Spotlight Blog

5th Grade Adventures

June 4th, 2014|

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 [...]

Appreciation & Gratitude for our Teachers & Staff

May 13th, 2014|

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 [...]

Middleburg Academy Seniors Visit JK

May 8th, 2014|

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 [...]

Parenting in the Digital Age

February 24th, 2014|

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 [...]

STEM

February 12th, 2014|

On Saturday, February 8, eight Hill School students gathered at Foxcroft School for an all-girls competition of launching marbles, building ramps, deciphering puzzles, and solving math problems. For the third year, Hill students participated at the Expedition STEM Summit, an event sponsored by the Leesburg medical engineering firm K2M Inc., which provides middle and high [...]

Project Knapsack

January 27th, 2014|

Sixth graders at Hill have the opportunity this year to connect with pen pals in South Africa. Porcha Dodson (Hill ‘93) founded non-profit organization Project Knapsack, which matches students in the U.S. with African peers for aid and cultural exchange. Dodson and associate Jeannie VanMetre (also Hill ‘93) have visited Hill to introduce the pen [...]

Cuneiform Tablets

January 14th, 2014|

Hill School’s fourth grade students study ancient civilizations beginning with Mesopotamia. Imagine discovering the tablet in 1849 in Ashurbanipal Nineveh that gave us the account of Gilgamesh. This finding led to the discovery of cuneiform writing and the early evolution of written language. Cuneiform tablets were originally baked clay lids to keep track of the [...]

Linda Conti is Elected to State Leadership Position

November 25th, 2013|

Hill School faculty member and Art Chair Linda Conti has been elected Vice-President of the Virginia Art Education Association. She will begin her two year term on January 1, 2014. Linda will help to advance the Visual Arts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The members of the VAEA advocate for art education in the state [...]

Lunch Groups

October 24th, 2013|

Lunch with the Head of School? Or the Academic Dean? Or one of your teachers? For over ten years, our sixth through eighth grade students have been meeting in groups of four or five with a faculty or staff member for lunch every other week. Lunch Groups provide an opportunity for the students to spend [...]