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Dear Alumni, Alumnae, and Friends, The month of October 2016 was filled with many unusual activities, meetings, and visitors! At the beginning of the month the General Administration of the Society of Mary came from Rome to visit the Province of Meribah, both at Chaminade, and Kellenberg, and St. Martin de Porres Marianist School. This is part of a normal visitation program by the General Administration of the Society of Mary, visiting all the administrative units in the world to unite them and to experience the Marianist life and apostolate that they sponsor. The members of this visitation committee were Father Manuel Cortes from Spain; Father Andre Fetis who is from our District in the Ivory Coast, formerly from France; Brother Maximin Magnan who is from our Region of Togo; and Brother Michael McAward who is a member of the Province of Meribah and a graduate of Chaminade High School. For one week they spent their time at Chaminade High School, meeting all the teachers and interviewing all the Marianists at Chaminade High School. They also visited our two retreat houses, Meribah and Founder’s Hollow. They also spent some time at St. Martin de Porres where they experienced musical presentations by the students. The following week they spent with the Marianist

Community at Kellenberg Memorial, met the faculty and attended numerous meetings of our multiple activities. We were very grateful for their presence among us. I would like now to jump to Friday, October 21, 2016, where we had a Professional Day for our faculty that focused on the vocation of the Catholic educator. The day started with an Adoration Prayer Service, followed by presentations from the Professors of the former IPT Program at Ave Maria University. We were also blessed to have with us Joe Campo, from Grassroots Films to show his newest film, “Outcasts.” The film articulated the vocation of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as they worked with the poor, the infirmed, and the addicted in different places of the world. The overriding theme of the day was “Teaching As A Spiritual Work of Mercy,” reflecting the Year of Mercy that we have celebrated during the past few months. These presentations are posted online. The next day saw a presentation to all Kellenberg Memorial personnel and parents and friends. It was entitled, “The Living Mercy Conference.” It was a day long program starting with morning prayer in the auditori-

Mr. Bryan Finn. I now turn to Tuesday, October 25, 2016, where we had a very lively and touching presentation by the Bruderhof Community entitled, “Breaking the Cycle of Violence.” The Bruderhof is an Evangelical Community based on communal living, founded in Germany in 1920 by Eberhardt Arnold and his wife, Emmy. Needless to say, they were persecuted by the Nazis, forced to emigrate, and finally came to the United States. The Province of Meribah has been in contact with them for over thirty years. The Catholic Church shares with them the same values of the faith – preservation of life, dedication to Jesus Christ, hospitality to the world. Their tradition is one of non-violence, centered on peacemaking and presentation of witnesses to breaking the cycle of violence. The presentation was in the auditorium to Sophomores and Juniors, and sent to the other divisions in their homeroom by the school’s TV system. The presenters of this program are the members of the Bruderhof and some witnesses to the problem of violence in our society. One was a Muslim father who was paralyzed in the gang wars, a woman who lost her son,

“You know more about this iPad than I do; but I know more about Latin than you do; so let’s make a deal!” um, followed by keynote speaker Professor Bushman who spoke on the “Transforming Experience of Encountering God’s Love in Christ.” Later there was a keynote speaker — Professor Feingold who spoke on “Dives in Misericordia, St. John Paul on the giving and receiving of Mercy.” The day was also highlighted by a number of breakout sessions where there was exchange between the participants and the keynote speakers. The day ended with a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Brennan. Both these programs were originated by our religion department under the leadership of Mr. Alex Basile and

and a man who had a very severe family life. All recounted the experience they had of violence in their lives, how they cope with it, and how they are now advocates for peace - in the home, in our society, in the world. Their witness was riveting. This presentation is on our website for your viewing. Our sixth and seventh grades as well as the Junior Division received their iPads this year. As over the past two years, the reception has been excellent, due in part to the work that the Junior teachers did in preparing the various textbooks that are now on the iPad. Next year, the full Senior class will continued on page 31

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Heart & Mind, the magazine of Kellenberg Memorial High School, is published twice a year and distributed to all alumni and alumnae, parents, alumni parents, faculty, administration, and friends of KMHS.

A D M I N I S T R AT I O N President Rev. Philip Eichner, S.M. Principal Bro. Kenneth Hoagland, S.M.

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A DVA N C E M E N T Director of Advancement Mrs. Denise Miles Director of Alumni Mr. Thomas Huggard

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EDITORIAL Editor in Chief Mr. Thomas Huggard Assistant Editor Mrs. Erin (Byrne) Cicalese ’98 Editorial Assistant Mrs. Beth Campbell Creative Director Amanda (Rances) Wang ’96

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A L U M N I B OA R D President James McBrien ’89 Vice President Hilary (Cunningham) McDevitt ’93 Vice President Patricia Kearney ’97 Vice President Kelly (Agostinacchio) Forquignon ’99 Vice President John Scatamacchia ’00

PHOTOGRAPHY Jordan Bernhardi ’17 Mrs. Erin (Toscano) Citrano ’03 Brother James Conway, S.M. Mr. Jeff Harris '03 Harrison Keller ’18 Mr. Brendan Narell Brother Roger Poletti, S.M.

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Each year, students entering sixth and ninth grades at Kellenberg Memorial begin the first day of the Triple “A” (Adjustment, Awareness, and Atmosphere) Program with a sense of nervous excitement. By the third day, those same students are exuding a sense of confidence that comes from knowing they have found their home away from home. From August 31 to September 2, 2016, Cadets, new Tyros, and freshmen met the faculty, took tours of the school, participated in ice breakers, went over their schedules, and learned about all the activities and clubs Kellenberg has to offer. Students also received their iPads and learned how to use them. A. Sophomores Sergio Arreaga, Sarah Campbell, Vincent Fariello, and Margaret Basile welcome freshmen Peter Gillen, Thomas Ginnane, and Ian Garvin. B. Aidan Governale busts a move at the Freshman Dance. C. Freshmen Jacqueline Kumbatovic and Yamily Andre are greeted by Brother Kenneth and Tobit. D. Cadets Liam Koudelka and Eugene Ingoglia enjoy a bagel breakfast with Latin School Leader Marco Psyllos. E. Freshmen Fersen Laroche, Alexa LaRue, and Andrea Lauritsen, settle into Homeroom 9H. F. Latin School Leader Veronica Tadross receives the Eucharist from Father Tom. G. Cadets Robert Atkins and William Brennan check out the turtles with friends in the Science Lab. H. Cadet Maxwell Matos learns how to set up his new iPad. I. Latin School Leader Caroline Lopez helps new Tyro Sanaa Merritt with her lock.

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SPEECH & DEBATE ATTENDS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE On Monday, September 26, 2016, five members of the Speech and Debate team witnessed history in the making when they attended the 2016 Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University. While waiting on campus for the main event at 9 PM, the team took part in a special program for high school students, which included information sessions throughout the afternoon and evening. The team then went to the Student Center Theater to experience one of the most widely anticipated presidential debates in recent history. Junior Faith Agolia reflected on the experience, saying, “The excitement and tension in the room as the countdown to the debate began was absolutely astonishing to experience. The privilege of being present at this debate enabled me to discuss and have an impact on the future of our country. This experience will remain a vivid memory of mine for years to come.” From left to right: Thomas Dompkowski ’17, Kieran Dennis ’18, Madeline Connolly ’18, Faith Agolia ’18, and Allison Occhiuto ’17 witnessed history at the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University.

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Over 4,000 people attended Kellenberg Memorial's annual Open House, which took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Prospective students and their families took part in self-guided tours, which highlighted the unique academic, spiritual, athletic, and extracurricular programs that the school has to offer. Students, faculty, administration, parents, and alumni parents were all available to answer questions. Kellenberg alumni played an important role in the Discovery Rooms, where they explained how Kellenberg helped prepare them for college and their careers. Above left: Juniors Lia Heneghan and Matthew Kenny show off Kellenberg Memorial’s iPad technology. Above right: Cadets Isabella Mariano, Owen McDevitt, Ranjan Rasquinha, Tucker Terranova, Rohit Rasquinha, and George Pappas stand ready to answer questions about life in the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School. K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

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TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the entire Kellenberg Memorial community came together for an outdoor opening school prayer service to celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Kellenberg students from grades 6 through 12, along with students from St. Martin de Porres Marianist School, were greatly impacted by the prayer service, and expressed that it was the perfect way to begin a new academic year. Freshman Dierdre Ambrosi reflected on the importance of the gathering as a community of faith in the beginning of the school year, saying, “It shows a sense of unity for us as a school. There are lots of new Latin School students and most of the freshmen are new to the school, as well. Coming together definitely increases the sense of community for us all.”

From left to right: Jovan Nicholls ’18 processes with the cross; students gather in front of the cross; Christelle Pascal ’19 leads the community in song.

CHRISTOPHER CARDONE, O.P. APPOINTED ARCHBISHOP OF HONIARA The Kellenberg community is proud to congratulate Christopher Cardone, O.P. on his recent installment as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Honiara. Located on the island of Guadalcanal, Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands. The Archbishop of Honiara is the major prelate for the entire country. The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Archbishop Cardone on June 22, 2016, and the installation liturgy was held on September 10th. Archbishop Cardone had been the bishop of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, since 2004. Archbishop Cardone, who is the brother of KMHS Chaplain Father Thomas Cardone, S.M., has been serving for over 25 years in a missionary capacity in the Solomon Islands. The Kellenberg Memorial family has supported Archbishop Chris in his missionary efforts for many years, primarily in the area of education. This past spring, the school raised funds to purchase engines for the boats that the parish priests use to travel from island to island. Archbishop Chris is in the prayers of all at Kellenberg as he begins his new ministry. Fr. Thomas Cardone, S.M. and his sisters, Nancy and Donna, pose with their brother, Archbishop Christopher Cardone, O.P., prior to his installation liturgy. 6

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STUDENTS TAKE PART IN WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 121 seniors from Kellenberg Memorial and Chaminade took part in the Marianist Province of Meribah’s pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day from July 25 to July 31, 2016. Prior to the trip, the group gathered for a commissioning Mass on July 17th. The pilgrims kept a busy schedule of faith-filled events while in Krakow. In addition to watching Pope Francis drive past with his motorcade, a major highlight of the trip was the Mass the group celebrated with Marianist students from around the globe on July 28th.

Row 1, left to right: A group of students pose outside of the Royal Palace in Warsaw; Kyle Waibel ’17 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa; the pilgrims celebrating Mass at the Shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko in Warsaw. Row 2: The pilgrims pose in front of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadowice. Row 3, left to right: Seniors Holly Bohack and Elizabeth Allhusen wait in the field for Mass with Pope Francis; seniors Gerard DeAngelis & Juliana Cosenza wait along the street to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis driving by; Seniors Thea Mundy, Thomas Dompkowski, and Erin Archibold getting ready for Pope Francis' WYD Opening Mass. K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

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MARIANIST MISSIONARIES OF MERCY SERVE IN LOURDES From August 3 to August 16, 2016, 20 students of the Class of 2017 took part in the Marianist Mission of Mercy to Lourdes, France to serve with the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes at the Sanctuary of Lourdes. This was the second consecutive year that Kellenberg Memorial sent students as missionaries to this holy site. In 1858, the Blessed Mother began a series of appearances to St. Bernadette Soubirous, a young girl from a poor family in Lourdes.

From the time of her appearance, a stream began to flow from the grotto where Bernadette saw the Blessed Mother. For over 150 years, millions have made pilgrimage to be bathed in the waters of Lourdes, seeking both physical and spiritual healing. Since the time of Our Lady’s appearance, thousands have been cured. The Marianist Missionaries of Mercy spent the week working with the malades (French for “the sick”), generally the elderly and those suffering from other physical handicaps, as they made their own journeys from their homeland to the small village at the foothills of the French Pyrenees to be served by our student missionaries.

From top to bottom: missionaries raise their candles at the conclusion of the rosary procession in Lourdes; Kellenberg Memorial’s missionaries Caitlin Doht ’17, Victoria Primiano ’17, Jael Thomas ’17, and Kelly Russell ’17 assist in the nightly rosary procession; Owen Brown ’17 carries the banner for our Marianist Missionaries while Jael Thomas ’17 and Kelly Russell ’17 assist with the rosary procession; Marianist Missionaries pose in front of the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes; students visit Blessed William Joseph Chaminade's grave in Bordeaux; Marianist Missionaries ready to begin their day of work at the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. 8

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LATIN SCHOOL LEADERS Thirty Squires were chosen to serve as the inaugural group of Latin School Leaders, a group charged with welcoming new students to the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School and engendering school spirit throughout the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The students were chosen based on their past school involvement and overall suitability for the role, including their sense of responsibility and leadership qualities. The Latin School Leaders played an important role in the Triple “A” program, as they assisted homeroom moderators and helped new students settle into the Latin School. Throughout the year, the Latin School Leaders will continue to spend time during the homeroom periods twice a week visiting with their “adopted" Cadet and Tyro homerooms, as well as attending Cadet and Tyro field trips and Homeroom Day.

HOMEROOM DAY On September 23, 2016, the Cadets and Tyros in the Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School celebrated Homeroom Day. The popular event kicked off with a pizza party, followed by competitions, including flag football, relays, kickball, and an obstacle course at Jerusalem Field. The spirited afternoon served as a wonderful bonding experience for the students. From left to right: Cadet Lauren McCarthy smiles wide as she competes in a relay; the cadets in Homeroom 6B enjoy their first Homeroom Day; Tyro John Lauritsen clears a hurdle for his team.

CADET FIELD TRIP On October 5, 2016, the Latin School Cadets attended their annual field trip to Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. The students were treated to a lengthy wagon ride through the fields of the farm and picked their own apples and pumpkins. Before leaving, the group stopped to buy homemade baked goods at an on-site farmstand. Cadets Isabel Connolly, Emily Carroll, Justin Lagunilla, Latin School Leader Jake Orfano, and Cadet Finn Gallucci pose with their freshly picked pumpkins.

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GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY The Kellenberg Girls Varsity Cross Country team completed their dual meet season undefeated, 7-0. Highlights from the successful season included big wins over St. Anthony’s and St. John the Baptist. On October 30, 2016, the girls participated in the NSCHSGAA Championship at Sunken Meadow State Park and, for the third year in a row, ran to both the Varsity and JV team titles. Pictured below is Coach Martin Brown and the Varsity champs posing with the Father Philip Eichner team plaque. On November 5th, Maureen Lewin '19 took the individual title in 15:58 for the 2.5 mile cross country course, leading her teammates to an overwhelming victory at the CHSAA Sophomore Intersectional Championships at storied Van Cortlandt Park. Lewin is the first Kellenberg girl in eight years to win this race.

BOYS SOCCER Despite facing some adversity due to injuries with key players, Kellenberg Memorial’s Varsity Boys Soccer team maintained its momentum and enjoyed a successful season which included hard fought games against St. Anthony’s, Chaminade, Hicksville, and Archbishop Molloy, which are all ranked in the top twenty on Long Island. Below: David Concalves ’18 moves the ball up the field.

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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Following a highly competitive season accented by a fierce showing at the Lindenhurst Invitational Tournament in October, Kellenberg Memorial's Varsity Girls Volleyball team won the CHSAA championship over St. John the Baptist on November 4, 2016. The 26-24, 25-22, 25-16 championship win featured the enviable talents of senior Megan Pfundstein, who was named CHSAA Player of the Year after the match and who had 36 assists and 5 kills, and senior Kiersten Cote, the Championship MVP, who had 20 kills and 16 digs.

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5TH ANNUAL FOOD & WINE EXPO On September 24, 2016, Kellenberg Memorial hosted the 5th Annual Food & Wine Expo. The popular event, which is sponsored by Kellenberg Alumni Parents Association (KAPA) and the Kellenberg Memorial High School Parents Club, drew nearly 1,300 attendees and offered culinary treats provided by some of Long Island’s most popular eateries, as well as fine wines and craft beers. The Expo is one of Kellenberg Memorial High School’s favorite events of the year because it offers the unique opportunity for a wide variety of members of the Kellenberg community — parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators — to be together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s also impressive to see how all the parents, alumni parents, students, and, of course, incredible vendors, volunteer their time and services to make this event so successful.

Thank you to this year's Food & Wine Expo vendors: Ace’s Wines & Spirits A & S Fine Foods Bella Notte Capo Ristorante (Owned by Paul Capoziello ’91) Cara Cara Mexican Grill Cara Mia Due Ciro’s Pizzeria and Restaurant (Owned by Michael Clara, KAPA) City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill EGP Gastropub Exquisite Eats Front Street Bakery (Owned by the Acerno family, KAPA) Gino’s (Owned by the Romanelli family, current parents) Heneghan’s Tavern and Restaurant (Owned by the Heneghan family, KAPA) International Cheeses Ivarone Brothers J & J At Your Service (Owned by Jason and Janet (Clark) DeLuca ’88, current parents) La Piazza La Strada Italian Restaurant LI Blendz (Owned by Frank Maola ’08) Manhattan Beer Molto Bene New York Ravioli & Pasta Co. Inc. Phil’s Pizzeria and Restaurant Piccolo Ristorante Prost Grill and Garten (Owned by the McCartney family, current parents and KAPA) Rialto Restaurant (Owned by Mario and Tara (Fitzgerald) Fuentes ’89, current parents) River Mill Tavern and Tables (Owned by Mike and Hilary (Cunningham) McDevitt ’93) Sage Bistro Seasons 52 Sewane Club Spanky’s Food Factory (Owned by the DeMarco family, current parents, and the Patalano family, current parents and KAPA) Sushi Ya The Garden City Hotel – The Polo Steakhouse Uncle Bacala’s Vespa Italian Bar & Kitchen Wines Around the World

Row 1: Current and KAPA Parents Mike and Nadine Candemeres and Kim and Michael Palazzolo catch up with former faculty member, Mr. Kevin Buckley, and his wife, Maureen. Row 2: Faculty member James Walsh ’11, Pat Skinner ’12, and James Sullivan ’11 pass out craft beer samples from Manhattan Beer Distributors; Luke Heneghan ’09 (left) serves up delicious food from his family’s popular Point Lookout restaurant, Heneghan’s Tavern. Row 3: Current and KAPA Parents Tia and Gerard Albig smile for the camera; City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill Executive Chef Michael Abbatiello '08 (left) poses with his team.

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Row 1: Eighth grader Imani Chung (right) shows Martha Gomez, a new sixth grade student, the art of mastering lock opening on the first day of school; on October 16th, students at SMMS recited the rosary while in the formation of a giant rosary on the field for the annual Rosary Rally. Row 2: SMMS kindergarteners were excited to meet Brother Max Magnan, S.M., who was visiting from the General Administration of the Marianists; at the Academic Awards Assembly on September 16th, Mr. John Holian, Headmaster, recognized seventh grader Kayla Benjamin, who maintained the highest average in her class for the 2015-2016 school year with a 98.17 final average. Row 3: the Memorial Garden contains a tribute for Schenique Fouché, who graduated from SMMS in 2012. Schenique was a senior at Kellenberg Memorial when she passed away suddenly in November 2015; Members of Kellenberg Memorial’s Gregorian Consortium welcomed one of St. Martin's finest singers, seventh grader Wilkens Petit, to sing with them at the Triumph of the Cross. He's surrounded by two former SMMS students, Keon ’17 and Kryston Whyte ’19. 12

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50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION On November 5, 2016, 450 members of the Maria Regina alumni community returned to campus for Mass and a cocktail party celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Maria Regina High School. Mass was concelebrated by Msrg. James Lisante '70, Father Philip Eichner, S.M., and Deacon John Catalano '70. The evening featured a special presentation to Mr. James Jones, who celebrates his 50th anniversary of service. In the spring of 1966, Mr. Jones began maintaining the construction site that was to be Maria Regina High School, and stayed on after the school's opening, as well as its transition to St. Agnes Cathedral High School, and, ultimately, Kellenberg Memorial High School.

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ALUMNI SPIRIT DAY Over 200 members of the Kellenberg Memorial family took part in the school’s Alumni Spirit Day, an annual, fun-filled event for the whole family which preceded the Homecoming football game, on September 18, 2016. The day began with a Family Mass concelebrated by Father Albert and Father Philip. The Gregorian Consortium, Kellenberg Memorial’s liturgical choir, led the Mass in song while members of the Varsity Football team were present to bestow wooden crosses upon all the children in attendance. After Mass, families went out to the field where all of the future Firebirds enjoyed a fun day of games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals, inflatable water slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, and visits with the animals in the Kellenberg Zoo. A barbecue lunch was served in the Queen of the Apostles Courtyard. Tina (Manzo) Caliendo ’92 reflected on the day, saying, “My years at Kellenberg were some of the best years of my life. To be able to return with my entire family for Alumni Spirit Day and share with them that experience in some way is truly a gift! Thank you for a day filled with fun, food, and family!” The festivities continued at 3 PM at Kellenberg Memorial’s Homecoming football game at Mitchel Field, where the Varsity Firebirds beat Mount St. Michael Academy, 21-20, in front of an electrified crowd of over 1,000 fans.

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ALUMNI SOCIALS In addition to general alumni socials, the Alumni Association also regularly organizes club and team socials throughout the year. Most recently, the Boys Soccer, Boys Volleyball, and Football teams hosted alumni socials. There are many similar plans in the works for this year. Please email Mr. Huggard at alumni@kellenberg.org with your updated contact information to ensure that you receive notifications for all of Kellenberg Memorial’s alumni events!

Above: Kellenberg Football Alumni attended a reunion and social on October 15, 2016 during the final home game of the season. Former football players enjoyed the game at Mitchel Field with food and beverages; they were also recognized on the field during halftime. After the game they attended a social at Jake’s Steakhouse where they caught up with Varsity Head Coach Mr. Kevin Hanifan and the other members of the coaching staff.

Above: Varsity Coach Mr. Bill Masiulis ’01 hosted a Boys Soccer alumni social on July 9, 2016, which began with a game at Kellenberg Memorial, followed by a reception at the Greene Turtle in East Meadow.

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of the first things that a student learns about upon entering Kellenberg Memorial is COR, which is the Latin word for "heart," and also an important acronym that represents three principles at the center of the school: Civility, Order, and Respect. It is through the Kellenberg Memorial community’s dedication to COR that an atmosphere which promotes the cultivation of intellectual, moral, and spiritual values is able to flourish. Upon graduation, Kellenberg Memorial alumni bring many lessons and experiences with them as they move onto the next chapter of their lives. COR is not only something that stays with Firebird alumni; it serves as a larger, moral foundation for the adults they become. Given the impact that Kellenberg’s COR principles have had on so many students, it is no surprise, then, that many alumni have been inspired to lead lives of service by serving our nation in various ways. Whether they are in the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, or National Guard, many Kellenberg Memorial alumni are proud to value service over self in support of the United States of America. What follows are profiles of a small sample of alumni who are serving our nation. All those in the armed forces remain in the prayers of the Kellenberg Memorial community. 16

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CAPTAIN MICHAEL SWEENEY ’07 United States Marine Corps Current Assignment I am currently an instructor at Officer Candidates School on Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Inspiration I joined the military to serve my country and give back. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg's values of Civility, Order, and Respect translate incredibly well to the values instilled in every member of the United States Armed Services. The military, like Kellenberg, teaches you to build a foundation upon those values as you prepare for a career of serving Captain Sweeney ’07 finds meaning in helping others… the habit of wearing a uniform everyday those who serve under him. and being clean shaven helped, too. Favorite Teacher My favorite teacher at Kellenberg was Mr. A'Hearn because he is the first teacher I can remember who held me responsible for my peers’ actions - something that I am now responsible for on a daily basis. A K E L L E N B E RG M E M O R I A L FA M I LY P U B L I CAT I O N


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LIEUTENANT MATTHEW SWEENEY ’11 United States Marine Corps

Lt. Sweeney ’11 has trained on ships and submarines, but prefers being in the air than on the sea.

Current Assignment I am continuing my training at flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas. Inspiration I decided to serve our country because I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and felt it was my duty to give some service to my country. How Kellenberg Prepared You I’m still in training, so I’m doing a lot of studying. Kellenberg taught me time management, which helps me to budget my time wisely between studying and my many other duties. Maybe more important is the faith training instilled in me at Kellenberg. My Catholic values are a comfort when the going gets tough. Favorite Teacher I really can’t pick just one...I had so many great teachers at Kellenberg, and such an outstanding high school experience. You don’t realize how unique Kellenberg is until you graduate and enter the real world.

LIEUTENANT STEPHEN SZALAI ’04 United States Navy

Lt. Szalai ’04 plans on becoming Captain of a United States warship.

Current Assignment I am currently attending Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. I am slated to be the Chief Engineer onboard USS RUSSELL (DDG 59) upon completion of training. Inspiration At first it was a way to pay for college. The Navy offered a lot of options for career paths — Surface, Submarines, Aviation, Marine Corps, Special Operations, etc. At the time I didn’t think I would make a career out of it. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg’s academic rigors forced me to develop organizational skills, while also teaching me how to focus on important things and manage my time. I learned how rewarding hard work can be. I was also pushed by my fellow peers. I am a competitive person, so I would always try to get the highest grades, but competition was tough. It drove me to work harder, excel — to be excellent. Favorite Teacher Fr. Philip Eichner for Latin. Anyone that has had the opportunity to take his class will tell you it’s unlike any other class taught at the school. He didn’t teach at the high school level. He had a vast knowledge of the world, current and historical events, and several languages, and he brought all of this to bear during a 38 minute class. He taught me there is a lot more to learn than what is printed in a textbook. CAPTAIN PHIL MAURO ’03 Army National Guard

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Current Assignment I’m a part-time National Guardsman. I’m the commander of Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, stationed in Calhoun, GA. I was previously a Captain in the US Army. Inspiration I felt a strong call to be a part of history, rather than just watch it. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg definitely instilled in me a spirit of service and humility that has to this day had a great impact on my life. Favorite Teacher Fr. Philip Eichner, who taught us not only Latin, but also philosophy and history. H E AR T & M I N D

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LIEUTENANT MARY-ELYSE JANOWSKI '08 United States Naval Academy

Lt. Janowski ’08, above with her parents, John and Ellen, has successfully completed an arduous qualification process to earn the prestigious submarine warfare pin, also know as "Dolphins."

Current Assignment I am currently stationed in Bangor, Washington aboard the USS LOUISIANA (an Ohio class submarine) at the Trident Submarine Naval Base. The jobs I have held onboard so far have been as the Division officer for electrical division, reactor laboratories division, and auxiliary division as the damage control assistant. I am currently the Division officer of the IT division, mainly ensuring the security and prevention of leakage of secret or classified material. Inspiration I decided to join the Navy to better myself and challenge myself to become more well-rounded and just to give myself the experience of a lifetime. I didn't feel like the normal college experience was suited for me and I wanted to maintain a lot of structure and disciple in my life. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg helped prepare me for the challenges of serving by helping me develop a good moral compass that has directed me to make decisions to both better myself and the people around me. Our service strongly emphasized integrity, which for a lot of people can be challenging to live by. Many of the morals that became more well-developed by my time at Kellenberg were the major foundation blocks needed to walk in the doors of USNA. Favorite Teacher My favorite teacher at Kellenberg was my ever reliable swim coach, Ms. Ronan. She gave me nothing but courage and unwavering support during my four years of swimming under her leadership. She constantly provided each swimmer with positivity and a desire to do her best and win. Each morning before a big race she would send motivating notes to our homerooms and school spirited ribbons to wear in our hair. I just have so many great memories as part of my time swimming at Kellenberg. My training in high school has even led me to be team captain at USNA, as well as the athletic teams’ brigade commander over all athletic teams on the yard — all thanks to Ms. Ronan!

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Current Assignment I am currently the Squadron Operations Officer for Submarine Squadron Eleven in sunny San Diego, CA. Inspiration I had a few reasons, and not the least of which was the ROTC Scholarship covering my expenses. I think the main reason is the family ties. My father was active duty while I was at Kellenberg, and he served for over 26 years. Both of my grandfathers served, like many in their generation. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg helped reinforce all of the values needed to serve. A quote from ADM Jonathan Greenert, former Chief of Naval Operations: "It is your responsibility to meet the highest standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. Indeed, meeting these standards of conduct is as critical as meeting our high standards of material, personnel, and operational readiness.” He was addressing Commanding Officers but continued on to say that those standards should be expected of their Officers and Sailors. That is actually the hardest part of this job. Learning all of the systems, operations, intelligence and tactics is tedious, but we can all learn that with time and practice. Meeting the Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment on a day-to-day basis while doing everything else requires character. We need to have that drilled into us from our parents, teachers, coaches, and guidance counselors from day one. Favorite Teacher It’s unfair to make me pick only one, but… Bro. Nigel Pratt. He made learning fun. I think we learned a lot from him in class during Earth Science and Physics, but I think he made me learn a lot more on my own by challenging me to do better in Science Olympiad and Academic Quiz Bowl. I would have to say the same of both Mr. Huggard and Mr. Buckley. A K E L L E N B E RG M E M O R I A L FA M I LY P U B L I CAT I O N


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ENS Brodnansky ’10 wants to work with the Navy SEALs and/or in Search and Rescue, and plans on becoming a Forensic Medical Examiner upon return to civilian life.

Current Assignment I am currently an Officer in the IRR (Inactive Ready Reserve), and I will transition to Active Duty upon my graduation from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Right now my biggest job is to do well in medical school and become a physician. Inspiration I'm a recipient of a special military scholarship called the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program). Under this scholarship my medical schooling is being paid for by the US Navy, in return for my service as a Navy Physician following graduation. I decided to apply for this scholarship for several reasons. In addition to the obvious financial incentive, I am aware that the United States military provides the opportunity to gain valuable medical and leadership experience that sets a high standard of practice. I want to become the best physician I can be, and I know that the US Navy will be a very positive step in this direction. Finally, I see this as my way of using the skills I am developing every day in order to do my part and provide care to those that fight for our country. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg taught me three very important things. Firstly, I learned that there are things far bigger than myself out there, and that we must all come work together to create a better world. Facing the world and its problems alone is not how things get done. Secondly, I learned about leadership. In Kellenberg I had my first real taste of what it was like to step up and take a bigger role in guiding others to become the best they can be, making hard decisions, and becoming responsible on a far greater level. Lastly, I learned discipline. Without discipline, nothing would get accomplished. If we want to accomplish our goals, live our dreams, and make the world a better place (all the clichés in one sentence), we need to be able to have an idea, form a plan, and focus our efforts on that goal no matter what distractions or obstacles may present themselves. MAJOR JOHN NAUGHTON ’01 United States Marine Corps

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Current Assignment I am currently stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where I serve as Associate Chair of the Political Science Department. I teach a class called, “Politics of Irregular Warfare,” mentor midshipmen seeking a commission as a Marine Officer, and work with the men’s hockey team as an officer representative and assistant coach. Inspiration I can remember wanting to serve as far back as seventh grade, and wanting to be a part of something bigger than myself. I’ve always wanted to give back to the country that has given me so much, and to protect my family and friends. How Kellenberg Prepared You Firstly, my time at Kellenberg instilled in me the importance of being selfless. Marine Officers consider themselves to be “servant leaders,” meaning they strive to always put the well-being of their Marines before their own, and do whatever they can to help their Marines develop personally and professionally. Secondly, I distinctly remember reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning in Fr. Tom’s class, and taking away the invaluable lesson that no matter what adversity you may face in life, you can always choose to maintain a positive attitude. Both of these lessons learned at Kellenberg have helped prepare me for numerous challenges faced during my time in the Corps. Favorite Teacher Easy. Mr. Buckley. He’s extremely smart, passionate, hilarious, and genuinely cares about his students.

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Major Dueñas ‘01 says there was nothing like seeing his wife’s smile again after redeploying his Airborne Scout platoon back home after a 15 month deployment to Afghanistan.

Current Assignment Currently I am in Washington, DC as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. I am a Foreign Area Officer with a regional focus on Latin America, so after graduation I will represent the Army at U.S. embassies throughout the Western Hemisphere. Inspiration I was inspired by a strong sense of patriotism, which was heavily influenced by my father’s service in Vietnam and the events of 9/11. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg prepared me through its emphasis on self-discipline, ethical conduct, and rigorous learning habits, which were all key to my success during austere deployments to Afghanistan. Favorite Teacher My French teacher, Mr. Conrade, was my favorite because he had a great, dry sense of humor and was a personal mentor. ENSIGN ARTHUR CLINT MORALES ’11 United States Navy

ENS Morales ’11, pictured above with Billy Shirreffs ’11, enjoys seeing the world on deployment and providing a security presence in highly dangerous areas.

Current Assignment Currently stationed onboard the Guided Missile Destroyer USS GONZALEZ (DDG-66) homeported in Norfolk, VA at Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest Navy base. I am currently the Ordnance Officer and acting Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. I have just completed an eight month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East and Mediterranean. Inspiration To take part in the global fight against terrorism, ultimately for the protection of Americans and America. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg was superb at conveying a message of selflessness and moral responsibility. In high school I was essentially taught what was right and how to determine what was right. Kellenberg's constant emphasis of service and discipline prepared me for a military life more than anything else. Military training helps take care of the practical and tactical parts of daily life, but Kellenberg instilled in me early on that sense of service that is fundamental to the military. Favorite Teacher Bro. Nigel was my favorite teacher because he displayed the most consistent passion and love for his subject on a daily basis. He always taught with anecdotes and real world examples to supplement the material. This made his classes fascinating to me and my curiosity for the scientific world was expanded immensely because of it. LIEUTENANT RYAN MAHON ’08 United States Navy

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Current Assignment I got lucky and live on the beach in Virginia Beach. My home base is Naval Air Station Oceana, but I am currently deployed on the aircraft carrier USS EISENHOWER flying combat missions in Iraq and Syria. Inspiration I honestly don’t know, because since I was a little kid this has always been my plan. My mom would say it was because I watched Top Gun a thousand times, as well as the show, JAG. I thought everything about the military was cool, but I specifically wanted to fly jets and only for the Navy. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg taught me how to talk to people. I’m lucky that the job I have in the military allows me to be a clown when it’s time to spool down after a long flight, but serious when I have to be. A lot of people (with more guts than me) on the ground don’t have that same luxury. In high school you’re still really just a kid learning how to interact with other people… Kellenberg had a healthy social environment, and it gave me skills that benefitted me in college, and today as A K E L L E N B E RG M E M O R I A L FA M I LY P U B L I CAT I O N


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a LT with sailors below me. People are people and sometimes you have to drop the military rank role and just listen. Favorite Teacher Impossible to pick just one… Mr. Tahany, Mr. Heitner, Mr. Mauser, Mr. Fechtman, Mrs. Klimkowski, Mrs. Rizzuto, Mrs. Prosceo, Mr. Benintendi, Mr. A’Hearn, Mrs. Frem, Mr. Alfalla, Coach Von, and more. Your high school teachers/coaches lay the groundwork for how well you do in college. Even if you don’t remember a lot of what they taught you in class, you looked up to some of them like an older sibling or parental figure, and you’ll never forget them or the life lessons they taught you… and that’s immeasurable for your development as (what pilots call) a dude. 3/C ALICEN RÉ ’14 United States Coast Guard

3/c Rè hopes to be on a National Security Cutter involved in search and rescue and drug interdiction.

Current Assignment I attend the United States Coast Guard Academy where I major in Marine and Environmental Science. I attended Marion Military School for one year as an E2 (Seaman Apprentice). After the year of prep school I was accepted to the Academy. I am currently a 3/c (Sophomore). Inspiration I joined the armed forces because I wanted the chance to make a positive difference in the world and to have an adventure. How Kellenberg Prepared You The Kellenberg community that surrounded me was filled with positive, strong-willed, and genuinely caring people that were willing to help me at all times no matter what. Kellenberg instilled in me the positivity and selflessness that has gotten me this far today. Favorite Teacher Mr. Huggard was my favorite teacher! The lessons that I was taught in Morality, as well as in Sodality and on the volleyball court, are ones that I refer back to most often. As a student at a service academy, I am called to constantly be a leader. This requires me to make many decisions that I must obey myself. It was in Mr. Huggard’s class that I realized how important it is to be a servant leader, one who works among those they are leading and leads by example.

LIEUTENANT JG THOMAS RÉ ’10 United States Navy Reserve Current Assignment As a mariner, I don't have a permanent station. We are called to report aboard a ship as our equal positions aboard request a relief. I may end up in Australia or in Africa. I don't know until I get the plane ticket. My recent projects were rebuilding and re-automating a fast-support ammunition and fuel carrier in Mobile, Alabama. After that my most recent assignment was as a Third Officer aboard an ammunition carrier that traveled all over the Persian Gulf and the Far East. As a Mariner I'm a civilian, but in the US Navy Reserve I am a Lieutenant Junior Grade. Inspiration The armed forces are one of the few ways you can really make a difference in your own and other people's lives. I always wanted to captain a ship, and I always had a tremendous amount of respect for our veterans and what they have sacrificed to give us the life we enjoy today. How Kellenberg Prepared You Kellenberg taught me tremendous time management skills and gave me an incredible understanding of the importance of a strong work ethic. With neither, success in a life of service is not possible. Favorite Teacher Without a doubt it was my 9th grade English teacher and guidance counselor, Mrs. Marconi. Not only was she passionate about her career teaching English, but she made it very clear Lt. Rè learned about shipboard maintenance, fueling to me from day one that I needed to work very hard to succeed at an academy. She readily and ammo operations, as well as ship handling during invited me into her office for any questions I had and was beyond helpful. If I had to choose an immediate runner up or even a tie, it would be my 12th grade Latin teacher Fr. Philip Eichner. his 21 month deployment on two different ships. K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

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MR. KEVIN BUCKLEY Mr. Kevin Buckley, who spent nearly 30 years teaching history at Kellenberg Memorial, knew from when he was in high school that he was called to be a teacher. He began teaching at an all-boys school in Manhattan in 1972 before transitioning to Kellenberg (then St. Agnes Cathedral High School) in 1986. He says, “Even when I got killed in the classroom early in my transition from the city to Long Island, I knew I was supposed to be doing this.” Perhaps the only thing Mr. Buckley is better known for than his memorable history classes are the 40 years he spent coaching Cross Country and Track & Field. Whether coaching or teaching, Mr. Buckley’s focus was always on the students. He says, “Track athletes - both boys and girls - are a special breed. They can just focus and they tend to be the better students. If they’re not the greatest students, they tend to be hard working students.” Although he retired from teaching at Kellenberg in June 2016, Mr. Buckley is still involved with coaching, but now on a collegiate level as head coach of LIU-Post’s Cross Country and Track programs.

MR. WILLIAM MAUSER In June, Mr. William Mauser, a professional chemist-turned-educator, retired from KMHS after spending the past 28 years teaching a variety of science classes. Over the course of his tenure at Kellenberg Memorial, he taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. In addition to teaching, Mr. Mauser coached track for 14 years. He also served as moderator of the Chess Club for almost 20 years and moderator of the Weather Club for 10 years. Reflecting on his teaching career at Kellenberg, Mr. Mauser says, “I thoroughly enjoyed talking about a topic that I love with young and open minds every day. I also enjoyed meeting and helping the runners that I coached. And believe it or not, I would feel just as excited and happy about their success as they did. That applies to both in the classroom and on the track.”

MR. JAMES JONES - 50TH ANNIVERSARY No one except Mr. James Jones, who is a veteran member of Kellenberg Memorial’s Maintenance Staff, can say they’ve been here since before the building was actually built. Long before helping to keep the hallways of Kellenberg Memorial pristine, Mr. Jones was keeping the construction site that was to be Maria Regina Diocesan High School clean and orderly. Mr. Jones began work at 1400 Glenn Curtiss Boulevard in the spring of 1966. He split his time between the Maria Regina construction site and three other diocesan high school construction sites on Long Island. In the fall of 1966, he began full-time at Maria Regina High School and has stayed on through the building’s transition to St. Agnes Cathedral High School and, ultimately, Kellenberg Memorial High School. Reminiscing on the somewhat unorthodox arrival of the Marianist Brothers in 1987, which brought with it much carpentry equipment and many canine companions, Mr. Jones said, “I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go, but I’ve never seen anyone come quite like this.”

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makes you a better teacher. I think it’s important to be able to teach everything within your certification. It makes the program stronger. What has been the best part about teaching at Kellenberg? I love the kids to death, but if I had to say anything based on my own experience, it would be how remarkable this community is when things go wrong. The prayers and the help you get from this community are remarkable. When I had my mastectomy eight years ago, my father-in-law was dying at the same time. My co-workers provided a hot dinner for my family every night for a week. They literally fed my family when I was not able to do so. We really are a family and we take care of each other here. When things are going great, everywhere is wonderful. It’s when the chips are down that this place really comes through for you. It’s a remarkable place to work, and the administration is incredibly supportive. What do you hope to instill in your students? I would like for them to learn some math, but that’s not actually the biggest part of the

job. I would like for them to be the type of people that someday I want to become, for them to be the kind of people that I want my kids to marry, and that I want my kids to become. I want them to be kind. Our kids are so good with each other. I firmly believe we bring out the best in our kids. About twenty years ago, I was at the Senior Prom and all the couples were having their photos taken. One girl, who had gone alone to the prom, was standing waiting for her photo and one of her classmates left his date for a moment to hop in the picture with her. She died just a few months after graduation, and her sister-in-law told me at the wake that the photo from that evening was one of her most prized possessions. That’s the type of student we have here at Kellenberg. You can give a student a green slip here, and they’ll hold the door for you right after! I believe that good kids are good kids everywhere they go...I don’t believe that being a good kid is restricted to Catholic schools or this Catholic school. I think there are wonderful kids all over the world. But I think that this building brings out the absolute best in our kids. Do you have any advice for students or alumni who are facing obstacles in their lives? First of all, don’t forget that this place is a tremendous resource. People here will go out of their way to get you the help you need. You just have to be sure to take advantage of all the things this place has to offer, and, most importantly, don’t be shy about asking for help if you need it. What does the phrase, “Kellenberg Family,” mean to you? Family is a way of life in this building. People care for each other, even when no one is looking, even when it’s a big inconvenience. Family looks out for family, and that’s exactly what happens here time and time again.

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JUNE REUNIONS On Saturday, June 18, 2016, members of the classes of 2011, 2006, 2001, and 1996 returned to Kellenberg Memorial for their 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries, respectively. Firebird alumni enjoyed reuniting while reminiscing about the past and making new memories together. A.

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CLASS OF 1991 CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Over eighty members of Kellenberg Memorial's Class of 1991 reunited on September 10, 2016 to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The Firebird alumni in attendance enjoyed a Mass celebrated by Father Philip with current Kellenberg parents Jim Campbell '91, Andrea (Licari) Petrosky '91, and Sarah Gant '91 assisting with readings, followed by a jubilant cocktail party. The Class of 1991 was pleased to continue the tradition of a Class Gift that has been established by alumni which allows each class to donate money to the Kellenberg Memorial Shepherd’s Fund. To date, the members of the Class of 1991 have contributed a total of $3,263 to their Class Gift. Please visit www.kellenberg.org/shepherdsfund if you would like to contribute to the Class Gift! A.

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100 members of St. Agnes Cathedral High School’s Class of 1986 returned to campus on Saturday, October 15th to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Alumni gathered in the Millennium Room for an evening of food, drinks, reminiscing, and laughter.

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Carla Fields-Bell is a Regional Lending Specialist at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, where she has worked for the past 13 years. She is excited to report that Kellenberg is one of her daughter’s top choices for high school for fall 2017. Melissa (Cilia) Laughlin is currently a Medical Fraud and Major Case Consultant at The Hartford Insurance’s Special Investigative Unit. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. Melissa has a 14 year old son and a 19 year old son majoring in Homeland Security at St. John’s University. The family resides on Long Island. Claire (Galofaro) Morro is married with three children, the oldest of which is a freshman at Kellenberg. She worked for 13 years for Austrian Airlines before deciding to devote all her time to raising her children. Claire has been a longtime volunteer with her local PTA board. Bill Seydel and his wife of 22 years, Therese, are proud to announce their youngest daughter, Julia, is attending Coastal Carolina University and pursuing a degree in business. James,

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their middle child, is an operating engineer in Local 94 in Manhattan and is part of the team that keeps the 9/11 Memorial operating smoothly. Jaclyn, their oldest, has graduated from Stony Brook University and is pursuing her Masters degree in Education. Bill and Therese jointly own Stony Brook Beverage, and Bill also works at Riverhead Ford and Lincoln as a sales executive.

(Simon) Jean-Louis, a Senior Analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments, celebrated with fellow Firebird alumni at her 25th Reunion on September 10, 2016.  Wendy

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Brian Dunn retired in 2011 and is now an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer serving nonprofits and helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams. He and his wife, Amy, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

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Tim Bischoff recently started a new job at Davis Polk LLP as the Associate Director of Technology Support. He has been married for 20 years to his wife, Grace, and has two children, Julia, 15, and Michael, 12.

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two children, own and operate a commercial HVAC company, Maffucci & Son, Inc.

Christine (Chalupa) Maffucci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from St. John’s University. She and her husband, who have been married for 19 years and have

Linda Moroney has just completed two feature-length documentary films. She was a co-producer on The Last Dalai Lama?, which takes a fresh look at the historic confrontation between China and Tibet; his influence in political, spiritual, and educational spheres; and his personal feelings on aging, dying, and whether he will be the last Dalai Lama. She also directed and produced Turn the Page, which explores a literacy program at a county jail in Western New York for incarcerated parents and their children on the outside. In addition, she teaches documentary film at St. John Fisher College.

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Anthony Cogswell is celebrating his 20th year teaching children about animals. He spent the first 10 years after college teaching at the Bronx Zoo (1996-2005) and the past 11 years running his own business, The Nature Company (www.thenaturecompany.org). He brings live animals like chinchillas, snakes, chameleons, insects, and more into classrooms for nursery and elementary school students to meet and learn about. Stephanie (Eschenauer) Makar is the Clinical Project Manager for UCONN Health John Dempsey Hospital. In May 2016, she successfully managed the move of 100 patients into the hospital’s new patient care tower after years of building and managing the planning of the new patient care tower. Steph presented at the 2016 National Healthcare Symposium about building a new hospital and the teamwork approach to a successful move. She holds a Masters degree in Leadership and Healthcare Administration from Northeastern University, and will soon begin work on her second Masters degree from Boston University in Project Management. She and her husband, Joe, live in the Hartford, Connecticut area with their rescued lab and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

Tricia (Pezzino) and Mike Cooney, along with the two eldest of their three children, recently took part in a chili cook-off competition on The Chew. The family won a trip to Disney World!

Ryan and his wife, Erin, were married in January 2015. They recently moved to a new condo in Orange, NJ.  Kenneth

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(Manzo) Robalino currently serves as a Senior Vice President within Citigroup’s Tax Information Reporting department. She has been with Citigroup for 17 years. Gina has been married for eight years to Victor, who is an NYPD Detective. The couple has three children: Lorenzo (6), Victoria (3), and GianFranco (2).

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Melissa (Caputo) Gibson and Michael Gocke recently became engaged. Their wedding is planned for November 2017.

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Debbie (Green) Mucciolo and her husband, Dan, welcomed their daughter, Josephine, on July 21, 2015. Josie joined big brother, Andrew, who was born September 3, 2013, with mom and dad in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Debbie works as the Operational and Administrative Manager for Robert Half Executive Search.

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 Erin McHugh & Catherine

(Feminella) Bermudez, who both live in Pennsylvania, were pleasantly surprised to see each other recently at the PA American Council on Education Women’s Network, which promotes leadership in higher education.

Katie (Naughton) Bulloch married her husband, Rory, in April 2015. The couple, who resides in Glasgow, Scotland, welcomed their daughter, Isla, in December 2015. Katie is currently a Talent Acquisition Consultant for Skyscanner, a leading travel search company. Sharon (Brennan) Schwartz married Mark Schwartz on May 21, 2016. She currently works as an attorney for a large insurance company on Long Island. The couple resides in New Jersey. Dr. Vincente Calderon and his wife, Raquel, are expecting their first child, Kellenberg Memorial Class of 2035, Arizona Grace Calderon, in January 2017. Mario Calderon ’96 is excited to be a first time "FUN"cle! Bobby Kelly and his family welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Zara Elaine, in May 2016. Bobby is finishing his fellowship in Leadership and Preventive Medicine in New Hampshire, and will begin working as a family physician and healthcare leader this spring.

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Allison (Clark) Ayers welcomed her second daughter, Kelsey Elin, on July 10, 2016.

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John Marsala currently sits on the Board of Directors of the IGA Nephropathy Foundation of America, a non-profit, public health organization established in 2004 to better fund research with the objective of the eradicating IGA Nephropathy, a chronic kidney disease.

Nicholas Cutrone has two sons, Alexander and Christopher, with his wife of 13 years, Marianne. Nick has served as a middle school Social Studies teacher for the East Meadow School District for the past 15 years. He holds two Masters degrees in

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 George Camacho, O.F.M.

professed his final vows as a Franciscan friar on August 27, 2016. Pictured with him (from left to right) are Kellenberg Memorial alumni Kelly Gonzalez, Mariel (Badillo) Pacific and her son Michael, April Hobert, and Diane Paternostro '98. Adam Rossol, his wife, Nicole, and four year old son, Christian, recently moved to Merrick. Christian’s godfather is fellow alumnus Shaun Cullen.

Deirdre McKinnon recently went back to school to get her Intermediate Administration Certification and currently is a special education administrator for Bridgeport Public Schools. Deirdre continues to reside in Norwalk, CT.

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Erin Bates Ropelewski and her husband, Adam, welcomed their fourth daughter, Sloane Elizabeth, on April 12, 2016. They also recently moved to Camp Pendleton in Southern California, where Adam works as an officer in the U.S. Army. Erin is planning to work part-time as a nursing instructor at a local college once the family is settled. HEART & MIND

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Robert York and his wife, Peggy (Ranieri) York ’03, recently sent their son, Anthony, Kellenberg Memorial Class of ’31, off to his first day of nursery school!

Jon Gravina married his college sweetheart, Brianna Cardillo, in 2012. They met at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Jon and Bri are expecting their first child, a daughter, in November 2016.

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Christine (Carroll) Krisch married her husband, Luke, on August 29, 2015. Fr. Thomas Cardone celebrated the nuptial mass at Curé of Ars Church in Merrick. A reception followed at The Village Club of Sands Point. Kelly (Byrne) Croghan and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their second child, Owen Michael, in August. Owen joins big brother, Patrick Francis, who recently turned three years old. Patricia (Russell) Umhafer and her husband, Corey, welcomed twin boys on January 4, 2016. Anne-Marie (Renga) Weaver and her husband, Ben, welcomed their son, Charles, in April 2015. The family resides in Brooklyn.

Carolyn (McGann) Mize and her husband, Charlie, moved to Thimphu, Bhutan to work for one year with Health Volunteers Overseas in the Neonatal ICU and Emergency Department at the National Referral

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 Sally (Aratoon) & Chris-

topher Caley were married in Bellmore, NY this September. Ryan Dejak recently became the National Outreach Manager at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. He graduated from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA in 2008 before completing a conservatory program in Music Theater at AMDA in 2009.

Hospital. Natalie (Sena) Murray wrote, directed, and produced the short film, A Good Assistant, which has been announced as an official selection at the Yonkers Film Festival and the inaugural Sick Chick Flicks Festival. Previously the film was screened at the New York Filmmakers Showcase and won the Silver Award at the LA Neo Noir Film Festival. Natalie and her husband, Corey, continue to pro-

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Celine (Valerakis) Hayn and her husband, Thom, welcomed their second daughter, Beatrix Mary, on September 27, 2016. Beatrix joins big sister, Stella. Captain Phil Mauro recently accepted a position as a Senior Consultant with the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton. Phil is currently an MBA & MS student at Georgia Tech and the commander of Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard. Tim Sullivan proposed to his girlfriend of 10 years in February. He has been a locksmith for Nassau Community College for the past seven years. Elizabeth (Waters) Zanetti and her husband, Rich, welcomed their first child, Mary, on December 28, 2015. 28

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Sheehy and his wife, Kristen, welcomed a baby boy, Zander Michael, in September 2016. Zander joins big sister, Parker Agnes, who is nearly three years old.  Ryan

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William Alexander spent the last four years working abroad in South Africa and London. He returned to the United States this fall to pursue his MBA at the Harvard Business School. Chris D'Auria has been serving as the Career Consultant for the College of Education and College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University for three years as of August 2016. This semester, Chris began a doctorate program at TCU and is working towards earning his Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. Marissa (Grzybowski) Forenza married her husband, Michael, on August 19, 2016.

Kirk married Ashley Mack on August 21, 2016 at Lands End in Sayville, NY. Matt currently serves as Dean of Boys in Kellenberg Memorial's Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School. Nearly 40 members of the Kellenberg Memorial faculty and alumni family were present to celebrate the wedding festivities.  Matt

Laura (DiMarco) Tomaselli and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Luca Matthew DiMarco, in June 2016.

duce films as part of their production company, Sena Studios LLC. Justine Soto earned her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling in spring 2016. She recently got a job as a mental health counselor in Long Island City at a residential home for adults struggling with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. She is also working as a therapist at a center in Woodside.

Kaitlin Hansman married Thomas Burns of New Milford, New Jersey at Our Lady of Peace in Lynbrook on August 26, 2016. She graduated with her MBA from Adelphi University in May 2016.

Joyce and Paul O’Donoghue are engaged to be married on  Tara

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December 10, 2016. The nuptial mass will be celebrated at St. Aidan’s Church in Williston Park. There are eight Kellenberg Memorial alumni in the bridal party. Paul is an advertising operations manager for NBC Sports, while Tara is a news anchor at NBC Connecticut.

Jillian Troiano recently moved to Charleston, SC and is working at the College of Charleston with Aramark food service. In January 2016, she became engaged to Samuel Leshner, who is originally from Brooklyn.

Richard Meoli married his wife, Kristen, on September 24, 2016. Rich and Kristen are both avid country music fans and happened to meet in Nashville, TN at the CMA Country

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Walter Bishop recently start-

recently graduated from St. John's University with her doctoral degree in Psychology. She is currently working in a BOCES high school while studying for her NYS Licensing exam.  Brittany Soto, Psy.D.

(Seward) Paehr is a fourth grade teacher in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She and her husband, William, were married in 2015 and were recently blessed with the birth of their son, Lucas Stephen, in July 2016. Katie Ryan has been working at the TODAY Show on NBC as a Graphics Coordinating Producer for the past three years and recently won her second Emmy award.

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Scott Moore has been a part of the digital video team at World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. for the last two years as a YouTube Content Manager helping to run their popular channels, including WWE on YouTube and UpUpDownDown. He now resides in Valhalla, New York in Westchester County. Caitlyn Rosser recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Social Enterprise from American University and was hired in a new position at Calvert Foundation in Washington, DC.

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Leanne Kunkel has just begun her teaching career for Montgomery County Public Schools. She is currently teaching Health at Westland Middle School in Bethesda, MD. Jonathan Wright recently began an MBA in Accounting & Information Systems program at Hofstra University.

Music Fest in June 2013.

 Kaitlin

Sarah Kropac is a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School.

Veronica Zafonte graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in May 2015 and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Winthrop University Hospital in June 2016. She matched for PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, which is to be completed in July 2017.

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Thomas Alicanti graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in May 2015 as an

ed a job working in Intergovernmental Affairs for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.

Electrical Engineer. He is currently continuing his studies at NYIT, working owards his Masters in Energy

 Marcela Fernandez & Joseph Fiore

Management. Thomas works for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and recently became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Diana.

Thomas Varacalli received his doctorate in political science from Louisiana State University. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

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Samantha Castagna and Ryan Mahon were married in 2014. Sam graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in 2012 with a BSN in Nursing. Ryan, a lieutenant in the US Navy, attended Marquette University on a ROTC scholarship. Upon graduating MU with a degree in Physics in 2012, Ryan began his training as pilot and attended USN flight schools in Florida and Texas. The couple lives in Virginia Beach, where Ryan is stationed at Oceana Airbase. Jack Jamgochian will graduate in December with his second Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Farmingdale State College. He earned his first degree in Business Administration from the University of Scranton and plans to combine the two areas of study in the workplace following graduation.

were married on July 16, 2016 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Valley Stream, NY. Father Thomas Cardone, S.M. was the celebrant at their nuptial Mass. The couple met in homeroom in the sixth grade at Kellenberg Memorial’s Bro. Joseph C. Fox Latin School. Joseph and Marcela are now teachers at Kellenberg Memorial, as well as football and cheerleading coaches, respectively. The bridal party included Firebird alumni Nicholas Fiore '11, Aaron Codling '11, Katie Walsh '09, Cristin Franzitta '08, Adam Arthur '09, Endre Cooper '09, Daniel Brennan '09, Leonard Breton '99, Ann Fiore '13, and Sarah Fiore '15. Pictured are some of the many members of the Kellenberg Memorial community that were present at the wedding.

McCarthy was called on September 6, 2016 to pitch for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. He made his MLB debut on September 9, 2016.  Kevin

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Emma O’Connor has been named a Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar. Victory Scholars are offered places to continue their education and play the sports they love throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. Emma is currently studying at the University of Maynooth and playing for the Liffey Celtics Basketball Club in Ireland. In her senior season at Marist College, Emma led in points per game with 13.6, rebounds per game with 6.8, field goals made with 169, field goal percentage with 55.9 percent, and

under the tutelage of former Kellenberg track coach Kevin Buckley, ran as the second scorer for her squad.

blocks, helping lead the Red Foxes to their 10th overall and 9th consecutive MAAC Championship title.

University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in May 2016. Katie is now working as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

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Juliana Restivo graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology and started graduate school at Boston University pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. While finishing her MPH degree, she is also working full time as the Events & Communications Specialist for the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

Julianne DeLay recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently teaching a self-contained fourth grade class at Pugh Elementary School for the Houston Independent School District in Texas. Katie Sirna graduated from Fairfield

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Michael Granieri, who will graduate from Lafayette College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, has been accepted to Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Boffardi, who is currently a junior at Hofstra University studying Television & Film, served as a production assistant for ABC at the 2016 Presidential Debates. He got his start in production in the Kellenberg ETV Program!

Conroy ’12 and Dietrich Mosel ’14 ran to  Ashlin

outstanding performances on September 3, 2016 at Marist College’s Invitational at the Vassar College Farms course. Mosel, a junior at Marist, finished second overall on the rolling 5-kilometer course. Conroy, running as a fifth year grad student for LIU-Post 30

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Shaina Mompoint, who attends University at Buffalo and is majoring in Math and Economics, was recently selected to lead a volunteer group for spring break.

Russell, who is currently attending Fairfield University, received a visit from Chris Gerham, who is a freshman at Villanova University.  Alexa

Alexa and Chris are pictured above with Fr. Jeffrey Von Arx, S.J., President of Fairfield University, at Fairfield’s Presidential Ball. Chris is enjoying his first year at Villanova

Lauren Schmitt served as a National Media Volunteer for Fox News during the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26th.

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Gina Bowen is currently a sophomore at the Pennsylvania State University — State College, PA. She is majoring in Communications/PR. Lindsey Ehrhardt is enjoying her sophomore year at Loyola University Maryland while majoring in Psychology and playing on the Women’s Lacrosse team. She is a member of the Loyola Leadership Academy and the Loyola Greyhounds Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

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 Nick

Gabrielle Albig is enjoying her sophomore year at Marymount University, where she is majoring in Special Education. Along with her studies, she is playing lacrosse. She and the team are extremely excited for the season to start in the spring!

Christel-Remy Kuck is currently an Animal Science (Pre-Vet) Major at Cornell University. She is involved in the Pre-Vet Society, the Raptor Club, and Science Olympiad at Cornell. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister in the Cornell Catholic community. Christel is looking forward to seeing Bro. Nigel and the Kellenberg Science Olympiad team when they compete at Cornell!

Simons is enjoying her freshman year at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Bridget

Erin Leghart is a freshman at the University at Albany and a member of the Women's Lacrosse team. She is working hard in the classroom, as well as on the field. Christian Pettinato is studying Military Science University with hopes of an Infantry Officer in the National Guard.

currently at Hofstra becoming New York

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The souls of the faithful departed in the KMHS community remain in our prayers. Below are the names of those members who passed away from January 2016 until October 2016. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through Your mercy, rest in peace. Amen. Collin Ahrens, father of Matthew Moscato ’20 Dominick Bellizzi, father of Brother Joseph Bellizzi, S.M. Vincent Bitetto, grandfather of Tayler Mollitor ’10, Makenzi Mollitor ’15, and Jami Longo ’99; father of Jill Mollitor, KMHS staff Anthony Cantelmo, father of Anthony Cantelmo ’97

Stephen Cooney, father of Rachel Cooney ’19 Cristina O’Neill ’08

Honor Kopcienski, mother-in-law of Clark Blanton, KMHS faculty

Dave Daly, former KMHS Track Coach

James Kurinskas ’06

Gary Diana, father of Armond Diana Beausoleil ’21 and Alexander Diana ’06

Julie Monarchio, mother of Liam Monarchio ’15

Timothy Dowd, father of Aidan Dowd ’18 Karen Farrell, mother of Shauna Farrell ’02 and Deena Farrell ’11

Mary Murray, grandmother of Laurie Murray ’05 and Brian Murray ’07; mother of Barbara Lugar, KAPA Angela Neusch ’01

Curtis Fischer, father of Matthew Fischer ’10 and Christian Fischer ’11

Timothy O’Connor, father of Faith O’Connor ’18

Marlen Maria Garavito, mother of Ines Ramirez-Heitner ’97 and mother-in-law of John Heitner, KMHS faculty

John Thomann, Maria Regina ’82

Angela Griffo DiFilippi, grandmother of Michael Palladino ’12 and John Palladino ’12; mother of Jeannine Palladino

Tyler Jess Mulvaney, former KMHS student; cous-

Philip Hughes, sibling of Teresa Bohl, KMHS staff, and Brother Richard Hughes, S.M. (1958-2011)

and Mary O’Connor ’21 Jeannie Tomaselli, mother of Laura Tomaselli ’03, Christina Tomaselli ’06, and Stephen Tomaselli ’09 in of Christina Marks ’19 and Anne Marie Marks ’16 Lynn Wosleger, mother of Kirsten Wosleger ’12 Anthony Zimos, father of Marybeth Zimos ’24

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receive their iPads. At the present time, in my process does not come overnight, improvetwo Senior Latin classes, we are privileged ment in education is not by testing, but by to have iPads. At the beginning of the year, I improving teaching. The determination of said to my classes: “You know more about this our curriculum is based upon the experience iPad than I do; but I know more about Latin that our alumni have when they move on to than you do; so let’s make a deal!” It has been the collegiate scene. My constant question to quite a change in the teaching methodology, them is: “Were you prepared?” one that becomes more and more efficient STEM is another case altogether. It is and valuable as you get used to it. Our pushed by money from big business to turn students are experts at using it. I spent most our schools into institutes of technology. This of the summer changing the textbook that I is particularly challenging at a time when had created over the past thirty years onto the humanities, the development of the the iPad. Everything that you need is at your human person, and the education of the heart, fingertips, ready to be used and also ready are so much more important because of the to be changed at a moment’s notice. Brother disintegration of many parts of our social Kenneth informs me that after the first year culture. [Kellenberg Memorial and Chaminade of the iPad use in the Freshman Division two High School are the only two high schools years ago, the average grade of the Freshman on Long Island where four years of Science class rose about five points. Our Senior teachers are required for every student.] We believe are now busy creating the textbooks for next that the Science courses are not only geared year’s Senior class. to technology, but they form an integral part Our administration and faculty have been of the classical liberal education. To be an very involved in the educational ferment that educated person, particularly in today’s world, has been buzzing around the American edu- needs knowledge of our environment, of our cational scene. I refer to Common Core and to biological lives, of the chemical processes STEM. There has been much ink spilled about that constitute our world, and of matter and these two trends. As you know nationally, motion that Physics teaches us. These are there are many school districts that have opted very important factors in obtaining a rounded out of Common Core, while others have education that permits one to be involved adopted them. Kellenberg Memorial has meaningfully in modern society. Like the investigated these trends, particularly under Catholic Church, we are not “either/or” but the leadership of Mr. Kenneth Conrade. “both/and.” Other faculty members have been involved Another event that will take up a great deal in many different ways. We have found the of energy for our faculty is the investigation Common Core to be wonderful in its goal, by the accrediting agency NYSAIS – New idealistic and sophisticated; but very unreal York State Association of Independent in its methodologies. The goal is beautiful, but Schools.” This group deals solely with private it takes fifteen years to get there. The learning schools in their attempt to help these schools K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

become better by self-evaluation and by experience of other schools. The NYSAIS Program replaces the Middle States Evaluative Program. As you know, any of these evaluation programs require in-depth study of the different parts of Kellenberg Memorial High School. Our faculty is very busy in working out the different aspects under the leadership of Mr. Robert York. Reflection is always a good thing. We are happy to have NYSAIS aid us in this endeavor. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, our students rallied behind a massive food drive in association with Mr. Charlie Moran, the father of our teacher Mr. Shaun Moran. All of the food and money collected will be brought directly to Haiti by Friars of the Renewal. It was edifying to see the generous support from the student body. We invite you to visit our school website. It is kept up-to-date by contributions from many activity moderators and it is led by Mr. Eric Harnisch. Our transition to IT has been a constant concern for the KMHS staff over the past five years. We believe that we have made great strides in using this technology for our administration, our curriculum, and for our teaching methodologies. We realize that it is an evolving technology and will demand vigilance and prudence in its application. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

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