Physical Education Dance Lesson
This Dance Party…I mean lesson…was the highlight of my week! When Ms. DiSabatino invited me to virtually visit her PE class, I was thrilled, as those classes are among my favorite when giving people tours of the school. Missing being at school so very much, I really looked forward to her Friday morning class.
Ms. DiSabatino began the class by discussing the many line dances choregraphed over the decades, specifically referencing dances the students may have seen or done at weddings. It was uplifting to see the students smiling as the recalled fond memories of family and friends celebrating together. In this time of separation, it was good for us all to remember the joy of being together.
Reminding the students that she was right there with them, albeit virtually, Ms. DiSabatino encouraged full participation in the dance lesson. She shared with the students an instructional video of the Wobble, and then the dance party began! I was so proud of the students for dancing and encouraging one another! I couldn’t stop smiling, and I really felt like we were all together for a moment.
Ms. DiSabatino then gave the students time to meet in their small groups to determine what dance genre they will choose for their dance project. I am really hoping for an invitation for their performances! Albert Einstein was right, “Dancers are the athletes of God.”
Alumna, Lauren O’Connell Mahler, Speaks to a Modern US History Class
Mrs. Angela Coburn Pugliese invited fellow Padua alumna, Lauren O’Connell Mahler, a lawyer who works at the Delaware Office of Defense Services, to speak to the members of her Modern US History class who are currently studying the Judicial Branch of Government.
Lauren works with youth to ensure that they are protected and their voices are heard when involved in a court case. Lauren has also had experience advocating on behalf of children who need educational support and resources. She shared with the students how she was able to put her passion for public interest law into protecting the civil rights of middle school and high school students.
Beyond her professional sharing, she also spoke with the students about the strength of the Padua sisterhood. She works with many Padua alumnae, including an alumna who in interning. Lauren encouraged the students to reach out to the alumnae network when considering possible career fields.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Mrs. Pugliese’s class. Not only did she facilitate a great discussion, but also she modeled the value and benefit of networking with fellow alumnae. Even though we are apart right now, we are united in the Padua sisterhood.
College 101 – College Essay Writing Workshop
As a former English teacher, I have a lot of experience reading college essays, so I thought I knew all there was to know about it – boy, was I wrong! While our students are very experienced writers, I forgot just how different the college essay is from our regular academic essays.
Members of the College Advisement and School Counseling Department visited English classes to coach our Juniors in the college essay writing process. Beginning with a video, How to Tell a Unique Story to Admissions, our Padua counselors stressed the importance of the college essay. The essay is more than just a writing sample; it is a personal introduction. The college essay really needs to convey the student’s “voice,” showcasing the her own vocabulary, tone, and message to convey her personality to the college admissions officer.
The counselors presented the students with examples of strong and weak essays, emphasizing the importance of capturing the reader’s attention immediately with a strong introductory paragraph. They also discussed a wide variety possible essay prompts and how best to address them.
I am so grateful that our College Advisement and School Counseling Department is so dedicated to our students’ success. We hear from our alumnae all the time how very well prepared they were for college, especially with their writing skills. Kudos to all of our teachers, especially those in the humanities!