Class of ’70
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Countdown to our belated 50th Reunion...

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Update 03/06/21: In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines from the Philadelphia Health Dept., the SCH Alumni Office has modified the scope of reunion activities in 2021, offering a number of virtual events. The Reunion Dinner has been cancelled, the cocktail party has been broken up into multiple locations segregated by decade of graduation, the campus buildings will mainly be locked, and the previously catered BBQ will be a BYO picnic.

In response to these circumstances, both Springside and CHA Classes of 1970 have decided to postpone our on-campus participation this year, in the hopes that we can reschedule reunion activities to Spring of 2022, fully vaccinated and unencumbered by any COVID-19 restrictions.

This page will be updated when more information about 2022 becomes available. In the meantime, classmates are welcome and encouraged to register online for any or all of the virtual, hybrid, and in-person events listed below.

Note: Registration closes on June 2nd.
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Alumni Week, June 7-10

  • Mon. 06/07/21 at 7:00 PM:

    Return to the Darhad with Robert M. Peck '70: A Virtual Trip to Mongolia

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    Bob Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences, has escaped headhunters in the jungles of Ecuador, discovered three new species of frog in the Amazon, and helped David Attenborough and the BBC reach millions of people with award-winning films about the natural world. As a naturalist, historian, writer, and chronicler of expeditions, he has traveled widely to witness and record, among other subjects, the nomadic life of herding families on the steppes of Central Asia. Tonight we can share some of Bob's adventures through a short (half hour) documentary film made about his seven expeditions to Mongolia and the remarkable photographs he has taken along the way. For anyone who enjoys remote travel, lively narrative, and beautiful photography, this will be an event worth sharing with your family.

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  • Tues. 06/08/21 at 7:00 PM:

    Virtual Trivia Night is cancelled

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    Per Melissa Brown: "We are moving Trivia Night to another time during the school year." Whether it will still be a virtual event remains to be determined.

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  • Wed. 06/09/21 at 7:00 PM:

    Panel Discussion with Head of School Steve Druggan & SCH Students

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    There is no doubt that Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is a vibrant community. From the tremendous successes in implementing the 10-year campus master plan, to our students who bring their projects and passions to fruition in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Capstone, to our All-State team members, InterAc, and PAISAA Champions and World Champion Robotics Team; we are SCH Academy proud!

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  • Thurs. 06/10/21 at 7:00 PM:

    Book Talk and Interview with Paul Hines H’03 and Eamon Javers ’90

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    In The Lure of the Wissahickon Inn, Paul shares the story of how the Wissahickon Inn evolved over the past 136 years. Spaces within the Inn and surrounding buildings and fields have stories to be told. Many of these stories are told by the teachers, students, staff, and parents who experienced the evolution of the Inn.

    Paul Hines H’03 started teaching at CHA in 1981, retired from teaching at SCH Academy in 2019, and continues to coach varsity cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Eamon Javers ’90 joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation's capital and appears on CNBC's Business Day programming.

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Alumni Weekend, June 11-12

  • Fri. 06/11/21, 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM:

    In-Person Campus Tours

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    Approved by the Board of Trustees in 2012, the 10-year Campus Master Plan has transformed our stunning 62-acre campus. Come and visit our new McCausland Lower School and Commons!

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  • Fri. 06/11/21, 4:30 PM:

    Virtual Memorial Service

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    A celebration of the reunion alumni, faculty, and former trustees who we have lost in the last five years. This service offers the opportunity for alumni and friends to share their remembrances and tributes.

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  • Fri. 06/11/21, 5:30 PM:

    Awards Ceremony (Epiphany Chapel & Virtual)

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    Annual Alumni Award Ceremony honoring award recipients for 2020 and 2021. Ceremony will be in-person for award recipients only. Public viewers can log-in and watch via live-stream.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 9:00 AM:

    Virtual Wake-Up Yoga

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    Led by Upper School Language teacher Alexis Frankel, the faculty came together during COVID-19 to maintain their valued connections through their shared yoga practice. They invite you to their “good vibes only” group.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 10:00 AM:

    Virtual Poetry Reading

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    Join three esteemed members of the SCH community, Eliza Griswold ’91, Syd Lea ’60, and Iain Haley Pollock, as they share their poems in a virtual reading. Eliza is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and poet. She is currently a contributing writer to The New Yorker and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Much-loved former faculty member Iain Haley Pollock is the author of "Ghost Like a Place" (NAACP Image Award Nominee) and "Spit Back a Boy" (Winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize). Syd Lea was the 2020 CHA Roll of Fame award winner, poet laureate of Vermont (2011-2015), and founder of the New England Review. These poets will inspire us with their passion, insights, and lyricism.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 11:00 AM:

    Alumni Tennis Round Robin at Steel Pavilion

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    Round robin followed by BYO picnic lunch, swag provided.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 11:30 AM:

    Springside Milestone Luncheon and CHA Guard Luncheon at the Phila. Cricket Club

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    Please note: seating capacity will be limited based on the City of Philadelphia Heath Department's COVID-19 restrictions.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 2:00 PM:

    In-Person Campus Tours

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    Approved by the Board of Trustees in 2012, the 10-year Campus Master Plan has transformed our stunning 62-acre campus. Come and visit our new McCausland Lower School and Commons!

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 3:00 PM:

    In-Person Robotics Lab Open House

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    Over the past 10 years, SCH has placed students into the engineering programs at MIT, Caltech, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, RPI, WPI, Virginia Tech, Drexel, Temple, Rose-Hulman, and all 3 military academies. Visit the home of the 2019 World Robotics Champions to see first-hand where our passionate students learn through teamwork, collaboration, and a lot of trial and error.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 3:00 PM:

    Players Tour of Restore the Rec Campaign

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    Construction on the Rec began in the summer of 1973, with help from the students, and it was completely refurbished and converted into the Performing Arts Center. It opened on January 17, 1974, with a Players production of The Fantasticks.

    The current Players Board will share a feature film created by Robert Hass ’16 and Anab Aidid ’16 as well as the planned renovations to the Rec that will support SCH's rich history of the arts. As the third and final phase of the school's 2012 Campus Master Plan, the transformation of the Rec into a state-of-the-art facility will enhance all areas of our performing arts program.

    After the presentation, we invite you to share your favorite Rec remembrance.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 4:00 PM:

    In-Person Alumni Memorial Bench Dedications

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    McCausland Lower School & Commons Entrance. Given in memory of Springside alumnae: Sarah Hunter ’81 and Johanna Sigmund ’94.

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  • Sat. 06/12/21, 5:00 PM:

    In-Person Alumni Cocktail Reception

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    Please note this event will be coordinated by decade and adhere to City of Philadelphia COVID restrictions regarding in-person events.

    • 60s in The Exchange;
    • 70s in Maguire Stadium;
    • 80s at The Francis P. Steel Jr. '77 Pavilion;
    • 90s in The Wissahickon Inn Courtyard;
    • 00s-10s at the McCausland Lower School & Commons entrance garden;
    • 2015-2016 at the Commons by the Wissahickon Inn.

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Register here for Alumni Week & Weekend events, which are all free. There is also no charge for SS Milestone/CHA Guard Luncheons.

Optional: Make a gift to SCH's "Restore the Rec" capital campaign, and dedicate it to the memory of William E. "Rug" Hall. We are looking for 100% class participation in this drive. Gifts can also be designated for other projects, depending upon your preference.

Download an Alumni Week schedule (virtual, hybrid, and in-person events, June 7-12). Download a campus map (PDF file).

Reunion Teams

Springside: Anne Borie Clements, Nina Webb Cullen, Anne Bregy Saltman, Becky Borie Walsh.
CHA: Bob Peck, Andrew Ross, Barry Shannon, Andrew Simon.

Flo and Friends comic strip, panel 1. Flo and Friends comic strip, panel 2. Flo and Friends comic strip, panel 3.

Welcome to the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Class of 1970 Reunion Scrapbook!

This site was first published in 2010 to garner support and attendance at our CHA and Springside School 40th Class Reunions, which attracted record turnouts. Since that time, as our two schools have merged into a single family, it has evolved into a place where classmates can share milestones in their lives through photo galleries, video interviews, personal anecdotes, and other news.

It is a work in progress, and depends on class participation to succeed in its continuing mission: as a forum, a place to collect and reflect on nostalgic memories of our brothers and sisters from the former CHA and Springside.

We are looking for photographs (candid shots, out-takes, formal portraits, social occasions, etc.), artwork, audio/video files, news clippings, personal musings, poetry, tall tales — in short, anything which might paint a colorful picture of our times in school and on The Hill!

National Lampoon Class Reunion poster

Friends and classmates who may have lost touch over the years will surely want to know about your professional career path, health & well-being, family news, and favorite activities. Don't be shy — write us a note, or scan some of your old keepsakes and send them along!

Please explore the links above, where you will find pages showcasing the lives and times of our classmates — then and now — as well as captivating histories of our two schools and the Chestnut Hill community.

These pages are not indexed by Google or other search engines; the document addresses are distributed to a select broadcast list of CHA & Springside alumni/ae, former faculty, as well as some SCH administrators (Alumni Office, Head of School, etc.). If you have any privacy concerns whatsoever, please mention them when you write.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to reflect the thoughts and treasured memories of both CHA and Springside classmates on an equal standing. That includes school activities, extracurricular and sports programs which were valued components of our experience at each school, both individually and collectively.

At the present time, this site's collection of Springsiders' experiences and topic headings is under-represented — as can be seen when perusing the navigation links above. However, that is not how it's intended to be; it will require candid input and collaboration from Springside classmates to achieve the objective of co-equal representation. That includes adding new navigation links and stories, based on your contributions. So ladies, please don't hesitate to jump in headfirst!

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge and thank all who have sent along your photos and comments to date, including a recent trove of precious memories from some of Springside's contingent: Anne Borie Clements, Anne Bregy Saltman, Becky Borie Walsh.

Special thanks to Jefferson Moak for his research on our CHA Class Roster (the Springside Class Roster is in progress); to the late Bill "Rug" Hall for his voluminous contributions of images, audio files, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia — as well as his unflagging encouragement to your webmaster.

Kudos to Barry Shannon, Rug, and Becky Walsh for their dedication in organizing our Class Reunions, and their tireless efforts as our class agents. We also welcome recent additions listed above under Reunion Teams, helping us to celebrate our belated 50th Reunion in 2020 2021.

Old Guard, here we come!

Site Construction

You may have noticed that a new top-level domain, SCH1970.org, has been registered to host our Class Reunion Scrapbook going forward.

All old pages have been transitioned to the new domain. The "look-and-feel" of the site has been upgraded to a more aesthetic and responsive presentation, which plays nice in all viewports (incl. smartphones). New material is being added periodically, so we encourage you to bookmark the site in your browser and check back from time to time.

You can now post your comments on every page. A facility for uploading files directly to the webmaster from your desktop or phone is in the works! In the meantime, please feel free to send an email, and include attachments of digital photos or other documents.


Online publications: SCH Academy  |  Springside School

Videos: (replay)  |  Robotics Teams
Convocation 2016  |  Explore The Hill
Funeral for CHA, 04/30/11  |  SCH Promo
More videos to come. Suggest some, if you'd like.