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Geometry Class with Ira Feldman

New Ball Field Measures Up

Outdoor learning was back when geometry class took over the new baseball field!

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Commencement 2022

Poly Celebrates 165th Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

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Jake Zrihen ‘22

Joseph Dana Allen Award Winner Jake Zrihen ’22

Joseph Dana Allen Award winner Jake Zrihen spoke at Commencement 2022.

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Senior Speaker Ryantony Exuma ’22

Senior Speaker Ryantony Exuma ’22 Reflects on Lessons Guiding Him Forward

Ryantony Exuma ’22 was the Senior Speaker for the Class of 2022 at Commencement.

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Cum Laude 2022

Congratulations to Poly’s Class of 2022 Cum Laude Inductees

Congratulations to Poly's newly inducted Cum Laude Society members!

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Much Ado About Math 2022

Much Ado About Math

Much Ado About Math celebrates students' mathematical triumphs.

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Major Awards 2022

Upper and Middle School Major Awards 2022

"Today we celebrate the very best among us."

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College Matriculation 2022

The Class of 2022 Heads to College

Members of Poly’s Class of 2022 will head off to 67 different colleges across the country and around the world.

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AP Chem Lab experiment

What Color Is Spinach? AP Chem Lab Breaks it Down

Dr. Gail Horowitz and Francisco Ruiz ‘24 tackle the leafy green question.

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Computer Science Alumni

Computer Science Alumni: Where Are They Now?

The impact of Poly's Computer and Information Science program extends to college and beyond.

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Afternoon of Tech robots

Techies Unite at Poly’s Afternoon of Tech

Drones, robots, and more! Families had a blast at Afternoon of Tech.

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Dr. Micha Tomkiewicz Holocaust presentation

Holocaust Survivor Is Guest Speaker at Assembly

"Through education, we strive to prevent future Holocausts.”

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Computer Science graphic

Computer Science & Information Skills Ignite the Imagination

There's no shortage of engaging and skill-building Computer Science electives coming this fall.

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Lower School Computer Science girls working together

Life Is a Boolean Logic Statement Inside a Conditional

Technology skills at Lower School are full STEAM ahead.

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Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein with The Disordered Cosmos book cover

Cosmologist Highlights Intersection of Physics and Social Justice

Theoretical physicist takes Poly on a journey into "The Disordered Cosmos."

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Lower School Women's History Oratory Contest

Lower School’s First Women’s History Oratory Contest

Lower School students wowed judges with moving poems and speeches.

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National History Day Triola and Dorsch

Two Students Earn Honors in NYC History Contest

Students earn honors and advance in National History Day competition.

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Black Power-Black Arts - Mia Edwards artwork

Black Power-Black Arts

History, culture, and art merge "In Color and Mind: The Visions and Words of Malcolm X” project.

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Early College Decision Polygon

Exploring Early Decision

Seniors explore college early decision and what it means for them.

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Stellene Volandes '89 Context

Poly Context: Alumna Illuminates Dazzling Jewels in History

Guest speaker gives a tour of history through vibrant jewels.

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Lola Pitman

Mile-High Adventures

Read about a student's transformative experience at a wilderness school.

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José Oliveras

Art & Science: Teacher Explores Jorge Luis Borges and Quantum Physics

José Oliveras shares academic scholarship and reflections with fellow teachers.

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Journalism class

US Journalism Class Publishes The Prep

Journalism students hone writing and interviewing skills for "The Prep."

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HBCU week students taking virtual tour of Howard University

Poly Hosts Its First HBCU Week

During the week, students met HBCU alumni who shared their experiences and more.

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Jamelle Bouie

Poly Context Features New York Times Columnist Jamelle Bouie

New York Times columnist discusses Tyler Stovall's book with students.

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R. Zamora Linmark Author Visit

Middle School Hosts Author R. Zamora Linmark

Popular Filipino American author R. Zamora Linmark connects with students.

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Read-a-Thon 2021-22

25,000 Minutes of Reading and Counting…

The reading competition between teams Blue and Gray is underway!

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Poly Prep Class of 2022 Early College Admissions Results

Early Decision College Results Are In

Early Decision results are in! Congratulations to the Class of 2022.

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NYC Slavery Tour story

NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

History students visit stops on the NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.

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Middle School Students Build Robots

Grade 6 Tech Class Builds AI Computer Vision Kits

Watch out Siri and Alexa, Grade 6 explores machine learning and so much more...

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Ramesh Laungani

Dr. Laungani’s Strategies to Make Science Approachable

Scientists must modify their communication to engage wider audiences.

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Zach Udin at British Museum

Math History Student’s Quest Led to British Museum

Student searches the British Museum for an ancient tablet of cuneiform writing.

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AI scholars program social media icons

Marisa Triola ‘24 Completes A.I. Scholars Program

Student learns fundamentals of AI and completes "Fake News Detection" project.

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Dr. Robert Aston

Dr. Robert Aston Guest Lecture to Graduate Students in London

Dr. Robert Aston was invited to speak to graduate students in London.

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Maite Iracheta summer professional development in Mexico

Maité Iracheta Connects with Mexicayotl Movement in Summer Professional Development

World Languages teacher immerses herself in native culture in Oaxaca.

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Climate Change professional development

Climate Change Education

Science teacher Debbie Van Ryn attends climate change seminar.

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Clubs Fair 2021 First Aid Club

Creative Pitches at the Upper School Clubs Fair

The festive Upper School Clubs Fair offered more than 40 clubs!

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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 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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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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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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Linear Algebra Course text book cover equation

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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