China Academy of Art Officials Visit Urban
Educators from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, were guests of The Urban School in March as part of an ongoing student art exchange. Hao Zhang, principal of the Affiliated High School of the China Academy of Art, and Tao Chen, vice principal, visited San Francisco landmarks as well as touring Urban. They also attended the opening of the exhibition of 30 paintings and drawings by their students from the China Academy of Art. As a gift to Urban, Zhang presented Head of School Mark Salkind with a scroll containing Chinese characters that translate as "cultural friendship." The international art exchange began in spring 2010 when Isabel M ('11) took 10 Urban students' artwork over to the Academy for the first cross-cultural exchange. A group of Urban's Chinese students, teacher Xioarong Li and Assistant Head for Student Life Charlotte Worsley will further Urban's cultural exchange during their trip to Shanghai this summer.
Urban Went Mad!
This year's Urban's Gone Mad auction event on March 19 at Bimbo's 365 Club was a huge success in raising critical funds for financial aid, as well as being a fantastic community-building event for our school. The Mad Men-inspired event brought together Urban parents, alums and friends donning their finest retro looks—from skinny black ties and fedoras to opera length gloves and vintage mink stoles. Revelers arrived to stellar jazz musical performances by Urban's very own student musicians and ended the evening dancing to Bay Area's iconic band, Pride and Joy. Our exciting Live auction and Fund-A-Need for Urban's science program helped us to raise $280,000 overall, the most in recent years!
Many thanks to all who supported the auction, whether it was bidding online or at the event, underwriting, volunteering, donating an item or attending the auction. A special thanks to our incredible auction planning committee led by Auction Chair Robina Riccitiello (Kate '12) whose leadership, tenacity and relentless enthusiasm made for a spectacular event for our entire community. Stay tuned for details of next year's auction event in March 2012. Hope you will be able to join us!
Online Safety 3.0 Presentation by CBS' Tech Analyst Larry Magid
Sponsored by the Urban Parents' Association, Larry Magid visited Urban in October 2010 to present to both students and parents and to discuss a range of issues of relevance to the technologically savvy Urban community. In addition to his role as a technology analyst for CBS and other media outlets, Larry also is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com. His discussions with parents and students included how to manage over-use of technology, multitasking, cyberbullying and understanding one's digital footprint. Larry created his presentation, Online Safety 3.0, to address how kids are now using technology and to build a strategy that empowers youth to protect themselves in this increasingly interactive environment.
Urban Hosts a Simulcast of TEDxSFED Re-imagining education was the focus of the recent TEDx event held in San Francisco, TEDxSFED. In the spirit of "ideas worth sharing," the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) franchise has extended beyond the annual invitation-only conference and into the community. Urban's Director of Technology Howard Levin served on the TEDxSFED conference organizing committee. The live event was held at SomArts in San Francisco with simulcast locations and mini-presentations held at Urban and at School of the Arts. TEDxSF showcased a mosaic of learning paradigms with speakers who are re-imagining education both in and out of the classroom. Live event speakers included Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Magazine and the creator of Maker Faire; Esther Cook, Chef Teacher with Edible Schoolyard since its inception in 1997; and Karen Brown, creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Following the main event, each location conducted an educamp with mini classes and presenations. To see video of Urban’s presenters, please visit our TEDxSFED video site.
Multicultural Festival Week at Urban!
The annual Urban Multicultural Festival earlier this year featured a host of student-centered activities and events. The program kicked off with Swear to Tell 3, a performance and fundraiser for the women of Haiti, hosted by SWEAR (Students for Women/Equality and Rights). The event also featured the John Santos Sextet performing during the all-school meeting for salsa dancing students and faculty. John and his fellow musicians also jammed with members of the Advanced Jazz Band and played a lunchtime concert in the back courtyard. The remainder of the week included three "get to know you" days, featuring several Urban multicultural clubs, including Urban's Gay Straight Alliance, Students of Color and SWEAR. Activities included t-shirt making, pie sales and salsa lessons with Spanish teacher/ soccer coach Antony Reyes. The Multicultural Festival closed with a private film screening of The Prep School Negro, which was co-sponsored by Urban, Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Francisco Friends School.
De Avila Chinese Immersion School Says Thank You!
Lots of tiny students from De Avila Chinese Immersion School came to Urban to sing a special thank you to the big kids. The Urban 10th grade service learning class conducted a gently used toy drive for the students to get more learning materials in the classroom. Many sophomores have also performed their trimester service work at De Avila this past fall. De Avila has partnered with Urban's service learning program since the school was established in 2009.
Photo by John Hefti
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the Gang Entertain Urban, Followed by a Visit from Bob Rauschenberg
The fall theater production class presented You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown recently in the Gumption Theater. The show was directed by Wendy Parkman with musical direction by Brandon Adams. The winter production class performed bobrauschenbergamerica, by Chuck Mee. The show was directed by Frances Evens.
Urban Legend Honored at National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Convention The Urban Legend won awards for both its print newspaper and website version at the National Scholastic Press Association spring high school journalism convention in Anaheim, CA in April. The Legend won third place among small schools for its website and sixth place for newspapers of 9-12 pages. Also at the convention, the Legend's Editor in Chief Adrienne von Schulthess was awarded the 2011 Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership. The $1,000 scholarship honors "exemplary editorial writing," and Adrienne was selected out of 66 applicants. Visit the Urban Legend online newspaper here.
Urban Senior Won Bay Area Teen Idol Urban Senior Bobby Thorton ('11) won the Bay Area Teen Idol competition sponsored by Bay Area Cabaret. Bobby beat out 11 other Bay Area student singers, including three other Urban students: Abby Diamond ('11), Hannah S ('12) and Emily M ('12), who won third place. The performance was held May 1, 2011, at the Venetian Room at the Fairmont San Francisco. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Arts Education Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music and the arts into classrooms, after-school programs and summer camps. See Bobby's winning performance here.