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Spring Break 2020

3 Days of Harley at Home Commons curriculum 

Join Us April 6-8, 2020 for live sessions, enrichment activities, movement and games, and just plain fun for your family, it’s Harley at Home’s Commons School!

All Ages

Nursery

Lower School

Middle School 

Upper School

Full Schedule

Monday

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

Tuesday

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

Wednesday

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

Thursday

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

Anytime

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

All Ages

Meditation: Walking Meditation

This audio is helpful to listen to as you engage in a standing meditation before beginning your walking meditation. It is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.  ...

Contemporary Ballet Class

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Interested in checking out ballet? Or just want to take a class? This class is an open level class that explores a little history and some of the basics you can do in your living room. Follow...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Managing College Life...

Five Steps For How To Start a Home Garden

Now that we’re home, this is the perfect time to start a garden. Watch the video for some easy starting tips on making a garden at your home, no matter how much room you have!  Presented by Lisa Barker, Harley Food and Farm Educator...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Studying Well in College (especially for big tests)...

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Sports Tips: Golf – putting

Basic putting skills with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ... I will be going over some basic putting tips for those interested in learning or improving their putting.  I'll also talk about some basic mechanics and concepts to think about when putting to improve your...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Concert – guitar/mandolin/ukulele

Ken Luk, adjunct lecturer of music theory at Eastman, and adjunct lecturer of guitar at SUNY Geneseo and Alfred University. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Classical Guitar, and lead the Eastman/Harley Community Gamelan. Recorded...

Concert – Soprano

A sought-after actress, soloist, and Music/Theatre educator in the Rochester, NY area, Jeannie was recently in Judith Ranelletta and OFC Creations and reprising the role of the Housekeeper for their production of Man of LaMancha. She was most recently seen as Sister...

COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Dear Harley families, Thank you for being patient as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis in our community and in our world. There is so much uncertainty—and the situation is so fluid—that things are changing hour by hour. Earlier today we sent out an...

COVID-19 – 3/12/20

Dear Harley community, We are going through something we’ve never quite seen before—as a school, a community, a world. It’s all moving incredibly fast: colleges and universities closing, events being cancelled, and last night we came to learn of our first confirmed...

COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Harley community,   We’ve been doing quite a bit of work making plans should the coronavirus come our way, hoping—of course—that we don’t need to use most of them. The various topics are broken out below. School Closure Decisions We are closely following...

COVID-19 – 3/3/20

Dear Harley community, The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way to the United States; in New York State a case has been confirmed in Manhattan, and in Toronto there are about a dozen. I wanted to provide you with information about what Harley is doing to prevent...

Sink and Float: Hands on Learning in a Primary Class

by Beth Bailey and Meredith Cavallaro, Primary faculty  One of our Primary classes started a new unit, sink and float, this fall. This particular exploration involved the scientific skills of prediction, observation, and investigation (to name just a few). Things...

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since.

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to writing a project proposal.

The Harley School’s Microfarm: Student-led Redesign

The Capstone Program offers Harley seniors an experience typically reserved for college or graduate school students. In the spirit of our school motto, Become What Thou Art, the Capstone Program provides students with an opportunity to pursue an untapped talent or explore a subject they’re passionate about, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School celebrate Pi Day. This event originated over 20 years ago because I thought it would be fun for the kids to learn about circles in a way that’s different from their daily routine.

Nursery

Meditation: Walking Meditation

This audio is helpful to listen to as you engage in a standing meditation before beginning your walking meditation. It is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.  ...

Contemporary Ballet Class

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Interested in checking out ballet? Or just want to take a class? This class is an open level class that explores a little history and some of the basics you can do in your living room. Follow...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Managing College Life...

Five Steps For How To Start a Home Garden

Now that we’re home, this is the perfect time to start a garden. Watch the video for some easy starting tips on making a garden at your home, no matter how much room you have!  Presented by Lisa Barker, Harley Food and Farm Educator...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Studying Well in College (especially for big tests)...

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Sports Tips: Golf – putting

Basic putting skills with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ... I will be going over some basic putting tips for those interested in learning or improving their putting.  I'll also talk about some basic mechanics and concepts to think about when putting to improve your...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Concert – guitar/mandolin/ukulele

Ken Luk, adjunct lecturer of music theory at Eastman, and adjunct lecturer of guitar at SUNY Geneseo and Alfred University. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Classical Guitar, and lead the Eastman/Harley Community Gamelan. Recorded...

Concert – Soprano

A sought-after actress, soloist, and Music/Theatre educator in the Rochester, NY area, Jeannie was recently in Judith Ranelletta and OFC Creations and reprising the role of the Housekeeper for their production of Man of LaMancha. She was most recently seen as Sister...

Podcasts for Theater Buffs

Enjoy theses vetted theater podcasts: Actor Aesthetic Podcast Why I’ll Never Make It The Ensemblist Live At Five A Dancer’s Guide Podcast A Balancing Act Breaking Broadway with Kerry Butler  Josh Swallows Broadway Equity One: Broadway’s Happy Hour The Ladies Who Lunch...

Concert with the Nance family, P ’16

Wes Nance - trumpet, Shannon Nance - violin, Brianna Nance - flute, and Bridget Nance - oboe Join the Nance family as they share about their instruments, tell about the various instrument families, and play some beautiful Bach together. Both Wes and Shannon play in...

COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Dear Harley families, Thank you for being patient as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis in our community and in our world. There is so much uncertainty—and the situation is so fluid—that things are changing hour by hour. Earlier today we sent out an...

COVID-19 – 3/12/20

Dear Harley community, We are going through something we’ve never quite seen before—as a school, a community, a world. It’s all moving incredibly fast: colleges and universities closing, events being cancelled, and last night we came to learn of our first confirmed...

COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Harley community,   We’ve been doing quite a bit of work making plans should the coronavirus come our way, hoping—of course—that we don’t need to use most of them. The various topics are broken out below. School Closure Decisions We are closely following...

COVID-19 – 3/3/20

Dear Harley community, The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way to the United States; in New York State a case has been confirmed in Manhattan, and in Toronto there are about a dozen. I wanted to provide you with information about what Harley is doing to prevent...

Mindfulness and Recess Make A Difference

By Hassan Jones, Head of Middle School “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being” (Eckhart Tolle). The bell rang and the students spilled out into the hallway skipping and moving joyfully to their...

Middle School MathCounts Team Competes at RIT

The Harley Middle School MathCounts Team was one of twelve middle school teams (comprising over eighty students competing) at RIT at the Monroe County MathCounts Chapter meet on Saturday, February 29th.   The team has been practicing every Friday morning with coaches...

Grade 4: Punkin’ Chunkin’, STEAM in Action

Developed four years ago, the project culminates in an outdoor (weather permitting) test launch where students take turns hurling pumpkins into mid-air and cheering one another on. “We developed Punkin’ Chunkin’ as a way to incorporate more Science, Technology,...

Sink and Float: Hands on Learning in a Primary Class

by Beth Bailey and Meredith Cavallaro, Primary faculty  One of our Primary classes started a new unit, sink and float, this fall. This particular exploration involved the scientific skills of prediction, observation, and investigation (to name just a few). Things...

Oaks and Acorns: April 2019

April 4, 2019         A re-declaration of independence       A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to the community about a legal matter that Harley is involved in, one that has the potential to threaten our independence as a school. After a lot of processing and discussion...

Oaks and Acorns: February 2019

February 13, 2019   “I’ll Go First” “What difference did it make that you went to Harley?” That was the question posed by a member of the class of ’82 to a member of the class of ’17, now a sophomore at Tufts, during a recent alumni dinner in Cambridge, Massachusetts....

Oaks and Acorns: January 2019

January 11, 2018   A Promenade of Accolades   Lots and lots of interesting news around the Harley School in the last month or so. This month’s Oaks & Acorns will be a catch-up on all the news!       Early Decisions, Decisions We have some early returns on the...

Oaks and Acorns: December 2018

December 6, 2018 Ourselves, Together It’s the season of traditions here at Harley: the Lower Schoolers are rehearsing Pageant, the music department is getting the Candlelight music ready, and both seniors and new teachers are starting to work on their costumes for Elf...

Oaks and Acorns: November 2018

Loading help center. Go Premium Content optimization Social   Toggle panel: Fusion Page Options Fusion Page Options Post Sliders Page Header Footer Sidebars Background Page Title Bar Import / Export Disable First Featured Image Disable the 1st featured image on single...

Oaks and Acorns: October 2018

First, a thank-you I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the energy and good feeling around last weekend’s installation, “Igniting a Second Century.” This ended up being a wonderful celebration of the Harley community and tremendous fun. I’d love to reach...

Oaks and Acorns: September 2018

September 6, 2018   Drum roll, please   There’s a point each summer, typically mid-August, when the folks who work at Harley through the dog days go into a kind of mild existential funk. We can only survive so long in the absence of kids! It makes the hallways too...

Oaks and Acorns

So said Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a Frye family favorite… and it always comes to mind as I start any new adventure. And it’s adventure time: today is my first day as Harley’s Head of School.In my role as Upper School Head at Harley, I sent out a letter every...

Oaks and Acorns: Special Playground Edition

August 20, 2018   Taking Play-based Learning to a New Level: Winslow Natural Playground & Outdoor Learning Center   If you’ve ever followed animal footprints, dangled from a tree branch, rolled down a hill, jumped from boulder to boulder, or made a mud pie, you’ve...

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since. It makes a kind of gut-level sense to those of us who had...

Learn More: Joy of Summer Nursery!

We explore the great outdoors Our Summer Nursery is a great way to keep busy learning, exploring and having fun year-round! Our program features play as a vehicle for learning while engaging the imaginative, growing minds of this age. Specifically designed for 3-year...

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to write a project proposal. Our team included science teachers, coordinators for our Microfarm and Maker programs, as well as teachers from each of our...

Historic Announcement from The Harley School!

The Sands Family Foundation has announced an historic $3 million gift to The Harley School. The timing of the gift corresponds with The Harley School’s Centennial and the continued execution of its strategic plan.The gift to the school’s endowment will be fully...

From Maker Space to Stage!

Our Middle School students can choose different flex time classes each trimester. They range from Podcasting to Guitar Club to Creative Writing...and much more.   The most recent group of students involved in the flex time Makers Club created all the sets for our...

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year, Pi Day occurs on March 14th, and in Grade 6 at The Harley School, we celebrate in a big way.   By Lee Allen, Grade 5 and 6 Mathematics Teacher Pi Day: Student project Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School...

Lower School

Meditation: Walking Meditation

This audio is helpful to listen to as you engage in a standing meditation before beginning your walking meditation. It is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.  ...

Contemporary Ballet Class

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Interested in checking out ballet? Or just want to take a class? This class is an open level class that explores a little history and some of the basics you can do in your living room. Follow...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Managing College Life...

Five Steps For How To Start a Home Garden

Now that we’re home, this is the perfect time to start a garden. Watch the video for some easy starting tips on making a garden at your home, no matter how much room you have!  Presented by Lisa Barker, Harley Food and Farm Educator...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Studying Well in College (especially for big tests)...

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Sports Tips: Golf – putting

Basic putting skills with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ... I will be going over some basic putting tips for those interested in learning or improving their putting.  I'll also talk about some basic mechanics and concepts to think about when putting to improve your...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Concert – guitar/mandolin/ukulele

Ken Luk, adjunct lecturer of music theory at Eastman, and adjunct lecturer of guitar at SUNY Geneseo and Alfred University. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Classical Guitar, and lead the Eastman/Harley Community Gamelan. Recorded...

Concert – Soprano

A sought-after actress, soloist, and Music/Theatre educator in the Rochester, NY area, Jeannie was recently in Judith Ranelletta and OFC Creations and reprising the role of the Housekeeper for their production of Man of LaMancha. She was most recently seen as Sister...

Podcasts for Theater Buffs

Enjoy theses vetted theater podcasts: Actor Aesthetic Podcast Why I’ll Never Make It The Ensemblist Live At Five A Dancer’s Guide Podcast A Balancing Act Breaking Broadway with Kerry Butler  Josh Swallows Broadway Equity One: Broadway’s Happy Hour The Ladies Who Lunch...

Concert with the Nance family, P ’16

Wes Nance - trumpet, Shannon Nance - violin, Brianna Nance - flute, and Bridget Nance - oboe Join the Nance family as they share about their instruments, tell about the various instrument families, and play some beautiful Bach together. Both Wes and Shannon play in...

COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Dear Harley families, Thank you for being patient as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis in our community and in our world. There is so much uncertainty—and the situation is so fluid—that things are changing hour by hour. Earlier today we sent out an...

COVID-19 – 3/12/20

Dear Harley community, We are going through something we’ve never quite seen before—as a school, a community, a world. It’s all moving incredibly fast: colleges and universities closing, events being cancelled, and last night we came to learn of our first confirmed...

COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Harley community,   We’ve been doing quite a bit of work making plans should the coronavirus come our way, hoping—of course—that we don’t need to use most of them. The various topics are broken out below. School Closure Decisions We are closely following...

COVID-19 – 3/3/20

Dear Harley community, The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way to the United States; in New York State a case has been confirmed in Manhattan, and in Toronto there are about a dozen. I wanted to provide you with information about what Harley is doing to prevent...

Mindfulness and Recess Make A Difference

By Hassan Jones, Head of Middle School “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being” (Eckhart Tolle). The bell rang and the students spilled out into the hallway skipping and moving joyfully to their...

Middle School MathCounts Team Competes at RIT

The Harley Middle School MathCounts Team was one of twelve middle school teams (comprising over eighty students competing) at RIT at the Monroe County MathCounts Chapter meet on Saturday, February 29th.   The team has been practicing every Friday morning with coaches...

Grade 4: Punkin’ Chunkin’, STEAM in Action

Developed four years ago, the project culminates in an outdoor (weather permitting) test launch where students take turns hurling pumpkins into mid-air and cheering one another on. “We developed Punkin’ Chunkin’ as a way to incorporate more Science, Technology,...

Sink and Float: Hands on Learning in a Primary Class

by Beth Bailey and Meredith Cavallaro, Primary faculty  One of our Primary classes started a new unit, sink and float, this fall. This particular exploration involved the scientific skills of prediction, observation, and investigation (to name just a few). Things...

Oaks and Acorns: April 2019

April 4, 2019         A re-declaration of independence       A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to the community about a legal matter that Harley is involved in, one that has the potential to threaten our independence as a school. After a lot of processing and discussion...

Oaks and Acorns: February 2019

February 13, 2019   “I’ll Go First” “What difference did it make that you went to Harley?” That was the question posed by a member of the class of ’82 to a member of the class of ’17, now a sophomore at Tufts, during a recent alumni dinner in Cambridge, Massachusetts....

Oaks and Acorns: January 2019

January 11, 2018   A Promenade of Accolades   Lots and lots of interesting news around the Harley School in the last month or so. This month’s Oaks & Acorns will be a catch-up on all the news!       Early Decisions, Decisions We have some early returns on the...

Oaks and Acorns: December 2018

December 6, 2018 Ourselves, Together It’s the season of traditions here at Harley: the Lower Schoolers are rehearsing Pageant, the music department is getting the Candlelight music ready, and both seniors and new teachers are starting to work on their costumes for Elf...

Oaks and Acorns: November 2018

Loading help center. Go Premium Content optimization Social   Toggle panel: Fusion Page Options Fusion Page Options Post Sliders Page Header Footer Sidebars Background Page Title Bar Import / Export Disable First Featured Image Disable the 1st featured image on single...

Oaks and Acorns: October 2018

First, a thank-you I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the energy and good feeling around last weekend’s installation, “Igniting a Second Century.” This ended up being a wonderful celebration of the Harley community and tremendous fun. I’d love to reach...

Oaks and Acorns: September 2018

September 6, 2018   Drum roll, please   There’s a point each summer, typically mid-August, when the folks who work at Harley through the dog days go into a kind of mild existential funk. We can only survive so long in the absence of kids! It makes the hallways too...

Oaks and Acorns

So said Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a Frye family favorite… and it always comes to mind as I start any new adventure. And it’s adventure time: today is my first day as Harley’s Head of School.In my role as Upper School Head at Harley, I sent out a letter every...

Oaks and Acorns: Special Playground Edition

August 20, 2018   Taking Play-based Learning to a New Level: Winslow Natural Playground & Outdoor Learning Center   If you’ve ever followed animal footprints, dangled from a tree branch, rolled down a hill, jumped from boulder to boulder, or made a mud pie, you’ve...

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since. It makes a kind of gut-level sense to those of us who had...

Learn More: Joy of Summer Nursery!

We explore the great outdoors Our Summer Nursery is a great way to keep busy learning, exploring and having fun year-round! Our program features play as a vehicle for learning while engaging the imaginative, growing minds of this age. Specifically designed for 3-year...

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to write a project proposal. Our team included science teachers, coordinators for our Microfarm and Maker programs, as well as teachers from each of our...

Historic Announcement from The Harley School!

The Sands Family Foundation has announced an historic $3 million gift to The Harley School. The timing of the gift corresponds with The Harley School’s Centennial and the continued execution of its strategic plan.The gift to the school’s endowment will be fully...

From Maker Space to Stage!

Our Middle School students can choose different flex time classes each trimester. They range from Podcasting to Guitar Club to Creative Writing...and much more.   The most recent group of students involved in the flex time Makers Club created all the sets for our...

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year, Pi Day occurs on March 14th, and in Grade 6 at The Harley School, we celebrate in a big way.   By Lee Allen, Grade 5 and 6 Mathematics Teacher Pi Day: Student project Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School...

Middle School

Meditation: Walking Meditation

This audio is helpful to listen to as you engage in a standing meditation before beginning your walking meditation. It is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.  ...

Contemporary Ballet Class

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Interested in checking out ballet? Or just want to take a class? This class is an open level class that explores a little history and some of the basics you can do in your living room. Follow...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Managing College Life...

Five Steps For How To Start a Home Garden

Now that we’re home, this is the perfect time to start a garden. Watch the video for some easy starting tips on making a garden at your home, no matter how much room you have!  Presented by Lisa Barker, Harley Food and Farm Educator...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Studying Well in College (especially for big tests)...

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Sports Tips: Golf – putting

Basic putting skills with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ... I will be going over some basic putting tips for those interested in learning or improving their putting.  I'll also talk about some basic mechanics and concepts to think about when putting to improve your...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Concert – guitar/mandolin/ukulele

Ken Luk, adjunct lecturer of music theory at Eastman, and adjunct lecturer of guitar at SUNY Geneseo and Alfred University. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Classical Guitar, and lead the Eastman/Harley Community Gamelan. Recorded...

Concert – Soprano

A sought-after actress, soloist, and Music/Theatre educator in the Rochester, NY area, Jeannie was recently in Judith Ranelletta and OFC Creations and reprising the role of the Housekeeper for their production of Man of LaMancha. She was most recently seen as Sister...

Podcasts for Theater Buffs

Enjoy theses vetted theater podcasts: Actor Aesthetic Podcast Why I’ll Never Make It The Ensemblist Live At Five A Dancer’s Guide Podcast A Balancing Act Breaking Broadway with Kerry Butler  Josh Swallows Broadway Equity One: Broadway’s Happy Hour The Ladies Who Lunch...

Concert with the Nance family, P ’16

Wes Nance - trumpet, Shannon Nance - violin, Brianna Nance - flute, and Bridget Nance - oboe Join the Nance family as they share about their instruments, tell about the various instrument families, and play some beautiful Bach together. Both Wes and Shannon play in...

COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Dear Harley families, Thank you for being patient as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis in our community and in our world. There is so much uncertainty—and the situation is so fluid—that things are changing hour by hour. Earlier today we sent out an...

COVID-19 – 3/12/20

Dear Harley community, We are going through something we’ve never quite seen before—as a school, a community, a world. It’s all moving incredibly fast: colleges and universities closing, events being cancelled, and last night we came to learn of our first confirmed...

COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Harley community,   We’ve been doing quite a bit of work making plans should the coronavirus come our way, hoping—of course—that we don’t need to use most of them. The various topics are broken out below. School Closure Decisions We are closely following...

COVID-19 – 3/3/20

Dear Harley community, The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way to the United States; in New York State a case has been confirmed in Manhattan, and in Toronto there are about a dozen. I wanted to provide you with information about what Harley is doing to prevent...

Mindfulness and Recess Make A Difference

By Hassan Jones, Head of Middle School “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being” (Eckhart Tolle). The bell rang and the students spilled out into the hallway skipping and moving joyfully to their...

Middle School MathCounts Team Competes at RIT

The Harley Middle School MathCounts Team was one of twelve middle school teams (comprising over eighty students competing) at RIT at the Monroe County MathCounts Chapter meet on Saturday, February 29th.   The team has been practicing every Friday morning with coaches...

Grade 4: Punkin’ Chunkin’, STEAM in Action

Developed four years ago, the project culminates in an outdoor (weather permitting) test launch where students take turns hurling pumpkins into mid-air and cheering one another on. “We developed Punkin’ Chunkin’ as a way to incorporate more Science, Technology,...

Sink and Float: Hands on Learning in a Primary Class

by Beth Bailey and Meredith Cavallaro, Primary faculty  One of our Primary classes started a new unit, sink and float, this fall. This particular exploration involved the scientific skills of prediction, observation, and investigation (to name just a few). Things...

Oaks and Acorns: April 2019

April 4, 2019         A re-declaration of independence       A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to the community about a legal matter that Harley is involved in, one that has the potential to threaten our independence as a school. After a lot of processing and discussion...

Oaks and Acorns: February 2019

February 13, 2019   “I’ll Go First” “What difference did it make that you went to Harley?” That was the question posed by a member of the class of ’82 to a member of the class of ’17, now a sophomore at Tufts, during a recent alumni dinner in Cambridge, Massachusetts....

Oaks and Acorns: January 2019

January 11, 2018   A Promenade of Accolades   Lots and lots of interesting news around the Harley School in the last month or so. This month’s Oaks & Acorns will be a catch-up on all the news!       Early Decisions, Decisions We have some early returns on the...

Oaks and Acorns: December 2018

December 6, 2018 Ourselves, Together It’s the season of traditions here at Harley: the Lower Schoolers are rehearsing Pageant, the music department is getting the Candlelight music ready, and both seniors and new teachers are starting to work on their costumes for Elf...

Oaks and Acorns: November 2018

Loading help center. Go Premium Content optimization Social   Toggle panel: Fusion Page Options Fusion Page Options Post Sliders Page Header Footer Sidebars Background Page Title Bar Import / Export Disable First Featured Image Disable the 1st featured image on single...

Oaks and Acorns: October 2018

First, a thank-you I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the energy and good feeling around last weekend’s installation, “Igniting a Second Century.” This ended up being a wonderful celebration of the Harley community and tremendous fun. I’d love to reach...

Oaks and Acorns: September 2018

September 6, 2018   Drum roll, please   There’s a point each summer, typically mid-August, when the folks who work at Harley through the dog days go into a kind of mild existential funk. We can only survive so long in the absence of kids! It makes the hallways too...

Oaks and Acorns

So said Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a Frye family favorite… and it always comes to mind as I start any new adventure. And it’s adventure time: today is my first day as Harley’s Head of School.In my role as Upper School Head at Harley, I sent out a letter every...

Oaks and Acorns: Special Playground Edition

August 20, 2018   Taking Play-based Learning to a New Level: Winslow Natural Playground & Outdoor Learning Center   If you’ve ever followed animal footprints, dangled from a tree branch, rolled down a hill, jumped from boulder to boulder, or made a mud pie, you’ve...

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since. It makes a kind of gut-level sense to those of us who had...

Learn More: Joy of Summer Nursery!

We explore the great outdoors Our Summer Nursery is a great way to keep busy learning, exploring and having fun year-round! Our program features play as a vehicle for learning while engaging the imaginative, growing minds of this age. Specifically designed for 3-year...

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to write a project proposal. Our team included science teachers, coordinators for our Microfarm and Maker programs, as well as teachers from each of our...

Historic Announcement from The Harley School!

The Sands Family Foundation has announced an historic $3 million gift to The Harley School. The timing of the gift corresponds with The Harley School’s Centennial and the continued execution of its strategic plan.The gift to the school’s endowment will be fully...

From Maker Space to Stage!

Our Middle School students can choose different flex time classes each trimester. They range from Podcasting to Guitar Club to Creative Writing...and much more.   The most recent group of students involved in the flex time Makers Club created all the sets for our...

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year, Pi Day occurs on March 14th, and in Grade 6 at The Harley School, we celebrate in a big way.   By Lee Allen, Grade 5 and 6 Mathematics Teacher Pi Day: Student project Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School...

Upper School

Meditation: Walking Meditation

This audio is helpful to listen to as you engage in a standing meditation before beginning your walking meditation. It is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.  ...

Contemporary Ballet Class

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Interested in checking out ballet? Or just want to take a class? This class is an open level class that explores a little history and some of the basics you can do in your living room. Follow...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Managing College Life...

Five Steps For How To Start a Home Garden

Now that we’re home, this is the perfect time to start a garden. Watch the video for some easy starting tips on making a garden at your home, no matter how much room you have!  Presented by Lisa Barker, Harley Food and Farm Educator...

Alumni Advice with Lily Frye ‘12

Lily Frye ‘12, Systems Engineer in Radar Development at Lockheed Martin. BA in Physics, with a minor in French and Math from Vassar. Working on a masters in Electrical Engineering at USC. Studying Well in College (especially for big tests)...

Pollinator Project

Stop in to learn more about the importance of pollinators for our environment and region. Harley’s own Trish Corcoran is a passionate pollinator advocate. Learn more from her about how to protect our pollinators and help them prosper! Watch the video here! ...

Sports Tips: Golf – putting

Basic putting skills with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ... I will be going over some basic putting tips for those interested in learning or improving their putting.  I'll also talk about some basic mechanics and concepts to think about when putting to improve your...

Science Insights with Josh Frye ‘15

Josh Frye ‘15, graduated from Haverford College in 2019, where he studied Archaeology and Chemistry. He is spending this year in Rochester, researching, subbing, and coaching at Harley before starting his masters in the fall. Penicillin: Why Does It Work?...

Concert – guitar/mandolin/ukulele

Ken Luk, adjunct lecturer of music theory at Eastman, and adjunct lecturer of guitar at SUNY Geneseo and Alfred University. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature in Classical Guitar, and lead the Eastman/Harley Community Gamelan. Recorded...

Concert – Soprano

A sought-after actress, soloist, and Music/Theatre educator in the Rochester, NY area, Jeannie was recently in Judith Ranelletta and OFC Creations and reprising the role of the Housekeeper for their production of Man of LaMancha. She was most recently seen as Sister...

Podcasts for Theater Buffs

Enjoy theses vetted theater podcasts: Actor Aesthetic Podcast Why I’ll Never Make It The Ensemblist Live At Five A Dancer’s Guide Podcast A Balancing Act Breaking Broadway with Kerry Butler  Josh Swallows Broadway Equity One: Broadway’s Happy Hour The Ladies Who Lunch...

Concert with the Nance family, P ’16

Wes Nance - trumpet, Shannon Nance - violin, Brianna Nance - flute, and Bridget Nance - oboe Join the Nance family as they share about their instruments, tell about the various instrument families, and play some beautiful Bach together. Both Wes and Shannon play in...

COVID-19 – 3/14/20

Dear Harley families, Thank you for being patient as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis in our community and in our world. There is so much uncertainty—and the situation is so fluid—that things are changing hour by hour. Earlier today we sent out an...

COVID-19 – 3/12/20

Dear Harley community, We are going through something we’ve never quite seen before—as a school, a community, a world. It’s all moving incredibly fast: colleges and universities closing, events being cancelled, and last night we came to learn of our first confirmed...

COVID-19 – 3/7/20

Dear Harley community,   We’ve been doing quite a bit of work making plans should the coronavirus come our way, hoping—of course—that we don’t need to use most of them. The various topics are broken out below. School Closure Decisions We are closely following...

COVID-19 – 3/3/20

Dear Harley community, The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way to the United States; in New York State a case has been confirmed in Manhattan, and in Toronto there are about a dozen. I wanted to provide you with information about what Harley is doing to prevent...

Mindfulness and Recess Make A Difference

By Hassan Jones, Head of Middle School “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being” (Eckhart Tolle). The bell rang and the students spilled out into the hallway skipping and moving joyfully to their...

Middle School MathCounts Team Competes at RIT

The Harley Middle School MathCounts Team was one of twelve middle school teams (comprising over eighty students competing) at RIT at the Monroe County MathCounts Chapter meet on Saturday, February 29th.   The team has been practicing every Friday morning with coaches...

Grade 4: Punkin’ Chunkin’, STEAM in Action

Developed four years ago, the project culminates in an outdoor (weather permitting) test launch where students take turns hurling pumpkins into mid-air and cheering one another on. “We developed Punkin’ Chunkin’ as a way to incorporate more Science, Technology,...

Sink and Float: Hands on Learning in a Primary Class

by Beth Bailey and Meredith Cavallaro, Primary faculty  One of our Primary classes started a new unit, sink and float, this fall. This particular exploration involved the scientific skills of prediction, observation, and investigation (to name just a few). Things...

Oaks and Acorns: April 2019

April 4, 2019         A re-declaration of independence       A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to the community about a legal matter that Harley is involved in, one that has the potential to threaten our independence as a school. After a lot of processing and discussion...

Oaks and Acorns: February 2019

February 13, 2019   “I’ll Go First” “What difference did it make that you went to Harley?” That was the question posed by a member of the class of ’82 to a member of the class of ’17, now a sophomore at Tufts, during a recent alumni dinner in Cambridge, Massachusetts....

Oaks and Acorns: January 2019

January 11, 2018   A Promenade of Accolades   Lots and lots of interesting news around the Harley School in the last month or so. This month’s Oaks & Acorns will be a catch-up on all the news!       Early Decisions, Decisions We have some early returns on the...

Oaks and Acorns: December 2018

December 6, 2018 Ourselves, Together It’s the season of traditions here at Harley: the Lower Schoolers are rehearsing Pageant, the music department is getting the Candlelight music ready, and both seniors and new teachers are starting to work on their costumes for Elf...

Oaks and Acorns: November 2018

Loading help center. Go Premium Content optimization Social   Toggle panel: Fusion Page Options Fusion Page Options Post Sliders Page Header Footer Sidebars Background Page Title Bar Import / Export Disable First Featured Image Disable the 1st featured image on single...

Oaks and Acorns: October 2018

First, a thank-you I just wanted to express my appreciation for all the energy and good feeling around last weekend’s installation, “Igniting a Second Century.” This ended up being a wonderful celebration of the Harley community and tremendous fun. I’d love to reach...

Oaks and Acorns: September 2018

September 6, 2018   Drum roll, please   There’s a point each summer, typically mid-August, when the folks who work at Harley through the dog days go into a kind of mild existential funk. We can only survive so long in the absence of kids! It makes the hallways too...

Oaks and Acorns

So said Max in Where the Wild Things Are, a Frye family favorite… and it always comes to mind as I start any new adventure. And it’s adventure time: today is my first day as Harley’s Head of School.In my role as Upper School Head at Harley, I sent out a letter every...

Oaks and Acorns: Special Playground Edition

August 20, 2018   Taking Play-based Learning to a New Level: Winslow Natural Playground & Outdoor Learning Center   If you’ve ever followed animal footprints, dangled from a tree branch, rolled down a hill, jumped from boulder to boulder, or made a mud pie, you’ve...

Oaks and Acorns: August 2018

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, it is a fire to be ignited.” So wrote the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch in Moralia, and this sentiment has been repeated by educational thinkers ever since. It makes a kind of gut-level sense to those of us who had...

Learn More: Joy of Summer Nursery!

We explore the great outdoors Our Summer Nursery is a great way to keep busy learning, exploring and having fun year-round! Our program features play as a vehicle for learning while engaging the imaginative, growing minds of this age. Specifically designed for 3-year...

Harley Bird Garden

When news of the Bird Sleuth program came to us last fall, a core group of teachers at the Harley School committed to write a project proposal. Our team included science teachers, coordinators for our Microfarm and Maker programs, as well as teachers from each of our...

Historic Announcement from The Harley School!

The Sands Family Foundation has announced an historic $3 million gift to The Harley School. The timing of the gift corresponds with The Harley School’s Centennial and the continued execution of its strategic plan.The gift to the school’s endowment will be fully...

From Maker Space to Stage!

Our Middle School students can choose different flex time classes each trimester. They range from Podcasting to Guitar Club to Creative Writing...and much more.   The most recent group of students involved in the flex time Makers Club created all the sets for our...

Pi Day: Middle School Math (Both Fun and Delicious)

Each year, Pi Day occurs on March 14th, and in Grade 6 at The Harley School, we celebrate in a big way.   By Lee Allen, Grade 5 and 6 Mathematics Teacher Pi Day: Student project Each year on March 14th (in other words, 3/14!), grade 6 students at The Harley School...

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