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The Admission Magazine of Hathaway Brown School

Winter/Spring 2014

Photo by Keith Berr

Programming Prowess The partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group has created a powerful robotics program that helps young people discover the fun in science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. HB is proud to be home to three FIRST LEGO League teams made up of Primary and Middle School students.

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Hathaway Brown is a dynamic and compassionate community dedicated to excellence in the education of girls.

we learn not for school, but for life Every year since 1876, the daughters of Hathaway Brown have left its hallowed halls to make their marks in locations near and far. For these lifelong learners, there is no limit to what they can accomplish. Today, HB women live and work throughout the United States and in every corner of the globe. Students and alumnae alike are informed and engaged citizens of the world. No matter how far away they may be, though, HB will always be their home. To learn more about the difference Hathaway Brown School can make for your child, please call 216.320.8767 today to schedule a visit and tour. For application information, including important dates and deadlines for each of our four school divisions, please visit

contents Admission

Contact Us pg. 5 HB at a Glance pg. 18 Important Dates pg. 34

News from North Park pg. 6 Kindergarten Kick-Start pg. 12

Hathaway Brown is creating lifelong enthusiasm for learning and surpassing kindergarten academic standards, while recognizing the importance of play and encouraging exploration.

Wise Investments pg. 26

The Center for Business & Finance has developed a deliberate approach to teaching girls the art and science of business.

Active Reading pg. 20

Primary School students collaborate on a division-wide Storyline project around Taro Yashima’s “Crow Boy.”

In Their Words pg. 32

Ask a Blazer Q&A with Middle School students

Photo by Keith Berr

Perfect Harmony Under the direction of Linda Simon-Mietus, HB’s Middle and Upper School orchestral students fill the community with beautiful music. The award-winning program received a Superior rating at the North American Music Festivals in 2008, and was the highest ranking orchestra in the nation.


SOLID Foundation


We’ve all heard Robert Fulghum’s famous poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The title says it all. I’ve known about this sentiment for years, and I always felt it was a cute way of saying that the basics are always important in life. I was wrong – it means so much more. I now am a believer that when it comes to education, there could be no truer statement. I have little doubt that a good Early Childhood program combined with a top-notch Kindergarten can set a child on the path for success like nothing else can. I see it every day here at Hathaway Brown. And with each year that passes, I value those building blocks even more. Everywhere I look on campus, I see the value of a good foundation -- in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and even onstage. What you have learned over the years and how you learned it does in fact make a difference. Take our girls for example. There are many ways to gauge the success of a school, one being through the National Merit Scholarship program. Out of the 14 recognized students in last year's senior class, eight came to HB before seventh grade, and four of those students began their HB careers in Early Childhood. In the science world, women are still underrepresented, comprising only eight percent of those who declare science majors in college. Conversely, a full 40 percent of Hathaway Brown girls who engaged in the school’s Science Research & Engineering Program go on to pursue science studies. Foundation matters. It matters a lot. As you consider HB for your daughter or Early Childhood son, please think about the impact of the early school years. These years are the ones that shape how we treat others, how we tap into our intellectual curiosity, learn to read, and find the confidence to pursue our dreams. At HB we give our students a foundation that lasts a lifetime.

Sarah Liotta Johnston spends a winter day with HB kindergartners, learning how to bundle up before heading out to play in the snow.

contact us Sarah Liotta Johnston

Associate Head for Enrollment Management 216.320.8104

Tina Reifsnyder

Admission Coordinator 216.320.8767

Shelley Johns

Admission Database Manager 216.320.8098

early childhood/primary school Kristin Kuhn

Director of Early Childhood & Primary School Admission 216.320.8093

middle school Katherine Jenne Chapman ’04 Director of Middle School Admission 216.320.8091

upper school Hathaway Brown is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the Ohio Association of Independent Schools, the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools, and is a founding member of the World Education Alliance.

Colleen Sommerfeld

Associate Director of Upper School Admission 216.320.8103

Ideas Worth Sharing Hathaway Brown was honored to host one of more than 220 TEDx events in 58 countries around the

world taking part in TEDWomen on December

5. We shared the live stream and presented our

own speakers around the theme "Invented Here." TEDWomen fostered a truly global conversation

-- from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul --

celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders.

TEDxHBSWomen featured three in-person presentations,





intermission. The speakers at the inaugural event were Maryrose T. Sylvester, President and CEO

of GE Lighting (mother of Jules ’20 and Ella ’22); Amy G. Brady, Chief Information Officer for Key

Technology & Operations (mother of Amanda ’15 and Madi ’16); and Rebecca O. Bagley, President and CEO of NorTech. Additionally, the program

featured music by the HB singers, four Upper

Schoolers offering original spoken-word poetry, and a special piece by HB dancers. This




allowed the school to connect with a powerful

group that convened to consider how to bring

necessary solutions to some of the world's current challenges. Focused on invention, TEDWomen

offered us an opportunity to learn about some

innovative thinking of women with wide ranging

expertise. Part of the Be Well, Lead Well initiative at HB, TEDxHBSWomen was incredibly helpful as we collaborated to invent new ways to bring wellness, health, leadership and power together.

For more information and to view the

speeches that were offered at HB, please visit

Photos by Bridgette Nadzam-Kasubick


Photo by Ripcho Studios


Blazer Bond

Ever wonder how HB has changed over the years? On December 5, four Hathaway Brown alumnae found out during the school’s inaugural Celebrate Sisterhood event. Danielle Horvitz Weiner ’00, Merry McDaniel McCreary ’70, Cynthia Sterling Cleminshaw ’53, and Merle Vertes ’54 all answered an invitation to Northeast Ohio alumnae to spend a day in the Primary School. The festivities included classroom visits, guided tours from students, and a meal in the Margery Stouffer Biggar '47 and Family Dining Hall.

FIELD REPORT CROSS COUNTRY – Placed fifth in the OHSAA Division II District * Abbey Langenderfer '15 qualified for the Regional meet * Several runners posted personal best times throughout the season FIELD HOCKEY – Varsity ranked OHSAA District Runner-Up with an overall record of 13-7; Seeded fifth in the District Tournament * JV finished the season with a record of 11-3-2; Runner-Up in the Magnificat JV Field Hockey Invitational Tournament GOLF - Competitive season capped with fourth place in the OHSAA Division II Sectional Tournament, and fifth in the Northeast Ohio Independent School Girls Golf League * Came in fifth at the District Tournament SOCCER - Varsity earned a record of 15-4-3; Advanced to the OHSAA Division II State Semifinal * JV finished the regular season at 2-13 TENNIS - Varsity "A" finished the season with a 13-4 record; OTCA Division II District Champions * Two Singles players – Ariana Iranpour '14 and Lauren Gillinov '17 – and one Doubles team – Catherine Areklett '17 and Ally Persky '17 – qualified for the OHSAA Division II State Tournament * Ariana ended the season as the Singles State Champion, the second Blazer Tennis player to be so ranked * Varsity "B" had an 8-9 record * JV tennis team finished the season at 14-2 VOLLEYBALL – With a 12-13 record, Varsity became only the third team in HB history to advance to the OHSAA Division II District Semifinals * JV team completed the regular season at 2-15

Students and alumnae alike were delighted to hear and see how the HB experience has evolved. Fourth-grade students were amazed as Merry McCreary ’70 told them about the rigorous dress code she had to follow - complete with saddle shoes - and her role in an “Alice in Wonderland” puppet show. Likewise, Merle Vertes ’54 was pleased to see how the curriculum had become more interactive as she watched third-grade students make crows as part of the Prime’s Storyline project in art class. Director of Early Childhood and Primary School Admission Kristin Kuhn designed the Celebrate Sisterhood program in collaboration with Director of Alumnae Relations Dana Lovelace Capers ’86 not only to highlight the Prime to HB’s dedicated alumnae, but also to celebrate the school’s legacy. “It’s amazing to see how many of our alumnae have children or grandchildren enrolled,” said Kuhn. “I’m always impressed by the lasting connection our students have to HB.”

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD Logan Paul, a member of the Hathaway Brown class of 2014, has committed to play NCAA Division I college softball at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Logan is a pitcher for the Blazer Varsity Softball team, and she is the school's all-time leader in victories as well as second in school history in strikeouts -- she only needs 15 more to become the school's career leader in that category as well. Additionally, she is a member of the Blazer Varsity Basketball team. On November 13, she signed a letter of commitment to become a student-athlete at Bryant. She was joined by her family, friends, coaches, and classmates. Athletic Director Paul Maes and Associate Athletic Director Paul Barlow congratulated her for being an excellent role model for her peers, and recognized her for the countless hours she has spent coaching and mentoring student-athletes in the Middle and Upper schools during her high school years. Also committing to play Division I athletics next year are Beth Brzozowski '14 and Alison Nordell '14. Beth will continue her basketball career at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a four-year player and three-year starter for the Blazer basketball team that has won the last five straight Division II State Championships. She is currently second in career assists and third all-time in three-point field goals made for the Blazers. Alison will attend Yale University next fall where she will row on the Crew team there. While at HB, she has begun and developed a strong school interest in the sport, and she now rows for the Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association.

Karen Eisenstadt, pictured here with HB’s first graders during a classroom visit, has been blind since birth. She spent time discussing her everyday activities and demonstrating how Midnight helps her.

CURRICULUM COMPANION Midnight, a seeing-eye dog raised here at HB, came back this fall to visit with the students who helped to socialize him as a puppy. He and his handler, Karen Eisenstadt, now live in New York City where Midnight guides Eisenstadt through subways, traffic, and all of the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Primary School art teacher Carol Sphar is a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an organization that pairs service dogs with the visually impaired. As a pup, Midnight accompanied Sphar to school each day. The girls discovered why service dogs are important as they learned how to properly interact with this special working animal. Sphar has since trained two other service dogs. She integrates her work with them into the classroom curriculum, as the girls create art projects related to the dogs’ growth and development.

BEYOND BAROQUE For several months the Middle School’s signature Recorder Consort, directed by Deb Southard, has been collaborating with Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire. Students in the ensemble attended an Apollo’s Fire concert in October, and recorder soloist Francis Colpron offered a master class for HB’s recorder players in November. This spring, the collaboration crescendos with a special performance at the Apollo’s Fire benefit gala, which will be held at Hathaway Brown on April 5. “Beyond Baroque: Fire. Passion. Period.” will feature music by the HB Recorder Consort, with one song played on their own, and then a joint performance of a portion of the Telemann Recorder Suite in A minor with the Apollo’s Fire musicians. Additionally, Becca Lambright ’15 will play a movement from a Vivaldi violin concerto during the program. HB women have other ties to this special evening as well. Several alumnae are members of the event planning committee, and Frances Buchholzer ’52 will be honored for her support of this unique orchestra. Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. To learn more about the orchestra and the benefit gala, visit


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ACT Riya Jagetia ’14 earned the highest possible composite score on the ACT exam (36). The ACT features tests dedicated to English, mathematics, reading and science, with each test scored on a scale from 1-36. A student’s composite score is an average of these four test scores. Less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers typically achieve this impressive milestone.

National Merit

Advanced Placement

Eighteen members of the class of 2014 are winners in the National Merit competition. Congratulations to our National Merit Commended students Sarah Adler, Nicole Chesnokov, Caroline Jones, Yingchun Li, Margaret Lowenthal (also a National Achievement Semifinalist), Susie Min, Alison Nordell, Jessica Sher, and Yunlu Sun. Kudos also go to our National Merit Semifinalists Dhikshitha Balaji, Megan Callanan, Yasemin Cobanoglu, Joey Gwinnell, Riya Jagetia, Amanda Keresztesy, Aparna Narendrula, Grace Phillips, and Michele Zhou.

Recently recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars were 81 class of 2013 graduates and current students. The distinction is given to high school students who have consistently demonstrated college-level achievement through AP exams. To qualify as an AP scholar, the student must receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Special distinctions are also given to students with high average scores over four or more exams. The HB students honored included 29 AP Scholars (3 or higher on three or more exams), 23 AP Scholars with Honor (average score of 3.25 over four or more exams), 29 AP Scholars with Distinction (3.5 average score over five or more exams), and five National AP Scholars (average score of 4 with 4s on eight or more exams). The group averaged a 4.19 score per test.

Creative Composition While they were in Middle School, Hathaway Brown juniors Brady Furlich and Bridget Babcox enjoyed participating in writing competitions that took place across Northeast Ohio. But when they reached high school, they couldn’t find any similar contests. So they invented their own. Inked is an interscholastic high school program designed to bring together local high school students to share their love of writing, improve their writing skills, and engage in friendly competition. The event offers three writing categories: poetry, creative stories, and persuasive essays. Students’ work is judged by experts including HB English teachers and professionals affiliated with the nonprofit Ohio City Writers. Brady and Bridget hosted two Inked competitions in 2013, one in April and one in October. The first featured a keynote presentation by Debra Adams Simmons, editor of The Plain Dealer. The paper’s book editor, Joanna Connors, spoke at the fall program. Both events were amazingly well received, and attendance jumped from 75 participants in the first program to 120 in the second. The girls plan to design another iteration of

Look Book New for 2013-14, HB unveils Lighting the Way: The People of Hathaway Brown School. This book was designed to introduce parents to the warm, intelligent, diverse, and amazingly vibrant people who work on campus. Inside, you'll find distinctive pictures of the members of every single department in every corner of campus who light the lamp of learning for all HB students. The publication also features interesting brief biographical sketches that help you get to know everyone a little better on a personal level. You can find a digital version at


At the start of the school year, Sharon Seaton from Dominion Resources presented students in Hathaway Brown's Campus and Community Sustainability class with a check for $3,800 to support the design and construction of a solarpowered charging station for laptops and cellphones. The goal of the grant, secured by HB's Center for Sustainability, is to provide the HB community with an accessible way to learn about energy systems and to enliven a campus-wide conversation about the impacts of our energy use and energy sources. Students in the Campus and Community Sustainability class are now undertaking a design process to understand how a solar-charging station would be used by the HB community and propose a design for the system. They will also determine the best location and size of a solar array to feed the charging station and will get their hands on the actual construction process. The charging station will include a real-time feedback display, showing actual energy production from the solar panels and energy use from the charging ports. In addition, it will be tied into the weather station that is currently housed on top of the school’s link building.

Lasting Legacy During the school’s fall Legacy Day on October 11, Hathaway Brown joined people around the world in celebrating International Day of the Girl. The General Assembly of the United Nations set aside this important occasion two years ago to acknowledge girls' rights and challenges. We considered the value of girls' education, here at HB and everywhere else in the world. HB seniors were tasked with leading students of all other grade levels in activities and discussion based on the film “Girl Rising,” portions of which Middle and Upper School girls viewed that morning. The 12th graders also read picture books with related themes to their younger schoolmates, so all age groups could also be part of the conversation. Working in small groups, HB girls created 15-second videos to synthesize their conversations. A number of these short student-generated films appear in a video that may be accessed online at People across the school connected with each other on important themes throughout the day, and the closing celebration included folk dancing and linking arms together in the gym, with nearly 1,000 participants in all. At HB, we stand in solidarity with educators everywhere who empower girls and young women to learn for life.


Healthy Ambition

BAKING a Difference

Every year on the first day of school, Head of School Bill Christ unveils a theme that helps guide our work for the year ahead. The 2013-14 HB school theme is “Be Well, Lead Well.” Through a series of events, activities, and academic programs, students, faculty, alumnae, and parents are invited to find ways to appropriately care for themselves physically, intellectually, and emotionally so that they may be leaders in their own lives. We’ve long known that the best kinds of opportunities have a way of presenting themselves to people who know who they are and what they want out of life. When one person looks inward and nurtures her own aspirations, everyone benefits. The best kinds of leaders do just that. And the best kinds of leaders change the world. Also this year, the HB Center for Girls’ and Women’s Leadership has been reimagined and restructured as the Center for Leadership & Well-Being, directed by Koyen Parikh Shah. Under the auspices of the Center, we’ve assembled a host of resources and a corps of expert practitioners to assist eager students in realizing the big dreams they have for themselves and for the world at large.

When they learned that their international French-speaking pen pals in Central Africa didn't have the same educational access that they themselves enjoy at Hathaway Brown, students in Rebecca Graham's French class decided to do something about it. The girls were so motivated to help in any way they could that they organized a special "Crêpes for Cameroon" bake sale last spring, while they were in seventh grade. The student initiative included advertising, promotion, sales, accounting, and funds disbursement. When all was said and done, they raised $205 USD for their cause. The monies were sent to the Village of Messamena in Cameroon. Then something amazing happened. The Parent/Teacher Association in the village was so touched by the HB girls' efforts that they matched the funds. The money was then used to buy all the school supplies necessary for the first 100 students who enrolled in this school year, and who have demonstrated elevated attendance. These students now will have school supplies for the entire school year, a great privilege in Cameroon. This act of kindness really motivated the community in Messamena to put more effort into their children’s education in hopes for a brighter future as well. The HB girls came into contact with students in Cameroon through a unique partnership facilitated by Mme. Graham and her brother, Edward Rosenbaum, a Community Health Peace Corps Volunteer stationed there. On September 9, Rosenbaum, Peace Corps Director Jacquelyn Geier Sesonga, and all of the parents and students of the school attended a ceremony to distribute the school supplies. It was a very exciting day for the village. Many thanks to the members of the HB Class of 2018 who made all of this possible: Colby Cohen, Ellie Felderman, Elise Fuente, Molly Gleydura, Sarah Grube, Kimiya Kian, Joyce Li, Amaya Razmi, and Olivia Watterson.



by Jennifer Keirn I Feature Photography by Keith Berr


Kindergarten curricula nationwide are changing as the pace of primary school education accelerates. Hathaway Brown is creating lifelong enthusiasm for learning and surpassing kindergarten academic standards, while recognizing the importance of play and encouraging exploration.

Kindergarten Let’s face it — kindergarten these days isn’t what it used to be. Just two generations ago, preschool was uncommon and kindergarten was a child’s first formal schooling experience. Before they took that first step into the kindergarten classroom with unscuffed shoes and crisp new dresses, children often got their only foundation for learning at home, with mom and dad as their first teachers. Today, with preschool nearly ubiquitous in many areas and national pressure to accelerate primary education, the kindergarten year in some schools can feel like the starting line in a race toward educational competitiveness in a global economy.

“When I was growing up, for instance, reading was taught in first grade,” says Kathy Zopatti, director of Hathaway Brown’s Primary School. “Children are now coming to kindergarten with more skills than they ever have before academically.” But in too many classrooms nationwide, the race to first-grade readiness has nudged out what should be the currency of kindergarten fundamentals — fun. Blocks, dress-up, and sand tables have largely become the purview of preschools, only to be replaced by orderly desks, voluminous worksheets, and structured reading goals in kindergarten. Not so at Hathaway Brown.

The kindergarten curriculum here is centered on blending a play-based educational environment with building critical skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. It’s an approach that creates a rich foundation for lifelong learners who crave the next challenges in each step of their educational lives. The kindergarten curriculum here is centered on blending a play-based educational environment with building critical skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. It’s an approach that creates a rich foundation for lifelong learners who crave the next challenges in each step of their educational lives. “When you’ve lived that mindset from the beginning of your school experience, it becomes part of who you are,” says Zopatti. “They’ve grown up in this environment of enthusiastic students who love learning. I don’t think that happens in many elementary schools.”

LEARNING On a recent morning in the kindergarten classroom of Becki Anders and Erin Roberts, 13 girls sit on the floor as Roberts leads a teaching technique called Storyline.

It’s a cross-subject lesson unit structured around a story — in this case, “Papa and the Pioneer Quilt” by Jean Van Leeuwen. It tells the tale of a frontier family as they travel west, with daughter Rebecca collecting scraps of cloth that become a quilt that documents their journey. On a SMART Board, Roberts reads the story slowly — by design — stopping at each page to discuss difficult words and plot points. The class pauses at the word ‘coax.’ Roberts encourages the girls to use clues from the story and illustrations to uncover the word’s meaning. As each girl calls out her ideas, they build a collaboration that finally strikes upon the definition. “Do you ever have to do something you don’t want to do?,” Roberts asks. “What do you think your mom or dad could do to coax you?” Continued on page 16.


WHAT’S THE ABOUT KINDERGARTEN? Improvements in performance during the kindergarten year are associated with greater college enrollment and increased earnings by young adulthood.* The greatest influencers of development during the kindergarten year are small class sizes and experienced teachers.* Students who enter Hathaway Brown before high school are more likely to be high achievers in Upper School grades. Of the HB seniors who were National Merit semifinalists or commended students in 2012, 14 enrolled in seventh grade or earlier, including four who entered in Early Childhood. In 2013, HB had more National Merit Semifinalists than any other independent girls’ day school in the country. The factors that parents and students like most about an all-girls’ education are the supportive environment and the opportunities to try new things and take “safe risks.” ** * “How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR,” Harvard University, 2010 ** The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Parent/ Student Survey Results, November 2010


“Coax” and other words the girls have decoded are pinned to the wall, building vocabulary that can be used in free-writing exercises. After time for every girl to share and discuss, the class begins to flow from math to writing to art to creative play stations. At each stop, the girls have the opportunity to explore elements of the story and the era it inhabits in American history. In one corner of the classroom, a station for imaginative play has girls pretending to churn butter and cook over a fire around a ‘covered wagon’ constructed of wire mesh and a white sheet. Using Lincoln Logs, another group is building a log cabin modeled upon a frontier home. At the math station, girls experiment with triangles of construction paper to find the best way to arrange a paper ‘quilt’ like Rebecca’s. Nearby, one group is writing short stories and drawing colorful pictures related to the story, and another is using an iPad to learn about animals that pioneer families may have encountered. Later, in an expansive wood-floored studio lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, dance instructor Jenny Burnett involves the girls in songs and dances from the American frontier days, which they’ll perform as part of the culminating celebration of this educational unit on pioneer life. Even the immersive bimonthly field trips are chosen to augment classroom learning units. A visit to Burton Century Village Museum in nearby Geauga County allows the girls to experience what a school day might have been like in a oneroom schoolhouse of the 1800s.

Metroparks historical interpreter Foster Brown brought both songs and stories of western settlers into the HB kindergarten classrooms.


What is the tangible return on investment in a high-quality kindergarten education? That’s exactly the question that Harvard researchers set out to answer in 2011, when they analyzed achievement data from a Tennessee public school system to compare progress during the kindergarten year against students’ achievement in early adulthood. Other studies into the impact of quality early childhood education have demonstrated a “fade out” effect, whereby the differences in student performance that are apparent in elementary school fade by junior high. But this is the first study that followed its subjects into adulthood. Researchers found that larger increases in skills in kindergarten (as measured by percentile improvements from the beginning to the end of that school year) correlated to increased earnings by the time the subjects reached their late 20s. More of these students went to college and more were saving for retirement. At Hathaway Brown, Zopatti has observed for herself the impact that quality kindergarten education has on girls as they progress into high school.

“Many of our most successful students in the Upper School are the ones who came to us in Primary School,” she says. For example, of the HB seniors who were National Merit semifinalists or commended students in 2012, 14 enrolled in seventh grade or earlier, including four who entered in the Early Childhood program. In 2013, HB had the most National Merit Semifinalists of any other independent girls’ day school in the United States. “Any school will teach reading, math, and writing,” says Kristin Kuhn, director of Early Childhood and Primary School admission. “But we look at what else is out there — what are they doing at the high school and college levels? We are always one step ahead, and that’s how we connect to real-world living.”

A PLACE FOR GIRLS, As the kindergarten students skip and giggle in the halls headed to lunch, physical education, or dance class, they get glimpses of life as an HB Middle or Upper School student. They see the older girls studying in the library or socializing near their lockers. At assemblies, concerts, and theater performances, these younger girls reap the benefits of the school’s talented and richly diverse student population. They hear regularly about the exceptional achievements of older students, every one of them earned by a fellow girl. “Being part of the larger school, our girls get to see what they can achieve by looking to the older girls,” says kindergarten teacher

had that kindergarten groundwork,” Parsons says. “After having this experience, I feel that my investment in HB is even more important during the Primary School years.”

Adds Jahnke: “They are confident, poised, and prepared, because they have been challenged and supported all the way through.”

Jennifer Keirn is a freelance writer.

Research by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and other organizations has documented the benefits of same-sex education across grade levels. For example, the factors that parents and students say they like most about an all-girls’ education are the supportive environment and the opportunities to try new things and take “safe risks.” “The teachers at Hathaway Brown do an amazing job of making each of my daughters feel that she can try something, even if she doesn’t succeed,” says Darrah Parsons, mother of a current HB third-grader and a kindergartner. “I see them wanting to strive to do new things without being worried that they might make a mistake.” The opportunity for HB students to engage in an allgirls’ environment beginning in the earliest primary grades also allows them to learn and develop in the way that best suits girls’ brain development and maturity. As any parent with boys can likely attest, there can be significant academic, social, and emotional differences between the genders in kindergarten. “Boys at this age might tend to dominate the classroom,” says Roberts. “But we are able to be completely focused on the girls and their needs. We try to hear every girl’s voice.” That goal is supported by another unique element of the school’s kindergarten curriculum: extremely small class sizes, with two teachers in each room. “We get to know each girl and her needs right where she is,” says Roberts. After seeing what her third-grader is doing today, Parsons says she has an even greater appreciation for the foundation she received in HB’s kindergarten program. “What my daughter is doing in the third grade, and her love of reading and writing – I don’t think she could accomplish these challenging things so well if she hadn’t

Title treatments by HB Kindergartner Isabelle Seelbach.


Joanne McConville, who shares a classroom with teacher Lisa Jahnke. “When they get to the Upper School, they expect to be able to do those things themselves. They are empowered.”


Hathaway Brown is the oldest college-preparatory girls’ school in Ohio, originally

established as the Brooks School for Ladies. It was founded by five intrepid young

women who implored the headmaster at Brooks Military Academy to allow them to take afternoon classes. The school’s name was

changed to Hathaway Brown 10 years later

tuition & financial aid

Motto: Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus: We Learn Not For School But For Life

We look for talented students of strong character regardless of a family's ability to pay tuition. For commonly asked questions and detailed information, visit

and it moved to Shaker Heights in 1927.

Colors: Brown and Gold Head of School: Bill Christ (1987-present) OHSAA Division: II Families from 78 Northeast Ohio communities Home of the innovative Institute for 21st Century Education Extensive transportation options Merit scholarships available at the high school level

Students are admitted to Hathaway Brown and awarded financial aid on the basis of personal and academic performance and promise, and are included in all school activities and programs, without discrimination on grounds of race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin. For 2013–14, HB has committed $4 million to the need-based financial aid program. Students in grades K-12 are eligible to apply for these funds and approximately 30% receive financial assistance. Hathaway Brown School does not offer athletic scholarships, but merit scholarships are available at the high school level. All awards are based on a familiy's demonstrated need as determined by School and Student Services, a subsidiary of the National Association of Independent Schools. Co-ed Infant & Toddler Center (6 weeks - 36 months) tuition & fees range from $3,000 to $14,000 Co-ed Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 – 5) tuition & fees range from $4,000 to $11,000 Girls' Primary School (grades K – 4) tuition & fees range from $18,000 to $22,000

Even HB’s youngest learners are part of the garden-to-table movement. They nurture, harvest, prepare, and eat a bounty of vegetables grown right on our campus.

Girls' Middle School (grades 5 – 8) tuition & fees range from $22,000 to $25,000 Girls' Upper School (grades 9 – 12) tuition & fees range from $25,000 to $27,000

Faculty, Staff, & Administrators


Student-Teacher Ratio

Partnerships with Greater Cleveland organizations


Technology Program

16 Acre Campus


of HB students are awarded Financial Aid

100% of graduates attend four-year colleges





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students of color





ACTIVE READING by Scott Danielson As you enter HB’s Primary School, you will be greeted by our friendly office staff, a sampling of student artwork, and photographs of girls at work and at play. But this winter, visitors couldn’t help but notice a large classroom replica that appeared to grow each day. While large art projects are nothing new to the Prime, the mockup held special significance not to one particular classroom or student, but to the entire school. The model classroom, designed and organized by visual arts teacher Carol Sphar, was made to resemble the setting of Taro Yashima’s Caldecott Award-winning children’s book Crow Boy, complete with cut-out figures, paintings, and three-dimensional animals. The book tells the story of Chibi, a Japanese farm boy who is teased by his classmates and ignored by his teacher. Despite his fascination with nature over classroom activities, Chibi eventually earns everyone’s respect at the school talent show with a series of crow calls. Chibi’s search for acceptance is the basis of the divisionwide Storyline project that spanned the end of the first semester. Using the central material as a springboard, Storyline endeavors cover the entire curriculum and focus on creative and experientiallearning activities. While each grade has participated in its own Storyline programming, this marks the first time that the entire school has covered the same material. Fourth-grade teacher Mary Boutton says the experience was energizing for the girls and their teachers alike. “Collaboratively planning and executing a five-week project brought us together

in new ways,” she explains. “Faculty and students enthusiastically embraced the challenge of meshing schedules and curriculums, and joyfully explored the themes of community and acceptance of each other’s differences.” This integrated approach ensured all of the Prime’s lessons came back to Crow Boy. Science classes learned about the wildlife, agriculture, and weather of Japan. Music and dance teachers taught the girls about Japanese games and songs. Art projects ranged from homemade crows to basic calligraphy. And the colorful evidence of the girls’ efforts covered the hallways throughout the Primary School. Accompanying the emphasis on Japanese culture and experiences was a strong sense of communitybuilding. Students at every grade level were encouraged to share their own hidden abilities as well as those of their classmates. Each grade also held classroom talent shows to showcase the girls’ gifts. Students then wrote positive comment cards for one another following the performance. Their combined energies culminated in an all-Prime talent show before Winter Break. Boutton says the activities helped everyone “appreciate each other’s special talents and abilities.” Though the Crow Boy experience has now come to a close for the Prime student body, the story doesn’t end for the faculty. Three teachers will share their perspectives about the project at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools conference in February.



This year marked the 27th time that Hathaway Brown seventh graders ventured east to spend a week in Cape Cod, Mass., for their class trip. Regional Director of Advancement for the Northeast Kate LaMantia ’00 and Director of Middle School Admission Katherine Jenne Chapman ’04 each had the opportunity to take the trip as seventh graders many years ago, and they returned to the Cape this year as chaperones.


“Remembering all of the fun times I had in Cape Cod with my classmates while making new memories with the class of 2019 really brought the experience full circle,” Chapman says. LaMantia agrees: “I loved watching the girls discover the beauty of the Cape and dip their toes in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.” Fellow alumnae Physical Education and Adventure Learning teacher Shannon Liber ’88 and SeventhGrade Mathematics teacher Renee Van de Motter ’88 also made the trek to the New England shore. It was an amazing experience for everyone involved.

Chapman (left) and LaMantia in front of the NEED Building on Coast Guard Beach — the place they stayed when they visited Cape Cod as HB seventh graders.

s in 1994.

LaMantia and her classmate


Photo courtesy of Graham Gund.

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HB’s stunning four-story Atrium, designed by the Gund Partnership and unveiled in 2001, is at the center of the school’s bustling city of learning. Graham Gund’s best work is characterized by a sense of balance between these countervailing forces: looking back and looking ahead; connecting both literally and symbolically to the existing context; and offering a symbol of the new. It is not easy to do all of these things at the same time, while also fulfilling the demands of a complex program, and it is more difficult still to orchestrate all of these conflicting pressures into a coherent work of architecture that has strength and clarity, and does not feel like the product of compromise. No project makes the point more clearly than Gund’s new Middle School for Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It is an exceptionally complex

project, since the school, based in a handsome and mature suburban community, consisted of a number of older, connected buildings that had grown in a confusing and uneven pattern, and with their long corridors had begun to take on the rambling nature of an old airport concourse. Gund needed to expand the school substantially and give the complex coherence and order without significantly altering the older wings – to change the school while keeping it the same, in other words. His solution, which consists of a four-story high, L-shaped addition built around a new, glass-enclosed central hall, manages to turn what had been the bête noir of the original building, circulation, into the central idea of the new one. The new hall, which rises to the building’s full height and culminates in a vaulted gambrel roof of glass, is paneled in maple, and is full of natural light. It is an exhilarating space, and it is not surprising that it quickly became the school’s town square, gathering place and symbol. The classrooms all open off the hall, and open stairs rise through it, assuring that every student passes through the space several times a day. Like all good public spaces, it serves both as casual meeting place and as an emblem of the larger place of which it is part.

Gund in effect changed the center of gravity at Hathaway Brown, shifting it so the campus as a whole was oriented more toward the new hall. But he was cognizant of not displacing the old, and also managed to re-orient the entry sequence to the whole campus, creating a new approach drive that enhances the dignity of the older buildings more than it shows off his own. And he also added an aquatic center in a separate wing with an exceptionally handsome exterior that skillfully mediates between the differing scales of the school and suburban houses on an adjacent street. The architecture of the new wings at Hathaway Brown is, like much of Gund’s work, precisely poised between traditional and modern.

Excerpted from “Gund Partnership: The Master Architect Series,” with an introduction by Paul Goldberger. Copyright ©The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd 2008. Reprinted with permission.

Photos by Vanessa Butler

Before she was the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, leaving an indelible mark on American cinema, Margaret Hamilton was a member of the HB class of 1921. Nine decades later, HB girls continue to be propelled into a vast universe of possibilities beyond our halls. For generations, the school has been a launching pad for scientists, writers, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and even cultural icons. Dreams still take flight at Hathaway Brown. In December, while the Broadway Tour of Wicked was at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare, cast member Bridie Carroll (front right, with her childhood friend and HB third-grade teacher Emily Wanders) met and worked with HB theatre and vocal arts students and conducted a special audition workshop.

Wicked Awesome!

explore the beaches and parks, learn to paddle-board and kayak, and scale the heights of HB’s own ropes course.

In addition to the flagship Broad Horizons day camp for preschoolers through eighth graders, the school offers a host of athletic, academic, and adventure programs each June, July, and August. In fact, there are so many options available that there are more students on campus during the summer than during the school year.

Many campers may choose to add on professional tennis lessons, or take swimming classes in HB’s state-of-theart natatorium as well. Visit or call 215.320.8796 ext. 7173 to learn more and register today.

Upper School classrooms continue to buzz with ideas, as Summer Studies classes tackle topics from Antietam to atomic numbers. Blazer Nation is well represented in the gymnasium and on Wolf Field in the summer too, with varsity athletes assisting in teaching the finer points of shooting a free throw or making a scoring play. And Leading for Life takes Middle School-aged girls out into the wilds of Northeast Ohio to

Photos by Jason Miller

The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute provides top-notch training opportunities in drama, dance, and music. Not only do the participants have the chance to earn roles in full-scale productions, they also have a great time.


At Hathaway Brown, the fun doesn’t stop when the school year ends. HB is always a great place to be, but there’s something magical about summertime at the corner of Courtland and North Park.


Michele Zhou ’14 spent several weeks this summer at Key Tower in Cleveland, where she learned some of the inner-workings of KeyCorp, one of the largest financial services companies in the United States. Michele will use that knowledge to craft a special training program for Key executives, a project that was developed through Hathaway Brown’s Center for Business & Finance.

Photo by Jeff Downie


The school’s burgeoning Center for Business & Finance is designed to give students real-world connections and experiences that will allow them to put their own ideas into action. “My role is to facilitate, not to micromanage,” Center Director Purpura says. “That’s the new model of entrepreneurial education.” Part of HB’s signature Institute for 21st Century Education, the Center was launched four years ago with a pilot course in business and finance for ninth graders. A host of curricular offerings and off-site initiatives have been added to the program in the ensuing years, and now students have the ability to earn diploma designation as Business & Finance Scholars upon graduation. Those who have an interest in studying business in college certainly will gain an advantage by participating in the Center’s offerings, but Purpura is quick to point out that the programming is designed to benefit everyone. “We’re trying to get girls to think about themselves as consumers and to be financially prudent and responsible in their own lives,” he says. “We’re orienting them for life beyond HB.” Students enrolled in Center courses meet once per each six-day rotation cycle. In addition to normal coursework, sophomores have the opportunity to try their hands at the Junior Achievement Titan business simulator. This program creates a world in which players are CEOs of their own companies. During game play, students must run a manufacturing company and master six key business decisions: price of product, production levels, marketing expenses, research and development costs, capital investment level, and charitable giving. In the junior year, students are invited to participate in a special entrepreneurship program, which is designed to let them choose a field of interest and pursue specific objectives related to business, finance or economics. Normally, the developmental process begins in the 10th grade and the hands-on experience follows. Students can start their own businesses, participate in a business plan competition, manage an existing business or organization already established by the school, or delve deeply into the inner-workings of business and management through a series of site visits and other hands-on experiences.

One very exciting entrepreneurial endeavor now in the works is the “Hath Caff ” – a new student-run coffee shop that will soon be constructed on campus. The shop should be up and running in the next few months. Athena Haloua ’14 is spearheading the project with a team of her classmates who are researching equipment, pricing inventory, developing menus, mapping schedules, making purchasing decisions, and approving design sketches. The girls have met numerous times with HB’s Associate Head for Finance and Administration Valerie Hughes, Director of Plant Operations Terry Churchill, and even representatives of the Shaker Heights Health Department to ensure that their plans meet all necessary criteria and are in keeping with the mission of the institution. With generous support from the Hathaway Brown Parent Association, the coffee shop will give girls an avenue to gain additional funding to support the Center for Business & Finance. All proceeds will be funneled back to the school to assist with ongoing initiatives. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a really fun project,” Athena says. “I’m so thankful that I’m learning how a business runs from the ground up.” In order to graduate as Business & Finance Scholars, in addition to completing the 10th and 11th grade Center offerings, students must enroll in an honors-level capstone course and complete a required thesis paper with an economics basis. Defending the thesis is also a Center requirement. Course choices include Contemporary American Politics and Society,Economic Policy,Ethics and Leadership,International Relations, and American Government and Law. “We’re trying to create an experiential program that more closely resembles the real world of business,” Purpura says. “Along the way, students are gaining a wide range of skills that will benefit them no matter what career path they ultimately choose.” With more than 3,000 alumnae scattered around the world and engaged in a variety of enterprises – including as corporate CEOs, business owners, and financial advisors – HB also has a veritable treasure trove of knowledge from which students can draw. A unique relationship with global audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax firm Deloitte also puts HB students in one-toone contact with young women working in the finance industry. These personal mentors discuss the opportunities and challenges of the industry and teach the girls the value and importance of networking. “The goal is to connect students with professional women at a range of different levels,” Purpura says. “We’re giving them a chance to see



t didn’t take long for Kevin Purpura to discover a sure-fire strategy for success in Hathaway Brown’s high school business curriculum: Invest in the girls themselves.



hose who have an interest in studying business in college certainly will gain an advantage by participating in the Center for Business & Finance, but Center Director Kevin Purpura is quick to point out that the programming is designed to benefit everyone. “We’re trying to get girls to think about themselves as consumers and to be financially prudent and responsible in their own lives,” he says. “We’re orienting them for life beyond HB.” the industry through others’ eyes so that they may begin to understand those narratives.” Several HB parents have been extremely helpful in establishing, enhancing, and refining the Center’s offerings. The JA Titan simulation was run this past school year with the help of Denise Farkas, chief investment officer for Sigma Investments and mother of Zoe ’15. The unique “Business School in a Box” curriculum that’s used to teach girls the ins and outs of leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy, and values was developed specifically for HB by Peter Zale, marketing director for MultiRadiance Medical Laser Therapy Products and father of Elizabeth ’10 and Charlotte ’13. The Deloitte mentorship program was conceived and initiated by Deloitte consumer and industrial products practice principal Paul Wellener, whose daughters Lesley ’11, Haley ’14, and Carly ’17 are HB girls. And Steve Marcus, owner and president of First Select Medical Staffing and father of Ashley ’99 and Taylor ’04, is the advisor for the Hath Caff coffee shop launch. Even with all this support in place, Purpura maintains that the students construct most of the Center’s value themselves. “In this setting and in the business world at large, we have to let girls know that they should be willing to take risks and even sometimes to fail. We can’t do the work or make the decisions for them,” he says. “In the end, they learn that they can adapt, adjust, and rely on themselves. They are the owners of their own education.”

CENTER SYLLABUS The Center for Business & Finance educates future civic leaders, corporate and non-profit managers, and entrepreneurs on all matters related to business and finance. Although it is committed to teaching the rudiments of individual budgeting, planning, and investing, the Center ventures far beyond the world of personal finance. Students in grades 10-12 explore institutional financial management, corporate marketing and accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, and business and professional standards and ethics. The Center is committed to training future leaders to be wise and responsible with money, whether public or private, and to be keenly aware of the positive consequences of sound financial management and ethical, informed decision-making.


Grade 10

Junior Achievement Titan Simulation

Mentoring Program

Grade 11

Business School in a Box

• Entrepreneurship

Grade 12

Financial Wellness Speakers’ Series

Capstone Course

While most 17-year-olds look forward to hanging out at the pool during the summer months, Michele Zhou ’14 couldn’t wait to spend time in the halls of Key Tower in downtown Cleveland. Pursuing diploma designation as a Hathaway Brown Business & Finance Scholar, Michele will take the knowledge she has gained at KeyCorp, one of the largest financial services companies in the United States, to craft a training program for aspiring professionals. “The reach of this program is potentially unlimited,” Michele says. “I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.” This unparalleled opportunity arose because of Michele’s relationship with Amy Brady, Key’s Chief Information Officer and HB mom. Brady is the mother of Michele’s good friends Amanda ’15 and Madison ’16. Michele was interested in crafting a unique project and Brady gave her an avenue to do it. “Amy works closely with a lot of top-tier people who said they wouldn’t mind sharing their points of view,” she says.

A gifted student who aced the ACT in May, Michele is not daunted by the idea of undertaking such a large initiative for a major corporation with $91 billion in assets. In fact, she sees this as a way to dive right into a business career. Her older brother, Wei, majored in economics and now works at a hedge fund in Greenwich, Conn. “He always talks about how much he loves it,” she says. “I speak Chinese and I’m thinking about minoring in it in college. Then I’d love to find a way to get into international business. This project with Key seems like a good start toward that goal. What’s particularly interesting about this experience is that I’m discovering not only an outstanding amount about the inner-workings of Key but also a number of things I could see myself learning and doing throughout college and beyond.” Photo by Jeff Downie

To that end, Michele got to know Linda Heselton, Senior Vice President and Director of Training at Key, who developed a comprehensive itinerary of meet-andgreet opportunities for Michele. “She did everything she could to make sure that I got to spend time with people in any areas that interest me. She also advised me on developing my program and she’ll continue to play an indispensable role in my project and overall experience,” Michele says. Last July and August, Michele worked closely with Key executives and associates to learn how the organization is structured and what type of information must be mastered for advancement. Throughout her senior year, she’ll add to her knowledge base and translate her findings into five or six training modules that can be picked up and taught by instructors at Key. The curriculum she creates will be patterned on HB’s signature “Business School in a Box” model, which addresses seven key business topics: leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy, and values.

Amy Brady (seated) brought Michele Zhou ’14 (left) together with Linda Heselton at Key for hands-on financial services education.


Michele Zhou ’14 creates a curriculum for banking execs



We checked out the corporate websites of

some HB alumnae designers who are carving their own niches in the beachwear and jewelry industries. Here’s what they’re up to now.

Thayer Sylvester Hoe ’93, founder and owner, Carve Designs beach lifestyle brand, Mill Valley, Calif. “It’s been 10 years since I co-founded Carve Designs with my business partner and lifelong friend, Jennifer Hinton. We took a leap of faith, quit our well-paying jobs, and dedicated ourselves to designing and manufacturing boardshorts for women that would fit well and look great in and out of the water. Since its inception, Carve Designs has evolved into a beach lifestyle brand offering

a full range of products for active women including swimwear, après surf and lifestyle apparel. We constantly strive to mesh the fashion and function of active apparel in a feminine and inspiring collection. We pioneered swim in the outdoor industry, in stores that previously sold competitive swim like Speedo, and are now selling nationwide to more than 500 retailers. Every year brings a new set of challenges, not the least of which is balancing raising two young children with running a business. Thankfully, I continue to enjoy the ride.” -

In Thayer’s Words: One of the most valuable lessons I learned at HB is that you can work hard and have a broad quiver of talents, an absolute necessity if you are going to try to juggle working professionally and raising children. Every day challenges me to think and solve problems, and I credit HB with being a foundation for teaching me dynamic thinking.

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In addition to its owner and namesake, Clara Williams Company employs two more Hathaway Brown alumnae as well. Emily Garratt ’04 first joined CWC as a summer intern while attending Southern Methodist University. Since graduating, she has held numerous positions in marketing, product management, and sales, and she now runs Direct Sales and oversees the company website as well as its national advertising strategy. Margaret LaMantia ’06 joined the CWC team in January 2011. Initially the administrative assistant to Clara, she is now a significant contributor to the Retail Sales team.

Clara Rankin Williams ’89, founder and owner, The Clara Williams Company jewelry design and manufacturing, Chicago, Ill. “Clara Rankin Williams’ impressive sense of design and classic style is beautifully conveyed in her innovative lines of jewelry. She has artfully combined talents from her well-regarded background – which includes a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Harvard, and a career in Technology – to drive the success of her jewelry lines through The Clara Williams Company. Utilizing her superior skills in artistry and technology, Williams’ ingenuity gives her elegant designs an even further appeal: versatility. The magnetic clasp system she developed enables her pieces to be embellished by and combined with others in her line for a constantly changing look. She now offers a ring and bracelet concept with interchangeable charms. Williams and her jewelry line have received much media attention, including numerous newspaper and magazine profiles, and television appearances. Her jewelry is highly sought after and a consistent top producer at national and local trunk shows, regional boutiques and private showings. Williams continues to expand her elegant product line offerings for her ever-increasing clientele.” -

Photo by Keith Berr


The classes give you the freedom to choose what you want to learn about, You have the chance to try and they help something new and exciting such you to invest in as knitting, Ultimate Frisbee, or photography.� what you are interested and passionate about. Mia, Grade 7

Mathilda, Grade 8

It relieves stress and lets students focus on things they want to learn or get a more detailed experience into things they would like to do.

It's a great chance to bond with girls in your class and in the class above and below you, depending on the year. Audra, Grade 8

Valerie, Grade 8

We can explore the things we love, and we can suggest new classes each year. Kaia, Grade 7

They are two periods long so you can learn lots of interesting material and do such fun things! Hannah, Grade 7

I discovered a new talent, and I hope to pursue it more in life.

Abby, Grade 8


Unique to HB, the Academy program transforms Middle School students from passive recipients of knowledge to self-directed and proactive inquirers. The trimester-long elective classes are interdisciplinary and exploratory in nature and emphasize critical skills in creativity, planning, researching, decision-making, organizing, and cooperative learning. Middle School girls choose from options such as backpacking, financial literacy, environmental studies, and musical theatre. All seventh and eighth grade students at HB attend the Academy of their choice for 80 minutes every six days.


admission calendar

Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Acceptance Day

For accepted Infant & Toddler Center and Early Childhood parents Friday, March 7, 2014 9:30 a.m. Reception Room

CCIS Early Childhood – Grade 8 Admission Reply Date Wednesday, March 12, 2014



Saturday, February 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Reception Room

Eighth Grade Musical Reception

ISEE Testing Grades 5-12

Kindergarten Curriculum Night For current and prospective parents of rising Kindergarten students Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Classrooms

Upper School Transition Night

For current 8th grade parents Wednesday, February 5, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception Room & Auditorium

Kindergarten Screenings

For prospective Kindergarten and current HB Pre-Kindergarten students Friday, February 7, 2014 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Kindergarten Classrooms

For new families grades 5-8 Sunday, May 4, 2014 2:00-2:30 p.m. Reception Room

Middle School New Family Orientation

For new families grades 5-8 Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Reception Room, WCC, Auditorium

Rising Upper School Mentor Lunch & New Upper School Student Placement Testing

For current students grade 8 and new students grades 9-12 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:45-3:00 p.m. Reception Room, Auditorium, Atrium, WCC

Early Childhood Screenings


Middle School Reverse Egg Drop

Parent Kindergarten Orientation Night

For prospective Early Childhood families Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For accepted students grades 5-8 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:30-5:00 p.m. Atrium & Dining Hall

Infant & Toddler – Grade 8 Application Deadline

For prospective students Infant & Toddler-grade 8 Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CCIS Infant & Toddler - Grade 8 Admission and FA Decision Date (Rolling Admission grades 9-12) Friday, February 28, 2014


Primary Acceptance Day

For accepted Primary School families grades 1-4 Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:30 a.m. Reception Room

Kindergarten Acceptance Day

For rising & accepted Kindergarten families Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:30 a.m. Reception Room

For all rising Kindergarten parents Tuesday, June 3, 2014 7:00 p.m. Prime Music Room

Primary New Family Ice Cream Social

For all Kindergarten families, new families grades 1-4 & host families Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:00-7:00 p.m. Playground Patio

Middle School New Family Picnic For new families grades 5-8 & host families Monday, June 9, 2014 5:00-7:00 p.m. Squire Valleevue Farm

Upper School New Family Picnic For new families grades 9-12 Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dining Hall Patio

Littlest Learners With a 2:1 infant-to-caregiver ratio, HB’s Infant & Toddler Center continually incorporates new curriculum and best practices in the field of early learning.

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