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LS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Lower School Celebrates Latinx Heritage

In October, each grade in Lower School has been studying a different Latin country as part of the celebration of…

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Heard on Campus: Geometry

What's it like for students at Poly during outdoor and online learning?

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Poly Conservatory Marisa Triola '24

Poly Conservatory Is Part of Vision of Poly as a Cultural Center

Poly Conservatory aims to strengthen the school's performing arts program and help establish Poly as a cultural center.

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How I Got Here Speaker Series

Class of 1988 Alumnae Share Career Stories & Advice

Two members of Poly’s Class of 1988 shared advice with Upper School students and young alumni about setting out on…

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Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar and her book Never Caught

Social Historian Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar Is Context Speaker

“There’s no way to understand your present or affect your future if you don’t know your past.”

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History Politics and Media Project 2020

Students Launch Poly Media + Politics Project Website

As we get closer to November 3, Poly’s students aren’t just learning civics, they are living it. Upper School students…

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Photography Class Documents Outdoor Poly

Upper School photography class collaborates on a photo documentary project of our outdoor learning experience.

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Lower School Ally Week 2020

Lower School Celebrates Ally Week in Rainbow Colors

Lower School joined with other schools around the country in celebrating Ally Week.

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Grade 4 Creates Pure Joy on Xylophones

Lower School music teacher Jennifer Nelson delights with an xylophone concert on the steps...

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Senior Philosophy Seminar Sparks Questions About Identity

Poly's new senior philosophy seminar fosters critical thinking that shapes decision-making...

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Heard on Campus: Dance

What's it like for students at Poly during outdoor and online learning?

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Linear Algebra Preps Students for College Level STEM Courses

This academic year, Poly is offering Linear Algebra as a new course.

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New Faculty September

Meet Our New Faculty: September

Each week we’ve been featuring a new faculty member on Facebook. In case you missed “New Faculty Fridays,” enjoy our…

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Olivia Gryson and Talia Marsh Voter Registration Drive

Students Spearhead Voter Registration Week

Anyone who thinks teenagers are not aware of the importance of voting should speak with Talia Marash ’21 and Olivia…

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Alumni Are Part of Outdoor Poly’s Success

Alumni returned to campus to assist faculty and staff with Poly Prep's outdoor learning across the Dyker Heights campus.

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HUGs Fosters Unity & Inclusion at Poly

HUGs, Poly's parent led groups foster inclusion and fellowship among families and advocate for an equitable and just environment.

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Class of 1976 Zooms

“Class of ’76” Zoom Chats for 22 Consecutive Weeks

“There’s a bond in our class that spans five decades. For a large part of the chats, we’re 17 years…

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African American History Class Books

African American History Is American History

Teacher Alex Carter and the History department transform African American course...

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How I Got Here Speaker Series

New Speaker Series Focuses on Inspiring Career Paths

Poly Prep's new speaker series invites accomplished professionals to engage with students about career paths.

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Keith Wiggs

Poly Welcomes New Director of Major Gifts

Poly Prep welcomes its new Director of Major Gifts Keith Wiggs..

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Kadyn Liburd

One Student’s Journey in a Year of Challenges

COVID-19 changed how we navigate in the world. Poly’s Kadyn Liburd ’21 faced this head-on while she was studying abroad…

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Poly Remembers Those We Lost on 9/11

Joining the nation on this tragic anniversary, Poly commemorates the attacks of September 11, 2001 by remembering the 10 alumni…

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Lower School Opening Day

Poly Is Open and Together Again

We’re back! With so much anticipation about what opening day would be like, Poly’s first day of school was a…

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Welcome to Poly

Meet Our New Faculty: August

Each Friday we’ve been featuring a new faculty member on Facebook. In case you missed “New Faculty Fridays,” enjoy our…

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Poly alum Dr. Neil Schluger ’77

On the Front Lines of the Pandemic with Dr. Neil Schluger ’77

Poly alumnus, Dr. Neil Schluger ’77 was on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. The…

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Audrius Barzdukas

Back to School: Turning Challenge into Opportunity

School must go on. Head of School Audrius Barzdukas P'20 announces that Poly Prep is reopening both campuses...

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Summer in Quarantine: In Their Own Words

The summer is winding down. In final part of our three part series check out what students and alumni are…

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Summer in Quarantine: In Their Own Words

In Part 2 of our three part series hear what students and alumni are doing this quarantine summer....

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Faculty Seek to Improve Learning & Equity

Poly faculty attended professional development workshops with the goal of improving learning and equity in our classrooms.

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Hugo Freudenthal '48

Renowned Marine Biologist Dr. Hugo Freudenthal ’48 Is Honored

It's not everyday that one has a genus named in one's honor.

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Lou Candel LAX & Hoops

Poly Coaches Take Their Talents on the Road

The COVID-19 pandemic tossed everyone’s summer plans out the window. One Poly coach and his brother adapted by taking their…

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Lisa Beltramello Madrid National Team

Girls’ Lacrosse Trained Virtually with Spanish Women’s National Team

Poly's Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team trained virtually with the World Cup-bound Spanish Women's National team...

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Tasha Fonstein

Summer in Quarantine: In Their Own Words

Alumna Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ’20 reached out to fellow recent grads and Upper School students...

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Dr. Jackson Collins Professional Development Speaker

Dr. Jackson Collins Addresses Racial Literacy, Microaggressions, and Moving Forward with Poly Prep Faculty

Dr. Jackson Collins was the keynote speaker at Poly's annual professional development...

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Summer Digital Photography - Martine Fiore

Exploring the Language of Light

What makes a photograph most interesting, most successful as a work of artistic interest? That is a question visual arts…

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Freedom from Bias: Poly Parents Do Anti-Racism Work

How do parents help children understand police brutality and street protests? How can we learn about overlooked parts of American…

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Opeyemi Laniyonu

Meet Opeyemi Laniyonu, Poly’s New Director of Annual Giving

Opeyemi Laniyonu has joined the Advancement team as Director of Advancement...

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eSports

Poly’s eSports Team Rockets to Finals

In its first year, Poly’s eSports team reached the High School eSports League (HSEL) Rocket League finals ...

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12 Notable Guests

Guest Speakers Roundup: Highlights from 2019-2020

Notable historians, authors, and even a SpaceX engineer were among the many guests who came to Poly to enrich our…

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The Poly Podcast

This spring Poly launched The Poly Podcast. Each short, conversational episode features Poly faculty and staff and offers an informative…

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Advanced Dance Class Is New York Tough

Advanced Dance Class Is New York Tough

In the Advanced Dance class final video project, “NY Tough,” dancers expressed their lives during quarantine, accompanied by the words…

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Hallie Stephenson New York Theater Festival

Original Play by Hallie Stephenson ’20 Accepted into Winterfest New York Theater Festival

Aspiring actor and playwright Hallie Stephenson ’20 often performed on the Poly stage, and now, her original play, The Virgin’s…

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Lunch & Learn Workshops

Lunch & Learn Workshops: A Space for Students to Discuss Racism

Following the murder of George Floyd, faculty and students led Lunch & Learn Workshops on June 9 to give Grades…

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Grade 7 Art & Activism Project

Grade 7 History Responded to Murder of George Floyd by Creating an Art & Activism Gallery

A Los Angeles Times story shared by history teacher Elaine Levia’s friend, LA Times staff writer Makeda Easter, inspired Levia…

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Class of 2020 Commencement

Poly Celebrates Its 163rd Commencement

The day the Class of 2020 had been looking forward to arrived on June 12 at 11 AM when Poly…

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Austin Somers '20 Senior Speaker

Austin Somers ’20 Is 2020 Commencement Senior Speaker

The Class of 2020 chose Austin Somers ’20 to represent them as the Senior Speaker at Commencement 2020 on June…

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Emily Weinstein '20 Joseph Dana Allen Award Winner

Joseph Dana Allen Award Winner Emily Weinstein ’20 Is 2020 Commencement Speaker

Emily Weinstein '20, recipient of the Joseph Dana Allen Award was one of two student speakers at graduation.

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Class of 2028 4th Grade Graduation

Lower School Celebrates the Class of 2028

“The world is crying out for change, and while there are not a lot of answers, I remain hopeful and…

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Class of 2024 Moving Up

Grade 8 Moves Up

One word to describe the Class of 2024 is resilient. “This year has been turbulent enough to tell you that…

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Middle School math competition

Middle School “Mathsmanship”

On a recent Saturday afternoon, 32 of Poly’s Middle School students were not playing video games on their screens, but…

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Grade 3-4 Virtual Spring Concert

Grades 3 & 4 Find New Ways to Collaborate in Music and Dance

Collaboration was key to bringing to life this year’s Grades 3 & 4 Spring Concert and Dance performance on June…

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Major Awards 2020

Students Honored at Annual Major Awards Ceremony

Like so many school events that “went virtual” in this time of remote learning and social distancing, the time honored…

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Reading Challenge Top Readers

Grade 5 Lands Top Spot in Poly Read-a-Thon Challenge

“As a school, Nursery to Grade 12, we read for 234,290 minutes in the month of May!” reported librarian Brian…

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Cum Laude Society Inductees 2020

Congratulations to Poly’s Class of 2020 Cum Laude Inductees

Congratulations to the 21 Poly Upper School students who are being inducted into the Cum Laude Society. In 1906, Poly…

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Neel Nayak of SpaceX visits Nursery

SpaceX Engineer Takes Nursery on a Journey into Space

“Does it get to be morning time in space?” Nursery students with questions like this had the opportunity to ask…

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Congratulazioni! Italian Elective Students Win High Honors

World Languages Department Chair and Italian teacher Elisabeth Mansfield is proud to announce that this year more than half the…

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Virtual Lifer's Lunch

Oh, How They’ve Grown: Poly Seniors Look Back

The annual tradition took a different form this year, but the sentiments were stronger than ever. Every May, members of…

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Sustainability prize awarded

Nicholas Perez ’20 Awarded Nathan and Estelle Feldman Sustainability Prize

Nicholas Perez ’20 was awarded the 2020 Nathan & Estelle Feldman Sustainability Prize Poly hosted the third annual Nathan &…

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Grade 6 Spanish Algunas Noticias Buenas

Algunas Noticias Buenas from Grade 6

Need some good news? Algunas noticias buenas? Kristin Ginty’s Grade 6 Spanish class decided we could all use some. Based…

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Middle School New Yorker magazine cover art

Night (or Day) at the New Virtual Poly Museum

This week, Poly opened the doors to its first art exhibition in the Virtual Poly Museum. To kick off this…

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Lower School Author Visit Mac Barnett

Lower School Literati

The ever popular Lower School Author Series continues in Virtual Poly, inspiring literacy and connecting with young readers in their…

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National Merit Scholarships Announced

Poly Students Recognized as 2020 National Merit Scholars

Congratulations to two members of the Class of 2020, Haleigh Twomey ‘20 and Emily Weinstein ‘20, who have been named…

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Squash star Lark Ervasti ’20 recognized as All-American

Five Class of 2020 Student-Athletes Named All-American

Congratulations to the five Poly student-athletes in the Class of 2020 who were named All-Americans. Poly is so proud of…

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Creating Community in Virtual Poly

Maintaining a sense of community is vital during Virtual Poly. Middle and Upper School clubs, Assembly, Community Time, and Virtual…

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National History Day Middle School

History Club Members Advance in National History Day Competition

Congratulations to the Poly Middle School students and members of the History Club who advanced to the state level of…

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Alum Alan Kane '54

Alumnus Alan Kane ’54 Remembers The Polio Epidemic and Andy Gurley ’55

The current COVID-19 pandemic is not the first crisis in Poly’s 166-year history. The nation has endured through the Civil…

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Community Service in a Pandemic

Poly students have found a number of wonderful opportunities for virtual community service during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting a variety…

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Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse Rocks Virtual Poly

It was Friday afternoon and anyone looking for some fun only had to check out Poly’s Virtual Coffeehouse on May…

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Middle & Upper School Adapting to Virtual Poly

Middle and Upper School faculty and students entered Virtual Poly on April 1 not knowing how long they would be…

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Overview of Virtual Poly: From Start-Up to Up and Running

“We are not going to just hang on. We are going to make it great.” This is what Assistant Head…

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The Class of 2020 Heads to College

Congratulations to Poly’s Class of 2020. Our 125 seniors are enrolling at 77 different colleges across the country and around…

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Max Rose

Alumnus Max Rose ’04 Serves During Pandemic

Poly Prep was already proud of Max Rose ‘04 when he was elected to represent NY District 11 in the…

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Virtual Poly Tech Hero: Charles Polizano P'18

Virtual Poly Tech Hero: Charles Polizano P’18

“When it comes to Virtual Poly,” said Math Department Chair Dr. Maria DiCarlo P’23, “Charles Polizano P’18 is the wizard…

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Lower School in Virtual Poly

At the Lower School Virtual Town Hall several weeks into Virtual Poly, Head of Lower School Francis Yasharian said that…

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Upper School Students Earn Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Creativity runs through the rooms and hallways of Poly, so when it’s time to put it to paper, our teachers…

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Welcome Kane Willis, New Upper School Dean

Our new Upper School Dean Kane Willis comes to Poly from the Admissions Office at Haverford College, where he served…

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Afternoon of Student Choreography

Movement… color… sound… leaps and pirouettes… every year, it all comes to life in Poly’s annual Afternoon of Student Choreography.…

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Qadir Forbes

Get to Know Your BOG: Qadir Forbes ’11

Who: Qadir Forbes ’11 College: Williams College, Class of 2015 Poly Claim to Fame Today: Alumni Association Board of Governors,…

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Lower School Festival of Lights

A longtime Poly Prep Lower School tradition, begun by former teacher Pat Morris, continued when Grade 4 hosted the Festival…

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Upper School Advanced Drawing and AP Art Classes Make New Connections With Art Editor Elizabeth Meryman

Another reason a Poly Arts education is so special: Elizabeth Meryman, art editor during the 1990s for the nationally recognized…

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Winter Arts Festival

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Author Rick Moody Visits Poly

Students at Upper School Assembly were treated to a visit from writer Rick Moody, whose 1994 bestseller The Ice Storm…

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Students Explore Tech With Lego Robots, Virtual Locomotives, and Giant Tetris

Robots and railroads were created virtually by fifth graders and middle school students, who got hands-on in a virtual world…

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Middle School Technology Students Create 3D Locomotives

Technology teacher Ann Oransoff’s 8th grade Computer Design class students have been learning to use 3D modeling software. She asked…

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Poly Recognized with U.S. Army Community Partnership Award

Poly Prep—the only high school in the group—was one of 10 organizations across America to win the U.S. Army’s Community…

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Philadelphia trip

The Grade 7 Trip to Philadelphia’s Historic Sites Included A “Rocky” Moment

Poly’s Grade 7 students, deans, and teachers visited Philadelphia for two days to enhance both the history and science curricula.…

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Fall 2019 Teams Produce 20 All-League Players

As each sports season wraps up, the league coaches get together to select the best players from each sport to…

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Context Series: Nicholas Buccola

“Wow… they get easier after that one, right?” was Dr. Nicholas Buccola’s impressed response when Nick Perez ’20, asked him…

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Three Class of 2020 Scholar-Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to three of our scholar-athletes, who have big achievements to celebrate! Three student-athletes signed letters of commitment to play…

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Lower School Prospect Park Cleanup

Poly Prep’s 8th annual Prospect Park Cleanup took place on a gorgeous day in November 2019, and brought out the…

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Lower School Gets Visits From Their Favorite Authors

Since 2010, Lower School students have have experienced the joy and excitement of meeting the authors of their favorite books…

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Girls’ Varsity Teams Win Four Championships in One Weekend

Yes, that’s what we said: FOUR championships in one weekend! Poly Prep’s Varsity Girls soccer team proved themselves to be…

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LS Celebrates Diwali in Kindergarten

Several parents of Poly’s Kindergarten students came to class one morning to tell the children about the Hindu festival of…

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Middle School Book Club ‘Wild Riders!’ Talks to Author Jess Rothenberg

How often do Middle Schoolers get to interview the author of their favorite book? Poly Prep’s Grades 6-8 book club,…

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Comes to Middle School

What better way to start the morning than hearing Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians playing Duke Ellington’s “Take the A…

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Middle Schoolers Dive Into The Billion Oyster Project with a Service Trip to Governors Island

Since 2015, Poly’s Grade 6 class has participated in the Billion Oyster Project, which aims to restore oyster reefs to…

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Softball MVP Award Named for Coach Piscopo

It was announced at the Spirit Award ceremony at 2019 Homecoming that the Softball MVP award will be named for…

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Middle School/Upper School Create A Mosaic Treasure Garden

Have you seen the the beautiful Mosaic Treasure Garden yet, near the greenhouse? It’s the result of an inspired, creative…

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It Does Not Take a Lifetime to Feel as Though You’ve Built a New Life

Recent Poly alumna Liat Weinstein ’18 reflects on her first year of college. Dear College Freshmen,Just one year ago, as…

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Discoveries and New Directions Postcollege

Duke grad Kalif Jeremiah ’15 shares eye-opening lessons learned as he enters the next chapter of his life. Dear Class…

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