Magazine

Spring 2020
An examination of the school's strategic initiatives in curricular development around character-based leadership and creative problem-solving. Incoming Montessori Director Lauren Guip reveals three research-based strategies on raising happy children. Art teacher Samantha England's personal perseverance story. The Rostrum turns 100. How how The Summit refreshed its brand. Endowed scholarships. Varsity boys' cross country team wins state championship. John McJoynt III and Barnard Baker are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. McKenzie-Sargent award given to Conky Greiwe. Legacy of Leadership awards given to Sister Rose Ann Fleming and Edward C. Tyrrell. Alumni profiles of Tiffany Chenault, David Thies and Ty Walbrink, Ney Ultra Award given to Mary and Joe Brinkmeyer. MThe 100th anniversary of the Rostrum. tributes to award winners; and profiles of alumni Tiffany Chenault, David Theis and Ty Walbrink. 

 

Fall 2019 
Inspired by the founding Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, faculty and students engage in service to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. The Class of 2019 is the largest graduating class in The Summit’s history and includes 43 lifers whose life experience has been imbued in school tradition and history. Third and fourth graders have capstone experiences on fairness and responsibility. Jelly Belly mosaics created by Summit students can be found all over town. Endowed funds provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Middle School teacher Laura Priede receives the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Leader of Character Awards are given to religion teachers Kurtis Smith in the Upper School and Laura Dennemann in the Middle School. Middle School music teacher Greg Williams receives The Summit Way Award. Tom Theobald SBS ’50 shares what compels him to give back. Joanna Haas ’85 is Kentucky Science Center’s CEO.

Spring 2019
The Summit is benchmarking best practices for social justice, anti-bias and civil rights education. Chapel Talks celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Our new Exploratarium students and teachers unleash their creativity. Our Latin Club brings home another state trophy in March. The Summit receives high marks from parents this fall in our triennial community survey. Running sports at The Summit are experiencing a surge in interest year-round. JP Tew is ranked among the best squash players in the country. Connie Nelson is named a US Squash Scholar Athlete. The Summit awards 23 endowed scholarships and 34 merit scholarships to 57 incoming freshmen.  Recipients of The Summit’s oldest endowed scholarship, the Marc Gerard Fragge ’83 Memorial Scholarship, are an accomplished group of high achievers. My Summit Story: Sister Rose Ann Fleming ‘ 50 SNDdeN

Winter 2019
The Summit boys' soccer team win the 2018 Division II state championship, its fourth in a row.  Summit teachers use intentional methods to integrate social-emotional learning. Senior Victoria Walton is published in the Concord Review, becoming the seventh Summit student to do so. Sixth graders get a lesson in perseverance. Keynote speaker George Couros leads the 11th annual Early Childhood Education Symposium.My Summit Story: Louis Valencia. Ne Ultra Award: Edward "Hap" Castleberry SBS '46. McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award: C. Bert Amann, Jr. SBS '45. Lauren Conners '01, Eric O'Brien '98 and Alex Thurner '08 are the new members of The Summit's Athletic Hall of Fame. Special report on the Class of 2014

Fall 2018
Sharing the goodness of God has been The Summit’s faith tradition since the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) founded our school. he 99 members of the Class of 2018 are an especially accomplished group of scholars, artists and athletes recruited by college admissions representatives nationwide.  Our 18-month-olds join the 2-year-olds in mixed-age classrooms. Lower School science teacher Pat Seta coordinates outdoor lesson plans in all subject areas. Students have a hand in the design of the new playground outside The Summit’s Harold C. Schott Middle School. The College Counseling Office starts working with Upper School students as soon as they walk in the door as freshmen. TEnd of the year faculty recognitions included Maggie Prinner, Elizabeth Drumm, Marianne Cramer, Liz Means and Doug Johnson. We say goodbye to retiring faculty Pat Kelly, Mary Vetter, Skip Lynam, Penny Herr, Cathy Flesch and Lynn Bartley. George Couros, author of “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent and Lead a Culture of Creativity,” will keynote the Oct. 27 Early Childhood Education Symposium.  

Spring 2018
An abundance of  performance opportunities give students confidence in front of a crowd. A faculty-staff training program called SEED facilitates conversation on issues of equity and diversity. Junior Caroline Kubicki changes the life of an Afghan refugee family. Eighth grader Irene Calderon wins coveted spots in band, orchestra, Latin and spelling. Donna Orem, president of the National Association of Independent Schools, talks about what makes schools like The Summit distinctive. Seniors Harrison and Henry Schertzinger, sophomore Sydni Black and senior Scott Kinross show how playing multiple sports pays dividends. Thanks to an increase in the endowment, The Summit increased the number of scholarships given to next year’s incoming freshmen. Brian Washington ’98 is an award-winning civil rights attorney and artist whose work has received national attention.  

Winter 2018
Montessori materials provide a scientifically-backed and engaging way to learn. Both the Summit girls soccer team and boys soccer team earn state titles, while boys’ golf, boys’ cross country team and individual girls in cross country and tennis participated in state competitions. Psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D. delivers the keynote address at the 10th annual Early Childhood Education Symposium. Senior Caroline Karbowski uses the 3-D printers to help people with visual impairments see the world through printed, 3-D objects. Junior Paul Wilson uses focus, determination and grit to defy acute myeloid leukemia. Sophomore Carissa Parker and her mother, Middle School teacher Joy Parker, serve victims of Hurricane Harvey. Alumna Madeleine “Pudy” (Kroger) Lame ’46 writes about her fond memories of the school. Alumna Patricia (Tyler) Perin ’45 is honored with the McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award. The Perins give the school candelabrums owned by John Jacob Astor IV.  Dawn and Dr. Robert C. Schiff Jr. are given the Ne Ultra Award. Austin Berry, Wes Homan, Eddie Maag and Tiara Turner are inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Alumni participate in the inaugural career day. In Memoriam: Joseph “Jay” H. Clasgens II. 

Fall 2017-18
The Class of 2017 is the first full graduating class of Generation Z, and their college essays express their priorities and characteristics. Kindergarten classrooms move up to the first floor of the Lower School. Classrooms for 18- to 36-month-olds are renovated to create a space more conducive to learning. Educational psychologist Michele Borba Ph.D. will return to keynote the 10th annual Early Childhood Education Symposium. Teachers and studies reinforce art as a necessary aid in development for Lower School-aged students. Upper School Spanish teacher Bob Baechtold receives the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching . Dietary Aide Rita Dhingra and boys baseball head coach Triffon Callos receive Leader of Character Awards. Custodian Leonard Hunter and Associate Director of Admission Elaine Pearl accept the Summit Way Awards. Athletic Director Greg Dennis is inducted into the Girard College Hall of Fame. We remember freshman Graham Hartman.

Spring 2016-17
Kirstin Pescola McEachern Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction Director, takes a look at how teachers from Montessori through the Upper School change the structure of their student's brains. Why our fourth grade students are entering the Middle School reading, on average, at the same level as a mid-year sixth grader. Lower School teachers help a first-grade Russian-speaking student learn EnglishPres. choolers dive deeply into the arts, science, geography, world language and cultural studies. Latin students regain the top spot at state. A look at an historic girls' and boys' basketball season. Young alumni survey results show how well prepared Summit graduates are for college. Theobold Scholars: Where are they now. In Memorial: Dr. Tom Monaco. 

Winter 2017
Toddlers use specific equipment geared toward developing larger muscle functions and motor skills. The boys' soccer team wins the state championship for the second consecutive year. The Summit's "Hollywood hopefuls" discuss their winding career paths as they attempt to break into Tinseltown's scene. Eighteen-month-olds will join the Toddler Program in the Montessori in 2017-18. Early Childhood Education Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Leonard Sax says character matters. The Lower School fine-tunes curriculum to include divergent thinking, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and mindfulness. Middle School teacher Rosie Sansalone spends part of summer break in Rwanda. The Summit welcomes a new priest, Fr. Dave Lemkuhl, as Fr. Philip Seher retires. Nick and Marty Ragland are awarded The Summit's Ne Ultra Award. Eric Bruns '96 and Katie Bunch Shoreman '01 are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Fall 2016
Five Summit students are on rowing teams at the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. The Class of 2016 burst out of "Summit bubble" with graduation in May. Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes works with students on identity and writing skills. Parents and students participate in fun math games on Family Fun Night.  The Middle School History Club publishes a new history magazine called Echoes. The popular IGknight program exemplifies research that encourages movement as an aid for cognitive development. First grade teacher Ceil Johnson receives the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Upper School English teacher Phyllis Lipovsky the Leader of Character award and Middle School Administrative Assistant Jen McGrath and Dietary Aide Antoine Hicks the Summit Way award. Montessori Director Phyllis Schueler retires after 45 years at The Summit along with Lower School Director Helen Clark and Technology Director Ken Uckotter. Students and teachers work with families in Nicaragua who have disabled children. The Summit wraps up 125th anniversary celebrations.. The Summit remembers teacher Michele Kaegi. 

Spring 2016
Our Global Summit is the theme of this issue, which includes stories about a new global curriculum mapping project undertaken by our entire faculty, our international students, European language trip, Global evening and what our alumni are doing around the world. Kathy Scott, Kendra Thornton and Holly Northern step into leadership roles. Third graders learn coding. Middle School teams take the Destination Imagination challenge. Our Summer Exploration curriculum. Results of our 2015 Community Survey. A Knight of Stars photo gallery. New books by J. Patrick Kelly, Dr. Tracy Law '85 Ph.D., Kim Ashcraft and our Lower School celebrate the 125th anniversary. Two newly endowed scholarships are awarded.

Winter 2016
The girls' and boys' soccer teams win double state titles. A new program called "IGknight" provides babies and young toddlers with musical experiences to develop movement and cognitive skill. The new Outdoor Learning Space is a natural source of inspiration in brain-targeted and physical learning. Lower School students collect shoes and backpacks to donate to Nicaraguan children. Teachers in the new wing and renovated spaces discuss the benefits. The Lower School creates and releases an alphabet book about The Summit. Sister Kim Dalgarn, SNDdeN, discusses St. Julie Billiart's continued influence on the Sisters today following The Summit's donation of a replica of the St. Julie stained-glass window in the Chapel , Walter "Chip" Homan BMS '66 wins the McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award. Three alumni athletes are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, while four others win Alumni Awards. 

125th Anniversary Special Edition
In this special issue, a noted city art critic explores the art and architecture of The Summit; a new web page is dedicated to the traditions of The Summit. Summer construction is broken down by the numbers. Stewart Spanbauer is the state champion diver and Mason Moore is a repeat state champion in track. Summit students mentor students at inner-city schools through Leadership Scholars. Students, faculty and staff attend the People of Color Conference. Fourth graders delve deeper into mathematics through the Robotics Club. LEGO bricks offer an early look at architecture and engineering. A report on the outcomes of the class of 2015. Latin teacher Larry Dean is awarded named the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Security guard Mike Walker, retired Athletics Administrative Assistant Donna Paulin and retired Administrative Assistant to the Head of School Emily Jolly win the Summit Way awards. Middle School teacher Laura Adkins and Lower School teacher Kathleen Kane are the Leaders of Character Award winners. Husband-and-wife art teachers Jan and Mark Wiesner retire. Fr. Philip Seher celebrates 50 years since his ordination. The Summit welcomes new Upper School Director John Thornburg, Curriculum and Instruction Director Kirstin McEachern. 

Winter-Spring 2015
The Summit launches the $18 million Aiming Higher campaign and explains construction and renovation plans for building our campus, strengthening our excellence by increasing membership in the Leaders of Character Society while bolstering the Annual Fund and ensuring our future by increasing our endowment. Freshman Jaden Woodard narrates the story of his "magical" road to recovery following his heart transplant. Students share their stories from a summer's mission trip to Belize. Students in the Honors Marine Science Seminar study in Hawaii for two weeks. The life of Summit alumna Sr. Rose Ann Fleming  SNDdeN '50 is chronicled as the Faculty Athletics Representative and Special Council to the President of Xavier University. Take-aways from the Early Childhood Education Symposium. Seven alumni and a current teacher and coach are honored with alumni and athletic awards.

Fall 2013
Parents offer their view of the college search process as The Summit's newest graduating class  earns acceptances nationwide at colleges and universities. Head of School Rich Wilson talks about why taking time for reflection is critical to learning. Summit faculty launch a social skills educational initiative. Kelley Cronin is awarded the Raymond E. Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Julie Keairns, Bruce Hartung and Vic Colin are honored with Summit Way awards. Julie Currie and Jerry Hilton '91 receive the Leaders of Character Awards. Bruce Bowdon retires. Kelly Schiess is named Assistant Heat of School for Enrollment Management and Special Projects. Jack Von Handorf is named Interim Director of the Upper School. Runner Mason Moore wins the state title in the 1,600-meter race. The McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award is given posthumously to Ruth Jung Conway '46.

Spring 2014
Alumni who are new legacy families share why they are educating their children at The Summit. Sister alumni chefs serve gourmet dishes. Top 10 ways drama enriches a Summit education with drama coach Tom Peters. The Summit's Montessori Program celebrates 50 years;. Lower School uses Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in signature Conceptual Math program. Insight into Upper School extracurriculars. Spring training gives Boys' Baseball team advantage. The Boys' Soccer team unveils its championship banner, two Soccer players named All-Americans and 11 seniors signed letters of intent to Division I schools. Dorothy "Bunny" (Wood) Whitaker endows the Thomas E. Wood Sr. and Thomas E. Wood Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The Robert T. Hertzel Memorial Scholarship and The Charles and MayBelle Barrett and John L. and Marian Leibold Scholarship are added to the named scholarship ranks as 22 incoming freshman receive scholarships. Trustees launch the Aspire Family Plan. The Summit Parents Association hosts Winter Olympics-themed winter social.

Winter 2013-14
The Boys' Soccer team clinches a second consecutive state championship. The new Science Research Institute is unique in Cincinnati. A robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program begins in the Middle School. A one-of-a-kind Five Star Reading Program begins in the Lower School. Spanish is introduced to Toddlers. The International Children's Art Exhibition and Early Childhood Education Symposium draw visitors to campus. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first named, endowed scholarship by remembering Marc Gerard Fragge '83. Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Nick Daniel '98, Julie (Baechtold) Alleman '93, Becky (Ackley) Christie '93 and teacher Ed Escudero. Alumni Awards are given to Andy Huesing '89, Lindsay Botsford '98, Harold Moeller '88 and Dan Petrie '03. Profiles of Dr. Robert Woliver SBS '61 and Dr. William D. Tobler Jr., SMS '96. In Memorium: James J. Brockhoff, John J. Gilligan, Frank X. Homan. 

Fall 2012
College Recruitment and the Wow Factor in the Class of 2013. McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award winner Bill Baumann SBS '59. Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching winner Jan Wiesner. Leaders of Character Awards: Bob Baechtold & Pat Seta. The Summit Way Awards: Holly Northern & Amber Gerken. Where Are They Now? Summit Montessori's First Students, the Class of 1963. Summit Sports Year in Review. Advancing the 2013 Early Childhood Education Symposium. 

Spring 2013
Montessori  celebrates 50 years of excellence. Montessori timeline of history. Phyllis Schueler defines modern Montessori. Summit welcomes eight new international students. Dispatching help across the miles. Delivering warmth from the heart. Donating hope with the written word. Turning traditional classrooms upside down makes face-to-face time more rigorous. Q & A with Hannah Fassler and David Herring. 2013 Community survey results.  SCD Broadcasting: The voices of the Silver Knights. Three  newly endowed scholarships. Doyle Family Seedling Program Sprouts Additional Scholarships. Auction by the numbers. Black & Knight Masquerade. Jamie Simon '88: World Champion Kayaker Takes Road Less Traveled. Antonia Tamer '06: Soprano Lands Major Role at Opera San Jose.

Winter 13
2012 boys state soccer champions. The Middle School mind. Toddlers grow emotional intelligence. Early Childhood Education Symposium by the numbers. Concord Review: Theresa Rager profile. Students gain global perspective. Q & A with Natalie Pearl and Tino Delamerced. ISACS commendations. Introducing the Leaders of Character Society. 2012 Board of Trustees Donor Recognition Reception. 2012 Marc Bohlke Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Four new members inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame. Four alumni awarded for achievement, service. Walter Family honored. Marc Soellner '99: Journey of  faith leads to priesthood. Stephen Schueler BMS '80: Thanks for a Strong Foundation. Gavin Tabone '92: Alum hits a high note with Texas children's choirs; Austin Berry '07: MLS rookie of the year.

Fall 2012
Outcomes of the Class of 2012. Enhancing Character Education. 2012 Hands Across the Water. Classroom technological innovations. 2012 Schilderink Family Chair for Distinguished Teaching winner Karen Cruse Suder. The Summit Way Awards winners Theresa Merril, Laura Haas. Leader of Character Award winners Mike Fee and Patti Kenney. Sister Dorothy Stang Award winner Joan Hilton. Jim Jackson named Development Director. The Robert T. Hertzel '81 Memorial Scholarship. Early Childhood Education Symposium.

Spring 2012
Ohio state boys' basketball champions. Honor in action. Kids teaching kids. Eagle Scouts. Q & A with Omar Khoury and Isabelle Saldana. Back to the Summit. The Heritage Society. Tustin Smythe named first Bohlke Scholar.  2012 Alumni Board; Gates Cambridge Scholar Jane Abbotsmith '08. Alumni Profile: Colin Cotton '11.  Alumni Profile: Grace Bertsch '07. Alumni Profile: Bill Baumann, SBS '59. In Memorium: Raymond L. "Buz" Buse III, SBS '68 and Mary (Heekin) MacConnell '34,

Winter 2012
Girls Soccer Team wins Ohio championship. Dr. Pat White retires. New Directors: Dr. Terrence Malone and Helen Clark. Montessori sets enrollment record. Early Childhood Education Symposium sees record-breaking crowd. Fulbright Scholar's high-tech edge.  Student Q&A: Brad Fisk. Brittany Williams' Cinderella story. Ruth (Jung) Conway '46 Memorial Scholarship; established. 2011 Board of Trustees Donor Recognition Dinner. Athletic Hall of Fame. Alumni Award Winners. Alumni Profile: Dr. Kathleen Fischer '72. Historic Scrapbook from Genevieve (Poor) Harrison, class of 1912. ob Hertzel' 81: In Memorium.

Fall 2011
The Class of 2011 outcomes: leadership, recognition and accomplishments. Promoting a culture of honor. A community of learners: Summit connections. Memory Collection by Melissa Ng '11. McKenzie Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award Recepient: The Honorable Julia A. Stautberg '85 (1966-2010). 2011 Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching: Rosie Alway. Leader of Character Awards: Ceil Johnson, Kim Ashcraft and Larry Dean. Summit Way Awards: Michele Kaegi and Jean Geier. Checking in with Austin Berry '07. Susan and Edward Castleberry SBS '46 Family Scholarship: Nicole Weyer. 

Spring 2011
Leadership at The Summit: The values of leadership,, everyday leadership, the road to leadership . What did it take to become The Summit's Rhodes Scholar?  New Head of School Rich Wilson. New Middle School Director Mike Johnson. Generations of work. Where are they - then and now. The Summit's new "Field of Dreams".  Roger Weber '06 heads for Harvard. Tennis star Gabby Steel '09 recognized. Martha Twombly: A Summit Icon Remembered. The David Family Scholarship.

Winter 2011
The Global Issue: Neighbor Love 101/A Teacher's View. Keeping the faith: Sharing common values, culture & community in the classroom. Bonjour & Buenos Dias: Preschoolers greet new world language program with enthusiasm. Teaching about the Holocaust: Why it matters. Middle School models. National Merit semi-finalists;. Making the college team.  Homecoming brings generations together.  Sean Becker is mayor of Bozeman, Mt. 

Fall 2011
Understanding how each child learns: Tailoring instruction in the Lower School. Teaching 21st Century skills in the Upper School. Learning Styles. Graduation 2010. The Doyle's Seeding Scholarship Program. Cognitive tests to prevent concussions in athletes. Donors and benefactors to the Summit.

Spring 2010
120 Years of innovation: Why The Summit endures. Play it forward: How one parent’s volunteerism makes a difference. Benchmarking survey: Parents rate Summit highly. Where are they now: Dan Reder ’04 rocks band; the story of Sister Ann O’Reilly ‘98; Christina Ng ’07 at NBC Today Show; Jireh Loreaux ‘06, Casey Jeffries ’06 and Patrick Madden ’06 pursue advanced science and math degrees. March madness at The Summit. Art, academic, athletic award winners. 

I Believe - Winter 2009
The Summit invited students, staff, parents, alumni, faculty and friends to explore their consciousness for a topical essay on a belief or theoretical frame that they apply in their lives for a book called “I Believe.” Published in the winter of 2009, this inspirational book now is available for you to read online here. 

Spring 2009
A legacy of trust: A salute to Mary (Foss) Brinkmeyer ‘68. A time to unplug: Middle School advisement. The order of the toddler: Montessori program starts with 2-year-olds. One step to a fire: Teacher Karen Cruse goes to the Galapagos Archipelago. Summit faculty children: Contributing to a tradition of excellence. It takes a village: Community pitches in to help William Flaherty’s family. Three new scholarships: Honoring Summit families. Where are they now: Alum David Thies ’90 makes innovative films for Discovery Channel; What Elston ToChip ’97 does at Lockheed Martin Is classified.