After Dorian passed and spared us, children were eventually able to start school! This year, St. Thomas More Academy is happy to welcome 32 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
On Thursday, September 5th, the boys and girls began arriving by ones, twos, threes and fours with their new backpacks, lunch boxes and uniforms. The first day of the new school year had arrived and everyone was eager to begin!
This year St. Thomas More Academy is happy to welcome 32 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, with 3 new families joining us. The students were overjoyed to see several changes to the school while they were gone over the summer. The first portable was completely remodeled to include the principal’s office, the 3rd and 4th grade classroom and the secretary’s office. The second portable has now become the library and teachers’ lounge, as well as sewing room. The third and 4th portables have been repainted and have new flooring put in.
Fr. Duverger has returned as our principal for another year, having joined us in January of last year. Other familiar members of the faculty and staff include Mr. Sauer as the Assistant Principal, Miss Awerkamp as the school secretary, Mrs. LoPresti in Kindergarten, Miss Hohman in 1st and 2nd grade, and Miss Angele in 5th - 8th. There are also several new faces in the ranks of our faculty members. Miss Emily Erlendson is the new 3rd and 4th grade teacher, hailing from California. Miss Mary Ranieri is a teacher’s assistant to Mrs. LoPresti, helping with the Kindergartners and teaching the school’s Art classes. Mr. John Cassman is with us this year, helping with the boys at recess and P.E.. It is also with great joy that we welcome Mrs. Simonton back to the Academy. She will be teaching classes to the 5th - 6th graders and helping with Church sewing.
This school year will be dedicated to the Florida Martyrs. This theme will permeate the many different activities throughout the year, including different classes and possible field trips. Each class will also be choosing a particular Martyr to be a special focus of the class’s year. We hope for the students to increase their faith and love by learning more about those who spilled their blood for Our Savior.