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.
The results are in for the National Latin Exam. More than 140,000 students around the world took the exam, including 100 of our girls. We are proud to report that two-thirds of our students received some level of award or recognition.
The students pictured above with Mr. DeLuca and Dr. Shamey had the highest Ursuline scores. Five students received Perfect Scores and Gold Medals. Eleven girls earned Gold Medals. Two students performed very well in the Latin composition contest, Scribo, including one student who was accepted for publication in the Scribo contest. Congratulations to all!
Creativity and communication are two essential 21st century skills. Mrs. Seiler’s 6th graders practiced these skills when they wrote short stories and produced them in a digital format. The class first read the story “The Birthday Ball” and wrote their own sequels. Mrs. Seiler edited their text. Then, the students added drawings to their blocks of text, digitally, on either Macs or PCs. Finally, they added music, sound effects, and recorded themselves reading their stories.
Students enjoyed the experience of creating their stories and sharing them with each other. Digital storytelling not only develops multimedia literacy, it also helps students write more effectively and encourages self-directed learning experiences.
Our golf team completed their 2nd straight undefeated league championship and Section 1 Team Championship season.
Five girls qualified for the 40-girl Day 1 field of the Section 1 Individual Championships. Ursuline had the most girls represented of all schools in the section.
At the end of Day 1, four girls - Alessandra Ricigliano, Emily Corrigan, Caroline Hodge and Alison Sohr - advanced to the 20 girl field. After a battle throughout the entire 18 hole round, Alessandra Ricigliano chipped in on her final hole to birdie and win the Section 1 Girls Championship! She is pictured below, wearing the championship medal, with Coach Laurie Adamo-Ricigliano.
Alessandra earns her 4th consecutive trip to the NY State Championships where she will be joined again by teammates Emily Corrigan, who finished 4th, and Caroline Hodge, who placed 7th.
The 7th grade classes of Mr. O’Hare and Ms. Dugan enjoyed a memorable walking tour of lower Manhattan. The girls were able to appreciate topics covered in their history class at sites that are still intact today. The Dutch roots of Manhattan were explored. Our students visited St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church and its graveyard, the Federal Hall National Memorial, and ended with lunch alfresco at Bowling Green Park.
The ability to “print” a stream of plastic into a 3 dimensional object can enhance learning in all disciplines. Students can scan imported images to print, print someone else's digital image, or they can design their own using computer aided drawing software (CAD). Students can make artistic sculptural forms; produce models of cells, atoms, DNA and other scientific concepts; study geography by printing terrain; design artistic packaging; produce mathematical shapes; study models of historic and architectural structures, and more.
In the photo below, President Eileen Davidson and students examine the 3D printer and 3D scanner recently purchased by the school.
3D printing is relatively new but already educational resources are available. We will approach this new tool the same way that we have older technologies. We train faculty. We revise curriculum accordingly. We pilot. We exchange ideas with other educators. We evaluate. Then we expand.
In late April through early May, we hosted our Ursuline "sisters" from the Parisian school, St. Ursule. The 12 students and their 2 chaperones spent a week going to class with their New Rochelle hosts and then a week taking in the sights of New York. A special event was the visit with Mayor Bramson (pictured below) and attending the National Day of Prayer ceremony at New Rochelle City Hall. Students enjoyed learning that New Rochelle is the sister city to La Rochelle, France. Thank you to our host families for their wonderful hospitality.
Senior lacrosse player Carly Wooters scored her 200th career Ursuline goal on May 8th! She is the first player in Ursuline history to achieve this milestone. Congratulations to Carly who looked forward to helping her team continue their winning ways at the Sectional Tournament. Carly signed a National Letter of Intent to play at University of New Hampshire next year.
We also congratulate Nikki Apostolopoulos who recorded her 550th career Ursuline save in the May 15th game! Varsity Lacrosse defeated Harrison 22-2 in the Section 1 Opening Round game.
A group of Ursuline sophomores attended the "Human Rights Institute for High School Student Leaders" sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center at Manhattanville College. They joined more than 200 sophomores from 20 high schools throughout the region. This workshop exposed students to different human rights issues around the world with interactive student run seminars and guest speakers including Alison Crowther, founder of "The Red Bandanna Project".
The goal of the workshop was for the students to be inspired by one of the many human rights issues presented and, as a group, create a plan in order to support a particular cause at school. The students have adopted "The Red Bandanna Project" and will diligently work next year on plans to raise funds, awareness, and support for human rights around the world.