It was another very busy week at The Hill! Mrs. Courtney Neese's AP English Literature class includes a service learning component in which students are paired with residents at a local retirement home and build empathy and understanding as they learn about their partners are write memoirs of their lives. On Thursday, the students visited with their friends week and enjoyed one-on-one time and played "balloon volleyball" as a group.
On Friday, students celebrated the Lunar New Year with friends and food, including fresh dumplings handcrafted by our students and dining hall staff! The winter vocal concert, Closer, was held on Friday evening in the Alumni Chapel featuring the The Hill School's vocal groups: Chorus, Hilltones, Hilltrebles, and Chamber Choir. In addition, guest singers from the upcoming musical Shrek joined the combined choirs for a number of selections.
On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Neese kicked off phase one of the 2nd annual Kindness Rocks project by inviting all members of The Hill community to join her in painting 100 rocks. Phase two will take place over the next few weeks as painted rocks appear across campus. Any members of the community who find a rock, and sends a photo of themselves with the rock to Mrs. Neese, will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Follow along on Instagram @the_hill_school_rocks!
Later that evening during the 3rd annual mini-THON Hill students, faculty members, and their families gathered in the Mercer Field House for a night of fun while supporting the fight against childhood cancer. For an admission fee, students enjoyed a variety of activities including inflatables, Frisbee, Spike-ball, and more. The event raised a more than $6,000 to benefit the organization Four Diamonds whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer through world-class care, transformative philanthropy and life-saving research.
On Sunday, The Hill School Jazz Ensemble traveled to Bethehem, Pa. to compete in the SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase. The Hill's trumpet trio - Andrew Spatarella '22, Michael Soland '21, and Henry - were awarded "Best Trumpet Section!"