Saatvik Mohan, Buzzard Marshal, displays the Eighth Grade Buzzard trophy in preparation for the Blue's inevitable coronation as Buzzards Intramural Tournament Extravaganza (BITE) eighth grade champs, a 43-26 victory, before Kian Ghodoussi unexpectedly wows the assembled Lower School by making an incredible "Three." Watch as the crowd goes wild!
Press Row. (L-R) Jalon Love, Bradley Foley, Jalen Friendly, Philip Freeburg, and Edwin Hussey prep for their future as the Law Firm Love, Foley, Friendly, Freeburg, and Hussey.
Earlier in the week, the Black Buzzards beat the White Buzzards in the seventh grade BITE Championship Wednesday after school. LFFF and H filed a motion in West Wing Circuit Court on behalf of the seventh grade champs to have an opportunity to compete for an overall Lower School champion. As of now, there is no action as the headmaster is weighing the merits of the case. Stay tuned.
Andrew Green sells suckers.
Halftime brought out the Buzzards Open Free Throw Competition. Murray Morrison, somewhere in the crowd, survived to be the last man standing and scoring as the eighth grade winner. Luke Wilfong won it for the seventh grade.
A little extra push here and there can go a long way for the Buzzards. Here, Bob E. Mallory does his best Mercury impression during Wednesday's semifinals.
Orange Buzzards' coach Coleman Connell exhorts his troops to score when they shoot. "I'm glad that I cut my out-of-town business trip short so that I could come witness the cold snap," a visibly disappointed Connell offered reporters. "He's not talking about the weather," assistant coach William Rantzow was overheard saying to assistant coaches Ian Fitzhenry and David Watkins.
Blue Buzzards coach Jon Peters ('84) relaxes with his 2012 BITE Championship in hand as his mother and father (background) bask in the glory of seeing their son coach their Blue Buzzard grandson, Jonathan ('16), in traditional Todd-Snowden Gymnasium, home to the senior Peters for 48 years.
"Despite our numerous and widely-acknowledged area tournament championships over the past two years," reports Jon, "I am officially withdrawing my name as a MUS varsity coach candidate in order to spend more time having fun yelling at the refs from the stands." True to form, the Blue Buzzards' coach received a technical "fowl" in the second half.
The 2012 Eighth Grade BITE Champions: (front) Jonathan Peters, Ben Daniel, Dylan Jones. (back) Trip Gibson, Will McAtee, Buzzard Trophy, Kian Ghodoussi, Joshua Gray, and Tom Fowlkes.
With the Assignment Book clearly out of reach (red notebook at left), this student chooses the certainty of the ole Note-on-Hand method in preference to employing the suggested analogue weekly chronological planning device.
Hey... at least he has a plan. Little moments like this remind us of a baseline expectation for life at MUS: each student is responsible for his own success. Planning and execution of daily responsibilities is a learned behavior, one moment at a time. Glad we caught this moment of intrinsic motivation aimed in the right direction.
Come root for either Black Buzzards (7) or White Buzzards (7) or both, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. tip-off in the Todd-Snowden Gymnasium for the coveted championship trophy.
The eighth grade semifinals begin also at 2:30 just around the corner in the Ross M. Lynn. Blue Buzzards (8) vs. Black Buzzards (8) on one court while Chartreuse Buzzards (8) challenge Orange Buzzards (8). The winners play friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Todd-Snowden before the entirity of the Lower School.
Charlie Jones wishes that he could use the crayons as his study buddy from Lester Elementey works out some triangulation. The entire seventh grade loaded busses along with Hutchison School's seventh grade and headed to Binghamton for a day of tutoring, work, and civic engagement.
Ishan Biswas tries not to play spoiler and give away the coming resolution during his reading session at Lester Elementery. Ishan's study buddy doesn't seem convinced that Ishan appreciates the gravity of the current state of affairs on page six.
Pamela Druckerman's new book "Bringing Up Bebe," catalogs her observations about why French children seem so much better behaved than their American counterparts.
We thank the French for their contributions to both cuisine and assisting our forefathers by wrestling the former British American colonies away from King George III so we can celebrate instructing our boys with George Washington's Rules of Civility (left masthead). However, what about thanking the continental Europeans for an approach to parenting children?
Children should say hello, goodbye, thank you and please. It helps them to learn that they aren't the only ones with feelings and needs.
When they misbehave, give them the "big eyes"—a stern look of admonishment.
Allow only one snack a day. In France, it's at 4 or 4:30.
Remind them (and yourself) who's the boss. French parents say, "It's me who decides."
Don't be afraid to say "no." Kids have to learn how to cope with some frustration.
The article is worth a read. Consider discussing it with your kids.