Seniors Visit New York Historical Society
by Noah Shapiro (’13)
This past Thursday, the 12th grade Honors College cohort visited the New York Historical Society, along with Dr. Schneider and Mr. Tick. The museum, which is the oldest in New York, had recently been renovated, and looked fantastic. We went specifically to see the exhibit about World War II in New York, which helped shed light on how the war directly affected the city. The exhibit started by depicting New Yorkers’ initial reaction to the outbreak of the war., in which there was was a mix of isolationism along with those who thought the US should enter alongside the British. The exhibit then led into an explanation of how the war affected the general public of New York; the city was forced to ration food and oil, factories began producing products needed for the war, and ships and other weapons where being produced for the war effort. The exhibit concluded with stories of actual New Yorkers who were shipped out overseas. It told the stories of individual soldiers who had unique experiences during the war.
Sophomores Visit The Met
by Zev Markowitz (’15)
On Thursday, the 10th grade Honors College cohort, accompanied by Dr. Taylor and Mr. Kulnis, took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We first went up to the 19th century European section of the Museum. Some of the students recognized paintings that they had seen in Dr. Taylor’s AP European history class. After 45 minutes of looking through these paintings, we were taken on a tour of the museum highlighting European works from 17th century and on; we were shown famous paintings such as EL Greco’s “View of Toledo” and one of Claude Monet’s famous paintings of the Rouen Cathedral. Following the tour there was some free time to explore on our own; some students went to the new renaissance art while others went to arms and armor. It was a fascinating trip and we thank Dr. Berliner for his leadership of the program.
Freshmen and Juniors Visit the Museum of Math
by Binyomin Shtaynberger (’14)

On Monday, the ninth and eleventh grade Honors College cohorts, along with Rabbi Brownstein, Rabbi Tani Cohen, Mr. Dobrick and Mr. Pershan, took a trip to the NY Museum of Math, known as the MoMath. The Museum is relatively new and geared towards younger kids; however they were able to cater to the advanced needs of the Honors College students. After a cursory walk-through of the museum and its unique exhibits, both groups were taken to classrooms for a private session to learn more about math. The instructors gave an exciting and surprisingly simple workshop about an extremely complicated subject of math: knot theory. In addition to the instructors teaching about what composes a knot and its symmetry, they taught the students about the practical application knot theory, such as understanding DNA Replication. Students were then divided into groups of nine and each group began to make their own complex knots by using their hands and then eventually cutting them specifically in order to unwind the knots they had made. After the brief sessions, the students were free to peruse the various different math related exhibits. Most students found the tricycles, made out of 3 square tires, to be the most interesting. Other students enjoyed proving the Pythagorean Theorem true through the use of building blocks and square outlines, which showed everyone that numbers are not just numbers but that they represent the real world. And that was exactly the goal of the trip to the museum: to show that numbers and advanced math affect everyday life and that math can be fun.

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