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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

College Prep for High School Sophomores

Sophomore year is on you. It seems as though things are getting a little easier. Your child is no longer intimidated by the big high school. They've learned more about what classes they can handle, what things really interest them, and where they want to go with the next four years. This year, however, is still critical for college prep. As you guide your sophomore through this year, make sure you're taking these critical steps to prepare them for college.

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Topics: Parenting, Education, Student Tips

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

Preparing Your High School Freshman for College

Most students have more than enough challenges on their plates by their freshman year in high school. They're learning how to navigate a new environment, exploring different opportunities, and joining new clubs and organizations. In most cases, these students aren't even thinking about college yet. If you have a high school freshman, however, there are several things you should already be considering in order to prepare him or her for college.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

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

The Many Wonderful Options for Educating Your Child

Today parents have numerous choices for educating their children. Whether private, public, magnet, charter, or homeschool, the options for parents are readily available. However, one problem that many parents confront is knowing the difference between each type of school. Providing an education for your child is a privilege and a responsibility. As parents gain information about the differences between the schools, they make better choices for their child’s education.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Hot Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Kid on Your Nice List (Pst! They're Educational, Too!)

Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday is over, and Cyber Monday is now a thing of the past. With only a few short weeks until Christmas Day, you have probably already invested in those must-have gifts that they cannot live without this year. Now is the time to invest in the gifts that they don’t even know exist yet, gifts that can help them not only have fun in unexpected places, but also learn a lot in the process. From the future programmer on your nice list to the "Paper Towns" fanatic who always has his or her nose in a good book, here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for every kid on your list.

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Topics: Parenting, Education, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Celebrating Veterans Day with Kids

Though Veterans Day is likely not the holiday your children look forward to each year, it is definitely one that should be celebrated. Because this national holiday is the one day a year we have set aside to celebrate and honor our country's veterans, it is important that we make it count.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Rainy Day? Get Them Off Their Devices By "Catching" Adventurous Reads

Rainy days can make finding activities difficult and they can also send your kids retreating into the comfort of their devices. Pokémon Go is making rainy days a 24-hour marathon of snagging the next desert monster and, let's face it, sunny days too. Rounding up so many virtual adventures can be quite the distraction, but you can get them off their devices and back into a great read with these five adventure-worthy, action-packed novels that make even catching that elusive water species seem just a little less thrilling in comparison.

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Topics: Parenting, Education

Children Helping in the Community

Everyone needs to feel needed, and everyone wants to have a place to belong. Because screen time and after-school activities tend to eat up so much of our time in this day and age, the younger generation is less likely to know the satisfaction of a job well done, the thrill of being an active member in a close-knit community, and the joy helping others can bring.

Getting your children involved in their community is a great way to help them feel a sense of importance and belonging, and give them some time away from the screen to experience life and the world around them.
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Topics: Local, Education, Student Tips

Back to School: Organization and Routine

Heading back to school without any organization or planning is never a great idea. After-school activities, play dates, and homework tend to take over your world, and soon enough your head will be spinning as you try to keep track of what day it is.

Instead of wondering whether or not little Joey put on a clean shirt today, why not implement some organization and routine now, and save yourself from stress later?
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Topics: Parenting, Education, Summer

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