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Sept. 1, 2021

By Mary Ann Margrey
Augustinian Academy Principal

CARTHAGE – The beginning of a new school year is always exciting! As a school community, we meet new people and reconnect with old friends. There will be lots of adventures to share with each other!

Augustinian Academy is excited about beginning a new school year! The school’s enrollment has grown significantly this year, and there are several new staff members. The school’s goal is to work together to help everyone discover and share the gifts and talents God has given them. While there will be health and safety guidelines in place, Augustinian Academy is looking forward to an amazing new year.

The school looks forward to working to keep everyone healthy and safe as they return to in-person learning. All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while in school, and social distancing requirements will be in place. As always, healthy habits, such as proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette, will be promoted. Additional cleaning and disinfecting will take place. The school will work with Public Health to address any potential positive cases of COVID and possible quarantines. I continue to serve on the Carthage Central Reopening Committee to stay up to date on any changes or possible collaborations.

Through the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant for “Establishing Wholistic and Healthy After School Activities,” Augustinian Academy is delighted to be able to offer extra-curricular activities and new programs for the students. The school has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer mindfulness activities, a healthy habits program and a bike safety course. Augustinian has been blessed to be able to offer programs last spring and during the summer, including a robotics club, Science Olympiad, martial arts and self-defense classes, and fitness classes. Our Family Support Coordinator and the St. James 200th Anniversary Committee partnered to offer a family zoo program in April and a Movie “Watch Party” in June.

Over the summer, the school offered a four-day STEM Camp, which was attended by 30 students in grades one through five with eight middle school volunteers. The school also held a five-day Vacation Bible School for 55 students in grades kindergarten through six and 10 middle school and high school volunteers to remind the students that they are treasured gifts from God. Augustinian was also able to offer tutoring in reading, writing, and Math for students who required some academic support. The response by families have been overwhelming.
To give the families an opportunity to meet before school begins, Michelle Martin, Augustinian Academy’s Family Support coordinator, offered two family events: “Popsicles in the Park” on August 20 and “Stories & S’mores” at Camp Oswegatchie Educational Center on August 31. As we move into a new school year, the grant will support additional activities for the students.

Augustinian Academy looks forward to extending fitness classes for our seventh and eighth graders, as well as our staff, to promote good health and provide a little social-emotional learning. There will be yoga classes for the younger students. The school will be able to offer sports again. The modified boys and girls will be able to participate in basketball, and Augustinian will collaborate with the Carthage sports program to offer a Saturday sports program for students in kindergarten through grade 6. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be offering a four-week cooking class in October, and Augustinian is looking to have a Fine Arts program to include painting and dance. Augustinian’s Before & Afterschool Program will continue with health and safety guidelines in place as well.

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