Fall/Winterr 2013, No. 50
New York, NY
SPOTLIGHT ON CURRICULUM
The Technology Transformation It was not that long ago that â€œComputersâ€? was just one class that students took much like History, English, or Biology. With the explosion of smartphones, tablets, and light but powerful laptops, computers have become ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives, which has had a direct impact on teaching and learning. Beginning in Kindergarten, all students still take courses that teach specific computer and software skills, but the reach of technology now extends well beyond the walls of one class period. Just like at work and at home, technology has become woven into the culture of the school. Each high school student (and soon seventh and eighth grade students as well) uses an iPad in his or her classes. Smartboards are used in
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classes at every grade level. Starting in fifth grade, students use web-based software to turn in assignments and manage their workload. The list goes on and on. This transformation of the use of technology has come as part of an overall trend in how technology works. Technology in our broader world continued on page 7 has moved away from a primarily broadcast model
Latin Fiesta! Turn to page 13 to see more photos from an evening of great fun and food!
ATHLETIC BANQUET Junior Varsity athletes marked the end of the fall season and received the first GCS athletic letters. For this and other high school firsts, see page 16.
a MESSAGE from the HEAD CONTENTS 2 Message from George Davison
The Great Balancing Act
4 Leading Donors Reception
Cognitive vs. Noncognitive Thinking
8 News Around School 16 High School Firsts
ne of the fun things about being a school head is that whenever you are at a dinner party with ten or more people, you get to hear ten or more opinions on all that is wrong with schools. The list is practically endless. The problems start with cultural ones, as in “Americans are too soft and lazy” or “Asians are too focused on test scores.” Others are institutional: the problem might be the teachers (especially those in unions) or it might be political leaders who pander. Sometimes blame rests on the parents, who are either disengaged from their children or who just cannot separate from them. It might be that teaching is being given over to computers or is it that the teachers do not have enough computers. There is no question for some that students do not spend enough time doing homework and there is no question for others that they have way too much. I could go on, but space is limited and the divergent and contradictory arguments are not.
18 Gremlins Sports 20 Teachers Going Places 22 Faculty and Staff News 28 Alumni News
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“If there were a single way
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schools would not exist.” It is true that there is not now, nor has there ever been, one best way to educate children. So these kinds of debates are inevitable. If there were a single way to educate, independent schools would not exist. What then is at the heart of this argument? People rightly believe that the purpose of schools is to prepare children for a successful and satisfying life as an adult. Success in adult life requires two different kinds of skills: cognitive and non-cognitive. Cognitive skills are the basic school skills, reading, writing, data analysis, code writing and
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working memory-based skills, as well as access to content. Non-cognitive skills are political skills, social organization and collaborative skills, creative vision, resilience and grit. How we value each of these sets of skills is the source of much of the debate about schools. The question at hand is how we balance them.
“…there is competition between knowledge and understanding.” Perspective is important. For example, there was a famous Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in 2003 where American students scored 29th place in the world in achievement while ranking first in their confidence in their math achievement. Pundits in the U.S. saw that as an example of all that is wrong with American education: incompetent and arrogant at the same time. Pundits in China saw it as an example of why American schools are superior: Americans were not particularly good in math but they had the confidence to use their math to solve the problems in their lives. Americans strong in non-cognitive skills wanted more cognitive skills. The Chinese, strong in cognitive skills, wanted more non-cognitive skills. Another way to frame this debate is that there is competition between knowledge and understanding. Knowledge of something does not allow you to do anything with that knowledge except repeat it. Understanding means you can use the knowledge in appropriate and sometimes novel ways. Understanding cannot exist without knowledge and knowledge cannot be used without understanding. So clearly the job of schools is to foster both while not diminishing either. School needs to be a place where students acquire skills and information, which is something done pretty well in all cultures. Over the years, we have
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grouped these into familiar categories. For example, in our “Grace is” acrostic, the “e” represents excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. However, the second paragraph of our mission statement begins with a different sentiment: “Yet the educational goals of the school are broader than intellectual and social development.” We have as our mission the requirement that we “nurture [in students] a steady and affectionate trust in themselves and the world.” This is a different job for schools that breaks away from the traditional model and looks to create opportunities for the students to gain a trust in themselves. We are not alone in this aspiration for our students, though we may still be in the minority. We aim to encourage students to take what they know and do things based on their passions and at their own direction regularly throughout their time at school. That is at the heart of the reasoning for Wednesday Lab Days for High School students—to allow our students to gain real world experiences on their terms. High School students lead their parentteacher conferences so that they may see themselves as the owners and directors of their life experience. This is not exclusive to older students. Each fall, students from Early Childhood through Middle School participate in Holiday Shopping. A tremendous amount of parent preparation goes into giving students as young as four the power to control a major part of their life, choosing gifts for their parents and siblings. Life done by you is inherently more satisfying than life done to you. The same is true of school. The logic of this argument may seem obvious, but it is often hard for the adults in a school community to allow it to happen. Parents are hard-wired to protect their children from failure. As parents, our most important duty is to prevent harm from befalling our children whether from outside forces or self-inflicted. It requires more patience than most of us have to watch as our child develops a project, an idea, or a course of action that might lead to failure, when a small mid-course intervention on our part will turn failure into glorious success. The problem is, of
course, that kind of help can result in dependent individuals who will wait for instruction, not self-trusting individuals who will act creatively and entrepreneurially. Teachers can be tempted in this way too. We want our students to do well, both because it is a signal of our success as teachers and because we generally like kids and want the best for them.
“Life done by you is inherently more satisfying than life done to you.” We must build those places where we step safely back from the lives of our students. Holiday Shopping moments, where the subject at hand is the academic equivalent of the tie for Dad that will only be worn once, can be an engine of excellence going forward. For students, trust in themselves and the world will come from the fact that they belong to a community that they care for and they know cares for them. It is always empowering to know that many people have your back. When I am asked to describe what we want for our graduates at the end of the day, I usually take a line favored by longtime GCS faculty member, Sam Wheeler, “We want to graduate wisely joyful people.” If there are any more powerful non-cognitive skills than wisdom and joy, I do not know what they are.
✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩✧✩ LEADING DONORS RECEPTION The school thanked its leading donors at a reception in October.
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Gregory Gushee, Kate and Gary Spindler
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MEET YOUR TRUSTEES
A LETTER from SAM HERSCH ’‚›
Hello Mr. Davison,
Olivia Douglas’s professional background is in real estate development. From 1994 until 2008, she worked for Millennium Partners where she oversaw the development of mixed-use projects in New York, Boston and Miami. She continued with Millennium part time through 2011. Olivia is a trustee of The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Gilbert Mackay Foundation, which supports art in the public realm. She received a B.A. in History from Stanford University, and attended the San Francisco Art Institute as well as the Art Students League in New York City. At GCS, Olivia has served as Co-President of the Parents’ Association, and as a member of the READ Committee and the Buildings and Grounds Committee. She and her husband, David DiDomenico, have three children at GCS: Rafe in fifth grade, Lucia in second grade, and Charlie in kindergarten.
I attended Grace Church School from 1996-1998 with my sisters Rachel and Lauren. We would have been part of the classes of 2004 and 2005, but we left for San Diego during the summer of 1998. When I last saw you, we were living in a suburb of San Francisco, and were about to enter high school. The three of us spent some time in private high schools, but eventually, we all graduated from public ones; I graduated from Redwood High, the girls graduated from our not-quite-rival Tamalpais High. Our parents got divorced midway through those years, and I now live with my dad in an apartment in Santa Monica. This city is quite a sea change from San Fran; the absence of hills makes it possible for me to walk around every day, and I enjoy being a stone's throw away from my favourite local bakeries, my college, my church, my synagogue, and even the best plays and dance shows budding Hollywood has to offer. I am still enrolled at Santa Monica College, from which I will be graduating in the fall of 2014. I am completing two associate's degrees there as part of their two-part liberal arts program. From there, I hope to matriculate somewhere--I'm pulling for joining the huge disabled population at Cal Berkeley; I think I have a thing or two to learn from them! My chosen major is classics. I've always had a passion for the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, as well as for theology, legends and folklore. After getting a B.A. and M.A., I hope to teach ancient history to high school kids. As such, I wish to wholeheartedly commend you for your “Why History?” article in a recent GCS News. It reminded me of your chapel sermons! History does give us a profound sense of place and it teaches us how to sift through the vast field of data. I'd hasten to add that the end to which we study history should give us the greatest degree of hope. If I know where I come from, I know my witness is vital, and that gives me all the motivation I need to find the right career, help others, and be the very best I can be. I owe you and everyone at Grace for instilling in me a deep love of history. More importantly, you instilled in me a deep and profound faith in God and people, and the knowledge that trust in them was essential, and truly vital, to living with cerebral palsy. Other than that, the girls are in Colorado for the summer. Lauren just got accepted into Santa Cruz, and Rachel is studying at Boulder. As for me, I hope to come to New York soon, and hopefully I'll see you at the alumni reunion next May.
Ann Mellow Ann Mellow is Associate Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools ("NAES"), an organization of approximately 415 Episcopal Schools across the country. She focuses on resource development, consulting with schools, parishes and dioceses on leadership, governance, Episcopal identity, and school startups as well as expansions. Prior to joining NAES, Ann was Interim Director of New York Interschool, a consortium of eight K-12 New York City independent schools. From 1995-2007, she was the Head of School at St. Lukes's School in Greenwich Village. Prior to that, she was Middle School Head at Poly Prep, and at the Chapin School. She is currently a trustee at Saint David’s School and has also served as a trustee of the New York State Association of Independent Schools ("NYSAIS"). Ann received an A.B. from Middlebury College, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Kate Platt Kate Platt is a principal in the firm of Platt Dana Architects. The firm, which she formed with a partner in 1998, focuses on townhouse renovations, new home construction and small commercial projects. Prior to forming Platt Dana Architects, Kate worked on commercial interiors in the New York offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Gensler & Associates. She received her B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and her Master of Architecture degree from The University of Virginia. At Grace Church School, Kate has served on the READ committee as well as the Buildings and Grounds committee. She and her husband, Adam, have two daughters, Jane, in eighth grade and Penelope in fifth grade. 6
My very warmest regards, Sam
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The Technology Transformation
continued from page 1 to a point-to-point and response model. Think of the passivity of television—a company creates a signal and sends it out to homes that people consume versus the use of a website in which information exists on a site, but changes and moves based on how the viewer interacts (clicks) throughout the page. Even older technologies like television are shifing their model as more programs are watched on devices that allow the viewer to influence the content that is displayed, like choosing the type of ad they prefer, or allowing a service to suggest a program of interest, based on feedback given by the viewer. This transformation has an impact on teaching. Fundamentally, education is still about the exchange between teacher and student. The newest, flashiest devices cannot replace human-to-human interaction, but they do provide new tools for teachers that can increase efficiency and allow for more depth of academic exploration. Dynamic technology enhances the multidirectional and responsive nature of learning. It strengthens the teacher-student relationship. Technology is still growing and changing at a rapid pace, which leaves us constantly evaluating our own equipment, process and methods. We never want to invest time or resources into technology for the sake of technology. We seek technology that improves our ability to teach and gives our students more useful tools for learning. Our Dean of Faculty, Arvind Grover, is fond of saying, “We want our students to wield technology in powerful ways.” To this end, the GCS technology program has invested heavily in technological solutions that improve the experience of students and keep our systems in line with the best practices available. This has meant replacing old methods with newer practices, including: moving away from lab-based technology instruction to integrated instruction in each classroom; replacing teachers' desktop computers with devices like tablets and lightweight laptops to increase their ability to stay connected; decreasing the need for floating laptop carts through the use of personal devices; and curbing one-time purchases in favor of systems with annual maintenance fees and regular upgrades. Under the leadership of Dr. Akbar Ali Herndon, Director of Technology, the technology program has also recognized the value in the digitization of many old educational standards like textbooks and white boards. These resources make our educational tools more fluid, keeping content current, providing resources never before available, and
are more efficient to produce and reuse. Along with this is the need to embrace the various tools that the internet provides. As the web continues to evolve and change, our thinking and practices around it must also change. We are implementing a plan to increase educationally sound use of web tools like email, video sharing sites, social media networks, and even gaming. For example, the dean of student life has created a Facebook group to communicate with ninth and tenth grade students about student activities, and the Middle School and High School newspapers are developing a tablet app to deliver their content to the student body. We are currently building a new website, which will help us harness many of these tools into one integrated online community. The use of new technology has created several exciting opportunities for students that, even a few years ago, would have seemed impossible. This spring, high school students will have the opportunity work with 3D printers to animate and print objects. In Spanish classes, students are using a program called Voice Thread to have conversations in Spanish with other Spanish students around the world. English courses are creating iBooks as part of their writing assignments. Students are making full-length documentaries and recording demo CDs as part of their independent study March Madness projects. This is just the beginning. We are developing students who are prepared to solve real-world problems with the best tools available. However, these new tools mean that students have more access to information and data than ever before and greater independence for problem-based learning. This requires that we create an academic environment where the use of technology is safe and the distractions are minimized to ensure maximum return on our technology investments. Our approach to this task will continue to be one that blends tradition with innovation—building on our established success while infusing new ideas and methods. One of the objectives of our technology program is “to foster the greatest level of digital literacy and skill,” which will require that we continue to evaluate the ways that we must change to maintain best practices. Our technological transformation will never reach a conclusion, which means we will need to consistently engage our entire community in ongoing learning, which we think is a very good thing.
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AMERICAN FOLK SONGS with Guest Musicians
Gary Fagin, conductor of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra and GCS parent, led students in a rousing assembly of American Folk songs. Gary was joined by GCS parent Chris Robertson on the acoustic guitar, as well as guest vocalist Tory Weil, an opera singer and also a GCS parent. Students and teachers clapped their hands, stomped their feet, and sang along to old familiar tunes like “This Land is Your Land” and “Yankee Doodle.”
Diversity Dinner This year’s Diversity Dinner was the largest in the 20-year history of the event. The full house of parents, siblings, and faculty heard a panel of 12 tenth-grade students talk about their experience adjusting to high school at Grace Church School. The depth of the GCS community shone through as students from varied ethnicities, family compositions, and school backgrounds shared stories of their challenges of finding a place in a new community. It was an impressive sight to watch these young adults stand boldly in front of family, friends and teachers and speak honestly and openly from their hearts.
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Grace Goes Camping
Mock Mayoral Election
Students in Grades 4-8 attended the Parents’ Association’s first camping retreat at Camp Hidden Valley in Fishkill, NY. Head George Davison joined the students and their dads for an exciting weekend of boating, hiking, campfire, and, of course, delicious s’mores.
One week before NYC voters chose their first new mayor in 12 years, GCS Middle School students held a mock election to learn the ins and outs of the electoral process. Although the race in the mock election was a bit less of a runaway, the student voters predicted strikingly similar results as the electorate.
GCS GRADES ∞-8 MOCK MAYORAL ELECTION (and Actual Election Results) Bill de Blasio (D) Joseph Lhota (R) Jimmy McMillan (RTDH) Jack Hidary (I) Other
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Fourteen GCS Middle School students participated in the Model United Nations conference at Horace Mann alongside 1,000 other students from 46 schools. Competing with mostly students in high school, our students represented six countries and participated on multiple committees. They tackled a variety of issues, including disarming weapons of mass destruction, religious freedom, global piracy, child labor and poverty in the developing world.
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On Sunday, October 27, 18 students in grades seven, eight and nine, from Yukuhashi, Japan, accompanied by seven adults, arrived at Grace Church School for their biannual visit, which is always pointedly scheduled to coincide with Halloween. The exchange with our sister schools in Yukuhashi is now two decades old, and the bonds with our Japanese friends have continued to strengthen and expand. During the week our Yukuhashi guests attended classes, were given tours through both campuses by student council leaders, enjoyed lunch at the high school and rehearsed their assembly performance. Eric Schneider, third grade teacher and codirector of the exchange program, took the students on a walking tour of the East Village (including the Japanese stretch along Ninth Street) and Washington Square Park. On Wednesday, there was a field trip to the United Nations for a guided tour in English and Japanese. After school activities and evenings were spent with host families for a touch of the typical New York teenage experience. When time came for the traditional farewell banquet, East and West were reluctant to part. All – visiting students and adults – reveled in the Halloween celebrations, which have become standard since our visitors just happened to be here on Halloween five years ago and have requested the date for subsequent visits. Yukuhashi chaperones, housed with Grace teachers and administrators, relished New York dining, from Mexican to local Japanese. Some attended performances of the Blue Man Group, others saw “Stomp,” and they all enjoyed a performance of the New York Philharmonic. Yukuhashi Superintendent of Schools, Hidetoshi Yamada, and Lee McLean, Yukuhashi English teacher/translator, sipped tea with David Janes at the United States Japan Foundation when they visited to drop off a gift. Among the other adult visitors was Tomomi Nakahashi, a university student who came to GCS in 2007 as a visiting exchange student. 11
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·th and ⁄‚th Grade
You couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for this year’s trip to Governors Island in September. Families enjoyed Frisbee, biking around the island, and picnicking together on family recreation day, organized by parents Doug Bourne and Rob Bratskeir.
The ninth and tenth grades each kicked-off the new school year with overnight retreats. The ninth grade spent two days at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY, and the tenth grade went to Bear Mountain.
FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY Our hard-working Grace Cares team of families spent a sunny Saturday planting bulbs in Washington Square Park as part of the Partnerships for Parks initiative. Turnout was so good that the parks personnel had to ask the Grace contingent to leave a little work for other volunteers.
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INTERNATIONAL FAMILY NIGHT
Hola! Si, there were food and music and crafts, but soccer jerseys seemed to dominate the sceneâ€”multi-colored renditions from countries south of the border. Celebrants made multiple trips to the groaning boards for savory morsels and sweet desserts: arepas, empanadas, asado, platanos, flan, tres leches and much more. Supplementing the feast produced by Chef Jude and the GCS kitchen staff, fiesta co-chairs and restaurateurs Debby Amezcua (Papatzul) and Barbara Sibley (La Palapa) sent abundant delectables to fill out the feastâ€”quesadillas, chalupas, chimimchurri and salsa verde. Co-chair Lisa Chapman provided graphics and visual materials and fellow co-chair Aline Gooding procured sizzling entertainment that included capoeira, tango, salsa and a vocal performance by GCS parent Luis Salgado.
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8th GRADE GRADUATION 2013
NINTH GRADE CLOSING CEREMONY
The Eighth grade graduation continues at GCS as students marked the end of their time at 86 Fourth Avenue on a perfect spring day in June. Amid laughter and tears, students and their families enjoyed the traditional service in Grace Church followed by refreshments and hugs in the rector’s garden.
In a touching and exuberant ceremony in the chantry on June 12, 2013, the school’s first ninth grade moved up to become the school’s first tenth grade. MiChelle Carpenter, Dean of the Class of 2016, asked three students to talk about their challenges and triumphs as pioneers in a new division of GCS. Among the three, the challenges were a mix of academic, social and economic. They were candid in describing their own fears and failings. They were also wondrously articulate in explaining how, both with guidance and encouragement from the high school staff and also on their own initiative, they developed the self-knowledge and resources to overcome troubling obstacles. The audience reacted to the accounts with joyous approval, and the ceremony came to a close as the tenth grade sang a spirited, jazzy rendition of Amazin’ Grace, accompanied by the student brass and woodwind ensemble.
CHEESE MAKING Kindergarten students were treated to a special science class with Mr. Davison where they learned the process of making cheese. This was not just a lecture class; every student had a chance to participate in making the delicious mozzarella that was used on pizza that Friday.
TOMATO PICKING A few years ago, at an evening reception in Huntington Close, someone tossed (or dropped) a random tomato near the boxwood shrubs. Ever since, we have been showered—nearly overrun—with volunteer tomato plants harvested by junior kindergarten students for lunch, snacks and more evening receptions. 14
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Students from grades four through nine packed themselves into the gym last June to hear three of our published parents talk about being kids with creative ideas and how they were able to channel their own creativity into successful careers as adults. As Nick Bertozzi and Tracy DockrayRudd, both writers and illustrators, showed their artwork and discussed their books, they talked about how their careers had progressed. David Gilbert, whose second novel was recently published, confessed that he feared his dyslexia would impede his ability to write. And he even offered the students some advice as to how make their own school essays interesting. Message: Hard work pays off.
AWARD-WINNING CHARACTERS Students in our Mandarin classes won several awards at the New York Chinese Character Festival. The event, co-sponsored by tech start-up ChineseCUBES and New York University, is a month-long celebration of Chinese characters that comprise the Chinese language and play a significant role in East Asian language, arts and culture. Our students took home honors in the Chinese Spelling Bee, Chinese Character Tattoo, and Summer Activity. In the Flash Mob contest students were challenged to use their body to form a Chinese Character. Our students chose water and took home the bronze award.
HIGH SCHOOL FIRSTS There are many firsts for the growing High School Division; these spring events offer a sampling of the impressive work eminating from Cooper Square.
SPRING ARTS REVUE On May 31, high school students presented an evening full of arts and inspiration, with a diverse range of performances including songs and scenes from “Rent” and “Urinetown”; infectious a capella arrangements from the glee club; instrumental and dance ensembles, and an instrumental and visual art collaboration culminating in a short animated film accompanied by live music. Over 20 students prepared their performances in arts classes, after school and during the Lab Day arts block, collaborating with each and other and teachers in learning, conceptualizing, staging and rehearsing their work. Bravo!
SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM Last May, students had an opportunity to flex their science and research muscles by designing a project that was meaningful to them as part of the High School Division’s first Science Symposium. The event challenged students to recognize a genuine interest and explore it using scientific method. From engineering to behavioral science, students created and presented original research including one project that measured the amount of Vitamin C in different brands of orange juice and another that was a scientific review of various electric cars. A particularly notable project was Mateo Amezcua’s work on protein tagging. With the assistance of GCS alumnus Dr. Marco Seandel ’86 (see Spring 2013 GCS News), Mateo designed a project exploring the potential for tagging proteins with different phosphorescent materials. In the long-term, this process could become a method for tracking the precise location of cancer cells in people, which would allow doctors to remove or treat those dangerous cells in a more focused way than general radiation currently allows. With Mateo’s goal of someday becoming a doctor, he may even be the one to deliver these treatments.
FALL SPORTS BANQUET Student athletes in grades 5-10 celebrated a tremendous fall athletics season at the first GCS sports banquet. Junior Varsity athletes received letters and team captains got a special “C” letter. The Middle School girls soccer team celebrated a perfect 5-0 season. An evening highlight was guest speaker Molly Creamer of the New York Liberty. Molly was a first round draft pick in the WNBA and co-founded a bullying prevention program called Find the Courage Campaign. Molly shared her experience being a pioneer, starting with a dream, failing forward, and having a strong work ethic. 17
Fall Athletics This fall our student athletes competed in soccer, volleyball, and cross country against more than 20 independent schools from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Congratulations to our Middle School girls soccer team and Coach Elsa Hepner on an undefeated season!
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Eric was accompanied by his brother Andrew Schneider and cousin David Marshall throughout his trip. My trip to the Low Countries of Europe was a study in contrasts. Holland and, to a lesser extent, Belgium and Luxembourg, were part of the early immigration to the United States. That’s what first drew me to this part of the world, one I hadn’t yet explored in spite of Holland’s prominent role in my third grade New York City curriculum. In my travels, I discovered a beautiful land filled with incredible works of art and architecture, friendly people, delectable cuisine, and institutions devoted to peace and unity. On the other hand, these countries, particularly Belgium, were unwittingly caught in the crosshairs of European-wide conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries. All three countries were ravaged by World War II; Belgium and Luxembourg suffered mass destruction during World War I; and Belgium was the site of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of Waterloo. I started my trip in The Hague, the seat of international law. I visited the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Ironically, only a year after it opened its doors on August 28, 1913, World War I broke out in Europe. The Hague was also the site where I dined on the delicious rijsttafel, a Dutch adaptation of Indonesian cuisine, harking back to the days when Indonesia was a Dutch colony. From there I headed to Antwerp, Belgium. First stop: Central Station, regarded by many as one of the most impressive examples of railway station architecture. The lavish interior is replete with 20 different kinds of marble and stone, and resembles a European palace. This grand building was financed in part by the brutal exploitation of the Belgian Congo where more than two million Congolese died at the hands of the Belgians. My next stops were the canal cities of Ghent and Bruges, whose streets and canals are lined by picturesque medieval houses. There I became addicted to Belgian handmade chocolates, with their soft nougats and creamy centers. A priority in every subsequent destination in Belgium was to find the chocolatiers. A focus of my travels in Belgium following these idyllic destinations was to see the monuments and museums to the many battle20
fields that dot this small country. I visited In Flanders' Fields Museum in Ypres, a museum devoted to the history of World War I. The museum underscores the futile horrors of war and is sometimes referred to as a “peace museum.” Following this museum, I visited a restored trench from the Battle of Ypres. It was a chilling reminder of the horror of this war. Next, I toured the Battle of Waterloo monument and museum. These mark another point in history when European powers converged on Belgian soil to settle their differences, in this case resulting in the defeat of Napoleon. Finally, on the eastern side of the country and in Luxembourg, I visited several museums and monuments to World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. On a happier note, once I returned to Holland, I had several great bicycling experiences—one which started in Heerlen and got happily interrupted by friendly locals in the small village of Klimmen; another in which I took advantage of the free white bicycles at a popular national park; and a third touring the countryside outside of Amsterdam. I was deeply impressed by the well-established network of bicycle routes all throughout Holland, not to mention the volume of people who routinely get around by bicycle. I found Amsterdam, our final stop, to be a beautiful city of treelined canals and houseboats, and quintessentially Dutch architecture. In addition to the great museums like the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, I also visited the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis until they were discovered and deported to a concentration camp—a grim reminder of the Holocaust. The two weeks that I spent in the Low Countries were full, enlightening and happy. I’m a great believer in the transformative power of travel. I’ve had the privilege, through 13 years of work on Grace Church School’s international exchange program, to see more than 100 students broaden their horizons on our trips to Japan and India. I’m so grateful to work at a school that values its teachers, as well as its students, to the extraordinary point of supporting such enriching travel experiences.
Thanks to the GCS Faculty Fund, I had the pleasure of going to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I wanted to travel to Argentina to immerse myself in its cultural and linguistic richness and to experience one of the most passionate dance forms in existence, tango. I was able to study tango under the guidance and instruction of some well-known tango dancers, known as tangueros. Through them, I discovered that tango was more than simply steps synching to the rhythm of the wistful bandoneón, the concertina-like instrument at the heart of tango music. Genuine tango is something more personal and almost invisible to the average spectator. The negotiation of space, through magnetic, sharp, yet fluid movements is the silent language spoken while dancing tango. Embodying the spirit and steps of tango may well be a life-long journey, but I am blessed to live in a city where there is a vibrant underground community of tangueros who attend milongas, or tango socials. Attending milongas in the heart of Buenos Aires, I was able to apply all that I had practiced, as I shared the intimate stage with the city’s locals, or Porteños, who seemed to have tango in their blood. It was quite the challenge, but the support and warmth of every Argentinean I came across made the learning curve that much more enjoyable.
While I wasn’t practicing ochos, boleos, and tanguera posture, I was exploring other forms of tango and Porteño culture. On my first night, I saw a breathtaking tango show in El Centro de Buenos Aires, at Piazolla. This grandiose theater complimented what felt like the greatest tango show in existence. There was no better way to begin my tango exploration the following day than to shop at Comme Il Faut, an exclusive tango shoe shop. Entering this vibrant and chic tango shoe paradise was quite the experience. Well known tangueros filled the shop to find the unique shoe to perfectly fit their foot and personality. As a lover of shoes, I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the amount of detail and shoe options that seemed to dance into my lap. While shopping for Argentinean leather, I was fortunate enough to glimpse into a leather factory and witness the earlier stages of the leather making process. Cab rides turned out to be some of the most culturally informative moments of them all. While riding through the neighborhoods of Recoleta, San Telmo, Palmero, La Boca, and Microcentro, I heard firsthand cultural and political tales from native Porteños, which complemented my trips to Buenos Aires’ wonderful museums, including Museo Evita, where I felt as though I had traveled back in time looking at the collection of priceless personal artifacts belonging to the woman some Argentinians idealized and others had intentionally forgotten. I toured the famous cemetery in Recoleta, the cultural center of the city, where I viewed the magnificent architecture of the tombs belonging to Evita Peron and many other renowned Argentineans. Other museum explorations included El Museo de Bellas Artes in Palmero and El Museo de Carlos Gardel in San Telmo. The Carlos Gardel museum was the most meaningful museum experience for me, as he was perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango music and culture. While passing through San Telmo, I discovered La Boca’s open air museum on Calle Caminito. Here I was able to admire the art of local painters, sculptors, and other artisans. Nearby, tango performances were both planned and organically sparked as tourists and locals followed the steps of tangueros dancing to their own inaudible rhythms. I took a tour in Rio Tigre, a town that seemed to be floating over water. This island made up of streams and rivers was an unforgettable scenic and cultural eye-opener. I ventured out even further and concluded my stay with a boat trip to Colonia, a historic colonial city in Uruguay. I went to Argentina to learn tango and returned with an even greater appreciation and admiration for its people, culture, and artistic contributions. I will always feel blessed to have taken my first tango steps in the city that birthed the music and art form. From the words of the distinct Argentinean dialect, Lunfardo, my trip began and concluded on a buena onda , or good note, filled will memories that will last a lifetime.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
NEW FACULTY AND STAFF Khaleed Alston
Grade Four Assistant Teacher Mr. Alston, a graduate of The Dalton School, has a B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta and has begun work on an M.A. at NYU. He has been an assistant teacher at Fieldston and Calhoun.
Grade Two Assistant Teacher Ms. Gregory received her B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies. She has worked as a camp counselor in Palo Alto, and during her term abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, taught in a community based day care center.
Alan Brown Dean of the Class of 2017 Mr. Brown comes to Grace from the Dwight Englewood School in New Jersey, where he was Dean of Student Life. Earlier he taught Humanities at East Brunswick High School and has been a writing instructor for the Center for Talented Youth program at Johns Hopkins University during the summers. A Fulbright fellow, he has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
Kenneth Leong Mathematics Mr. Leong most recently taught calculus, precalculus and statistics at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School in Greenwich, CT. Earlier he taught at the College of New Rochelle and is also an adjunct professor at Iona College. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from NYU and an M.S. in Teaching from Iona.
Daria Melnyk Meghann Chambers Junior Kindergarten Assistant Teacher Ms. Chambers has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford. For her field work, she taught in Kindergarten and second grade at a public magnet school in Hartford.
English Ms. Melnyk comes to us from the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. She earlier taught at the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA. and was on the faculty of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. She has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Georgetown.
Jessica Chen Chemistry Ms. Chen has a B.A. in Chemistry from Wellesley College, an M.A. in Science Education from Lehman College and an Ed. M. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia. She has taught in the New York public schools, at The Bronx High School of Science and The Urban Assembly Institute for Math and Science for Young Women.
Robert (Toby) Nathan History Dr. Nathan comes to us from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He attended the George School in Pennsylvania, has a B.A. from Vassar College and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Christopher (Topher) Nichols
Director of Digital Media and Communications Mr. Nichols was most recently the Senior Communications Officer at The Children’s Village in Harlem. He has also been a freelance communications consultant and program director in public schools. He has a B.A. from Chapman University in California and an M.A. from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT.
School Counselor Dr. Silverman earned her Psy.D. in School Psychology from St. John’s University, and her B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University. She did her field work at The School at Columbia University and has also worked with Prep for Prep.
Waltraud Tammen Kimberly Phelps Nurse Ms. Phelps received her B.S. from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing in Baltimore. She has an associate’s degree from Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and is enrolled at the NYU School of Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner. She was a clinical nurse at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy and Neurology Center and a staff nurse at a hospice in Oxford, UK.
Timothy Quinn Physical Education Mr. Quinn has a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He comes to us from Friends Seminary, where he was a PE assistant and coached both basketball and baseball.
Gabriela Salazar Visual Arts Ms. Salazar has been on the faculty at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx for the last three years. She also taught at Greenwich Academy and Princeton Day School. She received her B.A. degree from Yale University and her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Librarian Ms. Tammen was most recently Director of iMediaSource, an educational multi-media library in New York. Previously she worked at Deutsche Bank in New York and in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Emily Vines Art Assistant Ms. Vines has been a substitute teacher not only at GCS for several years but also at Collegiate, Browning, Sacred Heart and Columbia Grammar and Prep. She has a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Missouri.
Maria Jose Welch Kindergarten Assistant Teacher Ms. Welch has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Grace, she was a manager at JP Morgan in the healthcare area and in various areas of banking and corporate business. She is a graduate of the American School of El Salvador.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS Gabriela Salazar, High School art teacher, showed work in two openings this fall. Her piece, for A Mown Lawn (pictured), was featured in the Sgorbati Projects inaugural gallery exhibit. She was also featured as part of El Museo del Bario’s La Bienal 2013: Here is Where We Jump. Earlier this year, she had an outdoor installation, entitled For Closure, in the Bronx (pictured) and a site-specific installation in a show at Projekt 722 in Brooklyn.
Kim Chaloner, Dean of Community Life, and husband, Nick Bertozzi, co-authored a book for children living with diabetes and their families. “Diabetes and Me: An Essential Guide for Kids and Parents,” was released in November.
School nurse Wendy Small exhibited photograms in two shows this fall: solo in the project room at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in Chelsea, and as part of The Moby Project, a tribute to Melville’s novel at Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett.
NEW BABIES Two new grandsons: Linda Cooper, Assistant to the Head: Daughter Nastasha Cooper Hernandez ’89, welcomed Emilio James Hernandez on November 15. (See Alumni News p. 34) Barbara Haney, Head of Lower School: Max Seidman, born Sep 27, joined big brother Leo as the latest edition to Barbara’s daughter Sarah’s family.
Tell Zelda Send news to email@example.com FORMER FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS Dr. Sam Wheeler and wife Barbara welcomed granddaughter Emily Lu on July 20. Big brother Zachary turned five in December. On another note: The Northeast Harbor Library in Northeast Harbor, ME hosted a showing of Philip Heckscher's work in Chinese calligraphy over the past decade. The works included Buddhist and Daoist texts in several script styles. Philip has studied in China and in San Francisco and teaches Chinese brushwork at the College of the Atlantic. 24
ALUMNI PARENT NEWS From Susan Brita: “What a delight to see Vera Wells and Myrle Wall in the most recent GCS News. Before I moved, my son Tony went to Grace with Scott (Wells) and Cara (Wall). My sons Steven (’85) and Paul (’84) also attended Grace. In 1979 I had the wonderful experience and enjoyed great fun being the co-chair of the May Fair along with Cynthia Fried. Vera and Myrle were part of my working group who toiled so hard to make May Fair 1979 such a success. Please give them my regards. I will be retiring soon and headed back to my beloved NYC.” Ann Roth, mother of Hannah Green ’79, was awarded a Tony for best costume design for the show “The Nance.” In addition to her numerous credits for stage and film, Ann won an Oscar for her work for “The English Patient” and was awarded The Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. See Ann’s latest work in “Betrayal” on Broadway. In September, Robin Tewes curated a retrospective exhibition focusing on the work the Guerrilla Girls produced from 1985-2000 at the Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University. Another retrospective, including work from the group from 1985-2013, is up at the giant cultural center Alhóndiga Bilbao in Spain. There are 79 posters and banners, video, and 13 tables of smaller projects, correspondence, ephemera, and street photos. Through January 6, 2014. Robin teaches at Pace in the Fine Arts Department.
IN THE ALUMNI CASE This fall we honor GCS faculty and staff who have been at Grace for 25 years or more in “A Quarter Century of Inspiration: Celebrating Faculty Dedicated to Grace Church School.” Filled with pictures spanning the years, this tribute highlights the commitment of these members of our community who have inspired more than two decades of GCS students.
Carol Collet, 35 years Margaret Meyer, 35 years Susan Cross, 30 years Steve Montgomery, 32 years Laurel Lesio, 27 years George Davison, 26 years Lisa Quirk, 26 years Tivadar Diveki, 25 years Tunde Kraftsik Mehlin, 24 years (so close!) And honorable mention to these long-time staff members: Nancy Goldstein, 27 years Chris Pratt-Scanlon, 26 years Linda Cooper, 25 years Joyce Kuh, 24 years
The John Barrett Strubing Fund for Alumni History has been established to endow future exhibitions in the case, providing funds for rotating installations aimed at illuminating the history of Grace Church School through the story and experiences of alumni. We are grateful to Alex Barrett Strubing and Lousia Barrett for establishing this fund in John’s memory, and to all those who have given their support. To contribute to the fund, please contact Joyce Kuh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Isca Greenfield-Sanders ’92 and Zoe Jackson ’95 for their inspiration and artistry in designing the display. 25
WHY I GIVE
JEAN FITZGERALD ’^6‹
Max Dworin ’03, Alumni Board member and Chair of the Alumni Annual Fund Committee, spoke with Jean about her longtime support of Grace Church School.
Tell me about your history of giving to GCS. I have been giving back to Grace on a regular basis since the mid1990s, when I moved back to New York from Chicago. I gave individual gifts before then, though, and my parents were longtime donors.
Do you remember your first gift? I remember a specific gift, but it may not have been my first. It was when I moved back to New York, and I gave it for a couple of reasons – one, I was coming back to New York, and since I was born and raised in the city and was educated there, my sense of being a part of New York was important to me. Also, at the time, my father had recently passed away. So I was giving in recognition of the fact both he and my mother had seen fit to provide me with the best education possible.
What impels you to keep giving? Giving to Grace is something I will do in perpetuity. This is a school that has been true to its mission and vision since it was founded in the 1800s. This is a school that is a prominent component of the community and takes that role very seriously. It is also a school that is committed to leadership in education. And, even though it is a private school, there is a commitment to making that education available to a broad swathe of students, which is reflected in the percentage of students who are on tuition assistance and enabled to be a part of the school despite their financial situation.
This is absolutely critical to me. Another aspect of the school that strikes me, and I have thought about this for a while, is that it has always had a very diverse student population and faculty. And I think that diversity helped shape some of who I am. It helped me navigate the world. It was not just a great education I got at grace. It instilled a gawky, awkward kid with tremendous confidence and got me through my high school years and even through college. And it has continued to influence the person I am today and played a role in my success in business. It was an integral part of my development at a very crucial point in time for me.
Do you have a favorite Grace memory? One fond memory I have is of our teacher, Myron Jones. I remember being in the cafeteria and he always had these little questions he would ask while we were there. And each question was a little quirky. It wasn’t a quiz, just interesting life stuff. The other thing I remember vividly is graduation. I remember very clearly thinking about how I was going from a co-ed school to an all-girls school [Ed. Note: Brearley], and I do remember realizing at that moment in time that my school experience was never going to be the same again.
Jean lives in Manhattan and Connecticut and is a graduate of GCS and Brearley. She received an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business, as well as an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Finance from NYU. She is currently a Managing Director at Bank of America.
ALUMNI CONNECTIONS MENTORING AT EVERY LEVEL When Lorcan McGonigle ’05 was looking for guidance as he was researching graduate programs in astronautical engineering, he reached out to the GCS Alumni office for help. He found two distinguished alumni scientists who were professors at two of the universities he was considering. First stop, acclaimed astrophysicist Hale Bradt ’45, Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT. Lorcan said, “It was really nice talking with Hale and hearing about his work and a little about his time at Grace. He was super nice and generous. He also gave me the names of some other professors I could talk to that were closer to my field (and of course having his name attached to my email really carried some weight).” In the end, Lorcan ended up at the University of Washington in Seattle. He made a connection with a GCS alumnus there, Paul Yager ‘67, who is chair of the bioengineering department. Though not in the same field Lorcan said “It was very interesting to hear what UW/Seattle is like. In all, I have to say I was pretty impressed with GCS alumni being in very prominent positions at two of my top three choices for grad school.”
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REUNION ¤‚⁄› APRIL ¤^∞, ¤‚⁄› Milestone classes (years ending in "4" and "9") are invited to celebrate their reunion at GCS. Reminisce with old friends and former teachers, take a tour of the school and enjoy cocktails and light fare.
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ALUMNI NEWS Lloyd Wesley Perkins writes: Dorothy and I celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary. I was honored by the Bar Association on the 25th anniversary of my founding of the Legal Aid Clinic for three counties of North Texas.
Jon Lewis Allen, from a recent letter to GCS: I was surprised to find my note about my year at Grace Church upon arriving in the United States in Alumni Newsâ€ŚI do notice I seem to be the only member of the Class of 1944 mentioned in those notes as well as in lists of contributorsâ€Śsurely I am not the sole survivor?
Jon sent this update:
My dad had directed plays in London and New York prior to WWII, so in 1941 signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and we went west. Details on the 18 movies and more than 160 TV episodes he directed are on some websites. I attended the California Preparatory School for Boys in Ojai for four years, then three years at Ridley College, St. Catherines, Ontario, followed by graduation from Yale with a BA in history. I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, became a citizen, completed flying training in Texas and flew 2,300 hours as a navigator to Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Arctic and South America. I was also public affairs officer for Charleston AFB, SC briefly, then remained a reservist in that field for the next 27 years until retiring as a colonel from the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force on the fourth floor of the Pentagon (a long way from a California recruiting station). After the Air Force I spent three years as a reporter for two New England newspapers, then twenty-two years in corporate public relations with an airline and three petroleum companies, namely PanAm, Conoco, Gulf and Chevron. I retired in 1989 and have written three more books in addition to two published some years earlier. I married in 1961. Monique was born in Strasbourg, but raised here and is a Smith College graduate. We lived in New York City 21 years and raised two children; one graduated from AllenStevenson, Lawrenceville and Cornell, the other from Nightingale-Bamford, Middlesex and Yale. Although I have a high regard for Grace Church, you'll notice that both childrens' schools were within easy walking distance of 25 East 86th Street. Both earned advanced degrees at NYU, Christopher an MBA and Victoria a MEd. He's now with a hedge fund in California. Our daughter taught at the University of Singapore after graduating from Yale and married the English banker 28
she met there and lives near London. We have six grandchildren. So! My year at GCS was good preparation for life in America.
After seeing her 1948 class photo, Marjorie B. Robbins wrote: That photo! What a hoot! Here's the line up: That's me, the only girl in the front center. On my right, John Brightly, on my left, Daniel Greenburg. William (Brody) Fender is standing behind John Brightly, and William Moon is the final member of the class, standing with Brody. There was another girl, briefly-her name was Janelle Johnson. My memory of her story is that she was from Oklahoma, and her family was East because of her father's work--she came late in the year and left before the end--otherwise she would have been in the picture as well. Mine was the first class that accepted girls--prior, it was a Choir Boys' School for the choir of Grace Church. The reason they were taking girls was that the enrollment was dwindling badly and it seemed like a good idea at the time. It was one of the best years of my life as I remember it. We were a congenial group of five hellions...I myself went on to Friends Seminary for two years, and then my parents moved to Brattleboro, VT, dragging me kicking and screaming...I finished High School at Brattleboro HS and was graduated from Middlebury College in 1952.
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From class agent Jan Campbell: Norm Hall played Dr. Chumley in the Ross Valley Players production of (YEAH!) Harvey last fall. And Gail Richards Tirana checked in to say that she is still teaching in NYC and enjoying it. Nadine Carter Russell '57 was named one of the five best dressed ladies in Louisiana by L Mag and was honored at a fashion show in Baton Rouge.
Toby Thornton: in response to DG Godfrey’s question, “would you have gone to the high school at Grace Church School if it had existed?” I would have stayed at Grace High if possible. Not a leap at all. I remember our classes going to see Ann Frank on Broadway. That was really awesome. And went to see Liberace at the Perry Como Show with Anne (Waldman) as she won tickets at the Spring Fair. Got George's, his brother’s, autograph. WooWoo. It would have been incredible to have gone to GCHS with our grade school class. During the regular sum-
mer season we stay at Lundy Lake "resort,” pictured here. It's a bunch of old cabins built out of leftovers from a mining camp from late 1800's.... [Our cabin] was built in the 1930's without a grip on level or plum or vertical. The cabin was two stories high so that you could get in and out of it in winter. It's called the tiltin hilton. nothing is level or square—way funky but nice.
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Durell Godfrey illustrated the upcoming book Bunny Buddhism, due out from Penguin in April. Get your advance copy now!
From Tina Russell Green’s note to Durell: Our summer was tremendously busy…we tentatively put our home kind of sponta-
John Gottfried ‘58 In a note to Durell: Have I said this? I certainly have thought it enough. Despite the weather and the short comings of Tourrette, despite the overall bad food, the shoddy wifi, despite the limited distractions and the awful Fiat like a car built on Saturday by disgruntled workers, I found myself walking through a misty, charming Vence the last night feeling good, and I realized I'd done that I set out to do. I'd lived in a town on the golden coast of the Mediterranean as I always dreamed. I had a view, if not of the sea, at least of dramatic mountains and I'd put a fantasy I'd harbored since my earliest days happily to rest. I don't need the Côte D'Azure and its Cary Grant allure. The Côte is best exactly when Bucks County and most of the U.S. is best, and to be there from May to October makes you miss what you've been longing for at home all winter—spring and flowers and rebirth at your own house. This is not to put down travel but to learn a lesson to appreciate spring at home, which I already have. The grass is green here, not greener. …A few months later, Hal added: I am working on my one hundredth country (93 so far) by next year's birthday; I won't make it but I'll get near. Actually it's harder than you think since there are actually many places I have no desire to visit. John went on to name some of his favorite places: They are almost all unknown. I mean, who's heard of or been to the great amphitheater at Aspendos or had a woman row you across the river to see the rock tombs of Kaunus both in Turkey or even seen the incredible nature sanctuary on Tonlé Sap in Cambodia? Where would I go back to in an instant? Inle Lake & Bagan (Burma); Rajasthan (wow); Lanzarote (Canaries); France, Italy, Spain; and Lei Yue Mun in Hong Kong for the best food in the world. Where would I like to go? Tunisia; the entire Aegean Coast; Petra- Palmyra; and if I have the guts, the Taklamakan Desert, but that may be just too tough. I am also writing a novel (for my own satisfaction, not for glory) involving the real-life spy, Sidney Reilly, which takes place in 1907. Any alumni with personal knowledge of Vienna or London in 1907 should contact me and I'll pass it along to Australian UFO investors.
neously on the market to see what would happen as we had been thinking of selling for a few years, but the home prices had been so depressed we had waited. It was gone the first day and there we were wondering what to do next. After 27 years in our home, three kids and all the stuff, packing up in six weeks in the middle of a hot summer really took its toll! We are 29
ALUMNI NEWS too old for this!! Downsizing is extremely challenging. After looking over the accumulated things, I would be happy I think to live in a tent. However, we took an apartment to catch our breath and mull over where to go next, and what to do. Warren is retired, I am still working my private practice in eating disorders and addictions three days a week. I love this and really do not want to give it up. We are in the same life space as many I think with very aging parents and the obligation of seeing them through their end of life journeys. My mom will be 96, Warren's parents 93 and 92. They are all unbelievably, still living in their homes. Our youngest will be married next September and we are looking forward to another expansion of the family which will then include a large Russian contingent!
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Ginger McManus Phillips shared a video from her weekly CBS show, Let's Take A Trip (She co-hosted from 1955-57). Sonny Fox, the show's adult host, later hosted Wonderama. Travel in time to mid-century New York see the video at www.GCSchool.org/alumni/ginger
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Stephen Rachlis has a new grandson: Alden Alexander Taliercio was born January 31, 2013 to daughter Allison Rachlis and her husband John.
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Jill Brandon Wilson Evitt writes: Post college and a Watson Fellowship recipient, my oldest son has launched a new business in our hometown, Parkour Generations America, which is already attracting quite a following.
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Elise Marcusson posted on the Grace Church School Alumni Page: Greetings to GCS Alumni. Today is Kim Gilchrist's Birthday, one week after mine… On July 5th I had the misfortune of breaking my shoulder or fracturing my humerus. A summer, in the three digits, with a heavy sling on was awful! I received the GCS News and read a great story about Peter Michelson's class getting together! Very cool. If you read this Peter, I was wondering how your sister Lynn is—I haven't seen her since high school. I would love to hear from her. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!
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Mark Julio Alonso is married with a 13-year old daughter, who is interested in applying to Grace for high school—an impossibility in his era. Mark, a creature of habit, is the founding partner of a commercial litigaiton law firm located in the Flatiron District, allowing him to hang out in the exact same neighborhood he did in the 60's.
Niles Burton is enjoying life with his lovely wife and son. Niles enjoys sailing out of City Island and staying in shape and sends all his GCS classmates best wishes.
Liza Hatcher Dawson established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She specializes in plot-driven literary fiction, thrillers of all sorts, mysteries, women's fiction and historicals.
Frances Kennedy and sister Cathy Kennedy Castegneto â€™65 dropped by with Cathy's children Kate, Nikki and Alex and Christopher Bell for a visit for the first time in years!
Anthony Ritter writes: was elected town councilman for the Town of Tusten, now in my second year of a four-year term. Licensed fishing guide on the Upper Delaware River, now in my 19th year. Chairman of the Water Use/Resource Managment Committee of the Upper Delaware Council. Licensed real estate broker since 1992. Happily married to Linda Slocum since 1985 and residing in Narrowsburg, NY on the Scenic and Recreation Upper Delaware River in the Catskills
Hope Feinberg Schroy: Although I've been living in Boston for 25 years, I still consider myself a New Yorker. The good news is both my sons and my sister and are in the Village so I can keep my New York status. I am a high school social worker in Brookline, MA. Married. I never expected to become a cyclist or skier but then again I never thought that I would ever leave New York!
Paul Spillenger is the proud father of a new puppy, name of Isabelle, who is teetering on the edge of being housebroken but is nonetheless driving him insane. He prays daily for the distraction of scandal, but knows he must settle for the humiliating blandishments of a honeyed Falernian. Paul is close to finishing the first draft of his first novel, Windows of the Soul, about reincarnation and drugs and a hard-boiled detective named Eddie Llewellyn.
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Mary-Paula Bailey Allegaert: Chris and I are marveling at the fact that all three of our boys are in college: Pierre is a senior at Stanford, Spencer a soph-
more at USC and Chanler a freshman at Johns Hopkins. One on the East Coast! Chanler also recently made the Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Team as a walkon. Considering they are ranked 17th in the nation, we are very proud of him and look forward to the 2014 season. Go Blue Jays!
John Bartone started Greenpoint Thermography with two partners at the beginning of 2013, a mobile service in the Tampa Bay area. Learn more about his company at their website: greenpointthermography.com. John continues to pursue his art or as he calls it, "my meditation." He recently sold two pieces at Five By Five Tampa Bay at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Scott Frances If you're Facebook friends with Scott, you can enjoy his amazing photography right on your timeline. His daughter Sophie is captain of the Girls Basketball Team at Grace Church School and will be a member of its first high school graduating class. Son Sam, also a GCS grad, is now the sous chef at Left Bank restaurant in the West Village.
Charlie Freedgood continues his marathon physical and charitable support on behalf of Angel Ride, a twoday, 135-mile charity ride through Connecticut that benefits the Hospital outreach program for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang in support of kids with life-threatening diseases.
Nadia Ghent Krolewski writes: I had a wonderful meet-up with John Bartone this July when he was here in Rochester visiting friends and he stopped by for dinner. It was an evening of fond remembrances of NYC and GCS times past and also our violin and piano performances--especially the Schubert Sonatina, quite a challenge for us back then. I hope many fewer years pass until the next visit!
When not running, biking or rowing on the ergometer, Adrian Shoobs enjoys the accomplishments of his children. Son, Nate, was named to the Dean's List this past spring at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Daughter, Elizabeth, continues to delight. Aside from running track, swimming and horseback riding, she is now pursuing archery.
Anne Siesel: I became a great aunt making brother David Siesel '70 a grandfather! How time flies.
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The Class of 1975 continues to exhange emails with memories of GCS and stories about growing up in the Village, and we plan to get together again in the near future. Dede Acosta Wilson has provided the following news about her exciting new venture and the continuing influence of Ms. Staats: "After a year or so macerating in the planning phases I have finally launched Bakepedia, The Baker's Resource®. We plan to grow Bakepedia to be the most comprehensive online source for everything related to baking and desserts. In my free time I am still a contributing editor to Bon Appetit and have 14 cookbooks to my name. Ms. Staats is with me every day as I spend most of my time writing—or thinking about what I have to write—and enjoying every minute of it. When I signed the contract for my first book in 1995 I contacted her to tell her that her outlines were still extremely useful. In fact, on November 2, I gave a speech along with some other entrepreneurs to a group of educators in Boston—the theme was how early childhood education formed the people we are today. My speech was a love letter to her." Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can join our email conversations and our next outing.
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Class agent Ethan Silverman reports this from Lionel Chute: "I got promoted, I'm now the Director of Natural Resources for Sullivan County, NH. It's good, I'm managing 2,200 acres in addition to outreach to the county on anything to do with the outdoors." Lionel has two children, Syd and Lauren.
Ethan reports that he left his other alma mater, Dwight, after one year of Annual Giving Director, and is back trying to produce his own shows. Keep us posted on the next event! 32
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Rachel Bradley Swift: We are enjoying being back in California now after 13 years away. Also, enjoying being empty nesters!
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Leslie DuBroff Cohen writes: On Friday September 27, a group from the class of ’78 met for dinner. After some investigation we were able to reconnect through Facebook and LinkedIn. There were nine of us: Josh Chalmers, Jon Latimer, Stephen Culhane, Mara Kelly, Jenny Flusser, Lisa Steele, Jessie Lehman and Ilka Kelllar. Doug McNair was able to join us for a bit via Skype. It was amazing that after 35 years, or more for some of us, we were laughing and talking for hours! There was lots of reminiscing and catching up on everyone's lives. We were able to connect with several more people who couldn't make it that night. If you would like to reconnect please look any of us up or connect to our Facebook group. We'd love our next reunion to be even bigger!
Josh Chalmers new children's book collaboration, “Change the World before Bedtime,” won the Gold Medal from the Mom's Choice Awards. Josh reports that his company, Earth2 “has loads of fun, worldchanging things in the mix. We design and develop socially responsible projects through different divisions: We do events design and management of special events and weddings with an eye on eco-consciousness and giving back. Our Edibles division just launched our first sauce of our philanthropic specialty food line, called Not Your Mama's Marinara. Right now, it's just sloooowly growing on to shelves in CT, but we'll hit NYC and Boston and places in between, soon.
“And, finally, I've created some nonprofit initiatives, like WELLfed (creative dining events to raise money for clean water systems and bore-hole wells in devel-
ALUMNI NEWS oping countries) and ARTrageous (hands on art projects and demonstrations to inspire under-resourced kids and schools) and the still-in-development TOUR DE PANTS, from my BUYology division, which will be a socially responsible shopping experience popping up here and there.”
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In May, Judy Warner moderated a conversation with Gail Collins and Anna Quindlen—authors of the new introduction and afterword to the 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique—discussing author Betty Friedan’s legacy and the unfinished business of the women’s movement. The event was hosted by Center for American Progress, where Judy is a Senior Fellow. She also is a columnist for Time.com.
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Peter Orphanos’ Orphmedia, a digital media agency specializing in the hospitality industry, has been given the highest recognition by the 17th Annual Webby Awards. Orphmedia's redesign of The Bryant Park Hotel website was selected as a 2013 Official Honoree in the Best Visual Design—Aesthetic category.
Evan Silverman: Phoebe Alexandra Silverman became the latest member of the Silverman-Krieger family when she arrived on Friday, June 7.
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From Alex Strubing Paradise: Mark ClarkeMilton is hard at work on the East Side Access Project which is a major transportation project involving the MTA and the Long Island Railroad. He is the proud father of a 13-year-old daughter and a 20-yearold son. Sadly, he recently lost his father. Our prayers are with Mark and his entire family. Christopher Confessore married Sarah Mahr on October 12, 2013 and is very happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Tessa Rose, on July 30, 2013!
Alison Grippo writes: Moved to San Francisco where I have taken on the position of Managing Director, San Francisco for Huge, the company I have been with for four years. Matt and I are looking for homes, the cats are coming with us, and I'm finally going to learn to drive.
Cliff Schecter: I’m happily living in Cincinnati, where my wife grew up, enjoying being somewhat of a fish out of water in the Midwest. My older son, Dougie, (check out the mohawk in the picture...we won't make the mistake again of saying, "get whatever haircut you want, son"), just started first grade, my younger son, Luke, is about to turn four, and my wife and I are about to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We're so Norman Rockwell! Thankfully, my PR business has continued to grow, and I've gotten to consult for some great organizations, including Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns and The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. I get to work on issues I'm passionate about, from gun safety to campaign finance reform. It ain't a bad way to make a living. I'm back in New York and Washington on business all the time, and would love to see folks. On the fun side, as of late I've started to do the politics segment on Leiberman Live at 5, hosted by my friend Jon Leiberman on 33
ALUMNI NEWS Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel 101. It’s like radio, but with comedy and bad words. I'm also fleshing out a follow up book to The Real McCain (2008) about The Tea Party.
Marco Seandel ‘86 Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, is one of five investigators from New York City and 41 nationwide to receive a prestigious New Innovator Award from the National Institute of Health. The award carries $1.5 million in funding over five years, supporting Marco’s research into the earliest cellular and molecular alterations that lead to neurodevelopmental syndromes, congenital heart disease, cancer and skeletal defects, among others.
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After many years in Chile, Jessie Alexander returned to the U.S. in 2012 and now lives in Santa Monica, CA with her two girls, ages 13 and 7. She is a baker and pastry chef and soon to launch her own business.
Kate Baker writes: I am working at a continuation high school in San Francisco and have been doing triathalons every now and then. Spent my 40th birthday learning to surf in Mexico and had a belated celebration with Jody Kuh when she came to visit me in San Francisco. I also got to visit with Jessie Alexander when I was in LA.
From Corinne Gaffner Garcia: Living, playing, and working in beautiful Montana with my husband Eddie and two boys, Owen, 7, and Eli, 5. Freelance writing for a variety of magazines, copywriting for a variety of businesses, skiing and hiking as much as possible. Come visit!
Hikari Ohta: Joseph Teo Alistair Ohta Hay was born October 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM (astro-nerds, have at it and please send charts ;) )
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Nastasha Cooper Hernandez: A new addition for Natasha and her husband Luis—Emilio James Hernandez was born On November 15, joining big brother L.J. Natasha and her family live in Jersey City.
Anne Marie Ugarte-Garcia writes to Mrs. Collet: So glad to know there are still some familar faces at Grace. There have been so many changes since I was there. I hear there is a high school now which is wonderful! I have been working at Simon & Schuster for about seven years. Previously I had been working in television production (on cable documentaries like A&E 'Biography') but left when I had my first daughter. Working in publishing has been very rewarding, and of course I get free books. We have two daughters now, Chiara, who is nine and Madeleine who is just about to turn two.
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Isca Greenfield-Sanders writes, "This fall I have a show up in Munich, Germany, at Galerie Klüser titled "Marines" My husband Sebastian Blanck and I were married 10 years this summer.
From Nathan Hale: My wife, Carolina, and I moved to her hometown of Miami earlier this year, where we are working together as the Florida courts reporters for the legal newswire Law360. We're living on Miami Beach. While there's plenty I miss about NYC, I'm adjusting to having the sand and ocean as our backyard. Max Kenner says: I'm still directing Bard Prison Initiative but am on sabbatical, serving as Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard. Gwyn Welles writes: This has been a big year! I got married to Benjamin Gray on Shelter Island, NY in June. (Thank you Isca Greenfield-Sanders for setting us up on a blind date!) I also graduated from Columbia Business School in May and now work at Google as a manager of programming strategy, overseeing the content and business development of some of its YouTube channels.
James Benenson firstname.lastname@example.org Katherine de Vos email@example.com Amy Sonnenborn firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Woolley Abanor is living in Brooklyn and is a partner in a floral design group.
MILESTONE REUNION YEAR Sophie Rosenblum SophieRosenblum@yahoo.com
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Henry Cooper dropped by GCS last summer with fiancee, Desiree Rowe. A 2014 wedding is in the works. The couple is living in Desiree's native Perth, Australia.
Music teacher Elizabeth Abrams reports on her summer alumni encounters: Within two weeks this past summer, I saw three alumni from the GCS class of '95. And, not just any alums, but ones who were among the most musical. In fact, they were all in the GCS Singers together!
The first encounter was planned. Dore and I went to to see "Love's Labour's Lost" at the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park, which featured GCS alum, Rebecca Naomi Jones. We stayed after the show to chat with her. The last time we chatted was after one of her performances in the Broadway musical, "American Idiot." It was wonderful being able to tell her how much we have enjoyed her work since then, as we had seen her twice in last year's off-Broadway musical, "Murder Ballad."
The next week I was walking into my apartment building, when I heard a mom saying to her 2-yearold daughter, "If you don't stop, you will have to have a time out." Who was the mom? Anna Lewis! And she was also was holding a 6-week-old baby girl! She told me she had been working as a early childhood teacher at the 14th Street Y in our neighborhood.
A few days later, I ran into Claude Kelly walking in Stuyvesant Town. (Claude's mom lives there.) I filled Claude in on the news of his classmates, Rebecca and Anna. He couldn't believe Anna has two kids! He said he had been in touch with Rebecca a few years ago. I suggested that he write a musical for Rebecca. He said that writing a musical is actually a goal of his. Claude holds a special place in my music teaching career because I knew him before I worked at GCS. I did my student teaching at Third Street Music Settlement, and Claude was one of my students there when he was eight years old. Two weeks, three wonderful alums, and one happy and proud music teacher! Liliana Greenfield-Sanders moved to LA recently to take part in the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop where she will train for five months and get a leg up to staff one of their shows. She says, "I love it so far." Liliana and Rowan Riley '96 are teaming up for film projects (See Rowan, Class of '96). Lily says, "it's a pretty amazing thing to get to work with your best friend, especially when you've known that person since you were three." Their current projects include "Plastic" (TriBeCa All Access Creative Promise special jury prize winner and Sloan Grant Award winner), "Adelaide" (Sundance Directors, Screenwriters and Producers Labs), and Liliana is writing a television pilot that Rowan will be involved in. From Leigh McMullan Abramson is living in NYC and is a lawyer, but returned to school to pursue an MFA at Columbia in writing in the fall. On August 3, Leigh married Adam Abramson in New York.
Brian Platzer: Alex and I are thrilled to announce our son Owen's arrival! Little man came into the world bright-eyed on July 9, weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces.
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Rowan Riley is teaming up with Liliana GreenfieldSanders ‘95 on several film projects (See Liliana ‘95). Rowan says: I work for Anonymous Content, a company that manages actors, directors and writers for film and television. We also have a small production dept that has produced such films as “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”, “Babel” and “Winter's Bone”. I have worked for the production 35
ALUMNI NEWS dept for the past 18 months. My job is to evaluate projects and bring in material. On the side, I am also producing several independent films.
Julie Sharbutt: See her in the independent feature film The Weekend, released by FilmBuff, on iTunes. Julie says, “The film is a unique, big-hearted, hilarious comedy about summer camp friends coming together for a final reunion. I'm also currently in the process of submitting my own film Moved to festivals, I have a screenplay that's been optioned by Beech Hill Films, and I'm about to head into my second season of filming for CBS's The Good Wife!” Callie Siegel and Nate Guild announced the birth of Lola Charlotte Guild, who arrived on September 17 at 5:46 AM, weighing 7 pounds and 1 ounce. According to the happy parents, “Lola is a joy already.”
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Eric Raicovich reports: Stephen Babinecz joined a new lawfirm, moving from Cullen and Dykman LLP to Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and is working in their environmental law and toxic torts litigation department.
Caldwell Bailey moved to Texas in March after seven years in Washington, DC and is really enjoying it. His wife Nancy, and they are expecting their first child in February.
Kat Baronowski is living in Charlottesville, VA, attending business school at Darden (UVa), graduating in May, and likely moving to San Francisco or D.C. after some time traveling.
Max Brown is living in Park Slope with his girlfriend and working on the pre-launch of Outer Haeven - the world's first Societal Startup.
Cristina Cacciotti works for the CEO of the production company responsible for Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men. She also adopted a puppy. And she has a guest room in her apartment if anyone wants to come visit Los Angeles
Tei Carpenter temporarily relocated to Houston, Texas where she's teaching at Rice in the architecture department. She has connected with classmate 36
Caldwell Bailey who also lives down there with his wife, Nancy.
Alex Chatham is still on a quest to make drinking glasses obsolete. He has a company that makes horns that you drink out of. It's called Das Horn. Check it out: Dashorn.com
Daniel Hodd finished at Fordham and started at Citi. He moved back to Brooklyn.
Christina Iannuzzi is living in New York City has been working at Bank of America for a little over a year.
Jennifer May Lee writes: My beloved grandmother, May Lee, passed away peacefully at the amazing age of 105. My family and I were very touched that so many Grace parents and classmates attended her services and sent their condolences.
Katie Orlinsky writes: I am still a photojournalist and cinematographer, the documentary I worked on over the spring and summer as the director of photography for was called La Ultima Frontera and is about the challenges faced by Hispanic students in the U.S. It just aired on Univision. More recently I was on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project to report on women and Islam in Mali. My next project will be in December when I go to Nepal to work with the non-profit organization Terre des Hommes to document their anti-trafficking work.
Hallie Shapiro is living and working in Brooklyn, where she and her partner are nearly finished renovating a two-family house in Greenpoint. They share it with his son and a dog and cat.
Emily Wiedemann’s production company Greencard Pictures produced a web series called The Fuzz which premiered recnetly on Yahoo Screen (http://screen. yahoo.com/the-fuzz). The group also produced a short film called The Apocalypse, which premiered at Sundance this year and won best in its category at SXSW. Emily got engaged in August after being proposed to at the Paris theater. She and her fiancée, filmmaker Zac Stuart-Pontier, plan on marrying next year in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Additionally, she ran her first marathon in Kauai on September 1st. Links to Emily’s videos at GCSchool.org/alumni
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In October, “Ecks, Ecks, Ecks”, a film with artist Ryan McNamara directed by Pierce Jackson, premiered at the Performa 13 pre-biennal party. Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, Misko Lencek-Inagaki, Cecilia Estreich, and Isabel Foxen Pierce and Duke ('00) elatedly celebrated at Ryan McNamara the premiere party.
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Sam Harland reports that Isabel Forbes and her husband William Fitzgerald had a baby in August-Henry Forbes Fitzgerald.
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Annie Evans is pleased to announce her recent graduation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is working in New York City and was recently engaged to Dave Hendrickson, whom she met during her undergraduate years at Georgetown.
Lily Howard is teaching at a new charter school that opened in September in Crown Heights. Coincidentally, this branch of the Citizens of the World Charter School has another GO Project alumna, Martine King, as its principal. Lily accepted a place on the GCS Education Committee this year saying, "Grace has been so special to me."
David Newman writes: I graduated from Harvard Law in 2012 and passed the New York bar exam, but I have decided not to become a lawyer. Currently I am working or EthicalSystems.org, a nonprofit collaboration of researchers dedicated to the advancement of ethical systems design in business. I am also writing, and my first novella, "The Art," should appear in the Amazon Kindle store in November. The opening
installment in what will hopefully be a long series, tells the story of a young man in New York who has a brush with death after being caught in the crossfire between two dueling sorcerers. When he recovers, he realizes that he too has gained magical powers, and he must learn to master them--or die trying.
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Alex Boghosian and a team called "Sustainable Media Labs" at Columbia interviewed GCS Teacher and Dean of Community Life Kim Chaloner for their graduate project. See the video interview, shot by Jasmin Stanley, and learn about sustainability in education on the “Grace Church School Alumni” Facebook page. In December, Max Dworin became Deputy Press Secretary to Senator Chuck Schumer.
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Georgina Wells is back at GCS! Student teaching with her fromer teacher Margaret Meyers, Georgina is pursuing a degree in Museum Education. She says, "Grace feels exactly the same!"
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Max Liu writes: Sophomore year has gotten off to a swell start. I have taken a leadership role on the squash team trying to increase our ranking and grow exposure of the sport on campus. Send my best to the class of 2008!
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ALUMNI NEWS Tony Pazos writes: This year is going very well for me. I've been trying to find professors here to work with in labs. I am studying biochemistry.
Chris and Jon Pelz: Jon and I still absolutely love Bates College and classes are going very well. We are continuing our ballroom dance, and we recently competed in a competition at Harvard. I made it to the quarter finals for my dances, and Jon came in 8th for his foxtrot and tango. Currently my majors are neuroscience and environmental studies, and Jon's majors are Asian studies, Japanese, and economics. We hope to go to Japan in the spring, and revisit the host families that we had in eighth grade, five years ago. We wish our best regards to all of our classmates.
Ben Smith writes: My summer was great! I traveled to Colombia where I taught children at an orphanage! It was an experience that I will never forget, meeting so many nice people, and learning so much. As an added bonus, my Spanish is much improved. Now I am at Babson, and have been enjoying my first two months back. I was reelected into Student Government, and still am involved with a cappella and Entrepreneurship Tower. The work load has been constant, yet the people around me make it worth it. I am constantly meeting new people from all over the world, yet cannot wait to see all of you soon. Winter break perhaps??? Till then, I wish you all the best.
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Lily XiaoXia Overmyer performed in Divertimento at Jacob's School of Music (at Indiana University) Fall Ballet performance. The event was a tribute to Violette Verdy, a former Ballanchine muse and Lily XiaoXia aloft left NYC Ballet dancer who is a senior instructor at the school. Lily was the only freshman invited to perform.
Graduation was full of awards from Lawrenceville for Eliza Rockefeller: She received a visual arts prize (The R. Jack Garver Visual Arts Department Prize) as well as two others honoring her service to the school community (The Religious Life Award and the Elizabeth Loyise Gray Prize.) Eliza started at Dartmouth in the fall.
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Richard Brief, father of Kristin '95, May 24, 2013
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Fenton L.B. Brown '42, September 3, 2013
Eric Richards '84, August 24, 2013.
Stig Kry, father of Lars '80 and Lisa '77, August 24, 2013
Keeve Earle Schecter, father of Cliff '86 and Elise '84, November 3, 2013.
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