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SR Professional Development Update

From February 27-March 1, Corinne Fogg, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, shared in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, entitled: Reimagining Independent Schools: Tearing Down Walls, Building Capacity, and Designing Our Future.

Each year, this event draws faculty, staff, and administrators from across the United States to participate in professional development, shared learning via both keynotes and colleagues from independent schools, networking, and recruiting. Ms. Fogg enjoyed both opportunities for professional learning and will be bringing some of the presentation and keynote materials back to our community. Likewise, she continued the year-long strategic work around recruiting a broader and more diverse candidate pool. Keynote sessions were offered by Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award Winning actress, Viola Davis; author and entrepreneur, Frans Johansson; entrepreneur, technologist, and investor, Shiza Shahid; and unshakable optimist author, Simon Sinek.

Prior to her departure, NAIS asked Ms. Fogg if she would blog about her experience at the conference as a school leader. Her two entries: Starting Strong: Women and Leadership and Unleash Creativity Around Diversity can be found here via NAIS Connect.

Reimagining Independent Schools

SR Student-Athletes Living Goal III in Running Equipment Drive

SR collects and donates more than $10,000 worth of used and new sports equipment to local DC organization.

Stone Ridge's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently completed its inaugural Sports Equipment Drive, collecting used and new sporting equipment to donate to Level the Playing Field (LPF). Level the Playing Field is a local non-profit organization that collects and donates used sports equipment to kids' programs in the the Washington, DC area to enable the opportunity for more children to participate in sports. In total, 458 donated items were accepted by LPF, with an estimated value of $10,663!

Lauren Cerretani '19 and Sophia Trone '20 were the leaders in coordinating the equipment drive with both the staff and administration at Stone Ridge and LPF. In commenting on the original purpose for SAAC's decision to run the equipment drive, Lauren stated, "Our goal was to partner with LPF to give kids in the DC area the best opportunity to participate in sports. Many of us at Stone Ridge have been fortunate to experience numerous growth opportunities through sport, and we were hopeful that by organizing the drive we could positively influence the lives of other kids." Looking forward to the future and realizing the potential for such drives at Stone Ridge, Sophia stated, "I think our first year of this drive was a tremendous success! The generosity of the student body was amazing, and the outcome is impressive in only our first year. Level the Playing Field is an amazing charity and these donations will truly help kids get off the sideline and play sports they love. I am excited to see what we can do in the future!"

Stone Ridge Athletics is proud of Lauren and Sophia and all of the other SAAC members and the Stone Ridge community that made the drive possible. Living Goal III! Go Gators!

LPF filling the van - volunteer

Meaghan Kilner '20 LLS Student of the Year Honored Hero

Meaghan Kilner '20 was recently honored at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Gala held in Washington, DC! Meaghan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age fifteen. After intensive treatment, months in a hospital and many prayers, Meaghan went into remission. Unfortunately, at the beginning of her sophomore year, she was re-diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. With God, family, friends, teachers, and the Gators Beat Blood Cancer fundraising group supporting her, Meaghan beat cancer again. Meaghan is an active member of the Class of 2020, playing violin and acting and singing in musical theater. She is striving to regain her strength in sports. Her classmates attest that Meaghan is the "strongest Gator they know." Your Stone Ridge community loves you, Meaghan!

Meaghan K

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign Launch

Cor Unum • One Heart

DEAR STONE RIDGE COMMUNITY,

Stone Ridge honors the vision of our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who knew that by educating women you educate a whole community. The women religious and lay educators of Sacred Heart schools who have followed her mission continue to lead the conversation on the strong role women play in contemporary society. Through the five Goals of Sacred Heart education, Stone Ridge seeks to educate the whole child as a way to prepare her to lead a life filled with purpose and intention.

The timing could not be more fitting for Stone Ridge to transform the heart of our beloved campus. As a Sacred Heart school looking forward to our centennial in 2023, we know that educating young women through our commitment to the Goals and Criteria is not only timeless but timely. Now is the time to create a space for our girls to thrive, and for our faculty and staff to remain at the forefront of innovative and excellent education for girls. Our evolving programs demand enhanced facilities.

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign allows Stone Ridge to transform our learning environment in order to meet the dynamic needs of the School's educational program. We will continue to cultivate an education that is exceptional, relevant, and transformative. Focusing on community, vitality, spirituality, and creativity allows the School to embrace the opportunities and challenges of 21st century education with the same innovative spirit that inspired St. Madeleine Sophie Barat to empower each child to capitalize on her unique potential.

Through this significant project, we will create a campus that serves the heart, mind, and soul of our entire community. The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign is more than a fundraising effort; it is a promise to invest in the future of our girls. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey and invest in the next century of Sacred Heart education at Stone Ridge by making your pledge to the The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign.

Warm regards,

Catherine Ronan Karrels '86
Head of School

 

DEAR STONE RIDGE COMMUNITY,

The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign is an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon our most meaningful connections to Stone Ridge. For some, it is the memories and lessons learned during their time as students. For others, it is the joy of inspiring young women to lead and serve in the Sacred Heart tradition. For many, like us, it is the sense of purpose and countless opportunities that our children obtain at Stone Ridge. As current parents and chairs of The Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign, we cannot think of a more worthwhile investment for the next generation of Stone Ridge girls. We believe strongly in the School's promise to nurture and develop the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.

We are truly blessed to be a part of the Stone Ridge community with our daughter Sophia and believe this is the most exciting time in the School's history. While Stone Ridge has always been a leading school in all-girls education in the Washington, DC area, it is imperative to enhance the physical space to maximize the educational opportunities provided. By doing so, we prepare our students to the best of our abilities thus ensuring that girls graduate confident, courageous, and compassionate women. 

As campaign chairs, we have the privilege of working with an incredibly devoted team of volunteers who are committed to helping us reach our fundraising goal of $28 million. We feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of Stone Ridge history and hope you will join us on this exhilarating journey. 

Sincerely,

Anna Marie Parisi-Trone and Robert Trone
Campaign Chairs, Parents '20

Makayla Bowen-Longino '20 Selected for Carnegie Hall Music Program and All Eastern Band

Congratulations to Makayla Bowen-Longino '20 for being among 80 "outstanding young American instrumentalists" from across the country to be chosen for Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra 2 (NYO2). The three-week summer program is held in July and provides intensive training at Purchase College, SUNY, followed by performances in Miami Beach and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Makayla plays the bassoon and will work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories. 

Makayla is an enrolled student in SR US Concert Band, which affords her the opportunity to audition for All-State Band and All-Eastern Music Festivals. She was awarded participation in the Maryland All-State Ensemble for the second year in a row. In addition, she was also selected to participate in the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All Eastern Band for 2019 where she will join more than 150 of the "most musically talented" high school students in the Eastern region of the United States. She and Mrs. Golembiewski, SR Upper School Band Director, will spend three days at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference where rigorous rehearsals will be followed by a performance on April 7 in Pittsburgh.

Makayla is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Peabody Youth Orchestra, and currently takes lessons from Joseph Grimmer (Principal Bassoon, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Washington National Opera Orchestra, faculty of University of Maryland School of Music).

Makayla

Equestrian Teams Place in Top Ten

Congratulations to the Stone Ridge varsity and junior varsity equestrian teams for placing in the top ten in this year's Inter-School Horse Show Series! The Inter-School Horse Show series is the official horse show series for Maryland, DC, and Virginia middle and high school equestrians and equestrian teams. Stone Ridge's varsity team placed tenth and the junior varsity team placed seventh. Our equestrian teams have grown significantly in recent years and now have enough riders to start qualifying for team awards.

Mary Kate Hogan '21, Charlotte MacBride '20, and Ella Nascone '22 are on the varsity team.
 
Ella Alexander '25, Lilly Aldridge '24, Isabella Calogero '21, Jane Howard '26, Caroline Hwang '21, and Paige Suk '24 make up the junior varsity team.

Congratulations Stone Ridge equestrians!

Amalia Marmolejos '19 Named Extraordinary Teen

Every year, Bethesda Magazine holds their Annual Extraordinary Teen Awards, which recognizes 12 teens from the area that are "making their marks in and out of the classroom." Our own Stone Ridge girl, Amalia Marmolejos '19, was one of the students selected this year and is featured in the March/April issue, available now.

Amalia is the sixth Stone Ridge girl to be recognized as an extraordinary teen since Bethesda Magazine started the feature in 2010. Amalia's work with Amigas, Stone Ridge's Hispanic affinity group, and her help in revamping the school's Multicultural and Diversity Festival, among other accomplishments are highlighted in the magazine feature.

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart inspires young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. We are thrilled Bethesda Magazine recognizes some of our best.

Congratulations Amalia!

Photo by Edgar Artiga

Past Top Teens were:
Nayantara Mukerji '17 March/April 2017 issue
Alice Felker '16 March /April 2016 issue
Hallie Martin '14 March /April 2014 issue
Katherine Kiernan '12 March /April 2012 issue
Cynthia Betubiza '10 March /April 2010 issue
 

Lauren Cerretani '19 Epitomizes the SR WAY

Senior Excels in the Classroom, Competition & the Community

Last November, Lauren Cerretani ‘19 fulfilled a lifelong goal of committing to play Division 1 lacrosse at George Washington University – the school Lauren had always dreamed of attending and playing for. At her standing-room-only National Letter of Intent signing ceremony, administrators, family and classmates spoke of how Lauren was one of those players and students who left an indelible and extremely positive mark on everyone around her.

To realize her dream, Lauren hasn’t traveled the easiest road. Nearing the end of her sophomore season, she tore her ACL. All who have faced this obstacle know the feelings and thoughts that this "may have been too much to overcome," but not for Lauren. She rose up and decided to show up everyday for her teammates and friends attending practices and games. She also would be seen in the Andreas Center quietly but regularly rehabbing and working out to ensure, when she did get clearance, she would not have to wait another day. In short, she was completely immersed with her teammates and coaches working hard to get a little better each day. In the athletic office this is known as “The Lauren Way.”

Lauren's signing ceremony became a Goal IV (the building of community as a Christian value) moment for Stone Ridge. For those who have played with Lauren, had class with her, or simply gotten to know her in the hallways of the Upper School, they all spoke so eloquently about how she had positively impacted them.

This spring Lauren will complete her journey on the field for the Gators. Off the field she will continue as a leader of the Stone Ridge Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her role is co-leading a used equipment drive to benefit those less fortunate. All of us who have been around Lauren know that this is par for the course – “The Lauren Way!”

Good luck this season, Lauren, and at George Washington University. We are so proud of you!

Lauren Cerretani '19

Caroline Vining '20 Wins Scholastic Writing Award

Congratulations to Caroline Vining '20 for her recent Silver Key award from the 2019 Scholastic Writing Awards. Caroline submitted an essay, "Blue Eyes" to the 2019 DC Metro Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Out of 1,300 submissions, Caroline received a Silver Key Award.  

Caroline's submission was a powerful essay about visiting her grandfather and grandmother, who has advanced Alzheimers, in the Louisiana nursing home where they live. Here is her thought provoking and honest essay.

Making A Splash – With Barely A Splash!

Genevieve Thibodeau '20 Takes First in Diving at Metros
 
For the first time in Stone Ridge history, a Gator diver has won the diving competition at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships – the meet affectionately known as "Metros." Metros is the culminating swimming and diving championship meet for all public and private schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area, including schools from across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Metros represents the most competitive high school swimming meet of the season, and for Genevieve Thibodeau '20, the competition was not competition. Genevieve's cumulative 11-dive score bested more than 50 other divers at the meet!
 
The past four weeks have been busy for Genevieve, collecting a lot of hardware throughout a historic championship season for both herself and the swimming and diving program. At the National Catholic High School Championships in January, which the Gators won for the first time in program history, Genevieve placed second. Since then, motivated by the team victory, she has not looked back – winning both the Independent School League and Washington Metropolitan Private School League Championship meets preceding her victory at Metros. In doing so, Genevieve also became the first Stone Ridge diver to ever win three individual championships in one season.
 
Commenting on motivation to be the best she could be and already looking forward to next year's season, Genevieve stated, "The team dynamic makes going to meets lots of fun instead of feeling like an obligation. Everyone is so supportive and to have a team that is there pushing you to do your best makes all the difference. Personally, I am very excited to come back next year coming off so much of the team success and I know I'm not the only one. I think that having such a great season this year is really motivating because it shows us how much we can achieve together."
 
The Stone Ridge community is incredibly proud of Genevieve's accomplishments this season. Of being Genevieve's teammate, fellow diver Mary Fromm '20 stated, "Genevieve's humility with all of her success this season has been incredibly inspiring as she leads by example, laying a foundation for future Gators and a strong diving program for years to come."
 
Although she won't be competing for Stone Ridge until next winter, Genevieve is already busy training fo upcoming USA Diving competitions with regional, zone, and national competitions taking place between April-June. Stay tuned as she continues to compete across the country - we know that she will continue with great success!

Genevieve and Coach Travelpiece
Genevieve and diving coach Adam Travelpiece at Metros after Genevieve won!