Lower School Traditions
The fall All-School Gathering is one of two opportunities during the academic year for the entire School community to come together. This event marks the beginning of the year with the lighting of a lantern that remains lit in the Office of the Headmaster until the final senior completes his or her requirements for graduation.
During the second all School gathering of the academic year, we convene as a community to celebrate the anniversary of Flint Hill’s reorganization in 1990.
Hopes and Dreams Conferences
At the end of the summer, Flint Hill hosts a series of conferences for Lower School parents to share their hopes, dreams and goals for their child’s upcoming academic year, and any additional information they believe would be helpful for the teacher to know about their child.
Hour of Code
Each year, Lower School students participate in the Hour of Code, a worldwide event. The goal for this event is to bring coding into the hands of millions of students around the world to inspire them to think like programmers.
Day of Play
Part of the annual Global Day of Play, our Day of Play curriculum introduces students to design skills used by engineers, architects and other professionals. Teachers are the facilitators as students brainstorm, plan, build, test and improve their creations. Additionally, students have opportunities to learn about giving and receiving constructive criticism during feedback sessions. Your Lower School graduate can build upon the foundation created by Day of Play activities through our Middle School Maker Education program and Robotics and Design Thinking courses in the Upper School.
100th Day of School
On the 100th Day of School, the Lower School is filled with activity as students celebrate reaching the milestone day in the school year. Zero the Hero visits the School to read to students and children in every grade participate in a broad range of mathematical, language, science and engineering activities centered around the number 100.
Each spring, and at the end of the third quarter, Lower School students host a Student-Involved Conference. The objective of the Student-Involved Conference is to celebrate each child’s competencies, and to allow him or her to articulate the progress he or she has made during the year and areas of growth. The focal point for the conference is a portfolio developed by each child that shows a wide range of assignments along with important reflections of his or her work and performance of the year. As they review their work, the children consider reasonable goals for themselves for the final quarter of the year, which is shared during the conferences.
Family Math Night
Lower School faculty engage families in games and activities that demonstrate how math can be fun, interactive and involve multiple strategies. They also show students how to develop a greater interest, confidence, independence and ability in math through investigation.
Family Engineering Night
Lower School faculty engage families in a variety of activities inspired by engineering principles.
Celebrating more than 100 nations represented at Flint Hill, this annual festival of cultural heritages features the clothing, music, dance and traditions of our students and their families.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
More than 200 grandparents and special friends join us each year for this heartwarming and entertaining day on the Lower and Middle School Campus. Grandparents and family friends watch student performances, visit our classrooms and share lunch with the students.
During this year-end event, each grade level is recognized through a moving-up ceremony. We then honor the entire Fourth Grade, and provide them with Lower School Promotion Certificates. Following the Closing Ceremony, students and their families are invited to attend a casual and relaxed celebration to mark the end of a great school year.