February 2014 Education Roundup – Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

Hudson River MuseumMorse Students Begin Kendal-On-Hudson Visits This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students at  W. L. Morse Elementary School began their bi-weekly visit to Kendal-On-Hudson Continuing Care Retirement Center. The program, which is entering its eighth year, sees Morse students visit every two weeks until the end of the school year. While there, the children share a book, poem, or piece of their own writing with the residents. In return, students are taught about the elderly members of Kendal in a series of inspiring interactions.


Students Get Sublime at Hudson River Museum

Students at Sleepy Hollow High School got a chance to go behind the scenes at the Hudson River Museum and learn about the aesthetics and science behind the museum’s latest exhibition, Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940.

Art teacher Angela Langston used the exhibit to allow her students to explore links between American Modernism and Hudson River School painting. Science teacher Jason Choi introduced his A.P. chemistry students to modern alchemy, having them create their own reinforced concrete and then take a hammer to it to test the strength of their creations. Other students used the experience to examine the creation of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, learning about the forces being exerted on the Bridge and then making a scale model of a bridge of their own and its surroundings.

Kosovo Comes to Sleepy Hollow High School

Seniors in the High School’s Participation in Government and Contemporary Issues class welcomed six individuals from Kosovo, the small Central European nation in the Balkans struggling for international recognition. Introduced by Dr. Sheila Gersh, Director of Mercy College’s Center for Global Engagement, the visitors delivered a presentation on the economic, political, social, and legal challenges facing the young nation then led the students in a question and answer session.

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