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  • Center for Excellence

    The Center for Excellence is thrilled to offer a select number of weekly classes this spring to current Hutchison students. 

    Check out our list of offered classes below now!

Health & Safety Guidelines

The Center for Excellence will observe all of Hutchison’s health and safety protocols, including handwashing, distancing, and mask-wearing.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

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  • Photo of Amanda Killen

    Amanda Killen 

    Center for Excellence Co-Director
    (901) 507-2460
  • Photo of Brianna Lofton

    Brianna Lofton 

    Center for Excellence Co-Director
    (901) 507-2489

TUESDAY OFFERINGS

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  • How Does Your Garden Grow? FULL - WAITLIST ONLY

    SESSION I - TUESDAYS, FEB 16-MAR 30 | 3-4 PM
    For Hutchison girls in grades 1-2
    Spend time outside learning the basics of vegetable, 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 farm, and taste some of the yummy fruits of our labor in this action-packed class.

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    SESSION I
    For Hutchison girls in grades 1-2
    Date/Time: Tuesdays, February 16-March 30; 3:00-4:00 pm
    Instructors: Heather Fontana (Kindergarten Teacher) and
    Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental Education & Sustainability)
    Cost: $150

    Register for Session I Here >>
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? FULL - WAITLIST ONLY

    SESSION II - TUESDAYS, APR 6-MAY 11 | 3-4 PM
    For Hutchison girls in kindergarten
    Spend time outside learning the basics of vegetable, 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 farm, and taste some of the yummy fruits of our labor in this action-packed class.

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    SESSION II
    For Hutchison girls in kindergarten
    Date/Time: Tuesdays, April 6-May 11; 3:00-4:00 pm
    Instructors: Heather Fontana (Kindergarten Teacher) and
    Mary Riddle (Director of Environmental Education & Sustainability)
    Cost: $150

    Register for Session II Here >>
  • Pottery Intensive

    TUESDAYS, FEB 16-APR 27 | 3-4:15 PM
    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4
    Develop creative concepts in clay. Learn the techniques of throwing on the wheel, hand building, and combining altered forms.

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    Date/Time: Tuesdays, February 16-April 27; 3:00-4:15 pm
    Instructors: Kristi Duckworth (Ceramist and Painter)
    Cost: $225

WEDNESDAY OFFERINGS

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  • Artist Workshop

    WEDNESDAYS, FEB 3-MAR 17 | 3-4 pm
    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4
    Explore the basics of drawing, painting, sculpting & collage. This six-week art class is filled with projects and activities that will develop your art skills and your creativity!

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 3-March 17; 3:00-4:00 pm
    Instructors: Martha Berge (Lower School Art Teacher)
    Cost: $150

  • Orff Ensemble

    WEDNESDAYS, FEB 3-APR 14 | 3-3:45 pm
    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4
    The Orff Ensemble is for students who love to move, speak, listen to and play music... and make stuff up! In this highly creative ensemble, young musicians will play a wide variety of unpitched and pitched percussion instruments. Students will create theme- or story-based performances based on their development of learned repertoire and their own creative ideas.

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 3-April 14; 3:00-3:45 pm
    Instructors: Rachel Randall (Lower School Music Teacher)
    Cost: $200

FRIDAY OFFERINGS

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  • Choose Your Own Adventure: A Storytelling Workshop

    FRIDAYS, FEB 19-MAY 7 | 3-5 PM
    For Hutchison girls in grades 1-2

    Students will create their own characters, with their own special strengths. They will learn and practice using the elements of storytelling to create their own fun exciting adventures, within their own unique worlds. Skills focused on in this course include creativity, teamwork, improv, character, and story development and will include elements of performance and some light memorization. In between classes will be miniature ‘home-adventure’ assignments, where students will submit short videos, via FlipGrid, to answer a question, respond to a topic, or complete a “special mission.”

    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    Date/Time: Fridays, February 19-May 7; 3:00-5:00 pm
    Instructors: Marques Brown (Theater Technical Director and Teacher)
    Cost: $200

  • Theater Workshop: Hansel and Gretel FULL - WAITLIST ONLY

    FRIDAYS, FEB 5-APR 30 | 3-4:15 PM
    For Hutchison girls in grades 3-4


    **Masks are required and must be worn, at all times, in order to participate in Center for Excellence classes.

    Dates/Times: Fridays, February 5-April 30; 3:00-4:15 pm (in person). Additional virtual production meetings Mondays or Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.
    Instructor: Anne Marie Caskey (Theatre Artistic Director)
    Cost: $225

Hutchison is the leading private girls school in Memphis for ages 2 years old through twelfth grade.