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Webinar: Writing from the Sentence Up

In this webinar, Fifth Grade teacher, Mr. Joe Breslin, shares his approach to teaching students how to write by walking through his unique curriculum and textbook, “Writing from the Sentence Up.” Click here to download the slides from this presentation. Click here to download an early 2015 draft of Joe Breslin’s textbook. Please note, this document is the property of Joe Breslin, who generously shared this version for educational use only. Do not copy nor publish this document anywhere without prior authorization from its author.

Disciplining Our Young Sons: How to Establish Respectful Dominion in the Home

Lower School Head, Colin Gleason, shares his thoughts on discipline in the home. Drawing from his experience directing The Heights Lower School for 11 years, and from his nearly 20 years of working closely with families, Mr. Gleason will encourage us to foster a respectful dominion in the home. Often we err on either side of this happy medium, giving way to being overly permissive or excessively authoritative. In an age that implicitly pushes our sons towards questioning everything, how do we raise them in such a way that they…

Foundations of Hope: Raising Optimistic Men Fully Alive

This video is a recording of a live stream of a Heights Lecture featuring Alvaro de Vicente. What is optimism? Is it naive to be optimistic? How is optimism related to hope? How, in the end, do we raise sons who can look life’s challenges squarely in the face with the the hint of a smile on their lips, knowing that all is in good hands? Join our Headmaster, Alvaro de Vicente, for an evening lecture on how to raise optimistic, hopeful young men. Our time, like most all others,…

Heights Lecture Series: Shaping your Son’s Moral Imagination

Boys develop a world view and paradigm that informs much of how they see themselves and their obligations to the world around them. This view informs not only their macro view, but also their smaller interactions with day to day situations. What is this view, or moral imagination, why does it matter, and how do we shape it for the good?

Heights Lecture Series: On the Benefits of Classic Study in the 21st Century with Mr. Justin Myers

Few people speak Latin; even fewer speak ancient Greek. Why do we study these languages here at The Heights? Why do we require our students to study Latin? Is it out of a quaint fascination with the old and the ancient? Or, are there both practical and noble, servile and liberal, reasons to study not only the languages of the ancients but their texts as well?

Heights Lecture Series: Costs of Closing – Accompanying Our Sons through Covid

Our lives have been altered in ways few of us thought possible before March 2020. As a school, we wouldn’t presume to broadcast our opinions on matters of public policy or medical science. We can, however, at this point speak to the impact of closure and other preventative measures on our boys. No preventative comes without cost, and for a young man in the formative years of his life, these days have ceased being a brief episode, taking on an air of semi-permanence. How is this affecting our sons? Alvaro de…

Heights Lecture Series: On Friendship

The last lecture in our “Foundations of the Man Fully Alive” series explores the theme of friendship in the life of the 21st century boy. What can friendship look like at this age? What does it look like? How do we guide our sons to make and keep the types of friendships that classical authors of old claim as the foundations of an effective civil order and the chief goods of the life well-lived.

Heights Lecture Series: Forming Your Young Son’s Conscience

In the second of the 2019-20 Lecture Series on Foundations of the Man Fully Alive, Lower School Head, Colin Gleason, discusses the formation of conscience in the young boy. Though we focus, among other things, on the formation of the will at The Heights, the formation of a boy’s moral compass–his conscience–is equally important. The forming of a child’s conscience begins at a very early age. The peer group, school, and culture will all be factors in our children’s moral growth, but no environment will affect the bearings of conscience…