Sewickley Academy's Senior School Quiz Bowl team members seniors Cooper Cheng and Nicholas Valenta and sophomore Rebecca Glass competed on Hometown High-Q, KDKA-TV’s quiz show, this past weekend, which filmed on Saturday, October 12. The Panthers won with a score of 565 points – 175 points more than the closest team they faced!
Middle School Teacher Honors Tree of Life in Lesson Plan “To be a Stronger Tree”
On October 27, 2018, 11 lives were taken during the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. A year later, we are still mourning the loss of our community members. Communities, families, and educators alike are figuring out ways to make sense out of senseless acts, and organizations like Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) are leading the way in these efforts. CBW is challenging teachers to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the attack by creating lesson plans to educate students about hate and how to resist it.
At its third meeting, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee focused on understanding the major themes from the surveys that were conducted in December.
The committee broke into smaller working groups based on constituents (faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumni) and examined what the data revealed about what issues are of particular interest to each stakeholder group. Of additional interest were the number of places where there was significant congruence of views among all stakeholders – e.g. the importance of Educational Vigor as a Core Value of the school.
It is worth noting that the Steering Committee includes students from both the Middle and Senior Schools who have dazzled the adult members of the group with their thoughtfulness, insights, and cogent and elegant articulation of their thinking. They have truly represented what a Sewickley Academy education strives to achieve: engagement, curiosity, thoughtful problem-solving, and the power to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The conclusions of each of the break-out groups were recorded so that our consultant will be able to share them with the participants of the Visioning Conference in March. In the next several weeks, our consultant will also be conducting focus groups around four emerging areas of interest:
Centers for Excellence: developing signature programs and finding, investing in, and capitalizing on the differentiating aspects of SA
Connected Campus: advancing partnerships for learning beyond the campus bubble
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: shaping, communicating, and living a commitment to diversity
Community Outreach: cultivating community engagement and strengthening community outreach
These sessions will conclude the data-gathering component of the overall process, which has included community forums for faculty and staff, students, parents, and alumni; interviews with key thought-leaders in the community; and the surveys. All of the information gathered will be distilled and shared with the participants during the Visioning Conference on March 1 and 2.
An additional update will be shared after the conference.