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October 6, 2021

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Partnership Providing Additional Mental Health Services

For the 2021-22 school year, Seven Hills has partnered with Best Point Behavioral Health to staff licensed mental health therapists on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses. “There is a rise in mental healthcare needs throughout Cincinnati, so we wanted to provide preventative and proactive care and give families additional support,” said Counseling Department Chair Angie Bielecki. Through Mindpeace, a nonprofit that helps schools better understand their mental health needs and connects them to providers, Seven Hills has partnered with Best Point, a program by Children’s Home of Cincinnati. “We wanted to make health services more accessible for families. This way there are not long waits and students don’t have to leave campus,” Bielecki said. Licensed mental health therapists Emily Daugherty and Claudia Thomas will have dedicated spaces on both campuses. Daugherty will be working with pre-kindergarten through second-grade students and Thomas will be working with third- through 12th-graders. Parents can contact their student’s division counselor to set up a meeting with the therapists.

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Traditions continue with first- and fifth-grade buddies

Lotspeich first-graders recently met their fifth-grade buddies! As part of a fun Lotspeich tradition, the new buddies conducted getting-to-know-you interviews, drew portraits of each other, and talked about their favorite hobbies. Their friendships will continue to grow throughout the year by engaging in a variety of activities. At the Lotspeich Closing Ceremony, the buddies will sing a special song together.

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Fifth-graders take the lead on Changemaker tradition

Fifth-graders began the first-ever Changemaker Club meeting by defining what it means to be a changemaker. “We believe a changemaker is a positive influence and an inspiring leader. Changemakers try to impact the world in a positive way, never give up, and care about equality,” members said. The new club empowers students already familiar with the changemaker traditions, to become leaders and think about other people and situations, according to Lotspeich librarian Lori Suffield. In preparation for an upcoming mid-October Lotspeich assembly, club members held a lively discussion to determine what and how they’ll share information about their new club with their classmates.  They also discussed the potential roles of changemakers on campus, from morning announcements to service projects.

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Fourth-graders’ learning takes flight with multi-subject collaboration

Fourth-graders experienced a multi-subject curriculum covering the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly through the lens of art, science, and spanish. In art teacher Jody Knoop’s class, students traced over a butterfly stencil, created negative space, and learned transitional shading using a limited color palette. After cutting out their butterflies, students will create a caterpillar out of wood, and larva out of paper mâché for their fulcrum, which will simulate a flying butterfly and its lifecycle. During science teacher Kate LaBare’s class, students cared for monarch caterpillars and witnessed, first-hand, the larvae emerge from the chrysalises as beautiful butterflies, which they released into the wild. To symbolize the monarch migration from America to Mexico, students created their own paper butterflies using origami, paper layers, and free-hand drawing techniques to send through the mail to their pen pals in Mexico. Along with the paper butterflies, students also wrote letters in Spanish about monarchs to their pen pals for world language teacher Megan Hayes’ class.

 

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Building the bridge to understanding math

All Lower School students will be learning a deeper understanding of mathematics in the same way. Starting this school year, Doherty and Lotspeich Lower Schools are both using Bridges Mathematics, a curriculum that focuses on mathematical understanding and conceptual knowledge. “It is about fully contextualizing math and learning critical thinking skills,” Head of Lotspeich Susan Miller said. Previously, both lower schools were using the same math program but different versions of it. When it was time to update the math curriculum, numerous programs were evaluated and piloted in the classroom before Bridges was selected, with an overwhelmingly positive reception from teachers at both lower schools. “We want students to understand there may be multiple ways to solve a problem, and reach the correct answer. It strengthens students’ reasoning and logic, when they’re taught how to address a problem instead of memorizing an equation,” Miller said.

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