Today, the students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mark Catholic Academy came together as a school family to honor the anniversary of September 11, 2001 and to remember all those who were lost that day. We were led in prayer by Father Michael Panicali, and some of our eighth graders assisted with the readings and helped Mr. Rufino in the raising of a new American Flag in the schoolyard.
Please keep all those who serve our country and those who are still dealing with the effects of 9/11 in your thoughts and prayers.
On June 5, SMCA students in grades 5-8 took a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, where they explored the history of movies, from the earliest days of film to present day.
Along with a guided tour, students got to create their own stop motion animations, and we also looked at TVs through the years—long before the age of flat screen!
Did you know that the history of the moving image includes video games? Our students were very happy to find out, as they got to play video games from past and present!
Our time at the Museum concluded with a screening of an episode of I Love Lucy. Not only did we get to watch the show on the big screen, but the students also discussed the topic of gender roles in the 1950s.
Every student received a free pass to the Museum so they can return over the summer!
Dear Members of the Saint Mark C. A. Community:
This past Monday morning, at a special assembly for students, Pastor Father Bob Mucci and Members of the Board of Directors, announced that Mr. Mark Wilson will be the new principal of St. Mark Catholic Academy.
Mr. Wilson is well-known to so many of our students and parents, for now six years he has served as the English Language Arts teacher for grades 5-8.
The cheers and applause from our students and faculty upon the announcement served as a wonderful welcome to this special news.
Mr. Wilson was unquestionably the individual best qualified to serve as principal of St. Mark Catholic Academy. I assure you he will continue to lead our school in the traditions of providing an excellent Catholic education in a warm and caring environment to all our children.
I hope you will join me in congratulating him and wishing him well as he prepares to become the next principal of St. Mark Catholic Academy.
I look forward to working with him this summer as he prepares to assume his new leadership responsibilities on September 1st.
Mrs. Carol Donnelly
We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Saint Mark Catholic Academy’s 7th Annual Walk-a-Thon!
Nursery, pre-k, and kindergarten walked the perimeter of the school, while students in grades 1 through 8 walked to Saint Margaret Mary Church in Manhattan Beach and back–for a total trip of 2 miles!
This is was all for a good cause as our students, families, and benefactors raised $15,364 to enhance SMCA’s communication and security systems!
At the conclusion of the Walk-a-Thon, students were treated to a special lunch, and the day concluded with an assembly where we recognized our top participants.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day such a great success! Happy Memorial Day!
Ms. Toro’s seventh grade science class creates board games based on topics they’ve covered this year!
Last week, Ms. Eppolito’s third grade class helped Father Michael plant flowers around the church–what a great way to ring in spring!
Grades 5, 6, and 7 visited the Billie Jean National Tennis Center today and took a tour of the press room and then the main court of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The highlight of the trip was when students got to participate in drills and exercises with the Center’s tennis pros.
A special thank to Ms. Helene Hamilton, our physical education teacher, who helped organize and plan this great experience.
With the help of Father Michael, our seventh and eighth grade students were able to listen to the wise words and inspirational music of Christian Rock singer Taylor Tripodi (@taylor_tripodi) last week.
Thank you Taylor and Father Michael for the great experience, especially since we are in the midst of the season of Lent and preparing for Easter!