The "Newsies" cast is exploring the authentic New York City dialect of 1899 and they had the privilege of learning from a renowned dialect coach, Adam Michael Rose. Mr. Rose is a skilled and supportive dialect coach with over a decade's experience in the entertainment industry. His clients have appeared in "Orange Is the New Black," "The Americans," "The Blacklist," "Grey's Anatomy," "La La Land," and HBO's "Big Little Lies." The Newsies are certainly fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated and talented coach!
Flintridge Sacred Heart has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association with a Safe Sports School award. This recognition would not have been possible without Kelly Borrego, Flintridge Sacred Heart's athletic traininer, who developed our comprehensive athletic training program that is designed to keep our athletes safe.
The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
“The health and safety of student-athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “NATA created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to enhancing safety in sports. We are proud to see the list of award recipients grow exponentially each year as schools see the immense value in holding themselves to best practices and policies that ensure a high standard of athlete care.”
In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy did, athletic programs must do the following:
Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
Provide or facilitate injury intervention
Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
Be sure athletes and parents are educated about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
What a show! Under the direction of dance teacher, Jessie Ryan, this year's Dance Concert, "Root to Rise", featured original works by budding student choreographers and dancers honing their craft in elective classes. The show culminated in a collaborative performance choreographed by the FSHA Dance Company. Set to a medley of Nina Simone songs, the company explored poetry through movement.
Katrina Manaloto '20 and Meghan Sullivan '20 were selected as Pitch Competition winners at the she leads entrepreneurship makeathon hosted at the Snapchat headquarters this weekend.
During the two-day event, students "actively engaged in discussions with female entrepreneurs, participated in design thinking and ideation exercises, attended product development and marketing workshops, and got actionable guidance."
Pitch Competition winners “will be paired with a successful female founder to mentor and guide their ideas into reality. The pairs will work together over the following five months through our mentorship program at www.sheleads.io (free of cost). At the end of the five months, mentors will set up a pitch meeting between their student and an angel investor for a seamless transition to launch.”
Meghan Sullivan '20
In describing her pitch, she says "My project is an educational platform to encourage and inform teens to get involved in politics and social justice. We would have a website which I like to refer to as the 'Cliffnotes of politics'. The goal is to have a platform for teens to become informed about social justice issues and find a way to get involved in the issues they research and learn about."
Katrina Manaloto '20 At the makeathon, Katrina thought about the various problems she has encountered and would like to fix. Katrina was especially bothered by the lack of authentic teenage voices exploring political and social issues in the media. Describing her project, Katrina says, "To showcase the true opinion of teenagers about current issues as well as provide a platform purely made by teens, I came up with a website called Voice. Voice would provide curated pieces made directly by teens, whether that be writing, art, music, or film, that provide the public with real teenage views on current social and political issues. The adolescent contributors on Voice would receive a percentage of the ad revenue as well in order to support their future goals, especially in education. Motivated, passionate teens will finally have a place to get their work published and appreciated on Voice."
Flintridge Sacred Heart has earned the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Flintridge Sacred Heart is one of only 685 to accomplish this.
AP Computer Science A students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.
Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According toUNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Researchshows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high school.
What a weekend our speech and debate team had at the Stanford Invitational! We brought 10 speech members, and five of our impromptu speakers broke to quarterfinals. Bella Rucker ‘21 was a fourth place finalist in JV impromptu. With the grapevine closed due to snow, our van full van of Tologs took a long detour to make it home late last night. Congrats to the girls and Head Coach Leilani McHugh.
We are pleased to share that our students in Honors Scientific Research (aka “SciSearch”) have been awarded four Archer STEM Research Grants, which is a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls on the west side. Over $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of our girls who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of ~ $4300 awarded to FSHA.
Please high-five the following students and ask them to describe their projects when you see them next –
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Grace Lawlor and Ivian Zhang -- “From Dental Plaque to Cystic Fibrosis: Tackling the Biofilm Problem through Quorum Sensing Inhibition”
Winnie Cai and Samantha Covey– “Quorum Sensing: What did one bacterium say to the other? ‘Let's glow together!’”
Deriving Transportation Fuel from Microalgae
Sophie Johnson and Julia Powers – “Fighting Carbon with Carbon: Effect of Carbon Supplementation and Reducing Agents on Growth and Lipid Productivity in Chlorella Sorokiniana”
Cynthia Ma and Amesie Noll – “Can Iron Make the Difference? The Effect of Iron Supplementation on the Biomass Growth and Lipid Accumulation of Chlorella Sorokiniana”
They will conduct the experiments in the coming months and present their findings at various events in April and May. Please join me in cheering them on this semester.
Students in our freshmen religion classes travelled downtown to visit the Homeboy Industries exhibit at the Central Library, have dinner at Olvera Street and see the Virgen de Guadalupe play at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. During the trip, they revisited past themes from the class and introduced upcoming themes. “Many were visiting a number of our destinations (if not all) for the first time. They gained a greater sense of the diversity that LA has to offer them!” said Ms. Jimenez.
Graduation Live Stream
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy live streams graduation each year. Information on how to tune in will be posted here!
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 High School Office: 626-685-8300 Admissions: 626-685-8521