Summer Term @Ross: Math, Shakespeare, Fish, and Fun

DSC_8840 Summer Term @Ross students have been busy with studies in the classroom and the field, visits to New York City and the beach, and fun at home relaxing with new friends. Session 2 began with a scavenger hunt across the Ross School campus in East Hampton. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students fanned out in teams to find items related to the School’s history and culture. Teams earned points based on the difficulty of the tasks, which included finding Summer Term @Ross coordinator D’Ashley Wilson and bringing her to class, tracking down a Ross globe stress ball, and locating Ross slippers for the entire team (Asian-style slippers are part of the standard Ross uniform, and are worn inside all buildings during the school year).

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The Level 1 ESOL class is currently reading Eros and Psyche; Level 2 is reading graphic memoir Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle and focusing on the themes of ancestry and heritage in their class discussions; and Level 3 is planning for next week’s performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by rewriting assigned lines from the play to be modern and “ESOL friendly.”

Elsewhere on campus, the Advanced Algebra and Precalculus class discussed probability, including permutations, combinations, and binomial probability, and then moved on to exponential functions and logarithms. Students are using newly installed SMART Boards to explore these topics and solve real-world applications.

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Over in College Prep, the first session is drawing to a close, and students have worked hard to improve their scores on the SAT and ACT. Tiffany Best, the instructor helping students improve their vocabulary and comprehension, said she really enjoyed teaching this portion of this class: “They are a very positive and brilliant group of scholars. Some, especially the international students, would often tell me how they saw many of the new vocabulary words on the actual test.”

The Marine Science students have been out in the field studying the East End’s coastal ecosystems and marine life with instructor Dr. Jack Szczepanski. So far, their adventures have included following the local surfers to spot stingrays, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the tanks and habitats at the Long Island Aquarium with its cofounder, Joe Yaiullo.

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Off campus, students spent their weekend exploring East Hampton, shopping at the Tanger Outlets and taking in a soccer match between the NYC FC and Orlando SC at Yankee Stadium. At home, schoolmates gathered for a pool party, laughter, dancing, and delicious barbeque. This weekend, they will take in the sights of Manhattan and attend the Broadway show Matilda.

“The experiences during Summer Term on and off campus have a tremendous positive impact on our students. I love hearing from them about how they are enjoying their teachers, friends, and adventures,” D’Ashley said.