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    Upper School art students learn clay monoprinting techniques from visiting artist

    Posted February 26, 2015

    Priscilla Algava, artist, printmaker and longtime teacher recently led workshops in clay monoprinting to Upper School art classes. Each student worked on a clay slab covered with pigment-infused slip (liquid clay) to create original images. These images were then transferred onto paper or canvas by rubbing or burnishing with a roller and a spoon—the results were incredible! See photos from one of the classes in the photo gallery.

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    2 Seniors named National Merit Finalists

    Posted February 23, 2015

    Congratulations to Anushka Makhija and Emily Morgan who have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They have been chosen from over 1.5 million students in 22,000 high schools nationwide who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The finalist pool represents less than one percent of US high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. About 8,000 Merit Scholarship winners will be announced this spring.

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    Sacred Heart to Heart Club raises over $700 for sister schools in Uganda, Haiti and Peru

    Posted February 23, 2015

    Special thanks to all who helped bake, sell, purchase or otherwise supported the Sacred Heart to Heart bake sale. Without a doubt, the Stuart community showed their passion and dedication to help and maintain connections with our sister schools around the world. A total of more than $700 was raised to support the newly formed Notre Dame de Lacolline in Haiti, Madre Admirable near Lima, Peru and tuition for Patricia at the Sacred Heart school in Uganda. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this Network event possible. If you’re interested in learning more about the club, check out the board outside of the USRC.

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    Inspirational alumnae return for career lunches with students

    Posted February 19, 2015

    We were very excited to welcome nine inspirational alumnae back to campus on Friday to meet with our students. These phenomenal women joined both the Middle and Upper School students during lunch to discuss their careers and the impact Stuart has had on their lives. See photos from Friday's career lunches in the photo gallery. Click through for a full list of speakers and bios.

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    Couldn't make it to the varsity bball game? Watch the replay!

    Posted February 19, 2015

    Thursday's varsity basketball game against Montgomery High School was live streamed so our friends and family from out of town could be "there" too. If you missed it, you can watch all the action on Stuart's YouTube channel by clicking here. The team heads into the Mercer County Tournament this weekend. Go Tartans!

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    Upper School Musical, The Pajama Game: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28

    Posted February 18, 2015

    The cast of the Upper School Musical has been hard at work rehearsing for the delightful and hilarious show, The Pajama Game. Don’t miss the upcoming performances next week: Friday, February 27 at 7:15 PM and Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 PM and 7:15 PM in the Cor Unum theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and can be purchased at the door.

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    Squash: It’s not just a vegetable!

    Posted February 2, 2015

    Photo and article by Caroline Bednar '22 Some of you may think, “Eww! I don't want to learn about a vegetable!” Yes, you are right, squash is a vegetable. However, it is also a sport. Squash is an indoor game that requires stamina, agility, and speed. It is played in a four-walled cubicle. You use a squash racket, goggles and a ball to play. A squash racket is like a tennis racket, but thin in the middle. A squash ball is a small black rubber ball with two yellow dots on it. It can hurt when you get hit by it! The sport of squash has caught many Stuart girls' attention. The girls play squash over at the Lawrenceville School. The squash coach’s name is Tyler Smith. The talented Stuart squash girls on the team include seventh graders Grace Leddy Aditi Mehndiratta and Ellie Vogel, sixth grader Elena Vona and fifth graders Charlotte Bednar, Cecelia Eldredge, Haley Sullivan, Finley Thompson and Amanda Vogel. I had the privilege to interview the coach, Tyler. Click through to see what he said.

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    Fourth grader Madison Sugden leads the way as Head of School for the day

    Posted January 26, 2015

    On Friday, January 16, fourth grader Madison Sugden took over as Head of School for the day! Madison wasted no time as she stepped into her new role. Her first order of business was to mandate a special gouter snack of pretzel nuggets, spaghetti with alfredo sauce for lunch and a hot chocolate treat. In addition, Madison gave the girls extra time at recess and invited all students and teachers to dress as their favorite fictional character. Faculty also had the option of wearing their favorite animal print. Thanks to Madison for making the day special! Extra thanks to the Sugden family for their generosity at the “Hearts of Gold” 50th Anniversary Gala last year! Click through for photos from the day.

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    Eighth grader Charlotte Albert wins Stuart’s National Geographic Bee championship

    Posted January 26, 2015

    On Thursday afternoon, eighth grader Charlotte Albert won Stuart’s National Geographic Bee championships. Charlotte was among 11 Middle School girls who qualified for the school championship based on their scores on a written exam. She will now take another written exam to see if she is among the top 100 students in New Jersey who will compete for the state championship on March 27. Congratulations and good luck, Charlotte! Click through for photos from the competition.

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    It is rocket science—eighth graders design, construct and launch bottle rockets!

    Posted January 25, 2015

    The eighth grade science classes continued their study of Newton’s Laws last week by launching water pressure powered bottle rockets! Enjoying a break in the weather on Friday, one of the classes headed out to the turf field to perform test launches of the rockets they designed and constructed. The girls employ the engineering design process as they design, construct, test and improve their rockets with the goal of achieving the longest time aloft. Click through for photos from the rocket launches.

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    Young SPARKS Robotics Team competes among highly experienced teams across the state

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Last Saturday, Stuart’s SPARKS Robotics Team competed in the FTC state qualifier “Frozen Frenzy V” at Timothy Christian School in Piscataway. The SPARKS finished an admirable 13th out of 28 teams who competed. Designed and programmed entirely by our girls, the robot was capable of completing a set of pre-assigned tasks both autonomously and remotely controlled. Earlier this year at the “Wintry Weekend Jersey Shore” meet, the SPARKS were invited to join an alliance that eventually won the competition and in December, the SPARKS successfully hosted the P’Town Throwdown, a robotics meet held in the Fruscione Athletic Center at Stuart. Most of the team members are new this year, yet every one of them has dedicated themselves to the team by learning building and programming skills outside of class. Congratulations to Stuart’s robotics team! Special thanks to the School Media Club for this write-up and sophomore Annie Liang for contributing the photo.

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    Stuart to host benefit performance to support trip to Fringe Festival in Scotland

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Mark your calendars and prepare to be a part of the dream! For the first time ever, Stuart is sending a group of sixteen performers to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland to share their art with an international audience. As one of only two small all-girls schools represented in the Fringe, our cast and crew are proud to represent the Stuart community, and we want you to be a part of bringing our dream to life! Stuart is hosting a benefit performance, Dare to Dream on Friday, February 6 at 7:15 PM. The benefit will feature vocal performances by local talent and tasty refreshments and you’ll get a chance to hear from our girls about this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $15 for students. Come relax and enjoy the entertainment. Together we can make this dream trip a reality!

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    Seniors recreate Wuthering Heights dance, tying together 1970’s pop-culture and classic English literature

    Posted January 12, 2015

    Students in 12th Grade Honors British Literature were inspired by their reading of the novel Wuthering Heights to don red flowing costumes at the Upper School assembly on Monday in order to recreate the lyrical dance featured in Kate Bush’s iconic music video of the same name. Kate Bush’s single, "Wuthering Heights" quickly rose to number one on the pop charts after its release in 1978, and the song features haunting lyrics, all from the point of view of Catherine, one of the main characters of Emily Brontë’s classic novel, which is currently being read and studied by Ms. Fazzina’s senior English classes.

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    Have you seen the missing fairy garden? Fifth graders use forensic science to help solve the mystery!

    Posted January 12, 2015

    Last week, the fifth grade girls transformed into forensic science detectives as they attempt to solve the mystery of a missing fairy garden from Ms. Huffman-Schwartz’s science lab. Their only clues were a handwritten note, a strand of hair and a fingerprint. The girls have been analyzing the evidence and have been interrogating faculty and staff to help uncover the mystery! Stay tuned for more news as the story unfolds.

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    Middle School celebrates the arts on World Arts Day

    Posted January 12, 2015

    Last Friday, the entire Middle School took a break from the regular curriculum to celebrate the eighth annual World Arts Day—a celebration of music, dance, art and theater from around the globe presented in 13 different workshops by professional leaders. Tibetan clay mandalas, Inuit mask design, costume design and Japanese origami were among the new workshops this year—in addition to perennial favorites, Broadway dance, hip-hop dance, percussion, Chinese art and more! Each student chose three workshops in which to participate during this lively, educational day. Take some time to view some of the works on display around the school. View photos of the workshops in the photo gallery.

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    Haitian Art on Exhibit in Considine January 12-February 12

    Posted January 5, 2015

    Beginning on January 12, Stuart’s Considine Gallery will include the drawings of Haitian artist Edens Cathyl and Haitian flags from the private collections of Jill Kearney of Bucks County and Indigo Arts in Philadelphia. Edens’ work tells the story of his life in Haiti, and is entitled Stories from Haiti. Haitian flags are spectacular traditional sequined cloth festival flags that show images of the Haitian Iwa, or spirits. Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, January 23, from 5:00–7:00 PM in the Considine Gallery at Stuart and an Artist Chat Tuesday, January 27 at 11:00 AM.

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    Stuart girls and faculty empowered to tackle important issues at Student Diversity Leadership and People of Color Conferences

    Posted December 22, 2014

    In early December a group of Stuart girls and faculty traveled to Indianapolis for the annual Student Diversity Leadership and the People of Color Conferences. Senior Amani Ahmed and juniors Armani King, Natalie McGowen, Asha Mohandas and Makeda White represented Stuart with more than 1600 students from across the country. The diversity conference offered a wonderful chance to for students and teachers to listen, learn and reflect on social issues impacting our world. Faculty members in attendance were Carolyn McGuire, Courtney Portlock and Aneesa Sen. Support for the conference was provided by the Timendi Causa Este Nescire (Ignorance is the Cause of Fear) Fund, established by the Plambeck family.

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    "Petals prance off the page" of Stuart girls' art

    Posted December 22, 2014

    Girls in grades 2-4 created beautiful bontanical paintings based on the work of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Art Teacher Deborah Land had the girls study O'Keeffe's life, work and connection to nature. As O'Keeffe often painted flowers close-up, the girls were asked to draw their own flower, with an emphasis on the close-up perspective. They had options to study one of O’Keeffe’s flowers, a flower photograph or even a flower from memory. Some of this artwork is currently on exhibit in "Flowerdance" at The Olivia Rainbow Gallery at D&R Greenway. Read about the exhibit in the Princeton Sun.

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    Very merry Christmas greetings from all of us at Stuart

    Posted December 22, 2014

    You know it’s Christmas at Stuart when the halls are filled with the beautiful voices of our girls and young boys! We were blessed with many wonderful performances last week, beginning with Middle and Upper School Evensong on Thursday, followed by songs from our Early Childhood boys and girls and our Lower School girls' lovely Veni Emmanuel service on Friday. As we wish you a very merry Christmas season, we hope you enjoy photos from all of the performances in our online photo galleries: Middle and Upper School Evensong
    Lower School Veni Emmanuel
    Early Childhood Christmas Program

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    Fifth grade girls demonstrate expertise in bioluminescence at showcase event

    Posted December 22, 2014

    The fifth grade girls demonstrated their expertise in bioluminescence in a showcase event last Tuesday, December 16. In this cross-curricular project involving art, language arts and science, the fifth grade girls had lots to show and tell about. They showed off their fantastic drawings, 3D models and research reports on the chemical phenomenon of bioluminescence! Great job, girls and thanks for illuminating us all with your knowledge! Click through for photos from the event.

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