Fall Semester 2022 of The Word Magazine | Molly Shea
Campus Ministry at DSHA hosts a robust array of faith formation offerings throughout the year. This model is an intentional combination of all-school and optional opportunities that are built upon the understanding that faith is personal to each girl. When students are offered an environment of choices in which to engage their faith, they actively say “yes” to growing their relationship with God in a way that is meaningful and personal among community. This fall, many of the DSHA Campus Ministry optional offerings were reworked into the co-curricular schedule to offer more freedom and flexibility for students to partake. In turn, student participation, engagement, and activity increased across all grade levels.
Fall Semester 2022 of The Word Magazine | Erin McCarville
Founded by Specialized Studies Department Chair and Mathematics Faculty Connie Farrow and Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield in the spring of 2020, the DSHA STEM Scholars program is designed for motivated DSHA students who are curious about and willing to engage in learning and applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program requires rigorous coursework, participation in a STEM-related co-curricular, and attendance at quarterly meetings where they discuss or participate in STEM-related opportunities and offer support to one another. STEM-related research is recommended. The program has grown from twenty-three students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year to sixty-five in the current school year.
For the past two years, DSHA has participated in the Young Playwrights Festival sponsored by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Students participated in a series of workshops with artists-in-residence at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to develop and write an one-act play and submit it to the biannual festival, which next takes place March 20, 2023. Three DSHA students were selected to the top ten list in 2021 and four students to the top ten in 2022 list.
DSHA's fall musical, Sister Act, the upbeat, laugh-out-loud, hilarious, and vibrant musical with fabulous voices, Catholic fun, incredible dance moves, and talent from our students, received numerous nominations from the Jerry Awards program in late December. The Jerry Awards, run by the Overture Center in Madison, recognizes excellence in high school musical theater across Wisconsin. Three reviewers from the program randomly attended three different performances of Sister Act in November and provided written feedback. The finalists in each category will be selected in middle to late May. If selected, the award winners will attend the awards ceremony in early June and may perform. DSHA's nominations are as follows: