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Speech and Debate Course Introduced in Upper School

What happens when you put a musician, a writer, and a computer geek together?  They develop a new course of study for their students! Thanks to the widespread use of computers and cell phones, today’s students have access to easy communication and readily available information.  Messages are shortened, conversations condensed, and research questions are answered […]

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Back to School Means Back to Nature

For teachers, the words “back to school” often conjure thoughts of lessons to plan, classrooms to decorate, and meetings to attend.  But for the faculty of Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, the start of this school year meant a day in the sunshine at Liberty Farm, the site of the largest sunflower maze on […]

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Instrumental Offerings Expanded to Include Guitar

Celebrating 25 years of music lessons, Victor Fiore is joining the instructional team to teach guitar in Hilltop’s after school enrichment program. Fiore previously taught at The Biryukov Academy of Art and Music, the Faith Center for the Arts and the The Talent Academy. Lessons start with a strong musical foundation that includes notes, chords, scales, […]

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Debbie Gioello Named as Featured Artist

Art reveals my inner self. Art reveals my ideals and what I value. Art expresses a passion for life Hilltop is excited to announce Debbie Gioello as the 2019 Featured Artist. Debbie Gioello is a well-known artist with a body of work spanning etching renditions, abstract polymer paintings, and impressionistic watercolor paintings. Gioello’s work can […]

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An Evening of Discovery at Hilltop Country Day School 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Hilltop Country Day School invited area children of all ages to attend a celestial-inspired program on Thursday, August 1. The fun began with a trip to the science lab where science teacher Michael Umstead explained the secret to hunting micrometeorites: patience and a good broom! Samples […]

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Tune in to Podcasts

A frequent question parents ask teachers is how to grow their child’s reading comprehension.  Students gain a deeper understanding of books when they make connections. Ask questions when reading and allow your child to do the same. Guide them to reflect and make connections from the book to their own lives, another text they have […]

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Boosting Reading Comprehension in Middle School Students

Now that you’ve received your summer reading information, here are a few thoughts behind the selections shared by our Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Petrie. Remember to check in on the communications portal (click here for link) to see additional titles recommended in our theme of nature and the environment. These selections are being updated on a weekly […]

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Parent Communication Portal Debut

Hilltop launched its new parent communication portal hosted on the Google Sites platform. The portal seeks to enhance communication between the school, teachers and parents. Regular emails from homeroom teachers, Monday’s email of Hilltop Happenings and the all-school newsletter “View from the Hill” will continue. The portal will host a school calendar with will host essential […]

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Coding Video Games in Technology

Zoom! Ding! Buzz! You are Victorious! Seventh grade technology class has been a noisy, bustling place the past few weeks as students put the finishing touches on their custom video games. Using the coding language Scratch, students created a variety of games and invited the fourth graders to join in the fun as beta-testers. “I […]

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September Community Service Event

At Hilltop, we believe that leadership and service are intrinsically aligned. Helping others less fortunate and leaving our communities better than we found it are some of the very simple ways our children can demonstrate leadership.Last Saturday, September 8th, we kicked off our monthly community service project by doing trash pick ups at Hilltop’s two […]

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