Music at High Meadow

Music at High Meadow

November 16, 2018

The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving music scene that both highlights global musical traditions and has a sound all its own. If you’ve spent much time at High Meadow, you know that music runs just as mightily through our small corner. Of course, all our students, from PreK to 8th grade, experience and … Read More

The Continents Project: Multidisciplinary Learning

The Continents Project: Multidisciplinary Learning

November 9, 2018

How do you use a scroll saw to teach geography? 3rd grade teacher Bridget Corso and art teacher Tracy Leavitt have collaborated to develop a hands-on approach to studying the continents of the world. To begin, in social studies, the class discussed Pangea, the supercontinent that existed for most of geologic time, encompassing almost all … Read More

Democracy Across the Curriculum, Part Two

Democracy Across the Curriculum, Part Two

November 2, 2018

Participation matters. Continuing their efforts to Get Out The Vote, this week, the Upper School Democracy Squad wrote postcards calling on relatives, friends, and neighbors to head to the polls on Tuesday. Some took the cards out trick-or-treating, a student-generated idea to enlarge the meaning of the holiday. Now, more on what’s been happening in the classrooms this week, … Read More

Democracy Across the Curriculum, Part One

Democracy Across the Curriculum, Part One

October 26, 2018

It’s part of our daily mission and practice at High Meadow to “provid[e] opportunities to authentically and compassionately participate as a member of a diverse, democratic community.” As we approach the November 6th elections, the significance of this part of our mission looms large. It’s an ideal time for the young people in our community … Read More

Elementary Violin Program is a Community Effort

Elementary Violin Program is a Community Effort

October 19, 2018

The High Meadow music program is central to our mission and vital to our community. It engages students’ innate curiosity and encourages creative, personal expression, fosters collaboration across ages and interests, and builds intelligence that can be applied across disciplines. Last year, we expanded our instrumental and choral program to include the Nest (aka 3rd and … Read More

Spotlight on Upper School Service

Spotlight on Upper School Service

October 12, 2018

At last night’s Parent Gathering, we discussed the significance of service to our school and the many opportunities for adults to serve the HMS community. In this way, we model for our children the value of community engagement. You may or may not know that our Upper School students also have a requirement for community service, whether … Read More

The Magic of Fireside Fridays

The Magic of Fireside Fridays

October 5, 2018

Four years ago, Doris Gonzalez-Easton, a founding mother of High Meadow and a school administrator, asked parent Linda-Brook Guenther (Emily, 7th and Carl, 2nd) if she would make a small fire for a High Meadow festival. “There’s something about a fire,” Linda-Brook says, “elemental, warming, connecting. It goes deep into our beings. People speak and listen … Read More

Soccer Comes to High Meadow

Soccer Comes to High Meadow

October 1, 2018

When Ashlee Fazio joined High Meadow School last year, she was hired to teach Upper School math. But, says Ashlee, “as soon as Susan [Paynter, Head of School] found out I played soccer, she started brainstorming.” Last spring, a group of HMS students competed in an informal game against Woodstock Day School. Their unexpected win … Read More