A Message from the Founders and Board of Trustees

MOORELAND HILL SCHOOL TO CLOSE

(KENSINGTON, CT) – The Founders and Trustees of the Mooreland Hill School have announced the closure of the school, effective August 31, 2019. 

Mooreland Hill is a kindergarten through 9th grade independent day school, founded in 1930 by a group of local parents.

According to Seth Brewer, President of the Board of Trustees, “Our mission at Mooreland has always been to provide a small school setting designed to empower each student with the knowledge, skills, and character to be lifelong learners and leaders. Under Head of School Reed Rathgeber’s inspirational leadership, we have sustained the high quality, values-led educational experience for which Mooreland has long been recognized despite our ongoing financial challenges. Proof of our success has been the continued acceptance of our graduates to the finest independent secondary schools in our region.  However, the demographics of our area and the costly economics of private secondary education have made it increasingly difficult to achieve the level of enrollment necessary to deliver on our mission in a financially responsible manner.”

All tuition deposits and enrollment payments made to the school for the 2019 -2020 academic year will be fully refunded to families. The Head of School will be working with families to find other options for their children and assisting faculty and staff as they seek new positions.

Alumni Spotlight - David Bernstein '73

In honor of our upcoming 90th year, Ryan Smith ‘14 has been collecting stories from alumni about their time at Mooreland and what they are up to now. If you are interested in letting us know about your memories of Mooreland and what you’re up to now, please CLICK HERE and fill out the online form. You can also contact Ryan by emailing alumni@mooreland.org

Thanks to David Bernstein ‘73 for being our first Alumni Spotlight! The following was written by Ryan:

Today’s Monday motivation comes from David Bernstein’s ‘73 yearbook quote by Jonathan Livingston Seagull, “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you, all they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you’ll see the way to fly.”

The first alumni spotlight of the summer is David Bernstein who is a 1973 graduate of Mooreland Hill School. David came to MHS for 7th to 9th grade and was involved in many extracurricular activities. David was captain of the J.V. Football team, a member of the Varsity Basketball and Baseball teams. While on the JV Football team David was recognized as an All-League selection at his position, offensive halfback. He was also part of the 1973 Varsity Basketball team that also went undefeated and were C.I.S.A.L Champions.  David’s recollections of the team sums up best, how dominant the ‘73 team really was, when he says “The key to that team was my best friend (then and now), Alex Schwartz. Alex was very tall and got a lot of rebounds. We had a guard, Billy Wolf, who could shoot the lights out. David Hicks played forward and was very good. Tim Howe was a guard who could both pass and shoot. Paul Gallo could shoot and was VERY fast.” The ‘73 team had everything you needed to be successful, lights out shooting, speed, height, and defense. 

Not only was David a key contributor on the sports team but was also an important member in making the Knapsack (Yearbook). When asked about his favorite memories at MHS, he says, “Playing 4 Square at recess and tossing a football with my best friend; lunch with friends and faculty; surviving my brother and his classmates (class of 1970).” Not only was Mooreland a place where David made some good memories but it also helped him academically, “English classes gave me such a strong foundation that I was able to take the AP exam in high school without AP English and got 6 college credits. Three years of Latin also gave me a strong foundation. Summer reading requirements created a lifelong love of reading.” The foundation set at MHS helped David to be successful in high school and beyond where he found a love for government and public policy at MHS.

In 1976 he graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon and then went on to graduate from Drew University in 1980. David majored in political science and history, after graduating from Drew University, David moved to Washington DC where he attended George Washington University to get a masters in Public Administration. However, David did not stop there in his educational journey. In 2000, he got a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Organizational Behavior and Development from George Washington. David’s dissertation Local Government Performance Measurement Use: Assessing System Quality and Effects, won the dissertation award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Outstanding Public Administration Dissertation Award from The George Washington University. Since 1983, David has been working as a professional program evaluator and was the founding member of the American Evaluation Association. David owns a consulting firm, DJB Evaluation Consulting and is the Director of Evaluation for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church. One of his favorite memories is the quality of education that he received at MHS because it forced him “to think logically.”

Thank you, David, for letting us interview you! If any alumni would like to be interviewed, please email Ryan Smith at alumni@mooreland.org

Alumna, Lydia Gambacini '15, Gives Miss Porter's Student Head of School Graduation Speech

Lydia Gambacini ‘15, Student Head of School at Miss Porter’s, gave an outstanding speech at her recent graduation. Lydia urged her fellow graduates and those in the audience to, “confront your own identities and privileges to demonstrate the type of behavior this school expects from its students.”  If you’re interested in watching Lydia’s speech, please CLICK HERE. Lydia’s speech begins around 17:50 and ends around 26:35. You can also read about her speech in the Hartford Courant by CLICKING HERE.

Summer Brain Gain!

Happy Summer! It is hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is over. We had another great school year with lots of learning, fun field trips, successful sports, engaging projects, and more. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and that you come back in September relaxed and excited for another year of learning. Keep track of all of your summer adventures because I am excited to hear about them!

Over the summer, we want to make sure that students do a little work to avoid the “summer slump”. The purpose of these packets is to encourage students to keep learning and keep their minds sharp. We encourage students to complete the packet at any pace that is comfortable. Come up with a schedule that works for them!

Below you will find the work we are asking students to complete throughout the summer. If students are on a roll and want to do more than what is asked, please feel free! Have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing you all on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3rd.

Should you or students have any questions about any of the work, you can find teacher email addresses at the top of all of the sections. If you would prefer your child not do the summer packet, please let us know. Thank you!

Please click on the links below to access the summer packet PDFs:

Incoming Kindergarten/First Grade Students
Incoming Second/Third Grade Students
Incoming Fourth Grade Students
Incoming Fifth Grade Students
Incoming Sixth Grade Students
Incoming Seventh Grade Students
Incoming Eighth Grade Students

2019 Graduation Alumni Speech - Ryan Smith '14

Just about a week ago, our Class of 2019 graduated. It was a beautiful day and another special graduation. As is tradition, faculty members wrote speeches about each graduate. And for the second year in a row, we had a young alum address the graduating class. This year, Ryan Smith ‘14 talked to the graduates about his experiences in high school and college and how Mooreland helped prepare him for his future. It was a wonderful speech, which we want to share with our entire community. Please CLICK HERE to read Ryan’s speech.

The Wonder Years Can Last Forever: The Impact of the Early Years on the Development of the Life-long Learner

Thursday, January 14th
7:00-8:30PM
Mooreland Hill School

Dr. Douglas J. Lyons, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, presents “The Wonder Years Can Last Forever: The Impact of the Early Years on the Development of the Life-long Learner.” Dr. Lyons’ lecture will discuss the role of emotion in learning and the impact of the school environment in developing the ideal graduate, defined as the life-long learner. After 47 years spent working with students of all ages – from preschool to graduate school, Dr. Lyons will share research and personal anecdotes that illustrate the influences that shape a child's journey from innocence to maturity. The Mooreland Hill School Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

For more information on the presentation, please CLICK HERE. Please CLICK HERE for Dr. Lyons’ bio.

Parents' Association Wreaths and Poinsettias Sale

Happy holidays! We are kicking off the close of 2018 with our annual Parents’ Association Wreath & Poinsettia sale! Karabin Farms is once again delivering our goodies, delivery date to be determined shortly.

CLICK HERE to download the flyer, prices are the same as last year. Orders MUST BE IN by next Wednesday, December 5! Email me your order or drop off your flyer to the front office with payment.

These are gorgeous plants and wreaths, and are always so beautiful and last quite a long time. Please support our school and our students with a purchase, or pass it around to your friends and family!

The Mooreland Hill PA Presents Trivia Night!

Thursday, November 8th
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Mooreland Hill School

The Mooreland Hill PA Presents Trivia Night!
Prizes! Food! Games!
Pick your team, pick a theme and join us for some fun! Prizes for Best Table/Theme, Best Dressed, Trivia Winner…and some more surprises too!

$160 for a table of 8 or $20 for single entry. Email papresident@moooreland.org if you need to be added to a table! Registration fees due by Monday, November 5th, payable to the MHS PA.

CLICK HERE for more information about what is alway a FUN night!

The Wonder Years Can Last Forever: The Impact of the Early Years on the Development of the Life-long Learner

Thursday, November 15th
7:00-8:30PM
Mooreland Hill School

Dr. Douglas J. Lyons, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, presents “The Wonder Years Can Last Forever: The Impact of the Early Years on the Development of the Life-long Learner.” Dr. Lyons’ lecture will discuss the role of emotion in learning and the impact of the school environment in developing the ideal graduate, defined as the life-long learner. After 47 years spent working with students of all ages – from preschool to graduate school, Dr. Lyons will share research and personal anecdotes that illustrate the influences that shape a child's journey from innocence to maturity. The Mooreland Hill School Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

For more information on the presentation, please CLICK HERE. Please CLICK HERE for Dr. Lyons’ bio.

Get Caught Reading!

In order to support reading and to do community service, Mooreland Hill students will be involved in a Get Caught Reading initiative for the next several weeks. As you know, we commemorated September 11, by watching the documentary The Red Bandana. Because of the death of their son Welles, his parents have set up the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust. After studying Welles’ life, students have written letters and poems to his parents offering their thoughts on lessons learned from Welles.

We shall be using the funds collected from the Read-A-Thon to send along to their Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust fund when we send on our letters. We would appreciate if Pledge money could be turned in by Tuesday,  October 9th. Please make checks payable to: Welles Remy Crowther Trust.

As always, we are deeply grateful for your support!

To download the pledge forms handed out at school, please CLICK HERE.