We are very pleased to have presented our first annual Global Education & Serviam Symposium on April 11th. Our inspiring panelists are pictured below with Ursuline School President Eileen Davidson, at far left. Panelists, from left, were: Amy Freeland representing Global Poverty Program, Isabel Sheinman representing Library for All, Sylvia Wong representing Concern Worldwide, Atti Worku, founder of Seeds of Africa, and Jeff Ash representing Arrive in Kenya,
These speakers shared about their organizations and answered questions posed by our student moderators. In the spirit of Serviam, students donated school supplies to support educating girls around the world. We also fielded a Team Ursuline in the 4K Spring Walk organized by Concern Worldwide on Saturday, April 12th in Central Park.
Every year the Cardinal celebrates a Mass for the graduating seniors in the archdiocese. This year, representatives of our senior class and from Iona Prep gathered inside the cathedral for a photo with Cardinal Dolan. Sr. Pat Schifini, OSU also gave the Cardinal a Serviam pin. Serviam is our motto, "I will serve."
Ursuline's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) officers attended "Lead Washington DC", a conference for student honor society leaders from around the world. A wide range of schools was represented, including China, Guam and Bermuda. Closer to home, in the photo below, our students are with student leaders from an Islamic school in the New York area.
Our girls presented a workshop about Ursuline’s Peer Tutoring Program. The workshop description in the conference program described our program as follows: “The National Junior Honor Society Tutoring program at The Ursuline School is an opportunity for middle school students who are having difficulty in a given course to meet with high school students who are familiar with the course and offer advice and guidance. Tutors are assigned a day after school to help middle school students with their homework and answer any questions they may have regarding academics and study skills. The program is managed and implemented by leaders of NJHS who supervise and schedule all activities. Learn how to implement and assign roles to leaders of your honors program, teaching them valuable skills needed in all future careers.”
Our student workshop presenters are pictured above in front of the Capitol. They were awarded Certificates of Merit. Faculty moderators Mrs. LaGumina and Mrs. Freeman attended workshops for teacher advisers.
Mrs. Liz Lynch, Assistant Principal of Student Life, is leading the Transition Team composed of faculty, parents, and alumnae. Their job is to help acclimate our incoming Principal, Ms. Carol Killebrew, to New York but, more importantly, initiate her into all things Ursuline. The twelve individuals listed below will provide general information related to our school traditions and culture, activities and Ursuline organizations, as well as Westchester resources as Ms. Killebrew makes the move to New York. We thank the Transition Team members for giving of their time to this important welcome.
Mrs. Doretha Buster
Sr. Regina Kehoe, OSU
Mrs. Liz Lynch
Mrs. Edwinna Lucyk
Mr. John Monacelli
Mrs. Mary Seiler
Mrs. Lisa DelPriore Bonalle '81 P'15
Mr. Michael Gaffney P'20
Mrs. Alida Marzziotti Goodman '83 P'14
Ms. Liz Healy '94
Mrs. Christy Hodge P'18, P'20
Mrs. Coral Matar P'19
Ms. Deirdre Gaughan, Assistant Principal, recently attended the 2014 NAIS Conference (National Association of Independent Schools) entitled “Dare to Explore and Discover”. She joined more than 3,500 people who gathered and were inspired by speakers at more than 150 workshops.
Speakers included Alex Soojung-Kim Pang whose book The Distraction Addiction addresses our ubiquitous use of digital technology and argues for an approach of “contemplative computing”. Mr. Pang reminds us that no great work of art, social change, or important discovery was made by someone who was distracted and that we have choices about how we and our students use our devices – connection is inevitable, but distraction is a choice.
Another highlight was the presentation given by Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, who served six years as an astronaut, flying aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor mission in 1992. Ms. Jemison believes that human progress has been radically facilitated by space exploration; from greater knowledge of microgravity and planetology to advances in GPS and MRI technology. In Find Where the Wind Goes, she writes about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her experiences as a medical student in Africa, and history-making journey into space. The conference provided a great deal of food for thought!
At our academic showcase on March 12th, we presented an interactive program. Please click here to see photos of the showcase.
Seniors Rachel Rodrigues and Melissa Micceri were selected to display their mosaics in this annual showcase of extraordinary talents of budding artists. They are among approximately 400 students from 40 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties that are taking part in Young Artists 2014.
They have learned about every aspect of the exhibition process, from creating the invitation in a graphic design workshop to writing artist statements and installing the art in the galleries. The exhibit runs March 2nd - 9th.
The Zero Hunger Club was started last year to raise awareness about global hunger and to raise funds to alleviate hunger. The club takes its name from the United Nations Zero Hunger challenge. This year, club members have raised money by staging a play and organizing a bake sale. Their work resulted in a $250 donation to the World Food Program at the United Nations. Pictured here with the donation check are several club members, all seniors.
They spoke to approximately 80 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at St. Aloysius, a Jesuit grammar school in Harlem. They shared tips for avoiding the five big mistakes teens make with social networking sites as well as sexting and its consequences.
The TeenAngels also spoke about the kinds of activities that constitute cyberbullying. They gave strategies for dealing with cyberbullying and challenged students to “rise up above the hate”.
TeenAngel participants were Anne Bonalle, Annina Bulfamante, Danielle Fucci, Isabella Hughes, Parris Lloyd, Felicia Lopez, Leticia Lynch, Amanda Manganiello, Caroline Mannix, Catherine Maranga, Catherine McGinnis, Gabriella Pissano, Caroline Squilante, Kelly Sullivan, and Amanda Vasilakis.
The New Rochelle chapter of TeenAngels is based at The Ursuline School. TeenAngels go through a rigorous training program to learn all aspects of Internet safety. Then they volunteer their time to present information to student and parent groups, as well as government agencies and technology companies.