BROOKLYN EDUCATION: Week of June 9, 2011

Congratulations to the Math Club at VisitationAcademy for achieving Gold Level Status in the nationalMATHCOUNTS Club Program. MATHCOUNTS is a mathenrichment program designed to inspire excellence and curiosity inmiddle-school students.

Coached by math teacher,Loretta DeLorenzo To achieve GoldLevel Status, the students must complete five monthly challengesand achieve a score of 80 percent or higher on the program’sUltimate Math Challenge. Each math challenge containscreative problems that cover a wide range of mathtopics.


Music is in the air at Saint Bernadette School inDyker Heights. In a unique music program, students ingrades four through eight have the opportunity to participate inthe handbell choir. Under the direction ofLynn Truncale of the Paul Effman MusicCompany, approximately 20 students practice every Fridayafternoon to perfect the sound of two octaves ofhandbells. The bells were obtained through ananonymous donor. This year marked the debut of theprogram, and the students performed in two concerts for theschool. This handbell choir was the dream of schoolprincipal, Sister Joan Di Rienzo There are plans for the handbell choirto broaden its audience next year. We look forward tohearing you!


I recently attended the Commencement Ceremonies of SienaCollege in Albany, New York, and watched formerBrooklynite, Dr. Anthony FauciDr. Fauci began his education right here atSaint Bernadette School.

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Fontbonne Hall Academy’s Athletic Director,Donna Schirripa The school recently celebrated severaltalented coaches and student-athletes who contributed to anotherwinning season.

Kudos to Soccer CoachVictor Popovsky Katie Henderson ’11 andColleen Ryan ’11 were named to the All-city Team,with honorable mention going to Rachel Gersh ’12and Kristiana Padavona ’12. CoachLinda Strong received honorable mention as CHSAACoach of the Year for Girls Volleyball.Lauren GaNun ’12 and Katie Lang’12 were named to the All-city Team and AmandaGlodowski ’11 received honorable mention. JVBasketball Coach Anthony Bartholemeo was alsonamed Coach of the Year.

Congratulations toAmy Clavin Go Bonnies!

Juliette Piccini Tuganderattended Visitation Academy andFontbonne Hall Academy. She currently resides in Dyker Heights withher husband and two daughters, one of whom is in elementary school;the other will be starting high school in thefall.

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