LIVING WAX MUSEUM ATTRACTS BIG CROWDS
Eighth graders embodied the likes of Gloria Steinem, Marie Antoinette, Mickey Mantle, Mohandas Gandhi, Frida Kahlo and sixty other influential figures at this year's museum, telling their life stories and answering parents and faculty's (often tough and very specific) questions. Learn more about the project, which has become a rite of passage for Middle School students. Watch a slideshow of this year's cast. 
  
THIS WEEK'S SENIOR SPEAKERS
This week's senior speakers were (left to right) Stephanie A., Devin H. and Lily M. Stephanie spoke on how opening yourself up to new experiences can make magic happen. Trying different activities in her freshman year, for example, made her braver. Devin talked about what he's learned at BC including the ideas that everything is temporary and that we're all a work in progress. Lily spoke about how you don't need to leave what you know to have a "life-changing" experience. Read more.
  
BC LEADS WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING GENDER QUESTIONING & GENDER FLUID STUDENTS
Berkeley Carroll hosted a New York State Association of Independent Schools workshop on best practices in supporting gender fluid, gender questioning, and transgender children in independent schools. Participants and Upper School students heard from Barnard professor, author and keynote speaker Jennifer Finney Boylan, whose "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," is the first book by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller. The rest of the day featured workshops on identity led by more than a dozen Berkeley Carroll faculty, parents and administrators, including Bob Vitalo.
 
LOWER SCHOOL HONORS CHANGEMAKERS
The Lower School honored Changemakers with their Peace & Justice for All ceremony,  with each grade contributing something to the assembly. Kindergarteners sang a song in English and Spanish and shared a video they made about Louis Braille. 1st Graders spoke about the impact Ruby Bridges had to the civil rights movement. 2nd Graders did interpretive dances to Langston Hughes poems. 3rd graders sang a song slaves sang on the Underground Railroad. 4th graders showed the similarities between civil rights struggles in the 1960s and today. Watch the 3rd & 4th Grade Choir video. More photos
ATHLETICS
We're heading into the homestretch of the winter season! Boys and Girls 5/6 Basketball teams defeated Saint Ann's and Staten Island Academy (SIA) before packed crowds at Lincoln Place. Boys Varsity Basketball avenged earlier defeats by beating Dwight and SIA in hard-fought contests, while Boys JV continued an undefeated ACIS run and its hold on first place. The Girls Varsity Basketball team beat Saint Ann's in the ACIS semi-finals and fell just short of the title. Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming continued to rewrite the record boards. Read Athletic Director Dick McGrath's update and preview of the coming weeks here.
MUSIC EVENTS IN THE NEW PERFORMANCE SPACE
Fifth graders took part in the first performance in the new Performance Space! All 5th graders began learning a new instrument in September, and this concert was an opportunity to show how far they've come since the first day of school. More photosThe Middle School also heard and learned from a U.S. Navy woodwind quartet.

HOW BC HONORED MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. THIS YEAR
Lower, Middle and Upper School students celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists at workshops and assemblies over the past week. Read more on the Berkeley Carroll blog.

VIDEO OF FIFTH GRADE VISIT TO BUEHLER SCIENCE CENTER
Fifth graders used the principles of science, mathematics and technology to complete an out-of-this-world mission at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center. Watch some of their adventures in this video.

SENIOR SCHOLARS PRESENT PRELIMINARY ARGUMENTS
Six seniors presented their preliminary arguments to informal roundtables of faculty and peers yesterday as part of our Senior Scholars program.  They will revise their papers based on this feedback and make final presentations in the spring.
 

THIRD GRADE VISITS WHITNEY MUSEUM'S FRANK STELLA EXHIBIT
Third graders just visited the Frank Stella retrospective at the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit represents the kind of work and thinking they've been tackling in art class this year regarding line, shape, color, and pattern. Students are currently transforming their two­-dimensional artworks into three-­dimensional sculptural forms. This exhibit will inspire and inform their work as they also explore how to create a sense of movement in an artwork. More photos
 
STUDENTS SHOWCASE TALENT AT JUNIOR VARIETY SHOW
The Class of 2017's Junior Variety Show was hosted by Michael E. ('17) and Kellen P.C. ('17) and featured musical performances, dances, videos, magic, and lip syncing from over 20 upper school students and faculty! More photos.
  
FIRST GRADERS VISIT LINCOLN PLACE & LEARN BC HISTORY
First Graders came to Lincoln Place to interview Head of School Bob Vitalo. After getting a quick rundown of his job and the school, students took turns asking questions ranging from the history of the school to learning about why they learn Music and Spanish. They enjoyed cookies and milk, took a tour of the school, and were excited for the day they get to go to school at Lincoln Place!  They also learned about the history of Berkeley Carroll - from its early years as an all-girls school to the present day - with Director of Development Pam Cunningham.
 

ALUM UPDATE: REBECCA BALLHAUS '09/BROWN '13
BC Alum Rebecca Ballhaus ('09) has been busy covering the Iowa Caucus and primaries as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. You can read her recent article comparing Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' January fundraising here.  
 
PARENT PEER NIGHT
Parents learned about the 9th grade experience at Peer Parent Night where student peer leaders led discussions and answered questions.
 

SEVENTH GRADE MAKES POP-UP BOOKS
Seventh graders made books for stories they wrote in visual arts class, creating unique pop up elements to enhance the narratives.
 

DONATE BOOKS TO SUPPORT COSTA RICA SERVICE PROJECT
Please consider donating your new or gently read books to sell at our annual Middle School Book Sale! Donate now through March 1 - books may be placed in the large box behind the Lincoln Place front desk. The Book Sale will be held during Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3. All proceeds support the BC/World Leadership School Costa Rica service project and contribute to this year's fundraising goal of $5,000.
  
  
LUNCH MENUS 
 
  
DON'T MISS:
Feb. 10: Instrumental Concert
Feb. 11: SEED Meeting
Feb. 15: Presidents' Day (School Closed)
Feb. 17: Choral Concert
Feb. 18: Last Day for Earlybird Ticket Price to the Benefit
Feb. 20: STEAM Fair
Feb. 24: 6th Grade Surprise Winter Outing
Feb. 26: Best Buddies
March 2 & 3: Parent Teacher Conferences (No Classes)
 

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