Much has changed since 1963 when Stuart opened its doors with just 89 students enrolled, and two girls in the first graduating class. Today, more than 450 students attend Stuart and 1,400 young women have matriculated to colleges and universities across the globe.
Throughout the last 50 years, Stuart students, alumnae and faculty have made significant contributions to the community and the world, including Take Your Daughters to Work Day founded by Nell Merlino ’71, and protection of the nation’s health through the advocacy of Shelley Hearne ’79—Dr. Hearne has worked to protect the public from threats posed by pollution, pandemics, bioterrorism, and the unregulated use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. One of Stuart’s first teachers was Barbara Boggs Sigmund, the first woman mayor of Princeton and founder of Womanspace. Stuart is also the only school in the nation to have two winning teams in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge—and the only girls in the U.S. to win.
Today, Stuart’s innovative curriculum inspires young women to think critically, creatively, and ethically in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math, as well as the arts, humanities and athletics. Students travel to places as far away as Australia and Peru to live, study and experience other cultures in Sacred Heart communities around the world. They also travel closer to home – to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trenton to serve food at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, and to the mountains of Appalachia to repair homes each summer.
The momentous occasion has inspired a few major contributions from alumnae and trustees in excess of $850,000. "In celebration of Stuart's first fifty years, our family made a contribution to support the visionary strategic plan the trustees developed under the guidance of Dr. Patty Fagin," said donor Molly Hillenbrand Vernon '96. “As a trustee, alumna and parent of two daughters who attend Stuart, I am as excited about its future as I am proud of its past," she concluded. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our families and friends,” said Dr. Patty Fagin, Head of School. “It is with their support that we are able to invest in state-of-the-
“In the course of Stuart ‘s 50 year history, two things have remained constant–educating girls in a caring community of academic and ethical excellence, and the desire to empower young women to become leaders for positive change in our world,” continued Dr. Fagin. “Today we better understand how girls learn, making an all-girls education even more relevant to providing them with the knowledge and skills they need for leadership well into the 21st century."
During the 2013-2014 academic year, faculty, staff, students, alumnae, and the community will gather on campus for several presentations and celebrations to mark the golden anniversary. Events will begin with Kick-Off Weekend, September 13-14, 2013:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
10:00 AM Flag Ceremony and Liturgy, Cor Unum
The International Flag Ceremony will be followed by a liturgy to honor the former headmistresses and others who have served the Stuart community.
12:00 PM Community BBQ: Sundial Garden
1:00 PM Green & White Day, Long Family Turf Field
Former faculty and alumnae will join current students and faculty in field games.
6:00 PM Anniversary Party, Stuart Front Hall
Head of School Dr. Patty Fagin, former headmistresses, past and present trustees, faculty and staff, parents and alumnae will gather for a very special celebration. Remarks and a presentation will be followed by a reception and architectural tours throughout Stuart.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013
10:00 AM Alumnae Gallery Unveiling followed by Alumnae Brunch in Stuart Dining Room
12:00 PM Art50 Alumnae Art Exhibition Opening Reception, Stuart Front Hall
Art50 to celebrate the work of Stuart alumnae and faculty.
1:00 PM New Athletic Hall of Fame Unveiling
1:00–3:00 PM StuartFest – a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family featuring games, face-painting, crafts, food, music and sports, in the Fruscione Athletic Center
4:00 PM Alumnae Reception at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in Princeton
As the only all-girls school in Princeton, New Jersey, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is uniquely positioned to provide an environment where girls put academics first, are willing and able to take risks, and explore every opportunity. Our challenging curriculum takes advantage of the way girls learn in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math—as well as the arts, humanities, and athletics. Celebrating 50 years, Stuart enrolls girls in K-12, and has a co-ed preschool and junior kindergarten program. Stuart is part of an international community of 150 Sacred Heart schools and is an independent Catholic school that embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds. Our graduates go on to become confident, intelligent and articulate leaders for positive change in our world. Visit www.stuartschool.org for more information.
Contact: Risa Engel
609.921.6150 / 609.423.8329
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