Award-winning children’s book author visits GFS

Schools | October 11th, 2016 | Leave a comment

David Wiesner is many things—author, illustrator, three-time Caldecott Prize-winner. Recently, he visited Germantown Friends School’s Lower School After-School Program, ASPire, as part of the new Experience Program—which teaches the children a new skill or introduces them to a new field each afternoon—to share his talents. While the kids snacked on orange slices and goldfish crackers, Wiesner […]

Read More >

U.S. Dept. of Education tour showcases SCH environmental efforts

Schools | October 4th, 2016 | 3 Comments

Rooftop solar arrays. 3-Star Green Restaurant certification. Gold LEED certified science facility. Playscape made from natural and recycled materials. Cafeterias that use only non-disposable tableware. These are some of the environmental features highlighted on a recent U.S. Department of Education-sponsored “Green Strides” tour of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH). The tour was organized to showcase […]

Read More >

NFA $2,500 grant from Chestnut Hill Community Fund

Schools | September 28th, 2016 | Leave a comment

Norwood Fontbonne Academy was recently awarded a $2,500 Grant from Chestnut Hill Community Fund to enhance the school’s “Student Empowerment Program.” The goal of NFA’s Program is to foster a value-rich environment where students learn to be “upstanders” not simply “bystanders.” This program was created with a broader reach than just providing anti-bullying education to […]

Read More >

SCH student starts nonprofit to fund pediatric cancer study

Schools | September 14th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Two-year-old Lucy Ditzler has a contagious laugh. It’s hard to believe that when she was just 2 months old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Thanks to the doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their cutting-edge research in pediatric cancer, she is in remission. It’s just one of the reasons […]

Read More >

SCH’s new head of school ready for new chapter

Schools | September 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome Dr. Stephen L. Druggan, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s new head of school, arrived in Chestnut Hill at the beginning of July from his five years as deputy head of school for learning at the Jakarta Intercultural/International School in Indonesia. A veteran of more than 20 years of independent school experience abroad – […]

Read More >

Eagle scout makes a project of Pre-K dream

Schools | September 7th, 2016 | Leave a comment

As you enter the front school yard at Our Mother of Consolation Parish School, you will notice a few things. First, the yard is ready for the school’s littlest students, with a train set, tiny picnic tables, and plenty of places to play. New among these play areas is a custom sand table, created by […]

Read More >

OMC to start new year with new principal

Schools | August 3rd, 2016 | Leave a comment

by MegAnne Liebsch After the retirement of its long-standing principal, Bruce Hagy, Our Mother of Consolation Parish School has welcomed a new principal to lead its ranks. After working at OMC for only a month, Theresa Ponte already feels invested in the school and excitedly awaits the 2016-2017 semester. “I’m excited to get to know […]

Read More >

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy earns more ‘green’ titles

Schools | June 15th, 2016 | Leave a comment

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) already boasts a number of significant and enduring initiatives that have earned the school distinction in environmental sustainability. This spring, the school added two new titles to the list: the school’s cafeterias were upgraded to 3-star certified Green Restaurant status by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), and SCH was named […]

Read More >

New fund to honor SCH teacher

Schools | June 14th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Eric Dolente Many students have gone through both Chestnut Hill Academy and Springside School, now merged into Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, but not many have stood the test of time like D. Stanley Parker has. From faculty and students to friends and family, Parker has touched many people’s lives. As a teacher, some say […]

Read More >