Calhoun Together: Community Connections Go Online

During a time of physical separation, the Calhoun community continued to keep our connections strong. Not only did clusters, clubs, affinity groups and sports teams adapt to the online realm, but we imagined brand-new ways to come together. Through the online Calhoun Community Hub, we met for virtual game nights, at-home workouts, meditations and performances, and lively conversations hosted by parents, alumni and friends as close by as Manhattan and as far away as Spain. 

Scavenger Hunt

Community Game Nights
Families came together over Zoom for weekly virtual game nights, going head-to-head in rounds of Kahoot, bingo or an at-home scavenger hunt.  

Calhoun parent Dan Harris meditates

Practicing Mindfulness
The Community Hub featured a number of resources to help us all slow down and take a breath. For example, sixth grade math teacher Kevin Randazzo and parent Cathy Deckelbaum each hosted weekly mindfulness sessions; faculty, staff and students shared links to content that helped them feel centered; counselors Fernanda Couto and Francesca Canin provided weekly resources; and Cahoun dad and Good Morning America host Dan Harris led a community-wide meditation.  

Damaso Reyes '96

Alums Connect from Afar
Calhoun alums took advantage of virtual platforms to share their expertise from miles away. Damaso Reyes ’96, a media and information literacy expert based in Spain, hosted a panel on navigating the news during a pandemic; Dr. Imani Walker ‘93 called in from her Los Angeles home to talk to Upper Schoolers about her path from Calhoun to psychiatry at the virtual Career Symposium; and Stephan Kolbert '86 and JJ Cruz ‘08 each led live online yoga sessions. 

Varsity Track and Field meet over Zoom

Athletes Stay Engaged
Though the pandemic interrupted the spring sports season, teams continued to check in virtually each week to engage in group workouts, meetings, and meditation and mindfulness practice. The Athletics Department also led a four-part online roundtable on sports psychology for Upper School student-athletes.

Online workout

Calhouners Get Moving 
The Community Hub featured a wide range of wellness resources and online workouts hosted by student-athletes, coaches and athletic trainer Natalie Sorensen, including workouts tailored for young kids led by coaches Justin Drucker and Randy Henry.

Creativity From Home
The Calhoun community is a creative bunch! Students, parents, faculty and staff created an array of inspiring content for the Community Hub – everything from original poems, coloring pages and at-home performances, to newsletters written by Nurse Lisa, Chef Bobo, librarian Cassandra Cuppy and the ASP team.