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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

Summum Bonum Spring 2020 Newsletter

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Virtual Learning at Hill
 
SJHA PreK 3 through 12th grade moved to virtual learning in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by SJHA Elementary School Principal Mr. Lawrence Hansen and SJHA High School Principal Mrs. Maria Molluzzo, teachers of every grade were immediately trained on best practices and technologies for virtual learning. Read more about the challenges they've overcome, new technologies they are utilizing, and how they have worked to give students the best virtual experience possible.
 
Alumni Avenue: Hill's Healthcare Heroes
 
St. Joseph Hill Academy is highlighting four of the hundreds of Hill Alumni who have made a career in serving others through healthcare. We are proud to share the experiences of Dr. Michael Schirripa, DO (Elementary School Class of 2005), Jennifer Baranello, FNP (High School Class of 2005), Dr. George Ferzli, MD (Elementary School Class of 2001), and Nicole Ward Lynch, FNP (High School Class of 2005).
 
 
And find a list of local businesses owned by Hill families and Hill alumni that you can support during this challenging time. Many offer special benefits to Hill families.
 
 
Hill Seniors Remain Undaunted as they Prepare for College in the Fall
 
The college admissions process went smoothly this past fall, and the 119 members of the Class of 2020 were accepted into 189 colleges, with academic scholarship monies totaling $41.5 million. The college decision-making process has been more difficult, however, when the opportunity to attend live accepted students’ days shifted to virtual experiences in mid- March, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mrs. Kerry Sullivan ‘81, Hill’s Director of College Counseling, this unprecedented crisis has presented new questions and challenges.
 
Hill Alumnus Donates New Sound and Lighting System
 
Mr. Peter J. Shudtz, SJHA Elementary School alumnus, made a generous gift to update the Academy's sound and lighting system. Mr. Hansen says, “this new addition gives us the opportunity to continue to support the students in their faith so that we can hold masses and prayer services without difficulty and we can continue to expand our plays and performances.”
 
 
Congratulations to Hill HS Juniors Emily DeChristine and Jacqliene Mangini on their 2020 Roger Rees Award nominations!
 
 
 
SJHA Elementary School Welcomes Elizabeth Campbell as Assistant Principal
 
Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell (High School Class of 1994) will be joining the St. Joseph Hill Academy Elementary School as Assistant Principal in the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Campbell will work closely with Mr. Hansen, Mrs. DelGeorge, Mr. Acanfora and our faculty, to continue the mission of providing an excellent Catholic education to our students.
 
How you can help Hill students
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many families in the Hill community, though some have been hit harder financially than others. St. Joseph Hill Academy is committed to the education, spiritual growth, and development of all our students. A Student Emergency Fund has been created to provide tuition assistance and financial support to our current Hill families to help them persevere during these challenging times. 
 
SJHA Event Updates
 
We look forward to safely gathering with you again in celebration of St. Joseph Hill Academy. Stay tuned!
 
SJHA Elementary School Fashion Show is rescheduled to Spring 2021.
 
SJHA Centennial High School Alumnae Event Rosé and Roses is postponed and new date is forthcoming.
 
SJHA Centennial Gala, originally scheduled for November 13, 2020, will be replaced by a Mass of Thanksgiving with more details to follow.