August 2017

Dear Parent and Friends, 

Thank you so much for entrusting and sharing your children with us throughout the school year.  On behalf of Fr. Najim, the teachers and staff, it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with your children. It is our responsibility to provide positive, Catholic role models, and a rigorous academic education. I believe we have accomplished both. This will be evident to you as you see your child’s report card and STAR testing results. We are truly proud of both the Christian values displayed on a daily basis and the standardized test results that show student growth.

Going forward, we are continually assessing ourselves: How can we do better? How can we continue to live Catholic values and provide a rigorous 21st-century education?  We, as the staff, continually participate in retreats that help us to stay in touch with our faith and to deepen it on every level. This summer our teachers and staff will participate in professional development. As we know, there is no finish line in education.

Ms. Magowan, after many years of dedication and service to St. Pius X, is leaving the position of the middle school religion teacher. She will carry on her mission of providing Catholic education at St Pius X Church. We are grateful to Ms. Magowan who will continue to work with us in regards to First Communion and Confirmation. We also wish her the best as she continues to work with the youth at St. Pius X Church. Thank you, Ms. Magowan.

Mr. Kronenberg, after 18 years of service, as the technology teacher here at St. Pius X, is leaving us to pursue the next 70 years of his career. Thank you, is not adequate. Mr. Kronenberg has dedicated his time and skill to us here at St Pius X. He has served countless hours each day, to troubleshooting, teaching Latin and Spanish, in addition to advising our many after school clubs and activities. We are forever grateful. Thank you, Mr. Kronenberg.

As of September 2017, we will add an Academic Dean position, a middle school math specialist, and 2 part-time Spanish teachers to our staff. The Academic Dean will be Mrs. Maciaone, who has been a loyal and valued member of the St. Pius X staff for the past 13 years. She will focus on federal programs, services to special populations, and the curriculum as it spans over the whole realm of the norm. We congratulate Mrs. Maciaone and feel blessed to have her continue her professional growth, as well as her never-ending enthusiasm for Catholic education here at St. Pius X Regional Academy.

The middle school math specialist will be Mrs. Persun, who joins us from Pennsylvania. Mrs. Persun is certified in middle school mathematics as well as special education. She has experience teaching in Catholic education, and we feel blessed to welcome her to our school community. 

 We are so appreciative and blessed to have had Mrs. Friend join our faculty this year.

She has stepped into 3rd grade and done a great job. She is a great Catholic role model and has provided a great ending to the academic year. Mrs. Friend is a natural at acknowledging and meeting the needs of all the students. Thank you, Mrs. Friend.

As of September 2017, Mrs. Friend will be the religion teacher for the middle school. We are blessed and honored to have Mrs. Friend take on this position. Mrs. Friend has had experience teaching religion and middle school students. Thank you, Mrs. Friend for accepting this position.

Mrs. Coggeshall will be the 3rd-grade teacher as of September 2017. Mrs. Coggeshall comes to us highly recommended as an experienced teacher and role model for Catholic education. Mrs. Coggeshall is certified in Elementary Education grades 1-6. We feel blessed to have her join our staff.

We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Francese as the Spanish teacher of pre-k through grade 4. Mrs. Francese is a native speaker of Spanish and has spent the last year teaching Spanish to our preschool students. We are honored to welcome Mrs. Francese to our St Pius X Regional Academy School family.

This fall our fifth-grade class will become part of our middle school program.

The students will be receiving math and science instruction from the middle school math and science teachers. The fifth-grade class will receive instruction in reading, writing, religion, and social studies from Mrs. Forcier, the grade 5 homeroom teacher.

We will be continuing to implement our integrated technology curriculum and are pleased to be adding Chromebooks to the classrooms. We will build upon the use of Google classroom and STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities 

 We will continue to offer lessons of strings instruments and in addition, we will offer the students an opportunity to learn to play band instruments. Band lessons will be offered during the school day. Additional information on the after school enrichment programs will be sent home 

We will be working over the summer to make St. Pius X Regional Academy even better than it has ever been. We will strive for excellence in Catholic education in example and word, as well as maintain a rigorous academic curriculum. We will be continuing the interview process for an integrated technology teacher (all grades) and a part-time Spanish teacher for the middle school.

On behalf of Father Najim, the faculty and staff I wish you a healthy, fun- filled summer. I hope you have time to spend time with your family, and especially, spend time in prayer, as a family.

The school office will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If those hours are not convenient, call for an appointment.

 

God Bless,

Janet Rufful/Principal                         

“Catholic schools are spaces where our students can experience themselves as children of God…Catholic schools have continued to pass on the faith, engage the culture, and invite others to experience the persons of Jesus Christ.”    Pope Francis