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Christmas Books

Each year the Christmas Book is presented to the school during the Yule Festival. Every student designs a page and members of the senior class design and construct a case. Though the books vary in style, each is unique and beautiful.

“I had always felt that those books were visible evidence of the heart of High Mowing, through work both academic and creative,” Mrs. Emmet wrote in Farm to School.

This tradition began in 1942, the year the school was founded. However, when much of High Mowing burned to the ground on January 18, 1970, all of the Christmas Books were lost. “Their burning is …

Posted by HMS in Alumni/ae Perspectives on Friday December 20, 2013 at 03:10PM
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The Nativity, a history

Nativity 2010The High Mowing Nativity has been performed every year since the school began during World War II. Mrs. Emmet directed the Nativity from the early days of the school until the 1970s when Sabina Nordoff, the Eurythmy teacher, took over. The torch was passed to Patrice Pinette in the 1990s after Sabina became ill and passed away, and this year Patrice and Raven Garland are co-directing. We spoke to Patrice, Raven and Eunice Chalmers, who has been a member of the High Mowing community since the 1970s, about the Nativity’s history.

Eunice Chalmers: Mrs. Emmet’s conception of the Nativity was …

Posted by Kurt Schmidlein in Faculty Musings on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 12:28PM
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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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Michaelmas: A Celebration of Courage

High Mowing Students celebrate Michaelmas by wearing red, the color of strength

While food, clothing and shelter are essential for physical survival, the human spirit also has fundamental requirements. We feel a  deep need for connection and we feel a sense of joy and warmth when we experience ourselves as linked to something bigger. We need connection to other humans and animals, connection to the natural world around us, and a connection to deeper meaning and purpose in our lives. The traditions and rituals of seasonal festivals serve to strengthen and deepen these ties and create a sense of being “at home” in our community and in the cosmos.

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Posted by HMS on Sunday September 29, 2013
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