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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

What Type of Laptop Do I Need?

Whether you're browsing the aisles of your local retailer or an online reseller, you can expect to find many choices in the laptop department. Which type of laptop you choose depends primarily on personal preferences and how you intend to use it.

Below are a few laptops at different price points that I recommend for our students here at Sewickley Academy:

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Topics: Technology

#SAHelpsOut: 2015 Day of Service

On Friday, April 10, Sewickley Academy had its fourth annual Day of Service, a full school day committed to service projects both on and off campus throughout Allegheny County. All members of the Academy community – students, faculty, staff, and administration – volunteered to make a positive impact. Check out some of the day’s projects through the eyes of those volunteering and the #sahelpsout feed:

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Topics: General

Five Ways to Lose All Your Money in High School

Welcome to high school, the premier destination of financial instability, second only to college. You’re going to want to take a seat, literally, because the moment you stand up and do anything, it’s probably coming out of your pocket. Now it’s true, one of the last things high school students will ever care about is their market presence and portfolio management ability, but when college hits, and they’re stranded without the luxury of a parent’s income, they’re going to be wishing they had a plan and that they had saved a little more. Everyone’s financial circumstance differs, and coming up with a suitable plan to fit your specific needs should be tailored to your skillset, so presenting you with a general template won’t work. Instead, I’m going to share with you, from my experience, some of the largest money black holes to which a high school student can fall prey.

Here are the five ways to lose all your money in high school.

  1. Go to the movies. People, stop buying the popcorn, treats, and sodas! I’m not crazy, right? That junk is expensive and bad for you. Where did this notion of a ‘movie-going experience’ come from? In today’s age of technological advancement and time wasters, there are so many other areas where a student can spend his or her time. Part of some students’ movie tradition is getting a large tub of greasy popcorn, large sodas, and boxes of candy, then shoving that into their mouths noisily while everyone else is trying to enjoy a film. That’s not the worst part, though, it’s
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Topics: General

What Is an Independent School?

What is an independent school, and why don’t you just call yourselves private schools? An independent school is an independently organized non-profit school governed by a board of trustees. Unlike private schools, which might be profit or non-profit and which could be beholden to some over-arching organizational framework that could dictate how it is to operate, Independent Schools are free from external control. They represent the ultimate in school-based management, which has been shown to produce excellent outcomes for students, even in the public sector where experiments in school-based autonomy have been undertaken.  Independent schools are also financed independently, most often through a combination of tuition revenue and philanthropic support.  This means that independent schools are unencumbered by most state mandates, including the burdens of standardized testing, which has not been shown to improve outcomes for students.  

So independent schools can do whatever they want?

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Topics: Education

Teachers are Learners, 2

In my last blog post I reported to you about teachers learning with and from one another on the February 13 day of professional learning and collaboration.

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Topics: Technology

I Like Skype

Of all the television programs from my childhood, it is the Jetsons that seems to have stuck with me the longest. I loved all of the technology and the bells-and-whistles of that gleaming future society which stood in contrast to the Stone Age Flintstones. While I am still waiting for my flying car and robotic maid, there are parts of that fictional future that have, much to my delight, come true. One of these things is video telephony.
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Topics: Technology

I Don't Like Skype

Some people have wondered why on earth Sewickley Academy is moving to implement a 1-to-1 program. Won’t laptops and other devices mean that kids are even more withdrawn from the vital interactions we want them to have with their teachers and peers? Doesn’t this mean that technology will take over the world at SA? To these questions, I answer robustly No! And no! OK, but why?

If you grew up as I did, you were raised in a house with one black rotary phone in the kitchen provided by Ma Bell. This was the big technology, and it was used reverently; in fact, we kids were not allowed to use the phone without permission. Contrast that with the world of today where telecommunications are ubiquitous and texting has overtaken calling as the principal means of communications among teens – and even some adults. What does this have to do with my dislike of Skype? A lot, I think. I am not comfortable with Skype; I don’t like the delays, and I find it awkward to be watching someone on the screen who is looking at their screen and not at me – that is they are looking at the screen and not the camera. 
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Topics: Technology

Are you talking to your baby? It's never too early to start!

 

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Topics: Parenting

Blended Learning is Not Cyber School

Sewickley Academy’s move to use a “Bring Your Own Device” program to support a Blended Learning environment does not mean that we are becoming a cyber school. Remember, as I indicated in a recent post on this subject, Blended Learning seeks to take the best practices from the online environment and combine them with the best practices from the on-ground classroom.

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Topics: Education

7 Tips For Raising Boys [Webinar Replay]

Sewickley Academy's Director of Support Services Shannon Mulholland, Ph.D. conducted a webinar titled, "Raising Boys," in which she offered seven tips to help boys become happy, healthy, and productive members of our society who have forged sound relationships and who have developed their skills and talents.

Click on the play button below to begin the video.

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Topics: Parenting

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