Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer '17 Construction On Schedule

Summer construction remains on schedule and the school is abuzz with activity.

Much of the work this summer is focused on the Basement level of Buildings 12, 14 and 16 (the original Schoolhouse).  Work includes the complete renovation of the kitchen along with the expansion of the Small Dining Room and the addition of new Life Safety Systems, HVAC equipment (the entire new and old school will be air conditioned), structural support, and data and telecommunications drops.

New Kitchen Framing
New Kitchen Storage Room Framing
Installation of FRP Panels on the Exterior Wall
New Life Safety System Installation
New Sprinkler Systems Throughout the Original Schoolhouse
(Buildings 12-16)
Sprinkler Install Outside PreK


Following the completion of shear wall construction, exterior brick installation is now underway along the west wall and will continue along the south, then east walls of Graham House.  Glazing will follow in the fall with the aim of complete enclosing and sealing of the entire superstructure before the winter.

New Shear Wall and Exterior Wall at First Floor (New Omega Classroom)
Newly Poured Slab and Waiting Steel at 3rd Floor
West Wall Exterior Brick Installation

Facade work and brick cutouts at the fire escapes of Graham House, along with pointing, continue on the north and east walls.

Facade Work North Wall


Within Graham House the stair and elevator core of Building 18 is being demolished and new steel added at each floor.  This is the most complex part of this summer's work, requiring incredible coordination of trades, materials and personnel. Demo began at the top and is working its way down through new and old construction.  All the steel for this section was successfully delivered to the site several weeks ago and placed out on each floor.

Facade water proofing continues on the southern and western walls.  Fireproofing also continues on floor undersides.

5th Floor Stair D (Building 18) Demo

New Steel 5th Floor Building 18.
This will be repeated for each floor all the way down Bldg 18.

After the steel goes in, steel decking follows.  Here's a shot of the 6th floor completed with decking before the concrete floor is poured.

6th Floor Building 18 Decking

6th Floor Decking Going Down
New Upper Gym Looking SE

New Upper Gym Looking SW

Finally, this is a shot of roof abatement and bulkhead removal.

Roof Bulkhead and Abatement

Monday, July 17, 2017

Year Six of Horizons Program


The 100 boys participating in Horizons at Saint David's are well into the six-week program, enjoying the hot days of summer immersing themselves in reading, music, art, writing, math, STEM projects, swimming lessons, field trips to local museums, and sports. 


Our program, now in its sixth year, includes students from four elementary schools in Harlem, who will enter Grades One through Six come September, and aims to prevent the common problem of academic summer learning loss among children in lower-income families. Social-emotional learning is also infused throughout each day.


New this year is the addition of full time athletic director Keith Williams and our partnership with Ramapo for Children, an organization that provides training programs to educators working with children who may face obstacles to learning. Ramapo works with our teachers and volunteers, providing practical strategies on how to best address the students' needs.


Horizons at Saint David's began in 2012, when Saint David's became an affiliate of Horizons National through an initiative to contribute to the greater good beyond our immediate community. 


On average, Horizons' students move ahead two - three months in reading and math skills after participating in the program.  Horizons at Saint David's has an impressive retention rate of 91% and an attendance rate of 95%. It's a robust program, led by Director Meg Sheridan and Co-Program Directors Meghan Patterson and Courtney Sanchez, supported by Saint David's faculty members who teach the boys, and a dozen of our Saint David's alumni volunteers who are in high school.

This year, as in last, The Nightingale Bamford School has allowed us to hold the program on their campus because of the ongoing construction here at Saint David's. We very much appreciate the generosity and support from our friends at NBS.

For more information on Horizons at Saint David's, please visit http://www.saintdavids.org/horizons