Reflections of a First Year Principal

Dear Students of Assumption Catholic School,

It is with a heart filled with joy, excitement, and gratitude that I reminisce about our 2017-2018 school year. As my first year as principal, I had many projects and ideas in mind and could not wait for the school year to start. Yet, as I greeted each of you on the first day of school, I quickly realized that God had a different plan and a much faster paced one!

As the school year started we welcomed new teachers: Mrs. Cooper, Mr. Wythe, Miss Martinez and Mrs. Stearns. We quickly formed new relationships with both the Liberty Science Center and Apple Education, which allowed us to have new learning experiences. In addition to the existing ACS clubs, your teachers started: Jr. and Sr. Stackers, Food Club, and Math Survivors. We added two new SmartBoards, new access points and a firewall, 25 new Chromebooks, Studies Weekly for Science, and brand new STEM and Science kits. Surely, we can’t forget the new front doors! Behind the scenes, ACS teachers attended over 30 hours of professional development!

Just take a look at the highlights from this year. We raised close to $16,000 with A Back to School BBQ and our annual Christmas Bazaar. Community Outreach projects raised awareness of those in need and included: the Ukrainian Orphanage Backpack Donation Drive, Perth Amboy Clean Up Days, Thanksgiving Food Drive, the “Souper” Bowl Drive, and the Dominican and Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Drive. Catholic Schools Week Activities consisted of visits from Perth Amboy Police and Fire Departments, Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest and who can forget the teachers’ victory over the 8th graders at the student-teacher basketball game. Social activities such as Grand Falloons presentation, Dental Hygiene presentation, Spring Concert, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance, student bowling & track awards, End of Year School Picnic and of course Graduation rounded out the year. It was a busy school year and so productive! Throughout it all, we recognized our dedicated Pastor, Sisters, and Deacon and their unwavering commitment to consecrated life. 

This beautiful school year would not have been possible without the dedicated teachers who work so hard and give so much of themselves. They are the driving force for our success and for our school’s mission. I thank my dedicated Vice Principal, Sister Yosaphata, who has seen all the changes that ACS has gone through and with courage and commitment continues to work towards our mission. None of this would have been possible without Father Ivan. Through his love and his allegiance to our school, he has allowed me to introduce new projects, new innovative technology and has consistently supported this growing new chapter for us! 

In closing, to the ACS Class of 2018, as you start high school and continue your academic careers, may God always protect you and our Blessed Mother always offer you her protection. Always remember, ACS is your home and we are your biggest supporters. Congratulations!

God Bless, 
Mrs. Lissette Shumny
Principal – Assumption Catholic School