On Tuesday December 16th, the 6th and 7th Graders delivered Christmas presents to the students at The Children's Center for Learning Head Start in New Rochelle. The Head Start program services children up to five years of age who come from economically challenged homes. The girls were asked to earn their own money to purchase clothing for a student with whom they were matched.
During their visit to the Center, the girls sang Christmas Carols for the students and staff and then visited the classrooms of the child they purchased the clothing for. After the girls helped the students open presents, they were able to spend time participating in classroom activities.
The energy was palpable and our students were reminded that giving and seeing the joy on someone’s face is a gift that everyone should experience during the holiday season.
To quote some of the girls "Meeting the kids was awesome. I loved how happy they were to get new clothes and how it made them smile" and "It made me feel great to make someone else so happy".
The Ursuline School was fortunate to host a sensational guest speaker on Friday, December 12th for our juniors and seniors! Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, in the Office of Management and Budget inspired our juniors and seniors with her insightful presentation on the value of women’s leadership in business, government, science, and other fields where they have historically been underrepresented. She urged our students to make their impact and provided concrete suggestions for how to do that, in ways large and small.
Our girls then had opportunities to meet in small groups with Beth and her Confidential Assistant, Julia Reed, to ask about life and work in Washington. Our AP Government Class very much appreciated getting Beth’s thoughts on the budget crisis of the previous day. Current events made very real with the perspective of a senior federal government appointee!
Ursuline celebrated Computer Science Education Week by encouraging all students to become Women of Tech! On Tues, Dec 9th, our 6th graders were introduced to computer programming. During the Hour of Code, they wrote approximately 1,720 lines of code.
Our high school computer scientists created an awesome #WomenOfTech video, gave a press interview for The Journal News, shared daily inspiring profiles of female programmers, and created and displayed posters all throughout the school. Thank you to our guest speakers Steven Altamura (current parent) and Tim Carr who shared their experiences in the tech industry. We invite you to visit this webpage to see it all!
Seniors in Mr. Monacelli's Intro to Engineering class completed their first projects: model lighthouses of their own design. The girls had to learn power tool safety, estimate material costs, meet design requirements, and document the entire construction process. Four models were built. One was entered in The Maritime Aquarium’s “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” in Norwalk. Students and faculty voted and “Gerald the Angler Fish” lighthouse became our school’s entry in the competition.
Now, we can support this creative engineering team by voting for this entry. The contest runs Nov 22 – Jan 19. Grand prize is $1,500. Visit the aquarium and cast your vote! More details in this New Rochelle Patch report here.
Ms. Vasile's AP Literature students, accompanied by Ms. Killebrew and Mrs. Moore, saw the matinee performance of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, playing in NYC at the John Golden theater on W. 45th Street. Starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow, Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama revolves around a long-married couple and the unexpected events of one weekend that threaten to dismantle everything they thought they knew about their relationship and their family.
After reading the play and discussing it in class, students were especially well-prepared for the performance. They experienced first-hand how the director's and actors' choices can alter, even slightly, the meaning of the words on the page, an important reminder of the power of interpretation.
On Friday, November 21st, we had fun in this school-wide service project as we collected 385 turkeys, with a value of more than $7,000.
Students and faculty passed the frozen turkeys, from one person to the next, along the hallways, and loaded them into a truck.
Students in our Social Action Club helped organize the activity and cheered on the student body.
The turkeys were then delivered to Hope Soup Kitchen in New Rochelle and the food pantry at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Yonkers.
Thank you to Bobby D’s Delivery, from Mt Vernon, for driving the delivery truck.
Our Drama Club presented "My Sister Eileen" on Friday, Nov 21st and Saturday, Nov 22nd in our Auriana Theater.
This comedy, in which two sisters from Ohio seek fame and fortune in NYC, seemed as relevant today as when it premiered in 1940 on Broadway.
Audiences laughed at the amusing parade of characters portrayed by our students and several Iona Prep students.
The set design included amazing attention to detail, such as the rotary phone, and the costumes were first-rate.
Congratulations to Classics Department Chair Mr. Ken DeLuca. The University of Chicago invites freshmen to nominate an educator who has changed them, challenged them, or helped them during high school along the path toward intellectual growth. Hundreds of submissions are received from students who have been inspired by their high school teachers. We are proud that Mr. DeLuca has been nominated for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award.
On Tuesday, November 18th, our varsity swim team's record of 100 consecutive wins was recognized in a ceremony at New Rochelle's City Hall.
Mayor Bramson read part of the Commendation out loud and then congratulated the girls on their achievement and the example that they have set. Ursuline Athletic Director Maureen Kern received the Commendation on behalf of the school and thanked the Mayor and City Council for passing the resolution to acknowledge this achievement.
Pictured below are representatives of the swim team, Mayor Bramson, City Council members, and Maureen Kern at far left.
The Ursuline School was very pleased to host the New York Times best-selling author Christina Baker Kline on Friday, November 14th. Ms. Kline shared with our student body how she was inspired to write her latest novel, Orphan Train. In an informative presentation, infused with humor and family stories, Ms. Kline educated her audience about the private program which transported 250,000 children by train in the years 1854 to 1929, mainly to the Midwest, to become indentured laborers.
Ms.Kline also gave insights into the writing process. She further encouraged students to “follow the yes” – to seize the slightest encouragement given to pursue what they love and want to do.
We were delighted that Ms. Kline took the time to be interviewed by our school newspaper staff, Unison. She also signed numerous copies of her book. It was a special day at Ursuline.
Thank you to those who attended our Open House.
Our students enjoyed sharing their ePortfolios for college applications and showing you our 3D printer. The students were glad to demonstrate how they learn a foreign language with VoiceThread (a cloud application) and practice math theorems using Geometer's Sketchpad, a math visualization software.
We hope that you had the chance to take a student-led tour of the Chapel, fitness center, dance studio and art rooms.
Our faculty were pleased to answer your questions about curriculum and Honors placement. If you have additional questions, our Director of Admissions is eager to speak with you: Mrs. Erin Johnston at (914) 500-6212, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The AP Environmental Science class went out on the Maritime Aquarium's Research Vessel Oceanic to conduct an estuary study. The trip gave students a "hands-on" opportunity to learn about the importance of estuaries and collect data about Long Island Sound's biodiversity.
Students collected plankton, dug through a bio-dredge sample, and for the grand finale, hauled in a trawl net. Animals that they caught, and then returned to the sea, included sea robins, flounder, blue crabs, and porgies. The most exciting "catch of the day" was a juvenile shark!