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

The Music of Spanish

The Music of Spanish

September 21, 2018

The High Meadow Spanish program aims to foster community-wide appreciation for the Spanish language, the people who speak it, and the cultures from which they come. In his Spanish classes with our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade, world-renowned percussionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez has developed a multi-sensory approach that emphasizes the music of language and the … Read More

Modeling Participatory Governance

Modeling Participatory Governance

September 14, 2018

At High Meadow, we continually seek to involve students in decision-making to reinforce their understanding that they can make a difference. Before school started, both staff and new families said one of their highest hopes for our graduates is that they be confident advocates for themselves and others, with a sense of agency in their … Read More

Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year

Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year

September 7, 2018

The 2018/19 school year at High Meadow is off to a fun-filled (if somewhat sweaty) start! This year brings exciting changes across our curriculum. We’ve dedicated three afternoons a week to our upper school elective program, designed to promote independent thinking and expose students to a richness of pursuits beyond the traditional academic disciplines. We’ve … Read More