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A Farewell to Six Giants

They were loyal and kind, hilarious and humble. They were icons and pioneers, sages and historians. He solved class scheduling issues without skipping a beat, she taught multiple generations of students on the Doherty Campus, he solved problems with a calm presence, she helped Lotspeich students fall in love with books, he empowered hundreds of Stinger athletes, and he took Seven Hills students on almost every field trip they can remember. These six retiring employees—Lowell Wenger, Sarah Roberts, Tom Betts, Marcia Snyder, Dick Snyder, and Glenn Shillinger—were longtime Seven Hills employees whose cumulative years add up to 243 at Seven Hills, are giants in their own right. They shared laughs, happy tears, and so many memories with friends and colleagues during Seven Hills’ closing luncheon in Founders Hall in early June. With beloved colleagues sharing reminiscent tales and original poetry nearby, each retiree sat in their gift, a beautifully adorned wooden chair bearing a plaque with a message. Of Wenger, a 37-year teacher at Seven Hills, history department chair Brian Wabler said Wenger has a “steel-trap mind. He is a Seven Hills archivist and his brain is the archives.” Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein bade farewell to 40-year teacher Roberts C’67, calling her a “student, teacher, parent, and legend.” Head of Middle School Bill Waskowitz,who wrote an original poem about Betts, which was based on Wallace Steven’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, said Betts had a way of responding to the needs of adolescent students in calm and measured ways. Lotspeich art teacher Jody Knoop and fifth-grade teacher Karla Balskus presented Marcia Snyder with The Big Book of Marcia and invited her to enjoy her “next chapter” after 42 years at Seven Hills. Athletic Director Brian Phelps and Middle School Athletic Director Roger Schnirring had Dick Snyder in stitches with a top-10-style rundown of the past 43 years, and, to honor his 45 years, Guethlein and Doherty teacher Tracy Hickenlooper regaled Shillinger with a hilarious trip down memory lane, from moments when Guethlein was a teacher’s aide running off dittos, to Shillinger’s no-nonsense take on safety, to just how much he will be missed by the entire Seven Hills community. To our retiring giants, we will miss you! Thank you for your decades of commitment, service, and dedication to Seven Hills. Click here to see photos of the luncheon.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

In our 43rd commencement ceremony, The Seven Hills School graduated 82 seniors on the evening of June 9 in Kalnow Gym. In all of its pomp and beloved tradition, the ceremony began with a processional with Jean Joseph Mouret’s Rondeau. In Seven Hills’ illustrious fashion, the seniors walked under garland arches held by juniors. Senate members and seniors Adam and Quinn Shim, brothers, celebrated their peers and a year of accomplishment, saying it was a class known for its community. Board of Trustee President Beth Schiff told the graduates that the school community has learned from them, and continues to admire their commitment and dedication in and out of the classroom. Head of School Chris Garten congratulated the soon-to-be graduates and thanked Schiff, who completed her term after three years, for her dedication to the school community. Seven Hills City Councilman and Seven Hills alumnus P.G. Sittenfeld ’03 delivered a concise speech tailored to the request of the Class of 2017. Sittenfeld, who had invested in a little prep work months earlier, when he visited the seniors to get to know the class better, said, “You asked that my speech be, ‘nice, not too obvious, practical, and that it compliments the Class of 2017.’” Sittenfeld’s address focused on leadership and challenged the graduates to maintain friendships and take risks. “What will continue to define you all is your sheer willingness to try,” said Sittenfeld. Commencement continued with a special address from parent Amanda Cawdrey followed by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll ’85, who presented the Alumni Association Service Award to Devi Namboodiri for, among many things, her community service project, in which she teaches music to students in underserved areas where fine arts programs have dwindled. In a powerful tribute, Head of School Matt Bolton wrapped up the ceremony as he bade farewell to the class, which was mentioned by several speakers this evening to be known as the “class of community and empathy.” During Bolton’s address, at his side was rising senior Abby Smith, whose Personal Challenge project involved learning American Sign Language. Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Click here for more photos from commencement.

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Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents Celebrates Students

Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (S.N.A.A.P.) held its 17th annual Recognition Banquet in Founder’s Hall Sunday, June 11. The beautiful ceremony, officiated by S.N.A.A.P. chair Chantal Weaver, celebrated the success of Seven Hills’ African-American students who are moving up to the Middle School—Max Brown, Nate Campos, Laila Harrison, Zoe Johnson, Jay McCuen, Haley Squire, and Lidya Tesfaye; Upper School’s—Summer Jones, Savoy Lackey, and Riyah Vaughn; and our six graduates, Ashley Labrie, Maliq Lee, Madison Morgan, Austin Murph, Jeremiah Weaver, and Kendall Weems. The welcome address was delivered by students Devin Best and Sydney Best, with an invocation by parent the Rev. Jerome Weaver. In a traditional African libation ceremony led by parent Hope Johnson, families remembered and honored their loved ones. Head of School Chris Garten shared that the students have given so much to the school community and wished them well as they move into the next phases of their lives, and Head of Upper School Matt Bolton gave a heartfelt speech that singled out special memories he has of each student graduate. Keynote speaker for the event was University of Cincinnati Vice President of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Bleuzette Marshall. Marshall showed her admiration for the students, sharing a number of uplifting allegorical examples to illustrate how important leadership is in the lives of each student. She closed with a special tale about four candles in a dark room. After the flames of candles named Peace, Love, and Faith flicker out, a child walks into the room, sad that three of four candles are out, and notices the fourth candle. “The fourth candle said, ‘don’t be afraid,’” said Marshall. “Because I am Hope and we can relight the three other candles. Graduates, you represent Hope. You hold the keys. When everyone tries to blow you out, take their oxygen and burn brighter.” Congratulations to our amazing students and many thanks to Chantal Weaver, Veronica McCreary-Hall, and the S.N.A.A.P. committee for making this afternoon possible! S.N.A.A.P. would also like to thank Muzic Company for their musical selections. and event planner Felicia Maupin for the beautiful decorations at the event. Click here to view photos from the event. 
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Graduating Seniors Visit Doherty and Lotspeich

Graduating seniors dropped by Lotspeich and the Doherty Campus in late May to reminisce, visit teachers, and explore the Lower Schools where it all started for them. At Doherty, students visited their early childhood teachers and Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein, followed by a walk through Jones Hall, where students dropped in classrooms to give hugs to their old teachers. The visit ended in the Doherty library, where the seniors watched a moving video of their time at Doherty and gladly accepted personalized “Seven Hills” chocolate bars, specially wrapped by librarian Linda Wolfe. At Lotspeich, students stopped by the Lotspeich library to look at photos from their Lower School years and visit with Head of Lotspeich Carolyn Fox and librarian Marcia Snyder. They also visited their former teachers before heading to the Young Family Library to watch a video of their time at Lotspeich. They were greeted by retired Seven Hills teachers Ann Greenwald and Jane Claus.

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Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten End the Year Right

Our youngest Seven Hills students on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses bade farewell to their teachers and classmates in early June. At Doherty, students had a blast on the front field. With a carnival-like setting before them, the students took a moment to pet a pot-bellied pig, chicks, and bunnies from the visiting Sunrock Farm, eat treats for a little picnic, enjoy a bubble machine, and play on the playground with their families. At Hillsdale, pre-kindergarteners gathered in Dellie’s Garden and Playground to enjoy a picnic with their families and leaf through books filled with their work from throughout the year. Kindergarteners also celebrated the last day with a popsicle party!

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The Seven Hills School Recognized for Service

Seven Hills was recently recognized for providing more than a collective 4,400 hours of service to others throughout the 2016-17 school year. The recognition comes from Inspiring Service, which acknowledged Seven Hills participation in October Day of Service, weekly recycling efforts, and sandwich making for a local charitable organization. In addition, rising junior Amisha Mittal received an Honor Award for volunteering 52 hours of service during the school year. Inspiring Service is a nonprofit focused on recognizing organizations, groups, and individuals who have made a community impact through service to others as a path to demonstrate progress toward the United Nations Global Goals. 

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Seven Hills Annual Fund for 2016-17. There’s still time to give, for those who still wish to do so. Generous and consistent support allows The Seven Hills School to maintain the highest quality educational experience possible for all students today and in the future. The Seven Hills Annual Fund offers the opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift in any amount. Click here to donate!

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From The Buzz, May 26, 2017

Upper Students Bring in Dozens of Merit Scholarships

Congratulations, Class of 2017! The Seven Hills Upper School shared an impressive, and growing, list of colleges and universities that have awarded our 82 students about $5 million in merit scholarships. In addition, said college counselor Alex Catalan, six students receive National Merit scholarship awards, three are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, one by Macy’s Corporation, one by The University of Chicago, and one by The College of Wooster. “Six National Merit scholarship winners and 11 National Merit Finalists out of a graduating class of 81 represents an extraordinarily large percentage of our class, not only in the context of Cincinnati, but also at the state and national level,” said Catalan. “These results once again represent the remarkable academic talent of Seven Hills students and faculty.” A Seven Hills student was also the recipient of the prestigious Questbridge National College Match Finalist for Yale. “Seven Hills seniors received millions of dollars in merit scholarship awards from nearly 50 colleges, including several full-tuition scholarship offers,” Catalan said. “National Merit scholarships are awarded to fewer than one-half percent of participating students in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.” Click here to view a list of the awarding colleges and universities. 

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Lower Schools Celebrate Annual Spring Festivities

Our Lower School students and families celebrated annual spring festivities in mid-May. On May 12, the Doherty Campus hosted the Doherty Carnival and Silent Auction, a fun-filled evening that takes over the gym and courtyard. Attendees played games, enjoyed carnival food, got their faces painted, and visited a fortuneteller. There were also a host of silent auction items up for bid. On May 19, Lotspeich hosted May Fete, a beloved tradition held in Kalnow Gym. Attendees jumped in bounce houses, participated in hula hoop contests, and ate cotton candy. While students and their families enjoyed May Fete, they had opportunities to enter dozens of raffles with prizes from BMX bikes to an iPad, to a basket of items that would provide endless summer fun. Thank you to our Lower School Parent Associations for hosting these wonderful events! Click here for a gallery of Doherty Carnival photos. Click here to view pictures from May Fete.

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Juniors Inducted into NJCL Latin Honor Society

On Friday, May 12, five students were inducted into the Seven Hills chapter of the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) Latin Honor Society. Congratulations to the following students, all juniors: Ben Agin, Lucy Callard, Charlie Dwight, Carly Jones, and Zoe Parlier.

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2017 National Spanish Exam Results

Forty-five Seven Hills students recently received their rankings in the 2017 National Spanish Exam results. The exams, taken nationwide by over 150,000 students, serve as “a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish,” according to the test’s website. The exams are administered in levels 1-4 and correspond with the Spanish course in which students are currently enrolled.

 

Bronze Medal

Level 2: junior Christine Cao, junior Xinyi Zi, and freshman Nina Martinez-Diers

Level 3: sophomore Ari Gleich

Level 4: junior Leah Blatt, and seniors Katie Corbett, Trey Kieser, and Esther Kim

 

Silver Medal

Level 2: freshmen Anika Parameswaran, Ethan Rising, James Sammarco, and Jorge Amadeo

Level 3: sophomores Neda Tehrani and Stratton Papakirk

Level 4: seniors Claire Kite and Jacob Moses, and junior John Stewart

Level 5: seniors Samantha Chun and Nina Fatuzzo

 

Gold Medal

Level 3: sophomores Felix Karthik, Aryan Katneni, Amisha Mittal, and Varshini Odayar

Level 4: juniors Natalie Choo and Mary Grace Ramsay

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Campus Picnics Held

The Hillsdale and Doherty campuses enjoyed picnics on each campus with plenty of burgers, hot dogs, and delicious sides. Doherty’s picnic was held May 19 and Hillsdale’s on May 22. The IT staff served up items from the grill while students, faculty, and staff lined up for the complimentary lunch served by the cafeteria staff. Thank you to all the Seven Hills staff who made this fun tradition possible! 

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From The Buzz, May 11, 2017

Senior Shares Experiment with Middle School Science Club

Senior Jack Lane recently treated the Middle School Science Club to a special presentation. Lane shared an experiment related to his research of solutions to phosphorus-laden runoff from agricultural fields and golf courses in Linda Ford’s environmental science class. Ford noted that potential solution to this problem is to surround fields and courses with bags filled with pellets made from soybean hulls, a plentiful resource in the rural counties of Ohio. “Jack was a member of the Seven Hills golf team that won the state championship last fall,” Lane said. “He has a keen interest in course maintenance and wanted to know how much runoff from his favorite courses add to the eutrophication of lakes and waterways in the Midwest.”

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Art Show, Instrumental Concerts to be Held in May

As the year comes to a close, Seven Hills musicians will put their musical and artistic talents on display with the annual Middle and Upper instrumental concerts, and the Upper School art show. The event will be held Sunday, May 21. The schedule is as follows:

2-4 p.m. – Upper School Art Show

2 p.m. – Middle School Instrumental Concert

4 p.m. – Upper School Instrumental Concert, with Lotspeich students opening

Please join us in supporting the arts!

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Annual Doherty Carnival, May Fete Planned

Doherty Campus and Lotspeich have two traditional celebrations on the horizon! Tomorrow, Friday, May 12, Doherty will hold the Doherty Carnival, a popular, annual event that helps fund the Doherty Parents Association. The evening features fun for all ages and a silent auction. On Friday, May 19, Lotspeich will hold May Fete. The Lotspeich Parents Association hosts the carnival-style event. Both events serve as fundraisers.

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Rising Sixth-graders Invited to Ice Cream Social

New and rising sixth-graders are invited to an ice cream social on Tuesday, May 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. The ice cream social will be held on the deck on the Hillsdale Campus, and will be moved to the Hillsdale Commons if there is bad weather. The event is open to fifth-graders from Doherty Campus and Lotspeich, as well as families new to Seven Hills with a student entering Middle School. An optional tour will be held during the social.

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From The Buzz, April 28, 2017

Summer Program – Register and Tell a Friend!

Seven Hills’ summer program offers adventurous, energetic, creative week-long courses and activities for all age groups. Several courses for students ages 7 through 12 are still available for registration, including “Creating Monsters and Creatures,” “Our Great Parks,” “Retro & Classic Games,” “Fun with the Ukulele,” and “Retro & Classic Games,” to name a few. Several of the Middle and Upper summer program courses are also new this summer, including “Art Collective,” “Preparing for Geometry,” “TorchPrep ACT Preparation,” and “Learn How to Learn,” a course that focuses on reading ,writing, and listening. Summer school co-directors Linda Clark and Jill Romerill said families enjoy the summer program because they are able to create their schedules on a weekly basis and choose from more than 100 course offerings. To learn more about Seven Hills Summer Program and to register, click here.

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Upper School Students Inducted into French, Spanish Honor Societies

On April 21, 20 students were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society and the French Honor Society during a lunchtime ceremony. Congratulations to the following students:

Spanish Honor Society

Seniors Katie Corbett, Rebekah Jonas, Trey Kieser, Esther Kim, Claire Kite, Natalie Lucas, Jake Moses, Adam Shim, and Kendall Weems; and juniors Natalie Choo and Mary Grace Ramsay

French Honor Society

Seniors Shelby Davis, Grace Greenwald, Emily McLennan, and Wil Morriss; juniors Alex Kreines, Garrett Reich, Max Routh, and Curtis Sun; and sophomore Madeleine Jay

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Newbery Award-winning Author Comes to Seven Hills

Lower School students at Lotspeich and Doherty Campus welcomed Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator Grace Lin in late April. At Lotspeich, Lin spoke to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. She did everything from read books to the youngest children in the ECC, to discuss how a book is made with second- and first-graders, to teaching fifth-graders about the myths that inspired her Newbery Honor book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Lotspeich librarian Marcia Snyder noted how meaningful Lin’s visit was. “We are so fortunate to have her,” she told first- and second-graders gathered for their time with Lin. “She visits schools all over the country, and probably all over the world.” At Doherty, some students prepared for Lin’s visit by reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon over spring break. Doherty librarian Linda Wolfe celebrated the experience with an ice cream sundae party in the Doherty library, shortly after Lin’s visit. “Not only did the students love the book, Grace Lin’s visit at Doherty was especially meaningful to these students,” said Wolfe, adding that the love of reading is always a sweet deal. Students who read the book are Sydney Best, Sepha Schumacher, Shannon Speaker, Erin Jackson, Nicholas Stein, Grace Trindle, Daphne Nelson, Emily Mentrup, Ella Foraker, Olivia Colby, Billy Good, Devin Best, DeHaven Quinn, Marina Curtin, Norah Hubert, and Natalie Goodman.

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Seven Hills Students Excel on National Latin Exam

Over 150,000 Latin students in middle and high schools across America and in more than 15 foreign countries took the National Latin Exam, which tests knowledge of Latin reading comprehension, grammar, derivatives, and Roman culture and history. The overwhelming majority of Seven Hills Latin students placed above the national average on every level of the exam. Fifty-eight Seven Hills Latin students took the exam, 50 scored above the national average. Listed below are the individual results, in order of distinction and score.

 Seventh-graders – Introduction to Latin Exam

Ribbon and Certificate for Outstanding Performance — Jenny Hu, Ellie Haas, Jack Fechter, and Naina Purushothaman

Certificate for Merit — Robby Ligeralde, Grayson Halonen, Ananya Munjal, Kamaia Hall-Edwards, Aditi Purushothaman, Sarah Croog, Suhani Gupta, Jonny Vanover, and Anand Patil

 Eighth-graders – Level I Exam

Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude Distinction — Daniel Goldfeder, Aidan Finn, Luke Malloy, Kurt Drath, and Eli Perlin

 Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude Distinction — Laxmi Namboodiri, Reva Namboodiri, and Tim Kalin

 Cum Laude Distinction — Elyse Stieby, Kavin Loganathan, and Nate Patchan

 Ninth-graders – Level II Exam

 Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude Distinction — Kevin Wang (perfect score!), Matt Wabler, Kyle Plush, Suf Safdar, and Alex Grass

 Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude Distinction — Cameron Riley, Annika Alper, and Stephen Walsh

 Magna Cum Laude Distinction — Krish Gupta

 Cum Laude Distinction — Rohan Patil

 10th-graders – Level III Exam

Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude Distinction — Greg Kalin, Max Lane, and Susanna Spooner

 Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude Distinction — Keelan Parlier and Maya Patel

 Magna Cum Laude Distinction — Renee Stieby, Claire Harrison, and Annabel Stanley

 Cum Laude Distinction — Patrick Kilcoyne

 11th-graders – Level IV Poetry Exam

 Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude Distinction — Charlie Dwight

 Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude Distinction — Lucy Callard, Zoe Parlier, and Ben Agin

 Magna Cum Laude Distinction — Carly Jones

 12th-graders – Level V Exam

Magna Cum Laude Distinction — Devi Namboodiri

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From The Buzz, April 13, 2017

Reunion Events 2017

Alumni came together on Friday, April 7, to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful weather during Reunion 2017. The day was full of events, starting with a welcome breakfast in the morning that featured a state of the school address from Head of School Chris Garten. Those attending the breakfast were treated to a tour of the Upper School and visited classrooms in the building. The Classics Luncheon, held at the Cincinnati Country Club, was attended by alumni from the Class of 1966 and above. Garten spoke briefly, as did Ben Glassman, who graduated with the Class of 1993 and is the new Alumni Association Board Chair. The day ended with a cocktail reception in Hillsdale Commons. The reception celebrated the class years ending in two or seven, ending at the class of 1997. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event! To view more photo of Reunion 2017, click here.

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Congratulations to New Members of Cum Laude Society

The Upper School honored its 18 new inductees into the Seven Hills chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence, at the Cum Laude Dinner on April 12. New members are juniors: Michael Barresi, Lucy Callard, Natalie Choo, Alex Kreines, Nick Purple, Mary Grace Ramsay, Curtis Sun, and Yuou Wang; and seniors: Calvin Arbenz, Shelby Davis, Shane DiGiovanna, Charlie Goldsmith, Rosie Kilcoyne, Jack Lane, Emily McLennan, Devi Namboodiri, Sam Stevens, and Jacob Weinstein. The event also honored the members who were inducted last year as juniors: Samantha Chun, Nina Fatuzzo, Chase Gardner, Daniel Grass, Esther Kim, Jake Moses, and Piper Spooner. The event’s guest speaker was Seven Hills alumni parent Mike Collette. Head of School Chris Garten said, “Seven Hills is one of fewer than 400 high schools in the country—only 23 in the state of Ohio—who have been granted a Cum Laude Society chapter, an academic honor society modeled on Phi Beta Kappa. Each year we recognize students whose academic performance and habits of mind meet the highest possible standards for scholarship and good character.” Collette asked the inductees to mull a number of bold concepts. Collette, founder and CEO of Patient Point and an Executive in Residence at Cincy Tech, challenged the students to share their unconventional ideas publicly and take ownership of their mistakes. “The world doesn’t just care about what you know. It cares what you can do,” said Collette. “Be willing to take risks and put it out there publicly. Have the courage to convince others to buy into your vision.” As part of the annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony, it is tradition for faculty members of the Cum Laude Committee to address each new member with remarks compiled from quotes from the students’ teachers. Click here to read faculty remarks about each inductee.

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From The Buzz, March 17, 2017

Stinger Madness

And the Winner Is…

The Development Department at Seven Hills can’t thank families enough for their support of Stinger Madness: Show Your Stinger Pride! The final results are in, and, although it was a very tight race, Team Waskowitz is the proud recipient of the Stinger Madness trophy for the year, with 73 percent parent participation in the Annual Fund. “Congratulations to the entire parent community on increasing overall parent participation in the Fund by 10 percent! Your support directly impacts each student, every day, and we are deeply grateful for everything you do for Seven Hills,” said Andi Simon, director of Annual Giving.

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Taste of Seven Hills a Fun Night for All

The annual Taste of Seven Hills, held Friday, March 3, was an exciting celebration of cultures that featured food and entertainment from around the world. The Seven Hills community provided many delicious offerings, including platters of sushi, Indian curry, and much more. Students displayed their cultural knowledge with performances of Irish and Indian dancing, and Spanish songs, and hosted booths featuring henna painting, origami folding, and crêpe-making. The event was organized by Nate Gleiner, English Teacher and Equity and Justice Coordinator, and parent Rica Ligeralde, chair of the planning committee. Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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Doherty, Lotspeich Hold Events Benefiting Cooperative for Education

On March 11, the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses held their annual community events supporting and benefiting Cooperative for Education, a local nonprofit that promotes education in rural Guatemala. Lotspeich held Día de Guatemala, while Doherty held its Pancake Breakfast and Art Auction. At Lotspeich, students, families, and faculty enjoyed crafts, making tortillas, and eating tacos from Mazunte, a local Mexican restaurant. At Doherty, teachers served up pancakes while families browsed insect-themed art created by all Doherty students. Both events were well-attended and raised money for a good cause! Click here to see photos from Día de Guatemala and view photos from the Pancake Breakfast here.

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Eighth-grader, Junior Selected to Participate in UC Retreat for Research

Eighth-grader Robby Ligeralde and junior Michael Barresi will work to make a difference this summer. The Seven Hills students have been selected to participate in the Fourth Annual University Retreat for Research, Cincinnati Charge Against Cancer, at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, on June 24. The science department nominated Ligeralde and Barresi. The eighth-grader and junior will be placed in groups of eight, which will include a variety of people with medical and science backgrounds, including students and doctors. The teams will work to create ideas for cancer prevention, detection, and treatment within the community. After the retreat, students will introduce the activities into their communities. The winning team will be awarded funding. The goal of the retreat is to generate new ideas while fostering interest in medical careers focused on cancer prevention.

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Middle and Upper School Students Compete at OJCL Convention

In late February, 25 eighth- through 12th-grade Latin students competed at the 67th annual Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) Convention in Columbus. Marcie Handler, Middle and Upper Latin teacher and Upper history teacher, and Katie Swinford, Upper Latin and history teacher and Middle Latin teacher, led the students. Every student delegate from Seven Hills placed in the top 10 in the state in one or more events!

Out of 23 schools in attendance, Seven Hills finished:

-Third in Academic per capita

– Sixth in Overall per capita

– Seventh in Overall Sweepstakes

– Third in Certamen Novice Level (eighth-graders Aidan Finn, Alex Frohn, Daniel Goldfeder, Luke Malloy, and Reva Namboodiri)

– Second in Certamen Intermediate Level (freshmen Alex Grass, Rohan Patil, Kyle Plush, Matt Wabler, and Kevin Wang)

– Fifth in Certamen Upper Level (junior Charlie Dwight, sophomore Max Lane, and seniors Daniel Grass, Jack Lane, and Jacob Weinstein)

– The club T-shirt won best overall design and the club banner received a superior rating

Out of over 500 student delegates, these students earned overall honors:

Junior Charlie Dwight — Best in Show and first place Sight Latin Reading, member of the fifth place Upper Certamen team

Freshman Kevin Wang — Seventh place in the state in Overall Academic Points and member of the second place Intermediate Certamen team

Individual Top 10 Finishes:

Eighth-grader Aidan Finn — Pentathlon (fourth place), Roman Life (eighth place), Vocabulary (eighth place), Derivatives (eighth place), Grammar (ninth place), Latin Literature (ninth place), and member of the third place Novice Certamen team

Eighth-grader Alex Frohn — Roman Life (eighth place) and member of the third place Novice Certamen team

Eighth-grader Lara Geiger — Pencil Drawing (third place), Pentathlon (fourth place)

Eighth-grader Daniel Goldfeder — Pentathlon (fifth place), Vocabulary (fifth place), Derivatives (eighth place), Grammar (eighth place), and member of the third place Novice Certamen team

Eighth-grader Luke Malloy — Pentathlon (third place), Mythology (seventh place), Vocabulary (eighth place), Roman History (ninth place), and member of the third place Novice Certamen team

Eighth-grader Reva Namboodiri — Vocabulary (sixth place), Grammar (eighth place), and member of the third place Novice Certamen team

Eighth-grader Eli Perlin — Grammar (sixth place), History (seventh place), and Vocabulary (ninth place)

Freshman Alex Grass — Derivatives (second place), Pentathlon (third place), Roman Life (third place), Latin Literature (fourth place), Roman History (fourth place), Vocabulary (sixth place), Original Modern Myth (sixth place), and member of the second place Intermediate Certamen team

Freshman Krish Gupta — Original Modern Myth (seventh place)

Freshman Rohan Patil — Pentathlon (seventh place)

Freshman Kyle Plush — Roman History (third place), Mythology (sixth place), Roman Life (seventh place), Derivatives (ninth place), Vocabulary (10th place), and member of the second place Intermediate Certamen team

Freshman Matt Wabler — Roman History (fourth place), Reading Comprehension (seventh place), Latin Literature (eighth place), Roman Life (eighth place), and member of the second place Intermediate Certamen team

Freshman Kevin Wang — Reading Comprehension (first place), Vocabulary (second place), Roman Life (third place), Grammar (fourth place), Latin Literature (fourth place), Pentathlon (fourth place), Roman History (fifth place), Mythology (seventh place), and member of the second place Intermediate Certamen team

Sophomore Max Lane — Fabric Arts (third place), English Oratory (third place), Vocabulary (fourth place), Derivatives (sixth place), Reading Comprehension (sixth place), Roman History (sixth place), Sight Latin Reading (eighth place), and member of the fifth place Upper Certamen team

Sophomore Susanna Spooner — Grammar (ninth place) and Pentathlon (10th place)

Junior Charlie Dwight — Latin Literature (first place), Sight Latin Reading (first place), Vocabulary (third place), Roman Life (third place), Reading Comprehension (sixth place), Mythology (10th place), and member of the fifth place Upper Certamen team

Junior Carly Jones — Colored Pencil Drawing (third place) and Grammar (10th place)

Junior Zoe Parlier — Oil & Acrylic Painting (fifth place), Grammar (10th place), and Reading Comprehension (10th place)

Junior Ben Agin —Sculpture, non-ceramic (seventh place)

Senior Calvin Arbenz — Original Modern Myth (fifth place)

Senior Chase Gardner — Photography, computer-enhanced (first place) and Original Game (fifth place)

Senior Daniel Grass — Roman History (fifth place), Latin Literature (10th place), and member of the fifth place Upper Certamen team

Senior Jack Lane — Original Poetry (second place), English Oratory (fourth place), Fabric Arts (sixth place), Original Modern Myth (ninth place), and member of the fifth place Upper Certamen team

Senior Piper Spooner — Original Poetry (fifth place)

Senior Jacob Weinstein — Dramatic Interpretation (second place), Latin Literature (eighth place), and Pentathlon (ninth place)

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From The Buzz, March 3, 2017

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Are You Ready To Show Your Stinger Pride?

Stinger Madness is coming—are you ready to show your Stinger pride? One hundred percent of the faculty and staff have given to the 2016-17 Annual Fund and we invite you to join them in showing your Stinger pride! Stinger Madness starts Monday, March 6 and ends at 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 10. The division with the highest percentage of parent participation in the Annual Fund by March 10 will take home the coveted Stinger Madness trophy, which was awarded to the Middle School in the 2015-16 school year. Be part of the action by visiting www.7hills.org/StingerMadness. If you have already made your gift for 2016-17, we thank you! If you haven’t, please help your team by making your gift today!

Stinger Madness

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Special SNAAP Screening of Hidden Figures a Success!

When the Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (SNAAP) announced it would be providing a screening of Hidden Figures, interest was piqued across all divisions. On Feb. 18, 58 students and family members from Lotspeich, Doherty, Middle, and Upper schools attended a showing of the film at Cinemark Oakley Station, hosted by SNAAP. The movie tells the story of three female African-American mathematicians, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, and the important work they did at NASA. Committee member and parent Chantal Weaver thanked the SNAPP Committee, especially member and parent Veronica McCreary Hall “for doing an exceptional job in organizing this event.” Head of Upper School Matt Bolton opened the screening by speaking about the importance of movies like Hidden Figures, which recognize the contribution of African Americans to American history. The first five students who signed up to attend the film also received a gift card. They include seventh graders Suhani Gupta and Ryan Homer, sixth grader Sam Froehle, third grader Colin Froehle, and eighth grader Jack Homer.

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AAA Serves Lunch During African American Cultural Food Fest

Founders Hall was filled with the delicious smell of fried chicken, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and more during the very popular annual African American Cultural Food Fest. Members of the African-American Awareness organization served a variety of food at the fundraiser, with the help of SNAAP (Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents) members Keith Thompson, Veronica McCreary-Hall, and Chantal Weaver. The lunch was a huge success, with students and faculty alike lining up to buy plates. Click here to view more photos from the food fest.

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Seven Hills Congratulates National Merit Finalists

Ten Seven Hills seniors and one 2016 graduate were named National Merit Finalists in 2017. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors talented U.S. high School students each year for academic excellence. Approximately 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country enter the program each year. The Seven Hills School congratulates the following National Merit Finalists: Calvin Arbenz, Samantha Chun, Shane DiGiovanna, Nina Fatuzzo, Charles Gardner, Daniel Grass, Jason Guo, Jackson Lane, Emily McLennan, Samuel Stevens, and Matisse Peppet, who graduated in 2016, after her junior year. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition that honors talented U.S. high school students. Historically, more than 90 percent of Seven Hills students who earn National Merit Semifinalist recognition also qualify as Finalists. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

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Lower, Middle School students move to WCPO Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Lotspeich fifth grader Dhanush Bearelly and eighth grader Meg Yuan! Bearelly and Yuan have progressed to the WCPO – 9 On Your Side Region II Spelling Bee. They will be competing against students from the greater Cincinnnati area at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on March 18. The spelling bee winner and a parent will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Good luck to our spellers!

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From The Buzz, Feb. 16, 2017

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SNAAP Sponsors Sold-Out Movie Viewing of Hidden Figures – Feb. 18

In a generous invitation to celebrate Black History Month, Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (SNAAP) is covering the cost of tickets for all Seven Hills Middle and Upper School students to see the critically-acclaimed movie Hidden Figures at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Cinemark Oakley Station. The event sold out a week after the announcement. SNAAP committee member Veronica McCreary-Hall said 58 students and family members are signed up to see the movie. Students claimed their tickets after receiving permission from their parents and signed in at a link provided by Hall. Hidden Figures is an Oscar-nominated movie about the incredible untold true story of three African-American mathematicians, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who worked at NASA. They served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Hall said SNAAP was inspired to invite Seven Hills students to see Hidden Figures after being moved by its message. “It has created so much buzz around the world and it really is shedding light on the efforts of African-American women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, and women in general,” said Hall. “I would like to add a big thank you to Seven Hills for their support. Seven Hills is represented across the school: with Middle, Upper, Doherty, and Lotspeich attendees.”

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“Read A Lot, Write A Lot, Live A Lot” Books for Lunch 2017

Books for Lunch author Thrity Umrigar’s stories were compelling, her advice, measured and profound, during her keynote addresses to students, parents, and community members who attended a number of Books for Lunch events in early February. Umrigar, whose latest is The Story Hour, shared a number of insights on the writing process, her favorite stories, and how she pours empathy into her writing. A former journalist and creative writing and literature professor at Case Western Reserve University, Umrigar said she sees her fiction writing career as a job and seldom gets lost or stumped throughout her writing process. She also encouraged students to, in a world where authors say, “write what you know,” stretch beyond that and write about someone who lives in a world they may have never encountered. To punctuate her advice, Umrigar shared a story that inspired her latest book. “I met a woman in a traditional Indian market who looked sad and simple and quiet,” said Umrigar. “We had nothing in common and I forgot about her. But several years later, she came back into my mind and I started writing a character based on her. To the budding writers in the room, Umrigar offered this advice—”Write a lot, read a lot, live a lot.” Books for Lunch is chaired this year by Maria Kalomenidou and Ingrid Handl-Geiger, is a program that has been bringing major authors to The Seven Hills School and the Cincinnati community for more than 30 years. Past authors have included Colum McCann, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Robert Edsel. In addition to the lecture luncheon and author dinner, the guest speaker spends time with Upper School students discussing their works and the writing process. This year, Books for Lunch was made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsors, The Elsa M. Heisel Sule Charitable Trust and the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, Best Sellers sponsors Alison and Bret Caller, as well as Maria Kalomenidou and Yannis Skoufalos.

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2017 Presidential Scholar Candidates

Seven Hills congratulates 2017 Presidential Scholar Candidates Calvin Arbenz, Chase Gardner, Jack Lane, and 2016 graduate Matisse Peppet, who graduated after her junior year. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, and service activities. The Presidential Scholars Program is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school seniors. “It’s amazing to have even one student nominated for this national award that focuses on outstanding academic achievement and high test scores,” said Seven Hills Assistant Head of School and Director of College Counseling Susan Marrs. “To have four is unprecedented for us, and just speaks to the amazing power of this class!”

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Seven Hills is gearing up for Stinger Madness! Get ready to show your Stinger Pride March 6-10!

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Seven Hills Counselors to Partner with Youth Frontiers

Seven Hills will team up with character education organization Youth Frontiers to lead Courage and Kindness retreats for seventh and fifth graders, respectively, later this month. Youth Frontiers delivers programs that build positive school communities and strengthen character. The retreats are planned in conjunction with the Seven Hills Counseling Department as part of the Social Emotional Learning program. “Seven Hills has hosted the Courage and Kindness Retreats for several years,” said Judy Arnold, Lotspeich counselor and chair of Seven Hills guidance department. “We believe that it helps our students see that they can create the kind of community where they feel safe and respected.” The retreats inspire students to live out the values of kindness, courage, respect, and leadership in their personal and school lives. The program offers engaging retreats using games, music, small-group discussions, and inspiring stories that engage students’ hearts and break down walls between young people. The retreats are targeted at critical development areas for each age group. In fifth grade, students learn about the importance of kindness and are given tools to build empathy. In Middle School, students learn how to find the moral courage to stand up for others. Arnold noted that Upper School students participate too. They are trained as group leaders for the retreat. “Any time that we can engage students across divisions in positive interactions such as this, we find that the older students benefit from that leadership role as much as the younger students benefit from their guidance” she said. “Youth Frontiers consistently provides strong programming and dedicated, skilled facilitators.”

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Scholastic Recognizes Seven Hills Writers, Filmmakers, Visual Artists

In an extraordinary and unprecedented achievement, seven Upper School students have received recognition from the prestigious 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country’s largest and oldest student writing competition. To put this accolade into perspective, alumni of the highest level of the Scholastic Awards are Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath, and more recently, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, and Lena Dunham. The competition is divided into regions, and Seven Hills students compete in the Midwest Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio.

Seven Hills students who received recognition in the personal narrative competition are:

 Micah Bachrach won a Regional Silver Key for Car Rides to the Field

Sam Stevens won a Regional Silver Key for So Where Are You From?

Grace McVey won a Regional Honorable Mention for Sandbox: My Childhood

In the critical essay competition, the following students received recognition:

Sydney Pelnick won a Regional Silver Key for Feminist and Antifeminist Roles in The Canterbury Tales

Avery Dorsch won a Regional Honorable Mention for Why we NEED to Catch Them All: How Beowulf and Pokémon managed to capture our fascination

In the scriptwriting competition, one student received recognition:  

Seth Friedman won a Silver Key for his script All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

In the Scholastic Award category for visual art:

Yuou Wang won a prestigious Regional Gold Key for painting. Regional Gold Key winners automatically go on to compete nationally.

English teacher Mark Beyreis called the recognition a “significant accomplishment.” “It’s wonderful that these students, and others who entered, all had the educational experience of publishing their work. They put it out there for others to judge, and that takes intellectual courage and a belief in the work you’re doing. I’m proud of all students who went through that process,” said Beyreis. “The recognition that some of them earned is simply wonderful. It recognizes, on a big stage, the quality of work they did. It’s also a testament what we do here at Seven Hills. These students have been through classes in the Upper School — some of them through classes in Middle School. They deserve all the credit, but I like to think this good news speaks to the kind of opportunity we give students to develop as thinkers and writers.”

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From The Buzz, Feb. 2, 2017

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Get Your Tickets Now for Books for Lunch!

She was a Parsi child who was born in Bombay, attended a Catholic school, and lived in a Hindu community. Thrity Umrigar embodies the definition of global citizen. Seven Hills families still have time to purchase tickets to meet Umrigar and hear her powerful message at the upcoming Books for Lunch event at Xavier University on Feb. 3. Purchase tickets at SeatYourself.biz. Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us, The World We Found, and The Story Hour, among others, will be the keynote speaker at the lecture luncheon and book-signing event at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. The Books for Lunch Committee is thrilled to bring Umrigar to Seven Hills. Many thanks to committee co-chairs Maria Kalomenidou and Ingrid Handl-Geiger.

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Seven Hills Counseling Department Offers Thoughts on Digital Life

Relinquish control, but not influence. The powerful statement underscored the tone of the counseling department’s final Creating Conversations parenting speaker series this school year. Seven Hills parents and families came away from the series “Managing Social Media and Understanding Your Child’s Digital Life” with new ideas, a better understanding of the repercussions of the digital footprint, and an overall sense of how to address the idea of too much screen time in the digital age. More than 50 parents met in a large group with counseling department chair Judy Arnold, and counselors Vicky Hausberger, Samantha Laffoon, and Angie Bielecki, then broke out into two groups—one for Middle and Upper parents, and one for Lower School parents. Arnold recommended the website www.commonsensemedia.com for parents who want to learn more about how to help their children manage digital life.

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Seven Hills Sends Encouraging Words to Withrow High School

Earlier this week, Cincinnati rallied around Withrow High School after it was vandalized and covered with hateful graffiti. The Seven Hills School, in an effort spearheaded by the African American Awareness Organization, also did its part to send messages of love and encouragement to the high school. “It was an entire club effort. We wanted to show our support to them in the wake of the incident,” said club member and senior Ashley Labrie. “Junior Carly Jones suggested the club did something to show solidarity with Withrow so her along with another junior, Lehna Thompson, led the club in brainstorming before coming up with the idea to make a card and I sent out the reminder.” The card was placed in the Upper School Library and signed by students and staff alike. Some messages were simple, including the word “strength,” while others reminded Withrow students that Seven Hills was “standing with you.”

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Teams Place in Certamen Competition

Two Seven Hills teams competed at a Cincinnati-area Certamen event at Xavier University on Saturday, Jan. 7. The eighth grade team, consisting of Alex Frohn, Laxmi Namboodiri, and Reva Namboodiri took third place overall in Level 1 Certamen. The ninth grade team, consisting of Kyle Plush, Matt Wabler, Alex Grass, and Kevin Wang, placed second overall in Level 2 Certamen. Certamen hosts five local Cincinnati competitions throughout the 2016-17 school year. The State Championship will be held Feb. 25 in Columbus.

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Chinese Class Takes a Bite Out of Culture

The Chinese New Year was celebrated Jan. 28, and to help ring in the holiday, Upper and Middle School students in Mia Wu’s Chinese classes made a traditional treat. Students spent a class period making dumplings, one of the holiday’s classic dishes. Upper School students were aided by their exchange students from Shanghai, China, who visited for several days in January and were hosted by Seven Hills students.

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From The Buzz, Jan. 17, 2017

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Niche Names Seven Hills “Best Private High School in Cincinnati Area”

The Seven Hills School has been named the 2017 “Best Private High School in Cincinnati Area” by Niche. Niche is a national website that helps users discover schools and neighborhoods. According to a press release from Niche, the company looks at a variety of factors when ranking schools. “Niche’s annual private school rankings are based on rigorous analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics across factors like four-year matriculation rates and student-teacher ratio, along with millions of reviews from students and alumni,” the release states. Niche has several additional sources from which it pulls its data, including the Private School Universe Survey from the National Center of Education Statistics, as well as the company’s own private school survey and student and parent survey. Seven Hills also ranked among top private schools in the state. Niche named The Seven Hills School the ninth “Best Private High School in Ohio” for 2017. To view Seven Hills Niche profile, click here. 

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Counseling Department Addresses Parents’ Biggest Concerns about Children’s “Digital Life”

The Seven Hills School Counseling Department will share ideas on how parents can manage media, technology, and the digital world during the department’s final Creating Conversations event of the school year. The counseling department designed the workshop after learning that the digital world, especially managing screen time, is a persistent concern for parents, said counseling department chair Judy Arnold. “Increasingly, we hear from parents that managing screen time and devices is a source of conflict at home,” said Arnold. “As educators, we are also aware of research findings showing how an unhealthy ‘media diet’ can compromise functions like paying attention, and that multi-tasking (for example, using social media and doing homework at the same time) can have a negative effect on academic performance.” Seven Hills’ counseling department includes Arnold, Doherty counselor Angie Bielecki, Middle School counselor Samantha Laffoon, and Upper School counselor Vicky Hausberger. To register for this event, visit www.7hills.org/CreatingConversations. For a closer look at a Q&A with Arnold, click here.

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Nieman Fellow, Best-selling Author to Speak at The Seven Hills School – Feb. 3

Nieman Fellow to Harvard and award-winning author Thrity Umrigar is this year’s honored speaker at the 31st annual Books for Lunch events on Feb. 2 and 3. As a Parsi child who attended a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country, Umrigar has come to be known for her ability to make sense of a complex world. The quintessential global citizen is the author of several novels, including Bombay Time and The Space Between Us. The State Library of Ohio recently selected Umrigar’s latest, The Story Hour, to be a “Choose to Read Ohio” book for 2017 and 2018. “We are thrilled to bring Ms. Umrigar to Seven Hills. She is a gracious, insightful writer in tune wth human nature,” said 2017 Books for Lunch committee co-chair and Seven Hills parent Maria Kalomenidou. “We are particularly impressed with the way she uses her dual culture, Indian and American, while crafting her characters. We look forward to having her share her thought and insights about being a global citizen with our Middle and Upper School students.” The cost of luncheon tickets is $50. For more information visit www.7hills.org/booksforlunch or email Kalomenidou and committee co-chair Ingrid Handl-Geiger at Booksforlunch@7hills.org.

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From The Buzz, Dec. 16, 2016

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Newbery Author Wows Seven Hills

He had them at Acoustic Rooster. Famed poet writer and prolific author of Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Kwame Alexander burst onto the scene, speaking to Middle and Upper school students, and kept the momentum going throughout his morning visit on Dec. 6. In addition to reading poetry and a few lines from his books, Alexander shared his talents of live storytelling as well. He told stories about how he became an author (he said “yes” when someone asked him to try writing a book for young adults), why he liked writing poetry (to impress girls), and how he feels being a famous author (like a plane taking off on a runway and never coming down). Alexander’s contagious wit, candor, and warmth touched his audiences and energized the students and faculty during his address in Founders Hall and the Middle School Commons. Kwame Alexander was a phenomenal speaker,” said Gail Bloom, Middle and Upper school associate librarian. “He was able to connect with both the Middle and Upper school students through humor and stories about his life. The students left the assemblies with an appreciation of poetry, reading, and with the encouragement to say ‘yes’ to new and unfamiliar opportunities.” Alexander’s visit was made possible by the efforts of Bloom and Middle and Upper School librarian Suzanne Dix.

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Several classes in the Lower Schools and Middle School participated in Hour of Code during Computer Science Week, a weeklong, hands-on lesson in the world of computing that involves millions of students from around the world. “We live in a world surrounded by technology,” said Middle School science teacher Jocelyn Welch. “And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.”

On the Doherty Campus, students took part in a hands-on coding workshop with University of Cincinnati computer science major Tessa Wiedmann and senior research scientist with the National Science Foundation Margie Serrato. The scientists shared ideas with our Lower School students in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Lab (formerly the Creation Studio). Wiedmann and Serrato exchanged ideas with the students and answered questions, which focused on the differences between computer programming, computer science, and 3-D printing technology. Tracy Hickenlooper, director of program design and technology, said this was one of the examples of Hour of Code at Doherty, as students in grades one through five participated in the program throughout the week.

Lotspeich students were in on the fun as well. Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade completed coding activities. “The pre-kindergarten students participated in the Hour of Code with an ‘unplugged’ activity as students spent time building, creating, and experimenting with marble runs,” said Liz Lorenz, Lotspeich math enrichment coordinator. “As students created their marble runs they had to identify and correct problems with their courses and ‘debug’ them so the marble was able to successfully complete the course.” In fifth grade, Natalie Williams’ science class used ozobots, tiny robots that follow a hand-drawn path designed by students. Fifth graders used a key to create the paths on large pieces of paper. When they were done drawing routes, the class brought their designs together, creating one big path for the ozobots to follow.

The Middle School held its own coding activities. In Welch’s seventh grade science class, two Upper School students volunteered in the classroom as seventh graders completed various tutorials, challenging them to use code to create and modify things like games or line designs.

“More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried Hour of Code. BUT all grades can participate! This year was the Middle School’s third year participating in the event. While it may look like they are just dragging and clicking, the students are actually engaged in learning a new language that is based on logic and cause and effect,” Welch said. “Our Hour of Code is making a statement that The Seven Hills School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. The time students spend getting exposure to coding will help to demystify some aspects of technology, and lay some foundations for computer science, a course offered in our Upper School.”

View more Hour of Code photos here. 

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Eighth Graders Preview the Upper School

Eighth graders participated in Upper School Preview Day on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. Over two days, future ninth graders explored their future school. They attended eight periods of classes, and during an additional academic session, students could attend a class in programming, computer engineering, visual arts, or theater. At lunch, students attended a special question-and-answer session in Hillsdale Commons, where they learned more about life in the Upper School. The lunch also featured a panel of administrators, including Head of School Matt Bolton, athletic director Brian Phelps, college counselor Alex Catalan, director of experiential learning Nick Francis, and guidance counselor Vicky Hausberger. Click here for more photos from Preview Day. 

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Move Up to Middle Day

The Middle School enjoyed special visitors on Dec. 2., when Lotspeich and Doherty fifth graders took part in Move Up to Middle. With the assistance of a sixth grader, students learned about the ins and outs of Middle School. The chorus welcomed students with a performance, then the fifth graders went to the Middle School to sit in on English, math, Spanish, science, art, and design thinking classes. After lunch in the Middle Commons, students participated in a scavenger hunt. They searched for answers to questions like, “How many stability balls are in the sixth grade geography room?” and “What is the name of the person behind the front desk in the Middle School office?” Because of the scavenger hunt, fifth graders had an opportunity to get acquainted with the Middle School in a fun, interesting way. Click here to view more photos of Move Up Day. 

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From The Buzz, Nov. 22, 2016

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Pep Rally Celebrates Golf Championship

The Seven Hills community held an exciting pep rally to celebrate the boys golf team’s recent state championship. Fourth and fifth graders from Doherty and Lotspeich, Middle, and Upper School students, and other members of the Seven Hills community were on hand to cheer on the team and their awesome achievement. Cheerleaders did several cheers, prizes were handed out, and Local 12’s Brad Johansen emceed the event. The team made a grand entrance on a golf cart decorated with gold and blue balloons. Athletic Director Brian Phelps thanked everyone who made the pep rally possible, and closed the event with encouraging words to fourth and fifth graders. He told them the school wants them to achieve the same level of athletic success one day, and they can. “Imagine yourself sitting up front as state champions one day,” Phelps said. Click here to view more photos of the pep rally. 

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Thanksgiving at Seven Hills

This morning, students in the ECC gathered near the building’s stage to enjoy a feast. Children donned pilgrim caps, hats, and feathered headdresses to sit around the table together and enjoy yummy delicacies like mashed potatoes and pumpkin bread. In the Middle School, students attended the annual Thanksgiving closing assembly. During the assembly, Middle School Head Bill Waskowitz and teachers made announcements, and student council announced its annual collection for the Caring Place. Waskowitz also shared funny food and Thanksgiving-related clips, causing the Middle School Commons to fill with laughter. He closed the assembly with a reminder to students that although Thanksgiving is a fun time,“it’s cool to do things that are nice for people.” Lotspeich second graders wowed their peers and the overall school community with the traditional Turkey Tango, led by Lotspeich music teacher Robin Wilson. The students enjoyed their moment in the spotlight and invited Seven Hills’ Upper School seniors to join in for an even more robust performance. The seasonal dance steps punctuated the Thanksgiving Assembly, a meaningful reflection on gratitude that included inspiring words from Head of Upper School Matt Bolton and Head of Lower School at Lotspeich Carolyn Fox. The festive event included jazzy tunes played by the contemporary ensemble led by instrumental teacher John Rising, and a beautiful solo by senior Shelby Davis. Bolton, who shared his gratitude for the school community, also threw in a few fun Thanksgiving jokes—Why did the turkey cross the road? (Because he wasn’t chicken) and Fox, who congratulated the second graders for their stellar performance, said, “As we go on to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, we can be thankful for everything—our school, our friends, and for the wonderful times we share all through the year.” Click here to view more photos of Seven Hills’ Thanksgiving celebrationsdsc_0682

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Parent Informational Meetings for Lower School

Seven Hills Admissions Office welcomed visitors to Lower School parent informational meetings during the week of Nov. 7 on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses. The informational meetings, which are geared toward parents of students ages 2 through fifth grade, also will take place at 9 a.m. on Jan. 10 on the Hillsdale Campus, and at 9 a.m. on Jan. 11 on the Doherty Campus. For more information on these Admission events or to RSVP click here. (link-http://www.7hills.org/welcome) Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office at admissions@7hills.org or 513-728-2400 with questions. 

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Upcoming Young Adult Author Visit One in a Million

On Dec. 6, Seven Hills Middle and Upper School students will find themselves face-to-face with a literary superstar. Award-winning author Kwame Alexander, of Crossover and Booked fame, will spend the day with the students in two separate presentations. “Known for a genre called ‘novel in verse,’ Alexander has taken the tween/teen reading scene by storm. He is quick, funny, and real, and he resonates with a broad readership that spans fifth graders to adults,” said Middle and Upper School associate librarian Gail Bloom. “This is a big deal to have an author of this caliber spend the day with us. Kwame is a huge proponent of encouraging all students to love writing. I think once people hear him speak they will be floored by how amazing he is.” Bloom and Middle and Upper School librarian Suzanne Dix played a large part in Alexander’s long-awaited visit. Two years ago, Bloom saw Alexander speak at an American Library Association conference in San Francisco, called Dix on the spot, and the idea was born. Once they learned Alexander was booked for a Seven Hills visit, Dix and Bloom truly ramped up student interest when they surprised each Middle School student with a copy of Booked during the 2015-16 school year. Since then, students have been preparing to meet one of their favorite authors by reading Alexander’s books, enjoying library-sponsored pizza parties, and soon, holding an all-day read-a-thon in Alexander’s honor. The national read-a-thon day will be dedicated to Alexander, said Bloom. Student and faculty volunteers will read Crossover and Booked in 10-minute increments continuously throughout the day in the Middle School Commons in early December.

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Seven Hills Recognizes Freedom from Chemical Dependency Week

Seven Hills students of all ages recently participated in activities in recognition of Freedom from Chemical Dependency Week. “Seven Hills has a longstanding relationship with FCD, a global, non-profit substance abuse prevention organization,” said Judy Arnold, chair of the counseling department and Lotspeich guidance counselor. “This program, sponsored by the Counseling Department, is part of the overall social emotional learning curriculum at Seven Hills.” Fifth grade students met with FCD facilitator Glenn Hall for a three-hour intensive prevention program. Hall also meets with students in grades seven, nine, 11, and 12 to help students build good decision-making skills and learn the benefits of healthy choices.

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From The Buzz, Nov. 11, 2016

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Get Ready for Books for Lunch! – Feb. 3!

The 2017 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Maria Kalomenidou and Ingrid Handl-Geiger, is honored and pleased to present this year’s guest author, bestselling novelist, journalist, and critic Thrity Umrigar. “We are thrilled to bring Ms. Umrigar to Seven Hills. She is a gracious, insightful writer in tune with human nature,” said Kalomenidou. “We are particularly impressed with the way she uses her dual culture, Indian and American, while crafting her characters. We look forward to having her share her thoughts and insights about being a global citizen with our Middle and Upper School students this year.” Umrigar is the author of several novels, including Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, and The Story Hour, as a “Choose to Read Ohio” Book for 2017 and 2018.

In its 31st year, Books for Lunch invites noted authors to Seven Hills for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the Greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin us for what promises to be an extraordinary event. Save the date for the Feb. 3, 2017, luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are $50. Please visit www.7hills.org/BooksForLunch for more information about Umrigar and her work. The Books for Lunch program has been bringing major authors to The Seven Hills School and the Cincinnati community for more than 30 years. Past authors have included Colum McCann, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Robert Edsel. In addition to the lecture luncheon and author dinner, the guest speaker spends time with Upper School students discussing their works and the writing process. This year, Books for Lunch is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsors, The Elsa M. Heisel Sule Charitable Trust and the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, Best Sellers sponsors are Alison and Bret Caller as well as Maria Kalomenidou and Yannis Skoufalos.

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From The Buzz, Oct. 31, 2016

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Boys Golf Team Claims State Championship

Congratulations to our boys golf team! The team, led by coach Doug Huff, claimed Seven Hills’ first golf state championship on Oct. 15. Tournament participants were senior Jack Lane and senior Daniel Grass, sophomore Max Lane, junior John Stewart, junior Ben Agin, and alternate, senior Austin Murph. Jack Lane was named First Team All Ohio, and Max Lane was named Second Team All Ohio. Huff said the team will go down as one of the greatest golf teams in the school’s history. The team played in the Ohio State Golf Tournament at NorthStar Golf Club. The tournament consisted of 36 holes and was played over two days. They shot a two-day total of 648, with a nine-stroke lead after day one. “I told the squad to focus on two things going into day two, knowing they would be nervous,” Huff said. “I told them to focus on their routines and to try to beat the other two players in their group. The Stingers were able to stay focused and win the tournament by ten strokes. I could not be happier with the team’s performance in capturing the third state team title in any sport in Seven Hills history.” Athletic Director Brian Phelps echoed the sentiment. “This win is a great accomplishment for the boys golf team! The team has worked extremely hard, and capped off a strong season with a well-deserved state championship that is a first for Seven Hills,” he said. Read the story in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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National Merit Commended Students Named

The Seven Hills School continues its tradition of excellence with seven seniors, who recently were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Program. The Seven Hills School congratulates the following National Merit Commended Students, seniors Scott Arnold, Chase Byington, Jake Moses, Henry Marquardt, Katie Corbett, Devi Namboodiri, and Andres Antonsson. The National Merit Program also recently released the names of our National Merit Semifinalists, bringing the total number of Commended Scholars and Semifinalists to 21. Our National Commended students qualified for recognition in the National Merit programs with their scores on the PSAT.

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Middle, Upper Latin Students Participate in OJCL Fall Forum

Nine Latin students from Seven Hills attended the Ohio Junior Classical League Fall Forum at Columbus Academy on Oct. 1. Students participated in a day of Latin Club bonding and friendly competition with Latin students from around Ohio. During the course of the day, Middle and Upper School students won ribbons in the Academic Pentathlon, Latin Recitation, Impromptu Art, and Certamen tournament.

Students receiving awards were:

Latin Recitation: Second place freshman Kevin Wang and fifth place freshman Matt Wabler

Impromptu Art, Special Award for Best Myth: Seventh grader Ryan Homer and and eighth grader Aidan Finn

Academic Pentathlon Test Level I: First place eighth grader Aidan Finn and fifth place eighth grader Eli Perlin

Academic Pentathlon Test Level II: Third place freshman Kevin Wang

Academic Pentathlon Test Level IV: Third place junior Charlie Dwight

Several students also competed on Certamen teams. The tournament was an open, which means the students were randomly placed in teams made up of students from other schools at their level.

Novice Certamen: First place eighth grader Laxmi Namboodiri and team, eighth grader Aidan Finn and team, second place eighth grader Reva Namboodiri and team, and third place eighth grader Eli Perlin and team

Intermediate Certamen: First place freshman Kevin Wang and team, and third place freshman Matt Wabler and team

Upper Certamen: First place junior Charlie Dwight and team

 Click here to view more photos from the forum.

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Creating Conversations Workshop Focuses on Mindfulness

Mindfulness was the topic of discussion during our Oct. 14 workshop, led by local therapist Julie Kippins, school counselors Judy Arnold and Angie Bielecki, and second grade teacher Danielle Necessary. Kippins led about 50 parents through a number of relaxation practices in Lotspeich Library, that encouraged parents to focus on being present, quietly observing their surroundings, and how they felt while in these focused moments, and ended each mini-session with an awakening bell tone often used in yogic practices. Kippins, Necessary, Arnold, and Bielecki encouraged parents to build a number of practices into everyday routines with children. “After school take five to 20 minutes to go for a walk,” said Kippins. “Don’t be in the head as much as in the body.” Necessary, who is studying to be a mindfulness educator, launched an initiative in October to teach mindfulness to students during their Monday assemblies over the next several months.

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Lotspeich Celebrates 100 Years!

Lotspeich celebrated 100 years of excellence in education in late October. The day was packed with activities. Alumni and former faculty reminisced over lunch, then took a tour of the Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center. Special guests were the family members of the late Helen Lotspeich, who founded Lotspeich School, including her grandchildren, Sylvia Lotspeich Greene ’55 and David Lotspeich ’60, and her great-grandson Brendan Duckett. The Lotspeich family members spoke at an assembly for all current Lotspeich students before ending the day. The assembly began with a sing-a-long to Give a Cheer for Lotspeich and fifth graders sang the Happy Birthday song from their fall musical, The Hundred-Year Snooze. Lotspeich and Greene told funny stories and answered questions about Mrs. Lotspeich, who loved a good joke as much as she loved teaching children. Lotspeich commented on the building’s energy, love, and excitement. “In some ways, nothing has changed,” he said. Click here to view more photos of the event. 

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Admission Informational Meetings to be Held Nov. 8 and 9

Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming admission events Nov. 8 and 9. Families interested in grades pre-kindergarten for two-year-olds through fifth grade are invited to attend our Lower School informational meetings. Informational meetings will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, on Hillsdale Campus, and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, on Doherty Campus. To register for these events or to learn more, visit www.7hills.org/welcome.

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From The Buzz, Oct. 13, 2016

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Admission Open House & Informational Meetings Begin Oct. 16!

Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming admission events beginning this Sunday, Oct. 16. Families interested in grades six through 12 are invited to attend our Open House from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 on Hillsdale Campus, and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on Doherty Campus. To register for these events or to learn more, visit www.7hills.org/welcome.

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Lotspeich to Celebrate 100 Years

Lotspeich will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 21. To commemorate the centennial, the day begins at noon when alumni will gather in the Lotspeich Library to enjoy lunch, followed by a tour of the Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center. From 2-3 p.m., current students will attend an assembly with guests Charlie Lotspeich ‘58, Sylvia Lotspeich Greene ‘55, and David Lotspeich ‘60. They will share their memories of their grandmother, Helen Lotspeich, and reminisce about their days at Lotspeich School.

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Homecoming was Sweet!

Homecoming 2016 was a night filled with athletics, food, and fun! The theme of the night was “Honey is sweet, but bees sting!” Seven Hills families enjoyed a Friday night that began with Middle School sports and ended with a rousing pep rally and fireworks. On Saturday, athletes shone during their Homecoming games. Girls varsity soccer won against Cincinnati Christian and boys varsity soccer claimed a victory over the Cougars as well. Athletic Director Brian Phelps said some highlights of the night included the shoot out, photo booth, and the “excellent fireworks show.” In cross country, senior Chase Gardner won the invitational, held on the new track, and junior Matthew Maring finished fourth. Click here for a gallery of Friday’s Homecoming festivities. View more photos from Homecoming 2016 here.

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FC Cincinnati Team Members Attend Spirit Night

Members of the FC Cincinnati soccer team made Spirit Night even more special! Four members of FC Cincinnati were on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Later, the professional soccer players served as honorary captains during the boys game. Athletic Director Brian Phelps said it was fun to have the FC Cincinnati team members there and they “created a lot of buzz.” “They were busy the whole time they were here,” Phelps said. Click here to view more photos from Spirit Night.

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From The Buzz, Sept. 22, 2016

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Seniors Qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

The Seven Hills School continues its tradition of excellence with 14 Seven Hills seniors—17 percent of the 2017 senior class—qualifying as Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the Semifinalists on the morning of Sept. 14. The Seven Hills School congratulates the following National Merit Semifinalists: Calvin Arbenz, Samantha Chun, Shane DiGiovanna, Samantha Eng, Nina Fatuzzo, Charles Gardner, Daniel Grass, Jason Guo, Katharine Kilcoyne, Jackson Lane, Kaitlyn Loeffler, Emily McLennan, Matisse Peppet, and Samuel Stevens. Seven Hills 2016 graduate Matisse Peppet, who graduated after her junior year, is also being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as one of the 2017 Semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition that honors talented U.S. high school students. Historically, more than 90 percent of Seven Hills students who earn National Merit Semifinalist recognition also qualify as Finalists. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students. Students qualify for recognition in the National Merit programs with their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.

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Homecoming Week!

Seven Hills is preparing for a slate of fun athletic events for Homecoming 2016, to be held this Friday and Saturday. “It’ll be a packed house,” Athletic Director Brian Phelps said. Like last year, the Friday Homecoming Pep Rally will also come equipped with a free photo booth under the pavilion just waiting to capture the night for families and friends. Don’t miss an opportunity to grab the only photo opportunity that is better than a selfie, with a table full of fun props!

This year’s lineup is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 23

4 p.m. – Middle School Boys Soccer vs. Cincinnati Country Day

4 p.m. – Middle School Volleyball vs. Cincinnati Country Day (Kalnow Gym)

4 p.m. – Middle School Girls Tennis Match vs. Cardinal Pacelli

5:15 p.m. – Middle School Girls Soccer vs. Cincinnati Country Day

5-7 p.m. – All-School Picnic

7-8 p.m. – Fall Sports Clinics for Grades 1-8

8 p.m. – Pep Rally and Fireworks

Saturday, Sept. 24

10 a.m. – Cross Country meet begins

1 p.m. – Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Cincinnati Christian Schools on the Lower Turf Field

3 p.m. – Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Cincinnati Christian Schools on the Lower Turf Field

9 p.m. – Upper School Homecoming Dance

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Admission Open House & Informational Meetings Begin Oct. 16!

Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming admission events beginning Sunday, Oct. 16. Families interested in grades six through 12 are invited to attend our Open House from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 on Hillsdale Campus, and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on Doherty Campus. To register for these events or to learn more, visit www.7hills.org/welcome.

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Parents Gain Insights on Teens at Creating Conversations Event

Seven Hills parents of teens participated in a three-hour workshop with local clinical psychologist Jessica Thiede, during the school’s first installment of the Creating Conversations speaker series on Sept. 10. Thiede asked the group of 30 parents to discuss a number of case scenarios in which students demonstrated changes in their behavior, such as missing more than one sports practice, sleeping for longer periods of time, uncharacteristically leaving a bedroom messy, listening to music about feeling invisible or angry, or dressing in black clothes, to name a few. While parents need to pay attention to these changes, said Thiede, they also need to understand that many of the changes in teens are typical and isolated incidents that have no connection to a bigger problem. Parents in attendance asked questions, shared anecdotes and family stories, and learned from each other during the workshop. Creating Conversations is a program coordinated by the Seven Hills counseling department. Parents of Lower School students are encouraged to register here for the next Creating Conversations event, “Mindful Practices for Happier Families,” which will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, on the Hillsdale Campus. 

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SNAAP Back-to-School Picnic

Parents and students of the Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (SNAAP) gathered on the Doherty Campus on Sept. 11, to welcome students and celebrate the 2016-17 school year. About 30 Seven Hills families and students of all ages enjoyed spending time together. The SNAAP families enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch, cornhole, an ice-breaker activity, and an exciting hula hoop contest. “A big welcome was extended to our new families,” said SNAAP committee member Veronica McCreary-Hall. “We also would like to thank Seven Hills parents Jessica Christmon, Kenny Best, and Charles Hall, and our new family members who helped out on the day of the picnic.” Many thanks to SNAAP committee members McCreary-Hall, Tonya Best, De’Yana Jackson, Eric Jackson, and Chantal Weaver.

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Books For Lunch – Save the Date – Feb. 3, 2017

The 2017 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Maria Kalomenidou and Ingrid Handl-Geiger, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, bestselling novelist, journalist, and critic Thrity Umrigar. Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of HeavenThe World We Found, and The Story Hour. Umrigar’s novel, The Story Hour, has been chosen as a “Choose to Read Ohio” Book for 2017 and 2018. Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Middle and Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 3, 2017, luncheon and click here to learn more about Umrigar.

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From The Buzz, Sept. 8, 2016

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Chris Garten is on Twitter!

Head of School Chris Garten is now on Twitter! Garten will be tweeting throughout the school year about Seven Hills happenings, as well as sharing academic articles with his followers. Garten’s first tweet was a selfie with Doherty students who were heading back to campus following the start-of-school assembly. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisPGarten.

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Start-of-School Assembly Begins New Year

The 2016-17 school year kicked off with the traditional start-of-school assembly on Aug. 23. Head of School Chris Garten spoke on the importance of personal responsibility, one of Seven Hills’ core values, telling the assembled fourth through 12th graders, “We have to be able to count on one another to keep our society thriving.” Student leaders from each division also spoke about personal responsibility. Speakers were seniors Adam and Quinn Shim from the Upper School, fifth grader Vikas Kothari from Doherty, fifth grader Alice Bachelder from Lotspeich, and eighth grader Laura Geiger from Middle School. Garten further illustrated the importance of personal responsibility with a clip from the film Rudy, about a young man pursuing his dream of playing football for Notre Dame. He used the clip to illustrate the importance of having a dream. To view more photos of the assembly, click here.

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New Staff, Faculty Join Seven Hills

Seven Hills starts the year with 14 new staff members, including

Angie Bielecki, Doherty Guidance Counselor

Donna Breitenstein, Doherty Unit I Teacher

Taylor Evans, Communications Specialist

Michelle Foster, Lotspeich Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Marcie Handler, Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher

Dorothy Hogston, Lotspeich Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Samantha Laffoon, Middle School Guidance Counselor

Sherri Linville, Doherty Unit II Teacher

Aaron McIntosh, Technology Specialist

Zoë Paraskevopoulous, Lotspeich Fifth Grade Teacher

Caleb Paull, Upper School English Teacher

Douglas Walston, Maintenance

Stacy B. Wilson, Middle and Upper School Math Teacher

Mia Wu, Middle and Upper School Chinese Teacher

Photos and full staff bios will appear in the fall 2016 magazine, released in January.

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Save the Date! Books for Lunch – Feb. 3, 2017

Journalist, novelist, and critic Thrity Umrigar is Seven Hills’ Books for Lunch author! Save the date to meet Thrity at Xavier University on Feb. 3, 2017! Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of HeavenThe World We Found, and The Story Hour. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in more than 15 countries. A recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University, Umrigar has written for The Washington Post, Huffington Post and the Boston Globe. A winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, she is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. Her new novel, Everybody’s Son, and her first children’s book, When I Carried You in My Belly, will both be published in 2017. Umrigar’s novel, The Story Hour, has been chosen as a “Choose to Read Ohio” Book for 2017 and 2018. For more information and to register for the Books for Lunch February event, click here. Many thanks to Books for Lunch co-chairs Maria Kalomenidou and Ingrid Geiger, and the entire Books for Lunch committee!

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What Makes Your Teen Tick? Creating Conversations – Sept. 10

The Seven Hills School revs up the academic year with Creating Conversations, our free-of-charge, popular speaker series for parents and families. The first series installment, geared toward parents of teenagers, will focus on giving parents tools to more effectively communicate with their teens. The event includes an interactive, three-hour clinic, in which communication expert Jessica Thiede, Psy.D. will discuss typical teen behavior, how adolescent brains function, and how parents can recognize signs of distress in their teenagers. For more information on Creating Conversations, or to register for the September, October, or January events, click here.

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From The Buzz, June 6, 2016

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Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents Honors Students

Students and families who are members and supporters of The Seven Hills Network of African American Parents (SNAAP) honored Seven Hills students of African-American descent during an annual end-of-year SNAAP banquet on the afternoon of June 5. The Rev. Jerome Weaver, a Seven Hills parent, gave the invocation. Head of School Chris Garten and Head of Upper School Matt Bolton applauded the students and their families for a year of dedication, persistence, and purpose. Retired Procter & Gamble engineer and CEO of the Bearden Group, LLC, Pervis Bearden, Sr., delivered an inspiring address, congratulating the students for their achievements and asking them to reflect upon the hard work of their families who have supported them along the way. “Your families have allowed you to bend but not break, to stumble but not fall,” said Bearden. “Your families have empowered you with a great source of inspiration and instilled in you that not having is no excuse for not getting.” The banquet also included a libation memorial ceremony, an African tradition, which was officiated by the Rev. Weaver. The ceremony concluded with remarks from Seven Hills 2016 graduates Nia Page and Brandi Bryson, as well as Seven Hills alumni Lauren Weems ’15 and Joshua Weaver ’15. Many thanks to parents Chantal Weaver, Leslie Bryson, and Erica Vaughn, and several other parents on the SNAAP committee for organizing the event. We also thank community members Felicia Maupin, of Felicia’s Events and Designs, and Monique Colbert, of Pounds of Faith, who provided decorations and desserts, respectively, as well as Millie’s Place Restaurant and Muzic Company. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

The SNAAP honorees for 2015-16 school year are as follows:

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Dylan Cooke

Ric DeLyons

Jaden Sims

Sohana Thompson

Aiden Williams

Rising ninth graders

Spencer Boyd

Malika Dinan

Courtney Hammonds

Curtis Harrison

Skye McKenzie

Christian Mueller

Aliyah Murph

Joshua Nelson

Rosalind Roland

Class of 2016

Allie Allen

Brandi Bryson

Hasani Harrigan

Nia Page

Jai Williams

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Congratulations Class of 2016

With humor, wit, reflection, pomp, and even a game of charades, families, friends, and faculty bade farewell to the Class of 2016. To the tune of Jean Joseph Mouret’s Rondeau, played by The Northwind Brass Quintet, 85 young men and women proceeded to their seats in Kalnow Gym, under arches of fresh greenery, to take a step into the next chapter of their lives during Seven Hills commencement exercises. The students received a welcome from Student Senate members Lauren Collette and Nicole Tiao, followed by greetings from President of the Board of Trustees Beth Schiff and Head of School Chris Garten. The ceremony also included a musical selection sung by 2016 graduates Maria Bobbitt-Chertock, William Graber, and Kenneth Remaklus, and junior Shelby Davis, directed by fine arts department chair and choral director Tina Kuhlman. Speaking to hundreds of family members and friends, keynote speaker retired Seven Hills Middle School English teacher Linda Maupin held the graduates in rapt attention as she “taught a class” on stage, delivering a riveting lesson reminiscent of what many of the graduates experienced in her eighth grade class years ago. Maupin’s theme—“Be awake to the details” and “Stay alive in the moments”—was not lost on the grads, who responded by answering their former teacher’s pop quizzes and chirping out guesses to Maupin’s literary game of charades. The ceremony concluded with a heartwarming address by 2016 graduate Kenneth Remaklus, who ended with a recitation of the song he sang as a rising sixth grader, Goodbye Lotspeich, in which Remaklus replaced “Lotspeich” with “Seven Hills.” An awards presentation ceremony followed, which included endowed awards, departmental awards, and the Alumni Association Service Award, presented by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll `85 to Michael Heldman. Many thanks to Andi Guess, Kristin Hunnicutt, and the maintenance staff for organizing and setting up the event. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

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Lotspeich Senior Reunion — back row, from left are Sawyer Pardo, Kenneth Remaklus, Elliot Glum, Jeff Welch, Jack Lautman, Zach Sorscher, and Benjamin Perez; and front row, Jane Claus and Anne Greenwald.
Lotspeich Senior Reunion—Pictured above, from left, back row, Sawyer Pardo, Kenneth Remaklus, Elliot Glum, Jeff Welch, Jack Lautman, Zach Sorscher, and Benjamin Perez; and front row, Jane Claus and Anne Greenwald.

Graduating Seniors Visit Doherty, Lotspeich

Some members of the class of 2016 visited their former stomping grounds. Lower Schools Lotspeich and Doherty hosted senior reunions on May 25. Any student who attended Lotspeich from second grade until fifth grade graduation was invited to the Lotspeich Senior Reunion. Seven students and two of their former teachers attended the event. Students in attendance were Sawyer Pardo, Kenneth Remaklus, Eliot Glum, Jeff Welch, Jack Lautman, Zach Sorscher, and Benjamin Perez.

Doherty Senior Tradition —Pictured above, from left, front row, Camille Williams and Marnie Briggs; second row, Abigail Clark, Nicole Tiao, Claire McDonald, Madeleine Groen, Sallie Hatfield, Margaret Cox, Jack Rogers, Jacob Stavsky, and Katie Ellis; and third row, Lela Robinson, Olivia Silverman, Catherine Bain, Palmer Kruzner, Brian Hills, and Tigar Cyr.
Doherty Senior Tradition—Pictured above, from left, front row, Camille Williams and Marnie Briggs; second row, Abigail Clark, Nicole Tiao, Claire McDonald, Madeleine Groen, Sallie Hatfield, Margaret Cox, Jack Rogers, Jacob Stavsky, and Katie Ellis; and third row, Lela Robinson, Olivia Silverman, Catherine Bain, Palmer Kruzner, Brian Hills, and Tigar Cyr.

Twenty former students who graduated from Doherty attended the Doherty Tradition on the same day. They gathered in the school’s library to reminisce on their time at the lower school with their former teachers. Students sat on the story rug to watch a slideshow created when they attended Doherty. Students in attendance were Matthew Marquardt, Camille Williams, Marnie Briggs, Abigail Clark, Nicole Tiao, Claire McDonald, Sallie Hatfield, Margaret Cox, Jacob Stavsky, Katie Ellis, Olivia Silverman, Catherine Bain, Palmer Kruzner, Brian Hills, and Tigar Cyr. 

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Farewell, With Gratitude

During the closing faculty luncheon, faculty paid loving tributes to their retiring colleagues. Doherty Unit III teacher Julie Guminey and Tracy Hickenlooper, Doherty Director of Program Design & Technology, Diversity Coordinator, & Outdoor Program, honored retiring Doherty Unit III teacher Regina Daily, delivering a moving speech about the many shoes Daily wore as a teacher. Daily is retiring from Seven Hills after 26 years of teaching. Doherty Head of School Patti Guethlein talked about what she learned from Doherty kindergarten teacher Jenny Carr. Carr is retiring after a 30-year teaching career at the lower school. The final teacher to be recognized was After the Bell and summer teacher Joan Wolfram, who is retiring after 36 years with Seven Hills. Lotspeich Director of Early Childhood Kara Meador spoke passionately about Wolfram, telling stories from their time together. Click here to view photos from the event.

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Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Seven Hills Annual Fund for 2015-16. There’s still time to give, for those who still wish to do so. Generous and consistent support allows The Seven Hills School to maintain the highest quality educational experience possible for all students today and in the future. The Seven Hills Annual Fund offers the opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift in any amount.

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From The Buzz, May 13, 2016

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Northwestern University will honor Seven Hills chemistry and environmental science teacher Linda Ford as one of five high school teachers who have “lit a spark” in the lives of a Northwestern graduates. Ford, who will receive a special award during an honors ceremony and commencement on June 16 and 17, is one of the recipients of the sixth annual Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Awards. The awards honor high school teachers who have touched the lives of Northwestern students and carry a gift of $2,500 for each teacher and each of their schools. Ford said she is grateful for the people who have recognized her for this high honor, including Seven Hills graduate and soon-to-be Northwestern graduate Katie Cirulli ’12. “I appreciate Katie, who took the time to nominate me,” said Ford. “Katie and I will spend some very nice time together during her commencement exercises on June 16 and 17.” Ford also thanked Northwestern University for the beautiful award and said, “Lastly, but very importantly, a heartfelt thank you to my teaching community at Seven Hills, who continue to support my classroom efforts and inspire me with their own powerful dedication to the craft of teaching.”

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Alex Jiang was recently named a National Merit Scholarship winner. Jiang will receive a $2,500 Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Additionally, Tigar Cyr was recently named a Presidential Scholar semifinalist. Cyr is one of 23 students in Ohio—and one of two in Cincinnati— to receive the recognition. He is the first student in Seven Hills’ recorded history to be named a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, which is selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars.

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May 15 – Instrumental Concerts and Art Show

Middle and Upper School students will present the fruits of their hard work—hours of practicing hundreds of notes, and brush and sketch strokes, idea planning, and sculpting—during instrumental concerts and an Upper School art show on May 15. The art show will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Donovan Arts Center gallery. The Middle School concert will take place in Founder’s Hall at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Upper School concert, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing and hearing the works of our student artists. Thank you to our art teachers Jason Knarr and Daniel Vance, and to instrumental music teacher John Rising.

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From The Buzz April 14, 2016

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Seven Hills College Counselor Named to State Board

Lara Magdzinski, one of four college counselors at Seven Hills, was recently elected to serve a one-year term as Secretary and member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counseling (OACAC). The statewide organization, which is comprised of more than 1,000 college counselors and admissions professionals, provides professional development opportunities while working to advance initiatives pertaining to the college counseling and admissions field. Magdzinski said, “While I have been involved in OACAC for years in different capacities—including serving on various committees—I’m excited and honored to become involved in this leadership role. It is a wonderful organization and I am looking forward to helping it carry out its goals for the future and representing our state on the national level.”

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Sixteen juniors and seniors were recently inducted at the 42nd annual ceremony of The Seven Hills School Chapter of the Cum Laude Society. Juniors who were inducted include: Samantha Chun, Nina Fatuzzo, Chase Gardner, Daniel Grass, Esther Kim, Jake Moses, Matisse Peppet, and Piper Spooner. Seniors who were inducted include: Lauren Collette, Tigar Cyr, Audrey Ditty, Cathy Fang, Tziporah Serota, Bennett Smith, Camille Williams, and Kaylan Young. Cum Laude keynote speaker, Seven Hills alumna, Brooke Richart ’04, who is also a Middle School teacher at Seven Hills, shared her work as a teacher in Honduras and with Breakthrough International, a non-profit program that seeks to prepare underserved middle school students for academic success in high school and college. Richart encouraged the inductees to use their talents to help others, and shared that life is a meandering path that may take them in directions they never imagined. In the tradition of Cum Laude at Seven Hills, teachers on the Cum Laude committee read comments about the inductees during the reception. Click here to read comments about our 2016 inductees. 

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Cross-Divisional Student-led Presentation on Social Media

Equipped with information recently gleaned from their digital citizenship unit, students in ninth grade advisories presented their findings to fifth graders on the Doherty and Hillsdale campuses. The students shared a number of points on the safety and appropriate use of the Internet and social media. The ninth graders, who were invited by school counselors Judy Arnold and Mitzie Moser, shared their insights and experiences with the fifth graders with information ranging from the importance of time management when using social media, to using common sense. The ninth graders offered smart advice that encouraged students to think before they post, post only pictures and information they “wouldn’t mind their grandparents reading,” and only interact with close friends on social media. Ninth grade advisory leader and Upper School English teacher Meredith Brown said the ninth graders, who have already met with Middle School students, will meet with them for a second time this spring to answer questions and share suggestions and experiences.

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The Development Department at Seven Hills can’t thank families enough for their support of Stinger Madness: ALL IN! The final results are in and although it was a very tight race, Team Waskowitz is the proud recipient of the Stinger Madness trophy for the year, with 74% parent participation in the Annual Fund. Congratulations to the entire parent community on increasing overall parent participation in the Fund by 16%! Your support directly impacts each student, every day, and we are deeply grateful for everything you do for Seven Hills.

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Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the members of the Corporation of The Seven Hills School will be held in the Hillsdale Commons on the Hillsdale Campus, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

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DSC_0337Taste of Seven Hills

From Irish dancing, to an international fashion show, to a recital featuring the Chinese instrument called a guzheng, and more, Seven Hills students and families collaborated to put together a festive Taste of Seven Hills in early March. Students and teachers offered their expertise at a number of stations during the event, including crepe making, origami, and a taste of homemade beignets deep-fried on the spot by Middle School French and Spanish teacher Jacky Kalubi. Congratulations to Nate Gleiner, English teacher and Equity and Justice Coordinator, and parent Rica Ligeralde, chair of the planning committee, who organized the event, including the performances and activities for the young participants. Special thanks to Trey Tatum, the technical coordinator for the evening, and to all the volunteers, Andi Guess, and the maintenance staff for all of their help with the event. Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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IMG_1826Doherty Unit III Teacher Attends Governor’s Luncheon

Unit III teacher Claire Laughlin presented her work on teaching Colonial studies to Ohio dignitaries and lawmakers at the University Club in mid-March at the annual Governor’s luncheon. Last year, Laughlin was awarded a scholarship to attend the six-day Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia, which was funded by the Society of Colonial Wars Ohio. “I had the opportunity to exchange ideas with historians, meet character interpreters and become part of the story in Williamsburg,” said Laughlin. “I learned interactive teaching techniques and developed instructional materials that allowed me to bring history to life in my classroom.” As part of her experience, Laughlin was invited by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio to the Governor’s Reception at University Club downtown. Laughlin was one of two keynote speakers to present at the luncheon.

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DSC_0544Middle School Students Finish Modified Car for Toddler Patient

Middle School students and teachers who have worked on modifying a motorized toy car for a 2-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrated the finished product during an assembly on March 16. A special video presentation, produced by computer engineering teacher Brian Arnold, told the story of how the entire Middle School came together to raise funds to purchase the toy car and all other supports and how a group of students devoted their lunch time to work on the project. During the assembly, Head of Middle School Bill Waskowitz congratulated Middle School students for their dedication and commitment to addressing the special needs of the toddler. Using the GoBabyGo design model created at University of Delaware, Arnold, Innovation Lab director and science teacher Karen Glum, along with retired engineer Terry Fox, husband of Head of Lotspeich Carolyn Fox, managed the project, while Middle School students eagerly worked for several weeks to help. A few students, Glum, Arnold, and Terry Fox plant to deliver the car to a very happy Brysen at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center Perlman Center sometime this spring.

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From The Buzz Feb. 25, 2016

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Stinger Madness is coming … are you ALL IN? One-hundred percent of faculty and staff have participated in the Annual Fund this year and invite Seven Hills parents to join them in being ALL IN! The Madness will run March 7-11 and the division (Lower, Middle, Upper) with the highest percentage of parent participation in the Fund on the 11th will take home the coveted Stinger Madness trophy. Who will it be? Be part of the action at www.7hills.org/allin. If you have already made your gift for 2015-16 … THANK YOU! If you haven’t, please help your team climb the ranks by making your gift today!

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Hyde Park clinical psychologist Jessica Thiede delivered a powerful, encouraging, and engaging message to parents of teens, entitled, “When to Worry and What to Do.” The Feb. 23 presentation offered parents the opportunity to look at both the healthy and natural, as well as the problematic stressors pre-teens and teens encounter. “When your teens question your authority this is natural and healthy,” said Thiede. “They are preparing to think for themselves and make decisions.” Thiede also shared examples of warning signs, including when teenagers repeatedly express a strong dislike for their parents, if they stop being involved in an activity they once loved, and when their close friends stop visiting the house. Thiede walked parents through the scientific and social aspects of the teenage brain, and explained why children between the ages of 13 and 18 are sometimes not as interested in communicating with their parents. Ultimately, said Thiede, parents should be as transparent as possible with school leaders regarding any mental health issues their child is having. Letting the appropriate people know their child is suffering from depression is an important and preventative step. “We have no problem telling the school that our child has asthma, but for some reason there is a stigma attached to telling them your child is depressed,” said Thiede. “Let your school counselors know what is going on.” Thiede’s message was the last of the school year’s Creating Conversations series geared toward parenting education. Creating Conversations is developed by The Seven Hills School guidance department.

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Drawing from her childhood growing up in apartheid-era Rhodesia, Alexandra Fuller shared stories of her life—a blend of joy, irreverence, and ancient wisdom—with the Seven Hills community for Books for Lunch, in early February. The outspoken Fuller, a New York Times Notable Book award winner and author of her latest memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come, shared poignant excerpts from her memoirs, answered students’ questions, and left the school community feeling informed and enlightened. Growing up in the shadows of legalized racism, Fuller said she learned, firsthand, what the ills of a toxic society can do to generations of people, and decided to walk away from it all, solidify her views, and live by the truth of her conviction. “My whole self is not more important than the selves or the person I have become,” said Fuller. “It’s more important to train yourself to be yourself.” During a meeting with students, Fuller encouraged them to truly know themselves and be comfortable with who they are. “If you are it, you don’t need to say it,” said Fuller, an adage students invited her to write on the wall in the senior student lounge. Many thanks to Books for Lunch committee chairs Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, as well as the Books for Lunch committee and sponsors. Click here to view photos from the Books for Lunch events.

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From The Buzz Feb. 4, 2016

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Twenty-six Percent of Senior Class Earns Perfect SAT/ACT Scores

Seven Hills is pleased to announce that 26 percent of the senior class received a perfect score on at least one section of the SAT or ACT.

Congratulations to:

Seniors
Fatima Anwar –
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Maria Bobbitt – ACT English and reading

Matthew Clayton – SAT subject test in math 2; ACT reading

Kate Coley – ACT reading and English

James Coyle – SAT subject test in math 2

Tigar Cyr – SAT math and reading; SAT subject tests in math 2 and chemistry

Cathy Fang – SAT subject test in math 2

Brian Hills – ACT science

Ada Huang – ACT reading

Alex Jiang – SAT reading and math, and SAT subject tests in math 2 and chemistry

Matthew Marquardt – SAT subject test in chemistry and ACT science

Kelly Pan – ACT English

Sawyer Pardo – ACT reading

Steven Paul – ACT science

Hayley Samson – ACT reading

Maddie Samson – ACT reading

Bennett Smith – SAT math and reading; SAT subject tests in chemistry and math 2; and ACT composite scores (English, math, reading)

Zach Sorscher – ACT science

Nicole Tiao – SAT reading and writing, SAT subject test in math 2; ACT English and reading

Kathy Wang – SAT chemistry

Gary Wang – SAT math and SAT subject test in math 2

Jai Williams – ACT reading

Juniors

Andres Antonsson – ACT science

Calvin Arbenz – SAT subject test in math 1

Nina Fatuzzo – ACT composite; ACT English, reading, and science)

Daniel Grass – SAT subject test in math 2

Jack Lane – ACT composite; ACT English, reading, and science)

Henry Marquardt – ACT English and science

Matisse Peppet – SAT reading and math; SAT subject tests in math 2, physics, and Latin

Jacob Weinstein – ACT English

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PicShellsSeven Hills Congratulates Three 2016 Presidential Scholar Candidates

Seniors Tigar Cyr, Alex Jiang, and Bennett Smith are candidates for the 2016 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, and service activities.

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alexandra_fullerBooks for Lunch Author Visits Seven Hills Feb. 5

The Seven Hills School is excited to welcome Books for Lunch author Alexandra Fuller to our community! Fuller will be hosted by Seven Hills parents Sheila and Flip Cohen in their home on Feb. 4, for a dinner for sponsors of the event. During the dinner, Fuller will speak about her work and greet the many parents and friends of Seven Hills whose generous donations have made the Books for Lunch program possible, particularly this year’s Presenting Sponsors, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The Elsa M. Heisel Sule Foundation, and Best Seller Sponsor Seven Hills parents Brian and Elizabeth Coley. Fuller will speak during an Upper School assembly in Founders Hall on Feb. 5. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions following her lecture, as well as the chance to meet her in smaller group settings in the library afterwards. “The students always enjoy having the chance to speak with the author. And this year, since so many of them have read her memoirs of her incredible experiences growing up in Africa, it should really be a lively discussion!” said Books for Lunch co-chair Victoria Karamanoukian. Following her Seven Hills visit, Fuller will speak during a luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. “We are so grateful for the support of Seven Hills parents and the Cincinnati community at large, as we are expecting more than 300 people to attend the luncheon,” said Books for Lunch co-chair Colleen Dwight. “The event takes a lot of planning and many people give generously of their time, treasure, and talent to make it a success every year. We are just thrilled that Alexandra Fuller is our author for the 30th annual Books for Lunch!”

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100_0178School Community Celebrates Dedication of Dellie’s Garden and Playground

Pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners, faculty, and administration gathered on Jan. 22 to celebrate the dedication of Dellie’s Garden and Playground, situated just outside the Early Childhood Center on the Hillsdale Campus. Present at the dedication were Dellie Schiff, for whom the playground and garden are named; her son and daughter-in-law Seven Hills parents Jim Schiff, former Board chair, and Seven Hills current Board chair Beth Schiff; and one of their sons, Hayden Schiff `14. Also present were Dellie’s granddaughter and her husband, Meredith and John Borchers. During the dedication ceremony, Head of Lotspeich Carolyn Fox thanked the Schiff family for their generosity. Head of School Chris Garten asked the assembled students to name the people in their lives to whom they were grateful. Students raised their hands, naming parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, grandparents, and caregivers. He then asked the children to think about other people in their lives who helped in other ways, working behind-the-scenes. He mentioned the efforts of policemen and firemen and soldiers—people who support us and help keep us safe—in ways we often never see. “Such a person,” he added, “is Mrs. Adele Schiff. For decades, she and her family have helped this school in ways almost too numerous to count. She has helped us build new buildings, made it possible for students from all over this city to attend our school,” said Garten. “She has helped support teachers and their families, and helped teachers learn and grow, to be the very best they could be.” Students then brought a collection of cards, notes and drawings they had made to thank her and to mark the opening of Dellie’s Garden and Playground.

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When to Worry and What to Do – Feb. 23

Seven Hills’ final Creating Conversations speaker series event just two weeks away. Our third presentation for the school year will focus on helping parents to know “When to Worry and What to Do” on Feb. 23, 2016. Hyde Park clinicial psychologist Dr. Jessica Thiede will offer parents tips on how to recognize and understand the signs of distress and depression in teens, and know what to do when they see them. While teenagers are dealing with heightened stress, harmful responses to that stress are preventable, said Thiede. While they experience physical maturation, a drive for independence, and changes in peer interaction, parents can give their teens the tools to emerge from adolescence with minimal turmoil. Thiede has a special focus in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and co-morbid conditions, as well as a strong commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration. For more information about these free events, and to register, please click here http://www.7hills.org/creatingconversations or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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From The Buzz Jan. 14, 2016

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93 Percent Already Accepted to Colleges!

To date, the Class of 2016 has filed 814 applications to 241 colleges. Many of these applications won’t be resolved until spring, but of the students who applied Early Action, Early Decision or rolling admissions, 93% have already been accepted to one or more colleges. According to the college counseling department, our seniors have been accepted to Case Western, University of Chicago, UC, Cornell, DePaul, Indiana, University of Michigan, Miami, Northeastern, Ohio State, Pitt, Purdue, Savannah College of Art & Design, Tufts, Tulane, and more. The list of acceptances includes, among others, acceptances to Barnard, Beloit, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Elon, Fordham, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Middlebury, Penn, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, and Vanderbilt. Click here to view the 2015-16 college profile, a document that accompanies every Seven Hills student’s college application.

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alexandra_fullerBooks for Lunch – airing on WVXU

Seven Hills parents and Books for Lunch co-chairs Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian were interviewed on WVXU’s Around Cincinnati segment, which aired the evening of Jan. 10. Dwight and Karamanoukian shared information about the upcoming visit from South African author Alexandra Fuller, whose latest work, Leaving Before The Rains Come, is due out in paperback this month. Fuller’s latest book is also on Amazon’s list of The 100 Best Books for 2015. Click here to listen to the WVXU podcast. http://wvxu.org/…/seven-hills-school-welcomes-author-alexan… Fuller will visit Seven Hills on Feb. 5,and later at Xavier University’s Cintas Center for a luncheon. Seven Hills families recently received mailed invitations to the luncheon. Please RSVP or reserve online, at www.7hills.org/booksforlunch. Twenty percent of the cover price will be donated to Books for Lunch if Fuller’s books are purchased at Books for Lunch sponsor, The Bookshelf, in Madeira.

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Parent informational meetings for Lower School

Seven Hills Admissions Office welcomed visitors to Lower School parent informational meetings during the week of Jan. 11 on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses. The informational meetings, which are geared toward parents of students ages 2 through fifth grade, also will take place at 9 a.m. on March 1 on the Doherty Campus, and at 9 a.m. on March 2, on the Hillsdale Campus. For more information on these Admission events or to RSVP click here. (link) Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office at admissions@7hills.org or 513-728-2400 with questions. 

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Seven Hills third speaker series event will focus on helping parents to know “When to Worry and What to Do.” The final series event will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2016. Hyde Park clinical psychologist Dr. Jessica Thiede will offer parents tips on how to recognize and understand the signs of distress and depression in teens, and know what to do when they see them. While teenagers are dealing with heightened stress, harmful responses to that stress are preventable, said Thiede. While they experience physical maturation, a drive for independence, and changes in peer interaction, parents can give their teens the tools to emerge from adolescence with minimal turmoil. Thiede has a special focus in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and co-morbid conditions, as well as a strong commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration. For more information about these free speaker series events, and to register, please click here or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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From The Buzz Dec. 18, 2015

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Books for Lunch- Feb. 5 – Look for your Invitation!

Members of the Books for Lunch committee and parent volunteers recently spent several hours in early December stuffing envelopes for hundreds of Books for Lunch invitations. The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and other books. If you would like to register for the Feb. 5 luncheon, visit http://www.7hills.org/booksforlunch. Books for Lunch co-chair Colleen Dwight said the invitations will go out in late December and are expected to hit the mailboxes of Seven Hills families throughout the first week of January. Spaces are still open for this advance registration event.

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DSC_0113Happy Holidays!

Doherty students took audience members on a multicultural journey during their annual blockbuster holiday program in December. “Our songs focused on a number of cultural observances, from Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas,” said Doherty music teacher Maria Eynon. Students from pre-kindergarteners through Unit III fifth graders sang a number of selections with a culmination of an all-school sing-along. Congratulations to the students, Mrs. Eynon, and creative dramatics teacher Russell White. Click here to view photos from the Dec. 18 holiday program.

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Congratulations to our Seven Hills “Sole Bros,” two of the three young men who set out to provide shoes for children across the world who don’t have them. Our Seven Hills Middle School students Spencer Boyd and Curtis Harrison were interviewed in December by two news networks. WCPO – 9 On Your Side has the story.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 12.57.54 PMCreating Conversations – Feb. 23

Seven Hills third speaker series event will focus on helping parents to know “When to Worry and What to Do.” The final series event will take place on Feb. 23, 2016. A Hyde Park clinicial psychologist Dr. Jessica Thiede will offer parents tips on how to recognize and understand the signs of distress and depression in teens, and know what to do when they see them. While teenagers are dealing with heightened stress, harmful responses to that stress are preventable, said Thiede. While they experience physical maturation, a drive for independence, and changes in peer interaction, parents can give their teens the tools to emerge from adolescence with minimal turmoil. Thiede has a special focus in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and co-morbid conditions, as well as a strong commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration. For more information about these free events, and to register, please click here http://www.7hills.org/creatingconversations or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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From The Buzz Dec. 3, 2015

DSC_0806Turkey Tango!

After weeks of practice to get the steps and the music just right, second graders brought in the Thanksgiving holiday by strutting their stuff in the Turkey Tango in front of the entire school community in Kalnow Gym. In traditional fashion, the young students performed the dance alone, then concluded the dance, side-by-side, with the seniors, directed by Lotspeich music teacher Robin Wilson. The Celebration of Thanksgiving assembly also focused on gratitude for those who serve in our community. The assembly began with opening remarks from head of Upper School Matt Bolton and director of experiential learning Nick Francis, followed by selections by the Upper School Instrumental Ensemble, directed by instrumental music teacher John Rising. Several Upper student service club representatives also presented, including sophomore Maya Gleich, junior Vaibhav Vagal, and seniors Carly Cohen and Hasani Harrigan, who all shared descriptions of their service throughout the community at organizations such as the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Stepping Stones, and University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Head of Lower School, Lotspeich Campus Carolyn Fox offered the closing remarks, thanking everyone and wishing them a happy Thanksgiving.

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BFL-new logoBooks for Lunch – Feb. 5, 2016

Save the Date! The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and other books. In its 30th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 5, 2016, luncheon. More information to come!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 11.10.48 AMCreating Conversations – Feb. 23

Seven Hills third speaker series event will focus on helping parents to know “When to Worry and What to Do.” The final series event will take place on Feb. 23, 2016. A Hyde Park clinicial psychologist Dr. Jessica Thiede will offer parents tips on how to recognize and understand the signs of distress and depression in teens, and know what to do when they see them. While teenagers are dealing with heightened stress, harmful responses to that stress are preventable, said Thiede. While they experience physical maturation, a drive for independence, and changes in peer interaction, parents can give their teens the tools to emerge from adolescence with minimal turmoil. Thiede has a special focus in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and co-morbid conditions, as well as a strong commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration. For more information about these free events, and to register, please click here or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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From The Buzz Nov. 19, 2015

IMG_4554Books for Lunch Chairs to Air on WVXU

As part of their promotional tour, Seven Hills parents and Books for Lunch co-chairs Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian will be on a popular show entitled Around Cincinnati, which airs on WVXU 91.7, at 7 p.m. on Sundays. In preparation for the show, which is scheduled to air on Jan. 10, 2016, Dwight and Karamanoukian interviewed with radio reporter Kelly Blewett in early November. The two co-chairs spent time in the studio to share their thoughts on New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Fuller, who will visit with students and address the Cincinnati community on Feb. 5. Tickets are now available for the Books for Lunch event at 11 a.m. on Feb. 5 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Go to 7hills.org/booksforlunch to reserve a seat. The mission of Books for Lunch is education, community building, and fundraising for the Seven Hills Upper School.

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DSC_0664Creating Conversations

Using vivid examples and props such as Tic Tacs, Creating Conversations speaker Shannon Jensen shared ways parents and families can incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion into their everyday lives, and teach their children to do the same. Jensen’s presentation, entitled “Mindfulness in Everyday Living,” included a number of tips, such as going on a walk with children and asking them to just listen to the sounds they hear. “After a brief moment of that, ask them to tell you what they heard.” Jensen, a therapist at Lindner Center of Hope, also recommended that parents take time to have longer, more general conversations with their teenagers. “You would be surprised how these conversations can lead you to the real issue at hand, rather than just pointedly asking the question you really want to ask,” said Jensen. As for the Tic Tacs? After participants passed around the small mints she provided, she asked them to hold the mints in the palm of their hands, study the shape and density of the object, turn it around a few times and look at it from different angles. Then, Jensen asked participants to put the Tic Tacs in their mouths and study the texture and taste of the mints. In an exercise that ended up with a refreshing crunch, Jensen shared, through focusing on such a small thing, they all had experienced practicing mindfulness, something that happens not frequently enough. “We all miss amazing things because of lack of mindfulness,” said Jensen. “Take time to live in the now.”

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Seven Hills “Big Readers” Makes the News

Seven Hills’ two-year-old cross-divisional reading program, Big Readers, is featured in this month’s School Library Connection (SLC), a trade publication for researchers, educators, and librarians. Big Readers, a weekly program designed and launched by Middle and Upper School associate librarian Gail Bloom, brings a group of Upper School volunteer readers together with emerging readers in the pre-kindergarten program. Bloom said the younger and older Seven Hills students enjoy reading together as they pore over pages of books such as Pete the Cat, Where the Wild Things Are, and Madeline. Bloom authored the article in SLC, which is available in print and online.

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DSC_0609Ribbon Cutting for New Kemper Playground

Students and their teachers enjoyed a festive occasion in mid-November, as the school community celebrated the new Kemper Playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Officiated by Doherty Parent Association President Lessa Trindle, Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein, and Head of School Chris Garten, the students clapped and cheered for their new digs. Guethlein and Garten kicked off the festivities under sunny skies on a brisk afternoon in early November. “On behalf of the Parent Association and the school community, we just want to thank everyone for making this happen,” Trindle said during the ceremony. Kemper Playground was made possible by a generous challenge grant from the Hauck Foundation, which led to many gifts from members of the school community. The expansive playscape features a number of amenities, including slides, swings, a jungle gym, spider web crawler, a clatter and lily pad bridge, gym bars, a curved chute slide, and many more manipulatives.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.06.28 PMSeven Hills College Counseling Featured in Forbes Online Magazine

In his regular blog, Forbes reporter Chris Teare recently cited Seven Hills’ College Counseling Mock College Admission Event as an exemplary, eye-opening event. The blogger for the online version of the respected business-standard magazine starts off, writing, “At a Mock Admissions Committee meeting last night at Seven Hills School, a fine independent institution in suburban Cincinnati, I saw an example of two qualities a successful college application must demonstrate: Coherence and Congruence.” Teare goes on to describe his observations of the college admission outcomes of the fictional “students” described in the mock event.

Click here to read the entire blog. http://www.forbes.com/sites/christeare/2015/09/16/does-your-college-application-have-coherence-and-congruence/

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Admission Open House

Seven Hills’ Open House for Middle and Upper School was a very successful event on Oct. 25, made possible by dozens of parent volunteers and dedicated faculty. Director of Admission and Financial Aid Janet Hill said the event drew more than 160 visitors on Campus, representing 57 prospective Middle and Upper students. Additionally, there were more than 50 Seven Hills students and parents touring visitors. Hill said a large number of the prospective students already have scheduled shadow dates. “Our visitors were very impressed by all they saw and heard,” said Hill. “Parents choose schools based on evidence of great teachers and great teaching and our visitors walked away today knowing we have these and much, much more.”

Tell a friend! Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 for the Hillsdale Campus, and at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 for the Doherty Campus. To register for these events, or to learn more, go to http://www.7hills.org/welcome.

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Creating Conversations – Nov. 17

Seven Hills second speaker series event will focus on “Mindfulness in Everyday Living.” Nov. 17 speaker Shannon Jensen will offer ways parents can teach children to practice self-compassion in the midst of daily stress or high levels of anxiety. Jensen will expound upon the importance of mindfulness, sharing that emotional wellbeing works in the body and brain, to help change brain chemistry and improve healthy living. Seven Hills’ Creating Conversations 2015-16 events focus on well-being, mindfulness, and ways for parents to detect depression in pre-teens and teenagers. A final series event, “When to Worry and What to Do” will take place on Feb. 23, 2016. For more information about these free events, and to register, please click here or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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Books for Lunch – Feb. 5, 2016

Save the Date! The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and other books. In its 30th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 5, 2016, luncheon. More information to come!

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Greatness Stings – Homecoming 2015!

Hundreds of Seven Hills families and friends came together on an early fall evening to enjoy food, games, sports clinics, and overall fun. Many thanks to everyone who worked to make Homecoming a huge success! Athletic Director Brian Phelps said the event drew a great turnout. Click here to view a gallery of photos from Homecoming. 

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From The Buzz Oct. 15, 2015

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Creating Conversations

Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore offered parents ways to help their children overcome the struggle with perfectionism and find joy in their everyday lives during the kickoff event for Seven Hills’ annual Creating Conversations speaker series on Oct. 1. In an interactive presentation, Kennedy-Moore walked dozens of parents in the audience through a number of case studies involving children having trouble navigating social arenas at school, not reaching their goals in any area, and dealing with homework. “Parents, don’t do your children’s homework,” said Kennedy-Moore. “When you do their homework, it sends a confusing message that it isn’t OK to make mistakes, it blurs the line of understanding between who is responsible for their homework, and it hampers communication between the student and the teacher, because the teacher won’t be able to fully assess the academic needs of the child.” Creating Conversations is presented by Seven Hills’ school counseling department. Register here for the next Creating Conversations event, Mindfulness in Everyday Living, which will take place on the Hillsdale Campus on Nov. 17.

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BFL-new logoBooks for Lunch – Feb. 5, 2016

Save the Date! The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and other books. In its 30th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 5, 2016, luncheon. More information to come!

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Tell a Friend! Admission Open House & Informational Meetings Begin Oct. 25!

Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming Admissions events beginning Oct. 25. Families interested in grades six through 12 are invited to attend our Open House from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 for the Hillsdale Campus and at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 for the Doherty Campus. To register for these events, or to learn more, go to http://www.7hills.org/welcome.

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From The Buzz Sept. 24, 2015

Six More Days Until Creating Conversations Series Begins!

Seven Hills is launching the 2015-16 Creating Conversations series that focuses on stress, well-being, mindfulness, and ways for parents to detect depression in pre-teens and teenagers. The Oct. 1 kickoff event will feature internationally published author Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. “Our culture’s focus on being impressive can leave young and older children feeling anxious, irritable, or filled with self-doubt,” said Kennedy-Moore. During the Oct. 1 presentation, Kennedy-Moore will share ways parents can help children temper perfectionism, build relationships, and find joy in their daily lives. The following Creating Conversations presentations, “Mindfulness in Everyday Living” and “When to Worry and What to Do” will take place on Nov. 17, 2015, and Feb. 23, 2016, respectively. For more information about this free event and to register, please click here or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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IMG_4077 (1)Homecoming Week!

With “Greatness Stings” as the 2015-16 Homecoming theme, students have been in school spirit mode for more than a week, having fun with a number of dress-up days and Homecoming arts-related projects. It all comes together tomorrow ­– Sept. 25 – as Seven Hills launches Homecoming festivities, starting with a picnic lunch and ending with a fun night of fierce competition, good food, fireworks, and overall fun. As an extra bonus, Seven Hills’ Homecoming will also come equipped with a free photo booth under the pavilion just waiting to capture the night for families and friends. Don’t miss an opportunity to grab the only photo opportunity that is better than a selfie, with a table full of fun props! Click here to see the lineup of Homecoming events.

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Books for Lunch – Feb. 5, 2016

Save the Date! The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, and other books. In its 30th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 5, 2016, luncheon. More information to come!

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Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming Open House events beginning Oct. 25. Families interested in grades six through 12 are invited to attend our Open House from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 for the Hillsdale Campus, and at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 for the Doherty Campus. To register for these events, or to learn more, go to http://www.7hills.org/welcome.

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From The Buzz Sept. 11, 2015

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Creating Conversations Series Focuses on Well-being, Mindfulness

Seven Hills is launching the 2015-16 Creating Conversations series that focuses on stress, well-being, mindfulness, and ways for parents to detect depression in pre-teens and teenagers. The Oct. 1 kickoff event will feature internationally published author Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. “Our culture’s focus on being impressive can leave young and older children feeling anxious, irritable, or filled with self-doubt,” said Kennedy-Moore. During the Oct. 1 presentation, Kennedy-Moore will share ways parents can help children temper perfectionism, build relationships, and find joy in their daily lives. The following Creating Conversations presentations, “Mindfulness in Everyday Living” and “When to Worry and What to Do” will take place on Nov. 17, 2015, and Feb. 23, 2016, respectively. For more information about this free event and to register, please click here or call Judy Arnold, school counselor, at 513-728-2363.

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DSC_0570A Dream Come True

Students, teachers, families, and friends of Seven Hills joined for a ribbon cutting and exuberant celebration of the opening of the school’s Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center on the morning of August 28. The joyous occasion included a performance from Lower School students and statements from Nellie Taft’s brother Dudley Taft, Sr. and Seven Hills Head of School Chris Garten. “Today, it’s like we are moving into a new house – and we’re excited,” said Garten. “We miss our old home and all the memories we made there but we’ve packed up all our things, we have all the people who love us here, and we’re ready to start a new chapter of our lives.” Click here for more on the ribbon cutting.

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IMG_1284Congratulations to Our 8 National Merit Semifinalists!

The Seven Hills School continues its tradition of excellence with eight Seven Hills seniors – 9.5 percent of the 2016 senior class – qualifying as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of semifinalists on the morning of Sept. 9. Congrats to Fatima Anwar, Kate Coley, Tigar Cyr, Alex Jiang, Bennett Smith, Zachary Sorscher, Claire Stewart, and Kathy Wang. Click here to view the full story, posted on the Seven Hills homepage.

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Books for Lunch Committee
Books for Lunch Committee

Books for Lunch – Feb. 5, 2016

Save the Date! The 2016 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Colleen Dwight and Victoria Karamanoukian, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, Alexandra Fuller, New York Times Best-Selling author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight and other books. In its 30th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 5, 2016, luncheon. More information to come!

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Seven Hills families are encouraged to tell a friend about our upcoming Open House events beginning Oct. 25. Families interested in grades six through 12 are invited to attend our Open House from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Informational meetings for Lower School will take place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 3 for the Hillsdale Campus, and at 9 a.m. on Nov. 4 for the Doherty Campus. To register for these events, or to learn more, go to http://www.7hills.org/welcome.

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From The Buzz June 11, 2015

DSC_0156Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents Honor Students

Students and families who are members and supporters of Seven Hills Network of African American Parents (SNAAP) honored Seven Hills students of African-American descent during an annual end-of-year SNAAP banquet on the afternoon of June 7. Seven Hills parent Theo Nelson gave an invocation. Head of School Chris Garten applauded the students and their families for a year of dedication and purpose. Global Research & Development Director at Procter & Gamble Illya Thomas delivered a poignant keynote message entitled, “Success is a journey, not a destination.” The banquet also included a signature libation memorial ceremony, officiated by Seven Hills parent and Board of Trustee member Jan-Michele Kearney. Many thanks to parents Erica Vaughn, Leslie Bryson, and several other parents in the SNAAP committee for organizing the event. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

The SNAAP honorees for 2014-2015 school year are as follows:

Rising sixth graders

Gabrielle Christmon

Ric DeLyons

Jack Fechter

Kamaia Hall-Edwards

Asher Kearney

Rising eighth graders

Khepri Campbell

Jarin Davis

Brandon Dinan

Brice Hill

Ty’Asia Hudlin

Class of 2015

Adam Buford

Isaiah Daniels

Bryden Goings

Sydney Jones

Jared Nelson

Joshua Weaver

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DSC_0113Congratulations, Class of 2015

Compassion and Family. The Class of 2015 was often described with these words as 79 Seven Hills seniors were honored on the evening of June 5. To the tune of Jean Joseph Mouret’s Rondeau played by The Northwind Brass Quintet, the young men and women proceeded to their seats in Kalnow Gym to take a next step in their lives during this momentous rite of passage. The students received a welcome from Student Senate members Daniel Sauers and Christopher Shoemaker. They were greeted by President of the Board of Trustees Beth Schiff and Head of School Chris Garten. The graduates also enjoyed a special tribute by Assistant Head of School Susan Marrs, who thanked the graduates for being such a loving, caring group of students who exemplified compassion and friendship throughout the school year. Speaking to an audience of nearly 1,000 family members and friends, keynote speaker retired Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble and co-chair of the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center John Pepper challenged graduates to live their lives by principles they can write down on a paper napkin. The ceremony concluded with a heartwarming address by graduate George Karamanoukian, an awards presentation ceremony, which included endowed awards, departmental awards, and the Alumni Association Service Award, presented by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll `85 to Alex Hunter. Many thanks to Andi Guess, Kim Hogel, and the maintenance staff for organizing and setting up the event. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

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DSC_0955Farewell, With Gratitude

During the closing faculty ceremony, faculty paid loving tributes to their retiring colleagues. Lotspeich guidance counselor Judy Arnold and fifth grade teacher Karla Balskus delivered a warm message to retiring first grade teacher Margaret Vitz, who taught for 38 years at Seven Hills. Art teacher Jody Knoop and director of technology Pavel Pochobradsky shared comical and endearing remarks about technology resource coordinator Len Cohen, who retires after 32 years at Seven Hills. Science department chair Karen Glum delivered a lively farewell message to Upper School science teacher Barbara Scarr, who retires after a 24-year teaching career at Seven Hills. Also retiring are Upper School administrative assistant Kim Hogel, 22 years, Lotspeich reading specialist Pegi Leonard, 15 years, and Middle School English teacher Linda Maupin, 10 years. Click here to view photos from the event.

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Tell a Friend! Now Enrolling: Pre-Kindergarten for Two-Year-Olds

The Seven Hills School’s Pre-Kindergarten for Two-Year-Olds program provides a warm atmosphere where young children can explore and learn, guided by our Early Childhood expert teachers. We are excited to now accept applications for the Pre-kindergarten for Two-year-olds Program on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses. Students who attend the program must turn 2 by Sept. 1 of their enrollment year. To learn more about the Pre-kindergarten for Two-Year-Olds program visit www.7hills.org/ec/prek2.

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DSC_0971Good-Bye, Wuerfel, Hello Taft Early Childhood Center

After more than 40 years serving as a home for the curiosities, discoveries, and achievements of the youngest students on the Hillsdale Campus, the Wuerfel building will be excavated in June. For decades, Seven Hills families have endeared themselves to the little gray building just behind the Red Barn, enjoyed the climbing tree, the “big toy” jungle gym, and the meandering paths that led little feet through a number of whimsical, make-believe adventures. Some things will stay the same: the Red Barn and the climbing tree will remain. However, once the Wuerfel building is razed and removed, the landscape will give way to our nearly-completed 17,500-sq.-ft. Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center, which will house several early childhood classrooms, including Beginnings Parent & Toddler Enrichment Program, pre-kindergarten for 2-year-olds, a pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten. The Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center opens August 2015! Learn more at https://www.7hills.org/ece/construction

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From The Buzz May 28, 2015

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Seniors enjoyed the annual Countdown to Graduation breakfast on Wednesday, May 20 sponsored by the Alumni Association and Development Office. The breakfast is a kick-off for the school’s graduation celebrations. This year’s senior class includes a record number of alumni children whose parents joined them at the breakfast:

Mac Bassett, son of Gary Bassett ’82 and Nancy McCormick Bassett ’83; Grace Carroll, daughter of Scott Carroll ’85; Avery Coombe, daughter of Michael L’ 72 and Tucker (Jones) Coombe ’79; Carl Compton, son of Mary Ida Sloneker Compton ’77; Libby Gerhardt, daughter of Marty Mueller Gerhardt ’85; Pearce Kieser, son of Mary Lynne Boorn ’84; Ike Lanier, son of Jane Garvey C’74; Liza Randman, daughter of Muff Hays ’79; Tucker Robinson, son of Jeff Robinson ’83; and Bailey Wharton, daughter of Paula White Wharton ’83. Click here to view photos from the event.

 

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Alayna Choo
Alayna Choo

2015 National Merit Scholarship Award Recipient!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently named senior Alayna Choo a National Merit Scholarship winner. She will receive a $2,500 scholarship award. Choo will attend University of Pennsylvania this fall. Read more about Choo’s accomplishments in an online Cincinnati Enquirer article: http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/222592

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Bennett Smith

Junior Earns Top Composite ACT Score

Congratulations to junior Bennett Smith, who recently achieved a top composite score on the ACT test. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36. Read more about what American College Testing CEO Jon Whitmore says about Smith’s accomplishments in a recent online Cincinnati Enquirer article- http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/222610

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From The Buzz May 14, 2015

 

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Skylight in atrium

New Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Building Features Unique Facilities

Parents and students who will be on the Hillsdale Campus throughout the summer months will notice Seven Hills’ new Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center transform outside as well as inside. Work on landscaping and playground work will begin in June and should be finished by the middle of July, while the old Wuerful building will most likely be razed at that time as well. The Seven Hills family is excited about a number of unique features as well, including a room-size skylight, kitchen, and presentation stage in the atrium. The spacious center will house several early childhood classrooms, including Beginnings Parent & Toddler Enrichment Program, pre-kindergarten for 2-year-olds, a pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten. The Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center opens August 2015! Learn more at https://www.7hills.org/ece/construction

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Stage in atrium

 

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Students and faculty enjoyed tasty burgers and hot dogs and garnishes under blue skies on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses, during the annual campus picnics. Many thanks to Chef Jimmy and his staff, Barb Christie, administrative assistant to the Head of School Andi Guess, the technology department, faculty members who cooked, maintenance staff, and everyone else who had a hand in grilling up such a tasty summer-inspired meal. Click here for a photo gallery of the events on the Doherty and Hillsdale campuses.

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Parents learned to explore the world of communication with their toddlers and young children during the last for the year Seven Hills Creating Conversations speaker series, with Dr. Andrew Sweeney, of the local Basset Psychological Services. The presentation focused on evidence-based techniques that offered fun ideas and new perspectives on parenting. For example, Sweeney encouraged parents to spend five minutes of “special play time” with their children every day, allowing children to lead the activity without direction from parents for those five minutes. He also shared a variety of ways to incorporate activities that promote smoother transitions as children move from one activity or task to the next. Parents enjoyed hearing from Sweeney and asked a lot of great questions. Seven Hills Creating Conversations speaker series offers families several opportunities each year to hear and meet with the experts on key topics affecting our youth today.

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DSC_0584Cum Laude

The Upper School honored its new inductees in the Seven Hills chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence, at the Cum Laude Dinner on April 15. New members are juniors Fatima Anwar, Maria Bobbitt Chertock, Kate Coley, Alex Jiang, Matthew Marquardt, Holly O’Neal, Nicole Tiao, and Kathy Wang; and seniors Nicole Barresi, Adam Buford, Claudia Fernández Gonzalez, Ellen Lu, Nicole Malofsky, and Chris Shoemaker. The event also honored the members who were inducted last year as juniors: Stefan Antonsson Grace Cawdrey, Alayna Choo, Jeff Dedeker Pearce Kieser, Ben King, and Ellie Pasquale. Guest speaker at the dinner was Seven Hills alumna Elida Kamine ’99, who encouraged students to always maintain the joy of learning they developed at Seven Hills. Head of School Chris Garten said, “Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa at the college level, the Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in some of this country’s most prestigious high schools. Membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs, and Seven Hills is one of just a handful in Ohio. Of the 38,000 high schools in the United States, only 378 even have Cum Laude chapters. Induction today means that these students are being recognized as among the best of the best in secondary education in the nation.” Click here for more pictures from the event.

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From The Buzz April 16, 2015

DSC_0956A Taste of Seven Hills

Students of all ages enjoyed the music, culture, art, and food of many nations during A Taste of Seven Hills on March 6. The event, formerly known as International Dinner, featured Chinese and Chilean art clinics lead by students and teachers, face painting, Henna art, a Latin mosaics art workshop, a crepe station, and dozens of delicious dishes. The second half of the event included lively performances from students and faculty, including traditional and modern Indian dancing, Irish dancing, a classical viola and cello duet, acts from Upper School theater’s 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, songs from Full Moon Ranch – the folk band featuring Seven Hills art teacher Jody Knoop, and an act from the Middle School’s upcoming spring musical The Lion King. We would like to thank all of the families who prepared a number of delicious entrees. Congratulations to Nate Gleiner, English teacher and Equity and Justice Coordinator, and parent Rica Ligeralde, Chair of the planning committee, who organized the event, including the performances and activities for the young participants. Special thanks to Brian Arnold, the technical coordinator for the evening, and to all the volunteers, Andi Guess, and the maintenance staff for all of their help with the event. Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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The Development team wants to let parents know there is just one more day to help your team win Stinger Madness 2015! So many of you have stepped up to support the Annual Fund, but your coaches need one final push to win the Championship! If you haven’t had a chance to see Coaches Guethlein, Fox, Waskowitz, and Bolton working on their game, please check out their videos AND make your gift today at www.7hills.org/stingermadness! The Seven Hills Annual Fund provides our students inspiring hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom. High parent participation is essential to the school’s ability to attract gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals. We need you! Click here to give to the Annual Fund.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 11.10.48 AMCreating Conversations – April 16

Parents of children in pre-kindergarten through second grade will not want to miss the final Creating Conversations event of the school year. Child psychologists Dr. Andrew Sweeney and Dr. Shelby Werner will share evidence-based parenting techniques for improving the parent-child relationship with children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. This final event for the 2014-15 Creating Conversations series will take place on April 16 in the Lotspeich library. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family, and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. To learn more or register for the April event, go to www.7hills.org/CreatingConversations.

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Fond Farewell to Seven Hills Business Office Employees

The Seven Hills family would like to wish a fond farewell to accounts receivable manager Cheryl Miller (32 years) and accounts payable manager Carolyn Wolbers (27 years). Much happiness on your next adventures as you enjoy your retirement!

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From The Buzz Feb. 16, 2015

 

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Seven Hills’ Books for Lunch keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann met with The Seven Hills School community at the home of Seven Hills parents Patrick and Elizabeth Rogers, of Indian Hill, on Feb. 5. McCann also spoke to Middle and Upper School students, as well as a crowd of more than 340 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, on Feb. 6. McCann, who shared a message of a global need for empathy and community said, “The ability to tell one’s story is great but the ability to listen to someone else’s story, make sense of it, and step into their shoes, is greater.” Many thanks to co-chairs Patti Heldman and Liz Coley, the Books for Lunch 2015 committee, dinner hosts Patrick and Elizabeth Rogers, luncheon organizers Alison Caller and Lisa Lucas, and several generous sponsors. Click here to view photos from the dinner, luncheon, and student visit. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Development Team Launches #StingerMadness

The Madness Is Coming Monday… Bee ready! Interested? Visit www.7hills.org/stingermadness

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As part of the world language curriculum, teacher Yu-Chun Lin and her students joined Seven Hills parents for a lesson in Chinese culture to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The students learned how to make dumplings for the New Year of the Sheep (Lin shared that some also may call it Year of the Ram or Goat). The students learned how to roll out small, thin pancakes of dough, add a mixture of ground meat, crimp the sides of the dough, and boil the dumplings. Lin taught the students that in the Chinese culture, dumplings signify gold, prosperity, and good luck for the New Year. Many thanks to parents Bin Xu, Ying Zhang, Linda Cyr, Lori Gray, Mei Wang, and Wendy Yip for making the culinary lesson possible for the students.

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Fox 19 interviewed Seven Hills parent and 2001 Crosstown Shootout halftime, half-court shot contest winner Theo Nelson in Kalnow Gym on the Hillsdale Campus 14 years after his $1 million shot. Congratulations to the Nelson family and Seven Hills students Jared and Joshua Nelson, for such an inspiring message! Click here to view the interview, which ran on Fox 19 on Feb. 21.

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Seven Hills world languages teacher Jacky Kalubi gave students and faculty dance lessons in her native Congolese style in celebration of Black History Month, in early February. Kalubi said she was performing the “Tshikuna,” a folk dance that originates from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She said that the act of balancing a bottle on the head is a traditional feature of the Tshikuna dance. Successful dancers are able to keep the body and the bottle in equilibrium while rhythmically moving the lower parts of the body. Students from the African-American Awareness club in the Upper School organized a number of Black history programs and events throughout the month, including Kalubi’s class, the popular soul-food bake sale, a multicultural day encouraging Upper School students to dress up in garb that tells a story of their heritage, and various skits.

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From The Buzz Jan. 29, 2015

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Junior and Senior class agents helped pack winter care packages to send to the Class of 2014. The packages, which include candy, snacks, and notes from Lotspeich and Doherty students, were sent by the Alumni Association to let the college freshmen know Seven Hills wishes them well.

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Cincinnati City Councilman and Seven Hills’ alumnus P.G. Sittenfeld ’03, along with Sittenfeld’s campaign manager Ramsey Reid ’03, announced in late January Sittenfeld’s run for the 2016 U.S. Senate race. Read the Cincinnati Enquirer article here.

 

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Time is running out to reserve seats and tables for the Feb. 6 Books for Lunch event. Seven Hills families recently received mailed invitations to attend this year’s Books for Lunch with guest author Colum McCann at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. “We are eagerly anticipating bringing internationally renowned author Colum McCann to The Seven Hills School community on Friday, February 6,” said Books for Lunch co-chair and Seven Hills parent Patti Heldman. To reserve individual seats or full tables for the luncheon and keynote address at the Cintas Center, please respond either by mailing the enclosed response card or by using the online reservation system: click here.

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Doherty Campus:

Much is in store for the next After the Bell mini and spring sessions. Seven Hills families will have the opportunity to register students for a number of enrichment activities on the Doherty Campus, including Wake Up Garden, Gym Skills, Books Good Enough to Eat, and Lego building, cross-stitch, and art classes. The deadline for spring session registration is Feb. 4. Click here for more information on After the Bell offerings in February.

Hillsdale Campus:

Much is in store for the next After the Bell mini and spring sessions. Seven Hills families will have the opportunity to register students for a number of enrichment activities on the Hillsdale Campus, including A Day in Paris and Einstein by Design for one-day mini sessions, and Bricks4Kidz, yoga, Storybook Stew, dance, and Discovery Kids: Puterbugs for the regular spring session. The deadline for spring session registration is Feb. 4. Click here for more information on After the Bell offerings in February.

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From The Buzz Jan. 15, 2015

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Seven Hills in the News!

Congratulations to Seven Hills Director of Admission and Financial Aid Janet Hill for her outstanding presence in this month’s Cincinnati Family Magazine cover story on private schools. The magazine quoted Hill saying, “Over and over again we hear from parents who have been here for a year that they are happy with not just what their kids are learning, but how they learn it … We’re very proud of our community. We are like an extension of your family.” Click here to read the full article.

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Seven Hills’ latest magazine, which focuses on kindness and empathy, is now available! Seven Hills families received the magazines in their mailboxes in early January. Click here to view the magazine online.

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Reserve Seats for Books for Lunch – Respond by Jan. 16.

Time is running out to reserve seats and tables for the Feb. 6 Books for Lunch event. Seven Hills families recently received mailed invitations to attend this year’s Books for Lunch with guest author Colum McCann at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. “We are eagerly anticipating bringing internationally renowned author Colum McCann to The Seven Hills School community on Friday, February 6,” said Books for Lunch co-chair and Seven Hills parent Patti Heldman. To reserve individual seats or full tables for the luncheon and keynote address at the Cintas Center, please respond either by mailing the enclosed response card or by using the online reservation system: click here. Please respond by January 16, 2015.

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Seven Hills Admissions Office welcomed visitors to Lower School parent informational meetings during the week of Jan. 12 on the Hillsdale and Doherty campuses. The informational meetings, which are geared toward parents of students ages 2 through fifth grade, also will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24, on the Doherty Campus, and at 9 a.m. on Feb. 25, on the Hillsdale Campus. For more information on these Admission events or to RSVP click here. (link) Please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office at admissions@7hills.org or 513-728-2400 with questions.

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From The Buzz Dec. 19, 2014

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Head of School Named to Prestigious National Association

The Seven Hills School is pleased to announce the recent election of Christopher Garten to The Country Day School Headmasters’ Association. The prestigious 100-member association brings together school leaders for the purpose of discussing important issues that impact education. “I feel honored to be invited to join this group of distinguished school leaders,” said Garten. “It is a testament to the strength of our school and our continuing evolution under the able leadership of our Board of Trustees.” Garten is a graduate of Princeton University with an M.A. from Columbia University. Prior to becoming Head of School at The Seven Hills School, he served as the Assistant Headmaster at Savannah Country Day School in Georgia and as Director of the Middle School at Collegiate School in New York City. He has 36 years of experience working in independent schools as an administrator, teacher, and coach. Click here to view a full article on Garten’s most recent achievement.

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Construction Updates on Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center

Construction behind the Wuerfel building seems to change significantly every day, now that the physical structure and roof are in place at the soon-to-be Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center. According to ongoing facilities updates, carpentry crews plan to enclose the building by the end of January, thus allowing the internal trades: mechanical, electrical, and plumbing to continue with their finished interior work. Roofers will finish the shingled portion of the roof by early January. Click here to read more updates on the Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center.

 

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We are thrilled to offer our successful Beginnings Parent and Toddler Enrichment Program for the winter/spring session on both campuses. The program is designed for parents or caregivers and their 12-36 month-old children. With session II registration now open, we are reaching out for your help. We know you are the best ambassadors for informing others in the community and we invite you to please let your friends and acquaintances know of this unique program, or join us yourselves.

Session II of Beginnings on the Hillsdale Campus will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 14 – May 6 from 9 – 11 a.m. To learn more or to register, please visit www.7hills.org/beginnings or contact Beginnings Director Kara Meador at Beginnings.Hillsdale@7hills.org. Session II of Beginnings on the Doherty Campus is offered with a choice of two days per week: Mondays classes will meet from Jan. 12 – May 4 from 9 -11 a.m., and Friday classes will meet from Jan.16 – May 8 from 9 – 11 a.m. To learn more or to register, please visit us at www.7hills.org/beginnings or contact Julie Brackett at Beginnings.Doherty@7hills.org.

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The 2015 Books for Lunch Committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. In its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 6, 2015, luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are $50. You may click here: for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work. For more information on Books for Lunch, please visit 7hills.org/booksforlunch or email pdh@cinci.rr.com or call 513-728-2400.

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Dr. Andrew Sweeney and Dr. Shelby Werner will share evidence-based parenting techniques for improving the parent-child relationship with children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. This final event for the 2014-15 Creating Conversations series will take place on April 16, 2015. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family, and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. Click here to learn more about Creating Conversations.

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From The Buzz Nov. 25, 2014

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First Snow

The surprise of an early first snow on Monday, Nov. 17, brought flurries of fun across the campuses. Upper School students built a top-notch snowman replete with a Seven Hills visitor badge. First and second graders played “snow soccer.” Pre-kindergarteners made the cutest snow angels, and Unit II students dined on fluffy, fresh snowballs! Click here to view a gallery of the snowfall that covered the campuses before Thanksgiving. ______________________________________________________________________________

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Creating Conversations – James Lingo

A favorite among the Seven Hills community, James Lingo of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) presented a special workshop to ninth graders and their parents on Nov. 18. Lingo’s presentations focused on the vital role communication plays in families with children, teens and young adults, especially. Freedom from Chemical Dependency has worked in partnership with Seven Hills for more than 30 years.

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Please help spread the news!

We are thrilled to offer our successful Beginnings Parent and Toddler Enrichment Program for the winter/spring session on both campuses. The program is designed for parents or caregivers and their 12-36 month old children. With session II registration now open, we are reaching out for your help. We know you are the best ambassadors for informing others in the community and we invite you to please let your friends and acquaintances know of this unique program, or join us yourselves.

Session II of Beginnings on the Hillsdale Campus will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 14 – May 6 from 9 – 11 a.m. To learn more or to register, please visit www.7hills.org/beginnings or contact Beginnings Director Kara Meador at Beginnings.Hillsdale@7hills.org. Session II of Beginnings on the Doherty Campus is offered with a choice of two days per week: Mondays classes will meet from Jan. 12 – May 4 from 9 -11 a.m., and Friday classes will meet from Jan.16 – May 8 from 9 – 11 a.m. To learn more or to register, please visit us at www.7hills.org/beginnings or contact Julie Brackett at Beginnings.Doherty@7hills.org.

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Books for Lunch

The 2015 Books for Lunch Committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. In its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 6, 2015, luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are $50. You may click here: www.7hills.org/ftpimages/33/misc/misc_148335.pdf for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work. For more information on Books for Lunch, please visit 7hills.org/booksforlunch or email pdh@cinci.rr.com or call 513-728-2400.

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From The Buzz Nov. 13, 2014

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Career Café

P.G. Sittenfeld ’03 was the speaker for the Nov. 3 Career Café for Upper School students. After finishing first in the 2013 City Council election, P.G. is serving his second term as a member of Cincinnati City Council. He chairs the Education and Entrepreneurship Committee, and also serves on the Budget & Finance Committee and the Major Transportation & Regional Cooperation Committee. Students asked P.G. about his educational background, his experience at Google in London, and how he got involved in politics. During the lively question-and-answer session, he shared that, of the many initiatives he has been involved with, one he is most proud of is helping facilitate the launching of free, universal wireless Internet access at a site in Lower Price Hill. As he explained, this will help ease the digital divide in a Cincinnati community that has had one of the lowest rates of Internet access in all of Ohio. Career Café is made possible through the work of co-chairs Mollie Rouan and Avery Coombe, both seniors.

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Creating Conversations – James Lingo

A favorite among the Seven Hills community, James Lingo of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. about the vital role communication plays in families with teens and young adults, especially. One of the cornerstones of FCD is communication, and Lingo will spend an evening with ninth graders and their parents to strengthen the ties that are crucial for navigating adolescence. Freedom from Chemical Dependency has worked in partnership with Seven Hills for more than 30 years. For more information on this program for families of ninth graders, please click here. http://www.7hills.org/creatingconversations

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Middle and Upper School faculty responded to a request from Librarian Suzanne Dix and Associate Librarian Gail Bloom. Dix and Bloom asked teachers to send in selfies along with titles of the books they currently are reading. They received a wide variety of selections, from Congo by David van Reybrouck to His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal. The selfies were on display in the library. Winners of the selfie contest were Director of Experiential Learning Nick Francis and Middle School English teacher Emily Stettler, who received $20 gift cards to Blue Manatee or Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Click here to view a sample of the many faculty selfie submissions.

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The 2015 Books for Lunch Committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. In its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 6, 2015, luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are $50. You may click here: www.7hills.org/ftpimages/33/misc/misc_148335.pdf for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work. For more information on Books for Lunch, please visit 7hills.org/booksforlunch or email pdh@cinci.rr.com or call 513-728-2400.

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Parents considering enrolling another member of their family at The Seven Hills School for the 2015-2016 school year should submit an admission application at this time. Please note that siblings have priority status within the applicant pool as long as an admission application has been received prior to December 1, 2014. Applications from current families are welcomed at any time, but given the success of the Oct. 19 Open House and that many grades are currently at capacity, we are anticipating space will again be an issue for several grades. Please fill out and submit the necessary admission application forms here. Note that the application fee is waived for current families. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Admission Office at 728-2400 or admissions@7hills.org.

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From The Buzz Oct. 31, 2014

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From grand to ghoulish, students on Doherty and Hillsdale campuses showed off their Halloween garb in Seven Hills’ traditional Halloween parade and festivities. Click here to view a photo gallery of the events.

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ISACS Accreditation Visit

During the week of Oct. 20, Seven Hills hosted a visiting accreditation team representing the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). The 16-member team, administrators and teachers from some of the strongest independent schools in the Midwest, spent 72 hours visiting classes and meeting with students, parents, teachers, and administrators, delving into every area of school operation. At the end of their three-day visit, the chairman of the visiting team Brad Lyman, Head of School at Kentucky Country Day, delivered to our faculty and staff a summary of the team’s major commendations and recommendations. “In the aggregate, these observations constituted, we felt, a very insightful and affirming report on what this community has achieved over the last seven years,” said Head of School Chris Garten in a recent letter to families.

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Seven Hills’ Open House and informational meetings on the Doherty and Hillsdale campuses were very successful events made possible by dozens of dedicated colleagues and parent volunteers. Director of Admission and Financial Aid Janet Hill said the event drew more than 250 visitors, 125 of whom were prospective students. Hill said a large number of the prospective students already have scheduled shadow dates. “Although we begin planning for the event in mid-summer, it is truly the faculty, parents, students and the many other individuals who take care of the “moving pieces” who all played valuable roles in welcoming our visitors,” said Hill. “The visiting families were extremely impressed with everything they saw and and heard during the Open House, but they were particularly impressed with everyone’s obvious passion and enthusiasm for Seven Hills.”

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Creating Conversations for Families of Ninth Graders

A favorite among the Seven Hills community, James Lingo of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. about the vital role communication plays in families with teens and young adults, especially. One of the cornerstones of FCD is communication, and Lingo will spend an evening with ninth graders and their parents to strengthen the ties that are crucial for navigating adolescence. Freedom from Chemical Dependency has worked in partnership with Seven Hills for more than 30 years. For more information on this program for families of ninth graders, please click here. http://www.7hills.org/creatingconversations

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The 2015 Books for Lunch Committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. In its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 6, 2015, luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Tickets are $50. You may click here: www.7hills.org/ftpimages/33/misc/misc_148335.pdf for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work. For more information on Books for Lunch, please email pdh@cinci.rr.com or call 513-728-2400.

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Homecoming was a Blast!

 

Homecoming 2014 was a night to remember! Athletic Director Brian Phelps said the event drew a great turnout. Student athletes claimed the spotlight on Homecoming weekend as well. Both boys and girls varsity soccer teams beat Cincinnati Christian. Seven Hills also celebrated its 40th anniversary and dedicated two new lower turf fields, which opened the evening of Homecoming. Many thanks to everyone who worked to make Homecoming a huge success! Click here to view a gallery of photos from Homecoming.

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Renowned child psychologist Dr. Michael Thompson delivered a thoughtful, gritty message to 300 parents, educators, and community members during Seven Hills’ kickoff Creating Conversations speaker series on Seven Hills’ Hillsdale campus on Sept. 30. Among Dr. Thompson’s many poignant statements, “School is not about preparation for life. Children are living their lives right now.”

Coming up: In a special November presentation just for parents of ninth graders, James Lingo will discuss the vital role communication plays in families with teens and young adults. A favorite among the Seven Hills community, Mr. Lingo, of Freedom from Chemical Dependency, will present his workshop on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. Also, don’t miss child psychologists Dr. Andrew Sweeney and Dr. Shelby Werner, who will share evidence-based parenting techniques for improving the parent-child relationship with children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. This final event for the 2014-15 Creating Conversations series will take place on April 16, 2015. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family, and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. Click here to learn more about Creating Conversations.

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Seven Hills will open its doors to prospective students in grades six through 12 on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Seven Hills parents and faculty are encouraged to tell friends, family members, and coworkers about this opportunity to meet Seven Hills students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Invitations are also available to pass along. In addition to the open house, Seven Hills will host Lower Schools informational meetings from 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 28 on the Hillsdale campus, and from 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 29 on the Doherty campus. To learn more and RSVP, visit http://www.7hills.org/welcome or call 513-728-2400.

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abbOne-day Special Events – After the Bell

After the Bell is offering a variety of one-day special events for grades pre-kindergarten through five. Children may register for any of these programs, regardless of campus location. Click here to register!

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten

  • Manners Matter – 3:45–5 p.m., Nov. 6 on the Doherty campus
  • Gymnastics and fitness – 4–4:45 p.m., Nov. 6 on the Lotspeich campus.
  • Soccer Fundamentals and agility skills – 3:45–4:45 p.m. Nov. 10, on the Doherty campus.

Grades one through five

  • Self confidence/etiquette – 4–5 p.m., Nov. 4 on the Doherty campus
  • Cheerleading and tumbling – 3:45–5:45 p.m., Nov. 5 on the Doherty campus
  • Artistic card making – 3:30–5 p.m., Nov. 6 on the Doherty campus
  • Children’s theatre workshop – 4–5 p.m., Nov. 11 on the Lotspeich campus.

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Books for Lunch author Colum McCann
Books for Lunch author Colum McCann

Books for Lunch 2015

The 2015 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. Now in its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the Feb. 6, 2015, luncheon. Click here for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work.

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National Merit Semifinalists Ben King, Andrew Wilson, Alayna Choo, Joanne Li, Mitchell Polonsky, Nicole Barresi, Carl Compton, Pearce Kieser, Adam Buford (not pictured - Grace Cawdrey and Lindsay Finn)
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Ben King, Andrew Wilson, Alayna Choo, Joanne Li, Mitchell Polonsky, Nicole Barresi, Carl Compton, Pearce Kieser, Adam Buford (not pictured – Grace Cawdrey and Lindsay Finn)

National Merit Scholars Announced

The Seven Hills School continues its tradition of excellence with 11 Seven Hills seniors who qualified as Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Seven Hills School congratulates the following National Merit Semifinalists: Nicole Barresi, Adam Buford, Grace Cawdrey, Alayna Choo, Carl Compton, Lindsay Finn, Pearce Kieser, Ben King, Joanne Li, Mitchell Polonsky, and Andrew Wilson. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation also announced 11 Seven Hills seniors as Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Program: Grace Carroll, Avery Coombe, Arjun Dheenan, Duncan Gibson, Christopher Janidlo, Alexander Li, Ellen Lu, Ellen Pasquale, Christopher Shoemaker, Judy Sun, and Sean Yoshitomo-Gray. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students. Students qualify for recognition in the National Merit programs with their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT®.

 

 

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Seven Hills’ Creating Conversations series kickoff is Sept. 30! The Sept. 30 event will feature Michael Thompson, Ph.D. A household name, Dr. Thompson is a dedicated speaker who has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, and CBS 60 Minutes, to name a few. He will share stories from the trenches, taking parents and teachers into the school day experience of children, illuminating how students manage their school careers, and how educators and parents can best support them along the way. This year the series also includes a special workshop just for ninth graders and their parents. Click here to register for this event and learn more about the Creating Conversations series.

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The Beginnings Parent & Toddler Enrichment Program is off to a great start on the Hillsdale campus during its kickoff session on Sept. 17. Parents and caregivers enjoyed interacting with their children and with each other in a comfortable and nurturing classroom environment in the Wuerfel building. “Our parents and caregivers enjoy feeling they are embarking on an adventure,” said Hillsdale Beginnings Director and Lotspeich Director of Early Childhood Kara Meador. The adults and children socialize together during play, art, music, group activities, and story time. The adults also appreciate having the opportunity to discuss parent issues with our school counselor.” Mrs. Meador said teachers facilitate the Beginnings session, each with a different focus, goal, and activity. While the children explore, they are getting to know each other, and come together for a short story and movement activity. Click here to learn more about the Beginnings program.

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In just a few short days, The Seven Hills School will be home to three turf fields measuring 175,000 sq. ft. – making it one of the largest outdoor athletic facilities in the Cincinnati area.

 

Click here for a complete list of this year’s 40th anniversary celebration will start off with a number of events:

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Middle School Games begin at 4 p.m.

Family Picnic 5 – 7 p.m.

Sports Clinics 7 – 8 p.m.

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for Lower Fields Athletic Complex with a pep rally and fireworks at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Girls Varsity Soccer Game 1 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer Game 3 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy the facilities’ new stadium lighting, convenient parking, and spectator seating, said Mr. Phelps. The construction comes as the result of almost two years of thoughtful planning and hard work. “The original vision for this project was to create more practice space for all of our teams in grades one through 12,” said Phelps, a Symmes Township resident. “It is not only going to serve that purpose but will add another exceptional competition venue as well.”

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Books for Lunch author Colum McCann
Books for Lunch author Colum McCann

Books For Lunch – Save the Date

The 2015 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. Now in its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 6, 2015, luncheon. You may click here: www.7hills.org/ftpimages/33/misc/misc_148335.pdf for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work.

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Congratulations to the student speakers at our traditional

start-of-school assembly! Students who spoke on the

school values of Respect and Diversity were Daniel Sauers and Chris Shoemaker from the Upper School, Annabel Stanley from Middle, Cristina Stancescu from Lotspeich, and Rosalie Hoar from Doherty.

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It is time to register for Seven Hills’ Creating Conversations series. The Sept. 30 kickoff event will feature Michael Thompson, Ph.D. A household name, Dr. Thompson is a dedicated speaker who has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, and CBS 60 Minutes, to name a few. He will share stories from the trenches, taking parents and teachers into the school day experience of children, illuminating how students manage their school careers, and how educators and parents can best support them along the way. This year the series also includes a special workshop just for ninth graders and their parents. To register for this event and learn more about the Creating Conversations series, click here to visit 7hills.org/Creating Conversations.

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Parents and students of the Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents (SNAAP) gathered on the Doherty Campus on Aug. 31 to welcome students and celebrate the 2014-15 school year. Students of all ages enjoyed spending time together. The highlight of the day was the friendly parent vs. student soccer and basketball competitions. “The parents may be a little sore after a little friendly parent vs. student competition,” said parent Erica Vaughn.

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Seven Hills news doesn’t end with The Buzz. Don’t forget to follow us @7_hills on Twitter, #StingerPride, and like us on Facebook.

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Mission, Values Posters

Students will notice their classroom walls have two additions this year. Just before school, two framed posters highlighting Seven Hills’ mission and values were placed in each classroom. A third, larger poster incorporates statements from the school’s philosophy and method. These larger posters can be found in common areas as well. As part of Seven Hills’ recent reaccreditation process, it was determined that the statements should be visible in the classrooms. Wanting to make these defining statements visible to the general school population, Head of School Chris Garten asked that the statements be placed in all classrooms and learning spaces.

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Books for Lunch author Colum McCann
Books for Lunch author Colum McCann

Books For Lunch – Save the Date

The 2015 Books for Lunch committee, co-chaired by Seven Hills parents Patti Heldman and Elizabeth Coley, is honored and excited to present this year’s guest speaker, National Book Award winner Colum McCann. Now in its 29th year, Books for Lunch brings authors of note to the school for a morning with Upper School students and a luncheon with parents and the greater Cincinnati community. If you haven’t participated before, you are invited to come and see what it is all about. And if you have, please rejoin the fun. Save the date for the February 6, 2015, luncheon. You may click here: www.7hills.org/ftpimages/33/misc/misc_148335.pdf for more information about Colum McCann and his brilliant, award-winning work.

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Seven Hills Network of African-American Parents Honor Students

Students and families who are members and supporters of Seven Hills Network of African American Parents (SNAAP) honored Seven Hills students of African-American descent during an annual end-of-year SNAAP banquet on the afternoon of June 8. Seven Hills parent Rev. Jerome G. Weaver gave an invocation. Head of School Chris Garten applauded the students and their families for a year of dedication and purpose.
Keynote speaker Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President Dr. O’dell Owens encouraged the families to give back to their communities and thanked the students for their academic excellence and ongoing positive efforts. The banquet also included a signature libation memorial ceremony, officiated by Seven Hills parent Jan-Michele Kearney. Many thanks to parents Erica Vaughn, Chantal Weaver, Nancy Bennett, and several other parents in the SNAAP committee for organizing the event. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

 

The SNAAP honorees for 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

Rising sixth graders

Michael Fitzgerald

Summer Jones

Riyah Vaughn

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Rising ninth graders

Micah Cummings

Jerron Gray

Carly Jones

Jordan Nared

Gracin Richardson

 

Graduates

Hadiya Harrigan

Alexis Lindsay

Roderick McFarland

Micaela Sanders

Lauren Weems

Keynote speaker Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President Dr. O’dell Owens
encouraged the families to give back to their communities and thanked the students for their academic excellence and ongoing positive efforts. The banquet also included a signature libation memorial ceremony, officiated by Seven Hills parent Jan-Michele Kearney. Many thanks to parents Erica Vaughn, Chantal Weaver, Nancy Bennett, and several other parents in the SNAAP committee for organizing the event. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

 

The SNAAP honorees for 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

Rising sixth graders

Michael Fitzgerald

Summer Jones

Riyah Vaughn

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Rising ninth graders

Micah Cummings

Jerron Gray

Carly Jones

Jordan Nared

Gracin Richardson

 

Graduates

Hadiya Harrigan

Alexis Lindsay

Roderick McFarland

Micaela Sanders

Lauren Weems

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Seven HIlls Class of 2014
Seven HIlls Class of 2014

Graduation

Generosity and Humanity. The Class of 2014 was often described with these words as 62 Seven Hills seniors were honored on the evening of June 6. To the tune of Jean Joseph Mouret’s “Rondeau” played by The Northwind Brass Quintet, the young men and women proceeded to their seats Kalnow gym to enjoy an elegant evening of shared wisdom, humor, and heartfelt farewells. The students were greeted by the President of the Board of Trustees Sarah Steinman and Head of School Chris Garten. The graduates also enjoyed a special tribute by history teacher and college readiness counselor Beth Driehaus. Keynote speaker David Falk, chef and owner of Cincinnati-based Boca, Sotto, and Nada, encouraged the students to be joyful in all that they do, to be generous with what they have, and to continue to learn. Speaking to an audience of nearly 1,000 family members and friends, Mr. Falk also encouraged the graduates to thank their parents, perhaps by taking them to dinner. With that statement, he asked graduates to look under their chairs. The Seven Hills graduates were surprised and pleased to find gift certificates to one of Mr. Falk’s three restaurants. The ceremony concluded with an awards presentation ceremony, which included endowed awards, departmental awards, and the Alumni Association Service Award, presented by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll `85.

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Karen MartinFarewell, With Gratitude

During the closing faculty ceremony, faculty paid loving tributes to retiring faculty. Lotspeich librarian Marcia Snyder delivered a loving and humorous message to retiring kindergarten teacher Karen Martin, who taught for 20 years at Seven Hills. Music teachers John Rising and Tina Kuhlman shared hilarious and endearing remarks as a send-off for retiring Upper School art teacher Diane Kruer, who retires after 29 years at Seven Hills.

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From The Buzz May 30, 2014

Bfast 4Countdown to Graduation Breakfast

The Alumni Association hosted the annual Countdown to Graduation Breakfast on May 20 for the Class of 2014. Scott Carroll ’85, president of the Alumni Association, welcomed our newest alumni to the group. This breakfast is the traditional kickoff for graduation events. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

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Seniors who attended Doherty
Seniors who attended Doherty

Doherty and Lotspeich Tradition

In a very special tradition, senior students who attended Lotspeich and Doherty returned to their respective Lower Schools to visit with their beloved teachers. The students enjoyed conversations and shared memories. Seniors who attended Doherty watched their fifth grade video together, while those who attended Lotspeich watched their second grade video together. Lotspeich grads even received a special visit from their former music teacher Jane Clajus! Thank you to Anne Greenwald for her continued support with the second grade videos!

Seniors with former Lotspeich Jane Clajus.
Seniors with former Lotspeich teacher Jane Clajus.

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Administrative Appointments

Head of School Chris Garten recently announced the appointment of Kara Meador, who will become the Director of the Early Childhood Center for Lotspeich. Mr. Garten said Kara has extensive experience as a teacher and program planner for the early childhood program. Said Mr. Garten, “In her 14 years at Seven Hills – nine in the pre-kindergarten – she has established herself as an expert in early childhood education, a go-to person to whom the parents of young children instinctively turn for practical, common sense advice and counsel.” Mr. Garten also announced the recent appointment of Tracy Hickenlooper, who, beginning next fall, will work alongside Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein as Director of Program Design and Technology at Doherty. Mr. Garten said Mrs. Hickenlooper has had an important role in developing the Unit III curriculum to align it with the pedagogies enumerated on The Seven Hills Methods document. “Eager, always, to try new approaches, Tracy has written several innovation grants and worked alongside her Unit III colleagues to revitalize the curriculum in language arts, social studies, science, and math,” said Mr. Garten. “Tracy is also the quintessential team player, warm, energetic, supportive of her colleagues and ever eager to collaborate to ensure the success of a team.”

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From The Buzz May 16, 2014

During the groundbreaking, Dudley Taft shares heartfelt words about his sister Nellie Taft, for whom Seven Hills' new early childhood building will be named.
During the groundbreaking, Dudley Taft shares heartfelt words about his sister Nellie Taft, for whom Seven Hills’ new early childhood building will be named.

Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center Groundbreaking

The Seven Hills School broke ground on a 17,332-square-foot state-of-the-art early childhood center on the morning of May 15. The Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center is funded in part by a bequest from Nellie Taft, and lead gifts from the Louise Taft Semple Foundation, Seven Hills parents Beth and Jim Schiff, and Seven Hills alumna and longtime community volunteer Pat Landen. The Center will be an academic building that will begin serving students in the spring of 2015. The Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center will become part of the academic landscape of Seven Hills joining the Lotspeich Lower, Middle, and Upper schools on the Hillsdale Campus. The building will replace Seven Hills’ Wuerfel building, which currently houses pre-kindergarten classrooms. “The new facility will provide learning spaces which will fully support our vibrant, innovative program for our youngest students,” said Head of School Chris Garten. “No time in a child’s development is more critical, and we are thrilled that we will have a state-of-the-art facility to ensure that our students get off to the best possible start.” The new building will feature spacious classrooms and learning “neighborhoods,” innovative learning and performing arts space, a beautiful atrium, library, several common gathering areas, and inspiring décor that will be used in many ways. Head of Lotspeich Carolyn Fox said construction would be seamless for current pre-kindergarten students who will continue to attend classes in their present building during construction. The students will move into the new facility once it is completed. Click here for a photo gallery of the groundbreaking at the Hillsdale Campus.

 

Rendering of the Pat Landen Atrium in the Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center at The Seven Hills School
Rendering of the Pat Landen Atrium in the Nellie Leaman Taft Early Childhood Center at The Seven Hills School

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GroundbreakingAthletic Complex Groundbreaking

The Seven Hills School will be home to one of the largest outdoor athletic facilities in the Cincinnati area – three turf fields measuring 175,000 sq. ft. – once construction is completed this fall. The construction will include stadium lighting, convenient parking and access to the School’s lower fields, and spectator seating, said Seven Hills Athletic Director Brian Phelps. The construction comes as the result of almost two years of thoughtful planning and hard work. “The original vision for this project was to create more practice space for all of our teams in grades one through 12,” said Mr. Phelps. “It is not only going to serve that purpose but will add another exceptional competition venue as well.” Construction for the fields is scheduled to be completed by Cincinnati-based The Motz Group at the end of August 2014, said Phelps. While Seven Hills soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams will have use of the facilities, the fields also will be used for physical education classes, school events, and summer camp activities. Phelps said the new facilities also will create opportunities for the School to develop partnerships with local club soccer and lacrosse programs. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

 

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Luther Family Foundation co-trustee Narley Haley cuts the ribbon in front of Seven Hills' new concession stand.
Luther Family Foundation co-trustee Narley Haley cuts the ribbon in front of Seven Hills’ new concession stand.

New Concession Stand

Seven Hills’ new concession stand was completed in early spring. A ribbon cutting ceremony with guests from the Luther Charitable Foundation took place at the new concession stand. “We’re really excited about our new facilities,” said Phelps. “We want to thank the Seven Hills Board of Trustees, The Seven Hills Boosters, the Luther Charitable Foundation, and other generous donors for their support. They really are the ones who made this all happen.”

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Seven Hills Doherty and Hillsdale campuses were treated to an annual All-School cookout lunch in May, grilled by the technology department. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as faculty, staff, and administration enjoyed tasty grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and sides.

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From The Buzz April 24, 2014

SHFThe Seven Hills Annual Fund Accomplishes 100 Percent Employee Participation!

For the first time in Seven Hills history, 100 percent of our faculty and staff made gifts to The Seven Hills Fund! In response to this news, Head of School Chris Garten told faculty in a written message, “This is a great vote of confidence and testament of loyalty.” The Seven Hills Fund supplements academics, arts, and athletics, among other things. It helps to underwrite field trips, it buys lab equipment, and helps with professional development for faculty and staff. Click here to make your contribution today!

 

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Best-selling author of The Monuments Men and inspiration for the same-titled movie Robert Edsel visited for two days with The Seven Hills School students, faculty, and families during Seven Hills’ 28th Annual Books for Lunch 2014 event. The event included a Lecture Luncheon and book signing at Xavier University’s Cintas Center on April 11, a dinner with Edsel at the home of Bill and Margy (Highlands) Gale H`61, and an assembly and sit-down talk with Upper School students. Seven Hills parents Vicky Carroll and Brandi Voss served as co-chairs for this year’s event. During his visit, Robert Edsel explained that the universally shared value of art is one of the striking reasons why heroes like Lt. George Stout and Officer James Rorimer risked their lives to save millions of art pieces stolen by the Nazis during World War II, as depicted in the book and movie. While seven men and one woman were depicted in The Monuments Men movie, dozens of men and women took on this path even as they were enjoying the happiness of their comfortable jobs and families. “These people were in the best situations but they volunteered,” Edsel told Seven Hills students. “I encourage you to embrace your passions and champion the causes in which you believe.” Books For Lunch is a 28-year-old Parent Association-sponsored fundraiser that supports programs and projects of The Seven Hills Upper School. Its mission includes educational enrichment and community-building. Click here to view a gallery of the event.

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From The Buzz April 10, 2014

Cum Laude recipients not pictured, Ben Sorscher
Cum Laude recipients
not pictured, Ben Sorscher

 

Congratulations to new members of Cum Laude Society

The Upper School honored its new inductees in the Seven Hills chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence, at the Cum Laude Dinner on April 9. New members are juniors Stefan Antonsson, Grace Cawdrey, Alayna Choo, Jeff Dedeker, Pearce Kieser, Ben King, and Ellie Pasquale; and seniors Zachary Abraham, Roshni Bagli, Hadiya Harrigan, Brian Hu, Ben Sorscher, and Phoebe Um. The event also honored the members who were inducted last year as juniors: Andrew Ligeralde and Gregory Sun. Head of School Chris Garten said, “Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa at the college level, the Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in some of this country’s most prestigious high schools. Membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs, and Seven Hills is one of just a handful in Ohio. Induction today means that these students are being recognized as among the best of the best in secondary education in the nation.” Cum Laude speaker Mary Lynne Boorn, mother of Pearce, quoted Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling saying, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” Mrs. Boorn encouraged students to embrace and learn from their failings and focus on the importance of being resilient.

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Cum Laude Committee

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Director of College Counseling Susan Marrs
Director of College Counseling Susan Marrs

Director of College Counseling Named to University Board

The Seven Hills School congratulates Director of College Counseling Susan Marrs for her recent appointment to the University of Michigan’s High School Counselor Advisory Board. The prestigious appointment was based on Mrs. Marrs’ “commitment to higher education and our appreciation for her critical role in the admissions process,” said William Kelly Cox, University of Michigan Associate Director of Admissions. Mrs. Marrs’ appointment will be effective, fall of 2014. She will join 14 high school counselors from Michigan and around the country to offer the university feedback on school policies, procedures, and recruitment activities. Mrs. Marrs, also the Assistant Head of School, continues to serve in several capacities at The Seven Hills School, including Director of Studies for grades 6 through 12. She has served on several esteemed boards, including The Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board, and the Fiske Guide to College Counselors Advisory Group. Mrs. Marrs has been Director of College Counseling at Seven Hills for 32 years.

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Books for Lunch Author to Visit with Students This Week

The Seven Hills School is pleased to welcome Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men, the book that inspired the recently released blockbuster movie of the same title. Edsel will spend two days in April with The Seven Hills School community, including a sold-out dinner of Thursday April 10, a sold-out luncheon on Friday, and a personal sit-down visit with Upper and Middle School students on Friday morning. The book-inspired film, directed by actor-director George Clooney, introduces theater-goers to the soldier-scholars of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives branches of the armed forces who risked their lives during World War II to save hundreds of thousands of priceless works from destruction by the Nazis. Clooney’s film also puts Robert Edsel in the national spotlight. For more than a decade, Edsel meticulously researched the lives of the men and women who heroically safeguarded the world’s greatest art and architecture, then led efforts to return stolen art to its rightful owners. Edsel’s research fills three award-winning non-fiction works. Edsel has made it his life’s mission to honor and preserve the legacy of the Monuments Men; “I like to think of it as a passion, some say obsession,” said the oilman turned historian, from Dallas, Texas. For more information on Books for Lunch, click here.

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From The Buzz March 13, 2014

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International Dinner & Family Night

Seven Hills families came together to celebrate and appreciate richness of diversity and global education within our school community at the Sixth Annual International Dinner. Students and faculty presented a number of musical and dance performances that honored the Irish, African, Spanish, Chinese, and Indian cultures. We would like thank all of the families who prepared a number of delicious entrees. Congratulations to Nate Gleiner, English teacher and Equity and Justice Coordinator, and parent Rica Ligeralde, Chair of the International Dinner Planning Committee, who organized the event, including the performances and activities for the young participants. Special thanks to Brian Arnold, the technical coordinator for the evening, and to all the volunteers, Andi Guess, and the maintenance staff for all of their help with the event. Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

 

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Parents and students participate in a brain-based exercise at the final Creating Conversations event for this school year, featuring Ann Anzalone.
Parents and students participate in a brain-based exercise at the final Creating Conversations event for this school year, featuring Ann Anzalone.

Creating Conversations

Nationally-known educational consultant Ann Anzalone imparted helpful tips at the final installment of the Creating Conversations parent education speaker series on how to help children and adults de-stress. Known for her expertise in brain education and wellness, Ms. Anzalone offered members and friends of the Seven Hills community a number of scenarios to help families ease academic stress, math anxiety, and fatigue. A large piece of the stress puzzle is sleep deprivation, she said. “Restorative sleep boosts our immune system and human growth hormone,” she said. “If you have a choice of doing one more thing or putting your child to bed, put the child to bed.” Parents of children in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 benefited greatly from the interactive presentation and came away with new ideas, many indicating that the simplicity of the suggestions would make it easy to incorporate into their daily family routines. Creating Conversations is an annual, public, free-of-cost speaker series sponsored by the Guidance Department.

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Dr. Rouan with Mollie '15 and Connor '14
Dr. Rouan with Mollie ’15 and Connor ’14

Career Cafe

Dr. Gregory Rouan, father of Connor ’14 and Mollie ’15, recently participated in the Career Café program. Dr. Rouan is the Director of Department of Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He and his colleagues at the UC Academic Health Center care for patients, educate the next generation of physicians, and conduct scientific research. Greg received his B.S. degree from the University of Dayton and M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He completed a fellowship in clinical epidemiology at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Rouan shared, “Most of you will have several careers over your professional lives. Be prepared, view every experience as an opportunity to learn, always respect others and their opinions, and seek out mentors, and very importantly offer to be the same to others.”

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Books for Lunch – The Monuments Men Author Robert Edsel

The Monuments Men author Robert Edsel will visit with the School community at a dinner on April 10 and during a luncheon and book signing on April 11. The patron dinner is sold out but tickets are still available for the luncheon.

Books for Lunch comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of The Monuments Men, the film adaptation of Edsel’s second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opened in theaters in early February. Mr. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the monuments men in three acclaimed books. On April 10 and 11, 2014, he will regale the community and the campus with stories of the monuments men’s heroic exploits.

Please click here to take a look at a CBS This Morning news story on the real Monuments Men, and new legislation that was introduced to honor them.

Today: Books are on sale in the Spirit Shop.

February 7: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, opened in theaters nationwide.

April 10: Dinner with author Robert Edsel. (Sold out)

April 11: Luncheon and Book Signing at the Cintas Center, Xavier University. (Tickets still available.)

For questions, please contact Books for Lunch 2014 Co-chairs Brandi Voss & Vicky Carroll at 7HillsBooksForLunch@gmail.com

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From The Buzz Feb. 20, 2014

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Creating Conversations – Ann Anzalone

Seven Hills favorite Ann Anzalone will return to campus to share a pertinent, new message with families at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27. In a presentation entitled The Stress Connection: Understanding How Stress Affects Learning, Ms. Anzalone will share her fresh perspective on how parents can help young people manage their workload and overcome internal and external pressures. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. To learn more visit www.7hills.org/CreatingConversations.

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NM-300x200Six Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to our 2014 National Merit Finalists: Brian Hu, Angie Li, Andrew Ligeralde, Panos Skoufalos, Ben Sorscher, and Greg Sun. “We’re very proud of these exceptionally hard-working, highly-accomplished seniors,” said Seven Hills Assistant Head of School Susan Marrs. “Of the approximately 1.5 million students who take the PSAT in October of their junior year, only about one percent become National Merit Finalists.” The National Merit Scholarship Program honors talented U.S. high school students each year for academic excellence. Finalists are eligible to receive the National Achievement $2,500 scholarship and corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards. The selections process will begin in late February.

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Monuments Men author Robert Edsel will visit with the School community at a dinner on April 10, and during a luncheon and book signing on April 11. The patron dinner is sold out but tickets are still available for the luncheon.

Books for Lunch comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of The Monuments Men, the film adaptation of Edsel’s second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opened in theaters in early February. Mr. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the monuments men in three acclaimed books. On April 10 and 11, 2014, he will regale the community and the campus with stories of the monuments men’s heroic exploits.

Please click here to take a look at a CBS This Morning news story on the real Monuments Men, and new legislation that was introduced to honor them.

Start looking for your Books for Lunch invitations in the mail. Please take a look at the following key dates:

Today: Books are on sale in the Spirit Shop.

February: Start looking for your invitation in the mail.

February 7: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, opened in theaters nationwide.

April 10: Dinner with author Robert Edsel. (Sold out)

April 11: Luncheon and Book Signing at the Cintas Center, Xavier University. (Tickets still available.

For questions, please contact Books for Lunch 2014 Co-chairs Brandi Voss & Vicky Carroll at 7HillsBooksForLunch@gmail.com.

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From The Buzz Feb. 5, 2014

 

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University of Cincinnati President Visits Seven Hills

Mr. Santa Ono, a Seven Hills parent, shared his professional story with Upper School students during Seven Hills’ Career Café on Jan. 24. Mr. Ono walked students through his path from research biologist to Harvard professor, to dean at Emory University, to his current post as president of the 43,000-student University of Cincinnati. He also answered students’ questions, including, “What do colleges want in a student?” Mr. Ono answered that, in addition to strong academics, colleges and universities are more interested in students who are making an impact in one service club over a number of years rather than students who spread themselves too thin with little involvement in a dozen clubs. Mr. Ono is one of Seven Hills’ six Career Café guests who speak to students throughout the school year. Career Café is a student-led effort made possible through the work of co-chairs juniors Molly Rouan and Avery Coombe.

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Creating Conversations – Ann Anzalone

Seven Hills favorite Ann Anzalone will return to campus to share a pertinent, new message with families at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27. In a presentation entitled The Stress Connection: Understanding How Stress Affects Learning, Ms. Anzalone will share her fresh perspective on how parents can help young people manage their workload and overcome internal and external pressures. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. To learn more visit www.7hills.org/CreatingConversations.

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Open House Meetings in February

The Admissions department encourages families to spread the word about the 2014 Informational Meetings for prospective families. These events will include a brief presentation, followed by a campus tour. Prospective parents will have the opportunity to hear from current parents and School staff members, as well as observe classes in session.

Doherty informational meeting – two-year-olds through fifthgrade

Monday, Feb. 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Lotspeich informational meeting – pre-kindergarten through fifth grade

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

For those interested in attending one of these events, please click here to RSVP or call 728-2400. Those with questions may email admissions@7hills.org.

 

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Books for Lunch – Monuments Men Author Robert Edsel

Take a moment to check your calendar for a new Books for Lunch date! Monuments Men author Robert Edsel will visit with the School community at a dinner on April 10, and during a luncheon and book signing on April 11.

Books for Lunch comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of The Monuments Men, the film adaptation of Edsel’s second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opened in theaters in February. Mr. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the monuments men in three acclaimed books. On April 10 and 11, 2014, he will regale the community and the campus with stories of the monuments men’s heroic exploits.

Please click here to take a look at a CBS This Morning news story on the real Monuments Men, and new legislation that was introduced to honor them.

Start looking for your Books for Lunch invitation in the mail in February. Please take a look at the following key dates:

Today: Books are on sale in the Spirit Shop.

February: Start looking for your invitation in the mail.

February 7: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters nationwide.

April 10: Dinner with author Robert Edsel.

April 11: Luncheon and Book Signing at the Cintas Center, Xavier University.

For questions, please contact Books for Lunch 2014 Co-chairs Brandi Voss & Vicky Carroll at 7HillsBooksForLunch@gmail.com.

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From The Buzz Jan. 17, 2013

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Ann Anzalone

Seven Hills favorite, Ann Anzalone will return to campus to share a pertinent, new message with families at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. In a presentation entitled The Stress Connection: Understanding How Stress Affects Learning, Ms. Anzalone will share her fresh perspective on how parents can help young people manage their workload and overcome internal and external pressures. The Seven Hills School speaker series, Creating Conversations, welcomes you, your family and friends to attend these free-of-charge events. Click here to learn more.

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infoOpen House Coffees in January and February

The Admissions department encourages families to spread the word about the 2014 Informational Meetings for prospective families. These events will include a brief presentation, followed by a campus tour. Prospective parents will have the opportunity to hear from current parents and School staff members, as well as observe classes in session.

Doherty informational meeting – two-year-olds through fifth grade

Monday, Feb. 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Lotspeich informational meeting – pre-kindergarten through fifth grade

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Middle School informational meeting – grades six through eight

Friday, Jan. 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

For those interested in attending one of these events, please click here to RSVP or call 728-2400. Those with questions may email admissions@7hills.org.

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Take a Moment to check your calendar for a new Books for Lunch date! Author Robert Edsel will visit with the School community at a dinner on April 10, and during a luncheon and book signing on April 11.

Books for Lunch comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of Monuments Men, the film adaptation of his second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters in February. Mr. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the monuments men in three acclaimed books. On April 10 and 11, 2014, he will regale the community and the campus with stories of the monuments men’s heroic exploits.

Please click here to take a look at a CBS This Morning news story on the real monuments men, and new legislation that was introduced to honor them.

Start looking for your Books for Lunch invitation in the mail in February. Please take a look at the following key dates:

Today: Books are on sale in the Spirit Shop.

February: Start looking for your invitation in the mail.

February 7: Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters nationwide.

April 10: Dinner with Robert Edsel.

April 11: Luncheon and Book Signing at the Cintas Center, Xavier University.

For questions, please contact Books For Lunch 2014 Co-chairs Brandi Voss & Vicky Carroll at 7HillsBooksForLunch@gmail.com.

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From The Buzz, Dec. 20, 2013

infoOpen House Coffees in the New Year

The Admissions office encourages families to spread the word about the 2014 Informational Meetings for prospective families. These events will include a brief presentation, followed by a campus tour. Prospective parents will have the opportunity to hear from current parents and School staff members, as well as observe classes in session.

Doherty informational meetings – two-year-olds through fifth grade

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Lotspeich informational meetings – pre-kindergarten through fifth grade

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Middle School informational meeting – grades six through eight

Friday, Jan. 24, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Upper School informational meeting – grades nine through 12

Friday, Jan. 10, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

For those interested in attending one of these events, please click here to RSVP or call 728-2400. Those with questions may email admissions@7hills.org.

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BFL FB date change2New Date for Books for Lunch

Take a Moment to check your calendar for a new Books for Lunch date! Author Robert Edsel will visit with the School community at a dinner on April 10, and during a luncheon and book signing on April 11.

Books for Lunch comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of Monuments Men, the film adaptation of his second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters December 2013. Mr. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the Monuments Men in three acclaimed books. On April 10 and 11, 2014, he will regale the community and the campus with stories of the Monuments Men’s heroic exploits.

Please click here to take a look at a CBS This Morning news story on the real Monuments Men, and new legislation that was introduced to honor them.

Start looking for your Books for Lunch invitation in the mail in February. Please take a look at the following key dates:

Today: Books are on sale in the Spirit Shop.

February: Start looking for your invitation in the mail.

February 7: The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters nationwide.

April 10: Dinner with Robert Edsel.

April 11: Luncheon and Book Signing at the Cintas Center, Xavier University.

For questions, please contact Books For Lunch 2014 Co-chairs Brandi Voss & Vicky Carroll at 7HillsBooksForLunch@gmail.com.

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From The Buzz, Nov. 26, 2013

 

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From Pre-K to 12th grade, students shared dozens of ways to show gratitude as they geared up for the holidays with activities, presentations, and projects. Many of the activities culminate on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with a number of special events. On the Doherty Campus, Mrs. Eynon’s music students in Pre-K-2 through fifth grade regaled family members and friends for Grandperson’s Day. On the Lotspeich campus, Pre-K students enjoyed a Thanksgiving Feast. Second graders in Mrs. Wilson’s music class performed the Turkey Tango, and Upper School students attended a special assembly. Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 28. Look for more Thanksgiving and holiday pictures in the next Buzz!

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DSC_0261Creating Conversations

Popular speaker James Lingo delivered a powerful message to parents for the second Creating Conversations speaker series event, Engaging Families in Effective Substance Abuse Prevention. A gathering of parents met in the Hillsdale Commons to hear Lingo’s message, which included tips on how parents can play a vital role in keeping their children drug and alcohol free. Lingo also shared the latest statistics and encouraged parents and students to improve their communication with themselves and with each other. “When children learn how to communicate well and often, the instances of bullying and substance abuse decrease significantly,” said Lingo. He also spent the week of Nov. 18 to drive home the message of anti-bullying and substance abuse prevention in grades five through 12. Students responded well to Lingo’s presentations and workshops. Lingo is a well-known Freedom from Chemical Dependency speaker.

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Daniel & Len SauersOctober 2013 Career Café

Len Sauers, Ph.D., father of Katie ’11 and Daniel ’15, was the speaker for the Career Café program on Oct. 28. Mr. Sauers is the Vice President of Global Product Safety, Regulatory Compliance and Sustainability at Procter & Gamble. Every day Procter & Gamble’s products are used by 4.8 billion people living in 180 countries around the world. He heads the department that is responsible for ensuring these products are safe for people and the environment, are sustainable, and in regulatory compliance in all the markets in which they are sold. Mr. Sauers has an undergraduate degree in biology, masters degree in biochemistry, and Ph.D. in toxicology.

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CWhitehead, Rouan, CoombeNovember 2013 Career Café

Christina McIntosh Whitehead ’94 spoke at the Nov. 21 Career Café. Christina is a Quality Control Engineer (QCE) at GE Aviation in the Evendale Manufacturing Operations Facility in Evendale, Ohio. Prior to joining GE, she was with PSARA Technologies as a Senior Safety Professional as the Safety Manager and General Motors/Delphi as a Safety Supervisor. Christina is currently responsible for ensuring the Low Pressure Turbine Nozzle Segments, a component of a Military Jet Engine, meets all Regulatory and Government Quality Standards. She received her BS in Criminal Justice and is a Board Certified Safety Professional. Christina is in the process of earning her MBA in 2015 through UC’s Lindner College of Business. The Upper School students enjoyed learning that she is married to fellow classmate Shaun Whitehead and they were the Male and Female Athletes of the Year during their senior year.

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From The Buzz, Nov. 7, 2013

 

DSC_0255Happy Halloween!

A dozen Captain Americas, 20 princesses, a few werewolves, a vending machine, one Sherlock Holmes, Parisian bakers, Steve Jobs, a set of fierce dominos, and one fabulous cone of cotton candy. In true Seven Hills fashion, students, faculty, and families went all out to celebrate one of the favorite holidays of the fall season. Click here for a photo gallery of Halloween moments!

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DSC_0214Pep Rally

The entire school community exemplified Stinger Pride on Oct. 30, the day of the boys soccer semifinal game. The spirited pep rally included a variety of entertaining contests, performances from the pep band, and audience participation, led by the cheerleaders and the Pepslosion Band. Click here to view a photo gallery from the pep rally!

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Growth in Numbers at Open House

The Oct. 20 Open House drew 126 families to Seven Hills–an 18 percent increase in attendance from last year.

Director of Admission Janet Hill attributed the success of the event, to the “village” of faculty, staff, and administration who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support, coordinate and execute the four-division event. “Parents choose schools based on evidence of great teachers and great teaching and our visitors walked away today knowing we have both and much, much more,” said Mrs. Hill. “Admissions may set the table, but the faculty provide the entrée.” Mrs. Hill reported the following robust Open House turnout, by division:

  • Doherty: 30 families
  • Lotspeich: 33 families
  • Middle: 24 families
  • Upper: 39 families

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From The Buzz, Oct. 10, 2013

 

 

large_link292700_37516-9Open House – Oct. 20

The All-School Open House for prospective and current families will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 pm. Current Seven Hills families who are curious about what lies ahead, for instance in Middle or Upper School, can tour the campus and experience our classrooms firsthand. Meet students, teachers and coaches and speak to the Division Heads and our Head of School. Bring a friend! If you are interested in attending the Open House or can volunteer to help, please RSVP or sign up, respectively, by calling the Admission Office at 513-728-2400.

The Open House will offer new and current families opportunities to engage in conversations with administrators, faculty, and other current parents. Visitors will enjoy parent-led tours of the Lower, Middle, and Upper School facilities, and learn more about Seven Hills’ curriculum and pedagogical approach.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling 728-2400 or by clicking RSVP here.

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Luncheon tickets: $50/$650 table, open to the community. Dinner tickets: $85, open to Seven Hills families and their guests.
Luncheon tickets: $50/$650 table, open to the community. Dinner tickets: $85, open to Seven Hills families and their guests.

Books For Lunch to Explore “The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking out and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. In a race against time, behind enemy lines and often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, art historians and others risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. These soldier-scholars were called the Monuments Men.

Books For Lunch 2014 author Robert M. Edsel explores the adventures and contributions — to art-lovers everywhere — of the Monuments Men in three acclaimed books. On February 6-7, 2014, Mr. Edsel will regale the community and the campus with stories of the Monuments Men’s heroic exploits.

Robert Edsel’s visit to The Seven Hills School comes on the heels of the major motion picture release of Monuments Men, the film adaptation of his second book. The movie, directed by and starring George Clooney, opens in theaters December 2013.

The Books:

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from The Nazis (May 2013). Already a New York Times Bestseller, it has been called “a poignant, fascinating story, bringing to life the soldier-scholars who saved Italy’s treasures.”?Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (2009). Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art — America and Her Allies Recovered It (2006.)

The Movie: “I smell Oscars!” That’s what a reviewer at Rolling Stone says about Monuments Men. The movie is directed by George Clooney and features an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Hugh Bonneville. The movie has been spotlighted in Oprah Winfrey’s list of “Books to Read Before You See The Movies,” and DailyCandy.com calls it “a film adaptation we can’t wait to see.”

The Author: A once extremely successful entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry, Robert Edsel sold everything to relocate to Europe with his family. Living in Florence, he discovered a passion for art and architecture — and a curiosity about how the art and iconic monuments survived the carnage of World War II. He began researching the unsung heroes who saved the world’s art, the Monuments Men.

Books For Lunch: The event has been bringing major authors to campus for 27 years. Sponsored by the Upper School Parent Association and organized by a parent committee, Books For Lunch includes an author luncheon at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, dinner with the author at the home of a Seven Hills family, an on-campus assembly featuring the author, and small-group meetings between the author and students.

What You Need to Know: Invitations will be mailed during Winter Break. Look for yours in your mailbox early 2014! Reply quickly because the event (particularly the dinner) often sells out. Luncheon tickets: $50/$650 table, open to the community. Dinner tickets: $85, open to Seven Hills families and their guests. Like Books for Lunch on Facebook!

 

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Homecoming

Homecoming 2013 was a night to remember! Athletic Director Brian Phelps said the event drew a great turnout. Student athletes claimed the spotlight on Homecoming weekend as well. On Saturday, both the boys and girls soccer teams won. In addition, the girls tennis team is MVC Champs. Many thanks to everyone who worked to make Homecoming a huge success! Please click here to enjoy a gallery of photos taken by Len Cohen and Brian Arnold.

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From The Buzz, Sept. 25, 2013

 

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Cyber Safety Expert Opens Parents’ Eyes to Cyber Safety

More than 100 Seven Hills parents gathered in Founder’s Hall in mid-September to learn more about increasing challenges the digital age presents to teens who use social media. The presentation by Cincinnati Bell’s Director of Relationship Marketing Stephen Smith offered a provocative, detailed look inside national trends in the world of smartphone applications that young people are privy to, but most parents may know little about. The digital age evolves so quickly that warnings given to parents even two years ago, are now obsolete. “When you give your child a smart phone, you are giving them a computer. You are giving your child access to the world,” Smith told parents. “But you are also giving the world access to your child if you don’t pay attention.”

Smith told a crowd of curious parents that just two years ago parents were cautioned to be aware of the websites their children visited. Now, just a few months later, websites are the least of their concerns. Now more than ever before, young people are finding themselves at a crossroads, based on how they use social media.

“There is such a misconception of online safety,” said Smith. “Studies show that the majority of college admission departments look at our young people’s social media pages before they accept them. And right now it’s all about apps. Did you know that there are apps that actually hide other apps?”

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Many parents are not aware of this, or that young people are using apps to engage in behavior that is rude in the least and life threatening in the worst. Smith said the age group to watch now is as young as nine and 10 years old because the age of children with smartphones is getting younger and younger.

One parent said smartphones among young students are prevalent in affluent communities mostly because parents want their children to “fit in” and have the gadgets that are popular at the time. But that’s not enough, said the parent. Students need to be educated about what they’re carrying around 24-7.

Another parent who said she is “not computer savvy” said she attended the presentation because she wants to be more cognizant of her children’s digital world.

“I just wanted confirmation for what I feared, which is that if we don’t educate our children and teach them the consequences, we’re possibly giving our children a weapon when we give them phones,” said one parent. “We have to know the capabilities of these devices before we give them to our children.”

Smith encouraged parents to become social media savvy, in order to make more decisive choices for their children’s access to the digital world, and asked parents to do their “due diligence” to monitor their children’s usage, and teach them about the consequences of misuse of social media.

Parents in attendance asked several questions that ranged from why parents feel compelled to purchase smartphones for their youngest children, to how facial recognition tags work.

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button_140Open House – Oct. 20

The All-School Open House for prospective and current families will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

The Open House will offer new and current families opportunities to engage in conversations with administrators, faculty, and other current parents. Visitors will enjoy parent-led tours of the Lower, Middle, and Upper school facilities, and learn more about Seven Hills’ curriculum and pedagogical approach.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling 728-2400 or by clicking RSVP here.

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From The Buzz, Sept. 12, 2013

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Head of School Opens School Year with Thoughts on Integrity

What do you do when no one is watching?

In Seven Hills’ respected back-to-school tradition, the school community, including students in Grades 4-12, gathered to hear poignant commentary from fellow students, faculty, and Head of School Chris Garten. This fall’s theme is integrity. One student cited defamed celebrity athlete Lance Armstrong’s fallen character. Another shared a personal inner battle of choosing not to cheat on a test when the answers were inadvertently but easily in sight on a peer’s desk.

Garten started off with excerpts from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

“Set in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression, the novel tells the story of a father and his two children, and of the disruption that occurs when Atticus, who is a lawyer, is assigned the difficult task of defending an African-American man, who is accused of a crime by a white woman.

“Atticus Finch is, in many ways, the definition of integrity,” said Garten. “He lives by his own set of core beliefs that he refuses to compromise even at great risk to himself and his family. Atticus believes in justice and equality. He believes that everyone should be treated equally in the eyes of the law … He believes that everyone, no matter how awful he seems, has a core of humanity. He believes that we can’t really understand other people until we ‘walk a mile’ in their shoes.”

Garten continued, saying that true integrity trumps any fears of what others may think. He concluded by showing a clip from the film, The Emperors Club, a powerful story about how a lifetime of dishonesty charted an illusionary course for a seemingly successful aspiring politician.

Garten concluded his address to the school community by sharing that everyone has an obligation to live life by a set of principles “so clear, so uncompromising, you don’t have to be ashamed to be yourself or reveal your whole self to people who love you.”

Said Garten, “Integrity is an important value, one which I hope you will develop, not only in your time at Seven Hills, but throughout your lives. I wish you all a wonderful school year and hope that as you develop your own values, your own guiding principles, you will know the joy of living a life grounded in integrity.”

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Seven Hills Upper School Head Nick Francis to Lead Innovative Program

In his September 3 message to the Seven Hills community, Chris Garten announced Nick Francis’ plans to step down as Head of Upper School to head up a new program at Seven Hills. Nick will serve as Director of Personal Development, heading up our new “real world learning” component, which is taking shape as a result of our recent Strategic Planning process.

Head of School Chris Garten said Nick “caught me by surprise” when he indicated he wanted the position. But “frankly, the decision was a no-brainer,” said Garten. “Nick has been intimately involved in the planning for this new program … He brings a deep knowledge of our community, close relationships with students and their families, and a strong passion for helping students. He finds experiences that will stimulate their interests and develop their special talents.”

The plan is to develop a series of experiences to engage students in sustained, interdisciplinary explorations of issues of global, national and local significance.

Said Francis, “It’s really about helping kids explore through their interests and passions beyond the walls of Seven Hills. My goal is to help every student who graduates from Seven Hills identify their passion and be able to pursue it.”

The new program will help to promote meaningful engagement beyond Seven Hills in myriad ways, including career exploration and internships, community involvement and service learning, leadership training and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Garten said the the School is in the process of preparing a nation-wide search plan designed to culminate in a final appointment by early February 2014.

“With his customary loyalty to this institution, Nick made this announcement early enough in the school year to provide ample time for Chris Garten and his team to conduct a thorough search for a strong new Upper School leader.”

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New Pre-K for Two-Year-Olds Program Off to Successful Start

Little arms stretch high, smiles abound, feet stomp, pint-size students gather in a circle, and ears listen. Seven Hills’ new preK-2 class on the Doherty campus is off to a bounding, successful start. Since the start of school, Seven Hills’ youngest students and their caring teachers have adjusted beautifully to the new program.

“The environment in our Pre-K for Two-Year-Olds Program is so purposeful. It is so carefully designed that the kids actually use the classroom as it is intended to be used,” said Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein. “More than a year ago, Seven Hills’ teaching team researched and incorporated best practices in order to assemble the most effective framework for education for two-year-olds. The program is successful because our teachers put so much careful work into its design.”

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“The result is a fantastic start for our students’ first school experience,” said Pre-K for Two-Year-Olds Program teacher Julie Brackett. “They have quickly become comfortable, and are enjoying the variety of activities. For example, they are learning to line up, wash hands, sit in group, and are enjoying their environment.”

Guethlein said the new class, led by Brackett and Nikki Ravenscraft offers new opportunities for children to participate in a broad spectrum of instruction. The students also participate in music and Spanish language classes, library centers, and structured play. Guethlein said Seven Hills’ Pre-K for Two-Year-Olds Program surely will double, and develop a waiting list in time.

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New Faculty group

Welcome to Our New Faculty and Staff for 2013-14!

Our new faculty and staff include (l to r); Christy Berning, Assistant Director of Admission; Karla Dejean, Writer and Project Manager; Rachel Damon, Middle School Drama Teacher; Gail Bloom, Middle and Upper School Library Assistant; Lara Magdzinski, College Counselor; Marielle Newton, Upper School English Teacher; Chris Caldemeyer, Middle School Writing Workshop Teacher; Susan Coldiron, Doherty Administrative Assistant; Rebecca Swain, Lotspeich Second Grade Teacher; Lisa Bradley, Upper School Psychology Teacher; Michelle Goliber, Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher; Doug Ford, Upper School Engineering Teacher; Nikki Ravenscraft, Doherty Two-Year-Old and Beginnings Teacher; Robert Starkey, Lotspeich Physical Education Teacher; Amy Dyer, Lotspeich Physical Education Teacher; Ryan McCrystal; Middle School Physical Education Intern.

Not pictured: Ron Brown, Maintenance; Marney Hupper, Major Gifts Officer in Development Office; Marc Lohse, Technical Director for Middle and Upper School Productions.

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Congratulations to Faculty and Staff for Dedication and Years of Service(l to r): Linda Ford, Julie Brackett, Meridith Oberklein Spille, Tracy Hickenlooper, Karen Martin, Tyler McIlwraith, Marilyn Braun, Dick Snyder, Patti Guethlein, Karen Glum, Marlene Baer, John Rising, Harold Boyd, Tim Drew, Jimmy Gherardi. (not pictured – Matt Olexsey, Erich Schweikher, and Doug Huff)

At the opening faculty meeting, the following teachers and staff were honored for their years of service at Seven hills:

40 Years

Patti Guethlein

Dick Snyder

30 Years

Harold Boyd

25 Years

Marlene Baer

Marilyn Braun

Tim Drew

 

20 Years

Karen Glum

Tracy Hickenlooper

Karen Martin

15 Years

Julie Brackett

Linda Ford

Pavel Pochobradsky

John Rising

 

10 Years

Jimmy Gherardi

Doug Huff

5 Years

Tyler McIlwraith

Matt Olexsey

Erich Schweikher

Meridith Oberklein Spille

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