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The author poses with Farm Sanctuary education Arianna Duncan
Maya F., Class of 2021

At Hewitt, students have amazing opportunities to develop our voices and sense of purpose through activism we believe in. Founding the Animal Rights Club has taught me that I want to stay connected to animal welfare causes for the rest of my life, and has also helped me build important leadership skills that I will use outside of school. 

  • Service
  • Student Voices
  • Sustainability
  • Upper School
A Spell Cast: The Magic of Word Game Collaboration
BENJAMIN DICKMAN, MATHEMATICS TEACHER AND MATH COACH

The New York Times’ Spelling Bee puzzle provides opportunities for members of the Hewitt community to unpack mathematics and engage with quantitative reasoning, to collaborate across disciplines and roles, and to stay connected despite the geographical challenges brought on by social distancing.

  • Remote Learning
  • STEAM
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
  • Writing and Literature
A kindergartener practices drawing one of the characters in her story
Lindsey Brown, Kindergarten Teacher

Though most kindergarteners arrive at school in September eager to tell their own stories, the idea of actually writing an entire story can be daunting. Hewitt's kindergarten teachers use research-based methods to break down the writing process in a developmentally appropriate way, inspiring their young students to become curious, confident, independent, and successful storytellers.

  • Arts
  • Lower School
  • Writing and Literature
Second graders reading one another's All About My Family books
Julie Jin, Josy Alcindor, and Niki Brierre, Second Grade Teachers

For their All About My Family projects, second graders interviewed family members and authored detailed books using the information they gathered. Centered on each student's own lived experiences, the project allowed students to successfully meet their learning objectives in a way that felt personally meaningful to each individual girl. 

  • History and Social Studies
  • Lower School
  • Writing and Literature
How We Want To Feel At Home
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

Families around the world are learning how to remake their traditions, routines, and methods of communication while sheltering in place. In this blog post, Head of Middle School Launa Schweizer writes about how her own family developed a charter — a shared agreement for how family members want to feel while they are at home —  to help them make the most of this time together.

  • Middle School
  • Remote Learning
Lower school art teacher Robin Lentz filmed her own hands for this doodling tutorial
Hewitt News

To ensure that her students can make and create while they are away from the art room, lower school art teacher Robin Lentz developed a collection of activities and how-to videos that require nothing more than something to draw with and a piece of paper. In this video, Ms. Lentz models for students how the art of doodling is a mindful experience that helps us stay focused and present in the face of distraction.

  • Arts
  • Lower School
  • Remote Learning
A grid of stills from the At Hewitt video shows students and teachers singing our school song
Hewitt News

As Hewitt students and teachers returned from spring break and began developing new remote learning routines, music teacher Kirsten Lindberg saw an opportunity to bring our community together with a unique rendition of our school song. Ms. Lindberg gathered clips of students and faculty singing “At Hewitt” to make this beautiful tribute to the strength and power of our school community. 

  • Arts
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Remote Learning
  • Upper School
Upper school Hewitt Robotics students pose before a competition
Hewitt News

Thanks to their thoughtful planning and skill on the field, Hewitt Robotics took home coveted awards for teamwork, robot skills, excellence, and design, and four teams qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships!

  • Middle School
  • Robotics
  • STEAM
  • Upper School
Squash teammates high five after a game
Amy Mulligan, Director of Athletics 

Hewitt Athletics had a tremendous winter season that saw our squash, indoor track and field, and basketball teams advance to their respective championship games. Our entire community watched with pride as these junior varsity and varsity athletes brought intense skill and determination to each game and meet. 

  • Athletics
  • Upper School
Sofia Stafford '13 poses with a current Hewitt student
Maya B., Class of 2022

Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series welcomed Sofia Stafford '13 back to campus for an intimate conversation with upper school students. During this event Sofia spoke about how Hewitt gave her opportunities to make choices about her learning that prepared her for college, career, and life. 

  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
A Hewitt student's math problem written in chalk on the sidewalk in Central Park
Sophie W., Class of 2020

In Problem Solving and Posing, a mathematics elective for Hewitt seniors, students explored how to bring conversations about math to a wider audience through Sidewalk Math, a movement designed to make math enjoyable, creative, tangible, and accessible. 

  • STEAM
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Hewitt's 2020 Commencement Speaker Tiffany Dufu
Madeleine G. ’20, Student Government President and Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School

We are delighted to announce that The Hewitt School’s 2020 Commencement address will be delivered by Tiffany Dufu. A true champion for the advancement of girls and women, Tiffany is founder and CEO of The Cru, a peer coaching platform for women looking to accelerate their professional and personal growth. 

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
A scene from Hewitt's middle and upper school production of Oliver!
Hewitt News

This February, middle and upper school students starred in Hewitt's production of Lionel Bart's classic musical, Oliver!  Congratulations to the cast and crew on their beautiful and heartbreaking production.

  • Middle School
  • Photo Galleries
  • Upper School
Photo Gallery: J.V. and Varsity Athletics Winter 2019-2020
Hewitt News

Join us in celebrating the athleticism and teamwork displayed by Hewitt's junior varsity and varsity athletes this winter! It was an incredible season for the Hewitt Hawks, with varsity squash and varsity indoor track and field advancing to their respective championships, and J.V. basketball bringing home a championship win! Go, Hawks!

  • Athletics
  • Photo Galleries
  • Upper School
Because of Athletics: Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Amy Mulligan, Director of Athletics

National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebrates the extraordinary role athletics play in the lives of girls and young women. At Hewitt, our sports programs guide students not only to become better athletes, but also to develop into strong women who can tackle any situation they face. 

  • Athletics
  • Student Voices
Students Reflect on Celebrating Lunar New Year
Students from the Seventh Grade Lunar New Year Committee and Meredith English, English Teacher

Students from the Seventh Grade Lunar New Year Committee share their experiences organizing an event for their middle school peers to learn about the foods, customs, and attire that accompany traditional Lunar New Year celebrations.

  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Middle School
  • Student Voices
Welcome Hewitt’s Next Director of Equity and Community Life, Loris N. Adams
Hewitt News

We are thrilled to announce that Loris N. Adams will be Hewitt’s next director of equity and community life, effective July 1, 2020. Loris brings to Hewitt an impressive breadth of knowledge and deep, relevant experience that makes her exceptionally prepared to lead Hewitt’s diversity, equity and inclusivity efforts.

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Mistakes are the Portals of Discovery
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

Children and adolescents — particularly girls — need their parents and teachers to normalize the process of learning from mistakes. Rather than rescuing them from their mistakes, telling girls not to care about those mistakes, or minimizing their powerful feelings, we help them to grow whenever we can model grace under pressure in the face of a mistake.

  • Middle School
Giving Girls a Place in the Engineering World
Jeremy Sambuca, Director of Technology 

Hewitt Robotics Team 11442N created an inspiring video to shed light on the lack of women in STEM fields and to highlight how, through robotics, "students are able to get engineering experience...creating a space for a love of technology to grow." 

  • Middle School
  • Robotics
  • STEAM
  • Student Voices
Meaningful Making in the Hewitt Innovation Lab
Erik Nauman, Educational Technologist

The Hewitt Innovation Lab is designed to be a space for students and teachers to explore meaningful ways of making — to make with a purpose. Research shows that many girls and women want to learn how to use technology skills to accomplish meaningful goals, such as pursuing artistic expression, solving a problem, or thinking differently about academic concepts. 

  • STEAM
  • Upper School
  • Writing and Literature
Welcome Hewitt’s Next Head of Lower School, Terell Cooper-Edwards
Hewitt News

We are pleased to announce that Terell Cooper-Edwards will be Hewitt’s next head of lower school, effective July 1, 2020. Terell eagerly looks forward to joining the Hewitt community next year to work alongside our wonderful lower school teachers, families, and students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

  • Lower School
The Impact of Student-Led Service Learning 
Dan White, Lower School Teacher and Lower School Service Coordinator and Maddie G., Grace D., and Olivia S., Members of the Student Service Board

To inspire all students to act in ways that are personally significant and beneficial to those around them, members of Hewitt's Student Service Board spent the fall educating and engaging our lower and middle school students in school-wide service work. 

  • Empathy
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Service
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Balancing Ethical Engagement and Meaningful Achievement: Hewitt Parents Reflect on an Evening with Dr. Richard Weissbourd 
Hewitt News

The Hewitt School hosted Dr. Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of the Making Caring Common project (MCC) of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, for a conversation about moral parenting, building a practice of caring, and helping young people make healthy decisions about college.

  • Empathy
  • Health and Wellness
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Research
  • Upper School
Photo Gallery: Hewitt's Fall Production of The Wolves
Hewitt News

Congratulations to the cast and crew of our fall production of The Wolves! These talented young women brought intensity, passion, and commitment to their performances of Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer-nominated play. 

  • Arts
  • Photo Galleries
  • Upper School
Drop, Slide, Roll: Forces in Action
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

Last week, grade 7 science students presented to their peers the results of several experiments that they designed to determine how objects move in space when they are dropped, roll, or slide. Like Galileo is said to have done over 400 years before, they designed ways to learn, through several trials, some of the basic laws of physics.

  • Middle School
Creating a Nonprofit with Girls With Impact 
Gia G., Class of 2021

Girls With Impact gave me the opportunity to learn real business skills that are typically taught at the college level or learned the hard way, in real life. I came to the program with a vision for a nonprofit that I had been thinking about for a while, and Girls With Impact helped me bring it to life.

  • Empathy
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Ethics: At Hewitt, “...The Underpinning of Everything”
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

Why nurture ethics in our middle school students? Grade 6 history and ethics teacher Chris Han shares there are two main reasons: “To be present in our decisions about how we want to live,” and “to recognize the difference between how the world is and how the world could be.” 

  • Middle School
Photo Gallery: Varsity Athletics Fall 2019
Hewitt News

Congratulations to our varsity teams on an excellent fall season! Thanks to their intense preseason training and an impressive commitment to their sports, the Hewitt Hawks brought home wins, grew as athletes, and developed strong bonds over the course of the season. Go, Hawks!

  • Athletics
  • Photo Galleries
  • Upper School
Fostering Emotional Intelligence with the RULER Approach 
Maureen Burgess, Assistant Head of School for Learning and Innovation

At Hewitt, we believe deeply in the power of emotional intelligence as the foundation of a relational education. Research shows us that emotional intelligence benefits our students not only in academic settings, but also in the personal and professional relationships they will develop throughout their lives.

  • Empathy
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Doing Math in Spanish
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

While visiting a fifth grade Spanish class, I was struck by how much Spanish was being spoken in the room and how confident the girls were using it. During the half hour I spent in the class, every single girl raised her hand to speak, most more than once. They were just as confident asking for help and clarification as they were to reveal proudly what they had learned.

  • Middle School
2019 Faculty Summer Grant Program
Hewitt News

Hewitt’s summer grant program supports faculty experiences that align with the school’s four academic pillars - presence, empathy, research, and purpose. Read on to learn how this year’s summer grant recipients engaged in mindful interactions, expanded their perspectives, fostered their own growth mindset, and affirmed their purpose as educators and as individuals.

  • Faculty
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Research, Empathy, and History in Sixth Grade English
Launa Schweizer, Head of Middle School

Today, the sixth grade began work on a research project to prepare themselves to read Refugee by Alan Gratz, a novel that has quickly become a staple for middle school English classrooms. As Grade 6 English teacher Lael Jacobs said, “Many students find that they can’t put it down.” But before they even picked it up, Jacobs worked closely with our librarian Erik Sommer to teach research skills and to allow the students to inform themselves about the novel's historical context.

  • Middle School
Former Head of School Dr. Mary Jane Yurchak
Hewitt Communications

The Hewitt School community was saddened by the loss of Former Head of School Dr. Mary Jane Yurchak. As Hewitt’s fifth head of school, Dr. Yurchak led the School from 1990-1999, and is remembered as a devoted and accomplished educator who guided Hewitt through an important decade of pedagogical advances and technological change.

Second Grade Scientists Direct Their Own Learning
Irene Lee, Science Teacher and Barbara Morris, Librarian

To learn about the animals that inhabit our oceans, second graders engaged in an interdisciplinary and multisensory project that invited them to explore marine life as readers, writers, artists, researchers, and public speakers. By directing their own learning at every stage of the project, these young scientists became deeply invested in work that was meaningful to them while developing confidence in their abilities to think critically and independently. 

  • Arts
  • Lower School
  • STEAM
  • Writing and Literature
Commencement Remarks to the Class of 2019: Blossoms in the Shade
Catharine B., Class of 2019

Through my time at Hewitt, I have found that the key to conquering the chaos that is life is in holding onto the threads of continuity that run through it all. In my case, those threads are each and every one of the people sitting behind me right now and the values that they and the Hewitt community have impressed upon me. 

  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Commencement Remarks to the Class of 2019: Blue and White: The Spirit Within Us
Caitlin D., Class of 2019

I ask you to remember the hope you feel today and turn it into strength for the weeks and months to come. Hope fuels ambition, it fuels your drive for success. You survived and you conquered, leading yourself to this moment, so remember it and let that feeling of pride and accomplishment spread throughout every inch of you. Use that feeling to push you when you hit the rougher patches, which are inevitable, as we all know.

  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Hewitt Senior Attends the U.S. Naval Academy as a Division I Soccer Recruit
Amy Mulligan, Director of Athletics

This May, the Hewitt community gathered at a signing day event to celebrate Caitlin Doran, Class of 2019. An avid athlete who played varsity soccer for Hewitt throughout her high school career, Doran will attend the United States Naval Academy this fall as a Division I soccer recruit. Doran spoke with Director of Athletics Amy Mulligan about her passion for the game, why she chose the U.S. Naval Academy, and the importance of having female athletes as role models. 

  • Athletics
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Kindergarten Teachers Examine the Latest Research to Redefine the Role of Play in Their Classrooms
Mary Anne Sacco, Lower School Literacy Specialist

Knowing that play is important work, kindergarten teachers participated in a professional book study around how they could infuse more independence, inquiry, literacy, and math into student play. By putting research on girls’ learning into practice in their classrooms, these educators ensured that their students had new and exciting chances for creative playful experiences.  

  • Faculty
  • Lower School
  • Research
Redefining What it Means to Study Classical Literature with Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater 
Alexia White, English Teacher

Each year, Hewitt students collaborate on scene-writing projects with Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, then experience what it means to bring a script to life as professional actors perform their work. Designed to encourage students to think deeply about their own sense of purpose, these annual playwriting projects give middle schoolers the chance to immerse themselves in themes and ideas of personal, social, and global relevance.

  • Arts
  • Empathy
  • Middle School
  • Writing and Literature
Journey to Québec City 
Isabelle Toussaint, French Teacher

This winter, seventh and eighth grade French students embarked on a journey to Québec City, where they learned about the province’s history, culture, and customs while putting their French language skills into practice. Whether bundling up for some of Canada’s famed winter activities, immersing themselves in First Nations history, or bonding with their host families, these eager middle school travelers embraced every aspect of their trip and returned to Hewitt with a new respect for the diverse viewpoints and experiences they encountered. 

  • Empathy
  • Languages
  • Middle School
Community Connections in Costa Rica 
Arlene Padilla, Spanish Teacher and Tim Clare, Science Teacher

This February, seventh and eighth grade Spanish students had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, where they immersed themselves in the country’s language and culture while studying its impressive environmental sustainability efforts. As they journeyed far beyond the walls of Hewitt, students discovered that they were not simply practicing their Spanish, but in fact using the language to understand Costa Rica’s commitment to conservation practices and environmental education.

  • Languages
  • Middle School
  • Sustainability
Food Fights: Learning How Food Shapes History and Our Lives
Michael Kideckel, History Teacher

In Food Fights: Eating and Controversy in American History, juniors and seniors study American life through the history of food. Students learn about the “food fights” that lurk just beneath many prominent and lesser-known controversies, and they use food to understand the intimate lives of the people who have inhabited this continent for thousands of years. 

  • History and Social Studies
  • Upper School
  • Writing and Literature
Upper school students teach a PE class of second graders
Carla Waldron and James Oates, Physical Education Teachers

Eleventh and twelfth graders relied on their creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as they developed active and engaging P.E. lessons for our second graders. Whether leading a winter wonderland-themed yoga sequence or overseeing complex obstacle courses, the upper school students confidently stepped into their roles as teachers, sharing their passion for physical activity with their young students.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Lower School
  • Upper School
Welcome Hewitt's Next Head of Middle School, Launa A. Schweizer
Hewitt News

We are delighted to announce that Launa A. Schweizer will be Hewitt’s next head of middle school, effective July 1, 2019. Launa is thrilled to join the Hewitt community and work with our outstanding team of middle school teachers and fifth through eighth grade girls and families. 

  • Middle School
JV and varsity athletes at preseason training
Anna H., Class of 2019, Student Head of Athletics  

Hewitt Athletics saw an increase in the number of skilled and determined students participating in fall sports, and it was clear that our middle and upper school teams worked their hardest this season no matter the outcome. The positivity and excitement of the season shone through at each practice and game and it was clear that Hewitt athletes were proud to be a part of their respective teams.

  • Athletics
  • Student Voices
Ninth grader does research alongside our school librarian.
Erik Sommer, Middle and Upper School Information and Library Specialist

One of my favorite questions is: "What does a day in the life of a librarian look like?" In addition to being a quiet spot to study and learn, the library is also a shared community space where students can gather for meetings and lead group discussions. Today was a good example of the many ways a librarian works with student scholars and researchers at The Hewitt School. 

  • Faculty
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Highlights from Hewitt’s Middle School Service and Sustainability Committee 
Tim Clare, Science Teacher and Middle School Coordinator of Sustainability

As Hewitt guides girls to become the bold leaders of tomorrow, we have been expanding sustainability and environmental literacy as a core component of our curriculum and community practices. Our middle school girls have great concern for the health of the planet and are discovering a genuine sense of purpose by actively working to implement sustainability initiatives throughout their school community.

  • Middle School
  • Service
  • Sustainability
All the World’s a Stage: Seventh and Eighth Graders Take on Shakespeare’s Greatest Works
Daniel Denver, Performing Arts Department Chair

Hewitt's seventh and eighth grade Shakespeare Workshop offers a unique opportunity for small but mighty groups of young actors to gain confidence by experiencing all the steps necessary to give life to the Bard's 400 year old plays. The students wrestle with the meanings of the texts, but even more importantly they wrestle with a deeper understanding of metaphors present in Shakespeare's writing.

  • Arts
  • Middle School
  • Writing and Literature
Health, Wellness, and a Lifelong Passion for Physical Activity
Chris Leaver and James Oates, Physical Education Teachers

Hewitt’s physical education program provides students with the tools they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle while instilling a passion for physical activity and movement that goes beyond school hours and lasts a lifetime. With classes that center around movement and fitness, sports technique and strategy, and yoga and dance instruction, Hewitt girls learn early on that they all have something to offer and gain from their physical education classes. 

  • Athletics
  • Health and Wellness
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
2018 Faculty Summer Grant Program
Hewitt News

Hewitt’s summer grant program supports faculty experiences that align with the school’s four academic pillars - presence, empathy, research, and purpose. Read on to learn how this year’s summer grant recipients engaged in mindful interactions, expanded their perspectives, fostered their own growth mindset, and affirmed their purpose as educators and as individuals.

  • Faculty
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Building Classroom Libraries in Second Grade
Mary Anne Sacco, Lower School Literacy Specialist

This September, second graders did the important work of setting up and organizing their classroom libraries. During the first few days of school the girls explored their libraries with excitement, their curiosity and enthusiasm contagious. Collaboratively, they began to investigate bins of books, having conversations about what types of books were in each and what they noticed about the books they were reading.

  • Lower School
  • Writing and Literature
A Unique Partnership: Kindergarteners and Their Senior Buddies
Margaret Brown and Meredith Miller, Kindergarten Teachers

Whether student, faculty, or staff, all new members of our community are paired with a buddy who offers guidance, support, and friendship as they navigate their first year at a new school. As the youngest members of our community, kindergarteners are welcomed to Hewitt through a unique partnership with the senior class, allowing for a special relationship to grow between the oldest and youngest students at Hewitt. 

  • Lower School
  • Upper School
Middle School Latin: From Docents to the Recitatio
Benjamin Joffe, Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher 

Having spent much of the year applying their knowledge of Latin vocabulary to a systematic and rigorous study of English derivatives, Hewitt’s seventh and eighth grade Latinists devoted the final weeks of school to regaling their classmates with tales from ancient Pompeii. 

  • History and Social Studies
  • Languages
  • Middle School
Hewitt and Riley’s Way Foundation Spread Kindness and Compassion
Stephanie Dore, Upper School Service Coordinator

Hewitt’s dedication to fostering empathy in our students makes our partnership with Riley’s Way Foundation a natural fit. Throughout the year, Hewitt upper school girls work with peers from the Young Women’s Leadership School - Astoria on the Riley’s Way Youth Council, a public and independent school partnership designed to develop kind and compassionate leaders. 

  • Empathy
  • Service
  • Upper School
Hewitt Model Congress: Leadership in Action
Joseph Iannacone, Middle School History Teacher

Each spring, a delegation of Hewitt’s middle and upper school students participate in the Packer Model Congress, where they engage in heated but civil debates about taxes, foreign aid, veterans’ affairs, and environmental policy. Delegates view the annual event as yet another opportunity to make their ideas known and their voices heard. 

  • History and Social Studies
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
  • Writing and Literature
Commencement Remarks to the Class of 2018: Act I: By Faith and Courage
Samantha S., Class of 2018

In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote, “We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.” Well, I know something of what we are. We’re venturers and friends, students and sisters. Above all, we are Hewitt girls. As we walk out into the next stages of our lives as women, we do so with the immeasurable potential to become anything we want to be.  

  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Commencement Remarks to the Class of 2018: An Unfinishing School
Nancy Gallin

Good morning, families, students, colleagues, members of the Board of Trustees, and first among equals, good morning to the Hewitt Class of 2018. Look around you and memorize this moment, your classmates, your families, your teachers, this beautiful place, and the chance to sit quietly just for a little while so you can remember it. 

  • Faculty
  • Upper School
Diversity and Identity: The Pieces of Your Puzzle
Hewitt News

This April, the Hewitt community gathered to celebrate the opening night of our student-curated art exhibition, Diversity and Identity: The Pieces of Your Puzzle. From thoughtful self-portraits to an interactive world map to a school-wide collaborative mural, each work of art spoke to the exhibition’s theme, recognizing the beauty of the Hewitt community’s diverse perspectives and experiences. 

  • Arts
  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
A Winning Season for Varsity Tennis
Mia V., Class of 2018

As most people were just waking up and beginning their morning routines, the 14 members of Hewitt’s varsity tennis team were arriving at the courts ready to practice. The hardworking and passionate team grew incredibly close over the course of the season, making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the AAIS tournament, with an impressive 7-3 record the rest of the season. 

  • Athletics
  • Middle School
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
Empathy in the Everyday: Ninth Graders Practice the Art of Active Listening 
Hewitt News

This spring, faculty advisors focused the ninth grade advisory program on empathy skill-building and trained in council, a method of story sharing developed by the Ojai Foundation. Council provides a space where students can voice their opinions and share their stories, knowing they will be heard by their peers without comment or judgment. 

  • Empathy
  • Upper School
Empathy in the Everyday: Honoring Each Other’s Stories in Seventh Grade 
Hewitt News

Believing strongly that an artist must have empathy in order to tell and honor another human being’s story, Ms. Britt asks her seventh grade drama students to step into the shoes of a classmate through a project in which girls learn, reflect on, and ultimately perform another’s story. 

  • Empathy
  • Middle School
Empathy in the Everyday: First Graders Learn About Accessibility
Hewitt News

Earlier this year, first graders noticed the chairlift at the front entrance to McKelvey Hall. When it came time for students to begin their study of Central Park, Ms. Hashim seized the opportunity to change the traditional curriculum, harnessing her students’ interest by learning about Central Park through the eyes of the elderly or disabled. 

  • Empathy
  • Lower School
The Third Grade Wax Museum: Bringing Artists, Scientists, and Changemakers to Life
Alexa Collingwood and Samia Soodi, Third Grade Teachers

This March, visitors to Hewitt’s third grade classrooms found themselves rubbing elbows with a myriad of famous and vibrant women from every era of history. Guests expecting an ordinary wax museum full of motionless figures were in for a treat as the third graders, dressed as historical figures, came to life to share their stories.

  • Lower School
The Future is Bright for Hewitt Robotics
Jeremy Sambuca, Director of Technology

Whether building a robot from scratch or working alongside a teammate to troubleshoot a pesky programming glitch, students in Hewitt’s middle school robotics program are design-thinkers and problem-solvers who learn from their successes and challenges. 

  • Middle School
  • Robotics
  • STEAM
Learning the Art of Technology Repair with Restart @ Hewitt
Hewitt News

Estefania Suquilanda, Hewitt’s lower school tech support specialist, has always had a passion for repairing gadgets. “My goal is to pass on the repair bug to Hewitt students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Whether dealing with a cracked phone screen or an argument with a best friend, knowing how to repair things is an important skill to have.”

  • Lower School
  • STEAM
  • Upper School
Kindergarteners Explore The Hewitt Community 
Jennifer Errico, Educational Technologist and Lindsey Brown and Maggie Turner, Kindergarten Teachers

Hewitt kindergarteners approach their role as Hewitt's newest community members with fresh eyes, deep curiosity, and lots of enthusiasm. Throughout their first year of school, kindergarteners focus on identity explorations, learning about their larger school community and their own role in that community. 

  • Lower School
  • STEAM
Spreading Sustainability at Hewitt 
Tim Clare, Science Teacher and Middle School Coordinator of Sustainability

Hewitt’s commitment to sustainability spans divisions and disciplines. Between clubs, courses, and community service, faculty members are developing a variety of ways for students, teachers, and families to get involved with efforts to spread awareness and education about the environment. 

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Sustainability
  • Upper School
Lower School Students Feed Their Community
Elaine Schreger, Fourth Grade Teacher and Grade Level Coordinator 

Hewitt’s Sandwich Friday tradition goes back to 2005, when this service relationship originally began in our first, second, and third grade classrooms. Since then, it has expanded to fourth grade and kindergarten so that every member of the lower school shares in this empathy-building experience. 

  • Lower School
  • Service
Maps and Mathematicians
Hewitt News

Hewitt fifth graders tapped into their skills as mathematicians, problem solvers, coders, researchers, and writers to plan road trips across the United States. With only a few specific guidelines about budget and mileage, students were encouraged to make independent decisions about routes, finances, food, and lodging as they planned elaborate trip itineraries.

  • Middle School
  • STEAM
Traveling Abroad with Hewitt’s World Languages Department
Hewitt News

Each year, Hewitt’s world languages department offers opportunities for middle and upper school students to travel abroad to Spanish- and French-speaking countries. These trips, filled with new experiences and discoveries, provide students with the chance to immerse themselves in the language, culture, history, and culinary traditions of different cities. 

  • Languages
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Hewitt Goes to Sesame Street
Stephanie Dore, Digital Arts and Photography Teacher and Coordinator of Experiential Initiatives 

This October, three upper school Graphic Design students attended the 12th annual Teen Design Fair, where they caught the attention of graphic designers from Sesame Workshop. 

  • Arts
  • Upper School
Makers, Builders, Creators: Getting to Know Hewitt’s Innovation Lab
Erik Nauman and Young Kim, Technology Integrators

On any given day, visitors to Hewitt’s O’Hara Family Innovation Lab might smell the burnt wood of the laser cutter, see traces of sawdust left over from a woodworking project, or hear the hum of a 3D printer bringing student designs to life. 

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • STEAM
  • Upper School
Hewitt Athletics: Fall 2017 Season Recap
Carly S., Class of 2018, Student Head of Athletics

This fall, Hewitt’s athletes hit the ground running in volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Our varsity and JV teams were complemented by a record number of middle school student athletes, and the season was characterized by talent, skill, determination, and teamwork. 

  • Athletics
  • Middle School
  • Student Voices
  • Upper School
2017 Faculty Summer Grant Program
Hewitt News

In its second year, Hewitt’s summer grant program supported faculty experiences that align with the school’s four academic pillars - presence, empathy, research, and purpose. 

  • Faculty
Developing Presence and Empathy Through Mindfulness
Hewitt News

This summer, several Hewitt faculty members participated in mindfulness training designed specifically for educators. Read their personal reflections to learn how they are incorporating mindfulness practices into their classrooms. 

  • Faculty
  • Health and Wellness
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
Ethics: Dilemmas, Debates, and Justice
Hewitt News

Spurred by questions based on both hypothetical and actual situations, fifth and sixth students utilize classical philosophies and political theories like those of Aristotle, Kant, and Rawls to guide their critical reasoning as they consider dilemmas in law and justice. 

  • History and Social Studies
  • Middle School
  • Writing and Literature
First Graders Plan, Collaborate, and Problem Solve
Alicia Ferrill, First Grade Teacher

On the first day of school, the entire first grade participated in a team building activity designed to encourage planning, collaboration, problem-solving, and creative expression.

  • Lower School
  • STEAM
Volvo 240
Hewitt News

Faculty member Erik Sommer discusses his summer art installation at Fastnet, an alternative exhibition space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

  • Faculty
  • STEAM
Faculty Summer Grant Program
Hewitt News

The Hewitt School embraces the notion of teachers as learners and offers faculty several opportunities for professional development throughout the year.

  • Faculty
Performing Arts Take Center Stage
Hewitt News

From the first day of rehearsals the cast of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" jumped at the chance to take on the challenges posed by this complex text.

  • Arts
Beyond the Classroom
Hewitt News

At Hewitt, we believe in empowering girls to establish a sense of self rooted in confidence, empathy, and hardiness through active, girl-centered academics and authentic connections to the world beyond our campus. 

People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Hewitt News

In December 2016, six upper school students and nine faculty and staff members attended the annual People of Color/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

  • Diversity & Inclusivity
  • Faculty
Hawks Robotics Teams Head to World Championships!
Hewitt News

At The Hewitt School, all middle school students are given the opportunity to learn robotics, and interested girls are encouraged to build on this foundation by participating in our Hawks Robotics elective. 

  • Middle School
  • Robotics
  • STEAM
Feminist Stance: What Do You Stand For?
Hewitt News

This March, over 700 members of the Hewitt community, including students, current and incoming families, alumnae, faculty, staff, and Met Museum educators, gathered at The Vinegar Factory to celebrate the opening of Feminist Stance: What Do You Stand For? 

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • STEAM
  • Upper School