New Teachers and Staff Attend Hyde 101 Retreat in Upstate NY

In August, our newest teachers & staff attended Hyde 101 –  a retreat and tradition held dear to the hearts of all Hyde faculty members. Over the span of three days, Hyde’s newest teachers and staff members learned the ins and outs of our school, bonded in seminars, and exercised teamwork through cooperative games. The retreat took place at Honor’s Haven Retreat and Conference Center in Ellenville, NY. Highlights from the trip include ropes course activities, trust exercises, a hike to a waterfall (where some of our staff members took a swim!), and s’mores under the sunset complete with spooky stories. Developing this foundation of trust and friendship amongst staff helps to ensure the same unity amongst our students. “We had the best time” explains Ms. Kempner, Hyde’s newest Marketing and Development Associate. “We learned so many important lessons about Hyde-Bronx’s missions and community. Plus, the outdoor games and activities made me feel like I was a kid at summer camp making new friends again!” This cohort of new staff members is already blending seamlessly into our community during this first week of school and we can’t wait to see them continue to grow and bond with our students throughout the upcoming school year!

Hyde’s Middle School Faculty Attend Hunts Point Community Tour

“Every year the Middle School division welcomes our returning and new staff members with a tour of our Hunts Point neighborhood. However, this year we wanted to be a bit more purposeful with our tour. We wanted to ensure that our staff really understood the community they are going to be working for [by] not just know[ing] the popular landmarks but [by also understanding] the history of Hunts Point [along with] where the community is moving towards through new surrounding constructions. We partnered with Ms. Maria Torres, President & COO at The Point CDC, and Majora Carter, who is one of our very well-known Hunts Point community activists. The tour was a complete success!” – Ms. Marlla Torres, Hyde’s Family-School Partnership Coordinator