Entries by Caitlin Kerwin

Embrace. Educate. Empower.

June 11, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle Academy: A week ago tonight, 74 young men in La Salle Academy’s Class of 2020, would have walked down the aisle at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan to receive their diplomas after four years of hard work. While COVID-19 restrictions thwarted our plans, our graduates will […]

Class of 2024: Welcome to La Salle!

Dear La Salle Academy Class of 2024: As you complete the last month of middle school, you are probably starting to think about what your experience at La Salle Academy will be like. Many of our seniors had the same thoughts as you at this time four years ago. Fast-forward to today, and they have […]

A Call from Home: LSA Senior Breakfast

On the morning of Wednesday, June 3rd, the graduating Class of 2020 “gathered” together on a Zoom call for a virtual Senior Breakfast. The Senior Breakfast is a long-standing tradition at La Salle Academy, usually held the day before graduation in the school gymnasium for seniors to celebrate the end of high school, reminisce with […]

Graduation Day: A Note from Joshua Nolberto ’20

We made it! We completed high school. Today would have been our graduation day from La Salle Academy. These last four years were filled with challenges, good memories, and preparations for the future. We will always be La Salle’s one and only Class of 2020. La Salle will forever be a special place for me […]

Senior, Steven Dumeng, Featured on Telemundo

La Salle Academy senior, Steven Dumeng, was recently featured in an interview on Telemundo 47. Steven is one of the co-valedictorians of the Class of 2020 and will be a first-generation college student at Boston College in fall 2020. In the interview, Steven expresses his wish to honor his family and his Puerto Rican heritage. […]

La Salle Academy May Recap

Friday, May 29, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle Academy, As is true with our classroom instruction, we have also embraced technology in other aspects of life at La Salle. “Zoom” and “virtual” are now dominant words in our lexicon! Imagine college guidance sessions conducted in small groups for juniors and their parents by our […]

La Salle Academy Celebrates Founder’s Day

Friday, May 15, 2020 – Today, La Salle Academy celebrates Founder’s Day, the founding of The Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Feast Day of St. John Baptiste de La Salle. To celebrate, students sent artwork and letters to the Christian Brothers in the Brothers retirement community in Maryland. Students wrote heart-felt letters to […]

Appeal Results and Week 8 Update

May 11, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle Academy, I am pleased to announce the results of our COVID-19 appeal that ran from April 9th through May 7th. We raised over $18,000 in donations from 68 generous alumni and friends! Thank you for your impactful contributions. During this unprecedented time, our students and their families […]

Our Gala would have been tomorrow…

May 6, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle Academy, Today was supposed to be much different. Today we would have been finalizing seating charts, making last minute adjustments to details with The Pierre, and tying up any loose ends in the office before the big day. Tomorrow was supposed to be La Salle Academy’s 29th […]

Students Use Photography to Express Emotion

After learning about the French photographer, Julia Keil, students in Ms. Giancaspro’s AP English class created their own photos to show how they are dealing with isolation. They chose an image from pop culture, such as an album cover, favorite music video, famous painting, etc. Then, they recreated the image using what they had at […]

April Recap

Dear Friends of La Salle Academy, Q. How many teachers does it take to change a light bulb? A. Change? Schools are notorious for relying on “we’ve always done it that way.” There is no precedent for what we are encountering now, however. It is concurrently unnerving and energizing to make decisions, formulate plans, communicate […]

Distance Learning Plans for the Remainder of the School Year

May 1, 2020 Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, As we continue to listen to our government leaders and medical professionals, LSA has made several difficult decisions regarding the remainder of the school year. We took into account feedback from parents and students, as well as many other professionals. We understand that some items will come with […]


New York, N.Y., April 30, 2020 – La Salle Academy has announced that it has earned re-accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, a worldwide leader in accreditation and continuous school improvement. Brother Thomas Casey, FSC, La Salle’s President said, “Accreditation by Middle States is not just a prestigious recognition, […]

Helpful Resources from La Salle Academy

During these uncertain times, you may feel anxious, alone, confused, sad or stressed by what is going on in our city and throughout the world. La Salle Academy’s Guidance Department compiled the below list of articles, apps, and websites (listed below) to help you cope during this time of crisis. Feel free to share these […]

Reminder-No Classes on Friday, April 24, 2020

Click here for the Principal’s update from April 8, 2020. April 23, 2020 Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, I hope that you are all doing well. This is a reminder that there are no classes tomorrow, Friday, April 24th. The faculty will be engaged in an online training for the day. We will resume online classes […]

An Update from La Salle Academy

Click here to read the President’s message from March 26, 2020. April 22, 2020 Dear Friend of La Salle Academy, Earlier this month, our art teacher, Ms. Mollie O’Mara, assigned her students the task of drawing what they see out the window of the room where they are meeting her remotely. (See Jose Gonzales ’20’s […]

La Salle Students Attend March Youth Conference

* Just before La Salle Academy adapted to the current COVID-19 pandemic and transitioned to distance learning, a group of our students gathered with other young New York City Catholic high school students for A Catholic Lens, a youth evangelization event through the Archdiocese of New York. During the March 12th event, students heard from […]

A Holy Week Message from the Principal

Dear La Salle Academy Community, In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech in which he said, “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any […]

Easter Greetings!

Dear Friends of La Salle, “But Brother, I’m home,” said a ninth grader to Brother Linus after the latter began an online religion class with our usual prayer that opens any gathering at La Salle, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.” What a surprise to our freshman student to […]

La Salle Academy’s March Recap

Dear Friends of La Salle Academy, Being at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA is humbling and challenging. Our teachers are doing an extraordinary job tapping the tools of technology to engage their students via remote classes. Our guidance staff is also attentive to the needs of our young men at this […]

A Special Message from the President-March 26, 2020

Click here to read the President’s message from March 20, 2020. March 26, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle, March 26, 1848, exactly 172 years ago today, was the date Father Annet Lafont, the pastor of St. Vincent De Paul Parish on Canal Street, wrote to Brother Phillipe, the Superior General of the Brothers of […]

Important Updates from the Principal-March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020 Dear Students and Parents, Today marks 6 full days of online classes. Thank you to our teachers who continue to be the heroes of this process. They adapted quickly in order to continue the educational process. Thank you to our students and their families, as well. Your flexibility and patience are greatly […]

A Special Message from the President

March 20, 2020 Dear Friends of La Salle, Lent 2020 has taken a unique turn. The pandemic that envelops our planet is impacting lives across the globe. A surreal scene surrounds our school and anxiety is in the air. I suspect the same is true where you are. May God bless us all and guide […]

Online Instruction Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Students and Parents, Thank you for your patience and attentiveness during these unusual times. As was stated in the email that went out on March 12th, LSA has taken precautionary measures in response to the current health situation. Your teachers have posted assignments on the portal system for Friday and today (Monday) as they […]

COVID-19: School Update

Online instruction starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Click here for a series of instructions and other information. Thursday, March 12, 2020 Dear parents of La Salle Academy, Given the latest guidance from trusted authorities and experts, we have decided that today (Thursday, March 12) will be the last day La Salle students will commute to […]

La Salle Academy Featured in The Villager

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – La Salle Academy’s Lenten Mass with Bishop Edmund Whalen was featured in The Villager. Click here to read the story: https://www.amny.com/news/the-villager/bishop-edmund-whalen-celebrates-mass-with-la-salle-academy-students-in-east-village/

Students Gain Real-World Knowledge From Experts in the Classroom

Friday, March 6, 2020 – Established in fall 2017, the Guest Lecture Series invites professionals into the classroom to be a guest lecturer and teach the class. Professionals are matched up with the classroom content that pertains to their field. This program gives students an inside look at different fields of study, bringing their classroom […]

La Salle Sophomores Study The Saints

Thursday, March 5, 2020 – Every academic department at La Salle Academy requires each student to complete a special project. The religion project includes a presentation based on individual research completed by the student. Each grade level presents on a different topic. The sophomore students recently completed their religion projects, which focused on the lives […]

February Recap

Monday, March 2, 2020 – February brought engaging visitors, culturally enriching assemblies, informative field trips, and prayerful union among our students. Enjoy the highlights below! We began February by recognizing Black History Month. We hosted an assembly full of music, prayer and celebration. Thank you to the special guests who joined us for this event. […]

Bishop Edmund Whalen Celebrates Mass at La Salle Academy

Monday, March 2, 2020 – La Salle Academy welcomed Bishop Edmund Whalen to celebrate Mass with the entire student body in the school gymnasium on 6th Street. Also presiding over the Mass was Father Gregory Chisholm, Pastor of the Parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem. Bishop Whalen, vicar for clergy of the Archdiocese of […]

La Salle Students Win Online Math Competition!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – A team of 11 La Salle Academy students from all four grade levels participated and won the first of five matches in March-Mini Madness, an AreteLabs live online math competition. The schools were randomly pitted against one another. The La Salle team managed to win by one point while having […]

La Salle Academy Begins the Lenten Season with Mass

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Monsignor Kevin Nelan, the Pastor of Immaculate Conception and a La Salle Academy alumnus from the Class of 1969, celebrated Mass with the entire student body to begin the Lenten season. La Salle students served in various roles by reading, serving as alter servers, bringing up the gifts and singing. […]


East Village, N.Y., January 20, 2020 – La Salle Academy’s varsity basketball Head Coach, Jerome Pannell, earned his 100th career win when the La Salle Cardinals defeated Cardinal O’Hara High School 72-43 in the consolation game of the annual Bishop Ludden Holiday Basketball Tournament held in Syracuse, New York in late December. Coach Pannell was named […]

Bowling City Championship Rounds

La Salle Academy’s JV and varsity bowling teams have advanced to the City Championship Rounds! Please support the Cardinals! City Championship Semi-Finals – January 14, 2020 at Astoria Lanes, 3:45pm VARSITY #1 Cathedral Prep vs. Molloy #2 La Salle vs. #3 Xaverian JV #1 La Salle vs. #4 Iona Prep #2 Molloy vs. #3 Xaverian […]

December Recap

La Salle Academy has had a successful and festive month of December! Scroll down to see what we’ve been up to… On the 3rd we participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving powered by social media and digital outreach. It brought our La Salle Academy community together to raise nearly $7,000. These donations will […]

Information Night: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

La Salle Academy will hold its first Information Night for 6th, 7th and 8th-graders on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please invite your students, parishioners and their families to learn about La Salle Academy, an all-male, culturally diverse, college preparatory Catholic high school in the East Village of Manhattan.  

La Salle Academy’s November Recap

Happy Thanksgiving! We at La Salle Academy are grateful for you and for all the enriching events and visits we had at our school this month. Take a scroll down and look! La Salle Academy’s Alumni Association hosted a Professional Networking Night. Alumni spanning several decades joined together for a few rounds of speed networking followed […]

Can you be-“leaf” it?

Freshmen students in Mr. Neering’s biology class recently completed a hands-on leaf project. Students were given the task of collecting and identifying 20 different types of leaves. If you live in the “concrete jungle” of New York City, you know this is not an easy assignment. Students literally stepped outside their comfort zones to find […]

September Recap

With the 2019-2020 school year well underway, I am happy to share some September highlights from La Salle Academy. The second weekend of September was a busy one for our young men! One group of students made their way to Little Italy to celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro by marching in the Grand Procession […]

Fall 2019 College Representative Visits

COLLEGE  REPS VISITING La Salle Academy – 2019 (all visits take place in the Library unless otherwise stated) 10/15 – Stonehill College (MA) at 9am Siena College at 10am Dean College (MA) at 11am Manhattan College at noon 10/17 – LeMoyne College at 11am Seton Hall at noon LIU – Brooklyn at 10am for IDD […]

Welcome Back-Summer Recap

The 2019-2020 school year underway. Here are some highlights of our summer here at La Salle Academy! La Salle Academy began its fiscal year in July by welcoming new President, Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC, to serve a four year term at our school. Shortly after Brother Thomas’ appointment, La Salle welcomed Ms. Kerry Conroy back to serve […]


During the week of July 29th through August 1st, La Salle Academy’s Senior Associate Director of Foundation, Alumni & Vendor Relations and Director of Civic Spirit, Caitlin Kerwin, joined educators from 14 Jewish and Catholic middle and high schools from New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles to attend the Civic Spirit Summer Institute, an […]

A Note From Our Valedictorian

Dear Friend, My name is Kristian Olvera and on June 6, 2019, I graduated from La Salle Academy as Valedictorian of my class. As a student, I was academically diligent and civically active in our school’s community, having served as Class President during my sophomore and junior years and as President of Student Government during […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

This past Thursday, the La Salle Academy community of parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, faculty, staff, alumni and Board Trustees gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate as another class of La Salle Men joined the school’s elite 171-year history of alumni. This year’s senior class walked down the aisle led by Chairman […]

La Salle Hosts 100 At Freshmen Welcome Dinner

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 – La Salle hosted its Annual Incoming Freshmen Dinner to the 100 young men of the Class of 2023. The annual event’s purpose is to celebrate and welcome the Incoming Freshmen and their families. Anthony Chin, Director of Recruitment & Admissions, was the Master of Ceremonies and Jerome Pannell, Assistant Principal […]

La Salle’s May Recap

Happy June! As the school year winds down, we want to share with you our jam-packed recap from May. Earlier this month, our Civic Scholars participated in Civic Spirit Day where they gathered with 12 other Catholic and Jewish schools from the New York City area. They worked as teams to create their idea for […]


  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Ismini Scouras 212-475-8940 ext. 204 iscouras@lasalleacademy.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  EAST VILLAGE HIGH SCHOOL DOES IT AGAIN! OVER $1 MILLION RAISED FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS  East Village, N.Y., May 16, 2019 – La Salle Academy has done it again with another million-dollar gala under its belt! The high school, situated in Manhattan’s East […]

March 2019 Newsletter

Another amazing month at La Salle. Here’s what happened this March… Students, alumni, family and friends all joined us on Saturday, March 16th for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Brunch and Parade. We kicked off the morning with breakfast hosted by alumnus Marty Cottingham ’88 and then made our way to midtown, where we marched 200 strong led by […]

La Salle Track Opens Up Season at CHSAA Season Opener

Saturday, March 30, 2019, Icahn Stadium – Participating in the first official meet of the Outdoor Track Season, the Cardinals would have over 30 athletes in attendance with great weather accompanying them. A strong showing throughout the day, the Cardinals would earn victories and Gold medals in three events with Denzel Avila winning the 1600M Sophomore […]

Black History Month Celebrated at La Salle Academy

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Ismini Scouras 212-475-8940 ext. 204 iscouras@lasalleacademy.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATED AT LA SALLE ACADEMY East Village, N.Y., February 7, 2019 – La Salle Academy hosted its annual Black History Month assembly on Wednesday, February 6th at the school on East 6th Street in Manhattan as part of the high […]

School In Session, January 31st – Parent-Teacher Conferences Rescheduled

Attention La Salle Academy Parents/Guardians: School is in session today, however, we will be cancelling all after-school activities and rescheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences. Due to the extreme weather conditions, we feel it is important that students go straight home and that everyone avoid braving the frigid temperatures this evening. Report Cards will uploaded and available on […]

In Memoriam: Mr. George E. Scharpf ’58

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of George E. Scharpf from La Salle Academy’s class of 1958. Mr. Scharpf has been generously giving his time, treasure and talent to his alma mater for many decades, never refusing an opportunity to better the lives of the Brothers’ Boys following in his […]

Freshman Basketball Uses 2nd half run en route to victory over Cardinal Spellman

Saturday, December 22, 2018 – In a matinee game before the holidays, the young freshmen Cardinals would use two 3rd quarter runs to extend a 4 point halftime lead to defeat the Pilots of Cardinal Spellman 48-23. Playing short-handed, the Cardinals showed resilience, allowing their defense to create their offense and were led by Jemir Smith’s […]

La Salle Wins at Brooklyn Bridge Invitational Holiday Classic

Friday, December 21, 2018 – Playing in the prestigious Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Invitational for the third straight season, the La Salle Cardinals defeated George Westinghouse 56-55 on Friday night in Brooklyn. The Cardinals were led by Josiah Chandler’s 20 points, 4 assists While Jimmy Romero added 14 points and Michael Carothers Jr. chipped in 11 points […]

La Salle Seniors Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of St. John’s University

Yesterday 20 La Salle students visited St. John’s University’s Queens campus in Jamaica, NY to learn more about the majors offered through St. John’s College of Professional Studies. The students heard from an Admissions representative as well as faculty from the following departments: Computer/Information Science, Cyber Security, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Journalism, Sport Management and […]