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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.

NCGS Hosts Girls’ School Advantage Event in Los Angeles

5/15/15 — The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) partnered with ten member schools in Los Angeles to host a Girls’ School Advantage advocacy outreach event. Prospective families and community-based organizations came to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and a Q&A panel of student representatives from each of the participating schools. Over 175 people attended, and guests’ comment cards overwhelmingly praised the effectiveness of the student panelists.

Participating NCGS member schools included The Archer School for Girls, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Immaculate Heart High School, Louisville High School, Marlborough School, Marymount High School, Vivian Webb, Westridge School, and Ramona Convent.

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Student Wins in EPB Black History Poetry Contest

5/14/15 — A sixth-grader from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) won the 11th Annual Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga’s Black History Month Poetry Contest in the 6th – 8th grade category. EPB received 372 entries overall in this year’s contest. The student’s poem, “The Legacy of Harriet Tubman,” earned her a $100 prize, which was presented to her at an awards banquet sponsored by EPB in April. Her sponsoring teacher, Reed Dillard, also received a $100 award.

Ethel Walker School Announces New Full Scholarships

3/28/15 — Ethel Walker School announced it will offer two new full scholarships. The Capital City Scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student from Hartford, and the Sundial Scholarship will be awarded to a student from outside the area. Head of School Bessie Speers said, “We recognize that while potential is universal, opportunity is not, and these scholarships will provide highly qualified young women with access to an exceptional educational experience.”

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Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Holds Women’s Empowerment Week

3/27/15 — National Beta Club members at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) empowered themselves and their classmates with a week of activities during Women’s History Month. Activities included a self-defense class taught by Deputy Chief Curtis Greene of the Chattanooga Police Department, the distribution of red ribbons to raise awareness of heart disease, and a “Jeans for Justice” event to raise money for a local women’s shelter.

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Head of Visitation School to Retire in 2016

3/18/15 — Visitation School has announced that its Head of School, Dawn Nichols, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.

Nichols will retire in 2016 after 16 years of dedicated service at Visitation. Chair of the Visitation Board of Trustees John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr. said, “The span and influence of Dawn’s leadership on Visitation have been both broad and deep. Each day, she has moved our school forward while demonstrating a loving fidelity to both the educational mission and great tradition of our school founders, the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary.”

Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Selected for Highly Competitive South Africa Program

3/11/15 — Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) junior McKim Jean-Pierre has been selected to receive a full, merit-based scholarship to attend an intensive leadership program, “South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights,” this summer. The program is offered by The Experiment in International Living (EIL), an organization that provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply with the richness and complexities of another country. The program will begin with four days of intensive leadership training in Washington D.C., and will be followed by four weeks in South Africa and follow up sessions on EIL’s campus in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Jean-Pierre said, “From my experience at SBS and how it has shaped me into who I am today, I will be able to contribute multicultural ideas and solutions in an open manner that is thoughtful, analytical, and respectful, as well as contribute positive encouragement for new cultural opportunities.”

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Girls Prep Lower East Side Placed in Top 10% of All NYC Public Schools in Science

3/4/15 — For the third consecutive year, 97% or more of fourth grade scholars at Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School passed the New York State Science Exam, placing the school in the top 10% of all New York City public schools. “By providing a strong foundation in science beginning in elementary school, we help instill in our girls an early love of science which will ultimately help bridge the gender and race gap in STEM fields,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep.

Girls Prep scholars will celebrate their continued accomplishments in science on a day hallowed in mathematical and scientific circles, Ultimate Pi Day, by hosting the “Girls Prep Ultimate Pi Day 5K” to raise awareness for its continued commitment to building the next generation of female leaders in STEM fields.

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Sacred Hearts Academy Hosted 21st Science Symposium for Girls

2/28/15 — Sacred Hearts Academy presented its annual Science Symposium for Girls on February 28, 2015. The 21st Symposium was free and open to girls in grades 5 through 8. The Science Symposium’s featured speaker was Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 and an advocate for STEM education. Following the keynote address, girls attended hands-on workshops while parents participated in a “For Parents Only” session with Ms. Davuluri, learning techniques for supporting their daughters toward success through communication and development of positive self-esteem.

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The Ethel Walker School to Launch Nation’s First All-Girls Horizons Program

2/2/15 — The Ethel Walker School, in partnership with Horizons National, announced it will offer the first Horizons program in Greater Hartford and the nation’s first all-girls program. Horizons at The Ethel Walker School will serve Hartford public school students in grades K-8 from low-income families, providing swimming and academic and arts enrichment to improve educational outcomes and narrow the achievement gap. The program will launch in June 2015.

Head of School and former NCGS Trustee Bessie Speers said, “We are thrilled and proud that Horizons at The Ethel Walker School will enable dozens of girls to learn and lead with the integrity, courage, confidence and conviction that are hallmarks of a Walker’s education. This program aligns perfectly with Walker’s mission to provide exceptional educational opportunities to girls, and underscores our belief that private schools must have a public purpose.”

Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Selected for U.S. Debate & Public Speaking Team

1/29/15 — Stoneleigh-Burnham School junior Claire Lane was selected for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Hong Kong this April. With this prestigious invitation, Claire becomes the 14th Stoneleigh-Burnham student to compete at the world level.

“I believe there are two main reasons Claire has been selected for the U.S. team: 1) The impressive body of work she has accomplished over the last two years, and 2) Claire’s tireless work ethic,” says Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate & Public Speaking Society.

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The Ethel Walker School Receives Transformational $5 Million Gift

1/27/15 — The Ethel Walker School received a transformational $5 million gift from an anonymous alumna. It is the largest individual gift in the school’s 103-year history. The gift will go toward the building of the Centennial Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will house contemporary athletics, arts, wellness, and community gathering spaces. The Board of Trustees has voted to break ground for the new facility on April 24, 2015.

Head of School and former NCGS Trustee Elizabeth “Bessie” Speers said, “We are overwhelmed by our alumna’s generosity and deeply grateful to her. A gift of this size is truly transformational, and is a ringing endorsement of Walker’s trajectory, as we continue to enhance and advance our curriculum and facilities to ensure that our students are prepared in every way for college and life in the 21st century.”

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