Happy Spring Long Weekend, everyone! We are looking forward to seeing all of our student's faces again on Tuesday. In this newsletter, we have highlighted some of the awesome ways that our teachers, students, and community are making the best of virtual learning. You can read about these highlights and other announcements below!
We Want to Hear From You
While all of us on The Hill are working hard to make the rest of this year as meaningful as possible, we are also beginning to think of next year. We are focusing on trying to find the plan that will allow us to safely be on campus and keep learning in person for as much of the year as we are able. We don't want to make those plans in isolation, therefore, we want to hear from you about what is most important to you in relation to next year's calendar. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey
and let us know what matters to you. If you have any questions, please contact Meadow Davis, Associate Head of School at Mdavis@kentshill.org
Community Challenge: Trick Shots
Last week’s challenge to our Huskies was to share their best trick shots with the community. As an additional bonus, one of the trick shots submitted by Ryan Nolte ‘20 was featured on the NHL’s Instagram story! Check out all of the awesome shots submitted, here
Community Service Day: Wednesday, April 29
We will be holding our bi-annual Community Service Day this coming Wednesday, April 29. Faculty and staff will still be holding virtual office hours in the morning and then engaging in service opportunities in the afternoon. Students and their families are invited to participate in service activities on Wednesday or at any other time that is convenient. For ideas about how you can contribute, visit pages 13-16 of our Remote Learning Guide
, where Jeff Munson, Director of Service Learning, has outlined various options for how we can help our communities while being mindful of the ongoing pandemic. Beyond these options, we are limited only by our imaginations and the guidelines provided by our local authorities, so don’t hesitate to come up with your own ways to give back!
Remote Learning Highlight: Emilie Arseneault, French
“Last year, I was able to take a group of Kents Hill students to France. We spent three days in Paris, three days in Normandy and Brittany, and then traveled to Nice and Monaco. This was such an enriching experience to learn more about the history of France and the culture. Now, while my classroom has gone virtual, Google Arts and Culture
offers us the chance to travel while practicing social distancing. Students in my classes have begun going on virtual field trips to give the experience of traveling to the entire class. French 1 students have been to the second and third floors or the Eiffel Tower and seen the city of Paris in a 360 view. French 2 and 3 students have visited and done a virtual tour of the Island of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. For the next few weeks, we will continue to travel to well-known, and not so well-known French-speaking areas and study the history and the culture surrounding it.” - Emilie Arseneault, French Teacher
(View from the 2nd floor of Eiffel Tower- Courtesy of Google Arts and Culture)
(Mont Saint-Michel – Courtesy of Google Arts and Culture)
Remote Community Highlight: “Cook with Shuk”
As a part of our efforts to remain together while apart, Kents Hill faculty have begun leading various different interest groups and clubs for students over Zoom. Steve Shukie, Social Studies Teacher, has been leading weekly “Cook with Shuk” meetings on Thursdays. During his first two sessions, students learned to make homemade meatballs with spaghetti and chicken paprikash. Students and families are invited to tune in this Thursday to cook their own chicken parmigiana!
“I hope that the students can use this time at home to develop the lifelong skill of cooking. It can be very relaxing and enjoyable to put something together. We have had 3 or 4 students participate each time but they have had parents there too. It’s great seeing them prepare stuff together.”
Left: Chicken Paprikash prepared by Delaney Feeney ‘21
Right: Steve Shukie leading “Cook with Shuk” via Zoom
Happy Ramadan from Reverend Park
Ramadan Mubarak! Happy Ramadan to all who observe and to those who support them during this time. May this be a blessed month of fasting and prayer, of compassion and kindness, of peace and joy. We stand in solidarity and love.
A Message from the Health Center
The Kents Hill Health Center hopes to inspire you to nurture yourselves and build resilience in
yourself and your families. Here are some tips and tricks for self-care, as well as inspiration and
education on staying well.
Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing.
mindfulness-building activities designed by experts.
If ever there was a reason to QUIT, Covid 19 may be it.
On April 6, 2020, the National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a warning
about the connection
between respiratory issues and COVID-19. Compromising your lungs by vaping can put you at
to successfully quit during the pandemic. If you are a student interested in joining a workshop
about recovery or helping others, reach out to Ms. Bottino for more information!
Reporter Stephanie Leydon talks with the Gabriel family about their teenage son's struggle with
a vaping addiction.
Our counselors and nurses are available to offer supportive check-ins.
Ms. Myung Park, Chaplin, is also available at firstname.lastname@example.org