Early childhood through grade 12

Hawthorne Valley Association

Faculty Spotlight – Dorothea Davis

As this school year comes to a close, Dorothea Davis—or Ms. Thea as our early childhood children affectionately call her—will transition from her role in our Early Childhood program to join her husband Gregg in building community at Camphill Heartbeet Lifesharing in Vermont. Dorothea has been a part of our Early Childhood faculty for 11

Massimo Hamilton ’20 & Elizabeth Frishkoff ’86 receive 2024 Henriette Reiss Award

2024 Henriette Reiss Award Recipients

Massimo Hamilton, Class of 2020, of Germantown and Elizabeth Frishkoff, Class of 1986, of Ghent, will each receive this year’s Henriette Reiss Award for Artistic Endeavor for their illustrations of books on fishing and food and the Abenaki language, respectively. This award is given annually to current or former Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (HVS) graduates

Alumni Spotlight – Matt Fleury ’83

Matt Fleury, class of 1983; photo credit Le Petit Studio

On June 15, we are delighted to welcome Matt Fleury, a member of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s first graduating high school class of 1983, as our 2024 Commencement speaker. Matt currently serves as President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, a nonprofit in Hartford, CT that is a top educational destination. This year marks

An Artistic Journey – a 50th Anniversary Exhibition

painting of Henriette Reiss

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is excited to partner with Lightforms Art Center to bring you an exhibition that celebrates the power of art and the profound impact of arts education. “An Artistic Journey” invites viewers to experience the vibrant world of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and delve into 50 years of artistry, highlighting the transformative

Miranda’s Quill

Our afterschool Drama Club, made up of a group of 28 students in Grades 6-12, are pleased to present Miranda’s Quill, a musical written by HVS alumni Benjamin Glatt ‘10 and former HVS teacher Lawrence Joseph Glatt and directed by Kevin Kilb. The play is set in the world of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and

Alumni Spotlight – Angus Van Beusichem ’07

HVS alumni Angus Van Beusichem

Seven years ago, Class of 2007 alumni Angus Van Beusichem partnered with Gray Ballinger to purchase a pub on the Main Street of Chatham. They re-envisioned the restaurant as The People’s Pub, and ever since, have built up a strong rapport with the community and weathered the Covid shutdown with the help of family and

Alumni Spotlight: Lailah Amstutz ’07

Escuela Zantli students in a festive procession

To hear more stories like this and get up-to-date news and events relating to alumni, subscribe to the HVS Alumni Newsletter by clicking here. After graduating in 2007, Lailah Amstutz spent several years traveling the world and training as an artist before settling in Popoyo, Nicaragua, with her young family. She now is immersed in

2023 HVS Graduation Ceremonies

Thank you to families and community members who joined us on June 9 and 10 for our end-of-year ceremonies at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School to celebrate our students! In particular, our Senior Class and 8th Grade students were honored as they each came to the threshold of a new stage of their educational journeys.

Special thanks to Vanessa Valdez, High School Science Teacher, for sharing these reflections on her first the Senior Inner Graduation, the 8th Grade Celebration, and the Class of 2023 Commencement.

Alumni Business Highlight – Sheep in Wool Clothing

Tucked back in the forest just outside of Nassau you’ll find the farmstead of Sheep in Wool Clothing, run by Dana Salazar and her daughter Emma Salazar Blake, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Class of 2015. The farm is home to a flock of Swedish Gotland sheep, and Dana and Emma spin their wool into yarn

Alumni Update: Hannah Otten ’12

Earlier this year, Hannah Otten, class of 2012, was working on getting into medical school. She graduated from Bates College with a degree in Math in 2016 and returned to the area to take courses at UAlbany to pursue her growing interest in health care. She continued working multiple jobs, including as a musician, as