Effective Governance, Engaging Instruction and Creative Programming

May 20, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At St. Agnes, we strive to fulfill the mission of our school as we guide our program in a manner which unites the heart, soul and mind through a formation of faith, a strong academic foundation and a commitment to serving the needs of our human society.

 

The elements of this vision requires effective governance, engaging instruction and creative programming.  Accordingly, our community is governed by a deliberative School Board who serves the ministry of Catholic education and are responsible for developing and implementing the mission of and vision for St. Agnes. This role requires talented visionaries who provide stewardship and leadership for our wonderful school. To this point, I am immensely grateful for the following Board members: Mike Forest, Patricia Parton, Karen Horvath, Fr. Foppiano, Pat Kearney, Mike Doyle, Sr. Peter Verona, Sherita Thomas, Kate Gilbert, Sarah Grago and Scott Hollingsworth. On Monday, May 6, this special group of leaders said goodbye to one of the true cornerstones of our School Board. Our outgoing Vice-Chair, Patricia Barton, will be dearly missed. From the moment Pat stepped on to the Board six years ago, she has been the lamplighter and the worker bee for our governing body. Her consistent presence at all things St. Agnes and her enthusiasm for serving as a vocal ambassador for BEAR NATION are gifts that will not soon be forgotten. With all this being said, I want to thank all of the members of the 2018-2019 School Board for the leadership they have generously provided, with a special note of gratitude for all that Pat has offered in support of St. Agnes for the past six years.

 

In addition to the effective governance that pilots our school’s vision, the engaging instruction that our staff provides has transformed the educational program that we deliver to our families. One such program was our first ever Science Fair event. This program invited our 6, 7 and 8 grade students to conduct a research experiment based upon a scientific question. And if that wasn’t enough, the students then had to respond to a series of questions from a rather impressive group of judges. To this point, I would like to thank Donna Hargens (Superintendent for Catholic Schools), Mary Destino (Director of School Excellence for the Archdiocese of Baltimore), Allison White (Science Chair at Mount St. Joseph), Sr. Janet Mary (Science Department Member at Mount de Sales), and Kate Gilbert (former Associate Superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools). I would like to also thank our Science teacher, Katie White who organized this event. And lastly, I would like to congratulate the following group of awarded medalists:

 

Eighth Grade: 1st - Ryan Wilson (The effect of arm length on catapults); 2nd - Tsion Solomon (How does temperature affect bubbles?); 3rd - Christopher DeGroote (Does gaming count as exercise?)

Seventh Grade: 1st - Kylah Barnes (Which brand of paper towel is the strongest?); 2nd - Finn Smith & David Wilder (Can you beat the Stroop Effect test?) 3rd - Nathan Perez (Which is more absorbent: a beach towel or a bath towel?)

Sixth Grade: 1st - Ryan Johnson (pH and plant growth); 2nd - Amelia Caquelin (Do animals have a paw preference?); 3rd - Justin Davis (Which provides better success, a wooden bat or aluminum bat?)

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