2018

News List

  • December

    Saakshi Navile ’19 Participates in NAfME 2018 All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra Ensemble Festival

    Shipley violinist Saakshi Navile ’19 was selected to play in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra Ensemble. She is the first Shipley student to achieve this distinction.
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  • November

    Letter from Steve Piltch - November 2018

    Thanksgiving is Steve's favorite holiday, and for good reason. It's a time for reflecting on what matters most and being grateful for what's around you. He recalls All-School President Henry Katz's words at the Thanksgiving All-School Assembly, about the small things being important and offers a few suggestions of little things to make others (and ourselves) a little calmer during the upcoming holiday season.
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  • Gyasi Miller ’24: A Perfect Blend of Love and Basketball

    Two years ago, when Gyasi Miller ’24 was in fifth grade, it was no surprise his love of basketball inspired his Think, Care, Act project to clean up a park near his home. He presented a proposal to a local councilman, secured funding, and recently cut the ribbon to officially open the renovated park in October. Read more about Shipley Changemaker Gyasi Miller ’24.
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  • Ishea Johnson '19 Named Main Line Student of the Week

    Shipley senior Ishea Johnson has been named Main Line Student of the Week for November 7, 2018.
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  • October

    Letter from Steve Piltch - October 2018

    October proved to be a very busy yet fulfilling month. Dr. Piltch reflects, "It’s in experiences like this that I realize that as important as the academic program is, it's often the things that go with it—such as field trips and other co-curricular activities—that make a difference in people's lives."
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  • Michael G. Turner and Dr. Steve Piltch

    Shipley Announces New Head of School Effective July 1, 2019

    The Shipley School is proud to announce the appointment of Michael G. Turner as the tenth Head of The Shipley School. Following the robust search process, which included all members of the Shipley community, the Board overwhelmingly supported the Search Committee’s recommendation of Michael.
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  • Dr. Julian Hayter Visits Upper School to Lead Discussion on Confederate Monuments

    Dr. Julian Hayter of the University of Richmond visited Shipley's Upper School to lead discussions on Confederate monuments in the South. He also led an evening discussion for families and guests.
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  • Shipley Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Super Saturday Under the Lights

    Shipley kicked off its 125th Anniversary by celebrating Super Saturday Under the Lights on Saturday, September 29 with a fun-filled day of community events with over 500 people in attendance.
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  • Anne Smith, Middle School Latin Teacher, Receives CAAS Honor

    Shipley Middle School Latin teacher Anne Smith has been recognized by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) for her more than 30 years of service to the discipline of Latin. 
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  • September

    Letter from Steve Piltch - September 2018

    In this month's letter, Steve expresses his gratitude to the Shipley community for a wonderful start to the new year. "In particular, thanks go to parents and guardians who have been there not only to support their own children, but also to reach out and find ways to make a difference in others’ lives and in the School."
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  • Five Upper School Students Earn National Merit Honors

    The Shipley School proudly announces five members of the Class of 2018 have been recognized by The National Merit Scholarship Program.
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  • Grace Gordon '19 Selected as Main Line Girls' Athlete of the Week

    Shipley girls' soccer goalie Grace Gordon '19 has been selected as the Main Line Girls' Athlete of the Week for the week of September 24.
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  • Psychologist Lea Waters, Ph.D. Visits Shipley to Speak About Strength-Based Parenting

    World-renowned psychologist Lea Waters, Ph.D. visited Shipley on Thursday, September 6 to speak to colleagues and families about strength-based parenting.
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  • What's Your Shipley Story: The Shipley Sisters, School Founders, 1894

    Trina Vaux '63
    It took courage to start a college preparatory school for women in the 1890s. The idea that women were as academically capable as men was controversial. Yet the Shipley sisters, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Katharine took on the challenge.
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  • August

    Melanie Chia-Yu Sze ’65: Finding Joy in Learning & Adventure

    Leigh Green
    From teacher to librarian, paralegal to artist, Melanie “Mel” Chia-Yu Sze ’65, has lived many lives. As a lifelong learner and ceaseless adventurer, her career exemplifies the power of the excellent, multi-faceted education she received at Shipley. “My dad emphasized to me that everything can be taken away from you except your education,” she says. “Shipley started me on a road to see [education’s] real value.”
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  • Shipley Innovations: The Constancy of Change

    Melissa Tassoni & Trina Vaux '63
    What does it take for an educational institution to survive and thrive for 125 years? Changing with the times and, in some cases, making unpopular decisions. Here are some major changes in Shipley’s 125-history.
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  • Whitney Stengel Kellett '89: Four Generations of A Shipley Education

    Leigh Green
    Whitney Stengel Kellett ’89, CIO at Aqua America, is part of a four-generation Shipley family. She values the compassion and broad thinking fostered by a Shipley education, in addition to its rigorous academic preparation – for herself and for her third-grade daughter.
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  • Letter from Steve Piltch - August 2018

    Steve's summer was full of great nostalgia and special importance, including the wedding of his daughter and beginning his final year at Shipley.  "Everywhere I turned, I found myself doing things that forced me to reflect on the many years I’ve had the privilege to spend as the Head of Shipley." 
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  • A Generation of Generations: Connecting Students to the Past

    Melissa Tassoni
    Even though Generations has been an important part of Shipley's seventh grade curriculum since the early 1990s, the multi-disciplinary unit is more relevant than ever in the personal and academic lives of students.
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  • Margaret Bailey Speer: Headmistress 1944-1965

    Trina Vaux '63
    Margaret Bailey Speer was Shipley’s Headmistress from 1944-1965. With her background in a family of missionaries and her prior experience as a teacher in China, she had a clear-eyed understanding of the human condition and was global before “globalism” was a thing. She pressed Shipley’s Board of Trustees to admit African American students to Shipley, and she inspired a whole generation of Shipley girls to live lives of purpose and service.
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  • Shipley Celebrates 125 Years of Changemakers

    Shipley will mark the 125th anniversary of its founding during the 2018-2019 school year with many events and opportunities to celebrate Shipley’s past, present, and future and our rich tradition of positive change making in the classroom and beyond.
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  • July

    Meeting of the Minds: Positive Education

    Melissa Tassoni
    Shipley is the first school in the country to adopt a school-wide approach to Positive Education, which aims to strengthen academic and personal achievement through wellbeing using evidence-based techniques. What is wellbeing? Can you teach it? How do you incorporate a successful Positive Education practice in schools? Should you? Our panel explores these questions and more.
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  • May

    Upper School Students Recognized at Closing Awards Ceremony

    On Thursday, May 24 the Upper School held their annual Closing Awards Ceremony. During this ceremony, Shipley recognized the outgoing and incoming student leadership officers and presented students with academic, athletic, and leadership awards.
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  • Letter from Steve Piltch - May 2018

    The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and Steve is both nostalgic about the past year and looking forward to what the Class of 2018 will accomplish.
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  • Shipley Crew Team Takes Gold at National Championship Regatta

    Shipley's Girls' Varsity Lightweight Quad won gold at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta at Cooper River in Camden, NJ.
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  • Students Recognized with Middle School Academic Awards

    The annual Middle School Academic Awards Ceremony recognized eight students for their achievements throughout the school year.
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  • 2018 Friends’ Schools League Champions

    Baseball Wins Fourth Consecutive FSL Championship

    On Wednesday, May 16, Shipley’s baseball team beat Friends’ Central by a score of 15-5 to win their fourth straight Friends’ Schools League championship.
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  • Shipley Sixth Grader Selected to Sing with OAKE National Youth Choir

    Shipley Sixth-grader Annabella Asimos was selected to sing in the OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) National Youth Choir for the second year in a row. 
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  • What is a Maker Faire?

    Dan Del Duca
    On April 21, several Shipley Lower School students participated in the first annual School Maker Faire, hosted by The Agnes Irwin School and The Baldwin School. Lower School science teacher Dan Del Duca shares his reflections on the day and excitement for next year's School Maker Faire.
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  • Upper School Spectrum Members and Faculty Advisors

    Upper School Spectrum Members Featured on Philly.com

    Shipley Spectrum members Lydia Chambers '17 and Maia Virgil '17 were recently featured in the Philly.com article "Day of Silence: What It Means for These Philly-Area Students."
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  • April

    Letter from Steve Piltch - April 2018

    Over Shipley's spring break, Steve and his wife traveled to China to visit Shipley families and schools in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. While his trip was one he will never forget, the most important lesson he learned was to remain open to and receptive of those who come from a different background, have different views, or simply look different.
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  • Saakshi Navile ’19 Selected for PMEA State Orchestra

    After a rigorous audition process, Shipley violinist Saakshi Navile ’19 was selected to play in the PMEA State Orchestra Festival for the second year in a row.
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  • Shipley Featured in MetroKids Concussion Article

    Shipley's Athletic Director, Mark Duncan, was recently featured in the MetroKids article "How Can You Tell if Your Child Has a Concussion?"
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  • March

    Letter from Steve Piltch - March 2018

    Steve reflects on Shipley's March All-School Assembly, which highlighted moments of Shipley pride. "My hat is off to each and every student mentioned above and to all of our students who are seeking and finding excellence on an individual or collective basis."
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  • June Baldwin ’68: Using the Medium For Meaningful Messages

    Leigh Green
    June Baldwin ’68 has enjoyed a remarkable career in broadcast television. She’s held a driving, steadfast focus on social impact. “Television’s a powerful medium for transforming consciousness, for giving a voice to those who don’t have one,” she says. And Shipley’s motto, Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing has been at the heart of her work.
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  • Hairspray at a Glance

    Shipley Upper School Performers Sell Out "Hairspray"

    Shipley's Upper School Musical, Hairspray, sold out five performances from March 1-3. See more photos from the show.
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  • February

    Letter from Steve Piltch - February 2018

    After noticing a family out to dinner together engaging with their phones instead of each other, Steve reflected on the increased use of technology in our everyday lives and the effects it has on us as people.  "Many of us—and I very much include myself—rely on our phones (and other technology) way too often."
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  • January

    Letter from Steve Piltch - January 2018

    January's All-School Assembly celebrated and honored Black History Month with a focus on courage. Steve recounts the special moments of the assembly and the powerful speeches given by Upper School students, "I was amazed by virtually everything that happened."
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  • Academic Spotlight: English 12 Seminar

    Melissa Tassoni
    By the time Shipley students reach senior year, students are offered choice in which semester-long English electives they’d like to enroll. This offering of choice is meant to inspire learning based on students’ interests and the courses are designed to give students a college-like learning experience, and many of the courses interdisciplinary in nature. Learn more about the English Senior Seminar.
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  • Elizabeth Ralph ’06: Living a Life of Insatiable Curiosity

    Leigh Green
    When Elizabeth Ralph ’06, was invited to join Politico Magazine in 2013, the Yale graduate leapt at the chance. As Deputy Editor, she oversees web publishing, monitors the article pipeline, and does “a ton of editing and assigning.” Shipley nurtured her drive towards discovery. “Shipley encouraged challenging conventional wisdom. My teachers were always willing to let me explore.”
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  • Head of School Dr. Steve Piltch Announces Retirement

    Shipley's Head of School, Dr. Steve Piltch, has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 academic year. Read letters from Steve and Brooksley Wylie, Chair of Shipley's Board of Trustees.
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  • Meeting of the Minds: Vision 2026, Shipley’s Strategic Plan

    Melissa Tassoni
    Shipley’s Strategic Plan provides a strong vision to help guide the School into the next decade and beyond. Deeply rooted in Shipley’s mission and traditional ideals, the plan provides a framework for its continued commitment to excellence in education. How does Shipley’s Strategic Plan maintain the essential character of the School while boldly moving it forward? Members of Shipley’s Board of Trustees share their thoughts.
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  • The Vale Family Shipley Story: Prepared to Succeed

    Kathy Smith
    Elizabeth Vale ’72, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and significant member of the Obama White House, credits Shipley with teaching her everything she needed to know. She valued her Shipley education so much, she sent her daughter Ann ’03 to Shipley, where she, too, received an education that prepared her for a successful future.
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  • Why I Give: The Chapin Family

    Leigh Green
    I’m an introvert, and he’s an extrovert,” says Emily Chapin Vollkommer ’05, of herself and her brother Colin Chapin ’08. At Shipley, they both thrived. “We could be our own people,” Colin says. Read more about the Chapins and why they give back to Shipley.
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  • Why I Teach: Adam Goren, Upper School Science

    Kathy Smith
    For Adam Goren, Upper School Physics and Chemistry teacher, teaching is an important and delicate business. “It’s a process,” he says. “of challenging the kids appropriately so they’re prepared to find the magic along the way.”
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  • Shipley and CHOP Partnership Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Shipley's partnership with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia doctors and scientists to discover an objective way to diagnose concussions and prevent long-term effects was recently featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Concussions in teen athletes: Making sure the brain is OK before getting cleared to play."
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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.