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.
On Thursday, January 25th, parents, teachers and friends were in attendance at our Winter Violin Concert: Hungarian Culture Celebration. The concert featured the works of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály with each group of performers introduced by classmates of Hungarian descent.
Our violin program is just one component of the music education that each student receives at St. Stephen of Hungary. Violin instruction can begin as young as prek-4 in our After School program. Advanced students in the After School program perform in as members of the Bach group. By 4th grade all students receive violin instruction one class a week. Advanced students are invited to participate in the Chamber Ensemble. Students in Chamber Ensemble practice an additional period each week, sacrificing their recess time.
We are fortunate to have a strong violin program led by Ms. Elaiza León. We also are thankful to our parents who support this program for recognizing the value of an arts education and the role of music in educating the whole child.
Watch the calendar for announcements about the Spring Violin Concert as well as the Young Fiddlers concert which will feature student in our After School program.
Say Hello to VGo!
Class 2B have welcomed a new visitor to their classroom. In August of this year one of our incoming 2nd Grade students was diagnosed with leukemia. Although he is responding well to treatment, sometimes the side effects and the treatments themselves make it difficult for him to come to school. VGo is a mobile robot which enables a home or hospital bound student to attend school and socialize with their friends just as if they were there. VGo is a 4ft high robot appliance with integrated camera, screen and audio system that can be operated from any internet connected computer. However, this technology is expensive and when considering the funding for this we were humbled and grateful when a parent came forward and offered to pay for this robot. The parents that donated the robot to the school wish to remain anonymous, however we thank them for this very generous gift which embodies the spirit of giving that this community embraces.
STEM Club is an exciting new opportunity offered to 6th and 7th grade students during the 2017-2018 school year. Interested students applied for this morning club, where they are building, creating, and learning about the science of sound!
Using the format of i2 Learning, students are learning about the science of how sound is created and how instruments and speakers are engineered. Working as a team, students are
building their own speakers and then working to create their own musical instruments, or anything else they can imagine with the materials provided. The team will then take part in a competition in March, titled "The Sounds of Spring."
Each team competing will have been provided with BOSEbuild speaker cubes and their light and sound sensors, to create a musical performance that best captures the spring season. Performances will be judged on a rubric measuring creativity, technical ability, teamwork, and presentation. The official i2 competition will take place in Boston in March, where the students will compete against other middle school students from the Boston and New York areas.
Coach Jon Schoen Award
Coach Jon Schoen was the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. He reinvigorated and re-established Saint Stephen of Hungary School's interscholastic Catholic Youth Organization basketball team, and served for 5 years, from 2010 to 2015, as its unpaid coach. Sadly, Jon lost his battle with cancer this fall, but our community and our teams are finding ways to honor Jon's legacy.
On November 16, 2017, the Saint Stephen of Hungary School community gather together with Jon's family and colleagues from Morgan Stanley to celebrate a Memorial Mass to honor and remember Jon's life.
Following the Memorial Mass that the school held for Jon, Morgan Stanley enabled their employees to donate to our Foundation in memory of Jon. So far the Foundation has received over 330 gifts from Morgan Stanley employees totaling over $22,000. We thank Morgan Stanley and Jon's family, friends and colleagues for continuing in the giving spirit which Jon embodied throughout his life.
Jon's integrity, moral character and work ethic improved the lives of the children at Saint Stephen of Hungary School in countless ways. Out of respect for the person Jon was, and his unwavering faith in the children of our school, the Saint Stephen of Hungary Foundation has established the Coach Jon Schoen Award, to be awarded to that graduating eighth grader and student athlete who most exemplifies Coach Schoen's generosity of spirit, concern for others, love of fair play, and abiding belief in God's grace and love for us all. A permanent plaque will be displayed in the school and the recipient of the award will be recognized on this.
Alumni Spotlight: Siobhan Kiernan
What happens to our Saint Stephen of Hungary students after they graduate?
We recently had the chance to catch up with Siobhan Kiernan, class of 2013. Siobhan enrolled at Saint Stephen of Hungary School in September of 2002, graduated in June of 2013, and is currently a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross.
On her Yearbook page, Siobhan said:
"I would like to thank my classmates and teachers, thanks to you, Saint Stephen of Hungary will be the home to many happy memories and achievements. Though I am sad to leave, I know that I am prepared and ready for whatever may lie ahead. I am proud to have been a Saint Stephen of Hungary student, and I will never forget the time I have spent here"
What lay ahead for Siobhan were High School acceptance letters from Dominican Academy, St. Vincent Ferrer, Notre Dame, Marymount and Loyola High School. Siobhan, with the help of a Friend of the School and former Foundation Board Member, Mary Claire Bonner, accepted the offer from Loyola High School.
Life at Loyola was academically challenging and fulfilling, but Siobhan took full advantage of the enrichment programs there. She continuing to play the trumpet, which she learned to play at Saint Stephen of Hungary, playing in both the orchestra and the jazz band through her freshman and sophomore years. She sang in the choir and participated in musical theatre. She participated in the debate club and the speech contest, which she captained in her senior year. Siobhan also participated in the Yearbook and Book club and she was the Girls Basketball team manager in her junior and senior years. However, she continued to work hard academically, and her achievements were evident on her Graduation day in June of 2017. Siobhan was awarded the "Thomas Jakelich Spirit Award" and the prestigious "Alumni Medal."
Siobhan is now a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her dream is to major in Mathematics and become a High School Geometry Teacher, and to teach at Loyola High School. She credits this dream and
her love of Math to two former teachers at Saint Stephen of Hungary School, Ms. Carol Usiak and
Ms. Kaicy MacLeod.
When asked to name the two best things about her experience at Saint Stephen of Hungary School, Siobhan said
1. "Best Education - it laid a foundation for my love of school and learning"
2. "It was such a caring place, it taught me to care for others"
We wish Siobhan continued great success for her future.
90th Anniversary of Saint Stephen of Hungary School
Saint Stephen of Hungary School welcomed its first students on September 10, 1928 and September 2018 will be the start of our 90th Anniversary year.
Taking a look back at our history, initially, the school educated 130 students from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. The school provided a safe, secure learning environment for the children of working families in the Yorkville area. In order to accommodate the community's working parents, the school's operating hours were 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., tuition was $0.50 per month, or $5.00 for the year, books cost $1.50 in first grade, $2.50 in second grade, and the parish paid for all books starting in third grade.
From its earliest days, Saint Stephen of Hungary School welcomed students of all religions, races and creeds. Although much has changed since 1928, the standards upon which the school was founded remain the same. Saint Stephen of Hungary School continues to provide a safe, secure, learning environment for many children of diverse backgrounds. To this day, we strongly value the Franciscan tradition of kindness and consideration for all creation which is an essential part of our school culture.
As our 90th year approaches, the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation is planning a number of events to celebrate this milestone, honor the legacy of the school, and build for the future. Look out for more information on these events in the Spring.
Annual Appeal Update
Many thanks to all our parents/grandparents/alumni/faculty and friends of the school, that have contributed to our Annual Appeal this year.
To date we have received:
Total Pledges and Gifts: $159, 628
Total Percentage of Parent Donors: 43%
In the near future, the Foundation will be commencing a grant writing campaign to seek funding for the refurbishment project of the Francis building. Currently, our parent participation levels are too low for this to be successful; we need to increase the percentage of parent participation to improve our chances of receiving funding from other Foundations. Please consider making a gift today!
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It is always bittersweet when our 8th graders graduate. However, it is substantially sweeter when the list of high schools these graduating students are off to is as impressive as this year's. Below is all high school acceptances for the Class of 2017. Those schools with asterisks are where students have chosen to attend in the Fall. Additionally, the Class of 2017 was awarded $1,032,760 in scholarships. While we are sad to say our goodbyes to all of these graduates, we are proud of each and every one of them and look forward to seeing what each of their bright futures holds. Congratulations to the class of 2017!
Academy for Software Engineering
Art and Design High School*
Archbishop Stepinac High School
Baruch College Campus High School*
Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District*
Bronx High School of Science
Cathedral High School
Christ the King Regional High School
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Fordham Preparatory School*
Frank McCourt High School
Iona Preparatory School*
La Salle Academy*
Marymount School of New York*
Mount Saint Michael Academy
Notre Dame School*
N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies
Professional Performing Arts High School
Regis High School*
Saint George Academy
Saint Jean the Baptiste
Saint John's Preparatory*
Saint Vincent Ferrer
Science, Technology and Math Institute at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math School
The Loomis Chaffee School*
The Ursuline School
Xaverian High School
Xavier High School*
On May 22nd grades 3-8 participated in a presentation by Sylvia Wong, Director of Public Engagement for Concern Worldwide U.S. Concern Worldwide is a global humanitarian organization working towards a world without extreme poverty. Students learned about the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. After the presentation, Saint Stephen 5th graders were inspired brainstormed a way to help raise awareness and funds to fight poverty.
In partnership with the PA, 5th graders decided to have a bake sale on Tuesday, June 13th to raise and donate funds to support Concern Worldwide.
With their hard work and dedication, the students' bake sale raised over $700. The 5th grade presented Joanna Geraghty (P '22), Cahir of the Board of Directors at Concern Worldwide US with a $705 check. The money raised will help the organization to provide a village school in Bangladesh with a years worth of clean water, 50 blankets and the opportunity for two girls in Lebanon to go to school for a year. We are so proud that our students were inspired by Concern Worldwide and took this opportunity to help raise funds for such an important cause.
Come take a peek at our new promotional video, soon to be debuting on our brand new YouTube channel.
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