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St. Agnes Academy, 30 Carson Avenue, Dalton, MA 01226

SUMER SCHEDULE

Our summer schedule will be as the following:

July - every Tue and Wed 9-12 except the week of Jul 22...with after hours by appointment.  Contact (413) 684-3143.

August - every Tue and Wed 9-12 except the week of Aug 19...also with after hours by appointment.

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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OUR STUDENTS

Registration & Re-registration

If you or someone you know is considering St. Agnes as an educational option for their child, please encourage them to call Jim Stankiewicz at (413) 684-3143.  We currently have openings in all of our grades.  Tours, observations and shadowing of classes can be arranged on most days.  Although there is a tuition charge, we make every effort to make a St. Agnes Academy affordable through a diocesan and local financial aid process.

Extended Day Care

Our school provides daily, before and after school care programs for our students.

ST. AGNES ACADEMY

 

For Enrollment Information, contact St. Agnes Academy at: (413) 684-3143 

ACCREDITED

St. Agnes Academy is fully accredited by the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges.  For additional Information contact St. Agnes Academy at (413) 684-3143, Fax: 413-684-3124

MISSION STATEMENT

St. Agnes Academy is a Catholic parish school located at 30 Carson Avenue in Dalton, MA. is united by God's love, living and sharing our faith daily.   We strive for academic success while promoting awareness and appreciation of community involvement as a lifestyle.   Within this secure, welcoming environment, our experienced, dedicated faculty and staff celebrate the uniqueness of each child from pre-school through grade eight.

CHILD & YOUTH PROTECTION

All employees of the Diocese, parishes and schools, and all volunteers who have regular contact with children, are required to participate in and comply with all aspects of the Diocese’s Safe Environment Program.

Additional information is located at: http://diospringfield.org/Ministries/child-youth-protection/

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    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.

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REGISTER FOR SCHOOL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Saint Agnes Academy will be using FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment.  We have been using them for years to analyze financial aid needs and now will use them for the collection of tuition payments.  Some of you will already have accounts because of the financial aid program.  A new account is not needed. 

We are asking all families to visit [https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3H0F3] and register your family and students for a tuition plan for the next school year.  It will help you create a profile and select a payment plan.  It allows you to choose a payment method [bank account, checking account or credit card payments]. It allows you to choose a day for payment [1st -15th of each month].  It allows you to choose frequency of payment [yearly, semi-annual, quarterly or monthly]. Your status is St. Agnes Sponsored, other Catholic Parish Sponsored or Non-Sponsored. 

Each family will create an account or login to an already existing account to make these tuition choices.  After doing so you will receive a confirmation to review your choices.  Academy staff will then populate the tuition amounts and credit any financial aid awards.  These amounts will be added in a timely fashion allowing our families to review the amounts prior to the first payment being made. 

Since the stability of our school and the quality of its programs rely on tuition, we are always seeking ways to make improvements to benefit everyone. FACTS is used by many schools in our Diocese and over 6,500 schools nationally. We are excited to be working with them and are confident this program will offer greater efficiency and financial stability for the school while providing convenience to families.  Follow this link to get started today:

https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3H0F3

You will realize these benefits by using FACTS for your tuition payment plan:

You will choose your status. Sponsored Student St. Agnes Parish; Non-Sponsored Student Full Pay; Sponsored Student by other Catholic Parish. 
You will choose Full Payment (1); Semi Annual Payment (2); Quarterly Payments (4); or Monthly Payments (12)
Automatic Payments: You many choose any day between the 1st- 15th of each month as your payment date. Automatic payments can be made from a checking or savings account or from a variety of credit cards.
Convenience & Security: Along with multiple payment plan options, your payments are processed securely through a bank to bank transaction.
Peace of Mind Insurance: FACTS offers this optional benefit for only $20 per year per family. In the event of death of the Responsible Party or spouse, the remaining tuition balance owed for the current school year is paid to the school.
Consumer Account: You may check your personal account or make payments online from the convenience of your home or office anytime.
Sincerely,

Fr. Chris Malatesta, Pastor

413.684.0125

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After School Car Line Procedure

Please enter the parking lot through the Main St. entrance.  Upon entering, cars should form a DOUBLE LINE that extends as far as the basketball hoop.  At the basketball hoop, cars should then take turns merging into ONE LINE. The single line will then proceed to the back door of the school where students will be dismissed directly to the appropriate car.  Please make every effort to follow these procedures in order to insure the safety of our students as well as those people picking them up.

Please enter the parking lot through the Main St. entrance.  Upon entering, cars should form a DOUBLE LINE that extends as far as the basketball hoop.  At the basketball hoop, cars should then take turns merging into ONE LINE. The single line will then proceed to the back door of the school where students will be dismissed directly to the appropriate car.  Please make every effort to follow these procedures in order to insure the safety of our students as well as those people picking them up.

NO PARKING BAN on Carson Ave. in Front of School

The Dalton Police have placed new NO PARKING signs on both sides of the street in front of the school. Please park in the school parking lot unless you are making a quick "pick up" or "drop off". 

Academy Wellness Policy

At St. Agnes Academy, we strive to promote the religious, academic, physical, social, and emotional growth and development of all of our students. To accomplish this goal, the district has implemented and continues to improve a comprehensive school wellness program at all levels.

Our Wellness Program includes the following elements:

•   Promotion of a healthy school environment— a safe and nurturing climate where all students are known by the staff

•   Nutritional standards for all foods provided in school

•   Student services—coordinated programs of health care, student assistance programs and mentoring.

•   Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment—a coordinated K-8 program about healthy relationships, bullying and self-awareness.

All foods available for sale during the school day will comply with the National School Lunch Act, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with attention to Life Threatening Food Allergies.

All students at St. Agnes Academy will receive physical education/health/wellness instruction each year, with additional opportunities for physical activity through daily, supervised recess after lunch for all students and an additional supervised morning recess for students in grades PK-3.

Financial Aid

All students wishing for parish or diocesan financial aid must apply online for aid to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at www.factstuitionaid.com.

Last year's recipients must re-apply. Grants are for one year only.

Families must include their parish name and address in section (1) of the form. Saint Agnes Academy must be listed in section (2). Only one application is needed to cover all children attending catholic schools, including high school.

Help is available from Facts. Call 1-866-315-9262 or .email help@factstuitionaid.com.

A family failing to complete this process prior to March 15 may be unable to get any assistance.

Families applying for parish financial aid must also complete a parish financial aid application.

 

Financial Aid Forms are due by March 15.