On Friday, February 7, parents will be able to witness the cornerstone to our experiential learning curriculum. Each Friday we are on campus, the boys have Team Teaching in the morning and Exploratories in the afternoon. The APP@7HS program on Friday, February 7 will begin at 8:45 am with a welcome from the Director of Admissions and the Head of School and conclude around 10:45 am.
On Friday, November 1, parents will be able to witness the cornerstone to our experiential learning curriculum. Each Friday we are on campus, the boys have Team Teaching in the morning and Exploratories in the afternoon. The APP@7HS program on Friday, November 1 will begin at 8:45 am with a welcome from the Director of Admissions and the Head of School and conclude around 10:45 am.
On Sunday, November 10, parents and students will be able to visit Seven Hills to meet some current parents, students, and faculty, to learn more about our program for middle school boys, and to tour the campus. It is a great introduction for the families to what makes Seven Hills the middle school for boys. Our Open House on Sunday, November 10 will begin at 2:00 pm and end around 4:00 pm.
Often when the school year begins, the objectives of students and teachers are in direct, and perhaps irreconcilable or even catastrophic, conflict.
In a typical classroom on the first week of school, the teacher has one main objective, establish classroom rules and procedures, while making sure that students understand what they need to do to be successful in the course. On the surface, that sounds perfectly reasonable. However, the problem is that many students do not share that singular focus during the opening days of school.
Boys of middle school age are much more focused on building friendships than on listening to grown ups talk. When they return to school, most of their thoughts and questions are social, especially when starting out at a new school. Will I have a friend? Will the other kids be nice to me? Will they think I’m cool…or funny…or at least not a complete loser? Will my teachers like me and… will I like them?
Of course we’d like to make the boys more mature, responsible, and better able to prioritize through our sheer force of adult will, but the development of their brains is in the way. With lower levels of impulse control and often weaker executive functioning skills than what is normal for same-age female peers, boys often struggle with middle school, especially in the transition from summer-to-school.
At Seven Hills, we start off with Camp Week, so the boys can answer those burning social questions first. No classroom learning was going to happen before they did anyway. In fact, it’s much more likely that boys in classes the opening week would act-out to score “cool points” with peers or try being the “class clown” as a way to make friends.
During Camp the boys get to know everyone in their grade groups and houses, lots of other boys from shared time outside, as well as all of the teachers in the school through a variety of team building and communication-centered activities. In addition to those activities, they help write the honor code, learn the rules, take a tour, walk through their schedule, and make friends along the way. By the end of Camp Week, the boys have learned that this IS their school and that they have friends here; they know the kids are nice and the teachers are, too. With that established and those social needs met, then, and only then, are boys ready to learn.
Interested in having your son excited about school? How about having classes at the James River each month? Interested in a school that understands, appreciates, and empowers middle school boys? Check out Seven Hills School!! Seven Hills School is still taking applications for the 2018-19 school year. To find out more, please contact the Director of Admissions, Drew Lineberger, at 804-329-6300 x224 or at email@example.com.
Seven Hills School is proud to announce that we received notification that the Whole Kids Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,000 to support the Phoenix Garden! “Our vision is to transform our garden and campus from sterile and urban to productive, beautiful, and environmentally healthy,” said Lee Bristow, the Phoenix Garden Coordinator.
This grant will help Mr. Bristow conduct soil tests, create improvements to help protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and expand the growing season. Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides funding to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. The foundation was conceived by Whole Foods Market.
The Whole Kids Foundation grant is the most recent in a string of grants for the Phoenix Garden including a grant from the Dominion Foundation that supported the building of our “cold frame” garden on the south side of Building D. Students and faculty have been enjoying arugula and radishes out of this winter garden.
Click here to watch a video of the garden being built!
Get ready for some summer fun at Seven Hills School!! Building on the experiential learning model our boys enjoy during the school year, Seven Hills faculty will be offering three weeks of engaging, fun, and mind-blowing camps from computer programming and filmmaking to comics and mad science. Check out our 7HS Summer Camp – 2016 brochure for more information and to register. Spots are filling up quickly so get in on the fun!
Want to check out something cool that Mr. Cashwell and the 8th Grade Language Arts students made together? Click here to read “Summer,” a mosaic sonnet that will get you through our current not-so-summery weather!
At this time, Seven Hills plans to open on our regular schedule tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28. We ask that you use your discretion on the safety of getting your son to school. If you are not able to get to school or need to arrive late tomorrow, please either call or email the office to let us know; this will be an excused tardy or absence.
With uncertainty in how low overnight temperatures will impact roadways, please understand that we will assess general travel and campus conditions in the early morning hours and may adjust our plan to open on time as conditions warrant. As always, our highest priority is to ensure the safety of our staff, students and families.
Please note: if a change is needed to our current plan, we will notify you by 6:15tomorrow morning.