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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

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

Celebrating Presidents' Day with Kids

Presidents' Day is nearly here, which means it is time to decide how you and your family will celebrate. After all, this country's 45 presidents have certainly given us a lot to celebrate and be proud of.

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Topics: Crafts, Holidays

Nelson Mandela Quote about Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Topics: Education

Craft Ideas You Can Do with Your Children on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just a day for couples to show their love for each other, kids can also display their love and thankfulness for friends and family with cards, gifts, and crafts. Show your kids kindness and service by helping them prepare Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Here are some fun craft ideas you can do with your children.

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Topics: Parenting, Crafts

Tape of the Day

 

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Topics: Head of School

Learning at Sewickley Academy

I recently visited a Grade 4 class to hear students make presentations about their work on machines they had designed for their Technology Lab class. Using concepts of universal design, students had to design and then build machines that could answer yes or no questions. I had the privilege of being able to speak with the students about their work, and I discovered that our students had a good understanding of universal design, a design that will be readily accessible and comprehensible to as wide an audience as possible. Thus, for these projects, the students designed machines that could signal “yes” or “no” both visually and audibly. Most students chose a harsh-sounding buzzer and a red light for “no” because, as one student explained to me, this is what they use on many game shows, so many people are conditioned to that sound and that color for a negative response; for the same reason, happy, jingling bells and green lights were used to signify “yes.” 

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Topics: Head of School

International Dinner

What a wonderful event the Student Diversity Leadership Committee (SDLC) sponsored on Saturday evening! The International Dinner, which has been an annual event at Sewickley Academy for nearly two decades, provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and parents to come together to celebrate the many and varied contributions of all members of our community. Beginning with an amazing dinner, served by student volunteers in the Middle and Senior School Cafeteria, this year’s meal boasted dishes from India and Ireland, from Greece and China, and from the American South. Nearly 270 guests arrived hungry to sample tastes from around the world, and they were not disappointed. Everything was delicious and in abundant supply!

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Topics: Head of School

The Actor

 
 
 
 
 
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Topics: General

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