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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Partners with SunTrust Bank to Promote Financial Literacy

6/8/15 — Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) has partnered with SunTrust Bank to promote financial literacy at the school. This partnership began in 2010 with the launch of a YouthBank, a deposit-only SunTrust mini-branch at the school where students could open savings accounts to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank. Due to a generous grant received from the SunTrust Foundation, CGLA has expanded the program to include a financial literacy workshop for students and families to learn the skills needed to manage personal finances for college and beyond. CGLA also incorporated a financial literacy component into its mentorship program.


Award-Winning Photographer Diana Walker Inspires Foxcroft Students at Commencement

6/1/15 — Award-winning photographer Diana Walker spoke at Foxcroft School’s commencement this May. Walker, who graduated from Foxcroft 56 years ago, shared insights and advice gained from 20 years of covering politics and the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton for Time. She focused on the future possibilities for the confident, young women receiving diplomas and encouraged the graduates to take risks. “Believe in yourself—be true to yourself,” Walker said. “Don’t ever give up on yourself, ever. And don’t forget to enjoy every day.”


Bay View Academy Young Alumna of the Year Inspires Students in Commencement Address

5/28/15 — Bethany Ellis ’09, Bay View Academy’s Young Alumna of the Year, recently addressed the Class of 2015 at their commencement with a powerful speech on her experiences living and working abroad. Ellis currently works with the International Justice Mission, an organization that fights against slavery, human trafficking, bonded service, and other forms of oppression. She encouraged Bay View students to, “Be women for others. Be women of moral courage. And never lose sight of your own worth and your own value – for without that you cannot truly see and respect the value in others.”

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Roland Park Country School Builds a Bottle Brick Bench

5/27/15 — Roland Park Country School (RPCS) students collected plastic waste and plastic bottles in order to create and build a bottle brick bench—only the second one in the state of Maryland. Martha Barss, Environmental Education and Sustainability Coordinator at RPCS, along with the 4th and 5th Grades directed the school-wide project. Working with the help of the Harvest Collective, whose mission is to educate and provide programs that empower students to develop a deeper connection to their food, community, health, and habitat, the entire RPCS community was involved in the planning and construction of this sustainable structure made from repurposed and local building materials.

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Columbus School for Girls Students Call for Equal Work, Equal Pay

5/26/15 — Middle School students from Columbus School for Girls (CSG) used a Chapel service to raise awareness about the pay gap in the U.S. United for a common cause, the Middle School students crafted a petition for local media and government officials. It concluded, “As an all-girls’ school we are working to raise awareness about this issue so that all people will receive equal pay for equal work regardless of their gender. We urge you to support us in raising awareness about this issue and to join us in working for a less prejudiced America.” They also launched a social media campaign and raised $200 for Gracehaven, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care of sexually exploited children.


St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School Robotics Team Wins Engineering Inspiration Award

5/25/15—The SWAT (St. Mildred’s Women Advancing Technology) robotics team from St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championships in St. Louis this April for the fourth consecutive year. Over 18,000 students participated in the competition, and there were 23 girls’ teams. The SWAT team was the first all-girls team and one of three teams worldwide to win the Engineering Inspiration award at the event. The award recognized outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

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Louisville High School Student Named Fulbright Grant Recipient

5/22/15 — Louisville High School senior Hilary Skov was recently named a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient. Hilary will work as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia. After traveling abroad to Indonesia her junior year, Skov fell in love with the country’s people, culture, food and environment, which is why she chose to go back to teach English. During her travels, she noticed the mental and physical barriers people with disabilities face in the country on daily basis. “I hope to work to de-stigmatize disability and increase individual levels of self-efficacy. Of course, this is not a quick-fix, but I look forward to doing the best that I can and helping in any way possible,” Skov said.

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Foxcroft School Trustees Present Ruth Bedford ’32 With Its Highest Honor

5/21/15 — Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees recently bestowed its highest honor—the Anne Kane McGuire ’52 Distinguished Service Award—on Ruth Thomas Bedford, a member of the Class of 1932 whose love for her alma mater led to an historic gift to the girls’ boarding and day school. Bedford was the 29th recipient of the award and the first on to be honored posthumously. Foxcroft Board Chair Reggie Groves said the McGuire Award was given to Bedford, “for being a shining example of strength, independence, and service to Foxcroft students and women around the world, and for inspiring us all to be true to ourselves, to follow our passions, and to make a difference in the world.” Bedford, who died in June just short of her 100th birthday, left the school $40 million in her will.


Girls Preparatory School Director of College Guidance Elected President of College Counseling Association

5/20/15—Susan McCarter, Director of College Guidance at Girls Preparatory School, was installed in April as the next president-elect of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) at the annual meeting. SACAC is the largest regional affiliate of the national association (NACAC) and represents nine states and the Caribbean. The organization is made up of admissions professionals from high schools, colleges, and universities. This will be McCarter’s third term on the board. She will move into the President’s position in 2016 and then serve a year as Past-President. During the three-year term, she will represent SACAC on the regional and national level, serve as a delegate to the national conference, and meet annually with lawmakers in Washington, DC.


Roland Park Country School 8th Grade STEM Team Wins 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION Competition

5/19/15 — The 8th Grade Team at Roland Park Country School (RPCS) was the Maryland state winner in the 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community. The RPCS team will compete in the next round, and a panel of judges in STEM fields will determine three regional winners from each grade level.


St. Catherine’s School Student Recognized as Blogging Intern for UNICEF

5/18/15 — A student from St. Catherine’s School was named one of thirteen blogging interns worldwide for Voices of Youth, an organization under UNICEF. Noor Samee was the only American selected, and she will be posting blogs on a variety of topics. Samee said she hopes the internship will be a good opportunity to give a perspective as a young Muslim woman living in the U.S., but more importantly, provide an avenue for other voices different from hers. Her posts will be featured on the Voices of Youth website.

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Three Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Teachers Named as Finalists for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year

5/15/15 — The Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) recognized three teachers from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) as finalists in the Nashville and Chattanooga competition for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year. Angela Frick (6th Grade Math), Jen Semanco (High School English), and Reed Dillard (6th Grade Social Studies) were nominated with input from colleagues and some of their students. In letters sent to each of the finalists, the TCSC stated the teachers’ nomination materials were outstanding. The three received complimentary tickets to the 2015 Nashville Charter School Gala.