This past Sunday senior, Emmett Sheehan, joined faculty member Greg Lendeck and members of the bee conservation organization Sweet Beez, in introducing about 2,000 Italian honeybees, Apis mallifera lingustica, to McQuaid's new rooftop bee hive. This is a venture, worked on by the students in the Biodiversity Project, that has been in the works since September and thankfully has come to fruition with the support of principal Adam Baber and president Fr. Reiser.
The intention is to allow students access, via the classroom or an extracurricular, to the most visible keystone pollinator species - an indicator species - that is facing a perilous decline due to a number of interlinking variables; highlight to the Monroe County area another of McQuaid Jesuit's efforts in caring for God's creation; and provide another colony a safe space to prosper using conservation and education to support these incredible creatures we depend so much upon.
There are no plans for the school of any clubs to become honey producers. This experiment is about conservation - exploitation will need to wait. All of the honey will stay with the bees this year to allow them to become established. Perhaps a small quantity will be stolen from them next year.
to alleviate concerns, Lendeck says that no one on campus will notice an influx in bees either outside or inside the classroom. He also says anyone with a bee allergy need not be concerned. If anyone in the community feel any personal anxiety Lendeck would enjoy meeting with you and hopefully allay any worries you may have. He also would be happy to present them to you in person if you're so inclined.
McQuaid Jesuit will welcome back members of the class of 2015 for its inaugural Young Alumni Day on Monday, January 11, 2016. It will be an opportunity for our most recent graduates to represent their college/university in a "fair-like" setting to allow current sophomores, juniors, and seniors to ask questions and gain information on schools they may be interested in attending. We believe it's a great opportunity for our current students to hear first-hand the perspective of a McQuaid graduate who recently went through the entire college transition process.
The event will take place in Keenan Hall from 10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
McQuaid Jesuit held its annual Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the John H. Ryan Jr. Gymnasium. A sold out crowd of 330 attended the event in which awards were given across several categories. The 2016-17 Teacher of the Year is Andrew Boone.
the McQuaid student body votes for a “Teacher of the Year,” recognizing a teacher they feel reflects the unique vision and character of the school by modeling for them the characteristics set forth in the profile of a McQuaid Jesuit graduate at graduation: openness to growth; intellectual competence; faith; care and love for students; and a commitment to justice. This year’s recipient, Andrew Boone, spent 19 years teaching, leading, directing, and inspiring hundreds of young men.
An English teacher, Andrew showed his students how to build a love for writing and an appreciation for literature, all while captivating them each day by his command of the classroom and his unique ability to bring life and energy to the subject. Many students have said without hesitation that Andrew was the best English teacher they had at McQuaid and even in college. So it comes as no surprise that this is the second time Andrew has received this award; he also was selected Teacher of the Year in 2011.
When not teaching English, he always was involved with student theatrical productions, directing or overseeing countless shows throughout the years. The complete “Man for Others,” Andrew led numerous Emmaus and Kairos retreats during his 19 years, guiding students as they took part in some of their most meaningful high school experiences.
The 2016-17 academic year was the last for Andrew, as he retired to South Carolina following graduation. Along with the “Teacher of the Year” recognition, he was named an Honorary Member of McQuaid Jesuit’s Class of 2017 at Commencement in June ― a fitting tribute to a deserving and much beloved McQuaid legend.
The school robotics team, the IgKNIGHTers, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Xylem as sponsor of the Let’s Solve Water contest. The contest kickoff event will take place in the Leon Hogenkamp, S.J. Auditorium Saturday, September 23 at 9 a.m. All members of the school community are invited to attend along with the numerous local high school teams who will be competing for a prize.
This year’s water contest challenges local high school robotics teams to solve a water engineering problem. Past contests have included developing low energy/high efficiency pumps, designing and creating water filtration devices, and human powered water solutions. The contest focus is on continuing the ambitions of the Xylem Watermark program which aims to, “bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools and communities in emerging markets, and respond with water solutions when disaster strikes around the globe.” In total, four $1,000 prizes will be awarded to winning contest participants at the finals October 14.
The IgKNIGHTers are proud to be a part of creating a contest that not only supports local robotics teams, but educates students about real-world water sustainability issues facing many in the developing world. This contest is about developing interest in emerging STEM areas and cultivating a social awareness of some of the world’s most important sustainability issues.
Xylem is a leading water technology company committed to "solving water" by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world's water, wastewater and energy needs. In a world of ever-growing challenges, Xylem delivers innovative water technology solutions throughout the cycle of water.
McQuaid Jesuit's newest faculty and staff members spent the last week of August in orientation preparing for the start of the 2017-18 academic year as well as learning about McQuaid and its Jesuit mission. From left to right: Joe Dugan, '08 (English), Patrick Flaherty (Campus Ministry), Mark Thomey, '89 (Receptionist), Patrick DePippo, '05 (English), Mark Bruce (Guidance), and Vanessa Bucukovski (Foreign Language).
Mr. Mark Bruce joins the Guidance and Counseling office as a Middle School Counselor. A Fairport native, Mr. Bruce earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Mr. Bruce worked previously at Webster Schroeder High School and Leadership Academy for Young Men.
Mr. Patrick DePippo ’05 returns to his alma mater as an English teacher. After earning his Bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University, Mr. DePippo served as a founding member of the faculty at Nativity Preparatory Academy in Rochester, where he returned after earning his Masters degree at Fordham. He has taught at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City and at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester.
Mr. Joseph Dugan ’08 also returns to his alma mater as an English teacher. Mr. Dugan earned his Bachelor’s degree at Washington and Jefferson College and his Master’s degree at SUNY Brockport. He is no stranger to our campus, serving as a coach in the hockey and baseball programs. Mr. Dugan also served as a long-term substitute in our English department at the end of last school year.
Mr. Patrick Flaherty will serve as Director of Service and Justice. Mr. Flaherty is a native of Maryland and is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School, the Jesuit high school of Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Rochester, he served as Resource Coordinator for Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Flaherty earned his Bachelor’s degree at Mt. Saint Mary’s University.
Ms. Vanessa Mangovski has been hired as our new Spanish teacher. She is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan and Syracuse Universities. This is not the first time in the McQuaid Jesuit classroom for Ms. Mangovski, as she served as a student teacher here in 2013.
Mr. Mark Thomey ’89 has joined the school on a full-time basis as the new front door receptionist. Mark has served for many years as a proctor and substitute teacher and is a familiar face to many, especially those in the volleyball program where he is an assistant coach.
On June 15, 140 eighth graders celebrated their completion of middle school with a ceremony held in the school gymnasium. Congratulations to Caleb Hwang who received a gold key for attaining the highest average in the class throughout middle school and Philip Minnehan who received a silver key for attaining the second highest average. Henry Smith and Jude Aman were selected to give reflections and they may be viewed below.
During Commencement, classmates Conor Dalton and Andrew Molinari gave reflections on their time at McQuaid Jesuit. Each was selected to speak by their classmates and the faculty.
Congratulations to sophomore Gabe Gelke who won the 2017 Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wachtel literary award grand prize for his essay Mike Krzyzewski: A Proud Polish-American. The Literary Awards was established to foster the endeavors of Polish American Youth in the fields of journalism and/or literature. Click here to read Gabe's essay.
The 152 members of McQuaid Jesuit's Class of 2017 the Eastman Theatre stage Sunday, June 4 and will head off to 76 colleges and universities both near and far. The most popular choice for this year's class is the Rochester Institute of Technology as 10 graduates will begin studies there this fall. Nine graduates will head to Cincinnati and continue their Jesuit education by attending Xavier University. Other popular Jesuit schools for this year's class include Boston College (3), Georgetown University (3), and John Carroll University (5).
In addition, a number of scholarships and grants were offered to member of this year's class as a result of their academic ability and extracurricular involvement. To date, the class has accumulated scholarship offers totaling $28,745,916.
List of colleges and universities members of the Class of 2017 will attend
|Arizona State University||Moody Bible Institute|
|Ball State University||Nazareth College - 2|
|Belmont Abbey University||Niagara University|
|Belmont University - 2||Northeastern University|
|Binghamton University||Ohio Northern University|
|Boston College - 5||Pepperdine University - 2|
|Boston University - 2||Providence College|
|Bradley University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Brigham Young University||Rochester Institute of Technology - 10|
|Brigham Young University - Idaho||Saint Francis University|
|Brooklyn College of the CUNY||Saint Joseph's University - 2|
|Canisius College - 2||Seton Hall University|
|Case Western Reserve University||Seton Hill University|
|Cazenovia College||St. Bonaventure University - 4|
|Clarkson University||St. John Fisher College - 2|
|Colgate University||St. Lawrence University|
|College of the Holy Cross - 3||St. Petersburgh College|
|Cornell University - 3||Stony Brook University|
|Davidson College||SUNY Alfred State College|
|Duquesne University||SUNY Buffalo State College|
|Endicott College||SUNY College at Brockport|
|Finger Lakes Community College||SUNY Fredonia|
|Florida Institute of Technology||Syracuse University - 3|
|Fordham University - 2||The Ohio State University - 2|
|George Mason University||The University of Akron|
|Georgetown University - 3||The University of Alabama|
|High Point University - 2||The University of Arizona|
|Indiana University at Bloomington - 4||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|John Carroll University - 5||United States Military Academy - 2|
|Le Moyne College - 5||University at Buffalo The State University of New York - 4|
|Loyola Marymount University||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Loyola University Maryland - 2||University of Dayton|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||University of Kansas|
|Marquette University||University of Notre Dame - 3|
|Miami University, Oxford||University of Pittsburgh - 7|
|Milford Academy New Berlin||University of Rochester - 2|
|Monroe Community College - 8||Virginia Tech|
|Montana State University||Xavier University - 9|
Senior Greg Heiler took a job caddying at Oak Hill Country Club to pay his tuition at McQuaid. In March, he received a letter notifying him he was the recipient of the Evans Scholarship for caddies. His room, board and tuition at the University of Kansas will be paid for as long as he keeps up his grades and keeps caddying during the summer. Click here to see the story 13WHAM-TV did on him.