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By Janice Llanes Fabry

The Rye Neck School District feasted its eyes on the K-5 Fine Arts Show at the F.E. Bellows Auditorium May 9-11. Art teachers and curators Trisha Appel and Dara Goodman assembled a gallery that reflected the students’ understanding and usage of the elements and principles of art.

“Every year, we push ourselves to do bigger and better things,” said Goodman. “We reinvent the wheel, while also adhering to the classics.”

The exhibit showcased a variety of media and technique, two- and three- dimensional forms, master artists, and cultural studies. Pop art highlighted the works of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Max, and Jim Dine.

New this year was an interactive mindfulness station, testament to the District’s commitment to giving students the tools to focus on the present.

“We give students goals and guidelines techniques and concepts, but there’s a lot of freedom to express themselves and go in their own direction,” noted Appel. “They’re very excited about their own work and each other’s.”

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Art teachers Dara Goodman, at left, and Trisha Appel, at right, with third-grade students

F.E. Bellows third graders

Rye Country Day seniors Duncan Khosla, Kasey Luo, and Catherine Mollerus were named 2017 National Merit Scholars. Of the approximately 1.6 million students who took the qualifying exam, some 15,000 made it to the semifinalist stage, and 2,500 were selected as finalists. Eight Rye Country Day students were named semifinalists.

Rye Middle School students wowed the crowd singing and dancing their way through a variety of award-winning songs, covering music from the Blues Brothers (“Soul Man”) to Hairspray (“You Can't Stop the Beat”). The evening was filled with solo numbers that pulled on your heartstrings and large group ensembles just for the fun of it. Some 40 Middle Schoolers performed, supported by a crew of several high school students and Mr. Snowden, Director; Mr. Beany, Music Director; Ms. Cunningham, Choreographer; and Mr. Gwardyak, Technical Director.

Photos by Anne and Joel Darelius

Rye High students recently shared their skills in American Sign Language with Milton School students. The upperclassmen started the morning off by signing the story of “The Lion and the Mouse.” They then went on to individualized teaching of basic signs. The Rye City School District offers American Sign Language as a foreign language beginning in seventh grade. 

— Annette McLoughlin

Weird, Wacky and Wondrous

Budding fourth- and fifth-grade scientists at Milton School dazzled visitors with an array of gooey, sticky, sparkly, and colorful experiments that sparked minds and created a wonderful, educational mess.

Photos by Annette McLoughlin