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Students receive letter from President Biden

President Biden Gives Advice to Grade 2

Grade 2 students shared their thoughts on immigration policy with President Biden.

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Dr. Ramesh Laungani, Science Chair

Meet Dr. Ramesh Laungani, New Chair of the Science Department

Dr. Laungani will inspire science students to become leaders and agents of change.

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Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. Assistant Head of Lower School

Meet Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr., New Assistant Head of Lower School

Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. will join Poly as Assistant Head of Lower School as of July 1, 2021.

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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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Senior Plan Capstone Project 2021

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Senior Philosophy Seminar Sparks Questions About Identity

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Italian flag congratulations

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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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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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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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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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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virtual poly start up story

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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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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Kane willis new dean

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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Festival of lights at poly prep

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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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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Computer design challange

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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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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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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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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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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Westville school visit

Visit from South African Students

Students from the Westville School for Boys from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, joined Upper School students here at Poly…

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New harlem renaissance festival

Grade 7 Harlem Renaissance Festival

Billie Holiday’s jazz vocals spill out of classrooms and seventh graders learn to dance the Charleston during the Harlem Renaissance…

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Nathan and Estelle Feldman Sustainability Prize Awarded to Shania Smith ’19

Congratulations to Shania Smith ’19, who was awarded the Nathan and Estelle Feldman Sustainability Prize by Poly Prep’s Director of…

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Curricular travel

US Curricular Travel to Argentina Included Hiking Glaciers and Dancing the Tango

If you see any Poly students who went to Argentina over Spring Break, ask them what it was like to…

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Tina chang

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang Tells Poly Students About Creativity… and Her Phone

The Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, Tina Chang, left a strong impression on students at Poly. She spoke to Upper School…

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Min Jin Lee

Context Series Speaker Min Jin Lee, Author of ‘Pachinko,’ Fills Poly’s Theater

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, was our first Poly Context speaker of 2019, and the event was such a…

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