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The excitement surrounding last week’s announcement that Dr. Anthony Cook ’99 will be Aquinas’ next President can be seen and felt in the overwhelming support shown by our Aquinas family and the Rochester community.
Amidst the outpouring of congratulations and well wishes, we wanted to take this moment, as a school, to welcome Dr. Cook to his new position, which officially begins February 3.
Dr. Cook has said, “As the oldest of four Aquinas graduates in my family, this school holds a very special place in my heart. I attribute so much of the success that I have had in both my professional and personal life to the outstanding education that I received at Aquinas.
“To be named president of such a special place is easily the proudest moment of my professional career. I am so excited, thrilled and honored to be in a position where I will be able to help shape and strengthen the direction of Aquinas, and positively impact our wonderful students for many years to come.”
Prior to the Christmas break, Aquinas emailed families with the exciting news that we are implementing Continuous Enrollment! If you did not have a chance to read the email, please do so here: Continuous Enrollment Email to Families. A letter was also mailed home.
What is Continuous Enrollment? It is an easy way to keep your children enrolled with us for each subsequent year, making the enrollment process logistically very convenient. The Continuous Enrollment Agreement is now available on the OnSuite accounts of the parents/guardians of all of our current students in grades 6-11. We ask you to review the agreement and digitally sign it as soon as possible. This will be the last time that you will need to sign an enrollment agreement for your child. This will continuously enroll your child until graduation from Aquinas, or if necessary, until the withdrawal process is completed.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Joseph B. Knapp, Director of Enrollment, at (585) 254-2020 x1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midterm exams continue this week. Schedules for both high school and middle school are posted below. In the instance that school is canceled due to inclement weather, tests that were supposed to be administered on that day will be made up on Friday, January 24.
Districts will bus students to and from school during exams at the normal drop off and pick up times. Some districts may also provide mid-day transportation from Aquinas to your home. Please contact the Transportation Office in your home school district regarding mid-day service.
Attention seniors: If you are interested in joining a group of your classmates on the mission trip over February break, please contact Mrs. Smith ASAP at email@example.com. There is only 1 spot available. Cost is approximately $600.
The junior class will be hosting an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Sunday, February 23 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Webster location (1955 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY 14580).
Tickets will be available from February 4 until February 13 for $6 per person during lunches or in the counseling center. With each ticket, you will receive a delicious pancake breakfast that consists of 3 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon and your choice of unlimited beverage (coffee, soda, tea or orange juice). We will also have some great silent auction prizes!
Be our guest as our middle school performs this tale as old as time! Enchanted castle, beloved characters, iconic musical numbers...it’s all here in our production of the Disney classic. Performances will be February 6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. and February 8 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $11 (adult) or $8.50 (student/senior), or at the door for $12 (adult) or $9 (student/senior). Children 8 and under wearing costumes get in free! (Max. 2 children per adult.) Purchase your tickets today at ai.booktix.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The 2nd semester community service intention forms for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors are due Friday, January 31. Intention forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and submittedBEFORE 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:
February 14, March 13, April 3 – Faculty/Staff Workshop Days – No School
February 17-21 – Winter Recess – No School
April 6-10; April 13 – Easter Recess – No School
Verification forms for 2nd semester are due Friday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact your Theology Teacher or Sr. Dora Christian.
All students planning to play a spring sport must requalify with the school nurse. Spring sports requals will be held on Wednesday, February 26 and Wednesday, March 4 in the Nurse's Office from 7:30 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.
Attention juniors and seniors! Are you interested in learning more about Diversity in Multimedia and Journalism? The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, along with Rochester Institute of Technology will be hosting a workshop with professionals in the field from July 13-17. Interested students need to submit a letter of interest, a personal essay and a letter of recommendation. Additional details may be found on www.racf.org/Taub. The deadline to apply is February 15.
Seniors that reside in the Rush-Henrietta school district are eligible to apply for the William J. Welch Memorial Scholarship. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and intend to pursue a degree in business or a business-related field. Interested students can pick up an application from the counseling center. The deadline to apply is March 6.
Please be aware that our athletic trainer, Matt Rawlins, is only able to hold students out of physical education class for two weeks without a doctor’s note. After two weeks from the date of an injury, the student needs to either return to class or obtain a doctor’s note holding them out of physical education class. A copy of the doctor’s note should be brought to both the school nurse and the athletic trainer. Failure to follow this procedure will affect your student athlete's physical education grade.
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 and automated voice messages will go out to parents. Please establish a dismissal procedure with your son/daughter in the event of after school 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 is a career-education program that allows you and your friends to learn more about a particular career through hands-on activities led by people out in the real world. Check out the great opportunities available to you. See link for more details on joining an event:http://www.swcexploring.org/?page_id=453
The Aquinas Parents Association (APA) still has room for more volunteers for upcoming events. Please check out the list of events on the Aquinas website on the APA Resource tab (login, click Resources, then click on the APA tile). Feel free to email us with any questions or to volunteer. Leslie Galusha: email@example.com, Janet Schaller: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ingrid Sangasy: email@example.com. We look forward to volunteering with you.