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    Stuart honored for 35 years of service with Appalachia Service Project

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Goal 3 in action! This summer, Stuart was honored by Appalachia Service Project for our 35 years of service. The President/CEO Walter Crouch came all the way down to Avery County, NC to present our students with a plaque. We're so thrilled that we can give our girls such an incredible opportunity. Service to others is not something that ends with the school year!

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    Stuart students, faculty and staff accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

    Posted September 1, 2014

    In true Sacred Heart spirit, several Stuart faculty, staff and students have stepped up to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. On Wednesday afternoon, a special gathering was held on the turf field where the entire class of 2015, all three division heads and Dr. Patty Fagin all rose to the challenge to support ALS research! In addition, coach Missy Bruvik, Ms. Kate Barnhardt, Maya Kuang ’15 and Dr. Medeiros all accepted the challenge individually. Watch the ALS Challenge videos here, see photos from Wednesday's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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    Fibonacci, Pascal and Fractals, Oh My!

    Posted June 9, 2014

    The fifth grade girls were intrigued and excited when Emma’s mom, Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse came to talk to the class about the wonders of Pascal’s Triangle. This lesson was a follow-up on last year’s discussion on fractals which was also given by Dr. Diaz-Claisse. The lecture was stimulating for everybody including the girls who were amazed to find the Fibonacci sequence in Pascal’s triangle!

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    Eighth grade girls offer guidance to peers through mediation program

    Posted June 9, 2014

    This year five eighth graders, Roshi, Camryn, Denay, Catherine and Kristen volunteered to participate in a Peer Mediation and Leadership training program for eighth grade girls. The goal of Peer Mediation is to train students to help support their peers by offering guidance and support. The Peer Mediators attended weekly training sessions with Ms. McGuire, MS/US Counselor, to learn and practice skills such as conflict resolution, mediation, and communication styles. Research shows that adolescents are more inclined to seek help from their peers and our Peer Mediators developed opportunities to meet with our younger students to provide caring support. Roshi, Camryn, Denay, Catherine and Kristen are tremendous examples of the Sacred Heart goals in action!

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    Congratulations, Class of 2014! Video and photos now online.

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Saturday’s graduation ceremony was truly moving and beautiful. Many thanks to Monsignor Gregory E. S. Malovetz who celebrated Mass with our community, and to Stuart alumna Georgienne Bradley, our graduation speaker. Once again we were able to live stream video of the ceremony! If you were unable to join us (or just want to watch the video), you can still watch the ceremonies online. See photos from the graduation commencement in our photo gallery and in the Lors Photography gallery. See photos from Thursday’s Baccalaureate Liturgy in our photo gallery.

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    Seventh grade girls write, direct, design and act in original plays

    Posted June 9, 2014

    The seventh grade girls are playwrights! Each section in the seventh grade has been hard at work writing original plays including “Parry Hotter,” “Game Theory,” and “Starothy.” These delightful plays were performed in Stuart’s Black Box last week. The girls designed, found props and costumes and rehearsed together throughout the trimester to produce these wonderful shows based on original concepts. What a great example of student-centered, project-based learning!

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    Seventh graders step into the shoes of historic Renaissance figures

    Posted June 2, 2014

    If you had stopped by the Townsend Garden last Friday, you would have thought you had gone back in time! Seventh graders, dressed as historic figures, delighted their audience with peformances inspired by the Renaissance. The girls' hard work began in late April as every girl in seventh grade was assigned a person who made significant contributions to Renaissance society. After researching and writing a biography on their historic figure, the students worked in small groups and were asked to figure out how their individuals were connected and write an educational and entertaining skit. Every aspect of Renaissance culture was represented with special appearances by such noted personalities as Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Titian, Francis Drake, Pope Leo X and Albrecht Druer. Nice work girls!

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    Upper School girls “kick back” at bonfire in celebration of year’s end

    Posted June 2, 2014

    The Upper School girls enjoyed perfect weather and had a great time at the bonfire on Friday night along with a variety of guests from area schools such as Princeton and Lawrence High Schools to name a few. The outdoor “kickback” as the girls called it, was an evening filled with dancing and games. Some students simply lounged and chatted around the bonfire that blazed in the background. It was a great way to wrap up the social season!

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    Third grade girls make important decision on where to send Women We Admire funds

    Posted May 29, 2014

    The third grade girls learned about charity vs. empowerment in social studies. By researching and learning about empowerment around the world, the girls researched different charities and ways to change someone’s life forever. Through Heifer.org, the girls researched and budgeted how the money from Women We Admire Day could be allocated. After writing persuasive essays on their ideas, the class collected the data and used a bar graph in Excel to determine where the money should go. It was decided that the money from Women We Admire Day will be used to Send a Girl to School and to purchase a Dream Basket, which empowers a woman to start a sustainable business.

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    Senior project-based learning sheds light on invisible issues

    Posted May 26, 2014

    The end of the school year has been very busy for seniors - no time for senior-itis at Stuart! In addition to AP and final exams, the girls were deeply involved in a big project for their social justice class. In its fourth year, the Invisible Issues Project requires girls to research an issue that flies below the radar but requires international attention. In small groups, the girls developed a business plan for a fictitious non-profit organization to address the issue, developed a marketing plan and created/presented a grant proposal to a panel of real experts in philanthropy and international affairs. Their work culminated in a “fair” where the teams spread the word about their chosen issue to Middle and Upper School girls and Stuart faculty and staff. Read more about their projects and see photos from this year’s panel presentations and Invisible Issues Fair.

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    Third graders use STEM skills in SolarJam competition

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Stuart’s “Solar Tartans” recently competed with eight other Princeton area schools in SolarJam, an event showcasing solar projects by students in grades 3–11. The Solar Tartans team is comprised of third graders Emma Hopkins, Ariana Santiel and Lydia Palmer, and fourth graders Adrianna Palmer, Sofia Valencia, Luiza Chevres and Gabby Shapcott. The group met for six weeks after school to learn about solar energy, solar technology and basic electronics. Each participant imagined, designed and built their own solar-powered car. Click through to learn more and see photos.

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    Seniors don their school T's to celebrate an end to the college process!

    Posted May 26, 2014

    The seniors had a great time celebrating their college selections on Tuesday. First they posed for the traditional college t-shirt photo followed by cupcakes decorated with the school logos courtesy of the college counseling office. Click through to see photos and an updated matriculation list reflecting recent admissions to Boston College, NYU and Yale.

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    Stuart Prom a wonderful celebration for juniors and seniors

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Many of our juniors and seniors first came to Stuart as young girls in the Lower School—and in fulfillment of our Sacred Heart mission, they have become confident, intelligent, articulate ... and (we're sure you'll agree) beautiful, young women, ready to change the world. Last Friday, the juniors and seniors danced, enjoyed good food and friends while they celebrated the end of the year with music and fun during the Prom at the lovely Jasna Polana in Princeton. Click here for photos from the event.

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    Middle School Selects choir wins Music in the Parks competition

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Congratulations to the Middle School Selects Choir on their win at the Music in the Parks competition on Friday! They placed first out of three choirs in their category, earning a score of 90.5 and a Superior rating (the highest rating offered). As usual, the girls carried themselves with poise and confidence and performed with accuracy, musicianship and wonderful expression. When you see the girls, congratulate them on their victory!

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    “Afternoon of Make” at Stuart spawns creativity and innovation

    Posted May 19, 2014

    On Friday, 180 young women at Stuart participated in a revolutionary “Afternoon of Make” in celebration of the Maker Movement. Girls in grades 6-10 chose two sessions from 19 hands-on, creative workshops ranging from making bio-plastics, dry ice sorbet and paper beads, to soldering circuits, chemical wood burning and 3D computer design and printing. Click here to see a full list with descriptions. The afternoon of exploration was organized by Stuart’s Director of STEM Programs, Dr. Michael Schwartz, Science Teacher Melinda Huffman-Schwartz and Tech Integrator/Computer Science Teacher Alicia Testa. Workshops were designed and led by faculty from all departments within the school. Read more to learn more about the Maker Movement. Click here to see photos from the afternoon.

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    Class of 2018 bonds at Eighth Grade Retreat

    Posted May 18, 2014

    On May 7 the eighth grade class took a day away from classes and went on retreat at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton. The day was filled with activities including prayer, meditation, small group discussions, food and plenty of laughter! The beautiful Spring day helped to make this day truly special for the class of 2018!

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    Girls develop appreciation for diversity of faiths at Seventh Grade Retreat

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Last Monday the seventh grade girls traveled to Philadelphia for their annual retreat. After studying religious traditions and spirituality in Religion class, the girls visited various houses of worship. The day included visits to the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Jewish congregation of Mikveh Israel, and a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual community. The girls gained an appreciation for how different faiths come together to pray. As always, the Stuart girls impressed the leaders of these communities with their articulate questions, maturity, and enthusiasm for learning! Click through for photos from the retreat.

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    Students build Stuart’s new 3D printer

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Our MakerBot 3D printer has been very busy, so we’re thrilled to add another printer to our 3D fabrication capabilities here at Stuart. The new 3D printer came with a twist … it was unassembled! So this past week, a few Upper School students spent their free periods over various days helping to engineer it. Many thanks to tech integrator Alicia Testa for making this STEM experience possible for our girls! See photos from the build in the photo gallery.

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    Mock Trial team celebrated at Bar Association luncheon

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Stuart's Mock Trial Team was feted for lunch on May 5 at the Mercer County Bar Association as part of the Mercer County 2014 Law Day celebration. The entire team was honored with a plaque celebrating their Mercer County win and team member, Bindu Bansinath ’14 was presented the Award of Excellence in recognition of her outstanding participation and individual effort in the overall 2014 Mock Trial competition.

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    Freshmen get an inside look at comparative anatomy in biology

    Posted May 12, 2014

    The freshman bio classes are wrapping up the year with comparative anatomy and physiology dissections. This year the students in Jackie O’Gorman’s classes focused on invertebrate and vertebrate structure and function as they dissected both an earthworm and fetal pig. The girls were all smiles—pleased with their work and final report.

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