HMS News

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

2021-22 Year End Close Out

The September Board meeting was heavy with finance! The Board reviewed the 2021-22 Year End Close Out, which will be finalized by our outside financial auditor. We ended the year almost exactly as anticipated, with a deficit that was made up for by our PPP loan forgiveness and a planned Endowment draw. Over the years,...
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14
Oct

Looking to the Future, Again!

Embarking on the Strategic Planning Process! Do you have insights to share about the future of HMS? What are we doing well as a school community, and what could we improve in the coming years?  We would love to hear your opinions! The Board of Trustees is embarking on a new Strategic Planning process. The 2017-2021 Strategic...
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19
Sep

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 Arts Barn Bathroom Renovation Project

In pursuing our mission and diversity statements, Hilltop works towards building a safer, more equitable, inclusive, and just environment for our community, with the priority being our students.  The Arts Barn bathrooms were the last ones built on the campus (2014), yet they were the only ones that were multiple occupancies and gendered. In response...
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03
Jun

Final Board Meeting of 2021-22 School Year

On Wednesday night the 2021-22 Board of Trustees held their last meeting of the school year. We were thrilled to be able to close out the year with our only in-person evening meeting. It was a beautiful night on the deck of the Middle School.  During our meeting we completed the annual review of our...
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02
Jun

River of Spirit Odyssey – Day 5

We are on Odyssey, running full and sometimes a bit raw. Pushing to understand the building blocks of spirit, the quiet intangibility of faith, the communities that move so many of us. We are reminded of how important this kind of journey is, how it is an essential part of of how we, the middle...
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10
May
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