Semester in Review

By: Frannie Tyner

The first semester of the 2008-09 year has come to a close, and with it comes report cards, Christmas travels and for some seniors, news on the college front.

Yet in this 4-and-a-half month period many things other then just the usual school news has occurred.

Bishop’s is now halfway through its centennial year. Students have visited the school’s museum for the first of three exhibits, and seen the centennial video, certainly something Ken Burns would be proud of.

Paul Slocombe, a chemistry teacher, as well as the assistant headmaster for academic studies, announced his retirement in December, and it has not been announced as to who will be taking his place.

Marie Bingham, codirector of college counseling, will not be back on campus come second semester; teachers and students are currently interviewing candidates for her place.

After 25 years at Bishop’s, Michael Teitelman, headmaster, is halfway through his final year at the school, and with a new headmistress announced in October, many students look forward to seeing her around campus in the coming months.

The second annual Human Rights Day took place Nov. 10, and students listened to a multitude of speakers from Holocaust survivors, to Latin America professors, to filmmakers, to diplomats, to Lisa Ling, to Bishop’s alum. This day was entirely orchestrated by students, and lead by Julie Gantz ('09) and Sarah Levin ('09).

On the athletic front, the football team advanced to CIF championships, but lost to Parker. Girls volleyball won CIF in the championship game versus SFC, yet lost to SFC in the following state qualifying match.

There for all of the games was Bishop’s famed, Dungeon. The Dungeon would be the Bishop’s varsity cheer squad, yet unlike your stereotypical cheerleaders it’s lead by predominantly the dominant males of the senior class. They lead the rest of the bleachers in various cheers (who’s house? B-HOUSE, is commonly chanted.)

The theater saw many performances during the first semester. In October, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance was not only performed, but done so superbly with all the performances completely sold out. In November, a controversial Shorts Festival hit the stage. Short’s Festival is a collection of 11 five-minute plays all directed by seniors in Acting Workshop. This year the shorts dealt with everything from breaking up, to a spoof on the mafia, to sex, to a group of construction workers small talking.

So the first semester brought about many activities, from sports games, to a winter formal, to the celebration of the centennial. With three important faculty members leaving it will indeed be interesting to see what changes are headed to Bishop’s in the near future. Second semester indeed promises to bring a worthy close to this centennial year.Frannie Tyner is a junior at The Bishop’s School and assistant editor of The Tower.