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Posted by on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Mentor brothers at Harlem Academy's 2013 commencement.
We caught up with Joel and Tim Mentor - brothers and Harlem Academy graduates - to hear about life at Riverdale. ___
The Mentor brothers at Harlem Academy's 2013 commencement.
Talk to me about the start of this school year. Tim: I boil down sophomore year to it’s basically a harder freshman year with less energy. There’s less of that “I’m ready to try new things,” less of that new school excitement. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s more that now I have to Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Revising sentences and paragraphs helps students develop their own voices.
Lower school creative writing reinforces core skills while cultivating originality and personal voice.
Revising sentences and paragraphs helps students develop their own voices.
Perched on the “author’s chair,” a fourth grade student finishes reading his poem aloud. He looks up at his classmates sitting on the floor around him who begin to comment. “I liked how detailed your description was,” says one. “It really helped me imagine your feelings.”  Another adds, “I Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Middle school students display both creepiness and joy as the Three Witches in “Macbeth.” Photo courtesy of the Classic Stage Company.
A performance-based unit draws middle school students into the works of William Shakespeare.
Middle school students display both creepiness and joy as the Three Witches in “Macbeth.” Photo courtesy of the Classic Stage Company.
“What’s Hermia thinking here?” Whitney Wood, middle school English teacher, asks the the sixth graders seated around her. They pause their line-reading of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." “Hermia doesn’t want to marry Demetrius,” Read more...
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Posted by on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bich, Thomas, Toporek
Harlem Academy is pleased to welcome Bruno Bich, Hillary Thomas, and Michael Toporek to the school's board of trustees. 
Bruno Bich, Hillary Thomas, and Michael Toporek
Bruno Bich is chairman of the board of the BIC Group. He began his career in corporate finance and investment banking before joining BIC, where he was instrumental in building the company’s U.S. franchise, which now represents more than 50% of the group’s sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Read more...
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Posted by on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject.
Ms. Viele leading a daily reading discussion. Students hold up one finger up to add to a peer’s statement and two fingers to change the subject.
How do you teach third graders to think across texts or to use literature to engage each other in the classroom? Harlem Academy’s third grade teacher Alexis Viele uses a method called shared inquiry to hone these skills and habits. During 30 minute reading discussions each morning, students sit together in small groups. Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Grade-four students smile for the camera after their Greek myth performances.
Practicing public speaking and presentation skills while sharing what has been learned
Grade-four students smile for the camera after their Greek myth performances.
Greek gods and goddesses fill the room. Zeus has tired of ambrosia and nectar, so he is holding a bake-off to find something he likes better. But we are not at Mount Olympus. We are in Harlem Academy’s common room for the grade-four Celebration of Learning. The students studied Greek mythology, wrote Read more...
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