President’s Awards for Educational Excellence 2022

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At this year’s graduation ceremony, 12 students from Class of 2022 were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and 7 students were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.
 
These awards are the Nation’s most prestigious awards for individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. The deserving students are recognized for their outstanding efforts that have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.
 
The President’s Award for Educational Excellence acknowledges students’ academic success in the classroom. Eligible students must meet requirements, including grade point average (90+) or school-set criteria, and either high achievement in state tests or teacher recommendations. Additional criteria may include activities in which a student demonstrates high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and/or exceptional judgment.
 
The President’s Award for Educational Achievement acknowledges students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. The principal has sole discretion in selecting the students who meet criteria developed by the school. This award is meant to encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best effort in school.
 
Congratulations to the award recipients!
 
President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Angela A., Yoojin C., Yoonji C., Nicole D., Angelina G., Samantha H., John Patrick L., Jack L., Gabriella P., Isabella P., Elia S., Rachel Y.
 
President’s Award for Educational Achievement
Isabella D., Alexander G., Nayeli G., Karol H., Celine L., Anthony R., Lucas T.

Class of 2022 – Valedictorian and Salutatorian Spotlight

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Class 2022

We are proud to recognize Yoonji as Valedictorian, and Yoojin as Salutatorian for our Class of 2022.  Both will graduate together with their classmates on Friday, June 17th.

As graduation approaches, we asked Yoonji and Yoojin to describe their experiences at St. Andrew’s:

Valedictorian – Yoonji

Yoonji will be attending St. Francis Preparatory High School in the fall.  She is thrilled right now about graduating from St. Andrew’s. “I get to now move on to high school and start a major chapter of my life. I can’t wait to graduate, and I’m giddy from all the excitement,” she said.

Yoonji will miss most the close family-like feeling about St. Andrew’s.  Since the school is small, everyone knows each other, and there are so many memories that go along with that.  She doesn’t think that she will ever be able to experience something like this again, especially since high schools and colleges have larger numbers of students.

“My favorite memory at St. Andrew’s is running around the school auditorium with Samantha during chorus.  It is an afterschool program, and we always had some time before the program started.  During that time, Sam and I would just race down the hallways and the stage. I remember having genuine fun which makes it one of my favorite memories at St. Andrew’s.”

Thinking about the academics at St. Andrew’s, Yoonji liked how everything was taught in a manageable way.  The balance of the challenging work and simple topics all came together to provide an amazing experience. The academics at St. Andrew’s provided a lot of opportunities in learning, which she greatly loves.

She liked that the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s are diverse and meet the student’s desire for other activities besides school work. It allowed her to build on experiences and work with others as a team. The activities were all very helpful and gave her a boost in different skills.

Yoonji feels that she is well-prepared for high school, because St. Andrew’s was a mini simulation of it.  She was  taught to the best of her abilities, and she already has an understanding of how things will run in high school.  “I believe that if I can handle St. Andrew’s, I am definitely well-prepared for high school,” she says.

When asked about her career aspirations, Yoonji wants to become someone who can influence this world positively.  She would love to be a well-remembered figure in history.  Currently, specific careers that she has in mind are in the fashion and business fields.

Salutatorian – Yoonji

Yoonji will be attending  Archbishop Molloy School in the fall.   She feels happy and sad at the same time to be graduating from St. Andrew’s.  She is happy, because she wants to move on and experience new things, and she is excited for high school.  She also feels sad, because she will be leaving a school that she has been at for her whole life.

“I think I will miss how familiar and comforting St. Andrew’s is to me. And of course, I will miss my friends and teachers.  They have made my time at this school so much more enjoyable.”

“My favorite memory at St. Andrew’s is when we played the mannequin challenge with Ms. Cassey in third grade. We would stand in a certain pose without moving, and sometimes Ms. Cassey would take a video of the whole class posing around the classroom. But, this was just one of the many favorites I have.”

Yoojin likes that the academics at St. Andrew’s cover many different topics and challenge students.  The classes were also entertaining, so she was able to understand the lesson clearly. This motivated her to work hard, and she looked forward to classes everyday.

Reflecting on the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s, Yoojin liked that the extracurricular activities were fun and a break from schoolwork.  “These activities also gave me a chance to learn something new with my friends,” she said.

Yoojin feels that she is well prepared for high school thanks to St. Andrew’s.  She said “this school has pushed me to be the best I can be, the best version of myself.  I have not once doubted that St. Andrew’s would help me prepare for high school.”

In the future, Yoojin would like to be a singer and actor.  She has always loved singing and dreamed of becoming a professional singer one day. She also finds criminology very interesting, and feels that being a psychologist could be an equally significant aspiration. 

Our warmest congratulations to Yoonji and Yoojin! We wish you both and the Class of 2022 Good Luck in high school and beyond!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena

2022 Summer Enrichment Program

We are happy to announce the return of our Summer Enrichment Program.  This year, the program will run from July 5th to July 29th.

Dates for Summer Enrichment Program 2022:  
July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29

Hours: 8:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. ( Doors open at 8:00)Program Structure:  

STEM, Math & Reading/ Writing Enrichment, Arts & Crafts & Recreation.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $100 per child/family                          
Cost per Week:
       1st Child                   $400
       2nd Child                  $600
       3rd Child                   $750

Ages: Nursery to Grade 5 (Nursery students must have attended school year ending 2022)

You DO NOT have to register for all 4 Weeks.
For  information or to register, email Mrs. Gilvary at andrea.gilvary@standrewavellinoca.com

Download Registration Form

Walk-a-thon at Bowne Park on May 13, 2022

2022 Walkathon Announcement
 

Help us reach our goal of $20,000 by May 9th.

The walk-a-thon was started nineteen years ago and has remained a tradition that keeps the Academy and community alive and full of spirit. All St. Andrew Avellino C.A. students will participate in walking around Bowne Park to raise money for the school. They invite friends, neighbors, relatives, and local merchants to sponsor them underwriting the commitment to their walk. This is an opportunity for others in our lives and communities to help meet the cost of educating our future adults.  Contributions are tax deductible.
 
We are asking each student to obtain a minimum contribution of $50, and hope to reach our goal of $20,000.  The prize for the student with the highest amount collected in the lower grades (N to 4th) and upper grades (5th to 8th) will be a gift card for $100 for the merchant of their choice.
 
The walk-a-thon fundraiser helps our school in our efforts to control the costs of educating our students, while continuing to provide an excellent education for our children. 
 
All sponsorship pledge forms (download) have been sent home with the students and are due in the school office no later than Monday, May 9th.  
 
Donations can also be made through PayPal below.

Thank you in advance for supporting this important event. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

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HuaYi Wei (6th grade) is semi-finalist in 2022 Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to one of our 6th grade students, HuaYi Wei!  She is a semi-finalist from New York in the nationwide Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest (12-15 age category).  Below is the design that she submitted to the contest.
 
The Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. Each year, a total of nine winners are selected.  Three winners are from each age category: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, and 12- 15 years.  The artwork is judged based on artistry, uniqueness, and execution of concept.
 
There are three-rounds in the contest.  This year, the judges selected from 2,518 eligible entries.  A total of 138 youth representing 19 states are award winners: 9 U.S. Winners; 12 Honorable Mention award recipients; 39 U.S. Finalists, and 78 U.S. Semi-Finalists. Two national judges also selected recipients the Petersen Prestige Award and the Hot Wheels Design Award.  
 
For more details, see official press release or go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com.
6th Grader's entry in Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest
6th Grader’s is semi-finalist in Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest

President’s Award for Educational Excellence 2021

presidents award badge
At this year’s graduation ceremony, 19 students from Class of 2021 were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and 5 students were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.
 
These awards are the Nation’s most prestigious awards for individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. The deserving students are recognized for their outstanding efforts that have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.
 
The President’s Award for Educational Excellence acknowledges students’ academic success in the classroom. Eligible students must meet requirements, including grade point average (90+) or school-set criteria, and either high achievement in state tests or teacher recommendations. Additional criteria may include activities in which a student demonstrates high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and/or exceptional judgment.
 
The President’s Award for Educational Achievement acknowledges students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. The principal has sole discretion in selecting the students who meet criteria developed by the school. This award is meant to encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best effort in school.
 
Congratulations to the award recipients!
 
President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Francesca A., Mehtab B., Abigail C., Michael D., Grace D., Isabella D., Eros H., Lyla H., Misha J., Juliana M., Chloe M., Dylan P., Matthew S., Dejan S., Ariana T., Ellice T., Charles V., Vincent V., Gordon Z.
 
President’s Award for Educational Achievement
Sebastian G., Mariana G., Kristy K., Chloe L., Lisa T.

Virtual Spring Concert and Recital 2021

Our 2021 annual spring concert and recital took place this year virtually.  Members of the after-school music program – band, chorus, guitar, string, percussion and piano – performed beautifully!

You can watch the performances here:
 

 
 
Enjoy!

Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Spotlight

Class 2021 Valedictorian Ariana and Salutatorian Charles

We are proud to recognize Ariana as Valedictorian, and Charles as Salutatorian for our Class of 2021.  Both will graduate together with their classmates on Friday, June 14th.

As graduation approaches, we asked Ariana and Charles to describe their experiences at St. Andrew’s:

Valedictorian – Ariana

Ariana will be attending The Mary Louis Academy in the fall.  She will miss most all the teachers at St. Andrew’s who constantly encourage her to be better.  She will also miss being greeted in the morning by Mrs. Hanna and seeing her friends almost everyday. 

“I feel upset that I’m leaving my second home, all my teachers and Mrs. Hanna, who have been my role models over the years, and some of my friends,” she said.  “I’m also nervous and sort of excited, because St.Andrew’s is the only school I’ve ever gone to, and next year, I’m going to be walking into something completely new.” 

“My favorite memory at St. Andrew’s has to be when I was in fourth grade. My friends (Dejan and Juliana) and I decided to read a book called “Milly-Molly-Mandy.”  One day, after all of us had finished taking a test, we asked  [our teacher] if we could go out and read together.  I remember sitting together and laughing for a long time.” 

Ariana liked how the academics at St. Andrew’s challenged her and her knowledge.  And at the same time, it taught her how to overcome those challenges that she may face in school and later in life. 

She liked how the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s gave her a break from regular school work.  “I liked how the [after-school] extracurricular activities allowed us to create stronger bonds with our classmates outside of school, and we were able to find new friends from other schools through those extracurricular activities,” she said.

Ariana feels she is well-prepared for high school, because over the years at St. Andrew’s, she felt the teachers made an extra effort to make sure that all the students understood what was being taught.  Despite the fact that Ariana is leaving St. Andrew’s, she feels she can always look back to the people there for support if she needed it. 

When asked about her career aspirations, Ariana said she would like to become a graphic designer or an architect.  

Salutatorian – Charles

Charles is attending St. Francis Preparatory School in the fall.   He feels that it is “unreal” to finally be graduating from St. Andrews.  He has grown up in this school, and it has been his second home for over ten years.  Although he is sad about leaving this amazing environment, he knows that he is ready for high school.  “We have our faith to lean on and our friendships to carry us through to high school. The teachers have prepared us so much for the next chapter of our lives,” he said.

“I think that what I will miss most about St. Andrews is my amazing relationships with my friends. Everyday, I looked forward to seeing them and making new memories with them.  I remember the first year my friends and I all tried out for the soccer team.  We barely knew what we were doing, but we practiced, laughed and even cried, and came away with a few broken bones. We were the only co-ed team in the league, but in the end by sixth grade, we won the diocesan championship. We did it all together – from Communion, Confirmation, and now our graduation.  We are best friends in everything we do, and I know we will all stay friends as we head off to high school.” 

“My favorite memory from St. Andrew’s is winning the Diocesan Championship with our soccer team.  We practiced so hard, from first grade all the way to this moment.  We were even the only co-ed team in an all boys league.  This game was especially important for our team, because it was our first appearance in the finals and it was against our rivals. The game went into penalty shootouts, and each person had so much pressure to win it for their team. After we won, I felt proud to win it, especially with my dad being the coach.” 

Charles feels that St. Andrew’s academics are “absolutely amazing.”  The teachers made sure each student was ready to move onto the next lesson. Each class challenged them to ensure they were ready for high-school. Every teacher made sure the students were as prepared as they could be before each and every test. The teachers pushed the students to be the best they could be, because they really wanted the students to succeed. 

Reflecting on the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s, Charles thinks that St. Andrew’s offers so much to each student during and after school. The after school music program has so many musical instruments and groups to choose from.  Charles played guitar for a long time in the guitar program. Not only did he learn something he will not forget for the rest of his life, he did it with friends. He feels that the sports at St. Andrew’s are amazing.  Each grade has sports teams to choose from.  At St. Andrew’s, Charles had been captain of both the football and soccer teams. “Being on a team with my friends and playing for your school is always something to be proud of,” he said. 

Charles feels that St. Andrew’s has given him the tools to be the most prepared he could be for high-school. In each class, he was challenged to prepare for what would come in the next chapter of his life.  He was pushed to learn things that could benefit him not only now but also in high-school. 

Charles is looking forward to his four years at high school, to explore the different careers that are available. After seeing his parents work successfully at their careers, he is thinking about also pursuing law or the financial fields for future job choices. There are so many different choices in both fields that he looks forward to seeing what those opportunities could be. 

Our warmest congratulations to Ariana and Charles! We wish you both and the Class of 2021 Good Luck in high school and beyond!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena

Summer Enrichment Program 2021

summer enrichment program announcement

Registration is now open!

Dates: July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30
 
Hours: 8:30am to 2:30pm (Doors open at 8:00am)
 
Program structure: STEM, Math & Reading/Writing Enrichment, Arts & Crafts & Recreation
 
Registration Fee: $100 per child/family
 
Cost per Week:
1st Child: $400
2nd Child: $600
3rd Child: $750
 
Notes:
  • Ages Nursery to Grade 5 (school year ending 2021)
  • You DO NOT have to register for all 4 weeks
  • For more information, email andrea.gilvary@standrewavellinoca.com
 
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