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Hyla’s Spring Garden

Hyla’s Spring Garden

Many years ago when Hyla moved to its current home on the property of the Bucklin Family homestead, we inherited a tradition of tending the land to grow food. Spanish teacher, Mike Fosmark, will tell you that the garden at Hyla “has been tended for over 100 years starting with…

Join us at Summer Camp!

Join us at Summer Camp!

Join us for two weeks of fun, adventure and discovery!   June 19 – 23 and June 26 – June 30 Morning classes 9 – 11:30 AM Afternoon classes 12:30 – 3 PM Click here for full class descriptions and the registration form.  Ages: For students entering grades 5-6-7-8-9 Cost:…

Electives, Round Three

Electives, Round Three

General Electives Hyla students spend the last period on Mondays and Fridays exploring General Electives.  Electives are mixed grade classes.  Students sign up for new opportunities every two months.    Games of Strategy – David Maron It’s time to put on your thinking caps and play some games.  Consider when…

6th Grade Maze project

6th Grade Maze project

6th graders have been working with teacher Jeff Steele on a maze project, with a focus on the full engineering design cycle: Students sketch, blueprint to scale, develop functional prototypes, and then build their final product, an art installation and interactive game. Click here to watch a fun video of…

Quote Wall

Quote Wall

Have you seen the wall in Kim’s room where students write inspiring quotes? The wall is partly about space, because at this age it’s important for students to influence their environment. It’s also about taking responsibility and ownership of that environment, which transcends into responsibility for learning. The wall connects…

What is Council?

What is Council?

Once a week students come to Human Relations class and sit in a circle for Council. David Maron describes Council as “a talking circle, a ritualized space for sharing stories and listening.” Each session asks a question, and one by one, students offer their answers to that question. The person…

Plant Prints

Plant Prints

The native plant study in 7th grade connects two disciplines: while students focus on plant biology in science class with Cami, they also create visual representations of their plants in art class with Laura. After arranging plant specimens as they wished to draw them, students created a pencil sketch of…

Being Outside

Being Outside

Today the Window of the Week is about what we see when we look outside our own windows here at Hyla: lots of kids outside. Even as the weather begins to turn, they still want to be out there, enjoying the fresh air, undeterred by rain. During PE, they spread across…

Laura Jones Retires

Laura Jones Retires

Dear Parents and Friends, I am writing to let you know that Laura Jones, our art teacher of 23 years, will retire at the end of this school year. Her letter is below, but I absolutely have to share some thoughts with you first. As most of you probably know,…

Retreats

Retreats

6th Grade: With the 7th and 8th graders away on retreat, the 6th graders had all of Hyla to themselves – and they were busy! They built natural sculptures using materials from around campus to apply the philosophy and technique of Andy Goldsworthy. Returning to the beads they chose at…