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    Engineers from petroleum industry and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab visit Lower School STEM classes

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Recently, the second and third grade classes welcomed visitors from the field of engineering to their STEM classes. Mr. Jay Dev (father of second grader, Maya) talked about the process of drilling and refining crude oil. Ms. Chandra Sanders (mother of second grader, Mykaela) arranged a visit from Atiba Brereton from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Each engineer brought a different and valuable perspective and the girls learned so much! Click through to learn more about the experience.

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    Do you see what I see? Middle School girls create mystery object poster using ProScopes

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Can you guess what you are looking at? Are your eyes as good as you think they are? Last week in science class, the sixth grade girls created a mystery object poster using ProScopes hand-held digital microscopes! This activity help to prepare the girls for upcoming labs examining plant cells and flower parts. Click through for a fun mystery object game!

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    Students debate bioterrorism, media freedom, disarmament and more at Rutgers Model UN

    Posted December 8, 2014

    On Thursday, twenty students departed from Stuart to attend the Rutgers Model United Nations, a four-day event in which 1,200 students from across the world came together to simulate twenty UN committees. As delegates of various countries in the United Nations, students debated bioterrorism, media freedom, agricultural subsidies, disarmament, protesting rights, genetic discrimination and much more, working tirelessly on collaborative resolutions to address contemporary issues. As delegates for the great nation of Chile, our girls researched their politics, penned policy statements on their topics, and proceeded to work all day until 11:30 PM for three days in their committees, each contributing to one of the forty resolution papers published on Sunday morning. Click through for photos from the event.

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    Cookies & Cocoa social event—get in the Christmas spirit!

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Don’t miss the Cookies, Cocoa, and Christmas Movie event this Friday from 7:00–10:00 PM in the Upper School Resource Center. Come decorate cookies to eat and to donate to a local organization. Enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn while watching Elf. Contact any member of the social committee with any questions.

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    Middle School students use LittleBits circuits to “make something that does something!”

    Posted December 5, 2014

    After learning about electricity and circuits, students in fifth grade science used the engineering process to take what they learned about electronic circuits and combine it with their creativity and imagination to design and make something that buzzes, moves, shakes, has sound or lights up! Students were met with many design challenges along the way and employed their best problem solving skills to overcome them. The results have been shocking and illuminating! Projects include a Benjamin Franklin head that gets struck by lightning, a barking dog whose tail wags, a hot air balloon, a volcanic eruption, a street scene with lights, a fire-breathing dragon, a fire-breathing bunny who “hops,” a garden scene, a car that honks and has headlights, planets that spin, a carousel, a sweet treat dispenser and even a beating heart!

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    Finance students entice venture capitalists at Business Fair

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Alcohol-free beauty products, hand-crafted wands, a team of musicians for hire and much more were on display at the Stuart Business Fair in the Upper School Finance class this Monday. Students researched industry trends, evaluated market segmentation statistics, calculated startup and operational costs, and took out SBA loans to pitch eleven completely new businesses. Click through to learn more and for photos from the class.

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    Upper School cross country finishes fifth in state at Prep-B Championship!

    Posted November 3, 2014

    The cross country season started in 90 degree humid weather and ended on Wednesday in cold rain at Blair Academy for the Prep Championships. The Stuart girls finished fifth out of 11 teams. With their best team finish in nine years, the team succeeded despite several runners suffering from injuries. Junior Lindsay Craig and sophomore Casey Nelson made the Prep B second team, while senior Emily Morgan made the third Team. Freshman Allie Burgess moved into Stuart’s top-10 list on the course as juniors Jen Walsh and Isabella Kopits improved their personal best times. Sophomore Jada Postadan improved by 15 places over last year. With only one senior on the team and freshman Sonia Mohandas out with injury, sophomore Milan Kainer returning, and with the help of this year’s eighth graders, 2015 could see one of Stuart’s best cross country teams ever! Congrats to the 2014 team and a special thanks to senior captain Emily Morgan!

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    AP science classes explore the brain and other vital organs at The Franklin Institute

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Upper School teachers Kate Barnhardt and Jackie O'Gorman took their AP psychology, AP biology and anatomy and physiology classes to the Franklin Institute to explore Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibit of large and small animals. These animals were preserved by a process called plastination. Students were able to observe and compare the organ anatomy of giraffes, ostriches, horses, squid, goats and many more animals. Students also explored the brain exhibit beginning with the firing of neurons, chemical and electrical signaling and pathway formation. Students were fascinated with multisensory information and the way the brain processes so much information. Click through for photos from the trip.

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    Middle School girls share the fun of Halloween with preschoolers from CYO

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Over the course of October Stuart’s Middle School girls actively collected Halloween costumes, food, candy and craft supplies to host a Halloween party for visiting CYO preschoolers from Trenton. On Wednesday afternoon, our girls were partnered with 2- and 3-year-old children, helped select costumes, ate yummy food and decorated pumpkins. The Middle School girls worked closely with our young friends and were wonderful hostesses. Many thanks to the Middle School students who donated their time and friendship to this event. This is a time-honored tradition that Stuart has participated in for years. A big thank you goes to the many Middle School families who donated costumes, pumpkins, baked goods and treats to this annual service event. These same children from CYO will return in the spring to participate in an Easter party hosted by the Middle School. See photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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    Nine Upper School girls inspired by women scientists conference in NYC

    Posted October 27, 2014

    While many students took advantage of parent-teacher conferences to get some extra sleep, nine Upper School girls and two teachers headed to the train station on a rainy Thursday morning to attend STEMinism: Inspiring Women Scientists 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The forum aims to “bring together the best and brightest STEM students in the NYC area with experienced professionals, academics, and advanced graduate students to discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a woman in STEM.” Sophomores Janani Krishnan, Annie Liang and Alina Paracha, juniors Sneha Gopinath, Armani King, Madeleine Lapuerta, Rosalind Stengle, Isabella Kopits and Lindsay Craig along with faculty members Dr. Michael Schwartz and Heather Tyndall enjoyed the keynote address given by Dr. Meg Urry, the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. The girls then attended their choice of one of seven breakout sessions discussing topics ranging from the lives of groundbreaking female scientists to the importance of mentorship to careers in video design, coding and innovative manufacturing using 3D printing. It was an empowering experience for the girls to see and learn from female scientists in so many disciplines.

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    Forensics team makes outstanding performance at NYC invitational tournament

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Stuart’s forensic speech and debate team competed in the National Circuit’s New York City Invitational this past weekend. Junior Rosalind Stengle won 7th place in Humorous Interpretation of Literature and advanced to quarterfinals in Prose and Poetry; junior Madeleine Lapuerta was a semifinalist in Humorous Interpretation and Prose Poetry; and junior Julia Weingaertner was a semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Poetry. The newest member of the team, junior Harley Guzman joined the girls to experience the first day of preliminary rounds in preparation for the upcoming season. Congratulations, girls!

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    Eighth grade girls bond and build lifelong memories in Washington, D.C.

    Posted October 13, 2014

    On October 8, 9 and 10, the eighth grade travelled to Washington, D.C. for a memorable and exciting class trip. The girls toured the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and Ford’s Theatre. They also witnessed the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery where four students had the privilege of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The girls especially enjoyed a festive dinner cruise along the Potomac River! This fun, educational, and bonding trip is truly a highlight of the eighth grade year! Click through for photos from the trip.

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    Seniors Anushka Makhija and Emily Morgan named National Merit Semifinalists

    Posted October 3, 2014

    We are pleased to announce that seniors Anushka Makhija and Emily Morgan have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1.4 million students entered the 2015 program. Students are selected based on scores achieved on the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Anushka and Emily are among the top 16,000 students who have earned the opportunity to continue to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Thanks to Emily Chen ’15 for the great photo!

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    Fourth grade girls take a close look at nature at the New Jersey School of Conservation

    Posted October 3, 2014

    The fourth grade classes traveled to the New Jersey School of Conservation in Branchville on Friday after a delicious pancake breakfast at Stuart made by Chef Brian. They went to study nature, learn about the food chain, hike, and learn canoeing. After a picnic lunch by beautiful Lake Wapalanne, their adventures began. After the activities, the girls traveled to Morristown where they enjoyed a pizza dinner and a frozen yogurt dessert. The girls arrived back early in the evening after a most delightful day! See photos from the trip in the photo gallery.

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    Spanish students share and discuss Mexican culture via Instagram

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Upper School students in Spanish 3 classes have created class Instagram pages which will be used by their classmates and teachers during the month of October. Sra. Scheil’s and Sra. Solomon’s students will be posting images and comments (in Spanish) which are related to the study of Mexican culture. Students are encouraged to compare their culture with Mexican culture when possible using their photos and comments. Click through to see some of the images and discussions.

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    Freshman/Senior Bonding Day builds community in Upper School

    Posted October 3, 2014

    This Thursday was the traditional bonding day for seniors and freshmen. The girls dressed up as pairs, triplets or groups, and spent a few hours getting to know each other with a personal scavenger hunt. They finished the day with dodgeball in the gym. Since the two classes rarely spend time together, this gives the girls a chance to form a supportive and lasting bond in a spirited way. See photos from the day in the photo gallery.

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    Stuart Speech & Debate start off strong at Yale

    Posted October 3, 2014

    The members of the Stuart Forensics (speech and debate) Team had a strong start to their competitive season against students from around the country at Yale University on September 20. In Humorous Interpretation, junior Madeleine Lapuerta received second place, and junior Rosalind Stengle placed fourth. Junior Julia Weingaertner received seventh place in Oral Interpretation, and was a quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Sophomore Claudary Jones competed in Original Oratory. The speech team is enthusiastic about welcoming new members for the upcoming season!

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    Seventh grade French students begin global simulation project with research on regions of France

    Posted September 29, 2014

    The girls in Madame Amir's 7th grade French class have been hard at work researching regions of France and presenting their findings to their classmates. The girls voted on the most interesting region and chose Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, located in southeastern France on the French Riviera. As a year-long project, the girls will create a fictitious village within the region, choose professions for themselves, design and plan the village layout and engage in skits and writing projects based on life in the village. This global simulation project will culminate with a video documentary in which the girls will present aspects of life within the village. Stay tuned for more exciting news as the project unfolds!

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    APES take to the Nature Trail ... again!

    Posted September 29, 2014

    The Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) class is at it again, collecting environmental samples from the Nature Trail. Stuart is fortunate to have this incredible outdoor classroom as a valuable resource to help educate our girls about sustainability. The girls collected soil samples and analyzed them for composition and properties and observed several species of animals from the fertile soil of the nature trail. Click through for photos from the class.

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    Upper School Student Government representatives present, “Judiciary Fashion Show”

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Why not turn a dull announcement into something more entertaining? Upper School Student Government representatives reviewed the Upper School dress code policy with the student body in a fun-filled yet informative way. A fashion show was held during morning announcements, mocking reality television's “Project Runway.” Volunteer students and student government representatives modeled the do’s and don’ts for dress code. The nuances and details of each outfit were discussed and explained by the judges who impersonated Heidi Klum and the fashion icon’s cohorts. There was abundant laughter thanks to the clever judiciary chairs! It was a great way to start the day!

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