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In The Spotlight

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Brianna Alicandro (‘20) has spent her Fontbonne career maintaining Principal’s List while taking 5 AP classes as well as 5 Honors classes and being actively involved in multiple extracurricular activities. Throughout the past four years, she has been a dedicated player of Fontbonne’s softball, soccer, and basketball teams. Click title above to learn more about Brianna's achievements both in the classroom and in the community.
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SCHOLARSHIP SENIOR PITCHES BUSINESS IDEA

Congratulations to Alessandra Antonacci '20 on winning Honorable Mention in Seton Hall's Shark Tank competition! Selected as one of ten out of over 200 applications from around the country and globe, Alessandra pitched her innovative idea to the Seton Hall panel of judges. Her acupressure sock was a great success and the entrepreneurs judging the competition loved her idea! She received a scholarship to Seton Hall, one of her top college choices, for her success in the competition.
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STUDENT HEADS TO EXCLUSIVE DC PROGRAM

Jenine Samara ‘22 was recently accepted into the American Politics program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She will meet elected officials and university professors to learn the fundamentals of United States policy making and government. Jenine has always had an avid interest in history, politics and foreign affairs. As early as the eighth grade, Jenine was a volunteer with the Staten Island Democrats, working and contributing toward the midterm elections. Growing up in a half Italian and half Palestinian household has lent itself to an early appreciation of cultural, religious and political diversity. She hopes to carry this with her through her career. Jenine’s aspirations include studying law and to ultimately serve society as a UN diplomat.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

This month's spotlight is on Jenna Gaglioti '20. Jenna will be attending Cornell University next fall, with a major in Animal Sciences. She then plans to attend veterinary school to focus on opening her own private veterinary practice in the future. Click title above to learn more about Jenna's achievements both in the classroom and in the community.
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Events

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This Week is CPR Week!

This Week is CPR Week (courtesy, pride, and respect). It is a week in which we can show our appreciation and respect for all of the members within our community. Please check out the flyer for a preview of what SAC has in store for all of us this week! We look forward to your enthusiasm and participation as we celebrate the love and pride that we have in our school!
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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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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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BONNIES AND BUDDIES DINNER DANCE

Our annual Bonnie and Buddies Dinner Dance is February 7th. $85.00 per person includes: Full Four Course Dinner & DJ, Professional Photo and Favor for Each Daughter, Look-Alike Contest, Bonnies & Buddies Dance Contest and more! Please join us for a memorable, fun-filled evening. Click title above for details.
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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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Ms. Cipriano graduated from Fontbonne in 2013 and is currently in her third year of teaching at FHA.
After leaving Fontbonne, Ms. Cipriano went to St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York where she was Student Government Association President during her senior year. She received a B.A in History and Secondary Education, and completed New York State Certification in Social Studies Grades 5-6, 7-12. In 2019 she completed her M.Ed in Educational Technology and began working on her doctoral degree in Instructional Technology. 

Ms. Cipriano was the year coordinator for the class of 2019 and is the current year coordinator for 2022. She has taught Religious Studies to Grade 9 and teaches Economics and Participation in Government for Grade 12. In 2018, she was a coordinator for the Youth Leadership in Dominican Republic where students assisted organizations including DREAM, MUDHA, and Health Horizons International. She also is the the club moderator for FHAs Social Justice Club and is one of the moderators for Women’s Empowerment Club. Ms. Cipriano uses the two clubs to emphasize the need for equality, peace, and acceptance for all. 

In her free time, Ms. Cipriano loves to travel, most recently to Alaska. She has also participated in two World Youth Day pilgrimages to see the Pope. The first was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013) and the second was in Kraków, Poland (2016). She also enjoys different festivals such as lantern festivals, light festivals, and flower festivals. Ms. Cipriano is also active in Bay Ridge as a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish and is on their Pastoral Planning Council. 
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