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St. Mary's Academy Appoints New Principal

7/14/17— St. Mary's Academy has announced that Nicole Foran has been named to lead the school as the next Principal.

Foran brings distinct perspective and experience from her 15 years with St. Mary’s Academy as an English teacher and the department chair, and most recently as Assistant Principal of Student Life. She is also the proud parent of a Class of 2012 alumna.

“Nicole demonstrates her deep commitment to an all-girls Catholic college-preparatory education, her passion for St. Mary’s students and her appreciation of the mission of our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, in every relationship, decision and act of leadership,” said Christina Friedhoff, St. Mary’s Academy President. “Nicole has been, and will continue to be, an exemplary leader for our staff, faculty, students and community.”

Girls Prep Celebrates Two Graduating Classes

7/10/17—Nearly 1,500 family members, friends, past and current faculty, alumnae, and scholars attended Girls Prep’s first-ever unified ceremony. Girls Prep Lower East Side and Girls Prep Bronx came together to celebrate the graduation of this year’s 8th grade scholars, and honored the inaugural Girls Prep cohort that graduated from 8th grade in 2013.

The Girls Prep inaugural cohort have now completed 12th grade and are pursuing post-secondary plans. Ninety percent of the students received an average of five acceptances from top colleges and universities, and cumulatively received more than $5 million in scholarship funds.

There is no better way to sum up the celebration than with the words of one of the 8th grade valedictorians:

Taking our core values of sisterhood, scholarship, merit, and responsibility with me to my high school St. George Academy and to eventually college and med school, I hope to become a successful female doctor. As having been in an all-girls school for my entire life, I am not intimidated by attending a coed high school. Following along this path as a strong, independent woman of color, I am not a voice to be silenced. I am a force to be reckoned with – WITH ATTITUDE. As my dad always told my sisters and me, "Reach for the moon. Even if you fall short, you’ll land among the stars," and luckily for us, the stars are our sisters.

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Receives National Award

6/26/17—Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) was recently honored as one of four schools in the United States to receive a 2017 School Innovation and Change Award from the National Principals Leadership Institute (NPLI), which recognizes exemplary schools that have been transformed through innovative educational practices.

Presented by Dr. Jill Berkowicz, NPLI associate and co-author of The STEM Shift, the award includes a $10,000 prize and the opportunity for CGLA Principal Maryo Beck to attend a weeklong principal development program in New York during the summer of 2017.

Having spent two days learning about CGLA, Dr. Berkowicz commended the school for its impressive gains on standardized test scores, strong community partnerships, and ability to provide students with the support they need to be successful. "I have never had the honor of being in the company of so many selfless people who care so deeply about giving children a chance,” said Dr. Berkowicz.

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Stone Ridge Student Selected as Girl Up Teen Advisor

6/8/17—Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart student Mary D. ’20 was recently selected as a Girl Up Teen Advisor. The campaign selected 21 young women to serve as 2017-2018 Teen Advisors—representing Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and 14 different U.S. states—from more than 400 applications.

Teen Advisors serve a full year helping carry out campaign-wide goals, including championing new legislation and energizing others to take action in support of United Nations programs that will better the world for girls. In order to be authentically “by girls, for girls,” Teen Advisors also act as Girl Up representatives at official events and work alongside Girl Up staff to share their perspective and feedback.   

“As a two-year teen board member and the Community Service Group Leader, my team and I work to find and organize community service projects and meet monthly to come together and share ideas. We also hold a summer camp for girls where they do various activities to develop their confidence through their journey to self-discovery in the hardest parts of their lives,” shared Mary. “I am very excited to be working in such an amazing program and am honored to be able to help other girls get an education like mine.”

Click here to watch a video featuring all of Girl Up’s Teen Advisors.


Trinity Hall Graduates First Class

5/26/17—Trinity Hall, an independent all-girls high school that opened in fall 2013, will graduate its inaugural class this June. This event marks Trinity Hall’s first-ever commencement and the end of a historic journey for its first class of students. The 32 soon-to-be graduates have begun to organize the Trinity Hall Alumnae Association as they transition from students to supporters.
“There is much to be proud of at Trinity Hall, and our students are at the very top of that list,” said Mary Sciarrillo, Head of School. “The risk of attending a brand-new school has paid off for our Class of 2017. These young women, our very first graduates, have grown in confidence and ability, have learned to persevere in the face of challenges, and will continue to be leaders at their individual colleges and universities – and following that, in the world. They will do well and accomplish great things. Indeed, they already have.”

Nashoba Brooks Students Learn the Power of Kindness

5/25/17—Each fall, 6th graders at Nashoba Brooks School participate in the ThinkGive Challenge, a character education program that uses giving to teach prosocial skills including empathy, compassion, awareness of others, kindness, and gratitude. By regularly giving directly to others in ways that are meaningful to them, students discover the magic and power of making giving part of their daily life. The acts themselves could be tiny, the impact huge.
Throughout the Challenge, students work individually and collaboratively with their peers, giving and receiving encouragement and ideas in a forum designed to promote peer-to-peer learning. Teachers support students and inspire them to give in ways they may never have considered by integrating the Challenge into the daily life at school.
Susan Lewis, the teacher who coordinates the program, explains, "It is heartwarming for me to watch our sixth graders experience ThinkGive. The program reinforces the school's core values of empathy and inclusivity. It helps our girls see beyond themselves and realize that they have the power to create a supportive community, both within Nashoba Brooks and beyond."
To learn more about the ThinkGive Challenge, visit the website or attend Ms. Lewis' INSPIRE! session at this year's NCGS Conference, Education Innovations: Building Cultures of Creativity, in Washington, DC, on June 25-27.

Hamlin Students Win Technovation Pitch Challenge

5/23/17—Students Charlotte K. and Elanor M. from The Hamlin School recently won the regional Technovation Pitch contest. The contest asked girls ages 10 to 18 to identify a problem in their community, create a mobile app to address the problem, and communicate their ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. Ideas were then pitched to a panel of judges that included venture capitalists, technology executives, design consultants, and coders.

Charlotte and Elanor’s mobile app, Walk4Water, encourages young teens to stay fit and healthy through competitive incentives and social features. Teens are also able to do some good by using the app: 12 cents is donated to Charity Water with every thousand steps a user takes. Charity Water provides poverty-stricken communities access to clean, sanitary water closer to their homes. Girls in these communities are better able to pursue their educations if they do not have to spend their time walking to find water.

Charlotte and Elanor are now semifinalists for the World Pitch. The national finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to attend the World Pitch in August 2017.

Click here to watch Charlotte and Elanor’s pitch video.

TYWLS of Astoria Teacher Included Among Top Ten Positive STEAM Influences from Latina Women

5/18/17—Andrea Chaves, a Spanish and computer science teacher and Creative Director at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, was recently named by TECHNOLOchicas as one of the top ten positive STEAM influences from Latina women in the United States.

Chavez achieved this recognition because of the love she has instilled in her students for technology. She has integrated digital education and coding into all of her classes and has led the school’s Tech Crew—composed of student filmmakers, graphic designers, coders, website designers, and project managers—to collaborate and solve problems around school like teaching students about recycling by coding educational video games. In encouraging her students to pursue STEAM fields, Chavez hopes to show that "all girls are equipped to break the boundaries and take part of the change."   

Click here to view a video featuring Chavez and her fellow TECHNOLOchicas.


Foxcroft Student Creates Global Exchange

5/17/17—Camila K., a junior at Foxcroft School, is making a big impact on girls 2,200 miles away, and garnering headlines in the process. Camila has created an international language and cultural exchange program called LEAP (Learn English And Progress) that connects Advanced Placement Spanish students at Foxcroft with girls in Colombia to help them improve language skills and cultural understanding.

A native of Colombia, Camila conceived of the program several years ago while living in Brazil with her family. “I noticed the great difficulties, but also the huge opportunity, for lower income girls to learn and practice English,” she said. A digital, real-time version of the classic pen pal scheme, Camila shared the goal of LEAP “is not only to practice languages but also to provide both sides with a better understanding of each other’s lives, which will be culturally rich for all participants.”

LEAP was recently featured on Telemundo, the second-largest Spanish-language network in the U.S. Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro made several visits to Foxcroft to interview Camila and other student participants. “I am so proud of how these young women are making a difference in the world while expanding their own skills. Camila's project is a model for service learning!” tweeted Head of School Cathy McGehee after the two-minute segment aired live. The piece was also streamed nationally.

Camila has big plans for LEAP: “My goal is to continue to expand this concept and make sure that we build a network that can help educate hundreds of girls from all around the world about different cultures for years to come.”

Hamlin Students Win NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge

5/16/17—Two Hamlin School students were recently awarded NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge (OPSPARC). The challenge asked students to use their imaginations and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and later re-worked to make everyday life easier.

Hamlin 7th graders Alexa T. and Ellie J. researched Thermawing technology, which prevents plane wings from freezing. They redesigned the technology to be used in greenhouses to keep crops from freezing in the winter. To display their research findings and ideas, Alexa and Ellie made a physical model of their Spinoff creation and used a combination of text, images, and videos to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster, which was later submitted to NASA.

The girls, along with their teacher Melissa Alfred, were awarded a paid trip to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, where they will attend NASA workshops and the NASA OPSPARC Awards Ceremony.

Linden School Teacher Wins Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

5/11/17—Beth Alexander, Curriculum Leader and STEM teacher at The Linden School, was recently awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Since 1993, this award has recognized outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who, through the innovative use of information and communications technologies, have helped Canadian students to meet the challenges of a 21st-century society and economy.

From a life-size model that allows students to climb inside a computer to a lab exploring the chemistry of candy, Alexander has revealed herself to be the creative genius behind many innovative projects, which have transformed Linden’s classrooms into spaces where students are able to enjoy exploring STEM and ICT fields. Understanding all students learn differently, Alexander excels in adapting lessons accordingly, sometimes using a flipped classroom model to pre-teach material and always utilizing class time to encourage students to take charge of their own learning by asking questions, seeking answers, setting goals, and performing self-assessments.

“Beth is, by far, one of the most outstanding, creative, passionate, innovative and engaged teachers that I have ever known,” shared Dr. Lisa Barnoff, a parent and member of Linden’s Board of Trustees. “Beth’s pedagogical approach encourages students to develop their own capacity for leadership and helps them see how their academic skills can make the world a better place.”

Margaret Talkington School Student Named National Merit Semifinalist

5/10/17—Student Zaina M. was recently named the first National Merit Semifinalist from the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, a member of NCGS and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Less than 1% of high school seniors can claim the designation of National Merit Semifinalist.