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

Thursday, November 15th
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.

2018 Mooreland Hill School Summer Reading Challenge

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation.  It is also time to take a break from studying, classes, and homework.  It is definitely not a time to take a break from reading though. Our goal at Mooreland is for our students to learn to LOVE reading, not to look at it as a chore.  In order to accomplish this, all they have to do is read.  Read as much as they want and as much as they can. Read books. Read magazines. Read the sports page. Read comics. Read directions. Read the back of cereal boxes.  It doesn’t matter what you read…..just read. Aside from reading being a key factor in the success of our children in school and after, there are several other beneficial reasons to read.

For part one of the summer reading challenge, we ask everyone (faculty and students alike) to read  The Wish Tree by Katherine Applegate.  Part two will be free reads. We are asking every student to read a minimum of 4 books of their choice and to record them on the attached recording sheet. We will be celebrating with a Make Your Own Sundae Party in September for all those that meet that challenge. We are also attaching some websites and books you can check out for book selection ideas.  We encourage you to check out your local libraries also. They have multiple ideas and programs that revolve around summer reading.

Have a happy vacation.  We would love to have you send us some pictures of you reading in various and unique places this summer.  Also, if you happen to read a good book, please send us the title and author so we can share. Reading Rocks!


6th-8th Grade Camping Trip!

What a phenomenal trip! We had SO MUCH FUN! If you have 6th-8th grade children make sure you ask them all about the trip. Every part was great from the accommodations to the food, activities, and counselors. No one wanted to leave! If you would like to see pictures and videos from the trip CLICK HERE!

We got to camp on Wednesday morning and went right to our beautiful cabin (one student remarked that it was, "like a hotel!"). Students met their counselors and set off to do some team building. It was great to see everyone take on leadership roles and problem solve. The counselors remarked that they had never seen a group go up the 9 ft. wall as fast as our kids. After a delicious lunch we had recess (tennis, basketball, and tetherball were the hit activities). We then head to the alpine tower, a 55 ft. structure for climbing. Every student tried at least a portion of the climb and then did the big swing. We then headed back to the waterfront for canoeing, kayaking, and more games. Dinner was another delicious meal and then we got to hang around the campfire for games, trivia, and lots of laughter. S'mores capped off the evening before heading back to the cabin. Though exhausted, no one wanted to go to bed, so more games and social time was had until the chaperones called for lights out around 10:00. 

On Thursday we got up early to pack up or stuff and move out of our cabin. We headed to the dining hall for another wonderful meal and then it was off on a hike to the zip line. Everyone zipped and cheered each other on. We then went over to archery where we learned the proper way to use a bow and arrow. Many kids got bullseyes, which we were all thrilled about. We then headed back over to lunch (again, delicious) and one last recess. The kids all got to say their goodbyes to the counselors and have one last group cheer. We took a photo and got on the bus to head back to school. Throughout the trip, the counselors remarked a number of times about how great our students were and how impressed they were with them (the feeling was mutual as the kids loved the counselors). 

Everyone slept on the bus and continued to snooze in the foyer before getting picked up. And though we are tired at school today, it is a happy tired. We all wrote a big thank you note to the Camp Hazen staff for being so awesome. We can't wait to go back next year! 

Thanks Mrs. Garrity, Ms. Schaller, Mrs. Meyer, Mr. Silberies, and Miss K for all coming for portions of the day on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you Mr. Brewer for staying overnight with us on Wednesday night. A HUGE thank you to Mrs. LeConche for being there for the entire field trip! 

February 11th Open House

Please join us on Sunday, February 11th from 11:30-2:00 PM for our Open House. Learn more about our programs, meet current community members, and see firsthand how a Mooreland education combines purposeful, joyful, and expansive learning with 21st century skills in a small class setting.

Please don't hesitate to call us (860)223-6428 or email us if you have any questions. We can't wait to show you around! 

Mooreland Hill School Day at Good Cause Gifts

Head over to Good Cause Gifts (384 Main Street, Berlin) on Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00am-7:00pm to shop and don’t forget to mention Mooreland Hill School for
20% of the sales to go directly to us. It's a wonderful local shop that has fine gifts and accessories including: women's clothing, jewelry, hand bags, scarves, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, and more! The holidays are just around the corner! 

MHS Trivia Night!

Let’s have some fall fun!
Trivia Night: Thursday, November 9th 6:30pm – 9pm
Doors open at 6:30pm for table set-up trivia to start promptly @ 7pm

#1: Teams of up to eight people who know obscure facts and spew random minutiae are formed. As they say, the more the merrier! This is an incredible fun night that doubles as a fundraiser.

#2: Team names are created and represent the theme in which the team table will be decorated. The most creatively decorated table wins a COVETED prize. If you choose to be fuddy duddies and not decorate, that is ok, but , your table will look sadly sparse. Most tables are 60” round. Should your team be assigned a different shape/size, you will be informed.

#3: In celebration of fall, there will be souvenirs to purchase near the Bartender and the Concession Stand!! In addition to the traditional 50/50 Raffle, there will also be a Bottle Raffle.

#4: Team names and payment of $150.00 per team must be submitted by FRIDAY, October 27th to the MHS Front Office. (checks made out to MHSPA)

#5: First, second and third prizes for the winning teams will be gift cards to FINE restaurants in the area.

#6: The aforementioned Concession Stand will offer a variety of munchies for sale, including Cheese Trays and Guacamole/Salsa and Chips.

Past years were so much fun...please join us!

Mums the Word!

Mooreland Hill School
2017 Fall Plant Sale

Large 9” Pots

Beautiful Colors:
Burgundy / Red    Orange / Bronze
Pink / Purple    Yellow    White

$8.00 each

Support Your School – Support Your Community

Flowers from the beautiful Karabin Farms

Order forms and money due by Friday September 16th
CLICK HERE to download an order form

Plants will be delivered to Mooreland Hill
Week of September 19th (exact date TBD)

Checks payable to: Mooreland Hill PA

Questions can be emailed to
Jamie Curley at

2017 Summer Reading

The faculty sat down this year to talk about summer reading, its purpose, and our goals around it. We realized that we want students to learn to love reading, not look at it as a chore. While we know many of students do LOVE reading (and we LOVE that), others haven’t yet found the joy in sitting down and reading a good book. Because of that, we have decided to revamp our summer reading program at Mooreland. For part one of the summer reading requirement, we ask everyone (faculty and students alike) to read The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan. When we get back to school, we will spend some time during the first week discussing the book in our individual classes as well as in multi-grade book groups.

Part two of summer reading will be free reads. We are asking all students to read the required summer reading book, and at least four other books. Students are not required to write book reports about each book, instead we are asking them to bring in the titles of the books they read with a short (3-4 sentence) review. At the beginning of the school year we are going to create an all school book list on one of our bulletin boards that we will add to throughout the year. Under each student’s name, the books they read over the summer (and those they read outside of school over the school year), along with their short review will be posted for everyone to see. That way we can all share in the joys of reading together - bonding over reading the same titles, asking friends more about a book they read, or deciding to read their next book together!

CLICK HERE and you will find a list of suggested books put together by the faculty. There are so many wonderful books out there, and we couldn’t put them all on our list, so please feel free to choose a book or multiple books on your own. All book descriptions come from Amazon. We can’t wait to see what we’ll add to this list once the school year begins!