Terry Dubow / February 8, 2021

Thursday Note 1.21.21

Happy Thursday! This note contains important information and upcoming events. Thanks for reading each week!


Thursday Note from
The Mastery School of Hawken

January 21, 2021

We’re so grateful to be back in person! It’s a joy to see students on campus as they crunch their equations and record their sci-fi films.

Now that we’re face-to-face, it is crucial that we return to our protocols. That includes helping us stay informed. If your child will be absent from class or will be joining class remotely, please remember to complete the online absence form.  

While emails from students or parents to Wayfinding mentors and the team are appreciated, we use this form each day to keep track of who is where, so thank you for taking the time to fill it out!

In this edition of the Thursday Note:
  1. Second Semester Preview
  2. Parent Gathering with Julia Griffin
  3. College News for Sophomores
  4. Finding Your Voice at the Mastery School
  5. Key Spring Dates
  6. News from around Hawken
  7. Highlight of the Week

Second Semester Preview

Today during Wayfinding, we shared some of our plans for the second semester academic program. Take a look at the video that explains what’s coming your way!

We can talk more about during the parent gathering next Tuesday. (See below for details…)

Parent Gathering with Julia Griffin

On Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00, Julia Griffin will join parents to share more about math and language instruction at the Mastery School. Here’s the Zoom link.  (Meeting ID: 827 7483 8481 Passcode: 176131)

In case you missed it, here’s a recent Mastery TV episode on Mastery and Math that explains a bit more about our approach.  

College News for Sophomores

Save the Date!

Families of Mastery School sophomores should join us on February 9, 7:00-8:00 pm to learn more about the college process. More details to come!   

As a reminder, all sophomores will take the PSAT10 exam on Wednesday, March 3. More information to follow.

Finding Your Voice at the Mastery School

We all benefit from an environment that values who we are inside and that encourages us to believe in ourselves.

And we also know that girls — and those who identify as girls, gender non-binary, or gender non-conforming — benefit in particular ways from an intentionally designed high school.

Join us on Monday, January 25 at 6:30 pm to explore ways schools can help girls cultivate a more thorough sense of self, so they can purposefully use their voices to lean in, speak up, and stay true to themselves.

We believe mastery education is particularly well-suited for this critically important work, and we want to share some insights and to hear from you. 

So, please join us and if you know another family who might be interested in this topic, please encourage them to attend!
To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, contact us at

Key Spring Dates

Intensives wrap up next Tuesday, January 26 and then we prepare for the new semester during our faculty work days. There will be no classes Wednesday, January 27-Friday, January 29.

Monday, February 1: First day of the semester! 
Monday, February 8: No classes — all-school faculty professional day
Monday, February 15: No School — Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, March 3: Sophomores take the PSAT
Saturday, March 13 – Sunday, March 28: Spring break

News from around Hawken

Mastery School families are part of a vibrant all-school community. A few notes from around the school:

Completed Enrollment Agreements and Non-Refundable Tuition Deposits are due!

January 8: 2021-2022 enrollment information was emailed to current Hawken parents
January 22: 2021-2022 completed enrollment agreements and non-refundable tuition deposits due
Please contact Kathy Mitchell O’Neal, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management, with any questions about the reenrollment process.

Highlight of the Week

Each week, we find one glittering jewel to share among the pile of glittering jewels. This week’s highlight: Ethan Khorana, Mastery School Class ’24, won first prize in Tri-C’s Stand for Racial Justice essay contest in the 9th/10th grade category. Read the piece here! A quick excerpt: “It is time that all stand up to the injustices the we see and that we ask more from one another. That is what we should do about racism.” 

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