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MISSION Hewitt empowers girls to discover their full intellectual and creative abilities, to pursue their passions and personal best, and to lead lives of consequence with character, compassion, and conviction.

INCLUSIVITY Hewitt empowers and expects our community members to embrace multiple points of view, to engage others with empathy and integrity, and to champion equity and justice in all areas of our lives. — Hewitt Inclusivity Statement, approved by the Board of Trustees November 2012








by Eric Nauman

by Stephanie Dore





CONTRIBUTORS Stephanie Dore Joseph Iannacone Robin Lentz Terri Lindvall Erik Nauman Amy Penn ’69

Melissa Ritchie Chris Weaver PHOTOGRAPHY Perry Barber ’71 Evan Brown Isabelle deTrubec Smith Stephanie Dore Joseph Iannacone Marty Hyman Phil Kessler Robin Lentz Terri Lindvall

MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES: Lower School Art at Hewitt

by Robin Lentz & Terri Lindvall





by Joseph Iannacone

by Amy Penn ’69


ANCHOR - SPRING 2014 EDITORS Evan Brown Melissa Canoni Joan Lonergan Melissa Ritchie Peter Williamson




DESIGN Evan Brown, Director of Communicaitons Alumnae Notes Photography provided courtesy of The Hewitt School, the Alumnae Director, or the Alumnae, themsleves.







ON THE COVER “Making it at Hewitt”– Building robots or printing 3-D parts are just some of the ways Hewitt students are solving problems by “making.”


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THE VISION The Strategic Plan sets forth the expectation for the school to optimize the excellence and impact of a Hewitt Education for twenty-first century woman learners and leaders. Hewitt will be: • the epicenter of an intellectually dynamic, innovative, and creative program through which students will acquire knowledge, discover meaning, make connections, and hone strategic skills. • the hub of an extended network of ever-expanding resources and opportunities in the greater New York metropolitan area and beyond, both nationally and globally.

From the start, an essential component of Hewitt’s unique vision has been leveraging our advantages and resources to create powerful learning opportunities for our students. Faculty members are pursuing new strategic alliances throughout the city and beyond with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the NY Genome Center, the NY Hall of Science, Girl Up – UN Foundation, Row New York, and over 100 other universities, organizations, museums, and businesses in our city – to the great advantage of our students. Significantly, all of these organizations are eager to work with our faculty and girls, share their facilities and resources, and realize the advantages and opportunities a relationship with Hewitt provides them. Girls matter at Hewitt and to these partners. By now, our renovation plans for the 76th Street Townhouse are well known; expanding on-campus resources at the heart of learning at Hewitt is equally important in order to accommodate the growth of the student body (530 girls this year) and

to provide optimal teaching and research spaces for our academic program. Scan for We recently moved a Hewitt’s significant step closer Townhouse Page in realizing this expansion as our plans received unanimous approval last fall from The Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District and The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Community Board 8 also approved the expansion and just recently, March 2014, granted their approval for Hewitt to proceed to the zoning board. We are moving forward with confidence, on track to break ground in 2015 with the generous support of our community. That said, our faculty has already done a terrific job with what we have in place.  I am impressed daily by the many creative and engaging ways in which they have infused the essence of the Strategic Plan into our curriculum.  If you have attended any of the talks, coffees, or round tables Hewitt has hosted this year,

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you may have heard me or others talk about the marvelous learning opportunities, across all grade levels, that have been afforded to our students. Or, perhaps you've visited our website and scrolled through our social media; these channels are filled with images, articles, and accolades that speak to the successful alignment between vision and Scan for Hewitt’s action.  If you haven't, I Facebook invite you to see our Page school year laid out dynamically in a Facebook timeline and, now, in the lively pages that follow. Of course, the best way to experience Hewitt is to be here. Come join the many festivities for parents, alumnae, grandparents and friends from now to commencement when kindergarteners from the class of 2025 (!) will escort graduating seniors and close out a banner year at Hewitt! 

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The Scene It is Education Day at the 4th Annual World Maker Faire in Corona, New York. A group of Hewitt students chatted nervously and excitedly behind their exhibition table located in the cavernous exhibition hall of the New York Hall of Science. They were anticipating the arrival of hundreds of children from around the city, coming to be inspired by children who have invented things and fabricated them with their own hands and ingenuity. With little warning the school groups poured into the hall. The Hewitt students were inundated with eager questions about what their projects did, how they worked, how they were made, and could they try them out? One student “gave out” countless Tootsie Rolls to kids who received them from her cleverly-designed, automated robotic candy dispenser that uses a balloon slingshot to shoot them through a carnival clown face. Another student explained to fascinated high school boys how they could drive robotic cars across the floor using virtual car controls on a computer screen. That day and the following weekend, our Hewitt students became teachers, showing attendees what it means to be a maker; to imagine something new, to discover one’s own design solutions, and to integrate complex technologies with craftsmanship to make things that are fun, useful, and worth sharing. This academic year marks the third year Hewitt students

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have participated in the World Maker Faire—the Maker Movement has become a tradition with our school, if not a mainstay of our curriculum.

the world), comprised of people of all ages and backgrounds, sharing their own inventions and

What is the Maker Movement?

celebrating the spirit of ingenuity. These events feature

The Maker Movement is about bucking the trend toward

everything from informative and inspirational speakers,

simply being consumers of technology by creating,

to workshops on everything from soldering to 3-D

redesigning, or reimagining the technology yourself.

printing. To stand in the middle of the Maker Faire is to

And the Maker Faire, known rightfully as “the greatest

stand amidst hundreds of booths with every invention

show (and tell) on Earth,” is the most conspicuous

imaginable and sometimes, unimaginable.

manifestation of this movement. The Faires themselves are gatherings of inspired and creative individuals in

While the Maker Movement is for all people, it is

cities around the country (and more recently from around

especially important for girls. Societal gender biases 5

A Hewitt student demonstrates a drawing robot to a Maker Faire visitor on Education Day

tend to present an image of girls and women as

fabric, art materials, or model building materials

mere consumers of technology, less capable,

(such as Legos). The heart of each project, however,

creative, or interested in STEM (Science, Technology,

requires some kind of programmable

Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives. It can be

microcontroller, such as an Arduino or GoGo Board,

a bold step for girls to take a strong interest in

or at the very least an electronic circuit. These are

isolating and solving problems using, math,

the components that make a project come alive,

electronics or coding, and Maker Faires provide a

make it respond to a user’s touch or proximity, and

diverse and positive space in which participants are

make it communicate though display messages,

encouraged and praised for their inventiveness.

sound, movement, or even tweets. The challenge for our students has been to code or program a task


What it Means to be a Maker

for the controller, and then build the rudiments to

When Hewitt students engage in making, they

enable their invention to achieve its desired

engage in a process of working with materials,

outcome. Perhaps making things more interesting,

getting to know their properties and limitations, and

Hewitt has acquired a Makerbot 3-D printer, which

learning how to shape them into a desired outcome,

allows our students to design and fabricate their

or project goal. Building materials at this stage are

own parts for use in realizing their creative

generally simple: so, things like cardboard, wood,

engineering endeavors.

ment is for e v o M r e k a M e While th cially important e p s e is it , le p o e all p l gender biases ta e ci o S . ls ir g r fo age of girls im n a t n e s re p tend to f ere consumers o m s a n e m o w d an le, creative, b a p ca s s le , y g lo techno M initiatives. E T S in d te s re te or in Beyond these more tangible aspects, the context of Maker Faires matter a great deal. Students become aware of the difference between making a project for a class assignment and creating something for deployment beyond the school environment. Just as a rehearsal is to an actual performance, making something for an external audience to scrutinize offers (maybe even requires) a much more invested experience from the maker. For Hewitt girls, then, our participation in the Maker Faire offers an opportunity to explore their own curiosity and interests, but also provides a chance to be recognized and validated for their process of “inventing.” While the point of a robust STEM education at Hewitt is obvious on the one hand–girls often have more to offer in this academic field that has been sadly underrepresented by women. On the other hand, its intrinsic value lies in the opportunity it affords our girls to apply creativity and technology to solve real problems. I would say that our involvement in the Maker Faire, although only a single weekend, provides a wonderful catalyst for our girls to develop problem analysis, practical solutions, risk assessment, and final execution, becoming part of our student’s skill set for future grades and careers beyond that.


Erik Nauman: Middle School Technology Coordinator



“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire ‘cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar!” It was the night before TEDxYouth@Hewitt and I

They say, “ideas are worth spreading.” That’s the

stood at the back of the gym watching this group of

slogan of TED (technology, entertainment, design), a

dedicated young women, filled with pride. Katy

non-profit founded in 1984, dedicated to presenting

Perry’s lyrics blasted through the gym speakers; from

short TEDTalks, where experts share their

behind the scenes I could hear the Hewitt girls

achievements and experiences through live

“roar!” Susannah Meyer ’15 and Jamie Russo ’15

presentation and videos on a global scale. Over the

were expertly setting the volume for body mics and

past four years our annual TEDxYouth@Hewitt, where

making final adjustments to the spotlights. Paloma

x = an independently organized TED event, has

Stafford ’16 was hanging black fabric from the wall to

become so much more than that.

create the backdrop for a photo booth, student curators and volunteers were decorating the room

The 2013 student curators absolutely wanted to

with black and red balloons, and Grayson Brower ’15

spread ideas. Using the theme “What’s your spark?”

drew beautiful oil pastel flames on the cork

as their springboard, the girls tapped Oscar-winning

inspiration board. These girls had been hard at work

animation and visual effects artist James Parris to

since June planning for the following day; they were

share his experience working on films including The

ready, and all I could do to help was cross my fingers

Lion King and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

and hope the audience showed up.


They chose Rachel DeAlto, a communications and

her passion for storytelling; Sydney shared her

relationship expert, Jessica Greer Morris, the executive

experiences creating her popular fashion blog,

director and co-founder of Girl Be Heard, and others to; and Sofia expressed her

share their stories on how they found their spark, how

passion for girls’ rights and told of her work with Girl

they continue to enflame their passion, and the steps

Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

they take to ignite others to do the same. The audience did show up, we had a full house, and Planning an event like this has its challenges, but

our TEDxYouth@Hewitt presentation was remarkable.

courage is essential. No matter how many times

The curatorial team worked to secure speakers, find

potential speakers told student curators Grayson and

sponsors, design tee-shirts, and more. They faced

Paloma “no,” they never hesitated to send the next e-

denials and some setbacks, all while chanting the

mail or make the next phone call. Or to take the stage

mantra, “ideas are worth spreading.” But, at the end of

themselves, as freshman Sophie Beem ’17 did,

that Saturday, last November, as I said goodbye to the

performing two beautiful, honest, and catchy original

camera crew from Livestream and popped the last

songs. At Hewitt, learning confidence is a priority and

balloon, I realized that it’s not just ideas; it’s bravery that

TEDxYouth@Hewitt is just one way it develops.

we’re spreading. Bravery fuels ambition, dedication, and character, and Hewitt girls are becoming experts,

I also saw this spirit in three of our alumnae, Alexandra

as they learn through our mission “to lead lives of

Wexler ’06, Sydney Sadick ’12, and Sofia Stafford ’13,

consequence with character, compassion, and

as they took to the stage to share their spark.



Alexandra, a writer for The Wall Street Journal, told of Stephanie Dore: Middle and Upper School Digital Arts and Photography Teacher. Yearbook Advisor, Upper School Service Coordinator, and TEDxYouth@Hewitt Faculty Advisor

Three Hewitt Alumnae presented at this year’s TEDxYouth@Hewitt: (from left) Alexandra Wexler ’06, currently a reporter for The Wall Street

Journal; Sydney Sadick ’12, George Washington University student and fashion blogger; and Sofia Stafford ’13, Duke University student.



by Robin Lentz and Terri Lindvall

We are fortunate to teach art in New York City. Across

the street from the Whitney Museum, just steps away from Museum Mile, with Central Park as our playground,

and art galleries galore, The Hewitt School is well-situated to provide immersive and meaningful experiences as our girls start to explore their world. When we design our art lessons we draw on all of these resources. And because

exhibitions are ever-changing, we develop new art

curricula every year. It is vital that young children engage with a variety of materials and techniques, and our

challenge from one year to the next is to expose them to new media and to invest them in rich, project-based experiences tailored to reflect who they are, who we are, and what inspires us as a community. Robin Lentz: Lower School Art Teacher | Terri Lindval: Visual Arts Department Chair


Lower School art students take advantage of the many exhibits and museums close to our school, then take what they see and learn back to the studio where they create their own unique work.






OF NOTE... Tyra Abraham | Class of 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – National Gold Key Winner Selected as one of 16 students from more than 1200 regional winners to be recognized for her photography portfolio. With this national award and recognition, Tyra has also been granted a $10,000 scholarship for college.

Rebecca Aydin | Class of 2014 National Merit Scholarship Finalist This nationally recognized academic competition began last fall for 1.5 million student entrants. By February 2014, selected National Merit Finalists represented the top 1% (or 15,000 students) of all applicants.

Julia Wolinsky | Class of 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award This national award recognizes Americans who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of the past year.

Susannah Meyer | Class of 2015 National Center for Women and Information Technology – Aspirations in Computing Award (Regional) This award honors young women at the high-school level for their computingrelated achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. 14

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Checking the circuits: Mr. Weaver and the sixth-graders working with robotics last fall.


“What is big? What is small?” Recently, I asked some

Now, the biggest thing that we know of is certainly the

sixth graders this.

universe. And there are numbers to describe its size.

“A house,” they said. “A worm.”

200 billion galaxies. 150 billion light years. And that’s

Upper school students would want a context –

just the observable part. The numbers are easy

what do you mean by big? But, sixth graders are

enough to write on a page, but to comprehend

fearless. They jump right in.

enormity of such a scale seems nearly impossible.

“The earth is bigger than a house!”


“Or, what about Saturn? Or, the sun?”

As well, this incomprehensibility attends the very

“Or a whole a galaxy...”

smallest of things. For instance, an amoeba, the most

“The Milky Way is a galaxy!”

gargantuan of microorganisms, is less than a tenth of a

“Or what about…”

centimeter. Smaller still, by hundreds of times, are

bacteria (such as the kind, say, that cause strep throat or pneumonia). Atoms are billions of times smaller yet; and even these structures are like boulders compared to subatomic particles and their own unfathomable orders of miniature magnitude. Somewhere in between this massive gulf, between the very large and the very small, is our collection of sixth-grade girls who seek to fathom it all. Now, compared to these aforementioned macro and microspheres, sixth grade science is a rather tidy, petite, and sensible endeavor. The girls are generally twelve years old. They start the class at four and a half feet tall and end up closer to five feet. We spend, roughly, 70-75 hours together in a semester, double that for the year, and we contemplate some physics and some biology, all in a way that is authentic and practical. By this I mean that when we study properties of light, we also study the eye, or when we investigate

Each year, during my eight years of

teaching sixth graders, the things that seem manageable and simple always have a propensity for breaking

out and getting loose.

force, we do so considering muscles and bone. At the beginning I outline the entire course’s key topics and the whole thing fits nicely on one side of one page. I post the document above my desk during those harried first days of class to convince myself and the girls that it’s all quite simple. And yet, for all the moderateness of its proportions, the concise articulation and ordering of units, I have to tell you that there is something deceptive about the scope of sixth grade science. Each year, during my eight years of teaching sixth graders, the things that seem manageable and simple always have a propensity for breaking out and getting loose. This has everything to do with the students and the strange alchemy that occurs when they encounter the material. For example, last October I introduced robotics to the students as a way to further understand how a central nervous system allows living things to react. In my mind it was a straightforward assignment. The students took their seats on the first day, and I passed out devices that look a little like obese iPhones. 17

Creating rudimentary instruments to study the nature of sound and vibration

“These are the brains of your robot,” I said, and the

The next week we moved from hardware to software. I

expectation was that the students would then attach

showed some simple programs that made sense for

motors and sensors in some functional and intuitive

simple robots designed in a conventional manner.

way – motorized wheels at the sides and some kind

Then I shrugged my shoulders, wished them luck, and

sensors (measuring touch or distance) toward the front.

the students dove in. By the end of the week, I watched two students place their robots at opposite

Here is the thing I’ve noticed about sixth graders,

ends of the room. A moment later the robots charged,

however; their brains lean as much toward Dr. Seuss as

then collided, then pirouetted, and finally began a

to Henry Ford. As I went around the room, I saw the

shouting match—the robots were “shouting” at each

sensors perched atop long, strangely bent columns.

other. Or maybe they were singing, I am not quite

The wheels were odd sizes, often placed at the ends of

sure. In another class, two students chased after a

stilts, and, in more than one example, the axles were

robot that fled from the sound of its name, “Rover.” It

off kilter in a way that made the robots bounce. My

was intended to be some kind of dog, but all it did

own buttoned-up robots, the simple prototypes that

was run away. “Don’t worry,” I told them, “we can fix

I’d built as examples, looked on without blinking.

that.” But they shook their heads frantically. “Mr.

Neither of us knew what to make of these new

Weaver, it’s supposed to do that!”

creations. How these robots were programed to react and what they did was nothing I had in mind, but it was wonderful. Neither was any of this what I had taught


How these robots were programed to react and what they did was nothing I had in mind, but it was wonderful. Neither was any of this what I had taught the students, or even tried on my own. the students, or even tried on my own. The students discovered it by themselves; I am still not sure how they did it. When my students are excited, surprised, and feeling accomplished, I feel the same. But, the pleasure isn’t entirely vicarious; some of the joy of teaching these sixth graders comes from my own encounter with things that are new and unexpected—new questions that I’d never considered, new approaches to solving problems that I couldn’t have guessed. In 1930, based on the observable evidence, Edwin Hubble wondered aloud if perhaps the universe was expanding. As strange as the theory was 83 years ago, it has persisted. A universe that not only grows, but grows faster each day – an accelerating expansion. I feel the same way about teaching middle school science. Those little ideas that I bring to the class tend to expand in the minds of our students, and each year the experience is richer–and larger.


Chris Weaver: STEM Coordinator & Science Department Chair



By the late 1800s, the Hudson River was a significant

At Hewitt, service-learning is considered a teaching method that combines service to the community with classroom curriculum.

international waterway on which great industrial and banking empires were founded; names like Gould, Morgan, and Vanderbilt replaced the ancient gods of the Lenape culture and the preceding Knickerbocker gentry. As industrial advancement leveraged the river and valley and New Yorkers reveled in the great wealth and power that the Hudson River brought to them, they were wholly indifferent or ignorant to the fact that a vital ecosystem was dying. Instead of the beautiful waterfalls, towering forests, or glassy expanses of clear water that described the Hudson Valley prior to colonialism, the river was increasingly becoming a dumping ground for refuse and runoff. Despite President Richard Nixon’s veto, the United States Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. This piece of legislation was a momentous early victory in the environmental protection movement and it was the late Pete Seeger, a folk singer of great renown, who was among the more prominent advocates for the law. In 1968, Seeger’s graceful tall sailing ship, The Clearwater, began recruiting everyday New Yorkers to take trips up and down the Hudson to see what a century of massive industrialization had wrought. Moving forward to the present era, and in keeping with Hewitt’s robust tradition of service learning, our seventh graders have come to respect the spirit of the CWA and in their own small way, continue to support conservation efforts in the lower Hudson Valley. The class has combined the goals of the United States


Environmental Protection Agency’s Adopt-AWatershed model service program1 and the activism of local environmentalists like The Clearwater (now a non-profit) for its yearlong service-learning program: The Moodna Watershed Project. In autumn of 2011, our seventh grade adopted the Moodna Creek Watershed at Black Rock

Following in the Hudson River environmentalist

Forest, just south of Newburgh in the Hudson

tradition, every spring, the seventh grade also

Valley. In class, the students spent the fall

sets sail on The Clearwater. Aboard this forty-

researching, mapping, and surveying the area’s

year-old sloop, students learn about the eco-

habitats. As well, the Science curriculum was

system of the river as well as the environmental

revised to be a yearlong environmental studies

activism of Pete Seeger, and how he took simple

class. In labs, students learned about things like

steps to spread the word either by singing at

bio-indicator insects (such as butterflies) or the

riverbank concerts or marching on Congress to

impact of temperature variations in stream water.

demand the preservation of our natural spaces.

Then, our students took their knowledge base

The trip provides a fun, engaging, and tangible

into the field at Black Rock, running soil tests,

way for students to understand the real results of

planting trees, gauging pH levels, and recording

40 years of advocacy and protection.

their observations and findings in sketchbooks. At Hewitt, service-learning is considered a The EPA’s model program sets forth that young

teaching method that combines service to the

people should not only learn about the workings

community with classroom curriculum. It offers

of their adopted watershed, but they should also

our students a hands-on approach to mastering

begin to campaign for preservation. With that in

subject material while fostering civic

mind, every spring students have taken part in a

responsibility. In this, we want our seventh

variety of projects meant to spread the word

graders to understand and remember, as they

about saving wild spaces like the Moodna. In our

grow older, that the Hudson River is a place of

Moodna Project’s first year, students composed

great historic importance and beauty. It his home

websites, e-blasts, and more interestingly, a

to our world-famous city, a place of rich bounty

Valentine’s Day awareness campaign that asked

and resources, and our hope is that our students

students and teachers to wear felt hearts to show

will continue to do their part, beyond seventh

their heart-felt appreciation for our wild spaces.

grade, to secure its future.


More recently, students created QR code trail markers that any hiker can now follow when walking in Black Rock Forest. When scanned, the codes provide student-researched and designed


Since its creation, the EPA has been charged with the task of

monitoring and coordinating local and national efforts to maintain and improve the environment.

mobile websites offering hikers information about the specific region or spot in which they are walking.


Joseph Iannacone: History Teacher, Advisor, Grade 7 Coordinator, and Middle School Service Learning Coordinator




a New York Perry Barber is a rock star of


for me. It was a battle out there and

they could sense my vulnerability. Instead of letting it

She is one of an exceedingly small number of ladies

make me feel bad, I took it as a challenge. With

who have literally had the guts to go for baseball

experience comes confidence. After 32 years of being

umpire-hood. The men in her league were not happy

an umpire, there has been very little change in the

about it, and they let her know. Big time.

attitude towards women umpires. It’s starting to give a little now,” says Perry.

This was a first, but not a last for a beautiful New York girl, who had made her debut along with her twin sister,

The Barber twins were the epitome of the feminine

Warren, at the Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria. They were

dream of their era. They were beautiful, talented, and

the belles of the New York Ball, and could have easily

the boys lined up, tripped over themselves, and

remained so. But, Perry couldn’t resist a good

changed their routes to school to get a glimpse of

challenge, and the role of baseball umpire, was beyond

them. “I don’t think of femininity as showing weakness,

a challenge.

shyness, or frailty, but as women being strong and capable and finding their own way in life. It’s not about

“They treated me with hostility,” Perry says in reference

wearing sexy clothes or looking hot,” Perry emphasizes.

to the male-dominated baseball world she had traded for any number of permutations of a cushy life. “I had

A Renaissance woman, after dropping out of college,

always been treated well, so this was a new experience

Perry became a “wandering troubadour.” She was a 23

songwriter and singer, who opened for Bruce Springsteen, Hall and Oates, and Billy Joel when she was in her twenties. Did Perry Barber always want to become a

Then the big time arrived; kind of, sort of.

baseball umpire? Heck, no. Perry umpired college ball, Little League, It started with Jeopardy, the quiz show. In

and even spring training in the Major

1972, at 19 years old, Perry Barber became a

Leagues. She became baseball-obsessed

Jeopardy Champion. She buzzed onto

and a fan of “the adorable lousy Mets.”

other quiz shows, won some more, became secure in her strengths, and took note of

Perry has excelled as a baseball umpire

areas that needed a boost.

for decades, in spite of the condescension and hostility that often hisses around her.

Baseball was on the top of the not-quite-a

Her advice to women umpires-to-be?

home run list. Perry bought one baseball

“Most of us have had terrible times,

book after another. She became fascinated

because we were too far ahead of our times.

by the sport. Her mother saw her reading a

We were treated like interlopers, not

book on baseball umpiring, and suggested

partners. It’s improving now. It’s a fun,

that Perry become a baseball umpire. Perry

stimulating rewarding way to make money.

thought her mother was crazy, but her

Stay confident and strong, and keep of

mother didn’t flinch.


There was an ad for a Little League baseball

After all, it’s just a game. The debutante

umpire in an Indio, California, newspaper.

takes a bow, confident in her place behind

Perry applied for the job. She was 27 years

the batter’s box, looking out onto a now

old, and like many New Yorkers, didn’t have

familiar field.

a driver’s license; her mother drove her to the game. That was the better part of the

Perhaps you’re next!


day. Perry Barber ’71 is an active umpire and is currently in Port St.

Her mother stood on the sidelines with the

Lucie, Florida where she calls spring training games for the New York Mets.

rule book. “Mom, could you look up ‘foul ball’ for me?” Perry yelled. The Little

Amy Phillips Penn ’69 is the author of Diosa: One Mare's

League parents described the game as a

about Elaine's, New York's legendary celebrity restaurant.

three and a half hour nightmare. It was off to an umpire school in Florida, where Perry and Warren were the only women out of some 200 students.


Odyssey on the Planet Earth and is currently working on a book

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Top & Left: Barber at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, FL, pregame, on February 22, 2013. Above: Perry with twin sister, Warren, at umpire school in Florida in 1982. Below: Barber standing next to her “masked” photo at the Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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CLASS OF 1936 REMEMBERED Three members of the Class of 1936 were

Patricia Fargo Gilchrist ’42 lives in Newport Beach, CA, and writes that she remembers Hewitt fondly. “Miss Hew was a great friend and supporter! I would enjoy hearing from any of my classmates and school friends.”

celebrated by their daughters who met at Castello Ruspoli in Vignanello, Italy in May 2013. Pictured from left to right are Nathalie Pignatelli ’69, daughter of Barbara Eastman ’36; Julia

The Somerset County, NJ Commission on the Status of Women recently presented their Outstanding Women Awards. The eldest honoree was Nancy Buck Pyne Nancy Buck Pyne ’43 ’43, credited with raising more than $50 million for charities during her 89 years of life. She has been an advocate and trustee of the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster, a supporter of the Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, and has volunteered with the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack-Gladstone.

Humphreys ’61, daughter of Mary Margaret Campbell ’36; and Marina Shields Contardi ’61, daughter of Marina Torlonia ’36.

Elizabeth Lee Cutler-Bissell ’48 is now a great and husband, Paul, enjoy spending time with the grandmother! Her great grand-daughter, Ursela family and grandchildren in Lewes, Delaware, and Cutler, was born on January 11, 2014 in Amherst, Bethesda, Maryland. MA. Her granddaughter, Genevieve de Vicq ’16, attended Hewitt before transferring to the Lawrenceville School.


Genevieve Lawrence Trevor Nomer ’44 is one of the original members of the 13 Year Club at Hewitt, having attended from kindergarten through twelfth grade! She lives in Texas and stays active swimming and biking every day.

Barbara Ann Peddy Watson ’56 writes that all four of her children are “healthy and doing well. I still run the real estate where we live on Gibson Island, a private island on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Come visit! Would love to see one and all!”

Jane Mabbott Austrian ’47, mother of Gabrielle Austrian Hirschfeld ’74, attended the graduations of her grandchildren in 2013. Gabrielle’s son graduated from Yale Law School and her daughter graduated from Johns Hopkins University.

Rosalind Nester Heid ’58 was a lighthouse keeper during last autumn’s Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. She is a docent at The Museum of Baltimore Legal History Department and is currently busy creating an archive of local poetry for the Baltimore City Historical Society. Rosalind


Members of the class of ‘61, facing a pivotal Birthday (70th), decided to celebrate with a “Class Reunion in Rome,” according to Ada Gates Patton ’61. “Spanning out from the farm of our classmate Marina Shields Contardi ’61 in Umbria, we spent a week exploring the hill towns of Italy including Perugia, Orvieta, Amalia, Assisi, and many more. Each night we came home to a glorious five course Italian meal at Marina’s farm; some nights we had dance parties, other days big lunches with Marina’s family and friends. All of us fell to talking and laughing like there was no tomorrow and picked up right where we left off 52 years ago. Marina Shields Contardi, Wendy Wilson Crowley, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, Penelope Burke, Clay Deering Dilworth, 25


In February 2014, The Hewitt School welcomed the President of Al Jazeera America, Kate O’Brian ’76 as part of our Speaker Series. Ms. O’Brian, pictured here (leaning in) along with her sister, Bridget O’Brian ’75 (at left), Editorial Director for Communications and Public Affairs at Columbia University, spoke to our students about her career and what it takes to succeed as a woman in journalism.

Diana Birmingham, Julie Humphreys, Cecily Bastedo, Gedy Angelakova Moody, Lely Iossifoglu Kyriakopoulou, Ada Gates Patton. There are no friends like old friends, it was a glorious trip start to finish, and we loved every minute of it. Yay Hewitt!”

An Italian Reunion for members of the Class of 1961.

Ada Gates Patton ’61 was interviewed live by ABC-TV during the Rose Parade! As Official Horseshoe Inspector for the Rose Parade, she ensured all the horses were properly shod with traction devices so they didn’t slip on the pavement. Francine Campbell Coby ’64 shares her time between the Adirondacks and Greenwich, CT. She is still active in Greenwich real estate. Francine keeps in touch with Adrienne Borger Lower ’64 and Christine Seiniger Mayer ’64. Ann Winslow Donelly ’66 became a grandmother to a new grandson, Peter Colburn McAndrew. He was born on April 8, 2013, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces to parents Amory and Sean McAndrew in New York City.


Victoria Hamilton ’67 retired after a long career as a legal secretary. She is contemplating a move to California to be closer to daughter Marina Babar Marchisi ‘97! Cathy Banszky Alsop ’66 retired this spring and looks forward to many new adventures and spending time with my wonderful family. Cathy is President of the Hewitt Alumnae Association. Wendy Flink Levey ’68 writes “Epiphany continues to thrive and my daughter, Mariel Levey ’07, is an assistant teacher. I still work with

Phoenix House, a drug rehabilitation center, while also serving on the Hewitt Board of Trustees and the Hewitt Alumnae Board. Mariel and I visited my best friend, Lorraine Carrady Quinn ’68, at her home in the Dominican Republic in February.” Eleanor Hodenpyl Morgan ’68 and her husband moved off the island of St. Lucia to Pinehurst, NC. They still visit their villa down there quite often. Ellie says that it seems that moving off the island has been more difficult than moving down there!

1970 Cathleen Adelman Leslie ’70 travels around the world to give master classes in the Actors Studio Method of acting and teaches the membership of the West Coast Actors Studio. She is a final judge, with Martin Landau and Mark Rydell , to choose new members. Cathleen is getting back to work after her mother passed away in October and running her own acting school in Los Angeles.

1980 Ilka Kellar ’82 writes “I just recently traveled to Trinidad & Tobago for the Christmas holidays with my three sisters. It was my first trip there in 25 years. I saw the houses and visited the neighborhoods my parents were born in. It was a wonderful experience!” Tracy Bross ’85 and husband Robert “Bobby” Jaffe are thrilled to announce they are expecting their first child, a girl, in early June of 2014. “It has been a busy past few months! Very exciting and a very big surprise. I wanted to share the news. I miss everyone very much!” Christina Wayne ’86 and her company, Assembly Entertainment, entered a deal with Endemol Studios to develop and produce scripted projects for television, making Christina the CEO. She had success in the development and production of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Broken Trail on AMC. Christina participated in the Alumnae Career Panel for upper school students last spring and serves on the Hewitt Speakers Committee The Hewitt Alumnae Board welcomes its newest member, Elizabeth Levy ’89. Liz joined the Board in January 2014 and has already made a difference by volunteering for projects Liz Levy’89 manning the like the Alumnae phones at the Alumnae Phonathon. Liz is an Phonathon in December attorney and partner at ABA-IDEA providing furnished housing in NYC where she runs the operations for their corporate apartment program in the tri-state area.

1990 Racheline Maltese’90 is pleased to report that her first novel, Starling, will be published by Torquere Press in Racheline Maltese ’90 September, 2014. It is cowritten with Erin McRae. “Our book, Starling, is a fairy tale about fame and everything that goes right, and ridiculously wrong, when you’re the kid who effectively gets discovered in a diner. Set in Los Angeles amongst an incestuous group of friends during next year’s television season, Starling is about figuring out how to do life when it feels like the whole world is watching.” Mandy Speers Volpe ’91 got married two years ago in Antigua. She married Noel Volpe, an Allen Stevenson alum! Mandy is currently a freelance Art Director in NYC, but her passion is with animals. She volunteers for animal rescue and rehabilitation at various shelters in the city and in Jamesport, NY, where she has a second home. Abby Russell ’91 writes “I’m a filmmaker and TV producer, and I run a production company called Nuforms Media. We produce all kinds of TV and commercial marketing projects. We also specialize in creating food multimedia content. Our food division is called Foodpops. I’ve produced TV shows for the Food Network, Sundance Channel, Nickelodeon, and PBS, to name a few.” Muriel Altchek Mercier ’93 writes “I am the Paris Fashion Editor for American GQ magazine based in NY, so basically I run the European Fashion market for clothes and accessories here in Paris. I have been with GQ since the end of 1999. I also just edited and published a cookbook with/for Daniel Rose; the chef and owner of Spring Restaurant here in Paris.” Literacy Partners has expanded its Board of Directors with the publishing guru Samantha Marcus Yanks ’94, Niche Media’s Editor in Chief at Hampton’s Magazine and Editor at Large at Gotham Magazine. She is also an on-air personality on television segments discussing fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, Bloomberg New York Live and Fox’s Good Day New York. She has her own segment, The Scoop with Samantha on Sunday morning on Weekend Today in New York. Samantha also finds time to serve on Hewitt’s Alumnae Board!

FAREWELL, MS. GRAND & MS. EDWARDS After 28 years of teaching, counseling, leading, fundraising, and inspiring generations of Hewitt students, Sherry Grand is saying farewell. Ms. Grand was honored at reunion on May 8, 2014 along with Ms. Anita Edwards who is also saying goodbye. In her 42 years at Hewitt, Ms. Edwards has chaired the English and humanities departments as well as built the Hewitt archives. To honor their legacies, please visit: or scan QR code, right.

IN MEMORIAM Fernanda de Mohrenschildt Hastie ’37 Muriel Selden Paris ’37

Jessie Ewing Phillips ’38

Shirley Spaulding Gary ’39 Valerie Hathaway Tew ’40 Anne Benjamin Barry ’41

Ann Mitchell Campbell ’41 Marguerite McAdoo ’42 Joan Brown Aitken ’43

Glenn Crawley Ziegler ’43 Nancy Harris Biddle ’46


Valerie Bernstein ’94 is a Senior Vice President in the Business Department of InMarketing Services. Her company creates marketing promos and she was responsible for bringing in the band One Direction to promote sales of Sharpees! Valerie and her husband have two children, Max and Stella, and live in Brooklyn Heights. Eva Shure ’97 launched an experiential interactive entertainment company, Red Carpet Kids! in 2013. It was voted Best of New York Magazine and specializes in once-in-a-lifetime events for children and families. Eva serves on Hewitt’s Alumnae Board and hosted the Winter Alumnae Party in February where a good time was had by all! Perri Magit Brenner ’97 is currently the Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Barclays Bank in New York. Perri’s 5-year-old daughter, Ella, will start kindergarten at Hewitt in September as a member of the Class of 2027! Serena Lugo ’98 writes “for the last seven years, I have been working as a head teacher at The Episcopal School, a nursery school on 69th and Park Ave. I got engaged this past New Year’s to Marcus Odierno. He went to The Browning School and we have known each other since high school! We plan to get married in July 2015.” Elizabeth Moran Antler ’98 married David Antler on October 12, 2013. Nathalia HayeemLadani ’98 was in the wedding party.

2000 Alison Horowitz ’00 owns Prodigy Coffee on Carmine Street in the West Village. She got engaged in December 2013! Melissa Kronfeld ’00 is the Development Coordinator at NEXUS, a Global Youth Summit Group. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. In her free time, Melissa volunteers as the Vice President of the Young Leadership Group at Save a Child’s Heart. She participated in the Alumnae Career Panel for upper school students last spring. Alanah Shamah ’00 is still in social work and loves it just as much seven years later! She is a licensed clinical social worker and is in the process of becoming a licensed play therapist. Alanah currently works in a charter school in Harlem, but


Eva Shure ’97 launched an experiential interactive entertainment company, called Red Carpet Kids!

ALUMNAE GIVE BACK TO HEWITT The Hewitt School is proud of its graduates and it is with great appreciation that we recently welcomed back a number of Alumnae to talk about their collegiate and career experiences: • Alumnae, those currently in college and in their careers, spoke with Upper School parents and students during the “Beyond Hewitt” panel held on January 15, 2014. Natalie Shemilt ’10 (Penn), Pauline Cronin ’13 (Johns Hopkins), Elisabeth Bronheim ’05 (teacher at Birch Wathen Lenox), Alexandra Wexler ’06 (journalist at the Wall Street Journal), and Lindsey Brandt ’05 (advertising at Ralph Lauren) all participated in the panel discussion. • The Upper School Career Panel on April 7, 2014 featured Christina Wayne ’86 (CEO of Assembly Entertainment), Valerie Bernstein ’94 (Senior Vice President at InMarketing Services), Eva Shure ’97 (Founder of Red Carpet Entertainment), Emily Lovecchio ’03 (Senior Designer for Crewcuts), and Melissa Kronfeld ’06 (Development Coordinator for NEXUS). • Three Hewitt alumnae were members of a distinguished, 5-person panel that addressed specific aspects of private school admissions: “Navigating the Admissions Process” on April 9, 2014 featured Laurie Gruhn ’79 (Head of Lower School, The Browning School), Wendy Flink Levey ’68 (Founder and Director of Epiphany Community Nursery School), and Cori Berger ’87 (current Hewitt parent). • Mia Diehl ’84 (Photography Director at FORTUNE) spoke to Ms. Dore’s Advanced Photography classes on April 10, 2014.

will start her own private practice by the end of 2014. She spent the past two summers in Ghana, volunteering with orphaned children in underprivileged villages. Samantha Feinbloom Silver ’00 writes “I am a very part time sales representative with Designs For Vision, a company that specializes in medical and low-vision products. I currently spend the majority of my time with my two-year-old daughter Stella! She will start nursery school in the fall.”

Pauline Eveillard ’01 is engaged to marry Doug Gould on May 10, 2014 at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Alana Grossman Feldman ’01 and husband, Aaron, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Hille Feldman on September 1, 2013. Jaclyn Kreiner ’04 is engaged and will marry Jake Cohen on October 18, 2014 in Arlington, VT.

Lindsey Brandt ’05 is currently working at Ralph Lauren while finishing her MBA at Columbia University. She was married this April 2014. After graduation, Simone Kennedy ’06 worked at the Hispanic Society of the America Museum in the Curatorial and Paintings Conservation Departments; she then worked with a conservator in Venice on a project involving 14th century frescoes. Simone is a working artist and just received an award from Columbia University where her work was part of a show in Germany. She currently attends the master’s program at Teachers College, Columbia University in Art and Art Education. Simone is also a student teacher at Hewitt! Grace Lindvall ’06 graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and English and then spent a year working in Kenya with the Organization of African Instituted Churches. Now, she is in her first year of Seminary pursuing a Masters of Divinity and an M.A in Spiritual Formation and Mission at Princeton University. Grace will spend this summer working in Kigali, Rwanda with Association Mwana Ukundwa, a nonprofit for women’s vocational training, tutoring, and special programs for orphaned children.


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Diana Marin ’07 graduated from Harvard in 2012. Last year, she worked in the Admissions Department at Prep For Prep. Diana is currently working as an Admissions and Development Associate at Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem.

2010 Natalie Shemilt ’10 is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She has already secured a job at Goldman Sachs after graduation. Danielle Udell ’11 writes that she is studying abroad in Prague for of her second semester junior year. She loves the University of Maryland! Sunny Rovitz ’12 is doing well at University of Wisconsin. She is now president of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. Sarah Rodeo ’13 has been accepted to the Vassar College Martha Graham Repertory, the Camerata Ensemble, and the Mahagonny Choir. Sarah is the Director of the Vassar College Catholic Music Ministry and “highly recommends Vassar to all Hewitt graduates!”

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HEWITT ALUMNAE BICYCLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY: 4000 MILES FOR CANCER CARE Carolina Neely ’11, a junior at Mount Holyoke College, and Jocelyn Goldberg ’13, a freshman at McGill University, will put plenty of miles on their bikes this summer. Both will take part in 4K for Cancer which is a 70 day, 4000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to either San Francisco or Portland. While stopping at community centers and colleges across the country, Carolina and Jocelyn will teach about the wonderful things the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults does and they will advocate for cancer prevention. Unfortunately, this cause hits close to home for both alumnae. Jocelyn’s mother passed away in 2005 after a 10-year battle with cancer. And Carolina’s parents have dealt with several types of cancer including prostate and lymphoma.

Carolina Neely ’11

Jocelyn Goldberg ’13

You can check on their journeys and donate to the cause through these dedicated websites: • Carolina at • Jocelyn at


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