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Our new trail!

Our new trail!

Student leadership and hard work create yet another way to connect to the natural environment at Hyla.   By careful design, students at Hyla get a burst of fresh air between every single class: they don’t walk through hallways, but rather along outside porches that connect classrooms. On any given…

Trust and Integrity in PE

Trust and Integrity in PE

What does PE look like at Hyla? Teacher Cooper Rooks explains in his own words:   When most of us think of Middle school PE classes we think of awkward locker rooms and gyms with dozens of our peers in a competitive environment that feels like it was invented to…

A Maze of Social and Academic Learning

A Maze of Social and Academic Learning

Academic and social learning in math class Each year at Hyla, the 6th grade class embarks on the maze project: a major math and engineering study that takes students through all different phases of the engineering design cycle. Students sketch, blueprint to scale, develop functional prototypes, and then build their…

Campfire in the Library?

Campfire in the Library?

Lots going on in the Hyla library! “It’s usually pretty peaceful in here,” Cara said about the library, “but last week there was a lot of energy and activity for Hyla Read Week. It was awesome!” The fun began with spooky stories around a campfire in the library (well, not…

The Intersection of Math and Art

The Intersection of Math and Art

Approaching math from a new angle Eighth graders recently approached algebra from a new angle: cubism. To help students see how math connects to other areas of academia, Cindy introduced a small project that combined both math and art. After a quick look at cubism, students created their own abstract…

Interactive Performance Art in 8th Grade

Interactive Performance Art in 8th Grade

Each year Hyla 8th grade students transform the art classroom, filling every square inch with installations. Incorporating floor, ceiling, windows and walls, they construct their installations over many months, and then showcase their creations to parents at “Art Night” in the spring. Each installation is focused around a theme, chosen…

Alumni Travel: Global Leadership Summit

Alumni Travel: Global Leadership Summit

2018 Global Leadership Summit with Hyla Teacher Jeff Steele and Education First   Dear Hyla Alumni Parents,  I invite your Hyla grads and their friends to travel with me on a delegation to London, Paris, and Berlin to attend the 2018 Education First Global Leadership Summit from July 5-16, 2018….

Student Curiosity Drives Deeper Exploration

Student Curiosity Drives Deeper Exploration

The hallway outside the Humanities room has been transformed with the colorful cartography of the fictional worlds invented by 6th graders. The maps create a gallery of student enthusiasm, teacher responsiveness to student curiosity, and the incredible work that results.    To establish a vision of the world, and to expand…

Peer Inspiration in Academics

Peer Inspiration in Academics

Poems, collage, dioramas, and scale models are just a few of the ways that 7th and 8th graders represented the complex themes they discovered in their summer reading books. The assignment gave students a lot of choice and that was deliberate. “When we give them the opportunity to explore something…

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…