One of the nation's greatest mountaineers—the first American to summit both Mount Everest and K2—visited Gordon Chapel to offer lessons in perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. Dr. Louis Reichardt, the grandfather of one of our second graders, told the story of his team's historic climb up the east face of Everest in 1983.
Upper school math teacher Libby Miles is on a mission: to dispel the myth of the "Math Mind." "There's a misconception that you have to have a certain kind of brain to be good at math, and that can directly impede students' success," Miles said.
Hymns and organ music are staples of the Chapel experience at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. But when Technology Integrator Liam Webster offered a Chapel presentation about self-expression, students and faculty were delighted by a different sound: the wail of electric guitar.
"Play is the work of childhood." This belief is shared by child development scholars across generations and philosophies, from Jean Piaget to Maria Montessori. Lower Division Director Emily Holt says that this philosophy finds a happy home at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's. "Play is the way that children at this age learn—by exploring classroom materials, by interacting with one another, and by engaging with their teachers."
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's ushered in the Year of the Monkey with its annual Asian New Year Celebration! Students in the Mandarin Chinese program, from junior kindergarten through eighth grade, performed songs and dances to show off their language skills and share cultural traditions they have learned about in class.
Is There Jet Lag On the Moon? Columbia Astronomer Connects Elementary Science with Real World Research
How does the study of weather help us to find life on on other planets? A visitor from Columbia University's astronomy department helped fourth graders make connections between the principles they're studying in science and the sophisticated research happening at a university in our own backyard.
Lower school science teacher gave an illuminating Chapel, highlighting famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison and showing students the power of making connections with one another.
Senior kindergarten took on chemistry, and also explored engineering and architecture with activities that compliment SK's unit on New York City.