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In The Spotlight

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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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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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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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Events

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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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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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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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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. Neli Brussi is completing her 18th year of teaching at Fontbonne! She spent the first 8 years of her career as a journalist but was later inspired to pursue teaching by her mother who was also a teacher. For the last 5 years, Mrs. Brussi has been the Chairperson of the World Language Department.  She has taught every level of Italian, as well as Introduction to Latin to the 10th graders. Her B.A is in Italian Language and Literature and Secondary Education, and her M.A is in World/Comparative Literature.  
 
The experience of living on 3 continents (Europe, Middle East and the U.S) shaped her as a person and allowed her to appreciate the benefits of diversity. It also helped her step outside of her comfort zone and become more confident and capable of connecting with people from all backgrounds, cultures and religions. 
 
Mrs. Brussi was exposed to being multilingual from a very young age and wants her students to realize the benefits of speaking multiple languages, and learning about new cultures. Along with Ms. Spicijaric, Mrs. Brussi started the “GLOBAL UNITY CLUB”. The goal is for members to gain a global perspective on major political and social issues in society and particularly in New York . "Acting locally but thinking globally" is the club's motto. The focus is on helping students become well rounded individuals, so they can make informed decisions and gain civic skills that will stay with them for life.
 

In her free time Mrs. Brussi loves to travel with her family. She also bikes, hikes and loves to swim.
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