GreenSheet Blog

The GreenSheet combines voices across campus to provide candor about life in and out of the classroom at The Ellis School. Each post is thoughtfully prepared by a member of the Ellis community.


  • Macon Finley, Head of School

    A Year of Stretching and Engaging

    It feels quite strange to me to be writing my last first GreenSheet message of the school year—not because I am sad about retiring next summer, for that timing feels just right for me and my family, but rather because I remain so excited about and focused on all we are doing at Ellis this year.
  • Michelle Rust, Director of Enrollment Management

    Ellis Enrollment Team Welcomes New and Returning Students for 2023–2024 School Year

    We are thrilled to open our 2023–2024 school year with a diverse group of new and returning Ellisians!
  • Macon Finley, Head of School

    Reflecting on the 2022–2023 School Year

    I had a chance recently to look back at the remarks I shared with our faculty and staff at Ellis during our opening meetings last August. They included these wishes for the 2022–2023 school year:

    I have one overriding wish for our students this year. It is that they all feel excited about being Ellis girls, they feel excited and confident about doing challenging things, they feel connected with each other and with us.
  • Amanda Finigan, Head of Upper School

    Mellon Park Podcast Project Underway in Ellis Upper School

    Have you ever wondered, "Are the trees of Mellon Park native to Pittsburgh? If not, how did this selection come to be?” Or, "What’s the history of performing arts in Mellon Park? And whatever happened to the bagpiper who used to play there?” or "What happened to the various mansions on the property?” If so, you are in great company, because the Class of 2025 has been grappling with these same types of questions and more.
  • Macon Finley, Head of School

    Leaning into Experiential Learning

    With our clear focus on building all the skills and muscles that our girls will need to leave us ready and excited to have an impact on the world, it is particularly important that we weave many moments into their time at Ellis when they tussle with real-world challenges, problems, and opportunities.
  • Katie Johnson, Director of Athletics

    What Team Sports Can Teach Us

    I grew up in a household full of athletes. My brothers and my dad played college basketball, and my dad has been a college coach for as long as I can remember. I honestly can’t think of a time when sports and competition weren’t woven into my daily life. I played baseball, softball, basketball, and volleyball and developed a spirit and love of the games. But even more impactful to me than a love of the game was a love of the teams.
  • Macon Finley, Head of School

    A Strong Ellis Family

    I started the practice of addressing you as "Ellis Family” in my communications early in my time at Ellis. This felt so right, and important to me, because of the value I place on Ellis being a school community that has some of the key qualities of a strong family.

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