Thursday, May 26th, 2016
News for Parents
General Information--May 27, 2016
Please submit required School forms before summer: Required School forms for the academic year 2016–17 are available on the School’s website . All forms are due no later than July 1. Families are encouraged to return their forms by mail, by hand, or by email before Summer Break. Questions regarding forms can be directed to Chelsi Meyerson in the Middle School or Maureen Iorio in the Upper School.
Book Buyback June 10: It’s book buyback time, when you can get some bucks back for books your student no longer needs. ClassBook will be hosting an onsite Book Buyback and Rental Return on the Pennington campus on Friday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All students are encouraged to sell back to ClassBook any textbooks they no longer want. Just bring the books to the ClassBook tables in the lobby of the Campus Center; they will process your return and send you a check in the mail. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Moore in the Campus Store at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live nearby? Consider becoming a host family: The School's Host International Program matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. It helps international students adjust to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; instead, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session--some facilitated by the School and others provided by the host family itself. Examples include occasional dinners with the host family, family picnics or gatherings, movie nights, and trips to see a show or sporting event. We hope that local parents will consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity. More details are available on the School website, and you can download an application here, as well.
Upper School--May 27, 2016
Upper School summer reading selections announced: Upper School summer reading selections are posted on the Pennington website. There are two tabs on the summer reading page: “Book Groups” and “English.” Each Upper School student should read the title that he or she selected in advisory as part of reading group discussions to be conducted during the opening days of school. In addition, each Upper School student should read the book(s) required for his or her English course. Many English courses share common summer reading; students applying for Honors or AP placement should first read common books and then the text for the relevant Honors or AP courses after the School announces placement decisions. Here is the link to the summer reading: http://libguides.pennington.org/summerreading2016.
Horizon Fair Wednesday, June 1: Seniors from the Class of 2016 will share their Horizon internship experiences from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in the Campus Center. The internships are in a wide range of categories: Arts and Drama, Business, Marketing and Communications, Political Science and Government, Community Service, Education, Healthcare, STEM, Sports Management and Training, Finance, and Development. All Upper School students, parents, and faculty are welcome to attend.
2016-17 travel opportunities posted: The Pennington School travel program for 2016-17 is shaping up! Please visit the Global Studies webpage for more details. In brief:
- Salzburg, Austria: Language. Open to students of German in Level II and above in the 2016–17 school year. March 11–18, 2017. Price: $2,950. Interested? Email Mr. Chase at email@example.com.
- Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic: Service. Teach English to elementary students and enjoy the beach. March 11–18, 2017. Price: $2,100. Interested? Email Ms. Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Italy: Culture and History. Travel to Sicily and Rome March 12–22, 2017. Price: $3,600, with a deposit of $400 due on June 1, 2016. Interested? Email Mrs. Morris at email@example.com. Nearly full.
- Spain: Language. Vamos a España! Open to students of Spanish in Levels II Honors and above in the 2016–17 school year. March 10–23, 2017. Price: $1950, with a deposit of $1000 by September 15, 2016. Interested? Email Sra. Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our travel offerings will be rounded out by a service trip to Haiti, a music performance trip to Colorado—both during Spring Break—and a culture and conservation trip to Cuba in early summer! Details to follow.
Middle School--May 27, 2016
Middle School chariot race Wednesday, June 1: The Middle School Chariot Race will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m. on Tom Liwosz Field. Parents are welcome to watch the race--Roman attire is optional!
Middle School Graduation information: On the evening of Thursday, June 9, Middle School faculty, sixth- and seventh-grade classes, family, and friends will gather together to celebrate and honor members of the eighth-grade class as they graduate from Middle School. While the eighth-grade class will be our focus that evening, it also represents a meaningful and reflective conclusion to another wonderful year.
Here are some important details about that evening:
- The ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Pennington and will last approximately one hour. An on-campus reception in our Campus Center will immediately follow the ceremony. All are welcome.
- An eighth-grade class picture is scheduled at the church at 6:30 p.m., so it is recommended that eighth-graders arrive by 6:20.
- All sixth-grade students will be performing in the ceremony under the direction of Mr. Alford. An arrival time will be communicated by Mr. Alford.
- All seventh-grade students must arrive no later than 6:45.
- Dress for all students is semiformal. Jackets and ties, and dress pants and shoes are required of all boys, regardless of grade. Eighth-grade girls are expected to wear a dress (nothing strapless), while sixth- and seventh-grade girls may wear a dress, or skirt or dress pants and top.
- Students in each grade will sit with one another in reserved sections of the church. Some seating will also be reserved for eighth-grade parents. All other parents, family, friends, and special guests can find seating both on the main floor and on either side of the balcony upon arrival.
Middle School Graduation marks the end of the school year and is therefore deemed a required student event. If any student has extenuating circumstances and is unable to attend, please contact Mr. Paige.
Email from Mr. Paige coming to Grade 8 parents: Eighth-grade parents, please watch for an email from Mr. Paige with details about the Eighth-Grade Trip and other information pertinent to your children!
Grade party hosts sought for the fall: The Parents Association would like to request volunteers to host the seventh- and eighth-grade parent parties in the fall. This is an opportunity for parents to gather within each class and get to know each other better as the school year begins. The style and formality of the event is up to the discretion of the hosts. Please contact Karin Eckerson at email@example.com for more information.
Trade in your child's polos: Has your child outgrown his or her Pennington polo shirts? Or do you have an eight-grader who will no longer need the polos next year? The Parents Association is collecting any Pennington polos no longer needed or wanted--only those in good condition, please. These shirts will be offered to any family, new or returning, that may need some polos for next year. This weekend, do a clean-out and take inventory of your polos. We will take the ones you are willing to donate to a good cause.
Dr. Hawkey declares Kingswood Day
Following the Underclassmen Awards ceremony that took place on the morning of Thursday, May 26, Dr. Hawkey declared a Kingswood Day for tomorrow, Friday, May 27.
A bit of history: in 1963, Pennington welcomed Dr. A. B. Sackett, headmaster of the Kingswood School in Bath, England, to campus. During his visit, Dr. Sackett told students about his school's tradition of declaring surprise one-day holidays. In his honor, the tradition was started at Pennington, at first as a school holiday declared at breakfast by the headmaster. For a period of time Kingswood Day was scheduled on the school calendar, but for the past few years, Kingswood Day has once again become a special headmaster's holiday that may occur as a surprise at any time during the academic year.
For a video of the announcement (warning: video includes dancing), please click here.
Underclassman awards presented
The annual Underclassman Prize Ceremony took place in Sparks Memorial Gym on Thursday, May 26. We celebrate the achievements of all of the students and faculty members who were acknowledged during the ceremony:
The Edgar B. Roesch Award to the Freshman Excelling in English: Emily Moini
The John J. Burns Memorial Award to the Sophomore Excelling in English: Ryan Totaro and Caroline Bouton
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in English: Kelly Clark and Devon Duch
The Stephen Crane Writing Contest Award for Poetry: Nicole Adabunu
The Stephen Crane Writing Contest Award for Short Fiction: Isabelle Celentano
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Spanish: Laura Alaez
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Spanish: Hannah Bradshaw and Victoria Gassmann
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in Spanish: Andrea Amaro
The Dr. E.F. Hann Memorial Award to the Freshman Excelling in French: Emily Moini
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in French: Graham Davies
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in French: Siyi Li
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in German: Megan Eckerson
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in German: Sydney Faber
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in German: Terezia Bohmova
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Latin: Emma Van Cleef
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Latin: Ryan Totaro
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in Latin: Ian Gregg and Kelly Clark
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Mathematics: Austin Shah
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Mathematics: XinYi Zheng
The Howard Cressman Memorial Award to the Junior Excelling in Mathematics: Kelly Clark and Haochen Zhang
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Science: Gabriela Cano
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Science: Hannah Bradshaw and Ziqi Lei
The George Parnos Award to the Junior Excelling in Science: Zonghao Gao
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in History: Gabriela Cano
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in History: Ryan Totaro
The Dr. Ralph Appleton Memorial Award to the Junior Excelling in History: William Santarsiero
The Pennington School Award for Excellence in Religion: Adam Soliman
The Pennington School Award to the Student Excelling in Video Production: Nicholas Castagna
The Pennington School Award for Excellence in Health and Wellness: Akeya Brown, Julia Miller, and Ryan Totaro
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Theatre: Katherine Reim
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Theatre: Kathleen Horsley
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in Theatre: Molly McLaughlin
The Pennington School Award to the Student Excelling in Art: Emma Campisi, Jiaying Liu, Jingyuan Lu
The Pennington School Award to the Student Excelling in Photography: Kyra Quilty
The Pennington School Award to the Student Excelling in Ceramics: Hengshou Ma
The Pennington School Award to the Freshman Excelling in Music: Mariel Abano
The Pennington School Award to the Sophomore Excelling in Music: Michael Zachor
The Pennington School Award to the Junior Excelling in Music: Siyi Li
The Music Merit Award: Zonghao Gao
The Pennington School Award for Bridging Cultures: Hengshou Ma and Chynna Stallworth
The Pennington School Award to the Student Who Shows Most Noticeable Improvement: Barrett Wong
The Pennington School Award to the Student Outstanding in Volunteer Service: Isabelle Celentano and Grace Colalillo
The Ryan M. Fesko Award to the Junior who demonstrates a positive outlook, the ability to promote friendship and teamwork, and a commitment to physical fitness: Nyhsere Woodson and Annie Brunner
The Robert Young ’70 Memorial Award for Scholar-Athlete: Gerrit Crater and Chelsea Vickers
The Terry William Weiler '66 Memorial Scholarship: Jake Levinson
The Mount Holyoke Award to the Student Who Displays Outstanding Scholastic Achievement: Isabelle Celentano
The Wellesley College Book Award to a student who displays outstanding scholastic achievement: Madelyn Levine
Yale University Book Award: Ian Gregg
Rensselaer Medal Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science: Zonghao Gao
The Gateway Prize to the student(s) who best exemplifies Pennington’s core values of humility, virtue and honor: David Tokpah, Xin Wen Xu, William Santarsiero, Ellie Paige
Certificate of Scholarship to the following students in the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers program: Pauline Koniarczyk, Jodie Bartels, and Terezia Bohmova
The Kie and Hija Ahn Award for Peace and Global Understanding: Len Leib
The United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award: Samantha Stern-Leaphart
Pre-Algebra gets toys moving
Students in Ms. Wirsig's Pre-Algebra class conducted a lab that required them to use algebra to understand the performance of their original, personally designed moving toy. In addition, they used geometry to design a package for their toy, using minimal materials. During this lab they came to understand:
- how to use algebra to communicate the motion of the toy;
- how to use geometry to determine the most cost-effective packaging for the toy;
- how work collaboratively with others;
- how to clearly communicate their ideas to others.
Follow the link to a video showing the students in action: