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.