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University of Pittsburgh
   BA Communications/Rhetoric, 1988
   Certification in Elementary Education, 1998
    PA Instructional II, K-6

    I am currently teaching Grade 6 Language Arts and Religion.  I have 18 years of teaching experience with the Diocese of Greensburg and local public school districts.  I am a member of St. Bruno Church, and live in Greensburg with my husband and daughter.

Grade 6
AR points for 4th quarter - 24.   Due 5/15/17

Students may wear Spirit Wear to school on Tuesday, 5/16/17.

Washington D.C. trip is Wednesday. 

All books will be collected on Friday, 5/19/17.

17Davis, Jennifer
Educational Background:

B.S. in Elementary     California University
Instructional II            California University
Mid-Level Math 7-9 Certification     California University

I have taught in the Diocese of Greensburg all of my career. I began teachng at St. Florian in United, moved to St. Paul in Greensburg and am presently at Aquinas Academy. I am a member of Holy Cross Church in Youngwood. I belong to two math organizations: NCTM and Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance. At the present time I am the FIM Coordinator and a Eucharistic Minister at Aquinas Academy.
Grade 6
Fourth quarter FIM points are due May 15th for Grade 6 and May 22nd for Grades 4 and 5.

Service hours (6) for the year are due May 15th for Grade 6 HR 203.
12Derr, Cheryl
University of Pittsburgh - Bachelor of Arts degree
Saint Vincent College - Master's degree in Library Media Management
Earned Instructional I and II Certifications

I have been employed by Aquinas Academy since 1999 as a Library Media Specialist.  I am a member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, PA.
Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Lab 109 is now equipped with fourteen new Acer Touch Screen laptops!
Twenty-eight students/adults can be accommodated at this time.
4Finoli, Michelle
This is my second year working for the Diocese of Greensburg as the PK-6 music teacher. I am also entering my 4th year of teaching drumline for the Greater Latrobe High School Marching Band. After graduating from Greater Latrobe High School in 2012, I attended Seton Hill University where I graduated from in 2016 and earned my Bachelor of Music degree and K-12 Teaching Certification. I am now pursuing a Master's Degree in Special Education, K-8.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
I am thrilled to announce Aquinas Academy’s 2018 musical……. ANNIE JR.! The musical is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
6Firment, Emma
Hello, My name is Alice Galando.  I attended Seton Hill College and received my Bachelor's Degree in both Psychology and Early Childhood education.  I taught first grade for Cathedral School and then kindergarten for Aquinas Academy since our founding.his

This week we will begin to tell time to the hour.  Look for clocks around the house.
14Galando, Alice
I attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls and received an elementary education a Bachelor of Science degree. I have an Instructional Certification II in elementary Education. I am married to Dan Mahoney, who is the Athletic Director at Greensburg Central Catholic.   We have three children, who all attended Aquinas Academy and then Greensburg Central Catholic.  I have been teaching fourth grade at Aquinas Academy for 20 years; I also teach 3rd grade science

Also, I am the athletic coordinator for all the sports that Aquinas has to offer.
Grade 4
10Mahoney, Kathleen
  My Name is Rick Papurello, I have beeen employed at Aquinas Academy since 2012. I teach Health and Physical Education in grades
K thru 6.
   I have an Instructional II certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and 9 Graduate credits from California University of Pennsylvania in Special Education.
   I started my teaching career in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1988, teaching 25 years along with 2 years of teaching experience in the Leechburg and Southmoreland public school districts.
Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
   We have just recently finished up our "Jump Rope for Heart "event in the Gym. Everyone had a great time with all the fun games and we raised money for a great cause.
    This coming March 9th, 10 of our 6th graders will be "Bowling for Disaster Relief" at Main Street Bowling, another great cause.
   In the Gym, we have been doing agility and coordination activities, running and tag games, and many team games. The students are getting great exercise and having a bunch of fun.
9Papurello, Rick
I am Kathleen Poole.  I graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic then attended California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  I taught at the former St. John the Baptist School in Scottdale; the former St. Bruno School in So. Greensburg then came to Aquinas Academy when the merger took place in 1995.
Grade 5; Grade 6
19Poole, Kathleen
After Graduating from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, I attended the University of Pittsburgh. It was there that I met my wife and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I then attended Seton Hill University to earn my teaching certification. Once certified K-8, I began teaching at Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville.  While there, my wife and I had two sons and I went back to school to earn my Master's Degree in School Administration. I earned this degree from Duquesne University and became principal at Mother of Sorrows in 2007. In 2016 I moved to Aquinas Academy where I am the current principal.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
Smart Boards have been installed in all homerooms from K-6. New curriculum has been written or is being written in all academic areas. ACT Aspire practice testing has begun and will be completed with all students from 3-6.
5Rice, Joe
I attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Political Science. In 1993 I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1993-1995, I was a fifth grade teacher at the former St. Edward School. After staying home with my children I returned to teaching in 2002, first as a grade 1 teacher at the former St. Edward School and then as a grade 2 teacher at Aquinas Academy. I have an Instructional II Certification in Elementary Education Grades K-6. My husband Danny is a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic.  We have been married for 25 years and have 3 children.  Our oldest daughter and son attended Aquinas Academy.  Our youngest daughter is currently a student at Aquinas Academy.
Grade 2
Field Trip on Friday.  

NO school on May 24 or May 25.

All AR points are due May 24.
3Sigut, Jerrie
I am a product of  Catholic school education as I attended St. Agnes School  for grades 1-8. Upon graduation from Norwin, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There I received an elementary education Bachelor of  Science degree. Permanent certification (instructional II) was earned through Penn State University graduate classes. I began my career as  a substitute teacher at Norwin. My first job was a 5th grade teacher at St. Paul School. Upon merging with the other Greensburg Catholic schools, I began  teaching at Aquinas Academy. I am teaching grades 2 and 3 math, grade 5 English, and grade 4-6 Spanish.
I was married in 1997 to Dennis. We belong  to Sacred Heart parish.
Grade 5; Grade 3; Grade 2; Grade 4; Grade 6
MATH -Grades 2 and 3
The end of the 3rd marking period is next week. Therefore I will be closing the books on firstinmath on Monday, March 27. Any points earned after that will be for the 4th grading period. All students will need 300 for this time. Unfortunately not everyone has met their goal yet. Please try to get this done before Monday.
11Soles, Carla
Grade 2; Grade 3
A new firstinmath challenge went home today.  It will be due on April 10, 2017. Parents please sign the bottom of the sheet. Those students who already have their 500 points for the 3rd quarter may use these beginning tonight, March 22, for the 4th marking period.
22Soles, Carla
Grade 2; Grade 3
CONGRATULATIONS to those 18 second and third grade students who completed the Easter firstinmath challenge!!! Prizes  were awarded today.
25Soles, Carla
I have been employed at Aquinas Academy since 2000 teaching Art and Social Studies.I was previously employed in the Ohio County school system in Wheeling, West Virginia.
I have a permanent Instructional II certification in Art K-12, and Secondary certification in Social Studies.
I graduated from Fairmont State College in Fairmont,W.Va.
Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
This year grades 4,5 and 6 are participating in stage crew, working on sets for the Spring musical on May 4,5,6. Mr. Rice and Mr. Neffield will be helping. Grade 6 Art; students are working on their masks which will be displayed at the farewell mass. The Art show and Spring concert will take place April 19th.

Knights of Columbus Presidential Power-point contest winners- April 28
7Spessard, Diane
*Graduate of Greensburg Salem School District
*Bachelors degree in History from St. Vincent College
*Elementary Certification from Seton Hill University
*Instructional I and II from State of Pennsylvania K-6

I have been a teacher in the Diocese of Greensburg for 26 years. 
Grade 3
15Storch, Kara
My name is Annette Ustazewski, and I am honored to be the First Grade teacher at Aquinas Academy. I have been working as an early childhood and elementary educator in the Diocese of Greensburg for over twenty years. I attended Seton Hill University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  At Seton Hill, I earned a dual certification in early childhood and elementary education as well as my Instructional II teaching certification.  My family belongs to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. My husband and I have been married for twenty years and have two children, both who attended Aquinas Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic.
Grade 1
Return Hanna's Town form and $10.00 if you have not yet done so.

Return Crusade permission form if you have not yet done so.

Hanna's Town field trip on Thursday, May 11th.

Crusade and Carnival on Friday, May 12th.

Scholastic Book Orders due Friday, May 12th.  This is our last book order for the year.
13Ustazewski, Annette
I graduated from Clarion University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working on completing my Level II certification.
I began teaching at Aquinas Academy in the fall of 2015. I am currently the Preschool 3&4 year-old teacher and First Grade math teacher.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1
For the week of May 8 - May 12:
PK 4 will have music class on Wednesday. PK 4 will also celebrate Italia's birthday on Wednesday. Preschool will not be in session on Friday due to the crusade.

PK3 will attend music class on Thursday and will be learning about number 10. They will also be working on a farm unit this week.

First Grade will have their Chapter 9 math test on Monday.
8Zimmerman, Maggie