World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On Oct 17th, the 8th grade gathered together for a Hunger Banquet to have an experience of what it means not to have equal access to food. When the students arrived, they drew tickets at random that assigned each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level received a corresponding meal.
The 20 percent in the high-income tier were served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income section ate a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier helped themselves to small portions of rice and water.
After their meal, students shared their reflections on the experience.
The 8th grade is collecting money and will continue their study of World Hunger at other special events. Please click HERE for the Photo Gallery.
Congratulations to senior volleyball player Shannon McKeon who was named the Con Ed Westchester Putnam Scholar Athlete of the Week. Shannon is a 4 year member of the Varsity Volleyball team and was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist. Shannon is the 1st volleyball player in Ursuline history to receive this prestigious award and the 24th athlete in school history to be so honored. She is pictured below with her proud team. Read more at the Lohud link here.
We are proud to announce that seniors Shannon McKeon and Diyu Pearce-Fisher have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition on the basis of their outstanding PSAT/NMSQT scores. More than 1.4 million students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and are in the top 1% of U.S. high school seniors.
Shannon and Diyu now have the chance to compete for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
We are also proud of our 9 seniors who received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their excellent scores on their PSAT/NMSQT exams: Alexa DiIorio, Nora Donahue, Caroline Duggan, Anastasia Lacina, Hannah McCarthy, Kelly O'Sullivan, Kenechukwu Odenigbo, Aileen Quinn, and Chie Wach.Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.
Congratulations to Ngozi Okonkwo who was named a National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist. She is in the top 10% of Black American students who entered the National Achievement Program and scored well on the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Ngozi now advances in the competition for Nation Achievement scholarships.
These students are pictured with our President, Mrs. Davidson, at right, and our Principal, Ms. Killebrew, far left.
The Ursuline School Honors Choir was honored to participate in a solemn ceremony on September 11, 2014 which paid tribute to the 123 Westchester residents who died in the 9/11 attacks thirteen years ago. The ceremony took place at Westchester County's memorial "The Rising" at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. Our choir sang the Star Spangled Banner, Pie Jesu, and Amazing Grace. The evening included a laying of a wreath and reading of names. It was a moving experience for the 500 people who attended, including our students.
Our Honors Choir started the day by singing the Star Spangled Banner.
We also marked with silence the times that the two planes crashed into the North and South Towers – at 8:46am and 9:03am.
Our morning prayer:
“Today we remember the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. As we pray this day, let us remember with courage and hope.
We pray… in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Loving God, may all of us remember with love and compassion this day.
May we grieve with those who still mourn, and share memories with those who cannot forget. May we draw strength from those who bravely responded, and gave their lives to save others. May we stand with strangers who became neighbors that day, and remember their generosity and hospitality. Above all, God, may we remember your faithfulness and learn to trust in your unfailing love for all people. We pray this through the intercession of St. Angela. Amen”
On Aug 7th, five Ursuline girls joined other outstanding students in NYC to begin training as "NextGenVest Global Business Leaders”. NextGenVest was founded by Kelly Peeler (Harvard Class of ‘10) to prepare students to effectively manage their finances and prepare for college with life skills.
Our student ambassadors will soon be officially launching the Ursuline NextGenVest Global Business Leader Club. Club activities will include research with finance industry experts and global competitions.
In July our cheerleaders attended UCA Summer Camp at Western CT State University and returned home with 9 trophies. The team was awarded Camp Champions, the Traditions award for the most pride and skill, and the highly coveted "Top Banana" award for the team with the most spirit and outstanding work ethic. Also 3 cheerleaders, Jillian Priaulx (V) Corinne McGovern (V) and Anna Bartley (JV) earned All American Cheerleader honors. Congratulations on a great camp!
The Ursuline School strengthened bonds with sister schools from around the globe at an education conference June 15- 20th in New Rochelle, NY.
Ursuline educators came together from Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Germany, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan in the Republic of China, Thailand, the United States, and Venezuela.
We invite you to view the video produced by Sr. Erin Zubal, OSU. The YouTube link is below.
The theme of the conference was Global Education in the Ursuline Spirit. It was an opportunity for collaboration among Ursuline educators. We also celebrated our shared Ursuline heritage and values, and exchanged collective wisdom about 21st century education.
The gathering took place at College of New Rochelle, which was founded by the Ursuline sisters and is the first Catholic college for women in New York State. The Ursuline School hosted a dinner for all conference participants, at which school faculty and administration welcomed the group.
The American Scholastic Press Association awared a 3rd place citation to our school newspaper, Unison.
The Association judges hundreds of student-run newspapers throughout the country each year. They cited Unison for the creativity and potential of the student editors, and gave a near-perfect score to the editing quality. We congratulate our 2013-14 editors, Hayley Posner '14 and Katie O'Brien '14, as well as the entire team and faculty moderators.
Mrs. Hershey’s 10th grade chemistry students completed their study of nuclear energy by putting on a mock town hall. Some students took on roles of EPA representatives and power plant executives articulating the case for nuclear power plants. Other students represented mothers, doctors and environmentalists against nuclear energy. Pictured below are two students who presented the viewpoint of mothers concerned about the building of a nuclear power plant in their community.
All PowerPoints were creative and informative, prompting discussion of job creation, renewable energy sources, and health consequences of accidents such as Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011.
The NY State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors festivals each spring in which 100,000 students perform as soloists and in ensembles before official adjudicators who are music educators or professional musicians. Soloists must play scales, a solo, and sight-read eight measures of music.
We are proud to report that 7th grader Naomi Koh received a perfect score in flute and all our other participants scored above the 90th percentile.
Voice: Emily Bannerman, Sarah Bannerman, Alexis Fishman, Megan Malave, Sandile Mhlaba, Monica Mishra, Elizabeth Vuksanaj, and Chie Wach.
Clarinet: Zoe Anderson and Jillian Marzziotti.
Cello: Therese Bonoan.
Violin: Diyu Pearce Fisher.
Piano: Stephanie Athanasotos, Therese Bonoan, Monica Mishra, and Chie Wach.
In the ensemble portion, our Middle School Chorus received a Silver medal and our Honors Choir was awarded Gold.