2018 Senior Speeches
Every graduating senior makes a speech on graduation day. Speaking at commencement is one of the key features of Hyde’s character-development curriculum, and is the culmination of a student’s years of work at the school.
Alumni Parent Insight
Grammy-Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, former Doobie Brother and Hyde Alumni Parent Michael McDonald on How Hyde Helped His Family, & What It Is Like to Give Back to the Hyde Community
Ah Ha Moments
By Wilderness Faculty Megan-Mack Nicholson Providing opportunities for families to take time away and experience the beauty nature provides has always been a focus of the Hyde Wilderness School. Comprised of over 600 acres of Maine woods, the Hyde School Black Wilderness preserve is located just north of the Bigelow Range, less than three miles… Read more »
Perhaps it is relevant to note that one of the most recycled blog posts in my own writing history has to do with this topic.
Hyde School Founder Joseph Gauld received this prestigious award at the 2016 National Forum on Character Education before an audience that included educators and community leaders from 45 states and 20 countries. The award ceremony is sponsored by Learning for Life.
What Hyde Has Done For Our Family
“The Hyde school experience has been amazing for us. I would hope that the philosophy spreads culturally. They focus on developing the student’s character, attitude and effort — and then they help families to support this at home. Ultimately, they believe, and I agree, that this is the basis of all future achievement. My 17-year-old son has gained a sense of himself that far exceeds the trajectory of where he was at 14. I call this the anti-facade high school experience. The usual situation being that everyone has something that they tout as their strength – i.e. sports, academics, creative arts, etc. and then hopes that no one will uncover their areas of doubt. At Hyde, everyone is expected to participate in a fairly public way in everything – sports, theater, public speaking, academics, music, which would sound terrifying except that everyone has to do it. (Including faculty). As a result, after a while it is not embarrassing and the students support each other; cheer each other on. The students genuinely get to know themselves and one another. There is no cult, the faculty just expect a willingness to look honestly at self and be respectful of one another. The students who refuse at first to be respectful are given work detail on the school grounds or in the kitchen. How bad is that? My son did a lot of it the first year and became a pretty good worker — he held 3 jobs that following summer. Now he seems to understand the value of being a positive member of society and puts more attention into his academics than ever before. He got a lot of support from older student friends to take care of himself and do better, which is part of the leadership development that they encourage. Now he gets to help newer students. I am so grateful to Hyde, my kid is such a pleasure to be around and I wasn’t saying that 3 years ago.”
– Parent Kate Carey (Max ’17)
Parenting Teens Podcast:
The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have
- Do you feel that parenting teens is the biggest job you’ll ever have?
- Are you wondering about how to help your child discover his or her unique potential?
- Are you dedicated to raising a child with character and integrity?
Based on the Hyde School’s philosophy of “parents are the primary teachers and the home is the primary classroom,” this podcast was created to help parents understand just how to put this philosophy in place in the home, and to discover the transformative outcomes that happen in families who implement it.
You will hear from not only experts in the field of raising teenagers, such as educational consultants, authors, and therapists, but also hear from former Hyde parents and students who share their stories of challenges and triumphs on this journey.
We welcome you to jump in and start discovering some “ah ha” moments and practices you can implement right away to bring your family closer together and raise self-confident teenagers with character who become inspiring adults.
Most Popular Episodes:
- Podcast 69: Dana Suchow: Eating Disorders – What Parents Can Do
- Podcast 68: Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains
- Podcast 44: Bobbie DePorter: The 7 Biggest Teen Problems & How to Turn Them Into Strengths
- Podcast 25: Robin Sabag: A Guide to Raising Teenage Girls in a New Era
- Podcast 37: Hilary Jacobs Hendel – It’s Not Always Depression
- Podcast 24: Laura Gauld: Parenting Fundamentals, The First 5 Mantras
- Podcast 32: Clues on how to teach and model trust, grit, & respect – Mantras 16-20
To Subscribe to Parenting Teens Podcast:
From your Mobile Device:
- Open the Podcast app and search the iTunes podcast store for “Hyde School” or “Parenting Teens Biggest Job.”
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