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Beyond the Classroom

Institute for 21st Century Education | Learning Strategies | Performing Arts | International Opportunities | Class Trips and Field Trips | Speakers and Assemblies | Adventure Learning | Contests and Competitions

At Hathaway Brown School, learning is a 24/7 operation, and it's not bound by the school walls. At every opportunity, we get girls out to see the world and how their curriculum can be applied. Learning is not a passive activity in the Middle School and chances to be active in observing the world are important features in an adolescent's education. If we can't go to the world, we bring it to school through speakers, visitors and technology.

Learning Strategies

Girls who participate in Learning Strategies benefit from additional writing and study skill instruction as well as having time in their day for classroom support. Experiencing the fun of language, identifying organizational patterns in reading and writing, improving reading comprehension and writing fluency and becoming increasingly empowered learners are also desired outcomes.

The time is devoted to classroom support in an interactive, tightly monitored study hall setting. Emphasis is placed on direct mini-session instruction to complement and support classroom assignments; nurturing and helping individual students is also a primary focus. A variety of study skills and self-empowerment techniques are both modeled and reflected in an educational setting that is informed by the students' needs.

As interactive and independent learners, students embrace the habit of asking questions and seeking clarification. They learn to plan, pause and reflect while reading and commit to proofreading and editing before considering a paper finished. Addressing time management challenges is another recurrent theme as is advocating for themselves with greater ease and effectiveness.

Performing Arts

Performing arts classes enhance the learning throughout the Middle School by sharing their work through concerts and assemblies, and collaborating with the academic classrooms. From singing the Alma Mater in morning meeting to regular Hootenannies and concert tours, the arts are an active part of everyday life in the Middle School. The arts extending beyond the classroom include:

  • 5th grade Orff Tales and Walk Through Time
  • 6th grade Orff Tales and Lip-Sync
  • 7th grade World's Fair
  • 7th grade Theatre performances
  • 8th grade musical theater production
  • Seasonal concerts by the Orchestra, Chorus and Recorder Ensembles
  • School-wide Hootenannies accompanied by the Guitar Ensembles
  • Performance tours by all musical ensembles
  • Talent Show
  • Cultural holiday celebrations throughout the school year 
  • After-school Musical Arts Program
  • Thematic Assemblies:  Piano-Palooza,  International DOT Day, Light the Night, Jim Brickman, Dar Williams, to name a few.

Click here for more information about HB Performing Arts.

International Opportunities

Among the opportunities for HB Middle School students to learn about the world are:

  • World's Fair
  • Nicaraguan dancers
  • Panama trip
  • Costa Rica trip
  • France trip
  • Orchestra trips to festivals in other states
  • Recorder Consort Tours to Germany and Austria
  • Ski trips to New York
  • French cooking
  • Spanish-speaking pen pals
  • French canoe trip
  • Chinese language class
  • Spanish Alfrombra rug by Hector Castillanos

Class Trips and Field Trips

Middle School students have taken trips to such places as Greenfield Village; Camp Asbury; Pittsburgh museums; Cape Cod; and Washington, DC. Local trips have included the Hinckley Reservation; Holden Arboretum; Natural History Museum; West Side Market; Playhouse Square; Allen Theater; Luchita's; Mirabella; Bally's; Peek n Peak; Holiday Valley; Severance Hall; East End Neighborhood House Shaker Square; State Theater; Cincinnati's Underground Railroad; International House of Blues; performing at Tri-C East Campus and the Healthspace Museum.

Speakers and Assemblies

HB students have the opportunity to enjoy visits from guest speakers, as well as participating in assemblies of their own. Recent speakers have included author Sara Holbrook, Cystic Fibrosis spokesperson KC White and FBI Special Agent Jeff Luders of the Cyber Crime Squad-Cleveland. Assembly performances have included plays, string quartet, percussion ensemble, brass quintet, talent show, lip synch, dance concert, Hootenannies, Citizenship, Cleveland Jazz Ensemble and the 7th/8th grade spelling bee.

The Artist-in-Residence Program brings nationally known performing artists into our HB community to enrich and expand the students' experience in the arts. The residency rotates each year, bringing a unique and fresh focus to music, dance or drama by integrating it with other curriculum throughout the school. Some of the residencies in the past have been with Bill Evans Dance Company, Susan Reed, many active playwrights in the dramatic field, and GroundWorks Dance Theatre.

Adventure Learning

The Middle School's four-year Outdoor Education Program, unique to Northeast Ohio, includes a complete Ropes Course and is based on curriculum established by Project Adventure. The international organization develops programs in adventure learning, believing the most effective way to learn is by doing. Activities are designed to develop leadership skills, self-evaluation and a sense of fair play. Self-confidence, mutual support within groups and heightened levels of agility and coordination are nurtured through a carefully sequenced series of activities.

Contests and Competitions

The Junior Model UN Competition provides girls the opportunity to engage in intellectual discourse while promoting mutual and international understanding in a competitive and exciting way. Hathaway Brown Middle School represented Malaysia at the conference at John Carroll University last year. Two of our students received the Gavel Award, given to the person who emerges as the leader of his or her committee. 

The Ohio Math League is dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students and specializes in math contests, books and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school. Schools compete in statewide or multistate league competitions. Contest problems are designed to cover a range of mathematical knowledge for each grade level. The goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems.

For the American Statistical Association Poster Contest, students in grades 5 and 6 ask relevant questions, conduct a statistical analysis of the data, and then create posters presenting their findings. This contest operates at both the regional and national levels.

The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsors a team competition for area schools for both 5th/6th grade teams and 7th/8th grade teams. The contest has four categories: mental math, geometric construction, team problem-solving and individual problem-solving.

The Greater Cleveland Solo and Ensemble Festival is an adjudicated event for young musicians to perform as soloists or in small ensembles. The students receive feedback from the judges on their performance, receive a rating and have an opportunity to hear performances from other young musicians in the area.

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