Eighth Graders Receive Their Class Rings

Last Friday, October 6, our Eighth Grade students were presented with their class rings, with a special Mass and ceremony attended by the rest of the school community, their parents and family friends.

The presentation of class rings has become a new tradition at St. Patrick Catholic Academy – one that marks the passage of our Eighth Graders from our school into High School. Each student selects a significant person in their life – whether that be a parent, sibling or family friend – to present them with their ring. Students first wear the rings on a ribbon around their necks, and their invited guest comes on stage to cut the ribbon and place the ring on the student’s finger. After each student has received their ring, they visit one of the grades in which they were assigned, and the students in that class turn the ring as a sign of good luck to our Eighth Graders after they graduate.

Principal Kathleen Curatolo and Eighth Grade teacher Rosanna Shapiro presided over the ceremony and stressed how proud they were of our soon-to-be graduates and that they will certainly make us proud in High School.

 

Spring 2018 TACHS Prep!

TACHS is a rigorous, comprehensive examination for 8th Grade students interested in attending a Catholic high school.

St. Patrick offers 10-session after school prep courses to build reading, math and general reasoning skills to prepare for the TACHS test.

Classes are open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in all schools.  Fee: $300 includes a review book. Advance registration and payment in full is required.

Registration open for Spring and Fall 2018 TACHS Prep Classes. Click here for dates and info

Congrats Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Next fall they will be attending Stuyvesant, St. Joseph Hill, Xaverian, Xavier, Fort Hamilton, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the United Nations International School among others.

Class Valedictorian Mary Gogoladze gave this heartfelt speech during the Class of 2017’s graduation ceremony on June 16:

“When I was three-years-old, I went with my brother to Georgia in Eastern Europe where we lived for two years. My parents were students during this time and my family in Georgia took care of us to help. By the time I turned five-years-old, I was back in New York and it was time for me to start Kindergarten.

Since I was in Georgia for so long, I had forgotten English, so it was hard to find a school that I liked. My mother was about to give up and just have me start school in first grade, but then my dad mentioned St. Patrick’s.

I reluctantly went and expected the same things that happened at all the other schools: kids I didn’t know would talk to me in a language I didn’t understand. When I arrived for my visit at St. Patrick, it was snack time, but I didn’t have any food. I wanted to leave as soon as possible. Then, a boy came up to me and gave me a green apple. So, I stayed, ate the apple, and asked my mother to bring me back the next day. Later I learned that the boys name was Stephen, and so hes technically why and how my journey at St. Patrick started.

My nine years at St. Patrick were filled with the love and care of all of my teachers. I want to say a special thanks to Mrs. McGivney, who when I was in fifth grade, gave me the confidence, self-esteem, and a love of reading that I will always appreciate.

Around the end of fifth grade, I started reading books about middle school life. All of them had the same idea: that middle school was a place where cliques form, teachers are mean, and you’re sad because you weren’t as popular or as smart as you wanted to be. I can tell the younger kids here that Mrs. Gammone, Mrs. Shapiro, and Mrs. Keenan proved that middle school is nothing like that, and for the most part, its a very nice place to be.

My story at St. Patrick’s is a clear example of what Catholic education and inclusiveness is about. I would like to thank all the people who made it possible for me: Mrs. D’Emic, Ms. Curatolo, and Msgr. Hardiman.

Finally, one of the biggest things St. Patrick gave to me and my friends is hope. Hope that the Earth is a great place to live in and to explore your potential. Hope that no matter how unknown, difficult, and complicated life can be, there will always be a stranger with a kind heart and a green apple (or the equivalent of a green apple) to help you and make life easier. Thank you very much.”

Mary will be attending the United Nations International School in the fall.

 

Smart Tuition

Beginning in 2017-2018, the Academy will use SMART Tuition, a service that gives families many options to pay tuition and school fees.  Smart Tuition

Parents: please note that you will receive your registration login information after the school inputs your tuition information. You will receive notification from Smart Tuition when your registration is complete.

School News

All school information will now be shared on the school website: stpatrickca.org. The calendar is live and can be downloaded to your phone today! Next year teachers will have class pages on the website and we will be totally paperless! Option C will only be used for alert messages.   St. Patrick’s May 2017 News