Four Tatnall Middle School students participated in the Delaware DigiGirlz Day at Del Tech in Georgetown this week. Along with 200 girls, they explored STEM topics including coding, cohesion, gravity and lift, virtual reality, 3D modeling, and they worked on a group project programming robots. Click on read more to see pictures from the day.
Lower School second grader Isaiah, who was born with a limb difference, is now the proud owner of a new 3D printed prosthesis thanks to the six students at Drexel University who designed it! In early April, second grade Skyped with the Drexel University students to learn about the process for making a prosthesis. Tatnall students were surprised to learn that the Drexel students are not engineers but rather pre-med students.
Tatnall Senior Beau Neff '19 was awarded the 2019 DIAA/Harry Roberts - Senior Scholar Athlete award. Beau is one of three senior boys in the State to receive this great honor. Tatnall has been lucky to have Beau as a 16 season varsity athlete! Read the full announcement.
Congratulations to the following members of the Girls Tennis team who qualified for the first round of the 2019 DIAA Tennis State Championships. The first round will be on Saturday, May 18, at Sanford at 9 a.m. Good luck!
The sixth grade traveled back in time to Dover, DE in 1776, where they were officially sworn into the Delaware State Assembly. Important decisions had to be made, such as whether Delaware would declare its independence from Pennsylvania and Great Britain.
On Saturday, May 4, Tatnall Athletics hosted boys and a girls alumni games on the turf field. Thirty-three alumni (10 women and 23) men attend, but the families of the alums showed up from grandparents, parents and their young kids.
Submitted by Sharon Kreamer, Science Department Head
Four Tatnall sophomores were selected for and participated in DuPont’s Explore Engineering Day at the DuPont Chestnut Run Facility in Wilmington on Friday, May 2.Explore Engineering Day provides an opportunity for high school girls to explore opportunities for women inSTEMfields.
Last night, art from eight Middle and Upper School students was showcased for their contributions to the success of the 2018-2019 Pacem in Terris Traveling Peace Youth Art Exhibition. Art teachers Sam Salazar and Megan Acevedo, along with their students Esther Adebi '24, Natalie Biden '23, Julia Goodwin '19, Riley Greene '24, Sasha Jernakoff '19, Serena Patel '19, Katie Payne '25, and Hanzhi Shen '19 received awards during a reception and ceremony at the Blue Ball Barn.
Last Saturday, as many of you were celebrating a beloved Tatnall tradition, Spring Day, several members of the Tatnall community were representing the school at the Hagley Museum’s MakerFest. Lower School teachers, Heather Brooks and Colleen Hoban, showcased many projects from their Tinker Lab Club and 5th grade STEM class. Among these projects were a 3D printed chess set and accompanying How to Play Chess nonfiction book created by first graders, keychains made with the Carvey 3D carving machine by third, fourth, and fifth graders, cam mechanism robots created by first and second graders, prosthetic robotic hands created by second graders, and hurricane-proof houses designed by fifth graders.
Submitted by Brendan Minihan, Head of Middle School
Middle School students dove into the Students Rebuild Ocean Challenge by creating craft ocean creatures, jellyfish, seahorses, origami fish, anemone, and collages of coral reefs in Advisory this week. The art activity, sponsored by our chapter of the National Junior Art Honors Society, hopes to make positive ripple effects on our oceans and local waters.
Submitted by Amanda Peltz, Early Childhood Science Teacher
Spring always brings a renewed sense of life and birth, as is evident around the Tatnall campus and most notably in the backyard of the Myers Early Childhood Building. The EC Science classes have been studying about the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, and now chickens.
The Tatnall Hornets Boys Varsity Lacrosse team, off to an impressive 8-1 start on the season, was recently recognized by the Wilmington News Journal with five of the top 43 ranked male lacrosse players in the state. The depth up and down the roster has been a significant factor in the success of the squad thus far, and Tatnall is proud to congratulate Cole Hiller '19, Nate Ruoss '20, Brett Wilkinson '20, Beau Neff '19, and Corbin Brumfield '20 on this recognition.
Congratulations to the Tatnall girls 4 x 400m relay team who won yesterday at the 125th Penn Relays! The team of Vanessa Howard '21, Lainey Teklits '20, Mia Farina '21, and Kimmi Woods '20 won the Northern Delaware section of the Penn Relays on Thursday, April 25 in the time of 4:02.27!
For more than 15 years the PALS (Projects Are Linking Students) program has fostered relationships between Middle School students and some of the youngest on campus in Early Childhood (EC). Once a month seventh-grade students gather and walk to the EC to meet with students in PK and Kindergarten. During the visit, students work at different centers in the rooms, complete projects together, and form lasting friendships. It is not uncommon to see pals wave, high-five, or hug each other at all school events.
Due to low numbers the contest against St. Elizabeth's was forfeited on Monday, providing the Tatnall Varsity Girls Soccer team with a week of practices leading up to a conference showdown on Friday, April 26 at home.
Submitted by Deanna Bocchetti, Head of Lower School
Technology integration and innovation are happening every day in the Lower School. First graders are coding a Bee-Bot to successfully travel through a block maze, while other times they’re using an iPad to add projects to their See Saw portfolio. Students are creating extreme weather videos in the green screen room, creating books using My Story and working on an interactive bulletin board complete with QR codes that when scanned, produce a video of students explaining a historical event.
Congratulations to senior Beau Neff '19 on being named the 2019 Louis J. Sneed Scholar at the Delaware Wrestling Alliance (DWA) banquet. Beau was selected as one of five recipients in the entire state of Delaware to receive a scholarship from the DWA.
The Early Childhood Faculty invited families for a Parent Appreciation Brunch on Wednesday, April 17. We had a fantastic turnout of parents, grandparents, family, and friends who enjoyed homemade breakfast treats while the children had a special treat in their classrooms.
6th-12th grade Latin students participated in the annual tradition of Latin Day at Tower Hill on Wednesday, April 17. They spent the day playing games with a Roman twist, such as "Capture the Golden Fleece" and the "Stygian Stomp."
Every Wednesday and Thursday, Tatnall’s Fifth Graders team up to solve a “grand challenge” in their weekly STEM classes. A grand challenge is at once both an issue facing the world today and an invitation to join in the conversation to find solutions. In an environment of co-discovery and acceptance of life’s messiness, our students tackle housing and transportation dilemmas, trade embargoes, and environmental disasters. They work in teams, track down what is already known about a topic, brainstorm new ideas, and put their ideas to the test, again and again.
Who would have thought that during a science experiment about rainbows that one student would notice that all of the mixing colors look just like Space? Following that observation, another student shared that they would love to learn about Space. Well during the week leading up to and including The Week of The Young Child, that is exactly how it all began.
In two amazing come-back games last week, the Tatnall lacrosse team faced conference foes - Sanford and St. Andrew's. Tatnall 9, Sanford 7 - Tuesday, April 2 Tatnall 12, St. Andrew's 13 - Thursday, April 4
The Girls Tennis Team began there season on the road, traveling to St. Andrew's to kick off their season. A tough opening match versus an improved St. Andrew's squad, who is already a really strong team.
Submitted by Deanna Bocchetti, Head of Lower School
For the third year now, the Lower School has hosted two V.I.P. events for its eldest students, a mid-February dance and a March basketball evening, where students choose a very important person, usually a parent, to accompany them as their special guest.
Girls Basketball Erica Hager '19 - First Team Aryana Easterling '19 - Second Team Sophie Kirby '22 - Second Team Emma Kirby '23 - Honorable Mention
Boys Basketball Robert Secundy '20 - Second Team Omari Banks '21 - Honorable Mention Chris Lazear '20 - Honorable Mention
Swimming Girls Amy Hall '20 - Second Team Caleigh Hoban '20 - Second Team Boys Ameen Belkadi '19 - Second Team Zachary Narimanian '20 - Second Team Gregory Datto '21 - Honorable Mention Gunnar Light '20 - Honorable Mention
Wrestling - Academic All-State Nic Mowll '20 - First Team Andrew Sontchi '19 - First Team Zack Cattermole '20 - Second Team Cole Hiller '19 - Second Team Beau Neff '19 - Second Team Chris Tigani '19 - Second Team Ethan Silver '22 - Honorable Mention
State Qualifier Meet Standings: Beau Neff '18 - 4th Place Cole Hiller '19 - 7th Place
Chris Tigani '19 - 7th Place Zack Cattermole '20 - 8th Place
From the qualifier meet, Beau qualified for the 4th time for states. Due to a shoulder injury during his sophomore year, Beau was only able to compete three out of the four years.
Across the Lower and Middle School divisions, students from grades 4-8 have been studying and practicing spelling in anticipation of the upcoming State Spelling Bee. Lower School students started preparing in January and fourth grader Aziza P. advanced to represent Tatnall at the State level. Thirteen students from grades 6-8 participated in the Middle School Spelling Bee.
Submitted by Marc Scott, Director of Equity and Inclusion
In the week leading up to spring break, the Jefferson Awards club organized an Upper School canned food drive that collected over 1200 canned goods for St. Stephens' food pantry in Wilmington. Serena Patel, Dante Principe, and Mason Scott boxed and delivered the canned goods to St. Stephens on March 12.
Congratulations to Elijah Jones '20 on receiving the 2019 Princeton Prize for Race Relations for the Philadelphia Region! The Princeton Prize was found in 2003 by Princeton University as an awards program to recognize high-school student leaders who organize and lead efforts to advance race relations within their schools or communities.
We have some serious news to share. Our friend, Tat the Bear from our display in the Lower School Library has gone missing! The news was announced to the third grade after opening exercises this morning, much to the dismay of our Lower School community. The announcement was quickly followed by whispers...Who could do such a thing? Why would anyone take something without asking? Hasn’t the culprit ever learned the Tatnall Daisy Values?
The Smartboard in PK4 provides children with enriched learning experiences and accommodates different learning styles. Students are learning how to touch and drag, write and erase using special markers, and to work on a vertical surface.
Submitted by Heather Brooks, Early Childhood and Lower School Librarian
Fifth-grader Jack Morgan has been named a state qualifier for the National Geographic GeoBee. He has been studying since December for the GeoBee with "Coach" Heather Brooks, Lower School Librarian, who led the geography club open to fourth and fifth graders this past term.
Submitted by Alison Morgenstern Early Childhood Art Teacher
Printmaking is one of our favorite lessons in all grade levels! The process of printmaking is full of energy, movement, and surprises. There is an immediate cause and effect during the art-making, especially because these are monoprints, which means that there is only one print made from each image.
Nine Tatnall students spent the weekend attending the University of Delaware's 7th annual HenMUN competition. From Friday through Sunday, these students debated and discussed topics ranging from election integrity to the preservation of endangered cultures.
Submitted by Deanna Bocchetti Head of Lower School
If you think second graders are too young to dive into researching and writing about topics they are passionate about you would be wrong! For the past month, 2C and 2E have been writing up a storm. They have created a library of expert books about all different topics.
The Yellow Room Kindergarten children were recently invited by our handwriting curriculum, Learning Without Tears, to participate in Operation Military Gratitude, a letter writing activity to support military sailors at sea. Students were introduced to the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier named for former US Senator John C. Stennis.
Submitted by Brendan Minihan Head of Middle School
Middle School raised over $600 for Ronald McDonald House through a Student Council "Coins for Kids" fundraiser. The initiative featured a design competition. Each advisory designed, created, and decorated collection bins. Check out some of the collection bins!
Six Hornets represented Tatnall at the Girls DIAA State Championship Swim Meet on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. Five Hornets represented Tatnall at the Boys DIAA State Championship Swim Meet on Thursday, February 21 and Saturday, February 23.
Seventh graders, kindergarteners, and PK4 students all look forward to their biweekly Pals visit. In the Early Childhood classrooms, friendships are forged, special drawings and projects are created, and memories are created. Yesterdays Valentine's day visit was no exception. Enjoy photos from visits!
On Tuesday, February 12 the Tatnall Wrestlers competed at the Sanford School for the Delaware Independent School Conference meet. Beau Neff '19 won at 126, Chris Tigani '19 was 3rd at 132, Cole Hiller '19 was 3rd at 138, AJ Ploener '19 was 3rd at 152, and Zack Cattermole '20 2nd at 160.
The Upper School AP Spanish students were tasked to write and illustrate a children’s story as a part of their oral and written curriculum course objectives. The Kindergarten classes were the lucky recipients of the stories being read to them during our regularly scheduled Spanish class.
Submitted by Megan Acevedo, MS/US Visual Arts Teacher
Four Middle School students participated in an exclusive juried exhibit offered to National Art Honors Society (NAHS) and National Junior Arts Honors Society (NJAHS) students. Congratulations to Avery Brumfield '23, Carina Ferretti '23, Kate McConnel '23, and Katie Yu '24 on their submissions. Kate McConnel '23 was one of 74 students whose artwork was selected for recognition on the NAEA Virtual Gallery for her piece titled 'A Girl's Best Friend.'
Submitted by Mary Margaret Wilson, Lower School Music Teacher, 5th and 6th Grade Band Director
This is an exciting time in music class! Second graders are studying the piano keyboard, how sound is produced, and how wavelengths are measured. The students of second grade joined students from Mr. Gates' Upper School Electrical Engineering class in the Innovation and Design Lab in Beekley for a special music class and presentation.
The girls and boys swim teams competed in the DISC Swimming Championship on Saturday, February 2, at St. Andrew’s School. Every swimmer dropped time in their events. The team had many fast swims and exciting races.
Tatnall’s 2018-2019 indoor season has come to an impressive end, and it was filled with amazing performances across the board from the longer endurance based distance events to the heart pumping, fast-paced sprint events.
Students are used to seeing alumnus Jim Graham '77 on campus capturing moments in the classroom, the stage, and the playing field. Today, they got to experience what he sees when he looks through the lens. In a special presentation to US, MS, and LS students this morning, Jim shared about his career in photography that led to a life of world travel. He shared photos from his trips to Iceland and Greenland and learned about his upcoming trip to Antartica in two weeks for a photo shoot. We hope he shares those photos with our students when he returns! Enjoy his presentation and the photos!
Three members of Tatnall's Class of 2019, Elizabeth Hamilton, Athira Sivadas, and Andrew Sontchi have been selected by the United States Presidential Scholars Program to apply to become U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Submitted by Deanna Bocchetti, Head of Lower School
If you have visited the Lower School library lately you might have noticed the four-tiered game board with its multitude of pieces! That would be the World Peace Game that our 5th graders have been playing since the beginning of the year! The World Peace Game was created in 1977 by teacher John Hunter.
Early Childhood recently experienced a hands-on approach to understanding and celebrating the differences of others. The children began the week with a classroom visit from Alex Older and Stephanie Dimartine, representatives from the Easter Seals Society. They explained the Hop-N-ing, which is a fundraising program that has two basic elements; gaining a better understanding of what it means to have physical challenges and participating in the hop-n-ing, using their “able bodies” to raise money that will help to benefit others.
Eighth grade students welcomed Ms. Ann Jaffe, Holocaust survivor, to Tatnall on Tuesday, January 22 to hear about her experience as a child in Poland escaping Nazi and Soviet occupation during WWII. Our students are in the middle of their WWII unit in History and also recently finished reading Night, by Elie Wiesel. Ms. Jaffe's vivid memory of her personal stories brought the lessons to life, and her message of hope, love, and peace inspired our students to do their part nourishing our culture of kindness.
We were excited to welcome kindergarteners up the hill for a first grade experience this week! Students spent time in art, music, library, and P.E., getting to know our teachers and creating, moving to music, listening to tales about ninjas and playing tag games in the gym. Seeing their faces light up with excitement at being in the "big school" brightened up our January days and we look forward to seeing them in a few short months as official Lower Schoolers!
Ever since its founding, the Tatnall School has prided itself on giving students the chance to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. While many schools, including Tatnall, offer extracurriculars in athletics and the arts, Tatnall also includes theater in the academic curriculum in the class Showcase: Advanced Production and Design. Showcase is the oldest theater program at Tatnall, entering its 56th year, with Dr. Bruce Chipman, Emeritus Head of English, directing 46 years of those productions. Since its inception in 1963, Showcase has a reputation for high-quality productions, which the shows themselves always live up to. Many Showcase alumni go on to work as professionals in the performing arts, both in technical areas and in front of a camera or on stage.
The Tatnall Hornets varsity wrestling team defeated conference rivals Sanford for the first time in roughly a decade during a dual meet on Wednesday, January 16. Beau Neff '19, Cole Hiller '19, and Zack Catermole '20 all secured victories in the momentous team win.
Submitted by Sam Salazar, PK3-12 Visual Art Department Chair
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
35 Visual Art Students | 59 Awards, 1 portfolio
16 Writing Students | 28 Awards
Tatnall students have won recognition for their fine art and writing accomplishments in the 2019 Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s most prestigious and competitive contest for excellence in creativity. Work is evaluated based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
This past fall, visual art students from all four divisions participated in the annual Pacem in Terris Youth Visionary Peace Art Exhibition. Over 500 pieces were featured at the Delaware Contemporary from September 16 - 23, 2018. The artwork was reviewed by ten peace and art community leaders, including the executive directors of The Delaware Contemporary, The Christina Cultural Arts Center, The Delaware Institute of Art Education, and the president of Delaware College of Art and Design, selecting 100 pieces to become part of the Pacem in TerrisTraveling Peace Youth Art Exhibition.
While the winter months tend to be slower and the pace of life drags ever-so-slightly, life at the Lower School is busier than ever! In addition to the learning that takes place in our academic classes, students are endeavoring to master the steps of 18th-century dances, learn the rules and strategies of handball, discover the Latin origins of English words, write essays and their book series, and dominate the ever-challenging conundrum that is long division.
Submitted by Aimee Neff, Head of Early Childhood Division
We are halfway through our Busy Bees Community Outreach program for 2019. This program, in its fourth year, invites children ages two to four and their families for an hour of creation, exploration, and education.
The Cranston Heights Fire Company came to Tatnall today, January 11, to present trophies to six grade students Stella Petersen '25 and Teddy Davey '25 who participated in the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association (DVFA) School Essay and Poster Contest.
Submitted by Heather Brooks, Early Childhood and Lower School Librarian
Tatnall fourth graders Chase McGinley, ‘27, and Sean Kennedy, ‘27, competing against more than 100 4th-6th grade teams in the State of Delaware, found a way to do what most financial analysts could not do this past fall...make money!
On January 10, the Upper School French students and Painting students traveled to Philadelphia to visit the Barnes Foundation. The Museum holds the most extensive collection of Renoir paintings in the world and currently on view is an exhibition featuring Berthe Morisot, an influential female Impressionist painter.
Over the holiday break, the Tatnall varsity girls basketball team competed in the Pat Borowski Holiday Tournament at the host school of Lake Forest. Playing in the A Bracket of the tournament, Tatnall was placed in a four-team tournament including Lake Forest, Red Lion Christian Academy, and Milford.
Tatnall junior, DJ Alexis, honors his late baby brother, Emanuel, by bringing smiles and memories to hundreds of children and their families during the holidays at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital with Emanuel's Annual Toy Drive. DJ started this fantastic initiative to help celebrate his brother Emanuel's birthday. Almost a decade later, DJ reached a new goal of collecting over 1000 gifts which were donated just prior to Christmas on his brother's birthday to three area hospitals.