On October 11th and 12th, artists around the Monadnock region will be opening their studios to visitors as part of the Monadnock Art, 19th Annual Open Studio Art Tour. Rachael Johnson, HMS art teacher and alumna, is one of the artists featured in the tour.
As part of the fundraising effort to place Frye Field into conservation, local artist, alumna parent and HMS Board of Trustees president donated a stunning painting of the view of Frye Field for raffle. Claudia Duchene, alumna parent, was the lucky winner of Perspective.
Mary Graham, President of the High Mowing Board of Trustees and alumnae parent, gave this year's Commencement Address. Mary, a career artist, encouraged the graduates to cultivate their artistic senses, and to "be awake, and pay attention."
This spring Keith Badger is offering archery as an afternoon class. Keith, who has taught Naturalist, bow making, and science at High Mowing for many years, finds that physical activities such as archery are incredibly important for teenagers.
Every year the school puts on a Spring Musical — it's a annual highlight for the school as well as the local community. Dale Coye has directed the Spring Musical for years, and talks about the experience producing and directing a talented group of high school students.
Senior Sorrell Nielsen has been involved in circus arts since she was five years old when her older brother, Tristan, and his friends needed circus props and started throwing around Sorrell and her sister, Greylin. Sorrell and her siblings attended the Pine Hill Waldorf School where the circus program was a big draw for all of them.
More than 300 people attended Wilton Town Hall Meeting this year. The High Mowing community had a particular interest in Warrant Article 13 which requested $80,000 from the Town of Wilton towards the purchase of the conservation easements on 155 acres of land on top of Abbott Hill.
On February 15, High Mowing School hosted a Model United Nations Conference. High Mowing students were joined by peers from Alvirne High School and Monadnock Waldorf School to debate one of the more difficult geopolitical issues of the 21st century: China’s Claims in the South China Sea and the islands in dispute between China and Japan.
One of the highlights for the High Mowing School community each school year is the class plays performed by each grade. The class plays are directly connected to the curriculum and allow students to dive deep into literature and learn key skills of team building, speaking, movement, design and more. Students who complete all four years at High Mowing perform in or work on at least four plays, and up to eight if they take part in the all-school annual spring musicals.
In the early morning of January 18, 1970, much of High Mowing School burned to the ground. But the stories from the aftermath of the fire, as remembered by Mrs. Emmet in From Farm to School, do not only paint a picture of loss. There are also many stories of hope and resilience from that night, and more still from the days and months that followed. Here are just a few.