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Posted by Justin Calderone on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Holy Family Academy students Riyan and Baubi are reaping the benefits of the Investing Now program, which is run by The University of Pittsburgh. The program is celebrating its 30th year as a college preparatory program that recognizes and supports high academic performance from secondary students that are historically unrepresented in STEM careers. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for post-secondary STEM classes and careers.  Roughly 175 students participate in the program... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
On Monday February 12th Bishop David Zubick visited Holy Family Academy. The Bishop celebrated mass at the campus chapel with the HFA staff and students. His sermon focused on the importance of maintaining Christian faith and values in the face of public opposition.  After mass, the Bishop toured the school and visited several classrooms. He was very impressed with the innovative atmosphere of the classrooms as well as student engagement.  The visit ended with Bishop Zubick meeting with HFA... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Friday, February 9, 2018
Holy Family Academy students are hard at work developing their artistic side.  Every Friday morning, a group of HFA students get in touch with their artistic talents at Manchester Craftsman's Guild. The Guild is a non-profit center that offers instructor driven training in several creative disciplines, including: ceramics, painting, music and digital art.  "The ceramics class is my favorite" said HFA freshman Katie "It really helps to develop my creativity, and I've become more patient... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Friday, February 9, 2018
Mockups is fast-paced, design thinking card game created to help build rapid prototypes and solve even the most difficult challenge. Ms. Jennifer Lanas and her students are playtesting the card game for the College of Education at West Liberty University, a college in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Earlier this year, Lanas facilitated a series of maker-ed workshops for pre-service teachers in the University’s Center for Arts Education. Her work at West Liberty focuses on utilizing... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Monday, January 29, 2018
For the third year in a row, Holy Family Academy students recently participated in The Hour of Code.  The Hour Of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.  In 2017, the week it was... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Monday, January 29, 2018
Holy Family Academy students are employed as interns at companies throughout Pittsburgh. Here is a recent compilation of praise for the hard work our students are demonstrating at their worksites: Adarian '18 "Adarian is a consistent pleasure to work with. We discovered that one our program ideas was not going to work and he spent some time researching alternatives and came up with several creative suggestions that we will explore further." - Robert Morris University Hayden '19 "Hayden is very... Read More
Posted by Dr. Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri on Friday, January 26, 2018
A Message from our Head of School, Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri, in regards to the use of soft skills at Holy Family Academy, was recently published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  READ MORE  
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018
Holy Family Academy was recently highlighted in two articles about student-centered learning and project based learning by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that serves educators interested in better use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services. HFA... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Friday, January 12, 2018
Giant Eagle, one of the largest retailers in America, is thrilled with Rickayla, their Holy Family Academy intern.  "Rickayla is very intelligent. She is an asset to my department. She really focuses on understanding her work and asks great questions. We are fortunate to have her with us" Giant Eagle wrote in a statement to Holy Family Academy.  The Holy Family Academy internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top... Read More
Posted by Justin Calderone on Friday, January 12, 2018
Holy Family Academy teacher Marlee Flaherty recently won a trip to Spain through the Classrooms Without Borders program. According to the  Classrooms Without Borders site "CWB is a premier provider of experiential, extended-term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh region. Offering unique travel experiences enriched with academic literature and direct application to classroom instruction, CWB prides itself on offering comprehensive seminars with a breadth and... Read More