Spotlight Blog

Science Meets Stewardship for JK & K

February 29th, 2016|

Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten students welcomed some unusual visitors to their classroom in January in an exciting culminating activity that integrated Place-Based Education, community service, and science. Staff from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood brought in a barred owl, a box turtle, two flying squirrels, and an arctic fox, all animals which had [...]

Symbiosis in the Arts

December 10th, 2015|

Hill School science students--and watchers of “Finding Nemo”-- know that the anemone and the clownfish have a symbiotic relationship, so that when the two species come together, both benefit. This fall, some Hill Schoolers experienced the symbiosis of writing and visual art. Painter and Hill School parent Misia Broadhead loaned several original works on canvas [...]

Second Grade Paradocs

July 14th, 2015|

As every child who has been in second grade in the past decade knows, Academic Dean Hunt Lyman and Upper School Science Teacher Paul Haefner start every Thursday morning with a Sing-Along, teaching the second graders (and their parents) such standards as Country Roads, This Little Light of Mine, and Puff the Magic Dragon. The [...]

Middleburg Festival of Speed

June 3rd, 2015|

The Hill School is please to host the inaugural Middleburg Festival of Speed on Saturday, June 20. This highly anticipated event expects local and regional collectors of Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, MG, Morgan, Austin Healy and more, as well as vintage motorcycles, to be on-site to display their masterpieces. This world –class car event is [...]

Didn’t They Graduate?

May 18th, 2015|

Watching each 8th grade student receive his or her diploma is always thrilling, for parents and teachers as well as the graduates, but it is equally wonderful to see those students when they return for a visit or a special Hill School event. Occasionally, students also return to advance their own learning or perform community [...]

Legacy Project

April 24th, 2015|

Eighth grade homeroom teacher Jack Bowers tells his students in September, “You are in charge of the spirit of the school.” He reminds them that younger students look to them for cues about everything from what to wear to how to decorate a cubby, so they’d better be mindful of the example they’re choosing to [...]

Forbidden City

January 16th, 2015|

The Hill School’s sixth grade didn’t have to voyage to Beijing, China, to see imperial treasures from the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City. A bus ride to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond sufficed. Art teacher Linda Conti, looking ahead to the March 2015 Culture Study of China, booked tickets for the [...]

Amazing Transformations

September 19th, 2014|

The campus teems with excitement as the first Monarch chrysalises are discovered outside the Art Building. Vibrant green and bejeweled with flecks of gold, the beauty of the chrysalises is rivaled by the beauty of the adult Monarch butterfly and the majestic black, yellow and white striped caterpillars munching on the milkweed in the gardens. [...]

Responsive Classroom

August 25th, 2014|

As they gear up for the new school year, twenty-two Hill School teachers traveled to The Langley School in McLean, along with 180 other educators, for a four-day Responsive Classroom workshop. This approach to teaching and learning blends a set of management strategies designed to foster engaging academics and a positive community. Each day brimmed [...]