The Ursuline Experience
March 10, 2019

Achievements in Our Classrooms

Lower School:  Forces & Motion Carnival

Students in the 4 th grade have been designing and creating games for the Forces and Motion Carnival. These games allow students to put into practice what they have learned in science class about forces and motion. Their games include: Ping Pong Skee Ball, Magnet Claw, Catapult Basketball, Friction Shuffleboard, Car Race, and many more. As part of their STEM activities, each student designs and assembles a game, tests it, and then records pertinent information including how he/she used forces and motion. While this activity is science based, it also provides the opportunity to work on writing skills and the creative process. Students are able to help each other with problem solving when something is not going quite as planned. 
The 4th graders are having fun creating their games, but they are really looking forward to the final product - the "carnival" for fellow students and the 4th grade parents. On Friday, March 15th from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., students from all grades in the Lower School and 4th grade parents are invited to come and play these games. This culminating activity is a great way for the students to show what they have learned.

Middle School:  Conversational Café

The 7 th  grade Spanish class immersed themselves in a conversational café this week. Students ordered food and then asked and answered questions completely in Spanish. The students all pitched in a couple of dollars so that Mrs. Davis could get authentic pan dulce (breakfast sweets) and chocolate  (hot chocolate) for dipping just like they do in Latin America! 

After two rounds of conversation, the class had a chance to reflect on the positives and negatives of doing the activity. The girls agreed that it was easy and fun. Mrs. Davis said, "The best part for me was when I asked the girls if they had any compliments to give to someone about her performance. There were not only many compliments shared, but they were specific and thoughtful. They were really listening to each other and noticing excellence."

Sarah Villaverde '24 also reflected on the experience and noted: "I thought that the conversational café was fun and it was a good experience. It helped us with speaking conversationally in Spanish. The conversational café was a good use of our time. It was also nice how we were able to enjoy food and drinks together."

Upper School:  PING

Students in Ms. Churay's AP Human Geography have been engaged in an all-year research project on a develoPING country. For the latest section, Cultural Profile, students made food flags for their countries! After sharing their designs, the class was able to enjoy a very tasty treat! Here are some of the students thoughts on this project:
"I chose the country Lebanon because it is a place where many problems are occurring but no one knows about them. Knowing about its proximity to Syria, I wanted to see how this country is affected by the Syrian Civil War. Not only have I learned about the struggles Lebanon faces but I have collected information about their culture and heritage. Not only did I get to make the country flag but I also got to learn about how and why it is the way it is. The Lebanese flag was raised in Bashamoun on November 21st in 1943 at 11:20 p.m. The red band symbolizes blood shed for freedom and liberty. The white band promotes peace and purity in Lebanon. It also represents the snow on the mountains. The green cedar tree is the symbol of Lebanon and represents eternity, steadiness, happiness, and prosperity." Ragan Odle '22
"Many countries express their culture and history through their flags. My country was Sri Lanka which had each ethnicity and religion represented by a color or symbol. The lion in the center of my flag represented the Sinhala people, the most populous ethnicity in Sri Lanka. Being able to see and hear about my classmates flags gave me insight into their country's culture." Sophia Shroyer '22
"I enjoyed this project very much; while still incorporating what I studied abut my country, I received the chance to get in touch with a different, more creative outlet."  Vivian Wiggins '22 

Make a Gift to Support Ursuline's Annual Fund

Ursuline's March Madness Giving Challenge has officially launched!  This year, your participation is more important than ever. In April, we are applying to foundations for grant money to enhance our programs and facilities. Part of the application process is sharing Annual Fund participation rates of our constituencies. To date, the Board of Trustees is 100%, faculty & staff are 93%, and current parents are at 26%. A few years ago, we received over $1.5 million from foundations for renovations to the Fusco Student Life Center when our parent participation rate was above 70%. We need your help to get our participation rate higher once again. Your gift (no matter the size) can help us secure much needed funds for Ursuline.
Thank you to the many parents who have already made their Annual Fund gifts for the 2018-2019 school 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. 

To learn more about Ursuline's Annual Fund and what is does for our school community, please contact Debbie Hurd, Director of Advancement at 302.658.7158 ext. 6207.

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Ursuline Inducts New Athletes into the 
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

On Sunday, March 10th, over 100 friends, family and alums gathered to honor five new inductees to the 2019 Ursuline Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. This ceremony honors alums, coaches, or active participants of the Athletic Department that have brought distinction to our school through their athletic talents in their career and throughout the community. These inductees continue the tradition of excellence rooted in Serviam that is a characteristic of Ursuline Academy, and they encourage current students to model their determination, dedication, and service. Congratulations to the inductees for their many accomplishments!

The 1983 State Championship Swim Team was recognized for winning its first State Championship, just 3 years after its inception in 1980. This title remained for four consecutive State Championships, seven of which were in a row (1983-1989), under the coaching of Gail Glynn and Sue Wilson. Many of the team members were named All-Star, All-Catholic, and All-State.

Sarah Gause Flanders '82 was honored as the first player, male or female, to be named first-team All-State basketball three times as well as being a two-sport state champion in track. At Ursuline, she was first team All-State in basketball in 1980, 1981 and 1982. At the University of Delaware, she was the East Coast Conference Player of the Year. In track, she is one of the few athletes to excel in both high jump and shot put, winning the Division II championship twice in the high jump and once in the shot put. Flanders currently works as a Nurse Manager at the Wilmington Hospital ER.

Jane Thatcher Howell '32 is a name in which many of our student athletes are already familiar. The most prestigious award given at our annual Sports Banquet is the Jane Thatcher Howell Award, which was established in 1972 by Mrs. Capodanno. Howell, who passed away in 1972, made athletics and service a large part of her life. It began during her years at Ursuline in the 1930's, when she played field hockey, basketball, and tennis. After graduation, she remained at Ursuline coaching field hockey for two years, started a career as a dental hygienist, and continued to serve the community in organizations such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Ann's Church, St. Jude's Church, and St. Mary Magdalen. 

Betsy Lazzeri Riley '99 is an accomplished Sports Broadcasting Producer & Director whose resume includes six Sports Emmy Award wins and multiple international credits. She spent Fall 2018 producing Tuesday Night Football on Amazon with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer, the first ever all female NFL announcers booth.  While at Ursuline, she ran track and field, was a member of numerous clubs, and Student Council President. To this day she holds 11 school records for many Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field events. Betsy has worked her way from Production Assistant to Director and Producer during her 13-year career. She have covered and produced six Olympic Games and currently works in Baltimore as a Freelance Producer and Associate Director for NBC Sports, Amazon, and NFL.

Sarah Williams '05 commanded the Ursuline court in both volleyball and basketball, earning accolades such as 1st Team All-Catholic Conference player and 1st Team All-State Player in both sports. In volleyball, she was a 2002-2005 State Champion and 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year. In basketball, she was a State Champion in 2004 and 2005, a 1000 point scorer, and two time recipient of Street and Smith All-American honorable mention. Her college basketball career included both the University of Richmond and James Madison University, where she earned the JMU Team Leadership Award and was named Athletic Director Scholar Athlete. After graduation from JMU, Williams was hired as an assistant coach at JMU for 3 seasons during their 3 NCAA Tournament appearances. She is currently earning her PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a focus in Sport Administration at the University of Louisville.


March 31st, 2019
10am - 5pm
Anna Raskob Auditorium

This years theme "Voices Behind Visions" expands on the idea of bringing a vision alive by speaking it into existence. It's important to be able to visualize our futures, however to speak about our futures marks the first step to being successful. At
TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy our speakers will be talking about topics such as grief, relationships, academics, and music that will challenge our audience to ask questions about what their visions are for a brighter future. Join us on March 31st for invigorating conversations about what tomorrow means to you and the community of Wilmington.

23rd Annual Jim Keegan Ursuline Golf Outing & Tennis Tournament
Registration OPEN!

What better way to celebrate our 125th Anniversary than to join us for the 23rd Annual Ursuline Academy Jim Keegan Golf Classic and Tennis Tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019! Located on the beautiful grounds of the DuPont Country Club, this event includes something for everyone. Sign up to play 18 holes of golf, participate in a round-robin tennis tournament, enjoy a BBQ Buffet dinner, or bid on silent auction and raffle items, all to benefit Tuition Assistance for Ursuline.

Don't play golf or tennis? Consider purchasing a sponsorship! Choose from Gold, Silver, Bronze, Specialty or Hole Levels and your sponsorship will be listed under our supporter page, in our program book, and on signage at the event. Several levels include complimentary golfers.

To purchase a sponsorship or register for the event, visit our golf website at:

Register Today for Ursuline's Summer Camps!

Summer at Ursuline offers a variety of specialized camp options for students of all ages. From early childhood programming to camps and activities in athletics, the arts, and more, there is truly something for everyone here at Ursuline Academy.

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