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September 16, 2021


Opening Assembly Kicks Off Another Great Year

On the first day of the 2021-22 school year, fourth- through 12th-grade students from both campuses came together in the Field House for the annual celebration of the beginning of the year. As part of the annual tradition to select one of the Seven Hills values as a focal point for the school year, Head of School Chris Garten encouraged students to come together and celebrate our commitment to community, one of the school’s core values. Fifth-grader at Doherty Tripp O’Connell, fifth-grader at Lotspeich James Levesque, eighth-grader Nina Head, and seniors Thomas Murphy and Anand Patil spoke about the school community and gave helpful advice and encouragement on preserving the accepting and inclusive culture of Seven Hills. “It is really you, our students, who set the tone of the community where we all work and live. Our speakers today reminded us of how special this community is and we find comfort, especially in these trying times, in being together. So, this year I would ask you to commit to the school value of community and work together to strengthen that precious sense we share,” Garten said.


Pre-K for 2s Enjoying Becoming Stingers

The new pre-kindergarten for 2-year-old class at Doherty celebrated becoming Stingers with a day of activities and play. Students explored with chalk, sand, and bubbles outside. Inside, they did artwork, and created with puzzles. Later in the week, the class listened to “Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?” and did a series of activities related to the story. They practiced colors and animal names through a matching game.



Unit III Students Learn About Courage with 9/11 Memorial Walk

Doherty Unit III students walked a mile around campus and hung badges in the courtyard tunnel in silence to honor the courage of a 9/11 first responder. Stephen Siller was a New York City firefighter, who was leaving the station when he heard about what was happening and returned for his gear. He attempted to drive through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but it was closed so he ran nearly three miles to ground zero. Siller gave his life saving others.  Students gathered in the courtyard to talk about courage, unity, and the importance of remembering and learning about 9/11. 


Creating Conversations Returns

The Seven Hills speaker series Creating Conversations returns to the Seven Hills community. on Sept. 23. James Butler will be giving a talk entitled “Strategies for Stress Management” at 7 p.m. in the Schiff Center. The event will also be recorded and posted for later viewing. Butler, an early childhood educator and author, will share tips, ideas, and techniques centered around mindfulness-based stress management strategies he has developed. Creating Conversations is put on by the Seven Hills Counseling Department to foster an open dialogue about ways to keep students happy and healthy. There will be two additional events in October and February with more information to come. Those interested can register online. Masks will be required for in-person events.

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