APH Welcomes Back Softball Coach Paige Eaton
The Art of Communicating with Your Daughter
Listening and talking with your daughter is key to a healthy relationship. Effective communication can help both of you feel happier and more connected. Communication and connection, helps your daughter gain confidence navigating all of the relationships in her life, and increases her ability to resolve conflicts.
Hank Phillippi Ryan Visits APH
The latest in the series of powerful and accomplished women to address the APH community, Ms. Ryan had an inspiring message for our APH students as she drew on 40 years of investigative reporting experience, activities which had the effect of changing significant public policies, in addition to her very successful later-in-life turn to crime fiction. Certainly, her testimony of incredible drive with an eye toward the unlimited potential available to us in life was stirring and very well received — her presentation was met with applause from the community several times.
Olympian Abbey D’Agostino Visits APH!
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Ms. D’Agostino received international media attention following an incident during a 5000m heat in which both she and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin fell. The two women helped each other finish the race and were allowed to compete in the final. Both athletes were praised for their sportsmanship and “Olympic spirit” and were awarded the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award by the International Fair Play Committee.
The APH community was silent and rapt as Ms. D’Agostino expanded her story beyond that moment, going back into her formative years as she started running and working through a number of sports-related injuries in the ensuing years. Sometimes Ms. D’Agostino’s lesson was to push forward, through pain and defeat, and back to her sporting life, other times she had to be reminded to take it easy on herself, not push too hard and save time for the self, live one day at a time in the face of frightening odds. Her message was one of pursuing dreams, balancing demands, having faith, and living for the moment. In this, Ms. D’Agostino stated, “Resilience is the lesson.” She shared the progress of her scholastic and professional lives, noting that she went from finding her identity solely in her successes (a drive which exacerbated her sports injuries) to finding the importance of gratitude for moments both rewarding and challenging.
Club Spotlight: Mock Trial
Faculty Spotlight: Kate Riley, Visual Arts at APH
Kate Riley, one of our founding faculty members at APH, teaches Intro to Art, Digital Photography, Art Portfolio and Art History. She brings a studio art approch ito her classes, where students research topics and create artwok related to their research. Kate is also very excited to expand our art program in the coming years.
From Banned Books to Urban Planning to Russian Literature, these are the new courses at APH
At APH, we are always striving to expand the horizons of our students with new and interesting academic opportunities. The second semester is seeing important growth in elective courses which diversify and expand the classroom experience at APH. These courses offer new ways for our students to think and grow and truly show the depth of expertise in a variety of fields that our faculty brings to the community. These courses are sure to bring all sorts of new ideas to your dinner table!
In the Humanities, students are examining what lies beneath the impulse to censor material in a free society in the Banned Books class, reading such “objectionable” material as The Outsiders and The Handmaid’s Tale. Speaking of community norms, the Cultural Psychology class explores the value systems and social structures that influence individuals and groups across cultures, looking deeply into contemporary events and ethical dilemmas across the globe. One particular culture is under close examination in the new Introduction to Russian History and Language, which not only exposes the students to the language, but will explore Russian literature and cultural activities as well. The Mythology of Greece and Rome course takes a close look at this unique and influential world, its traditions and its stories, and the ways in which the ancients viewed the world and themselves. The American Dream and the organization of the nation post-WWII is the topic of Introduction to Urban Planning, which includes the race, class and gender expectations that make up towns and cities across the country and in our region.
There are new electives in the Visual and Performing Arts as well. Students will learn to view and think critically across the ages in Art History, using their knowledge of religion, history, politics and literature as they learn the artistic history of our world, from the Paleolithic to the contemporary. Gender and the musical form is the focus of the new Women in Music course, where students will participate in listening and creating music while considering the important roles women have played in that world. Drama is also a touchstone in the new course offerings: Play Production gives the students opportunities to act as writers, actors, producers and more as they develop an original play from the ground up and perform it for the community at the end of the semester. Shakespeare for Modern Actors bridges the gap between today and the Elizabethan world, with students becoming “versed” (get it?) in the language and style of the Bard while bringing his work to the modern world.
We are excited with all these new course offerings because of the opportunities they offer to our students to explore the world in unique and specialized ways. We are so proud of our accomplished faculty and the breadth of experience and skills they bring to our learning community. There are plenty of new things “under the sun” here at APH!
Maria Stephanos Inspires the APH Community
The Verdict Is In For APH’s Mock Trial Team
APH’s Mock Trial team is at it again this year, with student attorneys and witnesses gathering to compete in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s litigation competition. This year’s case for all teams statewide is an interesting one, a civil case involving a fatal accident…or possibly murder, with an exploding truck and a stake of ten million dollars. APH students are responsible for representing both plaintiff and defendant in the case as attorneys and witnesses.
APH came out with a win against Bishop Fenwick High School in the second of three meets on February 2nd, with the judge commenting that our APH students performed as well as any of the students he had taught at Boston University School of Law. APH did not win an overall point-based victory in the first of the preliminary trials recently held, however they did walk away with a winning verdict based on the legal merits of their presentation. The third trial will see APH’s team up against St. John’s Prep.
Adult advisors to the team are APH’s President Molly Martins and instructor Bryon Williams, as well as area attorneys Lyn Acari, an APH Trustee, and Andrew Caplan. The team itself is comprised of Caroline Roman and Kathryn Ward, class of 2018; Marietta Atkins, Saoirse Coyle, Fiona Kelley, and Lainy Turner, class of 2019; Lila Caplan, class of 2020; and Abigail Allworth, Fiona Brymer, Morgan Comito, Ava Mantenuto, Maddie Mogavero, Gracie Morrison, and Shayla Saad, class of 2021.
Regarding the APH team, Ms. Martins states, “Every day I am inspired by how confident our young women have become. They are prepared, articulate and convincing in their arguments and positions. I am proud to stand behind them at every meet”. Mr. Williams also notes that this year’s team is a young one, impressive in holding their own against older students and more seasoned teams in the competition. More importantly, though, Mr. Williams also spoke of one way in which the Mock Trial competition fits the overall mission of APH: “The courtroom, even within this competition, is a very male environment. It is wonderful to see young women take the leadership roles that in the competing teams are typically given to male students.” Mock Trial gives our young women significant leadership opportunities, and they are certainly rising to the occasion.
Indeed, the verdict is in — APH’s Mock Trial team is moving forward in its second year, proving the capability of our students in a very real-world environment, empowerment in action.
Want to know more? Contact Bryon Williams for information.
APH, the ‘Light in Winter’ in Action
This past Monday we had our first all-school assembly, one of the wonderful benefits of the new Semester. The young women in our Events and Traditions club organized an afternoon of reflection, inspiration for service, and fun to help us to celebrate APH, the Light in Winter house service project.
Shine your light
Norah Como, ‘21, read a passage from the Gospel of Matthew and invited us to reflect on what it means to each of us to let our light shine: “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God in heaven.”
House Spirit of Service
Teens and Technology
5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Student Reduce the Use of Her Phone
During our recent Parent Coffee the topic of technology came up. The world in which our teens live today is shaped by the smartphone, which has made it a challenge to create balance. In the September issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Dr. Jean Twenge’s article titled, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” suggests that teens today are more anxious and depressed than previous generations. This generation tends to go out less, date less, drive less and waits longer to take on the responsibilities and pleasures of adulthood.
The average teen spends about two and a half hours a day on electronic devices outside of school, doing their homework, texting, sharing, trolling, and scrolling. When surveyed, teens indicated that they primarily connect with others through social media, and often keep themselves occupied on their phones until way past bedtime. With their phones in hand, teens do not need to leave home to spend time with their friends. They are home more often with their parents under the same roof, but are not necessarily closer given that kids and parents are spending a great deal of time on their devices.
Meal times are technology free times – create a space for conversation without the temptation for technology.
Limit tech time and help her build a safe and reasonable relationship with her phone.
Charge your phones at night in another room other than the bedroom. – Keep your student’s room for studying and sleeping. Also reduces the tempation of checking one’s phone at night.
Encourage her to participate in sports, theatre, music, clubs, a job, or real time with friends, which are much healthier than screen time.
Make time to do the things that give you and your daughter a sense of purpose, bring you joy and time together.
APH: A Light In Winter
Many local agencies and organizations work hard to ease a wide array of needs in our communities. Yet sadly, they often struggle to balance an abundance of help at the holidays with being largely forgotten throughout the year.
Faculty Spotlight: Taunia Soderquist
We welcome Taunia and her breadth of musical talent and experience to our APH Community. She comes to us from Southern California where she was a Brass and Vocal Instructor. As a professional jazz singer, she loves to use vocal improvisation in the classroom and with her students on the stage. You will see the Acapella group performing their first ever live improvisation at this evening’s concert. She currently teaches the Choral Ensamble, Music Appreciation, Choir, Band, and Acapella groups here at APH and is looking forward to bringing new music classes to the school in the future. In her spare time she writes and arranges for other groups and artists and is also an active clinician and performer as a vocalist and trumpet player.
Fall Sports Review
Thanks to the increased participation this year, our cross country runners were able to log the school’s first official meet results with a full team running. Not only that, but the girls earned the program’s first ever wins at the varsity level. The team finished the season with a 7-5 record, highlighted by two wins over Lynn Classical and Landmark at a home meet here on campus.
Our field hockey club spent the fall season building a foundation for future program growth. The five club members impressed all around with their positivity, creativity, and willingness to make the best of any situation. The team could be spotted on campus and at Iron Rail partaking in any number of activities, from skills practice, field hockey, and baseball to core workouts, t-shirt making, and more.
The soccer team finished the season with a 6-8 record. Up from 10 players last year to 20 this fall, depth of roster was a key component of the team’s success. Over the course of the fall the team worked to develop as a unit on the field. The back line played solid defense all season, and the midfield and attacking players communicated well in their efforts to create plays moving up the field, often capped off by a beautiful shot on goal. Despite a number of injuries, the team continued to develop as players showed a willingness to fill in at different roles.
The volleyball team had a fantastic season, finishing with an 8-4 overall record. The season was bookended with firsts: the first game of the season marked the first win in program history, as well as the program’s first ever win over a varsity opponent, which came in the final match of the season. The contributions of new players along with the improved skills of returning Penguins made a clear difference in the team’s performance. At the dual match-up against Landmark the squad put on a show, completing passes, setting up plays, and communicating non-stop on the court, all of which set the tone in two thrilling matches.
Many thanks to our players, their families, and our coaches for an outstanding Fall 2017 athletic season, and congratulations to all involved for the mark you have made on the growth of APH Athletics. Go Penguins!
APH’s Critical Inquiry Class Wins Economics Video Prize
The students in Ms. Cook’s critical inquiry class have brought home a prize, first place in the first Schools Economic Challenge (and £500), for their video exploring the economic principle “the tragedy of the commons” at Gloucester seaport.
The challenge to high school students around the world was to make a three-minute video on a topic related to where
they live, using the work of a famous economic thinker. The members of the winning team are seniors Leah Humphreys, Micaela Trzcinski and Kathryn Ward and juniors Marietta Atkins, Meghan Curtin, and Elaine Turner. Their entry examined the problem of allocating fishing rights while maintaining fish stocks in Gloucester, MA, America’s oldest seaport. The tragedy of the commons, as the video explains, occurs when natural resources that are not owned by anyone may be overexploited unless they are regulated in some way. To make the final three-minute video the students recorded two hours of interviews that show the conflicting views of those whose job it is to regulate permits to fish, and the fishermen whose livelihoods are affected by regulation.
Ms. Cook remarked on how impressed she was with the students’ efforts. “The combination of individual skills and a cooperative spirit really utilized student independence in making a better whole. Their professionalism was notable in many places in the project, from setting up and conducting interviews to the final edits of the video. They were so mature and proud to be representing APH.”
Granting the first place award to APH, the judges remarked, “This video does a rare thing: taking economic theory and exploring how it relates to the world and real people. By doing so, it shows the value of economic theory and also its limits. The filmmakers have left the comfort of theirtextbooks and spoken to real people about real issues. It makes an excellent case for taking economics outside the classroom.”
The challenge helped the students understand the topic better: “When I heard about the issue I was very pro-regulation:
you have one planet and you have to save it. When you hear that these regulations affect someone’s livelihood, you realise it’s not as simple as you thought,” Trzcinski says.
“I don’t think we could have read about it in a textbook and understood it the way we do now,” Atkins adds.
Watch the winning APH video above, and learn more about the challenge and how APH’s winning video was made here.