. Or, just have your child’s lower school teacher contact me. Teachers/faculty...share your ideas and stories. The world is our oyster! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Brian Kaplan / Director of Communications @Broad St: 8th Floor/ Ext. 326 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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