The celebratory day began in the Assembly Hall as faculty members joined the 59 eighth graders for an Alumni Breakfast. Following breakfast, everyone—Middle School students, teachers, and family members—gathered on the Green for Graduation and Middle School Closing.
The weather gods served up a beautiful day for one of Shady Hill's oldest traditions. Athletes competed in javelin, discus, high jump, long jump, and foot races. It was a day of impressive performances and great sportsmanship.
Quality construction. Good lighting. Energy efficient. Architects and engineers keep these design principles in mind. And so do SHS fourth graders! Read science teachers Emma Banay's and Maggie Small's write-up of fourth graders' "Tiny House" exhibition this week that capped a yearlong science study of forces and structures, electricity, and heat and light energy.
By Grade I Gradeheads Julia Alexander and Erica Rogers-Jensen
Our How To book project introduces first graders to the writing process by having them create instructional booklets about topics familiar to them, such as making a salad, scoring a touchdown, and baking a cake. The project caps our work with non-fiction writing and sets the stage for continued exploration of this genre in the Grade II animal research projects. Click to read more and see photos.
Sixth graders received a special treat this week- a visit from wildlife expert Jim Parks and his set of rescued and rehabilitated raptors. Jim, who works with the organization Wingmasters, has been bringing his birds to Shady Hill for the past few years through the Visiting Artist program. This year, he brought in a five different birds of prey, from the red-tailed hawk to the American Kestrel to several species of owls.
By Stephanie Travers, Beginners–Grade V PE Curriculum Coordinator
If I had to name this up-coming generation, I would call them the“Teaching Generation.” During FLEX Week, I worked with fourth-graders to design and run a sports-skills clinic for any Lower School class that signed up. When I work with kids, my approach is to set an overarching goal, empowering them to find their voice and to use their creativity to fill in the details. For the clinic, students used an array of sports equipment to invent incredibly fun and creative dribbling games, obstacle courses, target-shooting drills, and coordination challenges. Click to read more and see video.
Shady Hill wants children to be joyful, active learners who develop the intellectual discipline necessary to become contributing, ethical citizens. To accomplish these ends, we believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, we advance the mastery of skills, and we help students shape meaning from knowledge.
Each year, our main entry points for admission are Beginners (Pre-Kindergarten), where we accept 36 students; Kindergarten, where we accept 8 new students; Grade 3, where we accept 6 new students; and Grade 6, where we accept 16 new students, but we accept applications to all grades each year.