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Rosarian Academy Middle School Announces Change in Leadership

June 14, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to a close, Rosarian Academy’s Middle School bids farewell to its principal, Sister Donna Baker, OP, and welcomes Linda Tretheway, who will begin serving as principal on July 1. 

Sister Donna served at Rosarian for 16 years. She taught English and religion in grades six through eight and has served as National Junior Honor Society coordinator, chairperson for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation committee, and facilitator for religious education and mission development. In addition, Sister Donna served faithfully as Rosarian’s representative on the Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Commission.

Throughout her time at Rosarian, Sister Donna was regarded as thoroughly professional, kind, and generous with her colleagues and unfailingly committed to helping children discover the best within. She worked wonders with countless children, providing sound guidance. She models a life of integrity and care and has brought tremendous joy to work each day.

Though the Rosarian Academy community will miss Sister Donna, they will continue to celebrate the remarkable tenure of an extraordinary educator and person.

Mrs. Tretheway comes to Rosarian from St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Miami Shores, Florida, where she worked as curriculum director, teacher, and school administrator. She was an assistant principal in both the Archdiocese of Miami and Maryland Public Schools for more than 10 years.

Mrs. Tretheway holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in supervision and administration from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She is a doctoral candidate in curriculum development at St. Thomas University in Miami.

A devout Catholic with more than 25 years of experience in public, private, and diocesan education, Mrs. Tretheway brings a great deal of wisdom and experience to Rosarian. She and her husband, Scott, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and have four children: one son serving in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer, a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Florida, and two sons attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

Feature photo (top): Sister Donna Baker, OP, works in her office at Rosarian Academy.

Rosarian Students Compete in Three Bees

By Cara Hansen
Marketing and Communications Director

February 13, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy middle school students recently competed at the school-level in the National Geographic Bee, the National Spelling Bee, and Religion Bee.

Christian Azqueta, a seventh-grade student, won the competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 27 and now has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. 

The bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States, the five U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools around the world, are participating in the 2017 bee

The school champions, including Christian Azqueta, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Scripps Spelling Bee winner Madison Fabbri, left, seventh grade, and runner-up Hope Diffenderfer, eighth grade, are both advancing to the regional spelling bee.

The school-level competition of the 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee was February 1. Sixteen students in fifth through eighth grade participated. After nine rounds, Madison Fabbri (seventh grade) won with the word “scrumptiously.” Hope Diffenderfer (eighth grade) then won runner-up in the tie-breaker round against MJ Hanlon (sixth grade). Hope’s final word was “catastrophic.” 

Madison and Hope will represent Rosarian at the Final Regional Southeastern Florida Scripps Spelling Bee on February 22, 2017, at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach.

In celebration of National Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 4), Rosarian hosted a middle school Religion Bee on February 3. Six teams – each made up of one student from fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades – competed to answer questions related to the Catholic faith and history of the Church. Members of the winning team, the Evangelists, were Marlowe Dunn Flom, eighth grade; Mercedes Cassidy, seventh grade; Katarina Bessenroth, sixth grade; and Brewer Rehm, fifth grade. 

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school, located in downtown West Palm Beach, is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106.



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