This fall, a cross-constituency committee is leading a search for Hewitt’s next director of equity and community life. We have also retained two nationally-renowned diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders, Martha Haakmat and Jason Craige Harris, to work as consultants to Hewitt for the 2022-2023 school year.
Exploration, Transformation, and Joy
Hewitt’s middle school invites girls to embrace early adolescence as a time of exploration, transformation, and joy. Our learning culture is rooted in empathy—the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes—and Hewitt girls cultivate this essential habit of mind as both an intellectual and emotional practice. Middle school girls learn to support each other during a time of significant individual change, and their teachers serve as coaches and mentors in resisting pressures to conform and developing a sense of purpose as they explore who they are as young people.
Dr. Paula CUELLO, HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL
Join us for our Middle School Open House (5-8)
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 am
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At our middle school open house, prospective families will hear from our head of school, leaders in our community, faculty, and students about Hewitt’s purposeful approach to educating girls and young women in grades 5-8.
Hewitt’s middle school curriculum is designed to cultivate student curiosity and interdisciplinary thinking while also ensuring that girls continue to build a foundation of core content and skills across subject areas. To that end, each grade level has an essential question that is explored in their advisory program, in their courses, and in deep dive “mini-courses” throughout the year. An essential question is broad and open-ended so that students may explore a variety of possible answers while applying their learning to the world around them, past, present, and future. A great essential question naturally leads to other questions and wonders, so that students learn how to think critically and creatively about themselves, their communities, and their world.
Grade 5 Essential Question: What is Civilization?
Grade 6 Essential Question: What is Citizenship?
Grade 7 Essential Question: What is a Game-Changer?
Grade 8 Essential Question: What is an Ethical Leader?
Home is about those around you, those with you, and those for you. Home speaks to who you are, and who you will be when faced with the noise of the outside world. At Hewitt, when you are immersed in and grounded by home, you understand the person you truly are. Here, you can reach your potential.
The graduating Class of 2022 will make change, I’m sure of it. And I’m already proud of us for using our voices, passion, and optimism in the service of our home at Hewitt and our homes beyond this one. As we move on to the next steps of our lives, please keep that love, that faith, that agency, that courage, that kindness.
During their minimester, seventh graders were guided by the central question, “Whose voices are heard; whose voices are not?” As they conducted field research, historical investigations, and interviews, students reflected on how different voices have been amplified or quieted throughout history.
First grade engineers conducted field research in Central Park to understand how to make playgrounds more accessible to people with different physical abilities. They then used what they had learned to design scaled versions of inclusive playground equipment such as slides, swings, and monkey bars.
As they wrestled with the real-world question, “What can Hewitt students do to promote a sustainable and accessible transportation system in New York City?” sixth graders engaged with local experts to better understand the challenges and benefits of creating resilient and inclusive transportation systems.
In this video interview, three sophomores describe their award-winning Early Entrepreneurs program and reflect on the inspiration behind their idea, the process of launching their program, and the sense of accomplishment they feel from making an impact on their school community.
It is our honor to announce that Claudia Chan ’93 will deliver The Hewitt School’s 2022 Commencement address. Ms. Chan is a recognized author, professional mentor, leadership expert, entrepreneur, and mother dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to create more equitable and thriving workplaces, communities, and families.
In this video, Hewitt alumnae speak about building and running their own businesses, reflect on how Hewitt inspired them to pursue their ambitions, and share valuable advice for current Hewitt upper school students about how to succeed as entrepreneurs.
In this video interview, Caroline B., Class of 2022, reflects on the joy and sense of accomplishment she gets from writing code and building apps, and shares how her teachers have supported and encouraged her to pursue her passion for computer science at Hewitt and beyond.