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My STEPS experience

My STEPS experience

Nia Huff

May 14, 2020

Surrounded by cotton candy and bouncy houses, my fellow mentees, mentors, and advisors and I gather at the Lower Division field to celebrate another successful school year and reminisce about the memories we've made. The STEPS ( Students Together Empowering People of Color Successfully) carnival gives...

Taking STEPS to empower students of color

Taking STEPS to empower students of color

Ayesha Sen and Clio Rao

May 14, 2020

Despite America’s historic and pervasive racist, classist, and sexist legacy, a mentoring program that brings together high school and middle school students of color proves that when students of color are given space to be their full self, they can ultimately thrive in, rather than simply survive,...

Javaid Khan: A year in review as head of MD

Javaid Khan: A year in review as head of MD

Lauren Ho and Frankie Dogramaci

May 8, 2020

When Head of the Middle Division (MD) Javaid Khan ‘92 first stepped onto the school’s campus as a ninth grader, the MD didn’t exist. He had no idea that over three decades later, he would return to serve as its head. In his first year at the MD, Khan has worked to improve assemblies and re-ev...

MD mentor program resumes online

MD mentor program resumes online

Maya Nornberg and Jillian Lee

May 1, 2020

On March 4, Middle Division (MD) mentor Sam Weidman (10) headed into what he did not know would be his final in-person meeting for months to come. As the news surrounding COVID-19 began to grow, the MD Mentor Program leadership began contemplating how the pandemic would affect the meaningful relationships...

Online MD assembly promotes empathy

Online MD assembly promotes empathy

Chloe Choi and Emily Salzhauer

May 1, 2020

Last Wednesday, the Middle Division (MD) held an assembly that highlighted the importance of students supporting students during these difficult times through a series of stories told by John Dorr Nature Lab teacher, Nick DePreter, and the Head of MD, Javaid Khan. DePreter was asked to speak at the...

To meet or not to meet: MD implements more virtual classes

To meet or not to meet: MD implements more virtual classes

Liliana Greyf, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

  As Middle Division (MD) students continue to conduct their classes virtually, various changes in scheduling and potentially to grading systems have altered the structure of MD HM Online. As the administration has reached various scheduling conclusions, members of the community have expressed...

Middle Division students left to their own devices during remote learning

Middle Division students left to their own devices during remote learning

Katya Tolunsky and Louise Kim

April 24, 2020

  A month ago, Nusaiba Ashraf (8) only used her phone to listen to music and to check Instagram on the bus, she said. Now, given the new reality of remote learning, she uses her phone at various times during the “school day” for these purposes as well as to communicate with her friends. ...

Nursery, Lower, and Middle Divisions rely on collaboration to continue learning online

Nursery, Lower, and Middle Divisions rely on collaboration to continue learning online

Avi Kapadia, Lauren Ho, and Staff Writers

April 17, 2020

Nursery Division “My stuffed animals are in my room, but I don’t get to bring them with me to class. That’s hard because I want them to be with me,” Abigail Greyf (K) said. Nursery Division (ND) teachers and students alike have discovered new challenges in maintaining a routine and curbing distractions...

Goldman and Zhang emerge as co-champions at online Georgetown Debate Tournament

Goldman and Zhang emerge as co-champions at online Georgetown Debate Tournament

Yin Fei and Purvi Jonnalagadda

April 17, 2020

After debating in the Georgetown Spring International Tournament over the past long weekend, Maeve Goldman (8), and her partner Richard Zhang, went undefeated and became the 2020 co-champs in the Middle School Public Forum division. The Georgetown tournament was meant to be held at the university,...

MD Math team adds another win: 12 trophies

MD Math team adds another win: 12 trophies

Alison Isko, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

The Middle Division math team continued their 10+ year streak of winning first place overall at the Bronx Chapter Mathcounts competition, said Coach Ben Wang (12). The competition was held at Manhattan College, taking home 12 out of 13 possible trophies, 6th grade math teacher and club advisor Susan...

Richard Blanco shares poetry with MD

Richard Blanco shares poetry with MD

Rowan Mally, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Last week on Tuesday, critically acclaimed poet Richard Blanco was featured at a Middle Division (MD) Assembly, speaking on global issues. Blanco used his past experiences as a gay man and the son of immigrants to draw connections to today’s topics, including gun violence, climate change, and racism. “Schools...

‘Spelling Bee’ the play creates buzz

‘Spelling Bee’ the play creates buzz

Hanna Hornfeld, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

While spelling bees are generally fairly mundane, this year’s Middle Division musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” has been nothing short of hilarious and exciting for its cast members. Throughout this production about a middle school spelling bee, characters come up to the stage...

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