Page 1

More Notes Making Music with Elise

January 21, 2010 Issue No. 7

Questions and Answers: Elise MacDonald Music is everywhere at High Mowing. It wafts from the classrooms and booms from the Big Room on any given day. At the heart of our music program is Elise MacDonald. More Notes asked her a few questions to find out exactly how the program is orchestrated.

Q: What is your role at High Mowing? A: I am High Mowing’s Director of Music. I teach two Jazz classes, work with students

on their preparations for New Hampshire’s All-State and Jazz All-State Festival auditions, teach a block class on History Through Music, and oversee the department as a whole. I also work on additional projects (such as Nativity choral rehearsals). And, I work with Mark Ferguson’s Sinfonietta to fill in the ensemble’s gaps in instrumentation and serve as a winds section leader.

Q: What makes you uniquely qualified? A: As a musician, I’m very much a generalist. Most of my

Elise MacDonald Director of Music High Mowing School

colleagues have more depth of experience in a given style, but I’ve done many different things that cover a wide range of musical genres. That breadth of experience allows me to advise and help students with a broad array of undertakings. My primary focus as a flutist is in the classical and jazz worlds— performing in symphony orchestras, chamber groups, theatre orchestras and jazz combos. But, I was also the bassist for a reggae/ska band, served as a “general utility player” at jam sessions, performed chamber music at weddings and special events, directed flute choirs and middle school bands, worked as a professional transcriber, served as a flute adjudicator at Massachusetts’ All-State Festival auditions and founded a small community music school. Also of note is the fact that I operate a performance venue in Nashua, Studio 99, which hosted several performances by our students and alumni/ae. I hope that’s a trend which will continue in the future.

More Notes Elise MacDonald continued

Q: What is your vision for the music program at High Mowing? A: High Mowing’s faculty has always been responsive to individual student’s needs,

giving them ample attention, time, and guidance in their class work and projects. The music department also excels in this smaller group work: Mark Ferguson’s chamber ensembles, Marybeth Hallinan’s chorus, my jazz combos, Mark’s Sinfonietta (Italian for little symphony orchestra), etc. In fact, some of the pieces performed by our musicians are custom-arranged for their individual ensembles—perhaps most notably the Sinfonietta. This kind of detail and support isn’t always offered to students at larger schools. The one notable thing that’s missing in High Mowing’s musical equation—simply by virtue of the school’s overall size—is the opportunity for students to perform in larger groups: full-size orchestras and concert bands of 100 or so, choruses with dozens upon dozens of students, traditional jazz big bands of 20-plus players, jazz choirs of 40-plus singers, etc. Large groups offer performers a completely different musical impact— as well as challenges and opportunities for growth. That’s where All-State and Jazz All-State Festivals come in. For our most engaged musicians, the Festivals provide an opportunity to work in larger ensembles alongside the very best high school music students in New Hampshire, under the direction of top-flight directors. The David Anderson Music Fund gives many students the opportunity to have preparatory coaching for the Festival auditions, which are held in the fall; the opportunity for such one-on-one work with auditioning students is nearly unheard of at most schools. After a few intensive weeks of work on their prepared pieces, scales, etudes, and sightreading skills, the students attend the auditions—the weekend-long Festivals are held in the late winter and spring. For more than a decade, High Mowing has sent students to these Festivals at one of the highest rates of any school in the state (when measured by percentage of the overall student body). Even for students who are not selected for the Festival, the process of preparation and auditioning is one that helps build their musicianship and poise. After all, Festival auditions aren’t so very different (in terms of the nervousness they produce and the need for grace under pressure) from college interviews! My hope is that we will continue to do what we do so well — small ensemble work — while growing our participation in larger ensembles on a state-wide basis.

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes Elise MacDonald continued

Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching here? A: The students are a constant source of inspiration, information about trends in con-

temporary music and humor. I can’t think of a day when the students haven’t impressed me with their energy for working on their music, the range of their abilities and their friendly, open interactions. This inclusiveness is very important in many spheres, but perhaps more so in music. One might prepare a violin part for a symphonic piece, or an alto part for a choral piece to the point of technical perfection — but if a musician isn’t attuned to those around him or her, or to the cues being given from moment to moment by the ensemble’s director, the performance will be far from pleasing to the ear. High Mowing students are in tune — plain and simple!

— Elise MacDonald

ADMISSIONS APPLICATIONS for 2010-2011 are due on February 15, 2010

Parents and students are reminded that completed applications for fall, 2010, are due on February 15, 2010. In order to be considered for admission and receive your admissions decision on March 10, 2010 we require: • Completed Student and Parent Questionnaires • Transcripts for the past three years • Math, English and Guidance references You will also need to have completed your admissions interviews during an on-campus visit, or by telephone, if travel is not feasible. While we do accept qualified students throughout the year, as space exists in a class, it is to your advantage to be considered for admission at this time. For more information, please contact Pat Meissner, at OR CALL HER AT 603 654-2391 EXT 109


Remember to submit your application on or before the deadline if you wish to be


able to guarantee tuition assistance for 2010-2011, in any amount, even to a current family

considered for tuition assistance for 2010-2011. We ask you to submit your Parents’ Financial Statement online: Please understand that we will not be that would qualify, if this deadline is not met. You’ll note that the application process has

for 2010-2011 are due

changed since last year; you will be asked to submit tax documents for 2008 and 2009 directly

on February 1, 2010

to the NAIS. We understand that not everyone can get their taxes done by February 1. If that is the case for your family, submit your 2008 tax return and follow up with your 2009 tax return when it is completed. Thank you! QUESTION? CALL PAT MEISSNER AT 603 654-2391 EXT 109

More Notes f rom High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes from the Executive Director

We’re excited about our new website and expect to “go live” within a few weeks. Please look for our announcement, check out the site and send us your comments.

Enhanced Communications at High Mowing You may remember that we’ve been working on a brand new High Mowing website. The new website will be much more interactive than the current one. It will provide information for prospective students and parents, update current students and parents on what’s happening, and keep alumni/ae in touch with the school. Look for our new website early in February, and watch it over the next few months as we roll out additional features. The website will provide state-of-the-art functionality for interactive use by parents, students, and faculty. Users will be able to create individualized pages which collect information that is useful for them: events, general announcements, class-related information, quicknotice alerts, calendars, etc. Parents will be able to access their pages to check on school calendar details, get an update on what their child’s class or sports team is planning and see recent news from High Mowing. Faculty will be able to login to update information about their classes, update athletic game results and view department calendars. Keeping strong relationships with alumni/ae is also an important goal. The new website will be alive and vibrant, offering fresh content which will help those removed from High Mowing to keep up with current events. Prospective students and their parents are a major focus for the website. An internet search is often their first step in researching schools, and what they find can be a deciding factor on whether to learn more about the school. This is particularly important for boarding students, who are conducting their initial research from a distance and have many options from which to choose. High school students are interested in hearing about other teenagers’ perspectives, and we will tell High Mowing’s story through video, quotes and pictures. Families will be able to access information quickly and easily about the substance of our program and download application instructions and materials.

—Doug Powers

More Notes from High Mowing School



January 21, 2010



More Notes The Academic and Educational Support Committee would like to draw your attention to the school’s attendance policy. We have revised the wording as it appears in the handbook, in order to make our policy as clear as possible. We have also added a clause on unexcused tardiness. Attendance has generally been very good throughout the first half of this school year. Thank you for your continued support in this area. As always, your questions and comments are more than welcome. Andrea Badger Marguy Nelson Robert Sim


Attendance Policy at High Mowing Due to the experiential nature of the work done in our classes, if a student misses a significant amount of class time we are not able to award class credit. In most cases, make-up work that students do on their own is not an adequate substitute for the actual presence in the group. The student is advised to keep track of all absences and be aware that there are consequences for missing classes. GENERAL PRINCIPLE:


School sponsored events—These include such events as school sports, field trips or plays. The student is not obliged to document this and the absences do not affect the attendance record in the class. Individual excused absences—Although these absences are excused, they are still recorded as absences in the class. When a student is ill or there is a family emergency and the student cannot attend school, the parent is requested to inform the Front Office by 8:00a.m. In the case of pre-planned absences, such as medical appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, pre-approved college visits, or other special circumstances, a student may request permission to miss school. Students who know in advance that they will miss school should fill out an Excused Absence Form and have it signed by all teachers and coaches of classes and activities that will be missed. This form should be approved by the Academic Dean and turned into the Front Office prior to missing school. The school reserves the rights to accept or deny such requests. In the case of unforeseen circumstances where prior approval was not possible, parents are asked to inform the Academic Dean as soon as possible. Consequences: A grade for the course will still be recorded on the transcript but no credit will be given to students who have the following number of absences:

3 or

4 or

3 or more

4 or more

5 or more

6 or more

more in a

more in a

in a 2 day a

in a 3 day a

in a 4 day a

in a 5 day a

3 week

4 week

week track

week track

week track

week track



class per

class per

class per

class per






When an absence does not fall into either of the above categories it is considered a cut and is an unexcused absence. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

More Notes f rom High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes Attendance Policy continued


2 unexcused absences in a class per trimester — the student will be required to meet with the Academic Dean.

3 unexcused absences in a trimester – the student will lose credit for the class and appear before the Academic and Educational Support Committee. A grade for the class will still be given. Loss of credit for cuts cannot be appealed.

It is important that students are on time for classes. Unexcused tardiness to class three times is equivalent to one unexcused absence. In the case of unexcused tardiness, if a student arrives more than 15 minutes late for a class it will be recorded as an absence. TARDINESS:

Students with extenuating circumstances for absences may appeal loss of credit to the Academic Dean. The student must complete a Credit Request Form (available in the Guidance Office). The appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the marking period for which the credit was lost. In the cases of illness, documentation from a medical doctor may be required. APPEAL PROCESS:

rom 3:45 until 4:00p.m. the teachers enter the meeting room singly and in pairs, pour themselves a cup of coffee or cider, grab a cookie and find a place to sit and chat before the weekly faculty meeting begins. Then, one by one, they notice the stack of drawing paper and the jar of freshly sharpened pencils in front of Eunice’s place. Apprehension mounts. “Oh she really going to make us draw again?”

We know that the best way to keep ourselves fresh, awake and enthusiastic is to continue practicing the arts ourselves. Art is an integral part of a Waldorf education because it works deeply upon the life of the feelings, strengthens etheric forces and joyfully connects people to their innermost selves. At the same time, creating art together is a powerful bonding experience for a community.

It’s role reversal time as the formerly confident High Mowing faculty members become nervous art students, practicing contour drawing one week and negative space studies the next. Why spend 30 minutes of precious meeting time drawing our neighbors (or the contours of our hands) when we are always so pressed for time to discuss the business and pedagogical issues of the week?

Within 10 minutes, the jokes and chitchat have subsided and the teachers are drawing with calm concentration. Sharing a quiet space is another way to get to know and appreciate each other. With a little luck, the shift happens and the chattering “monkey mind” quiets down and we become absorbed in the drawing. Eunice walks around the room, making suggestions and giving encouragement. Her

warm, supportive approach has carried us beyond our doubts. Of course, when the 30 minutes have passed, the formerly-reluctant artists don’t want to stop and the faculty chairs have to beg them to put away their drawings and “get down to business.” And that’s part of the beauty of it. The business feels different, our conversations feel different, we are different when we work artistically together.




More Notes Classroom Updates

Re-orientation January 10 was our first day back after the long Christmas break. We marked the day with a “re-orientation” event, planned and run by the students in Peer Resource — the group that works to promote peer-sponsored social health in the school. The morning began with sledding at Carnival Hill in Wilton and ended with “snow sculpture” creation back at the school. —Cary Hughes

Sophomores in the Greek Tragedy Block will present scenes from two parallel plays: The Oresteia by Aeschylus, and Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill. See the CALENDAR section of More Notes for additional information.

More Notes f rom High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes Classroom Updates continued

It is Model UN Season for High Mowing Students! At the end of January, our Model United Nations team will attend the first of three conferences. Eighteen of our students will represent nine countries. They will meet with students from Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH, who will represent six additional countries. High Mowing senior Georgia Doing will co-chair the special session of the Security Council. She will share that task with a senior from Alvirne. The students are preparing to debate two topics: Combating Cyber-terrorism and The Depletion of the World’s Fisheries. At the conference on January 30, delegates will vote to determine which topic they will discuss.

“It is so much fun researching and debating serious issues with likeminded people.”

For many of our students, this is an extra-curricular activity — for which they must research the topics and write position papers stating the views of the country they represent. After hours of debate and work on draft resolutions, the delegates write a resolution that the majority of countries support. Following the conference at Alvrine High School, High Mowing will host its second annual Model United Nations Conference at our campus. At least two other schools will join us for a day-long event featuring Security Council and General Assembly sessions. As we are expecting a larger number of participants than last year, we are planning a session of the Economic and Social Council as well.

— Model UN Student

For parents with students taking driver’s education with Scenic Driving School, please settle any financial obligations directly with Scenic Driving School or through the business office at High Mowing. Be sure to speak with Heinz about any arrangements.

Preparation for this conference began last fall, when preliminary invitations went out to schools. Since that time, sophomore Sam Daler has been researching topics as the primary activity of his Independent Studies Class on the United Nations. Sam has written eight background papers for topics under discussion at the UN—including Iran’s nuclear program, Haiti, Deforestation and Biodiversity, and trouble in Somalia. During the week of January 18, we will send full invitations to six schools to participate in our conference on March 30. In late May, we will also attend a Model United Nations Conference at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. High Mowing has participated in this conference for twenty years and our students frequently gain recognition from the conference hosts for their preparedness and the quality of their participation. —Cary Hughes

More Notes f rom High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010




WINTER WONDERLAND: We all know High Mowing is a special place. But, here’s the proof that Mother Nature thinks so, too. These icicles, on the roof of the walkway near the Main Building, seemed more like shark teeth than frozen water.

Nadia Shahmehri has joined the High Mowing School community as the new admissions assistant. Nadia is from Milford, and has a young child in the Parent-Child group at Pine Hill Waldorf School. She is very enthusiastic about Waldorf education, and is experienced in administrative organization as well as computer programs and databases. Welcome Nadia!

from the Guidance Office

Financial Aid Deadlines are Approaching! Seniors applying for financial aid should be aware of requirements and priority filing dates at the colleges to which they are applying. They vary from school to school. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible as all schools that award financial aid require this form to be filled out. A personal identification number called a Federal Student Aid PIN can be used to electronically sign the FAFSA— decreasing the application’s processing time. To save time, students and parents should request a PIN before applying for aid. A Federal Student Aid PIN also may be used to sign other forms and to access student information. PINs must be requested online at Students should visit to complete the online FAFSA. A reminder that the site is not a “.com” site and if a web site requests credit card information or some other form of payment to complete the FAFSA, that site is not the official government web site —which is free.

More Notes f rom High Mowing School



| January 21, 2010



More Notes Guidance continued

Junior College Workshop Destination — Where Students Meet Their Future will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2:00 - 3:30p.m. Lisa Cole from the Center for College Planning will present the program to all juniors. This presentation encourages 11th grade students to think about education beyond high school through three lenses: eligibility and affordability, environment and values, and programs and majors. As each aspect of the college process is explored, the students build a profile which will help them to develop a list of colleges personalized to their interests and goals. College Acceptances for Seniors:


Haley Clougherty

University of New England (ME)

The Evergreen State College (WA)

Amanda Mullen

Pratt Institute of Art (NY)

Rutgers/ State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick (NJ)

University of Vermont (VT)

Matthew McLean

University of Rhode Island (RI)

Michelle Crocetti

University of New Hampshire (NH)

Simmons College (MA)

Southern New Hampshire University (NH)

Dieter Ulken

Purdue University (IN)

Abigail Yandell

Lesley University (MA)

Franklin Pierce University (NH)

Jazmin Ment

Lewis and Clark College (OR)

University of Redlands (CA)

Taggart Wass

College of the Atlantic (ME)

Madeline Tucker

University of Gloucester (England)

University Campus Suffolk (England)

Fana Takahashi

Lesley University (MA)

Plymouth State University (NH)

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes from the Athletic Director

Physical Education Activities At the end of second week back from Holiday break, the 5th period Physical Education activities are locked into place — with attendance issues greatly improved. Offerings include Conditioning Room, Yoga, Folk Dancing, Downhill and Cross-Country skiing. We encourage each parent to maintain contact with the student’s faculty advisor to ensure that their son or daughter’s health activity requirement is being fulfilled, especially during these long winter days when too much inactivity creates an imbalance! Basketball Games The boy’s and girl’s basketball teams have returned to the court with fine form and stunning results! Both teams continue their winning ways and a palpable sense of pride and spirit grows. January 13 — Girls The girls improved to 2 - 0 on the season, with a 32 - 12 win over Holderness. They had a balanced scoring attack led by Madeline Tucker ’10 with 10 points, followed by Zoë Falk ’10 with 7 points, Jazmin Ment ’10 with 5, Mackenzie Renaud ’12 and Michelle Crocetti ’10 with 4 points each, and Do Young An ’11 with 2 points. The girls struggled with their offense in the first half —shooting only 14% but leading at the half with a score of 8 - 2. The second half was a different story as the girls shot 50% and outscored Holderness 24 - 10. Jazmin and Fana Takahashi ’10 had 3 assists each. Defensively speaking, the team was outstanding, forcing many turnovers. Jazmin, Fana, Mackenzie and Do Young did a great job pressuring the ball and forcing Holderness into bad shots or turnovers. On the boards Zoë, Amanda Mullen ’10, Madeline, Michelle and Jess van Dam ’10 did a great job of rebounding. The rookies (Lil Susskind ’10, Jess, Ona Oliver ’13 and Stella Marcial ’13 ) got good minutes and also played well. — Coach Solito January 13 — Boys The High Mowing Boy’s basketball team played its first game since the Holiday break at old-rival Dublin’s gym last week and came away with a 59-38 victory. The team improved to a 2-1 record on the season, behind strong post play by Max Wilson ’11 who lead all scorers with 27 points. Dillon Badger ’10 and Brian Schmidt ’10 added 14 and 11 respectively and controlled the tempo as High Mowing never trailed in this one. First time player Dan McGuire ’10 realized his season goal when he scored his first

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes Athletics continued

basket ever in a High Mowing uniform. McGuire added a strong presence in the post and will no doubt be a big contributor to this year’s team. —Coach Wilson January 16 — Girls

Kimberton Update Our basketball teams will travel to Kimberton, PA, to participate in the annual Waldorf basketball tournament. We will leave on the morning of February 12, and return late on February 14. We’ll stay at the Hampton Inn (requiring a charge-back fee) and are hoping to travel there via hired coach. Donations are welcome and needed to offset the cost of the bus. If anyone is interested in contributing, please contact Heather Cochrane at Further details in a future issue of More Notes.

The girl’s basketball team improved to 3 - 0 on the season with a hard fought 30- 9 win over Dublin. The girls once again played outstanding defense forcing countless turnovers and not allowing Dublin any easy shots. The starting five of Madeline, Zoë, Michelle, Jazmin and Fana did an outstanding job of forcing Dublin into many mistakes or bad shots. They set the defensive tone. Amanda, Mackenzie, Do Young, Jess, Lil and Stella also did a fine job defensively. Offensively this was a tough game to play as there was a lot of body contact on the floor. To their credit, the team found a way to beat the physical play of Dublin and that was to take the ball to the hoop. Leading the way was Mackenzie with 12 points—a career high— Amanda and Jazmin with 4 points each, and two points each from Madeline, Fana, Zoë, Michelle and Do Young. —Coach Solito January 16 — Boys High Mowing played its fourth game and earned its third straight victory 49-36 over Tilton. Eleven different players saw action in the first half, as our boys jumped out to an early lead. However, Tilton came on strong in the second half with full court pressure and timely 3-point shooting, cutting into High Mowing’s lead. Steady play by captains Dillon, 16 points, and Brian, 14 points, kept the opposition in check down the stretch and High Mowing’s win was never in doubt. — Coach Wilson





Wed 1/20

Nashua Christian @ NC 7:00p.m.


Fri 1/22

New Hampton @ NHS 1:30


Sat 1/23

Cardigan Mountain @2:30


Tues 1/26

Dublin Christian @ 6:30


Dublin Christian @ 5:00


Wed 1/27

Putney @ Putney 3:00p.m.

Sat 1/30

Dublin @ 2:30

Dublin @1:00


Wed 2/3

Kimball Union Academy @ KUA 2:30 12:00

Phillips Exeter @ PE 4:00


Proctor Academy @ Proctor 4:00

New Hampton @ NHS 5:30


Sat 2/6

Proctor Academy @ Proctor 4:00


Wed 2/10

Phillips Exeter @ PE 3:30

Vermont Academy @ VA 2:00


Kimberton Tournament in PA: Friday — Sunday, 2/12/10 —2/14/10

Wed 2/17

New Hampton @ NHS 2:30

Fri 2/5

2:00 1:30 12:30

Holderness @ Holderness 5:00


Fri 2/19

Cardigan Mountain @ CMS 5:00


Sat 2/20

Proctor Academy @ Proctor 3:00


Kimball Union Academy @ KUA 1:30


Wed 2/24

Holderness @ Holderness 2:00


Vermont Academy @ VA 4:00


Sat 2/27

Boys JV Tournament @ New Hampton

More Notes Naturalist News

Tracking Mystery #2 The start of the new year has been a blessing to all aspiring Naturalists due to the solid base covering of snow. This brings the woods alive, showing the tracks and trails of our animal neighbors, transcribed across the snow. From beginning level to advanced, all naturalist students have been out improving their abilities to solve tracking mysteries — such as the ones shown here. —Keith Badger Tracking Mystery #2 These tracks and trail were found not far from High Mowing — near Pratt Pond — last winter. The naturalist students discovered them and were amazed because they were the first of their kind discovered this close to school! The very same tracks have been spotted this year in the same location ... encouraging news from a wildlife perspective.

THE ANSWERS TO TRACKING MYSTERY #1: The center track belongs to “Badger,” the most elusive animal within the High Mowing woods. The small left side track and trail belongs to the tiny deer mouse and the track on the far right belongs to none other than Mr. Coyote.

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes Upcoming Events Monday









for more calendar items:


More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



More Notes

HIGH MOWING IS OPEN Presidents’ Day February 15, 2010 Memorial Day May 31, 2010

Event Details

Winterfest F E B R U A R Y

at High Mowing

5 — 7 ,

2 0 1 0


4:00p.m. Girl’s Basketball game at Proctor Academy

5:00p.m. Reception with faculty and staff, in the Alumni/ae House

5:30p.m. Boy’s Basketball game at New Hampton

6:00p.m. Dinner ($12.00).

7:30p.m. Sophomore Play, “The Oresteia” by Aeschylus, in the Big Room

9:00p.m. Bonfire with drumming. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument.


9:00a.m. Coffee reception, in the Dining Room

9:00a.m. Parent Association Meeting for all Parents, in the Dining Room

0:00a.m.-12:00 Choice of workshops, choose up to 2. 1 Email your workshop preference to WINTERFEST NOTES: Student attendance is NOT MANDATORY at Winterfest unless requested.

10:00-10:45a.m. 1 Cedar Oliver will present the senior Optics block and lead a discussion with parents. Student work will be on display, in the Science lab. or: 2 Rachael Johnson will describe the Studio Arts curriculum, in the Studio Arts room, basement of Boys Dorm. 11:00a.m.-12:00

DeCaf Coffee House Winterfest Coffee House is one of the highlights of the year! Parents are encouraged to perform (solo or in groups) at the Coffee House on February 6, 7:30p.m., in the Big room. Sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, read a poem, present a skit… To reserve your spot on the program, please email a description of your act (limit 2 songs or about 5 total minutes) to the Coffee House Emcees in care of Brian Schmidt,

1 Keith Badger and naturalist students will demonstrate fire-making, shelter building and tracking. Meet on the High Mowing oval. or: 2 Cary Hughes and Model UN students will present a debate with student “ambassadors” presenting the views of different countries on the topic, “Combating Cyber Terrorism,” in the Science Building auditorium. 12:00p.m. Lunch ($12.00)

1:00p.m. Fireside chat with parents and faculty. Robert Sim will lead a discussion on “Sculpting Time”— the role of rhythm, sleep and media, in the Big Room.

2:00p.m. Dorm Meetings for Boarding Parents, in the Girls Dorm living room. 4:00p.m. Boy’s Basketball game at Proctor Academy

6:00p.m. Dinner ($12.00)

7:30p.m. DeCaf Coffee House, in the Big Room—parents encouraged to participate.


11:00a.m. Brunch in the Dining Room ($12.00)

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010



MORE NOTES is published every other week throughout the school year by High Mowing School. If you would like to have an item considered for publication, please submit it via email to: Submission deadlines: Feb 1 Feb 15 Mar 1 Mar 15 Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 26 May 10 May 24 June 7

High Mowing School 222 Isaac Frye Highway Wilton, NH 03086 603 654-2391 Editor and Designer: Nancy Tichanuk Development Director: Heather Cochrane

More Notes Event Details

Sophomore Block Play

The students in the Sophomore Greek Tragedy Block will present scenes from two parallel plays, directed by Dale Coye. The first play is from The Oresteia by Aeschylus, and the second play is from Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill. Scenes from both plays will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30p.m. for parents and school community, and on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 1:00p.m. for students and the community. On Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30p.m.—during Winterfest—only scenes from the play The Oresteia will be presented, due to conflicts with students participating in the All State Music competition in Concord, NH.


Classical Jam in concert at High Mowing — January 28 at 7:30p.m. Classical Jam is a New York based ensemble of classically trained professional musicians. They present a varied and eclectic program that draws on contemporary Latin music, “street music” from the Renaissance, jazz, improvisation, and virtuoso percussion, as well as more “standard” classical fare. This high energy group (violin, viola, cello, flute, and percussion) combines an extraordinary level of musicianship with a commitment to making good music accessible to all. Find out more and sample their music at www. This concert is sponsored by the High Mowing School Music Fund. For more information, call the school at 603 654-2391 or Mike Anderson at 603 654-6639. The musicians will conduct a workshop for High Mowing student musicians on Thursday afternoon, with the hope that some of the students will participate in an improvisational piece during the evening concert. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students, available at the door or online at www.brownpapertickets. com/event/96229. Admission is free to HMS students! Support our Music Programs The High Mowing Friends of Music —for parents, alumni/ae, students and other members of the community—supports the music programs at High Mowing and develops additional programs on and off campus. We assist with publicity for concerts, help the High Mowing Music Director, fundraise, support and promote musical events in the area. ALL community members, alumni/ae and parents are encouraged to join. Call Amy Conley at 603 249-9560 or email her at if you would like to become a member. Any help is welcome: Join us!

More Notes from High Mowing School


| January 21, 2010




HAPPY 2010 with Peace and prosperity to One and All in our Waldorf Educational Community! Accreditation in full swing…During the fall months, four member schools completed their process of accreditation by hosting visiting teams of experienced colleagues, while 10 other schools submitted interim reports on their seven year, or in some cases, ten year accreditation process. Accreditation gives independent schools a “seal of approval” for their quality, integrity, and excellence. In coming months accreditation will be increasingly scrutinized as the push for the filling of forms and data based assessment increases. The opportunity to demonstrate the power of self-study, peer review, and alternative approaches to developing character and quality in a school will be heightened. 28 experienced teachers from the broad independent school community as well as from our Waldorf schools, volunteered their time to ensure the caliber of our schools by participating in the accreditation process. This collaboration between schools contributes to the high quality of education expected from our schools. Accreditation provides a fine example of our "Strength through Collaboration." Waldorf Education Growing in Mexico…Teachers, staff, trustees, and parents from Waldorf schools and institutes in Mexico gathered in November in San Miguel de Allende for the annual Waldorf Pedagogical Conference. Hosted by Colegio Rudolf Steiner on their beautiful campus, the conference featured a rich variety of artistic and pedagogical workshops. The keynote speaker, Rosa Baracio, an experienced and respected Waldorf educator in Mexico, addressed the four temperaments in children. AWSNA Leader of Programs and Activities, Michael Soulé, participated and met with teams of teachers from schools in Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Tlaxcala, San Miguel, Guanajuato, Vera Cruz, Puerto Morales, Playa del Carmen, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, and Valle de Bravo. These growing schools share the Waldorf movement in Mexico with many young initiative schools. Last summer over 100 teachers participated in courses offered by Centro Anthroposofico in Cuernavaca. This February, the Cuernavaca school will be the first Mexican Waldorf school to complete an accreditation with AWSNA. Board Member recognition and appreciation…The dedicated volunteers who comprise the Board of Trustees of AWSNA work year round in a host of different capacities and meetings to build the Waldorf Educational movement through our Association. The Board works steadily through its Board Development Committee to find the best candidates for bringing expertise to the Board to fulfill the mission of AWSNA. The Board is bidding a fond farewell to two valuable Board Members after their years of exemplary service: Scott Williams and Jane Wulsin. Scott will continue his fine consulting work in fundraising with our many schools through his work with Changing Our World. Jane continues her fine teaching in Green Meadow Waldorf School as she reaches the upper grades in her fourth class. Scott will continue his work on AWSNA’s Development Committee, and Jane will continue her work with the Pedagogical Section Council. Their contributions to our movement are significant and their participation on the Board has been invaluable.

More Notes, January 21, 2010  

High Mowing newsletter