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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 and teacher responsiveness

Student curiosity and teacher responsiveness

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 passion, 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…

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…