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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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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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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.

Students and parents …

Posted by HMS on Sunday September 29, 2013
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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 …

Posted by HMS in Thoughts from Parents on Friday September 27, 2013
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A Look Back on the Year

It has been a whirlwind of activity on Abbot Hill for the last few weeks! There were celebratory graduation events and activities, followed by an intense week of professional development for teaching and administrative staff, topped off by our much-anticipated High Mowing Alumni/ae Weekend. Now, with the broad expanse of summer before us, I have a moment to reflect on all of these activities and the accomplishments of the year.

High Mowing's graduating class of 2013

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013!

It has been an honor and a privilege to spend the past two years at High Mowing with this year’s extraordinary …

Posted by ReaGill in From the Executive Director on Friday June 21, 2013
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