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With Spring in the air at Saint Hilary, we are excited to send out our admission acceptance letters to our upcoming class of Kindergartners. We also cheer the success of our Class of 2015 as they recently received their high school acceptance letters, many with honors distinction. Principal Bordeleau also recently presented the school's 5-year plan, to sustain and propel Saint Hilary to new levels of success with a model of continuous improvement. In this issue, we highlight Saint Hilary's Math 5 - 8th grade teacher, Claire Potter, and Alumni, Lindsy Ward. Happy Spring!
In February 2015, Principal Marie Bordeleau presented Saint Hilary's 5-year plan. As a 21st century learning community, Saint Hilary is dedicated towards the pursuit of academic excellence, community, spirituality, and financial stewardship.
Tactically, the plan focuses on seven attributes that provide a framework for Saint Hilary to be effective: attendance, academics, attitude, acts of faith and service, athletics, arts, and activities.
Lindsy Ward summed up her Saint Hilary experience beautifully by saying she would not be the same person had she not attended and worked at Saint Hilary. Lindsy graduated from Saint Hilary and later worked at the school for ten years before recently leaving to work at another Catholic school, Saint Anselm, in San Anselmo, California. In fact, between her academic and working years at Saint Hilary, Lindsy has spent much of her life at Saint Hilary. It's clear that Saint Hilary not only had a significant impact on her, but she also had a big impact at Saint Hilary and on its students, faculty and staff. Lindsy was award the Distinguished Alumni Award last year.
A home-grown Marinite, Claire Potter attended Granada Elementary School, Del Mar Middle School, and Redwood High School, before traveling across the bay to the University of California, Berkeley. As a Pure Math Major (yes, there is such a thing!), Ms. Potter always wanted to be a teacher, which she has done with passion since arriving at Saint Hilary seventeen years ago. She has also earned her single-subject Math teaching credential. At Saint Hilary, Ms. Potter teaches 5 - 8 grade Math. She enjoys having the same students for four years as it allows her the opportunity to really know her students and their parents. Ms. Potter not only ensures Saint Hilary's Math curriculum is in-line with current standards, but also ensures students are well prepared to be successful in high school.
Ms. Potter philosophy has remained consistent and continues to be applicable even as classroom technology becomes more prevalent and standards change. Classroom technology has transitioned from blackboards and whiteboards to overhead projectors, document cameras, smartboards, Apple TV and iPads. Ms. Potter views technology as a tool that increases teaching efficiencies and enables more communications and interactions. The adoption of new classroom technologies eliminates the need to reproduce materials and provides greater opportunity for students to share their work or learning processes.
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We are deeply grateful for the many ways we receive support from alumni. If you haven't supported Saint Hilary recently, please consider the many ways you can get involved. Would you like to come back and speak to the students about your interesting work? Let us know!
Saint Hilary faculty and guests at the "James Bond" Gala in March at The Corinthian.
We are proud of our 6th grade boys B basketball team, who went undefeated in the league!
It's time for Golf and Girls Soccer. Track and Field also started in April with the first meet April 26th, 2015 at Terra Linda High School. We wish all athletes success and we hope to have some great pictures for you in our summer newsletter from these sporting events.
Don't forget to share your special memories with us, whether they be of teachers, friends, liturgies or Spelling Bees. Keep in touch through the Alumni Form on the website, let us know what you're up to and what support we can provide for your own alumni gatherings. As we continue to build our email list, please encourage fellow SHS graduates to send us their email so we can keep them informed. Saint Hilary continues to thrive because of our many supporters and we hope to continue to be a resource for our alumni, long after you've left campus.
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Welcome - Office of Development
Happy New Year Alumni,
I'm so pleased to be back here at my alma mater to support the amazing school that we all know and love--our beloved Saint Hilary. We hope this Alumni Newsletter will be fun, engaging and a good resource for you. Whether your memories are from the 1970s or the 2000s, rest assured that Saint Hilary continues its tradition of providing a wonderful education, both academic and ethical, for its many generations of students. The campus and faces have changed, but the values remain constant and we welcome you back to campus any time!
Ms. Bordeleau began as the school's principal at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. She came to Saint Hilary with over 14 years of teaching and school administration experience. She most recently served as the principal of Saint Leo the Great School in San Jose, California.
Bus (short for Columbus) and Trinity Leonard attended Saint Hilary from Kindergarten through Grade 8, graduating in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Bus went on to Saint Ignatius College Preparatory then on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he studied Environmental Engineering. Post MIT, Bus currently works as a Staff Engineer for ChemCo Systems in Redwood City, CA. Notably, ChemCo is owned by the father of Saint Hilary Alumni Rayna and Eric Eisenhut. While Bus fondly remembers his time as Saint Hilary and playing CYO basketball, he also established strong relationships with his classmates. The small classes coupled with the fact that students often spend Kindergarten through Grade 8 together better equipped him to maintain relationships.
Trinity Leonard also attended Saint Ignatius then went on to MIT where she studied Environmental Engineering. While at MIT, Trinity was co-captain of the varsity women's volleyball team. During her college summer breaks, she worked as a staff member at Trinity Mountain Meadow Resort in the Trinity Alps. Following graduation from MIT, Trinity worked in Santiago, Chile at Fundacion Chile where she worked on the SuizAgua water footprint project. Since returning to the Bay area, Trinity has joined Bus at ChemCo Systems in Redwood City and volunteers at the U.S. Geological Survey. Looking back at her time at Saint Hilary, Trinity has fond memories of her time in Ms. Potter's Math class. Trinity and her brother have also found the Giving Tree Party a great opportunity to reconnect with Saint Hilary friends and faculty and look forward to attending the special event for many years to come.
Genevieve graduated from Saint Hilary in 1990 and went on to Saint Ignatius and then to Santa Clara University, where she studied Journalism. While at Santa Clara, she worked on the staff of the school's newspaper, The Santa Clara, and was awarded the Shipsey Journalism Award. Post-graduation, Genevieve worked at the Breast Cancer Fund, but began event planning as a side business. Her side business developed into her sustainable event production company, Lily Spruce, which she formally launched in 2009. Genevieve designs, manages and oversees large scale events such as weddings and nonprofit fundraisers. She helped plan the 50th anniversary in 2013 for Saint Hilary. Genevieve reflects that the seeds of her current business were fostered early on at Saint Hilary. A parishioner noticed her artistic skills and gave her a calligraphy set, which she used to design the place cards for a Valentine's Day Dinner. While at Saint Hilary, Genevieve served on Student Council as Publicity Officer and illustrated the fliers for the school's continental breakfasts, Sock Hop, and various school events by hand. Genevieve knows that all of this early exposure to using her artistic skills helps her today in running her business. While at Saint Hilary, " Sr. Martin had a huge effect" on her in 6th grade, which bolstered her creativity. Genevieve lives with her husband, Derek in Bernal Heights.
Justin graduated from Saint Hilary in 1992. After graduating. Justin moved on to Saint Ignatius, then graduated with a degree in Public Policy, Management, and Urban Planning from the University of Southern California. While in college, Justin embraced his entrepreneurial spirit and created Housing4Students.com, a tech company that specialized in helping college students find housing. Placing his entrepreneurial aspirations on hold briefly, Justin worked for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the 34th America's Cup, the SF Chamber of Commerce, and as a lobbyist for Ground Floor Public Affairs. In his spare time, he's planned social and philanthropic events, raising over $50,000 to various charities, leading to another career in event promotion, marketing, and hospitality. More recently, Justin opened Redford Bar | Eat in 2013 near Union Square in San Francisco and opened a fitness studio in June of 2014 named Barry's Bootcamp (the first franchisee in Northern California) with another San Francisco location slated to open in the fall of 2015. Justin highlights that Saint Hilary had a profound effect on becoming a leader in his endeavors. "Saint Hilary's has taught me the importance of being kind, respectful, hard-working, and humble. I was a transfer student half way in to Kindergarten, so making friends was not the easiest. Rory Carroll, who I'm still friends with today, shared his lunch with me on my first day of school, and that was one of the first acts of true kindness I'd ever experienced. I carry that memory with me always".
Have you been back to campus recently? If not, you might not be familiar with the amazing renovations that concluded in 2004 during the Capital Campaign that included the building of Tarantino Hall, a Junior High, Science lab, and gymnasium. We feel so blessed to have such amazing facilities.
Our high school-grade Science lab includes all the latest lab equipment, with doors that open onto to terrace when animal dissections get a little smelly. Ms. Ransom enjoys using the pull-down white boards for instruction.
This summer we also completed building a new Resource Learning Room which allows for private and quiet, one-on-one Language Arts instruction for students in Kindergarten - Grade 4.
If you have not stopped by the Saint Hilary campus in a while, please come back and visit our new facilities, say hi to your former teachers, and meet the new principal, faculty, and staff. Please contact Lisa Handley via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (415) 937-5523 to schedule a visit.
Twice a year, Saint Hilary presents how the school uses tech in the classrooms to educators around the world. This Fall we welcomed educators and Apple professionals from as far away as Australia, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and the UK to learn about the innovative ways we are using mobile learning and technology every day here at SHS. Teachers stepped aside as students led the demonstrations and provided tours for our special visitors. It was a great day of collaboration and idea sharing!
Each year the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) honors the achievements of Catholic elementary school graduates throughout the United States. The NCEA's Distinguished Graduate Award is given in recognition of an alumni member who has made significant to American society and/or the Catholic Church which reflects favorably on the education that person received at his or her Catholic Elementary School. This award celebrates Saint Hilary School's legacy for providing a superior catholic education - an education that focuses on the academic, spiritual and community development of our youth.
We are deeply grateful for the many ways we receive support from alumni. If you haven't supported Saint Hilary recently please consider the many ways you can get involved. We always appreciate financial support, through tax deductible gifts to the Angel Fund, but are also happy to receive gifts from alumni through your service to the school, in-kind donations, and your professional expertise. We would also highlight that many businesses offer matching gift programs. It is through the generosity of the many generations of Saint Hilary supporters that we are able to provide an exceptional 21 century Catholic education and we hope you will join us in continuing the tradition.
Saint Hilary has many holiday events alumni can attend: