Principal's Letter

December 25, 2015

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.