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Programming related to sustainability and civic engagement

On April 6-8, 2020, Harley at Home’s Commons School hosted live sessions, enrichment activities, movement and games, and just plain family fun during what would have been Spring break week. Here is a sampling of the programming, organized by age levels, that is available to the public. Enjoy our gift to you and your family!

Academics

The Arts

Athletics

Fun and Games

Professions

Story Telling

Sustainability

Academics

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! ...

Daily Challenges and Trips with Kima Enerson, Maker Educator

Kima Enerson, Maker Educator Follow the link to the Maker Education landing page to explore the daily Maker Challenge, Lego Challenge, Everyday Mystery, and Virtual Field Trips! https://sites.google.com/harleyschool.org/thecommons/makerspace-landing-page ...

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?...

Documentary, “The Promise of Biomimicry”

Ever wonder how an idea inspired by nature gets brought to market? Biomimicry looks to the natural world for creative, sustainable solutions to solve our greatest design challenges.

Rochester and the Erie Canal

Learn about the history and development of the Erie Canal and its impact on Rochester with Jay Stetzer Watch here!

The Arts

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...

Ballet, pilates, core workout with top ballet dancers

Dancewear Royale is hosting a series of teachers on its Instagram account. And better yet, they're posting the classes to IGTV, so you can check them out anytime. The classes range from ballet to pilates to core workout. Where: @dancewearroyal IGTV

Concert: Moon Songs by Ashley and Steve Danyew

Ashley Danyew, private piano instructor, and Steve Danyew, saxophone and composer A selection of three moon-inspired pieces of music http://quietube7.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRV4964AUUk  

Documentary, “The Promise of Biomimicry”

The Promise of Biomimicry Ever wonder how an idea inspired by nature gets brought to market? Biomimicry looks to the natural world for creative, sustainable solutions to solve our greatest design challenges. But it’s not enough to have a strategy for tackling a...

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...

Film Industry Discussion with Richard Simon ’20

Deep Discussions -- Michael Frank interviews Richard Simon ’20 (student filmmaker) as they discuss film and cinematography Watch here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TUVucwg-7IRWalsD2iaBomeNlZ7OFgBj/view?usp=sharing    

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...

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...

Athletics

Sports Tips: Golf – the basic swing and tips, grades 2-12

Basic golf swing tips with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12)  I will be going over some basic golf swing tips geared toward beginner golfers and those interested in learning or improving their swing.  I will talk about the grip, stance and alignment with the goal of getting...

Ballet, pilates, core workout with top ballet dancers

Dancewear Royale is hosting a series of teachers on its Instagram account. And better yet, they're posting the classes to IGTV, so you can check them out anytime. The classes range from ballet to pilates to core workout. Where: @dancewearroyal IGTV

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...

Sports Tips: Baseball/Softball – fielding tips, grades 2-12

Baseball/Softball fielding drills and tips with Peter Mancuso (grades 2-12) ...  I will be going over some basic fielding drills for baseball/softball players interested in learning or improving their fielding.  I'll talk about basic mechanics and concepts to think...

Kids Yoga with Jenny Palsey

Jenny Palsey, yoga instructor, has taught at Tru Yoga Rochester in the South Wedge, vinyasa, and prenatal yoga classes. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18AeSlj4C-Bbr84Z_t_PbIC20k1nxNZxD/view?usp=sharing

Creative Dance for LS

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Have Fun and get your body moving! This class has some warm-ups to get your body going and some fun activities! Follow along!...

Fun and Games

Kids Yoga with Jenny Palsey

Jenny Palsey, yoga instructor, has taught at Tru Yoga Rochester in the South Wedge, vinyasa, and prenatal yoga classes. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18AeSlj4C-Bbr84Z_t_PbIC20k1nxNZxD/view?usp=sharing

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...

Creative Dance for LS

Rose Beauchamp, Senior Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Rochester Have Fun and get your body moving! This class has some warm-ups to get your body going and some fun activities! Follow along!...

Professions

Interview with Restaurant Owners, Alison and Gino Ruggiero

Interview with Community Helpers, restaurant owners Alison and Gino Ruggiero, P ’32. Hear what it's like behind-the-scenes if you own and work at a restaurant. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1McN1Zyck_aMj2O7p7BVUUXj3htZQAWDf/view?usp=sharing  

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...

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)...

Daily Challenges and Trips with Kima Enerson, Maker Educator

Kima Enerson, Maker Educator Follow the link to the Maker Education landing page to explore the daily Maker Challenge, Lego Challenge, Everyday Mystery, and Virtual Field Trips! https://sites.google.com/harleyschool.org/thecommons/makerspace-landing-page ...

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?...

Film Industry Discussion with Richard Simon ’20

Deep Discussions -- Michael Frank interviews Richard Simon ’20 (student filmmaker) as they discuss film and cinematography Watch here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TUVucwg-7IRWalsD2iaBomeNlZ7OFgBj/view?usp=sharing    

Story Telling

Rochester and the Erie Canal

Learn about the history and development of the Erie Canal and its impact on Rochester with Jay Stetzer Watch here!

Sustainability

Meditation: Loosen the Grip of Fear and Anxiety

A brief talk and meditation to explore how mindfulness and compassion can free us from the grip of worry and fear during this difficult time. This audio clip is most appropriate for Upper School students, parents, and faculty/staff.   ...

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.  ...

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...

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! ...

Mindful Presence: How to Eat More Mindfully (kids)

This video clip instructing children how to experiment with eating mindfully is most appropriate for Lower School students and their parents.   http://quietube7.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkP6vHSUAGA&feature=youtu.be  

Documentary, “The Promise of Biomimicry”

The Promise of Biomimicry Ever wonder how an idea inspired by nature gets brought to market? Biomimicry looks to the natural world for creative, sustainable solutions to solve our greatest design challenges. But it’s not enough to have a strategy for tackling a...

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