Birchwood is pleased to announce that six of our students qualified to attend the annual NUMATS Award Ceremony sponsored by Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) or received recognition for outstanding achievement based on performance on the PSAT™8/9, SAT®, or ACT®. The award ceremony was held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday, June 29. The top 1 to 2 percent of the more than 11,500 high-achieving students who participated in NUMATS in 2018-2019 qualified for the award ceremony, so this is an exceptional scholastic achievement. Additionally, students in the top 3 percent also received recognition as outstanding achievers and were sent a certificate noting their accomplishment and received a merit scholarship toward programming offered by the Center for Talent Development.
Birchwood School of Hawken is proud of Jordan Gordon (grade 6), Angela D’Souza (grade 6), Benjamin Miyares (Grade 6), Areesha Nouman (grade 6), Cadence Guo (grade 7) and Manan Raina (grade 7) for their outstanding achievement and invitations to the awards ceremony. The Center for Talent Development conducts NUMATS for academically talented students in grades 3-9. Students qualify for the search by attaining outstanding achievement in math and/or verbal subscores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Birchwood students who qualify for testing take either the PSAT™8/9, SAT® or ACT®. The purpose is to establish ceilings for student learning and to propose coursework that matches student abilities most of which Birchwood already does.
Over 3,000 students in grades 6-12 from across the world met at the final level of National History Day June 9th-13th. After winning local and regional levels the top two entries in each category were invited to the University of Maryland, College Park, to compete on the national stage, where local students earned well-deserved recognition. Birchwood sent ten students to the competition and four of them placed in the top three of their category.
What began as a science lesson on native plants and pollinators and their importance to our lives and region quickly expanded as Birchwood’s fourth graders became captivated by the issue. They learned that according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), pollinators critical to our food supply like bees, butterflies, moths, birds, bats, and beetles are declining due to habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants. They also learned that the benefits of native plants expand beyond providing habitat for critical pollinators but also help our region hold up better to extreme weather events such as flooding, drought, heat, and cold.
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.