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IB Art Exhibit

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Art Exhibit will open Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Geissler Gallery. A reception will be held that afternoon from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The exhibit runs until Friday, March 3.

The exhibit will feature the artwork of six-year senior Star Stryker-Erbuk, who is from Amherst, MA.

Stryker-Erbuk will display work produced over the past two years in the IB Art course. Her work is in a variety of media, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.

Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 413-774-2711 or visit

Sophie Hathaway ’18 Places First In Kingswood Oxford Debate

Sophie Hathaway ’18

Sophie Hathaway ’18 earned first place in After-Dinner Speaking at a public speaking competition at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford, CT on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society, said this is the second year in a row that she has placed first in this category at this competition. Hathaway also placed third in Impromptu Speaking.

“She’s on a roll,” Bassett said. “She’s doing just great.”

Hathaway has previously qualified as a world competitor as part of the U.S. Team at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia this spring.

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 Competes in Lions Club Public Speaking Finals

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 competed in the Western Massachusetts District Finals of the Lions Club Youth Speech Competition in Springfield, MA on Jan. 28, 2017, and finished in second place. As a result, she will be an alternate at the State Finals this spring.

Sundaraneedi, of Burlington, MA, qualified to compete in the WMass Finals after placing first in the Franklin County Region Finals on Jan. 12, 2017.

Sundaraneedi is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society. She was sponsored as a competitor in the annual Lions Club Youth Public Speaking Competition by the Deerfield Lions Club.

For more information on the Lions Club Youth Speech Competition, visit their website.

Folly Farm IEA Show Results

Five members out of the 18 members of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team competed at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Here are the results:

Maren Vogel ’17: 2nd place over fences, 4th place on the flat

Gwen Healy ’19: 4th place on the flat

Anni Richard ’20: 3rd place over fences, 1st place on the flat

Sophie Byrne ’17: 4th place

Middle school noice:
Ella Mackenzie: 2ns place over fences

Despite having only a few team members competing, the upper school team earned third place overall out of 12 teams.

Through this show, Maren Vogel ’17 qualified for Regional Finals for open over fences, and Anni Richard ’20 qualified for regional finals for novice over fences.

IB Art 1 Students Show Work at Artspace Teen Show

Grace Grover ’18, Self-portrait. Newsprint, acrylic, and chalk pastel on pastel paper.

Each of the six students from International Baccalaureate (IB) Art 1 has a piece of work in the 2017 Annual Franklin County Teen Show. The show opened on January 23 in the Gallery at Artspace at 15 Mill St., Greenfield. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at Artspace.

Students showing their artwork are:
Elena Launert ’17
Ingrid Storebo ’17
Siri Sundaraneedi ’18
Ember Larregui ’18
Grace Grover ’18
Isabel Branzei ’18

Artspace Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 12-2:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 413-772-6811 or visit

To learn more about the IB program at Stoneleigh-Burnham, click here.

Results from Shallowbrook Farm IEA Show

Stoneleigh-Burnham riders competed in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show at Shallowbrook Farm in Somers, Conn. on January 15, 2017. Though the SBS Upper School IEA Team has already qualified for the Regional Finals coming up in February, SBS garnered the points to tie for Champion at Shallowbrook out of a total of 20 teams who competed.

Here are the individual results for the Upper School team:

Jax Morgan ’19: 6th place over fences
Anna Shuster ’20: 4th on the flat
Khaki Warford ’18: 6th on the flat

Clem Silvain ’19: 3rd place over fences, 3rd place on the flat
Jada Nimer ’19: 6th place over fences
Great rides from Antonia Gallenkamp ’18

Payton Lawrence: 2nd place over fences, 2nd place on the flat
Anni Richards ’20: 1st place over fences, 6th place on the flat

Isabela Cusano ’19: 1st place
Nina Kauderer ’20: 4th place
Sophie Byrne ’17: 6th place

Through this show, Clem Silvain ’19 has qualified on the flat for the intermediate division (adding to her previously qualified over fences) for Region Finals, Payton Lawrence has qualified on the flat for the novice division (adding to her previously qualified over fences) for Region Finals, and Isabela Cusano ’19 has qualified for the beginner division for Region Finals.

The IEA team has a final show next weekend in which the remainder of the team still needing their fifth show will compete.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham School IEA team.

Siri Sundaraneedi Earns First Place in Lions Club Speech Competition

Siri Sundaraneedi '18

Siri Sundaraneedi ’18

On January 12, 2017, Siri Sundaraneedi ’18 of Burlington, Mass., competed in the Franklin County Lions Club Speech Competition and finished first place. As a result, she will complete in the District Finals in Springfield, Mass., on January 28, 2017.

From this point forward in the state competition, Siri will be sponsored by the Deerfield Lions Club. Siri is a member of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate and Public Speaking Society.

Lions Club President Pam Hodgkins presided over the competition, which concluded with a lovely dinner, reported SBS Head Debate Coach Dr. Paul Bassett.

The topic for this year’s state competition is “Political Correctness: Has it gone too far?”

Congratulations, Siri!

Trout in the Classroom

Stoneleigh-Burnham will participate in the Trout in the Classroom project for the fourth consecutive year as part of a program to increase the number of brook trout in local river systems. The brook trout eggs were received on January 20 from the state fish hatchery in Palmer, Mass. We will grow out the fish until they are about 3 inches long, then science classes will release the fish in late spring.

Trout in the Classroom is a program promoted through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Trout Unlimited Organization. Goals of the project include fostering an appreciation of our water resources and a conservation ethic, and promoting an understanding of our local ecosystem.

SBS Science Department Chair Beth Stinchfield said the program has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. Stinchfield encourages people to stop by to watch the progress of the trout project.

For more information, visit Trout Unlimited.

Convention on Girls’ and Women’s Rights

girlsconventionOn Monday, January 9, the Humanities 7 class organized and hosted a Convention on Girls’ and Women’s Rights attended by six local schools, both private and public. With incredible attention to detail and to the needs of their guests, they designed a schedule that included a keynote speech, three rounds of booth rotations, a small group discussion, a performance, and a large group session to discuss, revise, and approve an updated Declaration of Sentiments. The keynote speech set the tone beautifully. The booth rotations were fun and educational, and the performance showed the students’ poise and talent. The group discussion was insightful and productive, and the final document is powerful. The students will do a bit of editing and then share it will the school communities, local media, and local, state, and federal officials. We are very proud of the 7th graders for a wonderful job on such an ambitious project.

Winter Art Exhibit

robert-moorheadStoneleigh-Burnham School will host “Paintings: Twenty Years, 1996-2016” by Greenfield artist Robert Moorhead. The exhibition spans 20 years of work executed while Moorhead was an instructor at Deerfield Academy and during his recent retirement to Greenfield.

The exhibition will open January 13 in Geissler Gallery. Moorhead will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 19. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. Both the gallery talk and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition runs until February 15.

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, in 1976, Moorhead joined the faculty at Deerfield Academy where he taught architecture, calligraphy, and design for almost 40 years. Before coming to Deerfield, Moorhead taught design, environmental art, and sculpture at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Educated at Carnegie-Mellon University, he earned his MFA in design in 1969, and then worked as a transportation designer for the Rensselaer Research Corporation in Troy, New York.


“Calligraphic Vision 8” by Robert Moorhead

His “graphic-like” work includes paintings based on calligraphic forms, texts, symbols, geometrical shapes, and grids. More recent work explores elements of landscape. All of Moorhead’s work invites the viewer to experience a non-verbal encounter.

The Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield. For more information, please call 413-774-2711 or visit