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New classes: History of the Silk Roads

New classes: History of the Silk Roads

Emily Shi and Julia Goldberg

June 3, 2020

The key to understanding World History is understanding the Silk Roads, history teacher Dr. Susan Groppi said. Material goods were traded on the Silk Roads, but so were religions, languages, agricultural products, and diseases, such as the Black Plague. The roads were a conduit by which culture spread,...

New classes: Canciones, cantantes y Poetas- revoluciones del mundo hispano

New classes: Canciones, cantantes y Poetas- revoluciones del mundo hispano

Emily Shi and Julia Goldberg

June 3, 2020

Every year in World Languages Department Chair Maria del Pilar Valencia’s AP Spanish class, there is a period of time after the students take the AP and before the year ends in which the class has no more required AP material to cover, she said. In past years, Valencia’s students often asked if they...

A leader in STEM and equity, Screen moves on

A leader in STEM and equity, Screen moves on

Alex Lautin, Contributing Writer

June 3, 2020

Computer Science and Robotics Department Chair Danah Screen is leaving the school to continue her teaching career at the Dalton School. Screen has been teaching at the school for five years. At Dalton, Screen will be the director of the robotics program, teach and further lessons concerning equity in...

Circles, calculus, and comics: Garcia says goodbye

Circles, calculus, and comics: Garcia says goodbye

Zachary Kurtz, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

“Even though math was never and probably won’t be my life's passion, Garcia made math so applicable and so interesting to me in so many ways, and I really appreciate that about him,” Roey Nornberg (12) said. At the end of the academic school year, Math teacher Charles Garcia will be leaving the...

Softball coach and biology teacher Doellman departs after three years

Softball coach and biology teacher Doellman departs after three years

Frankie Dogramaci, Contributing Writer

June 3, 2020

“She’s one of the sweetest teachers I’ve ever had, and I’m sad to see her leave. She was one of my favorites!” Zahra Motwani (9) said. After three years, science teacher Melissa Doellman is leaving the school to teach in Westchester next year. “HM was my first experience working and teaching...

Math teacher Nicholas Perry leaving after fifteen years

Math teacher Nicholas Perry leaving after  fifteen years

Emily Salzhauer, Contributing Writer

June 3, 2020

Over his 15 years at the school, departing math teacher and former dean Nicholas Perry has learned countless lessons from both colleagues and students. “One of the great hidden truths about teaching is you learn as much as you teach, and there’s nobody better to learn from than HM students,” Perry...

Catapano to retire after a lifetime of teaching

Catapano to retire after a lifetime of teaching

Hannah Katzke, Contributing Writer

June 3, 2020

After 28 years of teaching at the school, history teacher Claude Catapano is retiring. In February, Catapano announced his plan to retire at the end of the school year, and he plans to keep busy at home and help his mother, who is living with cancer in Vermont. He also has plans to collaborate with...

AP tests shift to online format

AP tests shift to online format

Jack Crovitz, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Advanced Placement (AP) exams transitioned to a shortened online format this spring, allowing students to take the exams at home but also causing difficulties for some test-takers. While there were some issues in facilitating the tests during the two week exam period, the online format was generally...

How a Senior Slump looks in the age of HM Online

Yin Fei, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Typically during the long-awaited spring, you might find members of the senior class on Alumni Field “slumping” with relief—playing water pong with speakers blasting music and comical senior backpacks strewn to the side. Instead, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the only “slumping” taking...

Goodbye coveted internship: Students’ summer plans adapt to the changing world

Goodbye coveted internship: Students’ summer plans adapt to the changing world

Hanna Hornfeld and Emma Colacino

June 3, 2020

Three months ago, Tomoko Hida (10) expected to spend her summer designing and tailoring clothes for a fashion internship, admiring art, and making crêpes in France as part of a French immersion program. Now, Hida and many others have had to adapt their summer plans to the changes brought along by the...

Navigating how clubs function virtually

Liliana Greyf, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

A bouncy castle is simply not the same over Zoom. A virtual hot dog just does not taste as good. While trivial, these details had a great impact on this year’s virtual Relay For Life event. Many of the school’s extracurricular groups, like the Cancer Awareness Club (CAC), have had to find ways to...

Paul Wang nominated valedictorian

Paul Wang nominated valedictorian

Claire Goldberg, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

“Everyone loves Paul,” co-class president Dan- iel Lee (12) said. “You can ask anyone and they’ll tell you I’m right.” e election of Paul Wang (12) as the Class of 2020 valedictorian has proved that the Class of 2020 does, in fact, love and value Wang. e other class co-president, Wang will...

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