April 2019

Teacher Spotlight: John Daum

April 1st, 2019|

John Daum   by Holly Gambrell of northernvirginiamag.com Why do you enjoy teaching fifth grade? Fifth graders are just old enough to really grasp interesting intellectual ideas that make a deep impression on them before the turbulence of the teenage years and all its distractions settle in. I see a lot of what I teach [...]

April 2018

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg

April 10th, 2018|

Dan Hasse, Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Square and Class of 2006, sat down with Maddie Johns (Class of 2018), Ellie Killinger (Class of 2018), and Anya Turner-Veselka (Class of 2019) to talk about Shakespeare, directing, and how Hill helped prepare him for a life in theater. These are excerpts from that interview. What [...]

November 2017

Hands On with History

November 7th, 2017|

In fourth grade history class, taught by teacher Bee Stribling, students learn about the Agricultural Revolution that led to the rise of cities and civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. Beginning with the early Sumerian cities like Ur and Uruk, people began constructing temples that resemble stepped pyramids for their city’s special deity. These structures soon became [...]

October 2017

All About Me

October 17th, 2017|

​In the month of September, Junior Kindergarten students participate in the “All About Me” unit. The purpose of this unit is to familiarize students with their new classmates while also giving them many opportunities to share about themselves. This allows for students to become comfortable in their brand-new school environment. Not only are they building [...]

Fire-tending and Fun at Country Fair 2017

October 9th, 2017|

Over more than two decades, the Hill School Country Fair has evolved from a pony and pet show to what it is today: a communal celebration of fall and the great outdoors that involves a picnic, pet parade, games, wilderness skills, and live music. Organized by alumna and current parent Sheila Harrell (Hill ‘86), the [...]

September 2017

Rock Climbing – The 8th Grade Way

September 27th, 2017|

Each fall, Hill School teachers and Earth Treks instructors challenge the school’s 8th graders to push themselves and draw closer as a class over a fun and intense two day rock climbing trip. The trip, which involves an overnight campout with opportunities for story and song, encourages both novice and more experienced climbers to discover [...]

December 2016

Fourteen Cows and Fifty-Six Letters

December 14th, 2016|

At an October assembly for upper school students, sixth grade homeroom teacher Lucy Turner read “Fourteen Cows for America,” a picture book loaned by academic support teacher Vicki Kelly. Projecting images of the book’s vivid illustrations onscreen in the theater, Turner read the text by Carmen Agra Deedy and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, which recounts the [...]

November 2016

Smithsonian Recognition for Hill’s Arboretum

November 18th, 2016|

The Hill School Arboretum has recently been accepted into the prestigious Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian and added to The Garden Club of America Collection. The Arboretum was designed, installed and is still maintained by long-time Middleburg resident Polly Rowley, the parent and grandparent of several Hill School alumnae. Located on the Hill [...]

September 2016

Pinwheels for Peace

September 26th, 2016|

Hill School students from Junior Kindergarten through Eighth grade celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21st by installing over 250 paper pinwheels on the lawn of the Clark Courtyard. Children made these from paper, decorating one side with images and patterns, and the back side with words of peace. Students were asked to [...]