The 2021-22 academic year ended with a fond sendoff for five Holy Angels faculty members, including three department heads, who opted to leave their full-time posts.
Academy of the Holy Angels
Academy of the Holy Angels was established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879 in New Jersey. The school was originally located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, but was moved to a 24-acre campus in Demarest, New Jersey, in 1965.
At the AHA Angelic Evening 2022, two women who exemplify enduring commitment to AHA were awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award. Sister Sharon Slear, SSND, received the Legacy Award, and Diane Oakley (AHA ’71) received the Distinguished Alumna Award.
The inaugural eighth grade class from the Academy of the Holy Angels Middle School celebrated their commencement in a sea of pale blue caps and gowns. The June 10, 2022, baccalaureate Mass and graduation were held at Saint Therese of Lisieux Church in Cresskill, NJ.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions group from the Academy of the Holy Angels hosted Ghost Day on March 29. Several SADD members dressed in black and remained silent for the day to honor those lost to destructive decisions.
“The best version of the world starts with the best version of me,” psychologist Dr. Linda Terry told the Academy of the Holy Angels on Awareness Day, an annual observance at AHA. Her keynote speech, “Me vs. My Anxiety,” was a highlight of this year’s exploration of multi-dimensional wellness.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting citizens in many nations, including two AHA students who recognize that peace cannot wait. Nicole Yakubov and Alexis Mysliwiec, founders of AHA’s Slavic-Baltic Cultural Society, stepped up during International Week, leading the school community in moving prayers for peace.
Stress can pull the joy out life, so students from the Academy of the Holy Angels developed a Self-Care Fair. Held on the morning of February 16, this student-led event included multiple positive strategies for coping with stress.
Academy of the Holy Angels trivia masters Jaqueline Arbogast, Ava Santoro, Maia German, and Alexis Mysliwiec brought home the top prize in the Second Annual SSND Trivia Night.
Father Paul Houlis from Our Lady Queen of Peace celebrated the Feb 1st liturgy for AHA Middle School. He commented on God calling Jeremiah, who believes he is too young for the task... “What matters most is what God thinks about us,” he said. “We’re made in God’s image…You are powerfully and wonderfully made.”
Three AHA students received the S. Catherine Green, SSND Kindness Award during the AHA's celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Each honoree was recognized for continuing the inspirational kindness for which S. Catherine Green, SSND, was known. Read on and discover how each of these young women impacts live at Holy Angels.
May 12 will be an Angelic Evening, a sparkling night of accolades for two accomplished women who exemplify steadfast support for the Academy of the Holy Angels. Sister Sharon Slear, SSND, and Diane Oakley (AHA ’71) will be honored for their commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of AHA.
On October 22, the Holy Angels community joyfully recalled the 188th anniversary of the establishment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The Foundation Day Prayer Service allowed the AHA community to look back to 1833, and resolve to move forward by living the SSND charism.