- This is Poly
Our 2020-2021 academic year opens on both campuses and in Virtual Poly.
Online learning helps us maintain the integrity of our academic program in all three divisions and demonstrate how creativity, resilience, and collaboration in the face of crisis can sustain us all. Though we miss our beautiful campuses while we learn at home, our community and values remain intact. In trying times like this, the power of education to nourish individuals and transform societies is brought into even sharper relief. How lucky we are to be able to continue our education in ways no previous generations were able to do. We celebrate our shared purpose and our community as we look ahead to better, healthier days.
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Virtual Poly Arts exhibitions since Virtual Poly debuted
Virtual visits by college reps in 2020
When the pandemic hit New York in Spring 2020, our creative Visual and Performing Arts programs demonstrated and continues to debut innovative artistic practices and achievements across all three divisions. How could we best showcase student talent in the digital realm? We developed video performance offerings, online art galleries, Virtual Museum exhibits, and other ways to celebrate our students and their important art-making. The show must go on!
Supporting our student-athletes’ fitness goals and sports skills, and promoting healthy lifestyles are all part of our Athletics program. Throughout the pandemic, our coaches and student athletes have risen to every challenge. We are committed to providing safe strength and conditioning exercises, safe in-person training sessions with coaches, and live virtual strength training for them to keep them fit and ready for competition when competitive sports returns. For our youngest students, we provide carefully constructed activities because we know that the power of play builds confidence and skills. “As we move with more power,” says Coach Richard James, “we improve our quality of life.” Let’s stay active and move!
Our Institute for Ethics and Leadership (IfEL) understands that learners of all ages are equipped with skills and attitudes to bring about positive change in their lives, their school, their communities, and the world. During this unprecedented time, our ability to share and interrogate our personal and community needs is more important than ever. Virtual IfEL offers students and families resources for Sustainability, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice, and Service Learning.
How do we keep our community together and engaged in a time of physical distancing? The pandemic has presented many challenges across all fronts. While we cannot gather indoors in large groups, providing enriching virtual student forums for Poly Middle and Upper School students is critical to sustaining our community. Students hear and engage with Poly leadership and faculty, guest speakers and alumni, as well as each other. The goal is to center and uplift the student voice to create a more equitable and inclusive environment.
Remote learning poses a multitude of challenges. To help navigate and meet these challenges, Poly’s Middle and Upper School learning specialists are available to meet with students and faculty. Sessions are held in 20-minute weekly intervals to discuss effective virtual learning strategies and provide resources as needed. For content-specific support, students should continue to contact their teachers as a first resource. A Poly Prep account is needed to access Learning Support appointment scheduling and resources.
For parents, guardians, and students of all ages, remote learning may come with increased stress of uncertain expectations and the burdens of taking on new roles at home. Mental health awareness and self-care are especially important during this time. We are here to help anyone in our community who is facing these struggles and offer strategies and support for well-being. A Poly Prep account is needed to access the below resources and more.
“What makes Poly special is a can-do quality, a spirit of resilience, buoyed by a community that makes everything seem possible."- Michal Hershkovitz P'16, '18, Assistant Head of School, Academics