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Features A Surprising Sacred Heart Connection A teacher discovers her family's connection to Sacred Heart education. | By Jessica Bullock |


Professional Development Days Find out how teachers really spend in-service days (hint: it's not all fun and games). | By Stefani Blair |


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Tomorrow's Technology in Today's Classroom

The school holds its first STEM Summit to inspire, encourage and help students find mentors. | By Jessica Bullock |

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news A Surprising Sacred Heart Connection

Stuart Hall for Boys educator unearths her family's role in Sacred Heart history | by jessica bullock |

The 125th Anniversary celebrations were a reminder of the rich heritage that is shared by every Convent & Stuart Hall student, alumni and educator. While each member of the community makes his or her mark on the school, some play a particularly significant role. Kay de Veer, Associate Teacher at Stuart Hall for Boys, recently unearthed the surprising, and previously unknown, role her family played in the history of Sacred Heart education. Kay’s entrance into the school community happened by chance. After earning her teaching credential at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she moved to San Francisco and began the daunting task of searching for a job. She set her sights on teaching at an independent Catholic school and began visiting schools with her credential in hand. Kay visited the Broadway campus and after speaking with Angela Taylor, then-Lower Form Dean at Stuart Hall for Boys, started working as a substitute teacher. She formed an immediate affinity for Convent & Stuart Hall, saying, “I fell in love with the school. I told everyone that Stuart Hall for Boys was teacher heaven and the most incredible place to teach.” Though she didn’t know it at the time, Kay’s family has a special relationship with the Society of the Sacred Heart that has endured for more than a century. Kay knew that her paternal grandmother, Georgia Ann Hayden de Veer, grew up in Missouri and had moved to Washington state at the age of eight with her 10 siblings and at one point had lived with nuns in San Francisco. Yet Georgia rarely spoke of her childhood, and her years in the Bay Area were something of a family mystery. When Kay was eight years old her grandmother passed away and the missing details of her life seemed lost forever. It was at Kay’s sister’s

wedding over the 2012 Christmas break that several details of Georgia’s life came to light. At the wedding Kay’s great aunt, Celeste Hayden VanLandingham (Georgia’s sister) mused over details of the family’s history. Without knowing that Kay worked for Stuart Hall for Boys, Celeste told Kay about the family’s decades-long connection with Sacred Heart schools. Initially, Kay assumed that her great-aunt was referring to another school with Sacred Heart in its name, but as Celeste referenced Congé, Madeleine Sophie Barat and Philippine Duchesne, it became clear that the family’s connection was indeed with the Society of the Sacred Heart. Celeste said that her sisters and mother had attended Sacred Heart schools close to home, while Georgia went to the Bay Area to attend Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco and Sacred Heart Schools Atherton. According to school records, Georgia received her first communion at Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco and attended Atherton from 1921-24 before returning to Washington where she graduated from high school. Celeste related how Georgia left her family in Missouri to become a boarder at Sacred Heart schools in Northern California because the Society offered her free boarding and tuition as a token of

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“ This is where I’m meant to be.”

– Kay De Veer

appreciation for the family’s acts of generosity toward Sacred Heart education. The details regarding these acts of generosity remained murky, prompting Kay and her father, Karel Otto de Veer, to research the family’s connection to the school. After rifling through primary documents and the online materials supplied by the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles, they discovered that Kay’s great-great-great-great-greatgrandparents, General Bernard Pratte and his wife, Emilie Pratte, provided Philippine Duchesne with the very first schoolhouse she used after arriving in St. Charles, Missouri, in 1818. The Pratte’s daughters, Emilie and Therese Pratt, and their niece, Pelagie Chouteau, were the first three students

Philippine taught. This act of generosity set the stage for Sacred Heart education in the U.S. and sparked the family’s multigenerational affiliation with the school. Over the course of her research, Kay also discovered that Emilie Donohoe, a first cousin of Kay’s great-great-grandparents, donated more than five acres of land to the Atherton school in 1904 to create a separate free elementary school for the village children of Menlo Park. The school was named St. Joseph’s after her late husband and one of the streets that line the campus was named Emilie Avenue in her honor. When donating the land, Emilie said, “The pleasure that this project has given me is enhanced by the fact that the foundation of your order in the United States, by Mother Duchesne, is connected with memories of my maternal grandparents, Bernard Pratte and his good wife Emilie Labbadie Pratte, the hospitality of whose home was graciously availed of by the foundress, Mother Duchesene, and the ladies accompanying her…where my mother and her sisters were among the first pupils." It was Emilie Donohoe’s generosity that led to Georgia

A teacher traces her family's multigenerational connection to the Society of the Sacred Heart. Far left: Kay de Veer Middle: Georgia Ann Hayden de Veer, Kay's grandmother Far right: Celeste Taylor Hayden, Kay's great-grandmother | photos courtesy of the de veer family |

receiving free tuition at what is now Sacred Heart Schools of Atherton and Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco. That Kay, unbeknownst to her until several months ago, is now teaching for the community that benefited so greatly from her ancestors’ kindness and at the same school where her grandmother received her first communion so many years ago is truly astonishing. According to Kay, the history her family shares with the Society of the Sacred Heart is a sign that “this is where I’m meant to be.” CONVENT & STUART HALL




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Rachel Simpson Named Next Head of Convent High School After a fantastic year of interim leadership under Sacred Heart educator Mary Forsyth, the school is pleased to announce that Rachel Simpson will be the next Head of Convent High School beginning this fall. Rachel is known widely in the larger independent school and Sacred Heart Network circles as a remarkable educator in the field of girls’ education, and respected for her collaborative, compassionate, creative and forwardthinking leadership. President Ann Marie Krejcarek says, “I am confident Rachel’s leadership will help us embrace the future with intelligence, vision and grace.” Rachel joined the Convent High School faculty in 1996 as a French

and English teacher and served as International Language Department Chair from 1999-2008. She spent the following two years as Dean of Studies at Stuart Hall High School before returning to Convent High School as Dean in 2010. She also had a sixmonth appointment as acting Head of School during Andrea Shurley’s maternity leave. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of Oxford’s St. John’s College in the U.K., earning first class honors in Modern Languages and Literature. Before coming to the United States, she served as an editor at The Folio Society in London for two years.

Four Long-Time Employees Retire from Convent & Stuart Hall As Convent & Stuart Hall graduated eighth graders and seniors, the school also had the chance to “graduate” four longtime employees who retired this spring. During a reception on May 21, the school recognized: Karen Randall, Convent High School English Department Chair, 17 years. Karen’s teaching career had spanned more than 20 years before coming to Convent, having taught at public schools in East Oakland and Los Gatos. In college she had hoped to pursue radio and film, but professors discouraged her because there weren’t many women in broadcasting. So she followed her passion for reading, into the classroom. Kathy Williams, Convent Elementary School counselor, 24 years. In addition to helping students and families through counseling, Kathy’s story at Convent includes the significant shift from taking vows as a nun to meeting her now-husband and taking marital vows -- and explaining to students why her name changed from Sr. Kathy to Mrs. Williams. Aida Flores Hemelberg, Printing Clerk in the Business Office, 37 years. Aida


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began as part of the cleaning crew, working for the RSCJ right as the Vatican was on the cusp of eliminating the cloister. She went on to help teachers with all of their printing and mailing needs, and filling in at the Front Desk. Greg Sinclair, Stuart Hall for Boys K-4 Physical Education faculty, 44 years. Greg had been at Stuart Hall for Boys for nearly the entire life of the school, which opened in 1956, and it is likely that most Stuart Hall alumni remember his booming voice. He is one of Convent & Stuart Hall’s longest-serving faculty members. To make a gift in honor of these longtime employees, visit www.sacredsf.org/ support/onlinegiving.aspx, and under Gift Designation, choose Special Events/ Memorials.

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Sheryl Davis Honored for Advancing Social Justice The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights honored Sheryl Davis, Convent & Stuart Hall's Community Outreach Coordinator, with the Anthony F. Logan Award during a luncheon on January 31. The award is presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing social justice. Sheryl contributes in many ways to the community-atlarge, including running the school’s Heart to Heart community outreach program.

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Awarding Excellence Every year, the school bestows upon one member of the faculty and staff the prestigious Esther Rossi Award, which honors an employee whose actions contribute to the Sacred Heart tradition of excellence and the building of community. This year’s recipient was Convent Elementary first grade teacher Belle Akers. Belle is a highly respected member of the community who has taught at the school since 1979. This year, the school was also proud to unveil the brand new Niehaus Family President’s Excellence Award to honor a faculty or staff member who displays exemplary excellence in educating students and the community. Esteemed educator Michael Buckley, Stuart Hall High School, Social Studies Faculty, was named the first honoree of this award, pictured here with Joe and Karen Niehaus. Read more about endowed funds that offer professional development on page 12.

Third Teacher+ Starts a Conversation About How School Space Can Influence a Student Body of Makers and Creators The physical spaces at Convent & Stuart Hall have always provided an interesting thread in the narrative of Sacred Heart education in San Francisco, with historic, single-family homes creatively modified to serve as classroom space. Students say this has led to a mindset that school is an extension of home. But what else can be said about the space’s influence on student learning? Does it – or could it – fuel a culture of innovation and prototyping that will serve students well in the future? To find out, President Ann Marie Krejcarek and Director of Educational Innovation Howard Levin invited Trung Li and his team from acclaimed international firm Cannon Designs to spend time on both campuses this spring. Cannon’s Third Teacher+ team is an educational design consultancy within the firm that evaluates educational space and how it can be used to inspire creativity and innovation. The term “third teacher” was coined first in the 1940s by an Italian educator who designed a preschool and primary school curriculum on the basis that each

child has three teachers – the adults, the other children and the physical environment – and that combined they can empower self-guided exploration. Since then, a triumvirate of notable design firms, including Cannon, wrote the book Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning, and have engaged corporations and schools in generating ideas for how their communities can “learn, work, play, create, and connect more richly.” During their “insight week” in April, Third Teacher+ took photos and videos, and interviewed and observed students and adults. Their presentation to administrators pinpointed areas for improvement, with suggested short- and long-term ideas that allow the school to preserve the historic buildings while improving the educational experience for students. The first project based on their findings is an upgrade to the Student Center on the third floor of Convent High School, slated to be finished this fall.

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Community Engages in Strategic Work to Plan for the Future President Ann Marie Krejcarek invited strategic planning consultant Christina Drouin to San Francisco this spring to help engage the community in planning for the school’s future. Christina advises educational associations, school leadership and governance teams on building sustainable schools with local and global impact. The Board of Trustees drafted the current Strategic Plan – Achieving Educational Excellence – and presented it to the community last spring. In the plan, Trustees identified four areas for growth: Financial Sustainability, Academic Excellence, Organizational Alignment and Formation to Mission. Christina’s role was to help the community “pick up the plan and run with it,” as she explained to the various groups of administrators, faculty and parents that she met. “Your Board has done their homework, and it is reflected in this plan,” she said. Through three separate visits, she engaged the community in defining a vision for what the school would be known for in 2017, and asked that everyone in the community identify areas where they themselves could contribute during an initiative writing session. She also advised the Board and administration to adopt a fifth area for growth: Institutional Positioning and Communication. Together these five strategic goals will inform a great deal of work in the coming years. A report from the President’s Office on the progress made in Year 1 of the plan and on current initiatives to be published in the fall. CONVENT & STUART HALL




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The GREEN Scene The school continued its dedication to the environment through a series of fun and earth friendly events and initiatives. The Eco-Council had students, faculty and parents at Convent & Stuart Hall and nearby school Hamlin taking alternate transportation one day a week on Walk to School Wacky Wednesdays to reduce congestion and carbon emissions. During a special Earth Week ceremony,

elementary students met in the Herbert Center to celebrate the two solar panels that power the Broadway gym’s lights, scoreboard and buzzer. SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer, and Go Simple Solar, a solar panel installation company, worked with Facilities Director Mike Armstrong to install the panels in a location both practical and educational. The 20-year-old Herbert Center

provided the best place for the panels to get direct sunlight and had electrical wiring that was new enough for the panels to connect to the building’s power grid. A small group of eighth grade students gave an informative presentation about the solar panels and even hit the solar powered buzzer for the audience. Special guests Franz Feuerherdt, the Account Manager for Solar World, and Mark Becker, the President of Go Simple Solar, were in attendance. Students and staff had a great time learning about solar energy, with many students and staff wearing sunglasses in homage to the assembly's other special guest—the sun. Some of our youngest kids also got into the green spirit this year. The first and second graders enrolled in the After School Program’s Petite Cuisine class, taught by Parents Association President and chef Kelly Whalen, collaborated with parent Theresa Klatte Foster '79'75, manager of the Stuart Hall for Boys garden, to select fresh herbs and spices to use in weekly cooking projects. The students also worked closely with the Epicurean staff to ensure that plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs made their way into the hot lunch menu.

Spotlight on Student Writers and Journalists The hardworking journalists and writers of Convent & Stuart Hall continue to rack up accolades. Stuart Hall senior Liam Lynch was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2013 San Francisco Archdiocesan Respect Life Essay Contest. This year's prompt centered on the Catholic Church's teachings against physicianassisted suicide. Liam's essay was selected as the winner amongst all local archdiocesan high schools. Liam was also awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the San Francisco Federal Credit Union for an essay he wrote about his passion for literature and English. The Convent & Stuart Hall high school journalists who attended the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention from April 25-28 listened to venerable keynote speakers talk about the nature of investigative reporting and the power of photography. Awards were also handed out to some of the nation's premier high


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school newspapers and magazines. Congratulations to the staff of The Broadview for walking away with the prestigious Best of Show award, which is one of many accolades the hardworking writers, editors and photographers have earned over the years. The 2013 Northern California Press Women High School Communications Contest also | photo courtesy tracy sena | handed out awards to sophomore Above: Members of The Broadview meet with senator Dianne Madeleine Ainslie, senior Feinstein '51 while covering the inauguration in D.C. Jewel Devora, senior Claire Fahy, sophomore Rachel Fung and sophomore of The Broadview staff also met with Senator Madison Riehle of The Broadview. Claire and Dianne Feinstein ‘51 on January 22, 2013, Madeleine received 1st Place awards and while the girls were in D.C. covering President were entered into the national competition Barack Obama’s second inauguration. where Claire earned 3rd Place in the category of Feature Story and Madison was awarded 2nd Place for Single Page Layout. Members

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A hallmark of a Sacred Heart education is empowering students to become better people. Through special assemblies, projects and everyday interactions, the school assists students in actualizing their best selves. This year, Waking Up Courage assemblies were held to empower and equip students with the skills needed to stand up to mistreatment. Community Matters, an organization that works to improve the social-emotional climate of schools, led the presentations, made possible by the success of the Annual Fund. Research shows that bystanders, rather than the targets or aggressors, of mistreatment constitute 85% of the typical school's population. One of the main reasons bystanders do not get involved in situations of mistreatment is simply that they don't know what to say or do. The Waking Up Courage assemblies focused on raising awareness, impelling students to

action and providing students with the tools to act. To help convert bystanders to "upstanders," the assemblies outlined a common vocabulary alongside youth-friendly communication skills, language and actions that students can employ to safely and effectively intervene if they see instances of mistreatment. By increasing students' competence and confidence, the school is working to maintain a safe and supportive community. A Stuart Hall High School project also encouraged students to stand up for others. After students read Elie Weisel’s masterpiece Night, which recounts Weisel’s experiences in concentration camps during World War II, students took part in a project to honor his legacy. During Weisel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize speech, he spoke out against the cruelty of silence when individuals stand by and do nothing in the face of avoidable violence. Weisel said of the Holocaust, “The world did know and remained silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe." To honor Weisel’s legacy, Ray O’Connor, Stuart Hall High School Theology Chair, had students take part in The National Day of Silence to call attention to how bullying and harassment, specifically of LGBT youth, silences victims and viewers alike.

Serving Others, Near and Far The school continued its dedication to community service with several new and continuing initiatives. Many Convent & Stuart Hall high school students spent their spring breaks immersing themselves in Goal III: A social awareness that impels to action. Students from both high schools embarked on a service-learning trip to New Orleans where they saw the continued effects of Hurricane Katrina and helped out in the surrounding community. They assisted in the building of a home in the lower 9th Ward with the St. Bernard Project and visited their counterparts at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans. Ten Convent High School students spent Easter break farther south in Peru. The young women saw the historical city of Cuzco, visited Peruvian Sacred Heart students and discovered that "they seem so much like us but they speak in Spanish...that is literally the only difference," and served the community at the Colegio Madre Admirable de El Agustino, a Sacred Heart school in Lima. The girls formed bonds with the students through playing games, dancing and singing. Community Service Day on March 8 was another opportunity to give back to the community. Convent High School students, faculty and staff spent the day at several sites throughout the city including Faces SF, Ocean Beach, On Lok, Project Open Hand, Raphael House, San Francisco Food Bank and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. The guys at Stuart Hall High School, along with Stuart Hall seventh and eighth graders, served in 26 different placements, including Alcatraz and the SF Food Bank. The success of this day has prompted the school administration to create a communitywide service day for all students, faculty, staff and parents that will take place next spring.

Feedback Effect In a recent TED Talk, Bill Gates called for placing greater emphasis on teacher evaluations as a way to promote professional and personal growth. Next year, Convent & Stuart Hall will use Folio, which is a system of feedback specifically designed for independent schools. Folio encourages long-term staff growth by creating opportunities for honest conversations that promote meaningful progress. Folio uses an online

foundational framework that is simple and interactive. The structure is very similar to a social media interface that provides a place to document faculty and staff’s professional backgrounds, goals, achievements and a whole lot more. Folio is a collaborative effort between more than 40 independent schools in the U.S. and Canada.




news Trading Places, the Sacred Heart Way The global Sacred Heart network is a special part of our community. Convent & Stuart Hall students love visiting network schools and welcoming students who become members of our San Francisco community for a few weeks, but it's not just students who get to take part in Sacred Heart exchanges. A new Sacred Heart program is giving teachers the chance to trade classrooms. Ann Gigounas, Stuart Hall for Boys English faculty, traded places with Wenche Haverkamp, Sheridan Road faculty, from April 22 through May 3. Ann spent time with Sheridan Road's "warm and welcoming faculty," basking in the view of Lake Michigan from Wenche's classroom and saw the school's spring musical. On April 23, Ann helped students celebrate Shakespeare's birthday (with cake, of course) as they read The Taming of the Shrew. Wenche spent her time at Stuart Hall for Boys taking part in our Earth Week activities and helping students delve into Lord of the Flies.

Network Resources Visit Sister Meijer's website, sacredheartatheun.org, to learn more about the Society's role at the UN and find fantastic resources for every member of the community. Want to stay in the know with the latest Network News around the world? Visit www.sofie.org. "Like" the Network's Facebook page, Network of the Sacred Heart Schools, to get more info about the Society, including the inspirational thought of the day.


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The Society’s UN Representative Visits Campus Cecile Meijer, RSCJ, is the Society's United Nations representative. She spends her days sharing the reality of what happens on the ground in the 41 countries the Society serves with the UN. The Society of the Sacred Heart has been affiliated with the UN since September 2003 when it was granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. On April 11, Sister Meijer met with a small group of administrators, faculty and staff to discuss the Society's decade-long involvement with the UN. She says, "we know what people's aspirations and dreams are, so we can give state officials a reality check." She's currently working on applying for status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will help the Society contribute ideas to governments and disseminate information from the UN to the international Sacred Heart community.

The Society and the UN share a common mission: to promote peace and social development and fight for human rights. The RSCJs who work in countries like India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and the Philippines witness the crises members of the global community face every day. Millions of people live without access to clean water, basic sanitation, jobs or educational opportunities. Sister Meijer strives to keep these tough realities in front of people and notes how the Society is working to ameliorate some of these problems. She cites the Society's mission of reforming society through education and points out that in many developing nations the Society is providing education to the poor and disabled, teaching vocational skills like graphic design and cooking, focusing on environmental stewardship, providing health care services, and promoting interfaith dialogue.

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Claire Pratt, RSCJ, Live on ABC News

During the papal conclave, Clare Pratt, RSCJ, was featured on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. Sister Pratt, the Community Director of the Oakwood Retirement Center in nearby Atherton, provided information and perspective during the coverage of the selection of the next Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

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A Year with Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, the namesake of Stuart Hall for Boys and Stuart Hall High School, passed away on October 21, 1914. As the Sacred Heart community prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her death, our school is celebrating and stewarding her legacy by putting together a print and digital calendar of quotes and personal reflections. Members of the global Sacred Heart community have compiled their favorite inspirational quotes from Mother Stuart and reflected on how that quote inspires and nourishes the heart and spirit.

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Upcoming Community Mass Dates October 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Offered in Hope and Faith for Breast Cancer Awareness Month November 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Honoring Alumni Celebrating Their Reunion December 8, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. The Second Sunday in Advent, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception The quotes will be turned into a daily “Life Lived” print and electronic calendar. Stuart Hall sophomore Austin Woo is creating a media app for the project. To learn more about the calendar, including how to order a hardcopy, visit: www.sofie.org/ content/life-livedcalendar.

February 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Founders’ Day Mass March 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. The First Sunday of Lent

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Teachers get Schooled Learning is a lifelong process and teachers understand this better than just about anyone, and not just because they try to instill in students an appreciation and joy for learning. Despite what their pupils might think, teachers spend plenty of time outside their own classrooms enhancing their knowledge and skills. Convent Elementary faculty received extensive training over the spring to prepare for a new student-centered Balanced Literacy Approach for grades K-4, which focuses on guided reading and differentiates instruction for students through small group work, and a new Balanced Math Program that gives equal emphasis to building conceptual knowledge, computational

and procedural fluency, critical thinking, and problem-solving. At Stuart Hall for Boys, literature and reading expert Kathy Collins worked extensively with the faculty to provide them with pedagogical strategies to encourage students to become adults who love to read, choose to read, and read well and widely. Every year, a portion of the funds raised in the Annual Fund is put toward varied educational opportunities for our faculty. Convent & Stuart Hall educators are encouraged to attend trainings, workshops and conferences. The school’s commitment to professional development is just one reason educators love working for Convent & Stuart Hall.

Endowed Funds Provide for Professional Development This year, two endowed funds, the newly created Sister Ann Conroy Award for Faculty Excellence and the Sister Mary Mardel Fund for Faculty Excellence, will allow two teachers to attend once-in-a-lifetime professional development opportunities. The Sister Ann Conroy Award, given this year to Tricia Kievlan (Convent High School, Learning Resource), provides an enrichment opportunity to a full-time high school faculty or Central Services staff member. Lead donors for this fund were MaryAnn Kirchner, Marcia Syufy, Brenda MacLean '63 and Donald MacLean, and Joie Daniel. Tricia will use her award travel to Tanzania to volunteer with several education startups and discuss technology integration. She says, “I’m thrilled and honored to be the first recipient of this award. I’m excited to share Sacred Heart education abroad and bring my experiences back to the community.” This year’s Sister Mary Mardel Fund was awarded to Robert Windle (Convent

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Top: Toddy Jolly went on a private tour of Carnegie Hall with one of its archivists as it undergoes renovations. Bottom left: Sister Mary "Be" Mardel with Robert Windle. Bottom Right: Tricia Kievlan with Sister Ann Conroy.

Elementary, Fine Arts Faculty). The Sister Mary Mardel Fund was established in 1987 by Mr. & Mrs. Craig Sullivan to provide elementary faculty with the opportunity to attend educational programs, teacher workshops and special interest meetings. Robert will use his award to pursue his passion for printmaking this summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Todd Jolly (Stuart Hall for Boys, Music Faculty) also used professional development funds to pursue his passion for music. Todd is a talented musician who composes more than 40% of the music his students study at Stuart Hall for Boys. Writing music for the boys allows him to target specific skills students need to learn, provides a solution to the difficulty of finding published sheet music that fits the constantly changing ranges of Middle Form boys’ voices and allows students to play combinations of instruments (hand chimes, mallet percussion, recorders, voice,

etc.) that may not be available in print. Todd attended a musical score reading workshop in New York City this past January with the matriarch of American choral music, Alice Parker. Parker believes that new music should be rooted in nature and should connect with music from the past, a departure from the approach taken by many modern composers, who often break from tradition to such a degree that only trained musicians appreciate their work. During the workshop, participants studied versions of Magnificat by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Johann Sebastian Bach and Parker. Todd attended a composition workshop with Parker six years ago, which prompted him to reconsider the way he writes music and how he teaches composition to students. His recent workshop with Parker is sure to result in the development of new ways of helping students love the intricacies of listening to and playing music.

Summer at Convent & Stuart Hall

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Summers are for relaxing and reinforcing important skills. The Convent & Stuart Hall Summer Program offers plenty of co-ed recreational and academic activities for students at all levels. Students entering grades 7-12 enrolled in classes like keyboarding, Algebra, SAT Prep, Spanish, Marine Biology, Digital Photography, English Enrichment and Tennis Camp to strengthen their skills for the coming school year.

Students entering grades K-6 could enroll in morning academic programs and afternoon recreation programs focused on theater arts, athletics, visual and fine arts, and technological arts. The Summer Program’s popularity extended far beyond the borders of our own campus community. The K-6 program had enrollment from 37 different schools, including seven students from international schools and students from five different states.

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1. As our high school graduates prepare for the next chapter in their lives, they met with the kindergartners to discuss transitions, sing songs and play games. 2. The 43rd Annual Millers's Mile was another incredible funraiser on the Marina Green, with students, parents and faculty taking part in a two mile foot race. 3. Stuart Hall for Boys hosted this year's Grandparents & Special Friends Day with musical performances followed by classroom visits. 4. A Stuart Hall for Boys student reads some Dr. Seuss with his special guest during Grandparents & Special Friends Day 5. Senior Gina Domergue receives the Alumnae Award for Generous Service at this year's Alumnae Luncheon (read more on page 46).

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events they competed in. At the NCS Class A Meet, the women’s team finished tied for 19th out of 25 teams.

Convent senior Eliza Klyce was named the 2013 Fencing High School All-State Champion. Eliza has been a star fencer throughout her school career; in fact, this is her third consecutive state championship. Junior Madeline Schieber also qualified for the High School All-State Championship and finished fourth. Eliza was awarded a Fencing MVP title at the Spring Sports Banquet and Madeline received the Most Inspirational award.


State Championship Third Year in a Row


Closing in on the Competition The Cubs wrapped up league competition in 2nd place in the Bay Counties League (BCL) West. Although the talented team didn’t get top honors, they finished ahead of traditional rivals Marin Academy, University High School and Urban High School. The girls ran, jumped and threw their way to 11 top-three finishes and six school records at the league championship meet. Junior Grace Hull, freshman Jill Cardamon, junior Amelia Baier, junior Tess Holland and sophomore Allison Watts each earned All-League honors. Overall, the Cubs produced 19 North Coast Section (NCS) qualifications, the largest number ever, in 12 of the 15


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Varsity and JV Teams Hang Tough This season’s JV Soccer team was made up of 11 dedicated freshmen. Despite a series of injuries, the team came out strong to every game. The JV squad may have been small in numbers but not in heart or hard work. Even injured players got on the bus every day headed out to the soccer fields for practice and game days. The varsity soccer team wrapped up their season with colossal spirits and heads held high. Although they were plagued with injuries, which led to low numbers, the Cubs maintained a strong work ethic that was admired by coaches and opponents alike. Team chemistry and bonding was tremendous, creating a profoundly unique environment for everyone involved. Regardless of the situation, the Cubs were willing and ready to tackle any obstacle with a smile. The Cubs concluded their season by honoring their seniors and their great contributions throughout the season and seasons past, leaving an imprint on the hearts of all players. The Cubs had an incomparably monumental season as a team.


A Stroke of Success The girls’ swim team ended the season with a record of 5 wins and 5 losses to finish out the season (the first year the girls have ended with a tied record) and the boys’ swim team had 6 wins and 3 losses (the first time the boys have ended with a winning record). The boys’ program, only in its second year, has managed to stand out in the league. They placed in the Bay Area Conference (BAC) and broke school records meet after meet. Both teams finished the year strong and as a whole managed to drop a total of 1 minute and 38 seconds in the Championship meet. The boys missed qualifying for NCS by a half second in one of the fastest high school swim meets in the country. At the BACS, the girls’ team placed 9th and the boys’ team placed 7th overall. The Cubs and Knights swim team is stronger and faster than ever before, and we can't wait to see what next year will bring. CO-ED BADMINTON

Best Season Yet In just four short years, the co-ed badminton team has grown to include a Varsity and JV squad. This year the Varsity team ended the season with the best record to date, finishing 4th (out of 7) and beating close rival Chinese Christian in the final match of the season. The entire team attended the BCL tournament. The Mixed

Our Community Doubles team (seniors Casey Stuart and Everet Tom) made it to the finals and went on to the 2013 NCS Championships. The entire team placed high enough to send eight students (half of the team!) to the NCS Badminton Championships. The Convent & Stuart Hall team was the only team in the league to send players in every category, sending for the first time a Girls’ Singles player (sophomore Maya Melrose) and a Girls’ Doubles team (senior Kimmy Pace and sophomore Rebecca Stapleton) to the Championship. The guys competed in Boys’ Singles (senior Devin Harvey) and Boys’ Doubles (sophomore Shing-hoi Lau and junior Patrick Wong). The team finished tied for 12th out of 16 teams. KNIGHTS GOLFING

Freshman Champ Freshman Daniel Connolly claimed the individual championship at the BCL West Golf Championship, the first Stuart Hall High School golfer to ever claim first place! Daniel fired an even round 72 despite very windy conditions at the Presidio golf course. Daniel was also selected First Team All-League and was invited to play in the United States Golf Association's Junior Amateur Championship in July. Sophomores Thomas “T. J.” Polite and Hayden Rodriguez were selected to the Second Team. Congratulations to all of our golfers on a great season. KNIGHTS BASEBALL


Knights Baseball continued its tradition of excellence this year with a third straight league title and a solid performance at the NCS Championships. The Knights defeated number one seed University High School to win the BCL Championship with a final score of 9-0. Freshman Zachary Avila threw for five innings in the semifinal game against Marin Academy and senior Ben Carrasco pitched the championship game. The pitching depth paid off with Ben throwing a threehit shutout with 12 strikeouts. The Knights dominated University and brought home the BCL West Championship trophy for the third straight year! By winning the league championship, Stuart Hall earned the right to host the first round of NCS Playoffs. The Knights edged out Branson in a close 2-1 game. Ben pitched a complete game and held off numerous threats from Branson. The game was a nail biter up till the end. Branson had the tying run at third base and the go ahead runner on second base with two outs. Ben dug deep and struck out the batter with three pitches to secure the win. The Knights NCS Championship run ended against #1 seeded Valley Christian in a close 3-2 NCS Quarterfinals game.


First Place Finish at BAC Championship Meet The Knights Track & Field team finished first in the BAC Championship and finished second in the league based on season points. There were amazing performances all season long, but a few highlights from the BAC Championship meet include senior Tray’von Hicks setting a school record and winning the league championship in the 110 meter hurdles, senior Sterling Kirk finishing in under-52 seconds to win the 400 meter, senior Matt McCrum winning the high jump title (and going undefeated in league competition), and sophomore Bosco Bapuopeleh winning the 100 and 200 meter while setting school records in both events (including running under-11 seconds in the 100 meter). At the NCS Class A Meet, the men’s team brought home an impressive third place out of 28 teams. KNIGHTS FENCING

Perfect Record The Knights literally outdueled every opponent this season. They ended with a perfect season and won the San Francisco Section Championship for the first time in school history! The team was led by senior Joseph Lam who will attend Duke University on a fencing scholarship and freshman Zachary Hammer, who was a close second to Joseph and has a very promising fencing future.

The other Lions team, made up of Charles Dallape (grade 8), Robert Eklund (grade 8), Nicholas Hom (grade 7) and Michael Tellini (grade 8), came in third. Well done to all involved! 

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Convent Elementary School was well represented in the Catholic Charities (CYO) basketball league this spring. The two fifth grade teams worked hard and secured key wins throughout the season. The level of play improved dramatically from start to finish and it will be exciting to watch this group continue to develop. The 7-3 team overcame a tough start, but with extra practice time and skills sessions, the team bonded and overcame challenges against bigger and stronger teams. It was exciting to see two sixth graders, Kiki Apple and Madeline Bird, step up and contribute alongside their seventh grade classmates. The CYO 8-4 team, led by eighth graders Hana Uyeda, Sarah Morse, Bonnie Wong and April Matsumoto, made it to the semi-final game of the tournament and lost a heartbreaker against a tough St. John’s team. The combined effort between the seventh and eighth grade players helped form a strong and consistent level of play throughout the season. Last but not least, the 6-5 team won the CYO Championship against Waldorf School. The road to that victory would not have happened without the consistent effort and enthusiasm from all eight members of the team. The commitment and dedication displayed by every player from each of the five teams made for an exciting spring.


Champions of the Diamond The Lions 6-1 team defeated St. Gabriel's at a windy South Sunset field to claim the San Francisco Parish & School Baseball League (SFPSBL) Championship. With a final score of 14-2, the boys played the "best game of the season" according to Coach Carey. LIONS GOLF

Dominating the Competition At the fourth annual Stuart Hall for Boys Golf Invitational at Harding Park, seven teams from SF Day School, Town School for Boys, Cathedral School for Boys, Head Royce School, Brandeis Hillel Day School and two teams from Stuart Hall for Boys squared off. Once again, the Lions were victorious. The Lions team of Ginaluca Mori (grade 7), Thomas Tatham (grade 8), Kyle Wilkinson (grade 8) and Stephen Bird (grade 8) won the team event by 11 shots over Head Royce. Gianluca won the individual low gross with a score of 39 (3 over par).


Fore! Focusing on the Fundamentals A group of Middle Form girls traveled over to the Presidio Golf Club each Friday to try their hand at golf. Instructor Dan Schwabe led the group through skills and practice sessions focused on the game’s fundamental movements. The girls focused on the overall development needed for the game, not only lessons in proper swing and stance, but instruction on the importance of body control and strength. Each player had varying levels of experience, but all had the chance to develop their skills and passion for the game. It was exciting to watch their improvement throughout the spring.



Fine, Performing and Instrumental Art The Artistic Outlook: Creative Endeavors Across the Community Fine Arts A Little Night Photography San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with sites and cityscapes that inspire visitors and locals alike. Students in the coed photography elective taught by Francisco Teixeira (Stuart Hall High School International Language) found plenty of inspiration when they were assigned to take photographs of the city at night. The exhibition, Embracing San Francisco, is currently on display in President Ann Marie Krejcarek’s office.

4-School Art Show


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For several days in early May, the Main Hall was lined with incredible art showcasing the creative spirit of students throughout the school community during the 13th Annual 4-School Art Show. Photographs, sculptures, mixed media, paintings and drawings brought a little color and even more life to the Flood Mansion.

High School Artist Showcase High school students displayed their artistry on April 24 during a high school exhibition featuring music, fine arts and a little literature. Advanced high school art students held an exhibit in Syufy Gallery, followed by a concert in Syufy Theatre featuring instrumentation and voices from The Hall and Heart Jazz Combo, the Co-ed Choral Ensemble, the Stuart Hall High School a cappella group and Joyful Noise. The evening also marked the unveiling of a new student literary journal, Core Unum.


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Pavement to Park; Student to Architect High school students in the co-ed architectural elective taught by Rachel McIntire (Convent High School Fine, Performing & Graphic MODUS + TUPELO + CONVENT & STUART HALL HIGH SCHOOL Art Chair) and Patter Hellstrom (Stuart Hall High School Fine, Performing & Graphic Art Chair) learned about designing spaces in a variety of ways. They attended architecture conferences, went on walking tours and designed spaces for imaginary clients. After all the abstract architectural practice, students ended the year with a very real design project. Working alongside architecture firm Modus, students helped design a parklet for North Beach’s Tupelo restaurant. In 2010 San Francisco rolled out the world’s first public parklet program. Parklets convert underused street spaces like parking spaces, which account for roughly 25 percent of San Francisco’s land area, into publicly accessible open spaces for seating, planting, bike parking and art installations. Parklets are funded and maintained by businesses, residents and community organizations, but they are open to everyone. Today there are 38 parklets throughout the city and similar programs have spread to locales around the world. Although a parking space is considered by many to be the most valuable real estate in the city, turning parking spaces into parks reinvigorates public areas, encourages walking and biking, and supports local businesses. With Modus’ guidance, students collaborated on a parklet design and presented their proposal to the San Francisco Pavement to Parks Program this past April. In late May, the school received word that their preliminary proposal was accepted and the students are now waiting to hear about the next step to turn their parklet design into a reality. We can’t wait to sip a cappuccino on the student-designed parklet sometime soon.

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Instrumental Music Spring Concerts Beautiful music filled Syufy Theatre throughout the spring. On April 23 the 4-School Orchestra Concert featured our burgeoning Yo-Yo Mas and Miri Ben-Aris performing alongside the vocal mavericks of Stuart Hall for Boys’ Vocal Ensemble and Boys Chorus. At Grandparents & Special Friends Day on April 26, Stuart Hall for Boys students at all grade levels performed choral and instrumental pieces for their special guests. On May 20, the Convent Elementary choral groups, Les Petites Voix, Elementary Chorus and Bel Canto, sang before a rapt audience of parents, faculty and staff.


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Performing Arts Elective Period Gets Dramatic If you heard Stuart Hall High School students shouting, “You can’t handle the truth” at each other last spring, the guys weren’t accusing their classmates of being out of touch with reality, it was the result of a riveting student performance of A Few Good Men on May 21. Under the direction of Norm Luna (Stuart Hall High School Social Science), students in the drama elective rehearsed primarily during the school’s biweekly elective period, which gave student athletes the chance to flex their dramatic muscles.

Spring Musicals The elementary schools’ production of The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf reimagined everyone’s favorite fairy tale as a courtroom drama with the three little pigs hiring a lawyer and taking the Big Bad Wolf to court. Our high school students wowed audiences with their performance of In the Heights, a musical about a tight-knight community where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Bravo to each cast and crew!


Sneak Peek: Although it's not a reality just yet, the rendering of the students' parklet for North Beach restaurant Tupelo shows a thoughtful space that includes bike racks, planters and ample room for sitting or standing.


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The 21st Annual Celebrate Spring event continued its tradition of bringing excitement to the community and raising funds for Financial Aid. Over the course of two days, hundreds of guests joined us for fine dining and shopping during the Garden Luncheon & Boutique, fun and games (including a roller skating rink and food carts!) at Family Fest, and a glamorous Evening Gala at Bimbo's 365 Club that transported guests to Casablanca in the 1940s. Celebrate Spring is the Parents Association's largest annual fundraiser benefiting Financial Aid. Through auctions, raffles and event tickets this year’s event raised a net amount of more than $420,000 for Convent & Stuart Hall. Thank you to the event co-chairs Celeste LeeBobroff and Jane Mudge and all the guests who made this year’s Celebrate Spring such a success.


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In-service Days

For students, an in-service day might be a welcome respite from the daily grind – a bonus day to catch up, or to play. For faculty and staff, in-service days are filled with faculty meetings, work groups and professional development. There are only a few days each year when school calendars align so that all faculty and staff at Convent & Stuart Hall have a day to learn together. And this year, they made the most of those two days.


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October In-Service: The Use-toLearn Model In October, faculty were asked to choose from a list of workshops ranging from intensive sessions in problem-based design thinking, screencasting and flip teaching to round-robin mini working sessions in newsletter design, Google Apps basics, Google forms and surveys, iMovie, Prezi, Lion, iMAC presentation skills and blogging. Many of the sessions encouraged teachers to learn from each other based on their own experience and expertise, making it easier for everyone to be engaged and interested in improving the delivery of information to students. President Ann Marie Krejcarek and Director of Educational Innovation Howard Levin asked faculty to be bold this year when it came to discovering tools to curate their curriculum, as well as its delivery and assessment of its reach. This challenge represents a shift in pedagogical thinking about education technology, Howard says, moving away from the “learn to use” model of stand-alone computer labs toward the “use to learn” model that invites technology into every classroom and many lessons. The in-service sessions helped to create enthusiasm among many faculty, which was crucial to the school’s decision to expand two different educational technology-related pilots for next year. The first is the ePack 1-to-1 program to provide each student daily access to a wide range of digital tools; for students in Grades 4-12, this will mean (eventually) one iPad for every student. The second pilot, Google’s Apps for Education, will allow teachers to share documents and collaborate with each other and with students, create websites without knowing how to code, and enrich lessons with

digital materials, among other things. Both initiatives work to support, enhance and extend student learning, and will be driven by faculty who are engaged and motivated to use the digital tools creatively.

May In-service: American Promise, Diversity and Inclusivity While faculty continued to engage in edtech learning and development throughout the year, the second all-faculty in-service day in May had a different focus. After a morning of department meetings, the entire group gathered in the Syufy Theatre for a screening of the 2013 documentary American Promise, which follows two middle-class African American families in Manhattan over the course of 13 years, beginning when their sons are admitted to the prestigious Dalton School, shortly after the school strengthened its commitment to cultivating a diverse student body. Filmmaker (and mom to one of the students in the film) Michele Stephenson joined the group in Syufy to answer questions and participate in a discussion about diversity – and more importantly, about inclusivity – in private schools. She elaborated on poignant moments in the film when her family struggled with stereotypes, identity and learning differences. She helped guide a discussion on the role schools can play in making sure students and their families feel included, and not just admitted. In 2013-2014, the October and May in-service days will once again focus on relevant classroom tools and issues, Ann Marie says, and an added all-faculty program in March will focus on Education to the Mission specifically.

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There are ways of educating: one, to give heart, mind, energy, everything to working for the children­­—doing things for them. The other is to try to teach the children to work for themselves. And this is the higher of the two.

-Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ

In the classroom our teachers educate students and share words of encouragement. Their day isn’t over when the bell rings. After school they spend hours planning the next day’s lesson, grading papers or coaching a team. Over the summer, nearly 80 teachers voluntarily attended workshops to support student learning because they’re passionate about education and tireless in their pursuit of excellence.

We have the best faculty in the world. Your gifts supports their efforts. Our teachers thank you for your support.



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This is What a Computer Programmer Looks Like Convent High School’s Computer Programming Coursework Prepares Students For the Future “When I was in high school in the and sophomores at Convent ‘70s, I remember using a slide rule. At High School take compulsory that time, students at Convent were computer programming taking Computer Programming classes courses and higher-level and going over to USF on the weekends classes are offered to juniors to use a keypunch,” recalls Tracy Sena and seniors. (Convent High School Educational Inside Convent High Innovation Coordinator). Younger readers School’s computer lab, there’s probably won’t recognize the slide the constant click of fingers rule or the keypunch since both are on keyboards and mice as largely obsolete, but the technological students code or create and disparities between a slide rule and a edit images in Photoshop keypunch are vast. While the slide rule is and Illustrator. The staff of | photo by nano visser | a simple mechanical analog “computer” the Convent High School used to solve multiplication, division, newspaper, The Broadview, Above: Tracy Sena assists students. roots, logarithms and trigonometry, the which Tracy manages, are keypunch is a much more complicated Adobe InDesign experts, device that created data for early which is an extremely valuable computers to process. skill for students who want to Much has changed in 40 years. enter a publishing or media The keypunch has been replaced by field. the underrepresentation of females in microprocessors and complex computers According to Tracy, computer technology fields (read more on page reside in everyday objects like phones programming isn’t just about teaching 32). and eyeglasses. Modern technological the girls how to program (though with At a time when women hold only strides have the impressive 25 percent of computing jobs, the been enormous, number of importance of cultivating an interest in At a time when women and the school graduates who’ve higher-level technological processes continues gone on to work amongst females is crucial. Showing hold only 25% percent to create in engineering students that technology is fun and of computing jobs, the curriculum and programming, useful, and not a venue reserved for that prepares it’s clearly a skill men, opens doors for the girls. In fact, import of cultivating an students for life that has proved to The Broadview recently reported that interest in higher-level after graduation. be quite practical one-third of the Convent High School Convent for students). class of 2013 is planning on pursuing technological processes High School is Programming a degree in science or math. Even for amongst females is crucial. “takes the place one of the only students who won’t pursue a major private schools of logic class by in a high-tech field, teaching the girls in the Bay Area to offer, let alone helping students learn how to think.” to think logically and giving them a require, computer programming classes Computer programming coursework basis for understanding and embracing (across campus the guys at Stuart Hall trains the girls to think in a logical, technology is applicable in almost any High School have the opportunity to ordered way and also gives the girls field. enroll in New Media, Digital Design/ practical and highly valuable skills that Film and Animation classes). Freshmen should go a long way toward rectifying 22

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The Pilots Fourth grade instructors at Stuart Hall for Boys integrate iPads into the curriculum Every year, Stuart Hall fourth graders write poetry, research California history and learn about cartography. Through an iPad pilot program, fourth graders at Stuart Hall and sixth graders at Convent integrated the devices into their studies this past year. To prepare faculty for integrating the devices into their curriculum, the pilot teachers attended the iTeach Conference at the San Domenico School last summer. Alongside their sixth grade counterparts from Convent, the Stuart Hall fourth grade teachers Athena Benevento, Meade Guignon and Danny Scuderi learned about educating, engaging and empowering with iPads. | photo by heather cenzer |

Above: Danny Scuderi presides over his fourth grade classroom.

When the 2012-13 school year started, teachers observed an unexpected way iPads empower students. Since many of the boys were already familiar with the devices, they were “able to solve a lot of problems that we ran into since they’re natural troubleshooters. Technology is such a pervasive part of their worlds and being able to solve a problem for their teachers was also great for their selfesteem,” Danny says. In addition to bolstering the boys’ confidence, the iPads have proven to be a valuable enhancement to many lessons of the fourth grade. In social studies, where the devices were used nearly 70 percent of the time, iPads were seamlessly integrated into mapping, research and creative projects. For the California Missions Project, the boys used their devices to research the missions and produce digital presentations. Creating a digital presentation, rather than a tangible book,

encouraged creativity since the boys could integrate photographs, graphics and even sound clips. Apps like Google Maps allowed the boys to visualize the California coast, helping them grasp the difficulties priests and cartographers faced when mapping large expanses of land and selecting a mission site. The devices were also an effective complement to English and math studies. After reading poetry, the boys wrote their own 20-word, ten-word and four-word poems on a topic using metaphor, simile and repetition. Students “published” their poetry using apps like iMovie or iBooks and added multimedia elements to enhance their poems. The boys shared their presentations with guests at this year’s Grandparents & Special Friends Day. During math time, videos and apps helped the boys visualize shapes and solve complicated geometry equations. The iPads have also modernized many routine aspects of the classroom.

Thanks to AppleTV, students and teachers can project their iPad’s screen onto the classroom’s television, allowing students to learn a new function or see an action in real time. Additionally, the eBackpack app, which is essentially a server where teachers can share files with students, has reduced the number of printouts (the Eco-Council would be proud!) and decreased the likelihood of students losing important papers. The app also encourages student engagement. Text annotation tools allow students to exercise active reading techniques and facilitates group discussions. By comparing highlighted words or sentences, students’ conversations can go beyond summarization. As the iPad’s use is expanded on a nearly school-wide basis (read more on page 26), the school is excited to see all the ways teachers and students use modern tools to support our timehonored educational model. CONVENT & STUART HALL


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High-Tech Latin

Above: The girls use Quizlet to reinforce Latin vocabulary.

Sixth graders at Convent use modern technology to learn an ancient language Latin might be dead, but educational innovation is flourishing at Convent & Stuart Hall. Last year Bill Jennings (Convent Elementary Latin) worked with members of Quizlet, a leading learning tool website, to test and refine a multiplayer flashcard game to reinforce his sixth grade students' mastery of Latin vocabulary. While using flashcards to memorize difficult terms and concepts is nothing new, incorporating their usage into a multiplayer computer game certainly is. Bill initially contacted Quizlet wanting to know if there was a way to create a set of flashcards for students that would incorporate acceptable secondary meanings, as opposed to requiring that students select the same word as the instructor when providing a synonym for a given Latin word. For example, if Bill asked for the meaning of poculum, students might write "cup," "wine cup," "winecup," "wine-cup" or "drinking cup." To get credit for their answers, students would have to choose the exact word selected by their teacher. When Quizlet received Bill's request 24

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last spring, they suggested that his class pilot a multiplayer vocabulary game. A few weeks later, members of the Quizlet team visited Convent to see the game in action. Bill created a flashcard set with difficult English words that had Latin roots. Using laptops, each girl created a sentence using that word. Then each student voted for which sentence they thought best utilized the word, creating some fun and exciting interaction between students. The Quizlet office was notably impressed by the girls' Latin knowledge and even invited Bill and several of his students to beta test their iPhone app. Bill’s sixth grade Latin students have used technology in a variety of ways this past year. Students made instructional videos in Latin with the Educreations app on their iPads, read along with Latin stories using the Notability app and completed a low-tech writing project inspired by social media. The “Twitter Twacker” activity had students writing a sentence in Latin on a Post-it note and then “tweeting” the sentence by sticking it onto a poster adhered to the

classroom’s whiteboard. The activity helped Bill make “a quick formative assessment of whatever grammatical concept we are working on as a class” and also encouraged students’ creativity. The girls created a handle using the “@” symbol and had the option of using hashtags to highlight specific words or phrases. The girls love the activity because it encourages creativity and lets them “tweet” without having to broadcast any potential mistakes online. Bill loves it “because I’ve stumbled across a method to get my students eager to write Latin sentences quickly and often.”

Learn more about Latin studies at Convent Elementary by visiting Bill’s Blog, Pompeii Today, at pompeiitoday.com

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Flipping the Classroom Stuart Hall High School teachers turn the traditional model of education on its head

The model really “opens up questions and since the homework is easier, students are more likely to complete it.” -Shannon Halkyard

It’s true what they say, great minds really do think alike. Last summer, Stuart Hall High School teachers Creighton Helms (Science Faculty), Matt Woodard (Science and Math Faculty) and Shannon Halkyard (Science Chair and Math Faculty) worked separately on devising classroom strategies that would engage students and make the best use of classroom instruction time. Each chose to implement an educational model that is quickly gaining in popularity—the flipped classroom. When we think of a high school classroom, the majority of us envision the same method of instruction: a teacher giving a lecture, students completing a short project or other group work, and the assigning of homework that reinforces topics covered during class time. The flipped classroom turns the traditional model of education on its head by inverting this conventional teaching method. In a flipped classroom, teachers create video lectures or other introductory materials for students to watch at home, while class time is devoted to an activity that reinforces what was covered in the lecture. Flipping the classroom allows for differentiated instruction since students can go at their own pace and revisit difficult concepts. Community time is spent answering questions, reinforcing lessons and practicing concepts. The goal isn’t for students to master the topic through the video lecture, but rather to introduce a new topic and then use classroom time to achieve mastery. The method encourages student engagement because students are actively participating during classroom time, rather than passively

listening to a lecture. The model really “opens up questions and since the homework is easier, students are more likely to complete it,” according to Shannon. The flipped model also allows students to take “greater ownership over learning and lets teachers use their expertise to actively facilitate student learning,” says Matt. Although the new model was initially met with a little resistance in Creighton’s classroom, the vast majority of students now prefer the flipped classroom. As Creighton walks around his classroom, it’s easier to identify where students are in terms of subject mastery. In addition to flipping their classrooms, Shannon, Creighton and Matt are also assigning some very forward-thinking

projects. In Matt’s classes students build websites and film physics demonstrations. Students in Creighton’s classes use Google Earth to uncover historical photos that show population change over time. Next year, students in Shannon’s chemistry classes will record cooking experiments to explain what's happening on a molecular level. With all their forward and flipped thinking, this trio of educators has created an exceedingly tech-savvy learning environment.

Below: Creighton Helms' students use classroom time to reinforce at-home lecture material.

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tomorrow’s Technology in

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Through an expansive 1-to-1 iPad program and other innovative initiatives, Convent & Stuart Hall educators are working to prepare students for the future | by jessica bullock |


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echnology is the resource American teachers want most in their classrooms according to a survey by PBS LearningMedia. That makes sense— today’s students have grown up in a world infused with a staggering amount of technological innovations. Google search has replaced the Dewey decimal system as the gateway to knowledge, the smart phone has largely taken the place of roadmaps and the yellow pages, and the tablet is beginning to usurp the textbook as the preferred method of teaching and learning. In today’s educational system, technology can no longer be treated as a specialty subject; it must be seamlessly and thoughtfully integrated into all aspects of the educational environment. The Society of the Sacred Heart’s model has always been to prepare students for lives of meaning and success. With an eye on preserving the traditions of Sacred Heart education, the foundresses embraced the idiom that change is the only constant. The women who pioneered the mission of Sacred Heart schools recognized that culture would evolve over time and an educational model’s relevance would be a function of its flexibility. Convent & Stuart Hall teachers have always been encouraged to stay relevant, including having the latest technology in their classrooms. The first computer class was held in 1970, well before the first modern PC, the IBM 5150, came out in 1981. The school continues to offer students access to the latest, and most appropriate, technological advancements.

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Over the course of the 2012-13 school year, technological innovation made its way from industry publications to Convent & Stuart Hall classrooms. 3D printing is a groundbreaking process for making three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape using a digital model. This revolutionary technology will transform fields like industrial design, architecture, engineering, aerospace, dental and medical, education, and many other industries. Although the

cost of these machines has dropped substantially in recent years, they are nonetheless so expensive that individuals who do not work in certain specialized industries don’t have access to them. Luckily for Convent & Stuart Hall, current parent Tony Conrad, father of Stuart Hall junior Xa Conrad and Harry Conrad ’12, lent his MarketBot 3D printer to Stuart Hall High School this spring. Tony provided demos to classes and the community-at-large during lunch hours to show how 3D models can be brought to life. Another Convent & Stuart Hall parent who came by to inspire students through innovation was Jim Quanci, parent of alumni Andrew Quanci ’09 and Stephen Quanci ’11. Jim visited campus this past April to give an Autodesk demonstration showcasing free 3D design apps to students in the co-ed architecture elective and other interested members of the school community. The BizMovie After School Program course, offered to students in grades 4-6, had students starting their own movie production business and creating short films. Over the course of four sessions, students created storyboards, used computer animation tools to make their short films, developed ways to advertise their movies and sold tickets to the premieres. Through the course’s simulated economy, students raised money to fund their companies and tracked their finances. A group of eighth graders at Convent employed technology to better understand “near space” by building and launching a weather balloon. For four months, the girls used their study periods to research FAA regulations, build a box to house the payload and equipment, and design the landing mechanism. On June 1, the girls and three of their teachers launched the weather balloon from the Presidio. The balloon, equipped with cameras, a GPS tracker and a parachute, eventually landed in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. With the help of a local fisherman, the balloon and the video of its flight were recovered. Convent fifth graders in Casey Layton’s social studies class used the award-winning computer game Minecraft to build the American colonies in the virtual world. With a little help from Fred Jaravata, (Educational Innovation

Coordinator) the girls mapped out the area, found resources, built a colony and ensured the sustainability of their colony on the school’s offline server. Fred was responsible for taxing the colonists and overseeing importing and exporting. In addition to showing how gaming can be used as an educational tool, the project helped illuminate how the notion of civic virtue can quell territory disputes. The first teacher to use Minecraft at Convent & Stuart Hall was Talbot Moore (Stuart Hall for Boys, Social Studies), whose students built a virtual model of Djoser’s Pyramid last year. With the help of Fred and Nick McSpadden (Technology), Talbot’s class successfully built the first Egyptian pyramid, which is saved on the school’s server. Over the course of the 2012-13 school year, students added additional structures to the virtual Egyptian Valley. Talbot’s goal is to have students build all the structures in the valley. With traditional stand-alone computer labs quickly becoming outdated methods of learning, the school is reconfiguring the role of the Unkefer Computer Lab and the “Unkies” (Fred, Corinne Corrigan and Krista Inchausti) who previously worked with students during dedicated computer lab time. Beginning in the fall, the “Unkies," together with Lori Saltveit and Tracy Sena will transition into new roles as Educational Innovation Coordinators. Their primary job is to support and coach faculty, and help them integrate technology into the classroom. While each will serve a primary school or grade level, they will work together as a team. As for the Unkefer Lab, the space is CONVENT & STUART HALL


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transitioning into the “Unkefer Spark Lab.” Over the summer, the lab is transforming into a flexible space to encourage four-school student collaboration. The Flexible Classroom Initiative is another way innovation is entering our campus spaces. The initiative was the brainchild of Howard Levin (Director of Educational Innovation and Information Services) who wanted to find a way to modernize classrooms. Bringing flat-screen TVs equipped with wheels into the classroom supports the learning environment in many ways. The TVs, which allow for wireless projection, can be used in natural light (no more turning off the lights to show a video or clip) and since they can be wheeled anywhere, complement the educational space. Funding for the initiative happened during this year’s Celebrate Spring Live Auction. In a matter of minutes, bidders raised enough money to outfit nearly 30 classrooms with new flatscreen TVs that will be installed later this summer. “Teachers are really excited to get these TVs since most learners benefit tremendously from a teaching environment that utilizes lots of visual imagery and increases collaboration for even the youngest of learners,” says Howard. This past year also saw the continuation or creation of several pilot programs throughout the school community. For the past two years, Convent students in grades 9-11 have piloted a “take home” 1-to-1 iPad program, and the iPad pilot expanded to include Convent sixth graders and Stuart Hall fourth graders. The pilots have proven to be valuable enhancements to the classroom (read more on page 23) and will be implemented on a nearly school-wide basis beginning in fall 2013. Stuart Hall High School piloted Google Apps for Education and made use of shared documents, class web pages and many other tools. Google Apps enables virtual collaboration in ways previously unimaginable. Individuals can co-edit and co-create documents, teachers can quickly gather information from students using Google Forms and students and teachers can create

Feature customizable group folders. The success of the program at Stuart Hall High School has resulted in the decision to implement Google on an institutionwide basis beginning this summer. According to Howard, “Google is going to spark more transitions and change than anything else we’ve ever done. In terms of internal communication, Google will break down barriers in our multicampus, multi-school environment.”

Extending Student Learning Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the ePack 1-to-1 iPad Program will drastically support, enhance and extend student learning. Convent High School pioneered the use of iPads on our campus and the school has learned a lot from this program and similar programs at other schools. Nationally, Howard is considered a leader in 1-to-1 initiatives. He’s spent the last 14 years promoting the expansion of ubiquitous devices and the school is pleased to expand our 1-to-1 program under his leadership. Students will be given daily access to a wide range of digital tools and practices that will be naturally and seamlessly integrated throughout the curriculum to complement learning in ways previously unimaginable. Greater access to increasingly innovative and creative curricular tools will result in even better communication, organization, creativity, collaboration, conceptual understanding and production of knowledge. Over the course of two years, the ePack program will provide school-owned iPads to all students in grades 5-12. Teachers in grades K-4 will have dedicated carts of iPads that will provide for individual and small group work. The advantages of using iPads as an educational tool are vast and ever increasing. The newer generations of iPads boast more than 300,000 applications that reinforce a variety of skills and subjects and also allow for creative endeavors such as writing, publishing and digital image/ video editing. Digital books offer text annotation tools, are typically cheaper than traditional textbooks and often contain supplementary video tutorials and interactive simulations. Despite the many benefits of digital texts, physical paper-based books will continue to play a central role in the school’s educational

model, but digital texts will be used to augment traditional books. The iPad is more than just a content consumption tool; it’s a powerful content creation tool. They come loaded with various multimedia production tools like a built-in camera and microphone, along with simple editing and production applications. Touch and pen-enabled interaction lets students hand write, sketch, paint and interact with content in ways not possible on a laptop or desktop computer. The device allows for differentiated instruction opportunities such as speech recognition capabilities so students can voice compose, listen to their writing as a proofing technique using the text-to-speech feature, record their thinking process via audio/ video screen capture and access recorded mini-lessons created by their teachers. According to Tracy, technology integration really “draws in reluctant learners and is great for adapting to different learning styles.” Aside from the educational opportunities provided through apps, several additional factors make the iPad educationally advantageous. The device is relatively small (weighs just over a pound) and highly portable, which greatly reduces the weight of a students’ backpack (the average textbook weighs five pounds). There is no loss of learning time waiting for equipment to start— with the push of a button the iPad is on and ready to go and compared to traditional laptops, the device has fewer repair issues. The majority of students are familiar with the interface because they’ve probably used an iPad, iPod or iPhone either at school or at home. Additionally, the iPad is highly cost effective. Although there is a greater upfront investment, the apps help pay for the devices since most cost less than $5 and the school receives a nearly 50 percent discount when purchased in bulk.

Teaching Tech The school is fulfilling our teachers’ dreams of bringing even more technology into the classroom, but with updated pedagogical tools comes the need to prepare faculty to teach with them. The faculty members that will be joining the iPad program this fall have already received devices

to explore individually and in small, informal groups. A handful of faculty and staff visited local schools like Marin Country Day School to find out how they integrate technology and attended workshops to share their findings with colleagues. This summer, our faculty will have the opportunity to attend specialized workshops led by resident and local teachers on topics like classroom iPad use, eBook creation, the integration of iPad and Google Apps for Education, using iPads to support diverse learners and many other topics. Professional development opportunities centering on ed-tech will also be planned throughout the upcoming school year. Many faculty have embraced bringing these tools into the classroom to supplement and enhance their students’ learning and their lives. Tracy points out that most students “carry the library in the palm of their hand” and that teaching students how to harness and select information is of critical importance. In the same vein, Creighton Helms (Stuart Hall High School Science Faculty) says, “We’re also teaching the guys about critical thinking and how to ask the right questions.” While having what seems to be the entirety of human knowledge comfortably wedged in your pocket might suggest the end of conventional learning, Shannon Halkyard (Stuart Hall High School Science Department Chair) points out that that line of thinking, while convenient, isn’t necessarily true. According to Shannon, “Critical thinking is not divorced from content knowledge. Just because you have critical thinking skills doesn’t mean you can figure out difficult concepts and topics without some basic knowledge.”

Responsible Use Matt Woodard (Stuart Hall High School Math and Science Faculty) points out that for students, “Technology is their life and they must learn to integrate it properly. Their phones aren’t just for texting or checking Facebook; they’re powerful tools.” Faculty members across the community note that teaching students about responsible use is another motivation for incorporating technology into the classroom. Although it might be difficult for students to grasp, CONVENT & STUART HALL



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Above: Convent Elementary students engage with technology.

the photos they post and the language they employ on social media channels can have serious, deleterious and long-lasting effects. “Technology amplifies everything going on—good and bad,” says Tracy. While knowledge can be accessed with the push of a button, those same buttons can cause harm if not used properly. To help students use technology in a safe atmosphere of wise freedom, the school is partnering with parents to ensure that students’ privileges are coupled with the expectation of responsibility. Parents are encouraged to use Common Sense Media, a fantastic social media resource, to teach their kids about responsible use. In fact, a speaker from Common Sense Media will visit campus to help parents navigate the labyrinth of online safety. For our younger iPad users, all parents of students entering grades 5-7 will attend an e-pack orientation where they will create accounts for their kids and learn more about ensuring that the device is used as an educational tool. Fifth, sixth and seventh graders will also earn iPad privileges as a class. The teaching teams will decide when the class is ready to take the iPads home to complete homework assignments and when the class can install additional apps on their devices.

Educational Evolution

Technology adoption at Convent & Stuart Hall is all about a “use to learn” rather than “learn to use” model. In teaching students skills that will translate well into the future, it’s not about teaching them to use the technology itself; it’s about giving students tools that will help them learn better. When talking about ed-tech, Tracy recommends that we “replace the word ‘iPad’ with ‘pencil.’” Students aren’t learning about the iPad; they’re learning through the iPad. Today’s technology takes the form of interactive textbooks, powerful film creation tools and a repository of information we use to verify facts, synthesize data and find resources. Education is about imparting critical thinking skills that allow individuals to select the most appropriate tool when solving a problem. In many ways, these skills are based on the same model of educational flexibility championed by the foundresses; it’s just that the learning tools have evolved from the pencil to the iPad.

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6 100% Students at Convent & Stuart Hall on two campuses.

Elementary students who enter Convent High School or Stuart Hall High School.

Faculty who had been involved with "Computer Studies" are now "Educational Innovation Coordinators."

of high school students go on to college.



70" flat screen apple TVs were added to our classrooms thanks to the "Fund a Need" at this year's Celebrate Spring.

45 Current parents attended a Sacred Heart school.

Number of faculty & staff who have advanced degrees.

2,861Alumni live in 109Alumni live

1,201 people gave to the Annual Fund in 2012-13.

94% Record-breaking rate of parent participation in the Annual Fund.

221,112 square feet is the size of the campus (that’s bigger than three NFL football fields).

More than $1,575,000 was raised in last year's Annual Fund. The Parents Association raised more than half a million dollars and 100% of the revenue went to Financial Aid. CONVENT & STUART HALL


STEM SUMMIT Convent's first STEM Summit

motivates and inspires students


STEM Summit for Convent girls in grades 7-12 was held on March 20 to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), discuss how to overcome the hurdles that might stand in the way of their goals and provide them with invaluable mentorship opportunities. Nine successful women working in STEM fields took time from their busy schedules to talk with the girls and share their experiences and words of encouragement. The summit's goal is to "open some doors and learn how the school can support students with an interest in STEM," said President Ann Marie Krejcarek during the morning's welcome. Because Convent already provides "the academic rigor necessary to prepare for a STEM career," Convent Elementary Head Angela Taylor added, organizers hoped to not only encourage the girls but also connect them with mentors and let them know "it is possible."

Keynote by Dr. Krysta Svore The keynote speaker was Dr. Krysta Svore (Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart ’97), a Microsoft researcher in the Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group. She worked on the math model behind the search engine Bing, is fascinated by the quantum computer and loves mathematics and computer science because they represent puzzles just waiting to be solved. Krysta told the girls that one of the biggest hurdles facing women in any field -- but especially in STEM fields because women are largely outnumbered -- is the need to overcome the "impostor 32

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syndrome" that makes women question whether or not they really belong in the field of their choice. Krysta credits her all-girls Sacred Heart education with giving her the confidence to raise her hand, even when the males around her told her she couldn't succeed or suggested she wear pants to "fit in better" with her male peers. Today, Krysta is the lone female on her team, and said only 13 percent of the women employed by Microsoft hold technical jobs; however, she is excited two female interns will soon join her team. Krysta hopes that by telling her story of perseverance, she will encourage more women to enter male-dominated fields.

Expert Panel Discussion After the keynote address, Krysta joined a panel to answer student questions: Francine Anthony '79, Program Director at IBM; Rochelle Bryant, Senior Laboratory Scientist at Henkel Aerospace; Cheryl Cruver, Medical Technology & Analytics for Advisory Board Company; Dr. Carmela Jaravata, Senior Operations Training Specialist at Informatica Corporation with a PhD in Microbiology; Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek, former foodservice engineer and physics teacher; Dr. Monica Lopez, OB/GYN; and Dr. Jennifer Mitchell CES'89, a Neuroscientist at UCSF studying decisionmaking and impulsivity. The panelists said they were motivated to attend the STEM Summit to serve

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as an example of success and help motivate the girls. Cheryl attended on "a recruiting mission" to ensure that future STEM jobs will be filled by qualified men and women. Francine expressed her "commitment to telling girls you can achieve" and also came back as a way of expressing gratitude for her scholarship to Convent, which paved the way for her future. Student questions provided an additional opportunity for the panelists to offer advice and perspective to the girls as they begin to plot their futures. Sophomore Sarah Bunney asked the panelists how creativity plays a role in the sciences. Jennifer said that she almost became an artist, rather than a neuroscientist, and believes that science is a fascinating puzzle. Rochelle urged students to look for careers in fields like acoustic engineering, which marries art and science. Krysta also pointed out the intersection between art and science as evidenced in the golden ratio. Francine discussed how innovative thinking, which drives science, is the result of creativity— not linear thinking. Eighth grader Anne Littlewood wanted to know when the panelists knew they would enter into a STEM field. Monica


science t ec h n o log y e n g in ee ri ng ma th said that when she entered MIT she discovered that engineering wasn't the path for her and found her passion in the field of medicine. Carmela shared that she always had an interest in viruses and bacteria from wondering why her brother suffered from asthma as a child. Seventh grader Victoria Bernhart asked the panelists how they confront barriers in their careers. Francine referenced the strength and confidence that comes from attending an all-girls school and stressed the importance of building a support network. Cheryl shared with the girls the greatest piece of advice she's ever received: at each new level, leverage what you know. Carmela encouraged the girls to be assertive, ask questions, communicate, listen and network. Rochelle told the girls that they have a place in STEM and that their perspectives as females are invaluable. Krysta added that barriers only exist if you let them stop you. She told the girls to make their own opportunities and ask for what they want.

Breakout Sessions After the panelists responded to student questions, Ann Marie told the girls that each of the panelists had made themselves available to the students to provide guidance at any time in the future. Students then attended breakout sessions to peruse the exploratory games in the "pop-up" Lawrence Hall of Science Festival and had the chance to have smaller group discussions with the panelists, including Google engineer Maggie Zhou, who joined the group. The upper grades also had the chance to videoconference with the brilliant minds at NASA and skype with fellow students from San Domenico’s award-winning high school robotics team. Throughout the day, many students took advantage of having a few moments to ask questions oneon-one with the panelists, and inquire about opportunities to shadow or intern with them.

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Above: STEM panelists gather in Syufy Theatre. Pictured left to right: Rochelle Bryant, Dr. Monica Lopez, Maggie Zhou, Dr. Jennifer Mitchell CES'89, Angela Taylor, Cheryl Cruver, Francine Anthony '79, Dr. Carmela Jaravata and Dr. Krysta Svore.

Meet the Panelists Dr. Krysta Svore (Forest Ridge ’97) Microsoft Researcher in the Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group Krysta Svore is a 1997 graduate of Forest Ridge of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA. She is a researcher in the Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group for Microsoft. Her research focuses on machine learning applications for the web. In particular, she is interested in search and information retrieval, specifically new features for ranking and retrieval and new methods of training for web search. Her previous research has concentrated on quantum computation, particularly quantum fault tolerance and quantum error correction. While earning her advanced degrees, Krysta conducted research at MIT, CalTech and IBM Research. She has a doctorate and a master's degree, both in Computer Science from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Mathematics (with minors in Computer Science and French), from Princeton University.

Francine Anthony ‘79 IBM Program Director Francine Anthony has more than 20 years of marketing, operations and service experience in the computing industry, including more than five years as a senior manager. In her current position as Program Director, Francine develops and deploys network services that support IBM’s Cloud and industry-focused strategies and solutions. Prior to

joining IBM, Francine was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for a start-up company, and served as worldwide Marketing Director for Hewlett Packard (HP) Education. While at HP, she led the team that created the awardwinning itresourcecenter.com. Francine has an MBA and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she and a classmate published a case study featuring Jamison and Leary Advertising in New York. This case is still in use.

Rochelle Bryant Henkel Aerospace, Senior Laboratory Scientist Rochelle is a Senior Laboratory Scientist within the Research and Development Group at Henkel Aerospace. She specializes in non-destructive evaluation and analytical instrumentation as it relates to composites and the polymer industry. Her background in the sciences started very young. At the age of eight she competed in national scientific/ engineering competitions. Her studies were continued at Spelman College, where she majored in Chemical Physics. Her experience includes Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, DOI: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Rochelle sees herself as a student of the sciences, and intends to purse a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. continued next page



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Cheryl Cruver Advisory Board Company, Medical Technology/Analytics Cheryl has spent the majority of her 25year career helping early-stage health care companies bring emerging technologies to market. Her most recent role is with the Advisory Board Company, a Washington, DC-based research firm where she led the launch of a real-time analytics platform to help hospitals identify patients at risk for readmission and to target appropriate interventions using predictive modeling algorithms. Prior to the Advisory Board, she was with MedVentive, a Boston-based analytics start-up that helped health care organizations use disease registries to manage population health. Additionally, she managed the West for Sentillion, an identity and patient context management company. Cheryl also helped start LabPortal. com and has also held a leadership role with Healtheon/WebMD. Prior to working in technology, she spent 11 years in various sales and sales management roles with SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories. Cheryl holds a master's in Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor's of science in Medical Technology and Chemistry from SUNY Fredonia, completing her clinical internship at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Carmela Jaravata Informatica Corporation, Senior Operations Training Specialist Dr. Carmela Jaravata is a Senior Operations Training Specialist at Informatica Corporation in Redwood City, CA, where she leverages training and editing technology to conduct training on sales systems and applications. Before this role, Dr. Jaravata spent numerous years in the scientific world as a Senior Support Scientist at Ingenuity Systems, a Research Associate at COR Therapeutics, and an Anatomy Teacher’s Assistant at the University of San Francisco. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in


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Microbiology from the University of California, Davis, and also has a master's in Cell & Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Jaravata has published ten articles and has been awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellowships. She is a mentor and regular guest speaker to students in the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program at San Francisco State University. She is also the sister of Fred Jaravata, Educational Innovation Coordinator at Convent & Stuart Hall.

Medical Associates in 2004, and worked as the OB Hospitalist Director until 2006. She is a board certified OB/GYN and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Her professional interests include treating the adolescent patient, and her practice encompasses obstetrical deliveries and gynecologic surgery, such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and abdominal/ vaginal surgeries, as well as preventative/wellwoman care.

Dr. Jennifer Mitchell CES’89 UCSF, Neuroscientist Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, President Ann Marie joined Schools of the Sacred Heart in 2012 after serving as Headmaster at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL, for five years, and Assistant Head of School there prior to that. The veteran administrator and educator began her career as a high school physics teacher. She has a doctorate from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Monica Lopez OB/GYN Dr. Monica Lopez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and is third generation Mexican-American. She earned her BS in Molecular Biology at MIT in 1987. She started her career in medicine as a phlebotomist and laboratory technician and prides herself in "being able to draw blood from a rock!" She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. It was in her medical school clinicals where she became enamored with the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She went on to complete her residency at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, after which she worked at CPMC for a short while before she joined the Marin General Hospital Staff and Women's

Jennifer Mitchell CES'89 is Adjunct Assistant Professor and Clinical Project Director in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She conducts translational neuroscience research that rests at the intersection of psychology, pharmacology and genetics. Her work is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms responsible for decision-making and impulsivity in relation to drug and alcohol abuse, and on developing novel treatment strategies for these disorders. By integrating the pharmacological and genetic results of animal studies with human traits such as impulsivity, time perspective, and delay discounting, it becomes possible to determine potential mechanisms by which motivation and preference can be altered.

Maggie Zhou Google, Software Engineer Maggie Zhou is a software engineer living in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.S. in Computer Science with Honors. Her honors thesis explored sound synthesis for virtual musical instruments. After graduation, she moved west and now works at Google in Mountain View. She focuses on backend infrastructure for Google Offers. Maggie is passionate about mentoring young people and the importance of women in engineering, she currently volunteers as a mentor for Hackbright.

Inspiring Students; One Guest Speaker at a Time Every year, a remarkable number of notable speakers come to campus to share insights, expertise and advice with students. This past year, three particularly noteworthy guests arrived to inspire the community: a leading religious studies scholar, a Holocaust survivor and the foundress of a girl’s boarding school in Afghanistan.

Dr. Huston Smith, Religion Expert In early December, Stuart Hall High School welcomed a leading religious studies scholar to campus to share his insights into the human condition. Dr. Huston Smith's 1958 book, The World's Religions: Our Greatest Wisdom Traditions was a groundbreaking tome that pioneered the study of religion as inherently comparative and relativistic. He counts the Dalai Lama as a friend and confidante and even convinced the Supreme Court to overturn a decision questioning the legality of Native American Peyote Religion. Although Dr. Smith is 93-years-old and has been retired from academia for nearly 30 years, his visit revealed a mind and spirit that has retained its strength. Dr. Smith was the son of Christian missionaries and spent the first 13 years of his life in Suzhou, China. The experience of being the only Christian family in Suzhou imprinted religion on Dr. Smith and made him aware of the multiplicity of faith traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, etc.) and paths to God. Dr. Smith recognized that to truly understand a religion, one must practice it. He practiced Vedanta, Zen Buddhism and Sufi Islam for 10 years each. Religion, according to Dr. Smith, "rebinds us with one another and with the ultimate—God...that practically does it all.” We may live in an age of secularism, but Dr. Smith points to the perfection in the natural world as evidence of God. He noted that if magnetism were one picometer (a unit of measurement roughly 1/100 the width of a human hair) stronger or weaker, our world would cease to exist. Dr. Smith offered the following piece of advice to students, "acknowledge that we are in good hands and help one another as gratitude for that." Helen Farkas, Holocaust Survivor Eighth graders at Stuart Hall for Boys have learned about tolerance and read about the Holocaust in English class. They've studied World War II in history and in their contemporary issues class, they've studied complex issues to determine the "right way to act." On March 1, the boys spent an hour with Holocaust survivor Helen Farkas, who put a face and voice to the tragic events the boys learned about in class. She spoke candidly with students about the horrors of living in Europe during World War II and told them, "I want you to feel, not just hear my story." Unflinchingly, she discussed the Nazis’ propaganda campaign, her time in the ghettos and concentration camps, and her escape to safety after the harrowing death march. Together with her husband, she founded the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic

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Schools at Mercy High School San Francisco. She is the author of Remember the Holocaust: A Memoir of Survival. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghanistan Advocate Shabana Basij-Rasikh’s dream is for the women of Afghanistan to receive an education. It’s a dream that the 23-year-old is making a reality. As the Co-founder and Managing Director of School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a nonprofit boarding school, Basij-Rasikh gives young Afghan women access to education at home and abroad. As a Global Ambassador for 10X10, Basij-Rasikh helps bring together nonprofits, corporations, philanthropists, policy leaders, global influencers and grassroots community activists to support women’s education. On a recent tour of the Bay Area, Basij-Rasikh visited Convent High School to speak to a small group of students about Afghanistan, the importance of educating women and why it’s important to turn caring into action. Basij-Rasikh is a passionate advocate of empowering Afghan women through education, believing that geographical location shouldn’t dictate opportunity. BasijRasikh grew up under the Taliban regime (1996-2001) where it was illegal for females to receive an education, nonetheless her parents considered education the best investment and made sure their children went to school. After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, she attended a public school in Afghanistan before being awarded a scholarship through the U.S. State Department-sponsored Youth Exchange Studies (YES) program. She attended high school in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and after graduation went to Middlebury College and earned a degree in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies. In America, Basij-Rasikh was exposed to an educational model that encouraged her to ask questions and seek solutions to problems, which was quite different from Afghanistan’s emphasis on rote memorization. In Afghanistan, there were many problems that Basij-Rasikh wanted to help solve. She wanted to become an engineer to build roads to connect Afghans living in rural areas with city centers and study Islamic law to champion for her countrymen. She realized that the best, and indeed only, way to achieve all these goals was to become an educator. SOLA’s objective is to create change from within. BasijRasikh focuses on educating females since research consistently shows that women create opportunities for others by investing up to 90 percent of their incomes into their families. The curriculum Basij-Rasikh helped develop at SOLA is unique because it focuses on leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and social awareness. CONVENT & STUART HALL


8th Grade Awards & Prizes Sportsmanship Trophy Grace Apple

Doris Munstermann Award Caroline Salveson

Sacred Heart Scholar Anne Littlewood

Goal 1 Christian Leadership Jane Hatfield

Goal 2 Janet Erskine Stuart Award for Academic Excellence Jill Reilly

Goal 3 The Philippine Duchesne Award for Service Kiley Dyke

Goal 4 St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Award for School Spirit Charlotte Cobb

Goal 5 Award for Citizenship U'neque Cross

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Class of 2013


Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary



8th Grade Awards & Prizes Spirit and Sportsmanship Lachlan McBride

Sophia Kent McNeil Award Henry Davis

Russell R. Miller Scholarship Sergio Martinez

Susan Chaban Memorial Scholarship Casey Merryman

Alumni Service Award Scott Dilena

American Legion Award Henry Desai

Pen & Letter Award Ryan Kimball

Sportsman of the Year Award Mathew Dixon & Kyle Wilkinson

Chris Cardinal Memorial Award Michael Tellini

Bill Auchincloss Memorial Award Nate Joseph

The Dashiell Unkefer and David McSpadden Mathematics Award Drew Tomao

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Class of 2013

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Senior Awards & Prizes Four-Year Prize Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence Bianka Quintanilla-Whye & Claire Fahy

Ursula Marsten Award for Generous Service Casey Stuart

Faculty Prize for Generous Service & Leadership Claire Fahy

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Class of 2013

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School

Goal Five Award in Honor of Ari Riordan Cate Svendsen

Maria Elena Yuchengco Service Jewel Devora

Valedictorian: Stephanie Gee CONVENT & STUART HALL


Senior Awards & Prizes Janet Erskine Stuart Award for Personal Growth Tray'Von Hicks

James Rowcliffe Kessler Award Michael Keehan

Rose Phillippine Duchesne Award Liam Lynch

Alumni Service Award Declan McBride & Ivan Balarin

Valedictorian: Devin Harvey

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Santa Clara University Seattle University Seton Hall University Sonoma State University The University of Alabama Trinity University United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy University of British Columbia University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus University of California at Berkeley University of California at Davis University of California at Irvine University of California at Merced University of California at San Diego University of California at Santa Barbara University of California at Santa Cruz University of Denver University of Kansas University of La Verne University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of St. Andrews University of the Pacific University of Washington Vassar College Wentworth Institute of Technology Westminster College Whittier College Willamette University Xavier University York College of Pennsylvania

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University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of Tulsa University of Vermont University of Washington Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington State University Western Washington University Wheaton College Massachusetts Whitman College Whittier College

Acceptances as of May 29, 2013. Bold indicates matriculation



Alumni Corner

Welcome back, Convent & Stuart Hall Alumni! Part of what makes our community so special is that our alumni stay involved and connected. This year, we had Sacred Heart alumnae attend our first STEM Summit (read more on page 32), former parents returned to share technology with students (read more on page 26) and as always, alumni returned to inspire graduating students during the Alumni/ae Luncheon.

On the Horizon October 18: Golf & Tennis Classic November 2: Alumni Celebration November 3: Community Mass Honoring Alumni Celebrating Reunion December 7: Alumni Noëls | photo by marian zizzo |

Nikesh Patel ‘06’02, pictured above, told the senior guys about how staying in touch with the school community has shaped his life. He spoke of parents of former Convent & Stuart Hall classmates who set him up with law internships, how a former high school classmate helped him study for the LSAT and how coming back to speak at last year’s alumni luncheon reconnected him with “the idea that my work is meaningful when it is for the good of others.” Nikesh urged the guys to stay in touch with the school and not “because you should expect to get something out of it” but because when you return to see teachers and administrators your presence “will remind them that their work extends beyond what lesson they might happen to be delivering that day.”

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the pre-K program at Convent & Stuart Hall. Almost immediately, Hiten formed a fast friendship with another student, a young boy whose family had recently immigrated to San Francisco from China. Hiten says, “without a common language, who knew what we talked about,” but simply being in an environment that welcomed and embraced differences gave him confidence and helped him achieve success in the fields of engineering and investment banking.

Gaby Jackson Renstrom '71'67, pictured above at right, reminded the Convent seniors that not too long ago, a woman’s success was confined to the domestic sphere. That the RSCJ, a group of strong and intelligent women, were able to persevere and pursue lives of meaning despite the hurdles in their way is truly inspiring. Led Hiten Patel SHB'89 spoke to by the example of the RSCJ, the crowd of Stuart Hall eighth Gaby pursued her love of the legal system. She became a graders about how entering lawyer and founded and runs the school’s welcoming and the corporate law firm Jackson diverse community helped & Wallace. She reminded set the stage for his success. Hiten and his family emigrated the Convent seniors that the advantages they’ve been given from India to San Francisco are tremendous and they must when he was a young child. seize the day, wherever it takes With barely any knowledge of them. English, Hiten was enrolled in


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December 21: Stuart Hall High School Alumni Homecoming & Basketball Game

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Alumni Reconnect in NYC Over the weekend of March 8, Convent & Stuart Hall alumni living in the New York area met with President Ann Marie Krejcarek for a delightful brunch at the home of Charlene Chuang '01'97 and libations at Rosie O'Grady's restaurant in Times Square. Live in the NYC area but didn't receive an invitation to join the fun? Email alumni@sacredsf.org to update your contact information.

Even More Online The Alumni Portal is the place to learn about upcoming alumni events, find classmates, view class pages, take part in a discussion board, network with alumni in your industry or offer advice to current students. Looking for other ways to connect? “Like” Convent & Stuart Hall Alumni on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at SacredHeartSF.


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Above: Members of the di Suvero family with Virgina Murillo '48'44 and Marie Owen '47 in front of Dragoncoil.

Alumni Spotlight 60 Years Later, An Alumna’s Incredible Gift to the Community.


ecent visitors to the Flood Mansion might notice a new adornment gracing the Main Hall. Across from the Adams Room and above the reception area hangs a digital pigment print in vivid tones of pink, orange and blue. The print, Dragoncoil, is by Mark di Suvero, an esteemed abstract expressionist sculptor considered a pioneer in the use of steel. His pieces hang in more than 100 museums and public collections throughout the world, and he is the first living artist to exhibit in Le Jardin de Tuilerie in Paris, Les Esplanades des Invalides in Paris and Millennium Park in Chicago. The story of how this esteemed artist’s print came to hang in the Flood Mansion is intertwined with that of World War II, a museum’s renovation and one family’s enduring relationship with the Society of the Sacred Heart. This past spring the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) shuttered its doors to undergo a dramatic renovation. Though the building will be closed for several years, SFMOMA has committed itself to

“thinking outside the building” by showcasing art at sites throughout the Bay Area. One of these is a Mark di Suvero exhibit, which will be on display at Crissy Field until May 26, 2014. Although currently based out of New York City, Mark spent his childhood and young adult years in the Bay Area and his family has a special connection with Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco. Mark and his three siblings, Marie Louise di Suvero Martignoni, Henry "Hank" di Suvero and Victor di Suvero are Italian, but grew up in China where their father served as an Italian diplomat. Their mother attended a Sacred Heart school in Rome and always held the Society close to her heart; the family even covertly escorted four RSCJs from Malta to Japan to ensure their safety. As World War II broke out, the family was given political refugee status and moved to San Francisco a few months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. After coming to the city, Mark and Marie Louise attended Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco for several years in the early 1940s and went on to graduate from Lincoln High School. Many years ago, Mark gifted Dragoncoil to Marie Louise. The print proved to be too large to hang in her home and had been rolled up for several years. With the blessing of Mark and her sons, Marie Louise decided to donate the print to the school. With the family gathering in San Francisco for Mark's Crissy Field exhibition, Marie Louise visited campus for the first time since 1952 with one of her sons and her brother Hank to see the print in its new home in the Flood Mansion.



class notes Convent Elementary School



Jenny McLaury CES’80 returned to the Bay Area last year following a three-year stint in New Mexico as Director of Business Operations for the creative design firm, Marshall Monroe Magic. In 2012 she and her husband, Richard Browning, purchased the oldest residential elevator company in San Francisco, Dwan Elevator Co., established in 1919. When not helping to run the business, she keeps herself busy renovating their 1895 Victorian home in Alameda, California.

Katherine Bentivoglio CES '05 just graduated from Columbia University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Taylor Tobin CES’09 has started a philanthropybased business. OneRight Water (onerightwater. org) sells re-usable water bottles, and for every bottle sold a person in Myanmar receives a water filter that lasts a lifetime. By the time this magazine goes to print, 350 Myanmar citizens will have received water filters.

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60s Marguerite Sweeney ’69 received an appointment to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board from Governor Brown last year. Marguerite has been the principal attorney at the Law Offices of Marguerite Sweeney since 1990. She was an attorney at Sweeney and Sweeney from 1982 to 1989 and an associate attorney at Baker Cornell and Baumbach from

1979 to 1982. In 2007, Marguerite received the Applicants Attorney of the Year award from the State Bar of California Workers’ Compensation Section. She is a member of the California Applicants Attorney Association and the Redding Chamber of Commerce. Marguerite earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Stay Connected Submit your class notes online at www.sacredsf.org/alumni.


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Convent High School (cont.)

Cynthia Hall Kouré'74'70 was recently named the Director of Institutional Advancement at Project Bread, the only statewide anti-hunger organization. Cynthia has over 10 years of development experience as a consultant working with nonprofit organizations and various other anti-hunger organizations in Massachusetts. In these roles, Cynthia brought in millions of dollars to provide much-needed services and food to lowincome people. At Project Bread, Cynthia will provide senior leadership in strategic planning,

donor cultivation, and the implementation of cuttingedge fundraising techniques to support Project Bread’s new campaign. “I’m looking forward to working with Project Bread, and I believe wholeheartedly in its work,” says Cynthia. “I hope to make a significant contribution to those who are in need.” Cynthia has a background in strategic financial planning, performance measurement, and operations consulting, as well as extensive experience in publishing. Most recently, she served as Director of Development for the Women’s Lunch Place where she was responsible for a fundraising operation that raises $2.1 million annually to support meals and daily services provided to homeless and lowincome women. Cindy holds a master’s degree in applied English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin and is fluent in German and French.

00s Kristy La’09'05 just graduated from Harvard University with a Phi Beta Kappa key. She has also been named a Fulbright scholar and will continue her studies next year in Berlin. Isabelle Pinard ’12, pictured at left, won first place in the 2013 UCSD NCAA West Coast Championship Tournament with the Sabre Fencing Team.


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90s Jabali Sawicki SHB’91 is the founding principal of Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. The school, which opened in 2004, is the first allboys public school in New York City. Jabali was on 60 Minutes earlier this year to discuss how to encourage boys to excel in the classroom, regardless of socioeconomic status.


A group of guys from the Stuart Hall for Boys Class of 2009 just graduated from University High School. Way to go Lions! Pictured above, left to right: Chris Mah, Daara Jalili, Kyle Richards, Daniel Riehl, Liam Gallivan, Cutter Jones, Brian Niehaus.

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Angelo Harb SHB'12 attends University High School and is enjoying making art. Angelo says Mr. Jaggers prepared him for art classes at University High School with years of amazing and fun projects at Stuart Hall for Boys.

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80s Linda Imlay'87'83 started a community fundraising walk last year called the Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk with a goal of raising and directing funds to help low-income and underinsured women with breast cancer in the Bay Area. 30 participants raised $110,000 last year, which enabled grants of $30,000 each to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Charlotte Maxwell

Complimentary Clinic and the Friend to Friend Fund at UCSF Mt. Zion. This year's event will take place from October 18-20, 2013 with a goal of raising $150,000 to help more women get access to care and services during the continuum of treatment. Linda says, “The event is a labor of love and we are blessed with a really special community of women who just want to help people in need.”

Frank Duncan ’10 was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round. Frank was a star baseball player at Stuart Hall who led the team to two league championships. An excellent right-handed pitcher and hitter, Frank was an all-league player in the BCL. Since Frank played in a small league, he wasn’t really on college recruiters' radar (let alone Major League Baseball’s radar). Frank’s basketball coach, Charley Johnson (recently named the Stuart Hall High School Athletics Director) played college baseball at the University of Kansas and convinced the team’s coach, Ritch Price, to come to San Francisco and see Frank in action.

Frank was then offered a spot on the University of Kansas team. As a college player, Frank continued to prove himself. In his freshmen year, he struck out 35 batters and only allowed 16 earned runs. In his sophomore year, he was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week twice and became the fifth pitcher in KU history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. In his junior year, he earned the attention of Major League Baseball and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. With one more season of college eligibility, Frank has a tough decision to make.

Will Campbell ’12 is a student at Boston College. He spent his spring break on a Mustard Seed Organization service trip to Jamaica working with disabled kids and kids living with HIV. The experience was life changing for

Will. While he was there, he ran into many Sacred Heart educators and students. Will says, “seeing the Sacred Heart everywhere took me by surprise and it was a wonderful connection.”



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

Yusra Ben-Halim CES’00 and Yasmeen Ben-Halim CES’02 for the loss of their brother, Taymoor Ben-Halim ’09’05

Genevieve Mohr (grade 5) and Oliver Mohr (kindergarten) for the loss of their maternal grandmother and Gregory Mohr SHB’73 for the loss of his mother-in-law, Beverly Bargetto.

John Bickle ’08 for the loss of his father, John Bickle. Ryan Bird (grade 7) and Thomas Bird (grade 4) for the loss of their grandfather, Doug Bird. Susan Toler Carr '76 for the loss of her son and Valerie Toler ’71 for the loss of her nephew, Justin Eugene Carr. Rose Costello CES’96, Colleen Costello CES’98, Brigid Coyne CES’99, Alanna Paoli CES’00, Thomas Costello SHB’02, Cecilia Coyne ‘07’03, James Coyne ‘07’03 and Michaela Costello CES’04 for the loss of their grandmother, Kevin Coyne SHB’63, Thomas Coyne SHB’64, Deirdre Coyne ’65, Michael Coyne SHB’69, Margaret Paoli ’74’70 and Martin J. Coyne SHB’72 for the loss of their mother, Joan Kiernan Coyne

Elena Neufeld (Convent Elementary, Science) for the loss of her grandfather. Elizabeth O’Boyle (grade 6) for the loss of her paternal grandmother, Elisabeth O’Boyle. Marsha Price (Convent Elementary, Educational Therapist) for the loss of her close family friend. Patrick Rosanelli ‘11’07 and Kelly Rosanelli (grade 7) for the loss of their paternal grandmother. The friends and family of Lydia Sandoval, RSCJ. The friends and family of Joanne Fusco Tumminia '53'49.

Sally Furay, RSCJ, (trustee) for the loss of her sister. Meaghan Helms ’12 and Natalie Helms (senior) for the loss of their maternal grandmother. George Hurley SHB’11 and Theodore Hurley SHB’13 for the loss of their paternal grandfather, Kamilla Hurley for the loss of her father-in-law and John Hurley (former trustee) for the loss of his father, Brigadier General Alfred Francis Hurley. Gregory Kosmowski (grade 3) and Zoe Kosmowski (grade 2) for the loss of their grandfather, Leo Jarombek.

Anson Walker (grade 4) for the loss of his great-grandmother, Ada McPhail. Jeanne Johnson Whatmore (Convent Elementary, Language Arts & Literature) for the loss of her paternal grandfather, Charles Douglas Johnston. Yasmin Webster-Woog (Convent Elementary, French) for the loss of her uncle-in-law. Frank Wercinski (grade 4) and Hale Wercinski (grade 3) for the loss of their paternal grandfather, Floryan Wercinski Zelda Williams (Broadway Café Manager) for the loss of her father.

Barbara Mathieu (Convent Elementary, Lead Teacher) for the loss of her mother, Marie Mathieu. April Matsumoto (grade 8) for the loss of her paternal grandfather, Yoshinobu Matsumoto. Nicholas Mattes SHB’01, Daniel Mattes SHB’04 and Thomas Mattes SHB’07 for the loss of their grandmother, and Cathy Garzio for the loss of her mother-in-law, Marion Mattes.

Mary Jane Wormuth CES '71, Michele Reyes CES '72 and Mark Wormuth SHB '84 for the loss of their mother and Martin R. Wormuth (former Stuart Hall for Boys Faculty) for the loss of his wife, Mary Wormuth. Taylor Wroolie ’06’02 and Logan Wroolie SHB’06 for the loss of their father, Christopher Morris Wroolie.

Please send In Memoriam notes to alumni@sacredsf.org


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last WORD Message from the President

When charged to think of this as a final word that might briefly encapsulate the year, I found myself clicking that new tab label in my browser and once again visiting the glossary of terms for Schools of the Sacred Heart – required reading for a new President. I chose two terms; let me begin with the first. Prize Day From the youngest to the oldest, the students are taught to accept awards graciously and to applaud the skills and talents of others. Even with an entire Bulletin recognizing the accomplishments of this year, I offer thanks to those who, I believe, honor the charge given to us by Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, “We bring up children for the future and not for the present.” Prize #1: Given to the collaborative efforts of Convent Elementary and High School faculty in the successful delivery of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics summit to our girls and young women. Angela Taylor, in her new role as Head of Convent Elementary School, seeded the idea, and collaborative efforts of our school leaders made this idea a reality. The prize is awarded for the use of exemplary female role models who brought an inspiring message as well as a realistic view of the journey into acquiring the academic credentials in these fields. It was a pleasure to participate and share my own experience in earning a degree in engineering and how work in the field has influenced my journey. The summit was a first step in beginning conversations and supporting students interested in these fields of study. Prize #2: Given to the leadership of Howard Levin, Director of Educational Innovation and Technology, and to the entire school community as we move forward to equip our children for the future with the best tools of today. In Howard’s own words: “Schools of the Sacred Heart—in light of our school mission and five Goals & Criteria—embrace an expanding role of modern technology, in particular via enhanced information, communication and collaboration tools, to support student learning.” Identifying and implementing the unique 1-to-1 e-Pack program for our school was no small task and the commitment of the faculty and staff to deliver a critically important learning engagement to our students has been exemplary. The prize is awarded for defining preeminence in the areas of technology innovation for the benefit of our students, teachers and the world. The second idea from the glossary of terms that resonates with me is important to one’s understanding of the essence of Schools of the Sacred Heart. Trés Bien French for "very good"; historically this was the highest "note" or "mark" given during weekly assemblies in recognition of the previous week's work. In honor of all the accomplishments of the year, I applaud the skill and talents of all the members of the Schools of the Sacred Heart community. As we reflect on the past year and prepare for the promise of the new one, I say: Trés Bien!

Ann Marie Krejcarek President of Schools

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