Congratulations to Charles Korndorffer '14 on Winning a National Merit Scholarship

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Congratulations to Charles Korndorffer '14 on being named a National Merit Scholarship winner. Charles was chosen out of more than 15,000 finalists nationally and will receive a $2,500 scholarship. National Merit Scholarship winners are chosen based on their academic records, scores on two standardized tests, leadership in school and community activities, written essays and recommendations from high school officials, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. 

S/H Quiz Bowl Team Places 2nd

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Stuart Hall's Quiz Bowl Team competed in the Brother Martin Quiz Bowl Tournament this past weekend. They went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds and defeated Ursuline Academy in the semifinals. The team advanced to the final round against Lake Castle and finished in 2nd place with an average of 306 points in the six rounds of the tournament. Congratulations to the team for a well-played and intense competition! Thank you to Mrs. Amy Rini and Mrs. Nancy Dunphy for coaching the team.

Stuart Hall Chess Knights Win 3 State Titles

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This past Saturday, March 30, The Stuart Hall Chess Team competed in the Louisiana State Scholastic Chess Championship held at Kehoe France School in Metairie. This was a five-round tournament that concludes the scholastic chess season in Louisiana. In a fantastic performance, and coming on the heels of a great City League 4-peat showing earlier this year, our Stuart Hall Knights won the K2 and K4 Team State Champion titles, making this also a 4-peat Title win.

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Stuart Hall veteran John Michael Maristany ’22 also won the K4 State Individual Champion Title, making this the 3rd consecutive year that Stuart Hall has produced a State Scholastic Chess Champion in either K2 or K4 (Charlie Avin ’22 having held the title for the past two years).

In the K2 Section, all four Stuart Hall players scored in the top 10 in a field of 45 players. Coming in 4th place, Eli Weber ’24 came in 4th place and Eli Simmons ’24 took 5th place. Dave Vandenweghe ’25 placed in 8th, followed by Parker Rooney ’24 in 10th place (losing to only the 1st and 2nd place finishers). Our Knights beat out rival Lusher on tie breaks with 14.5 points each.

In the very strong K4 section which consisted of 55 players, Stuart Hall dominated to win the 1st place Team title, beating out rival Lusher 16 points to 13.5. Coming in 1st place for the State Championship Title was John Michael Maristany ‘22. This was a strong performance by the team, with Patrick Avin ’23 placing 7th, Austin Janusa ’23 in 8th, Christopher Jennings ’23 in 11th, Mike Graugnard ’23 in 12th, Declan Albro ’22 in 15th, Charlie Avin ’22 in 17th, Race Hughes ’23 in 21st, August Sauska ’23 in 34th, and Grayson Bent ’23 in 48th. This was a banner performance for this strong crew of enthusiastic veterans. 

In the very competitive K6 section, Ryan Avin ’21 had a strong performance, tying for 2nd place  but ultimately placing in 6th based on tie breaks.

We thank Coach Jeff York and volunteer Coach Al Pearson (Ryan ‘21, Patrick ‘23, and Ethan ‘27) for their brilliant coaching efforts.

Congratulations, Knights!

Seventh Grader Places 6th in State Geography Bee

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Congratulations to Seventh Grader Parker Alig on placing 6th in the National Geographic Louisiana State Geography Bee.

As Stuart Hall School’s Geography Bee champion, Parker took a written test to qualify for the State Geography Bee. Parker competed in Baton Rouge against the top 100 scoring students from Louisiana. Congratulations, Parker! We are so proud of you.

S/H Summer

You can now register for Jumpstart to Summer (May 29-31) and Competition Basketball Camp (May-July)! Click here for more information and to register.

The Stuart Hall Mini Camp 2019 will be held July 22-26 and July 29-August 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are in the process or organizing the details but will have a variety of options for students of all ages and their siblings. The rising Pre-School- 2nd Grades will have STEM, Movement, and Creative Arts options, as well as Soccer Shots classes. Lower and Middle School students can look forward to Jump Start programs, writing workshops, and artistic opportunities. Details will come soon! For more information, please contact Ryan Asprion.

Thank You!  ~S/H Summer Camp Staff

Stuart Hall City League Chess Champs

This past weekend (February 16th and 17th), the Stuart Hall Chess Team competed in the "Final 4" Championship rounds of the annual Louisiana Scholastic Chess League "City League" event. Stuart Hall entered four teams—a K2 team, two K4 teams, and a K6 team—and all four teams advanced to the Final 4 after three weekends of competition.

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On Saturday, the K2 team (Andrew Amoss ‘24, Robert Amoss ‘24, Parker Rooney ‘24, Eli Simmons ‘24, Dave Vandenweghe ‘25, Eli Weber ‘24) finished in 2nd place out of seven original teams entered. In the semi-final, our Knights defeated Lusher's second team (Lusher Gold) 9.5 to 2.5, to win the right to challenge for 1st place. In the second match, against Lusher's first team (Lusher Blue), our Knights fell 9-3 to win the runner-up title. It was a great run by this team of both veterans and new players, and they did a great job representing Stuart Hall.

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Stuart Hall entered two teams in the K4 section, due to having an incredible pool of very strong players. The second team, Stuart Hall White (Grayson Bent ‘23, CJ Encalarde ‘22, Christopher Jennings ‘23, Parker Rooney ‘24, August Sauska ‘23, Dave Vandenweghe ‘25, Mani Vandenweghe ‘23) had an amazing run coming into the Final 4. In the semi-final on Sunday, they were matched up against Stuart Hall Blue (Declan Albro ‘22, Charlie Avin ‘22, Patrick Avin ‘23, Mike Graugnard ‘23, Race Hughes ‘23, Austin Janusa ‘23, John Michael Maristany ‘22, Eli Weber ‘24). Coming in as the 4th seed out of nine teams entered at the beginning of the tournament, SH White fell to their teammates 11.5-.5, and then fell to Metairie Academy 11-1. Stuart Hall Blue, as has been stated, beat Stuart Hall White, earning the right to compete against strong rival Lusher Blue for the Championship. Defeating Lusher 9-3, OUR KNIGHTS WON THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE CITY LEAGUE TITIE, continuing their dominance against other strong rivals. Well done, Knights!

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Entering the K6 division for the first time, Stuart Hall K6 (Declan Albro ‘22, Charlie Avin ‘22, Patrick Avin ‘23, Ryan Avin ‘21, Austin Janusa ‘23, John Michael Maristany ‘22) had an uphill battle, coming in as the 5th seed from 10 original teams in qualifiers. In the first match against rising power Lycee Francais, Stuart Hall earned the right to challenge for 1st place by winning 7-5. In the Championship match, our Knights beat Lusher Blue 6.5 to 5.5. The title came down to the last two games, with Ryan Avin very cleverly rescuing a draw from a loss by inducing a stalemate, and Austin Janusa brought us home with a fantastic win. It should be noted that our great Knights were the youngest team entered, with one 5th grader, three 4th graders, and two 3rd graders. What a win!!! 

Coach's Note: As a chess coach, I have taught in more than 30 schools, and have taught a National Champion, a National winning team, and numerous Florida and Louisiana State Champion individuals and teams. Quite simply, I have never had a team this deep in enthusiastic, coachable, and talented players. The way our Knights keep on rolling forward amazes me to no end, and I am very grateful to be their coach. But more than winning, I really love the great character that I see in our players. They are great teammates to each other, excellent sportsmen to the competition, and are resilient when faced with challenges. 

I am also very grateful to the parents, who sacrifice so much of their time so that our Knights can compete in these events. Most especially, I am grateful to Al "Opa" Pearson, grandfather to some of the Knights of Avin, who has steadfastly transported and minded the Avin boys and their cousin Owen, for over 4 years now, back and forth to Panera, where they have had the most hours of practice, and to Nationals for long weekends filled with much waiting around. Without Al's steady support, we would not have gotten as far as we have. Thank You, Al! Thank You Chess Parents! Thank you to all of our great chess players who continue to justify my belief in their ability to excel, even when they think they are failing and feel momentarily discouraged. We don't always win, but we keep getting better, because of your determination to persevere and your joy of competition.

 - Coach Jeff

Diversity Recruitment Fair

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Thursday, February 21
2:30-5:30pm

Please join members of the Stuart Hall Faculty and Administration for this Meet and Greet opportunity.

 

Stuart Hall School for Boys is committed to building, recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Please join us on our campus (2032 S. Carrollton Avenue., New Orleans, LA 70118) on Thursday, February 21, 2019, for our Diversity Recruitment Fair for prospective teachers.

This is your opportunity to meet with members of the Stuart Hall administration about professional opportunities within our School.

We look forward to meeting experienced teachers and college students majoring in education who are interested in teaching at the Stuart Hall School for Boys, an all-boy, Catholic, independent school.

New Orleans is a diverse and vibrant city, and our students are no different. As such, Stuart Hall School for Boys seeks to dramatically increase the cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity of our faculty.

Please register to join us for this special event by emailing Dr. Bridget Hagan, Assistant Head of School, bhagan@stuarthall.org.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle School Education

  • A master’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle School Education

  • At least two years of teaching experience

  • Demonstrated ability with differentiating instruction.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of instructional practices which focus on student-centered, hands-on, experiential learning.

Stuart Hall School for Boys is an equal opportunity institution.  Continuing its long-standing policy of actively supporting equality of opportunity for all persons, the Stuart Hall School for Boys does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, or age, in the administration of its admission, educational policies, athletic and other school-administered programs. Additionally, the Stuart Hall School for Boys does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, or age, in the administration of its employment, financial assistance, and loan programs. Rather, the Stuart Hall School for Boys affirms that it admits students regardless of their race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin and selects employees regardless of their race, religion, gender, color, national or ethnic origin and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the school.

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Stuart Hall Donates Christmas Gifts to 300 Children

Through their generous hearts, the families of Stuart Hall will help make Christmas brighter for local children and their families. Students in Grades PK3-7, as well as our faculty and staff, bought gifts for families affiliated with Incarnate Word Head Start through Catholic Charities and Louisiana's Permanent Supportive Housing. More than 300 gifts were presented at a special Christmas Gift Drive Chapel yesterday. We thank our S/H community for their generosity and for keeping the Christmas spirit alive, thus sharing joy and building hope.

S/H Wins Academic Games Tournament

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Congratulations to the S/H Middle School Academic Games team for finishing 1st Place overall in the Academy of Our Lady Academic Games on Saturday, Dec. 1. Team members included 5th Graders Nicolas Aldana, Charlie Benoit and Harrison Turner; 6th Graders Luke Balhoff, John Baumgarten, Ryan Kane, Connor LaCour, Sean Maher, and Mack Thomas; and 7th Graders Parker Alig, Mason Becker, Walker Brown, John Calhoun, Degan Dansereau, Will Gibbens, Quinn Rosenstein, Charlie Varisco,  and PJ Varisco.

This is the fifth consecutive year that our Middle School Academic Games Team has brought home the 1st place trophy from AOL’s Games and our sixth 1st place finish since our first year competing in 2011.

Our team members received medals in 18 of the 19 events.

Ist Place in the following events:

  • Anatomy and Physiology - Connor LaCour '20 and Mack Thomas '20

  • SI Units - John Baumgarten '20 and Mason Becker '19

  • Solve for X - Nicolas Aldana '21 and Charlie Varisco '19

  • Botany - Ryan Kane '20 and PJ Varisco '19

  • Geography - Will Gibbens '19 and Charlie Varisco '19

  • Literary Devices - Mason Becker '19 and John Calhoun '19

  • Pentathlon - Parker Alig '19, Will Gibbens '19, Quinn Rosenstein '19, Charlie Varisco '19, and PJ Varisco '19

2nd Place in the following events:

  • Spelling - Parker Alig '19 and Harrison Turner '21

  • Graph It - John Calhoun '19 and Quinn Rosenstein '19

  • World Wars - Luke Balhoff '20 and Sean Maher '20

  • Draw It Out - Parker Alig '19, Quinn Rosenstein '19, and Walker Brown '19

  • Grammar Patrol - Charlie Benoit '21 and Degan Dansereau '19

  • Science Lab - Connor LaCour '20 and Mack Thomas '20

  • Fractionator - Luke Balhoff '20 and Ryan Kane '20

3rd Place in the following events:

  • Geometry - Mason Becker '19 and Degan Dansereau '19

  • Mythology - PJ Varisco '19 and Will Gibbens '19

  • Math Speed Test - John Baumgarten '20 and Sean Maher '20

  • Reading Comprehension - Charlie Benoit '21 and Harrison Turner '21

Congratulations, Knights!

S/H Takes 1st Place in Thanksgiving Classic Scholastic Chess Tournamnet

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On Saturday, November 17th, Stuart Hall hosted The Thanksgiving Classic Rated Scholastic Chess tournament. Ninety players competed in 3 sections, (K3, K6, K12), in a very competitive field. 

In the K3 section, Stuart Hall stormed 1st place with 12.5 points (the best 4 scores per team were counted for a team score), besting rival Lusher by 4 points (8.5 points, 2nd place). Individually, The Stuart Hall Knights had a fantastic day. Race Hughes '23 earned 2nd place with 3.5 out of 4 points, combined with strong showings from Austin Janusa '23 (4th place), Mike Graugnard '23 (5th place), Parker Rooney '24 (6th place), Patrick Avin '23 (7th place), Eli Weber '24 (10th place), Grayson Bent '23 (16th place), Tate Parrish '23 (19th place), Eli Simmons '24 (22nd place), and Chris Jennings '23 (23rd place) to dominate the K3 section of the tournament, which augers well for upcoming City League competition starting in January.

In the very competitive and stacked K6 section, Stuart Hall won 1st place with 11 points, beating out Lusher (2nd, 10.5 points), Lycée Franςais (3rd, 10.5), and Newman (4th,10.0 points). Individually, Charlie Avin '22 won all his games, tying for 1st place, but earning 2nd on tie breaks. Coming in 3rd was John Michael Maristany '22 with 3.5 out of 4 points. Ryan Avin '21 came in 16th place with 2 out of 4 points. Declan Albro '22 earned 28th place with 1.5 points, and Grady Miles '22 earned 32nd place with 1.5 points.

This was a very strong performance by both our older veterans and our younger upcoming players, and our Knights played with great individual poise and infectious synergy with each other as teammates. Congratulations, Knights!

S/H Donates 22 Thanksgiving Baskets

The men of Stuart Hall donated items to fill 22 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. The baskets, which included a turkey along with other items essential to a complete Thanksgiving feast, will be delivered to Incarnate Word's Head Start Program, Mater Dolorosa, our Carrollton Avenue neighborhood fire department, two Team Gleason families, and special members in our S/H community. Thank you to our 5th grade class for leading our Thanksgiving Basket Drive and Prayer Service and to our S/H families for your generosity in ensuring that more families will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving this year.

5th & 6th Grade NOAL Flag Football Champs

Congratulations to our 6th grade and two 5th grade flag football teams on their NOAL championship wins last week!

Parenting in the Digital Age

Screen Time Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Parenting in the Digital Age is not easy! For all the benefits that technology brings us, we are also faced with the challenge as parents to monitor and regulate our children’s use of digital media and set parameters on screen time.

With the increasing popularity of games like Fortnite, we are also called to redouble our efforts and stay abreast of current research and recommendations for young children and their media use.

For example, it has come to our attention that boys as young as our first graders are familiar with the game, Fortnite, and several have played it. However, Common Sense Media recommends Fortnite for teens 13 and up, primarily because of the open chat and action violence. It is also rated T for Teen by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), meaning content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up and may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Fortnite is just one popular example of current trends in online gaming. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some general resources on good media habits and screen time.

Good Media Habits from Common Sense Media

When it comes to media and technology, kids really learn what they live. Here are some strategies for helping your whole family develop healthy media habits.

Set limits. Establish media-free zones and weekly screen-time amounts. Aim for a balance of activities throughout the week: reading, playing, exploring, and so on.

Choose age-appropriate, high-quality media. Not everything has to be PBS, but take the time to find stuff that's nourishing.

Co-view and co-play when you can. You won't be able to stop what you're doing every time your kid plays Minecraft, but make an effort to understand -- and even appreciate -- what your kids are doing. Ask questions, get them to explain stuff, and listen with an open mind.

Treat tech as a tool, not a treat. Kids who use tablets or smartphones only to play games see only the entertainment side of technology. Demonstrate the utility of devices, such as how you send email, use a map, and look up facts.

Be a family of media critics. Media-literacy skills help kids think critically about what they watch, play, and interact with. Encourage young kids to think more deeply about their shows, books, and games. Ask "Who made this?", "Who is it for?", and "What is it telling you?"

Be a media role model. Lead by example by putting your own devices away during family time.

Screen Time Guidelines

It’s important to note that most of the negative effects of screen time on children are related to excessive use of electronic devices on a daily basis. For this reason, it’s helpful to know expert’s recommendations for screen time use, which were updated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) last year. The AAP makes the following recommendations for screen time:

  • For children under 18 months old, screen time should be limited to video chatting

  • Children 18-24 months should only be exposed to high-quality media, with parents watching alongside to help them understand and engage with what they’re watching

  • Children 2-5 years old should be limited to 1 hour per day of high-quality programming; again, parents should watch along with them to help them make real world connections

  • Children 6 years and older should have established and consistent limits on the time spent using media, with parents ensuring that digital media doesn’t take the place of sleep, physical activity or real-life personal interactions

Additional Recommendations for Healthy Media Use

  • Develop a Family Media Use Plan with specific guidelines for each child and parent.

  • Recognize the importance of hands-on, unstructured, and social play to build language, cognitive, and social-emotional skills.

  • Find quality products.

  • No screens during meals and for 1 hour before bedtime.

  • Avoid fast-paced programs (young children do not understand them as well), apps with lots of distracting content, and any violent content.

  • Turn off televisions and other devices when not in use.

  • Avoid using media as the only way to calm your child. Although there are intermittent times (eg, medical procedures, airplane flights) when media is useful as a soothing strategy, there is concern that using media as strategy to calm could lead to problems with limit setting or the inability of children to develop their own emotion regulation. Ask your pediatrician for help if needed.

  • Keep bedrooms, mealtimes, and parent–child playtimes screen free for children and parents. Parents can set a “do not disturb” option on their phones during these times.