SSSAS Fall/Winter 2011 the MAGAZINE of ST. STEPHEN’S & ST. AGNES SCHOOL
Light the Way
A Campaign for our Teachers
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School CONTENTS
The SSSAS Magazine
Haiti: Our Episcopal Partners in Education
Saints Serving Locally & Around the World
Fifth Grade Uses Technology to Learn and Lead
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Navigating the Transitional Years
New Additions to the Lower and Upper School Campuses SSSAS Hosts 35 Years of the Areaâ€™s Best Wrestling
Developing Environmental Leaders at S4S Light the Way: A Campaign for our Teachers
Alumni Moments from Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
The Stage One Players Present, Fools
Serving & Leading
Pursuing a Passion for Learning ~ The APT Summer Grants
SSSAS Welcomes New Board Members
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Saints in Action: SSSAS Highlights
Alumni Association Board Notes
The Book Report
Milestones & In Memoriam
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A Letter from the Head Student, Alumni, Faculty, and Fall Athletic Highlights
A Letter From the Head St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Living Our Mission Head of School Joan G. Ogilvy Holden Editor & Design Melissa Ulsaker Maas '76, Director of Publications Content Editor Linda Stratton, Director of Communications Contributing Writers Melissa Ulsaker Maas '76 Mandi Sapp Linda Stratton Alumni News Romney Beebe, Director of Alumni Relations Photography Jameson Bloom '13 Development Office Susan Hamon Stuart Hill Melissa Ulsaker Maas '76 Jen Milbrett Mandi Sapp Linda Stratton Printing Masterprint Any questions, comments, or suggestions may be emailed to Melissa Ulsaker Maas at email@example.com. The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School magazine is provided solely as an SSSAS community publication and is sent three times per year to alumni; current parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff; members of school boards; members of the school community who have given a donation to the school in the past five years; former faculty members who have left the school in the previous year or who served the school ten or more years; and parents or grandparents of children who graduated in the previous year. If you would like to update address information or you prefer not to receive this mailing, please contact Geoff Johnson in the Development Office: 703-212-2717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 400 Fontaine Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 www.sssas.org St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
A Fall of Thanksgivings
he word "Eucharist" is the Greek word for thanksgiving. This is how Father Sean Cavanaugh began our chapel services the week of November 1 as we celebrated All Saints Day with a communion service. I found this word of thanksgiving so appropriate at this particular time of year as we give thanks, and we are reminded of our many blessings. This fall we hosted Homecoming & Reunion weekend as well as a kick-off event to announce the public phase of our endowment campaign, Head of School Joan Holden with Mrs. Peg Babyak at the Light the Way: A Campaign for Light the Way: A Campaign for our Teachers kick-off event. our Teachers. We hosted this event at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., along with nine locations around the country where graduates of our school gathered to give thanks for St. Stephen's & St. Agnes faculty - past, present, and future. I am proud to be part of a community who so values excellence in teaching. We were more than 700 strong, including parents, alumni, parents of alumni, current and former faculty, and grandparents! The following quote I cited at the event on the evening of October 20: A great teacher has little external history to record. His or her life goes over into other lives. These individuals are pillars in the intimate structure of our schools. They are more essential than its stones or beams, and they will continue to be a kindling force and revealing power in our lives. Celebrating Homecoming is always a joyous event for our school. We had one graduate travel from Australia to attend her 50th Reunion. We had several graduates return with their own children for a story time in our Upper School Wills Library. Early Saturday morning of Homecoming, I saw an alumna's father who had returned to our school to help with the events. He was giving me an update on his daughter, who is an Army nurse. When I thanked him for returning to volunteer even after his daughter had graduated, he turned to me and said, "This is our home." As we celebrate Eucharist at our school, I am so grateful for the many members of our community of Saints. As our school prayer states, "Our Heavenly Father, we give you thanks this day for all the blessings you have showered upon us." Sincerely, Joan G. Ogilvy Holden Head of School
ÂŠ 2011 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
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Haiti: Our Episcopal Partners in Education By The Rev. Sean Cavanaugh JK-12 Chaplain & Religion Department Chair
In January 2011 the world marked the one-year anniversary of the crippling earthquake that devastated Haiti and its people. One of the most crucial services provided by the Episcopal Church in Haiti is the support, aid, and care of hundreds of Episcopal schools. The earthquake left many Episcopal schools in Haiti in dire need of assistance and resources. It will take the gifts, skills, and knowledge of many different hands working together to help the Haitian people fully recover from this tragedy. With this in mind, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School spent several months examining the potential of partnering with an Episcopal school in Haiti. The idea of a partnership came from the recognition that perhaps the best gift we can provide the people of Haiti is to offer help in the area we know best: schools and their care. After much thought and consideration, and with the assistance of Father Roger Bowen (former SSSAS Upper School director and Episcopal priest who specializes in Haiti), SSSAS agreed to a partnership with St. Paul's Episcopal School. The school is located in the town of Mountrois, approximately 90 minutes from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, and serves 350 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Haiti. Say the word to any person, and the mind might immediately begin to replay images of earthquake destruction, poverty, Papa Doc, and years of failed governments. I certainly had all of these images in mind when embarking on our first visit to St. Paul's at the end of May, along with Dr. Patricia Lyons, Upper School religion teacher and JK-12 service learning coordinator. However, I was about to learn that Episcopal schools in Haiti are not only places where children learn, but they are also places where and hope and potential are born and nurtured. Dr. Lyons and I were met at the Port-au-Prince airport by Father
Fr. Deravil of St. Paul's School and The Rev. Sean Cavanaugh
Jacques Deravil, the priest in charge of St. Paul's Episcopal School and Church. Fr. Deravil, in his blue clerical shirt with his clerical collar removed, wore a facial expression that told me he had seen the worst and best that humanity has to offer. He was street smart, tough, and kind all in the same moment. I was glad that he was going to be our guide for the next few days. We loaded our bags into the back of his old Toyota truck and headed toward the school in Mountrois. In the 1980s there was a series of "Mad Max" films about a postapocalyptic world where everyone was simply trying to survive from day to day. What we saw while driving from the airport and
through Port-au-Prince made these movies seem almost seemed trite in comparison. We saw blue United Nations tents and torn pieces of brown cardboard boxes mixed with a sea of humanity, creating a landscape that bordered on the surreal and desperate. The devastation of the earthquake was still present, not only in the cracked roads beneath us, but also on the faces of the Haitians themselves. The windy road that took us through small, brightly colored villages finally brought us to the simple, solid house of Fr. Deravil and his wife. The next morning, a bright and hot Sunday, Dr. Lyons and I made our way to the white stucco Episcopal church where Fr. Deravil was preparing for Eucharist. As the morning wore on, it became very apparent that he plays an important role in the life of this small village and its people. During the service I had the great privilege to preach, while Father Deravil translated for the congregation. The most poignant memory of that day is an image of the parish children, many of whom attend St. Paul's School. What does progress look like? What does hope look like? What does the good grace of God look like? It looks a great deal like what we saw on Monday while visiting the school. The school building was nothing more than a sophisticated shack. Its pale gray outside gave way to classrooms lit only by the sun, stretching its rays through the small concrete holes used for ventilation. If bright futures and grace rested on the aesthetics alone, St. Paul's School would be a place where all joy is lost. Yet inside these concrete walls, the children wore smiles that denied the environment and violent culture in which they live. We spent the morning with these children. We watched as they ate the one meal most of them would have that day. Meals at St. Paul's School are not just meals - beans and rice are not just beans and rice - they are life itself. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is in Haiti because Haiti is in us. Their community is our community. Although St. Paul's' needs are many, and we have only scratched the surface of our new partnership, we are optimistic about the help we can offer. In the summer, Lower School Chaplain The Rev. Rosemary Beales and Middle School Chaplain The Rev. Michael Hinson visited St. Paul's to deliver 20 laptop computers donated by St. Stephen's & St. Agnes for a new technology classroom they are constructing. When
Sophie Reardon '14 sketching from a photo of one of the students of St. Paul's School
our students saw photos from our initial trips, they were so inspired that the Upper School Intermediate Drawing class reproduced them in sketches and then displayed their "Faces of Haiti" works on campus. What can you do? Add St. Paul's School to your prayers and keep an eye out for coming events that will serve the children of St. Paul's and help us to solidify our relationship. As Dr. Lyons and I were leaving St. Paul's, we were swarmed by little hands and faces. They smiled, looked up at us, and asked us to return. I said we would, and we will. Scan this code to view a video of Father Cavanaugh and Dr. Lyons' trip to Haiti.
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Saints Serving Locally & Around the World During the summer, numerous Upper School students volunteered their time with community or international service projects. The Class of 2012 performed service in more than 50 organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area and around the world. As part of their 40-hour service project requirements, the seniors write reflection pieces as a way to share their experiences in their own words. Several excerpts from their projects are reprinted below.
(From left to right: Kathleen Williams '12, James Boden '13, Mac MacDonald '12, and Katie Wiseman '12.
Mac MacDonald, Kathleen Williams, and Katie Wiseman Remote Area Medical Program (RAM), Wise County, Virginia Helping provide medical care to the underprivileged (Corey Konopnicki '12 (in red) with South African coaches and other church members on the mission.)
Corey Konopnicki St. Francis Outreach Trust, Simon's Town, South Africa Building homes, coaching, and teaching children
"Morena Boloka Setjhaba sa Heso. Written in the five most popular of the eleven official South African languages, this translates from Sotho to English as, 'God we ask you to protect our nation.' For two years, the St. Peter's Episcopal Church parishioners generously supported 26 other young people and me on a mission trip to South Africa through numerous fundraisers…Over the course of a two-week period this summer, I learned the most I have ever learned. During my trip to South Africa I learned that we need to be accepting of other cultures…'God we ask you to protect our nation' is just one example of how the South Africans want to live simple lives and think of each other as family…The children taught me to gut through the bad and the worst even though it's not enjoyable, just because in the end, everything will work itself out. I also realized how even the small things make a difference."
Nearly 1,000 volunteers from Virginia gather at the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps clinic in Wise County, Virginia to participate in this annual healthcare program. The fairgrounds are used to set up and deliver a variety of healthcare to almost 3,000 people in need of treatment. Seniors Mac MacDonald, Kathleen Williams, and Katie Wiseman spent an exhausting week, each day beginning at 4:00 a.m. Mac MacDonald: "The first patient came around 4:30 a.m., and from that point on time just flew by. The time we worked might have been the fastest eight hours of my life. It was an eye-opening experience to see these underprivileged children and adults who have camped outside for three days, just to get up super early and wait all day to get the simple medical attention that they need. They all underwent this long and exhausting process because they had no other option...As I look back on this trip, I do so with a smile on my face. I enjoyed every part of working as a volunteer for RAM." Kathleen Williams: "My job the first day was escorting patients to the places they needed to go for care. Each person I escorted told me a story about where they needed to go and where they were from. I escorted a woman to dental care who was missing three of her teeth. She had waited a full year for her dentures to
be made and said she was coming back that day to get them. She had lived the entire past year with no teeth. In contrast to my privileged life with a father who is a dentist, this made a huge impression on me." Katie Wiseman: "At RAM, I worked as a volunteer to escort patients, direct patients in triage, and take care of patients' children while they waited for treatment. We bonded and shared plenty of laughs with the kids, but one boy, Elijah, became very attached to us…All the time we spent together, I had forgotten the conditions of his family regarding poverty. With all of his happiness and positive energy I never even thought of how hard his life really was. I wanted to take him back home with me… Elijah had a huge impact on me. He showed me that despite the hardships he faces, he could still be happy and have fun. Elijah made me feel fortunate, and I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to spend a day with him."
home. However, the trip was about much more than stepping out of my comfort zone. It was about making a difference in the lives of people I would otherwise never meet. The main question of our entire trip was 'who is affected more by the service? Us or them?' and I think I found my answer. I think both groups were equally affected, but in extremely different ways. The Costa Ricans we helped gained a helping hand in improving their town or the lives of sea turtles on their beaches and also gained experience with the simple beginnings of the English language. We gained a changed worldview, an appreciation for what we have at home, and a glimpse at a culture so different from our own.
Ben Foshee '12
Ben Foshee The Interagency Assessment Center (IAC), Orange County, California Maggie Edmunds '12
Maggie Edmunds Adventures Cross-Country, Costa Rica
Teaching English, making improvements in a mountain village, working on an ecological and conservation project "'Purva vida' is literally translated as 'pure life,' but it means so much more in the Costa Rican culture. It expresses perseverance, strength in tackling obstacles, a strong community, enjoying all of life's moments, and celebrating one's good fortune. All of the equalities that are embodied in 'pura vida' are important in helping to understand the Costa Rican culture, and also to perform community service...I spent three weeks working on three separate projects in Costa Rica. I taught English to young students, helped save sea turtles in Parismina, and repaired a road and laid the foundation of a home in Savegre...My time spent in Costa Rica opened my eyes to how blessed I am to have the life I do in America. I realized how much I take for granted at
Working with autistic children
"When I flew out to California, I did not know what to expect. I had always pictured autism as a disability that severely limited a person's ability to think for him/herself. However, when I arrived at class the first day, the children were not what I expected. Instead, I was met by a rambunctious group of toddlers with a lot of energy and even more ways to express themselves…I was in charge of two children a day, which for a high school student was no easy feat…Though the work was remarkably hard, the rewards were priceless. I got a first-hand look at how teachers work and how they deal with the high-energy children. I also saw the effort and perseverance needed to overcome obstacles…The kids I worked with showed me that 'different' is just a word, and that nothing is truly impossible – a mindset everyone should have…I will keep and treasure the experiences I had as a teacher and friend to these children and use them as a way to reflect on myself as well as others. On my way to California I didn't know what kind of children I would be teaching or how severe their cases would be ~ now I can answer that question without any doubt. Just kids."
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It is said that when our Lower School students graduate from college, many of the jobs available to them do not yet exist. In order to succeed in a "complex and changing world," our fifth grade students are adapting to new ideas, becoming leaders, and exploring innovative concepts on their own. Since 2008 the Fifth Grade Leadership Committee Initiative has provided leadership positions for students within an engaging, student-centered learning environment. Within each committee and with the guidance of faculty, students choose a topic, become experts on it, and communicate its importance to our community. Currently, there are six different committees: Creative Writing/Literary Magazine, Environmental Sustainability, Cultural Connections, Mobile Learning, Saints book award, and Saints Service Announcements (SSA).
Another technology-focused group is the Mobile Learning Committee. In its second year, the committee will use mobile devices such as iTouches to take photos and create videos that educate others about the Lower School campus and surrounding community. An important step in the process is creating Quick Response (QR) codes. A QR code is a two-dimensional matrix bar code that, when scanned with a smart phone or other mobile device, links to information online. (see example on p. 9) For example, it might take you to a Web site, video, text, or photos. Students will use QR codes to share their work with the community. "The entire process that the students experience as they create videos and the QR codes takes great deal of planning, creativity, collaboration, and technological know-how," said Bob Weiman,
One of the most vital components of the fifth grade committees is technology, and students are using it in new ways each year. "Technology is such a big part of our students' daily lives," said Tiffany Bridgewater, associate director of Lower School and co-creator of the fifth grade committee initiative. "Some of the committees are specifically technology driven, which provides an additional outlet for our faculty to teach a productive, appropriate, and organized way to use technology." New this year, the SSA committee uses various types of technology to produce their own video public service announcements that convey positive messages to the entire Lower School. Led by JK-12 Physical Education Department Chair Nick Lepera and Lower School Technology Coordinator Tim Howard, students are currently working on their first SSA about bullying; a topic the students chose themselves. "Our committee will touch on topics that affect the entire Lower School," Mr. Lepera said. "Bullying, recess etiquette, and sportsmanship are just some of the messages students will address in their videos so that the expectations are clear as to what it means to be a Saint." The 13 students on the SSA committee will work together during the year to write scripts, create storyboards, shoot video with Bloggies (Sony handheld, high-definition video cameras), and use the software iMovie to edit their service announcements. Once each video is complete, students will post it on the school's internal Web site, similar to the Lower School Morning Report, to share with classmates and parents. Ms. Bridgewater notes this is another example of how technology can be "incredibly valuable." Mr. Howard adds that technology can play a powerful, positive role in our students' lives. "This committee is truly living our mission of 'pursuing goodness as well as knowledge' by teaching students to be well-rounded, good citizens who are respectful to one another and work together through various situations, all while using technology to illustrate their messages."
director of Lower School. "These are important 21st century skills that will help them be successful throughout their lives." Members of this committee, led by Mr. Weiman and Spanish Teacher Alexandra Johnson, will learn how to use iMovie to create videos, see mobile devices as an educational tool rather than simply a game device, study the role of QR codes in marketing and advertising worldwide, and learn to create QR codes as a means to access video and text content. Their first major project this year is to create an interactive tour of the Lower School Creation Trail. Students are editing videos, taking photos, and writing text that will educate the community about the trail. Next they will generate QR codes and post them at each of the trail stops. Community members will then be able to scan the codes with their smart phones and follow along. "Mobile learning truly incorporates real-life learning experiences within the school," Mrs. Johnson said. "QR codes are quite unique, and it gives students a chance to think outside the box." Mrs. Johnson explained that students on the committee learn how QR codes
are used throughout the world in a variety of different ways, whether it's in an advertising campaign or included within a magazine article. "QR codes illustrate to students the tie between the academic and professional world," Mrs. Johnson said. "They begin to think critically about ways mobile devices can be used and how QR codes can help inform the community here at SSSAS." Each November the fifth grade leadership committees embark on field trips to learn from professionals in their group's interest field. Last year the mobile learning committee spent a day at the Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. Students were led in thinking exercises developed in conjunction with Harvard's Project Zero as they visited the exhibits, learning and analyzing the objects in them. Then they chose a particular object of interest and went online to learn more about it. Finally, students shot video while in the exhibit, combining the information that they researched with their own thoughts and questions. When they returned to school, students used iMovie to add music, images, and additional narration
Under the guidance of passionate faculty and administrators, fifth grade students will work throughout the year, adapting to new technologies and building their communication, organization, and problem-solving skills, all while gaining leadership and responsibility experience. "Technology can never replace great teaching," Ms. Bridgewater notes. "But it can truly enhance it."
Scan this QR code to hear about one of the Creation Trail stops!
Three additional committees also incorporate technology into their yearlong projects:
to the videos. "This trip gave our students a fabulous introduction to developing and creating informative videos, which they later applied to a QR code building tour that they created for the Lower School campus," Mr. Weiman said. This year the committee will visit the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where 14 QR codes are currently on display. Also new this year is the Saints Book Award Committee. Students on this committee are busy creating video book trailers (similar to movie trailers) using the Web site "Animoto," which allows students to upload photos and music and create brief video previews highlighting their favorite books. Additionally, students will create QR codes that will be placed on their chosen books in the library. This will allow interested students to scan the QR codes and watch the student-created videos to get more information about the books. The Lower School Sinclair Library catalog is also Web based, so students can access the book trailers and other information from school or home. JK-12 Library Department Chair Mary Catherine Coleman, who leads the book award committee, said, "The more familiar students become with new technologies and using multiple file formats â€“ like audio, picture, and video files â€“ is an invaluable lesson. They also learn how to edit video and find the best parts of their video footage because their book trailers can only be a minute long."
This committee will create an online magazine using the Web site "Giglets" to catalog different kinds of creative writing and connect with schools around the world â€“ sharing literature locally and globally.
This committee studies different cultures and will use the software "Pixie" to design and create graphics for an original board game, which teaches about those cultures.
This committee is using Bloggies (Sony handheld, high-definition video cameras) to capture video of bees in their natural habitat as they learn the importance of bees to agriculture and the environment.
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Middle School Programs Designed to Help
The Middle School years are an important time of transition, personal growth, and discovery for our students. While they are enjoying new challenges in the classroom, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes recognizes the unique needs of students at this age and provides a number of programs to support them during the Middle School years. The programs below are some of the ways students are able to build confidence, create meaningful connections with their peers and teachers, and have fun while doing so.
Every Middle School student has a faculty advisor whose role is to get to know each student well and serve as an advocate for him or her. In addition to reviewing report card comments together and setting goals for the next trimester, students can go to their advisors to talk about whatever topics they wish. "Different from the Lower School where students spend a significant part of their day with their homeroom teacher, Middle School students transition from one teacher to the next all day long," said Middle School Dean of Students Ryan Woods. "To help our students become comfortable with this change, advisors support them to successfully navigate the social and academic challenges that can surface in Middle School. In particular, our sixth grade advisors understand that the transition to Middle School can be intimidating, so during the first few weeks of school they spend time each day showing the sixth grade students how our Middle School works and what they can do to feel confident and be most successful."
The advisory system also helps to build a sense of belonging with other students. Each advisory group has approximately ten students who meet with their advisor three times a week. During some of these times, the faculty member helps with study skills, checks assignment books, and keeps students informed about school events. Advisory groups often complete service projects and other activities together throughout the year.
A longtime tradition in the Middle School is the beloved "Bonding Days," where each grade level spends their own individual day together outside the classroom, participating in activities centered around teamwork, trust-building, and community service. Bonding Days take place at the beginning of each new school year and are the perfect opportunity for advisors and students to interact in different ways. For the past several years, the sixth grade students have trekked into the woods at Inner Quest, located in McLean, Virginia, to participate in various rope and challenge courses designed to test their teamwork and communication skills. For each challenge, the guides give students situations with specific rules and safety parameters. Students then discuss with each other how they want to tackle the challenge and work together as a team to successfully complete the mission. After each challenge, the guides ask students to reflect on how they did, what went well, and what could have been done differently.
To complete the day, students write down some of their thoughts on how the day went, reflecting on their progress from the first activity to the last. Director of Middle School Betty Metheny says the primary goals of the sixth grade Bonding Day are to build a sense of team and learn how to problem-solve, together. "In order to be successful in any task assigned, it is crucial that they support each other because the tasks are designed as an 'everyone succeeds or everyone fails' mission," Ms. Metheny said. "These exercises really bring out the best in the students. They have a lot of fun working through very structured, problem-solving activities." The seventh grade students spend their Bonding Day on campus participating in various activities and games such as "capture the flag," art projects, and character and trust activities. In addition they have a service component to their day where they spend time writing thank-you letters to Martha's Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to nourishing the community through food, education, and clothing. Their day ends with a talent show, where students can share their individual gifts with their peers. Middle School English Teacher Gail Wolf said that Bonding Days are important for Middle School students because "it gives students and teachers a day outside the classroom to work and play together, all while developing a sense of pride in their class." She adds, "During the Bonding Day, teachers get to know students we don't normally teach, while students, particularly new students, get to know others in the class. Students really do bond with their advisories, advisors, and others they may or may not know yet. They form meaningful relationships that last throughout their Middle School years and beyond."
The eighth grade class also stays on campus but focuses their day on service activities. The morning begins by making sandwiches for Martha's Table and continues with writing letters to U.S. military service members. The bulk of the eighth grade day is spent making hand-tied "Love Knot" fleece blankets through Project Linus, a nationwide group of volunteers whose goal is to provide security blankets for children who are facing substantial distress in their lives. This is the second year Saints have worked with Project Linus; this year students will send their handmade blankets to ALIVE! House in Alexandria, a non-profit organization that helps those in need.
Lunch Bunch, led by Middle School Counselor Karen Kunz, is a yearlong program open to all Middle School students to help them feel connected. They can meet with Mrs. Kunz informally in her office and talk about how their week is going and about any other issues they would like to discuss with the group. Currently, Mrs. Kunz has 11 Lunch Bunch groups of about 10-15 students that meet once a week; the groups are separated by gender, which Mrs. Kunz says helps students feel more comfortable. "Lunch Bunch is a great way for me to really get to know the students," she said. "I find out what may be causing them stress, the excitement they may have for an upcoming dance, or what homework they have for the week. Plus, it gives students a break from the cafeteria, a chance to make new friendships, and an opportunity to experience a social atmosphere on a smaller, less intimidating scale." If Mrs. Kunz notices a student who may be struggling socially, she invites him or her to the group and encourages other students to do the same, creating an open and welcoming environment. All sixth grade students attend Lunch Bunch at the beginning of the school year to get acclimated with their new surroundings. They discuss
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instead are assigned new tables where they have certain discussion topics to work through together. In addition, the Middle School sponsored a "New Student Dessert" earlier this year where administrators had lunch with new students to get a sense of how their transition to our school has been. The students enjoyed refreshments and filled out a brief survey, which will help assess how to make the move to Middle School even easier.
Led by JK-12 Multicultural Director KiKi Davis, "Courageous Conversations" is a group that meets three times a month during the advisory period. The group is open to all Middle School students and provides an opportunity to talk about topics that are important to them around issues of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. "The main goal of the group is to equip students with the tools where they attended school the previous year, what they like about the Middle School, and anything they miss or don't miss about their previous school. In addition to Lunch Bunch, sixth grade students are also assigned lunch tables and move around during the year so that every student has a chance to sit with one other. Another lunch-related program Mrs. Kunz coordinates is "National Mix It Up at Lunch Day." This is a national movement through "Teaching Tolerance," a group dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for children throughout the nation. On this day at participating schools across the United States, students do not sit with their normal lunch buddies, but and knowledge to be leaders among their peers and to help them feel empowered to confront bias and make changes they feel will improve our Middle School community," said Ms. Davis. Last year, our students created two public service announcements - one on bullying, and the other on inclusion. They also wrote and performed in a production about tolerance that was shown to the entire Middle School during a morning meeting. Courageous Conversations is voluntary, and a student may select to come one time or every time. "The Middle School years can be a challenging time, especially socially," Mrs. Kunz said. "Our Middle School offers lots of clubs, such as SCA (Student Council Association), SEED (Students Engaging in Environmental Dedication), and UNITE (Unite Now in Tolerance and Equality) â€“ where the kids can branch out and find their place, get involved, and help out in the community. As many experiences and opportunities we can give the kids to help them see each other in different lights and expand their social circles is a great thing!"
New Additions to the Lower and Upper School Campuses The school added some exciting campus enhancements at the Lower and Upper Schools this fall. A highlight at the Lower School is the new outdoor amphitheater next to Macan Hall and the grass playing field. The amphitheater provides a beautiful multi-use space for performances and other educational activities. In addition, the Lower School received new sidewalks, roadway paving, brick crosswalks, landscaping, and a pedestrian "boardwalk" next to McBride Hall. The campus also installed a new bio-retention system for storm water management. At the Upper School, students are enjoying all new desks and chairs, designed so they can work easily in groups or individually.
New brick crosswalks, curbing, paving, and landscaping at the Lower School
New pedestrian "boardwalk" next to McBride Hall
New outdoor amphitheater at the Lower School
New brick crosswalks in front of Lloyd House
New desks at the Upper School
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Saints in Action: SSSAS Highlights At St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, we seek to inspire in our faculty, staff, and students the desire to pursue lifelong learning - to explore other cultures, share that knowledge, and bring their own individual perspectives and experiences into their classrooms. We seek faculty, staff, and students who will honor the unique value of each member of our inclusive community as a child of God. The achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are a direct reflection of their commitment to "Living Our Mission." these students have to answer? This was one of the questions from the meet: You have a clock that has an hour hand, a minute hand, and a second hand. There is one time between 7:00 and 8:00 when the hour hand and the minute hand will occupy the same space, or be at the same angle. What is this exact time? Note â€“ your answer should be rounded to the nearest second.
National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Recognition Scholars Front row from left to right: Sarah Pariser, Shannon Lin, Alexandra Falcon; back row: Matthew Mirliani, Matthew Hayes, Joseph Lindsay, Benjamin Luce. (Not pictured: Nicole Leal and Greg Roland)
Students Congratulated at Academic Convocation At the first academic convocation of the school year, Upper School students were congratulated on a quarter of hard work and success. Science Teacher Julie Krane commended students and gave an inspiring speech about how seeking knowledge can help you achieve your dreams. "Today, we celebrate the act of passionate scholarship," Ms. Krane said. "Allow me to congratulate all of you who risk something in the pursuit of learning and for pushing your own academic boundaries." She continued, "Be open to multiple perspectives and experiences. There are many ways of knowing, and they are all valuable. As you open yourself to learning, demand to examine the data for yourself. And as you recognize your dream, know that you will find your own loopy, sideways, unique path â€“ in fact, you are already on it." At the November convocation, Head of School Joan Holden recognized students who earned Head's and Dean's Lists in the first quarter. She also congratulated seniors Matthew Hayes, Shannon Lin, Joseph Lindsay, Benjamin Luce, Matthew Mirliani, and Sarah Pariser on being recognized as National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholars; Greg Roland on being recognized as a National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist; Nicole Leal and Matthew Mirliani on being recognized as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars; and Alexandra Falcon on earning a National Hispanic Recognition Program Honorable Mention.
Middle School Math Team Excels at First Meet In November Middle School Math Teachers Gail Johnson and Suzanne Nuckolls accompanied 20 students to the first Math Meet of the year, held at St. Albans School. SSSAS competed with 11 other independent schools in the area and tied for third place. Our top scorer was Eric Karsten '16 who answered five of the very challenging questions. Did you ever wonder what type of questions
Congratulations to all of our "mathletes." Students attending the Math Meet were: Sixth Grade - Charlotte Fontham, Jacob Foster, Shannon Foster, Elliot Karsten; Seventh Grade - Bobbie Benjamin, Grace Brightbill, Cam Butler, Francesca Ciavarella, Olivia Gilliam, Olivia Pugh, Hannah Thomas, Charles Verheggen; and Eighth Grade - Sammy Archer, Ann Bailey, Ellie Carson, Mary Elizabeth Cordia, Helen Cunningham, Eric Karsten, William Moore, Eden Solomon.
Upper School Math Teams in First Place Our Algebra 2/Trig Honors and Geometry Honors students are currently in first place after the first contest in the Junior Virginia Math League Competition. Competing with 24 local public and independent schools, our underclassmen answered the most questions correctly, topping the charts with a score of 50. The average score was 37.6. Students answering the most questions correctly with a score of six were Isabel Dewhurst '14 in Algebra 2/ Trig Honors and Drew Butler '15 and Marshall Benjamin '15 in Geometry Honors. Our BC and AB Calculus, Advanced Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Pre-Calculus Honors students are also in first place in the Alexandria and Arlington division of the Virginia Math League. Competing against five local public and independent schools, our Saints earned a top score of 24 correctly answered questions. Earning the top five scores that counted toward our team score were seniors Kate Curran (5), Caroline Hamil (5), Sarah Pariser (5), Cristina Thompson (5), and Corey Konopnicki (4). Other students scoring a four were Ferrel Atkins '12, Ilkka Kovanen '13, Meredith Godfrey '13, Sam Movius '14, Alex Parkhurst '13, Bridget Thompson '13, Harrison Tyler '13, and Brett Williams '13.
Saints Latin Students Compete in National Convention Saints Latin students kept busy this summer as five members traveled to Eastern Kentucky University to complete in the 2011 National Junior Classical League Convention (NJCL). The five Saints who attended the convention were: Justin Klingenberger '11, Claire Niemann '11, David Thomas '11, Evan Draim '13, and Liza Freed '13. All five Saints excelled in various competitions during the convention. Some highlights include: Niemann and Draim were both chosen out of eight students nationally to win a Medusa Mythology Exam Scholarship. They earned the scholarships by
SSSAS HIGHLIGHTS interest. The catch was that participants had to write their answers in Roman numerals; explanations of how to compose Roman numerals were posted around the school to aid those who were a little rusty or had never been exposed to them. The winner was Gussie Johns '14, a Latin 3 student; she was only 96 M&Ms away from the actual number. The Latin Club has also hosted a Roman movie at lunch, weekly certamen sessions during Thursday STATs and Friday lunches, and three spirit prop-making sessions. As the magazine went to print, 39 students were headed for the VJCL State Convention in Richmond, Virginia. Look for highlights from the convention on our web site and in the next SSSAS Magazine.
Team Doctor Dangerous ~ From left to right: Ann Bailey, Sarah Wilton, Sarah Lowe, Nancy Brooks, and Katie Henshaw
receiving a gold medal award on the Medusa Exam and also by writing a creative essay that was judged. In addition Niemann earned first place overall on the Greek Life and Literature Exam, while Draim placed first overall on the Geography Exam. He was also recognized as the only student in the country to receive a perfect paper on the National Roman Civilization Exam. Klingenberger earned second place in the Large Models competition for his life-size battering ram, which he created as his senior project; in the previous two years, he has placed first in the same category for catapults. Thomas was recognized for earning four consecutive perfect papers on the National Latin Exam. This was Freed's first time attending the National Convention, and she was awarded Virginia "Spirit Queen" for being the most enthusiastic participant in the spirit contest. Recent SSSAS graduates Niemann, Klingenberger, and Thomas all joined the National Senior Classical League (NSCL) while at nationals so they can help run the NJCL events as college students. "It is great to see students graduating from SSSAS who will remain committed to this classical organization as college students," said Upper School Latin Teacher Ian Hochberg. In October St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School hosted the annual Kick-off Certamen for the sixth consecutive year. Middle School Latin students competed and helped out, as did many Upper School students. The Upper Level team (Paul Delaney '13, Draim, Clay Kane '13, and Brett Williams '13) came in third place. In November, 15 students traveled to Boyce, Virginia to compete in the Classical Cottage School Certamen. There were four teams: one Latin 1 team, two Latin 2 teams, and one Advanced Latin team. Three teams came away with trophies! The Latin 1 team (seventh grade students Chris Collins, Olivia Pugh, Hannah Thomas, and Jack Walter) placed fourth, the Latin 2 A team (freshmen Drew Butler, Alexander Collins, Will Siegmund, and Zach Tilch) placed third in the finals, and the Advanced Latin team (juniors Syrena Bracey, Delaney, Draim, Kane, and Kelsey Stowers) placed second, losing a competitive round in a tiebreak. The Saints Latin Club has been busy this fall, too, and kicked off the season by holding a picnic for all Latin Club members. The club also hosted a school-wide M&MXI Saints Latin Challenge in which 250 students and faculty guessed the number of M&Ms in a jar. The competition ran for a week and generated a lot of student
Middle and Lower School Saints Win First Place Awards Two groups of Saints competed in the Virginia/D.C. regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 2011 Food Factor Challenge and came away with well-earned awards in their divisions. FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make positive contributions to society. The program combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to ten players focus on team-building, problem-solving, creativity, and analytical thinking skills to develop a well-thought-out solution to a problem currently facing the world.
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Team Doctor Dangerous, consisting of eighth grade students Ann Bailey, Sarah Wilton, Sarah Lowe, Nancy Brooks, and Katie Henshaw, earned first place for Research Presentation. Their research project led them to a public awareness campaign on high levels of acrylamide in foods and prompted them to send letters to Congress supporting an increase in FDA funding for this important public health issue. The team specifically researched the food contaminant acrylamide in potato chips and programmed a Lego Mindstorm robot to complete challenges on a "Food Factor" challenge table. Team Dynamite (including fourth grade Saints Nikki Bires, Jay Cunningham, Claire Fergusson, Abigail Henshaw, and Alice Hurley) took first place in Robot Missions. The team spent several months researching and preparing their project on food safety. They scored the highest points on the robot table and were selected as the top team, making them eligible for the state competition.
assembly, I hope students can make associations and discover how much Latin culture has influenced American culture and vice-versa. As a foreign language teacher, I believe these connections are one of the most important aspects of learning a second language."
Middle School Students Inspired for Action and Compassion
Students Learn Hispanic Dances and Culture at Assembly The Upper School Chapel/Performing Arts Center was filled with students listening to music and learning dances as part of an assembly to kick off Hispanic Heritage Week this fall. A local group of performers known as "Forever Dancing" took Upper School students and faculty on a fun and interactive dance journey through several Latin countries. Specifically, students learned samba, merengue, salsa, cha-cha-cha, mambo, and tango. Led by couple Fabio and Jennifer Bonini, the group taught students not only the steps to many dances, but also the historical background on the various dance styles, including how the dances were formed and where they originated. Throughout the assembly, students were encouraged to stand up and try the dance moves - and many students and faculty rushed the stage to participate! Upper School Spanish Teacher Andrea Olatunji expressed her enthusiasm for the event: "This assembly tied in perfectly with a mission-based project my students are currently working on where they are assigned to find evidence on how music has helped Latino immigrants blend with American culture," Ms. Olatunji said. "Overall, I hope all students could get a better grasp of the wide diversity we have within the Hispanic culture. Through this
The Middle School welcomed two inspirational speakers to discuss the issue of homelessness this fall. John Harrison and Steve Thomas visited from the speakers' bureau for the National Coalition for the Homeless, a group of about 350 members who are or have been homeless. They work to educate the public about homelessness and what can be done to end it. Both men shared their personal stories of being homeless and encouraged students to make good decisions in life. Mr. Harrison's message to students was simple: Almost anyone can become homeless, and people should show kindness to those who are less fortunate. "When I went through the tough times, it was the kindness of strangers that helped me through it," he said. Mr. Harrison shared with the students how homelessness snuck up on him. He explained how he came from a good family and had a good job. However, a series of unfortunate events and some bad decisions led him to a homeless life. Mr. Thomas' struggles started at a much earlier age. He shared his story with students and urged them to take advantage of the supportive faculty they have at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. "Talk with your teachers and other trusted adults in your life if you are struggling with something," he said. "They are here to help you!" Middle School Dean of Students Ryan Woods said both men gave a compelling and important message to our Middle School students. "The presentation helped to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding homelessness and hopefully inspired our Middle School Saints to take action."
SSSAS HIGHLIGHTS community. Can you bring your strength and generosity? Can you bring your sense of wonder and excitement? Can you bring a smile and some patience? And when you are tired, can you carry a little more to make our world a more wonderful and beautiful place? I know you can." At the end of the service, all Middle School students signed a paper with the school seal and the Honor Code at the top. The pages were then framed and hung in the main hallway.
Saints Pledge Honor
Ryan Colby '22 takes first place.
Lower School Student Places First in Tae Kwon Do Championship Second grade Saint Ryan Colby placed first in Form, third in Board Breaking, and third in Sparring in the 6-8 year old division of the Yong-In University Presidential Cup International Tae Kwon Do Championship. To date, Ryan has competed in three Tae Kwon Do competitions in the Forms category, placing second once and first twice. He began taking Tae Kwon Do lessons at the age of four, and by the age of six he had his sights set on earning Black Belt status. He reached his goal this fall. In addition to his Tae Kwon Do achievements, Ryan is a ranked tennis player in the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Mid-Atlantic Region Boy's 10 and Under Division.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Upper and Middle Schools held their annual Honor Code assemblies, which focus on the school's Honor Code: "As a member of the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School community, I pledge that I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do." During the Upper School assembly, two faculty members addressed the student body and gave inspiring speeches about the importance of the Honor Code. Upper School History Teacher Caroline English told students, "While at times the Honor Code may feel like a tall order to live up to, it is a privilege that St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School has chosen to live by this code... Having an honor code means that every student, teacher, and administrator can feel comfortable living in a community that values trust. In fact, our trust in each other is the main way that we monitor the Honor Code." Upper School Math Teacher Bruce Bernhardt told students that the word "honor" to him means simply "doing the right thing." He encouraged students, "Throughout your life, your integrity will be tested many times: at school, in sports, at work, and in your relationships with others. Sometimes, doing the right thing may be difficult. At times, doing the right thing, despite various pressures, takes courage. I challenge you to be true to what you know is right. When you sign the Honor Code today, make a real commitment to 'do the right thing' no matter what," Mr. Bernhardt said. Upper School Director Bud Garikes also made remarks. "When you stand with your classmates and your teachers to sign the Honor Code, you have an opportunity to pledge that your integrity and sense of personal honor are things you will never give away," he said. Each student then signed one of four, leather-bound notebooks, which are kept and used each year for new generations of Saints. At the Middle School Honor Code assembly, Science Teacher Brian Neufeld shared a personal story with Saints. He concluded his speech by asking students how they can demonstrate honor on a daily basis: "The Honor Code describes how we will treat each other by not doing certain actions like lying, cheating, and stealing. I want to ask you to think about what you can bring to this
Second Grade Saint Performs in Washington Ballet Productions Another talented second grade student, Catherine Kappel, is in her third year of ballet study at The Washington School of Ballet. In her first year of eligibility, Catherine auditioned for a role in the company's production of The Nutcracker and was selected as a bumblebee in the Emerald cast. This year, she is again performing with the cast as a cherry blossom during The Nutcracker's December season at the Warner Theater. She was also selected to perform with the company in its November 2011 run of The Great Gatsby at the Kennedy Center as the young Pamela Buchanan, Daisy and Tom Buchanan's daughter.
Alumnus Inspires Fall Team Captains St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School graduate Zach Terwilliger '99 addressed the subject of leadership at the fall sports Captains'
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Saintly Acts Freshman Saves Two Lives
Students & Faculty
Zach Terwilliger '99 (far right) and the fall athletics team captains.
Lunch, which is sponsored by the Fathers' Club. Held at the home of Head of School Joan Holden, this event was attended by captains of the school's fall sports teams. While enrolled at SSSAS, Mr. Terwilliger played varsity lacrosse, football, and track and was the captain of his varsity lacrosse and football teams during his senior year. He received the Outstanding Athlete Award, was named All IAC for lacrosse, and received the Saint Award for football. Mr. Terwilliger earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the College of William & Mary. He is currently an assistant United States attorney, prosecuting organized and complex violent crime cases. His sisters, Sarah Terwilliger McDonough '96 and Virginia Terwilliger '08, also attended SSSAS. During the lunch, Mr. Terwilliger told students that one of the most important lessons he has taken away from sports was learning to lead by example. "Great leaders do the tough stuff," he said. "They are responsible, they do the right thing, and they set the tone for good sportsmanship." He asked students to share tough situations they have encountered as team captains and gave them helpful advice. "This is a great opportunity to dig deep and find out a lot about yourself," he said. "You owe it to yourself and your team to give it your all."
Coach Receives Honor Andy Taibl, varsity boys lacrosse head coach and acting athletic director for boys, was inducted into the US LacrossePotomac Chapter Hall of Fame in October. Mr. Taibl has been an SSSAS lacrosse coach since 2002 and became head coach in 2006. He was an All American at Washington College, National Lacrosse Coach Andy Taibl Goalie of the Year in 1998, Team Captain and National Champion, and a North/South All Star game player. Previously, he was an All Met goalie at Robinson High School.
Ben Haseltine '15 saved an older couple, Bob and Sue Sherburne, from drowning while on vacation in Maine this summer. Haseltine saw a riptide carrying Mrs. Sherburne and noticed she was in danger. Her husband was also being dragged out by the riptide. A strong and experienced swimmer, Haseltine did not hesitate to help. He guided Mr. Sherburne, who was starting to choke on seawater, back to shore. He then turned right around to go back out for Mrs. Sherburne to pull her into Ben Haseltine '15 shallow waters. When asked by the Alexandria Gazette Packet what prompted him to swim directly into a current to help two strangers, Haseltine said, "I didn't really think about it â€ŚYou have to take chances in life. Don't think twice about doing something nice for someone elseâ€”just do it."
Ben Habliston '13
Paul Griffith '13
Juniors Achieve the Rank of Eagle Scout Juniors Bennet Habliston and Paul Griffith, members of SSSASsponsored Boy Scout Troop 1515 in the Colonial Unit of the National Capital Area Council, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. For his Eagle Scout project, Habliston supervised 17 troop volunteers to clean up a one-mile stretch of the Potomac River shore in Belle Haven Park in Alexandria. He spent weeks organizing the cleanup and acquiring the necessary approval from three Boy Scout managers and a National Parks Service ranger. Although advised that they could expect to collect one bag per person, Habliston's group averaged four bags per volunteer. The group worked diligently to collect more than 60 bags of garbage in one day. A large part of the trash in the area was due to the heavy rain and floods during the past year, which had deposited debris and trash all along the banks of the river. Habliston designed his project to benefit the environment and the citizens who enjoy the beauty of the Potomac River. Griffith has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 1515 since coming to SSSAS in fourth grade. Also concerned with the environment, his Eagle Scout project involved the safety and
SSSAS HIGHLIGHTS beautification renovation of the Joseph Willard Health Center courtyard in Fairfax. The courtyard was designed to be used by patients, staff, and their families. Griffith completed more than 90 hours of preliminary planning and repair work toward the project and then directed 20 troop members who volunteered to help complete the heavy yard work involved in the renovation. Since the renovation of the courtyard in October, play groups, parent meetings, and staff lunches have been held in the courtyard. Continued maintenance of the area was arranged, and it remains a safe and attractive place to convene. Griffith has continued his service efforts with the communities in which he lives and enjoys. He volunteered more than 40 hours of his time to the Town of Duck, North Carolina this past summer, attending town council meetings and helping plan and execute weekly community activities and entertainment events for residents and visitors.
other high school students to get involved in their communities. In early September, Budway was interviewed on a national radio program, K Love's "Closer Look," about the rise in teen volunteerism. In the interview, he talked about his work with the Action Team and how he was deeply touched by a conversation he had with a gentleman he helped during a monthly meal service for David Budway '11 the homeless. "He was so grateful to us. He really inspired me to continue service in my adult life and do something with a career potentially one day where I can help a lot of people. All from this interaction with this one man, this one day," Budway said. Elizabeth Eckert '99, Nashville recording artist, sang the National Anthem at a Washington Nationals home game this summer.
Seniors Sell Lots of Lemonade to Benefit Local Charities Tommy May '12, Lauren Zapko '12, and Ben Luce '12, who are leaders with the group Kids Helping Kids, helped raise $11,000 for the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium and The Fund for Alexandria's Child this spring. Their group sold lemonade during Lemonaide Day, a three-day, citywide community service event. "I'm a strong believer in giving back to my community," said May. "There are definitely kids in our community needing books and tutoring and don't have the money to pay for them. I really believe in helping the kids."
Alumni Bytes Alumni Ryan Brackett '11, David Budway '11, and William Hathaway '11 represented St. Stephen's & St. Agnes at Washington Nationals Stadium in September, as volunteers with the Saints Action Team. A program created by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, high school "Action Teams" deliver a positive message about volunteering for other teens. The Saints joined other Chesapeake-area Action Team captains, major leaguer Alex Cora of the Nationals, and Volunteers of America CEO Mike King on the field. Each was given a certificate in recognition of their commitment to volunteering and their efforts to encourage
Seniors Lauren Zapko and Tommy May (not pictured: Ben Luce)
Eric Gresham '07 wrote a feature article for the Alexandria Gazette Packet about his adventures from Yale to Patagonia. Five months before his graduation from Yale last June, Gresham pursued his hunger for adventure by accepting a journalism internship at the Paragon Journal based in Puerto Varas, Chile, a magazine about the nature, culture, travel, and sports of Patagonia. To prepare for an article he was writing, Gresham "snowboarded a volcano and trekked through Patagonian draws in which a machete would have been more appropriate than a hiking stick." Michael Schwimer '04 made his Major League Baseball debut with the Philadelphia Phillies this summer. Schwimer was called up to the majors and pitched his first game against the Washington Nationals in front of a D.C. crowd, which included about 60 family and friends in the stands.
Michael Schwimer '04
Treat Huey '04 played at Wimbledon this summer in Gentlemen's Doubles and in the Davis Cup for the Philippines in September. Huey is currently ranked within the top 100 doubles players on the ATP World Tour, at #54. He's played in 31 ATP tournaments. Treat Huey '04
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Saints in Action: Fall Athletic Highlights
Oliver Milone '12
Paige Patterson '12
Boys Soccer IAC Champions Outstanding Athlete: Oliver Milone '12 Saint Awards: Salvador Benitez '12, Taylor Jackson '13 JV Coach's Award: Will Rainey '14 All-IAC: Salvador Benitez '12, Ryon Huddleston '12, Oliver Milone '12, Parker Patterson '12, Taylor Jackson '13, Andrew Arnold '14 VISAA 1st Team All-State: Ryon Huddleston '12 VISAA 2nd Team All-State: Oliver Milone '12, Parker Patterson '12
Matt Kelley '13
Carly Reed '13
the Saints during the 2011 season, and through 20 games, the defense surrendered only 17 goals, including eleven shutout performances. The IAC recognized a school-record six Saints with All-League honors: Salvador Benitez '12, Ryon Huddleston '12, Oliver Milone '12, Parker Patterson '12, Taylor Jackson '13, and Andrew Arnold '14. For his efforts, Huddleston was also honored by the Alexandria Sportsman's Club as an "Athlete of the Month" for October for his impressive play in the goal. With 15 underclassmen returning to the team, the Saints will look to remain atop the league and state in 2012.
Girls Soccer ISL Co-Champions Outstanding Athletes: Nancy Bateman '12, Paige Patterson '12 Saint Award: Michele Phillips '12 JV Coach's Award: Maddy Esworthy '15 ISL A All-League: Michele Phillips '12, Meghan Moloney '13 ISL A All-League Honorable Mention: Alison Lindsay '14
The Saints varsity boys soccer team embarked on the 2011 season with high expectations and did not disappoint, finishing with an overall record of 16-4 and completing the best season in school history for boys soccer. The Saints, under Head Coach Bo Amato, were led by seven experienced seniors and a deep group of talented underclassmen. The team went 8-2 in the league and captured the school's first Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) boys soccer championship. They also qualified for the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and competed in the championship game for the first time. Ten different players tallied goals for
The girls varsity soccer team made history by winning the school's first Independent School League (ISL) banner in the sport. The ISL A co-champions finished the season tied for 1st place with a divisional record of 4-0-2 and an overall record of 6-6-3. The team crushed opposing Episcopal at the Seminary
All photos by Jameson Bloom '13, except volleyball by Jen Milbrett
Lizzie Stewart '14
Margaret Tucker Fogarty '13
Hill Cup 5-0, confirming the Saints domination of the Cup this year. The Saints also had impressive wins against Madeira, St. Andrew's twice, Holy Child, and School Without Walls. The team battled strong in the first round of the ISL Tournament against Bullis, but after a heartbreaking crossbar shot and a hardfought game, the team lost 1-3. Seniors Nancy Bateman, Kate Curran, Elizabeth Lavie, Paige Patterson, Michele Phillips, and Michelle Whitham advanced the girls soccer program to the next level, paving the way for future Saints ISL championships.
Girls Tennis ISL Co-Champions Outstanding Athlete: Lizzie Stewart '14 Saint Award: Taylor Heasley '12 JV Coach's Award: Myrna Sidarous '13 ISL AA All-League, VISAA All-State: Lizzie Stewart '14
The Saints varsity girls tennis team had a tremendous season, and through their hard work and ability, earned the school’s first AA ISL regular season co-championship. The team put a banner on the wall in 2009 for winning the A division, but this is the first banner the Saints have won in the AA division. The Saints finished with a season record of 11-4, with their only losses going to Virginia state teams Collegiate and Norfolk Academy, as well
Darius Manora '13
Kate Johnson '12
as ISL opponent Holton-Arms. The team also finished tied for second at the ISL Tournament, where sophomore Lizzie Stewart won the No. 1 singles championship, making her the best player in the ISL. She was also honored by the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club as the November “Athlete of the Month.” The Saints continued their success and went on to host a first-round state game where they defeated Potomac 6-3. The team advanced to the VISAA semi-finals for the third straight year. While the seven seniors will be missed next year, the team is returning lots of young talent and looks to be competitive in the league and state again next year.
Cross Country Outstanding Athletes: Carly Reed '13, Matt Kelley '13 Saint Awards: Bridget Thompson '13, Brady Riles '12 JV Coach's Awards: Maggie Cady '15, Tucker Burnett '15 ISL All-League, VISAA All-State, Alexandria All-City: Carly Reed '13 IAC All-League, VISAA All-State, Alexandria All-City: Matt Kelley '13 The Saints cross country team had one of their most successful seasons in recent history. With record numbers of runners on both the girls and boys teams, the Saints had top finishers in every race this season. Both the boys and girls dominated their meets at Bullis this season, with the boys team winning two races and the girls team winning three. In these races junior Matt Kelley finished in first place twice, junior Lizzie Zulauf finished in first place once, and junior Carly Reed finished in first place twice. The boys finished 5th in the IAC championship, with Kelley placing 6th in the race and earning All-IAC honors. The girls team finished tied for 6th in the ISL championship, their highest finish ever in the league. Reed also earned All-ISL honors for her 11th place finish in the race. At the state championship meet at Woodberry Forest, the boys team finished 10th out of 20 teams, and the girls team finished 9th out of 15 teams. Kelley and Reed were also awarded All-State honors for their top finishes in their respective races.
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Saints in Action: Fall Athletic Highlights Field Hockey ISL Champions Outstanding Athlete: Margaret Tucker Fogarty '13, Kathryn Cavallo '14 Saint Award: Cat Doulis '12 JV Coach's Award: Sarah Goode '14 ISL All-League: Cat Doulis '12, Margaret Tucker Fogarty '13, Wyatt Whitley '13, Kathryn Cavallo '14 VISAA All-Tournament: Margaret Tucker Fogarty '13
The varsity field hockey team, led by senior captains Erica Chafin, Cat Doulis, and Katie Wiseman, finished the regular season as ISL co-champions with a final record of 17 wins and five losses. After winning the Seminary Hill Cup match, the team continued on to a nine-game streak where the defense did not give up any goals. On the season, the team scored 67 goals, while only conceding 18. Of the 17 wins, 15 were shutout victories. In the ISL Tournament, the Saints finished as champions by defeating neighboring Episcopal 4-3 in overtime in one of their best games of the season. After EHS scored two goals in the first five minutes, the team rallied and never quit, tying the game with ten minutes left in regulation. The winning goal in 7 vs. 7 overtime was scored by Doulis on a perfect cross from junior Margaret Tucker Fogarty. The team, ranked 5th in the VISAA state seeding, gave a challenging performance against Trinity Episcopal School in the first round of the state tournament, but unfortunately fell short at the end to lose 1-2. The team will miss the contributions of the three senior captains but looks forward to returning strong talent next year.
Outstanding Athletes: Darius Manora '13, Jordan Waite '14 Saint Award: Joe Lindsay '12 JV Coach's Award: Marshall Benjamin '15 All-IAC: Darius Manora '13, Khaamal Whitaker '13, Jordan Waite '14 A new era of Saints varsity football took flight in 2011 under the leadership of first-year Head Coach Bernard Joseph. The team, led by senior captains Matt Alexis, Joe Lindsay, and Nate Wilson and junior captains Darius Manora and Khaamal Whitaker,
battled many of the top programs in the D.C. area this season. Manora rushed for more than 1,000 yards to lead the Saints offense to their highest combined point total in four years. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Waite led the Saints defense in tackles while Lindsay and Alexis anchored a solid offensive and defensive line. The season was highlighted by the Saints' 22-20 victory over eventual VISAA state finalist Potomac. The IAC recognized Manora, Whitaker, and Waite with All-League honors. With only four seniors and a strong group of returning underclassmen, the Saints will look to build on the foundation and successes of 2011.
Volleyball Outstanding Athletes: Kate Johnson '12, Leah Joseph '13 Saint Award: Emma Luparello '12 JV Coach's Award: Lauren Hinson '14 ISL A All-League: Leah Joseph '13
The Saints volleyball team started the season with a strong win at the Tune-Up Tournament at Fredericksburg Christian, followed by two more victories against league opponents National Cathedral School and Holy Child. At the 4th Annual Seminary Hill Cup, the Saints beat Episcopal for the first time in four years in an epic match in Goodwin Gymnasium, helping the Saints girls fall athletic teams to win the Cup this year. Overall, the team completed the season with five wins after a decisive victory over Pope John Paul the Great on senior night. Seniors Nicole Garvin, Kate Johnson, and Emma Luparello made the season memorable with their leadership, respect, and dedication to the team.
SSSAS Hosts 35 Years of the Areaâ€™s Best Wrestling There are some unique awards given at the tournament. The most prestigious is the Bucky Freeman Outstanding Wrestler Trophy, named after the former assistant coach in the early 1980s who also helped run the tournament. The award is presented each year by Mr. Freeman's son, John Freeman '84, who wrestled for St. Stephen's. Another trophy is named after Mr. Barbee, who returns each year to personally present the award. The Roger Barbee Team Champion Trophy is awarded to the team that scores the most points in the tournament. The most recently added award is named for a beloved SSSAS faculty member, the David Hooper Most Pins Award. Mr. Hooper gave 25 years of service to the school as a passionate history teacher and wrestling coach.
Legendary Varsity Wrestling Coach Herb Soles
By Joe Shabelski '92 Head Varsity Wrestling Coach, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Grounds
The mid-1970s produced some of the finest varsity wrestling teams at St. Stephen's. Over and over again in the St. Stephen's Scroll, the teams thanked their dedicated coaches, the legendary Herb Soles and Roger Barbee, and a group of "fanatically loyal fans" for their success. During the three wrestling seasons between 1976 and 1979, the varsity wresting team brought home three IAC Championships in a row (making it five in seven years) and won the school's first-ever state championship in the 1978-1979 season. It was during this time that Coaches Soles and Barbee started what immediately became known as one of the area's toughest tournaments, the Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament. Why did they want to host a tournament over Christmas? Mr. Barbee explains, "The tournament was started to keep the wrestlers sharp over the long holiday break!" This highly competitive wrestling tournament has been known to highlight state champions and All-American wrestlers from many different schools from around the area. This year's tournament features 11 teams from the surrounding area, including the D.C. Metro, Baltimore, Richmond, and Woodstock. The longstanding tradition embodied by this tournament draws many alumni (both former wrestlers and spectators) and parents of alumni back to the school to watch this event. This year the Alumni Office has organized a Saints Alumni Wrestling Reunion in honor of the 35th anniversary of the tournament. Charlie Fairchild '78 comments, "It's a wonderful chance to see old friends, to reminisce with fellow wrestlers, catch up with past and present coaches, and to watch some first-rate wrestling. We only miss it when we're out of town. Nothing beats it!" Even the officials come back year after year to work this event and witness the high level of competiveness and sportsmanship.
It's hard to believe this marks the 35th anniversary of this event. It is the longest-running holiday wrestling tournament in the area. I have been involved with this tournament for many years, going back to when my older brother, Mel Shabelski '86, wrestled in it, and I helped keep score and run the clock. Before I knew it, I was able to compete in the tournament myself, which was such a rewarding experience as an athlete. Now, as the head varsity wrestling coach, I help Mr. Barbee run the event. I always look forward to this tournament, which I feel is the highlight of our season. Its longtime success is due to the strong support of the Fathers' Club (which sponsors the tournament), our community, and parents. Parent volunteers run the concession stand and, as usual, do an outstanding job. Other coaches and spectators often compliment SSSAS on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at the tournament. Each year our Saints go head-to-head with some of the area's top teams in this amazing, historic tournament. It always promises to be an action-packed day of physical rivalry, spirit, and sportsmanship. This year's tournament on December 30 (10:00 a.m. start in Goodwin Gymnasium) will be followed by an Alumni Wrestling Reunion at Ramparts Tavern in Alexandria at 7:00 p.m.
The 1977-1978 Varsity Wrestling Team
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learn about issues
lead the way to action
love the earth ST. STEPHENâ€™S & ST. AGNES SCHOOL
Developing Environmental Leaders at S4S
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes hosts the fourth-annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S)
STUDENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
A group of teenagers are huddled around small solar panels, connective wires, and a radio on a bright fall morning. Their challenge: to make the radio operate by using only the power of the sun. "Touch a different metal and see if it works," says Rob Wolfe, Middle School science teacher. The radio begins to play. "Yay!" The students cheer their success. "It's so interesting to them," Wolfe said. "And once you see what you can make by hand, it's just interesting to think of all the possibilities out there."
Some of the sessions were led by students, including one about treebanding to measure the effects of climate on trees in your area. Seniors Cullin Brown and Ben Foshee, who are working with the Smithsonian Tree Banding Project, demonstrated the process in the Perkins Courtyard sustainable garden. In another session, senior Daniella Diaz and her classmates were creating "green lunchboxes" with only reusable, sustainable products such as washable sandwich wraps and lunch bags instead of plastic. "Students need to learn that if you do little things every day, it will add to the big picture," Diaz said. "When you see someone going the extra mile, doing a little thing that's environmentally friendly, you're more likely to do it, too." It's that collective energy that keeps senior Ulises Giacoman coming back to S4S. Like Miller, he is a student representative on the SSSAS all-school Environmental Sustainability Committee, along with faculty and administrators. Last year, he attended a session about urban composting. "As soon as I got out of that session, I was like, I'm going to go home, and I'm going to compost!" he said. "It's a great feeling to be empowered after a conference." Typically students work on sustainability issues at their schools in small groups, said Jillian Joyce, JK-12 sustainability coordinator. The S4S conference offers them a chance to create larger networks. "For them to come together and get re-energized and realize there are more people out there like them who are doing the same work, it's just inspiring, and it encourages the kids to go back and spread that message to their larger student body," Joyce said.
Middle School Science Teacher Rob Wolfe ran a session on solar power.
Working with solar energy was just one of the hands-on sessions offered during the fourth-annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S), hosted by St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School on October 31. More than 100 middle and high school students and teachers from ten schools in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland attended the event, which offers a day of education, discussion, and planning for environmental sustainability in schools. Students learned about issues such as solar-powered cars, bird-friendly coffee, creating art from the earth using traditional Peruvian techniques, and the environmental impact of water runoff at school campuses.
Students also heard the message from regional and global perspectives. Adults who are working in environmental fields presented at S4S, including keynote speaker Phillip Ellis, field
"I think young people can really make a difference if they know what the problems are, what's going on, and what we need to do to fix it," said Tori Miller, a senior who co-led one of the workshops and is active in the Upper School Environmental Club and on the school-wide Environmental Sustainability Committee. She says S4S heightens awareness and inspires students to act. "Every little thing makes a difference." Seniors Cullin Brown and Ben Foshee led a session on tree banding in the Perkins Courtyard
S4S Conference Leaders ~ front row from left to right: Caroline Hamil '12, Tori Miller '12, Daniella Diaz '12, Head of School Joan Holden, Sustainability Coordinator Jillian Joyce, Ulises Giacoman '12; back row: Ben Foshee '12, Cullin Brown '12, Tristam Osgood '12, Keynote Speaker Phillip Ellis, and Upper School Art Teacher Terry deBardelaben.
organizer for the Sierra Club. Ellis works with the Beyond Coal campaign, which helped negotiate the planned closure of the GenOn Potomac River Coal Plant in Alexandria. Three St. Stephen's & St. Agnes alumni also led sessions: Todd Harding '65 spoke about the educational and environmental role of bees in schoolyards, Chris Miller '82 from the Piedmont Environmental Council demonstrated the effects of water run-off on school campuses, and Tyler Suiters '87 spoke about his career as the chief correspondent for "Energy NOW!," a weekly national television news magazine.
Joan Holden welcomes Todd Harding '65 back to give his session on beekeeping for the second year.
summer, he attended a professional development course on Teaching Solar Energy to Kids led by Solar Energy International (see p. 47) which helped him bring new ideas back to the classroom, such as the possibilities for solar cooking in developing countries. "I hope the students will understand that there are alternatives to what we're currently doing [with energy]," Wolfe added. "That they will be excited about spending their lives looking into how to use renewables and how to conserve more."
SSSAS started the S4S Conference in 2008 as part of an overall commitment to sustainability, which is woven into the school's JK-12 "What I'd like to show them is what happens in other parts of the curriculum. Each year, the S4S conference is waste-free; everything world," Suiters said. "For example our carbon emissions per capita, used/served during the day is recycled or composted. The silverware is which is sky high compared with so much of the rest of the world; made from potatoes, and the cups, plates, and napkins are recyclable. the way we live our lives. I just want them to think a little bit more Since the conference started four years ago, Joyce says she's seen about the effects of their choices on the environment and on the enthusiasm grow and students making "green" choices such as earth." carpooling, walking, or biking to school. Before leading his session on solar energy, Wolfe set up a "We have students who have sworn off bottled water as a result of stationary bike that students could pedal and generate energy to coming to the conference, and every person not drinking bottled see how much it takes to power different types of light bulbs. Last water can save 125 bottles a year," Joyce said. "That might seem small, but with enough people doing that, the impact is really great." Students also had the chance to submit an idea for an environmental project and win a mini-grant to help complete it. Miller and others say S4S is not just a one-day effort; they want to continue leading the charge at school, in college, and beyond. "I'm definitely interested in being in some sort of college club that has to do with environmental issues and maybe even pursuing that as a career," Miller said. "We're building leadership for the future," Joyce said. "I think schools are wonderful places where faculty members and adults listen to kids, and kids can enact change right there, right then."
Scan this code to view a video of the 2011 S4S Conference! Tyler Suiters '87 talking to students about his career as the chief correspondent for "Energy NOW!"
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"We dreamed of a moment like this– a moment of living thanks to our teachers…"
~Catie Meyer Peterson '86, Campaign Co-Chair
On October 20, more than 700 Saints gathered at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the tremendous legacy and impact of Saints teaching. The evening featured thoughtful tributes from alumni, the presentation of a video about Saints teachers, and the opportunity for parents, faculty, alumni, former faculty, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends of the school to share in the indelible mark great teachers have made upon the history of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School and upon thousands of students. This milestone event in the life of our school served as the celebration and groundbreaking of the Light the Way Campaign for our Teachers: an endowment campaign for faculty salaries and professional development. Campaign Co-Chairs Peter Keefe and Catie Meyer Peterson '86 announced that the campaign has already raised $14 million from Saints families toward the faculty endowment goal of $18 million. The overall campaign goal of $25 million includes $7 million raised for The Saints Fund. Head of School Joan Holden opened the evening by saying of the teachers of SSSAS: "Tonight is a night to honor their dedication, expertise, commitment, passion, and care of the students they are currently teaching, the students they have taught, and the students who will be taught in the future. We are here to celebrate what we as a community can do to cement their legacy." Campaign Co-Chair Peter Keefe announced that the event marked the determination to complete the most successful fundraising effort in our history and to "make St. Stephen's & St. Agnes faculty our highest priority." Campaign Co-Chair Catie Meyer Peterson '86 said: "The $18 million we raise for our endowment will live and grow in perpetuity at our school and provide funds for our faculty for as long as our doors are open. These funds will ensure that SSSAS will always be able to fulfill its mission of providing the best education for our Saints." The video featured that evening is currently posted on our Light the Way Web site (www.sssas.org/lighttheway), and information and updates will continue to be posted to the site in the months ahead. As Peterson said, "We will reach out to each individual in the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes community. We invite you to consider your own level of participation. We invite you to think about the role our teachers have played, and think about how you can ensure that they continue to have an impact on today's children – our children – and on tomorrow's children." Many thanks to the volunteers who made the event possible and who will continue to spread the word about this important effort. Photo: Co-Chairs Catie Meyer Peterson '86 and Peter Keefe
I Believeâ€Ś Light the Way Volunteers We offer our deepest gratitude to these individuals for their guidance, leadership and dedicated service to our teachers and to this campaign.
Peter C. Keefe Catie Meyer Peterson '86
Campaign Steering Committee
W. Jeffrey Austin Joan M. Ferrill C. Steven Harkness Benjamin I. Johns, Jr. '74 A. Clayton Perfall Carolyn S. Peterson David M. Phillips, Jr. Julie Conley Wiseman '79 Margaret C. Woods '74
Principal Gifts Committee Thomas R. Crawford Amy Lois Curtis '80 Lisa Herget R. Philip Herget III Freeman E. Jones David R. Millard Mary Ann Best Millard A. Clayton Perfall Robert M. Wadsworth '78 Julie Conley Wiseman '79 Margaret C. Woods '74
Public Phase Volunteer Committee Glenn L. Archer III '82 Sujatha Augustine Tamra K. Bentsen W. Kirk Blalock Heather M. Cox Thomas R. Crawford Jeffrey C. Gehrs Nancy L. Gray John M. Griswold Thomas J. Karol Eleanor G. Long Rita M. Meyer David M. Phillips, Jr. Nancy M. Phillips John M. Repetti '81 Craig D. Shapero Cathy Smith Tyler '80 Maggie Vaughan '86 Craig G. Veith Jeffery M. Walter
As part of the presentation during the Light the Way Launch Event, eight alumni from different decades shared what they believe the teachers of St. Stephen's School, St. Agnes School, and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School have meant to them. Here are just a few of those remarks. For these and other remembrances of Saints teachers past and present, visit www.sssas.org/lighttheway.
"I am Montez Anderson, class of 1993. I am grateful to my teachers at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School because they strengthened my faith in God, they fortified my work ethic, and they provided opportunities that intensified my competitive spirit. I believe they helped me to become the person I am today."
"I am Jennifer Griffin, class of 1987, and my coaches at St. Agnes Marsha Way, Kathy Jenkins, Betsey Rice, and Alix Fellows taught me that 'She who has the will to win, never shall be beat.' And every day I believe them!"
Light the Way Event Volunteers
Catering: Anne Beverly Jones Lisa Herget Catie Meyer Peterson '86 Decorations: Lisa Herget Program: Tamra K. Bentsen Craig G. Veith Promotions: Freeman E. Jones Peter C. Keefe John M. Repetti '81 Logistics: Tamra K. Bentsen
"I am Ian McLeod, class of 2009. Dr. Lyons told me that every passion and dream was reachable, as long as I didn't shut any doors along the way. I will never forget the night I played on the basketball court and rushed over after the game to play my piano solo with the jazz band. I believe teachers open doors."
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October 20 ~ A Night to Remember "The highlight for me was hearing Ian McLeod, SSSAS Class of 2009...The delight in his voice and his appreciation for the teachers who made it possible captured the essence of the Light the Way campaign." ~Shanda Ivory, Upper School Parent
Around the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, photos of ten former Saints teachers who each taught for more than 30 years.
"I loved being at an event honoring the teachers who work for the most part out of the spotlight but who deserve our highest praise. It was great to see larger than life photos honoring some of my favorite teachers â€“ Henry Biddle, Willis Wills, Sleepy Thompson, and Dick Babyak. It brought so many wonderful memories of them as caring teachers and people."
~Derek Savage '65
Middle School teachers Kelley Gorman (Science), Lori Melfi (English), and Erin Daly (Math) loved celebrating teachers past and present.
"The highlight for me was realizing that not only were there 10 amazing former faculty members' images displayed on the walls, but also that the room was filled with just as amazing current and former faculty members. The piece that united us all is our loyalty and love for this great school." ~Cathy Smith Tyler '80, Lower & Upper School Parent
Saints parents Bobby Brandt, Lizzie Siegel, Jennifer Adams, and Hilary Brandt toasted the school at the announcement of this important effort.
Middle School math teacher and parent of alumnae Suzanne Nuckolls enjoyed visiting with parent Cathy Smith Tyler '80.
"At the end of the 'Light the Way' evening I was reading the questions about teachers on the pencils which were given out, such as 'Which teacher knew you best?' The answer to every question was 'Mrs. Driscoll, my sixth grade teacher!' How fitting that those pencils reminded me of the teacher who inspired me to be a teacher. I am mailing the pencils to her son, with the story that goes with them. From the very beginning to the very end, the 'Light the Way' celebration was amazing. I am proud to be a part of this community!" ~Leslie Maitland, Kindergarten Teacher, Parent of Alumna
October 20 ~ A Night to Remember "We both thought the event was a 'wow' momentâ€”the attendance demonstrated that St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is truly a positive, diverse force for what a JK-12 educational experience should be. Both the teachers' personal stories about why they teach and what motivates them every day and the former students' descriptions of the impact Saints teachers have had on them throughout their lives were very, very compelling. We felt honored to be a part of the Saints community and are honored to do everything we can to support such an important endeavor." ~Sally & Craig Veith, Middle & Upper School Parents
Has it really been 10 years? Director of the Middle School Betty Metheny and Jennifer Chapman '01.
"The highlight of the evening was hearing the stories from the younger alumnae and seeing how the unification of my school, St. Agnes, with St. Stephen's, has created a new school which is even better than either school was before Joan Holden and her board worked their magic. She is a fabulous leader." ~Donna P. Chapman '60
Girls Lacrosse coach and Lower School P.E. teacher Kathy Jenkins (our most tenured current faculty member, with 40 years of service) reminisced with Alix Fellows and Jim Osuna.
"The highlight for me was walking into the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and seeing the banners of past faculty on the wall. It brought up so many wonderful memories and was humbling to see the number of years those teachers dedicated to making the school a better place." ~Kathy Jenkins, Lacrosse Coach, Lower School P.E. Teacher, Parent of Alumni Head of School Joan Holden and some proud parents of alumni: Eleanor and Bob Long, Kathy and Steve Harkness, and Carl Smith.
"The highlight for me was conversing with the parents of former students and in particular hearing about their children's desires to continue studying Spanish and to explore the Spanish-speaking world. It was touching to be thanked for my influence on their children's lives." ~Josh Bauman, Middle School Spanish Teacher
"As a young teacher, I was really inspired by the banners of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes legends hanging in between the columns. The years that they dedicated to education are amazing!" ~Caroline English, Upper School History Teacher
The conclusion of the program: "anyone and everyone here tonight who has been inspired by a Saints teacherâ€Śshine their light!"
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While local members of the Saints community celebrated the launch of Light the Way: A Campaign for our Teachers in Washington, D.C. on October 20, alumni in cities across the country - Richmond, Charlottesville, New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Durham, Chicago, Nashville, and San Francisco â€“ made plans to celebrate with a "Saints Teacher Toast" gathering.
BOSTON, MA NEW YORK CITY
CHICAGO, IL SAN FRANCISCO, CA RICHMOND, VA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA NASHVILLE, TN
DURHAM, NC ATLANTA, GA
Coast-to-Coast Teacher Toast San Francisco Boston
On the West Coast Peter Vaughan '02, Katie Dubill Bradford '98, Lisa Meltz Gumpert '93, Rachel Manson '04, Tommy Murray '07, and Woodson Martin '86 shared great teaching memories in San Francisco.
"A small, but enthusiastic group of SSSAS alumni gathered to toast the teachers in Boston. Winchester Country Club served as a wonderful venue to gather area alumni together for the first time in several decades. We had the pleasure of having the three Holden daughters with us for the celebration â€“ Ashley, Jennifer, and Abigail who all live in the Boston area. It was a treat for the alumni present to meet them and to share stories about their mother and Head of School, Joan Holden. Each of us recounted a few school stories and mentioned several teachers who had served as a 'light' on our journeys! A thank you to all who were in attendance!"
~Amy O'Connor Fitzpatrick '85
"My favorite part of the night was seeing Rachel Pollard and Caroline Nuckolls toasting to their moms, who are Saints teachers, with their Saints cups! It was a great chance for old friends to reconnect and to reminisce about our favorite times at SSSAS. I also really just enjoyed hearing more about what the New York Saints are up to!" ~Clara Gillespie Ferraro '97
Rachel Pollard '04, Alison Murray '04, Abigail Meyer '04, Karla Herrara '04, and Christina Colbert '04 celebrated Light the Way in New York City.
Saints in New York City gathered at the Hideaway, a restaurant/bar in Tribeca, co-owned by Michael Meyer '83 and Justin Palmer '88. Dabney Ellett '06 with Saints roommates Caroline Nuckolls '07 and Molly Millard '07.
Sally Choate Fox '94, Prue Holman Waters '83, Khalil Abdul-Malik '92, Tali Olmi '70, and West Stewart '59 raised their glasses to teachers in Atlanta.
"I had an amazing time connecting with my fellow Saints alumni who live in Atlanta. The highlight of the night was talking with Prue Holman Waters about wrestling and lacrosse. Prue's brothers were champion wrestlers for the legendary Saints head coach Herb Soles. And Prue was a starter on some of the best championship lacrosse teams that St. Agnes ever had. Today, Prue's son wrestles for a very competitive Atlanta private school. Prue and I also coach lacrosse for boys and girls at Atlanta private schools. We gained our passion and knowledge for our favorite sports during our time as Saints. I think that realizing this truly drove home the enormous impact the teachers and coaches from St. Stephen's and St. Agnes had on our lives." ~Khalil Abdul-Malik '92
Durham "Spending an evening with four generations of Saints revealed what I had known all along â€“ our memories of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes bring back smiles, laughter, and happiness." ~Susan Dow '05
Debbie Keller, former faculty/staff, Juli Keller McKinney '88, Avni Chhabra Rampersaud '94, Kate Mentzer Harshbarger '95, Susan Dow '05, and Kate McDaniel Kulenic '97 gathered in Durham, North Carolina.
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The 2011 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
A Moment from Chris Hayes Moe '61...
pictures from our years at SAS. Helen encouraged us to send in bios, What a wonderful time! We graduated 41 lambs in 1961. In 2011, which Anne had made into a "class book" of our interesting journeys as a gift for each of us and for the school. 39 remain, and 24 attended our 50th Reunion. They came from The third grade class interviews were adorable, and the alums twelve states, and Dorothy Bellinger Grimm came all the way from enjoyed the students' questions. One was quite amusing: "What Australia! Margaret Somerville, Helen Preble Stewart, Anne Williams, Ingrid kind of technology did you have?" Anne Williams, who is always Utech, Chris Hayes Moe, Ann Connor Doak, Niki Neese Lallande, on the ball, pulled out her ballpoint pen and clicked it â€“ that was it. (I'm sure the children think we lived in the dark ages!) and Fair MacRae Gouldin worked on the reunion through email, The Golden Saints Luncheon in Lloyd House was lovely and except for the many phone calls made to solicit funds for our 50th included taking a few moments to remember Jinx Wilson Parker Reunion Saints Fund gift. Ingrid and Anne created a DVD of and Vianna Barksdale, who are no longer with us. Thank you, Mrs. Holden, for your meaningful words. The Torpedo Factory Art Center reception was such fun! It was wonderful to gather in the Golden Saints Lounge to engage in some quality visiting. Lambs returning home included Joshan Backus Wise, Dorothy Bellinger Grimm, Mary Lynn Chalfant Huggins, Joni Edwards Jones, Lynn Goodman, Tandy Martin, Sara Rankin Stadler, and Jan Sutherland Guldbeck. Our class party was held at Leslie Smith Ariail's beautiful, historic home, which long ago belonged to Lord Fairfax. It was a perfect venue for our party. A very special thanks to our Leslie for her warm hospitality. She was so kind to open her home to us in light of the fact that she lost her husband, John, in early 2011. Thanks also to Page Proctor Hagan and Bev Grow Benner for helping Leslie. Julie McMillin Daniels and Joe, Beth Kouns Lamond, and Ann Connor Doak and John joined us for the evening. Margaret and Bill hosted a lovely brunch at their home on Sunday morning. Quite a few attended and enjoyed gathering for the last time. We knew we would have a good time over the weekend, but I think it exceeded our expectations. We missed all who couldn't come, but each one will receive our book and DVD. Now, we are "On Our Way Rejoicing . . ." Top left: Chris Hayes Moe '61 (second from left) joined her classmates to march in the halftime parade honoring their 50th Reunion. Top right: Leslie Smith Ariail '61, Page Proctor Hagan '61, and Bev Grow Benner '61 reunited at Lloyd House for the Golden Saints Luncheon. Bottom photo: The St. Agnes School Class of 1961 gathered at the home of Leslie Smith Ariail '61.
A Moment from Marty Baumberger '61...
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
Outnumbered three to one by the girls of 1961, five stalwart members of our class attended the 50th Reunion activities. Chuck Shepherdson, Fred Gouldin, and I attended the luncheon on Friday where we heard Joan Holden talk about the excellent educational institution our school has become in concert with St. Agnes. Twenty-four AP courses and a continued emphasis on writing are hallmarks of its strong academic program. (Don't we all recall how Mrs. Pauline Betts hammered grammar into us way back when? Some things never change!) At the Torpedo Factory Friday night we were joined by Karl Weickhardt and Carter Refo. Tours on Saturday showed off the impressive facility. The football players among us enjoyed looking over the scrapbook made by Taylor Cosby's mother (chronicling our championship football season in 1960), that was in the school archives display. Chuck, Fred, and I carried the banner for our class during the halftime pinning ceremony at the football game. Let's look forward to the 55th!
Photo top left, from left to right: Former St. Stephen's football co-captains Marty Baumberger '61, Fred Gouldin '61, and Chuck Shepherdson '61. Photo top right: Marty Baumberger '61 receiving a commemorative 50th Reunion pin. Two center football photos: Saints vs Landon 2011 and 1961 ~ Touchdown! Bottom photo: During halftime, Class of 1961 alumni met with the fifth grade students who participated in the alumni pen pal program.
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Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
A Moment from Amy Argetsinger '86... "You know," Jenny Drummey observed at some point late that Saturday night, "we've all been apart longer than we were together." Well, speak for yourself, Jenny â€“ some of us had shown up to every darn one of these reunions. (1991: Upstairs at the former Bullfeathers. 1996: The dim back room of one of those shuttered Irish bars off King Street. 2001: Mary Jane's backyard. 2006: Catie's house.) And yet, this is the year we managed to lure several long-lost classmates for the first time in a quarter-century (Jenny, as well as Lisa Rooks Morris, Karen Rooney Noonan, Tania Lukowsky Bruno, and Debbie Meister, newly back in the area as rector of St. Alban's Church), as well as some whose reunion attendance has been sporadic enough that they were encountering each other for the first time in decades (Phyllis Abshire d'Hoop, Valerie McCord, Megan McVay, and Kristen Erwin Rutherford, both in from California). About half our class was represented over the course of the weekend. But Jenny was right. You can go to all the reunions, and still the gaps between them stretch longer than the epic of high school. It's been 25 years since we dispersed. We've made other friends, we've grown into new interests, shifted onto different tracks. Some of us are desperately overworked, while others are happily underemployed; some are taking kids college shopping, while others are having babies (or cats, or parrots). So why do we come back? What made us open up about our personal lives to each other within minutes of "hello"? Why did we worry so much about which shoes to wear that night? Why do we still matter to each other? I don't know. Maybe if I'd stayed a little later Saturday night at Mary's brother's new bar (Telegraph Station -- check it out, the food's amazing), I'd have finally teased out a grand unifying theory. But I left at 1:15 a.m., knowing only that there's something very special about growing old with the people with whom you were young. Top photo: The St. Agnes School Class of 1986 proudly carried their 25th Reunion banner during the halftime ceremony. Bottom photo: Amy Argetsinger '86 (center, first row) celebrated with the St. Agnes School and St. Stephen's School Classes of 1986 at Telegraph Station.
A Moment from Paul vom Eigen '01 (SSSAS Fifth Grade Teacher)...
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
Many of my classmates traveled from all over the country to return to SSSAS for our 10th Reunion. Their desire to return home urged me to consider their reasons for coming. Was it simply an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, or was there more to it? While attending several Homecoming events, it became clear that physically seeing different classmates brought back memories of shared experiences. Some spoke of teams they had played on together, while others talked about playing in the band at Homecoming. Some referenced humorous conversations they did not think they would remember, and others commented on teachers who had an impact on them. These overlapping shared experiences brought us together for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Personally, while these shared experiences were fun to remember, I found that I was just as intrigued by the new interests that my classmates have pursued since graduating. I enjoyed listening to my classmates' newfound passions, the impressions they carried of their experiences abroad, and the fresh confidence they brought to retelling a funny story. Like ten years before, their passions and evolving personalities inspired me to consider new perspectives and ways of living. It is this desire to learn, laugh, and grow that continues to draw me back and reconnect with the Class of 2001.
Photos clockwise from top left: Claire Good '06, Robin Baxley '06, Adele Farella '06, Julia Farnham '06, and Ian White '06 soaked up every entertaining moment of their first reunion. Members of the SSS Class of 1981 toasted their 30th Reunion at an Old Town favorite, Union Street Public House. Hunter Bell '71 and his fellow 1971 reunion committee volunteers organized an incredible class party for his friends from SSS and SAS. Elizabeth Bancroft and Melissa Ulsaker Maas (front row left) organized the Class of 1976 35th Reunion party at Melissa's home with help from Amy Goers Rhodes (back row, third from right). Paul vom Eigen '01 (far left) helped the white team secure a narrow 7-5 victory over the red team in the Annual Robert M. Lamond '67 Memorial Alumni Soccer Game on Kelleher Field.
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Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
Clyde Lamond '59 (whose wife, Beth, had her 50th Reunion this year) presents our school archivist, Anne Bolen, with a portrait of his grandfather Clyde C. Lamond, Sr., who served on the first Board of Trustees that helped found St. Agnes School in 1924.
Head of School Joan Holden with her former advisee, Alex Cordia '07.
Toddlers learned about SSSAS school colors at Saints Story Time as Jennifer Mason Halstead '94 and her mother, former Saints faculty member Jackie Mason, look on.
Caroline Edsall '02 reveled with her parents, Liz and Jack Edsall '64, and good friend Kristen Seith Burkhalter '97 at the Torpedo Factory reception.
Members of the SSSAS Class of 1996 celebrated their 15th Reunion at Virtue Feed & Grain.
Peter and Jane Ferguson Junghans '56 and Nancy Corson Gibbes '56 gave each other a warm welcome on the eve of their 55th Reunion.
Alumni Association Board Notes Kelly Newton '95 Reporting President, Alumni Association Board
n October, the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School community launched Light the Way: A Campaign for our Teachers. It was heartwarming to see so many alumni at the kick-off event in Washington, D.C. to celebrate and honor all of the terrific teachers who have touched our lives. I spoke with dozens of alumni that evening, and it seemed everyone had a strong, personal connection to a teacher from SSSAS, and it was clear that their impact was still felt today. It is a testament to the close bond that many of us feel with our teachers from SSSAS that dozens of alumni who could not travel to Washington gathered at locations across the country to raise a glass in the first-ever SSSAS "Coast-to-Coast Teacher Toast." The Alumni Association believes the Light the Way Campaign is a critical fundraising initiative, and we hope you will join us in pledging your support. Speaking of fundraising, I'm pleased to report that last year, each member of the Alumni Association Board contributed to the Saints Fund. We stand beside our faculty â€“ who also reported 100% participation â€“ in supporting this critical fund that benefits faculty salaries, buildings and grounds maintenance, teaching supplies, financial aid, and technology, arts, athletics, and science programs. In addition to the Saints Fund, the Alumni Association is proud to continue our commitment to the Children of Saints Endowed Scholarship Fund, the fund we established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to children of alumni who attend the school. In addition to celebrating our teachers, the Alumni Association welcomed back hundreds of alumni, including the graduating classes ending in "1" and "6" who celebrated their reunion years during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Alumni, parents, and faculty also reconnected at the Golden Saints Luncheon, the reception at the Torpedo Factory, the Annual Robert M. Lamond '67 Memorial Alumni Soccer Game, and Saints Story Time for our future Saints. Be sure to visit www.sssas.org/alumni to check out photos of all the weekend's festivities and stay tuned for more information on upcoming alumni events this year.
2011-2012 Alumni Events Look for more details in the Alumni eBulletin, or go to www.sssas.org and click on Alumni in the red navigation bar. If you don't receive the Alumni eBulletin, please email your request to Tyler Hetzer at email@example.com. December 17: Young Alumni Holiday Party Classes 2001-2008 December 30:
The 35th Annual Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament, and the Wrestling Alumni Reunion at Ramparts in Alexandria
Washington Capitals Game
Net@Night Career Networking with Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting
Distinguished Alumni Service Award Ceremony
The 21st Sleepy Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Fairfax
Join the alumni facebook & LinkedIn Groups! Check out these great ways to reconnect with SSSAS! On Facebook, search for the SSSAS Alumni Office group. On LinkedIn, search for the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Alumni group. Network with classmates, post photos, and learn about alumni news and events. For more information, contact Romney Beebe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Book Report "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" ~ E. M. Forster
The Rev. R. Scott Hurd '85 Writes on the Process of Forgiveness The Reverend R. Scott Hurd '85 has just published his first book, Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach. After graduating from St. Stephen's, Father Hurd earned degrees from the University of Richmond and Oxford University. He began his ordained ministry as an Episcopal priest and entered the Catholic Church in 1996. Father Hurd is now a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington where he currently serves as executive director of the Archdiocese's Office of the Permanent Diaconate, assists at St. Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt, Maryland, and is liaison with the USCCB for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Virginia with their three children. In the Foreword of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, says: "Father R. Scott Hurd writes of the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social benefits of learning how to forgive and find peace. Drawing from his pastoral experience, in twenty-four short chapters, Father Hurd examines how human weakness affects such things as our ability to forgive and reconcile, our capacity to trust, and how we cope when another does not accept our apology. Hurd informs that through these very experiences, we find in Jesus Christ and the sacraments a way to move forward toward healing." In the first chapter, Father Hurd introduces his thoughtful examination of the process of forgiveness as a journey toward God: "The forgiveness we're called to offer is a decision, a process, and a gift. It's a decision because by forgiving we choose to let go of any desire for revenge or retaliation, and we free ourselves of the bitterness and resentment that harden our hearts. Forgiveness is a process because letting go of resentment takes time; we may need to make the decision to forgive over and over again! Finally, forgiveness is a gift of love that we give freely, without expectations, exceptions, or limits." Learn more about his book and read Father Hurd's homilies on his blog at fatherscotthurd.blogspot.com.
Francoise Marvel '99 Publishes a Medical "Black Book" Francoise Marvel has co-authored a medical guide for medical students, residents, and the expert physician, Madruga and Marvel's Medical Black Book: Guide to Differential Diagnosis, Mnemonics, and Clinical Pearls. With regard to the evolution of the concept, Ms. Marvel explains: "My first rotation of third year in Internal Medicine was my induction into 'wards' and the life of a resident Internist. After following the traditional steps of carrying a notebook to record clinical pearls on rounds, I developed an interest in bringing innovation to the 'black book' concept. My goal was to synthesize the clinical expertise of attending physicians and evidenced-based recommendations into a book and develop an "app" version to improve the dissemination of clinical expertise and ultimately, patient care/outcomes." Her idea evolved into working one-on-one with the program director for Internal Medicine, her co-author Dr. Mario Madruga, to produce the guide in print, e-book, and application ("app") for Apple iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. The resulting "black book" combines evidenced-based guidance with keystone recommendations from clinical experts' "black book" files. Since graduating from St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in 1999, Ms. Marvel graduated from the University of Virginia with distinction and was honored with the Frank W. Finger award for her research in Psychoneuroimmunology. At UVA's Medical Center, she volunteered as a pre-operative patient-care assistant for orthopedic patients and served as a bioethics intern at UVA's Cancer Center. She also served as a resident advisor for first-year women and was a teaching assistant in biology. Before beginning her medical training, Ms. Marvel joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health and Epidemiology in 2003 to serve medically underserved communities in South Florida, the United States, and internationally. For more than four years she worked on urgent public health issues, including family-based HIV/STDprevention programs, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and training practitioners in evidenced-based treatments. In 2008, she received the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and Excellence in Service awards.
Dan Britton '85 Completes Another Book Dan Britton '85, executive vice president of ministry programs for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), has published a new book, The Greatest Leader Ever: Essential Leadership Principles. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, built on the values of integrity, team work, serving, and excellence, asked 40 leaders to share their key insights on what makes the greatest leader ever and how they live out those principles on the field, in the arena, in the classroom, and at home. Contributors include NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, Tennis Champion Michael Chang, retired NFL Quarterback Kurt Warner, Olympic Champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and many others. The book also features leadership success stories about the late John Wooden and Tom Landry, and an inspiring challenge from FCA President and former NFL Coach Les Steckel. An inspiring and motivating book for coaches, athletes, sports fans, and aspiring leaders, the pages are filled with time-tested principles of leadership based on Biblical values. And, it promises to answer the question: Who is the greatest leader ever?
Ian Hochberg Publishes a Book on the National Latin Exam
Web Wise What's Up on Our Web Site? Meet Our Saints This fall we launched ten new student profiles. You can meet Greg '12, Zara '23, Nick '16, Sibet '14, and others by going to www.sssas.org and clicking on the "Meet Our Saints" button.
Stay Up on All the News The SSSAS News keeps you up-to-date and part of our school life. We regularly post new stories on our home page and our Athletics page. Go to: www.sssas.org to read them all.
Get the Picture & Be Part of the Action Our Media Gallery has lots of photo galleries and videos that will keep you in the picture! To find our Media Gallery quickly, go to: www.sssas.org and click on "Visitor's View" in the red navigation bar, then click on the Media Gallery button in the left-hand menu.
Upper School Latin Teacher Ian Hochberg has published his first book, Three Decades of the National Latin Exam. In his tenth year of teaching at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Mr. Hochberg has become a national leader and promoter of Latin as a writer and steerer of the National Latin Exam (NLE) and is a founding member and writer of the Exploratory Latin Exam. He speaks at annual conferences to deliver the results, statistics, and latest news of the National Latin Exam to teachers and students. The Middle and Upper School Latin Club has received state and national recognition for academic achievement in contests, conventions, and certamina, including the current number-one student classicist in the country. Saints Latin has received the Classical Association of Virginia Plaque of Excellence for four consecutive years and has won one national and three state certamen championships. Mr. Hochberg is the 2011 recipient of the CAV Lurlene W. Todd Teacher of the Year Award. Three Decades of the National Latin Exam is a compendium of the National Latin Exam, comprising a history of the organization, statistical analysis of each year's results, resources for teachers and students, and every exam the NLE has ever produced. Mr. Hochberg says, "The most challenging part of this project was researching, compiling, and composing the history, but this was also the most rewarding part."
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The Stage One Players Present By Matthew Mirliani '12 Actor, role of Leon Tolchinsky
Neil Simon is arguably one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. Known for his charming and side-splitting wit, Simon produced multiple works that have become embedded in the subconscious of audiences worldwide. Fools is a delightful, intelligent comedy that centers around an energetic young teacher who arrives in a small village in the Ukraine, which is suffering under a curse of ignorance. After falling in love with his pupil, Sophia, the teacher determinedly sets out to break the curse. The Upper School Stage One Players production of Fools was the "little play that could." Despite a challenging script and a cancelled opening night (due to a water main break in the neighborhood), the cast of ten and crew of 30 created a strong and memorable production with performances on October 29 and November 5 in the Chapel/Performing Arts Center. The sold-out, closing-night performance received a standing ovation and opened the season for the Cappies critics program, a group of students that reviews local high school shows. At the end of the year the critics vote, and the top five actors/actresses or crews in each category are honored at the gala at the Kennedy Center. It will be a long wait until the end of the school year to see if any Cappies will materialize for the cast and crew of Fools! Director Jim Marvin cast each role impeccably to create an extremely strong cast. The actors delved deeply into their roles and felt connected to their characters. The humor flowed naturally between the characters, and the play felt fresh and unrehearsed. The performances were raw yet also well structured, and even the improvised lines were in sync with the actors' characters. Comedic timing is never planned, it just happens â€” and the cast of Fools had a rhythm all their own. The set design by seniors Marena Anderson, Grace Montgomery, and Katy Jones-Powe was easy to use and served as a fantastic setting for the scenes. Heather McPherson '14 composed and performed the delightful accompanying music, the lighting and sound crews did a top-notch job, and the costumes designed by Taylor Galloway '12 helped give the play a rustic feel. All in all, the Stage One Players brought forth a genuine and bright production with lively performances, a plethora of great laughs, and a timeless message of love and devotion.
Leon Tolchinsky, a school teacher: Matthew Mirliani '12 (Understudy Paul Griffith '13) Snetsky, a shepherd: Claire Malkie '13 (Understudy Dylan Reynolds '14) Magistrate, a magistrate: Anii Chams-Eddine '14 (Understudy Ellen Stevens '15) Slovitch, a butcher: Aaron Brackett '14 (Understudy Nia Soto '14) Mishkin, a postman: Lizzie Beane '13 Yenchna, a vendor: Heather Hartzell '14 Dr. Zubritsky, a doctor: Christian Osborne '14 Lenya Zubritsky, the doctor's wife: Virginia Coffield '13 (Understudy Camille Jones '14) Sophia Zubritsky, the doctor's daughter: Sibet Partee '14 Gregor Yousekevitch, the count: TrĂŠ Allison '14
Artistic & Technical Staff
Stage Manager: Megan McLean '12 Set Designers: Marena Anderson '12, Katy Jones-Powe '12, Grace Montgomery '12 Lighting Designer and Board Operator: Taylor Jensen '14 Electrical Assistant: Khalil Hoque '15 Sound Designer and Board Operator: Douglas Maggs '13 Sound Effects Operator: Parker Lowe '14 Backstage Technical Operations: Luis Milburn '14 Carpentry Crew: TrĂŠ Allison '14, Marena Anderson '12, Cullin Brown '12, Ben Foshee '12, Tristan Hudson '14, Taylor Jensen '14, Katy Jones-Powe '12, Grace Montgomery '12, Andrew Riggs '14, Alex Saylor '12, Caroline Secrest '14, Ruthie Walston '14 Set Construction Help: Parents Mr. Steve May and Mr. Keith Jones Music Composer and Keyboard Performer: Heather McPherson '14 Costume Designer: Taylor Galloway '12 Costume Assistants: Virginia Tucker '14, Caroline Christner '12, Nia Soto '14 Makeup Designers & Crew: Virginia Tucker '14, Caroline Christner '12 Props Designers & Crew: Tom May '12, Natascha Zelloe '13 Front of House Manager: Dr. Jan Jacobs (Upper School History Teacher) Ticket Supervisor: Ms. Joyce Ames (Upper School Librarian) Director: Mr. Jim Marvin (Upper School Performing Arts Chair) Technical Director: Mr. Mike Hanpeter (Upper School Technology Education Teacher) Shop Foreman: Mr. Joe Wenger (Upper School English Department Chair) Costume Advisor: Mrs. Anne Bolen (Archivist) Acting Coach, Choreographer: Ms. Kathryn Connors '05 (Middle School Drama Teacher)
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Serving and Leading SSSAS Welcomes New Board Members Amy V. Argetsinger '86 Board of Governors
Amy Argetsinger '86 is excited to return to her alma mater as a St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Board of Governors member. "St. Agnes gave me the intellectual stimulation and camaraderie that made me excited about learning and eager to succeed," she said. "I remain grateful to the teachers I had at SAS and grateful for the support the schools gave their faculty â€“ including my mother, who taught at both St. Agnes and St. Stephen's and was later an administrator at SSS." Since 2005 Ms. Argetsinger has been co-author of The Reliable Source column in The Washington Post's Style section, which covers a wide variety of Washington D.C.'s VIP life, as well as society and celebrity culture at large. In her 16 years as a Post staff writer, she spent a decade as a Metro reporter, covering education among other topics. She also spent a year covering the West Coast as the Los Angeles bureau chief. Ms. Argetsinger earned her B.A. in political and social thought from the University of Virginia. She has spent many years volunteering her time as an adult literacy tutor. She recently served on the 25th Reunion Committee for the 2011 Homecoming & Reunion weekend. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and watching movies.
Donna P. Chapman '60
Board of Governors St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School welcomes Donna Chapman '60 to the Board of Governors. Mrs. Chapman is excited to work with her alma mater and believes deeply in our school's mission. "It is vital that our children obtain a good education to be able to compete in today's ever-changing global economy," Mrs. Chapman said. Mrs. Chapman is the president of Josey Oil, a Houstonbased oil exploration company founded in 1926. She is also an international art and antiques dealer, gallery owner, and
philanthropist of the arts and healthcare causes. Previously, she was the proprietor of Neuhoff Galleries in Dallas. Mrs. Chapman is involved philanthropically with numerous charitable and community organizations, including Physicians for Peace, Sweet Briar College (former trustee), the Frick Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among many others. Since 2007, she has been chair of the board of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation. A native of Virginia, Mrs. Chapman is a graduate of Sweet Briar College. She also studied at Institut de Touraine, Ecole des Sciences Politiques, La Sorbonne, and Ecole du Louvre, and took advanced course work at the University of Dallas and at Rice University. She speaks fluent French and Spanish. A mother of six children, Mrs. Chapman lives in Houston with her husband, Max, and their daughter Eloise. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, golf, and is an accomplished artist.
Berkeley M. Shervin '78
Board of Governors New Board of Governors Member Berk Shervin '78 and his wife, Cheri, are proud parents of four children, including current Upper School student Teddy '14 and Middle School student Wade '16. "St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School has a consistent record of producing well-educated, wellrounded, competitive graduates who are prepared for the challenges of life. However, it is the school's steadfast emphasis on the importance of honor and character that is a hallmark of the institution. As a St. Stephen's graduate, and now parent, this is an aspect of the school that I am particularly proud of," Mr. Shervin said. Mr. Shervin is president, chief executive officer, and owner of The Wilkes Company, a Washington, D.C.-based commercial real estate development firm. For the past 28 years he has been engaged in strategic planning, capital structure formation, and financing activities associated with the development of commercial real estate including office buildings, residential buildings, shopping centers, industrial complexes, and other investment-grade real estate assets. Mr. Shervin has also served as an advisor, trustee, and consultant to individuals and numerous organizations on real estate-related investment, finance, and tax matters. He serves on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Real Estate Advisory Council, an advisory board to the Kogod School of Business at American University. Mr. Shervin earned his B.A. in finance from American University. He enjoys sailing, skiing, traveling, and reading. He is currently a member of the SSSAS Fathers' Club.
Robert M. Wadsworth '78 Board of Governors
Rob Wadsworth believes in the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School mission of pursuing integrity and selflessness as well as knowledge and is proud to be serving on the Board of Governors. "I believe in the value of a private education and its ability to bring out the very best of children in general," he said. "I am grateful for those who enabled me to attend SSS and for those from the school who spent their lives educating my brothers (Steve '80 and Jay '82) and me, in and out of the classroom." Mr. Wadsworth previously served on the SSSAS Foundation Board and chaired the board during his last three years of tenure. Mr. Wadsworth has spent 25 years in the venture capital and private equity industry. He is one of the founding partners of HarbourVest Partners, LLC, a global private equity firm. In this role, Mr. Wadsworth oversees the firm's investments in direct operating businesses in both the technology and industrial sectors and also plays a leadership role in executing the firm's strategic direction as a member of its Executive Committee. He has sponsored both control and minority equity investments in more than 100 different private companies during his career and has served as a board member at more than 40 of those companies. Today, he remains an active director of several private and public companies. Mr. Wadsworth graduated from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering in 1982 and Harvard Business School in 1986. Today he and his wife, Terry, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where they have raised their four children, Katie, Andy, Meredith, and Michael. He enjoys tennis, golf, fly-fishing, skiing, and sailing. He has also been an active pilot for 30 years.
A. Clayton Perfall Chair of the Board of Governors
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is proud to have Clay Perfall as the new chair of the Board of Governors. Mr. Perfall has served on the board since 2005 and as chair of the Finance Committee for several years. "My family and I are very grateful for the role that SSSAS has played, and continues to play, in our lives," Mr. Perfall said. "It is a privilege for me to represent the Board of Governors and to work with Joan Holden, the administration, faculty, and community to help shape the future of our school." His son, Cal '10, was a "lifer" at SSSAS and is now a sophomore in college. He and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, Adrienne '22 and Evelyn '19. Mr. Perfall currently serves as chief executive officer of Archway Marketing Services, Inc., which provides marketing support services to leading national marketers. Prior to joining Archway, he was the chief financial officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Snyder Communications, and previously he was a partner at Arthur Andersen. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary and began his career as a certified public accountant. He is a trustee of the Mason School of Business Foundation at the College of William & Mary and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colfax Corporation and of Comstock Homebuilding. Mr. Perfall addressed all faculty, staff, and administrators during the SSSAS opening faculty meeting on August 31. When introducing him, Head of School Joan Holden said, "We are so very fortunate to have a board chair with so much experience and who has such respect for and trust in what we do. What has always impressed me about Clay is his ability to balance common sense with an extraordinary mind and financial acumen." In his free time, Mr. Perfall enjoys skiing, soccer, and traveling.
Board of Governors 2011-2012 Front row left to right: Amy Argetsinger '86, Clay Perfall, Head of School Joan Holden (ex-officio); second row: David Charlton '69 (ex-officio), Donna Chapman '60, Karen Walker, Candida Reid, Amy Curtis '80, Michael Chiaramonte; third row: Philip Herget, Robert Wadsworth, Ellen Walter (APT), Ian Markham, Michelle Go, Freeman Jones; back row: Denny Meyer, Tony Lewis '65, Jeffery Walter, Robert Brandt, John Siegel, Jeff Austin, Berkeley Shervin, and Craig Veith. Not pictured: Steven Peterson '84, Shanda Ivory, and Kelly Newton (Alumni Association President)
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SERVING & LEADING
Joan M. Ferrill Foundation Board
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School welcomes back Joan Ferrill to the Foundation Board this year after serving from 2002-2010. In addition to the Foundation Board, she previously served on the SSSAS Board of Governors from 20052011. Mrs. Ferrill has served on many SSSAS committees and helped with numerous events at the school, including: the Strategic Planning Advisory Board; APT Allocations Committee; APT Auction; Alumni Parent Liaison Committee; Campaign Steering Committee; and Homecoming/ Fall Family Picnic. Mrs. Ferrill is treasurer at The Strathmoore Company, Inc. in Alexandria. Previously, she was vice president of the Investment Division of First National Bank of Maryland and assistant treasurer at American Security Bank. In addition to her volunteer work, she enjoys traveling and sports. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Jeffrey, are parents of Mary '09.
Peter C. Keefe Foundation Board
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School welcomes Peter Keefe to the Foundation Board after previously serving on the SSSAS Board of Governors from 2005 to 2011. He and his wife, Debbie, have four Saints: Julia '14, Alex '16, Eliza '20, and Tim '20. "I have committed the education of my children to SSSAS because of the school's strong commitment to ethical and moral framework from a strong faculty," he said. Mr. Keefe feels that "developing a framework for making ethical and moral choices" is one of the major challenges children face today. Mr. Keefe is the president of Avenir Corporation, a D.C.based investment management firm providing equity portfolio management services to individuals and institutions. Prior to joining Avenir, he was the director of research at Johnston, Lemon & Co. Incorporated, a New York Stock Exchange Member firm. Mr. Keefe received his B.A. in political science from Washington and Lee University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Keefe serves as co-chair of the SSSAS Light the Way: A Campaign for our Teachers endowment campaign and as treasurer of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation. Previously, he served as a member of the vestry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria and on the Board of Directors at The Men's Home in Alexandria. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hunting, fishing, and handball.
S A I N T S FIRST THINGS FIRST
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Step Up ~ Support The Saints Fund! Each time our Saints students celebrate a "first," there is a teacher, coach or counselor who has guided and encouraged them. For each of these firsts, a gift to The Saints Fund has helped make it possible. Give online: http://giving.sssas.org If you have questions or need further information, please contact Director of Annual Giving Melissa McCullough at 703-212-2769, or email@example.com
Many Thanks to Our Fantastic 2011-2012 Saints Fund Volunteer Leadership Development Chair: Freeman Jones Leadership Gifts Chair: Kirk Blalock Parent Chairs: Suan Dunn (US), Beth Shepherdson (MS), Chris Krese (LS) Alumni Chair: Clara Gillespie Ferraro '97 Young Alumni Chair: Megan Cummings '03 New Parent Chairs: Bambi & Brian Coval Past Parent Chairs: Donna & Robert Budway Grandparent Chairs: Julie & Ed Dyson Faculty Division Chairs: Doug Adams (US), Gail Johnson (MS), Nancy Eaton (LS) Administrator Liaison: Tim Doyle
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Giving to The Saints Fund "Our son started at SSSAS Upper School in September of last year. We liked the school and the community so much, we moved into the neighborhood three months later. We were so impressed with the caliber of the school's teaching and administrative staff, we decided to send our daughter to the Middle School this fall. SSSAS is a treasure, and contributing to The Saints Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of the quality education we know our children will receive at SSSAS." ~ Kevin and Tracy Durkin, SSSAS parents
"As a faculty member and an alumnus, I have more incentive than most to give to The Saints Fund, but I give, because, well, it feels good. The school has certainly grown into a different entity since I was here in the '70s, but those qualities that made the old version special â€” a caring, artistic, intellectual, and athletic community â€” still thrive, and I want to support a school like that. And so, those are the reasons I support it and give." ~ Andrew Sidle '78, Upper School English teacher
"Catherine '22 and Christian '24 have both attended SSSAS since junior kindergarten. Jeff and I were attracted to the school because of its long-standing tradition of excellence, focus on academics, and emphasis on fostering and nurturing a well-rounded individual for today's ever complex and changing world. Each year we continue to be impressed with all aspects of SSSAS. We know it is through the dedication and hard work of the teachers and administration who make it a great school. We are committed to investing in the school and our children today, tomorrow, and always." ~Jeffrey J. Kappel & Seyong Nicholls, SSSAS parents
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The Association of Parents and Teachers Summer Study Grants Our faculty and staff express their gratitude to the Association of Parents & Teachers for the exciting opportunities they had for professional development this summer, to enrich their teaching and benefit their students.
Middle and Upper School Band & Orchestra Teacher Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, Juilliard School, New York I participated in a conducting workshop for music educators, which took place at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. I was one of 40 chosen through a video audition to participate in four days of conducting sessions and seminars. Music educators from 29 states and five foreign countries participated. The workshop faculty came from Juilliard, the Curtis Institute, Yale and Indiana Universities, and the Metropolitan Opera. A variety of issues were explored in-depth relating to conducting technique, music score preparation and interpretation, rehearsal strategies, performance psychology, and body movement. Specifically we worked on movement that more effectively communicates musical ideas through clear and expressive conducting gestures. We also explored several methods of reading, analyzing, marking, and interpreting music scores, which in turn will help me plan and execute efficient rehearsals. Juilliard lived up to its reputation. This workshop was an intense, inspiring, and motivating experience that is still resonating with me months later. Two things I have already started doing in the classroom include: demonstrating explicitly various conducting gestures during the first few rehearsals of the year, describing what they represent, and then having students perform the appropriate actions with the corresponding gestures; and examining video of myself in rehearsal and performance on a frequent basis to assess how clearly I am communicating with my ensembles and how well my students are reacting to my communications.
Lower School Librarian/Library Department Chair International Association of School Librarians Annual Conference, Kingston, Jamaica The International Association of School Librarians (IASL) brings together school librarians from around the world to share ideas and research. The conference was held at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. This year's theme was "Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner." I wanted to attend this conference to learn more about the direction in which our libraries should be moving. As the world becomes increasingly digital, what role does the library play, and what do SSSAS libraries need to be focusing on to make sure our students are prepared? Throughout the week I made connections with librarians, shared ideas and best practices, and returned to SSSAS with so many ideas of new and innovative technologies to incorporate in the libraries.
One of the themes emphasized at the conference was the need for our students to be multi-literate. This means they will need to be able to read, analyze, interpret, and publish in printed text, and they will also need to be able to analyze, interpret, and publish works in digital, web, audio, and video formats. Some of the programs I plan to incorporate in the library that focus on multi-literacy include using Evernote and Diigo with students and faculty. I am also using Glogster to create multimedia book presentations and plan to have students use these new technologies to create their own book trailers and presentations.
Fourth Grade Teacher Volunteer missionary work in the Dominican Republic ~Spanish Immersion Program This summer I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in the Dominican Republic. To be immersed in the culture, I lived with a Dominican family. During the day, I worked with four and five year-olds in a preschool, teaching the alphabet and numbers in English. In the evenings I took Spanish lessons from a professor at a language school. Most of my time was spent in the capital city, although for a short time I was able to travel to the northern part of the country to teach Vacation Bible School to three communities. I am looking forward to being able to teach my fourth grade class more about Christopher Columbus' journey as we study explorers, as well as bring the culture of the Dominican Republic back to my students. While I was there, I worked with hundreds of Dominican children and one thought that continued to be present in my mind comes from our school's mission statement â€“ My work was done "to honor the unique value of each [child] as a child of God in a caring community."
Upper School Science Teacher McDonald Observatory in Texas For my APT grant, I went to McDonald Observatory in Jeff Davis, Texas. I attended a workshop for teachers emphasizing light and optics. We learned several hands-on ways to teach students
about how astronomers use light to discover different things about the cosmos. We also went on several tours of the research telescopes there, and I can share what I learned with my students and relate it to the labs we will do at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes. Finally, we did a fair amount of night sky observing. This has already been one of the pillars of my astronomy teaching. After seeing scientists do this at the observatory, I learned several techniques to make the experience even more engrossing and educational for students.
Upper School History Teacher Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Stanford University For a full week in June, I had the opportunity to return to life as a college student. While living at Stanford University, I immersed myself in a weeklong seminar on the Great Depression and World War II directed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Every morning I joined 20 colleagues for breakfast and a three-hour lecture from renowned American Historian David Kennedy. We discussed topics ranging from the economic climate of the 1920s to the transformative effect of World War II on the tax system. What I found most interesting were the myths that Professor Kennedy dispelled about the time period; for example proving that World War II did not succeed in changing inherent cultural values about women's role in society. In addition to the lectures, we watched period films in the evening and spent time developing classroom skills. I created a project for use in my AP U.S. History class grounded in primary documents highlighting the New Deal's impact on society. Additionally, I heard from 20 experienced teachers about their most successful classroom practices and lessons. The Gilder Lehrman seminar not only drastically improved my understanding of U.S. history from 1920 to 1945 - it also exceeded my expectations in its dedication to aiding teachers' performance in the classroom.
Upper School History Teacher & JK-12 Sustainability Coordinator Paris and Amsterdam Museums This summer I visited five museums that house many of the paintings studied in the tenth grade Ages of Humanity course: the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Louvre Museum, the Musèe d'Orsay and the Musèe de l'Orangerie. My visit to these sites informed my appreciation for art history and deepened my understanding of the impact that artists had on one another, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Art reflected the changes in society and culture, the hardship of war, and the joys of nature that many experienced during this time period. I was also reminded of the craftsmanship and care that artists take in completing their paintings. In particular, I was wowed by the variety and depth of Van Gogh's work – his talent as a painter is extraordinary. I am taking back to my classroom a great appreciation of the importance of art in the cultural and personal lives of Europeans throughout history. It is our instinct to express ourselves, whether it is beauty, sadness, confusion, or joy that we are trying to portray.
Middle School Spanish Teacher University of Washington Course: Ecuador Experience This summer I completed the University of Washington's two-and-a-half week course, "Ecuador Experience." Based in Ecuador's capital city, Quito, the coursework provided a wonderful opportunity to polish my Spanish-speaking skills while learning the culture and history of a country I had never visited. The intensive language classes sharpened my understanding of advanced Spanish grammar and introduced me to Ecuadorean colloquialisms, including a number of fun Quechua expressions I look forward to sharing with my students. I also gained fresh ideas on activities and strategies to present vocabulary and grammar. During the afternoons and weekends, I participated in numerous excursions. These were valuable opportunities to experience various aspects of Ecuadorean culture, such as traditional music, food, and art. I am eager to enrich my classes with Andean music and to use the master painter Oswaldo Guayasamín's powerful artwork to frame conversations about the historic and contemporary struggles of Ecuador's indigenous peoples. While in Ecuador, I was fortunate to travel through the diverse regions of the country: the Pacific coast, the Andes Mountains, and the Amazon rainforest. The stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife highlight the need to support environmental preservation and sustainable economic development throughout the world. I am excited to use this content, including my pictures, to enhance my Spanish "Earth Week" curriculum.
Third Grade Teacher Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, Colorado I attended the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute at the Fountain Valley School in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was an intensive, six-day workshop that opened my eyes to a new way of interacting and creating meaningful relationships with students. The faculty stressed the importance of just being present and listening to our students. Oftentimes we are uncomfortable with silence, but I learned that it can be a very powerful opportunity to connect with how students are feeling and what is going on in their lives. It was also a great opportunity to meet and interact with other educators from independent schools. I plan on using some of these new tools I acquired from the institute as I interact with students from the Lower School this year, with the hope of becoming the best advisor and listener I can be for my students.
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author); explore exhibits and resources at my leisure; meet Paul Foerster (one of my math heroes); and conquer my fear of driving on bridges. I am genuinely grateful to the APT for allowing me the opportunity to exchange ideas, reflect, and recharge as I prepared for another exciting year at SSSAS.
Middle School Associate Division Director Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, Colorado A gorgeous boarding school campus surrounded by the Rocky Mountains made a wonderful setting for the Stanley King Counseling Institute. I was very fortunate to spend a week in Colorado Springs at the Fountain Valley School with 60 other educators, administrators, deans, and teachers from independent schools all over the country. They shared their own insights while together, and we learned counseling skills, strategies, and expertise from the dedicated Stanley King faculty. Through small group discussions, role-playing, and lectures, I learned to listen patiently and thus effectively. I learned that conditioned efforts from the listener to fix a problem too quickly could result in losing valuable talking time or having the confider cease sharing. I left this beneficial workshop with a network of education contacts who all share a passion for teaching. Additionally, I am a more informed mentor for faculty and better prepared to listen to students and colleagues.
Upper School Math Teacher AP National Conference, San Francisco "Sharing Knowledge and Motivating Students" was the theme of this year's AP Annual Conference in San Francisco, California. I began preparing for the conference in March, as I worked with a former colleague to produce a session entitled "Assessments that Make the Grade," which about 25 teachers attended. It was a great opportunity to reflect at length on core values regarding instruction, content strands, and assessment. Fun is the best way to describe our banter back and forth of ideas and pedagogy. Taking time to reflect on what we value and design instruction accordingly was our goal. No matter how many conferences I attend, I always come away inspired with new ideas for teaching content and engaging students. I am excited that I can now put into practice what I learned. During the conference, teachers shared new strategies on how to incorporate content that requires higher-order thinking skills, employs effective use of technology, explores mathematics from multiple perspectives, and combines skills from a variety of different content areas. Other highlights of my trip included: the opportunity to hear speaker Wes Moore (youth advocate and
Visual Arts Teacher, Grades JK-2 Intensive Painting Course, France I spent a week in Amboise, France participating in an advanced painting and drawing class. I lived in a real castle with 17 other participants from all over the world; there were six languages spoken by the group. Fortunately, art is a universal language, and we all communicated with each other through our art (and a lot of charades). It was challenging and stimulating. We drew and painted onsite twice a day, which involved traveling to another chateau or sumptuous garden. We visited Leonardo da Vinci's home and garden one afternoon. It was fabulous being part of this group that had many creative styles. We had two French cooks who prepared our three meals a day, and we dined like "kings and queens" in a huge room that suggested the grandeur of its day long ago. In addition to the course, I was delighted to be invited to stay with the family of a former student (43 years ago!) near Versailles for the week before I went to Amboise. Afterward, I stayed in Paris for one additional week of painting and drawing in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and exploring many museums including the home and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny. The material I gathered will fuel more than 100 presentations to my students throughout the year. I feel fortunate and blessed to have been given this opportunity, which was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enhance my personal work and provide a fascinating new focus for my students.
Middle School English Teacher A Case for the Arts, Chautauqua Institution, New York The Chautauqua Institution is renowned as a center for the performing arts and a community dedicated to lifelong learning. In the summer, each week is organized around a particular theme that addresses the important social, political, religious, and/ or ethical issues of our time. The days are filled with lectures, workshops, discussions, performances, and various forms of study, from book groups to art classes to group meditation. I participated in the weeklong program entitled, "A Case for the Arts," which emphasized the ways in which the creative life and the arts
benefit communities, schools, and individuals. The highlighted speakers included Rocco Landesman, chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts; Susan Stamberg, special correspondent for NPR; and Stanley Fish, professor of humanities and law, columnist, and author. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Church offered a series of lectures on various ethical issues, including current trends in stem cell research, the fallacy of the just war, and end-of-life care. There were also various performances offered daily: chamber music, symphonies, dance, opera, theater, singing groups, and gallery openings. I was the proverbial kid in a candy shop, taking advantage of as many offerings as possible. Opportunities like these, to immerse myself in intense learning and reflection, benefit my students in numerous ways. Listening to a lecture, taking notes, and engaging in discussion, I cannot help but develop empathy for my own students. An experience such as this week in Chautauqua also stirs up my excitement for learning in ways that inevitably leak into the classroom. My thoughts are stimulated by fresh ideas; I am renewed and inspired. And I am again filled with questions: Who are we, and what are we called to do in this life? With such questions at the heart of each of my classes, my students join me on the lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery.
between the sun and the earth and how it dictates the construction of a solar home. We designed our own three-dimensional residence using geometric blocks to represent different parts of the structure, and we toured one of the many solar homes in the community. We wired 1.5 volt solar panels together in our outdoor lab, enabling us to use the sun to make different types of battery-operated toys come to life. We ended the week by discussing other forms of renewable energies and building wind turbines designed to convert the energy from a fan's breeze into electrical energy. This weeklong course will transform how my students learn about renewable energy in eighth grade, and I look forward to bringing many of the components of this experience into my classroom.
Middle School Science Teacher Ecosystems and Cultures of Tanzania
Middle School Science Teacher Teaching Solar Energy to Kids, Colorado For one week each summer, Solar Energy International hosts educators at its Carbondale, Colorado facility and leads them through the course "Teaching Solar Energy to Kids." The goal of the class is to help teachers make solar and other renewable energies come alive in the classroom. I was interested because of my focus on energy in the SSSAS eighth grade science course and my constant search for ways to help my students learn science content through hands-on experiences. We began the week by discussing the history of energy use and establishing the need for wide-scale use of renewable energies. We discussed global issues such as land use, changes in atmospheric composition, and climate change, but it didn't take long for us to get out from behind our desks. First, we pedaled a stationary bike to understand how different types of light bulbs need varying amounts of energy. Next, we learned about using the sun's rays for cooking and how important this process is to the developing world. We cooked one of our dinners in several large ovens, and we endeavored to make our own solar ovens out of pizza boxes. We spent time learning about the geographic relationship
I was fortunate to receive an APT grant to explore three of Tanzania's national parks: Tarangire, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro crater. I also had the opportunity to meet with local people in the Maasai, Makonde, and Iraqw tribes, as well as visit a primary school to interact with seventh grade students. I am thrilled to have the chance to bring back my newfound knowledge of the Serengeti and surrounding areas to my students. I learned about and witnessed numerous examples of symbiotic relationships in which different species live together, gained several new examples of unique animal and plant adaptations, and have first-hand information about how humans are impacting Tanzanian wildlife through blocked migration routes and global climate change. I also learned that the Tanzanian landscape experiences drastic seasonal differences based on rainfall. Because I visited at the beginning of the dry season, I was able to witness first-hand the role that access to a water supply has on both wildlife and human populations. The nomadic Maasai tribesmen led their herds in pursuit of water, lions staked out territory next to shrinking watering holes, and wildebeest traveled across the plains as they sought their necessary daily source of water and young grasses. These experiences have helped me create a more cohesive theme for this year's seventh grade science classes, in which we will focus on the importance of fresh water as we explore the topics of ecosystems, environmental issues, cellular biology, and human health.
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(in date order through 10/10/2011)
Kim O'Halloran Perez '90 and husband Gene, a daughter, Fiona Bridget Perez, 3/9/11. Sali Qaragholi Rakower '90 and husband Michael, a daughter, Hannah Abigail Rakower, 3/28/11. Liz Barber Sutphin '06 and husband Stuart, a son, Stuart Bruen Sutphin V, 6/20/11.
Fiona Bridget Perez
Hannah Abigail Rakower
Stuart Bruen Sutphin V
Elo誰se Audrey Marie Burns
Bailey Elizabeth Taibl
James Bruce Augst
Kerrington Grace Supple
Sophie Campagne-Ibarcq Burns '95 and husband Duncan, a daughter, Elo誰se Audrey Marie Burns, 7/12/11.
Milestones: New Additions & Marriages
Andy Taibl, faculty/administration, and wife Bethany, a daughter, Bailey Elizabeth Taibl, 8/2/11. Hannah Prentice Traul '99 and husband Howard, a son, Addison Traul, 9/6/11. Bobby Augst '95 and wife Heather, a son, James Bruce Augst, 9/7/11. Jim Supple, faculty/administration, and wife, Alison, a daughter, Kerrington Grace Supple, 9/26/11. Joy McDonald '95 and husband Andy, a daughter, Virginia Mae McDonald, 9/29/11.
Virginia Mae McDonald
Fields Marshall '89 and wife Mabel, a son, Ian Rene Marshall, 10/5/11.
(in date order through 10/10/2011)
Alexis Delaney '97 and Jeffrey Welker, 12/04/10. Kara-Anne Carpenter '01 and Anthony J. Pantalena, 5/29/11. Caroline Miller '98 and Christopher Withers, 6/9/11.
Alexis Delaney '97 & Jeffrey Welker
Kara-Anne Carpenter '01 & Anthony J. Pantalena
Joanie Ferrell '72 and Chuck Langdon, 6/10/11.
Caroline Miller '98 & Christopher Withers
Nick Gregorios '01 and Victoria Edwards, 6/25/11. Katie Adams '99 and Winston Rodriguez, 6/26/11. Matt Williams, faculty/staff, and Shwetha Rai, 7/2/11. Charlie Fairchild '03 and Erin Johnson, 7/23/11. Alice Curtin '03 and Spencer Smith, 8/6/11. Andy Jenkins '92 and Anne Duke, 8/20/11.
Nick Gregorios '01 & Victoria Edwards
Katie Adams '99 & Winston Rodriguez
Lizzie Culvahouse '03 and Steve Callahan, 8/20/11.
Matt Williams & Shwetha Rai
Meredith Whiteley '95 and Ross Dannenberg, 8/27/11. Clarissa Ansley '06 and Grant Ward, 9/10/11. Matt York, faculty/staff, and Melissa Kryfka, 9/24/11. Catherine Carson, faculty/staff, and Will Durbin, 10/8/11.
Andy Jenkins '92 & Anne Duke
Lizzie Culvahouse '03 & Steve Callahan
Meredith Whiteley '95 & Ross Dannenberg
(in date order through 10/10/2011)
Mary Brown-Serman Kirby '34, sister of Elizabeth Brown-Serman MacRae Hayes '36, mother of Marion Walke Goethals '64, 9/1/10. Marybelle Weatherford Henry, mother of Randa Henry Murphy '60, 3/3/11. Nathaniel Thompson Jr., grandfather of Bridget Thompson '13, 6/10/11. Graham Purcell, father of Melissa Purcell Killmer '78, and May Lynn Purcell Turtletaub '79, grandfather of Will '05, Annabelle '07, and Mary Grace Killmer '13, 6/11/11. Marjorie Gagliardi, grandmother of Alyson Clarke Murray '03, 6/15/11. Steven Stattner '63, 6/18/11. Shane Skidmore, uncle of Morgan '05 and Greg Frankena '10, 6/26/11.
Julian Burke Jr. '36, brother of David Burke '43, former Board of Governors member, brother of the late Andy Burke '33, grandfather of Stuart Brierre '98, uncle of Governor Burke '74, Ann Burke Brogan '75, Marney Burke Cooney '77, Julian T. Burke II '77, and Virginia "Ginger" Lee Burke Koloszyc '85, great uncle of Clay '04, Sam '16, and Julia Burke '18, 8/8/11. Pamela Chinnis, mother of Ann '74 and Cabell Chinnis '76, 8/24/11. Frances Klingenmaier, grandmother of Meredith Whiteley Dannenberg '95, 8/28/11. Grace K. Harbison, grandmother of Matt Robinson '03, 8/28/11. Ruth Garretson, grandmother of Teddy '14 and Garretson Carter '17, 8/30/11.
Jack Gehrs, grandfather of Shannon '06, Tyler '09, and Charlotte Gehrs '20, 7/3/11.
Nathaniel Hunt, brother of Rachel '76 and Lucy Hunt '73, 9/6/11.
Paul Saylor, grandfather of Alex Saylor '12, 7/9/11.
Joan Thomas Gray, grandmother of Jenny Vibert '14, 9/8/11.
Kelly Shaw, father of Eleanor '05 and Ally Shaw '10, 7/11/11.
Edith Bacon, grandmother of Raleigh Speed '23, 9/11/11.
Pamela Kendrick O'Connor '57, 7/11/11.
Charles Hussey, grandfather of Mac MacDonald '12, 9/15/11.
Charlotte J. Habliston, grandmother of Caroline '06, Chazzo '09 and Bennet Habliston '13, mother-in-law of Ann Morton Young Habliston '78, 7/22/11.
Ferrel Atkins, grandfather of Ferrel '12, Lexy '15 and Adrienne Atkins '16, 9/16/11.
Glenn Archer Jr., father of Susan '76, Glenn '82, and Tom Archer '86, grandfather of Nate '14 and Sammy Archer '16, 7/27/11.
John P. Huebner, father of the late Stephanie Huebner '82 and Johnny Huebner '84, 9/16/11.
Elizabeth Brown-Serman MacRae Hayes '36, former Board of Governors member, sister of Mary Brown-Serman Kirby '34, mother of Fair MacRae Gouldin '61, Marion MacRae '63, the late Cary MacRae McDaniel '65, grandmother of Kate McDaniel Kulenic '97, aunt of Marion Walke Goethals '64, 8/2/11.
Anna Koral Partica, mother-in-law of Dave Davidson, '62, 9/17/11.
Ali Naqvi, father of Akbar '14 and Roheena Naqvi '16, 8/3/11.
Lucinda "Cindy" Pye Hatcher '52, sister of Delia McGowan Mathews '59, 10/3/11.
Albert "Ashton" Tellekamp, son of Madeleine Long Tellekamp '63, 8/8/11. Frances "Franny" Dawson, sister of Virginia "Ginnie" C. Smart '28, mother of Samuel C. Dawson '66 and Marion Dawson Robinette '73, mother-in-law of Bonnie Dawson, former faculty/staff, and grandmother of Elizabeth '98, Cooper '99 and Patrick Dawson '01, 8/14/11.
Stephanie Huebner '82, 6/29/11.
Cynthia Andrews, grandmother of Hunter '09 and Cabell Perrot '11, 9/5/11.
Juliette Owens, great grandmother of Bayley '15, Ellie '17 and Jack Garland '20, 9/20/11.
Cornelius Murphy, father of Ann Murphy Hernly '86 and Neil Murphy '87, father-in-law of Lee Hernly '82, 10/10/11. John Everly, former Board of Governors member, father of Joe Everly '80, 10/10/11.
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Meet Our New 2011-2012 Faculty & Staff
Front row: Kindergarten Assistant Alicia Grater, Third Grade Teacher Aaron Kellner, MS & US Latin Teacher Patricia Graham, LS Technology Coordinator Tim Howard, LS P.E. Teacher Anthony Finch; Second row: MS Drama Teacher Kathryn Connors '05, US Spanish Teacher Nasim Siddeeq, MS Librarian Laura Miller, MS French Teacher Carrie Rohrbach, LS Science Teacher Mackie Berro; Third row: LS & MS Religion Teacher The Rev. Tracey Kelly, US Math Teacher Mary Frederick, MS Math Teacher Sara Odioso, LS P.E. Teacher Jessica Murray, US English Teacher Jennifer Anderson; Back Row: Director of Annual Giving Melissa McCullough, and MS Science Teacher Tim Dodds (Note: LS=Lower School; MS=Middle School; US=Upper School)