Spotlight Blog

Hill School Songwriters

By | May 11th, 2015|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

What do you think Hill School students would choose to write a song about? A love of nature? The problem of homelessness? Or maybe April Fool’s Day? If those are your guesses, you have correctly identified the topics that got the creative juices flowing in the 8th grade, 6th grade, and 3rd grade when those [...]

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Legacy Project

By | April 24th, 2015|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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Forbidden City

By | January 16th, 2015|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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Amazing Transformations

By | September 19th, 2014|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

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. [...]

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Responsive Classroom

By | August 25th, 2014|Faculty, Program, Students, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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Children Get Outside and Love it!

By | July 28th, 2014|Program, Uncategorized|

Summer at Hill School brought Susan McCaskey’s Nature Camp filled with eleven adventurous young children. Each day began with a story that inspired a theme for the day. Monday began with Henry Cole’s (local artist, author, and visitor to Hill) book I Took a Walk. Hill’s 137-acre campus offered the perfect environment to walk around, [...]

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5th Grade Adventures

By | June 4th, 2014|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

Hill School’s 5th grade class spends several months studying over 100 paintings from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. “The goal”, according to John Daum, Hill’s 5th grade teacher, “with this study is to help students learn to really see paintings and not just look at them and move on.” He goes on to say “I [...]

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Appreciation & Gratitude for our Teachers & Staff

By | May 13th, 2014|Faculty, General, Program, Students, Uncategorized|

Teacher Appreciation is a special day at Hill School. Parents and students celebrate our faculty and staff with wonderful traditions that demonstrate how much we value their commitment and dedication to Hill’s philosophy and mission. It’s a really fun day on campus! Students arrive early with a wonderful variety of flowers – some plucked from [...]

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Middleburg Academy Seniors Visit JK

By | May 8th, 2014|Program, Students, Uncategorized|

Hill School’s Junior Kindergarten class invited Middleburg Academy’s Environmental Science Class and its instructor, Ms. Ellen Hughes, to spend a part of Earth Day, April 22, with us. The visit began with Hill’s annual Trashy Fashion Show, where students design and create clothing and accessories using recycled materials. Afterwards, the Junior Kindergarteners and high school [...]

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Parenting in the Digital Age

By | February 24th, 2014|General, Program, Students, Uncategorized|

We were delighted to host Dr. Michelle Parker, an expert in digital technology and children’s healthy development, for her presentations on “Parenting in the Digital Age.” Dr. Parker is a renowned child psychologist who maintains a private practice and also works as a counselor and consultant at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Dr. Parker [...]

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