What is Mindfulness? At its simplest, mindfulness can be defined as “paying curious attention to what is happening right now.” That being said, there is a misconception that mindfulness will clear your mind or eliminate negative sensations. Nothing could be further from the truth. With mindfulness, you use the tools of your breath, your body, and your ...
For their final exams, Shipley Seniors in Ms. Greenberg’s 21st Century English Class undertook creating their own presentations inspired by TED Talks. In this week’s post, student Sam Lazarus ‘17 walks us through what the experience taught him. 1. Start with YOU When we first began thinking of a topic, my classmates and I found it to be almost ...
What is Mindfulness? At its simplest, mindfulness can be defined as “paying curious attention to what is happening right now.” That being said, there is a misconception that mindfulness will clear your mind or eliminate negative sensations. Nothing could be further from the truth. With mindfulness, you use the tools of your breath, your body, and your ...
Confidence to Explore: Breaking Barriers with Everwaters Co-Founder Matt Lisle '11
At a recent All School Assembly, Matt Lisle '11 shared how his experience as a Shipley student helped him gain the Confidence to Explore, looking beyond the traditional path to co-found water filtration company Everwaters. I was a lifer at Shipley, so Shipley certainly had an influence on me when I was growing up. If I had to choose the most ...
With Winter Break upon us, there’s no better time to curl up with a good book. Below, you’ll find Shipley faculty and staff’s recommendations for great reads across genres. Fiction: 1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Jodi's stories are engaging right from the start. She does thorough investigation of her topics and I often follow up by ...
Let me set the stage for you: I’m at home, and I’m going into the other room to talk to my son. I step inside, and he’s on his laptop working on something. He sees me, and then it’s swipe swipe – a completely blank screen. Our conversation is shut down before it’s even started. While the concept of how to spark parent/child communication is ...
I love teaching — it’s my passion. Growing up, I never planned on becoming a teacher, but after accepting an opportunity to spend one year in the classroom after finishing school (many years ago), I was hooked! I feel fortunate to have found my way to Shipley, where I can share my love of learning math with students every day. As I start my ...
From student to alumna to colleague and parent, Jenn Devine '98 has gotten to know Shipley from the inside out. At this year's Thanksgiving All School Assembly, she reflected on her Shipley journey, what the school community gave her, and how she's giving back. When I was a child, I thought, no, I counted on, every problem having only one solution. I ...
As the Shipley community prepares for conferences on November 17 and 18, we thought we would repost some tips from our teachers on how to get the most out of the conferences. Focusing on the student and the importance of the partnership between the teacher and the parent/guardian is timeless advice! As the leaves fall and the days shorten, parents and ...
In my twenty-five years as Head of School, I have watched seven presidential elections unfold. In more than two decades, no election season has been as tumultuous as in 2016. As November 8 draws closer, the tensions run hotter, and I think of the passionate young Americans who are experiencing politics at this level, center stage, for the first time in ...
Shipley has been fortunate to welcome Dr. Anthony Rostain, professor and Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania to campus several times this fall to speak with our students, faculty/staff, and parents/guardians about loss and suicide. Dr. Rostain’s blog post “Talking with Children About Suicide” was ...
We asked Shipley’s Little Acorns for advice to give their Mighty Oaks as they graduate from Shipley and head off to college. From tips on health and hygiene, to academics and making friends, Shipley’s youngest students show that they really know what it takes to succeed college... and in life.
Shipley hosts a large College Fair every spring (this year’s fair is May 24). This event is a great opportunity for students to get a first introduction to admissions representatives from over 100 colleges and universities and learn about their programs and admissions processes. (Shipley sophomores and their parents are encouraged to attend.) Here's a short list of college fair tips from Shipley's Director of College Counseling, Janet Kobosky.
Beginning the Journey to College: Five Tips for Parents of Sophomores
As a parent, helping your child find the right college can seem like a challenge. Where do you start? What do you need to do to make sure your son/daughter gets into a college or university that’s the best fit for him/her? At Shipley, our college counselors guide families through the college admissions process. This process sends students on a personal journey to find the best college or university for their interests and goals. There are many questions along the way. To get started, here are five tips from our Director of College Counseling, Janet Kobosky, for parents of underclassmen to help jump-start their child’s journey to college.
Interdisciplinary Department Chair Sunny Greenberg shares her thoughts on interdisciplinary education—why schools are adopting this model of teaching and learning, how it’s changing student assessments, and what the future holds for this approach.
As Director of Enrollment Management and a private school parent, Amy Clemons sees firsthand the benefits of a private school education. Learn about why she thinks a private school like Shipley is worth the investment.
Access the expanded online content version of the Spring 2016 issue of the Shipley Magazine. Read about how To Kill a Mockingbird helps seventh graders learn about abstract thinking, explore what Grace for the Doing means, see how Shipley’s new MakerSpace is taking STEAM learning to the next level, find out why we’re so proud of our college counseling process, and much more!
Academic Milestone: Seventh Graders Make the Leap with To Kill a Mockingbird
“Students are all on a path from concrete to abstract thinking, and my job is to get students further down that path,” explains English teacher Kirsten Small. Every student makes the leap, she says, and it usually takes place during her class’s study of Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Learn about why this important book resonates with Shipley's seventh graders and what they learn from it.
Leniter in Modo. It’s a short phrase with big meaning. Whether in Latin or English, people’s interpretations of it vary. A Shipley administrator, alumna, and tenth grade student explain what Grace for the Doing means to each of them. If you know Shipley, you know our motto, but what does it really mean? In this roundtable discussion, we explore the idea of grace.
Steve Baris, Chairman of Shipley’s Art Department, had an extraordinary and unconventional upbringing. The experiences cultivated in him a spirit of independence and adventure that sent him fighting fires in the West, hitchhiking throughout Africa, and studying art in Rome before dropping him at the door of 814 Yarrow Street.
Innovations: Shipley's MakerSpace Takes STEAM Learning to the Next Level
With the opening of the Chris Wagner Arts Center in September of 2015, Chris Fornaro and his fellow STEAM teachers seized the opportunity to create a new home for their growing program by taking over the empty art spaces in the Upper School and establishing Shipley’s first MakerSpace, a modern-day workshop that's transforming the way students learn.
Bragging Rights: Shipley's College Counseling, Proud of Our Process
The college admissions process remains a hot topic for high school students and parents. Increasing levels of selectivity at colleges and universities across the country have added to the fervor it engenders. Frequently, college counselors are on the front line—advising students and parents about academic choices, service interests, and other activities in pursuit of the “best” college admission outcome. But amidst this cluttered and sometimes confusing landscape, Janet Kobosky, Director of College Counseling, has reason for hope.
Alumni Spotlight on Dr. Raffi Gregorian '81: Keeping the Peace Across the Globe
From the simple act of rescuing a street dog in Bosnia to the intricacies of coordinating international counterterrorism policy, Dr. Raffi Gregorian ’81 continually strives to make the world a better, more peaceful place. Throughout his nearly 30-year career, Dr. Gregorian has played a significant role in high-level foreign and security affairs, as both a civilian and as a naval officer, at the helm of interagency, complex, and multinational post-conflict operations.
Alumni Spotlight on Erika Frankel ’96: An Appetite for Documenting Life
When Philadelphia’s famed French chef Georges Perrier announced he would close his iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, scores of fine-diners sadly took note and quickly made reservations for a final meal at the Center City restaurant. For documentary filmmaker and Shipley alumna Erika Frankel ’96, the news inspired much more than dreams of a decadent dinner. Read more about Frankel's most recent film project and how she is finding success in following her passion for storytelling through film.
Why I Give: The Nesmith Family’s Decade of Giving, Many Avenues of Support
For Julie and Benjamin Nesmith, parents of Britnee, Brandee ’15, and Benjamin ’24, the multifaceted word “support” is deeply woven into their personal philosophy of education. They believe that parents, children, and schools form a unique partnership, and that the parents’ role, integral to the success of the partnership, is to support their children, the teachers, and the School. Learn more about how the Nesmith family has supported Shipley for over 10 years.
The Willner Family's Shipley Story: Private School Meets Public School
Ben Willner ’96 never expected to send his children to the school that challenged him so much as a kid. His wife, Erica, a public school advocate, couldn’t have imagined sending her kids to a private school. Now, he can’t think of a better gift to give his daughters than the rigor and support of a Shipley education, and she’s convincing her friends to send their children to Shipley. Read the Willner family’s Shipley story.
Teaching Public Speaking to Third Graders: The Birth of Bagels 'n Bios
When third grade teacher Susan Reilly found herself unable to speak up and voice her opinion at a local government meeting, she vowed to give her students something she never had the benefit of receiving – formal public speaking training. Hear from Mrs. Reilly on the third grade’s Bagels ’n Biographies unit and how she and her fellow teachers help students build the confidence and learn the skills it takes to be effective public speakers.
Best Practices for Learning Language in School
There are many benefits of studying a modern language, including improving one’s understanding of other cultures, developing the ability to communicate in another language, acquiring a transferable skill to any field or discipline of study, and increasing employability. Kim Harris, Shipley’s Upper School Spanish teacher and chair of the modern language department, shares some best practices for learning another language, and how Shipley’s modern language program is a model for teaching language skills to students.
Shipley Lower School Math Specialist Lucie McDermott shares simple strategies that you can employ to help your elementary school age child succeed in math, including an explanation of the Math in Focus approach to teaching and learning math and a comprehensive list of math websites that you can visit with your child.
True Confessions of a Test Prep Tutor: Taking the SAT Makes Me Nervous, Too
Shipley test prep tutor Lynne Fuller is no stranger to the SAT. In this post, she provides a glimpse of what it’s like to take the SAT as an adult and shares some tips to help your child achieve success. What’s her strategy? Building resilience and inspiring confidence are essential, she says. Read more in this informative and humorous essay.
The Before and After: A Parent’s Perspective on Shipley’s Seventh Grade Human Sexuality Unit
Shipley parent Kathy Smith provides a humorous and personal glimpse into the seventh grade’s Choices unit, the Middle School human sexuality curriculum.
As winter makes its last push before the warmer temperatures are here to stay, it's more important than ever to keep your kids and yourself healthy. Here are 10 tips compiled by Mandy Schauerman and Terri Grossman, Shipley's school nurses, to help keep you healthy.
Navigating Social Media with Young Children: How to Avoid the Trolls & Maximize the Learning
Wendy Eiteljorg is the Director of Educational Technology at Shipley and the parent of a newly minted teenage daughter and elementary school aged son. In this post (an excerpt from a recent Shipley Lower School Parent Forum) she shares her thoughts on how schools and parents can partner to make social media a positive experience for even young children.
As cold winter days slowly start to lengthen, parents’ thoughts often turn towards summertime and how their children can get the most out of time off from school. Janet Kobosky, Shipley’s Director of College Counseling, shares her thoughts on how high school kids can make the most of their summer. Hear from other people throughout the school on how kids of all ages can benefit from their time off, too.
Channel Your Inner Superhero to Improve Performance and Boost Confidence by Powering Up Your Posture
Shipley Upper School Head Margaret van Steenwyk shares a simple tip for success on exams and in other difficult situations, based on the research of Dr. Amy Cuddy, Professor of Social Psychology at Harvard: Channel you inner superhero and power up your posture to improve your performance.
The Shipley community kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday with an All School Assembly dedicated to the theme of—what else?—giving thanks. Three speakers (All School President Maya Overton ’15, teacher/coach/parent Thom Schauerman, and alumnus/coach/Development Office colleague Charlie Biddle ’05) each expressed gratitude for Shipley. Read more to find out why.
Are You as Kind and Polite as a Four Year Old? Thanksgiving Etiquette Tips from Shipley's PreK
As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Dr. Usha Balamore, Shipley’s Assistant Head of Lower School and Director of Character Development, asked our Pre-Kindergarten students for their advice on being kind, polite, and helpful to their families and friends on Thanksgiving.
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Q&A with Theater Director Phillip Brown on Courage for the Deed
Phillip Brown, Shipley's Upper School Theater Director, shares his ideas about courage and what Courage for the Deed means to him. Excerpts from the interview were published in the Meeting of the Minds feature of the Fall 2015 Shipley Magazine. View other content from the Magazine. What does Courage for the Deed mean to you? Courage for the Deed simply ...
Shipley is delighted to welcome Dr. Laurence Steinberg to campus on Thursday, November 19, to speak with 9th and 10th grade students and parents as part of our Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program. Dr. Steinberg’s research has focused on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. We hope you enjoy this excerpt from his latest book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons From The New Science of Adolescence.
When the Bender family faced the prospect of a second cross-continental move in as many years, they knew it would be important to find a school that shared their values and provided a rigorous academic program balanced with support for students. The Benders found that school in Shipley and have enjoyed a seamless transition into the community. Read more about the Bender’s Shipley story.
Fourth grade teacher Linda Van Horn is one of Shipley’s most beloved educators. Everything that she does is about her students and creating meaningful experiences to help solidify their learning. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind teacher.
Spotlight on Helen Thackray '86: Developing Treatments through Biotechnology
Dr. Helen Thackray ’86 has had a successful career in medicine and biotechnology, thanks to the solid academic foundation she received in math and science at Shipley. As the Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Clinical Development at GlycoMimetics, she is currently working on a treatment for sickle cell disease, while holding a position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Thackray.
Spotlight on Catherine Stewart '01: In the Business of Working Hard
Catherine Stewart ’01 credits her Shipley teachers with teaching her how to work hard and developing in her a respect for process. Now, after graduating from Yale and Cambridge, she has built a successful and exciting career in business, helping companies like Random House, Facebook, and Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) to grow.
In the grand scheme of things, it hasn’t been around for all that long. But in an era of passing fads and flash-in-the-pan movements, Shipley’s 24-year-old Oaks and Acorns tradition stands tall, holding a firm place in the hearts of a generation of students, colleagues, parents, and alumni. Learn more about this touching rite of passage.
Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing. If you know Shipley, you know our motto, but what does it really mean? In this roundtable discussion, we explore the idea of courage. A Shipley teacher, Trustee, and fifth grade student explain what Courage for the Deed means to each of them.
Learn more about some of the members from the Class of 2015: where they’re going to college, what they love about Shipley, and how they’re following their individual paths to success.
The results are in, and Shipley’s constituents say they are pleased with everything that a Shipley education has to offer. “You should be proud,” says Kevin Graham of Lookout Management, Inc., who has conducted similar surveys at 100 other independent schools and has worked with Shipley for the past 15 years.
Betsy Paluck Rath ’95 feels fortunate to be able to give back to Shipley, and hopes that her contributions help preserve the School’s resources and the community she benefited from so it will be there for the next generation.
Shipley’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program turns 20 this year! The signature program reflects our belief that health includes mental, physical, and social wellbeing, and that students should be scheduled in the class every year. Read the personal reflections of Sharron Russell, Shipley’s Director of Student Support Services, on creating and nurturing the SEED program.
As a parent, it’s important to be sure our advice on studying and our suggested approach to learning is based on how our children learn, not on how we learn. Annie Griffin, Shipley’s Middle School Academic Dean and Learning Coordinator, provides advice on recognizing how your children prefer to learn and how you can help them.
Shipley’s Head of Upper School, Margaret van Steenwyk, was dubious about joining the Twitterverse, but after two years she’s grown an appreciation for the intellectual community she’s found there.
Winning the Homework Battle: 10 Tips for Helping Your Child With Homework
Do you have trouble getting your children to do their homework? Here are some tips to help you avoid the homework battle, strategies to get your children to do their best work, and suggestions for how to offer help without doing your children’s homework for them.
Debra Finger is Shipley’s Assistant Director of Educational Technology and Lower School Ed Tech coach. She has some great ideas for apps students will love to help them get back into the swing of school. Kodables - Our kindergarten and first grade students love this app; it is one of their favorites! It is an introduction to programming and coding on ...
In their roles as Head of the Shipley Lower School and Director of the Phebe Anna Thorne School, educators Tim Lightman and Amanda Ulrich could not agree more that young children learn best through play and that the gains in socialization, imagination, and planning that play afford prepare them well for academic and social success in the later school years.
Getting Ready for School – What do you need to do now to prepare your child for September?
While the last fireworks of the Fourth have barely flamed out, it is not too early to think about getting our youngest children (those entering Pre-Kindergarten through First Grade) ready for the upcoming transition from the lazy, hazy days of summer to the more structured (and potentially stressful) days of school.
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The median cost of a Shipley education is about $28,000 annually. With some of the best public schools in the nation for neighbors, we asked, “Is it worth it?” A Lower School parent, current Shipley junior, and Shipley alumna weigh in on the value of a Shipley education.
The Benardete Family's Shipley Story: Choosing a School with a Vision
Niki and Ethan Benardete chose Shipley for their children because of the School’s emphasis on character education. For Niki, an educator and administrator herself, the vision of the Shipley community was quite clear, going above excellent academics to instill confidence and educate children about being the best people possible.
Spotlight on Tom Stewart ’05: Kickstarting a Career in the Great Outdoors
Young alumnus Tom Stewart ’05 was determined to launch a successful business after graduation from college. After a few failed attempts, he and his business partner found success with Sunski, which sells vintage-inspired sunglasses for people who love the outdoors.
Shipley’s fifth grade Think Care Act project is the capstone learning experience of the Lower School’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program. Students match their skills and passions to implement projects that make a real difference in the world and lead to deeply rooted learning.
Spotlight on Katherina Rosqueta ’85: Making an Impact through Innovative Philanthropy
Katherina Rosqueta ’85 established an instinct for innovative ideas during her time at Shipley. She has since made a career of spearheading emerging programs, including her latest launch: the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy.
Shipley is proud of its graduates, who go on to pursue a wide range of successful careers and personal interests. Here, we highlight a varied assortment of achievements and honors that some Shipley alumni have attained over the past few years.
The Shipley logo is getting some much-needed company. The iconic Shipley logotype, which was originally created in 1987 to represent the School and supplement the use of the traditional seal, now has a modern graphic counterpart to call its own.
Shipley’s girls’ basketball team has a lot to be proud of. Despite a tough season filled with injuries and other setbacks, the Gators pulled together to win the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletics Association finals for the third time in four years.
Learn more about some of the members from the Class of 2014: where they’re going to college, what they love about Shipley, and how they’re following their individual paths to success.
Faculty Profile: Jackson Collins - Upper School Dean of Students and History Department Co-Chair
Inspired by his grandmother’s legacy, Jackson Collins left Wall Street to pursue a career in education. Outside of Shipley (and in addition to his many hobbies), Collins blends his skills in personal finance and his passion for education as founder of Nine Nickels, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to under-resourced students.
Karen Krok ’93, a transplant hepatologist and medical director for the live donor transplant program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, benefitted from the generosity of gifts made to Shipley when she attended the School with the help financial aid. Now, she gives back to Shipley to give others the same opportunities that she had.
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Though Colin Gardner ’88 lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family, his ties to Shipley are as strong as ever. Gardner recognizes with great appreciation the lasting effects of his Shipley education, from the enduring relationships with school friends to the multiplicity of ways in which Shipley’s influence manifests itself in his career choices in television news production and later, landscape architecture and urban design. As such, he makes it clear that Shipley factors large among the institutions that he supports each year. Read this donor profile to find out more about why.
Exploring the Complexities of World Affairs - Felicity Barringer Taubman ’68
For not quite three decades, Shipley alumna Felicity Barringer Taubman ’68 has served as a correspondent for The New York Times. From her start writing for The Bergen Record and The Washington Post, to her years of writing for The Times about the dying Soviet Union in the Gorbachev-era, and through her current work as a national environmental correspondent, Barringer has concentrated on explicating complex issues. She wants to show the subtleties of world affairs to the general public. Here, Barringer reflects on her experience at Shipley, the evolution of her career, and why she feels it’s important to remain connected to her alma mater.
In Peter Schumacher’s eighth grade class, the history of the modern world is studied through the interdisciplinary themes of urbanization, technology, and government. The thematic approach aims at getting students to understand the world they live in today—where it came from, how it came to be, and why. Learn more about how Schumacher’s creative approach to history inspires deeply rooted learning in his students.
Expert in the Field of Overcoming Adversity - Ali Lambert Voron ’96
Ali Lambert Voron ’96 knows something about overcoming adversity. A dynamic wife, mother, voiceover actress, motivational speaker, and blogger, Voron also happens to have alopecia universalis and has suffered from ulcerative colitis. And while these two very different conditions have been life altering for Voron, neither has diminished her incredible spirit nor her optimistic outlook. Voron attributes her positive spirit to her Shipley experience and hopes to positively impact others coping with health issues. Learn more about this very special Shipley alumna.
Is there a concussion crisis? Can you be competitive and safe in sports? What are the implications of Shipley’s no-heading policy in Middle School soccer? Our panel tackles these and other questions head-on. Q. Why is the Concussion Crisis a crisis? Nowinski: It’s a crisis because of the seriousness of brain injury and the lack of attention we ...
Faculty Profile: Dr. Emily Pickering - Lighting Sparks in Upper School History, English, and Interdisciplinary Studies
Shipley’s Dr. Emily Pickering is the consummate scholar with a deep passion for literature and history, and she delights in passing on that passion and scholarship to her students. Her Hungarian background and a year spent traveling Europe early in life have given her a unique perspective on the connections among cultures and disciplines. She brings those connections to life in her rigorous classes, where students study the intersection of history, politics, art, and literature. Learn more about Emily Pickering and why students love her classes.
Dee and Roy Gundy joined the Shipley community 13 years ago, when their daughter, Kaela ’15, was in preschool. A word-of-mouth recommendation put Shipley on their radar, but it was a commitment to each individual child that made them choose the School. Now, with three children here, Dee and Roy feel blessed that they are all thriving, despite their different interests, strengths, and traits. And even with their busy schedules, the Gundys find ways to give back to the community that has given them so much. Learn more about the Gundys and their Shipley story.
The Shipley Method in Action: Using Creative Learning Methods in Fourth Grade
Fourth graders in Christian Wareikis’s class approached learning the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War in a challenging and intense way. Half are dressed in red, the other in blue with colonial style black hats and feathers. As they sat on opposite sides of the library facing each other, both the Loyalists and Patriots felt ...
From Friendship Sparks Courage: Two Fifth Graders Raise Awareness for Mitochondrial Disease
Until now. Every year, Shipley’s fifth graders complete a capstone project called the Think, Care, Act project. Students identify their own passions and abilities and create an action-based service project to carry out and present to the community during the annual TCA Fair. During an assembly for the kick-off of the TCA project, Niels’ best ...
I have always wanted to help our youth find their voices, and during a recent student-facilitator training I heard many concerns and questions from students regarding the challenges some of them had with navigating different forms of identity in high school. Questions such as, “What do I do when I ask a teacher to call me a different pronoun and she says, ...
Children Living What They Learn: A Biography and Connection with Dr. Martin Luther King
~Connie Morin (first grade teacher) This is a story of intellectual growth, strong emotional connections, and of children living what they learn. This January, the children in 1M (1st grade, Ms. Morin’s class) began our social studies unit on Martin Luther King. There are some beautifully illustrated, well-written picture books about Dr. King’s life, ...
This is the first in a series of posts that will be written by colleagues. As I visit classes, I am constantly amazed at the relationships the children have formed with each other. The PreK class of sixteen has grown into a wonderful cohesive community of friends. They play together, support one another, and miss each other when there is no school. ...
Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing: the Shipley motto, but also a wonderful thing to see in action. We saw this earlier in the week when one of our eighth grade students, shared her remarkable story with our middle school during an assembly. Speaking to the theme of perseverance, Kathryn explained to her peers about the daily routine she ...
This week the Seventh Grade has experienced what it is like to be responsible for a newborn baby during their Choices Science Unit. The simulation involves looking after a five-pound bag of birdseed. Students had to Keep the babies safe, warm, and comfortable Could only leave their "babies" in daycare during athletics Had to bring their babies to ...
U2 once played in my local town, tickets were $5 each, and only 13 people went to see them. I shared this story with a few of our Eighth Grade student this week while I visited some history and English classes. This might not seem relevant to these classes, but our students were working on a wonderful project involving History and English. The task the ...
We are excited to announce that this year’s Middle School Musical will be Beauty and the Beast. After much discussion and debate during Intro to Performance and Drama classes, Mr. Jones, Mr. Joy, and Ms. Feldman, and our students have settled on this play. Auditions begin on Friday, January 10th and the performances will be held on the weekend of April ...
Our middle school students were excited to welcome a visitor to our assembly on Monday, Dr. Piltch. For many (myself included) it was the first time to hear Dr. Piltch read. However, for the majority of students, while listening to Dr. Piltch, they were reacquainted with an old favorite. A Rainbow of Friends by P.K.Hallinan is a book that Dr. Piltch reads ...
On Friday, December 6, the Seventh Grade visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The trip is the culminating activity for a multidisciplinary unit taught primarily in English classes. The Seventh Grade at Shipley studies the Holocaust every fall, gathering facts about the history of anti-Semitism, the rise of fascism, the ...
On December 6th, our seventh grade visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. that honors U.S. service members of the US Armed forces who served in the Vietnam War. Before traveling to Washington, each student researched various names on the wall to find out more about who they were and where they came from. They then reviewed the important ...
Five Shipley students stepped forward during the month of November and organized a food drive as part of their Leadership class. The boys, Zach, Nolan, Adam, Nate, Steven, and Colin, collected canned goods each morning from our middle school students. The boys also organized a raffle with prizes ranging from tickets to a professional sports game to the ...
In science class this week our Sixth Grade students ventured out into the cold to conduct some experiments. Each class broke into groups and were challenged by their teachers to experiment with fresnel lenses and the sun's rays. The diagram to the right shows a student's drawing of the activity. Each group had to focus the sun's rays onto a plank of wood ...
Dear Parents, Our seventh and eighth grade students sat the Mathematical Association of America's AMC Math Contest for middle school students this week. This is a nationally organized math competition where students have to complete 22 interesting and challenging problems. All students compete in the event. For those interested, here is a sample ...
Dear Parents, One of the most interesting developments in the educational world over the last number of years is the concept of a "Flipped Classroom." You may not have heard of this before, however, you might have heard about "Kahn Academy." A flipped classroom is one where the classroom instruction is put online, students review this at night, and then on ...
Dear Families, Participation in team events is something we value highly at Shipley and while we often think of team participation with regard to sports, we also have teams that compete in the academic field. With this in mind, we received the list of books (40 of them) for this year's Reading Olympics. We already have a group of 14 students who have ...
Dear All, Mr. Ozzie Jones, our Performing Arts teacher, treated our Grade Eighth students to a master class this Monday. Mrs. Hutchinson's class has been reading A Raisin in the Sun as part of their study of the Harlem Renaissance. Students gathered in groups to read the play, discuss the themes superbly captured in Lorraine Hansberry’s work, and ...
Dear Parents, The faculty has been busy over the last two weeks preparing for Middle School conferences. In light of this, I would like to take a few moments to talk about why we write reports and hold conferences at this time. First, the report and conference provide a snapshot of how your son or daughter is doing at this time. Because it is a snapshot, ...
Dear Parents, I was catapulted back to my youth this week when I visited with the sixth grade during science class. The students have spent the week discussing female and male anatomy, sexual reproduction and major life changes, including puberty. This brought me back to my own experience in school when we were not encouraged to ask questions about our ...
Dear Families, Can you name the countries in North and South America where Spanish is a major language? This was the task set by our Spanish teacher Señora Bejar-Massey to her seventh grade class. To begin with students watched a YouTube video of a song written and performed by Barbara MacArthur. (Please click on the link to watch the video.) After ...
Two of our middle school students stepped forward this weekend and brought both their classroom learning and also their passion for fashion to life when they participated in an event sponsored by The Philadelphia Classical Society. Both girls researched, designed, and created Roman wedding dresses with influences of mythological goddess-inspired design ...
Students in Algebra I are often asked to solve equations and manipulate variables without considering what the x's and y's represent. Last week, our eighth graders had the opportunity to take their understanding of variables and coordinate geometry to see how real-life situations can be modeled. Each group of students used rulers to measure the length, ...
Dear Families, I visited a math class this week and was extremely impressed with the work the students were doing. The teacher had split the class into groups of four and presented each team with a simple, open-ended problem: "If there were a road that ran from the earth to the moon... how many liters of gas would it take to drive from the earth to the ...
The Eighth Grade visited the Philadelphia Art museum as part of our outside learning component. Below are some photos from the day. One of my highlights was a discussion lead by Mrs. Anne Smith on the classical Greek and Roman architecture incorporated into the building and the surrounding environment. Our first stop was at the bronze statue cast of ...