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By Philip Beebe

Wondering what the noise the last few months on the corner of Cedar Street and Grandview Avenue has been about? That’s just Rye Country Day School digging and drilling its way into the future of their education system.

The Cohen Center for the Creative Arts is progressing full STEAM ahead. In doing so, an outdated girls’ gymnasium, once called the Lower School Multipurpose Room, was taken down.

In an interview with the paper last week, Headmaster Scott Nelson explained that while the women’s basketball court inside the now-demolished gym was once regulation size standards changed over time making the court outmoded. In recent years, Mr. Nelson added, “The gym was underutilized, used more for wrestling and fencing team practice and miscellaneous events.”

As part of a campaign with the school, “Advancing a Tradition of Excellence”, Rye Country Day decided to strengthen its arts and STEAM programs. The Cohen Center will also free up other spaces in the school that have been used for things like studio art and theatre.

When asked if he thought the building was a good long-term investment for the school, Mr. Nelson said the Cohen Center is set to serve the needs of the school for at least 40 years. The complex will be fitted with energy-efficient lighting as well as windows which will bring more daylight inside. Custom thermostats throughout the school will help with overall energy use.

And Rye Country Day has another major project set to begin: enlarging the Edward B. Dunn Performing Arts Center and outfitting it with stadium-style seating to give those in the audience better sightlines.

Mr. Nelson expects the Cohen Center to be completed by next summer.

Be sure to keep your hard hats on for the rest of this journey.

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Rendering of the new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts

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..

Ugg-a-Wugg WOW!

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.”

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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 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.