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News and Events

List of 3 news stories.

  • 2020 Regional Scholastic Writing Award Winners

    Birchwood 8th Grade Writers Win Recognition

    Birchwood 8th grade students earned gold key, silver key, and honorable mention in the Reginal Scholastic Writing awards.

    Samyuktha Iyer (Highland Heights) was awarded a gold key for her personal essay and memoir, “A Pop of Color in a Grey Place.”
    Rohan Kumar (Brunswick) also earned the gold key award for his short story, “The Struggle.”
    Qiwen Wu (Cleveland) won a gold key for her short story entitled, “Because of You”
    Nikhil Mahajan (Orange Village) won a silver key in the science fiction and fantasy category for his story, “The Kidney.”
    James Mamone (Parma) was also awarded a silver key in science fiction and fantasy for his, “Fear of the Unknown.”
    Dhyani Nautiyal (Lakewood) earned honorable mention for his humor writing entitled “Vengeance.”
    Nasreen Shukar’s (Cleveland) flash fiction, “Moving Away” was also awarded honorable mention.
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  • Birchwood Team Places First at Young Astronauts Day Competition

    On November 9th local students gathered at Cleveland State University for the 27th Annual Young Astronaut Day. They competed in engineering tasks that required them to work together creating and testing prototypes over a two-hour period. Students explored the same challenges that engineers are working on to get humans back to the moon and Mars. We are proud to announce that Birchwood School students met and excelled at these challenges winning first place in the team competition. They also earned awards individually in the following events:
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  • Charles Debelak Recognized as Impact Educator by Northwestern University

    Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search is known for recognizing high achieving students. However, their mission also incorporates parents and teachers in a quest to support gifted students. In fact, elementary and middle school students who are recognized based on their exceptional PSAT ™ 8/9, SAT ®, or ACT ® scores can, in turn, nominate their teacher.

    This recognition was bestowed on Chuck Debelak, of Lakewood, based on his impact on just one
    of his students. However, the award highlights his career-long achievements in innovative, gifted
    education.
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Birchwood School of Hawken is a member of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Birchwood School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.