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State of Service at SEM

State of Service at SEM

Kyle Hopkins, Community Service Board Faculty Advisor

June 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Student Life

Adapted from Kyle Hopkins's Community Service Awards address in Morning Meeting on May 30. The state of Community Service @ SEM is good! And, there were a lot of new things happening! This year, with Katie Gibbons at the helm, the Community Service Board launched a new initiative - Servi...

SEM Squared: Sister-Sisters

SEM Squared: Sister-Sisters

Grace Heidinger, Contributor

June 4, 2018


Filed under Features

What would it be like going to high school with your sister or even sisters? For the 2017-2018 school year, there are 12 sets of sisters who go to SEM together. Some who see each other all the time and some who only see each other when they pass each other in the hallway. They're sisters literally and...

When in Pittsburgh… And You’re Not on a College Tour

When in Pittsburgh… And You’re Not on a College Tour

Grace Heidinger, Contributor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also known as "The Steel City" and more recently "The City of Champions" is filled with everything from unique neighborhoods to tasty restaurants. As for the geographic aspect, three rivers flow through the city: the Ohio, the Alleghany, and the Monongahela. Where there are...

404: New Staff Found in the Technology Office

404: New Staff Found in the Technology Office

Tess Rine, Contributor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Faculty, Features

When Daniel Tomaka graduated from Canisius College with a degree in economics and finance he certainly did not imagine himself the man who would save SEM students from the never-ending computer problems they face. Yet, here we are, relying on SEM's newest hire to keep everything running smoothly. ...

First Exchange to Lille, France Was Only the Beginning

First Exchange to Lille, France Was Only the Beginning

Mary Leslie, Contributor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

March 24, students embarked on the first ever SEM exchange to Lille, France.  Although the trip began with a slight change in plans fpr the eight students and their chaperones due to a strike at Air France, the girls could not wait to see their French correspondents after hosting them in Buffalo three...

Student-Organized Protest for the National School Walkout

Student-Organized Protest for the National School Walkout

Tess Rine, Contributor

March 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life

On January 14, 2018 Nikolas Jacob Cruz, age 19, attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flordia with a AR-15 style semi-automatic weapon. In the end,  17 people were dead at the hands of a mentally-ill former student with a gun. Unimpeachable facts. America is once again left in...

French Connection

French Connection

Katie Gibbons

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Bienvenue aux Etats-Unis! Seven French students from Le Havre, France arrived at SEM on January 8 and will be staying until March 5. Who are these girls? What do they think of the United States? What do they think of the SEM community? SEM began hosting temporary French students from Le Havre seven...

I Let My Mom Dress Me for a Week

I Let My Mom Dress Me for a Week

Katie Gibbons, Contributor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

SEM is all about fostering bonds among women. Many SEM moms are deeply involved in the SEM community and have strong bonds with their daughters - but how strong is this mother-daughter bond? After watching a Buzzfeed video where a mother dresses her son for a week I chose to test it. I let my mom dress...

What the College Process is at SEM

What the College Process is at SEM

Tess Rine, Contributor

January 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Question: How can a student go from "All I know is you need to get good grades, and it's stressful" Lily Hamlett '20, to "I can not wait for my life at college next year" Natalia Vaquero'18. Answer: SEM's college process On the SEM website, SEM defines itself as "an independent day and boarding h...

Frigid Quebec City Temperatures Didn’t Daunt SEM Students

Frigid Quebec City Temperatures Didn’t Daunt SEM Students

Katie Gibbons and Tess Rine

January 22, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

January 11 through 14,  38 SEM students and four teachers became tourists on a French-Canadian adventure in Quebec City, Quebec. This adventure included line dancing at a traditional Quebecois sugar shack, tubing, snowshoeing, making maple candy, a 10-hour bus ride and most importantly, wearing layer...

What’s UP with UPcycling at SEM?

What’s UP with UPcycling at SEM?

Tess Rine, Contributor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

The first week of 2018 marked the beginning of upcycling at SEM thanks to Chef Alex and Natural Upcycling, Batavia, NY based company. Natural Upcycling's focus is to collect food waste and turn it into a renewable resource. Food waste from SEM and a number of schools and stores including every Wegmans...

A Week of Giving in a Season of Giving

A Week of Giving in a Season of Giving

Katie Gibbons

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

Giving week is on! From December 11 to 15, the community service board has collection boxes set up in the gallery: one for winter clothing for Jericho Road Community Health Center, one for school uniforms for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and one for feminine hygiene products for Undercover Life. The...

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