Education Researchers Visit from China

Education Researchers Visit from China

November 29, 2019

This month, three researchers from the Innovation Platform for Children’s Foreign Language Education at Chongqing University of Education in China visited High Meadow to observe our early childhood classrooms, part of a dual degree program with SUNY New Paltz. The visit was organized by HMS alum Aiko Pletch, who attended in the early years of … Read More

Finding Gratitude All Around Us

Finding Gratitude All Around Us

November 29, 2019

We believe children flourish when they are allowed to explore nature, the outdoors, and their relationships within their community in a safe and supportive environment.  To foster this exploration, before breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday, cross-grade Reading Partners took part in a new tradition, the Gratitude Scavenger Hunt, searching far and wide on our campus … Read More

Reading Partners and Cross Grade Learning

Reading Partners and Cross Grade Learning

October 25, 2019

Each Friday, our older students join the younger ones for Reading Partners. They read together, make art, talk, and play, before walking together to our all-school Gathering. If you have a child at High Meadow, perhaps you’ve heard what a special time of the week it is for all ages. While Reading Partners certainly encourages … Read More

Our Students ARE Scientists

Our Students ARE Scientists

October 25, 2019

High Meadow 8th graders, led by science teacher Gian Ascione, had another opportunity to BE SCIENTISTS this month, participating in a regional project to collect and exchange scientific measurements from a 150-mile portion of the Hudson River, from NY Harbor to Troy Dam.  The student-gathered data will be compiled to create a “day-in-the-life” snapshot of … Read More

Meet PE Teacher Sean Whalen!

Meet PE Teacher Sean Whalen!

October 11, 2019

This month, Sean Whalen joins our growing physical education program as PE Teacher for all grade levels. Sean grew up here in Stone Ridge, attending Marbletown Elementary (where his father teaches math) and Rondout High School. At Rondout, he was captain of the lacrosse team, and also played soccer. Sean continued his education at St. Bonaventure … Read More

Spotlight: Fall Electives

Spotlight: Fall Electives

September 27, 2019

At High Meadow, we believe providing students with choice + voice along their educational paths helps prepare them to be decision-makers in their lives and communities. This kind of student-driven exploration promotes “21st-century skills” such as independent thinking and connection making, and allows students space and time to identify what they’re truly passionate about. Last week, students selected from 29 elective … Read More

Exploring Natural Materials through Art

Exploring Natural Materials through Art

September 27, 2019

This month, Kindergarten and 3rd Grade students in Kimberly Carmody’s art classes used materials they found on the High Meadow nature trail to experiment with mark-making in ink. (In this case, the ink was watered down, washable tempera paint!) Kimberly says she chose this project in support of our mission to engage students’ “intrinsic curiosity in … Read More

Thank You to Hungry for Music!

Thank You to Hungry for Music!

September 27, 2019

For 25 years, Hungry for Music has been providing donated instruments to music students across the country and around the world. Last year, the non-profit donated seven violins to jump start our new program; we now have enough for the entire 2nd grade! This year, we received three trumpets, two clarinets, and two alto saxophones to support our growing wind instruction … Read More