News Notes

An SMSA Film Production!

The Class of 2016 stars in a new film illuminating the meaning of the various parts of the Great Hall’s magnificent stained-glass window.   The idea for the movie came from Elizabeth Little Hogan, a St. Mary’s graduate and parent of two current SMSA students and two graduates. Mrs. Hogan’s grandfather was a member of the St. Mary’s Class of 1932, at whose graduation ceremony the window was formally unveiled.

Using materials compiled by former teacher Betty Mainville and those she compiled herself —  almost all of which were supplied by Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, successor firm to Willet Studios, creators of the window — Mrs. Hogan created a 13-minute script, which the members of the eighth-grade class studied, rehearsed and then shared in front of the camera. Mrs. Hogan said she also owes a debt of gratitude to Director of Educational Technology Cassie West, videographer Kenny Hopkins of Aurora Cinema in Glens Falls and photographer Grace Endieveri for their work on the film, which premiered at this year’s graduation banquet.

The two-story window, which was designed and produced by Willet Studios of Philadelphia, illustrates many people and places important to Catholic life, particularly in the US, and outlines the critical components of Catholic education.

Watch this SMSA production on our YouTube Channel!


A Beacon of Hope at SMSA

Congratulations to Amber DelSignore, President of SMSA’s PTSA, who was awarded a Beacon of Hope Community Spirit Award by the Catholic Schools Office of the Albany Diocese for her “commitment of time and talent” to SMSA.   Mrs. DelSignore was nominated for the award by Principal Forti, but was unable to attend the diocesan event in March at which the Beacon of Hope awards were distributed.  At SMSA’s Middle School Awards Nights, Mr. Forti presented the award to Mrs. DelSignore, thanking her for taking on the “very public, very demanding, and very thankless” job of PTSA president at a time when no one else would.  He said that “good humor” and “enthusiasm,” were just two of the gifts she’s shared with SMSA in her countless hours of service to our school.  Thank you, Mrs. DelSignore — and congratulations!



The Beginning of Good-bye…

It’s hard to think about saying goodbye to the Class of 2016, but on Thursday night, we started to do just that at our annual middle-school Awards Night. A special thank you to all 25 eighth-graders for their hard work, determination and spirit. They’ve been not only great students, but also great role models for the rest of the school. We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them!   See more photos on facebook!




Congratulations, Mrs. Arcuri!

Congratulations to Mrs. Kathy Arcuri, Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, for having this year’s yearbook — the 2016 Crown — dedicated to her!  The announcement was made at the end of last week’s Middle-School Awards Night and brought tears not only to Mrs. Arcuri’s eyes, but to many in the room as well.  A well-deserved honor, Mrs. Arcuri!



First Ever Field Day!

Kudos to our seventh-graders (and their merry leader, Mrs. Hunt) for the flawless execution of our first ever field day! The seventh-graders took ownership of this K-5 event, which included indoor and outdoor fun and a feast fit for kings, as their first responsibility as the new leaders of the school! And the pie in the face pictures? A fundraiser for our eighth-graders’ class trip. Thanks to Ms. Gereau, Ms. Lanci, and Mr. Forti for being such great sports!  Lots more photos on facebook!





Harley Time is Here!

As Americade rolls into town this week, the countdown begins! Visit our volunteers at Blais Park all week to get your ticket (or call the Main Office at 518- 792-3178 during school hours) before the lucky winner’s name is drawn on June 11. It could be you!  Don’t ride?  Choose the $10,000 prize!



Two-way Appreciation!

Special thanks to sixth-grade homeroom teacher Meg Hunt and the group of sixth-grade parents who organized and hosted last week’s Teacher Appreciation Day. From the sidewalk greeting in the morning to the daylong feast in Room 106, the whole celebration was a wonderful gift to all of us! Thank you for sharing your Kerry spirit so generously and creatively!  For more photos, please visit our facebook page.



A Couple of Poets

Congratulations to Evan and Sovereign, our two award-winning poets! Both eighth-graders wrote poems selected as winners in the Lake Placid Institute’s “Words from the Woods 2016 Young People’s Poetry Contest!” Way to go, kiddos!



Top Sellers Go For a Spin!

Congratulations and thank you to the biggest sellers in our magazine drive! Hope you enjoyed your limousine ride and lunch at Pizza Hut! And to all of our friends who are magazine readers, don’t forget that you can order magazines or renew your current subscriptions anytime throughout the year and help SMSA at the same time! Simply go to and use ID# 2533792 to designate SMSA as the beneficiary of your purchase. Happy reading!




Marching to Remember

Thank you to all the SMSA families, students, and staff members who marched in the Queensbury – Glens Falls Memorial Day Parade on Monday to honor those who have given their lives in service to their country.  Special thanks to Tony Spinelli of Saratoga Flag for his donation of 144 beautiful flags and to School Board member Rachel Hajos and Admissions Director Mary K. Ilowiecki, for organizing our marchers.  We were proud of all of you for representing your school so well!