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.

The First Year

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  • Take Charge

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  • Arty-Party

    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.
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  • Technology Practices and Research Applications

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  • Girls and Leadership Practices

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  • 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.
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  • Health and Wellness

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  • From Me to We

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  • Magazine Expo

    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.
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Grade 9 Horizons News

Sample Grade 9 Thursday Schedule


8:00 - 8:50 AM

Class Block

9:30 - 10:20 AM
Arty-Party Workshops

10:30 - 11:20 AM
Girls and Leadership Practices

11:30 - 12:20 PM
Me to We

Grade 9 Horizons Photos

  • Arty Party at Handmade Holiday Festival - 12.2.17

    December 2 and 3 found MHS freshwomen selling their wares at the Handmade Holiday Festival in Dalton. As part of their entrepreneurial efforts, students made a variety of items—ceramic coasters, laser-cut wooden key chains, terrariums, and other handmade crafts to sell and support their philanthropy.

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  • Grade 9 Arty-Party Preparation - 11.9.17

    Horizons students in Grade 9 are preparing handmade goods to sell at the Handmade Holiday Festival in December.

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  • Ninth Grade Horizons Plant Sale - 5.20.17

    Photos by Marian Rutledge and David Smith.

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  • Ninth Grade Magazine Expo - 5.11.17

    Students worked in Horizons and English classes to produce issue-oriented magazines, and the results were top-notch. The girls picked timely and relevant topics — education in the 21st century, homelessness, and sexual harassment were but a few — and did a great job explaining their projects. Photos by Kim Kinne.

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  • Constructing Birdhouses - 3.9.17

    Ninth grade students construct birdhouses to sell in the Spring plant sale. Photos by Marian Rutledge.

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  • Arty-Party - 12.3.16

    The freshwomen have been hard at work with Arty-Party, making a variety of holiday-inspired and seasonal crafts to sell for class fundraising efforts. A contingent of girls participated again in the Alchemy Initiative’s Handmade Holiday Festival. Arty-Party sales proceeds go toward nonprofits of the girls’ choosing. Photos by Alison Basdekis, Kim Kinne and Marian Rutledge.

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  • Greek History Day - 10.13.16

    On Thursday October 13th, freshwomen gathered in Centennial Hall for a brief introduction to a morning full of Greek activities. Students took part in the famous Greek Olympic games and learned how to design tiles in the Klein Arts Center. Photos by Aisha Suleiman '18 and David Smith.

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  • Visit at the Greenhouse - 3.31.16

    Freshwomen met with naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, learning about native plants such as wild strawberries, ramps, and goldenrod, which they hope to include in a new garden near the Ara West Grinnell (1901) Greenhouse.

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  • Arty Party - 12.5.15

    Ninth grade Horizons students created beautiful items to sell at the annual Handmade Holiday Festival.

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