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    Stuart's Afternoon of Make inspires innovation, collaboration and creativity!

    Posted May 16, 2015

    Friday was an exciting day at Stuart! While juniors and seniors were prepping for Prom, the rest of the Upper School joined their Middle School sisters for an "Afternoon of Make." It was hard to choose just two from the selection of 20 workshops run by faculty and staff, which included laser engraving, printmaking, BrushBots, chemical wood burning, wearable tech, knitting, pinatas, teddy bears, and so much more! Here are a few pictures, but you can see more in our photo gallery: http://smu.gs/1Poy6d5

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    Night at the Wax Museum, Fourth Grade Musical delights, amuses and amazes

    Posted May 11, 2015

    Bravo and congratulations to the entire Class of 2023 and Christina Kosyla and Dominique Di Meglio for their outstanding performance in the Fourth Grade Musical, Night at the Wax Museum this past weekend. Way to go, girls! See photos from the musical in the photo gallery.

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    Upper School girls gain critical knowledge and skills at Cape May Envirothon competition

    Posted May 11, 2015

    Last weekend five Stuart Upper School girls traveled to Cape May to compete in the 2015 New Jersey Envirothon where they pursued in-depth knowledge about New Jersey’s natural resources and gained skills needed to navigate the complex environmental issues of today and tomorrow. Sophomores Izy Engel, Annie Liang and Emily Rounds and juniors Elizabeth Sochka and Roz Stengle took tests and worked on hands-on activities in the areas of forestry, aquatics, soils and wildlife. The team also presented to a group of judges on this year’s current issue, “Urban and Community Forestry.” The girls listened to terrific speakers, including New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher who said, “...students of today need to be equipped with an understanding of the importance of our natural resources if they are to succeed in today’s world.”

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    Stuart girls celebrate the arts with Student Art Show and Spring Concert

    Posted April 27, 2015

    The Middle School Choirs and the Tartantones brought down the house on Thursday night with their exciting performances of African American music. Each group sang with precision, sensitivity, and expression, filling Cor Unum with gorgeous sound. The combined choirs opened and closed the concert to great acclaim. The audience was uplifted and moved! Meanwhile, artwork from every Stuart girl (and Early Childhood boy) who took a visual art class this year is on exhibit throughout the school as part of the All-School Art Show. On Monday, Lower School girls spent part of the morning “crawling” the hallways and galleries, admiring artwork from across divisions. Thanks to the entire community for supporting the arts at Stuart! Visit the photo gallery to see some of the beautiful artwork or come visit, stroll the halls and see it in person.

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    Freshmen tackle global nutrition and wellness issues in Project-Based Learning unit

    Posted March 20, 2015

    The freshmen were deeply entrenched in their Project Based Learning unit this past week as they took on nutrition and wellness issues from around the world. The girls worked with nutrition food scientists, professional chefs and others in the food industry as they covered topics such as nutrition and brain health, food-related diseases, environmental sustainability and issues related to poverty around the globe. One of the highlights of the PBL was the creation of a meal in the professional teaching kitchen at Mercer County Community College. The girls worked in groups under the supervision of Chef Frank Benowitz, CHE to prepare a meal that met strict nutrition requirements. Click through to read each group’s reflection on the experience. See photos from the project in the photo gallery.

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    Fathers and daughters “rock the house” at Lower School Father-Daughter Dance

    Posted March 20, 2015

    Spring arrived at Stuart on Saturday, March 14 as cherry blossom trees, forsythia bushes, flowers and butterflies bloomed in the cafeteria to welcome guests to Stuart’s first Lower School Father-Daughter Dance. More than 75 fathers and 85 girls “rocked the house” as they took part in a dance-off contest, which was won by second grader, Lelle Agh and her father Attila. As a prize, they won a round of golf for four at a local country club. The girls participated in a freeze dance contest and were led in several group dances by Stuart volunteers that included the shuffle and YMCA. Other highlights of the night included a visit to “pixie hollow” where the fairies left sweet treats for the girls and a very special father-daughter dance. Many thanks to all the parent volunteers that made this event a night to remember. See photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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    Small Stuart Forensics team comes up big at NJ State Speech and Debate Championships

    Posted March 16, 2015

    It has been an exciting year for Stuart Forensics, and huge kudos are in order for three of our young women who competed at the NJ Speech and Debate League State Championships this weekend at TCNJ. Julia Weingaertner won the NJ State Championship in the Prose Reading category. Madeleine Lapuerta was second in the state in two categories, both Prose Reading and Humorous Interpretation of Literature (HI), and Rosalind Stengle advanced to semi-final competition in HI. Julia also advanced to semi-finals in the Dramatic Interpretation of Literature category. Guided by thier coach, History Teacher Kate Barnhardt, the girls battled their way through two very long days of competition against much larger teams from around the state at TCNJ this past weekend. Congratulations to them all! Read more about the team.

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    Middle School girls celebrate Pi Day with challenges and games

    Posted March 16, 2015

    In celebration of this special day that only comes around once in a century (3/14/15) The Middle School girls took some time on Friday to celebrate Pi Day. On Friday during lunch time, 11 students competed in a pi recitation contest and sixth grader Emma Claisse took first place by reciting an impressive 96 digits! Congratulations to all of the girls who participated. You showed amazing persistence! In the afternoon during flex time, the entire Middle School joined together for a choice of pi-related activities including Pi Day Kahoot (a digital competition using iPads), a pi measuring game, different pi estimation games using area and volume, a pi paper chain activity, and more! Everyone had a great time learning something new about pi! See photos from the Middle School Pi Day activities in the photo gallery.

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    Sophomores tackle global issues in PBL

    Posted March 16, 2015

    Last Monday, sophomores began working on a project-based learning program which focuses on service through educating and helping others. They considered how to understand and determine the educational needs of schools in developing countries and also how can we find the best ways to connect with these schools. We have been inspired by their innovation and collaboration! They learned about the UN, UNESCO and the UN Millennium goals, and studied the cultural context of Sacred Heart Schools in Uganda, Peru and Haiti, in order to determine the best way to offer help. Read more about the PBL. See photos.

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    How do you connect Upper School physics students with 2nd graders? Build bridges!

    Posted March 12, 2015

    The girls in Dr. Nathalie Fayette’s physics class took what they learned during the past two trimesters to solve a concrete problem, building a truss bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Dr Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, a visiting professor from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, developed this challenge and the corresponding unit on bridges. The Upper School physics students learned the main concepts of bridge design and then peer-taught a class with the second graders in collaboration with Elena Nickerson, Lower School STEM teacher. The older and younger girls worked together to build truss bridges using K’NEX kits. This sort of hands-on learning promotes critical thinking, real world problem solving, and enhances understanding of STEM concepts. The physics students will end their bridge unit with a visit to the Roebling Museum in Trenton. See photos from the collaboration in the photo gallery.

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    First virtual stock market competition ends with Claire Landers ’17 as winner!

    Posted March 9, 2015

    Congratulations to Claire Landers, class of 2017, for taking first place in the inaugural virtual stock market competition as a part of Stuart’s Institute for Finance and Economics. For three months, over 30 students, faculty and staff bought and sold mock shares of real stocks, managing their portfolios and trades with real-time values from the market. In the end, Claire’s diverse portfolio of pharmaceuticals, entertainment, petroleum and even education-based stocks rose to the top with earnings of 5.25% in one trimester!

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    Middle School girls compete in Science Bowl at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

    Posted March 9, 2015

    In the Middle School’s first Science Bowl appearance, a team of five eighth grade girls competed against 15 other teams from middle schools across New Jersey last week at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Months of practice were put into action as the team performed admirably in this fast-paced double elimination contest! Click through for photos from the competition.

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    18 Middle Schoolers build circuits #likeagirl with Blink Blink

    Posted March 9, 2015

    A group of 18 Middle School girls, ranging from grades 5–8 came together with Blink Blink, a company that makes creative circuit kits for girls to engineer their own arts, crafts and fashion technology. After a short briefing on the kits, the girls quickly began building their own wearable tech projects! For photos and to read more about the workshop, check out this post on the Blink Blink blog. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming session to take place in April.

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    Lower School girls Jump Rope for Heart health awareness

    Posted March 9, 2015

    In conjunction with Stuart’s blood drive last Tuesday, the Lower School girls had tons of fun jumping rope to keep their hearts healthy. Each of the Lower School grades came down to the gym to jump for 20 minutes where the girls could try different jumping tricks, rope turning, and rope traveling. Everyone left with flushed cheeks and hearts beating quickly! While the Lower School girls are too young to donate blood, they were certainly filled with boundless energy to participate in their own way! Click through for photos from the jump rope activity.

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    Seniors parade the halls with Stuart's youngest as they mark 100 Days to Graduation

    Posted March 9, 2015

    The entire school community joined the seniors last Wednesday as they celebrated 100 Days to Graduation. Seniors paraded across campus with boys and girls from the Early Childhood classes. 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 Alumnae Coordinators Kristen Lopez-Watt ’90 and Alicia Fruscione Walker ’98. See photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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    Team of four from Stuart competes at DOE Science Bowl

    Posted March 2, 2015

    Article by Isabella Kopits ’16 Last weekend, four Upper School girls represented Stuart at the 2015 Department of Energy Science Bowl at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Science Bowl is a rapid-fire competition in which teams answer questions in biology, chemistry, physics, energy, astronomy, Earth science and more. The team has met throughout the year to practice (and learn some incredibly obscure science facts). Senior Emily Morgan and Juniors Lindsay Craig, Isabella Kopits and Hayley Siegel represented the team on Saturday, beating the all boys school Christian Brothers Academy but losing to Lawrenceville. Stuart was the only all girls team in attendance and the girls were thrilled to spread their message of STEMinism at the tournament!

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    Honors French students help develop business plans written by Haitian entrepreneurs

    Posted March 2, 2015

    The group of seniors and juniors taking the French Honors class is currently working on business plans written by young Haitian entrepreneurs. After a few classes about how to start a business—all in French—the girls are now working in small groups to review the business plans. They have to understand the business, the market, reflect on it, and ask questions that will be shared with the young entrepreneurs. The business plans are very diverse and range from starting a dental clinic, to starting a dry cleaner, to starting a chicken farm! Two of Mme. Hoppenot’s French friends visited the classes to assist with the project. One of them is a dental surgeon, the other person has the same MBA degree as Mme. Hoppenot. The non profit organization “KONEKTE Princeton Haiti” started by Mme. Hoppenot and retired teacher Ms. Shellaby, is working with young Haitian entrepreneurs to help them start their small businesses. Mme. Hoppenot will be going to Haiti this month where she will meet with the young entrepreneurs and share her students’ questions. Mme. Hoppenot is thrilled to partner her students with the young entrepreneurs. Click through for photos from the class.

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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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