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  • March

    SCH Junior Earns a Spot at Disney Dreamers Academy

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  • February

    Mazel Tov to junior Kylie Cantos

    SCH junior Kylie traveled to Dallas over the long weekend to attend the B'nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) International Convention, attended by 3000+ Jewish teens from 54 countries, where she won two awards, both fueled by the CEL program.
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  • Squash “Wall of Remembrance” dedicated this week

    Members of the school squash community—past and present—came together this week to dedicate a wall of remembrance honoring members of the CHA, SS and SCH squash community who have passed away. The seven framed tributes are displayed in the lobby of the McCausland Squash Courts/Philadelphia Squash Club.

    Memorial tributes include five alumni—Jordie Maine ’79, Johanna Sigmund ’94, Mike Masland ’91, Nick Schreiber ’11, and John Manly-Power ’78—and two SCH parents, Jack Kelly and Dave Schreffler. 

    Reflections at the event captured players’  tenacity, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and enthusiastic love of the game and the school. The wall of remembrance will serve as an inspiration and a reminder of the millions of ways they live on in all of us. 

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has long been recognized as a leader in high school squash programs, producing ranked players that go on to have distinguished college and even professional squash careers. The school currently has more than 15 students playing on Ivy League, NESCAC and/or Division I collegiate teams.
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  • A dream come true for junior Julia Barrist

    SCH Junior Julia Barrist is the second singer/songwriter to take part in the Jamie Bell Recording Project. Over the course of a very long day, Julia recently recorded “Tell Me” at Miner Street Recording Studio with producer, UArts professor, and Philadelphia recording legend Brian McTear and a team from SCH. Accompanying Julia on this track is Cameron Rogers '16 on Drums, Dan Zahal '21 on bass, Matt Brandt, faculty on keyboards as well as Lenny Ranallo, faculty on guitar. In the recording booth, Victor Kasian '21 assisted the recording engineer.

    Photos from the Julia's at Miner Studio:


    As part of this special opportunity, students are asked to reflect on their experience:
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  • Corinne Motl '20, Untitled, Oil on canvas

    Upcoming Happenings in the Arts

    In addition to the Faculty +1 exhibition now displaying in the school’s Crawford Gallery—be sure to take a look!—SCH’s accomplished arts faculty have several happenings of note this month.
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  • January

    Evan and the Chocolate Factory

    SCH Alum Evan Weinstein '15 featured at Penn Engineering 

    Based in the , Cocoa Press is the fledgling 3D printing operation of Evan Weinstein, a May 2019 graduate and a graduate student in the . As a high school student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Weinstein brainstormed an innovative approach to the chocolate industry. “I felt the technology had so much potential, and I wanted to challenge myself to do something innovative.” Why chocolate, though? “I think there’s something about food that people really connect to, and especially chocolate.”

    Read the full story @ Penn Engineering: Evan and the Chocolate Factory (by Tina Rodia)
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  • Faculty + 1 Show Opens

    Faculty + 1, the latest exhibition in the Barbara Crawford Gallery, features the work of SCH's talented visual arts and new media faculty...with a twist!

    Who inspires our teachers? Who do they spend their creative time with? Whose work influences them?

    Each teacher invited another artist to share gallery space with them. Guest artists included photography teacher Pete Capano's daughter Bridget, beloved former Lower School Art teacher Kathy Hunt Giovinazzo, advanced ceramics student Chase Cook, several talented artist spouses, and many more.

    Enjoy the show through April 15 when we will begin to set up for the All-School Art Show.
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  • Another amazing CEL Capstone Showcase features student innovation and problem-solving

    A channel for podcasts written and shared by high school students... a family card game to help address the topic of mental health... an electronic guitar with a touch screen to access an unlimitied library of sounds... an app where users draft political representatives and earn fantasy points based on their performance...

    This fall, 37 projects emerged from the 70 sophomores who took their passion and purpose to the next level in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership's semester-long Capstone course. Each project was born from one of the Center's five studios with the help of faculty mentors who aided in bringing the students' vision to life. 

    Following the culminating Showcase Night which took place last week, awards were given to a project in each studio. Additionally, a handful of special honors recognize key aspects of the Center's mission and the “People’s Choice,” voted by visitors to the Showcase.
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  • MLK Day Math

    What do 221, 161, and 11 have to do with MLK Day?
    That’s how many breakfast bags Pre-K and Kindergarten girls assembled for Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels … how many complete dinners were prepared by grades 1-4 for Caring for Friends … and how many large bags of outerwear were collected for DeSales Service Works (Camden, NJ).
    Joy and positive energy permeated halls of the McCausland Lower School as the girls came together for this long-standing of service in honor of Mr. King.
    A big SCHout out to Chef Samara and Chef Steve for their expertise and the use of their equipment and facilities, and to all the parents and faculty who made the afternoon such a success.
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  • Two more seniors sign Letters of Intent

    Seniors Matt Ottilo (left) and Ke’Shawn Williams (right) recently signed their National Letters of Intent to pursue their passion at the college level. Ottilo will play lacrosse for the Hawks at St. Joseph’s University and Williams will head to Wake Forest to play football for the Demon Deacons.  They join their five classmates that were honored at a commitment celebration in November.  (See story posted on 11/14/19).

    They are pictured here with Head of School Steve Druggan (left) and Athletic Director Dave Wilson (right).
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