On Friday, 5/31/19, Piano Club students performed songs such as “All of Me”, “Over the Rainbow” and “Prelude in C” at the Liederkranz Foundation on the Upper East Side. Thank you to the NYC Piano School for bringing expert piano instructors to MHA!
In April 2018, 15 MHA students crossed the Atlantic to immerse themselves in the histories and cultures of Italy and Greece. Students flew into Rome where they explored the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and other cultural landmarks. From there, they traversed the streets of Florence, learning the secrets of the leather trade and the history of the Duomo. Following a cruise across the Adriatic, the group finished by exploring the sites of Greece, including the Meteora Monasteries, ruins at Delphi, and the Acropolis in Athens.
The annual school-wide ice skating trip is a great way to kick off the holiday season at MHA, with students asking about it as soon as the temperature starts to drop. Students from all grades get the opportunity to skate in Bryant Park with friends and tour the winter village for treats like hot cocoa and other sweets. Students encourage other students to get on the ice and try skating, even if they’ve never been before. The trip never fails to put smiles on the students faces!
Every December, MHA Seniors get together to compete in the annual gingerbread house competition. Students win points based on style, design, and using elements such as school colors or incorporating multiple holidays into their houses.
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Students at Murray Hill Academy high school in Manhattan are learning to play the piano. That may seem like a typical thing to do in school. However, the school's budget, like at many public schools, can't afford to offer students the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.
That's where Vera Anselmo comes in. She started the Piano School of New York City, which is a nonprofit. Vera and her instructors provide schools that have mostly low-income students the opportunity to learn how to play the piano.
Vera said the city's Department of Education pays her less than half of what she would normally charge for the service. But to her, it's worth it.
"As an educator, I think music is life. It gives children intellectual development. They do better in school," Anselmo said. "It changes their behavior, it gives them hope. It gives them another outlet to express themselves."
Without Vera's piano school, these students would never have the chance to learn how to play the piano.
"I like it because kids are coming here to learn something again and we don't really get the opportunity to do that every day," Roselani Peguero, a junior, said.
"I feel great about myself playing music that I've never played before," Nowrose Mujib, a senior, said. "It's pretty exciting."
Principal Anita Manninen-Felix said she is "extremely grateful" for the program.
"Our students are enjoying this," she said. "It's beautiful."
"I think it's very relaxing," student Brian Joseph said, "and it gives the kids a chance to prove their skills at piano."
The Piano School is hoping to expand its services into the Bronx.
Spirit week is an opportunity for the school to display the interests of its community through a variety of differently themed days. Students can twin with another student to show off their friendship or display pride in their culture on international day. This year’s spirit week took place on Halloween, so we had tons of creative costumes! Students dressed up as mother nature, Frankenstein’s monster, and Ms. Dang also participated by dressing up as a penguin!
To celebrate the end of this week, let this sink in--- From President Obama’s former secretary of education, John King, transcribed from his speech at Eskolta’s Change Makers reception on 10/23/18:
“It is life-saving work. It is the difference for young people between a life of possibility and a life of despair. And partof what I saw today at Murray Hill Academy are all the dimensions it takes to make that happen- kids talked about the relationships they have with their teachers. First and foremost, the power of those relationships, the knowledge that there is somebody that cares about them and is willing to invest in them. Kids talked about how good their classes are. That’s also what school is about…is school interesting? Is it engaging? Is it compelling? Kids told me about role plays they did in class, debates they did in class, projects they did in class. That’s what we have to do to ensure the success of our kids- find the thing they’re passionate about, what they’re inspired about, and feed that passion. I also heard today about the care that staff take to make sure that they’re intervening with kids who are struggling- the time they take to look at data, attendance, to talk about each and every student to figure out about who is struggling, who’s getting off track, who needs more support, who needs interventions? We know that makes a difference. We know all across the country that in schools where that’s happening that kids are more likely to be successful. We also heard today at Murray Hill about teacher collaboration, the ways in which the work with Eskolta is breaking down the silos that often happen in schools where teachers can feel isolated in classrooms. Instead, at Murray Hill, teachers are collaborating- they’re doing things like Japanese lesson study. They’re designing lessons together, observing them together, breaking down those lessons, discussing them, talking about what landed well with students and what didn’t, and making them better. And they talked about that not only as something that makes a difference for students, but something that makes a difference for them- something that makes them feel a part of a community of peers, constantly polishing the stone of those lessons. THAT IS POWERFUL WORK. I AM INSPIRED BY THAT WORK.”
Click here– if you want to hear it- 9:10-11:07
“Barbie Bungee” was the culminating activity for one of the topics in AP Statistics. During the topic they discussed concepts such as scatterplots and linear regression, which were used to make a prediction about the appropriate amount of rubber bands in Barbie’s bungee cord. After making their predictions based on known variables such as length of the rubber band and how far it would stretch, they calculated how many bands Barbie would need to stop short of hitting the floor after dropping from a known distance.
The science department regularly takes advantage of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space museum due to its proximity to the school. During this visit, students examined density by measuring materials such as brass, copper, and lead. They also built boats out of aluminum foil to examine displacement!
Murray Hill Academy over the spring break in 2014 had their first international trip to Spain and France. Students were able to explore the rich history in Spain and France. For many of the students this was their first international trip outside of the United Students. Students explored Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona. MHA students had the chance to ride the European rail system when they travelled from France to Spain.