Intersections: #LoveMySchoolDay

April 11, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Early this morning, one of our English teachers posted that she would be needing someone to cover E period because one of her children was sick. Four minutes later, I saw it and immediately wrote and offered to help. But I was too late, as it turned out - one of my colleagues in the Performing Arts Department had already grabbed the chance.

Filed Under: Girls Schools, community, Feminism, feminist school, Intsersections, #LoveMySchoolDay

Intersections: #GirlsRock

April 03, 2017 by Bill Ivey

As a Rock Band teacher, I try to keep my eye out for kids, especially girls, who have talent and whom I can help promote on social media. One such artist is Sina from Germany, a 16-year-old girl who first came to YouTube fame at the age of 14; her drum cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” now has nearly 3,000,000 views. Earlier today, YouTube recommended I listen to her (amazing!) international collaboration with two 12-year-old girls of the classic “Smoke in the Water”; it’s nearing 100,000 views after just three weeks.

Filed Under: music, Girls Schools, Rock Band, Feminism, Women in Rock, Intersections, #GirlsRock, Antigone Rising

Intersections: A Day Without Women

March 07, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Because we are on spring break this International Women’s Day, the question of whether and how we might be participating in the national “day without women” never really came up. I’ve heard of public school districts where sufficient numbers of women have requested the day off that they have simply cancelled classes for the day, and here at my wife’s school (a girls school which is still in session), some of the kids have expressed their desire to participate.

Suppose our own school were in session and had made plans to participate. What might a day without women have looked like?

Filed Under: Women, intersectionality, Girls Schools, International Women's Day, Intersections, Day Without Women

Intersections - The Joy Is the Source

January 11, 2017 by Bill Ivey

(title based on a quote by Graham Hays)

As of today, two teams share the record for the longest win streak in college basketball - the UConn women’s team of 2008-2010, and the current team. They have tied and are poised to break this record in a year they were supposed to be, by UConn standards anyway, weaker than usual. After winning four championships in four years, Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, and Morgan Tuck had left for the WNBA as the top three draft choices. This was supposed to be UConn’s rebuilding year. Under those circumstances, you’d think UConn’s players would be feeling acute pressure. “But the Huskies were smiling too soon -- [Katie] Samuelson grinning from ear to ear even before the ball was tipped -- for the joy to be the product of the play. The joy had to be the source.” (Graham Hays)

Filed Under: Middle School, Girls Schools, Intersections, Joy

On Malala's 19th Birthday

July 12, 2016 by Bill Ivey

Today is the 19th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, and we join millions and millions of people in wishing her a happy birthday and many happy returns. To celebrate her 16th birthday, Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, designated July 12 “Malala Day” and she addressed that assembly with a now-iconic speech, asserting it was not her day but rather the "day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised a voice for their rights." (Malala, quoted in Bai).

Filed Under: All-Girls, gender equity, Girls Schools, All Girls Education, Feminism, Malala Yousafzai, Malala Day, Unicef, World Bank Group

Commencement 2016: Address by Senior Speaker Siobhan Pascal '16

May 31, 2016 by Guest Student Author

Thank you to all the parents, family, guests, and alumnae who have come to share this special day with us, the Class of 2016. Thank you to the teachers, faculty, and staff for getting us this far. Thank you to all our friends and schoolmates who have helped to make our last year worthwhile. Today we are gathered in our gymnatorium, as Ann likes to call it, in order to celebrate another significant milestone in our lives. Like other milestones, we may not always appreciate it as much as we do now or remember the amount of work that we put into getting here, but that does not make it any less consequential.

Filed Under: social justice, graduation speech, Girls Schools, Graduation, Education, Class of 2016

Absolutely on the Right Track

March 01, 2016 by Bill Ivey

There’s nothing quite like realizing, about three minutes into a debate, that despite having served as assistant debate coach here for a number of years and even having been principal coach for two French language debate teams, you have never actually personally done a debate in 40 years, since you were a sophomore in high school. That’s especially true when your students are watching - as is Paul Bassett, the award-winning debate coach with whom you once served all those years ago. It was honestly completely nerve-wracking. Fortunately, I have over 40 years of experience as a performing musician on which to draw to help me keep my poise even as my adrenaline started pumping. Still, I could have been easily forgiven for wishing we had 12 students in the class instead of 11, and I could have just served as a judge instead of agreeing, at student request, to participate in order to keep the teams balanced.

Filed Under: Girls Schools, Feminism, Debate and Public Speaking, Education

Connecting with NASA

February 06, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Andrea Tehan Carnes

On Friday, January 29th at 11:00am EST, Stoneleigh-Burnham students had the chance to connect with Dr. Lenore Rasmussen, Polymer Chemist, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ras Labs in a video conference hosted by Rachel Power of NASA’s Digital Learning Network at Kennedy Space Center. While Stoneleigh-Burnham was the only school to participate on camera in the web conference, it was also streamed live on NASA’s DLN channel where anyone was able to live tweet or e-mail Dr. Rasmussen questions about her experiment. There were 25 eighth grade students, 13 upper school students, and six teaching faculty in attendance for this exciting event.

Filed Under: STEAM, Girls Schools, STEM, Education

As It Should Be

February 05, 2016 by Bill Ivey

The image, with its upraised fist and strong arm muscles, was reminiscent of Rosie the Riveter; the smile echoed Rosie's affirmation that “We can do it!” Plus, the new image was my friend Christina Torres. Add in the title, “Courtesans and Questions: On Rediscovering Femininity,” and the chances of my reading that blog post were about 10,000% (i.e., very high). Part memoir, part reflection, part call to action, the piece brilliantly and compellingly traces the evolution of her sense of her own gender in a culture where patriarchy governs not just how we view femininity but also how we thus respond to a system that perpetuates a narrow (and binary) view of gender.

Filed Under: LGBT Support, Girls Schools, Feminism, Education

2015 Hour of Code

December 14, 2015 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Andrea Tehan Carnes, STEAM Coordinator (written on Dec. 9, 2015)

All of the students at Stoneleigh-Burnham School participated the international Hour of Code event today as part of Computer Science Education Week! The Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and to increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The activities that the girls worked on in the Hour of Code are designed to help demystify code through simple tutorials and activities that show students that anyone really can learn to code!

Filed Under: STEAM, Girls Schools, Education, Hour Of Code