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BullHorn Magazine: The Graduation Edition!
Léman’s First Graduating Class Accepted to Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Universities!
The results are in and the first graduating senior class has cumulatively been accepted to more than 67 schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, Mount Holyoke College, Sarah Lawrence College among other top universities.

In February, Newbery Award and Printz Honor Award-winning author Jack Gantos spoke to finalists of the Jack Gantos Writing Scholarship during a workshop in the Upper School Library at Léman Manhattan. At the workshop, Gantos discussed his inspirations, different writing styles, organization, story development, research, and shared hilarious anecdotes from his past. All four segments including a Q&A with the author and scholarship recipient will be available on our blog The Léman BullHorn.

Reading 4 Recovery Read-a-thon Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Students from each division Lower School, Middle School, and High School participated in the Reading 4 Recovery Read-a-thon over their winter break. They raised more than $2000 for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The top readers were treated to a pizza party and all were given a certificate celebrating their achievement.

The brain child of Assistant Head of Upper School – Middle School Division Christine Karamanoglou, the Reading 4 Recovery Read-a-thon challenged students to ask family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them for each page of reading done over a month.

“It made me happy to read and also help people who lost so much during Hurricane Sandy,” said Lower School Student Isadora.

About Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School – a member of the prestigious Meritas International Family of Schools – offers the highest-caliber academics to grow the next generation of courageous, critical thinkers. Located in the Financial District, Léman Manhattan’s state-of-the-art campuses house a truly unique learning community, where an exceptional faculty (many of whom hold advanced degrees) inspires students in grades pre-K 3 through 12 to view the world as their classroom. Léman Manhattan’s rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum stresses critical thinking, personalized learning that addresses each student’s strengths as well as areas for improvement, and prepares young minds for the global 21st Century. Programs such as Touchpoints engage students from around the world in conversations about complex global issues while Léman Manhattan’s international boarding program – the only one of its kind in Manhattan – illustrates the school’s rich and diverse culture. Léman Manhattan is setting a new standard for elite private school education in New York City and beyond.
The Visual Arts Department of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School proudly presents, Imagine. Its annual Upper School Art Show on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM on the 22nd floor of the 1 Morris Street Campus. Middle School and High School Students showcase their artistic ability through projects that draw inspiration from the likes of Van Gogh, Robert Rauschenberg, and Chuck Close. They demonstrate an understanding of cubism, abstract expressionism, contemporary art, and the renaissance though everything from painting, drawing and printmaking.

The Visual Arts Department of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School proudly presents, Imagine. Its annual Upper School Art Show on Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM on the 22nd floor of the 1 Morris Street Campus.

Middle School and High School Students showcase their artistic ability through projects that draw inspiration from the likes of Van Gogh, Robert Rauschenberg, and Chuck Close. They demonstrate an understanding of cubism, abstract expressionism, contemporary art, and the renaissance though everything from painting, drawing and printmaking.

Early Childhood Coordinator Helps Young Students Adjust to School Life

Early Childhood Coordinator & Learning Specialist, Tina Lobel-Reichberg discusses the importance of her role in establishing a positive learning environment for students in the Lower School at Léman Manhattan.

What is a an Early Childhood Development Coordinator?
I oversee the Three’s through Kindergarten classrooms.  I model developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques, through daily contact with children and early childhood staff in the classroom.  I provide opportunities and activities that encourage exploration, curiosity and problem-solving appropriate to the developmental levels of the children.

It is important for parents to be aware of my position because I supervise and provide leadership and support for the early childhood staff and students.  I maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationships with each child’s family and encourage their involvement in the program.

How do you work with children?
I interact with students and teachers on a daily basis through classroom visits and direct instruction with students to help maximize instruction.  We are working together to set high expectations, and ensure that each child is working to the best of his/her ability.

What are the most common issues you see?
Throughout early childhood, children may experience separation anxiety, especially during the first few weeks of school.  The teachers and I work as a team with families to ease the transition and feel enthusiastic about school.

Do you have recommendations for parents?
It is important that parents support their child’s achievements and efforts.  It is also essential that parents provide encouragement and assist if their child is having difficulties acquiring skills.  It is crucial that parents work collaboratively with the school.  Sharing information from home and listening to teachers’ suggestions make for an optimal learning experience.  Building self- confidence and self-esteem is the key factor in helping children to persevere.  Modeling appropriate learning behaviors is a great way to influence your child.

Following an extensive application process, the International Baccalaureate Organization has named Léman Manhattan Preparatory School a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Although candidate status does not guarantee authorization, once the rigorous requirements are met, a candidate school is recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Léman Manhattan believes is important for its students. Learn more about the program in our latest video.

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Remembering our Veterans

By Drew Alexander, Head of School

Twylla and I fondly remember our entire seven years in Russia but few events surpass our memories of Victory Day, the day (May 9) that Russia commemorates its victory in World War II, the Great Patriotic War. During this day, many of the Russian veterans don their dress military uniforms decorated with a variety of medals and gather at the various war memorials for reunions of the different military divisions. Watching the veterans embrace as they reunite is quite emotional. However, neither my wife nor I were prepared for the wave of emotion we experienced as we watched the younger generations present flowers and chocolates to the veterans while saying spasiba (thank you) and giving an embrace, offering a handshake and/or bowing in respect. After our first Victory Day, we joined the ‘younger’ generation in presenting chocolates and flowers to the obvious dwindling number of veterans. They would often ask us our nationality and when we said ‘Americanskee’ they would smile and say, spasiba in return, “We were comrades.”
We experienced our first Veterans’ Day in America in November 2011 after being out of the country during this holiday for many years. And while there are many celebrations honoring our veterans during this day, we wondered if our American veterans felt the same warmth and love as their Russian counterparts. Can anything compare with some chocolates or a few flowers from a member of the younger generation accompanied with a “THANK YOU for the sacrifices you made for us”?
During this Veterans’ Day, I encourage you to reach out to a veteran and extend the warmth, love and adoration they deserve.
Electing a President

Over the last month under Social Studies Teach Michael Johnson’s guidance middle school students have been immersed in all things United States electoral.  The curriculum, based on actual current events, has students listening to convention speeches, analyzing each candidate’s and party’s platforms, creating electoral maps, participating in polling, and the culminates with a vote on election day. 

“We are taking the time out to do these lessons that wouldn’t naturally fall into the curriculum, because I believe strongly that the success of our country rides on an informed electorate,” said Mr. Johnson. “Ensuring that people value voting is essential to democracy.”

Convention Speeches

Assigned with listening to each candidate’s convention speech, students analyzed the content and discussed the substance of each speech. The goal of the assignment was to help students shake external influences from their parents or teachers and make the decision based on what they hear and see from the candidates, focusing primarily on the key issues present in this year’s election.

Analyzing the Platforms

Whether the candidates vary dramatically or have similar views, it is essential that an informed citizen know the facts before they step into the polling booth. It’s not always easy to decipher between rhetoric and actual policy views. To navigate the chatter Mr. Johnson had his students complete two assignments in which they used the speeches, the New York Times, Washington Post and candidate websites to analyze the key issues in this year’s election, as well as write short candidate biographies. 

“The ability to make an ‘informed’ decision is more difficult and complex than a majority of Americans have time for today,” said Mr. Johnson. “The media needs to help people make these choices in a responsible, comprehensive way.  People need to be educated about a litany of factors related to Presidential elections.”

Electoral Mapping

Curious to many students and frankly voters, why do politicians and the media pay more attention to certain states versus others? To dive deeper into this issue students created an electoral map. They explored the intricacies of the Electoral College and importance of electoral votes.  

According to Mr. Johnson:

More than any other factor, the election comes down to the Electoral College math.  The election this year may indeed hinge on Ohio.  This is not because Ohio has an overwhelming number of electoral votes, but because the current scenarios lead to it being the tipping point state in this election. Because of the nature of the Electoral College, a more accurate assessment of the prospects of each candidate lie in meta-analysis and polling models constructed to grant heavier weighting to them than national polls, although national polls cannot be excluded.


Students were taught what political polls are, how they are conducted, and analyzed polling leading up to this election.  His students then wrote their own poll questions and conducted school-wide polling related to key issues and fun facts. The results were then analyzed against the national polls.

 “Polling can be an instructive way to gauge how successful candidates are at disseminating their messages,” said Mr. Johnson. “By teaching students how to read and write polls, they are performing the same type of data-driven analysis the campaigns are using to develop their ground games, advertising, and talking points.”


Tomorrow, when parents take to the polls to vote, the middle school will also be casting a ballot. 

“It’s not just about this election; they are learning the qualities of selecting a strong government and a strong leader,” said Mr. Johnson.

Students are going to have their chance, based on the information they have combed through, to select the candidate that they believe should be the next president of the United States.