In celebration of the feast day of our patroness, St. Angela Merici on January 27, 2023, Ursuline School President, Dr. Colleen Melnyk, reminded those in attendance of St. Angela’s call to be united in “one heart and one will.” She announced to the captive crowd, “Today, St. Angela’s words hold extra-special meaning for two important reasons.”
Dr. Melnyk, in addressing the more than 800 attendees at a school-wide liturgy, first explained with heartfelt joy that the school community was about to witness the First Holy Communion of sixth-grader, Viviana Matestic. “It is truly a blessing that Ursuline helps to prepare our students on their own personal journeys of faith,” said Dr. Melnyk. The announcement was met with enthusiastic applause as Faith and Spiritual Development is a Core Value of The Ursuline School.
In addition, Dr. Melnyk announced the successful completion of the school’s “Innovation Campaign,” Ursuline’s largest and the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in the school’s 125-year history. Melnyk pointed out that The Ursuline School’s beautifully appointed state-of-the-art facilities and new community spaces help to support 21st-century learning and further enhance the educational experience of every Ursuline student.
Student Council co-presidents Amelia Dolis and Lucy Gomez echoed Dr. Melnyk’s praise and thanked school benefactors, administrators, board members and trustees, many of whom attended the Feast Day liturgy. They also reflected on the construction process that began when they were in eighth grade.
“Now we have ample space to study and hang out with friends before and after school, and even be entertained by our peers who play the beautiful Steinway in the lobby,” said Dolis. Gomez added, “Thank you for investing in us and our dreams and making these spaces a reality!” With the completion of the 8.5 million dollar project, The Ursuline School is well positioned to meet the evolving needs of students and families.
Dr. Melnyk was quick to drill down on specifics noting the sophisticated iHub and “makerspace” equipped with cutting-edge equipment which allows students across the curriculum to combine technology with hands-on learning. Another highlight is the Hi-Tech Conference Center designed to help prepare Ursuline students for college and the workplace. “We’re providing experiential learning and tell our students they have already earned a seat at the table.”