To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Pre-K to 8th Grade New Families

Welcome to the Academy! This page is just for you. As we move through the summer, check back to find helpful resources and additional information.

Other Important Information

2018-2019 Key Dates

NOTES: Additional Faculty Professional Days and Parent-Teacher Conferences are TBA. Planning dates are tentative and subject to change as deemed necessary by the administration.

August 8-10Faculty Professional Days

August 13-14Student Orientation Days
August 15First Day of School
September 3Labor Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
November 19-23Thanksgiving Break - No School
(School Closed November 21-23)
December 21Noon Dismissal
December 24-January 4Christmas Break - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 7School Re-opens
January 21Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
February 15Faculty Professional Day - No School
February 18President's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
March 10-16HS Mission Trips
March 18Faculty Professional Day - No School
April 15-22Easter/Spring Break - No School
(School Closed April 18-22)
May 24Last Day of School
May 28-30Faculty Professional Days

2:1 Technology Program (grades 5-8)

All middle school students use both a 13" MacBook Air and iPad. They will purchase these devices through the school at a prorated, subsidized cost of $1,300 plus the cost of the selected iPad case. Each student will be billed $325 per year for four years. The devices come loaded with software and are insured by the school.

New students in grades 6-12, including girls rising from the 8th grade, may pick up their MacBook and iPad during the week of July 30 through August 3rd from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, August 1st, you may pick up until 5:00 p.m. Plan to allow approximately 10 minutes per each device getting picked up.

Please note that rising 5th-graders will be issued their MacBook and iPad during the first week of school.

If you have not already done so, please be sure the Apple ID Consent Form has been filled out and returned to school by July 15th. This form is available in your My BackPack account.

Email any questions to , Director of Technology.

AHN "Vocabulary"

Academy of the Holy Names “Dictionary”

2-to-1 – Students in the middle school each have a personal Mac and iPad. Having two pieces of technology per student makes us a 2-to-1 program.

Academic Resource Time – In the middle school, most days end with a ½-hour time period in which students can meet with teachers for extra support or can attend a study hall to get a head start on homework. You will hear this referred to as ART.

Academy Cup – This is an intermural tournament held in the spring each year. 7th and 8th grade homerooms compete to be the soccer and/or kickball champions. 5th and 6th grade cheer on their assigned buddy room, and the whole school gathers to watch the finals between the winning 7th grade homeroom and the winning 8th grade homeroom.

Advisory – This is what homeroom time is called in the middle school.

AHN, Academy – Both are short-hand for the Academy of the Holy Names.

All-School Mass – Held in the Brady Center, these Masses are attended by all grades, pre-K to 12th. Students in PreK to 4th grade should be sure to wear their school uniforms on this day even if they have PE. The dates for these special events are found on the calendar which is found on the website. All are welcome to attend. Parking is available along the West Drive.

Ambassadors – A group of high school students that assist the Director of Admissions for recruiting purposes and who help support special events.

Attendance Line – We ask that parents call the school if their child is going to be absent. Parents can leave your message on the attendance line, which is extension 525.

Bailey Family Center for the Arts – This new building was opened the spring of 2017 and houses the fine arts classes (visual arts, music, and drama) for our 1st through 8th graders and the high school students. The new 350-seat theatre is state-of-the-art!

Blessed Marie Rose – The foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary; her given name was Eulalie Durocher.

Block Schedule – Starting in 5th grade, the schedule is a “block schedule.” There are many different versions of a block schedule. In ours, students have four classes each day on an alternating basis.

Blue and Gold – The school colors

Blue and Gold Days – In the middle school each day is delineated as either a “blue day” or a “gold day.” This allows students to know which classes they will have each day.

Brady Center – This is the building that is along the West Drive of the school, which serves many purposes from being a lunch room to hosting graduation. It can be split into two sections, referred to as Brady Center North or Brady Center South.

Clothes Closet – Gently worn school and PE uniforms are available through this “store,” which is run by the Mothers Association. Dates and times when it is open will be communicated throughout the school year.

Courtyard – The area between the Brady Center and the Middle School building.

CPR – Three to four days a week, middle school students have extended advisory times during which they participate in “CPR.” Students gather in a circle and greet each other and then participate in activities that aim to build community amongst the students and faculty. This time is also used to have students set goals and to reflect on their progress towards those goals. As the year progresses, students also begin to develop leadership skills by developing and leading CPR activities and conversations. This advisory program has the goal of helping middle school students fulfill their needs for positive relationships, autonomy, competence, and fun!

Dads Club – This organization is for all dads. Meetings are normally held on campus after work hours and will be noted on the school calendar. This is a great way for dads to meet other dads and to help support the school and its programs.

E-News – This weekly parent email is our main form of communication. Be sure to check your email each Thursday of the school year for it. If one or both parents are not receiving it or you have any other issues, feel free to contact Emily Wise at

Early Bird – Pre-K to 4th-grade students are permitted to go to classrooms at 7:45 a.m. each day (8:30 on Wednesdays). Students who arrive earlier than that congregate in the Brady Center for “early bird.” This free service is offered each day starting at 7:00 a.m. Middle school students have the privilege of congregating in the courtyard from 7:00-7:30 a.m. and are then allowed to come into the MS building at 7:30.

Electives – Students in 7th and 8th grade are given the opportunity to choose a fine arts class to be their elective for the school year.

ES, LS, MS – On the calendar and in different publications you will see these abbreviations used. ES (Elementary School) refers to all grades pre-K to 8. LS (Lower School) events are ones that are for pre-K to 4. MS (Middle School) events are for grades 5 to 8.

Extended Day - This fee-based program is available every day after school until 6:00 p.m. for registered students and drop-ins. Registration is available through the website.

FCC (Florida Catholic Council), FKC (Florida Kindergarten Council) and FCIS/ AdvancED (Florida Council of Independent Schools) - Accrediting agencies through which we are accredited.

Holding Room – Students who are staying after school for middle school sports or after-school activities congregate in Brady Center South after school before going with adults to their destination. This is referred to as “holding room.”

Jag Shop – Run by volunteers in the Mothers Association, this “store” is where families can buy school spirit items ranging from bumper stickers to sweatshirts. A schedule of days that it is open will be on the website in the fall, and it is open at many school-wide events.

Jaguar – The school mascot.

Junior Beta – This is an honor society for students in 6th to 8th grade. Qualifications and membership requirements are found in the handbook.

Learning Commons – Throughout the new middle school are areas that are designated “learning commons.” These areas serve many purposes, including being a place for instruction, group work, research, presentations, checking out books, and individual work.

Learning Studio – In the middle school building, each class in each set is “assigned” a space in a learning studio. These rooms allow for flexible seating and multiple modalities of teaching, including whole-group instruction. Learning Studios are what adults call “classrooms.”

Mothers Association - This organization is for all moms. There are many ways to get involved in this organization. Additional dates and volunteer opportunities will be emailed.

Morning Meeting – In grades pre-K to 4, each morning starts with a classroom morning meeting. During this time, students greet each other and do a sharing exercise and a short activity. This time of community building sets a positive tone for the day and also builds important speaking and listening skills.

My BackPack – Part of our information system, the link is found under the “quicklinks” tab of the website. You will use this site to see the school directory and to update family information into the system.

Oak Grove – The term used to describe the south front lawn. Old-time alumni remember spending their freshman year eating lunch in the oak grove. It is now used in a variety of ways, such as for the kindergarten visiting farm, for quiet reflection/journaling time for religion classes, or as the site of the 8th-grade end-of-the-year class lunch.

October 6th – The feast day for Blessed Marie Rose. Each year this is celebrated with an all-school Mass. All are welcome to attend.

Power School/Haiku – our learning management system. This site is where you will go to find teacher webpages for information on classroom happenings. It is also the site you will use to look at your child’s grades. You can find the link to this site under the “quicklinks” tab on the website.

PRIDE – This acronym was developed by a group of teachers as a way to make the school motto of “To Be, Rather than to Seem” into an Elementary School theme. The letters each represent values that are important to our whole school community. Eighth-grade students are our PRIDE leaders each year, and they plan and run all-school assemblies and events to promote school spirit and the community’s commitment to the ideas behind the slogan.

P – Positive Attitude

R – Respectful Behavior

I – Independent Learning

D – Dedicated to Safety

E – Engaged in Learning

Retakes - In the middle school, students are given an opportunity to retake tests. Retakes are optional and must be requested by the student him/herself. They require a student to show evidence of additional preparation and to come to the retake room at the assigned time.

Safe Environment Training – If you are interested in attending field trips or volunteering in classrooms, it is mandatory that you take this training. Information on how to complete this online training is found on the Diocese of St. Petersburg website. Feel free to contact Deb Norris in the office if you need help finding this information.

SAGE – The company that provides our lunch service; directions on how to create accounts will be given to you as we get closer to the start of the school year.

Set – In the middle school this is what each class is called. There are four “sets” each day for a total of eight sets in each student’s schedule.

Trimesters – Our school year is broken into three 12-week trimesters. At the end of each trimester, a report card is sent home for grades 1-8.

FACTS Account Registration

Academy of the Holy Names has engaged FACTS to collect tuition and related fees. Parents or guardians understand that tuition statements will only be available by enrolling with FACTS. Parents or guardians can also choose to receive invoices from FACTS and remit payment to them directly rather than pay electronically. Parents or guardians also understand it is their responsibility to enroll their new child/children in the FACTS program within 10 business days from registering their child/children and to select a payment plan and a payment method. If you have an existing account with FACTS, there is no need to do anything.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many PE uniforms will my child need?
Your child will need two PE uniforms.

Will my child need a backpack?
All grades, except pre-K, will need a backpack (no wheeling backpacks). Pre-K will receive a tote bag from the school.

What will my child sleep on in Pre-K?
Your child will receive a rest mat from the school. Your supply list will ask for a towel for rest time to use as a cover for the rest mat. These need to fit in the cubbies so size does matter.

How often are there free-dress days?
Pre-K has one dress-down day every week (color related, theme related, alphabet letter related). For students in grades K-8, free-dress days will be noted in the e-news or written in the student planner. These are usually planned for a special occasion (ex: holidays).

What is a student planner?
Student planners are used for homework, organization, and written communication between teachers and parents.

Will my child need a snack?
All grades, except pre-K, will need to bring their own snack each day. Pre-K will receive a healthy snack each day from their teachers that is related to the theme of the week.

Does my child get a snack if they attend the Extended Day program?
Yes, a snack is provided at Extended Day.

What about nut products for snack and lunch?

We are a “nut aware” school because we have several students with serious peanut/tree nut allergies. Snack must be nut-free. Lunches may include nuts, but sending nut-free food is appreciated to reduce possible exposure to some of our students.

How do I celebrate my child’s birthday at school?
Parents are invited to join their child at lunch time and bring his/her favorite food of choice. Students also get free dress on their special day. No treats are brought in to share with classmates. If a child’s birthday falls on a non-school day (ex: weekend or breaks), the family can decide when they want to celebrate.

In what grades do students participate in swimming?
Swimming as part of the PE curriculum begins in 1st grade and continues through 8th grade.

Is there a hot lunch program?
Yes, SAGE is our hot lunch provider for all grade levels. Students in grades pre-K to 4 receive a set meal each day. Students in grades 5-8 have the option to do a la carte or the daily entree.

Helpful Names and Numbers

Absent Student Attendance Line, ext. 525,

Extended Day, Courtney Franks, ext. 728,

Assistant Principal, Becky Elliott, ext. 240,

MS Athletics, Chris Severini, ext. 270,

LS Curriculum Specialist, Heather Graham, ext. 388,

MS Curriculum Specialist, Tricia Dieck, ext. 334,

Dads Club, Chris Growcock

ES Admin. Asst., Deb Norris, ext. 339,

ES Office Asst., Karen Rocha, ext. 275,

LS Guidance/Learning Resource Specialist, Megan Lopez, ext. 340,

MS Guidance/Learning Resource Specialist, Cheryl Conlan, ext. 344,

Lunch (SAGE), Dee Bell, ext. 317,

Media Specialist, Emily Swiger, ext. 380,

Mothers Association, Michaelle Popovec,

Nurse, Patti Alberts, ext. 342,

Principal, Bridgid Fishman, ext. 406,

Technology, Lisa Cohen, ext. 325,

Uniforms, Risse Brothers, 813-282-8338,


Although the handbook will be undated for the fall, you may find it helpful to access the 2017-2018 handbook on the website.

Nut-Aware Policy

There are a number of students with serious peanut/tree nut allergies. The Elementary School’s goal is to reduce the risk of exposure to peanuts/tree nuts in the school building. Any food item that is brought to school for sharing (e.g. class holiday party) may not contain peanuts or any other tree nuts (e.g. sesame seeds, pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.) This includes all products containing nuts, traces of nuts, and nut byproducts (peanut oil, peanut flour, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, etc.) Most food products are clearly labeled and state "may contain nuts or traces of nuts."

By following this procedure, we hope to avoid any chance of cross-contamination. Any individual snacks or lunch items that a student brings from home are not to be shared with anyone for any reason. Please help us in reminding your child(ren) that food is not to be shared because we are trying to keep all of our students safe. Whenever possible, sending the snack or lunch item that is nut-free is appreciated so we may reduce possible exposure for some of our students.

Summer Office Hours

The Elementary School Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Daily Schedule