The Week That Was – March 13, 2017 Edition

And the week to come.

Freshmen students ask questions of visiting violinist Aleksey Semenenko and pianist Inna Firsova..

Freshmen students ask questions of visiting violinist Aleksey Semenenko and pianist Inna Firsova..


Congratulations Anna Brach ’19 who was elected today as School Vice President for 2017-18.

Concert Musicians Visit SEM

SEM’s hallways were rich with music this morning as Aleksey Semenenko, violinist, and Inna Firsova, pianist, were Ron Martin’s guests for the freshman Arts Eye class this morning. The musicians also gave a master class to upperclassmen in the Chapel.

The musicians were in Buffalo to play at Kleinhans yesterday on behalf of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society in their Rising Artist program. They also gave a pre-concert performance with students from the BRAVO International Chamber Music Workshop. Tara Porter ’17 played yesterday with the workshop an d today in Chapel. Elisa Yi ’18 also played violin for Mr. Semenenko and Ms. Firsova today.

About the SEM Weekly and Journalism Class

The SEM journalism class met for the last time on Tuesday, Feb. 28. We successfully put out a weekly newspaper that provided SEM families, faculty and alumnae with school news and information without blowing deadline since we began in September. The students worked hard and they worked fast to come up with stories, write and report them, find photography, and then turn around edits in a matter of days. I am very proud of them and very grateful to SEM’s teaching fellow, Sarah Wooten, for the support she offered me and the students.

Along the way we had classes on journalistic form and style: more periods, fewer commas; creative leads and kickers; photo captioning; how to interview (in person, preferably!); the necessity to capture multiple viewpoints; how to quote; news literacy; the First Amendment and freedom of the press; the difference between fact and opinion. The students were taught that when writing an opinion piece, it is necessary to substantiate assertions with facts and quotes by first person eye witnessing, from interview subjects, and from reputable news outlets.

We visited a printing press at Western New York Book Arts and we had Andrew Galarneau, the Buffalo News food editor and restaurant critic, speak to us. (First trimester we also had a photojournalist visit – sorry second trimester girls, he and I couldn’t work a time out.)

The SEM Weekly will continue to publish with voluntary contributions from faculty, administration and students.  I also welcome parent and alumnae contributions and comments. It will also continue with the help of Aerin Wagner ’17 who is doing journalism as her independent study this spring. Aerin also contributes to the Buffalo News NeXt section and was a student in the first trimester of journalism class. Her first story as an editor for SEM Weekly reports on the sessions and workshops at SEM to address student mental and physical health held on March 3.

The SEM Parent Association (PA) Mother’s Day plant sale closes Friday!

A variety of annuals, herbs, tomatoes and gorgeous hanging baskets are available. The deadline for ordering is Friday, March 17 (the day before spring break starts).  Pick-up is Friday, May 12 in front of school between 11 AM – 4 PM.

As always, order early as the hanging baskets sell out quickly!  If you are able to help on the date of delivery please let the PA know.

All orders can be dropped off or mailed to the SEM front office or ordered online. Here is the link to the downloadable order form  and here is a link to the website order form where you can pay online.

Legacy Residential Scholarship

Do you know a girl who would be a great SEM girl? A great Hornet or Jacket? She doesn’t have to be from Buffalo anymore… Because whether she’s from around the block or around the world – Buffalo Seminary has a place for her in our 5- or 7-day boarding in the beautiful historic homes next door to the school. Scholarships are now available for residential girls referred by a graduate, trustee of the school, or SEM family for the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of this scholarship is to build our SEM community with talented young women who have a connection to the school.

To nominate a candidate, contact Director of Admission Laura Munson ‘79 at 716.885.6780 or email [email protected].

Summer at SEM Registration is Open

New this year is a sailing class offered at the Buffalo Yacht Club. And, for the second year, the first week of camp is only for girls entering grades 5 and 6 with special programming and orientation just for them. Find out more here.

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