His Name In Lights: Maxwell Brown Takes The Stage

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Source: The Buckley Bark

Tyler Bonaparte: Grade 8

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.

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It’s A Piece Of Cake

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Sterling Kalogeras: Grade 7

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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

Ingredients

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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