300 Guests Attend Annual Parents Luncheon
Suzzanne Douglass Cobb and Diamond McClintock
Nearly 300 parents and friends gathered to honor the importance of families in the lives of SEEDS students at the annual Parents Luncheon at the Newark Club on Saturday, March 23. Jamie McClintock, Development Officer, Parents Program, organized an incredible and uplifting event with good friends, great conversation and thoughtful speakers.
Actress Suzzanne Douglass Cobb was the event's keynote speaker, and she highlighted the importance of SEEDS in improving educational opportunities for its students. In addition to Ms. Cobb's speech, the event featured comments from Diamond McClintock (YSP '04, The Pingry School '10, Dickinson University '14) and Florence Francis (Parents Committee Member). All photos can be found online.
Thanks to all of the SEEDS parents who came out to make this year's event a success!
Scholars Participate in Annual Hospital Day
On Saturday, April 13, 88 Scholars had the opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals at SEEDS' annual Hospital Day event. Scholars from the Dwight-Englewood School site met with staff at Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ) while Scholars from The Pingry School and Seton Hall Prep sites visited Morristown Medical Center (Morristown, NJ).
During their visits, Scholars were able to observe medical
Scholars at Hospital Day
professionals in the operating room, NICU, gastroenterology department, pharmacy, pediatrics ward and lab. Afterwards, students engaged with staff in discussions around three ethical case studies related to the practice of medicine and participated in a workshop designed to explore preparation for careers in healthcare.
Photos of Scholars at Morristown Medical Center are now available.
Building cultural awareness, SEEDS Scholars will participate in the annual Arts Trip on Saturday, May 4. Following a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, students will see Newsies on Broadway. Additional details to follow.
Young Scholars Have Busy Spring Semester
SEEDS' Young Scholars have had a busy semester. In addition to their Saturday coursework, Young Scholars have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities designed to expand their world view.
|SEEDS graduates and YSP Book Club facilitators Teryon Lowery (YSP '09, Delbarton School) and Shanyah Saunders (YSP '09, Oak Knoll School) hold selections for April's discussion.|Young Scholars traveled to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit) on March 2. They visited the "Cordy Ryman: Shuffle/Scrap/Echo" exhibit and then made their own projects afterwards.
On April 13, Young Scholars completed their fourth and final "Brown Bag Lunch" session with SEEDS alumni. Alumni provided "Insider's Scoop" on the independent school experience for Young Scholars. Previous discussions have centered around academic motivation, gender relations and living in two worlds.
After initially being postponed due to weather, the first Book Club
for Young Scholars took place on March 23. The nine high school facilitators led Young Scholars and nearly 20 volunteers in discussions of The Homework Machine
by Dan Gutman and The White Giraffe
by Lauren St. John.
Young Scholars will participate in their second book club discussion on April 27. Boys will be reading Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan and girls will be reading Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
On May 4, Young Scholars will also be visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art before enjoying Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway.
CPP Juniors Prepare for College
In addition to preparing for their ACTs each Saturday, juniors traveled to Barclays in New York City on April 16 to engage in mock
interviews with Barclays staff. The evening prepared CPP scholars for admissions interviews in the fall. Thanks to Barclays for a great evening! (Pictures can be found here.)
CPP seniors around the Dentons conference table.
CPP seniors have also been busy,
participating in a written and oral advocacy program with Dentons (previously SNR Denton). Meeting over four sessions, students discussed "state's rights vs. parental rights" with several attorneys from the firm. Students formally presented their arguments on April 13 at Dentons' offices in Short Hills. Thanks to Dentons for a terrific experience for SEEDS' seniors!
Guidance Hosts Break Activities for Alumni
SEEDS' Middle School, High School and College Scholars have been on spring break, and SEEDS' Guidance department scheduled a variety of events for students.
SEEDS students experience Rider University with a tour hosted by Admissions Counselor and SEEDS grad Brandon Jacobs (Scholars '03, The Hill School ;07, The College of Wooster '11)
With a terrific turnout, SEEDS hosted a college trip for high school students, with visits to Dickinson College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Rider University, Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University.
Guidance also orchestrated a movie night, showing The Avengers, a trip to see the New York Red Bulls take on the Philadelphia Union, and its second annual visit to MoMA.
CPP alumni were invited to attend the first of a professional workshop series on Thursday, March 28. Hosted on Google Plus, the session "Social Media Clean-Up: Understanding the Impact of Your Presence on Social Platforms" was lead by Nyrie McKenzie, Public Relations Associate of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company (New York).
The second session in the series will focus on "Revamping Your Professional Portfolio" and will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Associate Dean of Guidance Monet Kendall at email@example.com.