remote learning

important administrative communications

In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Hill School has made an administrative decision to shift learning from a classroom-based setting to learning remotely beginning March 23.

Read the latest messages from Head of School Roxann Breyer and Phillip Howley, Director of Technology regarding remote learning at Hill below.


3.13.20 Update to Hill School Families

3.16.20 Update to Hill School Families

3.20.20 Update to Hill School Families

3.23.20 Update to Hill School Families

online instruction

Online instruction is different than on campus instruction. It requires a different mindset as well as some changes to standard daily practices a student may undertake. While each individual student will have to decide what works best for them, see the list below for some basic suggestions on setting students up for success while engaged in online instruction.

Find a consistent place to engage in schoolwork.

Somewhere that is quiet, free from distractions, and consistently available to you.

Make a commitment to avoid online distractions.

During school hours, avoid social media. Your education requires your engagement to get the most out of each online course experience.

Engage actively in the content.

This is not a vacation; school will continue as scheduled and it will require your full attention.

Be aware of what is working well and what isn’t.

For all the benefits of this online instructional model, it also poses some challenges. There may be some frustration if the technology doesn’t work seamlessly. Have patience with this particular type of curriculum.

Take breaks, practice mindfulness, and pace yourself.

Take breaks from your computer screen. Go outside, take a short walk, and get some fresh air during breaks you would normally have during your school day.

Learn from each other.

Talk to family members, classmates, and others who have worked from home in the past to learn what worked for them. Share your own experiences with others.

Don’t go it alone.

Keep lines of communication open with your teachers and your advisor. Setup online study groups with classmates. Reach out for help, advice and encouragement when you need it.

Keep your equipment working.

If you’re having difficulties with your computer, e-mail for assistance.

The Hill School Counselor is available.

If you need assistance or counseling, contact Hill School’s Counselor, Mary Sutton Sears.

technology help/ counseling resources

The following resources are included to help guide your student through the transition to remote learning from classroom-based learning and have been thoroughly crafted by Hill School’s Technology Director, Phillip Howley. They involve navigating through Microsoft Teams, a web based app designed for web-based collaboration and learning, which your child will become familiarized with. Also included are numerous links to resources from Hill School’s Counselor, Mary Sutton Sears, who is available for any questions or concerns your student may have.

technology links

Accessing & Navigating Office 365 – Video

Communicating Through Microsoft Teams – Video

Navigating Microsoft Teams – Video

Microsoft Teams Quick Start Guide – PDF


counseling links

Letter from Mary Sutton-Sears 3.20.20 – PDF

Questions About Coronavirus Handout – PDF

Social Emotional Learning Slides – PDF

Crisis Intervention Mental Health Resources – PDF

 Anxiety Resources for A Daily Dose Group – PDF

Teen Mental Health Resources – PDF

5 Tips To Help Your Child With ADHD Excel At Remote Learning During COVID-19 – PDF


Free: Online Mindfulness Class for Kids!

Self-care, stress reduction, and SEL




If you have any questions regarding remote learning at Hill School, please contact Phillip Howley, Director of Technology at Hill School at