REMOTE LEARNING ALLOWS CONTINUITY OF LEARNING
In response to announcements concerning the COVID-19 crisis from the President and the Governor of Pennsylvania, ECA's administration and faculty responding quickly and launched remote instruction for our students beginning the week of March 16.
We are thankful to be able to engage the hearts and minds or our students, and help them grow spiritually and intellectually through this unprecedented time. Synchronous classroom activities are allowing students and teachers to see each other "face-to-face" while asynchronous assignments give flexibility to families sharing technology at home.
While the classroom setting has changed, our dedication to ECA students and families is unwavering. Every day administration and faculty are working to provide remote learning that is accessible, developmentally appropriate, educationally meaningful, and a great experience for each student.
Here's what ECA parents are saying.
"We have been thankful and impressed that the administration and teachers at Eden have made this transition in such an efficient, seamless, and caring way for our children. We love our kids’ enthusiastic dinner table stories about the virtual school day, and we are especially appreciative that they have a school environment that integrates faith and prayer during this challenging time."
"Our daughter's teacher has done a tremendous job of organizing all the class work needed in this time of quarantine in a moments notice. Other than not going to school physically, our daughter hasn’t missed a beat in her learning. I have seen a lot of complaints from parents whose children are in public schools and how poorly their schools have communicated with them and made online learning virtually impossible. This is not at all the case with Eden. I’m not sure how it is even possible, but we really do grow more and more thankful for Eden and the teachers every day."
2020 MOCK TRIAL TEAM STATE FINALISTS
ECA's Mock Trial team completed an undefeated season and was one of the top 14 teams from over 300 schools in Pennsylvania that qualified for the State Championship. Congratulations on a tremendous season!
Coach Aubrey Hiskey told the team, “Time and time again, you have shown that hard work, discipline and teamwork pay off. Throughout the long season, you have continued to encourage one another and sharpen each other to be more competitive. I am so proud of you. Congratulations on an undefeated season and another year qualifying for the State Championship!”
Coach Nancy Bishop said, “Congratulations to you all for another great Mock Trial season! You worked hard from November through March in order to accomplish you goal of qualifying for States. Veteran team members and rookies worked together to make our case strong and our performances great. Thank you to all of our veteran team members, especially our seniors, for coming alongside this year's new members to help them to compete to the best of their abilities. I am so proud of you all!”
MOCK TRIAL TEAM 2020 ADVANCED TO STATES
Earlier in March, ECA's Mock Trial Team defeated Pine-Richland High School in the semifinals and won their match against Upper St. Clair High School in the Region 1 Allegheny County finals!
Eden, who is undefeated, will represent Allegheny County in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania State Championship on March 27-28. It is the seventh time Eden Christian Academy has advanced to the state championships since 2007 when the team was formed.
UPDATE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, STATE COMPETITION HAS BEEN CANCELED.
MOCK TRIAL TEAM WINS IN SEMI-FINAL ROUND
ECA’s Mock Trial Team competed against Pine-Richland in the semifinal round of the PA Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition on March 2. We are excited to announce that Eden Christian Academy won the match!
The team advances to the final round competition on Wednesday, March 4, at the City-County Building at 5:15 pm. The winner of that trial will represent Region 1 (Allegheny County) at the State Championship in Harrisburg on March 27-28. Only the top 14 teams of the over 300 participating schools in Pennsylvania will compete for the state title.
Congratulations to the team, coaches, and attorney advisor!
MOCK TRIAL TEAM ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINAL ROUND OF COMPETITION
On February 10, Eden’s mock trial team defeated Thomas Jefferson in the first round of playoffs. The team is now in the final four in Region 1 (Allegheny County). Eden will compete in the semi-final round on March 2 at 5:15 pm in the City-County Building.
With 17 students participating, this is Eden’s largest team ever. Congratulations to the students, teacher coach, Mrs. Nancy Bishop, attorney advisor, Eden alumna Mrs. Aubrey Hiskey, and assistant coaches, Ms. Katelyn Gaston and Mr. Ben Rogers, Eden alumni and former competitors.
One of the largest in the nation, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.
BOYS BASKETBALL 2020
The Varsity Boys Basketball team faced Nazareth Prep in the WPIAL Quarterfinals on February 20 at Northgate High School. After falling behind by as many as 22 points, the Warriors fought their way back into the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters. They got the lead down to 5 points, but could not get any closer. Nazareth Prep pulled away in the final minutes, winning the game 69 - 57. The Warriors had three players in double figures; Drew Lipinski led the way with 18 points, Thomas Medure added 15 points, and Eric Gronbeck added 12 points.
The Warriors are still alive for a trip to the PIAA basketball playoffs and await the result of the Vincentian vs. Nazareth Prep game.
GREAT WORK athletes and coaches!
VARSITY TEAM IN WPIAL PLAY-OFFS
The varsity boys played Greensburg Central Catholic on February 15 in the first round of the WPIAL basketball playoffs. After being tied at 13 after the first quarter, the Warriors took an 8 point lead into the half. That lead was down to a 3 point lead at the end of the third quarter. They built a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter and held on to it for the 66 - 56 win. Elijah Manges led all scorers with 25 points. Drew Lipinski and Thomas Medure both added 12 points.
The team advances to the WPIAL Quarterfinals and will play Nazareth Prep on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30 at Northgate High School.
At Eden Christian Academy, education is so much more than academics. It’s about equipping each child academically and spiritually to fulfill their God-directed future.
At the Berkeley Hills Campus, we recently opened a new STEAMS Lab integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to engage and challenge your child to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and solve complex problems.
The Robotics component of our STEAMS program was developed to provide visual and tangible application of programming concepts and develop skills in problem solving, perseverance, and teamwork.
GIRLS BASKETBALL 2020
The varsity girls basketball team played Clairton on Tuesday, February 18, in the first round of WPIAL playoffs. Trailing by as many as 12 points at times, the Lady Warriors kept fighting their way back into the game. They got it to a three point game with 25 seconds remaining and had two shots at tying it up. When the final buzzer sounded, they came up three points short with a final score Clairton 61 and Eden 58. Leading scorers were Taylor Haring with 18 points and Haylee Fleishman with 17 points.
Congratulations athletes and coaches on an exciting season!
Seventh and eighth grade students experienced a weekend to remember at the 2019 fall retreat in Ligonier.
Imagine the powerful atmosphere as this group of young people - with no distractions and no phones - chose to fully engage in worship! Mr. Kolarik told us, “Every student sang loud and I know it pleased the Lord. We spent time praying for each other and for the middle school class to lead at school, despite being young. I am still hearing amazing stories about what God spoke to individual students at that time.”
Pastor Seth Reichart, from Urban Impact Pittsburgh, delivered a compelling message from the book of Daniel about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who stood strong and would not compromise their faith in the one true God. His presentation challenged students to live genuine, God-directed lives especially in the face of cultural pressures in the world.
Members of the senior class were also on the trip to connect and mentor, as well as grow their leadership skills. They encouraged students to stand on God’s Word and step into all He has planned for them!
Through worship and God’s word, as well as awesome team building activities that had them laughing and thinking, students deepened their faith and encountered God in a profound way.
Experiences like the Middle School Retreat, help students connect with their God-given potential and direction for life. As a parent, you can be confident that the values you’re building in your child’s life at home are reinforced every day at school.
ECA's Board of Directors is excited to announce that after an extensive nationwide search and months of fervent prayer, Paul Fisher has been hired as Head of School.
Paul, and his wife Sheri, have three children; Elijah is a college freshman, Arden is in 11th grade, and Isaiah is in 9th grade. Paul grew up in Pittsburgh and was a student in the North Allegheny School District through middle school. He is looking forward to returning to his Pittsburgh roots including Steelers football! Paul received a BA in English with a minor in Bible and Religion at Harding University in Arkansas and a MS in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University in Philadelphia. He is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast competing in 48 marathons and two ultramarathons. He has shared his love for running as a cross country and soccer coach.
Paul has served in a variety of roles throughout his 22 years in education. During his 18 year tenure at Coventry Christian School in Pottstown, PA, Paul gained diverse experience as a teacher, principal, director of advancement, and head of school. For the past four years, Paul has served as academic dean at Harding Academy of Memphis. His passion for Christian education has led him to become a consultant to Christian schools around the country. He has been a trustee for the National Christian School Association (NCSA) and has presented for professional organizations such as the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and NCSA.
God’s timing and provision allowed us to find an exceptional candidate well in advance of our expected timeline. This gives Paul and ECA's existing leadership team an opportunity to work together in the coming months to cast a vision for Eden's future. Todd Aiken, Kimberly Hyland, and Chuck Smullin will continue to serve as our interim heads of school until Paul officially joins us in July of 2020.
Paul tells us, “Sheri, the kids, and I are eager to build relationships with the Eden community for the purpose of engaging our students’ hearts and minds for Christ and his Kingdom. As we prayed over the opportunity to serve Eden’s students in partnership with parents, faculty, and staff, God impressed upon us the congruency of heart, mission, and passion between us and the Eden community.
As I help Harding Academy transition to new leadership this school year, I am spending scheduled time every week praying for Eden’s board, leadership team, and faculty by name and look forward to beginning to cultivate shared vision for Eden together even over the course of this school year as we gradually transition back to Pennsylvania. We are ordering our Eden spirit wear this week and will wear it proudly around Memphis until moving day, when we can wear it with the rest of the Eden community."
Did you know that your child can participate a one-of-a-kind program offered exclusively at Eden?
Learning Through Literature (LTL) was uniquely designed to integrate STEM initiatives and learning through purposeful play, and provide exciting and developmentally appropriate exposure to pre-reading and pre-writing for students in PreKindergarten 4.
LTL is offered as an addition to PreKindergarten 4 and the programs combined provide a five-day-a-week option for your child.
Here’s what your child will experience in LTL:
Monthly author studies
Pretend play that ties to literature and incorporates pre-reading, writing, and numeracy skills
STEM investigations that link to literature
Literacy skills such as retelling, identifying story elements, prediction, vocabulary building, phonemic and phonological awareness
Art in response to literature including exploring techniques of various illustrators
Learning through movement and play in a nurturing environment
LTL classrooms are creative and energetic. And, it's where students are developing a love for literature and contemporary children’s authors, learning and growing through creative play, and exploring and discovering with hands-on STEM activities.
Learn more or come for a tour! Contact Nanette Curtis at 412-364-8055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY IS EDEN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR FAMILY?
When we were first investigating educational choices as young parents we were interested in something more than just academics, even though academics were very important to us. As a former public school teacher, I (Sarah) was aware of the growing number of options becoming available on the educational landscape, and as leaders in student ministry, we knew our choice had to reinforce the values we were teaching their children at home. Of course, we were happy with the Eden’s exceptional academic ranking on the state and national levels, but we wanted something more than that; we knew our kids would need an environment that would allow for their spiritual formation and the opportunity to be exposed to strong, God-honoring leadership in all areas, not just at home and church. We believe Eden provides that in the classroom, on the playground, and even in extra-curricular activities.
HOW WOULD EDEN BE GREAT FOR OTHER FAMILIES?
Nineteen years later, as we celebrate our fourth Eden graduate, we are even more committed to the Eden experience. The foundation children receive at Eden cannot be matched. Someone had told us long ago that we just had to visit the school and walk the halls. The difference is obvious. They were right. We could encourage any parent to schedule a visit – Eden is worth it.
Students on all three Eden campuses offered heartfelt prayers while gathered for See You at the Pole, a nationwide prayer event. And, they are growing in faith, knowledge, and in closer relationship with God every day. It's one of the reasons that all of us - students, parents, teachers, staff - are together at Eden.
Students speakers delivered captivating speeches at commencement on May 31. Enjoy these quotes!
Learning about God's creation and living things began in Science class and culminated when Kindergarten explored the Latodami Nature Center for a hands-on experience. Mrs. Pollick told us, “We explored an open field and caught bugs, we held a turtle in the Turtle Sanctuary, and we investigated the interesting habitat that surrounds a pond. Students were excited about how purposeful God is when he creates living animals and plants.”
READ WHAT THE MANGES FAMILY TOLD PITTSBURGH PARENT MAGAZINE
Featured in a parent profile in Pittsburgh Parent Magazine's June issue, Eden parents Doug and Sarah Manges told about their journey to Eden and their experience since then.
When we were first investigating educational choices as young parents, we were interested in more than just academics – even though academics were very important to us.
As a former public school teacher, I (Sarah) was aware of the growing number of options becoming available on the educational landscape, and as leaders in student ministry, we both knew our choice had to reinforce the values we were teaching our children at home.
We were happy with Eden’s exceptional academic ranking on the state and national levels. And, we knew that our kids would learn in an environment that would allow for their spiritual formation and the opportunity to be exposed to strong, God-honoring leadership in all areas of their lives.
Eden provides that environment and leadership in the classroom, on the playground and even in extra-curricular activities. And, it aligns with what our children learn at home and church.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL OTHER FAMILIES LOOKING FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION?
Nineteen years later, as our family celebrates our fourth Eden graduate, we are even more committed to the Eden experience. The foundation children receive at Eden cannot be matched. Someone told us long ago that we just needed to “visit the school and walk the halls. The difference is obvious.” They were right. We would encourage any parent to schedule a visit - Eden is worth it.
ACADEMIC RIGOR. FAITH. SERVICE.
The Class of 2019 gained acceptance in over 50 colleges and universities and was offered $1,186,700 in scholarships.
The class average score on SAT exams was above state and national averages; two graduates scored a perfect 800 on the math portion, and six students scored above 1400 which is in the 94th percentile.
In addition, these graduates completed more than 3,100 community service hours.
Congratulations to each student in the Class of 2019! You have worked hard, grown spiritually and academically, and are equipped to soar in your God-directed future!
Aubrey Smith is an associate with DFL Legal. Ms. Smith focuses her practice on construction litigation and insurance coverage issues.
Ms. Smith was the first student to attend Eden from preschool through 12th grade. While at Eden, she was involved in mock trial, cheerleading, volleyball, student council, National Honor Society, and musicals. She was a member of the second graduating class (2007-2008).
Ms. Smith received her B.A. in Communications from Allegheny College in 2012, and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2015. At Duquesne, Ms. Smith competed locally and nationally in trial advocacy competitions. She received the Katie Elisabeth Westbrook Award for outstanding academic achievement focused on trial advocacy, and the Lynette Norton Memorial Award for excellence in advocacy, ethics, and professionalism. She was invited to join the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society.
In addition, Ms. Smith has coached Eden Christian Academy in the Pennsylvania High School Mock Trial Competition since 2014 and has led the team to the state finals competition in Harrisburg four times.
She received the Pro Bono Certificate at graduation for her volunteer work at Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh, where she currently serves on the nonprofit’s board.
Ms. Smith has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® “Rising Star” in 2018 and 2019, representing the top 2.5% of all Pennsylvania attorneys under the age of 40.
Congratulations to 2019 commencement speakers Paige Balla, Gideon Manges, Emma Steele, and Mark Williams!
These students were selected based on both an essay outlining Eden’s impact on them and their impact on the school spiritually, intellectually, academically, and in the areas of personal character development and personal leadership as well as the student’s representation of Eden’s mission and values.
The Class of 2019 Commencement Exercises will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, 7:00 pm, at Christ Church at Grove Farm.
Congratulations to the cast, crew, set designers, and directors of Peter Pan on a fabulous production!
Students in grades 7-12 contributed their creative talents in music, dance, sound, lighting, painting, prop and set design to make the musical a grand success. Participating in the musical was an exciting opportunity for students to be engaged, build relationships, develop their creative talents and collaborative skills.
Enjoy performance photos HERE
Kindergarten students deepened their understanding and faith with a hands-on Easter lesson as they made resurrection rolls in class. They learned that Christ’s body (represented with a marshmallow) was anointed with oil (melted butter) and spices and herbs (cinnamon and sugar). His body was wrapped in white cloths (represented by a crescent roll) and then Jesus was placed in a tomb (the oven). And, on the third day His body was no longer in the tomb; He rose from the dead! When the rolls came out of the oven and were opened, they were “empty” just like the empty tomb. Students celebrated the wonderful news and remembered all that Jesus endured for them as they enjoyed their special snack.
Enjoy a few photos HERE
Update: Mock Trial Team Finishes as Semifinalists in the Pennsylvania State Championship
Congratulations on an Outstanding Season!
Eden Christian Academy was one of 14 high schools that advanced to the 36th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition on March 29 and 30 in Harrisburg. This year, 287 teams from 242 high schools competed in district and regional levels of Pennsylvania's mock trial competition for one of the 14 spots at the statewide competition. Pennsylvania's competition is one of the largest in the nation.
Eden’s team moved to the state level after winning the Region 1 area of competition that included schools in Allegheny County.
Eden’s Mock Trial team included students Joshua Barnhart, Leia Davliakos, Luke Delposen, Collin Hicks, Samuel Hogue, Vivien Kohler, William Lucas, Nathan Moore, Holly Nassif, Wesley Rodu, Benjamin Rogers, and Isaac Wick. Nancy Bishop served as the teacher coach and the team’s attorney advisor was Eden Alum, Aubrey Smith.
Eden, one of the 14 regional championship teams, participated in two rounds of competition at the Dauphin County Courthouse on March 29. One of the few teams that won both rounds of competition, Eden advanced to the semifinal round on March 30. After a hard fought trial, Eden narrowly lost to Germantown Friends School. Eden finished its mock trial season as semifinalists in the Pennsylvania State Championship, placing in the top 6 out of 287 teams across the state.
This year's hypothetical case was a criminal jury trial in which the defendant, a local pain management doctor, was accused of prescribing opiate painkillers outside the realm of normal medical practice, resulting in the overdose death of his patient. During the competition, eight-members of Eden’s team argued the case in an actual courtroom before a judge.
"For participating students across Pennsylvania, this mock trial competition is more than an academic exercise," said Alaina C. Koltash of Harrisburg, chair of the association's Young Lawyers Division. "These students will gain a working knowledge of our justice system, plus successful dispute resolution techniques, and valuable presentation, critical-thinking and teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes."
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state's largest organized bar association. The competition is sponsored by the PBA Young Lawyers Division.
Undefeated! The Mock Trial Team completed the 2019 season with a win over Pine-Richland in the semi-finals and a 5 to 1 ballot win against Thomas Jefferson in the finals at the end of February. The team is now in the top 14 teams of over 300 participating in Pennsylvania!
Their undefeated season advances the students to Harrisburg in March to represent Allegheny County in the Pennsylvania State Mock Trial Competition.
Congratulations to the team and coaches, Mrs. Nancy Bishop and Eden Alum Ms. Aubrey Smith! And, Go Mock Trial Warriors!
Seventh and eighth grade students had a weekend to remember at the 2018 fall retreat in Ligonier.
Building on the theme of living fearless lives, Eden staff members shared their personal middle school experiences and areas of their lives where they allowed fear to hold them back. They encouraged and challenged students to stand on God’s Word and step into all He has planned for them!
Eden seniors expressed their heartfelt thoughts about living genuine lives directed by a fearless and passionate relationship with Jesus. Through worship and the Word, as well as team building activities that had them laughing and thinking, students deepened their faith and encountered God in a powerful way.
Experiences like the Middle School Retreat, help students connect with their God-given potential and direction for life. As a parent, you can be confident that the values you’re building in your child’s life are reinforced every day at school.
Faith & Learning. At Eden, they go hand-in-hand.
When the third and fourth grade students at Wexford learned about a need in our community, they enthusiastically went to work and collected over 1,200 food items to place in bags through Blessings in a Backpack. This national outreach provides thousands of weekend meals to students in need and Eden's donations were connected locally in partnership with McFadden Chiropractic who supports Blessings in a Backpack for a designated number of meals for students in a local school district.
Eden students gathered around the donated items to pray that those who received them would understand the love of God and be reminded how valuable they are!
Growing in faith and making an impact; it happens every day at Eden.
With a fundamentals slant, 2D Design, offered first semester, had Eden’s serious art students fully immersed. Using charcoal as the medium for lights and darks and integrating the Essential Skeleton App, human form work by 11/12 students was displayed at the Mt. Nebo Campus. Fabulous work! This semester, companion class 3D Design is offered.
Students in Preschool 4 were excited and thoroughly engaged in a recent hands-on project that began after reading The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) initiatives, students worked together to create a plan, build a ginger bread trap, and go on a class adventure through the hallways to discover that their trap was a success and the Gingerbread Baby left them cookies. They love learning!
Expanded STEAM initiatives are the focus of Eden’s 35th Anniversary Campaign.
Northland Public Library commemorated the signing of the U.S. Constitution with activities, demonstrations, and a poster contest. The event, for students and families, was sponsored by the library and the Kushkushkee Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Special guests, the Wildwood Long Rifle group, brought American Revolution history to life and fired a time period canon. Eden Christian Academy Kindergarten students were awarded for their entries in the “We The People” poster contest. Congratulations to Pearl, 1st place; Lucas, 2nd place; Caleb and Emmalyn, tied for 3rd place! Great work!
Hands-on, interactive learning happens every day at Eden.
Sixth grade history students put their heads together on an exciting project as they learned about the Great Wall of China. Working collaboratively, they researched facts and used details to map out the wall and build a replica displaying noteworthy data throughout the maze. All the students at the Wexford Campus were then invited to tour the wall, too.
Another exceptional learning experience!
Fourth grade students are taking what they’ve learned about organ systems in class and recreating the parts of the digestive system into mazes as part of a MakerSpace project. After sketching and painting each part, they used straws to separate them and then release a marble to flow through entire the “digestive system,” simulating the route food travels.
If you're new here, welcome! We are so glad to have you, and we hope to see you on campus soon!
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Second grade students kicked off the fall growing season with hands-on learning in the Berkeley Hills Garden, a new addition this year at Eden’s Berkeley Hills campus. They filled cups of dirt and planted beans and peas and said they’re looking forward to watching the sprouts emerge.
The garden project emphasizes community service and encourages students in grades Kindergarten to 6th grade to expand their knowledge of nutrition and connect to God’s created natural world. Students will plant, water, care for, and harvest vegetables that will be donated to a local food pantry.
For more information about the school garden, please contact Heidi Pollick at email@example.com.
Fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Lutherlyn for a daylong retreat in September. They talked about the food chain and then found living animals in a creek. They were able to practice orienteering using compasses, and they played pioneer-style games. Finally, they heard a devotional from a Lutherlyn staff member that incorporated what they had learned about the compass. It was a wonderful day in the woods!
Eden will welcome over 660 students across our three campuses on Monday, August 27. Until we see you face to face, here's a back-to-school Q&A!
When is the first day of school?
Kindergarten through Grade 12 begins Monday, August 27
PreKindergarten 4 Phase-In begins Monday, August 27
Preschool 3 Phase-In begins Tuesday, August 28
Is my child's back-to-school supply list available online?
Yes! Supply lists are on the Quick Links page of Eden's website. Here are direct links to the lists:
How do I sync Eden's calendar with mine?
Go to Eden's calendar page on the website and choose the All-School Calendar or your specific campus. Click the calendar icon in the upper right corner for instructions to add Eden's calendar to your Google, Apple ICAL, or Outlook calendar and keep your calendar up-to-date with all the Eden happenings!
How do I set up my ParentWeb account?
Visit the How-To Guide on the website for easy instructions to set up your ParentWeb account, set up ParentAlerts, and much more!
What regular communications will I receive from Eden this year?
Elementary school parents will receive an email newsletter from their child's teacher on Fridays and students will bring home a Friday Folder with work from the week and other important forms.
Weekly Updates from each campus arrive in parent email boxes on Monday mornings. Read the news and stay informed!
When can I expect my first Weekly Update?
It's coming your way on Monday, September 3! We love to keep you in the know.
When does the hot lunch program begin and how do I order?
The hot lunch program hero (Mrs. Ricci) is working on some improvements and all the details aren't yet finalized. We'll keep you informed, so watch for more information!
When will I receive my back-to-school packet?
Back-to-School packets were mailed on August 3. Let us know if you haven't recieved yours!
Eden Administrative Office 412.364.8055
We are excited that Mr. Aiken will be featured in the Face-to-Face With Educators section of the September Pittsburgh Parent Magazine.
Here's a sneak peek!
Thank you for your participation! We received over 60 photos of creative and amazing adventures you had with Flat Warrior.
At Eden, learning isn’t always from a textbook.
Project based learning gives students the opportunity to solve real world problems by applying lessons learned in the classroom while they grow in:
Teamwork and collaboration skills
Problem solving skills
Communication and interpersonal skills
And, students are having so much fun they don’t realize all that they are learning!
Last week, students at Berkeley Hills were excited to officially launch the School Garden - a hands-on learning experience that will benefit each students and our community!
The School Garden project provides cross-curricular integration, community service, expanded knowledge of nutrition, and connection to God’s created natural world and all He has blessed us with! As the project moves forward, students will plant, water, care for, and harvest vegetables that will be donated to a local food pantry.
Enjoy some photos from the project HERE
Eden is committed to help students grow in the likeness of Christ by working with parents to educate the whole child – academically, spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
If you would like to contribute to or help with the School Garden, please contact Heidi Polick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this month, Trey auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band and placed first chair out of five bass clarinets. Over 110 schools participated at All-State in six different concerts - all-state band, wind ensemble, jazz band, vocal jazz, chorus, and orchestra.
Looking ahead, Trey will audition for the 2019 Eastern Division Conference Honors Ensemble.
Congratulations, Trey! You have worked hard and we are so proud of all you have accomplished.
UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE IN FIVE PERFORMANCES OF CINDERELLA
Congratulations to the cast, crew, orchestra, set designers, and directors on a fabulous production!
145 students contributed their talents in music, dance, sound, lighting, painting, textile arts, and set design to make the musical a grand success.
Did you know?
Students contributed their creative talents as set painters, light and sound designers, orchestra members, as well as t-shirt design.
Mr. Sjol’s Engineering Class designed the movement of the clock hands.
Mrs. Dornsife’s Fiber Arts Class created the handmade tissue props.
Student engagement opportunities, like the Upper School musical, are designed to:
promote creativity and problem solving
strengthen leadership and communication skills
develop team work and discipline
build confidence and unity
Musical director Mrs. Snavely remarked, “In rehearsals, I saw senior students encouraging younger students and observed a sense of unity where students were cheering and praying for one other. Each year I am amazed by the talents of our students.”
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THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!
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Dedication and Open House of the New Academic Building
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Mt. Nebo Campus
318 Nicholson Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
In March, Eden Christian Academy inducted the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Class of 2018. The Honor Societies represent five pillars that are identified attributes of inductees and existing members: Honor, Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Service and Character.
Please join us in congratulating the Honor Societies Class of 2018!
View more photos HERE
On Friday night, the varsity boys defeated Johnsonburg to advance to PIAA Round 2!
EDEN VS. SHANKSVILLE-STONYCREEK
March 13 at 8:00 pm
Hempfield Area High School
4345 PA-136, Greensburg, PA 15601
GAME TICKETS ON SALE in the Mt. Nebo athletic office
Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tickets are $6 adult and $3 student
Fan Bus leaves Eden Mt. Nebo at 6:00 pm and tickets are $7 per person
Student tickets will not be available at the door on game day. All tickets at the game site on game day will be $6.
If you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets at Eden - we get a percentage of our advance tickets sales!
A fan bus may be scheduled, depending on the game location.
The Varsity Boys Basketball team qualified for the PIAA State Playoffs for the fourth consecutive year!
EDEN VS. JOHNSONBURG
MARCH 9 at 7:30 pm
Clarion University Tippin Gymnasium
Greenville Avenue, Clarion, PA 16214
Game tickets, $6.00 adult and $3 student, are on sale at the Mt. Nebo Campus athletic office Tuesday-Friday (March 6-9), 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. All tickets at the gate on game day will be $6.
FAN BUS tickets are $7 per person and are also on sale at the athletic office. The bus will leave Eden Mt. Nebo on Friday at 5:00 pm.
FEB 21: Trey earned principal chair bass clarinet in the PMEA Region 1 Band and performed on February 23 at Plum Senior High School auditorium along with students representing over 60 high schools. Trey advances to States in Lancaster, PA.
We are so excited for you, Trey!
Upper School student Trey, grade 10, recently competed in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Band West Festival along with students representing 45 local high schools. Trey sat principle chair bass clarinet at the festival and was one of the students chosen to advance to regional competition on February 21-22 at Plum High School.
Trey is Eden’s first musician to qualify for district competition.
Congratulations, Trey! The whole Eden Family is cheering for you!
FEB 22: The Warriors played the Union Scotties in the WPIAL Quarterfinals at Fox Chapel High School. After taking an early lead, they fell behind by 8 at the end of the first. They fought back and tied the game 29-29 just before the half but the Scotties pulled away in the third quarter outscoring the Warriors 23-8 in that frame. The Warriors could not get back inside double digits and were eliminated from the WPIAL playoffs. Final score: Union Area 67, Eden 52. Chase Haring led all scorers with 27 points.
Congratulations to the players and coaches on a successful season.
Thank you to all the students, parents and Eden staff that came to support!
The Varsity Boys Basketball team is advancing to WPIAL Quarterfinals! Game tickets will be on sale in the athletics' office (field house) today from 11:30am-3pm, Wednesday 8am-3pm, and Thursday 8am-5pm. The price for adults is $7 and the price for students is $5. Student tickets will not be available at the door on game day. All tickets at Fox Chapel on game day will be $7.
Eden vs. Union Area
Thursday, Feb 22 at 8:00 pm
at Fox Chapel High School
611 Field Club Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Tickets on sale now
Last year, Margaret, Kylee, and Hannah set a goal to raise $4500 to build a home for a family in need through Homes of Hope in Costa Rica. They went to work planning and organizing their senior project, a Dance-A-Thon held last November, and raised over $2500 at the event! Determined to meet their original goal, Margaret found a sponsor who donated the difference and they were able to provide $4500 to Homes of Hope to fully fund a home.
This June, Margaret, Kylee, and Hannah, along with Eden high school students who participate in the Costa Rica mission trip through Joshua Expeditions, will have the awesome opportunity to serve Homes of Hope on the “Aphesis” house build that was paid for by these contributions. These students are truly sharing their faith both in words and action.
Here is a portion of an email from Joshua Expeditions: “Aphesis” (what we are calling the house build) is the Greek word for Freedom/Pardon. Jesus uses Aphesis in Luke chapter 4 to describe the act of liberating souls from captivity, freeing them from an obligation (debt) they could never pay. Just as we have been freed from a debt that we could never pay, this ministry can bring freedom to others through the Gospel of Christ. We are looking forward to this year as not only physical needs are met, but more importantly spiritual needs. Both Mario & Teresa have a heart for the people and they are not just organizing house builds for Joshua Expedition groups, but they are allowing God to use them to change the lives of a community.”
BOYS WPIAL PLAYOFF GAME
EDEN VS. GEIBEL CATHOLIC
FRIDAY, FEB. 16
AT BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL
4653 Clairton Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
GIRLS WPIAL PLAYOFF GAME
EDEN VS. ROCHESTER
SATURDAY, FEB. 17
AT NORTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
53 Rochester Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Tickets on sale now
Wexford Campus Warrior Leadership Team students put their faith into action at the January 20 Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at The DoorWay, a ministry for youth in Pittsburgh. Nearly 40 families enjoyed the event where Eden students performed songs from their Christmas musical and provided dessert and raffle baskets. Half of the $1300 event proceeds will fund ministry at The DoorWay and the other half will help fund the Warrior Leadership Team’s spring project.
Enjoy a few photos HERE
Second grade students applied problem-solving, teamwork, and planning skills as they built Conestoga wagons using only yardsticks, cardboard, paper, and tape. Learning about the Oregon Trail came to life as the students engaged in this creative, hands-on MakerSpace project.
Enjoy photos of their ideas and energy HERE
Berkeley Hills students on the Warrior Leadership Team (WLT) recently joined forces with the Ross Township Police Department to lead a campus-wide toy drive for children in our community who wouldn’t have a gift to open on Christmas morning.
It was exciting to see the collection box beginning to fill and soon overflowing with marvelous gifts! Early in December, the WLT gathered them and traveled to the Ross Township Police Station to work alongside officers organizing hundreds of toys into gift bags for each child. The students did a great job and, afterwards, the officers gave them an awesome tour of the station (including a five-minute stint behind bars) and hosted them for a pizza party. A week later, the WLT was escorted by Ross Township police officers to deliver some of the toys to families in the community.
Thank you, Eden families, for your generous support of the project. And special thanks to all the Ross Township police officers for allowing us to partner with you and for your courageous service to our community.
Eden students were blessed by this opportunity to serve others, share the love of Christ, and make a difference in the lives of families in our neighborhood.
Enjoy some photos HERE
Eden Alumnus, Jake Murphy '17, was recently featured on KDKA for the Snow-Delay Alarm App he developed with a friend. “The app is an independent alarm clock, and when you go into the app and set an alarm, it will wake you up in the morning,” Murphy told KDKA money editor Jon Delano. “However, if your school delays, it will push your alarm two hours. And if your school cancels, it will terminate your alarm entirely, so it is completely based off your school status.”
Currently, the app includes school districts in the Pittsburgh and Boston regions and, for a limited time, is free.
Read more HERE
From wearing red, white, and blue to collecting items for care packages, students honored veterans and those who are currently serving in our armed forces in celebration of Veterans Day. Artwork lined the hallways at Berkeley Hills and cards were displayed outside the school office in Wexford. Students spent time in prayer for these heroes, remembering their service and the privilege of living in a free nation.
Enjoy some photos HERE.
Eden's first All-Class Reunion was held on November 25 with nearly 70 Eden Alumni in attendance. Graduates from the class of 2007 through 2017 toured the new Mt. Nebo Campus academic building, reconnected with former classmates, and shared laughter and great food!
Enjoy some photos HERE.
Congratulations to cross country runners, Emma Steele and Eric Gronbeck, who will compete on November 4 in the 2017 PIAA Championships in Hershey, following their qualifying runs at the WPIAL Championships at Cooper’s Lake in October. All the best to Emma and Eric as they head to the state championships!
Enjoy Cross Country Team photos at Eden's SmugMug
George Ebenezer talked with Eden students at the Mt. Nebo Campus about the Beyond Barriers ministry in India.It was an honor to have him and his wife, Manju, visit us in chapel.
When Eden students learned that their friend, Brianna, would not be able to attend the high-school Homecoming Dance, they put their faith and love in action to bring the dance to her - at Children's Hospital! This caring group of young women dressed for the dance and brought food, gifts, fun, and laughter to Brianna's hospital room. Special thanks to Miss Cassie Herbert, English Department, who organized, coordinated, and led the wonderful celebration!
Enjoy some photos from the day at Eden's SmugMug
Imagination comes to life as kindergarten students visit the Farmers' Market for hands-on exploration and cross-curricular challenges. Learning is fun as they count, sort, weigh, price, and sell produce; pretend to plant and harvest a garden; and read and draw!
Enjoy Impagination Station photos at Eden's SmugMug
Generous donations to our Warrior Classic Golf Outing helped fund the purchase of a brand new van for Eden! Athletic Directors Steve Good and Greg Foltz are thrilled to start the school year with transportation for student athletes to events.