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The recent Milton School 5th grade production of “Peter Pan Jr.” was something to crow about. Enchanted audiences were transported to the Darling home in London, a pirate ship, and a place where dreams really do come true.

While packed with near-escapes and high-flying adventure, the spectacular show left everyone thinking lovelier things.

— Photos courtesy of Maureen McKeown Tsuchida and Margaret Bagley

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.”


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

F.E. Bellows third graders

Rye Country Day Girls’ Tennis

By Melanie Cane

In its first year as a spring sport and therefore in the FAA league, the Rye Country Day Girls’ Tennis team finished the season with a 10-4 record. In their last regular match, May 12, they beat King 5-2. All of the doubles teams won 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman Sena Selby, the top singles player, played her best match of the season. She beat King’s top player who until then was undefeated in league play.

On May 15, Selby and the No. 1 doubles team of Lily Rosen and Sofia Wilmer made it to the semifinal round of the FAA tournament. Both Selby and Rosen/Wilmer lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions.

Coach Jen Smith said it was a terrific season. “This being the first time the girls played in the spring, the team did quite well. I am very proud of all the players and thank them for their commitment.”

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.

Osborn School will hold its Open Arts Night on June 6. The show for first and second graders will be held from 6-7, while the third, fourth, and fifth graders’ show will be held from 7-8. Come see all the vibrant work created by Osborn artists, participate in a collaborative activity, and take a guided tour of the hallways turned into galleries. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email Mrs. Burke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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