Seven Hills School

A Middle School for Boys

Imagine the educational possibilities in a setting where teachers welcome the spirit that adolescent boys bring into the classroom.

At Seven Hills, we embrace all aspects of the middle school boy and emphasize hands-on learning, critical thinking, and guided exploration. We foster an inquisitive mind and emotional strength within a program of demanding academic study. Here we take advantage of what makes boys different, and find meaningful ways to channel their energy and respond to their diverse learning styles.

Our small class sizes, in combination with our understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent boys, foster unique relationships between students and teachers. We are purposely designed to help boys discover how they learn best, and develop the confidence to excel.

Seven Hills students go on to the area’s top private and public high schools, including the regional Governor’s Schools, International Baccalaureate and Specialty programs, and Community and Open High. We offer the academic rigor that top high schools expect, within the supportive learning environment boys need.

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Pete Cashwell Published in the New York Times

Since sitting on his grandparents’ porch at the age of four and watching birds on their feeder, Seven Hills Language Arts and History teacher Pete Cashwell has had a fascination with all things birds.  However, it was not until the early 90’s after receiving a bird watching field guide from his in-laws and helping a friend with a bird count in eastern North Carolina that he became hooked on birding.  For more than 30 years, this young boy’s fascination has developed into a grown-up’s passion for and expertise in field ornithology.  In 2002, Pete published his first book, The Verb “To Bird”, a book about the joys of bird watching.  This past week, Pete was asked by the New York Times Op-Ed Editorial Board to write an op-ed piece on the current standoff in Oregon on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from a birder’s perspective.  What is even more exciting is that Pete will be sharing his love of birding with some lucky Seven Hills boys in one of our signature Exploratory Classes this spring.

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News from Seven Hills

Team Teaching Fridays

Friday, Sept. 18 marked the inauguration of Team Teaching Fridays at Seven Hills School.  Team Teaching classes focus on four disparate themes and are taught jointly by faculty from different academic areas.  According to our Head of School, Dagan Rowe, “Often in a student’s education, core content knowledge and concepts appear distinctly separate from that of other classes.  In launching Team Teaching Fridays, our faculty has created innovative, interdisciplinary lessons which engage the senses and illuminate the connections across multiple disciplines within our curriculum.”   With content from language arts, math, history, science, world cultures, Future Problem Solving, engineering & technology, art, music, and more, these classes will immerse Seven Hills students in tangible, real-life subjects that get them to expand their thinking and better understand the world around them, as well as their place and responsibilities as citizens within it.  Each grade level will focus on one of four team-teaching classes each quarter and then rotate.  This year’s courses are:

King Corn – What does it mean if an animal is “corn fed”?  This course studies corn’s historical significance; its impact on agricultural practices and on the environment; and its impact on our health.

Surviving Natural Disasters – Are we prepared to survive a zombie apocalypse? Or more realistically, an earthquake, tornado, or tsunami? This class explores the phenomena of natural disasters from the science and engineering to the social, emotional, and psychological impacts in the aftermath.  Note: this is the topic for this year’s Future Problem Solving State Bowl Qualifying Packet.

Post-War Art, Literature, and Music – After each major world war in the 20th Century, what impact did being a “winner” or “loser” have on the arts produced in the countries involved?  Starting with World War I, this class will study the historical significance of the wars on the major countries involved while focusing on the visual arts, literature, and music.

Music & Lyrics – What was the genesis of jazz?  How many beats is a whole or half note?  Students in this class will enjoy listening to and learning about some of the more popular and influential genres in the music culture.  Studying four different genres: jazz, folk, electronic, and hip-hop, students will better understand the formation, history, and culture surrounding these different forms of music as well as differences in their music composition.

For video and images from today’s classes, please check out our Facebook page.

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Expert on Boys Speaks at 7HS

Dr. Abigail Norfleet James spoke to a group of parents at Seven Hills on Sunday, February 8.  Her books, The Parents Guide to Boys: Help Your Son Get the Most Out of School and Life and Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, & Learn in School are extremely helpful guides for parents and teachers of boys.   For more information about the titles above and her other work, visit http://abigailnorfleetjames.com/.

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