Moshe Baran Inspires 8th Grade to Learn from History of Holocaust

Students in Grade 8 this week sat down with Mr. Moshe Baran, a survivor of the Holocaust, a member of the resistance army, and a long-time friend of Sewickley Academy. Before this visit, students had finished their unit in English class on the power of words and Elie Wiesel’s masterwork, Night. They had also visited the United States Holocaust Memorial

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Top Five Moments from Last UFO

A group of brave students and faculty came out last Friday night for another UFO (Unidentified Friday Opportunity). While they did not know where we were going when they signed up, they brought with them a healthy sense of adventure and a growing confidence to be themselves. Here are my top five moments from seeing our students on the trip.

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CATCH This: Who Will We Help?

Earlier in the week students began this year’s CATCH program. CATCH, which stands for Children’s Actions That Create Hope, is a large part of our philanthropy and service program in the Middle School. Each grade of students is in charge of making a donation  from an endowed fund at Sewickley Academy to a charitable organization of their choice. Students choose

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Students Confront Bullying in Their Own Words

The Community Builders sponsored a Spirit Beam competition last week that asked all advisories to make their own poster to confront the bullying that happens around us at school. To help students understand the intent of the posters – to end the behaviors that exclude people at school – the Community Builders showed a video from another middle school in

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Reflecting on Friday’s Day of Service

By all accounts the Academy’s Day of Service last Friday was a success for everyone involved. Our students learned more about how to make a contribution to the larger society. They learned more about the value that their work, and even their attention to a cause, can mean to people in the “real world”. Our faculty, who already get to

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Young Reader Recommendations: books that deal with race

Last month, in the season of top-everything lists, NPR published a recommended list of books that deal with race for young adult readers. The list, which you can view here along with the many comments, piqued the interest of our Middle School English faculty, who know a thing or two about adolescents and how so many of them gravitate to novels about

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Kim Phuc Inspires Us with Strength, Forgiveness, and Humor

The Middle School enjoyed a moving presentation yesterday from Ms. Kim Phuc, who spoke as part of the Sewickley Series about her life after being “the girl in the picture” from the Vietnam War. Talking with students and faculty members afterwards, it seemed that each person was touched by a different part of her story. For some it was the

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