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A Brief Word from Chris Garten

Congratulations, Seven Hills fall athletes!

The most moving event of a very busy Seven Hills weekend was the memorial service this past Saturday for Patty Flanigan, the Director of Theater at Seven Hills for almost 40 years.

MVPs in the varsity fall sports season were (front) Monica Blanco, Amanda Shepherd, Ellie Osborn, Emily Bedell, Hillary Goldsmith, Mathew Cohen, Sebastian Hoar; Jessica Seibold, Tessa Woodall, Alayna Choo, Pauley Gosiger; Emma Uible, Alex Ferree, Jeff Maggio, Matt Postell. Not pictured: Ben King.

Members of Patty’s family shared memories of her early years as a teacher. Upper School art teacher Diane Kruer predicted that Patty’s spirit would continue to roam the halls of the Donovan Art Center, clamoring for excellence, and the Upper School improv group honored their mentor by reenacting one of her favorite theater games. For me, the emotional climax was a recitation by Katie Hamilton, Patty’s student and longtime theater colleague, of a selection from hundreds of Facebook postings received from alumni all over the world. Two generations of students wrote eloquently of Patty’s impact on their lives: of her high standards, of her joy in making art, and most of all, of the faith she had showed in them when they were young and unsure. Many, it was clear, found their voices under her watchful eye. Surely the best way we can honor Patty’s memory is by continuing to help our students discover who they are and what they love in life. Chris Garten Head of School

November 3, 2011

Reports on the varsity season and all award winners are on pages 5-6.

Many National Merit, National Achievement, National Hispanic honors In our last issue, we reported that nearly one-quarter of the Class of 2012 qualified as National Merit semifinalists. Since then, we received news of more honors. In addition to the 14 students who were named as semifinalists, 10 seniors were named as Commended

students, bringing the percentage of the class to receive National Merit recognition to nearly 40%. Seven Hills’ National Merit semifinalists this year are (pictured on page 2) Harrison Addy, Izzy Arjmand, Continued page 2

At left, the fall sports clinics for young athletes were one of the highlights of Homecoming 2011.

Inside this Buzz Rosalind Wiseman visit


Upper School News


Middle School News


Lotspeich News


Doherty News


National Merit Continued from page 1 Alex Baggott, Alex Ferree, Kate Harsh, Betsy Johnson, Ginger Johnson, Olivia Koster, Sharon Liao, Courtney Linne, Alex Markovits, Adair McWilliams, Jonathan Tiao, and former student Bennett Barr. Seniors who were named as National Merit Commended students are Sarah Austin, Emily Bedell, Claire Duncan, Ryan Ferrell, Ian Grohsgal, Broti Gupta, George Lawson, Sam McHugh, Allie Scheiber, and Ned Williamson. In the National Hispanic Recognition Program, Allie Scheiber was named a Scholar. In the National Achievement Scholarship Program, Claire Duncan was named a semifinalist, and Keenan James and Daniel McKinnon were named Outstanding Participants.

(Front) Courtney Linne, Ginger Johnson, Betsy Johnson, Allie Scheiber, Izzy Arjmand, Sarah Austin, Broti Gupta, Emily Bedell, Kate Harsh, Keenan James, Daniel McKinnon; (middle) Sharon Liao, George Lawson, Jonathan Tiao, Ian Grohsgal, Sam McHugh; (back) Claire Duncan, Alex Baggott, Ryan Ferrell, Alex Ferree, Adair McWilliams, Ned Williamson, Olivia Koster, Alex Markovits, Harrison Addy.

Making a difference on All-School Parent Volunteer Day Seven Hills’ 2011 All-School Parent Volunteer Day on October 13 was a big success, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers!

At the Resale Shop, three of many volunteers—Jen Garrett, Rica Ligeralde, and Shane Sharpe. page 2

“The volunteers enjoyed their service and felt good about making a difference in other people’s lives.”

Tony Award winner for M. Butterfly Lecture Luncheon & Book Signing Friday, Feb. 3, 11:00 AM Cintas Center at X.U. Craig Schwartz

Upper PA Vice President Kerrin Antonsson, who organized the day, said, “Volunteer Day is always a great way for Seven Hills parents to get out and help in the local community. Our volunteers get to see firsthand the absolute need of many of these agencies. The Caring Place has added over 100 families in the last two months. They serve people in the Kennedy Heights and Silverton area. Work in the Resale Shop serves to make our store neater and easier for our customers to get the things they need at a price they can afford, which in turn benefits our school. Dress for Success helps women reentering the work force to be prepared and dressed properly to get the jobs they are seeking. Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) provides vital assistance to adults and children in the Madisonville community. Starfire Council serves to empower individuals with disabilities to become active and vital.

Dinner with the Author Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 PM At the home of Lisa and Dirk Schneider Invitations will be mailed in December. For more information, go to or contact Books for Lunch 2012 Committee Chairs Nancy Silverman at or Kari Ellis at

Queen Bees and Wannabees author Rosalind Wiseman addresses Seven Hills students, teachers, parents Rosalind Wiseman, bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, gave presentations on “Creating a Culture of Respect” to adult and student audiences at Seven Hills on October 12-13. In an evening presentation attended by some 350 members of the school community, she spoke on “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Navigating the New Realities of Girl World and Boy World.” With Seven Hills faculty, she spoke on “Owning Up: Creating a Culture of Dignity in Your School and Classroom,” and with fourth and fifth graders at Doherty and Lotspeich, she talked about growing up and navigating social challenges. An internationally-recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, social justice, and ethical leadership for young people, Wiseman is also the author of Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, as well as Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials. In addition, she writes a monthly “Ask Rosalind” column in Family Circle magazine. Wiseman makes regular appearances in the national media as an expert on ethical leadership. “We were thrilled,” said Head of School Chris Garten,

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“to have had an opportunity to bring Ms. Wiseman to Seven Hills. Her presentations to parents, teachers, and, especially, to students will bring valuable insights into the social interactions among young people. Experiences like this are an important part of our continuing commitment to sustain a warm and caring community.” Rosalind Wiseman, herself a parent and teacher, started her meetings with parents and faculty with three important points: “Dignity is not negotiable. You matter in a child’s life. Connection makes life meaningful.” She told teachers, “Your students’ ‘happiness’ is based on these fundamental concepts: the right to be treated with dignity by others, the responsibility to treat others with dignity, and valuing the development of social competence as a critical academic skill.” She shared strategies for social competence with the fourth and fifth graders, including ways to deal with social scenerios that are familiar to the students. She discussed the difference between good teasing, unintentional bad teasing, and bad teasing/bullying, as well as the difference between snitching and reporting. She urged the students to stand up for what they believe. “Don’t think one way and act another way. If

From left, Doherty Head Patti Guethlein, Head of School Chris Garten, Rosalind Wiseman, and Doherty counselor Mitzie Moser, who organized the event this year with the assistance of Lotspeich counselor Judy Arnold and Middle/ Upper counselor Vicky Hausberger.

you believe that people shouldn’t be put down, there are certain [hurtful labels] that can’t ever come out of your mouth. “Find an adult ally, because sometimes you need an adult to help. Your ally should be opinionated but not judgmental, reliable, and honest.”

A look at what’s happening at Upper School

See page 7 for Middle School, page 9 for Lotspeich, and page 10 for Doherty Teacher Barbara Scarr and four members of her Anatomy & Physiology and AP Biology classes—senior Sam McHugh and juniors Laura Gonzalez, Andrew Korn, John Rowe, and Katie Shen—had the opportunity to observe kidney transplant surgery at Christ Hospital on October 25. Students in the Young Family Library were able to watch an amazing live feed of the surgery, “so quite a few other students and faculty got to see at least parts of the surgery,” said Mrs. Scarr. “The transplant was from a live donor so we saw the donor kidney being removed and then being put into the recipient.” Upper’s Environmental Science class and Middle’s Roots & Shoots Club went to the Civic Garden Center to participate in four activities focused on sustainable living in the urban setting. Environmental Science teacher Linda Ford said, “The activities included pervious surfaces and bioswalles, green roofs, composting, and gardening in small spaces. After this experience, each group will examine the school campus and, using their new knowledge, implement a project based on the campus needs.” Varsity fall sports reports next page page 4

Jie Zhang, who lives in Liuzhou (Cincinnati’s sister city in China), visited Peggy Lovro’s Chinese I and II Honors classes on October 18. Jie was brought to Cincinnati by Friendship Force, a nongovernmental organization with the purpose of promoting friendship between the people of Cincinnati and Liuzhou. Peggy said, “Jie enjoyed visiting our Chinese classes and conversing with students in both Chinese and English.”

Election 2011 Upper students got an inside view of the Cincinnati City Council race and the issues in the November 8 election, when candidates PG Sittenfeld (’03) and Amy Murray (Upper parent, Council member) visited Seven Hills on October 27. The debate was organized and run by the Journalism class. From left, PG Sittefeld, Amy Murray, Canvass Managing Editor Kate Harsh and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Liao.

Ser ving the Freestore Foodbank Powerful packing at the Freestore Foodbank: 1080 power packs in three hours! At right, from left, Allie Scheiber’s grandmother (Susana), Helen Jatho, Linnea Head, Allie Scheiber, Alyssa Patel, and Service Club advisor Barbara VanderLaan.

Varsity Fall Sports

Sports photography by Keith Neu

Alex Markovits, Henry Head

league game in the past four years! Coach Terry Nicholl, Assistant Coaches Scott Cagle, Ted Sidor MVP—Mathew Cohen; MIP—Andrew Berliant; Coach’s Award—Andrew Bowen, Stefan Antonsson All-SW District: First Team—Mathew Cohen, Alex Markovits, TJ Nelson; Second Team—Henry Head District All-Star Senior Athletes—Mathew Cohen, Alex Markovits, TJ Nelson All-League: Co-Player of the Year—Mathew Cohen; Assistant Coach of the Year—Scott Cagle; First Team— Mathew Cohen, Alex Markovits, TJ Nelson; Second Team—Henry Head, Andrew Bowen; Honorable Mention—Stefan Antonsson, Max Pochobradsky MVC Scholar-Athletes—Michael Bain, Kerry Hoar, George Lawson, Alex Markovits, Luke Miller SW Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Academic All-SW Recognition—Michael Bain Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Academic Excellence Recognition—Alex Markovits

Seven Hills had an outstanding fall sports season, including volleyball’s first sectional championship! League honors included Players of the Year in golf and volleyball, Co-Player of the Year in boys soccer, Coach of the Year in volleyball, Assistant Coach of the Year in boys soccer, and these All-League selections—13 for First Team, 10 for Second Team, 8 for Honorable Mention, and 40 named as Scholar Athletes. Seven Hills athletes also earned 27 All-City and All-District sports and academic honors, with more to be announced.

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer The team—both Blue and Gold squads—finished their season undefeated with a record of 15-0-1! They outscored their opponents 37 to 7 goals. Coaches Ted Sidor, Michael Fink (’09) MVPs—Jeff Maggio (Blue Squad), Sebastian Hoar (Gold Squad); MIPs—Zachary Abraham (Blue Squad), Tucker Robinson (Gold Squad); Coach’s Awards— Devin Garrett (Blue Squad), Arjun Dheenan (Gold Squad)

Head of School Chris Garten said, “We have, as usual, a great deal of which to be proud. Again this season our teams distinguished themselves not only by their dedication and tenacity, but by their commitment to fair play and by their warm support of one another. Character is best revealed in adversity; I couldn’t be more proud of how gracefully our athletes conducted themselves both in victory and in defeat.”

Girls Varsity Tennis Six of seven members of the team won top places at the sectionals (including first places in singles and doubles) and qualified for the districts. Ranked fourth in the city, the team had an 8-7 record in a schedule including Division I teams and finished third in MVC among state-ranked teams. Coach Tim Drew MVP—Jessica Seibold, Hillary Goldsmith; MIP—Allie Baretta; Coach’s Award—Jordan Seibold Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association (Division II): First Team—Jessica Seibold; Honorable Mention— Jordan Seibold, Federica Fernandez, Priyanka Parameswaran; Most Improved Player—Maddie Shanahan

Boys Varsity Soccer The team finished 12-4-2, was ranked #3 in the city and #2 in the MVC, and lost in the sectional finals 6-5 in a shootout against CHCA. The Stingers have lost only one page 5

Jessica Seibold

All-League: First Team—Hillary Goldsmith, Grace He; Second Team—Frederica Fernandez, Priyanka Parameswaran, Jessica Seibold; Honorable Mention—Jordan Seibold, Allie Baretta, Maddie Shanahan MVC Scholar-Athletes—Allie Baretta, Federica Fernandez, Hillary Goldsmith, Grace He, Priyanka Parames- waran, Maddie Shanahan Girls Junior Varsity Gold Tennis Coach Soonthornsawad said, “Our team did very well at the Centerville Tournament, beating some of the Division I JV teams and coming in Third Place overall. Players for first doubles were Ellie Osborn and Ellee Kennedy, who won Second Place in Flight A; Mason Duncan and Hannah Silverman, who won the back draw of Flight B; and Olivia Koster and Keenan James, who won the front draw.” Coach Siriwan Soonthornsawad MVP—Ellie Osborn; MIP—Claudia Fernandez; Coach’s Award—Olivia Koster, Caroline Linne Girls Junior Varsity Blue Tennis The team had a 6-6 record. Coach Carr said, “The highlight from the tournament was Leah Yuan going into three sets to almost win the back draw for third singles. In Centerville we won two of our courts.” Coach Shannon Carr MVP—Tessa Woodall; MIP— Leah Yuan; Coach’s Awards—Izzy Arjmand, Allie Scheiber

Girls Varsity Soccer The team finished with a record of 8-8-3, placed second in the MVC, and lost in the sectional finals 3-4 in a shootout against CCDS. Coach Nick Francis, Assistant Coach Megan Hayes MVP—Emily Bedell; MIP—Helen Davidoski; Coach’s Award—Sara Johnson All-SW District: First Team—Zoë Pochobradsky, Katie Cirulli, Emily Bedell SW Ohio Senior All-Star Representatives—Katie Cirulli, Emily Bedell All-League: First Team—Emily Bedell, Katie Cirulli, Zoë Pochobradsky; Second Team—Libby Gerhardt, Maddie Rogers; Honorable Mention—Sara Johnson, Maddy Cole MVC Scholar-Athletes—Emily Addy, Zena Al-Abed, Hannah Batsche, Emily Bedell, Katie Cirulli, Helen Davidoski, Sara Johnson, Alexis Lindsay, Zoë Pocho- bradsky, Maddie Rogers, Sarah Shim SW Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Academic All-SW Recognition—Sara Johnson, Zoë Pochobradsky Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Academic Excellence Recognition—Emily Bedell, Katie Cirulli, Maddie Rogers

Coach Linda Clark, Assistant Coach Barry Silber MVP—Monica Blanco; MIP—Sarah Salter; Coach’s Award—Lauren Gerhardt All-City: Second Team—Rachel White; Third Team— Monica Blanco All-League (Scarlet Division): Player of the Year—Rachel White; Coach of the Year—Linda Clark; First Team— Rachel White, Monica Blanco; Second Team—Anna Gagliardo; Honorable Mention—Jasmine Cline Bailey MVC Scholar-Athletes—Anna Gagliardo, Caleigh Griffin, Kate Harsh, Carly Harten, Lawren Pieper, Lauren Weems, Rachel White Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball The team had its fifth consecutive winning season! The team continually improved with strong leadership from captains Katie Shen and Amanda Shepherd. Coach Barry Silber MVP—Amanda Shepherd; MIP—Kelsey Stratman; Coach’s Award—Eryn MacKenzie Varsity Golf The team finished second in the MVC and competed at districts. At the MVC tournament, Pauley Gosiger shot a 157 after two rounds of 18 holes—the lowest round of golf by any player in the MVC league. Pauley was named All-League Player of the Year out of a field of 30 golfers. Coach Doug Huff MVP—Pauley Gosiger; MIP—Alex Smithers; Coach’s Award—Brian Goertemoeller Greater Cincinnati Golf Association (GCGA): All-City First Team—Pauley Gosiger All-League: Player of the Year—Pauley Gosiger;

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Record of 4-5-1. Coaches Amy Ilg, Cassandra Bruce MVP—Alayna Choo; MIP—Zoe Barnhart; Coach’s Award— Beth Hickenlooper, Lindsay Finn Girls Varsity Volleyball The team won the first sectional champship in Seven Hills’ volleyball history and advanced to the district finals. The Stingers were #1 seed in the sectional tournament and were ranked in the top 10 in the coaches’ poll all season. Their season record was 17-5, and the team placed second in the MVC. page 6

Monica Blanco

Connor Rouan

First Team—Pauley Gosiger, Alec Kagan MVC Scholar-Athletes—Alec Kagan, Connor Rouan, John Rowe Junior Varsity Golf “The JV golf team’s future looks very promising by maintaining and carrying their level of play to the next season,” said Coach Godoy. Coach Ismael Godoy MVPs—Ben King, Matt Postell; MIP—Kenyon Moriarty; Coach’s Award—Alex Baggott Varsity Boys Cross Country Michael Bain and Alex Ferree qualified to run in the regional finals. At the Seven Hills Cross Country Invitational on Homecoming Weekend, the Seven Hills boys team finished first overall with 24 points and Alex Ferree was the top runner of the meet, finishing with an impressive time of 18:49.0. Alex also finished second at the MVC meet. Coach Tana Luckie MVR—Alex Ferree; MIR—Kevin Alex Ferree Cole; Coach’s Award—Paddack Bahlman All-League: First Team—Michael Bain, Alex Ferree; Second Team—Harrison Addy MVC Scholar-Athletes—Harrison Addy, Michael Bain, Kevin Cole, Alex Ferree, Carson Quimby Varsity Girls Cross Country Emma Uible finished second overall at the Seven Hills Invitational with a time of 22:42.9, 21 seconds behind the overall winner. Emma also finished second at the MVC meet. Coach Tana Luckie MVR—Emma Uible; Coach’s Award—Betsy Johnson, Anne Stuart Bell All-League: First Team—Emma Uible; Second Team—Betsy Johnson MVC Scholar-Athletes—Anne Stuart Bell, Betsy Johnson, Emma Uible

A look at what’s happening at Middle School Social studies teacher and Model UN advisor Judith Neidlein-Dial reported: “On October 12, the Middle School participated in the Junior High Model United Nations Conference at Mount Notre Dame High School. Our delegation was 25 students strong and represented five countries: Ghana, India, Sweden, South Africa and South Korea. The students debated the issue of global food security in small-scale caucus sessions and large-group discussions from the perspective of their assigned country, while following United Nations procedures. “The students represented our school very well. Several individual participants received awards and the delegation of India, comprised of Shane DiGiovanna, Joe Dizenhuz, Elizabeth Gimpel, Charlie Goldsmith, Will Graeter, and Vaibhav Vagal, received the Outstanding Delegation Award. “It was a terrific experience for our students, and I was immensely proud of their performance. We only had a short period of time to prepare, and it was absolutely terrific to see so many young people earnestly trying to find a solution for one of the world’s most pressing problems.” In keeping with a great Middle School tradition, P u m p k i n D a y 2 0 1 1 was a smashing success!

Insect Day!

Students and parents especially enjoyed working together on experiments with termites.

Insect Day is a much-anticipated event for sixth grade students, teachers and their families! The October 20 event was a celebration of insect artwork; theater class presentations that included original raps and amazing choreography; and sharing Insect Stories and Cultural Connections (research on the impact of insects from different countries). Students also had the opportunity to Skype with professor ornithologists Drs. Jill and Dave Russell in the field. Setting the tone for the day are the t-shirts worn by all faculty: for example, “Don’t Bug the Principal” (Middle Head Bill Waskowitz); “Floats Like a Lepidopera, Stings Like a Hymenoptera” (sixth grade science teacher and event organizer Jennifer Licata); and “Carpe Insectum: Seize the Insect” (Head of School Chris Garten). The Middle School Choral Concert on November 1 was an outstanding performance, including a song in Italian and another that was an Upper School-level piece. Congratulations to Director Tina Groom, accompanist Lynne Miller, and many talented singers!

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Middle School Fall Sports Middle School athletes had an outstanding fall season! The seventh and eighth grade boys soccer team finished with an overall record of 12-6-2 and received #1 seed for the CHCA Invitational Tournament. “The Stingers lost in the championship game to a tough Mariemont team, but a runner-up finish concluded a very successful season,” said Middle Athletic Director Roger Schnirring. The team was coached by Mike Heis and assisted by Mike Schnirring, Bob Zepf, and Gabe Kalubi (’06). “The seventh and eighth grade girls soccer team, coached by Sally Leyman and assisted by Tyler McIlwraith (’03), totaled 9 wins and 2 ties on the season and received the #3 seed for the CHCA Invitational Tournament,” said Roger Schnirring. “After losing their first round tournament game, the girls rallied and made a strong tournament run winning three games in a row. The season ended with an impressive overtime win against league rival Clark Montessori for third place in the tournament. The girls improved with every game and finished the season with a winning record.” It was a great season for Middle School cross country! The girls were MVC champions for the third year in a row, and the boys were MVC runners-up! Cross country Coach Andy McGarvey said, “The boys team had only one eighth grader returning from last year. Highlights were Matthew Marquardt (pictured) winning the Seven Hills Invitational and the MVC meet with Henry Marquardt also placing in the top 8, earning both of them First Team honors for Middle School cross country. “The girls had another excellent year. We had only one returning runner but two new eighth graders helped considerably, along with a strong group of seventh graders. page 8

Highlights were a Third Place finish for the first meet of the year at Middletown Christian; a Second Place finish at the Seven Hills Invitational; Third Place finish at the CHCA Invitational; and First Place finish (league champions) at the MVC Meet. Six runners were in the top eight earning First Team honors for Middle School cross country. Seventh grader Natalie Choo was first, earning Runner of the Year honors for the Middle School MVC. Others in the top eight were Claire McDonald, second; Holly O’Neal, third; Mia Reilly, fourth; Nia Page, sixth; and Abby Schneider, eighth.” The girls tennis team, coached by Sue Bone and assisted by Robert Horne, had an outstanding season with a 10-3 record and winning the CCD Doubles Tournament! Players earned these honors: Kathy Wang and Harper Duncan (pictured), third doubles champion; Daphne McLaughlin and Sallie Hatfield, third doubles finalist; Kelly Pan and Ada Huang, champion second doubles; and Emily Rauh and Jordan Lutz, fourth doubles champion. “This was a great team that had great sportsmanship and great tennis,” said Coach Bone.

9-0-1, league champions; Team Schiff, 10-0, league champions; Team Papakirk, 8-1-1. The three teams combined for a 27-1-2 regular season record and the only loss was when Callow/Papakirk played each other the first game of the year! The girls SAY teams also had a very successful season: Team Robinson, 6-1-1, league champions; Team Ramsey, 4-6; Team Rauh, 5-4-1.

“The new fifth/sixth grade volleyball team (above), coached by Keri Betts, is currently undefeated with a 9-0 record on the season,” said Roger Schnirring. “Expectations are high for their league tournament the weekend of Nov. 5!”

The golf team, coached by Greg Burkett and assisted by Kari Kramer, earned Second Place at the 2011 CMS League Championship Tournment, Classic Division. Roger Schnirring reported on the fifth and sixth grade SAY soccer teams: “All three boys strikers teams qualified for the city tournament. On the girls side, Team Robinson qualified and Team Rauh played in a one game playoff for the last spot of the tournament, but came up a little short.” The boys SAY teams had a great season: Team Callow,

Freshen your decor and help your Resale Shop at the same time: your gently-used holiday clothing and seasonal decorations are best-selling items for holiday shoppers at your Resale Shop. Drop off your donations Monday through Saturday between 9:00am and 3:00pm and spend an extra few minutes looking around. You might find a treasure of your own!

A look at what’s happening at Lotspeich Creative dramatics teacher Russell White said, “Shadows cast on the acting carpet reflect our passion for acting. Below, you can see kindergarten girls enjoying their turn on stage while they are playing Monster Party.” He added, ”Please consider donating a Halloween costume to the drama program.”

The Doherty and Lotspeich (pictured above) fifth grade science students of Regina Daily and Natalie Williams got together through Skype to discuss their scientific investigations and inventions project. More in our next Buzz on this exciting project and the November 1 presentations of their projects by the Doherty and Lotspeich students.

First grade teacher Marilyn Braun told us, “We enjoyed a wonderful visit to California Woods Nature Preserve. We spent the morning exploring the habitats of local wildlife in the forest and creek. We hiked up to the ridge and down to the creek. We stopped by a black walnut tree that had some amazing fungus growing on it. We met Willie the Snake and a three-legged turtle named Callie. We learned so much on this day of outdoor learning.”

Congratulations to the fourth graders and directors Robin Wilson and Russell White for a delightful “Afternoon of Halloween Skits and Music”! Many more photos are at A note about the Buzz: Starting with this issue, a Buzz of no more than 10 pages will be posted every two weeks. Watch for much more news from Lotspeich in two weeks! page 9

A look at what’s happening at Doherty Unit I–II Coordinator Elisa MacKenzie told us, “Mrs. Schuchter’s Unit I class is studying gravity. They made and launched parachutes. They timed how long each parachute took to drop to the floor, with different variables, then they graphed their results.” Creative dramatics teacher Russell White said, “These third grade acting students can be seen starting their scene after each picks from a different hat a card listing a setting, character and action for the scene. They read the cards aloud so the audience knows what they start with, then they slap their cards down on the table and get right to work as the teacher counts down, 3-2-1-ACTION!” He added, “Please consider donating Halloween costumes to the drama program.” ”The Doherty library was proud to kick off the book fair with author C.H. Colman (former TSHS parent), signing his newest book, Flaked Out (Fancourt Publications)! page 10

Unit I made firetruck cookies in honor of Safety Week. More on Safety Week at Doherty and Lotspeich in our next Buzz. The Doherty and Lotspeich fifth grade science students of Regina Daily and Natalie Williams got together through Skype to discuss their scientific investigations and inventions project. More in our next Buzz on this exciting project and the November 1 presentations of their projects by the Doherty and Lotspeich students.

Mrs. Hickenlooper’s fifth grade social studies class has been studying the ancient spice trade and the impact it had on our world then and now. Throughout this unit, the students have learned that because of the spice trade, the Americas were discovered, the stock market was developed, and medicines and foods were enriched. For one of the tasks of this unit, the students became merchants from one of the trading

Unit III went trick or treating at neighboring retirement home St. Margaret Hall. Many more Halloween images are at

networks that influenced the maritime spice trade, from Southeast Asia, Han China, to the Roman empire. In groups, they researched and made tokens to represent “luxury goods,” that were typical of their culture. In a four-round simulation, they bartered and traded for the goods they desired.

A note about the Buzz: Starting with this issue, a Buzz of no more than 10 pages will be posted every two weeks. Watch for much more news from Doherty in two weeks!

Seven Hills Buzz for November 4, 2001  

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