To kick off Hill’s H Term, students and faculty participated in a school-wide day of service on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. H Term is The Hill School’s distinctive, experiential, and interdisciplinary mini term held between the Thanksgiving and winter holiday breaks. *Scroll down to view more photos.
The Day of Service was organized by Hobart’s Run, The Hill’s neighborhood improvement initiative, in collaboration with local businesses and community non-profits. The day was structured to allow half of the student groups to venture into Pottstown to participate in community service projects while the other groups stayed on campus for a presentation about the importance of community outreach, including brief presentations on the history of Pottstown and Hobart's Run. Students also watched the documentary "Kindness is Contagious."
Many of the projects helped to prepare the Pottstown area for the holiday season such as hanging wreaths, stringing lights on trees, painting windows, crafting holiday cards, raking leaves, and decorating community gardens. Other groups visited local nursing homes to help residents address holiday cards to family members and hang holiday decorations.
H Term officially begins on Thursday, December 2. During the two-week H Term, students have the opportunity to explore non-traditional courses that offer more opportunities for collaboration and creative learning, as well as off-campus internships and independent study projects.
All students must take part in H Term by either enrolling in two on-campus courses that are held Monday through Friday for 2.5 hours each or participating in an off-campus 60+ hour internship or independent study project. Fifth and sixth form students may participate in a hybrid option where they are enrolled in one H Term course in addition to a 30+ hour internship or independent study.
The more than 60 distinctive courses created and taught by Hill School faculty offer opportunities for students to have fun while discovering new topics of interest and interacting with teachers they may not encounter during their typical daily schedule. Courses include Art and the Engineer; Games and Mathematics; Introduction to Fly Fishing; Designing Tabletop Games for Diverse Learners; The Premier Athlete: Global Study of Specialization in Athletics; Introduction to Women’s Studies; Religion and Food; Constitutional Law; Life 101; Physics in Film; LGBTQ+ History and Literature: A Mutual Discovery; Rock Band; Outdoor Education; Classical Art & Archaeology; Fast Fashion: Trends, Icons, Sustainability, and Hill; and Environmental Racism and Justice.
This year’s H Term concludes on Friday, December 17, when Hill students depart for the holiday break.