BC CELEBRATES WINTER SEASON WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
All 3 divisions celebrated the start of Winter Break at the annual Candle Lighting ceremonies this morning! Representatives from each grade, plus Head of School Bob Vitalo, Parent Association members, faculty, staff and alumni each lit a candle. Middle School World Language Teacher Gwendollyn Gout addressed the Middle and Upper School and student musicians performed. Read Ms. Gout's speech. Lower School photos and Middle and Upper School photos. Watch the 3rd & 4th Grade Choir sing "Give."

ART SHOW & LINCOLN PLACE CONCERT
Art and music took over Lincoln Place Wednesday night! Middle School and Upper School visual art was displayed throughout the building and the Upper School Orchestra, Eighth Grade Strings, Chamber Choir, Saxophone Ensemble and Middle School Jazz Ensemble performed. Art Show photos and concert photos.

ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT
Student musicians in all three divisions - including the Upper School Wind Ensemble, the Fourth Grade Chorus, the Middle School Orchestra, the Middle School Choir and the All-school Wind Ensemble - performed at the all-school Winter Concert Thursday night! Photos.  Listen to the All-School Wind Ensemble play "Invicta."

BC STUDENTS EARN TOP SPEECH & DEBATE HONORS
Berkeley Carroll earned a second ranking at a NYC speech and debate tournament on Saturday based on overall finishes in speech, debate and student congress!  Mosab H. '19 took first in declamation. Victoria S. '19 and Lisette M. '19 took first in two-person public forum debate. Alessandro G. '17 came in second in extemporaneous speaking. All 4 students are now qualified for the NYS Championships!

AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR PRAISES BC EDUCATION
"I was so fortunate to receive a rich and life-altering education at Berkeley Carroll and I was determined to become a teacher that could bring private school-quality education into public schools." Read more from Patricia Peņa Carty '02, one of only seven teachers to be recently honored with a Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, including why she'd like to emulate English Chair, Erika Drezner.

4TH GRADE STUDIES INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Fourth graders capped off their study of indigenous peoples and New York State's natural resources with a Haudenosaunee celebration where they displayed models of traditional Haudensosaunee villages made of natural materials. They also researched and wrote essays about aspects of Haudenosaunee life (i.e. hunting or longhouses), wrote their own creation stories (i.e. How the Stars Came into the Sky).
Traditional Iroquois food was served.

UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS HELP 6TH GRADERS WITH SCIENCE
Science Research and Design students in the Upper School lent their expertise to sixth grade science students and helped them review their work. The sixth graders have researched and experimented with various impacts of urban green spaces (runoff, cooling effect, etc) and designed proposal pamphlets to send to city officials.

BC CELEBRATES COMPUTER SCIENCE WEEK
Last week Berkeley Carroll celebrated national Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code in our Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools as part of our year-round STEAM initiative.  Lower schoolers celebrated national Computer Science Education Week and Hour by working with the Kodable and LightBot Jr. apps! Read more.  More photos.

LOWER SCHOOL ART EXHIBITS
"A Different Kind of Self-Portrait" and "Lines and Shapes" are the newest Lower School art exhibits on display at 701 Carroll St. The fourth grade found two ready-made objects and sculpted a third object to represent them - all three objects needed to fit inside their "universe box," a time capsule of their identities. First graders have been experimenting with the relationship between lines and shapes. Read more.

ATHLETICS
BC Girls Varsity Basketball defeated Columbia Prep, 51-47 to take the 2015 Brearley Holiday Classic Champions title!! The  7/8 swimmers performed well in the AAIS Relays!

ENGINEERING STUDENTS BUILD BRIDGES WITH SPAGHETTI
Upper School engineering students are building bridges out of dried spaghetti!
STEAM FAIR POSTER CONTEST
The poster for the 2016 STEAM Fair, which attracted over 450 people in 2015, will be designed by a student!  Students in Dr. Daniel's Middle School design elective used their graphic design skills to create amazing posters for the competition. The winning poster will be unveiled in early January when a big announcement about the 2016 fair will be made. Check out the six honorable mentions here, created by Avra G. '23, Charis B. '22, Delaila F. '20, Lucas L. '22, Donald B. '21 and Oscar T. '22.

SOPHOMORES STUDY HOW GENDER IS CONSTRUCTED
Sophomores in Ms. Drezner's Women on the Edge elective discussed how gender is constructed in our society with students, faculty and staff at a "gender gallery" this morning. Each student chose a gendered "cultural artifact," such an advertisement or a toy, and explained its explicit (and implicit) gender assumptions for visitors. More photos.

FIRST GRADERS INTERPRET THE NUTCRACKER
First graders shared short compositions inspired by "The Nutcracker" ballet with their classmates last week, including the Russian "Trepak" dance. More photos.

8TH GRADERS GET SPECIAL PREVIEW OF SENIOR SPEAKERS
Eighth graders got a preview of the Senior Speakers program this week. Michelle M. '16, Jake S. '16 and Emma Raible '16 read their speeches for the middle schoolers before answering their questions about the process. Learn more about Senior Speakers.

OUR NEW PERFORMANCE SPACE IS OFFICIALLY DONE
PARENT ASSOCIATION TRIPS DRAW RECORD # OF FAMILIES
Congrats to our Parent Association! More than a third of all BC families have attended at least one PA event so far this school year. They have gone to shows at BAM (Sound of Music, Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz), Barclays Center events (Globetrotters, Nets, Islanders, Frozen, Disney on Ice), Lincoln Center, slept over at the American Museum of Natural History, gone on ski trips and attended Mets games. Learn more about the PA.

GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND NOW FOR 2015 TAX DEDUCTION
Dec. 31 is just around the corner!The Annual Fund runs throughout the school year, but to receive a tax deduction for your gift in the 2015 calendar year, please remember to make your donation by Dec. 31. Make your gift online. Thank you for your support of Berkeley Carroll!

BUY A YEARBOOK AD
Yearbook ads are a great way to celebrate your child's academic achievements and graduation. The deadline for submission is January 15th.  Learn more.
  
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