News Archive


  • June

    Virtual art gallery for the eighth grade

    The Middle School Visual Arts Department shared works from every eighth-grade student who participated in a visual arts elective in 2020-21 in this virtual gallery. Viewers will find paintings, drawings, photographs, digital composite images and sculptures from students of faculty members Ellen Grant, Connie Hyde and Elsa Munoz.
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  • May

    Mary Poppins, Jamie Lockhart ’21

    Audience gets more than a front-row seat at Mary Poppins

    Ransom Everglades' livestreamed performance of the songs from Mary Poppins was a 50-minute video extravaganza that brought every audience member onto the virtual stage, providing a powerful viewing experience that may have been better than a front-row seat at a theater. The event came to life after nearly a year of hard work by a dedicated team of students and directors who steadily plowed through the myriad challenges imposed by the pandemic. 

    You can watch the event by downloading the file located here
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  • Zoe Holtzman '22

    Four RE students win at National Jazz Festival

    Four RE students – Adam Chopp '22, Zoe Holtzman '22, Connor Munroe '21 and Max Vallone '22 – earned first-place honors at the 2021 National Jazz Festival held virtually from Philadelphia on May 22, with a total of 13 Ransom Everglades students representing seven different disciplines winning recognition at the evening's awards ceremony.
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  • MS strings ends year with remote concert

    The end-of-the-year middle school strings orchestra concert always provides a remarkable display of performance progress, from the notable improvement of RE students in the beginning orchestra to the smile-inducing excellence of the chamber ensemble. Even in a pandemic, that progress was evident under the direction of faculty member Jessica Carrasquillo. More than two dozen Ransom Everglades strings students shared their talents at a concert recorded in an empty Swenson Hall.

    You can watch it here.
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  • Sam Gelber ’22

    MS and US students win art honors

    Sam Gelber ’22 won first place in the Portrait Category of the 2020-21 Junior Orange Bowl Photography Competition while Ben Kaplan ’23 and Jules Murray ’22 advanced to the finals of the 20th annual Beaux Art Student Art Showcase. Meanwhile, 12 middle school students had their art accepted into the spring 2021 Celebrating Art contest.
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  • Shawn N. Costantino, new Director of Arts

    Ransom Everglades announces new Director of Arts

    Ransom Everglades Head of School Penny Townsend announced the appointment of Shawn N. Costantino as the founding Director of Arts at Ransom Everglades.

    Costantino currently serves as Performing Arts Department Chair at Harvard-Westlake School and Professor of Jazz Studies at Occidental College. He will join Ransom Everglades on July 1.
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  • Members of the Advanced Chamber Ensemble

    Virtual concert showcases strings

    Ransom Everglades string ensembles performed well-known music from Handel, Mozart and Bach, as well as 20th-century composer Karl Jenkins, during the RE Strings Virtual Concert, an event that aired via livestream on April 30. Strings program director Scott O'Donnell directed the concert, which included solos from two remote students. If you missed the performance, you can find it here.

    The concert opened with the string orchestra playing "Sleepers Awake" by Bach, and it included an arrangement from Handel's "Water Music" and Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos." The RE String Quartet performed "Palladio" by Jenkins.
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  • April

    Band students entertain virtually

    Ransom Everglades upper school band students faced challenges throughout 2021-22. Music students assembled for classes on the outdoor patio in front of the Lewis Family Auditorium, sitting in socially distanced chairs as faculty member Jon Hamm directed – his music books and papers often balanced on the trash can that stood in middle of the impromptu performance hall. Students at home joined virtually.

    The great progress the student musicians made, despite the circumstances, was evident in the RE Band Virtual Concert that aired via livestream on April 27. You can watch it here.
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  • MS drama scores with The Big One-Oh!

    Relying on artful staging, crafty video editing and a delightful cast led by Mia Bouyoucef '25 as Charley Maplewood, middle school drama students elevated the virtual stage in The Big One-Oh!, a musical about a 10-year-old’s quest for a birthday celebration. The students under the direction of performing arts teacher Cecilia Gonzalez offered a fully socially distanced production that was as charming as it was safe.

    If you missed the show, you can watch it here.
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  • March

    Members of middle school strings

    String students excel at performance assessment

    More than two dozen RE string students received superior or excellent ratings for their performances at the virtual Florida Orchestra Association Solo/Ensemble Music Performance Assessments on February 20-21. The students submitted videos of their solo pieces and received feedback on their performances. Through the solo and ensemble experiences, students learn the discipline of rehearsal; advance their musical skills; perform in front of an audience and adjudicator; and benefit from critiques. 
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  • February

    REmote REpertoire

    Students perform in third REmote REpertoire

    Ransom Everglades drama students took the virtual stage to share with the RE community performances they will present at the Florida State Thespian Festival in March. Under the direction of drama teacher Sam Shapiro, the students performed solo musicals, duet musicals, a small group performance and one original performance in REmote REpertoire III. You can download and watch the show, which aired live on February 10, by going here.
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  • Anuradha Tewari '25

    Fifteen students win art or writing awards

    Fifteen students from Ransom Everglades won recognition in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the southeast region, with several students earning awards for multiple entries. Lucia Rose Dahn '23 earned the highest honor – a Gold Key – for Poetry and Science Fiction & Fantasy, and she and seven other students also claimed Silver Key awards.
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  • Middle School Fall 2020 Visual Art Showcase

    REmote art gallery for the middle school

    The middle school arts faculty assembled this Ransom Everglades Middle School Fall 2020 Visual Art Showcase, which highlights the works of sixth, seventh and eighth graders in visual arts rotation and elective courses. Students worked remotely and on campus.
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  • January

    US art work showcased in virtual gallery

    The Winter 2021 Upper School Virtual Art Exhibition showcases the creations of ninth- through 12th-grade students in Matt Stock's Photography I, Portraiture and Experimental Photography classes; Astrid Dalins' Studio Art I, II, III and IV and Architectural Design I, II and III; and Jorge Guzman's Ceramics I, II and III. Enjoy their extraordinary works by watching this video.
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  • Sophia Biss '26

    Six middle school arts students honored

    Artwork by Sophia Biss '26, Eleni Haralambides '26, Isabella Rojas-Cueva '26, Ava McAliley '26, Oscar Vazquez '26 and Nathaniel Pegg '26 were winners in the juried national art contest for fall 2020 held by Celebrating Art, which reviewed submissions from K-12 students across the country. Art teacher Elsa Munoz announced the honor on January 5. 
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.