News Notes

Have a Ball for a Great Cause!

Honorary Chairman Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and Superintendent of Schools Michael Pizzingrillo invite you to attend this year’s Beacon of Hope Ball on April 22 at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, NY.  All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for students in Catholic schools throughout the Albany Diocese.  To learn more, purchase tickets, or donate an auction item, click here. Can’t go but like to participate?  How about bidding on one of the many great silent auction items? Find the auction item list here. Bidding has opened on more than 50 items, including two nights at a Cape Cod resort, dinner for 8 with the Bishop at 677 Prime in Albany, and two tickets to a Yankees vs. Red Sox game! Click here before 5 pm on Wednesday, April 20, to bid on your favorite item!

Living Stations of the Cross

Watch our eighth-grade students give a moving presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross.  Special thanks to religion teacher Dave Miele, music teacher Erin Dove, and retired teacher Mickey Luce for coordinating this presentation. And thanks to Judy Lebel for her videography skills!

A blessed Good Friday and a Happy Easter to all!

Mr. Pizzingrillo Visits

Mr. Michael Pizzingrillo, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, spent the day at SMSA, speaking with Principal Tim Forti, visiting classrooms and touring the building.  Hope he enjoyed his visit as much as we did!



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Putting Some Pep in our Step

Principal Forti and PTSA President Amber DelSignore led a pep rally on Friday afternoon to kick off the Race for Education season. The Race is an annual fundraiser in which students jog or walk around the Elizabeth Doyle Playground for sixty minutes and earn a donation from family and friends. Do you know a student at SMSA? If so, he or she would undoubtedly love your support in the Race, which will be held May 6. Your donations will go towards a new roof for the school! Call the Main Office at 792-3178 or your local student’s family for information on how you can help!


An Invitation from the Pulpit…

d8f20db8-f8ac-4656-a5d8-cd6018d69660A special thank you to all of our students who spoke from the pulpit at Masses across the area on this last weekend of February.  The students wrote and delivered their own talks on why they love their school and then invited congregants to attend next weekend’s Open House, Sunday, March 6, from 1-3.  Great job, Kerries!  And thank you to the local priests and parishioners who welcomed them!

Ski Club Celebrates

Our Ski Club members finished their fun season with a potluck supper at West Mountain Lodge this week. Thanks to West Mountain for keeping the trails covered with snow despite Mother Nature’s uncooperativeness and to all the chaperones and parents who helped make this program a possibility for more than 25 SMSA students. The wonderful spirit of friendship and community shared by SMSA parents and students was commented upon by other onlookers at the lodge.

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Our Mathletes Are Victorious!

Congratulations to the members of our Mathcounts team, who once again took first place at the regional competition!  Coached by parent volunteer Elizabeth Little Hogan ’85 and math teacher Angela Slaterpryce, the team members also had a great showing individually, with seven SMSA students placing among the top ten finishers! The team was competing against 50 students from Saratoga, Corinth, Greenwich, and Schuylerville.  Congratulations, all!



What a Week!

Thank you to Mr. Forti and to all our faculty and staff members who made this a Catholic Schools Week to remember.  We started with Mass at the Cathedral with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and our own Father Joe Manerowski on Sunday, which was followed by an art show of our own students’ artwork curated by art teacher Peggy Clohessy.  The rest of the week featured fun activities such as Drop Everything and Read, Bring a Board Game to School, BINGO, an academic bowl at Saratoga Central Catholic, and, of course, the annual volleyball game pitting middle school students against the faculty.  We ended the week on a musical note, with a “jam session” featuring the music of students, faculty and parents, organized by music teacher Erin Dove.  Well done, everyone!  For more photos, please visit our facebook page.DSC_3207



Social Media Expert to Visit SMSA

Parents, students and staff will be learning about the positive uses of many different social media platforms next week, when Chris Vollum of CMV Socialmedia visits SMSA.  Mr. Vollum will meet with students on Thursday, January 28 during the school day, and with parents that evening at school.  Faculty and staff will spend the day with him on Friday, January 29, a Professional Development Day.  Parents, please mark your calendars and join us on the 28th!  Curious?  Visit Mr. Vollum’s website to learn more about him.

Month of Kerry Kash Winners!

Congratulations to our Month of Kerry Kash winners:

January 1: Travis Earl, $50

January 2: Lois Butler, $100

January 3: Christie Sabo, $150

January 4: Dan O’Keeffe, $200

January 5: Kelly Murphy, $250

January 6: Reagan Lyon, $300

January 7: Jeff and Nikki Nastke, $350

January 8: Bob Landry, $400

January 9: Kamal and Paul Westfall, $450

January 10: Elisabeth and Riley Mahoney, $500

January 11: Graham Brewer, $50

January 12: Jim Franco, $100

January 13: Ashlee Mahoney, $150

January 12: Jim Franco, $100

January 13: Ashlee Mahoney, $150

January 14: John Wilkening, $200

January 15: Patrick Van Schaick, $250

January 16: Peter Van Voast $300

January 17: Gwen O’Hanlon $350

January 18: Darlene Urbanowicz $400

January 19: Susan Whittemore $450

January 20: Tori Eldred $500

January 21: Kamal and Paul Westfall $50

January 22: Bonnie Harrington $100

January 23: Ann Hughes $150

January 24: Adrian Bethel $200

January 25: Jeff Purner $250

January 26: Nancy Looby $300

January 27: Bill and Cindy Garrow $350

January 28: Michael and Janelle Gipson $400

January 29: Judson Zachar $450

January 30: Dianne Bly $500

January 31: Jacquie Nichols $1,000.

Thanks to all for purchasing your raffle tickets!  Enjoy your winnings!