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Art and Literature Combine in AP Spanish

Recently, AP Spanish Literature and Culture students participated in a cross-disciplinary initiative, blending the art and literature of Spain. Students selected a typical Moorish tile design known as an "azulejo," transferred it to a ceramic tile, then applied colored glazes. After the tiles are fired in a kiln, students will then connect their tile design to the characteristics of a character or author of one of the literary works read in class. A unique connection of visual and literary artistry!

SR Shines at Maryland Private School XC Championships

On November 12, 2018, the Stone Ridge cross country team finished their historic season with another strong performance at the Maryland Private School Championship at McDaniel College. The varsity squad finished in second place with a team score of 44 points, just 14 points behind winner Mt. de Sales and 47 points ahead of third place finisher Holton Arms. Six of the top seven runners ran seasonal or personal bests on the challenging course, with Katherine Strong '22 in fourth place, Kate Walter '21 in fifth place, Maria DiBari '22 in ninth place, and Megan Toner '21 in seventeenth place earning All-State honors. Despite the hilly and winding course, the varsity team average time of 21:21 over the five kilometer course was the second fastest team average in school history. The junior varsity squad placed five runners in the top ten to dominate the field and secure the championship trophy. Senior Captain Maggie Cavanaugh '19 rounded out the scoring junior varsity squad with a tenth place finish to earn the first individual medal of her four year XC career in her final race. #GatorStrong

Mary Barr Daly '96 Speaks to Students on Opioid Crisis

In this morning's Social Action assembly, Upper School students heard from Mary Barr Daly '96, who serves as the Opioid Coordinator at the Department of Justice. In her talk, she addressed the challenges and steps being made in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis in the United States. In addition, she stressed to the girls that clean recreational drugs are a thing of the past – no drug, be it marijuana or others, is guaranteed free from life threatening substances. After her talk, she answered thoughtful and complicated questions from the students regarding this issue.

For more on Mary Barr Daly and her role at the Department of Justice, be sure to read this article, which appeared in the summer issue of Stone Ridge Magazine.

XC Wins MoCo Private School Championships

The SR Varsity Cross Country team won their first Montgomery County Private School Championship on Wednesday, November 7 at Covenant Life School with an impressive team score of 21 points – the second best winning score in meet history!

Racing in muddy and slow conditions, the entire varsity squad earned All-County (top 15 honors), lead by Katherine Strong '22 with a 2nd place finish and personal best time of 20:36. Hannah Gutierrez '21 ran her fastest time of the season (23:34) to finish 10th overall and complete our scoring top five runners for the first time in her career. Emma Attar '20 ran a lifetime best of 24:54 to finish 21st overall to help lead a strong junior varsity pack.

Running in the same race as the varsity runners, the JV squad (runners #8 - #14) all finished in the top half of the field, ahead of many competitor school's varsity runners.

The team will look to complete the trifecta of championships at the Maryland Private School State Championship on Monday, November 12 at McDaniel College.

Way to go Gator runners! #GatorStrong

High School Principals Association Awards Two Stone Ridge Teachers

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 High School Principals Association (HSPA) Teachers of the Year from Stone Ridge:
Veteran Teacher of the Year – Ms. Holly Zindulis
New Teacher of the Year – Dr. Jeanne Downey-Vanover

Upper School English teacher Holly Zindulis says teaching is not a job, but a calling. She fell in love with books at an early age, and loves sharing books she cherishes with students whose promise and passion continually inspire her. In class discussions of literature, Holly challenges her students to form a deeper understanding of our world, to think critically about our beliefs and assumptions, and to express complex ideas with clarity and grace. Ms. Zindulis particularly enjoys helping her students become better and more confident writers.

A Sacred Heart alumna, Ms. Zindulis is grateful to have attended Stuart Country Day and was delighted to return to the Network as a Sacred Heart educator, first as an English teacher at Woodlands Academy, and since 2011 at Stone Ridge. In addition to teaching Grade 9 and 11 English classes, she has also served as senior class dean and chaperones the Stone Ridge service trips with the Appalachia Service Project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and Master of Arts from Northwestern University. In her free time, she Ms. enjoys reading, writing, running along the Potomac, and hiking the backcountry. Among her many favorite writers she particularly loves the poems of Rilke, Frost, Stevens, Heaney, and Oliver, and the novels of Proust, Woolf, Faulkner, and Kingsolver.

Dr. Jeanne Downey-Vanover is the Assistant Head of SR's Upper School, Chair of World Languages, and a Upper School Spanish teacher. She has three decades of experience as an educational innovator and leader and her passion for the art of teaching is evident in her classroom, in her interactions with fellow educators, and in her involvement in professional education organizations. She is a lifelong learner, a promoter of international mindedness, a servant leader, and a welcome addition to the Upper School leadership team. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language at West Chester University, a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literature, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at University of Maryland. Languages are Dr. Downey-Vanover's passion, especially music: the universal language. On the weekends, she serves as Director of Music Ministry for Youth at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and spends her free time with her family, traveling, listening to music, learning something new, walking, and going to Zumba.

Ms. Zindulis and Dr. Downey-Vanover were honored at the HSPA Professional Development Day on October 26, 2018. This award is particularly gratifying, as they were chosen by their peers.

Dr. Downey-Vanover, Mr. McClusky and Ms. Zindulis

SR Cross Country WINS ISL Title!

Congrats to the Stone Ridge cross-country team for winning their first Independent School League (ISL) title in school history! The ISL Cross Country Championships was on Saturday, October 27, at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, MD. Racing in rain and sloppy conditions, the Varsity team emerged victorious with a team score of 69 points, 10 points ahead of defending champion National Cathedral School. Katherine Strong '22 (3rd place), Kate Walter '21 (6th place) and Maria DiBari '22 (8th place) earned all-League honors. The Varsity squad also featured Megan Toner '21 (23rd), Maria Merz Ramirez '21 (29th), Madeline Fontana '21 (35th), and Hannah Gutierrez '21 (51st). Despite the extremely slow conditions, the entire Varsity team ran season or lifetime bests – the only team in the meet to accomplish this feat!

The Junior Varsity squad also had their highest finish in school history, finishing 4th place overall (just two points behind third place) and numerous personal records. Caroline Maurano '20, running only her second race of the season after an early season injury, finished 17th overall to earn a ribbon. Sarah Myhre '20 (15th) was the top overall JV finisher, while Emma Attar '20 (28th) and Senior Captains Meaghan Carey (32nd) and Maggie Cavanaugh (33rd) completed the scoring team.

Congratulations to the entire team and the SR coaches, Peter Rook and Chelsea Bollerman. Coach Rook has been the leader of the SR XC team for 12 years. His dedication to the running program at Stone Ridge has been finally earned him the big win! Way to go Gators! #GatorStrong

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SR Middle School Hosts Mix It Up Day

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ms. Black, and Middle School Counselor, Mrs. Hallock guided our Middle School student council reps to lead Mix It Up Day activities. The activities focused on celebrating student's unique or different qualities. 

For one activity, the students wrote their names and qualities on a jigsaw puzzle piece. The puzzle was put together to demonstrate that even with these differences the girls all come together at SR. 

During lunch, the students were assigned to different tables to Mix It Up. There were questions on the table to help them start a conversation with a new lunch mate. The goal is to teach our students to step out of their own boxes to create a more cohesive environment.

Mix It Up Day is sponsored by Tolerance.org

Strings Trip to Potters Violins

Stone Ridge girls who play string instruments recently visited Potter Violins, located in Takoma Park, Maryland. While at the shop, the girls caught a glimpse into the life of a luthier (a maker of stringed instruments) including some history, a walk through the workshop, and a demonstration of how string instruments are crafted and repaired. As well, the girls were delighted to try out some beautiful, multi-thousand dollar instruments from Germany, Belgium and China, analyze the difference in quality of sound, and discuss how preference of taste comes into play. After narrowing down their preferred violin, they then had to find the best bow to match. In the end the one with the lighter stick and better bounce won. 

The group is thankful to  to Dalton Potter and the entire team of consultants and luthiers who hosted them in their beautiful shop.

Baptism Comes Alive in Class

Grade 5 religion class is studying the Sacrament of Baptism. As an adjunct lesson they learned about the history surrounding the birth and "emergency Baptism" of Madeleine Sophie Barat. Last week they "baptized" baby Sophie! With a script, roles, a baby doll, costume props and sacramentals they made the sacrament come to life. Since most do not remember their own baptism, they are learning a lot and having fun.