The Spirit of the Highlander: Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Blog

Our school blog, The Spirit of the Highlander, provides a forum for the Heathwood community to share thoughts, resources, ideas, and advice.

Submissions to the blog from any member of the Heathwood community, past or present, are welcome. If you're interested in contributing, send your blog entry or topic proposal to us at social@heathwood.org.

March, 2021

Lifting a Weight We Didn't Know Was There: Students Reflect on a Year With Covid

Rev. Jill Williams, School Chaplain

 

Exploring Future Options: Winterim College Tours

Adelaide Wood, Class of 2022, and Adair Wood, Class of 2023

 

February, 2021

For the Love of Little Debbie: Mr. Blackstone's Advisory and the Creation of a Wall of Calories

Gabe Cooper, Class of 2023

 

To Create Lifelong Readers, At Home Be More of a Cheerleader Than a Coach

Jennifer Falvey, Head Librarian

 

January, 2021

"The change starts with kids like me": Participating in the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Liam Quan, Class of 2023

 

November, 2020

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Heathwood Hall is a Community in Action

Willis Ware, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

"Home of the Highlanders": A History of Heathwood Logos and Mascots

Jessie Garlinghouse, Director of Extended Learning

     * And check out all the latest Highlander gear at The Plaid Peddler!

 

In the Time of COVID-19, School Libraries Still Have Much to Offer

Jennifer Falvey, Head Librarian

 

Exploring Faith Through Stories, Wonder, and Play: Introducing Our New Godly Play Curriculum

Jill Williams, School Chaplain

 

Fall Gardening: Growing Plants and Growing Minds

Stephanie Scanlon, Head of Early Childhood and Lower School

 

October, 2020

College Admissions in the Age of the Pandemic

Dr. George Scouten, Upper School Head

 

Reflection, Dialog, and Support: Introducing Our African American Student Affinity Group

Willis Ware, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

Embrace the Pause: Heathwood Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Stacy Gross '95, Middle School Counselor

 

Learning and Giving: Reading & Robes and the Gift of a Heathwood Education

Suzanne Nagy '90, Director of Enrollment Management

 

Summer, 2020

Unpacking Racial Bias: Using Our Summer Reading to Become a More Inclusive Community

Jessie Garlinghouse, Director of Extended Programming

 

An Ongoing Quest for Excellence: Heathwood's June Faculty In-Service Explores Cutting-Edge Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Jessie Garlinghouse, Director of Extended Programing & Suzanne Nagy, Head of Middle School

 

May, 2020

Dear Heathwood: A Love Letter 14 Years in the Making

Jennifer Falvey, P '18, '20; Head Librarian

 

Going the Extra Mile (Literally) For Heathwood

Mary Kay Deese, P '23, '26; Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Lower School

 

I Love All My Teachers, and I Appreciate Them More Than They'll Ever Know

Anna Claire Liester, '25

 

To My Children's Teachers

Tricia Holmes, P '29, '30

 

Heathwood's Teachers Have Never Been More Deserving of Our Appreciation

Jeanette Florence, P '26, '28, '32

 

Professionalism, Thoughtfulness, and Grit: How Heathwood's Teachers Have Risen to the Challenge of Remote Learning

Chris Hinchey, Head of School

 

April, 2020

 

Hands-on Science Beyond the Lab: Creating a Lesson Plan for Distance Learning

Susan McRae, 5th Grade Science Teacher

 

Why Libraries Matter, Even When They're Closed

Jennifer Falvey, Head Librarian

 

Class of 2020 -- Community in the Face of Challenges

Jennifer Falvey, Head Librarian and Class of 2020 Parent

 

Stronger Together: Persevering As An Episcopal Community

Suzanne Nagy, Middle School Head

 

"Do Not Be Afraid": Celebrating the Week of Holiness During a Pandemic

Rev. Jill Williams, Incoming School Chaplain

 

Choosing Stillness in the Midst of Chaos: Practicing Mindfulness During the Pandemic

Stacy Gross '95 -- Middle School Counselor

 

Do I Want It All Back? What I've Learned From the Coronavirus

Lynn Cooper '96  -- Middle School English Teacher