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Spring Sports Wrap Up

After the success of the Basketball Championship this winter, spring sports at Lauralton Hall had big shoes to fill.  Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis and Track athletes continued to work hard keep up the moral.  Lauralton Hall’s Softball team is still advancing in the state tournaments after finishing up their regular season with 21 wins and only 5 loses. The Tennis team was also extremely successful this season with a record of 14-2, while Lacrosse wrapped up the season 9-9, Track 4-12 and Golf 3-19. 

In addition, we pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Cooper as Athletic Director of Lauralton Hall. “Jeannie brings a wealth of experience to the position having served as Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for Hamden Public Schools for 11 years,” says Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, President of Lauralton Hall. “During the interview process, I have been impressed with Jeanne’s high standards for academics, athletics and the arts.  She exudes a capable confidence, passion and energy. I believe she has the experience and ability to take our athletic program to a new level of participation and competition, and build on the fine work that Judy Gallagher has done over the past year as Interim Athletic Director.” 

We look forward to what next year’s athletes have to offer and providing students with a positive, comprehensive, diverse, wholesome and dynamic experience, consistent with the basic philosophy and mission of Lauralton Hall.



“I simply feel enormously grateful” -Jeanne-Claire Vincent, Salutatorian

Jeanne-Claire (‘JC’) Vincent, is one of the most actively involved students at Lauralton Hall and shows a deep commitment of excellence and service to others.  JC will be attending McGill University in Montreal in the fall.

In JC’s commencement speech, she confessed that when she began attending Lauralton Hall, she was apt to find fault in the institution.

“And then came September 24th—Mercy Day…the unofficial birthday of Lauralton. That afternoon as the whole school settled on the lawn to enjoy a picnic lunch together, I looked around at students, teachers, and faculty laughing and chatting together as a community—and as a family.  And it became quite clear to me—the epiphany was complete.  “I belong here,” I remember thinking to myself. Among my friends, classmates and teachers, I suddenly realized that I was a part of something amazing. And after that day, I never brought up the subject of transferring again.”

JC continued to congratulate her peers saying, “There is no doubt, that all of us are going places, and that all of us are going to change the world.”

She then concluded with all that she was grateful for by saying this:

“I am grateful for the amazing education we have received--we all know that not all girls everywhere realize the same chance. Lauralton has inscribed in us the responsibility to stand in solidarity with all young women around the world, and though we may have dragged our feet, complained, and prayed for snow days, we all have come to thoroughly and truly appreciate the opportunities that Lauralton had provided. 

I am grateful to each and every teacher and member of the faculty, the past four years would not have been the same without you.

 am also incredibly blessed to have been a part of such a talented, loving and beautiful group of girls. We may have our differences, but when it matters most, our class always comes together— as the Cheetah Girls once said, “cause we are sisters, we stand together.”

But most of all I am grateful for our time here at Lauralton Hall—when we think back about Lauralton when in college, in our thirties or even later down the road, we will remember it with nostalgia of course, most mostly we will remember our day here with love and with pride.”

Lauralton Hall would like to respond by saying that we are also extremely grateful to have had JC as a student. You have inspired many individuals through your years here and we look forward to your bright future!


“We Are Not Just Friends, We Are Sisters” - Ann Marie Guzzi, Valedictorian

Ann Marie Guzzi is an exceptional student, excelling not only in academics and athletics but also in her commitment to Lauralton Hall’s mission.  Ann Marie will be majoring in engineering at Duke University in the fall.  

During Ann Marie’s graduation speech, she expressed her immense graduate to everyone who has supported her, including her classmates. She went further to state that she was well aware she could not have stood where she was on that day without them. In her words, “Believe me when I say that I do not deserve to stand up here any more than each and every one of you, for I know that a grade point average is not the only way to measure one’s worth. I am also very aware that I did not make it up here on my own.”

Ann Marie continued to reminisce on her memories at Lauralton Hall from freshmen year to the very present. Whether it is learning how to creatively express her feelings, understanding complex subjects with art, or by expanding her vision to a global perspective, Ann Marie discussed how each subject and each class has taught her something new and different.

Ann Marie explained that, “Love, hate, rage, joy – passion and gravitational attraction keep the world spinning, keep the universe in check. What we choose to learn and focus our efforts on should be dictated by our passion, and we should follow that passion not for the material rewards we foresee down the road, but for the unadulterated love of it. Follow a dream for the sheer belief that you think that this work, this passion, is the single best way you can leave your mark on this world, this world that will continue spinning without us.”

Ann Marie then offered this advice to fellow classmates, “When the world seems like a large and lonely place, remember that Lauralton was once like that too. So don’t ever let the exponentially expanding universe render you apathetic and immobile. When all seems dark, remember that action is the antidote to apathy. Margaret Mead wrote, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ Never forget that however large our world seems, passion will always make a difference – it is the only thing that ever has. In the years to come, put passion at the center of everything.”

Congratulations Ann Marie, your passion and dedication have paid off and we are excited to see what the future has in store for you. Best of luck!


Lauralton honors excellence at Underclass Awards Ceremony

The faculty and staff of Lauralton Hall proudly revealed the names of the 2014 underclass award recipients at an awards ceremony held on May 28. 170 students received awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics, athletics, and arts and for community service.

Lauralton welcomes new Athletic Director

Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Cooper as Athletic Director effective July 1, 2014. 

Class of 2014 awards announced

Lauralton’s faculty and staff proudly revealed the names of this year’s senior award recipients on May 21, at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony held in the Claven Auditorium. Class of 2014 Valedictorian Ann Marie Guzzi and Salutatorian Jean-Claire Vincent top a list of accomplished and service-minded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including Barnard College, Boston College, Duke University, Fordham University, New York University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Southern California and Villanova University. 76 seniors received awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics, athletics and for community service.

Five teachers highlighted during Teacher Appreciation Week

Joining with schools across the country, Lauralton celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the week of May 5, 2014. This year we chose to highlight five teachers—one for each day of Teacher Appreciation Week. The educators here at Lauralton don’t always know how important they are and the great impact they have on the student body, but students are aware and they spoke up to let us know about their appreciation. The five selected faculty members not only teach in a way that captivates their students, they teach beyond the classroom and engage in other activities on campus throughout the year. At Lauralton, we find it important to captivate students and expand their thinking to real life situations and we agree these five help us achieve that goal.

SCC welcomes Lauralton

Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) Commissioner Al Carbone and other conference officials welcomed Lauralton into the SCC on May 23, 2014, in a ceremony held in the Lauralton athletic center. Currently a member of the South-West Conference (SWC), Lauralton will officially become the 23rd full-time SCC member on July 1.

Eco-Fashion Show turns trash into treasure

The Environmental Club wowed the crowd again this year with innovative outfits that turned trash into treasure at their annual Eco-Fashion Show. Now in its ninth year, Trash the Runway, aimed at promoting sustainable living and good stewardship of the earth, is the club’s most popular activity.

Sports & Enrichment for Kids

Looking for a quality fun time for your kids this summer? Sports & Enrichment for Kids! at Lauralton Hall is the place to be with top notch adult staff to guide boys and girls aged six to sixteen through a week--or more--of learning and fun in a safe environment. Click here to register or to learn more about this exciting summer program, now in its fifth year with expanded program options. Check it out!

Students receive Summa Scholar Awards

Sixty three students, including twelve Lauralton seniors, from eight of the high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, were honored for achieving a caliber of excellence typified by the maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 4.3 and a 98 percent average throughout four years of high school. They received the Superintendent's Summa Scholar Award in recognition of their superior academic performance during a ceremony on May 5, 2014, at the Archdiocesan Center in Bloomfield.

State Rep presents citation to basketball team

Kim Rose, Connecticut State Representative for Milford, visited Lauralton on April 13, 2014 to present the championship Crusaders basketball team with an official citation from the Connecticut State General Assembly. The citation was in recognition of winning the CT State Class LL Southwest Conference Championship in March.


Middle school girls compete in Science Olympics

Lauralton Hall recently hosted the annual spring Science Olympics. Participants included 120 middle school girls from Fairfield and New Haven counties formed into 30 teams that competed for awards in multiple science-based events. 

Alumnae Association inducts Class of 2014

The annual Alumnae Induction/Class Tree Planting Ceremony was held on April 29. The Class of 2014 gathered in the chapel to take part in this timeless tradition. Kathleen Spencer Sargent ’58 opened the ceremony with a talk on transitioning from student to alumna, encouraging the students to always stay connected to their alma mater. As Alumnae Board President Stephanie Stevens Seslar ’99 explained the symbols of the ceremony, Mary Lou Conforte Castracane ’63 displayed each item. Catherine McAuley’s words, “we should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us” were represented by candles lighted by the class officers: Sarah Parlato, President; Maureen Connolly, Vice President; Alex Meuller, Treasurer; and Abby Janik, Secretary.

Bring back our girls

A month has passed since the abduction of nearly 300 girls from their boarding school in Nigeria. Lauralton Hall encourages, hopes and prays for the safe return of these girls—along with girls and women everywhere, especially in schools around the world. #BringBackOurGirls  

Athletic Hall of Fame inducts six new members

The Lauralton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony was held on April 27, at Race Brook Country Club in Orange recognizing six outstanding individuals who were nominated for performing with distinction or having been instrumental in the overall development and success of athletics at Lauralton.

2014 honorees are Amy Lindblom Andre ’95, Colleen Lynch Furlow ’03, Jennifer Kelly Greene ’79, Chris Farren Healey ’67, Jackie Catanese Klahold ’96 and Alyce Elizabeth Merwin ’43. 

Student art exhibited at Fine Arts Festival

The annual Fine Arts Festival was held in the Claven Auditorium on May 1. Visitors enjoyed an exhibit of student art including two-dimensional and three-dimensional works and showcasing artwork from all grade levels in a variety of media. Musical performances by our talented students rounded out the evening.

Marine biology class helps repair local ecosystem

The marine biology class recently traveled to the Lordship Coastal Grassland Habitat Management Area on Stratford Point to assist Sacred Heart University professor Dr. Jennifer Mattei with an ongoing restoration ecology project. Restoration ecology is a specialized branch of environmental science that focuses on renewing and restoring damaged, degraded or destroyed habitats in the environment by active human intervention. 

Students tour Imperial Cities

Fourteen Lauralton students toured four of Europe’s most historical cities during their spring break in April 2014. Accompanied by social studies teacher Marilyn Cummings and French teacher Regina Moller, the students visited Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary; and Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. The participants explored Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral and the Jewish Ghetto in Prague, and sailed on the beautiful Danube taking in the sights of Budapest. 

Meet the challenge - help "raise the barn"

1864 barn will become the New Center for Visual & Performing Arts When private donation goal is met

The Edward E. Ford Foundation recently announced its support of Lauralton Hall’s new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts with a challenge grant of $50,000. The funding will help to complete the exterior restoration of the historic 1864 carriage barn on campus.

Career Day showcases professional women

In early April Lauralton welcomed an impressive panel of fifty women from several career fields to speak to students at Career Day. Career Day takes place every other year and is designed to showcase strong, professional women to current students to expose them to various career paths. Women who excel in areas such as architecture, engineering, accounting, law, marketing, healthcare and philanthropy offered insight into the career paths they chose and their personal career stories to students. 

Entrance test for seventh graders set for May 3

Lauralton Hall will offer our entrance test for seventh graders on May 3, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Seventh grade girls interesting in taking the test should follow these steps:
1. Submit your application electronically on or before Friday, May 2.
2. Register for the entrance exam and pay the $60 exam fee within the online application.
3. On Saturday, May 3, arrive at Lauralton by 7:45 a.m. and proceed to the auditorium where you will meet the other applicants. Please bring two #2 pencils. Note that our Math Department has requested that calculators not be used on the entrance test. The exam will finish around 11:30 am.

New spring adventures and changes at Lauralton Hall

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”      —Isaiah 43:18-19

Springtime marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. The girls at Lauralton Hall could not be more excited for the warm weather and blooming flowers as well as athletic and academic challenges, new adventures and projects that await this season.

Prize winning student art on display

Milford Arts Council has announced the winners of its 2014 art contest for students in Milford schools. Congratulations to Lauralton’s Mia Mulin, ’17 who won first prize and Amanda Daniel, ’14 who won third prize. Their art is on display until April 30, 2014, at Milford Arts Council, located in the Milford train station at 40 Railroad Avenue. Viewing hours are Wednesday – Friday, 10 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, April 26, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Youth and Government participates in state conference

The Lauralton Hall Youth and Government Club was recently touted at the 2014 state conference at the state capitol in Hartford. The club is a mock legislative program associated with the YMCA, in which students assume the roles of state representatives and senators creating original bills which they debate, vote upon and submit to the student governor to sign into "law." Lauralton was one of several delegations from high schools throughout the state that competed.

Milford United Percussion repeats as Class A Champions

The Milford United Percussion Ensemble was recently awarded the Festival Class A Championship for the second year in a row at the Musical Arts Conference Championships, held at West Hill High School in Stamford on April 5.

Mayor declares April 7 LH "Crusaders Basketball Team Day"

Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake visited Lauralton on April 7 to congratulate the 2014 basketball team on winning  the CIAC Class LL championship. The Crusaders beat South Windsor on March 22, 2014, at Mohegan Sun Arena to claim the state title.

Athletic Hall of Fame set for April 27

The Lauralton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held on April 27, at 11:00 a.m., at Race Brook Country Club in Orange. 

Inaugurated in 2012, the Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have been nominated for performing with athletic distinction or having been instrumental in the overall development and success of athletics at Lauralton.

Students practice waste saving strategies

As part of their study on Solid Waste Management, AP Environmental Science students collected their personal trash daily for a time period of one week. Trash collection included all items the students would normally throw away or recycle each day. 

Congratulations Lauralton basketball - state champions!

Lauralton basketball defeated South Windsor 68 to 53 at Mohegan Sun on March 22, 2014, to take the CIAC Girls Class LL Basketball State Championship!

AVE helps celebrate St. Patrick's Day

In an annual tradition, Lauraltonís Advanced Vocal Ensemble performed at the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Students to attend annual Youth & Government Conference in Hartford

Lauraltonís experience at the Youth and Government Conference held in Hartford last year was an immense success, with many of our students helping to successfully pass several ìbillsî into law. In addition to discussing a plethora of important topics at the conference each year, students are also involved in mock trials and in creating informative newspapers.

Lauralton observes Global Solidarity Week

Lauralton recently participated in Global Solidarity Week, part of the Global Solidarity Initiative, an innovative program developed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to educate and engage young people to learn more about pressing global issues and to take faith-filled action on behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable.


Seniors donate to Smilow Cancer Center

Members of the Class of 2014 recently participated in three dress down days—designated days when students donate to a charity and, in return, have the privilege of wearing casual clothes rather than the school uniform. The dress down days raised $1,000 that was donated to Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hosptial. The class came together to support the family of a classmate whose mother recently lost her life to cancer and had been treated at Smilow. 

Why an All-Girls’ School?

According to the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, in an all-girls school, a girl can comprehend her value and her capabilities in ways that have nothing to do with how she looks or whom she dates. Girls learn how to take on academic challenges, eloquently and fearlessly express thoughts and opinions and participate in new learning experiences in a way co-educational institutions simply cannot provide. Girls can take initiative in everything from academics to the arts to athletics. An all-girl environment creates a sister-like bond among students and a sense of community.

Coach Antisdale to be honored

Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that former head tennis coach Martin “Marty” Antisdale has been recognized by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. Marty began coaching at Lauralton in 1996 and continued as head coach through the 2013 season. During this time he also coached volleyball and freshman basketball and assisted with the cross country team. Last year he announced his retirement and informed the school that the 2013 tennis season would be his last. 

"Discover Lauralton" on April 6 - See what's here for you!

Lauralton Hall will host “Discover Lauralton” for sixth and seventh grade girls and their parents on Sunday, April 6, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. 

Lauralton administrators, faculty, students and alumnae will be on hand to meet potential students and their families.

Science classes tour Unilever labs

When it comes to a career in the field of science most students think of only a few possibilities—doctor, nurse, or engineer. In early March, AP Chemistry and Advanced Biology classes learned firsthand how diverse science really is when they had the opportunity to tour the research labs at Unilever in Trumbull. 

Soldiers visit Lauralton to thank NHS

National Honor Society welcomed two members of the United States Military to Lauralton’s campus on March 6. Army Specialist (SPC) Jordan Belle and SPC Tom Cunningham, both of 344 Military Police (MP) Company stationed in Afghanistan stopped in to meet NHS members and thank them for surprise packages sent to the Middle East at Christmastime. NHS organized a donation drive in December 2013 to collect items for soldiers overseas.

March - dedicated to the empowerment of women

“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Since the early 1900s, March has been dedicated to the recognition of women throughout history—their successful triumphs over hardship as well as their economic, political, and social achievements. It was not until 1987, however, that Congress officially announced March as Women’s History Month; in 1994, Congress declared March 8 as International Women’s Day. Global Solidarity Week 2014 falls during Women’s History Month and Lauralton is focusing on pressing global issues and encouraging students to take action by helping those who are in need and most vulnerable. With the help of the United Nations, the History Department created a display on influential women peacekeepers, honoring Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, police women, members of the American women’s movement and United Nations peacekeepers.  


Hundreds “celebrated the green” at Irish Night

A high-spirited crowd of approximately five hundred came out on March 1, 2014 to celebrate Irish Night and raise funds for the restoration of the carriage barn. TRAD, with faculty member and Celtic Music Master Damien Connolly, greeted the crowd with traditional Irish melodies. Special guest performer Sally Connolly joined TRAD and amazed the crowd with her skills on the Irish flute. Guests arrived early to decorate their tables in hopes of winning the optional table decorating contest. The Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band officially kicked off the start of the evening’s events with their majestic sounds. 

Lauralton takes SWC basketball title

Congratulations to the Lauralton basketball team, 2014 SWC Champions! On February 27, Lauralton defeated Kolbe Cathedral for the SWC Championship. Carly Fabbri was named game MVP!

Seniors celebrate at 100 Days Dinner

The Class of 2014 celebrated at the traditional 100 Days Dinner on February 26. Festivities began with a welcome by Class President Sarah Parlato. She reminded her classmates that the dinner marks the beginning of the senior year-end activities and said how important the next few weeks will be for the class.


LH CARES offers “Taste of Diversity”

Sttudents, staff and faculty were treated to an afternoon of international delicacies on February 26 at Taste of Diversity, sponsored by LH CARES (Lauralton Hall Cares and Respects Every Student). The event featured food from such diverse ethnicities as Hispanic, Italian, Polish and American. 

Barn restoration receives recent press coverage

We are pleased to announce some recent media coverage for the new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Lauralton Hall. In an article titled “Lauralton Receives Grant to Restore 1864 Barn,” The Milford-Orange Bulletin, an edition of the New Haven Register, covered Lauralton Hall’s Edward E. Ford Foundation grant as well as plans for the barn restoration. It also highlighted that Lauralton will still need to raise at least $150,000 by July 1, 2014, from private donations to complete the exterior restoration work.


Lauralton teachers present at NCGS conference

Science Department Chair Theresa Napolitano and Science Teacher Jennifer Shea presented a workshop at the National Conference on Girls Education in Philadelphia on February 8, 2014. The conference is part of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and had a turnout of 625 educators representing 11 nations. NCGS strives to continually develop and support educational opportunities for girls by blending forefront thinking with real-world applications. The conference provided an environment for such blending through keynote presentations from “forefront thinkers” to Inspire Sessions presented by classroom teachers from across the country. Mrs. Napolitano and Ms. Shea participated in the Inspire Sessions, presenting their multi-modal activities and projects currently being done by Lauralton students.

Irish Night tickets available for March 1

'Tis a fine time you’ll be havin’ if you take your Irish soul down to Lauralton Hall on Saturday, March 1, to “celebrate the green.

The ever-popular Irish Night is an evening of congeniality and Irish entertainment that celebrates the school’s long affinity for Irish culture and hospitality. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations are necessary at $25 per person. Reserve your place today! For more information, contact Kathleen Donahue, Director of Alumnae Relations, at 203-877-2786, ext. 114, or

NHS "Souper Bowl" collection breaks school record

Lauralton’s National Honor Society sponsored the school's annual “Souper Bowl” soup can drive for area shelters. Throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday on February 2, 2014, each homeroom collected canned soup and National Honor Society members donated additional cans of soup to reach a goal of 1653 cans, a new school record!

Student-run “January Thaw” to premier February 7

The Lauralton student-run production, “January Thaw,” by William Ross, from the novel by Bellamy Partridge, will premier Friday, February 7, at 7:30pm, with an additional showing Saturday, February 8, at 7:30pm, and a Sunday matinee on February 9, at 2:30pm. The play will take place in the Claven Auditorium, and tickets will be available at the door - $10 general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens.

Making art is more than just making art! About the arts at Lauralton Hall

Is your daughter interested in where the arts can take her? Lauralton Hall will encourage her talents and provide her with the skills and formal training she needs to succeed in the world of fine arts, whether it’s drama, singing, painting, drawing, sculpting and so much more. Schedule your visit or begin the application process today.

Where are they now? Lauralton alumnae in the arts

Lauralton prepares students for artistic life and achievement in college and beyond. If your daughter dreams of a career in the arts, Lauralton Hall can encourage and nurture talent as well as provide formal education in the arts. With the passion of our dedicated teachers and the support of encouraging peers, our young artists reach their highest potential. Read about where some of our young alumnae are today.

Winter Sports Pep Rally encourages school spirit

Lauralton’s annual Winter Sports Pep Rally was held in the athletic center in early January, providing lots of fun and support while demonstrating how Lauralton Hall women compete with their bodies and their minds! Student Council Officers Kiernan Black, 14; Ashley Evans, '16; Maggie Salandra, 15; and Jess Vanam, 15  offered a warm welcome and introduced the winter sports teams, along with Lauralton’s new Debate Club which has been participating in competitions all year!

The arts at Lauralton Hall today

At Lauralton Hall, Connecticut’s first Catholic college-prep school for girls, we believe that the arts play a key role in shaping students as expressive, creative and well-rounded individuals. Numerous studies have concluded that participation in the arts can improve student test scores and analytical thinking, as well as contribute to a positive outlook. 

Christmas & The New Year at Lauralton Hall: ‘Tis The Season For Giving & Giving Thanks

Lauralton students just completed their exams – congratulations to all for being done with the semester! Around campus, there is definitely a sense of relief and joy as we head into the Christmas season and the New Year.

Students participate in Project Appalachia

In early December several Lauralton freshmen participated in Project Appalachia, a community service initiative sponsored by the Benedictine Grange in Easton-Redding that collects donations to be transported and given to those in need in the poorest communities in the Appalachian region of the United States.


Class of 2014 celebrates at Senior Dance

Members of the Class of 2014 and their dates attended the Lauralton Senior Dance on December 6. In keeping with the Great Gatsby dance theme, the Claven Auditorium was reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties.

SADD members take part in Sticker Shock

In early December fourteen members of Lauralton’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took part in the club’s annual Sticker Shock event.   

Student art exhibit at Milford Public Library

The Lauralton Art Department is pleased to announce a student art exhibit at Milford Public Library throughout the month of December 2013. 

2013 trash-free-lunch marathon: reducing trash is good, but reusing trash is great

The Lauralton Hall Environmental Club helped raise awareness for the month of November’s America Recycles campaign by holding its ninth annual trash-free-lunch marathon. Over the course of three days students and faculty brought in lunches in reusable and permanent containers—even flatware and a cloth napkin—to eliminate the accumulation of trash. 

“Team Lauralton” walks for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Led by the Lauralton cheerleaders, several members of the Lauralton community took part in the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk on November 23, at Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo.   

National Honor Society inducts 59 new members

In a ceremony marked by the traditional lighting of candles, the Lauralton Hall chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 59 new members—6 seniors and 53 juniors.

Vines & Steins – a sold-out success!

Thanks to all who joined us on November 15 for this year’s “A Tasting…Vines & Steins” event. A sold-out crowd of more than 200 at the Milford Yacht Club enjoyed delicious wines and boutique ales provided by The Wine & Spirits Co. of Milford. 

Lauralton supports the Philippines

In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Lauralton community extended support to those tragically affected in the Philippines. The entire school community came together to donate funds to help those affected. 

Sister Janice called home to God

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Sister Janice May on November 9. Lauralton will host an alumnae memorial Mass in honor of Sister Janice in the near future; please check back.

Megan Collins signs National Letter of Intent

Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that one of our star athletes, Megan Collins ’14 of Trumbull, signed her National Letter of Intent to swim for Providence College. The signing was held at Lauralton Hall in the Office of the President on November 14.

Science students assess the health of Milford’s Mondo Pond

 Advanced Placement/ECE UConn environmental science teacher April Kelley recently accompanied 29 students to Milford’s Mondo Pond for an environmental assay survey. 

NBCUniversal executive speaks at Father-Daughter Brunch

A crowd of over 200 fathers and daughters were in attendance on Sunday, November 3, at the annual Father-Daughter Brunch and Prayer Service hosted by McAuley Parents Association (MPA). The highlight of this year's event was a presentation by guest speaker Kathy Kelly-Brown, '82, Senior Vice President, Communications, NBCUniversal News Group.

Field hockey team shares SWC title

Congratulations to the field hockey team—co-champions in the SWC tournament! Lauralton battled to a scoreless tie with Pomperaug on November 1.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #1

We have come to the end of our top ten reasons to attend Lauralton Hall countdown, and we’ve truly saved the best for last. When entering Lauralton Hall – be prepared, we change lives!  

Connecticut Audubon recognizes Lauralton as a Healthy Habitat for Birds and Wildlife

On October 23, Connecticut Audubon recognized Lauralton Hall’s 30-acre campus as one of Audubon At Home’s (AAH) Healthy Habitats for Birds and Wildlife. Lauralton, along with help from the Environmental Club, has put forward continuing efforts to build a school yard habitat and now meets the five principals of AAH that allow recognition: eliminate or reduce pesticide use; protect native species; remove exotic invasive plants; conserve water; and protect water quality.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #2

Our historic legacy at Lauralton Hall is reflected in our tagline – Connecticut’s first Catholic college-prep school for girls. All of our students graduate in four years and we prepare our girls for acceptance into college and success once they get there. 

Juniors receive class rings

Members of the class of 2015 received their class rings at the traditional Junior Ring Ceremony held on October 9. The rings were blessed by Dorothy Synkewecz, RSM and presented to the class by President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #3

Did you know that leadership is an acquired skill, and not necessarily something that comes naturally to each and every individual? There is no “leadership gene” – these skills are taught, developed and nurtured. A top reason to attend Lauralton Hall is not only that we teach students how to lead, but also, we teach them how to be a part of a team. Both are important for long-term success!

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #4

Thus far, all of our top reasons for attending Lauralton Hall have centered mostly on academic growth and achievement, but this does not mean we don’t know how to have fun – nothing could be further from the truth! With more than 25 clubs, opportunities to have fun abound at Lauralton Hall. If a student cannot find an activity or club that sparks her interest, we encourage her to start her own.  

“Science is fun!” at Science Olympics

On Saturday, September 28, Lauralton Hall hosted the 9th annual fall Science Olympics. 144 middle school girls from Fairfield and New Haven counties formed 36 teams that competed for first place victory. 

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #5

 Our fifth top reason to attend Lauralton: we give our students the individual attention they need to succeed.

Lauralton to move to SCC

Lauralton Hall announced that the school has applied and been accepted for admission into the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) of the CIAC. The school is currently a member of the South-West Conference.

Student officers elected

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 class and club officers as they take on their new leadership roles.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #6

What’s our pick for the sixth reason to attend Lauralton Hall? Mercy Core Values—they are key at our institution: Compassion and Service, Educational Excellence, Concern for Women and Women’s Issues, Global Vision and Responsibility, Spiritual Growth and Development and Collaboration.

Inaugural Golf Tournament a huge success

It was a perfect day to be on the golf course on September 19 for Lauralton Hall’s Inaugural Golf Tournament hosted by the McAuley Parents Association. The event was held at the exclusive Great River Golf Club in Milford and was attended by parents, alumnae, family and friends of Lauralton. 

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #7

At Lauralton Hall, students don’t just have equal opportunity – they have every opportunity! There are so many chances to learn both inside and outside the classroom, and male and female mentors abound at Lauralton Hall. Students learn not only from teachers and faculty, but from other students as well.

Lauralton welcomes new staff

We are pleased to welcome a number of new staff and faculty members for the 2013-2014 school year! The additions to our family include four new faculty members along with our interim Athletic Director, new Guidance Counselor and Systems Support Specialist. We believe each of these individuals brings a unique experience and expertise that is sure to provide Lauralton with even more ways to educate and empower our students for life.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #8

Did you know that research on single sex education has confirmed that an all-girls setting provides a comfort level that facilitates and encourages learning, as well as the development of greater self-confidence and broader interests? It’s true – and it’s yet another reason to attend Lauralton Hall in Milford!

Summer projects enhance campus

Many exciting projects were undertaken this summer at Lauralton, and much of the work has been captured in our summer projects video.

Top reasons to attend Lauralton - #9

Curious about our next pick as a top reason to attend Lauralton Hall? It’s simple – safety. School safety is a huge concern these days, and we take it very seriously. 

Lauralton legacy lives on

The Class of 2017 is off to a great start at Lauralton Hall. Our 133 freshmen come to us from 19 Catholic schools, 24 public schools and 4 private schools in 26 Connecticut towns including the four top feeder towns—Fairfield, Milford, Norwalk and Stratford. Several members of the Class of 2017 have long ties with Lauralton—25 are the sisters of current students or alumnae; 12 are the daughters of alumnae; and 8 are the granddaughters of alumnae.


Summer program continues to grow

Lauralton’s summer program, Sports & Enrichment for Kids! was once again a big hit among parents and kids, offering fun yet educational programs including field hockey, physics for fun, softball, cartooning, graphic photoshop, science and technology, creative writing, cooking, art, study skills and much more. Taught by a top-notch adult staff, children ages six to sixteen had a blast creating cool cookies, conducting wacky science experiments and learning new athletic and study skills.

Matriculation Ceremony formally welcomes new students

Members of the Lauralton Hall Class of 2017 and transfer students were formally inducted into the Lauralton Hall community at a decorous ceremony on the evening of August 27. Parents, relatives and friends joined faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees in welcoming the new students to the Lauralton family.

Top 10 reasons to attend Lauralton Hall

Join us here on our blog over the next ten weeks as we count down the top ten reasons to attend Lauralton Hall. To start things off, let’s begin with Reason Number 10: Experience.


Recent graduates selected for Register’s Senior Spotlight

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2013 who were selected for the Lauralton Hall Senior Spotlight, published in the New Haven Register on August 23, 2013.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Congratulations GraduatesOn June 2, Lauralton Hall presented diplomas to 107 young women from several towns across Connecticut. President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D., gave the opening and closing remarks and, along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Michael Amato and Principal Ann Pratson, presented the graduates with their diplomas. Michael Amato also presented the Catherine McAuley Award.

Students reach out locally and globally

Lauralton Hall’s Outreach Program exemplifies how students put into action daily the Mercy values of providing service to the poor and compassion for those less fortunate. The goal of the Outreach Program is to support local, national and international organizations that serve the needy. In the 2012-2013 school year, funds raised through class activities, club projects, service trips and “Dress Down Days” made a difference in the lives of children and families as nearby as Bridgeport and New Haven and as far away as Guatemala, Guyana, Appalachia and Africa.

Eco Fashion Show at Connecticut’s First College-Prep School for Girls, Lauralton Hall

The Environmental Club at Lauralton Hall is very unique in that we remain active and enthusiastic throughout the year. There is never a time when the club isn’t busy, whether it’s planning our next Trash Free Lunch, coordinating anti-idling week, emptying paper bins, or planning for the Fashion Show, which was featured in the New Haven Register and the Connecticut Post.

--by Megan Fickes

Lauralton honors excellence at Underclass Awards Ceremony

The faculty and staff of Lauralton Hall proudly revealed the names of this year’s underclass award recipients at an awards ceremony held on June 4. More than 150 students received awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics, athletics, the arts and for community service. Following is a partial list of the awards that were presented:

Senior awards announced

Lauralton’s faculty and staff proudly revealed the names of this year’s senior award recipients on May 22, 2013, at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony held in the Claven Auditorium. Class of 2013 Valedictorian Jessica Napolitano and Salutatorians Rebecca Sherrick and Gabrielle Shkreli top a list of accomplished and service-minded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including Barnard College, Boston College, Brown University, Georgetown University, Vassar College, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, University of Richmond, Tufts University and Villanova University.

Sports & Enrichment for Kids!

Looking for a quality fun time for your kids this summer? Sports & Enrichment for Kids! at Lauralton Hall is the place to be with top notch adult staff to guide your child through a week--or more--of learning and fun in a safe environment.

President’s Club members feted at reception

More than fifty current parents, alumna parents, alumnae and friends gathered on June 5 at the Fairfield home of Trustee Cynthia Smith Kinney, ’66, and her husband Michael, for the second annual President’s Club Reception. The President’s Club recognizes individuals who make a commitment of $1000 or more annually to the Lauralton Fund. Donors at this level are invited to attend special events each year. These special gatherings provide an opportunity for donors to become better acquainted with the Lauralton leadership and to socialize with others who support the Lauralton Fund. Donors are also recognized in the Annual Report.

LH Health Department teams with Donate Life Connecticut

During the week of May 20, students in Peg McGowan’s health classes welcomed Jamie Lazarus, a representative of Donate Life Connecticut, an organization dedicated to the purpose of public education and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors.

Eco-Fashion Show “Trash the Runway” a smashing success

The Environmental Club wowed the crowd with innovative outfits that turned trash into glam at their Annual Eco Fashion Show. Now in its eighth year, Trash the Runway is one of the club’s many activities aimed at promoting sustainable living and good stewardship of the earth.

Spring Concert - "Beethoven to Broadway"

Lauralton’s annual Spring Concert was held at the Parsons Government Center Auditorium on May 7. “Beethoven to Broadway” featured members of the Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Freshman Choir and Instrumental Ensemble and included works from Beethoven as well as Broadway hits such as Les Miserables, Rent and A Chorus Line.

Lauralton students excel at Latin Day

On May 3, thirty-four Lauralton students, dressed in pristine white togas, brilliantly dyed tunics and laurel crowns, joined hundreds of other Latin students from Connecticut middle schools and high schools in celebrating the language, culture and artistic achievements of the Ancient Romans. Latin Day MMXIII, held at Holiday Hill in Cheshire, was filled with a wide variety of workshops, presentations and competitions that immersed the students in an environment that was totally Roman. The Lauralton students quickly filled their diplomata (festival passports) with stamps by participating in hands-on workshops on fresco and vase painting, bees and honey-making, botany, astronomy and Greek dance. Popular activities were creating toga-clad teddy bears, designing buttons and molding and painting miniature clay sculptures. 

Class of 2017 enjoys Fun Night

Eighth graders who will attend Lauralton in the fall gathered in the athletic center on the evening of May 10 to meet their future classmates. They were greeted by sophomore and junior mentors who hosted Fun Night for the Class of 2017.

Fine Arts Festival showcases student talent

The annual Fine Arts Festival, held in the Claven Auditorium on the evening of May 1, included an exhibit of student two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks as well as student musical performances.

Entrance exam for 7th graders offered on June 1

Lauralton Hall is offering an entrance exam for 7th grade girls on Saturday, June 1, at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration for the exam is required. Click here to pre-register and complete the online application. Please call the Admissions Office at (203) 878-3333 if you have questions or need additional information.

Claven Award recipients honored

The 29th Claven Awards ceremony and dinner took place at Race Brook Country Club in Orange on April 27. The Claven Award, inaugurated in 1980 to honor individuals who are committed to serving in the Mercy tradition, is named for Lauralton Hall’s foundress, Mother Mary Augustine Claven. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the McClean Award, named for Rev. Peter H. McClean, revered mentor, chaplain and lifelong friend of Lauralton Hall, and The Reverend Cornelius J. Doherty Distinguished Service Award.

Alumnae Association inducts Class of 2013

The annual Alumnae Induction/Class Tree Planting Ceremony took place on April 30. To begin the ceremony, the Class of 2013 gathered in the chapel where the significance of staying connected was explained and symbols of the ceremony were given to the seniors. The luncheon that followed included the reading of the class history by class officers, and the traditional planting of the class tree ended the festivities.

Forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee visits Lauralton

Lauralton’s forensic students recently had an exciting visit from a world renowned guest speaker, Dr. Henry Lee. The legendary forensic scientist gave an inspiring presentation that expanded their interest in the world of forensics, regaling them with stories from several of his cases including war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, the suicide of Vince Foster, President Clinton's former White House attorney and the JFK assassination.

MADD presents pre-prom assembly

On April 24, Adrianna Farmer and Robin Cullen, Program Coordinators for the Connecticut Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) presented a pre-prom assembly program for Lauralton Hall juniors and seniors. “Is It Worth It?” highlighted the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of responsible decision-making.

MPA sponsored Fashion Show honors senior class

The MPA Fashion Show and Brunch, held in early April at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, was a tremendous success thanks to our Class of 2013 models and their mothers!  Fashions by Island Outfitters and Teen Scene graced the runway and hair and make-up was generously provided by HAIR of Fairfield. The room overflowed with guests from all classes, as well as our special guests-members from the incoming Class of 2017.



Lauralton shines at Youth & Government Conference


The Youth & Government Club of Lauralton Hall, 83 members strong, was the largest of the delegations from high schools throughout the state that recently participated in the annual state conference in Hartford. “It was very successful for all involved,” stated club moderator and history teacher Mark Allen. The club is a mock legislative program associated with the YMCA, in which students assume the roles of state representatives and senators creating original bills which they debate, vote upon, and submit to the student governor to sign into “law.” In addition, the program offers a student-run newspaper that publishes six issues throughout the weekend, a lobbyist program and a mock trial program, and many Lauralton students participate in these additional activities.

Several Lauralton students had their bills successfully debated and passed. Kiernan Black, ’14 and Maureen Connolly, ‘14 won the award of Best Bill for their bill requiring baby changing stations in all public bathrooms. Among the many Lauralton students recognized for their individual contributions and achievements were Abby Janik, ’14 who won Outstanding Journalist and Marissa Browne, ’15 and Marissa Favano, ’15, winners of the coveted Youth in Law crown out of a very large field that included eight teams from Lauralton alone.

Two of our students were elected to state offices: Ana Peruzzi, ’14 is Secretary of State and, for the second year in a row, Abby Janik, ’14 is Editor in Chief of theYAG newspaper.

Lauralton proudly congratulates all members of Youth and Government for their performance at the state conference!

Changing the game for tomorrow's leaders

In early April, female leaders from a broad spectrum of careers converged on Lauralton with one goal in mind: to inspire the students to be bold, take risks and make a difference in their future professions. This innovative program is called Game Changers Day. It drew an impressive panel of 14 women who shared their experiences and offered insight into the career paths they chose, including the arts, law, athletics, politics, architecture, education, finance and engineering.

Lauralton Night at Harbor Yard a huge success

On a Saturday evening in early April, nearly 200 parents, students, faculty, staff, alumnae, family and friends came out to support Lauralton and watch the Sound Tigers vs. Connecticut Whaleice hockey game at Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard arena.

Second annual anti-idling awareness campaign successful

The first week of April was anti-idling week at Lauralton, the second annual awareness-raising event run by the Environmental Club. Last year Madeline Rudden, 12 was able to acquire three anti-idling signs from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for the campus. The signs remind drivers that it is against state law to idle for more than three minutes. o raise awareness about the signs and the state law, the club started anti-idling week last year. 

International Fair a big hit

Lauralton’s Claven Auditorium came alive after school on April 3 with Irish music and both Irish and salsa dancing during the fun-filled International Fair sponsored by the World Languages Department.

Parents of sophomores learn about the college planning process

The recent Sophomore Parent College Info Night provided an introduction to the Lauralton Hall college planning curriculum. The program is designed to assist parents in understanding the college planning process in broad strokes.

Normandy/Paris trip…a voyage of discovery

Twenty-five students accompanied by faculty members Marilyn Cummings, Donna DiMassa and Regina Moller visited Normandy and Paris during February break. The trip was a voyage of discovery from many perspectives, historical and cultural, as well as persona…learning to get along with each other on a 24/7 basis and navigating the vagaries of the Paris metro system.


Spirit Week celebrated

Spirit Week, annually sponsored by Student Council, was celebrated in March this year. Members of the Student Council, numbering more than 100, voted early in the year on the themes for each day of this extremely popular and highly anticipated week-long event:  Monday - Pajama Day, Tuesday  - Character or Celebrity Day, Wednesday - Twin Day, Thursday - Decades Day.

Students build school in Guatemala

A group of excited Lauralton students is currently experiencing an amazing adventure in Guatemala. The students will return to the United States on February 24, and more information will be posted here after their return, so please ckeck back. 

Science Olympics offers middle school girls STEM opportunity

To promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education for girls and to provide participants the opportunity to enjoy themselves while applying the basic themes of science in a practical, experimental context, Lauralton Hall is again offering Science Olympics for Girls on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.The event theme, “Science is FUN!” is well chosen since the event offers a unique opportunity for student-centered, team building skills to be developed in a fun setting.

Take-a-look Tuesday set for April 2

Parents of prospective students are invited to visit the school for coffee and a tour on Tuesday, April 2, anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Semi-formal Dance draws big crowd

The annual Student Council-sponsored Semi-formal Dance for freshmen and sophomorres, held on March 15 in the Claven Auditorium, was a huge success with 250 students in attendance!

Congratulations to the basketball team on an amazing season!

The Crusaders were runners up in the CIAC Class LL Championship held at Mohegan Sun on March 16!


World Language Induction Ceremonies Celebrate Academic Achievement, Global Culture and Solidarity

The World Language Department recently inducted 80 new members into the French, Latin and Spanish National Honor Societies. Separate ceremonies were held for each language but all reflected a common thread—students who are interested in foreign languages, foreign culture, and who feel a connection to people living in communities around the world.


Athletes sign National Letter of Intent

Congratulations to seniors Alyssa Fratarcangeli and Caitlin Bennett who signed National Letters of Intent on March 6. Alyssa will play soccer at the University of Massachusetts and Caitlin will be playing field hockey at Fairfield University.

Lauralton takes SWC basketball title

Congratulations to the Lauralton basketball team, 2013 SWC Champions! On February 22, Lauralton defeated Notre Dame of Fairfield for the SWC Championship. Senior Michelle DeSantis, was named game MVP!


Skiers enjoy annual trip to the slopes

The annual weekend ski/snowboard trip to Sunday River Ski Area in Maine took place during the first weekend in March. Twenty-one girls and three chaperons skied, snowboarded, and snowshoed in near perfect conditions. From first-time freshmen to the four-year veterans, beginners to experts, everyone had a great time. Old friendships were strengthened and new ones made.


Exuberant crowd kicks off the “season” at Irish Night

It was a high spirited crowd that came out to celebrate Irish Night on March 2. Lauralton faculty member and Celtic music master Damien Connolly and his band TRAD entertained early arrivals and eager table decorators with traditional Irish jigs and reels. TRAD was followed by the sounds of thundering bagpipes and drums as the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band marched in, signifying the official start of this spectacular event.


Class of 2013 celebrates at 100 Days Dinner

The Class of 2013 celebrated at the traditional 100 Days Dinner on February 27, marking the one hundred day countdown to graduation. Festivities began with a look ahead presented by Class President Isabella Dalena who noted that these four years have passed quickly and reminded her classmates of the importance of the bond that they share.

National Honor Society sponsors “Souper Bowl”

While much of the country was choosing their team for the Super Bowl and dreaming of an afternoon laden with chicken wings and other delicious snacks, the young ladies of Lauralton Hall’s National Honor Society were thinking about making a “souper” difference in their local community. 

Legacy tradition continues

The Lauralton legacy continues as accepted eighth graders and current freshmen whose mothers and/or grandmothers graduated from Lauralton were recognized at the Annual Legacy Reception in late January. Families were joined by faculty and staff, several of whom are Lauralton alum and members of the Alumnae Board.

Science classes gather data for Cornell Ornithology Lab program

On a recent chilly February morning, thirty-one cold but excited AP Environmental Science students participated in the first of three bird watching events on the Lauralton campus. Subsequent events will take place in March and May.

Spanish Club reaches out to community

On December 12, Lauralton Spanish Club members traveled to Caroline House in Bridgeport to reach out to the Hispanic community in our area and give toys to their 29 preschoolers.


Lauralton supports Newtown


Sandy Hook, Newtown: Lauralton Hall students Julie LePerch left and Helene Sorensen, both of Newtown, hung ornaments donated or made by the students of Lauralton Hall, at the Christmas trees erected at the makeshift memorial at the entrance to the Sandy Hook School. Since the girls live in town they volunteered to hang the ornaments for their classmates. --Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register 12/18/12

Sound Tigers mascot energizes Winter Pep Rally

On December 12 Storm, the mascot for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ice hockey team raised spirits at Lauralton Hall’s Winter Pep Rally. He tossed out tee shirts, judged the freeze dance contest and participated in several creative competitions. Hosted by Student Council, the Pep Rally was a fun way to recognize the hard work and dedication of Lauralton athletes who play winter sports.


LH CARES sponsors Cultural Tasting

Staff, students and faculty were treated to an afternoon of international culinary delights on December 11 at the Cultural Tasting sponsored by LH CARES. Club members each brought in a special dish that represented the diversity of their ethnic backgrounds. "The event was launched last year as part of Global Solidarity Week,” said club moderator Connie Tallman. “This year we are doing it to kick off the holiday season. There were dishes from Haiti, Norway, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Jamaica, Philippines, and Dominican Republic, as well as American southern cooking.”


Students’ work published in "Fairfield County Catholic"

Three Lauralton students who submitted Christmas-themed articles for publication in the Youth Page of Fairfield County Catholic, the magazine of the Bridgeport Diocese, were honored to have their stories published in the December issue! Emilia Tanu, ’13 was designated as December’s Youth Page Guest Columnist, and Michelle Martire, ’13 and Una Moyse, ’15 were both named “Honorable Mention - Guest Columnists.”

Lauralton embraces "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program

For the past several weeks students have been dropping letters and cards into a mailbox decorated with a red Santa hat and green garlands. No, the letters aren’t headed to the North Pole with requests for video games or new clothes, the letters are going to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

NHS inducts 58 new members

by Pam Boynton

In a ceremony marked by the traditional lighting of candles, the Lauralton Hall chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 58 new members—4 seniors and 54 juniors. "The inductees tonight are a special group, recognized for their academic prowess and attention to community service, leadership, and character," said Chris Cook, Co-Moderator of the chapter. "We are so very proud of all that these young women have accomplished. It will be our pleasure to watch as they grow and shape their world," Mrs. Cook added.

Senior Dance themed "Winter Wonderland"

On a recent December Friday evening, members of the Class of 2013 celebrated at their Senior Dance. Chaperones formed a receiving line to greet the seniors and their dates as they walked through the doors of the Claven Auditorium and stepped into a winter wonderland with streamers, balloons and Christmas lights.

Sophomore Social rings in the Christmas season

The sophomore class kicked off the Christmas season with an after-school Sophomore Christmas Social on December 4. “It was the class officers’ idea,” says Sophomore Class Moderator Erin Pinsince. “The girls wanted a chance to get together before the holidays and wish each other well for the New Year.” There was an abundance of sweet treats, fun games and holiday cheer. “This time of year can be stressful,” said Daniella Swaby. “The Sophomore Social was a great way to forget about tests and deadlines and just have fun.” Katrina Stepan added, “It was also a nice way of reminding us that we really are one big family.”

Lauralton celebrates Global Solidarity Week

“My dream is to make it possible for displaced women and girls in Southern Sudan to dream their own dreams and develop their talents and build better lives for their own children.”

--Sister Marilyn Lacey

Lauralton recently participated in Global Solidarity Week, part of the Global Solidarity Initiative, an innovative programdeveloped by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to educate and engage young people to learn more about pressing global issues and to take faith-filled action on behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable. CRS works in more than 100 countries, providing lifesaving relief in the wake of natural and man-made disasters as well as helping people out of poverty. Lauralton Hall is one of a select group of Catholic high schools in the United States that has partnered with CRS. The week included curriculum based activities and presentations by guest speakers including CRS Education Outreach Program Officer Dennis Fisher.

Music Department gathers donations for Beth El Center

The Lauralton Hall Music Department thanks the many members of their recent Christmas Concert audience for the multitude of generous donations of non-perishable food items. After the concert, representatives from the music department delivered the donations to Milford’s Beth-El Center.

Trash Free Lunch Marathon celebrates America Recycles Day

The Environmental Club celebrated with its eighth annual trash-free-lunch marathon. During the three days of trash-free lunch, from November 14 to 16, students and faculty brought trash-free lunches to school in order to enter a drawing for raffle prizes. They received a separate raffle ticket for each of the following: a reusable sandwich container, a cloth napkin, permanent lunch box, flatware, and a permanent water bottle.

Seniors capture powder puff football title

Spirits ran high at Lauralton on the day before Thanksgiving break as the school hosted the Third Annual Powder Puff Football game between the seniors and the juniors. “This is a great tradition,” said Lauralton Hall business and math teach Jill Waldron who coached the seniors. “It’s the perfect start to the Thanksgiving holiday as it brings different “generations’ of the Lauralton family together.”






Swim Team crowned CIAC Class S champions!

Congratulations to the Lauralton Swim Team - CIAC Class S Champions! 

History Department sponsors mock election

The Lauralton Hall History Department sponsored a school wide mock election on Election Day 2012. With 80% voter turnout, the students, faculty and staff gave their support to Mitt Romney and Linda McMahon. 


Students put on the pink to support breast cancer awareness


October 12 was GIT Your Pink on Day at Lauralton Hall. As one of several programs created in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lauralton Hall community dressed in pink—pink shirts, pink leggings, wacky pink sunglasses—a faculty member was even spotted wearing hot pink high-top sneakers. Funds raised from this annual non-school uniform “dress down day” supported the Get In Touch (GIT) Foundation. This Milford-based foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization with an international reach, is deeply committed to breast health awareness and education. The mission of the Get in Touch Foundation, founded by ‘Breast Cancer Kickin' Survivor’ and Health Activist, MaryAnn Nilan of Milford, is to encourage females of all ages to “Get In Touch” with their bodies, information, and each other in our crusade against breast cancer.

English Department gets it write

To launch a celebration of the National Day of Writing on October 22, the English Department coordinated a wall-sized student mural, representing words and genres and all modes of writing. The celebration kicked off as students in all grades chose colored Sharpie pens and wrote their favorite words on the writing wall in the back of the dining hall. Some included favorite lines from poems or stories, headlines from international news articles, lines from favorite movies or songs, the recipes of dear friends or relatives and quotations from famous speeches.


Detective presents assembly on social networking pitfalls

On October 16, Detective Richard Frawley from the Milford Computer Crime Unit gave a powerful presentation to students about staying safe in the digital age. His presentation, Social Networking and Digital Pitfalls, covered issues of critical importance to teens including: cyberbullying, sextortion, remote webcams and staying safe on Facebook.



Students participate in environmental assay survey

Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher April Kelley recently accompanied 29 students to Milford’s Mondo Pond for an environmental assay survey. The students spent two hours surveying the environmental conditions of the pond and its surrounding habitat.





Tradition continues...juniors receive class rings

In a ceremony conducted by junior class officers on October 11, class rings were blessed by Janice May, RSM and presented to members of the Class of 2014 by President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D. A long-standing tradition at Lauralton Hall, the presentation of class rings by alumnae mothers added a special touch to the ceremony.







Lauralton SAT scores soar above national averages

Lauralton Hall’s empowered young women are exceeding both state and national averages for SAT® standardized testing for college admission. Last year, the average test scores at Lauralton were 544 in reading, 570 in mathematics and 563 in critical writing. In comparison, students enrolled in Connecticut public high schools scored an average of 512 in reading, 510 in math and 506 in critical writing; while nationally, high school students scored an average of 514 in reading, 488 in math and 496 in critical writing.


Fall sports pep rally opens season

Student Council hosted the first seasonal pep rally of the year on October 5. Officers Caroline McCauley, ’13, Kiernan Black, ’14, Jessica Vanam, ’15, and Isabella Giannini, ’14 were the key organizers; they assumed responsibility for communicating the concept to each team and other participants, coordinating attire, posters, decorations and music.

Wine Tasting to feature celebrity chef Neil Fuentes

Event cancelled due to hurricane Sandy - Lauralton Hall is excited to announce “A Tasting... Vines and Steins,” a unique wine tasting that will feature celebrity chef, Neil Fuentes. Join us on Friday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave., Milford. Learn about wines and boutique beers from experts in the field—the nuances of flavors that go into each wine or lager, and even the wine/ale-making processes. An affineur from Milford’s Villa Gourmet will be on hand to offer cheese pairing advice for wine and ale. And while you’re sipping your chardonnay, pick up culinary tips from the “The Sensational Singing Chef” Neil Fuentes.

Science Olympics enjoyed by middle school girls

“At Lauralton Hall, we believe in empowering women for life,” says President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D. “We encourage students to strive for excellence in all that they do. The recent summer Olympics in London remind us that even the highest goals are attainable.” On September 22, teams of middle school girls from Fairfield and New Haven Counties had the opportunity to go for the Olympic gold. However, instead of winning medals in beach volleyball and synchronized swimming, they competed in fun, problem solving science projects at Lauralton’s eighth annual fall Science Olympics.


Religion and English classes collaborate on "Beloved"

Prompted by a shared experience with Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Religion department chair Elizabeth Burns and English teacher Catherine Gallagher collaborated in planning and moderating a recent in-class discussion of issues of justice and punishment portrayed in the novel.

Lauralton celebrates Mercy Day

On September 24, Lauralton Hall joined with Sisters of Mercy schools around the world to celebrate the founding of the first House of Mercy in 1831. Mercy Day, the first community day of the school year, began with a Liturgy celebrated by Rev. Charles Allen, S.J from Fairfield University, and was followed by a picnic lunch. In attendance were Board members, Mercy Sisters, students, faculty and staff.


Athletic Director to be honored on November 24

Congratulations to Lauralton’s athletic director, Nicolle Camara, one of ten new inductees at the 13th annual West Haven High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The recipients will be honored Saturday, November 24, at the West Haven Italian-American Club, 85 Chase Lane, West Haven.









Lauralton thanks Open House participants

Thank you to the students, faculty, parent volunteers and especially to those who visited our campus on September 30 and contributed to the outstanding success of Open House 2012! We were thrilled to host so many prospective students and their families.,

Faculty receive professional development grants

Ms. burns (center) at NEH CeminarLast spring and summer, thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Stanton Foundation, several Lauralton teachers had the opportunity to sit on the other side of the desk and experience the thrill of being a student. Social studies teacher Marilyn Cummings received a $5,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation’s Innovation in Civics Education program; religion teacher Elizabeth Burns received an NEH grant to attend a seminar on Punishment, Politics, and Culture at Amherst College and religion teacher Jennifer Madray received an NEH Grant to attend Religious Worlds of New York 2012, a seminar sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York that explored American Religious Diversity.

New faculty members welcomed

If this is a dream, don't wake me up!   - English teacher Kathryn Gorman

Lauralton Hall has appointed several dynamic new faculty members in the English and World Languages departments. They are from diverse backgrounds, but share a passion for teaching and learning. Kathryn Gorman, Jennifer Barwinski and Brian Tenney have joined the English Department. Miao Hwang is teaching Chinese.

Student officers elected

The Lauralton community congratulates the 2012-2013 class and club officers as they take on their new leadership roles.

Sports & Enrichment Program successful

Lauralton’s summer program, Sports & Enrichment for Kids! was once again a big hit among parents and kids, offering fun yet educational programs including field hockey, Physics for Fun, softball, cartooning, Photoshop™--science and technology, creative writing, cooking, art and much more. Taught be a top notch adult staff, children ages six to sixteen had a blast creating cool cookies, conducting wacky science experiments and learning new athletic and study skills.

New bus service successful

For the first time in years, students from area towns beyond Milford are traveling to school by school bus. Lauralton has contracted with a transportation company that provides bus service to and from school and the RT 127 (White Plains Road)/RT 15 commuter lot in Trumbull and the RT 111/RT 25 commuter lot on the Trumbull/Monroe line.

Matriculation Ceremony welcomes new students

Members of the Lauralton Hall Class of 2016 and transfer students were formally inducted into the Lauralton Hall community at a decorous ceremony on the evening of August 28. Parents, relatives and friends joined faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees in welcoming the new students to the Lauralton family. 

Lauralton meets the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016, 123 students strong, comes to us from 59 different schools in 25 towns. The top four feeder towns are Fairfield, Milford, Stamford and Norwalk, and the girls previously attended 26 Catholic schools, 26 public schools and 7 private schools.





Recent graduates selected for Senior Spotlight

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2012 who were selected for the Lauralton Hall Senior Spotlight, published in the New Haven Register on August 30, 2012.

Going for the gold at Science Olympics

“At Lauralton, we believe in empowering women for life,” says President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D. “We encourage students to strive for excellence in all that they do. The recent summer Olympics in London remind us that even the highest goals are attainable.” This fall, teams of middle school girls from Fairfield and New Haven Counties will have the opportunity to go for the Olympic gold. However, instead of winning medals in beach volley ball and synchronized swimming, they will be competing in fun, problem solving science projects at Lauralton Hall’s Science Olympics which will be held on Saturday, September 22.

Lauralton proudly announces new, redesigned website

After several months in development, our brand new website has launched—redesigned and revamped—to ensure that our students, parents, alumnae, staff, friends, prospective students and their parents and the public at large have full access to the entire scope of life that happens in our Lauralton hallways!

Lauralton affiliates with Online School for Girls

Guided by current research on how girls learn best, Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce its affiliation with the Online School for Girls, an exceptional all-girl learning community that connects students worldwide through relevant and engaging coursework in a dynamic online learning community.

Lauralton Hall president Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, Ph.D. believes “The best way to prepare students for the future is to remain on the cutting edge of new directions in education. It’s in the DNA of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, to be innovative and ahead of our time and we are committed to their vision.”

Students reach out locally and globally

The core values of the Sisters of Mercy are evident not only in the words on banners displayed throughout the campus, but in daily actions of students. Achievements of Lauralton’s Outreach Program during the 2011-2012 school year reflect the tremendous impact our students make both locally and globally. The goal of the Outreach Program is to support local, national and international non-profit organizations that provide programs and projects that serve the needy and that help people around the world who are suffering from natural disasters. 

Commencement held for Class of 2012

On June 3, Lauralton Hall presented diplomas to 108 young women from 26 towns across Connecticut. President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D., gave the opening and closing remarks along with speeches from Valedictorian Megan Cogguillo and Salutatorian Abbey Guerino. These two young women and Catherine McAuley Award-winner Marisa Dowling topped a list of accomplished and service-minded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including Dartmouth, Georgetown, Mount Holyoke, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt and more.




Underclass awards presented at annual ceremony

The faculty and staff of Lauralton Hall proudly revealed the names of this year’s underclass award recipients at the annual awards ceremony on June 6. More than 150 students received awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics,athletics, the arts and for community service. 



Senior award recipients honored

The faculty and staff of Lauralton Hall proudly revealed the names of this year’s senior award recipients on May 23, at a ceremony held in the Claven Auditorium. Class of 2012 Valedictorian Megan Cogguillo and Salutatorian Abbey Marie Guerino topped a list of accomplished and service-minded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including Dartmouth, Georgetown, Mount Holyoke, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt. More than 40 seniors received awards for outstanding accomplishments in academics, athletics and for community service.

Student artists continue to shine

Lauralton Hall’s Visual Art Department had much to be proud of during the 2011-2012 academic year. Among other achievements, Lauralton students made strong showings in competitive art contests and a local medical office created a revolving exhibition space in its lobby for Lauralton artists.

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