New City's Band was started last year, and almost all of the band members have been playing an instrument for less than two years. Both the beginner and advanced bands played, including solo performances from almost every student.
Tom Hoerr has announced that this year, his thirty-fourth as Head of School, will be his last, and that he will retire on June 30, 2015.Patricia Nuernberger, the current Assistant Head of School for Academics at New City School, has agreed to assume the role of Interim Head of School, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Recently, many of our 5th and 6th grade students have been choosing to spend their lunch and recess time engaging in dialogue about diversity-related issues with Food for Thought. Food for Thought is a group that meets monthly. Students talk about issues related to human diversity, working to gain a respect and appreciation for everyone.
As part of a venture with the Strings Attached Project of St. Louis, our third and fourth graders will receive a year of instrumental instruction from Steve Housewright (founder of Strings Attached) as part of their performing arts class time.
A panel of experts on race and racial advocates discussed the recent and ongoing events in Ferguson, MO, last Thursday at New City School. Our school is the only grade school in St. Louis to have held such a dialogue.
Every year in April, students from our fifth and sixth grade math clubs take part in a Regional contest sponsored by the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). The team we send is limited to five students in each grade who qualify based on scores they earned in a qualifying contest, as well as cumulative points they earned from practice tests or on-line practice.
The New City School Chess Team – which is comprised of over 50 New City School students ranging from 1st to 6th grade – was successful in all three elementary school divisions at the Missouri State Chess Tournament on March 1st, 2014, including the school’s first ever individual State Chess Champion, sixth grader Russell Bigham.