Horizons at MHS

Tenth Grade Horizons

Place-Based Learning

Sophomore year is when students connect with the world around them. They explore the landscape beyond the MHS campus, focusing on local environmental studies and farming, and participate in workshops that emphasize the history, politics and economics of the Berkshire region. Students also step off-campus with class-wide service projects and small-group visits to Horizons sites. This hands-on activism paves the way for further exploration of nonprofit organizations in the junior year.

The Second Year

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  • September - November

    In the fall, students participate in class-wide service projects that emphasize food, farming, and environmental studies as they explore the Berkshire landscape and make global connections.
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  • Housatonic Valley Association Conservation Planting

    Tenth Grade students pitch in to help Horizons partner, Housatonic Valley Association, maintain rain gardens in Pittsfield, helping to keep pollutants and contaminants out of the Housatonic River Watershed.
  • December - March

    During the winter months, sophomores volunteer in small groups at sites that emphasize community service.
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  • March - May

    In the spring, students return to campus to continue design-thinking, voice development, and digital ethics.
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Grade 10 Horizons News

Grade 10 Horizons Photos

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    Hancock Shaker Village Visit - 10.26.17

    Horizons and the History Department teamed up on another outing, with sophomores traveling to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Students toured the grounds and buildings, learned about the Shaker community and its customs, and tried a Shaker dance. Photos by Maya Creamer '20 and Char Green.

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    Sophomore Horizons at Rain Gardens - 10.12.17

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  • Horizons at Caretaker Farm

    Horizons at Caretaker Farm - 10.5.17

    For the first day of Horizons off-site programming, one group of Sophomore girls traveled to Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, where they learned about sustainability and Community Supported Agriculture. Photos by Nancy Borges and Akilah Edgerton.

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    Horizons at Housatonic Valley Association - 10.5.17

    For the first day of Horizons off-site programming, one group of Sophomores ventured to Hinsdale, where they performed trail maintenance for the Housatonic Valley Association and Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The students were accompanied by HVA Horizons intern Emily Hunter ’18 and BNRC Horizons intern Caroline Chen ’18. Photos by Julia Heaton and David Smith.

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    Sophomore Horizons Presentations - 4.27.17

    Sophomore Horizons presentations were arranged throughout Linn Hall, and each student group shared a short video and presentation about their site. They then answered questions from visitors, including faculty, staff, and freshwomen, who used the presentations to inform their site selections for next year. Photos by Brian Majewski.

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    Visit to Hancock Shaker Village - 10.28.16

    On October 27, Horizons and the History Department teamed up on another interdisciplinary venture, traveling to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. While there, students learned about the noted Shaker community and its custom, saw craftspeople at work with traditional methods, tried their hand at a Shaker dance, and toured the campus, including the round stone barn. Photos by Brian Majewski and Marian Rutledge.

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    Sophomore Horizons at Rain Gardens - 10.6.16

    Sophomore Horizons students ventured to downtown Pittsfield, where they did maintenance on rain gardens installed by the Housatonic Valley Association. Photos by Marian Rutledge and the MHS Media Team.

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    Sophomore Horizons Presentations - 4.28.16

    Sophomores shared details about their sites, the rewards and challenges of their work, and highlights from the year with ninth graders and faculty.

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