News

2019

  • Adasia Harris and Tatiana Mendez Selected to the Governor's School for Visual Arts

    Adasia Harris and Tatiana Mendez, both sophomores at Padua were chosen for The Delaware Governor's School for Excellence, a weeklong summer residential program sponsored by the Office of the Governor of Delaware. Participants are among Delaware's most academically and artistically gifted...
  • Padua Academy Class of 2019 Graduation

    On Thursday, May 30th, members of the Padua Community gathered at St. Anthony's Church to celebrate our 62nd graduating class...
  • Padua Soccer Wins 10th State Championship Title

    The Padua Soccer team won its 10th State Championship against Wilmington Charter on Saturday, June 1st with a score of 4-1 in the DIAA State Tournament! The game started out with junior Paige Kenton shooting into the bottom left of the net from senior captain Kristi Cox in the 17th minute...
  • Closing Liturgy 2019

    Friday was Padua's annual Closing Liturgy. As is Padua tradition, each year on the seniors' last day of classes, our community gathers together one last time to celebrate Mass. On this day, we honor our seniors, our staff members celebrating service anniversaries, and the entire Padua Sisterhood...
  • Discover Engineering Presentations

    The Discover Engineering class presented their semester projects at the UD Freshman Mechanical Engineering showcase on Thursday, May 16th. Padua students joined UD Mechanical Engineering students to be judged on the toys that they designed and created this semester in the UD Design Labs...
  • Junior Gina Rufo Receives National History Academy Award

    Junior Gina Rufo has recently been awarded a $6,000 scholarship to study with the National History Academyin Middleburg, VA.  "The Academy is operated by the non-profit Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, designated by Congress and the National Park Service...
  • Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition

    Padua Art students in Art 1, 2, 3 and Art Major participated in the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition as a response to the events of the Holocaust. Their artwork will be displayed in a special exhibition at the galleries of the Moore College of Art and Design, 20th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway from May 31st - June 13th...
  • Padua Alumna Returns to Speak with Students

    Padua alumna, Lauren O'Connell Mahler, Esq. '03, wife of Mr. Mahler and sister of Mrs. O'Connell, visited Mrs. Pugliese's Modern U.S. History and Government courses on Thursday, April 11... 
  • Padua Dance Team Hosts Middle School Dance Clinic

    Padua's Dance Team hosted a Dance Clinic for grades 5 through 8 on Saturday, April 13th. The group of 25 middle schoolers learned set routines and skills from the coaches and captains...
  • Padua Students Study Abroad

    As part of Padua's Global Education curriculum, students and teachers traveled to 3 different countries last week during Easter break. One group went to London, England, and the other group toured Spain and Italy... 
  • Dr. Mary McClory Named Principal of Padua Academy Effective

    Padua Academy is proud to announce that Vice Principal, Dr. Mary McClory, is named Principal of Padua Academy effective July 1, 2019. Dr. McClory will assume her new position upon the retirement of Mrs. Cindy Hayes Mann...
  • Still Time to Enroll in Padua's Summer Camp!

    Padua is offering a Summer Camp for current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls during the weeks of June 17th and June 24th. Girls will have the opportunity to enroll in courses such as Cybersecurity, Making a Video Game, Arts and Crafts, Science Fun, Spanish Immersion, and Video Boot Camp. Check it all out HERE and register today! 
  • Upcoming Reunion - Class of 1999

    The Class of 1999 is having a 20-year reunion on November 2, 2019. To ensure you receive details about the gathering, email any updated contact information (address, name change, email) to alumnae@paduaacademy.org. Also, please 'Join' their 1999 reunion Facebook page here
  • A Week of Pi

    The Math Department celebrated Pi all week! Students participated in the "Race to Pi" card game, learned how to program the TI calculator to compute the area of a circle, calculated Pi by measuring circles, and made pies for the pie contest...
  • First Annual Pi Contest

    The Math Department held Padua's First Annual Pie Contest to celebrate Pi day! Fifteen pies were entered and students purchased raffle tickets to be selected as judges. The event raised $40 for the "Empty the Cup" campaign supporting Catholic Charities...
  • DE State Rep. Mike Ramone Speaks to History Students

    DE State Representative Mike Ramone visited Padua on Friday, March 15th. Students in Mrs. Pugliese's Modern U.S. History and Government classes listened to Rep. Ramone speak about his journey to the state legislature and his duties in this position. He also shared information on how to reach local representatives and the types of concerns representatives help constituents address...
  • Blue Gold Special Assembly

    Padua's Blue Gold held a school wide assembly to highlight initiatives to help those with special needs. Speaker Maryann Nolan spoke of how inclusion is so important to the special needs community and about her daughter Elizabeth, who is a founder of Waggies by Maggie and Friends. Sue Shultie is a retired special education teacher who spoke about how important Best Buddies is for....
  • Legal Shadowing Welcomes President Judge Jan R. Jurden

    Padua Academy had the honor of hosting President Judge Jan R. Jurden of Delaware's Superior Court last week. President Judge Jurden is the eighth presenter in Padua's Legal Shadowing speaker series. She related her professional journey, including her experience in the military, her decision to apply to law school, as well as her commitment to public service...
  • Celebrate Women's Achievement

    With the first all-female spacewalk planned for March 29th, our theme for the 10th Annual Dinner in Honor of Women's Achievement could not be more fitting. Padua will celebrate its milestone event - featuring Peggy Whitson, PhD, record-breaking NASA astronaut and biochemist - at the Chase Center on the Riverfront on April 11th. Dr. Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station...
  • Alumnae News - March 11, 2019

    The Class of 2008 gathered together last month to celebrate its 10-Year Reunion! The Class of 1999 is having a 20-year reunion on November 2nd, 2019. Do you have an upcoming reunion?...

  • Music Fills the Air at Padua

    On Friday, March 8th, students gathered to watch the Salesianum, Padua, and Ursuline Band performed some of the material they learned throughout the year. They were conducted by Mr. Brian Cox of Salesianum. A highlight of the concert...
  • Alumna Shares About Her Major in Nutrition and Dietetics

    On Tuesday, March 5th, Samantha Szurkowski ('14) spoke to Dr. Wise's Human Anatomy and Physiology classes on Tuesday, 3/5/19. She covered relevant topics such as cancer diagnosis, along with treatments...
  • Merci from the World Language Department

    This week celebrates the diverse culture and history of the Francophone (French-speaking) world. French students and their teachers Mme. Boyle and Mme. Burris planned fun activities all week long. Students in French 3 and 4 presented...
  • Legal Shadowing Welcomes Family Law Panel

    The Legal Shadowing Program continues to welcome prominent attorneys and judicial officers to Padua. The most recent presentation was a panel discussion on family law by Family Court Chief Judge Michael K. Newell and Gretchen Knight, Esquire, of the firm Morris James LLP....
  • From the Head of School - March 11, 2019

    Beth Samson, a professor at Creighton University, wrote the following prayer. I think this is a wonderful prayer as we begin the journey of Lent. Loving God, In becoming human in and through Jesus, You became our Companion and Guide. Jesus gave us the words of this prayer we say every time we gather with community at Your sacred table,...
  • Blue Gold & PADT Host Special Needs Dance Clinic

    On Saturday, March 2nd, members of Padua's Dance Team and Blue Gold Club partnered to provide a free dance clinic for individuals with special needs...
  • New School Store Items!

    Looking for the next Padua must-have? Don't miss out on the School Store's yellow hoodies and Yeti water bottles...
  • Padua Cheerleading Team Wins 6th Consecutive State Title

    The Padua Cheer Team won 1st place at the Competitive Cheerleading State Meet! They also tied a State record for 6 consecutive Cheerleading State Championships...
  • Skype with Emmanuel Habimana in "Stories of Survivors"

    In "Stories of Survivors" class, Ms. Liang has been using Skype to bring the contacts she made this summer in Rwanda to her students. Recently, students met Emmanuel Habimana...
  • APS Lesson Teaches Students How to Be Their Best Selves

    APS groups have been talking about the importance of principle-based thinking. Last week in APS, students were challenged to shift their perspectives about their own achievements...
  • Article About Coach Marnie Giunta's Recent Coach of the Year Award

    The Dialog recently highlighted Coach Giunta's accomplishment of being named the DSBA's Coach of the Year. Marnie reflected on the beauty of Padua's culture in her acceptance speech, stating "the one thing that is unique about the school is the love that these kids have for one another. They help one another achieve success, they push one another to achieve success, and they celebrate one another's achievements..."
  • From the Head of School - February 25, 2019

    Dear Parents & Friends, 
     
    In last week's newsletter, I wrote about Jesus as a big thinker. What happens when the Gospel seems to present paradoxical, or even absurd ideas to us? Is this part of big thinking giving us an expanded thinking use of opposites?
     
    Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to do good to those who hate us... 
  • Padua Alumnae Engineering Panel

    During Flex on Tuesday, Padua hosted an Engineering Panel. Seven graduates came to Padua (or Skyped in) to talk with students about their engineering careers...
  • Padua Swim Team Places 2nd in DIAA State Tournament

    Congratulations to the Padua Swim Team on its 2nd place finish at the DIAA State Swimming Championships on Saturday! This was a true team effort with 11 Pandas making the individual event finals and scoring points - the most of any team in the state...
  • French Students Get a "Taste" of Experiential Learning

    Students in Madame Boyle's French 4 class enjoyed a hands-on lesson last week. They were challenged to a cook-off in the Padua cafeteria. Reading comprehension was assessed through students' ability to assemble two recipes given to them completely in French...
  • From the Head of School - February 19, 2019

    I have read many of John Maxwell's books; however, the one that I reference the most in my work as Head of School is How Successful People Think. Over the course of my tenure at Padua, I have challenged both teachers and students to cultivate big-picture thinking...
  • Padua Coach, Marnie Giunta, Honored with Delaware's Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year Award

    Padua Academy Head Coach Marnie Giunta was awarded the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year Award on Monday, February 18th at the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcaster's Association's 70th Annual President's Day awards luncheon...
  • Padua Theatre's Successful Production of Anything Goes

    This weekend, over 50 Padua, Salesianum, and Cab Calloway students hosted Padua's production of Anything Goes to sold out crowds...
  • Students Participate in American Math Competition

    Last week, 40 of Padua's top math students participated in the American Math Competition. The test is 75 minutes and poses challenging questions...
  • 2019 National Signing Day

    Padua Academy held its Annual Signing Day Ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. A total of 13 student-athletes in Padua's Class of 2019 signed letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level.
  • Big Sister Little Sister Super Bowl Event

    On Tuesday, February 5th, freshmen and seniors participated in the first annual Big Sister/Little Sister Super Bowl. Students were divided into teams, and were tasked with selecting a group name and add-on items for team spirit...
  • Black History Month in the Learning Commons

    The Learning Commons is celebrating Black History Month with a display highlighting notable African-American authors...
  • National Catholic Schools Week Kahoot Challenge

    Students from across the nation gathered together to celebrate Catholic Schools week through the interactive learning platform, Kahoot. Padua students showed expert knowledge in areas including Sacraments, Beatitudes, Gospel writers, Works of Mercy, Commandments, and Catholic leadership...
  • Padua Celebrates Chinese Culture Week

    Last week, Padua celebrated the Chinese New Year with a Chinese Culture Week. Throughout the week, students enjoyed different Chinese treats and activities...
  • Padua Class of 2023 Scholarship Dinner

    Last week, members of the incoming Class of 2023 who received scholarships were welcomed to Padua's annual Scholars Dinner. The future Pandas heard from Mrs. Mann and senior Maddie Lennon...
  • Service Highlight

    Padua students did not let the winter weather dampen their enthusiasm for service! After a busy January, this school year boasts over 12,000 hours in over 3,500 service activities.
  • Veterans Panels Visit the Padua Social Studies Department

    Students in Ms. Markham's Honors Modern American History and Government classes attended a panel discussion led by four Padua students' fathers who offered perspectives from their military service. On Wednesday, February 5th, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars visited Mrs. Pugliese's Modern U.S. History and Government classes to share their experiences....
  • Catholic Schools Week Mass with Bishop Malooly

    On Wednesday, January 30th, Bishop Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington visited Padua to celebrate a multilingual Mass. To celebrate Padua's role in the global Catholic Church, Mass was delivered in over 15 languages...
  • Catholic Schools Week Spirit Assembly

    The celebration of Catholic Schools Week culminated with an all-school Spirit Assembly. This gathering was a time for students to display class pride, sing in solidarity, and enjoy games in Padua's gymnasium...
  • From the Head of School - February 4, 2019

    As you know, I grew up in Eastern North Carolina. In the early 1950s, life was much slower than today. We had a municipal law then called the "Blue Law" which prohibited all commerce on Sundays. Nothing was open on Sunday - no drug stores, gas stations, grocery stories absolutely nothing. This indeed made the town of Greenville, NC exceptionally quiet. After Church and a big dinner my mother would say, "Let's ride out for a while." That meant "Let's all pile in the 1957 Chevy and go to my Aunt Helen's house to pick her and my cousins up." We would "ride out" in the country looking at the crops...
  • Hungry Pandas Cake Decorating Contest

    Padua's culinary club, the Hungry Pandas, hosted its 3rd annual Cake Decorating Contest on Thursday, January 31st during Flex. The contest involved five teams of two faculty member captains and three students. Students purchased $1 raffle tickets for the chance to participate on the team of their choice. Proceeds from the sales are donated to charity...
  • Legal Shadowing Welcomes Lori A. Brewington, Esquire

    On January 28th, the Legal Shadowing Program hosted guest speaker, Lori A. Brewington, Esquire. Senior Attorney at the Wilmington firm of Richards, Layton & Finger, Ms. Brewington specializes in labor and employment law...
  • Padua Indoor Track & Field Team Wins 7th Consecutive DIAA State Championship!

    Congratulations to Padua's Indoor Track and Field Team on earning its 7th consecutive State Championship this weekend!...
  • Padua Students Win Record Amount of Scholastic Art Awards

    Recently, 53 Padua Academy students were recognized with Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a record-breaking number of awards in school history. In the Art category, eight students were awarded the highest honor, the Gold Key; 19 students were awarded Silver Keys; and, 25 students received Honorable Mention. In addition, one student received a Silver Key in Writing...
  • PATV Wins Northeast Regional STN Excellence Award

    PATV has been named the Northeast Regional winner in the STN Excellence Award, Weekly Show category.  The Student Television Network Broadcast Excellence Awards honor the top STN student-produced news programs...
  • CyberPatriot Team State Championship

    Padua's CyberPatriot team celebrated its sixth consecutive CyberPatriot State Championship title last week! Padua teams swept the board, placing first, second, and third in the tournament. Padua's State Championship team, Petabyte Pandas, was led by senior Samantha DiVirgilio and coached by alumna Leeza Butler...
  • From the Head of School - January 28, 2019

    Catholic Schools Week is a time to celebrate our wonderful school community. At Padua, our celebration began this past weekend with our two Winter Balls. If walls could talk in any room, it should be our café! Each day of Catholic Schools Week, our fabulous Student Council will celebrate with a different activity that culminates in a Spirit Assembly on Friday...
  • Junior Ring Mass

    Last week, the Class of 2020 celebrated its Junior Ring Mass. Students and their families gathered at St. Anthony of Padua Church for mass and presentation of class rings...
  • March for Life

    Earlier this month, 17 Padua students participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. They joined an estimated 100,000 other individuals from across the United States to stand up for the dignity of life from conception to natural death...
  • Padua Hosts Interfaith Panel

    On Thursday, January 24th, 31 Padua students and faculty gathered in the Learning Commons for an Interfaith Panel. The panel included four representatives from ING, Islamic Networking Group.... 
  • Paige Kenton Receives Good Citizenship Award

    Padua junior Paige Kenton was recently awarded the prestigious Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's 2019 Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award...
  • Winter Ball 2019

    This past weekend, Student Council hosted its annual Winter Ball. The theme was Under the Stars. Students enjoyed dancing, snacks, and games. It was a weekend to remember!...
  • Freshman Samantha Tuschinski Designs Class of 2023 Shirt

    Recently the Admission Office held a contest to design the t-shirt for accepted members of Padua's Class of 2023.
  • From the Head of School - January 24, 2019

    We are now in what is called Ordinary Time in our church, the time between the feasts of Christmas and Easter. Ordinary Time seems like such an innocuous description of our days spent trying to follow Jesus...
  • Students Visit Morisot Exhibit at Barnes Foundation

    Students in Mme. Burris's French History course visited the Berthe Morisot exhibit at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on January 4th. Morisot was an important French impressionist. Her work, and it's focus on the lives of women is both bold and beautiful...
  • College Advisement & School Counseling Updates

  • France & Italy Trip Parent Meeting

    All parents of those attending the France and Italy trip in June 2019 are invited to an information meeting on February 11th. The meeting will be held in Room 304 at 6:30pm. The meeting will discuss clothing, money (Euros), participation in all events, roommates, medical information and forms, and safety and security both in and out of the country. All questions can be directed to Dr. Wallen.
  • From the Head of School - January 14th, 2019

    This story came to me via email from one of our teachers, Mrs. Volpe. She began, "I wanted to share a story with you about last night's varsity basketball game. Players were announced and then the audience was asked to stand for the National Anthem. After a few awkward moments, the announcer let us know the music was not connecting and we would have to skip the National Anthem. Everyone sat down and prepared to watch the game. Then, OUR STUDENTS, started singing! ...
  • National Signing Day - February 6, 2019

    On Wednesday, February 6th, Padua will hold its annual "Signing Day Ceremony" for all Padua senior athletes who sign to play collegiate sports. Parents, relatives, and friends are invited to attend the signing day ceremony on February 6th at 2:45pm in the gym.
  • Padua Theatre Spaghetti Dinner

    On Friday afternoon, Padua Theatre hosted its annual Spaghetti Dinner. The event had a great turnout and was a huge success! Students served a spaghetti dinner and offered live performances. All proceeds from the event will help fund Padua Theatre's production of Anything Goes...
  • Parent Help Needed for Junior Retreat

    On Wednesday, January 23rd, our junior class will come together for a retreat day. We are in need of parents who are able to help during the day. We also need students to bring in desserts (brownies, cupcakes, cookies, etc)! If you can send a dessert, simply have your daughter bring it with her on the morning of the 23rd. If you can help out during the day, please email Mrs. Anna Alinda. Thanks in advance for helping make this a lovely day for the junior class!
  • Tiny Steps Program Thanks Padua Students

    This past Tuesday, students from the Student Library Advisory Board run by Library Media Specialist Evelyn Hudson, traveled to Saint Francis Hospital to meet with the administration of the Tiny Steps Program. In December, the club organized a book drive that collected 272 books for children in the Tiny Steps Program...
  • Wear a Pair, Give a Pair

    On Thursday, January 24th, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis de Sales. It is a Socks for Solemnities day but also an opportunity to support De Sales Service Works in Camden. In addition to wearing a pair of socks, students can bring one (or many!) pairs of socks to donate. In the cold, wet weather, a new, dry pair of socks can make a huge difference to a homeless person.
  • Discover Engineering Class Presentations at UD Senior Engineering Design Showcase

    On December 12th, Padua students from the Discover Engineering class participated in the University of Delaware School of Engineering Senior Engineering Design Presentations. This is the second year Padua, the official partner high school with UD, has presented. 
  • From the Head of School

    Happy New Year to all! This is always the time we make those resolutions that are often forgotten the next day. What if our resolution was praying the Litany of Trust every day for a year? I am positive that our lives would change radically. So, are you ready to change? ...
  • Padua Academy Featured as One of Delaware's Innovative Private Schools in Recent Delaware Today Articles

    Padua Academy was recently featured in two articles in Delaware Today's Innovation in Delaware Private High Schools report.
  • Padua Media Group's Second Annual Convergence Media Day

    This past weekend Padua held its second annual Convergence Media Day for middle school girls. The program offers experience in the many fields associated with Communication Arts, including Photography, Graphic Design, Videography, and Public Relations. ...
  • Padua Theatre's Annual Spaghetti Dinner

    Please join the Padua Academy Theatre students this Friday evening, January 11th, for a night of food and fun. Members of this spring's production of Anything Goes will perform songs for audience members as they enjoy a spaghetti dinner.
  • Save the Date - Junior Ring Mass

    Padua will celebrate Ring Mass for the Class of 2020 on the evening of Wednesday, January 23rd. While parents will receive more detailed information in January, please mark your calendars now. Please email Mrs. Anna Alinda if you have any questions.
  • Spain & Italy Trip Parent Meeting

    All parents of those attending the France and Italy trip in June 2019 are invited to an information meeting on February 11th. The meeting will be held in Room 304 at 6:30pm. The meeting will discuss clothing, money (Euros), participation in all events, roommates, medical information and forms, and safety and security both in and out of the country. All questions can be directed to Dr. Wallen.
  • Student Grades and the End of the First Semester

    Student and parent access to the OnCampus gradebook will reopen today by 4:00 PM. Teachers have been asked to post semester exam grades within the gradebook, although these grades do not have an effect on the current term grade shown in the gradebook. The first semester will end on Friday, January 18th. ...
  • Weekly Mass at St. Anthony's for Teenage Students

    St. Anthony's is starting something new! Beginning this month, Fr. Brian Zumbrum will preside over a weekly mass of koinonia at 5:00 pm each Sunday evening. This unique liturgical experience is designed to foster a sense of community among those who gather, nourishing their deepest spiritual hungers with dynamic preaching, engaging music, and a deliberate environment designed to draw us into relationship with God and one another. Aimed at teenagers and young adults who are searching and seeking, all are welcome to share in this experience. Questions or interested in getting involved? E-mail Fr. Brian.
  • Young Alumnae Return to Padua!

    Last week we welcomed back graduates from the classes of 2013-2018 for the annual YoungAlum Social. Some of the alumnae served as panelists for "What College Life is Really Like," a Q & A presentation for current seniors.
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