Norwood students get lesson from Jane Goodall

Community, Schools | April 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Students from Norwood-Fontbonne Academy grades one through three pose with famous British primatologist Jane Goodall during a Skype presentation on her work with African chimpanzees and doing good in the world sponsored by Microsoft Education. The 15-minute conversation was followed by an online Q&A from students participating in schools around the country. The famed anthropologist […]

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Help keep Children’s Park at Jenks clean for everyone

Schools | March 29th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Maureen Maier The Children’s Park on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, directly in front of J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, is one of Chestnut Hill’s greatest treasures. Built by community volunteers over two decades ago, the playground and gardens are enjoyed by Jenks students, Chestnut Hill community members and visitors every […]

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Students lead way with successful diversity conference

Schools | March 15th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Penn Charter’s inaugural Diversity Conference brought together 150 area students for an all-day event designed to give young leaders tools to be ambassadors for community building and social justice. The Cheryl Irving Student Diversity Conference was named for the late Cheryl O. Irving, a Chestnut Hill resident, Penn Charter teacher and champion of diversity. “It […]

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SCH middle schoolers sharpen memories for Pi day contest

Schools | March 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Karen Tracy Think middle school geometry. Think Pi. It’s the numerical expression that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, extending into infinity as a non-repeating decimal. Most folks can recall that it begins with 3.14. But for the purposes of this story, imagine a random string of 529-plus […]

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Authors of middle grade novel about Ona Judge at GFS

Schools | March 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Germantown Friends School and Friends Free Library present a Spring Community Writers Series event on April 6 from 4 – 6 p.m., with authors and current GFS parents Erica Armstrong Dunbar, GFS class of ’90 and Kathy Van Cleve. Dunbar and Van Cleve worked on an adaptation of Dunbar’s second book “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ […]

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SCH to host major robotics tournament

Schools | March 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Peter Elliott From March 15-17, the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will be hosting the 30th annual FIRST Robotics Qualifying Tournament. Featuring over 30 local teams of robotics, the qualifying tournament is one of the largest robotics tournaments in the city of Philadelphia. For this competition, the robotics teams will be challenged in “Destination: Deep […]

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GFS Community Writers Series features ‘Artificial Unintelligence’ author Meredith Broussard

Schools | February 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Germantown Friends School Community Writers Series will welcome Meredith Broussard, author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” for a reading and discussion. Broussard’s book explores how future historians will read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers and challenges the assumption that computers always “get it right.” Broussard is an […]

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Local students connect, discuss power of microlending

Schools | February 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

A group of high school students combined business and real-world experience at the William Penn Charter School Microfinance Inaugural Conference on Feb. 2, a learning opportunity that evolved from Penn Charter’s Microfinance Club. The two-year-old club has been exploring international and local microfinance, fundraising through school-wide activities and making loans to entrepreneurs through Kiva.org, an international nonprofit that provides financial […]

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