An Update on Our Strategic Planning Process

An Update on Our Strategic Planning Process

May 10, 2019

We’re in the midst of a strategic planning process that began in the 2017-18 school year. We started with consultant-led work to clarify who we are as a school and community. From there, our Head of School worked with the staff to revise our mission statement and community belief statements. In the fall, a team of administrators, … Read More

There’s a Pond in the Nest! Third Grade Explores Natural Resources

There’s a Pond in the Nest! Third Grade Explores Natural Resources

May 3, 2019

Just after the winter break, Bridget Corso’s third grade class began a study of water, asking questions like, Why is it important? How do we use it? How does it behave? Since then, this investigation has led them into deep study of the relationship, past and present, between humans and our “natural resources”. By late … Read More

More Than a Middle School Play

More Than a Middle School Play

April 26, 2019

In her 14 years at High Meadow, 6th grade homeroom teacher Ally Uzzle has developed a rich, interdisciplinary, inclusive approach to middle school drama. “The program is deeply rooted in my curriculum. It’s always based on the books we’re reading or the history we’re studying,” she says. Each year, her students select an existing work as … Read More

The Value of Morning Meeting

The Value of Morning Meeting

April 5, 2019

How we come together matters. Each morning, High Meadow teachers, staff, and students converge from across the region, and each morning, we create space first thing to release the activity of arriving, to be present with one another, to ask for and offer support, to clarify our intentions for the day. At all grade levels, … Read More

Celebrating Bright Ideas

Celebrating Bright Ideas

March 29, 2019

For a single day each year, the High Meadow campus transforms into an interactive science museum — free and open to all — with hands-on activities packed into every square inch! This year, we’re bringing a real planetarium to campus! The StarLab is a portable, inflatable dome that allows viewers to get up close and personal … Read More

Our Online Auction Is Live!

Our Online Auction Is Live!

March 1, 2019

This year, we mark the 10th anniversary of High Meadow’s online auction with a nod to spring: Birds, Blossoms, and Bidding. Starting now, you can peruse over 200 goods, services, and experiences on our auction website, and Monday, March 4th, the bidding begins! (We admit the blossoms may be a few weeks off yet.) Since 2009, this annual event has grown … Read More

Choice + Voice, Part 4: Bringing Civics to Life

Choice + Voice, Part 4: Bringing Civics to Life

February 8, 2019

Since the beginning of the school year, Julie Seyfert-Lillis’s 4th graders have been studying U.S. government. How does a teacher keep young people engaged with “civics lessons” for months on end? Well, it helps that Julie is a lawmaker herself, a member of the Town Board of New Paltz, where she focuses on issues of conservation, … Read More

HMS Nursery School, Redux

HMS Nursery School, Redux

February 1, 2019

We’ve been telling you about our “new” nursery program for a few months now. In truth, though, our Nursery School classroom, which opened last week, represents the a reinvigoration of a program original to High Meadow, and at the heart of the school’s founding. One of HMS’s overall goals, says Jen Bousilman, Director of Admissions, “is to … Read More