The Hewitt School is a member of the Black Rock Forest Consortium, a 4000-acre facility for scientific research and education located in Cornwall, New York. Classes at all grade levels visit the Consortium’s forest, research facilities and retreat center to engage in scientific, artistic, and team-building activities against a backdrop of natural beauty and ecological interest. Other members of the consortium include The Browning School, Columbia University, The Dalton School, New York University, and The Spence School. For more information, visit the Black Rock Forest website.
On November 17, 2012, Hewitt students hosted their third consecutive TEDxYouth@Hewitt conference, which featured inspiring speeches, captivating performances, and interactive discussions, all in one day. Dream Big…Then Do Something, That was the theme of this year’s event, which showcased speakers sharing stories of how they pursued their dreams. Speakers included Writopia Lab’s Rebecca Wallace-Segall; poet Ajay Johnson; and Kate Brodock, Chief Marketing Officer of Girls in Tech Visit http://www.tedxyouthathewitt.org to hear all the talks from that day.
Hewitt has integrated the Responsive Classroom program to kindergarten through fifth grade and Developmental Design in sixth through ninth grade. These character education programs focus on the social and emotional well-being of students as integral to their sustained academic confidence and growth. All homeroom teachers and advisors have received training in the programs and implement the community-building activities on a daily basis. For more information, visit http://www.originsonline.org/rc_index.php.
Hewitt has created a social justice curriculum in kindergarten through third grade. The curriculum is inspired by Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power and the resulting STTP project of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. Hewitt strives to educate our youngest students about human rights and encourage them to take action. In connection with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our faculty developed a multi-disciplinary curriculum that integrates human rights with social studies themes and community service experiences. Issues range from free trade and environmental activism to fair working conditions and the right to education, clean water, and healthy food. For more information about the existing grades 6-12 Speak Truth to Power curriculum visit http://rfkcenter.org/speak-truth-to-power?lang=en.
The student-run Community Service Board for girls in grades 8-12 allows students to take more ownership for finding and participating in service learning opportunities. The girls also help choose service opportunities for the whole school and lead the Hewitt community during all school events. The board, which includes two co-chairs and representatives from grades 8-12, is enthusiastic about collaborating with other student-run groups, such as Hewitt’s social justice club ACTION and the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). A week-long focus on The Girl Effect (www.girleffect.org) this past spring was the result of one such collaboration.