At Morris Intermediate School (I.S. 61) in Brighton Heights, the performing arts take center stage.Three-quarters of the 965 students are arts majors, devoting one period of instruction each day to choices including band, strings, orchestra, vocals, dance and drama. "Children need more than academics and the core curriculum" for a successful intermediate-school experience, says Susan Tronolone, finishing her seventh year as Morris principal.
Most people have probably called their dad a clown once or twice, but for junior Sophia Rosman, it's no joke. Her father, Michael Rosman, has worked as a professional comedy juggler in a circus for over 20 years. Sophia is a professional special events entertainer. She has performed at the White House, on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and hundreds of other venues.