HMS News

The Power of Choice

Happy New Year! We are all back, though you won’t have seen me in person this week. I’m quarantined with COVID (my first time having it!), but am very much working on school projects. The staff had a great In-Service day meeting on Monday, including a lively discussion about “choice” in the Montessori classroom. We...
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12
Jan

Developing Plans and Goals for the Future

As teachers returned to school to welcome new community members and reflect on and prepare for the year ahead, the Hilltop Board of Trustees did the same. Trustee Shelley Lockyear generously hosted the board and their families at her inn (The Nutmeg Inn, in Wilmington) on Saturday, August 26. The Board is thrilled to welcome...
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11
Sep

Difficult Decisions and Looking to Financial Sustainability

Dear HIlltop Families, After years of carefully expanding staffing and services, and broadening our support of equity and economic diversity through Indexed Tuition, we find ourselves needing to focus on financial sustainability – and specifically, to plan for some belt tightening around all of our programs for next year. The vast government grants and tax...
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12
May

Story of American Resilience – Day 7

May 7 Clean up and goodbye to Q4 Speeches at Bryant Park Talk with Chelsea MacMillan Interfaith minister and climate activist Depart from Grand Central Station to New Haven on Metro North Today has not yet ended But the gift and privilege I have Been handed Has made my thoughts extended People’s faith in humanity...
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07
May

Story of American Resilience – Day 6

May 6th Speeches at St. John the Devine Lunch in Central Park Meet with Jamal Joseph at IMPACT Theater Great Migration Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum Dinner at Hunter’s Point with Singer / Songwriter / Historian Tom Shaner Speeches on the peer at Hunter’s Point Jamal [Joseph] smiled the entire time, no matter what he was...
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07
May

Story of American Resilience – Day 5

May 5th – Stonewall Inn LGBTQ history scavenger hunt in the West Village The Center with Michael and Enrike Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Ave., Brooklyn Dinner at the Fulton Street Food Court While we were at [the Stonewall Monument] park [in the West Village] we had a scavenger hunt that was so enthralling it...
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06
May

Story of American Resilience – Day 4

Thursday – May 4th Sugar Hill Creamery with Petruschka Bazin Larsen Lunch in Harlem Walk through Bryant Park New York Bar Association with Maria Cilente Dinner at Desi Galli with Zoe Timms and Pria Vanda Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ on Broadway, Music Box Theater At Sugar Hill Creamery, the work that was being done for the...
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05
May

Story of American Resilience – Day 3

Wednesday – May 3 Tenement Museum Walking tour of LES Drawing in Tompkins Square Park Nuyorican Poets Cafe and met and wrote with Claudia (CAP) Walk to Chinatown Dinner at Mott Street Eatery Staten Island Ferry ride – At the Tenement Museum, on our tour, there were so many unexplained things, Why were Dora the...
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04
May

Story of American Resilience Odyssey – Day 2

Tuesday, May 2nd: Meet with Mickey Melendez at People’s Church Walk w/ Mickey to Museum of the City of New York Lunch w/ Mickey at El Nuevo Caribeño Fire Lotus Temple with Sensei Hojin Kimmel Speeches in Prospect Park Dinner and dance party with Taj Campman at Friends and Lovers Why don’t people here smile...
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03
May

Story of American Resilience Odyssey – Day 1

Monday, May 1st Leave Hilltop Depart from New Haven on Metro North Check in – Q4 Hostel in Queens Meet with Linda Machuca at La Hueca Manabita Dinner at La Hueca Manabita Fun in Flushing Meadows Park – Speeches Retire to Q4 When I go to a city or a place with a lot of...
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02
May
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