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Teaching Religion to MoCo Teachers

Upper School religion teacher Christopher Murray lead a one-week class for Montgomery County teachers covering various religions. This was the 10th time he taught a teachers' course on religion, whether as a summer intensive or a 15-week night course during the school year. Murray considers himself a religion nerd. 

Mr. Murray sets up this class and has the MoCo teachers of all grade levels tour some of the Washington area's religious institutions, from a Muslim mosque to a Sikh gurdwara to a Jewish synagogue. They meet with experts who teach them about the difference between Catholic and Protestant, Sunni and Shiite, atheist and agnostic.

Read more from The Washington Post.

Chris Murray teaching religion summer class

Corinne Fogg Recognized by Alma Mater Williston Northampton

Corie FoggOur Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Corinne Fogg, received the 2019 Alumni Trailblazer Award from her alma mater, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA. The Alumni Trailblazer Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of the school under the age of 40 who has demonstrated significant professional achievement, contributions to his/her profession and/or community and continued promise of success in the future.

Besides serving as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Stone Ridge, Corinne coauthored Enough As She Is: The Educator's Guide with New York Times best-selling author, Rachel Simmons. Corinne presents at a range of regional and national conferences on education. Her most recent panel discussion was at the CS&A Women's Institute in Boston on June 14, on the topic Mentors vs. Sponsors: What Does It Mean & How Do I Find One? 

Corinne sets a wonderful example of living out Goal II, A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values, and Goal V, Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom.

Stone Ridge Appalachia Service Project

17 Stone Ridge Upper School students and six members of the faculty and staff spent the first week of summer volunteering in Logan County, West Virginia, through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). The work crews repaired joists, installed new sub-flooring, and replaced a tin roof while building relationships with three wonderful homeowners. Through this service-learning experience, these Stone Ridge girls put their faith in action while building leadership and teamwork. This year, Stone Ridge also received a certificate of recognition for five years of dedicated service to the people of Central Appalachia. 

Grace Bullard '22 reflected, "ASP fostered a true love of service within me, and showed me generosity, empathy, and peace in every person involved in the life-changing program. It brought me closer to my Stone Ridge sisters, God, and the community of Logan County as we all worked together." Caroline Speidel '21 said, "The two weeks that I have spent repairing homes in Appalachia as a volunteer for ASP have been some of the most unique and eye-opening weeks of my life. Through volunteering with ASP, I not only have acquired skills with tools, but have also formed new relationships and gained a fresh perspective on what it means to serve and bring peace to others. This organization truly changes the lives of both the volunteers who serve and the people who are served." 


Student Volunteers: Hannah Joseph '19, Alison Manca '19, Alicia Pané   '19, Madeleine Sateri '19, Reade Hauge '20, Camilla Moore '20, Daphne Shipe '20, Anna Stallings '20, Caroline Friedrichs '21, Naina Makkad '21, Ashlyn Morick '21, Clare Nickerson '21, Caroline Speidel '21, Grace Bullard '22, Sarah Joseph '22, Clare Siffermann '22, Hallie Stallings '22; Adult Volunteers: Michelle Akaras, Rick Alfonso, Chelsea Bollerman, Suzanne Chaconas, Sky Lesnick, and Holly Zindulis 

Appalachia Service Project

Appalachia Service Project

Appalachia Service Project

Girls Scout Troop Earns Aviation Badge

The Stone Ridge Grade 5 Girl Scout troop started the summer off with an exciting trip to Joint Base Andrews, where they earned their aviation badge. The girls learned about aeronautical charts, talked to the weather shop, visited the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control tower, watched military airplanes—mostly tankers and cargo aircraft—land and take off, and visited the 121st Fighter Squadron where they got to sit in the ejection seat trainer cockpit and tour an F16 up close with its pilot Lt. Col. Todd Gibson.

What a great way to kick-off the summer!

Aeronautical charts

Dr. Jeannie Downey-Vanover Presented For God and Youth Award

For her work as Director of Music Ministry for Youth at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Youth Ministry presented the For God and Youth Award to Dr. Jeannie Downey-Vanover, Assistant Head of Upper School. The award recognizes adults in youth ministry who have faithfully lived out their call of service, exemplified Christian examples and dedicated service to the Church and is a positive role model to youth.

Of Dr. Vanover's service Sherry Moitoza, Director of Social Concerns at St. Rose of Lima says, "For many years Dr. Vanover has been a true example of paying attention to young people by inviting, instructing, and mentoring them to lead the parish in liturgical music. Children, teens, and parents learn by her example what it means to serve the Church. Jeanne models discipleship by selflessly sharing her love of the faith, her vocation to teach, and the gift of her time. Her gift of mentoring empowers them to sing more than notes on a page by starting first with prayer. They in turn inspire us to lift our hearts and our voices to God. Young people learn to take risks and lead, knowing that they are well prepared and supported by the entire community. The youth of Saint Rose of Lima move all of us, through song, to deepen our communion as the Body of Christ. We give thanks to God for Jeannie's gift of leadership that inspires all parishioners and visitors to recognize the Lord in our midst."

In addition to her role as Assistant Head of the Upper School, Dr. Vanover is the Chair of the World Language Department and teaches AP Spanish Literature.

Congratulations, Dr. Vanover.

A Gator On the Water

Madeline Fontana '21 has become Stone Ridge’s first ever competitive rower. Since her start of crew this spring, Madeline has represented Stone Ridge in several regattas as a member of the Montgomery Boat Club. Stone Ridge offers the opportunity for girls interested in rowing to practice and compete with the Montgomery Boat Club, with boats comprised of girls from several area schools. The regattas that Madeline competed in include the Baltimore City Championships, where her 4+ women’s boat finished first, resulting in Madeline’s first medal in her first season of crew for Stone Ridge. 

Madeline’s hard work also enabled her to qualify and be selected by the Coaches to compete with a limited squad, given the level of competition at the regional level at the Mid-Atlantics (a qualifier for Youth Nationals) in Princeton, New Jersey with her 4+ boat finishing an impressive fourth place racing at the highest level in our region the first day.

Crews are selected on the basis of rowers’ physical ability, technical ability and attitude, which includes effort and attendance.

Congratulations, Madeline! #Gatorstrong


Students Participate in Social Entrepreneurship Summit

Upper School Science Teacher Kathleen Flood took Cecelia Gadina '19 and Madeline Fontana '21 to a Social Entrepreneurship Summit at Saint Stephens and Saint Agnes School in April. The event was an empowering one-day summit for high school students throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area who are interested in brainstorming, creating, or expanding a social impact business or nonprofit organization.

Students who attended the summit took part in an enriching experience that helped them: define their core values and passions for social change; develop personalized blueprints for sustainable leadership; receive direct mentoring from experienced social entrepreneurs, business coaches, and civic leaders; explore tangible strategies and build community networks for translating their social impact vision into sustainable practice.

Social Entreprenuership Summit

26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic a Success

The Stone Ridge 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, held last Friday at Argyle Country Club, was a wonderful success. All who attended enjoyed a beautiful day filled with friendly competition, camaraderie, and most important, an enormous support for Stone Ridge Athletics.

In total, there were 127 golfers and tennis players, including two students from the SR Golf Team and four students from the SR Tennis Team. This year's Classic raised a whopping $70,000 for Stone Ridge Athletics! Thank you to our sponsors and all who came out to show their support.

This year's tennis tournament winner was Genie Strong. The Harkins Award, awarded to a person in the community with standout dedication to Stone Ridge Athletics, went to outgoing Director of Athletics Jason McGhee for his outstanding leadership and service to the Sacred Heart mission. 

Golf Results

First Place - Gross
Rick Hyde
Martin Payne
Drew Hyde
Lee Hall

First Place - Net
Patrick Conway
Tim Reardon
Stephen Maturo
Tom Muldoon

Second Place - Net
Rich Vogel
Susan Castellan
Mark Cecil
Ed Mackowiak

Third Place - net
Brian Porto
Ryan Angier
Peter Keny
Dan Healey

Closest to pin: Chris Trump and Mary O'Connor
Longe drive: Jason Meisch and Maureen Dolan

Golf Classic

Tennis Classic

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Seniors Share their STEAM Knowledge

Several Fourth Academic students presented their STEAM Certificate Portfolios on April 25 to over 40 curious underclassmen. Catherine Heming '19, Zoe Barnette '19, Addi Poole '19, Jillian Perry '19, Beyer Bullard '19, Nia Williams '19 and Hannah Joseph '19 shared their digital snapshots of their work in various STEAM related endeavors. Underclassmen heard about research internships, STEAM independent projects, environmental stewardship, designing and building in a maker space, science competitions and more. The girls interested in the STEAM Certificate Program then mingled and asked questions of the student presenters while enjoying a pizza lunch. The Fourth Academic students shared their passion and joy to those interested in the program.

Check out their impressive portfolios.
Zoe Barnette
Beyer Bullard
Catherine Heming
Hannah Joseph
Jillian Perry
Nia Williams
Addi Poole

Nia, Hannah, Zoe, Jillian, Addison, Catherine and Beyer

Sofia Rojas '19 Participates in Sustainability Panel Discussion

Kudos to Sofia Rojas '19 for her excellent and informative contribution to a panel discussion on sustainability, the environment and ways through which we can all contribute to making the world a better place. The discussion was preceded by a concert by Sandbox Percussion, a New York City based percussion quartet, and the New Orchestra of Washington featuring Viet Cuong's percussion concerto, "Re(new)al", which featured music celebrating nature and renewable energy.

Neil Weston, Cross Divisional Chorus Teacher at Stone Ridge, had this to say of Sofia's participation in the panel of local leaders, "Sofia inspired the audience at the  Re(new)al discussion. Her passion and eloquence on sustainability issues was apparent, and she represented Stone Ridge in a remarkable way. On a panel of heavy hitters, including Rabbi Warren Stone, a climate change leader for three decades, and Alan Yu, from the Center for American Progress, Sofia gave a unique perspective, which referenced her experience at Stone Ridge, and how Stone Ridge has helped her develop a passion for activism."

Special thanks to science teachers Joanna Caudle and Heidi Johnson for mentoring Sofia.