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 is excited to present "My Sister Eileen" on Friday, Nov 21st at 7pm, and Saturday, Nov 22nd at 7pm, in our Auriana Theater.
This is a comedy in which two sisters from Ohio seek fame and fortune in NYC.
Our students and several Iona Prep students present a delightful show and all are invited to attend.
This play premiered in 1940 on Broadway. Come see how our students perform it in 2014! Tickets are $10 at the door.
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.
Please enjoy the images in the photo gallery here:
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!
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.