PHA Family April 2018
Read to find out about how we engaged and inspired our students, families, and community in April 2018! We encourage all families to frequently check the school calendar throughout the remainder of the year for important events and reminders.
International Night May 19th

Mark your calendars for International Night 2018 on May 19 th from 5-8PM! We are looking forward to seeing you for this cherished annual PHA tradition. There will be delicious food, fun performances, and lots of friends and family! If you would like to donate a dish for this celebration of our PHAmily, please contact
Cornel West Joins PHA for Jazz Breakfast
On April 10th PHA hosted a Jazz Breakfast with Dr. Cornel West . Nearly 200 long-time and new PHA friends gathered to hear the relevant and profound words of Dr. West and to celebrate Prospect Hill Academy’s unwavering commitment to the success of our precious students.

The generosity of our guests at this event helped us raise nearly $135,000. With this support, we can continue to provide our students with expanded learning opportunities. Check out the fabulous photos of the festivities .

Also at the event, we premiered a new video highlighting a few of the initiatives that make PHA unique. Click here to enjoy it .
PHA Takes on the Marathon
We are grateful for the herculean efforts of PHA Trustee Matt Brewster who ran the Boston Marathon to raise funds for PHA. Despite the cold temperatures, heavy rain, and stormy conditions, Matt finished the race in good spirits.

In preparation for the Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association, the organization behind the marathon, also staged a Youth Relay Race the Saturday prior to the marathon. A group of our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders sprinted up and down Boylston Street and across the marathon finish line. We are so proud of their enthusiasm and energy!
Weather: Wind, Water, & Temperature
Third graders enjoyed a visit on weather from the Museum of Science. The presentation demonstrated how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. Students watched a hot air balloon launch toward the ceiling, saw a pressurized tank create enough wind to power a cannon, and saw a cloud form before their eyes! Special thanks to the Museum of Science for presenting!
Kindergarteners have been learning about habitats in science. Each homeroom turned their classroom into a different habitat: the Savanna, the Ocean, the Arctic, and the Rain Forest. Student work and hands-on activities were displayed throughout the classrooms. Students and families enjoyed touring the different habitats and learning about the animals you can find there!
Book Fair
The Book Fair was held April 9 – 12 in the newly renovated Upper Elementary Campus Library. All students and teachers had the opportunity to browse a large collection of exciting, reasonably-priced books for sale. The Book Fair was successful in getting over 500 books into the hands of PHA students, fulfilling our primary goal of promoting reading. Special thanks to Maggie Sullivan and all of the family volunteers who joined us to help.
Sports & American Culture
In 5th grade Humanities students have been working on an integrated unit about Sports and American culture. Students studied the life of Jackie Robinson, an athlete and activist and read “Promises to Keep”, Sharon Robinson's book about her father Jackie and his legacy. Students conducted independent research on either Roberto Clemente or Althea Gibson and by doing so deepened their knowledge about sharecropping, segregation in the US, WW II, and the Civil Rights Movement. They have worked on writing opinion pieces and informational articles while working on the unit.
CI Students Debate Fiscal Policy
Students in Mr. Simons’ economics class took a field trip to the JFK Library for a federal budget simulation where they had the opportunity to debate fiscal policy. Our juniors and seniors worked with students from around the Boston area to learn about the status of our current federal budget; they determined the priorities that our budget should reflect and debated how our budget should be aligned to fit the values we support.
National Honor Society Breakfast
11 th and 12 th grade students who are part of Prospect Hill’s National Honors Society (NHS) participated in a breakfast with other NHS students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Community Charter School of Cambridge. The breakfast recognized these students for their outstanding academic performance and for their commitment to community service. See photos here !
Using Social Media for Positive Change
Our 7th and 8th grade girls who are part of the Media Girls group here at PHA were featured in the organization’s Monday Motivation Twitter post last month. Media Girls is an organization that focuses on positive media representations of girls and women and that teaches middle-school girls how to use social media for positive change. See the video of our girls’ anti-bullying plan here !
National Center for Women & Information Technology
High School/CI students, Beza (11th), Fatima (11th), and Lavanya (9th), have been selected as 2018 Massachusetts Affiliate Honorable Mention of the NCWIT Award from Aspirations in Computing. This award is given by the National Center for Women & Information Technology to students in recognition of their computing-related aspirations and achievements, leadership ability, academic performance, and career-plans in computer science. 
2018 College Acceptances
Congratulations on reaching this pivotal milestone on the PHA K-College Journey!
 April is an exciting time in our College Counseling Department as our students learn which colleges are offering them acceptance letters. Below, please see the list of college acceptances to date:
Agnes Scott College
Amherst College
Assumption College
Babson College
Bard College
Beloit College
Bentley University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Chapman University
Clark Atlanta University
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
Denison University
The George Washington University
Goucher College
Harvard University
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Howard University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Loyola University (MD, NO)
University of Maine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Middlebury College
University of New Hampshire
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Princeton University
Providence College
Rochester Institute of Technology
St. Anselm College
Simmons College
Smith College
Spelman College
Tufts University
Tulane University
Wellesley College
Yale University/National University of Singapore
All UMass and State Colleges
Join us on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 2PM - 4PM for an afternoon of food, fun, and charity! Bring along your friends and family! The more the merrier! Have a sip or grab a bite to support PHA THRIVE! TICKETS $10 for individuals, $20 for families. 

PHA THRIVE is a grassroots volunteer effort by Prospect Hill Academy parents, staff, and friends to provide two meals a day to students who do not have regular access to food during weekends and school breaks. Learn more about us at . Can't attend but still want to contribute? Donate here! All donations made to Prospect Hill Academy Charter School's THRIVE program are tax-deductible.