Whether it is lessons in the classroom, athletics, the arts, service or community events, there is always something exciting happening at Ursuline Academy. Read all about it in the Life on Lowder Street Blog!
UA Spanish teachers Sra. Brandt and Sra. Levin went beyond vocabulary, grammar and textbooks with their students when they planned a cultural field trip outside the classroom for October 11.
The students visited Centro Presente, a nonprofit organization in Somerville dedicated to supporting Latin American immigrants. The students listened to a presentation--entirely in Spanish--about immigration in the United States, and particularly in the Boston area.
"It was exciting to put our Spanish foundation to the test and be able to understand everything that the Centro Presente representatives said," said Katherine O'Malley '14.
The students learned about the work that the Centro does on behalf of Latin American immigrants in the Boston area, including adult and youth programs, as well as legal services. "It was eye-opening to see and to hear what immigrants in the United States are going through," said Jaci Nader '14.
The students also sampled some authentic Peruvian food during their day outside of the classroom! They started with a traditional Peruvian breakfast at Rincón Limeño in East Boston. After their visit to Centro Presente, the girls had lunch at Machu Picchu in Somerville, where they tried Inca Kola, a traditional Peruvian cola. The owner and chef of the restaurant, Rosy Cerna, even took a break from the kitchen to tell the girls about Peruvian food.
Sra. Brandt said of the Spanish IV and AP Spanish students, "The girls asked really intelligent questions during the presentation," and Sra. Levin echoed her sentiments, saying, "They made us so proud!" See photos from the day in the slideshow above.
The pond behind Ursuline Academy has long held a fascination for generations of UA students.
Students wonder what kind of fish swim beneath its depths and a flock of geese has been known to call it home.
UA Bears athletes have chased their soccer balls to its banks, sometimes never to be seen again.
It's been told that some alumnae have been brave enough to take a swim in the pond, while others preferred to paddle across (pictured below left, year unknown). Neighborhood kids have been seen playing hockey on its frozen ice in wintertime.
Mrs. Collins' AP Biology class recently set out to find out more about this fixture in the background of the Ursuline campus.
These juniors took samples of the pond water during their weekly lab period. Wearing their rain galoshes, they ventured into the shallows and onto nearby limbs to skim the water. They took the temperature of the water, tested the pH and even found a new tadpole friend!
See pictures from the fun experiment in the slideshow below.
"Each of you is a unique, unrepeatable masterpiece from a master creator."
Hearing this statement on an early Monday morning was quite the inspirational way for the 428 Ursuline students to start their week! Fr. Matt Williams (pictured at left) brought this message to campus when he came for a special presentation sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office on Monday, October 7.
Fr. Williams is the Director of the Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Boston and is known as a dynamic and engaging speaker, especially for middle school and high school audiences. His presentation got the students involved: they shouted out answers and even spontaneously broke into a rendition of the church hymn "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart" when Fr. Williams quoted the song.
He had the girls' attention right from the start of his presentation when he opened with a well-known YouTube clip of a 3-year-old girl crying because of how much she loves singer Justin Bieber. Amid the laughter at the cute clip, Fr. Williams explained that this video, silly as it is, illustrates everyone's longing to be loved.
"We all have a desire to be known and loved, and to love," Fr. Williams said. "We have a longing for Jesus' love and we must keep that at the center."
Fr. Williams' talk emphasized the intrinsic and important value of each student. "God loves you uniquely and has a unique mission for your life," he said. "See what is good and true and beautiful about yourself, not the negative, and let your gifts out."
The Ursuline community is already looking forward to welcoming Fr. Williams back to campus later this month, when he will celebrate a special teaching mass for the Feast of St. Ursula and the Junior Ring Ceremony.
The sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky on Sunday, September 15 when over 400 members of the Ursuline community gathered for the annual Family Mass & Barbecue.
This event is a celebration of the start of the school year and all of the wonderful students, parents, grandparents, siblings, faculty and staff in the UA community. See photos from all the fun at right!
After Father Oscar Pratt of Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury celebrated a beautiful Mass, the guests made their way out to the field behind the school for a delicious lunch, games and face paint. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who helped make this event possible, especially the dads manning the grill all afternoon!
College application season is in full swing! Here at Ursuline, the seniors are hard at work on their essays and applications, and the juniors are starting to explore their college options. The best way to learn about a school is to talk to someone with firsthand experience, and our students got to do just that when UA hosted a College Fair for Juniors and Seniors on Wednesday, September 25.
This was a "traveling fair," as the college admissions representatives visited Ursuline, Fontbonne Academy, Notre Dame Academy and Sacred Heart School all in the same day. Our students had the chance to speak with representatives from 132 colleges, including:
University of New Hampshire
College of the Holy Cross
University of Rhode Island
Loyola University Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of South Carolina
Loyola University Maryland
UA seniors will also have the opportunity to meet with individual college admissions counselors during scheduled visits to UA. A few of the schools coming to Ursuline this fall are:
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
Sacred Heart University
University of Notre Dame
Seniors can find the complete list of colleges visiting Ursuline and register for an appointment with the admissions representatives through their Naviance accounts.
In the spring, juniors will attend another college fair held at Xaverian Brothers High School.