To the Our Lady of Hope Community,
As my second year as principal of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy comes to an end, I write this with sadness. However, I would like to recognize what Michael A. Carrano was for the Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy. As this academic year closed with the death of not only our Pastor but the spiritual leader for the Faculty, staff, students, families and parishioners, the Very Reverend Michael A. Carrano’s leadership, guidance and kindness was visible as he walked the hallways of Our Lady of Hope. Along with the fellow Parish priests, he would make time to visit the classrooms and spend time with the students, especially those students that were preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Education and our Catholic Identity were very important to him as he strongly believed in the mission of Our Lady of Hope which is to make sure the students are taught that Jesus the Christ is the center of their lives today and forever. Because of his dedication and support of the school, Our Lady of Hope has grown stronger and continues to be viable today.
I would like to identify some of the accomplishments and goals that were met this past year. In January 2019, Our Lady of Hope installed a fully operational STEM Lab for students in Pre – K to grade 8 to have access for their science experiments. Our Lady of Hope was approved of a technology grant through DeSales Media for 350 iPads and 200 Chromebooks for student use in the classroom. At the time of graduation, the Class of 2019 received $600,000.00 in scholarship money, with each graduate being accepted to a minimum of one Catholic high school, including Regis High School and Xavier High School.
Our graduates also received acceptances to Bronx Science, Brooklyn Latin, Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Art & Music and Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School, and three students to Townsend Harris High School. This exceptional group participated in the Earth Science Regents course, and also for the first time in recent memory, the students sat for the Algebra I Regents course. Of the students that took the Earth Science Regents exam, 89% passed and the students that sat for the Algebra I Regents Exam 100% passed that exam. This is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the faculty to ensure the success of our students.
Literacy and math will continue to be the two main areas of focus in the Early Childhood grades, providing our youngest students with a strong, solid foundation. On the middle school level, the Honors Math Program that was introduced this past year was a success. I will be transforming the current Honors Math program into an Accelerated Math Program in 2019 -2020 with the goal for every eighth grade student to take Algebra I as a full time course. All the students in grade eight will become eligible to sit for the Algebra I Regents Exam in June 2020. This accelerated opportunity will allow for Our Lady of Hope’s students to complete two Regents-level courses and exams prior to entering high school.
I want to thank you again for your continual support for Catholic education and to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy.