News from School

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.
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.
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.
Senior kindergarten took on chemistry, and also explored engineering and architecture with activities that compliment SK's unit on New York City.
"What if, in the safe space we create as their teachers, we could show them how to live the Gospel, listening to and talking to strangers? Our sixth grade religious knowledge class is trying to do that in a simple way: listening to and talking to the homeless who spend their days in the Church basement next door to our school."
Wellness programs for the children and the adults of St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's seek to relieve anxiety through meditation, movement, and connection.
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's celebrated Thanksgiving a day early this year, as always, with the annual Thanksgiving Food Chain and Concert. Students, parents and faculty donated hundreds of pounds of food and supplies to our neighbors at Broadway Presbyterian Church, whose Broadway Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen feeds hungry New Yorkers all winter long.
Visiting farms in southern Italy this summer, Greenhouse Keeper James Oehler sought time-tested answers to the question at the heart of the school's greenhouse and religious knowledge curricula: "How can we live, and eat, and shop in ways that bring us more in harmony with the environment?"
"My purpose as a librarian is to help each child find the book that will uncover the pleasures of reading," says librarian Angela Perna. "As I know from personal experience, books have the ability to change a life."
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