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Over the course of High Meadow’s 36-year history, numerous back-to-school traditions have evolved – some brought by past teachers, staff, and parents, some born out of specific groups of students and their interactions with the campus. We take pride in upholding these traditions and honoring our roots. While this year may look different, and some of these traditions may not exist in the same way they have, we are digging deep into our community’s trademark positivity and creativity to craft new traditions that still honor those roots and celebrate the innovation that results from necessity. We have so much we are grateful for – our gorgeous – and now expanded – outdoor spaces- the many new faces and new ideas and the spark of excitement and anticipation that is reverberating throughout our buildings and grounds. The spark will only continue to kindle and warm our hearts and souls when the energy of all our young friends is added to the mix!

The final week before the beginning of the school year is always packed full of final preparations, both at school and at home, and this year is no different. Though the preparations may be different this year, the goals are the same as ever: it’s all about being ready to have HMS welcome your children into a safe and compassionate environment where they can find joy in learning about themselves and their world.

Last week, All HMS community members were invited to join one of three Virtual Town Hall meetings, organized to provide specific information relevant to the different age groups served by High Meadow. The purpose of these meetings was to review our most up-to-date information on reopening, clarify on-campus protocol, and answer our families’ questions so that we can enter our first week of school prepared and excited to return. Anyone who was not able to join us at these meetings, or would like to reference the information we shared, all of the slides from those meetings have been added to the 2020/21 Reopening page on our website.

With Gratitude,
Dr. Susan Paynter, Head of School