Friday, October 2, 2015


Susan Parr, HMS Social Worker, is sharing her expertise on "Mindfulness" with our students and staff. Her work is having a profound and powerful impact on our school. 

What are you noticing right now?

This is the question I've been asking both students and staff over the past few weeks. Mindfulness, the practice of "paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, without judgement" (Jon Kabat-Zinn) is now being taught throughout HMS.  Over the past two weeks I have presented to five teams of staff, providing an overview of what Mindfulness is and teaching two Mindfulness "nuggets" they can use with their students every day. I've also started a Mindfulness Club open to all HMS students that meets every Wednesday.  

Additionally, I offer Mindfulness lunch groups, where we practice Mindful eating. 
With research demonstrating that Mindfulness reduces stress, improves concentration, and helps with emotional regulation, my goal is to have everyone at HMS taking a few minutes out of their day to slow down and notice the present moment.
 Lily Lonigan and Olivia Bailey
Lilly Lonigan
So, what are YOU noticing right now?

Izabel Cox-Faxon
Avery Schofield
        Photos by Jess Townsend                                                                  

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