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a publication from Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Mes Amies spring

2011 Issue \ 3

the innovation issue

Sustainable Solutions : WA Students Brew Biodiesel, Focus Career Interest


hat do you get when you

process.” First, they needed something

“What makes fuel bad is that

mix taco grease with

to process. Major agribusinesses

when you burn any fuel, you make

Lake Forest’s Woodlands

would use switch grass or corn but

carbon dioxide. When you burn

Academy of the Sacred Heart students

Tilton said, “We want the kids to see

petroleum, it’s from carbon that’s

and Loyola University’s Community

that we can take waste product and

been sequestered in the Earth for

Outreach Program? Smarter students

make it into something that is useful and

thousands of years,” said Tilton. “If

With the Loyola processor, students

with stomach aches, perhaps, but


you burn a fuel that was produced

put the vegetable oil through a

from plants on the surface, the carbon

multi-day process of heating, mixing

dioxide was already there on the

with potassium hydroxide (lye), and

surface, so you’re not adding any extra

spraying it with water to wash and

when the university loans its biodiesel processor, you get fuel for buses and glycerol for soap.

Tacos el Norte in Libertyville donated two gallons of waste vegetable oil. “It was very interesting. Different odors,”

The Process

to the atmosphere.”

“dry” the oil, all to separate it from

received four gallons from McDonald’s

Lyden was impressed “how something

was hand-cranked through a very

that Loyola had a grant from the

on Waukegan Road in Lake Forest and

as simple as that (vegetable oil)

fine filter into containers.

Environmental Protection Agency

the rest from the school’s kitchen.

really can help the environment and

They created almost six gallons of

Last summer, Linda Tilton, a

the instructor commented. She

Woodlands science teacher, learned

to build and loan the equipment to schools to teach students how biodiesel is made. This semester about 50 students from Woodlands’ Chem Club and her chemistry and environmental science classes are learning the process and its impact. Zach Waickman, head of the Loyola program, met with students and explained the program, science behind it, and global impact biodiesel can have. They were almost off and running.

“It was cool that we could use something average that we use every

it doesn’t affect the environment as much as gasoline.”

day and turn it into something that

At the beginning of the course, some

can power things,” said Kate Flint, a

of Tilton’s senior-year students had

senior from Lake Forest, and a student

aspirations of becoming a lawyer or a

in last semester’s environmental

writer, but by the end, she said, “they

science class.

could see themselves tying this into

Added Tilton, “It cost my husband and me a little elbow grease to clean it all up

water and other impurities. Then, it

a low-quality but usable biodiesel. Woodlands has no machines which could run on it, so it’ll be donated to Loyola.

law or any other kinds of majors they would try in college.”

afterwards,” but otherwise it was free,

Flint’s goals were sharpened by

and it saved eight gallons from going

the program. “I wanted to go into

to a landfill. Students would separate

engineering before the class and it

this into biodiesel for fuel and glycerol

definitely solidified that I want to go into

Leann Lyden, a senior from Lake

or fat. “It’s expensive to create, hard to

environmental engineering,” she said.

Forest and in Tilton’s first-semester

find, and expensive to buy the vehicles

environmental science class, was

and machinery which run on it,

excited about “green” energy and

however, Loyola does it,” said Tilton.

said, “We knew from experience about

“They’ve converted lawnmowers and

biodiesel fuel from the buses in Chicago,

other equipment, and the buses they

and we were excited to get involved in the

drive on campus.”

By Steve Handwerker/Reprinted by permission of the editor, Lake ForestLake Bluff Patch at

Photo courtesy of Steve Handwerker


Celebrating Women in Science

scientists catalyze student thought Thomas Lane, Ph.D. it is chemistry that makes possible extraordinary innovations in the pharmaceutical, textile, and cosmetics industries, to name a few, Dr. Thomas Lane told his audience. It is chemists who develop flame retardant materials for firefighters, heat shields for space craft, and long-lasting lipstick. Chemists can help solve the problems of adequate food supply,

MSOE Math Competition proud members of the only all-girl team, eight Woodlands students came in 13th out of 24 at the recent Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Math Competition. It was

clean water, and other challenges facing the world.

Woodlands’ first involvement in this contest, which included five 20-minute rounds:

An engaging speaker whose lively and fact-filled presentation included poking fun at his

our very bright pioneer competitors!

algebra, geometry, advanced math, problem solving, and a team round. Congratulations to

own bow tie and bare head, Dr. Lane delighted his audience with compelling evidence of the importance of chemistry. The immediate past President of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Lane is a chemist and former director of global science and technology outreach at Dow Corning Corporation who earned his Ph.D. in Physical- Organosilicon Chemistry from The Open University, Milton Keynes, England. Woodlands Academy’s celebrating women in science welcomed Dr. Lane in commemoration of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry as well as the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

mathalon the middle school-age girls built skyscrapers from paper, utilized estimation skills,

Lynne Lieux, RSCJ

and recreated distance vs. time graphs using CBR motion detectors in conjunction with

in january, Lynne Lieux, RSCJ, Headmistress of Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, addressed the Woodlands community as a guest in the celebrating women in science Speaker Series. Her topic, “My Life as a Physicist, an Educator, and a Religious of the Sacred Heart,” provided all gathered a glimpse into her journey and how the paths she chose in her educational and religious life led here to where she is today. Following her presentation, Sister Lieux enjoyed a luncheon in her honor attended by Woodlands alumnae. Pictured with Sister Lieux (second from right) are (from left) Marni Soderland Mans ’90, Allison Mitchell Solomon ’91, Chelsea White ’09, Woodlands Academy Alumnae Board President Maureen Hogan Lang ’56, and Helen Bruns Ryan ’50.

graphing calculators. It was all part of the January 22 Mathalon hosted by Woodlands’ Math Department—a morning of math challenges designed to encourage young girls to pursue studies in mathematics. Teams of three girls each ventured to stations in Woodlands’ new multimillion dollar Science Center and elsewhere to solve problems and hone skills. Awards were given to the top three finishers at the event’s conclusion. Lake Forest Country Day School took First Place, Saints Faith, Hope & Charity of Winnetka earned Second Place, and Lake Bluff Middle School came in Third.

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New Strategic Plan Charts Course

Alumnae Spotlight

Malena Boyle ’00



Following participation from all constituent groups of the school community, last December The Board of Trustees of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart unanimously approved Strategic Goals for the Year 2016.

malena writes, “I work for Chicago

kathryn writes, “In April 2009, I

amy writes, “I received international

Public Schools, and I teach severely and

graduated from the University of Michigan

recognition for my senior thesis at

profoundly handicapped children with

with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical

Colorado College, which showed that

autism ages 6-7. It is a challenging and

Engineering, and prior to graduating

over time, women are forced not only

difficult job, but it is one that I am strongly

I was hired by Shell Oil as a drilling

to overcompensate and over -perform

committed to. I chose to teach students with

engineer. I started full time work in

for equal affirmation in the classroom,

special needs because I wanted to show them

Denver, Colorado in June 2010 and now

but also that they come to find their

hope, joy, and especially love.

work as a drilling foreman on a natural

voices in different ways from men,

gas rig in Wyoming.

pushed into passive positions through

To have a world class faculty

the use of low-status markers called

It is our intent to attract and retain exceptional faculty by offering a generous compensation package and by providing substantive opportunities for professional development.

“The love of my teachers at Sheridan Road and Woodlands influenced my choice of profession, and I wanted to bring that love to students in need. No day is easy, and being a teacher of my students requires a

backchannel responses.

“As a drilling foreman, no

“After graduating, I was hired as a legal

two days are alike. My main

assistant for the Federal Public Defenders

great deal of skill, patience, courage, but

responsibilities include managing

Office in Los Angeles when I worked with

most importantly love. My dream always

safety and coordinating the

defendants on Death Row and illegal

through my faith I realized that I did not

many moving parts of a fully-

on creative projects in music and film. I

have to work in a Sacred Heart school to

functioning gas rig.”

was to be a Sacred Heart educator, but

be a Sacred Heart educator. I can spread

immigrants. Later, I began to focus solely have worked on over 25 films, including my own music video that went ‘viral,’ getting

the vision of Madeleine Sophie and the

20,000 hits. I just found out that I have been

aspects of ‘Life at the Sacred Heart’ in

When I am not in Wyoming, I spend most

accepted into USC Film School, the most

my work at other schools. I can show the

of my time in Colorado, which gives me

competitive film program in the world, and I

importance of God’s love through my actions

an opportunity to enjoy skiing, biking,

will work on my MFA in Film and Television

and love for my students.”

and hiking.”

Production specializing in Directing.”

The goals implement the following Vision for Our Future: That we will be providing our students with an exceptional all-girls education, and there will be excellence in all we do.

To offer a global education It is our intent to educate our students to be global citizens and members of the global community through a broader curriculum, more varied opportunities for exposure to the world outside of Woodlands, and outside of the United States—building on the potential the International Sacred Heart Network offers as well as the potential of a renovated, vibrant Boarding School with students from around the world.

To achieve a strong financial position

Attention Alumnae! Reunion Weekend 2011 Reunion weekend begins Friday, September 30 | Celebrating class years ending in 1s and 6s | Honoring special guest Fran de la Chapelle, RSCJ, Head of School 1983-1991 | Please visit for details.

New E-News Letter Enjoy our first issue of Branchée launching this month and arriving in your inbox.

Emails Needed Please help Woodlands be green by updating your email address. Kindly send updated information to

It is our intent to develop predictable financial stability for the school—building on a diversity of income sources, while also ensuring we have a robust endowment. Three Task Forces, one for each goal above, began work in February to develop a sense of what it would look like to accomplish the goal and what the primary steps would be to get there. The Strategic Planning process identified seven Core Values, values lived every day and recognized by all constituents: that Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is a faith-based community with a moral structure; that there is a culture of excellence – academic, and otherwise; that this is single sex education, empowering women; that there is a commitment to service; that Woodlands offers global connections and opportunities; that this education is of the whole person; that diversity is a priority.

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All-girl schools develop leaders Excerpts from an article written by Dr. Patricia L. Fagin, Head of School Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, New Jersey.

Save the

Date Congé Saturday, April 30, 2011

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

…Our 21st-century knowledge economy

predisposition toward co-curricular

As skills in initiative-taking and critical

cordially invites you to the 38th annual

requires new basic skills of all learners:

engagement, and greater political

thinking grow in importance, all-girl

Congé on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Critical thinking/problem solving;

engagement than their peers graduating

schools provide the critical environment

collaboration/leading by influence;

from co-educational high schools. Though

necessary for girls to master these skills.”

agility and adaptability; initiative and

graduates of all-girl schools represent only

entrepreneurialism; effective oral and

a small fraction of all secondary school

written communication; the ability to

graduates, 25 percent of women in Congress

assess and analyze information; curiosity

and 33 percent of women Fortune 500 board

and imagination. As the head of an all-

members attended all-girl schools.”

girl school…I am struck by how femalecentric many of these critical 21st-century skills are. What a unique position all-girl schools are in to further develop those innate strengths.”

of collaboration and communication are

atmosphere makes a profound difference.”

their egalitarian communication style

institutions. Graduates of single-sex

is focused on consensus building and,

high schools have superior academic

thereby, more collaborative in nature.”

and computer skills, greater interest in engineering careers, a stronger

available. Cocktail attire required.

discussion. Over time, day by day, this

peers graduating from co-educational

confidence in mathematical ability

Sponsorship opportunities are also

a girl. Field hockey is the most important

the future. The 21st-century survival skills

to experts, are hard-wired. In addition,

academic self-confidence, higher

7:30pm. Tickets are $160 per person.

organization: The senior class president is

classroom, girls are at the center of every

of all-girl schools have the edge on their

interest in graduate school, higher

Paddle Raise for Scholarship begins at

girls lead every club and every student

we can guarantee their success well into

skill for which girls’ brains, according

engagement, higher SAT scores, greater

Silent Auction. Dinner, Live Auction and

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart],

fall sport — not football. And in the

grounded in the ability to empathize — a

“…[Girls’ schools] foster an atmosphere where girls speak out. Paradoxically, the same school culture fosters a reverence for collaboration: Partnerships thrive in an

kicks off at 6:00pm with cocktails and the

“At Stuart Country Day School [and at

“By capitalizing on girls’ innate strengths

“We already know that current graduates

This year’s theme, The Power of Dreams,

Dr. Fagin has 35 years of experience in the field of education. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds an Education

The Woodlands Academy Mothers Club sponsors this annual event to benefit Woodlands Academy. For more information, contact Tami Rocha, Woodlands Academy Event Coordinator, at 847-234-4300 x226 or visit our website at

Specialist Degree in Secondary and Special Education Administration from the University of Missouri, a Master’s Degree in Media Communications with Honors from Webster University and a Bachelor’s Degree with Highest Honors from Fontbonne College.

atmosphere where everyone is heard.

inside the numbers

Non-Profit Org U.S. Postage

The Benefits of an All-girls Education



Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely than their coed peers to consider pursuing a career in engineering.

Percentage of girls in single gender classes who scored proficient on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), as compared to 59% of girls in coed classes.

Students who attended single gender schools earned higher SAT scores, outscoring their coed counterparts by 40 points.

of all female members of Fortune 100 boards graduated from all-women’s colleges.



* Stay Connected 24/7 with Girls are free from sexual harassment that affects almost 90 percent of girls in co-ed high schools.

Percent of female graduates of independent single-sex schools who rate their math ability “above average.”


In science and math, girls’ school alumnae majored at a higher rate than females and males nationally (compared to 2% females and 10% males nationally).


Girls perform between 15 and 22 percentile points higher on standardized tests when they attend all-girls schools.


Percentage of girls’ school alumnae who excel in leadership roles after high school.



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Mes Amies Spring 2011  

Spring edition of bi-annual newsletter

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