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The Importance of Parents Weekend

display of seasonal items during Parents Weekend in OctoberMy daughter, Allison, graduated this past June and I enjoyed attending Parents Weekend for all four of the years she was at High Mowing. Why did I make a point of coming all four years? As a parent of a boarding student and being from California, the first and foremost reason was to see her and give her a big hug!

Being from the other coast, I didn’t get to see her much during the school year, so Parents Weekend was a great time to do so. And given that she was on the soccer team, it was the one chance each season to see her play.

But getting to see her was just the beginning. I also wanted to know everything I could about her life on the Hill. The conferences with her teachers, class mentors and advisor were some of the best ways to get a full picture of both her social and academic life. Another way I got to know more about her life at school was by meeting her friends and getting to know them better each passing year. It was also one of the few times to connect with parents of her classmates, some of whom have become good friends.

The weekends were always full of entertainment as well. It was an opportunity to see the many talents of the students as they performed with the jazz band, Sinfonietta and choral or movement groups. This was always enjoyable, whether I was watching my daughter perform or sitting next to her as we enjoyed the talents of other students.

I left each weekend feeling part of a community... a warm and welcoming community.

Allison’s brother, Adam, is just beginning his freshman year at High Mowing. I look forward with much anticipation to my first Parents Weekend with him at the end of October.

by Kirsten Hill, mother of Allison, ‘13, and Adam, ‘17

students sort seeds at Parents Weekend for the seed-saving program

Students sort seeds at Parents Weekend 2012 to assist the HMS seed-saving program.

Posted by HMS in Thoughts from Parents on Friday September, 27, 2013

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