STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Archdiocese of New York introduced Monday that 4 Catholic elementary faculties on Staten Island will merge to kind two separate academies starting within the 2020-2021 educational yr.
St. Rita Faculty in Meiers Corners will merge with St. Teresa Faculty in Castleton Corners, forming the St. Teresa-St. Rita STREAM Academy, the Archdiocese stated, whereas St. Adalbert’s Faculty in Elm Park will merge with Holy Rosary Faculty in South Seashore to turn out to be the Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy. The brand new academies will function out of the college buildings in Castleton Corners and South Seashore, respectively.
“This daring re-imagination displays a tradition of forward-thinking that can guarantee a powerful basis and room for development as Catholic schooling strikes ahead on Staten Island,” the archdiocese stated in its announcement.
“Our dedication to Catholic schooling is as sturdy as ever and we’ve our fingers on the heartbeat of our communities and perceive the wants they’ve for a high-quality schooling rooted within the Catholic religion,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan stated within the launch.
“We perceive the influence it will have on households and can present each pastoral assist and academic steering to all these affected as a way to guarantee all kids shall be warmly welcomed into their new Catholic faculty constructing, the place they’ll proceed to study and thrive. Our mission is to protect Catholic schooling in New York for years to return,” he added.
The brand new St. Teresa-St. Rita STREAM Academy will give attention to “a rigorous educational program that challenges them in a Science, Know-how, Faith, Engineering, Artwork, and Math (STREAM)-supported ambiance that focuses closely on neighborhood partnerships and project-based studying,” in line with a letter despatched to folks of each faculties.
“The unification of each faculty communities will enable us to boost current packages, improve neighborhood partnerships and develop our preschool program,” in line with the letter, which is signed by Zoilita Herrera, the regional superintendent of the Catholic Faculty Area of Staten Island, and Deacon James Cowan, chairman of the Catholic Faculty Area of Staten Island.
Nicole Garelick-Fresca, the principal of St. Rita Faculty, will function the principal of the brand new academy, whereas Rita Azzopardi, the principal of St. Teresa Faculty, would be the assistant principal.
Along with the brand new STREAM initiative, the academy will supply a Nationwide Junior Honor Society, a seamless on-line studying setting in partnership with St. Joseph by-the-Sea Excessive Faculty, and robotics, in line with the archdiocese.
Choices concerning the faculty’s college shall be made after talking with the academics of each faculties within the subsequent few days, in line with the archdiocese.
There shall be a gathering for St. Rita dad and mom on the faculty on Tuesday at 7 p.m., whereas St. Teresa dad and mom can attend a gathering within the church Thursday at 7 p.m.
Further details about the academy could be discovered right here.
In the meantime, the Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy, named after the Staten Island priest who died whereas administering final rites to a dying soldier throughout the Vietnam Conflict, “will enable each the St. Adalbert and the Holy Rosary faculty communities to boost current packages and improve neighborhood partnerships … [and explore] the potential of creating academic alternatives past elementary faculty, which is able to welcome conventional learners in addition to these with various studying kinds,” in line with the archdiocese.
Diane Hesterhagen, principal of St. Adalbert Faculty, will function principal of the brand new academy. Elizabeth Campbell, principal of Holy Rosary Faculty, would be the assistant principal and early childhood director.
The brand new academy will characteristic a Nationwide Junior Honor Society; an Italian Immersion Program with language and tradition parts; a Kiwanis Builders Membership, that includes neighborhood service actions; a Younger Ambassador Membership; and Trout within the Classroom, which helps college students perceive ecosystems and stewardship of all God’s creatures, in line with the archdiocese.
Choices concerning the college at Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy additionally shall be made after talking with the academics of the present faculties within the subsequent few days, the archdiocese stated.
Extra details about the brand new academy could be discovered right here.
There are at the moment no plans for any modifications to the St. Adalbert and St. Rita parishes, in line with an Archdiocese spokesman. “We’re centered on the households and the kids presently,” a second Archdiocese spokesman stated in response to a query in regards to the destiny of the college buildings on the aforementioned campuses.
Monday’s announcement is the most recent in a listing of Staten Island Catholic faculty mergers or closings since 2011.
Whereas St. Teresa and St. Rita faculties are separated by roughly one mile, St. Adalbert and Holy Rosary are practically seven miles aside.
The archdiocese stated that the brand new academies will be capable of accommodate all college students with further room for development.
“Our prime precedence is to work intently with every household, to assist in any method that we will throughout this transition,” stated Michael Deegan, superintendent of faculties for the Archdiocese of New York. “Our administrators of enrollment will work with each single household to verify there’s a seamless transition to the brand new constructing for the 2020-2021 faculty yr. They may take nice care to supply every household with info and reply any questions they might have, whether or not they’re about transportation or tuition.”
We perceive how necessary these cherished faculties are to our communities, and we do every thing we will to make sure our faculties have a powerful future,” he added. “These new academies will supply a cohesive, united neighborhood with academically wealthy packages inside a powerful faith-based, values-infused curriculum.”