School Notes


Mount St. Mary Students Analyze Hudson River in State DEC Event

Mount St. Mary College freshmen in the college’s First Year Experience Program served as mentors in teaming up with sixth-graders from San Miguel Academy in Newburgh to analyze the health of the Hudson River last month.

The Hudson River was tested for pH, turbidity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, nitrate and phosphorus levels as part of the annual New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Day in the Life of the Hudson River.”

A DEC representative was present to identify the fish caught by the students.

“The activity was a huge success; the students were very involved in the experiments. It was a fun change to teach rather than be taught the information,” said Mount St. Mary freshman RJ Maher.

The First-Year Experience Program fosters success for new students at Mount St. Mary, also located in Newburgh, as they start college.

San Miguel Academy, which opened in 2006, is a faith-based, independent middle school for boys in fifth to eighth grades from underserved families.

Manhattan Students Participate in Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Seven Manhattan College students were among more than 2,000 people at the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C., Nov. 4-6.

The teach-in, which looks at timely social justice issues in the context of Catholic faith tradition, focused on racism and immigration.

The event draws people, ages 16-22, from more than 120 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools and parishes in the United States, Canada, Mexico and El Salvador.

The 2017 theme, “Rowing Into the Deep: Magis Meets Justice,” had participants explore an authentic, courageous, generous and compassionate response to the changing realities of the world.

Aquinas Students Attend Lecture at Sloan Kettering

AP Biology students from Aquinas High School in the Bronx attended a lecture on major trends in modern cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan Nov. 8.

The students and their teacher, Kristin Sherwood, learned of the ground-breaking work and latest advances in cancer research from three researchers before Dr. Craig Thompson, president of Memorial Sloan Kettering, challenged the students by saying they will need to be the next wave of researchers answering today’s unanswered questions.

Aquinas offers an advanced science program paired with programs for students interested in the medical field.


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