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winter 2012 issue

Let There Be Arts Expanding the fine and performing arts.


Helping students make good personal choices with their words, actions, assumptions and attitude.

Global Citizens Engaging students to be active in our worldwide community.

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

Stuart Hall for Boys Stuart Hall High School

Message from the Director Dear Convent & Stuart Hall Community, Welcome to another edition of the Bulletin, our snapshot of life at the school over the past few months. For those of you who catch glimpses of this vibrant community at a distance, you will see evidence of a community that continues to grow and thrive. And those of you who are currently part of the everyday life of our schools will relive moments and wonderful experiences in the lives of those students, parents, faculty and staff who are the face of the school today. At a recent gathering of faculty and staff, I mused about the mistaken notion many of us carry about the nature of change in our lives. Is it wishful thinking on our parts that change is an interruption in our otherwise placid lives, or is the reality that we are always in a state of flux, but growing ever more skillful at managing moving parts? The biological theory that our bodies operate in a constant motion of replacing cells so that our bodies refresh themselves every seven years lends credence to the second theory: we are programmed for change. The Bulletin chronicles just several of the ways in which we are recreating ourselves, living out the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart education in new and exciting initiatives. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, the eloquent namesake of our boys’ schools, wrote this about the end purpose of our Sacred Heart education: We bring up the children for the future; not for the present, not that we may enjoy the fruit of our work, but for others, for God, for the Church, for their parents, for their life. . . . So we must remember that it is better to begin a great work than to finish a small one.

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Join the Conversation

Enjoy these moments in a plan that are the stepping stones to many great works, children educated in the Sacred Heart tradition. With prayers and gratitude,

Follow our Online Community, on sacredsf.org, under News. Gordon Sharafinski Director of Schools

The Bulletin allows Convent & Stuart Hall to stay connected with current families, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff.



Features Let There Be Arts We are expanding our fine and performing arts programs, starting with instrumental music. | By Jessica Bullock |


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How we are helping students learn to support and respect their peers. | By Jessica Bullock |

Global Citizens in Action Faculty and administrators work to fully integrate global concepts into the total Sacred Heart experience. | By Jessica Bullock and Stefani Blair |


Alumni Spotlight: From Italy, With Love Stefano Saracenia SHB ’73 visits Stuart Hall for Boys. | By Roxanne Civarello and Jessica Bullock |


In the Classroom A Life’s Work


Convent third graders learn the publishing process by writing what they know.

Community News 4 Modern Math Sports Shorts 12 Convent High School restructures the math program. The Bulletin Board 14 Alumni 36 Use Your Words Creating a community of readers and Class Notes 37 writers at Stuart Hall for Boys. In Memoriam 46

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The Life Sciences

One Stuart Hall High School biology teacher is helping students explore the world around them.


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staff Communications & Marketing Director Stefani Blair stefani.blair@sacredsf.org


Editor Jessica Bullock jessica.bullock@sacredsf.org

Preserving the Past

Design & Photography Coordinator Heather Cenzer heather.cenzer@sacredsf.org

Alumna Mary Ashe'48 is devoted to maintaining the archives and institutional memory for Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco.

Alumni Editor Roxanne Civarello roxanne.civarello@sacredsf.org Contributers: Casey Chew ( gr. 10) Elena DeSantis Christine Gardner Creighton Helms Jason Jones Photography Patricia Kievlan Kevin Kendrick Claire Kessler-Bradner Shuja Khan Lori Saltveit Andrea Shurley Starkweather Bondy Architecture Sergio Vasquez Sabrina (Hsian-Yi) Wang Marian Zizzo

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Correspondence and change of address may be sent to: Convent & Stuart Hall 2222 Broadway San Francisco, CA 94115 Tel: 415-563-2900 bulletin@sacredsf.org



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Most Tuesday mornings, you can find Mary Ashe’48 in the attic of the Grant House carefully preserving 125 years of history. The photographs, meeting minutes, yearbooks, correspondence and blueprints under the archivist’s care tell the story of Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, and of the city. So much can happen in 125 years. Tens of thousands of students had an unparalleled education at the hands of thousands of dedicated teachers, both RSCJ and lay. The school moved to five different sites around the city before settling on Broadway and expanding to Pine & Octavia, where some of the city's most exquisite architecture is preserved and intact because our educators gave it a second life. The city grew, and burned, and rebuilt all around our community. What Mary carefully catalogues and saves are artifacts—paper that has been weathered with age or media taken on devices that no longer exist—and through their delicate fiber a narrative flows through the lives of so many. The pieces speak to Mary’s own story. Mary grew up in San Francisco and attended parochial schools until eighth grade. When a family friend suggested she meet with Reverend Mother Eleanor Deming for admission to Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mary and her mother took the #22 streetcar up Fillmore to the Flood Mansion, which had only been gifted to the RSCJ a few years earlier by Maud Flood. After that interview, Mary was admitted to the high school, and her sister Terry Ashe-Çroft '47'51 would enroll that year in sixth grade. Mary’s brother Matthew Ashe did not attend Stuart Hall for Boys because it didn’t open until 1956. Flipping through the pages of old yearbooks, Mary recalls the tradition of white gloves, of students walking the hallways between class in silence (yes, silence) and of partially-cloistered educators whose

entire lives existed only within those walls. Much has changed since then, she says, not just in the way we educate students with modernized classrooms and technology but in terms of who is educating students, since the balance of RSCJs and lay educators began shifting in the 1960s. But the commitment to the mission of Sacred Heart education is the constant. Mary’s love for literature, particularly the Victorian stylings of Dickens and such, led her to study library science at Lone Mountain College for Women (now the University of San Francisco) and then to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University. She worked in the art and music section of the San Francisco Public Library system for many years. More than 10 years ago, longtime administrator Mary “Be” Mardel, RSCJ, and Ellen Hoffman, RSCJ, enlisted Mary and several other alumnae to continue their work of cataloguing the past past. She works with former classmate Virginia Murillo’44’48 to ensure the integrity of the items and answer questions from those researching the past, including current students, alumni, and Bulletin editors. Current parent Polina Ilieva, who also has a background in library science, has been volunteering with the ladies recently, and hopes to help them digitize records and modernize their cataloguing system. "I can't describe what it would be like without having these records," Mary says. Do you have a photograph, publication or other document that you would like to contribute to Convent & Stuart Hall’s institutional memory? We would love to add it to our archive. Contact Mary at mary.ashe@sacredsf.org for more information.

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flashback Did you know that the Convent High School Class of 1946 created the first yearbook?

Mary reminiscences over a photograph of herself (lower right corner) in the first-ever Convent High School yearbook from 1946. For reasons unknown, the school did not authorize the edition and an official school sanctioned yearbook was not established until 1960.

Celebrating 125 years of Sacred Heart Education in San Francisco During Commencement exercises this spring, Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco will graduate its 125th class, a milestone few institutions in the city can claim. The school has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings, from 30 young women in twin Victorian houses

on Bush Street to 1,100 girls and boys from kindergarten to grade 12 on two impressive campuses. Not everything has changed: Since 1887, the school has thrived in continuous operation and has been dedicated to the educational mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Celebrate With Us

This year's commencement will serve as the kick-off for the official celebrations that will occur through the end of 2012. Current parent Erika Mooney (Daisy, gr. 1) will chair the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee of alumni, faculty, administrators and parents. All alumni from the four schools will be invited back to join in the festivities. Flood Mansion history will also be highlighted during this celebration as 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of its construction. A full schedule of events will be sent out soon! Convent & Stuart Hall




Update on Other Leadership Transitions for 2012-13

You have my personal commitment to cherish and preserve the mission of Sacred Heart education in San Francisco" –Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek

New President of Schools Announced After an exhaustive national search, Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek, Headmaster at Saint Andrew’s School in Florida, has been chosen to lead Convent & Stuart Hall. Just as this edition of the Bulletin was set to print, the Convent & Stuart Hall community learned that the Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint veteran educator and administrator Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek as the next President of Schools, effective July 1, 2012. Ann Marie succeeds Gordon Sharafinski, who announced in August that he will retire at the end of this school year. Ann Marie comes to us from Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL, where she has served as Headmaster since 2007. Ann Marie is a life-long practicing Catholic with a deep understanding of the role played by spiritual growth in educating the whole child. She has a total of 15 years of leadership experience at Saint Andrew’s, a JK-12 Episcopal school with nearly 1,300 day and boarding students. Over the past 11 years as Headmaster and Assistant Head of School, Ann Marie proactively led the development and support of excellent teachers, modifications to curriculum and strategic planning. During her tenure,


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Saint Andrew’s expanded into lower grade levels and dramatically upgraded its facilities. Ann Marie has a doctorate from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota. Her first years in independent school education were spent as a high school physics teacher. Ann Marie and her husband, Randy, have three grown sons. The community will have a chance to meet Ann Marie and Randy during a visit this spring, according to Board Chair Joe Niehaus. “I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next leader of Convent & Stuart Hall,” Ann Marie said in a note to the community. “Truly the quality of faculty, staff, administrators and students is exceeded by no other school. You have my personal commitment to cherish and preserve the mission of Sacred Heart education in San Francisco. I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you as we journey forward together.”

This fall, the school community learned that two other key administrative positions will also turnover with the 2012-13 school year. In September, Anne Wachter, RSCJ, Head of Convent Elementary School, announced that she had accepted a position as Head of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Nova Scotia. And in November we also learned that Andrea Shurley, Head of Convent High School, and her family have decided to leave San Francisco at the end of the year. In his quarterly update in December, Board Chair Joe Niehaus wrote about this year of transitions: “While apprehension to change can be a natural human reaction, schools are institutions whose leaders have their own careers and personal aspirations. This necessarily leads to leadership transitions from time to time … At Convent & Stuart Hall, we are fortunate that the Sacred Heart Goals & Criteria permeate our entire community and transcend any one person.” In addition to the exhaustive national search for the new President, the Board worked with consulting firm Wickenden Associates and a search advisory committee of parents, alumni, faculty and administrators to identify Sr. Wachter’s successor, expected to be chosen by the spring. Because the timing did not allow for a full search for Andrea’s successor, Gordon Sharafinski has recruited an interim Head of School for the 2012-13 school year. Mary Forsyth, who previously served for 27 years as a teacher and senior administrator at Convent High School, will return to the Broadway campus next year while a national search for permanent leadership is conducted. Mary has also served as an administrator at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and at high schools in Phoenix and Pasadena, and is a graduate of a Sacred Heart high school and college, as well as the western regional representative for Sacred Heart alumnae in the U.S.

More information about Ann Marie, the search for Sr. Wachter’s successor and end-of-the-year celebrations for our departing administrators will be available online at www.sacredsf.org and in the summer issue of the Bulletin.

New Administrators for the 2011-12 School Year Since this summer, Convent & Stuart Hall has seen changes in leadership in Technology, Advancement and Communications.

Howard Levin Director of Educational Innovation and Information Services

Howard is a recognized leader in the world of educational technology with over 24 years of experience as a teacher, assistant head of school and, for the past 12 years, the Director of Technology at the Urban School of San Francisco. He oversees the 4-school technology department and will also provide strategic vision for and support of innovative teaching practices.

Sarah Leffert Director of Advancement

Sarah brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and institutional advancement from her work with independent schools, as well as development work for Stanford University, Columbia University and other nonprofit organizations. Sarah relocated from New Orleans this fall with her husband Matt and their two daughters. She oversees all facets of Advancement, serving the mission of Sacred Heart education by securing resources and by inspiring and engaging the community.

Stefani Blair Communications & Marketing Director

Stefani began her tenure here in 2009 as Communications Associate, editing all print and electronic communications and integrating the traditional march platforms with social media. She now oversees the school’s editorial, graphic and web presence, and works to promote the school internally and externally. She previously ran the communications office of a journalism nonprofit march in Washington, DC, and worked in Public Affairs at Georgetown University, having spent several years as a reporter and magazine editor in Oregon.

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Family festival Evening Gala




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Above: Members of the Rossi Family with the winner of this year's award, Chris Miller. (Left to Right) Denise Wall, Chris Miller, Alison Long Poetsch and Lea Whitehead.

Chris Miller, Theater Manager, Wins Rossi Award For the past 17 years, the Esther Rossi Award has been given to a faculty or staff member that best exemplifies Goal IV of the Goals & Criteria: the building of community as a Christian value. This year the award went to someone who has brought artistry, joy and a helpful spirit to this community: Chris Miller, Theater Manager at Convent & Stuart Hall. “Generous,” “easygoing” and “sincere” were just some of the words used to describe Chris. He has worked at the school for the past seven years and says working here has “made me a better person.” His pride in our community was reflected in his statement that there are a “disproportionate number of generous

people” at Schools of the Sacred Heart. “Tante Esther” Rossi was an outstanding contributor to this community, to her alma mater—San Francisco College for Women at Lone Mountain—and to the national Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (of which she was president for six years). Her objectives were progress, unity and charity in all things. In addition to honoring faculty and staff, 46 high school students have received scholarships through her generosity over the years. Nominations are reviewed by the Faculty and Staff Development Committee, which is chaired by Carol O’Malley (Stuart Hall for Boys Grade 3 faculty).

Celebrate Spring Turns 20 With a Roaring Good Time Celebrate Spring, the Parents Association’s major annual fundraiser, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this March with a Roaring 20s “Gatsby-esque” theme and a change in the schedule that allows Family Festival to be the week before the luncheon, boutique and evening gala. Event co-chairs Erika Mooney and Jewel Casinelli say they hope to increase attendance at all of the events by spacing them out a bit.

Garden Luncheon Luncheon GARDEN Garden LUNCHEON Family y festiv festival al Famil Gala Evening Gala Evening


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Family Festival, on Saturday, March 17, will feature games, prizes, the Easter Bunny, face painting, barbeque, entertainers, arts and crafts—an admission free event that is fun for the whole family. The Flood Mansion will be a burst of spring on Friday, March 23, for a Garden Luncheon to impress the Daisy Buchanan in all of us. Join us for one of three seatings for lunch, and shop a selection of specialty vendors at the Boutique.

The Evening Gala will be held at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Saturday, March 24, and will feature a seated dinner this year, catered by Paula LeDuc. Dance the foxtrot, dine on decadent gourmet fare and bid in the spirited Live Auction to benefit the Financial Aid program at Convent & Stuart Hall. Don’t miss the chance to support the school by attending an event that is sure to be the bee's knees. Convent & Stuart Hall




Annual Fund Update The community has raised

$1,241,795 so far this year to help cover operating costs that are not fully met by tuition.

92 percent of the $1,345,000 goal for the This is

2011-12 school year. These gifts are put to immediate use in supporting the arts, athletics and curriculum development, as well as faculty professional development and compensation, financial assistance and technological resources.

| photos by heather cenzer | Left: Curt Carnimark with Marcia Syufy, Brenda O'Conner MacLean '63 and Don MacLean. Right: Mark and Jeannie Harris with Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski.

Director's Club

80 percent

of the Annual Fund comes from leadership gifts

Every year at least 80 percent of the Annual Fund comes from leadership-level gifts. These personal, unrestricted gifts of $3,000 or more are vital to the success of each school year. At press time, 190 donors have given leadership-level gifts for more than $1,001,176. The many current and past parents, alumni, grandparents and friends who support the school at this level were honored at an elegant cocktail dinner party on February 2. At this, the 30th

To see more pictures from the 2012 Director's Club visit www.sacredsf.org

Convent Alumna Appointed RSCJ Provincial It was announced this fall that Convent High School alumna Barbara Dawson, RSCJ’66, will lead the United States Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. U.S. provincials serve a three-year term and are responsible for all communities and ministries of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in the country. Sr. Dawson’s term, beginning in the summer of 2012, will be her third as head of the U.S. Province; she previously served from 1993-99. Sr. Dawson succeeds Paula Toner, RSCJ, who has led the province since 2008. Kathleen Conan, RSCJ, Superior General of the international congregation said in a letter to the U.S. province: “Barb will bring to this service her strong commitment to the Society, her belief in


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anniversary of the Director’s Club reception, the Director of Schools and the Board of Trustees showed their appreciation for the only 30-year member of this giving circle: Marcia Syufy, who helped form the Director's Club as way of recognizing the importance of people who give so generously. To follow the Annual Fund’s progress throughout the year, visit www.sacredsf.org and click on Support, then Annual Fund.

our vocation and in the province. Barb will bring her strong sense of mission rooted in our spirituality, her commitment to the co-responsibility of the membership, her experience in various aspects of the province’s ministries and the Society’s internationality, and her considerable administrative experience.” Sr. Dawson earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts in international comparative education from Stanford University. She currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she has been assisting the Society of the Sacred Heart develop its plan for mission and ministry. She also serves as a consultant to the Urban Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Oakland.

Christmas on Broadway Holiday Boutique is a tradition at Convent & Stuart Hall, but this year it received some fun and fresh updates with a new committee at the helm. Over 300 people attended the Cranberry Crush cocktail hour and visited an assortment of pop-up shops, which donated 25 percent of all profits to the school. The event raised over $20,000. See more photos of the event on page 15.

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Schools Reevaluate Emergency Operations Plan

Convent & Stuart Hall Enter Self Study Phase of SHCOG Process

For many San Franciscans, interest in emergency preparedness was renewed this fall as the ground beneath the city shook just a bit more noticeably than usual. But for Facilities Manager Geoff Smith and the senior administrative team at Convent & Stuart Hall, the school’s emergency operations plan was already top of mind. Geoff took over coordinating the emergency efforts this year and spent time this summer researching best practices and coordinating with city emergency personnel to revise the way we execute our emergency plan and the roles various adults in the community have during an event. The three most important outcomes from reevaluating the plan: placing more of an emphasis on a shelter-in-place plan; ensuring employees are cross-trained to fulfill multiple roles during a crisis; and improving communications with parents before and after an event. Emergency drills moving forward will work to better prepare students and faculty for sheltering in place, Geoff says; in addition to being equipped with trauma and emergency kits, both campuses also have food and water, as well as comfort and waste necessities, for every student and every adult for five days. A number of employees on both campuses have supplemented their First Aid training with First Responder training, and are well versed in triage, security, rescue and communications. And the school is continuing to use Alert Now, a third-party emergency broadcast system that was tested in December as a way of evaluating the contact information available. Administrators also took the opportunity to cross-train more people in the procedures of sending email, voicemail and text messages. For more information about steps the school has taken to prepare for anything that may arise, visit www.sacredsf.org/ our-community/emergency, or visit www.sacredsf.org/mobile and click on Emergency Info.

As a member of the Network of It is of the essence of a Sacred Heart Schools, Convent & Stuart Hall is committed to a reflection process Sacred Heart school that it be every five years that helps assess the deeply concerned for each community’s engagement in the Goals student's total development: & Criteria. The Network’s Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) team spiritual, intellectual, oversees the process for each school, emotional, physical." which begins anew with a year of Preamble to the 1975 collecting feedback from the community Goals and Criteria and compiling that information into a of Schools); and Caroline Zoba (Convent reflective paper. Convent & Stuart Hall’s Self Study Steering Elementary School, Grade 3). As a follow up to the self study, a team of Committee, chaired by Communications & Network educators will visit Convent & Stuart Marketing Director Stefani Blair, has been Hall in November 2012, from which they working since August to create a dialogue will draft their own observations. A second about the Goals & Criteria, and will draft a steering committee will be appointed in reflection paper this summer to narrate the November 2013 to create an Action Plan feedback. The committee members are: based on the reflections of the self study Armando De Anda (Convent High School, team and the SHCOG visiting team. Mathematics); Daniel Fishman (Stuart Read more about the Goals & Criteria and Hall for Boys, English); Patricia Munter '86 our mission in action at www.sacredsf.org, (Trustee, alumna, current parent); Raymond and click on About. O'Connor (Stuart Hall High School, Theology); Gordon Sharafinski (Director

Current SHCOG Timeline Spring 2011: Self-Study Steering Committee appointed. August 2011: Self-Study Steering Committee trained on process. Fall, Winter 2011-2012: Self-Study Steering Committee develops process for collecting feedback and starts conversations within the community about the Goals & Criteria. Summer 2012: Self-Study Steering Committee compiles all feedback and prepares a self-reflection to submit to SHCOG. The reflection is due by October 1, 2012. Fall 2012: SHCOG Visiting Team to visit the week of November 14, 2012. Winter, Spring 2012-2013: SHCOG Visiting Team prepares a reflection; they submit this reflection to the Provincial based on the visit and selfstudy by November 2013. November 2013: Action Plan Steering Committee appointed at Convent & Stuart Hall. February 2013: Provincial Team sends letter of feedback to the school. April 2013: Action Plan Steering Committee submits an Action Plan to the Provincial.

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Sacredsf.org Relaunches With Improved Navigation, Better Graphics After more than a year of conversations with parents, administrators, faculty, staff and others about the school website's usability and appearance, a facelift was given this fall to www.sacredsf.org.

 The school Office of Communications and web provider, Silverpoint, worked for four months to redesign the six-year-old site, focused on improving the flow of information and introducing contemporary web elements. 10

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Find What You Are Looking For … Faster

Looking Sharp: New Graphics

A “constituency navigation” across the top of each page helps Parents, Faculty/ Staff, Alumni and Students find what they are looking for faster.

The site has a wider screen – one that is optimized for use on tablets like the iPad.

A “Select a School” dropdown menu allows visitors to jump from one school to another with greater ease.

We’ve incorporated graphic elements and fonts from the school’s new branding, as well as beautiful new photography.

The “primary navigation” gives visitors a more complete picture of our community, including a new 4-school Admissions page and a 4-school Athletics landing page.

Silverpoint has built us a better way of displaying our photo galleries using a “lightbox” effect.

Even the Mobile Web is Updated: Take all of this great information with you! Open your smart phone's web browser and type: http://www.sacredsf.org/ mobile.

Our Community

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Meet the ASP Staff ASP Director: Joey Elftmann ASP Assistant Director: Nick Andre Kindergarten: Leslie Wenzell, Mark Droste and Ben Tan First Grade: Tara Donohoe Second Grade: Allie Felton Third Grade: Eric Gordon Fourth Grade: Meryl Pataky Middle Form Staff: Mike St. Marie SHB’99, Jill Lounsbury, Torin Coffino and Casey Largent Volunteer: Katherine Hinkle Substitutes: Kristin Hinshaw and Catherine Burke Convent High School Student Assistants (all juniors): Gina Domergue, Sophia Sanchez and Megan Wilton

Changes to the After School Program help staff better meet the needs of elementary students. For many Convent & Stuart Hall elementary students, the school day does not end at 2:45 p.m. Rather, the learning and play continues in the After School Program (ASP). With the goal of providing a safe and balanced program to meet the needs of 100200 students on any given afternoon, ASP allows students time to complete homework or to play through a variety of directed and free-choice activities. The 2011-12 school year brought many exciting changes to ASP. First, a new director, Joey Elftmann, was hired to combine what had been two separate programs historically—Extension (grades k-4) and ASP (grades 5-8). Under Joey’s direction, this coordinated program has one staff, a wonderful mix of talented young professionals ranging from artists, musicians, actors, students and aspiring teachers, many of whom have been at Convent & Stuart Hall for over five years and, more often than not, are coaches or substitute teachers at the school.

Beyond having a wide range of talents and interests, the ASP staff is dedicated to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all students, Joey says. Enrollment in the ASP Specialty Classes this year has also brought excitement to the program. This fall, more than 150 students took advantage of Specialty Classes like chess, jewelry making, pottery, magic, yoga and kickboxing, and enrollment for the winter trimester jumped to over 200. Students in the program have also been able to take special camps and field trips on school holidays and inservice days. So far this year, students and staff have traveled to the Academy of Sciences, Hyde Street Pier and the Children’s Creativity Museum as a way to both entertain and educate our students. Parents may register their students for full-time or parttime enrollment in the After School Program, or through the “a la cart” registration to pay per day.

For more information on registration and a full list of Specialty Classes being offered, visit www. sacredsf.org/after_school_program.aspx.

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The Knights played at Kezar Stadium vs. Anderson Valley just after sundown on October 31,2011.

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LAX Program Set for Expansion

Stuart Hall boys in grades 5 to 12 will have the chance to play organized lacrosse through a new joint program starting in 2012-13. Convent & Stuart Hall has hired known youth lacrosse coach John Sheehan, a former lacrosse player at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to direct the program and to coach a three-day developmental team at the high school this spring, with hopes to roll out a full lacrosse program next year. There has been a strong interest of lacrosse at both levels. The Knights have fielded a high school team previously, and last year, seventh and eighth graders from Stuart Hall for Boys fielded a Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association team that advanced to the quarter-finals of league playoffs.

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8-Man Team Makes Most of Year No. 2

In only the second year of football at Stuart Hall High School, the Knights’ 8-man team finished the season with a winning record of 6-3 this fall, ranking second in the Central Coast Section out of nine teams.


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Highlights include handing top-ranked Point Arena its only loss of the season in a non-conference game; winning back the "Ora et Cor" Trophy from Woodside Priory with a 40-8 win on the road; outscoring their opponents 114-30 in their first three games of the season; and hosting their first-ever game at Kezar Stadium under the lights against Anderson Valley, cheered on by a spirited crowd of Convent & Stuart Hall families. The team was led this year by senior quarterback Laboyd Ricard, with standout plays made throughout the season by senior Alex Asdourian and junior Rodney McKinney on defense and junior Matt McCrum and sophomore Ethan Hankins on offense. knights soccer

Record Number of Guys Play Soccer This Year

Two Stuart Hall soccer players earned All-League honors this season; senior Nick Berardi and junior Sterling Kirk both earned First Team honors on the Bay Counties League West All-League Team. In addition to Nick’s and Sterling’s outstanding performances, the Knights’ soccer program had a big year, as a record number of Stuart Hall High School students signed up

to play, allowing the program to add a second junior varsity team. “The soccer program has never had as much depth as they have this year,” Athletics Director John Bertken says. “With over 40 players, the program has added a third team to enhance the quality of the program for the future.” lions soccer

Jockeying for the Top Spot in League Standings Four Stuart Hall for Boys soccer teams in the Catholic Youth Organization league advanced to the playoffs in November: two fifth grade teams (with records of 3-3-1 and 2-5, respectively), as well as the sixth grade team (4-2) and the seventh grade team (2-5-1). The junior varsity team in the Bay Area Independent Athletic League also made it to the postseason, beating Town School for the championship. Athletics Director Paul Harvey says the seventh graders on that

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championship team “represented our school in the highest ways possible, both with their skills on the field, and also their respect for the game.” cubs

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Runners Find Success on the Course

In a field of tough competition this year, the co-ed cross high school country team of 37 Knights and 15 Cubs had a great season. The Knights placed 10th of 26 teams in the men's North Coast Section, and the Cubs finished seventh of 23 teams in the women's NCS. Senior Michael Chan placed ninth overall at the NCS as an individual runner, advancing to the state championship, where he placed 27th of 182 athletes. The Knights have been represented by a team or by an individual at the state championship in five of the last six seasons, says coach Mike Buckley. Cubs runner Jane Stephens was also honored with Second Team All League status.

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Three Teams Ace Competition

All three of Convent High School’s volleyball teams had outstanding seasons this fall. The varsity squad finished with a winning record of 15-7, third in their league. Their regular season play earned them a berth into the Bay Counties League West championships and then a spot in the North Coast Section playoffs, where they lost to Branson in the semi-finals (Branson went on to win the state championships). Senior setter Emily O'Reilly earned First Team All City honors, as well as First Team All League honors, which she shared with fellow senior Erika Jesse; senior Nini Maine earned Second Team All League honors as well. The junior varsity team and the freshman/ sophomore squad each only had one loss this season, finishing with 10-1 and 5-1 records, respectively.

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2nd Annual Convent of the Sacred Heart Volleyball Clinic

During an October 7 in-service day for faculty, volleyball players from Convent High School held a clinic, helping Convent Elementary girls in grades 5-8 further develop skills under the guidance of varsity and junior varsity players. Athletics Directors Elena DeSantis (high school) and Leilani Wagner (elementary) coordinated the second annual event.

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Convent High School's junior varsity tennis team went undefeated this fall, wining the 2011 JV Tennis Jamboree (JV Co-Captains Kimmy Pace and Casey Stuart, both juniors, pictured above with the tournament trophy). The varsity squad placed fifth in the league and had five players earn Second Team All League honors: seniors Taylor Carlson, Caitlin Martin, Chloe Polite and Katie Rickards, and sophomore Dani Hogan. cubs

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Growing Team is Windward

The Convent & Stuart Hall sailing team grew from nine sailors to 14 in its sophomore season, competing up and down the West Coast, including the Sea Otter High School Regatta in Monterey and the Rose Bowl Regatta in Long Beach. In addition to some impressive finishes, the team earned the Corinthian Award for sportsmanship during a November race in Hawaii; Francesca Dana and Christina Canady won for the girls, and freshmen Will Paulsen and Will Dana won for the boys. The sailing season runs winter into the spring, so the co-ed squad will continue to compete in regattas through April.

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Convent Dancers on Pointe

Six Convent Elementary School ballerinas performed in the Nutcracker this winter with productions in the city. Five of the girls rehearsed and performed with the San Francisco Ballet: third graders Francesca Alioto-Grace and Sofia Paolucci, as well as sixth graders Charlotte Ogden-Moore, Jolie Radunich and Gabriella Tom. Fellow sixth grader Asha Khanna performed in the South San Francisco Civic Ballet production.

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Both Squads Make Playoffs

The varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams that Convent Elementary School fielded in the Bay Area Independent Athletic League this fall both advanced to the playoffs. Varsity finished the regular season schedule in fourth place, advancing to the post-season where they lost to No.1 seed Head Royce. Junior varsity entered the post season as the No. 1 seed after a strong finish to the regular season, but fell to No. 4 Marin Country Day School in a nail-biter of a first round. Athletics Director Leilani Wagner says the girls left the game all smiles and laughing, though, because they had so much fun this season.

Winter Sports

As of presstime, Knights varsity basketball is on a 18-6 run, Cubs varsity basketball is undefeated in league play. But a lot can happen between Bulletin issues! Follow all of our winter sports teams online at sacredsf.org.

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Photo Highlights of the First Semester

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Left: Fixing a break in the oval window in the main staircase of Grant House posed a problem since it occurred in the middle of one very large piece of segmented 75-year-old glass. Due to the age of the glass, a match couldn't be found. Luckily, the Facilities Department found a craftsmen to frame the oval, cut the broken piece of glass within it and install a "new" window with an etching of the Mater.

| photos by heather cenzer | Above: On a sunny day in October, over 100 golfers and 30 tennis players gathered to hit the links and show off their backhand at the Parents Association’s annual Golf & Tennis Classic. An awards dinner after featured a silent auction to benefit the school.


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Left: Superheroes, ghouls, astronauts, explorers, mad scientists and everything in between—must be the elementary schools’ annual Halloween parade. Students, parents and staff enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of costumes and of course, candy.

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| photo by casey chew (stuart hall, gr. 10) |

| photos by heather cenzer | Above: Christmas on Broadway brought festive holiday cheer to the Flood Mansion. Guests mingled, ate delicious hors d’oeuvres and shopped for everyone on their list; a portion of proceeds from vendor benefit the school. Chairs for this event are (left to right) Shannon O’Neill, Holly Couden, and Christine Roher Peterson.

Above (top): Convent High School students proudly attend the art show exhibiting pieces created by their Project Eye-to-Eye mentees. Project Eye-to-Eye pairs kids with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with dedicated mentors. Above (bottom): Stuart Hall High School students gathered at Values Day to investigate character and choices. Using the stories of two American heroes as their guide, the guys looked at the cost of making difficult choices and following through on their commitments. Right (bottom): Taiwanese students visited both campuses in January to engage in cultural exchange and do some sightseeing. The students were en route to a two-week program at the Sacred Heart school in St. Louis.

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Let There Be

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Convent & Stuart Hall is expanding its fine and performing arts programs, starting with instrumental music.

Can you imagine a world without art or music? Neither can we. At a time when many schools have felt pressure to shrink or eliminate music and fine arts programs altogether, Convent & Stuart Hall is adding instruction time for instrumental music, providing space and direction for performances, and encouraging faculty to collaborate on weaving visual arts into many areas of curriculum.

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tudies show that cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills are greatly influenced by activities like playing a musical instrument, singing in a choir and participating in drama. Students given the opportunity to engage with the creative arts reap the benefits of higher scores in math and reading, the studies show, allowing young people to develop important social skills and gain integral motor skills. Convent & Stuart Hall faculty see this evidence in action every day. Longtime music faculty Todd Jolly (Stuart Hall for Boys) believes that we are “making better human beings” through the arts. Fellow music faculty Anita Harmon (Stuart Hall for Boys) says that music “builds your soul.” At an institution guided by a Sacred Heart mission to educate the whole child, the fine and performing arts are an important part of any development; in a summer 2011 letter to the community about expanding such co-curricular activities, Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski added: “Student learning outside the academic classroom is crucial to their overall growth.” With that in mind, Convent & Stuart Hall began expanding the instrumental music program for all students K-12 this fall, while reviewing the vocal music program, the visual art offerings and the performing arts program. While the fine and performing arts have long been a hallmark of school

life here, the independent school accreditation process Convent & Stuart Hall completed in 2011 (known as CAIS/WASC/WCEA) underscored an opportunity we had not fully achieved: making the most of our remarkable facilities by better coordinating access for students at every age level to pursue their love of music.

Setting the Tone

At the elementary schools, all students kindergarten through eighth grade attend dedicated music classes at least once a week. They learn to play a variety of instruments including the recorder, handchimes and xylophone, and they study music theory. Todd says that involvement in music is not unlike sports, since it draws upon teamwork, cooperation and responsibility, and develops citizenship. Perhaps because it is a constant in the schedule, Anita says her students come to class expecting music. “Wherever there’s an instrument, they sit down and play,” she says. “It’s a part of who they are. They are setting the tone, literally.” That type of consistency is something the high school administrators hoped to achieve this year, too; within the schedule shared by the high schools, instrumental music has long been considered a club activity, which meant frequent conflicts with athletics and other co-curricular activities. In a schedule shift starting this fall, a music elective has been integrated into the regular school day, giving student

| photo by heather cenzer | The Four-School Orchestra Christmas Concert on December 8, 2011.


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musicians the benefit of consistent rehearsal time with fewer conflicts. Bonnie Fraenza, jazz musician and instrumental music instructor, has already seen a major improvement in the high school Jazz Combo, with increased participation and the “best winter performance yet.” Continued expansion and coordination of the instrumental music programs in the regular schedules at Stuart Hall for Boys and Convent Elementary School will help encourage students’ experimentation with music, the music educators say, and will provide a stronger feeder program for a growing high school music program. This year we have also seen more attention given to something truly unique to Convent & Stuart Hall: a FourSchool Orchestra, open to students from kindergarten to grade 12, as well as teachers, staff and parents who can read music and play an instrument. The elementary schools and high schools have their own ensembles to rehearse and perform with, but the Four-School Orchestra is a great ambassador for what we hope to achieve: a community that, regardless of age or experience, is drawn together by music, and all the better for it.

Stuart Hall High School Starts a Liturgical Choir

To eat, or not to eat: that is the question. Some students at Stuart Hall High School have chosen to rehearse for the new liturgical choir over paling around at lunch with their peers. The director of the liturgical choir, Michael Campos (Stuart Hall High School, Theology), did not expect so many students to make such a sacrifice but a rotating cast of about 15 students have been meeting to work on hymns for Mass. One member, sophomore Brandon Leong, has been singing in various choirs throughout the Bay Area for the past nine years. He sings to “invoke a feeling of happiness” in the audience and points out that singing is something we all do, whether we whistle in elevators or sing along to our favorite songs in the car. He joined the new

Our Community choir because it adds a celebratory feel to expressions of faith during the high school’s regular liturgies.

Little Voices, Big Commitment

The chapel overflowed with excited parents exchanging hugs and hellos, but the steady hum of conversation ended abruptly as 75 boys filed into the Chapel, their faces illuminated by the candles they clasped in their little hands. Lessons and Carols is a beloved holiday tradition at Stuart Hall for Boys. Choir director Todd Jolly works with the Boy’s Choir (third and fourth graders) and the Vocal Ensemble (fifth through eighth graders). Only days before Lessons and Carols, the sweet sounds of Convent Elementary voices had the chance to quiet a busy room, too. Girls in second, third, seventh and eighth grades filed onto the steps in the Main Hall of the Flood Mansion and broke the usual hustle and bustle of the annual Christmas on Broadway fundraiser, giving shoppers a wonderful reason to stop and enjoy the sounds of the season. The girls were led by Convent’s Gemma Arguelles, who directs three groups (Les Petites Voix, for second and third graders; Elementary Chorus for fourth, fifth and six graders; and Bel Canto for seventh and eighth graders). Many school events are serenaded by our smallest voices, as our elementary choirs perform for the community (and often take the show on the road to the RSCJ community at Oakwood). Choir groups at the elementary level practice at varying times throughout the week—a commitment of early morning, lunchtime and after school sessions. It is not uncommon for Convent English/ music faculty Marilyn Charm to be surrounded by singers in her classroom in the Grant House at lunch, or for boys gathering to sing for applicant families during Admissions events.

Convent High School Faculty Teams with Alumnus on Lesson in Handmade Fine Arts

“To be an artist doesn’t always mean working on fine arts paintings, photography or sculpture in a studio,”

| photo by claire kessler-bradner | Sophomore girls tour Free Gold Watch and learn about printmaking.

says Claire Kessler-Bradner (Convent High School, Fine Arts). “It can be about making handmade products like clothing, it can be about design or any number of other kinds of creative ‘making.’ ” Claire recently took her Honor’s Studio Art class to Free Gold Watch, a local printmaking shop run by alumnus Jordan Wescott SHB’94, to print their own Art Department t-shirts. Free Gold Watch is a combination screen print studio/pinball arcade/ clothing shop located in the upper Haight. Jordan, his business partner and their printer walked the Convent students through the process of designing and burning a screen, then printed the student’s original designs on t-shirts and sweatshirts. As students learned about the printmaking process, another Free Gold Watch employee placed fresh-off-the-press Popeye posters into the frames of old discarded windows from several San Francisco homes. Claire says the girls had a blast putting their own spins on t-shirts and seeing “a true window into the possibilities of a creative life” that extend beyond the traditional definitions of art. Claire herself is primarily a printmaker and is always interested in exposing her students to the Bay Area’s printmaking culture. She has also taken students to Arion Press to see the process of printing, binding and publishing handmade fine arts books for a midterm.

Out of This World Art+Science Project

Stuart Hall High School Honors Biology students will explore theoretical astro-biology and visual art, this spring in the latest Art+Science collaboration with faculty Creighton Helms, Patter Hellstrom and Devin DeMartini. After completing a comprehensive unit in anatomy, viruses/bacteria and evolution, students will look to life outside our planet. Two research groups will be given a set of parameters and background information to explore life within the universe. Then applying that research, each student will create an individual work of art. Each student will select the best media to express their findings, musings and ideas. A pop-up exhibition on the second floor of Stuart Hall’s Morning Star building will celebrate the project. There is a connection to be made with literature and film, as life beyond our planet has long been of great interest to our culture. There may be an added panel discussion where the Honors students will act as a team of experts presenting to freshmen biology students.

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Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools presented Analiese this fall, a contemporary play based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. The play is set in Denmark and tells the dark story of two teens dealing with issues of love and separation. Though they grew up together, they have grown apart in recent years. When one mysteriously departs with an exotic older woman, the other follows.

First Semester Drama Productions

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Looking Glass Land

Alice returned to Wonderland for the Convent Elementary and Stuart Hall for Boys production of Looking Glass Land. To escape the doldrums of everyday life, Alice goes through a looking glass and ends up in a bewildering world where ‘up’ is ‘down’ and ‘yes’ is ‘no.’ Alice meets some very interesting people as she journeys to the eighth square to become queen, but can she keep her wits about her? Convent & Stuart Hall


Working Toward a ZERO Waste Environment

FAST FACTS 606 gallons


s it possible to achieve a zero waste environment on our Convent & Stuart Hall campuses? After nearly four years of tactical efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and re-evaluate the resources necessary to outfit our school, the eco-Council is now exploring innovative programs that may someday render our trash receptacles obsolete. During last year’s Earth Week, the theme was “Talking Trash” and schoolwide activities focused on no-waste snacks and lunches, higher visibility to our new recycling/composting receptacles, quantitative analysis of our landfill reduction—and community-wide exploration of what still ends up in the trash. Students identified that the most prolific items in our black bins were the wrappers from snack bars and discarded juice boxes and pouches. So faculty Christina Cinti (Convent High School Science) and Arnaz Raj (Stuart Hall for Boys Science) enrolled Convent & Stuart Hall in the Terracycle program. Student teams are now collecting energy and granola bar wrappers, which are then sent to Terracycle in New Jersey, consolidated and then shipped to Mexico where they are made into upcycled products such as pencil cases, lunch sacks and messenger bags. 22

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Eco-Council continues work to reduce our community’s footprint.

Amount of waste we would send to landfill daily if we filled both of our dumpsters on the Broadway campus.

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Average amount of waste we actually send to landfill daily from our dumpsters.

Plans are underway to expand our collection efforts to also include potato chip bags, cookie wrappers, juice containers and all Elmer’s Glue products. In addition, our teachers are now piloting several eco-friendly classroom supplies. These innovative items include re-fillable whiteboard markers, rechargeable batteries and materials made from recycled content or purchased in bulk to reduce packaging. While the students and teachers are tackling the No Waste challenge bin by bin, administrators plan to conduct a green audit of all facilities in the spring. This more formalized review will result in quantifiable sustainability metrics that will be used in the classroom and beyond to further empower our community to reduce our collective footprint. As these initiatives drive forward, the EcoCouncil thanks every member of the community for enthusiastically embracing the opportunity to evolve our campuses into a model of 21st century excellence. —Christine Gardner is a founding member of the Eco-Council, and mother of Beau (gr. 4) and Teddy (kindergarten).

455 gallons

707 gallons Amount of recycling our containers hold collectively.

512 gallons Amount of composting our containers hold collectively.

100% Our composting bins are completely full most days.

33% Of the portion of waste we produce daily, only a third goes to landfill.


The Broadway campus eliminated 150 gallons of waste per day from the dumpsters, we would be able to eliminate one of the two dumpsters. And, the amount of waste we send to landfill could be closer to 20%. * Numbers reflect recent audit of the Broadway campus only, courtesy of Facilities Manager Geoff Smith.

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Jaime Dominguez Awarded Klingenstein Center Fellowship Jaime Dominguez, Head of Stuart Hall for Boys, spent two weeks in January at Teachers College, Columbia University for the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership’s Heads of Schools program. As a Klingenstein Fellow, Jaime was one of 20 heads of school to receive a distinguished, fully-funded award to attend the program, which provides independent school leaders with an opportunity for focused professional enrichment, renewal and reflection.
 Jaime joined visiting heads from around the world on the Columbia University campus for intensive study and to examine educational issues and policies facing independent school educators. The Klingenstein Center attracts and selects educators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishment or potential for excellence

and equips them with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for informed and effective practice. Participants focus on philosophy, research, technology and governance. The 2012 cohort included heads from all areas of the United States in addition to participants from the Czech Republic, Canada, South Africa, Croatia, Latvia, Venezuela and France.

 The Klingenstein Center describes itself as “dedicated to improving the quality of independent school education by developing and strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators who work in independent schools in the United States and throughout the world.” All fellowships and graduate programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, a commitment to social justice and diversity, and reflective practice.

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How Convent & Stuart Hall faculty and administrators are helping students learn to support and respect their peers. | by jessica bullock |


Convent of the Sacred Heart middle form and high school girls recently identified the simple act of saying “Hello” to each other in the halls as a way they could create an environment of support at school. The conversation between Convent students in grades 7 to 12 on the morning of November 28 followed a presentation with Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World. In small-group discussions, the girls spoke frankly with each other about how best to engage the world around them, based on Lisa’s prompts. How to show respect and support to your peers is an ongoing topic of conversation at every grade level at Convent & Stuart Hall this year. From the way students treat each other on the playground, to the way they debate in the classroom, respect has become a thread teachers and administrators have woven into many activities to help students see the way their actions, big and small, can be interpreted by others. It has also become an opportunity to talk


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with parents about this important part of growth and development.

Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

Our children are stressed out. Not necessarily because their lives are fundamentally more stressful than everyone else’s, but because of their brains. Adriana Galván, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), conducted a study of the effect of stress on brain function. The prefrontal cortex regulates behavior, but for adolescents, this region is not yet wholly developed, she explains. For this reason, she adds, “Teenagers experience stress as more stressful.” To lower adolescents’ stress, she recommends that they slow down and fully think through the consequences of their actions. “When you are stressed out as a teenager,” she says, “it’s interfering with your ability to make decisions.” Helping students take ownership of the decision-making process is at the heart of the conversations they have been having with faculty, parents

and peers. Convent Elementary works diligently to help the girls develop good relationships. All members of the faculty and staff understand that friendship issues play an important role. The school addresses issues of girl aggression and bullying in a number of different ways, including an emphasis on The Four Agreements articulated by bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz. They are: 1. Be impeccable with your words; 2. Don’t take things personally; 3. Don’t make assumptions; and 4. Always do your best. Head of School Anne Wachter, RSCJ, says: "Adults are role models, and our actions and attitudes speak volumes...We model for our younger students healthy and wholesome relationships." At both Convent & Stuart Hall, faculty help students to name difficult behavior, and encourage students—even the littlest ones—to talk to each other about the behavior, and to get an adult when that fails. This approach empowers students to make good personal decisions regarding their words, actions, assumptions and attitude toward others.

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The Intersection of Action and Character

A key part of the discussions students are having is that of character. Jaime Dominguez, Head of Stuart Hall for Boys, recently had the seventh graders in his Contemporary Issues class read and comment on the New York Times article “What if the secret to success is failure?” which asks if character is as important, if not more important, than intellect when it comes to student success and happiness. Jaime wrote in his Head of School blog about the experiment: “For several years now, we have incorporated a ‘Citizenship’ grade on our middle form report card as we recognized a need to assess and try to quantify these character traits which fall outside the traditional achievement results linked to subject area content/skills… I am interested in having our faculty discuss the possibility of incorporating a more explicit character assessment as part of our formal student report card…stay tuned.” Character was also the topic of a Stuart Hall High School presentation with noted speaker the Rev. Dr. Will Keim, whose humorous but direct talks with high school and college audiences highlight what it means to be accountable to yourself and others. Tony Farrell, Head of School at Stuart Hall High School, also blogged about how our teenage boys support each other through action every day. When a student is having a difficult time, he says, he sees guys showing support by offering to shoot hoops, watch a movie or just hang out. Although words might not be exchanged, these actions demonstrate, “I’m here for you” and “keep your head up,” he wrote. Earlier this year, he saw “a ‘high status’ senior star athlete give a friendly ‘you’re my brother’ to a diminutive freshman in the courtyard who looked a bit down in the dumps.” These actions reveal that “sometimes words aren’t the only way” to show support, Tony says.

Nuances That Are All Too Clear

Words can show support, but they can also be a source of strife. At Convent High School, Head of School Andrea Shurley provided some words of wisdom to parents experiencing one byproduct of adolescent stress: arguments. In a recent blog entry, Andrea points to studies indicating “teenagers who engage in good quality arguments with a parent are actually building skills that will help them hold their ground in typical peer pressure situations.” Although disagreements are always difficult, practicing "quality quarreling" can yield a positive outcome for adolescents’ development, she wrote. The power of words was also evident during Lisa Bloom’s presentation to middle form and high school students. Lisa appealed to the girls to not become anaesthetized by a society that distracts women with tabloids and cosmetics at the expense of education and true awareness. She empowered them to read more, and invite opposing viewpoints into discussions. The students’ small-group conversations largely centered around how students can combat the media’s attempts to pigeonhole women as objects of beauty, rather than possessors of intellect. The girls stated that although they do not feel pressured to wear makeup at Convent (one of many benefits of attending a single-sex school), they acknowledged the importance of rejecting, rather than perpetuating, stereotypical views of femininity. By saying ‘Hello’ to each other in the halls or refraining from gossip, the girls created a network of support that will help them resist the temptation to look at each other as powerful only in terms of beauty. Adults should be attentive to the way young women treat each other, Convent High School counselor Annie Shawe cautioned faculty, because what may seem like a nuanced sign of disrespect to us is not always nuanced to the girls. The process of becoming a mature, confident adult can be challenging. By empowering students and constructing networks of support, we create an atmosphere in the classroom and beyond where students can grow gracefully into the responsibilities of adulthood.

High School Counseling Offices Present Spring Parent Evening Series New this semester: the Counseling Offices at Convent & Stuart Hall High Schools launched a new series of parent events for you to learn more about your teen student, spend time with other parents, and gain insight into how you can best support your son or daughter through their high school journey. There are two events remaining this spring.

March 7 | Is This Normal?! Convent High School's Annie Shawe and Stuart Hall High School's Laurie Pomeranz and LyRyan Russel "Where did my child go?!" "I feel like I hardly know them anymore." "Why are they so angry all the time?" Join the counselors for a review of adolescent development ––the brain, the body, the emotions ––and the effects these can have on your teen's decision-making, communication and emotional regulation. May 2 | Communication Evening: How to Reach Your Teenager, Convent High School's Annie Shawe and Stuart Hall High School's Laurie Pomeranz and LyRyan Russel Participate in round table conversations regarding the challenges of communicating with your child effectively, the battle of distractions and how your voice compares to the pervasive media messaging. An exploration of what you say, and what they hear. Learn tools to help facilitate conversation ––what works, what doesn't work, and why. All events will be held in Stuart Hall High School's Columbus Room.

| photo courtesy andrea shurley | Lisa Bloom with the two Convent Student Body Presidents, Colleen Scullion ( gr. 12), and Emma Gordon (gr. 8). Convent & Stuart Hall


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A Life's work Have you ever thought about what you might write in your memoir? What moments in your life would you share with the world? How would you engage your audience? These are tough questions to answer; the act of commemorating a life through words can be daunting. However, if you ask any third grade student at Convent Elementary School how to write a memoir, she can tell you.


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Convent third graders learn the publishing process by writing what they know. | by jessica bullock | A semester of writing lessons culminated in the creation of student memoirs this winter. The girls applied the lessons gleaned from class instruction about details, setting, characterization, dialogue, narrative structure and grammar to create memoirs that are bursting with creativity. They wrote about cherished family traditions, the appearance of a new baby sister, rites of passage such as getting ears pierced and the excitement of taking trips near and far. Caroline Zoba, Grade 3 lead teacher, loves this project because it reveals how thoughtful the girls are and is simply, “so fun.” Caroline especially loves when a student applies a lesson taught in class, giving her that thrilling

“Yes, she was listening!” moment. This annual project takes the girls through the entire writing process. They brainstormed, composed a rough draft, held peer-review sessions, had their masterpieces edited by the teacher, created illustrations and painted a watercolor cover before having their memoirs bound and published. The process finished with each girl presenting her memoir to another lower form class, allowing them to proudly share their personal projects and practice speaking to a group. Creative projects like these allow students to synthesize numerous skills in a way that is fun, creative and meaningful, Caroline says, a hallmark of a Convent & Stuart Hall education.

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allows technology to be woven into the curriculum of many courses, rather than having students learn about technology in a dedicated “computer class.” Students use their iPads for reading textbooks, storing notes, video collaboration and reviewing presentations. Although the majority of textbook publishing companies are slow to develop electronic versions of their books, an electronic Algebra 1 textbook is being used in Armando’s class. Armando points out that iPads are a great tool for the classroom since they are cheaper than printed textbooks and because students “never forget their book because they always have their iPad.”

Digital Textbooks

| by jessica bullock | “There’s really two international languages: love and math,” says Armando De Anda (Convent High School Math). Unlike many fields, math has the distinction of being the same wherever you go. If you understand the law of tangents in Turkey, you’ll also get it in Thailand or Trinidad and Tobago. Math might be the same everywhere, but there is more than one way to teach it, and the Math Department at Convent High School is changing the variables in its program by implementing a traditional math model alongside a new technology pilot program.

Above: Convent students in Math class.

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Previously, Convent utilized an integrated math program where students learned a combination of algebra, geometry and calculus at each grade level. With the traditional model, students learn one branch of mathematics at a time (i.e. Math I covers algebra, Math II covers geometry, Math III covers calculus, etc.), which lends itself better to drilling and repetition, although, Armando stresses, the traditional and integrated models cover the same material in the same amount of time. The integrated method has proven successful for many students and educational institutions but, the block schedule Convent High School now follows has classes meeting every other day, and there was concern that students were not getting the repetition necessary for subject-matter mastery. So far, there has been overwhelming support for the new program, especially with freshmen students, Armando says. The change in format comes alongside another curriculum change with the introduction of iPads as a teaching and learning tool. This year, Convent freshmen and sophomores are piloting a program of 1-to-1 iPad use in the classroom. The program

By Tracy Sena, Convent High School Computer Science Chair/ Journalism Faculty Apple’s announcement ... that teachers — or anyone — can now create digital textbooks with imbedded images, videos, and simulations for its iPad is a game changer in education. The free (a favorite word in education) iBook Author allows teachers to present lessons through a variety of means as homework, and then allocate class time discussing, experimenting, and synthesizing information (what is being referred to in educational circles as “flipped teaching”). If a student doesn’t quite understand a concept, she won’t have to wait until she gets home to do her homework––and then be stuck––but she can come to class with questions and her teacher can clear up misconceptions and clarify material. Creating textbooks isn’t much of a leap for many of our teachers who are already creating their own readers or providing students with links to online content through classroom web pages. What will change, though, is students will be able to learn anytime and anywhere from just their tablets. –This excerpt originally appeared in Andrea Shurley's heads' blog on January 19, used with permission. Convent & Stuart Hall


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Creating a community of readers and writers at Stuart Hall for Boys. | by jessica bullock |


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| photo by heather cenzer | Dennis Estrada (top) and Daniel Fishman (above) encourage our boys to be writers.


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he notebooks kept by Stuart Hall’s Middle Form boys are interspersed with illustrations of battling robots and imaginative cityscapes, as well as insights into their thoughts about literature and personal reflections. The Reader Writer Notebooks (RWNs) they maintain for their English classes are more than an assessment tool, they “provide the boys with opportunities to read and write for themselves—and to read and write well,” says Dennis Estrada (Stuart Hall for Boys, English). The boys write two-to-four pages in their RWNs every week, Dennis says, because “the only way to get better at writing is to write, and to write a lot.” The majority of topics are self-selected, which provides a platform for the boys to share their own experiences and articulate and explore their own opinions through writing. Dennis and fellow English faculty Daniel Fishman are committed to nurturing the reader and writer in every boy to ensure that the skills they learn and the joy they gain is something they take with them throughout their lives. Daniel and Dennis share their own writing with students, Daniel says, so the students are able to “feel our excitement for reading and writing.” Dennis recently

started a book club for faculty and parents to further model for boys that books have a place in our everyday lives. “We live in a world where words are vital,” Daniel says, and yet many boys express themselves more through physical actions. They try to stress how important words will be—whether written, read or vocalized—in their professional and personal lives. “Sometimes I find myself reading a student's writing, very personal writing—about a first

The only way to get better at writing is to write, and to write a lot.” ­—Dennis Estrada love, a fight with a friend, the death of a pet, an overwhelming parent—and I say ‘good for him.’ He's figured out something very important, which can best be summed up in this quote: ‘Write to save your life, and one day you'll write because your life has been saved,’” Dennis says. “I want my students to know that putting pencil to paper can make a difference in our lives, and that's why we write.” Want to learn more? Visit the Parent-Teacher Book Club website at http:// z5.sacredsf.org/wordpress-mu/ dennisestrada/.

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The Life Sciences | photos courtesy of creighton helms |

How one Stuart Hall High School biology teacher helps students explore the world around them. | by jessica bullock | “Boys learn best when they’re moving,” says first-year teacher Creighton Helms (Stuart Hall High School, Science), which is why his Biology classes have ventured out to Ocean Beach to assist marine biologists collect data on sand crabs to assess the health of the ecosystem, attended class in Lafayette Park to understand the lives of organisms in an urban environment and solved a staged crime by collecting fingerprints, analyzing synthetic urine and interviewing “suspect” teachers. This year, Creighton and seven of his students went to the Gladstone Institutes to see real scientists engaged in the work of trying to cure neurological diseases. One Saturday morning Creighton and 50 of his students attended a lecture on science in society given by Professor Bruce Alberts, editorin-chief of Science magazine, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In Creighton’s classes, 20 percent of class time is allotted to lecture while 80 percent is dedicated to experiments, collaborations or anything else that allows the guys to get up and move.

Creighton stresses the importance of creating a collaborative classroom where “we can talk and joke” and students are “free to learn.” But it is not all fun and games in Creighton’s classroom. The discipline and organization he gained from six years in the United States Coast Guard is always there, evoking structure while piquing interest. According to Creighton, the actionoriented atmosphere at Stuart Hall empowers students to become agents in their education. Creighton also empowers his students by providing them with an opportunity to give feedback every few weeks, which helps him become a better teacher and allows the boys to become better students. Science is often portrayed as complicated, so some students enter Biology with a bit of trepidation. Creighton’s background, coupled with his hands-on teaching style, gets students excited about the science that is all around us, not just the science that is in their textbooks.

Boys learn best when they’re moving. ­—Creighton Helms

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Gl bal Citiz Faculty and administrators work to fully integrate global concepts into the total Sacred Heart experience. | by jessica bullock and stefani blair|


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ach step, each stomp, each step-ball-change collided with the drums’ beats, making the bright fringe on the back of the Ugandan dancers’ costumes flit and sway chaotically. The joy and energy from the stage washed over the Convent & Stuart Hall faculty, students and parents in the Little Theater, who cheered and clapped along. The Children of Uganda Tour of Light Dance Troupe spent most of January 12 on campus, meeting our students and performing one of their first engagements on their American tour. Children of Uganda’s mission is to work with local non-governmental organizations to help vulnerable populations in Uganda. They dance to share East Africa's vibrant culture, but what our students gain from such an event is so much more than an electrifying performance. They walk away with an awareness of life beyond themselves. Starting there—with awareness—our teachers skillfully find ways to add ageappropriate layers to such experiences. Awareness leads to engagement. Engagement leads to partnership and stewardship. And before you know it, the foundation has been set for students who not only recognize their citizenship in a global society but make an effort to participate meaningfully in it. This year, global education has become a focus for Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, because

while our students are exposed to a variety of perspectives every day, faculty and administrators feel they can do more to fully integrate global concepts into the total education experience. This effort is less about creating new programming and more about expanding the large and small initiatives we already have by asking | photo by sabrina (hsian-yi) wang | some better questions of ourselves. When elementary Above: Sr. Wachter with fellow school heads at an international students have the chance to conference in Taiwan. meet or correspond with kids their age from other Sacred administrators in Taiwan attended by Heart schools, what can we do to make Anne Wachter, RSCJ, Head of Convent it more than a geography lesson? When Elementary School, a presentation our students have the chance to travel on “transformative education” by U.S. internationally with their language classes provincial Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, spoke or with an athletics team, can we find to the same goals and how we can them local host families and service achieve them. The topic is not a new opportunities and truly immerse them one at the network level, but the call to into another culture rather than chauffeur action is becoming louder every day. them to popular points of interest? This is a conversation many Sacred Speaking the Same Language Heart educators are having. At a “Path The world is getting smaller, and to Global Integration” conference in St. technology is helping compress it. Charles, MO, eight of our educators met Roughly 1.8 billion people worldwide with their Network counterparts this connect via the Internet, or by the 4 fall about “awakening students and the billion cell phones in use (with 3 million larger community to the responsibility more sold every day). And yet even as of participating actively in the human the distance seems to shorten between family worldwide.” At an international places and people, more communication conference for Sacred Heart school Convent & Stuart Hall


does not necessarily prevent miscommunication. And that is why the conversation starts early at Convent & Stuart Hall. Students at every grade level are exposed to cultures, religions, languages and world views different from their own through our curriculum and liturgies.

us, like the Children of Uganda dance troupe, and the 29 Taiwanese students we hosted this January who spent a few days on both campuses. Stuart Hall High School students have used Skype to talk to fellow teenagers at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Convent Elementary School girls used Skype to talk to alumna Cody Luke '09'05 and her host family in Denmark, where she is studying architecture (read more on page 41).

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Beginning in third grade, students study French and Spanish and become acquainted with media in the Unkefer Computer Lab. They add Latin to their studies in sixth grade, learning more and more every year about people, tolerance, and different spiritual paths through history, social studies, music and religion classes. They choose from nearly a dozen languages as they enter high school, and put the world into better context through advanced theology, philosophy and even art classes. These skills help students frame their conversations with people from different backgrounds and in different languages, empowering them to be confident in their interactions. And they have many opportunities to use these skills to engage others, including exchange opportunities and service trips with hundreds of Sacred Heart students from all over the world. They meet other students who visit

If awareness is the entry point to a broader perspective, organized curriculum is a way we are able to help students dig a little deeper. For instance, this fall, every student and faculty member at Convent High School read Half the Sky, an acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that contends that opportunities created for women in the developing world results in opportunities for everyone. Some of the harrowing journeys unflinchingly recounted in the book illustrate life in societies where deepseated violence against women is the status quo, where medical practices are so inadequate or inaccessible that seemingly minor afflictions result in death, and where extreme poverty makes

day-to-day subsistence a test of the human spirit. Although these stories of women living through harsh circumstances are heart wrenching and unimaginable to many of our students, the authors’ message is ultimately one of hope and a galvanizing call to action. The effectiveness of Half the Sky is augmented by its multiplatform initiatives, including a Facebookhosted game where virtual play results in a real-word charitable action, and mobilebased games distributed to millions of cell phones in India, Kenya and Tanzania that address maternal health, domestic violence, gender norms and sex trafficking. Sonia Evers (Convent High School, History and Fine Arts) was one of several faculty members instrumental in making sure students and teachers engaged in a school-wide reading of Half the Sky after author Lisa Bloom mentioned it during her presentation to girls in grades 7-12 on stereotypical conceptions of women (read more about Lisa and her book Think on page 28). Student discussions of the book illustrated to Sonia that students were “feeling frustrated� after

| photo by sabrina (hsian-yi) wang | Above: Taiwanese students at the International Sacred Heart Conference Sr. Wachter attended. The photographer, Sabrina (Hsian-Yi) Wang, is a 1980 alumna of Sacred Heart Girls High School in Taiwan.


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becoming aware of the realities of life as it is lived by some women in the developing world. She says the book has opened the girls’ eyes to the question, “What can I do?” empowering them and showing them how every act of philanthropy has the potential to change lives and reverberate through our global landscape.

Partnership and Stewardship

Partnerships and relationship building is a natural next step to applying global concepts to everyday living. For instance, Stuart Hall High School has partnered this year with Face to Faith, a project of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The program, currently active in 17 countries, connects students (ages 12-17) worldwide through a website where facilitated videoconferences lead students through discussions on global issues. Lori Saltveit, Stuart Hall technology faculty who helps her colleagues incorporate multimedia into many subjects, brought the Face to Faith program to Stuart Hall and, as a Global Education Coordinator with the Network, hopes to help other Sacred Heart schools partner with the program, too. Under her guidance, our freshmen and sophomore guys have been videochatting with high school students at a predominantly Mormon school in Utah, where exercises like making and sharing short films with each other has helped initiate dialogue to unmask religious and culture stereotypes. Our sophomore guys have also spent time at the San Francisco Interfaith Council with two Faith Acts Fellows from

| photo by lori saltveit | Above: Lori Saltveit's students taking part in a Face to Faith video conference with Hillcrest High School in Utah.

the Tony Blair Foundation—Rachel Finn, who grew up Jewish in Massachusetts, and Nina Pine, who grew up Sherpa Buddhist and Jewish in Kathmandu, Nepal. They accompanied nine of our sophomore guys when they visited Rev. Joan, a Zen Buddhist Priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. The afternoon of engagement, curiosity and chanting was not only a reminder of the diversity of beliefs, but an important “tactile experience since faith can be so abstract” according to Sergio Vasquez (Stuart Hall High School, Theology and Campus Ministry). By taking part in several ancient Buddhist practices the high school guys were given a window into an alternate articulation of faith. They took turns chanting, playing one of three gongs or acting as chant leader as they performed the Maka Hannya Haramitta Shin Gyo sutra (a prose discourse attributed to the Buddha). The synchronization, concentration and coordination necessary for successful completion of the chant reinforced the symbiotic relationship between the individual and the group. Although the students

undoubtedly enjoyed meditating in the middle of a school day and playing new musical instruments, the visit was an exercise in respect for values. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, (18571914) the oft-quoted and highly respected educator and namesake of our boys' schools, once wrote that she believed each parent had the right to ask a teacher: "What have you done with my child, for my child? Show me the trace of your influence on her mind, heart, character and conduct." That our educators are working toward a goal of creating an active global citizenship would likely endear her to us. Though she could not have imagined a world with Skype and other tools for bringing people together, she would have appreciated our efforts. “Bring up children for the future,” she wrote, “not for the present."

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| illustration by starkweather bondy architecture |

Culinary Art A remodel of the Flood Mansion’s dining and service area will create a state-of-the-art space for eating—and learning about food. | by stefani blair |


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When construction began on the Flood Mansion in 1912, no one could have guessed that for most of its 100 years the singlefamily home would actually be a school that serves hundreds of families annually. Nearly every day of the year, the hum of activity echoes off its marble walls—from the Convent High School students in class to the elementary boys and girls in shared spaces, like the cafeteria. Given the daily traffic through the dining area and the importance of providing a good, healthy meal for students, dreams of a renovated kitchen and cafeteria space have been

top of mind for several years. Administrators and parents have long considered ways to improve the functionality of the space as well as ways to use the kitchen as a setting where lessons of sustainability and nutrition could come to life. Thanks to a recent surge of support from the community, the vision of a state-of-the-art servery and learning kitchen is about to become reality. The renovation, funded almost entirely by gifts to the Framework for the Future campaign, is set to happen over the summer and be ready in time for classes in the fall.

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Construction will begin with a complete overhaul of the current space, including knocking down part of the wall shared with the cafeteria and actually changing the footprint of the entire area. A complete rebuild of the space will also include replacement of major appliances—like the range and ventilation hood, which are as old as the building—and the installation of a walkin refrigerator and dry goods storage room. Improved food storage will mean more fresh food options can be served. Movable central prep tables will offer more workspace and will be able to double as instruction space. A larger self-service space will make it easier for students to peruse the choices and find a seat more quickly. Better lighting, increased seating and more effective noise reduction will improve the dining areas while diminishing the distraction that lunchtime can create in the surrounding classrooms.

To learn more, contact Sarah Leffert at 415-345-5802 or sarah.leffert@sacredsf.org

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Framework for the Project

This project may have been top of mind for many years—the feasibility of it was highlighted in the school’s 2005 Strategic Plan—but the surge of enthusiasm for the project hit a crescendo earlier this year. During 2010-11, a Food & Nutrition Council led by parents Eleanor Bigelow, Nancy Weber and Wynn Burkett and elementary Heads of School Jaime Dominguez and Anne Wachter, RSCJ, researched the entire dining experience for students and teachers, and highlighted where improvements could be made. They also worked to articulate new food and nutritional guidelines for the food served to students. That information, plus an inspiring concept driven by parent Jennifer Tulley, an architect with expertise in such design, then helped demonstrate the possibilities. While some maintenance work to the cafeteria was accomplished over summer 2011 led by Facilities Director Mike Armstrong, the real hope was to change the footprint of the kitchen and cafeteria based on industry best practices. This fall, the architecture firm Starkweather Bondy was hired to carry out the vision, with project direction coming from the Board of Trustees’ Buildings & Grounds Committee. The thoughtful design work, coupled with a groundswell of financial support this year through the Framework for the Future campaign, has culminated in a project that will give Convent & Stuart Hall a culinary facility unlike any other in San Francisco. Trustee Maggie Mack, working with new Director of Advancement Sarah Leffert and Campaign Associate Marian Zizzo, has secured commitments for nearly $800,000 toward the project. The team is working diligently to raise the remaining funds and would welcome the chance to talk with members of the community about renovation and ways to support the project.

Are you still looking for way to get involved? Consider these funds. Additional information can be found at www.sacredsf.org/campaign. Learn more about the campaign’s progress on page 36.

Fine Dining

A state-of-the-art kitchen and cafeteria in the Flood Mansion is going to give our students a learning space and dining area that will rival any other in the city. Be part of this exciting project.

Elevator Pitch

The Flood Mansion elevator, original to this 1912 San Francisco landmark home, is increasingly temperamental, limiting access for students and visitors with disabilities. Care must be taken to correct the mechanical failures while preserving the integrity and authenticity of this architectural treasure, which features original murals lining the elevator walls.

Gordon Sharafinski Scholarship Fund

This merit-based award will be given each year to a rising senior at Stuart Hall High School. The anonymous donor who made the initial gift hopes others will join in honoring the founding Head of the boys high school, who retires as Director of Schools this year.

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Framework for the Future, the fourth capital campaign for Convent & Stuart Hall, provides for endowment, supplemental funds and facilities improvement. Learn more at www.sacredsf.org/support.

million has been raised toward our goal of $22 million.

764 4%

Number of people who have donated to the campaign.

Average amount of interest earned from endowed funds, which is added to the annual operating budget, leaving the principle invested.



All contributions to the Annual Fund go to current year operating costs, which is how Annual Fund differs from the endowment.


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Number of endowed and scholarship funds started by campaign donors in the past 30 years to ensure Sacred Heart education will continue to be available.

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Donation that allows you to name a seat in Syufy Theatre and have a Legacy Tile to honor a student, alumni or inspiring teacher.

$100,000 Donation allows you to name a classroom, office or scholarship.

Classrooms, corridors and offices have been named through donations to the Framework for the Future campaign.


The year construction began on the Flood Mansion. Many of our historic buildings are near the century mark, making campaign-funded improvements to things like the elevator and kitchen all the more important.


Convent & Stuart Hall Alumni Dear Alumni Community, It’s hard to believe over a year has passed since I joined the Sacred Heart community. What a wonderful year it has been, with so much more to come! In August, Stefano Saraceni SHB ’73, and his family visited from Rome. It was a treat to meet him and show his family around the school. Stefano spoke very highly of the school’s influence in his life. Be sure to read the article about Stefano and his visit on page 39. Meeting alumni like Stefano gives me a real sense of the impact Convent & Stuart Hall has had on so many.

alumni coordinator Roxanne Civarello 415.345.5816 alumni@sacredsf.org

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Another highlight this fall was the successful Gingerbread Workshops held in December, sponsored by the Broadway Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (BASH) Board. It was a joy to see excited children covered in frosting decorating their houses, all in support of the BASH Scholarship Fund. In the coming year, I look forward to celebrating with you the 125th anniversary of Sacred Heart education in San Francisco. We hope you will join us for the many events. And, as always, we would love to hear from you! E-mail me at alumni@sacredsf.org. Kindest Regards,


Don't Miss Out

Our 125th Anniversary is right around the corner! We'll be celebrating with some fun events and we want to make sure you're a part of them. Providing us with your current contact information means you won't miss out on any of the 125th celebrations or any of our other great gatherings. Email alumni@sacredsf.org with your updated contact information or visit our alumni website at www.sacredsf.org/alumni to update your information online.

Thank you for helping us update our records. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Recap: BASH Holiday Events


Questions For New BASH President Vicki Glick Watts’84

Q: A:

What does Sacred Heart education mean to you? I count my blessings everyday that I was given the gift of Sacred Heart education. Whether it is making a decision at work, raising our family or doing whatever I can to lead by example, it is based on the core values, guidance and mentorship I received from Convent. There is something intangible about being part of this community. There is a deep sense of commitment to giving back to our community, caring about those around us and having a strong sense of conviction.


Your daughter currently attends Convent High School. What do you hope she gains from the experience?


Thank you to all who participated in this year's Gingerbread Workshop. It took place at the Flood Mansion on Sunday, December 4. All procceeds benefit the BASH Scholarship Fund.

Alumni Noëls Over 150 alumni returned to the Flood Mansion on Tuesday, December 13 to sing noels and catch up with classmates and teachers. It was a special evening honoring Mr. Charles Brady & Mr. Norm Luna, two longterm faculty at Convent & Stuart Hall.

[I want her to have] what Convent was instrumental in giving to me: a strong sense of self, an insatiable desire to learn, steadfast determination to be the best that you can be, a strong academic foundation and instilling the importance of treating people with respect.

Q: A:


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Why did you get involved with BASH? | photos by heather cenzer | I am in awe of and inspired by Convent Women of all ages. It is also very important to me to do whatever I can to be an ambassador for Convent girls, giving back to the community and helping to give other young women a chance to have the unique experience of a single-sex education by raising money for scholarships.

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This year’s Alumni Noëls was particularly special as all five Lastreto sisters were able to attend together—a rare occurrence as they all live in different cities. Antonia Lastreto Allegra ’63’59 from St. Helena, CA; Carla Lastreto Carstens ’67’63 from Soquel, CA; Maria Lastreto Larrenaga ’68’64 from Redwood City, CA; Michelle Lastreto O’Neal ’64’60 from Tuscon, AZ; and Nicole Lastreto ’72’68 from Laytonville, CA, all gathered for the special evening back at the Flood Mansion.


Alumni Spotlight From Italy,With Love Italian journalist Stefano Saracenia SHB ’73 spent one year on Broadway, but has a lifetime of gratitude for its influence.

| photo by roxanne civarello | When broadcast journalist Stefano Saracenia SHB ’73 traveled to New York from Rome this fall to cover the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he was able to visit San Francisco and share with his wife Rosie and daughter Martina a seminal part of his own history. Although Stefano only attended Stuart Hall for Boys for one year, it was a year that proved to be formative. Born in Rome in 1959, Stefano relocated to San Francisco in 1972 with his family. He arrived in a country where he did not speak the language, but he says he thrived because of his own determination and that of former principal Ellen Hoffman, RSCJ. Stefano and Sr. Hoffman spent one hour every morning practicing his English. Stefano says, “What I will always remember—and cherish—is the strong sense of Christian community I felt from staff, classmates and their families during my experience at Stuart Hall. It really helped

me overcome the insecurities I inevitably felt in the very first period of my experience in San Francisco. It made me feel accepted in the new environment.” When Stefano graduated from eighth grade, he enrolled in Saint Ignatius. He graduated from high school in 1977 and moved back to Italy to begin a career in media. Since 1985, Stefano has worked for Italian State Television (RAI) as a reporter, director and producer. He has covered worldwide events including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Kosovo War in 1998, the Palestinian-Israeli dispute in 2003 and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. He produced a documentary titled The Right To Be about a Native American woman named Harriett Skye who uses the journalism degree she earned from NYU to report on the realities of life on the reservation. The Right To Be was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. —Roxanne Civarello and Jessica Bullock

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Martha Schendorf-Klinger ’83’79 has a niece who is a freshman at Convent High School.

The Class of 1961 celebrated its 50th anniversary at Reunion this year. After joining fellow alumnae for a tour with current students and Mass in the chapel, the class met for a special seated dinner in Mother Williams Library. See pictures from Reunion on page 43. Nancy Cain ’61’57 is happily retired from a business career. Ginnie Conway Curran ’61 is a retired teacher. Maureen Harty Specchierla ’61’57 celebrated her 48th wedding anniversary last August. All three of her children are married and she has five wonderful grandchildren. Kathy Halligan Holly ‘61’57 continues her jazz shows in San Francisco.


Hilary Jaeckel Kaiser ’64’60 is still sharing time between Paris and Berkeley.


Lourdes Duterte Livingston ’72 is working as a Graduate Director for the School of Web Design & New Media at the Academy of Art University.


Katherine Applegarth ’73’69 earned her RN degree and is still flying with United Airlines.


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Ann Paolini Mori ’85’81 practices law with her husband, Paul Mori, at their law firm, Paolini & Mori, which specializes in probate, estate planning, business and real estate law. Their two sons attend Stuart Hall: Gianluca is in sixth grade and Lorenzo is in kindergarten.

Members from the Class of 1973 gathered together during the holidays. (Pictured above.)


Susan Toler Carr ’76 began working at the University of Southern California, her alma mater, as a Senior Project Manager in the Capital Construction Development Department. This department handles all of the design and construction activities for the main campus and health science campus facilities. Kristina Roper Graber ’76 has one grandchild, two-year-old Eli, with a second grandchild due to arrive in Spring 2012!


Marian Rowe Lee ’81’77 was delighted to see son Nick drafted by the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball club in the 38th round in 2010. He was drafted again this year by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round and signed with the team. He spent the summer in Viera, FL, playing in the Rookie league as a relief pitcher for the Gulf Coast League Nationals.


Wenli Gau Lin ’86 has been married for 16 years and has a 10-year-old daughter.


Angela Lawrence Katz ’82 has been married to her husband, David Jay Katz, for 10 years. They have two children: Rachel Rose (age 8) and Ari Lawrence (age 6). They are enjoying living in Palm Harbor, FL. After working in television news, living in seven cities in 10 years, and then travelling the globe for an international hotel chain for 13 years, Angela feels like she has won the lottery with this latest life chapter. Every day is a celebration. Dave and Angela still have very close friends in the Bay Area, and two of her sisters and mother still reside at least part-time there, as well, so they try to visit once per year. (Pictured above.)

Heather Hutchins ’86’82 is married, living in Los Angeles and working for Universal Studios. Kathryn Smith Escobar ’86 has been married to Tony for 13 years and has two daughters, Alex and Annie (ages 11 and 9).


Alexandra Pelosi ’88’84 has been traveling the country screening her HBO documentary Citizen U.S.A. The documentary began its HBO run July 4, 2011.


Freda Kong ’91 is working on an initial public offering (IPO).


Sunshine De Leon ’89’85 earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations at Tufts University, and went on to live in New York City and London, during which time she worked in areas such as public relations,


marketing, non-profit and the hospitality industries. For the past three years she has been living in Manila, Philippines, where she is working as a freelance journalist (print, online, radio). She contributes stories about all aspects of the Philippines to international media such as The Guardian newspaper, Forbes Asia magazine, TIME.com and Globalpost.com. She does radio reporting for American public radio programs. Additionally, she writes for Philippine-based media such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, Town and Country (Philippines), Women’s Health (Philippines) and Mabuhay (Philippine Airlines in-flight magazine). Sunshine recently began working on a documentary about the life of her 99-year-old grandmother and the history of the Philippines she has witnessed since arriving in 1933. It took her a long time to find the career she was looking for, she says, but now that she has jumped into the journalism world, she knows she is there to stay.

and Gianluca Lignola SHB’95 from Los Angeles. Some of them hadn't seen each other in 15 years! Kerry's brother, Matthew, taught at Stuart Hall for Boys from 1999 to 2005 and Mary Blum (Stuart Hall for Boys, International Language) custom-made Kerry’s necklace! (Pictured above.)


Sarah Crowley ’01 will be graduating from medical school this year.

Cynthia Cole ’01 became engaged on New Year’s Eve 2010 and was married in January 2012 to her college sweetheart. (Pictured above.) Sophie Guerin ’01’97 recently completed a Masters of Public Affairs degree at Sciences Po, the leading school of political science in Paris, and moved back to Beijing to work in project management and business development on behalf of international nonprofits in China. Blaire Russell ’01 is a practicing lawyer living in San Francisco.

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Kerry Gertler Alzate ’99’95 and several Stuart Hall alumni met in New Jersey for Kerry’s wedding to Alex Alzate on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Holy Spirit Church in Pequannock, NJ. The reception was held at the Ramsey Country Club. Justin Recacho SHB’95 came in from Scottsdale, Stephen Scarpulla SHB’95 from San Francisco, Cory Lorenz SHB’95 from Philadelphia

Hildie Murray Sims ’02’98 and Tony Sims are expecting their first child in February 2012.


Katie Carlson ’11, now an undergraduate at Stanford University, was featured in the September 2011 Giants magazine. In the article, she shares her story of growing up a fan of San Francisco’s Major League Baseball team and the difference that has made in her life.

2009 Cody Luke '09'05 video conferenced through Skype with Convent Elementary fifth and eighth graders for a project they were working on in their P.E./Health class. For the "Natural High" project, the girls created individual iMovies about their personal interest, hobby or passion in life. During the Skype session, Cody talked about her time at Convent Elementary and her love for art classes with her favorite teacher, Robert Windle. As a student at Convent High School, she discovered her interest in design and architecture in classes with Rachel McIntire and Sonia Evers. Cody was delighted when Mr. Windle and Ms. McIntire dropped in and surprised her during the Skype session. Cody is in her third year at the University of Oregon's School of Architecture, studying abroad for the year in Copenhagen, Denmark. Coincidentally, the girls' fifth grade teacher, Liam Aiello, also studied and worked in the same program in Denmark when he was in college. When asked about her experiences in Denmark, Cody replied with, "Awesome, unique and unforgettable!" Cody's host family, Mr. and Mrs. Danhauge and their 10-year-old daughter Victoria, were also present during the videoconference. All eighth graders had previously read the book Number the Stars, (which the fifth graders were reading too); the book describes the bravery of the Danish people in Copenhagen during the war in 1943. There was a short discussion about the book and how well the Danish and Germans now get along as neighbors. Victoria was very curious about the girls' uniform, and the Convent girls wanted to know about her interest in music, movies and her school. Speaking in Danish, she was able to express her interest in Justin Bieber, causing the Convent girls to laugh, which then spurred them into singing his "Baby" lyrics to her. Watch the Skype video at http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=qgzPRfVgDVY.

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Virginia Brown Paulsen CES ’67 is active volunteering in her community and appreciating her many blessings.

Megan (Margaret) Meehan CES ’72 has a son, Shaun, who is serving with the United States Air Force in South Korea.


Aimee Antonio Evangelista CES ’91 has a four-year-old daughter, a two-year-old son and another son on the way, due in March 2012.

Claire Feeney CES '03 graduated cum laude from University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and is working for an architecture firm in Los Angeles.


Amanda Dilena CES’09 is thriving at her boarding school, Culver Girls Academy, and was recently given the highest position for a junior girl. Her goal is to become Head Prefect next year. She's getting 'almost' straight A's, is on the student council, the Varsity Lacrosse team as well as being a cheerleader.

Adriana Boden CES’87 lives in the Peninsula and works in the technology industry—most recently at Google. She married at the Flood Mansion five years ago and has kept in touch with her classmates.

2010 Sarah Armstrong CES'10 was sworn in this

September to the San Francisco Youth Commission at City Hall in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Ed Lee. Sarah is one of 17 youth commissioners who will serve one-year terms, advising the city's Board of Supervisors and the mayor on "the effects of legislative policies, needs, assessments, priorities, programs and budgets concerning the children and youth of San Francisco." Just a sophomore in high school, Sarah has already accomplished a great deal in addition to her appointment to the Youth Commission. While at Convent Elementary School, she and her classmates worked with the nonprofit Hands4Others to fund water systems for villages in places where drinkable water is scarce. She says that she and classmate Lauren Hutchinson CES'10 were able to raise enough money (more than $20,000) to fund such systems for two villages, and they traveled to Honduras this past summer with Hands4Others to help install water systems themselves. Sarah recently told Convent Elementary Head of School Anne Wachter, RSCJ: "I had a great freshman year, and I really do think it was because Convent prepared me so well and taught how to be confident." In her first year of high school (St. Ignatius)


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she served as Sophomore Class President, ran track and cross country, started a club for Catholic teens, sang in the choir, and won her school's Freshman Oratorical Contest ("Thanks to all of those public speaking opportunities in elementary school!" she adds). Even with her duties as a youth commissioner, Sarah says she hopes to start a school chapter of Hands4Others at her high school, just as she did at Convent Elementary. "I am so grateful for everything Convent has taught me," she says, "and I know my success in high school would not be possible without everything I learned in elementary school."


2011 reunion This year’s Alumnae Reunion which took place on November 5, 2011, was a huge success with over 150 alumnae and guests in attendance. The class of 1961, celebrating their 50th Reunion, enjoyed a private dinner in the Mother Williams Library, while the rest of the classes celebrated in the Main Hall. Guests enjoyed dressing up with classmates for pictures in the photo booth, which acted as a special token to forever remember the fun evening spent with classmates back at the Flood Mansion.

1961 Celebrating 50 years



To see more photo from Convent's 2011 Reunion visit, www.sacredsf.org/ alumni.





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Jeffrey Dezurick SHB ’81 has recently moved with his family to a new home in Nashua, New Hampshire.


Tony Lee SHB ’85 has his first baby due June 2012.


Thomas Ross SHB’93 has been married for four years and he and his wife have been kept busy with rewarding teaching careers and renovating their new home. Thomas has written a number of papers, essays and tracts based on his studies of the Bible.


Jordan Westcott SHB’94 is the manager of operations at Free Gold Watch, a local screen printing shop and clothing company. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business from San Francisco State University, Jordan worked for a branding agency and as a consultant in the screen print industry. He has learned almost every aspect of running a small, successful local business through hands on experience. Read more about Jordan and Free Gold Watch on page 19.


Joe Feeney SHB ’04’00 graduated from University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and continues to compete in muay thai kickboxing.


Chris Blohm SHB ’03 returned to Stuart Hall for Boys to talk to students this fall in a special assembly. Chris was signed as a tight end for the 49ers this summer, though he was released early in the season, and previously played for Yale University as well as his high school alma mater, St. Ignatius. Chris spoke of his experience playing football, focusing on what he discovered were important qualities to develop—working hard, setting goals, staying focused and playing/working with passion. He had some great observations of some memorable games playing college football and getting to practice with the 49ers. The boys were captivated by his honest and heartfelt words of encouragement. (Pictured above.)

Homecoming Stuart Hall alumni and families returned to Stuart Hall High School on December 17, 2011, for Alumni & Family Homecoming. Athletics Director John Bertken barbecued dogs and burgers while alumni and their families caught up in the Columbus Room. Tony Farrell, Head of School, emceed the alumni game, which was followed by the freshmen basketball game against Branson and the varsity game where Stuart Hall beat Leadership High School.


Darren Criss SHB’01 replaced Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in January, and continues to play the role of Blaine on the wildly popular Fox show Glee.


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Raul Guerrero’03 traveled to Tanzania from May to July as a volunteer at a preparatory school for kids called Born To Learn in the Newlands area of Moshi, Tanzania. This program is designed to give lowincome children a temporary general education until they get sponsored financially to attend an established school. While there, Raul launched The Disposable Project; over 10 weeks, he provided 100 disposable cameras to nine students in Born To Learn and taught them the fundamentals of photography. Raul writes: “At the end of the project, the photographs were fascinating, resembling an incredible progression and understanding of basic photography concepts.” Photographs from the project are being assembled into a book, the proceeds of which will sponsor the students’ education. Learn more here: http://the-disposableproject.com.


James Holt ’10, a sophomore at Harvard University, is currently participating in The Ultimate Choice, a television show produced by Japanese public broadcasting corporation NHK. The show stars popular American political philosopher Michael J. Sandel along with several students. The Ultimate Choice takes a unique approach to television as a video-linked global classroom. Several students from Harvard, Tokyo, and Shanghai discuss issues of justice using a Socratic method. The first episode focused on the ethical implications of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and aftermath. James looks forward to further discussion of issues of global justice in future episodes.


John Dickinson ’06 checks in: "The past two years have been pretty big for me. In 2009 while still attending the California Maritime Academy I started working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Port of Oakland as a Student Trainee Customs and Border Protection Officer. I worked full time and went to school full time. My son, Tristan Trace, was born on November 20, 2010. In April of 2011, I graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a bachelor's degree in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs emphasizing Maritime and Transportation security and Counter-Terrorism capabilities. In July of 2011 I switched positions within U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Entry Specialist Officer at the U.S. Customs House in downtown San Francisco. I recently returned from a temporary duty assignment in Charleston, SC. I currently live in San Francisco with my family.” Sasch Flandrich ’06 checks in: "I am working for a health care agency in downtown San Francisco. I am living well thanks to the education provided to me by SHHS. The hours are grueling here at work (yes, I am writing this at work), but I survived Mr. O'Connor's Social Justice class, so I know I can make it through anything. I would like to extend a shout out to Mr. Demlinger––I have yet to need to figure out if (x) = ( x^2 - x - 6 ) / ( x^2 -1). That said, thank you all for positively contributing to my life and shaping the person I am today. I am forever grateful."


Matt Chan’11 checks in from Georgetown University, where he is a freshman. "My first year at Georgetown has been great. Living in DC is one of the most underrated aspects of life at the Hilltop—on top of Washington simply being an exciting city, its status as the capital also means that we always have elected officials and foreign dignitaries on campus, including former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. At the moment, I am about to pursue Government as my major. Outside of the classroom, I am involved with Campus Ministry as well as Georgetown's Admissions Ambassador Program, reaching out to both prospective applicants

and admitted students in helping them learn more about the university, in addition to coordinating welcome events for them." Marco Lancieri '11 returned from Marquette University in January to establish the Cor Unum Service Grant in honor of his godmother, Suzanne Estupinian, who passed away in December. Marco attended most of the service immersion trips while at Stuart Hall High School and was profoundly influenced by the experience. Using his own money, he decided to establish this need-based grant to offset the partial cost for students who best exemplify the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart education.

2011 reunion 5 Year Reunion The Stuart Hall High School Class of 2006 gathered at Johnny Foley’s Irish House the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for their 5-year Reunion. Head of School Tony Farrell and Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski enjoyed many laughs with their former students.

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In Memoriam The friends and family of Elizabeth White, RSCJ. Michael Steinbrecher (Convent High School, History faculty) for the loss of his mother; and Matthew Steinbrecher SHB ’06, Sarah Steinbrecher CES ’02, and Jason Steinbrecher SHB ’99 for the loss of their grandmother, Bette Eggleston. Ray Cinti (Convent High School, Science faculty) for the loss of his father; Christy Cinti (Convent High School, Science faculty) for the loss of her father-in-law; and Serafina Cinti and Laurel Cinti (both grade 8) for the loss of their grandfather. Judi Worner Hurabiell ’65 and Sue Worner Tierney ’64’60, for the loss of their mother; and Heather Hurabiell Luongo ’92, Michele Hurabiell Beasley ’90 and Marie Hurabiell ’88 for the loss of their grandmother, Evelyn (Ebbie) Cassidy Worner ’38. Ciara Cagney (grade 6) and Calen Cagney (grade 1) for the loss of their paternal grandmother, Doris V. Cagney. Angelina Orefice (grade 5) for the loss of her mother; and Joe Orefice for the loss of his wife, Debra Manoguerra. The friends and family of Louise Lundergan, RSCJ. Daniel Ringness (grade 6), Elise Ringness (grade 4) and Jessica Ringness (grade 2) for the loss of their paternal grandfather, Tony Antonelli. The friends and family of Josephine Humphry Emmons‘38. Spencer Christensen ’08’04 for the loss of his father and Janet Christensen for the loss of her husband, Max Christensen. Fred Jaravata (Stuart Hall for Boys, Technology faculty), for the loss of his father, Fred Padilla Jaravata, Sr. Alexander Bobroff (grade 5) for the loss of his aunt, Angela Lee Riepel. Jillian Keegan CES’09, Ciara Keegan (grade 8) and Jacqueline Keegan (grade 4) for the loss of their maternal grandmother. Jan Hanway (Stuart Hall for Boys, Counseling), for the loss of her mother, Norma Reber. Dennis Phillips (Stuart Hall for Boys, Middle Form Dean) for the loss of his brother, Patrick A. Phillips. Henry Desai (grade 7) for the loss of his cousin, Jacqueline Kashmira Desai.

Schools of the Sacred Heart send sincere sympathy to the following: Charlotte Kiaie ’10’06 and Frederick Kiaie (grade 6) for the loss of their maternal grandfather, Herb Richmond. Janet Crooks Freeburg (former Convent & Stuart Hall Librarian) for the loss of her father, Jerry Smith. JoAnna Barbero (grade 7) for the loss of her mother, Ann Barbero. Francesca Camahort (grade 7), Andreas Camahort (grade 5) and Julietta Camahort (grade 3) for the loss of their maternal grandmother, Bette Murphy Clark. Patrick Kramer (grade 6) and Christian Kramer (grade 4) for the loss of their maternal grandfather, George Garcia. Lauren Luke '99'95, Zachary Luke SHB '98 and Cody Luke '09'05 for the loss of their paternal grandfather; Helen Leong-Luke (Convent Elementary School, Physical Education), for the loss of her father-in-law, Bill Luke for the loss of his father, Di Hong Fong. Trisha Fischer (Convent Elementary Faculty) for the loss of her aunt. Ashley Ley (grade 8) for the loss of her cousin. Kyle Kettler (grade 1), Claire Kettler (kindergarten), and Quinn Kettler (kindergarten) for the loss of their grandmother, Margie Kettler. Mary Stanojevich (Convent Elementary, Assistant Teacher) for the loss of her uncle, Richard Apt. The family and friends of Josefa Bultó RSCJ, Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart (1967-70). Dale-Ron Cross SHB ’11 and U’neque Cross (grade 7) for the loss of their grandmother, Alice Cross. Melanie Koch (grade 1) for the loss of her grandmother, Eileen Eschbacher. Maud Taylor Morris Letendre ’83’79, Amy Morris CES ’73 and Molly Morris Bridenbaugh ’75’71 for the loss of their mother, Joan Morris. The family and friends of Helene de Lorimier Bossange ’43. Ann Gigounas (Stuart Hall for Boys, English faculty), for the loss of her beloved husband, John Gigounas. The family and friends of Kristina Uhren Memarian ’69’65. Ethan Sargent (grade 1) and Sarah Sargent (kindergarten) for the loss of their aunt, Tamara Molnar.

Nicholas Nazzal (grade 3) and Alexandra Nazzal (kindergarten) for the loss of their maternal grandmother, Vera Robbins.

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


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