On Tuesday, October 29, “Back to School!” — an annual evening of classes taught by Chapin faculty— drew over 80 alumnae to 100 East End Avenue. Each became a Chapin student (again!) for the night by pre-selecting from five intriguing courses: “Women’s Suffrage” taught by Ellen Baylor, Head of the History Department; “Design Thinking: The Maker Mindset” taught by Trude Goodman, Middle School Director of Academic Technology and Robotics Program Director; “Bioethics” taught by Jill Hirsch, Science teacher; “Transfers” taught by Duane Neil, Art teacher; and “Media Literacy and Verbatim Performance: Separating the Message from the Messenger” taught by Sarah Bellantoni, Drama Teacher and Head of Lower School Arts and Integration and Ilana Pergam ’86, History Teacher and Director of Academic Program.
After an hour of engaging exploration, the alumnae gathered together for a reception outside of the Berendsen Room. Their delight was clear, with laughter echoing through the hall, as the women reminisced about their own time at Chapin and recounted details of the evening’s captivating courses, which provided them with a glimpse of what Chapin’s students learn today!