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Commencement Address 2014

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."

Read the full speech below.


"Thank you, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, families, friends, and, especially, graduates…

Two months ago, when Cary Hughes called me into his office, and shut the door behind me, I knew I was in trouble…

Today, I am honored and grateful to be given the opportunity to speak to you. But when I was asked to…

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein on Thursday June 26 at 02:56PM
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Interview with Dale Coye

Join us this weekend for our Spring Musical, Finian's Rainbow. Performances are May 1, 2, and 3 at 7pm at the Pine Hill Waldorf School. Tickets sold at the door, $12 for adults and $8 for students. As the cast prepares for the first performance on Thursday, director Dale Coye sat down with us to talk about producing and directing a musical.

When do you start planning for the Spring Musical?

Dale Coye: The previous fall. As for choosing which musical, I have to take into account what sort of talent we have and how big the chorus will be. A lot of the old musicals don’t have great plots. The …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in Faculty Musings on Wednesday April 30
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Afternoon Archery

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, especially after a long day in the classroom.

“Archery was one of the first of the martial arts in many eastern traditions,” says Keith. “Maintaining the discipline of the body and the focus of the mind leads to a very clear emotional state.”

Once they’re done with Afternoon Clean Up, the students make their way over the …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in Faculty Musings on Wednesday April 30
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Running Away to Join Smirkus

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.

Sorrell’s siblings inspired her because she was intrigued by the many possibilities in circus arts. Sorrell continued to follow this passion, learning to juggle, unicycle, balance on rolling globes and tightwire throughout her studies at the Pine Hill. After years…

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in About Our Students on Thursday April 10
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Warrant Article 13: 220-91!

This year more than 300 people attended Wilton Town Hall Meeting. Many of the warrant articles were routine: capital improvements, repairs to town buildings, and approval for highway maintenance. The warrant articles were presented, a representative would speak about its merits, and then the Wilton residents would vote. Each item took 10 minutes, tops.

Warrant Article 13—to appropriate up to $80,000 from the Town of Wilton towards the purchase of the conservation easements on 155 acres of land on top of Abbott Hill—took far longer. Joe Broyles, a Wilton resident and member of the Wilton …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in High Mowing Happenings on Wednesday March 26
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