This summer, students from Holy Child schools around America came together at Camp Cornelia 2016 to prepare incoming fourth and fifth graders to attend the Cornelia Connelly Middle School in the fall. The student-teachers slept at the school for a week, and taught the middle school students about Cornelia Connelly, the geography of NYC, math and more. Additionally, they coordinated games, assemblies, a theater session, a singing class and a field trip to the Museum of NYC. An amazing experience for all, Holy Child students enjoyed getting to know each other, teaching and welcoming the new fourth and fifth graders to the Holy Child community!
The Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Class of 2017 has just returned from their incredible immersion trip in Italy. Guided by program advisor, Dr. Antonio Rutigliano of NYU and program director Kayleigh Hough '04, our students traveled all over the country, from as far south as Paestum, where they saw the temples of Magna Graecia, to as far north as Venice. In between, they stopped in Rome and Florence where they saw ancient Roman temples, visited St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, toured the Uffizi Museum, and spent a special evening listening to talented musicians perform Italy's greatest opera arias. The students also visited smaller cities, like Tarquinia, where they explored Ancient Etruscan tombs, and Volterra, where they walked the streets of a fortified medieval city. Throughout the trip the students presented their in situ projects, which served as a bridge between what they learned in class at Holy Child and their experiences in Italy, and introduced them to the important research skills they will need for their second year in the program.
In recognition for their outstanding achievement in the arts, Holy Child Middle School students recently received the 2016 Youth Art Month Mayor's Choice Award, presented by Harrison Mayor/Town Supervisor, Ron Belmont! The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. It also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. Congratulations to Lizzie, Brianna, Meg and Kate on their beautiful artwork!
Holy Child alumnae gathered together at our annual summer rooftop event in New York City. Graduates enjoyed catching up with their Holy Child friends, faculty and staff, while taking in Manhattan's breathtaking views from the Rare Rooftop. Alumnae continue to enjoy this unique venue, which has provided us with a different view of the NYC skyline each year. We wish all of our Holy Child alumnae and their families a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you all back on campus in the fall.
Melissa Dan is a dedicated Catholic educator and successful leader. She has worked as a counselor, special education teacher, middle school teacher and principal both in Catholic and public schools. Ms. Dan has a depth of experience in all facets of school operations. As a leader, Melissa has been able to balance a respect for strong traditions with helping the institution make meaningful changes in order to ensure continued excellence. "It is my great privilege to serve as the new Head of School at Holy Child, and I am honored to be a part of the tradition Cornelia Connelly started over a century ago. I continue to be inspired by her life and words in many ways, and I am honored to lead a school with a longstanding history of challenging young women to pursue academic excellence and find joy in learning.