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In The Spotlight

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ADMISSIONS DEADLINES

Please be aware of the above dates for applying to Fontbonne and visiting our campus. Forms for both can be found by clicking the Admissions tab in the top navigation. For any other admissions related questions please contact Mrs. Hein at hein@fontbonne.org.
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STUDENT RECEIVES AWARD FROM MRS.KING

In lieu of a retirement party, Mrs. Gilda King '68 asked that a tuition assistance award be given to a noteworthy student. Juliana Ghorra '22 was presented with an award in the name of Gilda T. King. Mrs. King served at FHA for 38 years; first as a Math teacher, then in 1997, as Associate Principal, a position for which she served until her retirement in June 2017. The reception was held in Principal, Mary Ann Spicijaric's office, and was attended by the Ghorra family and members of the faculty and staff. Congratulations to Juliana and thank you Mrs. King!
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ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM

Nursing Program Students visited St. Francis College and attended a lecture by Dr. Eleanor Kehoe (Chairperson, Department of Nursing) and Dean of Science Dr. Allen Burdowski who spoke about hypertension, blood pressure and the side effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.Students had access to the lab so they could practice checking blood pressure and pulse on each other and dummy patients.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT- Jaclyn Deteskey

Jaclyn Deteskey is a Fontbonne Junior who began her service by giving back to her grade school/parish- St. Anselm's. She volunteered at swim practice, helped with their Winter Wonderland and baseball clinics. Last year, Jaclyn founded and became the president of FHA Against Cancer. The club has held a Halloween Fundraiser, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress Down Day, a book drive for Maimonides Medical Center and wrote get well letters and notes of encouragement to pediatric patients at Maimonides Medical Center. (Read more by clicking link above.)
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Events

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CHRISTMAS WREATH LIGHTING

We will be celebrating Christmas with its second annual Christmas Wreath lighting on December 7th, 2019. Current families and Alumnae alike, are invited to participate. The wreath may be in honor of your family name or in memory of a loved one and they will be hung along our parameter fencing. Your donation after purchase of the wreath, will go toward the Fund for Fontbonne. The deadline has been extended to November 23rd! Click title link above for details.
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PARENT SEMINAR

Please join the Parent University for this first-time seminar presented by renowned child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. Lori Evans of the NYU Child Studies Center who will join us for a conversation about teen behavior - What's normal and when intervention may be necessary.
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PARENT SOCIAL

We are hosting our Parent Social on November 8th at Kennedy's restaurant in Breezy Point. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents for cocktails, conversation and raffles! We had a great time last year and are looking forward to meeting more of you! RSVP by October 25th. Invitations have been mailed to your homes but please email maldari@fontbonne.org if you have any questions.
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Principal's
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For over 80 years, Fontbonne Hall Academy has been preparing young women to become professional leaders who serve their communities with confidence and compassion. As an all-girls’ Catholic secondary school owned by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we are committed to Jesus’ mission to promote the love of God in one’s community, and to respond to the needs of our time. We challenge our students to achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential in science, math, the arts and humanities by providing them with the tools necessary to achieve success in their college studies and their chosen career. Enriched by a diversity of persons and gifts in our school community, Fontbonne develops young women to become global citizens who live and work among people of all faiths and cultures.
 
We provide a learning environment that not only stresses academic excellence, but also spiritual growth, which is embodied in our mission statement of “unity and reconciliation through all-inclusive love”. Fontbonne has a long tradition of sisterhood that has provided a welcoming environment that invites social inclusiveness and moral support while instilling leadership skills, spiritual strength and self-confidence. As such, our alumnae leave us as intelligent, confident young women with loving hearts and a solid moral foundation.
 
As you browse the pages of our website, you will see examples of 21st Century learning. This is exemplified by:

     * Our rigorous STEM program that aims to close the gender gap in STEM careers and that utilizes a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, a three-year Science Research Program, and the Brown University Pre-College Women in Engineering Program.
     * Sixteen Advanced Placement classes offered across the curriculum.
     * An award-winning visual arts program. 
     * A Religion Department that explores Catholic identity, while inviting each student to examine her own relationship with God.
     * An English department that provides the tools for effective written and oral communications in a rapidly changing digital world and that includes a print and broadcast journalism program.
     * A Social Studies department that offers historical perspective on the cultural, social and political issues that affect women today.
     * A World Language department that provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate different cultures.
     * A wide variety of athletic teams and student activities that develop our students' leadership and collaboration skills.
 
Our Director of Admissions, Victoria Hein, would be happy to schedule a visit day for your daughter. Please feel free to reach out to her at hein@fontbonne.org and come and see all that Fontbonne has to offer.
 
Sincerely,
Mary Ann Spicijaric
Principal 
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Teacher
Feature

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Mrs. Catherine Barton is a member of the mathematics department and a proud graduate of Fontbonne Hall. After graduation she attended St. Joseph’s College where she majored in mathematics and minored in secondary education. Her first teaching position was at St.Edmund’s high school. After one year she went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help high school where she taught for sixteen years. During that time she pursued a master’s degree in math education from St. John’s University. After staying at home to raise three children she returned
“home” accepting a teaching position at her alma mater, Fontbonne. For the last 22 years she has taught all levels of math including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus. She also served many years helping to create the school schedule. Recently she has assumed the role of Coordinator of Student Affairs. One of its responsibilities includes overseeing student detention. A typical day for Mrs. Barton starts at 7:15 where she can be found in the cafeteria overseeing students who come early for breakfast. But from her perspective more importantly, it's where she can provide math help for any student who needs it. At 2:45, after a regular day of teaching, she can be found in room 101 where she moderates detention and offers extra help to any students who need math assistance.
 
When not working at Fontbonne she enjoys spending time with the loves of her life … her 4 grandchildren. She also coordinates a Baptism program in her parish church, St. Patrick’s. Looking back at her years teaching at Fontbonne she recalls how good she feels when a struggling student masters a topic. As she reflects on teaching helping a student succeed is what it’s all about. Even after all the time she has spent teaching she is happy to be able to say that she has never regretted dedicating her life to a career that helps prepare young women for their futures.
 
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