Sophomores engage in service-learning projects and volunteerism that emphasize service and place-based learning. Through a blend of on and off-campus activities and service, students work at schools, libraries, food access sites, social service organizations, and farms. Girls explore and experience the socioeconomic landscapes of the local region.
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.
What Do Sophomores Do on Thursdays?
The Second Year
List of 5 items.
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.
Time on campus also provides opportunity for workshops underlining the design-thinking process, voice development, and Digital Citizenship. Areas of study include Community Supported Agriculture, farm visits and service, and MHS garden work. The sophomore class is also involved in the class-wide design of Thanksgiving community philanthropy and event planning, an MHS tradition.
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. WATCH THE VIDEO
December - March
During the winter months, sophomores volunteer in small groups at sites that emphasize community service.
In the afternoons, after their site work, girls participate in reflection and discussion of community needs during Horizons class time. Students explore and experience the socioeconomic landscape of the region and pitch in to make the community a better place. Discussion topics may include: charity vs. justice, basic needs, local history voices, and voice development: debate and civil discourse. Digital Citizenship continues.
Communication, entertainment, academics, business, knowledge: the world is increasingly digital, and everyone with an Internet connection is a citizen of this new world. Digital citizenship is the ability to think critically and participate safely, respectfully, and responsibly in the digital world. This course in the Horizons program will give sophomore students foundational skills in online etiquette and security, ethical use of digital materials, information literacy, digital rights, and online commerce and communication. Through class exploration and participation, a variety of research tasks, online discussion, and presentations, students will become more prepared for academic research as well as for taking their places as ethical participants in our digital world. (Course description by instructor Vicky Biancolo)
March - May
In the spring, students return to campus to continue design-thinking, voice development, and digital ethics.
Informed by their experiences and workshops, each student will develop and workshop a short film on a global issue connected to their site work and/or environmental issues. As the culminating project for the year, they will present these films to the Miss Hall’s School community.
"I was so excited to start work off campus. I was interested in working with children. Thanks to Sophomore Horizons, I learned a great deal about who I am now and what I can do to volunteer in my community." - Bella '18