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Foxcroft School Wins Big at STEM Competition

3/9/18—Foxcroft School recently held and participated in Expedition K2M: The STEM Summit. For the first time in the seven-year history of the girls-only, hands-on competition, Foxcroft teams swept the top three places in the high school division. The competition drew 150 girls from 21 schools.

Expedition K2M showcases Foxcroft's innovative focus on the STEM fields and allows girls to develop collaborative skills and gain confidence in fields so often dominated by boys.

This year, the challenges were centered around the theme, “Poacher, No Poaching”. Competing in teams of three or four, girls took on five different challenges. They used math and physics to create conservatories for pangolins, the most poached species on earth. They used chemistry to distinguish fake and real specimens from a likely illegal animal transaction, and decoded messages to stop poachers. In between the challenges they answered questions and solved problems in an app created by Dr. Maria Evans, Chair of Foxcroft’s STEM Department and Director of Expedition K2M.
“Expedition K2M is the pinnacle of competitive STEM fun for girls. The events are designed to showcase STEM academic areas, biology, chemistry, physics, math, and logic, via creative and active-learning problems,” shared Evans.

Hamlin Thespians Thrive in State Competition

3/8/18—Students from The Hamlin School recently competed in the California Educational Theatre Association Middle Stage Fest, a theater festival for middle school drama students.

It is rare for theatre students to have the opportunity to meet peers from other schools, share their passions, showcase their talents, and learn from one another. This festival brings together hundreds of students to do just that. Students perform monologues and scenes for panels of adjudicators and compete to earn bronze, silver, and gold medals. Additionally, while judges are tabulating the scores, students participate in high-energy theatre games.

Competing with almost 300 students from 18 different middle schools from all over California, Hamlin students earned 14 gold, ten silver, and four bronze medals for their monologues, scenes, and musical solos and duets.

Betty White to Retire as Head of Sacred Hearts Academy

2/21/18—Betty White, former NCGS Trustee, recently announced her retirement as Head of School at Sacred Hearts Academy. White will retire in July 2019, which will mark her 17th year as the Academy’s Head and her 50th year as an educator.

“There is never a perfect time to leave a school that one loves so dearly,” shared White. “I am thankful for the vision and guidance flowing from the Sisters and the Boards these many years. Our administrative staff and the daily exemplary efforts of our faculty and staff have put the school on a very solid foundation. Sacred Hearts’ future is, indeed, bright and promising.”

Archer Breaks Ground on New Academic Center

2/12/18—The Archer School for Girls recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Academic Center, further solidifying its mission of empowering future female leaders in an environment designed specifically for girls.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved The Archer School for Girls’ Campus Preservation and Improvement Plan in August 2015. Construction of the new Academic Center began in December 2016, and once completed will feature 30,000 square feet of flexible, light-filled spaces offering a wide variety of learning opportunities indoors and out.

A willingness to innovate and grow has kept Archer at the forefront of girls’ education. The new Academic Center will enable faculty and students to take their learning to new heights and will give students the space they need to achieve their goals.

“In its short history, Archer has forged a new path for what is possible in the field of education, creating spaces that enable girls to realize their potential and soar,” shared Frank Marshall, Chair of Archer’s Board of Trustees. “You can see this clearly in every Archer girl you meet -- they are ambitious, creative, thoughtful, [and] kind. I am proud to support the school and this visionary campus plan.”


Girls Prep and Smith College Announce Three-Year Partnership

2/8/18—Girls Prep and Smith College recently announced the establishment of an innovative three-year partnership to annually educate at least six Girls Prep alumnae as part of Smith College’s prestigious pre-college programs, beginning in the summer of 2018.

Girls Prep Lower East Side and Bronx alumnae in high school will have the opportunity to participate in either the Science and Engineering Program, the Field Studies for Sustainable Futures program, or the Young Women’s Writing Workshop at Smith College. Joining other ambitious and academically talented young women to explore intellectually stimulating subjects, Girls Prep students will also strengthen their college applications and enjoy an authentic precollege experience by studying and living the “college life.”

 “With companies like Apple announcing that it will be creating more than 20,000 new jobs in the next five years, and with the increased demand for outstanding female and minority students to pursue STEM-related careers, this partnership is a compelling example of Girls Prep’s commitment to prepare the next generation of female leaders and ensure our graduates are prepared to compete for the world on the horizon,” shared Janelle Bradshaw, Public Prep Superintendent and an alumna of Smith College.

Girls Preparatory School Student Receives State Tennis Award   

2/5/18—Girls Preparatory School (GPS) varsity tennis player Maddox B. ’18 was recently awarded the 2017 Junior Sportsmanship Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The award is given annually to a young man and woman who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship through leadership, civic responsibility, and character while maintaining a competitive spirit.

Maddox began competing in USTA tournaments at age eight and is in the top 100 players within the Southern Section junior rankings. She was the TSSAA Individual State Doubles Championship in 2015 and 2016, and in 2017, won the Open Division of the USTA’s Mother-Daughter Doubles National Clay Court Championships with her mother, Meg Glass Bandy ’87.

“Maddox has been a prominent player on the junior circuit in the Southern Section, and her high level of play has led GPS to many important singles and doubles wins, including her two TSSAA Individual State Doubles Championships,” said Sue Bartlett, Varsity Tennis Coach. “I am very proud a GPS tennis player was chosen for this honor by the USTA.”

Hamlin Students Perform at the Curran Theatre

1/29/18—Students from The Hamlin School recently performed at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, CA.

Joined by students from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and the Cathedral School for Boys, Hamlin students performed a rendition of “You Will Be Found” from the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” Hamlin’s chorus sang from the seated area to guests who were gathered on stage, creating a dramatic audio and visual experience for those in attendance.

“I thought it was really cool that we got to perform with high school students from [San Francisco School of the Arts],” shared one Hamlin student. “Being with them elevated our performance and was a great experience.”

Public Prep and Cornell University Extend Partnership

1/23/18—Public Prep and Cornell University recently extended their multi-year, multi-faceted partnership to incorporate computer science instruction and more opportunities for immersive, on-campus STEM engagement.

Through this College Completion Initiative, Girls Prep Bronx Middle School scholars, as well as Girls Prep alumnae in high school, will have the opportunity to pursue week-long, campus-based experiences where they take collegiate classes, live in dorms, and get exposure to college life on Cornell’s campus.

“These types of pre-college activities will help our [students] and alumnae in high school — accumulate the types of collegiate experiences that better equip them to handle the academic rigor and social transitions necessary to successfully complete college on time,” shared Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep and an alumnus of Cornell Engineering.

In addition to these immersive, summer college experiences, Girls Prep will also participate in the Cornell Leadership Study being conducted in partnership with the National Coalition of Girls Schools by the Development of Social Cognition Laboratory led by Katherine Kinzler, Cornell Associate Professor of psychology and of human development. The study, funded in part by the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality, will explore the benefits of an all-girls education on leadership ideals in elementary students.


Girls Preparatory School Participates in MLK Day of Service

1/22/18—To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students and faculty from Girls Preparatory School (GPS) partnered with more than 30 nonprofit agencies and organizations across Chattanooga to take part in a day of service.

The day kicked off at the University of Tennessee with a reading of Dr. King’s last speech by GPS student Amal A., ’19. Students and faculty then worked with various service organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, YMCA, and Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga, among others.

Upon returning to campus, students and faculty heard from Donivan Brown, Outreach Coordinator with Empower Chattanooga, who presented on “The Dream Cycle of Dr. King.”

Trish King, Middle School history teacher at GPS, who coordinated the event, said, “We want students to consider: What are some small ways we can keep the spirit of service alive each and every day?”

Baldwin Faculty Advance Professionally by Building 3D Printers

1/4/18—The Baldwin School’s computer science and engineering department recently hosted a two-day professional development session for faculty and staff with iMade3d building, developers of JellyBox 3D printers.

The idea behind the training began in 2017 when the computer science department decided to replace the 3D printers in Baldwin's DREAM Labs®. The goal was to acquire user-friendly and functional printers for both students and teachers. Stephanie Greer, Computer Science Department Chair and Lower School DREAM Lab® Coordinator, discovered the JellyBox printer and was immediately interested. "I was excited by the idea of introducing students to the hardware component of 3D printing," shared Greer. "Hardware structure and design is often overlooked in schools despite it being critical for understanding the tools we use.”

On the first day of the training, faculty worked in teams of two to complete a JellyBox Maker Build, each building their own 3D printer. On day two, they spent time learning advanced 3D print techniques and concepts, reviewing printer maintenance skills and exploring filament potential.

"I told my students that our two-day professional development was like school for teachers," shared Middle School DREAM Lab® Coordinator Addison Lilholt. “The best part about it is that we will be able to take all of the skills we just learned and reteach them to our students."

Cranbrook Kingswood Teacher Recognized by Science Channel

12/21/17—Ashlie Blackstone Smith, a physical science teacher at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls, was recently recognized by the Science Channel as a Science Super Hero. Selected monthly, Science Super Heroes are individuals “who have used science to make a difference in their community.”

Blackstone Smith was an early adopter of educational technology and facilitative learning and considers “flipping her classroom” to be one of her top achievements. She uses space science to encourage her students to dream big and to pursue STEM careers, and in 2016, presented a TEDx talk titled “Inspiring the Astronauts of Tomorrow.”

Blackstone Smith received earlier this year a 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award presented by NASA, the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and the Space Foundation. She also chairs an innovation committee at Cranbrook that is charged with furthering a relationship between the school and the MIT Edgerton Center.

Winsor School Student Victorious in Fight Against Plastic Waste

12/19/17—Politics can be daunting to any newcomer. But don’t tell that to Caitlin B., a sophomore at The Winsor School, who last May addressed a town meeting in Wakefield, MA, urging citizens to vote for a bylaw that would ban the use of plastic bags.

She drafted the bylaw after researching the language from roughly 42 cities, which at that time had already instated plastic bag bans. “With every town in Massachusetts that restricts bags,” Caitlin told voters at the meeting, “the more likely it is that Massachusetts will ban it as a whole.”

Rather than approve or reject the bylaw, town meeting voters chose by a narrow margin of 64-61 to refer the matter to the Board of Selectmen for further study. The bylaw had already been unanimously approved by the committee and the Board of Selectmen when Caitlin made her presentation, “Plastic Bag Reduction in Business Establishments” at a town meeting in November. Proponents and opponents engaged in spirited debate for almost an hour before the Town Moderator called for a vote. By a show of hands, it overwhelmingly passed.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it would go very far. We were supportive, but she did a lot of work. The research she put in was significant,” shared Caitlin’s mother. “I always want my kids to do better than me. I just never expected it to be so quickly,” added her father.