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  • Own Your Education

    As we approach the second semester it is a great time to help our students evaluate and assess their first semester growth and learning.  At Aquinas we pride ourselves on being a team and we want you and your student to know how important each and every day is.  Every day is an opportunity for all of us to be accountable for our learning and to grow from each other both in the classroom and beyond.  Over the past semester, Aquinas students have shown time and again that they are capable of conquering amazing feats. To be the best we must continually work as a team and approach each day and each classroom as an opportunity to be our absolute best.
    May we all have a fantastic second semester and be excited every day to OWN YOUR EDUCATION!
  • New Bookstore Hours

    Please note the Bookstore hours will be changing for the second semester.  Beginning Monday, January 28 the bookstore will be open on Monday and Thursday during lunches 10:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m.  The bookstore will no longer be open before or after school.
  • Midterm Exam Transportation Schedule

    Midterm exams will take place from January 17-25. Most districts will provide morning and afternoon busing at the usual time during exams. There is no mid-day transportation provided to Aquinas. Some districts will provide a mid-day bus home. See schedule below. If you need to be bussed home from a morning exam, please inform your morning bus driver of that fact at least one day in advance. Districts specifically indicating the need for the driver to be notified will NOT provide transportation unless that notification occurs.

    Midterm Bus Transportation 2019 (PDF)
  • Midterm Exam Schedules

    The midterm exam schedules for both high school and middle school are now posted. Please note that the exam schedules are subject to change, so please check back regularly for updates.

  • Math Midterm Exams

    Any student taking a math exam during the midterm examination period must bring his/her own tools with them for the exam. Tools include #2 pencils, graphing calculator (already charged or new batteries have been installed), a ruler (any straightedge), a protractor (specific to Geometry), and a compass (specific to Geometry). If any student needs a specific accommodation regarding any of these materials, he/she must speak directly to Mr. Sifain.
  • Penfield CSD Transportation for January 28

    Penfield CSD is not in session on Monday, January, 28. Therefore, transportation to or from private/parochial schools will not be available on that day.  Please plan accordingly.
  • The Wizard of Oz

    Don’t miss Aquinas’ middle school musical, The Wizard of Oz, on stage February 7-9 at The Aquinas Institute of Rochester. Watch as our youngest student performers bring to life all of the beloved characters in this classic tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home.
    Performances will be held in the Thomas F. Bell '57 Auditorium on Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are on sale now at 
    https://ai.booktix.com/. Tickets are $11 for adults, and $8.50 for students and seniors (62+). Aquinas students are free with student ID. If purchasing online, please print your ticket and present it at the door for entry. Any remaining tickets will be available at the theatre door prior to each performance.
    For more information please contact Director Brian White at bwhite@aquinasinstitute.com.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Rochester Area Community Foundation offers more than 130 scholarship opportunities that focus on supporting students in various ways from tuition and fees to book expenses. You can get more details about the scholarships, program information, and application at www.racf.org/scholarships.
    Additional scholarship information can also be found on www.naviance.com and www.fastweb.com.
    If you have questions please feel free to contact Mayra Arieno in the counseling center.
  • Spring Sports Requalifications

    All students planning to play a spring sport must requalify with the school nurse. Spring sports requals will be held on WednesdayFebruary 13 and Wednesday, February 27 in the Nurse's Office from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students should plan on getting requaled during their PE class, lunch or study hall on either day.  
    All details and required forms can be found on our website at www.aquinasinstitute.com/requals. Please read carefully to be sure your child has all of the necessary paperwork. Contact the school nurse with any questions.
  • Aquinas Baseball Camp

    Children in grades K-6 are invited to take part in the Aquinas Baseball Camp, February 18-21 at the Aquinas Institute. Registration costs $70 per child (team/group rates are available). There will be two sessions based on age group:
    Grades K-3: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    Grades 4-6: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    For more information including how to register, please click here. Each registrant will receive an AQ Baseball t-shirt!
  • Class of 2020 PSAT/NMSQT Results

    Juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT on October 10, 2018.  Students received their PSAT/NMSQT score report and test book in their English class.  In class, counselors reviewed results with students and were available for questions.  We encourage you to have your student review their scores with you.  Students may also access their score report online and receive a free service for personalized SAT practice by linking to the Khan Academy at www.psat.org/myscore
  • Trip to Québec and Montréal

    ATTENTION ALL FRANCOPHONES! Due to various work and sports conflicts, we are in need of more travelers to join us on our trip to Québec and Montréal April 14-19. This trip is officially open to any Aquinas student in grade 9-12 who is in good academic standing and is willing to meet with Madame Rybak after school for an approval interview. Fluency in French is NOT required to participate; just an interest in French Canadian culture, food and history! Please email Ms. Rybak atjrybak@aquinasinstitute.com for more information. 
  • Clubs at Aquinas

    Are you interested in getting involved in a club or activity?  Here is a listing of some of our AQ clubs and what they have been up to this year.  Club Updates and Information
  • News from the Library

    The AQ Library's main web page has been updated and reorganized for easier use!  Please check out the "Awesome Gale Databases" that we have access to through the New York State Library. In addition to extensive academic information, interesting databases include New York State Newspapers; the Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection; the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection; and Popular Magazines. To get to the databases, go to aquinasinstitute.comSign In to your account, click on Resources, click on Library Catalog & Resources and look under Online Databases. The password is empirelink.  If you have any questions, please see Librarian Mrs. Melton.
  • Community Service Intention Forms

    The 2nd semester community service intention forms for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors are due Friday, February 1.  Intention forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and submitted BEFORE the service is performed. Information regarding possible volunteer sites, as well as 2nd semester intention and verification forms, can be found on the AQ website. Days off from school and vacations are excellent times to fulfill these hours. Second semester days off include:
    January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
    February 15, March 22, April 12 – Faculty/Staff Workshop Days – No School
    February 18-22 – Winter Recess – No School
    April 15-22 – Easter Recess – No School
    Verification forms for 2nd semester are due Friday, April 26. If you have any questions, please contact your Theology Teacher or Sr. Dora Christian.
  • Introducing the Iron Shamrock Club

    The Iron Shamrock Club is an incentive and rewards-based strength building motivation program for student athletes.  The incentive program will reward athletes for meeting strength standards. The ultimate aim is that the opportunity to reach the highest level will encourage student athletes to take their training more seriously - as well as enlighten them on what it takes to become an elite athlete. The program is based on relative strength calculations on 1 RPM on 4 key lifts.  Relative strength calculation allows all athletes - male and female - of all body types and levels, the reasonable ability to reach at least one of the 4 standards: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite.  

    The 4 standards are set based on the body weight of the athlete therefore, not only are the standards attainable, but also serve as a powerful tracking tool of an athlete’s progress as he/she moves through the program. It is reasonable and attainable that by the time they leave Aquinas, that a majority of athletes will attain Advanced Standards. While fewer will possibly attain Elite level, the journey for athletes trying to attain this level will benefit their health and strengthen our sports programs. Athletes will need to make 3 out of 4 lifts at a level in order to qualify for that level. While this program is designed for student athletes, it is open to all students looking to improve their fitness levels. For more information, please see Mr. LeBeau.
  • Weight Room/Fitness Center/Field House Expectations

    During after school hours it is imperative for the health and well-being of Aquinas students and student-athletes that certain expectations are followed. These expectations are as follows:
    1. Like classrooms at Aquinas, the field house and weight room are learning/training spaces. No student should be in either space without coach or teacher supervision. Any student without their coach or teacher will be asked to leave.
    2. Only students who are practicing, training or participating in sports should be in the field house or weight room after school. These spaces are not for sitting around, fooling around, socializing or being unsafe. Students found to be doing any of these things will be asked to leave.
    3. Students will follow a weight-lifting program that they will confirm with the weight room staff whenever they are using the fitness center at Aquinas. Aquinas athletics requires that all teams from modified to varsity participate in off-season and in-season lifting programs. Students who are not involved in Aquinas athletics still need to provide weight room staff with information about the program they are following.  
    Please help Aquinas continue to build or maintain our successful Athletics program and the strength and fitness of all our students by reviewing and committing to these expectations. We ask families to help in two ways: 
    1. Encourage your child(ren) to participate in a sport or the Iron Shamrock Club at Aquinas. Certified weightlifting coaches are in the weight room and fitness center after school from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    2. Please go over the expectations with your child(ren).  
  • Understanding the Cost of Teen Vaping

    Many of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke are also found in e-cigarette aerosol. They include:
    • formaldehyde, also found in embalming fluid;1,7
    • cadmium, used in batteries;1,8
    • benzene, found in gasoline;1,9 and
    • toluene, an industrial solvent.1,10
    1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2016.
    7 National Cancer Institute. Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk. (last reviewed 2011 June 10)
    8 Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Cadmium - Overview.
    9 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Benzene – Facts About Benzene. (last reviewed 2013 Feb 14)
    10 Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. Toxic Substances Portal – Toluene. (last reviewed 2015 Jan 21)
    For more information, please visit the following sites:
  • Weather Related Closing Procedures

    School closing announcements will be made through the local media. Please note that if school is canceled or closed, Aquinas Institute will be listed specifically as weather conditions vary widely across the county. Additionally, the closing will be posted on both AquinasInstitute.com and the Aquinas Facebook page. Aquinas will also send automated voice messages and SMS texts to alert parents of weather related school closings. To receive texts parents must opt-in. Please do so by texting 'YES' to 68453.

    School closings, as well as cancellation of activities/athletic events and evening programs, are based on the anticipated impact of inclement weather or other emergencies that may interfere with the health and safety of our students and/or staff. Every effort is made to make such decisions in a timely manner. Should the principal make the decision to cancel after school and evening activities, announcements will be made in the school, automated voice messages will go out to parents, and texts will be sent to parents who have opted-in to receive them. Please establish a dismissal procedure with your son/daughter in the event of after school cancellations. 

    Sports Cancellations
    In the event that a sporting event/practice is canceled due to inclement weather, coaches will make an effort to alert parents by email, phone and through AquinasInstitute.com. While coaches err on the side of caution when making these decisions, please keep in mind that conditions do vary from place to place. Parents should not let their students attend practices or scrimmages if they feel the weather conditions are dangerous. 

    NOTE: If school is canceled, ALL after school sports, clubs, and activities – regardless of location – will be canceled as well.
  • National Women & Girls in Sport Day Essay Contest

    Female students are invited to participate in the 10th Annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day Essay Contest. This contest – sponsored by St. John Fisher College on behalf of the Women’s Sports Foundation – is a way to raise awareness at a local level about National Girls and Women in Sport Day (February 6, 2019), which celebrates the achievements of women in sport and encourages women of all ages to participate in sport and physical activity.   
    The flyer that provides the essay themes for this year and outlines the requirements for submission can be downloaded and printed here: https://sportforeverygirl.com/essay-contest-guidelines/
    Winners will be selected by the National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGWSD) committee at St. John Fisher and will be announced on their website on February 6, 2019.  Awards will be mailed out to individual winners.
    Submissions must be postmarked or emailed to ngwsd@sjfc.edu no later than January 31, 2019.  If you would like more information regarding the essay contest, please contact Emily Dane-Staples, Associate Professor of Sports Studies, at (585) 899-3808 or send an email to ngwsd@sjfc.edu. You can also visit: http://www.sportforeverygirl.com.
  • Save the Date for the Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Dances

    Save the date for the annual Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dances! The Mother/Son Dance will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019 and the Father/Daughter Dance will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  All mothers and fathers (or mother and father figures) of students in grades 9-12 are welcome!  More details coming soon.
  • Cold & Flu Season

    Cold and flu season is upon us! To help prevent the spread of the flu and other germs, there are everyday preventive actions that the CDC recommends. Click here to learn more (PDF).
  • SAT Prep

    Rochester Educational Opportunity Center is offering SAT Prep from November 5 – December 19.  Classes will be held on  Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  For more information and how to apply, contact (585) 327-4073 www.REOC.Brockport.edu.
  • Exploring Program 2018-2019

    Seneca Waterways Exploring is a career-education program that allows high school students to check out a career they may be interested in pursuing through hands-on activities led by people out in the real world.  Why wait until you’re almost through college to find out what it’s like in your field? Try Exploring today!! Visit http://www.swcexploring.org/?page_id=453.
  • Free ACT/SAT Prep through Method Test Prep

    All Aquinas students have Free ACT/SAT Prep through Method Test Prep. With Method Test Prep, students are able to:
    • Watch video explanations to practice questions
    • Access strategy guides for each test
    • Complete evaluation and full-length practice tests
    • Track your strengths on each concept
    • Access 24x7 from any web-connected device
    • Utilize a student-guided, weekly practice plan
    Students may access their Method Test Prep account by logging into Castle Learning and clicking the “test prep” icon. Here are additional resources you may find helpful:

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