A Bright New Year at the Renaissance Academy

A Bright New Year at the Renaissance Academy
Posted on 08/20/2014
Excitement in the Hallways!

Phoenixville, PA – On Tuesday, August 20, 2014, over 1000 students eagerly made their way from buses and cars to begin their new school year at the Renaissance Academy Charter School.  School Chief Executive Officer, Gina Guarino Buli said, “It was wonderful to have all of our students back with us for our first day of the 2014-2015 School Year! The excitement was in the air as friends greeted one another, new faces were welcomed into the fold and everyone fell quickly into the routines of a day at school!”

Kristie Hawk, Lower School Principal at Renaissance Academy, said that this is always one of her favorite days of the year.  “I am thrilled to have school back in session.  The staff members have worked tirelessly to prepare their classrooms for the students to which I am grateful for their dedication to make their learning environments engaging and intentional. Both students and staff entered the school this morning with genuine enthusiasm about starting their new school year.  The 5th & 6 grade students proudly donned their new light blue uniform shirts, which distinguishes them as the Intermediate Academy.”  Ms. Hawk went on to say that she was also, “exited to start a new tradition of having the Lower School Lead Boy and Lead Girl participate in addressing the lower school student body during their Welcome Back assembly”.

In addition to the students who are coming to the school for the first time, there are a few new faces among the staff as well, such as Dance and Physical Education teacher, Kathleen Miccarelli, who said, ““My first day at Renaissance has been fantastic! The students are so eager to learn and to start dancing, and the staff has been so accommodating. Everyone has made me feel right at home.  Thank you Renaissance for welcoming me so wholeheartedly.”   Mrs. Miccarelli received her dance degree from Desales University and has previously taught dance in the Philadelphia school district.  She said that she is looking forward to continuing time-honored Renaissance traditions such as the holiday performances of “The Nutcracker”.  “I anticipate an excellent school year filled with dancing, special events, and performances!”

The Renaissance Academy, which has been located on the same campus as Valley Forge Christian College for the last 14 years, will be moving for the 2015-2016 school year to their new campus in the Franklin Commons Education Center in Phoenixville.  Although delighted about all the advantages and opportunities this new campus will bring, Mrs. Guarino Buli said, “This year will be bitter sweet in many ways as we celebrate our last year sharing the VFCC Campus. The students and faculty at VFCC have been wonderful neighbors over the years and our many partnerships have been enjoyed. We cannot, however, stifle the anticipation of the ‘Big Move’ to our very own space at Franklin Commons next fall.