Freshwomen participate in programs that emphasize team building, problem solving, health and wellness, ethics and public speaking. Additionally, freshwomen undertake classwide entrepreneurial projects each year, practicing collaboration, product creation and development, financial management, and philanthropic awareness.
While building the facilities required in a community of learners, girls attend Take Charge sessions with faculty from the Melissa A. Leonhardt ’76 Academic Skills Center. Students are coached on advocating for their academic success, building foundational academic skills, and understanding that coursework is a conversation between teachers and students.
Students start with product ideas - necklaces, terrariums, art, and more - and develop a business around them. They work together to make the items, develop sales plans, calculate costs, and then sell the finished products to the Berkshire community. Students then decide where to donate the profits. Students learn business skills, teamwork, and philanthropy. SEE PHOTOS
The Director of Technology works with students on technology applications and research practices, and the Librarian expands on those practices in preparation for a collaboration between Horizons and the English Department.
Director of Horizons Alison Basdekis facilitates Girls & Leadership Practices, where foundational, personal leadership skills are further examined, and girls scrutinize the ins and outs of girlhood, both the authentic and those as portrayed by the media.
Greenhouse Business Project
The Greenhouse Business Project teaches girls to propagate and nurture plants to be sold in original, handmade pottery. Profits go to the class fund and the Annual Fund for MHS. The girls also grow vegetable starts donated to community gardens throughout the Berkshires. As a result, they learn business operations, practice philanthropy, and explore the structure of nonprofits. SEE PHOTOS
School Counselor Teresa Gentile and Horizons Instructor Norvelene Contakos facilitate From Me to We, an action-learning model designed to promote the value of teams and an understanding of one’s strengths in a team setting.
In this joint Horizons/English Department project, students become writers, editors, designers, and advocates. They each pick an issue to learn more about, then build a magazine based on their research. Some recent issues: Women's Health in China, Environment Today, and Global Health Epidemics. WATCH THE VIDEO