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October 29, 2021

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SNAAP celebrates community with its Fall Family Celebration

SNAAP hosted their annual Family Fall Celebration event where families ate City Barbeque and Graeter’s ice cream, enjoyed outdoor games, and took the afternoon to relish in each other’s company. “It was a perfect fall day to welcome back returning families and meet those families who are new to the Seven Hills community. The gathering was a tremendous success as 70 participants celebrated family, food, and fun. This year, SNAAP celebrates 32 years of building community at Seven Hills. The organization was created to promote and ensure a more inclusive school environment for students of Afro-diasporic descent and stimulate a spirit of unity and support among the Seven Hills students and their families,” SNAAP co-chair Kimberly Jackson said. 

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Finding the Way with Social and Emotional Learning

On Oct. 14 via Zoom, Seven Hills welcomed members of the Project Wayfinder team to talk about the social-emotional learning curriculum taught to ninth- and 10th-graders in Upper School as part of the Creating Conversations speaker series. “Students that undergo this social and emotional learning curriculum feel the school provides a supportive and encouraging environment,” said Wayfinder Director of Learning and Engagement Tristian Love. The curriculum is based on research conducted at the Stanford Center for Adolescence. Love explained how the curriculum teaches students to navigate challenges in adolescence and develop skills they can use in their adult lives. Chief Learning Officer Brandy Arnold led participants through an activity about gratitude and self-advocacy. The next Creating Conversations event will be on Feb. 10 via Zoom with Dr. Stuart Slavin about local nonprofits MindPeace and 1n5.

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Seven Hills Lifers Honored at Lunch

In mid-October, seniors, who have spent their entire education at Seven Hills, gathered for a lunch hosted by the Development Department. The event was new this school year and members of the Development Department thanked the parents for trusting Seven Hills with their children for so long. Laura Hoguet Leonard ’06, a Doherty lifer and current Doherty parent, spoke at the event about how being a Seven Hills lifer is special. “For over 13 years on the Seven Hills campuses, you have been surrounded by teachers and staff members who are looking out for you, who care for you, and are devoted to helping you succeed. It is this familiar and loving community, these deep roots that you’ve grown, that have allowed you to push yourself to be your best,” Leonard said. A second Lifers Lunch will be held in November for students or families who were unable to attend the first one.

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