December Bulletin – 2011

Leafless trees, chill, wet winds, and early darkness – winter is here!  No matter – our gatherings are all the warmer and our lights shine all the brighter!   We look forward to meeting with you at conferences, and perhaps catching up together at Jean’s Town Hall presentation of ‘A Rogue’s Christmas’.   Read on for details.

Trimester I Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Monday, December 5: Grades 9 – 12
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 12: Grades 7-8 
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 13: Grades 5-6 
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 7:00 pm

Friday, December 16:  Grades 7 – 12 Yule Ball

7:00 – 11:00 pm on campus 

All upper school students and graduates are invited to attend Hillside’s festive, annual Yule Ball.  Organized by the students for the students, with preparations headed by seniors Alex Nolan and Riley Miller, this year we will have a masked ball in which students must be masked in order to enter.   Party attire requested – from this century or any other!

Students are allowed to bring one guest each.  In order to attend, each guest must have Hillside’s Guest Waiver signed by the appropriate staff at his or her school and have turned the waiver in to Susan Wedgwood by Monday, December 12.  The Hillside Guest Waiver can be found on the website and is available on the table next to the copy machine in the hall.  Invite your friend, sibling, uncle or romantic interest – just make sure that s/he has the waiver signed and it has been turned in to Susan by Monday, December 12! Here is a link to the Yule Ball guest pass application.
If you have trouble with that link, here is the form in a PDF Verison..

Invitations will be going out to students by early December, including details on signing up to bring a potluck dish.

Come celebrate the beginning of winter vacation with some holiday cheer!

Sunday, December 18:  Short Stories Live! A Rogue’s Christmas

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Great hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $10-$15

Come join Jean Sherrard for an afternoon of delightfully unconventional Christmas stories, poems, and musical cheer—an “antidotal” alternative to the usual holiday fare—which veers between the evocative and the humorous, all delivered by some of Seattle’s favorite professional actors. Frank Corrado, Paul Dorpat, Randy Hoffmeyer, and Jean Sherrard read excerpts from holiday classics including Damon Runyon’s Dancing Dan’s Christmas, in which a trio of hoodlums gives the best Christmas gift ever; John Mortimer’s delightful Rumpole and Father Christmas (the ingenious portly barrister discovers that Santa isn’t quite what he seems); John Cheever’s darkly comic Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor; and P.G. Wodehouse’s effervescently daffy Another Christmas Carol. Leslie Braly and John Owen provide music. Presented by Town Hall with A Contemporary Theatre; directed by Jean Sherrard.

Advance tickets are $13/$10 Town Hall members, seniors & students, at Brown Paper Tickets or 800-838-3006. $15/$13 at the door. ACT Members call 206-292-7676 to reserve tickets as part of ACTPass and Charter Membership.

Learn More:
www.acttheatre.org

Monday, 12/19, through Monday, 1/2/2012:

First Winter Break.  Enjoy your holidays!

Tuesday, January 3:

Full day of school

Please Note:

Calendar correction:

There was an error on the previous school year calendar.  March 30and April 27 were mistakenly listed as snow make-up days.  Please note:  those days are regular school days.  March 16 and May 14 remain snow make-up days.  Please do not plan as vacation.

Suquamish Tribal Elder, Ed Carriere talks about his craft with Hillside 7th and 8th graders

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 was a beautiful Fall day for the Washington State History field trip for Hillside’s seventh and eighth graders. Directly after 1st period, Sherrie and Karen loaded up the kids in the van and we were off to the catch the Bainbridge Ferry. The city views were spectacular. Once off the ferry we drove to Indianola to the Suquamish Indian reservation to meet with Suquamish tribal elder Ed Carriere.

Ed is a master carver and weaver. We were invited into his home where he sang us a welcome song and then showed us his collection of various styles of baskets from those woven with whale baleen, to cedar bark baskets to his favorite, the clam basket. Ed explained that he got the materials for weaving his baskets directly from nature, and showed us how he processes those resources and weaves them into beautiful, useful baskets. Next, he detailed the process for canoe making, complete with carefully carved models of every step of the procedure which takes about a year to complete.

Our trip ended with a walk to his “welcome house” on the beach shoreline, with beautiful carved posts and modern native decorations. Then we got a tour of his canoe, which is a real working boat, housed in his garage on a boat trailer. Time flew and before we knew it, it was time to head back to catch the ferry. We arrived back at Hillside just in the nick of time, each of us a little richer for having spent time with the sage tribal elder, Ed Carriere.

Alex Nolan Receives Commended Scholar Award!

This fall Alex Nolan received the National Merit Scholarship’s Commended Scholar Award. This award means that Alex’s scores on last year’s PSAT (the Pre-SAT exam) place her in the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and recognizes her exceptional academic promise.

We are proud of Alex and her academic achievements. It is clear that with Alex’s profound intellectual curiosity, discipline, and full spectrum of abilities, she will go far.

Hillside Book Fair – November 14 – Open to All!

The Hillside Book Fair is set for Monday, November 14 at Island Books Etc., a small, independent bookstore on Mercer Island. 20% of the proceeds support your school. Now’s your chance to buy all your holiday gifts—and benefit Hillside at the same time! Tell your friends and forward this note to them! Remember, one of the best gifts for an adult or a child is a book.

In case you were stumped about what to read next, we asked the Hillside staff to recommend some of their favorites. The list is too long to try to incorporate into this post, so here’s a link to the list. It’s as varied and as intriguing as our staff!

When: Monday, November 14
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Island Books Etc.
3014 78th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
206-232-6920

RSVP: For this event to succeed, we need to come up with a minimum number of interested families. Please rsvp so we can confirm with the bookstore the number attending. Contact Susan Wedgewood at Susan@hillsidesc.org or at 425-649-9388.

We request that parents remember to attend to their children so that we may continue to make this an intergenerational fundraiser.

Post Scriptum

  1. You can come in anytime during that day and make purchases crediting Hillside.
  2. You can send in a proxy to purchase books for you – payments must be made on Monday, Nov 14th.
  3. Anyone who wishes to make a phone order can do so on Monday, November 14th only and pay for purchases over the phone.

For directions to Island Books Click here.
To see a map, click here.

College Fair Nov. 4 and 5

College Fair in Seattle this Weekend

Dear Parents of 8-12th graders,

On Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th, the National College Fair is coming to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, in Hall 4 E. Attendees will have the chance to meet one-on-one with college representatives, attend workshops on topics ranging from ‘Writing the College Essay’ to ‘What’s New in Admissions’, and visit the College Fair’s Counseling/Resource center. Register and find out more by clicking here.
Over 300 colleges from around the nation will be attending!

  • Times:
    Friday, November 4th, 2011 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Saturday, November 5th, 2011 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to begin the college search for your student.

Arduino Update

 

Late Breaking News about Brad’s Arduino Club

In response to students’ preferences and availability, the Arduino club will run 2 days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8:00 – 8:50 am, beginning Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

To allow more students to attend the Arduino club, Hillside is offering to oversee club members’ younger siblings during the club time. On Wednesdays, younger siblings will be overseen by Ashley, Hillside’s Spanish teacher, in the Drama /Spanish room. Merideth will oversee them in the 5th-6th room on Fridays. There will be no charge for this service. In both cases, however, overseen students will be expected to work independently or read silently while the overseeing teacher prepares for the day. We are grateful for Ashley and Merideth’s support in helping to make the club possible to all students.

We will announce the cost of the club when we get our final head count. As it stands we have had six students express interest in attending, and if those 6 students commit, the price of the club will be $350 tuition per student, plus a $100 supply fee each. Please see October 24 ‘Hillside Ramblings’ blog posting for details about this club.

Please contact Brad at brad@hillsidesc.org by Friday, November 4th, if you would like to have your student register for this course. We will send out an email on Monday with the price for the course for each participating student.

Note: Even if you think that Brad already knows that you are confirmed, please send him an e-mail with the words “Arduino Confirmation” in the subject heading.

We look forward to adding this club to our Hillside offerings!

Venture into Mercer Island’s Haunted Forest

Come support our own Flora Whiting who is performing in this Halloween extravaganza!

Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) celebrates the Halloween season with a unique, outdoor performance of QUARANTINE: Mercer Island’s Haunted Forest, performing October 14 – 31, 2011. In contrast to a traditional haunted house, QUARANTINE is a 40 minute guided performance and tour through the shadowy and frightening trails of Mercer Island’s Island Crest Park. QUARANTINE is written by Gillian Jorgensen and directed by Meghan Arnette.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Arduino Elective Update

Five Students and Counting…

Photo by Arduino Team

Five students have expressed interest in joining the Arduino club. A couple other students are interested but are still trying to work out schedules. If you have been thinking about joining but haven’t decided, this is the time to do it. Right now for the five students who are signed up to do it two times a week the total cost will be $400 for tuition and $100 for materials. More students mean that price will continue to go down!

Email Brad to sign up. To learn about the ‘for-credit’ club, click here

November Bulletin – 2011

November is almost upon us, with its grey, windy days and wild storms. As the chill increases, events are heating up at Hillside. Read on!

Weather Alert

Please be aware that Hillside has an unusual microclimate. Due to its location and height on Cougar Mountain, we often are subject to ice and snow when other areas are not. For this reason, the hilly roads leading to the school can be treacherous in inclement weather. If you hear of any possibility of ice or snow (or severe winds) in the Greater Seattle region, after 6:30 a.m., please check the website, http://www.hillsidesc.org for notification, or call the school number, 425-747-6448, to hear the recorded message regarding start times or cancellation.

Please also note that, at such times, it may be necessary to cancel the van service even though it is possible to have school. Any such transportation change will also be noted on the web site and the phone message. If no change is necessary, the message will be normal.

To those who wonder why our status does not appear on schoolreport.org, we regret to say that, due to our small size, they will not list us.

Wednesday, November 2, Block IC begins

7/8 Washington State History
9-11 Western Civilization after 1600

Friday, November 4, TEACHERS` MEETING 3:30-5:00 pm

Saturday, November 5, OPEN HOUSE 1:00-3:00 pm

We have a wonderful learning community at Hillside. Please invite your friends and coworkers to come and learn more about us at our upcoming Open House. Postcards announcing the date of this and our January Open Houses are available to you on the table in our foyer; share them with your neighbors and friends, and display them at your workplace and community gathering places. Get the good news of our exciting curriculum and supportive community out to the greater public! Our satisfied families are our best advertising.

Friday, November 11, NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day is observed
Monday, November 14, Island Book Fair 6:30 – 8:30 pm

It’s here again! The Hillside Book Fair is set for Monday, November 14 at Island Books Etc., a small, independent bookstore on Mercer Island. 20% of the proceeds support your school. Now’s your chance to buy all your holiday gifts—and benefit Hillside at the same time! Tell your friends and forward this note to them! Remember, one of the best gifts for an adult or a child is a book.

When: Monday, November 14
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Island Books Etc.
3014 78th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
206-232-6920

RSVP: For this event to succeed, we need to come up with a minimum number of interested families. Please reply so we can confirm with the bookstore the number attending. Contact Susan Wedgewood at Susan@hillsidesc.org or at 425-649-9388.

We request that parents remember to attend to their children so that we may continue to make this an intergenerational fundraiser.

Post Scriptum

  1. You can come in anytime during that day and make purchases crediting Hillside.
  2. You can send in a proxy to purchase books for you – payments must be made on Monday, Nov 14th.
  3. Anyone who wishes to make a phone order can do so on Monday, November 14th only and pay for purchases over the phone.

For directions to Island Books Click here.
To see a map, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, Biology Poster Session 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Come learn from the experiments our students have developed in Laura’s first trimester 7-8 Chemistry Experiments and 9-11 Biology Plant Experiments block classes! Students will present posters detailing their investigations and discuss the process by which they obtained their results. Prepare to be intrigued and delighted. Refreshments will be served.

We are growing a crop of highly able, analytical scientists at Hillside!

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, Thanksgiving Vacation

Tuesday, November 29, Block IIA begins

7/8 American Lit and Comp
9 Art
10-11 Biology (lab)

Upcoming events in December:

Trimester I Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held in early December.

We will be sending out information about conference sign up on or about November 1st.

Conference dates:

Monday, December 5: Grades 9 – 12
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 12: Grades 7-8
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 13: Grades 5-6
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 7:00 pm

Time Travel Made Easy –

 

MOHAI
Thursday October 13th
7:30 p.m

Last April, Jean Sherrard, Paul Dorpat and Berangere Lomont opened their hit Paris/Washington State repeat photography exhibition ‘Now and Then’ at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry.  If you missed the opening (which attracted more people that any opening in the museum’s history), have no fear!

This Thursday you can join Jean and Paul at MOHAI as they enlighten and entertain you with their behind-the-scenes adventures in finagling the sometimes dangerous and often difficult-to-get images for the exhibit!  Guests are encouraged to bring their questions and curiosity for this in-depth look at the magic of photography with two masters.

Find out more about the Exhibit, which runs through June 1, 2012.

Cost:
Museum of History and Industry Members: Free
General Public: $8 through brownpapertickets.com
$10 at the door

Museum Location:
2700 24th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112