Halloween and All Saints’ Day Highlights!

Thank you to:

Ms. Drazevic, Ms. Diago, Ms. Laurenzano, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Pena, Ms. Scigliano, and to the parent volunteers for organizing the Early Childhood Halloween Parade on October 31st! It was such a great way to get into the Halloween spirit, and show off the great costumes.

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Ms. Scigliano and Ms. Pachon for working together on an All Saints’ Day joint project.  At Mass today, the community joined together to see their hard work in action, as the 3rd graders presented their Saint biographies, with their Kindergarten partners by their side, dressed up to represent the holy individuals.


Click the link below for some highlights from the past two days!



Principal Schneider’s Autumn Message

With the first trimester underway, there’s no denying we have had to adjust to the changes.  Between unprecedented circumstances, and the bumps that naturally come with a new staff and new administration, I am proud to say that we have held together as a community.  First and foremost, we have to always remember that at the end of the day, the students are our priorities, and that no change – regardless of how small – can be remedied overnight.  Despite some of the hiccups, our classes are as busy as ever, inspiring me to take a step back and reflect upon all the good that’s happening around us.

Yesterday started with the Kindergarteners reviewing the parts of the calendar, the days of the week, and most importantly, a reminder that Halloween is a week away!  From trips to Sesame Place to weekend road trips, the unconditional love that our parents show to our students exudes through their excitement and enthusiasm. To spark the spooky season, the Parent Academy Association volunteers, along side additional father volunteers, put together a fantastic Halloween Haunted House for the school to share scares together that some of the students were still boasting about to this day.

As I made my way through the hallways, I was moved to see that the 1st and 2nd grade classes were working together, not on a project, but on something much more important – fire drill procedures.  Earlier in the week, teachers were informed that we would be beginning our fire drills, which staff was prepped for back in September. Mrs. England and Mrs. Palladino decided to join forces and have their students working with one another to ensure that they had an organized, and well-oiled procedure to get everyone out the door and to safety expeditiously.  With the joint efforts of our faculty, staff, and the precautionary attitude of the students, we were completely evacuated within 1 minute and 32 seconds!

The highlight of my week, however, was being with the 4th graders in their music class. As a former canter and musician myself, I had a moment to relive some of my favorite times as a student:  singing God’s word – and from a teacher’s perspective: overcoming difficulties as a team. The students and I had such a great time working together to master the melody, to gain confidence to sing solo verses, and learning that everyone makes mistakes – even adults!

There are so many other exciting things going on within these walls! Just to name a few: the 6th grade TAC class is working on their digital family portraits composed from a genetics project that stems from their science coursework, and our 8th grade art students are working on animal sketches to help hone their artistic skills.  I’m extremely grateful and proud to be a part of it all!

Thank you all for your support and prayers for the continued educational success of your children.  I can’t wait to see what other exciting happenings we can be a part of together!



Principal Schneider’s July Message

Dear Parents,

Only three weeks into the summer, and St. Mel’s is already bustling. From prospective families taking tours, to our dedicated staff beautifying the building, our Academy is already preparing for the 2018-2019 school year.

There’s no denying that St. Mel’s is a special place for the students, as a community of faith and one of academic challenges. From the moment I had the opportunity to meet the students at the meet-and-greet, I knew that God had led me to an exceptional school. As I stood in the schoolyard wondering how I would be received, a line of students passed by, welcoming me into their home and community.

Walking into the building each day since, I’m reminded of the smiling faces and cheerful “good mornings” from that day, and it makes me even more eager to begin our journey together.

Exciting things lie ahead for the students of St. Mel’s Academy – a devoted and compassionate staff, an incorporated interdisciplinary curriculum, and a lifetime of memories.

Looking forward to the up and coming academic year, as the newly appointed principal, I would like to wish the St. Mel’s families a happy and healthy summer.



Ms. Schneider

Congratulations Graduates!

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On Friday June 15th our 8th graders graduated from St. Mel’s Catholic Academy. They received awards, honors, recognition, and their diplomas. You have worked very hard and made your parents, our school, and community very proud. This year’s commencement speaker was Marist Brother and 1981 alumnus Br. Daniel O’Riordan, and a very big thank you to Mrs. Kayla Vallone our 8th grade teacher. Congratulation to our graduates and may God bless you as you move on to high school. 


The Super Seventh Grade

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As the school year winds down the 7th grade has been enjoying their end of year activities. They showed great sportsmanship during the annual Sports Day while setting the bar high for the upcoming 6th grade class. They were supportive to both teams and had a blast. They also spent a beautiful day outdoors for the Walk-a-Thon where they were able to raise funds for our school. The 7th grade also enjoyed sharing in their classmates achievements by attending the presentations from the Aquinas and Oratorical Programs. They were very proud and happy to see what their classmates worked so hard on throughout the year. On behalf of the 7th grade class, have a wonderful summer!