SPIRIT YEAR IN REVIEW 2019 - 2020
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HIGH SCHOOL
Dear ICHS Community, Thank you for your ongoing work, dedication, and professionalism during these uncertain times as we care for our students, families, and each other. Immaculate Conception High School is committed to doing our part to slow the spread and mitigate impacts of COVID-19. We continue to be proactive and have taken additional steps to lessen the risk to our community over the last months out of an abundance of caution. As you all know, on Monday, March 16, 2020, ICHS moved to remote learning and all after school and extracurricular activities (athletics, drama, clubs, etc.) were suspended until further notice. Utilizing the public health procedures and guidelines, ICHS has undergone rigorous cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. Also, we have enforced social distancing practices in our school and are requiring those in the building to wear masks. ICHS will continue to follow state regulations to reevaluate the situation. Click here to view our Safety Plan and Policies and stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news from ICHS. Additionally, over the past few months, the nation has watched in dismay the footage of horrific incidents leading to the deaths of innocent lives. The ICHS community continues to join the nation in mourning these unspeakable tragedies. We renew our commitment to our Felician Core Values for Ministry: Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Transformation, Solidarity with the Poor, and Justice and Peace. ICHS has always been committed to creating an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of every cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious background. Now more than ever, our collective efforts to foster a community of respect must be front of mind. Diversity is our greatest asset, and we must each do our part to nurture and protect one another, and to serve as a model for our community, for the nation, and for the world. We will get through this together. Peace and all good,
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino Head of School
Let's look back ... 2019
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ICHS Shares Plans and Dreams “ It was my home for four for the Future with Alums years, a safe place, and I cried & Receives the Largest Gift in HISTORY
at graduation because I didn’t want to leave. ”
In August 2019, Immaculate Conception High School brought its Blue Wolf Pride to the South, with visits to several valued alumnae. The purpose of the visit was to share the new five-year Strategic Plan for ICHS’ growth. In Georgia, Wanda Huderski ‘67 welcomed Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, for an afternoon of sweet tea in her sunroom. Reminiscing about her days at ICHS, Wanda shared, “It was my home for four years, a safe place, and I cried at graduation because I didn’t want to leave.” Joan Leicht ‘59 welcomed ICHS to her home in South Carolina beaming with pride as she shared so many stories of her high school years while looking through the Class of ‘59 yearbook. “It
was my privilege to sit down with two wonderful
alumnae and share our plan and our dreams for ICHS”, said Mr. Azzolino. Both alumnae have committed to supporting the implementation of the plan and the building of a new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) lab.
In January 2020, ICHS received the largest donation in its history to fund its efforts for the STEM lab. The $100,000 gift came from Wanda herself. Mr. Azzolino exclaimed, “We are honored and incredibly grateful for the unwavering support we continue to receive from Wanda and Joan.” Dr.
Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts Officer added, “Philanthropy allows ICHS to do things that we wouldn’t really be contemplating without the support of alumnae and donors. It is the opportunity to show that there’s excellence and Blue Wolf pride not only in New Jersey but across the nation! Thank you to our generous
2O2O Miss New Jersey Teen USA Pageant
The ICHS community is beaming with pride as we happily announce that Kangela Guerrero â€™20, was selected among many other highly qualified young women throughout the state, as an official finalist in the 2020 Miss New Jersey Teen USA Pageant. The pageantâ€™s foundation is to influence young women to be confident, powerful, and selfaware while taking pride in who they are. It is no surprise that Kangela, who is from Saddle Brook, NJ, was selected, as she is an invaluable member of the ICHS community and was a very active member of many clubs and extracurricular activities. Kangela was the Student Council Executive Board President, a member of the Student Ambassadors Club, Etiquette Club, and Choir. She also started her own scholarship, "Angels of Sisterhood" which was inspired by her motivation to help other students reach their goals and dreams in education. Get ready New Jersey, because our very own Kangela is ready to show young women around the world that they too can be beautiful and confident in their own skin while following their passions.
Dreams do come true!
Student Council Executive Board President, a member of the Student Ambassadors Club, Etiquette Club, and Choir. She also started her own scholarship, which was inspired by her motivation to help other students reach their goals and dreams in education. 5
Ambassador Leadership Summit at Harvard Law School Emilie Lalumiere ‘21 and Jordan Roloff ‘21 attended the Ambassador Leadership Summit at Harvard Law School during the summer of 2019. At this leadership summit, Emilie and Jordan became equipped with new knowledge and tools to be confident, engaged leaders in the 21st century. They met with students from 140 other counties and collaborated in small groups, giving them the opportunity to learn about different cultures, share ideas and experience how peers of different backgrounds come up with solutions and compromises to various worldwide issues.
We are very proud of Emilie and Jordan and we are excited to witness their leadership growth as they embark on their junior year at ICHS!
Kicking off 2O19-2O2O School Year ICHS kicked off another extraordinary school year on Monday, August 26, 2019 with a full day of activities for the faculty and staff. Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, began the day with a presentation of the school’s new and dynamic strategic plan. The new plan is a culmination of months of hard work including research and studies led by ICHS Strategic Planning Committee and representatives from the Meitler Group.
Throughout the day, faculty and staff met with the Administrative Team to prepare for the new school year and enjoyed a team lunch in the newly redesigned faculty lounge. Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, created a welcoming space for all staff members to meet, spend time together, and be creative. From the candy bar to the sofa, the new space is sure to bring the ICHS family closer together during this upcoming school year.
To end the day, the ICHS staff participated in a team building activity to work together using clues to solve puzzles in three different groups. â€œWorking together in team building activities provides an opportunity to learn about your colleagues, meet new staff, and understand that laughter is an important part of the day!" shared Mr. Azzolino.
Class of 2O2O, Senior Orientation Day Immaculate Conception High School holds traditions dear, believing they keep us connected to our alumnae and allow us to stay true to our Felician roots.
at ICHS. The dark navy blue sweater proudly shows "20" on the right sleeve with a personalized name or nickname on the front.
As ICHS girls progress from one year to the next, they inch closer to the coveted senior sweater. On August 27, 2019, the class of 2020 received their sweaters during Senior Orientation Day.
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, said, "This is your year - make it extraordinary. Your sweaters are the start of many celebrations and privileges designed only for the senior class!"
Seniors have the privilege of wearing their sweater during their last year
Time for Us Tuesdays In September 2019, Immaculate Conception High School kicked off its new Student Advisory Program. "Time for Us Tuesdays" is a program that I wish I had when I was in high school," stated Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Dean of Student Life and Associate Head of School. The "Time for Us Tuesdays" program is in conjunction with the ICHS strategic plan. According to Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, "This program has endless possibilities and opportunities. Students and faculty will build stronger relationships and students will receive individualized attention and mentoring every Tuesday." She continued, "Upperclassmen and underclassmen now have an opportunity to bond and share experiences. Faculty have a chance to meet students they may not currently teach. It's a space for communication and guidance to occur and for our ICHS sisterhood to be stronger than ever before!" Kangela Guerrero '20 said, "I believe this program will be a healthy and positive experience. Today, during our first session, I could already feel how much of an impact it will make on the current and future student body of ICHS." Along with the students feeling great after the first "Time for Us Tuesday" this morning, so did the faculty. Mrs. Olivia Grabowski, English Teacher and Student Council Advisor shared, "I can't wait to strengthen the bond I have with each one of my students. I think it's important for them to know they can use me as a guide both inside and outside of the classroom." "Be who you needed when you were younger" is the faculty motto and, noted Sister Alexander, "here at ICHS, our faculty are being just that and so much more."
ICHS Welcomes New Leaders The ICHS Community is overjoyed with excitement with the hiring of Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, and Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts Officer.
Ms. Koval Since August 1, 2019, Ms. Koval has been working diligently to provide effective feedback to faculty, become acquainted with the climate and culture of ICHS, build stronger faculty relationships, assist the Executive Leadership Team in all aspects, and collaborate and contribute in internal professional learning communities. She has also been celebrating the AMAZING experiences taking place in the school and making it a point to share it with the public through social media outlets.
Dr. Morel-Baker Dr. Morel-Baker has been familiarizing herself with the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, collaborating with the Head of School to finalize the Executive Summary of the 20192024 Strategic Plan, and meeting with faculty and staff to learn more about the culture and history of Immaculate Conception High School. She is thrilled to develop a comprehensive advancement plan with goals, metrics, and benchmarks while building a program of special events that will provide social and community networking collaboration opportunities. Immaculate Conception High School is blessed to welcome new "leaders" to their "Blue Wolf Pack"!
Mission Statement Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic FelicianFranciscan tradition of leadership and service.
Core Values Respect for human dignity Our reverence for and commitment to promoting and protecting the dignity of persons.
Compassion An empathetic consciousness of others expressed in caring service.
Transformation The process that encourages an open mind and heart, leading to continuous improvement of the person and ministry.
Solidarity with the Poor Ensuring the needs of the poor and vulnerable are met through advocacy and action.
Justice and Peace Forging right relationships ... re-creating a sustainable environment ...promoting the common good ... all in the pursuit of peace.
Water for Haiti In October 2019, during Mission and Heritage week, the students had a $5.00 dress down day for "Water for Haiti." We were fortunate to have Sister Marilyn and Sister Inga on campus to share their story with us. In the Parable of the Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30), the young man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. After a few answers, Jesus responded: "Go and sell what you have and give it to the poor." Today, at Immaculate Conception High School, Sister Marilyn Marie Minter and Sister Mary Inga Borka, spoke to the student body about the Mission in Haiti.
In the parable, Jesus says: "When the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions." I think that today's assembly put a face on the poor of the world and how the young women of ICHS willingly and joyfully responded to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Our Core Values of Justice and Peace, Respect for Human Dignity and Justice and Peace were emulated during our time together with Sisters Marilyn and Inga. Mr. Kevin Hughes, World Cultures teacher said, "Sister Marilyn and Sister Inga brought so much energy and positivity to our ICHS students. It was exciting to see our students see the reality that the people of Haiti live with everyday. We are glad to help a little bit with Sister Marilyn and Sister Inga's Mission by raising some money for Water for Haiti." Some reflections from this assembly: Nalani Anderson, '22 shared, "It was really touching to see the sisters go to an underdeveloped country and help care for the people who live there."
Lily Alexa Flores, '22 added, "It was a very touching experience knowing they changed their life style to help others. I'm glad I got to experience this so I now know not to take my food, water, and shelter for granted." Maria Mendoza, '22 concluded with the following words, "The assembly was very moving and inspirational. It changed my perspective on dress down days and why we give in a few dollars and the impact we can make as a community."
Mission and Heritage Week On October 4, 2019, ICHS celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, and the beginning of Mission and Heritage week. Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, introduced the students and staff to the theme of Mission & Heritage Week at the beginning of Mass. Our Strategic Plan aims at a “movement that is huge in contrast to the ICHS of the past.” We recognize the need to recapture the enthusiasm and be the living stones of Francis, Clare, Felix, and Blessed Angela. We, like St. Francis will continue to build ICHS, while keeping our traditions strong and our Core Values close to our hearts. We, as a family, will continue to “walk in the footprints of Jesus.” Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, closed the mass with a heartfelt message to the student body that it is our mission, as an ICHS family, to live out the Felician Core Values each and every day. He also shared with the student body how proud he is to be the Head of School at ICHS. "I've been here for 25 years" stated Mr. Azzolino, "and each year, it just gets better and better."
Immaculate Conception High School's Day of Service On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, students, faculty and staff participated in our second annual Day of Service.
Our students’ feedback was extraordinary: "I enjoyed volunteering because it truly opened my eyes to a completely different perspective of
This day was created by Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, as part of Mission and Heritage Week so that students could experience and live out the meaning of our Mission and Core Values. The ICHS family volunteered at various schools, nursing homes, food kitchens and outreach centers for pregnant women and children. Many lives and hearts were touched that day including those of our students.
a world that I’ve never been exposed to.” - Jennifer Kemple, '21 “Overall, yesterday made me realize that we should be grateful for what we have in life and should not take anything for granted. One small act of kindness can go a long way.” - Tatiana Sawka, '21 "What we have taken away from this experience
We thank the many locations who graciously welcomed us to spend the day with them; The Felician Sisters Convent, The Felician 21 and Over Program, The Felician School for Exceptional Children, Maywood Nursing Center for Health & Rehabilitation, Mercy House, Wellington Nursing Home-Care One, Eva’s Kitchen, New Bridge Medical Center, and the Armenian Nursing and Rehab Center.
was to appreciate every little thing that happens in your life. The small things you could do for someone can truly make their day better.” - Brianna Ryerson, '21 "The smiles on their faces went from ear to ear; their laughter was heard throughout the floor. We were able to take a lot from this experience and keep spreading kindness to all." - Nicole Del Hoyo, '21.
Thank you to Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, for organizing another successful Day of Service. All who participated experienced the true meaning of Blessed Mary Angela’s inspirational quote, “Serve Him with a joyful heart.”
ICHS Making Strides For the second year in a row, the ICHS community participated in the American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This event was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Families and friends gathered and dressed in pink to support the fight against breast cancer, honor breast cancer survivors, and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. As a team, we were able to raise just over $2,000! The Blue Wolf community showed their love, support, and Immaculate Conception High Schoolâ€™s Felician Core Values in true form.
We we were able to raise just over $2,000!
Fall Open Houses Immaculate Conception High School hosted its annual Fall Open Houses on Thursday, October 10, and Sunday, October 20, 2019. More than 70 families visited the Open Houses where they were greeted by the enthusiastic and cheerful Student Ambassadors. As the prospective families filled the auditorium, the choir sang some of their favorite melodies. Ms. Nicole Mineo, Coordinator of Enrollment Management, opened each Open House with prayer and welcomed the families, explaining why Immaculate Conception High School is the right choice for their daughters to develop into compassionate, confident, and inspiring young leaders.
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, explained to the families the many advantages of sending their daughter to ICHS, highlighting the Felician Collegiate Academy Program, the new Student Advisory Program, the passion of the faculty and staff, but most importantly, the Immaculate Conception High School sisterhood that is deeply rooted within the student body each day. This strong sisterhood stems from Blessed Mary Angela, the Foundress of the Felician Sisters, and the Felician Core Values. Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, also introduced herself and spoke with pride about the innovative curriculum offered. Families then toured the school, met with faculty and staff, and learned about the daily life of an ICHS young lady. Classes and components that were part of the tours included Religion, History, Math, English, World Languages, Science, Art, Theater, Guidance and Student Advisement. Student Ambassadors guided the tours with smiles, expressing to the prospective families why Immaculate Conception High School is their second home. Once the tours concluded, the cafeteria was filled with positive energy from the attendees, faculty, staff, and students. We received amazing feedback from the prospective families. One parent expressed that her favorite part of the Open House she attended was talking to the students and getting to know the faculty and staff. A parent exclaimed, "My daughter was so happy to see how kind and expressive they were!"
Blue Wolf Exploration Day On Monday, October 14, 2019, starting bright and early at 8 a.m., the main foyer was packed with parents and their daughters eager to check in for a day full of enrichment with faculty, staff and student ambassadors. Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, said, "Our first annual Blue Wolf Exploration Day hosted on Monday, October 14, for fourth to eighth graders was truly a hit, with over 88 attendees, who were smiling from ear to ear all day long. " The prospective students had the chance to learn and gain enrichment in STEM, Religion, English, Math, History, Physical Education, and World Languages. The classrooms were full of energy, creativity, and young Blue Wolves enjoying their day at ICHS with the Student Ambassadors. The faculty, throughout the month of September, collaborated to create diverse and innovative lesson plans for the visitors. Nicole Mineo, Coordinator of Enrollment Management and the mastermind behind the Blue Wolf Exploration Day, said, "This idea
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came to me because in prior years we always had a lot of visitors on Columbus Day. Since many grammar schools are closed for the holiday, this would be a great opportunity to plan a whole day of enrichment for prospective students to visit, learn, and most of all, have fun with our ambassadors on Columbus Day - giving them a chance to explore ICHS!" Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, added, "I am elated to see the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan goals manifesting throughout our work. Nicole, the pioneer and creator of the Blue Wolf Exploration Day, did a fantastic job developing an innovative and unique marketing strategy, that included rich learning experiences for all of our visitors. " The day ended in the auditorium as everyone joined in singing and dancing with Mr. Wada, Director of Performing Arts, and of course, Paws, the Blue Wolf! At the end of the day one parent joyfully said, "My daughter had an amazing day! She told me she wishes she could skip eighth grade and go directly to Immaculate Conception High School!"
Class of 2O2O Pasta Night
The Immaculate Conception High School Class of 2020 would like to thank everyone who braved the storm on October 16, 2019, to attend and support the annual Senior Pasta Dinner. A delicious meal of pasta and meatballs was served by the seniors in the cafeteria which they decorated in a festive red, white, and green.
Congratulations to Caitlin Piccioneâ€™s family for winning the 50/50, and to all of those who won prizes during the Tricky Tray. Mrs. Joann Beatrice, the Senior Class Advisor, and the Class of 2020 would like to thank all the parent volunteers and local businesses who supported this event with either their time or donations.
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Junior Retreat On October 22, 2019, the Junior Class of Immaculate Conception High School attended the annual retreat at the St. John Paul II Youth Retreat Center in Kearny, NJ. The morning began with Mass followed by activities designed to develop team building, bonding, and leadership. Students answered
a brief survey to further solidify the goal and success of the day. Rachel Dubur, '21 said, "The activities that we did today helped everyone to work together as a team and help each other." She continued, "Everyone was really encouraging. I believe today helped strengthen our bond as a class."
Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, who organized the day with the Junior Class advisor, reflected, "Time at the Youth Retreat Center provides the opportunity for our students to step out of their busy world and slow down to reflect on God's presence in their everyday life."
All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day at ICHS ICHS celebrated Mass for All Saints Day, in combination with an All Souls service, at the Felician Sisters' Chapel on Friday, November 1, 2019. Having celebrated the many holy men and women who have lived a simple life in an extraordinary way, we now turn our hearts to the memory of our loved ones who have gone before us. Sister Alexander, Mission Leader and Campus Minister said, "Today, we pause and remember all our loved ones, family, relatives, friends, neighbors, classmates, alumnae and the Felician Sisters." Junior, Victoria Schiller, ’21 added, “It is important, as a sisterhood, to pray for our Felician Sisters so that their legacy lives on.”
It is with the grace of God that they may now live in the Kingdom of God – where life has changed – but not ended; the Kingdom where there is no more pain – no more sorrow; the Kingdom where they are at peace.
Instant Decision Day On November 6, 2019, Immaculate Conception High School participated in "Instant Decision Day," and, according to Sherry Ann Batelli, Development and Strategic Events Associate, the day was a huge success! Members of the ICHS Class of 2020 had the opportunity to apply and be interviewed by up to 12 schools in the ICHS cafeteria. Sherry said, "Having this firsthand experience was truly something we, and our girls, will never forget." Admissions Departments from the following schools participated in Instant Decision Day 2019: Berkeley College, Bloomfield College, Cabrini University, Caldwell University, Dominican College, Felician University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Immaculata University, Monmouth University, New Jersey City University, Seton Hall University, and the University of Hartford. "Instant Decision Day at Immaculate Conception helps our students receive an on-the-spot
application decision from the colleges that participated in our event," remarked Sherry. "Throughout the morning, the students' energy and confidence filled the room as they continued to receive their acceptance letters and scholarship awards." She continued, "We are pleased to say that all our seniors were accepted into most, if not all, of their college choices today. Collectively, our students received scholarships equaling $1.6 million! We cannot stress enough how proud we are of our students and all the hard work they put into this day." Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, said, "We are so very proud of our seniors. I would also like to give Rebecca Manzano, guidance counselor, and Joann Beatrice, guidance secretary, a huge shout out for making it all happen! There is a lot of work that goes into a day like yesterday, and it was organized, well-executed, and celebratory for all involved! Great work team!"
A huge SUCCESS!
Immaculate Conception Students Participate in the Kind Campaign On November 7, 2019, Immaculate Conception High School students participated in the Kind Campaign and were featured on Channel 12 News! Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, founders of the Kind Campaign stated, “Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-againstgirl bullying through their global movement.” In February 2009, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson joined forces to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about bullying. Upon graduating with degrees in Film and Television production, Lauren and Molly drove across the country for two months to shoot their documentary, Finding Kind. The documentary was accepted and awarded in over 20 film festivals and has screened in thousands of schools across the world. Finding Kind is at the heart of the Kind Campaign Assembly, which now takes place in schools and serves as a life-changing educational tool for students, faculty and parents. ICHS students were fortunate enough to hear from Lauren and Molly, as they shared how their lives have been affected by bullying.
Kangela Guerrero, ’20, President of the Student Council Executive Board, stated, “The Kind Campaign served as a positive experience for us at ICHS. Having the opportunity to learn from these two empowering women and hearing their stories left a great impact on the student body!” Tara Connor and Olivia Grabowski, English Teachers and Student Council Co-Advisors at ICHS added, “Kind Campaign is an experience we hope the girls not only appreciate, but are able to take away from. We are appreciative of Molly and Lauren and the Kind Campaign for coming to ICHS and allowing the girls to become more familiar with the platform. There is nothing better than seeing women empowering our girls at ICHS!” Jessica Cutrona, Associate Head of School and Dean of Student Life said, “In a world where women are constantly exposed to unhealthy forms of competition amongst each other, there is no better time to educate our young women on the importance of being kind. What the Kind Campaign is doing for young women across the country is profound and groundbreaking.”
This special day was also featured on Channel 12 News!
ICHS Alumnae and Friends Memorial Mass The ICHS community extends its deepest sympathy to the loved ones of all of those we have recently lost. Immaculate Conception High School held its annual Alumnae and Friends Memorial Mass at the Felician Sisters' Chapel in Lodi, NJ, on Sunday, November 10, 2019. At this special Memorial Mass, ICHS friends and family members of the departed attended the service in honor of their loved ones. More than thirty ICHS families remembered those who passed away and whose names were read at the special liturgy. Father Luke Edelen captivated the audience with his healing and powerful words.
Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister said, "Today, we pause and remember all our loved ones, family, friends, classmates, and alumnae." Denise Poulos-King '89, extended appreciation to Joann, Sister Alexander, Sister Virginia Tomasiak, Sister Marilyn Marie Minter, and the choir that performed that day--Denise King '21, Mia Guzzo '21, Diana Regan '21, and Isabella Percontino '21-for their part in "making the day a peaceful and beautiful day for all!" She added, â€œIt is always a pleasure to work alongside such dedicated people who share my passion for ICHS!" Joann Beatrice '79, added, "I was overwhelmed with joy and pride to see the ICHS community members gathered together to honor the memory of all deceased alumnae, family, and friends."
Freshmen from Immaculate Conception High School participated in their first ICHS retreat held at the St. John Paul Youth Center in Kearny, NJ, on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Father John Gordon celebrated the Eucharistic liturgy to set the spiritual tone for the day. Joel Gomez, director at the St. John Paul Youth Center, facilitated team building exercises for the students. The day continued with music, reflection, and discussions. The freshmen found the retreat to be a profound experience where they were all "interconnected - and - connected to God." Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, said, "I believe that this day provided a shining moment toward future faith and retreat experiences for this class." Emily Castillo, '23 said, "Tuesday was a very interesting retreat. I found when Joel told us about his life and when he lost his grandma, I remembered when I lost my grandma at a young age. I felt so connected to him." Emma Jones, '23, added, "During the retreat, I learned a lot about reality and how God will always be there even when we might be wondering where He is. When I listened to Joel's life story it taught me this message."
ICHS Alumnae Giving Back On November 19, 2019, the ICHS community was blessed to have Stephanie Boyaci,'16, visit our school. Stephanie discussed healthy habits and portion control. Stephanie's enthusiasm opened our eyes to the importance of staying healthy, as well giving us a glimpse of programs offered at Montclair University.
ICHS and Mindfulness in the Classroom In an effort to build social emotional skills and address the “whole” student, mindfulness is being embraced by educators everywhere. Immaculate Conception High School’s faculty and staff participated in an amazing professional development session to learn techniques and strategies to be able to bring mindfulness to our everyday classrooms. From early intervention throughout our lifespan, neuroscience research shows that mindful practice actually rewires the brain and fires up the areas responsible for learning and memory, rational thinking, and empathy. We all received an overview on mindfulness and learned how simple practices can easily be integrated into a classroom; and how these work to decrease student’s stress and anxiety, promote emotional regulation,
strengthen interpersonal skills, improve attention and focus, and cognitive outcomes. We also learned how to develop or expand our own mindfulness practice. A big thank you to the Bergen County Special Services Staff members, Dr. Teri Kelly: PT, DPT, MS Ed and Ms. Kellie Berkoff: MSW, LSW for a wonderful day of learning.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Gala Dinner
Immaculate Conception High School hosted its 6th Annual Gala Dinner on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey. This yearâ€™s Gala date had special meaning and symbolized many extraordinary history of events. It was the 164th Anniversary of the founding of the Felician Sisters in Poland. On November 21, 1874, Blessed Mary Angela sent five Polish sisters to begin the Felician ministry in Polonia, Wisconsin. Additionally, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Founding of Our Lady of Hope Province. The ICHS community was honored and blessed to host our Annual Gala Dinner on such a significant day in the Felician community. Nearly 200 guests were greeted by ICHS Student Ambassadors and members from the Student Council, with a cocktail reception, followed by a delectable three course dinner menu, video presentation, dancing, silent auction and a cash raffle.
ICHS honored and showcased outstanding individuals for their unyielding commitment to our school: Patrick Ambrosio Jessica Cutrona Jaclyn Mucciolo Festa '04 Sister Elaine M. Frigo, CSSF '65 Denise LiBrizzi '69 Sister Elizabeth Marie Morley, CSSF Kevin Tuve
The evening featured remarks from all honorees, as well as, the new â€œShooting Starâ€? award to current ICHS students, who exemplify the Felician Core Values. Alexandra Caruso '22 Anabella Cone '22 Denielle Keenan '20 Kayla Kedersha '21 Lauren Martone '21 Mary Flood '20 Reilly Sylvester '20 Sierra Nicholais '21
"We are truly blessed to have so many people who support our school, live out the Felician Core Values, and carry on the traditions of ICHS. Our Gala Dinner is a night for ICHS to celebrate our outstanding history.” said Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino. Dr. Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement added, “The ICHS community would like to give thanks to all who joined us in celebrating the honorees and Shooting Star recipients of the evening, to the donors for supporting our vision and mission, and to all who helped make this night
unforgettable. This event is further proof that we are indeed surrounded by a genuinely supportive community.” Proceeds of the Gala will benefit academic excellence, student tuition support, the creation of a STEM lab, and the implementation of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. This will enhance the opportunity to provide students with academic excellence, extracurricular enrichment, and a variety of opportunities, which are deeply rooted within the sisterhood of ICHS.
Moreover, this year’s sponsors have been incredibly generous. The contribution from our sponsors make them partners in our mission to educate and transform students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic FelicianFranciscan tradition of leadership and service.
Gold Presenters Felician Services, Inc. Felician Sisters of North America, Inc.
Silver Friends Albert Wunsch, III Bergen Catholic High School Cerasia Del Rey-Cone
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and staff of Immaculate Conception High School’s Fall production “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” This Christmas classic, under the direction of Frank Borrelli, showed the audience the true meaning of Christmas as discovered by the mischievous Herdman children. During the weekend of November 22 - 24, 2019, over 350 attendees were entertained by this hilarious production. Also, on Thursday, November 21, 2019, the cast performed a matinee to a sold out crowd that included students from our local grammar schools. The audience
joyously sang along with the Christmas carols, as the cast reminded us what the holiday season is all about. A big thanks for the constant love and support given by our IC family, especially our parent volunteers. “The outstanding performance left smiles on our faces and music in our hearts as we applauded the fine job done by the IC Performing Arts Program!” – Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics
ICHS Students Giving Back...
Tara Connor and Olivia Grabowski, English Teachers and Student Council Co-Advisors along with a group of students from Immaculate Conception High School went to Saint Joseph's Food Pantry to drop off more than 300 items to replenish their shelves. ICHS came together during the month of November to collect non-perishable food items to benefit countless individuals. Speaking for the ICHS community, Sherry Ann Batelli, Development and Strategic Events Associate, said, "We are humbled and thankful to start this season of giving in such a positive way!" ICHS Swim Team joined Samaritan's Purse to
spread the Christmas spirit to those in need. Shoebox gifts are a way to demonstrate Godâ€™s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritanâ€™s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. These simple gifts are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.
ICHS Board and Brush Night On December 3, 2019, a great group joined together to create festive signs for their homes and more importantly memories that will last a lifetime! It was a great evening for all! A huge thanks to Mrs. Gina Percontino and Mrs. Joann Beatrice `79, Guidance Administrative Assistant, Senior Class Advisor and Performing Arts and Parent Association Liaison, for arranging the evening for all to enjoy.
Thanks to those who came out to support the ICHS Parent Association!
Celebrating Junior Ring Day for the Class of 2O21! It was a very special morning on Friday, December 6, 2019, as we celebrated Junior Ring Day, for the Class of 2021, organized by Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, and Miss Nicole Mineo, Junior Class Advisor. This year, we were blessed to have Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., as both the Celebrant and Homilist of the mass and ceremony. This is the first time in 25 years there was a Cardinal here to present and bless the rings on Junior Ring Day.
Cardinal Tobin blessed and presented the rings to the 36 young ladies of the Junior class. Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, ended the ceremony by thanking Cardinal Tobin for taking time out of his day to present and bless the rings. Isabella Percontino ’21 and Patricia Orbe ’21, both the President and Vice President of the Junior class, presented Cardinal Tobin with a small token of appreciation. They gifted Cardinal Tobin with ICHS spirit wear and a warm blanket for the cold winter season. Miss Nicole Mineo added, “The Junior class was elated to have Cardinal Tobin as the Celebrant and Homilist of their Junior Ring Day mass. The ring and pin they received symbolizes the Christian values, sisterhood, loyalty and love of ICHS.”
Cardinal Tobin shared with the girls how honored he felt to be invited to celebrate and share this memory with them, as this is a very special moment in their high school career. He also shared how he hopes to come back to ICHS someday soon and see them as leaders of the world. The girls beamed back at Cardinal Tobin with sparkle in their eyes, as they felt truly blessed to have him as such a prominent part of their special day.
The ceremony was followed by a beautiful reception for the parents and members of the Class of 2021 in the school cafeteria, organized by Joann DePeri Beatrice â€™79 and the ICHS Parent Association. The cafeteria was filled with delicious refreshments, warm smiles and laughter from the members of the Class of 2021 and their families. We congratulate the young ladies of the Class of 2021 on their Junior Ring Day. May they always remember this treasured memory of their high school journey.
Also, may they always look at their ring as a symbol of their four years at ICHS and remember the blessings they received from Cardinal Tobin on their Junior Ring Day. On behalf of all the members of the ICHS community, we thank Cardinal Tobin for celebrating with us!
'Tis the Season Christmas Festivities at ICHS Immaculate Conception High School held its annual Christmas Tree Blessing and Christmas Concert, and its first VIP Donor Appreciation Reception on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The evening began with an exquisite cocktail party, when Head of School Joseph Azzolino and the Executive Team thanked major donors for their unwavering and continued support. The event was brimming with many wonderful guests including donors, parents, students, staff, alumnae, as well as Felician Sisters. Guests then gathered in the foyer around the grand tree decorated with personalized ornaments from the class of 2020, as well as Tree of Lights gift ornaments, including names of those honored and remembered this holiday season.
Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister, shared beautiful readings and blessings, while the talented ICHS Vocal Ensemble sang the alma mater song proudly. Following the tree blessing, the vocal ensemble group welcomed guests into the darkened auditorium simply by the soft glow of candlelight. The group performed a medley of holiday favorites, led by Musical Director Mr. Michael Wada. After the incredible Christmas Concert, guests enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate provided by the Parent's Association. Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts Officer expressed appreciation on behalf of the members of the ICHS community.
Barnes and Noble Book Fair The Spirit of Christmas Immaculate Conception High School, brought the spirit of Christmas to Barnes and Noble in Paramus, NJ on Tuesday, December 10. The ICHS Vocal Ensemble sang beautiful Christmas carols and Student Council members and Ambassadors assisted customers in wrapping their presents for loved ones in festive wrapping paper. Mrs. Olivia Grabowski and Ms. Tara Connor, English teachers, and Student Council Co-Advisors said, "We love the holiday season. It is a perfect time for ICHS students to get involved within the community, give back, and share the spirit of Christmas." Gabriella Gil `20, stated, "It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Thank you to everyone who supported ICHS this evening."
It is a perfect time for ICHS students to get involved within the community, give back, and share the spirit of Christmas
Toy Drive Students from Immaculate Conception High School helped bring smiles to the children at New York Presbyterian Hospital by participating in the ICHS Annual Christmas Toy Drive. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to help collect gifts for children who are fighting for their health, while also acknowledging the true meaning of our Core Value, Compassion for others.
Each participant was willing to donate to this event with the intention of making another child truly feel loved even in times of struggle. Overall, this event not only brought smiles to the children at New York Presbyterian Hospital, but it brought happiness to our ICHS community to be able to give back to others in a way that will forever be more than just giving â€œa giftâ€?. It was a way to show that so many other people care and are here to do good in this world. Merry Christmas!
Keep the Tradition Alive Students at Immaculate Conception High School add more spirit to our hallways around the holiday season. Former Executive Board President, Hannah Sancilio '18, began a new tradition at ICHS two years ago. Hannah wanted to add more spirit to our hallways around the holiday season and this was just one of the many ways she brought that spirit to life. Following in her footsteps, current students decorated and hung wreathes on the doors of ICHS. “This is a heart-warming tradition I swore to continue for Hannah, and I am honored to still be a part of it", shared Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Dean of Student Life.
“Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city…” On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, the Junior class of Immaculate Conception High School visited New York City for the annual Junior Ring Day trip, along with Mr. Azzolino, Miss Mineo, Mrs. Beatrice and Miss Koval. The first stop of the trip was the bright and beautiful Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The young ladies then walked around FAO Schwartz and purchased some Christmas gifts for their loved ones. They then walked over to Planet Hollywood for lunch. Last, they visited
the amazing Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and were amazed by the incredible wax figures of their favorite celebrities, world leaders and different people in history, such as Pope John Paul II and Helen Keller. Kayla Kedersha exclaimed, “My favorite part of the trip was definitely Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. It was incredible seeing some of my favorite actors, actresses and singers as if I was meeting them in real life. My friends and I will never forget the memories of this trip!” Mr. Azzolino, Miss Mineo, Mrs. Beatrice and Miss Koval had fun strolling around the museum with the young ladies. Some of their favorite exhibits in the museum were Buckingham Palace and the journey through some of Broadway’s iconic
shows, such as Cats the Musical and Phantom of the Opera. Miss Mineo, Junior Class Advisor, was sure to plan a day full of fun and excitement, as she stated, “I really enjoyed planning this trip for the Junior class. The excitement of Christmas time in New York City is something people around the world come to experience. I wanted to give our young ladies the chance to see just how special it is. Also, it gave the students a chance to celebrate together, as a class, receiving their junior ring.” It was truly an exceptional trip and even a little snow fall in the morning did not stop the fun. In fact, the early snow fall set the scene for a perfect winter wonderland around New York City!
Life Changing Content, Crowd Pleasing Impact
Mr. Timothy Shoemaker spoke to the Immaculate Conception High School student body on the dangers and health risks associated with vaping. In early December , Immaculate Conception High School welcomed back Mr. Timothy Shoemaker, who spoke to the student body on the dangers and health risks associated with vaping. Mr. Shoemaker is a nationally recognized speaker and he brought insight and true education to ICHS. According Kangela Guererro '20, “It showed us the sad reality that teenagers
are a targeted market when it comes to the selling of vapes/smoking products.” “We were thrilled to hear from Mr. Shoemaker again and he will be coming back (in the near future) to speak to our student body on emotional resilience and conflict resolution skills”, shared Mrs. Cutrona, Dean of Student Life.
Check out this link for more information on Mr. Shoemaker! http://timothyshoemaker.com/ about/
Compassion, Respect for Human Dignity Top Priorities for ICHS Student Council Advisors Mrs. Olivia Grabowski and Ms. Tara Connor, along with Student Council members Kangela Guerrero and Gabriella Gil from Immaculate Conception High School visited the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center to present a $1,000 donation. Throughout October, ICHS was in the mindset to "Think Pink" and "Fight Like A Girl"! ICHS hosted several fundraisers and awareness days to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. By showing their compassion for breast cancer survivors and patients, students, faculty, and staff continue to exhibit the core values in everything they do.
Thank You to ICHSâ€™s Generous Donors! On Thursday, December 18, 2019, and Friday, December 19, 2019, Immaculate Conception High Schoolâ€™s Student Ambassadors and Student Council members called generous donors, thanked them for their unwavering support, and wished them a Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year! The students used their strong leadership skills, verbal communication, and a genuine affinity for ICHS. Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Ms. Sherry
Ann Batelli, Development and Strategic Events Associate facilitated the first 2019 Thankathon which is part of the ICHS Phonathon program. The ICHS Phonathon program is an elite team comprised of personable and knowledgeable Student Ambassadors and Student Council members. Student callers connect with alumnae and parents through a personalized phone conversation, during which they provide updates on developments and secure critical financial support for scholarships and academic programs. Student callers are vital to the success
of fundraising at ICHS and to maintaining strong relationships with all our constituents. Students are the best ambassadors to talk about the ICHS experience because they are living it! Mary Flood `20, shared, “Calling ICHS’s generous donors is an excellent opportunity to develop our knowledge and expertise in communication, fundraising, and public relations!” Jenni Atz `20, added, “Participating in the Thankathon allowed me to establish an open line of communication between ICHS and our incredible supporters.”
understanding of ICHS and the appreciation for the donor’s generosity for their continued success and the longevity of the mission of ICHS.” A supporter said, “I received the most genuine and enthusiastic call today from an ICHS student thanking me for my support of ICHS and blessings for Christmas and the New Year. How special! I'm still smiling, and my heart is warm!” ICHS plans to do another Phonathon program in the Spring to call constituents including alumnae, parents, and friends of ICHS, to build personal rapport, update demographic information, and acquire gifts to the Annual Fund.
Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker stated, “Using our amazing students allows them to gain a greater
“I received the most genuine and enthusiastic call today from an ICHS student thanking me for my support of ICHS and blessings for Christmas and the New Year. How special! I'm still smiling, and my heart is warm!” -A Supporter
ICHS Recognizes Extraordinary Students, Staff with Blue Wolf Awards
Immaculate Conception High School proudly celebrated its first group of students and a staff member who received the "Blue Wolf Awards" on December 20, 2019. Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics said, "As we continue the traditions of the Immaculate Conception Community, it is so very important that the Blue Wolf Award continues each and every year. This award is truly an honor as we look at students and staff in areas such as teamwork, diligence, academics, community building, kindness,
and so much more! This award goes to deserving members of our community that continue to strive for excellence on a regular basis and live out our Core Values each and every day here at Immaculate Conception High School. Congratulations to the first quarter Blue Wolf Award Recipients! God Bless each of you during this season and always!â€? The extraordinary winners are Madilyn Janosz, Brianna Kirkland, Brianna Ryerson, Devyn Siegel, and Mrs. Athena Krupka.
Congratulations to Madilyn Janosz, Brianna Kirkland, Brianna Ryerson, Devyn Siegel, and Mrs. Athena Krupka!
Freshman Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Sophomore Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Junior Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Senior Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Staff Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Mrs. Athena Krupka
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ICHS Wrestling Team Exciting new beginnings at Immaculate Conception are right around the corner! Teacher and coach Dale Fava has begun a new and exciting chapter at IC. For the first time in history, the school has its very own women's wrestling team. Coach Fava, along with Coach Megan McHugh, are ecstatic over the enthusiasm and drive the student athletes are already exhibiting.
During his time as assistant coach, he trained eight wrestlers to receive All-American accolades. He is committed to having a winning record and building a successful wrestling program.
ICHS's wrestling team is currently the only allfemale private school team in the state of NJ!
Coach McHugh is a two-time New Jersey State Champion, wrestled for four years at the collegiate level, and coached at Total Force Wrestling Club for three years. Coach Fava stated, "Discipline and motivation are essential. I've learned how to motivate myself, in situations where you're not motivated. In wrestling, there are a lot of situations that make you feel disappointed in yourself and you must figure out a way to stay motivated. Coach Fava has been around this sport his entire life. Throughout his high school career, Coach Fava placed in the state of New Jersey three times and was a three-time Region Champion. He has qualified for the NCAA Division III championship on two different occasions. He was also the assistant coach at Delaware Valley University for two years.
â€œFrom the wrestling community, I developed a family. That's how I want it to be for our team this year. Five years from now, when these student athletes are no longer in high school, they can look back and think of their teammates as family. This sport also teaches effective techniques on self-defense and strength conditioning."
ICHS Wrestling Team The Bergen County (NJ) Women Coaches Association (BCWCA) sponsored the inaugural BCWCA Bergen County Girls Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, January 5, at Elmwood Park Memorial High School, and Immaculate Conception High School made some noise! In their first season of competition, ICHS had three girls place in the top three at the tournament. Victoria Devoto took third place in the 121-weight class, Christina Braid second place at 161, and Jenna Filieri was the Tournament Champion at 143!
ICHS Teacher and Coach Dale Fava said, "I am very proud of these ladies and their accomplishments this past weekend. Shea Ramirez wrestled very well at 107 and went 2-2 before falling one win away from third place. "Caitlin Filja and Madison Newell fell one match short of the medal rounds but also improved on their experience. In a demanding sport such as wrestling, our ICHS girls look to get better every day and are committed to excellence. We are so proud of them and their hard work!"
Angels of Sisterhood Scholarship Program On January 21, 2020, Immaculate Conception High School held an Empanada Sale in the school’s cafeteria during lunchtime to support the Angels of Sisterhood Scholarship program, which is part of ICHS’s Adopt-a-Scholar Program.
the financial support I needed to be successful during my four years at ICHS. I want to give back and do the same for the young women that come after me and generations more."
ICHS students were excited to support the Angels of Sisterhood Scholarship and raised over $400. The Angels of Sisterhood Scholarship was started by our very own Kangela Guerrero, ’20. Her mom, Karen Guerrero, made the delicious empanadas to “give back” to ICHS, for giving her daughter the opportunity to receive an exceptional education.
These funds will be used to provide future students who attend ICHS scholarship opportunities. Initiatives like this Empanada Sale allows ICHS to continue its legacy to educate and transform students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service.
Kangela added, "The generosity of our donors granted me the wings of independence and provided
Thank you to those who supported The Angels of Sisterhood Scholarship!
Catholic Schools Week / Spirit Week
Catholic Schools Week/Spirit Week at Immaculate Conception High School was extraordinary! Student Council worked hard to make sure that the week was a success!
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, ICHS held its Catholic Schools Week Mass and International Day Potluck! At our beautiful mass we celebrated Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino for his 25 years of service. Sister Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader and Campus Minister presented Mr. Azzolino with a statue of The Immaculate Conception Blessed Virgin Mary. It is difficult to fully express the gratitude everyone at Immaculate Conception High School has for the incredible dedication and loyalty that Mr. Azzolino has to ICHS at large.
To celebrate inclusion, diversity, and different cultures around the world, ICHS students decorated the first-floor hallway. Each class selected a section of the hallway and the students “traveled” through four different countries at once. The Seniors celebrated America, the Juniors celebrated Mexico, the Sophomores celebrated Italy and the Freshmen celebrated France. Additionally, Student Council successfully ran a coat and blanket drive to support The Mercy House of Newark. ICHS collected all new and gently used items throughout the end of January. During Sprit Week, specifically Tuesday, January 28, 2020, we hosted a “Day of Donating” as part of our activities. Students were asked to bring in coats and blankets to receive points towards the Spirit Week competition. Moreover, we also had a $3.00 dress down day in class colors to support our “Adopt A Family” in the Bahamas and raised over $400.
Mr. Azzolino first came to ICHS in September of 1995. He was born and raised in Lodi, and it was fitting for him to begin his teaching career in his hometown. After only two years in the classroom, his administrative career was launched. He served different roles including- the Vice Principal, Business
Administrator, the Head Basketball Coach, the Head Softball Coach, Principal, President and Head of School-just to name a few. According to Mr. Azzolino, “Working at ICHS afforded me the opportunity to strengthen my Catholic beliefs as well as get a better understanding of the ultimate mission of the Felician Sisters which was and still is “To cooperate with Christ in the Spiritual renewal of the world.”
Following the special mass, ICHS underclassmen and upperclassmen thoroughly enjoyed connecting with one another over food at the International Potluck. Mrs. Olivia Grabowski and Ms. Tara Connor, English Teachers and Student Council Co-Advisors added, “Our International
Potluck was fun and brought people together, one dish at a time.” To close out our fun-filled week, we had a phenomenal ICHS Talent Show, we celebrated our second group of Blue Wolf Award RecipientsJenna Fillieri, `23, Madison Newell, `22, Megan Fox `21, Gabriella Gil, `20 and Mr. Michael Wada, Information Technology Coordinator and Director of Performing Arts, and congratulated the Senior Class on winning this year's hallway decorating contest! The class of 2020 worked together on their theme of "America" and found the true spirit of ICHS in their creativity and friendship!
Congratulations to the second group of Blue Wolf Award Recipients! Freshman Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Sophomore Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Junior Blue Wolf Award Winner:
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Senior Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Staff Blue Wolf Award Winner:
Mr. Michael Wada
Information Technology Coordinator and Director of Performing Arts
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The 1OOOth Point The Immaculate Conception High School community is proud of Jariah Patterson ’20, who scored her 1,000th point in the first quarter on Thursday, February 13, 2020, in a game against Bridgewater-Raritan. The officials stopped the game and teammates, coaches, fans, officials, and opponents all had the opportunity to congratulate her on this great feat. Coach Jiovanny Fontan presented Jariah with a ball to commemorate her 1,000 points which she turned around and gave to her mom in the stands. She thanked both of her parents for their support through the years. Jariah exclaimed, “Through all the obstacles I have been through, I feel like my 1,000 points have set me free. I am humbled and blessed with my God given talent!” Mr. Chris Ward, Athletic Director, added, “Jariah’s achievement is truly extraordinary! She is the first to achieve this great milestone at our school, since Jasmine Gee in 2016!” Jariah is in a class with other elite basketball players from the past decade. Jasmine Gee ’16, and Kelcey Castro ’12, both hit the 1,000-point mark, and Samantha Fuehring ’15 reached 2,000 points before graduating from ICHS.
Women's Empowerment Panel
On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Immaculate Conception High School and Rho Kappa History Honor Society welcomed a panel of seven distinguished women for their third annual Women’s Empowerment Panel.
• Maggie Flood '13, Lead Baker at Flakely
Hosted by the Rho Kappa History Honor Society, the panelists were accomplished women from different professions, backgrounds, and careers including:
• The Honorable Bonnie Mizdol, Assignment Judge of Bergen County
• Christie Del Rey-Cone, Esq., Partner at Cerasia & Del Rey-Cone LLP • Khiana E. Duncan, MBA '14, Principal Management Assistant to Chief Legal Officer of University Hospital
•Dr. Catherine A. Mazzola, Pediatric Neurosurgeon at NJ Pediatric Neuroscience Institute AJSC,
• Dana Regan `88, Director of The Felician 21 and Over Program at the Felician School • Dr. Sharon Towler, Director of Graduate Educational Leadership and Assistant Professor at Felician University
Gabriella Gil `20, President of the Rho Kappa History Honor Society began the event by thanking the panelists for volunteering their valuable time and expertise to help motivate, inspire, and build on the foundations that the female students are receiving at ICHS. With an auditorium filled with guests, members of the Rho Kappa History Honor Society asked questions to the panelists. The group participated in many lively discussions on topics such as inequality in the workforce, believing in your dreams, and misconceptions about successful women.
“You have to advocate for yourself, get a seat at the table, and find women mentors. Women mentors can truly be influential and provide insight on various topics including salary negotiations.” ~Khiana E. Duncan, MBA '14 “Try different things so you can find your drive and passion, and always love what you do.” ~Maggie Flood '13 “Do things you are not comfortable with and get out of your comfort zone. Follow your heart and have faith. Stand up for what you know is right.” ~Dr. Catherine A. Mazzola “You must be flexible and think outside of the box. Pursuit your passion and be driven. Take advantage of internship opportunities so you can be exposed to different professions.” ~The Honorable Bonnie Mizdol
The messages of encouragement were shared by all participants. Some of the powerful statements made by our brilliant panelists were: “Women have the ability to multi-task and do it well. Don’t lock yourself in and remember to be open to change and continue paving the way for other people that might not be like you.” ~Christie Del Rey-Cone
“Do not underestimate anyone. Believe in yourself and be passionate. When you love what you do, it will never feel like work.” ~Dana Regan `88, “Women can do all things. Go into what you love unafraid and take risks. ” ~Dr. Sharon Towler
Gabriella Gil `20, closed the evening by naming the phenomenal panelists as honorary blue wolves and Rho Kappa History Honor Society members presented them with gifts. Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts Officer shared, “ICHS encourages students to be confident and believe that they can be anything they dream. The evening was not only inspirational, but a reminder of our mission and core values. The panelists offered their wisdom and provided invaluable advice that the girls will remember for the rest of their lives.”
night was another opportunity to showcase what ICHS is all about and I think we nailed it! The Rho Kappa leaders, Gabriella Gil `20, Denielle Keenan `20, and Faith Camilleri `20, did a great job and were able to show off their confidence, competence, and public speaking skills.” Kangela Guerrero `20 exclaimed, “Being in the audience and hearing from the panelists was an amazing experience! I learned so much from their stories. I learned that as women we must keep in mind the importance of breaking down barriers that hold women back: from discriminatory laws to an unfair pay.” Denielle Keenan `20 said, "I was truly blown away by our panelists. I learned so much this evening. I aspire to be like them and will follow their advice to be fearless, courageous, and continuously fight for equality not only in the workplace, but in the world."
Mr. Kevin Hughes, Social Studies Teacher and Rho Kappa History Honor Society Advisor added, “The panelists were outstanding! The conversation flowed well, and their advice and positive messages not only had an impact on our girls in attendance, but I believe that the adults in the room were also motivated, I know I was. Last
March Events E-Learning Innovations at ICHS Keep Students Learning Immaculate Conception High School teachers, students, and staff have shown extraordinary resilience during this difficult time. On March 16, ICHS moved to remote learning and all students, faculty, and staff received specific instructions and training sessions during the week prior. With the help of an amazing and collaborative team, Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, created a detailed ICHS Remote Learning Plan for teachers and students to follow. ICHS staff and faculty have done amazing things to keep students learning while they transition to learning remotely. From e-learning innovations to keeping students' spirits high with photo and Instagram challenges, ICHS is truly working together to make the learning experience memorable. "Today was an amazing day if you took part in the Remote Learning Experience at ICHS!" noted Ms. Koval on Wednesday, March 18. She continued, "I cannot even express how proud I am of our students and faculty! Making this switch is not an easy task, but we did it, and we will continue to do whatever we can for our students. Thank you, parents, for helping us out and keeping the girls on the right track at home. We love our ICHS Family... Stay Safe... and keep on learning!"
At ICHS, the goal is to continue to give students the best learning experience under the circumstances they are facing. ICHS encourages the creativity and individuality of each course being taught. A variety of components of the remote and virtual learning plan center on the use of technology and online instruction which students and staff are currently already familiar with and use on a regular basis. ICHS believes that this experience will also give students a glimpse of "college" as well as advanced learning practices. These past few days, teachers and students have been using an electronic device in order to fulfill their classroom lessons and assessments which are being delivered to them daily using several different remote learning platforms such as the following: PlusPortals, Zoom, IXL, Weebly, Rosetta Stone, and Google Classroom. Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School said, "During times of uncertainty, it is imperative that we join forces and work collaboratively to continue providing an engaging learning experience for our students. It can be difficult to gauge how students are faring without seeing them in person, so connecting individually is also very important." Ms. Koval added, "Teachers are motivating their classes to stay fully engaged by encouraging joyful challenges throughout the week and bringing lessons to life via remote learning."
Madison Weir `22 said she enjoys the remote learning experience. "I like the online learning a lot. It is a great way to learn during this time." Denielle Keenan `20, also believes remote learning is effective, adding, "Remote learning is a good way to learn and should be implemented throughout all schools during events like these. I like that we get to talk to the teachers just like in class, rather than just getting online work and attempting to teach ourselves. Even though this is not how I pictured my senior year, I know that I can get the schooling credits I need to graduate on time in the comfort of my own home."
Kevin Hughes, Social Studies Teacher and Rho Kappa History Honor Society advisor added, "It was extremely comforting to see each and every one of my students' faces today. We are lucky to have this ability to teach using innovative ways and continue our relationships as an ICHS community." ICHS hopes these remote learning experiences and environments will continue to keep both students and educators fully engaged and connected. Mr. Azzolino said, "As I told our students and staff on our last day in session, this is a time to come together as a community. We need to be there for each other as a family. Together Everyone Achieves More. Stay well and stay safe!"
Mr. Dale Fava, ICHS Math Teacher, Track, Field, and Wrestling Coach shared his experience and stated, "Today was a great experience while in a situation that no one planned for. The Zoom classroom platform made it possible to teach students outside of the classroom without skipping a beat! I am thrilled to give the girls of ICHS this learning experience while learning new things myself!" Sister Marie Alexander Siegel, Mission Leader, Campus Minister and History Teacher, shared her experience as well. "At 8:10 a.m., I began teaching U.S. History 1. What I really was reflecting on was U.S. History 2020. We were making our own history in the midst of an outstanding lesson on Article II of the Constitution. The girls were great. I even had one ask to be excused for the bathroom. I told her to sign out. We all had a good laugh."
Article Written by Students
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) monthly high school newsletter, titled Fifth Inning Stretch, published "The Day Athletics Stopped," an article written by current Immaculate Conception High School softball athletes and seniors in Lodi, NJ, Angela Lignelli,`20 and Jaden Farhat,`20. The students shared their reflections regarding the pandemic and their inability to play softball during this time of uncertainty. The article follows. by Angela Lignelli & Jaden Farhat Current seniors at Immaculate Conception High School (NJ) "Due to the coronavirus pandemic, school and sports will be postponed until further notice." Those are the last words any senior athlete wanted to hear. "Further notice"... does that mean days, weeks, or months?
Let's rewind a few months back. It is September of our senior year and the first thing on our minds walking into school was, "softball starts in six months." For us, high school softball goes beyond the game itself. As selfish as it sounds, in club softball, often we play to get recruited, hence playing for ourselves and not necessarily to win. High school softball, however, gives us the passion and determination to play for the team and those 12 girls we call sisters. It brings us back to the middle school days where we played with the town's pizzeria logo on our jerseys. Just like high school, it did not matter about your last name on the back of your jersey, you only played for and represented the name on the front. A championship trophy, the night games, hearing the cheers and excitement in the stands, and the memories and friendships we make, is exactly what we have played for these past three years.
Playing softball for our high school the past three years has been the preeminent aspect of our high school lives. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we are now very limited to the amount of practice we can get in, let alone games. Imagine going from practicing every day with your team from 3-6, going to your own private lessons, and going to the gym, then suddenly not being allowed to do a single thing. While we understand the precautions that need to be taken during this time, it is very hard for us to adapt to life without softball. Even apart from practicing with the high school team, during this "break," we have been kicked off of two different softball fields by the town police. It is frustrating not being able to play a game that has brought us so close to our teammates and has given us something to constantly look forward to. Having the absence of softball for the past week has reminded us of how grateful we should be for the endless opportunities we get to go out on the field each day to represent Immaculate Conception. We truly take for granted how lucky we are to play this game we love. Despite the chaos this virus has brought, we learned to never take this sport for granted, and to play every game like it is our last. Although trying to keep a positive mind, it is hard to watch the news on a daily basis and see the possibility that there may not be a season for us this year. The thought of us seniors not being able to get one last chance at a county
championship or state title is a hard pill to swallow. Win or lose, we believe that all senior athletes can agree on one thing; what we want more than anything is just an opportunity to play with our best friends one last time. The laughs and smiles that the game of softball brings to us is definitely worth the wait. All we can do is stay positive and keep working with what we have under these circumstances.
Although this virus is taking over, our love for softball will not stop. The field is our safe haven.
ICHS Softball Coach Makes Mental Health a Priority Joelle Della Volpe, Head Softball Coach at Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, NJ, brings more than 15 years of experience coaching high school softball as well as 18U Gold level club and collegiate level softball. She spent eleven years as Head Softball Coach at Hackensack High School and served as assistant coach at Rutgers University and Dominican College. Coach Della Volpe had an outstanding softball career in college as well as being a semiprofessional player for the New Jersey Divas. Some of her most notable experiences include All Conference 1st Team four times, most RBIs, most home runs in a single season, All Conference first team, NCAA/ECAC/Reebok All Star First Team (1998) and All Regional All American for four consecutive years (1998-2001). She serves as the East Region All-American Chair for the National Fastpitch Coaching Association (NFCA) and is a member of the Board of Directors for the NFCA. She was awarded the 2019 NFCA Humanitarian Award. According to The National Fastpitch Coaches Association, "NFCA's Humanitarian Award recognizes a member coach who has selflessly dedicated time toward the long-term betterment of the community and/or engaged in charitable activities in the service of others."
Coach Della Volpe not only led the NFCA 2019 New Jersey High School Leadoff Classic Tournament, but is also a published author. In her article, "It's OK to not be OK," featured in the NFCA monthly newsletter, she talks about the importance of making mental health a priority, and understanding that mental illness among student-athletes is a huge concern and hidden epidemic. She adds, "It's OK to not be OK. Something rarely said, yet so powerful. Those few words can ease the pain for student-athletes who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and the pressure to produce." Student-athletes have a demanding schedule which includes practices, strength and conditioning, competitions, all while carrying a full academic course load. It is no surprise that these pressures can affect a student-athlete's mental health, and we often
neglect to acknowledge the prevalence of mental illness that accompanies this demanding lifestyle. Coach Della Volpe recognizes that as a coach, she is often the front line to an athlete's mental health. Therefore, it is helpful to have an understanding of the resources available to allow athletes to reach their maximum potential--in both their sporting and academic commitments. Moreover, it is very important to end the stigma and discuss the validity of mental illness and necessity for support and resources for student-athletes. Coach Della Volpe shares some tips she learned throughout her research that will keep the lines of communication open with her athletes. "Recognize what is going on in the situation. Extend knowledge, take some time to research and learn more. Facilitate a conversation. Talk to them, being open and honest. Do not make jokes; straight to the point is best. Evaluate the experience. How did things go? Revise, revisit and continue the conversation with a follow-up." Additionally, she recommends coaches to watch
for warning signs that might include behavioral, emotional/ psychological, cognitive, physical/ medical symptoms. She added, "1. Prepare your athlete. Let them know they are not alone. 2. Remind them that perfection isn't realistic. You fail as often as you succeed in any sport. Have a support system in place. If they are not comfortable talking to you, point them in the right direction to get help. 3. Make sure they make time for themselves. Being social is imperative to their growth as an adult. Forget the stigma of mental illness. Sometimes they need to make a change in order to ensure their mental well-being." Coach Della Volpe's accomplished skill set as both a player and high-level coach to the ICHS Softball program has been instrumental, as she continues to help to instill a sense of self-confidence in the players she coaches. Della Volpe believes, "Achieving a goal is exciting, but it is the obstacles that we overcome day-today in order to reach the goal which makes it all worthwhile. This encompasses making priorities and maintaining perspective, motivation and effort, developing a sense of self-worth and understanding the game first." Chris Ward, Director of Athletics concluded, "Congratulations to Joelle for her passion and commitment to enriching the lives of young women! ICHS is so lucky to have her!"
ICHS Students Interview Medical Professionals, Share Reflections During the fourth week of remote learning, Ms. Chanelle Banta, teacher at Immaculate Conception High School asked students in her First Aid class to interview medical professionals, learn about the great responsibilities they have, and to share their reflections and experiences, especially during this unprecedented time. Kayla Kedersha `21, daughter of Mrs. Stephanie Kedersha, School Nurse at ICHS, said, "These healthcare professionals risk their health and safety to help others. They should be greatly appreciated and respected, especially in these critical times. After this interview, I will stay on my path towards physical therapy. My mom inspires me, and I strive to make an impact like she has." Jenelle Tarabocchia `21 interviewed her older brother, Luciano Tarabocchia. She shared, "Since a young age, I have always been interested in going into the medical field. Prior to this interview, I always knew I wanted to follow my brother's footsteps and become an EMT. In fact, I am currently training and trying to complete the EMT course to become certified." After Victoria Massa `21 completed her interview, she realized that she would also like to pursue a career in the medical field. She added, "I want to be a pediatric nurse because I love helping and being with kids. Doctors and people in the medical
field are saving lives. They are making a difference by helping patients minimize pain and recover from a disease faster." Christina Roukas `21 interviewed her mother, Amalia Roukas. She said, "If I were to pursue a medical career, I would want to be a neurologist because I am fascinated by the brain and how it operates. After my interview with my mom, I would still consider a medical career even if I did not consider it before because I am like my mom. My mom and I both enjoy helping and the medical field is the perfect career for helping people." She added, "Our medical professionals are so important to us because they heal us when we are sick or injured. We depend on our medical professionals so much. Now during this time, they depend on us to stay home and practice social distancing so that we can help them and stop the spread of COVID-19." Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, concluded, "As we celebrate and support all of those on the frontlines during this time and always, I am proud of all the work Miss Banta and our girls continue to produce. Our students have done such an amazing job under Miss Banta's direction."
ICHS Recognizes Extraordinary Students, Staff with Blue Wolf Awards Immaculate Conception High School proudly celebrated its third group of students and staff member who received the "Blue Wolf Awards" on Thursday, April 23. The extraordinary winners are Ashley Hicks, Melanie Morena, Jordan Roloff, Danielle Sancilio, and Nurse Stephanie Kedersha. Dean of Academics Kelly Koval, shared, "As the Dean of Academics, I am not only proud to name these fine young women, but also excited to see how they will continue to influence and motivate those around them to be better citizens, better students, better people today and always! As we continue the traditions of the Immaculate Conception Community, it is so very important that the Blue Wolf Award continues each and every year, at the conclusion of each marking period. "This award is truly an honor as we look at students and staff in areas such as teamwork, diligence, academics, community
building, kindness, and so much more! This award goes to deserving members of our community that continue to strive for excellence on a regular basis and live out our Core Values each day here at Immaculate Conception High School."
Essentially, one student in each grade level and one faculty or staff member receive the Blue Wolf Awards for each quarter. Faculty and staff make the nominations and recommend students and faculty or staff members who are determined, driven, hardworking and diligent, make academic excellence a priority, show positive behavior in and out of the classroom, are active participants in community events, demonstrate continuous engagement in school activities, are team leaders both in and out of the classroom, incorporate innovative practices within the classroom, have a willingness to try new things, and add to the positive climate and culture of ICHS.
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Ashley Hicks Ashley Hicks is the Freshman Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Ashley is a regular contributor in class, a hard worker, kind to others, has a positive attitude and strong leadership qualities. She always leads by example and helps others in class.
Melanie Morena The Sophomore Blue Wolf Award Recipient is Melanie Morena, whose positive energy and vibrant personality lights up the classroom. She is a strong young woman who always looks out for others. She takes advice seriously and is motivated to get excellent grades.
Jordan Roloff Jordan Roloff is the Junior Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Jordan is friendly, kind, and hard working as well as extremely responsible and an active participant at ICHS.
Danielle Sancilio Danielle Sancilio is the Senior Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Danielle's academic performance is always exceptional and she applies herself in extraordinary ways. Not only is she pleasant to be around and willing to help others, but she is also a true leader and mentors girls in the school.
Nurse Stephanie Kedersha Nurse Stephanie Kedersha is the Staff Spotlight Recipient. An amazing nurse, phenomenal mom, and a fantastic friend, she is always willing to put others first and makes sure that everyone is well taken care of!
Head of School Joseph R. Azzolino added, "Our Blue Wolf Awards recognize outstanding students and staff achievements. The quarterly presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those at ICHS. Congratulations to all of our Blue Wolf Award winners!"
Kelly concluded, "It is important to consider the change we have made and how each student has embraced the remote learning experience. Some students are truly excelling as we tackle our Zoom journey each day and we are so proud of their incredible achievements."
Congratulations Blue Wolf Award winners!
ICHS Seniors Share their Reflections Regarding the Pandemic Due to the pandemic, many high school seniors are struggling with the disappointment of schools being closed and not being able to see their classmates and friends. With New Jersey schools being closed through the month of April, many seniors shared their concerns and reflections around the pandemic and how it has robbed them from many celebratory gatherings that mark their senior year. Olivia Suarez '20 said, "It's been really sad that my high school career has had to end like this. I wish there was another way to handle it." Although Immaculate Conception High School is continuing remote learning, ensuring that students receive the best learning experience, and sending surveys to solicit feedback, seniors still had to find ways to adjust to this new norm.
know how proud we are of their accomplishments. Currently, the ICHS Administration is compiling a list of all the creative possibilities we can celebrate our seniors. We hope we can do something special, even if we all must follow social distancing guidelines. â€? Alanna Wunsch '20, said when the school sent out a survey asking for student input about holding the prom in July, most students said they were in favor but are unlikely to return to school for a prom once college starts. Alanna shared, "Everyone is on the same page. We all know why events are being canceled. That's the general consensus of the whole grade. It doesn't make it any easier, though." Many seniors are unsure of the future and hope they have the opportunity to say farewell to their longtime friends face to face, as they prepare to embark on the rest of their lives.
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School shared, â€œThe safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority but we also want to make sure our seniors
"No one knows what is going to happen," said Alanna "but we all want the chance to say goodbye."
Making a Difference in a Child's Life Jacqueline Zegler, a 2017 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, NJ, had an amazing Seacrest Studios internship at Children's National Hospital. The Seacrest Studios are broadcast media centers, part of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and news media. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring today's youth through entertainment and education. Additionally, these centers provide stimulating adventures for children and their families during their stay to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community. RSF provides internship opportunities and involves students like Jacqueline to
gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming, and operating a multimedia center. Jacqueline shared, "My Seacrest Studios internship at Children's National Hospital taught me something about broadcasting that no other internship or class could have taught me. Many times in media we do not see the impact our work has on other people, but Seacrest Studios is different. You know right away what your content means." "When kids rush down after appointments or call in for every show, you know immediately that you have made a difference in that child's life. It was one of the most powerful and fulfilling feelings I've ever had. It was the kind of feeling that made going to work every day not feel like work at all."
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ICHS Celebrates Student-Athletes with Virtual Pep Rally ICHS proudly celebrated their student-athletes and spring sports teams with a virtual Pep Rally on Friday, April 24. An assembly-like pep rally, recognition of students, and reminders of school values - all contributed to creating supportive enthusiasm at Immaculate Conception High School. Head of School Joseph R. Azzolino shared, "Now that school buildings have been closed, and in the spirit of celebrating our studentathletes and their success, we are trying to bring some of that feeling back. Commemorating our young women, their hard work and commitment, is part of our school culture, and the administration wanted to carry that on." Olivia Grabowski, English teacher and Student Council Co-Advisor, said, "Although we may not be together, we are always a team! Immaculate Conception High School thought it would be meaningful to celebrate our spring sports teams with a virtual spirited Pep Rally!
As we recognize and shout-out all athletes, we as an ICHS family, want to especially recognize our senior athletes and commend them for all their hard work and dedication to their teams." Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Associate Head of School and Dean of Student Life, said "I am thankful for the Student Council Executive Board members, Advisors, and the Advancement Office who organized this spirited tribute for the athletes and student body." ICHS ended the last pep rally of this school year with Sister Alexander's infamous "Goooo Blue Wolves!" Mrs. Cutrona added, "Remember, once a Blue Wolf, always a Blue Wolf! We are so proud of our student-athletes, especially our Seniors. We love our Seniors." Click here or on the next page to enjoy the ICHS Virtual Pep Rally!
"Time for Us Tuesdays" - Advisory Period Immaculate Conception High School hosted its first Virtual College Visit with five different colleges and universities on Tuesday morning, May 12. Grades 9-11 participated in this event to learn more about a specific college and to meet faceto-face with a college representative. While this event was optional for freshmen and sophomores, they were highly encouraged to attend. The event was mandatory for the juniors, as the school hopes this could help them figure out their right fit when applying to colleges. Students had the opportunity to visit with one of the following schools: Berkeley College, Dominican College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Immaculata University, and New Jersey City University.
During their "visit," college representatives reviewed many facts about their schools: location, application process, scholarship opportunities, majors, campus activities/sports, and so much more. Students were not shy when it came to asking their college representatives questions, which was amazing to see students taking this very seriously! Jessica Cutrona, Associate Head of School and Dean of Student Life, shared, "Students took advantage of this opportunity and walked away from their session with more knowledge about their college. We received some great feedback from our students and hope to host another virtual College Advisory Session in the near future!" Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, said, "I hope that this virtual college visit helped ease the minds of our students on what to expect on the college process, and I hope this shed some light on things that they may want in a college experience, as well." Sierra Nicholais `21 added, "I really enjoyed learning about the various opportunities that Fairleigh Dickinson University offers such as studying abroad and internships. I really liked how Alexa Perez, FDU's representative, covered every topic about the college and how she could go into detail about the questions that were asked."
ICHS's wonderful faculty and administrators helped to moderate this advisory period, alongside their respective college representative.
Rylie Klain `21 said, "The college session was interesting. The college representative was really
helpful and knowledgeable when answering all of our questions about campus life and specific majors. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to attend this session and would really encourage others to attend in the future." Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement stated, "I enjoyed participating in the College Advisory Session with New Jersey City University. This event was designed to provide our students with all the information they want and need to know about college. Their questions about scholarships, college applications, financial aid, tuition, and choosing their major were answered. I truly believe that our students found this session insightful and resourceful!" Rebecca Manzano, Guidance Counselor, concluded with the following words, "I believe our first College Advisory Period was a complete SUCCESS!! I was so happy to see how attentive the students were during our college advisory period with Dominican College. The girls were giving the college rep their undivided attention and asked some excellent questions! My group consisted of all juniors, so I know these girls are already starting to plan their future paths and goals."
Remote Learning Experience Update at ICHS May 2020 Back in December when we wished everyone a Merry Christmas and departed the halls of our beloved ICHS, not one of us could have even guessed how different our lives would be when we returned to these very same halls in 2020!
we dug in, learned new terminology, re-wrote some of our lessons to fit the new reality, set up our at-home instructional space, readied our devices, downloaded the Zoom app and were off and running with remote learning.
Upon our return to school in January, we wished each other Happy New Year and welcomed one another back, still unaware of what the near future had in store for us. We set about our daily schedules, taught our classes, interacted with our students, met in small groups, discussed the need for integrating technology throughout our curriculum, encouraged one another to try something new...perhaps project-based learning, or a virtual field trip, blogging, listening to a podcast, or just being open to visiting another colleague who was incorporating a new technique into his or her lesson.
This quick transition was and continues to be awesome and once again, our ICHS faculty and students set a high bar for achieving great results! We have been navigating this new reality now for two months with amazing results! I would venture a guess that if we had posed this scenario to one another back before Christmas break we would all have thought this can't possibly happen without hours, days and even months of preparation and professional development and yet, here we are making it happen and happen successfully!
Then, just the third month into 2020, we found ourselves pioneering a whole new adventure in learning, and no one at Immaculate Conception High School said it couldn't be done! Each and every one fastened his or her seat belt and got ready for what might be a bumpy ride...definitely a ride into the unknown. Within one week's time, we transitioned from in-seat classes to remote learning from our homes. With the "stay-at-home" order in place, Actively taking on roles of the Mexican-
American War back in 1846... Participating in virtual field trips to art museums and galleries around the world... Tracking, documenting, and meeting personal goals in Physical Education... Focusing on the "Good News" in the media in Journalism... Creating multi-media CAPSTONE projects to reflect on the AMAZING community service accomplished over the course of the year... Keeping up with current events and having a VOICE about several topics while BLOGGING! ...and so much more!
It is amazing to be a part of this experience both from a student perspective and from a staff perspective...with the downside being the lack of closeness, activities and experiences that cannot transfer to "remote," "stay-at -home," "social distancing." While celebrating our successes, we mourn the loss of traditional experiences that cannot happen during this pandemic. We pray, we love, we teach...our Blue Wolf family will continue to work together to complete this 2019-2020 academic year, we will celebrate our triumphs and we will thank God for the amazing technological advances that allow us to be together while apart! My deepest thanks to each and every member of our Blue Wolf family for their contribution to our successful and ongoing transition to remote learning, for supporting one another and for their selflessness and willingness to ensure that our spiritual and educational goals are met in the midst of this new reality! May God continue to bless you each and every day! Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics
Remote Learning at ICHS Remote learning at Immaculate Conception High School continues to thrive, according to Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement/Major Gifts Officer. After going through midterm discussions, students from Tara Connor's Journalism class decided to use their creativity and talent to express how they are feeling about the pandemic and what is happening in the world today. Instead of focusing on the negativity, the students decided to create a video that highlights the beauty of life and all the wonderful things humans are doing to overcome these challenging times. Miss Connor, English Teacher and Student Council Co-Advisor said, "High school journalism classes teach students how to express their emotions through innovation and can also prepare them to deal with stress. It also allows our students to use higher level thinking skills
and give them opportunities to work as a team. While working collaboratively, students also learn the importance of meeting deadlines, writing, shooting videos and effectively editing the content they produce." Brianna Ryerson `21 shared, "I couldn't believe how much sad and bad news the media outlets loved sharing. With all this chaos, night after night, the good was being pushed to the side." Christina Roukus `21 added, "Brianna, Miss Connor, and I decided to team up to film and capture all of the good in the world." Miss Connor concluded with the following words, "This video is a work of love and team effort. I thank my amazing students for working on this wonderful and very important project!" To view the video, click here.
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ICHS Stands United Immaculate Conception High School stands united during these unprecedented times. Head of School Joseph R. Azzolino stated, "Over the past week, the nation has watched in dismay the footage of horrific incidents leading to the deaths of innocent lives. These senseless acts of violence leave us heartbroken and devastated. "The ICHS community joins the nation in mourning these unspeakable tragedies. We renew our commitment to our Felician Core Values for Ministry: Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Transformation, Solidarity with the Poor, and Justice and Peace." Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement/Major Gifts Officer at ICHS said, "Not only is ICHS reaffirming our Felician Core Values, we are also focusing on empathy and acceptance -- all very important elements that are necessary to reduce barriers between people so we can move forward together.
Mr. Azzolino said, "ICHS has always been committed to creating an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of every cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious background. "Now more than ever, our collective efforts to foster a community of respect must be front of mind. "Diversity is our greatest asset, and we must each do our part to nurture and protect one another, and to serve as a model for our community, for the nation, and for the world." Dr. Morel-Baker added, "ICHS is committed to and believes in the role that education plays in advancing a more just and equitable society." Mr. Azzolino concluded with the following words, "Let us unite as a community, pray, and continue to fight for justice and peace!"
"The global response in recent days highlights the need for intensified efforts in support of systemic change - a need that ICHS continues to address through our work in support of diversity and inclusion in our school and with the students we serve."
ICHS Celebrates Class of 2O2O Immaculate Conception High School celebrated the Class of 2020 and their accomplishments at the virtual Annual Senior Awards Ceremony on June 4. A Senior Signs presentation followed. Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Associate Head of School and Dean of Student Life, presented two Distinguished Awards to Gabriella Gil as the Valedictorian and Danielle Sancilio as the Salutatorian. Gabriella plans to attend Seton Hall University and Danielle will attend Ramapo College.
will all persevere to go on and make the world a better place. In doing so, they will leave their legacy behind and give back to ensure the same or better experiences for Blue Wolves who will follow in their footsteps." Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, remarked, "We have been extremely blessed with these fine young women for four years and are confident that they will continue to strive for excellence wherever their path may take them! Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We love you!"
Faculty and staff also acknowledged Student Council members and Student Ambassadors.
Mrs. Cutrona added, "Since our seniors could not be on campus on June 4, we wanted to bring a little piece of our campus to them in the Senior Signs video. May God protect and watch over you all, always!"
Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement/Major Gifts Officer said, "We are confident that the Class of 2020
Mrs. Dorothy Laverty, Business Administrator/ Secretary/Treasurer said, "As an educator, I learned that each class has a personality,
To view the list of numerous awards received by the Class of 2020, click here.
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separate and distinct from the personality of any one individual student. The class of 2020 has always struck me as a group who is willing to take a chance and try something new. They are not afraid to make a mistake and then go back and try it again. I believe that this class, both individually and as a group, will figure out how to make their mark in the world and carry on the work that they started here at ICHS."
Conception High School Community is proud of your amazing accomplishments."
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, concluded, "We know that your senior year is wrapping up differently than you imagined but you have overcome many odds. You are all resilient young women and we wanted to salute you with a virtual Senior Awards Ceremony and the Senior Signs video. The Immaculate
To view the Senior Signs video, click here.
In the love and spirit of ICHS, the Seniors also picked up bags filled with graduation regalia on Thursday, June 11. To enjoy the virtual Annual Senior Awards Ceremony video presentation, click here.
Welcome to the Immaculate Conception High School Class of 2O24! Immaculate Conception High School loves to stay connected to our future Blue Wolves. On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the ICHS administration hosted a ZOOM meeting with the Class of 2024 students and their parents. During this meeting, members of the ICHS administration, such as Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Dean of Student Life and Associate Head of School, Miss Nicole Mineo, Coordinator of Enrollment Management, Miss Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, Mr. Ward, Director of Athletics and History Teacher, and Dr. Sonaliz Morel Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Major Gifts Officer, were afforded the opportunity to formally congratulate the young women on their 8th grade graduation and share how excited the ICHS community feels to welcome them into the everlasting sisterhood. The smiles of the students were bright and the parents beamed with pride as the administration offered their congratulatory wishes and their warm welcome. To get to know each other, Miss Mineo informed the students and administration prior to please bring to the ZOOM meeting three items that best
described them. For example, Mr. Azzolino brought a bag of chocolate to emphasize his â€œopen doorâ€? policy each day, as the students always love to stop in and say hello to Mr. Azzolino each morning and of course grab a piece of his favorite chocolate. Miss Koval brought a lamp with butterflies, to emphasize not only her love for the insect, but the symbolization of change and growth that a butterfly displays. Miss Mineo, Mrs. Cutrona and Dr. Sonaliz-Morel Baker brought pictures of their families and pictures of ICHS, to symbolize their love for their own families and their love for their second family at ICHS. The students brought a variety of items that brought laughter and joy to the meeting, as well. From sport jerseys, to ballet shoes, to seashells, to make up, the Class of 2024 shared items that truly displayed each of their unique qualities. It was an enjoyable icebreaker for all and a great way to get to know each other, because at ICHS, individualized attention and getting to know each and every student personally is always our first priority. The students also shared their favorite 8th grade memory. The memories included Broadway
shows, class trips, lunch time but most of all, the memories included their love for learning that will only further develop at ICHS in September. Each girl expressed how excited they were to begin their journey into high school. The meeting wrapped up with both students and parents asking questions regarding ICHS summer learning and the 2020-2021 school year. The administration answered questions regarding summer reading, uniforms, transportation, what to bring the first day of school, etc. Miss Mineo stated, â€œThe ZOOM meeting with the Class of 2024 students and parents truly touched my heart. Although we could not meet with them personally
in the building, it was great to see their smiles and share in their excitement about graduating 8th grade and starting ICHS this September. At ICHS, we truly encourage our students to get to know each other and stay connected as a class, so this opportunity was the first step in many to come for the students to learn about each other, make friends and start to develop the sisterhood bond that will further evolve over their next four years at ICHS.â€? We are excited to welcome the Class of 2024 this September!
ICHS Holds Underclassmen Awards Ceremony Immaculate Conception High School held the 2019-2020 Academic Year Underclassmen Awards Ceremony virtually on Friday, June 12. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, commended students for their diligence and dedication in all academic areas for the 2019-2020 school year. Forty-one students completed the year with a GPA of 95 or above: The Class of 2023: Samantha Kedersha, Madilyn Janosz, Chastity Ruatos, Alycia Bautista, Samantha Bosques, Alexandra Theodoracopoulos, Danielle Padilla, Caitlin Hollywood, Sofia Mattingly, Emma Jones, and Sarah Dickson. The Class of 2022: Samantha DeFrancesco, Emily Cosgrove, Anabella Cone, Emily Buckman, Ariel Costa, Melanie Mendez, Jailyn Wareka, Emma Augustine, Indigo Ramirez, A'marie Avella, Alexandra Caruso, and Gianna Marasciulo. Lastly, the Class of 2021: Rachel Fraile, Denise King, Casandra Necio, Paige Portacio, Jennifer
Kemple, Isabella Percontino, Kayla Kedersha, Roselyn Sandiford, Tiffany Cheng, Mia Guzzo, Victoria Schiller, Tatiana Sawka, Victoria Massa, Sierra Nicholais, Patricia Orbe, Jordan Roloff, Rylie Klain, and Megan Fox. The American Citizenship Award went to freshmen Jenna Filieri, Ashley Hicks, and Caitlin Hollywood; sophomores Alexandra Caruso, Samantha DeFrancesco, and Anabella Cone; and juniors Kayla Kedersha, Jordan Roloff, and Roselyn Sandiford. According to Head of School Joseph R. Azzolino, "These deserving students were voted on and selected by faculty for their overall grades and good character. These students will receive Academic Excellence Certificates. Congratulations Blue Wolves, for being such well-rounded individuals with so much to offer the world!" To view the Underclassmen Awards Ceremony, click here.
ICHS is Back! With the pandemic completely changing our lives, Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, is elated to announce that Immaculate Conception High School will be back in session this upcoming Fall! Mr. Azzolino shared, “ICHS is elated that Governor Murphy has stated that school will be open in September.” Additionally, safety measures are underway. Mr. Azzolino stated, “The ICHS administration believes that the health and safety of our Blue Wolves always comes first." Mr. Azzolino added, “Deep cleaning and hospital grade sanitizing is happening today and will occur each month along with daily disinfecting. The Safety 1st Sanitizing is the best in the business and our community deserves the best!” Mr. Azzolino concluded, “The ICHS administration will be in contact with the ICHS community throughout the summer and we look forward to returning back to our new normal.”
Wildlife Visiting ICHS With the pandemic in mid-March, the usually bustling Felician Campus in Lodi has been all but deserted. Looking for a bright spot, with the arrival of the warm weather, Mrs. Dorothy Laverty, School Business Administrator/ Secretary/Treasurer at Immaculate Conception High School is noticing that the wildlife seem to be enjoying the shutdown. Immaculate Conception High School had to caution students who returned to the campus to return textbooks that they may need to drive more slowly around the buildings, as these visitors pop out unexpectedly. Mrs. Laverty exclaimed, â€œIn addition to the usual groundhogs, squirrels and foxes, there is a young deer cleaning up the leaves on the lawn in front of the high school, and a pair of Canada geese taking the young ones out for a snack in the grass behind the high school. Beware the geese - if you linger too long for your photo ops, the parents will come after you!â€?
ICHS Blue Wolf Awards: 4th Marking Period Immaculate Conception High School proudly celebrated their fourth marking period group of students and staff member who received the “Blue Wolf Awards.” The extraordinary winners are Caitlin Hollywood, Alexandra Caruso, Diana Regan, Jariah Patterson, and Miss Tara Connor! Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, shared, “As the Dean of Academics, I am not only proud to name these fine young women, but also excited to see how they will continue to influence and motivate those around them to be better citizens, better students, better people today and always! As we continue the traditions of the Immaculate Conception Community, it is so very important that the Blue Wolf Award continues each and every year, at the conclusion of each marking period. This award is truly an honor as we look at students and staff in areas such as teamwork, diligence, academics, community building, kindness, and so much more! This award goes to deserving members of our community that continue to strive for excellence on a regular basis and live out our Core Values each day here at Immaculate Conception High School” Essentially, one student in each grade level and one faculty or staff member receives the Blue Wolf Awards for each quarter. Faculty and staff make the nominations and recommend students and faculty or staff members that are determined to succeed, hardworking and
diligent, make academic excellence a priority, show positive behavior in and out of the classroom, are active participants in community events, show continuous engagement in school activities, are team leaders both in and out of the classroom, incorporate innovative practices within the classroom, have a willingness to try new things, and add to the positive climate and culture of ICHS.
Miss Tara Connor is the Staff Spotlight Recipient. She is a fantastic educator who is creative and full of amazing ideas. She is kind, supportive, caring, and honest. Ms. Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, stated, “Miss Connor is a teacher who continues to go above and beyond daily! Thank you for being such a crucial part to the ICHS family! We love you!”
Caitlin Hollywood is the Freshman Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Caitlin is kind and friendly to others, very helpful to teachers, and adds a special spark to the classroom environment. She leads by example and is always prepared and motivated. She takes on a leadership role in class and on Zoom.
Alexandra Caruso is the Sophomore Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Alexandra is a confident leader and excellent role model for her peers. She is hardworking, intelligent, kind and shows great empathy for others.
To view the video of the ICHS Blue Wolf Award winners, click here!
Diana Regan is the Junior Blue Wolf Award Recipient. Diana is a hard worker, very energetic, funny, and personable. She is respected by her peers and the faculty and staff of ICHS! She enjoys trying new things and believes in the essence of honesty.
Jariah Patterson is the Senior Blue Wolf Award Recipient. She is a great student-athlete and a role model for her peers. She shows leadership qualities in the classroom and on the basketball court. She is a determined and hardworking individual, with a strong sense of loyalty and dedication.
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School, concluded â€œOur Blue Wolf Awards recognize outstanding students and staff achievements. The quarterly presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those at ICHS. Congratulations to all of our Blue Wolf Award winners for the fourth marking period!â€?
Announcement of the Director of Athletics It is with great pleasure that Immaculate Conception High School announced Mr. Dale Fava as the Director of Athletics as of July 1.
the ideal candidate who will contribute to the success and growth of our program.” Mr. Fava exclaimed, “I am very excited to start my new position as the Director of Athletics. My passion is athletics and connecting real life situations with sports. Throughout my high school and college career, I had teachers and coaches who inspired me to become the best person I could be. This led me to pursue teaching and coaching as a career.”
Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School shared, “Mr. Fava’s journey began in September 2017 when he joined our school as a teacher. He has taught Mathematics, Business and coached wrestling and track. His enthusiasm for strengthening our athletics program made him
Mr. Fava added, “At ICHS our student- athletes grow and learn many life skills throughout the year including the essence of teamwork, time management, hard work, dedication, and commitment. I will work closely with our coaches to help build our student-athletes academically, athletically, and to help them earn scholarships to college. Our coaches will build champions and championships will follow. I look forward to expanding our sports programs and striving for excellence. Go Blue Wolves!!!”
years at ICHS. While I am excited about what waits for me in my new role, I am saddened to say goodbye to the school that took a chance on me when I switched careers just a few years out of college.
Mr. Azzolino also wished Mr. Chris Ward success in all his future endeavors. Mr. Azzolino affirmed, “For the past 13 years, he has been a significant part of our school as a teacher and a coach. His dedication and commitment to our school and to our students has been remarkable and he will be truly missed.” Mr. Ward shared, “I will be moving on to another chapter of my life after 13 memorable
ICHS has provided a variety of experiences and roles for me over the years as a teacher, a department chair, and finally as an athletic director. I have learned and grown so much and am grateful for all of the opportunities our administration and the Felician Sisters have provided for me. To my students - I want to thank you especially. Our shared moments together are some of my most cherished memories at Immaculate Conception. I am blessed to know you all. Once a Blue Wolf, Always a Blue Wolf!” Mr. Azzolino concluded, “The ICHS Administration is excited that Mr. Fava will lead initiatives that will enhance our studentathletes’ academic success and their personal development.”
Congratulations Class of 2O2O
Immaculate Conception High School held its 105th commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Don Bosco Prep. That day 47 extraordinary young women from the Class of 2020 received their diplomas. The ceremony opened with Miss Nicole A. Mineo, Coordinator of Enrollment Management and Master of Ceremonies, followed by Mr. Joseph R. Azzolino, Head of School and the commencement address delivered by Mrs. Jessica Cutrona, Dean of Student Life and Associate Head of School. Miss Nicole A. Mineo exclaimed, "This was my fourth year as the Master of Ceremonies for graduation at ICHS. Every year, it is my pleasure and honor to call the names of the graduates. Although the graduation ceremony was in a different setting this year, the love, faith and overwhelming feeling of family still remained the same, and to me, that is what ICHS is all about." Mrs. Cutrona addressed the Class of 2020 with powerful words of encouragement, “I truly believe
that educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. The past few months have truly been a test for all of us yet, what continues to amaze and inspire me is that even through a pandemic, remote learning and the recent tragedies our world is facing, Immaculate Conception High School continues to find ways to lead with heart and to ensure our students and community feels our love for them.” Mrs. Cutrona advised the Class of 2020 to “love and be kind to all, be present, empower one another, don’t wait on others to accept you, love yourself first and remember, God already loves you.” Danielle Sancilio `20, Salutatorian, described her four years at Immaculate Conception as an adventure. She stated, “We did not let a pandemic affect our friendships, our academics, or who we are. This hardship made each one of us better prepared for the future to come. Even though we did not have the senior year we were hoping for, we had appreciable times together. If there is one thing to take away from your time at Immaculate, it is to cherish every moment and every day you are given with one another. I could never thank you all enough for making my time at Immaculate Conception unforgettable.” Gabriella Gil `20, Valedictorian, shared words of advice for the Class of 2020, “Our last year of high school has truly been unlike any other. As a class, we have had to adapt and adjust in ways that were previously unfathomable. When there was talk of converting to remote learning, we all thought that it was crazy and that it wouldn’t
last more than two weeks. Unfortunately, we were wrong. Nevertheless, amid all of the disappointment and the chaos of the past six months, the Immaculate Conception Class of 2020 has shown tremendous patience, grace, and fortitude. I firmly believe that from now on, no event, person, or other experience can ever prevent us from achieving our goals. We emerge more powerful, more passionate, and stronger than we were before.”
staff to see positive proof that we are educating not just the minds, but also the hearts and passion of these young ladies. I encourage our
Mr. Azzolino added, “The Class of 2020 has been given the educational foundation to become confident and compassionate world citizens. graduates to think forward - forward to college or work, forward to continuing their tradition of leadership and service, each in their own individual way. There is so much good waiting to be done in today's world; knowing this particular class as I do from our day of service back in October, I know they can make a difference in the new normal. God bless each of them as they move forward.” We are beyond proud of their achievements and look forward to sharing their greatness with the world. Whether you were at ICHS for four years, three years, two years, or one year, you are all extraordinary ladies and embody the true Felician spirit.” Mrs. Dorothy Laverty, School Business Administrator, commented, “I love graduations - it allows the graduates to think back, and recognize, how they have grown over the years since Kindergarten. In hearing Mrs. Cutrona's words, I am reminded that graduation encourages the faculty and
Miss Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics, was overjoyed and said, “As we come together for our in-person celebration of the Class of 2020, I am in awe of the example of fortitude, patience and resiliency they have exhibited in these unprecedented times. They have shown me, and our entire ICHS community, how well they are prepared to move on from our hallowed halls to take their place in society. They have bloomed and grown in many ways and I feel certain they will continue this growth process as they move on to the next leg of their life’s journey.
Thank you, grads, for your great example! I wish each of you every good thing...many blessings and every success in all your endeavors. Congratulations ICHS grads...the special Class of 2020!” Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement shared, “While the tradition of graduation may look a little different this year for the Class of 2020, one thing remains the same: graduates are about to embark on an exciting new chapter of their lives filled with new adventures, new challenges, and new growth. The journey our graduates recently faced has molded them to become fearless, flexible, and inspiring leaders. I hope the Class 0f 2020 continues to have faith, aspire for greatness and step into the future with more passion, purpose and vision. I hope these ladies will harness the education they received at ICHS and their voices to create a more just and equitable world.” ICHS Class of 2020 graduates collectively were offered over $4.8 million in scholarships and grants and plan to continue their education at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Gabriella plans on attending Seton Hall University as a member of their joint BA/MD Pre-med program. Danielle will be attending Ramapo College of New Jersey as a Nursing major, hoping to change the lives of many people. Others will be attending schools such as Adelphi University, Caldwell University, Dominican College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, George Washington University, Iona College, Kean University, Montclair State
University, New Jersey City University, Sacred Heart University, Salve Regina University and many more. Mr. Azzolino concluded, “The Class of 2020 overcame many odds. They are resilient young women and the Immaculate Conception High School Community salutes them for their amazing accomplishments."
Congratulations Class of 2020! Once a Blue Wolf, Always a Blue Wolf!
ICHS Supporters and Friends Gifts received during July 1, 2O19 - June 30, 2O2O Thank you to the following donors for helping us make ICHS an extraordinary high school. Your generosity makes you a partner in our mission to educate and transform students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. Immaculate Conception High School
St. Felix Circle
Ms. Wanda Huderski '67
Ms. Joan Leicht '59
The Felician Sisters of North America
Blessed Mary Angela Circle
St. Francis of Assisi Circle
Dr. George Abaunza and
Ms. Christini Neves
St. Clare Circle
Ms. Bridget Armstrong
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Azzolino
Mrs. Suzanne Weir
Bergen Catholic High School
BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
Mr. Paris Baker
Ms. Kathleen Tlusty Borecki '67
Ms. Jaclyn Mucciolo '04
Ms. Lisa C. Buono '75
Cerasia Del Rey-Cone
Mr. Bill Newman
Columbus Citizens Foundation
Ms. Dianne Pecoraro '89
Ms. Phyllis Bonelli Corrigan '66
Proactive Healthcare Communications,
Mrs. Christie Del Rey-Cone and
Mr. Jason Cone
Ms. Amanda M. Saab '15
Mrs. Fannie A. DiDomenico '68 and
Saint Anne School
Mr. Nicholas DiDomenico
Santaite Enterprises LLC-DBA First
Ms. Eileen Quinlan Failla '59
Felician Services, Inc.
St. Joseph Church
Tri-County Scholarship Fund
Knights of Columbus
Ms. Mary Plummer Wren '62
Ms. Maryann Ferullo Kurus '69
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wunsch, Esq.
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Laverty
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Zegler
Ms. Denise LiBrizzi '69
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Zelaya
Mr. Peter Mineo
Blue Wolf Circle
Dr. Sonaliz Morel-Baker and
A & S Transportation
Ms. Maria C. Barbieri `19 and Family
Ms. Mikaela P. Alcala
Barnes & Noble
Mr. Patrick Aluotto
Ms. Sherry Batelli
Mr. Rolando Alvarado
Ms. Joann De Peri Beatrice '79 and
Foundation Amazon Smile
Mr. Joseph Beatrice
Ambassador Benefits Consulting, LLC
Sister M. Bridget Becker, CSSF '63
Mrs. MaryJane Ambrose-Kajon
Mr. Dimas Bosques
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ambrosio
Ms. Ann Smyth Boyle '85
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Amico
Boys & Girls Club of Lodi, Inc.
Ms. Rose Anne Trently Amoresano '80
Ms. Nancy Trutt Breitweiser '74
Bristol-Myers Squibb Matching Gift
Sister Rita Marie Aponik '53
Mrs. Antoniette N. Arolan
Ms. Jo Ann Brune '73
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Azzolino
Mrs. Denise Buckman and
Sister Cynthia M. Babyak, CSSF '63
Mr. William Buckman
Balady Promotions, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Dominador Caoile, Jr.
Ms. Joanne L. Balady
Ms. Joanne Caoile
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Baran
Mr. Caruso and Mrs. Caruso
Ms. Patricia Barbieri
Mr. and Mrs. Pericles D. Castillo
Ms. Leah Chicken '69
Ms. Appolonia Dipiazza
Ms. Danielle Cinque '89
Dr. Susan Diverio '81
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Ciongoli
Don Bosco Preparatory High School
Class of 2020
Mr. and Mrs. Kasim Dubur
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Clemente
Ms. Carol Ann Anysz Dunphy '63
Ms. Carolyn Colamedici
Ms. Wanda Echavarria
Ms. Tara Connor
Mrs. Denise Blysick Edmunds '83
Ms. Lori-Ann Kishel Craig '86
Ms. Elizabeth Vasile Faatz '73
Mrs. Angela Sacco Fava '81
Mr. and Mrs. J. Cutrona
Mr. Ralph Fava
Mrs. Rose Cutrona
Mr. Dale Fava
Mrs. Maria Cutrona
Ms. Natasha Fedorow '87
Ms. Carmela D'Anna
Ms. Anita De Mattia
FIDELITY Charitable Anonymous Donors
Ms. Deborah Dec '67
Ms. Brianna M. Figueroa '13
Mr. and Mrs. Michael DeFrancesco
Ms. Joanne Finnerty
Mr. Patrick DeGennaro
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Flood
Ms. Marianne Tamburello Del Bueno '69
Ms. Mary N. Flood '20
Ms. Elvira Sacco DeRosa '78
Ms. Rosemary Kane Fuhrmann '69
Ms. Colleen Fulkerson
Ms. Jean Jarzabek '66
Ms. Patricia Marino Garofano '67
Ms. Maria Ingui Jolakian '88
Mr. Dante Garritano
Ms. Rebecca Kalnberg '06
Ms. Gabriella M. Gil '20
Ms. Anastasia Katechis '00
Ms. Linda Goetz
Ms. Rita Kazmierski '75
Ms. Patricia Rovelli Goyer '69
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kedersha
Ms. Melissa Guagenti
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Keenan
Hallmark Real Estate Services, Inc.
Ms. Susan Keenan
Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Havel
Ms. Louise Kertesz
Heights Flower Shoppe
Arpad Kertesz Jr.
Dr. Dolores Henchy
Sister Margaret M. Keslo, CSSF '59
Ms. Ashley Hicks
Mrs. Denise Poulos King '89 and Mr. Joseph
Ms. Patricia Petty Horrigan '58
Mr. Christopher Hurd
Ms. Brianna Kirkland
ICHS Parents Association
Ms. Kelly A. Koval
ICHS Student Council
Ms. Christine B. Kowalski '72
Ms. Madeline Drelich Irizzary '69
Ms. Annamary Balles Krehley '72
Ms. Corin Janosz
Ms. Susan Cangialosi Lambariello '79
Ms. Madilyn Janosz
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Laurita
Mr. Paul Lipowski
Mrs. Susan Matkovich Matos '79
Ms. Yvette Lippoczy
Ms. Susan Nogaj Matteson '93
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen LoIacono
Ms. Susan Mattingly
Ms. Marilyn Warchol LoPresti '69
Ms. Leocadia Matuszczak
Ms. Catherine Ross Lubliner '69
Mr. and Mrs. Tim McCarthy
Ms. Lenore Parrott Luckey '65
Ms. Joanne Kucinski McClain '69
Ms. Linda Tomat Lyon '90
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. McFadden
Ms. Patricia Buoro MacQueen '76
Ms. Dolores Konner McGill '53
Ms. Kaitlyn Maglione
Ms. Lisa DeGregory Meltzer '69
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Maglione
Ms. Elizabeth Miguel '88
Ms. Beverly Lamperillo Maiello '72
Mr. James R. Moran
Ms. Mary Malley '71
Mr. Jose Moreno
Ms. Rebecca Manzano
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mucciolo
Ms. Robin Dellraria Manzo '73
Ms. Jaclyn Mucciolo '04
Ms. Dianne Marchese '69
Mud Clay Studio
Ms. Susan Ballinger Marchese '85
Sister Lenore Marie Murawski, CSSF '62
Ms. Samantha A. Marella '13
Mr. Timothy Murphy
Ms. Lorraine Foglio Marshall '71
Ms. Jeanne Nietsche
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Martone
Ms. Margaret Nocito '71
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Nowosielecki
Mr. William Rose
Ms. Linda O'Shea
Ms. Stacy Rose
Ms. Carol Lee Yurek O'Shea '58
Ms. Priscilla Guerrette Rotondo '69
Ms. Davida Gotha Ostrander '00
Mrs. Catherine M. Sanborn '64 and
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Oviedo
Mr. David Sanborn
Mr. Daniel Padilla
Ms. Dione Sandiford
Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino
Mr. Samuel Santiago
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Percontino
Ms. Rosa Santos
Mr. and Mrs. David Petronella
Senator Paul A. Sarlo
Ms. Jodi Plisich
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schaetzle
Ms. Stella Babicz Pogoda '55
Ms. Pansela Schaetzle '12
Mr. Dennis Poulos
Ms. Maya A. Schilp '19
Dr. Anne M. Prisco and
Prof. Stephen R. Sergi
Mrs. Catherine Bajek Seiple '66
Ms. Elizabeth Protomastro '75
Ms. Marjorie Trapp Seligmuller '63
Ms. Dana LoIacono Regan '88 and
Ms. Maureen Higgins Serafin '63
Mr. Robert Regan
Sister Alexander Siegel, CSSF
Dr. Patricia M. Renz '73
Ms. Morgan M. Sim '13
Mr. Taylor Riccio
Mrs. Anna Simone
Ms. Doris Kulik Sipos '59
Dr. Dianne Traflet '81
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sklarski
Mr. Alfred Tuve
Ms. Margaret Smiriga '60
Mr. and Mrs. John Valentinetti
Ms. Rosemarie E. Smurro '66
Ms. Suzanne Sharkey Valla '62
Dr. Marylynn Snyder '93
Ms. Cynthia Waller Vallario '67
Ms. Susan Solda De Simone
Mr. Michael F. Wada
Ms. Joan Hanzl Sommer '68
Cas Sondey, Esq.
Ms. Ivonne Wareka
Mrs. Helene Sonnema
Mr. Tyler Weaver
Ms. Barbara Rysz Stolting '63
Mrs. Melanie Suter
Mr. Joe Wondzynski
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sylvester
Sister M. Charlotte Wszolek, CSSF '47
Ms. Joan Tabor
Ms. Joyce Duff Yuppa '70
Ms. Mary E. Teshima and Mr. Paul Teshima
Sister M. Joellen Zajac, CSSF '66
Ms. Maria Thomas
Ms. Irene Karczewski Zawitkowski '71
Sister M. Virginia Tomasiak, CSSF
Ms. Melanie Tomaszewski
ICHS strives for accuracy recognizing our supporters.
Ms. Virginia Topolski '71
If your name was omitted or listed in error,
Dr. Roseann Fargo Torsiello, '69
please accept our apologies and
Ms. Antonietta Toth
A Special Thanks to the ICHS Board of Trustees George Abaunza, PhD Joseph R. Azzolino Mikaela P. Alcala Bridget Armstrong Sister Mary Bridget Becker, CCSF ‘63 Alexandra Weir Cullen ‘08 Sister Mary Ann Jacobs, SCC Casmir Sondey, Esq. Sister Mary Virginia Tomasiak, CCSF
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Please enjoy our 2019-2020 Year in Review Spirit Magazine and Donor Honor Roll that highlights the successes you helped us achieve.
Published on Sep 28, 2020
Please enjoy our 2019-2020 Year in Review Spirit Magazine and Donor Honor Roll that highlights the successes you helped us achieve.