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Mor r istow n-Bear d School M agazine

Opening New Doors to the Future Celebrating the New Math and Science Facility

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Board of Trustees John F. Fay, President David Gately, Vice President Gail Kurz ’86, Vice President Thompson D. Grant, Jr. ’69, Treasurer Judy Taggart, Secretary Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster Bernadette Aiello Joseph B. Baker ’65 Christopher Blake Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) Ronald DePoalo David Ferry Abbie Shine Giordano Jeffrey Gronning Paul Hawkins ’85 David V. H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary) Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary) Paul Lombardi Michael Mariano Ajay Nagpal Gerald Scully Katie Simon ’85 Carisa Strauss Elizabeth Warner Elizabeth Winterbottom

Director of Institutional Advancement Betsy Patterson Director of Enrollment Marketing and Alumni Relations Joseph Locandro Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Faculty/Staff Giving Monya Taylor Davis ’88 Young Alumni & Annual Giving Associate Maggie Ranger ’10 Alumni Relations Associate Melissa Hedley ’90 News & Information Manager Steve Patchett Brand & Communications Manager Crimson Managing Editor Janet Burdorf Magazine Layout & Design Sharon Cowen-Cain Website Manager Tiffany Zuber Contributing Writers John Mascaro, Steve Patchett, Carol Selman ’64 Photography AEROJO, Peter Chollick Photography, Ethan Kim’19, David Kramer ’69, Steve Patchett, Tiffany Zuber Printed locally by Action Graphics using soy based ink on 30% recycled & sustainably-sourced paper

On the Cover:

On September 5, 2017, the MBS community gathered on the quad to celebrate the opening of the new Math and Science Facility.

Photography by: AEROJO

Inside Cover:

Cheers from the seniors—the first to enter the new Math and Science Facility on “opening day.”

Photography by:

Peter Chollick Photography


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2 Remarks from the Headmaster 5 New Additions 8 Crimson Achievements 12 MBS Moments

24 Class of 2017 26 Student Spotlight 28 Before & After

30 Architecture & New Horizons 40 Stories of Teaching & Learning


45 Science On a Sphere

54 Class Notes

4 6 Beyond the Classroom

63 In Memoriam

5 0 Crimson Corner

64 Alumni Moments

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Remarks From the Headmaster

Dear Friends of MBS, Campus is bustling this fall as our students and faculty bring their energy and enthusiasm to a wide range of activities every day. The start of this new school year has been especially exciting with the introduction of a new daily schedule and the opening of new and updated facilities. I am extremely proud to announce that we moved into the new stateof-the-art Math and Science Facility in September, and raised the $12.6 million cost of the project thanks to the generosity of the MBS community and the extraordinary work of Betsy Patterson and the Advancement Office. After two years of construction, it is very gratifying to see the students and faculty taking full advantage of this transformational facility. Fulfilling our commitment to integrate the newest technologies to aid in teaching and learning, we have installed a Science On a Sphere in Wilkie Hall, thanks to the generosity of a donor. Science On a Sphere is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary and other data sets onto a six-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. It’s extremely rare to find a resource like this in the classroom setting—we are the only institution in New Jersey and one of two secondary schools in the nation to have one. Students and faculty are creatively using Science On a Sphere across all disciplines—from



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Middle School geography to Upper School environmental science classes, humanities, and more. In September, we rolled out a new daily schedule designed to be more responsive to the needs of our students and more flexible in supporting our growing number of co- and extracurricular programs. Most significantly, it aligns our Middle and Upper School, allowing for greater ease in scheduling of classes and helping to accommodate those Middle School students taking Upper School classes. We will study this new schedule carefully over the course of the year to see where it might be refined. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the prospect it holds to further enhance the vibrant learning community that is Morristown-Beard School. As always, thank you for your interest in and support of MBS. We would not be in the enviable position that we are today without you. With best wishes,

Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster

Thank you for helping us transform the future for our bright and talented students! The $12.6 million Math and Science Facility is the cornerstone of our $20 million comprehensive campaign Transforming Our Future. Thanks to the support of current and former parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends, we are proud to announce that we have surpassed our goal of $12.6 million!

Thank you for your support!

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Thanks to you, We did it again! W STO N- B





The Morristown-Beard Fund Tops $1 Million For the Sixth Year in a Row

It is with great excitement and gratitude that Morristown-Beard School announces that the 2016-2017 Morristown-Beard Fund surpassed $1 million dollars in unrestricted giving for the sixth year in a row. This achievement is a testament to the generosity of the entire MBS community and to our collective belief in our School and its mission. We are immensely appreciative of every donor who helped us reach this tremendous milestone.



President, Board of Trustees John is a current MBS parent and has been a trustee since 2009. He was Vice President of the Board of Trustees from May 2015 until May 2017, when he was then named President succeeding Michael Ranger, who served as president from 2014-2017. John is the CEO of INTTRA, a technology firm providing a leading transaction platform to the global transportation industry. Prior to INTTRA, John held several positions in the financial industry including CEO Americas and Global Head of FICC for Newedge Group, co-CEO of Instinet Corporation and senior roles at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. John lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey with his wife Elizabeth. They have three children—one currently attending MBS and two graduates of the School.

Christopher Blake serves as a Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, and Analyst at Lazard Asset Management where he is a member of the U.S. equity concentrated team. He has worked in the investment management industry since 1995. In addition to serving on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business, Christopher is involved with local charitable organizations such as the Morris Educational Foundation. He and his wife Heather live in Morristown, New Jersey with their two children—both students at MBS.


Dr. Paul Lombardi is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the evaluation and surgery of the hip and knee. Currently, Paul is a specialist in the Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine Center at Tri-County Orthopedics and serves as the Chief of Joint Replacement at Morristown Memorial Hospital where he performs joint and hip replacements, hip resurfacing and arthroscopic knee procedures. Paul and his wife Teresa have three children; two that attend MBS and one graduate. The family resides in Madison, New Jersey.


Ajay Nagpal has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. He currently is the Chief Operating Officer at Millennium Management LLC in New York, New York. Prior to this, Ajay held several positions in the industry including Head of Prime Services at Barclays, Global Head of Equities Sales at Lehman Brothers, and Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Marketing at J.P. Morgan. Ajay lives in Short Hills with his wife Debbie and their four children—two who are students at MBS.


Since joining the MBS community in 2013, Carisa has served as a Class Parent, on the PA Executive Board as Middle School Coordinator, and is currently co-chairing this year’s Gala. Carisa has also held volunteer leadership roles as PTO co-president at Tamaques Elementary School, and as a member of the Board of Directors at the JCC of Central NJ, where she also served as co-chair of the Early Childhood Parent Committee. Previously, Carisa was a Vice President of Healthcare Public Relations at Porter Novelli. Carisa and her husband David have three children who attend MBS and they currently reside in Westfield. Crimson Fall 2017



MBS Welcomes New Faculty & Staff Morristown-Beard School welcomed nine new faculty and staff members to campus. This year’s newest members of the MBS community include: Anton Fleissner—Math Anton joins the MBS Math Department teaching in the Upper School after working at the Baylor School in Tennessee. Anton is a teacher with a broad academic background, having earned a Master of Arts in Classical Philology at the Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities, where he also taught Greek. Anton has a Bachelor of Arts in Math from Princeton University and a Master of Arts in Math Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a background in music, having taught French horn, and is a fencing enthusiast. John Girvin—Music John will be serving a 1-year term as a sabbatical replacement for Ms. Jeanine Erickson, primarily overseeing our jazz, percussion and woodwind ensembles. He brings a wealth of broad, rich and diverse musical experience to his work at MBS, having earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where he also held the post of Adjunct Professor in the Thornton School of Music. John currently serves as a National Music Education Specialist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, and has taught music composition, arrangement and performance at all levels from novice to master, both vocal and instrumental. John is also the Director of Music for the Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence, where he was closely involved in the selection and design of the church’s imposing new pipe organ. Andrew Holbrook—English After a decade of working at independent schools in the U.S., Andrew has been teaching World Literature at the Beijing Bayi School in China for the past two years. He returns to his native soil “refreshed and invigorated and ready to make a long-term investment” at MBS. Andrew will be teaching in our English Department in the Upper School, and will be a great fit for our Humanities Program, having earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History at Harvard University with extensive coursework in literature. While at Harvard, Andrew held leadership 6

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positions with the Harvard Model UN and Model Congress clubs, and will assume an advisory role with the MBS Speech and Debate Program. Andrew also served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Crimson, and we think he will be right at home wearing the MBS Crimson! Laura Kirschenbaum—Math Laura arrives at MBS after serving most recently as a Lead Math Teacher at the Opportunity Charter School in New York City. Laura brings both highlevel math experience and a broadly humanistic vision to her work in the classroom. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College before going on to earn a Master’s degree in Math Education at Hunter College. Committed to service, Laura has worked with inner city youth as well as in the independent school sector, and is described by a former professor as having a strong commitment to “work hard and serve others.” Laura will join the Math Department and teach in the Upper School at MBS. Lauren Laskey—College Counseling After serving as Associate Director of Admission at Kenyon College for the past four years, Lauren joins our College Counseling office as Associate Director of College Guidance. Before Kenyon, Lauren was an Advisor at Virginia College Advising Corps/AmeriCorps, working primarily with low-income, first generation students to discover and cultivate available post-secondary options. This experience helped to crystallize Lauren’s deep commitment “to advocate for students as they make their way through the college search process . . . working with students and families to help demystify college admissions.” Lauren grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Zachary Mazouat—Studio Art Zach is making the transition to independent school teaching after working at Bergen Catholic High School. Prior to that he taught in the public sector in the Morris and Summit School Districts. A passionate artist and teacher, Zach has taught

Harry Carr

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2017 Boys Golf Coach of the Year the entire range of the foundational Fine Arts curriculum (painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, both manual and digital). He also brings extensive theater experience to his new position, having worked both onstage as an actor and behind the scenes as a theater technician, set designer, director and producer. Kimberly Pottratz—Center for Teaching and Learning Kimberly joins the MBS community as a learning specialist working part time in the Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Vassar College and earned her Doctor of Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Kim comes to MBS with over 14 years of experience as a school psychologist. She has spent the last five years working for the Wellesley Public School system in Wellesley, MA. Prior to her work at Wellesley, Kim worked as a school psychologist in the Livingston Public school systems for nine years. We welcome Kim back to New Jersey and are thrilled to have her working with our students and faculty. Rachel Platt—Full Time Substitute Rachel became the permanent substitute at MBS last spring. She covers all classes, when needed, in both the Middle School and Upper School. She also is a supervisor at the MBS summer day camp. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lafayette College. Prior to MBS, she taught Kindergarten at Far Hills Country Day School and first grade at Gillette School in Long Hill Township. Rachel lives in Morristown, and enjoys spending time with her three sons ages 13, 11 and 9.

Harry Carr guided the Crimson to an historic season. Under his guidance, the MBS boys golf team finished with a 19-3 record and won four major tournaments—the Prep B championship, the North Jersey Non-Public B title, the Morris County Golf Championship, and the K Golf Invitational. The Crimson finished No. 7 in the final Top 10 poll. The Crimson also came within three strokes of winning a state title at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. They concluded the season with a third place finish at the North Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championship at Flanders Valley Golf Course. “I knew we improved, but I never expected to have the season we did,” said Coach Carr. “It was unbelievable!” In addition to being the varsity golf coach for the past five years, Carr is also a former MBS parent. His daughter Danielle Carr Kahm ’92 and son Ryan Carr ’95 are graduates of MBS. He served as President of the Crimson Club from 1992 to 1996 and coached the MBS girls varsity basketball team in 1996. Mr. Carr coached boys basketball at Madison High School and was the head track & field coach at both Irvington and Madison High School. He also volunteered as a CYO basketball and baseball coach. Congratulations to Coach Carr on this well-deserved honor!

Viviane Le Borgne—World Languages A native of Brittany, France, Viviane has been living in the United States for 9 years. She has a Master of Arts in French from L'universite de Bretagne Occidentale, and a Master of Arts in German from the Goethe Institute of Dusseldorf, Germany. Viviane taught French Literature in both countries. She joined MBS in the spring, and is teaching French in the Upper School. In her free time, Viviane enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching movies.

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Celebrating the Faculty & Staff of Morristown-Beard School Members of the Morristown-Beard School community take on many activities (professional, civic, and personal) in addition to their yearly responsibilities at School. The following is an excerpt from the spring 2016 issue of Crimson Achievements: Celebrating the Faculty & Staff of Morristown-Beard School. Edited by Dr. Patrick Horan


Barbara Napholtz (Database Software Developer) has been enrolled in a year-long course in “Collaborative Keyboard Skills” at Juilliard’s Evening Division, learning to create four-part harmonies, read and play string quartet scores, and sight transpose for the purpose of accompaniment.


Peter Donahue (English), who teaches Creative Writing in the Upper School, has published two poems: “Moving the Rock” and “Making Kindling.” The poems are featured in issues of U.S. 1 Worksheets and The Lyric. The former is the annual publication of a poets’ collective based in Princeton, New Jersey, and the latter is the oldest continuously published journal of traditional verse in the United States.


On February 22, History Department Member Sara Alders and English Department Members Karin Anderson, Nikolin Eyrich, and Susie Sweeney attended the “Educating Girls” Symposium, held at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York. Organized by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, this year’s theme was “School Communities: The Power of Many Voices.” After a thought-provoking keynote by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, who challenged attendees to consider how they are preparing students for the world “after eighteen,” a series of workshops focused on all aspects of girls’ lives in school, including how to ensure that all voices are heard on campus. Attendees found the day inspiring and left with many ideas to help expand the inclusion work already underway in the Morristown-Beard community. 8

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Katie Cannito (History), Elena Fiorica-Howells (Science), Scott McCormick (Chair, Science), Chris Payette (Science), Linda Sisco (Center for Teaching & Learning), and Jenna Sumner (Director, Center for Teaching & Learning) attended a one-day conference entitled “Learning and the Brain: From Principles to Practice,” held in December 2016 at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Scott noted, “This was a fantastic and engaging day, with many research-based recommendations about how we can help students learn more effectively. The day was quite dynamic, with group activities illustrating many of the principles covered in the session.” David Gold (Performing Arts) attended the National Association for Music Education National Conference (held in Grapevine, Texas) in November 2016. David took part in various lectures and workshops, as well as a performance by the All-National Honor Orchestra. Gorica Hadzic (World Languages) attended a one-day seminar at New York’s University of La Rochelle entitled “Mindsets + Skill Sets = Results! Practical Strategies for Building Self-Regulation, Self-Reflection and Executive Function Skills.” The seminar provided a starting point for educators to apply the science of learning to the instructional decisions they make in their classrooms. It unpacked the most recent and relevant findings from the science of learning and showed attendees how to put them into action, understand the relationship between surface and deep-level learning, explore instructional practices that promote rigor in all content areas, explain the role of formative evaluation and feedback on teaching and learning, and apply the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome Taxonomy to the development and progression of student thinking. In March 2017, Jennifer Larson (Mathematics) presented a session entitled “Productive Struggle: Changing the Way Students View Mistakes” for the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference. In her talk, Jennifer stressed that students need a safe, supportive environment to feel comfortable with being wrong, learning new concepts, and growing intellectually. In the classroom, teachers can support the whole child by looking at how their own teaching methods, feedback, and assessment practices are structured to allow for a challenging environment in which students feel that they can be successful. Jennifer Larson (Mathematics) and Jen Laviola (World Languages) attended the ASCD Center for Teaching Excellence conference in New Orleans in July 2016. Session topics included: “Understanding the Minds of Boys,” “Collaboration and Leadership Skills for Teacher Leaders,” “Clarifying the Learning Objective,” “Curiouser and Curiouser: Teaching Creativity in the Classroom,” “Assessing and Reporting Student Growth in a Standards Based Classroom,” “Building Mentoring Programs for New Teachers,” “Lesson Planning for Creative and Critical Thinking Skills,” and “iTunes U: Creating Purposeful Content and Collaboration.”

Meredith Locasto (Wellness) attended the PowerSchool Users Group conference in March 2017. Meredith learned from other PowerSchool administrators and users about the many nuances and functionality of PowerSchool as it can apply to MBS. This conference was to prepare her for an expanded role at MBS that requires a more in-depth knowledge of the PowerSchool system. Michael McGrann (Chair, World Languages) and Scott McCormick (Chair, Science) attended “The ISM Chairing Your Department” conference held in Wilmington, Delaware, in July 2016. Michael noted that it “was a great conference dealing with all aspects of leadership that a department chair needs to be comfortable with, from curriculum development to professional relationships. We were given the opportunity to identify, share, and get peer feedback on a goal for the year ahead; had many opportunities to learn from the experiences of others; and came away with a wealth of resources that I find myself referencing on a regular basis.” Scott said that it “was very encouraging to meet and solve problems with other new/inexperienced department chairs who were facing many of the same issues we were. The shared challenges really made it feel like we weren’t alone in the difficulties we face.” For the second year in a row, Michael McGrann (Chair, World Languages) attended the “Biduum Latinum” (two-day Latin immersion workshop) at the Claymont Mansion in Charles Town, West Virginia. Michael concluded, “I find it to be the most important experience in my development as a teacher: I learn more Latin, learn more about teaching, and develop professional relationships that continue to inspire my teaching throughout the year.” Betsy Patterson (Director of Institutional Advancement) and Janet Burdorf (Brand and Communications Manager) attended the “Brand Together” conference in Rhode Island in April 2017. Some of the key discussions and seminar topics included social media and digital marketing strategies, website design and SEO, inbound marketing, video production, and photography. Roger Richard (History) participated in “Empire City,” a weeklong seminar at Columbia University in New York that focused on “the intersection of history and place in one spot on the map that had a large role in the national past.” This seminar examined New York from the Civil War to the attack on the World Trade Center. The seminar featured morning lectures/discussions, followed by afternoon and evening on-site visits. As a result of this conference, Roger created an enhanced documentbased question (DBQ) entitled “Urban Transformations.” Using this enhanced DBQ format, advanced/AP students can sharpen their skills to comprehend, analyze, and assess the meaning and significance of historical and literary texts as evidence to support their positions on the characteristics and impact of major urban transformations between 1850 and 1900. The documents offer glimpses into the political, social,

and economic life of New York through the eyes of writers, politicians, foreigners, and African-Americans. In June 2016, Jim Ruttman (Performing Arts) attended the “Broadway Teachers Workshop Tech Event,” produced by Broadway Works and Music Theater International at the Lyric Theater in New York. The workshop included sessions on sound, lighting, and set design, led by Broadway professionals currently working in each of these areas. Linda Sisco (Center for Teaching & Learning) and Jenna Sumner (Director, Center for Teaching & Learning) attended the “Learning and the Brain Conference” entitled “The Science of How We Learn” in San Francisco, California, in February 2017. Keynote speakers at the conference included Dr. Daniel Schwartz on “The ABCs of Learning,” Dr. John Hattie on “A Meta-Synthesis on the Science of How We Learn,” and Dr. Daniel Ansari on “Why Should Educators Care About Neuroscience.” Linda and Jenna also attended break-out sessions and brought back books for several departments. They look forward to using and teaching the learning strategies they discussed at this noteworthy conference. Susan Speidel (Chair, Performing Arts) attended the “Broadway Teachers Workshop,” a program which lasted three days in July 2016. Susie participated in workshops led by professional theater artists, saw four Broadway shows, and watched talk-back sessions with selected casts/ directors of these productions. Workshops included: „ Producing Shakespeare with a contemporary twist, presented by artists from NYC’s Bedlam Theater Company „ Long-form improvisations (improvs) for use in the classroom, presented by artists from the improv theater called “The Pit” „ Adapting scenes and monologues for middle-school actors „ Musical theater song interpretation, with Brad Oscar from Something Rotten „ Choreography for high-school students, with Daisy Hobbs from Aladdin „ A session with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the creation of Hamilton and the importance of theater education in schools „ A session with Music Theater International about new shows that are becoming available for high-school productions „ A session on College Theater Programs and what they are looking for in incoming students Finally, Susie attended the following Broadway shows: Hamilton, On Your Feet (post-show conversation with the production stage manager), Fun Crimson Fall 2017


CRIMSON ACHIEVEMENTS Home (post-show conversation with the cast), and Shuffle Along (postshow conversation with Brian Stokes Mitchell). Allison Williamson (Director of Academic Writing) attended a day-long conference in November 2016 offered by the Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of the conference was “Vision and Revision in the Writing Center,” with a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Wells, who shared her research on knowledge transfer and the role writing centers play in preparing students for college and careers. Participants came from 48 schools located in 10 states and included writing center directors, administrators, and more than 400 student tutors.


Jack Bartholomew (Science) sang tenor again this year with the Drew University Choral Union, an ensemble that presents choral masterworks; recent pieces have included Poulenc’s Gloria and Vivaldi’s Magnificat. Over the summer, Jack took one-week intensive programs in New York in improvisation (directed by choreographer Jennifer Nugent), composition (with choreographer Luciana Achugar), technique (with Hristoula Harakas), and Klein technique (somatic, with Barbara Mahler), in addition to his regular dance classes. In summer 2016, Jack again taught at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The program consists of two three-week sessions, each covering the equivalent of a Whiting School of Engineering three-credit course. Albeit extremely intense, a number of students achieved credit. Brent Deisher (Mathematics) participated in the “Anchor House Ride for Runaways” in July 2016. Brent rode his bike from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Trenton, New Jersey (a distance of 500 miles) in one week. Prior to the ride, he raised $1,160 for the charity. Chris Finn (Director of AudioVisual Services) released his fourth CD this summer entitled “HeadPhone.” The release party took place in July 2016 at the Skylands Songwriters Guild in Mount Olive, New Jersey. An article about Chris’ CD and performance appeared in the Hopatcong News Magazine in August 2016. “HeadPhone,” as well as his previous CD entitled “En Route,” can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, or purchased at one of his many singing gigs. In October 2016, David Gold (Performing Arts) played principal viola for “100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella!” at The Apollo Theater in New York. David performed with the Count Basie Orchestra and guest stars, including Patti Austin, Andra Day, Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright, Monica Mancini, 10 Crimson Fall 2017

Lindsay Johnson and David Alan Grier. In January 2017, David took part in “Celebrating David Bowie” at Terminal 5 music venue in New York City. Included in the program were members of the Bowie Band and other featured artists. This was one of a series of global concerts, which took place in London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Tokyo, to celebrate the life and work of David Bowie on the anniversary of his death. Since June 2016, David has played viola for the following Broadway shows: Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, An American in Paris, Les Misérables, Finding Neverland, Bright Star, Miss Saigon, and Wicked. Patrick Horan (English) played Vanya in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with the Maplewood Strollers in May 2017. Durang’s play combines contemporary comedy with allusions from Anton Chekhov’s dramas. Lindsay Johnson (College Counseling) is a horseback rider and competed in the “Canadian National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show.” She and her horse (Captain Courageous PA) were named 2016 National Champions in their division, “Arabian Country English Pleasure Select Adult Amateur.” Lindsay also works with the Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer. She served on the committee to plan the “Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” which occurred in September 2016. Her committee is currently # 21 in the country for number of teams and money raised. Renee Kenny (Library) attended the Bella White Party in the Hamptons in August 2016. The event was sponsored by Bella NYC magazine. Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil’s wife, was the special guest. Ms. McGraw’s charities include helping victims of domestic violence. Additionally, Renee continues to be a member of the Peapack-Gladstone Library Advisory Board and is currently a member of the University of Chicago New Jersey Book Club. Jennifer Larson (Mathematics) was selected as one of fourteen writers/performers to share her work at the Northern New Jersey affiliate production of “Listen to Your Mother,” which “features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely rested of motherhood, in staged community shows celebrating Mother’s Day.” The production took place in Maplewood, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for two performances. Meredith Locasto (Wellness) was promoted to President of the NJ North Chapter of US Lacrosse. She now oversees the chapter and manages

its functions and events. The NJ North Chapter of US Lacrosse aims to grow the game of lacrosse by offering assistance to youth and high-school boys’ and girls’ programs throughout the state, promoting the highest level of sportsmanship and healthy competition, and providing a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the game. Along with other amateur musicians in a NYC-based group, Barbara Napholtz (Database Software Developer) played two American Songbook selections in a concert that took place in March 2017, during rush hour at the Port Authority of NY-NJ Bus Terminal. The concert was sponsored by the nonprofit organization “Sing for Hope,” and performers played on a piano that “Sing for Hope” has placed on Port Authority’s performance stage.

Faculty Member Joins “Bright Star” Tour This fall, MBS Performing Arts faculty member, David Gold, is taking a leave of absence from his teaching duties to play viola and violin in a national tour of Bright Star, a bluegrass-infused musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. “It’s a real honor to be asked. I’ve played on Broadway for many years, but I’ve never been given this kind of opportunity,” said Gold, who began rehearsals for the show in Los Angeles in early October. Bright Star opened at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on October 11th before moving to San Francisco on November 28th. “One of the perks for me is that I absolutely love the music and I love the show. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, and it’s bittersweet,” said Gold, who was one of two substitute musicians for Bright Star during its Broadway run. “A couple of friends from the MBS faculty saw me in the show in New York and they liked it so much they bought the soundtrack the next day.” Roger Richard (History) served as a reader in the June 2016 College Board AP Reading, scoring the US History SA Exam. At the end of the scoring session, Roger had read some 1,600 student-written responses. This experience allows him to provide a useful perspective when preparing students in his AP US History class. Susan Speidel (Chair, Performing Arts) attended the “American Music” week at Chautauqua Institute in August 2016. She listened to the following lectures: Wynton Marsalis on “The Future of American Music,” Billy Collins on “Poetry and Jazz,” as well as workshops entitled “The Blues and Modern Music,” “George Gershwin and his Influence on Popular Music,” “Swing Music,” and “American Choral Music in the Sacred Tradition.” Susie watched a number of performances, including “The Abbysinian Mass” by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Garth Fagan Dance Company; and a “Celebration of Women in Jazz,” featuring vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Gold, who will return to MBS for the second semester of the year, has had quite a distinguished and varied background as a musician. He has performed with musical acts on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, The View, Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street. He has recorded with Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, David Byrne, and Sheryl Crow; performed with Hall & Oates, Lou Reed, Johnny Mathis, Cassandra Wilson, and Burt Bacharach; and subbed on many Broadway shows, including Wicked, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miz, On the Town, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, South Pacific, Gypsy, Spamalot, Into the Woods, Kiss Me Kate, The Lion King…and, of course, Bright Star.

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Former Board of Trustees President Michael Ranger, Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell, and current Board of Trustees President John Fay cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Highlight of Convocation & Community Day On September 5, 2017, students in the Middle and Upper School, faculty and staff, trustees, and special friends lined the quad area in front of the new Math and Science Facility to listen to comments from Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell and new Board President John F. Fay during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new building. Before the ceremony, Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell opened the Convocation and Community Day ceremony in Founders Hall with remarks that emphasized the importance of play and collaboration—a key concept for student learning in the new building. 12 Crimson Fall 2017

Pictured left to right: Betsy Patterson, Virginia Ranger, Michael Ranger, John F. Fay, Elizabeth Winterbottom, Peter J. Caldwell, Abbie Giordano, Miriam Scully, Gerald Scully, Carisa Strauss, Katie Simon ’85, Martha McCallum Gregory, and Dan Gregory.

The building of this new “ Math and Science Facility goes hand in hand with the School’s strategic academic vision: to enhance learning of these two important disciplines, and equally important, to ensure that the 21st century skills described in our curricular philosophy are thriving in all areas of the School. —Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell

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Donors Enjoy Reception to Celebrate New Math and Science Facility A special reception in the School’s new Math and Science Facility was held on Friday night, September 15th for those who made a contribution to support the $12.6 million facility. Members of the MBS Math and Science Departments were on hand to offer tours and discuss the impact that this transformational space is having on MBS students.

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Crimson Fall Family Festival On September 23rd, a beautiful day that felt more like summer than fall, Morristown-Beard School hosted the Crimson Fall Family Festival. The public was welcomed onto the MBS campus to tour the new Math & Science Facility and see a demonstration of weather patterns displayed on Science On a Sphere.


More than 800 people attended. The guests included neighbors from surrounding towns, parents, grandparents, students and friends. The fun-filled afternoon also included food and refreshments, a DJ, photo booth, two giant slides, pumpkin painting, face painting and other activities for children.

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Middle School launches boat for the 5th year in a row! This is the fifth year in a row that Morristown-Beard School 6th graders have launched a 5-foot, unmanned sailboat as part of the “Educational Passages” program. This year’s boat—S.S. Beard— was launched from a cargo ship in December 2016 off the coast of Delaware with help from former MBS trustee and parent Joe Robillard. The vessel is equipped with a GPS that transmits to a satellite, so the students have been able to track its journey on the web. In its hull, students placed a variety of items, from letters and friendship bracelets to a baseball and Pez dispensers. MBS Middle School teacher Lisa Swanson says the project is exciting because it can also provide a backdrop to teach everything from physics to world languages. A significant aspect of the project hinges on the hope that students can connect with their peers across the globe when the boat reaches a foreign shore. When Crimson Tide was retrieved off the coast of Guernsey in February of 2014, for example, it set up exciting new learning opportunities as MBS students connected with students there via Skype. Now that S.S. Beard has been recovered in the Shetland Islands, the MBS Middle Schoolers will be anxious to connect with local school children in the Shetland area and learn more about the region. Humans have lived in Shetland since the Mesolithic period, and the local way of life reflects the Scottish and Norse heritage of the isles.

Israeli Students Visit Campus On Friday, April 28th, a delegation of 22 students from Ra'Anana, Israel visited Morristown-Beard School for the morning. The Israeli students were hosted by MBS students Amy Sales ’19, Aaron Rosenberg ’20 and Paige Sanderson ’20 with the assistance of a group of MBS 9th and 10th graders who served as tour guides for the day. The entire MBS community was excited about meeting the students, showing them around the MBS campus, and learning more about life in Israel.

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Baseball Team Honored for Academic Excellence For the second year in a row, the Morristown-Beard School varsity baseball team has been selected to receive the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association. This year’s award was presented to 70 schools nationwide, and only three schools from New Jersey: Morristown-Beard School, New

Providence High School, and The Hun School of Princeton. To be eligible for the award, high school teams had to be current ABCA members with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year. The 2017 Morristown-Beard School varsity baseball team was under the direction of Head Coach John Sheppard along with assistant coaches Joe DeKasar, Ken Monteith, Tom Moore, Scott Schroeder, and Eric Shea ’05.

MBS 6th grader is among top 100 in the state for NJ Geography Bee Neal Ramasamy ’23 is among the top 100 middle school students from across New Jersey to compete in the state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. To qualify, Ramasamy first had to win the Morristown-Beard School championship on January 25th. He was then administered a 45-minute written test, and placed among the top middle school students in the state.


A Comedy in Founders Hall! The MBS Studio & Performing Arts Department presented this year’s Upper School musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, on March 1st and 2nd in the Theater at Founders Hall. This fast-paced musical romp tells the tale of Pseudolus, a crafty Roman slave, who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful girl for his young master, Hero, so that, in exchange, he can gain his freedom. The classic score by Stephen Sondheim is complemented by numerous plot twists including mistaken identity, parading Captains, jealous wives, chase scenes, and more than a few sight gags. presents


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On May 25th in the Theater at Founders Hall, the MBS community got a chance to relive all of those catchy educational songs …. “A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing,” “Unpack Your Adjectives,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and “Interjections!”… all staples of the Saturday morning TV program that aired in the 1970s.

Artwork by Chloe

Middle School Stages “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Thursday, Ma y 25 at 7:00 PM The Theater

MBS Students

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Jewels &


February 9, 2018 Hilton Short Hills MBS Celebrates at Gala & Fashion Show A spirit of community—and plenty of Kentucky Derby-themed fun—was in the air on Friday, April 28th as the MBS Parents Association hosted this year’s Spring Gala and Fashion Show at the Hilton Short Hills. Members of the Class of 2017 rocked the runway, highlighting fashions by a variety of apparel stores. An event like the Gala is only possible because of the dedication and contributions of more than 70 parent volunteers, faculty, staff and friends whose hard work and generosity made the evening a success.

Senior Fashion Show April 29, 2018 Hilton Short Hills

Golf Outing May 14, 2018 Plainfield Country Club

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MBS Hosts Women’s Advocacy Events On Sunday, May 7th, Morristown-Beard School hosted a successful series of women’s advocacy events on campus. The day included a mother and daughter 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the GLOW (Girls Leadership Outreach and Worth) Club to benefit the United Nation’s Girl Up initiative, a bar-b-que lunch, and a screening of the film Dream, Girl. Before the 5K, Dr. Daniel Schensul, a sociologist with the United Nations Population Fund, welcomed the participants and provided background information about Girl Up, which strives to ensure the safety, health and education of girls across the globe. “When girls realize their human rights, are able to stay in school, stay healthy, and be empowered, they can realize enormous potential and be better equipped to find a job, earn a good wage, be leaders in their communities, and seize opportunities as they arise,” he said, before urging the participants to “run hard, and keep moving and mobilizing for change.” After the 5K run on the track and a bar-b-que lunch, the group was invited to a screening of the inspiring documentary Dream, Girl. The film, which seeks to show young women what it means to be a leader, follows five female entrepreneurs as they navigate the realities of pursuing their goals in a male-dominated sphere. Erin Bagwell, the director of Dream, Girl, was on hand afterwards for a Q&A with students and parents.

Seniors Honored by National Merit Program Congratulations to MorristownBeard School seniors Elisabeth Buscemi ’18 and Matthew Smith ’18, who have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Elisabeth and Matthew are among 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 22 Crimson Fall 2017

8th Graders “Move Up” to Upper School On Friday, June 9th, Morristown-Beard School held its 2017 “Moving Up” ceremony in Founders Hall where 8th graders received certificates and advanced from the Middle School to the Upper School.

Families Celebrate Commencement The Morristown-Beard School Class of 2017 officially joined the ranks of MBS alumni as the School held its Commencement ceremony on campus on Saturday, June 10th. Faculty, family and friends gathered under the tent on Senior Circle and cheered as the seniors received their diplomas. Crimson Fall 2017


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Powerfully Prepared for Learning and for Life 2017 Graduates Reflect on MBS At MBS, it’s not just “about understanding the

material, it's about being able to raise your hand and say ‘I don’t agree with you,’ and not being shut down. Here, we have been taught that it’s okay to question material and to come to our own conclusions, rather than just consuming others’ opinions. Our classrooms are places where students and teachers alike come out enlightened with new perspectives, challenged to think more, think harder, and think differently.

—Leah Seldin ’17 Co-Valedictorian

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You’re about to enter into the best game of chess you’ve ever played. You might think coming in as a freshmen, you’re a pawn--but you’re not. At MBS you will find yourself embracing every role on the board. You will move in directions that will surprise you and those around you. Your mistakes will take you off the board at times, but you will find people to bring you back on. And along the way, you will find creativity within the rules, seize moments, develop your ability to plan ahead, and you will have the time of your life doing it.

—Charlie Naples ’17 Senior Class President

Where else but MBS, after all, where the curriculum gives students ownership over their education both in and out of the classroom, could my peers and I have received a better tutorial on the balance between dreaming and doing? And while this campus is a beautiful setting for success, it is also the perfect place to fail. Every day, the Morristown-Beard community provides a safe space where familiar faces and laughter were always guaranteed. Under these roofs, my peers and I could make mistakes, learn from them, and return the next day. In that sense, at least, we could not help learning for learning’s sake–even if we wanted to. I know that I am not alone when I say how grateful I am to have grown up in the temple of learning that is Morristown-Beard School, where I learned not only to do algebra and conjugate verbs, but also to understand myself and the world around me, as well as to always remember to reach towards the stars.

… [My teacher] knows how to keep people moving in the right direction. If there is a problem he works tirelessly until what needs to be fixed is fixed. He will fight for us no matter what, sometimes without us even knowing about it. And that spirit is part of the entire community.

—Brian Monaghan ’17

—Olivia Land ’17 Co-Valedictorian

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Architecture & New Horizons:


As we know, a change in one’s physical space can have significance well beyond the merely physical. We often think of moving into a new space—whether work space or home space—as a symbolic restart or refresh, one that can be a catalyst for new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things. At MBS our Math and Science Departments have just moved into a new space, a dramatic new space in fact. After two years of construction, MBS has officially opened its state-of-the-art Math and Science Facility. Standing majestically behind Beard Hall, the roughly 25,000-square-foot structure now forms the “Fourth Wall” of our quad area, framing, along with the dining hall, the Middle School and the back of Beard Hall, a rejuvenated community space in the enclosed grassy quad. The new facility also contains student-friendly gathering and work spaces, as well as places for project-based teams to collaborate in both math and science. Along with traditional lab space for chemistry and biology, it deploys sophisticated technological tools not commonly found in a secondary school: an environmental systems lab with a 10-foot stream table, a DNA lab, an aquaponics tank and a large saltwater aquarium. Using these tools, MBS students will be able to create and study complex environmental processes at lab scale, helping them to understand, in the words of science teacher Paul Fisher, “how systems operate at multiple scales and in multiple domains.” The new facility also houses an art gallery that will both invite in members of the immediate community and welcome the larger outside community to shows and exhibits. In so many ways the new facility is not merely a “new building,” but a significant piece of architecture that seems poised to live up to the promise of being “transformational” for MBS. But while this new facility will have effects that permeate throughout the community, its greatest impact, of course, will be on the two academic departments that are its main occupants. While enduring some difficult physical constraints during the construction phase, our math and science teachers have been at the same time planning, thinking, dreaming of how their new locale will affect their teaching, both in style and substance, and how they can use its potential to transform the learning experience of math and science for our students. 30 Crimson Fall 2017

I sat down recently with Math Department Co-Chairs Tom Corbo and Dr. Miklos Jalics, along with Science Department Chair Scott McCormick to discuss some of these plans and dreams. JM: What was your first impression upon entering the now-completed new Math and Science Facility? MIKLOS JALICS: It was “Wow.” Very

impressive. It’s a huge space, with a lot of light and a lot of common space for students and teachers to interact. It’s fantastic. It's very “open.” JM: Yes, the first thing I noticed was the feeling of openness, airiness. TOM CORBO: And the size of the rooms, the

roominess of the classrooms.

SCOTT MCCORMICK: That was one thing I

noticed, the size of the labs, even though they’re not any larger in terms of square footage from our previous labs, the arrangement is different, so we’re making better use of the same amount of space, and it feels so much bigger. JM: How is that? SCOTT: The new labs are wider instead of


The Commons is a spacious area on the first floor of the new Math and Science Facility where students gather throughout the school day.


Students meet to study and collaborate on class projects.

long and narrow like the old rooms, and the equipment is more around the perimeter— and easy to reconfigure—instead of on fixed, centralized “islands” which make the space inflexible. So it feels as though you have a lot more usable space here. And that feeling of openness runs through the building. I had an idea of what it would be like inside, from going through the architect’s drawings earlier, but the light, you can’t simulate how it’s going to feel, the airiness, being able to look out, being able to come out of your second-floor classroom and see kids working right outside, and then look down to the first level and there are more kids working downstairs, the energy I’ve felt since the start of school, it’s amazing. JM: I want to talk to you about the students and what you see in their reactions, but I also wanted to ask about your department members, what are you hearing from them? TOM: I asked some department people about

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their impressions so far, and [US math teacher] Kelly Mauger said that colleagues are very close, so they can just pop into each other’s classrooms and sit for a few moments. People can easily dialogue with each other because they're so close. JM: Are the two departments intertwined, spatially? SCOTT: Yes, they are. This is something I

figured would emerge later, but in just a week and a half I have had more conversations with the people in the Math Department than in the previous two years. JM: That’s pretty cool. SCOTT: Just because we’re sharing an office,

or because you’re seeing those people every time you walk down the hallway, you’re seeing the dynamic that’s going on in their classrooms, you’re seeing them when they’re working with students. During a free period, if you’re walking about and there’s something interesting happening in a math class you can follow up later and ask the teacher “How did you handle that topic, how did it work out?” or something like that. You always could do that, I suppose, but it has always been difficult just to find someone. If I wanted to find Tom anytime during the past two years, there are about five or six places he could have been during the day. Now you come out and everybody’s there, and it makes getting together so easy. Just that slight lowering of the barrier to interaction is enough to tear down so many of these little walls between the disciplines.


Science teacher Dr. Jack Bartholomew stops to converse with students in the first floor Commons. The open-spaced study area provides teachers and students with the opportunity to casually engage outside of the classroom.

MIKLOS: I think that’s exactly true for the

students as well. I’m starting to see certain students here regularly, this is their hangout, this is where they come. They want to stop in with a question, they want to spend some time with you, and they ask if they can come again. That’s very refreshing. I’ve seen more students over the past few weeks than I had previously in much longer periods of time. And I think that's wonderful. JM: So people are feeling it, feeling close to their colleagues and their students. MIKLOS: And it’s a help space. The kids come

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In the DNA lab, equipped with a PCR machine, incubator, and microcentrifuge, students are preparing samples for gel electrophoresis.

into the building and they know they can get advised by a math teacher, a science teacher. I’ve helped a lot of people who aren’t my students. And in terms of talking to colleagues, you bump into them all the time, and I think that just by seeing them, and because there’s so much excitement, and people hanging out all over the place, you end up having conversations that you would not have had.


Math Co-Chair Dr. Miklos Jalics, Science Chair Scott McCormick, Math Co-Chair Tom Corbo and Dean of Faculty Dr. John Mascaro gather for a brief discussion while crossing paths on the second floor of the new building.

SCOTT: And it is a beautiful coincidence that

we changed our daily schedule and created something called a “collaborative period” where no classes are scheduled, because there’s been more collaboration—student-student, studentfaculty, faculty-faculty—happening in just this first little bit than I am used to seeing. Part of that is the schedule allowing for it, but part of that is the building, the way it was designed. It was meant to have these common areas. So I am upstairs and I hear [US science teacher] Jack Bartholomew’s voice and I think, “Am I hearing Jack in his classroom?” but when I look over the balcony I see it’s Jack in one of the lobby spaces working with kids. And that kind of stuff is just happening all the time. There’s this great academic energy that you're feeling in there.


Students listen attentively while math teacher Courtney Weitzer reviews math problems in her Algebra 2 class.

JM: To your point about the building’s design, Scott, I remember looking at the architect’s rendering of that lobby space on the first floor and wondering if it might not be too long and narrow, worried that it would just be a place for kids to file through, but in reality it is much fuller, with more useful social space than I had imagined. SCOTT: You can fit a whole bunch of people in


MIKLOS: I think that’s the beauty. It’s become


This beautiful gallery, donated in memory of Beard School alumna Phoebe Stiles King ’49, displays exhibits for both the MBS and outside community to enjoy.

a place where people want to be. And there’s actually good academic work going on, in the math studio and other spaces. Right in front of the math chair's office there are a couple of tables and there are kids constantly there doing academic work. They’re not just lounging about. And then teachers walk by and they ask “Hey what are you working on?” And there’s another conversation that happens. TOM: It might seem simplistic, but just the

furniture, the ease of moving things around and creating any configuration you want because

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of the size of the classrooms. It encourages collaboration among the students. JM: That’s not simplistic. That was planned for. SCOTT: Right, the flexibility, the ease, we

wanted that. You walk through four chemistry and biology labs and none of them is set up the same for any given class. In my class one day it’s set up one way and the next day I adapt it because of what we’re going to do next. And that flexibility, that’s how it should be, but it used to be very difficult. Before you had only one option, one set up. Now the space can reflect the goals, what you are trying to accomplish. JM: I’m listening to what you’re all saying and it’s so resonant. It really brings home the power of good architecture to create social space. It’s not merely a “building,” a shell. The architecture itself facilitates the kinds of interactions and social groupings that you want. We know about this in theory, but it’s neat to see it in action. Now onto some other stuff. You’ve all been alluding to this, but tell me some of the specific ideas that are being explored. What sort of things are you putting into place? For example, that espresso machine over on the counter seems like a very good idea.

CHEMISTRY LAB Dr. Janet Berthel works with students in her Experimental Organic Chemistry class as they prepare to synthesize aspirin from salicylic acid and acetic anhydride. This studentdriven course is designed to further their studies beyond AP Chemistry.

MIKLOS: Absolutely! An essential element of

any civilized space.

TOM: The new facility is very conducive to

team teaching, to developing courses where science and math teachers work together, such as the team-taught Advanced Seminar course Jack Bartholomew and Miklos proposed last year. Or perhaps we can alternate math and science in a particular room. The space is naturally open to that. MIKLOS: One thing I am able to do is visit a

bunch of classrooms, just for five minutes or so, but frequently, just seeing what people are doing. I also get to know the kids better. And it's starting to happen—I’m encouraging my colleagues to pop into my classroom, and each other’s classrooms, just as I’m popping in. And sometimes, as happened today, I'm teaching the same class as a colleague and I pop in and

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COURTYARD Students gather outside to enjoy each other’s company and the fresh fall air.

see something, and say, “Hey, I like what you’re doing with that, I might try that.” I also taught a lot of those kids last year, so sometimes we all just start talking about the math together. JM: Like spontaneous team teaching. MIKLOS: Exactly. Very spontaneous. You can

just sort of piggyback on what the other person's doing. And there’s no pressure, it just happens. There’s no feeling among the newer faculty like, “Oh, I’m being observed.” We’re just doing this together for the betterment of the kids. JM: The key is that lack of pressure. SCOTT: Yes, you get over the hump of that

being part of the culture. One way that the architecture can encourage that—although I think some people are still getting used to this— but I think that it's a positive that there’s glass everywhere, that you can see into all the rooms. If you walk by and you see students working on a test, ok, you’re not going to drop in. But if they're working on a lab or something like that then this is a great time to just walk in, wander around, see what the kids are doing. MIKLOS: Same in the math classes. SCOTT: There’s much less of that old, “Stay out

of my room” feeling.

MATH LAB Students collaborate to solve math problems while getting a little help from math teacher Nasrin Ameri.

JM: I can see where there might have been some apprehension about the glass walls. Sort of feeling like a goldfish in a bowl. SCOTT: There was some of that, but it hasn’t

been a problem at all. And the benefits are to create a sense that what’s going on in the classroom is open to all. It encourages that.

MIKLOS: It’s also a very quiet space. Even with

STUDENT/TEACHER ENGAGEMENT Math teacher Dr. Miklos Jalics visits with some students during the Collaborative Period.

all the activity and the back and forth between the classroom space and the public space, you can find a quiet space if that's what you need.

SCOTT: It can be loud out there in the common

areas, especially during collaborative period, when there’s so much activity. But in the labs and classrooms, as soon as you close the door, it's fine. Even with the glass walls. TOM: Getting back to the idea of collaboration

between departments, I think it encourages, like, the Math 1 teachers and the 9th grade

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physics teachers almost to plan together. And the Math 2 people coordinating with chemistry, that’s the vision. We think that will be a natural progression. SCOTT: The rooms encourage that. JM: That’s what we have to aim for, that sort of integration. It’s all still new, but we’re starting to feel the potential. It will result in a richer experience for the students. SCOTT: Tim Fell [US math teacher] popped

in, looking for one of the physics guys. He said, “What’s an equation you’ll be using sometime soon?” He was showing his Math 1 kids how equations work, and he needed an example of something. He could have just used any equation, but we figured let’s use the same one they’re going to use in physics. So they’ll be able to make that link when they see it, and it will be more tangible. TOM: The integrated math program lends itself

well to that type of collaboration. We’ve already adjusted some of the Math 1 curriculum to align with physics, Tim wanted an equation because we’re actually working on literal equations and solving an equation for a particular variable, we moved that to the first unit to parallel the physics course, and we moved graphing to the second unit for the same reason. SCOTT: And 9th grade physics has moved

mechanics further back because students will have already been exposed in math class to the techniques they’ll be using in studying mechanics in their physics classes. It will help harness their knowledge better. TOM: One of the themes of the math program

is to learn math in context, which lends itself to working with another discipline like science. JM: What challenges lie ahead? The ideas you have all been describing are spot on, exactly where we need to go. But it requires a different way of thinking, a different way of teaching. What challenges do you see there? TOM: Finding the time to get the departments

together, en masse, in an intentional and planned out way. That will happen at some point, as we get more comfortable with the new schedule.

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Sophomores in Scott McCormick’s Chemistry class use food dye to study chromatography. The large lab room provides plenty of space for all students to have hands-on experience.


Students assemble and test circuitry for the dollhouses they built.


Housed in the Environmental Lab, the 10foot stream table is used in science teacher Jeff Yuhas’ Environmental Science class to explain the process of erosion, deposition, and delta formation.


The Groundwater Model is an interactive classroom tool that is designed to show the flow of water and toxins though differing gradients of ground soil.

SCOTT: Another challenge is resistance to

change in general.

JM: Because of the newness of the ideas starting to emerge, because some of our academic philosophy, when really put into action, challenges some old assumptions about high school academics. There will be some resistance at first. MIKLOS: Right. For example, course on

scientific modeling Jack and I proposed last year was really cross-disciplinary, and a college-level advanced seminar. It didn’t draw enough kids, though, because its value wasn’t perceived as strong enough against the traditional courses those kids take. Some of the courses we want to create don’t fit the traditional model—but some students, and some parents, they just want to tick off the boxes on the traditional checklist—we have to go against some of that thinking. And breaking down perceptions takes time.

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SCOTT: Unfortunately, students are also encouraged

to think in conventional ways by external cultural forces that tell them “this is how to do it,” when they should come up with it on their own. TOM: We have to promote the new courses, and

this building can facilitate that.

MIKLOS: Yes. We have to work hard to promote

what we’re doing, promote our courses. We have to work hard on how to help the students understand that what we offer them, how we want to help guide them, is of great value. Math and science are both facing that. JM: And the element of risk taking enters in here. Any real effort at divergent thinking, anything truly creative, will at first meet with some resistance because it’s not tried-andtrue, not ingrained. There’s some risk in pushing in that direction, even when you know it’s right. So the departments have to model this sort of behavior, to help the kids get it. SCOTT: Along those lines, the science department

would like to have a four-discipline program. We want students to value environmental science as much as the traditional lab-course sequence of physics, chemistry, biology. We don’t want it to seem like environmental science is just “tacked on.” JM: Scott, you and I have talked informally about how to get more cross connections among the traditional, required lab sciences. Environmental science should be added to the mix, even though technically it’s not a required course. SCOTT: Right. And one of the things that will

help with that is that a lot of the new “stuff ” in this facility, the stuff that sets us apart from a lot of other schools, is mostly directly related to environmental science. So that tells parents, students, faculty, that this is an important course, and it reminds us that we’re preparing those kids to get those connections, not just between the courses, but to connect to the real world, to things that affect us as humans, for humanity. And that comes back to some of the ideas you were mentioning before, such as the idea of being student centered. There’s a distinct effort in the facility to make it really student centered, like the special projects lab where kids who are doing independent studies have space to work on their projects, uninterrupted, for months. That’s one of the greatest experiences you can give a

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Located in the Environmental Lab, the 180-gallon saltwater reef aquarium is the new home for a variety of saltwater fish. As part of an independent study course, the student is required to maintain the aquarium.


Science teacher Brad Turner and his students observe plants in the "grow-bed" which is part of the Aquaponics system set up in the Environmental Lab. Underneath sits a 300-gallon water tank stocked with tilapia.


In Dr. Elena Fiorica-Howell’s Genetics and Biotechnology class, students plant seeds to test for variations in genome of different strands of plants.

person who might be interested in science, the ability to explore freely, and we have the capability to provide that freedom, and the students who are interested in exploring, they’re going to start making those links themselves. And as for the other courses, new connections are emerging there as well. And the impetus comes from different places. Biology, for example, is becoming more and more microbiology and DNA research oriented, and that fact in turn puts some demands on what you do in chemistry. Partly it’s due to the technology we now have available. The freshman physics teachers, they use all of these different measuring probes that hook up to the iPad, and they’ve been at the forefront of that, but then you’re getting students going into sophomore year chemistry who know how to use these devices, which makes it logical to use them in 10th grade too, which we haven't done before. We’re advancing our lab techniques to make them more modern. JM: And as everything you three have said indicates, the kids are getting this, all of this, at their own pace. For now, it’s good if they just see it as a place they want to be. SCOTT: I heard a kid say yesterday, “I love

coming to class here.” That’s a quote.

TOM: I have four eighth graders in my math 2

class and we were originally scheduled over in the Middle School, but I decided to bring them up here and they were so excited about coming here. They were saying "We get to go to the new math building!" MIKLOS: There are also colleagues coming

through that you would never see in your department before, but they just like walking in here, and that's nice. It makes you feel good that people like visiting your space. JM: Any of your kids ask you to make them an espresso yet?


MBS friends happy to spend time together to study and socialize in the new common space.

MIKLOS: No, not yet. A few parents have,


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Stories of

Teaching& Learning

8th Grade Solar Cars Race on the Track!

Back in June, Brent Deisher’s 8th grade science students raced solar powered cars that they built in class. Each team of students was given a solar panel, a motor, and a gear pack and asked to design a car. They were asked to pick a theme and construct their cars using upcycled materials, such as discarded tissue boxes, CDs and styrofoam. Some of the creative theme names were “Chinese take-out,” built using a leftover food container as the car’s body, chopsticks as axles, and plastic bottle tops as wheels; “The Party Cycle,” which incorporated red solo cups; a troutthemed car; and a vehicle made entirely of used sporting equipment.

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Middle School holds “Power Off Day”


There were no laptops and iPads in the Middle School on March 8, 2017. Students took a break from technology to participate in “Power Off Day.” Even Middle School Morning Meeting had an “unplugged” feeling. Instead of a videotaped newscast of MS MBS, the anchors and reporters conducted interviews and delivered the news live on stage. “This change of routine was designed to encourage more face-to-face interactions with classmates and teachers,” said Head of Middle School Boni Luna. “I’m pleased to see so many members of our community embrace this opportunity as a way to connect.”

Chemistry & Art: A Colorful Collaboration Scott McCormick’s chemistry students made several batches of blue, yellow and white oil-based paints in the lab. A few months later, Laurie Hartman’s Art 2 students used the paint to create a bold, vibrant cityscape that was based on a creative design by sophomore Juliette Pike ’19. Both Juliette Pike ’19 and Ariana Martino ’19 are enrolled in chemistry and Art 2 classes, and helped to create and test the paint for appropriate viscosity.

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Independent Studies Program Flourishes A cornerstone of the MBS academic philosophy is empowering students to take ownership of their education. This fall, Upper School students are pursuing Independent Studies in more than 30 courses—exploring such topics as DNA Analysis, Equine Veterinary Medicine, Sports Journalism, Mandarin, Speech Pathology, Music Production, and Astrobiology. The Independent Studies Program, which was initiated in 2007, has grown significantly since its inception. This fall’s cohort of Independent Studies courses is the largest to date for a single term. The program encourages students to expand their academic curiosity and explore an intellectual area in depth, under the guidance of a selected faculty member with a special expertise or interest in the field.

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One key feature of the program is flexible meeting times; students and teachers meet on a regular basis, but they are not tied to the School’s daily schedule. While the Independent Study courses are self-directed, they have a clearly defined curriculum and must include a final product that may be a research essay, a web page, or a musical composition. “The program has led to some stunning academic and creative work and convincingly supports the notion that almost any student, in the right learning environment, can achieve high levels of critical and creative performance,” said Dean of Faculty Dr. John Mascaro.

6th Graders Get a Lesson in Cooperation Last spring, the 6th grade class hit the football field to participate in a series of 3-legged races. As they raced across the turf while tethered to a partner, they quickly learned about the importance of teamwork and good communication skills. Before the races, the students viewed a video about a 31-legged race that originated in Japan in 1995. The message was to teach children the value of cooperation and unity. The video’s popularity spread rapidly to other countries carrying the slogan, “Move together with determination to reach the goal.” Although the MBS students didn't attempt a 31-legged race, they did progress as far as 15.

Making Beautiful Music Together Students in Dr. Patrick Horan’s Manuscripts and Musicals class have been collaborating with Chris Finn’s Music Production class to create songs based on short stories and books. After Dr. Horan’s class read The Nightingale and the Rose, they were charged with writing song lyrics for any character in the short story. Mr. Finn distributed the lyrics to students in his Music Production class, and asked them to compose music for the lyrics. “The pairing has been ideal because both of our classes have been emphasizing the importance of theme, tone, and instrumental sound in enhancing words,” said Dr. Horan. “This kind of collaboration is what we’re all about here at MBS,” added Mr. Finn. “The students have embraced the entire project with enthusiasm and creative energy.” Crimson Fall 2017



Senior Projects Provide “Real World” Experience Before graduation this past spring, the seniors got a taste of the real world by gaining practical experience in an impressive array of fields including law, medicine, advertising, real estate, and education. Some shadowed physicians and financial advisors while others worked in architecture, performing arts management, physical therapy, broadcasting, and promotion. This activity is part of their Senior Project: an assignment that requires them to research and develop a proposal, spend three weeks on a job site during their spring semester, and then finally deliver a formal oral report

and comprehensive field journal that documents their experiences and reflections on the project. Students are encouraged to develop a project that will allow them to learn and to think critically about themselves, the environment, the arts, their community, or a possible career. Some examples include a project with Summit Medical Group where Mackenzie May ’17 was able to put on scrubs and observe 13 surgeries. Emma Blanchard ’17 wrote articles, took photographs and contributed feature ideas for V Magazine, while Isaac Davison ’17 conducted research for MLB Network that was used by host Scott Braun during broadcasts.

Middle School Hosts World Culture Day On Tuesday, April 18th, the MBS Middle School hosted a World Culture Consortium event for students from five area middle schools. The day consisted of educational games and exercises that celebrated cultures from around the world. “The games are not about competition and winning; they are meant to encourage participation and collaboration. This event is a great way to challenge students in new ways, in a new setting, and to give them an opportunity to work collaboratively with students they are meeting for the first time,” said event coordinator Soni Dougherty, a Middle School French teacher at MBS. 44 Crimson Fall 2017

Science On a Sphere® now at MBS!

Morristown-Beard School is proud to introduce Science On a Sphere®, an extraordinary display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) developed “SOS” as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and analytical. The carbon-fiber globe hangs suspended from the ceiling in the main room of Wilkie Hall, with projectors pointing at it from each corner. While the globe itself does not move, the animations projected onto the globe give the illusion that the globe rotates just as the Earth does. The animations range from satellite imagery to radar to hurricane-tracking patterns. “We were excited to introduce Science On a Sphere to Morristown-Beard School students this fall,” said MBS Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell. “It’s pretty rare to see something like this in a classroom setting. The science department has a vision of how it will be used, but the beauty is that this will be used in all disciplines—from Middle School geography and world language classes to Upper School history and English courses.”

Morristown-Beard School has the only Science On a Sphere® in New Jersey, and one of two schools in the nation that has invested in this unique and exceptional educational tool. Science teacher Paul Fisher and his students observe the patterns of ocean currents displayed on the sphere.

According to MBS science teacher Jeff Yuhas, “The best thing to do is give students the controls and just listen to them as they use it.” Already, several MBS students, including junior Michelle Corcoran ’18, are planning to incorporate Science On a Sphere into independent study projects. Corcoran will develop a program using the sphere that can be shown to local elementary school students. Crimson Fall 2017


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STUDENTS ENJOY TANZANIA ADVENTURE This past June, a group of 20 MBS students and three chaperones spent two weeks in the east African country of Tanzania. The group spent the first week with a host family in the small village of Ngoro, just outside the city of Arusha, working on a community service project to help build a large dining hall/gathering space for the village school. In addition to learning how to mix concrete and finish walls— all without power tools—students also spent a great deal of time playing and interacting with the local school children. The second week was all safari! MBS students camped in four different areas of the Serengeti National Park, including the Ngorongoro Crater. By the end of the week they had accomplished their goal of seeing The “Big Five” of Africa (elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, and black rhinoceros). Highlights of the two-week Tanzania trip were many and memorable: the Maasai Market, learning how to cook traditional meals, milking cows, acquiring custommade clothing from local tailors, attending a traditional Swahili church service, a bike ride through Mto Wa Mbu (Mosquito River), and a hunt with members of The Hadzabe tribe. Perhaps most memorable was the group of hyenas outside the tents one night in the Serengeti, laughing madly as they finished off a wildebeest!

GLOBAL STUDIES TRIP TAKES STUDENTS TO BEIJING, SHANGHAI AND MORE During spring break, 25 members of the MBS community embarked on an eight-day trip that featured stops at many of China’s most famous sights, including the 3,300-mile Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Army, which is made up of more than 6,000 life-sized figures including soldiers, horses, chariots, and archers. In addition to visiting these sights, the students toured the Beijing Zoo (with pandas!), a silk factory, Tiananmen Square, the Xi’an hot springs and Banpo Village ruins, a local tea house, the National Aquatic Center, and more. In Shanghai, the students enjoyed walking to the river to take pictures in front of Pu Dong, and also enjoyed touring the Yu Yuan Gardens and shopping in the local market there.

FIELD HOCKEY TEAM TOURS IRELAND In August 2017, members of the team traveled to Ireland for a week of scrimmages and sightseeing. Known for its magical castles, rolling hills, gorgeous cliffs and coastlines, the “Emerald Isle” provided an unforgettable experience for the 19 players who embarked on the adventure.

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A CONSTRUCTIVE SPRING BREAK: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY During spring break, a group of 15 MBS students and teachers traveled to Ft. Lauderdale and spent a week volunteering for The Palm Beach County Habitat For Humanity. Their week was filled with hard work, but tremendous rewards. As part of The Collegiate Challenge, the students helped clean and organize the Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Riviera Beach, painted houses, worked at Pine Jog Environmental Center (which provides natural landscapes for Habitat’s community housing projects), and spent a day helping at the Urban Growers Community Farm, which provides healthy fresh food to Habitat families in need.

STUDENTS EXPLORE VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK ON THE “BIG ISLAND” Morristown-Beard School also sponsored a spring break trip to Hawaii. Sixteen Upper School students and three faculty chaperons got a chance to engage in a range of activities. Highlights of the trip included exploring Volcano National Park, hiking to a black sand beach, surfing in Kona, touring scientific facilities at Mauna Loa Observatory, snorkeling with dolphins, and taking a helicopter ride over flowing lava.

6TH GRADE ENJOYS TRIP TO ELLIS ISLAND In April the 6th Grade Class visited Ellis Island to learn more about the history of immigration. At the museum, after searching for family names on the “Wall of Honor,” the students heard accounts of what it was like to be an immigrant coming to America between 1900-1925. They toured the Baggage Room, Great Hall, Medical Inspection Room, and Dormitory Room, among others. They also watched the award-winning documentary Island of Hope, Island of Tears. Outside the museum, the sun shined radiantly on the Statue of Liberty for all to admire.

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8TH GRADE CLASS VISITS OUR NATION’S CAPITAL Last spring, the 8th grade class visited Washington, D.C., where they toured national landmarks and museums. The class visited many of the area’s major attractions including The White House, The Tomb of the Unknowns, The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, The World War II Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. They also viewed the Vietnam, Korean, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials at night. The itinerary also included stops at Capitol Hill, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum, and the Botanical Gardens.

7TH GRADERS TOUR HISTORIC PHILADELPHIA The 7th grade class enjoyed an overnight trip to Philadelphia in April, where they toured some of the city's top historic landmarks including The Franklin Institute, the U.S. Mint, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and The Constitution Center.

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Crimson Corner


Boys Basketball

It was an emotional and historic year for the MBS boys varsity basketball team, which played especially inspired and focused basketball for Coach Eddie Franz, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in January. The Crimson were crowned NJAC Liberty Conference champions and finished with a 25-5 record. For the first time in School history, the Crimson advanced to the championship game of the Morris County Tournament before falling to perennial power Chatham, 60-55, in an exciting game. The Crimson also captured the Prep B Championship with a thrilling overtime win over Doane Academy. The team was led by senior guard Brian Monaghan ’17 and junior forward Justin Rodriguez ’18, who both scored their 1,000th career point and were both named First Team All-NJAC Liberty Division and First Team All-Morris County. Junior Raphael Castillo ’18 was named First Team All-NJAC and Third Team All-Morris County, while 50 Crimson Fall 2017

Ryan Russo ’18 and Zach Dees ’18 were both named Second Team All-NJAC. Coach Franz was named the NJAC Coach of the Year as well as The Daily Record’s Morris County Coach of the Year.


The MBS swim team enjoyed another recordbreaking year. The 31-member group finished the season with a 6-1 record in coed meets. The boys team was led by senior Ryan Waters ’17, who captured the State Championship in the 200 and the 500 freestyle at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. His time of 1:39.21 in the 200 freestyle was the fastest of any NJAC swimmer this winter! Waters, who will swim for the U.S. Naval Academy this year, also competed as part of the Crimson’s 200 free relay team along with Jack Hughes ’17, Aidan Hughes ’19 and Jack Armstrong ’19, and finished 14th overall in the state. The MBS boys swim team captured the NJSIAA small school title in February—the team’s first Prep crown in 23

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years! The Crimson swimmers set two Meet and seven School records, and Waters was named Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet. The girls team was led by seniors Mackenzie May ’17, Taylor Pinkin ’17, Maddy Larson ’17, Dede Passione ’17, and Crimson Award winner Mollie Kiel ’17.

Girls Basketball

The MBS girls varsity basketball team showed a great deal of tenacity and fortitude this year. Despite being a young team, the Crimson finished with a solid 15-12 record. They advanced to the second round of the Morris County Tournament before losing a close game to Montville, and advanced to the finals of the Prep Tournament before falling to a much taller Pennington squad. As the #13 team in their section for the Non-Public State Tournament, the Crimson lost to a very talented Queen of Peace team. MBS was led by Crimson Award winner Jenna Racaniello ’17 as well as a host of underclassmen including

Bridget Monaghan ’19 (First Team All-NJAC Liberty Division), Addisyn Ibrahim ’20 (Second Team All-NJAC Liberty Division), and Sarah Bregna ’18 (Honorable Mention All-NJAC Liberty Division). Ibrahim was also honored by The Daily Record as one of the top freshman girls basketball players in the area.

Girls Ice Hockey

Coach Bruce Driver’s young squad had another tremendous season, finishing with a 17-9-1 record and a Prep B Championship following a 2-1 win over Princeton Day School. The Crimson finished as the top girls ice hockey team in the state according to rankings, and they were third in the regional WIHLMA Conference. The MBS girls ice hockey team was led by junior Ally Detre ’18, who was named the Girls Ice Hockey Player of the Year by for the second year in a row. This year, Detre tallied 33 goals and 30 assists for a state-leading total of 63 points. She was named First Team All-State along with teammates

Jenna Kurz ’19 and Keegan Heher ’18. Emily Kitchin ’18 also had a big year for the Crimson offensively while junior defenseman Jenna Pych ’18 and goalie Lindsay Pych ’18 were rock solid.

Anthony DelTufo ’18 earning Second Team and Honorable Mention honors, respectively. Newcomer Thomas Dempsey ’20 was named the Terry Maguire Rookie of the Year.

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The MBS boys varsity ice hockey team captured its fourth consecutive Mennen Cup title last winter with a 4-3 win over Morris Knolls. Despite trailing for much of the game, the Crimson (17-9-1) were able to rebound thanks to Mike Karrat ’17’s game-tying goal, followed by Will Bonelli ’17’s game-winner with 5:51 left in the third period. The Crimson posted a 4-0 shutout over St. Peter’s Prep in the State Tournament before falling to Pope John in the next round. Senior Isaac Davison ’17 provided offensive spark throughout the year and earned the Edward Halvorsen MVP Award, while Jake Kurz ’17 earned the team’s Crimson Award for his leadership on the ice. Forward Gavin Puskar ’19 received First Team Mennen Division honors, with Brayden Patricia ’18 and

The MBS ski team enjoyed another fabulous year on the slopes at Mountain Creek. Although the weather was often uncooperative, the athletes took to the mountain with determination and drive. For the fourth straight year, the MBS boys ski team competed in the Race of Champions. Senior Drake Hawks ’17 placed second overall in the state while sophomore Alex D’Alessandro ’19 placed seventh overall, earning both skiers a spot in the Eastern Regionals. Hawks was named First Team AllState while D’Alessandro earned a spot on the Second Team. In their second conference race of the season, the MBS boys team finished third overall in slalom, with D’Alessandro placing first individually. Senior James Duffy ’17 was sixth overall, while Jaime Redington ’17 and Crimson Fall 2017



Justin Recupero ’19 also had solid outings. The MBS girls team was led by Nikki D’Alessandro ’20 as well as senior Kathrine Brennan ’17.

Winter Track

Strong athletic leadership was a defining characteristic of the MBS indoor track team last winter, which competed in just its second season. The top performer of the year was undoubtedly Jaime Sheppard ’17, who won both the 200 and 400 at Preps, placed third in the 600 in the Morris County Meet, finished second at State Groups in the 400, and was 11th at the Meet of Champions, missing out on a medal by 0.73 seconds. The girls team placed fourth at the Prep Meet with key performances by Sheppard, Leila Curtiss ’17, Laury Senecal ’19, and Hannah Levine ’19. The boys team placed sixth at the Prep Meet and was led by Drew Sokolowski ’18, Nick Visceglia ’19, JayShon DuBose ’20, and Aidan Wood ’17. This year’s Crimson Awards were presented to Jaime Sheppard ’17 and Aidan Wood ’17.


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Tournament, the Crimson played Pennington in the first round and lost a tough battle. In the NJSIAA State Tournament, MBS posted an impressive 7-1 win over Gill St. Bernard’s in the opening round before being edged, 2-1, by St. Mary’s in the quarterfinal round. The team had a number of All-Conference selections including Ian Beumee ’18 and Thomas Dempsey ’20, who were named to the First Team; Pat Coyne ’20, Ryan Green ’17 and Tyler Faccenda ’17, who were named to the Second Team; and C.J. Braun ’19, who received Honorable Mention. Most notably, the Crimson also received the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association for the second year in a row.


The varsity softball team finished the year on a high note, blanking Eastern Christian, 10-0, to reach the State Finals. Although they lost to Lodi Immaculate in their final game, the Crimson finished the year with an impressive 16-10 record and won six games consecutively. The team posted a convincing 12-2 win over Doane Academy to advance to the Prep B Tournament finals, where they fell to Newark Academy.

Crimson Award winner Bay Naples ’17 was named First Team All-NJAC Liberty Division as was sophomore Gianna Rella ’19. Zoe Grebin ’18 and Katie Wright ’18 were both named Second Team All-NJAC, while Alli Esposito ’18 received Honorable Mention.

Boys Lacrosse

It was a year of ups and downs for the MBS boys varsity lacrosse team, which finished the season with a 9-11 record. The team lost a number of close games that could have gone either way, including a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Rutgers Prep in the semifinal round of the Prep B Tournament. In the first round of the NJSIAA State Tournament, the Crimson cruised past Morris Catholic, 18-3, before losing to Newark Academy, 15-10, in the quarterfinals. The boys lacrosse team was led by senior Connor Morin ’17, who posted more than 100 points and was named an Under Armour All-American in addition to being selected to USA Today’s Third Team. Morin, who will play at the University of Notre Dame this year, was also named First Team All-Waterman Division and All-Prep B. The Crimson were also led by Jay Goldy ’18 (First

Team All-Waterman), Mac Boyle ’17 (Second Team All-Waterman), Harry Gregory ’19 (Second Team All-Waterman), and Garrett Ryon ’17 (Honorable Mention).

Girls Lacrosse

The MBS girls varsity lacrosse team had an exciting season, finishing the year with a 9-8 record and many memorable wins. The team had a great first-round win over Boonton in the Morris County Tournament as well as a 13-1 victory over Morris Hills on Senior Day. Seeded fifth in the Non-Public B State Tournament, they blanked Cedar Grove, 15-0, before being edged by New Providence, 10-8. In the Prep Tournament, they fought hard but lost to Princeton Day School in the semifinals. In the Freedom Division, Keegan Heher ’18 and Emily Kitchin ’18 were named to the First Team, while Sophia Picozzi ’19 and Meg Karrat ’20 were named to the Second Team, and Louisa Randazzo ’20 earned Honorable Mention.

Boys Golf

The MBS boys golf team completed one of the most successful seasons in School history this past spring. The Crimson (19-3) finished with a final No. 7 ranking in the Top 10, a Morris County Tournament title, a Prep B crown, and a NJSIAA North Jersey Non-Public B Championship for the first time in School history. The Crimson also came within three strokes of winning a state title at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. They finished the season with a third place finish at the North Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) championship at Flanders Valley Golf Course. This year’s MBS boys golf team was coached by Harry Carr, who was named Coach of the Year by “I knew we would be improved, but I never expected to have the season we did,” said Coach Carr. “It was unbelievable!” Four MBS golfers were named First Team All-NJAC Liberty Division including Pat Ryan ’18, Matt Karrat ’19, Fran Randazzo ’18, and Will McCann ’18. In addition, Mike Karrat ’17 earned Second Team honors and Will Bonelli ’17 received Honorable Mention.

Girls Golf

In just their second season, the MBS girls varsity golf team compiled a 2-8 record under Head Coach Cathy Kellstrom. This year, the team competed in several batch matches against other

schools in the area in addition to the traditional dual matches. In one of the highlights of the year, MBS topped Villa Walsh, 229 to 250, early in the season. The team was led by seniors Jenny Adelman ’17 and Taylor Pinkin ’17 in addition to Crimson Award winner Rebecca Tone ’19, who was selected as a Team Captain in just her sophomore year.

Boys Tennis

The MBS boys varsity tennis team posted an outstanding regular season record of 13-5 last spring. The Crimson participated in the Morris County Tournament, finishing fifth out of 21 schools. The team had one of their most impressive wins of the year in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA Tournament, as the Crimson edged Saddle River Day School, 3-2. First singles player Teddy Koide ’19 qualified to participate in the State Tournament, while Mark Nagpal ’19 won the Second Singles championship at the Prep B Tournament, defeating his opponent, 6-3-3-6, 6-2, to take the title. Both players were named Second Team All-NJAC Liberty Division, as was senior Jared Rosen ’17. The doubles team of Lucas Fagan ’17 and Jarod Cohen ’18 earned Second Team honors as did the team of Henry Larson ’20 and Ethan Davison ’20.

Track & Field

It was another successful season filled with PRs and State Titles for members of the MBS track & field team. This year, four MBS athletes— Nicole Borowiec ’19, Jaime Sheppard ’17, Leila Curtiss ’17, and JayShon DuBose ’20—qualified for the Meet of Champions. Borowiec won State Titles in both the 100 and 400 hurdles, and her blazing time of 63.47 in the 400 hurdles was a Group Meet record and qualified her for the Penn Relays. At the North Jersey Non-Public B sectional championships, the MBS girls team finished fifth overall led by Jaime Sheppard, who won the 400 meters and broke her own school record with a PR of 57.82. Nine MBS athletes qualified for State Group Championships including Jaime Sheppard, Leila Curtiss, Nicole Borowiec, Sarah Williams ’19, JayShon DuBose, Curtis Fagan ’19, Aidan Wood ’17, George Burke ’19, and Femi Gbayisomore ’18. Gbayisomore received the team’s Crimson Award for boys, while Hannah Levine ’19 was the girls recipient.

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Class Notes Updates From the

Alumni Board Dear MBS Alumni, What an exceptional start to the 2017-2018 school year here at MBS! Our remarkable campus has been graced with a new Math and Science Facility, a building that fits seamlessly into our existing space while lending a sense of modernity. Students are buzzing around in it, enjoying the college-like feel and energy. Walking around campus in the fall, you always sense the vibrancy and happiness of the new school year, but this year feels particularly special and I credit much of it to our new building. To quote Winston Churchill, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” I highly recommend you take some time, and come and take a look for yourself—it’s quite amazing! As long as you’re on campus, please stop by Wilkie Hall to see another new addition to MBS: the incredible “Science On a Sphere.” It’s an interactive globe that uses video projection to chart weather, follow global Facebook “friend” patterns, or even chart Columbus’ expedition based upon wind patterns from the year of his voyage. You truly have to see it to believe it. Our students have a unique tool for learning, and it happens to be the only one in the state and one of only two at secondary schools in the United States. As many of you attended the event in person, many alumni readers already know that Alumni Reunion 2017 in June was a huge success! The Young Alumni Reunion Party (Y.A.R.P.), held on Friday, June 2nd, grows in popularity every year. Traditional Reunion events on Saturday were packed with old friends reminiscing and enjoying time together, including the Headmaster’s Cocktail Party, which was particularly enjoyable. Alumni in attendance had a hard time saying goodbye as they departed campus for their various class dinners. In early October, we also enjoyed another successful cocktail party in Manhattan. Alumni, past and present parents, and friends of MBS enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the stunning atmosphere of the Model Room at the New York Yacht Club. It was another great event for alumni to see old friends and make some new ones! Please note upcoming MBS Alumni events that I would LOVE to see you at: ■ Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – 7:00 PM 4th Annual Alumni Performing Arts Concert ■ Friday, June 1, 2018 – 7:00 PM 4th Annual Young Alumni Reunion Party (Y.A.R.P.) ■ Saturday, June 2, 2018 MBS Alumni Reunion 2018—Celebrating milestone reunion year classes ending in 3 or 8 (example: 1988)

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Please also remember to nominate deserving alumnae and alumni for the Athletic Hall of Fame, Distinguished Young Alumni Award, or Distinguished Alumni Award. You know your classmates best—help commemorate their accomplishments and celebrate our school! And don’t forget to send in your Class Notes for the next Crimson Magazine. You can do any or all of the above by sending an email to Finally, if you’d like to help your class stay connected with MBS, please volunteer to be a Class Agent. Another way to get involved with the school is to be a speaker on the Alumni Career Panel. For more information, please send an email to On a personal note, I’m excited to report that I began this year not just as an alumna… but also as the parent of an MBS 6th grader! I’m so proud of our School and I would never have considered another one. Go Crimson!

Caroline Elias Turben ’87, P’22 President, MBS Alumni Board

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Janey Evans McBride is enjoying life in St. Petersburg, Florida and continues to be involved at the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College and with faculty and students at Eckerd. “I would love to hear about everyone in our class!”


Barbara Dyckman Wells reports that she is well after some ups and downs. “I am still living in my house in Chatham, Massachusetts. My kids have a house next door, which means they visit often,” she writes. “I sing in the Chatham Chorale, a 100-voice chorus doing mostly major works. I take courses at the library. My favorite form of exercise is in the pool at our health club doing water aerobics.”


Richard Palmer shared his experiences shortly after Hurricane Irma hit Florida. “After three days in a motel, I’m now going nuts to get a roofer. The gas stations are out of gas and the food places are out of food, so not many notes from Florida. Love to all!”





Robert Greenberger still lives in Leesburg, Florida, where he enjoys flying his 1963 Beech Musketeer and relaxing in the Florida sun. “Hello to my ’47, ’48, and ’49 mates!”

other sons are somewhat more distant, but we manage to keep in close touch. Gregory lives in Wiscasset, Maine, which is more farmland than shore property; Bradley lives in Ashland, Oregon and loves it, visiting annually in Maine; and Stuart lives in Acton, Massachusetts. They take turns visiting the summer cottage on Bailey Island that has come down from my grandparents’ ownership. I can be reached via email at or contact the School for my new address.”


Carolyn Clarkson Markham writes, “It’s delightful to know there are at least seven Class of 1950 Beardies still kicking around. I was very pleased to hear from Roxanne E., Marge G., Mary H., Sally K., Joyce P., and Sally W. and I hope to reply to all soon. It has been a very busy summer and I don’t seem to move as fast as I once did.”

Bettie Comas LaVallee and her husband, Ron, went back to St. Louis in April and May for big events in their grandchildren’s lives: a wedding and the birth of their 9th great-grandchild. In August, they watched the eclipse from Tucson, Arizona. They also visited the DeGrazia Museum in Tuscson and toured Sabino Canyon as well. “I would like to go back with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren now that my foot will not hurt anymore as I recently had surgery on it,” she said. Virginia Clarkson Martin reports that her older son, Bud, is a special education teacher, and her younger son, Jeff, is a civil engineer. Her grandson, Ryan, will graduate from Purdue University this spring with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

Betsy Reed Wilson is in contact with Barbara Butler Mitchell, Babette Nichols Cameron, and Nancy Lee Farrell. She reports that Babette is still playing competitive tennis, and Barb is a patient interviewer at her local hospital. Nancy is a devoted political activist, fighting for many causes like unjust treatment of migrant workers. Betsy shares, “Due to my cancer head and neck surgery in 1972, my speech, hearing and eating challenge my days. My thinking is that our 1950s education creatively asked us how we were going to make the world a better place. Now that we’re in our 80s, all I want to say is ‘thank you, Beard School!’”

Robin Rockafellow says she seems to be busier in retirement than when she was a full-time social worker. “I am enjoying all the things I didn’t have time to do: book groups, Bible studies, art programs, aqua fitness classes, walking, reading, needlework, and visiting with friends,” she writes. She occasionally co-teaches an early childhood special needs class at the local community college. Her older daughter has been volunteering since March, 2016 at a refugee camp in Ritsona, Greece. Her younger daughter is employed at a pet rescue center in Florida and survived Hurricane Irma with minor damage. “I would love to hear from anyone from the Beard School who visits Connecticut. I loved seeing Peggy Pattyson Greene and Kate Dwyer Corvaja this past summer.”




Penny Dunn Alexitch became a proud grandmother on March 31st when her daughter, Matchie, gave birth to twin boys. “Matchie and her husband, Dutch, will be dividing their time between the Netherlands, Spain, and Los Angeles,” she writes. “My son, Damyan, and I will be spending the Christmas holidays with them in the Netherlands.” Frances Hill Woodring writes, “I have a new address this year and it seems to be working well for my needs. My youngest son, Andrew, lives in town and we have frequent contact. My


Dr. Joseph Nye retired in June after teaching at Harvard for 53 years. He will remain as a parttime research professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sally Brooks Smith writes, “Lisa Blauvelt Weil invited us for lunch to her house in Mt. Kisco, New York, where her husband, Francois, cooked a delicious lunch in July for Emmy Lou Lehman Smith and Bob, Hugh and me, and Lisa’s son, Corky and his fiancée. Lisa comes over at least twice a year and it’s always a joy to be together!” She was also thrilled that her granddaughter and Cary Wiedenmayer Smallhorn’s granddaughter found themselves sharing a cabin at Camp Arcadia in Maine last summer. Now friends, the two girls hope to see each other again at camp this summer. Crimson Fall 2017


CLASS NOTES campus which I had never visited,” she said. “The School reminded many of us of the Beard School we remembered with its glass paneled breezeways. Tours of the new Math and Science Facility wowed us all. I’m so glad I was able to attend!”


Bruce “Sandy” Adam reports that the Class of 1957 enjoyed another milestone reunion (60 years) last June. “Seven attendees, along with news from eight classmates, is a 50 percent ‘response’ rate!” he writes. “Reunion commenced with our cocktail dinner reception attended by Jim Hine with Jennie Braun, Bill Fainglas and Kathy Fainglas, Bob Whitman, Jack Maas and Robin Maas, Al Pike and Audrey Pike, and Tim Timson and Ruth Keimig. Also as guests were Tom Grant ’69 and Lissy Grant, and Headmaster Peter Caldwell along with my better half, Parry. The ‘Distance Traveled’ Award for last spring’s reunion goes to Jim Hine, who spends his time between Colorado and Holland. Bill Fainglas received the ‘Shortest Distance Traveled’ Award: Morristown. The ‘Most Reunions Attended’ Award goes to Bob Whitman, who has attended every five-year gathering. Tim Timson was in education, having spent most of his career at Charlotte Country Day being head of the math department before retiring. Jack Maas reports that he is happily married with three children and seven grandchildren and enjoyed a career at World Bank. Peter Green, Bill Seabrook, Peter Testan, Mike Kline, and Rich Drake were all hoping to attend, but family and health issues interfered. John Rearick, who lives in Texas, recently visited Charlie Sills in upstate New York, and Peter Testan heard from Bob Taylor, who now lives in Pennsylvania.” Barbara Miller was excited to meet up with 13 other members of the Beard Class of 1957 for her 60th reunion. “It was a wonderful weekend of catching up and spending time on the MBS 56 Crimson Fall 2017

Brenda Pruden Winewisser writes, “We really did it…there were 13 members representing our class on campus for our 60th reunion!” Returning alumna included Jill Russell Benedict, Jill Constantine Carroll, Nancy Leavens, Claudeen Smith Lindberg, Nancy Coppedge Lynn, Barbara Brown Lott, Joannie Blanchard McNulty, Barbara Davis Miller, Naneen Hunter Neubohn, Lisa Haenlein Newton, Karen Kessler Sade, Helen Harden Chenut Tackett, and Brenda Pruden Winewisser. “All of us convened in time to spend most of Friday sharing new experiences while seeing old friends, or trying to recognize those we had not seen in 30 to 40 years, and reconnecting over convivial meals. We were the largest phalanx of any one class to show up for the event,” she writes. “Seeing how the School has developed in the intervening 60 years was a pleasure. What warmed my heart as a physicist was seeing the substantial new Math and Science Facility, which can surely hold its own with any independent school. Three of our classmates have had children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews attending or graduating from the School. It is definitely an institution worth supporting!”





Gus Hancock and his wife, Carol, recently returned to the United States after spending 14 years living on their sailing yacht in countries outside the U.S. “Our goal was to live within different countries and learn and experience their different cultures and religions,” he writes. “We cruised and lived in five of the seven continents. After sailing across the Atlantic and through Gibraltar, we spent five years in the eastern Mediterranean, and three years west of Italy. We wintered five years on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The only countries on the coast of the Mediterranean we did not live in were Albania and Libya. We also spent time along the Black Sea coasts of Turkey and Georgia. We have now returned to the U.S. and bought a home in Vero

Beach, Florida on a barrier island, Orchid Island. I would love to hear from any classmates. I hope to attend our reunion in 2018.” Ken Phillips is still busy working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and recently completed a draft of a book on fundraising that he expects to be published in 2018. He travels frequently to Romania and Ukraine to work with NGOs there, and has also enjoyed “extraordinary travels with family for camping on the Cape, a trip to Ecuador with kids and grandkids, a trip to Costa Rica last December for my brother’s 80th birthday, and a family rafting trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.”


Melinda Mitchell Lyon reports that, “All is well in Los Angeles! John and I have decided, after much thought, to sell our wonderful airplane. We loved flying it all over the U.S. and Mexico and now hope someone else will enjoy it as much as we have.” She is still active in her chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, and is gratified to see so many young women becoming members. “I feel like a dinosaur next to them!” Brett Seabury operates a sustainable grass-fed beef farm on 155 acres in Washtenaw County, Michigan with his partner, Barbara Howell Seabury. The farm produces beef, lamb, goat meat, chickens, eggs, and more. Two-thirds of the farm’s electric power is generated from wind and sun. “If you are ever in Washtenaw County, Michigan, visit us in Sharon Township and we’ll gladly put you to work!” Robert Adolph writes, “Following four years at Bucknell University, I was employed by IBM on Wall Street for a few years. From 1969 to 2006 I built homes, starting in Clinton and ending in Princeton. In 1978, I was miraculously born again, and in 1991 married Donna, adopted her two children and had two more. In 2005, our family relocated to some acreage in Bee Branch, Arkansas. My two years at the Prep are a fond memory. Would enjoy hearing from old friends at” Hope Phillips Hazen and Bruce welcomed their fifth grandchild on Valentine’s night, a boy


named Cash John Olcott. “I am thrilled to have a grandchild in Morristown, only minutes from where we live,” she said. “There will be lots of babysitting and spoiling in the days ahead! I am still very busy selling Worth New York, doing lots of gardening, and staying active in the garden club, Fire Company Auxilliary, and the church choir. Ladies, please send me news of your lives at”. Terry Alfao Vance sends us wonderful news that her son and daughter-in-law officially adopted a little girl and boy who they have been fostering for more than a year. Congratulations to Terry and her husband, Mike, who are the proud grandparents.

1961 Dawson McKeown recently sent in a photo

of his family at the Londolozi Game Preserve in South Africa in 2015. Pictured from left to right are Lindsey McKeown ’95, Mary McKeown, Dawson McKeown, and Alyssa McKeown ’91. “We were in Africa for three weeks and it was wonderful! Missing from the trip were Dawson, Jr. ’88 and Samantha McKeown ’97…someone needs to work!”

1962 Dr. Jean Hayes is a licensed marriage and

family therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also provides equine and animal-assisted psychotherapy in her private practice using her exotic and friendly horses, llamas, miniature horses and donkeys, baby goats, and potbelly pig. She also competes with her horses in combined driving events and loves carriage driving on the trails by her house more than anything else. She writes, “Come visit, Beard friends!”


“The MBS Davids” — David Hedley, David Hedley III ’87 and David Green — enjoyed getting together in San Francisco last November. Susan Drewes Minich is living in St. Paul, Minnesota to be close to one of her sons and his family. “I’m hoping to go back to Florida for the cold months,” she said. Sue is still teaching online English classes for Eastern Florida State College and is still appreciating her Beard education!


Christine Cope Pence says she has been traveling quite a bit since February and has taken trips to Utah, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Alaska, and California. “Though I am still somewhat active professionally, the online world makes it so much easier to work virtually from most places,” she said. “My real passion these days is photographing wild animals and creating stories out of my adventures. To keep moving on the learning curve is challenging, and I am thankful for good health, family, friends, and new mentors along my path.”




Malcolm Miller was inducted into the New Jersey ASA Softball Hall of Fame on October 15th as a manager. “Millions of people have played ASA softball in New Jersey, but there are only 104 people in the state Hall of Fame since the 1940s,” he writes. “I was a player, playermanager, and manager for 48 seasons with the New Jersey A’s, a Windmill Men’s team. We won 626 games and 25 titles.”


Bruce Kessler is living in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and recently completed a Masters in Education in Natural Science & Environmental Education from Hamline University in St. Paul. The title of his capstone was, “Auto-ethnography: My Environmental Educational Journey and What Is Society Doing or Not Doing to Environmentally Educate its Citizenry?” He looks forward to teaching a course about environmental ethics. For the last four years, Bruce has also been spending time with an “amazing” woman originally from Bloomington, Indiana.





Cheryl Teare has been promoted to the position of Assistant to the President at the 1.7 millionmember American Federation of Teachers.


Elaine Pantages Conti, Susan Reed Scranton, and Cindy Close Campbell enjoyed a minireunion this past June at Elaine’s daughter’s wedding in Mantoloking.


Ingrid Boedecker is living in Connecticut with her son, who was adopted from Russia 20 years ago. Her careers in education included being a French and German teacher as well as a school counselor for 30 years. She also worked in the restaurant business. “I ‘retired’ three years ago and am now working in a brand new field: for a non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. This should keep me young and growing!” she writes. Crimson Fall 2017



1977 Susan Milford Bandy just welcomed a new

grandson to the family on September 11, 2017 – Ezekiel Black, who was born to her daughter Priscilla and her husband Will. Sue’s other daughter, Alyssa, is also expecting a little girl, bringing the grandchild count up to three. Since all of the grandchildren live in Mississippi while Sue lives in upstate New York, she has had to increase the travel budget significantly! She continues to teach special education students at the high school level.

1980 Warren Bobrow recently published his fifth

book, The Craft Cocktail Compendium (Fair Winds Press) and started writing for in their online space. He still writes for Total Food Service, DrinkUpNY, does tasting notes for Barrell Whiskey, and writes about spirits for a host of other magazines globally.

Doug Sanderson is married and lives and works in Northern New Jersey. His older daughter is a high school senior and is well into her college search for next fall. His younger daughter is a sophomore at MBS. The family recently added a second dog in September.

1987 Alex Ewig and Rob Warnock, MBS graduates and current MBS parents, enjoyed celebrating their 30th class reunion in June.

Jim Crouch is living in California and is an ambassador at Atria, a senior living facility. In this role, he serves as the contact person for new residents who move into the facility and helps coordinate activities. He is also very active with the Lions Club, where he is a new youth advisor.

1985 David Moretti married Marcie Hawk late in

2016 in a union that looked quite similar to an old Brady Bunch episode. Living in Austin, Texas for over a year now, David is a full-time hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator and Marcie is a lead flight attendant for a charter airline. Ellen Wing writes, “It is very difficult for me to believe that I graduated from high school 40 years ago. In that time, I have married, had children, grandchildren, and enjoyed 40 years of what could be considered self-improvement. I am still working on the self-improvement part.” She enjoyed being back on campus to reunite with old friends in June. “The best part was seeing Rose Koch — she means the world to me. She and Lynn Daniels always gave us their best. I look forward to my 45th!” year 40th 1978 Amy Chaiken Wolffe is reminding the Class of Reunion

1978 to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 2, 2018 as the Class celebrates its 40th reunion on campus. “Spread the word…I’m hoping to see as many classmates as possible!” 58 Crimson Fall 2017

Helen Broder Fuller enjoyed having dinner with Seth Nagdeman in Ft. Lauderdale several months ago. “We hadn’t seen each other since Commencement,” she writes. “It was such great fun catching up this past June! It was wonderful retuning to MBS for my 30th Reunion. It was great seeing so many old friends.”

1986 John Flores

reports that his motorcycle adventure is continuing! In August, he rode to Idaho to watch the total eclipse. “It was the coolest thing,” he said. “I highly recommend that everyone make plans for 2024!” The first of five stories chronicling his cross-country ride on an electric motorcycle is in the October, 2017 issue of RoadRUNNER Magazine. “I can’t be the only motorcycle-riding alumnus, can I? I would love to hear about others’ two-wheeled adventures,” he writes.

Lisa Himmelwright Kein, Joe Lentini and Amy Lieberman enjoyed gathering during their 30th reunion celebration last June!

Sandi Appet Pesso writes, “The Class of 1987 enjoyed a beautiful night catching up with classmates and teachers at our 30th reunion. A big thank you to faculty members Rose Koch, Alan “Doc” Cooper, and Laurie Hartman, who joined us, Monya Taylor Davis ’88 for her help during planning and throughout the event, and the reunion committee.

and family members share this special day with us,” she said. Members of the MBS community in attendance included: Monique Van der Does Douin, Melinda Tierney, Beth Sparling, Lisa Lentini Byther, Alex Ewig ’87, Trip Ewig ’15, Charlie Ewig ’17, Matt Formicola, Laura Hoag Hay ’93, Katie Ewig DiNardo ’93, Katie Ewig ’22, Trip Franklin ’64, and David Kramer ’69. The couple was married at Shellea’s parents’ house in New Jersey. The couple resides in Massachusetts. year 25th 1993 Cartwright Wallace writes, “It’s been 25 years Reunion

since our graduation on Senior Circle. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone back on the circle on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at reunion!”

Jen Seabury Sowa, Helen Broder Fuller, Kate Carlson Furer, and Sandi Appet Pesso enjoyed lunch at Merchants River House in New York City in September.

1997 Amanda Kerwin Dyer is enjoying life in Boca

Raton, Florida with her husband, Brad, and their twins, William and Finley, who recently turned 6. Amanda and Brad have two companies in private aviation and luxury marketing—Roaring Thunder Media and Oscar Bravo Media—and they are preparing for the launch of a third company, Luxury Yacht Communications. They enjoy spending time at The Mar A Lago Club and The Boca Raton Resort and Beach Club on weekends, and engaging in a host of family activities including surfing, ballet, soccer, tennis, and golf. They just added a dog, Luca, to the family. “Life is good!”

1995 year 20th Al Howard was recently featured in a cover story 1998 by San Diego City Beat magazine, in which he Ed Forbes continues to work as a senior editor Reunion

was hailed as the “hardest working man in show business” and “one of the most recognizable

1989 Lisa Lentini Byther helped organize a fun

afternoon of skiing in Vail, Colorado last March for a group of MBS alumni including Tracey McFadden-Anderson, Melinda Tierney, Joe Lentini ’87, and Chris Puleo ’88. It was followed by après-ski and lots of catching up!

at The Record and is now overseeing The Daily Record, too. He and his wife, Emily, welcomed their second daughter, Julia Helen, on February 16, 2017. Julia joined older sister Caroline Jane, who turned four on September 14th. Ed wants to thank all of his friends who supported his family after the death of his mother, Ellen Gorman Forbes, who died in April. Arthur Owens was named a New Leader of The Bar by the New Jersey Law Journal. He is a partner at Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC in Roseland, NJ. The winners were honored at the Law Journal’s Professional Excellence event at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park in June.

faces in the local scene.” Howard has released 21 albums since he’s been in San Diego and he is currently working on a host of other projects.

Shellea Ewig is excited to announce that she and Noel Dion were married on June 24, 2017. “I was so fortunate to have so many MBS friends

more than 36 months. He is currently stationed in Virginia. He and his wife, Tong, recently celebrated the birth of their daughter.

Ryan Leonard is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He was trained as an attack helicopter pilot and has been deployed to combat zones five times for

2002 Jeff Prystowsky got married last summer to Leni

Cool Kwait of Marblehead, MA. His band, Low Anthem, is about to sign with a new record label and agent, and will tour to support a new album in early 2018. The newlyweds live in Providence, RI. year 15th 2003 Jane Cooper and Jesse White were married in Reunion

New York City on November 5, 2016. MBS was represented by Barbara Napholtz, Dr. Alan Crimson Fall 2017


CLASS NOTES find her recent work on Instagram @elle.greco. Lisa is also the Portland Office Coordinator at Work & Co., a digital product design and development studio named one of Fast Co.’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2017.

2007 Matthew Engel married Adnana Ajkunic on Cooper, Alan Cooper ’99, and Kallan, Alan’s older son.

2004 John Cullum recently served as a producer and director on a five-part natural history series, “Big Pacific,” which aired on PBS last summer. His role was to organize, prepare and execute all field shooting that took place in Asia for the series. He also saw all five episodes through post-production.

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2005 Chris Golding and his wife, Pamela, are thrilled

to announce the birth of their son, Wesley Rogers Golding, who was born on May 27, 2017.

2006 Jen Conway began her second year in business

school at Indiana University this fall. She traveled to Vietnam in the spring to work on a consulting project with an Australian expatriate who owned a textile factory. Then she interned at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New York City over the summer. Heather Giddings and Gregory Alberti were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton on May 20, 2017. The reception was held at the Nassau Inn. Alumni in attendance from the Class of 2006 were: Lauren Amery (Maid of Honor), Brittany Doyle (Bridesmaid), Eric Kruvant (Groomsman), Matt Kruvant (Groomsman), Daniel Shurts, Patrick Yannotta, Pipi Sendowski, and Daniel Tuckman. Heather and Greg reside in Hoboken.

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August 13, 2017 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. They were surrounded with love from their family, fellow alumni and close friends, and will be traveling for their honeymoon later this year. Matthew and Adnana will be moving to Chatham this fall and were excited to see friends from Morristown-Beard at the Far Hills Steeplechase in October.

Lisa Greco resides in Portland, Oregon with her cat, Matilda. This year, she completed her 100-hour Permaculture Design Certificate through Oregon State University. She continues to pursue her interest in visual arts, and you can

Thomas Greco works at Ziff Davis as Director of Audience Data Products and Operations. He was promoted earlier this year after successfully establishing “Audiences by Ziff Davis” as a new revenue line for the company. He lives in White Plains, New York with his fiancé, Kara. Rich Leonardis graduated from law school at Nova Southeastern University–Shepard Broad College of Law in May and took the Florida Bar Exam this past July. He currently lives in Miami, Florida and works at a business litigation firm in downtown Brickell Miami. He holds an advanced Scuba diving certification and enjoys diving in the Florida Keys often. He also plays ice hockey in a men’s league. John McHale is approaching his two-year full-time ABC News Live Streamer anniversary in December. “This year has been mostly filled with countless news stories coming out of Washington, but recently has been focusing on all the hurricanes we have had this summer,”

he writes. In addition to streaming, he assisted producers on Game of Thrones streams and other projects and even got some MBS classmates to participate. “Based on how this year is going, there will be no shortage of news, but if anyone has an idea for a good live stream, send it over!” Corey Schneider and his company, The NY Adventure Club, recently partnered with Airbnb to become one of the first event providers on their “Experiences” portal. The first NY Adventure Club experience they will be offering is the “Underground Manhattan: The Secret History of the NYC Subway System” tour. Schneider says his business has more than 8,000 members at the moment and he is hoping to get to 10,000 by the end of the year. Jason Tambor is currently in his third year at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. In addition to attending dental school, he and Ian McAuley ’08 recently recorded their first full-length original studio album entitled Let It Ride, which will be released on all music formats later this year.

and turned it into my independent study in my senior year. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to turn this passion into purpose.” With several different job experiences in Boston and New York City and having graduated from Northeastern University in 2016, Neela started her own graphic design and brand development company, Asaadi Graphics LLC. “I live in New York City now and am exposed to constant creativity and innovation. I have worked with a few MBS graduates to help bring their brands to life through visual communication. I have become a bit of a networking guru and love meeting new faces and learning their story. I plan to grow and make an impact through my craft!”

2012 Harrison Kronfeld is working as director of web

content and research associate for Dr. Tamer Seckin of Seckin Endometriosis Center and Endometriosis Foundation of America. He is also a medical scribe at Lenox Health Greenwich Village Hospital.

year 10th 2008 year 5th 2013 Adam Dubov is a financial services professional Ashley Aracena studied abroad recently and Reunion


2014 Erin Hargrave-

Kerns was married March 6, 2017 to Jhon Jhawer Muriel Munoz.

2016 Lauren Conway joined Alpha Delta Pi at

Indiana University at Bloomington. She is living in a house with three other sorority sisters. Ross McGuinness writes that he is studying in Ireland, and attended a school that allowed him to sit for the Leaving Certificate, an exam that all Irish students must take to earn points to get into college. “It was a really intensive year and most of the subjects had a completely different curriculum compared with MBS and other American high schools. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the points required for my top course, and, in my stubbornness, I am doing what many Irish students do — repeating the year to sit for the exam again! Hopefully in a year’s time I can share happier news about my achievements.” Arielle Moss finished a successful freshman year at Muhlenberg College. She has declared an English major with a minor in creative writing, and she is also pre-med. She writes for the arts & culture section of the college newspaper, The Muhlenberg Weekly.

in New York City who works as a junior partner at a firm in the financial district. His team focuses on helping families and individuals protect their income and plan for their future. In his spare time, he serves on the board of a local animal shelter. He resides in Manhattan’s Upper West Side with his fiancé and is scheduled to get married in 2018.

worked at an Italian school helping elementary school children with their English. She started graduate school for the School Psychology program at NJCU in September. She is a substitute teacher and recently received a permanent position at a school. “I’m just super excited to be embarking on the new journey of graduate school and beyond!”

2010 Kathleen Magner recently graduated from the

Breyton Croom graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His honors thesis focused on accounting fraud. He is currently in graduate school pursuing his M.S. in accounting, and he plans to take the CPA exam.

• Mrs. Diane Chiappe was omitted from the list of donors to the Philip L. Anderson Endowment Fund.

Rachel Moss recently graduated from Muhlenberg College and is currently working as a dancer at Sesame Place amusement park.

• Mr. Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 was omitted from the Alumni Giving, by Class list.

Tim Worts just finished his MBA in Financial Analytics at Quinnipiac University and took a full-time job as a financial analyst with Covanta Energy in Morristown over the summer.

We sincerely apologize for these errors. Please accept our special gratitude for all of your kind support.

Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with an MS in Biomedical Sciences with a thesis in the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at NJMS. In August, she moved to South Jersey and began medical school at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine. She looks forward to pursuing a career in family medicine or women’s health/OBGYN.

2011 Neela Asaadi writes, “Back in 2010 at MBS, I

Corrections to the 2016-2017 Annual Report

took Jen DeAngelis’ Graphic Design workshop Crimson Fall 2017


2017-2018 Alumni Association CLASS AGENTS

The Alumni Association is dedicated to bringing you—our treasured alumni—coveted events, such as Reunion and Homecoming, along with exciting campus news. Class Agents are imperative to our Alumni Community by keeping their classmates connected to MBS. Their primary role is to encourage their classmates to attend events and to contribute class notes. Should you be interested in volunteering to be a Class Agent, please email Melissa Hedley ’90 at *Nancy “Taz” (Tasman) Brower ’47

Carolyn (Clarkson) Markham ’50

*Fred Greenberg ’55

Bettie (Francis-Lajara) LaVallee ’55

*Amy (Chaiken) Wolffe ’78

Chip Rollinson ’91

Steve “Peach” Fusco ’79

Mary (Milanesi) Koenig ’92

Zach Borker ’10

Betsy (Stern) Lorber ’79

Katherine “Katie” Ewig DiNardo ’93


David Moretti ’85

William “Bill” Trimble ’85

*Cartwright Wallace ’93

Gail (Kaltenbacher) Kurz ’86

Whitney (Brusman) Shelton ’94

Herman Kurz ’86

Dr. Christina (Toth) Breen ’95

Brenda (Pruden) Winnewisser ’57

*Jackie (Jonnard) Landre ’86

Richard L. Stinson ’56

Bruce “Sandy” Adam ’57

Hope (Phillips) Hazen ’60

Adam Dubov ’08

Rebecca Lerner ’10

Emily Martuscello ’10

Maggie Ranger ’10

Sam Taggart ’10

Anna Balliet ’11

Peter Hedley ’97

Lauren Capo ’11

Joe Lentini ’87

Hugh Leoni ’97

Alix Shulman ’11

*Loretta (Porter) James ’62

*Sandra “Sandy” (Appet) Pesso ’87

Ridgely W. Harrison, IV ’99

*Zachary “Zach” Gray ’12

Robert Warnock ’87

*Greg Bendelius ’88

*Sue Driscoll ’02

Monya Davis Taylor ’88

Trevor Baptiste ’14

Bill Phillips, Jr. ’62

Carol Selman ’64

Paul Tversky ’64

Pamela (Norman) Apito ’65

Martha (Root) Brody ’65

Michaele Esposito ’66

Delevan Barrett ’70

Daniel Gonnella ’72

James “Jim” Crouch ’77

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Lisa (Kaugher) Humphreys ’89

Melissa M. Hedley ’90

Lynne (Saliba) Moronski ’90

Stephanie Gowski Bush ’91

Sallie (Oakes) O’Connor ’91

Darnell Parker ’00

*Tashia Martin ’01

*Tyler Mulvihill ’05

Greg Williams ’05

Lee (Grant) Bogaert ’06

Brette Brier ’13

Ashley Young ’14

John McDonald ’15

Maddie Carroll ’16

Nicole Robertson ’16

*Jennifer Conway ’06

Mackenzie May ’17

*Matthew Engel ’07

*John Capo III ’08

Charlie Naples ’17

Ryan Waters ’17

* Denotes Alumni Board Member

In Memoriam George Lord deSchweinitz, Jr. ’41, May 13, 2017, age 93. Before Morristown School, George attended the Moravian Preparatory School in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the school would later merge with Moravian Female Academy where George would teach. He received his B.A. from Haverford College ’45 and, as preparation for his second career in teaching, an M.A. from Middlebury College in 1967. George served in the US Army from 1943–1946. At the end of WWII while on detached service studying in Paris, George left the army but stayed in Paris for the academic year. Stateside, he worked for several years for Bethlehem Steel before enjoying a twenty-eight year career teaching secondary French language education at Moravian, the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, and Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C. George retired to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he bought his first house. George enjoyed family visits, including with relatives in France, Germany, and Poland. A lifelong learner, he traveled extensively, always communicating in the local languages, driving through remote areas, and making friends along the way. He enjoyed vacations near Belfast, Maine, where his parents had owned a farm. At 92, George visited Maine a final time, canoeing with a friend visiting from Poland. George retained warm ties to MBS throughout his long life. Paul (Don) Donald Bostrom ’53, January 15, 2017, age 81. Don was a lifelong educator; he taught in Okinawa, Japan for the Department of Defense in 1967-68, was a history teacher and cross country coach at Dover High School, and then became a guidance counselor at Randolph High School. Don retired in 2001 after 41 years. At Randolph, Don established the swim team and led it to its first state championship. Don also ran the Randolph adult school and summer recreation programs for ten years. In addition, since its 1945 founding, Don was strongly involved in the operation of the still-active Bostrom family farm, Sun High Orchards in Randolph. Don loved his family, photography, the Cubs and was active at Bethlehem Church in Randolph. Joann, his wife of 56 years; two children, five grandchildren, and two brothers survive him.

Suzanne Gertrude Roux Spurlock ’53, August 22, 1971, age 81. After Beard, Suzanne received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Wheaton College and a Master of Education from Western Kentucky University. Fluent in French, she taught it for many years and worked in Washington, D.C. for Head Start. Suzanne’s husband, Lieutenant Colonel Lon A. Spurlock III, was killed in Vietnam in 1969. A member of Gold Star Wives, she brought up their three daughters on her own. They survive her along with one grandson. An avid tennis and bridge player, Suzanne loved reading and caring for her pet cats. An accomplished student of French cuisine, she cooked memorable Sunday dinners for friends and family. As a girl and young woman, Suzanne studied to be a concert classical pianist. She loved the traditions of the Episcopal Church, playing organ for the churches she attended throughout life. Barbara Hazen Glidden ’61, August 11, 2017, age 74. Barbara was the daughter of the late Emily and Burchard Hazen of Orange, NJ and Vero Beach, FL. She was born and raised in Orange and often spoke of her “wonderful years growing up as a student at The Beard School.” After graduating from Beard in 1961, she spent four delightful years at Middlebury College where she met her husband of 45 years, Boynton Glidden. The couple graduated from Middlebury in 1965 and were married in 1972. Barbara’s passion was children’s education. She taught art for many years at the Milton Academy Lower School in Milton, MA and later was a volunteer teacher at Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, MA. Barbara is survived by her husband Boynton; their two children, Samuel French Glidden, (wife Margo) and Starr Glidden Peteet, (husband Josh); six grandchildren; her brother Burchard Hazen, Jr. of Ormond Beach, FL; sister-in-law Hope Phillips Hazen ’60; and a host of relatives and friends. Owen Riley Marshall ’61, January 20, 2017, age 74. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Owen graduated from Sam Houston University with a business degree. He served in the US Coast Guard Reserve and was a long time greeter for Walmart. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the United Methodist Church of Lockhart, Texas. Two cousins survive him.

Kimberly (Kim) Ann Depp Maguire ’88, February 26, 2017, age 46. Kim was a loving and loyal wife, mother, sister and friend. Devoted to her husband Michael, son Ryan, daughters Kaitlin and Kailee; she loved attending their sporting events and sharing family time in Toms River, New Jersey. Her husband and children survive her as do brothers Lex and Larry. Her parents and two other siblings predeceased her. Wade Hampton Skinner ’02, September 9, 2017, age 33. Wade was the son of Pamela and Robert Conklin Skinner II; his parents and twin brother Robert (Bob) Conklin Skinner III ’02 survive him. As a child, Wade developed a keen sense of knowing his audience, a trait that served him well as an adult. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports statistics and was a diehard New York Giants, New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils fan. But golf was his sport: Wade was a strong NJ junior player, captaining the Morristown-Beard High School golf team as a junior and winning the Prep B Conference tournament the same year. Wade was also an MBS varsity hockey player for four years. After attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Wade followed his father into the apparel business. He was a retail manager for Polo Ralph Lauren New York City before transferring to Hong Kong as part of the team opening the Prince’s Building men’s flagship store in Asia. He later returned to northern New Jersey. Katelyn (Kathelyn) E. Dunn ’03, March 29, 2017, age 31. After MBS, Katelyn graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth, Madison, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies. She worked in financial services for many years, starting at her father’s firm, Dunn’s Financial Review, Inc., as a Customer Service Coordinator. Working closely with her father, she designed risk management and investment plans. Katelyn’s last position was as an internal marketing representative for ALLIANZ/Roster Financial, an external marketing sales organization. Katelyn loved her family, her many friends, her cat and the New York Giants. She spent the last six months of her life with her family in Naples, Florida. Her parents, sister, brother, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews survive her.

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FBI Agent Speaks to Students

On Friday, April 21st, Morristown-Beard School students got a glimpse into the life of an FBI Agent (and MBS graduate) who visited campus to deliver the Cum Laude Address at Morning Meeting and to speak about his career path and everyday work. The agent underscored the notion that his most important weapon is a strong values system – not a gun – and that kindness is the key to his success every day. “Being an FBI Agent is just a label. No matter what your career is, you need to realize that you control the narrative of your life, and you're going to be a better human being if you anchor yourself to a strong set of values,” he said. He emphasized that it is especially important to be genuine when dealing with people. “You have to be compassionate with victims and criminals alike. If you’re not genuine, people will see right through you,” he said. “And while part of my job is getting confessions and getting people to talk, you never want to be fake. If you come off as two-faced, you’re the one who’s going to have to live with that.” The agent was openly honest with the students, and confessed that he regretted not being a better student during his days at MBS, but said that his life took a dramatic turn for the better after Eddie Franz “pulled me into his office to talk some sense into me. He didn't drag me in there because he was a guidance counselor; he was genuinely concerned about me and he was being authentic—it mattered to him. It shows how one act of kindness can have a huge impact on the rest of your life.” After graduating from MBS, he graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College, where he was captain of the swim team. He later earned a degree in national security at Georgetown University before starting his career with the NSA. He was later recruited by the FBI and began as a special agent assigned to organized crime. His assignments have also included white collar crime and violent crimes against children. For privacy reasons, the agent’s name is intentionally left out of this article.

MBS Alumni Ranked Top Division I Lacrosse Players

Baptiste ’14 and Hatfield ’15 among New Jersey’s best This past spring, ranked the 50 best Division I lacrosse players from New Jersey high schools. Two Morristown-Beard School graduates— Trevor Baptiste ’14 and Teddy Hatfield ’15—were ranked in the top 5 in the poll. Hatfield ’15, now a sophomore at the University of Richmond, was ranked second overall while Baptiste ’14, a junior at the University of Denver, was ranked fourth. Baptiste ’14 Runner-Up for Top National Lacrosse Award Trevor Baptiste ’14, was among five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award—a prestigious award given to the top national lacrosse player of the year. He was the first face-off specialist ever to be named a finalist. The winner, announced in June, was from the University of Maryland.

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Alumni Discuss Careers with Current Students The Morristown-Beard School Alumni Board hosted its third annual Alumni Career Panel event for current students on Tuesday, April 18th in Founders Hall. The panelists’ range of talent and experience was certainly varied enough to appeal to a broad spectrum of students. This year's panelists included: Kelly MacMahon Ewing ’91, a physical therapist; Samuel Hollander ’05, an account executive with UberMedia; and Emily Young ’10, a freelance graphic designer and artist. The panel discussion took place during an extended Upper School Morning Meeting, and gave students an opportunity to hear about the panelists’ career paths and the lessons they’ve learned. In a Q&A session afterwards, students asked panelists about the importance of networking, their favorite memories of MBS, the best classes they've taken, and more. Emily Young, who graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Art History, Urban Design & Architecture Studies, called her presentation “The Art of Not Knowing.” She spoke about her work with the Center for Active Design, first as an intern and then as a full-time employee, where she was able to combine her love of the arts with social purpose. “There is no straight path that you have to follow in your career,” she told the students. “I've been fortunate to engage in the world around me in many different ways, and collaborate within a lot of different fields.”

job is not going to be your last job. Act like a sponge and try to take in as much information as you can.” Kelly MacMahon Ewing, who has been a practicing physical therapist for nearly 20 years, said she always wanted to pursue a career in health care. She said that being a physical therapist is particularly rewarding since you are able to work with the same patients several times during a week and make a real connection with them. “The foundation of my career really started here at MBS. The well-rounded education gave me skills that I was able to apply to real-life situations,” said Ewing. “MBS taught me how to think and learn; this is a really special place. Whatever career you decide to pursue, there are teachers here to help you and resources that you can take advantage of.”

MBS taught me how to think and learn; this is a really special place. —Kelly MacMahon Ewing ’91

Samuel Hollander began his career as a marketing assistant for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a production intern for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Along the way, he has also served as an associate producer for Showtime and a brand manager for National Geographic Society before landing his current position with UberMedia, a mobile advertising company. “The two best pieces of advice I ever received were to always go with your gut, and to always be prepared and practice,” he said. “Remember that your first

BE ON OUR NEXT PANEL Interested in sharing information about your professional journey with current MBS students? Email alumni@mbs. net or call Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at 973-532-7578.

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Graduates Return to Campus for Reunion to Reunite with Friends

An enthusiastic group of young MBS alumni from the Classes of 2006 – 2016 joined us on campus on Friday night, June 2nd for the third annual Young Alumni Reunion Party (Y.A.R.P.). There was record attendance at the event, and we look forward to welcoming even more young alumni at the event next year on June 1, 2018. On Saturday, June 3rd graduates from The Beard School, The Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School gathered on campus and enjoyed a full slate of activities, including campus tours, a performing arts showcase, an alumni bar-b-que, tours of the new Math and Science Facility, a meeting of the Alumni Association, and the Headmaster’s Cocktail Party.

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2nd Annual New York Yacht Club Cocktail Party More than 150 members of the Morristown-Beard community gathered for a festive evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday night, October 4th in the famed model room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. Morristown-Beard alumni, current and former trustees, parents, faculty, staff and friends had an opportunity to catch-up with each other and enjoy the New York Yacht Club's stunning architecture and impressive model boat collection. Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell also updated the MBS community on the opening of the new Math & Science Facility, which is the cornerstone of the School's historic Transforming Our Future capital campaign.

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Homecoming 2017 Friday Night Lights

An enthusiastic crowd turned out to celebrate Homecoming on Friday, October 13th to cheer on the Crimson field hockey and football teams.

The evening provided a great opportunity for folks to reunite with old friends and classmates, enjoy some food and drink at the tailgate events, and to watch the Morristown-Beard School field hockey and football teams compete. The MBS field hockey team posted a solid 2-0 win over Mountain Lakes as Jenna Pych ’18 netted two goals. Although the football team fell to Hackley, the team played with determination and grit. During halftime of the football game, a large group of participants turned out to run the 25th Annual Kirby Mile. Cross Country Coach Steve Monteleone was the first runner to cross the finish line in a blazing time of 4:59. Other award winners included Alex D'Alessandro ’19 (First Place Male Student), Izzy Warner ’18 (First Place Female Student), and Meredith Locasto (Women’s Winner). 70 Crimson Fall 2017

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New Lantern Illuminates Beard Hall

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Doors open at 6:30 PM Concert begins at 7:00 PM

Attendance is free for all. Refreshments served immediately following concert. Interested in participating in the concert? Please contact Dr. Susan Speidel, Studio & Performing Arts at! 72 Chair, Crimson Fall 2017

To complement the portico and columns of the Beard Hall entrance, this grand lantern was a generous gift from the MBS Parents Association in honor of the School’s 125th anniversary last year. Pictured left to right: Current PA President Jenn Gronning and former PA Presidents Kathy King and Bea Fagan.

Where bright futures are transformed. The Morristown-Beard Fund helps make it possible. The Morristown-Beard Fund (our School’s Annual Fund) exists for one reason only. Through the thoughtful generosity of the MBS community—individuals like you—the MB Fund works to support and transform the student experience in the classroom and beyond.




By supporting our students as they pursue their academic interests, extracurricular activities and leadership and community service opportunities, the MB Fund provides an immediate, positive impact that enriches every student’s experience. Your gift enables MBS to surround these students with exceptional teachers, superior facilities, and cutting-edge technology.

Help transform the bright futures of our talented MBS students— Please make a gift today!

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Crimson Magazine, Fall 2017  

Crimson Magazine is a publication of Morristown-Beard School, a private Middle School and High School for students in the Morristown, NJ, ar...

Crimson Magazine, Fall 2017  

Crimson Magazine is a publication of Morristown-Beard School, a private Middle School and High School for students in the Morristown, NJ, ar...