Student Engagement at Kiski

A major concern for parents sending their sons to boarding school is whether they’ll be able to make friends and engage with their peers. Living away from home can be a difficult transition to make. Developing meaningful friendships is the best way to battle homesickness. At Kiski, we take this into consideration by hosting a Community Weekend every month. Our Community Weekend program was established to foster friendship and brotherhood amongst Kiski boys.

Community Weekend

The Community Weekends at Kiski involve different leadership programs, games, and a variety of other activities. Some of the events in our Community Weekend portfolio include:
  • NHL tournaments
  • Kiski Fear Factor
  • Eating competitions
  • XBox tournaments
  • Dances with the Grier School
  • Group painting/mural designing
  • Activities in the MakerSpace
  • Competitions to earn points for the Cougar Cup

Community Weekend isn’t all about fun and games though. The event-filled weekends also provide many valuable lessons for the students. As they collaborate on projects or work together as part of a team, the students develop a sense of community. They also learn how to work with others and develop leadership skills along the way. These shared experiences and team-building activities help solidify the prominent theme of brotherhood at Kiski while also contributing to character development.

“They’re out there having fun and not even realizing that they’re learning,” TJ Stock, Assistant Dean and Director of Student Activities, said.

Getting students involved and increasing engagement outside of the classroom is the main goal of these monthly events. Community Weekend accomplishes this and more as our students find life-long friends while staying active and learning to use the invaluable resources Kiski offers such as the Student Center, MakerSpaces, and the Ross Athletic Center.

These events also provide a welcome break from the weekly routine and give our students an opportunity to try new experiences. With these projects and events, we challenge our students to escape their comfort zones. Exploring different options and working with new people helps the students develop character and leadership skills.

You can contact us to learn more about the upcoming Community Weekend in February. If you think our past activities were fun, you don’t want to miss the Talent Show scheduled for the next fun-filled weekend!
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681   |   (877) 547-5448
Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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