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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. To help cultivate an inner curiosity and passion essential to personal growth, academic success, and community leadership, visiting scholars and engaging professionals are a constant presence at Hewitt. 

This year we welcomed acclaimed authors, world-class musicians, and an MIT professor, to name a few.

 

Kaki King, guitarist and composer, performed for Hewitt students at our Theater at St. Jean. Ms. King brought along a sampling of her collection of over 30 unique and unusual guitars, showing off the craftsmanship and style that goes into making each instrument.

 

Emma Sutton, a professional musician who has played for the American Ballet Theatre and Lion King on Broadway, spent time playing the violin and answering questions about string instruments for grade 3. The girls have been learning about the four instrument families, and were excited to meet and learn from a professional New York City musician.

 

Sarah Mlynowski, creator of the Whatever After and the Upside Down Magic series, spoke to Lower School students about her writing process and the steps she takes from brainstorming ideas to book publishing. The girls weighed in on the various covers her books have been given when published in different countries.

 

Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, visited Hewitt to meet with students in grades 11 and 12. Mbue spoke with the girls about a range of topics, including immigration and class divisions, that built on discussions the girls have been having in several of their English electives. The conversation also delved into the writing process, the connection between real life and fiction, and the place of empathy in our lives.

 

Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, Skyped in with grade 8 English students after their posters inspired by her book caught her eye on Twitter! The posters were part of a number of activities designed to help students engage deeply with the novel and make critical connections between theme and image within the text.

 

Julie Chibbaro, author of Deadly, visits grade 7 and presents an image of Times Square from 100 years ago. Ms. Chibbaro helped the girls understand the intense research that must be done in preparation to write a historical novel, and shared what she learned about what a young girl’s life might be like in 1906 in New York City.

 

Leon Glicksman: Hewitt grandfather and MIT professor visited Tim Clare’s AP Environmental Science course to talk about global warming and his work involving energy and sustainability initiatives. Photo of him demonstrating the concept of greenhouse gases with his granddaughter's help.

 

Jill Kargman, author and actor on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, was the guest speaker at this year’s PA sponsored book fair.

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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.

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. 

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. Impressed with Hewitt students’ design knowledge and excited about their work on cartoon characters, the Sesame Workshop designers invited the girls to tour their art department.    

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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? 

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