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2018

  • October

    From left, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, City Councilman Al Taubenberger, Teacher Danielle Gross, Bobby Hill ’19, State Representative Chris Rabb, and State Representative Steve McCarter

    SCH’s Bobby Hill ’19 holds Political Engagement Forum with elected officials

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  • National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists Rowan Goudy (far left) and Alexander Koscica (far right) and commended students from left Jamieson Wade, Lillian Forrest, and Sarah Edelson

    SCH congratulates National Merit Scholarship students

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  • Dani Rylan, founder of the National Women’s Hockey League, speaks to SCH community

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  • Germantown Food Cupboard recognizes Lower School Boys at Gala

    For two decades now, SCH Lower School Boys have donated over 1,000 items monthly to the Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM) food cupboard. Lower School Boys faculty were recently honored at GACM's annual gala for their years of service and dedication as a community partner. Each week, Lower School Boys supply over 50 households with packages including fresh and non-perishable foods. Pre-Thanksgiving, their service ramps up (even more!) and students gather over 5,000 items, including over 100 turkeys!

    GACM is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, emergency housing, and poverty management services to those in need.
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  • September

    SCH students take deep analytical dive into the Wissahickon

    For the past 25 years, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students have been testing water samples, evaluating stream biodiversity, and analyzing the surrounding riparian zone at the Wissahickon Creek, which supplies drinking water to one-third of Philadelphians.

    From their earliest days at SCH, students are taught to be thoughtful stewards of the Wissahickon Creek and surrounding woods.
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  • SCH completes historic restoration of the Wissahickon Inn’s “Exchange”

    While giant construction equipment has been toiling on the Cherokee campus of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy since the June groundbreaking of the McCausland Lower School & Commons, another project has been quietly taking place in the Wissahickon Inn on the Willow Grove Campus. Throughout the summer months, a crew of skilled craftsmen from Haverstick-Borthwick Co. has been restoring the grand entrance of the Inn, known as “The Exchange.” Today, The Exchange still serves as the school’s formal entrance and the central hub for its administrative offices. It features a beautiful wood-paneled lobby, original stone fireplace, and reception desk where exchangeswith hotel guests would have been a daily occurrence at the end of the 19th century.
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  • August

    Avery Nunn '15 stretches in preparation for a day of running as part of the Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4k for Cancer. Avery will run more than 4,500 miles between San Francisco and Boston.

    SCH alum has dedicated her summer to running across America.

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy alumna Avery Nunn, Class of 2015, has dedicated her summer to running across America in an effort to both raise awareness about cancer and raise money to help those affected by the disease. Through a Facebook advertisement, Nunn was introduced to the Ulman Cancer Fund’s 4K For Cancer and upon further research, she decided to sign up and begin the 49-day, more than 4,500-mile journey.

    Read full story in the Chestnut Hill Local (8/2/18) here: 
    Local runner is racking up more than 4,500 miles for cancer research
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  • Sabrina Wang dry-brushing a skull during her ASB internship at the Mütter Museum.

    SCH student scientists help identify bones in major archeological project

    It’s not for the faint-hearted.

    That was discovery number one for Sabrina Wang. A rising junior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Wang spent three weeks this summer methodically washing dirt off 250-year-old bones as part of an internship with The Mütter Research Institute’s Arch Street Project. She was joined by fellow SCH student and rising senior Haotian (Bill) Cao.

    In late 2016, a construction crew at the site of the former First Baptist Church of Philadelphia on 218 Arch Street discovered human remains in the process of digging a foundation. The bodies had been interred in the cemetery between 1707 and 1858.

    Read full story in the Chestnut Hill Local (7/27/18) here:  Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students help identify bones in major archeological project
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  • July

    SCH students present at NSTA and wow the crowd!

    Last week, two of our middle school girls, Gabby Adams and Ryanne Leslie (both class of ‘23), spoke to 400+ scientists at the Pennsylvania Convention Center's 7th Annual STEM Conference hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) about their experience at the eCYBERMISSION competition earlier this year.
     
    The crowd was so impressed with the girls' intellectual analysis and articulate responses that science and engineering teachers lined up waiting to compliment them, ask further questions, and even get pictures.

    In this photo: Ellen Koenig, SCH science teacher, Ryanne, Gabby, and member of eCYBERMISSION U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program who was the panel moderator.
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  • June

    A champion of the original: SCH's Dr. Ellen-Fishman Johnson featured in the "Inquirer"

    Chair of Arts & New Media at SCH, Dr. Ellen Fishman-Johnson, has long been a champion of the original. She launched one of the first high school video production studios which has generated many award-winning student videos; she created a new media program to teach students how to use the latest graphic and music technologies; she was the vision behind a mammoth digital mural projected on the exterior wall of the Fabric Workshop; she engineered several cutting-edge remix projects combining music and technology; and now, she is the creative genius behind a new art form, the "operactive!"
     
    Fishman-Johnson's “interactive opera,” Marie Begins is part of a new media wave in opera that’s transforming the 400-year-old art form. Dr. FJ's work, and the role of SCH alumni, is captured in DIY opera: Philly composer's interactive choose-your-own-aria is a new twist on the old art form. (John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/24/18)
     
    The creative talents of several of Fishman-Johnson’s former art and music students have also been involved in the production, including executive producer Simon Rogers ’03, director of online video content Stephen Skeel ’13, choreographer for the video segments Kalila Kingsford Smith ’08, vocalist for the January performance Meghan Rogers ’03, and jazz bassist for the live performance Doug Drewes ’01.
     
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  • SCH earns grant to support yet another green initiative for campus

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was one of 13 local schools awarded grants for their sustainability efforts
     
    At a presentation presided over by Mayor Jim Kenney and Department of Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, Ellen Kruger, SCH’s science teacher and Eco Club advisor, and Sophia Boyd ’18, co-head of the Eco Club, received a check for $2,500 from Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program. The grant was the result of a school-wide drive for city residents to support the school’s sustainability initiatives with their weekly recycling.  Users of Recyclebank are urged to donate points to the program that provides funds to schools throughout the City to support “environmental projects designed to positively impact students, educators and communities.”  The school will use the grant to replace paper towel dispensers with electric hand dryers in the new McCausland Lower School and Commons. This initiative is one of dozens SCH has spearheaded over many years to leave a trail of green footprints throughout the campus. The check presentation ceremony was held at the Richard Wright Elementary School on May 16.
     
    Each year since 2010, the Green Schools Program has enabled residents to support their local schools’ unique and creative environmental projects. The program collects donated points through Recyclebank and converts them into real dollars — up to $2,500 per school. 

    Photo: Holding the check are SCH’s Ellen Kruger (left) and Sophia Boyd (right) with Paul Winn, CEO of Recyclebank, Mayor Kenney, and Commissioner Williams.
     
     
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  • 9th Grade 1st and 2nd Place winners

    Award-winning scientists at SCH

    PA Junior Academy of Science Winners (PJAS) at Penn State

    After competing successfully at the PJAS regional science competition in March, our 1st place finishers were invited to participate in the state competition on the main campus of Penn State this week. Roughly 3,000 students compete in the state event each year, which brings together students from 13 regions across Pennsylvania. SCH 9th graders competed in the physics category, while our 8th graders presented in biology, botany, and behavioral science. Our team did exceptionally well, with each participating student earning recognition. All three 8th graders won 1st place awards, along with 6 of our 17 9th graders. The other 11 9th graders received 2nd place awards.

    The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students (grades 7-12) designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. The competition entails original scientific research and requires that students give a 10-minute oral presentation of their findings followed by a 5-minute question and answer period from the panel of judges.
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  • May

    Applause, applause: two-time winner senior Sean Terrey

    This past week, senior Sean Terry was recognized by Cappies for his outstanding performance in My Fair Ladywith the highest honor given to high school students, hence the equivalent of an Oscar. Sean received the award for the “Lead Actor in a Musical.”  

    The very next day, Sean was again honored as the winner in the category of “Individual Performance” at the 2018 Philadelphia Independence Awards for High School Musical Theater, at the Temple University Performing Arts Center. High school theater teachers and directors created these brand-new awards.  
     
    SCH also congratulates junior Gracie Lubisky on her “Lead Actress in a Musical” Cappie nomination for her role of Eliza in My Fair Lady.
    Sean and Gracie are pictured here with Players director Meghan Rogers and Technical Director Daria Maidenbaum.
     
     
     
     
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  • Girls Track & Field team earns 2nd Inter-Ac title for SCH this year!

    The Devils won the Inter-Ac League’s championship meet scoring 126 points to 2nd place finisher Penn Charter's 101 points. (Germantown Academy was third followed by Episcopal, Notre Dame, Baldwin, and Agnes Irwin.) Senior Allie Kitchell was named MVP of the meet!
     
    Highlights contributing to the team's title:Allie Kitchell won two  1st place medals—in the 200 with a 25.43 and in the 400 with a 56.48.
    • Teammate Haley Unthank was 2nd in both races.
    • Allie and Haley ran with Olabisi Adams and Sabria Epps to win the 4 x 400 in 4:03.30.
    • Allie, showing her versatility, also threw the shot 30' 01" to place 4th.
    • Adams won the long jump with a jump of 17' 10".
    • Teammate Ava Roberts was 2nd with a jump of 16' 02".
    • Nayah Moore won the high jump with a 4' 10", took 2nd in the triple jump by .01" with a jump of 32' 08", and was 6th in the long jump. 
    • Esther Lamb was 2nd in the 100 hurdles in 16.57 and 3rd in the 300 hurdles in 48.38.
    • The 4 x 100 team of Nilah Jordan, Luna Moskul, Alexa Walls, and Destiny Weal finished in 5th.
    • Ava Roberts was 2nd in the shot with a 33' 07" toss and 4th in the triple jump.
    • Walls was 6th in the 100 in 13.28. 
    Other team members competing and scoring points were Skai Williams, Ali Dimaio, Zoe Marinakos, Sophia Boyd, Julianna Smith, Nicole Giegerich, and Juniper Moscow.

    Congratulations to team members and coaches. Well done! Next up, PAISAA.
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  • Catherine was honored as a junior at Baccalaureate Ceremony last year.

    Catherine Cooney is National Merit Scholarship Winner

    SCH is proud to applaud senior Catherine Cooney. Catherine recently won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, one of 102 in the state of Pennsylvania. Judges made selections from more than 15,000 finalists based on the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Earlier this spring, Catherine was also named “All-American” by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America. At SCH, Catherine has received departmental distinctions from both the Math and Language Departments, is the co-head of Service Council, and was inducted into the school’s Cum Laude Society as a junior. She will attend Dartmouth College in the fall.
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  • Surrounded by friends, former students, and family

    SCH Track dedicated to longtime teacher, coach & mentor Paul Hines


    SCH Track dedicated to longtime teacher, coach—Paul Hines "My Wisest Friend"

    When Sophomore Rex Leininger, the student responsible for mobilizing the Paul Hines Track Dedication, took the mic at Blue & Blue Day this past Friday, it's safe to say there were few dry eyes left in the stadium. Succinctly and sincerely, he stated:

    "Today, we gather on Blue & Blue day to dedicate this track to one of the finest members that our 157-year-old institution has ever produced. That coach, teacher, and mentor is Paul Hines. He has taught his students through the lens of honesty, courage, loyalty, integrity, and sportsmanship.

    Thank you, Mr. Hines, for leading thousands of kids on the right path in life. Thank you, Mr. Hines, for molding and inspiring countless athletes.Thank you, Mr. Hines, for dedicating nearly 40 years of your life to the constant improvement of this family.

    Now it's our turn to give back to you. Fifty years from now, when I bring my grandkids to this track and they read this plaque, I'll simply say to them, "He was so much more than what's written here. He was my wisest friend."

    To see photo album from the day:  Paul Hines Track Dedication


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  • Grace is pictured here with Head of School Steve Druggan (left) and Dave Wilson (right), SCH Athletic Director.

    SCH 2018 Athletic Directors' Award goes to Grace Rorke

    Grace Rorke and six other Inter-Ac student athletes from the other Inter-Ac schools were recognized as the winners of the 2018 Athletic Directors' Award.
     
    Since 1997 a female student athlete from each of the Inter-Ac schools is honored. From 1997-2010 the award was named in honor of Aimee Willard and since 2011 it has been called the Athletic Director's Award. Each Athletic Director presents the award to a student athlete who has played multiple sports, and who has demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship, determination, and academic success.
     
    Grace is a tri-varsity athlete for the Blue Devils, playing soccer, squash, and lacrosse. She was captain of both soccer and lacrosse team this year and helped lead the soccer team to the school’s first ever PAISAA Championship. 
     
    Grace will attend Dartmouth College in the fall and compete for the soccer team.

    Congratulations, Grace!

    Past SCH Girls Athletic Director Tina O'Malley was also honored by the Inter-Ac ADs.
     
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  • April

    Team 1218 powers on to the FIRST Robotics World Championship

    SCH's Upper School robotics team made it to the quarter finals in Detroit at the FIRST Robotics World Championships on Saturday, April 28. Team 1218 and its coaches, Peter Randall, James Martin, and Alissa Sperling, boarded an overnight bus to the Motor City last Tuesday with 24 robotics students after earning 5th place in the regional qualifying rounds. From Wednesday to Saturday afternoon, SCH Team 1218 faced fierce challenges in the Cobo Center and was ultimately eliminated in the quarter finals of its division. The finals were in Ford Field with 40,000 spectators! Under the incredible leadership of our robotics coaches, SCH’s Team 1218 has developed a worldwide reputation and continues to earn the right to compete against the most elite programs out there.
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  • New inductees welcomed into the Cum Laude Society

    Each year, SCH, along with 336 other public and independent schools around the country (and several international chapters), pause to honor the scholastic achievement of members of their junior and senior classes "for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor." SCH Trustee Mims Maynard Zabriskie was our esteemed speaker for the Induction Ceremony at which 22 students (both juniors and seniors) joined those students inducted last year as juniors.
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  • "Cappies" honors two SCH Players

    Not one, but TWO prestigious Cappie nominations for Gracie Lubisky '19 and Sean Terrey '18. Both received the recognition—Lead Actress and Lead Actor in a musical—for their outstanding portrayals of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins in this year's production of My Fair Lady.  
     
     
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  • Andrew Cramer '18 wins 2nd place in international entrepreneurial challenge

    See Full story in Technical.ly Philly.

    Another huge win for SCH's Andrew Cramer '18 and his CampusSelect CEL Venture Accelerator website product.

    Andrew took 2nd place out of 700 unique teams participating in The Diamond Challenge, a unique opportunity for high school students around the world to learn about entrepreneurship while putting their ideas into action and providing them with opportunities to foster new, global connections. The Challenge consists of 4 rounds in order to land in the finals (submission, preliminary, semifinal, and final rounds).

    Out of the 700 teams competing, Andrew Cramer (and his CampusSelect product) won a package worth over $7,000 in prizes including the semifinalist award! Congrats, Andrew! We are proud of all your recent accomplishments and wish you luck at the Wharton School of UPenn in the fall.
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  • Odyssey of the Mind Qualifies for Worlds!

    Congratulations to our SCH Upper School Pennsylvania State Odyssey of the Mind team who won a Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award (for the team who exhibited exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. Ranatra Fusca is the term for a classification of water insect.)
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  • March

    SCH takes the Engineering Inspiration Award at Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament

    At the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics district championship tournament held at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy this past weekend, SCH’s Team 1218 Vulcan Robotics was awarded one of the highly-regarded special awards: The Engineering Inspiration Award.  This honor  “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.” Team 1218 also came in 4th in a field of over 30 high school teams. Congratulations to all!

    Fan alert:  Team 1218 will be competing next at Hatboro Horsham High School on Friday (3/30) and Saturday (3/31).
     
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  • South Korea’s First Astronaut—a Woman—Visits SCH Academy

    Last week Lower and Middle School girls were treated to a visit by So-yeon Yi, South Korea’s first and only astronaut, who traveled to space in 2008 on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Dr. Yi was selected as an astronaut out of 36,000 contestants vying for the title of South Korea’s First Astronaut. During her animated and often amusing conversation with the girls, Yi shared a message of formidable resilience—one of the school’s core values—and answered questions such as “who was your greatest teacher” (her mother) and—her most popular question—“how do you sleep in space?” While at SCH, Yi also met with young entrepreneurs from the school's Venture Incubator program and visited with staff and students from the award-winning robotics program. Dr. Yi is pictured here with Dr. Vanessa Chan, SCH parent and Professor of Practice, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UPenn, who arranged for Yi's visit.
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  • SCH “Curesaders” honored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    A trio of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students calling themselves the “Curesaders” raised an incredible $26,184 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program, earning them the organization’s prestigious “Mission Award.”  Sophomores Caden Traversari, Annie McDonald, and Vince Sciarrotta’s tireless work and enterprise were recently recognized at the LLS Students of the Year Grand Finale. The Mission Award—voted on by LLS staff and members of the board of trustees of the Eastern PA chapter—is given to the student or group of students who are the best advocates of the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the seven-week campaign. The Mission Award goes to the individual or team that “keeps our patients, their families and the people that the funds raised will impact, on the forefront of their campaign and continuously share that information with their donors and supporters.” Caden, Annie, and Vince stated, “It has truly been an honor to represent such an outstanding organization that is doing the right things with the funds that it raises.”  The Curesaders are pictured at the Grand Finale: (left to right) Caden Traversari, Vince Sciarrotta, and Annie McDonald.
     
     
     
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  • SCH Odyssey of the Mind team moves to State Finals

    For the second consecutive year, the SCH Upper School Odyssey of the Mind team has WON the regional competition and is on their way to the PA State Finals. Odyssey of the Mind HQ is the world's largest creative problem-solving competition #CEL#UpperSCHool #Entrepreneurs #SCHproud#CreativeProblemSolvers 🙌
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  • February

    What can we learn from mud?


    ~ Anya Rose, Lower School Boys Science Teacher 

    On the day we planned to have Science in the Woods, it was a muddy 50 degrees in January. What to do with all this mud? Should we postpone our outdoor session? The kids would just get dirty, and not all of them were prepared with the right clothing. We went out anyway and I used the weather to my advantage. “Nature is always teaching, as long as you are paying attention.” I learned that from the wilderness school where I used to teach at the White Pine Programs in Cape Neddick, Maine. And as Julie Lythcott-Haims said in her recent parent program at SCH, we must find ways to encourage unbounded curiosity and independent thought in our students. Science in the Woods provides students with ways to learn about natural history, and science, yes, but also respect, thoughtfulness, decision making, preparedness, resilience, courage, and self-reliance. On this particular day, I used mud, water, and the cold to teach these lessons.

     
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  • January

    SCH Announces Approval of New, Contemporary Lower School Building and Commons

    McCausland Family Foundation Makes Lead Gift of $5M for Phase II of SCH’s Campus Master Plan
     
    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) has announced that its Board of Trustees approved plans to begin Phase II of the school’s Campus Master Plan, the centerpiece of which is a new, contemporary building for the Lower School. This building will be called the McCausland Lower School and Commons, named after the McCausland family, who provided a $5 million gift to the school via the McCausland Family Foundation.

    Perched on 10 acres of SCH woods adjacent to the Wissahickon watershed, the McCausland Lower School and Commons will be designed for today’s SCH learners, who engage in independent and group activities, self-directed learning, outdoor experiences, interdisciplinary projects, and designing, building, and prototyping. The new building will house boys and girls in Pre-K through 4th grade.The Lower School learning experience will remain single-sex, with gender- and age-specific classrooms, while challenging students in a rigorous curriculum both inside and outside the classroom. Renderings of the building can be found at www.sch.org/campusmasterplan

    “A new, modern building for our youngest students will further enhance their learning experience at our school,” said Steve Druggan, SCH Head of School. “This space is designed to showcase SCH’s standout educational program, one that is forward-thinking and nurturing, and will serve as the latest example of SCH’s position as a leader in educational thought and practice.”

    In 2012, the Board of Trustees of SCH Academy established an ambitious and comprehensive multi-phase, multi-year redesign of the school’s 62-acre campus, including new construction, facility renovation, redistribution of the academic divisions, and improved traffic flow and parking. Phase I of the Campus Master Plan, called “Common Ground,” was completed in October 2014 and provides a unified campus with an athletic complex, significant stormwater management, and Maguire Stadium as chief accomplishments.

    “Throughout the last four decades, Bonnie and Peter McCausland have been leading supporters at Springside School, Chestnut Hill Academy, and now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy,” said Richard Hayne, SCH Board Chair and Founder, URBN. “Likewise, Bonnie, Peter, and their family recognize the importance of making a commitment of this magnitude to our new Lower School, which is critical to delivering our mission. We are immensely grateful.”

    The McCausland family—Peter and Bonnie, and their children Christopher and Elizabeth—enjoy a long and generous history with both Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy and have already supported several previous capital projects, including the McCausland Dining Pavilion and the McCausland Squash Courts. Peter served on the Board of Trustees at Springside School, and Bonnie served on the Chestnut Hill Academy Board of Trustees. Both Chris and Elizabeth are “lifers” of the school, graduating in 2000 and 2002, respectively.  

    “It was a family decision led by my children, Chris and Lizzie, who have many fond memories of their days at CHA and Springside,” said Peter McCausland, Chairman and CEO of Airgas. “This gift is a vote of confidence in the school and its administration for the great job they do, with a sincere thank you to the people who make this community so special. It’s a wonderful community and we are happy to be able to support it.”

    With the McCausland gift and other funds that have been contributed for this project, SCH has raised 90 percent of the funds needed for the $34 million capital campaign and is continuing its Phase II fundraising efforts. SCH expects to put a ceremonial shovel in the ground this spring and to open the new Lower School building to students in the fall of 2019. For more information about the Campus Master Plan, please visit www.sch.org/campusmasterplan.
     
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