The new playground construction is underway! Cloudy skies and rain couldn’t delay the construction of our new playground. The sun came out today to shine on our new playground that is starting to take shape. We will keep you posted on our progress! A big THANK YOU to the donors who made this possible.
Interim Upper School Principal for the 2018-19 School Year
We are blessed to have found the ideal administrator to serve as Interim Upper School Principal during the 2018-19 academic year, while we continue our search for a permanent Upper School Principal. Thomas M. S. Wheelock is a seasoned independent school educator and an alum of Ursuline Academy’s Lower School. His independent school career includes single sex and coeducational education in both day and boarding schools, including Haverford School, Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, Oregon Episcopal School, and most recently Miss Hall’s School, an all-girl boarding school.
Tom began his career as an English teacher and went on to serve as Headmaster, Head of Upper School, Dean of Academics and Faculty, and Director of College Counseling. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
We are confident that Tom’s proven success enriching the lives of students, faculty, and community through his relentless pursuit of educational excellence will translate to a rich experience for our entire Ursuline community. While Tom recently visited our campus he recalled his wonderful memories at 1106 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“When I recently visited Ursuline, I was reminded how much being in school with students and faculty means to me. That I could return to Ursuline, which my family and I attended in Lower School, made the opportunity much more meaningful. Hearing from teachers and especially students how much they cherish their school was a joy. Ursuline is a special community, and I am fortunate to become a part of it.” Tom looks forward to leaving his mark on Ursuline in his new role as Interim Upper School Principal beginning July 31, 2018.
2019 Ursuline Academy Athletics Hall of Fame – Now Accepting Nominations!
Submit your nominations by October 15, 2018. Email your nomination to Joanna Arat ’99 or mail to Ursuline Academy’s Alumnae Relations Office; 1106 Pennyslvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806.
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Ursuline Academy Athletic Hall of Fame reception on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11:00am. Click here to download the nomination application!
Lilly Ridgely ’19 https://youtu.be/FXvsu_-8r50
Alondra Posada ’19 https://youtu.be/6N8Zk_EY6G8
Annabel Gioffre ’19 https://youtu.be/CnGmHKEdDNo
Mia Gifford ’20 https://youtu.be/4AM_mv3Efk4
Mrs. Erin Pudlo https://youtu.be/7aOqzhXKN3Q
Congratulations to the Graduates of the Class of 2018!
Save the date for Ursuline’s 125th Anniversary Gala!
Congratulations, Class of 2018! Click here to learn more about their College Awards and Acceptances!
Congratulations to our varsity spring track team for taking 2nd place overall in the DIAA State Championship Meet.
The skies cleared providing perfect weather for our 22nd Annual Ursuline Academy Jim Keegan Golf Classic and Tennis Tournament on Monday, May 21, 2018. Hosted on the beautiful grounds of the DuPont Country Club, the event included something for everyone! All proceeds raised benefited the Tuition Assistance Program for Ursuline Academy. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a great success!
Governor John Carney visited our campus this morning. His first stop was meeting our Lower School’s Principal for the Day, Alexis. Alexis greeted Governor Carney with a handshake and welcomed him to our school. She proceeded to explain the “rules” for the day, including the pajama dress down day for all Lower School students and teachers. Alexis thoughtfully explained why she wasn’t wearing her pajamas – because she was the Principal for the Day and Principals do not wear pajamas to school!
Next, Governor Carney took a hard hat tour of the new Student Life Center renovations. He saw first hand the incredible work that is happening to help Ursuline Academy grow stronger than ever. The construction progress was interesting for him to see given his mother’s connection to the Ursuline Academy. Mrs. Ann Carney was a longtime French Teacher in our Middle School. Since her retirement she continues to remain involved as a dedicated volunteer. Another interesting connection we made was that his Deputy Chief of Staff, Sheila Grant ’04 is an alum. She reminisced about hanging out in the senior lounge, her favorite teachers, and classes.
The visit wrapped up with a classroom visit with Upper and Middle School students. Here he answered questions from our students on various current affairs topics. Throughout his conversation he stressed the importance of education because students are our future. Governor Carney shared one final piece of advice before he left, advice he received early in his career. “Stay focused on your main goal in all that you do. Continue to progress towards it and do not let distractions get in the way.”
Did you know that Ursuline has a co-ed Early Childhood Montessori program? Beginning Monday, April 9th, we invite you to join us for a special tour of our Montessori classrooms. Come see for yourself why this extraordinary program has been a part of our Lower School for over 50 years!
To register for a Montessori Monday tour, please contact Jenna Jackson at (302) 658-7158 ext. 210 or email@example.com. Walk-ins are also welcome! Tour times are 9-11am every Monday in April (beginning April 9th). We look forward to meeting you soon!
Wonder Girls: Innovate! was led by Ursuline’s Innovation and Leadership teacher, Erin McNichol, who empowers girls by teaching them to think outside the box. By looking at the world as a blank canvas, she guided them through the idea generation process of designing animal and nature inspired innovations. Girls teamed up with our current Upper School Innovation students to create idea boards and models that represent designs that could help make our lives better in some way.
The Inaugural TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy will be held on May 20th, 2018 in the Raskob Auditorium.
This year our theme “Pioneers and Poets” aims to spark discussion and connection in the city of Wilmington. The foundation of the theme is that while pioneers explore the unknown, the poet must craft something beautiful from their explorations.
TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy talk topics will include:
- Global issues
There will be three sessions and 18 speakers. Tickets are on sale now! Click here for event information and to purchase your ticket today!
A very special alumna came to visit our Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Elena Delle Donne, MVP of the WNBA, Olympian, and author, is a true inspiration to UA. She was so excited to spend the morning at her Alma Mater and have the opportunity to share her personal and professional experiences with our students. She told us all about her two new books and even offered our students a nice Question and Answer session! We learned about how she handled bullying as a child, what her favorite hobbies are aside from basketball, how she prepares herself for a big game, and so much more! Elena also signed books for her young fans here at the school. We are grateful to Elena for visiting us and showing our students the importance of hard work!
On March 8th, 23 Upper School students attended the International Women’s Day Luncheon honoring Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long at the University & Whist Club. Students were given private time with the Lt. Governor prior to the start of the luncheon where she candidly shared her experiences in politics as a female leader. A highly respected nurse and nurse educator, Dr. Hall-Long talked openly with our students about how she navigates a traditionally male-dominated environment. Carly Ann Palkon ’19 asked the Lt. Governor how she marries her experience in the medical field with her focus on public policy. The Lt. Governor explained that she “reminds herself of the challenges that she experienced through her patients in the medical field as she is working with her team to help make critical policy decisions.”
At the luncheon, students were matched with female leaders who hold positions in career fields of interest to them. Throughout the luncheon, our students engaged with the professionals, asking questions about their careers, college experiences, and skills that they look for in young professionals entering their field. As the event ended, our students collected business cards and personal invitations to reach out to build their professional network. It was a wonderful way for our young leaders to connect with those who have helped pave the way for their success in the world.
On Sunday, March 11, 2018 the Ursuline Academy 2018 Distinguished Alumnae Hall of Fame honored Ursuline alums who have brought distinction to our school through their talents as demonstrated in their career and/or throughout the community. They instill and continue the tradition of excellence rooted in Serviam and the Catholic faith that has been characteristic of Ursuline Academy. Honorees encourage current students to model the many opportunities available through determination, dedication, and service to the community as exemplified by the nominee.
On February 25th, Elena Delle Donne came back to UA to host the De11e Donne Academy Basketball Camp for girls ages 5-14. This camp provided all levels of coaching for girls looking to take their game to the next level. Campers were encouraged to build on individual skills and develop a better understanding of teamwork and what it takes to be a basketball player. The curriculum made up by Elena allowed girls to train exactly like an Olympic Gold Medalist!
Recently, a number of our students submitted their work to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. We are excited to announce that over 40 awards and recognitions were given to students at Ursuline Academy Middle School and Upper School for their writing, art, and photography! Click here to see the full list of names.
On Thursday, December 7th, Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood spoke at our campus! We were thrilled to welcome her! Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of the internationally renowned Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls and regular contributor for the New York Times and CBS News, pulled back the curtain on the teenage years and showed why your daughter’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled, an instant New York Times best seller, explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.
Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team who won the state championship on Monday, November 13th! They defeated Padua Academy for the title. This is the 12th State Title the team has earned!
Megan Roesser ’18 was inspired by the work Lt. Dan Selekman is doing in Wilmington’s West Center City. Together, they came up with a plan that involved Megan raising money to purchase DART passes for low-income and homeless people in the city. With the support of her classmates and fundraising events at school, she raised $1,334!
Congratulations to Olivia Mason, Maggie Connolly and Heidi Dickson who participated in National Signing-Day on Wednesday. Olivia will be playing basketball for Niagara University, Maggie will be playing basketball for Princeton University and Heidi will be swimming for Seton Hall University.
The 2018 Best Schools in America rankings, as published by Niche, were released in August of 2017. Ursuline was voted #3 Best Catholic High School in Delaware!
Click here for the full list!
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