Kayla Kavanaugh

Student Selected by American Junior Academy of Science to Serve as Delegate

Congratulations to Senior Kayla Kavanaugh, who was selected to serve as a junior delegate representing Ohio at the upcoming national meeting in Chicago in February 2014. Kayla was selected after she presented her science project at the Ohio Academy of Science meetings in Findlay, Ohio, in April. She will have to give both an oral and visual presentation at the prestigious science conference.

American Junior academy of science (AJAS) is the only honor society for high school scientists. It recognizes outstanding scientific research conducted by high school students. It is affiliated with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which the largest science organization, and also is the publisher of Science magazine.

AJAS delegates are chosen through a competition at the state level to represent their state at the national level. At the national meetings the AJAS delegates are inducted into the academy for life. They meet in conjunction with the AAAS delegates at the national conference for presenting their research paper. During the annual conference junior scientists present their paper, attend sessions and tour local research centers.


Coffee with a College Counselor

More than 40 families of ninth and 10th graders enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the college counseling process during Seven Hills’ second annual Coffee with a College Counselor program. The special event offers students and parents a casual opportunity to talk with the college counseling staff, and have their questions answered.
The next event will take place on Oct. 29, and an evening meeting for families of junior students will take place on Nov. 4.

College Counselor Lara Madgzinski said the coffees are helpful for younger students who will not be entering the college search process for some time, but may nonetheless have some questions. Students also were eager to meet with Beth Driehaus, who will soon begin with freshmen in her new role as the College Readiness Counselor. Madgzinski said the coffee takes a comfortable Q&A format and does not have a particular “topic” or “agenda” to be followed.  The parents had lots of excellent questions, which were addressed by Assistant Head of School Susan Marrs, Mrs. Driehaus, and Miss Madgzinski.


From The Buzz Sept. 12, 2013

Students work on formulas in an Upper School Math Class

Seven Hills Graduates and Current Seniors Produce Strong AP Exam Scores

92 % of AP Exam scores qualify for advanced standing in college
Fifty-four members of the Classes of 2013 and 2014 have been named AP Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP Exams.

Of the 218 Advanced Placement exams in 16 subjects taken as of June 2013, by 104 students, 92 percent of the scores were 3’s or better on the 1 – 5 national scale, qualifying our students for advanced college standing.

Receiving National AP Scholar Awards for average scores of at least 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more are 2013 graduates Grace He and Leah Yuan; and seniors Brian Hu and Gregory Sun.

Receiving National AP Scholar Awards for average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more are seniors Allie Feuerlein, Andrew Ligeralde, Haoyu Shi, and Benjamin Sorscher.

2013 graduates who received AP Scholar with Distinction Awards are Nicholas Au-Yeung, Alessandra Baretta, Anne Stuart Bell, Bethany Buck, Ellen Coombe, Cullen Deimer, Grace He, Ian Hillenbrand, Kerry Hoar, Sebastian Hoar, Sara Hodgkins, Sara Johnson, Katherine King, Shoshana Klafter, John Larkin, Priyanka Parameswaran, Kyle Patel, and Zoe Pochobradsky.

Receiving AP Scholar with Honor Awards for average scores of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more were seniors Ashok Dheenan, Kayla Kavanaugh, Angie Li, Sarah Shim, and Phoebe Um; 2013 graduates are Michael Bain, Hannah Batsche, Federica Fernandez, Anna Gagliardo, Ganlin Liu, John Rowe, Mia Samaha, and Rachel White.

Receiving AP Scholar Awards for scoring 3 or higher on three or more exams were seniors Roshni Bagli, Kevin Cole; 2013 graduates are Shray Ambe, Gloria Garcia, Carly Harten, Hugh Mackay, Reena SenGupta and Panos Skoufalos; and 2013 graduates Marisa Steele and Qijing Xie.

IMG_3098National Merit Semifinalists (l to r) from left to right: Ben Sorscher, Andrew Ligeralde, Angie Li, Panos Skoufalos, Gregory Sun, and Brian Hu.

Six Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to six students who have been named National Merit Semifinalists. They are: Brian Hu, Angie Li, Andrew Ligeralde, Panos Skoufalos, Ben Sorscher, and Gregory Sun.

The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students who are among the highest scorers in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). In order to be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards, as well as a number of additional academic requirements.

Summer Grants for Teachers

Thanks to new endowment funds secured by the Critical Assets Campaign, Seven Hills has doubled its annual budget for professional teacher training. We now have the resources to provide each year at least one professional development experience for each of our teachers! We are pleased to share just a few examples of our teachers’ professional development experiences this summer.

The summer grants have enabled our talented faculty to design ambitious interdisciplinary projects that engage students in exploring the global community, in innovative thinking or creative problem solving in opportunities for collaboration or in using instructional technology for research and presentation. Examples of some of these grants are highlighted, below.

Chemistry teacher Linda Ford said, “The AP Chemistry curriculum has gone through a major overhaul that emphasizes conceptual learning, critical thinking skills, and inquiry-based lab experiences. This approach will enable students to spend less time on factual recall and more time on developing the reasoning skills to engage in best scientific practices.”

Ford continued, “New curriculum will include replacing existing lab programs of 24 data-driven experiments with 16 new inquiry-based experiments. New test questions have been developed that require students to examine data in tabular or graphic formats, relate several concepts, and reason important scientific relationships. There is a de-emphasis on the necessity for mathematical calculations currently required. POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) modules will be developed for the six ‘big ideas’ and seven science practices’ within the new curriculum to enhance the important critical thinking skills of the new curriculum. The entire course will be modified to fit the entire AP curriculum into the new block schedule format.”

Upper School English teacher Meredith Brown received a grant to research, plan, and ultimately propose a course for ninth graders. The first semester course would focus on study skills and global successful student’ topics: time management, organizations, note-taking, test and exam prep, writing across the curriculum, and extensive and effective use of iPads. The course will also cover ethics and academic integrity.

Doherty Unit II teacher Joan Claybourn received a grant to integrate the current separate units on ecology, water, and insects into one unit for third grade science, using the rainforest as the overall theme. The unit includes the use of technology, field trips, experiments, and collaborative group work.

Middle School Curriculum Coordinator and Team 6 Science Leader Jennifer Licata planned to use her summer grant to develop an outline for a potential curriculum for Middle School advisories that would continue to be developed throughout the next school year and possibly implemented in 2014-15. She planned to create an outline for each grade of the year’s major topics, which could include study skills, time management, organization; social/emotional issues like bullying, social media, peer pressure, and stereotyping; and service to others.

Lotspeich Math Resource teacher Liz Lorenz designed the fifth grade unit, Real World Math, which will be broken into four-to six-week mini courses, applying mathematical concepts from the classroom in an authentic, real-world, project =-based leering approach. Each session (mini course), the students will “tackle” an issue at Seven Hills posed by faculty and staff of the school. They will use research and math skills to find a solution to the problem. Students will utilize the information they gather and their mathematical findings to create a proposal stating their suggestions on how to improve the issue, which they will share with the appropriate members of the Seven Hills community.

Spanish Exchange
Congratulations to the following students, who will participate in the 2013-14 Spanish Exchange Program:

Stefan Antonsson
Jules Baretta
Zoe Barnhart
Connor Barnhart
Adam Buford
Alayna Choo
Kate Coley
Arjun Dheenan
Stuart Edwards

Leo Fried
Elliot Glum
Ryan Green
Sallie Hatfield
Michael Heldman
Geroge Karamanoukian
Nicole Malofsky
David Morad
Alexis Morad
Dennis Moriarty
Ellie Pasquale
Claire Piorkowsky
Tess Renush
Andrei Savu
Ellen Sizer
Josh Weaver
Bailey Wharton

Teachers: Teresa Bardon and Ismael Godoy