School News

2020

  • August

    Student Connection, Engagement, and Support During Online Learning | Part 1 of 2: State of the Students

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    A DSHA education is more than facts, concepts, coursework, and a rigorous college-prep curriculum. It is about young women finding a place that affirms they are created in the image and likeness of God. It is about being known by teachers, counselors, pastoral staff, administration, and the sisterhood that is only possible in an all-girls environment. It is about finding passion and purpose in the company of a supportive, Catholic community. Over the course of the spring semester of 2020, DSHA learned that while better together, this unique education — at its true core — is still possible when required to be physically apart because of a dedicated faculty and staff, unwilling to settle in order to meet students in their evolving needs.
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  • Kiley Robbins, DSHA '20, and Mathematics Faculty Libby Wissing, DSHA '10, connect on a Microsoft Teams call prior to Robbins' AP Statistics test in mid-May.

    Student Connection, Engagement, and Support During Online Learning | Part 2 of 2: Redefining Necessity

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    A DSHA education is more than facts, concepts, coursework, and a rigorous college-prep curriculum. It is about young women finding a place that affirms they are created in the image and likeness of God. It is about being known by teachers, counselors, pastoral staff, administration, and the sisterhood that is only possible in an all-girls environment. It is about finding passion and purpose in the company of a supportive, Catholic community. Over the course of the spring semester of 2020, DSHA learned that while better together, this unique education — at its true core — is still possible when required to be physically apart because of a dedicated faculty and staff, unwilling to settle in order to meet students in their evolving needs.
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  • July

    Anna Nicole Stein, DSHA '12

    The Heroes Among Us | Anna Nicole Stein, DSHA '12

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    During this time of crisis, the community has looked to, and continues to depend on, the frontline heroes. The setting of their work may differ from person to person—they may work in hospitals, directly in the community, or in places with vulnerable populations—but they all have a passion and drive to help their neighbors, even as it presents a risk to their own well-being.

    Dozens of DSHA alumnae are these heroes. They all embody what it means to be a Dasher — a confident, capable woman making an actual, tangible difference in the world for good.

    They are believers. They draw on their faith that was strengthened at DSHA, and
    lean on this faith during this difficult time.

    They are self-advocates. They assess their strength and abilities, and do their part to help whenever and however they know they are capable. With courage, they fight for what is right—for their patients and themselves —evenin the midst of risk and unknowns.

    They are critical thinkers. Even though their job responsibilities and roles have evolved, they adapt quickly and intelligently, making choices of life and death each day.

    They are communicators. They hear from those who are struggling; they respond and they share in those struggles. They communicate using both strategy and empathy, grace, and truth.

    They are leaders. In constant collaboration with others, they proactively fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the effect it has on all members of the community.

    While the DSHA Qualities of a Graduate were established in these frontlines alumnae during their time at DSHA or its founding schools, we are learning from them each and every day, even as they continue to discover new information themselves. They show us what it means to carry oneself with confidence, to selflessly help others, and to trust in our values and beliefs—even and especially when times are tough. We are proud to call these alumnae a part of our community.

    Fred Rogers is famously quoted for saying, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

    These alumnae are quick to point to others who are helping, the people they find in their line of work that inspire them. But they deserve the recognition as well.

    They are the helpers. And for that, we are immensely grateful.
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  • Candice Gaenslen Beecher, DSHA '04, with her husband and son.

    The Heroes Among Us | Candice Gaenslen Beecher, DSHA ‘04

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    During this time of crisis, the community has looked to, and continues to depend on, the frontline heroes. The setting of their work may differ from person to person—they may work in hospitals, directly in the community, or in places with vulnerable populations—but they all have a passion and drive to help their neighbors, even as it presents a risk to their own well-being.

    Dozens of DSHA alumnae are these heroes. They all embody what it means to be a Dasher — a confident, capable woman making an actual, tangible difference in the world for good.

    They are believers. They draw on their faith that was strengthened at DSHA, and
    lean on this faith during this difficult time.

    They are self-advocates. They assess their strength and abilities, and do their part to help whenever and however they know they are capable. With courage, they fight for what is right—for their patients and themselves —evenin the midst of risk and unknowns.

    They are critical thinkers. Even though their job responsibilities and roles have evolved, they adapt quickly and intelligently, making choices of life and death each day.

    They are communicators. They hear from those who are struggling; they respond and they share in those struggles. They communicate using both strategy and empathy, grace, and truth.

    They are leaders. In constant collaboration with others, they proactively fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the effect it has on all members of the community.

    While the DSHA Qualities of a Graduate were established in these frontlines alumnae during their time at DSHA or its founding schools, we are learning from them each and every day, even as they continue to discover new information themselves. They show us what it means to carry oneself with confidence, to selflessly help others, and to trust in our values and beliefs—even and especially when times are tough. We are proud to call these alumnae a part of our community.

    Fred Rogers is famously quoted for saying, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

    These alumnae are quick to point to others who are helping, the people they find in their line of work that inspire them. But they deserve the recognition as well.

    They are the helpers. And for that, we are immensely grateful.
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  • The Cueto sisters, from left to right, Jennifer Cueto Gequillana, DSHA '89; Jane Cueto Leh, DSHA '93; and Josephine Liezl Cueto Sampang, DSHA '97

    The Heroes Among Us | Jennifer Cueto Gequillana, DSHA '89

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    During this time of crisis, the community has looked to, and continues to depend on, the frontline heroes. The setting of their work may differ from person to person—they may work in hospitals, directly in the community, or in places with vulnerable populations—but they all have a passion and drive to help their neighbors, even as it presents a risk to their own well-being.

    Dozens of DSHA alumnae are these heroes. They all embody what it means to be a Dasher — a confident, capable woman making an actual, tangible difference in the world for good.

    They are believers. They draw on their faith that was strengthened at DSHA, and
    lean on this faith during this difficult time.

    They are self-advocates. They assess their strength and abilities, and do their part to help whenever and however they know they are capable. With courage, they fight for what is right—for their patients and themselves —evenin the midst of risk and unknowns.

    They are critical thinkers. Even though their job responsibilities and roles have evolved, they adapt quickly and intelligently, making choices of life and death each day.

    They are communicators. They hear from those who are struggling; they respond and they share in those struggles. They communicate using both strategy and empathy, grace, and truth.

    They are leaders. In constant collaboration with others, they proactively fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the effect it has on all members of the community.

    While the DSHA Qualities of a Graduate were established in these frontlines alumnae during their time at DSHA or its founding schools, we are learning from them each and every day, even as they continue to discover new information themselves. They show us what it means to carry oneself with confidence, to selflessly help others, and to trust in our values and beliefs—even and especially when times are tough. We are proud to call these alumnae a part of our community.

    Fred Rogers is famously quoted for saying, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

    These alumnae are quick to point to others who are helping, the people they find in their line of work that inspire them. But they deserve the recognition as well.

    They are the helpers. And for that, we are immensely grateful.
    Read More
  • Samantha Erschen Thurner, DSHA '05

    The Heroes Among Us | Samantha Erschen Thurner, DSHA '05

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    During this time of crisis, the community has looked to, and continues to depend on, the frontline heroes. The setting of their work may differ from person to person—they may work in hospitals, directly in the community, or in places with vulnerable populations—but they all have a passion and drive to help their neighbors, even as it presents a risk to their own well-being.

    Dozens of DSHA alumnae are these heroes. They all embody what it means to be a Dasher — a confident, capable woman making an actual, tangible difference in the world for good.

    They are believers. They draw on their faith that was strengthened at DSHA, and
    lean on this faith during this difficult time.

    They are self-advocates. They assess their strength and abilities, and do their part to help whenever and however they know they are capable. With courage, they fight for what is right—for their patients and themselves —evenin the midst of risk and unknowns.

    They are critical thinkers. Even though their job responsibilities and roles have evolved, they adapt quickly and intelligently, making choices of life and death each day.

    They are communicators. They hear from those who are struggling; they respond and they share in those struggles. They communicate using both strategy and empathy, grace, and truth.

    They are leaders. In constant collaboration with others, they proactively fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the effect it has on all members of the community.

    While the DSHA Qualities of a Graduate were established in these frontlines alumnae during their time at DSHA or its founding schools, we are learning from them each and every day, even as they continue to discover new information themselves. They show us what it means to carry oneself with confidence, to selflessly help others, and to trust in our values and beliefs—even and especially when times are tough. We are proud to call these alumnae a part of our community.

    Fred Rogers is famously quoted for saying, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

    These alumnae are quick to point to others who are helping, the people they find in their line of work that inspire them. But they deserve the recognition as well.

    They are the helpers. And for that, we are immensely grateful.
    Read More
  • The DSHA Class of 2020 at the staff vs. seniors basketball game in January.

    Class of 2020 College Matriculation

    This fall, 169 members of DSHA’s beloved class of 2020 will head all over the country, looking forward to new experiences and endless possibilities in their best-possible-fit school. Cheer on the class of 2020 as you glance at a snapshot of where our seniors will land this fall—colleges and universities that complement their strengths, priorities, aspirations, and goals.
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  • May

    The Parent Fine Arts Association Awards Night was celebrated virtually on May 6.

    2019-2020 Honors & Awards

    Due to social distancing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the closure of DSHA, the achievements of students were honored virtually. The Parent Fine Arts Association Awards Night, the SDS Salvatorian Senior Awards Night, and the Underclasswomen Honors Assembly were all made into videos and shared with our community in May. Click on the links below to celebrate the achievements of our students! 
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  • February

    Laura Hughes, DSHA '00, and Liam Merz. Hughes was Liam's primary care nurse as he was going through cancer treatment at Children's Hospital.

    Connections to Cancer Show Strength of DSHA Community

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    Kathleen Maloney, DSHA ’06, and Laura Hughes, DSHA ’00, have served in one of the most difficult professions: selflessly caring for children with cancer. While they see kids from all walks of life, they have also taken care of children with a connection to the DSHA community. Their connection with these patients reveals that the DSHA journey is not just four years, for many alumnae, it’s for life.
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  • Calhoun coaches Megan Novotny, DSHA ‘20, in the Sarah M. Hegarty Fitness Center; they’ve been working regularly since.

    Pushing Beyond What is Comfortable

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    DSHA Director of Fitness & Performance and Health & Fitness Department Chair Brian Calhoun has been at DSHA since 2015. His goal is to challenge students to live by the motto has that shaped his life — push and work beyond what you are capable of; beyond what is comfortable.   
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  • Jovana Vazquez Sanchez, DSHA ’21, and Makayla Hughes, DSHA ’21, dissect a chicken wing to study the muscles of the wing.

    Dual-Credit Course Helps Students Look Toward Future

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    Human Anatomy and Physiology has been offered at DSHA for more than 15 years and became a dual-(college) credit course eight years ago. This popular class, along with other courses in the dual-credit program, offers students a multitude of benefits as it relates to both college preparation and career exploration. 
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  • January

    The French exchange students and their DSHA hosts pictured in October at DSHA.

    The Ultimate Final Exam

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    For two weeks in October, DSHA juniors and seniors hosted 31 students from Lycée Saint Jean, a Catholic, co-ed high school in Limoges, France. This is the first part of the French exchange partnership between DSHA and Saint Jean, which has been in place for 30 years. In the spring, DSHA French students will travel to Limoges and stay with a host student from Saint Jean.
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  • Young Alumna of the Year Molly Sullivan, DSHA '04

    Women's Work: Alumnae Return to Speak About DSHA Influence on Professional Careers

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    On October 4, as DSHA kicked off its 2019 Alumnae Weekend, students filled the auditorium to hear from the Young Alumna of the Year, Molly Sullivan, DSHA ‘04, and the Alumna of the Year, CAPT Amy Bauernschmidt, DSHA ‘89. They demonstrated where hard work, determination, and self-confidence could lead, and students walked away inspired, looking forward to their own futures.
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  • The DSHA Varsity Field Hockey Team celebrated taking home the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association State Championship — for the first time in school history.  Photo courtesy of Mark Frohna.

    Learning to Lean on Each Other

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    On October 19, the DSHA Varsity Field Hockey Team won the Wisconsin High School Field Hockey Association State Championship— for the first time in the 16 seasons the sport has existed at DSHA, co-head coached by Quinn Loucks and Sue Walline. After two scoreless overtimes and a shootout to decide the state champion, DSHA came up victorious against Arrowhead.
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  • Claire Halloran, DSHA '16, was named a Rhodes Scholar, which provides her the opportunity to study at Oxford beginning next fall.

    Alumna Receives Rhodes Scholarship to Study at Oxford

    Claire Halloran, DSHA ’16, was named one of 32 recipients of the prestigious 2020 Rhodes Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to study at Oxford beginning next fall. 
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