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  • March

    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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  • 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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