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Head’s UpDATE

Last Updated: June 17, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)

RECENT UPDATES:  Outlook for the Summer Break, Prep Shop Hours

Parents and Guardians, please note this will be the final Head’s UpDATE of the academic year. In a time full of changes and adjustments, you and your sons were with us every step of the way. Your collaboration assisted us in sustaining the St. Augustine Prep Experience through this time. For all inquiries over the summer, please contact us by phone at (856) 697-2600 or by email at communications@hermits.com.

 

May 28, 2021

Dear Prep Community,

One of the pillars of Augustinian pedagogy is the relationship between teaching and learning. They are not different tasks, but two parts of a single experience where teachers and learners help each other in working toward understanding and wisdom. That spirit summarizes the classroom of Fr. Francis X. Devlin, OSA, Prior of Allegrini Monastery and Faculty member in the Theology Department, who received the Augustinian Educator of the Year award at the Class of 2021 Commencement Exercises.

The award, sponsored by the Moffa Family, P’10 ‘12, in honor of Vincent P. Martino, former Administrator and Faculty member in the World Language Department, is awarded annually to a St. Augustine Preparatory School Educator. The recipient, nominated by the Prep’s faculty, recognizes distinguished teaching that is intellectually demanding and faithful to the school’s mission of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas. Congratulations Fr. Devlin on this very well-deserved honor!

As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, let us remember with gratitude those brave men and women who proudly wore the uniform of our armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice that has become the lifeblood of our country. May we never lose sight of the cost of freedom and the sacrifices of the many who have made our country so great!

On behalf of the Faculty, Staff, and Leadership Team, have a restful and peace-filled extended weekend!

In Christ through Augustine,

Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Head of School

Parents and Guardians, please note the below Head’s UpDATE is geared towards the summer break. At this time we are planning our upcoming 2021-2022 school year and will update the page as needed.   For all inquiries over the summer, please contact us by phone at (856) 697-2600 or by email at communications@hermits.com.

COVID-19 PROCEDURAL REMINDERS

COVID-19 VACCINE
If your son has received the covid vaccination, please email a copy of his vaccination card to Mrs. Anna Broomell (Mrs.Broomell@hermits.com). If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05 by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CAMPUS VISITORS

All guests are requested to visit the Vincent Center upon arriving on campus and PRIOR to reaching their intended campus destination.  As per state mandate, visitors are required to check-in and receive a mask to wear during the visit (if you do not already have one of your own).  All visitors are required to wear a mask when navigating their way through any and all campus buildings.  We kindly ask all to observe social distancing and other appropriate safety measures to ensure the continued health of our campus community.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Announcements for the SUMMER BREAK

Athletics Outlook for the Months of June/July/August

ARE YOU WORKING THIS SUMMER??

We want to see you at your summer job! Send us a picture at communications@hermits.com of you working and then see if you make our Facebook and Instagram stories!

SPORTS REGISTRATION

We are eager to return to a traditional experience and invite all students to register for the sports they are interested in participating in during 2021-2022. Please note that registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season. Registration is now open and you may choose your sports by clicking HERE.
If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s). All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics. 

SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION

Pick your program of choice today or share the wide range of camp opportunities with your friends and family!  From baseball to crew and even choir this year, the Prep has something for everyone to enjoy this summer.  Visit camps.hermits.com!

  • Basketball Camps (3 Different Sessions)
  • Rowing Camp 
  • STEM: Eye on Alegbra
  • Choir Camp
  • Baseball Camp (2 Sessions)
  • STEM Studio
  • Lacrosse Camp
  • Wrestling Camp
  • Sophomore Survivor Skills 
  • Soccer Camp
  • Freshman Writing and Study Skills 
  • Eighth Grade Immersion 
  • Paul Rodio/ Bobby Hurley Basketball Camp

OPTIONAL SUMMER COURSE INFORMATION
We are excited to be able to offer these opportunities which afford students the ability to enhance their transcript and open spaces within their anticipated schedule for next year. The registration process is very simple. Please complete the registration form attached HERE and return to school ASAP. Keep in mind that these are St. Augustine Prep courses that will incorporate a grade that will appear on a final transcript.

A NOTE FROM THE NURSE ABOUT YOUR SON’S COVID-19 VACCINE

If your son has received the COVID vaccination, please email a copy of his vaccination card to Mrs.Broomell@hermits.com.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs.Kingett@hermits.com.

LUNCH ACCOUNT BALANCES

At the end of the school year and before we start a new year, please update your lunch accounts so they remain in a positive balance.   To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.

DOWNLOAD THE MYPREP MOBILE APP

iPhone and iPad users, download the new MyPrep Mobile App courtesy of Prep graduate, Michael Schleider ’21.  The app is geared towards students and parents as it brings a user-friendly MyPrep experience to your smartphones and tablets.  Please be sure to leave a five-star review!

DRIVER’S EDUCATION THEORY CLASSES

Before getting a student driving permit at age 16, the State of New Jersey requires students to participate in a driving theory class. This course is mandatory for students before they can earn a permit to drive. The course is open to any student who is 14 years old or above. The course is held in the Study Commons located in the Scarpa Building. Availability remains for the upcoming summer classes:
July 19-23 9:00 am – 11:30 am
August 16-20 9:00 am – 11:30 am
The cost of the course is $100 (please make the check payable to St. Augustine Prep). To register please contact Mrs. Auger by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.

SUMMER BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger
by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.
It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home.

HERMITS BROADCASTING CHANNEL – STAY UPDATED ON ALL THINGS HERMITS!

Tune in to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to view live streaming of select Academic and Athletic events.  Follow @hermitbroadcast on Twitter to stay informed of all upcoming spring broadcasts.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Click on the drop-down menus below for all general & class-specific daily announcements

General Announcements

  • We want to see you at your summer job! Send us a picture at communications@hermits.com of you working and then see if you make our Facebook and Instagram stories!
  • We are eager to return to a traditional experience and invite all students to register for the sports they are interested in participating in during 2021-2022. Please note that registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season. Registration is now open and you may choose your sports by clicking HERE.
    If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s).

 

Freshman Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.

Sophomore Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.
  • NEW/FUTURE DRIVERS
    If you are getting your license in the next few weeks, you can still drive to school even if all spots are assigned. You will need to park by the solar panels until the seniors are finished. We would still need your vehicle information (Make, model, and license plate number) to provide you a parking permit once more are available. Please contact Mr. Broomell, Assistant Director of Athletics at (856) 697-2600 ext. 113 or Mr.Broomell@hermits.com.
  • SUMMER BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger
    by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.
    It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home.

Junior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.
  • NEW/FUTURE DRIVERS
    If you are getting your license in the next few weeks, you can still drive to school even if all spots are assigned. You will need to park by the solar panels until the seniors are finished. We would still need your vehicle information (Make, model, and license plate number) to provide you a parking permit once more are available. Please contact Mr. Broomell, Assistant Director of Athletics at (856) 697-2600 ext. 113 or Mr.Broomell@hermits.com.
  • SUMMER BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger
    by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.
    It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home.

Senior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.

Hermits Athletics

Calendar for the Summer

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule.  Dates and times are subject to change; please check daily for any and all updates.

Please see the chart of important dates below (click to enlarge):

Sports Registration

We are eager to return to a traditional experience and invite all students to register for the sports they are interested in participating in during 2021-2022. Please note that registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.
If you register prior to receiving your hermits.org email, please enter a personal email for the time being. You may also review some notes of interest regarding the upcoming fall season below. Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected fall, winter, and/or spring sport(s). CLICK HERE to register for the 2021-2022 sports options.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics.

Physical Form

 

College Guidance Announcements

  • Please follow the steps found HERE to register on NAVIANCE|Student for upcoming college events and presentations.
  • For upcoming SAT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • For upcoming ACT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • Any student intending to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level must register with the NCAA during the 2nd semester of junior year. To register please CLICK HERE 

Student Leadership Announcements

Dress Code 2021-2022

Please contact Mr. Dennis Foreman ’87 Interim Dean of Student Leadership & Development, (Mr.Foreman@hermits.com) or Mr. Tim Hale, Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, (Mr.Hale@hermits.com) if you have questions regarding student life at the Prep.

Policy and Procedure | Information

Attendance: Students must officially sign in before 9:45 a.m. to be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities for the academic day. In an effort to minimize the late arrival process, the student must report directly to the building where his current class is located and sign-in with the following staff members: 

  • Forum – Mrs. Field
  • Augustinian Hall – Mrs. Pippett
  • Vincent – Mrs. Ward
  • Scarpa – Mrs. Auger

Technology Agreement: Each student and parent must sign the Technology Agreement in order to utilize on-campus technology services.  Please hand the signed forms to your D and E period teachers. 

Student Security Cards: Students have been issued door access cards and student ID cards.  Both of these cards should be with the student at all times. Students must wear a lanyard with the swipe and ID card attached.  The lanyard which will have a breakaway clasp will be provided by the Prep. If a student loses either card or the lanyard the student is responsible for reporting the loss and purchasing a replacement.

LOST LANYARDS/IDs – Students must wear their school-issued lanyard with their student ID and door entrance key card as part of their uniform. Students who lose their lanyards are required to replace them. Please go to the Business Office to order a new student ID ($5) and a new key card ($10) and the Prep Shop for a lanyard ($5).

Transportation Announcements

Click HERE to visit the transportation section of the website to view updated bus stops and details on the Voucher Program.

For more information regarding transportation at the Prep, please contact Mrs. Marianne Carr P’05 at (856) 697-2600 ext. 142 or by email at mrs.carr@hermits.com.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Please view the article linked below courtesy of school counselor & learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl and clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A., Psy.D.

Link to Article – Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19

SpeakUp! at St. Augustine Prep

We thank our members of the school community who have represented St. Augustine at several of the previously held sessions of the SpeakUp! Parenting Adult Coffee Series.  Please be reminded that these are free virtual programs provided by SpeakUp!, a trusted organization that has worked alongside the Prep for many years.  These conversations help parents gain the skills and confidence to talk openly and honestly with their children about tough topics, provide guidance, strengthen relationships, and learn from one another.

The Parenting Adult Coffee Series continues in April. Click here to view future Parenting Adult Coffee Series dates.

The safety and well-being of every member of the St. Augustine Prep community is a top priority. Now more than ever, St. Augustine Prep takes great care and concern in regards to the mental health of its student population.  To learn more about the resources available to students through the Office of College Guidance and Counseling, please visit hermits.com/student-life/health-wellness or contact our school counselor and learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl at mr.stahl@hermits.com, or our clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A. at br.thornton@hermits.com.

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

 COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION 
If your son has received the covid vaccination, please email a copy of his vaccination card to Mrs. Anna Broomell (Mrs.Broomell@hermits.com). If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05 by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

REPORTING A STUDENT WITH AN ILLNESS
The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett, must be contacted first by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138.  Once Mrs. Kingett has been notified and has discussed the situation with the student’s parent(s) and/or guardians, she will then contact Mrs. Pippett in the Academics office.  At this point, a decision will be made regarding your son being moved to remote learning and if necessary, a return date will be determined.
Should it be determined that your son be moved to remote learning, each of his teachers will be contacted immediately by Mrs. Pippett.
If you have additional questions regarding the process of reporting of an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

RUVNA HEALTH SCREENING
If your son is required to stay home as per the Ruvna Health Screening app, parents/guardians must still contact Mrs. Auger in the attendance office at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 to report the absence.
Please note, if your son will not be attending school for illness, college visit, or any other applicable reason, the Ruvna questionnaire must still be completed.
If you have additional questions regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Donna Auger by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 or by email at mrs.auger@hermits.com
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To our wonderful Prep parents – I appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this very unusual school year. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns regarding the health of your sons.

Stay well!

Darlene Kingett P’05

(p) (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 (e) mrs.kingett@hermits.com

PREP SHOP HOURS

PREP SHOP Hours – Hours Updated Weekly

The PREP SHOP Hours for the upcoming week are listed below.  Hours are subject to change, please call (856) 697-2600 ext. 126 prior to making your way to Richland for a shopping trip!  Please note that hours are subject to change due to inclement weather; unfortunately, if the school is closed then the Prep Shop is also closed.

Monday – 8 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday – 8 AM – 1 PM
Wednesday – 8 AM – 1 PM
Thursday – 8 AM – 1 PM
Friday – CLOSED

For questions regarding the Prep Shop, please contact Mrs. Blystone at mrs.blystone@hermits.com or (856) 697-2600 ext. 126.

In compliance with state laws regarding social distancing, we will be accepting no more than 4 customers in the store at a time; all will be required to sign a declaration of health form (CLICK HERE to download and print form) and wear a protective face mask at all times while present in the Forum.

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Evening hours available during select campus events, please call (856) 697-2600 x126 to confirm hours prior to making a special trip to the Prep Shop!

PREP SHOP ONLINE

Please CLICK HERE to visit the only online shop carrying licensed St. Augustine Prep Hermits merchandise.  Thank you for always showing your Hermit Pride!  

Resources & Documents

Points of Contact

Academics: Mr. Stephen Cappuccio ’96 (academics@hermits.com)

Admissions: Mr. J.C. Valore (admissions@hermits.com)

Student Leadership: Mr. Dennis Foreman ’87 (mr.foreman@hermits.com)

Campus Safety: Mr. Tim Hale (mr.hale@hermits.com)

Athletics: Mr. Michael Rizzo ’86 (athletics@hermits.com)

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Mr. Dennis Stahl (mr.stahl@hermits.com)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

View the School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021.

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

Online Real-Time School Calendar & Athletic Schedules

This online calendar is updated in real-time as venues, time changes, and cancellations are announced.  All athletic games and practice information may also be found here.

School Calendar and Athletic Schedule Website

Upcoming Schedule for the 2021-2022 School Year

Click below to view and/or download the Bell Schedule for the Week

UPCOMING Bell Schedule – Check Back Soon

2020-2021 Student Handbook

Click below to view and/or download the Student Handbook which includes the updated Student Dress Code for Academic Year 2020-2021.

2020-2021 Student Handbook