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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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    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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