Community Learning at its Best

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  • Center for Excellence

    You don’t have to jump through hoops to cultivate your child’s passion and coordinate with your busy schedule. The Center for Excellence offers enrichment programs, camps, and clinics year-round for interests from coding to ballet and flexible childcare options!

    View our digital catalog to find the solution that is just right for your family!

Check out our Fall/Spring Catalog!

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  • New Fall/Spring Offerings

    Any offerings added or updated after our catalog launches on August 1, 2019 will be added here. Contact the Center for Excellence Office for more information.
    DATE CORRECTIONS:

    LACROSSE CLINIC SERIES 
    For girls grades 4-5 and 6-8
    date/time:           October 8, 15, 16, 17
                    Grades 4-5 //3:45-4:45 pm, W // 2:45-3:45 pm
                    Grades 6-8 // 3:45-5:15 pm, W // 2:45-4:15 pm


    BASKETBALL SKILLS AND DRILLS 
    For girls grades 5-8
    date/time:           Monday, October 21; 3:30-5:00 pm
     
     

Fall-Spring Catalog Listings

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  • Arts Academy

    Mary Miles Loveless Arts Academy

     

    Dance and Theatre

     

    PRE-BALLET

    For girls in PK and JK
    Pre-Ballet offers a gentle introduction to the tradition of ballet by reinforcing basics and vocabulary through creative activities and imagination. Plain pink or black leotard and pink ballet shoes are required.

    PK Pre-Ballet // Wednesdays, 2:00-2:30 pm
    Fall Session PK  >> September 11-November 20
    Spring Session PK >> January 29-April 15 

    JK Pre-Ballet // Wednesdays, 2:45-3:15 pm
    Fall Session JK  >> September 11-November 20
    Spring Session JK >> January 29-April 15
    instructor: Louisa Koeppel (dance teacher and Project Motion Modern Dance
    choreographer/dancer)
    cost:  $180
     

    BALLET

    For girls and boys in grades K-4
    School-year length course
    Ballet K-1 and 2 reinforce and expand the ballet experience through classical technique, creativity, and dance vocabulary. Students in Ballet 3 and 4 continue to gain strength, agility, grace, and confidence. Plain pink or black leotard, pink ballet tights, and pink ballet shoes are required. Ballet students will perform in the dance concert on March 4 at 5:30 pm.
     
    Ballet K-1 // Mondays, 3:15-3:45 pm
     September 9-November 18 & January 6-March 30
    Ballet 2 // Mondays, 3:15-4:00 pm
     September 9-November 18 & January 6-March 30 
    Ballet 3 // Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm & 
     Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm
     September 10-November 13 & January 7- March 18
    Ballet 4 // Mondays, 4:15-5:15 pm & Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm
     September 10-November 13 and January 7- March 18
    instructor: Louisa Koeppel (Hutchison dance teacher and Project Motion Modern Dance
    choreographer/dancer) Katy Stanfield (dancer)
    cost:  Ballet K-1 and 2: $360
      Ballet 3 and 4: $675

    CONTEMPORARY BALLET

    For girls and boys in grades 7-12
    School-year length course
    This class is designed for anyone in grades 7-12 who wants to improve ballet skills for strength, flexibility, accuracy, and artistry. This class will count for US Crain Hours.
    date/time: Mondays, September 9-November 18 & January 6-March 30 from 4:15-5:15 pm
    instructor: Katy Stanfield (dancer and dance instructor)
    cost:  $360

    MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE COMPANY

    For girls and boys in grades 5-6 and 7-8
    School-year length course
    Join Ms. Koeppel ballet and modern technique classes. Students will choreograph and perform a full dance concert on March 4 at 5:30 pm. For more information, email lkoeppel@hutchisonschool.org.
    date/time: Company Ballet // Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
      Company Modern // Thursdays, 4:15-5:30 pm
      September 10-November 19 & January 7-March 19 (including 3/2, 3/3, 3/4) 
    instructor: Louisa Koeppel (Hutchison dance teacher and Project Motion Modern Dance
      choreographer/dancer)
    cost: $675

    UPPER SCHOOL DANCE COMPANY

    For girls and boys in grades 9-12
    School-year length course
    Develop movement and expression skills while earning fitness credit. Attend two Modern classes per week to improve technique and acquire strength, mobility, flow, and artistry. US Company members will choreograph and present dance pieces throughout the school year and perform in the Dance Concert on March 4 at 5:30 pm.
    date/time: Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00-5:15 pm
     September 11-November 22 & January 8-March 27
    instructor: Louisa Koeppel (Hutchison dance teacher and Project Motion Modern Dance
    choreographer/dancer)
    cost:  $675

    THEATRE AND IMPROV INTENSIVE

    For girls and boys in grades 6-8
    Space is limited. Attend the Sidekicks matinee in the Hutchison theater and then participate in an improv workshop designed for theatre middle school students. Sharpen skills you will use the rest of your life! Lunch, workshop, tour and matinee included.
    date/time: Friday, November 15; 10:00 am-2:00 pm
    instructor: Tracey Zerwig Ford (fine arts director & theatre artist)
    cost:  $5

     

    HUTCHISON CHILDREN’S THEATRE

    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-7
    Create a touring production by adapting, designing, and performing meaningful stories for audiences your own age. The fall session will be part of the fall musical Sidekicks experience and the performance dates of November 15, 16, and 18 from 6:00-9:00 pm and November 17 from 1:00-4:00 pm are mandatory. For more information please contact Ms. Caskey at acaskey@hutchisonschool.org.
    date/time: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3:15-4:15 pm, February 18-April 24
    instructor: Anne Marie Caskey (director & upper school theatre teacher)
    cost:  $200

     

    THEATER WORKSHOP

    For girls and boys in grades K-2
    Practice your acting skills in our black box theater. This class will culminate in a sharing for family and friends and a performance for at Hutchison. This year we will be developing a mystery to perform in our library and a production of Charlotte’s Web out on our newly renovated farm! Space is limited.
    date/time: Thursdays, 3:15-5:00 pm
    instructor: Marques Brown (theatre teaching artist)
    cost:  $150 per session 
    SESSIONS
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    THE MYSTERY IN THE LIBRARY >> August 29-October 3
    CHARLOTTE’S WEB >> February 20-April 2 
     

    THE COURAGEOUS ACTOR: AUDITION PREP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYS

    For Hutchison girls in grades 5-8
    Prepare for upcoming auditions with practice for poise, confidence, and stage presence.
    date/time: Monday, February 10; 3:15-4:15 pm
    instructor: Hutchison theatre faculty
    cost:  free

     

    SIDEKICKS, HUTCHISON’S FALL MUSICAL MATINEE

    For schools
    This brand-new, never produced show has been a secret project over the last three years by none other than our own Dr. Barry Gilmore, senior Katy Gilmore and sophomore Zoe Gilmore. Sidekicks story examines a year-in-the-life of Superhero Sidekick wannabes. The themes center on finding your superpower and coming of age. Filled with memorable characters, lines and tunes, this is going to be an amazing project. Call Box Office at 507-2460 to reserve your school’s space.
    date/time: Friday, November 15; 10:00 am
    location: Wiener Theater, Hutchison
    Cost:  free
     

    YIDA PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND SCENES FROM ANONYMOUS

    For schools
    Hutchison is hosting The Yida Photography Exhibit from January 17-February 10 in the theater lobby. The Yida Exhibit is an immersive experience that shares what life is like in the refugee camp, who the refugees are, and aspects of their Nuba culture. The theatre department will mount selected scenes from the play Anonymous, based on a retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey. This play explores themes of displaced people, the hero’s journey, abandonment and family. This short matinee is scheduled during our upper school Equity and Inclusion Week and will be performed by Hutchison’s upper school girls. Call Box Office at 507-2460 to reserve your school’s space.
    date/time: Tuesday, January 21; 1:00 pm
    Location: Wiener Theater, Hutchison
    Cost:  free
     

     

    HONK! JR. MATINEE

    For schools
    Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance and the power of difference. Witty dialogue accompanies a bouncy score. Call Box Office at 507-2460 to reserve your school’s space. 
    date/time: Friday, May 8; 1:00 pm
    Location: Wiener Theater, Hutchison
    Cost:  free
     
     

    Music

     

    SING, DANCE, PLAY

    For girls in grades PK-JK
    Enjoy a fun–filled musical experience with song, dance, and theatre games. Gain musical knowledge for all aspects of performing. This class will culminate in a showcase for family and friends.
    date/time: Tuesdays, 3:00-3:30 pm
    instructor: Hannah Good Crowley (music & theatre teacher)
    cost:  $175 per session
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION >> September 17-November 19
    SPRING SESSION >> January 28-March 24

    BEGINNING GUITAR

    For Hutchison girls in grades 2-4
    School-year length course
    Limited space. This class is an introduction to guitar for beginning students. Students need a ¾ size, nylon-stringed classical guitar, and a case. Nylon strings are required. If you need help in choosing a guitar, please contact rrandall@hutchisonschool.org. 
    date/time: Wednesdays, September 18-December 4 &  January 15-April 8; 2:45-3:30 pm
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school music teacher)
    cost:  $375
     

    INTERMEDIATE GUITAR

    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4
    School-year length course
    These grade level guitar classes are for students that have completed at least one year guitar experience. This class will regularly play in chapel and various programs throughout the year. Students need a nylon-stringed guitar and a capo. Students need a ¾ size, nylon-stringed classical guitar, and a case for this class.
    date/time: Thursdays, September 19-December 5 & January 16-April 23; 3:00-3:45 pm
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school music teacher)
    cost:  $375
     

    ADVANCED GROUP GUITAR

    For Hutchison girls in grades 5-8
    School-year length course
    Advanced guitar class is for students that have completed at least two years of guitar. Help direct the class by choosing music and techniques you want to learn. Students will need a guitar, a case, a capo, and a tuner. 
    date/time: Thursdays, September 19-December 5 & January 16-April 23; 3:45-4:30 pm 
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school music teacher)
    cost:  $375

     

    NEW! SPRING GOSPEL INTENSIVE

    In partnership with Perfecting Gifts, Inc
    For girls and boys in grades 3-10
    Memphis means Music! Join Gospel soloist and music teacher, Sharonda Mitchell for a crash course in vocal production and gospel music. Learn proper vocal technique and ear training for blending vocal music.
    date/time: Thursdays, March 19-April 23; 6:00-7:30 pm 
    instructor: Sharonda Mitchell (music teacher, soloist, founder of Perfecting Gifts, Inc)
    cost:  $100

    INTRO TO UKULELE

    For girls and boys in 3-4 and 5-8 grades
    School-year length course
    Space is limited. Learn core music skills. Strum to your favorite tunes after just a few classes.
    dates/times: Tuesdays, October 8-December 10 & 
      January 14-April 14
      Grades 3-4 // 3:00-3:30 pm
      Grades 5-8 // 3:30-4:00 pm
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school music teacher)
    cost:  $250

    PERFECTING GIFTS WINTER MUSIC CAMP

    Coming soon! Watch www.cfe.hutchisonschool.org for more information about a two-day music intensive in December that culminates in a show on our stage.

    GROUP STRINGS

    For girls and boys in grades JK-2
    School-year length course
    Outstanding group classes inspire and encourage both experienced and beginning string players. These classes will prepare students to play in the 3-4 Grade Orchestra Ensemble.
    date/time: Mondays, September 16-November 18 & January 27-April 27
      Level I // 3:30-4:00 pm 
      Level II // 4:15-4:45 pm
    instructor: Kenna Chelsoi (viola/violin musician)
    cost:  $375
     

    HUTCHISON ORCHESTRA

    For girls and boys in grades 3-12
    School-year length course
    Designed for students who are currently studying strings, woodwind, or brass instruments during the week, this class allows musicians of intermediate and advanced skill levels to gain experience in ensemble playing. Students are able to audition for All-West Orchestra and Band. Performance dates of December 4 and April 7 are mandatory. Auditions are held after school on September 4. All students must audition to participate. 
    To reserve your spot or for more information, email Dr. Lane at slane@hutchisonschool.org.
    date/time: Wednesdays, September 4-December 4 & January 8-April 22
      3-4 grades // 2:00–3:00 pm 
      5-8 grades // 2:30–3:30 pm 
      7-12 grades // 3:00–4:15 pm
    instructor: Dr. Sheryl Lane (orchestra teacher & conductor)
    cost:  $50 for non-Hutchison students
     

    GROUP PIANO

    For girls in grades JK-K
    Enjoy a fun–filled musical experience learning keyboard basics of the piano. Space limited.
    date/time: Friday, 3:00-3:30 pm
    instructor: Anita Marie Addington (musician)
    cost:  $175
    SESSIONS
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    FALL SESSION >> September 6-November 22
    SPRING SESSION >> January 24-April 24

     

    ITTY-BITTY BEE NOTES: GROUP SINGING

    For girls in grade JK
    Learn vocal techniques for performances. Lessons will include group singing and individual instruction. This class gives students a strong foundation for proper use of their vocal talent and the basics of choral singing. Space is limited to 12 students. Itty Bitty Bee Notes will perform at the Hutchison music concerts on December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm and April 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm. 
    date/time: Wednesdays, 2:00-2:30 pm
    instructor: Hannah Good Crowley (music & theatre teacher)  
    cost:  $175
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION  >> September 18-November 20
    SPRING SESSION  >> January 29-April 8

     

    BEE NOTES: GROUP SINGING

    For girls and boys in grades K-1
    School-year length course
    Learn vocal techniques for performances. Lessons will include group singing and individual instruction. This class gives students the strong foundation for proper use of their vocal talent and the basics of choral singing. Space is limited to 12 students. Bee Notes will perform at the Hutchison music concerts on December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm and April 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm.
    date/time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00 pm; September 18-November 20 & January 22-March 25
    instructor: Hannah Good Crowley (music & theatre teacher) 
    cost:  $175

    BEE SHARP: LOWER SCHOOL CHOIR

    For Hutchison girls in grades 2–4
    School-year length course
    Enhance your vocal skills and perform at various school and community events. Music Concert dates are mandatory performances and are scheduled on December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm and April 8, 2020 at 5:30 pm.
    date/time: Wednesdays, September 4-December 4 & January 8–April 15; 2:00-2:45 pm
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school music teacher)
    cost:  $50 

    JUST BEE

    For Hutchison girls in grades 5-8
    School-year length course
    Develop your voice and confidence. Join the middle school choir and perform at various campus and public events. Auditions will run August 20 from 3:15-4:00 pm. Music Concert dates are December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm and April 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm.
    date/time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm; August 20-December 5 & January 7-April 14
    instructor: Leiza Collins (middle & upper school vocal teacher)  
    cost:  $50

    PRIVATE MUSIC AND ART LESSONS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS AND ADULTS!
    Private Lessons in Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Piano, and Harp
    All levels and ages are welcome. Homeschooled and adult students many take lessons on campus during the school day. Private lessons for 30 or 45 minutes in one or more instruments offered. For more information, call 507-2460. Space is limited.


    Visual Art

     

    ART-RAGEOUS!

    For girls and boys in grades PK-K
    Explore all the basics of drawing, painting, sculpting, experimenting, and mess-making. Your artist portfolio and pride will be bursting at the seams! Space is limited.
    date/time: Wednesdays, 2:00-2:45 pm
    instructor: Erica Qualy (visual artist & musician)
    cost:  $175 per session
    SESSIONS
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    FALL >> September 11-November 13
    SPRING  >> January 29-April 8

    VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS

    For girls and boys in grades 2-6
    Study multi-media art, fine craft, and drawing and painting techniques.
    date/time: Mondays, 3:45-4:45 pm
    instructor: Erica Qualy (visual artist & musician)
    cost:  $150 per session, includes all supplies
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    Self and Pet Portraits >> September 16-October 28
    Printmaking and Collage  >> January 27-March 16
    Painting Projects >> March 23-May 4

    POTTERY

    For girls and boys in grades K-2 and 5-8
    School-year length course
    Develop creative concepts in clay. Learn the techniques of throwing on the wheel, hand building, and combining altered forms.
    date/time: Wednesdays, September 18-November 20 & January 29-April 8
      Grades K-2 // 2:00-2:50 pm
      Grades 3-8 // 3:00-4:00 pm
    instructors: Kristi Duckworth (ceramist & painter)
    cost:  $400, includes supplies

    PROJECT POTTERY

    For girls and boys in grades 2-7
    Craft works of art that are beautiful and practical. Hand-build projects from clay or mosaics.  Fast-paced and fun, these sessions can be taken as a whole or individually.
    date/time: Mondays; 3:20-4:20 pm
    instructors: Kristi Duckworth (ceramist & painter)
    cost: $100 per session, includes supplies
    SESSIONS
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    Pumpkin Lanterns  >> September 16-October 7
    Gingerbread Houses  >> October 21-November 11
    For Your Valentine  >> January 13-February 10
    “For the Birds”  >> March 2-30
    Butterfly Mosaics  >> April 6-May 4

     

    ADULT POTTERY

    For adults
    Join us in Hutchison’s pottery studio for a relaxing open studio setting to build and throw individual pieces.
    date/time: Saturdays; September 14-November 9; 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    instructors: Kristi Duckworth (ceramist & painter)
    cost:  $200, includes all supplies 

    STREET NUMBER MOSAIC

    For adults
    Join us in Hutchison’s pottery studio to build an original mosaic address plaque.
    date/time: Mondays, September 16-October 7; 5:30-7:00 pm
    instructors: Kristi Duckworth (ceramist & painter)
    cost:  $180, includes all supplies

    ADULT DRAWING CLASS

    Jeanette Leake, middle/upper school art teacher and portrait painter, will be offering adult drawing classes. If you are interested, please contact the Center for Excellence office at 507-2460 and we will contact you about scheduling.
     
     

    ADVANCED DRAWING

    For girls and boys in grades 7-12
    Whether you are just learning or are more advanced, improve your drawing skills. Move at your own pace and level of experience. The goal will be to understand the main principles of drawing the anatomy of the face as well as capturing a likeness. 
    date/time: Wednesdays, 2:45-4:00 pm
    instructor: Jeanette Leake (Hutchison middle/upper school art teacher and portrait painter)
    cost:  $225
    SESSIONS
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    FALL SESSION  >> October 2-December 11 
    SPRING SESSION  >> January 29-April 1
     
  • Educators Institute

    Edna Kimbrough Crain Educators Institute



    COMMUNITY FARM VISITS

    For community partners and school groups
    Book a tour and visit the Hutchison Farm! We welcome community and school groups to experience the Hutchison Farm for tours, hands-on experiences and citizen science projects. For more information or to book your visit, contact Mary Riddle at mriddle@hutchisonschool.org.

    SCHOOL VISITS

    For school administrators and education professionals
    Come visit our divisions to explore how Hutchison has created a progressive curriculum while maintaining time honored traditions in a school founded in 1905. Past tours focused on Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood classrooms, Hutchison’s leadership and service programs, Fine Arts and the Center for Excellence, girls athletics and wellness program. For more information or to book your visit, contact tford@hutchisonschool.org.

    AN EVENING WITH DR. LISA DAMOUR

    For parents and educators
    Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, research studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. So what's to blame? And how can we help these girls? Join area educators and parents to hear from a leader in girls’ education and development. Clinical psychologist Lisa Damour talks about the science of stress and anxiety, then turns to the many facets of girls' lives where stress hits them hard. Exploring the multiple layers of girls' lives, Damour discusses toxic stress girls are subjected to but also ways to understanding and supporting today's girls and tomorrow's young women. Dr. Lisa Damour writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. She is the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.
    date/time:  Thursday, January 23; 5:30 pm
    cost: free
     
  • Leadership Institute

    Abigail Ware Williams Leadership Institute

    Entrepreneurship

    BABYSITTING BASICS

    For girls and boys in grades 5-8
    Learn through hands-on participation. Gain an overview of basic child care including feeding, diapering, bathing, and basic first aid/CPR.
    date/time: Wednesdays, November 6 & 13; 2:30-4:30 pm
    instructor: Millie Duke (school nurse)
    cost:  $75

    FINE ARTS BADGE DAY: PLAY YOUR PART!

    Hosted by Hutchison’s SHE LEADS Club
    in partnership with Girl Scouts Heart of the South
    For girls grades 2-7
    Join Hutchison instructors and She Leads upper school students to explore music, theatre and dance. Rotate through our dance and music studios to learn basics and develop an understanding how the same elements are used in different art forms. Tour our 600 seat theater and lighting/sound booths to explore how a theatre production is conducted. Perform new acting skills on our theater’s stage. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothing. 
    date/time: Saturday, January 11; 9:00 am-2:00 pm
    cost:  $30, covers all supplies

    COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ROUNDTABLE

    For non-profits, arts organizations, schools, industry advocates with outreach as part of mission
    Join us to explore examples of community partnerships. Learn about upcoming opportunities to create a more meaningful network for your organization. Share what you are excited about in your area for the upcoming fall and spring.
    date/time: 8:30-10:00 am
    facilitators: Tracey Zerwig Ford (community engagement & fine arts director, Hutchison)
      Margarita Sandino (education and outreach  director)
    cost:  free
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION  >> Wednesday, September 4
    WINTER SESSION >> Tuesday, January 14
    SPRING SESSION >> Wednesday, March 18

    Citizenship and Service

    ART FOR HEART’S SAKE: HUTCHISON FAMILY STUDIOS

    For Hutchison early childhood and lower school families and middle and upper school students
    Join members of the Hutchison Fine Arts Council and Service Learning Council volunteers and create works of art for various non-profits around town.
    date/time: 
    St. Jude Mile Two: Friday, November 15; 3:45-4:15
    Help create giant signs to encourage St Jude Marathon Runners as they pass Mile Two and our Hutchison Band. Let St. Jude staff and patients and families know how much Hutch loves them.
    Pakistani Association of Memphis Kite Festival 
    Friday, April 3; 4:00 -5:15 pm
    Study kites around the world. Learn the basics of aerodynamics. Engineer prototypes and design your own kite to fly at the Memphis Kite Festival on April 25. 
    cost:  your time and talent
     

    SHE LEADS CLUB

    For Hutchison girls in grades 8-10
    Build courage, confidence, and character serving your community and building leadership skills. This club experience will culminate in achieving your Gold Award with commitment and a vision to bettering your community. areas that will help prepare for Kindergarten, Girl Scouts, and life.
    date/time: Mondays, August 26-December 2 & January 13-May 4; 3:30-4:30 pm
    Troop Leaders:  Tracey Zerwig Ford (community engagement & fine arts director) &
    Maureen Collins (admissions director) 
    cost:  $50 to cover girl scout fees and supplies
     

    COMPANY D DANCE: SOCIAL MEDIA APPRENTICESHIP

    For Hutchison girls grades 9-12
    Limited space. This apprenticeship is perfect for girls interested in learning administrative skills. Envision, build, and track on-line campaigns and marketing for World Down Syndrome Day and the company’s Spring Dance Concert. 
    For more information, email Artistic Director, Darlene Winters at companyddancers@gmail.com.
     
  • Parent Institute

    Bernice Hederman Hussey Parent Center

     

    ADULT DRAWING CLASS

    Jeanette Leake, middle/upper school art teacher and portrait painter, will be offering adult drawing classes. If you are interested, please contact the Center for Excellence office at 507-2460 and we will contact you about scheduling.

    FARM TO TABLE SERIES

    For adults and Hutchison alumnae
    The following events will feature produce from the Hutchison Farm. 
    date/time: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
    cost:  $15 a session; free for Hutchison alumnae
    Crafting Cocktails like a Mixologist >> September 26
    Kale Yeah! Adding Kale at Dinner >> November 5
    Fall Wine and Cheese Pairings >> December 5

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES

    For adults and Hutchison alumnae 
    Join us on campus for a quick crash course. Light refreshments will be served.
    date/time: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm (Except Pickleball!)
    Pickleball 101 >> January 25; 9:00-11:00 am
    HIIT Basics >> February 13
    (High Intensity Interval Training)
    At Home Yoga  >> March 5
    cost:  $15 a session; free to Hutchison alumnae

    ADULTING SERIES

    For adults and Hutchison alumnae
    Join us on campus for a quick crash course. Light refreshments will be served.
    date/time: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm 
    Finance for Young Adults: Tips on Saving/Budgeting, Building & Maintaining Credit, and Filing Taxes  >> April 16
    Tips for Busting the Glass Ceiling: How to Manage & Negotiate Your Career >> May 7
    cost:  $15 a session; free to Hutchison alumnae

    COMMUNITY FARM VISITS

    For community partners and school groups
    Book a tour and visit the Hutchison Farm! We welcome community and school groups to experience the Hutchison Farm for tours, hands-on experiences and citizen science projects. For more information or to book your visit, contact Mary Riddle at mriddle@hutchisonschool.org.

    SCHOOL VISITS

    For school administrators and education professionals
    Come visit our divisions to explore how Hutchison has created a progressive curriculum while maintaining time honored traditions in a school founded in 1905. Past tours focused on Reggio-Emilia inspired early childhood classrooms, Hutchison’s leadership and service programs, Fine Arts and the Center for Excellence, girls athletics and wellness program. For more information or to book your visit, contact tford@hutchisonschool.org.

    AN EVENING WITH DR. LISA DAMOUR

    For parents and educators
    Though anxiety has risen among young people overall, research studies confirm that it has skyrocketed in girls. So what's to blame? And how can we help these girls? Join area educators and parents to hear from a leader in girls’ education and development. Clinical psychologist Lisa Damour talks about the science of stress and anxiety, then turns to the many facets of girls' lives where stress hits them hard. Exploring the multiple layers of girls' lives, Damour discusses toxic stress girls are subjected to but also ways to understanding and supporting today's girls and tomorrow's young women. Dr. Lisa Damour writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. She is the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.
    date/time:  Thursday, January 23; 5:30 pm
    cost: free

    Mommy & Me


    MOMMY AND ME WREATH MAKING

    For girls and boys grades PK-1
    Space is limited. Explore nature and build a holiday wreath for the holidays.
    date/time: Monday, December 2; 3:30-4:30 pm
    instructor: Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental 
      Education and Sustainability) 
    cost:  $50, includes all supplies
     
  • Scholars Academy

    Irene Leatherman Orgill Scholars Academy

    Humanities

    PERRE MAGNESS SERIES ON MEMPHIS HISTORY AND ISSUES

    The Perre Magness Series on Memphis History and Issues is a tribute to Perre Magness, one of Memphis’ most distinguished historians and writers. Throughout the school year, research projects, speakers, and panels help girls understand Memphis’ uniqueness as a city. This year’s projects will center on the theme ‘Memphis Roots’ and explore the founding of Memphis, agriculture and native plants, wetland habitats, and how they have inspired the culinary traditions of Memphis. 

    Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology

    MATH MANIACS

    For girls grades 2-4
    Sharpen your math skills. Exercise your math muscles in measuring, addition, subtraction, and multiplication as you apply math to everyday problems.
    date/time: Mondays, 3:15-4:00 pm
    instructor: Ashton Guard (third grade teacher)
    cost:  $175
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL >> September 16-November 25
    SPRING >> January 27-April 20

    I LOVE MY LAPTOP

    For girls in grades 3-7
    Explore your laptop, safe surfing, and smart computing with an expert! Learn smart research tips and cool additions like fonts, photos, and movie tips. Improve typing speed and on-line savvy while exploring the possibilities of your computer. Understand the power and limitations of using the laptop as a tool for learning. 
    date/time: Monday, September 16; 3:45-4:30 pm
    instructor: Hutchison technology staff
    cost:  $5

    ROBOTICS and CODING

    For girls and boys in grades 2-4
    Build simple machines and robotic animals while you learn coding to make them move. Learn to attach sensors and motors so the robots can react to their environment. 3-D print your creations in our innovation lab.
    date/time: TBD Spring Semester
    instructor: Hutchison Staff
    cost:  $175

    CYBERSECURITY

    In partnership with the Girl Scouts
    For girls grades 2-6
    Learn about on-line safety and sharp tech savviness. This experience is for any interested girl. Girl Scouts can earn their Cybersecurity badge in this intensive workshop. 
    date/time: Saturday, January 11; 9:00-11:00 pm
    instructor: Jennifer Stover (tech integrationist)
    cost:  $10

    HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

    For girls and boys grades JK-2
    Spend time outside learning the basics of vegetables, fruit, and flower gardening. What zone do we live in? Where should we plant? How much do we water? Paint and plant a flower pot, make garden markers, build a recycled garden on our new and improved farm and greenhouse, and taste some of the yummy fruits of our labor in this action-packed class.
    date/time: Tuesdays, September 17-November 19; 3:30-4:30 pm
    instructors: Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability) & 
      Heather Fontana (kindergarten teacher)
    cost:  $175

    GREENHOUSE GIFTS

    For girls and boys grades PK-JK
    Build a Thanksgiving centerpiece or create a gift for the holidays.
    date/time: Thursday, November 21; 3:30-4:30 pm
    instructor: Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability) 
    cost:  $50, includes all supplies

    MOMMY AND ME WREATH MAKING

    For girls and boys grades PK-1
    Space is limited. Explore nature and build a holiday wreath for the holidays.
    date/time: Monday, December 2; 3:30-4:30 pm
    instructor: Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental Education and Sustainability) 
    cost:  $50, includes all supplies

    COON CREEK FOSSIL DIG

    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4 & 5-8
    Explore field paleontology in an in-depth study of the Cretaceous fossil deposits over 70 million years old at Coon Creek Science Center. Learn about the ancient ocean environment of West Tennessee while collecting fossils from the creek bed. Learn how to dig, clean, and preserve the fossils. You are able to keep the fossils you find!
    date/time: Friday, October 25; 8:30 am-3:15 pm
    instructor: Brianna Lofton & Amanda Killen (CFE staff)
    cost:  $75, includes lunch & admission

    STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE: A-MAZING GIRLS!

    In partnership with AIA women architects
    For girls in grades 3-5
    Help create an amazing maze using your imagination and engineering skills. This maze will be enjoyed by girls of all ages from the Memphis community at Strong GIRL Fest. Let’s show what girls can do!
    date/time: Monday, September 30; 3:30-5:30 pm
    instructor: Upper School girls & AIA Women Architects
    cost:  $5

    STEM DESIGN CHALLENGE: KITE DESIGN

    In partnership with the Pakistani Association of Memphis
    For girls and boys in grades 3-6
    Study kites around the world. Learn the basics of aerodynamics. Engineer prototypes and design your own kite to fly at the Memphis Kite Festival in late April. 
    date/time: Friday, April 3; 4:00-5:15 pm
    instructor: Hutchison Fine Arts Council members
    cost:  free

    Further Studies

    TUTORING

    For girls and boys in grades 1-4; 5-8 grades in language arts; 5 Grade-Pre-Algebra in math
    The family and instructor determine a schedule for on campus, private tutoring after school. For more information, contact akillen@hutchisonschool.org.
    cost:  $60 per hour

    ACT TEST PREP SESSIONS

    For girls and boys in grades 10-12
    Improve your scores on the ACT by reviewing the content covered in each test and developing strategies for success in each area. This prep will cover all portions of the test.
    date/time: See Session Breakdown
    instructor: ACT prep instructor
    cost: $250, Math/Science or English/Writing
    $400, Math/Science and English/Writing
    SESSIONS
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    SESSION I MATH/SCIENCE  >> August 26-28
    8/26 & 27; 5:30-7:30pm, 8/28; 4:00-5:00 pm
    SESSION I English/Reading  >> September 2-4
    9/2; 5:30-7:30pm, 9/3; 5:30-6:30 pm; 9/4; 4:00-6:00 pm
    SESSION II MATH/SCIENCE  >> September 30-October 2
    9/30; 4:30-6:30pm, 10/1; 4:30-5:30 pm; 10/2; 4:00-6:00 pm
    SESSION II English/Reading  >> October 7-9
    10/7; 4:30-6:30pm, 10/8; 4:30-5:30 pm; 10/9; 4:00-6:00 pm
    SESSION III MATH/SCIENCE >> December 2-4
    12/2 & 12/3; 4:00-6:00 pm; 12/4; 4:00-5:00 pm
    SESSION III English/Reading >> December 4-6
    12/4; 5:30-6:30pm, 12/5 & 12/6; 4:00-6:00 pm
    SESSION IV MATH/SCIENCE >> January 27-29
    1/27 & 1/28; 4:00-6:00 pm, 1/29; 4:00-5:00 pm
    SESSION IV English/Reading >> January 29-31
    1/29; 5:30-6:30 pm, 1/30 & 1/31; 4:00-6:00 pm
    SESSION V MATH/SCIENCE >> March 16-18
    3/16 & 3/17; 4:00-6:00 pm, 3/18; 4:00-5:00 pm
    SESSION V English/Reading  >> March 18-20
    3/18; 5:30-6:30 pm, 3/19 & 3/20; 4:00-6:00 pm

    DESTINATION IMAGINATION

    For girls and boys in grades 3-12
    Build your creativity, design thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills on grade level teams. Teams solve one of six open-ended, STEAM-based challenges to present at tournaments. Two levels of DI participation are offered: 
    • Regional Teams will meet one afternoon per week and will present their challenge solution at the regional level only. Regional teams will not be eligible to advance to the state or global tournaments.
    • Global Teams will meet two-three afternoons per week and/or on Saturday mornings. Global teams will present challenge solutions at the regional and state levels and commit to attending Global Finals if they advance from the state tournament. For more information, please contact Amanda Killen at akillen@hutchisonschool.org or check out www.destinationimagination.org. A DI parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 pm in the lower school Innovation Lab.

    Regional Teams:
    date/time: September-February 29 as scheduled
    Regional Tournament: February 29 at Hutchison
    instructor: Hutchison staff
    cost:  $175

    Global Teams: 
    date/time: September - May as scheduled
    Regional Tournament: February 29 at Hutchison
    State Tournament: April 3-4 in Spring Hill, TN
    Global Finals: May 19-23 in Kansas City, MO
    instructor: Amanda Killen (DI Regional Director & team manager)
    Tracey Zerwig Ford (DI team manager)
    Molly Prewitt (DI team manager)
    cost:  $250

    DI RISING STARS!

    For Hutchison girls in grade 2
    School-year length course
    Learn the basics of creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork skills through this non-competitive program for Destination Imagination beginners. For more information, please contact Amanda Killen at akillen@hutchisonschool.org or check out www.destinationimagination.org. 
    date/time: Tuesdays, September 24–February 25; 3:30-4:30 pm
    tournament:  Saturday, February 29; 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    instructors: Maggie Haire (third grade teacher)
    cost:  $175
     
  • Sports Academy

    Margaret Celeste Cates Sports Academy

     

    TAEKWONDO

    For girls and boys in grades JK-6
    School year-length course
    Involve yourself in martial arts to learn discipline and skills that will help you in school and beyond. On the final class, students will test for stripes and belts. No uniform is required; however, you may wear your own uniform or purchase one through Midtown Taekwondo.
    date/time: Thursdays, September 19-December 5 & January 30-April 9
     Grades JK-K // 3:15-3:45 pm
     Grades 1-6 // 3:45-4:30 pm
    instructor: Tara Miller (owner and teacher, Midtown Taekwondo)
    cost:  $375

     

    YOGA 

    For girls in grades JK-K
    School year-length course
    There is no time like now to introduce your child to yoga. Through individual poses, games, chants, and songs, yoga gets your child interested in both physical and mental fitness. Beginning a yoga practice at this age could set the tone for a more balanced, grounded, and stress-free future.
    date/time: Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm
    September 12-November 19 & February 6-April 16
    instructor: Katy Stanfield (yoga and dance teacher)
    cost:  $350

    GYMNASTICS with Gymstars

    For girls and boys in grades PK-4
    School year-length course
    date/time: Mondays, 3:00-3:45 pm 
    September 16-November 25 & January 27-April 20 
    instructors: Gymstars
    cost:  $400

     

    CHEERLEADING

    For girls in grades PK-K
    Learn beginning cheers and teamwork. Build confidence as you prepare to share your school spirit at Black and Gold Day in the fall and a Basketball game in the winter. Parent Observation Day is the last 15 minutes of the last class.
    date/time: Fridays, 3:15-4:00 pm
    instructor: Ashlee Marshall (CFE staff & former varsity cheerleader)
    cost:  $175
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION  >> September 6-November 22
    SPRING SESSION  >> February 7-May 8

     

    RUNNING CLINIC

    For girls in grades 1-4
    Learn proper running techniques, drills, paces, along with strength and flexibility exercises while running around Hutchison and MUS’s campus on a variety of terrains.  
    date/time: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays; 3:15-4:15 pm
      Tuesdays // April 28-May 19
      Thursdays // April 30-May 21
    instructor: Rachel Randall (lower school teacher & competitive runner)
    cost:  $75 (single day) or $150 (two day)

     

    NEW! CROSS-COUNTRY 

    For Hutchison girls grades 3-4
    Have fun learning the fundamentals of distance running through games and drills. Learn to compete and push yourself in a fun environment that encourages self-improvement. 
    Compete in the Memphis Youth Athletics cross country meets held at Shelby Farms.
    date/time: August 21-September 30
    practice times: Wednesdays, 2:15-3:15 pm & Thursdays, 3:15-4:15 pm
    meet times:  Mondays, 5:00 pm; Shelby Farms
    instructor: Mary Riddle (director of environmental education and sustainability & runner)
    cost:  $175 
     

    BASKETBALL SKILLS AND DRILLS 

    For Hutchison girls in grades 5-8
    Receive instruction in the fundamentals of ball handling and shooting.
    date/time: Wednesday, October 16; 3:15-5:00 pm
    instructor: Thomas Jones (Hutchison varsity basketball coach)
    cost:  $40
      

    SOCCER SHOTS

    For girls in grades PK-K
    Soccer Shots utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting.
    Each class will highlight a positive character traits such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation.
    date/time: Thursdays, 3:15-3:45 pm
    instructor: Soccer Shots Coaches
    cost:  $175 per session
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION  >> September 12-November 21
    SPRING SESSION  >> January 30-April 9
     

    FUTSAL CLINIC

    For girls in grades 4-7
    A form of indoor soccer, futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Played on a basketball court with a low-bounce ball, futsal players are challenged to play multiple positions, make quick decisions, play under pressure, and keep close control of the ball at all times. 
    date/time: Saturday, December 21; 9:00 am-noon
    instructor: Rafa Rodriegez
    cost:  $50
     

    LACROSSE CLINIC SERIES

    For girls grades 4-6 and 6-8
    date/time:           October 8, 15, 16, 17
                    Grades 4-6 // 3:45-4:45 pm, W // 2:45-3:45 pm
                    Grades 6-8 // 3:45-5:15 pm, W // 2:45-4:15 pm 
    instructors:          Hutchison Lacrosse Coaches
    cost:                      $75

    QUICKSTART TENNIS ACADEMY

    For girls and boys in JK-1
    The Quickstart Academy will use the teaching method of Quickstart tennis, a program aimed at helping kids in junior kindergarten and kindergarten, learn the game of tennis. Using a smaller court, net, racquet, and larger foam tennis balls, the Quickstart method makes the game of tennis easily accessible to the little ones.
    date/time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:15 pm
    instructor: Jay Horne (tennis coach)
    cost:  $180 for Fall I
      $150 for Fall II
    SESSIONS
    ______________________________________________
    FALL SESSION I  >> September 11-October 23
    FALL SESSION II  >> November 6-December 11
     

    INTRAMURAL SPORTS

    For Hutchison girls in grades K-4
    Hutchison offers an intramural program for Hutchison girls in basketball (K-4), soccer (K-3), lacrosse (3-4) and volleyball (1-3) to provide our girls with opportunities to explore athletics. The main goal of our intramural league is to promote growth and enhance skill development. Because of our commitment to foster growth throughout the program, girls are invited to participate regardless of skill level or experience. For more information, please contact Hutchison Athletics at 
    (901)-507-2463.
     
    Soccer
    Grades K-3  >>Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
     October 8-October 29; 3:15-4:00 pm

    Volleyball
    Grades 1-3  >>Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 4-27; 3:15-4:00 pm

    Basketball  
    Grades 3-4  >>Mondays and Wednesday, 
     August 19-September 11; 3:15-4:00 pm Mondays & 2:15-3:00 pm Wednesdays

    Grades K-2  >>Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
     August 20-September 12; 3:15-4:00 pm

    Lacrosse
    Grades 3-4  >>Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
     November 5-21; 3:30-4:30 pm

    JUNIOR STING FALL CLINICS

    For Sting Training Academy dates and information please contact Caroline Schaefer in the Athletics office at 
    (901)-507-2512.

     Sting Training Academy

    For Sting Training Academy dates and information please contact Caroline Schaefer in the Athletics office at 
    (901)-507-2512.

    HEADS-Up! Watch for more information about the HUTCHISON LACROSSE LEAGUE this winter.
     

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    Through the Annette C. Smith Center for Excellence, Hutchison shares its tradition of excellence through offerings in academics, arts, athletics, education, and leadership. Instructors in each of the Center’s academies not only inspire artists, athletes, scholars, and leaders but also engage educators and parents in thought-provoking classes and lectures. 

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  • Attendance

    Hutchison will not contact parents when a student is not in attendance. No refunds will be given for students who choose not to attend classes or activities.
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    Students are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the school, as well as the Center for Excellence program. Hutchison reserves the right to dismiss any student whose behavior poses a discipline problem. No refunds will be issued for students who are asked to withdraw.
  • Location

    Hutchison is conveniently located on a 52-acre naturally wooded campus in East Memphis at 1740 Ridgeway Road. Campus maps may be obtained at the front gate. The Center for Excellence office is located on the first floor in the Dobbs Center.

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    Center for Excellence fees include all activities and supplies unless otherwise noted. Payments for Center for Excellence sessions are due in full at the time of registration.
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    Hutchison is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Students should not bring valuable items. All personal items should be clearly marked with the student’s name.
  • Refund Policy

    Center for Excellence fees are refunded in full when the session for which an enrollment was submitted is at capacity or the session is cancelled by Hutchison. Except in the cases of illness or emergency that are disclosed to the Center for Excellence office prior to the start of an activity, refunds will not be given after a session begins. For Center for Excellence classes, a withdrawal request that occurs at least five (5) business days prior to the first class meeting will result in a refund/credit of fees. After five (5) days prior to the first class meeting, there will be no refund of fees.
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    All Center for Excellence registrations will be made online. Once a registration has been received and processed, a confirmation will be emailed to the address listed in the registration profile. Please note that registrations are not accepted without the appropriate payment.

    Admission is granted to qualified students in the order in which completed registration forms with payments/deposits are received. Hutchison welcomes qualified students of any race, color, religion, or ethnic origin to program activities.

    Registration is required for each Center for Excellence offering. Sessions are filled on a first-come basis. Please enroll early. Any registrations received after a class that has reached capacity will be returned with a full refund. 
  • Transportation & Supervision

    Students should arrive on time and be picked up promptly at the end of each class. For the safety and security of all participants, girls and boys left unsupervised on campus after sessions will be escorted to SPARK Extended Care. Parents will be charged $15 each day. An additional charge of $5 each minute will be assessed for all SPARK campers remaining on campus after 6:05 pm
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