In the Media
Saint Stephen of Hungary School is pleased to be recognized for the outstanding education we provide students who enter our doors here on East 82nd Street.
Every year, the Saint Stephen community is proud to participate in Midnight Run that kicks off our celebration of Catholic Schools Week (from January 29th to February 4th). By partaking in the Midnight Run, we are helping to support those less fortunate by supplying an assortment of basic every day essentials such as shampoo and clothing as well as food including homemade sandwiches made by our 2nd grade students. This event is a special way to remind all of us about the importance of giving back to others and it is always incredible to see our community donate not only their resources but also their time in order to make this such a successful event. Thank you to all our parent volunteers and of course, our students and their families for their donations.
The Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation's 2nd Annual Sketch Club on Friday, January 6, 2017 was yet again, a roaring success! An entertaining night full of comedy and eclectic music raised more than $21,000, making this year's event even more successful than last year's. Of course, this night could never be so successful without the substantial help from our committee solely dedicated to making this evening so spectacular. Huge thank you to the Sketch Club Committee - Ed Butler (P '20, '23, '27), Eddie Chang (P '27), Paul Miller (P '25), and Kate Waters (P '23, '23, '24). The leading reason this particular event is such a special one is because of the involvement of our community who selflessly volunteer their time and talent on our school stage. While we ordinarily boast about our students, this event highlights another talented facet of our community – our students' parents, faculty members, and this year, a Saint Stephen alum. Thank you to our wonderfully talented entertainers of the night – Donald Vega (P '25, '27), Kelly Strain (P '24, '27), Danielle Higgins (P '27), Justin Patterson (P '24, '27), Vicky Dussich (P '25, '27), DP Kelly (P '22), Will Simbol (Faculty), Dan Mullen (Faculty), Rob Salandra (Faculty), Isaiah Negron ('16), and all of our other musical volunteers. Thank you to all who came out to support this event and especially all of our volunteers who helped set up and clean up the night of. See you next January for the 3rd Annual Sketch Club!
On Thursday, December 1st, we held our Annual Christmas Concert. Students in our band program kicked off the night and for the first time ever, we had a student who plays the bagpipes perform beautifully! First through eighth grade classes as well as the Show Choir took turns singing Christmas songs and ended the night all coming together, along with Saint Stephen faculty & staff, to sing "He Is Lord", "Joy to the World", and "Silent Night" to conclude the evening. Our community always looks forward to starting the holiday season with peace, joy and happiness for all at this particular Saint Stephen event! A special thank you to our talented music teacher, Mr. Scott Laughead and band teacher, Mr. Quinn for putting together such an amazing night.
What better way to feed their curiosity than with some hands-on experimenting! Ms. Schilling and Ms. Lynch decided to join forces and utilize the new STEAM lab for a grade-wide exploration into some curiously strange solids... or, were they liquids? Students in the first grade got to test some interesting types of matter that had qualities of both solids AND liquids!
First graders turned into engineers with the Engineering is Elementary curriculum to figure out ways to alter these materials to be either more like solids or more like liquids. We discussed what types of improvements we could make to the liquidy goop and the extra hard clay. First graders also learned that different catalysts can act on materials and cause them to change states. The heat from their hands helped soften the hard clay, which made it change its shape easier! And by putting pressure on the play dough, we could made it take the shape of its container!
Students used all that they had learned about solids and liquids to determine just what these substances really were. In the STEAM lab, students learned how engineers make improvements, and catalysts cause matter to change shape.
Thank you to everyone for supporting Ronald McDonald House. Last Saturday, November 12 over 100 students ran in the Fun Run raising more than $10,000. For the past two weeks, our collection bins have been full of items for the Parents Pantry at the House. Everything has benefited families staying at the East 73rd Street Ronald McDonald House while their children are seeking treatment at local hospitals. Thank you to everyone for their support of this wonderful organization!
We are always looking for new ways to instill the value of giving back within our student body. This Halloween, The Parents Association teamed up with Operation Gratitude, an organization committed to lifting the spirits of troops overseas by sending care packages. Saint Stephen students were asked to collectively donate some of their Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude to distribute to troops overseas. Opportunely, this fell right before Veteran's Day on November 11th, reminding our community and especially our students to acknowledge and thank our country's committed troops. This inspired our community to also ask teachers to implement a "giving back" lesson, further teaching our students the impact selfless acts of giving back have on others. In classrooms, Saint Stephen students had the opportunity to write letters along with sending candy to the troops thanking them for their service and bravery as well as sharing a little bit about themselves. We believe that shaping our students into caring, thoughtful people is the most important lesson we can teach during their time here and this is just one of the many ways we do just that.
On Wednesday, June 8, our 8th grade class took their celebratory graduation trip to Boston, Massachusetts. The class and their chaperones – Ms. Walker, Ms. McCabe, Ms. Wang and Mr. Simbol met early Wednesday morning to catch an Amtrak train to "Beantown!"
When the group arrived, the first thing they did was take the "T" to Cambridge to visit Harvard, especially special for the students to see since both Ms. Wang and Mr. Simbol have degrees from the University. After arriving back in the heart of Boston, Mr. Simbol led everyone on a walking tour of the Freedom Trail followed by a visit to Paul Revere's house. The afternoon was spent on a duck tour around the city, which seemingly was unanimously, the eighth grader's favorite part of the day.
After a packed day in Boston, the exhausted group headed back to New York City to prepare for their final days as Saint Stephen students and graduation on Friday, June 10!
Second Grade is on "Chick Watch!" As part of their study of life cycles, each of the second grade classes has adopted two chicks for the month. Each class is observing and taking responsibility for the baby chicks. The students are also awaiting the arrival of new baby chicks as they care for 7 eggs in an incubator. Over 21 days, the students will observe the eggs and hopefully have the chance to witness the hatching process. Join us on "Chick Watch" with regular updates on the eggs and the chicks.
Fourth graders were treated to an awesome experience on Wednesday, February 10 when the class participated in a squid dissection lab! The lab, "Are you squidding me?" complemented the students' study of anatomy and animal structures in science class. Through the squid dissection lab, students were able to get hands-on as they learned about and explored squids. Samantha, a fourth grade student described the experience as "squidtastic!"
None of this would have been possible without Dorian Mercir from Dorian's Seafood Market on the Upper East Side. Ms. Mercir graciously donated her time and talents to teach students how to properly examine and dissect squids.
Fourth graders fearlessly put their gloves on and cut into the mollusks to further explore their anatomy. Within the squids, students discovered gills, jaws, siphons, and even dissected the eyes to find the lens. However, the highlight was definitely removing the internal shell to use as a pen by dipping it into ink sac. Students were able to write their names using only parts of the squid! We are so grateful our students have exceptional experiences like this, making their time here at Saint Stephen truly special.
It's not every day our Saint Stephen students get to take their talents to the college level. Next Wednesday, January 20 at 7 p.m. our girl's basketball team will be scrimmaging at Fordham University! During halftime at the men's basketball game against George Mason, our team will be showcasing their skills on the court. Come out to support our superstars next Wednesday!
PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identifies St. Stephen of Hungary School as an exemplar of successful Catholic education. Watch the video here
Catholic New York celebrates the school's first musical production and the documentary that follows the students' journey in creating the production. Read the full article here
Manhattan Media honors St. Stephen of Hungary School as Outstanding Grade School. Read the full article here
Fox News articulates the strengths of St. Stephen of Hungary School that have allowed the school to thrive. Watch the video here