Demarest, NJ: The Alice Paul Chapter of Rho Kappa convened on November 15 for the organization’s twelfth annual induction ceremony.
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.
On Alumnae Weekend 2023, the Academy of the Holy Angels’ Classes of 1948, 1968, 1973, 1978, and 1983 reunited for landmark anniversaries. The two-day celebration also drew enthusiastic alumnae from many different classes and several states.
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For the first time, students from AHA Middle School received the Academy’s Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award alongside students from AHA Upper School. Students who receive this award continue the abiding kindness for which S. Catherine Green, SSND, was known.
Jodee Blanco, bullying survivor and author of The New York Times best-seller “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” brought her message of hope and forgiveness to the Academy of the Holy Angels on October 31. Her powerful, heartfelt seminar, “It’s NOT Just Joking Around,” focused on bullying survival and prevention.
The Holy Angels community celebrated the 190th anniversary of the establishment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame on Foundation Day (October 24, 2023). Angels in Grades 6-12, faculty, staff, and several School Sisters attended the morning prayer service that honored the origins and continuing ministries of AHA’s foundresses and sponsors.
First-year handbell ringers from the Academy of the Holy Angels Middle School are receiving expert tips and hands-on assistance from experienced eighth graders. The sixth graders clearly enjoy getting one-to-one assistance from the older Angels as they learn to play the bells and chimes.
The Academy of the Holy Angels just welcomed several new faculty and staff members. Please enjoy reading more about these dedicated professionals.
In just five days at the Academy of the Holy Angels, an enthusiastic group of Summer Experience participants learned to use binary code to decipher messages, explore color theory, write their own myths, and more!
Sister Carole Tabano, with the help of many others, celebrated the 100th birthday of Sister Henrice Eckert, who was born on June 23, 1923, and has been a School Sister of Notre Dame for nearly 80 years!
The month of June brought several changes to the Academy of the Holy Angels, including the retirements of several key staff members. Those who are leaving their posts include School Social Worker Sister Mary Foley, SSND, and campus ministry director and SSND Associate Kathleen Sylvester.
The Academy of the Holy Angels’ Class of 2023 engaged in a joyful celebration of individual and collective accomplishments and enduring friendships at the June 2 graduation exercises. The school community, family, and friends gathered to witness the 143rd Commencement and Baccalaureate Mass, which were held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.
Eva Zazzali, a sophomore at the Academy of the Holy Angels, just won the inaugural bergenPAC Executive Producer’s Award. Zazzali was recognized for her portrayal of Viola in AHA’s spring 2023 production of “Twelfth Night the Musical.” Awards were presented May 22 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood.
This year's Angels in the Arts celebration included scholarship presentations to graduating seniors AND the first induction for AHA's new chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Academic Dean Carmen Quiñones, Performing Arts Director Dan Mahoney, and Theater Director Katie Collins were on hand to congratulate the honorees.
Angelic Evening turned 25 this year, and the Holy Angels community celebrated with touches of silver decorations and gift bags. The Academy hosts this spectacular signature celebration each spring, demonstrating appreciation for AHA’s steadfast supporters while showing everyone a wonderful evening of prizes, dinner, and dancing
Service Day (May 3) was packed with opportunities for members of the Academy of the Holy Angels community to work together to improve the environment and assist people in need. Service Day is not just about hard work. Those who lend a hand do it with smiles, camaraderie, and generous hearts.
“All six girls competed against thousands of other DECA students from all 50 states, and nine other countries,” said AHA DECA Adviser Krystal Reilly. “We are so proud of how they all represented Holy Angels and the State of New Jersey.”
The doors to Holy Angels’ completely renovated, state-of-the-art auditorium opened wide on April 19 -- just in time for Grandparents’ Day and the Easter Liturgy. AHA President Melinda Hanlon and Principal Jean Miller beamed with joy as they cut the ribbons at both sets of doors to celebrate the reopening of the auditorium and music wing.
The Holy Angels community recently participated in Awareness Day, a time to build knowledge of themselves and the global community. Students at AHA Middle School examined peace on a personal level, while upper school students focused on “Waging Peace in a Divided World.”
Elise Tao may be glad to be back home in Upper Saddle River, but the Academy of the Holy Angels junior already misses the friends she made at the 16th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy.
Angelic Evening is turning 25 this year, and the Academy of the Holy Angels is ready to pull out all the stops! This signature celebration of AHA’s steadfast supporters is set for May 11, and will be held at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, NJ.
It's empowering to have a seat at the table, especially when you're among the distinguished guests at the 67th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. AHA's student representatives were guests of Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia, SSND, director of the SSND UN-NGO Office.
Enduring memories are the mark of each thought-provoking Mission Awareness Process trip. Just ask the travelers from the Academy of the Holy Angels, who recently spent a week at the Arizona-Mexico border. Angels visited both sides of the international border on their quest to learn more about the immigration issue.
Game, set, and match: Erin Ha. This Tenafly teen just signed her letter of intent to play tennis for the Yale Bulldogs. Her February 17 signing ceremony was held at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where Ha is midway through her senior year. Those in attendance included teammates, classmates, and Ha’s parents Karen and David.