Nativity Preparatory Academy Appoints New President

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Nativity Preparatory Academy, a local tuition-free privately-operated urban middle school for students in Grades 5-8, has appointed James Smith as its new president. Smith will be responsible for school operations, advancement and fundraising, marketing and communications, and its graduate support program.

Smith joins Nativity following 19 years with the YMCA of Greater Rochester, most recently as director of development and community engagement. Previously, he served as district executive director of the Carlson, Lewis Street, and Maplewood YMCA branches. Smith has served on the Nativity Board of Trustees for the past three years, and has been actively involved in supporting its mission to provide a premier education for urban youth.

“James’ infectious enthusiasm will serve our mission well as we work to build community relationships and spread the word on the success of Nativity and our students,” said William Carpenter, chair …

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Nativity Students Design Holiday Towels

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As the season of giving quickly approaches, Nativity Preparatory Academy is thankful to all the community members who make the dreams of students become reality. Nativity’s tuition-free, Catholic education is made possible by the generous donors who support the school’s mission to provide an exemplary education to students in need. Our students are not only thankful for the opportunities they’ve been afforded through Nativity, but they love to get involved in the fundraising process in any way they can. 

Windsor Cottage, a home-furnishing and decor consignment shop in Rochester, offers Nativity students a chance to showcase their artwork on flour sack towels that are sold in the store throughout the holiday season. Two student designs are selected each year to be featured on the high-quality towels. Peggy Growney, owner of Windsor Cottage and member of Nativity’s Board of Trustees, donates

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Jennifer Kremer Appointed Principal of Nativity Prep.

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Nativity Preparatory Academy, the only tuition-free Catholic middle school in Rochester, recently appointed Jennifer Kremer of Rochester as the new school principal. In this role, Kremer is responsible for oversight of academic programs and extracurricular activities, as well as direction of the faculty and student performance.

Kremer joins Nativity Prep with 20 years of experience as a Catholic School educator. This includes 17 years of teaching Nazareth Schools, along with 19 years in various leadership roles at St. Monica Church. Kremer holds a B.A. in Music Education from Nazareth College, as well as a Master’s in Educational Administration from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

“Jennifer is a consummate educator who brings a wealth of leadership experience to her new position,” said John Mattia, President of Nativity Prep. “Her passion for student success, faculty collaboration, and …

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Nativity Preparatory Academy to offer free tuition for inner-city students

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In an unprecedented move by a local privately-operated urban middle school for students in Grades 5-8, Nativity Preparatory Academy  has announced that, starting this fall, they will eliminate the tuition structure, leaving only an annual activity and supplies fee for each student. Based on a nationally renowned educational model, Nativity Prep is entering its 10th year of providing a Catholic middle school education for underserved Rochester inner-city youth.

“Providing our students with an exceptional education focused on the whole person is at the heart of our mission,” says Principal Maria Cahill. “Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are removing any financial barriers to obtaining a Nativity education by making this a tuition-free school.”

Nativity Prep is small by design, with a current student capacity of 80 students.  The school’s intimate, nurturing academic environment is coupled with …

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John Mattia appointed President of Nativity Prep

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of  John Mattia as the new President of Nativity Preparatory Academy reporting to me. In this role, John will exercise general supervision, set direction, and control the overall management of the operations of the school. Specific areas of oversight include our academic program, advancement and fundraising efforts, our graduate support program, and marketing and communications efforts as we work to build community relationships and spread the word of the success of Nativity and our students.

John comes to Nativity with a terrific track record of success as a business technology consultant prior to his current role as the Director of Technology at McQuaid Jesuit. As a member of McQuaid’s senior leadership team, John has been instrumental in finding ways to help the school …

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2017 Billy D’Antonio Summer Classic Recap

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The 2017 Billy D Golf Tournament was a booming success!  A sold out crowd took to the links for a great day of golf, and were joined by dozens of family members and friends for the dinner festivities.  All totaled, participants, sponsors and supporters raised $45,000 for Nativity Prep in memory of Billy D’Antonio.

Be sure to join in the fun at the 2018 Billy D Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 4th at Shadow Lake!  For more information go to http://www.billydclassic.com/

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15 Whalin Street
Rochester, NY 14620
585-271-1630