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Thank you to the many members of our community who attended Noche en La Habana on Friday evening. It was a delight to see you there. For those of you who were unable to join us, we missed you! Check out the photos on our website soon. As you may be aware, Friday evening's fiesta was the final event in our series of 50th anniversary celebrations. It was a most fitting send-off. As we embark upon our next 50 years, I write to share with you some exciting news for the school.
In February, the Board of Trustees held a retreat where they spent the day discussing programs, space and the needs of the school in the next phase of its growth. The result of this was a recognition that our programs, which are the drivers of all we do, would benefit greatly from both additional and reconfigured space. To that end, I am excited to announce the 50th Anniversary Initiative! The first phase of the project includes a complete and programmatically-driven renovation of the Lower School roof which will be completed by September 2016. Renderings of this part of the project are on display in the school lobby, on the website and on Facebook.
This will be followed by a complete third-floor redesign of both indoor and outdoor learning environments that will greatly improve the school's programmatic offerings, especially in science, language, visual and performing arts and the physical education/athletics programs. The designs thus far have been led by the programmatic vision of faculty and staff, in collaboration with the board of trustees, and architects have created a preliminary outline for a wonderfully inspired school expansion. The real goal is to create an exciting new set of spaces from which our children will greatly benefit. The second part of this project will not occur until summer 2017.
More details of this will be announced shortly, but I could not wait to share with you this thrilling news. I will be in touch as I know more. In the meantime, as always, please feel free to stop by if you have any questions.
I wish you all the best for a wonderful week!
Sandra Stevenson, mother of recent graduate Joaquim Stevenson-Rodriguez '15, candidly shared with the NY Daily News why the Montessori education her son received at BHMS was the best approach in preparing him for the rapidly changing world we live in today: it is the joy of discovery that is instilled in each student, affording them the autonomy to learn on their own terms, wherever they are.
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Middle School Humanities teacher, Launa Schweizer, penned an intimate article about the 7th and 8th grade trip to Baltimore this past spring in the midst of the Freddie Gray protests.
"A middle-school class in Brooklyn was getting ready to visit the Maryland city this month—and then the Freddie Gray protests unfolded. But the turn of events has offered an invaluable learning opportunity."Read the article in its entirety by clicking the link below: