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Math is Delicious!

Math is Delicious!

It’s not unusual for students to approach math teacher, Cindy Schacht, at the end of the school year looking for summer math work. Motivated by their own momentum in math, students often ask Cindy for suggestions on how to keep going over the summer months. Cindy recommends a range of…

All about Electives

All about Electives

On Friday, students signed up for their first elective classes of the year. Just glancing at the list of offerings, you get a sense of the fun – yoga, crime scene investigation, backpacking, collage, cycling, songwriting, and rock climbing, to name just a few. But electives are about a lot…

Introducing our Interim Head of School

Introducing our Interim Head of School

The Hyla Board of Trustees is happy to officially announce that our Interim Head of School for the 2016-2017 school year is Paul Carroll (pictured here with is daughter, Colleen, and wife, Betsy). As many of you may know, Paul founded Hyla in 1993, and served as Head of School for the first fourteen…

A change in leadership

A change in leadership

A Message from the Hyla Board   Dear Hyla Families and Friends, On Wednesday May 18, our Head of School, Vicki Jenkins, announced to the Hyla Board that she will not renew a contract at the end of this school year. Vicki has made the difficult decision to leave full-time work…

Kris Van Gieson retires from teaching

Kris Van Gieson retires from teaching

With tremendous gratitude in our hearts for his long career at Hyla, we announce Kris Van Gieson’s retirement from teaching. Just as you would expect, Kris is already helping us through this transition with words of wisdom about change. For all who know and love him – and there are so…

Why Ultimate, written by a Hyla Alumnus

Why Ultimate, written by a Hyla Alumnus

Ultimate Frisbee has long been a core sport at Hyla. Over the years, many alumni have shared that Ultimate has given them a footing in life in often unexpected ways. Alumna Amy Allen told us, “I was introduced to Ultimate Frisbee at Hyla, and I credit Hyla for the opportunities…

Into the Hurricane

Into the Hurricane

Before Winter Break, we finished up 2015 with Mini-Term: an annual tradition when we break from the normal academic schedule for a 3-day intensive dive into one topic. We rotate topics every three years to examine social justice, the environment, and culture.  This December, our focus was on the environment. When we returned from…

Hyla Goes to Costa Rica

Hyla Goes to Costa Rica

Two Hyla teachers, Kimberley Gorman-Trick and Laura Jones, will present at the ACEI Global Summit on Childhood to share Hyla’s methods for inspiring youth activism and leadership. When an international audience gathers next spring at the Global Summit on Childhood, hosted by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI), they will learn…

New Professional Development Program for Teachers

New Professional Development Program for Teachers

Introducing the Jim Hamilton Fund for Teacher Excellence: A new professional development program for teachers. After a year of review of Hyla’s sabbatical program, the Board’s Personnel Committee introduced a new professional development program called the Jim Hamilton Fund for Teacher Excellence. With the goal of providing increased support to teachers…