While stars such as Drake and Rihanna have taken the headlines by storm, Buckley Country Day School has its own rising star in its midst. Eighth-grader Maxwell Brown is a singer, actor, and musician – a triple threat. He has entered many contests involving the use of his talents, and he has appeared in several plays. Brown dedicates seven to eight hours a week building his acting and singing career, and in addition to practicing during the school week, he has also attended programs such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is “a prestigious camp where I practiced my craft in musical theater,” explained Brown. He has said that he is dedicated to improving his skills and making it to the top.
Cooking is a lot of fun. So is baking, but I am not really very good at it. It is hard to prepare homemade muffins or freshly baked cakes. While it’s fun to do this once in a while, for amateurs (like me), it is okay to start off with baking mixes. This can get very boring, however, so here are my “piece of cake” tips and tricks to enhance your baked goods:
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.
Along with Tim Cook and Michelle Obama, Jacek Dub wakes up at 4:30 a.m., well before sunrise. Chef Jacek, the new chef at Buckley Country Day School, has an interesting background that includes wide practice within his culinary field.
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.
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.
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.