Click here to view the May/June issue of our enewsletter, “Matters of the Heart…” for current students, parents, faculty and staff, and the Advisory Council. Enjoy our final issue of the 2018-2019 academic year!
The Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) recently hosted its 26th Scholar Leader Banquet. Two students from each member school were recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom, in their school, on the field, and in their local communities. Claire Lagarde ’19 and Vivian Wang ’19 were selected to represent the Academy. Kudos!
The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) annually honors two outstanding seniors from each member school who excel in the performing and visual arts while possessing qualities of scholarship and leadership. Congratulations to Samantha Dorsi ’19 and Xiaoxiao Crystal Long ’19 who were selected for excellence in performing and visual arts, respectively.
President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 has recently been asked to share her perspective and expertise. She was appointed by Archbishop of Hartford Leonard P. Blair to co-chair an ad hoc committee studying the future direction and growth of Catholic elementary school education in New Haven. Sister will serve with the president of Albertus Magnus College, Dr. Marc Camille, who will co-chair the committee.
In March, the student organization SHAdes of SHA hosted Diversity Week to celebrate the many identities that make up our community. As always, the week culminated in a school-wide assembly; this year’s assembly included a performance by the Tia Russell Dance Company of Woodbridge, speaker Antoinette Brim, and the much anticipated cultural fashion show.
Congratulations to Maria Papademetris ’20 who wasnamed a 2019 Governor’s Scholar! Based on her essay, her PSAT score, and her rank in the top five percent of her class, Maria was chosen as one of only thirty Governor’s Scholars in the state.
Incoming freshmen with the highest entrance exam scores and those who demonstrate outstanding academic potential are selected to receive the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship each year. Established in 1993, the scholarship honors the life, philosophy, and achievements of the Academy’s founding principal. These students display strong academic success with promise of future accomplishment and truly affirm the Academy’s motto, Excelsior.
Congratulations to senior Mary Sarah Olson, this year’s scholar-athlete. Recognized for her cumulative grade point average, varsity sports participation, community service, self-discipline, integrity, and leadership, Mary Sarah will be honored at the Annual Connecticut High School Scholar Athlete Awards dinner in May.
General Manager and Morning Host for AM 1220 WQUN, Quinnipiac University’s commercially licensed community radio station, Ray Andrewsen will serve as master of ceremonies at this year’s Live and Silent Auction.
In addition to our usual busy days of activities at Sacred Heart, our faculty, staff, parents, and students were deeply engaged last year in the reaccreditation process that all New England independent schools undergo once every decade.
Legacies from the incoming Class of 2023 were recognized this winter at the annual Orientation for Incoming Freshmen. Nine members of the class have mothers who are alumnae and three members of the class have grandmothers who are alumnae.
Experience Excelsior—Saturdays @ SHA offers girls in grades 5 to 8 an opportunity to experience the serious fun of learning without the extraneous pressure of formal grades, putting them in contact with ways of thinking, seeing, and doing that challenge them to reflect deeply and think critically. The program is filled with workshops and activities that promise to inform, engage, and entertain participating students while they make new friends.
Each year, one sophomore is chosen by the Social Studies Department to represent Sacred Heart at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar and one sophomore is chosen as alternate. Selection is based on essays on leadership. TheSocial Studies Department has announced this year’s selection is Aerin McLaughlin ’21 with Anna Weingart ’21 serving as alternate.
President Sr. Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., '71, Sr. Colleen Smith, ASCJ, director of mission advancement for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ, '77, provincial councilor for the order, were recently interviewed by the New Haven Register about the beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni.
Sr. Elizabeth Doyle, ASCJ, co-director of Campus Ministry and theology teacher, was featured on Thursday's edition of EWTN News Nightlyspeaking about the upcoming Mass of Beatification for Mother Clelia Merloni. Watch the video here. (The segment begins at 20:36.)
We have had a terrific response to our Open House. Please enjoy a few of the many, many positive remarks received from prospective students and parents after spending the afternoon with us at Open House...
The Academy has named Sallie Vece DeMarsilis ’82 chair of the Advisory Council for a three-year term. Sallie is senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of Movado Group, Inc., a publicly traded global watch company with more than ten brands in their portfolio.
In September, our chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) inducted 19 members. To qualify for membership students meet strict requirements of grade point average and science class enrollment. SNHS is involved in tutoring, hosting Mole Day activities, and running the school Science Fair in February.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides academically prepared students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn advanced placement and/or credit in college for successful performance on the AP exams.
The rain certainly did not dampen our spirits as we began a new chapter in our history! On Friday, June 1, we broke ground for a new School Center. More than 400—including students, faculty and staff, alumnae, advisory council members, campaign cabinet and committee members, Sisters, and invited guests—joined us for First Friday Mass followed by the blessing and groundbreaking ceremony.
Madison Brenchak '18 was presented with the Sr. Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Excelsior Award at Commencement. This award, named for the foundress of Sacred Heart Academy, is given each year to the senior who, in the opinion of the Sisters, consistently exemplifies dedication and loyalty to Sacred Heart Academy, imbibes the spirit of the school’s motto Excelsior—committed to reaching ever higher in all aspects of her life—, and values and is committed to the “strong bonds” formed at Sacred Heart Academy.
Thirty-nine members of the Class of 2018 earned the distinction of 4.0 Gold Tassel Scholar because they held a cumulative four-year minimum average of 4.0 or higher. As tradition dictates, these students wore gold tassels at Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 26.
On a gloriously sunny, summer-like Saturday morning, in the Philip Paolella Recreational, Jr. Center, the Class of 2018 graduated from Sacred Heart Academy! One hundred thirty-three members of the class made that special trip across the stage into the ranks of Sacred Heart alumnae.
Our Commencement speaker, Tara Barreira, is a member of the Class of 2002. In her current role as the Director of CMC Operations at Gemini Therapeutics, Tara enables gene and protein replacement therapies from the bench to the clinic for the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration and other diseases.
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 personalaccomplishments with University Awards.
Eunji Lee ’18 received notification from the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) that she has been named a semi-finalist in the competition. After two rounds of challenging exams, Eunji is now eligible to become a finalist. Twenty finalists are invited to a residential training program where they learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at the USABO National Finals.
In recognition of their superior academic performance, seniors Maia Jakubowski, Arushi Khanna, Eunji Lee, Meredith McConnell, Laura Mocciola,Audrey Seyfried, and Amy Ziobron were recently honored with the Superintendent’s Summa Scholar Award at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
With event chairs Steve and Jackie Fitzgerald, P’16, ’18, ’22, and their talented steering committee at the helm, a fabulous evening was had by all at this year’s auction. Held at Anthony’s Ocean View—a wonderful seaside location—we Set Sail with Sacred Heart Academy and Anchored Our Hearts in Giving amidst great company, stunning decorations, delicious food and libations, and one-of-a-kind items available for bid.
After graduating from Sacred Heart in 1974, Megan McLeod continued her education at Smith College and The Stanford Graduate School of Business. Even with these extraordinary college and graduate school experiences, Megan considers her years at Sacred Heart to be among the most rewarding and important in her life.
Each year, incoming freshmen with the highest entrance exam scores and those who demonstrate outstanding academic potential are selected to receive the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship.
The Drama Club recently performed a one act play, "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet" at the Connecticut Drama Association (CDA) Festival. The play was inspired by the poetry of Jo Carson, and included an original song composed by sophomore Christina Casper.
SHAdes of SHA is a student organization that promotes recognizing diversity and building unity through education and the celebration of differences. The organization hosts an annual Diversity Week, culminating in a school-wide diversity assembly that includes a cultural performance, a speaker, and the much anticipated cultural fashion show.
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus announce with great joy that the miracle attributed to the intercession of their Foundress, Blessed Clelia Merloni, was recognized with a unanimous affirmative vote at the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut at 9 a.m. and News 8 Medical Reporter Jocelyn Maminta will serve as honorary chair at this year’s Sacred Heart Academy Auction. Jocelyn’s daughter, Campbell, is a member of the junior class at Sacred Heart.
Vivian M. Ciampi, principal at Professional Coaching, LLC, a leadership and communications coaching firm, recently addressed more than 200 members of the Sacred Heart Academy Key Club. The interactive presentation focused on leadership with discussions on gratitude, confidence, and communication.
Enjoy this article featured in the New Haven Register. PresidentSr. Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., '71 speaks on Ever Higher—The Campaign for Sacred Heart Academy and the groundbreaking scheduled for summer 2018.
Sacred Heart will recognize Jamie Elizabeth Coady ’94 for her compassion, commitment to community, and contributions to the Academy at the Hearts of the Community Mass of Celebration on Friday, February 2 in the Chapel.
Each year, one sophomore is chosen by the Social Studies Department to represent Sacred Heart at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar and one sophomore is chosen as alternate. Selection is based on essays on leadership. The Social Studies Department has announced this year’s selection is Emily Carchia '20 with Alyssa Harduby '20 serving as alternate.
More than 200 students, including male actors from twelve different schools, performed the stage version of the classic movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to thousands of audience members the weekend of November 3 and 4 at the historic Shubert Theater in New Haven. This year’s musical complemented our STREAM curriculum by telling the tale of inventors, scientists and dreamers who survive many challenges to arrive at a happy ending.
“Chapel Bells,” our Annual Memorial Mass & Reception, will be held on Thursday evening, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. This liturgy is held in remembrance of and to honor deceased alumnae, former faculty, family, and friends of the Sacred Heart community.
The time has come for a new chapter to be added to the history of Sacred Heart Academy. On Monday, November 6, 2017, amidst a crowd of more than two hundred guests, the Academy officially embarked on a capital campaign—Ever Higher—The Campaign forSacred Heart Academy—to support Phase I of the master plan, approved in 2015 by the school’s board of directors and advisory council.
Members of the cast from the upcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, accompanied byMary Lee Delaney, director, and Sr.Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71, president, appeared on WTNH this weekend.
Physics instructor Nicole Granucci served as teacher and coach to Rachel Joyce ’18, Arushi Khanna ’18, Sarah Nastri ’18, and Roselynn Thattil '18. The Academy placed 3rd out of 50 schools in Rocket Design and earned an honorable mention for their team name – “Plancks for Nothing.”
Eunji Lee ’18 has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.