November 15, 2020

What a wonderful week of celebrations! From the dedication and prayer service of blessing of our new Jane Gisevius ’61 Leadership Center, to our high school open house (both in-person and virtual), and our first virtual La Fête – State Street is thriving! Thank you to the faculty, staff, families, and alumnae who made all of these events possible. While 2020 has presented many challenges, Ursuline Academy continues to move onward with confidence and optimism.

Jane Gisevius ’61 Leadership Center

Through the generous planned gifts of three late alumnae, Ursuline Academy opened the doors to its Jane Gisevius '61 Leadership Center this fall. This leadership center, formerly the Academy’s library, comprises a SmartLab®, collaboration space, robotics lab, and video production studio. The SmartLab® is named in honor of the late Linda Teijelo Smith ’59 and the Robotics Lab for the late Phyllis Bunol Jones ’37.
SmartLabs® are fully integrated STEAM learning environments where everything - from the furniture to the curriculum and assessment work together. The learning approach is based on a four phase cycle: explore, plan, do and share. The curriculum provides personalized learning resources in eight systems of technology: Circuitry, Computer Graphics, Digital Communications, Mechanics and Structures, Robotics and Control Technology, Scientific Data and Analysis, Software Engineering, Sustainability, and Video Production. Curriculum is accessible to kindergarten through twelfth grade so that these teachers can integrate the project-based content into their lesson plans.
A special thank you to Archbishop Aymond and Dr. RaeNell Houston for joining us this week for a special dedication and prayer service of blessing of the center. In other exciting news, we welcomed prospective high school students to the center yesterday for SmartLab Saturday – allowing them the opportunity for a hands-on experience in this new space while also learning about all things Ursuline.
High School Open House
Our Admissions Office welcomed many families to campus on Wednesday, November 11 for high school open house. In addition, those families as well as others were also invited to a virtual open house. Click here to view it. Given the number of families we couldn’t accommodate this week, due to pandemic regulations, we have decided to hold a second high school open house on December 5.
La Fête 294
Our first virtual gala was a success! Thank you to the volunteers and sponsors who made this fun night happen! We are excited to have special programming produced in partnership with WLAE-TV. Click here to watch the programming which truly celebrates so many facets of campus life at Ursuline.
During these most trying times, it is uplifting to have the constant support of our Ursuline family. Together, we celebrate 294 years of raising up the world’s next trailblazers.

Cor Unum

Dr. Margarita O'Byrne Curtis '69
Academy President