Aija Mayrock’s Visit To Buckley

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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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The Buckley Colloquium

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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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Lunar New Year

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Lauren Kashinsky: Grade 7

On February 12, 2016, Buckley’s annual Lunar New Year assembly took place. Eugene Park, Naomi Nishimura, Henry Yoon, and Jane Park performed in a Korean Percussion performance.

Lower School students learning Tae Kwon Do preformed an outstanding dance routine to “Gangnam Style.”

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The 8th Grade Goes To Court

Kenny Silver: Grade 8

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the 8th grade went to “witness” The Honorable Stephen J. Bogacz in his courtroom at the Queens County Family Courthouse. In the seventh grade, the students had previously participated in a mock trial in which Judge Bogacz was the judge. To follow up on their mock trial, Judge Bogacz invited the class to a day of watching real cases at the family courthouse where he works.

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The Annual Thanksgiving Assembly

Max Lunievicz: Grade 8

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Every year before the Thanksgiving Break, Buckley Country Day School has its Thanksgiving assembly. It traditionally takes place on the Wednesday half-day before the holiday. At this time, the Upper School comes together to perform a music program from their chosen elective: Percussion, Dance, Band, Strings, or Chorus. Students are required to enroll in one of these programs for the entire year staring in fifth grade (although dance is only for students in grades seven and eight). Each of these programs meets on Mondays and Wednesdays to learn new skills and practice for school assemblies. At the Thanksgiving assembly, each of the programs played what they rehearsed, usually one or two songs. This year, the Percussion group played “Where are Ü Now,” the Band played “Over the Rainbow,” and the other music programs performed different dances and songs according to their grade.

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Getting A Head Start On Head Start

Max Lunievicz: Grade 8

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Every year, Buckley Country Day School’s students in grades 5-8 sand and paint wooden toys, donate sets of hats and gloves, and wrap these garments in paper during the weeks before the winter break. They do this to prepare for the annual field trip to two Head Start Programs, where each Upper School student is paired with a toddler to enjoy various activities. Some of these fun activities include coloring, cookie decorating, and many more small art projects.

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A Snippet From The Runway

Portia Inzone: Grade 8

Many Upper and Lower School students participated in Mrs. Katherine Reyes’ Fashion Show on Wednesday, November 2, 2015. The fashion line included a large selection of both kids’ and adults’ clothing. Whether a dress, shirt, or pant, Reyes made these clothes with true passion. They were all amazing! These vibrant pieces were worn on Buckley’s runway in the Upper Gym by not only students, but also faculty and parents. Students learned how to properly walk on the runway, and they were given the opportunity to pose in whichever way they wanted. Although some were nervous, the outcome of the show was spectacular.

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The Opening Assembly

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Source: The Buckley Bark

Max Lunievicz: Grade 8

On September 9, 2015, the Buckley school year began. As they do every year, the eighth grade directed the opening assembly on the first day. This assembly is not only a way to welcome old students into the new year, but it is also a way to welcome new students into the school by giving them a gift related to the theme of the assembly to commemorate their entry into Buckley. This theme is decided by the eighth grade at their grade-level barbecue before school begins.

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The Stars Of Buckley

Max Lunievicz: Grade 8

On Friday, October 16, a Buckley tradition commenced for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Every year, the eighth graders write a speech about a personal experience, topic, event, or person to share something about them that makes them unique. Speeches are read to the entire school during a Friday assembly, which family and friends of the eighth graders are invited to attend. This not only gives them a chance to offer the Buckley community an insight into who they are, but it also gives them a taste of real-life public speaking.Read More »