In September 2020, Hewitt will mark its 100th anniversary of educating girls and young women. Our centennial vision for Hewitt redefines our work through a new mission: To inspire girls and young women to become game changers and ethical leaders who forge an equitable, sustainable, and joyous future.
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Hewitt’s motto--“By Faith and Courage”--is evident in everything we do. Where most high-achieving girls are socialized to be perfect and play it safe, Hewitt girls learn to have faith in themselves and have the courage to take risks and bounce back from failures. Where most high-achieving girls are asked to focus exclusively on curating the perfect resume, the Hewitt girl is hard at work on her inner resume as she achieves academically. I invite you to see what makes Hewitt such a distinctive place for girls and young women to learn and grow into a world of expanding opportunity, and how Hewitt is empowering the next generation of women leaders, one at a time--from the inside out.
Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School and Parent, Class of 2027
When we widen our circle of concern, our hearts and minds expand, and we become more connected to one another, to ever-widening communities, and to the common good. On Thanksgiving, it is important to remember the ways in which we are, truly, all in this together when we widen our circle of concern.
Distinguished educational scholar Dr. Richard Weissbourd believes that a truly transformative education inspires students to develop an expansive sense of possibility about college, career, and a life of meaning and purpose.
To be “on fire” is to be achieving something extraordinary and important and to feel unstoppable in the process. At Hewitt, we are on a shared journey to give every girl opportunities to develop genuine excitement about something that will inspire her to perform at the very height of her abilities, to fan each girl’s inner sparks of possibility into full-blown flames of achievement.
I am pleased to introduce this morning’s Commencement speaker, for she is not only a former colleague of mine but also a dear friend. She is passionate. She is intense. She is a warm demander. She always seems to know what to say and when to say it. She is joyous. She is on the move. She is a force of nature. She is a leader. She is Courtney Banghart.
“Stressed out” is a tired expression in contemporary culture, and it can be easy to dismiss as a mundane complaint or mere conversation filler. But its overuse masks the real and troubling role that stress too often plays in school life today, particularly in the lives of high school students.
When people ask me what makes Hewitt so special, I often point to our long-held community value of being there for one another. This cultural value is deep in the school’s very roots and soil. At Hewitt, we show up for each other in caring and compassionate ways so that we can be the kind of people others can count on.
The Hewitt community is committed to the lifelong practice of preparing ourselves to connect meaningfully with others in order to make the world a better place. And when I see our community spread empathy to others, when I see us engage in civil discourse around difficult topics, when I see us learn about each other’s cultures and traditions, I see Hewitt at its best.