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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

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

Tuesday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

Wednesday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

Thursday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

Anytime

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

All Ages

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

The past few decades have demanded a whole new set of tools and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape found online and in the world, and within the myriad of courses in The Harley School’s curriculum lies a critical classroom focused on preparing young students for the future.

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...

Nursery

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

  by Owen Liotti ’18, sophomore on the Writing, Literature, and Publishing track at Emerson College. As a youngster, he majored in making robots out of Legos. Images from Grs. 5 & 6 technology class Featured in Becoming 2020 In some ways, we are living in a...

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...

Lower School

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

  by Owen Liotti ’18, sophomore on the Writing, Literature, and Publishing track at Emerson College. As a youngster, he majored in making robots out of Legos. Images from Grs. 5 & 6 technology class Featured in Becoming 2020 In some ways, we are living in a...

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...

Middle School

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

  by Owen Liotti ’18, sophomore on the Writing, Literature, and Publishing track at Emerson College. As a youngster, he majored in making robots out of Legos. Images from Grs. 5 & 6 technology class Featured in Becoming 2020 In some ways, we are living in a...

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...

Upper School

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

The Role of the Robot: Teaching Robotics at Harley

  by Owen Liotti ’18, sophomore on the Writing, Literature, and Publishing track at Emerson College. As a youngster, he majored in making robots out of Legos. Images from Grs. 5 & 6 technology class Featured in Becoming 2020 In some ways, we are living in a...

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...

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