On Friday evening, June 11, 2021, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy held commencement exercises for its graduating Eighth Grade class in the parish church. Principal Stanley Steele welcomed those in attendance, and Our Lady of Fatima Church Pastor, Reverend Reginald Norman, celebrated the Graduation Mass and offered a homily. Susan Miller Kaiser, parent of one of the graduates, gave the commencement address, and Principal Steele, Reverend Norman, and Mathematics Teacher Geri Galasso presented the graduates with their diplomas.
OLFCA proudly announces the members of the Class of 2021: Jacobo Betancur, William Earls, Juan Garcia, Abigail Jones, Colin Kaiser, Ryan McMahon, Crina Pariza, Maxime Roberge, Adriana Salageanu, Jack Sargeant, and Chloe Thompson.
As part of the commencement, the Eugene Rooney Award was presented to Ryan McMahon, School Board Scholarships were awarded to Jacobo Betancur and Adriana Salageanu, and Maxime Roberge was recognized with The Phillip Lauria, Jr. Memorial Award.
The graduates have committed to attend the following Connecticut high schools (listed alphabetically): Fairfield College Preparatory School, Hopkins School, P-Tech Norwalk, Saint Joseph High School-Trumbull, and Wilton High School.
During his commencement remarks, Principal Steele lauded the students and faculty for completing a full year of in-person, full-time learning under historic circumstances. Speaking about the safety plans instituted and the full cooperation of students and their families, Principal Steele said, “Our school was well positioned for these unusual times. We offer a Personalized Approach to Learning, and due to our small classroom sizes and the efforts of all involved we achieved our goal of being here and learning together.”
OLFCA encountered a budget shortfall in 2020 as COVID hindered the school’s normal fundraising activities. Following a successful appeal for funds, the school now reports expanded enrollment for the upcoming academic year.
Photo caption: Pictured with Graduates: Reverend Reginald Norman, Our Lady of Fatima Church Pastor (far left seated); Geri Galasso, Middle School Mathematics Teacher (far left standing); Stanley Steele, Principal (far right seated).
Photo used with permission from Gina O’Sullivan.
About Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy is a co-educational, National Blue Ribbon School that provides Pre-K 3 through Grade 8 education. Built on a Personalized Approach to Learning, OLFCA blends classroom and small group instruction with technology to provide enriched education that is fluid, flexible, and tailored to the ability of each student. OLFCA’s faith-based community nurtures the whole child and emphasizes strong moral values and respect for self and others, while multi-age, child-centered classrooms provide an environment for optimal, customized learning.
Registration for 2021-2022 is ongoing. Virtual tours and additional information are available on the school’s website, www.olfacademy.org. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy is located at 225 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. For more information, contact Principal Stanley Steele at email@example.com.