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In The Spotlight

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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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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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9TH GRADERS ENTER ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Our incoming 9th graders attended the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics kick off event at The Dalton School. As part of our new G.A.T.E.S. (General Applications of Technology, Engineering, and Science) course, our 9th graders will be designing, building, and programming robots according to the FIRST Tech Challenge's theme of the 2019 year which is sponsored by Star Wars. Students participated in a variety workshops that will help them prepare for this prestigious competition.
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Events

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FALL OPEN HOUSE

All students and parents interested in learning more about FHA are invited to join us for our annual fall Open House on Saturday, October 19TH at 12:30pm. Please click the title link above to register. We look forward to meeting all our "Future Bonnies"!
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ALUMNAE CRAFT NIGHT

Do you remember the little ceramic christmas tree that was on Auntie's or Granny's table? The little lights that meant Christmas was around the corner? Now you have an opportunity to make one of your own! Join the Alumnae Office at Norma's Arts and Craft's supply on November 19th for an evening of great company and fun! Click title for details.
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WINE TASTING SOCIAL

Parents and friends of Fontbonne are invited to join us on Thursday, November 21st for a delicious wine tasting and pairing event in the Main Building foyer. Enjoy reds, whites and wonderful dried meats, cheeses and fruits to accompany them! Our guest sommelier is Fred Hetzel and he will be talking about the wines, the regions they are from and how to judge taste. More info and registration to follow! Call the Development Office for more details! 718-748-2244
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AMAZON PARTNERSHIP

Fontbonne Hall Academy is now a member of the Amazon Smile program. All you need to do is login to smile.amazon.com and search for "Sisters of Saint Joseph Fontbonne Hall". This easy, one-time step will automatically donate a small percentage of your Amazon purchase to FHA!
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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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