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    Students transform Thanksgiving donations into spiritual mandala

    Posted November 24, 2015

    As part of our long-standing Thanksgiving tradition, the Stuart community participated in the Thanksgiving Food Drive for Mt. Carmel Guild. Last week everyone from Stuart brought in donations of food so that families in nearby communities can celebrate a bountiful Thanksgiving. On Monday, members of the Upper School campus ministry and outreach committees transformed the donated food into a spiritual mandala. The mandala will be displayed in front of the Mater window until the food is packed up and taken to Mt. Carmel Guild. Thanks to everyone who donated! See photos of the Mandala in the SmugMug gallery. Click through to see an animation of the mandala coming to life!

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    Middle School science classes discover that not all gummies are created equal

    Posted November 16, 2015

    The girls in grades seven and eight measured and compared the density of several chewy candies last week and discovered that all candies are not created equally! The seventh grade girls discovered that different types of chewy candies had different densities while the eighth grade girls discovered that starch-based chewy candies, such as Dots and Sour Patch Kids, had higher densities than did gelatin-based gummy candies. Because density equals mass divided by volume, all of the students had to measure mass and volume in order to arrive at their solutions. It was truly a sweet time in Middle School science! Click through for photos from the lab.

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    Professionals mentor students on the practical business of theater

    Posted November 9, 2015

    Last week, parent Laurie Myers spoke to musical theater students last week about the “marketing mix” and how it applies to a musical theater production. The class divided into three teams who are each competing for simulated venture capital money to produce their original musicals. Laurie is one of three local theater professionals who will be coming to Stuart on November 23 to watch the presentations and award money to the best marketing presentation. Chelsea Wargo, a professional Disney actor, has spoken with the class about hiring actors for productions and the Actors Equity Association. Dale Simons, a set designer at TCNJ, presented on the practical side of set design. Mr. Malloy's economics class has also helped the students create a spreadsheet for expenses and budgeting.

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    Upper School fall play plays to Audience, both on and off stage

    Posted November 9, 2015

    Congratulations to the Stuart Upper School thespians who pulled off two wonderful fall play performances under the direction of Drama Teacher Christina Kosyla this weekend in the Stuart Little Theater. Everyone involved did a standout job, from the lights and sound, to the costumes, props and stage. It was standing room only on opening night, and the audience fully enjoyed impressive monologues, rhythmic cadence and comedic banter. Mark your calendars for the 8th Grade Musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 PM. See photos from the plays in the gallery.

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    Social entrepreneur shares valuable business advice with econ students

    Posted November 2, 2015

    To kick off the beginning of their business fair, girls in the economics class studying finance met with social entrepreneur Avi Fox, of the Wild Mantle sustainable clothing line. As the creator of the signature hood that started the company, and a strong proponent for what has been called “Millennial Social Entrepreneurship,” Ms. Fox has worked with NBC, TedX, NPR, and other organizations helping students to realize their potential. Ms. Fox shared the story of her company, worked with the finance students on their own projects, and incorporated a selfie or two in the process for the Instagram @Wildmantle. Click through for photos from the class.

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    Video: Athletics Department corrals students for hoedown flash mob

    Posted November 2, 2015

    On Friday, the cowpokes in the Athletics Department corralled students in the Upper School Resource Center for a Halloween Hoedown and we caught it on video! Click through to watch.

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    Upper School girls carve into Halloween season with pumpkin contest

    Posted November 2, 2015

    by School Media Club
    Last Thursday during flex period, the Upper School girls had their annual pumpkin contest among advisory groups! The feeling of friendly competition was in the air. With feverish anticipation, students ran to their advisory groups as soon as class ended as all the pumpkins should be submitted for judgement by the end of flex. We had all sorts of pumpkins, of which were mostly related to movies or current events. Some examples include Pepe, several “Popekins,” “Pride and Prejudice and kittens,” and even the “walking dead” complete with pumpkin cannibalism. The judges said, “All of the entries were fabulous! We had a hard time choosing.” Click through for a video from the contest created by the School Media Club. See photos in the photo gallery. Congrats to the winners:
    The most original- Mederios advisory with the official game ball of the New England Patriots
    The most current- Arsenault advisory with the Popekin
    The most traditional- Ryan advisory with the Walking Head.

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    Varsity and JV tennis teams finish season with wins over Pennington

    Posted November 2, 2015

    Both varsity and JV tennis ended the 2015 tennis season with decisive wins over Pennington on Friday. Varsity came away with a solid 5–0 victory on the road. All courts played smart tennis to cruise to an 8-5 record for the season. We wish the seniors the best of luck with the rest of their school year and college! Congrats on a fun and competitive season to the whole team! JV hosted Pennington for Senior Day as the team honored Kimberly Rodas. The girls played well and went on to defeat Pennington by a score of 6–1! Congratulations, girls! Click through for photos and for more details.

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    Middle School cross country finishes season undefeated!

    Posted November 2, 2015

    On Thursday, the Middle School cross country team finished their 2015 season undefeated! Everyone was aiming to beat our girls...but our girls didn't let that happen. They pulled out their last win by one point from some fierce competition! All of the girls had an amazing season. To drive the point home, this is the second straight undefeated season for Middle School cross country! Great job girls! #LeadLikeAGirl #PlayLikeAGirl

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    Students go straight to the heart in anatomy and physiology

    Posted November 2, 2015

    In anatomy and physiology class students learned about heart anatomy and electrical conductivity through the heart. Hands-on labs included taking pulse, blood pressure, and even EKG. Click through for photos from the class.

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    Spanish students use MakerSpace to bring Ancient Mexican art into the 21st century

    Posted October 26, 2015

    This month, Upper School Spanish students in Señoras Scheil and Solomon’s classes are bringing ancient Mexican art into the 21st century. The girls have been designing and creating 3D calaveras and laser cutting the decorative papel picado (confetti), in the MakerSpace. The calavera is an artistic representation of the skull, which commemorates the death of a loved one. The papel picado, special foods and the calaveras adorn the altar that family members create in their home. The holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is known in the Spanish Speaking world as “Día de los Muertos.” Students will be studying ancient Mexican cultures and they will be discussing the country’s historical and current connection to the United States.

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    "Pink Out" raises nearly $1,000 for breast cancer research

    Posted October 26, 2015

    Last Monday, the entire community came together for Pink Out Day to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research. Girls from preschool through high school, joined by preschool boys and faculty and staff, donned pink clothes for the day. Many thanks to the Middle School athletes who contributed goods for the bake sale and Upper School athletes who donated items for the auction baskets. We are also grateful to the parents who helped bake, shop and organize the auction. Our community showed up in force after school to watch the varsity field hockey team, outfitted in pink, Play 4 the Cure against Montgomery High school in the school's annual Pink Out Game. See photos from the day and from the Play 4 the Cure game in the photo galleries.

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    Physics students use medieval weaponry to study velocity

    Posted October 26, 2015

    Sean Malloy's physics class took to the grass sports fields to test what they'd learned about projectiles in class. Using a massive trebuchet that had been built over the summer, the students examined, measured and analyzed objects that they shot from the device. After several launches, students created diagrams of the machine, and armed with only a meter stick and a stopwatch, calculated the trebuchet's launch velocity, launch angle, range, maximum height, and acceleration. The final launch safely sent a field hockey ball flying at 50mph for a distance of 157 feet! Click through for photos and a video of the trebuchet launch.

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    Freshman Sumaray helps standout speech team bring home trophy

    Posted October 26, 2015

    The Stuart Speech Team competed at the first Catholic Forensics League meet at Union Catholic High School on October 24. Freshman Sophia Sumaray competed in Dramatic Performance (DP), and earned strong results in her first-time event. Senior Julia Weingaertner won first place in Prose-Poetry and senior Madeleine Lapuerta won second place in DP. Congratulations to the girls who took home a sixth place trophy in the team sweepstakes.

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    Stuart girls take on challenge at New Jersey Math League Contest

    Posted October 26, 2015

    Last Tuesday, 14 Upper School girls brought their enthusiasm and math skills to the New Jersey Math League Contest. The contest gave our girls an opportunity to participate in an academically-oriented activity and to gain recognition for their mathematical achievement. It was a very positive experience for our girls all of whom were wildly enthusiastic to participate!

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    Stuart seniors discuss teenage substance abuse with parents at Tea with Trish

    Posted October 26, 2015

    Seniors Emma Brigaud and Taylor Mills led a discussion on teenage drinking and substance abuse for parents at a recent “Tea with Trish.” Emma and Taylor are the Stuart representatives to the Corner House Student Board which is comprised of students from area high schools. They are also the Student Board representatives for the Princeton Alcohol and Drug Alliance. Emma and Taylor are trained to develop programs for parents to increase awareness and discuss trends, host liability and more. Stay tuned for future workshops led by these amazing young women!

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    Dr. Fagin meets with global school heads in Mexico

    Posted October 24, 2015

    Amidst the fury of Hurricane Patricia bearing down on Mexico, our Head of School, Dr. Patty Fagin was in Mexico City representing Stuart at the 5th International Conference for Heads of Sacred Heart Schools. School leaders explored the role that Sacred Heart schools play in the spiritual development of our students given the realities of today’s complex digital world. We are grateful that the storm did not cause the anticipated devastation, and look forward to Dr. Fagin’s safe return when we can hear her thoughts, insight and information from this important gathering. Click through to see a few photos Dr. Fagin sent from Colegio Sagrado Corazon, our sister Sacred Heart School in Mexico City.

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    Upper School girls explore world class museums in NYC

    Posted October 19, 2015

    The Upper School girs headed to NY for museum trips on Thursday. The freshmen spent their day in American Museum of Natural History, integrating material they had been studying in their world cultures and biology classes. Girls received class-related questions such as, “why did only one hominid species survive?” which helped them to gain a better understanding of human evolution. The sophomores had an exciting trip exploring the Museum of Modern Art. During their tour, the girls were able to see the original Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and other paintings by famous artists like Picasso and Monet. The juniors and the seniors had an exciting time visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They started the day off with an engaging guided tour from artifacts of ancient Africa to artworks of modern America. They discussed the symbolism of Mali’s antelope sculpture, marvelled at the magnificent architectural structures from the Ancient Egyptian exhibition, and discovered the contrast method applied on depicting social movements in American paintings. Click through for news and photos from the trips.

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    MakerFest attendees line up for Stuart's MakerSpace booth

    Posted October 19, 2015

    Stuart's STEM curriculum and MakerSpace were in the spotlight this past weekend when students and faculty hosted a booth at the Jersey Shore MakerFest. Middle and Upper School students along with Tech Integrators Alicia Testa and Sarah Rusnock, and Assistant Head of Upper School Courtney Portlock staffed the booth all day. The group demonstrated some of their MakerSpace projects from Stuart's classes including, design of emergent technology, fifth grade science, seventh grade history and Spanish. In addition, our girls ran two maker activities— LED ghosts and paper puzzle lanterns. Stuart's booth was extremely popular—attendees were lined up throughout the day!

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    Fifth grade campers bond with each other and with nature at Camp Mason

    Posted October 19, 2015

    The newest members of the Stuart Middle School spent their signature experience bonding, building friendships and exhibiting their team-building skills at Camp Mason last week. The fifth graders enjoyed fun activities including archery, canoeing and tent building. Leave No Trace and Wetlands programs provided the girls with some very muddy real-life lessons about preservation and our local environments. The girls even had a chance to show off their new s'mores making skills over the campfire! Click through for photos from the trip.

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