On Wednesday, October 22 at 4 p.m. Ellis Varsity field hockey will face off against rival Sewickley Academy in the first round of 2014 WPIAL AA playoffs. The game takes place at 4 p.m on the Ellis athletic field.
In honor of her commitment to education, philanthropy, community service, and leadership, The Ellis School is proud to name Susan SCHEINMAN Leonard ’64 as the recipient of the 2014 Sarah Frazier Ellis Award.
Background Info:Mackenzie is the Tigers' captain and is a four-year starter. She has scored 23 goals and dished out 10 assists for the Class AA-leading Tigers. She plans to study Economics at Bucknell University.
Congratulations to the nine members of the Ellis Class of 2015—that is nearly 1/3 of all seniors—who have been recognized this fall by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for outstanding performance on the PSAT. The Ellis Class of 2015 includes two National Merit Semifinalists, six National Merit Commended Students, and one National Achievement Outstanding participant. Approximately 1.5 million students took the PSAT.
As part of the Ellis commitment to diversity, a small group of Ellis Upper School students joined Pittsburgh college students in a special October 2 workshop about race and identity led by NPR correspondent Michele Norris. The workshop was presented by Carnegie Museum of Natural History in association with the exhibition RACE: Are we really so different? Using some of the 6-word statements from her Race Card Project, Ms. Norris engaged the group in a meaningful conversation about race.
At Ellis, students of all ages work as a community to assist others. Our newest service learning initiative is a school-wide project with the Education Partnership, a non-profit group that provides free supplies to schools where at least 70% of students meet income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals.
Calling all girls who love to tinker, invent, and play with gadgets. The Ellis School wants girls grades 5 to 8 to join our new all-girl Tinker Squad! This creative and exciting after school program is designed to help girls take on engineering and design challenges to make the world a better place. Meet other curious and creative girls and practice your tinkering skills for two hours a week.
On Monday, October 6, 2014, UCLA professor Dr. Linda Sax will describe research findings that show that single-gender education provides statistically significant benefits to girls. This free talk takes place at Ellis and is open to the public. Dr. Sax will discuss the findings of her studies, which show that girls’ school students have increased math confidence, greater focus on academics, increased interest in collaboration, greater political engagement, more interaction with teachers, greater self-confidence, and higher SAT scores.
To strengthen our shared commitment to pursuing, supporting, and embracing diversity of all kinds, The Ellis School is participating in programs related to the exhibition RACE: Are we really so different?, on view now at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Led by Diversity Coordinator and Upper School teacher Melissa Dodge, Ellis students in grades 6 to 12 visited this groundbreaking traveling exhibition and took part in guided tours. Ellis faculty facilitated breakout sessions and follow-up activities.
On Friday, September 19, the Ellis Glee club sang the National Anthem to a sold-out crowd at the Pirates vs. Brewers game. The Ellis Glee Club, under the direction of Jackie Fox, provided a glorious start to what turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the baseball season.
Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Director Technology and Innovation at The Ellis School, is one of 34 educators named as a Teacher of the Future for serving as a change agent, leader, and trend-setter in K-12 education. The honor is given annually by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Dr. Abel-Palmieri is a leader in learning innovation. In the past 4 months alone she has presented at five national and regional conferences including Stanford University’s Design Thinking K-12 Summit and at The Pittsburgh STEM Summit by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. She was named Director of The Ellis School's Learning Innovation Institute in June.
Soprano and Ellis alumna Lauren K. FREY '05 has won 2nd place nationally in the college/university opera division of 2014 The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award competition. When asked in 2012 how her Ellis art education influenced her, Lauren responded that "Ellis is where I was first exposed to opera. This initial operatic exposure eventually developed into a passion and a Masters of Music degree in voice performance and pedagogy!"
Ellis senior Sophia Sterling-Angus was so inspired by TED talks that she recruited a team of regional high school students and successfully obtained a TEDxYouth license. This Sunday, September 7 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sophia and her compatriots will present TEDxYouth@HotMetalBridge at Carnegie Museum of Art to “address the challenges facing the Millennial generation.” They won't just discuss issues: they'll share design thinking methods so that audience members will have tools to confront these challenges in their own lives and communities.
Schools working to improve learning outcomes for girls in science may want to stop lecturing and start using active learning models, according to preliminary findings of a research project of the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School, an all-girls school in Pittsburgh. The Ellis School found that active learning methods improved learning outcomes in physics. These include a better understanding of physics concepts and seeing that physics is relevant to everyday life. The School also saw improvements in students’ collaboration and communication in science class, both of which are crucial to success in college-level physics.