Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eagle Hill School

Saturday, October 25, 2008:
Parents' Weekend

Eagle Hill School
Hardwick, Massachusetts

My husband and I are associated with this unique learning facility which provides a caring, nurturing environment for its 150 teen-age student body. Eagle Hill School is a private co-educational college preparatory boarding school for students with learning disabilities in grades 8-12. Specific learning differences include: Dyslexia, Language Based Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disability. Eagle Hill School also offers a five week academic and recreational summer camp for students ages 10-18 who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Eagle Hill School is the preeminent private high school for students with learning disabilities and ADHD who demonstrate average to above average cognitive ability.

Additional information about Eagle Hill can be found here.

Students and faculty are justifiably proud of their glittering, brand new Performing Arts Center which opened with the scintillatingly talented pianist/singer Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano who performed music from The Great American Songbook for the citizens and civic leaders of Hardwick and adjacent communities. Eric and Barbara were ably supported by the superb bass player Marshall Wood. The evening was a great success, establishing the tone and essence of forthcoming attractions. Visit Eric's web site here.

On Saturday, October 25: The impressive, swinging New Life Jazz Orchestra led by Kendrick Oliver performed a rollicking set to which the audience consisting of parents, faculty and students responded with high-powered enthusiasm. Mr. Oliver invited Nicole Nelson, a powerful singer possessing impeccable blues credentials, to perform several stirring songs with the band and thrilled the audience. Standing ovations.

My husband and I heard about a young student named Jason months ago when we enjoyed our first hard-hat tour of the PAC. Jason is very popular on campus, and although his first love is opera, he is also an avid Frank Sinatra fan. Jason was given the opportunity to sing with the big band and he was admittedly a little nervous about it. But he stood firm and tall, singing "Fly Me To The Moon" with grace and style. Bravo Jason!

I sang three favorite Duke Ellington melodies and enjoyed myself enormously. Two cheerful and efficient young people named Brad and Sarah were close at hand to provide any last minute items I might have needed. Thank you both for being so helpful.

The Official Opening Night Gala on Saturday, November 1st will feature the popular young jazz vocalist Jane Monheit and her band. Anticipation of this event is running high among the students and faculty.

Buck and I want to thank everyone at Eagle Hill School for the opportunity to contribute to this exceptional institution and its new Performing Arts Center. Long may ye reign!

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