Southern Tier schools celebrate old, new as school year begins - Catholic Courier

Southern Tier schools celebrate old, new as school year begins

As the 2009-10 school year kicks off this week, there’s plenty of new and old to celebrate at Catholic schools in the Southern Tier.
 
A new principal, Lisa Dirlam, takes over at St. Ann School in Hornell. She replaces Richard Barone, who led St. Ann the previous two years. This is Dirlam’s second stint as a principal: She also held that role at the former Holy Family School in Dansville for its final year of 2007-08.
 
St. Ann School is familiar turf for Dirlam, who served as a teacher there from 2001-07. In addition, Dirlam taught at the former Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Rochester from 1990-95 and has taught in the Buffalo Diocese as well.
 
"I am very excited to be part of the St. Ann School community again. There have been many changes as we move into the new school year," Dirlam said, noting, for example, that a full-time prekindergarten for 3-year-olds is beginning this year.
 
St. Ann is one of two Catholic schools in Steuben County along with All Saints Academy in Corning.
 
A new configuration is taking effect at Holy Family Catholic Schools in Elmira, which has consolidated from a three-building system into two: Holy Family Elementary School, which accommodates grades pre-K through 5; and Holy Family Middle School, which offers grades 6-8. The consolidation, which was first announced in January 2009, addresses enrollment and operational-cost issues. The elementary school is located at St. Mary Southside Church, and the middle school is based at St. Casimir Church.
 
Chemung County also is home to St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads, as well as Elmira Notre Dame High School — the Southern Tier’s only Catholic high school.
 
Meanwhile, Ithaca’s Immaculate Conception School is celebrating its lengthy past during its 125th-anniversary year of 2009-10. The school’s roots go back to 1883, when construction was begun under the guidance of Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid and Father Albert J. Evans. On Sept. 5, 1884, seven Sisters of St. Joseph from Rochester arrived in Ithaca by train to get the school ready and it was officially dedicated three days later, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Numerous special events and activities are being planned at Immaculate Conception throughout 2009-10. This is the second straight year a milestone celebration has taken place in the Tier: St. Patrick School in Owego observed its 150th anniversary in 2008-09.

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