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News Archive

2015

  • August

    Letter from Steve Piltch, August 2015

    Steve welcomes back the community for the 2015-2016 school year and discusses Wallace Nichols’ book Blue Mind, which explores the restorative power of water, in relation to Shipley’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program.
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  • July

    Engineering for Kids: Bringing STEM Enrichment to Shipley's Lower School

    Shipley's Engineering for Kids Encore Clubs present science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to students in age-appropriate, hands-on ways to kindle children’s natural curiosity about how things work. Teacher Javier Garay escorts students through the problem-solving process using real world issues to encourage discovery and exploratory learning.
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  • A New Type Of History: Your Old History Class Is... History

    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.
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  • From Pre-K to Adulthood, Shipley Trains the Leaders of Tomorow

    How does Shipley develop in its students the inherent qualities of a good leader? By understanding child development from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, Shipley’s program challenges emerging leaders to take risks and build the confidence to succeed.
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  • Shipley’s Second Graders Sink Their Teeth into the Writing Process

    In Shipley’s second grade, students’ work on the writing process lays a foundation for future academic success and, more specifically, their end-of-year Desert Zoo research projects. It all starts with learning how to write a paragraph using the hamburger method.
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  • Sixth Graders Engineer Chairs through a Creative Problem-Solving Process

    What can constructing a chair out of newspaper and tape teach a sixth grader about creative problem solving? a lot! While constructing the most stable chair is the obvious goal of this project, teacher Caroline Feldman’s goal for her students points to the process. Read more about how the sixth grade chair project inspires creative problem solving.
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  • The Great Debate: Using Creative Learning Methods in Fourth Grade

    How could fourth graders learn about several events leading up to the Revolutionary War in one day? Through an intensive preparation process, Shipley fourth graders organized and facilitated a student-led debate on who is to blame for the Revolutionary War.
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  • Turning Up the Heat: Shipley Designs and Constructs New STEAM Initiatives

    Shipley is shaping its growing STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) program from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, including the addition of a maker space in Upper School, cross-curricular projects school wide, and curriculum tailored toward the future.
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  • Learning to Code by Breaking it Down in Lower and Middle School

    Technology has become an everyday part of the Shipley curriculum. With a technology coach in each division, the additional resources allow even the youngest of students to get their feet wet in coding and programming.
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  • Students Take Ownership of their Education in Student-Led Conferences

    Shipley’s student-led conferences provide an in-depth, personalized look at the student’s learning experience. Facilitated by the student rather than the teacher, parents and teachers alike work together to understand the student’s needs, praise their accomplishments, and plan for a bright future.
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  • What's Your Shipley Story: The Gundys, 13 Years and Counting

    Dee and Roy Gundy joined the Shipley community 13 years ago, when their daughter, Kaela ’15, was in kindergarten. 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.
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  • June

    Alumni Spotlight: Dammun Pierce ’90

    This past Friday, Dr. Dammun Pierce ’90 addressed the Class of 2015 as Shipley’s Commencement speaker. Learn more about his life growing up in North Philadelphia and the opportunities Shipley offered for his future.
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  • May

    Agility, Balance, and Coordination

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Karen Krok '93

    Karen Krok '93, a transplant hepatologist and medical director for the live donor transplant program at the Hershey Medical Center, benefited from the generosity of gifts made to Shipley when she attended the School with the help of financial aid. Now, she gives back to Shipley to give others the same opportunities she had.
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  • Innovation Expert Grant Lichtman Inspires Shipley Students

    Grant Lichtman, a nationally-recognized K-12 school innovation expert, worked with Shipley students on reimagining schools and learning.
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  • Alumni Spotlight: Tom Stewart '05

    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.
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  • April

    Alumni Spotlight: Molly Gilbert '02

    Kristina Jenkins
    This young Shipley alumna has turned her passion for cooking and creativity in the kitchen into a successful career and book deal. Read more about her path to success and how Shipley helped blogger Molly Gilbert '02 develop the skills she needed to get there.
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  • March

    DECA Nationals, Here I Come!

    Jordan Gottlieb '15
    When I entered the Upper School, I knew that I wanted to participate in many extracurricular activities. Initially, I joined clubs with future college applications in mind; I selected to be a part of those clubs that not only sounded interesting to me, but also would provide a ‘well-rounded’ image when it came time to fill out a résumé. What I found, however, is that being an active member of several different clubs has provided me with many enriching experiences that go well beyond the Common App. One club in particular that has enabled me to grow as a student, as a leader, and as a member of society, is DECA.
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  • February

    Alumni Spotlight: Ali Lambert Voron '96

    Ali Lambert Voron '96 knows about overcoming adversity. A voiceover actress, motivational speaker, and blogger, Voron also happens to have alopecia universalis and has suffered from ulcerative colitis. Learn more about this very special Shipley alumna who hopes to help others cope with their illnesses. 
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  • Learning to Code by Breaking it Down

    Technology has become an everyday part of the Shipley curriculum. With a technology coach in each division, the additional resources allow even the youngest of students to get their feet wet in coding and programming. Read more to learn about how Shipley's emphasis on learning coding and programming can prepare students for success in any career, even one without a technology component.
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  • Life after Shipley: Tufts or Bust!

    Now that second semester of my senior year has begun, and I have been accepted into my first-choice college, I can reflect on the college process and the journey that has led me to where I am now. It seems bizarre to be finishing my Shipley journey and entering the next stage of my life. Since entering Shipley in 8th grade, the years have zoomed by faster than I can believe.
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  • Double-Sided Exposure by Christian Breed '00

    March 31 - May 15, 2015
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  • Sky Mirrors by Deirdre Murphy

    February 9 - March 19, 2015

    Artist Reception:
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    5:00 - 7:00 pm

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  • Steve Piltch's Letter about Shipley's Policy Change

    Steve Piltch
    Steve shares compelling concerns about the incidence of concussions as a result of heading the ball in soccer. In an effort to reduce the occurrence of concussions, and train young athletes in the proper technique for heading the ball, Shipley will introduce a no heading policy for Middle School soccer games beginning in the fall of 2014.
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  • Steve's Letter about Shipley's Concussion Program

    Steven S. Piltch
    Steve discusses Shipley's ongoing efforts to protect the safety of our students and deal with the challenges of the impact of concussions in their lives. New developments over the summer include the decision to use Triax impact sensors in Upper School contact sports, a partnership with the Sports Legacy Institute and their Hit Count Program, and participation in a study conducted by the University of Delaware and Children’s Hospital to help improve the safety of children.
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  • From Little Leaders to Passionate Adults, Shipley Trains the Leaders of Tomorrow

    Laura Kale
    How does Shipley develop in its students the inherent qualities of a good leader? By understanding child development from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, Shipley’s program challenges emerging leaders to take risks and build the confidence to succeed.
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  • The Shipley School Announces $5 Million Gift from the West Family: New Student Commons and Arts Center Project to Start June 2014

    The Shipley School is pleased to announce an extraordinary gift of $5 million from the West Family (Al, Loralee, Paige ’86, Al III ’89, and Palmer ’92), contributed as part of The Campaign for Shipley: Foundations for Success. The gift is the largest received by the School in its 120-year history. Combined with significant support from other generous donors, it enables Shipley to launch the second phase of its upper campus transformation, which will require a total of $19 million in philanthropic support.
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  • January

    Alumni Spotlight: Ali Lambert Voron '96

    Ali Lambert Voron '96 knows about overcoming adversity. A voiceover actress, motivational speaker, and blogger, Voron also happens to have alopecia universalis and has suffered from ulcerative colitis.
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  • Alumni Spotlight: Colin Gardner '88

    Though Colin Gardner '88 lives in Brooklyn, New York, his ties to Shipley are as strong as ever. Gardner recognizes with great appreciation the lasting effects of his Shipley education. As such, he makes it clear that Shipley factors large among the institutions that he supports each year.
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  • Meeting of the Minds: The Concussion Discussion

    All parents want their children to be safe. But can young athletes be safe and competitive in contact sports? Our panel discusses the impact of brain injuries and safety on the culture of youth sports, as well as the implications of Shipley’s no-heading policy in Middle School soccer. Read our panel discussion to learn more about the Concussion Crisis.
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