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  • Middle School Open House dates We will hold two middle school Open Houses for current fifth grade families considering The Anderson School for sixth grade for the 2020-21 school year. You are NOT required to attend an Open House to apply to Anderson. There are no reservations. Please try to arrive on time. The dates are Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 6:00-7:30 pm. If you cannot attend an Open House, please visit us through photos of some of our classrooms that you'd visit in person as well as printing the same handouts you would receive in person: more details about applying to Anderson, visit ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2019, 2:08 PM by Donna Smiley
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Anderson chess teams traveled to Nashville on May 10th to compete in the Chess Nationals. They had great results as a group and were one of the largest teams in the country. 

Our K-6 Championship team (hardest section in the entire tournament) tied for 5th place as a team and 6th grader Adi was the national co-champion!

Our K-3 team was one of the smallest and youngest teams and came in 9th in the country and 2nd grader Carter tied for 13th. 

In K-1 our team got 7th in the country and 1st grader Jesse tied for 12th. 

The K-5 U1200 team also tied for 5th. 

Third grader Cynthia tied for 23rd in her division as well which was the biggest division with over 300+ kids

Anderson 8th Graders visited a nearby District 3 Elementary school to present to 5th graders about respecting all people.  Our Anderson seniors shared what it means to be kind, respectful and discussed how important it is to choose your words carefully and to always be an upstander.  Thank you 8th graders for a great presentation!

Peer Mediation Is Back at Anderson!

Nearly 30 students from grades 4 through 7 are newly trained Peer Mediators. The students completed a Peer Mediation Training Program and learned all about conflict and positive ways to help others resolve their conflicts. You will see them in the lunchroom and in the yard wearing blue or purple t-shirts and their mediator name tag lanyard. They are there to listen!

Jan. 2019 Congratulations to the Anderson debaters in the O'Shea Debate Event:

Novice individual speaker rank:

  • Caroline I. 1st
  • Natasha W-K. 2nd
  • Dasha S. 3rd
  • Anisha S. 6th
  • Ameera K. 12th
  • Om D. 16th
  • Sam L. 18th
  • Mathilda S. 25th

Novice Teams:

  • Dasha/Sam/Caroline 9th
  • Ameera/Om/Mathilda 3rd
  • Anisha/Natasha/Isabella 1st

 Open Individual speaker:

  • Zach F. 12th
  • Ally C-K. 11th

Congratulations to the Anderson students who competed in the Manhattan Spelling Bee on 1/15/19! They are Charlie (701), Foster (502), and Madhavendra (502). Charlie and Madhavendra qualified for the Daily News citywide bee and Madhavendra got a trophy for finishing 3rd place. 

The AMS Debate Team kicked off the 2018 - 2019 season with a very strong showing last weekend.  Eighteen debaters competed against schools from across the city.  Here are the results:

Novice Individual (our of 100 debaters):

First Place: Alex P.
#25 - Saoirse D.                                                                                                 
#22 - Aidan T. 
#17 - Sam L. 
#16 - Matilda S. 
#15 - Steven S. 
#12 - Dasha S. 
#8 - Ameera K. 

Novice teams:

#15 - Saoirse D., Ameera K.
#14 - Steven S., Alex P.
#13 - Rebecca K., Vita K., Madeline G.
#8 - Om D., Iyanah M.
#5 - Sam L., Dasha S., Aidan T.

Open (Advanced) Individuals (out of 80 debaters)

#15 - Jocelyn R. 
#12 - Will B.
# 6 - Zack F.
#4 - Anya L                                                                

Zack, Jocelyn and Anya along with Mr. Fox represent Anderson at the NYC Urban Debate League, Parliamentary Debate Tournament 

Previous Happenings at Anderson: 2014-15 2013-14 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018


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The NYC DOE Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Summit was held on Monday, January 28th at Stuyvesant High School for Middle and High School students.  This was the second year the Summit was held and more than 1600 students and faculty participated!  It was an opportunity for students and faculty advisers of these clubs to celebrate with the LGBTQ community, network, and learn from one another.  This was the first year Anderson students participated in this exciting event; Mrs. Ridder, our Guidance Counselor and GSA club Advisor, was thrilled to take seven 8th grade students to the event where the students explored various workshops that were offered for students and faculty advisers. Our Anderson students are eager to bring back what they have learned and to help keep our Anderson community feeling safe and respected and that their voices are heard in a safe space.

This year, the summit highlighted five individuals who have made great contributions to society in the face of enormous barriers:

Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992) was an African-American transgender woman who was an LGBTQ rights activist and an outspoken advocate for trans people of color.

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was a civil rights organizer and activist, best known for his work as adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  Tragically, he was killed the following year.

We’wha (1849-1896) was a Zuni Native American ambassador and accomplished craftsperson. We’wha was a Ihamana, which would today be described as two-spirit.  We’wha connected with visitors, diplomats, and even President Grover Cleveland to provide education about Zuni traditions.

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) was an African-American playwright and writer, best known for her play A Raisin In The Sun.  She was the first black female author to have performed on Broadway.