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.”
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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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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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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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.”
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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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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1/14/15 — Foxcroft School debuted “Fireside Financial,” a five-part seminar about managing and investing money for individuals and organizations. Inspired in part by the transformative bequest to Foxcroft made by Ruth Bedford ’32 last fall (click here to read the original story), the seminar is the latest installment of Foxcroft’s growing efforts to incorporate financial literacy and investment basics into the educational experience it offers girls. Students learned the basics of banking during the first session, and representatives of Middleburg Bank will be at the next session to discuss banks and bank investments.
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1/14/15 — Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has announced that its Head of School, Jean Waller Brune, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
Brune will retire in 2016 after 24 years of dedicated service at RPCS. As stated by the President of the Board of Trustees, Catherine P. McDonnell, “Jean has been instrumental in establishing a renowned reputation locally and nationally for Roland Park Country School and has garnered the admiration and affection of many in our community and beyond. In keeping with RPCS tradition, Jean will leave a remarkable legacy of educational innovation and community leadership.”