New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, author of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, told Hun students on October 24 that paths to success can spring from many colleges, not only the most exclusive ones.
Hun Middle School sixth graders combined learning and fun recently when they visited Princeton’s Terhune Orchards. Lessons learned included: how tree varieties are bred through grafting; how compost happens when waste is eaten by bugs, birds, and microbes; and how corn is pollinated when bees land on their silk, a strand of which is connected to each kernel. Add in apple picking, pumpkin choosing, and cider donuts, and you have a fun fall learning experience.
A soaring skylight, bright blue walls, plentiful windows, and a wide-open, communal space greeted Hun Middle students on Wednesday morning as they went to school for the first time in the newly renovated upper floor of the Alexander K. Buck ’49 Building. The Facilities Department and the Middle School faculty spent Monday and Tuesday moving into the nine new classrooms. “We love it!” said students Renee Nearing ’21 and Bailey Kolaras ’21, almost in unison, as they walked through the new hallways.
Last weekend (January 21-22) was a homework holiday for The Hun School of Princeton. Under the policy, which is new this year, teachers in both Upper School and Middle School cannot make any large assignments or projects due until the Wednesday following the homework break.
On January 20th, The Hun Middle School took part in Ex-Day, an annual event in which students and teachers step away from their everyday curriculum and explore new areas of interest. Hun Middle School faculty and staff created and taught twenty-four mini-classes, based on their interests. Each was designed to allow the students to explore new areas of learning, and have fun while doing it. Middle School students attended four sessions of their choosing.
Phase II of the Buck Building renovation will be complete at the end of January, a milestone that will open a large portion of the upper floor to Middle School students and faculty. Work on the $5.5 million renovation began just eight months ago with the demolition of the upper floor. Since then, the balcony has been enclosed; an elevator shaft, new staircase, all new windows, and HVAC have been installed; and nine new classrooms constructed.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.