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Aug. 31, 2022

By Mary Ann Margrey
Augustinian Academy Principal

Carthage – Another year is ready to begin, and it looks like we can plan for a normal beginning with minimal COVID guidelines. Our opening enrollment looks very good. With the loss of 75 students, most due to military transfers, we were quite concerned. However, we currently have 137 students enrolled to begin next week. We are very excited to begin anew!

We are fortunate to be able to start the school year with a full faculty, adding a few new members. As was noticed during the last two years, there is an increased need to meet the academic and social/emotional needs of the students. To that end, our Family Support Coordinator and Military & Family Life Counselor will be scheduling sessions with the classes on a regular basis to address many of the social-emotional needs of the students. Our hope is to be proactive rather than reactive! We have also added a full-time Academic Support Coordinator to meet the academic challenges many children are facing. She will collaborate with the classroom teachers and the Title I Academic Intervention Specialist to help the students be successful in the areas of reading, writing and math.

We are so blessed to be able to continue the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation “Establishing Wholistic & Healthy After-school Activities” grant. We were able to offer a STEM Camp in July and Vacation Bible School in August. During July and August, we were able to offer summer tutoring to students to assist with reading, writing, and math skills.

As school begins, we will continue to provide a wide variety of healthy activities in the afterschool program. This will include a Little Flowers group, martial arts, running and walking clubs, Science Olympiad, quilting & knitting classes, an Art Club, a fine arts program, opportunities for sports, and much more. We are so happy to be able to be able to offer these programs to help address the needs of the whole child.

We hope to remind the students and staff daily: “We are each a gift from God working together to love and share as Jesus did!” May our school year be filled with many faith-filled and happy experiences!

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