Mindy Roth / March 5, 2021

Thursday Note 2.25.21

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


Thursday Note from
The Mastery School of Hawken

February 25, 2021

We figured we’d use a wintery picture with the hope that it captured the last snowfall of the season…

This picture was taken by Mastery School Student, Samuele Nusca-Dagon, who joined us on Saturday during our on-campus Accepted Families.

We are so incredibly thankful to all those families and students who joined the tireless faculty during this event. Your participation and enthusiasm were invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

In this edition of the Thursday Note:
  1. We’re Looking for New Team Members
  2. Update on Winter Progress Reporting Plan
  3. Special Schedules Wednesday 3.10 and Thursday 3.11
  4. Last Call for Communications Survey Responses
  5. Hey, Sophomores! Don’t Forget about the PSATs!
  6. The Return of the Pop Up Shop
  7. News from around Hawken
  8. Highlight of the Week

We’re Looking for New Team Members

The Mastery School of Hawken is looking to expand its faculty and to build programs with local partners, including a potential Gap Year program. We’re looking for creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial adults who love to work with young people, engage in real-world challenges, and redesign systems. Know someone who’d be great? Please pass this along to them. 
Read more about our open roles: Founding Faculty and Community Partnerships & Extension Programs Lead!

Update on Winter Progress Reporting Plan


Next week an as the next step in our crediting process, students will present to a panel of faculty and their Wayfinding mentor. The focus is on their growth, what they’ve learned, and what they want to work on next. These Winter Progress Checks will pave the way for students’ increasingly personalized work in Micro Modules 9 and 10, which begin after Spring Break.

Special Schedules Wednesday 3.10 and Thursday 3.11


Be sure to mark your calendars! We have a special schedule Wednesday, March 10. We will meet in person and the campus will close  at 3:00 so faculty and staff can receive their second shot of the Covid vaccine.

As you may have seen in the communication from Scott Looney, the Gates Mills, Lyndhurst, and University Circle campuses of Hawken will be operating remotely on Thursday, March 11 in anticipation of possible reactions to the second dose. We will meet in person on Friday before heading off for spring break.

It will be really nice when we’re past all of this, won’t it?

Last Call for Communications Survey Responses

Thank you to those families who filled out the brief communications survey that Julia sent out last week. The responses have been supremely helpful. We’ll leave the survey open for another week or so and then we’ll report out on the high level findings before spring break. If you haven’t had a chance to respond, we’d really appreciate three minutes of your time. Click here to access the form. Thanks!

Hey Sophomores! Don’t Forget about the PSATs!

As a reminder, all sophomores will take the PSAT10 exam on Wednesday, March 3 at the Mastery School campus.

Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

The Return of the Pop Up Shop


Back by popular demand! In addition, we’re working with the Hawks Nest, Hawken’s official school store, to stock Mastery School merch permanently. More on that soon!

In the meantime, click here.

News from around Hawken

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

Imagine Summer; Think Hawken!


Registration for Summer Programs is now open! 

Visit to learn more and to register. If you have any questions about this summer’s program, please contact Liisa Spaller at 440.423.2940 

Highlight of the Week

Each week, we find one glittering jewel to share among the pile of glittering jewels. This week’s highlight: the Accepted Families event gave us a window into the future and reminded us once again how amazing our Founding Class is and how lucky we are to be a part of this community.

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