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  • October

    Middle School Boys present check to Strawberry Mansion Learning Center.

    With the funds raised through three dress down day, Middle School boys were able to present a check for $120 to Kevin Upshar, founder of the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center. Last year's Student Council president Philip McDowell '21 returned to the Chapel for a Middle School Boys' assembly and made the presentation this week. Strawberry Mansion Learning Center is an afterschool safe-haven for kids that came to the attention of SCH Middle School boys through Philip and his father Bill McDowell '75.
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  • SCH’s celebrated mural travels up the road to the Woodmere Art Museum’s retrospective

    “A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance”
    Inspiration for a temporary placeholder for the bare spot in the library comes from visiting artist Matthew Borgen
    If you’ve walked through the Henry Library on our Willow Grove Campus recently, you may have noticed a change on a prominent wall on the northern end of the library. In the space that had displayed an early 20th century, three-paneled oil mural by Violet Oakley (1874-1961), you will now find a framed digital triptych in the graphic style of comics from the 1930s to 1950s and science fiction that was created by local artist Matthew Borgen. The inspiration behind the change of this space is a story about community, legacy, and the school’s commitment to the visual arts.
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  • September

    SCH posts new mission statement and values

    After a collaborative effort from the school community, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy officially unveiled its new mission statement in conjunction with the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The initiative was led by Dr. Stephen Druggan, SCH Head of School, who took over the position in July of last year.

    See full article in the Chestnut Hill Local (9/27/17)
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  • Capstone kicks off with the founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative

    SCH Academy’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is a hallmark program that encourages students to develop the skills and mindset that will enable them to be resourceful, courageous, and resilient problem solvers who are ready to address 21st century challenges. In 10th grade, our students embark on a self-directed Capstone project that enables them to explore an interest or passion by developing an app, a product invention, a social impact initiative, or new media product. What better way to kick off the Capstone season than with an inspiring visit from social entrepreneur and innovator Bernice Dapaah, founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative.
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  • Springside Alum is inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

    This September, the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inducted nine new members in a ceremony in Hunt Valley, MD. Among those honored was Leslie Blankin Lane, from the Springside Class of 1975.  “Lane will be inducted as a truly great player,” says the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Lane was also inducted into the Springside Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

    Read bio here: Leslie Lane inducted into National Hall of Fame
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  • Bring on the 2017-2018 school year!

    To celebrate the official launch of a new school year, students, faculty, and parents came together in Maguire Stadium for the second year of a new tradition—an all-SCHool parade.
    With jubilee ribbons waving on a stunning September morning, over 1300 members of the community followed bagpipers from all corners of campus and congregated to hear remarks from Head of School Dr. Steve Druggan, student leaders, and representatives from the school’s Parents Association and two Alumni Associations. 
    Kicking off with “Welcome Here,” musical interludes from the Chamber Singers, the Honors orchestra, music faculty, and soloists set the tone for students to think big and dream big dreams, including one from the legendary Lennon: “… Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can | No need for greed or hunger | A brotherhood of man | Imagine all the people sharing all the world …”
    Seniors Seth Rabinowitz and Samiyah Wardlaw shared letters written by their younger selves to help frame how students might approach the promise of a new year and Dr. Druggan retrieved an archival letter from his grandmother with advice on the occasion of his 10th birthday.  In addition to encouragement not to spend his $1 birthday money all in one place, and to eat your meals slowly, she wrote:   “Be thoughtful.” 
    Interestingly, “thoughtful” is one of SCH’s new core values and resonates with a refrain often heard from Dr. Druggan: “Take care of yourself and take care of others.”
    Enjoy the video clips from the parade/remarks/performances here:
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  • SCH junior Mo’ne Davis is on TIME!

    We remember her name!
    SCH junior Mo’ne Davis lands on national magazine cover #3 this week—joining Sports Illustrated and SI Kids when she was named the “2014 Sports Kid of the year.” Mo’ne, the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in Little League World Series was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s “FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing the World” with Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Rodham Clinton and 7 other featured covers and 32 others who are changing the world.
    “The first time I walked out onto the field to pitch, the other team said I wasn’t going to be good ... When they saw me face the first batter, they were shocked. ... Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean anything. I kept getting better, and the game got better.” - Mo’ne Davis
    Mo’ne, we are so proud of you! Congratulations from the whole SCH community!
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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.

    Fearless hope through radical empathy

    ~ Polly Kimberly, Associate Director of College Counseling and Upper School Diversity Coordinator
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  • August

    SCH students capture voices of veterans

    As part of their senior project during the last few weeks of the year, SCH graduates Wilson Jones, of Chestnut Hill, Wrede, of Lafayette Hill, and Markos, of Ambler, interviewed 30 veterans for the Whitemarsh Veterans Monument Project, a memorial that will be erected in Miles Park in Lafayette Hill. The SCH graduates hope that the videos will ultimately become part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

    See full story by Sue Ann Rybak in the Chestnut Hill Local (8/8/17)
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  • Senior Emily McNesby is selected to ALL-USA Preseason Girls Soccer Team

    Congratulations to Emily McNesby '18 for being selected to the ALL-USA Preseason Girls Soccer Team selection by American Family Insurance. The 2017-18 team was selected based on past performance, level of competition and strength of schedule. Only players from states that compete in the fall season were considered. Emily led her team, which made it to the Pennsylvania Independent State final for the first time, with 30 goals and 12 assists.
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  • June

    SCH Matt Rahill is a Lacrosse All-American

    Matt Rahill closes out an outstanding athletic career at SCH as an All-American for lacrosse. Matt was also 1st team All Inter-Ac and 1st Team All-Eastern Pennsylvania as both a junior and senior. He will continue playing lacrosse for the University of Maryland next year, the 2017 NCAA DI Champions. Congratulations, Matt!
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  • May

    Photo: Parent and WSE co-founder Mark Greenberg, Emma Stern ’20, and Marcus Noel, co-founder of WSE.

    3rd Place for 9th grade Emma Stern in World Series of Entrepreneurship

    On Thursday, May 18, seven high school entrepreneurship teams were awarded prizes at the inaugural World Series of Entrepreneurship (WSE) regional competition held at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
    SCH 9th grader Emma Stern took home 3rd place for her venture, NeuronFive. NeuronFive is an online tool that allows for collaborative learning between students and teachers. Read more. Photo: Parent and WSE co-founder Mark Greenberg, Emma Stern ’20, and Marcus Noel, co-founder of WSE.
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  • Jamieson Wade ’19 is the U.S. Chess Champion K-12 Under 1600!

    Three days … seven games … seven wins … undefeated! SCH sophomore Jamieson Wade became the U.S. Chess Champion K-12 Under 1600 over Mother’s Day weekend when he traveled to Nashville, TN to compete in the Chess Federation’s SuperNationals, the national championship for chess in the United States. Over 5,500 participants competed over all, and Jamieson competed in the K-12 section for players rated under 1600 in a field of 490. Jamieson’s shortest game took 2 hours and 40 minutes, his longest was 3 hours and 25 minutes, and he was the only undefeated player in his section. Jamieson shares his love of chess with his younger brother at The Philadelphia School where he has been working on the game with the TPS youngsters. 
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  • The Maine Event Golf Tourney raises $885,000 for The Jordie Maine ’79 Scholarship Fund ... and they’re still counting!

    Over 400 family and friends came together to pay tribute to Jordie Maine ’79 at the “sell-out” golf tournament event in his name on Monday. All proceeds from the Maine Event will benefit a newly established scholarship created in Jordie’s memory at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, ensuring that his legacy will live on through its recipients, scholar-athletes who exemplifiy Jordie’s incredible character, talent, and leadership abilities. Read more: The Maine Event
    (Photo: the extended Maine family with Gerry Klingman, event chair, and Steve Druggan at post-golf dinner.)
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  • Local girls’ ADs honor top athletes

    Many congratulations to Mason Rode ’17, who was the Girls’ Inter-Academic Athletic Directors’ Award honoree representing SCH at a banquet held recently at The Baldwin School. The honorees are senior multi-sport athletes who are outstanding in their respective sports and are team leaders. Girls are selected for their sportsmanship, focus, tenacity, coachability, and intensity. Each honoree proudly represents her team, her school, and the League. Mason, you make us proud!
    Mason is pictured here with Head of School Steve Druggan, AD Tina O’Malley, her lacrosse coach Kasey Mock, and Betty Ann Fish, chair of the Physical Education Department.
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  • SCH Mathletes take 1st place in Purple Comet competition

    Congratulations to the SCH Middle School boys who took home 1st place in the Purple Comet! Math Meet. They won in the category of “small” middle schools (1-400 students) in a field of nine teams. In the broader field of all 36 middle schools in the state, they tied for 2nd place. 
    The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, online, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003. This is the second year SCH has competed. Way to go, SCH mathletes!
    Representing SCH are JJ Detweiler (Grade 6), Teddy Tasman (Grade 7), Danny O'Connor (Grade 6), and Zach Schapiro (Grade 7).
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  • Lower School poets put poems in pockets around the city

    For our second annual Poetry Celebration—begun last year to spread poetry throughout the school for National “Poem in Your Pocket Day”—Lower School boys adopted “Paint the Halls with Poetry” as a theme. Walk through the school building and you will see their colorful “paint.” Throughout April, national poetry month, the boys engaged with writing and poetry and authors through a different activity—they decorated T-shirts, created Poet-rees, trees with leaves embellished with poems written by the boys, enjoyed a Poetry Read Aloud with parents and fans, and created art from a line of poetry that will become a permanent fixture in the school. Today, they met and listened to acclaimed author and poet Ralph Fletcher, who shared stories about his writing process and how his childhood inspired some of his books and poems.
    Look for our Poem In Your Pocket boxes in Chestnut Hill and beyond; there are boxes at 30 locations around town where shop customers can grab an original poem and take it home with them.
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  • SCH students partake in city-wide Science Festival with a local touch

    SCH students partake in city-wide Science Festival with a local touch

    For the fifth straight year, SCH science students served as role models and mentors for Philadelphia elementary school students at local libraries as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Neighborhood After School Program. This year students helped kids design and build gravity-powered cars using recycled water bottles. Junior Emma Godshall, on the outreach team, shared, “This was a wonderful experience. It was endearing to see the little kids so excited to learn about gravity and build their cars. They had tons of energy, all of which went into productive fun.”
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  • April

    Cum Laude students honored this week

    This week, we ushered in 22 new members of the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Cum Laude Society; they join the 12 seniors who were inducted as juniors last year. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor. The Cum Laude inductees enjoyed a rousing standing “O” at the assembly held in their honor. In his remarks, Dr. Druggan highlighted important virtues that make us all better people: caring deeply, realistic optimism, and courage.
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  • Bananas? Mealworms? Sleep? Meditation? Green Tea? Read on!

    These topics and more earned 14 students honors and awards at the 38th annual George Washington Carver Science Fair.

    Congratulations to the strong showing by SCH biology students—once again!—for top honors at this year’s George Washington Carver Science Fair. Students display their research and present their work to a group of judges/scientists and compete against the best 11th and 12th grade students in the city of Philadelphia, including Central High School, Masterman, Science Leadership Academy, Girls’ High School, Science and Engineering, Philadelphia Academy Charter School, Germantown Friends School.

    14 of 15 students received honors this year! SCH students won 1st place medals in 4 of the 8 categories that they entered. In addition, students won a variety of specialty awards.
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  • More athletes to celebrate!

    More athletes to celebrate!

    SCH celebrates NCAA Signing Days with in-school ceremonies at the specified dates throughout the year. Our most recent event included students who have committed to playing a D3 sport at the college level for 17-18: (front row, l to r): Chloe Burns, University of Scranton, basketball; Gabby Dunning, Gettysburg College, lacrosse; Maggie King, Wellesley College, field hockey; back row (l to r): Jazmin Contreras, Wesley College, soccer; Morgan Fitton-Zellers, Franklin and Marshall College, lacrosse; Jack Cucinotta, Gettysburg College, football; and Matt Hoffman, Ithaca College, football.
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  • Coach Paul Hines inducted into the City All Star Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

    The Philly Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place this week with over 30 members of the unofficial Paul Hines Fan Club in attendance. Each year the PA Sports Hall of Fame inducts area greats, including athletes, administrators, coaches, and those involved in sports medicine and sports media, and the City All Star Chapter honors outstanding sports personalities from the Greater Philadelphia area sports communities.
    Since 1981, Coach Hines has been coaching and teaching at Chestnut Hill Academy, now SCH. With over 30 years dedicated to his practice, his accomplishments filled a full page in the evening’s program book: He has run 49 marathons, 19 straight in Boston; he was named the PAISSA Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2013; and he co-founded The Greater Philadelphia Track Club. His full list of credits was shared in the evening’s program book. We are proud to have you on the team, Coach Hines! See full write up here: Paul Hines
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  • March

    SCH trio named Students of the Year by LLS

    Congratulations to 11th graders Cayla McElwee, Mina Dragani, and Paige Aloise, who were recently honored as Students of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their outstanding fundraising efforts this year. The girls put together several fundraising activities such as a 5k run and 1 mile walk, various raffles, cards for Valentine’s Day, and an auction that yielded $12,412 for cancer research and prevention. Way to go, girls!
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  • Team 1218 takes 2nd at Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Tournament

    Congratulations are in order to FIRST Team 1218 Vulcan Robotics! The team finished as a District Event Finalist at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Tournament, coming in 2nd behind the 3rd ranked alliance. Equally outstanding, Team 1218 was awarded the coveted District Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school and community. After finishing 7-5 in the Qualification rounds, Team 1218 was chosen by the 8th ranked alliance to make a run in the quarterfinals. Paired up with AIM Academy and Eastern High, Team 1218 took down the 1st ranked alliance, advancing to the semifinals, and winning that round after a dramatic tie and rematch! Team 1218 advanced to the final round where a tough best of three battle ensued! 
    The team will compete next at the Seneca District event on March 25th and 26th, at which they compete to qualify for the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Championship on April 5th at 6th at Lehigh University. 

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  • SCHience Dominates at PJAS Science Fair


    65 1st place winners and 6 PERFECT scores!

    On March 4, SCH's high school science students in Honors Physics (Grade 9) and Honors Chemistry (Grade 10) participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regional science fair and placed exceptionally well in a field of 400 competitors. Congrats to the 65 of 90 SCH students who earned 1st place and to the six of the first place winners who earned perfect scores. The first-place winners will compete in the statewide competition hosted by Penn State in State College in late May. Way to go SCHience!
    Want to be impressed?  Take a look at the projects of our PERFECT score winners!
    • Sabrina Wang: "The Electric Viola: How do the Design and Materials Used to Make a Viola Affect the Sound it Produces?" 
    • Julianna Smith: "The Effect of Temperature on the Rate of Radioactive Decay"
    • Luna Moskal: "Temperature Increase of Different Oils"
    • Zach Schapiro: "Can Hydrogen Fuel Cells Be Enhanced to Become the Power of the Future?" 
    • Drake Morewood: "Comparing Sunspot Observations with NOAA Space Weather Data"
    • Anne McDonald: "Hop On That Horse: The Physics of Equestrian Show Jumping"
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  • Aloise (center) joins Heads of School past and present—Priscilla Sands and Steve Druggan—at awards ceremony.

    SCH CFO Frank Aloise Wins Prestigious Leadership Award

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s chief financial officer Frank V. Aloise Jr. has just been honored with the National Business Officers Association’s (NBOA) Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award in recognition of his nearly two decades of financial stewardship. Aloise joined Springside School in 2000, and in 2011he led the complex financial tasks associated with merging the two distinctive business operations of Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy into a sustainable, financially sound entity.
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  • Inaugural "Odyssey of the Mind" Team Brings Home 1st Place Medals

    SCH is proud of its innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that is helping prepare our students to tackle the 21st century’s most challenging problems. We also have an exceptional arts program that encourages creativity in fine art, photography and music. Thanks to support from CEL and Ed Glassman and an amazing group of parent volunteers—led by Michelle Farbstein—SCH had its first experience with the popular Odyssey of the Mind (OM). OM is a great example of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program that inspires high school students to work together and solve multiple creative challenges that are designed to be fun and open-ended. The 2017 challenges ranged from designing and building an original robot that can show human characteristics when doing tasks to creating an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration behind famous works of art. SCH’s team of intrepid 9th graders—Michael Jarema, Teresa Matthews, Maya Schwenderman, Riley Farbstein, Betsy Chandler, Luna Moskal, and Emma Stern (left to right in photo above)placed first in the southeast regional division! Next stop is the state competition in Pittsburgh on April 1!
    Odyssey team members perform for judges in the drama portion of the 2017 Challenge.
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  • Reduce Your Environmental Impact: One Bite at a Time

    SCH’s bold steps to eliminate waste on campus were the focus of a workshop at the recent National Business Officers Association (NBOA) annual conference. Chief Financial Officer Frank Aloise, science teacher Carie Szalay, and sustainability consultants Mary Ann Boyer and Anne Sudduth gave an interactive presentation to NBOA members titled “Reduce Your Environmental Impact: One Bite at a Time.” Some of the “bites” include a “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign to encourage water bottle refilling, an Ugly Mug Drive to stock a green coffee station, waste stations that include compost bins, and the adoption of reusable plates and flatware. More than 21 disposable or single-use products were eliminated as a result of the cafeteria’s zero-waste initiatives and the school was the first in the state to earn Certified Green Restaurant designation. The school is proud to highlight its green footprints and showcase how SCH has saved resources, reduced environmental impacts, and increased student awareness across its entire campus.
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    Presenters (left to right) are Anne Sudduth and Mary Ann Boyer of Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants, Frank Aloise, and Carie Szalay.
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  • And we danced ... and danced... and raised 5K!

    SCH Upper School students raised $5,497.57 for Pediatric Cancer at their Mini-THON on March 3rd. Several students—Caroline Clarke ’19, Midora Middleton ’17, Annabel Grove ’17, and Audrey Hinchey ’17—organized a fun-filled, spirited afternoon of games and dancing for the entire student body to do good in the fight against pediatric cancer. Clarke worked to develop the concept for her 9th grade CEL capstone, and then recruited a team of committed volunteers this year to organize “Dance for a Cure,” a joyful afternoon and evening of dancing, playing games like Human Hungry Hippos, giant Twister, Gaga and more, Zumba practice, and a demo by the newly formed SCH dance quad. The impressive $5,497.57 raised supports Four Diamonds organization which directs funds for cancer research, care, and direct family support at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Bravo, SCH students!
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  • How do you define freedom?

    ~ Mel Graves '17

    The Springside Chestnut Hill Academy SCHout 2017 diversity conference was the culmination of months of hard work and commitment. It was exciting to see our work come to life and to be in a space full of love, understanding, and radical empathy.
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  • February

    Photo credit: Tom Utescher, Chestnut Hill Local

    Elite milestone reached for forward Nya Searight '18

    SCH junior forward Nya Searight was joined by her family center court—during an away matchup with Baldwin—after she reached the 1000-point milestone in career scoring. 
    Read the full story in the Chestnut Hill Local (2/6/17) here.  
    (Photo and story by Tom Utescher)
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  • Tyson with parents and coach.

    SCH football players sign on "National Signing Day"

    SCH seniors Tyson Hugee (Columbia), Evan Krawczuk (Widener), and Justin Telemaque (Kutztown) joined other athletes around the country with their commitments to play football next year on “National Signing Day."
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  • January

    Entrepreneurship at the Core of Private School Programming

    ~ Ed Glassman, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

    "Independent schools traditionally determine success by whether you get into your favorite college. CEL turns that on its head."
    Inspired School Marketers interviewed SCH’s Ed Glassman for their “The Sparkcast,” a podcast providing brilliant ideas and brain food for the private school market. We invite you to enjoy the full recording here. Highlights and excerpts follow.
    The Sparkcast:
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of today’s grade school kids will end up in a job that hasn’t been invented yet. Ed Glassman is Executive Director of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership where they have developed a program that takes on this paradigm and “embodies a bold and innovative vision that challenges the constraints of traditional education, preparing students to change the world through an entrepreneurial mindset—a mindset of curiosity and courageous creativity.” The Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at SCH strives to develop students who will shape this uncertain future.
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  • Be informed ... Be inspired ... SCH Speaker Series

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