Horizons at MHS

Ninth Grade Horizons

Serving Self and Others

Ninth Grade
Introduced to a new community, students stay on campus, working on projects that emphasize team-building; diversity, equity, and inclusion; health and wellness; financial literacy; and media literacy. They participate in Arty Party, developing and selling products and donating the proceeds to nonprofits. They operate the Greenhouse Business Project, which culminates in the annual Horizons Plant Sale.

“Ninth-graders enter the School from many different experiences and educational backgrounds, so we want to root them here first,” says Ms. Basdekis. Projects are designed to establish a strong foundation and understanding of how to serve on a team, work with others, and identify qualities they bring to the table.

“We want ninth-graders to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others and to have an understanding of cultural competency,” she adds. “In Arty Party and the Greenhouse Business Project, we provide opportunities for students to be creative and entrepreneurial in developmentally appropriate projects.”

The First Year Workshops & Seminars

List of 8 items.

  • Take Charge

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  • Arty-Party

    We start with product ideas—necklaces, terrariums, art, and more—and develop a business around them. We work together to make the items, develop sales plans,
    calculate costs, and then sell the finished products to the Berkshires community.
    We then decide where to donate our profits. We learn business skills, teamwork, and
    philanthropy—learning has never been so fun.

  • Technology Practices and Research Applications

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  • Girls and Leadership Practices

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  • Greenhouse Business Project

    We learn how to propagate and nurture plants that will eventually be sold to the community in original, handmade pottery. We also raise vegetables to be donated to community gardens throughout the Berkshires. Profits go to the class fund and the Annual Fund for MHS.

  • Health and Wellness

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  • From Me to We

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  • Interdisciplinary Learning

    Led by “Team 9” faculty and staff, students participate in experiential days and long-term projects, such as the Power of Poetry Project (a.k.a. POP!), that help them make connections, use their voice, and explore academics across disciplines.
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Located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Miss Hall's School is a private, college preparatory, boarding and day high school for girls grades 9-12.
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