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The tables have turned

Students sit in rows as they participate in a hybrid class.  The desks which now occupy classrooms were a replacement for Harkness tables, which helped to facilitate the school's emphasis on discussion-based learning.
Exploring the impact of socially-distanced classrooms on the Harkness method
November 4, 2020

When Masters made the switch to remote learning last spring, the Harkness table–the oval-shaped table on which the school has staked its educational identity –was left in the dust. Nearly two months...

Trump supporters praise president, downplay virus at rally days before election

President Donald Trump addresses a crowd of thousands of supporters at a Make America Great Again Rally on Oct. 31. The stop in Reading, Pennsylvania was one of four Trump made across the commonwealth on Saturday as he looks to make a final push for reelection. Tower's Logan Schiciano and contributor Hanna Schiciano attended the rally as journalists and spoke with supporters on the presidents first-term successes and hopes for a potential second term.
November 1, 2020

 President Trump stopped in Reading, Pennsylvania to hold a Make America Great Again Rally, part of a three-day, 14 rally sprint to the finish in his bid for reelection. A crowd of roughly 10,000...

The COVID-19 blame game

The COVID-19 blame game
Unpacking the criticisms, accusations and rumors surrounding the origins and handling of COVID-19.
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...

COVID-19 changes gap year statistics

California College at San Diego is among the schools haulting in-person classes next fall.
June 6, 2020

With schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, there is a palpable sense of loss amongst students nationwide. This sense of loss becomes more intense for members of the 2020 graduating...

COVID-19 concerns force Broadway to go dark

After New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo's order not to gather in large groups was set in place, live entertainment industries, including Broadway, were forced to go dark and stop shows.
May 11, 2020

It’s been 54 days since Broadway’s last spotlight went dark. This crisis has not only had an impact on the performers but creative teams, musicians, directors and programs. Throughout history, Broadway...

Distance learning alters international students’ schedules

A map of the world shows the variances in time zones across the areas where Masters students are residing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 5, 2020

With the recent events surrounding COVID-19, the closure of Masters and the dorms, many of the international students are facing challenges with the online schooling that has been put into place. Most...

Worth more lives, now, lives worth more

May 5, 2020

100 years ago, soldiers were marched into battle as pawns, in a greater international chess game. Human lives were deemed expendable, with the greater goal of victory dictating the death count. Almost...

European study suggests different social distancing rules for runners

This graphic illustrates the distance germs and bacteria (like COVID-19) can spread when one runs.
May 2, 2020

While it is understood that six feet apart is the optimal distance two individuals must be from each other in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols, a recent study has brought into question...

Danforth, Chiodo coordinate PPE donations to support frontline workers

Goggles from Morris Hall, as well as latex gloves and disposable wipes, are prepared to be sent off to New York Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia Medical Center. The donation included 198 pairs of goggles, 48 boxes of gloves and five containers of cleaning wipes.
May 1, 2020

The Masters School has taken a proactive role in supporting front line healthcare workers to fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. The school sent 198 goggles, 48 boxes of gloves, five containers of cleaning...

Embracing ‘little’ distractions in times of disorder

If Stone's free periods line up with her sister's nap time, she will usually join her for the nap.
May 1, 2020

In the midst of our world’s current pandemic, life has been uprooted in every way possible, from online school to stay-at-home orders. After the dorms were closed, I moved back in with my family....

Stay-at-home orders lead to soaring screen time levels for students

Screen time levels during quarantine have increased dramatically because of new-found free time and online learning requirements.
April 26, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children ages 11 and above spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen. However, according to a 2018 report from the Pew Research Center,...

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