Hewitt's Anti-Racist Summer Reads is a K-12 initiative designed to inspire and deepen conversations about equity, racial injustice, and racism among our students, parents and guardians, and faculty and staff. This fall, our community will gather to discuss their reading, ask questions, and commit to actions that address institutionalized racism at Hewitt and in the world.
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.
LAUNA SCHWEIZER, HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL
Learn more about life in Hewitt's middle school by reading In the Middle, a blog by Head of Middle School Launa Schweizer.
Middle School Curriculum Overviews
Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series welcomed Sydney Sadick '12 back to campus for an intimate conversation with upper school students. During this event, Sydney spoke about how the guidance and support she received at Hewitt encouraged her to pursue her goals as a print journalist and on-air reporter.
In Hewitt’s Programming and Robotics course, students learn how to create computer animations, design for digital fabrication, and program electronic circuitry, all with code. Because this introductory course focuses on hands-on projects that are grounded in real-world contexts, students start learning by doing at their very first class meeting, quickly making connections between the projects they are working on in class and the systems and electronics they use on a daily basis.
This June, the Hewitt community gathered together for A Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020, an online event honoring our seniors. Developed in collaboration with members of the Class of 2020, this virtual event was not a replacement for an in-person Commencement, but rather a joyous celebration designed for these unusual times.
The Hewitt School mourns the loss of beloved French teacher and advisor Claire Arnod, who passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Our community of students, families, faculty, and staff grieve for our dear teacher, colleague, and friend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.