Volume 2, Issue 2 www.nardin.org 716-881-6262 NARDIN ACADEMY High School Newsletter November/December 2009 DATES TO REMEMBER Mother-Daughter Mass & Brunch November 1 NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day November 11 HS Entrance Exam November 21 Parent Teacher Conferences November 23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Recess November 25—27 “The Wiz” December 10, 11, 12 Christmas Concert December 15 Last Day before Vacation December 18 Letter from the Principal, Rebecca Reeder Dear Parents and Students, The end of the first quarter of the school year is almost upon us, and what a quarter it has been! When we say we hit the ground running, we mean it. What have we done so far this year? Welcome Back Mass and Picnic, Meet-the-Teacher night, Walk-a-Thon, Open House, senior class trip, clubs have begun meeting, fall sports are approaching playoffs, auditions for “The Wiz” have finished and practices begun, etc., etc., etc. And in between all of this, we actually teach classes and learning occurs! WOW! And all of this took place in just the first two months. As we move forward, check your calendars for the end of first quarter (Nov. 6th) and parentteacher conferences related to report cards on Nov. 23rd. In addition, “The Wiz” will be performed Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at UB Center for the Arts; you won’t want to miss it! Speaking of missing it, I would be remiss if I did not pause here to say thanks to the many parent volunteers who stepped forward to help with Walk-a-Thon and Open House. We were thrilled with your participation and look forward to parents helping out in more events as the year progresses. By the way, the girls did a great job in supporting Walk-A-Thon and we surpassed our goal! Therefore, at some point later in the year, they will receive a day off for their efforts. Thank you for your support, too. We lowered our goal this year in light of economic conditions, and I believe it made things easier for our families. Please know that there is a place for you to be involved in the high school and we want you to feel comfortable to join in the fun. Even if you can’t give time to volunteer, I hope you will try to get out and enjoy one of our sports teams’ games, or come and marvel at the orchestra and choir at their winter concert. We have something for everyone, and I am very proud of the accomplishments of all our students no matter where their interests may lie. Check out the calendars for further details on these events. Finally, I must ask your cooperation and indulgence during this time of construction. We are really on time for completion of this project, but as with changes in our own homes, there is inconvenience. When you come to drop your daughters off in the morning or pick them up at the end of the day, please remember that traffic in our lot is one way. You pull in the driveway closest to the high school side of the building and then pull as far up as possible on the right side of the lot to drop off. I know it means the girls will have to walk a little farther, but we have a dangerous situation as cars are backing up onto Auburn and blocking the street. Once you have dropped off or picked up, then you exit through Rebecca Reeder the driveway at the elementary end of the lot onto Auburn Ave. High School Principal Please do not enter the lot from Cleveland Ave. and expect to drive down to the high school side. We must keep a safe and smooth traffic flow, so keep in mind that traffic is one-way. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for playing a part in the completion of this project. As we head toward the holiday season, please keep in mind this quote by Charles Dickens: “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” May God bless you and your family every day. Sincerely, Rebecca R. Reeder Rebecca Reeder High School Principal Included in this Newsletter: Guidepost “The Wiz” information Golfing for Gators School Closing Informatin Click here to get a printable 2 month High School calender or go to the High School Nardin Academy High School 135 Cleveland Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 881-6262 Main Office x1080 Absence Line x3010 Admissions x1380 Advancement x1200 Business Office x1060 Campus Ministry x1280 Cafeteria x1420 Clinic x1250 Guidance x1190 Library x1210 Music Dept x2010 Physical Education x1620 President’s Office x1130 R. Reeder x1120 D. Kaczmarek x1600 J. Millson x1720 Fax Number (716) 881-0086 Staff Rebecca Reeder, Principal Diane Kaczmarek, Vice Principal Jennifer Millson, Vice Principal Jane Mathias, Guidance Colleen Robertson, Guidance Joan Catuzzi Maureen Higgins Elizabeth Mason Page 2 Academic Information • Freshmen are adapting well to Global I Honors! Having finished study of ancient Hebrews and early Judaism, senior Rachael Burganowski addressed the Honors classes about her Jewish faith and traditions. In addition, Rachael, wearing her Prayer Shawl, shared a portion of the Hebrew passage she learned for her Bat Mitzvah. From reading and discussion of Anita Diamont’s Red Tent, students have a better insight of life for women of the Fertile Crescent. Projects focusing on women of Mesopotamia, their duties, traditions and expectations are displayed on the first floor. A challenging course of study, seniors taking the Philosophy course are wrapping their minds around readings from early Greek philosophers. From the Trial and Death of Socrates to the novel, Sophie’s World, the students quite engaged in grasping the Socratic Method. Death, grief, loss and all their implications are subject matter for the majority of seniors this semester in the senior religion elective Death and Dying. Mitch Album’s Tuesdays With Morrie and The Mysteries of Suffering & Death are books read and discussed to gain a better handle on pertinent issues dealing with death and dying. Having been a Funeral Director for 32 years, Mr. Ronald Hoeflich addressed the class about the funeral business, his education, personal experiences as well as answering many questions asked by the girls. Mr. Hoeflich was the first in a series of speakers who give first hand understanding to the subject of death, grief and loss in this senior religion course. A group of students from A.P. Biology and Advanced Biology visited Body World at the Science Museum recently. They found the exhibit very interesting and applicable to the human anatomy section of their syllabus that they will study later this year. As done every year, the Latin classes select patron saints that focus on during their study. This year, the following saints have been chosen: Latin I – St. Thomas Aquinas; Latin II – St. Joseph; Latin III – St. Joan of Arc and Latin IV – St. Bede (a.k.a. “The Venerable Bede”) The freshmen English classes have just completed a unit on new Literacies. Students created beautiful portfolios where they explored the idea of text as film, music, novels, poems, artwork, etc. They are gearing up to write their own short stories in November. We have had a marvelous start to the year! Recently the AP English Literature seniors traveled to Canisius College to hear Chris Offutt, entertaining and humorous author of The Good Brother which they read over the summer. • • • • Faculty Bernadette Attea Wendy McKee Marilou Bebak Tom Michals Linda Biondi Jennifer Millson Renee Boltri Richard Murak Margaret Briggs Clotilde Perez-Bode Anne Casper Karen Podd Joan Catuzzi Joan Ricca Julie Clack Matthew Riley Colleen Coniglio Colleen Robertson Jackie D’Orazio Karen Roslowski Emma Eddy Margaret Schneid Laura Faller Susan Semple Lucyann Georger Donna Seymour Gerilyn Hartmayer Mary Sharrow Pamela Healy Mo Sheehan Claudia Huben Iris Skoog Mary Lou Jarosz Caitlyn Snyder Diane Kaczmarek Michele Spaulding Michelle Kazmierczak Sienie Kelly Rosalie Sperrazza Jennifer Kiener Diane Strassel Jane Kwieciak Scott Tanyi Stephanie Malinowski Laura Testa Kristin Mansour Mary Ann Turici Jane Mathias Lisa Utz Kate McDermott Peter Zanghi • • WEATHER CLOSINGS School closings due to inclement weather will be reported on Radio: WBEN 930 AM , and Channels 2, 4, and 7. If Buffalo public schools are closed, so is Nardin. School districts will not send buses into a closed district so many of our students who live in 27 school districts, would not have transportation. Page 3 Extracurricular Information • Fall sports have been in full swing and we are proud of our girls and their accomplishments. As of this writing, our golf team finished second in the league with two of our girls qualifying for the state meet in June. Cross country has 4 wins and 0 losses. Swim is 7 and 0, varsity soccer 9 – 1 – 1, JV soccer 5 -5, and volleyball 4 – 5. All the teams are streaking toward playoffs and we wish them well. The Nardin Outdoor Club is trekking to Watkins Glen for an overnight on Oct. 24: two days of hiking, shopping and food! Student Council is planning Spirit Week activities for the week of Oct. 19 to the 23rd. Special “dress-up” days will be announced. Congratulations to the 2009 – 2010 Freshmen Class Officers: Secretary – Mayha Krause, Vice President – Jane Truesdell, and President – Jackie Wydysh. Our new officers are beginning the process of planning Freshmen Class Unity Night, which will be held this winter. Science Club and Quarknet members Sarah Neville, Meghan Richey, Megan Stockdill, Kathryn Haefner, Erika Bliss, Cristina Giacobbe, Paige Tesmer, Rachael Burganowski, and Catherine Murphy will be treated to an all-expense- paid day trip to Fermilab (near Chicago) on November 11. The tour will include the accelerator complex, magnet factory, Lederman Center, CDF/DZero, and the 14th floor of the Wilson High Rise. They will be accompanied by Science Club moderator, Ms. Casper, and six AP Physics students from the Pembroke High School who are also part of the QuarkNet collaboration. Information on Fermilab can be found at http://www.fnal.gov/ Information on QuarkNet can be found at http:// quarknet.fnal.gov/ Quiz Bowl begins its season on October 19th and hosts a tournament on November 16th. Nardin is in the local Masterminds, Buffalo League with Williamsville East, Williamsville South, Williamsville North, and Lewiston-Porter. Our quiz bowl meets continue monthly through March to determine play-off eligibility. You can check out Nardin’s schedule of tournaments and progress throughout the year at http:// www.newyorkmasterminds.co m. FROGS (Friends, Relieve, Others, Grief) meets regularly to talk about personal loss, the importance of keeping memories alive and knowing others feel the way we do too. A wonderful gathering is celebrated every school day. We have had many fine readers from high school and the elementary school. Father Ryan encourages us to add to the prayers of the community and we begin our day with a great start! Buon giorno! The Italian Club is off and running. Lots of great ideas have been shared by the girls. Miss Testa hopes they keep up the good work and they are looking forward • to another productive and culturally enriching year. Ciao! Auditions for our musical production “The Wiz” were a great success. There are approximately 65 students in the cast! Make sure to mark your calendars with our performance dates and times: UB Center for the Arts – Drama Theater December 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 12 at 1:00 p.m. Congratulations to Patrice Voto! She has been accepted into the Jr. High Area All-State Chorus. Congratulations to Martha Wydysh, Aileen Comer and Helen Kester! They have been accepted into Sr. High Area AllState Orchestra. Nardin’s Model UN is up and running! Their first conference will be at Canisius College at the end of October. It is a oneday conference which will be attended by newer MUN members affording them much needed exposure to the workings of MUN. Also, plans are well underway for the Chicago International Conference February 4th – 7th. Fourteen students from sophomores to seniors will represent Nardin as delegates from Slovakia. Spring will see Nardin MUN attending once again the twoday St. Bonaventure Conference. And to round out the year, Co-Presidents of MUN Stephanie Doucette and Lauren Hoffman are planning an inhouse conference. We will keep you updated on the results of these conferences and any other MUN news. • • • • • • • • • • • Page 4 Page 5 5 Page Golfing for Gators Save the Date for The Annual Golf Tournament @ Arrowhead Course Wednesday June 16th 2010 Shot Gun Start @ 11:30am Here’s how you can help! • • • • Volunteer Donate raffle prizes Sponsor a Hole Golf Look for an invitation coming in April and find us on the Giving Link @ www.nardin.org FORTUNE 2010 SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FORTUNE AUCTION March 13, 2010 Parent volunteers are the key to the success of the annual FORTUNE auction. Contact Fortune Coordinator Eileen Sheets • 881-6262 x1090 • Email email@example.com • Return form to school office As always, thank you for your support! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Yes, I (We) would like to work on the Fortune Auction! Name__________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________________________ E-mail Address_________________________________________________________ We will contact you soon.