JumpStart 2022 marked a return to pre-COVID times. The weekend consisted of off-campus day trips to historical places in New England including Boston’s Battleship Cove, and Salem. During weekdays, the days were filled with classes, participating in sports, and evening activities. Mr. Hinde and Ms. Sharrow introduced our new international students to Hillside customs and practices. They also taught language fundamentals and public speaking. Mr. Case worked with our 9th Grade boys on how to navigate the secondary school admittance process. Our seniors practiced mock interviews and visited secondary schools such as Pomfret School, Lawrence Academy, St. Mark’s School, St. Andrew’s School, Worcester Academy, Groton School, and Northfield Mount Hermon.
Mr. Osae and Mr. Cazenave coached the boys in soccer and basketball. Our JumpStart boys went through a rigorous hour and a half of sports training each day. Ms. Morrisey supervised the dorm at night, and worked on the farm. Ms. Wolk taught music, and Mr. Osae taught art.
All in all, it was a successful and inspiring JumpStart.