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Acting With

Courage & Confidence In Everything We Do

Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary Convent of the Sacred Heart High School

Stuart Hall for Boys Stuart Hall High School

Winter 2011

C oNVE N T & ST UA RT HA LL S C HO O LS OF TH E S AC R E D H EART The Bulletin allows Convent & Stuart Hall to stay connected with current families, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. Communications Director Jo Ann W. Shain joann.shain@sacredsf.org Editor Stefani Blair stefani.blair@sacredsf.org

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Above: Convent & Stuart Hall High School students cheer on the Knights’ inaugural football season.

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Contributers: Belle Akers, Ray Cinti, Cerina Criss, Caitlin Curran’00’96, Alison Davis (Convent-7), Patricia Gallagher’76’72, Patter Hellstrom, Jason Jones, Brandan La (Stuart Hall-11), Elena Neufeld, F. Palmer, Tracy Sena, Anjali Shrestha (Convent-12), Michael Tellini (Stuart Hall-6), Marian Zizzo and the Yearbook Staff of Stuart Hall High School.

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Features The Heart of Service


With the book Three Cups of Tea as inspiration, high school faculty and students talk about the spiritual journeys we take toward a heart that will serve others.

First Grade


The educators who teach our seven-year-olds how to read and write also quietly steer them toward a lifelong love of learning.

Framework for the Future


The campaign for Convent & Stuart Hall, now in its community phase, has raised nearly $18 million for the schools.

Alumni: Chuck Criss SHB’99 and Darren Criss SHB’01


Between Chuck’s headlining band (Freelance Whales!) and Darren’s TV stardom (on Glee!) the Criss Brothers humbly show everyone what it means to rock.

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Greenhouse Effect at Stuart Hall for Boys, by Michael Tellini Latin+Art at Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools, by Ellie Pollak Constructing a Love of Science at Convent Elementary, by Elena Neufeld

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Arden City, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Larceny and Old Lace, a clever spoof of the original Kesselring classic.

Correction In “Ikenna Nwadibia” (Summer 2010, page 35), it’s true that Ikenna scored 22 points and 12 rebounds in the BCL West league championship game, but Stuart Hall did not win that game.

Departments 4 Letter from the Director 4 Community News 10 Sports Shorts 12 The Bulletin Board 34 From the Archives 34 Alumni Calendar 40 Class Notes 46 In Memoriam C o nvent & S tuart H all


Message from the Director Dear Parents and Members of the Convent & Stuart Hall Community, As you peruse the contents of our Bulletin, I hope that you share in the pride I experience in reflecting on the wonderful talent and creative forces at work in the schools. The words that come to mind are courage and confidence. Of course, these words embody our theme for our community for the current school year, and certainly I would want to link a school publication with our theme. But beyond the expediency of my writing design lay the truth: we do very good things, very creative things when we act out of courage and confidence. The students, the faculty and staff, our parents and trustees, our alumni all exude pride in Convent & Stuart Hall, and with that pride comes the courage and confidence to do great things. Take your time in paging through this rich collection of stories. Learn about our talented first grade teachers and how they work their magic in their classrooms. Follow the Three Cups of Tea program designed for our high school students, a co-ed venture to explore spirituality and service. Eavesdrop on our faculty and staff as they engage in discussions about their spiritual journeys. Trace the footsteps of alumni who dream big and follow their passions. Read it all. Each of these experiences is the product of people who have tasted Sacred Heart education in San Francisco. Young and old, they have been nourished by a tradition that makes their hearts the source of their strength. We are commissioned to make known the love of the heart of God wherever we go in whatever we do, and we do that with courage and confidence.

Gordon Sharafinski Director of Schools


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News ‘Sacred Heart Scholars’ Program Debuts

This winter, many Convent & Stuart Hall eighth graders took advantage of a new program for applying to our high schools. The Sacred Heart Early Admissions Program provides an opportunity for our interested eighth graders to apply to our high schools in an accelerated manner. In prior years, the schools had a re-enrollment program, but the plan was discontinued in 2009 so it could be revisited by administrators and admissions staff. Under the new program, students and their parents submit an application, providing necessary academic data and references, and then meet with high school personnel for an interview. Students who are selected as participants in the Early Admissions Program and choose to attend one of the high schools benefit from an early decision and a scholarship. Once the cadre of early admissions students is selected, these eighth graders may apply to be designated as a Sacred Heart Scholar, a title reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and faithful observance of the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Sacred Heart Scholars are honored with an additional scholarship. Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski says, “I am very pleased with the work that this group has done to create a program that rewards students and families who are committed to the unique educational experience we offer at Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco.”

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Above: Ray Cinti, Science Department Chair at Convent High School, has created an innovative new lab course that is giving our students a research opportunity not normally available to high school scientists. Right: Senior Natalie Garnett collects redwood samples.

Grant Helps Convent Students Save the Redwoods With the magnificent redwood forests so close to San Francisco and conservation a major focus of scientific study, Convent High School Science Department Chair Ray Cinti developed a new lab course this year called “Conservation Biology of the Redwoods.” He received a $3,000 grant from the Save the Redwoods League for his class to study the genetic structure of these ancient trees. This grant allows the students to clone and sequence genes obtained from coastal redwood trees, extracting DNA to research genetic biodiversity. As they uncover molecular data on the redwoods, they are also developing biotechnology skills and learning to design relevant laboratory experiments. The class has taken four data-gathering field trips to study redwood forest ecology at Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong State Park, Big Basin Redwood State Park and to the Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental. In

addition to the genetic analysis, the students will also on these field trips help with restoration and reforestation. The hope is that these experiences will provide opportunities for community building and hopefully motivate students to become stewards for environmental issues in the future. Their findings will be published and presented at this spring’s National Science Teachers Conference in San Francisco. This research course will be an ongoing study that will be published and presented in the biological community on The National Center for Biotechnology Information website in years to come. By understanding patterns of genetic variation in these redwood tree populations, applications can be made to Conservation Biology and thus implications for developing strategies for park management improvements.

Students Share Technology, Time Through Community Outreach Each year, Convent & Stuart Hall donate refurnished computers to various schools, community-based organizations and centers throughout the Western Addition through our Heart to Heart community outreach program. This year, the schools were able to donate 30 such laptops to the African American Cultural Center for use by children in our Heart to Heart program. For several afternoons this fall, students from Stuart Hall High School volunteered in the lab, helping students there explore the Internet and create PowerPoint presentations and other special projects.

Heart to Heart also donated five laptops to the JUMP after-school program at Rosa Parks Elementary. The guys from Stuart Hall have been visiting Rosa Parks, where they are working on special projects the elementary students. Through Heart to Heart, Convent & Stuart Hall students also have the opportunity to be peer tutors and to organize annual toy and backpack drives. To read more about these programs, visit www.sacredsf.org and click on Heart to Heart under the Our Community tab. C o nvent & S tuart H all




High School Schedule Changes

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Every year for the past three years, our school schedule has changed, whether it had shortened passing periods or added community time. This year, however, our schedule has experienced a much greater change. In addition to an entirely new way of keeping track of classes, administrators have introduced co-ed classes into Convent and Stuart Hall’s academic programs. Curriculum Coordinator Doug Grant spent months of discussion and planning trying to figure out the right schedule that would benefit the students as well as the teachers. As the sophomores, juniors and seniors have already experienced, our class schedules are no longer organized into the odd and even classes. Instead, a new alphabetical system, A through H, has replaced the previous structure. Our weekly schedule now has Red Days on Monday and Wednesday, and Blue Days on Tuesday and Thursday, and an alternating Friday schedule. However, there is a twist. Within the daily schedule, Red or Blue, class order is reversed. This proves greatly effective, especially for athletes. Because no single class is considered the last class of the day, athletes are not as affected by leaving early for games. Thus, this new system lessens the pressure on athletes who would otherwise be consistently missing class material in a single course, says cross country runner Michael Chan. “Because I don’t continually miss that one last period of the day,” the junior says, “I can space out the work, making it easier for me to do well in classes but also keeping cross country from getting in the way of my grades.” Not only is there less strain on the students participating in sports, but teachers are less worried about the sports effecting students’ performance in class.

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The other big change to our schedule is the addition of co-ed classes. This new system has broadened both high schools’ course selections, such as introducing Mandarin to Stuart Hall students. However, because classes either take place at the Octavia or Broadway campuses, some students commute between classes. To accommodate for these students, co-ed classes are generally after lunch, giving time for students to go back-and-forth between the two campuses. The addition of a 20-minute passing period not only enables students to travel to the other campus but also gives students and teachers a little extra time to review and prepare for class. Mr. [Shannon] Halkyard, who teaches math and chemistry, says, “Although they might have shortened the lunch period, the longer 20-minute break period allows for a better transition between classes, especially if you’re teaching many different classes.” With more interaction, Convent & Stuart Hall can continue to become closer, bridging the distance, figuratively and literally, between the two campuses. —Brandan La is a junior at Stuart Hall High School, and a reporter for the round table student newspaper. This article, which ran in its entirety in the October issue, is reprinted here with permission.

Elementary Schools’ Evening Play Date a Great Success The evening Play Date organized and staffed by Convent Elementary and Stuart Hall for Boys employees this past December entertained 250 children and raised $7,000 for the Sacred Heart School in Uganda. Not only


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did the San Francisco students have a blast, the money raised is enough to pay costs for over a dozen Ugandan girls to attend their school for a year.

School Undergoes Accreditation Review In order to maintain accreditation as a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), schools must undergo an evaluation process every six years. Convent & Stuart Hall has spent the past several months in this review period. Starting this fall, an institutional selfstudy was completed by faculty, staff, administrators, parents and alumni. The self-study gives the school an opportunity to assess its strengths and challenges and plan for the future. It is an exhaustive process, taking place over several months. This year, the Self-Study Team was led by Sheila Chatterjee, librarian at Stuart Hall High School, who spent countless hours organizing and compiling all of the materials for a presentation to CAIS/WASC evaluators. Specifically, the self-study asks for information in a dozen areas: Philosophy and Purpose; Finances; Administration/Faculty/ Staff; Community of the School; Library, Electronic and Print Resources; Health and Safety; Governing Body; Development/ Fundraising; Students; Program; School Plant; and Action Plan: Self-Study Findings. An evaluation team, which consists of educators from other independent schools, visited Convent & Stuart Hall in February. Since spending several days in meetings with various constituency groups, they’ve begun the process of writing a report that compares the self-study evaluation with their own observations. That report will be submitted to CAIS/WASC for continued accreditation.

5 Ways to Use the Mobile Site Last year, Sacredsf.org went mobile. Here are some of the things you can do from our mobile site (www.sacredsf.org/mobile): 1. Read the latest news for each school and the whole community. 2. Access your child’s school calendar. 3. Find your student athlete’s team information. 4. Look up your teacher’s contact information, and other contacts at the school. 5. Find out important information during an emergency. On your smart phone, access the mobile site by opening a web browser and typing: http://www.sacredsf.org/mobile ... and bookmark it for later!

Student Journalists Honored at Scholastic Press Conference The staff of Convent High School’s student-run newspaper, the broadview, received a number of awards and honors during the fall conference for the Journalism Educators Association/National Scholastic Press Association in Kansas City, MO. The paper’s October 29 issue received Second Place in NSPA Best of Show for its category (Newspaper 9-12 Pages). Editor-in-Chief Zoë Newcomb gave two presentations on scholastic press rights and news editor Emma Herlihy gave a presentation on concert photography.

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Above: Staff members of the broadview accept individual and group recognition at high school journalism’s largest conference.

As for the JEA write-off competitions, the following staffers received honors: Zoë Newcomb, Newswriting: Excellent Sophia Redfern, Editorial Writing: Excellent Sarah Kloepfer, Review Writing: Excellent Emma Herlihy, Newspaper Layout: Honorable Mention TaLynn Mitchell, Feature Writing: Honorable Mention C o nvent & S tuart H all




New Marketing Materials Unveiled Outside firm has helped administrators illustrate what makes our Sacred Heart education so appealing.

In the independent school world, effective marketing is crucial to a school’s success, and admissions materials are the major component of any school’s marketing efforts. It is a rule of thumb that admissions viewbooks (so called because they offer a “view” of the school) be redone every three years. These brochures are redesigned, new photos taken, curriculum and program information updated, and descriptive text reviewed. Along with other collaterals (postcards, invitations, event fliers, etc.), viewbooks are made available to families interested in learning more about the school prior to applying. Occasionally a school will undertake an entirely new marketing campaign in order to broaden its potential applicant field or simply revitalize community perception. For the past year and a half, the administration, Admissions


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Offices and Communications Office at Convent & Stuart Hall have been working with Crane MetaMarketing on just such a campaign. After spending significant time getting to know us, Crane identified an exciting new way to think about and promote our schools. Because Schools of the Sacred Heart (especially the high schools) are frequently confused with other area schools that have “Sacred Heart” in their name, and because of the confusion growing out of our four-school structure, Crane suggested a distinctive way to differentiate us. They recognized the need to use the specific school names and the importance of their relationship with each other. In presenting our schools as follows, we preserve their names and uniquely tie them together:

The printed materials in the new campaign draw influence from St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s famous quote: “For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society of Sacred Heart.” Some iterations of the pieces ask, “Why choose a hall of learning that also has Heart? For the sake of your child.” This new concept and various interpretations of it have been used in our admissions materials and advertising this year, and have been very well received. Originally “the Hall & the Heart” campaign was intended solely for admissions and marketing, but the response has been so positive that it will be incorporated into the website and on stationery, posters, decals, and more.

Patricia Gallagher, Campaign Director, Wins Rossi Award As an alumna, past parent and longtime employee of Schools of the Sacred Heart, Patricia Feeney Gallagher’76’72 is no stranger to this community. An overwhelming number of her peers nominated her to receive this year’s Esther Rossi Award, which focuses on Goal IV of the Goals & Criteria: the building of community. During the Director’s New Years gathering for employees in January, a number of Rossi family members gathered in the chapel to once again honor the award’s namesake, “Tante Esther,” and her outstanding contributions to this community, to her alma mater—San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain—and to the national Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (of which she was president for six years). Patricia, who now serves as Campaign Director, has worked for the schools since 1998 in a number of advancement and fundraising positions, and volunteered for school events for years before that. Her children are alumni Jack Gallagher ’05’01, Nora Gallagher CES’04 and Molly Gallagher ’09’05. Nominations are reviewed by the Faculty and Staff Development Committee, which is chaired by Carol O’Malley (Stuart Hall Grade 3 faculty).

Celebrate Spring 2011 Friday, April 8, in the Flood Mansion Garden Luncheon Boutique

Friday, April 8, at the Regency Center Evening Gala Saturday, April 9, on Broadway Family Festival

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Above: Members of the Faculty and Staff Development Committee from left to right: (top) Gordon Sharafinski, Ron Bannerman, Andrea Deville-Collins, Geoff Smith, Carol O’Malley, Nick McSpadden, Heather Cenzer; (bottom) Juli Devincenzi, Riki García Rebel, Pat Gallagher (recipient), and Tevis Jones.

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The Online Auction will open a week prior to the event.

Celebrate Spring is the Parents Associations’ major annual fundraiser and, quite simply, one of the best weekends of the year. It starts with a charming Garden Luncheon and an exquisite boutique with specialty vendors, all in the Flood Mansion. The Evening Gala will take place on Friday in the Regency Center on Van Ness. It is an enchanting evening of gourmet dining, specialty cocktails and wine provided by some of San Francisco’s best caterers and restaurants, as well as a spirited Live Auction, and music and dancing into the night. Saturday is for the kids! The Family Festival will razzle dazzle kids of all ages with games, prizes, the Easter Bunny, face painting, an outdoor barbeque, entertainers, arts and crafts. Don’t miss the fun and the chance to support our schools! www.celebratespring.org C o nvent & S tuart H all


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Two New School Records

Two Convent & Stuart Hall runners advanced to the cross country state championships on November 27, and both had personal bests that set new school records. Senior Ben Liu finished 26th out of 183 during the meet, running the 5K in 16:45. Sophomore Jane Stephens placed 31st out of 169 athletes and ran the 5K in 20:09, which betters her own school record by 20 seconds. lions cross country

Cross Country Wins First League Championship

Stuart Hall for Boys runners are the BAIAL Cross Country Champions for the first time in school history this year. The boys finished 8-0 in the regular season and went on to win the championship meet by beating Cathedral School for Boys and Town School; in fact, there were 150 runners from nine schools involved in this event. Athletics Director Paul Harvey says the team spirit and positive attitude on display was even more impressive than the results. cougars volleyball

JV Squad Wins League Championship

The Convent Elementary volleyball teams had a great deal of success this season, highlighted by a league championship for the undefeated junior varsity squad. The Cougars hosted the BAIAL championship game against San Francisco Day School in a nail-biter of a match, and came out victorious. The varsity team also had much to celebrate, as they advanced to the semi-final round of their playoffs and played strong all season. knights soccer

First-Ever NCS Playoff Appearance

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School varsity soccer team enjoyed a playoff berth in the North Coast Section this year. On a mud-soaked field in November, the Knights lost at Fort Bragg High School, 0-1, in the first round, but a strong defense led to a successful season nonetheless. cubs volleyball

Convent Varsity Volleyball Advances to NCS Championship The Cubs varsity volleyball team advanced to the North Coast Section tournament this fall after placing fourth in league play. In qualifying for the NCS berth, the team faced Athenian School from Danville in the first round, and although they lost, Athletics Director Elena De Santis says they played great team volleyball “while demonstrating amazing character and sportsmanship.” cougars and cubs volleyball

Clinic Pairs Middle Form and High School Girls

During an early October inservice day, middle form and high school girls spent their day at school anyway—on the volleyball court. Convent Cubs junior varsity and varsity volleyball players hosted a clinic for the Convent Cougars’ fifth-through-eighth grade girls, all of whom play either on the CYO teams or the independent league teams that the Cougars field. This was the first such clinic to include middle form and high school girls, but Leilani Wagner, Athletics Director at the elementary school, says she hopes they are able to have more days when athletes of all skill levels in different sports can learn from each other. “I think this was a great way to connect the high school girls with the middle form girls,” she says. “The girls said they had so much fun and want to do something like this again.”

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Inaugural Season Starts New Traditions

Stuart Hall High School fielded an eight-man football team this year for the first time ever, playing in the Central Coast Section, a division of the Mission Trails Athletics League that was created specifically for the independent schools wanting to play the sport. The Knights fought hard all season long, ending with a 3-5 record against some pretty tough opponents, including Anchorpoint Christian High School from Gilroy, which led the league with a 9-1 record this year and has led the league since its inception in 2007-08. But the mood at the home games on Treasure Island was jubilant, as Convent & Stuart Hall students, faculty, staff and parents donned their gear from The Hall to cheer on some talented players. Three Knights even earned honorable mentions on San Fran Preps’ All-City Football team: Alex Asdourian (junior, tight end), Will Dillingham (senior, defensive line) and LaBoyd Ricard (junior, all around athlete). And a new rivalry was born. Woodside Priory from Portola Valley agreed to play the Knights perennially for the “Ora et Cor” Trophy. The trophy represents a combination of the Panthers’ mission, “Ora et Labora” and the Knights’ Sacred Heart motto of “Cor unum et amima una in corde Jesu.” During this year’s game, Woodside was able to squeak through with a win, 22-20, on Treasure Island, but the Knights look to take the Ora et Cor back next season. cubs basketball

Convent High School’s New Coach is Mainstay on SF Courts A former NCAA Division I player and coach took over the Cubs’ varsity basketball team this winter. Phil Galvin served as assistant coach for

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the University of San Francisco men’s basketball team in the 1990s, and was with the squad when it advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1998. Prior to that, he played Division I basketball for Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Galvin is also the director of the basketball programs at the Olympic Club. Assisting Galvin this season are John Perez, Jack Keane and Jen Hum-Taverso’06’02, who played on the Cubs’ state championship winning team in 2003 and then played for New York University. At press time, the Cubshad been doing very well in league play and alone at the top of the league standings; senior India Pearce earned recognition as San Fran Preps’ Player of the Week for January 24, following her dominating appearance (19 points, 10 rebounds) against University High School. Find up-to-date information on the basketball season at www.sacredsf.org/CHS. knights wrestling

Stuart Hall Pins the Competition

What started as a club activity at The Hall has turned into another gripping venture for the Knights’ Athletics Department. The wrestling team made its competitive debut this winter with a number of regular-season wins and a North Coast Section berth. The group participated in the San Francisco Section for league play, taking on wrestlers from such schools as Mission High School, Balboa High School and Lick Wilmerding High School. Coaches for the new team, who have all had experience in the sport, include Matthew Jones, and Todd Weidner, as well as Matthew Woodard, who told the round table (student newspaper), “I eat, live and breathe wrestling,” an enthusiasm that he has passed down to a number of wrestlers who found success this year.

On foggy afternoons when most students head to the comfort of their warm homes, Convent junior Meghan Helms heads to the Marina, leading the sailing team to the San Francisco Yacht Club where she slips off her signature boat shoes and launches her 420 into icy San Francisco Bay. “I’ve sailed intermittently for about five years, but it has always been something that I loved and wanted to do,” Helms said. “My dad and I also built a boat together, which really got me interested in sailing and, if anything, just taught me to love it.” Convent & Stuart Hall’s first sailing team works through the SFYC and is led by Helms and senior Stephen Quanci with support and funding of freshman parents. Freshman interest in sailing was the driving force to start the team. Prior to this year, Helms was the only Convent student interested and ready to commit. “I joined sailing because I love it and have been sailing for seven years,” freshman Grace Hull said. “The co-ed environment is nice, it has all different grades. Working with SFYC is a friendly environment.” Under Helm’s leadership and the SFYC partnership, the team has come together and has a couple of regattas under its belt. The nineperson co-ed team includes four boys from Stuart Hall High School. “I am excited that the girls who wanted to do it went forth to make it happen,” Convent athletics director Elena De Santis said. “Even though it is not on our campus and there is no team bus, they have stuck with it to keep the team moving.” The St. Francis Yacht Club charges the team $250 per person, and in return the club provides boats and instruction for the semester. The team that competes is solely with Convent & Stuart Hall students but practices with local independent schools—Waldorf, Bay School and Le Lycée Français. “We sail primarily FJs and 420s, which are two-people boats with a skipper and a crew. To compete we need four people or two boats,” Helms said. The team practices alongside the other teams at the yacht club, sharing SFYC boats and coaches. Although they practice together, at regatta teams separate and only work within their own teams. “As the leader of the team I just want to get people involved and set a good example,” Helms said. “In order to sail properly you need to follow careful rules and know what you’re doing. I just want to help people sail well and let everyone have fun.” Participants must adhere to right of way rules to sail safely. The laws of sailing help keep the boats moving smoothly and allow boaters to know who has the right of way. “Anything could happen out there and you need to be ready for it,” Helms said. “It’s mental and physical { photo courtesy jennifer hull } labor, plotting a course and then sailing it. It’s also just beautiful. I mean look out on the bay, you can’t really get any better than that.”

—Anjali Shrestha is the features editor for the broadview, the student paper at Convent High School. This article was originally published in the October 2010 issue and is reprinted here with permission.

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golf & tennis classic Above: The thick fog couldn’t dampen the spirits of our players during the annual Golf & Tennis Classic this October. halloween & giants Left: The Halloween Parade for Convent & Stuart Hall elementary students is always spirited, but this year, students were seeing even more black and orange than usual with the San Francisco Giants playing for their first world championship in 56 years. lima beans Below: Olivia shares the crop of lima beans with Head of School Anne Wachter, RSCJ, and religion teacher Kathy Mazzucco. First graders grew the plants in class from seed and practiced their writing skills keeping journals of their growth. Read more about first grade on page 24.

Fall Wine Tasting & Sale The Fall Wine Tasting & Sale on September 30 had dozens of vintners in the Main Hall of the Flood Mansion pouring labels such as Rombauer, Cakebread, Landmark and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Convent & Stuart Hall.


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Above: The Families program at Stuart Hall for Boys started a few years ago at the elementary school, with each “house” including boys from each class, kindergarten through eighth grade. A few times each semester, the Families get together for activities, and this year, they included the “big guys” from Stuart Hall High School. Below: This February, Stuart Hall High School welcomed two students from Beechwood Sacred Heart, a Network school in England: (left to right) Will Game and Shepsi Haider. Two of our guys will stay with Will and Shepsi in England later this spring. british exchange

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Below: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation’s Tamsin Kendall and Maria Sousa (center), presented two awards to high school students in February. The co-ed team that ran the signature race supporting breast cancer last fall won the Largest Team in the Schools/ Education Division and Fastest Team.

Above: Convent High School science students welcomed Convent Elementary students into the lab this fall to dissect cow eyeballs for a unit on how human eyes work. Below: Mary Ashe’48 and Clare Mihan McCann ’50 put on props for the photo booth at Reunion Weekend in November, a chance for graduates of Convent Elementary and High School to reunite. Read more about Reunion in the Alumni Section, starting on page 42.

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Our Community

RSCJ Visit Brings Community Together More than a dozen Religious of the Sacred Heart visited our faculty and staff on January 3 during an employee inservice day. After sharing lunch with the women—who are all retired residents of Oakwood in Atherton—employees had the chance to hear their stories about living in service to the Society of the Sacred Heart. Sr. Clare Pratt, who served as a teacher and administrator before moving to Rome to serve as Secretary General and then Superior General of the Society, spoke first. She told the entire assembly about her journey, first as a student at the Sacred Heart school in Bethesda, MD, and then as the leader of the Society. The group then broke up into smaller groups, each with one or two RSCJs who then told their stories. It was a great opportunity for the RSCJs to pass on their perspectives about what it means to be a Sacred Heart educator. For many Convent & Stuart Hall teachers, it was their first opportunity to hear directly from the women who devoted their lives to the mission of Sacred Heart. Because their stories are such a treasure to this community, they were filmed for posterity.

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Our visitors from Oakwood, the community for Religious of the Sacred Heart, were honored during an employee assembly in January.

Mission On Tap Serves Up Conversation About Our Community’s Spirituality

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Employees come together for Mission On Tap.

“ After a busy day in the classroom with my third graders, I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with a few colleagues and get to know them on a more personal level,” said Convent Elementary faculty Caroline Zoba. 14

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Out of a successful employee inservice day last spring with small group discussions about the school’s spiritual mission grew a new tradition for Convent & Stuart Hall. Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski and Campus Minister Kristin Monfredini have organized a series of informal afterschool meetings, called Mission On Tap, for employees to share food, beverage and stories focused on their connection to the schools. Through the conversations, moderators invited employees to talk about what drew them to the school initially, and what keeps them here. For many, the spiritual connection to the community, and the appreciation for the Goals & Criteria, were intertwined with their response, Kristin says. “After a busy day in the classroom with my third graders, I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with a few colleagues and get to know them on a more personal level,” Convent Elementary faculty Caroline Zoba said in a note to Kristin. “I was amazed by the range of religious and spiritual beliefs shared by our faculty and staff members and afterwards, felt very proud to be part of such a welcoming and accepting group of educators.” Convent High School history faculty Mike Stafford told Kristin he found joy in the experience. “The atmosphere was relaxed but intimate, and I felt a stronger connection to my colleagues and friends because of it.” Kristin and Gordon have planned enough sessions over the course of this academic year for every faculty and staff member to participate.

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30th Annual

DIRECTOR’S CLUB Celebration February 3, 2011

The Director's Club honors those who generously donate to the Annual Fund at the leadership level of $3,000 and above.

At presstime, more than 200 donors had given at the Director’s Club level for a total of $979,844 for the 2010-2011 Annual Fund. Learn more www.sacredsf.org/giving. { photos by heather cenzer } C o nvent & S tuart H all


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Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools

Arden City

Arden City is a contemporary, urban version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The comedy is set in London with kickboxing, gender confusion, mixed up love affairs and lots of fun. It is a new play by Timberlake Wertenbaker (internationally acclaimed playwright who also wrote Our Country’s Good). In the co-ed Convent & Stuart Hall performance, student actors bookended the contemporary scenes with classic Shakespeare, directed by Pamela Rickard in the Drama and Performing Arts department. About the Cast: 16 students, plus crew, including some veterans of our stage. The leads for Arden City include Christian Gehrke (senior) and Madeleine Kelley (junior), who both headlined last year’s performances of Inherit the Wind and Music Man; as well as Lauren Arnold (senior); Tori Balestrieri (senior); Natalie Garnett (senior); Kirsten Gunn-Graffey (junior); Marco Lancieri (senior); and Serouge Panossian (sophomore).


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Convent Elementary School & Stuart Hall for Boys

Larceny and Old Lace

Larceny and Old Lace is a comedy that mirrors the classic Arsenic and Old Lace, but our little old ladies rob casinos instead of administering arsenic to their tenants. This clever and well-crafted spoof of the community theater classic is perfect for an audience of all ages, including our talented middle form student actors. About the Cast: 16 students, plus crew. The leads all have experience from last year’s productions of Moss Trap or Wizard of Oz (or both), including Joseph Ladd (gr. 8); Duncan McDonnell (gr. 7); Loie Plautz (gr. 8); and Gabby Sanchez-Corea (gr. 8). Student director is veteran Michelle Espiritu (gr. 8).

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Convent Elementary

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total access What I learned from working on the 49ers TV show. { by alison davis convent-7 }


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Last spring, I heard that the San Francisco 49ers were making a new T.V. show called “49ers Total Access for Kids.” It was a news show about the football team, but this time they were looking for kids to co-host. I wanted to be a junior reporter for the 49ers because I am a long-time fan, and it sounded really fun. I submitted an audition tape and later that month, I got called back. They sent me a script to memorize and I was the only kid who could do it in one take, so they hired me. As a reporter, you have to be ready for anything. You have to know your lines, but at the same time, know how to improvise. Even though I have scripts for every segment, all the questions I ask during interviews are totally my own invention. For example, during an event called 49er Family Day, a day filled with fun activities and chances to meet players, cheerleaders, and mascot Sourdough Sam, I got the chance to interview then-coach Mike Singletary. I had no idea that I was to interview him. They told me that I had only one take, so I could not mess up. I had one minute to think of questions. It was hard to listen to his answers because I was busy planning my next question! For other interviews, they had me go up to players, ask them if I could interview them, then carry on a conversation. My favorite interview was Sourdough Sam. He doesn’t talk, but

we played a fun game of charades for the camera. I have also had to make up things that people would want to see me doing while I say my lines. For instance, when I was signing off in the 49ers’ locker room, I thought it would be cool to do it while sitting inside of one of the player’s locker! They really liked the idea and it was included in the show. It’s really nice to see and meet players when they aren’t under their helmets. The people who look fierce and intimidating are actually sweet and nice and wouldn’t hurt a fly off the football field. As Mike Singletary said, “They are all kids at heart.” I have met Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Alex Smith, Mike Iupati and lots of other players. At Kids Club Day, I got the chance to watch the players train. They all worked really hard. I like going to events that I normally wouldn’t attend. Every segment I did was a blast. Late in the season, I was able to interview the team’s Equipment Manager, which was interesting because the team took a trip to London this season and had to bring tons of equipment. I recently received a commendation from the Board of Supervisors for representing the city on the show. This has been an amazing experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity. —Alison Davis is a seventh grader at Convent Elementary School.


the heart of service With the book Three Cups of Tea as inspiration, high school faculty and students talk about the journey we take toward a heart that will serve others. { by stefani blair }

s soon as Three Cups of Tea hit bookshelves in 2006, readers the world over began to feel a connection to its subject, Greg Mortensen. This American man ascended one of the world’s largest mountains in hopes of reaching its summit, and in failing to do so, found his life’s calling to bring education to the mountain villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Theresa Padden, English faculty at Convent High School, is one reader who was drawn to Greg’s story. Having served in the Peace Corp in Asia years ago, Theresa related to his experience of self-reflection, and of sharing tea with the villagers, a ritual that symbolizes trust and respect.

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Balti people’s ritual of sharing tea: with the first cup, you are a stranger; with the second, you are an honored guest; with the third, you are family. As Theresa talked about the book’s central themes with her fellow high school faculty, a discussion emerged about how the lessons from Greg’s journey could benefit Convent & Stuart Hall’s high school students. With the book as their foundation, a small group of faculty planned a series of discussions to weave into coed events already on the calendar. Julia Arce (Convent theology and English faculty), Sergio Vasquez (Stuart Hall theology and Campus Ministry) and Kate McMichael (Convent theology and Campus Ministry) led the effort, which started with assigning Three Cups of Tea as the summer reading for all high school students. The events throughout the first semester followed Greg’s description of the Balti people’s ritual of sharing tea: with the first cup, you are a stranger; with the second, you are an honored guest; with the third, you are family. “ We wanted to use the book as a way to talk about the journey we take toward a heart that will serve others, that will educate, as Mortensen did,” Julia says.

The First Cup of Tea

The Mass of the Holy Spirit in September is one of the schools’ first opportunities each year to come together as a community and reflect on the year ahead. This year, during a co-ed gathering after the Mass, high school students heard from student and faculty speakers who helped introduce the themes from Three Cups of Tea. Beyond the symbolism of sharing tea and building relationships, they talked about the transformation of spirit—the internal journey you take to becoming the person you are meant to be. Greg Mortensen, they explained, started his journey thinking the best way to honor his late sister was to place her necklace at the top of the mountain; after meeting the Balti villagers and seeing their need for a proper schoolhouse, he realized he could honor his sister better by improving education in such rural areas. Convent senior Frankie Incerty, one of the student speakers, talked about a time when she felt the same tranformation—during a service immersion trip to New Orleans with a dozen other students. Francesca admitted that as they arrived there, more than six years after Hurricane Katrina, she was frightened to venture out into the city, afraid of what she might see. But after a few days of meeting the people and working with them, she realized she was only really afraid that she hadn’t been there long enough to make a real difference. “This was a great way to introduce the idea of transformation as a process, anchored in community,” Sergio says. “We invited them to look inward … Real change can’t happen without first looking at your interior life.”


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Students made sandwiches to give out to the homeless they met on Community Service Day.

The Second Cup of Tea

After his initial commitment to help Pakistani villagers build schools, Greg Mortensen found raising money and finding supplies for the task to be an enormous and dangerous challenge. But ultimately, he wrote, his ability to build 64 schools in that region over the course of 15 years was the product of the relationships he sustained. Such a powerful message segued nicely into the high school Community Service Day on October 28, Julia says, because the focus of service activities here is not just in blindly helping others, but in getting to know those who we serve, and recognizing them as equals. “This book reflects our best intentions—to take risks for others, to grow our bodies and minds and to have the courage to depend on others,” Julia says. After a short assembly that included words from San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer, students dispersed to various service sites. The seniors went to the Sacred Heart School in Atherton for a panel discussion about immigration issues and then worked with Stanford graduate students who are undocumented. Other students made sandwiches and served the homeless, worked with senior citizens in the neighborhood, and toured national park areas with rangers to understand what would be lost if they weren’t maintained (and then got their hands dirty maintaining them).

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On Duchesne Day, students from grades 7 through 12 participated in the symbolic sharing of tea as part of their discussion about building relationships and trust in order to serve others, as the pioneering RSCJs did.

“Our message to students is not ‘you should do this,’ but rather ‘you should be this.” - Julia Arce

The Third Cup of Tea

Few exemplify having a heart of service more than the founding members of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sergio says, especially St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who founded the Society, and St. Philippine Duchesne, who brought Sacred Heart education to the Americas. “St. Madeleine Sophie wanted to spend her whole life devoted to prayer,” he explains. “She knew developing the internal spirit would lead to an external commitment to transform society.” And because Sacred Heart education did transform societies, it was easy to draw parallels between the RSCJs’ boundary-breaking and Greg Mortensen’s. The Three Cups of Tea conversations throughout the fall set the tone for a deeper conversation about the Sacred Heart heritage this year during the symbolic third cup of tea— Duchesne Feast Day in November. Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, the director of our sister school in St. Charles, MO, was a special guest for this year’s Duchesne celebration, which traditionally celebrates the pioneer’s journey and devotion to Sacred Heart education. Sr. Glavin invited the students to be part of the story, by placing a room-sized world map on the gym floor and assigning students each to a country where Sacred Heart is present. Student leaders then shared tea

and asked their fellow students to reflect on St. Philippine and other “pioneers of the possible.” “I think the exercise worked to make the gathering an experience of shared community,” Sergio says. “I think the connection was made, and was enhanced because of the work we had been doing all semester.” Though the three symbolic “cups of tea” events have passed, the conversations about ritual and reflection, building relationships and overcoming challenge are ongoing within a number of departments, Julia says. Being part of the project now has her thinking, much more frequently than before, about the gift of education, and this community’s ability to provide it. “It makes you think about how amazing it is to work here,” she says, “and to know big ideas are supported. We’re lucky.”

About the Book

Three Cups of Tea, By Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. American Greg Mortensen, disoriented from 78 days atop the mountain K2, becomes separated from his group and stumbles into a village of Balti people. They nurse him back to health and show him how sharing food and taking tea means more than just great hospitality. When he sees children using sticks to scratch out their school lessons in the dirt, he commits to returning and building a school for the village’s children. His amazing journey of self-discovery leads him to what has become his mission in life: making education available to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, particularly the girls.

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Stuart Hall for Boys

Greenhouse Effect


Having a nursery as an outdoor classroom has changed the way we learn about environmental science { by michael h. tellini, stuart hall-6 }

For Stuart Hall middle form boys, it’s a welcome relief to take a breath of fresh air and tend to the plants in the greenhouse after a hard day of classes. The greenhouse, strategically located behind the middle form boy’s science room, is a popular place of learning, planting, eating and reusing. All of this, the greenhouse provides. The greenhouse serves as a nursery to baby plants. Fifth and sixth grade boys plant baby seeds such as sunflowers. The seeds are then watered until they are big enough to move to the garden in front of the Stuart Hall building, to the flower boxes around campus, or even to some classrooms. Everywhere around campus, there are plants, reminders of their mother, the greenhouse. Some plants grown in the greenhouse are used in the cafeteria. Two of them are rosemary and parsley. Chef Ian uses parsley with Mexican food and rosemary on potatoes. Also, a fifth grade class made a salad using only ingredients from the garden and the greenhouse with the help of Mrs. Foster, a parent volunteer, and Mrs. Richardson, the fifth and sixth grade science teacher, both of whom have been very generous with their time. The salad was amazing, although some students were hesitant to eat it until they tried the vibrant mixture of green, purple and white. The boys at Stuart Hall create, and they consume. Our greenhouse has a cleverly designed water catchment system that allows for the reuse of rainwater. This system is simple: Rain comes from the sky like a waterfall; it hits the greenhouse, rolls along the roof, takes


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a turn and flows into a gutter; finally, it tumbles into a 50-gallon barrel. The captured water is used to nourish the plants, and the end result: Water and energy are saved. Water isn’t the only resource that is reused in the greenhouse. Soil is made, too. At the greenhouse, there is a real compost bin where worms break down food scraps and old newspapers. These helpful critters break down the newspapers and food to soil. This new soil is used to pot plants inside the greenhouse. Everybody loves the greenhouse. Stuart Hall boys pot new seedlings, sweep the floor, and water plants. They do this because they have fun gardening. Boys love the work, especially since they have a chance to be outdoors. They also learn about the environment and parts of plants. When classes garden, Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Richardson always help out. They teach the students how to pot plants, how much water a plant needs and the name of the plant. Without them, there would be no garden or greenhouse. The greenhouse greens the community and reminds us to care for the environment. The greenhouse provides us with knowledge about the plants inside it. The greenhouse gives us food that is grown locally and organically. We can reuse pots, soil, composted food and water, all inside the greenhouse. The greenhouse is our provider. —Michael Tellini is a sixth grader in Lauren Richardson’s science class; Theresa Foster began volunteering with the middle form science classes when her son Ben SHB’10 was a student there.

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Eco-Council Update In addition to managing the greenhouse behind Stuart Hall for Boys, science teacher Lauren Richardson and parent Theresa Klatte Foster’79’75 are actively involved with the four-school Eco-Council, which meets once a month to discuss green initiatives. Below is a list of recent accomplishments the group reports:

Efforts to reduce waste and consumption marked an important milestone during the fall semester as we were able to eliminate one of our three dumpsters, saving the school $2,300 per month, or $27,600 each year. The facilities team, working with the Eco-Council, has installed uniform three-bin receptacles for trash, recycling and composting (placed in dozens of new locations), and students have made signs that help people sort their waste properly. A lighting retrofit of all older buildings replaced 360 older light bulbs with new CFL lamps and 628 linear fluorescent fixtures. An audit by the SF Energy Watch program showed that the schools will save about $28,500 annually with the upgrades, a project that paid for itself in six months. Security lights on the outside of buildings have been adjusted based on which ones need to be on at all times, and many outside lights are now on timers.

To save on paper, the schools printed only a few four-school rosters and school handbooks this year, posting them online instead. The facilities team is working on a five-year plan for deferred maintenance of the schools’ buildings, and evaluating the need for replacing hardware that is not energy efficient. The Flood Mansion still runs on the original boiler installed in 1914. Students of all ages have the chance to be stewards of the environment. Seniors planted a tree in Alta Plaza Park and sixth graders took a field trip to the dump. Earth Week is April 11-15. The Eco-Council is helping teachers plan activities and contests centered on this year’s theme: “Talkin’ Trash.” For more information on the Eco-Council and Earth Week, visit www.sacredsf.org and click on Eco-Council, listed under “Our Community.”

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first GRADE

{ by stefani blair }

The educators who teach our seven-year-olds how to read and write also quietly steer them toward a lifelong love of learning. A first grader who sits at a desk stringing macaroni to paste on a construction paper masterpiece is doing much more than creating refrigeratorready art. The motor skills he exercises in that task are going to help him as he continues to learn to read, write and problem-solve. He may think it’s just a present for his mom, but the real gift is that he will be able to use these skills over and over throughout his lifetime to discover the world and his place in it.


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eaching first grade boys and girls is all about “scaffolding skills,” or building on what students are already able to do, says Belle Akers, who has taught at Convent Elementary for 32 years, including 22 years in first grade. Because students mature and learn at different rates, developing that base is the most important thing they do as educators. “We give them the tools they need, and we try to give them the confidence to use them as they progress at their own pace,” she says. The first grade teaching teams at Convent & Stuart Hall are able to offer their students the kind of attention they need to keep them on track, on whatever level they need, and not just because of the small, single-sex classes. Our first grade teachers have between them a wealth of knowledge about early childhood development and what it takes to create lifelong learners

Meet the Teams The lead teachers at Convent Elementary also include Leah Clyman, who is in her fifth year in the first grade after teaching kindergarten for three years; and Betsy Wise, who is in her fifth year of teaching with one year in second grade. Associate teachers include Claire Gerlach ’00’96, who worked in the after school extension program for several years and is in her first year with this team; and McKenzie Morgan ’01’97, who is in her first year teaching first grade with three years in kindergarten. At Stuart Hall for Boys, lead teacher Mary Welday has taught first grade for nine years (and has been { photos by heather cenzer } at Convent & Stuart Hall much longer than that); and fellow lead teacher Abigail Dachs has taught Top: Convent Elementary first grade teachers Leah Clyman, McKenzie first grade for five years. Associate teachers include Morgan ’01’97, Belle Akers, Claire Gerlach ‘00’96, Betsy Wise. Above: Stuart Hall first grade teachers E’rika Chambers, Holly Leary, Mary Welday, and Holly Leary, in her first year as a full-time teacher Abigail Dachs. Not pictured: Athena Benevento. after substituting in our kindergarten and first grade classes while finishing her teaching credentials; E’rika Chambers, who is also in her first year as a full-time learning from each other,” Leah says. “It’s nice to know if teacher; and Athena Benevento ’90’86, who has 13 years you need something, if you need ideas, you have a team of experience in kindergarten, first and second grade to help.” classrooms. There’s a significant amount of experience in all of those classroom hours, but it’s not just the number of What Happens in the First Grade years that makes a difference. The fact that many of “Kids at this age are naturally curious, spontaneous them have spent time on either side of first grade—in and very creative,” Belle says, “and we harness that kindergarten or in second grade—helps the entire lower energy.” form team at each school sustain a dynamic program. The basis of first grade curriculum at Convent & Stuart “There are different transitions between the grades,” Hall, she explains, is to give students the tools they need McKenzie says. “We know where they’re coming from to understand and communicate through the written and where they’re going, and communicating that word—the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar; creates consistency for them.” the ability to recall ideas and organize thoughts; the The team teaching approach at both elementary usage of visual and auditory memory. Students also use their reading and writing in subjects like math, schools is something that sets Convent & Stuart Hall science and social studies. They are at a stage when apart from other programs in the city. It also improves they begin to name and label objects, and use reasoning the experience for the educators. “We’re constantly C o nvent & S tuart H all


said that detailed conversation was so enlightening. “I didn’t really know how students learned to read,” she says, “and it changed my whole perspective, to see the road my students take to get here.” At Convent, Leah says, you can see the continuum from the door of her classroom. “We are across the hall from Marilyn Charm’s class. I can see her [eighth grade] students learning sentence mapping while mine are learning what a verb is.”

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in problem solving. They also have many opportunities to speak in front of groups. The work is really about exposure and practice, as teachers introduce skills and coordinate how they reappear later. Teachers from both teams say that during parent-teacher conferences, a lot of parents have anxiety about how their child is doing compared to the other students in class. The teachers do their best to stress that even though benchmarks help evaluate progress, not every student learns at the same pace. And a slower pace doesn’t always signal developmental problems. “Moving slowly but making progress is fine,” Athena says. “They’ll get there. … The point of first grade is to let them know that they have the skills they need and reinforce to them that they can be successful.” The teachers hope that confidence leads to a love of learning, Abigail adds. “What we ask parents constantly is, ‘Does he still like school?’ and ‘Is he happy to come here every day?’ That’s a huge barometer for us.”

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next. “You have to keep an open mind, and be willing to adjust,” Belle says. “My philosophy about teaching reading is well-grounded in research. Students are active participants

While there isn’t a difference in what boys and girls learn, research indicates there is a difference in how they learn. “First grade is one context when you can really see the benefit to single-sex classrooms,” Belle says. This is especially the case when it comes to learning to read, adds Mary, who has also taught girls. “The boys need to move about every 20 minutes,” she says. “That makes

…The point of first grade is to let them know that they have the skills they need and reinforce to them that they can be successful.” –– Athena Benevento

in the learning process and have multiple opportunities to apply what they have learned in meaningful assignments such as writing journals, science observations, literature extensions or reading poems in front of their classmates.” Both schools have curriculum committees to review subjects and the tools for teaching them, and the process involves instructors at every level. For example, when English was up for review at Stuart Hall, all K-8 English teachers met to discuss how students progress in that curriculum, and many found it fascinating to hear about reading and writing in first grade. Longtime eighth grade English teacher Ann Gigounas

structuring the lessons for boys much different.” Girls, on the other hand, can be a captive audience for a bit longer than that. “I think there’s also a difference in readiness,” Belle says. “Girls tend to be ready sooner, but even then, we’ll have girls within the class who start first grade with different levels of letter and word recognition.” Seven-year-old boys and girls also have different social behaviors they work on throughout the course of first grade. The teachers watch social webs—observing who is playing with whom. The boys focus on recognizing boundaries, and frequently need to work on impulse control and thinking before acting,

Mary says. The girls work on their language toward each other and being inclusive, Leah says. “This is a time when they start to stand up for themselves more. … They also start first grade already knowing a lot of the girls from kindergarten, so we watch to see how they branch out and expand their friendship circles.” The social differences are more obvious when they work alongside each other during co-ed time. Interestingly, observations about coed time vary: McKenzie: “When the boys are here, the room gets so loud! It’s fun, but it’s much quieter when they leave.” Mary: “When the girls come over, the energy level comes way down, and the boys are much quieter— which is nice.”

Both sets of teachers agree, however, that the interaction can be revealing (after the giggling dies down). Sometimes normally quiet students come out of their shells, and normally outgoing students shrink inward. The girls tend to want to take their time on projects, they say, while the boys want to rush through them.

Getting Down to Their Level Back in their respective classrooms, teachers from both teams also agree that physically keeping up with the students is as important as it is exhausting. You will frequently find all of the first grade teachers on the ground or sitting in the students’ chairs. “This is an extremely physical job,” Abigail says, “but it’s essential to connect with them eye-to-eye.”

Leah agrees. “That’s what they deserve,” she says. “And when I get home at night, I’m done. They get all of my energy. But they also give it back to us; their energy is contagious.” At the end of the day, there is a feeling of satisfaction following all of the chaos, they say. Over the course of the year, the students’ growth is dramatic, and it can be tough to hand them over to the second grade. But then the teachers take time during the summer for professional development or for travel, and they take time to sit in adult chairs while they recharge their batteries. They come back to school ready to do it all over again, ready to rise to whatever challenges the new class of kids presents, ready to string more dried macaroni.

What We Love About Teaching First Graders Mary: I love when you see the light bulbs go on, the merriment, the excitement of making connections. Athena: Kindergarten is all about exploration and discovery, and first grade gets to more of the meat—reading, writing, discussions in science. Abigail: The enthusiasm is great. They still love to come to school. And the growth between beginning of the year and end is dramatic. E’rika: I love the energy they bring. How fast they mature. The point when they ‘get it.’ Holly: You have to have a sense of humor because they say and do the funniest things. I come home with a story every day. Leah: I love to see the confidence and sense of self they develop, and seeing their passion for the power of words (written and spoken). Betsy: They begin to read everything, everywhere they go. And they’re excited that they can. McKenzie: I love that we’re developing these little people to contribute to society, to be kind––and to see them produce their own words and find their voice. Claire: It’s great to see them excited about some of the big projects that I remember doing in first grade here, like the memory book. Belle: It’s wonderful to see their love of learning grow throughout the year. They take such pride in their accomplishments. C o nvent & S tuart H all

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Co-Ed High School

The Getty Villa in Malibu is an exact replica of the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum, belonging to Julius Caesar’s father-in-law and destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The modernist Getty Center in Brentwood was designed by Richard Meier in the 1990s to highlight the dramatic scenery, landscape and light of the San Gabriel Mountains. Both Los Angeles sites are architectural marvels, and the perfect place to take students to compare the art and architecture of the ancient Romans with contemporary architecture. In October, a group of high school Latin + Art students from Convent & Stuart Hall took a short flight to LA for the day to visit these two sites, chaperoned by Patter Hellstrom, Stuart Hall Art Instructor, Celine Curran, Student Life Coordinator, and me. We started our day at the Getty Center, where our guide began her tour with the words of the ancient Roman architect, Vitruvius: “Architecture should delight the senses and lift the spirit.” Richard Meier took these words to heart when designing the Getty Center. Every view is breathtaking, every angle is deliberate, and yet the rough white travertine (excavated from the same quarry that provided the stone for the Colosseum in Rome) exudes warmth and stability. The modern building, which at first glance seems at odds with the natural beauty of the setting, actually harmonizes with the rugged surroundings, revealing nature in almost every corner. We explored the galleries and gardens and enjoyed the vast collection of European art, much of which was inspired by the Romans and Greeks. After lunch, we traveled to Malibu to the Getty Villa. As the bus pulled up to the great walled enclave, it was hard to imagine what awaited us inside. As we


{ by ellie pollak, latin faculty }

High school Latin students take a trip to Los Angeles for a forum on classic and contemporary architecture.

See pictures from the trip and view the Art + Latin studio projects at hallandheartgettyblogspot.com.


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walked through the vast atrium (reception hall), the echo of trickling water and interplay of shadows and light immediately set us at ease. It was as if we were truly entering the home of a wealthy Roman, shaking off the dust of the journey and relaxing in the cool shade of Mediterranean hospitality. The atrium opened up to a large peristyle (colonnaded courtyard) and we made our home base there while exploring. We visited the galleries, “hunting” for ancient works of art that tied in to various topics we had studied in class— such as the gods, heroes, spectacles and daily life. The artifacts were fascinating, but just as riveting were the rooms themselves, which had all been decorated according to the specifications of the original ancient Roman villa. One gallery used more than 4,000 pieces of marble just to make a spiral pattern in the floor. After the students completed their hunt, they were given sketchbooks and time to draw their favorite artifacts or architectural elements. It was during this time that we truly experienced Roman villa life. The day was warm and sunny, the villa was relatively quiet, and everyone relaxed in the courtyards and gardens, discussing the highlights of the day and their favorite works of art. The rooms, fountains and colonnades of the Getty Villa are decorated with many illusionist renderings of architectural features, tricking the eye into thinking that there is more to see than what is actually there. At times, visitors are rewarded with a real view of the mountains or the sea, but Roman villas were designed to define and divide peaceful living spaces from the often dangerous ancient world outside. We were struck by this major difference between the Getty Villa and the Getty Center: the two edifices were built with completely different approaches, yet both delight the senses and lift the spirit. After a long day, we welcomed the freedom of a few hours at the Santa Monica beach and boardwalk before our plane ride home. The students returned exhausted but ready to incorporate the exciting things they had seen into their Art + Latin studio projects. It was an auspicious beginning to what we hope will become the tradition of an annual collaborative Art + Latin trip to the Getty. —Ellie Pollak is Latin faculty at Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools and moderator for the Stuart Hall yearbook.

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Foster Global Exchanges { by jo ann shain }


s technology offers faster and more reliable ways for people to communicate with each other, the world seems to grow smaller and more intimate. Consequently, people are stepping out of their “comfort zones” to interact with other nations, ethnicities and faiths. Students at Stuart Hall High School are eager to embrace the possibilities of global connections and have begun with their ready access to an established international network. Last summer, Stuart Hall faculty members Lori Saltveit, who teaches digital arts, and Sergio Vasquez, campus minister, attended a conference called “Spirituality in a Globalized World” sponsored by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. At that conference they met Maura Gair, the theology teacher at Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart in Nova Scotia, Canada, the only other all-boys Sacred Heart high school. As they compared notes, they recognized the possibilities inherent in connecting their schools and students through technology already available.

Last fall the two schools coordinated Skype visits with each other, specifically focusing on theology discussions. Students living thousands of miles apart and in different countries discussed sacred texts, interpretations and shared personal stories. These video chats were so educational and engaging that there are plans to continue them and add online real-time discussions as well. Additionally, the Stuart Hall freshman class is starting to participate in Face to Faith, a program supported by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims “to promote respect and understanding about the world’s major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.” The students and teachers are expanding their involvement with this program and plan to set up a pilot program with the Network to take advantage of shared interests and technological access. Next up could be videoconferences with schools in South Korea and the Philippines.

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Constructing a Love of Science

The eighth grade girls’ mousetrap cars project generates interest in the physical sciences. { by elena neufeld, science faculty }


n your mark, get set, GO! This winter, the eighth grade class of Convent Elementary embarked on a cumulative project—building mousetrap cars. During the first semester, these students explored physical science concepts. The girls used their knowledge of acceleration, potential energy and friction to construct their vehicles. As their science teacher, I supported and guided them through this project, because I want our girls to be able to apply the concepts they learned in the classroom to a dynamic situation. Building mousetrap cars gives our students a chance to be creative, to problem solve and to learn some practical skills in construction. However, the mousetrap car project involved more than just science. Robert Windle, Convent’s art teacher, worked with these students on their car design. He stressed the importance of form following function. “It’s one thing to make a beautiful car,” Windle mentioned, “but it has to function, too.” Under his guidance, the girls learned how to use power tools, which was something completely new for many students. “Using tools was my favorite part,” student Shirley Yang enthusiastically declared. “My mom never lets me use a hammer!” Although the girls started out using identical kits, their process in construction

varied greatly. Some girls were shocked to see how the slightest miscalculation in measurement had a significant effect on the operation of the car. Others noted that even though the design looked easy, the assembly was a bit more challenging. The students had to constantly modify their car based on test trial performances. In the end, winners received trophies in three categories—fastest car, furthest distance traveled and most creative design.


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I learned how to take a project from an idea into a finished result.” – Loïe Plautz

Although there were only three winners, all the students felt a sense of pride and accomplishment at the end of the project. Loïe Plautz reflected on her experience: “I learned how to take a project from an idea into a finished result.” Interactive classrooms such as this one promotes participation as well as concept retention. By sparking an initial curiosity of science through mousetrap cars, these girls will hopefully develop a life-long interest in science. —Elena Neufeld teaches science to seventh and eighth graders at Convent Elementary.

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Budding philanthropists and local nonprofits both benefit from the student-run charitable organization at Convent High School. { by stefani blair }

smaller, where The Main Hall of the Flood Mansion is decorated to our support host a great number of events throughout the year, but will have a real only one has a 85-foot long runway. impact.” The Fashion Show held each February is organized This year’s by Convent High School’s Simple Gifts, a student-run Fashion Show nonprofit that raises money and awareness for local programs that help women and children in San Francisco. benefitted the Little Children’s For the past five years, the Fashion Show has been d Frankie Erin Minuth an irs ha Aid Junior Simple Gifts’ signature fundraising event, but students -c co or Seni year’s event. Auxiliary. In actually conceived and started the group about 10 Incerty at this the past, the years ago, says Student Life Coordinator Celine Curran, { photo by caitlin curran kavanagh } group has who serves as Simple Gifts advisor. At first, the girls also supported the Women’s Community Clinic, run tried a number of activities to raise money, but have discovered that putting on a Fashion Show is the perfect by alumna Carlina Hansen ’90, and Get on the Bus, a fit. Students now take care of all of the details of the event statewide initiative to offer free transportation for children themselves—from soliciting apparel and fitting the models to visit their parents in prison. Somehow, the runway helps create an intimate to creating the paper program. They also run smaller fundraisers throughout the year, including candy grams environment in the expansive Main Hall, Frankie says, and the energy during the event is electric. But then again, at Christmas, bake sales and an annual dance for the she says, it’s not your typical display of fashion. Convent & Stuart Hall high schools students. “We get a lot of people from our own community “Simple Gifts is a hands-on demonstration of leadership, involved,” she says. “Another senior, Juliette Charnas, of philanthropy and of nonprofit governance,” Celine explains. But it’s not just a club. designed some pieces last year and 10 Students must apply to be on the pieces in this year’s show—as the finale.” Some of the models included guys from Board of Directors, which also Stuart Hall High School, she says, as well as includes faculty and alumnae, moms from Convent Elementary School’s she adds. seventh grade class. And many of the Seniors Frankie Incerty and Erin Minuth chaired last year’s companies providing the wardrobes have Fashion Show, and are co-chairs local roots, including Marmalade from again this year. As freshmen, they – Frankie Incerty Union Street and Levi Strauss. Despite the work to pull the event were both drawn to the group’s work, Frankie says, and they spent time as “worker bees” together, Frankie says she is grateful for an opportunity that her friends at other schools don’t have. for the show for two years. “Leadership is stressed and promoted here,” Frankie When no seniors stepped up last year to run the event, Frankie and Erin took the helm. “It is really a lot of hard says. “It’s like they say, ‘Ok, you’re in charge, here’s the direction, now go with it.’ And that’s amazing. … This work,” Frankie says. “But it’s totally worth it, because is an awesome way to close four years of service and helping these organizations is more personal this way. And we always try to choose groups to give to that are leadership.”

Leadership is stressed and promoted here.”

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The campaign for Convent & Stuart Hall, now in its community phase, has raised $18 million for the schools. { by stefani blair } It was announced in February that Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco has entered into the community phase of a campaign to raise money for endowment funds and capital improvements. The Framework for the Future campaign—guided by the Board of Trustees, a corps of volunteers and the support of leadership donors—has raised nearly $18 million since it quietly launched in 2006, according to Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski. The campaign goal is $22 million, he says, and our priorities include upgrading our historic facilities, as well as increasing our endowment and supplemental funds for better financial sustainability. Getting to this point in the campaign has truly been a family affair. The “quiet phase,” which included planning and Board outreach, was chaired by Kamilla and John Hurley (parents of Theodore, Stuart Hall-8, and George, Stuart Hall-6). The “leadership phase,”—has been chaired by Julie and Greg Flynn (parents of James and Michael, Stuart Hall-7, and Sarah, Convent-4). One family from each of the four schools has agreed to chair this final phase, which includes community outreach, and they are: for Convent Elementary School, Melissa and Mark Richardson (Madeleine, Convent-1 and Katherine, rising kindergartner); for Stuart Hall for Boys, Margaret and Carter Mack (Annabel and Sophie, Convent-4, and Chase, Stuart Hall-2); for Convent High School, Paula and Mark Williams (Charlotte, Convent-11); and Stuart Hall High School will be announced. While Framework for the Future has not been highly publicized until now, the campaign has been in the planning stages for several years, Gordon says. It started with the Board’s 2005-2010 strategic plan, Setting the Course, which underscored the need to create long-term financial stability for our schools. “We’re planning on the schools being around forever,” says Julie Flynn, who is also a Trustee. “And that means we need an endowment that supports our people and their programs, and accessible state-of-the-art learning spaces for our students. Without supporting these long-


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terms plans now, we risk losing our legacy of excellent education.” ampaign Dollars at Work C The goal of many capital campaigns is to support projects you can see; for instance, the schools’ last campaign (2002-2004) helped pay for the Siboni Center for Arts and Sciences on the Broadway campus, and the Stuart Hall High School building on Pine and Octavia, says Campaign Director Patricia Gallagher ‘76’72. Framework for the Future is raising money for its buildings, including the seismic retrofit of Stuart Hall for Boys, and upgrades to the Flood Mansion’s elevator and entryway for better mobility for all of our guests. But the campaign is also working to grow the schools’ endowment, Patricia explains. While it is often harder for people to visualize that in the same way they can visualize physical improvements, she says, without a strong endowment, we jeopardize the long-term financial health of the schools. So, how does an endowment work? Gifts to endowed funds become part of the schools’ investment portfolio, where the principle of each gift remains in tact but a portion of the interest it generates is used in budget planning. An endowed gift is worth so much more than face value, because rather than providing a finite sum of support once, it provides dividends every year … forever. For example: in 1985, the Hearst Foundation and other individuals gave a total of $40,000 for an endowed financial aid fund; that fund has a current market value of $391,230, which generates more than $12,000 every year to financial aid. While some donors will choose to restrict their gifts to a specific campaign priority, Gordon says he hopes most donors will allow Convent & Stuart Hall to determine where the need is greatest. “It is extremely valuable to have the flexibility to make certain that every need is addressed,” he says.

Philanthropy in Action A group of Stuart Hall High School students recently gathered to call donors who contributed to the Stuart Hall High School Advancement Fund—one of our supplemental funds—and thank them for their support. Campaign Director Patricia Gallagher says she was impressed by their enthusiasm, and proud of their interaction with members of the community. Donors report they were touched by the personal calls and appreciated the student’s sentiments. Marti Sullivan, former Director of Development for the schools and past parent (Maria ‘01’97 and Michael SHB’99) says, “It was just great! I loved talking to the student, and he told me

how much he loved Stuart Hall High School.” Ray O’Connor, Stuart Hall faculty and Community Service Advisor, is planning future “Thank-a-Thon” projects. “Encouraging our young men to thank those who support their school broadens their understanding of and appreciation for the educational experiences they enjoy,” he says. Students also wrote personal notes to faculty and staff of Convent & Stuart Hall to thank them for their time and support of their school. They were impressed that the Stuart Hall faculty and staff achieved 100 percent participation in that fund, and that many other members of the internal community supported them as well.

Your Support Makes Good Teachers Great The classrooms at Convent & Stuart Hall are filled with faculty who demonstrate to students every day the value in being lifelong learners. Those teachers appreciate the financial support they receive from the community for their continued professional growth. Dennis Estrada, who has taught middle form English at Stuart Hall for Boys since 1998, says that support is one reason he has stayed here longer than anywhere else. “I’ve been at a number of schools, and this school really respects teachers’ desire to keep learning. And the administrators understand the value in it,” he says. Within the endowment, there are

specific funds that help teachers afford some of these opportunities, such as the Sister Mary Mardel Fund for elementary faculty. Through Framework for the Future, donors have added to existing endowed gifts like the Mardel Fund, and others. But donors have also established new endowment awards. With an anonymous gift of $100,000, income from the new Elementary School Professional Development Fund will pay for faculty to learn through courses, conferences, oncampus training or guest speakers. Our community has responded enthusiastically to this gift with an additional $50,000 in support.

For more on the Framework for the Future campaign, including a full list of giving opportunities, visit www.sacredsf.org/campaign.

Top: Student volunteers recently called to thank donors. Above: Dennis Estrada says funding for professional development benefits teachers as well as students. C o nvent & S tuart H all


From the Archives Schools of the Sacred Heart Archivist: Mary Ashe’48

Members of the third grade class from Convent Elementary (1959-1960) pose for a yearbook portrait in front of the Mater painting in the Grant building. There may have been something mischievous happening in the front row.


Years in San Francisco Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco have been in the city since 1887. Watch for event announcements in the next Bulletin.

calenda Stay connected with alumni events

March 25 Alumni Basketball Challenge vs. Stuart Hall Eighth Graders April 8

CELEBRATE SPRING Luncheon, Boutique, and Evening Gala

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CELEBRATE SPRING Family Festival Miller’s Mile

Dear Alumni Community, My name is Roxanne Civarello and I am the new Alumni Coordinator at Convent & Stuart Hall. Although I have only been here for a few months, it is clear to me what a special community this is. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to join this community and work with wonderful alumni and community members, so thank you for your warm welcome. I have already enjoyed meeting a number of you at our events this past semester. The Convent Reunion, which took place on November 6, was a huge success with many alumnae returning to the Flood Mansion to reconnect with their fellow classmates. The Class of 1960 celebrated their 50th anniversary and had an incredible turnout. The fact that so many alumnae returned to Broadway shows that the Sacred Heart Community remains a second home and a place to stay connected to forever. In addition, I met up with the Stuart Hall High School Class of 2005, who celebrated their five-year milestone in late November. The young men shared many laughs and enjoyed each other’s company with Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski and Head of School Tony Farrell. Many more Stuart Hall High School alumni returned for Homecoming on December 18, where alumni and their families returned to the high school to participate in a basketball challenge and barbeque. There are many events this spring that will bring alumni home to Convent & Stuart Hall, and I look forward to meeting even more members of this great family. Kindest Regards,


P.S. Many of you got to know my predecessor, Marian Zizzo, over her four years here, and I’m thrilled to say she still works for the schools! She works in the Campaign Office now with Patricia Feeney Gallagher ‘76’72.

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Nos Amis Stuart Hall High School Alumni Luncheon

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Meet Roxanne Roxanne joined the Sacred Heart community as the Alumni Coordinator in October 2010, in time to help plan the Convent Elementary and High School reunion. She is a graduate of Marin Catholic High School and Chapman University in Orange County. Roxanne is no stranger to community building; throughout college she spent her summers interning in Marin Catholic’s alumni office, where she planned events and focused on alumni relations. She also worked during her senior year as a Chapman Ambassador, where she supported their Advancement Office and attended many alumni and fundraising events. Roxanne can be reached at alumni@ sacredsf.org. The new alumni website has launched! Reconnect with your classmates at www.sacredsf.org/alumni. C o nvent & S tuart H all


“ BASH Happenings Dear Alumni Community, Remember all the fun you had as a Sacred Heart student? I am here to tell you that it continues long after graduation, and there’s even more fun to be had as alumni. The Broadway Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (BASH) Board, believes in the Sacred Heart tradition of giving back to the schools. As such, the mission of BASH is to encourage all alumni to participate in the community. Also central to our Board’s mission is raising scholarship funds, so that others are able to experience Sacred Heart education. BASH accomplishes its mission by hosting events like Gingerbread Workshops and an Alumni Noëls. We also like to host happy hours and shopping fundraisers, often at alumni-owned establishments.

It’s a great way to relax and reconnect with classmates and other alumni. And you don’t have to be alumni to share in our fun and support our events—current students, parents and friends are always welcome. All of the women on the BASH Board volunteer their time and talent to these efforts, and I could not lead this body without their dedication and involvement. I look forward to seeing you soon. As we all know, once a child of the Sacred Heart, always a child of the Sacred Heart! Sincerely, Tricia O’Brien ’82’78 President, BASH


Gingerbread House Workshop

On December 5, frosting architects of all ages decorated Gingerbread Houses, the proceeds of which benefit the scholarship fund from BASH, Broadway Alumnae of the Sacred Heart. The annual event has been a favorite for our families for years.


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Alumni Noëls The time-honored tradition of Alumni Noëls on December 14 allowed alumni to reconnect with classmates and friends, and was the perfect opportunity for the schools to honor two people who have done a great deal for the community: Mary Mardel, RSCJ, longtime teacher and administrator, and Bill Miller SHB’62, former teacher and Head of School at Stuart Hall for Boys.

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Alumni Spotlight

The Criss Brothers How Chuck SHB’99 and Darren SHB’01 have each found success pursuing music careers.

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Chuck: Have Banjo, Will Travel

The Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood is legendary for its performances—it’s where James Taylor first played “You’ve Got a Friend” with Carol King; it’s where the Eagles’ Don Henley first met Glenn Frey. But of all the shining moments that stage has seen, surely the one on November 18, 2010, would be as interesting as any to the Convent & Stuart Hall community. That night, Stuart Hall for Boys alumni Chuck Criss SHB’99 and Darren Criss SHB’01 shared the stage in a rare interlude as their musical paths crossed. Chuck’s band, Freelance Whales, was the headlining act that night. Darren, who now lives in Los Angeles and recently scored a role on the Fox TV show Glee, went to support the band. When Chuck pulled Darren up on stage, it became the kind of moment Troubadour audiences love to see between musicians on the verge of gigantic careers. And this one was particularly special considering how rare it is to find them both in the same city these days, let alone on the same stage.

Chuck and Darren before they had fans nationwide.

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By the time Freelance Whales in Connecticut, and at the time, played the Troubadour, they had a “day job” working for an were a quarter of the way ad agency. But music has been through their first national his calling since his senior year headlining tour for their album of high school. “That’s when I Weathervanes. Robin Hilton on got a banjo from a store in the NPR’s All Things Considered Haight, and I really got into called them “the band to learning how to play,” he says. watch” last spring, noting their “From there, I moved on to the “incredibly infectious, jubilant guitar, then a drum set.” music with soaring, five-part Chuck now plays banjo, harmonies, banjo, harmonium, bass, synthesizer, glockenspiel, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar harmonium, acoustic and and lots of soulful energy.” electric guitar, plus he sings—as Since then, the group’s songs does everyone in the group. have had major TV placements, “Everything’s composed so on shows like Grey’s Anatomy that the instruments have little, and in ads like the Chevy Volt simple parts that interact in a spot that ran during the Giants’ big way and make the whole World Series games. In October, sound big. … It’s fun to switch the video promoting the new around throughout the show.” Twitter interface featured their The band is based out of song “Generator 1st Floor” (and Queens, NY, so Chuck was quickly had 2 million views). thrilled to play clubs on the Playing music festivals like West Coast, especially in L.A. Outside Lands in San Francisco and San Francisco. “Those were has been a step up from the some of the first shows to sell impromptu concerts the out quickly,” he says. “It’s always band used to give on subway great to come home.” platforms. “That’s how we would promote our shows,” Chuck says his desire Chuck says. “Otherwise it was hard to get people to to always give his best is come who weren’t already something he learned at Stuart our friends.” That is no longer a Hall. “That type of education— concern for this quintet, the kind that’s beyond book which has enjoyed nothing but sold-out rooms lately. learning—makes you a better Chuck and his fellow person. … It’s incredible how it multi-instrumentalists found each other through sticks with you.” an ad on Craigslist. He had moved to New York to pursue music after graduating from Trinity College

Darren: Teenage Dream

As Darren took to the stage at the Troubadour with Chuck in November, his first episode of Glee had just premiered. Darren plays Blaine, the out-and-proud leader of a rival choral group who helps fellow crooner Kurt survive as a gay teenager in rural Ohio. The role has been an opportunity for Darren to combine his love of acting with his love of singing, and fans seem to approve; his cover of the song “Teenage Dream” from that episode became that week’s top-downloaded song across all genres on the Billboard charts. It also debuted at No. 8 on that week’s Billboard Hot 100 list. According to Columbia Records, more than 55,000 Gleeks downloaded the song via iTunes on its first day, making it the highest first-day sale for any of the uber-popular Glee tracks. Joining the cast has been “an unexpected blessing,” Darren says. He had auditioned for several other roles on the show before, but is honored to be part of this particular story line. “This character is someone I would love to see around for a while; he’s a great, positive influence,” Darren says. This blessing has not been without some

“I’m very happy, very lucky, to be doing what I love, and I will enjoy this ride as long as it lasts.” sacrifice, he admits, as he tries to balance his time in L.A. with other musical projects. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2009, he and several friends launched StarKid Productions, now based in Chicago. The troupe composes original musical productions and Darren loves working with them. But because of his Glee schedule, finding time to perform with the StarKids has been a challenge. “I’m very happy, very lucky, to be doing what I love, and I will enjoy this ride as long as it lasts,” Darren says. Even as a kid in “short pants” at Stuart Hall, Darren knew he wanted to perform, he says. While in elementary school, he took to the stage with the American Conservatory Theater for a number of professional shows. He realizes now how lucky he was to have such supportive teachers. “I hope they know I think about them all of the time,” he says. “I don’t want them to think they are unappreciated ... they helped to get me here.”

Top: From Stuart Hall to Musical Stardom, Chuck (left) and the Freelance Whales performed live online in November at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco; Darren (right) and his StarKid Productions first rose to Internet fame when the YouTube videos of their musical parodies A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel hit more than 45 million views online. Above: Darren, in his 1994 Miller’s Mile t-shirt, with big brother Chuck, at the Troubadour in L.A. in November. Photo courtesy theowlmag.com, used with permission.

Honorable Mentions The best place to find the Criss brothers together is on online where they show support for each other in tweets like these:

@DarrenCriss: Check out the cooler of the two Criss brothers, Chuck & @ freelancewhales tonight at Webster hall NYC. Doors @ 8:30. Wish I could go!

You can follow them too:

@DarrenCriss: The coolest company I keep tonight is my brother @ chuck_criss and @freelancewhales. STOKED for their sold out show at the Troubadour 2moro!

@Chuck_Criss: Sushi tonight with the band and @darrencriss. I love west coast legs of tour. :).

@Chuck_Criss: Bumming around the Glee set, eating free food. Good omelets. Hope no one kicks me out of here…. 39 C o nvent & S tuart H all

Class Notes Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School Class of


Some of the class join in the fun at the Convent reunion on November 6. Pictured below are: Aimee Anontio Evangelista, Rhanda Salma, Amanda Scdoris and Devi Zinzuvadia.

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This past October, Maria Icaza Vogel ’34 traveled from San Jose to Broadway with her son, Robert, and daughter, Juanita. Maria is 96 years old, and shared the memories of her time spent at the Jackson Street campus. Photo at right.

The class celebrated their 60-year anniversary on November 6. Pictured on the opposite page are members of that group and a few other Golden Diploma alumnae: Marie Owen ’47’43, Clare Mihan McCann ’50, Mary Ashe ’48, Virginia Murillo ’48’44 and Claire Diepenbrock CES’44.

Classmates from the class of 1959 had a wonderful time enjoying each other’s company at a lunch gathering that took place in November 2010. They called it their “first

Convent Elementary Alumnae Pizza Party On February 15, Convent Elementary alumnae caught up at the annual pizza party for recent graduates. Back Row: Janet Kim, Amelia Baier, Lauren Hutchinson, Abby Arora, Sarah Armstrong, Gigi Harris (all are CES’10). 3rd Row: Caroline Bertain, Sarah Neal, Hana Nakajimia, Nina Hyunh (all CES’10). 2nd Row: Emily Mann, Samantha Dilley, Kellie La (all CES’10). Front Row: Annie Mitchel CES’09, Quinn Reno CES’08, Sydney Hultman CES’10, Selena Kamara CES’10, and Bianka Quintanilla-Whye CES’09.


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Stay Connected Send your Class Notes to Alumni Coordinator Roxanne Civarello at alumni@sacredsf.org. And Become a Fan on Facebook.

annual” 50th reunion at the Buckeye Roadhouse, Mill Valley. A dozen ladies gathered for a wonderful lunch, lots of laughs, more stories and truly enjoyed just being together. They say they hope to do it again next year! Photo at right.

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Janie Zirpoli ‘64’60 is the author of a wonderful children’s book, “Roots in the Outfield.” It is a story of a young boy who loves to play baseball; however, he freezes (and his feet seem to grow roots) whenever he tries to catch a ball. The story turns as his team supports him and ends up rooting for their teammate. Jane is both an author and an attorney, and her oldest son Alfie Felder is VP of Administration with the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

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Jeanne Cole ’70 recently took a trip to a monastery in the San Juan Islands– part retreat, part Holy Orders business and part fun. Jeanne says, “As you can see (from the photo), I did manage to squeeze in a little tractor time during my stay at the monastery—too bad it wasn’t a red tractor!” Photo at right.

Maria Icaza Vogel ’34

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Theodora M. Gray ’87’83 married Laurence King (at Flood Mansion). They have a son, Nicholas, born on December 15, 2006 and twins, Allison Barbara and Daniel August, born on June 12, 2009.

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Andrea Charlton Feeney ’73 gives her update: I love my job as College Counselor at Woodside International School in San Francisco, and have also gone into business with my sister Carolyn Charlton Squeri ’69 as Feeney & Squeri Admissions Advisors. My son Joe SHB’00 is a creative writer at the University of Arizona and my daughter Claire CES’03 is on the dean’s list at the University of Southern California.

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Reunion 2010

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, Continued

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More than 160 alumnae of Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School and High School returned to Broadway on November 6 for the 2010 Reunion Weekend. The schools honored the classes marking graduation milestones this year, including the high school Class of 1960, which celebrated 50 years.


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The class of 1960 had a special seating in the Mother Williams Library, where Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski presented each one with a special golden diploma. Nearly all of the class’ two-dozen members were in attendance, and they set a record as the class with the most participation to the class gift, says Roxanne Civarello from the Alumni Office.


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Nicole Garzino ’89 has recently accepted the position of Director of Development for the Monterey Museum of Art and looks forward to returning home to California (after a 16-year stay on the East Coast) with her three girls and fiancé, Kris Ronald Anderson. She also received her master’s in arts administration from Goucher College last summer, where she completed thesis research in social media and audience engagement for arts nonprofits. They look forward to visiting the City to see old friends and attend Convent events (since the distance made attending last year’s 20th reunion impossible!). New address to come soon! In the meantime, please email nbgarzino@gmail.com. Madeleine Francis ‘89’85 and her husband Chris Nappi welcomed their second child, Christopher Thomas Nappi Jr., on August 5, 2009.

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Lindsey Bley is a prosecutor in the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. She married Troy Mileham, a fellow USC graduate, on May 15, 2010. Stephanie (Stevie) Howell ’99 was a bridesmaid and classmates Katy Garlinghouse ’99’95, Kiira Chernik ’99 , Natalie Dobranski ’99 and Kara Yamagami ’99 were in attendance. Lindsey is the daughter of Sandra Hall Bley ’62’58. Pictured below.

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Sophie Guerin’01’97 gives her update: I am in the last year of my MPA program. It’s a very exciting year so far with a lot more opportunities. I just started an internship at the U.S. Embassy Paris in the public affairs department. After three years of working hard to get my foot in the door, it has finally started to come to fruition. I’ve also expanded my women’s organization, Women in International Public Affairs (WIPA). WIPA now has a board with four new, very talented and capable members, meaning that we can expand our development goals and outreach efforts. Finally, my program requires that we focus on a research topic, in teams, for the duration of the year. I am working on the development of trade routes and zones in South East Asia. The highlight of this project is an investigatory trip that we will conduct in February that will take us to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

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career in one game; the “hat trick,” as they call it, happened on October 8 against Amherst College. At the 80:52 mark of the game, Middlebury was down 0 to 3, when two of Scarlett’s goals helped send the game into overtime, and a third goal in the 95th minute won the match for Middlebury, 4 to 3. That week she was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week. She is currently hooping it up for the Panthers as a guard on the women’s basketball team.

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Libby Brittain ’07’03 will graduate this year from Barnard College, the women’s liberal arts college associated with Columbia University in New York. Her major is economics history (emphasis on American economic policy) and minor is psychology. The former editorin-chief and four-year staff member for the broadview walked on to the Columbia Spectator as a copy editor as a freshman. She also had a stint as associate lead-story editor for Columbia’s style magazine The Eye, served as the head copy editor at the Columbia Political Review and worked as the social-media marketing intern at The New York Times. You can follow Libby on Twitter: @libbybrittain.

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Scarlett Kirk ’10’06 is a freshman playing soccer and basketball for Middlebury College in Vermont. Scarlett earned the first three soccer goals of her collegiate

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Mark Farrell ’88 was elected in 2010 to District 2 Supervisor in San Francisco after years of working as an attorney and investment banker. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Liz, and their two kids. Above is a screen shot of his campaign website, which included him in his Stuart Hall baseball uniform. Amir S. Sarreshtehdary ’88 is an estate planning attorney in the Bay Area.

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Brady Dilena’05 is a sophomore at the University of San Diego, and in a leadership role on the Honor Council.

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Pierre Carmona ’05 graduated from New York University in 2009. In his junior year, he studied abroad in Shanghai and learned Mandarin Chinese. He is currently working at MOCA and living

Class of in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He is also working on a master’s in English Education, and student teaching. Saba Shatara ’05 is currently attending UC Davis School of Law.


Bryce Clerk’06 gives his update: Life here in Fort Myers, FL, is positively surreal. I currently work as an engineer/upper manager for a growing LLC that services coal-fired power plants and other industries with regard to their fire protection and

5 Questions with Theresa Klatte Foster ’79’75 From the Eco-Council’s inception, Theresa Foster has helped students and adults at Convent & Stuart Hall become better stewards of the environment. She is an alumna of Convent High School, and a parent of Ben SHB’10 and Claire (Convent-4). 1. What made you get involved with the schools’ green efforts? I have been interested in starting a teaching garden at the school since my son was in kindergarten. He is now a freshman in high school and I am happy he was at Stuart Hall for two years of the garden project. I believe very strongly that changing the way we care for our planet will only come through awareness and education. Who better to educate about the issues than our own kids? I also think people want to do the right thing, but it is sometimes hard to know where to start. The Eco-Council directs the energy that people feel about greening the schools and moves it in a positive way to completion of the task at hand. 2. What specific activities have you been involved in, or helped organize? My main focus has been the garden in front of Stuart Hall for Boys and the greenhouse and garden deck outside the boys’ science room in Siboni. Those projects were organized with Jaime Dominguez [head of Stuart Hall for Boys] and Lauren Richardson [science faculty] through conversations we had about green space and its importance in education. I have also helped a lot with the Earth Week activities like the bus and carpool plan to reduce the Theresa with husband David and kids Ben and Claire.


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congestion in the drop off lane in the mornings of that week. I would love to see that continue beyond Earth Week. 3. What is our biggest challenge in terms of being stewards of the environment? Our biggest challenge is awareness, not just at school, but at home. We all have to become aware that there are tasks that become our individual responsibilities … that we don’t need to wait for someone to mention the trash on the sidewalk or the lights that need to be turned off, or the water that should be saved. … Don’t wait, just act … the job of saving energy or cleaning the earth begins with one person just doing it. 4. What’s the best “green” thing your kids have come home and told you they did at school? My son told me about recycling old bricks by using them in the walkway in the garden. My daughter told me about how the fourth graders monitor the bins to help students make good choices about where to place their compost and recycling. 5. What are some of the easy ways we can be eco-thoughtful at home? Ask my kids—they will say I am always turning off lights throughout our house. Also, San Francisco has an amazing recycling and composting program; we should all be able to compost and recycle almost all our waste. … Pre-cycling is also very important—don’t buy items in plastic containers when possible. People always say, ‘Well, it can be recycled.’ If we don’t buy it in the first place, we send a message to companies that we want items in packaging that we don’t have to recycle. One example is buying milk in plastic jugs versus cardboard containers. Those cardboard containers can be used for all compostable kitchen scraps, and then you can throw the whole thing into the compost green bin, container and all. See the Eco-Council web page for more ideas. Visit www.sacredsf.org and click on Eco-Council under “Our Community.”

combustible dist issues. SHHS provided highly significant and rare skills outside of my college education that will take me very far in my career. I cannot thank my instructors enough for their diligence. I wish to give proportionately to my success to the advancement fund in the future.

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Back to the hall in 2010


Troy Dangerfield ’07 recently performed in Throw Pitchfork, the story of an overworked, alcoholic, African-American father passing on a legacy of self-hate and anger to his four sons.

Alumni & Family Homecoming took place on December 18, 2010. Alumni had a basketball challenge and after, enjoyed hot dogs and delicious chili, courtesy of past parent Deborah Hicks.

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James Holt’10 gives his update: Having just completed my first semester at Harvard, one thing is abundantly clear to me—Sacred Heart education is without peer. I took four classes this semester: Economics, Justice, French and a Freshmen Seminar on medieval Norman history. The first two classes were huge lectures (Justice had around 1000 students), a far cry from the personal attention inherent in Mr. O’Connor’s 14-people Justice class at The Hall. Still, thanks in large part to Stuart Hall, I felt prepared and was able to make a near seamless transition into college. I was more comfortable speaking out in class and communicating with my professors than many of my peers because of the teachers at SHHS; they taught us to draw on them as mentors and resources. I look forward to the challenges ahead in my next semester and am ever grateful for the truly world-class education I received at 1715 Octavia.


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The Class of 2005 enjoyed their five-year reunion on November 24 at Johnny Foley’s Irish House. Attendees had a wonderful time catching up with each other and with their teachers.

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In Memoriam Schools of the Sacred Heart send sincere sympathy to the following:

The friends and family of Andrew Susac, former Stuart Hall for Boys faculty.

Jason Ford SHB’78 and Giovanni Ford SHB’79 for the loss of their mother, Lola Ford.

Paul Iantorno SHB’90 and Bettina Iantorno ’89 for the loss of their sister, Erica Iantorno.

The friends and family of Helen Lorch, RSCJ, of Oakwood. The friends and family of Flavia Augustine, RSCJ, of Oakwood.

Tom Rosanelli for the loss of his father; Carol Rosanelli for the loss of her father-in-law; and Patrick Rosanelli (Stuart Hall-12) and Kelly Rosanelli (Convent-5) for the loss of their grandfather, Olindo Rosanelli. Christopher and Sara Ehrlich for the loss of their son, Charlotte Ehrlich (Convent-2) for the loss of her brother, and Kerry Fried CES’72 for the loss of her nephew, Campbell Ehrlich. Nancy Foster Riordan ’68’64 and John Riordan for the loss of their daughter, and Angel Riordan ‘05 for the loss of her sister, Ari Riordan ’08.

Elizabeth Wilson O’Halloran’82, for the loss of her mother, Ruth Sams Wilson. Joi Scheele for the loss of her husband and Natalie Scheele (Convent-5) for the loss of her father, Michael Scheele. Heidi Walsh Kurtz ’76’72, Moira Walsh ’80’76 and Vivian Walsh’78’74 for the loss of their father, Edward M Walsh. Diane Gold Ward ’64 for the loss of her husband and Laurie Gold CES’64 for the loss of her brother-in-law, Robert Eugene Ward.

The friends and family of Marjorie McLeod Hamilton ’33. Kathy Cunningham Beaulieu ’69’65 and Brian Cunningham SHB’63 for the loss of their mother, Betty Ann Titus Costello. Helen Keddie Geraghty ’47 for the loss of her husband, William Geraghty. Carol Munstermann Williamson ’58 for the loss of her husband, Raymond Williamson. Christopher Tambara ’05’01 and Marc Tambara ’07’03 for the loss of their father, David Tambara.

Lisa Converse for the loss of her father, Mark Converse for the loss of his father-in-law, and Max Converse (Stuart Hall-7), Ian Converse (Stuart Hall-5), and Ava Converse (Convent-1) for the loss of their maternal grandfather, Herman Zanoni. Joanna Gallegos, Convent Elementary Middle Form Dean, for the loss of her sister, Julia Budenz. Katherine Crawford CES’65 for the loss of her mother, Mary Jane Brinton, and her father, William Brinton. Terry Kleid, for the loss of her husband and Jessica Kleid CES’04 for the loss of her father, Roger Kleid.

The friends and family of Noelle Torre ’53’49. The family of Ben Abrams (Stuart Hall-4) and Caroline Abrams (Convent-1) and for the loss of their great grandmother, Estelle Abrams. The friends and family of Lorraine Magid, former Stuart Hall for Boys faculty. Vicki Noonan, Network of the Sacred Schools Business Manager, for the loss of her husband, Bernie Noonan.

Tim Curran, for the loss of his mother; Celine Curran ’73 for the loss of her mother-in-law; and Caitlin Curran ’00’96, Caroline Curran ’03’99, Colleen Curran’06’02 and Claire Curran ’08’04 for the loss of their grandmother, Helen Curran.

Kay McMahon Murray ’53 for the loss of her brother, Robert McMahon.

Susan McCrea ‘60’56 for the loss of her daughter, Christianne Noel McCrea.

Jane Ann Gaetke Bailly ’63’59 for the loss of her mother, Betty Gaetke.

The friends and family of Carmen Parrilla, RSCJ.

Dr. Donald Wyler for the loss of his wife, and Peter Pomeroy SHB’85, Patrick Pomeroy SHB’85, and Kathryn Wyler CES’91 for the loss of their mother, Susan Louise Herthneck Wyler.


The family of Alessandra Jacimovic (Convent-5), as well as Marco Jacimovic and Niccolo Jacimovic (both Stuart Hall-3), for the loss of their grandfather, Sasha Jacimovic.

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Please send In Memoriam notes to Roxanne Civarello at alumni@sacredsf.org

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Be counted. Reunion Class Gifts The Honor Roll

The Prize Day Circle acknowledges the leadership and generosity of alumni who have donated $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund. Four alumnae from Convent’s Class of 1960 and Class of 2000 are Prize Day Circle donors. The GOLD ( Graduates of the Last Decade) Circle recognizes young alumni who honor their alma mater by making a gift to its Annual or Endowed funds. Elementary school alumni are honored through their 14th year of graduation.

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the Class of 1960 for achieving the highest participation rate of all the reunion classes. We also gratefully acknowledge the 11 GOLD Circle donors from the Class of 2000 and the Class of 2005.

Class of 1960

Class of 1965

Class of 1970

Class Gift: $7,020 67% Participation

Class Gift: $675 23% Participation

Class Gift: $250 4% Participation

Class of 1975

Class of 1980

Class Gift: $1,225 14% Participation

Class Gift: $790 11% Participation

Class of 1990 Class Gift: $1,400 22% Participation

Class of 2000 Class Gift: $1,435 18% Participation

Class of 1985 Class Gift: $250 3%Participation

Class of 2005 Class Gift: $240 9% Participation

Stuart Hall High School We honor the 12 GOLD Circle donors from the Class of 2005. Together, they raised $1,312 for The Hall.

Mr. John Gallagher Mr. Ben Groeger Mr. Ryan Carroll Mr. Danyaal Farooqui Mr. Thomas Hiester Mr. Bryan Lee

Mr. John Orofino Mr. Saba Shatara Mr. Michael Szeto Mr. Jonathan Dreyfus Mr. Nestor Gomez Mr. Sergio Seplovich, Jr.

Every gift, every dollar, every donor counts. It isn’t too late to show your class pride! www.sacredsf.org/giving/onlinegiving.aspx

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