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Briarcliff High School Students View Documentary at Jacob Burns Film Center

Most people associate the lynching of Blacks as something from the dark past in the history of America, but did you know that it did not become a Federal crime until 2018?

This was one of the facts Briarcliff High School students learned when watching the documentary “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.”

The students, who are in Jamie Mandel’s Introduction to Film and Kristin Becerra’s Classism, Racism and Sexism classes, visited Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville recently to watch the film.

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Students Explore Homer’s “The Odyssey” by Creating Unique Projects

How can students engage with a text that is over 2,500 years old?

Leave it to English teacher Karen McCarthy to figure out.

Following the study of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” students in Ms. McCarthy’s English 10 class at Briarcliff High School, created projects based on multiple intelligences. Areas of focus included verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, or naturalist.

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Students Discuss the Portrayal of Alcohol in “The Great Gatsby”

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby,” takes place during the Prohibition era and depicts the devastating effects of alcohol.

Students in Karen McCarthy’s English 12 class at Briarcliff High School recently finished studying the novel. To help tie in the theme of the effects of drinking, Ms. McCarthy invited Student Assistance Counselor, Meredith Ohmes, to the class.

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Latin and Mandarin Students at Briarcliff Reap Benefits

Latin teacher Ryan Scott has been teaching at Briarcliff High School since 2001. During this time, his Latin students have won more than 100 gold medals and more than 150 silver medals when taking the National Latin Exams.

Mr. Scott, who also teaches Mandarin, acknowledges that although these languages might be less popular than French and Spanish, they offer many advantages to students who study them in high school.

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