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January 29, 2013

Recent Upper, Middle honors include Certamen, Model UN, and Presidential Scholars Program On Jan. 12, eight Upper Latin students and eight Middle Latin students participated in the Xavier University Certamen. Two of Seven Hills’ teams made the finals in their respective divisions. (Results from the Seven Hills Certamen on Jan. 26 will be in our next Buzz.) Pictured below, the Upper Level team of John Rowe, Claire Romaine, Chris Baggott, and Anne Stuart Bell finished second out of 12 teams.

The Level 2 Team of Tigar Cyr, Clay Hausberger, Bennett Smith, and Ben Nordmeyer placed third out of 10 teams.

for the Historic Security Council, and seniors Shray Ambe and Anu Vora won for Best Content in the UNICEF Committee.

“Seven Hills had three Level 1 Teams (comprising Piper Spooner, Matisse Peppet, Shane DiGiovanna, Jack Lane, Jacob Weinstein, Noelle O’Neal, Calvin Arbenz, Daniel Grass) with respectable results,” said Middle/ Upper Latin teacher Brian Sebastian.

Seven Hills seniors Nicholas Au-Yeung (top photo) and Kyle Patel have been named candidates in the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make final selection of up to 121 Academic Scholars (including one male and one female from each state) and up to 20 Arts Scholars.

Twenty-six Upper students traveled to Earlham College in Richmond, IN, on Jan. 25–26 to participate in Model UN. They represented countries like Argentina, Russia, Kenya, and the UK. Five Seven Hills students won awards—junior Kayla Kavanaugh won Most Engaged Delegate for the UNESCO committee, seniors Cullen Deimer and John Rowe won Most Engaged Delegates

Athletic program adds basketball clinic for Grades 1 and 2! Exciting addition to Seven Hills athletics—first and second grade intramural basketball clinic for Doherty and Lotspeich boys and girls! See page 3.

Inside this Buzz Upcoming Creating Conversations Grades 1 & 2 basketball clinic Upper School News Career Cafe starts at Upper Middle School News Lotspeich News

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“Ready, Set, Go! What Does It Mean To Be Ready for School?” The third presentation of Seven Hills’ Creating Conversations series, “Ready, Set, Go! What Does It Mean To Be Ready for School,” was held on the morning of Jan. 29 (postponed from Jan. 25 due to weather forecast) in the Lotspeich Library. A panel of early childhood teachers and counselors shared their expertise on preparing young children for the next phase in their education. Panel members were Lotspeich School counselor Judy Arnold, Lotspeich Pre-Kindergarten teacher Kara Meador, Doherty School counselor Mitzie Moser, and Doherty Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Ginger Rubin. The panel discussion focused on cognitive skills, communication, self-regulation habits and social skills in young children. “At this age, social and emotional function are better predictors for success in school than even cognitive development,” said counselor Judy Arnold.

After the Bell enrichment classes Pictured below, Aimee Burton teaches young chefs about measuring and mixing in her After the Bell program, “Books Good Enough to Eat.” The students are creating their own books to go along with the cookbooks and foods they are learning about in her class. This program is taught for eight weeks after school on the Doherty Campus. After the Bell enrichment opportunities include classes in chess, Mandarin Chinese, piano, violin, tae kwon do, dance, and yoga. For information on After the Bell, contact Julie Brackett at 513-7282336 (Doherty Campus) or Jill Romerill at 513-728-2380 (Hillsdale Campus).



We invite you , your family and friends

to join us for one or more of these fascinating sessions. For more information about the free-of-charge series and to register for the events, please call 513.728.2363 or visit


Oct. 25, 2012 7:00 p.m. Smart Parenting, Smarter KidS


David Walsh, Ph.D., nationally-recognized authority on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development; and best-selling author of nine books, including Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids—of All Ages—Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say it.

THE SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL SpEakEr SErIES NOv. 15, 2012 4:00 p.m. Brain Development in ChilDren: a Closer look

We invite you , your family friends Dr. Lisaand Kuan, Cincinnati area pediatrician.

to join us for one or more of these fascinating sessions. For more information about the free-of-charge series JAN. 2013for the 8:45events, A.m.please Ready, Set, GO! and 25, to register call 513.728.2363 or visit What dOeS it Mean

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David Walsh, Ph.D., nationally-recognized authority children, teens, Ann Anzalone, nationally-recognized consultant on on learning styles, parenting, family the impact of technology on children’s health and educational planslife, andand academic performance. development; and best-selling author of nine books, including Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids—of All Ages—Need to Hear&It literacy and Ways Parents Canlife Say it. Building Blocks: language for Expert panel including Speech & Language Therapist Nancy Fluharty; and Seven Hills School Early Childhood Counselors and Educators.

NOv. 15, 2012 4:00 p.m. Brain Development in ChilDren: a Closer look Dr. Lisa Kuan, Cincinnati area pediatrician.

For more information or to reserve your spot, visit JAN. 25, 2013 8:45 A.m. Ready, Set, GO! or call What dOeS it Mean tO be Ready fOR SchOOl?

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FEB. 28, 2013 7:00 p.m. Setting Children Up for SUCCeSS

Ann Anzalone, nationally-recognized consultant on learning styles, educational plans and academic performance.

Parents, Join us Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall, Hillsdale Campus, ApR. 18, 2013 4:00 p.m. Building Blocks: language & literacy for life for Ann Anzalone on “Setting Children for Success” Expert panelUp including Speech & Language Therapist Nancy Fluharty;

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and Seven Hills School Early Childhood Counselors and Educators. The next installment in Creating Conversations, The Seven Hills School Speaker Series, will feature Ann Anzalone, a nationally recognized expert on learning styles, educational plans and academic performance. Ann will share practical tips for helping children and teens succeed in school and at home. The program will be For more information or to reserve your spot, visit beneficial for parents with children of all ages. For more information on Ann, visit or call To RSVP, go to or call Judy Arnold at 513.728.2363. Bring a friend!

Intramural basketball clinic for first and second grade Stingers-to-be! An exciting addition to the Seven Hills athletic program is the first and second grade intramural basketball clinic for Lotspeich and Doherty boys and girls! The young Stingers-to-be gather in the Kalnow Gym on Saturday mornings from 9–10:30, Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, to learn basketball basics from varsity basketball players, under the direction of varsity coaches/clinic directors Willie Hill and Tyler McIlwraith. Athletic Director Brian Phelps said, “Forty-eight Doherty and Lotspeich first and second graders are participating in the clinic. Players receive a Seven Hills blue and white reversible jersey with their own number on it and wear the jersey during the clinic. The first hour of the clinic focuses on skill development like defense, dribbling and shooting. For the last half hour, the kids play basketball games against each other.” Brian continued, “I’m really excited about this clinic on both ends. Little kids adore the high schoolers and it’s fulfilling for the older kids, too. I think it is very important to continue to grow Seven Hills athletics by having one program connecting the Lower School to the Upper School. “We want Doherty and Lotspeich students to start thinking, ‘When I’m on the varsity team….’ and to see themselves as Stingers.”

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A look at what’s happening at Upper School

See page 6 for Middle School, page 7 for Lotspeich & page 9 for Doherty Congratulations to our fall athletes who were named as Enquirer All-Stars! Boys soccer First Team: Henry Head Honorable Mention: Max Pochobradsky

Girls soccer First Team: Zoë Pochobradsky Honorable Mention: Adeline Sawyer

Golf First Team: Pauley Gosiger, Brian Goertemoeller, Alyssa Akiyama Honorable Mention: Ben King, Alex Smithers, Connor Rouan, Devin Sutton Tennis First Team: Jessica Seibold, Grace He, Honorable Mention: Federica Fernandez, Priyanka Parameswaran, Allie Baretta, Ellee Kennedy Congratulations to freshman Holly O’Neal who, while playing with a junior level of the University of Kentucky Polo Team, scored 9 goals, to lead her team to a 19-0 rout of the University of Louisville Polo Team. It was a personal best for Holly. Dana Crum, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Writer-in-Residence and Creative Writing teacher at Upper, will have a poem published this spring in Blackbird, a prestigious literary journal. In addition, Prairie Schooner, one of the oldest and most respected literary journals in the country, has asked Dana to submit some poems next school year. The majority of the submissions literary journals receive are unsolicited, so it’s quite an honor for Dana that Prairie Schooner has solicited work from him. Congratulations! page 4

Physics teacher Tim Drew said, “We use Physics Olympic events to review all the major concepts from the first semester. During the daily events, teams work collaboratively to defeat other classmates. The projects showed imagination, determination, and percolating, critical thinking skills.” Tim described two of the events. “In the car competition, the project was to build a vehicle that stores mechanical potential energy that can be released into kinetic energy and move the vehicle down the science hallway. The individual vehicle that travels the farthest distance wins the individual challenge. “The goal of the egg drop event was to build a device, from a limited supply of materials given to each group, that would increase the impact time and lower the impact force on a raw egg. The team that survived the highest drop, without breaking, won the competition.”

Results in the Physics Olympics were as follows: First Bell Physics: First, Samantha Head; second, Lawren Pieper; third, Sarah Salter. Sixth Bell Physics: First, Hadiya Harrigan and Bob Seibel (tie); second, Madeleine Gold and Kerry Hoar (tie). Eighth Bell Physics: First, Devin Garrett; second, Ned Dawson; third, Anne Stuart Bell. Car competition: Samantha Head won with the distance of 24.3 meters; Anne Stuart Bell was second with 23.4 meters; Sarah Salter was third with 13.4 meters.

Bridget Ancalmo’s Anatomy & Physiology students dissecting a deer heart.

The Upper School’s Career Cafe Program held its first lunchtime session on January 22. The first speaker was current Upper School parent Susan Arnold, former President-Global Business Units at Procter & Gamble. She had overall responsibility of the company’s global business totaling over $80 billion and 300 brands. Susan was the first female leader of P&G’s global Beauty business and first female Vice Chair.

Head of Upper School Nick Francis, Blair Lanier, Foreign Language Department Head Wynne Curry.

The Career Cafe Program occurs once a month and gives Upper School students the opportunity to interact with parents and alumni in a variety of professions and careers.

Susan Arnold with Career Cafe Program Co-chairs seniors Mia Samaha and Grace He.

Blair Lanier ’06, Executive Director of Breakthrough Cincinnati, visited campus on January 22 to talk with the juniors and seniors about Breakthrough’s “amazing summer internship program. “Breakthrough is one of the foremost opportunities for high school and college students to learn the powerful and transferable skills of teaching and to practice leadership, creativity, adaptability, and problem solving,” said Blair. “Breakthrough Teachers learn by doing. We teach interns how to lead powerful lessons that bolster a love of learning and to use effective teaching strategies to engage and motivate their students. Our talented young interns become teachers, mentors, and role models for our 110 high-potential middle school students, recruited at urban elementary schools in Cincinnati.”

The junior and senior class agents gathered to assemble the traditional “winter care packages” of snacks and treats for our college freshmen. These packages, sponsored by the Alumni Association, are sent every January to our most recent graduates to let them know we are thinking about them and wish them well at school.

Breakthrough recruits university students at colleges across the country and talented high school students locally for its eight-week summer internship. For questions about this program, students should contact Dean of Students David Brott (david.brott@7hills. org) and alumni should contact Director of Alumni Relations Nancy McCormick Bassett (nancy. For the latest Upper School news, go to page 5

A look at what’s happening at Middle School the diet, habitat, and health of an imaginary organism, then created a model coprolite (fossil feces) produced by the organism. “Coprolites were traded and students had to analyze the coprolite they received, in order to determine the diet, habitat, and health of the organism that created the dung.

Congratulations to seventh grader Natalie Choo (left), winner of the Middle School Spelling Bee. Pictured above with Natalie are runners up (from left) eighth grader Andres Antonsson, sixth grader Jesse Sprigg, sixth grader Max Lane, eighth grader Piper Spooner, Natalie Choo, seventh grader Charlie Dwight, and sixth grader Madeline Ringswald Egan. Head of Middle School Bill Waskowitz told us, “On Middle School’s Day of Service at Matthew 25 Ministries on Jan. 21, we had over 30 individuals (students and parents) volunteer their time and efforts. This was a wonderful way for some of our families to spend time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”

Science Department Head and teacher Karen Glum said, “Seventh grade science students are answering these questions:

“Following the activity, seventh graders Skyped with Karen Chin, a paleontologist who is known as one of the world’s leading experts in the study of coprolites.”

“What do we know about Earth’s past? “How do we know what we know? “What don’t we know (and why)? “To help answer these questions, students participated in an activity called Clues in Poo. Students described

The sixth grade science students of Jennifer Licata and Bridget Ancalmo are learning about the process of cell division. They have created animations of mitosis as part of a claymation project to help them better understand this challenging concept. Students used the cameras on their iPads to take the pictures and work on the project. The movies will soon be posted on the Life Science 6 wiki ( for students to share with their family and friends.

Congratulations to eighth grader Noelle O’Neal, who won two Second Place ribbons while competing in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association Show at the Andrews-Osborne Academy in Cleveland. The ribbons were in jumping and flat work.

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A look at what’s happening at Lotspeich

Lotspeich fifth grade held its optional Winter Break Book Club. Book Club members met over lunch to discuss Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, a historical novel set in Norway during WWII. All enjoyed ice cream snowmen and lively book talk! The second grade students of Danielle Necessary and Kristen Feeney presented their Martin Luther King Jr. Projects slideshow in assembly on Jan. 28. The slideshow of very impressive projects can be viewed on the second grade page of Lotspeich Corner at http:// Danielle Necessary said, “We started studying Martin Luther King Jr. to kick off our American Leaders unit. This unit focuses on one essential question—‘What is a leader?’ Students identified the dictionary definition of a leader, essential and nonessential characteristics of a leader, and examples/images of leaders.”

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Fifth graders are engaged in exciting explorations as part of a social studies unit designed by teacher Karla Balskus with her summer 2012 curriculum development grant. She explained, “The fifth grade’s unit, ‘Age of Exploration,’ has added the focus, ‘Into the Unknown,’ which uses exciting new technolgy and text to help students understand how great explorers—today and in the past—have found their way by land, sea, and air. “‘What drives mankind to explore?’ is the guiding question of this new social studies unit. Students are investigating the challenges exploration presents and the new technologies people have developed to overcome these challenges. Students are also examining the impact of successful exploration and ponder what remains ‘unknown’ in our world today. “Pairs of students will research one of many explorers found in either our text, Into the Unknown, or in the National Geographic iPad app, ‘Greatest Adventure Ever

Told.’ Students will then create their own comprehension study guide sheet. Student-generated questions will be compiled in an iBook that will be downloaded onto our classroom iPads to be used by students as they read a chapter or watch a video on the National Geographic app. “Critical thinking, creativity and collaboration is promoted throughout the unit. The fact that students will read and complete their fellow classmates’ study guides provides an authentic audience for student writing.”

Teacher Theresa Cohen told us, “The Kindergarten classes have been studying the birds found in our school yard and learning what makes a bird a bird. The children have measured and compared their own ‘wingspans’ to birds found in Ohio, and they have participated in experiments to expand their learning about the different adaptations of birds’ wings, beaks, feet and nests. “The children are making their own bird food and different types of feeders in order to create a classroom life list of birds that come to our feeders. This way, they can compare and contrast the types of birds that eat different types of food, as well as their preference for feeder types. The children will broaden their study to include penguins found in the southern hemisphere, particularly Antarctica.”

Lotspeichers have enjoyed lessons in their PE classes with yoga instructor Hollie J. Nesbitt from Little Yoga Sunshine. She teaches classes all day on four consecutive Fridays. PE teacher and Athletic Coordinator Katie Forster said, “She is fantastic!” Baking gingerbread cookies is a favorite Buddy activity! Thank you to our parent helpers!

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A look at what’s happening at Doherty

The Unit II math classes of Joan Claybourn and Vaishali Sarbhoy have been working on building their money concepts. The children were asked to bring in examples of different currencies from around the world. In the science lab, armed with magnifying glasses, they explored interesting coins and paper money from almost 20 countries! In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Kirby Schuchter’s first graders did an activity showing that two eggs are different on the outside but the same on the inside. They had a wonderful class discussion about the fact that people, too, can look different on the outside but are the same on the inside. Doherty School Head Patti Guethlein and librarian Linda Wolfe held this year’s second Bridges program for the second and third grade in the Doherty Library. Bridges is a free and optional program attended by students with parents, grandparents and/or caregivers to explore various American cultures. Everyone enjoyed learning about being an African-American from Mrs. Veronica Hall-Edwards, who provided the delicious sweet potato pies, pound cake and peach betty. page 9

Congratulations to the fifth graders and their teachers—Regina Daily, Maria Eynon, Russell White, and Unit III teachers—for another powerful and moving convocation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mrs. Daily said, “This year the fifth grade students used Michael Jackson’s song, ‘Heal the World,’ to focus on making the world a better place. They spoke about activism and the numerous people from around the globe who were activists. Many of these activists made social, political, economic, and even environmental changes which impacted America and the world. Their voices and actions made significant changes then, today, and for the future.” Quoting from the convocation program, “Dr. King was a catalyst and an activist. His dream continues here at Doherty, as we remember these activists, reflect on his vision, and undertake his legacy, together.”

You are invited to attend a meeting of

The Second Continental Congress

You will hear the delegates debate the signing of Mr. Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Approval of this document could change the world. Come and witness the testimony towards this momentous decision on American independence and . . .TREASON! Wednesday, December 19 12:00 - 12:30 Mrs. Hickenlooper’s room

You are invited to attend a meeting of

The Second Continental Congress

You will hear the delegates debate the signing of Mr. Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Approval of this document could change the Thompson, world. John Hancock, Charles Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Dickenson, and many Come and witness theother testimony towards this momentous representatives met in Tracy Hickenlooper’s room for a meeting of the Second Continental decision on American independence and . . .TREASON!

Congress. They came together to debate declaring independence from Great Britain and to

sign the Declaration of Independence. Wednesday, December 19 12:00 - 12:30

This group of students completed reading the entire Spiderwick series by Holly Black as extra credit, thereby earning an invitation to the SPIDERWICK SPECTACULAR in the Doherty Library. During the festivities there was a knowledge-based game about the books, and the competition was fierce. On the morning of Dec. 12, students in Tracy Hickenlooper’s homeroom were working hard at packing lunches for the Open Door Ministry. Six fifth graders delivered these lunches to the ministry. Along with the lunches, the students handed out flannel hats made by Unit III and blankets made by Unit II. Third graders visited the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY, as part of their unit of study on Germany. They enjoyed wurst, buttered spatzle, sourkraut balls and a big German creampuff! Before going to lunch, they had a guided tour through Over the Rhine to see some of the amazing German architecture in that part of the city. Special thanks to parent Kelly Murphy for showing us her floral shop, Eden Floral Boutique, which is in the Germania Building. As part of Unit I’s study of space, Amy Kulhavik’s class did an experiment in which students dropped a marble onto the moon’s surface (flour and cocoa) and hypothesized what would happen.

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Congratulations to the following fourth graders for a job well done: (front) Kylee Ellis, Emma Cohen, Caroline Routh, Talbot Anning, Olivia Quinn; (back) Grace Arya, Amelia Moran, Will Kohnen, Scott Williams, Wes Gardner, Michael Moran, Eli Dauer. Absent: Luke Malloy.

Doherty’s Extended Day students spent an afternoon baking sugar cookies from a traditional German recipe and learning about German culture during their monthly German Culture class taught by Mariam Nasrati. Extended Day students made ceramic cups from a plaster mold of a styrofoam cup. This slip casting technique, taught by Jocelyn Coulter, allows students to create fun cups to use during Extended Day. We hope to waste less by not adding more plastic cups to the landfill! At the end of the year the students will take their personalized cup home.

Teacher Jocelyn Coulter discusses the importance of lizard care with the Pre-K Extended Day students. Ms. Coulter works at the Zoo in her spare time and shares her love and care for the animals with the students who help care for the new Chinese Water Dragon. The Extended Day staff encourages students to make healthy choices by offering a wide variety of whole food snacks. The staff makes trying new things a fun adventure! The Extended Day program receives local produce from Green Bean Delivery biweekly and hopes to be growing some vegetables this spring to add to the snacks. The students enjoy learning about new fruits and veggies and are curious to see what will become an ingredient in their next creation, whether it be a salsa-guacamole hybrid or dehydrated apples or broccoli.

The Seven Hills Buzz, Jan. 29, 2013  
The Seven Hills Buzz, Jan. 29, 2013  

The Seven Hills Buzz