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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…

2015 Mini-Term

2015 Mini-Term

Today during Morning Meeting, faculty members briefly described their visions for this year’s mini-term explorations.  Yes, mini-term is a month away!  We are excited to start Tuesday afternoon, December 15th, 2015.  Our kick off will take place in Room E.  We are thrilled to welcome back Dana Lyons.  Dana is…

Stormy Weather Information

Stormy Weather Information

Stormy Weather Information: With the season’s stormy weather comes fallen trees, power outages, flooding, snow, and ice. The most important thing to know is that Hyla follows the Bainbridge Island School District when it comes to delays or school closures due to weather.  Should you wonder if Hyla will have…

Ringing the bell

Ringing the bell

  When the bell rings to call the Hyla community in from break or lunch, an amazing thing happens: The frisbee stops flying. The cargo net and ga-ga ball pit are evacuated with a sense of urgency. Groups of kids who have been talking with friends begin walking to their next…

Electives – Round Two

Electives – Round Two

Middle school students thrive on choice and variety. One way we support that need at Hyla is through our elective classes. Every quarter, Hyla students choose a general elective class, and a PE elective class from a diverse set of offerings created by faculty members. The broad range of activities…