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Posted 05/28/2015 10:00AM
Six Stone Ridge Middle School girls were recognized at the John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth awards ceremony for "exceptional performance on a rigorous above-grade-level test given to academically talented second-through-eighth grade students." Congratulations to:

Lydie Johnson - Verbal
Holland Keegan '22  - Verbal
Amelia Lawlor '22  -  Math and Verbal
Anna Stallings '20  -  Verbal
Sophia Trone '20  -  Verbal
Caroline Vining '20  -  Verbal

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.



Posted 05/27/2015 12:48PM
The 22 Annual Golf Classic was a huge success, with 116 golfers playing on a beautiful day at Argyle Country Club's course. The Athletic Department would like to thank all the sponsors, Argyle Country Club and golf professionals, and all of our golfers. The memorable day was full of Gator Pride and helped raise needed funds.

Our winners and awardees:
  • Harkins Award: Akiko Kimura, mother of Arisa '16. This award is given to a person for outstanding dedication to Stone Ridge Athletics.
  • 3rd Low Net 54: Bill Gould, Gene Suk, Robb Wong, Ken Tucker
  • 2nd Low Net: 53: Steve Nash, Jon Linstrom, Derik Perry, David Ardayfio
  • 1st Low net 53: Charles Matthews, Patrick Krause, Chris Delallter, Joe Bishop
  • 1st Low Gross and WINNERS: Greg Nickerson, Roger Sion, Tim Coffin, Ty Tydings
  • Closest to the Pin: (women's) Susan Matthews 17'5", (men's) Jim Round 19'
  • Longest Drive: (women's) MaryAnne Hilliard, (men's) Chris Matthews

Posted 05/27/2015 10:00AM
Caroline Keese ’18 created a blog for her Foundations of Studio Art class. She modeled it after the popular Humans of New York blog by Brandon Stanton. Take a look at Caroline's work https://ckeese18.wordpress.com/
Posted 05/26/2015 12:26PM

For the class of 2015, 82 students sent 824 applications to 265 colleges and universities across the country and internationally. 96% of our Stone Ridge students applied either Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding). The College Counseling Office hosted over 155 colleges and universities at Stone Ridge during the busy months of September, October and November, giving our seniors valuable one-on-one face time with the college representatives.

Here are the colleges and universities the Stone Ridge Class of 2015 chose to attend:

Babson College (3)
Baruch College of the CUNY
Boston College (3)
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Colorado College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Drexel University
Duke University
Elon University (2)
Emmanuel College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Georgetown University (2)
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Haverford College
Loyola University Maryland (2)
McGill University
Miami University, Oxford
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Pace University, New York City
Providence College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saint Joseph's University
Salisbury University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shepherd University
Smith College
Southern Methodist University (2)
Spelman College
St. John's University (2)
St. Mary's College of Maryland (2)
Stanford University
Stevenson University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Tampa
Tufts University (2)
Union College
University of Dayton
University of Maryland, College Park (4)
University of Michigan
University of Pittsburgh (2)
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina (3)
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews (2)
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
Villanova University (4)
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis

Additional awesome accolades:

  • A student applied, interviewed for and received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • A student was accepted into University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts—a top tier film school.
  • A student was accepted and will attend Drexel’s highly competitive 7-year BS/MD program.
  • Several students were offered the top Banneker Key Scholarship from the University of Maryland.
  • Our Olympic Gold Medal swimmer committed last spring to attend Stanford University for Fall 2016.

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Posted 05/21/2015 01:11PM
On May 10, the Stone Ridge Junior Chorus sang at the 10:00 Mass at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. The Junior Chorus was highly commended by the priests and bothers of the Franciscan community and those present at the Mass.

Nancy Fazio, Junior Chorus Director, said “the girls did an absolutely magnificent job. The singing was so beautiful and touched the hearts of all present so deeply with a real spirituality and presence of God.”





Posted 05/19/2015 01:03PM
Coach Charlie Adams, who has coached Stone Ridge girls in Varsity softball and JV baseball for 16 years, is retiring this season. He has been a fixture on the field and court, teaching and guiding our Gators. The softball team made it to the ISL championship game on May 10, and they came pretty close to giving Coach Adams a perfect sendoff. Read more from The Gazette.

Coach Adams was born in New Orleans and went to a Jesuit high school where he lettered in 4 sports: football, basketball, baseball and track. He went on to play above the high school level in baseball. At 19 he wanted a change, so Coach Adams joined the army and volunteered for Vietnam. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran. While in the army Coach Adams was a boxing lightweight champion. He got into coaching his 2 sons 37 years ago and never stopped. Over the years, Coach Adams has held many baseball and softball camps and clinics for young children. He enjoys running and is ranked very high as a masters runner in the Mid-Atlantic states. Coach Adams has worked for 45 years as a supervisory survey statistician for the CDC.

Coach Adams says “I love coaching and teaching. I started coaching at Stone Ridge 16 years ago and I love everything about the school. I look forward to coming on campus everyday.”

We thank Coach Adams for his commitment to all our Gators over the years. Coach Adams is retiring to New Orleans, where it all began.

Photo from 2002, Coach Adams first season as varsity softball coach. He is on the right.






Posted 05/14/2015 09:54AM
The Grade 7 and 8 physical education classes went to Blue Mash Golf Course on May 13. The trip was the culmination of their three week class golf unit. The girls learned putting, pitching, chipping, and worked on full stroke swings with both irons and woods. The morning drilling and instruction was topped off by a enjoyable scramble on the beautiful Blue Mash Golf Course.

Posted 05/13/2015 10:29AM

Three of our Middle School girls had their artwork and a quote featured in the May 2015 Junior Saints, a Catholic Standard monthly insert. The theme was “May, a month to celebrate Mary and mothers."

“What I love most about my mom is that she is an example of Mary. Whenever my mom goes to Starbucks, there is a homeless man sitting outside. My mom buys him a cup of coffee and a scone. - Anna Lesmes ’22.

“I love my mom so much. I would do anything for her. My mamma is my sunshine and fills my day with beauty and smiles. She puts effort and support into my whole life.” - Alessandra Mitchell ’22.

"I love my mom because she always takes care of me. My mom is my role model because she always does the right thing when others aren't looking." - Grace Muldoon ’22





Posted 05/12/2015 01:00PM
Our Grade 7 and 8 students used their engineering and mechanical science skills for the annual Science Competition. Projects included gliders, an egg drop, kite building, egg catapults, toothpick bridges, electric race cars, rubber band boats, rafts and a raft race. The students developed blueprints detailing how the project was constructed, wrote a report, competed with their projects. It was a wonderful day to demonstrate their science knowledge. The energy of the day was of excitement and pure fun. Great job to all our Grade 7 & 8 girls!

Posted 05/11/2015 10:00AM

Six Stone Ridge teachers from our Upper School will present at the 2015 NCGS (National Coalition of Girls’s Schools) Conference, which will be held at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA from June 22-24, 2015. The theme of the conference is From STEM to STEAM: Girls’ Schools Leading the Way.

Kathleen Flood, Director of Student Activities, and Urvi Shah, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation, are hosting a session on “Triple Tech Team (T3)” Engineering/Design Project.” In this workshop participants will learn about an innovative approach to engaging high school students in the engineering/design process.

Stephany Fontanone, English Teacher and Joanna Caudle, Science Teacher and Department Chair, will present on "Through his glaz’d Optic Tube: An Ultimate Guided Tour Into Milton’s Paradise Lost.” In this session the teachers show how a traditional classroom discussion is paired with collaboration with outside sources, teachers, and student-consultants from other disciplines. By following their own individual passions, students more genuinely engage with Milton’s epic, making intentional cross-disciplinary connections.

LaShonda Torbert, Physics Teacher and Emma Cowan, Art Teacher, will present in a roundtable format on “What to do (and NOT to do) when Launching a STEAM Initiative.” These educators aligned their curricula and worked towards producing a year of projects that would break down the barrier between the arts and STEM, encouraging girls to look past the confines of the classroom into real world applications.

Stone Ridge teachers living out Goals II and V.

Posted 05/01/2015 10:52AM
Over the past few weeks our Grade 8 students and two of teachers have been coordinating service projects for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, including the Red Cloud Schools, in South Dakota. Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota people, The mission of Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota people, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes Lakota and Catholic values.

A welcomed surprise came on Wednesday when Fr. George Winzenburg, SJ, President of Red Cloud, arrived at Stone Ridge. He had learned of the students efforts from Carol Nolan Klatt ’70, who had been on campus for her reunion on April 25, and saw posters around the Middle School about the service project. Since Fr. George was in the area, he called and came by to visit with members of the Middle School and others around campus. The surprise visit helped Stone Ridge to understand more about Red Cloud and Pine Ridge, and Fr. Winzenburg was happy to meet members of the Stone Ridge community.

In Ms. Karlin’s religion class, the girls learned that dire poverty persists in some parts of the United States. They wanted to contribute to the needs of Pine Ridge Indian community. Meanwhile, math teacher, Ms. Janice Compton was planning a trip to Pine Ridge this summer to volunteer. The merging of these two impulses gave rise to the Middle School collecting gently used athletic equipment for Our Lady of Lourdes School, which is part of Red Cloud Indian School on the reservation.

The girls also held an out-of-uniform day for $5.00, where they wore blue for the sky and orange for the sun. In addition, Grade 8 students held a bake sale to add to the donation. The money collected will go to an organization called Re-Member to purchase the lumber, tools, nails, etc. to build bunk beds for children who often sleep on the floor, and for outhouses. According to Ms. Compton, “Many of the Lakota do not have running water and toilets so these are critical. I will be going to Pine Ridge Reservation in July to help build these and other items. I will have to opportunity to meet with the tribal Elders and learn of the past. Understanding the culture is a major emphasis is of the trip as much as the service.”
Posted 04/30/2015 01:41PM
Sofie Araya ’17 was selected as one of the WINNERS of this years Best of the Independent Schools Art Competition. Sofie’s photograph was done with a film camera for Mrs. Balaban’s Photography I class. Art teacher Mrs. Cowan, who had Sofie last year said, “Sofie has always been a self motivated artist who isn't afraid to make bold creative decisions. I couldn't be more proud of her for winning in the photo category this year! “

Hundreds of students from 14 area schools applied for a chance to become finalists this year, and judge John Murray — an accomplished contemporary oil painter — chose the work of 79 artists, that were displayed at the Landow Art Gallery at Landon School during April. Winners in each of five categories (painting, drawing, photography/digital art, ceramics/sculpture and mixed media) were announced during a reception at Landow April 26.

Congratulations Sofie!

Posted 04/28/2015 11:14AM
Riley King ’20 finished in 2nd place in her division at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Nationals in Wellington, FL. Congratulations Riley!

Posted 04/27/2015 01:01PM

The Upper School sophomores spent Earth Day weeding out invasive plants at Sligo Creek. The criteria of Goal III address Sacred Heart schools teach respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth's resources.

Posted 04/22/2015 09:17AM

Emily Kolakowski ’99 has been chosen as one of the Top 40 under 40, in The Washington Business Journal. The Washington Business Journal has honored 40 of the region's top young professionals who have displayed business excellence while maintaining a commitment to the community.

Emily is the Chief Operating Officer for Wellness Copration Solutions LLC. Read more.

Posted 04/21/2015 12:12PM
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is pleased to welcome Justice Antonin Scalia as the speaker for the School’s 87th Commencement on June 4, 2015, at Hamilton House, Stone Ridge.

Justice Antonin Scalia is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Justice Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. In 1986, Scalia was appointed by President Reagan to the Supreme Court to fill the associate justice seat vacated when Justice William Rehnquist was elevated to Chief Justice.  Justice Scalia and his wife, Maureen, have raised nine children and have 36 grandchildren, two of whom, Megan Scalia ‘15 and Bridget Scalia ‘19, attend Stone Ridge.
Posted 04/15/2015 11:07AM

Congratulations to Katie Ledecky ’15 and Kelleigh Haley ’16 for their many swimming honors this season.
All-ISL: Katie and Kelleigh
All-Gazette: Katie, Swimmer of the Year
WMPSSDL All-League: Katie, Female Swimmer of the Year and Kelleigh
All-Met: Katie, Female Swimmer of the Year, and Kelleigh, Honorable Mention

Katie was a Four-time All-Met and three-time Swimmer of the Year.
The Washington Post

Credit: The Washington Post

Congrats to our Gators!

Posted 04/13/2015 10:00AM
For the past quarter century, The center for spiritual and ethical education (CSEE) has been recognizing outstanding community service programs in K-12 schools. Each year they acknowledge programs that best demonstrate an annual theme. The theme this year was Empowering Students through service.

CSEE’s 2015 recognition program for exemplary practice in service looked for descriptions of independent school elementary, middle, or high school service programs that stand out for the way they are “empowering students.” They looked for programs that pass the reins of service to students and work to build student leadership, student engagement, student confidence and competence.

Stone Ridge achieved second place. Read more.
Posted 04/10/2015 08:27AM
Ken Woodard has been working with Bikes for the World for the past four years as the teacher/advisor for Stone Ridge of the Sacred Heart's Social Action group. Mr. Woodard is the History Department Chair and Upper School History teacher at Stone Ridge. Every other Wednesday he is the resident bike mechanic at Bikes for the World. Everyone who knows Ken will mention his love of bikes and his enthusiasm for his work with BfW. It is without pause that we honor Ken for his work with BfW, which reaches far beyond our warehouse.

Read more.


Posted 04/03/2015 07:50AM

While most of their classmates were having a little rest and relaxation, the SR lacrosse team used this year’s spring break 2015 to improve skills, build team cohesion, and simply enjoy each other’s company.  After practicing daily since classes stopped on March 27, the coaches and team senior leadership surprised their teammates after practice on March 31 with a team trip to Skyzone followed by lunch and then a team sleepover.  Sounds like the perfect spring break.  Go Gators!! 

Posted 04/01/2015 01:38PM
“About a month ago, I ran for Student Body President at the University of Southern California. In deciding to run, I definitely considered my gender and how that may be perceived. I knew that USC hadn’t had a female President since 2006, not to mention that a female hadn’t even run for the position since that year.” Read more from Providence at Why We Don’t Run: The Lack of Females Heading Student Government.

Stone Ridge - empowering leaders to serve with faith, intellect, and confidence. Well done Providence.
Posted 03/23/2015 03:00PM
Cardinal Donald Wuerl made a visit to Stone Ridge to celebrate an all-school Mass and bless the new turf "Gator Field" on March 23. What a historic day for the mission of Sacred Heart education! Go Gators!

Posted 03/18/2015 10:09AM

Stone Ridge had four students from the Upper School present at the 4th Annual Archdiocese of Washington Student Academic Symposium. Below you will find our presenters and their impressive topics.


Amanda Grolig ’15
Presentation Description: Freedom Summer--An Oral History Account

This research project focuses on the experiences of Sam Walker who participated in Freedom Summer during the US Civil Rights Movement. During the interview, Mr. Walker spoke about his time in Mississippi helping to register Black voters, his parents' reactions to his decision to go, and his thoughts on race relations in general during that time.

Lauren Woodard ’16
Presentation Description: "In Time Again": The “Enigmatic Profundity” of William Faulkner’s Circular Prose

In his seminal The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner is able to generate both gratification and yearning via his implementation of circular writing, forcing readers to exchange their traditional understandings of linear time for a confusing, yet ultimately meaningful, curving chronology.

Kristen Nemes ’16
Presentation Description: Analyze This: The Morality of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

With the burgeoning of new technology in the past ten years alone, humans may soon be able to manipulate the human genome at will.  Since the latest advances in biotechnology were up until recently the product of science fiction, humanity has found itself in a moral gray area. The ethical guidelines that govern the use of embryos in stem cell research will likely set a precedent for future experimentation on human subjects. Embryonic stem cell therapy carries the potential to treat and perhaps cure a multitude of diseases, but with this promise comes an equal number of moral questions for both the Catholic Church and the world.

Katherine Curt ’15
Presentation Description: Romidepsin in Combination with BRAF Inhibitors Targets Mutant BRAF Cancer

In 2009, the drug Romidespin was approved by the FDA for use in Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL.) While Romidepsin works well in CTCL, it is largely ineffective in other cancers. To investigate mechanisms of resistance, the lab generated 3 romidepsin resistant CTCL cell lines and discovered that these generated cell lines activated mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Furthermore, the romidepsin resistant generated cell lines exhibited an increased sensitivity to MAPK inhibitors when compared to the CTCL parental cell line. This was of interest to the lab because upregulation of the MAPK pathway, in many cases, is an important determinant of cell proliferation and the formation of tumors. The results suggest that MAPK pathways prevents the phosphorylation and degradation of an important pro-apoptotic protein and that treatment with romidepsin combined with MAPK inhibitors may be useful in treatment of BRAF mutant cancer.

Posted 03/12/2015 09:44PM

SR seniors Pamela Lawrence (as Eva) and Zoe Malhotra (director) take the stage at Round House Theater for the Teen Performance Company's presentation of CHATROOM, Friday, March 13-Sunday, March 15. This is a story of "six teenagers, communicating only via the internet, talk about everything from pop stars to Willy Wonka to suicide: Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life and Eva and William do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat. From this chilling premise is forged a funny, compelling and uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life and cyber-bullying head-on and with great understanding."

This is a MUST see! Congratulations, Pamela and Zoe!

Click here for ticket information.  

To learn more about the production and the Company, read this interview by Broadway World DC with Pamela Lawrence.

Posted 02/18/2015 12:03PM

The Stone Ridge club equestrian team's season culminated with a successful show on Sunday, February 8 at Oatland Stables in Brookeville, MD.  There were 20 schools represented at the JV Show with 86 riders competing in three divisions. Stone Ridge had three riders representing the Gators, one in the Novice division and two in the Maiden division. 

Anna Stallings '20 placed in all of her classes, receiving two 2nd place ribbons and a 4th place finish in the Novice division. 

Caroline Hwang '21, in her first show for the Gators, received a 1st place and a 4th place finish in her Maiden classes.

Fiona Moriarty '19 rode well on a challenging mare and the connection she showed with her horse was beautiful to watch. 

(Fiona Moriarty '19)

(Anna Stallings '20 and Coach Heidi Johnson) 

(Coach Heidi Johnson, Caroline Hwang '21, and Bridget Scalia '19)

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