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May 2006 Nick Stoneman ...........................Pg 1 Barb Brueggemann ....................Pg 2 Bobbi Sumner ............................Pg 3 Academic Honors........................Pg 4 Fencing Update ..........................Pg 4 Hockey Nationals Recap..............Pg 5 Christine Clayburg ............Back Cover
S HATTUCK -S T . M ARY ’ S
Egg Hunt 2006...Beaming Smiles Match Beaming Sunshine! More than 800 children and adults converged on the SSM campus Saturday, April 15 for the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. This is the third year the School has hosted this Faribault ritual, which draws a wide group of participants from the surrounding community. The spacious campus creates a picturesque hunt and this year was a perfect 10! Blue skies and plenty of sunshine kept bright smiles on parents, grandparents and the little hunters’ faces. Speaking of faces, the children were treated to free face painting organized by Becky Stoneman ’10 and a dedicated crew of artists. There was also an abundant array of baked good treats. Such an undertaking could not be accomplished without the help of dozens of student volunteers, an army of bakers (including two 8th grade boys this year!), two adorable Easter Bunnies (Jenna Frankenfield ’08 and Becca Bossort ’07) and generous donations from parents and local businesses. Special entertainment was provided by SSM musicians.
The two Easter Bunnies were big hits for capturing great group photos.
I Believe From the Head of School Nick Stoneman
ecently, while attending the USA Hockey National Championships, I heard a story about one of our young, sibling fans who, when our team was losing with minutes to go in a semifinal game, turned to her aunt to be consoled. Her aunt looked her in the eye and said, “You’ve just got to believe.” In the final minutes of the game, she saw her team mount a remarkable comeback to win in OT. Leaping in the air, she spun around to her aunt with her fists pumping and screamed, “I believe! I believe!”
through the often troubled waters of adolescence. Even just the word “adolescence” conjures up some truly visceral reactions for many of us. Our pre-teen and teenage students face many of the same challenges we did – but I would suggest to an even greater degree of complexity in our rapidly changing world.
The purity of her faith in these players was inspiring and set an example from which we can learn. She sent a powerful message of support to our students.
As our students leave the safe harbor of parental support and approval and venture into the world of peer acceptance, perhaps we can all make a commitment as parents, as coaches, as teachers to share the words of our young fan with these adolescents in our lives, “I believe! I believe!” These words will inspire, will affirm, and will make a real difference – of this I am sure.
I believe. It is a simple message, but do we say it enough? Do we qualify it when we do offer it? Sharing it genuinely, with no strings attached, is a gift, one that helps develop in our children that self belief necessary for navigating
UPPER SCHOOL END OF YEAR SCHEDULE MONDAY MAY 29TH - MAY 31ST Exams (last exam concludes at 2:30 May 31st)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31ST 1:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal for ALL Seniors - Chapel of the Good Shepherd Dorm Clean up Awards Ceremony & Performing Arts Presentation - Johnson Gymnasium Dinner - Morgan Refectory Dorm clean up
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m.
Dinner in honor of the Class of 2006 Seniors (Chapel Dress) - Morgan Refectory Regular check-in times in dormitories. Overnights with parents allowed.
Breakfast - Morgan Refectory Dorm clean up Picnic Luncheon - Picnic Area (Morgan Refectory if inclement weather) Wooden Soldiers and Crack Squad Drills - Johnson Gymnasium Picnic Dinner - Picnic Area (St. Mary’s Hall if inclement weather) Baccalaureate - Chapel of the Good Shepherd (Seniors, parents, and faculty) Head of School’s Reception and Senior
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Holy Communion - Chapel of the Good Shepherd Buffet Breakfast - Morgan Refectory Closing Chapel Service and Presentation of Crosses to Senior Girls - Chapel of the Good Shepherd Commencement - South Chapel Lawn (weather permitting) Buffet Luncheon (parents and immediate family) - Morgan Refectory
Town Hall Meetings From the Associate Head of School and Director of the Upper School Barbara Brueggemann
hat is a “Town Hall” meeting? Traditionally, it is how populations of typical small towns in New England gather to transact community business. Such meetings often are marked by impassioned debate and always are conducted with an abiding faith that committed community members can improve the collective quality of life. After several centuries, the meetings are still going strong in many small communities.
With this tradition in mind, we have started to meet with parents and students to improve community life through the involvement of all constituencies – parents, students, staff and faculty. We have talked about what is on our minds, we have revealed what is important to us, we have listened to our “neighbors,” and we have acted on topics that have been addressed. The great value of such meetings is their inherent diversity of perspectives and opinions. As described in the book Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform, we assume that some degree of conflict and disagreement is not only inevitable but fundamental to successful change. We assume that effective change takes time, and that no amount of knowledge will ever make it totally clear what action should be taken, (page 58). Ready to listen, to talk, and to work side-by-side with parents and students, we have brought the town hall meeting to Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The first meeting with parents during the Winter Family Weekend was a huge success – measured by honest, direct conversation regarding the frequency and quality of parent/teacher communication, grading practices as related to preparation for post-secondary education (grade inflation versus grade deflation), and the School’s ongoing commitment to the Centers of Excellence. Follow-up actions have included a re-commitment to frequent and quality contact with parents, weekly WhippleHill grade book updates, and the start of a student achievement/grade analysis. These topics demand continued oversight, and they almost certainly will be revisited in future meetings; but the start is strong. 2
Our next stop in the Town Hall meeting tour was a meeting with Upper School students on March 22. We were delighted by the turn out! Approximately 50 students answered the invitation, and they contributed comfortably and meaningfully to a quality and meaningful conversation. We covered a wide range of topics – dining hall food, computer use, weekend activities, final exams, and school traditions. Beyond a clear commitment to act on the students’ concerns and suggestions, it was evident that everyone who participated left with a better understanding of the “other’s” perspectives. As a result, we are better positioned to begin creatively addressing the concerns and challenges! Shortly before Spring Break, we met with several Middle School students. Although it was a light turn out, there was plenty to talk about, especially regarding dormitory life and leadership opportunities in the day-to-day routine. Candid, insightful commentary was plentiful, and we will aim to expand the range of young voices the next time around. This process can help us teach our youngest students how they can participate and positively affect their own lives. Quality of life, quality of life-skill preparation, and quality of education, are what we are about, and we must depend on each other to find opportunities to “make it happen” every day. We have started the conversations, and we are committed to keeping the talk going. Here’s to the ongoing dialogue!
When Our Students Become Sick From the Associate Head of School and Director of the Middle School Bobbi Sumner
dents were also given Tamiflu as a preventative measure.
This past March proved to be a very challenging time to stay healthy in the SSM community. The School experienced an influenza outbreak with 25 confirmed cases. However, Lori Billmeyer, the School’s Health Service Director, is certain more of our students and staff went home before an official influenza diagnosis was logged. On one particularly busy day, the Health Service staff of nurses made 21 doctor appointments for our students! And, the timing was especially difficult as students were gearing up for spring break travel and athletic competitions.
Our Health Service staff sent out reminders to drink plenty of fluids and to keep washing our hands to help prevent the spread of germs. Those who were sick were strongly urged to stay home. While receiving the flu shot is not a 100% guarantee against contracting it, the immunization still proved to be beneficial to those people who fell ill. They experienced milder symptoms over a shorter duration. So, it is still vitally important that all eligible members of the SSM community participate in the annual flu shot.
Looking back on this stressful time, we are reminded of several things: First and foremost, we have a tremendous Health Service staff. Our caring nurses are well-informed and did an outstanding job of assisting the sick members of our community. The staff operated round-the-clock for nearly a week in caring for our sick students.
The Minnesota Department of Health does not recommend closing schools as an effective way to control the spread of influenza. It is reassuring to know that when SSM students get sick, they are well cared for by our Health Service staff.
Early reporting of new cases to the Health Service department helped to limit the spread of the virus. The confirmed cases were given Tamiflu if they were seen within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Roommates of sick stu-
Here’s to a healthy spring season!
MIDDLE SCHOOL END OF YEAR SCHEDULE TUESDAY MAY 23RD - MAY 25TH
SATURDAY, MAY 27TH
Spring Term Exams
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 25TH 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Traditional Middle School Picnic Cleary Park - Lakeview Area
FRIDAY, MAY 26TH 5:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.
Picnic Dinner for Middle School students and families Evangeline Whipple Dining Room – St. Mary’s Hall Campus Time to view the eighth (8th) grade Showcase displays Middle School Fine Arts Performance “School House Rock” Newhall Auditorium – Upper School Campus
Continental Breakfast Evangeline Whipple Dining Room – St. Mary’s Hall Campus Middle School Closing Chapel Service Bishop Whipple Memorial Chapel – St. Mary’s Hall Campus Middle School Awards Ceremony – venue TBA Buffet luncheon immediately following the awards ceremony - Evangeline Whipple Dining Room All student rooms vacated unless prior arrangements are made.
High Honors. The following students are awarded gold SSM pins for earning a grade-point average of 3.85 or higher with no grades below a C- for winter term: Grade 8: Maike Blakely, Seung Hee Shon Grade 9: Emily Hughes, Sebastian Nilsson, Richard Soo, Yi Jung Kim, Mellaney Peper, Michael Webb, Kyeong Ho Moon, Rebecca Ruegsegger, Charles Wilson Grade 10: Barb Bilko, Sloane Kuramoto, Ryan Sappington, LaVana Colebrooke, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Sasha Sherry, Sung Jae Kim, Monique Lamoureux, Po-Ling Yang Grade 11: Ji Min Kim, Keun Young Park, Ben Sippola, Young In Kim, Anne Rothacker, Jessica Stoneman, Itelina Ma, Chelsey Sand Grade 12: Joseph Brock, Chun Chou, Natalia Mendoza, Shire-Baden Brown, Hsin-Chun Huang, Tyler Ruegsegger
This year, for the first time in five years, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School fielded a full Girls Foil team. In addition to a Boys Foil team, SSM also began a Boys Saber team.
Honors. The following students are awarded silver SSM pins for earning a grade-point average of 3.25 to 3.85 with no grades below a C- for winter term: Grade 6: Andrew Peterson, Summer O'Connor, Kristin Sirek Grade 7: Benjamin Greiner, Nathaniel Hurley, Kelsey Sorensen, Blake Hofstad, Elizabeth Sorensen, Da Yu Grade 8: Maxwell Cainkar, Han Byel Kang, Adrianna Simonelli, Jordan Garrison-Nickerson, Hayley Lofquist, Rebecca Stoneman, Faith Greiner, Claire McKenna Grade 9: Quinn Bottum, Shu-Ting Hsieh, Blake Matejcek, Ethan Caple, Hyen Kyoung Hwang, Yoon Gi Moon, Eun-Young Cho, Madeline Justin, Mark Nasby, Hyun Young Choi, Jimin Kwon, Luke Sollie, Jessica Cohen, Courtney Langston, Lucas Sorensen, Spencer Duhaime, Hyun Bin Lee, Christian Stevens, Keegan Gunderson, Samuel Lofquist, Elizabeth Wilson, Natasha Hellen Grade 10: Kevin Allen, Jenna Frankenfield, Catherine Parkhill, Tai-Shan Allmaras-Zen, Luke Greiner, Julie Pesta, David Carle, Benjamin Kett, Ellen Raaen, Amanda Castignetti, Sang Ho Lim, Nathan Sinz, Marcus Clemons, Yumi Matsumura, Chris Sutton, Elizabeth Cloutier, Kyle Murphy, John Tarley, Benjamin Crew, Babalakin Omosegbon, Laurin Wolf Grade 11: Kyung Won Choi, Caleb Martin, Chen-Yao Tang, Allen Daniel, Adam Novotny, Daniel Wood, Yeon-Hee Do, Clint Sevcik, Carolyn Worcester, Eric Froese, Daniel Taibleson Grade 12: Sarah Bartlette, Young-ah Kim, Scott Pommerville, Alexander Bednar, Min Hui Lee, Jennifer Porter, Chen-Chun Chen, Gabrielle Mazade, James Stuart, Luanettee Colebrooke, Sarah Murray, Allysen Weidner Director of Studies Special Commendations. The following students are awarded a commendation for raising their GPA’s at least one point over two consecutive terms: Wan-Chih Tsai, John Tarley, Jay Wang
“Thanks to the generous support of the Parents’ Association, we were able to afford all the electrical equipment and uniforms we needed,” said Marcus Clemons ’08, the captain of the Fencing Team. “Along with this came hard work, putting the equipment to use four days a week, practicing for several hours a day, getting ready for the tough competition in the Winter Term. We are looking forward to some new faces and another successful season next year.” The Fencing Team began its season against the Twin Cities team, Sword Play, by winning in Boys Foil and losing close contests in Girls Foil team and Boys Saber. “This was very good for our first match, especially considering that no member of our girls’ team had ever fenced competitively before,” Marcus Clemons noted. SSM’s fencers followed that outing with a sweep of Roseville High School. Among the many tournaments that the SSM fencing team attended were the Minnesota state finals and the Midwest Championships in Des Plaines, Illinois. Two members of the SSM Foil Team finished fourth and seventh, earning medals, and a member of the Saber squad was ranked ninth at the state tournament. Maria Benford, assisted by SSM alumnus Lucas Clemons, coached the fencers.
Members of the 2005-06 Fencing Team Standing l-r: Michaila Siftar ’10, Luke Sorensen ‘09 and Marcus Clemons ’08. Students sitting l-r: Claire McKenna ’10, Po-Lin Yang ’08, Ben Kett ’08 and Sang Ho Lim ’08. Coach Maria Benford is seated in front.
NATIONALS RECAP Reporting by Al Daniel ’07
Girls Prep Tough at the Top After having won the Girls U19 national title in 2005, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Girls Prep team wasn’t interested in relinquishing its perch at the top. But hanging on to the title wasn’t easy. The Sabres were 60-4-4 going into the championship in Amherst, N.Y., against an Assabet Valley team still smarting from a 6-1 spanking from the Sabres in the prelims. But come-from-behind victories in their quarterfinal and semifinal games had taken a physical toll on SSM’s players. “This tournament is so hard to win because it’s so many games in so few days,” said head coach Gordie Stafford. “We were very tired but the girls won it on heart and soul and guts.” Seniors Sarah Murray ’06 and Emily Kranz ’06 provided the two goals and goaltender Paige Keranen ’07 made 19 saves in the Sabres’ 2-1 victory. Murray’s slapshot gave the Sabres the early lead, and Kranz’s tally, with an assist by Jen Schoullis ’07, broke a 51-second tie in the game’s closing moments. Keranen withstood a frenzied counterattack to preserve the win.
“We (must have) played in their end for 95 percent of the game,” said defenseman Scott Pommerville ’06. “The only time they got any offense was off the rush and that’s just our own fault but there’s nothing to really beat ourselves up over.”
In the semifinal game, Monique Lamoureux ’08 scored on a Sabre power play in the last thirty-five seconds of regulation to force the contest into overtime. Playing shorthanded, SSM won when Schoullis tipped in a rebound off a Sasha Sherry shot.
In the prelims, the Boys Prep team did savor its 3-2, sudden-death victory over nemesis the Boston Junior Bruins. Trailing 2-0 with five minutes left in regulation, Ben Youds ’07 and Brian Volpei ’06 scored to force overtime. Tyler Ruegsegger ’06 fed Zach Harrison ’06 from behind the net for the game-winning tally.
Boys Prep Title Hopes Die in Quarters The Boys Prep Sabres fell behind late in the first period of their national quarterfinal and never caught up to the Los Angeles Junior Kings, who earned a 5-2 victory in Brighton, N.Y.
After winning a 5-4 overtime quarterfinal with Detroit Honeybaked on Joe Marciano’s ’08 second goal of the tournament, SSM’s Boys U16 Team was shut out, 4-0, in its semifinal bout with the California Wave.
Bantam Tier I SSM fell in the quarterfinals, 4-3 to the Syracuse Stars. Goaltender Michael Webb ’09 kept the Stars scoreless until the 1:23 mark of the third period. SSM came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game and cut Syracuse’s edge to 4-2 in the final minute.
“I thought our kids played good. We just didn’t score enough goals to win the game,” said head coach Tom Ward. Jeff Smith ’07 slid in a backhander and Justin Brossman ’06 scored his 25th goal of the season but the Sabre defense couldn’t shut down an impressive Los Angeles attack, led by Mitchell Wahl’s hat trick.
Girls U16 SSM went 1-2 in pool play but did not score enough goals to advance to the quarterfinals.
- WORLD NEWS -
Gaining a World View Faculty member, Mr. Len Jones, discusses an issue with SSM students. The screen in the background provides the visual connection between Faribault and Tavistock, England.
underpinnings of natural rights and historical context of what governments have done in times of crisis. The students are now looking at defining terrorism and putting together legislative proposals for alternatives to the legislation that is currently out there in both countries to protect us from terrorism.”
Current world events have come into sharper focus this year for the seven Shattuck-St. Mary’s School students involved in an unprecedented video conferencing class. The students, primarily from the SSM honors program, discuss current events with their peers at Kelly College in Tavistock, England. The hook-up technology is provided by Stephan Philip ’76, who works for the National Guard and sets up video conferencing programs for public schools in Minnesota.
One discussion expanded beyond the two student groups to include an English soldier, an American soldier and a Kurdish Iraqi citizen in a three way videoconference. “This was a great opportunity for our students to discuss the war in Iraq with people very closely impacted by it,” said Mr. Jones. “The opportunity to speak with the Iraqi citizen was really a unique opportunity for the students.”
Len Jones, chair of the School’s history department, monitors the discussions, which are not associated with a specific class or course. Students read background material and news articles to prepare for the conference sessions.
Time issues—quantity and schedules—are the biggest challenges for the program. “There just isn’t enough time to cover this topic fully,” Mr. Jones noted. “There are so many layers to the question of liberties and security and there is so much that the students could read on the topic but there just isn’t enough time. And, the schedules for the two schools don’t match up very well so there have been times where we can’t meet for weeks at a time.”
“This gives students an opportunity to discuss some weighty issues with students of very different backgrounds where there is an expectation that they must participate fully each time,” said Mr. Jones. “The ‘wow’ factor of video conferencing gets the students into the course initially but they stay involved because they get to talk to a group of students each week that is different from those that they’re in class with, day in and day out.”
Despite the scheduling obstacles, Mr. Jones says the program has been successful and will be continued. “We plan to use this as a seminar course in the future to discuss other ‘global” issues,’ such as disease in the developing world, free trade and globalization.”
He said the students have been discussing the balance between civil liberties and collective safety. “This is an important topic for students in both countries right now and is an important topic for people everywhere at all times,” said Mr. Jones. “The students began by compiling a list of rights that they felt should never be infringed upon by a government. They looked at the philosophical
Christine Clayburg Visit Christine Clayburg, former Minneapolis television meteorologist, shared some “lessons learned” with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Middle School performing arts students recently. A certified meteorologist with a bachelor’s degree in geoscience, Christine worked for NBC in Boston before moving to CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis. She now lives in Los Angeles where she appears on KABC when she’s not expanding her acting and producing repertoire. In addition to several film projects, she hosts The Snow Show, a Minneapolis television program in its third season. While Christine worked at WCCO, she mentored junior meteorologist and SSM student Rebecca Enrooth ’11 and the two have kept in touch. Because one of Christine’s current projects, a film entitled Minneapolis, requires her to travel frequently between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, a quick trip to Faribault was possible. Although Christine spoke to the students about the work involved in meteorology, acting and producing, her trip wasn’t all work. “Rebecca and I gave her a tour of the Upper and Middle Schools,” said Deb Enrooth, Rebecca’s mom, “and she attended the opening night of Godspell so that she could see Rebecca in that production.”
Christine Clayburg (inset photo) with SSM Middle School students
Becky Enrooth ’11 is performing in the Children’s Theatre production of Pippi Longstocking. A trip to the May 7th performance is planned. Tickets are $30. Contact Deb Carpentier at 507-333-1649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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