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Middle School and Upper School Final Assembly of 2020-2021

End-of-Year Assembly Celebrates Perseverance & Achievements

Middle and Upper School students gathered for the final assembly where academic and character awards were presented.

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We did it year end wrap up

Poly Highlights from a Most Unusual Year

Online, in pods, 6-feet apart, wearing masks, the Poly community rallied together and made it through the 2020-21 school year!

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2016 In The Heights

Poly’s 2016 “In the Heights,” Revisited

With the film releasing June 10, we revisited the cast of Poly's 2016 production of "In The Heights."

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senior capstone 2021

Senior Plan Capstone Project 2021

Poly celebrates the culmination of four years of learning with the Senior Plan Capstone Projects.

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Commencement 2021 cap

Poly Prep Celebrates the Class of 2021

The Class of 2021, family, faculty, and staff celebrated Poly’s 164th Commencement.

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Gauri Purohit joseph dana allen award winner 2021

Joseph Dana Allen Award Winner Gauri Purohit ’21

Gauri Purohit ’21 received the Joseph Dana Allen Award for highest scholarship, combined with commensurate character.

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Talia Marash Senior Speaker 2021

Senior Speaker Talia Marash ’21 Reflects on Her Poly Experience

Talia Marash ’21 was the Senior Speaker for the Class of 2021 Commencement.

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Class of 2021 Heads to College

The Class of 2021 Heads to College

Members of Poly’s Class of 2021 will head off to 65 different colleges across the country and around the world.

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2021 Cum Laude Inductees

Class of 2021 Cum Laude Induction with Guest Speaker Kwame Anthony Appiah

Author and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah spoke to the Class of 2021 Cum Laude inductees.

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2021 Major Awards

Major Awards Ceremony 2021

Congratulations to the awardees of Poly's Major Awards, an annual celebration of academic excellence.

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Poly on Film The Argument

Poly on Film Features “The Argument” with Dan Fogler ’94

Actor Dan Fogler '94 and director Jason Schwartzman joined a panel discussion with Ron Sarcos and Dr. Racine Henry '03.

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Middle School Musical Godspell Junior.

Spotlight on Poly’s Middle School Musical “Godspell Junior”

Imagine learning dance steps by Zoom and keeping your right and left foot straight...

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reunion social justice panel 2021

Reunion 2021: Class of 2009 on Social Justice

Alumni guests have career paths that focus on social justice and activism.

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Middle School Bearns 2021 Poly at sunset

Bearns: A Speaking Tradition Goes Virtual

One of the oldest traditions at Poly is the Bearns speaking competition was presented as a webinar by Middle School.

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Richard Marlin and Robert Magnus

All in the Family: 70th Reunion Alumnus and Grandson in Class of 2021

Richard Marlin graduated from Poly in 1951, and this year, so will his grandson, Robert Magnus ‘21.

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Visual Arts Debuts Virtual Exhibition in May

Visual Arts Debuts Virtual Exhibition in May

Poly Prep Visual Arts to debut first-ever school-wide virtual art exhibition...

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Pop Up Vaccine Clinic at Poly Prep

Pop-Up Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for Students

An on-site Pop-Up Pfizer Vaccine Clinic makes it easier for students ages 16+ to get a COVID vaccination.

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Upper School Rienzi

Upper School Celebrates World Languages and Poetry

Justice was the theme of the 2021 US Rienzi World Languages and Poetry showcase...

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Dr. Donald Earl Collins Poly Connected speaker

Poly Connected: Tackles ‘Cancel Culture’

“Cancel is overused in the way that ‘woke” is overused.”

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Poly on Film Aaron Matthews

Poly on Film Features Academy Award Winner Aaron Matthews ’89

Aaron Matthews ‘89 spoke about his documentary "The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien."

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Middle School Rienzi 2021

Middle School Celebrates Rienzi 2021

Middle School students showcased the beauty and power of language...

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Michael Buckley Middle School Author Visit

Best-selling Author Michael Buckley Visits Grades 5 & 6

“My life has been nothing but adventure since I started writing.”

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Nobel Prize Science Forum

Nobel Prize Lunch Forum

Even lunchtime can be an opportunity to learn about discoveries in science.

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Poly Honored with CCE Award James Ogilvie and Wendy Banner

Poly Honored with CCE Award

Poly was honored by the Consortium for Customized Employment, a project of Job Path.

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Lower School Women's History Month Assembly 2021

Lower School Celebrates Women’s History Month

Meet women who inspire Lower School faculty and staff.

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National History Day

Poly’s History Club Members Advance

Members of Poly's History Club advance in National History Day competition.

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Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination

Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination

Students came together for a Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination Assembly, organized by Poly’s Asia Society.

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Poly Connected Dread Scott

Poly Connected: Social Change through Art

“I make revolutionary art to propel history forward.”

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Upper School Musical Songs for a New World

Preview of the US Musical “Songs for a New World”

Poly's Upper School Musical "Songs for a New World" debuts virtually on March 26.

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PolyCultura

PolyCultura: A Celebration of Diversity Through The Art of Storytelling & Connection

“Our hope is that, over time, the stories we tell... connect and uplift us as a community.”

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Sprinter screenshot

Poly on Film Features Rob Maylor ’96, Producer of “Sprinter”

Producer Rob Maylor ‘96 discusses movie, being a storyteller, Jamaica, filmmaking, writing, and more.

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Alumni panel discusses What to expect in College

Alumni Panel Offers Insight: What to Expect in College

Poly alumni spoke to students about all things college and gave advice on questions from choosing a school to choosing…

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Afrofuturism “Entropia,” by artist Julie Mehretu

Brooklyn Museum Educators Bring Afrofuturism to US Assembly

Educators from Brooklyn Museum presented a program on Afrofuturism.

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Plans for Spring at Poly

In-person classes for all Middle and Upper School students are coming in March.

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Lower School MLK and African-American History Month Assemblies art

Lower School Celebrates MLK and African-American History Month

Lower School celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and African-American History Month with a combined live-streamed assembly.

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Poly Connected Camille Rich

Poly Connected: Other People’s Stories

Camille Rich facilitated Poly Connected, part our school's ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.

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SEED Project

SEED Is a Tool in Creating Equity in the Classroom

SEED is a part of Poly's DEI faculty professional development.

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Connie Chen ’19

Checking in With: Connie Chen ’19

This year has upended life and required everyone to adjust expectations andplans. For our recent grads just starting out in…

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Vacs for Vax Ethan Gilbert ’22

Ethan Gilbert ’22 Spearheads VACs for Vax

Student helps Poly get vaccinated with his VACs (Vaccine Appointment Crew) for Vax.

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Lunar New Year ox

Kindergarten A Shares Lunar New Year Celebration with Lower School

Parents shared a presentation about Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions...

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Facing Latin America Website by Students

Students Launch “Facing Latin America” Website Project

Students focus on the diversity of Latin America, migration and asylum-seeking, and more.

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Jair Froome ’15

Checking in With: Jair Froome ’15

Jair Froome ’15 graduated with honors in 2019 from Duke University...

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Evan James book covers

Author Evan James Shares “Tales” in Writers’ Block Masterclass

Students in Writers' Block have a master class with author Evan James.

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Lower School PreK Rosa Parks Civil Rights Lesson

Pre-K Reenacts Rosa Parks’ Bus Protest in Civil Rights Study

Our youngest students are introduced to the Civil Rights era , the concept of "fairness" and standing up for what…

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Chloe Sun '19

Checking in With: Chloe Sun ’19

This year has upended life and required everyone to adjust expectations and plans. For our recent grads just starting out…

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Laura Terruso Work It Alumni On Film

Poly on Film Features Laura Terruso ’99, Director of “Work It”

Director Laura Terruso '99 discusses film, dance, life at Poly, and more...

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Covid Testing nasal swab

Working to Stay Ahead of the Virus

Poly is innovative in its approach to keeping the community safe.

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Producer Paul Hanson Discusses District 9 with Grade 10 English

Producer Paul Hanson Discusses “District 9”

Grade 10 English students enjoy discussion with acclaimed filmmaker.

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Middle School Read-a-thon January 2021

Middle School Read-a-Thon Clocks Over 1,000 Hours

Find out which students read a combined 21,915 minutes.

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Middle School’s Grades 7 & 8 Play Goes Virtual

Enjoy a preview and cast comments from our upcoming Middle School play.

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Dr. Omari Keeles

Poly Welcomes Dr. Omari W. Keeles as Its New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Omari W. Keeles will take on the role of Poly’s new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as of…

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Joseph Wright ’75, M.D. and Vivien Thomas (inset)

Dr. Joseph Wright ’75 Champions Story of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

“It is not a story that is taught in medical school.”

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The Redemption/Blossom courtesy of Tawny Chatmon

Poly Context: Artist Tawny Chatmon on Celebrating the Beauty of Black Childhood

The Poly community was treated to a unique glimpse into the creative process and inspiration behind the work of acclaimed…

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How I Got Here speaker series Minya Oh P’33 and Dr. Armin Tehrany ’87, P’23, ’25

Listen to Perspectives on Career Pathways

We were very pleased to have as our latest guest speakers in the “How I Got Here: Advice, Counsel, and…

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Alumna experience COVID hotel

Alumna Experience with “COVID Hotel” Sheds Light on Health Care Inequities

Kathleen Martin Stillo ’88 witnessed firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected people who often fall through the cracks in our…

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Lower School Virtual Festival of Lights

Virtual Festival of Lights Shines Brightly

A pandemic could not dim the lights on a longstanding Lower School December tradition. Our celebration of the Festival of…

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Author Helen Phillips and her book Here Where the Sunbeams are Green

Author Helen Phillips “Zooms” with Middle School Students

It is always a treat when an author comes to Poly and students get to speak with a favorite writer.

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The Students for Environmental Justice Conference

Reflections on The Students for Environmental Justice Conference

Rayeeda Mahmud ’23 writes about her experience in November's Students for Environmental Justice Conference.

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Competitive Speech logo

Competitive “Speechies” Succeed in Virtual Events

Competitive Speech is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the virtual stage...

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Winter Concert 2020

With New Technology & Resilience the Winter Concert Will Go On!

Poly's Performing Arts shares a sneak peak of our 2020 Winter Concert.

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Anti-Racist Read-Aloud book collage

Lower School Anti-Racist Read-Aloud Initiative

“Our goal is to provide our students with the tools and vocabulary that they need to combat racism."

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Student Letters of Intent collage

Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent 2020

Congratulations to the four Poly student-athletes who signed letters of intent to play at Division 1 colleges on Signing Day…

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Time for Kids collage of covers

There Is Always ‘TIME for Kids’ in Grade 3

Executive Editor of 'TIME for Kids' Jaime Joyce visited Grade 3...

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Poet Allison Hutchcraft

Writers’ Block Presents Poet Allison Hutchcraft

Students in Writers' Block have a master class with poet Allison Hutchcraft.

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Upper School science Urban Food Systems soil lab outdoors

Heard on Campus: Urban Food Systems

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

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Diwali artwork

HUGs API Hosts Lower School Celebration of Diwali

HUGs API, one of Poly's parent affinity groups, hosted a colorful Diwali celebration with Lower School.

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Alumni-in-Film Series

Poly Arts Debuts Alumni-in-Film Series

Poly's Alumni-in-Film series virtual debut featured filmmaker and medical doctors.

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Love, Shakespeare cover art

How Love, Shakespeare Conquers All Obstacles

The upcoming Grades 11 and 12 play, Love Shakespeare, offered challenges unlike any other Upper School production, beyond learning the…

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Melanie Macleod

Poetry Meets Technology

New technology dovetailed with poetry in an innovative project. Students in John Rearick’s AP English Literature class used the video…

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COVID health and safety sign

COVID-19 Health & Safety at Poly: Behind the Scenes of Outdoor Learning

Meet some of the people working to keep Poly safe during COVID-19.

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Jabari Brisport ’05

Jabari Brisport ’05 Is Elected to New York Senate

Jabari Brisport ‘05 has a message for Poly students. “If you have a passion, follow it...

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Student Forum Election 2020

Election 2020 Student Forums Foster Discourse

Faculty and students discuss the country’s polarized political landscape and more.

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Matt Durando '96, P'30

2020 Spirit Award Presented to Alumnus and Teacher Matt Durando ’96, P’30

Matt Durando ’96, P’30 was honored with our 2020 Alumni Association Spirit Award.

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Leo's Grade 5 Solar System

Heard on Campus: Science

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

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Andre Aciman

Creative Writing Master Class with Novelist André Aciman

Students in Writers' Block have a master class with author Andre Aciman.

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Ghost Story play key art

Prepare for a Scare: “Ghost Story,” the Grades 9/10 Play Debuts

Grades 9 and 10 perform six original plays commissioned by Poly...

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Erica Corbin Professional Development

Responding in the Moment: Professional Development Training

Anti-racism training is a key aspect of Poly Prep’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment for all students. On October…

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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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Geometry Class Measure Shadow

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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Boys studying under tent by Josiah Bartholomew23

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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Poly Prep Grade 4 students play

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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Plato's Allegory of the Cave Illustration

Senior Philosophy Seminar Sparks Questions About Identity

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

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Collage of dancers Ariana DiCarlo '23, Adrianna Neal ’23, Atiya Pope '23

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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