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2019

  • October

    Six outstanding athletes and one team are the latest addition to the Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy Athletic Halls of Fame

    Every three years the Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy Athletic Halls of Fame come together to recognize the contributions and achievements of exceptional athletes, teams, and coaches with a lasting tribute. 
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  • SCH students hear from seasoned entrepreneur

    This past week students in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s  Venture Accelerator program had the opportunity to hear from SCH parent, trustee and UPenn professor Vanessa Chan.Chan is a part of Penn's Engineering Entrepreneurship faculty and leads Senior Design for the Materials Science department. She is also the inventor of Loopit (tangle-free headphones that are currently sold on QVC), a product that went all the way to the finals of the Today Show’s “Next Big Thing” contest.  
     
    Her presentation to the students focused on 5 important questions entrepreneur need to ask themselves when considering a startup. With a slide showing a photo of an adorable baby, she cautioned the students not to fall into a common mindset of many entrepreneurs in which everyone thinks they have the perfect baby. She challenged the students to think candidly about how they might bring something to market that is “solving a real unmet need within an ecosystem that is primed to accept the innovation.”
     
    The students had great questions for Chan and their commitment—after school and late on a Friday afternoon—earned them some valuable tips and insights.  She left them with one of the most important messages:  “Enjoy the journey”!  
     
     
     
     
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  • September

    8 Students honored by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    Congratulations to SCH seniors—(standing) Fenglin (Aatrox) Wang, Marco Goldberg, Jinglin (Marvin) Liu, (seated) Jack Kollmar, Ruoyang (Alena) Wang, Dominique Regli, Maggie Pearson, and Gioia Marchiano—for receiving commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and to Marco who was also named a Semifinalist! The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
     
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  • SCH takes step to reclaim American chestnut’s place with new grove of 70 trees

    Brendan Sample, Chestnut Hill Local
    The American chestnut tree, which once covered the northwest area of Philadelphia, and lent its name to the neighborhood, Chestnut Hill, has suffered so much decimation, it is considered “functionally extinct.”

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has partnered with the American Chestnut Foundation in an effort to help restore the neighborhood’s namesake to its former glory. As part of that partnership, SCH officially dedicated an on-campus grove for planting 70 blight-resistant American chestnuts on Friday, Sept. 13.

    Read full story in the Chestnut Hill Local here.

    Photo #1:
    SCH seniors assisted first-grade boys with the ceremonial planting of the first American Chestnut tree. (From left) Simon Nong, Luke Feeney, Sara Fitzsimmons from American Chestnut Foundation, Khai Hendricks (crouching) Mathew Hutchinson (standing) and Miles Moderski.

    Photo #2:
    Present for the ceremonial planting of American Chestnut trees at Springside were: (Kids in front, from left) Joseph Dybas, Bea Hager, Annie Cooper, and Aubri Capers; (In the back row, from left) Charlie Larkin, Aja’nae Hall-Callway, alumna Sally Quale, who helped spearhead the initiative, Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at the American Chestnut Foundation, former Board Chair Dick Hayne, his granddaughter Dorie Hayne and Emma Schwenderman.

    Photo #3:
    Dick Hayne, Sally Quale, Steve Druggan, Sara Fitzsimmons, Frank Aloise.

    Photo #4:
    Senior and buddy preraping a tree for planting.
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  • SCH's Visual Arts department receives endorsement from the Commonwealth

    It’s Arts in Education Week!  And, what better way to celebrate than with a special, out-of-the-blue endorsement from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).  Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was one of 10 independent schools in the state (and a short list of school districts) to be named: Outstanding Visual Arts Community!

    Schools and districts receiving this endorsement demonstrated the importance of their visual arts programs during the 2018-2019 school year with:
    Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrated rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
     
    Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs were offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
     
    Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identified their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.

    At SCH, the heart of the visual arts program is the making of art, which allows students to be artists and experience the frustrations, risks, and joys of the creative process. 

    A hearty SCHout out to the school’s visual arts educators—Karen Kolkka, Ishaq Deis, Judy Callas, Colleen Joy, Roo-Mei Jackson, Pete Capano, Bridget Farnack, Dan Brewer and Juliet Fajardo—that inspire our artists to make discoveries, achieve something original and experience pride of ownership. 

    And wIth their oversight, our walls come alive all year long!
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  • August

    SCH Student Looks to Address Addiction in the Criminal Justice System

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  • SCH Junior Takes Steps Toward a Cleaner Ocean

    Caroline Reitmeyer, a junior this September at SCH, can recall memories of her family taking initiatives to minimize their carbon footprint for almost as long as she can remember. 

    During a community service trip last year, Reitmeyer met the Co-Founder of the Hawai'i Wildlife Fund and the idea behind her project for SCH’s trademarked Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program started to take root. Reitmeyer decided she was going to examine how we can most efficiently process and recycle plastic from the ocean. As a result of her innovative efforts and hard work, Reitmeyer was one of two SCH students awarded The Steele Entrepreneurship Fund—a grant provided by Margaret Steele to cover expenses for a summer entrepreneurship course, camp, or unpaid internship. 

    Over the course of the four-week summer internship, Reitmeyer worked with mentors and other interns to teach younger students about Hawai’i’s microclimates, habitats, and various species. Some days would consist of cleaning up the Kahului harbor on the north shore and collecting data about the different types of marine debris, while other days were spent immersed in traditional Hawai’ian culture learning about the ways in which it was—and still is—oppressed.

    She recalls: “The people I worked with were definitely my favorite part. Since we all have the same values and views on the environment, we all get along really well. Coming from so far away and being so young, I was really nervous about going, but the people I worked with could not have been better...Most of them didn’t believe I was in high school and it ultimately turned into an ongoing joke between all of the interns!” 

    With a new school year just around the corner, Reitmeyer plans to return to her CEL project at SCH with a fresh perspective. 

    Ed Glassman, Director of the CEL program at SCH, shares: “Caroline is an entrepreneur at heart. She is pushing to tackle an important environmental issue in a unique and creative way. Through our Venture Accelerator program, she will continue to have opportunities to test and refine her invention—a machine that processes plastic waste and turns it into filament for 3D printers. I’m excited to see her progress throughout the year.” 

    Despite the challenges she encountered during her internship, Reitmeyer looks back at some of the things she’s learned. “Between the fires on Maui, tropical storms that hit back-to-back, and scheduling conflicts with the younger students, I learned how to come up with something quickly when our way doesn’t go as planned...This summer, I have learned about so much more than the turtles and ocean.” 
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  • SCH Student Activist Addresses Non-binary Awareness with A Cape For Candy

     

    Author Ava Szalay is an 8th grader at SCH with a passion for writing in addition to soccer and piano. She has experimented with poetry, personal narratives and other forms of writing. This summer, she used her free time to start her novel, A Spark of Hope, and to research and write this article.


    On the outside Ella Stevens seems to lead an ordinary teenage life, her backpack slung over her shoulder, sweatshirt wrapped around her, and her laptop right by her side. What people may not realize is that Stevens, a junior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), takes on the roles of a hardworking student, activist, and most recently author. 

    Stevens’s passion for being a leader of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) led her to write her new book, A Cape For Candy. This book focuses on a non-binary kid, Candy, who goes on an exciting super-hero adventure to find a cape. A non-binary person uses “they” and “them” pronouns in order to not associate with any gender and they are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Stevens saw many of her non-binary friends suffer from depression as a result of not having representation in books and in everyday life. They felt misunderstood and Stevens wanted to change that. “...Every time someone misgenders you or uses the wrong pronoun it is just like another kick into that sensitive spot. ” 

    While Stevens worked to create the literature, her non-binary friend, SCH student Whimsy Mark-Ockerbloom, also was playing an important role. 

    Whimsy is a senior at SCH who eagerly agreed to complete the illustrations for A Cape For Candy in order to better get the message across. They even state, “I think illustration and imagery are incredibly important when it comes to any media… you can convey a lot through imagery that you might not be able to convey as efficiently through words.” Whimsy’s curious and daring personality helped Ella to see things in different ways and helped Candy to develop as a character. Whimsy states, “I just hope this book opens the door for understanding nonbinary identities and allowing people of all ages to examine gender and understand people that don't necessarily fit the binary.”

    Some of Stevens’ non-binary friends were misunderstood and Candy, her character wasn’t always embraced either. People couldn’t understand and grasp her concept. She was told that her non-binary character was a girl based upon their looks which made Stevens worried that her message wasn’t getting across. After criticism and feedback, Stevens realized how important it was that people adapt to her character and the premise of her book. Stevens used her friends as her inspiration and motivation, but she also used the help of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program at SCH.

    With the guidance of SCH’s CEL Capstone program, Stevens was able to launch her book. The CEL Capstone program is a platform where sophomore students can solve problems they face in innovative ways through design thinking. It consists of four stages: Discover, Define, Design, and Deliver. She states, “The CEL program helped me look at different aspects of how I could go forward with my project and how I could publish it.” Through this program, Stevens will be able to publish her book on Amazon self-publishing. 

    Amazon self-publishing allows Ella to upload her book and convert it into a Kindle eBook for free and then sell it to readers across the globe. (Selling electronically is less expensive than selling printed copies.) Therefore, her book will be more accessible and reach a wider audience. “I wanted something that I could put out in the world and not only put out to the libraries in the school…” Stevens hopes to go far with this book and raise awareness to all kids and adults about non-binary identities.

    Ella hopes to have her book hit Amazon by the end of the year.


     


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  • Parenting Middle School Boys

    by Bethany Meyer

    Bethany Meyer is the Middle School Administrative Assistant and mother of four boys at SCH. In this post, she writes an open letter to all parents about the challenges of parenting and provides tips for what your middle schooler needs most.
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  • 5 Surprising Benefits of Single-Sex Education

    by Julie Romain

    Julie Romain is the Director of Lower School Admissions at SCH. In this post, she examines the benefits of a single-sex education and the profound, positive impact it can have on childhood development.
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  • Out on Course with Outward Bound

    Last week, a small group of SCH seniors placed a voluntary pause on their summer plans to spend five days on the Appalachian Trail with Philadelphia's Outward Bound School. On the expedition, the challenges are as real as they come. Between backpacking lengthy hikes on difficult terrain and pitching camp in a torrential downpour, students learn communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills that help them emerge physically and mentally stronger. Now ready to take on the expedition again, these twelve seniors will become peer mentors to SCH's incoming 9th grade class when they all journey back to the Appalachian Trail this September.

    Pictured left to right: Matt Norcini (Head of Upper School), Marco Goldberg, Abbie Rorke, George Peck, Trevor Meyer, Morgan Brown, Maggie Pearson, Jake Carpenter, Alysa Akins, Max Scheuermann, Oliver Peck, Rex Leininger, and Emma Stern. Front: Outward Bound's leaders.
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  • July

    SCH announces international partnership with Arcadia Education in Dubai, UAE

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s (SCH) nationally recognized program will extend its reach internationally with a partnership licensing the school’s unique entrepreneurial curriculum to Arcadia Education’s secondary school in Dubai.
     
    The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL)is one of the school’s signature programs and is committed to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset in every student over the course of their academic journey. To instill this mindset, CEL is integrated into the Pre-K-12 school experience, and the curriculum is embedded into students’ schedules. 
     
    Ed Glassman, SCH’s Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, says, “Our faculty have spent many years carefully crafting and refining a sequence of instruction that delivers a powerful product and impacts every student.”  
     
    That curriculum first caught the attention of Arcadia’s CEO Navin Valrani when he was a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Educational Entrepreneurship program and visited CEL—a hub of creativity, problem-solving, and prototyping. “The minute I walked into the Center, I just knew that Arcadia and CEL would have an agreement to bring this outstanding program to Dubai.” says Valrani. 
     
    Through a licensing agreement, SCH is now poised to deliver the expertise that they have developed locally and to share it with Arcadia Education in Dubai.  
     
    Arcadia’s secondary school is an extension of The Arcadia Preparatory School, a three-year-old independent elementary school in Dubai, which has grown to over 500 students in a very short space of time. Their model is based on the National Curriculum for England and bolstered by its status as an Apple Distinguished School. It also provides a robust Junior MBA and Lego robotics program to its students. 
     
    Arcadia Education will expand into the secondary school market in the coming months, adding Year 7 and additional grades year over year. The introduction of SCH’s cutting-edge entrepreneurial curriculum will continue to distinguish Arcadia within the region’s education market.  
     
    Building entrepreneurs of the future
    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s CEL program prioritizes the development of four key traits that comprise the entrepreneurial mindset: opportunity seeking, creative problem solving, resiliency, and resourcefulness. Equipped with this mindset, students take on interesting challenges that connect their passions and graduate with a competitive edge.
     
    “Entrepreneurship has always been a core theme at Arcadia, and our partnership with CEL takes our curriculum offering to an exciting level in our secondary school. At Arcadia, our ethos has always been about meeting our students’ aspirations, and this partnership will give our students the necessary skills to pursue their ambitions across a wide variety of career choices,” says Graham Beale, Principal.
     
    The roadmap for the partnership between SCH and Arcadia includes curriculum guides, staff descriptions, equipment that may be necessary to execute and maintain the program, and professional development for CEL faculty at Arcadia Education. SCH faculty will have the opportunity to travel to Dubai to provide hands-on, small-group training on their subject of expertise, which includes three SCH teachers who will visit Dubai this summer to teach workshops before Arcadia launches the CEL curriculum for its Year 7 cohort in September.
     
    “The SCH program has been built by a highly collaborative, expert team comprised of unique educators,” says Glassman. SCH has 10 faculty who teach CEL classes including coding, app development, design and fabrication, digital publishing and electronics and microprocessors. The Center is also comprised of an advisory board and a cohort of mentors from various business sectors that works closely with students.
     
    SCH Head of School Steve Druggan says, “CEL brings purposeful, real-world learning to our campus on a daily basis. This is a unique partnership, and it exemplifies the essence of the entrepreneurial mindset we teach every day. At its core is recognizing opportunity. I am excited to see how this work will push our practice and drive us to continue to build a standout program for the benefit of SCH students and, now, those in Dubai.”
     
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    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) Head of School Steve Druggan and CEO Navin Valrani of The Arcadia College formalize a partnership between the two schools during a visit on site in Dubai. SCH has licensed the curriculum of its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, one of the school’s signature programs, and will begin an extended exchange with the prestigious school in the United Arab Emirates using a roadmap that includes professional development training in Dubai, international collaboration between faculty, and shared curriculum. Attending the signing celebration are: (seated) Navin Valrani and Steve Druggan; (standing left to right) Pamela Chikhani, (Director of Strategic Alliances, Arcadia Education), Kephren Sherry (Head of Primary, The Arcadia Preparatory School), Graham Beale (Principal, The Arcadia Preparatory School and Arcadia College), Mohan Valrani, (Chairman, Arcadia Education), Ed Glassman (Executive Director of SCH CEL program), Katie Harvey, (Managing Partner, Q Communications). 
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  • June

    Entrepreneurship in School Curriculum

    by Ed Glassman

    Ed Glassman is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) program at SCH. In this post, Inspired School Marketers interview Ed for "The Sparkcast,” a podcast providing brilliant ideas and food for thought on the private school market.

    We invite you to enjoy the full recording here. Highlights and excerpts follow.
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  • SCH establishes new award in honor of Board Chair Dick Hayne who steps down after a 21-year term

    In addition to a Commencement ceremony celebrating the 114 members of the Class of 2019, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) celebrated the service of trustee board chair Dick Hayne with a new award given in his name. The award was given in honor of Hayne’s two decades of stewardship of the school as he steps down a chair of the Board of Trustees at the end of June.

    The SCH Shield Award—the highest honor bestowed on an SCH senior—“recognizes that student who has expanded their full academic and personal potential while leading a life characterized by thoughtfulness, integrity and a quest to effect positive change.” Juan Castellanos, a “lifer” from Mt. Airy, was the inaugural recipient of the Shield Award. During his years at the school, Juan exemplified the school's values of integrity, courage, thoughtfulness, resilience, and diversity and distinguished himself in the eyes of his teachers for his genuine intellectual curiosity and inclusivity.

    Juan is a signature SCH student, one with many passions and wholly engaged in the life of the school. He sings in the acappella ensemble and is a member of the Current Events club and Community Council with oversight of our Student Facilitators’ training and the production of two major annual diversity conferences.Faculty on the selection committee cited Juan’s genuine interest in learning and the depth of his knowledge and his verbal and written expression; they mentioned the empathy with which he approaches his work with peers; and they noted his compassionate and strong leadership. Universally, they shared, “Juan is respected by everyone in the community, and has made the school a better place by his presence and involvement.”

    In addition to being a well rounded SCH student, Juan is a nationally recognized ballet dancer and a graduate of the Metropolitan Ballet Academy where has performed in countless Met Company performances. He danced the part of Fritz in The Nutcracker with Pennsylvania Ballet for three years, performed with the Kirov Ballet, and most recently the Juneau Ballet. Juan will study on full scholarship at the Charlotte Ballet this summer and then join their professional dancers' trainee program in the fall.
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  • It's a wrap for the talented Class of 2019!

    As a group, the Class of 2019 encompassed an amazing range of talents and interests, from world champion robotics team captains to a national chess champion, and from an All-American lacrosse player to a future Naval Academy cadet and a dancer with a professional ballet company. There are also Cappie acting and costume/make up nominees, a successful clothing line entrepreneur on a full scholarship to business school, a girls golf Inter-Ac champion, a Sports Illustrated and Little League history-making athlete, and a Kimmel Center headliner. Whether their paths are science, humanities, engineering, arts, or athletics, this impressive group of graduates is bound for the history books. We wish the members of our 2019 graduating class all the best as they move on to the next exciting stage of their lives, and we thank them for their many contributions to our school community.

    90% of our 2019 graduates were accepted into their first or second choice college. See where they are headed here!
     
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  • May

    Students Win State Science Awards

    After earning honors at the regional level, 52 SCH Honors Physics and Chemistry students presented their projects at the PJAS State Science Fair at Penn State in early May. Thirteen of those students won a 1st place award at the state level as well. 

    The First Place award winners are Iven Bai '22, Julia Barrist '21, Vicki Cohen '21, Franny Downs '22, Edward Gu '21, Nia Hodges '22, Lia Jones '21, Andy Lau '21, Gaby Leon-Palfrey '22, Lenny Lorenz '21, Kayla Runkel '22, Kayla Stephan '22, and Iris Wilde '22.
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  • SCH Participates in Building Adventure, Rappels 29 Stories

    An intrepid group of adventure seekers ventured to new heights as a crew from SCH took part in the Philadelphia Outward Bound School's (POBS) "Building Adventure."

    The SCH team rappeled 29 (!) stories down the Two Commerce Square building in support of the school's longstanding partnership with POBS. 

    Prior to the event, Head of Upper School Matt Norcini invited students who were interested in soaring to new heights to submit a short video making their case. The students who earned the right to rappel with Norcini and Steve Druggan were: Jake Carpenter '20, Luke Percy '20, Lenny Lorenz '21, Riley Redpath '19, Esther Lamb '21, Dean Angelus '22. Parent Bruce Redpath partnered with the SCH team as well.
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  • SCH Opens 50-year-old Time Capsule

    This past weekend, with over 700 alumni on campus over the course of the school's reunion weekend, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy celebrated many historic milestones, including the opening of a time capsule that had been placed as a cornerstone in the current Lower School for Girls building in 1969.

    Chief Financial Officer Frank Aloise chiseled the cement block out of the corner of the building, which students have been occupying for 50 years and which is scheduled to be torn down starting next week. On Saturday morning, prior to a tour of the new McCausland Lower School, a group of alumni had the chance to view the time capsule opening.

    With onlookers eagerly awaiting the big reveal, Aloise pried open the lid of the capsule, about the size of a traditional mailbox. Despite the best efforts of those who packed and sealed it, much of the contents of the capsule was waterlogged. Nonetheless, the contents were carefully extricated and placed on the sidewalk to dry, revealing the following memorabilia: a Philadelphia Inquirer with the headline “Journey Clears Way for Landing on the Moon”; the weekly lunch menu featuring hot dog, celery, carrots, and cake; a class list for each grade; a history of the Springside School from 1879 to 1954; the school’s phone directory; and several polaroids taken in 1969. [Note to archivists: be sure to triple protect your documents against the elements!]

    Peggy Mandell, a loyal member of the Class of 1969, was present for the big reveal. She remarked, “It was exactly 50 years since the cornerstone was set and here we are today poised to tour the beautiful new McCausland Lower School. The symmetry of it all is elegant and stunning, and no school does a more authentic job of being at once future focused and reverently respectful of its past.”

    To see videos of the opening, readers can go to the SCH Instagram account: @schacademy.
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  • Springside School Honorary Alumnae

    Faculty Receive Honorary Status at Reunions

    Congratulations to the eight SCH employees who earned "honorary alumna/i" status at ceremonies held on campus over Alumni Weekend. They join a body of Springside, CHA, and SCH alumni around the world that is over 7,000 strong!

    Thank you for your years of service:

    Crystal Jackson- Middle School for Girls Administrative Assistant
    Kimberley Krieger- Associate Director, College Counseling
    Deidra McRae- Lower School for Girls 1st Grade Teacher
    Karen Scullion- Accounts Payable Manager
    Josh Budde- Head of Middle School for Boys
    Rene deBerardinis- Director, Library Services
    Ishaq Deis- Lower School for Boys Art Teacher
    Annette Williams- Food Services
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  • Kioko and Sweitzer Honored with Inter-Ac AD Award

    Simon Kioko and Delaney Sweitzer received the Inter-Ac Athletic Director's Award which honors a senior who is a multi-sport varsity athlete and exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, sportsmanship, dedication to their team and school, and being an outstanding representative of the Inter-Ac League. Coed schools honor one boy and one girl, and single-sex schools honor one athlete annually. 

    Simon competed on the cross country, wrestling, and tennis teams. He was captain of the wrestling and tennis teams, finishing with 116 wins and three trips to the National Prep Tournament as a wrestler. He recently led the tennis team to a 2nd place finish in the Inter-Ac. Simon will attend the University of Pittsburgh next fall. 

    Delaney was captain and standout player for the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She is one of the top lacrosse goalies in the country and was one of 11 girls named to the Under Armour All-American Wave 1 Team. She will attend the University of Southern California this fall.
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  • Goldberg's Head Injury Research Nationally Recognized

    SCH junior Marco Goldberg conducted a research project to study the effects of concussions on high school student-athletes. He administered surveys to students and parents, analyzed data, and created a presentation to share his discovery. 

    His findings highlighted the need for continued concussion education among student-athletes and parents. His research was inspired by his personal struggle with head injuries as a dedicated wrestler at SCH. The American Headache Society honored Marco's research study. He plans to pursue his research in the future. 

    Read the Chestnut Hill Local's story here. 
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  • SCH Junior Wins Financial Literacy Essay Contest

     

    Nailah Wheeler ’20 put her two cents in for a financial literacy essay contest and won first prize sponsord by Harrisburg University.  Nailah beat out more than 50 other students in Pennsylvania and received a prize of $500 at a ceremony held at the University recently.

    The SCH junior was encouraged to write the essay for Harrisburg University School of Science and Technology’s competition at the behest of her mother, an entrepreneur who helps people start their own business and runs a summer camp for kids called Youth & Money, where they learn how to write a business plan.

    “It was a boost of confidence,” Nailah said about the first place award, which comes with a $500 prize. “[I learned to] not be afraid to enter more things, because you never know!”

    A few pieces of advice she has for other young people are to be patient with their money, to take control of their money so they can have the freedom to do the things they want to do, and to value their money. “Especially when you make your own money, you value it more,” she said.

    Prior to this essay, Nailah said she realized she had underestimated her knowledge about financial literacy. In reality, she has learned a lot from her own experiences saving money from jobs, from her experiences helping kids learn about finances at her mother’s summer camp, and also through SCH’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) classes on finances and saving. She has also gained experience with teaching a budgeting activity to the girls’ TRACK program, which is sponsored by the City’s Support Community Outreach Program. She and another youth instructor taught a group of 20 girls about how to budget and live on their own. With $2,000, the girls were asked to participate in an exercise about how to manage their money for utilities, rent, health care, transportation, and more.

    Nailah has also saved money from her work at the nearby Trolley Car Diner over the summer, as well as babysitting. She tries to save as much as possible so she can be self-sufficient and doesn’t have to reach out to her parents for money.

    “Over time, I have learned that budgeting my money for different needs will help me to make sure I am not spending my money on things I don’t necessarily need,” Nailah wrote in the essay.

    In addition to her financial acumen, Nailah is also gifted with kids and hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse. At SCH, she is also involved in the student facilitators group, which trains in cultural competency and diversity leadership. Polly Kimberly, SCH’s associate director of college counseling who knows Nailah through her work with the student facilitators group, described Nailah as “sensitive, insightful, and willing to speak up for her convictions and on behalf of those unable to speak for themselves.”

    Nailah personifies some of SCH’s core values: she demonstrates courage in her work with student facilitators, she shows resilience (and patience) in her efforts to earn and save money, and she has embodied thoughtfulness in her efforts to help teach others about financial literacy.
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  • SCH Proud: Team 1218 featured on Fox29 News

    Our World Champion robotics team caught the attention of the folks at FOX 29 News.

    They came to campus to catch a glimpse of the SCH robot in action, speak with members of the team, and learn what it takes to be a champion.

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  • Chess Team Returns to Campus with New Hardware

    Four members of the SCH Chess Team attended the U.S. Chess Federation's annual Jr. High Nationals held in Dallas, TX, at the Gaylord Hotel. They played in the competitive “K - 9 Under 1250" ratings category with 67 other teams. The boys placed 11th overall, garnering them a team trophy. Each of the team members contributed to this success: Paolo Marchiano ’22, Liam Reeves ’22, Zach Schapiro ’22, and JJ Detweiler ’21. Congratulations also to Zach Schapiro, who earned an individual trophy, placing 13th out of 199 competitors with 5.5 game wins out of 7. 
     
    The team looks forward to having more members participate in upcoming national tournaments, with particular interest in the SuperNationals held in Nashville in May of 2021. There’s time to get in on the action! We are happy to accept additional male and female players to the SCH team for this fall. If interested, please contact Donna Schapiro (dms2823@yahoo.com) or Heather Knopf (heather.d.knopf@gmail.com) for more information.
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  • Boys Spread Love on the Hill

    In celebration of poetry month, Lower School Boys wrote poems during the month of April to fill special boxes for distribution to local Chesnut Hill businesses. 5th grade boys dropped off their boxes—designed to provide a free poem for the pocket of store patrons—and store owners were honored to have the poems on display. Thanks to our local business owners, many of whom are connected to SCH Academy, for sharing our love of poetry!
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  • Champions of the World!

    SCH’s Team 1218 has a stunning ride at the FIRST World Robotics Tournament and is the 2019 Champion

    After a strong season and winning three quality awards, SCH’s robotics team was ranked 29th in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), just shy of an automatic ticket to  FIRST’s preeminent World competition that culminates the robotics season. The team’s faculty advisor, Peter Randall, called the team together to share the bad news: they were waitlisted for "Worlds"and it wasn’t looking good. It was an epic disappointment for the team … until an email arrived a few hours later announcing, “You’ve cleared the waitlist!” They had been granted a spot in the tournament and were going to Worlds.  

    This past Tuesday, 22 members of the SCH team, boarded a bus bound for Motor City along with their two mentors, Randall and James Martin. The competition ran from Wednesday to Saturday.
     
    Once in Detroit, it was excitement on steroids. With over 400 teams from around the world in the mix, the first rounds of competition took place on six fields. Team 1218 was assigned to the Darwin Division.

    One of the chief features of a FIRST tournament is that teams must form alliances in order to advance. The composition of the alliance is key to any team’s ultimate success. “We were pretty confident we were going to be picked and, indeed, we were,” said Randall. “We were chosen by the #2 alliance exclusively for our expertise and ability to perform. They wanted us because our robot had never broken; it had incredible reliability. We also had the best scouting system. Our custom software, designed by SCH students, is able to quantify the relevant strengths and weaknesses of our competition, providing real-time competitive intelligence from the field that can be instantly deployed in game time.”

    That competitive intelligence took Team 1218 and its partners the distance in the Darwin Division competition, garnering them a FIRST blue banner announcing them as the Darwin Division winners. Their performance earned them a berth in a complex round robin between the other five divisional winners. Ultimately, after countless matches, it came down to two alliances earning the privilege of going on to the finals. Team 1218 was in one of them, along with its partners, the Brighton TechnoDogs and the ThunderChickens—both from Michigan—and Team Rembrandts, from the Netherlands.

    For the final round of competition, the action was moved to the larger Ford Stadium, home of the Detroit Lions, where an audience of 38,000 screaming spectators witnessed the two alliances battle it out for the championship. In the first of the best-of-three final round, Team 1218’s alliance lost out of the gate. But they rebounded with a new strategy and won game two. Tweaking their tactics further, in the nail-biting winner-takes-all final match, they won by ONE point, 91-90. In an instant, confetti was flying everywhere.

    Allison Gerhard, one of three senior captains of the team recalls, “It was so special to feel the support from the other teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our team is so thankful for our mentors, alumni, and sponsors for providing us with the knowledge and the resources that helped lead us to where we are today.“

    Hadley Sager, another senior team captain added, “We were so fortunate to work with such supportive partners. They listened to us and made us feel very much a part of the alliance. As a team, we couldn't be more grateful to them.”

    For anyone who knows mentor Peter Randall, there are many things he could say about the team and its experience in Detroit, but in the end, he reduced his message to this:  “It’s all about resilience—one of the school’s core values—and perseverance. Never… and I repeat NEVER… give up.”

    The team’s faculty mentors arePeter Randall ‘69, James Martin ‘99, and Alissa Sperling and the members areIsaac Becker ’21, Henry Brandstadter 22, Vicki Cohen '21, Ryan Comisky '22, Franny Downs '22, Allison Gerhard '19 (captain), Yuze Gu ‘21, Jane Herron '20, Mike Jarema '20, Simon Kioko ’19, Mac Levin '22, Hannah Lexer '22, Abi Li '20, Julia Lieberman '21, Lenny Lorenz '21, Paolo Marchiano ’22, Joe McDermott '19, Corinne Motl '20, Sophie Racz '21, Liam Reeves ‘22, Tony Regli '22, Dominique Regli '20 (captain), Caroline Reitmeyer ‘21, Ainsley Rexford ’21, Hadley Sager '19 (captain), Zach Schapiro ’22, Elizabeth Shoup ’22, Roger Wang '21, Alena Wang '20, Justin Xin '19, Yunliang Zhao '19, and Ben Ziyu ‘20.
     
    Team 1218 extends a bionic SCHout out to their loyal and generous sponsors: Vulcan Spring and Metal Edge International, Inc. For the past 17 years, they have guided, mentored, financed, judged, and wholly supported the SCH robotics program.








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  • April

    Congrats Players!

    Radium Girls Earns 4 Cappies Nominations

    SCH Players put on an amazing show last week - one which garnered them FOUR Cappies nominations!
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  • SCH creates Blue Devil mascot club

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy offered a unique opportunity for students this year: get inside the Blue Devil mascot costume.
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  • Sustainably-minded Ellen Kruger makes SCH a better place

    Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree...in the world of physics that statement is definitely true, especially if you are Ellen Kruger, whose father was an engineering professor at Stanford.
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  • SCH hosts Chelsea Clinton for book tour

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) was proud to host Chelsea Clinton on her sole stop in Philadelphia for her book tour of “Don’t Let Them Disappear: Twelve Endangered Species Across the Globe.” 
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  • SCH junior qualifies for competitive international science fair

    SCH Junior Caden Traversari has earned her way to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Less than 1% of students qualify to compete at this fair -- the same as the percentage of students who earn perfect SAT test scores! 
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  • SCH student's research to be published in the journal 'Headache'

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  • SCH students win prizes at Delaware Valley Science Fair

    Congratulations to SCH students who won awards at the Delaware Valley Science Fair! These students competed against 900 medal winners from 13 other science fairs!
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  • SCH biology students win major awards at George Washington Carver Science Fair

    Congratulations to the following students for earning recognition at this year's George Washington Carver Science Fair.  They competed against the best 11th and 12th grade students in the city of Philadelphia from Central High School, Masterman, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia Academy Charter School, Germantown Friends School, and other excellent science programs.
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  • SCH senior's entrepreneurial project helps him earn full-ride to business school

    As a young African-American boy growing up in North Philly, Robert Williams thought the only two paths to real success were to become an athlete or an entertainer. This is what was most often depicted as the ways young African-American men like himself could be successful. However, sports fell through as an option when in 10th grade, he was 5’3” and cut twice from the basketball team. As for entertaining, while he’s a great dancer, Robert didn’t feel he had what it takes to be a great performer. He realized he needed to rethink his plan.
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  • Polly (right), Taliah, from Israel (center), and her student Ben (left), standing on a bridge over the Shannon River on the campus of the University of Limerick while at the Narrative 4 conference in Ireland.

    Diversity and Inclusion: The Power of Storytelling

    by Polly Kimberly

    Polly Kimberly is an Associate Director of College Counseling and Upper School Diversity Coordinator at SCH. In this post, Polly talks about why storytelling has become a cornerstone of the diversity programming in our curriculum.
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  • SCH students win Scholastic Gold Key art awards at national level

    Congratulations to SCH students Destiny Weal '19 and Joe McDermott '19, who won Scholastic Gold Key awards at the national level: Destiny for her painted construction called "Street Quilt" and Joe for his Danish-style coffee table!
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  • March

    SCH alumnus to compete at Pan American Maccabi games

    SCH alumnus Jordan Lubell '18 will compete in the Pan American Maccabi games in Mexico City this July. The Maccabi Games, also known as the Maccabiah Games in Israel, are a series of national and international sports competitions that celebrate Jewish athletes. Read more about Lubell in the Chestnut Hill Local. 
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  • Lower School girls hold literature study of 'The Wild Robot'

    Lower School girls shared the collective experience of reading the same book, "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown, as a community this year as part of their annual Literature Study.
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  • SCH robotics team wins Quality Award at FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Qualifying FRC Event

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy once again hosted the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Qualifying FRC Event from March 16-17, 2019, with 32 area schools in attendance. SCH’s Team 1218 made it to the finals and also won the Quality Award, which celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.
     
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  • 4th grade boys learn the science behind making maple syrup

    This winter, SCH’s 4th grade boys embarked on a scientific and culinary adventure to make maple syrup. Bundled up in coats and hats, the boys headed outside their science classroom to tap maple trees on SCH’s campus.
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  • Alumna donates $2,500 to CEL Capstone program

    Annabel Grove ’17, one of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s outstanding alumna entrepreneurs, is giving back to her school with a donation of $2,500 toward the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Capstone program.
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  • SCH senior’s ballet career takes off

    From 3:30-8:30 PM six days a week, you can find Juan Castellanos leaping, lifting, and spinning at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Jenkintown after a full day of challenging academic schoolwork at SCH.
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  • Black Excellence Social celebrates leaders in the community

    The Black Excellence Social is an annual event that the Black Student Union has hosted at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy since 2017. The event is geared to recognize excellence, achievement, allyship, and other positive features we have found in our faculty and students alike. Congratulations to our students and faculty who won awards! 

    Student Awards:
    Excellence in Integrity: Kellie Graves
    Excellence in Courage: RJ Moore
    Excellence in Thoughtfulness: Jahli Hendricks
    Excellence in Resilience: Tiara Jenkins
    Excellence in Diversity: Nailah Wheeler
     
    Faculty Awards:
    Excellence in Allyship: Ms. Saburah Posner and Ms. O'Flanagan-Walder (tie)
    Excellence in Education: Ms. Gerri Allen
    Excellence in Empowerment: Ms. Rayna Guy
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  • SCH wins 1st place in Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League

    SCH's chess team finished in 1st place in the Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League (PAPSCL)! 
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  • SCH Upper School students hold Day of Understanding

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Upper School participated in a host of workshops and activities for its "Day of Understanding" on February 27. Students broke into groups led by trained student facilitators and attended student-designed-and-led Social Action Workshops to develop their cultural competency skills and learn from one another about the diversity of experiences and ideas that comprise the SCH Upper School community. The workshops ranged in topics such as stress, ADHD, free speech vs. hate speech, faith and the afterlife, self-love, activism within social media, affirmative action, and religious stereotypes. The overarching goal was to build community and connection, and we thank all of the student facilitators for leading this day.

    One student, Rex Leininger '20, shared an important message with the Upper School leading up to the day.

    "Getting in a room together listening to others is not a liberal or conservative agenda. It is a humanitarian agenda, and it is one step forward. The act of making assumptions can poison a community and even the whole United States. But by showing up and listening, by asking questions, by expressing ourselves respectfully, we can start to manufacture the cure because we all learn from listening, and some learn by talking. Nobody learns from no discussion at all. So the choice is ours. It’s a continuation of a community that is hindered by ignorance or a community that chooses courage over comfort."
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  • February

    SCH students win big at PJAS science fair

    Congratulations to our Upper School scientists, who participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) science fair. Of the 85 students who competed, 70 received first awards, and the remaining students received second awards. 
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  • SCH students win Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Awards

    Congratulations to the following students who have won Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Awards! From l to r: Joseph McDermott, grade 12, for his "Danish Coffee Table" design; Elizabeth Shoup, grade 9, for her "Stripes" painting; Katherine Huggett, grade 11, for her "Moving Forward" short story; Giulia Giordano, grade 11, for her "Spine" printmaking; and Destiny Weal, grade 12, for her "Street Quilt" painting.
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  • SCH's middle school robotics team wins teamwork award at FLL championship

    Congratulations to our Middle School robotics team, which competed in the FIRST LEGO League Southeast PA Regional Championship at the University of Pennsylvania this February. The team received one of the tournament's esteemed teamwork awards, specifically recognizing the two groups coming together to form one cohesive team. From left to right: Samantha, Noa, Gretel, Molly, Georgia, Joey, Alex, Patrick, and Julien.
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  • Two-sport athlete Ke’Shawn Williams receives kudos from Ted Silary

    SCH Academy junior Ke'Shawn Williams recently received recognition on Ted Silary's website: "On the Trail with Ted." Silary has covered high school sports in Philadelphia since December 1975 and his write-up on junior Ke’Shawn Williams, a two-sport athlete named to First Team All-City in Football AND First Team All-Inter-Ac in Basketball, is worth a shout-out.
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  • SCH inducts new students into Cum Laude Society

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy inducted 24 juniors and seniors into the SCH Cum Laude Society on February 22.
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  • SCH students intern for National Women’s Hockey League

    At SCH, students are encouraged to pursue their passions every day, and the school is quick to provide encouragement and access for that to happen. Case in point: this fall, three SCH Upper Schoolers have had the opportunity to work for the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) in their spare time.
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  • Thursdays sure are thoughtful at SCH!

    When we started sending a SCHout out to the individuals in our community who are making a difference with our #ThoughtfulThursday campaign, we had no idea how this weekly social media tribute would take off. 
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  • SCH chess team remains in 1st place in Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League

    With one tournament left, the SCH chess team is dominating in the Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League (PAPSCL). SCH remains securely in 1st place in inter-league play, with 48 game wins and 12 losses and only one tournament remaining for the 2018-2019 season. The students who competed last weekend were Jamieson Wade ’19, Grayson Wade ’22, Zach Schapiro ’22, Paolo Marchiano ’22, and Liam Reeves ’22. Junior team competitors included: Rosie Rush-King ’26, Alex Kim ’26, and Aaron Jia ’26. The last tournament will be held at Friends Select on February 23. Good luck to the SCH chess team in bringing home the trophy!
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  • Middle School girls' varsity basketball team goes undefeated

    The Middle School girls' varsity basketball team went a perfect 12-0 this season. With a 24-16 win at Germantown Friends School, the Blue Devils finished their season 12-0. Congratulations to the players and coaches. We are so proud of our Blue Devils!
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  • SCH Middle School students place in top 20 in city MATHCOUNTS competition

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Middle School boys’ MATHCOUNTS team came in 4th place in the Philadelphia math competition on February 2. Individually, JJ D. '23 (back row, left) placed 7th in the city, Danny O. '23 (back, right) placed 13th, Arjun G. '24 (front left) placed 15th, and Shaun G. '24 (front, right) placed 19th. For the Middle School girls’ team, Catie D. ’23 (left) was a top finisher in 16th place, out of nine schools and 90+ participants.
     
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  • SCH Signing Celebration adds more to the list!

    Three more Springside Chestnut Hill Academy athletes were celebrated at the school's recent National Letter of Intent Signing Celebration.  Joining the 10 students that signed earlier this fall are Brandon Gibbs who will play baseball at Delaware State University, Mo’ne Davis who will play softball for Hampton University, and Brian Richardson who signed for football at Millersville University.  SCH Athletic Director David Wilson joins the all-star trio.
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  • Outdoor Education in Lower School

    by Anya Rose

    Anya Rose is a Lower School Boys Science Teacher at SCH. In this post, Anya talks about some highlights of outdoor education and the ways nature seems to increase how much children are able to remember.
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  • January

    SCH team presents yearlong research project at American Astronomical Society Meeting

    This January, a team of four SCH students and physics teacher Alissa Sperling presented their yearlong, NASA-funded astronomical research at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle.
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  • SCH's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership presents Winter Capstone Showcase Awards

    SCH’s Capstone Showcase Night in January celebrated our 10th graders' inventions, business ventures, and creative endeavors with an invitation for parents and students to walk through the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) space and learn firsthand about each Capstone project.
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  • SCH Squash earns two division championships at Middle School National Tournament

    Two division titles returned with Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Middle School squash teams competing at the U.S. Squash National tournament in New Haven this past weekend.  The Middle School girls team took home the title for Division II and the boys for Division III. The tournament drew over 80 teams with nearly 600 players and the two teams prevailed after four matches with fierce competition.
     
    SCH MS Boys Squash:  Will Kelly, Jack Gaghan, JJ Detweiler, Hunter Rexford, Danny O’Connor, Evan Champagne and coach Mike Jefferys.
     
    SCH MS Girls Squash: Anna Mazzarelli, Lexi Levin, Winslow Tracy, Allie Stoddard, Madison Scholl, Isabella DeCesare, Maddie Schall and coaches Janine Mazzarelli and Roger Jones.
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  • SCH leads chess tournament

    The SCH chess team continues to dominate in the Philadelphia Area Private School Chess League (PAPSCL) tournaments.
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  • SCH students win division in Math Madness competition

    Six students recently won their division in an online math competition called Math Madness.
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  • SCH wins preservation recognition award from Chestnut Hill Conservancy

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy received the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Recognition Award on January 6.
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