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Posted Monday, Aug 17, 2015 




Mrs. Davidson has just returned from a visit to Brescia House and St. Ursula's in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, South Africa. Brescia House, our sister school, has invited us to participate in a home stay for March 2016.  

Ursuline schools in Dallas, St. Louis and Wilmington Delaware have previously participated in Global Education experiences with Brescia House and it is finally our turn to join in on the experience. Mrs.Davidson's visit confirmed what the other groups have reported:  it is impossible to fully describe this life changing experience! Although Brescia House is very similar to us here in New Rochelle, Johannesburg offers a unique cultural experience.   Our group will spend approximately 5 days at the school, and then have the opportunity to visits sites and destinations including Cape Town and Kruger National Park.  Mrs. Davidson is looking forward to sharing this amazing opportunity to travel to South Africa this March with our girls.  

 

Posted Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 

CONGRATULATIONS ANNA FLYNN


Junior Anna Flynn capped off a fantastic junior year as she was named 2015 The Journal News Westchester/Putnam Girls Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year today.  Anna, a leader on the strong Ursuline track team, was a double qualifier for the NY State Championships in both the 1500m & 3000m. At the states, Anna placed 3rd in the 1500m and 5th in the 3000m.  

Click here to read the Journal News article about Anna.  


The Spring 2015 has been fantastic for all of our athletes.  Aside from Anna, many other Koalas have been recognized by the Journal News for their outstanding accomplishments.  Listed below you will find those receiving Journal News recognition.  


 

1st Team

2nd Team

Honorable Mention

Golf

Emily Corrigan
Alice Hodge
Caroline Hodge

 

 

Softball 

Kayla Castro 
Angie Rizzi

 Sarina Campos

Valentina Cucci

 

Spring Track

Anna Flynn 
Maddy Luksha- Pole Vault

Anna Flynn-800m
4x800m Relay (A. Flynn, S. Schenk, K. Tobia, N. Donahue)
Kene Odenigbo-High Jump

 

Marissa LaMarca
Sydney Orr
Zoe Peerman

 

 

Posted Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 

 

For several years, the Ursuline chapter of TeenAngels has been providing the teen perspective on Internet safety as well as cyberbullying awareness and prevention.  Our TeenAngels, specially trained teens, have spoken at the United Nations and the United States Capitol, as well as at schools to numerous groups of students.

Cyberbullying is a growing problem throughout the world. In May, the vital issues of online safety, privacy and security were examined in Ireland at the first cyberbullying summit outside of North America.  Two of our TeenAngels, Angelina and Francesca, were honored to represent the United States at the Global Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit. Ms. Juliana Brittis, a member of our Technology faculty and one of our TUS Assistant TeenAngel Chapter Directors, chaperoned and also participated.

At a large community “town meeting” hosted in Limerick, Ireland on May 7, 2015, hundreds of students, teachers, parents, law enforcement officers, mental health experts and community leaders joined forces to identify the issues and prioritize them. What is cyberbullying? What works, what doesn't? What is the role of laws and law enforcement? What are the consequences – from self-harm to criminal charges or account shutdown?

Our students were panelists and spoke on the topic Cyberbullying: How it Works, the Players, the Methods and the Motives.  The girls were also interviewed by Irish TV; you can see the interview HERE. That evening, at a special dinner at Bunratty Castle, our team enjoyed traditional Irish foods and met the Ambassador of Canada to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, and North American First Nation Chief Candice Paul.

Panel in Limerick, Ireland

Our small delegation then traveled by bus to Dublin, with stops along the way at an Irish castle for tea and scones.  On May 8th, our group met with leaders of a social network named the new Ask.fm.  Catherine Teitelbaum, Chief Trust & Safety Officer, the new Ask.fm and Annie Mullins, OBE, Director of Safety & Trust, EU, the new Ask.fm were keen to hear ideas on how to be a safer site.

Finally, in Dublin on May 9, 2015, the second day of the summit was held at Facebook’s International Headquarters. Representatives of industry, including executives of Google and Facebook, members of the media, regulators, and advocacy groups addressed the issues, discussed solutions, and identified best practices.  Topics raised included does sexting result in more serious crimes?  What should the networks and app developers be doing to address cyberbullying? What educational programs are working, and which aren’t?

Ms. Brittis spoke about American concerns and cited the digital literacy taught at Ursuline; the link to an excerpt of her talk is HERE.  To learn more about this global summit, please download the conference brochure HERE

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Locally, two teams of Teenangels went to Rye, NY to speak to 4th and 5th grade students; one team of 9 students went to the Osborn School; another group of 9 TeenAngels went to the Milton School.

They stressed that technology is not good or bad and what matters is how it is used. They shared their tips for smart use of technology.  The Teenangels also spoke to the students about the kinds of activities that constitute cyberbullying.  They gave the students concrete suggestions and strategies to empower them to stop it.  A question and answer session followed.

Posted Saturday, May 30, 2015 

 

The 118th Commencement of The Ursuline School was celebrated on the sunny afternoon of May 29th as 145 young women lined up outside in cap and gown.

    

The graduates processed into The Tully Family Gymnasium to the piano sounds of Pomp and Circumstance. Principal Carol Killebrew welcomed and thanked “everyone for being here as we celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of the Class of 2015.”  Msgnr Keane gave the invocation, then Mrs. Rosemary Rossi Kennedy ’89 sang the Star Spangled Banner.

   

Valedictorian Diyu Pearce-Fisher pointed out that “commencement” means beginning, thus graduation can “mark a new start, a new opportunity to apply what we have learned.” Graduation “doesn’t mean doors to Ursuline are closed to us.”  Diyu reminded her classmates of highlights of their four, or seven, years at Ursuline and commented that on many of their special occasions, such as Ring Day, there had been a lot of rain. She also honored their deceased classmate, Eira Maghuyop. “Sometimes it poured”. . . we will never forget Eira or our disbelief and grief at her loss.  Eira is still with us.  She taught us to bond and grow.”

The valedictorian said that Ursuline “empowered us to think for ourselves.”  She commented on the real world, also flawed and frightening at times, and evoked Jane Eyre as she told her classmates, “we will experience myriad of blessings and challenges.” However, we are strong, Ursuline women, she said.

Diplomas were then conferred upon each of the 145 seniors.  In a new tradition, as the daughter or granddaughter of an alumna received her diploma, she was joined by her mother and/or grandmother.  There were ten such special intergenerational pairs.

   

This graduating class of 145 students earned more than $18 million in academic scholarships to college. A number of individual honors and awards were also acknowledged.  The Salutatorian is Nora Donahue.  Twelve students earned national academic recognition this year, as follows:

National Merit Scholar – Diyu Pearce-Fisher

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist – Shannon McKeon

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students – Alexa Diiorio, Nora Donahue, Caroline Duggan, Anastasia Lacina, Hannah McCarthy, Kelly O’Sullivan, Kenechukwu Odenigbo, Aileen Quinn, and Kathleen Wach

National Achievement Scholarship Program Finalist – Ngozi Okonkwo

Ten Serviam Awards were given for service to the school in the spirit of St. Angela:  Ariana Cocucci, Catherine Elwyn, Meghan Foster, Meghan Leslie, Bridget Lillis, Quinn Murphy, Jane Parisi, Diyu Pearce-Fisher, Aileen Quinn, and Caroline Rotante.

In the President’s Address,  Eileen Davidson told the graduates, “I believe in the enormous potential of each of you graduating today.”  President Davidson commended the class on their achievements, noting that this is the first class to include an acceptance into the Naval Academy, and a student in this class can choose between Harvard and Yale. Two graduates were named Con Ed Student-Athletes. All share in the pride and joy of their classmates’ many accomplishments.

She then spoke of “a new trend in academia of redirecting our measurement of academic success. The message states that students should not just work on building transcripts, but concentrate on how they would like to be remembered after they have graduated.  We are told that schools should focus on elevating the importance of character . . . you are among the lucky ones.  The premium placed upon personal values and character development is not new at Ursuline.  Within the classroom and through extracurricular activities, you have been encouraged to get involved.  You have been encouraged to fully participate; to have an opinion;  to develop empathy through global awareness;  and to realize the importance of grit and resilience. Without being aware of it, you have had experiences, both positive and negative, that were designed to help you build your moral compass, develop values and define your spirit. You have had time to develop your spiritual self through retreats, reconciliation and school-wide masses.”

President Davidson noted the extraordinary spirit of the Class of 2015. “You have been there for each other and you have been fun!”

She continued, “Celebrate the fact that extraordinary people are made, not born, and that you have already started that construction project. . . In the words of Aristotle: Excellence is never an accident...- choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

She welcomed them as they join more than 7,500 alumnae of Ursuline.

President Davidson closed her address by recalling the Ring Day theme of this class as she quoted Dr. Seuss –“ Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

We invite you to see more images on our social media Mash Up here.


You  may download the full President's Address here.  You may also download the full Valedictory Address here and the full Salutatorian Speech here.

  

Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

 

We were honored and humbled as a group of our students was recognized for service.  On May 8th, Ms. Pat Tursi, (below, right) CEO of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, presented the first annual St. Elizabeth Seton Legacy Award to the students of The Ursuline School’s Social Action Club, Ms. Patrice McDermott, Social Action Club Coordinator (below, left), Mrs. Davidson and Ms. Killebrew, in honor of the students’ service and dedication to the children served by the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation’s Continuum of Care.

Casey Friend ’16, one of the presidents of the Social Action Club, spoke after receiving the award. “Seeing the Elizabeth Seton children smile or even just react to us being there makes everything worth our while,” Casey said. “The Social Action Club hopes to keep a very strong relationship with the John A. Coleman School and the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center to help them change the world, one child at a time.”

Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

 

We congratulate juniors Niamh Fitzpatrick and Jenny MacGown who are both NextGenVest 18 Under 18 Winners. Niamh and Jenny are members of our NextGenVest club.  NextGenVest is an organization that teaches financial literacy to high school students.  The 18 Under 18 competition recognizes top high school leaders around the world. Our chapter was among many that sent applications, from California to South Korea to Spain. Thousands of people voted for the winning group of students.

Niamh was named one of two winners in the Future Social Activist category, and Jenny was one of two winners in the Future Athlete category. As winners, they will receive mentorship from business leaders and a free NextGenVest Money Box to get educated and organized around money.  Money Box is a set of courses with 3 minute lessons teaching how to be smart with money. Competition video and interviews can be viewed HERE.

In related news, we congratulate Amanda Vasilakis on becoming one of the NextGenVest East Coast Regional Directors.

Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

 

We are proud to report that Mrs. Eileen Davidson, President of The Ursuline School, was recognized on May 4, 2015 at The Christine MacMenamin Memorial Scholarship Reception for her commitment to women's education and her work at The Ursuline School. Mrs. Davidson received a proclamation, presented by a representative of New York State Senator Terrence Murphy.  The proclamation specified, among other things, Mrs. Davidson’s dedication as an Ursuline educator, devoted to leading by example in preparing young women to be life-long learners, women of integrity, and wise, responsible leaders.  She is pictured below on the school campus. We congratulate Mrs. Davidson and thank her for her caring commitment to the students.

Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 

 

The Third Annual Christine MacMenamin Memorial Scholarship Reception on May 4th was a great night! Thank you to all who attended, donated, bought raffles, bid on auction items and otherwise supported this event. 

A special thank you to Brian and Lilly MacMenamin for hosting us at Club Car Restaurant in Mamaroneck and to members of the Class of '91 who organized the event planning committee and turned out in large numbers to support this special scholarship in memory of their dear friend and classmate. 

This scholarship in Christine's name will continue to help an Ursuline girl who shares Christine’s special qualities and who will participate fully in the life of the school.

    

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 

 

Artists Amaze

Our annual Art Show was once again an opportunity to be inspired by the amazing art work created by our students in every grade! Every art student at Ursuline dispayed at least one of her works. The seniors were featured with exhibits of their collected works. This was a very special evening.  Preceding the formal opening of the Show, we inducted students into The Ursuline School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Congratulations to the new members!

 Senior at Art Show 2015   Overhead view of Art Show 2015

 

Musicians and Dancers Sparkle

At our annual Spring Concert on April 29th, the high school music groups, ballet class and Choreographers' Workshop performed.  The following evening, at our Spring Festival on April 30th, the middle school music groups, all dance clubs, and Choreographers' Workshop (again) entertained us with their melodies and beautiful movements. 

Our music and dance students rehearsed for weeks to prepare a wonderful program for us.  From the Middle School Chorus singing Peter Piper to the Symphonic Orchestra performing Procession of the Sardar and the Choreographers’ Workshop presenting Upside Down, there was something for everyone! 

Glee Club 2015   Dance Club Indian 2015

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 

 

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, the Ursuline Honors Choir sang at the 9am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.  Joined by Ursuline family and friends, they sang beautiful music including "The Lord is My Shepherd" by Sitton and other beautiful treble music which they also had sung this past January at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on the Festival of the Epiphany.  

Choir at St Patricks

Their busy schedule continued as several days later they performed at our school Spring Concert. The Choir will also sing at the NYSSMA Majors Competition  and at Music in the Parks in Hershey, PA.  The choir is pictured above in the choir loft at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Posted Sunday, May 10, 2015 

 

Miss Universe 2013-2014, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, stopped by Ursuline in late April to learn about our Personal Development program and the mission of The Ursuline School to Educate/Inspire/Empower young women. Ms. Isler has personally launched the Universe of Blessings Fund, an organization which seeks to empower young women and girls. She particularly enjoyed visiting a Catholic girls school as she, herself, is the product of a Catholic all-girls education. 

Unison interviewing Miss Universe

Ms. Isler was interviewed by our Unison newspaper team (above) and later shared about how special it was to receive public recognition from Pope Francis for her humanitarian work in the Philippines and elsewhere. 

Posted Sunday, May 10, 2015 

 

Our Model UN club participated Model UN in actionin the Dalton Model United Nations conference on April 25th. Students ably represented their assigned countries on different committees where they engaged in dialogues, and took part in drafting resolutions surrounding international affairs.

They had worked hard to prepare for the conference and were excellent representatives for the Ursuline School. The students who took part were Payton Bartz, Zoe Bowen, Alicia Brenmor, Daryn Chin, Kiliegh Ford, Ariel Johnson, Isabel Messerley, and Bianca Torres

The Ursuline School Junior Model UN Club also attended a conference in April, at Saint Ann's School. Representing modern-day government officials and drug lords from Mexico, Persians and Greeks from 490BC, Vietnamese politicians on the eve of the Vietnam War, and Nigeria in the midst of Africa's ebola crisis, Ursuline's delegates were poised, engaged, and ready to solve the problems of the past, present and future through innovative ideas and diplomacy. Congratulations to the JMUN on their first conference! The delegates attending were Stella Banino, Tanner McIntyre, Lia Tunney, Elizabeth Garcia, Ananya Singh, Naja Nelson, Allison Harvey, Annabelle Donnelly, Cecelia Visco, Bella Nieto, and Tessa Ivanoski. 

 

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