Dear High Meadows Community,

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen my video with Bella Luna inviting you to join us on Tuesday, February 6 th at 6 p.m. in the Community Center for the semi-annual Board Report to the Community . We will be sharing details about the upcoming innovative additions and improvements to our campus over the next two years, which will have a transformational impact on our students and programs—you won’t want to miss it!

We want you to come so badly that we are offering free childcare during the gathering for currently-enrolled students. Immediately following the program, we will head to Tap & Six on Oak Street for some libations and informal conversation (no childcare for this, but kids are welcome).

As you heard in the video, our animals will be getting a new home, united into one “community” located roughly where our small animals currently reside. In late February, we will break ground on the construction of

  • A beautiful Pony Barn, which will include proper stalls, storage, and an enclosed educational space;

  • New pens for our sheep and goats and hutches for our chickens and bunnies;

  •  A riding ring and fenced outdoor space for roaming.

During the construction, we will relocate our ponies, sheep, and goats to a nearby home away from home, where they will be cared for until we welcome them back to campus later this spring. Ms. Nanci will be visiting them twice each day to ensure they feel loved and cared for.

And don’t worry, we will still have some of our barnyard friends around. The bunnies and chickens will be housed in the old tractor shed, which has already been modified for their stay. Our students will still be able to visit them, and you will likely still have to dodge a chicken or two during carpool.

Ms. Nanci will share this news with students in their outdoor classes on February 5 th , 6 th , and 7 th , ahead of the move on Saturday, February 10 th . For the time our larger animals are away, Nanci will engage students in hands-on activities and work with community partners like the Chattahoochee Nature Center. During Meadow time, she will offer animal talks, visits to our bunnies and chickens, quality time with Melvin (her talkative parrot), and projects for our larger animals to enjoy upon their return.

We look forward to sharing more details with you on February 6. Until then, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Finance and Operations Michelle Hines, who will expertly coordinate all of our upcoming improvement projects.

Exciting times are on the horizon at High Meadows in 2018, and we can’t wait to tell you all about them!

Jay Underwood
Head of School