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Fifth grade archaeologists
Christopher Kasker

Fifth graders conducted their first archaeological dig on May 16.  Each trench was assigned to two students, one excavated while the other recorded their findings. The students then swapped responsibilities halfway through the dig-day.

Fifth graders conducted their first archaeological dig on May 16.  Each trench was assigned to two students, one excavated while the other recorded their findings. The students then swapped responsibilities halfway through the dig-day.
 

Tuxedo Park School students conduct archaeological did

Leading up to the hands-on dig, fifth grade studied a unit on archaeology in conjunction with their study of the ancient world. They learned about archaeological practices and the job and responsibilities of an archaeologist. Students then went outside and conducted their own excavation.

Tuxedo Park School Freshman in Botswana with students
Christopher Kasker

From March 11-13, a group of 13 TPS students and graduates worked with students aged 6-12 at Galaletsang School in Gaborone, Botswana. They spent this last year fundraising for supplies and planning instruction in the disciplines of mathematics, literacy, science, art and physical education.

Tuxedo Park School Freshman in Botswana with students



by Serena Mueller
Associate Head of School for Academics

Walking into the dirt schoolyard, we were struck by the sheer volume of students. They were scattered everywhere, sweeping away leaves, watering plants, picking up trash, and playing chase. The cinderblock buildings bore concrete floors with craters and several broken windows. The forty students per classroom fought for a desk or chair, with not enough to go around. Lunch was served in a silver bucket, set on the floor inside the classroom door.

Despite these conditions, every child was smiling. Their joy and enthusiasm was contagious. It was a swarm of handshakes, high-fives, and unending questions. Most rewarding was the first moment when our students wasted no time getting to know each and every child. They bent down to speak with the younger ones, asking questions back. They picked up soccer balls and started playing different catch games and tag games. They sat down and held the hands of the calmer students who just wanted to chat. There was no hesitation, no uncertainty. They were there to serve these students.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." This was evidenced by the commitment and engagement of our current students and alumni during their time in Botswana.

From March 11-13, a group of 13 TPS students and graduates worked with students aged 6-12 at Galaletsang School in Gaborone, Botswana. They spent this last year fundraising for supplies and planning instruction in the disciplines of mathematics, literacy, science, art and physical education. The students traveled 7,600 miles with over $10,000 of classroom supplies and athletic equipment in their very heavy luggage. Tuxedo Park School teachers, along with the students, delivered instruction based on Botswanan educational standards and met with teachers to discuss various instructional methods. This was the second annual service trip, and it was rewarding to see the impact of last year's work still alive in classrooms.

By the time we left, the students of Galaletsang knew each of our names and we departed with hugs and cheers. Our students couldn't stop chattering about the children they met, or the culture of the school and what their plans were moving forward for continued service. They began to understand the depths of difference across the world. When we had the opportunity to visit Maru-A-Pula, a private school in Gaborone, they asked questions about school, life and hobbies. They asked the locals questions about life in Botswana, and learned about the systemic governmental and financial challenges. They were curious about all aspects of their experience. We were lucky enough to have two faculty members and two students return to TPS and spend two weeks here with us. This exchange has allowed students to connect with others from across the globe, securing the partnership between the schools.

As the planning begins for next year's journey to Africa, we are reminded that, "No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burdens of another." – Charles Dickens

Tuxedo Park School students present science expo projects
Christopher Kasker

Students in fourth grade through ninth grade demonstrated their scientific knowledge and curiosity at the inaugural Tuxedo Park School Science Exposition during the evening event Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Students in fourth grade through ninth grade demonstrated their scientific knowledge and curiosity at the inaugural Tuxedo Park School Science Exposition during the evening event Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Tuxedo Park School Parents enjoy Science Expo presentations

The expo challenged the students from fourth through ninth grade to scientifically investigate the four core disciplines of science; physical, life, earth, and space science. Participants thoughtfully engineered projects that displayed the data they collected and the knowledge they learned.

Science teacher Tyler France commented on the high degree of preparation and performance of the 'scientists" delivered.

"The middle school and upper school students conducted thorough and detailed research on their topics," said Mr. France.  "I was impressed by the students' ability to present in such a professional manner. It was a proud moment to see all the students and families so engaged in the experiments on display. "

Tuxedo Park School student presents science experiment to parent

The egg drop was one of the highlights of the night.  From the second floor of the of the school's grand staircase, students drop their creative contraptions designed to preserve a raw egg upon landing.  

"Being a part of the egg drop felt like being part of an intense athletic game," said Mr. France. "It was a beautiful moment to see the community pull together to support our devoted students." 

The inaugural science expo was such a success that Tuxedo Park School is looking forward to making it an annual event.  

See more photos on Flickr.

Tuxedo Park School Boys basketball awards recipients
Christopher Kasker

The Tuxedo Park School Winter Sports Assembly took place during the Friday afternoon assembly. Listed below are this season’s award winners. Congratulations to all!

Tuxedo Park School Boys basketball awards recipients

The Tuxedo Park School Winter Sports Assembly took place during the Friday afternoon assembly. Listed below are this season’s award winners. Congratulations to all!

Tuxedo Park School Girls Basketball award recipients

Girls Basketball
Coach’s Award Green – Madison B
Coach’s Award Gold – Maddie E
Most Improved Player – Kaitlyn H
Most Valuable Player – Reyna C

Boys Basketball
Coach’s Award Green – Brandon M
Coach’s Award Gold – John O
Most Improved Player – Dawson W
Most Valuable Player – Jeffrey S

Squash
Coach’s Award – Christopher H

The fastest skiers were also recognized with the Jake Shepard Ski Bowl. Congratulations, Ben K and Kaitlyn H. 

Upper School Overnight Ski Trip
Christopher Kasker

The excitement was building at the beginning of last week as upper school students anxiously awaited their three-day ski trip. The peak of all this excitement summited at Gore Mountain.

tuxedo park school students at Ridin-Hy Ranch

Tuxedo Park School seventh, eight, and ninth-grade students achieved new heights during the annual upper school ski trip to Gore Mountain Jan. 23-25.

The annual trip complements Tuxedo Park School's exceptional and unique ski program. This year's seventh graders have been preparing for this trip since they were in third grade, the first year students participate in the school's ski program. Although the first day of skiing was rained-out, students found plenty of activities at the ranch to keep themselves entertained.

The upper school trip to Gore is certainly a highlight of the program. Students stay at the Ridin-Hy Ranch, which is a short bus ride to the ski resort. Students have a mix of free time and planned activities. The first night consisted of a minute-to-win-it competition. Green and gold points were at stake. This year Green came away winning four events, with Gold's three events.  

Tuxedo Park School students at Rydin-Hy Ranch

Green prevailed in:
-Bite Me: Pick up bags of various size with teeth.
-Rapid Fire: Use a rubber band to knock all of the cups down.
-Bucket Head: Wear the hat on your hand bouncing the ping pong balls on the floor with enough power to get into your hat.
-Moving On Up: Stack the cups until you get to the original cup.

Gold edged out Green in:
-Noodling Around:  Take spaghetti strand in your mouth and scoop up 5 penne pasta noodles, kneeling, no hands.
-Thar She Blows: Must push all of the cups off the table with a balloon
-Bouncing balls Bounce ping pong balls into an egg holder.

No winner was declared in Face the Cookie: Slide the cookie from your forehead into your mouth.

The second evening's activities included karaoke, which turned into more of a dance party. The faculty was impressed with the amount of energy displayed by the upper schoolers on the dance floor.

Tuxedo Park School students and faculty on Gondola at Gore Mountain

Each night before the planned activities, students have the opportunity to go tubing, play games in the lounge, swim in the indoor pool, or play basketball on the indoor court.

Although the weather prevented on a full day of skiing this trip, all of the students who are returning to TPS next year are already looking forward to Gore 2020.