A special guest joined us for a diversity assembly this week: Mr. Rodney Glasgow. He is a noted speaker, facilitator, and trainer in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice. Mr. Glasgow is a Middle School director who uses stories from his own personal journey to teach students about diversity, equity, and social justice. The crux of his story was the importance of seeing the humanity in everyone and the power that comes with identifying one’s purpose. Ultimately, Mr. Glasgow’s message was about the need for us to listen to each other’s stories if we truly want to understand people and create a more unified society.
Archives for March 2018
Please watch Rhea Malhotra’s powerful speech!
Please join us at the International Festival for All Families, hosted by the Global Awareness Committee of the Parents’ Association on Friday, April 6th from 6-9pm in Walter Hall, Merle-Smith Upper School Campus. Taste delicious foods from different cultures (or even share your own), learn popular international dances and songs, discuss traditions from a world of nations and gather for a TED Talk viewing. Click here to let us know you’ll be there!
“We are more alike than we are different” was a theme running through the message presenter Rodney Glasgow gave our students on Tuesday afternoon. He was a dynamic, charismatic speaker, who captured the children’s attention, inviting them to ask questions and explore issues about diversity. Our students’ questions and answers were thoughtful and insightful. As a teacher, I was so proud of the depth of information and sensitivity to others that were reflected in our students’ comments.
Mr. Glasgow first opened the floor to questions about himself, not shying away from any topics the students wanted to discuss. He told us that when he was at home or in places where he felt welcomed, like our auditorium, he’d kick off his shoes, which he did. He expressed his desire to wear bright, blingy jewelry, non-gender specific clothing and colorful nail polish as ways to be unique and because they made him happy. He encouraged us to be true to ourselves.
He shared a story about how, when he was growing up, he was taught to be leery when others spoke in foreign languages because they might be saying something negative about him. He explained how creating fear like this plants the seeds for oppression. He told us that this fear leads to stereotypes, which creates prejudice, promotes oppression and finally becomes discrimination.
The second story he shared was about when a white student transferred into his fifth grade class of all black students. Mr. Glasgow was the teacher’s favorite student and felt threatened by this new student. He was afraid she might usurp his position, so he excluded her and plotted with the other students to make her feel unwelcomed. In the end, he realized that she was a really “cool kid” and that he missed out on being her friend because of his hurtful behavior. The following year he transferred to a predominately white, private school and he experienced, firsthand, the same kind of discrimination. It became an eye-opening experience that planted the seed for what would become his life’s mission.
Mr. Glasgow shared a video from Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneeches” to help the students better understand the concepts of discrimination and oppression. Hopefully, Mr. Glasgow’s presentation sparked interesting conversations that helped our students to be less judgmental when they view our diverse world.
Fabrics, felt, paint, puffballs, and bling of many varieties were used to create third graders’ Mini-Museums. Inspired by a trip to the Allentown Art Museum and instructed by Mrs. Harshman and Sr. Yerrington, students creatively featured their favorite experiences so far this year. The evening began with student-delivered informative and eloquent introductions about the displays. Spoken in both Spanish and English, this set the stage for students to personally explain their four-quadrant museums and describe how it all tied to their highlights this year.
Additionally, activities presented in Spanish class for our English students (and vice versa) were also on display. Some of these lessons included creating tangram animals, flags depicting student beliefs and values, Picasso self-portraits and Holi artwork, to name a few.
Finally, the evening concluded with a Rube Goldberg-inspired contraption that spanned the entire stage in the auditorium. Using pulleys, levers and a lot of creativity, the students (in conjunction with Mr. Pomeroy and classroom teachers) successfully manipulated multiple laws of physics to catapult a rocket, pop a balloon, and sling a piece of crumpled paper into a waste basket. What a production!
Fourth and fifth grade students participated at the 2018 K’NEX challenge on March 23. The challenge for this year was to build a product for a home that was environmentally friendly. The teams worked cooperatively for several months constructing a product, designing blueprints, and making a presentation. It was amazing to see how well the children worked together. There were two fourth grade teams and four fifth grade teams at the competition.
The following students should be proud of their collaborative efforts and their final performance at the competition:
Grade 4: Shaan Ailawadi, Peyton Lauden, Peyton Falzone, Nicholas Rodney, Henrik Olesen, Shiv Patel, Kaitlyn Hummers, and Aveer Chadha
Grade 5: Jack Lu, Hunter Zicherman, Colin Moore, Jackson Albert, Matthew Gulati, Angie Perrucci, Oliver Pervizpour, Abby Aemisegeo, Grayson Bucher, Rowan Taylor, Addison Etter, Emily Amortegui, Ava Williams, Luke Stubblefield, Leann Villa, and Tessa Francis
Coaches: Mrs Matlock, Mrs. Compter, Mr. Fritchman, Mrs. Hinkle.
Article by Christopher Fritchman
Middle School students are taking to the stage once again, this time for the spring drama, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s classic story gets a reimagining, with original material co-written and devised by Moravian Academy Middle School students! Alice’s afternoon studying with her sister is interrupted when a White Rabbit makes off with her cell phone. In journeying down the rabbit hole, she encounters talking animals and talking furniture; drinks tea and eats marshmallows; takes selfies with a Cheshire Cat, and plays lacrosse with the Queen of Hearts. Come on an unforgettable trip through wonderland with us!
Thursday, April 26th at 8:30 a.m. (Student Show)
Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. (Community Show)
7 East Cafetorium, Church Street Campus
Each year at Moravian, our students are encouraged to explore and innovate, using their imaginations to create and inspire, and experience new things and places. While intimidating for many, the process of delving into something completely new is exciting and exhilarating to say the least.
For some, stepping out of the comfort zone includes performing in a recital, participating in a group improv game in front of a live audience, or preparing a first Comenius Project proposal. For others, it’s auditioning for the drama, preparing for a PJAS presentation, or designing a difficult component of the set for a stage production.
For our varsity boys’ basketball team, exploration of the “new” came in the form of experiencing what it was like to become District XI Champions and contenders for the PIAA State Basketball title. This historic and record-breaking season showed our players that determination and hard work really can pay off.
Over Spring Break, many of our Upper School students and faculty crossed borders and explored new countries and their culture–it was wonderful to see students taking their first trips to a new country with Moravian Academy. For many, this was the first time they used an acquired language in a foreign country. For others, the excitement of exploring historical places, such as Versailles and Shakespeare’s hometown was impactful.
As one student put it, “This trip was undoubtedly life-changing and eye-opening, considering the fact I was given the opportunity to see and live within the country that ours once demanded separation from.” Another student shared “Earlier in the year we read the Shakespeare play Henry V for class and now we’ve visited his final resting place in Westminster Abbey, with both the person and location dating to before Columbus’ voyage. Seeing all of this history almost everywhere around us was something of a delight I think for all of us, Shakespeare fans, anglophiles, or simply people who enjoyed visiting this different country.”
One of the most remarkable attributes of Moravian Academy students is their willingness to delve into the unexplored with confidence knowing they have the skills to succeed in whatever they take on. Continually curious, our students support and inspire each other to learn new things about themselves and the world.
Students at the Upper School celebrated Holi, also known as the “festival of colors,” and Indian Cultural Night by enjoying Indian food, “playing Holi” (splashing each other with bright colored powders), dancing Bollywood, and decorating their hands with henna art!
(Photo Credit: PJ Scarperi ’20, Lindsay Woodruff, Kalli Miller ’19)
Moravian Academy’s exciting winter sports’ season officially concluded during our spring break as our varsity boys’ basketball team competed in the Elite Eight of the PIAA 2A Boys’ Basketball Tournament and senior diver Isabella Khan finished 21st in the PIAA State Meet. The Upper School Winter Sports Assembly took place on March 19th at which time coaches had the opportunity to recognize their teams and student-athletes for a wonderful season. Congrats to all of the student-athletes and coaches!
Spring sports season is underway although the weather has proven to be a challenge. The boys’ tennis team opened their competitive seasons last week with a Colonial League victory over Southern Lehigh and a non-league win over Nazareth. The rest of our Upper School spring sports will open the regular season this week as long as field conditions permit it. For a complete look at our schedule please log onto https://moravianathletics.org/
The Middle School sports’ teams will have a few more weeks to prepare for their first official competitions. The 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams will have their first games next week. We look forward to a successful Middle School season with a solid number of student-athletes participating in our boys’ lacrosse and girls’ lacrosse programs.
As we look ahead to the 2018-19 academic year, please mark your calendars for the start of the fall sports practice season, which begins on Monday, August 13th for Upper School sports and on Monday, August 20th for Middle School sports.
The Moravian Academy Auction, Through the Looking Glass is less than a month away! Commit today to attending the event and supporting Moravian Academy. Proceeds from the Auction fund technology enhancements, faculty salaries and benefits, and buildings and grounds.
Check out some of the amazing Lower School class creations below that will be available for bid at the event. Be sure to check back for more photos!
For more information about the Auction and to reserve your seat please go to www.moravianacademy.org.
Moravian Academy’s very own alumnus Jacob Wetzel ’12 and current fifth-grader Colin Moore received their first nationally released film credits as Production Designer and Actor respectively in “Getting Grace.”
Shot in the Lehigh Valley, “Getting Grace” is about a young girl who is funny, sarcastic, caring, and unfortunately, knows she is dying. While Grace tries to ensure her life after death, she also tries to find someone to take care of her mother, who is not handling the news well, after she is gone.
This movie will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but mostly “it will remind all who see it that life need not be lived long to be lived fully!”
The movie is currently at the Promenade and AMC 16 in Allentown. #mapride
Senior flautist Nicole Masucci participated in the Region 5 Band Festival February 22-24 at Middletown Area High School. Congratulations to Nicole!
Our Middle Schoolers competed in the annual Moravian Academy Geography Bee earlier this year and we have a winner in each class: Gianna Guarasi ’24, Elena Tongg-Weiler ‘23, and Eric Jackson ‘22. The class winners then competed and Gianna Guarasi ‘24 is the Moravian Academy Geography Bee champion. Gianna qualified Top 100 in the state and will compete in Harrisburg in the state-level competition on April 6th. The designated state champions attend the national championship in Washington, D.C. from May 20-23, 2018.
Violinists Yan Yu ’23 and Krysta Nichols ’21 competed in the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Young Classical Artists’ Competition and won their divisions. Both have been invited to perform at the University on May 5th, followed by a recording session on May 6th at WVIA studios.
The Moravian Academy DECA Team competed in the State Career Development Conference in Hershey, February 21-23, 2018. Ryan Hoffman ’19, Garrick Lombardi ’19, Robbie Shaff ’19, and Dante Trapasso ’18 finished 2nd in the Quiz Bowl. Naveen Ailawadi ’19 finished 3rd in Professional Selling. Isha Mohapatra ’19 is now the new Pennsylvania District 7 Representative.
On February 24th, 23 seventh and eighth grade students presented their math and science projects at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 3 Competition. One received a perfect score. Twenty one students earned 1st place awards and one student earned a 2nd place award. All students that earned a 1st place award can participate in The 2018 PJAS State Meeting held on May 20-22, 2018 at Penn State University.
Four Upper School students competed in the Regional PA Junior Academy of Science competition. Karilyn Kruklitis ’20 and Isha Kaza ’20 received 2nd place awards. Elizabeth Stifel ’19 and Rhea Malhotra ’20 received 1st place awards and will move onto to present at the State Level at Penn State in May.
On March 3rd the Upper School Debate Team participated in the ADFL National Qualifier. Neha Skandan ’21 placed third in Lincoln Douglas, Julius Ewungkem ’20 and Avi Singh ’20 placed third in Public Forum, and Athina Jaffer ’19 and Naveen Ailawadi ’19 placed fourth in Public Forum. Neha, Julius and Avi will compete in the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Washington, DC over Memorial Day weekend.
Miranda Gibson ’20 was honored with “The Strength for Leah” Community Award for her painting entitled “Natural Beauty” in the 8th Annual Hope and Healing Juried Art Show at The Baum School in Allentown. The donated student artwork is selected by area hospital and healing facilities to exhibit with the intent for aiding in patients’ wellness.
The swimming and diving team had a robust year with 43 athletes, 24 District qualifiers, 18 District medals, 2 new school records, and 1 State qualifier. At Districts, the girls’ team finished 3rd. Medals were earned by Isabella Khan ’18 (2nd place diving), Kaylee Davis ’18 (3rd in the 200 IM and 100 BR), McKayla Blazure (3rd in the 100 FL), 3rd in the Medley Relay Team of Valentina Lopez ’19, Kaylee Davis ’18, McKayla Blazure, and Anna Shoudt, and 2nd in the 400 FR Relay (same athletes as the MR). Isabella dove in the State meet at Bucknell and finished 21st. Kaylee sang the National Anthem to open the District meet and finished with four medals making her the first MA girl to medal in every event she has swum in all four years at Districts. Armaan Pandher ’21 earned a 3rd place medal in the 100 Backstroke and 4th in the 100 Fly. The boys’ 400 FR Relay team of Armaan, Noah Young ’18, Mark Nikitine, and James Foran ’19 took a 4th place medal at districts.
Congratulations to seventh-grader Sophia Trembler who was nominated, applied, and selected to participate in the Junior Honors Choir. She will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Sophia will travel to NYC for five days in June. Way to go, Sophia!
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Congratulations to the boys’ varsity basketball team and Coach Steve Gabryluk on an historic season. The team finished in first place of the Colonial League West Division finishing the regular season with a 17-5 record. They also established a new record for most wins in a season as they finished the year with a 21-7 overall tally.
This year marked the first time our boys basketball team captured the District XI Championship Title with a 72-38 victory over Panther Valley. With determination, skill and commendable sportsmanship, the Lions dominated the fourth quarter the first round of the PIAA State Competition and pulled out a well deserved victory over Paul Robeson School with a score of 55-47. Next the Lions defeated Northwest in the second round of the state tournament, earning the team a spot in the Elite Eight. The team’s extraordinary post-season ended with an 83-73 loss to Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at Spring-Ford High School.
Our school should be proud of the team’s accomplishment throughout the year as the players’ individual and collective growth were evident. The team competed with energy, determination, and passion without compromising sportsmanship throughout the campaign. They represented themselves and Moravian Academy extremely well during this fantastic season.
The swimming and diving team had a robust year with 43 athletes, 24 District qualifiers, 18 District medals, 2 new school records, and 1 State qualifier. The girls’ team had a regular season record of 7-6 losing 3 close meets to large schools by 2 points (Pocono Mt East), 4 points (Phillipsburg), and 7 points (Quakertown). The girls’ team rallied back earning 1st place in all meet events against Salisbury and Schuylkill Haven. The girls’ team finished 3rd in districts. Medals were earned by Isabella Khan (2nd place diving), Kaylee Davis (3rd in the 200 IM and 100 BR), McKayla Blazure (3rd in the 100 FL), 3rd in the Medley Relay team of Valentina Lopez, Kaylee Davis, McKayla Blazure, and Anna Shoudt, and 2nd in the 400 FR Relay (same athletes as the MR). Isabella dove in the State meet at Bucknell and finished 21st in the state. Kaylee sang the National Anthem to open the district meet and finished with 4 medals making her the first MA girl to medal in every event she has swum in all 4 years at districts
On Saturday, March 10, the following students participated in the Lehigh Valley Science Fair: Isha Mohapatra (’19, 1st award in Engineering), Nicole Stetton, (’19, 1st award in Microbiology), Lizzie Stifel (’19, 1st award in Environmental Science), Neil Deshmukh (’20, 1st award in Computer Science), Rhea Malhotra (’20, 1st award in Biochemistry), Avi Singh (’20, 2nd award in Physics), Kavin Sampath (’21, Honorable Mention in Medicine and Health) and Neha Skandan (’21, 2nd award in Mathematics). All 1st and 2nd award winners will be moving on to the Delaware Valley Science Fair in April. Congratulations for all your hard work and good luck in the next round of competition.
On Thursday, March 15th, fours juniors (Milan Mahesh, Isha Mahopatra, Nichole Stetton, and Lizzie Stifel), participated in Science Olympiad at Kutztown University. Though teams are supposed to consist of 15 students, these 4 spent a day of Spring Break taking tests in 9 different topics and competed against students from 27 other regional schools. Isha and Milan placed 4th in Astronomy. Congratulations to these students for their stamina, stick-to-it-iveness, and ability to simply enjoy doing science.
Fifth graders enjoyed sharing their love of reading with Primer and Pre-K students in our CE Auditorium on Friday. Students chose classic children’s books and personal favorites to read aloud to their eager audience. Students of all ages enjoyed this cross-grade experience. Remember, cuddling up with a good book broadens perspective and engages the mind in creative, exciting ways.
When? How? It’s easy! Remember during the cold months of January when your child told you about a topic they were exploring at school with a friend, small group or even solo? These wide-ranging interests turned into a broad variety of fascinating projects that will be on display on April 6 at our International Festival for All Families. Students created trifolds, posters, PowerPoints and dioramas for your observation and learning pleasure. Teachers will arrange to have your child’s work transported to the Upper School if they choose to participate. Students are then encouraged to stand at their stations for a brief portion of the evening to “Show Off” their hard work while also enjoying the rest of the displays, food, and entertainment around them.
A second opportunity for “Showing Off” is by participating in the Parade of Nations. Sra. Vanegas is organizing a Parade for students from every grade at the Lower School, Primer-Grade 5. This will certainly be a colorful, informative view into your family’s heritage. Please click here for more information, and contact email@example.com for more details.
Finally, come on the stage and sing your favorite Spanish songs from those we are learning in all of our English and Spanish Immersion classrooms. Several teachers will be leading us, so don’t be shy; the more the merrier on stage and in life!
In conjunction with Moravian Academy’s Office of Admissions, you are invited to attend a webinar about the Pennsylvania’s 529 College Savings Program and how this program can be used for affording an independent school education. Guest presenter Kelly Davis from Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Treasury will offer valuable information about how the new tax laws will affect saving for education–specifically independent school tuition for elementary through high school up to $10,000 per year. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 28th from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Click here to register.
In addition, you’ll hear about: How you can save for college and save on your Pennsylvania income taxes, how you can avoid paying any federal or state income taxes on your college savings growth, how you can save for college with little impact on your chances for financial aid, how you can save for a semester of college today and cover a semester in the future no matter when or how much tuition has gone up in the meantime, and how saving can be made easy.
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Recognizing the natural curiosity in every child leads adults to exciting exploration too. Why can I say this so confidently? Because I’ve seen it in every school and family dynamic I’ve been fortunate enough to experience.
Holidays or snow days can be a time for travel or a time for transformation right in your own backyard. In this Common Sense Article, the wise suggestions for how raise a life-long learner are inspiring for every time of year. Opportunities begin with you, so this simple directive to “start early and inspire often” unleashes curiosity. Here’s a glimpse into my family’s story as a way of illustrating this point.
My husband and I have three sons – each as individual as the next. When our eldest spent every moment of his early years on his hands and knees outside observing insects in the woods, we committed the whole family to beekeeping over a decade ago. His curiosity spread to others (including me), and now Moravian students enjoy hives on our Upper School campus too.
Our middle son found fascination in wood and building. Was it the fourth grade research paper that inspired our trip to Muir Woods in California or the fallen cedars on our property that fed his passion to eventually build a full-sized log cabin for his Comenius Project? Saying “yes” to his curiosities at home and at school led to great things, including a college essay!
Moravian Academy Upper School currently inspires our youngest. A lifer, his teachers guide, coaches coach, and peers inspire. Sports, arts, academics and free-time alike fall under an umbrella of opportunity for growth.
Moravian promises to keep that inspiration primed. Teachers have every intention in this final trimester to inspire, teach and watch the wonder.
This year’s Comenius Independent Study presentations will be held on Thursday, April 19th and Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Upper School.
The Comenius Independent Study Project, named for John Amos Comenius (the 17th century Moravian Bishop considered the founder of modern education), is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to pursue a specific topic of academic interest that is not available in the program of studies. The student determines a topic of interest and works with a faculty mentor to create a proposal. The project is completed between October and March with a formal presentation in April. The Comenius Project is a signature program that encourages students to extend their learning by merging independent research with curiosity.
Everyone is encouraged to come to support the work of these students.
Below is a list of which students will present on which day:
Tuesday, April 19th
1) Isha Mohapatra ’19
2) Kalli Miller ’19
3) Rebecca Donahue ’19
4) Anna Hauser ’19
5) Julia Reed ’19
6) Julian Savage ’19
Tuesday, April 24th
1) Milan Mahesh ’19
2) Elizabeth Bowser ’19
3) Amol Sanghera ’19
4) Joey Zaladonis ’19
5) Lizzy Burke ’19
6) Lizzie Stifel ’19
7) Lauren Lee ’19
8) Nichole Stettner ’19
9) Aarti Katara ’19
Join us for an exciting night of creativity and community!
On Friday, May 4th, Moravian Academy’s Upper School will be hosting its fourth annual Charity Art and Fashion Show in the Athletic and Wellness Center’s multipurpose room. The show will be held at 7:00 p.m. and will be organized and hosted by senior Shaylan Patel.
∙ A runway show featuring fashion collections from Shaylan Patel and six student designers from schools around the Lehigh Valley
∙ Music by seniors Jack Dubreuil and Jacob Meissner
∙ An art exhibit featuring student artwork in mediums ranging from photography to woodworking, curated by Lindsay Woodruff and the Moravian Academy National Art Honors Society
All proceeds will benefit Lehigh Valley Summerbridge.
Tickets are $5.00 per person and will go on sale on March 23rd. The general public is welcome.
Upper School students are taking to the stage once again, this time for the Spring Drama, Cymbeline by William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s late career play takes the audience on a journey of love, loss, and redemption in Roman-occupied Britain where a princess defies her father and he defies an empire. Source Material for the Brothers’ Grimm, Cymbeline marries Shakespeare’s glorious text with beloved “fairy-tale” archetypes and plots in an adventure second-to-none!
Friday, April, 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m.
Dyer Auditorium, Merle-Smith Upper School Campus
For tickets, call the Upper School Box Office at 610-691-1600.
Reflection by Dakotah Kuhns ’19
The United Kingdom is a world full of culture and creativity, which allows people of all backgrounds the opportunity to pursue whatever it is they wish. The people who live within the UK may not always be the friendliest people you come across, but they never neglect to give an undivided amount of respect to all. They genuinely care about the environment and the cleanliness of the area in which they live, therefore increasing the quality of life in the United Kingdom and the joy experienced that comes along with being there. In the end, this trip was undoubtedly life-changing and eye-opening, considering the fact I was given the opportunity to see and live within the country that ours once demanded separation from.
Reflection by Elliot Hoke ’18
While in the UK one of the things that struck me amongst all of the daily activities was how much history was behind everything. While America hasn’t even reached its 300th birthday yet, England has construction dating back to the Roman Empire (which we actually got to touch). Earlier in the year we read the Shakespeare play Henry V for class and now we’ve visited his final resting place in Westminster Abbey, with both the person and location dating to before Columbus’ voyage. Seeing all of this history almost everywhere around us was something of a delight I think for all of us, Shakespeare fans, anglophiles, or simply people who enjoyed visiting this different country. The best photo I could find to encapsulate this was one I took of some of our group standing at the monument in the Tower of London to memorialize Anne Boleyn and many of the others who had lost their lives there. Viewing places with this ubiquitous history and culture was an amazing experience and one I’ll be mulling over for a long time.
Congratulations to seventh-grader Sophia Trembler who was nominated, applied, and selected to participate in the Junior Honors Choir. She will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Sophia will travel to NYC for five days in June. Way to go, Sophia!
“How was school today?” is a frequent conversation starter for many households across the world. Sometimes this occurs in a car, on a phone, or at the dinner table. This is an important part of the day for both students and parents. It’s a chance to leave school or the workplace behind and also a chance to reconnect with family. Parents are looking to gain some insight into the student experience, while students might be processing their day, trying to problem-solve a social situation, looking for some quiet time to listen to music or check a social media site, or just thinking through their workload for the evening. As a parent, I’ve been in this situation many times and been guilty of asking this question to my children and not hearing much of a response other than maybe an audible groan. And…they aren’t in Middle School yet when many middlers are trying their best to establish some independence from mom and dad.
Elena Aguilar, the author of The Art of Coaching, The Art of Coaching Teams, and Onward: Cultivating Resilience in Educators, recently shared 15 questions to replace ‘How was your school day?’. The suggested questions are:
- Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
- Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
- Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
- Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
- Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
- Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
- Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
- Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
- What was challenging about your day?
- What do you appreciate about your day?
- What did you learn about yourself today?
- Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
- Is there anything you’re worried about?
- What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
- Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?
As you see your student(s) after school today, consider trying one of these conversation starters.
A small group of Moravian Academy Middle and Upper School students participated in the Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair held on March 10 at Lehigh University. Students from many schools around the Lehigh Valley participated. All students prepared presentations around a wide array of topics that were shared to a handful of judges. Judging consisted of evaluating projects in the morning and interviewing students in the afternoon. Prizes were awarded and students will next compete in the Delaware Valley Science Fair in early April.
Participating students from each division were Upper Schoolers Rhea Malhotra, Lizzie Stifel, Neha Skandan, Neil Deshmukh, Isha Mohapatra, Nicole Stetton and Avi Singh. Middle School participants included Okezue Bell, Michael Alchaer, Balaji Marella, Pranavi Marella and Rayna Malhotra.
Congratulations on a great day! We are … MA Proud!
All Moravian Academy parents have a special portal to access important information. At the Lower School, you will find the following areas most useful after you’ve logged onto the password protected side of the website:
On the Dashboard, the first tab on the left will allow you to select your child’s name.
->Performance – Report Cards are here!
Also, the Dashboard includes Resources, Calendar and Directories. Please check these out as the end of the year activities are posted.
Finally, please respond to the banner below the dashboard to complete any outstanding contracts or forms. Please contact Ingrid Gerber in the Admissions Office at 610-332-5200 or email@example.com.
When the last bell rings at the end of a school day, where do students go? Many places! Programming is richer than ever this spring.
Immediately following Spring Break Mrs. Emili is offering a free, one week-long art class March 19-23! This experience will blend student-centered learning, art and sustainability to produce data for Mrs. Emili’s graduate thesis. Students in grades 3-5 who are interested in exploring their affinities through research, click here to find the registration form.
After school classes begin the week of March 26. Click here to view the offerings. We are extending registration through March 19. Some of the new classes include Spanish Board Games with Sr. Yerrington, Let’s Learn Latin with Middle School teacher Mrs. Stoudt, Blanket Blast with Miss Erica, Paper Mache with Mr. Elstein, and Movie Drawings and Origami with Mrs. Emili. Back by popular demand is Squirreling Around, Chess, and Knitting to name a few.
Girls on the Run begins Tuesday, March 20 for girls in grades 3-5. This program teaches life-skills through dynamic conversation-based lessons and running games. Girls build physical and emotional strength meeting on Tuesdays, 3-4:30, and Thursdays, 2:15 – 3:45, culminating in a 5k running event on May 31. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up, but are interested in joining, please contact the main office. If you have questions about the program, feel free to be in touch with this spring’s coach, Mrs. Courtney Zemsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacrosse is a growing sport across the nation and at Moravian too! This year, fifth grade boys and girls are welcome to join our middle school boys and girls on their Youth League Teams for Grades 5/6. Girls practice on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from after-school until 5:15 p.m. and boys practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday after-school until 5:30 p.m. Practices are held on Glasser Field, weather permitting. Contact Middle School Athletic Coordinator, Ms. Crivellaro at email@example.com for more information.
Four students competed in the Regional PA Junior Academy of Science competition. Karilyn Kruklitis ’20 and Isha Kaza ’20 received 2nd awards. Elizabeth Stifel ’19 and Rhea Malhotra ’20 received 1st awards and will move onto to present at the State Level at Penn State in May. Congratulations to all for completing an experiment and presenting it to a panel of judges at the competition.
Our beautiful country lends itself to fascinating regional studies in fourth grade. Students explore the five regions of the United States throughout the year and investigate geography, people, cultures, economies, history and so much more. This week, families and friends caught a glimpse of these studies through songs and stories.
The songs were catchy and challenging! They included “Fifty Nifty United States” written by Ray Charles, “Surfing USA” by the Beach Boys, “Wakko’s America” by the Animaniacs, “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Geoff Mack and finally, the “Great Big House,” an American folk song and dance from the early 19th Century. Interestingly, dance songs like the one performed were created long ago to evade prohibition against dancing! Since they were simply adapted children’s games, Play Parties became creative ways to keep this form of musical enjoyment alive.
In addition to the music, students chose to feature special Americans, past or still living, who have significant connections from the state they are studying. Students performed in full regalia and shared several interesting facts about their special person. Congratulations to the fourth grade students, Mrs. Matlock, Mrs. Compter, and Mr. Wallace for a great show.
On Saturday, March 3, eight students participated in ADFL National Qualifier at Northampton Community College. They were Athina Jaffer, Naveen Ailawadi, Rhea Malhotra, Neil Deshmukh, Julius Ewungkem, Avi Singh and Nichole Stettner.
Five students received awards and three will be competing in the NCFL Grand National tournament in Washington, DC over Memorial weekend.
Neha Skandan received the third place league award in Lincoln Douglas.
Julius Ewungkem and Avi Singh received the third place league award in Public Forum.
They will be competing in May at Nationals. Also Athina Jaffer and Naveen Ailawadi received the fourth place league award in Public Forum and are alternates to Nationals.
On Sunday, four juniors participated in the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge. Neel Surya, Naveen Ailawadi, Milan Mahesh and Amol Sanghera spent nearly 14 hours working together to solve a problem called “Better ATE than never: Reducing wasted food”. Their fifteen page paper required them to create a mathematical model that a state could use to determine if it could feed its food-insecure population using the wasted food generated in that state. “Wasted food” includes food that is misshapen or unattractive, but safe to eat. In a few weeks, we will know if their paper has made it past the first round of judging.
The results for the American Mathematics Contest were posted this week. The top 3 school finishers for the AMC 10 were: 1st place Alex Adams, 2nd place Neha Skandan and 3rd place Avi Singh. The top 3 school finishers for the AMC 12 were: 1st place tie Brian Dadio and Chae Park and 3rd place Arnav Gupta.
The final PA Math League Contest of the year will be held in W106 during Community Time on Tuesday, March 20th.
Congratulations to Miranda Reiko Gibson on her Hope and Healing Juried Art Show painting entitled “Natural Beauty,” honored with “The Strength for Leah” Community Award. The 8th Annual show provides art to area hospitals and healing facilities. The Reception, Award Ceremony and Silent Auction are at the Baum School of Art, in Allentown, PA on March 21st from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The student artwork is on display there from March 8th through the 28th. More info is available at HTTA.org.
Over 40 Moravian Academy students will cross the pond to visit either France or England during spring break. As the world flattens, empathic global citizenship becomes not just professionally advantageous, but morally imperative. Bon voyage!
It’s hard to believe that only a few short years ago social media consisted primarily of Facebook. Today, there is a slew of options for our students. Whether it’s Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr, YikYak, AskFM, WhatsApp, or Twitter many of our students are using social media already or just getting started learning how to interface with it. In a recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics social media use continues to rise. According to this study, 75% of teens own a phone with 22% of teens logging into their favorite social media site more than 10 times per day.
Parenting magazine recently published a list of tips that every parent should keep in mind.
- No underage Facebooking
- Check your child’s privacy settings
- Use filtering software
- Create ground rules as a family
- Get to know your child’s online habits
- Keep the computer in a central location in the home
- Urge your kids to avoid online surveys and questionnaires from people they do not know
- Monitor the images your child(ren) posts online
- Model appropriate social media use for your child(ren)
- Limit cell phone use
- Teach kids about an online reputation
- Talk to your child about online dangers
- Get to know the technology your child(ren) are using
In an era where there is more information in our pocket than ever before, please continue to talk with your child(ren) about their social media use and remaining safe online.
Our student-athletes recently completed the winter sports season. Congratulations to our teams and coaches! You represented Moravian Academy well.
The Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams worked extremely hard this year, each team facing many challenges along the way. With only a handful of returning players, some players never having played on an organized team before, multiple season-ending injuries, and illnesses and bumps and bruises that kept players from competing, the players developed their skills and became better each time they took the court. Both teams competed at a high level all season long. The boys’ beat Palisades in a double overtime thriller, defeated Wilson twice this season, and had a handful of other games come down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Coach Zackey and Coach Norm were very happy with the effort and dedication of the boys all season. The girls’ team opened the season with an amazing overtime victory over Southern Lehigh. Throughout the season, the girls’ played a smothering defense holding opponents to an average of 15 points per game and used that defense to fuel the offense. The girls’ played great team basketball on both ends of the court. Coach Crivellaro is proud of the intensity and aggressiveness that the girls’ demonstrated against every opponent.
We are MA Proud … Way to go student-athletes!
Are you looking for enrichment and alternative activities for your children in primer through fifth grade over Spring Break? Look no further – Vacation Capers registration is now open! Prekindergarten teacher, Ms. Hummel and Director of Extended Care, Gabbey Stone, and assistants Ms. Paulette and Mrs. Emili will engage students the week of March 12-16 on field trips including a live animal demonstration at the Lehigh Valley Zoo, a hands-on art experience at the Allentown Art Museum, a visit to the DaVinci Science Center, bowling and a program offered by artists from Arts Quest! Click here to view a flyer, which was sent home with students today, and click here to register online.
On March 3-4, the Moravian Academy Stage presented “Into the Woods.”
(Photo Credit: Lindsay Woodruff)
The audience joined familiar characters from the minds of the Brothers Grimm as they traversed the dark and unpredictable woods to get their wishes … but what happens when you get what you want?
Director – Mr. Jarrod Yuskauskas
Associate Director – Elizabeth Burke ’19
Choreographer – Katie Keller ’18
Music Director – Dr. Yvonne Robinson
Technical Director – Mr. Rob Riker
Orchestra Conductor – Dr. Richard Fanning
Are you ready to meet the teachers? They are ready to see you! In the days leading up to conferences, preparation can happen on all fronts, by teachers, students, and parents. Teachers have prepared the second trimester report cards and look forward to robust conversations with you on March 6 and 7. Students have worked hard and expect their progress and areas for growth to be highlighted too. Parents are the ultimate link then to help us best understand the students that we enjoy and engage with daily. After conferences, please share what you learned, or even consider inviting them in to be part of the meeting. Communication is vitally important to improving shared visions and goal-setting. Your student will appreciate and respond positively knowing everyone is working together.
- Let your student take the lead. They can do it!
- Praise effort and skill development over grades.
- Be positive. Celebrate the successes. Small wins add up quickly.
- Ask what he/she is most proud of.
- Ask what you can do to support your child’s learning or to help them achieve their goals.
- Ask for clarification if you do not understand something.
- Save sensitive family or social topics for a private meeting with the teacher.
Congratulations to our students who participated in the DECA competition at Hershey. Ryan Hoffman ’19, Garrick Lombardi ’19, Robbie Shaff ’19, and Dante Trapasso ’18 took 2nd place in the Quiz Bowl. Naveen Ailawadi ’19 earned 3rd place in Professional Selling. Isha Mohapatra ’19 is now the new Pennsylvania District 7 Representative for DECA. Well done!
Dylan Carter ”19 participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Jazz Band Festival. The event took place at the Charter Arts High School of Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, with Dr. Neil Wetzel (Moravian College) as the guest conductor.
Nicole Masucci ’18 participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region Band Festival. The event took place at Middletown Area High School in Middletown, PA. The guest conductor was Dr. Michael Votta from the University of Maryland.
The following students are participating in the pit orchestra for the Upper School Department of Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods:” Nicole Masucci ’18 (flute); Justine Dell ’18 (violin), Krista Nichols ’21 (violin); Sophie Lee ’22 (violin), and Dylan Carter ’19 (bass guitar). Dr. Richard Fanning is the conductor of the pit orchestra.
March 8, 2018 is Moravian Academy’s Day of Giving [#1742minutes]. So it will be a Spirit Wear Day for all students. Wear your MA shirts with our name and/or logo on them.
Parents and friends can make a Gift to the Moravian Academy Annual Fund at 1742minutes.com
Join us on Friday, March 23rd from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for Indian food, “playing Holi” (splashing each other with bright colored powders), Bollywood dancing, and henna hand art! If you would like to attend, please fill out the permission slip you received in your @myma inbox, and return to Mr. Sommers or the Main Office. Make sure to bring extra clothes (white if possible) to wear while “playing Holi.”
This month in Upper School Chapel we will celebrate our annual Lebenslauf series. “Lebenslauf” means “life’s course.” The Moravian lebenslauf is a centuries old tradition of writing an autobiographical account of one’s life, toward finding deeper meaning and the interconnection of events and relationships. Every member of the sophomore class has written a lebenslauf as part of English class, and eight students will be selected to share their memoirs in Chapel. The Moravian Academy Lebenslauf Project began with support from The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, connecting students to our history, themselves, and one another.
Also, please make sure you sign up for the student led conference next week. On March 6th, after school, and March 7th, all day, students will have the chance to share with parents and their advisor reflections on their learning and academic progress through a formal writing assignment patterned after the lebenslauf.
When writing a lebenslauf, early Moravians kept written journals detailing an awareness of their personal religious and spiritual journeys. The lebenslauf was to be a daily ecclesiastical discipline practiced by every resident of the original, small Moravian community.
When we think about our tradition of the lebenslauf, we remind ourselves that we all have a story to tell and we can make discoveries about ourselves through the telling of our stories. When we share our stories, we understand each other and ourselves better. Through the traditional Moravian life writing of the lebenslauf, we hope to tell our stories of our academic and personal lives here at Moravian Academy.
This week we celebrated our diverse Moravian community by inviting students to present all components of the third annual Global Language Chapel. Participation was extraordinary, with global language teacher, Sra. Molina-Cheung leading the way. Her heartfelt meditation described the struggle and resilience of her Chinese grandfather and why and how she chose to create her last name. This story led to that of twelve Lower School students who eloquently (and entertainingly) shared their personal stories about their names. Thanks to Sophie Wandall, Kyara Maeding, Jolie Eyvazzadeh, Rowan Taylor, Miriam Mira, Gabby Cruz, Angie Perrucci, Brannagh Breslin, Oliver Pervizpour, Abby Aemisegeo, Hunter Zickerman and Hanning Yan for their stories!
In between personal reflections, other students led the rest of the chapel service.
The Invocation was a Hindu prayer called the Gayatri Mantra read by Diya Sharma, Aveer Chadga, Shaan Ailawadi and Shiv Patel with a translation projected for all to read.
Next, the Shema, a central prayer in Judaism was recited by Oliver Pervizpour with Gabby Cruz simultaneously presenting in sign-language. This prayer came from Hebrew scripture in the Book of Deuteronomy.
Aaron Gordon introduced the Responsive Reading, adapted from a poem by Israeli poet Zelda, who speaks to the importance of our names and asks us to think about names in a deeper way. Moravian’s third grade Spanish Immersion students led the prayer in Spanish.
Next, Hanning Yan and Jonathan Dai confidently spoke Chinese, reciting the poem “Welcome Rain on a Spring Night” by Chinese poet Du Fu.
Two readings were next in the service: Daniyal Jali led a prayer in Urdu by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, an Islamic saint in the Sufi tradition; Nikhil Skandan offered a prayer from Hindu tradition addressed to Ganesha and spoken in Sanskrit.
The Benediction was presented in three languages! Ava Williams introduction in French, the entire fifth grade joined in Chinese, followed by the entire congregation reciting the prayer in Spanish.
The Lord’s Prayer was led by Leanne Villa in Spanish, Angie Perrucci in Italian, Jolie Eyvazzadeh in Spanish, Abby Aemisegeo in Polish with a choral ending in English.
Our Benediction from the Book of Isaiah was ready by Goldie Waldman in Spanish.
That’s proof! We are a brilliant community with rich culture. Thanks to all who led and participated in this memorable chapel service.
Vocabulary development met analogies development in our second trimester Wordmasters Challenge at the Lower School. Congratulations to the following students for high-score achievements.
Grade 3: Olivia Seymour, James FitzRandolph, London Boschen, Aidan Bedford, Damla Aksade, Mackenzie Purinton
Grade 4: Charlotte Best, Dylan Hammond, Kyara Meading, Max Williams, Sophie Wandall, Lilah Sollott, Faust Capobianco, Kaitlyn Hummers, Nikhil Skandan, Peyton Falzone, Chloee Dahl, Parker Boschen, Xavie Tongg Weiler, Shaan Ailawadi, Aveer Chadha, Finn Shelton, Rigo Terry, Camden Luftig
Grade 5: Hanning Yan, George Botros, Harry Vicic, Oliver Pervizpour
As Moravian Academy continues to prepare the school calendar for 2018-19, we want you to know that we will be moving to the same dismissal times for each day of the week. This means that there will no longer be an “early dismissal time” on Thursdays. Each division will dismiss students on Thursdays at the same time as on the other school days.
Afternoon bus transportation will adjust as well and run at the same time Monday through Friday. This time has historically allowed our faculty and staff to travel across campuses for professional meetings. With the change to the Comenius schedule this year, we’re pleased to announce this change in order to provide more continuity, less disruption, and an increase in overall classroom instructional time. If you have questions, please contact the Lower, Middle, or Upper School offices for more information.
The Educational Record Bureau’s Comprehensive Testing Program (ERB CTP-4) tests are administered in the spring of each academic year. This year testing will occur during the week of April 9. The areas assessed include reading, vocabulary, writing, math, and verbal and quantitative reasoning. An individual student profile is sent home each year in June. Standardized testing provides information about a student’s achievement and also allows the school to benchmark and assess its curriculum.
In the Middle School, sixth graders will take ERBs using paper and pencil while seventh and eighth graders will complete their assessments online.
Sixth grader, Gianna Guarasi has advanced to the Pennsylvania state Geography Bee finals to be held in Harrisburg, PA on Friday, April 6. One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Congratulations, Gianna. We are #MAProud!
Strong habits are built early on, and what better habit than healthy heart care? As our Jump Rope for Heart community service efforts come to a close, Lower School students gained healthy habits and much more. Here are some highlights of our month-long jump rope activities where technology met tradition and household chores yielded change.
“March Around Your Ropes” from SPARK PE Programming got our primer, prekindergarten and kindergarten students moving! Jump rope activities included practicing locomotor skills and running or jumping pathways in straight, curved and zig zag motions around ropes on the floor. Click HERE to see students in action.
After learning critical elements of the basic rope jump, first and second grade students played Jump Rope Bingo using math facts! They wrote the math problem on the Bingo board, solved the math problem, and then jumped the number of times of the answer!
Students in third grade stepped up their skills by learning more difficult rope jumping techniques. Senor Yerrington’s students used iPads to video each other while jumping rope. They played back the videos to self-check for critical elements of jumping rope correctly! Mrs. Harshman’s third grade class brought iPads to PE class to video each other doing challenging partner jumps, such as two-in-one jumping and side-by-side jumping. They uploaded the videos to their SeeSaw pages. Check it out.
Students in fourth and fifth grade have been working in stations on various individual and partner challenge jump rope skills. In small collaborative groups, they have been choreographing and will be performing jump rope routines next week. Keep an eye out for SeeSaw uploads soon.
Great collaboration has taken place between gym teachers and classroom teachers, students in every grade and generous parents. Amidst all the fun, service efforts and skill building, we experienced tremendous, unintended consequences. As our community grew within, the impact of our efforts extended beyond our walls. Thank you for a successful Jumprope for Heart program!
On most mornings, Laura Riker and I can be seen welcoming students to campus at the front door of the 7 East and Devey Buildings, respectively. When you walk into many restaurants, stores, fitness facilities or doctor’s offices, someone typically greets you as you enter. With a smile or a greeting, the receptionist or host makes you feel welcome and sets a positive tone for your visit. The same principle applies to students entering a school building. While not always possible, we strive to welcome students to our buildings every day.
Building community starts the instant students leave their car or jump off the school bus. This is a great time to connect with the students and lay the foundation for a positive school-student relationship. So much can be done in this short time to help students start their day in a positive way and feel like they belong to a real community.
Why do we do this?
- To grow relationships with students and community members
- To foster and ensure a sense of safety for those who enter our buildings
- To model socially acceptable behaviors and for students to learn how to have a firm handshake and make eye contact
- To provide reminders about the school day
- To congratulate a student on a recent performance on the stage, on the athletic field or in the classroom
- To feed off of the student energy each morning
It’s simple and effective and worth the extra effort.