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Can You Roll Your Tongue Like This?

Authored by Vanilla Macias-Rodriguez, Science Teacher

Can you roll your tongue like this?  (Click on the picture to see the full image.) If you can, chances are one or more of your family members can too. This trait along with other characteristics like blue eyes, curly hair and lactose intolerance, is inherited or built into your genes and passed on from one generation to the next. While some inherited genes code for severe and sometimes lethal genetic disorders, others can give insight into the workings of the human body in ways that would amaze you. This brings me to asparagus. While this may seem like quite a jump, I assure you it’s not. When you eat asparagus, your body metabolizes this vegetable producing a sulfur compound that causes an odor in your urine. While this happens in all humans, only those with extra adenine in the rs4481887 region of their genome are born with receptors that are able to detect it. Do you have the gene? You can find out by completing a simple experiment using The Scientific Method. Problem/Question-Do...read more

Topics: science, experiment, lab, asparagus, 23andMe, Vanilla Macias-Rodriguez

How to Choose the Right Tutor

Authored by Aviva Patz, Contributing Writer

One-on-one attention from the right tutor can make all the difference in your child’s academic success. “If kids are out sick when the class is learning five-paragraph essay writing or they just never grasped fractions, they will stumble and get farther behind every time those things come up,” explains Maren Holmen, Academic Liaison at The Beekman School in Manhattan, which specializes in accredited tutoring for high school students. “The right tutor can help get those skills bumped up so your child can continue learning with everyone else at grade level.” Whether your child needs to brush up on French conjugation, crack the code of advanced chemistry or just improve focus and time management, connecting with the right expert is key. Finding a TutorBegin by asking your child’s teacher or school administrators for a list of recommended tutors. Friends and family may also be able to offer personal referrals. Next, consider reaching out to official tutoring services, such as The Tutoring...read more

Topics: tutoring, tutors, customized learning, Maren Holmen

The Beekman School Scholarship

Authored by George Higgins, Headmaster

We’re pleased to offer The Beekman School's Merit Scholarship, a program offering each recipient 50 percent tuition remission for each year that he or she remains a student in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For students enrolled at Beekman for four years, this award will be worth more than $80,000 in tuition value.  The scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for students to attend The Beekman School who may not have been able to do so otherwise. All new, incoming 9th and 10th grade students who earn a minimum 3.0 GPA during the current school year are eligible to apply. Potential candidates must be full-time for the full academic year and must be U.S. citizens. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must complete the online admission application and note “The Beekman School Scholarship” in the comments section. The following application documents must also be submitted via email to Headmaster George Higgins at georgeh@beekmanschool.org: One 500 word essay...read more

Topics: New York City private schools, high school, merit award, private school tuition, financial aid

What Does Personalized Learning Mean at Beekman?

Authored by Kara Krauze, Contributing Writer

From an infant’s first days, parents make choices for their child representing the family’s values and interests – taking into consideration the child’s own personality.  And yet when children enter school, we relinquish much of this participation.  The child becomes a student.  But now more parents are asserting that education needn’t happen at the expense of individuality. As Lisa Miller reports in New York Magazine, “many parents want to give their kids something more creative, flexible, and engaging than a school day they see as factory-made.” Whether a child is exceptionally bright, struggles with course material that feels impenetrable, diagnosed with dyslexia or requires an unusual schedule, the family can benefit from a personalized approach.  Large schools, often with more crowded classrooms, are seldom able to offer the customization and attention many students need – especially when a student has additional circumstances to address in terms of schedule, course content or...read more

Topics: personalized learning, tutoring, customized learning, homeschooling, flexible curriculum, transfer, George Higgins, Maren Holmen

Faculty Perspectives: A Portrait of Beekman

Authored by James Vescovi, English teacher

Having sent three children through New York City independent schools, I believed I was well acquainted with what they had to offer – that is, until I arrived at The Beekman School as an English teacher, after 25 years as an editor.  The first thing that struck me about Beekman was how, in some ways, it operates like a small college. The classes, which include a maximum of 10 students, feel like seminars.  No student – no matter where he or she sits, or how “small” that student attempts to make him or herself – escapes a teacher’s eye.  This allows faculty to keep tabs on all students, to make sure that they are keeping up with homework and papers and understanding the material. The class size also gives teachers the chance to get to know a class soon after a semester begins. Because of the flexibility built into the Beekman English curriculum, teachers can choose the novels, poems and plays that they think will reach and resonate with a given class – from classics by Stephen Crane, T....read more

Topics: Beekman School, personalized learning, high school, New York City private schools, James Vescovi

When Summer School is the Right Choice for You

Authored by Kara Krauze, Contributing Writer

Here we are, summer around the corner, the sidewalks soon heating up, and dreams of beach vacations approaching.  But wait.  Maybe you’re just realizing your son has fallen behind in that geometry class.  Maybe your daughter needs better language prep in Spanish or Latin.  Perhaps English is a second language and your child will be more comfortable with classes next term by continuing English studies during the summer.  Or maybe your child wants to go deeper in a topic of interest. Learning doesn’t stop just because the beaches open.  Increasingly, experts are telling us that it shouldn’t. There tend to be three reasons students attend summer school: They couldn’t pass or complete a course, whether due to difficulty with the subject, personal matters or illness. They got through a course, but want to strengthen their skills and knowledge base for the coming year.  Many subjects are cumulative.  One awkward semester can lead to another.  But if students can hit restart—reviewing and...read more

Topics: Summer School, New York, private school, individualized learning, tutoring, tutors, SAT prep, remedial learning, foreign students, George Higgins, Maren Holmen

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