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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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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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February Model UN Conference

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.

This conference was a gathering of the UN Security Council, one of the UN’s six principal bodies. The Security Council is tasked with maintaining international peace and security. To prepare for such a complicated topic, the students start researching weeks…

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein on Thursday February 27
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Chanukah Happenings

Students enjoy latkes and play the dreidel game in the dormsby Liva Jostad-Laswell

As part of this year’s holiday festivities at High Mowing we have been observing Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. This year, Chanukah began the night before Thanksgiving—the first Chanukah-Thanksgiving overlap in nearly 100 years, and the last we will see for about another 70 years. Luckily, Chanukah’s timing still offered us four nights for celebration here at HMS.

On Wednesday evening, the eighth and last night of Chanukah, Judy Wachler and I cooked up about 75 latkes and hosted a large group of both boarding and day students in my home. The latkes, a potato …

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