Oct. 2019 : Letter from Principal CosentinoOctober 10, 2019
Dear St. Peter’s Family,
Our 103rd year at St. Peter’s has welcomed some hard-working young men, administration and staff. It is always exciting to see our incoming freshmen begin to feel at home after an inspiring 2-day orientation and an exciting field day.
The new school year always brings new opportunities for students young and old, and we are thrilled to welcome alumni Daniel Cocozello ’03 to our teaching staff. Mr. Cocozello brings a wealth of knowledge from his academic background and his time serving our country as a U.S. Marine. He will be teaching global history to both the freshman and sophomore classes. Bringing our alumni staff total to 10, this is a true testament to the meaning of “family.”
We are always looking for ways we can grow and improve our school. Over the summer, we updated our Wi-Fi capability, installed new 86-inch, interactive panels in many classrooms and equipped our teaching staff with new Chromebooks. Our goal is to have a 100% blended learning experience for all of our students by the start of the next school year.
Our Scholars Academy students continue to have an enriched experience. They attended the Wagner College performance of Avita and are scheduled for five different engineering field trips in the tri-state area. Seniors are gearing up to complete the capstone projects that they have been working on for the past two years.
In August, our Lasallian Youth Organization represented St. Peter’s at the annual Lasallian youth conference at Lasalle University in Philadelphia. Mr. Cafaro, Mr. Clarke, Dr. Covin, and Fr. Cichon accompanied 10 of our fine young men to deepen their faith and knowledge of St. LaSalle and work with the poor. We have added two new exciting extracurriculars in robotics and zoology, which have gained the interest of many of our students.
We are proud to share that 10 of our students participated in the first-ever Civic Spirit Day. They worked with other students from different religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds in formulating solutions to issues that affect communities across NYC. The Civic Spirit program is a coalition of Catholic and Jewish independent schools committed to teaching civic virtues and building civic leadership in the community. Students learn how active involvement and solution-based responses enhance the political life of their community.
Fall sports are underway and under the new guidance of our athletic director Mark Decristoforo. Mr. Decristoforo has been tasked with revitalizing the football program in his new position as head coach. Our new track head coach Dan Galford is dedicated to the return of the St. Peter’s track glory days, while soccer coach John Liantonio, class of ‘87, is working hard to earn another city championship and his 200th win.
As I think about the young men we serve and our commitment to providing an outstanding, well-rounded, Catholic education steeped in LaSallian tradition, I can’t help but imagine their futures. We are honored to welcome our alumni and honorary alumni into our inaugural St. Peter’s Boys High School Hall of Fame next Friday. These recipients represent how our school is a beacon in the Staten Island community and provides opportunities that span well beyond our current and past families. If you have not purchased your tickets, there are a few left. I look forward to celebrating these fine gentleman with you.
Even though we are strong and steadfast toward our goals, we always welcome our community’s help. I invite you to visit the school and engage in conversation about our ideas for the future and to share your input on how we can work together to continue supporting St. Peter’s Boys High School’s as a world-class institution. We pray you will help give our present and future Eagles the strength to soar to immeasurable heights.
Michael Cosentino ’03
Live Jesus In Our Hearts….Forever!