Congratulations to Anderson Chess Dragons!
On Sunday, January 12th, the Anderson Chess Dragons competed in the 48th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships (the "City Championships".) Over 1,000 students competed across various sections. Twenty-nine students represented Anderson, Kindergarteners to 8th graders, with experience levels ranging from first time tournament players to others who had played in over 50 tournaments. Our Chess Dragons did an outstanding job and came away with many team and individual trophies:
Elementary Junior Varsity: 2nd Place
Elementary Varsity: 6th Place
K-1 Primary: 6th Place
Christopher W. Elementary Junior-Varsity- Champion
Zane G. Primary Novice - Co-Champion
Lucas F.-Y. Primary K-1 - 4th Place
Joey L. Junior High Junior Varsity - 5th Place
Quentin C. Elementary Varsity- 12th Place
Aarav A. Primary K-1 Unrated Players- 3rd Place
Story Pirates Dazzle Anderson Audience!
Anderson Middle Schoolers in the Story Pirates elective run by ELA teacher Amy Zolla (pictured below with costumes) with guidance from Story Pirate professionals performed their first show on December 13th.
The troupe takes story ideas created by our elementary students and turns them into clever, very funny skits. Here are some scenes from today's dress rehearsal and performance. Click on the collage below to enlarge the individual images.
Anderson School Winter Showcase Was a Big Success!
Anderson's Music Department, Sarah Prusasky and Brian Shaheen, led the fifth through eighth grade students as they performed in the chorus, band, and orchestra on December 12th. Fifth graders also displayed their skills on guitar in fifth grade band, and on strings, and the audience was treated to two rock band performances as well. Click on the collage below to enlarge the images.
AMS Pops Orchestra Played at Sony Atrium!
Sarah Prusasky and Brian Shaheen took the AMS Pops Orchestra to the Sony Plaza Atrium in Midtown on December fifth. The students played for workers, tourists and passersby in the huge glass-enclosed space.
O'Shea Campus Hosts First Annual School Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast!
The Anderson School and P.S. 452 welcomed our schools' bus drivers to a special breakfast on December sixth, where we showed our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. Students created cards thanking their drivers for their service, and these were presented to the drivers at the breakfast. Thank you to Anderson Community Coordinator Donna Smiley and P.S.452 Parent Coordinator Sharon Lustig for organizing the event!
Aladdin Auditions Have Begun!
Brian Shaheen and Sarah Prusasky, our fabulous Music team, began auditions for this year's musical production of Aladdin on October 28th. Just about twice the number of students in grades five through eight tried out than did so last year, the inaugural year of the musical production at Anderson. Students will continue to audition this week and next as the cast is chosen and stage crew and other tech decisions are made. The level of talent on display during auditions is high!
Chancellor Walcott Visits Anderson!
The NYC DOE Schools Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, paid The Anderson School a visit today. He congratulated the students and staff on our superlative state exam performance and took questions from many students. See NYC.gov for a press release about visits today to the 22 top-performing schools in the city, or click here.
Our New Fitness Room Is Here!
AMS students and Anderson staff will be excited to learn that our new fitness room has been installed and is ready for use in the fall! Thanks to a generous grant from the office of City Council Member Gale Brewer, a spare room was renovated. Blackboards were torn out, the room was rewired, and new overhead lights were hung. The room was plastered, painted, and equipped with cushioned mats, an air conditioner, and sixteen cardiovascular machines including treadmills, stationary bikes, two recumbent bikes, and several Arc trainers (elliptical machines). Students will receive safety training and will sign off on a pledge to use the machines responsibly. We look forward to our sports teams, health-related clubs and electives taking advantage of this great new space. Thanks for all the hard work by Principal Jodi Hyde, A.P. Rob Schliessman, and Frank Felix, our Custodian Engineer as they pursued this project from beginning to end.
See Our Wonderful Schoolyard Renovation!
If you've walked past the O'Shea Campus schoolyard recently, you've probably noticed the contractors hard at work painting the schoolyard, thanks to the generous funding of City Council Member Gale Brewer. Here is a look at the work in progress (click on collage to enlarge images):
Thanks to custodian John P. for access to the roof!
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The P.S. 334-Cast Crew has finished their training, and will be help their classmates produce weather reports on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the school year. Enjoy!
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