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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to Margaret Minogue for being this month's Student Spotlight! Margaret Minogue ('20) has spent her time at Fontbonne taking 10 AP classes and achieving honor roll status. After last year's AP exams, she received recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Margaret is a member of SAC (Student Activities Council) as a CSJ Leader, Fontbonne's Speech Team and the Students for Soldiers club. This September, Margaret was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar due to excellence on the PSAT/NMSQT. (click title above to read more)
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GOOGLE VISITS FONTBONNE

In 2014, Fontbonne was exclusively chosen by Google to be the first full beta test school for "Google Classroom". We have incorporated the application into our daily instruction and have made significant technological advances in how we operate as a school. To celebrate Google Classroom's 5th Birthday, the Google For Education team spent the day at Fontbonne. They observed our teachers and students interact with the tool, exchanged comments and ideas and ended the day with a cupcake party! We continue to build our relationship with Google and look forward to even more celebrations in the future.
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NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR

Congratulations to Alyssa DeAngelis '20 who has been named a 2019-2020 National Hispanic Scholar. Each year, the National Hispanic Recognition Program honors more than 7,000 academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Students with a cumulative junior year grade point average of 3.5 or higher and score in the top 2.5 % of the PSAT/NMSQT are designated as Scholars.
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St. Joseph's College @ Fontbonne Hall Academy

FHA announces the launching of its Early College program in collaboration with St. Joseph’s College (SJC). SJC@FHA offers a distinct college and career pathway in Child Study, enabling a student to earn up to thirty college credits toward the Child Study major with SJC leading to the BA degree in Child Study. A student who is considering a career in child study or speech pathology takes the requisite, core course in Child Study here on our campus and follows the career path in child study by taking those courses that are specifically required for the major. This course of study culminates with taking a SJC course, on the SJC campus, alongside college students taught by a college professor for a true college experience. For more information, you may contact Ms. Maryann DeLuca, Director of Early College Programs at deluca@fontbonne.org.
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Events

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CHRISTMAS WREATH LIGHTING

Join us as we celebrate our Annual Christmas Wreath Lighting! Click title above to purchase a wreath in your family name or in remembrance of a loved one. Wreaths are arranged throughout the property fencing and are lit throughout the Christmas Holiday Season.
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ALUMNAE ADVENTURE TRIP

Travel with us to beautiful LePuy-En-Velvay, Lyon and the city of lights, Paris, France. Click title above to join our European adventure!
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A GREAT CHRISTMAS TRADITION

FHA Alumnae are invited to join us on December 20th for "The 12 Days of Christmas"! The liturgy will be followed by a sing along, alumnae reception and of course lots of pictures! We look forward to sharing this very special tradition with all of you. Click the link above to register.
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PARENT SOCIALS

ATTENTION FONTBONNE PARENTS!! Are you interested in great food, great company and great fun with fellow FHA parents? We value the wonderful relationships we have made with our FHA parents and are hosting 2 events that you are guaranteed to enjoy! Our parent community means just as much to us as our students so if we have not met you yet, we have two opportunities for you to join in the fun: Elegant waterside dining with NYC views and "Sipping at the Mansion", a wine lovers dream! Click title to register.
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Principal's
Message

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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. Ellen Nicoll is finishing up her 37th year of teaching at Fontbonne Hall Academy.  When she first came to Fontbonne, she taught a full PE schedule, Physical Science, was an FA teacher, Year Coordinator and basketball coach, and then swim team moderator.  She earned a B.S. from Brooklyn College in Physical Education and her M.S. from St. John's University in School Building Leaders and is First Aid and CPR certified from the AHA. She also taught a Health and Wellness course in the Nursing Dept at the College of Staten Island for for several years. 

Mrs. Nicoll currently teaches grades 9, 10, 11 and Senior Leaders in Physical Education and grade 11 Health classes.  She is constantly learning and updating all areas of her teaching, and still finds the time to support our students by attending as many games and other events as possible. 
Mrs. Nicoll was coordinator for the classes of 1986, 1993, 2000, 2005 and 2017 (hello Ladies!) and still enjoys hearing from many of her former students.

Mrs. Nicoll pursued teaching because she really loves working with young adults and watching them grow and develop into wonderful young women. She also really enjoys the family atmosphere at Fontbonne. When not teaching, you can find her at home with her family, Bill, Sarah, Kellie (and their dog Tysen).  She enjoys working on her garden, reading, playing Pickleball, or traveling around and touring different baseball stadiums.
 
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