12/12/13 7:00 AM
12/10/13 7:30 AM
As we begin to crave all the delicious sweets of the holiday season, Sewickley Academy parent, baker, cook, and blogger Deanna Clouse shares her simple and yummy sugar cookie and icing recipies below. You can find more of Deanna's recipes at her blog, marzipanmom.blogspot.com.
12/5/13 7:00 AM
My daughter and I always get addicted to folding paper ornaments that we slip into our holiday cards as a small gift. Our favorite is the crane, because of its wonderful tradition. It's a great toy for young children.
12/3/13 7:00 AM
Parents often ask me, “At what age should I let my child have a cell phone?” and “How much ‘technology time’ should I allow my child to have on a daily basis?”
11/26/13 7:00 AM
Some of you may be aware of the recent release of a book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, that purports to demonstrate that public schools deliver a better education, at least as measured solely by math scores in grades 4 and 8, than private schools. Newly inaugurated NAIS President John Chubb takes issue with the findings in the book and helps explain why they are dubious at best and misleading at worst. Here is the link to Chubb's article:
For parents of independent schools like Sewickley Academy, I would highlight that averages tend to mask variability in performance in groups, including groups of private schools. Chubb points out that the private school group that the authors of the book use skews to a particular kind of school and may actually not include any schools like Sewickley Academy.
In fact, Sewickley Academy’s average SAT score over the past four years is 1918 on the 2400 scale.
This is 418 points above the national SAT average!
While these numbers are outstanding, it is not necessarily what is captured by the numbers that counts. What does, however, count immensely are an attention to character; the quality of a supporting community collectively striving for excellence; a commitment to the social-emotional health of our students; the discipline, focus, and capacity for hard work that our graduates consistently tell us sets them apart from their college classmates; a no-cut policy that ensures that all students can participate in sports (which did not hamper our ability to win yet another Pennsylvania state championship in soccer last weekend); a robust arts program that produces amazing performances like The Tempest and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as award-winning paintings, drawings, and ceramic pieces.
Outperform? That is what Sewickley Academy does every day. It is what our faculty do, and it is what our students do! As Dr. Chubb points out near the end of his commentary: “This book ultimately fails because it wants to pick a fight, not solve a problem.” At Sewickley Academy, we are committed to being a model school; we want to be part of the solution by implementing best practices in ways that support deeper engagement and more successful learning for our students. The proof, of course, is in the pudding, and on the eve of Thanksgiving, I will say: delicious!
This blog was written by Head of School Kolia O'Connor.
11/21/13 7:30 AM
Green screen, that is! As part of a culminating project for their colonization unit in history class, Grade 7 students worked in teams of two in the Academy’s Media Center to script, record, edit, and score infomercials for one of the original 13 colonies. Using green screen technology and movie editing software, students were able to insert relevant primary source images behind video recordings of themselves.
11/12/13 8:00 AM
Nikki Becich (Class of 2009) is our Alumni Spotlight this week. She is currently living in Ecuador working at the Bioparque Amaru Zoo. She has an amazing story and passion for conservation - and it all started here at Sewickley Academy!
A private school located 12 miles northwest of the city of Pittsburgh which enrolls 720 students in grades PK-12. Our elementary school, middle school, and high school are all located on a single 16 acre campus with our athletic fields located on an additional 14 acres.