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!