Imagine a school wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a learning experience around the unique needs and passions of each student. That’s Greenhills. In intensely smart classes, our teachers push students to know the depth of what they’re truly capable of — from Jazz and 2D Design to Conceptual Physics.
On June 2, Head of School Peter Fayroian presented the 2020 Senior Awards to twenty outstanding students. Traditionally, awardees would be recognized during an all-school assembly held at the end of the year. Thanks to the careful planning by faculty and staff—and parent involvement—we were able to surprise many of the recipients during cap and gown pickup while surrounded by family.
By Betsy Ellsworth, Director of College Counseling at Greenhills School As if the process of considering and applying for colleges doesn’t feel overwhelming enough for students and parents, COVID-19 has added an extra variable that is leaving many feeling uncertain about what to do. College Counseling departments like ours have continued to communicate with colleges across the country, and we want to share with you some of the things we’ve learned. The silver lining is that it’s not all gloom and doom. While COVID-19 has brought a level of uncertainty about the immediate future, students are also seeing new opportunities that didn’t exist just weeks ago.
This past week the Greenhills Chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted new members for the 2019-20 academic year. Given the unique challenges of quarantine and remote learning, the Greenhills Chapter decided to deliver the society charge in person — in accordance with social distancing guidelines — along with the certificate of membership, the Society booklet, and the membership pin.
Mid-May is already upon us, and it's hard to believe that our academic year will draw to a close in several weeks. In a typical school year, we would be hosting two events focused on our 8th grader students - one of which is the 8th Grade Capstone Showcase. We host this event, as well as the 8th Grade Celebration, in an effort to honor our 8th graders' time with us over the last three years, to slow down a little these last weeks of school, and to recognize the transition to high school our students are about to make. This year, of course, we've had to find alternative ways to observe our year-end traditions.
On April 27, 2020, Program Director and Greenhills English teacher Rebecca Randolph presented the 2020 McDowell Writing Award recipients with their prizes. Due to current restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis a traditional ceremony was not possible. Although we weren't able to come together for a proper celebration, Randolph visited each recipient's home to surprise them in front of their families.
And we do our very best to draw it out daily. On average, any two people have 99.9% identical DNA. That means what makes you you is what comes from that remaining 0.1%. At Greenhills, we've crafted our entire 6th- through 12th-grade experience (and our approach to teaching) to unleash the full power of that 0.1%. So you can go out into the world — uniquely and confidently you. A one-of-a-kind work of art with the ability to do anything you set your very distinctive brain to.