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  • 2019-2020 Registration for Returning Students Now Open

    Returning student registration for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. Information was emailed to families and posted on the Aquinas website on Wednesday, March 13. Please register your child for the 2019-2020 school year as soon as possible to ensure he or she has the best chance of receiving his or her desired courses. Any student who has not registered by May 31, 2019 will have their courses chosen by Aquinas. Here are the steps/items that need to be completed:
    Registration Contract: This contract can be accessed through the parents’ Aquinas OnSuite account. When completing this contract, an online payment of $200 must be made. Each parent/guardian who is responsible for signing contracts must login to his/her account to digitally sign the contract. 

    Course Selection: Online course requests are to be made through the students’ Aquinas OnSuite account. Course request procedures can be found under the “Course Request” tab at the top of each student’s OnSuite account.

    Counselor & Student Meeting: After your child’s registration contract is completed and he or she has selected his or her courses, an individual counselor meeting will be set up to discuss academic/career/college plans, and to review course requests. Students will bring home a program of study form to be signed and approved by a parent/guardian. Students should return this form to their counselor by the following morning.

    Payment Plan Options: Aquinas will continue using FACTS Management for all tuition payments. Your payment plan will remain the same as last year. However, if you need to make any changes, please contact Megan Maletta-Knisely in the business office at (585) 254-2020 ext. 1012. Please note, there is an annual payment plan fee through FACTS.

    Financial Aid: Families must apply for financial aid annually. Aquinas will continue to use FACTS Management for the financial aid application process. Here is the link for FACTS Management: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3CTN2
    Tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year is $10,300 for grades 9-11, $10,450 for seniors, and $7,600 for Aquinas Middle School students.
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the registration process, please feel free to contact Megan Welling, Enrollment Coordinator, at (585) 254-2020 ext. 1071 or mwelling@aquinasinstitute.com.
  • AQ Spring Musical - Into the Woods

    Aquinas' spring musical, Into the Woods, will be on stage March 28-30 at The Aquinas Institute of Rochester. Come along with the cast and crew on a magical journey that intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.
    Performances will be held in the Thomas F. Bell '57 Auditorium on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 5 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 $12 (adults) and $9 (students and seniors).
    For more information please contact Director Megan Barbour at mbarbour@aquinasinstitute.com.
  • District Transportation Forms 2019-2020

    District transportation forms for the 2019-2020 school year are available through the Aquinas main office and on district websites. Forms must be filled out each year that your child requires transportation. Forms are due back to districts by April 1, 2019 in order to secure transportation for next year.   
  • Final 8th Grade DC Parent Meeting

    On Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria, we will have our final parent Washington, DC trip meeting.  At this meeting we will go over the final trip itinerary, relaying some important “dos and don’ts” for traveling, reviewing student expectations, and answering any other questions you may have.  Students should not attend this meeting as they will have their final meeting with us the following day during flex.  
  • Interim Reports Issued Friday

    Student interim reports were posted online on Friday, March 15. Please login to the parent portal to see your child's progress. If you do not know your login credentials, please contact mkallfelz@aquinasinstitute.com.
  • Krispy Kreme Golf Team Fundraiser

    The AQ golf team is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts and coffee for a team fundraiser. For just $10 you can order three different types of coffee (12oz. Rich, Smooth or Decaf), or a dozen donuts. Donut varieties include glazed, chocolate iced, lemon filled, raspberry filled, or Kreme filled. Each dozen must be the same variety - no mixed dozens. You can order directly from a member of the golf team or Coach D'Ettore, who may be contacted at rdettore@aquinasinstitute.com. Please have money ready upon ordering. Donuts and/or coffee will be delivered on April 2. Thank you for your support!
  • Girls Modified Softball Coach Needed

    We have an immediate opportunity for a modified girls softball coach. This position will be coaching a team combining 7th and 8th grade girls from Aquinas and Siena. All practices will be held at Aquinas.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Maria Robare.
  • U of R Offers FREE Summer Camp for Juniors & Seniors

    Do you enjoy math and physics?  The University of Rochester is offering a FREE one-week summer camp, July 8-12, where rising juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.  Students spend the week attending faculty lectures, touring the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and working in the Institute of Optics laboratories.   Students will also work on Capstone projects. Past projects have included the following: Thermal Imaging, Optical Communication, Solar Energy, and many more!  Upon completion of camp there is an opportunity for a six- week  paid research internship. For additional information on the Photon Camp visit http://www.hajim.rochester.edu/optics/about/photon-camp.html.  Registration deadline is May 24.  
  • AQ Parent Facebook Group

    Aquinas recently launched a Facebook group exclusively for AQ parents and you're invited to join! The group is meant to be a place where AQ parents can connect, communicate, share school information and ideas, ask questions, and support one another. Just visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/aqparents/ and provide your current or incoming student's name when prompted. Each member request is verified, so please allow 24 business hours to be approved and begin interacting within the group. 
  • Heart & Sole

    Heart and Sole (Girls on the Run) will begin its third season at Aquinas on Tuesday, March 19.  We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  This program is open to all AQMS girls.  Space is limited so please be sure to register your student soon!  For registration information, please visit https://www.gotrrochester.org/ or contact Mrs. O'Brien
  • 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
    Hispanic Scholarship Endowment Fund-  IBERO American Action League, Inc. is sponsoring a 2019 scholarship fund for any student of Hispanic origin. Applicant must be a resident of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, or Yates county and have an 3.0 or better in core subjects. Applications can be picked up in the counseling center or online at www.iaal.org
    Application deadline is March 8th.
    University of Buffalo Theatre Majors – Perry Watkins Scholarship will cover full tuition for 4 years to African-American students who are entering the University of Buffalo as freshmen and remain in good academic standing. See Mrs. Arieno in the Counseling Center for an application.
    The 2019 Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award is being offered by the Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. This distinguished Award is based on leadership, community service & academics and provides great recognition to all young ladies that are chosen. A $2,500 cash scholarship is given to four recipients and the remaining finalists receive a lesser scholarship amount. Applications are now being accepted through March 1, 2019 and can be found at: http://rocwomenscouncil.org/ywod-nomination-form
    If you have any questions please see Mrs. Arieno in the Counseling Center.
  • College Readiness by Naviance

    The Naviance College, Career, and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework provides a blueprint to prepare students for success after graduation. Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan now provides interactive courses aligning to the CCLR Framework for students in grades 8-12. View  the full schedule of free courses available this spring.  
  • Running Sight Guide Wanted

    Aquinas is seeking a sight guide to run with one of our visually impaired students. This student is a 9th grade female who wishes to join the outdoor track team and run the 400 meter sprint. In order to make her desire to join the team possible, Aquinas is offering a stipend to someone who is able to run with her. The basic requirements are: availability to attend all/most practices after school every day and participate in the meets, and be able to run a 400 meter sprint at a good pace. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Aquinas’ Athletic Office as soon as possible at (585) 254-2020 x1043.
  • Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Dinner Dances

    Aquinas' Annual Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Dinner Dances will be held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at City Grill in Rochester. These dances are for students in grades 9-12 only. Please visit the following web pages for more information about each of the dances and to register.

    Mother/Son Dance (March 22): www.AquinasInstitute.com/mothersondance19

    Father/Daughter Dance (March 23): www.AquinasInstitute.com/fatherdaughterdance19
  • Student Research and Creative Work Symposium

    Dr. Kristin Picardo from St. John Fisher College has invited Aquinas sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend and/or participate in the college's next Student Research and Creative Work Symposium, which will be held on Friday, April 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on their campus. Students also have the opportunity to create or showcase a recent a research project in the subject matter of their choice. This is a great opportunity for AQ students to experience college level research, meet undergraduate and graduate students, participate in a real symposium, and get a personalized college tour with a Student Ambassador! 
    If you have any students that might be interested in attending or completing and presenting a research project, please contact AQ Librarian, Julie Melton, at jmelton@aquinasinstitute.com
  • AP Examinations - May 6-16

    All students who take AP courses have been given the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents and encouraged to share the bulletin with parents. Included in the bulletin is the schedule for AP exams, administered between May 6 and May 16. Students must report for morning examinations at 7:45 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. for afternoon exams. There is no admission once the examination has begun.
    Students who take an AP Course at Aquinas are required to write the corresponding examination. The Aquinas business office bills the student’s family $94.00 for each examination. Students who qualify for a reduced rate are billed $53.00 per exam. To qualify for the reduced rate, a family’s income must fit the guidelines issued each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If a family fits those criteria and have not submitted financial forms to the Aquinas Business Office, they must submit the forms before qualifying for a reduction. In some years, New York State waives the reduced fee, but that decision has not yet been made by the State for this year.
    If a student wishes to take an examination and is not a student in the corresponding course, he/she must put that request in writing with signatures of both parent and student and submit the request to Ms. Habershaw by March 10. Consideration will be given to accommodate that request.
    Students or parents who have questions about AP Examinations should contact Ms. Habershaw by e-mail at ahabershaw@aquinasinstitute.com.
  • Senior Class - Graduation Information 2019

    Attention seniors and families! It may be hard to believe but graduation is quickly approaching. There are many events and important dates for you to know. Click here for more information and don't forget to mark your calendars! 
    Dynamic Reel Productions will once again be providing exclusive videography and photography services for the 2019 Aquinas Institute Commencement Ceremony. Please click here for more information and to pre-order your video and photos.
  • After School Strength & Conditioning Openings Still Available

    We are still in need of participants for two speed and agility training sessions held after school on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Session I is from 3:20 - 3:45 p.m. and geared towards middle school students and session II is from 3:50 - 4:15 p.m. and geared towards high school students. These sessions take place in the field house and focus on techniques that will improve a student's speed, quickness, and agility.  We also offer an all-girls training group and this is open to girls grades 7-12.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. LeBeau. We hope to see you there.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Below is a list of upcoming events offered by Seneca Waterways Exploring.  Check them out:
    American Institute of Architects
    Have students interested in architecture, this program is a great introduction to the career while working with some of the best young architects in the Rochester area. Explorers will gain hands on experiences at local firms including Clark Patterson Lee, Labella and SWBR. Explorers are encouraged to begin a portfolio and this is a great place to start.
    Joining night scheduled for March 19, 2019
    Rochester Red Wings
    Do you know any young people interested in a career in Sports Management. Or do you know anyone who loves the game of baseball and would like to see what goes on behind the scenes of one of the most successful professional minor league franchises in the country. This is an awesome opportunity which concludes with an evening with game day operations at the ball park.
    Joining Night Scheduled for March 20, 2019
    Experimental Aircraft Association
    In addition to the awesome aviation post at the ROC Airport, the EAA #44 at Ledgedale Airpark in Brockport has an awesome opportunity that will allow young people get hands on while Exploring careers in Aviation…specifically piloting. If you have a young person interested in the hobby of flying this opportunity would be great for them too. The post will include piloting, drones, Red Bird Flight Simulator and a flight with a trained instructor. Please spread the word!!!
    Joining Night Scheduled for April 4, 2019
  • 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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