August graduation canceled amid health concerns

In place of Commencement, which was originally scheduled for June, the school organized a drive-in graduation ceremony.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy Editor

July 28, 2020

The Class of 2020 was informed on July 14 that their August graduation had been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, making them the first class to not walk graduation terrace in celebration of their commencement.  The announcement came after weeks of carefully weighing the numerous safety and logisti...

Masters releases action plan on inclusion as frustration with administration mounts

On July 13, The Masters school released

Mitch Fink, Editor-in-Chief

July 16, 2020

In an email sent to the Masters community on July 13, the school unveiled its new anti-racism plan: “A Better Masters: An Action Plan for an Inclusive Community.” The plan was signed by Head of School Laura Danforth, Chair of the Board of Trustees Edith Chapin, and Director of Equity and Inclus...

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Obituary: Remembering Claire Arnod Horikawa

Kira Ratan, Web Editor & Social Media Manager

July 8, 2020

Claire Arnod Horikawa, a Dobbs Ferry resident and World Language Department Chair at the Hewitt School in New York City, died on Sun. June 21. She was 55. Horikawa had been riding her bike on Clinton Avenue on the evening of Sat. June 20 and was found on the ground unconscious adjacent to the Master...

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 2, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in the Trump Administration, refuse to wear a mask.  The Center for Disease Control originally issued gui...

Students involved in candidates’ campaigns push for change

Students involved in candidates' campaigns push for change

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

June 20, 2020

With local primaries (NY on June 23, NJ on July 7 and CT on Aug. 11) right around the corner, Tower spoke with Masters students and alumni who have been involved in various candidates' campaigns. NOTE: Tower recently sent out a survey to the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 regarding student ...

Democrats in NY’s 17th district fight for open seat in Congress

Democrats in NY's 17th district fight for open seat in Congress

Kate Sibery, Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2020

The race to represent  NY-17 has become one of the most competitive in the country, as it presents the opportunity to win an open seat in a secure Democratic district that hasn’t existed in nearly three decades. The candidates’ campaign aspirations have reflected that same intensity.   Tower spo...

Protestors gather in Dobbs Ferry for Black Lives Matter rally

Leron Dugan '20 speaks at the Black Lives Matter rally at the Dobbs Ferry waterfront on June 4.

Mitch Fink, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020

Hundreds gathered at the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park for a Black Lives Matter rally on June 4. The rally was organized in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.  Organized in ju...

Masters Hall renovations underway

An image of a gutted Pittsburgh Library and library conference room. These spaces, as well as parts of the garden level of Masters Hall, are undergoing a significant remodeling this summer. The project is set to be complete by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 13, 2020

A major redesign of the Pittsburgh Library and its surrounding spaces, in addition to parts of the garden level of Masters Hall, is underway. The construction project, which has been in the works for years, should be completed by September 2020. With an emphasis on creating more collaborative and academic...

The COVID-19 blame game

The COVID-19 blame game

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 10, 2020

While the Trump Administration has pushed theories that COVID-19 started in a bio-lab in Wuhan, China and also blamed initial Chinese responses to the virus for the pandemic spread of the disease, the Chinese government has denied these allegations. Chinese boarding students at The Masters School...

Remote learning model prompts schedule shift

After closing and switching to online learning, Masters’ administration decided to make changes to the daily schedule in order to better accommodate the needs of the community. Some of these changes include later start times, shorter class periods and a longer lunch break.

Kira Ratan, Web Editor & Social Media Manager

June 5, 2020

In time for the last month of school, the Masters School administration made several changes to the daily schedule in order to better accommodate the current remote learning model. These changes for the Upper School included shortened class periods, a later start time and earlier end time, more freq...

Co-chair elects plan for next year amid uncertainty

The elected co-chairs for the 2020-21 season, Caio Lanes and Sophia Viscarello, pose for a virtual picture.

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

June 5, 2020

Juniors Caio Lanes and Sophia Viscarello were elected as the 2020-2021 co-chairs for the Masters School, Upper School Head Peter Newcomb said in a schoolwide email in early May. Both Viscarello and Lanes said they were excited by the news.  “I felt such pure excitement and joy,” Viscarell...

Middle School shifts from single-gender classes to co-ed learning

Masters middle school has switched from single-gendered classes to co-ed classes for many reasons, including hoping to create a more inclusive environment for children who do not conform to either gender.

Tim Mathas and Mitch Fink

May 31, 2020

 The Masters Middle School will be shifting to completely co-ed classes beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, per an email sent to Middle School families by Head of School Laura Danforth and Middle School Head Tasha Elsbach on Thursday, April 30.  The gender-separated learning policy was implemented when the Mi...

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