It’s not just students who take part in summer reading at The Ellis School! Each year, Lower, Middle, and Upper School faculty are given reading assignments to deepen their understanding of student life and educational trends.
Ellis Upper School students constructed the first-ever student designed installation at the Senator John Heinz History Center as part of Green City Remix, a project of Green Building Alliance (GBA). Green City Remix is a unique partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center that brought together seven high schools from the Pittsburgh area to examine environmental history and activism this past spring. Ellis students partnered with Quaker Valley High School and were tasked with designing an exhibit that portrayed Pittsburgh’s environmental Smoke Control campaign in the 1940s and 1950s, but reinvented and remixed with a 21st century spin.
Kim Mechling keeps the Lower School on the forefront of innovation in her role as the Lower School Technology Integration Coordinator. Whether she’s searching for new math-based apps for students in grade 4, or teaching students in grade 1 how to create iMovie reflections on recent required reading—Mrs. Mechling's dedication to her students and their success is infectious.
The Class of 1966 graduated during a particularly tumultuous time in American history. A burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and rapidly changing gender roles affected politics as well as popular culture. The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” went to the top of the music charts; New York City transit workers went on strike for twelve days, shutting down the subway system; and President Johnson announced that the United States would stay in South Vietnam until the communist aggression ended. It was an era of scientific and social revolution.
BBC journalist and broadcaster Martha KEARNEY visited the Ellis campus on November 3, 2016. The main presenter of BBC Radio 4's lunchtime news program The World at One, Kearney was in Pittsburgh to work on a piece about the 2016 presidential election. She was particularly interested in exploring the region’s diverse constituencies, “I wanted to see how the presidential race was playing out in western Pennsylvania. It was very interesting to go to a Hillary Clinton rally in Pittsburgh, but then to visit smaller towns where a number of people were supporting Donald Trump.”