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Virtual Learning Comes Alive in the MELS Library >

Over the past month, students at MELS, a NYC Outward Bound School in Forest Hills, Queens, have met a video game expert, attended a comic book workshop with an award-winning writer and author, and held a private audience with two Broadway stars — all virtually, of course. Learning at MELS hasn’t stopped; it’s simply adapted. […]

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Virtual Decision Day Panel for Seniors >

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MAELS Students Featured in April WABC-TV Special >

On Saturday, April 18, WABC-TV aired a special entitled, “Protect our Children: Stress, Coping & Hope” at 7 PM, EDT (Also re-run Sun. 4/19 at 5:30am). The program was hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor, Shirleen Allicot, and acknowledged the fact that, as the statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reach record highs, we hope […]

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Remembering Greg Farrell >

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Crew Mentors Provide Critical Support to College Students During COVID-19 >

Although students of all ages are having to adapt quickly to online learning, perhaps no one has experienced more of an uncertain shift than high school seniors. But at NYC Outward Bound Schools, the Class of 2020 can rest assured that they have a support system in place as they transition to college. A new […]

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MELS Co-Principal Patrick Finley Discusses Crew in EdWeek Teacher Blog >

Building a ‘Sense of Community’ Online Among Teachers & Students By: Larry Ferlazzo The following is excerpted from the EdWeek Teacher blog, which is covering the shift to online learning during coronavirus. MELS co-principal Patrick Finley speaks about how Crew is keeping NYC Outward Bound School communities connected despite social distancing. Advisory is a critical […]

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From Forest Hills to the Blue Ridge Mountains >

This story is excerpted from a speech written by Shane Cho, a 12th grader at MELS, a NYC Outward Bound School in Forest Hills, Queens. Shane presented at a March fundraiser in support of scholarships that send NYC students on North Carolina Outward Bound School summer expeditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hi everyone, just […]

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Getting Lost in the Woods to Find Yourself >

This story is excerpted from a speech written by Fiona Richards, an 11th grader at Gaynor McCown, a NYC Outward Bound School on Staten Island. Fiona presented at a fundraiser in support of scholarships that send NYC students on North Carolina Outward Bound School summer expeditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My name is Fiona, […]

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Remembering Heather Haynes >

In Memory of Heather Hess Haynes (1976-2020) Make a gift in honor of Heather A true nature lover and adventure seeker, Heather Haynes spent the entirety of her professional career in outdoor experiential education serving students of all ages.  Before arriving at NYC Outward Bound Schools, Heather worked for Genesee Valley Learning Center, the Princeton […]

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MAELS Celebrates “No One Eats Alone” Day >

MAELS, a NYC Outward Bound middle school on Staten Island, celebrated “No One Eats Alone” Day on Feb. 14, an initiative started by the nonprofit Beyond Differences. A student team handed out bags of candy to everyone at the school, helping to ensure that no one feels isolated or alone on Valentine’s Day. This served as the […]

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