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Young Naturalists Club
On May 27th 2015 the Young Naturalist Club released eight diamond back terrapin turtles into Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Under Project Terrapin the club received eight hatchlings and raised them at Mark Twain for seven months under the supervision of Mrs. Villacres and Ms. Caliendo. This project was taken to help the threatened Terrapins that are indigenous to the east coast.
Former Twain Graduate News
Here's an April 12th photo of recent Twain graduate Andrew J. Chen at his performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall April 12. He is the Second Place Winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music of 2014. He just won the First Prize of the 2015 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. He will be performing at Carnegie Hall again on May 17th. Currently, he is a 9th grader at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He is always thankful for his years at Mark Twain!
5-11 Philly Trip Updates
5-4 Philly Trip Updates
Students arrived at approximately 10am and are engaged in their various tours.
Boston Trip Updates
Dancing Last Night Away
Looks like they arrived approximately 1:30
Looks as Though We've Won Stock Market Game Two of the Past Three Years
It appears as though our 6K Team of Aden H., Oliver K., David L., and Morgan L. maintained their lead in the stock market game and held off their opponents from the other top ranked public, private and parochial schools in the region including the top teams from:
We'll await confirmation from the organization that manages the competition but congratulations to Mr. Paul Rubin's Computer Math Talent students who participated in the game including our winners. Mark Twain appears to have won this competition two out of the last three years after only winning once the previous 20 plus years.
Post Gala News
The Results Speak for Themselves Yet Again
Parent & Student Surveys Deadline Approaches
Future City Competition
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
On January 17 at the Sony Wonder Labs in Manhattan, Mr. Tonio Rizzi and his team (Rebecca C, Quinn M, Tomas B, Jan M, Giuseppe Q, Michelle V, Alysa C, Jia Y, Julia H, Kendrick Y, Daniel Z, Alex C, Joshua C, William L, Alex T, Benjamin C) competed against 62 other teams.
Mark Twain's Awards Consisted of:
1st Place: People’s Choice Award
1st Place: Most Creative Residential Area
3rd Place Overall
'Respect for All' Art Contest
Mark Twain 8th grader Yan H. of Mrs. Louzonis’ 8G Art Talent class was one of a select group of NYC students who won the chancellor’s Respect for All contest. Yan was one of only two NYC 8th graders recognized for their thoughtful and creative artwork based on the theme of respect. During the opening ceremony the students’ artworks were on display at Tweed Mansion, the headquarters of the NYCDOE, where they were admired by DOE personnel, proud parents and elated teachers alike. Peter Yarrow, performer and founder of the Respect for All Program, was on hand to entertain the gathering with inspirational songs such as his famous Puff the Magic Dragon. The students received certificates of excellence from Carmen Fariña, chancellor of NYC public schools, and enjoyed the abundance of snacks as they toured the gallery of the outstanding artwork. Congratulations Yan!
New Science Lab Pics
Here are some photos for one of our just remodeled science labs.
Students Selected for Art Exhibition
Hot off the presses. We just received competition notification from Arts Connection that 2 Media Talent students were selected for exhibitions. Peter H. for "To a Great Mind, Nothing is Little", & Shanan K. for "Simplicity in Complexity V". Congratulations to all the participants, the exhibitors and of course our Media Talent teacher Ms. Julie Checkett.
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