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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Three Memories to Close the School Year

Here are the remarks I delivered to close this year’s Awards Ceremony: As we end the school year, it’s natural to think back over the important things that have happened to us this year. Your list will include some of the greatest challenges you faced in your classes or activities. It will likely include something about the relationships with friends

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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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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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Thinking about Hearts, Minds, and Hands in Israel

The time is quickly approaching when we will return together to share our summer adventures and begin a new school year. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with other administrators and teachers from independent schools in the Pittsburgh area. Our tour took us to schools and towns along the still young borders with Lebanon and Syria.

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