Student Council at OLQA

December 25, 2015

Student Council President, eighth grader, Vianyi S. is most excited to help OLQA become a better place, “OLQA is already a great school, so the goal of Student Council is to make the school stronger and students happier.”
Student Council has already had an immediate impact on OLQA by taking the lead on our Food Drive benefiting our Franciscan Sisters. The food drive collected over 1,600 cans that will nourish the members of our East
Harlem community. We are excited to see the many ways that our Student Council will strengthen OLQA.

This fall has been an incredible time for OLQA and our extended community. As many of you know, Pope Francis visited OLQA on September 25, 2015. The visit was part of his historic first tour to the United States. Needless to say, this was an unusual--yet exciting--start to the school year! At the same time we welcomed 296 students back to school we also welcomed media teams and broadcasting crews to campus.

The uniqueness of this beginning of the year aside, the school year started seamlessly. Our students, faculty, and staff were determined to share in the joy of this visit, while ensuring that the school year got off on the right foot. With the help of Partnership Superintendent Kathleen Porter-Magee, we rolled out a school culture plan that includes procedures and guidelines that make the school day run more smoothly. A familiar face that transitioned into a new role is middle school social studies teacher, Will Beller, who accepted the position of Academic Dean. As Academic Dean, Mr. Beller will provide instructional feedback to teachers and serve as another layer of support to our school team.  

Pope Francis’ visit was a blessing that will stay with us for years to come. Our students and staff were magnificent. This visit highlighted the beauty of Catholic education and the spirit of OLQA. At OLQA we seek to do well and to do good in all aspects of school life. We instill this calling within our students and are confident that our students will go on to lead extraordinary lives.

As we look toward 2015, we are grateful to have many partners in our mission to provide educational opportunity for the children of East Harlem. We are excited to share this year with you and look forward to seeing you soon.