Hutchison is an independent day school for girls, offering a challenging college preparatory program in two-year-old pre-k through twelfth grade.
Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and to strive for physical well-being.
Operating as usual
We had some extra students in upper school classes this morning for Grandparents and Grandfriends Day. Upper school girls welcomed their grandparents and grandfriends to campus and spent the morning with their guests. The day started with a reception (and the added bonus of Chef Willie's incredible sausage balls) and included a special convocation and the chance to attend several classes.
Thank you to everyone who came! We always love spending time with our grandparents and grandfriends, and it was great to see how engaged and enthusiastic they were about visiting campus and getting a taste of what their girls experience every day!
We’re only one more week away from Alumnae Weekend 2022! Join us back on campus on April 1-2 to reconnect with former teachers, classmates, and Hutchison friends. Take a look at some of the event highlights or view the full schedule online. Register now: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/alumnae/alumnae-weekend
We are proud of our upper school girls who were inducted into 12 honorary societies this morning! These girls are being recognized for their hard work, resilience, and pursuit of excellence. Congratulations to all of the inductees!
If it’s Wednesday, it’s “The Addams Family.” They’re creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and all, but the family deals with real challenges too. In our upper school production of “The Addams Family,” see how they handle nightmares such as the chaos of budding romance, bringing families together, and the revelation of deep secrets.
“The Addams Family” opens this Saturday, March 26, and runs through Tuesday, March 29. Get your tickets online by Friday afternoon or by going to the box office before each show: http://www.hutchisonschool.org/event-detail?ssl=1®ister=41896
We are recognizing the Hutchison Class of 2022 by sharing senior spotlights through graduation on May 16. We are so proud of these girls and look forward to celebrating them during this exciting time in their lives!
Five Hutchison juniors were selected to attend Tennessee Governor’s School programs this summer. They will participate in high-intensity summer programs at universities across the state.
Congratulations to the following girls!
Eleanor Bridgforth ’23: Integration of Biological & Statistical Sciences at East Tennessee State University
Juliette Forgette ’23: Arts (Theatre) at Middle Tennessee State University
Loralei Forgette ’23: International Studies at University of Memphis
Isabelle Mansour ’23: International Studies at University of Memphis
Emmy Walton ’23: Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University
We are proud of our girls for all of their hard work and what they will accomplish this summer: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1225497
Women in science have historically been dismissed or not given full credit for their work. As part of Women's History Month, our eighth-grade girls are learning about and celebrating women scientists you might not know about.
Maggie Blake's science classes researched scientists including naturalist Maria Merian, cardiologist Helen Taussig, and actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. The contributions of these three women and additional scientists the girls studied have made a lasting impact, from founding the field of pediatric cardiology to pioneering technology that would lead to WiFi and Bluetooth. Ms. Blake wanted to inspire her girls and show them examples of the various ways they can be scientists and make a difference in the world.
"I wanted the girls to learn about and gain an appreciation for the women scientists who came before them and paved the way for the rest of us," Ms. Blake said.
From now through graduation on May 16, we will be sharing senior spotlights to recognize the Hutchison Class of 2022. We are so proud of these girls and look forward to celebrating them during this exciting time in their lives!
Helen Gillespie '20 says the academic skills she learned at Hutchison prepared her well for Columbia University, where she studies neuroscience and behavior. From literary analysis to science concepts, she uses these skills every day in her classes, and she says Hutchison provided excellent practice in connecting different subjects to one another at Columbia.
We recently spoke with Helen and several other young alumnae about how their time at Hutchison is helping them succeed in college: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1215385
Hail to the school we all love! We're only two weeks away from Alumnae Weekend and we can't wait to welcome our alumnae back to campus on April 1 and 2. Whether it's been 5 or over 50 years, we're excited to celebrate with you in 2022! Register now: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/alumnae/alumnae-weekend
When you're an Addams, it's family first or family last, even if you feel like Lurch some days. The Addams family isn't like most families, but they still deal with many of the same challenges. In our upper school production of "The Addams Family," you'll see them handle the spookiest nightmare faced by every family: the Addams kids are growing up.
"The Addams Family" opens Saturday, March 26 and runs through Tuesday, March 29. Get your tickets now through our online box office: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/programs/arts/theatre-box-office
Need something to listen to over spring break? The latest Faithfully Memphis podcast features two Hutchison girls who are 75 years apart in age. Alumna Betty Chalmers Peyton ’54 and fourth-grader Katherine Pace ’30 have a special friendship and talk about how children and seniors can have rich, meaningful relationships.
You can listen to their conversation here: https://anchor.fm/faithfullymemphis/episodes/Youve-Got-a-Friend-in-Me-Allison-Pace-in-conversation-with-Betty-Peyton-and-Katherine-Pace-e1fdoq4
It wouldn't be Pi Day without pieing Mr. Koelsch in the face! Seventh-grade girls celebrated Pi Day with math teacher Joe Koelsch a few days early because of spring break. They tested their knowledge about the important and infinite number with a trivia game and visualized how it plays a role in calculating circumference and area by measuring various circular objects.
There was also a competition to see who could recite the most digits of pi. Several girls reached 50 digits, and one seventh grader got to 74 digits! Then, whoever got the most in each math class got to pie Mr. Koelsch in the face! Even if our girls don't remember all those digits, they will definitely remember that. 😂
Congratulations to our Knowledge Bowl team on its victory over St. Benedict! Captain Betsy Grimes '22, Alex Beard '23, CQ Gintz '23, and Eleanor Merchant '23 won their second-round match!
"It was a fantastic game and I am extremely proud of the TV team members," Knowledge Bowl coach Robert Lofton said. You can watch the team's third-round match in April.
Kindness is a lot more than being nice or a random act. It's a radical way of life that requires courage, according to Head of School Dr. Kristen Ring. She shared powerful words about kindness at Chapel with our upper school girls. We want to share part of Dr. Ring's message with you as we head into spring break.
"Everyone you encounter is going through something that you don't know about. We all put on a great face. On social media, we put the best of our lives out there, but all of us are carrying some burden. Think about other people. Think about the kindness you can show and the small acts or large acts you can do. How do you approach the people that you encounter to make their lives better?"
We hope you spread kindness to the people you encounter during spring break and every day! Dr. Ring is pictured with members of our Chapel Council: Lily Rodenhiser '22, Kendyl Brown '23, and Morgan Simmons '23.
Hutchison NOW… Katie Daniel ’14 honored her freshman English teacher, the late Dr. Barry Gilmore, in her first TV script for "Doug Unplugs." Read about the animated version of Dr. Gilmore and how Katie says Hutchison stoked her creativity: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1223699
They're back! You can watch Hutchison's upper school Knowledge Bowl team this Saturday at 9:00 am on WREG News Channel 3.
They will compete in a second-round match against St. Benedict. The TV team members are Eleanor Merchant '23, CQ Gintz '23, Alex Beard '23, and Betsy Grimes '22 (captain).
Memories of years spent at Hutchison will never be forgotten. Join us back on campus April 1-2 to celebrate all the special memories made at Hutchison. Register now for Alumnae Weekend 2022: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/alumnae/alumnae-weekend
There's no place like home, and for Ava Dickson '22, Hutchison has become a second home despite the long drive from her first one. Ava is from Jonesboro, Arkansas, which is an hour and 15 minutes away, but after stepping foot on campus for the first time, Ava and her parents agreed to do whatever it would take for her to attend Hutchison for high school.
Now in her senior year, Ava has found her place at Hutchison as vice president of her class, editor-in-chief of Signpost Magazine, a track & field athlete, and a cheerleader for Memphis University School. She will attend Southern Methodist University in the fall. Read about how Hutchison has changed her life and given her all the tools to succeed: https://www.hutchisonschool.org/News-Detail?pk=1223536
What happens if we find E.T.? Emmy Walton '23, Hannah Pollard '25, Zelia Cedeño-Avila '24, and Zoe Zerwig Ford '23 have a better sense after attending the Society for Social and Conceptual Implications of Astrobiology conference at the University of Mississippi.
The girls heard from nine different scholars from universities around the world about astrobiology and space exploration. They learned about how scientists are looking for life in space, weighing what communication with extraterrestrials should be, and researching how the modification of celestial bodies could make them similar to Earth. The girls were glad to have the opportunity to explore their interest in what lies beyond our atmosphere.
To all the women who inspire us, from our girls who bring joy to our campus to our alumnae all over the world, happy International Women's Day! Today is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
Our girls bring so much passion to our campus as they explore on the farm, learn in the classroom and lab, rock out on stage, and excel on Dobbs Field. Today and every day, we celebrate our girls who grow into strong women, go anywhere they imagine, and make the world a better place.
Junior kindergarten scientists gained hands-on learning experience dissecting sheep hearts with upper school science teacher Robert Lofton!
It was a wonderful way to culminate their activities focusing on the heart. Leading up to the dissection, JK girls discussed the four chambers of the heart, veins, and arteries, listened to each other's heartbeats, and created models of the heart out of model magic. See what the girls learned as they took a closer look at real sheep hearts with Mr. Lofton!
The Beeline Bazaar is just a few weeks away! Check out our first group of vendor spotlights. Hutchison Beeline Bazaar will highlight all of its vendors as we get closer to the big event!
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