Aija Mayrock’s Visit To Buckley

Source: Buckley Country Day School

Robert Mark: Grade 8


“Eight years old I arrived,

In front of this cluster of stone buildings

Ready to thrive

Feeling so alive

Not knowing that this place would be my fight to survive…”


Imagine the beat of Lil Wayne rapping in Eminem’s “No Love” to these words, and you will capture the essence of how Aija Mayrock captivated the audience in ten minutes with the rhythm and her story.

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Book Review: Escaping Peril

Source: Scholastic Press

Jack Davis: Grade 8

Just a few months ago, Tui T. Sutherland came out with the eighth book in her best-selling Wings of Fire series. Her eighth book is titled Escaping Peril. It was a truly enticing read, but before I explain why, you should know what this series is all about. The Wings of Fire book series is divided into two parts (one of which is still incomplete), but they have many things in common. The main idea is that all of the characters are dragons who talk and live in different tribes. There are humans in this series, but they are called “scavengers” and are shown as pets or food. Before I praise this book on its plot and characters, a little background knowledge is needed.

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A Season Of Success: Winter Basketball Wrap-Up

Source: Buckley Country Day School

Alex Goldenberg: Grade 7

The Physical Education curriculum for grades five through eight focuses on interscholastic athletics. Although students can chose between sports during the fall and spring seasons, all students play basketball in the winter. Most teams start the season out rusty, but they later develop sportsmanship, teamwork, and, of course, athletic skills.

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The Charities At Your Door

Source: The Buckley Bark

Portia Inzone: Grade 8

When walking past the main entrance of Buckley, many families constantly see charitable boxes perched on a foyer table. They often are curious to know what these charities represent and how they can contribute. When rushing to cars or class, however, they might find it difficult to stop and inquire.

Here are answers to the questions about each of the exciting initiatives that Buckley students have started to help those in their communities. They all respond to the one simple question. “If you had one sentence to describe your charity, what would it be?”

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Hamilton’s Historically Accurate Thriller

Source: Hamilton Broadway

Kevin Ross: Grade 8

What is Hamilton? It is a musical based off of the famous politician, Alexander Hamilton. There is more to his life than getting shot by Aaron Burr. The musical shows how Hamilton got into a feud with Burr and how their anger toward each other slowly built up. At first glance, they seemed like people who had the same beliefs, but it turned out that Burr took things too slowly. Hamilton never stopped working. In fact, Hamilton asked Burr to help him write some essays known as The Federalist Papers to help him defend the new U.S. Constitution, but Burr turned him down. Hamilton instead joined up with John Jay and James Madison. They originally were supposed to write 25 essays, but instead ended up writing 85, with John Jay writing 5, James Madison writing 29, and Hamilton writing the final 51.

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The Buckley Colloquium

Source: Buckley Country Day School

Mercer Hall: Faculty

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered together for the fourth Buckley Colloquium. This annual event brings together members across the school community to share an evening of learning and laughter. Participants read a nonfiction book in advance of the Colloquium and then meet in small-group discussions led by facilitators. This year, the group read The Road To Character by David Brooks, an author, journalist, New York Times columnist, and PBS NewsHour commentator.

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