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The Power of Morning Meeting

In Highland's Lower School, teachers have embraced a way to engage students called Responsive Classroom. Students learn to develop empathy, assertiveness, responsibility, self-control, and cooperation. The approach emphasizes the integration of academic and social-emotional skills as the best preparation for student success. Teachers have a deep understanding of where each child is developmentally, and see parents as partners in the learning process. Click here to read more about her in this new post by Cathy Campbell. 

Thanks to Cathy Campbell for writing this post for the …
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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.”  …

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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…

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Celebrating 32 Years with Sarah Roach

After 32 years at Highland School, Upper School Latin teacher Sarah Roach will retire at the end of the 2015/2016 academic year (after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, of course). We caught up with Sarah to find out how she arrived at Highland, what she thinks about traveling the world with her students, and what adventures lie ahead.

Q. You came to Highland School in 1984 after teaching at Wakefield Country Day School. What originally brought you to Highland? Did you think at the time that you’d stay for 32 years?

A. I actually taught Latin for a year in a high school in …

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