Greetings, Gryphons! We're coming into the home stretch for the semester (and the entire calendar year, for that matter), so there couldn't be a better time for an update on what's going on around Greenhills. Enjoy!
Thespians bring play and musical to life
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
rocks Campbell Center 
For those who are still worried about "lonely old Bill," Greenhills' talented corps of Greenhills troupers shared just what happens up there on Capitol Hill during a three-performance run of the Middle School musical, "Schoolhouse Rock Live!"
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Other favorite numbers from the classic animated TV series, which played between other shows on ABC in the 1970s and 1980s, included "Conjunction Junction," "The Great American Melting Pot," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly (Get Your Adverbs Here!)," and plenty more. Greenhills' production ran Nov. 6, 7 and 8 in the Campbell Center.
Picnic at  Hanging Rock
showcases US talent

The Campbell Center was transformed last month into late-Victorian Australia as the Upper School play, the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, took the stage . 

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Although shortened by one night by a fierce snowstorm, audiences enjoyed the story of strange and tragic events at an all-girls school, seemingly precipitated by a picnic at an eerie volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. The show ran Nov. 20 and 22.

Best Pace Ever for  Annual Fund for Greenhills!

Thanks to the outstanding generosity of the Greenhills community, this year's Annual Fund for Greenhills is progressing at an amazing pace. And with the tax year coming to a close, now's the perfect time to consider adding your gift to the mix. Remember, YOU make it happen at Greenhills, through your contributions to the Annual Fund!  Learn More

Measuring Character: A Pilot Program

Greenhills among 45 schools worldwide testing Character Skills Assessment tool 
An exciting new way to assess character traits like empathy, teamwork, and integrity is being tested by the Secondary School Admission Test Board, and Greenhills School is one of only 45 independent schools selected from around the world to help.   Learn More

T-Wall/B-Ball: The most fun in the fall
22nd Annual T-Wall/B-Ball serves hundreds

Greenhills students and faculty shared their  joie de vivre  with hundreds of students with special needs, all of whom returned the favor, during the school's 22nd annual T-Wall/B-Ball festivities. A lmost 300 students from other schools in Washtenaw County turned out for this year's event, held Nov. 13. Greenhills students buddied up with their visitors, making sure each had an opportunity to enjoy activity stations set up around the school for the dinosaur-themed event.    Read More

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 Gryphons Sports Update
Girls open hoops season with victory; All-School Skate set following Dec. 19 hockey game at Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Seniors Brigid Cummings, left, and Sabrina Wu bottle up a player from Franklin Road Christian during the girls opener.
The air outside is getting colder, and that can only mean one thing: it's time for winter sports. 

Girls basketball got started Tuesday night with a 45-30 victory against Novi Franklin Road Christian. The Gryphons jumped off to a large first-half lead and finished strong for the win. The boys' season gets underway at home this coming Tuesday. 

Greenhills hockey players, skating on a combined team with students from Father Gabriel Richard and Rudolf Steiner high schools, have also notched their first victory, against Dexter Nov. 21. The team is hosting an All-School Skate Dec. 19 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, the team's new home, at the corner of Scio Church and Oak Valley roads; all Greenhills students are cordially invited to attend. (The skate follows the team's game against Flint Powers.) 
For those more interested in unfrozen water, the swim team, meanwhile, is set to get started Saturday at Dearborn Crestwood. 

Remember, it's never too late to come out and join a team. Go Gryphons!
Campbell Center Cool: This week's Jazz Showcase

Greenhills'  jazz classes combined Dec. 1 for a showcase featuring classic tunes from as far back as the 1940s, with more than a few surprises woven in.
Studio Jazz, Jazz One and Jazz Lab produced over an hour of music, entertaining the crowd with pieces from Trombone Shorty, The Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sonny Rollins, to name a few. Congrats to some of the heppest cats we know, baby.

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Grandparents and Special Friends visit Greenhills

More than 100 special members of the Greenhills family turned out Nov. 24 for the school's Grandparents and Special Friends Day, spending time with their favorite students, whether in class or elsewhere in the school. The visitors also enjoyed special student performances and the chance to enjoy a catered lunch.

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Coming up at Greenhills School
Alumni Mothers' Luncheon set for Saturday
If you're the mother of a Greenhills alum, we hope you'll join us for our annual Alumni Mothers' Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Barton Hills Country Club. This year: an insightful talk on global education from Head of Upper School Julia de la Torre. Click here for more information and to register.
From the Educators' Blog
Ann Novak: Why I sought my PhD

I have always been interested in how students learn and how to teach more effectively to help students be engaged in and learn science. For the past five years, I have pursued a doctorate in science education from Curtin University. I collected my dissertation data in my 7th grade science classes.  Read More