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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Spring is Here! Get Out and Experience the World

The cold weather is finally breaking, and that means it is time to get back out into the world and explore with your kids this spring. One of the most interesting ways to explore your community is to use local libraries, businesses, and experiences to learn about the wider world around you. After all, learning about all of the fascinating cultures in the world is very important. 

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Topics: Food, Education

Senior Reflections on Sewickley Academy

Three members of the Class of 2017 – Carly, Michael, and Derrick – reflect on their time and experience at the Academy, the opportunities afforded to them by the school, and the value of a Sewickley Academy education.

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Topics: Student Tips

Spring Cleaning: Four Ways to Organize Your Children's Rooms

Here at Sewickley Academy, we are excited that spring is finally on its way because it means milder temperatures, sunshine, and the opportunity for outside play — three things everyone is looking forward to after those long, dreary winter months. 

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Topics: Parenting

The Power of One Campus: SA Technology Students Bridge the Gap Between the Lower and Senior Schools


A conversation between Lower School Technology Coordinator Ms. Julia Tebbets and Senior School Technology Coordinator Mrs. Cristy McCloskey sparked a collaboration which benefited students in two of the Academy’s divisions.

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Topics: Education

St. Patrick's Day Fun for Everyone

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. This means shamrocks, leprechauns, and good luck galore. It also means it's about time to start planning how you and your family will spend the lucky day.

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Topics: General

Six Reads from Pretty Little Liars to Get Your Teen Through the Show's Hiatus

Do you have a teen who refuses to miss an episode of Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? Do they blog, tweet, post, and text constantly about who "A" really is and how the show is finally going to turn out? You aren’t alone. PLL, now in its final season, has gained itself a cult following of super fans who are so skilled at finding even the smallest leads wrapped up in the mystery that they just may be in training to work for the FBI.

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Topics: Book Review

Weekend Warriors: How to Keep Your Kid Fit When They Can't Get Outside

When cooler weather sets in, you can't rely on taking your child outside to run and play in order to keep him or her fit and active. Regular activity, however, is critical for keeping your child as healthy as possible. Making exercise part of your routine could even help stave off some of the cold and flu germs that are so prevalent in the winter months. Figuring out how to keep your child active when it's so cold that you don't want to be outside for more than a few minutes is a challenge that many parents struggle with all winter long.

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Topics: Parenting

Helping Your High School Student Thrive

The high school years can be tough. Early mornings, late nights filled with homework, and the stress of preparing for college can really take their toll on the developing teenagers in your life. These things — in addition to the fluctuating hormones their bodies are producing — can cause them to become irritable, moody, and sometimes even downright rude as they work to find their place in the world and discover who they are as people. 

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Topics: Parenting

Lighting One's Passion

Recently I attended a presentation by Technical Theater Director Nate Bell’s Advanced Technical Theater class. Students were presenting their lighting design projects, controlling the intensity, fade, direction, and color of the lights in conjunction with a piece of music they had chosen. The “Sound and Light” show that resulted was the outcome of hours of creative experimentation, trial and error, collaboration, manual labor, setting and focusing the lights, and programming the many cues so that the lights performed as intended in choreographed harmony with the chosen music.

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Topics: Head of School

A Lesson on Education through Clay

Have you ever been annoyed by the jargon of education, especially when it seems that the writer or speaker assumes you understand what he is talking about? What about terms like “constructivist,” “collaborative,” “problem-based,” or “student-centered?" A recent visit to David LaLomia’s ceramics studio provided evidence of each of these terms in practice, so perhaps we might define these terms by seeing students and their teacher in action.

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Topics: Head of School

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