There are times when events move us so deeply that we feel an urgent need to engage others in discussion and debate. On these occasions, students will elect to hold a community meeting — an informal gathering that allows any interested member of the school community to address his or her peers. Recent conversations have covered police brutality and social inequality, among other topics. These gatherings are often moderated by students, and they encourage passionate advocacy and respectful listening.
All-School meetings are scheduled periodically throughout the year, either to celebrate as a community or to encourage discussion about a particular topic. Annually, the School meets on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to discuss matters of social equity and to celebrate the Hotchkiss community. Other All-School meetings include award celebrations, speakers, Eco Day, anniversary celebrations, and the Community Service Award.
Every year, the Head of School solicits recommendations for an All-School Read, which students, faculty, and staff discuss at the start of the academic year.
Recent selections include:
2016 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2017 The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
2018 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
2019 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer