Notes from Head of School

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Preparation of the Adult

Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of “The Spiritual Preparation of the Teacher” as critical to supporting children into developing into their true selves. She said that a teacher must notice and accept their faults and “must be willing to accept guidance if we wish to become effective teachers”. She speaks against being defensive about shortcomings,...
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19
Dec

Praising Our Children: How we can be helpful 

One of Montessori’s foundational principles is that all children should be treated with dignity and respect and that their internal drive to “work” should be valued over training them to want external rewards. As Montessorians, we get excited when psychologists and researchers prove her theories to be true and further enlighten us as to why...
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09
Sep

HMS Celebrates 50 Years

We are launching our 50th anniversary today! We look forward to celebrating this evening at our annual family picnic over good food, conversation, and music. Our gift to our students and faculty to commemorate our history are retro-designed t-shirts that harken back to our former rabbit logo as well as the ring tees of the...
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02
Sep

COVID Restrictions for the Coming Year

Dear Hilltop Families, Just today Dan French and Mark Levine issued a memorandum regarding COVID 19 considerations for the coming school year. The plans that we have had in place are in compliance with these considerations. We have been proud of the careful navigation we have done through this pandemic and grateful for the understanding and cooperation from our...
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20
Aug

Emergency Preparedness in our Community

Dear Hilltop Community, I want to acknowledge that school safety is on many of our minds currently. I know we all feel heartbroken and devastated over the recent tragedy in Texas, and it is easy to feel frightened and alarmed by what we’ve seen in the news. As some of you might know, the school...
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08
Jun

HMS COVID Policy as of 3/21/22

In conjunction with the anticipated new state guidelines mentioned in this memo, I’ve been meeting with the HMS COVID Advisory Committee to develop a plan for our school as masking becomes optional in our state. While we have been told that the guidance would be out earlier this week and would go into effect on March 14, as...
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11
Mar

In appreciation for Rich Wolfe, who left a legacy as a Hilltop Montessori School Board Member

Former board member Rich Wolfe died suddenly on February 12th of heart complications. Administrators, teachers, alum, and past and present Board members have been devastated by the shocking news of this loss. He was a proud parent to Middle Student Greta/Grex and served on the Board for four years, including in the roles of Treasurer,...
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04
Mar

In Honor of Jessica Thomas

In honor of Jessica Thomas, who dedicated her life’s work as Hilltop’s Lower Elementary Teacher, and passed away last week after a yearlong illness with cancer.  Jessica Thomas grew up in London, England and in the 1980’s moved to Vermont with her son, Jed, who joined Hilltop at age three, and thus was her beginning...
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21
Jan

How We Manage Contact Tracing

The last couple of years really has been a whole new world. We have all found ourselves in situations that no one would have ever contemplated pre-pandemic. The ever-changing world during a pandemic can feel overwhelming, confusing, and scary as information changes or evolves. As we learned more about COVID-19 our day to day has...
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19
Nov

Keeping our Community Healthy

Here we are navigating another year with COVID-19 in our midst. A huge debt of gratitude to you, our families, who are working to keep our community safe by not sending children to school if they have any symptoms of illness. We realise and appreciate the great inconvenience that keeping children home can be, and...
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15
Oct
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