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This fall, Mike Levy returns from Beijing to our New York campus where he will become associate head of the Upper Division.
'Tags: 'Curriculum, Faculty, Teacher Bio, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program, World School
10th graders have been studying the social, political and cultural effects of the Reformation, the Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment. As a culminating project, they analyzed The Mission (1986), a film directed by Roland Joffe starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, which neatly encapsulates the major themes of this unit.
'Tags: '10th Grade, Curriculum, History, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program
In the Middle School, it has been a tradition to celebrate Pi Day in our math classes since our first celebration, on March 14, 2013. This year, the seventh and eighth grade enjoyed student-led presentations, followed by our own Pi competition.
'Tags: '7th Grade, 8th Grade, Curriculum, Math, Middle Grades Program, Upper Division
I February, a team of 20 Avenues Upper School students hosted over 150 guests from NYC and beyond at the first Design 4 Impact conference. Students invited three stakeholder groups—schools, innovators and community advocates—to participate in four panel and workshop strands, a Design Challenge and a Student Showcase.
'Tags: 'Curriculum, Design thinking, Students, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program
With the presidential election in full swing, the Middle School has caught the politics bug! The "Political Junkies" club staged a mock election last month, during which the entire Middle School got to have their first experience voting. We hope we've created lifelong voters!
'Tags: '6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Curriculum, Middle Grades Program, Upper Division
Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history. This year, the year of the Monkey, the festival fell on February 8. Avenues Lower School and Early Learning Center (ELC) students enjoyed a full schedule of celebratory activities that week, including a series of performances in Chinese for their classmates as well as local Chinese seniors at Hudson Guild.
'Tags: '4th Grade, Chinese, Curriculum, Immersion, Lower Division
As part of this year’s first STEAM challenge, fifth and sixth graders were challenged to create their own rulers using an architectural design app called Graphic. Their digital models were then sent to the Avenues iLab for printing, first in cardboard and then in wood.
'Tags: '5th Grade, 6th Grade, Curriculum, Middle Grades Program, Upper Division
As the Early Learning Center prepared to celebrate the Lunar New Year, we decided to invite our class parents to join us and share a Chinese New Year tradition or craft with the students. We were lucky to have parents from agree to visit and share an age-appropriate, fun activity to help students better understand the significance of Chinese New Year and the traditions associated with it.
'Tags: 'Chinese, Curriculum, Early Learning Center, Nursery
Focusing one’s awareness in this way has a relaxing effect on children and adults alike, and mindful moments often punctuate the end of an action-packed school day in first-grade classrooms. The integration of meditation and mindfulness in the classroom not only promotes a tranquil atmosphere but also scaffolds students’ social-emotional development and personal growth.
'Tags: '1st Grade, Curriculum, Lower Division
For this year’s Chinese New Year, teachers In the Cheng Se pre-K classroom set out to share some precious Chinese traditions with our preschoolers. The result was a full and exciting two-week celebration.
'Tags: 'Curriculum, Early Learning Center, Lower Division, Pre-K
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