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Principal's Message

July 3, 2017 Dear Families,

Why Should I Send My Child to Holy Angels?

 

It’s perfectly natural for parents to ask this question.  After all, the choice of where your child attends school is surely one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a parent.

Often, parents’ first question is: how much will it cost?  Will I be able to afford it?  When it comes to our kids, and their education, the real question is:  “Can I afford not to?”

 

So, here are a few points to ponder as you make that decision.

The faculty and staff at Holy Angels Regional School acknowledges that parents are primary.  Yes, we in Catholic schools believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.  That’s why we promise to keep you informed about your child’ progress, any problems that he or she may be having, and how your child likes to learn.

In addition, we expect that you will be involved in your child’s education throughout his / her school career.  There are plenty of activities that your child will want to involve you in, from helping with homework to volunteering at school in whatever capacity you

are able.  That way, together we demonstrate to your child that we are partners in your awesome responsibility to be his or her primary educator.

Holy Angels is different where it counts.  The very core of our school is the Gospel teaching of Jesus, and the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Central to the school day is prayer and the practice of “what would Jesus do.”

We learn about Catholicism as a subject every day, and as a theme in every subject.  Students have the opportunity to learn their faith and to live it.  Social justice is not only taught, it is lived. Our goal is to bring your child to an awareness of God’s love for him or her, as well as his or her obligation to live a moral life and work for justice for others.

 

Holy Angels Regional School holds students to high standards.  Our teachers are professionally prepared and properly certified to meet the highest learning standards available.  Additionally, our faculty and staff choose Catholic education as their vocation. They believe fully in the sacred trust that God has placed in them to teach the children in our school. You will not find a more dedicated group of people to teach, guide, nurture, develop and love your child anywhere. We acknowledge that parents want the very best for their children, we do not hesitate to demand the best from your child.

Homework, projects, and even tests are rigorous.  This is an act of faith in your child: a belief that your child can reach his or her highest potential.  The result is that our graduates are fully prepared to exceed the challenging demands of high school, college and beyond . A regular reminder of this fact is the quarterly honor roll list I receive from our diocesan high schools. It is full of the names of our former graduates.

Holy Angels Regional School emphasizes what matters in school.  We don’t

put a priority on sports, or other extra-curricular activities.  We believe that a solid, academic, value-laden education is more important than the “frills”.  You won’t find fads or social

experiments going on in our school. We have found a formula that works and we simply continue to refine that formula.  At Holy Angels, we get results because we believe that the tried and true can be trusted.

That doesn’t mean that Holy Angels has outdated facilities and teaching tools.  We utilize a comprehensive technology plan to guide our efforts in the classroom. Our graduates are technologically literate, and they understand that computers and other technology are

just means to learning; they are not the goal of learning.

 

As you consider your child’s future, please take the time to see the difference at Holy Angels Regional School. Schedule a tour. Visit our school. Speak with a graduate. I am confident that you will see the difference at Holy Angels.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Connell

Principal



 


 





Holy Angels Teacher Spotlight:
Mrs. Pagano

~ Number of Years Teaching: 
"I have spent 12 years teaching, the last 5 have been at Holy Angels."

~ Grades Taught:
Pre-K, Kindergarten and 4th grade

~ Favorite Subject:
" I don't know if I have a true favorite subject to teach. In many cases, I am teaching my students something they have never learned before. I love to watch them get excited over making new discoveries and learning how to problem solve. If I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be ELA. I enjoy sharing my love for reading. I have such fun engaging my students in a variety of language building activities including rhyming, dramatic play, puppetry, flannel board stories, and so on."

~Degrees
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (N-6) (SUNY Oneonta), Masters Degrees in Special Education and Reading/Literacy (Dowling)

~ What she does in her spare time:
"I love to spend time with my family and friends, going to musicals, playing games, and reading for pleasure."

~ Why she loves working at Holy Angels:
"Many years ago, I was teaching at another Catholic school. I loved my job, the students, faculty and staff and struggled with my decision to leave it to become a "stay-at-home Mom." When my children were in school and I was ready to return to teaching, I knew that teaching in a Catholic school was my true calling. Unfortunately, my former school had since closed its doors which led me to apply to Holy Angels. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the Holy Angels family and am blessed to be able to share my knowledge and my faith with my students."

Mrs. Pagano's #1 rule that she shares with her students is "Treat others the way you want to be treated!"

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Did you know our youngest students and our oldest students are paired as "church buddies" each school year?

Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade are partnered with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student. Our buddies not only model proper church behavior but join together for special activities so a true bond can be formed.  At the end of this past school year, 7th graders Krista and Katherine organized a great craft buddy activity with their 1st grade buddies!

 

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