Learn, Lead, and Serve in the Spirit of Mary's Magnificat

Magnificat Monthly

May 2019

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Senior Theology students ended their Sacraments class by completing "Story-Corps-inspired" interviews about life-changing sacraments. The purpose of this project was to give them the opportunity to learn about the lived experience of the sacraments to augment what they had learned about the history and traditional celebration of the sacraments. Students crafted thoughtful questions, recorded the audio interviews and edited them using IMovie or WeVideo. They shared the edited interviews in class and reflected on how their interview subjects' experiences aligned with or challenged their prior understanding. In her reflection senior Gina Gerace wrote, "listening to my Grandpa talk really opened my eyes to the reality of marriage. I think this is because my Grandpa, as I mentioned above, really loves and cherishes my Grandma, and to hear even him say that marriage is a challenge is almost surprising. This just shows that even the happiest, most loving couples are not immune to the difficulties that are bound to accompany the sacrament of marriage." We are confident this project broadened students' understanding of and appreciation for the sacraments. The interviews and the accompanying reflections were truly beautiful and moving.


Magnificat Summer Book Club for 4th-6th Graders

Girls rising into grades 4-6 are invited to join to our second Summer Book Club! This year's Summer Book Club pick is Star Girl, by Jerry Spinelli.

In a celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity, and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

Book Club Registration begins Wednesday, May 1 and the deadline to register is Friday, May 31. Click here to register.

A free copy of the book will be mailed to your daughter. Please contact the Admissions office with any questions 440.331.1572.

A Book Club event with activities that relate to Star Girl will be held Tuesday, August 6, from 1-2:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

Blue Streak for a Day
Now through May 9, 2019
Ever wonder what it's like to attend Magnificat? We invite any 8th grade or high school transfer students to sign up to spend a school day with us and experience first-hand the transformative learning happening here! Through our Blue Streak for a Day program, you are matched up with a current Magnificat sophomore based on your shared interests, and you are that student’s guest for the day. You will engage in classes and enjoy lunch on us.
Please use this online form to register for an 8th grade visit.

Seventh Grade Blue Streak for a Day
7th graders are welcome for special visit days. Space is limited.
To register, click here.

High School Placement Test Preparation for 7th and 8th Graders
HSPT Class at Magnificat
Saturday, May 18 or Saturday, August 24
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $149

Offered by Seeley Test Pros
Space is limited. For more details, call Amy (Ray) Seeley '89 at 216.965.5162 or email at amy@seeleytestpros.com.


Make a Difference Today through The Magnificat Fund

Since 1955 Magnificat High School has made a difference in in the lives of over 12,000 women by providing a holistic education that inspires our students to be faith-filled leaders, committed role models, and life-long learners and innovators in the world.

Magnificat's continued success in expanding the unique opportunities that shape our students into visionary leaders is made possible through the generous donors who support The Magnificat Fund. The Magnificat Fund provides tuition assistance to over 60% of our student body, allows us to make 21st-century advancements in our academic programs and to create new athletic, co-curricular, service, and faith-based opportunities to meet the needs and engage the dreams of our students.

Supporting The Magnificat Fund keeps the Magnificat tradition of excellence strong for Blue Streaks of today and tomorrow. Each donation, no matter the size, makes a difference in the life of a Magnificat student. Help us make a difference today through a gift to The Magnificat Fund!


Alumnae Volunteer Opportunities

We are blessed to have an active and successful body of alumnae who support Magnificat. If you are a grateful alumna and want to pay it forward, there are ways to help.

Class Agent Program
We are launching a new Class Agent program to help us take alumnae giving to the next level! If you are interested in helping us shine a light on all of the great things happening at Magnificat that keep us on the cutting edge of 21st century education, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268. We need your help to make a Magnificat education possible for all young women who desire it.

Magnificat Alumnae Board
The Magnificat High School Alumnae Board, a community of women dedicated to Magnificat’s Mission, works to foster the spirit of service, friendship, and caring among the graduates of the school; promote the appreciation of a faith-based education; support the school financially; and uphold the tradition and ideals of the school by assisting the students and faculty of Magnificat High School. The Board always welcomes new members who are willing to share their time and creativity to engage alumnae and friends of all ages. Please contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268 for more information. We especially need women who graduated in the 60s and 70s!

Tiny Tweaks for a Better Life

Wednesday, May 8
7-8:30 p.m.
LGI at Magnificat

Please click here for registration and more detailed information.

The Alumnae Board introduces an event dedicated to lifelong learning for alumnae, parents, friends, and community members.

Are you ready to make more mindful choices that help to ensure well-being for you and your family? Large, drastic changes and sweeping overhauls may not work, but tiny tweaks in how we guide our health, eat, move, and pray can have lasting effects that lead to a much better life. This event focuses on small, mindful modifications that will improve the quality of daily life for you and your families.

Keynote speakers include:
Karen Bush, a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness coach (NBC-HWC) presenting on mindful health
Maria Hickman, Founder of Swap It Healthy presenting on mindful eating
Gretchen Nock, Coordinator of Spiritual Formation at Magnificat presenting on mindful spirituality
Kristen Graves Ward ’03, Physical Therapist (PT, DPT) at Cleveland Clinic presenting on mindful movement

Join Alumnae and Friends at Hope Yoga in Fairview Park

The Alumnae Board is hosting a yoga class at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Hope Yoga. Join Jackie Walsh, proud 2008 alumna and owner of Hope Yoga, for an hour-long flow class that will help you to feel relaxed and RENEWED. This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga practitioners; beginners and seasoned yogis are welcome! Mingle after class with a cup of soothing tea.

A portion of the class fee will be donated directly to the Angels-in-Blue Fund, which helps Magnificat families who need assistance with uniforms, school lunches, prom bids, and more. Visit hopeyogacle.com to register. Questions? Please contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268.

2018-19 Learn at Lunch Series Closed with Architecture and Design

Many thanks to Jill D’Amico Brandt ’89 (Architect, Brandt Architecture), Ann Marie Marques Krol ’95 (Associate Director of Design at Vocon), and Megan Forst Buettner ’93 (Head of Consumer Products and marketing at Blue Planet Software, Inc) for volunteering their time to speak with students on April 30 about their experience in architecture, interior design, and industrial design. They shared their passion, insight, and best advice with nearly 100 students.

We are grateful to the many alumnae professionals who participated in the Learn at Lunch Series during this school year! We look forward to unveiling next year’s lineup for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are passionate about your career and would love to present to students, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org.

Reunion: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Calling all alumnae in classes ending in 4s and 9s -- September 28th will be your night to shine again at Magnificat. Please save the date to celebrate with your classmates.

If you’d like to have a role in planning the big event, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268.

Alumna in the News

Congratulations to Maureen Patterson ’97 for being named a 2019 Woman of Inspiration by WISE (Women in Sports and Events), a national organization which advocates and serves as a resource for women on the business end of sports and events. Maureen will be honored at the Music Box Supper Club on May 7. Maureen is the owner and Lead Designer of Solas Lighting Ltd., an award-winning lighting and production management group in Cleveland.

Join Magnificat’s Alumnifire Community

Our Alumnifire network has enormous potential that’s just waiting to be unlocked. There are so many great reasons to join Magnificat’s Alumnifire community:

  1. Alumnifire makes it easy to connect with Blue Streaks who can help you.
  2. Every member of our Alumnifire community is growing the value and prestige of our group by sharing personal and professional expertise with fellow members.
  3. Alumnifire is also a great way to help younger alumnae navigate opportunities in the real world.
  4. From career advice to jobs, deals, and local opportunities, Alumnifire is full of Blue Streaks looking to open doors. It also highlights jobs at companies where our alumnae work so members can quickly navigate potential opportunities with ease.
  5. Lastly, there’s no need to create another new username and password; you can sign up immediately using your LinkedIn or Facebook account.

Please note: Be sure to include searchable information about where you work, what you do, and where you attended school after Magnificat—this allows your fellow Blue Streaks to find the right people who can help them! Only Magnificat alumnae can join this group. If you have questions, contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org.


Please visit the Archives Antics feature, "Magnificat Athletics: Getting in Shape: Glimpsing Physical Fitness History through Magnificat School Newspapers" on the new Archives page.


Company of OUR TOWN performs for area students

Over 900 middle school students from area schools attended a matinee of Our Town at Magnificat on April 4 as part of the Performing Arts Department’s MORNING MATINEE program in partnership with the Enrollment Management and Admissions Department. The program invites middle school students to attend one of Magnificat's productions for free. For some of these students, it is their first time seeing a theatrical production or a live performance, so Magnificat Performing Arts provides the teachers with a study guide to help prepare the students and make the most of the experience.

Upcoming Events

Choir & Band Spring Concert

Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate spring with the Show Choir, Chorale, Performance Troupe, and our new instrumental program, Magnifi-Pops. FREE Admission!

GRATITUDE - Spring Dance Concert

We invite you to see our incredible dance students in action as they perform for the Spring Dance Concert, "Gratitude," on Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.magnificaths.org/tickets. Adults $10/Students $8/Seniors $8

Click here for a more detailed calendar of upcoming Performing Arts events.


Save the Date
Blue Streak Golf Outing
June 8, 2019
Registration at 12 p.m.
Shotgun Start at 1 p.m.
Legacy Golf Course at Sweetbriar Golf Club
Click here for details and registration.

Magnificat Class of 2019 Athletic College Commitments

Delaney Baumbick - Soccer - Campbell University
Lindsay Bush - Track & Field - Eastern Michigan University
Emily Connor - Track & Field - Virginia Tech University
Sara Fessler - Softball - Ursuline College
McKenna Jablonske - Softball - University of Mount Union
Grace Jenny - Lacrosse - University of Louisville
Aly Kovach - Golf - Bowling Green State University
Caroline Raffin - Rowing - University of Connecticut
Anna Roggenburk - Tennis - Xavier University
Abby Russo - Soccer - Grand Valley State University
Faith Woyat - Rowing - University of Rhode Island

Campus Ministry

Lenten Project

As we review this year's Lenten Project, we continue to reflect on the Paschal Mystery in the context of our global community. Just as Mary proclaimed her song of praise, we too have been inspired by the Spirit and gifted with the awareness that we are a part of something much greater than ourselves. The funds collected from the Lenten Project this year were donated to Rostro de Cristo and Damien House in Ecuador, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary ministry in Haiti, and Café Justo in Mexico. We are grateful to the entire Magnificat community for sharing this Easter joy with the organizations we served through the Lenten Project. In deep gratitude for your generosity and prayers, we wish you a blessed and joyful Easter season.

Upcoming Events

Mother/Daughter Evening of Reflection
Tuesday, May 7
6-8:30 p.m.
Lourdes Chapel, Magnificat
$30/couple; $40 for two or more daughters
Please RSVP by April 16 to Angela Vasiloff in the Campus Ministry Department.

To view the invitation, click here.

Counseling Department

AP Tests

AP Tests are approaching and our students are working diligently in their AP classes to prepare. Please click here for the 2019 AP Test Schedule.

Summer Internships, Experiences, and Enrichment

Many colleges offer opportunities for students in leadership, academics, and enrichment. Please check postings in the Marian Commons and on Naviance (Naviance>College>Research Colleges>Enrichment Programs).

We encourage you to check out these many opportunities with your daughters. If your daughter plans to participate in any summer experience, whether at a college, camp, or program where she applies and is accepted, please let her counselor know. Thank you!

Mothers' and Fathers' Club

Fathers' Club Fish/Shrimp Fry

The Fathers' Club Fish/Shrimp Fry was a huge success with a packed house before the Our Town performance on April 5. All proceeds went toward Fathers' Club projects that benefit Magnificat High School.

Mother/Daughter Service Project

The April 10 Mother/Daughter Service Project was an opportunity for current and incoming students and their mothers to spend some time together for the benefit of Moriah House and Domestic Violence Shelter.

Mother/Daughter Senior Mass

On March 31 Magnificat seniors and their mothers attended Mass and a luncheon together at Avon Oaks Country Club.

Upcoming Events

AFP Sponsored Event: Fundraising Group Therapy: Moves Management Roundtable,Thursday, May 23rd, 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM in the LGI

Student Life


Parking permit applications for the 2019-2020 recently rolled out. Parking fees will not increase for 2019-20. Seniors will automatically be placed on the campus lot. Overflow parking will be available at Good Soil Lutheran Ministries.


Senior Prom was a huge success with 335 total and 171 out of 180 seniors in attendance. After prom included an airbrush tattoo artist, a cariacature artist, a Cique du Papier artist, rock shots, a giant lite brite, bingo, a DJ and a midnight buffet.

Senior Week (April 29-May 3):

  • Monday- Spirit Day ~ Dress like you want to be when you grow up
  • Tuesday- Fictional Character Day
  • Wednesday-College shirt day
  • Thursday- Cleveland Pride ~ wear Cleveland Gear
  • Friday-Walking Yearbook Day ~ signing of school shirts; Running of the halls at 2:19 and picnic on the athletic lawn; Karaoke in the Caf

Graduation: May 21, 2019

The time for graduation has been changed to 7:00 PM instead of 8:00 PM. Each student's family will receive four tickets. Two additional tickets will be available by request until all tickets are gone. We will live stream into the LGI, which will be used for additional seating; a ticket will be required to enter that space. Brigid Naughton will serve as the Class of 2019 graduation speaker.