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April 2018

Posted Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 11:57:28 AM

Before the Easter break, the IB Marine Science class kayaked to Dinner Key to explore the mangroves and barrier islands and the role they play in protecting South Florida from waves, storm surge, and hurricanes. The students looked at the visible impact humans have had on these ecosystems, as well as observing the ways the coastline has been developed. Before heading back to school, the class spent some time cleaning trash and debris off the island in an attempt to be environmentally conscious and hopefully set an example to future Dinner Key visitors.

The new kayaks will be used by IB Marine Science students throughout the year to expand on what is being taught in the classroom. These will allow students to work directly on the water, as was done in the field trip to Dinner Key, to assess local water quality, collect plankton samples, and to study the coastal ecosystems that surround our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and practice skills in field work and to draw connections between the curriculum and the school's own backyard. Carrollton is also looking to use the kayaks in the summer scholars marine science course for students in grades 7-8, and a high school community marine debris cleanup program run by faculty member, Michael Gray.


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Posted Monday, Apr 16, 2018 5:24:45 PM

By: Thais de Leon-Perez '91, IB Design Technology & Engineering

The IB Design Technology classes attended a field trip last week to the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University Of Miami (BioNIUM) at their Life Science Technology Building.  Students had the opportunity to discuss start-ups and patents with Dr. Bin Yan, the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at UM. They then had the opportunity to visit the Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory where students learned about organ mimic platforms, colloquially called “organ on a chip”, for drug therapy discovery and for modeling of different diseases.

Additionally, students visited the Nanofabrication Facility, where they dressed in clean room garments to visit both the Class 1000 Nanofabrication Processing Clean Room and the Class 100 Photolithography Clean Room. Students learned about nanofabrication techniques, typically used in the biomedical, semi-conductor, and electronic industries, including thin film deposition, film etching, and photolithography. They were able to use the scanning electron microscope (SEM) where images as small as 10 nanometers were visible.  For perspective, human hair is 80,000 to 100,000 nm wide.

Each student took home a silicon wafer printed with their names and the UM and Carrollton school logos using nanofabrication techniques. Thank you to Dr. Sylvia Daunert, Associate Director of BioNIUM, Melissa Dietrick, Sr. Administrative Assistant at BioNIUM, and Kevin Luongo, the Nanofab Facility Manager, for welcoming our students! For more information about BioNIUM, please visit


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Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 5:59:30 PM
A Global Health Equity Symposium sponsored by Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and its Network of 24 schools across the United States and Canada is taking place on Carrollton’s campus this week. World visionaries, medical professionals, educators, and students are coming together for 2 days to share and explore the inequalities of health systems throughout the world, the reasons the discrepancies exist, the work that is being done and what paradigm shifts need to take place in the future to effect change.

The symposium opened with a screening of the Award winning documentary, “Bending the Arc.” The film tells the story of Partners in Health and the ways in which a small group of doctors and activists successfully fight to bring modern healthcare to the poorest people in the world.

Among the speakers featured in the Symposium are Dr. Paul Farmer, Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Partners in Health, and Mr. Jonny Dorsey, former White House Fellow at the Department of Education, where he worked in the Secretary’s Office on special projects and strategic partnerships. Currently he serves as Director of Innovation and Policy at the Emerson Collective, a social good organization committed to education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives.

Among the participating panelists are Dr. Antonia Eyssellenne, Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Erin Kobetz, University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparities, and the Associate Director for Population Science and Cancer Disparity for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The symposium presents an opportunity to engage students across the country in a multi-disciplinary approach as it encourages them to be global citizens; studying and gaining an understanding of large scale social forces far from our community. Carrollton students and faculty in varying academic disciplines such as history, languages, literature, psychology, debate, mathematics, science, visual arts, Catholic social teaching, and Theory of Knowledge, researched and prepared breakout sessions covering every aspect affecting the disparity in global health equity.












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Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 4:29:05 PM

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Won First Place in the Florida Gulf Coast University SunChase 2018 solar car competition last weekend. In only its second year participating, the school jumped to 1st place in total points, out of a field of 17 teams, after concluding the three components of the competition. Carrollton’s crew consist of 1 Senior, 4 Juniors and the rest are underclassmen, giving the school a young and talented group to continue building on its success. Eight of the 12 Solar Heart team members travelled to Ft. Myers.

This extraordinary team showed grit and fearlessness when they undertook a complete dismantling of the car while in transit to Ft. Myers in order to recreate the engine. Last minute calculations showed they could achieve better performance and in the middle of the trip they stopped for 2 hours and rebuilt the car. Their review of past data indicated that the car could reach 33 mph and results proved them right. Audiences tuned it to the school social media channels were able to enjoy the race in real time as the students engineered video transmission from the inside of the solar car.

The school is grateful to Zoo Miami for allowing our team to do the test drive on their parking lot.

Solar Heart Team members: Alex Gomez '18, Sophia Roig '19, Sophia Bachas-Daunert '19, Ana Sofia Gomez Rivas-Vazquez '19, Alina Suarez ‘19, Carolina Gomez Rivas-Vazquez '20, Nina Gallinar '20, Sabine Meurs '20, Andrea Bravo '20, Saidy Burch ‘21

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Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 3:15:54 PM

By: Michael Gray, Visual Arts Instructor HS & IB Art

The series of events celebrating the opening of the Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center culminated with the first art installation in the newly built gallery space. The Senior IB Visual Art Exhibition, showcasing the work the students completed over their last two years in high school, opened this week to rave reviews. Nearly 100 guests strolled through the multi-level gallery located in the 2-story atrium on the opening evening. Attendees included parents, alumnae, friends, grand-parents, faculty and administration, students and the artists themselves.

The works had descriptive labels, however, there were many great conversations between artists and viewers about the subject and method of work. The IB program informs thorough research and artistic development throughout the course, which the guests were fascinated to hear. In tandem with the Global Health Equity Symposium also taking place this week, much of the art reflected the students’ awareness and commitment to social justice.

The reaction from the crowd was effusive at the caliber of work the girls exhibited. Viewers encountered new media and techniques not usually exhibited in a high school setting, thus creating a very high level of engagement between the viewers and the artists.

Some of the quotes heard throughout the night ranged from "We just came from Wynwood, and this is a MUCH better show!" to "Great artwork was EXACTLY what this building needed!" Our own favorite - "I NEED THAT PIECE IN MY HOUSE."

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Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 12:10:00 PM
The Varsity Tennis team is gearing up to enter the District Tournament undefeated!  The Cyclones started the 2018 season focused and determined to leave their mark on the competition and they have certainly not fallen short of that goal.  This talented and driven team have claimed victory over some very skilled opponents including Gulliver Prep and Lourdes Academy and also dominated with a 7-0 win over Marathon High School, Ransom Everglades, Westminster Christian, Palmer Trinity and SLAM.  The District Tournament begins April 17th at Continental Park Tennis Center.  Be sure to cheer on the Cyclones as they head into the playoffs! 


The Varsity Tennis Roster: 

Julietta Menendez, 7th Grade; Francesca Salvato, 8th Grade; Freshmen, Anais Leichtling, Emma Villegas, Jimena Menendez; Sophomores, Alessandra Diamond, Alexandra von der Goltz, Isabella Leano; Juniors, Lucia Pineiro Sosa, Olivia Anguita, Serena Collarte, Sophia Roig, and Senior, Lauren Weber

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Posted Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 6:21:51 PM

Last week the High School welcomed feminist theologian Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee to conclude the Community Read Series: We Should All Be Feminists, which started last November. Dr. Imperatori-Lee earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and is the associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present.

Her main area of interest and expertise is teaching about the Catholic Church and feminist issues within it. In preparation for her lecture on theological mansplaining the students were encouraged to read her article "Father Knows Best: Theological 'Mansplaining' and the Ecclesial War on Women." Her presentation offered great points of discussion and compelling arguments on theology and feminism.

After the assembly some students and faculty joined Dr. Imperatori-Lee for lunch to continue the discussion and have the opportunity to speak further with her.


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Posted Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 10:11:52 AM

By: Tian Zeng   曾甜                            
HS IB Mandarin Teacher

Carrollton is proud to share the exciting news that one of our sophomore students studying Chinese, Gabriela Garity ‘20, has won a Department of State Scholarship to go to China this summer. Gabriela started to learn Mandarin when she first arrived at Carrollton as a Montessori student. She has shown a true enthusiasm for learning Mandarin during all these years. Her passion to learn about a different culture shows in her proficiency.

This program is called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), which promotes critical language learning among American youth. It is a program of the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Gabriela was selected to go to Nanjing, China for seven weeks, from June 27 - August 12, 2018. This trip is fully covered by her scholarship from the Department of State.

For more information on this program, please go to their website:

The NSLI-Y scholarship selection process is highly competitive and we are extremely proud of Gabriela’s accomplishments.

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Posted Friday, Apr 6, 2018 4:16:45 PM

The 6th grade students journeyed to Cape Canaveral for their Kennedy Space Center Overnight Adventure. After enjoying an IMAX movie about our journey to Mars and taking off in a Shuttle Launch Experience Simulator, they met Astronaut Ken Cameron who has been on 3 shuttle missions orbiting the earth.  Sleeping under the Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis was quite an adventure followed by an engineering exercise building model Mars Rovers to be fast and economical.  Our field study ended with a tour of the launch pads where each of the trips to the moon and space have taken off.  The students thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn about the United States's journey into space.



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Posted Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 11:39:58 AM

By: Natalie Eskert

For the 6th consecutive year, Carrollton joined other Network of Sacred Heart schools to host our annual Hearts for Haiti bake sale and dress down day. Started in 2012, by Carrollton alumna Molly Nuell '12, the bake sale has supported the construction and operation of the school Notre Dame de Lacolline in Lacolline, Haiti. The Hearts for Haiti Club consists of a group of motivated Junior High students under the leadership of Carrollton staff member, Natalie Eskert.   They are responsible for coordinating the annual event at Carrollton and throughout the Network as well. As part of the bake sale, the club also sold t-shirts. This year, the logo was designed by our very own 8th grader, Madison Forrest.

Thanks to the dedication of this talented group, the Hearts for Haiti Club raised over $3,000 at Carrollton alone and about $9,500 in the Network, and we are still counting!  A special thank you to the Carrollton faculty and staff; especially Cayten Clark, Clyde Bertrand, Barbara Schaeffer, Jennifer Romeu, Heather Gillingham '94, Caridad Cento-Gueits '95, Debbie Rollheiser, Lauren Viejo, and the maintenance team for making our local Hearts for Haiti event such a success.


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Posted Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018 3:54:48 PM

In a two-for-two outcome, Carrollton won another First Place in a Fairchild Challenge. The school received notice that Carrollton Junior High students won First Place in the Fairchild Challenge #6 Shade Our Schools:  Flora and Fauna competition.  They joined the High School students who also won in a video challenge. The entire Junior High was involved in this study which included detailed field observations of bird life and lizard (anole) diversity on campus over a two-month period.  Identification and documentation of observed species was enhanced through the use of the  iNaturalist app, which provided direct contact with field biologists.

Students in 7th grade Science and Creative Expressions classes and 8th grade English classes created the award winning Field Journal which included written entries and sketches of weekly observations, watercolor drawings of local species and written memories of our beloved Duchesne Oak.

Congratulations to all Junior High Students and participating teachers Alejandra Bunster, Shaune Scott and Kate Thome.


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