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February 2018

Posted Monday, Feb 19, 2018 10:53:48 AM

In late fall last year, four members of Carrollton's faculty and staff attended the 30th Annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference in Anaheim, California. Nearly 6000 administrators and faculty members from all over the United States gathered to learn, share, and promote best practices for sustaining equality, justice, and inclusion within our school communities. The need for creating safe spaces, avoiding isolation and marginalization were discussed in the breakout sessions. The conference featured powerful keynote speakers including Ta-Nehisi Coates, recipient of the MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship and author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, and Maria Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, and Emmy-nominated host of's new show Changing America. The Student Diversity Leaders Conference ran simultaneous to the adults. It is our goal to have student representation in the future.


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Posted Friday, Feb 16, 2018 2:58:16 PM

Independent Schools Entrance Exams (ISEE)

Carrollton offers a Barat Scholarship to each of the top five scorers on the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) that is administered to all 9th grade applicants as well as to Carrollton’s own current 8th grade class in December. The award is in the amount of $5,000 and is for each year of High School, making the total value of the Barat Scholarship $20,000.  Carrollton is proud to announce that we have offered six scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Carrollton uses the ISEE scores as one piece of information to help determine placement for courses in the High School. We are proud to announce four of the six recipients of the Barat Scholarship are Carrollton eighth grade students. Left to right in the picture below: Paulina Hernandez, Camile Deschapelles, Camila Suarez and Emma Beharry.


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Posted Monday, Feb 12, 2018 3:17:45 PM

This Saturday, February 10th, Carrollton hosted the first in a series of tours scheduled to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the El Jardin estate, home to the school for 54 years. At these events Carrollton has invited the public to take a rare look inside this South Florida architectural and historical treasure.

This first public opening was an extraordinary success. On Saturday, upwards of 150 guests toured the estate and about 100 attended the lecture given by Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, architect and Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The parent of a Carrollton lifer, Joanna is an author and co-author of articles and books, including The Historic Landscapes of Florida with Rocco Ceo and Great Houses of Florida with Beth Dunlop. Joining her in the presentation of historic material on the property was Iris Guzman Kolaya ’96. A journalist by training, alumna of Carrollton, and parent of two current students, Iris introduced the guests to a mostly unknown and fascinating history of the original and subsequent owners of the estate. Display boards of historical content were made site specific to each space. Trained docents provided details pertaining to the rooms showcased. High School students greeted, helped and directed guests.

The next public tour date is Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to 1 pm. Guest lecturer, Dr. Paul George, a premiere historian of Miami’s growth, will focus on the early days of Coconut Grove and the role El Jardin played within that burgeoning community of South Florida pioneers.

The school is pleased at the overwhelming interest from the community and the public’s response to these tours and lectures. RSVP to the April 21 event.






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Posted Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 2:36:05 PM

The Cyclones are headed to the Regional Semifinals!  The varsity soccer team has had a magical run to the playoffs and show no signs of slowing down.  Last year, this team battled through a tough start to the season, but managed to play their way into the Regional Finals where they were defeated one game short of making it to States.  This year, the team has had tremendous success beating some tough competition such as Gulliver Prep, Ransom Everglades and Pine Crest School.  Hopes are high for the Cyclones to move beyond the Regional Tournament and fight their way to the State Finals.  While the team is young with the majority of the starters being underclassmen, their skill, agility and passion surpass their size and experience.  In true Carrollton fashion, the community has rallied behind this team to support them on the road to being named State Champions.  Come cheer on the Cyclones as they take on the Gulliver Prep Raiders on Friday, February 9th at Barat Field at 3:45 pm in the Regional Semifinals for a chance to compete for the Regional Title! 



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Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 3:38:35 PM

Carrollton is honored to recognize the seniors who have distinguished themselves for their performance in the last academic year’s National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program (NMSC) is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence.

Approximately 1.6 million High School students from 22,000 high schools participate. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students, and remain in the running to become Finalists and potential recipients of the Merit Scholarships.

More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

We are looking forward to the announcements this month when semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. We wish our five semifinalists good luck and celebrate our remaining honorees.

National Merit Semifinalists:

Five Carrollton seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists based on their performance on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT. Congratulations to:

Tanya Eathakotti

Maria Felix-Padilla

Nathalie Fuentes

Isabella Luna

Margarita Sitterson

National Merit Commended Students:

Five seniors were named a Commended student this year. Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Bec

Gabriela Blanco

Daniela Buitrago

Andrea Delgado

Sydney Sariol

National Hispanic Scholars:

Nine Carrollton seniors were recognized as National Hispanic Scholars representing the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in our region. Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Bec

Gabriela Blanco

Rebeca Boudet

Andrea Delgado

Maria Feliz-Padilla

Gabriella Perez

Irina Perez Ulivi

Sydney Sariol

Margarita Sitterson

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Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 2:50:59 PM

For its 56th anniversary celebrations Carrollton prepared a party worthy of the estate’s original owners. Well known for his social gatherings, John Bindley would have been pleased at how the Celebrate 2018 committee, co-chaired by Angie and Mario Cobo, recreated the festive aura of the early years. This year, in honor of the centennial of El Jardin, the evening started in the mansion, and later spilled out unto the back terraces and the pool. Hundreds of guests perused and bid on the silent auction items displayed throughout the public rooms of the house. As the party moved outdoors the guests walked down to the pool area for food, drinks and dancing. The fully covered pool was turned for the night into a dance floor with lounge seating, communal tables, and scattered high tops with a large center bar, serviced from all sides, and three food stations. A wine wall, photo booth and band stage added to the entertainment. The Celebrate committee secured sponsorships, in-kind supporters and benefactors, in addition to the lovely array of silent auction items. View Gallery of photos of the evening.


On Saturday evening hundreds of alumnae came together to honor the 50th anniversary of the class of 1968, as well as the other reunion years ending in years 3 and 8. The alumnae were given a very special treat by Head Master Olen Kalkus. As the alumnae arrived, he led individual groups through a preview of the new Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center. That was followed by a walk through a wonderful art exhibit in the Barry Building’s Jay Weiss Art Gallery that showcased the students’ amazing art work. Catered by Carrollton alumna Lourdes Leon Mena ‘66, the evening was one continuous and joyful embrace among those who have not seen each other in years. Alumnae volunteer par excellence, Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ’77, set up an outpost of the School Spirit Store for a mini shopping experience. Cell phones flashed non-stop and alumnae did their best to reenact their graduation class photos currently in view in Founders Library. View Gallery of Photos of the evening. 


On Sunday, the community gathered for a beautiful Liturgy of Thanksgiving in the Fernandez and Argiz Families Wellness Center. For the reunion classes, the mass was followed by a brunch in the Benoist Room of El Jardin. The alumnae of the classes ending in '3 and '8 were invited to be joined by their spouses and families for one last gathering in their honor.



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Posted Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 5:39:49 PM
The preamble of the original draft of the Goals and Criteria states that “…Sacred Heart education is deeply concerned for each student’s total development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical. The essence of a Sacred Heart school emphasizes serious study, educates to social responsibility, and lays the foundation of a strong faith.” These words are worth considering this coming week as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week in the United States.
Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, this annual celebration of Catholic education begins the last Sunday of January. The week affords schools the chance to share the values and contribution of Catholic education with their communities. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools is: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. So what does a week like this mean to those of us engaged in Sacred Heart education?
A starting point for us might be the hopes articulated by the Heads of the Sacred Heart schools across the world at the V International Heads of Schools Conference, Mexico, 2015United in the call to form global citizens whose compassion is rooted in the experience of interiority, at this meeting Sacred Heart Educators spoke of their confidence in youth in whom “…we recognize wonder and hope.” The Sacred Heart educators stated:
We want to encourage them in their path forward towards humanization.  We hope
 to create cultures in our institutions in which interiority may be developed simultaneously
with critical thinking, compassion and faith. We are committed to educating to astonishment
so that young people may encounter Mystery. In this moment and experience, we sense that the
young will come to see themselves as God does-fully alive imbued with Christ’s Spirit. We know
young people are endowed by grace. We have complete confidence in their capacity to be inspired
agents of transformation.  
- V International Heads of Schools Conference, Mexico, 2015
Ideally, Sacred Heart learning communities and institutions are Christ centered. The legacy of Sophie is that Sacred Heart Educators hold the spirituality of the Open Heart of Jesus. Sacred Heart Educators hope to form young people who contemplate the wounded world through the eyes of Jesus so that the transformation which they effect is one that builds the Body of Christ. Educators of the Sacred Heart hope that our graduates will be among the leaders whose decisions are guided by compassion and thoughtfulness.
Learning encompasses critical thinking. Within the philosophy of Sacred Heart education, instruction has never been envisaged as running parallel to the religious, psychological and social development of the student, but rather as an essential component of the total educational experience.  
Intellectual training in itself a means of developing virtues and habits which have much to do with
the ability to live a fully human life. Classroom instruction under the guidance of a teacher
who appreciates the personal dignity and worth of each student is a humanizing experience and
one that leads naturally to a Christian conception of life.  Everything in the Society’s curriculum
and methods presupposes that fact.
- Conference to Educators of the Sacred Heart Mary Quinlan, RSCJ
The objective is to encourage students gain self- knowledge, energy and purpose so that they may become people of conviction and compassion. In the end, all activity within the learning community is chosen to help students discover their gifts for the service of God. Learning, serving, leading, succeeding as activities all intend to form conscience and instill those skills and attitudes which enhance critical thinking and compassionate acting. From the earliest days, all pedagogical practices  were intended to engage the students in a holistic manner to ensure that their hearts, minds and wills are formed so that they become people of conviction and compassion. The formation of character, the development of integrity and the rootedness in truth were considered to be essential characteristics of excellence at the Sacred Heart.
During the coming week, let us pray in thanksgiving for the Educators of the Sacred Heart, in hope for the Students of the Sacred Heart, in partnership with the Families of the Sacred Heart and in humility that all of the energy of our school communities serves as a means for people to experience God’s love revealed in the world through our words and our actions.
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