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May 2015

may 29 | horticulture pictures by HMS sophomore Ethan Blair

May 27 | HMS senior Alexandrea receives naturalist award

Today during community meeting HMS Naturalist teacher Keith Badger awarded senior Alexandrea Farquhar with an Osprey backpack. Alexandrea was chosen by her fellow Naturalist seniors to receive award. The backpack was donated by Alex Chapman-Sendzimir, who gave it to the school in honor of Hunter MOORE '14, who was an avid Naturalist student. 

may 26 | golden evenings on the hill

Last night was a beautiful and golden evening on the Hill #sunset #mountains #campus #boardingschool #waldorfschool

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May 25 | Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day we remember those that gave their lives in service to their country. We remember in particular the 23 soldiers and sailors who died in 1942 fighting in Fedala, Morocco during the invasion of North Africa in one of the first battles of World War II against fascist forces. They were under the command of Captain Robert R. M. Emmet, the husband of our school's founder Mrs. Beulah Emmet. Captain Emmett was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his actions on that day.

The Navy Medal was awarded to Captain Emmet for "exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Commander of the Center Attack Group of the Western Naval Task Force in the landing operations in North Africa in November 1942. Captain Emmet was assigned the duty of capturing the town of Fedala and an important airfield nearby and skillfully conducted all units under his command to their stations for the attack on the town in complete darkness on 7 November. In the early morning of 8 November, he landed troops and equipment in Fedala, and in the face of persistent fire, the Center Attack Group captured the shore batteries. By early afternoon, all organized hostile resistance in the vicinity had ceased."

The battle for Fedala was part of Operation Torch, which was the codename for the Allied invasion of North Africa. Operation Torch would claim the lives of 479 allied soldiers and would mark the begining of American involvment in the European Theater of World War II. In Sepetember of 1942, three months prior to the launch of Operation Torch, Mrs. Emmet opened the doors of High Mowing School to students for the first time.

May 22 | Physics Trip

This week as part of their Physics track class, some of our seniors visited Teledyne Webb Research and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Falmouth, MA. High Mowing Physics Teacher Laura Rubiano-Gomez sent this report:

"Teledyne Webb Research designs and manufactures scientific instruments for oceanographic research monitoring. During the tour of their facilities, our students learned how some of their products are engineered, built and deployed - including the APEX floats, which are part of an international collaborative ocean-observing program.

We also had the opportunity to visit WHOI, one of the best known and most trusted names in ocean science and exploration. We visited a chemistry lab where many of the samples from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were analyzed. We also had the rare opportunity to visit their research vessels. We were very fortunate to be able to see ALVIN - their manned deep-ocean research submersible. It is a fairly rare occurrence to have one global class research vessel in port and even rarer to have two. There have been times when both the R/V Knorr and the R/V Atlantis have been away from WHOI for 2 to 3 years. We were VERY lucky!"

Pictured below are:

-The research vessel Knorr

-Alvin --- a manned deep submergence vehicle. It is owned by the US Navy and operated by WHOI for the national oceanographic community. The sub is famous for locating a lost hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea in 1966, exploring the first known hydrothermal vent sites in the 1970s, and surveying the wreck of RMS Titanic in 1986.

-The Deepsea Challenger --- a deep-diving submersible designed to reach the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth (in the middle of the Pacific Ocean). It was used by film director James Cameron to film "Deepsea Challenge"

may 21 | spring musical 2015: "the drowsy chaperone"

may 20 | longboarding video

May 18 | geometry project by HMS junior Federica Jermann

Geometry Project by Federica Jermann '16

May 14 | Hamlet

may 13 | may day photos!

May 11 | Happy Mother's day!

Bikes, Boats & Boots: Exploring Coastal Maine and New Brunswick

Students send a special message to their moms from the Bay of Fundy, even though they were away exploring the coast of Maine. If you look closely in the mud below their feet, you can see their “Happy Mother’s Day” message.

This group is experiencing  the geology and ecology of the coast of Maine and New Brunswich, both from in the water and on foot. New Brunswick is home to the highest tides in the entire world. This is an adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

May 8 | In Search of Middle Earth

may 7 | may day video

may 6 | springtime lamb

A motherless lamb needed some special care this spring. HMS sophomore Helena capably took on the job during Projects Block, blending lamb care in with her other on campus project, Theatre: Shakespeare with a Twist.

May 4 | Spring is here!

Spring has finally arrived on Abbot Hill! This Saturday, at our hilltop May Day celebration, winter was finally banished for good! The campus is alive with color as trees and flowers bloom. Stay tuned this week for pictures and video from May Day!

May 1 | The magnolia tree

The magnolia tree is almost in full bloom! Come to May Day this Saturday and see this beautiful tree firsthand!

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