Two New Fundraisers Aid The Community

Service Initiatives
Source: The Buckley Bark

Henry Yoon: Grade 7

This winter, Buckley introduced two new fundraisers to its community: a coin drive and a pajama drive. For these efforts, two new additions were made available for each homeroom: a giant water jug and a cardboard box. The jug will hopefully be filled each morning with coins by the members of each homeroom. At the end of the drive, the homeroom with the most coins will win a free dress down day. The box is there to collect pajamas. The homeroom with the most pajamas will win a desert day. All of the money and goods earned from the two fundraisers will go into helping kids in need.

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Getting to Know Mrs. Colleen Fortuna

Source: The Buckley Bark

Anna Tsioulias: Grade 8

Mrs. Colleen Fortuna, Buckley’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, has been with the school for approximately two years. For many years before that, she also worked in New York City for a private equity firm as an office manager. There, she had a wide range of responsibilities, which made the job interesting. After that, she began to work in another independent school on Long Island and spent six years as the school’s Associate Director of Admissions. Then she was an Admissions Director at another school before coming to Buckley.

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How To Ace The SSAT

Source: The Buckley Bark

Anna Tsioulias: Grade 8

For seventh- and eighth-graders, the November and December SSAT is coming up. The Secondary School Admission Test, or SSAT, is a standardized test taken by students for admissions officers to assess the abilities of the students who want to apply to their secondary school. There are six parts to the SSAT: one verbal, two math, one reading, one essay, and one experimental section. There are three levels of the SSAT: the Elementary Level SSAT (Grades 3-4), Middle Level SSAT (Grades 5-7), and the Upper Level SSAT (Grades 8-11). Students are scored on the SSAT by comparing their test scores to other people’s test scores.

The SSAT is difficult, so you should prepare once registered. Here are some tips, study methods, and suggestions on how to study for the SSAT.

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Easy And Spooky Halloween Recipes


Sterling Kalogeras: Grade 7

Are you upset that Halloween is over? Here are three easy Halloween-themed recipes to bring back the spooky spirit. Invite ghosts and witches over, and you’ll have the best scary dinner ever.

Halloween Brain Dip


2 avocados
1 tomato
1/2 scallion
1/4 red onion
1 pinch cilantro
1 head cauliflower
1/2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

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A Modern Renaissance Man: Beyond The Pages With Mr. Brett Topel

Jack Davis: Grade 8

Source: The Buckley Bark

Mr. Brett Topel is a man of many talents. He takes beautiful pictures for Buckley Country Day School, but he can also portray beautiful pictures with words. He is an esteemed writer, having written two solo books in his career. When Shea Was Home – The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets is the tale of the year that Shea Stadium (demolished in 2009) was the home field of the New York Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets. He tells the enticing saga of how these four sports giants shared the same castle. Topel not only enjoys writing, but he has a deep connection to this book for another reason.

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