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Christmas Stocking Drive for the Mercy Learning Center

The National Honor Society sponsored the Christmas Stocking Drive for the Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport this week. All month, the homerooms have been coordinated the donations to make this a school-wide event. Stockings were stuffed for mothers and children and they will be delivered this week, along with Christmas cards containing gift cards to various stores including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Stop and Shop, to name a few.  Along with all of that, 2 large boxes of Candy Books (lifesaver books, gummy books, etc) and filled plastic Candy Canes were given to supplement the Christmas events at the Center. In the end, a total of 74 stockings, 63 gift cards, 53 candy books and 38 filled candy canes were collected! A special thank you goes out to all who helped make this charitable donation such a success.

The Mercy Learning Center was established in 1987, opening its doors to low-income, undereducated, marginalized women in the Bridgeport community. It’s goal is to break the intergenerational pattern of poverty and illiteracy through education and empowerment. To learn more about the Mercy Learning Center visit www.mercylearningcenter.org

The LH Choir is going to Disney!

As part the annual Disney holiday tradition, fifty-eight students from Lauralton Hall have been selected to perform at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional in Orlando Florida this Holiday season. 

During each show a celebrity narrator reads the story of the birth of Jesus from scripture. The readings are accompanied by music that illuminates the story of the Nativity. The performance includes a 500-member choir from high schools and colleges across the East Coast, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra.  Selections they will be singing include Christmas classics such as “Joy to the World”, “We Three Kings” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”. This is the 39th year for Disney to host the show.

LH’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble & Concert Choir will perform in two shows (6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) on December 21st.

Check back during the break for updates on their trip.


LH Celebrates Foundation Day!

The students have been busy with their exams but have managed to take a little time to enjoy cake in celebration of Foundation Day! 

On December 12 Sisters of Mercy across the globe celebrate the anniversary of the founding of their religious order. In Dublin, Ireland, it was on this date that Catherine McAuley and two of her associates, Mary Ann Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley pronounced vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and to persevere until death in “the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.” 


Transfer Student Breakfast

Sponsored by LH Guidance Department- Mrs. Hanson 

In the 2014-2015 School Year Lauralton Hall has welcomed it largest transfer student class.  We have six students from local towns in CT, eight students from China, and one student from Switzerland.  With the ending of the first quarter, transfer students were invited to the first ever Transfer Student Breakfast. The event came after National International Student Day, which was very fitting.

At the Breakfast, students were invited to bring a fellow student guest to the event.  All in all we had a total of 17 students partake in the celebratory event.  With the beginning of the second quarter, we celebrated not only their accomplishments academically, but also their accomplishment of transitioning to Lauralton Hall’s community.  Some students acknowledged that some things were similar to their pervious schools; they still were adjusting to their new environment.  

To commemorate their breakfast,  every student was giving a Lauralton Hall pen and encouraged to take up Malala Yousafzai’s  call that she made during her address to the UN Youth Assembly, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

During the Breakfast American students shared their traditions for Thanksgiving with our international students.  While our Chinese students shared their Spring Festival traditions; The Spring Festival is a very important holiday for the Chinese people.  Although it is more similar to our Christmas celebration when all family members get together, there is a still a component of giving thanks.  All of our students shared that they would like to see this holiday celebration take place within the halls of Lauralton.

All in all it was a great celebration of students coming together to be acknowledged for their accomplishments and a time to share cultural traditions. 

Special Thanks to Mrs. Chamberlain, Ms. Casceillo, and Ms. Posey


SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month Recipient Recognized

Congratulations goes to Sarah Haselkamp
A captain and standout on the Crusaders’ soccer team, Sarah Haselkamp has excelled in the classroom with a 3.8 grade point average.   A member of the National and Spanish honor societies, Sarah, a Fairfield resident, is a member of the Art, Spanish and Environmental clubs.  She also is a member of the Varsity track team.   This fall, Sarah earned SCC All-Quinnipiac Division honors leading the Crusaders to the division title in their first year in the league.  Lauralton Hall soccer coach Peter Trenchard said, “Sarah is not only a fantastic soccer player, but also a well-rounded student and a solid team leader who is always there for her teammates and friends.”

Congratulations to 5 of our Lauralton Students for being honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program!

The principal, Cynthia Gallant, of Lauralton Hall announced today that Marissa S. Browne, Christine M. Heisler, Amy E. Izzo, Devon K. Valera, and Jessica Vanam have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

LH Swim Team - CIAC Class M State CHAMPS!


Lauralton Hall won the Class M state title Tuesday night at Wesleyan!

The Lauralton Hall girls swimming and diving team has been one of the top teams in Class S for the last several years. And this season, a bump up to Class M wasn't enough to knock the Crusaders down.

“It was a good night,” Lauralton Hall coach Fran Pfeiffer said. “We had many swimmers swim lifetime bests. Our victories are a residue of the kids you get in your program. These girls worked hard for this. I also had a lot of help from my assistants this season too. Moving to the SCC has been good and we’ve done alright. For the SCC to have such strong finishes in each event shows you the strength of the conference. We swam powerhouse SCC teams like Amity and Cheshire during the dual-meet season and that certainly helped prepare us for the postseason.”




Congratulations to LH Student,Tierney Riccitelli. Recipient of the Devon Rotary's Fall "Service above Self Award"

Lauralton Hall's Tierney Riccitelli was the recipient of this year's Devon Rotary's "Service above Self Award" along with three other local students from Platt, Law and Foran High Schools. Tierney's service accomplishments were highlighted to the Rotary and guests by Yvonne Fosse-Previs, her counselor. It is a wonderful honor for Lauralton to be so well represented.

Every year the Devon Rotary presents the Service Above Self Award. This award is given to the Milford students who best exemplify the spirit of their motto, "Service Above Self".

The Lauralton Hall community would like to congratulate Tierney. 


LH Student Published "Highlights" Journal is Online!

Lauralton's student-published, online and interactive newspaper journal,"Highlights," is published periodically throughout the school year. It has been updated on our website and worth a read! Our students have done an amazing job on it. 


LH Students Named All-SCC/All-League Winners!

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been voted All-SCC/All-League Winners:

Soccer – Sarah Haselkamp, Maggie Salandra, and Caroline Monahan

Field Hockey – Kiley Forrest and Jackie Brewster

Swimming – Dakota Meyer, Kaitlyn Joy and Elizabeth Sargent


Students Participate in Environmental Assay Survey

Advance Environmental Science/ ECE UConn Environmental Science teacher April Kelley recently accompanied her  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.

After a guided nature walk around the pond led by Mrs. Kelley, the students settled into their assigned roles in the environmental assay survey. Some aspects studied were dissolved oxygen levels, fecal bacterial counts, water quality (pH, nitrate and phosphate levels), dissolved carbon dioxide levels, turbidity, and species diversity.

After completing the field studies, the students spent time analyzing their data. After comparing the results of all the individual tests, the students determined that the overall health of the pond system was poor/fair in terms of species diversity and acceptable pollution levels. Their survey results will remain on file in the AP Environmental Science classroom so that future Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes can compare their results with survey results from previous years.  This will allow the science department to monitor the long-term health of this local ecosystem and note any changes occurring over time. In addition, results will be posted on the Global Water Project database so students can compare the health of this local pond with the health of ponds in similar regions.  In comparing this year's assay results to previous years, students found that the health of the pond which had been improving slowly over the last five years (2008 – 2012) has experienced a slight decline in the last two years.  If this disturbing trend continues into next year, the class will begin investigating changes to the community that could be contributing to the declining pond health and will research possible solutions to the issues.



On Saturday, Oct 18th, the back field of Lauralton Hall became the launching pad for hurling pumpkins thanks to the Octoberfest Crossbows and Catapult event. Many people from the community showed up to cheer the teams on. Even Mary Ann Wasil, Founder of The Get in Touch Foundation attended the launches and posted pictures and a writeup on the foundation Facebook page!

Monies raised benefited the Get in Touch Foundation and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center of Bridgeport.

And the winners are...

OPEN DIVISION – FAIRFIELD PREP TEAM: “Prep Brothers”/Michael and Andrew Lagrange

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIV.– FLOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, STFD 7th Grade Team: Pink Pumpkins/Sarah ickowitz, Noella Marcano, Sabrina Orazietti and Elizabeth Thompson

HIGH SCHOOL DIV. – 9th GRADE LAURALTON TEAM: “The Lolly Launchers”/Kailyn Ball, Emily Bump, Kate Paineand Brianna Outen

Congratulations to all the winning teams and thank you to all who participated.  

~Thank you to all sponsors and individuals who helped to make the event a success...
Individually donated cards from:
RICK CAPACELLATRO (field design & setup)
MRS. BREWSTER & MRS. HURLEY (concession)

Visit our facebook page for more pictures of the event.


GIT YOUR PINK ON day for Get In Touch Foundation Charity

Mary Ann Wasil, Founder of GIT and breast cancer survivor visited Lauralton to judge the posters created by students in Mrs. Doherty’s Art Classes to acknowledge GIT Your Pink on Day.  Students/Faculty/Staff made donations for a dress down day with proceeds going to the Get In Touch Foundation.  

This year’s poster winner is sophomore Sara Abbazia and Mary Ann presented her with a GIT “Goodie Bag” for her entry. Breast Health was also presented in the Health curriculum for all Freshmen during the month of October—ribbons for pink, blue and teal adorn the front High Street fence for awareness as well.

Did you know...Lauralton Hall has the distinct honor of being the FIRST Get In Touch school in the world! "Kudos, Lauralton Hall, and thank you for your support and your vision!"  Mary Ann Wasil

The mission of the Get In Touch Foundation is to provide breast health initiatives that educate gals and guys of all ages how to "get in touch" with their bodies, information, and each other in our crusade against breast cancer.


Visit our Lauralton Hall Facebook Page to see all the beautiful posters.  


Lorraine Warren Shared her Ghostly Stories to a Sold-Out Crowd at Lauralton

It was an amazing night at the Lorraine Warren and Tony Spera event. The two paranormalists spoke to a sold-out crowd sharing their experiences of the hauntings that made the Warren's famous. The Annabelle Doll, the Amityville home and the Easton Graveyard were just a few of the stories told. They had the crowd on the edge of their seats showing actual images that were taken at the spirited locations.

Lorraine noted that her faith was always her protection from these disturbing spirits.  Her greatest advice to the audience was to stay away from Ouija boards, Tarot Cards and psychics. “If you go into a very happy home, very seldom, bad things will be found, Warren said.

See the link below for the complete article of the Warren event printed in the New Haven Register.

We appreciate all of you who attended and volunteered Friday night to make it such a success!  



Ribbon Tying our Gates for Breast Cancer
The Lauralton girls have been busy tying ribbons on our gates in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The three colors represent:
Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Blue for Men's Breast Cancer Awareness and Teal for Reproductive Cancer Awareness.

We also had a visit from videographer, Nick Sadler. Nick is creating a documentary about men's breast cancer and has a personal connection to Bill Becker, who sadly, lost his fight to breast cancer last year. Bill was a dear friend to the Lauralton community and the blue ribbons are hung in his honor and memory. The film is due to be completed mid-February. We look forward to seeing that.

It's worth a drive by to see the remarkable work our girls did. The gates are beautiful.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support in acknowledging the great things our girls do here. They truly are amazing kids.
LH CARES held TASTE THE DIVERSITY of the school in the Claven Auditorium.

LH CARES (LH Cares And Respects Every Student) held TASTE THE DIVERSITY of the school on October 1 right after school in the Claven Auditorium. The entire school was invited to come taste food prepared by our club that reflects the various ethnicities that make up the population of our school. (I think about 75 people actually showed up.)

Dishes included pasta (Italy), a rice dish (Haiti), pierogies (Poland), fried chicken wings (America), egg rolls and a wide assortment of rice cakes and cookies (China), and the French Club contributed baguettes, cookies, and Perrier and Evian water to the festivities  .

The club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested in joining can come to the meeting October 8th in Room MH101. More information about the club is on the LH CARES bulletin board located outside of the internet cafe in Mercy Hall. 


Our girls volunteered at the Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk

Several of our girls joined Peggie McGowan this past Sunday volunteering at the Discovery to Cure Walk on the Yale campus. Participants strolled through the Yale grounds, learning about the history of Yale and the historic landmarks while supporting this important cause. Please visit http://discoverytocurebevlevywalk.kintera.org for more information, or to donate. Thank you girls, you did an awesome job! 



Lauralton Hall is joining with Sisters of Mercy schools around the world today to celebrate the founding of the first House of Mercy in 1831. Mercy Day, the first community day of the school year, will begin with a special Liturgy and will be followed by a picnic lunch. This is a special day of relection for Board members, Mercy Sisters, students, faculty and staff. 

The Sisters of Mercy are an international community of Roman Catholic women who have vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children.

Check out the girls singing Circle of Mercy.


SADD members help out at Superhero 5K & Family Fun Day

The Lauralton Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) members had a fun-filled day helping out at The Superhero 5K and Family Fun Day in support of the Milford Prevention Council. The day began with a family-friendly 5k race, 1k kid's obstacle course, costume parade, face painting and so much more. A great time was had by all as the girls helped to make this event a success. A special thank you goes out to them. 

The mission of the Milford Prevention Council is to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse through prevention education, the support of law enforcement and the strengthening of our community collaboration.

Sr. Madeline Follachio, former Dean of Students, Dies

Sister Madeline Follachio, former Dean of Students at Lauralton Hall, died on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  The school was blessed to have Sister Madeline minister as Dean of Students for 14 years at Lauralton Hall.  In 2003, she was honored with the Claven Award, an honor bestowed to women who have 'led extraordinary lives, excelled in their choice of fields and made significant impact on Lauralton Hall."  Sister will be sorely missed.

A mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the St. Mary Home Chapel, 2021 Albany Ave., West Hartford on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:00pm.  This will be preceded by a wake from 2:00-5:00pm.  Click here for the full obituary.




Lauralton Hall makes it to the Great White Way!

Times Square once again gives a "shout out" to Lauralton Hall, welcoming the Class of 2018! 

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Crusaders Make Their Presence Felt - Soccer and Swimming Start the Season with Wins

The Lauralton Hall Crusaders began the Fall season with two important wins.  These were the first athletic events for the Crusaders as the newest members of the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC).  The Crusaders Soccer team defeated Guilford 1-0.  Guilford is the defending champion in both the SCC and the Class L state division.  "It's a great start to a new league," Coach Pete Trenchard said. 

The Crusaders Swim Team defeated Foran High School, 96-86 in their SCC opening swim meet on Tuesday, September 9.

Click here for local press on the Crusaders Soccer game against Guilford.

Dorothy Synkewecz, R.S.M. Passes Away

August 18, 2014 - It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of Dorothy Synkewecz, R.S.M.  Sister Dot, as Sr. Dotshe was known throughout the Lauralton Hall student body and larger community, served the school for more than 25 years in a range of roles, including campus minister, outreach coordinator, student advisor, class moderator, and student club faculty sponsor.  In 2011, Lauralton Hall recognized Sr. Dot with its Mother Mary Augustine Claven Award. Described by a colleague as “a Renaissance woman with a rare gift for friendship,” Sister Dot possessed a strong commitment to peace and justice, a commitment that she shares with her sister, Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz, former president of the Connecticut Sisters of Mercy and present co-director of the Collaborative Center for Justice in Hartford. The organizer of the school’s first Peace and Justice Day and a long-time volunteer at Mercy Learning Center (Bridgeport), Merton House of Hospitality, and the St. Vincent DePaul guest center (Middletown), Sister Dot may be best known for her open-door office policy and camaraderie with all. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.  Any updates will be announced on the Lauralton Hall website.

April Kelley Named NAIS "Teacher of the Future"

July 25, 2014 -  April Kelley, a science teacher at Lauralton Hall, was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of its annual Teachers of the Future program.  

The 2014-15 NAIS Teachers of the Future were selected from a large pool of nominees who exemplify creativity and innovation in the classroom, inspire academic excellence in students, and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers.   As one of only 35 teachers nationwide chosen for the program, April will participate in a  variety of initiatives that will strengthen learning and teaching at independent schools as well as grow their leadership capacities. 

“April is an outstanding teacher and faculty mentor,” noted Antoinette Iadarola, Lauralton Hall’s Head of School. “She  is highly respected by her colleagues and has led many of the new technology initiatives in our learning environments. We are delighted that April will join the 2014-15 cohort of NAIS Teachers of the Future.”

 April Kelley is a Lauralton Hall Alumnae from the Class of 1985.   She went on to receive her B.S. in wildlife biology & environmental management from University of Rhode Island and her M.S. in education from University of New Haven.  April is an audited AP instructor for environmental science as well as an E.C.E. (Early College Experience) adjunct professor for environmental science with the University of Connecticut.  During her summer break, April also works as an environmental educator for the Connecticut Audubon Society, Milford Point.  All of these experiences have led April to investigating and embracing student-centered, student-directed teaching pedagoges.  She will be presenting at the University of Buffalo's Case Studies Conference in Amherst NY this September. 

NAIS President John Chubb notes, “Teachers nurture our children’s growth and development. These exceptional Teachers of the Future are not only preparing children to succeed in life; they are moving the profession forward by modeling innovative practices and leadership among their peers.”


Lauralton Teacher is National Softball Coach of the Year


July 24, 2014 -  Lauralton Hall science teacher and coach, Theresa Napolitano has been named the 2014 Softball Coach of   the Year by the  National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA). Coach Napolitano was honored with  this national recognition at the annual HNSACA national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole.  She was  one of  eight national finalists for the award.

Napolitano was also elected into the Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame.  The induction will take place in March 2015.

The NHSACA’s annual award is considered the most prestigious award given to high school coaches in America, and is awarded based on the recipients’ successful season of coaching and their lifetime achievements.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledged Napolitano’s achievement recently, along with other CT Coaches by issuing a special proclamation. "In addition to academic achievement, extracurricular activities like high school athletics, are also important for students to participate in because they learn critical life skills like leadership, discipline and  a strong work ethic,” said Governor Malloy. “I’m proud to recognize these individuals for the good work they are doing on and off the field to ensure their players’ successful development as young adults.”

Napolitano began her coaching career at St. Mary’s High School in New Haven in 1986 and then went on to Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge for sixteen years.  Since 2005 at Lauralton Hall, she teaches physics and is Head of the Science Department and has been the coach of the school’s top performing softball team.  Theresa has also coached field hockey.  As softball coach, Napolitano racked up 504 overall wins including the Connecticut State Championship, with only 125 losses. Her softball teams won state championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008.  

“I have coached junior high school, town leagues, travel teams and high school teams in sports ranging from basketball, volleyball, field hockey and softball,” says Napolitano.  “No matter the level, the goal was the same: to pass on the passion, knowledge and opportunity to players and build on fundamentals, fidelity, family and faith in the game and your team.”

Her colleagues, players and friends will celebrate Coach Napolitano at a dinner on Monday, August 18 at 5pm at Aldario’s Restaurant, 240 Naugatuck Avenue in Milford, CT.  Reservations required. Contact 203-736-9843.
Lauralton Hall Welcomes New Athletic Director


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

Ms. Cooper previously held the position of Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics for Hamden Public Schools from     2002 – 2013. Prior to her years in Hamden, she worked for the New Haven Public Schools. She held a number of positions during her time  there, including: Athletic Director, Health and Physical Education teacher and served as both the volleyball and softball coach.

Ms. Cooper is also a certified Athletic Administrator and coach, and actively participates in the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors as well as the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Among other awards, Ms. Cooper has received the “Woman in Leadership Award” from the Women and Families Center of Central Connecticut.

“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.” 

Lauralton Hall will be moving to the South Central Conference (SCC) of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) with the new academic year.  The school offers a variety of seasonal sports including tennis, lacrosse, indoor and outdoor track, softball, basketball, golf, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, ice hockey, ski, cross country, field hockey, soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball. Lauralton most recently earned the State Championship in Basketball (2014) and Swimming (2012). 

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