Eleven girls from AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, and IB Biology HL attended the annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation field trip October 2-4. The group traveled to the CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center located in Maryland's Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Their activities included marsh mucking, setting crab pots, oyster raking, capturing marsh organisms using different netting techniques, viewing the Milky Way Galaxy, and trying "Marsh Yoga." While there the girls also followed a sustainable living challenge, by reducing water usage, lowering electricity usage and eliminating food waste. Chaperones were Science teacher Casey Robertson and Art teacher Christine Cover, who added a painting activity as an arts integration activity to the trip.

The field trip is a powerful experience for the students, who all remarked that it was one of the most memorable opportunities they have had in high school. Grace Blanco '20 noted, "places like the Karen Noonan Center are so important to teach children about the environment and why we have to protect it." Rose Weisgerber says, "learning all about the native animals and the surrounding environment will definitely be a highlight of our class and senior year."

The Archdiocese of Washington honors outstanding faculty members at the High School Principals’ Association Professional Development Conference for Catholic high school educators in October. Their peers nominate the teachers based on criteria for two categories: Novice Teacher of the Year and Veteran Teacher of the Year. The Academy’s selections this year are Maureen Morris for Veteran Teacher of the Year and Alison Simon for Novice Teacher of the Year.

History and Social Studies Chair Dr. Morris joined the History and Social Studies faculty in 2007. Always up to date on the ever-changing best practices, Dr. Morris instills in her students a genuine interest and passion for learning. She says, “I try to foster curiosity in my students, because if you are curious, you will be a lifelong learner. You will never be satisfied with one answer—you will want to dig deeper and learn more.” In her teaching, Dr. Morris utilizes several different instructional methods and assessments, and often seeks out opportunities for collaboration with her colleagues.

Science Department Chair Ms. Simon joined the Science faculty in 2017. Her enthusiasm about empowering girls in science has been evident. She encourages her students’ curiosity and introspection in an effort to promote meaningful work. She says, “building trust with students is a key element in my approach. I encourage students to be themselves to discern their own individual passion for learning”. Ms. Simon is dedicated to developing innovative teaching practices and presentations that prepare our students for college as well as making them aware of science career opportunities. 

The Academy of the Holy Cross welcomes Emma Hart as our new Admissions Director. Ms. Hart received her Master of Arts in Education from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Secondary Social Studies Education from Wake Forest University. For the past four years she served as the Upper School Admissions Associate at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. While there she managed the CESJDS presence at community activities, organized recruitment events, served as the point person for prospective families and applicants through the admissions process, and coordinated with the entire JK-12 Admissions team and Institutional Advancement office to reach under-served markets and support current markets. Ms. Hart also taught for three years in the West Morris Regional High School District in New Jersey. She has also served as an English tutor for recent immigrants to the United States at the Washington English Center. We are pleased to have Ms. Hart join the Academy's Admissions team.

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