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Yoga Assembly

On Friday, September 25, Tuxedo Park School warmly welcomed guest yoga instructor, Mrs. Stansbery, to lead our Friday Assembly.

2020-21 Opening Day

After a summer filled with preparations and protocols, Tuxedo Park School has opened our doors to in-person learning. Click here to learn more!

Summerscript Vol. 1 & 2

Please take a moment to enjoy the updates and photos in this Summerscript publication, including our 2020 graduation, summer programming, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work we accomplished this year.

TPS Virtual Art Show

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!

Tuxedo Park School 7th and 8th Graders: Making Mask Strings For A Cause!
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Zoë Steinberg-DiStefano

In an effort led by 6th-grade Advisor and math teacher Melissa Leventhal, TPS students are hand-stitching mask strings marked with pink ribbons.

Every year, Tuxedo Park School students hold numerous community service fundraisers. As part of the TPS service-learning curriculum, students plan and execute everything from deciding on the cause to the service work itself.  

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tuxedo Park School students and faculty wear pink to raise awareness and support those affected by this illness. This year, students decided to take their support a step further and contribute more directly. 

In an effort led by 6th-grade Advisor and math teacher Melissa Leventhal, TPS students are hand-stitching mask strings marked with pink ribbons. They have designed a marketing plan and are selling the strings to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The mask strings, which clip onto the ear loops, make taking off masks more hygienic and accessible, but more importantly, they make a positive statement of affinity with survivors.

In the past, examples of student-driven service projects include collecting canned goods and cereal boxes for local food pantries, sewing handmade pencil cases for students in Botswana, and designing reusable bags to benefit the Marie Ferrara Children’s Hospital. TPS also holds annual drives such as The Giving Tree, dedicated to collecting warm winter gear, and the Kindergarten Post Office, where proceeds from stamp sales benefit a local charity voted on by the students.

All service projects support the TPS Mission: Be Kind. Be Fair. Be Responsible.

 

Mousetrap Powered Cars in 8th Grade Science
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Zoë Steinberg-DiStefano

Dory Masefield’s 8th Grade Science class was assigned a STEM Design Challenge to design and build a car that is powered by a mousetrap.

Finding a new purpose for a common object always sparks excitement!  Such was the case when the Upper School students at Tuxedo Park School recently discovered that the common mousetrap can do a lot more than just attract mice. Dory Masefield’s 8th Grade Science class was assigned a STEM Design Challenge to design and build a car that is powered by a mousetrap.  Students were provided with a limited amount of materials: cardboard, craft sticks, CDs, a straw, a chopstick, dowels, tape, hot glue, and string, in addition to the mousetrap. 

Students are required to research design options and collaborate with classmates.  The upper school science department emphasizes the importance of scientific writing skills.  Therefore, the students complete a full lab write-up by first documenting a diagram of their original design and then analyzing the success of that blueprint by recording challenges and corresponding modifications to ultimately construct the most efficiently functioning car. 

“I really enjoy watching how students' understanding of forces evolves as they move through the steps of this project.” Ms. Masefield explained. “They take for granted the car they rode to school in, rarely thinking about how the tires turn. The concept of friction comes alive as they test their cars and brainstorm design modifications using these simple materials.”

The project will conclude with students "racing" their cars during a Friday assembly, with awards given to the two students with cars that travel the longest distance. 

I bet the mice would love a joyride!

   

Yoga Assembly
Zoë Steinberg-DiStefano

On Friday, September 25, Tuxedo Park School warmly welcomed guest yoga instructor, Mrs. Stansbery, to lead our Friday Assembly.

 

On Friday, September 25, Tuxedo Park School warmly welcomed guest yoga instructor, Mrs. Stansbery, to lead our Friday Assembly. The entire student body and faculty gathered on Shepard Field to participate in a fun and relaxing afternoon yoga practice. Mrs. Stansbery spoke about the importance of our core value, kindness.  We often emphasize the need to be kind to others, but she took the time to highlight the importance of being kind to oneself.  Mrs. Stansbery then led our community through yoga poses to help calm our bodies and minds before the weekend.

“Through yoga, children are invited to become aware of their thoughts and emotions and enhance their ability and power to adjust and adapt in various situations. Foundational to yoga is self-love and awareness because how we treat ourselves is, ultimately, how we treat others.  Yoga is a philosophy for how we live together in this life,” Stansbery explained, “Yoga helps children build confidence, concentration, peace, well-being, acceptance, and compassion.”

Our close-knit community is grounded in shared experiences and opportunities to connect and care for one another and ourselves. 

 

2020-21 Opening Day
Zoë Steinberg-DiStefano

After a summer filled with preparations and protocols, Tuxedo Park School has opened our doors to in-person learning. Click here to learn more!

After a summer filled with preparations and protocols, Tuxedo Park School has opened our doors to in-person learning. This marks our 121st year teaching children, and though many things about the start to this year feel different, the smiles, joy, and excitement of students and faculty on the first day of school is timeless and steadfast. After six trying months apart, the first day was an emotional reunion for friends, families, and colleagues. 

After hand sanitizing and temperature screening, students settled into their classrooms to connect with teachers, old friends, and new ones before gathering as a school on the front field, socially distanced. With beautiful Blairhame as our backdrop, we welcomed our 31 new students, inducted the new students onto their Green or Gold team, and rang the bell—a long-standing TPS tradition. Click Here to find a photo of your 3rd-8th grade student being inducted to their team!

    

We look forward to another year, under one roof, where the halls of Blairhame are filled with enthusiasm and curiosity; this is the essence of TPS.

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Our small school makes a big difference in our students' lives, particularly at this moment. With our students' return, our bucolic campus is complete again, and we could not be happier!

    

Summerscript Vol. 1 & 2
Zoë Steinberg-DiStefano

Please take a moment to enjoy the updates and photos in this Summerscript publication, including our 2020 graduation, summer programming, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work we accomplished this year.