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On Call With Addie Norden '18

Highland Senior Addison Norden '18 has been training with the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company since she was a sophomore. She's completed intensive training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She works all-night shifts on the weekends and has been running calls since February. Now, she's training to become certified as a firefighter. Click here to read more about her in this new post by Cathy Campbell. 

Thanks to Cathy Campbell for writing this post for the Highland blog. You can reach Cathy at ccampbell@highlandschool.org
Sender Image Posted by david in Student Stories, Academics on Thursday October 26
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“The Play’s the Thing”: Approaching Shakespeare the Harmon Way

For Dr. John Harmon, planning his language arts curriculum includes scanning the events listing at area theaters. The practice goes back five years, when his seventh grade class read Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and then saw it performed in Washington D.C. It was a resounding success. “Plays are meant to be seen, of course,” remarks Harmon, “and it was an amazing experience for them in terms of what it added to their understanding of Wilde’s language and wit. I wanted my students to see the play we read every year.”  …

Sender Image Posted by david in Faculty Stories, Academics on Monday September 18 at 12:06PM
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Girl Up Club Members Advocate for Legislative Change

Upper School students, led by Claire Olson '18, are making a difference by advocating for legislative change. Click here to check out their story!
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Highland Students Design, Build, and Test Rocket Engine

Dr. Pat Hewitt and his AP Physics students too their lab project to a new level this year by designing, building, and testing their own Solid Fuel Ramjet rocket engine. The project was a partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne, the University of Virginia, and the United States Army. Check out their story!
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A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman

The ancient immrama are tapestries woven by voices around a fire. A single thread always takes the first step to shape a larger image. As it travels through a storyteller’s fingers, it’ll braid, intertwine with others until they become one. Without that first thread, a story is nothing but an empty loom. 

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Sender Image Posted by david in Student Stories, Academics on Tuesday April 18 at 09:49AM
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The Many Layers of Highland’s Butterfly Garden

There’s more to Highland’s new monarch butterfly garden than a lovely display of native plants and flitting butterflies. Intended in both design and execution as an essential way station for migrating monarch butterflies struggling to find food, the garden is the culmination of months of work by Lower School students, faculty, and parents. But it doesn’t just meet the needs of the insects – it meets the needs and interests of the students and teachers as well.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit…

Sender Image Posted by david in Faculty Stories, Student Stories, Academics on Thursday January 28, 2016 at 08:15PM
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Highland’s Kindergarten Students Drive Learning with Technology

If you were to pop into the Highland Kindergarten classroom today, you would probably hear one of Diana Hewitt’s serious five-year-olds comment to a classmate, “That’s a great piece of work, you should upload that to your Seesaw journal!” That’s right, you won’t hear them talking about Dick, Jane and Spot as you might have 50+ years ago.

The new Seesaw e-Portfolio program that Mrs. Hewitt and Technology teacher Michele Daniel-Shenk are piloting in Kindergarten definitely makes it a 21st century classroom, which is an important reflection of the Highland …

Sender Image Posted by david in Student Stories, Academics on Thursday January 28, 2016
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Highland Alum Tori Hall '13 Addresses Students and Faculty

At a recent All-School Gathering, Victoria Hall, the valedictorian of Highland's Class of 2013 and a current student at Yale University, addressed students, faculty and parents. In her speech, which you can watch below, Tori encouraged current students to take full advantage of the unique range of opportunities Highland offers – everything from the academics, athletics, and arts, to the highly individualized attention from its dedicated faculty.

Tori mentioned two faculty members specifically who encouraged her to push beyond her own perceived limits while fostering her love of …

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Upper School Students Complete Service Camp

Highland Upper School students, Luke Rodgers, Tucker Minter, Ben Babcox, Brooke Landers, and Cameron Smith spent a week of their summer volunteering for community organizations and earning hours toward their service requirement. 

Students performed a wide range of jobs during the week
On Monday, students loaded shelves, sorted produce, and help ready the Fauquier Food Bank for their clients. On Tuesday, students weeded and mulched flower beds and a playground for families at The Barn, a Transitional Housing program in Prince William County.  On Wednesday, students caulked and …

Sender Image Posted by david in Student Stories on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at 05:07PM
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Outward Bound with Highland School

“If we take to heart the lessons of history, we will regard it as a very serious responsibility of schools to build up nervous strength in the vulnerable, the imaginative, the sensitive, by methods which will harden yet spare them, so that they will be better able to stand the strain which responsible citizenship imposes.” -KURT HAHN, OUTWARD BOUND 

Under the school’s Character and Leadership program, Upper School students have the opportunity to pursue a Certificate of Leadership Development. Criteria for the certificate include completion of a Leadership and/or…

Sender Image Posted by david in Academics on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 08:08PM
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