How to Support a Young Person Who Comes Out to You

Posted by Ace Schwarz on Oct 9, 2021 8:00:00 AM

October 11th is National Coming Out Day. It was started a year after the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights and has been a powerful reminder about the impact coming out can have for people. It’s estimated that about 10% of the population is LGBTQ+ (Williams Institute), so being able to support someone who has come out is incredibly important. In fact, it can be life-saving. According to the Center for Disease Control, LGBTQ+ youth are 3.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. However, if they have just one supportive adult in their life, that risk decreases by almost 50% (Trevor Project). 

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Why Pronouns Matter

Posted by Ace Schwarz on Oct 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM

I want you to close your eyes and picture a stranger that you saw today. Maybe it’s someone you saw on the commute to work. Or someone you saw walking outside. Or maybe even it’s someone you saw as you dropped your student off at Shipley. Try and get a super clear image of that person in your mind. 

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Topics: Headlines, Featured, DEI

Managing Screen Time: A Family and Student Partnership to Promote Positive Well-Being

Posted by Shane Kinsella on Feb 13, 2018 11:44:05 AM

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old son asked when he would get his own smartphone. Given that he is making his way through Lower School, I feel I have a few years to go before making a final decision. As the Head of Shipley’s Middle School, I see families and students having a hard time with not only determining the appropriate age to give their children smartphones but also how to manage their children’s time on their smart devices to maintain a developmentally-appropriate balance. What we are now seeing is that “later is better.” If your child needs a phone so that you can contact them or they can call you in an emergency, then a flip phone might be the best thing you can get them.

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How to Navigate Homework with Your Middle Schooler: The Transition from “Editor-in-Chief" to "Consultant”

Posted by Annie Griffin on Nov 27, 2017 9:29:50 AM

I walked into preschool to pick up my 4-year old who proudly exclaimed, “Mommy! I have HOMEWORK tonight!” Indeed, it was our turn to take home the “Class Book” and design a page that described our family, complete with pictures. My frazzled “Mom-Brain” automatically translated his statement to reflect the truth, which was, “No, Buddy, I have homework tonight.”

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Five Family-Friendly Ways to Get Active This Fall

Posted by Shipley on Sep 14, 2017 4:27:59 PM

Summer may be ending, but your physical fitness doesn’t have to. Beautiful scenery and cooler temperatures make the autumn months the perfect time for families to get outdoors, and in the greater Philadelphia region, there are no shortage of ways to get active this fall.

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Tips and Tricks for Final Exams

Posted by Natalie Shah on May 11, 2017 2:00:32 PM

It’s never too early to get your notes and papers in order as you prepare for exams!  In this post, Natalie Shah ’18 gives insight into how to thrive this finals season.

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Topics: Academics, Featured, Upper School

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