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PICNIC INVITE 2019

St. Agnes Academy Announces Appointment of Fadia Rostom Makdisi as Principal

St. Agnes Academy Announces Appointment of Fadia Rostom Makdisi as Principal

Search Committee Names Local Educator to Replace Retiring School Head James Stankiewicz

DALTON, Mass., May 23, 2019 - St. Agnes Academy, Berkshire County’s leading parochial school serving students from pre-school through eighth grade, has announced the appointment of Fadia Rostom Makdisi of Pittsfield as Principal, replacing long-time educator James Stankiewicz, effective July 1.

Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor of St. Agnes Church, made the appointment while also reaffirming his unwavering commitment to the Academy. He also announced the formation of an Executive Leadership Council, a group of experienced educators charged with the goal of growing the Academy while maintaining high academic expectations and traditional Catholic values and traditions.

A search committee selected Makdisi from a field of highly competitive candidates in a regional search. “We are confident we have the perfect candidate in Fadia who will bring a high level of energy and commitment to our church and Academy and work well with our teachers, Executive Leadership Council, parents, and students,” said Malatesta. “Under Fadia’s leadership, we will continue to seek new and creative ways to boost enrollment, secure a strong financial base, and grow in the years to come.”

Makdisi will have oversight for school culture and the Catholic School mission and will run the development efforts of the Academy. She will be responsible for budget planning, communications, and discipline and will represent the academy on a Diocesan level, working with the Superintendent of Schools to grow the Academy. Other key duties include scheduling, hiring, compliance, and community outreach.  She will collaborate with the Executive Leadership Council to meet and exceed the expectations of parents in regards to academics.

“I am thrilled to be joining St. Agnes Academy and working with such an experienced group of educators, whose energy and commitment to faith, life learning, and academic excellence is boundless,” said Makdisi. “I look forward to building on the strong foundation left by Jim Stankiewicz and exploring new ways to expand the St. Agnes mission.

Makdisi is a collaborative and innovative educator with over 15 years of experience in public and private educational systems. She is a graduate of Damascus University and MCLA and has taught in the computer technology department at Damascus University. Currently, she works in the Pittsfield and Central Berkshire Regional School systems. “Her background and experiences enable her to integrate technologies and a personal approach to enhance teaching and learning in both classroom subjects and life skills,” said Malatesta.

Makdisi is married and has three daughters who all attend St. Agnes. Along with Makdisi and Rev. Malatesta, the Executive Leadership Council will include current faculty members Karen Blefari and Theresa Dudziak as Deans of Academics and Curriculum. Blefari, who has 42 years of experience in elementary and early childhood education, will be responsible for Early Childhood and Elementary Programs, while Dudziak, a former St. Agnes principal and 32-year educator, will oversee the Middle School program.

 “The deans will provide the expertise and experience necessary to maintain a program of academic excellence and allow us to continue to grow and exceed the expectations of our families in meeting the needs of a 21st century education,” said Malatesta.

The council also includes Katherine Flanders, an experienced teacher, who will serve as Director of Enrichment. She will provide tailored and well-planned enrichment opportunities for St. Agnes students. .

St. Agnes Academy, founded in 1957, currently has an enrollment of 144 students in pre-school through grade eight.

Our Parish Community!

St. Agnes Academy Announces New Staff Appointments

  

Saint Agnes Academy

30 Carson Avenue   Dalton, MA 01226

Telephone:(413) 684-3143   Fax:(413) 684-3124

www.stagnescc.com

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Fadia Rostom Makdisi, Principal, St. Agnes Academy, 413.684.3143

 

St. Agnes Academy Announces New Staff Appointments                                  

DALTON, Mass., August 9, 2019 - St. Agnes Academy, Berkshire County’s leading parochial school serving students from pre-school through eighth grade, has announced the appointment of two new veteran teachers and school nurse for the upcoming school year. New principal Fadia Rostom Makdisi made the appointments, effective this month.

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented educators who will further complement our already highly experienced staff,” said Makdisi. “Their energy and firm commitment to academic excellence, faith, and life learning will strengthen our unique mission at St. Agnes.”

St. Agnes announced the appointment of Catherine Salatino of Pittsfield to the Middle School teaching staff. Salatino began her career as a teacher in the parochial schools in Berkshire County, teaching at St. Mary’s School in Lee and St. Agnes School in Dalton. She also worked for many years at Allendale, Crosby, and Williams schools in Pittsfield. Salatino received a bachelor’s degree in education from Worcester State College and a master’s degree from North Adams State College.  

 Sally Capeless of Pittsfield has been named first grade teacher, replacing retiring teacher Margaret Shapiro. Capeless previously taught at St. Agnes for 13 years and later worked for 19 years in the Pittsfield public schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College in 1985.

 The Academy has also named Susannah White Long as the new part-time school nurse. Long has experience in hospital-based nursing, out-patient clinics, as well as school nursing. Prior to earning her nursing degree, she worked as a student affairs and career counselor at the university level. Long holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College, a M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia, and a BS in nursing from Pace University.

 St. Agnes Academy, founded in 1957, currently has an enrollment of 145 students in pre-school through grade eight.

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UPCOMING ACADEMY EVENTS

  • School Begins- Full Day

    St. Agnes Academy
  • Back to School Night

    Cafe then to classrooms

    St. Agnes Academy
  • School Library

    School Photos-Individuals

    St. Agnes Academy
  • In Service- Early Dismissal 11:00AM

    St. Agnes Academy
  • Cafeteria

    School Photos- Class Photos

    St. Agnes Academy
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OUR STUDENTS

FAITH FORMATION EVENTS

  • Library

    ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm. For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service, also social gatherings, community outreach and athletic events.  For info. email: Fabrcio.Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

    Young Adult Ministry
  • Library

    ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm. For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service, also social gatherings, community outreach and athletic events.  For info. email: Fabrcio.Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

    Young Adult Ministry
  • National Youth Conference

    Office of Faith Formation
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • PARISH LENDING LIBRARY DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A PARISH LENDING LIBRARY?

    We have hundreds of books available to borrow in the parish lending library located in the Pastoral Center. Anytime CCD is in session on Sunday you are welcome to come over and browse our selections. During CCD office hours, you can ring the bell and look through the books. We have many books on saints, prayer, scripture, Catholic history, as well as biographies and theology. Come by and visit! The Pastoral Center is also open during CCD hours on Sunday morning to anyone who would like to come by, have a cup of coffee and relax while the students are in class.

    Office of Faith Formation
  • IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

    Questions and answers in an informal setting. Classes begin in October. For more information contact Deacon George at 684-2371. All ages are welcome!

    Office of Faith Formation

THE 4 LIFE-GIVING GIFTS OF YOUCAT

CAMP HOLY CROSS

 

  

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Information, Councilor Applications and Registrations/Health Forms as they become available!

Catholic Kids Summer

Camp Holy Cross Overnight Camp 2019 available for children 8-15 years old. Session I—July 7-12 and Session II—July 14-19. Camp sessions are filled with fun, friends, field games, arts and crafts and water fun in an outdoors setting in nearby Goshen, MA. Cost is $350 per week including accommodations, meals and all camp materials for the week. Multi-sibling or multi-week discounts available. Registration and Health Forms, as well as pay online at www.campholycross.org.

Published on Jun 26, 2015 - Father Christopher Malatesta of the Diocese of Springfield talks with Kevin Nelson and Father Reed about Camp Holy Cross, a great opportunity for kids. - Watch our video

Published on May 1, 2016 - A visit to Camp Holy Cross, a camp for youth, in Goshen, Mass. - Watch our video

Published on Aug 12, 2015 - Chalice of Salvation - Camp Holy Cross Mass - Watch our video

 

 

CAMP HOLY CROSS BROCHURE

Download the Camp Holy Cross 2019 Season Brochure!

camp_holy_cross_brochure_2019_final.pdf  

BUY A BRICK AND GIVE THE GIFT TO LAST A LIFETIME

Brick Fundraiser supporting the current and future renovation of Camp Holy Cross We invite you to support the Camp by purchasing your personalized, engraved brick that will be placed in front of the Chapel and will become a part of the CHC History.  Proceeds will go to renovation efforts of CHC which includes the installation of an epoxy floor in the Chapel.  This project will beautify this sacred space and further the mission of the Camp.  Consider a brick for:

  • Your Name

  • Your Company Name

  • Memorial - honor a loved one

  • Special Memories

  • An inspirational message

  • Alumni / Camper

Have You or Someone you know benefited from CHC? Order Today On-line or download the form (chc_buy_a_brick_final.pdf)  and return to the rectory or deposit at Mass. Become part of our Beautiful Facility forever! 4" x 8" Brick $100 (Includes 1-3 lines (14 characters per line) 8" x 8" Brick $150 (Includes up to 6 lines (14 characters per line)

PROTECTING OUR YOUTH

   

The Diocese of Springfield and St. Agnes Parish is committed to keeping children and youth safe.  For questions regarding Child Safety issues, please contact our parish Child Advocates: Lisa Stankiewicz  684-1803 or Jim Stankiewicz 684-3143.

Information about Victim Outreach, Child Abuse Prevention, Safe Environment Programs and Training, Roles and Responsibilities, and Resources for Parents & Families are available on the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts Office of Child & Youth Protection website.

USCCB Resource:  Promise to Protect_Pledge to Heal - 2011-Charter-booklet.pdf 

Diocesan Pilgramage at Camp Holy Cross

PARISH BOARDS AND COUNCILS

Saint Agnes Catholic Community Governance

LINK TO BOARD/COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

The healthy success of any community relies on the active participation and wise leadership of its members.  From its earliest days as a parish, St. Agnes CC has had wise, pragmatic and dedicated parishioners who stepped forward- sometimes asked, sometimes moved to volunteer, sometimes summoned- to work with the pastor and the diocese to create and maintain a parish that provided its members with liturgy, pastoral care, education and opportunities for ministry.  The Finance Council, Pastoral Council, Faith Formation Board and Academy Board provide governance at St. Agnes.