News From Masters
Students celebrated Spirit Week this week by engaging in lots of fun activities and Delta/Phi competitions and turning out for sporting events and musical performances.
The Dobbs Athletic Association (DAA) organized the weeklong event, with the help of DAA faculty advisor Meghan MacWilliams and Upper School history teacher Brendon Barrios. It was the first-ever schoolwide Spirit Week, which previously was an Upper School tradition.
A different theme was featured each day. On Monday, for example, “Hawaiian Luau” was the theme for the Middle School, while the Upper School theme was “Day at the Beach.” Students wore Hawaiian shirts and leis, flowery shorts and other tropical outfits.
On Tuesday, pairs of students dressed in matching outfits during “Twin Day” in the Upper School. After the “twins” had their photos taken, the images were posted on Tower’s Instagram account.
In the Middle School, meanwhile, students engaged in Delta vs. Phi “penny wars” – stuffing cash donations into a Delta jar or a Phi Jar in the school lobby – to raise money for The Sharing Community. The nonprofit organization, which operates a soup kitchen and provides other services in Yonkers, NY, is the focus of the ninth grade MISH project.
By week’s end, $650 had been raised from the penny wars and snack concessions at athletic events.
During lunch on Tuesday, several Upper School students took part in a pie-eating contest in the Dining Hall lobby as a crowd of students, faculty and staff cheered them on. With one Delta member and one Phi member competing at a time, the contestants dove face-first into either a blueberry or cherry pie and devoured as much fruit and crust as humanly possible.
On Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, community members supported Masters’ sports teams by attending the Middle School co-ed swim meet against The Brunswick School and/or the girls’ varsity basketball game against Convent of the Sacred Heart – which featured a “Pack the Love” theme – at the Fonseca Center. The basketball squad beat Sacred Heart, 60-39. MUSE performed a dance number during halftime, with a few of the basketball players joining in.
For both divisions, “School Spirit” was the theme on Thursday, when community members turned out to watch the Middle School girls’ basketball team take on Tuxedo Park School, followed by the boys’ varsity basketball “whiteout game” against St. Luke’s School. The boys bested St. Luke’s, 81-67, as Masters students – many dressed in white "Pack the Den" T-shirts – cheered from the stands.
During halftime at the varsity game, Urban Connection delighted the crowd with a lively dance performance.
Students, faculty and staff also showed their Masters spirit by attending a concert showcasing the Upper School’s Jazz Band and Jazz Modern Ensemble on Thursday evening.
Throughout the week, students received a stamp and a Delta or Phi point in their “Spirit Week Passport” for every activity they attended. The Phi team tallied the most points – 228 versus 211 for Delta – and was awarded the Delta/Phi Cup, a brand-new trophy, at Morning Meeting on Friday. The top 10 students with the most stamps, meanwhile, won a pizza party with members of the DAA.
“Spirit Week is our chance to embrace all the 'good' that Masters represents – while having a bit of fun,” Head of School Laura Danforth said when announcing this year’s event.