Thank you to all our Facebook users who voted for Ursuline’s entry in the 13th “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Our team won the “Facebook Favorite” vote. This was the first time that the aquarium held a social media vote. More than 1,000 online votes were tallied for our team of Quinn Murphy, Maeve Hughes, Emily Herrmann and Claire Dillon; they won in a landslide. The students are all in Mr. Monacelli’s Intro to Engineering class. The school received $500 at an awards ceremony on Jan 22nd. The award money will be re-invested in the engineering program.
The aquarium staff noted that our four Ursuline students demonstrated knowledge of marine life in creating “Gerald the Anglerfish.” Well done!
We are proud to report that Teresa Clancy, Anne Crumley, and Sabrina Greco each took part in the 9th annual StART exhibition, a showcase of art by talented high school students from approximately 30 schools in the region. The students are pictured below with Ursuline Art Dept Chair Mary Quartaro.
Congratulations to Anne Crumley who received an Award of Excellence for her digital drawing.
Each of our students was highlighted in The Journal News article. The link is here.
All are welcome to view this exhibit at Concordia College, OSilas Gallery, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville. It runs Jan 16th through Feb 5th.
Congratulations to Clare Ryan ‘16 and Amanda Vasilakis ’16 who were selected out of hundreds of students globally to be NextGenVest Marketing & Business Development interns during the recent Christmas vacation. They collaborated with students from Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles), Hankuk Academy (South Korea), Hathaway Brown School (Ohio), KIPP Charter Schools (New York), Morris County Public School of Technology (NJ), Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) and many more throughout a 1 week period in NextGenVest's Headquarters (the former Facebook offices in New York City).
The Marketing & Production Interns participated in a user experience and website design workshop, produced marketing videos, and worked with NGV College Fellows from Harvard, Princeton, Duke, and UPenn. The Business Development Interns led projects including the #NGV18Under18 Global Competition spotlighting the most accomplished and promising high school students from around the world and planned the NextGenVest Global Summit in LA and NYC.
Clare and Amanda are members of our NextGenVest Global Business Leader Club. The club’s goals are to help students learn to effectively manage their finances and prepare for college with life skills.
Photos courtesy of NextGenVest.
The first week of January 2015 is exceptional for 33 members of The Ursuline School Honors Choir. The girls are in Rome, Italy on an educational and spiritual pilgrimage. They are honored to lead singing at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica for his holiness, Pope Francis. The students will also sing at the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi.
The Ursuline Honors Choir is an auditioned select choir, under the direction of Dr. Jean Boehler. They are accompanied on this trip by President of the school, Mrs. Eileen Davidson, Assistant Principal Mrs. Denise Moore, and Sr. Pat Schifini.
The choir members are the first group of Ursuline School students to visit the Ursuline Generalate in Rome, where they were fortunate to be able to rehearse in a beautiful, inspiring space.
More photos may be seen here.
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.