Middle School Visits the Museum of the Moving Image

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!

Mr. Mark Wilson Named Principal for 2019-2020 School Year.

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

Walk-a-thon 2019 Raises $15,364!

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!

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