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Spring 2012

SHAEP

STEM Women in Leadership Visiting Author

Loaves & Fishes Mary Steele Ramsey • 1948– 2011


Message from the Head of School Dear Stuart Community, I cannot think of a more fitting opportunity than springtime, the time of renewal, to reflect on our first year into Stuart’s six-year Strategic Plan. Last summer, when the Board conceptualized this plan, no one anticipated that we would make such tremendous progress in such a short time. Our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative is taking shape with the help of the external “Dream Team” Advisory Task Force and our faculty and staff members of the Internal Task Force. We are in the process of defining what a STEM program at Stuart will look like including: speakers, mentors and internship experiences; curriculum enhancements to excite and engage our girls in STEM beginning in Lower School; and finally, how our space and learning environments can be adapted and enhanced to encourage learning. The one-to-one iPad Program, rolled out this year, has had more impact on learning than we imagined – and not just here at Stuart. We blazed a trail in using technology to enhance education – and other private schools in the area are just now beginning to follow our lead with iPad pilot programs. I am so proud that our iPad initiative is also serving as an implementation model - four other schools have already visited Stuart to learn about our program. Best of all, our faculty and girls are using the iPads each and every day. In nearly every subject, the iPad has become an important tool for the exchange of information, collaboration, and creative ideas. We have made great strides already this year both in and outside the classroom in developing innovative 21st century curriculum across all divisions, and the important work of on-going curriculum reviews will continue. The World Languages review is inspiring exciting changes, beginning with the Preschool and JK programs – all geared towards graduating Stuart girls who are fluent in a second language and wellprepared for global citizenship in our rapidly changing world. Both math and science reviews are on track for completion this year and we plan to begin implementing recommendations in the fall. Outside the classroom, we have added so many opportunities for our girls to explore new interests. In athletics, we now offer Varsity Soccer and Volleyball, and have expanded soccer, tennis, basketball, and golf to include Lower School girls. The Middle School winter musical was a first and we added new clubs including Hackerspace, Robotics, and a Chinese Club.

New Division Heads 2012–2013

Michelle Rodriguez Dowling Head of Lower School

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Dr. Trisha Medeiros Head of Upper School

A key goal of the Strategic Plan was to provide a faculty professional development plan “that would be the envy of other schools.” Thanks to the generous allocation of funds to professional growth, our faculty has attended regional, state, and national conferences, including numerous Sacred Heart Network conferences. We also brought nationally renowned speakers and trainers to campus for all faculty and staff to benefit with a focus on the education of girls, curricular development and pedagogy, and integrating technology into the classroom.

“…no one anticipated that we would make such tremendous progress in such a short time.” As I said at my Installation address: our vision for Stuart’s future is every bit as radical and grand as that of Madeleine Sophie Barat over 200 years ago. This has been an amazing year – but 2012-2013 promises to be just as exciting for our girls! In July we will welcome new Heads in both the Upper and Lower Schools. I am thrilled that Dr. Trisha Medeiros, new Head of Upper School, brings to Stuart her own STEM education (bachelor’s in earth and environmental science and master’s in information science), a doctorate in educational leadership, and many years of experience at the all-girl Purnell School and the preschool – grade 12 Tower Hill School. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Michelle Dowling, a Convent of the Sacred Heart graduate, join Stuart as Head of Lower School. Michelle has years of teaching and administrative experience and deep knowledge of Sacred Heart education. I know you will wholeheartedly join me in welcoming both Trisha and Michelle, their husbands and children, to the Stuart community. We have already started planning for Stuart’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2013-2014, and next year the organizing will be in full gear – stay tuned for many opportunities to help us plan and celebrate this milestone! I thank you for your continued confidence and support. I look forward to seeing you soon and often at the Spring Student Art Show, Alumnae Day and the Poetry in Motion 5K Run (May 19), as well as upcoming spring concerts, Prize Days, and Graduation on June 9th. With best regards, Patty

Table of Contents Message from the Head of School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Loaves & Fishes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 STEM at Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mary Steele Ramsey, 1948–2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lower School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Upper School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Holidays at Stuart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Arts & Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Women in Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Visiting Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 SHAEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Alumnae . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


The Stuart community continues to live Goal Three, committing itself to “a social awareness which impels to action.” More specifically, Stuart students, teachers, administrators, staff, and families have embraced the second criterion, which asks that we offer “opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a lifelong commitment to service.”

For thirty years, Stuart has maintained a Connection to Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen in Trenton that serves a weekly dinner to those in need in the basement of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Thanks to the efforts of faculty members Barbara Anne Cagney and Doug Green, Stuart sponsors an annual dinner at Loaves and Fishes on the last weekend of January each year.

From the youngest Stuart preschoolers who make placemats for the meal to the families who provide sandwich ingredients for the bagged lunches guests bring home, each member of the Stuart community can participate in the Loaves and Fishes experience. In the words of Doug Green, “the most unique aspect of Loaves and Fishes is not how long it’s been in existence or the number of meals served. Rather it is the atmosphere and spirit in which it operates. “Loaves and Fishes is a friendly place where a person can get in from the cold, have a meal, and be treated with respect. “As BA likes to say, we leave our analysis and judgment at home. We are simply serving dinner to members of our community and they are our guests. Or as Dorothy Day once said, ‘Charity is only as warm as those who administer it.’”

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STEM at Stuart

“We have to show students that science is an adventure and the most important thing we can do is to help girls understand that doing science is the most fun job. We don’t work. We get to play all day. Our job is to simply imagine the unknown and figure out how to get there.”

Bonnie Bassler, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University Nominee to National Science Board L’Oreal-UNESCO Woman in Science 2012 Laureate Founding Member of Stuart’s STEM Advisory Task Force

Stuart’s STEM “Dream Team” Advisory Task Force

This external task force works closely with the internal Stuart committee and is made up of notable community leaders and experts in STEM fields and education including: Paul Krugman, PhD Nobel Prize-Winning Economist

Rush Holt, PhD New Jersey Congressman and physicist

Ed Felten, PhD Chief Technologist Federal Trade Commission

Tony Murphy, PhD Director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education

Naomi Leonard, PhD Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Stacy S. Klein-Gardner, PhD Director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at Harpeth Hall School

STEM is Sacred Heart

If we are to remain steadfast to our Sacred Heart mission we must continue to educate our girls to the changing world. We must equip them with fundamental skills to expand their opportunities and to take leadership roles in solving global issues like world poverty, food distribution, new energy, limited global water resources and climate change. In the 21st century, the key skills needed are problem solving, analytical thinking, collaboration – these are all skills related to science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM is Thriving at Stuart Today!

Already in our first year of the STEM Initiative, STEM is thriving inside and outside the classroom. Highlights of this year include: • Engineering is Elementary brings hands• Upper School “Sparks” Rookie Robotics on, inquiry-based challenges to the Team Places 4th in NJ State Competition, classrooms in Lower School beating out many more experienced teams. • All Grade 8 students designed a math video game for the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge • Two Juniors Qualify for the 2012 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

• Middle School Engineering Team wins “Most Futuristic City” in National Engineers Week Future City Competition • The First Stuart Middle School Math Invitational welcomed over 80 students from three public and four area private schools.

The Future of STEM at Stuart will include… Signature experiences like internships, speakers and mentoring. We are examining Spaces and Facilities for current use as well as improvement and expansion. Faculty Development and Support will continue to provide Stuart faculty with opportunities to enrich their pedagogy and content knowledge in the STEM fields.

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It is a true gift when a teacher has a knack for explaining complicate d concepts to young students, but it is a blessing when a teacher know s her students better than they know themselves.

nd As children we think of adults arou ct us as superheroes because they prote until us from the big scary first graders after we realize that they aren’t so scary day all. I remember coming home one in Kindergarten, and telling my mom that I thought that Ms. Ramsey was a nun because she was just too cool the not to be. Ms. Ramsey was one of she teachers at the heart of Stuart and will be greatly missed.  Stephanie Champi, ’12

Punctuation marks can be difficult for young children to understand, and my Kindergarten class found the exclamation point was a particular challenge. After multiple attempts to explain that this seemingly insignificant mark was a sign of excitement, enthusiasm, and ener gy the girls still did not understand. Finally, Ms. Ramsey proclaimed ‘Girls, Charlotte La Nasa is a hum an exclamation point!’ This epithet has been a part of me ever since.  Charlotte La Nasa, ’12

Mary Steele Ramsey

I had a lot of memorable times with Ms. Ramsey. But a favorite was definitely making quilts. I remember picking out patterns and sewing on my name. Ms. Ramsey did all of the ‘putting together’ and they turned out great! I also loved raising chicks! They started out as eggs but ended up as hens! One of them (my favorite, named Lemon) turned out to be a rooster! I spent a lot of good times with Ms. Ramsey!  Nina Ajemian, ’19

1948–2011

We celebrate our memories of a life well lived.

I remember when we were with Ms. Ramsey talking about when the chicks were going to the hatch . We were naming all of them and guessing how they would hatch. Everyone was with her having a great time.  Annabelle Albert, ’18 I remember how excited I was when r. Ms. Ramsey got out Gibson, her guita When someone had a birthday, she would get Gibson and we all sang r: Happy Birthday along with this chee La, Cha Cha Cha, Sis Boom Ba, Ooh La a lot Tra, La La, La La! That was always Ms. t forge to g goin r neve I’m of fun. Ramsey!  Avelyn Simons, ’19

a smile on her Ms. Ramsey always had positive and face. She was always so have nothing all we w kno I and , loving . She would her of ries mo but good me students, her for ch always care so mu happiness. and fill their lives with pirational, Ms. Ramsey was an ins , and I know positive figure in my life en I say we will I speak for everyone wh place for her in always have a special uerta ’16 Lap e ddi Ma our hearts. 

I had Ms. Ramsey in kin dergarten, and I’ve been taking the bus since first grade. She had the longest hair and when Ms. Ramsey was on bus duty, I remember walkin g outside and seeing her sitting on a rock and then there would be maybe 10 or 15 little Stuart girl s (myself included!) braiding diff erent sections of her hair. I also remember in kin dergarten our class pet was her rat, named Nugget. I really should give her credit for my love of ani mals, because she would alw ays take Nugget out during the day and we would take turns putting him on our shoulders. Ms. Ramsey was a ligh t in my childhood, and even now , she makes me smile every time I think of all the memories she gave me. She is truly an inspiration , and I aspire to be as amazin g of a person as she is. Abby Heffern, ’13

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Let the

good times

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We know the girls will miss Pieta Shukwit, who is serving in her final year as Lower School Division Head, but we also know that together they are enjoying every minute! Each day is filled with fun and learning as the students share everything from science projects and pajama parties to silly sunglasses and global connections. Conge, Green and White Day, Chinese New Year— you name it, and these girls (and preschool boys!) have found the time to experience it.

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The vitality of Stuart Middle School girls is contagious: Whether they are dancing and singing on the Cor Unum stage or taking to the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., they are ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Stuart Middle School students took on business proposals, math competitions, a world language village, and even served as Head of School for the day! The smiles on their faces tell the real story‌

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In the thick of things‌ is where you will find Anne Soos, in her final year as Upper School Division Head. Students find joy in being together, celebrating their Stuart spirit, and receiving their junior rings. They cheer each other on, show their colors on Green and White Day, and wear pink for a good cause.

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Snowflakes were nowhere in sight this winter season but the smiles and songs of Christmas filled Stuart students with holiday spirit. Preschoolers presented a lively Christmas performance and greeted Santa with exuberance. Lower school girls celebrated their first Veni Emmanuel with new music teacher, Dominique De Meglio. And the soaring voices of the sixth, seventh, and eight grade choirs, the Middle School Selects, and the Upper School Tartantones and Tartantone Selects filled Cor Unum with joy at the annual Evensong celebration.

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Stuart girls immerse themselves in a wide array of artistic endeavors. While acting and singing remain perennial favorites—and the number of staged performances seems to grow each year—girls also indulge their passion for illustration, painting, and instrumental music. Talent abounds and the audience approves!

New faces and new athletic opportunities distinguish Stuart’s interscholastic athletic program this year. According to Athletic Director Kim Ciarrocca, Stuart “develops strong women athletes who are physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to contribute to their team and to society. “Stuart coaches, faculty, and administration are highly supportive of athletics as integral to our girls’ overall growth and development.” Our athletic program, which now includes volleyball and soccer, “provides girls with vital lessons in leadership, cooperation, team work, safety and sportsmanship, enhancing the overall academic experience and teaching critical life skills.” Go Tartans!

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Once I caught on that Jesus is about justice and that you have to resist injustice, I realized there’s no way of being neutral. I used to say, ‘I’m spiritual, I’m not political, and I’m not getting involved in all those political issues. I’m spiritual, which means I can glide above the political issues.’ And I learned that if you live in a democratic society, there is no way to be neutral, because if there is injustice being done, and you learn about it, and if you don’t do anything, you’re complicit in what’s being done in this society. I learned to stand up for things, and to be with people in their struggle for justice. Sr. Helen Prejean November 2, 2011. After listening to the inspiring words of Sr. Helen Prejean, senior Susan Knox commented, “In all my years at Stuart, Sr. Prejean was the best speaker I have ever heard!” Susan’s appreciation for the impressive, articulate, and passionate anti-death penalty activist and acclaimed author of Dead Man Walking was echoed by everyone who had the privilege to hear Sr. Prejean.

The 4th Annual Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Program brought the amazing Naomi Shihab Nye to Stuart where she interacted with nearly everyone in the Stuart community.

At her public reading on March 29, she enthralled attendees with her craft, humor, and passion. The next day revealed Ms. Nye’s overwhelming generosity of spirit as she answered questions from LS students, taught a song to the Preschool and JK, had tea with MS girls, ate lunch with Senior Scholars, and ended her day with a spirited reading and book signing for MS and US students and faculty. Naomi Shihab Nye was a Visiting Author we will remember for years to come! 14


At Stuart, we believe that exchange programs have life-changing potential. To further our commitment to building personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom and to advance the global Sacred Heart mission, Stuart faculty designed the Sacred Heart Academic Exchange Program (SHAEP) as part of the sophomore curricula. This year, 23 Stuart sophomores attended classes for two weeks at other schools in the Sacred Heart Network both in the United States and abroad. The girls traveled to 11 different Sacred Heart schools located in Nantes (France), Dublin (Ireland), Madrid (Spain), Bregenz (Austria), London (England), Lima (Peru), New Orleans, Grand Coteau (LA), San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago.

We believe that this program inspires students to become increasingly active, informed, and responsible members of our national and international community. As this is a reciprocal exchange, Stuart has hosted French, American, Spanish, Peruvian, Mexican, Irish… girls throughout the year. This has been a wonderful opportunity for the whole Stuart community to share our lives and to discover girls from various horizons, and hopefully to start real and lasting friendships. Anne Hoppenot

They lived with another Sacred Heart family or boarded at school, and had the opportunity to host a visiting Sacred Heart exchange student.

In the blink of an eye the alums were back at Stuart for the 100 Days to Graduation celebration. Members of the Alumnae Association Board joined the seniors for a formal luncheon, welcoming 34 new lifelong members into the Alumnae Association. Congratulations to our graduates to be!

The Stuart Alumnae Association has been quite active this year. Many of our young alums returned for “Little Christmas,” reuniting with friends, faculty, and staff. These impressive young women took time from their busy college vacations to speak with the eighth grade class about life in the Upper School and college, dine with the seniors, and catch up with former teachers over dessert. Thanks to all of you for returning to Stuart! Several weeks later, local members of the Association were invited to a wine tasting event at the home of Molly Hillenbrand Vernon ’96. We were so happy to have such a span of graduation years in attendance.

An important event remains on our calendar: Alumnae Day 2012! On May 19, we will specially honor all classes ending in 2 or 7. We will also award the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award to a deserving alumna, unveil our new Alumnae Gallery at Stuart, recognize retiring veteran faculty, and enjoy a delicious champagne brunch. We look forward to seeing you there! Alicia Fruscione Walker 15


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June 11 – August 24, 2012 Summer Camps & classes for Boys & Girls of all ages STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) Arts Camps Academic Enrichment

Math • Writing • French • Spanish

Leadership Programs Camp Stuart Sports Camps for Girls

www.stuartschool.org/summer

Tartonian 2012  

The spring magazine of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

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