Head's UpDATE

Head’s UpDATE

Last Updated: May 24, 2024 (5:30 pm)

In this UpDate:

Academic Update – End of the Year Reminders
Transportation Update: Bus information through the remainder of the academic year.
Driver’s Education and Behind-the-Wheel Program
Purchase your 2023-24 Yearbook by June 4th

Office of the Head of School

May 24, 2024

Dear Prep Community,

One of the pillars of Augustinian pedagogy is the relationship between teaching and learning. They are related functions, two parts of a single experience in which teachers and learners partner in pursuit of truth. That spirit summarizes the classroom of Mr. Michael Boody who received the Augustinian Educator of the Year award at the Class of 2024 Commencement Exercises.

The award, sponsored by the Moffa Family, P’10 ’12, in honor of Mr. 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, is recognized for his distinguished teaching and fidelity to the core values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas. Congratulations Mr.Boody 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.

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

 

Transportation Schedule for the Remainder of the Academic Year

Buses will be running on a regular schedule from May 28 through June 7, 2024.
Morning stop times will remain the same as it has throughout the year and afternoon departure from the Prep will be at 3:05 pm.

Important Dates

May 27 – 2nd Semester & Final grades are due
May 27 – Memorial Day; No School
May 28 – 3rd Semester begins
May 31 – Class of 2028 Moving Up Ceremony

*Dates subject to change

Transportation for the 2024/25 Academic Year

Families interested in bus transportation for the 2024-25 Academic Year are asked to download the 2024-25 transportation packet linked below.  For questions or more information, contact Mrs. Christine Battin, Director of Transportation at (856) 697-2600 ext. 142 or mrs.battin@hermits.com.

You may download the 2024-25 transportation packet by clicking here; the document includes the B6T form, Transportation Form, Voucher Order Form and 2024-25 Bus Stop list.

Driver’s Education and Behind-the-Wheel at St. Augustine Prep

Prior to taking the behind-the-wheel segment students are required to take the Driver’s Education theory class. On the last day of the classes, the NJ State written test will be administered. Having achieved at least an 80% test score and reaching the age of 16, students are eligible to receive a New Jersey driving permit and enroll in the behind-the-wheel program.  Two summer sessions are scheduled for July 15 – 19 and August 12 – 16 (Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am) in Room 5116, the lecture hall in the Scarpa Arts & Sciences Building. Classes are open to students who are at least 14 years old and the cost is $100 (make check payable to St. Augustine Prep and students may bring the check to class).

Click here for more information on the Driver’s Education program at the Prep

Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR/AED/First Aid Training

The date for this year’s program has yet to be announced; we will share the date upon confirmation.

Prep Shop Hours

The weather is heating up and the Prep Shop is stocked with items to show off your Hermit Pride in the spring and summer months.  Visit hermits.com/prepshop to view upcoming operating hours in advance of your next shopping trip at the Prep!

Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook by June 4

The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!
Guarantee your yearbook today!

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CAMPUS VISITORS

All guests are requested to visit the main office of each building to sign in as a Visitor and receive a pass.

LUNCH ACCOUNTS

Manage your son’s lunch account on payschoolscentral.com – a program that allows you to track your son’s lunch account and make online deposits towards it. Cash will be accepted for the early portion of the school year. If you have any questions relating to the Pay Schools Central Program, student lunch accounts, or food allergens, please contact:

Director of Dining Services- Vinnie Berti ’95 ext. 135 or Mr.Berti@Hermits.com
Assistant Director of Dining Services – Paul Barr ext. 157 or Mr.Barr@Hermits.com

Summer Course Registration

Students and parents/guardians, as you complete course registration for the upcoming academic year, we remind you that registration for summer courses is also open. All information about times, prices and course descriptions are listed in the Course Catalog.

For more information or if you have any questions regarding summer registration, the Q&A meeting, or Dual Credit registration, please contact Mr. Grealis at mr.grealis@hermits.com.

Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook

The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!

Guarantee your yearbook today!

HERMITS ATHLETICS

Sports Registration

The athletic department invites all students to register for their sports of interest for each season. Please note that registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list before the beginning of each sport’s season.

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 spring sport.

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2023-2024 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

Driver’s Education & Behind the Wheel at St. Augustine Prep

Prior to taking the behind-the-wheel segment students are required to take the Driver’s Education theory class. On the last day of the classes, the NJ State written test will be administered. Having achieved at least an 80% test score and reaching the age of 16, students are eligible to receive a New Jersey driving permit and enroll in the behind-the-wheel program.  Two summer sessions are scheduled for July 15 – 19 and August 12 – 16 (Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am) in Room 5116, the lecture hall in the Scarpa Arts & Sciences Building. Classes are open to students who are at least 14 years old and the cost is $100 (make check payable to St. Augustine Prep and students may bring the check to class).

Click here for more information on the Driver’s Education program at the Prep

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 and subscribe to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to stay informed of all upcoming spring broadcasts.

Are you a student interested in getting involved with the HBC?  Contact Mr. Broomell at mr.broomell@hermits.com to join the team!

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or a check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook

    The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!

    Guarantee your yearbook today!

Freshman Announcements

      • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or a check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
      • Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook

        The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!

        Guarantee your yearbook today!

Sophomore Announcements

      • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or a check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
      • 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. (Please view the general announcements tab for more info on class dates and requirements.)
      • Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook

        The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!

        Guarantee your yearbook today!

Junior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or a check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • DRIVER’S EDUCATION • 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. (Please view the general announcements tab for more info on class dates and requirements.)
  • Purchase your 2023/24 Yearbook

    The yearbook staff is working hard on this year’s yearbook, don’t forget to purchase one for your Hermit today! Ordering your book now saves you stress and money and guarantees you’ll get a book. The easiest way to order a yearbook is to visit the JOSTENS website where you can personalize and review your order for accuracy. Online ordering ends 6/4/24. Seniors, please do not order a yearbook as you will receive a complimentary personalized edition!

    Guarantee your yearbook today!

Senior Announcements

      • Congratulations Seniors!

Sports Registration

The athletic department invites all students to register for their sports of interest for each season. 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.

Review 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 spring sport.

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2023-2024 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

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 and subscribe to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to stay informed of all upcoming broadcasts.

Are you a student interested in getting involved with the HBC?  Contact Mr. Broomell at mr.broomell@hermits.com to join the team!

College Counseling & Student Services Announcements

 

Student Leadership Announcements

Please contact Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18, Dean of Student Leadership & Development, (Mr.Huscher@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

Please submit your bus reservation forms if you have not done so already.  There are limited seats remaining on several of the bus routes.  All students, regardless of how they travel to school, are required to have a B6T form on file.  If you have not submitted this state form already and need a copy, please contact transportation@hermits.com

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 the transportation@hermits.com

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Please keep your son home if he is not feeling well to minimize the spread of illness here at school.  Notify Mrs. Auger that your son will be staying home by email (mrs.auger@hermits.com) or at ext. 102.  Encourage your son to go to the nurse if he becomes sick while in school. If the nurse sends him home he will be excused for the remainder of the day and the following day without a doctor’s note.  Please email Mrs. Kingett with any questions (mrs.kingett@hermits.com) or call at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138

REPORTING A STUDENT WITH AN ILLNESS
The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05’09, 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 Academic 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 an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

PREP SHOP HOURS

PREP SHOP Hours – Hours Updated Weekly

PREP SHOP operating hours are available at hermits.com/prepshop, please note these hours are subject to change.  Prior to making a shopping trip to the PREP SHOP, please call (856) 697-2600 ext. 126.  *

Please note: If the school is closed then the Prep Shop is also closed.

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

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

Evening hours are 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!  

Additional Info & FAQ's

Lunch Accounts
Manage your son’s lunch account on payschoolscentral.com – a program that allows you to track your son’s lunch account and make online deposits towards it. Cash will be accepted for the early portion of the school year. If you have any questions relating to the Pay Schools Central Program, student lunch accounts, or food allergens, please contact:

Director of Dining Services- Vinnie Berti ’95 ext. 135 or Mr.Berti@Hermits.com
Assistant Director of Dining Services – Paul Barr ext. 157 or Mr.Barr@Hermits.com

Prep Shop
The most up-to-date Prep Shop Hours and Information may be found HERE.

Resources & Documents

Points of Contact

Academics: Mrs. Nancy McHugh P’08 ’11 ’15 (academics@hermits.com)

Admissions: Mr. JC Valore (admissions@hermits.com)

Athletics: Mr. Michael Rizzo ’86 P’11 (athletics@hermits.com)

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

Eighth Grade: Fr. Stephen Curry, O.S.A., Ed.D. (fr.curry@hermits.com)

Student Leadership & Development: Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18 (mr.huscher@hermits.com)

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Bro. Bob Thornton, O.S.A., Psy.D. (br.bob@hermits.com)

Transportation: Mrs. Christine Battin (mrs.battin@hermits.com)

Academic Calendar

View the School Calendar for Academic Year 2024-2025. (All dates and times are subject to change)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2024-2025

Athletic Calendar

This athletic 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.

2023-24 Hermits Athletics Daily Outlook

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook includes all the rules and regulations for the Hermit Brotherhood.  The student dress code for all classes is also housed within this handbook along with other important information.

2023-24 Student Handbook