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At Academia Maria Reina (AMR) in Puerto Rico, a Sisters of St. Joseph Sponsored School, the students are currently not allowed to attend school physically due to COVID-19. Until further notice, all classes are online as required by the government.

AMR prepared the school with top of the line technology so the teachers can come in and give their classes. Teachers were provided with cameras, laptops, tripods, etc.  The teachers have been very creative to keep the students’ attention.

For the new students, a drive-thru was held to pick up basic registration instructions for the Microsoft Teams platform and a  welcome gift.

AMR provided online orientation to all students and parents before starting the classes. The school’s slogan in social media platforms was “Virtual o Presencial, ¡la misma Educación de Excelencia!, which means “Virtual or eye-to-eye, the same excellent education!”. AMR modified its schedule to add two small recesses to let students and teachers take a break from the computer between classes.

AMR celebrated its Pin Ceremony with a drive-thru as well. The Principal gave each new student the AMR pin that identifies them as member of the community.

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Exciting News from The Mary Louis Academy - a Sisters of St. Joseph Sponsored School. Congratulations to TMLA Junior Myah Mitchell on your acceptance into the Disney Dreamers Academy!

Sisters of St. Joseph Schools - Where the Women Leaders of Tomorrow Are Today!

Click here to see Myah featured on Good Morning America.


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The 2019-2020 academic year marks 70 years of Sacred Heart Academy and the school hosted a spirited weekend celebration. Read more here.
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TMLA Junior Myah Mitchell found that NYU Tandon School of Engineering offered a unique opportunity for young women to help close the gender gap in tech with the program Girls Who Code.  

During the 7 week program, Myah and her group first learned the basics of coding and then used this skill in various projects. They coded websites and apps; they built robots and wrote code for the robots.  For the final project, Myah’s group created a website called “Ecocloset” that focused on bringing attention to brands that use sweatshops while promoting eco-friendly brands.

Part of the program included a visit to the Kate Spade New York Foundation headquarters where 3 of the girls’ mentors maximized the girls’ experience by sharing their own experiences that guided them to their careers within the STEM community.  A visit to Google headquarters also introduced the girls to women who shared their paths to STEM careers at Google.  These women spoke about the challenges of being a woman in a field that is predominantly male and how they overcame these challenges. They also talked about the variety of STEM positions they hold at Google.

Kate Spade Foundation gave Myah a full scholarship for the program and provide
d her with a laptop computer. 

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TMLA Senior Rebecca Tejiran has been given the Harvard Prize Book award. This award is presented annually in more than 2,000 high schools around the world to outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, high character combined with achievement in other non-academic areas.

Rebecca’s award was sponsored by TMLA and Harvard alumna Faustina Martinez Rowan, Esq. ‘51. The goal of the program is to introduce talented young people to the opportunities available at Harvard and to recognize their scholastic and personal achievements.

The annual breakfast to celebrate the recipients of the award was held on October 2 at the Harvard Club of Boston. Speakers and undergraduate students welcomed the Prize Book winners to Harvard.

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Congratulations to TMLA seniors Natalia Kula and Ariana Diaz who were both honored for their scholastic achievement.  Natalia Kula has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  TMLA senior Ariana Diaz was recognized as a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

There are about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

As a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, Ariana scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers in our region. As with the National Merit Scholarship Program, NHRP uses the junior year PSAT/NMSQT as the qualifying test. 

The National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes approximately 5,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors each year from among the more than 400,000 juniors who take the PSAT.

Congratulations to both Natalia and Ariana on these outstanding accomplishments. 


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TMLA Junior Anna Ducroiset was invited by the Student Conference for Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History to present a poster abstract of her recent biochemical research.  Although this international conference was designed for Graduate and PhD students, the conference mentors and attendees were impressed by the quality and significance of Anna’s research. 


With other scientists, Anna has worked at a lab in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and at the Marine Biological Lab in Cape Cod during the summer months and also during the school year. The research includes the effect of RoundUp Herbicide (common weed killer) and rising ocean temperatures on a plant species that lives freely in the water and inside of coral reefs.   The free floating plant species is essential for the production of atmospheric oxygen, processing of CO2, and regulating ocean acidification rates as well as for the ability of coral to grow. 


As we become more aware of our planet, we understand that coral reefs are important for many reasons.  They are thought to contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms while providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.


Anna became involved with this project the summer going into 9th grade. Her mentor was her Earth Science Regent teacher who encouraged her interest in science.   Anna intends to continue with this research during her years in high school and then hopefully to pursue this study throughout college.  


Anna claims that she “loves doing the research. It’s so interesting to work with scientists and learn about a million different things at once. I really liked how I was given an absolutely unique experience I could not get anywhere else.”




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On Wednesday, August 29, the new teachers from the Sisters of St. Joseph Sponsored Schools in New York gathered for an orientation at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn, New York.  Sister Helen Kearney , President of the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood, greeted the group and spoke of the mission of the schools, as well as the five core values of spirituality, academic excellence, leadership, service and community.  The teachers, administrators and members of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ) Educators’ Committee shared prayer, the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph and witness talks from teachers who are presently ministering in our schools.  The new teachers then shared their hopes for the coming year.  This orientation will continue through the year as Pat Lucas and Pat Mahoney visit each school. There was a special remembrance of our co-ministers at Academia Maria Reina in Puerto Rico.  We are happy to welcome these new members to our school communities.


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Fontbonne Hall New Teachers

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Academia Maria Reina New Teachers

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See Fontbonne Hall Academy school news here!

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Get the latest news from Bishop Kearney High School here!


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