Alumna Returns 61 Years Later for May Crowning

Enjoy The Catholic Transcript story about Angela Gravante Mazzoli ’51 and May Crowning, an event that has taken place annually since the founding of Sacred Heart Academy.


Class of 2012 and Commencement Local News Coverage

Read what Hamden Patch and The New Haven Register have to say about the Class of 2012 and Commencement Exercises.

Salute to Excellence — 4.0 Gold Tassel Scholars

The following members of the Class of 2012 have earned the distinction of 4.0 Gold Tassel Scholars because they hold a cumulative 4 year minimum average of 4.0 or higher. As tradition dictates they wore gold tassels at Commencement Exercises held on May 26.

Jenna Buccetti will attend the Providence College Honors Program and major in biology. Jenna is ranked fifth in the Class of 2012.

Meghan Buckley will attend Middlebury College and major in either biology or environmental studies.

Halle Cairns will attend The College of Saint Rose and major in music. Halle is ranked third in the Class of 2012.

Sara Campos will attend Northeastern University and is undecided on a major.

Nicole Casasanta will attend George Washington University Women’s Leadership Program and major in biology.

Rachael Cisto will attend the University of Scranton and will major in occupational therapy.

Taylor DeRosa will attend Brown University and will major in economics.

Clare Donohue will attend the University of Notre Dame and is undecided on a major.

Allysandra Giannini will attend Fairfield University and major in new media: film, television and radio. Ally is ranked fourth in the Class of 2012

Jenna Hernandez will attend Boston College and major in biology.

Erin Hillis will attend College of the Holy Cross and major in molecular biology/biochemistry.

Caroline Luciani will attend Boston College and major in nursing.

Meghan Mastriano will attend the University of Connecticut and major in engineering.

Rita Matta will attend the University of Connecticut and will major in engineering.

Florette Pursell will attend Providence College and is undecided on a major.

Roxanne Raiola will attend Regis College Honors Program and major in nursing. Roxanne is the Class of 2012 Salutatorian.  

Caroline Secola will attend George Washington University and major in international affairs.

Alexus Skobodzinski will attend Boston University and major in human physiology/pre-medicine.               

Christine Smith will attend Princeton University and major in political science. Christine is the Class of 2012 Valedictorian.

Nicole Sroka will attend the University of Rochester and major in biomedical engineering.

Caroline Thornton will attend Providence College and is undecided on a major.

Qingyu (Kathy) Xu will attend Cornell University and will major in applied mathematics.

The entire Sacred Heart community congratulates these young women on this accomplishment.


Erin Hillis­­­­­—Recipient of Distinguished 2012 Mother Clelia Merloni Award @ Honors Convocation

Senior Erin Hillis was presented with the distinguished 2012 Mother Clelia Merloni Award at this year’s Honors Convocation. This award, named for the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the Sisters, has consistently exemplified dedication to the charism of the foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As an outstanding Christian woman, recipients embody and remain true to the values that are Sacred Heart Academy.

“Erin is an outstanding Christian woman – a leader who always rises to a challenge. She is the quintessential Sacred Heart Academy student, known for her dedication and commitment to the mission and core values of the Academy. Administrators, faculty members, fellow students and teammates alike have witnessed her compassion for others, her leadership ability and her passion for service,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71.

A 4.0 Scholar, Erin is a member of Student Council (vice president), Key Club (president), Students Against Destructive Decisions (president), Campus Ministry, Peer Connection, Orchestra  and a starting varsity field hockey player. Outside of school, she has volunteered at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital on the oncology floor and is the founder and coordinator of the Farmington Canal Trail 5K Walk for Pediatric Dysmotility Disorders.

 “The most important award I have received is the Mother Clelia Award because it was voted on by the Sisters for supporting and living the mission of Sacred Heart Academy. Respect, service, justice, mercy and most of all kindness…to some these are just words. At Sacred Heart, these words represent the heart and soul of a community and are put into action each day,” shares Erin. Other special honors include the Comcast Scholarship and the Hood Scholarship.

Erin will attend College of the Holy Cross in the fall and will major in molecular biology and biochemistry. She was also accepted to Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Trinity College, Providence College and Quinnipiac University.

Sacred Heart is proud of you, Erin.

Outstanding Juniors Presented with University Awards @ Honors Convocation

Each year it is a tradition in many high schools that the Alumni Associations of area colleges present outstanding juniors who excel in scholarship, leadership, and personal accomplishments with University Awards. This year at Honors Convocation, we recognized the following juniors with College and University Awards based on the criteria of each college/university:

The College of the Holy Cross Book Award was presented to Lindsey Seyfried. This award is presented to a junior who as demonstrated consistently demonstrated high academic achievement in a competitive class level and is an active participant in her school community. 

The Fairfield University Book Award was presented to Willa Rusowicz-Orazem. This award is presented to a junior who excels academically, is actively involved in the spirit of her school, and possesses a genuine sense of concern and responsibility toward others.

The Gettysburg College Book Award was presented to Rachel Delvy. This award is presented to a junior who has distinguished herself in a very competitive program in American History and is an overall high achieving student.

The Harvard University Book Award was presented to Christina Jiang. This award is presented to a junior who excels in academics at the most competitive level and enjoys academic challenge while developing a commitment of service to others.        

The Mt. Holyoke College Book Award was presented to Sarah Robitaille. This award is presented to an outstanding junior in very rigorous courses who has shown service to her school and community volunteerism.

The Regis College Book Award was presented to Nicole Funaro. This award is presented to a junior who has demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, displayed outstanding academic promise and exhibited strong leadership qualities.

The St. Anselm College Book Award was presented to Katherine Baum. This award is presentedto a junior who has earned high academic grades in a very competitive curriculum, has an awareness of social responsibility and possesses strong character.                       

The St. Michael’s College Book Award was presented to Alexandra Novak. This award recognizes an outstanding junior in academics, a member of National Honor Society, and a leader who demonstrates a sustained commitment to school and community activities.

The Smith College Book Award was presented to Danielle McPherson. This award is presented to a high achieving junior who shows a serious commitment to academics and service to others.

The Trinity College Book Award was presented to Jessica Widman. This award recognizes a junior who has displayed outstanding academic achievement and strong potential for competitive college work.  

The Villanova University Book Award was presented to Alexis Cardinali. This award is presented to a junior who has demonstrated academic excellence in a challenging curriculum, a commitment to serving and embodies a sense of school and community spirit

The Wellesley College Book Award was presented to Katie Arnone. This award is presented to a junior in high academic standing in a very rigorous course curriculum who shows outstanding potential for college.

The Yale University Book Award was presented to Tess Cersonsky. This award is presented to a junior who exhibits a very high academic standing in a very challenging curriculum and has outstanding personal character and integrity and will be a serious candidate for a most competitive college. (The book will be presented in a ceremony at Yale in October.)

The Princeton University Book Prize was presented to Tess Cersonsky. Each year, the Princeton University Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut holds an essay contest for their Book Prize.

The University of Rochester Xerox Innovator Award was presented to Raeanne Nuzzo. Awarded jointly by the Science, Computer and Math faculty, this award is presented to a junior who shows high motivation in innovation and information technology.

The University of Rochester Eastman Young Leader Award was presented to Cameron Maselli. This award is presented to a junior who exhibits strong leadership at school and in her community with the potential to continue these leadership qualities throughout her life.

The University of Rochester Humanities Award was presented to Darrien Murphy. This award is given to that junior who, in the opinion of the faculty in the English department, has shown outstanding and consistent high achievement in the humanities. 

The Bausch and Lomb Medal from the University of Rochester was presented to Christina Jiang. This award is presented to that junior, who in the opinion of the science department, has an outstanding overall academic record in science.

The Rensselaer Medal given by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was presented to Haley Barnum. Awarded by the science department, this medal is presented to a junior who has exemplary academic achievement and is motivated toward a career in science, engineering, and/or technology.


President Sister Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 & Principal Sister Maureen Flynn, ASCJ, ’81 to Confer 119 Diplomas to Class of 2012

Sr. Sheila O’Neill, President and Sr. Maureen Flynn, Principal have announced the schedule for yearend events for the Class of 2012. On Tuesday, May 22 Honors Convocation will be held and Alumnae Induction will take place on Wednesday, May 23. Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held Friday, May 25 in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel and Commencement Exercises will take place the following morning, Saturday May 26 in The Philip Paolella Jr. Recreational Center.

Senior and select undergraduate awards will be presented at Honors Convocation when Allysandra Giannini (number four in the class) will deliver the Address. Ally will attend Fairfield University in the fall as a new media: film, television and radio major. She is the recipient of the Magis Scholarship and received both a Fairfield Tuition Grant and Fairfield Supplemental Grant. Jenna Buccetti (number five in the class) will deliver the Welcome. She will attend Providence College Honors Program as a Saint Catherine Scholar and major in biology.

The entire senior class, under the direction of the Senior Class Moderator and Director of Campus Ministry, plans the Baccalaureate Liturgy. Welcoming remarks will be given by student council president, Nicole Sroka who will attend the University of Rochester and closing remarks by senior class president, Jasmine Thengumthyil who will attend American University. A reception for seniors, parents and faculty, sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, will immediately follow.

Christine Smith

Roxanne Raiola

Halle Cairns Allysandra Giannani Jenna Buccetti

Commencement Exercises will take place the next morning, Saturday May 26 when President Sister Flynn, ASCJ, ’81 Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 and Principal Sister Maureen will confer diplomas to the Class of 2012. Dolores J. Ennico ’70, Vice President, Human Resources - Olin Corporation is this year’s commencement speaker. Ms. Ennico joined Olin in 1974 as a research microbiologist. After holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility, she was named Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, which led to her election as an officer of Olin Corporation in May 2009. Ms. Ennico was named a Bartels Fellow by the University of New Haven in 2012 and  honored as Distinguished Alumna in 2011.

During commencement, Halle Cairns (number three in the class) will deliver the Graduates’ Prayer; she will attend The College of Saint Rose as a music major. She received Presidential, Saint Rose, and Music Talent scholarships. Roxanne Raiola will deliver the Salutatory Address; she will attend the honors program at Regis College and major in nursing. She has been awarded the Regis College Presidential Scholarship and thus has earned a four year full-tuition scholarship. Christine Smith, a National Merit Finalist and State of Connecticut Governor’s Scholar, will deliver the Valedictory Address; she will major in political science at Princeton University in the fall.

"The Class of 2012 has been accepted to 185 four-year colleges and universities including American, Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Case Western Reserve, Catholic, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, Cornell, Emory, Fordham, George Washington, Georgetown, Gettysburg, Kenyon, Lafayette, Loyola, Michigan State, Middlebury, NYU, Northeastern, Ohio State, Princeton, Providence, RIT, RPI, Skidmore, Syracuse, Trinity, Tufts, Union, UConn, University of Miami, Notre Dame, UPitt, University of Rochester, USC, Villanova, Yale and many more. Our very successful college placement is a result of early planning, students who are focused on their futures, and working closely with students to find their best match colleges. As of mid-May, over 16 million dollars in merit, service and leadership scholarships has been awarded to the Class of 2012, “offered Kerry Alexander, Director of Guidance.


French Students Earn National & State Recognition on 2012 “Grand Concours” 

Six students have attained national and state recognition on the 2012 National French Exam. Close to 97,000 students nationwide and 3,000 in Connecticut participate in the “Grand Concours.” Students who placed in the top 10 nationally and in Connecticut attended the award ceremony at Southington High School, on May 24in the presence of  representatives of the French Embassy, as well as representatives from the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. “The French department is particularly proud of all the students who have achieved a remarkable level of excellence in French this year” said Madame Boulade-Perigois, French teacher.

Six Sacred Heart students were awarded Lauréate National Certificates for ranking in the top 10 nationally and in Connecticut: Mary Disbrow ranked second in the nation and second in CT (Level 2) and Madeline Ross ranked third in the nation and third in CT (Level 2); both were awarded silver medals. Courtney Clark ranked eighth in the nation and seventh in the CT (Level 2), Kanita Mote of Hamden ranked eleventh in the nation and tenth in CT (Level 2), Caroline Kohnert ranked seventh in the nation and fifth in CT (Level 3), and Isabella Siegel ranked eleventh in the nation and ninth in CT (Level 3). These students were awarded bronze medals.

The following students earned a Certificat d’Honneur for scoring in the top 80th percentile: Danielle Beam (Level 2), Victoria Bolliger (Level 2), Tess Cersonsky (Level 3), Alexis Jeanette (Level 2), Mariana Jimenez (Level 2), Megan Kairiss (Level 2), Olivia Kelly (Level 2), Rachel Korolyshun of  Derby (Level 2), Katherine Puzycki(Level 2), and Samantha Sansone of  Cheshire(Level 2).

The following students earned a Certificat de Reussite for scoring in the top 50th percentile: Rachel Delvy (Level 3), Clare Donohue (Level 4), and Oluwaseyi Oyefesoy (Level 3).

Nos félicitations!


Students Earn National Recognition on 2012 Spanish Exams

Several students have attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. “Our students have a long history of high achievement on these exams,” offered Carmen Martinez Rivera, chair of World Languages. Sacred Heart students earned 8 gold, 8 silver and 22 bronze medals and 11 honorable mention certificates.

The following students earned “Oro” (gold) medals - students scoring at or above the 95th percentile:
Madison Gallagher
Ashley Heidtmann
Jane Lockery
Kelly McGovern
Nneoma Obi
Helen Park
Nicole Sroka
Jessica Widman

The following students earned “Plata” (silver) medals – students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentile:
Lucy Andersen
Edrienne Arroyo
Hannah Aylward
Marianthe Corradino
Megan Dwyer
Christina Jiang
Michaela Matos
Leslie Torres

The following students earned “Bronce” (bronze) medals – students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentile:
Olivia Ackerson
Maria Beecher
Alexis Bernstein
Sara Campos
Alexis Cardinali
Madeleine Donohue
Molly Duffy
Siobhan Fennel
Molly Flowers
Natalia Fronsaglia
Rebecca Golia
Olivia Harris
Erin Milner
Kathryn Mortati
Melanie Mucciacciaro
Demery Ormrod
Shyla Osmond
Liana Paglia
Serena Sakheim
Lindsey Seyfried
Angela Stong
Anjali Vasavada

The following students were awarded “Mencion Honorifica” (honorable mention) certificates for scoring at or above the 50th percentile:
Isabella Buda
Alexzandrea Buscarello
Emma Dragan
Ashley Hally
Deirdre Hughes
Caroline Kobierowski
Brooke Lotto
Jaina Maher
Amber Pinto
Mikayla Zagata
Alaina Zsampar



Financially Savvy Students Earn High Marks on National Challenge 

Twelve of our students have scored in the top 20th percentile of students nationwide in the National Financial Capability Challenge. Taken by more than 84,000 high school students, participants included students in rural areas, suburbs and inner city schools across the country as well as Department of Defense schools around the world. “It is the belief that in today’s economic times, increasing the financial knowledge and skills of American youth is critical to their futures and to the future of financial stability of our country,” shared math teacher Carole Stackpole. “I am most pleased with Sacred Heart’s performance on the Challege,” she added.

Congratulations to the following students, all of whom have earned certificates of recognition for placing in the top 20th percentile: Daleesha Cadore, Sara Campos, Sophia Cantore, Alexis Cardinali, Aria Casey, Carrolline Consorte, Alexis Egidio, Ellen Gensicki, Jordan Juniewic, Caroline Luciani, Florette Pursell, and Jessica Rindgen.


Students Serve during Spring Break 

During April vacation, twenty-five students and five parents traveled to Romero Center Ministries in Camden, New Jersey, considered to be the poorest and most crime ridden city in the United States. The group was led by Sr. Lany Jo Smith, ASCJ, Director of Campus Ministry. Sister offers, “We experienced a wonderful week of service, study, and reflection, and invited participants to experience Christ-centered discipleship. Students volunteered at soup kitchens, shelters for AIDS victims, Adult Day Cares, and Habitat for Humanity sites serving those whose stories and histories were so very different from our own. We reflected on our encounters with these wonderful people under the light of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, which opened our hearts and minds to an understanding and solidarity with the poor like nothing we had ever before experienced.” 

Students Experience France during Spring Break

The Honors Chamber Choir and AP French class have returned from spring break in Paris!  Sixteen choir students and eight AP French students traveled with Madame Levallois-Sanchez, Mr. Härtel, and six chaperones to Paris, Versailles, Mantes-la-Jolie, and Chartres. The choir gave a total of five spectacular performances: an informal recital in the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, formal concerts in the Eglise St. Marcel, Eglise Sainte-Anne de Gassicourt, and Chartres Cathedral, and a mass participation in the Basilique St. Clotilde. In addition to these performances, the group visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, and many other renowned destinations. “With the help of a wonderful courier and talented driver, we were able take in all that Paris has to offer and still have time to shop,” shared Tess Cersonsky ’13.

Sacred Heart Academy Achieves National Recognition

Sacred Heart Academy is featured in the April/May issue of Momentum, the official journal of the National Catholic Educational Association. The three page article “Biotechnology Curriculum Leads Students to Gene Sequencing” highlights our advanced science program and our philosophy that faith comes first as students and teachers keep an open dialogue about the ethics of science. Enjoy the article, photos, and sidebar on the Academy, written by English Department chair, Allyson Wuerth.

Biotechnology Students Present Poster at New England Conference

Anna Marren ’12, Erin Hillis ’12, Rita Matta ’12 , Andrea Grammatico ’11, Xenia Zueva ’12, Elizabeth Bailey ’12, and Emily Roth ’12 presented posters at the New England Estuarine Research Society’s Annual Meeting, held in Plymouth, Massachusetts during Spring Break.  They were the only high school students in attendance.  This is the second scientific meeting at which the Biotechnology students presented; they are planning one more presentation in Bethesda for the June national meeting of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.


Spring Drama Production Celebrates Sacred Heart Academy’s COR Values 


The COR of a Woman,” a unique production written by senior Mikayla Zagata was presented on the main stage during the weekend of March 15 and 16. In honor of the school’s 65th anniversary, this homage to Sacred Heart and the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus debuted to a full and enthusiastic crowd of students, parents, alumnae, and friends.

Barbara Mangini, fine arts department chair, shares, “In living our mission statement, we strive to model Sacred Heart’s COR values—Catholic community, compassion, excellence, integrity and social justice—each day at Sacred Heart and in our world. This year’s spring production showcased our talented students in this very special tribute to our school and the Sisters.” The production, which celebrated Sacred Heart’s COR values, was dedicated to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and highlighted the written work of Mother Clelia Merloni, ASCJ, foundress of the order, and Sr. Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ, founding principal of SHA.


Celebrating the Arts

The Fine Arts Appreciation Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fantasia in North Haven. This event is held to recognize the many students who so generously give of their time and talent to support the department. Students are welcome to invite family and friends to celebrate with them. Invitations were distributed to students in their homerooms or are available by clicking here.


Run for the Roses – A Real Favorite

Run for the Roses, The FantaSHA 2012 celebration of the Kentucky Derby, raised over $125,000 to support Sacred Heart Academy. The gymnasium was transformed into Churchill Downs and became a jockey’s dream come true, complete with marvelous hats, a real horse, and two jockeys. Perhaps the best part of the evening, “Hands up for Heart,” raised $40,000 for need-based scholarships. This evening was made possible due to the kindness and generosity of the Sacred Heart Academy community and its friends. Thank you to everyone who participated in FantaSHA 2012, especially auction chairpersons, Pat and Terry Bowman and an outstanding committee.


Check out what the Hamden Patch has to say about Run for the Roses


President Featured on Good Morning CT, News8

Check this out…Sister Sheila was featured on Good Morning CT, News8 promoting the Auction and other 65th Anniversary events.

SHA celebrates the Kentucky Derby:

Explore your Interests at New Summer Program

Summer means sitting back, soaking up the sun, and finally having time to explore your own interests. Why not take the time to discover new subjects, develop skills in and out of the classroom, or improve your technique on the field? Girls in middle school are invited to take part in Summer Discovery at Sacred Heart Academy. With enrichment courses taught by Sacred Heart faculty and sports clinics led by certified coaches, Summer Discovery is the perfect opportunity for girls to learn, develop, and create in a fun, safe, and caring atmosphere.

Click here to learn more or register for our first summer program—Summer Discovery at Sacred Heart Academy!

Read what the Hamden Patch editor Kate Ramunni has to say about our new summer program.

2012 Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholars Honored

The 2012 Sister Antonine Scholars and their families recently attended a  reception held in their honor hosted by the Admissions Office and current Antonine Scholars. Sacred Heart welcomed five new Scholars—Helena Bui of Branford; Anna Gleason of Cheshire; Kathleen Malison of Guilford; Emily Malison of Guilford; and Elizabeth Smith of Madison.

Each year students with the highest entrance exam scores and those who demonstrate outstanding academic potential at Sacred Heart Academy are selected to receive Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship, established in 1993, honors the life, philosophy, and achievements of the Academy’s founding principal. Sister Antonine Scholars are an exceptional group of women who from the very start of their academic life display the desire to learn and the will to accomplish their goals.


Children’s Easter Party

Spring is in the air, Easter is just around the corner, and it’s time for the Children’s Easter Party, sponsored annually by Alumnae Association. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 31, rain or shine, from 10:00 am until noon. Activities include face painting, games with prizes, raffles, line dancing, three separate Easter candy dashes, a magician and bounce house and, of course special photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be “coffee and…” for the parents and children will enjoy Easter snacks and treats. The Easter Party is best suited for children, from toddlers to age nine and is open to the community. The fee is id="mce_marker"0.00 for children; adults are complimentary. Spread the word to your families and friends, but don’t wait to make your reservations as space is limited.

Sister Sheila - In the News

Don’t miss Sister Sheila's interview with Ray Andrewsen on AM 1220 WQUN, Quinnipiac’s commercial radio station, which will air on Tuesday, March 13 at 8:45 a.m. Sister Sheila will also appear on Good Morning Connecticut, News8 this coming Saturday, March 10 during the 7:00 a.m. segment.


March Entrance Exam

For those who missed the fall testing, we will offer an entrance exam on Wednesday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Academy. Prospective students who plan to take the test must submit an application for admission with $50 fee and contact Mrs. Elaine Lamboley, Director of Admissions at 203-288-2309, x307, for an interview.  


2012 Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholars Recognized

Each year students with the highest entrance exam scores and those who demonstrate outstanding academic potential are selected to receive Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship, established in 1993, honors the life, philosophy, and achievements of the Academy’s founding principal. Sister Antonine Scholars are an exceptional group of women who from the very start of their academic life display the desire to learn and the will to accomplish their goals. For this, they earn the distinction of being named Sister Antonine Scholars and receive tuition stipends.

The 2012 Sister Antonine Scholars and their families have been invited to a reception to be held in their honor on Thursday, March 15 hosted by the Admissions Office and the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Antonine Scholars. We will welcome seven new scholars—Maria Boyle of Madison; Helena Bui of Branford; Anna Gleason of Cheshire; Christiana Lano of North Haven; Kathleen Malison of Guilford; Emily Malison of Guilford; and Elizabeth Smith of Madison.

“Past recipients of the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship have gone on to further their education at some of the most academically rigorous schools in the country,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ‘71  “…and many of these graduates consider Sacred Heart to be an impetus for their success. Amanda Kelly, an Antonine Scholar and our 2011 valedictorian, is studying at Brown. Christine Smith ’12, who will give the keynote at this year’s reception, is a National Merit Finalist and State of Connecticut Governor’s Scholar. Other Antonine Scholars are matriculating at Boston College, Brown, Cornell, Fordham, Hamilton, Holy Cross, Princeton, MIT, Smith, Tufts, US Coast Guard and Naval Academies and UPenn.”

Congratulations to the 2012 Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholars!

The Tradition Continues

Legacies from the Sacred Heart Academy Class of 2016 Recognized at Orientation for Incoming Freshmen

The Sacred Heart legacy tradition continues! Legacies from the incoming Class of 2016 at Sacred Heart Academy were recognized at the recently held Orientation for Incoming Freshmen. The entering class comes from 31 towns and 51 feeder schools. Fourteen members of the class have mothers who are alumnae and three members of the class have a grandmother who is an alumna of Sacred Heart Academy. 27 class members have one or more sisters who are current students or graduates of the Academy; 33 sisters in all.

“Sacred Heart legacy is more strongly represented in this class than in any previous class. We are particularly struck with the number of alumnae who are sending their daughters to Sacred Heart. The presence of these young women at the Academy is a testament to the importance that families place on the values learned here, and their desire to ensure that the Sacred Heart tradition continues,” announced Elaine Lamboley, Director of Admissions.

The following members of the Class of 2016 are SHA legacies:

Julianne Beltz daughter of Maryann Vitale Beltz, ’84 
Lauren Celentano  daughter of Felicity Buonocore Celentano, ’83
Haley Cannon daughter of Robin Grammatico Cannon, ’79 
Elisabeth Cretella daughter of Alisa Cenotti Cretella, ’86
Marissa Czarnecki  granddaughter of Marietta Daddio, ’59
Jenna DAgostino  daughter of Deanna Ragozzino DAgostino, ’86
Kathleen Everett  daughter of Marguerite Heffernan Everett, ’81
Lindsey Gerzabek daughter of Lisa Russo Gerzabek, ’78
Cassandra Helms  daughter of Jocelyn Greco Helms, ’99
Anna Hill daughter of Janyce Murphy, ’87 
Rose Iannaccone  daughter of Jo-Ann DeMilo Iannaccone, ’85
Meghan Jerram daughter of Karen Witkowski Jerram, ’87
granddaughter of Carol Smith Witkowski, ’63
Kristen Joyce daughter of Mary Battista Joyce, ’82 
Mia Maselli daughter of Patricia Pacelli Gambardella, ’96 
Michelle Onofrio granddaughter of Elaine Triana Onofrio, ’54
Olivia Riley  daughter of Pamela O’Brien Riley, ’81 


We are proud that so many members of this class have chosen to follow in the footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers and proud to have had so many generations of students continue the family legacy.

Upcoming Drama Production Celebrates Core Values

A unique production is coming to the main stage at Sacred Heart Academy on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16. In honor of the school’s 65th anniversary, “The COR of a Woman,” an original piece written by senior Mikayla Zagata, will celebrate the core values of the Academy. 

“In living our mission statement, we strive to model our core values of Catholic Community, Compassion, Excellence, Integrity and Social Justice each day in our community and in our world. And so, in celebration of Sacred Heart Academy’s 65th anniversary, we are showcasing our talented students in this unique production, a very special tribute to our school,” offers Barbara Mangini, Chair of the Fine Arts department.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. will be held in the Philip Paolella Jr. Recreational Center. The community is invited to attend; donations graciously accepted at the door. For additional information contact Barbara Mangini, 203 - 287 - 8181, x343.

Christine Smith Named National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to senior Christine Smith who has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. To become a Finalist, students must first be selected as Semifinalists. Semifinalists have outstanding academic records throughout high school, are endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. Approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

Named a Sr. Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Scholar for her outstanding entrance exam scores and for demonstrating exceptional academic potential, Christine has earned highest honors since attending Sacred Heart. She is a member of the National Honor, Spanish National Honor, and Science National Honor Societies, as well as the National Math Honor Society - Mu Alpha Theta. She is also involved in both the musical productions and the drama club at Sacred Heart. An avid member of Campus Ministry, she has participated in mission trips to New York City, where she has served at the Catholic Worker, as well as to Clelian Heights in Pennsylvania, an educational facility for children with mental disabilities. She was named a 2011 Connecticut Governors Scholar from an entry pool of the top juniors in Connecticut. Outside of school, Smith is an accomplished ballet dancer and member of the New Haven Ballet Company.

Sacred Heart Academy is proud of you, Christine!

Caitlin Baker Named 2011-2012 Scholar Athlete

Senior Caitlin Baker has been named the Academy’s 2011-2012 Scholar Athlete. Recognized for her cumulative grade point average, varsity sport participation, community service as well as her self-discipline and leadership, she will be honored at the 29th Annual Connecticut High School Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner in May.

A member of National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Math Honor Society (communications director), Cross Country and Track teams (captain), Caitlin also serves as co-president of the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program.

 “Caitlin has been an outstanding member of both the Cross Country and Track teams. She was one of the top seven runners on the Cross Country team and qualified for the CIAC State Tournament. She is not only a leader as captain, but a leader in the community having served on many mission trips and service groups,” offered William Sikorsky, Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track coach.

“Caitlin has maintained honors for all four years and has taken accelerated courses in language, science and history in addition to reaching the apex in math. I am confident that Caitlin will be well positioned for success,” according to Patrick McAllister, guidance counselor.

Way to go, Caitlin!

Rachael Cisto ’12 Selected to Participate in All-State Music Festival

Senior Rachael Cisto has been selected to participate in the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival. To attain this goal, Rachael had to successfully complete a two-step audition process, first competing against the most talented musicians in Southern Connecticut and then against the best singers in the entire state. Rachael did extremely well at both auditions and is looking forward to participating in the three-day music festival in April at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. 2012 marks Rachael’s second appearance at the All-State Festival; she was also selected in 2011.

 “Rachael is a multi-talented musician; she has a beautiful voice, and she is also a talented violinist and tenor saxophone player,” shared music instructor Christopher Härtel. “She came to Sacred Heart four years ago brimming full of talent, and it has been great to watch her mature and hone her skills. She certainly has a future in music, should she choose to pursue it.”

Congratulations, Rachael!



Holocaust Survivor Tells Sacred Heart Community to Speak up When Others are Silent

Posted 02/14/2012 12:00AM

Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr recently spoke to the Sacred Heart Academy community…she shared with students and faculty alike the experience of being a survivor of a concentration camp. Her message was that we cannot remain silent when injustices are occurring. Ms. Schorr, kept emphasizing that…"We can't just remember. We need to be heros. We need to speak when others are silent, we need to be mindful of those who cannot speak for themselves.” The presentation was made possible by UNITY, a club that promotes tolerance and positive human relations among the Sacred Heart Academy community. The following day, UNITY sponsored a Dress Down Day with all proceeds directed to Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut.
Read More in the Hamden Patch and the Post-Chronicle


Course Registration

Posted 02/09/2012 11:00AM

The course selection process for the 2012-2013 Academic Year has begun. Students have received their course selection worksheets, viewed the on-line 2012-2013 Curriculum Guide (available on the SHA website under Academics > Curriculum), and had a preliminary meeting with their advisors.

In addition to the Course Selection Worksheet, students must enter course requests in NetClassroom. Once the student requests have been submitted, parents log-in to NetClassroom to approve.

On-line course registration (including parent approval) will be open through February 17 for current freshmen and sophomores, and March 30 for current juniors.  If you have any issues accessing NetClassroom, please call the main office.

Click below for detailed directions regarding the course registration process:



Alumna Featured in New Haven Register

Posted 01/24/2012 02:42PM

Be inspired by this article by Ann DeMatteo that appeared in her Inspirations column in the New Haven Register about alumna Janet Patry ’92, founder of Right2Thrive. As one of many events celebrating 65 years of excellence at Sacred Heart, Janet recently addressed students and faculty at a school-wide assembly. Her talk focused on her upbringing and Sacred Heart Academy education and how community service has always been an important part of her life, the inspiration behind starting Right2Thrive, and believing in the importance of self-knowledge and core values, and God as a higher power. Throughout her talk, Janet emphasized the importance of finding your passion and living your purpose.


Heading to Churchill Downs for Signature Benefit Event
2012 Live & Silent Auction

Posted 01/24/2012 02:42PM

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Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, March 24 as Sacred Heart heads to Churchill Downs for its signature fundraising event of the year…the 2012 FantaSHA Live & Silent Auction. “The Run for the Roses - Celebrating the Kentucky Derby” Auction promises “a fun filled, wonderful and exciting evening,” according to President Sr. Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ‘71. "The Auction is our signature event and co-chairs Pat & Terry Bowman and all the volunteers are working very hard to make this event a tremendous success. I am so grateful to them for their support of the school," she added.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by a full course dinner at 6:00 p.m., and finally the live auction with renowned and spirited guest auctioneer Eric Hummel beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Current parents, Pat and Terry Bowman, are spearheading this event along with a committee comprised of more than 60 parents, alumnae and friends. “The Auction is a great way to volunteer your time to a worthwhile cause. Through the years, our experience at Sacred Heart Academy has been so positive and rewarding. Our daughters will benefit thoughout their lives from this very strong, value centered education that is Sacred Heart,” offered Terry Bowman.

Up for bid this year are condos in Cabo, Siesta Key, and Aruba, a Barbeque for 50 people, Yankees, Red Sox and Giants tickets, a Sacred Heart Chapel pew, a Weber gas grill, a fire pit, an IPad 2, golf packages, beauty packages, premium wines, fine art, catered dinners, antiques, furniture, electronics, jewelry and much, much more.

While in Louisville, make sure to visit the “Winner’s Purse” for treasure bags, “What a Southern Belle Wants” for specialty women’s items, “Millionaire’s Row” for the Silent Auction, “Win, Place or SHA” for boutique items, “The Kentucky Corral” for baskets galore, “Chance of a Lifetime” for gift certificates, and “Riders Up” for sports items.

Adding to this year’s festivities will be a Car Raffle for a 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan. Tickets, at $20 each, are currently on sale and can be purchased in the Main Office or from a current student. The drawing will be held at 9:00 p.m. the night of the Auction and the winner need not be present.

Reservations for the FantaSHA 2012 “The Run for the Roses – Celebrating the Kentucky Derby” Auction are available by calling 203-287-8181, x366 or emailing Tickets are $90 per person and tables of ten are $900. Those interested in donating goods or services should also contact Dayna Cavanaugh.


Take a Chance on a 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan

Posted 01/18/2012 02:23PM

Sacred Heart Academy is sponsoring a car raffle as part of its signature fundraising event…The FantaSHA 2012 Live and Silent Auction! Take a chance and be the lucky winner of a 2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan, with automatic transmission, air conditioning, fabric interior and AM/FM stereo with CD player. Tickets, at $20 each, can be purchased in the Main Office at Sacred Heart Academy, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or from a current student.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Auction - “Run for the Roses…Celebrating the Kentucky Derby” - to be held on Saturday evening, March 24 on the school’s campus. (Winner need not be present.) For car raffle or auction information, contact Dayna Cavanaugh at or 203-287-8181, x366. All proceeds will directly benefit the students at Sacred Heart Academy.

Special thanks to our friends at D’Addario Nissan of Shelton for their assistance in providing the car.


Mother-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch

Posted 01/17/2012 11:58AM 
Edited 02/13/2012

The Annual Mother Daughter Liturgy and Brunch has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 26 at Aqua Turf Country Club in Plantsville. Mass begins at 9:30 a.m. with brunch immediately following. (Both Mass and brunch are held at Aqua Turf.) Everyone is welcome. Reserve early as this popular event on the SHA calendar is often a sell-out! Please direct questions to Kathy Renzulli at 203-888-8615.


Celebrating 65 Years and 15 Sequences in GenBank

Posted 01/12/2012 03:07PM

As Sacred Heart Academy celebrates 65years of excellence in education, its nationally recognized and well-renowned biotechnology research program is also celebrating a milestone - the publication of a 15th sequence in GenBank, a division of the National Center of Biotechnology Information.

Students began sequencing DNA at the Academy in 1997 and the following year presented at their first scientific conference. By 2005, students were submitting sequences of partial coding regions to entire genes to GenBank. Each year students present their research to the scientific community at national meetings; this academic school year, students will travel to three scientific conferences to present DNA research. Now in its fourteenth year, the SHA biotechnology research program has grown to accommodate 20 students and each year more and more students express strong interest in the program.

“I am not aware of any other high school who can claim to have published numerous sequences completely derived by students and without scientific intervention, “offered Sr. Mary Jane Paolella, ASCJ who founded the biotechnology program at Sacred Heart Academy. “ Sacred Heart Academy students have published the following sequences in GenBank: BMP2, VDR, CALCR, COL1A, and BGLAP – genes all implicated in Osteoporosis and several mitochondrial DNA genes - ATP6 synthase, CYTb, and all three subunits of COX: I, II, and III) which total 10,864 nucleotides in all, “ she added.

To date, students have attended meetings sponsored by: The Institute of Genomic Research/Venter Institute, the American Society of Human Genetics, the International Symposium on Osteoporosis, the Genetics Society of America, Experimental Biology-American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, AAAS, and the New England Estuarine Research Society.

Over the years, the Academy has received both national and local media attention for its outstanding and innovative science department, particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology research program. The science department has garnered several grants and earned multiple awards and recognitions, most recently named one of the top three science high schools in the country by the Intel Foundation.


'Day of Caring' Volunteers Spruce up St. Martin de Porres

Posted 01/09/2012 10:58AM

This past Saturday several students, parents and alumnae from Sacred Heart Academy helped to spruce up St. Martin de Porres School at the annual 'A Day of Caring,' sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. These volunteers, along with volunteers from Notre Dame High School of West Haven, worked together to paint, clean and fix up the tuition-free, independent Nativity Miquel middle school in New Haven. Learn more about the 'Day of Caring' and St. Martin de Porres School in the article and video (below) by Ann DeMatteo, Assistant Metro Editor at the New Haven Register.


HEART and The Honor Roll of Giving

Posted 01/03/2012 02:26PM

Enjoy the latest issue of HEART which includes the 2010-2011 Honor Roll of Giving. This publication highlights students, faculty, alumnae and Academy achievements and the Honor Roll of Giving gratefully acknowledges our many generous donors.


Southern Connecticut Conference All Academic Team

Posted 12/09/2011 11:54AM

Congratulations to the following student athletes, all of whom have earned a varsity letter in their respective sport and have attained a grade point average of 4.0 or better:

Caitlin Baker, Cross Country
Stephanie Baldwin, Cross Country
Molly Duffy, Cross Country
Sara Fagan, Cross Country
Ashley Garcia, Cross Country
Michaela Matos, Cross Country
Willa Rusowicz-Orazen, Cross Country
Nicole Sroka, Cross Country
Meghan Buckley, Field Hockey
Torrie DeGennaro, Field Hockey
Madeleine Donohue, Field Hockey
Erin Hillis, Field Hockey
Jillian Laggis, Field Hockey
Florette Pursell, Field Hockey
Allyson Serniak, Field Hockey
Gina Valentine, Field Hockey

Paige Ahern, Soccer
Andrea Antoni, Soccer
Alexa Cafasso, Soccer
Alexis Cardinali, Soccer
Elizabeth Carlson, Soccer
Jenna Hernandez, Soccer
Danielle McPherson, Soccer
Kathryn Mortati, Soccer
Deanna Sintay, Soccer
Sydney Sullivan, Soccer
Krystina Velleca, Soccer
Hannah Aylward, Swimming & Diving
Megan Dwyer, Swimming & Diving
Michele Merwin, Swimming & Diving
Helen Park, Swimming & Diving
Xenia Zueva, Swimming & Diving
Melissa Brigante, Volleyball
Rachael Cisto, Volleyball
Emma Dragan, Volleyball
Caitlin Malloy, Volleyball


Annual Stocking Drive Ensures Smiles on Faces of Children Less Fortunate

Posted 12/01/2011 09:40AM

Christmas is in the air…cinnamon, scented candles, freshly cut balsams, dazzling smiles to children everywhere, all friendly reminders of the most joyous of holidays. Again this year, Sacred Heart is committed to ensuring that smiles will appear on the faces of less fortunate, area children.

One of the Academy’s most meaningful holiday events is the Stocking Drive, a long-standing tradition spearheaded by the Student Council. Each year the first day of December marks the beginning of this service project. Student Council homeroom reps provide students with the gender and grade of a child to fill a stocking and students are reminded that their stocking may be the only present that this child receives at Christmas. Suggested items include small toys, toiletries, winter hats, mittens and scarves, art and school supplies. The Drive will culminate when the entire school joins in Chapel on Friday, December 9 for the annual Christmas Prayer Service with each student placing her stocking on the altar. Student Council  then distributes stockings to various outreach programs. This year stockings will be directed to St. Francis/St. Rose School and St. Martin de Porres, both in New Haven.

According Student Council president Nikki Sroka ‘12, “The Stocking Drive is not only one of the longest standing traditions at Sacred Heart, but also one of the favorites. Our students, faculty, and staff generously prepare stockings for children in need. It's such a beautiful sight to see the hundreds of stockings spread across the altar at our annual Christmas Prayer Service, especially knowing that these stockings might be the only gift a child gets for Christmas. We are so very blessed here at Sacred Heart and to be able to extend this blessing to others during the holiday season is truly gratifying.”


Deirdre Fitzpatrick Signs with Nationally Ranked, Division 1 USC for Rowing

Posted 11/15/2011 11:45AM

Congratulations to senior Deirdre Fitzpatrick on her recent signing with fifth ranked, Division 1 USC for rowing. Deirdre began rowing in March, 2010 for Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) of Norwalk, a highly competitive female only rowing club that practices six days a week under head coach Liz Trond. She made the Varsity "A" boat last spring where she and her teammates earned a bronze medal at Nationals in Oakridge, Tennessee in the Varsity 8 boat. According to Coach Trond, "CBC travels to many of the top regattas…the top 10 athletes just returned from Newport, California where they competed against the top West Coast teams. Deirdre rowed in both the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 and the team took second place in both events. The weekend before, the entire team was in Philadelphia racing against many of the best East Coast teams. In October, the top rowers competed in Boston at the Head of the Charles; CBC Varsity 4 took first place in a field of 76 boats."

Back: George Bedocs, Athletic Director, Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,President, Dr. Edward Fitzpatrick, Deirdre’s father; Front: Liz Trond, CBC Coach, Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Maureen Fitzpatrick, Deirdre’s mother

Last summer Deirdre made the US Junior National Team. She represented the US in the Varsity 8 boat which placed 3rd behind Germany and Romania. The competition took place at Dorney Lake, outside London, which is where the Olympics will be held this summer. Deirdre has been invited to a preselection camp in Texas in December in hopes of making the National Team again next summer. The World Nationals will be held in Bulgaria in August.

"Many of the rowers from CBC continue to row in college, most competing for Division I programs. Deirdre had many schools interested…she considered Duke and The University of Virginia but ultimately decided on USC for its stong academics, 5th place national ranking, and great climate, which enables the team to practice on the water year round, " shared Trond.

“Academically, Deirdre has earned honors for the three-plus years that she has been enrolled at Sacred Heart. She has qualified for, and elected to challenge herself with a number of honors level and AP courses, and always rises to the challenge of those offerings. I applaud her willingness to stretch academically and am confident that Deirdre is well positioned for success at USC,” offered guidance counselor, Patrick McAllister.


SHA on News8 CT Style

Posted 11/02/2011 02:04PM

Check it out! SHA was featured on CT Style on News8. Cast members from The Wiz cooked for a cause with President Sr. Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., '71 in celebration of our 65th Anniversary. As part of a school-wide service project, students and faculty alike are challenged to complete 65 hours of service before the end of the school year.

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Chair of Math Department Featured in NH Register for "Fab Five"

Posted 11/02/2011 01:51PM

Enjoy reporter Ann DeMatteo's article and video in the New Haven Register about Kathryn Gniadek's 'Fab Five' trigonometry system. Chair of the math department, Mrs. Gniadek has recently uploaded to the first three installments of a twenty level e-book series entitled "Fab Five for Trigonometry." The first three installments are also available for the Kindle.


Little Valentine's Day Dance - Reserve Now!

Posted 01/11/2012 01:05PM

The Sacred Heart Alumnae Association will again present the popular “Little Valentine’s Day Dance,” being held this year on Friday evening, February 10 from 5:00 – 8:00. The event, which is open to the public, is designed for children in grades Pre-K through Grade 4 and will include a pasta supper served at 6:00 p.m., great music with plenty of room to dance, raffle prizes, and a photographer for family photos. Admission is $8 per person; children under three are complimentary. A parent or guardian must be present with each child.

Spread the word to all the little Valentines you know, but don’t wait to make your reservation as last year’s event was a sell-out. Advance ticket purchase is required; click here to access the event flyer with reservation form. For additional information please contact Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ, Director of Alumnae Relations at 203-288-2309, x313.



Welcome to our New Website!

Posted 02/08/2012 4:00PM

Several months in the making, the new Sacred Heart website is an online community that will enable better communication with all our members. In addition to being able to view assignments and grades and communicate with teachers, parents and students will also be able to update your information, view your giving history and register for events. Alumnae, you will be able to update your information, view your giving history and register for events. You will also be able to communicate more easily with each other and with the Office of Alumnae Relations, post class notes and look up classmates. The new website promises to make the online experience with Sacred Heart more engaging and easier to use.

To join our online community:

Parents and  Students:


Click the login button in the top right hand corner and enter your current NetClassroom login and password (all caps).



Click the login button in the top right hand corner and then click “new registration” to create your account

We encourage you to visit frequently as this is but the first step in building an informative, interesting, and compelling online experience of the community that is Sacred Heart Academy.

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