Building Tolerance on a Global Level

By: Carolyn Sloan
Lower School Music Teacher

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Zug, Switzerland to share my music with the the Ship of Tolerance project, an art installation designed by international artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The project is intended to promote peace, tolerance and hope among different people and nations around the world, specifically by educating youth from different continents, cultures and identities through the shared language of art.
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Berkeley Carroll Students Help School in Costa Rica

By: Kimberly Carmody
Middle School Visual Arts

BC students just completed their third year of volunteer work for a local school in the Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat in Costa Rica and change in the infrastructure is super visible & inspiring! This year, the 7th and 8th graders raised $8,000 to support these projects in partnership with other World Leadership School groups and local fundraising efforts:

1.) Auditorium
Last year students painted the tall metal beams used to hold the roof up with rustproof paint and moved rocks and small boulders to clear space for the floor of the auditorium, which is now poured concrete. This year the roof is up and the structure is complete. The huge space provides a location for performances, large group meetings, basketball and other games, and it’s a refuge from the rain!

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Berkeley Carroll Alum Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

By: Patricia Peña Carty
BC ’02, Science Teacher, Chair and Assistant Principal at University Heights High School

Ed. Note: Patricia is one of only seven teachers to be recently honored with a Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics by the Fund for the City of New York.  A 2002 Berkeley Carroll graduate, Patricia shares some of her story and how Berkeley Carroll helped get her to where she is today. Read more about her and the award on the Daily News website

I got into teaching when I was recruited by Teach for America during my senior year at Georgetown University. Although I was all set to attend dental school, the calling to join AmeriCorps and devote myself to educating and mentoring deserving youngsters attending public schools grew into my newfound passion. I was so fortunate to receive a rich and life-altering education at Berkeley Carroll, and I was determined to become a teacher that could bring private school quality education into public schools. Every day that I would awake and ready myself to attend BC, I was filled with joy and excitement, and each classroom I would enter transported me to a new dimension of discovery, inquiry and adventure. My educators and mentors respected me as an individual learner, celebrated my successes and talents, and I was challenged to grow in so many ways. Continue reading…

Varsity Basketball Coach Gets Tips For Success From Notre Dame

By: Carmine Giovino
Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
Associate Director of Athletics

The past two seasons, the Berkeley Carroll Boys Varsity Basketball team has enjoyed unprecedented success. The program followed up an A.C.I.S. League championship in 2014 with a N.Y.S.A.I.S. State Championship in 2015, their second year in a row making it to the final day of the season. It was after this most recent season that while watching Notre Dame Men’s Basketball’s run to the Elite Eight, that I noticed a number of similarities between Berkeley Carroll and Notre Dame.

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Start a Conversation: Nepal

By Ana K.
Upper School Student

I made this short film to start a conversation about what is happening in Nepal. Its purpose is to promote thinking about how we can help people when we live far away. I hope that by watching this short video, you feel inspired to donate. If you’d like to donate money through the Berkeley Carroll community please contact Ms. Heldring and Ms. Matthews in the Upper School. If you are unable to donate, having discussions among your co-workers and peers is just as valuable.

And here are some ways we can help:

– Buy “Nibbles for Nepal!” (Bake sales will happen almost daily until we reach our goal of $3,000.)
– Donate to our “Bucks for Nepal” bucket! (located at the front desk)
– Think of a teacher challenge! (What would you pay to see your teacher do —  for example, cartwheel down the hall!)

Performance Space Underway at Sterling Place

Dear Friends,

At Berkeley Carroll, when something works, we make it better. This drive to be better, to do better for our students, was the motivation behind our capital campaign, Sustaining Excellence, Securing the Future.

Through the generosity of our donors, we reimagined our PreK and Kindergarten building and transformed the Middle and Upper Schools with collaborative workspaces, new classrooms, a student commons, and a much needed dining room.  These new spaces are fully utilized by our students and faculty, and we can no longer remember the school without them.

The purchase of 152 Sterling Place was part of the SESF campaign. Last year we renovated the downstairs area of the building and created administrative offices and a large flexible space that can be used as a classroom or for meetings.

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