Grades 5-7 visit USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center!

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.



Christian Rock Singer Taylor Tripodi Visits SMCA!

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!

SMCA Honors Our Teachers

At the end of Catholic Schools Week, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day. All of our teachers were presented with posters that their students had been “secretly” creating in art class. At the end of the ceremony, some our faculty were honored for their many years of service to Saint Mark…

-Ms. Kane, one of our kindergarten teachers, was honored for 26 years at Saint Mark.

-Mrs. Donnelly was honored for 25 years of combined service to Saint Mark as teacher and principal.

-Ms. Daly, our fourth grade teacher, was honored for 35 years at Saint Mark.

-Ms. Eppolito, our third grade teacher, was honored for 39 years at Saint Mark.

What SMCA Means to Me…

At Saint Mark Catholic Academy, we began Catholic Schools Week 2019 with a school-wide Mass. At the conclusion of Mass, some of our students shared what makes their Catholic education so special to them.

Our early childhood students make a “toast” to Saint Mark Catholic Academy during Catholic Schools Week 2019, explaining what their Saint Mark education means to them! #CSW19

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2019 at SMCA!

Celebrate CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2019 with


• The celebration kicks off with a MASS on Monday, January 28th at 8:30am.

• Also on Monday is our annual MATH BEE for grades 6-8. Watch our students compete in contest of mental math skills!

• Tuesday, January 29 is the GREAT READ, a celebration of reading across the grade levels. Students dress up like characters and historical figures, and guest readers will join our classes!

• The fun continues on Tuesday with a CELEBRATION OF VOCATIONS. Our parish priests will join us for dessert and a discussion of their vocation.

• Wednesday, January 30th is COLOR WARS. Each class is assigned a color, and then the decorating begins!

• Students show off their athleticism on SPORTS DAY, Thursday, January 31st.

• CSW wraps up with TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY and MOVIE DAY on Friday, February 1st. Proceeds from Movie Day will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

#CSW19 is January 28 through February 1!
EVERY DAY is an OPEN HOUSE! Come visit us!

SMCA Supports School Affected by Hurricane Florence

In 2012, when New York City was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, many members of the Saint Mark community were seriously affected. At that time, the outpouring of generosity, support, and love from our neighbors–both near and far–was extraordinary.  That is why when Hurricane Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas this past September, our school community felt an immediate need to “pay forward” the kindness and good will that was shown to us six short years ago.

Thanks to efforts of our principal, Mrs. Donnelly, our faculty and staff, and, most especially, our students and their families, SMCA was able to make a contribution to South Brunswick  High School in Southport, North Carolina. A special thank you to our physical education teacher, Ms. Helene Hamilton, who brought to our attention the hardships being faced by the South Brunswick High School community.

Recently, we received some mail from our newfound friends at South Brunswick. Along with letters from the principal, Mr. Chip Hodges, and the world language department chairperson, Ms. Steffany Gamsby, we also received cards from the students themselves, but these were not ordinary notes. Well aware of SMCA’s diversity, the students at South Brunswick sent us multilingual thank you cards!

One of the tenets of Catholic Schools Week 2019 is to SERVE. We are so proud of the SMCA community who came to the service of those in need. We wish everyone at South Brunswick  High School the very best as they continue to recover, and they will remain in our prayers. 

Pre-K for All’s “Winter Wonderland” a Hit!

Bundle up before you look at these pictures!

This past Friday, our Pre-K for All students put on their show: “Winter Wonderland.” All of our children did a wonderful job, and we are grateful to Ms. Jeannie, our PKA Director; our classroom teachers, Ms. Alyssa, Ms. Gabby, and Ms. Amanda; and our class aides, Ms. Earlene, Ms. Alexis, and Ms. Danielle for all their hard work.

They truly turned SMCA into a winter wonderland!


Grades 7 & 8 Visit Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough C. C.

Last week, our seventh and eighth graders visited the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College. There, our students got to listen to a Holocaust survivor, who told of her first-hand experience as a child during the Kindertransport. They also got a tour of the center’s new exhibit, “Conspiracy of Goodness,” which highlights the villagers of Le Chambon, France who rescued many Jewish children.