In honor of Special Visitors Day on Friday, Ms. Soleimany learned about the St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's faculty's grandparents and shared their stories with Lower Division students during chapel.
At a special upper school (grades 6-8) Chapel on March 14, 17 candles were lit for the 17 students and teachers who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, in February. Rev. Arden Strasser presided, and six eighth graders shared own reflections aloud—through poetry, stories, and calls to action.
A second grader stepped up to the lectern at Chapel to share the story of the Jain religion and the ways he and his family practice their faith at home, in school, and when visiting India. “I feel special to be a Jain at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s,” he said.
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.
The two fourth grade founders of our newly formed Earth Club shared their passion and concerns for global imbalance in Chapel today. Katie Behrmann, upper division science teacher and advisor to the Earth Club, highlighted ways the student body can help.