On August 27, Magnificat High School installed its third President, and first lay leader, Mrs. Renata J. Rafferty. If you haven’t yet met our new President and would like to hear her vow to remain true to the Magnificat Mission, please click here. This short video features Mrs. Rafferty’s speech from her Installation Ceremony.
So what’s it like to be a “Mags Girl?”
Several Magnificat students recently participated in a production shoot to film four short videos explaining what it’s like to be a Magnificat student and what Magnificat means to them. Each video shares a word that is important to the students, including Faith, Learning, Leading and Serving.
FAITH–The first of these short videos features Molly ’17 who chose the word Faith and how Magnificat allows her to practice her faith every day. Last year at this time Molly was an 8th grader deciding on which school to attend for her high school career. She chose Magnificat and is a young woman of faith learning, leading and serving in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat. We will be sharing these videos with other young women as they begin to make their own high school choices.
LEARNING–The second in the series of these short Mags Girls videos features Liz and Allison ’16 who chose the word Learning, and how Magnificat allows them to Learn Chinese and take AP Classes as Sophomores. These are only two of the reasons Liz and Allison chose to attend Magnificat for their high school careers. Click on their video to hear more about why they chose to become Mags Girls.
LEADING–Listen to Magnificat Seniors Nardine and Hina as they share how they Lead at Magnificat High School. Both have become confident young women, leading in ways they wouldn’t have thought possible before attending Magnificat. This is the third of four videos featuring Magnificat students sharing their high school experiences.
SERVING–Freshmen Molly and Sofia have already gotten involved with many service opportunities at Magnificat High School through co-curriculars such as Animal Lovers Club and Magnificat Outreach Club, as well as various offerings through Campus Ministry. In fact, the two met while serving in two of the same clubs. They tell their story in this last video in our series of four.
A Girl Scout troop from Berea and many other grade-school students enjoyed an after-school event at Magnificat that explored how to start recycling programs and sustainability clubs at their own schools. Led by Mrs. Heidi Paul “Mother Earth” and members of Magnificat’s Student Sustainability Club, future Blue Streaks attended a workshop that included a keynote address from Ms. Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. To learn more, click here to read the article posted on cleveland.com and in Sun Newspapers.
Sixty future Blue Streaks enjoyed “A Day of Animal Appreciation” on March 29, as Cleveland Metroparks Zoo came to Magnificat to share 10 of its animals with girls in grades 5-8. The attendees enjoyed a day of education, enrichment, technology and collaboration as they researched their animals and presented their findings. Read more about this unique partnership as reported on by West Life and Sun News/Cleveland.com.
Magnificat High School students were a little less anxious during January semester exams thanks to some furry, four-legged guests. The Magnificat Animal Lovers Club organized a “dog therapy session” before semester exams, with up to six certified therapy dogs onsite the mornings before exams. From a giant Irish Wolfhound named Maggie May to a toy Yorkie/Pomeranian mix named Olivia, tails were wagging and anxiety was dropping. Experts say that petting a dog lowers blood pressure and anxiety and Magnificat students agree, with many asking if we could do this for all exam sessions. The Animal Lovers Club already has a waiting list of dogs and owners who want to be considered for spring finals. Please click here to read more as about this pilot project as reported on in Sun Newspapers. And to read the article that appeared in West Life, click here.
Elizabeth Beattie ’09, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, recently had her undergraduate engineering research featured on CNN. She and her team are profiled for their research on the Titan Bionic Arm. You can see the whole story by clicking here.
The Magnificat Garden Club’s Seeds of Service project helped produce over 300 pounds of fruits and vegetables through the Rocky River Community Garden. The produce will go directly to the Rocky River food pantry and local Meals on Wheels program. To read the complete story on cleveland.com and Sun Newspapers, click here.
Magnificat is proud to announce three Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Program. Click here to meet these students.
Cleveland.com covered our second annual LEGO NXT Robotics day for girls in grades 5-8. To read the story, click here.
WOIO-TV 19 Action News covered Magnificat students completing internships at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. To read more, click here.
WOIO-TV 19 Action News covered internationally recognized author Ms. Deborah Ellis during her visit to Magnificat. Her book My Name is Parvana was the recent all school read. Click here to read more.
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