December 2017

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Year in Review: 2017 Brings Change To Hilltop

2017 was another great year at Hilltop! Check out this review of the year’s best news and notes: Hilltop Welcomes Students from China Hilltop To Welcome New Head of School Student Art Chosen for Show at NJPAC Hilltop Celebrates 36th Commencement Hilltop Honored for 50 Years by Sparta Township Council Basketball Team Plays First Game […]

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The Case for a Quality Preschool

As a mom of a preschool-aged child and an independent school administrator, I see the value in a quality early childhood education for all children. And now, studies are revealing the outcomes of a quality preschool program, and the data is undeniable.  In this article by The New York Times, researchers began tracking children in 2006 […]

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Gifts for the Budding Artist

Have a budding artist on your hands? Here are several great gift ideas for students with that artistic flair: For the S.T.E.A.M. artist,  a 3D-Doodler pen builds imagination and hand-eye coordination.  For a middle school student, a calligraphy pen set is a unique gift idea. Elementary school students tend to enjoy kits that will introduce them […]

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Hilltop Basketball Team Plays First Game in School History

The Hilltop Hawks made school history on Thursday, December 7 as they took the court against Northwest Christian School in Newton, Hilltop’s first interscholastic game in the school’s 50-year existence. Though small in stature, the Hilltop Hawks showed tremendous tenacity and determination matching up against a more experienced squad from NCS. Varsity starters William Masone ’19, David […]

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Looking for a Chromebook this Holiday?

Looking to give the gift of connectivity this holiday season? Our Director of Technology Regina Cherill has two great Chromebook options for you to consider gifting:   This Samsung is a great entry-level laptop. It’s nearly identical to what we’re using at school: super sturdy, decent graphics and it is maintenance free. All the updates […]

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Hilltop Announces New Fundraiser Featuring The Nerds

Hilltop Country Day School is excited to announce an evening of fun at Mohawk House featuring legendary cover band, The Nerds. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Invitation with event details will be coming soon. Bring your friends and neighbors to share in the fun! Find more info at www.hilltopcds.org/nerds. 

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3 Must-Have Holiday Gifts for Every Preschooler

‘Tis the season for gift giving! Here are three must-have gifts for every preschooler as recommended by our longtime preschool teacher Christine DeStefano. Hoot Owl Hoot Matching Game: My grandchildren love this game!  It is cooperative and everyone either wins or loses. Magformers: I started each of my grandchildren with Magformers when they were 3.  Each year […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas from the Makerspace

Here are holiday gift ideas from our Makerspace Design Lab for innovators and tinkerers.  Chibitronics Chibi Lights (Ages 9 and up) A kid-friendly introduction to circuits in a creative stick-on format. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit (Ages 8 and up) Want to play piano with a banana? This kit lets you turn anything into […]

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Petrie’s Picks: Cozy Up With A Good Book This Winter

With the weather getting colder, it’s a great time to curl up with a good mystery. Not only are mysteries entertaining, but they are great for encouraging close reading and critical thinking skills in readers as they gather clues and try to solve the puzzle. Here are a few favorites. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: Follow […]

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Hilltop Welcomes Children’s Author Alan St Jean

The joy and excitement of writing filled Hilltop during author Alan St Jean’s three-day visit recently. A student and faculty favorite, he presented two assemblies, signed books, and led writing workshops for kindergarten to eighth grade students as part of his Writing Olympics program during his fifth biannual visit to Hilltop. This author in residence program […]

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