New York Campus - Upper Division

Author E Lockhart discusses the writing process with students
  • Learning
Cherie Yanek, Upper Division Librarian

Award-winning author E. Lockhart visited students in grades 7, 8, and 9 this spring, sharing her work, stories, and background. Students left intrigued about her life, eager to read more of her books and inspired for their own creative processes.

  • Author Visits
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Read More about Creativity is a Process: Visiting Author E. Lockhart Shares Why Creativity Is Not the Same as Spontaneity
Students trying Hunan cuisine
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Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

After the mascot designing contest and our persuasive letter project, the 7th grade Wu Ji Xian class moved on to complete a new research project called “ba da cai xi,” or the “eight great regional cuisines in China,” which are Cantonese, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Min, Hunan, Anhui and Lu.

  • 7th Grade
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
Read More about The Eight Great Cuisines of China Project
Cognitive Behavioral Techniques in the Middle Grades
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Nima Rouhanifard, Dean of Students, Grades 6–9

The dean team at Avenues consistently explores the best possible ways to proactively expose our students to skills that will help them persevere through the unavoidable difficulties that pervade adolescent development. One proactive method which has gained traction is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

  • 7th Grade
  • Deans
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Social-emotional Learning
  • Upper Division
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A still from a student-created video for "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
  • Learning
Ron Widelec, Upper Division History Teacher

One of the key topics covered in the Vietnam War senior elective history class this year was the anti-war movement that developed during the war. Anti-war movements had sprouted up during other wars in American history, but none were ever as pervasive and effective as the anti-war activism during Vietnam. 

  • 12th Grade
  • History
  • Project-based Learning
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Read More about Music and the Vietnam Anti-War Movement
Students preparing food for a cooking show assignment
  • Learning
Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

We began our food unit, as most language classes must when entering the world of food for the first time, with the acquisition of a large body of vocabulary. As a student, food is often an easily accessible unit; everyone eats food, and it can be fun to talk about one’s favorite food and its flavors.

  • 10th Grade
  • 9th Grade
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Read More about Cooking in Chinese
Enjoying yuan xiao, glutinous rice dumplings, for Lantern Festival
  • Learning
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

The Lunar New Year holiday reaches its climax with Yuan Xiao (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), or the Lantern Festival. Our middle grades Chinese classes wrapped up our Lunar New Year festivities by celebrating this holiday.

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • Lunar New Year
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
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Ruta Sepetys speaking to Avenues students
  • Learning
Cherie Yanek, Upper Division Librarian

Award-winning author Ruta Sepetys visited Avenues New York (and presented via webcast to our São Paolo campus) this winter to share her stories and life’s work for grades 5–8. Students learned about her writing and research processes, as well as the somewhat unconventional methods she sometimes undertakes for these processes.

  • Library
  • Literacy
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
Read More about Visiting Author Ruta Sepetys Shares Why She Tells the Secret Stories, and the Importance of Helping Others

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