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Nativity Preparatory Academy Welcomes New Student Activities Manager and Rochester Youth Year VISTA

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Nativity Preparatory Academy, Rochester’s only tuition-free private middle school for underserved students in grades 5-8, is welcoming two new staff members: Robert Bonfiglio as the new Student Activities Manager and Tatiana Colon as the Rochester Youth Year VISTA.

Bonfiglio, who also serves as Nativity Prep’s Academic Intervention Teacher for Math, is expanding his work to include his new role as Student Activities Manager. Starting his second year at the school, his new responsibilities include outreach efforts to build community partnerships and increase parent engagement.

As Rochester Youth Year VISTA, Colon will focus on projects related to after-school enrichment programs and community engagement.

“We are grateful to have Robert and Tatiana on the team! Their expertise, passion and heart for the Nativity mission will only deepen the loving programming we have in place.” says James C. Smith, President of Nativity Preparatory …

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Nativity Preparatory Academy Welcomes New Director of Student Support Services

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Nativity Preparatory Academy, Rochester’s only tuition-free private middle school for low-income students in grades 5-8, welcomes Anna Josephine Doerr as its Director of Student Support Services. Doerr brings her background of social work and passion for mental health advocacy to her new position.

In her most recent role as a clinical social worker at the Rochester Psychiatric Center, Doerr successfully assisted patients on the forensics and civil side of the hospital while determining their mental health status and needs through psychosocial assessments. She worked directly with patients and families in a clinical setting to support them with any additional resources and services as needed in Rochester.

Previously, she served as a relief staff counselor at East House, where she provided support to clients by keeping up with patient records, responding to emergencies, and ensuring that the environment was safe and …

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Graduation 2021: 8th Grade Class of Saint Oscar Romero

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On June 22nd, 2021, Nativity’s 8th grade class of Saint Oscar Romero received their diplomas! The graduation ceremony took place at St. Boniface Church with the graduates, their families, teachers, staff, Nativity Board of Trustees members, and supporters of the school in attendance. We are so proud of the accomplishments and the tremendous resilience the students displayed throughout this challenging year!

Here is where they are heading next:

Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (7)

McQuaid Jesuit (4)

The Aquinas Institute (3)

Bishop Kearney (1)

Hope Hall (1)

Greece Central Schools (1)

Vertus Charter School (1)

Norman Howard School (1)

Special Awards:

Presidential Award for Academic Achievement (4.0 GPA):  Romina Khatri

Cheryl Speranza Leadership Institute Scholarship Award for Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women:  Jocelyn Kirkland and Anishma Rai

Billy D’Antonio “Livin’ the Dream” Scholarship Award …

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Welcoming Our New Associate Director of Development

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Rochester, NY—July 8, 2020—Nativity Preparatory Academy, a local tuition-free privately-operated urban middle school for students in Grades 5-8, is pleased to welcome Jillian Beaman as its new associate director of development. Beaman will collaborate with Nativity leadership and staff to achieve all philanthropic and marketing communications goals for the school.

In her most recent role as director of annual giving at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Beaman successfully led the annual campaign, soliciting donors and working with many staff and volunteers to ensure fundraising goals were met. She worked directly with staff teams in an urban setting to support fundraising efforts to provide quality child care with equity to families in Rochester. She also created and executed the marketing plan for the annual campaign, in coordination with the marketing and communications department.

“We are delighted to welcome Jillian to …

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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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