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    Six Stuart girls dedicated to Teens4TASK

    Posted April 13, 2014

    This school year six Stuart girls have been on the Board of a group called Teens4TASK, a diverse group of high school students dedicated to supporting TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) through programs and initiatives focused on the youth. The group makes a difference within the Trenton community in many ways. We are proud of Amani Ahmed '15, Rachelle Brioche '15, Gabriela Funez '14, Isabel Lapuerta '15, Samielle Taylor '14 and Autumn Townsend '14 who are on the 2013–14 Teens4TASK Youth Board. Read more, download info for next year's board, and see photos of the students in action.

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    Spring 2014 Stuart News coming soon!

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Be on the lookout this week for the latest issue of Stuart News to arrive in your mailbox. The spring issue is full of beautiful photographs and memories of your children from this school year to date and includes coverage of special 50th Anniversary activities such as: Labatut's Stuart architectural lecture and tour, the adaptation of Janet Stuart's play The Ugly Duckling, and Women in Leadership speaker NJ Supreme Court Justice Anne Murray Patterson '76. Enjoy!

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    Justin Leith, former pro basketball player, named director of athletics

    Posted April 12, 2014

    We are excited to announce that Justin Leith will be the new director of athletics, replacing Kim Ciarrocca who is moving with her family to Michigan where her husband coaches college football. With a tremendous breadth of life experience as an athletics administrator, a successful coach and professional athlete, Mr. Leith will no doubt build on the work that Kim Ciarrocca has started, taking the athletics programs at Stuart to the next level.

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    Stuart girls enjoy front row seats to the Pope in Saint Peter’s Square over Spring Break

    Posted April 7, 2014

    23 Upper School students and chaperones Emily Lesinsky, Dana Day and Phyllis Wright embarked on an educational trip of a lifetime to Italy over spring break. Their amazing trip included stops in Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pompeii and Rome. They even had front row seats to hear the Pope deliver a homily on the Samaritan woman at the well. Click through to see more photos from the trip!

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    Stuart girls use 21st century technology to design and build ancient Roman architecture

    Posted April 4, 2014

    The girls in Ms. Lonstein’s Seventh Grade Latin, Latin I and II classes just finished researching Roman architecture and worked with Mrs. Tyndall to utilize their research skills with NoodleTools. They then worked with Ms. Testa using Google Sketchup to create 3D renderings of Roman inspired temples, Roman baths, villas and forums. Stop by the computer lab to see the design results printed from the MakerBot 3D printer.

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    Preschoolers and seniors parade the Stuart halls as they mark 100 Days to Graduation

    Posted March 10, 2014

    The entire school community joined the seniors last Tuesday as they celebrated 100 Days to Graduation. Seniors paraded across campus with Preschool and Junior Kindergarten boys and girls. The procession ended in the Front Hall where the seniors enjoyed a luncheon with Stuart alumnae and were inducted into the Stuart Alumnae Association by President Kristen Dawson ’80, Head of School Dr. Patty Fagin, and Head of Upper School Dr. Trisha Medeiros. See photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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    Freshmen focus on community and the future at retreat

    Posted March 10, 2014

    The ninth graders spent this past Thursday at Lainie’s House engaged in a multitude of activities including prayer, small group reflection, journaling, and fun community-building games at the Freshman Retreat. The retreat was led by senior peer leaders Faizah Alaoui, Annaliza Carey, Amy Hallowell, Margaret La Nasa, Caroline Scott, Meghan Shannon, and Maggie Walsh. Mrs. Samantha Ryan was the faculty team member. The day focused on the wonderful gift of uniqueness that each girl possesses and the possibilities that are open before all of us.

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    Sophomores provide power for education and child care in Haiti through PBL program

    Posted March 10, 2014

    There was palpable electricity in the Futures Classroom as the tenth grade girls wrapped up week one of the Project Based Learning (PBL) side of the SHAEP program. The focus of the program is on scarcity of resources such as electricity and water. The question driving the conversation is: “Why is there a disparity of access to these resources, and how to find solutions?”

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    SIMPLY STUART: Road to state tourney for robotics team

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Published in the Princeton Packet, March 5, 2014, by Aana Bansal ’14
    A few months ago, in the dwindling days of summer, The Sparks, Stuart’s all-girls robotics team, gathered in the Futures Classroom. The Futures Classroom is Stuart’s version of an AV room, except the old tube-style TV has been upgraded to a wall-length SmartBoard, a huge flat panel display, and each work station is equipped with two 3D LCD screens and a set of MacBook Pros. The result looks a little like the bridge of the USS Enterprise, so it was the natural location for robotics preseason.

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    Amani Ahmed ’15 Garners Awards for Her Service Group Eleven Points

    Posted March 3, 2014

    On Monday junior Amani Ahmed was the featured speaker for the Upper School Spotlight on Service during Morning Announcements. Amani spoke about Eleven Points, a Muslim-Jewish youth interfaith group she co-founded that performs community service projects. The goal of Eleven Points is quite simple - to do something good for the community by working together to support local charities. Amani has received wide-spread recognition for her work with Eleven Points. We are proud to announce that she is one of just five finalists in the 9th Annual 94.5 PST & Cure Auto Insurance Pay It Forward Scholarship Award to be awarded March 11. Amani has also received a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth volunteers nationwide for outstanding volunteer service. Congratulations Amani!

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    Bake Sale Funds Two Surgeries through Operation Smile

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Congratulations to the Operation Smile Club for a very successful bake sale! As a result of their efforts, they will support Operation Smile with funding for two surgeries that will change the lives of children afflicted with the inability to speak or eat normally. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. Thanks to everyone involved for your determination to make a difference.

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    Where in the world is Stuie?

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Our SHAEP students have departed and Stuie is joining them! Using the hashtag #WheresStuie on Instagram, our 22 girls will share their experiences in Sacred Heart communities around the world, from San Francisco to Dublin to Lima. While they’re gone, you can “tag along” and play “Where’s Stuie” with us on Facebook at

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    Artwork by Isabel Raab ’18 to be Exhibited in the Stuart Center in Washington, D.C.

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Tree of Light and Beauty, a drawing by Stuart eighth grader Isabel Raab will be exhibited in the Stuart Center in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is part of the year long Centenary celebration of Janet Erskine Stuart. Isabel says that her piece was inspired by the teachings of Janet Erskine Stuart. Congratulations to Isabel for this wonderful recognition and for representing Stuart. Click through to see the artwork.

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    Film Professional Raines Plambeck ’08 Advises US Film Class

    Posted February 24, 2014

    In Ms. Baldwin's film class we had the pleasure of Skyping with Stuart alumna, Raines Plambeck ’08, who works at Maven Pictures. We talked about how her film classes at Stuart inspired her to study film in college and eventually work in the industry. Raines shared with the class that one of her favorite directors is Wes Anderson and that the most enjoyable part of her job is reading scripts. Raines is currently applying to graduate schools for a Masters in film directing this fall. The students in our film class appreciated the time we spent talking to her and now feel that we have greater insight into film production. (Story courtesy of Lily Wageman ’14.)

  • Girls in Grades 2–5 Exhibit their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Skills at Lower School STEM Fair

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Guests at the Lower School STEM Fair on Friday were wowed by the projects from our girls in grades 2-5 (yes, these are Lower School girls)! From testing growth of grass seeds to engineering a hydroelectric dam, our girls worked tirelessly on projects and presentations for the STEM Fair. They demonstrated what they've learned and new skills they have developed here at Stuart through hands-on projects and demonstrations. Projects included growing crystals, dry ice bubbles, building bristlebots, engineering, testing designs for durability, and more! Congratulations to all of our girls and to our Lower School Science Teacher Elena Nickerson on a tremendous program. See photos from the fair in the photo gallery.

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    Sophomores Make Connections Around the World Thru SHAEP

    Posted February 24, 2014

    After hosting girls from Peru, Ireland, and France, the Stuart community welcomed Mackenzie Gibson from the Sacred Heart school in Atherton, California last week. Stuart students will also host girls from France and Canada in the coming weeks. SHAEP (Sacred Heart Academic Exchange Program) is a two-week program open to all sophomores at Stuart that offers a unique opportunity to connect with students and cultures around the world. From March 3-14, Stuart girls will travel the country and across the globe to go on exchange at Sacred Heart schools in the U.S. cities of Atherton, New Orleans, Lake Forest (near Chicago), as well as the countries of Spain, France, Ireland, Peru, Scotland, and Canada. Read more to see photos of our SHAEP visitors and host students.

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    Stuart Girls Work to Build and Install Solar Power Units in Haiti

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Gabriela Funez ’14, Rachelle Brioche ’15, and French Teacher Anne Hoppenot learned about the engineering involved in generating solar power, and spent last Sunday learning how to build and install solar suitcases in places such as schools, orphanages or churches, and solar panels on roofs. All three will take part in a service trip to Haiti in June, with Princeton-Haiti KONEKTE a non profit organization, founded by Anne Hoppenot and former Stuart Art Teacher Madelaine Shellaby, three years ago. Stuart has joined forces with Princeton Day School, Konekte, Stone Hill Church, Foundation for Peace, and We Share Solar, to prepare and deploy these solar suitcases. Click through to learn more about this project.

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    Simply Stuart: New Column in the Princeton Packet

    Posted February 17, 2014

    We’re excited to announce that the Princeton Packet will be publishing a column titled “Simply Stuart” penned by one of our very own students. The column will cover Stuart happenings, student activities and issues facing our students’ lives. Our first column is written by Bindu Bansinath and is titled, “Outreach service committee in the spotlight.” Read Simply Stuart in the Princeton Packet.

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    Save the Date for the Musical: Mame, Feb. 28 & March 1

    Posted February 17, 2014

    You won't want to miss the Upper School's production of the classic musical comedy Mame based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee. With colorful characters, sets and costumes, the Upper School musical is always a high point of the school year! The show will run for two days only, so mark your calendars for: Friday, February 28 at 7:15 PM and Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 PM and 7:15 PM. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

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    15 Give Valentine's Locks of Love

    Posted February 15, 2014

    We're so lucky that the snow held off long enough this week in order for us to have our 14th annual Locks of Love event Wednesday. It was a very special and inspiring day at Stuart as we gathered to watch so many students, parents, faculty and staff donate their hair, knowing it will go to make wigs for children suffering from long-term hair loss. This year 11 girls and four adults donated ponytails. All told, the Stuart community has donated over 250 ponytails to Locks of Love throughout the years. A big thank you to Metropolis Spa Salon stylists for donating their time and talents and to Michael Mancuso from The Times of Trenton for capturing these moments for us. See more photos in Stuart's photo gallery.

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