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Just Ask Mia: Fashion, friendship & balancing school

By Mia Johnson Mia, I was wondering if I could just ask you a question? Do you have any tips for dealing with school and home balance! Thanks you always have such great tips! – Anonymous Have a list of things you plan on getting done during the free periods you have, factor in any…

The COVID-19 Residential Experience

By Nellie Joseph This year, SEM, like most other schools, had to make many drastic changes to everyday school life in order to adapt to COVID. Unlike most other schools in Buffalo, not only were students who came to school everyday affected, but our residential students who live here year-round had to adapt to a…

Coach Barth Says Goodbye After Over 10 Years at SEM

By Quinn Brinkworth At the end of this squash season, Coach Barth announced that he was going to take a step back from coaching after 12 years at SEM. “My top experience is watching girls progress and learn the game of squash,” said Coach Philip C. Barth III, Buffalo Seminary’s head squash coach in 2009….

A Brief History of Dressing at SEM

By Katherine F. Rooney A lot has changed since SEM was founded in 1851. Women have gotten the right to vote, there have been two World Wars, computers were invented, and we’re currently experiencing a global pandemic. One of the most obvious ways that we can observe these changes looking backwards is through the clothing…

The History of The Monocle

By Mary E. Goetz Pictured above are pages from the 1935, 1972, 1989, 1996 and 2010 yearbooks, respectively. Photo credit: Mary Goetz The Monocle, Buffalo Seminary’s newspaper since 1935, is making a comeback.  The newspaper was first recognized in the 1935 Seminaria, SEM’s yearbook, as the annual publication’s “younger sister.” The new publication covered the…

The Legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins

By Peyton Wagner After meeting Jo Ann Douglas, the former Head of School of Buffalo Seminary, at a job fair in Boston, Massachusetts in February of 2010, Kyle and Douglas Hopkins set out to embark on one of the biggest adventures of their lives.  From the day they joined the SEM community, over 11 years…

Community Service Board: Helping the community and each other

By Lydia Eno The Community Service Board, run by Molly Schultz ’21 and Kyle Hopkins, health teacher and faculty advisor, has been an integral part of the SEM community for many years. There are elected representatives from each grade, as well as a head who is typically a senior. The head of the board runs…

COVID’s Impact on Dressing at SEM: From skirts to sweats

By Katherine F. Rooney Coronavirus has impacted far more than how we socialize and how often we use hand sanitizer. In fact, it has even affected the way that much of the student body dresses. In these unpredictable days, comfort takes priority over style. Brooke Hogle `21 and Grace Harvey `21 knew just that. They…

The Man Behind Your Meal

By Mary E. Goetz The Buffalo Seminary is famous for its delicious food served on ceramic plates with silverware. But during the pandemic, what has Chef Tom Knapp and the kitchen staff had to do to keep us safe and well-fed? “Our day-to-day has not changed much,” said Chef Tom. Prior to Covid-19, the kitchen…


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