August 19, 2016
Family Bash Opens Weeks of Welcome
As the final days of summer vacation came to a close, students, parents, teachers and alumnae gathered at Fulton Alley for SMA’s 1st annual Family Bash. Part of a series of events to engage and excite new and returning students, the Family Bash was a lucky strike that included unlimited bowling, games and lots of food, and entertainment for everyone.
“Our Family Bash exceeded our expectations and was the perfect vehicle to officially kick off our Weeks of Welcome festivities,” said director of Student Affairs Lisa Ross, adding that it was great to see so many families, teachers and students having fun together. “Events such as this solidify our bond and increase the spirit of collaboration and community at our school.”Read More
August 24, 2016
Faculty Members Attend National Conference
SMA was well represented at the ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence held July 8-10 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. Joining thousands of educators from across the country, SMA faculty were introduced to new and innovative ideas to incorporate into their classrooms.
Bringing together top experts with the latest on teaching practice, including ASCD authors, faculty members, other educators and superintendents, the conference also featured more than 150 sessions providing practical teaching solutions spanning all grade levels and subjects.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 54 affiliate organizations.Read More
August 24, 2016
Assistant Principal Re-Elected to Leadership Position
Pamela M. Rogers was recently re-elected to the position of Southwest Regional Director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an international public service organization founded in 1913 with the goal of promoting academic excellence and providing assistance to those in need. The Southwest Region is comprised of 139 chapters in Arkansas, Louisiana, Jamaica, New Mexico and Texas. Pamela M. Rogers will provide leadership to the chapters in the Southwest Region as the organization’s five point programmatic thrust is implemented in the areas of, Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement , Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness and Involvement.
August 19, 2016
Amid all the catastrophic news of the devastating flooding in Louisiana, SMA students, parents and teachers gave of their resources to help families struggling to put their lives back in order. Collecting boxes of dry goods and assorted necessities, the students hope their benevolence will bring a glimmer of hope to those who have lost so much.
“Our Maryite family remembers the generosity of so many people who came to our aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” said SMA Mental Health Counselor Cathy Green-Miner, who organized the school-wide effort. “We are called to feed the poor and give comfort to the homeless and those in need.”
The boxes of non-perishable items were brought to St. Catherine of Sienna where a truck will deliver the donations to families in the affected areas.
From left to right: Sophomores Dominique Hagan, Daria Ball, Arletta Colar and Da’Ja’h Lawson helping Mrs. Miner pack food items for Flood victims
Cathy Green-Miner, LPC, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 21, 1965. The eighth child of nine, Cathy and her siblings were taught compassion and understanding. She spent her childhood fascinated with helping others and fixing things. Having lost both parents by the age of 12, she was educated in Catholic schools from elementary to high school and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1990, Cathy worked for Mobil Oil Corporation where she specialized in mechanical design and project management.
Mrs. Green-Miner, whose hobby is photography, works for Media Production Center, a media division of the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD). Cathy has traveled the world documenting the work of SVD priests and brothers through video and print. She helped produce videos for the SVDs and several other Catholic organizations including Xavier University of Louisiana, the Society of St. Joseph, the National Black Catholic Congress, the Knights of St. Peter Claver, Inc. and St. Mary’s Academy. Mrs. Green-Miner works on the editorial staff of the SVD publication, In A Word, a monthly newsletter for and about African American Catholics which is distributed to Black Catholic parishes around the United States.