An End to Suffering
A letter from Ivan

Every school has a soul. Or once did.
from Urban Taoist’s 17th Galaxy Chronicle of the Mindful School Movement, vol.XVI, 3938
 
In headaches and in worry,
Vaguely life leaks away .
from Auden’s As I Walked Out One Evening, 1937
 
School is suffering. An ignoble truth. Too many children of the poor are shackled to charter chains, doing the time by rote. Too many children of the wealthy, canvas rucksacks sagging full, like strange fruit - for years they will drill with mercenary armies of tutors preparing them for an assault on ivy covered walls. Bullied by distant bureaucrats or local parental egos, many students, rich and poor, turn to smart phones for solace and diversion. And now opioids are the opiate of the masses, while a child with an assault rifle becomes the bump stocked canary in the mine. They tell me suicide is on the rise, from the hills and hollers of Appalachia to secondary schools in Silicon Valley. If every school has a soul, some of those souls go to the highest bidder - the guy who talks about somebody else’s dark kid’s bright future. A hope, a dream, a promise of success. Soulless schools are all about some future becoming. But this living in later is suffering. But like Lotto, you never know...Meanwhile, now, in the eternal moments, uptown bodies grow thick and sickly, and spirits are broken everywhere.  
EHS Winter Semester at a Glance
Poetry
In January, we devote ourselves to poetry. Students learn to read closely, analyzing the work of master poets to gain inspiration, insight, and a working knowledge of poetic devices that they will later use to craft their own poetry portfolios. Through close work with their humanities teachers, students are challenged to find an artistic vision and sharpen it with revision and performance before their peers. In the poetic exploration of loss and gain, the rough terrain of urban adolescence or a mother’s Sonoran crossing - and even the observed life of street cats - our students create high and transcendent art that stirs the hearts and minds of family and friends of EHS every year.

On March 3rd, every EHS student performed a piece of original poetry before the entire school community. Of the 150 poems performed, 33 students were chosen to take part in the 2018 EHS Spring Poetry Slam at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on May 3rd .

In preparation, EHS student poets will recite their work in Bryant Park on Thursday, April 26th.
Wrestling Season
EHS 7th grader Ken Pardo won the city wrestling championship for his weight class, setting the tone for an undefeated season of dual meets for our team.

In addition, several students participated outside of school in weekend meets in New Jersey and Long Island. Eleven students, girls and boys, competed in state qualifiers, and 8th graders Eduardo Cantero and Matthew Romano participated in the state tournament.
 
EHS would like to thank Beat the Streets , a NYC based non-profit dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth through wrestling, for its continued support of the wrestling program. EHS has partnered with Beat the Streets for the past four years to launch and deliver a wrestling program that has become a cornerstone of the athletics program here at School.
Robogals
The Columbia University School of Engineering has brought robotic design to EHS through our newest club, Robogals, advised by science teachers, Ms. Lyu and Mr. Rawitz! Fourteen 5th and 6th grade girls work with two undergraduate students to design and program robots. The club began by learning basic robotic design and has advanced to multi-phase robotic design over the semester. 


Thanks to a generous donor, EHS students can 3D print!

EHS received 1 Makerbot Replicator 2 and 1 Makerbot 5th Generation for our growing maker space!
High School Placement
The winter is a busy time for our 8th graders as they navigate the high school application
process. Of our 33 8th graders, 28 have applied to parochial schools, six to private boarding schools, and all have applied to a variety of NYC public high schools.

Most schools require students to submit an essay to reflect not only their writing skills, but also their thoughtfulness, interests, and challenges. Many schools also require interviews and school visits to become better acquainted with students. Below are a couple of excerpts from our students:

An event that has changed my life was the day my seventh grade humanities teacher, Ms. Finley, made me recite a poem I’d written out loud in the yard of our school. She made me say it many times until I said it loud enough for everyone to hear. My classmates also encouraged me to say it as loud as I could. After this small moment of releasing my fears and speaking my words as loudly as I could, I felt different. I felt so happy and free announcing my poem to the world. I felt like I could do anything. After that day, I began to push myself to speak in public more often. Over the whole spring semester of seventh grade, I participated more and was not afraid to share my opinions. I now feel I can speak to anyone without being quiet or turning red. I felt more connected to myself after this event because I found a side of myself that I didn’t know was in there. I realized I didn’t have to be shy or quiet for the rest of my life. This event also bought me closer to my classmates because now I excitedly talk to everyone.
- Nicole

My parents are from Bangladesh, but I was born and raised here in New York. This past summer, my grandmother got very sick and my dad wanted me to visit her. This trip, at this point in my life, was a life changing experience. I was not looking forward to it and anxious about having to spend time with my sick grandmother. I was worried I would be bored and hot, which is mostly how I remember my first childhood trip there. This visit, though, was different. As I expected, it was hot and rainy, but it was also interesting and a lot of fun—I pet a bull, rode a horse, chased chickens, and scared foxes. I also got the biggest hug I have ever gotten in my entire life from my grandmother when she saw me. The trip was a time in which I could think about my identity, my family, and the two countries that I am from.
- Eram
Alumni Spotlight
Che Baez (EHS ’11, Kent School ’15, Parsons School of Design ’19 )
Che studied abroad in Paris, France for five months during her Junior Spring Semester. She attended Parsons Paris, the European branch campus of Parsons School of Design. Che is pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, and this experience helps to solidify and refine her body of work before starting her Senior thesis. Her weekdays consisted of various classes including ‘French Intensive 2’, in which she strengthened her French language skills, and an elective called ‘Documentary Strategies’, which explores the photographic documentary field. Her favorite class was ‘Redefining Modernity’, which covered French design from 1900-1939. Some highlights of her semester abroad included visiting Versailles and other cultural landmarks, as well as many culinary adventures. While in Europe, she traveled to Leeds and London, England, as well as Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
Whole School Time Speaker Series
Daniel Alarcón
Daniel is an author of various novels and short stories in English, in addition to a Spanish-language graphic novel. He was born in Peru but now lives in New York, and one of his first jobs out of college was as a social worker right in our School's neighborhood.

EHS 8th graders read his short story “Third Avenue Suicide” and explored and contrasted this love story to Romeo and Juliet which they are currently reading in their humanities class .
Spring Poetry Slam
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