Alumna Donates Masks to Sewickley Academy, Other Local Schools and Local Organizations
Elizabeth “Betsy” (Wiegand ’91) Wentz teamed up with Jason Leviere of Santom Upholstery in Ross Township to produce masks for local businesses in an effort to do their part to contribute and help support those who need protective equipment. Betsy, owner of Betsy Wentz Interior Design in Sewickley, purchased the fabric from Thibaut Fabrics and Santom Upholstery provided the labor.
Four Grade 5 Students Receive Community of Respect Award
As Virtual School wrapped up for the year, Head of Lower School Ryan Baxter notified four Grade 5 students – Giovanni, Bella, Nicholas, and Isabela – that they were this year’s Community of Respect Award recipients.
Grade 8 Students Honored with the Annual John W. Heagy Award
Head of Middle School Dr. Shannon Mulholland announced Abby and Max as the winners of the John W. Heagy Award, which has been given annually since 1994, during the Grade 8 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Sewickley Academy is proud to congratulate four seniors – Mira Bhatia, Connery Brown, Catherine Cable, Eirnin Mahoney – who are graduating as Honor Thespians through the International Thespian Society (ITS).
Sewickley Academy Inducts Eight New Students into the Cum Laude Society
On May 18, 2020, Sewickley Academy’s Senior School hosted a virtual ceremony to honor the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of students during the annual Awards Ceremony, which included an induction presentation for the newest members of the Cum Laude Society.
Last night, the Steering Committee met to continue their work on strategic planning on behalf of the school.
Things are moving along swiftly, and the following has been accomplished so far:
15 interviews have been conducted with key internal (members of our community) and external (friends of the Academy) thought leaders
Six forums have been held to gather the thoughts of Middle and Senior School Students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni
The Steering Committee, working with the initial data generated by the interviews and forums with respect to the Academy’s strengths, opportunities, and areas for future focus, has developed four constituent surveys to supplement and validate our initial findings.
These surveys will provide every single Middle and Senior School student, faculty and staff member, parent, and alumnus/a an opportunity to contribute to our planning process. In fact, the success of our process will depend on how many members of our community choose to participate. Last evening, the Steering Committee meeting was a learning experience or case study in why it is so important to have a variety of diverse voices at the table. In the group developing the surveys for students, adults read a question one way, but the students read it differently. This led to some judicious editing to ensure that it would be clear what, exactly, we are asking students. I hope that this small but significant example of the power of diversity at work will inspire everyone to put in their “two cents!”
Surveys will be distributed electronically on November 26 and will remain open until December 12. Our team of consultants at Concentrics will complete an analysis of the data collected and present findings to the Steering Committee, which will meet again on January 23.
Things are beginning to pick up speed, and it is exciting to see some common themes beginning to emerge. Stay tuned for further updates, and please be sure to join in by responding to the survey!