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  • HS Field Day/MS Service Day

    On Thursday, May 23, all students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. after the conclusion of the High School Field Day/Middle School Service Day.  Please contact your school districts to determine if half day transportation will be provided.
    Any students attending the Senior Ball are required to be in attendance on Field Day or produce a doctor's note for their absence prior to dismissal on Thursday.
  • Memorial Day Holiday

    Please be advised that the building will be closed on Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday.  The building will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.
  • Kiss a Senior Goodbye!

    Send a special note and a bundle of Hershey Kisses to a member of the Class of 2019! The cost for each bundle is $2. Students may purchase the bundles and write their messages during lunches on May 21, 22, 28–30. Parents who would like to submit a message for a senior can email Mr. Ronco at aronco@aquinasinstitute.com or Mr. Wise at swise@aquinasinstitute.com. In your email, please be sure to include: the name of the senior, name of sender, and a short message. Payment for each message is $2. Please send the money with your child to school and have them give it to Mr. Wise or Mr. Ronco OR mail the money to: Aquinas Institute, Attn: Mr. Ronco, 1127 Dewey Ave, Rochester, NY 14613.
  • 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.
  • Textbook Collection and Outstanding Library Books

    Textbooks may be returned to the Library on Tuesday, May 29, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Teachers may not let seniors out of class to return textbooks. Use study hall and lunch time.
    Textbooks may also be returned between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 and Friday, June 1.
    All textbooks must be returned and lockers cleaned out by Friday, June 1. Caps and gowns will not be distributed to anyone who owes textbooks.
    Textbooks that will not be needed for exam preparation may be returned on Friday, June 8 during study hall, lunch, and after school until 3:15 p.m.
    Students should return books to the Library.
    Textbooks may also be returned between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the following exam days: June 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, and 19.
    All textbooks must be returned by Tuesday, June 19.
    GRADES 7 AND 8
    Books may be returned to the Library during FLEX period on June 8 and between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the following exam days: June 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, and 19.  ALL BOOKS MUST BE RETURNED BY TUESDAY, JUNE 19.
    All library books are due by Monday, June 3.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Roberts.
  • 8th Grade Formal Tickets

    The 8th grade formal will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Tickets are $10 and include admission, cookies and punch, and a gift to remember the night. Tickets may be purchased from Mrs. Fetzner until Wednesday, May 22. No tickets will be sold at the door.
  • 2019-2020 Registration for Returning Students

    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.
  • Aquinas Summer Camps

    Aquinas is offering a number of youth camps this summer! Visit https://www.aquinasinstitute.com/student-…/summer-camps-2019 and check back often as we're still adding to the list.
  • Community Service for the Class of 2020

    Students in the Class of 2020 received their senior community service packets on April 29.  Seniors must complete 20 hours of service during the summer before their senior year.  Intention forms are due to Sr. Dora Christian by June 3.  Please check the Aquinas website for service opportunities, as well as copies of  the necessary forms that need to be completed.  Senior community service hours must be completed and turned in by September 11. 
    Please note that international students may do their service in either their home country or in the United States. Intention forms are due by June 3. Verification forms are due October 1.  Please contact Sr. Dora Christan at (585) 254-2020, ext. 2018 or dchristian@aquinasinstitute.com with any questions.
  • College Scholarship Letters

    Seniors must bring official letters of all the college scholarships and grants they have received to Mrs. Arieno ASAP to have the information included in the graduation program. Please email marieno@aquinasinstitute.com for additional information.
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Grades 9-12

    The Italian Heritage Foundation awards a financial scholarship to a few students at each of the Catholic high schools each year. It is generally a needs based award and is only available to students in grades 9-12. You do not need to be of Italian descent to apply.
    All applications are due by NOON on Friday, June 14, 2019. Students selected will be notified on Monday, July 19, 2019 at which time they will be required to submit additional materials. For more information and to download the application, please click here.
  • 2019 Final Exam Schedules

    The final exam schedules for the 2018-2019 school year have been posted. Please review these schedules with your student. High school students should report any exam conflicts (2 examscheduled at the same time and/or more than 2 exams on the same day) to Mrs. Kilminster by June 1. Please remember that exam information WILL NOT be given over the phone. Schedules are subject to change. Any updates to a schedule will be clearly noted below. 
  • Spring Concerts - Save the Dates!

    Aquinas' Fine Arts Program will soon showcase the talents of our students in a variety of spring performances. Be sure to catch one or all of the following:
    Middle School/High School Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Thomas F. Bell '57 Auditorium  — Tuesday, May 21
    Dance Company Showcase at 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas F. Bell '57 Auditorium — Wednesday, May 29
    Voice Cabaret Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater— Friday, May 31
    Each performance is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
  • Lost & Found

    Aquinas' Lost and Found has acquired a significant amount of clothing, equipment, shoes, notebooks, and other items. Please ask your student to stop by the Lost and Found which is located between the library and the field house and take their items home. 
  • Girls Tennis Team

    Any girls interested in playing Tennis this fall should see Mr. Zeitvogel for details, as well as information on open hitting sessions after school. No experience or skill necessary.
  • Google Play's Change the Game Design Workshop

    On May 28, The Strong National Museum of Play will host Google Play’s Change the Game Design Workshop. Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to this free program where they can put imaginative ideas into motion. They will work alongside Global Marketing Lead of YouTube Gaming Elizabeth Del Valle as she leads brainstorming sessions for the next mobile game idea. Following the workshop, teens will submit their idea to Google Play’s Change the Game Design Challenge—where winners will have their game ideas built and launched on Google Play, receive scholarship money, and more—and explore the museum’s Women in Games exhibit during a special guided tour. The program is part of The Strong’s Women in Games initiative, which documents and celebrates the crucial contributions of women to the electronic games industry.
    No coding experience is necessary to take part in this program. It is great for teens who enjoy problem solving and thinking outside the box, and would be a great fit for many students at Aquinas, whether they take part in STEM-based clubs or are interested in learning how creative people such as writers, artists, and even acting are important parts of bringing a game to life.
  • St. Ann's Community to Provide Tuition Assistance to Eligible Aquinas Families

    St. Ann’s Community is sponsoring a new Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program for nurses and their families. The four-year pilot program is open to any full or part-time benefit-earning nurses (RNs and LPNs) employed at St. Ann’s Community’s Irondequoit and Webster campuses. This benefit provides eligible employees up to $3,000 for middle school, or up to $5,000 for high school, in Aquinas tuition assistance each year, for up to four years. The benefit is per household and is open to returning or newly enrolled Aquinas students.
    Families that qualify for the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program through St. Ann’s Community are still eligible for Aquinas scholarships and awards, and are welcome to apply for financial aid through Aquinas using the FACTS Management system.  
    To learn more about this program and available nursing positions with St. Ann’s Community, please visit www.stannscommunity.com or contact Liz Mancuso, in the St. Ann’s Community Human Resource Department, at (585) 697-6323.
  • Host an AQ International Student

    Aquinas is looking for families interested in hosting an international student for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the American and Aquinas culture with a high school student studying abroad. For more information please contact Director of Enrollment, Joseph Knapp, at (585) 254-2020 x1014 or jknapp@aquinasinstitute.com. 
  • Summer Job Opportunities for Students

    • Blue Apple Productions, a Rochester event entertainment company, is looking to hire students for the summer. Check out the flyer for more information. Blue Apple Productions Flyer (PDF) >>
    • Irondequoit Recreation is hiring for their summer camps.  They are looking for camp counselors, camp directors, sports specialists, and woodcraft counselors.  Any students interested may contact Irondequoit Recreation at 336-7263.
    • Massawepie Scout Camp is looking for camp counselors.  You will work in a variety of inclinations – including arts, theater, natural sciences, outdoor skills, and education.  Interested students can go towww.senecawaterways.org/campstaff to complete an application online.
  • 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 any questions please see Mrs. Arieno in the Counseling Center.
  • U of R FREE One-week Summer Camp

    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.  
  • 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.  
  • Summer SAT/ACT Prep Through Chariot Learning

    Students looking to take the SAT/ACT this summer there is an opportunity to take practice test over the next month.  Below are dates available at Chariot Learning.  Advance registration is required by contacting the listed locations directly.   Chariot Learning is also offering a special  Advanced CalculatorStrategies for the SAT & ACT specifically for users of the TI-83 or 84. This workshop shows students how to really unlock the power of the calculator they’re already bringing to the test.
    5/18, 10-2: ACT – Brighton Library
    5/19, 10-2: ACT – Chariot Learning
    5/25, 10-2: SAT – Gates Library
    5/26, 10-2: SAT – Chariot Learning
    6/2, 10-2: ACT – Chariot Learning
    Chariot Learning also offers tests prep classes see list below:
  • 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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