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Art Show
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Lisa Weisbrod

Students, Pre-K through Ninth Grade participated in the Annual Art Show, held virtually for the first time! The musical accompaniment was created by the Upper School Band. Enjoy!

Students, Pre-K through Ninth-Grade participated in the Annual Art Show, held virtually for the first time! Musical accompaniment by the Upper School Band. Enjoy!

TPS Student Named National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition Semifinalist
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TPS Student Named National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition Semifinalist

The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Lucas Capella, an eighth grader at Tuxedo Park School, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.

The 2020 National Championship was to take place May 18-21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters, but after careful consideration, the society made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee and GeoChallenge competitions due the the coronavirus outbreak.

How would you fare as a National Geographic GeoBee contestant? At the school GeoBees this year, students had to answer questions like these:

Which state is located west of Lake Huron—Minnesota or Vermont? Minnesota

Known for the tree nuts resembling deer eyes, which midwestern state is called the Buckeye State—California or Ohio? Ohio

A savanna elephant’s daily amount of dung contains more than 3,000 seeds. Savanna elephants can be found in Namibia and Mozambique on what continent? Africa

Volcanic activity under Yellowstone National Park creates great spouts of heated water that erupt out of the ground. These water eruptions are called what—geysers or cyclones? geysers

Which country does not border the Atlantic Ocean—Moldova, Angola, or Ireland? Moldova

The ancient Babylonians of Mesopotamia developed an early example of what basic counting machine that is still in use today—abacus or sundial? abacus

Host of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo is the most populous city in which European country that was once a part of Yugoslavia? Bosnia and Herzegovina

Once the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Tacoma is a major port and industrial city in which northwestern state? Washington

Government designated preserves have helped protect giant tortoises in the Seychelles, a country made up of over one hundred islands located north of Madagascar in what ocean? Indian Ocean

The Matterhorn is an iconic peak in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and what other country? Italy

ABOUT THE GEOBEE 

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States, the National Geographic GeoBee is an academic competition for public schools, private schools and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Students in grades four through eight from nearly 10,000 schools participate annually for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world by participating in the GeoBee. 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content.

TPS Upper School Band performs "Saturday In the Park"
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Tuxedo Park Upper School Band created this amazing rendition of "Saturday in the Park."

Tuxedo Park Upper School Band created this amazing rendition of "Saturday in the Park." In the words of composer Robert Lamm, we hope you can get out tomorrow and "just relax and enjoy each other’s presence, ... and the feelings we get from feeling a part of a day like this."

Click here to view the video.

Stock Market Project
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This trimester the Algebra IA class participated in the Tuxedo Park School Stock Market Project.

This trimester the Algebra IA class participated in the Tuxedo Park School Stock Market Project. The first step of the process was to research ten companies to determine in which the students wanted to invest. They sketched individual graphs of the one-year history of the company’s performance in the stock market in order to determine what the trends were over the last year. Then the students invested up to $10,000 in a minimum of three and a maximum of five companies. Over the next three weeks, they checked and recorded their profits and losses daily. At the end of this period, the class learned how to create spreadsheets and graphs of their data. The culmination of this project was to create a poster with information about each stock and visuals of the graphs. Students wrote reflective questions about why they chose the companies in which they invested, the accuracy of their predictions, and whether or not they would invest in the stock market in the future. Their presentations were excellent, as the enthusiasm for this project was unanimously positive.

 

MUN Competition
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Tuxedo Park School students competed in the Montessori Model UN in NYC, representing the kingdom of Bhutan.

Tuxedo Park School students competed in the Montessori Model UN in NYC, representing the kingdom of Bhutan. The students served on the Economic and Social CouncilHuman Rights Council, and Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Council.

TPS Students had the opportunity to meet with student delegates from around the world to pass resolutions by consensus. All students gave opening speeches at their council meetings on topics they have been researching since the start of the elective in September. Students forged friendships and learned more about one another's background during the evening cultural celebrations.

The Montessori Model United Nations program culminates a classroom study with a two-day global education simulation experience in NYC. The event enables students in upper elementary and middle schools to learn about the operations of the United Nations and its role as the world's largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. 

In addition, like the high school and university Model United Nations Programs, MMUN provides students from 9-15 years of age an opportunity to:

· Learn about cultures, governments, and peoples of nations throughout the world.

· Use research skills, writing skills, and written & oral communication skills.

· Develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and evaluative skills.

· Debate current global issues and world problems.

· Practice and use leadership skills in real life global situations.

· Understand the need for peace and conflict resolution throughout the world while developing their conflict resolution and debating skills.

Through the process of role-playing, each student becomes a delegate of a selected nation. They compose, present, and debate issues affecting their land and peoples of the world. By assuming the character of a citizen of their chosen country, they fully develop an understanding of the people's needs and the importance of accepting differences.