Updates to January 2018 Calendar Dates

We have important school and activity dates coming up in January, so please take note!


We have made a few changes to a couple of our events. The children's concert of Peter and the Wolf will be rescheduled and the PA Meeting/Aperitivo has been moved from January 18th to January 30th. 


Calendar Dates for January 2018
  • Monday, January 8 - School reopens 
  • Friday, January 19 - Last day of first semester
  • Monday, January 22 - No Classes
  • Tuesday, January 23 - Second semester begins | Book Launch of Synaesthesium by Creative Writing teacher, poet and published author, Moira Egan, SSS Cultural Center at 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 30 from 6:30pm - PA Meeting/Aperitivo
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A June Vernissage… at the SSS Cultural Center See the work of Andrea Calisi!

Andrea Calisi, illustrator, will present a selection of his works, during a vernissage on Thursday, June 8th from 5-8pm. The show will stay on until June 15th (by appointment)


St.Stephen's Cultural Center 

is pleased to invite to the vernissage of Andrea Calisi



Via Aventina, 1-corner with Viale Aventino


Andrea Calisi has collaborated as an illustrator with  “D” della Repubblica, Alias del Manifesto, The Touring Club, Inarea studio di comunicazione, il WWF,  La Regione Lazio, The Univeristy of Siena, Universal Music and several publishers. His works have been shown at Umbria Jazz, Villa Celimontana Jazz, Sano Museum of Mishima, Daimaru Museum of Kyoto and Mitsukoshi Department Store of Tokyo.


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What Are You Reading this Summer?

The 2017 Spring/Summer version of the Cortile is now online! Here's a note from Eric Mayer, our Head of School, about what's in store in this wonderful issue!


As another school year comes to a close, we thought the best send off for the summer holidays was a collection of short stories, poems, and non-fiction submitted by current students, faculty, alumni and parents. The Spring/ Summer issue of The Cortile is a true showcase of the impressive array of talent from our eclectic and multifaceted community. 


We invite you to start this delightful edition with a read through an exceptional collection of poetry and creative writing, which is introduced by Creative Writing teacher, poet, translator and editor Moira Egan. She leads with several inspiring and intriguing poems of her own, such as La boite à violon {1923}, in which her eloquent use of words simply transform the luxurious and sumptuous sound of the violin. Through Egan’s work, the reader is transported vicariously through time to various scenes, each elaborately and carefully detailed so as to bring a sense of tranquillity and peace, which both define and underscore her talent. Egan’s students follow with strong creative writing pieces and poetry that display the depth of Egan’s presence as a guide to the craft. The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Andrea Peniche ’19, though not to the exclusion of others, is one such example. She shares a different perspective on a timeless story by artfully reframing the narrative, this time told through the eyes of the wolf! The section ends with ekphrastic poems written by students interpreting various works by American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967), which highlights their visual approach to writing. 


In Part II, Transitions, we meet characters who are at a crossroads—both cultural and social— through engaging pieces from three alumnae. St. Stephen's Trustee Tina Rocchio '85 adeptly explores the theme of cultural estrangement and detachment in her preface to an exhibition titled, A Roman Experience, Reflections on Immigration, Isolation and Otherness. In an excerpt of 1978 alumna Rachel Cantor’s novel Good on Paper, we encounter a woman on the precipice of a career boost, whereas Elizabeth Canning Blackwell ’86 delves into the social aspect of new beginnings through an excerpt from her book In the Shadow of Lakecrest.


We arrive at other examples of creative writing talent from our student body in Part III, Poetry & Musings. Students of IB English teacher Dr. Livia Sacchettti display great skill and mastery. Their poetry can be read throughout the year in Ink, a publication where students create work that is original and self-expressive—enhanced once again by the proficiency and expertise of their teacher Dr. Sacchetti. We are thrilled to have this imaginative collection of poetry grace the pages of this issue. The section concludes with a wonderful essay by Sophia Bare ’20, a recipient of the Gold Key 2017 National Writing Award. She is a rising tenth-grader and a student of Edward Steinberg, teacher of English and co-editor of The Cortile. Her piece is The Secret Goldfish by D.B. Caulfield. 


St. Stephen’s parent Andrew Kneale presents an aspect of Rome’s Medieval history in a detailed account that will soon be published in the new book, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings.In Part IV, War & History, we jump from Rome in the Middle Ages to two student pieces about the impact of war: Buttons by Katie Bono ’18 and The Little Boy in Iraq by Morgan Shenaut’18. 


Our non-fiction offerings include real-life episodes from an ABC soundman and alumnus, who spent time in 1980s conflict-ridden Beirut to an essay on China’s one-child policy and a personal story of what it was like getting to know 1950s idol, James Dean. We end this special issue with an alumni tribute. This year the School launched its first Alumni Recognition Award and selected its first recipient, Dr. Peter Gregersen, for his accomplishments and contribution in the field of medicine. 


We also acknowledge the passing of an admired member of the alumni community, Barb Devine ’77, an energetic adventurer who loved the far away and exotic; she will be missed by many. Lastly, we congratulate the Class of 2017. Seventy-eight seniors graduated on Friday, May 26th and are about to embark on diverse paths that will open new doors and limitless possibilities. We hope their next chapter will continue to be filled with passion and curiosity for learning, discovery and exploration. 


So what will you be reading this summer?

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