Our first ever Live Auction outside of the Kaufman Center was this Saturday, April 1!
Last night’s event was the start of what we believe will be a new SMS PTA tradition — a fun live event honoring a person important to our community (this year the great Sean Hartley), showcasing the talents of our amazing parents and raising record numbers, all packed into one magic evening. I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to last night’s magic. It is close to impossible to name everybody, so here are just a few (please forgive me for not creating a particular order): Orli Shaham, Shai Wosner, Sean Attebury, Alexander Linard, Mary Pantoga, Brad Linard, David Robertson, Elizabeth Nuñez, Francisco Nuñez, Ann Wazelle, Kristy Glass, Melissa Attebury, Hector del Curto, Jisoo Ok, Derek Wieland, Gregor Huebner, Ana and Christian Gambogi, Yvonne Lau, Bill Belmonte, Sherrye Flynn, Lillie Brinkman, Annette España, Tommy Wazelle, Alex España, Pablo Inirio, Ken Pantoga, Brian Lehrer, Abby Zeichner, Kurt Lageschulte, Ed Harris.
Sean Hartley: Thank you so much for letting us celebrate you. It suited you well and meant a lot to us.
We were also so happy to see a a couple of the Kaufman Music Center Board and Staff: Thank you Johanna Roman and Kathy Hubbard for celebrating with us and for your generous donations. We also received a very generous donation from Lydia Kontos and Phyllis Feder! Your support means a lot to the PTA. Thank you. And, The fact that our very own Principal Katie Banucci-Smith pledged a large amount for the HS scholarship set the tone for raising 4.5 times what we had expected for the scholarship. Thank you, Katie, so, so much. It was also so nice to see our Assistant Principal Kristen Palmieri from the HS and so many teachers both academic and from the music side. Igal Kesselman, Sandra Noreen and Kevin Sullivan thank you all very much for being with us and for your donations.
We were also so happy to having discovered SubCulture and would like to thank Marc Kaplan for welcoming us and being of such great support. Thank you also Bill and Jack from the Party Box Caterers. The food was delicious, the set up gorgeous and the dessert divine! And of course, a huge thank you to all the parents who came and donated so incredibly generously.
- Total of pledged bids: $22,105
- Music Library: $3,450
- HS Scholarship: $5,550
- MS Science Room: $8,150
- Instrument Pictures: $600
- Bidding Items: $4,355
For more information, contact PTA at email@example.com
Continuing their long tradition of Soccer excellence, the MLK Knights topped the PSAL league in 2016. Here, Principal Katie Banucci Smith proudly shows off the trophy her MLK Knights won for running a perfect record in the NYC 2016 Fall PSAL Soccer league. SMS high schoolers were part of the team that took top honors. Congrats to all the kids, and a big thumbs up to our own “soccer principal” Katie. For more on this championship season, click here!
SMS HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASS: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
By Andrea Israel
“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.” In other words: speak what you feel, tell your truth.
That quote, from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” epitomizes what Nathan Blom (High School English teacher) is teaching his SMS students.
And by linking literature with theater, he has discovered an invaluable way to engage his kids. His AP Lit class is currently reading “Taming of the Shrew,” which he says perfectly dovetails with heated national conversations cropping up since the election. As he explained, “I felt it was particularly significant given the political climate. My initial plan is to use it as a springboard into discussion of gender roles.”
To read the full article by Andrea Israel, click here.
Our Dues Month is not over yet! Thank you all for your contributions, we are doing well, but over 50% of families have not contributed yet! To make your contribution, click here!
1st grade parents Ann and Tommy Wazelle have honored us with another video:
“Music and Academics Work Hand in Hand at Upper West Side School”: DNA Info: Emily Frost, October 3, 2016
Principal Katie Banucci-Smith has her dream job. A child musician who attended a music conservatory for college and went on to sing opera before falling into teaching, Banucci-Smith heads the Special Music School. The K-12 public school at 129 W. 67th St. perfectly marries her two passions and does that for students as well, she said.
DNA: What are you looking for in selecting the 15 students for your kindergarten class?
We’re not looking to pick someone, we’re looking to find a match. We’re looking to find people that really want to do this and kids that seem to have an aptitude for doing it.
We try to build diverse classrooms. Some have parents that are in the field, some don’t have parents that are in the field, this is their first music test ever. We look at it from like a thousand different diversity lenses. We try to pick half girls, half boys. We try to pick socioeconomic diversity.
For more on the DNA article, click here!
Special Music School At 20!
Yes, The Special Music School is in its 20th year … and celebrating its first
Graduating 12th Grade Class. A marvelous journey just keeps getting stronger and better.
Congratulations to all the Kaufman Music Center staff, especially Lydia Kontos,
and the SMS Teachers and Administration.
SMS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS OF 2017
“MUSIC SCHOOL CRANKS OUT GENIUSES”
Kids at this music school rock state English and math exams.
By Selim Algar | August 25, 2016
To read the article, click this link:
If you have been looking for the Music Department Handbook for K-8, here it is! Please feel free to download a copy.