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

Spotlight on Safety

Spotlight on Safety

January 25, 2019

Next week, we’ll host a Parent Gathering devoted to Safety at High Meadow, details below. In advance, we’d like to bring you up to date on some of the ways we work to keep our students — your children — safe. We aim for all our staff members to be prepared to respond to any scenario. … Read More

Choice + Voice, Part 3: Electives Come to the Nest

Choice + Voice, Part 3: Electives Come to the Nest

January 18, 2019

As their families have already heard, it’s time again for Upper Schoolers to choose their Elective classes for the spring. We’ve already shared with you some of the choices students can make to shape their arts education at HMS, but did you know we also offer Academic Electives? These focused, weekly classes allow us to extend our core curriculum … Read More

Choice + Voice, Part 2: 2nd Grade Publishing Party

Choice + Voice, Part 2: 2nd Grade Publishing Party

January 16, 2019

Last semester, we introduced Voice + Choice, a series highlighting the ways High Meadow provides students opportunities to direct their own learning and development. A perfect example: this week, our 2nd graders celebrated completion of their illustrated, personal narratives with a “publishing party” to share their work with peers and guests. All year, 2nd Grade has been exploring the power of … Read More