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 February 11, 2018
 Achievements in Our Classrooms
Lower School: World Read Aloud Day

Research shows that reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds, regardless of parental income, education level, or cultural background. So what better way to kick off the month of February in our Lower School than by enjoying World Read Aloud Day? An international day recognized by schools around the world, World Read Aloud Day celebrates literacy and encourages kids of all ages to read and be read to. With the help of our Ursuline community, we did just that!
On Thursday, February 1st, our Lower School students had the pleasure of listening to various stories read to them by our Middle School students and volunteer alumnae. Middle School teacher, Erin Pudlo, arranged a day of story-writing, story-telling, and collaborative activities in the Lower School with the help of her 6th-8th graders and books such as  The Book with No Pictures  and  We Are in a Book! . Furthermore, our Alumnae Relations Specialist, Joanna Arat, recruited the help of four of our alums to read. One alum was thrilled to spend the first day of her retirement reading to her granddaughter's class, while another alum was able to read to her great nephew's class. The Lower School wishes to extend special thanks to all who made this day so special for our students!

Middle School: Spartan Speech Classic
Communication is an integral part of our lives. It is our way of forming connections, voicing opinions, and motivating change. Public speaking can be daunting, but the benefits outweigh the fear. Standing in front of a group of people to deliver a powerful speech or an interesting story builds confidence, determination, and grit.  As educators, we strive to build these skills in our students, which is why Ursuline participates in speech competitions. 

On February 3rd, three Middle School students participated in the Spartan Speech Classic held at St. Mark's High School. Sarah Freville, Abby Garcia, and Bridget Lugg delivered speeches to rooms full of students and parents. They were confident and poised, and represented UA so well!

Oral Interpretation Speech -  Sarah Freville, 6th grade
Oral Interpretation Speech -  Abby Garcia, 7th grade
Declamation Speech -  Bridget Lugg, 8th grade

Congratulations to Bridget Lugg and Sarah Freville for winning 2nd place in their categories!

Upper School: Dual School at 1313 Innovation

"We awake every day to a world that challenges us, and we challenge it back," is a tenet of our Portrait of a Graduate that goes hand in hand with the mission of Dual School. Funded by Paul McConnell, Dual School provides high school students the opportunity to find solutions to a real-world problem that they are passionate about. 

Katie Carrig '20 was chosen to participate in the inaugural cohort of Dual School. She selected food waste as her problem to solve, and her project was creating a donation program for leftover school food that would support those who need it most. Over the course of the last three months, Katie researched the issue, collaborated with a professional with experience in her problem area, created and tested different prototypes, and learned that road blocks are a necessary part of the process. Dual School gave her the tools, motivation, and confidence to bounce back when hitting obstacles and to become comfortable with trying multiple ideas before finding success. 

The cohort's culminating event was a discovery day held on January 30 th  at Paul McConnell's 1313 Innovation Center in Downtown Wilmington. This event was a celebration of the 13 students who were part of the inaugural cohort and included breakout sessions from each participant presenting their Dual School experience, their trials and tribulations, their successes, and their next steps. With the success of the fall cohort, Dual School is now in the process of planning for the spring group. We had 10 students apply and look forward to having more of our students experience this unique opportunity.         
"Dual school has been such an amazing experience. It has really helped me build my confidence and grow as a leader, while making a significant impact on our local community. The food donation program I started at Ursuline has already donated over 100 food items. I really hope it continues to expand, and I hope other Ursuline girls get the opportunity to experience Dual School as well," said Katie.
Our Upper School teacher Erin McNichol has been instrumental in Ursuline's involvement in Dual School. Erin not only served on the initial planning team that helped develop Dual School but also served as a mentor for one of the students in the fall cohort. This work goes hand in hand with the Innovation and Leadership courses that Erin leads here at UA. Her hard work and determination has been instrumental in establishing Ursuline as a pioneer in the field of innovation, and in continuing the program that Paul McConnell has helped to fund over the past two years. Our partnership with Paul McConnell and the Horn Entrepreneur Program at the University of Delaware has opened the door in collaborating with many local entrepreneurs and national groups like Go Baby Go!. This partnership also allows us to continue to provide our students with an opportunity to challenge the world. 
Read more about Erin McNichol's impact in our Faculty Spotlight below, and click here to read more about Dual School.

Call for Speakers
It's that time again! We're gearing up for our next TEDxYouth  event hosted here at Ursuline Academy, and we're looking for speakers. 

The theme this year is "Pioneers and Poets". The
foundation of the theme is that while pioneers explore the unknown, the poet
must craft something beautiful from their explorations. This is an incredible  opportunity for us to collectively ask ourselves where  we are today and where  we want to be tomorrow.

If you have an idea worth spreading, whether you're a student, family member, alumnae, or a member of the local community, we want to hear from you. The application deadline is February 16, so don't wait! Click here  to apply.

Faculty Spotlight
Innovation & Leadership: Erin McNichol
Entering Erin McNichol's 1313 Innovation classroom, one immediately realizes that you are "not in Kansas anymore." Around you, students are moving themselves between groups to collaborate on the latest challenge, building prototypes of ingenious inventions, and video-chatting with a business mentor from the Solstice Interactive Board. Innovative leadership has truly come to life at Ursuline through Erin's leadership.

In 2004, Erin worked with a math teacher at a local elementary school to find contemporary connections between art and mathematics, which led her to explore a role in the classroom and ultimately to Ursuline Academy. Serving on our arts faculty for many years, Erin consistently explored the topic of the interconnectedness of our world - a theme she experienced while living abroad in Luxembourg in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Erin's diverse background is perfect for the forward-thinking tenure of the innovation classroom.

Whether it is investigating ways to use animal science to solve the needs of the medical community or developing methods to increase interpersonal skills, Erin guides her students to think about the world as a blank canvas. She supports them as they engage in trial and error in exploring solutions to real-world issues. Her favorite moments are when she "sees a team of students collaborating with each other and offering unique perspectives," and when she works with a student who is "ready and willing to think outside of the box."

Athletic  Highlights
UA Winter Sports

Congratulations to senior Maggie Connolly for scoring her 1,000th career point on January 20th versus. St. Elizabeth. Maggie became the 11th player in Ursuline's 124-year history to achieve this milestone!

The basketball team celebrated Senior Night on Friday, February 9th. They honored their three seniors Maggie Connolly, Olivia Mason, and Allie Olmstead.

The DIAA Basketball State Tournament begins on Wednesday, February 28th.  Check out  www.uaraiderssports.com  for seeding and locations.

Indoor Track

Congratulations to the indoor track team for their second place finish in Division II during the State meet on February 3rd!

The following girls placed during the meet:

  • Najiya Cornish '18 finished 1st overall in the 55 meter dash and 8th in the 400m dash
  • Molly Matlusky '20 finished 7th overall in the high jump
  • The 4x200m relay team of Najiya Cornish '18, Moira Carroll '19, Caroline Knight '20, and Ellie Brutsche '20 finished 4th overall
  • The 4x400m relay team of Moira Carroll '19, Ragan Odle '22, Anna Brutsche '20, and Laini McGonigle '19 finished 5th overall
  • 4x800m relay team of Rylee McGonigle '19, Caroline Taylor '19, Lilly Rice '21, and Abby Rupert '19 finished 7th overall


Congratulations to the swim team for their 7-3 record! The team wraps up the regular season with a meet versus Concord on Monday, February 12th.

The team celebrated Senior Night on January 30th. Seniors are Carina Colon, Val Cradler, Heidi Dickson, Rory Kendle, Jenna LaPira, Annie Lyles, Erin McGrellis, and Amy Xu.  

The team will compete in Pre-lims at the University of Delaware on Thursday, February 22nd. The qualifiers will then advance to the State meet on Saturday, February 24th. Tickets for this meet are limited and are only available through swim coach Kelly Ellis. 

National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to seniors Maggie Connolly, Heidi Dickson, and Olivia Mason for signing their National Letters of Intent to play in college!  Maggie will play basketball at Princeton, Heidi will swim at Seton Hall, and Olivia will play basketball at Niagara University. The next signing day is April 11th. 

Lower & Middle School Athletics

Congratulations to the following teams for their exciting achievements!
  • Mr. Ferretti's basketball team placed second in the St. Anthony's tournament
  • Mrs. Jauffret's basketball team placed second in the St. John's tournament
  • Addie Blaskovitz-Hurst '24 won the 3 point shoot out at the St. John's tournament

Upcoming Service Project
Fleece for Keeps
The Alumnae Association invites students, faculty, and alumnae to join them for the 3rd Annual Fleece for Keeps, a no-sew blanket making event to benefit children in Delaware foster care. Save the date for Saturday, February 24th in the Upper School library from 10am-12pm. This is a great opportunity for service hours or to simply give back to the community in the spirit of Serviam. If you can tie a knot, you can make a blanket!

For more information and to sign up, click here.  
Important Reminder for Parents
Re-enrollment Period is Here!
This is a reminder that our re-enrollment window for the 2018-2019 school year is still open! We provided our current families the opportunity to secure their place before acceptance letters went out to prospective parents beginning January 16th. Please complete your child's re-enrollment by clicking here. You should have received a separate email with your current login credentials when we returned from the holiday break.

Contracts along with a non-refundable deposit are due by Thursday, March 1st, however, if your family has been awarded tuition assistance, the deadline to secure your award is February 16th. Your adherence to these deadlines also secures your child's place for the year ahead and allows the Academy to accurately plan staffing and overall budget. Thank you for your support in this effort.

If you have any questions, or are unable to re-enroll by the previously stated dates, please don't hesitate to contact the Admission Office at admissions@ursuline.org.

Upcoming Winter Program
De11e Donne Academy Basketball Camp
We hope your girls are just as excited about our upcoming basketball camp as we are! On Sunday, February 25th, Elena Delle Donne is coming back to UA to host the De11e Donne Academy Basketball Camp for girls ages 5-14. This camp will provide all levels of coaching for girls looking to take their game to the next level. Campers will be encouraged to build on individual skills and develop a better understanding of teamwork and what it takes to be a basketball player. Curriculum has been made up by Elena, allowing girls to train exactly like an Olympic Gold Medalist! This camp is filling up, so don't wait to register.

here for more information and to sign up!
The 2017-2018 Annual Fund
Parent Participation
The 2017-2018 Annual Fund officially kicked off on July 1, 2017. Our parent participation goal is 70%. To date, the following grades have the highest Annual Fund parent participation!

7th grade (Class of 2023)
4th grade (Class of 2026)
3rd grade (Class of 2027)

Thank you to the many parents who have already made their Annual Fund gift for this fiscal year! Your generous, ongoing support truly makes a difference in the lives of every single one of our students. Make sure your child's class rises to the top by making your Annual Fund gift today. Click here to donate now!
To learn more about Ursuline's Annual Fund and what is does for our school community, please contact Debbie Hurd, Director of Advancement at  dhurd@ursuline.org or 302-658-7158 ext. 207. 

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