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Announcing the Michael D. Dooman Scholarship

Mooreland Hill School announces
Michael D. Dooman Scholarship
New-student tuition awarded in memory of late Head of School

The Mooreland Hill School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the Michael D. Dooman Scholarship.  This $12,000 scholarship will be awarded to a new student entering the sixth or seventh grade at the School in September 2015.  The recipient must demonstrate a love of learning, good citizenship, academic success and financial need.  The scholarship, which pays half of yearly tuition, will be renewed each year that the student is enrolled at Mooreland, dependent on continued academic success, contributions to school life and financial need.

This scholarship is named in honor of Mooreland’ s beloved former Head of School who passed away in November.  Mr. Dooman, Mooreland class of 1978, an inspirational educator, mentor and leader who spent twenty-two years at Mooreland, dedicated his life to educating children and establishing the fundamental focus of any vibrant school community – the special relationship between teacher and student.  Mr. Dooman was a true intellectual and a man with a visionary mission.

“The School is delighted to offer this scholarship to a student who embodies the exceptional qualities that Mike possessed and that, by example, he instilled in his students.  We are also delighted to continue Mike’s legacy in this meaningful way,” said Shirley Bendza, the president of the Mooreland Hill Board of Trustees.

Applicants for the scholarship will follow Mooreland’s standard application process and will be asked to write an essay on a topic designed by the school. A committee will select the scholarship recipient. Please submit applications by June 15, 2015.

For eighty-five years, Mooreland Hill School has prepared children for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them in secondary school and college, and also in life. With a long history of strong academics and individual attention, the school’s faculty continues to provide the opportunities and the education that enable children in grades K-9 to explore and question the world around them. It is the faculty’s spirited and knowledgeable teaching that brings a sense of wonder and exuberance to the process of discovery. To learn more about Mooreland Hill School School or to schedule a visit, contact Nora Johnson, Acting Head of School, at 860-223-6428 or at 166 Lincoln Street, Kensington, CT 06037.

Mooreland Hill School admits students of every race, color, creed, ethnic and national origin. Its website is and school activities can be found on Facebook under Mooreland Hill School.

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ACL/NJCL Recognizes Mooreland Students


Lydia Gambacini and Natalie Brennan, NLE medal winners

NLE Seal8th grader Lydia Gambacini and 7th grader Natalie Brennan, both of Southington, were awarded Maxima cum Laude by the American Classical League for their achievement on the Latin I National Latin Exam. The NLE is a prize exam administered annually to over 153,000 middle and high school Latin students.

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An Evening of Poetry at Mooreland Hill School

Mooreland Hill School held its annual Evening of Poetry in the Vance Gymnasium on Thursday, April 23rd. Each student in grades 4-9 recited a poem that he or she had learned and practiced over the course of April to an audience of parents and community members. Students started the process by selecting a poem that had personal meaning to them. With the help of English faculty members Bob Borden and Beth Williams, students worked both on memorizing and fully understanding the poems they had selected. Their hard work culminated with this poetry event, a much anticipated Mooreland tradition.

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Grant from The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation Supports Local Students

Mooreland Hill School thanks The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation for its generous gift that will provide financial support to Berlin/Kensington students. “This grant will ensure that Berlin and Kensington families, both present and prospective, have the financial assistance they require so their children will have the ability to grow and learn at Mooreland Hill,” states Head of School Nora Johnson.

According to its mission, “The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation was established in 1957 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services, environmental, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Moore Charitable Foundation specifically serves the people of Kensington and Berlin, Connecticut.” We thank the foundation for sharing our vision of supportive, community-based education and look forward to implementing this grant to benefit Berlin-area children.



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New Head of School for Mooreland Hill

The Board of Trustees and Founders are pleased to announce that Reed Rathgeber has been named to the position of Head of School, effective July 1.

A Berlin native, Reed is a graduate of Mooreland and the Westminster School. She earned her BA at St. Lawrence University and her MAT from Simmons. Reed is uniquely qualified for this role. As a Mooreland graduate, Reed knows, understands and appreciates the value and importance of the MHS experience. Reed says she was inspired to become an educator by two of her Mooreland teachers– Mike Dooman and Mike’s wife, Sheila Lavey. For the past ten years, Reed has been a teacher, leader and educational innovator at the John Pierce School in Brookline, MA. She developed a social studies curriculum for the Town of Brookline and trained faculty how to set up, properly use and integrate Google applications into their classrooms. In addition, Reed has worked with parents and administrators in using information technologies to effectively facilitate communications between school and home. She has also coached girls’ field hockey and softball as well as boys’ basketball. A dynamic, positive and enthusiastic educator and leader, she will be Mooreland’s first female Head of School.

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