School NewsOct 2, 2020

— updated Oct 9, 2020

MHS Families Connect Around the World

A series of webinars are helping parents and guardians stay connected throughout the school year.

On Thursday, September 24, fifteen parents came together for the first in a monthly series of virtual events for MHS families. Our three Deans — Dean of Academics & Faculty Lisa Alberti, Dean of Students Christie Higuera, and Dean of Equity & Inclusion Paula Lima Jones — shared new initiatives and answered a range of questions. In breakout sessions, parents offered each other words of wisdom to help others navigate Miss Hall’s in this unusual year.

We are excited to announce the yearlong line-up for family gatherings for 2020-21!

Mark your calendars and join us to hear about key areas of the School and to meet with other MHS families from around the globe.

Zooms for Families

Navigating Conversations about COVID-19 and Racism with your Children

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar for parents is hosted by Miss Hall’s School, Pennsylvania-based Mercersburg Academy, New Jersey’s Moorestown Friends School, and Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols School outside Boston, and features psychologist Dr. Charmain Jackman. Founder of InnoPsych, Inc., Dr. Jackman has more than 23 years of experience in disrupting racial disparities in mental health, educating People of Color about the necessity of taking care of their mental health, and empowering communities to heal.

Introducing Personalized Family Tuition at MHS

Thursday, October 22, 8:00 p.m. EDT

David Hopkins, MHS Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, will brief families on a new tuition structure that will be activated for the 2021-22 school year.

Coffee Chat: Miss Hall’s Families Only!

Thursday, November 12, 8:00 a.m. EST

At the request of parents and led by MHS Family Committee Members (see list below), this coffee chat is a chance for informal conversation and connection to each other. Come meet the other amazing Miss Hall’s families and share need-to-know tips and info.

Academic and College Counseling at MHS: The Journey from 9th Grade through Commencement

Thursday, December 10, 8:00 a.m. EST

Sarah Virden, MHS Director of Academic Counseling, and Courtney Hatch Blauvelt, Director of College Counseling, will provide an overview of how Miss Hall's individualizes a student's academic journey right from the start of their Miss Hall's years, and how that academic preparation evolves into the college application process and beyond. They will also introduce the many resources available as you look toward the next phase of your child's educational journey.

Horizons Reimagined

Thursday, January 14, 8:00 a.m. EST

Alison Basdekis, MHS Director of Horizons, and Emerald Power, Assistant Director of Horizons, will walk families through Miss Hall’s signature program and what Horizons looks like during this extraordinary year.

Hallmark Courses & 2021-22 Course Registration Preview

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 p.m EST

Lisa Alberti, MHS Dean of Academics & Faculty, and Sarah Virden, Director of Academic Counseling, will present highlights of this year’s Hallmark Courses and introduce families to new course offerings for next year.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MHS

Thursday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. EDT

MHS Dean of Equity and Inclusion Paula Lima Jones will engage families in conversation about racial justice and student involvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, affinity groups, and community action at MHS.


Sunday, May 30
Stay tuned for details

Family Committee 2020-2021

The Miss Hall’s Family Committee is in full swing!

Members of this committee will be reaching out to new and returning members of the MHS community to welcome and connect with them. We thank all our members for their hard work, ensuring that even in a time when there are barriers to meeting in person, the Miss Hall’s family community remains close and supportive.


Gillian Canal (Chelsea ’21)
Robert Gong (Calla ’21)
Sienna Patti (Viola Quiles ’23)

Trustee co-Chairs

Reggie Canal (Chelsea ’21)
Yiyan Zhou ’91

Alumnae Parent

Yuemin Liang (Katie Qin ’15) - Hong Kong

Grade 12

Kathy DeVarennes (Hadley ’21)
Robert Doerr (Olivia ’21)
Cathy Lankenau-Weeks & Christopher Weeks (Wendy ’21)

Grade 11

Calvin Chen (Elin ’22)
Huong Tran Tich Dinh (Tuong Nguyen ’22)
Van Y. Ho and Nguyet Huong Cao (An ’22, Vi ’23)
Fay McGeary (Randi ’22)

Grade 10

Mingming Deng (Yolanda Zhang ’23)
Yan Huang (Cici Chen ’23)
Liz Kelsey (Whitney ’23)

Grade 9


Interested in joining the MHS Family Committee or have questions? Contact Natalie Matus, Director of Alumnae & Family Engagement, or 978-505-3151.