2024

News List

  • July

    The Curtain Goes Up on a Future Costume Designer’s Career

    Donn Selkowitz
    At Shipley, students are supported in pursuing their passions beyond the classroom, as showcased by eighth-grader Anne Martindale, whose imaginative costume designs for the Middle School’s production of Alice in Wonderland transformed the stage, blending artistic vision with the encouragement of dedicated teachers.
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  • June

    Shipley Welcomes Steve Lisk as Interim Head of School

    Shipley is pleased to welcome Steve Lisk as Interim Head of School for the 2024-2025 school year. Steve Lisk served as the 10th Head of School at Lancaster Country Day School from 2008 to 2022. His 14 years at LCDS made him the second-longest tenured head in the school’s 100-year history. Across 34 years in independent schools, he has served also as an executive coach, division head, department chair, dorm head, classroom teacher, advisor, and athletic coach.
     
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  • Nurturing Belonging & Connection in Lower School Affinity Groups

    Affinity groups at Shipley help to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, empowering students of diverse backgrounds to build authentic relationships, celebrate their identities, and grow into confident, compassionate global citizens. Learn more about our Lower School Affinity Spaces.
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  • Cultivating Confidence, Leadership, and Student Voice in Shipley's Theater Program

    Debra Finger
    Discover how our theater program nurtures student voice, confidence, and leadership. From sixth grade silliness to Upper School self-awareness, our students learn to express themselves with empathy and creativity, embodying our mission of compassionate participation.
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  • College Counseling's Kay Weinstock Retires After 34 Years

    After 34 years of dedicated service to The Shipley School, Kay Weinstock is retiring as College Counseling Assistant. Her meticulous attention to detail and genuine kindness have shepherded thousands of Shipley students through the college admissions process.
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  • May

    Upper School Students Honored at Closing Awards Ceremony

    The Upper School Administration recognized the outgoing and incoming student leadership officers and presented students with academic, athletic, and leadership awards at the annual Closing Awards Ceremony.
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  • Eighth Graders Recognized at Annual Middle School Awards Ceremony

    Shipley’s Middle School held its annual Awards Ceremony for eighth-grader students on Friday, May 24 View the list of awards and recipients.
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  • Developing Information Literacy

    Jennifer Phiambolis, Director of Libraries
    Shipley's Director of Libraries, Jennifer Phiambolis, collaborates with teachers to integrate library research into course projects, fostering students' critical thinking and information literacy skills. This approach empowers students to discern credible information and challenge online misinformation.
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  • Teaching Digital Citizenship in Lower School

    Debra Finger, Lower & Middle School Technology Coach
    In Shipley's Lower School technology classes, digital citizenship is a key focus. Starting in first grade, students learn about online safety, responsible use, and creating a positive digital footprint, ensuring they grow as compassionate digital citizens.
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  • April

    Katelyn Taylor: Creating Meaningful Experiences in Athletics

    A quiet powerhouse in Shipley’s Athletic Department, Katelyn manages the moving parts of anywhere from 12-15 teams per season. While that may seem chaotic—she sticks to her spreadsheets and checklists, plans for various scenarios, and thrives under pressure, all while presenting a calm demeanor.
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  • After 36 Years, Upper School Mainstay Christine Greenwood Retires

    Christine Greenwood held various roles at Shipley, spanning a tenure of 36 years, most notably as an art teacher and the advisor of The Beacon and the Yearbook. She will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year.
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  • Lower School’s Tina Wattles Retires After Nearly 20 Years

    Shipley's beloved PreKindergarten teacher Tina Wattles will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year, leaving a lasting mark on the community. Her energy and smile will be greatly missed by her students and colleagues alike. "For a generation, Tina has planted acorns that have grown into mighty oaks. Her work will reverberate for years and years to come,” said Head of School Michael Turner.
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  • Nurturing Young Musicians: Finding Your Musical Voice at Shipley

    Debra Finger
    Discover how Shipley School's music program nurtures young musicians from Lower to Upper School, fostering confidence, creativity, and collaboration. Learn how students find their musical voice and achieve professional-level performance through this comprehensive education.
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  • Anna Dejdar ’04 Says Farewell to Shipley after 16 Years of Service

    Anna Dejdar ’04 is set to embark on a new journey, leaving behind a legacy that spans over two decades. As she prepares to assume her new role as Head of Upper School at Stratford Academy in Macon, GA, in the 2024-2025 school year, we reflect on her invaluable contributions and the indelible mark she has left on our School.
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  • Middle and Upper School Science Olympiad Teams Earn Medals at Regional Tournament

    Shipley's Middle and Upper School Science Olympiad Teams earned many medals at the Pennsylvania Southeast Region Science Olympiad Tournament on March 8 at Penn State Abington.
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  • Peter Makela ’04: 2024 Alumni Artist Exhibition

    Ali Schwartz ’10
    This year’s alumni exhibition features work from the Sky Paintings series by Shipley alum Peter Makela ’04 and will be on display in Speer Gallery from April 9 to May 5. Celebrate the fine arts at Shipley with an artist reception in Speer Gallery on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Alumni Artist Reception is part of Alumni Reunion Weekend and is open to family and friends of the Shipley community, we ask that you please register online or contact alumni@shipleyschool.org with any questions.
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  • February

    BJ Glenn ’07: Building a Career on Exposure to Communities Outside His Own

    The son of a North Philly cop and South Philly educator, Shipley alumnus Robert "BJ" Glenn III ’07 demonstrated prowess as an athlete and as a student. Knowing the importance of a good education, BJ's parents enrolled him in Kindergarten at Shipley where he soon made his mark in class, and later on Shipley’s playing fields in lacrosse, baseball, and other sports. But it was at daily recess at age 6 when he discovered a sport that perfectly blended his budding speed and agility with a strong leg: soccer.
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  • Two Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

    The Shipley School proudly announces two members of the Class of 2024 have been recognized by The National Merit Scholarship Program as Finalists
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  • January

    Middle Schoolers Present Research at American Astronomical Society Annual Conference

    Shipley Middle Schoolers Anderson Knipe ’28 and Lily Pressman ’28 presented their joint research on young stellar objects at the 243rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society held January 7-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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  • Gators Brought the House Down at Swamp Night

    Shipley’s annual Swamp Night was held on Friday, January 26! Everyone in the community came together to share a meal, participate in games and activities, and cheer on Shipley's basketball teams. Check out highlights from the evening!
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  • Fourth Graders Demonstrate Compassionate Participation

    Compassionate participation in the world is a foundational pillar of Shipley’s mission. They aren’t just words - Shipley students live by this statement through their everyday actions. Read more about our fourth graders' mission to help others.
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  • Roxana Barry Robinson ’64: High Praise for Latest Novel

    Ali Schwartz ’10
    Roxana Barry Robinson ’64 is an award-winning author whose upcoming novel, Leaving, received a Kirkus Star and was featured on Oprah's list of The Most Anticipated Books of 2024Leaving comes out on February 13, 2024, and is available for pre-order. You can learn more about Roxana and her work by visiting  www.roxanarobinson.com.
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  • Creating a Culture of Kindness in Middle School

    “Shipley is really special because three kids can go to a teacher and say, ‘I think it would be cool to do this.’ And the teachers and administrators support them all the way through.” Learn more about the Middle School's culture of kindness and November's Kindness Month events.
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.