Within a school building, the months during summer break can be a time of quiet preparation where a slower pace guides each movement. And while it is true that the warm days do have a tendency to move at a less frenzied speed, the St. Agnes campus was anything but quiet during the summer of 2019.
In late June, our Summer STEAM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) began. Each week, young people in Pre-K up to the Middle School grades were actively engaged in a hands-on, minds-on experience. And the best part was that the children were having so much fun, they didn’t even realize that they were exploring, creating and learning. Programs like this don’t just happen, it takes great planning. For this reason, I would like to thank our immensely talented Director, Ms. Teresa Majerowicz and her dedicated staff, for leading such an enriching and memorable summer program.
This summer also provided students an opportunity to further strengthen their academic skills through our continued relationship with R.E.A.D. This educational tutoring firm provided students learning support in the areas of Math, Reading, Science and Writing.
Somehow amid the STEAM and R.E.A.D. programs, we were able to work around their planned activities and undertook a renovation and revitalization project intended to further improve the facility which houses our young BEARS. This summer we enhanced our building with an aesthetically attractive design with the goal of enhancing the architectural composition of our classrooms. In addition, this project also held the goal of preventing the warm heat that would often permeate through the block window panes that served as a popular design during the 1950’s construction of our school building. While keeping the physical panes intact, we framed out vented sheetrock and covered over the massive glass structure with a newly formed and insulated wall area. So as to maintain ample lightning, the lower portion of windows in our classrooms remain intact which allows the natural gift of light into our learning spaces. In addition, within the four “newer classrooms” that were constructed in the 1960’s, we covered the wall of glass panes with window tinting seals designed to draw in natural light all while blocking out the sun’s heat. In addition, shelving units were constructed and installed for each of the air conditioners in our classrooms. As well, each one of our rooms were freshly painted and the floors in our hallways and classrooms have been buffed and polished to bring out its natural shine. As I strolled through the building on September 2 on the eve of the opening of the 2019-2020 school, I saw a building who was not “showing its age”, but rather, an educational home that radiates with pride and beauty.
If you are interested in seeking an educational setting that serves as a center of faith and one which delivers a dynamic educational experience, all in a warm and inviting setting, then you need to look no further than the charming school house that sits on the corner of St. Agnes Lane and Old Frederick Road.