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Harding Academy of Nashville quarterly newsletter for alumni and parents.


  • Hardings fall musical was Guys and Dolls, and was presented on October 9, 10, and 11, by an all middle school and fifth grade cast. Described by its creator as a musical fable of Broadway, the show tells a story using larger-than-life figures with big personalitiesthe kind that used to populate New York City back in the late 1940s.

    Gamblers, gangsters, night-club singers, and members of the Salvation Army were all familiar characters in the post-World War II American cultural landscape. Even for those who never traveled to New York, countless books and movies set in New York City helped establish them in the collective cultural consciousness.

    The fabled New York of the play, the jargon, even the accents are so far removed from the experience of todays students as to be foreign. Harding students are growing up in a world where advances in communications have nearly obliterated regional dialects among younger generations.

    One of the purposes of an education is to acquaint students with the way people lived, loved, and learned in the past. Even though many of the cultural assumptions in the play are formed in a much different time and place, there is great value in understanding the world as experienced by previous generations.

    As the current culture collectively becomes more sophisticated, more educated, and more homogeneous in terms of speech and behavior, the hope is that there will always be a place for the fast-talking, gritty, glamorous, brash, brassy people in the play.

    Above all, Guys and Dolls reminds an audience that fashions and mores change, but some aspects of human

    nature remain remarkably constant. Specifically the fact that love can change all. adapted from Director Braden Bells program notes u

    W I N T E R 2 0 1 5

    Focus on Learning Team . . . . . . .3

    Keyne Scott Profile . . . . . . . . . . .4

    Fall Athletic Awards . . . . . . . . . .5

    Lauren Doolittle Ossolinski 82 . .6

    Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    I N S I D E

    February 5 Alumni Gathering at

    Pinewood Social

    February 6 Second Trimester Ends

    February 1214 All-School Musical

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    February 16 Presidents DaySchool Holiday

    February 1920 Parent/Teacher Conferences

    April 3 School Holiday

    April 16 Band/Choral Concert

    (Grades 56)

    April 21 Band/Choral Concert

    (Grades 78)

    April 24 Field Day

    April 27 K8 Student Art Exhibit

    and Awards

    April 28 Spring Arts Festival Day;

    Spring Concert for Grandparents and Special

    Friends (Grades 58)

    April 30May 2 Harding Art Show

    C A L E N D A R

    Sky Masterson (Drew Lancaster 17) makes good on his bet, delivering at least one dozen sinners to the Save-A-

    Soul Mission. Here, he appoints Nathan Detroit (John Gibson Lewis 15) to supervise the sinners in his absence.

    Sarah Brown (Isabel Long 16) and Sky Masterson (Drew Lancaster 17) congratulate Miss Adelaide (Allison Lindsey 17) at the end of her bridal shower.

    There are several ways to keep up to date with Harding happenings. If you subscribe to Twitter, you can follow tweets from the head of school @HardingAcademy and from the athletic director @HardingAthletix. If you are on Facebook, alums can request to join the group Harding Academy of Nashville Alumni. There are also group fan pages for Harding Academy; Harding Art Show; and Harding Academy Summer Programs, as well as the head of school blog.

    Musical Fable coMes to liFe

    GENERAL NEWSHarding AcademyNurtur ing the Sp i r i t Insp i r ing the Mind

    Check for up-to-date event times and locationsAlso follow us on

    The Finale! Front row from left, Max Keller 17, John Gibson Lewis 15, Allison Lindsey 17, Bianca Sass 15, Drew Lancaster 17, Isabel Long 16, and Billy Jones 18.

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    A Winning Combination

    There is more to education than meets the eye in the lower schoolmuch more! Walking down the hall, one may observe activities in reading, mathematics, foreign language, or art, among many others, that reflect the high academic standards of Harding Academy. Consistently, our students rank among those of the highest achieving students in the nation, according to the CTP IV achievement tests administered by the Educational Records Bureau and the Gates-MacGinitie reading tests. However, it takes a much closer look to see the underlying skills of positive, effective social interactions and communication that are also being carefully and thoughtfully taught, the skills that our children need to successfully navigate through life.

    Starting in kindergarten, students are guided to share, resolve conflicts with their peers, compromise when appropriate, show respect, demonstrate kindness, accept responsibility, and do their best. At times these are instructed through whole group lessons based on a picture book or story; other times they happen individually during an event that lends itself to a teachable moment. Children get their first glimpse of the Harding Academy Community Code in kindergarten as they learn the meaning behind the seven principles of Harding: be kind, be honest, be respectful, be open, be dependable, be a learner, and be my best. Each year these concepts are developed further, as is developmentally appropriate, and age-driven topics such as peer pressure, friendship issues, etc., are explored and discussed. Students learn to reflect on their actions and how they affect their peers so that they may become more thoughtful and kind in their interactions with others.

    In addition to manners and thoughtful treatment of each other, students also learn the importance of internet safety as well as the careful use of technology and the communication tools it provides. We explore the differences between face-to face communication versus communicating via a type of printtext, e-mail, etc. and the appropriate uses of each. By working together with parents we can give our students the guidance that they need to steer through societal pressures in what can often be a very complicated world.

    Children need a wide assortment of skills in order to flourish. They need to be able to think creatively, solve problems efficiently, communicate through a variety of mediums, and, above all, be enthusiastic about helping others and the community at large. They need to develop their social and emotional intelligence as well so that they can work (and play!) positively and successfully with others. Harding endeavors to develop these skills through its thoughtful

    curriculum, highly skilled faculty, and partnership with its tremendous parents. Together these make for a winning combination!

    Laura UnderwoodLower School Director


    Editors: Deb Anderson and Leslie VirostekClass Notes: Katherine MillerContributors: Leslie VirostekPhotography: Steve LowryDesign: Tracy Alia

    G E N E R A L N E W SWeb address: www.hardingacademy.org

    For information or submissions contact: Deb Anderson, 615-356-5510 x311

    Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TennesseeHardings annual food drive took place November 1014. Students were each given a red bag to take home to fill with food. In all, 449 bags were returned making for a participation rate of over 90 percent. The result filled 44 boxes for a total of over 4,400 lbs., beating last years total by more than 400 lbs. For more information on the Second Harvest organization, visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.

    Kaleidoscope AuthorOn November 13, award-winning Southern fiction author Watt Key spent the day with students in grades 5 through 8. His debut novel, Alabama Moon, won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parents Choice Gold Award, and has been translated into seven languages. The companion novel, Dirt Road Home, was published in 2010. Keys third novel, Fourmile, was released in 2012. He is currently working on a brand new novel.

    Da de los MuertosHarding gana el premio Eleccin de los Visitantes en la competencia de tapetes en la celebracin del da de los muertos en Cheekwood! Harding wins the Visitors Choice Award for its tapete at the dia de los muertos celebration at Cheekwood.

    Book FairStacey Looper helps her son, J. Wesley, choose a book for the library. Approximately 300 new books were purchased during the on-campus event that took place October 79 in the schools McPherson-Medwedeff Library. They were added to the collection following the Thanksgiving holiday.

    On Campus

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    Second grade Learning Effectiveness Team teacher Tara Taylor

    Second grade teacher Grace Wilkinson and Learning Effectiveness Team teacher Tara Taylor

    If its 7:30 a.m. on a regular school day at Harding, chances are two to four second graders are meeting with Learning Effectiveness Team teacher Tara Taylor. This small group may be poised to pick up the pace on a math task, having grasped the classroom lesson quickly and now ready to tackle a higher level of learning. Or perhaps its a few classmates who are struggling a bit with phonics and just need to master the concepts before moving to the next lesson.

    Either way, this small group of students is in for a real treat. They, and all second graders at Harding, receive specialized instruction from a teacher whose role it is to help with enrichment or remediation. As a language arts and math specialist who has taught second grade at Harding for more than a decade, Taylor gets it and is the perfect resource to help every second grader learn to reach his or her highest potential.

    Taylor says that this is her dream job. She loves classroom teaching,