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Our next round of Electives begins!

Our next round of Electives begins!

Just glancing at the list of Electives you get a sense of the fun – experimental cooking, printmaking, debate – to name just a few. But Electives are about a lot more than fun. The broad range of activities offered through Electives speak to the multi-dimensional skills, talents, and passions of…

New Math Program

New Math Program

“The evolution of algebra at Hyla The story of our new math curriculum begins at the Arbor School soccer exchange. Each year Hyla students compete in various sports events in the region with other students from independent schools. While the soccer exchange with Arbor, Catlin Gabel (track) and Spring Reign…

Science Room Makeover

Science Room Makeover

Starting in the Spring of 2014, the science room has received some exciting upgrades: New technologies: Robot kits for computer programming and robotics in 6th grade and electives. iPad minis for science (to receive data from probes) and math class (graphing calculators). Digital probes to transmit data wirelessly (like temperature…

6th Grade Performs Shakespeare

6th Grade Performs Shakespeare

They did it! The 6th grade class has completed one of the signature Hyla experiences: performing a full Shakespeare play. A culminating experience, like a performance, allows students to demonstrate their developing skills, and therefore to feel a great sense of success. Sitting in the audience, we too can feel their…

Aquatic biology lab along an active salmon run

Aquatic biology lab along an active salmon run

Last week teachers took the 7th grade into the Mountaineer’s Preserve near Chico, WA as part of our aquatic biology and experimental design unit. With new iPad minis in hand, students walked along the salmon run capturing data and photos. Special thanks to Hyla dad, Rick Gillat, who guided stream biology experiments…

Culture Mini-Term 2014-15

Culture Mini-Term 2014-15

Today during Morning Meeting, faculty members briefly described their visions for this year’s mini-term explorations. Yes, mini-term is a month away! This is the first time we’ve had mini-term this early in the school year; however, we are excited to start Tuesday afternoon, December 16th, 2014. Students will be in specific…

Hyla Co-Hosts New Program for Parents of Tweens on Bainbridge

Hyla Co-Hosts New Program for Parents of Tweens on Bainbridge

We are excited to announce a new program for parents of tweens on Bainbridge that Hyla is co-hosting with Raising Resilience and the Bainbridge Island School District. The program is called “Right in the Middle: Coolheaded – Warmhearted Tools for Parents of Tweens Grades 5-8.” We know that when it…

Soccer Exchange with Arbor School

Soccer Exchange with Arbor School

What a wonderful visit from Arbor School! Thank you to all of the families who volunteered to host Arbor students overnight, and to Mike Fosmark for coaching soccer this fall. In a special morning meeting on Friday, we received a new book for the Hyla library and two origami duo-decahedron…

6th Grade Translates Shakespeare

6th Grade Translates Shakespeare

The 6th grade production of a full-length Shakespeare play is a proud Hyla tradition. Our 6th grade class just finished “retellings” – an important phase of the curriculum where students effectively translate each line of the play to claim the story as their own and reach a deeper understanding of…

7th Graders vs Scotch Broom

7th Graders vs Scotch Broom

To conclude their biology study of native plants, 7th graders worked with Clarice Cutler from “Let’s Pull Together – Scotch Broom Control of Bainbridge Island” to eradicate this non-native plant from the Hyla Campus. Clarice spent a week with the 7th grade science class to teach them about invasive plants…