The Week That Was – January 16, 2017 Edition

And the Week to Come

In Quebec over MLK Weekend.

In Quebec over MLK Weekend.

Erin Kelly, Managing Editor

Students of French went to Quebec City, Quebec for the long weekend. (As opposed to students from France, who arrived at SEM last week!)


This week Morgan Baker takes us to the Nichols School Inclusivity Conference; Emma Brenjens considers the origins of the New Year’s resolution; Isabelle Schlehr provides a report on the first SEM varsity squash v. varsity squash alumnae challenge; Emily Marie Jimenez takes us to the State of the State at UB; and sophomore Abby Collins interviews some classmates on the affect SEM has had on them.

It’s that time: seniors are to stop in the Main Office by Wednesday 1/18 to verify how their names will be printed on their diplomas. Questions can be directed to Ann Leslie. Parents, if you want input (i.e. middle name) please let your daughter know.

Driver Ed registration deadline is January 20.

Rose Dance – annual father/daughter dance is February 4. Invitations are in the mail. This year it’s possible to bookbill the tickets!

Anabel Cornacchio ’16 who is on a gap year before starting Cornell in the fall, was the SEM videographer on Grandparent Morning held just before Thanksgiving. This week, the resulting video which was carefully shot and edited by her, was done. Thank you Anabel!

New residential students from China and France arrived for the new year. The French sophomores are here for two months from their school in Le Havre, France and the new Chinese girls (one sophomore and two freshmen) are here for all of high school. Ms. Stothart introduced them in Morning Meeting on January 11.


The sophomore Research and Information Literacy Class did some great work first trimester. In an increasingly tricky time to sort real news from fake and for teenagers to understand their digital footprint this class provides vital lessons and skills. Some of the projects are:

  • A Prezi on Sports Medicine by Nicole Nobrega
  • Types of Animation” by Miriam Ings (includes a stop action video she made!)
  • A website on positive psychology called “Ways to Make You Happier” by Shannon Shao
  • Prezi on the “History of Rowing” by Krissy Borowiak
  • “How Sleep Effects Teens,” a Prezi by Emily Fretz
  • “The Fame Behind the Mona Lisa” PowerPoint by Ayesha Kahn.
  • Prezi entitled “The International Red Cross: A History” by Isabel Finkbeiner
  • “Dangerous and Poisonous Animals in the Australian Outback” a PowerPoint by Teresa Schmitz
  • Sculpture Parks Around the World” by Erin Griffis
  • “Detox Teas” – a Prezi by Mary Curtin