Ellis graduates are leading the way. Lucy Fato '84 has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at McGraw Hill Financial, making her one of the top employees in this prestigious company. Her appointment was reported in the July 8, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
The Ellis School today announced the creation of a new Learning Innovation Institute to pilot, create, and share innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for girls and young women and their teachers. Based at Ellis, the Institute will serve as a hub of best practices for innovative approaches to learning in K to 12 girls’ and co-ed schools. Through the Learning Innovation Institute, Ellis will create new processes, study their efficacy, publish and share results, convene with other educational innovators, and foster new ways of thinking, seeing, and learning.
Ellis history teacher Dr. Susan Corbesero was recently selected as a national Community Representative of the Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA aims to provide public access to digital holdings in order to create a massive open-source public digital library.
“Most Americans know about the basic ideas of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but are largely unaware of the context in which these were written, or the ways that they impact all of us," said Ellis history teacher Rick Malmstrom. Malmstrom, working with the Pittsburgh’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is hoping to address these issues in the ACLU's continuing educational series “Civics for Grown Ups.”
Ellis Latin students from eighth through twelfth grades competed at the 63th annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League convention at Penn State. Junior Brittany Ellis, who served this year as the Secretary of the State Board of PAJCL, had a leadership role at the convention. In addition to the many academic, artistic and athletic awards the students received, Ellis Latin students took home the third place trophy.
Congratulations to Winnie Mutunga '14 on her recent award at the Independent Pittsburgh Area High School Student Exhibition at the Clay Place on May 19, 2014. Winnie won First Place, "Best of Show", and a cash prize for her figurative work "Mii Series".
Nine Ellis seniors competed in the 2014 HiMCM contest sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), with one Ellis team finishing in the top 6% internationally. COMAP 2014 attracted 5,700 teams from around the world who had 36 hours to respond to one of two questions provided by HiMCM.
Sportstown, the popular sports blog run by the Post-Gazette, has named Ellis senior Li Milch its East Athlete of the Week. The article states that, "as captain for the Tigers and she is a three-year starter. Li scored five goals in a 15-5 victory over Hempfield and has 50 goals and 24 assists for the season. Li also plays basketball and soccer. She was a two-year starter on the basketball team and also was a captain. Li already has committed to play lacrosse at Allegheny College."
Ellis Introduction to Engineering Design students have been working with The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and with Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center (ARL) to create feeding and enrichment devices that address real-world challenges facing animal care experts in both organizations. At the Zoo, the students worked with zoologists to create a more aesthetically pleasing flamingo feeder that would keep the ducks out, fit into a specific location, in the flamingo enclosure, and allow keepers to easily refill the food tray. Ellis students created two projects for Animal Rescue League. The first is a cat enrichment device that is sturdy enough to stand up to intensive cleaning and constant use. The second is a sprinkler that keeps crows entertained and cool during the hot summer months at ARL’s Wildlife Center.
Three Ellis women--alumna Lani Lazzari '12 and seniors Nakoa Gunawardena and Eliza Jimenez--will be among the featured speakers at the Girls Can Change the World: Be Inspired 2014 event presented by the Girls' Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2013. Be Inspired highlights the work of girls and young women in our region who are truly inspiring and making a difference in Pittsburgh and beyond. The event takes place Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hazlett Theater.
Two Ellis students are appearing in the current production of "Seussical the Musical" presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Professional Company. Seussical is running now through May 11 at the Byham Theater. Ellis 5th grader Eva Hendricks is portraying JoJo, son of the Mayor of Whoville. Ellis 3rd grader Charly Bernstein plays Cindy Lou Who.
Each year grade 6 presents a two-day Medieval Faire. The girls play human chess; build and launch catapults; partake in a jousting competition; and hold an authentic Medieval feast complete with costumes, entertainment, and peasants who only get to eat if the nobility leave them leftovers.
Ellis is pleased to announce that Latin I will be available as an online course beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. It will be the School's first entirely online course offering. Rising 9th to 12th graders may take Latin I online either to fulfill their grade 9 language requirement or as a second language independent study. The course is being developed by Ellis Latin teacher Dr. Vicky Jordan.
In honor of National Decision Day, The Ellis School is pleased to announce college matriculations for the Class of 2014. Fifty-nine Ellis seniors are now enrolled in 48 schools in 17 states plus Washington, DC. Ellis matriculations include two students heading to international universities, and choices for every member of the Class of the 2014. Ellis admissions to Ivy League schools are particularly good this year with five Ellis students heading to four Ivy League schools this fall.